MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Josh Mosiman
Bike: 2023 Yamaha YZ450F
Location: Star Racing GOAT Farm
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT // PAUL PLAVECSKY 2006 YAMAHA YZ250
“Here is my 2006 YZ250. For starters, it has a ’22 tank, subframe, seat and plastic. I came across a YouTube video from MX REVIVAL regarding the plastic update. I hoped it was possible as I like updating this bike. Well, it was easy. I figured I already have a lot of additions that I didn’t need a new bike. I acquired the bike from a friend whose son owned it from new. It had been in storage for years. The owner bought it to ride with a friend as they were in the service together. Unfortunately, the friend was killed in Iraq. He no longer wanted to ride it. I knew the history of bike. I got it for $2000. It was like new. Original tires..sprockets…everything! I added parts from my ’02.
I put many parts that Jody used on his Yamaha a few years back. Pro circuit pipe, silencer, 9oz Flywheel and VForce reeds. With other things like Boyeson Power Wing, ASV levers Pro Taper bars, D.I.D chain and Decal Works Silver Shimmer graphics. I don’t mind “mixing” brands. I get parts that put these companies on the map. Of course, Dunlop tires on OEM wheels. Some cosmetic things, a Boyeson ignition and clutch covers and Acerbis frame guards. All this keeps this 58-year-old interested in riding! Thank you!—Paul Plavecsky Ellwood City, PA.
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2022 DUBYA VET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
MXA MOTO TIP OF THE WEEK // CHECK YOUR HEART RATE IN THE MORNING
MOTO TIP: It’s a good idea to check your heart rate as soon as you wake up, since that’s when your heart rate is most consistent. Tracking your MHR can take a lot of the guesswork out of developing an efficient training program. Changes in your MHR can tell you if you’re overtraining or under-training, and keep you on track to achieve optimum performance.
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE RACING TITANIUM FOOT PEGS
Moose Racing introduces our new Titanium Foot Pegs. The Moose Ti Foot Pegs provide a factory look and extreme weight savings coming in under 300 grams per set. They are made from aerospace grade titanium, Grade 5 Ti-6AL-4V, with chamber-controlled welding. The pegs have an aggressive 57mm cleated platform with an inner cleated webbing design for added traction surface and strength. They also offer a beveled front and rear edge to prevent hanging up in deep ruts. Available now for all popular late model offroad motorcycles. MSRP is listed at $269.95 for all fitments. Head on over to your local dealer or to www.mooseracing.com to check this out!
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GODSPEED! COY GIBBS (1972-2022)
We are heart broken to report that Coy Gibbs, the owner and controller of the Joe Gibbs Racing MX team which competed from 2008 through 2020, died in his sleep on the night of Saturday, November 5th. Coy was 49 years old and he had just watch his son, Ty Gibbs, win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship earlier that day in Phoenix.
MX Sports press release:
The youngest son of NFL coaching legend and Pro Football and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, Coy followed in his famed father’s footsteps both on the field and on the racetrack. After four years as linebacker for Stanford University, from 1991-1994, he made the move to four wheels and enjoyed a brief stint as a driver in NASCAR’s Truck Series and Xfinity Series from the 2000-2003 seasons. He returned to football in 2004 as an assistant coach under his father with the Washington Commanders and remained through the 2007 season.
Prior to the 2008 racing season Coy parlayed his personal passion for motocross and supercross into an extension of JGR’s highly successful racing pedigree with the establishment of JGRMX. The fledgling program took a unique approach in its operation and was headquartered in North Carolina to leverage the deep engineering and development resources of the team, which worked in tandem in a manufacturer partnership with Yamaha. Over the course of 13 seasons, JGRMX established itself as the sport’s premier satellite program and became an integral entity within the industry. A direct result of Coy’s commitment, passion, and lovable personality. JGRMX captured numerous victories and podiums over the course of its existence, despite missing out on an elusive championship. The names who competed for the team reads as a who’s who of American motocross–Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Justin Brayton, Josh Grant, Alex Martin, Davi Millsaps, Chad Reed, Joey Savatgy, James Stewart, Weston Peick, and others.
“This is a tremendous and tragic loss, not just for the motocross community, but motorsports as a whole. Even though he was one of the quietest individuals in the pits, Coy was a giant in the business of racing,” said Davey Coombs, President, MX Sports Pro Racing. “You’d be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable and passionate about what it takes to be successful. He never wavered in his commitment to make his motocross and supercross dreams a reality and, as a result, JGRMX was a perennial underdog who consistently defied the odds throughout its tenure in the sport. Coy was a beloved member of our industry, even after the team was forced to shut its doors, and his untimely passing has sent shockwaves around the racing world. He will be deeply missed and we are eternally grateful for the impact JGRMX left in our corner of motorsports.”
Mere hours before Coy departed us, his oldest son, 19 year old Ty, had cemented the Gibbs family’s distinction as racing royalty by capturing the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. Coy’s passing follows the equally tragic loss of his brother, J.D., in 2019, as the two had established a formidable second generation of leadership within the organization.
FORGOTTEN BIKES // 1977 CAN-AM BLACK WIDOW
MXA TESTED // 2023 HONDA CRF250
MXA TEAM TESTED: FXR REVO GEAR
The Revo pant has a slim, athletic fit that conforms to your legs without hindering movement. The jersey is slim-fitting and flexible in the right places. Although an athletic fit, it’s not skintight and fits comfortably, even on riders without an Adonis-like body. If you don’t have an athletic-fit body, order one size up.
VERDICT: We have zero complaints about the fit and function of the Revo gear, but it would be nice to have a little extra material in the front zipper area for more protection and discretion.
DIGITS: $79.99 (jersey), $199.99 (pant)—www.fxrracing.com or (877) 999-9798.
MOTO // TRIVIA
MXA QUOTE OF THE WEEK // DANNY LAPORTE ON CHASING HIS DREAMS NOT THE MONEY
WOULDN’T YOU HAVE MADE MORE MONEY IF YOU HAD STAYED AT TEAM HONDA IN 1982? Absolutely. The 1982 and 1983 Hondas were incredible. In Europe, I was going to be riding an air-cooled Yamaha YZ250 while the Hondas were water-cooled and, as I knew, amazing. In the early 1980s Honda had one amazing motorcycle after another. But, I wanted to go to Europe and was fortunate to find a spot over there.
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JEREMY MCGRATH THE KING OF SUPERCROSS
10TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY ON DEC. 3 AT PALA
MOTO TRIVIA ANSWER: The French GP rider, Gautier Paulin tried his hand at Supercross back in 2010.