The center of focus isn’t always on the center of the frame
The center of focus isn’t always on the center of the frame
While out testing the 2014 Husqvarna TC250 for an upcoming issue of the mag, John Basher said that it would be cool of the the MXA gang hung around in the desert until the sun went down. Once it was pitch black, Daryl Ecklund railed berms by the blinding light of the flash. Even though […]
Olle Pettersson on the prototype Suzuki RH250. Although his name is just a footnote in motocross today, Swedish Grand Prix rider Olle Pettersson has the distinction of being one the greatest development test riders of all-time. In 1968 Olle Pettersson, an established GP rider, got a call asking if he?d help Suzuki develop their first GP motocross bike. Olle was waiting for a contract from Husqvarna for the 1968 season and didn?t want to sign to race a totally unproven Japanese motocross bike. Then, the …
Do you remember when Josh Grant was number 35, racing for the Amsoil/Factory Connection/Honda team? Of course you do! The year was 2005. Here he pushes the rear of his CRF250 out over a Supercross triple at Georgia Practice Facility. Grant was the highest paid ride r in 250 Supercross back then.
Before Lance Moorewood became an MXA test rider, he was a National Minicycle Champion. Lance raced XR75’s for Vulcan Cycle Works in Placentia, California. Lance is still around, but Vulcan is long gone. Lance’s dad, Ted Moorewood, owned Cycle Town and Myerscough Machines. Ted is also the man responsible for developing the popularity of massive amateur events like the Wolrd Mini GP, Ponca City and, by proxy, Loretta Lynn.
Then Moto XXX privateer rider Justin Buckelew (73) holeshot Ricky Carmichael (4), David Vuillemin (12), Ernesto Fonseca (24) and the rest of the field at the 2005 Unadilla National.
Cole Seely was an unknown when John Basher shot this photo of him at the Wyvern Ranch. Rider: Cole Seely Location: Wyvern Ranch in Piru, California Photographer: John Basher
Back in 2010 Ryan Dungey had a spectacular race with Ryan Villopoto during the Atlanta Supercross main, until Villopoto went over the bars. Dungey went on to win the Supercross c rown . Rider: Ryan Dungey Location: Atlanta Supercross Photographer: John Basher Date: February 27, 2010
Ronnie Renner is known as the “King of the Whip.” Here, he upholds his supremacy off a dirt hump at Ocotillo Wells in Southern California. Rider: Ronnie Renner Location: Ocotillo Wells Photographer: Mike Basher
At last weekend’s REM race at Glen Helen the Australian contingent started holding out pit boards to the competing Swedish riders on the track. We are not sure where the Aussies learned to speak Swedish, or even what they wrote, but every time a Swede went by the held up a different message and then laughed themselves silly. Hopefully this doesn’t lead to an international pit board incident. Even the photo was shot by an Aussie?Dan Alamangos.
James Stewart took a rare day off from training in 2010 to fly in a Red Bull supplied helicopter out to Catalina Island, off the coast of Long Beach, CA, and ride for the media. Rider: James Stewart Location: Catalina Island, California Photographer: John Basher Date: January, 2010
Ryan Villopoto and Mike Alessi battled for the 2006 250 National title. Here, RV leads Alessi during the second moto at Millville. When the dust settled Villopoto won his first of three consecutive outdoor titles.
Apparently if you know how to rip on a motorcycle then you should also be able to shred on a sled. Former racer Damon Bradshaw shows how it’s done on his snowmobile up in Idaho.
Davi Millsaps gets up close and personal with John Basher’s lens at the 2008 Hangtown National.
When Ronnie Renner is feeling comfortable on a jump it shows. Need proof? He was feeling mighty comfortable during this photo shoot, getting literally upside down on his whips.
A quiver of MXA orange helmets wait in the dark for their time to shine in a photo shoot.
In 2006 James Stewart had a new bike (the Kawasaki KX450F four-stroke), a new number (he dropped 259), and a new lease on life outdoors. His year didn’t go as planned, as he finished fourth overall in the point standings. However, he did win the opening round at Hangtown (pictured here).
In 2007 Ryan Villopoto (2) decimated the MXDN field at Budds Creek to uphold American honor. It was a tremendous day for U.S. racing and cemented RV’s status as the top 250 rider in the world. Villopoto didn’t lose a single moto throughout the entire weekend, and that includes when he raced against Ricky Carmichael.
Former MXA test rider Cole Seely wheelies out of a berm while testing Chad Reed’s Supercross winning YZ450F in 2008.
Brothers Mike and Jeff Alessi fly in formation over the KTM Supercross test track.
Do you remember when Nick Wey rode for MDK/KTM? The year was 2008. Here, he prepares for Supercross in October of 2007.
Freestyle rider Todd Potter completes a backflip heel clicker at the inaugural Red Bull X-Fighters Fort Worth stop in 2008.
Tommy Hahn, then a member of the factory Honda team, throws out a whip at the Honda test track in the winter of 2007.
MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton digs a trench on the 2008 Yamaha YZ250F at Glen Helen.
Daryl Ecklund was the MXA photo pilot for the 2009 Kawasaki KX450F. This was the first year of fuel injection for the mighty Kawi.
Dean Wilson (108), Martin Davalos (577), Nico Izzi (341), Cole Seely (200) and Max Anstie (48) battle for position in the first moto at Millville. Davalos would sneak up the inside and lead the first lap.
Ryan Dungey (5) tiptoes up the inside as he tries to sneak past Chad Reed (1). Little did they know that Andrew Short (not pictured) would swoop in from the outside and grab the holeshot.
Andrew Short ponders what next line he will take after he lands off this massive Budds Creek step-up double. Life sure moves fast at 1/60th of a second!
Like pieces of popcorn, the 250 class pops up and over the tricky rhythm section following the first turn at Budds Creek.
Privateer Kyle Regal has been the breakout success this 450 National series. Regal has put the hurt on a strong contingent of factory boys. Will he be factory-backed in 2011?