YOU ARE THERE! MXA RIDE DAY BENEFITING JESSY NELSON
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The 2017 MXA ride day was a success. It might have been a bit brisk for our liking, but nonetheless A who’s who’s of the motocross industry came out and had a great time. Throw in a few motocross legends and generous companiess who donated product and caring who gave money to support Jessy Nelson’s recovery. A day at the track for the MXA wrecking crew wouldn’t be complete without doing some testing. We focused on dialing the 2017 Honda CRF450 suspension in with Bones Bacon of Pro Circuit and tried a few FMF exhausts.
We need to thank Glen Helen’s Lori Wilson for making the track available in the middle of a very busy week (with a Police/Fire race, MXA’s Ride Day, Thursday practice, Saturday’s Kurt Caselli Ride Day, Saturday’s REM race, Sunday’s Kyle Yarnell Memorial Team race and Sunday’s SRA Toys For Tots GP). Special thanks to Glen Helen’s John Allen for getting the USGP track in shape and for prepping the REM track to handle the overflow. And of course, Tom White, who emcee’d the event.
We found a refurbished 1981 Husqvarna 125WR in the pits.
After schmoozing with the many people that came far and wide for the MXA Ride Day, Jody Weisel (above), Dennis Stapleton and Daryl Ecklund saddled up to run more tests on the 2017 Honda CRF450. Of course, we let as many people ride the test bike as possible.
Suzuki press relation head Tim Olson shares a joke with his father Alan Olson. The elder Olson was a factory mechanic and nine-time World Vet Champion. Today he’s a golf duffer with a hitch in his backswing, a crick in his neck and a twitch in his get-along.
The lunch line was worth the wait. Lunch was served in the Glen Helen Museum along with an auction to help Jessy Nelson. All funds, from the T-shirts to the blind auction to donations, were given 100% to Jessy Nelson.
Dunlop’s Jay Clark is seen here chatting with four-time 250 National motocross champion Gary Jones. Gary came out with son Justin, who just won the Baja 1000, to support the cause. Jay volunteered to mount any tires that riders bought at the auction for free.
6D Helmets Robert Reisinger got landed on, or maybe he landed on someone, but either way, the former AMA Pro has the battle wounds to prove that someone made a mistake. No concussion, no headache, just some scrapes and bruises where his goggles got pushed into his face.
You can’t test bikes by looking at them in the workshop. MXA has put so many hours on its 2017 Honda CRF450, that we are on our second piston already. Here, Dennis Stapleton tries to make it three pistons. Photo by Dan Alamangos
Pro Circuit’s Mark Hall was at MXA’s Ride Day to act as Bones Bacon’s bodyguard. Mark has been out of action for eight months with an injury to his hip. He used the MXA Ride Day as his first day back on a bike.