MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: YEAR OF THE ONE-MAN TEAMS

THE YEAR OF THE ONE-MAN TEAMS

Copper WebbCooper Webb is healing from a broken tib/fib.

TEAM YAMAHA: It has been a tough year for the Yamaha team. They lost in quick succession Davi Millspas (and with him team sponsor Knich), Justin Barcia (broken hand) and Cooper Webb (broken tib/fib). Barcia is back for the AMA 450 Nationals, but Webb is still recovering from having his ankle plated. Millsaps retired and Yamaha got weird with their fill-in riders, including bringing a blast from the past, Josh Hill, out of retirement for three races and now, for the Nationals they have promoted privateer Alex Ray to the team to replace Webb (until Weeb’s ankle is healed).

Marvin MusquinMarvin Musquin is missed winning the  2018 AMA 450 Supercross Championship by one spot—can he become the 450 outdoor champ?

TEAM KTM: At the start of the 2018 Supercross season, KTM had Marvin Musquin and Broc Tickle on the starting line. Tickle got caught up in a WADA drug controversy and was suspended from racing the Supercross series (or any other major motocross series) until he gets his FIM hearing (which often takes four months). Once Tickle’s B-sample came back as positive as his original A-sample, KTM terminated his contract. This doesn’t mean that they think he is guilty, but they have no reason to have a rider on the team and payroll who most likely will not be able to race again in 2018. That leaves Marvin Musquin as KTM’s sole rider for the 450 Nationals (and Roger DeCoster is loath to put anyone on his bikes that doesn’t have the skill to put it in the top ten —and there are very few unsigned riders who can do that in 2018.

Ken RoczenKen Roczen has been testing out his injured throttle hand and hopes to race into condition as the season progresses

TEAM HONDA: Honda could be back up to full-strength, even with more 450 riders than they started the season with. Christian Craig became the fill-in rider (and sole red rider) after both Ken Roczen (hand) and Cole Seely (pelvis) were put out of action. Craig will not be returning to the Geico Honda team for the AMA Nationals, but will stay on Team Honda in the 450 class. As for Ken Roczen and Cole Seely, both want to return to racing, and may well do so—but they will not be 100% when they do.

MALCOLM STEWARTMalcolm Stewart has officially “gone fishing” for the rest of 2018.

JGRMX/AUTOTRADER SUZUKI: Weston Peick will be joined by Phil Nicoletti, who is filling in for the injured Justin Bogle at the opening rounds of the AMA 450 National Motocross Championships. Bogle got hurt before the Supercross series started, missed a bunch of rounds, came back and got hurt again. When Bogle is ready to race he will be back on the team.

No one really expected Malcolm Stewart to actually race the AMA Nationals, after all, he has not been on the starting line for the outdoor series since Budds Creek in 2014. JGR took a chance on Malcolm Stewart for the 2018 Supercross season as a replacement for Justin Bogle, but he didn’t make the top ten in 450 Supercross points, never cracked the top five at any race (even with so many factory stars out of action) and was only in the top ten 5 out of the 16 rounds he raced.

ELI TOMACEli Tomac is the current 450 National Champion and is the favorite (just as he was in Supercross) to win the 2018 title. It’s his to lose.

TEAM KAWASAKI: Eli Tomac started the season with Josh Grant as his teammate, but Grant hurt both of his ankles and stopped to have surgery on them. Tyler Bowers got the fill-in ride to be Tomac’s sidekick. Lately, Josh Grant has been testing out his ankles, but has decided that they aren’t ready for Hangtown. He will return at a later date.

Dean WilsonDean Wilson will not be racing the 450 Nationals this year.

TEAM HUSQVARNA: The Rockstar-sponsored Husqvarna team was dealt a blow when Dean Wilson tore his ACL while testing at Glen Helen two weeks ago. Jason Anderson is currently alone at Team Husqvarna. Zach Osborne has said several times that he is moving to the 450 class—and even the latest Husqvarna press release said that he would be aboard an FC450 “soon,” but none of the previous claims have been true and Husky can’t be blamed for leaving Osborne in the 250 class so that he can defend his title and run the number one plate at Hangtown. We’ll have to wait and see what Rockstar does about replacing Dean Wilson.

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2018 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS AFTER LATVIA

Jeffrey Herlings MXGP of Latvia_ Round 07_ FIM World Motocross Championship_Jeffrey Herlings won his fifth Grand Prix out of seven. He has finally put a solid 29-point gap between himself and Tony Cairoli.

2018 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 7 of 20 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…336
2. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…307
3. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…244
4. Romain Febvre (Yam)…223
5. Gautier Paulin (Hus)…218
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…180
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)…179
8. Tim Gajser (Hon)…177
9. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…155
10. Julien Lieber (Yam)…134

Kjer Thomas OlsenAt the Latvian Grand Prix, Thomas Kjer Olsen broke the Jonass-Prado strangehold.

2018 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 7 of 20 rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…304
2. Jorge Prado (KTM)…282
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…266
4. Ben Watson (Yam)…210
5. Jed Beaton (Kaw)..174
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon)…156
7. Jago Geerts (Yam)…140
8. Henry Jacoby (Hus)…128
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Yam)…127
8. Conrad Mewse (KTM)…126

2018 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE AFTER 7 OF 20 ROUNDS

MXGP Start of Latvia_ Round 07_ FIM World Motocross Championship_The next stop on the GP circuit is Germany this Sunday.

Date           Venue                         450                           250
Mar. 4……..Argentina…………..Jeffrey Herlings……….Pauls Jonass
Mar. 18……Holland #1………….Jeffrey Herlings……….Pauls Jonass
Mar. 25……Spain………………….Tony Cairoli…………….Pauls Jonass
Apr. 8………Italy #1………………Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
Apr. 15…….Portugal…………….Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
May 1………Russia……………….Clement Desalle……….Pauls Jonass
May 13…….Latvia………………..Jeffrey Herlings……….Thomas Kjer Olsen
May 20…….Germany
June 3………England
June 10…….France
June 17…….Italy #2
July 1……….Indonesia #1
July 8……….Indonesia #2
July 22……..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………Belgium
Aug. 12…….Sweden (canceled)
Aug. 19…….Switzerland
Aug. 26…….Bulgaria
Sept. 2…….Turkey
Sept. 16……Holland #2
Sept. 30……Italy #3
450 Points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE QUIZ: WHO MADE THIS FRAME? WHAT BRAND OF BIKE WAS IT?

This question is hard. The designer was famous and not only built prototype bikes co Can-Am, Harely, the U.S. Military and KTM, but has his own brande. Can you name the designer and associated brands used to make this bike? The answer at the bottom of the page.

GLEN HELEN IS LOOKING FOR THE BEST FLAGGERS IN AMERICA FOR NEXT WEEK’S RACE

If you want to be as close to the Glen Helen National track as possible, you can sign up to be a flagger at the Glen Helen National. Glen Helen’s National flaggers have been praised as the best on the National circuit—largely because they are made up of actual motocross racers. If you’d like to be a flagger, email your info to [email protected] or call Brenda at (909) 648-0802.

WASP VINTAGE SCRAMBLES ON THE GEORGE AIR FORCE BASE GOLF COURSE


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ONE LAST TIME BEFORE IT’S ANCIENT HISTORY: 2018 SUPERCROSS WINNERS

JASON ANDERSONThe champ—Jason Anderson.

Date           Venue                           450                           250
Jan. 6….…Anaheim, CA……….Marvin Musquin…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 13…..Houston, TX………..Jason Anderson……Aaron Plessinger
Jan. 20…..Anaheim, CA………..Eli Tomac……………..Joey Savatgy
Jan. 27…..Phoenix, AZ ………..Eli Tomac………………Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 3…….Oakland, CA………..Jason Anderson…….Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 10…..San Diego, CA……..Jason Anderson……Justin Hill
Feb. 17……Arlington, TX………Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Feb. 24……Tampa, FL…………..Eli Tomac………………Austin Forkner
Mar. 3……..Atlanta, GA…………Jason Anderson……Austin Forkner
Mar. 10……Daytona, FL………..Justin Brayton………Jordon Smith
Mar. 17……St. Louis, MO………Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Mar. 24……Indianapolis, IN…..Marvin Musquin…….Jeremy Martin
Apr. 7………Seattle, WA ……….Eli Tomac………………Aaron Plessinger
Apr. 14…….Minneapolis, MN…Eli Tomac……………..Jeremy Martin
Apr. 21….…Foxborough, MA…Marvin Musquin…….Zach Osborne
Apr. 28…….Salt Lake City, UT..Marvin Musquin…….Shane McElrath
May 5………Las Vegas, NV….…Eli Tomac……………..Adam Cianciarulo
450 Supercross Champion….Jason Anderson (Hus)
250 West Champion..Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
250 East Champion…Zach Osborne (Hus)

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: MIKE ALESSI WILL BE 30 ON SATURDAY

May 16…Broc Glover 1960 
May 16…Laurette Cushman
May 17…Darrin Sorenson

May 17…Rui Goncalves 1985
May 17…Ryan Abrigo
May 17…Paul Coates
May 18…John Anderson 1963

desalle58May 19…Clement Desalle 1989

Mike AlessiMay 19…Mike Alessi 1988
May 20…Joel Roelants 1989

Matt20Lemoine_0.jpgMay 22…Matt Lemoine 1989
May 22…Sergio Avanto 1971

Durham2.jpgMay 24…Darryn Durham 1989
May 24…Steve Hatch 1969
May 25…Chad Pederson 1971

REM MOTOCROSS ON MAY 19TH AT GLEN HELEN


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PIT PARTY AT MALCOLM SMITH MOTOSPORTS ON FRIDAY BEFORE THE GLEN HELEN NATIONAL

Malcolm Smith will host a pit party on Friday, May 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a factory rider autograph session from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. For more info go to www.malcolmsmith.com

FRIDAY NIGHT STADIUMCROSS ON THE EVE OF THE GLEN HELEN NATIONAL—MAY 25

Glen Helen will hold a Friday night Stadiumcross race on the eve of the Glen Helen AMA 250/450 National. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

GLEN HELEN AMA 250/450 NATIONAL ON MAY 26

For ticket and event information go to www.glenhelen.com

 

2018 GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SERIES BEGINS ON MAY 23

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AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS ON JULY 6-8 AT THE MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR TRACK


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SAVE THE DATE! THE NATIONALS START THIS SATURDAY, MAY 19TH AT HANGTOWN

Glen Helen is big, rough, long, fast and steep. What else can you asked for at one track? Be there on May 26.

2018 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19……………………Hangtown, CA
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 2..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 23.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
June 30.………………….Southwick, MA
July 7..……………………​Red Bud, MI
July 21.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 28.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 11..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 18..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 25.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2018 125 TWO-STROKE ALL-STAR SERIES
May 19……………………….Hangtown, CA
June 2………………………..Thunder Valley, CO
June 16………………………Mt Morris, PA
June 30………………………Southwick, MA
July 28……………………….Washougal, WA.
Aug. 18………………………Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 25………………………Crawfordsville, IN (Finals)

2018 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL 250/OPEN TWO-STROKE INVITATIONAL
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4……………………..Argentina
Mar. 18…………………….Holland 1
Mar. 25…………………….Spain
Apr. 8……………………….Italy 1
Apr. 15……………………..Portugal
May 1……………………….Russia
May 13……………………..Latvia
May 20…………………….Germany
June 3………………………England
June 10…………………….France
June 17…………………….Italy 2
July 1……………………….Indonesia 1
July 8……………………….Indonesia 2
July 22……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………………………Belgium
Aug. 12……………………..Sweden (Canceled)
Aug. 19……………………..Switzerland
Aug. 26……………………..Bulgaria
Sept. 2……………………….Turkey
Sept. 16………………………Holland 2
Sept. 30………………………Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 20……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 27……………………Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 10…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 17…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 24…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 10…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 24…………………….Glen Helen, CA
April 7………………….…Spring Series #1
April 14…………………..20th Anniversary #2
April 28…………………..Spring Series #3
May 5…………………….Spring Series #4 (National track)
May 12……………………Spring Series #5
May 19……………………Spring Series #6
June 2…………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 16…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 30…………………..Glen Helen, CA
July 14……………………Summer Series #1
July 21……………………Summer Series #2
July 28……………………Summer Series #3
Aug. 11……………………Summer Series #4
Aug. 25………..………….Summer Series #5
Sept. 1……………………Summer Series #6
Sept. 1…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 6……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 20……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 27……………………Glen Helen, CA (National track)
Nov. 17……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 1……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 15……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 29…………..………Glen Helen, CA

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Feb. 2-4…………………..……Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23-25……………….…..Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 23-24……………….…..Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 20-22……………….…..Hurricane, UT
May 25-27……………………Cedar City, UT
Sept. 14-16……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 19-21………………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11……………………..Primm, NV

2018 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14………………………….Boise, ID
May 13………………………….Tucson, AZ
June 8…………………………..Austin, TX
June 9…………………………..Austin, TX
Aug. 3-5………………………..Quebec, CN
Sept. 8………………………….Sturgis, SD

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 11……………………..Glen Helen, CA (canceled)
Mar. 24-25…………………Glen Helen, CA
June 17………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Aug. 19………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Lyng, England (canceled)
Apr. 1……………………………Culham, England
Apr. 22………………………….Canada Heights, England
May 6…………………………..Blaxhall, England
June 24………………………..Desertmartin, Ireland
July 29………………………….Duns, England
Aug. 12…………………………Hawkstone, England
Sept. 23………………………..TBA, England

2018 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 8………………….…….Lyng, England
May 20……………..………Preston Docks, England
May 27…………….……….Hawkstone Park, England
July 1………….…..………..Sherwood, England
July 15………….…..………Canada Heights, England
Sept. 2…………….…..……Crookwood, England

2018 DUTCH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Markelo, Holland
Apr. 2……………………………Oldebrook, Holland
May 6…………………………..Mill, Holland
July 14-16…………………….Lichtenvoorde, Holland

2018 GERMAN ADAC MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 22………………………….Drehna, Germany
May 27………………………….Molln, Germany
June 24…………………………Bielstein, Germany
May 6……………………………Blaxhall, Germany
July 15………………………….Moggers, Germany
July 29………………………….Tensfeld, Germany
Aug. 26…………………………Teutschthal, Germany
Sept. 9…………………………..Gaildorf, Germany

2018 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 30-Aug. 4…………………Hurricane Mills, TN

2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 13………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2018 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 27……………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-4…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

2018 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 17-18………………………Paris, France

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 19-24…………………….Gainesville, FL

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25………………………..Glen Helen, CA

RACES YOU MISSED! WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR (ALTHOUGH NOT FOR ARENACROSS)

supercross fireDon’t worry! They will try to burn the stadium down again next year.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA
Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL
Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA
Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO
Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA
Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA
Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT
May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6-7………………………….Dayton, OH
Jan. 13-14………………………Worcester, MA
Jan. 20-21……………………….Wilkes Barre, PA
Jan. 27-28………………………Greensboro, NC
Feb. 10-11………………………Madison, WI
Feb. 17-18………………………Florence, SC
Mar. 17-18………………………Denver, CO
Mar. 24-25………………………Nampa, ID
Apr. 7-8………………………….Wichita, KS
Apr. 21-22………………………Portland, OR
Apr. 28-29………………………Reno, NV
May 4-6…………………………Las Vegas, NV

2018 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London

2018 HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL
Feb. 11………………………….Hawkstone, England

2018 RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR SUPERCROSS
Mar. 11-12……………..…….Daytona, FL

2018 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 31…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE 2018 AMA NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE

Moto Challenge answer: KTM paid Horst Leitner to build them the most exotic KTM 125SX possible in 1990. The only requirements were that Horst had to use the stock KTM 125 engine, wheels and swingarm. The bike’s hanger frame, cantilever suspension, exhaust pipe routing (the muffler goes downward behind the engine) and minimalist three-tube frame design was revolutionary, but KTM never used the design. Horst owned ATK Motorcycles and even though the bike was pad for by KTM it became known as the AMP Research 125 Below is a photo of it as a finished machine.


AMP Research 125.

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