MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Justin Barcia
Bike: 2022 GasGas MC450F
Location: Washougal MX
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: ANDREA RAPACCIOLI’S HONDA CR500AF
This is a great-looking Honda CR500AF. Photo by @knossy
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: KEN ROCZEN ON RACING SICK AT WASHOUGAL
“I was ready to give it my all. Unfortunately, it seems like my immune system kind of let me down a little bit. I started feeling iffy on Thursday and especially Friday; I came down with a fever and massive headache through Friday night. I probably picked up some kind of illness, so that made my day a lot tougher. I got lucky that the weather wasn’t super-hot, and I guess I have to be happy with a 4-6 for fourth overall.
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The August 2022 issues have full tests on the 2022 Yamaha YZ85 and YZ85 Big Wheel, 2022 Suzuki RM-Z250, a full test of the ultra-cool retro-mod Husqvarna TC300 that Zach Osborne raced at the 2022 World Two-Stroke Championship, Josh Mosiman gives the full break-down on how his GasGas MC250 two-stroke got to 44-horsepower and a retro test on James Stewart’s 2005 Kawasaki SR 250. If that’s not enough for you, we sat down with Larry Brook to learn how he went from minicycle star to MXA test rider to AMA racer to team owner for Chad Reed and James Stewart to his rejuvenation from running an amateur team to becoming the team manager of Suzuki’s official 250 Supercross and National effort.
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WASHOUGAL // ROUND 8 OF THE 2022 PRO MOTOCROSS SERIES // by Ben Bridges
- Chase Sexton goes 2-1 for his 1st win since Round 1.
- Chase Sexton is still the only rider to be on the podium all 8 rounds.
- Sexton has 2 wins this year and 4 total 450MX wins.
- Sexton also won Washougal last year.
- Chase Sexton becomes the first Honda rider to win back-to-back races at Washougal.
- Eli Tomac goes 1-2 for 2nd overall and keeps the red plate with a 5-point lead.
- Yamaha last won Washougal in 1999 with Jimmy Button.
- Jason Anderson goes 3-3 with 3rd overall, 4th podium this year, and he’s 3rd in the points.
- Ken Roczen goes 4-6 for 5th overall. It was his 7th top 5 this year and he sits 4th in the points.
- Ryan Dungey pulled the holeshot in the 1st moto, and then pulled over with a mechanical problem. Dungey’s last DNF was at Redbud in 2013, where he went 34-3 for 10th overall.
- Dungey was 2 points out of 5th place when the day started, now he’s 15th points out of 5th place.
- With 4 rounds to go there’s a 5-point gap between 1st and 2nd. In 2011 there was a 1-point gap with 4 rounds to go, and in 2018 and 2007 there was a 7-point gap with 4 rounds to go. This 450MX season, with 4 rounds to go, could go down to the wire.
- Honda sweeps Washougal, it was their 2nd sweep of the season.
- Jett Lawrence goes 2-2 and takes the overall win, it was his 7th win of the season.
- It was the 2nd time Jett Lawrence went 2-2 and won the overall.
- Jett Lawrence now has 12 250MX wins and ties Tomac for 9th place on the all-time 250 MX win list.
- A Lawrence has won at least one moto all 8 rounds.
- It was Honda’s 7th win this season. In 1996 Honda had 9 wins in a season. Can this be matched or broken?
- Justin Cooper goes 4-1 for 2nd place. It was his 1st moto win of the season.
- Hunter Lawrence goes 1-4 for 3rd overall.
- It was the 6th time this season the Lawrence Brothers shared the podium.
- Jo Shimoda went 3-3 for 4th overall and he still sits 3rd in the points.
- Max Vohland goes 7-5 for 5th overall, his 2nd Top 5 of the season. He sits 7th in the points. 15 points out of 5th place.
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MXA VIDEO: KX500 VERSUS KX450F
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WIN CODY WEBB’S 2023 SHERCO 2-STROKE // click the photo
TEAM TESTED //PRO CIRCUIT KTM 450SXF SUSPENSION MODS
We love the stock suspension on the 2021–2022 KTMs, but it was on the soft side for our fastest test riders. The stock KTM 450SXF settings work great on smooth to moderately rough tracks, but the rougher the track, the more important it is for the forks to stay up in their stroke. Pro Circuit’s valving held both the forks and shock up higher in their stroke, which made more suspension travel available for the big hits.
VERDICT: The Pro Circuit suspension valving and linkage were plug-and-play upgrades for Pro riders, but not so much for Novices, Vets or play riders.
DIGITS: $164.95 (forks), $164.95 (shock), $445.00 (linkage)—(951) 738-8050 or www.procircuit.com.
MXA VIDEO // CHASE SEXTON TELL US THEY CAN WIN THE MXDN
MOTOCROSS TIP // BEING MENTALLY TOUGH
MOTO TIP: Mentally tough riders tend to have very positive attitudes. They encounter challenges like everyone else, but when the trials come, they push through. The strongest riders enjoy the challenges because they know they’ll gain mental strength conquering them. The first key to becoming mentally tough is realizing that challenges will come. The second step is tackling them head-on.
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LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN //1998 HONDA CR125 FMF 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY BIKE
ASK THE MXPERTS: LAST-MINUTE GRIP FIXES
LAST-MINUTE GRIP FIXES
At the track last week I tore my left grip. I had spare grips in my toolbox but no grip glue. The guy parked next to me was a contractor, and he said that he had spray paint and that would work. I didn’t believe him, so I safety-wired my torn grip up like a mummy and raced my second moto. My hands now look like a Guy Fieri hamburger. My question is, does spray paint work?
Yes. This is an old-school trick—but not the oldest. Of all the chemically dependent measures used to install grips, paint is the only method we would trust to use 30 minutes later. The best paint to use is clear Krylon. The enamel in Krylon dries instantly and is the least harsh on Kraton Polymer (the material that most grips are made of). Kraton Polymer is a faux rubber developed by the Shell Chemical Corporation. Kraton is the most commonly used thermal plastic rubber (TPR). A tacky Kraton rubber grip will never become hard and slick because it dries out with age as if it were made of real rubber. You must use enamel paint. Lightly spray the inside of the grip and the bar. Immediately slide the grip into position. The grip glues to the bar instantly as the paint dries. Using clear paint means no ugly over-spray.MXA carries a set of clamp-on grips to every race and test session. That way we don’t have to wait for the glue to dry.
The smartest move is to carry a set of bolt-on grips, such as ODI, Torc1 or A’ME grips, in your toolbox. This eliminates the need to wait for the glue to dry.
The 1993 MXA 125cc two-stroke shootout.
Moto Trivia answer: Shawn Kalos back in 1993.