MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Chad Reed
Bike: TwoTwo Motorsport KX450F
Race: Anaheim Supercross
FOUR-STROKE SPOTLIGHT | MATT WELLER’S PROJECT BIKE
“I wanted to share my latest project bike with you, this one being a 2004 Honda CRF450. It is something completely different from my normal ‘90s two-stroke builds.
“I purchased the bike in several boxes from a friend who had started working on it and lost interest. My original idea for the build was going to be a Ricky Carmichael tribute. While surfing eBay I came across a set of blue side panels and rear fender, I immediately knew that I had to switch gears and build a ’92 Peak Honda replica. The frame and swingarm were sent out to Curry Custom Coatings to have the powder coat stripped off. Curry Custom Coatings also coated the engine covers black to match the look of the ’92 CR125 engine.
“KE3 Restorations Vapor Blasted the engine cases, cylinder, all brake components, hubs and the linkage to a better than new appearance. Bolt Motorcycle Hardware offers a complete engine bolt kit that made it very easy and affordable to assemble the engine with all new hardware. The engine was built using a Hot Rods stroker crankshaft, Vertex piston, and Hot Cams Stage 2 camshaft.
“I knew the graphics and seat cover would be a make or brake deal for this build. Thankfully Unbounded Designs was able to recreate the graphics based off of a few detailed pictured. CEET Racing who made the original seat covers agreed to make a one off-seat cover, without those two companies the overall look of this bike would not have been possible.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped make this build possible.”–Matt Weller.
- Curry Custom Coatings – Cerakote/Powder Coat
- KE3 Restoration -Vapor Blasting
- Bolt Motorcycle Hardware – Engine bolt kit
- CEET Racing – Seat cover
- Garvis Honda – OEM Honda parts
Photo’s by Micah Thompson @gr82kr8
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RICKY CARMICHAEL VERSUS BEN TOWNLEY IN AUCKLAND
The inventors of the Leatt-brace and the producers of advanced protective gear, are now in the motocross gear market. Leatt is offering head-to-knee protection including a complete apparel range of products for all off-road moto disciplines. The 2020 apparel range has a completely new look and feel incorporating the latest fresh colorways for pants, jerseys and gloves, this includes the proud South African statement colorway, the Zebra! Leatt’s helmets also feature the same colorways to match the gear along with their protective 360° Turbine Technology.
TEAM USA IS BACK ON TOP! …IN OFF-ROAD AT LEAST
American’s have a reason to celebrate as our ISDE World Trophy team recently won in Portugal at the 94th annual FIM International Six Days Enduro. The ISDE is the MXON equivalent of off-road racing and 2019 marks the second time that Team USA has won the premier World Trophy class with Taylor Robert, Ryan Sipes, Kaliub Russell and Steward Baylor on the four-man World Trophy squad. Team USA’s first ever World Trophy win came in 2016 and Taylor Robert and Kailub Russell were also apart of the first American team to win. The ISDE is different from the MXON in many ways. One of the differences is that each country is allowed to have multiple teams in different categories. This year Team USA’s Women’s Trophy team and Club teams both won the overall in their divisions and the Team USA Junior World Trophy team finished second in the Junior division.
At the ISDE, riders have a limited amount of time to work on their bikes after each day and they aren’t allowed to have a mechanic do the work for them. They have to get their hands dirty and the mechanics are only allowed to hand them tools as they change tires and air filters.
Ryan Sipes has had quite the year of motorcycle racing. From competing in Supercross to GNCC to Hill Climbs and Flat Track; Sipes has just about done it all. Now he can cross off the International Six Days Enduro off his 2019 schedule and he can add World Champion to his stat sheet.
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LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN | DAVI MILLSAPS’ 2013 ROCKSTAR SUZUKI RM-Z450
MXA’S DENNIS STAPLETON RACES IN CHINA
Dennis Stapleton is a world traveler. Motocross has taken him around the world several times. He has raced in more countries then there are U.S. States. Dennis has already been to and raced in China twice. But since China is close to as big as the United States there are a lot of places Dennis hasn’t conquered. This time Dennis traveled to South China to a place called Jiangmen Xinhui and took young racer Ryan Surratt with him.
Dennis took Ryan out for his first meal in the foreign land. Snakes are good protein, right?
Dennis and Ryan were staying not far from the track in a town called Gudou Hot Spring.
The track was hard-packed and dry.
Many of the bikes looked a lot like Honda’s, KTM’s and Kawasaki’s, but they were far from it. They were knockoffs. However, many of the locals raced them. This lookalike Honda is called a Kayo. Check out their website, www.kayomoto.com.
Ryan Surratt (pictured) and Dennis insisted they race actual Kawasakis and KTMs. Ryan raced a KX250 which he won the Pro class on.
Is that an electric start RM-Z250? Or is it just missing the kickstarter? Or is it really a Suzuki at all?
Another knockoff Chinese bike.
The top five riders in the Pro class with Ryan (middle) winning and Dennis (far right) getting fourth.
INSIDE JESSY NELSON’S KTM 125SX TWO-STROKE
MOTO | TRIVIA
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Ken Roczen back in 2010 during the Glen Helen USGP back when he was still racing the MXGP circuit.
Moto Trivia answer: Zach Osborne back in 2010 when he raced the MXGP series over in Europe.