MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT

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Davi Millsaps 2008

Rider: Davi Millsaps
Bike: 2008 Factory Honda CRF450

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: DAMON JONES 2003 HONDA CR250

Honda CR250We miss the Honda smokers. And to buy one for $800 and then dump a few grand into it your still saving boat loads of money from buying a new thumper. Heck, you can build yourself three project CR250’s for the price of one new KTM SXF model. 

Dear MXA,
I’ve got a 2003 Honda CR250 that I rescued 4 years ago for $800 and recently decided to bring it up to speed. A rundown of the goods are as follows:

-Keihin 38mm PWK Airstryker carb
V-Force 3 reeds
Pro Circuit Platinum pipe and R-304 silencer
Galfer 270mm front rotor
Galfer braided front brake line
Excel takasago rims, Excel spokes
Michelin starcross tires (getting the new 5s soon)
Renthal Twinwall bars
ASV levers
Hammerhead shifter
GPI radiators
-All new linkage and head tube bearings
Applied triple clamps 22mm offset (24 stock)
IMS Bigfoot footpegs
Renthal chain and sprockets
Roost mx supplied graphics

The engine was ported by Eric Gorr with his “mo-power” package, as well as correcting the squish clearance, while still being able to run pump gas (however some days it does ping so I’ve been running race/pump gas mix). The piston is a Wiseco. The crank is the rebuilt OEM crank by Millenium Technologies.

Honda CR250We can’t help but love the old Road Runner graphics. Reminds us of Carmichael’s Honda days. 

The clutch consists of a Wiseco inner and outer hub, as well as their springs and friction plates. I also prefer the OEM clutch cables over aftermarkets. I would like to add when I bought the bike the seat was bent up at a weird angle on the side, turns out the exhaust had bent somewhere along its life and the previous owner had cut and welded the aluminum subframe up on an angle on the exhaust side so the mounts would line up! I ended up getting a like new subframe off ebay for $40! Overall this bike has become a very ergonomic and rider friendly bike that is capable of blistering speed, yet could still be ridden by a first timer confidently. —Damon.

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FULL-TILT // KTM 150SX BUILD 

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MXA | MOTO | TRIVIA

doug bubach denali electricWho is this MXA test rider and what bike is he riding? Here it is hint. It was one of the first electric dirt bikes. Answer at the bottom of the page.

ALDON BAKER LAUNCHES NEW BICYCLE COMPANY

Aldon Baker Alcavi bicycles

In the sport of motocross, Aldon Baker is known for being the most popular and the most successful trainer. Riders like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo, Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne have all worked under the tutelage of Aldon. Now, he has just introduced his newest business venture, Alcavi Bicycles, a brand formulated between Aldon and one of his athletes, Alfredo Campo. Read the full article HERE.

FLY RACING’S JERSEY’S OF THE STARS

Andrew ShortThis is one of the jerseys worn be Andrew Short for the 2010 Motocross des Nations held in Colorado. The USA team consisted of Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew. And yes, they won.

Jason LawrenceIn 2008,  Jason Lawrence won the 250 West Supercross title for Fly Racing. He went on to beat out Ryan Dungey that year by 3 points.  

Brandon JessemanBrandon Jesseman won the 250 East title for Fly Racing in 2003 over Mike Brown.

Andrew ShortOne of Andrew Short’s Vegas Supercross jerseys.  

Jason AndersonJason Anderson back in his amateur days.

Zach OsborneThe freshest championship jersey on Fly Racing’s wall is Zach Osborne’s 2017 East Supercross jersey.

FACTORY 2-STROKE DOMINATES FINAL ROUND OF OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES IN HAVASU

FORGOTTEN BIKES // DUCATI DESMO R/T 450

10TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY ON DEC. 3 AT PALA

The Kurt Caselli Foundation will host its 10th Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day presented by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, FMF and KTM on Saturday, December 3d, 2022 at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

MXA QUOTE OF THE WEEK // TOMMY CROFT ON HOW BEING ON FACTORY HONDA WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST IN THE ’70s

Of Native American ancestry, Tommy Croft’s nickname was the “Tomahawk.”

All the factories and all the factory riders were in SoCal. I had been competing against them locally, but I had never gone to an AMA National. Guys like Gaylon Mosier, Rex Staten, Marty Smith and Marty Tripes were all there if it was a big race. Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda were all there. I was riding the Kelvin Franks bike, and I got the holeshot. Marty got second on his factory Honda, and we went at it. I won the moto, but in the second moto something happened, and I got second or third overall, but I had beat everybody else. When I got home from school on Monday, my mom said Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda had called. I went to Yamaha first. They wanted to hire me but said, “You have to cut your long hair first.” I said, “That is not a problem.” But, I was good friends with Marty Smith, and I really wanted to ride for Honda. So, after I got home from Yamaha, I had my mom put my hair in a ponytail and cut it off. I went to Honda the next day, and I ended up signing with Honda. I had never even flown on an airplane before I signed with Honda. It was a lot easier traveling with Marty because he had done it the year before. We traveled everywhere together. They hired me as a 125 rider, and I had quite a bit of success on it. But, I only stayed on the 125 for one season, and then moved to the big bikes. I got my photo on the cover of Motocross Action riding a Honda CR250 coming over a ledge at Carlsbad all crossed up in 1975. I hadn’t even gotten my Honda gear yet.

CHECK OUT THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE

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EXPLORING THE STAR RACING GOAT FARM

MOTO TIP OF THE WEEK // DON’T DRIVE YOURSELF TO INSANITY

MOTO TIP: Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This holds true for doing the same routine over and over again at the gym. When you perform the same routine for six weeks or more, your results will start to diminish. To stimulate change in your body, you have to throw it a curveball every six weeks or sooner.

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The 2023 Husky FC450 and the Honda Greenger grace the December cover of MXA.

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CLASSIC PHOTO: 2007 RED BUD STEWART VS. CARMICHAEL

James Stewart Ricky CarmichaelThe good old Stewart vs. Carmichael battles. We don’t think RC was ever worried about Stewart outdoors though. 


MXA MOTO TRIVIA ANSWER: The photo is of Doug Dubach riding a 2001 Denali electric dirt bike. Doug has been an MXA test rider on and off for many years. He has ridden all kinds of bikes, big and small for the wrecking crew. This Denali has to be one of the first attempts of an electric dirt bike. Doug probably taco’ed the puny mountain bike rims and broke the frame in no time.

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