MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: FERNANDO ALONSO, NIGEL MANSELL, KIMI RAIKONNEN & DAN GURNEY GO RACING; PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE
SEBASTIEN TORTELLI TO HOLD WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOL ON OCT. 29-30
Two-time World Motocross Champion Sebastien Tortelli and the Champ Factory Motocross School are pleased to announce a full two-day training camp on October 29-30 at Glen Helen Raceway. The track will be reserved exclusively for the students of the ChampFactory MX camp to perfect their riding and get ready for the World Vet Championship. The two-day training camp is $400 for both days and you can reserve a spot by signing up at www.champfactory.com. Space is limited so sign up in the next week to get a ChampFactory T-shirt, special discount from Matrix Concepts, 100% Goggles and more from ChampFactory partners. For more info call (858) 866-6107.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SNEAK PEEK AT 2014 ALIAS A1 GEAR
To see the complete line go to www.aliasmx.com
F1 DRIVER FERNANDO ALONSO BAILS OUT RACE TEAM… CYCLING TEAM
Two-time Formula One Champion Fernando Alonso, a long-time fan of cycling, is reportedly bailing out the Spanish-based Tour de France team “Euskaltel Euskadi.” According to sources in Spain, the deal will cost close to $8,000,000. Alonso will not foot the bill himself, but use his Formula 1 fame to get his sponsors to back the team. Alonso earns a reported $30 million salary from Ferrari alone. Alonso hopes to sign Spanish cycling star Sammy Sanchez to lead the team. Alonso would not be the first F1 Champion to own a race team; Nigel Mansell owned a British Youth cycling team and Kimi Raikonnen owns the Ice One Grand Prix motocross team that sponsors Xavier Boog and Rui Goncalves this year and will be the official Husky 450 team in 2014 with Tyla Rattray and Todd Waters. Back in the day, Dan Gurney sponsored many motocross racers and even was a part owner of U.S. Montesa.
BROC GLOVER’S “BREATHE EASY RIDE-IN” COMING ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Six-time AMA National Motocross Champion Broc Glover is holding his annual “Breathe Easy Ride-In Against Cystic Fibrosis” on Saturday, September 14. It is a ride-in to the Del Mar Fairgrounds and all-day celebration in conjunction with the weekend long Del Mar “Celebration of the Motorcycle.” The ride costs $50 and Breathe Easy Ride-In participants get admission, free parking, event t-shirt, posters and more. The “Breathe Easy Ride-In” has several starting points other than Del Mar Fairgrounds, including Mission Motorsports in Irvine, CA (led by Ricky Johnson), Toyota of Escondido in Escondido (led by Eddie Lawson), Cycle Visions-Eagle Rider in San Diego (led by Broc Glover) and MotoWorld of El Cajon in El Cajon (led by Scott Burnworth). To register go to www.cff.org/Chapters/sandiego
RARELY SEEN “GREAT ESCAPE” AD FROM 50 YEARS AGO…YES, IT HAS BEEN THAT LONG
SEE THE OFFICIAL HONDA GROM VIDEO
AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE OVER! MATT MOSS IS THE CHAMP AGAIN
FINAL 250 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 10 of 10 races)
1. Luke Styke……………..683
2. Kale Makeham……….564
3. Brock Winston………..536
4. Ryan Marmont……….446
5. Dylan Long…………….440
6. Rhys Carter……………407
7. Takeshi Katsuya…….398
8. Kayne Lamont………..392
9. Geran Stapleton……..349
10. Wade Hunter…………330
FINAL 450 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 10 of 10 races)
1. Matt Moss……………..643
2. Todd Waters………….627
3. Billy Mackenzie………583
4. Cody Cooper…………535
5. Kirk Gibbs……………..528
6. Jake Moss…………….492
7. Lawson Bopping…….407
8. Jay Marmont………….428
9. Adam Monea…………427
10. Sam Martin…………..335
ALL-NEW 2014 KTM 250R TWO-STROKE TRAIL BIKE
2014 KTM 250R Freeride is not destined to be imported to the USA.
Featuring a detuned, quiet and torquey version of the KTM 250 EXC two-stroke engine, the KTM 250R Freeride is designed as a classic trail bike. It is true that the motorcycle industry doesn’t make many low-tech trail bikes anymore, but the Freeride could change that for riders looking to plonk through the woods or down the trail. KTM also make a 350cc four-stroke version.
The exhaust pipe looks more like a trials bike pipe instead of the motocross pipe, but that is part of what makes it quiet and environmentally friendly.
You could easily hop-up the 250R, but that isn’t the point of a bike designed to pick its way through offroad terrain. It has a special six-speed tranny and sixth gear is “overdrive.”
AUSTRALIAN YAMAHA WR450 COMMERCIAL…WHICH EXPLAINS WHY THE TRUCK STEERING WHEELS ARE ON THE RIGHT
ALESSI-LAND FOR SALE: $295,000
This 5-acre Alessi training compound offers the complete package for the serious amateur or full time professional Supercross athlete. Located in North Adelanto just west of Interstate 15, the turn key property features a 2007 manufactured home on permanent foundation with three bedrooms and two baths.
Additionally, there is a large 2000 square foot shop and a second 1000 square foot shop. The four 12,000 gallon construction grade water tanks are supplied by an on-site deep well. Full professional built Supercross Track with stadium lights. There is also an RC car track on the property and the whole facility is fenced in. Offered at $295,000. For more info go to www.randyanddenise.com/MX_REALTORS.html
TYLA RATTRAY GETS A NEW GIG?IN EUROPE, IN THE 450 CLASS, ON A HUSKY
Tyla Rattray will leave the Pro Circuit team and return to Europe, where he won the 250 World Championship in 2008.
True to their promise to bring Husky back to motocross full-time, KTM has announced that South African Tyla Rattray will be joined by Australian Todd Waters, Frenchman Romain Febvre and Russian Alexandr Tonkov on the 2014 Husqvarna GP team. Rattray, former 250 World Champion at KTM, and Waters will race the 450 class, while Febrve and Tonkov will be in the 250 class.
CHAD REED GOES TWISHING ON TWITTER
Everybody knows by now that Chad Reed is switching brands for 2014, and that Honda has already gotten all of their bikes and parts back from Chad’s team, but what color will Chad be on in 2014? We won’t guess, but Chad says that it won’t be blue in his recent flurry of tweets.
THE FRIDAY REVEAL…OF SORTS
On Friday, August 30, 2013, Chad didn’t actually reveal what bike he was going to ride…you didn’t really expect that did you? Instead, he announced that he won’t be riding for the Ricky Carmichael RCH Suzuki team.
THE SATURDAY REVEAL…OF SORTS
On Saturday August 31,2013, Chad sent out an Instagram photo of a KTM with works forks, white plastic and his sponsors decals on the fender. More Twishing? Or not.
WHAT WE WERE TESTING LAST WEEK?
Between the time needed for the 2014 models that we already have in the pipeline, the MXA gang spent some time testing Adam Cianciarulo’s Pro Circuit KX250F.
And, we started testing the 2014 KTM 150SX two-stroke. We’ve just started on the 150SX, so the test won’t be ready for the mag for another month or more.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS
Aug. 30…Eric Sorby 1979
Aug. 30…Drake McElroy 1981
Aug. 30…Brian Garrahan
Aug. 31…Ezra Lusk 1975
Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig
Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975
Aug. 31…Ian Harrison
Sept. 1…Sean Hamblin 1982
Sept. 2…Tommy Clowers 1972
Sept. 2…Larry Witmer
Sept. 3…Jeremy Malott
Sept. 3…Ernesto Fonseca 1981
Sept. 4…Ron Tichenor 1969
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A TRUE-TO-LIFE 2014 YAMAHA YZ450F TEST?
The new MXA has a 14-page test on the 2014 Yamaha YZ450F. It includes all the pertinent info, plus dyno runs, analysis, technical data, our best map, suspension settings, setup tips and lots of facts that you won’t find anywhere else. If you subscribe you should be getting the new mag soon and it will be on the news stands in a week or so.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: 7602 RACING ADJUSTABLE KTM BRAKE TIP
7602 Racing’s 7075 aluminum KTM brake tip is a bolt-on extension for the KTM brake pedal. It is not only more aggressive, but it is adjustable fore and aft across a 1/2-inch range.
VERDICT: You wouldn’t think that a half-inch would make any difference. But, every MXA test rider raved about the 7602 tip. They didn’t rave about the anodized orange color (also available in black), sharp teeth or brake snake hole. Nope, they loved the fact that the longer brake pedal tip was more accessible and more tactile. The longer length allowed them to use more of the ball of their foot for more control. $34.95?(719) 274-0606 or www.7602racing.com.
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: THE CLASS PHOTOS
THE AMA NATIONALS MAY BE HISTORY, BUT THERE IS STILL LOTS OF RACING LEFT
2013 FIM MX3 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 FIM WOMEN’S WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 ALL-JAPAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
September 14……Darwin, NT
September 15……Darwin, NT
October 12………..Mt. Gambier, SA
October 19………..Phillip Island, Vic
October 20………..Phillip Island, Vic
November 16…….Toowoomba, Qld
2013 VETERAN MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 13-15, 2013….Farleigh Castle, England
2013 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
September 20-22… Honey Lake, CA
October 11-13…Taft, CA
2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 29, 2013…Teutschenthal, Germany
2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
November 2-3, 2013…Glen Helen, CA
DT-1 FILTERS NOW ACCEPTING RESUMES
DT-1 Filters is now accepting resumes for the upcoming 2014 race season for DT-1 Filters offers air filters, oil filters, wash covers, and billet air filter cages. Join the DT-1 support program and the ranks of our top riders such as Chad Reed, Cooper Webb, Davi Millsaps, and Aaron Plessinger. The acceptance period runs from August 1, 2013, until December 31, 2013. Resumes received after the declared deadline will not be considered for the 2014 support program. All resumes must be emailed to DT-1 Filters. Please send them to either [email protected] or [email protected]. For additional information, go to www.mxfilters.com
WITH 30 DAYS TO GO ? THESE ARE 2013 MXDN TEAMS
On September 29, 2013, the 2013 Motocross des Nations will take place in Germany. Last year there were 33 teams and there are 41 teams currently entered for 2013. Apart from the big guns (USA, Belgium, France, England and Germany), there are countries that are coming to the MXDN with no hope of making the “A” main (and maybe not the “B’main). They come out of the spirit of the sport, to represent their country. We tip our hats to the teams from Mongolia, Israel, Greece, Iceland, Romania, Lithuania, Thailand, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Venezuela.
TEAM NEW ZEALAND
Ken De Dycker
Jeremy van Horebeek
TEAM GREAT BRITAIN
TEAM PUERTO RICO
TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC
Asaf Ben Aharon
Stefan Kjer Olsen