MXA test crew in 1977: 44 years ago Paul Boudreau (back row), Jody Weisel, Cherry Stockton and mechanic Alan Hahn, along with (front row) Kurt Evans, Pete Maly and Al Baker were the MXA gang.
We don’t say thank you nearly enough, but every MXA test riders has a lot to be thankful for. Jody, Josh, Daryl and Dennis have the greatest jobs in the world. They ride, race and write. It is true that they gripe about their jobs and the misery of having to test brand-new motorcycles in the hot sun—but that is just normal men-at-work talk. They love what they do—and it shows in the dedication they put into testing bikes.
When you read an MXA bike test, you might be tempted to think of it as the sole product of an one of MXA’s editors. Not true. While the four main MXA guys are the nucleus of Motocross Action, MXA also has a loyal crew of racers who help us out immensely on a weekly basis. MXA provides the bikes, gear, helmets and parts to a select crew of Pro, Vet, Intermediate and Novice motocross racers. Their job is to provide feedback to the testing process.
MXA test crew in 1982: 39 years ago (left to right) Ketchup Cox, Lance Moorewood, Gary Jones and Jody Weisel were the core of MXA.
The MXA wrecking crew is a weird mix. It has aggressive young riders; Vet Pros with solid credentials; crazy local amateurs; Vet riders; and old-line racers from the 1960s and ’70s. We couldn’t do the job of testing motorcycles without the help of the complete crew—the young for their enthusiasm, the experienced for their mechanical skill and the old hands for their amazing knowledge.
The MXA test crew in 1985: 36 years ago David Gerig, Gary Jones, Lance Moorewood (front left) and Jody Weisel were the MXA wrecking crew.
The MXA test crew in 1992: 29 years ago Gary Jones, Alan Olson, Jody Weisel and George Kohler were the official Team Peak Honda Vet team (with works bikes).
To all of these test riders (and the families that supported them when they were gone to the races) we say thank you for your help. And a special thanks to the old school MXA test riders from the past like Doug Dubach, Larry Brooks, Paul Boudreau, Kurt Evans, Pete Maly, Bill Keefe, David Gerig, Mike Basher, Ed Arnet, Gary Jones, Clark Jones, Tim Olson, Lance Moorewood, Ketchup Cox, Dick Miller, John Minert, Billy and Willy Musgrave, Mike Hooker and the late Al Baker and Rich Eierstedt. And especially, Jeremy McGrath, Mike Craig, Roger DeCoster, Mike Chamberlain and Cole Seely.
The MXA test crew in 2012: Nine years ago Jody Weisel, John Basher, Dennis Stapleton and John Minert were hard at work — this photo was shot at the Suzuki Supercross test track and Daryl Ecklund was busy riding when the photo was shot.
MXA’S BIG FOUR: THE MEN YOU SEE IN THE MAGAZINE
Dennis Stapleton: MXA has a calendar on the wall that attempts to keep track where Dennis is on any given day. Dennis is one of the busiest men in motocross.
Jody Weisel: Jody started racing motocross in 1968 and has logged thousands of races in pursuit of test info. In fact, he has tested more vintage bikes than any man alive, but he did it by riding them when they were brand-new.
Daryl Ecklund: Not every AMA pro racer has what it takes to be a test rider—but Daryl made the transition from AMA Pro to physical trainer to MXA test rider with ease. He is MXA’s managing editor, which means he does all the work.
Josh Mosiman: The Mosiman brothers are a force to be reckoned with in AMA Pro motocross. Michael Mosiman races for the factory GasGas team in the Supercross and Motocross, while Josh Mosiman makes a living riding brand new bikes for Motocross Action.
THE MEN BEHIND THE SCENES
Roland Hinz: Roland (right) owns MXA and Dirt Bike and was instrumental in bringing Roger DeCoster (left) to work at the magazines for two years (between Team Honda and Team Suzuki).
Tom Hinz: Tom is the son of MXA owner Roland Hinz, who also owns Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Wheels, Dirt Bike, Road Bike Action and Electric Bike Action. Although Roland is an avid offroad rider, he didn’t want his son to race motocross. So, of course, Tommy took up racing. Tom runs MXA’s website.
The late Tom White: An AMA Grand National dirt tracker, White Brothers’ founder, museum owner, AMA Hall of Famer, announcer/emcee and motocross racer Tom White was also the long-time Vintage Editor at MXA. Thankfully, Tom left a museum full of vintage motocross bikes and a vault full of stories about them to keep his “Classic Iron” column going. We miss him.
Jamie Ellis: As motorcycle electronics and hardware got more complicated, MXA asked Twisted Development tunerJamie Ellis to share his incredible understanding of engines, electronics and design in his “Twisted Logic ” column every month.
Travis Fant: Travis coordinates, shoots, edits and produces all of MXA’s video content. When the shooting is done, Travis is no slouch on a motocross bike.
Trevor Nelson. Trevor is MXA’s go-to-guy for everything from studio photography, to bike tests shooting, to AMA National coverage to prowling the Supercross pits.
John Ker: John has been shooting photos at MXA for 30 years, but he is more famous for his BMX, mountain bike and surfing photos (although we love his Supercross, National, Grand Prix and test bikes shots). In fact, John has been inducted into both the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and the BMX Hall of Fame.
Dan, Debbi, Rich & Chillzone: These are the photographers who cover all of the bases when the regular MXA crew is off on location. Jody (left) meets with photographers Rich Stuelke (on Jody’s left), Dan Alamangos (back to camera), Debbi Tamietti and Mark Chilson (far right) to discuss how Dan’s pants got so dirty in practice. Dan, Debbi, Rich and Mark are incredibly competitive when it comes to getting the best photo.
OUR THANKS TO MXA’S UNSUNG HEROES
THANK YOU TO EVERY MXA TEST RIDER OVER THE YEARS…