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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THIS IS HOW YOU WHEELIE, AUSSIE DRUG TESTS, FLASHBACK TO AMERICA-KIWI STYLE & YAMAHA’S GP TEAM VIDEO

                ATLANTA SUPERCROSS RESULTS 450 class: 1. James Stewart 2. Ryan Villopoto 3. Davi Millsaps 4. Justin Barcia 5. Trey Canard 6. Ryan Dungey 7. Eli Tomac 8. Jake Weimer 9. Chad Reed 10. Mike Alessi 250 East: 1. Wil Hahn 2. Dean Wilson 3. Marvin Musquin 4. Blake Wharton 5. Jeremy Martin 6. Justin Hill 7. Gavin Faith 8. Kyle Peters 9. Vince Friese 10. Zach Bell                 YAMAHA’S…

MXA TEAM TESTED: PIRELLI EXTRA X TIRES

WHAT IS IT? Pirelli’s idea with the original Extra tire was to sacrifice a degree of pure performance in specific conditions to gain consistency of performance across the board and, most important, to build a durable tire. The Extra X is a newly updated version. WHAT’S IT COST? $105.95 to $132.95, depending on size. CONTACT? www.us.pirelli.com or your local dealer. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Pirelli’s Extra X tires. (1) Front tread. The Extra X front tire has a new trea…

MXA TEAM TESTED: PIRELLI SCORPION MX MID-HARD 554

WHAT IS IT? Pirelli has revamped their Scorpion MX line with changes to the Hard 486, Mid-Hard 554, Mid-Soft 32 and Soft 410. Since the MXA wrecking crew typically races on hard-to-intermediate SoCal dirt, we wanted to try the new Mid-Hard 554. WHAT’S IT COST? $107.00 to $127.00. CONTACT? www.pirellimoto.com , (800) 747-3554, or have your dealer call Parts Unlimited or Western Powersports. WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Pirelli’s Mid-Hard 554 tires. (1) Tire updates. On bot…

TWO-STROKE TEST: 2012 KTM 150SX IS ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN ON A DIRT BIKE

Q: IS THE KTM 150SX STILL THE ONLY KTM TIDDLER SOLD IN THE USA? A: No, the KTM 125SX motocross bike is back for 2012. Three years ago, KTM made the 125SX obsolete by introducing an identical motocross bike with more power?the 144SX. After a quick glance at sales figures for the 144SX versus the 125SX, KTM decided to shelve the 125SX and only import the 144SX, which would later morph into the 150SX. For 2012, KTM decided that the market for a true 125cc two-stroke was big enough to put it back into the l…

MXA’S LAST WEEK IN REVIEW: WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK IF YOU WERE IN QUANTANAMO

HISTORY AS IT HAPPENS! PHOTO MOMENTOS OF KTM’s BIG NIGHT Ryan Dungey spanning the gap on his way to KTM’s first-ever Supercross victory. They said it couldn’t be done? Who said that? Well, Roger DeCoster for one (when he was at Honda and Suzuki). The slippery Phoenix dirt required maximum throttle control?that’s where Ryan is the best. “Pop, pop, fizz, fizz! Oh what a relief it is!” There were a lot of naysayers when Ryan Dungey passed up Joe Gibbs and Team Honda for KTM?but none now. The first man to m…

WE RIDE MAX NAGL’S GRAND PRIX-WINNING KTM 450SXF WORKS BIKE:

With the 2011 Grand Prix season set to start in Bulgaria in April, the MXA wrecking crew decided to take the time to ride what may be the last of the KTM 450SXF’s to race the World Championships. It is a unique bike and worth looking at. The 2010 Grand Prix season will go down in the record books as a victory lap for Italian Antonio Cairoli and his mid-sized KTM 350SXF. With no production rule to contend with in GP racing and an enormous marketing push behind the 350SXF, Cairoli enjoyed unequaled techno…

MXA TEAM TESTED: DUNLOP GEOMAX MX71 HARDPACK FRONT TIRE

WHAT IS IT? The MX71 is Dunlop’s new hard terrain tire, and the final model in Dunlop’s new Geomax line (which includes the MX31, MX51 and MX71).         WHAT’S IT COST? $95.76 to $98.15 (mini sizes start at $45.00).         CONTACT? www.dunlopmotorcyle.com or your local dealer.          WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Dunlop’s Geomax MX71 front tire. (1) Target. The MX71 is designed to…

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…

PIRELLI RACE REPORT (05/11/10)

FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4 ? AGUEDA 8-9 MAY At the fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship Pirelli Scorpion MX ruled all classes and won all six motos disputed in Portugal. MX1 belonged to Belgian Clement Desalle, MX2 was owned by Frenchman Marvin Musquin , who also returned to the top of the championship standings, while the Women’s World Championship event, the second of seven this season, was won by German Stephanie Laier who continues to front the series. MX 1 WEATHER Sunn…