MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IS THE SEASON REALLY TOO LONG?

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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S 12 MOST WATCHED VIDEOS

mxavidsoctThese 12 videos have been viewed 4,978,000 times. To see more MXA videos click here.

THE BIKE THAT FEETS MADE FAMOUS
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STRAIGHT RHYTHM: BUILT FOR BUBBA, BUT OTHERWISE MEANINGLESS

roczenstarighmilanThis year’s Red Bull Straight Rhythm race will be held under the lights at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, on October 22.

The “we race too much” anthem loses a lot of its meaning when the same riders line up for every post-season event that pays big bucks (and European Supercross that pays start money). Suddenly the risk of injury isn’t so large, they aren’t too tired and the season is not too long. Historically 29 races is not as long as it was back in the 1970s when the riders raced the six Inter-AMs, seven Supercrosses, seven 250 Nationals, followed by the seven 500 Nationals and then the 10-race Trans-AMA series (plus the USGP at Carlsbad)—and every moto back in those days was 40-minutes-plus-two-laps, not 30-minutes-plus-two. That adds up to 39 races. Total moto time in the 1970s was 2400 minutes of racing a year (30 outdoor races times 80 minutes per race). Today, a rider spends 720 minutes racing the outdoor Nationals (12 outdoor races times 60 minutes per race).

So, when the riders line up for the SMX Cup (October 8), Monster Cup (October 15), Straight Rhythm (October 22), Paris Supercross (Nov. 12-13) and the Aus-X in Sydney (Nov. 12-13), just remember the 39 races a year that Rex Staten, Tony D, Jimmy Weinert and Kent Howerton did without making up excuses about needing a rest.

THE WAY WE WERE: THE CROWDS, THE GRASS & THE IRONMEN

england1965akejonssonAke Jonsson flies his Husqvarna past the British Grand Prix crowd in 1965. The size of the crowd spread out across the hillsides sticks out, as does the natural grass track. Oh yeah, Ake raced a Husqvarna before Maico and Yamaha.

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MXA PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: NOT THE MEN IN THE BLUE SUITS

thurandyjAndy Jefferson was a successful AMA Pro racer, on a Husqvarna, so its no surprise that he worked at Husky as their offroad team manager before moving into the press relations role. Dennis Stapleton is shooting a photo of Andy as he flies by.

Many people think that the giant motorcycle corporations are made up of accountants and managers in blue suits, but nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of employees at Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, TM and SWM got their jobs because they loved to ride. We can’t speak for who wears suits and who doesn’t at every corporation, but here are some quick pics of the men that MXA deals with on a daily basis. Every one of them is a talented racer.

thurjasonabbottHonda’s Jason Abbott sails over a jump with very rare puffy SoCal clouds in the background.

thurtimolsonTim Olson was an MXA test rider for years before leaving to work for Yamaha and now Suzuki.

thurtommoenTom Moen was a factory race mechanic at KTM before taking over babysitting the press and keeping KTM’s fleet of test bikes running.

27ralfschmidtRalf Schmidt is a jack of all trades at TM USA, and when he isn’t working on the bikes he’s racing every weekend.

DEBBIvetranoPete Vetrano has imported four different European brands to the USA, and is getting ready to bring SWM Motorcycles to the USA this spring.

DToconnorIrishman David O’Connor came to the USA on a moto holiday and stayed to work for Team Kawasaki Offroad before moving to KTM as Tom Moen’s right-hand man.

SLICEbutlerDASteve Butler was an Australian racer who ended up wrenching for Jeff Emig at Team Yamaha, eventually becoming the Yamaha team manager before moving to the Yamaha test department.

VETprestonTravis Preston works as Yamaha’s inhouse test rider and does double duty in the press relations department. Travis was the 2002 AMA 250 West Supercross Champion and  2013-2014 World Vet Champion.

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WHAT’S LEFT OF THE 2016 RACE CALENDAR

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2016 REM MOTOCROSS
Oct. 8………………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 15…………………………No race (24 Hours of Glen Helen)
Oct. 22………………………..Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 29………………………..Glen Helen, CA (World Vet warm-up)

2016 MONSTER SMX RIDERS’ CUP
Oct. 8…………………………..Gelsenkirchen, Germany

STOCKHOLM SUPERCROSS
Oct. 8………………………..Stockholm, Sweden

AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS
Oct. 14………………………….Toowooba, Queensland
Oct. 29………………………….Wayville, South Australia
Nov. 5…………………………..Avalon, Victoria
Nov. 12-13…………………….Sydney, New South Wales

2016 MONSTER CUP
Oct. 15…………………………Las Vegas, NV

RED BULL  STRAIGHT RHYTHM
Oct. 22………………………..Pomona, CA

2016 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 22………………………..Tucson, AZ

2016 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 22………………………..Everett, WA
Nov. 5………………………….Boise, ID
Nov. 19………………………..Ontario, CA

ARNHEM SUPERCROSS
Oct. 22…………………………Arnhem, Holland

2016 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 29…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6……………………….Glen Helen, CA

STUTTGART SUPERCROSS
Nov. 11-12…………………….Stuttgart, Germany

TAMPERE SUPERCROSS
Nov. 11-12……………………..Finland

PARIS/LILLE SUPERCROSS
Nov. 12-13…………………….Lille, France

MUNICH SUPERCROSS
Nov. 18-19……………………Munich, Germany

2016 THOR WINTER OLYMPICS
Nov. 21-16……………………Gatorback, FL

DAY IN THE DIRT 19
Nov. 26-27………………….Glen Helen, CA

GENEVA SUPERCROSS
Dec. 23………………………Geneva, Switzerland

THIS WEEK’S STOCKHOLM SUPERCROSS TRACK MAP

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: TRAVIS IS 33

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Oct. 6…Brian Gray 1984
Oct. 7…Randy Lawrence
Oct. 7…John Ayers
Oct. 7…Ted Campbell

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Oct. 8…Brian Myerscough
Oct. 8…Les Smith 1990

TRAVISP
Oct. 8…Travis Pastrana 1983
Oct. 10…Jeff Cernic

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Oct. 12…Dan Alamangos 1964
Oct. 12…Cody Cooper 1983

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Oct. 13…Greg Albertyn 1972
Oct. 13…Mike Shield

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SWITCH HAULER BUMPER CARRIER

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MXA has considerable experience with the Switch Hauler from All-Jacked-Up Inc. It is the strongest, most durable, bumper carrier on the planet. Not only does it come with footpeg restraints, strap eyelets and the ability to carry a 300-pound load, the Switch Hauler is a modular package, that breaks down to a nice, easy to store package when you get home.  After all, who has room in their garage for a big bulky ramp or awkwardly configured contraption that doesn’t fit anywhere? With the Switch Hauler you’re not limited to the trailer speed limit, a few lanes on the road, prohibited from the carpool lane and it doesn’t need a ramp because it lowers itself down to bike height. If you don’t want to pulll a trailer, mount a Switch Hauler on the back and take what you need to where you’re going.

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This Switch Hauler comes in three drop hieghts: a straight tongue design with no drop, 2 inches of drop and 3-1/4-inches of drop to insure that it works with every size truck and Class III or better receiver. The modular design means that the Switch hauler is amazingly simple to install right out of the box. The retail price varies from $449.00 to $479.00. For more info go to (760) 500-3397 or www.alljackedupinc.com.

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT! THIEVES STEAL MXA’S SWITCH HAULER BY FOLLOWING UPS TRUCK IN NORCO, CALIFORNIA

Thieves followed the UPS truck when it delivered the latest version of the Switch Hauler to Norco, California, on Wednesday afternoon. We would never have known they had taken it, but they called Switch Hauler with some made-up story about wanting to buy this version and needed to know how much it cost. Since, this was the first edition of a new prototype, the guys at Switch Hauler got suspicious. They called UPS and tracked the package only to find out that it had been delivered to the Norco address—and left on the porch. But it wasn’t there immediately after the UPS truck left. If you have any information about this slime please call Switch Hauler at (760) 500-3397 and ask for Ken.

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TEASERS FROM THE GREATEST MOTORCYCLE MOVIE OF ALL-TIME

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: IF YOU FELT LIKE BUYING ITALIAN

cagiva3Cagiva was the most successful Italian motocross brand in the USA — until Husqvarna, which Cagiva had purchased, was bought by KTM.

84 DAYS UNTIL SUPERCROSS STARTS

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2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT

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REM GLEN HELEN GEARS UP FOR THE LAST 8 RACES OF 2016

remlasteight2016There are 8 races left in REM’s 40-race points paying schedule. They are  Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. The missing weekends are filled by the 24 Hours of Glen Helen (October 15-16), World Vet Championship (Nov. 5-6) and Day In The Dirt (November 26-27). For more info go to www.remsatmx.com or www.facebook.com/remsatmx/?fref=tsv

GRAN FONDO SANTA CLARITA: 20, 60 & 100 MILE LOOPS ON OCT. 22

GRANDFONDACLARITALots of cycling stars and even more motorcycle guys. For more info go to www.granfondosantaclarita.com

WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOV. 5-6

WORLDVET2016Now that the young guy’s Championships are decided, all eyes will turn to the older set at the 2016 Dubya-sponsored World Vet Championships. There are Pro class for the Over-30, Over-40 and Over-50 racers. Expect the competition to be intense. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

ROUTE 66 VINTAGE SCRAMBLES AT ROY ROGERS RANCH ON NOV. 20

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THOR MINI OLYMPICS ON NOV. 21-26

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DAY IN THE DIRT 19 ENTRIES OPEN NOW FOR NOV. 25-27

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HOW TO SUBSCRIBE & GET MXA FOR FREE: YOU WILL ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY

mxanovember2016coverInterested in getting a new bike this year? The November 2016 issue of MXA will be on the news stands soon and has test of seven bikes that you could own—including the 2017 KTM 150SX, 2017 Suzuki RM-Z250, 2017 Yamaha YZ450F, 2017 Husqvarna FC450 and 2017 KTM 250SXF. Plus, if you subscribe now you get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC which more than pays for your subscription.

Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year. The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because for only $19.99 you get 12 issues and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: http://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-motocross-action-magazine/

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