MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE BALL DROPPED IN NYC & NOW THE CLOCK IS TICKING IN ANAHEIM

TAKE A LAP! 2019 ANAHEIM I SUPERCROSS TRACK

THE NBCSN TV SCHEDULE FOR ANAHEIM 1 ON JANUARY 5

A1 will be shown live on NBC Sports at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time (that’s 7:00 p.m. in the land of unlimited sun and racetracks). Click on images to enlarge

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: CHURCH, CHENEY & CRAIG

Jan. 5…Willy Simons, Sr

Jan. 5…Tom Church 1982


Jan. 5…Eric Cheney 1924

Jan. 6…Georges Jobe 1961

Jan. 6…Matt Moss 1988
Jan. 6…Jake Moss 1988


Jan. 8…Mike Craig 1969



Jan. 10…Stephen Sword 1980

2019 MX 250 SHOOTOUT: HOW THEY RANK FROM ONE TO SIX

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CHAMPIONSHIP HAT — NEVER WORN

Teams and sponsors want their riders to wear victory hats on the podium at the races where they clinch the crown. In any close battle there is always a winner and a loser—but you never get to see the hats that are printed for the rider who  ends up second in the points, but they do exists. Jody Weisel snapped this photo of Brad Lackey’s victory hat in the trash when Brad finished second to Andre Malherbe in 1980.

28TH ANNUAL MECUMS VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION IN LAS VEGAS ON JAN. 22-27, 2019

For more information go to www.mecum.com

MXA TEAM TESTED: WORKS CONNECTION ELITE THROTTLE TUBE

WHAT IS IT? Works Connection’s Elite throttle tube incorporates all the current throttle technology to produce a frictionless feel when you twist the throttle. Works Connection combined the best ideas about throttle tube design into one package. First, there is nothing unique about a CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum throttle tube. Every factory bike or high-end project bike uses an aluminum tube for durability. Second, the trend over the last few years is to use one throttle tube combined with an assortment of interchangeable cam pulleys to allow a single aluminum tube to be used on many different machines. This lowers manufacturing costs and is the hallmark of clamp-on grips from ODI, A’ME, Pro Taper, KTM, Moose and Torc1. Third, the Elite throttle tube has a ball bearing mounted internally to lessen drag. Works Connection was able to combine all these existing technologies into a single throttle tube.

Installing bearings in a throttle tube to reduce drag is nothing new. Here is an incomplete list of aftermarket throttle tubes with ball-bearing inserts: Oberg (2001), Wirtz Twister (2005), Nue-Tec A.P.E. (2007), Zap Technix (2010) and Pro Taper Twister (2010). The Works Connection Elite throttle tube rides on a sealed, ABEC-1+ rated, radial ball bearing and an internal polymer bushing. The combination of the bearing and bushing allows the throttle tube to ride above the handlebars to create a frictionless feel. Less contact between the two translates into less drag.

The Works Connection throttle tube installs like a traditional throttle tube, but there are a few tricks. If you have handlebars with a larger than normal inner diameter, like Renthal TwinWalls, you need to install the two supplied O-rings to take up the slack. The snap-on pulley cams allow the Works Connection Elite throttle tube to work on all modern four-strokes. Pay attention to which way the pulley cam snaps on to the throttle housing, because it will go on backwards. Works Connection molded on each cam to signify which model of bike it fits. As a bonus, the system can be moved to your new bike when you sell the old one. Make sure that you feel the bearing plug into the end of the handlebars. Don’t misplace the steel end cap on the throttle tube. It keeps grit out of the bearing, but, most important, it stops grip glue from gumming up the bearing. The result is a smoother and  easier turning throttle —  especially at small incremental movements. It snaps back with authority and works with all brands of grips.

DIGITS. $69.95— www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.

MXA RATING: We absolutely love the Works Connection Elite throttle tube, thanks to its 6061 tube, radial bearing, Delrin cams and smooth feel.

BIKES YOU NEVER SEEN BEFORE:1966 WHITE TORNADO 250  

The Hungarian Csepel Steel Works made motorcycles under Communist control from 1951 to 1975. These brands included Danuvia, Tunde, Panni, Pannonia and White. The White was the only one to be imported to the USA.

We are pretty sure that you’ve never seen a White Tornado 250. It was a clone of the Hungarian-built Pannonia 250. In fact, the MXA wrecking crew only knows what a White Tornado 250 is because MXA’s vintage editor, the late Tom White, tracked one down and restored it for his “Early Years of Motocross Museum” — largely because his name was White.

The 1966 Tornado 250 had a stamped-steel hanger frame. A spin-on aluminum air filter canister attached to the right side of the stamped frame, and the hollow frame was used as the airbox. The gas tank was held on by a leather strap. Most intriguingly, the handlebars had braces that bolted directly to the top of the fork legs. This setup made it impossible to adjust the bars in any direction. Sticking with this theme, the cast steel footpegs bolted to the frame but did not fold (although they could be adjusted fore and aft on a sliding bar).

The 1966 White Tornado 250 was available in both dirt track and motocross versions and hit the scales at 246 pounds (dry). In 1966, the White Tornado retailed for $695.

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2019 KTM 125 TWO-STROKE

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: NO YOU CAN’T, YES YOU CAN

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This rule seems simple, but it’s not. It says that you can replace the stock fuel tank as long as the replacement doesn’t weigh less or hold less fuel. Plus, carbon fiber fuel tanks are not allowed.

What makes this rule, as with many AMA rules, suspect is that when the rule was originally written, it expressly said that the stock fuel tank had to be used. The AMA production rule was written in 1985 to help level the playing field for privateers and to achieve that by making the manufacturers put more emphasis into making their stock production motorcycle more race-worthy (since factory team didn’t race the stock production motorcycles, but instead had hand-built works bikes).  The idea was that the factory teams would have to race with a production bike and the manufacturers would make that production bike better to help their high-paid stars—and, in the process, help the privateers. However, in practice the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And since privateers aren’t allowed the squeak, only the factory teams are heard.

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When Kawasaki failed to make the gas tank big enough to go 45 minutes, this was Kawasaki’s solution. It was an additional fuel tank that bolted on in place of the petcock.

When it turned out that some production fuel tanks might not make the 45-minute motos that were held back in the late 1980-early 90s, the factory teams wanted the rule changed so they could run bigger fuel tanks. The AMA initially refused to budge—evidenced by the fact that Pro Circuit’s Peak Honda team had to paint their stock plastic fuel tanks blue every weekend—because the paint would chip off during the races. Mitch Payton asked the AMA if he could build identical aluminum tanks (no smaller, no lighter and no narrower) and submit the gas tanks to the AMA for approval. Not because he wanted a performance advantage, but because he didn’t want to have to paint red gas tanks blue every Wednesday. The AMA said, “No.” At the time the AMA felt that the rule was there to help fix the flaws of the production bikes by forcing them to build bikes of the equivalent layout of the factory’s former works bikes.

Mechanics hold all sorts of tricks to make the stock gas tanks hold more fuel. The most common was to pour boiling water into the stock plastic tank to get it to swell up, while Kawasaki added auxiliary aluminum tanks under the stock fuel tank. The most common sights were mechanics topping off the riders gas tanks when they came back from the sighting lap.

When the factory teams came asking for the right to run bigger aluminum tanks, the AMA came up with the rule above (which you will note says nothing about maintaining the same width or fuel position (in relation to the tank it replaces). When the right people squeak, the rules get changed. It is all moot, because the motos were shortened to 30-minutes plus two laps.

2019 SPRINT HERO SERIES STARTS ON JAN 5-6 AT GLEN HELEN

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FIRST REM MOTOCROSS OF 2019 ON JAN. 12

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OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES 2019 SEASON STARTS ON JAN. 12

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FIRST RIDE FREE AT GLN HELEN OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES

 

MALCOLM SMITH’S “NO WIMPS IN BAJA” TOUR ON JAN. 27 TO FEB. 1

To register or get more info go to www.malcolmsmithadventures.com

YOU GOTTA KNOW THE TRUTH: 2019 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO

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If you had subscribed to Motocross Action, the January 2019 issue of MXA would have already been in your mailbox, computer or iPhone.

It is jam-packed with bike tests, product reviews and moto-info. Not only do we test the works Husky TC250 two-stroke that Husqvarna built for Jason Anderson, but we also got Ryan Villopoto’s, Ivan Tedesco’s, Travis Pastrana’s and Damon Bradhaw’s current two-strokes—the bikes they are racing now, not back in their glory days. Plus much, much more.

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WHERE YOU’LL BE IN THE FUTURE: 2019 RACE SCHEDULE


Join the crowd at Anaheim Stadium this Saturday night.

2019 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
Jan. 5…………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 12………………………….Glendale, AZ
Jan. 19………………………….Anaheim, CA (3-moto race)
Jan. 26………………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 2……………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 9…………………………..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 16………………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 23………………………….Detroit, MI (3-moto race)
Mar. 2……………………………Atlanta, GA (250 E/W Shootout)
Mar. 9……………………………Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 16………………………….Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 23………………………….Seattle, WA
Mar. 30………………………….Houston, TX (3-moto race)
Apr. 6……………………………Nashville, TN
Apr. 13………………………….Denver, CO
Apr. 27………………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 4……………………………Las Vegas, NV (250 E/W Shootout)

2019 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 18……………………Hangtown, CA
May 25.…………………..TBA
June 1..……………….….Thunder Valley, CO
June 15..…………………Mt. Morris, PA
June 22.………………….Jacksonville. FL
June 29..…………………Southwick, MA
July 6.………………….….Red Bud, MI​
July 20.……………………Millville, MN​
July 27.……………………Washougal, WA
Aug. 10..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 17..………………….​Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 24.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2019 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 3…………………… Argentina (fly-away)
Mar. 24……………………England
Mar. 31……………………Holland
Apr. 7……………….……..Italy #1
May 1……………………..Shanghai (fly-away)
May 12……………………Italy #2
May 19…………………..Portugal
May 26……………………France
June 9…………………….Russia
June 16…………………..Latvia
June 23…………………..Germany
July 7………………………Indonesia #1 (fly-away)
July 14……………………Indonesia #2 (fly-away)
July 28……………………Czech Republic
Aug. 4………………….….Belgium
Aug. 18……………………Italy #3
Aug. 25…………………..Sweden
Sept. 8……………………Turkey
Sept. 22…………………..Hong Kong (fly-away)

2019 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 29…………………………….Assen, Holland

2019 WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 18-20……………………….Primm, NV
Feb. 1-3……………………………Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 1-3…………………………..Lake Havasu, AZ
Mar. 22-24………………………Peoria, AZ
Apr. 12-14……………………….Las Vegas, NV
May 24-26………………………Mesquite, NV
Aug. 2-4…………………………..McCleary, WA
Sept. 13-15…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 4-5…………………………..Milford, CA
Nov. 15-17………………………Las Vegas, NV

2019 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
April 20………………………….Glen Helen

2019 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 1……………………………..Wild Rose, AB
June 8……………………………..Blackwater, BC
June 15……………………………McNabb Valley, MB
July 13…………………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 20…………………………….San Del Lee, ON
July 27…………………………….Riverglade, NB
Aug. 3……………………………..Deschambault, QC
Aug. 17……………………………Walton, ON

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

2019 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 18-19………………………….Belfast, Irl
Feb. 1-2……………………………..Birmingham, GB
Feb. 15-6…………………………..Sheffield, GB

2019 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 10……………………………FatCat
Apr. 14…………………………….Lyng
May 5……………………………..Canada Heights
June 2…………………………….Blaxhall
June 30…………………………..Desertmartin
July 21……………………………Hawkstone Park
Aug. 11……………………………Foxhill
Sept. 15………………………….Landrake

2019 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 5-7…………………………….Lexington, Ohio

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

2019 RYAN VILLOPOTO AMATEUR MOTOCROSS CUP
Aug. 22-25………………………..Grays Harbor, WA

2019 GERMAN MX MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14…………………………….Princely Drehna
June 2………………………………Moggers, Austria
June 30…………………………….Molln
July 21……………………………..Tens
Aug. 11…………………………….Gaildorf
Sept. 1……………………………..Biel
Sept. 15……………………………Wood Gerlingen

2019 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 21……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2019 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 2-3……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

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