MOTOCROSS ACTION WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Kenny will be bringing this with him to RCH starting as soon as his KTM contract expires — or until KTM releases him (either way it will be soon). And his mechanic Kelly Lumgair has decided to join him at Suzuki.
Maybe it’s just that Suzuki is thrilled about the prospects of RCH getting Ken Roczen, maybe it has something to do with James Stewart’s yet-to-be-announced FIM penalty phase, maybe its because Suzuki found some extra dollars lying around, but rumors abound that the Ricky Carmichael/Carey Hart RCH team will be changing their name to “RCH Factory Suzuki” for 2015. Names do have meaning.
WHAT THE MXA WRECKING CREW IS UP TO
On Thursday, the MXA gang met Yamaha’s Bob Oliver (left) and Dan Rambert (right) to test Christophe Pourcel’s Valli Motorsports YZ250F for an upcoming issue. This bike was the holeshot king of the 250 Nationals and had every trick known to man done to it.
Virtually every day of the week we have been working on finding the proper settings for the Showa SFF TAC forks that come on the the 2015 KX450, RM-Z450 and CRF250. Our goal is to magically find the proper air pressures for all three air chambers — if magic involves weeks of testing then we are truly magical.
On Saturday, MXA will be at the REM races at Glen Helen working on our air fork projects and getting ready to build the ultimate, and ultimately most expensive, KTM 350SXF. But first, we want to explore all of its potential in stock trim.
GLEN HELEN NATIONAL TRIVIA
Because of an AMA rule that requires dirt starts in the AMA Nationals, although at one time they requested the tracks to put in concrete starts, Glen Helen removes their concrete start for the National weekend and then has it repoured after the race. Here is a photo of the freshly poured concrete going back into place. It has a rough finish to help the tires bite into it.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS
Aug. 30…Eric Sorby 1979
Aug. 30…Drake McElroy 1981
Aug. 30…Brian Garrahan
Aug. 31…Ezra Lusk 1975
Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig
Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975
Aug. 31…Ian Harrison
Sept. 1…Sean Hamblin 1982
Sept. 1…Jens Getteman 1993
Sept. 2…Tommy Clowers 1972
Sept. 2…Larry Witmer
Sept. 3…Jeremy Malott
Sept. 3…Ernesto Fonseca 1981
Sept. 4…Ron Tichenor 1969
DO YOU THINK A SEVEN-YEAR OLD BIKE COULD BEAT TODAY’S BIKES? FIND OUT HERE
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: 7602 RACING ADJUSTABLE KTM BRAKE TIP
7602 Racing’s 7075 aluminum KTM brake tip is a bolt-on extension for the KTM brake pedal. It is not only more aggressive, but it is adjustable fore and aft across a 1/2-inch range.
VERDICT: You wouldn’t think that a half-inch would make any difference. But, every MXA test rider raved about the 7602 tip. They didn’t rave about the anodized orange color (also available in black), sharp teeth or brake snake hole. Nope, they loved the fact that the longer brake pedal tip was more accessible and more tactile. The longer length allowed them to use more of the ball of their foot for more control. $34.95 — (719) 274-0606 or www.7602racing.com.
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: GROUP PHOTOS
THE AMA NATIONALS MAY BE HISTORY, BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT OF RACING LEFT
2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
October 11…Salt Lake City
2014 FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 ALL-JAPAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 MAXXIS BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 MONSTER CUP
October 18….Las Vegas
2014 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
September 12-13… Glen Helen
2014 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
October 18………..Phillip Island
October 19………..Phillip Island
2014 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
2014 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
November 1-2….Glen Helen
WITH 30 DAYS LEFT, THESE ARE THE 2014 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TEAMS
The list of Motocross des Nations teams has grown to 33 nations — and strangely, GP hosting countries Argentina, Thailand, Mexico and Qatar have not fielded teams. The race is on September 28.