MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: JASON STEFFINS 2001 YAMAHA YZ125
“These things are all over. Definitely a fun bike to ride and build. I took this one from the brink of death, back to almost new. Stripped it down to nothing. Repainted the frame original YZ Blue. My son Langston helped on this build which made it pretty special. Engine was stripped, new bearings, seals and gaskets. Cylinder was shot, so we sent it over to USA Chrome to make it new. Fresh suspension by 4th Dimension Suspension, and lots of polishing and cleaning. The Doma pipe looked dead, but we got it back to almost new! Miscellaneous Tusk parts scattered around to give it a fresh look. Bike sounds beautiful now. Once the snow and cold clears, it will be my sons.” –Jason Steffins.
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MXA TEST THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125
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RACING LEGEND JEFF WARD JOINS KENDA’S BRAND AMBASSADOR TEAM
Press Release: Kenda proudly announced the addition of another legend to its growing team. Joining Kenda Legend Doug Henry is multi-time AMA Motocross, Supercross, Supermoto champion, 7-time international MX des Nations champion, X Games gold medalist and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, Jeff Ward.
After retiring from motorcycle racing, Ward raced Indy cars and off-road trucks, leading to induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. As if that wasn’t enough, he is currently focused on winning championships in mountain bike racing. Ward comes equipped with an expert-level knowledge base and experience in multiple racing disciplines, a valuable asset to the Kenda product development team.
Kenda’s Director of Powersports admires Ward for his racing career and may even have been lapped by Ward back in his Supermoto racing days. Baldwin says with a grin, “I am stoked to have Jeff onboard and look forward to seeing him in action on Kendas, but I will save the racing stories for another day.”
2020 promises to be a great year for Kenda with Doug Henry and Jeff Ward both representing the brand across all categories including Powersports, Bicycle, Automotive, Wheelchair and Trailer. Follow Kenda on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see all the action from the Kenda Legends team.
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MXA TESTS RIDES THE 2020 KTM 125SX
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LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN | 2000 YAMAHA YZ400F
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WHAT THE MXA WRECKING CREW HAS BEEN UP TO
MXA’s Assistant Editor Josh Mosiman leaning over our Dubach Racing-built 2020 Yamaha YZ450F at the Deegan’s compound the other day. Josh and young Haiden Deegan had a competition to see who could get the lowest in the corner. See below for Haiden’s best shot. Photo: Trevor Nelson.
Although Doug Dubach set this bike up with motocross suspension Josh still rode with it on the Deegan’s Supercross track since it was the only track prepped and watered for the day. Then afterwards he spun laps on the motocross track, but the jumps there were even bigger and steeper than the Supercross track.-Photo by Trevor Nelson.
After all the photos were shot, we brought the Dubach Racing YZ450F to our local testing grounds at Glen Helen Raceway. We had four different test riders on it throughout the day including two Pros, one 30+ Vet Intermediate and one 40+ Vet Intermediate.
NASCAR TO GET BACK TO RACING WITHOUT FANS THIS WEEKEND
NASCAR first set the trend with online racing and now they’re also going to be the first major motorsports event coming back to actual racing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Saturday, May 17th, the NASCAR Cup Series will kick off a slate of races that includes seven events in three series at two race tracks – Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each of NASCAR’s return events will be run without fans in attendance to comply with the governments request to limit public gatherings. With this happening, it seems to be more likely that Supercross could return to racing, without fans, in the near future.
“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.”
“We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority. We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines.”
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SKF DUAL COMPOUND FORK SEALS-$39.95
We recently had MXA test rider and TBT Suspension tuner Brian Medeiros throw some of the new SKF Dual Compound fork seals on our 2020 Suzuki RM-Z250 after the stock seals wore out. We now have more SKF seals on a majority of our test bikes.
InnTeck USA just released the motocross industry’s first ever dual compound fork seal kit. The SKF fork seals have all new rubber compounds and SKF’s patent pending innovative new co-molding production technology. The seals have an extended sealing capability, which increases durablity and improves riding comfort and compliance by minimizing the friction between the seals and the fork tube. The new open wound spring that comes on the seal is dedicated to applying constant force to the seal which keeps debris out of the coils and won’t dislodge during pressure washing. Learn more online at innteck-usa.com or by calling (866) 252-8772.
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