MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT

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Dean Wilson

Rider: Dean Wilson
Bike: 2012 Pro Circuit KX250F
Location: Anahiem
Event: Anaheim Supercross
Photographer: MXA Archive
ISO: 400
Shutter speed: 1/1000
Lens: 70-200mm
Focal length: 200mm
F-stop: 5

TOM WHITE’S EARLY YEARS OF MX MUSEUM HOSTING A BIKES AND BURGERS FOR MXDN TEAM USA!

 Press Release: Tom Whites’ Early Years of MX Museum will be opening for a Private Bikes and Burgers event Wednesday September 7th, 2022. 5;30pm -8pm

If you and a guest would like to attend please email [email protected] and your name will be placed on the Entry List. Once confirmed you will receive an email with your confirmation # and museum address.

Please note that a minimum donation of $40 per person is required. Dinner will be provided.

We will be keeping the event to a pre-registered number of 100 and only those registered will be admitted.

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: PAUL HOEY’S 1998 YAMAHA YZ250

“I have just completed my 1998 YZ250 Ohlins 360cc Noleen replica. This bike was an original used and abused survivor. I completely restored and refurbished almost every part of this bike including a NOS Noleen race team ported Ohlins 360cc top end kit, UFO plastics, Throttle Jockey original Noleen race team graphics and seat cover, GP alloy fuel tank, Ohlins Shock, factory Krooztune Suspension KYB fork internals, Lightspeed Carbon Fibre Parts, Dynoport USA 360cc big volume exhaust pipe and carbon fibre silencer. Excel A60 rims, Talon hubs, Renthal sprockets, chain and handlebars. SCAR grips, Applied Racing triple clamps and Pirelli MX32 Pro tyres. It’s been awesome fun building this bike and I can’t wait to race it. –Paul Hoey from Australia

EDITORS NOTE: Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at [email protected]. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA.

WIN CODY WEBB’S 2023 SHERCO 2-STROKE // click the photo for a chance to win

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JASON ANDERSON ON A FACTORY TWO-STROKE

PRESTON PETTY CELEBRATION OF LIFE  

Motorcycle Industry Gathers to Honor a Legend: Preston Petty

Where would the motorcycle industry be without plastic fenders? Well, thanks to Preston Petty, you don’t have to deal with that challenge – he figured it out over five decades ago. The AMA Hall of Famer passed in January, and due to the pandemic, his celebration of life was pushed back so it could be held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Hopetown Reunion, Sunday, November 6, 2022, Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Simi Valley, California.

In the world of motorcycles, Preston Petty was what baseball would call a 5-tool player: First, he was a winner – Preston started racing when he was 16, and in 1970, used his winnings to start his company. Second, he was versatile – Preston competed in everything from motocross to International Six Days Trials (ISDT), scrambles to flat track, often taking the checkered flag. Third, he was a computer nerd – Preston worked as a computer programmer/engineer on the Apollo space mission. Fourth, he was an innovator – while everyone else was using steel or fiberglass, Preston created a line of indestructible plastic fenders that revolutionized the industry. Fifth, Preston never stopped innovating – in his 70s, he built an electric flat track race bike to prove to the world that EVs can be competitive. That’s not  all – Preston was also an avid aviator – in fact, he circumnavigated the globe in his small private plane.

Renowned artist, Dave Maestrejuan, painted a unique portrait of Preston, capturing the highlights of his exemplary life. After the celebration of life, the painting will hang at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

Preston Petty was truly a one-of-a-kind individual, and his celebration of life will be truly epic to honor the man who helped revolutionize our industry.

Preston Petty

-February 19, 1941 – January 16, 2022

-Celebration of life: Sunday, November 6, 2022

-Hummingbird Ranch, Simi Valley, CA 

Preston Petty – Fast Facts

So, you think you know Preston… but did you know?

  • Preston Petty was born and raised in Los Angeles, California 
  • Started riding at age 11, racing at 13
  • By the age of 16, he was one of the best flat track, TT, scrambles, and off-road racers in Southern California 
  • He started racing Hondas in the United States before Honda opened its U.S. headquarters 
  • Preston rode for Team USA in three International Six-Day Trials, earning a Silver Medal in 1969
  • He raced against Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster at the Castaic Inter-Am in 1968 riding a Suzuki twin-port 250
  • Was a member of the Scramblers Motorcycle Club
  • Worked as a computer programmer for Rocketdyne on the Apollo Moon Mission
  • Conferred with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak before they created Apple
  • 1968 – Preston starts developing the unbreakable plastic fender
  • 1969 – Won $1,000 at Hopetown race – used that as the seed money to start his company
  • 1970 – Created Preston Petty Products 
  • 1976 – Flew around the world in his own plane (engine went out in Fiji – he took a commercial flight back to U.S., got the parts, flew back to Fiji, fixed the engine, and completed his trip)
  • Member of the AMA Hall of Fame (inducted in 1999)
  • Honored as an inductee of Legends and Heroes
  • When Preston quit racing, he became a computer geek
  • Preston was one of the first to build an electric-powered flat tracker

FOR SALE! INHOUSE EMPLOYEE’S 1984 SUZUKI RM250

Looking for a collector bike to race at the vintage races or two-stroke races? This 1984 RM250 has all the bones needed to for a great project bike. 

The best thing about this bike is that it is completely original, save for the added spark arrestor. The bike is in good shape for a 38 year old bike. The engine has compression and would start if the carb and tank were cleaned out as the bike has been sitting for a while. Our in-house guy is looking to get $3000 for the well taken care of machine. Contact [email protected] for inquires.

If you buy this bike, MXA we will through in some grips for you! Also whoever raced this bike sure had a strange lever position!

If you are asking what is on top of the seat, that is the original kickstand that came with the bike. Can’t believe he didn’t toss that useless piece on metal in the trash after all these years.  

IRONMAN // ROUND 11 OF THE 2022 PRO MOTOCROSS SERIES // by Ben Bridges

 

450MX Recap-Sexton gets win #4
  • Chase Sexton goes 2-1 for his 4th win of the season.
  • Eli Tomac goes 1-2 for 2nd overall.
  • After all the racing at Ironman, nothing was settled. Tomac still has a 1-point lead.
  • Aaron Plessinger goes 3-3 for 3rd.  It was his 2nd podium of the season.

  • Jason Anderson goes 6-4 for 4th overall. He has been a very consistent racer this season.
  • Christian Craig goes 5-5 for 5th overall.  The Yamaha rider pulled two holeshots.
  • Craig is in a battle with Dungey for 5th place in the points.  Craig and Dungey scored the same number of points.  Craig’s still 3 points up for 5th.
  • Ryan Dungey goes 4-7 for 6th overall.  Dungey is the highest placing KTM rider in the points standings.  He sits in 6th.

  • Tomac – 138 laps led, 2.0 avg finish, 12 moto wins, 10 pods and 4 overall wins.
  • Sexton – 129 laps led, 2.0 avg finish,  8 moto wins, 10 pods and 4 overall wins.
  • With one round left to go, this is one of the best series ever raced in the history of 450MX, where only 1 point separates 1st and 2nd.
250MX Recap-Jett Lawrence wins again
  • Jett Lawrence goes 1-3 for his 8th win of the season.
  • Jett Lawrence needs one more win to tie Steve Lamson (below) for most wins in a season by a Honda rider.

  • Jo Shimoda goes 5-1 for 2nd overall and holds a slim 7-point lead over Hunter Lawrence for 2nd in the points.

  • Hunter Lawrence goes 3-2 for 3rd overall.
  • Hunter Lawrence is 3rd in the points, but has no overall wins.  His 3.5 avg finish will keep him on the podium when the final points are tallied.
  • This was Honda’s 4th sweep this season.
  • Haiden Deegan made his pro debut, goes 34-24 for 31st overall. He had a bad crash in moto 1.

Haiden Deegan 2022 Ironman National

  • For the 4th time this season no American riders were on the podium.
  • Yamaha is the king of holeshots.  The brand has 12 this season, Honda has 5, Kawasaki 4, HQV 1.
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MXA | MOTO | TRIVIA

Jason Anderson 2011Name the rider and year. Answer at the bottom of page.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: UFO PLASTICS VENTED GASGAS SIDE PANELS

The first to bring you plastics for the new GasGas bikes, UFO Plastic now has vented side panels. The vented side panels allow more air to flow into the airbox, resulting in more power and stronger performance. It’s the most economical way to add horsepower. They’re available in red, white and black for GasGas; orange, white, black and Flo Orange for KTM; and white, black, blue and Flo Yellow for Husqvarna.

$62.99www.ufoplast.com or (815) 756-9400.

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MXA MOTO TIP // USING A STARTING DEVICE IS A MUST

MOTO TIP. This is a must-have item for starting on dirt. A holeshot device keeps the forks compressed, allowing you to put more power to the rear wheel without doing a huge wheelie. You can stay on the throttle instead of backing off to keep the front end down, and you will be able to lean farther back without worrying that you might loop out. If your track has a concrete start, don’t waste time with a holeshot device—just work on technique. Although many AMA Pros don’t use Launch Control, it is a valuable tool for most rider—with one caveat—you have to learn its secrets. Some Launch Controls allow you to turn the throttle all the way until the bike hits the rev limiter, while some work best at three-quarter throttle. Additionally, you need to know how to get out of launch control on a short start—since you may not get to third gear. We know riders on tight Supercross tracks, who shift up to third and back down to second coming out of the first corner just to get rid of the muted feel of Launch Control once on the track. Did you know that KTM and Husky Launch Control system turn off if you shut the throttle off more than 30%? This is great in the first turn, but not so good if you blip the throttle before the gate drops. All the Launch Control systems are different and what works on a KTM may not work on a Kawasaki. And, nothing you know about Launch Control will work on a Honda, because it doesn’t come with it.

TALK MOTO WITH MOTO MINDED PEOPLE. JOIN MXA’S FACEBOOK GROUP CHAT

We love everything moto and want to bring all moto junkies together into one place to share their two cents, ideas, photos, bike fixes, bike problems and much more. To check it out first you must need to or already have a Facebook account. If you don’t, it isn’t much work and you could even have an alias so nobody knows it is you. To join click HERE. After you request to join we will accept your request shortly after.

MINI PRODUCT TEST // MOTO TASSINARI V-FORCE 4R REED VALVE

The V-Force 4R reed valve has a new manifold, reed cage and air guide. The reed-tip surface is 10 percent larger, and the new pre-curved reed petals ensure a better seal. Plus, the frontal area of the central wing has been reduced by 15 percent to improve aerodynamics.

VERDICT: If we had to complain, we’d say that we expected a bigger improvement over OEM, but that is unrealistic on a KTM or Husky because their stock reed-valve system is a Moto Tassinari copy. We love this reed on a Yamaha.

DIGITS: $168.00—www.mototassinari.com or (603) 298-6646.

LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN | 1999 KAWASAKI KX500

1999 KAWASAKI KX500

QUOTE OF THE WEEK // HAIDEN DEEGAN ON WHY HE LINED UP FOR MOTO 2 AFTER HIS BIG CRASH

Haiden Deegan 2022 Ironman National

Yes, I was banged up, but I wanted to race the second moto. I wanted more time on the track as I knew it would be rougher, and I wanted more experience racing the guys. But I had a bad gate pick, which resulted in a bad start, and getting taken out by the third turn. Ultimately, I finished twenty fourth in the moto.

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CLASSIC PHOTO

2011 daytona start 2011 Daytona Supercross start with Kevin Windham (14), Ryan Dungey (1) and Ryan Villopoto.


Moto Trivia answer: Jason Anderson in his rookie year in 2011

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