MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IT’S A NUMBERS GAME—PURSE MONEY, NATIONAL POINTS & YOUTUBE VIEWS

2023 HONDA CRF450 “FIRST RIDE” VIDEO VIEWS BY MEDIA

Below are YouTube’s official number of viewers of MXA, Dirt Bike, SwapMoto, Vital and RacerX videos for the first 7 days since the release of the 2023 CRF450 videos.

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2023 HONDA CRF450 50TH ANNIVERSARY MODEL

• GASGAS RECALLING ALL 2022 MC250F MODELS FOR ECU REPLACEMENT

The 2022 GasGas MC250F needs a little electronic update—free of charge.

Official release: GasGas is recalling all 2022 MC250F motocross bikes in order for the CDI control unit to be replaced by an authorized technician. Due to a manufacturing deviation, incorrectly programmed components have been installed on this model. Owners of the 2022 MC250F  should have been sent a letter from GasGas which includes instructions on how to schedule an appointment for the work to be carried out. Replacing the CDI control unit should take no longer than 15 minutes and is at no cost to the customer.

The ‘Service’ area of the GasGas website lists all bikes affected by this recall. Those listed will require a new CDI control unit which must be installed at an authorized GasGas dealership. A full list of authorized dealers can be found Clicking Here:

• 2022 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Jago Geerts (93) has won the last three 250 GPs in a row (including this Sunday’s Swedish Grand Prix) and still has a 23-point lead over Tom Vialle after they split moto wins in Sweden. Vialle has won 7 GPs and Geerts has won 6.

Venue                                                        450                                                   250
Feb. 27…England…………….Tim Gajser………………………..Simon Laegenfelder
Mar. 6…Mantova…………….Tim Gajser………………………..Jago Geerts
Mar. 20…Argentina…………Tim Gajser………………………..Tom Vialle
April 3…Portugal…………….Jorge Prado………………………Tom Vialle
April 10…Trentino…………..Tim Gajser………………………..Tom Vialle
Apr. 24…Latvia……………….Tim Gajser………………………..Jago Geerts
May 8…Maggiora…………….Tim Gajser………………………..Jago Geerts
May 15…Sardinia…………….Calvin Vlaanderen……………..Tom Vialle
May 29…Spain………………..Maxime Renaux…………………Tom Vialle
June 5…Ernee, France……..Jeremy Seewer………………….Tom Vialle
June 12…Germany…………..Tim Gajser………………………..Thibault Benistant
June 26…Indonesia…………Tim Gajser………………………..Tom Vialle
July 17…Czech Republic…..Jeremy Seewer…………………..Jago Geerts
July 24…Belgium…………….Brian Bogers……………………..Jago Geerts
Aug. 7…Sweden………………Jeremy Seewer…………………..Jago Geerts
Aug. 14…Finland…
Aug 21…France…
Sept. 4…Turkey…
450 points leader…………….Tim Gajser (Hon)
250 points leader………….Jago Geerts (KTM)

WHO’S WHO IN THE MXGP ZOO? THE TOP TEN AFTER 15 OF 18 RACES

Romain Febvre missed the first 10 MXGP races because of his Paris Supercross injury and is only up to 18th in points, but he went 6-3 at Sunday’s Swedish 450GP for 4th overall.

2022 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 14 of 19 rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…605
2. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…483
3. Jorge Prado (Gas)…465
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)…442
5. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…441
6. Ruben Fernandez (Hon)…342
7. Brian Bogers (Hus)…332
8. Calvin Vlaanderren (Yam)…312
9. Pauls Jonass (Hus)…287
10. Jeremy Van Horebeeck (Bet)…239

With only three races left in the 2022 season, Tom Vialle might have to settle for second overall—but since he is moving to America for 2023 he has bigger fish to fry.

2022 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 15 of 19 rounds)
1. Jago Geerts (Yam)…590
2. Tom Vialle (KTM)…567
3. Simon Laengenfelder (Gas)…469
4. Kevin Horgmo (Kaw)..410
5. Thibault Benistant (Yam)…378
6. Andrea Adamo (Gas)…337
7. Mikkel Haarup (Kaw)…365
8. Stephen Rubini (Hon)…321
9. Kay de Wolf (Hus)…320
10. Isak Gifting (Gas)…255

• GRAND PRIX OF SWEDEN: 250 & 450 RESULTS

Jeremy Seewer (91) won his second Grand Prix of 2022, but even though he is second in 450 points, he is 122 points behind Tim Gajser. There were five Yamaha’s in the top ten with Seewer, Coldenhoff, Van Doninck, Renaux and Guillod.

SWEDISH 450 GRAND PRIX RESULTS
1. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…2-3
2, Tim Gajser (Hon)…4-2
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)…3-5
4. Romain Febvre (Kaw)…6-3
5. Jorge Prado (Gas)…5-6
6. Mitch Evans (Hon)…10-4
7. Brent Van Doninck (Yam)…8-9
8. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…1-DNF
9. Alberto Forato (Gas)…11-10
10. Valentin Guillod (Yam)…9-12

Jago Geerts (93) and Tom Vialle tied with 1-2 and 2-1 finishes n Sweden, but Geerts just has to stay on two wheels in Finland, France and Turkey to clinch the title—easier said than done.

SWEDISH 250 GRAND PRIX RESULTS
1. Jago Geerts (Yam)…2-1
2. Tom Vialle (KTM)…1-2
3. Simon Laengenfelder (Gas)…4-3
4. Kevin Horgmo (Kaw)..3-5
5. Mikkel Haarup (Kaw)…5-8
6. Kay de Wolf (Hus)…7-7
7. Thibault Benistant (Yam)…6-9
8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Hus)…13-4
9. Jan Pancar (KTM)…12-6
10. Liam Everts (Gas)…8-10

• WHO’S AFRAID OF THE WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP? SEE THE DEFINITIVE ANSWER

A little motocross and a little Supercross will most likely end up being a Monster Energy Cup clone with a new coat of paint and a new name.

The Supercross and AMA National promoting groups have joined together to form the “SuperMotocross World Championship.” It is new championship series that will post a $10 million purse spread across the 2023 Supercross series, AMA Nationals and the SuperMotocross three-race series. In what can only be seen as a pre-emptive strike against the FIM’s new World Supercross Championship, the 2023 SuperMotocross World Championship will finish on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The rest of the three-race series has yet to be announced, but extending the current racing season into October means that the AMA Supercross and AMA National promoters want to counter-promote directly against the 2023 FIM World Supercross (WSX)  Championship. The goal of this move is to stop the “brain drain” of high-profile riders from the 2023 AMA Nationals to the World Supercross series—by offering something worth staying around for.

When Ken Roczen (above) and Eli Tomac signed with the World Supercross series for star appearances later this year, it was a preview of what might happen at the end of the 2023 AMA Supercross series, when AMA riders might be tempted to defect to the FIM World Supercross Series.

The existing Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship and the Lucas Oil AMA National Motocross Championship will both continue to crown their own champions at the conclusion of their respective series—although the existing National series will be shortened from 12 to 11 rounds. For their part, the Supercross promoters claim that they also have cut one round from their series, but that one round is the Monster Energy Cup and it was never part of the series to begin with.

Here is how it works: After the final round of the 2023 AMA National Motocross Championships, the top 22 250cc racers and the top 22 450cc racer (determined by combined AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross points) will qualify to compete in the two SuperMotocross (SMX) playoff rounds and a World Championship finale for the “SuperMotocross” #1 plate. With one less National and the elimination of the stand-alone Monster Energy Cup races, the combined series will only grow by one race. Obviously, the grand total of 44 riders doesn’t represent much of a show—which means the rest of the program will have to be filled out with other lesser classes (much like the Monster Energy Cup format).

According to the press release, all seven factory teams (KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki) are excited to commit to racing the three SuperMotocross (SMX) events. In truth, that was a given because none on the American factory teams were willing to commit to the FIM World Supercross (WSX) series because the seven factory teams are funded by their American distributors, who have no interest in racing in countries where they don’t sell motorcycles. They want to race in front of Americans, because that is who they market their bikes to.

Let’s see if they can squeeze this into a stadium as the “motocross” part of  SuperMotocross.

The SuperMotocross World Championship (choke on that ridiculous name a few times) claims it will combine both disciplines of Supercross and Motocross on custom-designed tracks that will showcase a “new style of racing.” Although the current difference between the two disciplines are blatantly obvious, we must assumed that SuperMotocross (SMX) will lean heavily towards Supercross and less so to motocross. And there is always the chance that this move to save the AMA Nationals from an assault on their series by the FIM World Supercross series will eventually end up with “SuperMotocross” wiping out the AMA Nationals anyway.

Eli Tomac 2022 Denver Supercross-2002Eli was a prize catch for the FIM World Supercross series and we bet it cost them a pretty penny to get him to sign on the line for just one race. But, Eli only wanted to do one round.

However, since it is rather sketchy in details, we can all relax since the only announced SMX date is in October of 2023, there are no other dates, no new venues named and no details on the format or how the factory budgets will absorb the races. The positives of this plan are many—here is a quick list:

(1) Supercross and the Nationals plan to combine their television viewing power by doing collective bargaining to get both series and the three-race playoffs on one TV network as an SMX package deal. Assuming they can make a deal, it means all 30 races on one network (and its streaming service).

(2) The promised $10 million dollars in prize money (race purses and bonus money), which magically appeared after years of penny pinching the riders to death, represents a big step up for the riders (although the purse money for the AMA Nationals currently does not come out of the National organizer’s pocket—it comes from each individual race promoter).

(3) For years the AMA Nationals have lived in fear of Supercross expanding its number of races into their Summer domain (which was why the now-defunct National Promoters Group (NPG) was formed in the first place). The truce surrounding the “SuperMotocross” deal should lay this issue to rest. Although, in reality, the AMA Nationals did lose one race and they still must face the fact that the FIM World Supercross series plans to counter-promote against the AMA Nationals next Summer.

(4) No American motocross fan wants to see his favorite riders sign with the FIM-sanctioned World Supercross series. The fans want their home-grown and adopted foreign stars at home—not racing in some far-off country. By raising the purse money, SuperMotocross (SMX) is fighting back—but the riders might want to thank the World Supercross promoters for getting them a raise that never would have come without the threat of competition from the WSX.

(5) It seems obvious that the idea of a hybrid Supercross/outdoor track already exists in the AMA Supercross Championship in the form of Daytona Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. It seems doubtful that they would go back to Daytona at season’s end (given that Daytona isn’t a Feld asset), but Atlanta makes sense as does a large number of other Speedways (with big infields). As for an actual National motocross track being part of the SuperMotocross scheme of things don’t hold your breath (and if they did, Pala would get two of them).

(6) It is possible that the slap-dash, made-up on the spot, AMA officiating that both series seem to gravitate to, will take a step up once they are part of a bigger and better organized program. They can start by giving every AMA official an actual rulebook and ordering them to read it.

(7) The easiest way to wrap your head around the SuperMotocross Championship is that it borrows the “Playoff” format that lots of sports have gone to, most notably NASCAR. While NASCAR still holds its regular race series, they added an additional set of races after the actual NASCAR series to spice up the TV audience by offering them an add-on condensed race series. This is nothing like the old Wrangler Grand National Championship, which only added the season’s National points and Supercross points together to crown the overall Champion. The SuperMotocross Championship system can easily be seen as a TV ratings gimmick (which offers a TV network more for their money), a defensive move against the World Supercross series plan to grab disgruntled AMA riders away from the poor paying AMA Nationals and a move that puts the ball back in the World Supercross series court. What’s next? Stay tuned!

According to the press release, the 2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, followed by the 2023 AMA National Motocross Championship schedule. Dates and venues for the upcoming 2023 “SuperMotocross” World Championship and additional details will be announced later in the year.

THIS WEEK IN MXA WITH JOSH MOSIMAN: SUPERMOTOCROSS, SUPER DUPER WHOOPS & SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS RACING

SATURDAY AT THE GLEN” ON THE NATIONAL TRACK ON AUG. 13 (WITH PASHA 125 TWO-STROKES)

For more information go to www.glenhelen.com

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RULES TO LIVE BY…ESPECIALLY THE LAST ONE

PASHA 125 OPEN “WORLD VET WARM-UP” TWO-STROKE RACE AT GLEN HELEN ON AUGUST 13


In order to give 125 two-stroke racers a chance to prep their bikes and bodies for the big World Vet Championship’s Over-30 125 Pro and Over-50 125 Pro classes (with a $10,000 purse), 125 empressario Pasha Afshar will be holding two 125 two-stroke warm-up races as part of the “Saturday at the Glen” races series. The August 13th and an October 1st races will be held on the Glen Helen National track. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2023 KTM 300SX FUEL-INJECTED TWO-STROKE

• JEREMY MCGRATH TO RECEIVE 2022 EDISON DYE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT THE WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

Classic Jeremy McGrath in his prime.

Glen Helen Raceway and Dubya are very excited to announce that the 26th recipient of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be Jeremy McGrath, the most popular motorcycle racer of the 1990s. The seven-time AMA Supercross and AMA 250 National Motocross Champion transcends motocross.

Jeremy was born in San Fransisco on November 19, 1971, and later moved to Southern California. After just three years of riding as an amateur, McGrath made his AMA debut in 1989. He finished his first Supercross season ranked eighth in the 125 West Region Series. In 1990, he rode for the Kawasaki’s support squad and began to make his an impact on the sport. That year, he won his first 125 West Region Supercross race in Las Vegas and finished the season ranked second overall in the series.

Jeremy owes his BMX background for his Supercross success.

While McGrath was becoming known as primarily a Supercross specialist even at this early point of his career, he proved he had skills on the outdoor circuits as well. In total McGrath won 17 AMA Motocross Nationals. In 1991, he was ranked fifth in AMA 125 motocross and eighth in the class in 1992. McGrath also won the Tokyo Supercross in 1992. After winning his first AMA Supercross race, McGrath went on to dominate the 1993 AMA Supercross Series, winning 10 races and earning the championship.

Jeremy was no slouch outdoors, he was the 1995 AMA 250 National Champion, but his goal was to be the greatest Supercross racer ever—which he achieved.

During his career, McGrath rode for Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. He was the first rider to own and ride for his own factory-backed team. He announced his retirement before the opening round of the 2003 AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim. Though retired from full-time Supercross and motocross competition, McGrath continued his racing career after being inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. McGrath’s legacy in the sport of motorcycle racing will be felt for generations to come.

Jeremy kept right on racing after his AMA career came to an end in cars, off-road trucks and anything else with wheels.

This year’s Edison Dye Award ceremony, which owes its success to the late Tom White, will be unlike any other. On Saturday, November 5th, Glen Helen will host a meet and greet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Saturday night award presentation will be held in the Glen Helen Museum  at 5:30 p.m, followed by an autograph session with Jeremy McGrath (and a host of Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement award winners—listed below). Later, Jeremy’s Marble placque will be installed in the “Glen Helen Walk of Fame.” Plan to attend this outstanding event!

EDISON DYE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS (1997-2022)
1997 …Roger DeCoster
1998 …Rick Johnson
1999 …Edison Dye
2000 …Torsten Hallman
2001 …Bruce Brown
2002 …1981 MXDN Team: Sun, LaPorte, O’Mara, Hansen
2003 …Gary Jones
2004 …Jeff Ward
2005 …Stu Peters
2006 …Joel Robert
2007 …Bob Hannah
2008 …Brad Lackey
2009 …Tony DiStefano
2010 …Broc Glover
2011 …David Bailey
2012 …Marty Smith
2013 …John DeSoto
2014 …Feets Minert
2015 …Dave McCoy
2016 …Lars Larsson
2017 …Malcolm Smith
2018 …Jody Weisel
2019 …Mitch Payton
2020 …Rex Staten
2021 …Mark Blackwell
2022 …Jeremy McGrath

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2023 KTM 450SXF

• THE AUGUST 2022 ISSUE OF MXA IS OUT! JAM-PACKED! SUBSCRIBE AND YOU WON’T MISS ANYTHING


Did you know that you can subscribe to MXA at virtually no cost to you—because when you subscribe you receive a Rocky Mountain ATV/MC credit for $25 towards anything is their massive inventory. Plus, you will get all the content in 12 monthly issues of Motocross Action magazine—from four-stroke tests, two-stroke tests, retro tests, race coverage, new tech to product tests….most of which never appear on the internet.

The August 2022 issue has full tests on the 2022 Yamaha YZ85 and YZ85 Big Wheel, 2022 Suzuki RM-Z250, a full test of the ultra-cool retro-mod Husqvarna TC300 that Zach Osborne raced at the 2022 World Two-Stroke Championship, Josh Mosiman gives the full break-down on how his GasGas MC250 two-stroke got to 44-horsespower and a retro test on James Stewart’s  2005 Kawasaki SR 250. If that’s not enough for you, we sat down with Larry Brook to learn how he went from minicycle star to MXA test rider to AMA racer to team owner for Chad Reed and James Stewart to his rejuvenation running an amateur team to becoming the team manager of Suzuki’s official 250 Supercross and National effort.

If that’s not enough, go with us as we trace the 2022 Supercross season’s trail of broken dreams and broken bodies. And, don’t forget, you can will also get a $25 credit from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC  that will more than cover the cost of your subscription. To subscribe call (800) 767-0345 or Click Here

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2023 HUSQVARNA TC250 FUEL-INJECTED TWO-STROKE

• 2022 GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SERIES: THE NEXT RACE IS AUGUST 21

For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2022 HONDA CRF450WE WORKS EDITION

• 2022 WORCS OFF-ROAD SERIES: THE NEXT RACE IS SEPTEMBER 7-8

WORCS took the summer off, but return to action on September 7-8 in Preston, Idaho. For more info go to www.worcsracing.com.

• GO WITH THE MXA WRECKING CREW AS THEY RACE THE WASHOUGAL NATIONAL—NOW KNOWN AS “JOSHOUGAL”

• 2022 RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM COMES TO “SURF CITY” ON OCTOBER 15

Huntington Beach will be the site (after two years off). For more information go to www.redbull.com/straightrhythm

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2022-1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION

• 2022 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOV. 5-6


The 2022 Dubya World Vet MX Championships will take place on November 4-6 at Glen Helen Raceway. Over a thousand riders will travel from all 50 states and 25 different countries to compete for a prestigious World Vet Championship title. This is one of the largest Vet races in the world and certainly the longest running. This year, Glen Helen is looking forward to having even more countries participate. There will also be a three-moto format this year! Racing will start on Saturday for all Amateur classes and continue until Sunday. The results of the three motos will determine the 2022 Dubya World Vet MX Champion in every class! The exceptions are the Over-40 Pros, Over-50 Pros and Pasha Over-30 125 Pros—who race on Saturday only. Additionally, the Over-30 Pros and Pasha Over-50 125 Pros will race on Sunday only. The World Cup race for national teams from individual countries will race one moto on Saturday and one moto on Sunday.

Riders can pre-enter the World Vet now! The first and cheapest of the four discount periods ended on July 31. The next discount period ends on Ausgust 31. Pre-entering saves lots of money. To pre-enter and see the class structures Click Here.

• SHIP YOUR BIKE TO THE 2022 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP AND HAVE IT SAFELY STORED UNTIL YOU ARRIVE

The 38th Annual Dubya World Vet MX Championship is quickly approaching on November 4-6, 2022. With over a thousand riders traveling from many different cities, states, and countries to compete for a prestigious World Vet Championship title, many riders require a place to ship and store their bike. Although you will have to arrange shipping from your country or state, you can ship your bike to Malcolm Smith Motorsports and pick it up there once you arrive in SoCal. Malcolm Smith can receive your bike from the shipper of your choice and store it for a $150 storage charge—and it will be safe until you come to pick it up before your race. For the $150 you get seven days of storage. After the seven days, you will be billed at $20 per day. Included in this service is holding the bike after the race for return shipping for a maximum of 7 days (billed at $20 per day). This service does not include any transportation of your motorcycle to the track, uncrating or mechanical work. For more info or to order this service Click Here

• MXA GEAR GUIDE: FXR RACING PODIUM PRO LE GEAR

MXA’s “Gear Guide” is here to help you find the gear that best suits your needs—from head to toe. Whatever your style or color preference, MXA has the inside line. Whether you are on a budget or want the best gear money can buy, we will track it down. Our gear guide features quality products that you can bet your hard earned money on. This week we feature FXR Racing’s Podium Pro Limited Edition gear. For more info go to www.fxrracing.com.

THE OFF-THE-RACK PRICES

Helmet: 6D ATR-2—$779.95
Goggles: Factory Ride Predator—$109.99
Jersey: FXR Racing Podium Pro LE—$79.99
Pants: FXR Racing Podium Pro LE—$199.99
Gloves: FXR Racing Reflex LE—$39.99
Boots: Sidi Crossfire 3SR—$599.99

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You can’t afford not to subscribe, because when you order a subscription, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC sends you a $25 gift credit to use on anything you want from their massive selection. Plus, subscribers to MXA can also choose to get the digital mag on their iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play or in a digital version. Even better, you can subscribe to Motocross Action and get the awesome print edition delivered to your house by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government. Do we have to mention the $25 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC gift card again? You can’t lose on this deal? Call (800) 767-0345 or Click Here

• MXA AD OF THE WEEK: HODAKA DID A LOT WITH VERY LITTLE

You couldn’t build a successful motocross brand today if all you had to work with was a 100cc engine, but Hodaka did just with the Ace 100 trail bike, Super Rat 100 motocrosa bike and Road Toad 100 street bike. They sold 10,000 units a year until the sports’ explosion wipe the Oregon Company out of business.

• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI KX250/450 LINKAGE SYSTEM

“The stock OEM shock linkage on the newer KX models tends to be stiffer at the beginning of the stroke and softer at the end of the stroke. With Pro Circuit’s new KX250/450 linkage system, it’s the complete opposite. The stroke is plusher at the beginning and stiffer at the end. This lessens the need for stiffer high-speed valving. One note, an increase in spring rate is required. Usually a 0.2 kg/mm rate increase is recommended.” —Pro Circuit’s Camilla Consonni. $445.00—www.procircuit.com or (951) 738-8050.

MXA PRODUCTS SPOTLIGHT: FACTORY EFFEX V1 MOTORCYCLE STAND

“Factory Effex’s V1 stand uses quality carbon steel construction and features an exclusive rubber top traction pad with countersunk rivets to prevent frame or skid plate scratching. The OEM motorcycle branded graphics use scratch-resistant, 12-mil, laminated vinyl and can be customized with your sponsors, name and number. For the bikes that sit unbalanced, we offer an auxiliary wedge that can be installed to level the bike with both tires off the ground.” —Factory Effex’s Scott Gilly. Retail price: $69.95 V1 Stand, $14.95 (wedge) at www.factoryeffex.com or (800) 866-0709.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ODI EMIG PRO V2 LOCK-ON GRIPS

ODI Grips Emig Pro V2 Lock-on grips-2
We’re a big fan of having as much grip as possible when it comes to racing. Squeezing the bike with your legs, not sliding down a stock Honda seat cover, and most importantly, having a firm connection between the handlebars and the rider. It’s no secret that we’re also a fan of ODI, with how successful their Emig Pro V2 system is, who isn’t? The second generation of the Emig Pro Lock-On grips have improved ridges for your phalanges to grab onto as well as a reinforced end cap so when our clumsy photographer gets his grubby hands on one our test bikes, we’re not wondering why the sides of the grips are missing. Scroll down below to check out some of our favorite grips on the market. The Retail Price is $28.95.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: RINALDI RW450 SCOOP REAR TIRE

Rinaldi’s RW 45 rear soft-terrain tire is the perfect choice for muddy or sandy tracks. With a paddle/scoop- style tread, this tire will offer superior traction in soft-terrain conditions when compared to a conventional knobby tire that’s made for both intermediate- and hard-terrain conditions. If you ever ride on sandy or muddy tracks, this tire will help you pull away from the competition every time you turn the throttle. Retail price: $64.00 (100/90-19), $71.00 (110/90-19) at www.motomandistributing.com or (760) 949-0941

THE CURRENT TOP TEN IN THE 250 & 450 CLASS WITH UNADILLA 8 DAYS AWAY

Joey Savagty_Glen Helen Thursday Practice 6-6-19-37Joey Savatgy (17) has a fill-in ride at Team Kawasaki and he’s trying his hardest to make it permanent.

2022 450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

(After 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac (Yam)…364
2. Chase Sexton (Hon)…359
3. Jason Anderson (Kaw)…285
4. Ken Roczen (Hon)…274
5. Christian Craig (Yam)…251
6. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…236
7. Justin Barcia (Gas)…219
8. Aaron Plessinger (KTM)…198
9. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)…170
10. Shane McElrath (Hus)…157

Justin Cooper (32) has the speed to race for the 250 Championship, but he got off to slow start and is now 80 points out of the lead. A win in the next four rounds would make his year.

2022 250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…355
2. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…327
3. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)…306
4. Justin Cooper (Yam)…275
5. Seth Hammaker (Kaw)…207
6. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…194
7. Max Vohland (KTM)…192
8. Levi Kitchen (Yam)…180
9. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…169
10. Stilez Robertson (Hus)…169

• 2022 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL WINNERS AT A GLANCE WITH 4 ROUNDS TO GO

Chase Sexton got the start in the second moto at Washougal and held Eli Tomac off in a high-speed game of tag, but don’t forget that Eli caught and passed Chase in the first moto. The momentum didn’t shift in favor of either rider at Washougal.

Venue                                                        450                                                   250
May 28…Pala, CA……………,……Chase Sexton………..Jett Lawrence
June 4…Hangtown, CA……..,….Jason Anderson…….Jett Lawrence
Jun 11…Thunder Valley, CO……Ken Roczen………….Jett Lawrence
June 18…Mt. Morris, PA…………Eli Tomac…………….Jett Lawrence
July 3…Red Bud, MI………………Eli Tomac……………..Jo Shimoda

July 9…Southwick, MA…………..Eli Tomac…………….Jett Lawrence
July 16….Millville, MN……………Eli Tomac…………….Jett Lawrence
July 23….Washougal, WA………Chase Sexton………..Jett Lawrence
Aug. 13…Unadilla, NY…………
Aug. 20…Budds Creek, MD…
Aug. 27…Crawfordsville, IN..
Sept. 3…Pala, CA……………….
450 points leader…………….Eli Tomac (Yam)
250 points leader………….Jett Lawrence (Hon)

 • TENTATIVE 2022 RACE SCHEDULES

The 2022 World Vet Motocross Championship is shaping up to be a barn burner, as lots of former motocross stars from different decades are lining up to win the Over-30, Over-40, Over-50, Over-60 and Over-70 titles. Believe it or not, multi-time AMA 250 National Champion Gary Jones is now 70-years-old. He is he only rider to win World Vet crowns in the Over-30, Over-40, Over-50 and Over-60 classes. If he can win the Over-70 title in 2022, he will have a Grand Slam of all the important age groups.

2022 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 28…Pala, CA
June 4…Hangtown, CA
June 11…Thunder Valley, CO
June 18…Mt. Morris, PA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 9…Southwick, MA
July 16….Millville, MN
July 23….Washougal, WA
Aug. 13…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 20…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 27…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 3…Pala, CA

2022 FIM GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP (TENTATIVE)
Feb. 27…Matterley Basin, England
Mar. 6…Mantova, Italy
Mar. 20…Villa La Angostura, Argentina
April 3…Agueda, Portugal
April 10…Trentino, Italy
Apr. 24…Kegums, Latvia
May 1…Orlyonok, Russia (CANCELED)
May 8…Maggiora, Italy
May 15…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
May 29…Intu Xanadu, Spain
June 5…Ernee, France
June 12…Teutschenthal, Germany
June 26…Samota-Sumbawa, Indonesia
July 3… Jakarta, Indonesia (CANCELED)
July 17…Locket, Czech Republic
July 24…Lommel, Belgium
Aug. 7…Uddevalla, Sweden
Aug. 14…Hyvinka, Finland
Aug 21…St. Jean d’ Angely, France
Sept. 4…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sept. 11…Oman (CANCELED)

2022 AMA ENDUROCROSS SERIES SCHEDULE
Sept. 24…Redmond, Oregon
Oct. 1…Denver, Colorado
Oct. 15…Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 22…Prescott Valley, Arizona
Nov. 5…Boise Idaho
Nov. 19…Reno, Nevada

2022 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 15…Oakland, CA
Jan. 22…San Diego, CA
Jan. 29…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 5…Glendale, AZ
Feb. 12…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 19… Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 26…Arlington, TX
Mar. 5…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 12…Detroit, MI
Mar. 19…Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 26…Seattle, WA
Apr. 9…St. Louis, MO
Apr. 16…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 23…Foxborough, MA
Apr. 30…Denver, CO
May 7…Salt Lake City, UT

2022 KICKER ARENACROSS SERIES
Jan. 7-8…Loveland, CO
Jan. 15…Amarillo, TX
Jan. 21-22…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 29…Greensboro, NC
Feb. 4-5…Reno, NV
Feb. 11-12…Denver, CO

2022 WORLD SIDECAR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 24… Holland
May. 22…Czech Republic
June 26…Belgium
July 3…Estonia
Sept. 4…Czech Republic
Sept. 18…Germany

2022 SATURDAY AT THE GLEN RACE SCHEDULE
Apr. 2…Spring Series #1
Apr. 23…Spring Series #2
Apr. 30…Spring Series #3
May 7…Spring Series #4
May 14…Spring Series #5 (National Track)
June 11…Summer Series #1
June 25…Summer Series #2
July 9…Summer Series #3
July 30…Summer Series #5
Aug. 13…Summer Series #6  & Pasha 125 Open (National Track)
Aug. 27…..Fall Series #1
Sept. 10…Fall Series #2
Sept. 17…Fall Series #3
Oct. 1…Fall Series #4 & Pasha 125 Open (National Track)
Oct. 15…Fall Series #5
Oct. 22…Fall Series #6
Nov.r 12..Winter Series #1
Nov. 19…Winter Series #2
Dec. 3…Winter Series #3
Dec. 10…Winter Series #4 (National Track)

2022 WORCS OFF-ROAD SCHEDULE
Jan. 21-23…Primm, NV
Feb. 18-20…Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 11-13…Lake Havasu City, AZ
Apr. 8-10…Taft, CA
Apr. 29-May 1…Las Vegas, NV
May 27-29…Cedar City, UT
Sept. 16-18…Preston, ID
Oct. 14-16…Mesquite, NV
Nov 4-6…Primm, NV

2022 CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN SERIES
June 5…Kamloops, BC
June 12…Drumheller, AB
June 19…Pilot Mound, MB
July 3…Walton, ON
July 10…Courtland, ON
July 17…Ottawa, ON
July 24…Moncton, NB
July 31…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 14…Walton, ON

2022 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 27…Wonthaggi
Apr. 10…Mackay
May 1…Wodonga
June 26…Maitland
July 24…Coffs Harbour
Aug. 14…Queensland Park
Aug. 20…Coolum (Saturday)

2022 MICHELIN BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 20…FatCat
May 1…Landrake
May 29…Lyng
June 26…Cusses Gorse
Aug. 7…TBA
Sept. 4…Hawkstone

2022 REVO BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…Culham
Apr. 17…Foxhill
May 8…Lyng
May 22…Canada Heights
June 19…Blaxhall
July 10…Fatcat
July 31…Whitby
Sep. 11…TBA

2022 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
April 16…Glen Helen, CA

2022 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 25… Red Bud, MI

2022 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6…Glen Helen, CA

2022 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 12-13… Paris, France

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