MXA’S INDUSTRY NEWS, PRESS RELEASES & INSIDER INFO
REDSAND INTERNATIONAL CANCELED: FIRST BIG RACE OF THE 2017 EURO SEASON
After massive expenditures by the race promoters (and teams who traveled to Redsand MX Park in Spain to race), the first international race of the 2017 has been canceled because of torrential rain. Whether it will be rescheduled remains to be seen. RedSand MX Park’s Juanjo Gimeno posted this on Facebook: “The first race – is suspended, the heavy rains yesterday and tonight have left accesses, paddock and circuits in a critical state. At the moment trying to get out of the paddock to the pilots who were unable to leave last night. A very hard decision, but it’s the only one that can be taken.”
ALTA REDSHIFT ELECTRIC BIKES SIGNS ON THREE SoCAL DEALERS
Alta Motors has added three new Southern California dealerships to its dealer network: Beverly Hills Motorcycles, Moto Forza and GP Motorcycles of San Diego.Alta officials said, “These 3 dealers are the latest additions to our team and they will be delivering Redshifts to customers who have been patiently waiting on the reservation list. They will also be hosting demos on a rolling basis, so come see the Redshift at the dealer closest to you.”
Beverly Hills Motorcycles is located at 428 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Moto Forza is located at 572 N. Tulip Street, Escondido, CA 92025.
GP Motorcycle of San Diego is located at 3617 India Street, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103.
MXA HIT PARADE: O’NEAL RACING HARDWEAR JAG GEAR
“The O’Neal Hardwear jersey has undergone a complete redesign for 2017. It’s the lightest and most technical Hardwear jersey ever. Utilizing our new ‘Pro-Lite’ performance fabric, we were able to drop the weight a remarkable 6 ounces! Additionally, all-over venting is a standard feature for those hot days. Larger hole, closed-cell venting on the cuffs and underarms allows air in and keeps dirt out. O’Neal’s Hardwear pant is lightweight without sacrificing unsurpassed durability.¬†With its 360-degree belt, accordion-style knees and leather heat shields, the Hardwear pant is loaded with features. Our new Jag graphic uses one pant color that matches four different jersey colorways. It’s a great way to stay looking fresh.—O’Neal Racing’s Marina Peters.
$169.99 (pant), $54.99 (jersey)—www.oneal.com or (800) 326-6325.
IN-THE-CRATE HONDA CR250 TWO-STROKES UP FOR BID AT MECUMS LAS VEGAS AUCTION JAN. 25-28
An extraordinary offering of Japanese rarities is set to draw attention at the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction, the 26th annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, slated for Jan. 25-28, 2017, at South Point Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 350 motorcycles from the who’s who of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers will cross the auction block when Mecum returns to Las Vegas at the end of this month. Among featured Japanese motorcycles up for auction are a trio of new-in-crate 2007 Honda CR250s (Lots S22, S23and S24), the 1977 Suzuki MX factory racer that Gerrit Wolsink won the United States Grand Prix at Carlsbad with that year (Lot S182), and a 1976 Yamaha OW72 (Lot F173) raced by Kenny Roberts, one of about 30 OW72 Yamaha factory racing engines built.
Doors open daily at 8 a.m., with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network from 4-10 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at www.Mecum.com.
MXA HIT PARADE: FOX RACING V3 HELMET
“Our premium level Fox V3 helmet has been trusted and worn by more Supercross Champions in the past two decades than any other brand. Key features include a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), soft density EPS liner cap, Dri Lex comfort liner,multi-composite shell construction technology,three shell and four EPS sizes for a precise fit,and a dual-density inner EPS liner. There are also 14¬†intake and four exhaust vents for breathability. Designed in California, the Fox V3 helmet is built to exceed ECE 22.05 and D.O.T certifications. Check one out at your local Fox dealer and see why Champions like Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen put their trust in the V3.—Fox Racing’s Kobi Iseri.
$449.95—www.foxracing.com or (888) 369-7223.
GODSPEED! ROGER WESTON (1937-2016)
Former President of Arai Helmet Americas Roger Weston died from injuries sustained in an accidental fall several weeks ago. He passed peacefully after being taken off life support, and was surrounded by his wife and children. Roger was 79. Roger started in the motorcycle industry as a warehouse employee at a newly formed motorcycle accessory distributor, working his way up to vice president before leaving to start Arai Americas in 1979. He built the Arai Americas company from its small U.S. beginning to a position as arguably the U.S. industry’s premier helmet brand. Mr. Weston was the President and co-owner of Arai Helmet Americas until his retirement in 2012; he continued as a consultant to Arai until his death.
MXA HIT PARADE: MOBIUS BRACES X8 KNEE BRACE
“New sizes of the Mobius X8 knee brace are now available. More than seven years of research and development have yielded the sport’s most revolutionary knee brace. Innovative technology such as the CCRS (Continuous Cable Routing System) is seamlessly integrated throughout the brace for unparalleled support and protection. The CCRS reinforces crucial knee ligaments by resisting excessive movement and progressively tightening under extreme loads. The brace adjusts to the perfect fit with a simple turn of an aluminum dial, and numbered straps ensure proper protection. A supportive tendon back plate comfortably grips the back of the rider’s knee, providing unbeatable security and natural flexibility. Developed with the sport’s premier athletes, the X8 knee brace is changing the game of knee brace technology.—Mobius Braces’ Scott Watanabe.
$599.95 (pair)—www.mobiusbraces.com or (208) 928-7850.
U.S CUSTOM CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGAL ENGINES & VEHICLE AT THE LOS ANGELES PORT
The EPA and U.S. Customs announced $217,998 in fines and more than 5325 items seized or denied entry to the United States. These included foreign-made engines, scooters, ATVs, chainsaws and construction equipment without proper emission controls. The EPA has been conducting regular inspections at California ports of entry since 2014. The focus has been on engines, vehicles and pesticides. Mobile sources, such as on-road and off-road vehicles, are one the largest sources of air pollution in California and account for approximately 20% of PM2.5 (fine particulate matter up to 2.5 microns in diameter) and 83% of nitrogen oxide emissions.
A RANDOM LIST OF SEIZED OR DENIED CONTAINERS
Yamagin Tsusho Company Limited: Imported six mini-trucks from Japan. The mini-trucks did not have the proper certificates for their evaporative emissions componentss. The company was required to ship the mini-trucks out of the United States and pay a $65,000 penalty.
Pacific Rim International West: Imported 104 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from China that contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay a $30,000 penalty.
Vitacci Motorcycles: Imported 457 ATVs from China. The ATVs contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATV’s out of the United States and pay an $18,000 penalty.
Ming’s International: imported 1105 two-stroke spark ignition engines from China without the proper certification requirements. The company was required to ship the engines out of the United States and pay a $13,898 penalty.
Xcalibur Inc: Imported 148 motorcycles from Taiwan. The motorcycles contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the motorcycles out of the United States and pay a $13,300 penalty.
JMC Motors LLC: Imported 12 ATVs from China without the proper certification requirements and containing catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay an $8800 penalty.
Lil Pick Up, Inc.: Imported 1051 ATVs in 13 separate shipments from China, that lacked the proper certification requirements. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay a $7000 penalty.
Spira4U Co. Ltd.: Imported 10 motorcycles from China. The motorcycles contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the motorcycles out of the United States and pay a $6500 penalty.
GLEN HELEN LOYALTY PROGRAM: HOW TO GET FREE ADMISSION
Glen Helen raceway’s new loyalty program began on January 1, 2017. If you sign up for the program, either on the “Belly” app with your phone or at the track in person, you will receive 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.
MXA HIT PARADE: PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI WATER PUMP KIT
“Keeping your bike running cool is critical to maintaining supreme engine performance when the going gets hot. Pro Circuit helps you keep your 2016-’17 Kawasaki KX450F cool with its new water pump kit. Increased pumping capacity and reduced cavitation are vital to superior cooling system performance. CNC-machined from aircraft-quality aluminum and anodized for a factory look, the Pro Circuit water pump kit has been rigorously tested and is used by our own Pro Circuit/Monster Energy/Kawasaki racing team for peak performance and unfailing reliability.—Pro Circuit’s Camilla Consonni.
$199.95—www.procircuit.com or (951) 738-8050.
ANAHEIM 2 ON FOX SPORTS 1 ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
BELIEVE IT OR NOT! TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR THE GLEN HELEN NATIONAL ON FEBRUARY 1
For more info go to www.glenhelen.com..
NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT’S ANAHEIM 2 SUPERCROSS TRACK MAP
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: TM DESIGNWORKS NEW “FACTORY EDITION SX” CHAIN GUIDES
The 2017 “Factory Edition SX” version of the popular TM Designworks chain guides are lighter than both stock chain guides and TM Designworks’ 2016 GP MX chain guides. Thenew chain guides feature a slimmer profile, increased ground clearance, impact memory, multiple colors, reduced surface drag and ae chain guide body is realigned to accept stock gearing (and up to two teeth more in rear sprocket size). This is an AMA Supercross and National tested product that retails for only $79.95 retail.
The new KTM/Husqvarna/Sherco model costs $89.95 and comes in black, orange, Husky blue, Swedish blue and Sherco purple-blue. For more info go to www.tmdesignworks.com or call (514) 772-4161.
TROY LEE DESIGNS LIMITED EDITION LIBERTY GEAR AVAILABLE NOW
For more info go to www.troyleedesigns.com
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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: GRANT LANGSTON — “MOTOCROSS TRAINING WITH THE CHAMP”
Few riders in professional motocross have elevated themselves to the level achieved by South Africa’s Grant Langston. Grant was the 2000 FIM 125cc World Champion, 2003 AMA 125cc National Champion, 2003 AMA Supermoto Champion, 2005 AMA 250cc East Coast and 2006 AMA 250cc West Coast Champion. The pinnacle of Grant’s career came in 2007 when came from way back int he points to win the AMA 450cc National Championship for Yamaha and, he capped off that season by winning the the U.S. Open Championship in Las Vegas. Since then Grant has transitioned into riding coach, television commentator and successful business owner. Grant decided to share his vast knowledge in this one-of-a-kind production. In Grant’s 98-minute DVD, the champ covers motocross techniques that are very seldom shared and highly coveted. As an added bonus, GL also shares a 50-minute story of his life, “Making of a Champion.” The video is available at www.grantlangstonmx.com for $24.95 (plus shipping).
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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: DAL SOGGIO SPHERE FORK CARTRIDGE KIT
Dal Soggio’s Sphere Hydraulic cartridge kit is a sealed and pressurized cartridge system that increases the precision and sensitivity of your forks. The Sphere kit is available for Sachs, Marzocchi, WP 4CS and WP Open cartridge forks. Plus, Dal Soggio offers a spring conversion kit for Kayaba PSF-2 air forks. The Sphere kit uses a bladder to guarantee consistent performance. All the sliding parts are made from 7075-T6 aluminum and have a special hard anodizing with PTFE for durability. Amazingly, the cartridge is adaptable from fork to fork. Thus, if you had a Sherco with WP open cartridge forks last year, but changed to a WP 4CS fork this year, the Dal Soggio Sphere kit will fit in with a few adaptor pieces. For more information go to www.dalsoggiorace.com.