MWR: 2018 450 SHOOTOUT, 2009 A1 PRESS DAY & 1990 RMX250
Rider: David Vuillemin
Bike: 2005 Yamaha YZ250
Focal length: 400mm
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: ERIC HUFF’S 1990 SUZUKI RMX 250
“I have a 1990 Suzuki RMX 250 that I recently restored. I had the graphics made by LCG graphics out of Carlsbad, CA. I wanted the bike to look like a replica Bob Hannah edition RM250, so that is why it says RM250 instead of RMX. Overall this bike was in decent condition when I purchased it. Cosmetically, I have replaced the gas tank, fork guards, rear fender and front number plate. Mechanically it has a new top end, FMF fatty pipe, reeds, chain and sprockets, tires, grips, cables, but what really brought this bike to life was the purchase of a Keihin PWK Air stryker 38mm Carburetor. This bike was completely transformed from a blubbering 250 to having useable power throughout. It has been a work in progress, but overall I am very pleased with it. Thanks for looking.” –Eric Huff Reynolds Station, KY.
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MXA’S 2018 450 SHOOTOUT BLOOPERS
Sure it is cool to be involved in a 450 shootout. You pose in front of the camera and wear brand new gear while six manufactures tend to your every need. You feel like a factory rider, but to make the six rider cut you better be ready to lay it all on the line. With that come crashes, butt whips and saves. The one to crash the most tries the hardest. Right? This year it was MXA test rider Brian Medeiros that won the most crashes award.
JUSTIN BOGLE READY FOR MONSTER CUP ON HIS JGR RM-Z450
The Oklahoma native will debut the all-new 2018 Suzuki RM-Z450, while mechanic Ben Schiermeyer will be spinning the wrenches on the #19 machine.
2009 A1 PRESS DAY
With Ricky Carmichael out of the picture, James Stewart injured by round two, Ryan Dungey getting his feet wet and Ryan Villopoto still in the 250 class for the 2008 Supercross season, Chad Reed took the reigns of the series to the number one plate. For 2009, Chad Reed switched from blue to yellow displaying his number one plate. Ryan Villopoto stepped up to the big boy class with a lot of hype behind him. James Stewart came back from his knee injury and won every overall in the outdoor series with his confidence high going into the 2009 Supercross series.
A1 Press Day in 2009 was a high pressure day for the riders. A lot of unknowns, a lot of nerves and a lot of talk. But in the end it would ultimately came down to a battle between James Stewart and Chad Reed with James winning the series by 4 points over Chad.
The year prior Kevin Windham came in second behind Chad Reed in points.
2009 was Broc Hepler’s first Supercross race on a 450. Unfortunately for Broc he crashed and broke his collarbone in practice. He then returned a few weeks later and crashed hard again in San Diego This was his last year racing Professional.
Tim Ferry on his factory KX450F.
Jake Weimer on a Pro Circuit KX250F.
Justin Brayton on a Muscle Milk KTM 250SXF.
Remember when Jägermeister was the title sponsor of the MDK KTM team and Travis Preston rode for them?
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