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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: CHAD REED TIMELINE PHOTO, TOWNLEY QUITS, MXA WRECKING CREW NEWS, PLUS MUCH MORE

                                     FROM THE REED FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM: TATE REED TODAY AND CHAD REED 25 YEARS AGO                                      BEN TOWNLEY QUITS VIA TWITTER… Ben Townley told the NZ Press newspaper: “I’ve only smacked my head once previous to this latest spill, but it made me re-evaluate things. I believe concussion is taken too lightly in this […]

ZAP GOES TO THE MILANO MOTORCYCLE SHOW… OR AS ITS KNOWN TO FANS OF ACRONYNS ? EICMA

By: Zap The cover quote from the program of the 70th annual EICMA (Esposizione International Del Motociclo) program read “If you have a motorcycle, you have a story to tell.” And judging from the wide variety of motorcycles found within the ten massive halls that make up Europe’s largest industry/public bike show, it couldn’t have been more accurate . Every year that MXA attends the EICMA show in Milano, Italy, we come away more amazed than we did the previous year over all the …

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (11/13/12)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK     Daryl Ecklund does his best to move tectonic plates. Read below for more information on the 2013 TM 250MX. MINI-VIEW: MIKE LaROCCO     Mike LaRocco was my favorite rider when I first became interested in motocross. He was a bulldog on a bike, getting the worst starts possible and ripping through the pack. ?The Rock? wasn?t flashy by any means, and he was reserved off the track. Maybe that’s why I liked him so much. I?d stand in an autogr…

VALENTINO ROSSI RETURNS TO TEAM YAMAHA

After a troubled time at Ducati, Valentino Rossi will return to Yamaha and teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Ben Spies left the Yamaha team to make room for Rossi. Press release: It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd confirms the signing of Valentino Rossi to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for 2013 and 2014. Valentino Rossi first joined Yamaha in 2004 and achieved four MotoGP World Champion titles with the Yamaha YZR-M1 in 2004 and 2005 and again in 2008 and 2009. He won 46 Grand Pr…

MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHAT HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE BUSY RIDING, GOING TO FLOWER SHOWS & VISITING GRANNY

ONCE AND FOR ALL! RICKY CARMICHAEL: ?I?M HAPPY WITH WHAT I?VE ACCOMPLISH AND RC AIN?T COMING BACK? TWEET-CITY: LIKE PASSING NOTES IN AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS NEW ZEALAND MX CHAMPIONSHIP: COPPINS & KING TAKE CROWNS The New Zealand motocross championship ended with a surprise finish in the 250 class. Darryll King, now 43-years-old, won the final race of the NZ Championship to earn the 250 title over Scott Columb. Meanwhile Ben Townley swept the 450 classes three motos to take the 450 crown. The New Zeal…

NORTON MOTORCYCLES TO RETURN TO THE USA: THE COMMANDO IS BACK!

The Norton 961SE. Iconic British brand Norton Motorcycles will begin deliveries in the United States of the Commando series of sport road bikes starting May of 2011. Models include the traditional Commando 961 Sport, the 961 Cafe Racer and the performance 961 SE. Every model features an impressive 961cc computer controlled, fuel injected, counter balanced, parallel twin engine, accompanied by the world’s finest components like Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes.The revived British brand announced that …

ZAP’S MILAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW TOUR, PART TWO

By: Zap Day two of the 68th annual EICMA motorcycle show in Milano, Italy brought with it more cool new bikes and, best of all, slightly warmer temperatures outside. After the MXA contingent had made a few rounds, the prevailing opinion was that the Euro bike brands (KTM, Husqvarna and Ducati) were definitely outshining their Japanese counterparts in terms of delivering new product that people were excited to talk about. The smaller brands were also showing themselves to be better able to create small p…