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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: A FREE MERCEDES BENZ, “MOVIN MARV” WINS SUPERCROSS, & MUCH MORE FROM THIS WEEKEND

                             MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: ONE LAST NOD TO KURT CASELLI Kurt and Daryl. Like many in the motorcycle world, MXA was rocked by the death of Kurt Caselli, but proud of the showing of support that his fans, friends and sponsors have shown for him in the aftermath. Since MXA’s Daryl Ecklund was Kurt’s closest friend, we?d like to say our final goodbye to Kurt with a classic photo of Kurt teach…

HOW TO BUILD THE ULTIMATE KTM 250SX TWO-STROKE: YES, IT DOES HAVE WORKS SHOWA SUSPENSION ON IT

By Billy Musgrave I must admit that I inherited MXA ‘s KTM 250SX project bike by default. I was third in line, but eventually the end user. Jody had started the project originally, but he had other assignments and handed it over to my father, Willy Musgrave. I took over the project when my dad crashed at Glen Helen and broke his collarbone. It might seem mercenary, but it was a lucky break for me. I have been racing MXA ‘s 125 and 150 two-strokes for many years. Occasionally, I would get assigned to a 2…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: THE 250 PRO WINNER’S DAY IS SAVED BY A HELPFUL FRIEND

This may look like a couple of Swedish fans rooting on their riders with a pit board mes s age that reads “Arm Up” in Swedish, but it’s really a couple of Australians making fun of the Swedish riders. All in good fun. Randel Fout was drafted by MXA to do some gearing tests for an upcoming bike test on FMF’s Kawasaki KX500 two-stroke. Yes, we know that it looks like a KTM, but the engine doesn’t. There is nothing as stressful sitting through a couple days of rainy weather, wondering if the weekly motocro…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: THE GHOST OF THE INFAMOUS ?MUDDY STRAIGHT? RETURNS

250 Pro winner Billy Musgrave exits the “muddy turn” no worse for the wear… although he almost left his right Jett boot behind. While the REM motocross track is being rebuilt, after being transformed into a giant arena for the Red Bull X-Fighters, the weekly REM Glen Helen motocross races have been moved to the front Grand Prix track. Glen Helen has no shortage of race tracks. Originally called Arroyo Cycle Park back in the 1970s (on the site of the current REM track), the AMA National/USGP track was …

2012 MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO GALLERY

Michael Leib won both motos on a 2002 Honda CR250 sponsored by Race SoCal. 2011 World Two-Stroke Champion Austin Howell wanted to back up his rep as the fastest two-smoke rider in the country, but it was not to be. This crash jammed Austin Howell’s shift lever into the ground and bent a shift fork. Michael Sleeter broke out a 2012 KTM 250SX and finished second overall. He had originally planned to race a 150SX, but one look at the size and number of hills and he knew that idea was doomed. MXA’s Billy Mu…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: SWANEPOEL TRIES TO FIGHT OFF SWEDISH INVASION…FAILS

There was a horde of Swedish riders at Glen Helen’s REM races this weekend. Rickard Sandberg (868) leads Fredrik Noren (867) in the 450 Pro class. Noren, who raced the AMA Nationals last year, took the overall victory in front of Gareth Swanepoel and Sandberg. Another Swede, Robert Lind, was fourth. The yearly migration of Swedish riders to the weekly REM races at Glen Helen was in full force this past weekend. They were joined  by a couple AMA National riders trying to see where they are as far as…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: KYLE SUMMERS, COLTON HAAKER, BRYCE VALLEE, SEAN COLLIER, TRAVIS BAKER, KYLE BEATON, VIKTOR BJORKLUND, BILLY MUSGRAVE, MARK TILLEY & DENNIS STAPLETON

The 250 Pro class was so close that three of these riders tied for second overall. Amazingly, the guy who is totally sideways, Kyle Beaton got the nod with a 4-2, in front of Billy Musgrave’s 3-3 and Viktor Borklund’s 2-4. Neither Travis Baker (51) nor 450 Intermediate winner Justin Jones (red jersey) had any math problems as they went 1-1 in their classes. Glen Helen has been a busy place as of late. Not only are they gearing up for the World Two-Stroke Motocross Championship on April 1 (which will fea…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: AT THE PENULTIMATE ROUND A TWO-STROKE WINS THE PRO CLASS & THE POINTS CHASE NARROWS DOWN TO TWO RIDERS

Not necessarily hill-and-dale, the REM track is more like hill-and-canyon as the riders are constantly going up-and-over or down-and-around the natural terrain of the old Arroyo Cycle Park track. History buffs will remember that Arroyo was where the first 125 National Championship was held (before the AMA cared about 125s). It is almost over?not just 2011, but the longest points paying motocross series in the sport. After 12 months and 40 races, the REM motocross series has wound down to one final motoc…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS REPORT: VANCE & HINES’ STEVEN TOKARSKI WINS 450 PRO CLASS, DAVE EROPKIN WINS IN THE BIG FIVE-OH

Justin Jones (15) not only won the 250 Intermediate class on a borrowed MXA bike, but he had to race it with different setups in each moto. He adapted quickly. Photo: Ernie Becker Imagine a motocross series that started on January 1, 2011, and finishes on December 31, 2011. You don?t have to use your imagination because Glen Helen’s REM motocross season is 12 months long. It pays points at every race?with the ultimate prize being Glen Helen Raceway Park’s number 1 plate. To get to be number one?you virt…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: IT WAS 84 DEGREES, SUNNY AND THE RACING WAS HOT AS ALWAYS

Vance & Hines’ Steven Tokarski (710) jumps out to a quick lead in the 250 Pro class. Photo: Mark Chilson There is a standard joke among the regulars at Glen Helen that unlike places that have Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, there are only two seasons at Glen Helen?Hot and Windy. At this week’s post-Thanksgiving motocross race?the weather was both hot and windy at the same time. 450 Pro Mark Tilley. Photo: Dan Alamangos The heat was a byproduct of the Santa Ana winds that blew off the desert to prod…

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS RACE REPORT: SWEDE WINS 450 PRO CLASS, TWO-STROKES WIN 250 PRO, OVER-40 PRO & OVER-40 INTERMEDIATE

On his 20th birthday Swedish rider Rickard Hansson took the 450 Pro Victory at Glen Helen. Rickard is the son of former Grand Prix racer Peter Hansson. If you are an aspiring Swedish motocross racer, and the son of former factory rider and World Enduro Champion, you hate the Swedish winters. In Stockhom it is bitterly cold and the ground is piled heavy with snow. The solution? Fly to sunny SoCal and race in warm 80 degree weather. And so, Rickard Hansson, son of Peter Hansson and grandson of Hans Hansso…