MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Brian Medeiros
Bike: 2019 Honda CRF450 Works Edition
Lens: 200mm f/2.8
Focal length: 160mm
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: JAMES PAYNE’S MUGEN CR125 PHOTO BLAST
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THEY SAID IT | MILLVILLE
Ken Roczen: “I’m pretty happy with today. I think this is one of the best weekends we’ve had overall. I felt comfortable all day and had a lot of fun. I did pretty good in qualifying, got good starts, and felt like I was flying in the first moto, so I’m happy with second. Obviously in the second moto there wasn’t enough left in the tank, but we have to just keep building from here. We made another small adjustment on the bike, but nothing major. The team and I are still working to refine the bike because this is my first season riding it outdoors and I came into it without much testing, so I’m searching for what works best. We’ve definitely made the bike better and I think it showed today. Normally I’m 4-5 seconds behind in qualifying practice and I was pretty close today, so it was good. I’m doing what I can and am enjoying the process of returning. I feel like once we win again, it’ll just be that much sweeter.”
Weston Peick: “Spring Creek wasn’t too bad of a day for me. I tested some suspension this last week in California, and we made really good progress. I came into the weekend with a fresh mind, especially after having a weekend off from racing, and that ended up helping me out. I couldn’t do much more than what I could with my hand, especially on the downhills. My goal was to keep it consistent and steady, and I did that.”
Justin Barcia: “We were working on my set-up all day, I was kind of struggling down the hills a little bit. As the day went on, I built my speed up but bad starts kind of held me back. I got a bad start and worked my way up to fifth in both motos and that’s pretty much all I could get to. It was definitely a frustrating day for me, just because I expected to be on the podium and battling for wins. All-in-all, it was challenging but we move on and we’re healthy, so that’s a plus. I’m heading out to California now to do some testing and get ready for Washougal. I definitely want to get back on that podium, I missed it a lot this weekend.”
Joey Savatgy: “I felt really good all morning and was so happy to get my first holeshot of the season. It’s such a bummer how one small mistake can take it away. I lost a lot of momentum and took a little time to get going. I didn’t want to make the same mistake in Moto 2, but the leaders were checking out pretty quick by the time I made my passes. Each week we learn something and I just need to put together two solid motos to get my first overall podium.”
Austin Forkner: “That was definitely not how I wanted to end the day. It’s been a season that has taught me a lot about overcoming adversity, whether it’s something that is my fault or someone else’s. There are some things we can control and some we can’t. I just have to go out and give it my best every time I line up behind that gate.”
Phil Nicoletti: “Millville was great. I made some changes over the break. I felt really good in the first moto and ended up eighth. I felt great in the second moto, but mentally I wasn’t there. I’m not sure what happened, but I have Washougal next week and I’m looking forward to it.”
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MXA | MOTO | TRIVIA
Name the rider and year. Answer at the bottom of page.
2019 HONDA CRF450 INTRO
The MXA wrecking crew got our hands on the Works Edition of the 2019 CRF450 at Chaney Ranch.
Our video guy Travis Fant video’ed the bike before we got it dirty.
We got to ride the 2019 Honda CRF450 and the Works Edition on the sameday to compare the two bikes.
MXA test rider and AMA Pro rider Brian Medeiros put the Works Edition through its paces.
While Brian was shaking down the Works Edition, our chief test rider Dennis Stapleton worked out the kinks on the standard CRF450.
Chaney Ranch is full of wildlife.
The CRF Works Edition engraving on the cylinder head is a nice touch.
Brian letting loose.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: BOLT MOTORCYCLE HARDWARE’S TWO STROKE PRO-PACK
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MXA CLASSIC PHOTO
Ricky Carmichael in 1998 on a Pro Circuit KX125. Ricky went on to win both the 125 outdoor National and East Coast 125 Championships.
Moto Trivia answer: Nick Wey 1998. Nick only raced two races in 1997 making 1998 his first full year in the Pro ranks. He finished 9th in points on his Pro Circuit KX125.