MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: KTM’S THREE HISTORIC WINS—1 FOR GAS GAS, 1 IN MOTOGP & 1 FOR THE OLD MAN
2020 FIM GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE
As expected, Jeffrey Herlings leads the 450 World Championship points chase, although a fifth at the first Latvian GP and a third at the second one aren’t what he expected
Date Venue 450 250
1. Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain …..Jeffrey Herlings Tom Vialle
2. Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland…….Jeffrey Herlings Jago Geerts
3. Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia………………….Glenn Coldenhoff Tom Vialle
4. Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia………………..Tony Cairoli Jago Geerts
5. Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia………………..Jeffrey Herlings Jago Geerts
6. Sept. 6.…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
7. Sept. 16…Faenza, Italy
8. Sept. 20…Faenza, Italy
8. Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy
9. Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy
10. Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
11. Oct. 18…Lommel, Belgium
12. Oct. 21…Lommel, Belgium
13. Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium
14. Nov. 1…Trentino, Italy
15. Nov. 22…Neuquen, Argentina
450 Points leader…Jeffrey Herlings
250 points leader…Tom Vialle
2020 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We expect Eli Tomac to win, but he couldn’t pass his way to the front in either moto one of moto two, while the fast starting Husky duo of Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson went one-two overall.
Date Venue 450 250
1. Aug. 15…Hurricane Mills, TN………….Zach Osborne Dylan Ferrandis
2. Aug. 22…Hurricane Mills, TN…………..
3. Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN…………..
4. Sept. 4…Red Bud, MI………………………
5. Sept. 7 …Red Bud, MI……………………..
6. Sept. 19…Millville, MN…………………..
7. Sept. 26…Jacksonville, FL…………….
8. Oct. 3…Lakewood, CO…………………..
9. Oct. 10…Pala, CA……………………………
450 Points leader…Zach Osborne
250 points leader…Dylan Ferrandis
FIRST BIG WIN! GASGAS CRACKS THE MXGP CODE WITH THEIR FIRST-EVER GRAND PRIX WIN
Glenn Coldenhoff gave GasGas its first ever MXGP victory with a 2-1 performance Kegums, Latvia, and proved once again he is a potential contender for the abbreviated and delayed 2020 450 World Championship.
Glenn Coldenhoff said, “What can I say? It was a great day! After qualifying we made some adjustments to my bike’s suspension and it really paid off in the races. The Standing Construct team have worked hard during lockdown to keep improving our bikes on the starts and it clearly showed today. I started second in moto one. I nearly had the holeshot and then I took the lead on the third lap. After a few laps there was a big rock in the rut I was in, which I hit, and it knocked me off balance just before the wave section. I rejoined the race quickly and made another charge towards the end, but it was too late. I finished in second place, which was really good after a not so great qualifying. Moto two saw another great start. This time I took the holeshot! It was a tough race though, especially during the final laps, but I’m really happy to have won for myself and the team, especially as it’s only the third MXGP for GasGas. It’s just awesome.”
FIRST BIG WIN! KTM CRACKS THE MOTOGP CODE WITH THEIR FIRST EVER WIN
At the Czech Republic Moto GP Grand Prix Brad Binder, in only his third MotoGP races, took the KTM RC16 to a clear victory—the first MotoGP win for KTM and for the South African rider. Brad Binder said, “I’m lost for words. I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little boy and today it came true. It is amazing to win my first MotoGP. Thank you to everybody who supported me, and the whole team: they put an insane motorcycle beneath me today! I didn’t know if we could win, but I knew we would have a go. It was the craziest ten laps of my life at the end. I was being as soft as I could. It was incredible. Unbelievable.”
Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsports Director, said, “For KTM this is an unbelievable day. It’s historic for our company and for the whole team, but of course for Brad Binder; who has believed in us and our project for many years. Today is payback for so much hard work. We knew we had a better bike for this year and this did not happen by accident. It came from everything we learned during the last years with Dani Pedrosa, Mika Kallio and the test team who worked and developed for over a full year to have this bike now. At the end of the day you need a fantastic rider to put the bike on the top step and Brad did it today, and in the same style as he won Moto3 and Moto2 races for us.”
90TH BIG WIN! TONY CAIROLI BEATS ALL THE KIDS IN LATVIA …ON A WEDNESDAY
Tony will be 35 years old next month, but with a win under his belt already in 2020, and the tracks coming up on the schedule favoring his talents, especially the three sand races at Lommel and the five GPs in Italy (yes, you read that right) Tony could pull it out—if he avoids injury.
Tony Cairoli has had an amazing career. He has won the World Motocross Championship nine times, but his last title was in 2017 and he has suffered injuries that hampered him a of late. But, at the second race of the 2020 Latvian trio, Tony won the first and came back rom a fall to get fourth in the second moto. That was good enough to give Tony the overall win. It was Cairoli’s 90th Grand Prix victory.
IT’S HERE! DAVE MILLER MEMORIAL FACE MASKS BACK IN STOCK
So many people have continued to request the Scott Face Mask that Curt Evans (the artist behind the project) and Jimmy Mac produced to help famous tuner Dave Miller in his fight with cancer. They sold out the first batch of masks in record time, but have produced a new production run. They are just two motocross guys trying to help out the family of a friend. Here is Curt Evan’s message and how you can get a few masks.
“Wow! Thanks so much for your interest in the Scott Face Mask and helping out Dave Miller’s family, ” Said Curt. “We appreciate your patience. We didn’t think the response would be so great after our initial run of over 400 masks allowed us to donate over $3500 to help Dave’s family! (Unfortunately, Dave lost his battle with cancer on May 22, but his family still needs our help, so we are not stopping our efforts to lessen their burden). The masks are $20 each for anywhere in the USA. Sorry, no foreign orders at this time). This includes shipping through the U.S. Mail. You can PayPal the money or send a check. Drop me an email at [email protected] and I’ll get you the details. The masks are back in stock and ready to ship. Moto people are the best!”
LORETTA LYNN AMA NATIONAL RESULTS: OSBORNE & FERRANDIS PREVAIL
450 CLASS RESULTS: LORETTA LYNN #1
1. Zach Osborne (Hus)…2-1
2. Jason Anderson (Hus)…1-6
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…7-2
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…4-5
5. Justin Barcia (Yam)…3-7
6. Blake Baggett (KTM)…8-4
7. Cooper Webb (KTM)…5-8
8. Chase Sexton (Hon)…13-3
9. Joey Savatgy (Suz)…9-11
10. Dean Wilson (Hus)…12-9
2020 AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 1 of 9 rounds)
1. Zach Osborne (Hus)…47
2. Jason Anderson (Hus)…40
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…36
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…34
5. Justin Barcia (Yam)…34
6. Blake Baggett (KTM)…31
7. Cooper Webb (KTM)…29
8. Chase Sexton (Hon)…28
9. Joey Savatgy (Suz)…22
10. Dean Wilson (Hus)…21
250 CLASS RESULTS: LORETTA LYNN #1
1. Dylan Ferrandis, (Yam)…1-1
3. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…3-2
3. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…2-3
4. Shane McElrath (Yam)…4-4
5. Alex Martin (Suz)…5-5
6. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…6-7
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…9-6
8. Justin Cooper (Yam)…10-8
9. Mason Gonzales (Yam)…8-12
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)…16-10
2020 AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 1 of 9 rounds)
1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…50
2. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…42
3. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…42
4. Shane McElrath, (Yam)…36
5. Alex Martin (Suz)…32
6. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…29
7. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…27
8. Justin Cooper (Yam)…24
9. Mason Gonzales (Yam)…22
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)…16
GOOD NEWS! DIRT BIKE AND DUAL-PURPOSE MOTORCYCLE SALES SOAR 50% IN 2020
According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, off-highway motorcycle sales, includes motocross bikes, enduro bikes and trail bikes, rocketed 50.3 percent in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year, while dual-purpose motorcycle sales jumped 20.9 percent in the same time frame. Motorcycle Industry CouncilCEOErik Pritchard said, “Riding dirt and trail bikes has always been one of the best ways to spend time with family and friends. Now, with the pandemic, it has amplified what’s positive about getting out on motorcycles. You can get out of the house, have fun with your loved ones, and still maintain social distancing.” During the same six-month time period, on-highway sales dipped 9.6 percent, while scooter sales rose 4 percent.
MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KTM 450SXF
MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 YAMAHA YZ450F
MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 HUSQVARNA FC450
MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450
THE PASTRANALAND PIT BIKE CHALLENGE THIS SATURDAY ON ESPN2
The “Pastranaland Pit Bike Championship” which will air on ESPN2 on Saturday, August 15, is not the best pit bike motocross racers in the country going head to head against each other, but a mix of motorcycles racers (Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, Gared Steinke, Justin Sipes, A. J. Catanazaro, Phil Smage and Tarah Geiger) paired with and against mountain bike racers. There will be 11 teams of two riders each, drawn from across the action sports world, will battle in this high-octane contest on miniature versions of motocross bikes on a one-of-a-kind course with banked turns, ramp-to-ramp jumps and an over-under crossover. The Pastranaland Pit Bike Championship is presented by Tractor Supply Company. It will included all of the typical Nitro Circus shenanagins, but it isn’t a serious pit bike race without the legendary Carson Brown in the mix.
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In this issue, MXA tested and built the KTM 350SXF that we wished KTM had built in the first place back in 2011. We wanted a mid-size Open class bike, not high-rpm, big-bore 250. KTM didn’t give us that, so we built what we wanted with the help of a $650 Cylinder Works 366 kit. It changed the personality and peak horsepower of the KTM 350SX for the better.
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THE FACTS ABOUT THE 2020 AMA NATIONAL TV PACKAGE
Note that Washougal, which was the second race of the abbrieviated 2020 AMA National schedule is gone and in its place in a second Loretta Lynn National.
Compared to the Supercross TV package, the 2020 AMA National TV is weak. Of the 9 AMA Nationals, 7 of them are tape delayed to later in the day or, in the case of two events, the next day. That means that only two events are shown live (and then only the second motos). In fact, the only place to see the any first motos is on MAV TV—which is owned by series sponsor Lucas Oil.
1. Loretta Lynn National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC (12:00 p.m. Eastern) or NBC Sports (12:00 a.m. Eastern) the next day.
2. The Washougal National has been canceled, but it will be eplaced y another Loretta Lynn Nationala we think the TV schedule will be the same (second motos be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports the next day —12:00 a.m. Eastern).
3. The Ironman National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports on the same day (7:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
4. The Red Bud National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports on the same day (10:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
5. The Red Bud National #2 second motos will be shown “live” on NBC Sports on Monday, September 7 (3:00 p.m. Eastern).
6. The Millville National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports on the same day (11:30 p.m. Eastern).
7. The Jacksonsville National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports on the same day (10:30 p.m. Eastern).
8. The Thunder Valley National second motos will be shown on tape delay on NBC Sports on the same day (7:30 p.m. Eastern).
9. The Pala National second motos will be shown “live” on NBC Sports (6:00 p.m. Eastern).
• MAVTV will show all of the first motos live on the day of the race (if you get MAVTV), but they don’t show any second motos and no other network shows the first motos.
• NBC is only scheduled to show one race on the parent network and that will be the second moto of the 450 class only on Sunday, August 16 at noon.
• There will only be two “live” shows on NBC Sports and those will be of the second motos only from Red Bud on Monday, September 7, and Pala on Saturday, October 10.
• The is no doubt that the TV schedule is design to drive motocross fans to purchase the NBC Sport Gold streaming package for $54.99.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 2021 THOR MX COLLECTION
After years of research and development, Thor’s brand-new Reflex helmet embodies the infusion of style and technology. Available with carbon fiber or fiberglass composite shell, the Reflex offers Koroyd technology integrated into a premium dual-density EPS liner in conjunction with MIPS Brain Protection System. This unique combination of multiple technologies in a single helmet is what truly sets the Reflex apart from the competition.
Factory Red Bull KTM ace Cooper Webb has preferred the Prime Pro chassis since it was launched in 2019. It was throughout Cooper’s championship-winning season and strong 2020 series follow up that THOR gathered vital race day knowledge to enhance the Prime Pro for 2021. Featuring new lay-flat, inboard side cinches, amplified density In-Motion main chassis fabric and upgraded stretch mesh panels in critical areas, the revamped Prime Pro pant is ready to continue its winning ways.
THOR PULSE GEAR
Taking critical material and fit cues from Prime Pro, the all-new Pulse chassis continues a legacy rooted in materials designed for better abrasion resistance and extended wear, with focused integration of In-Motion materials at key locations to reduce weight and increase flexibility. No other gear on the market offers this level of tech and performance fit, at such a reasonable price.
THOR PULSE AIR GEAR
The all-new Pulse Air is purpose-built to combat troublesome heat with maximum airflow and elite functionality. The jersey offers a full mesh main chassis and engineered mesh panels strategically placed to enhance airflow and comfort. The pant boasts durable, fully breathable, “power mesh” panels incorporated with In-Motion materials to amplify performance. For more details on the entire 2021 collection, head to www.THORMX.com or visit your local Parts Unlimited dealer.
MXA AD OF THE WEEK: FMF CIRCA 1973
Hey! Why not give it a try. Clip the coupon and mail it to FMF to order the $275.90 Marty Smith CR125 engine kit which includes the $57.95 Pro pipe. You won’t get the parts, but they’ll get a laugh out of it.
MXA MOTO CHALLENGE: CAN YOU NAME THIS RIDER?
This New York rider was a three-time AMA National Champion and a four-time AMA runner-up. If that doesn’t help you guess his name, his 69th birthday is on Friday, August14. Answer at the bottom of the page.
MXA TEAM TESTED: DECAL WORKS GRAPHICS GUARDS
DeCal Works rose to fame producing custom-made graphics kits that were previously unavailable to the average motorcycle racer. They made their customers’ bikes look good. Imagine how they felt when they saw how ragged their graphics got after they got worn out, rolled up and peeled away by the riders’ boots. DeCal Works clear plastic graphic guards protect your side number plate graphics from ugly wear and tear.
Although you may have seen graphics guards advertised by both DeCal Works and Polisport Plastic, don’t be confused. They aren’t fighting over who came up with the idea first. Why not? Because DeCal Works’ Ron Joynt thought up the product and got a U.S. patent on it back in 2012. DeCal Works and Polisport came up with a partnership agreement in which Polisport would manufacture the graphic guards for DeCal Works if they could sell them on a royalty basis also. The Polisport and DeCal Works products are identical.
On most modern motocross bikes, the rear number plates extend to where the subframe attaches to the frame. The side panel is then covered with a vinyl number-plate background. The problem lies where the rider’s boot meets the front edge of the side number plates. Even though the side number plates are often as high as 10 inches above the footpeg, the constant movement of the rider’s feet frays the vinyl graphics. Not only do the number-plate graphics get torn, the sticky glue interacts with the rubber sole of the boot and leaves big black marks.
When faced with rolled-up graphics on the front edge of their number plate, most motocross racers cut the rolled-up portion off with a razor blade. And, as it continues to roll up, they cut more and more of the vinyl decal away.
DeCal Works graphic guards are like sneeze guards at a salad bar. They are small, clear, molded pieces of plastic that encapsulate the area where your boot hits the vinyl number plate. The plastic layer never lets your boot touch the vinyl, thus the vinyl never tears, rips or rolls up. And since the graphics guard is clear, it allows the color of the graphics to show through.
On KTM models, the left-side graphic guard made it difficult to get the airbox cover open. Our first solution was to leave the left-side graphic guard off, because most of the wear and tear is on the right-side panel; however, when we decided to run the left-side graphics guard, we found it necessary to trim off the offending piece of plastic with a Dremel. Problem solved.
DIGITS? $24.95— www.decalmx.com or (815) 784-4000.
MXA RATING: MXA test riders like their bikes to look put-together, not frayed and ragged. If you are like us, you will like DeCal Works’ graphic guards.
REM GLEN HELEN BACK THIS SATURDAY FOR ANOTHER MOTOCROSS SCORCHER
Expect triple-digit temperatures this Saturday at Glen Helen. Of course that is no big deal for the REM racers, since they rarely get to race below 100-degrees in the summer. Hydrate, taunt your competition and stay out of the sun. For more information about REM motocross go to www.remsatmx.com.
PASHA 125 OPEN TWO-STROKE RACE ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 AT GLEN HELEN—FULL CLASSES, BUT MONEY FOR 125s
The Pasha 125 Open is the strangest two-stroke race you will ever attend (and you can race it even if you don’t have a 125 two-stroke, because it will have all the regular classes as a normal race for two-and-four-strokes). But, it will only have three two-stroke classes for 125cc two-strokes (it pays a purse). The first class is for 125 Pros, the second class is for 30- to 50-year-old 125 racers (it also pays purse money) and the final 125 two-stroke class is for Over-50 year old 125 two-strokes (it also pays a purse). The three special 125 classes are open to two-strokes up to 150cc. There will be a full day of two-and four-stroke events, but no 50cc, 65cc or 85cc minicycles. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.
THE 32:1 PREMIX CLASSIC COMING TO LAST CHANCE RACEWAY ON SEPT. 11-13
For more information about the September 11-13 race in Montana go to www.lastchancemx.com.
2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 3, 2020
For more information go to www.glenhelen.com
2020 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES SERIES ON OCT. 4, OCT. 18 & DEC. 20 AT GLEN HELEN
For more information go to www.ossrg.org
36TH ANNUAL WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 6-8: PRE-ENTRY OPEN NOW
Save money and time by submitting your online pre-entries now. The Dubya World Vet MX Championships takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday being the World Vet Motocross Championship Day. For additional savings riders have the option to sign-up for both Saturday and Sunday!
Saturday & Sunday $100 | $90 Second Class
Saturday Only $70 | $60 Second Class
Sunday Only $70 | $60 Second
https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/glenhelen/index.asp?event=83&mc_cid=66136c7217&mc_eid=3c9b324536 For more information go to www.worldvetmx.com
GLEN HELEN’S 24-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21-22
Glen Helen’s 3Bros-sponsored 24-Hour off-road endurance race is scheduled for November 21-22.The 24-Hour of Glen Helen will begin on November 21 at 10:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. The amateur teams can have 6 riders and two bikes, but the Pro teams can only have 4 riders and must finish the 24 hours on the one bike. Headlights are required for the 24-hour. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.
THE EVER CHANGING 2020 RACE SCHEDULES
You won’t be seeing this at Washougal this year…and not just because Ken Roczen (right) dropped out of the National series. In fact, there won’t be a Washougal National. It has been canceled and replaced with a second Loretta Lynn event.
TENTATIVE AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 15…Hurricane Mills, TN
Aug. 22…Washougal, WA (Canceled)
Aug. 22…Hurricane Mills, TN (to replaced Washougal)
Sept. 4 (Friday)…Red Bud, MI
Sept. 7 (Monday) …Red Bud, MI
Sept. 19…Millville, MN
Sept. 26…Jacksonville, FL
Oct. 3…Lakewood, CO
Oct. 10…Pala, CA, CA
REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain
Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland
Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia
Sept. 6.…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sept. 16…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 20…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
Oct. 18…Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 21…Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium
Nov. 1…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 22…Neuquen, Argentina
REVISED 2020 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 2…Hawkstone Park
Aug. 23…Landrake Motoparc
Sept 6…Cusses Gorse
Oct. 4… Fatcat Motoparc
REVISED 2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 25-26…Courtland, ON
Aug. 16…Walton, ON
Aug. 29-30…Sand Del Lee, ON
Sept. 5-6….Deschambault, QC
2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3…Glen Helen, CA
2020 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 6-8…Glen Helen , CA
2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
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