MOTOCROSS SCUTTLEBUTT & THINGS YOU’D NEVER KNOW
HI-POINT TIRES INNOVATIVE NEW TUBELESS SYSTEM
The MXA wrecking has a set of Hi-Point tubeless tires to test, but these are not just any tubeless tires. These tires have the tube, or what passes as the tube, bonded directly into the inner carcass of the tire. The tire and the air chamber are one-piece. The tube isn’t a regular butyl rubber tube, but a stronger multi-ply layer. This allows the tire to be mounted in the normal manner, once you fish the valve stem through the rim (since you cannot get under it with your hand to feed it through the stem hole. Hi-Point includes a string on the valve core that you feed through the rim to aid in making it come out correctly. We will begin testing the Hi-Point Internal Tubeless Tires (ITT) soon. You can reach Hi-Point tires at (760) 949-0941.
DENMARK TO ALLOW 250 TWO-STROKES IN 250 DANISH NATIONALS
The Danish Motorsport Federation (DMU) has decided to let 250cc four-strokes and 250cc two-strokes compete on equal terms in the 2017Danish Nationals. This change will effect all classes from rookie to elite. Denmark has previous been first country to reintroduce the 125cc two-stroke class as a junior class—which was later picked up for the EMX series. Canada and Australia also allow 250 two-strokes in their 250 Championships, although they place limits on modification to the two-strokes and, in the Canadian series, only Canadians can race 250 two-strokes—no Americans.
GREAT BRITAIN TO INSTITUTE TWO-STROKE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The ACU, Abbott to the AMA’s Costello, confirmed that they will implement a two-stroke class in the 2017 British Nationals. The class, which will be open to all two-stroke machines, will be a full British series and run four of the eight British Nationals Championships rounds. Those race will be at Canada Heights, Hawkstone Park, Blaxhall and Foxhill.
2017 MXA 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT: WE NAME THE WINNER
MTA DISTRIBUTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VEE RUBBER
MTA Distributing has announced a new partnership with Vee Rubber Performance Tires. The Thailand-based manufacturer produces a wide variety of tires for all types of vehicles – from bicycle tires, motorcycle tires, passenger car tires, truck tires and bias tires. Vee Rubber manufactures tires from natural rubber – one of Thailand’s biggest resources – using modern manufacturing processes and technology. MTA will distribute all Vee Rubber street, off-road, ATV and dual-sport tires. Being one of the largest natural rubbers producing and exporting countries, Thailand has tremendous potential to produce added value finished rubber products from natural rubber, especially tires for all types of vehicle.Vee Rubber Group is the leader in Thailand, in terms of the variety of vehicle tire types produced, ranging from small go-kart to large commercial. These are carefully made from selected raw materials using modern manufacturing technology and processes. All group products are of the highest quality possible, and supplied mainly to export, but also domestic markets.
BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN: RIEJU OF SPAIN
Although Americans have no interest in full-size 50cc dual sport, enduro or street bikes, the European market is hot for these bikes. The new Rieju MRT 50 uses the latest Generation AM6 Minarelli, six-speed, two-stroke, water-cooled engine featuring a Power-Up cylinder combined with an alloy silencer. The MRT 50 uses 40mm Marzocchi inverted forks and a height adjustable rear monoshock shock with remote gas reservoir and progressive rear linkage. Pro alloy handlebars with Domino race grips, 21-inch alloy front rim, 18-icnh and dual-purpose rally cross tires race this little beast. Huge Galfer wave disc brakes (300/200mm) with radial mounted AJP gold series dual piston caliper do the stopping—thanks to braided steel hoses.
BIKES YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE: PEUGEOT’S METROPOLIS
Peugeot’s three-wheel Metropolis scooter has been revamped for 2017 with Euro4 enviromental updates to its 400cc engine—plus bigger wheels, a stiffer chassis, emergency braking warning system, ABS and traction control.
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED DATE CHANGE
In case you were planning on racing a Formula 1 car up the hill at Goodwood be forewarned that the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed dates have changed. It will be held between June 29 and July 2, due to a change in the Formula One calendar.
THE BEST OF JEFFREY HERLINGS IN 2016
GLEN HELEN LOYALTY PROGRAM: HOW TO GET FREE ADMISSION
Glen Helen raceway’s new loyalty program begins on January 1, 2017. If you sign up for the program, either on the “Belly” app with yoru phone or at the track in person, you will recieve one free day of practice after you come to the track 10 times. You will also receive discounts on promotional items like T-shirts and race entries. There will be drawings once a month for upcoming event admission passes. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.
BRITTANY SHARP PROMOTED TO SUZUKI’S MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION LEAD
Suzuki has promoted Brittany Sharp to Marketing & Communications Lead for the MC/ATV Division. Since joining Suzuki in 2014 as Digital Marketing Specialist, Sharp has been instrumental in developing the brand’s social media communities and digital marketing visibility. In her new role, she will take on expanded responsibilities with all forms of media and communication outreach. “Brittany Sharp possesses that special blend of honest enthusiasm and marketing intellect,” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President Sales and Marketing for SMAI. “As we continue to build Suzuki’s brand in a rapidly changing marketplace and marketing landscape, she will be an important member of our marketing team. This new role will let Brittany best use her skills.”
DAN FITCH ON MOOSE’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY HUSKY FC450 BIKE BUILD
2017 CANADIAN NATIONALS RACE SCHEDULE
Press release: Stallybrass Promotions Inc. is pleased to announce the series schedule for the 25th Anniversary of the CMRC-sanctioned 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan. Coming off the most successful year of racing in the two featured classes, with record breaking attendance and a line-up of world class pro motocross athletes that was second to none, the 2017 is promising to take yet another step forward.
Positive changes were made to the schedule in ’16 that resulted in a dramatic increase in series attendance. To continue with the theme of positive change, the second round of the series will now be held at the Blackwater MX Track in Prince George, British Columbia. Prince George is the largest market in Northern BC that is packed with off-road motorcycle and motorsport racing enthusiasts. The Blackwater track, located less than 15 minutes from the city, is a natural terrain track laid out on the side of a mountain with an excellent view for spectators of the entire track.
Mark the dates on your calendar! The 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will feature a summer full of the most intense motocross racing you will ever experience live. For more details, visit www.mxnationals.ca.
2017 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..Ulverton, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13………………….RJ Motosport, ON
TROY LEE DESIGNS TAKES ON INVESTOR & NEW CEO
Private investment firm Spanos Barber Jesse & Co.has invested in Troy Lee Designs. Troy Lee has retained a significant ownership stake in the company and continues to lead TLD’s design efforts. In addition, TLD has named Dave Bertram as Chief Executive Officer. Dave previously served the CEO at Cycle Gear. Under his leadership, Cycle Gear grew from a local retailer with three locations to a national chain with 112 stores in 34 states. Dave also enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional motorcycle racer where he won two National Enduro titles and five ISDT Gold Medals. “I have always admired Troy and the TLD brand,” said Dave. “I’m thrilled to partner with Troy and SBJ as we work to unlock the brand’s full potential while remaining true to its heritage.”
PRO CIRCUIT’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SALE IS DOWN TO 9 DAYS
For more info go to www.procircuit.com
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE & GET MXA FOR FREE: WE ACTUALLY PAY YOU $9.00
Interested in getting a new bike this year? The January 2017 issue of MXA is on the news stands now and includes the long-awaited 2017 MXA 250 Shootout. You should be reading MXA, and if you subscribe now you get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC which more than pays for your subscription.
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FINAL REM RACE OF 2016 ON DEC. 17
The longest motocross series in the world, one that started 11 months ago and doesn’t culminate until December 17, Glen Helen’s 40-race long REM series is down to the final race on December 17, 2016. For more info about REM Motocross go to www.remsatmx.com.
2017 MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP AT GLEN HELEN ON APRIL 15
For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.