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THE TOP TEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD: EVERYBODY WHO’S ANYBODY IN THE WORLD OF MOTOCROSS

  THIS WEEKEND’S RACE RESUL TS     450 LIEROP GRAND PRIX RESULTS 1. Shaun Simpson…………….1-3 2. Kevin Strijbos……………….2-2 3. Antionio Cairoli…………….4-1 4. Evgeny Bobryshev……….3-5 5. Ken De Dycker…………….5-4 6. Tommy Searle……………..7-8 7. Gautier Paulin………………9-7 8. Jeremy van Horebeek…..6-10 9. Clement Desalle………….12-6 10. Rick Santink……………..11-13 250 LIEROP GRAND PRIX RESULTS 1. Jeffrey Herlings……

THIS WEEK’S LIST OF LUONGO’S GRAND PRIX RULE CHANGES: 10 THINGS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW IF YOU LIVE EAST OF NOVA SCOTIA

The Moe, Larry and Curly of Grand Prix motocross (Left to right’Srb, Ippolito and Luongo). From what we discern from the official FIM press release regarding 2014 Grand Prix rule changes, Jeffrey Herlings now runs the Grand Prix system and may be adopted by Giuseppe Luongo as part of the 2014 GP plan. You gotta love Grand Prix motocross. Every week or so Youthstream’s Giuseppe Luongo comes out with a new race formats and new rules. Stay tuned next week for a complete reversal of the new rules listed bel…

YOUTH STREAM’S 2013 GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE UNDERGOES MAJOR REMAKE: THE WORLD SHRINKS

Russia is out. Touted just a year ago as the opening of a great untapped market for GP sponsors and motorcycle manufacturers, Russia was dropped from the 2013 schedule this week. Do you remember the big Russian bank that sponsored the GP series last year? They pulled their money out this year and with it went Giuseppe Luongo’s interest in Mother Russia. Finland will take Russia’s July 14 date. But wait there is more! Bulgaria , which was unceremoniously dropped from the schedule earlier this year, is no…

ANOTHER QUICK RULE CHANGE TO FIT THE NEEDS OF GIUSEPPE: THE GRAND PRIX 23-YEAR-OLD RULE IS DROPPED… FOR WOMEN ONLY

If, and only if, Livia Lancelot takes points away from any male 250 World Championship contender at the Qatar or Thailand GPs, you can expect a major protest. Lancelot is 25 years old, and thus is not legal in the 250 World Championship, at least she wasn?t legal until Monday, February 18.  A new rule was written to allow women of any age to race the 250 class, while men over the age of 23 are barred. What other rules doesn?t Lancelot have to abide by? How about the 108% time rule? Does she have to…

THIS JUST IN FROM THE POLITBURO! HOW THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR WILL BE RUN

If you loved the sound of an angry pack of 450s roaring off the line, you will get half your wish in Qatar. This just in from from the ?Permanent Bureau of the Motocross Grand Prix,? but we think they meant the ?Politburo.? We find it hard to believe that they have something called the ?Permanent Bureau of Motocross.? And we find it hard to believe that the Fly-away GP system has been changed again. Do these guys ever think things out before they fire off press releases? On November 24, 2012, the “MXGP …

TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MUFFLERS

(1) Parts list. An aftermarket exhaust system is the most popular way to increase power. A pipe is relatively simple to install, offers good power gains, and is visible on the bike (for showing off). An aftermarket muffler has the potential for decreasing sound and increasing performance at the same time. There are 80 parts and almost 100 operations that go into making an exhaust system?the majority of these in the muffler’s construction. (2) Basics. A basic muffler consists of a canister, inlet cap, pe…

BLACK & WHITE: OUR SPORT’S CRAZY NAME GAME! SX LITES, MX2, 250, 450, MX1 OR SUPERCROSS?

Motocross used to be easily understandable to the layman (as well as hardcore racers). The classes were called 125, 250 and 500?although the 500 class was also euphemistically called the Open class. Then, every sanctioning body got into the naming-rights game; they tried to trademark words like Supercross, Arenacross, Supermoto, MotoGP, MXGP and any other alphabet combination that they could make a buck off of. It didn?t take long for the fascination with proprietary names to extend to the class names. …

BLACK & WHITE: GOOD OR BAD? ANALYZING THE FIM’S MAXIMUM-AGE RULE

Adios Tommy. Started on January 1, 2010, if a rider wanted to race the FIM 250 World Championship, he had to be under the age of 23. No one is really sure why the FIM, under the guidance of Youthstream’s Giuseppe Luongo, would force riders out of the 250 class on their 23rd birthdays, but the rule passed and has been the law of Euro-land for the last three seasons?and is even enforced at the Motocross des Nations. Here is the rule On the FIM’s part, they say, ?The idea behind a maximum age limit in the …

BLACK & WHITE: ARE THE WOMEN READY FOR PRIME TIME? ARE THERE BETTER OPTIONS

There have been Women’s National Motocross Championships in the United States since 1974. That makes women’s racing just as old as the AMA 125 National and AMA Supercross series. But, unlike the AMA series, women’s racing has had numerous sanctioning bodies. In fact, a list of the organizations that have played a role in women’s motocross since 1974 reads like an acronym encyclopedia. The list includes PURR (Powder Puffs Unlimited Riders & Racers), IWMA (International Women’s MX Association), WMXA (…

RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX: EVEN YOU COULD HAVE SCORED 450 GP POINTS IN RUSSIA… BECAUSE ONLY 19 RIDERS SHOWED UP

Antonio Cairoli now has a 20-point lead after his double Swedish DNFs.        Photo: Ray Archer What if you held a race and nobody came. And, when we are talking about the Russian GP, we don’t mean spectators, because Russians normally come out in droves to see motocross races. Nope, we are talking about riders. Only 19 riders showed up to race the Russian 450 Grand Prix. And the racing was less than intense as Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings did their thing out in fro…

MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF DRIZZLE: THE MUDMEISTERS DEFEAT THE SAND MASTERS IN GOOEY BRAZIL

This is as good as it got for Tony Cairoli (222) in Brazil. It went downhill from here.   Photo: Ray Archer Heavy rain could not dampen the spirits of the sell out crowd at the Grand Prix of Brazil as Tommy Searle and Christophe Pourcel secured victories in the 250 and 450 classes. There was space on the podium as well for Christophe Charlier and Jose Butron in MX2 and David Philippaerts and Kevin Strijbos in MX1. David Philippaerts was second in Brazil.   Photo: Yamaha-Racing 450 CLASS C…

GP RIDERS BOYCOTT MEXICO QUALIFYING! LUONGO’S CIRCUS COMES TO A GRINDING HALT

Clement Desalle makes his own Mexican sand storm in practice…which is all he rode. In what is not a first time occurrence, the Grand Prix circus got a major black eye in Guadalajara, Mexico, when the GP riders refused to line up for the Mexican Grand Prix Saturday qualifiers ? claiming that the track was ill-prepared, dusty and the jump faces were poorly designed. Michael Leib and Max Anstie were the only two GP regulars to race the qualifiers ? because Leib is a fill-in rider and his team manager, St…

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE MEXICAN GRAND PRIX? IT’S IN GUADALAJARA ? DOES THAT HELP?

The next FIM Motocross Grand Prix, round four, will be held at the Motodromo Nico Espana venue in the Tlajomulco de Zuniga Jalisco region near Guadalajara, Mexico. on May 13. Guadalajara is Mexico’s second biggest city with a population of 1,564,514. The FIM sent Greg Atkins to design a new track, the diagram is shown below. Concerns about drug cartel violence are often overstated, but by the same token actual crime numbers in Mexico are under-reported. Most insiders believe that Guadalajara is much saf…

WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMP FINISHES SECOND AT ITALIAN GP; HERLINGS WINS 250 CLASS; CHRISTOPHE POURCEL WINS 450 GP, BUT MICHAEL LEIB SCORES SHOCKING RESULTS

Jeffrey Herlings’ championship hopes benefited from a Tommy Searle DNF in moto one. Photo: Ray Archer 250 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX In moto one Jeffrey Herlings led all twenty laps from start to finish, winning comfortably from his teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek. The star of the show though was Michael Leib on the Monster Energy Yamaha, who worked his way from 15th on lap one to third by the flag. Points contenders Tommy Searle and Joel Roelants, both riding fore the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, sco…

OOPS! YOUTHSTREAM INTRODUCES 2012 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS LOGO

You would think that the FIM, Youthstream or Monster would have been smart enough to catch the grievous error in this logo. Luckily, MXA fixed it for them. See below. Youthstream was proud as punch to show off their new 2012 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations logo. But, since neither Youthstream nor Monster are hardcore enough to know what’s going on, we decided to fix the logo for them…you think that they would know that it’s the Motocross ?des? Nations not Motocross ?of? Nations. No sweat?it’s …

MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHAT HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE DODGING RAIN AT THE NASCAR AND F1 RACES

ROGER DECOSTER TALKS ABOUT DUNGEY, MUSQUIN & ROCZEN Ryan Dungey will decide if he returns  to Supercross on April 3, This was Marvin Musquin’s last 450 race for the year & Ken Roczen might not get to race the 450 class when the series goes west. TORONTO SUPERCROSS RESULTS: AS IF YOU COULDN’T ALREADY GUESS RESULTS: 450 CLASS 1. Ryan Villopoto…Kaw 2. Justin Brayton…Hon 3. Kevin Windham…Hon 4. Davi Millsaps…Yam 5. Jake Weimer…Kaw 6. Marvin Musquin…KTM 7. Kyle Chisholm…Kaw 8. Broc…