MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: TRACKS FOR SALE, THE SPIDER’S BITE & FXR’S FREE 2023 CATALOG

• WHERE THE SUPERCROSS RACERS STAND AFTER THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS

Eli Tomac sits in the catbird seat after A1 and San Diego.

Cooper Webb has made a 180-degree turn-around—for a guy who didn’t look good in 2022, he looks like 2021 again.

Chase Sexton nailed down a third at A1 and a fifth at San Diego. He is now 13 points behind Tomac.

450 RESULTS: ANAHEIM 1 SUPERCROSS
1. Eli Tomac…Yam
2. Cooper Webb…KTM
3. Chase Sexton…Ho
4. Dylan Ferrandis …Yam
5. Ken Roczen…Suz
6. Colt Nichols…Hon
7. Jason Anderson…Kaw
8. Aaron Plessinger…KTM
9. Adam Cianciarulo…Kaw
10. Joey Savatgy…Kaw

Jett Lawrence 2023 Anaheim 1 Supercross-2978Jett Lawrence  wants to race the 450 class , and if he keeps up the 250 West win streak maybe Honda will want him in the 450 class when the series goes east.

R.J. Hampshire has ridden very hard in the first two 250 West events and has been rewarded with two second place finishes and is only 6 points behind Jett.

250 WEST RESULTS: ANAHEIM 1 SUPERCROSS
1. Jett Lawrence…Hon
2. R. J. Hampshire…Hus
1. Cameron Mcadoo…Kaw
4. Mitchell Oldenburg…Hon
5. Max Vohland…KTM
6. Enzo Lopes…Yam
7. Levi Kitchen…Yam
8. Phillip Nicoletti…Yam
9. Stilez Robertson…Yam
10. Derek Kelley…KTM

Aaron Plessinger has gone 8-9 in the first two 450 rounds and is now a very dangerous 24-points out of the lead (if you are 26-points out of the lead, you are effectively one Supercross behind in points).

450 RESULTS: SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS
1. Eli Tomac…Yam
2. Cooper Webb…KTM
3. Justin Barcia…Gas
4. Ken Roczen…Suz
5. Chase Sexton…Hon
6. Dylan Ferrandis…Yam
7. Jason Anderson…Kaw
8. Adam Cianciarulo…Kaw
9. Aaron Plessinger…KTM
10. Joey Savatgy…Kaw

250 WEST RESULTS: SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS
1. Jett Lawrence…Hon
2. R.J. Hampshire…Hus
3. Cameron Mcadoo…Kaw
4. Enzo Lopes…Yam
5. Pierce Brown…Gas
6. Stilez Robertson…Yam
7. Mitchell Oldenburg…Hon
8. Phillip Nicoletti…Yam
9. Derek Kelley…KTM
10. Cole Thompson…Yam

Ken Roczen has more than held his own on a bike that he hasn’t raced in seven years. He just needs to get his sea legs. He is fourth in 2023 Supercross points and only 15 points out of the red plate.

AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after San Diego)
1. Eli Tomac …52
2. Cooper Webb…46
3. Chase Sexton…39
4. Ken Roczen…37
5. Dylan Ferrandis…36
6. Justin Barcia…33
7. Jason Anderson…32
8. Adam Cianciarulo…29
9. Aaron Plessinger..29
10. Colt Nichols…28

Cameron McAdoo has been on the podium at both Anaheim and San Diego, but he needs at least two more steps.

Enzo Lopes has been the surprrise of the 250 West. He is much improved over his past performnces with a two 4th place finishes.

AMA 250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
(after San Diego)
1. Jett Lawrence..52
2. R.J. Hampshire…46
3. Cameron McAdoo…42
4. Enzo Lopes …36
5. Mitchell Oldenburg…35
6. Stilez Robertson…31
7. Phillip Nicoletti…30
8. Derek Kelley…27
9. Dylan Walsh …28
10. Cole Thompson…23

• TRAVIS PASTRANA TO RACE THE DAYTONA 500 AS BUBBA WALLACE’S TEAMMATE

Travis wants to race the biggest race in NASCAR.

Former AMA 125 National Champion Travis Pastrana wants to race the NASCAR Daytona 500 in a Black Rifle Coffee Company sponsored Toyota. Travis will be attempting to qualify for the 500 in car number 67 with Bubba Wallace and Tyler Reddick as his teammates. Travis is not a newcomer to NASCAR. Back in 2013 he finished 10th at Daytona in the Xfinity Series race. Travis has 42 starts in the Xfinity Series and five starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Travis last NASCAR race was in the truck series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2020. But, make no mistake Travis is a talented automobile racer and is a four-time Rally America Champion and has raced the Global RallyCross, Monster Jam, Race of Champions and is currently racing the Nitro Rallycross series..

Along with experience in the K&N Pro Series, Pastrana has 42 starts in the Xfinity Series and five starts in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he most recently competed at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the fall of 2020. He has won seven championships across supercross, motocross and rally racing and has amassed 11 gold medals in moto and rally car events at the X Games.

“I’m thrilled at the chance to race in the Daytona 500,” Pastrana said in a statement released by the team. “It’s the one event every year that all my friends and family come together to watch at our buddy Dale’s house, and it’s an event I’ve wanted to race my entire life. My first supercross win came at Daytona when I was 16 years old, and I qualified third at Daytona for the Xfinity series in 2013. That race didn’t end up well, but I was able to finish 10th despite the fact I crossed the finish line backward through the infield grass at 180 mph.

• BUDGET BIKE SHOOTOUT: 2023 SUZUKI RM-Z250 FOUR-STROKE “VERSUS” YAMAHA YZ125 TWO-STROKE

Motocross Action took the 2023 Suzuki RMZ250 four-stroke and the 2023 Yamaha YZ125 two-stroke to the track to find out which bike performed better on the track. Why those two bikes? They are both race models, compete in the same class and are the two most affordable bikes on the showroom floors. We wanted to find out which budget racer had the best lap time? Which bike would be best for a Vet rider? Which bike would better suit a Pro/Intermediate rider? We answer all these questions in this video and give you a winner!

DON’T MISS THE ELEKTRODE EXPERIENCE AT A SUPERCROSS NEAR YOU

The new Kawasaki Elektrode is an electric balance bike for young motocross fans.

Kawasaki is thrilled to announce that. the Kawasaki Elektrode Experience will be stopping at several Monster Energy Supercross FanFests this year, including San Diego this weekend. The Elektrode Experience will take place in multiple major markets throughout the 2023 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season—Arlington, Daytona, Glendale, Atlanta, East Rutherford and Salt Lake City.

The MSRP on the Kawasaki Elektrode  is $1099.

“The Elektrode Experience gives some of the youngest Supercross fans an opportunity to experience the fun-packed Elektrode electric balance bike first-hand in a safe, controlled and fun environment,” said Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. Director of Marketing, Bob O’Brien.

• CLASSIC MXA PHOTOS: RIDING THE PIT ELEVATOR


Whenever MXA takes a bike off of the electric Power Lift bike stand to go race, Pashs Afshar’s daughter and Randel Fout’s son take turns riding it up and down.


If we take the electric stand away from them, they find an empty box, in this case and EZ-Up box, and play robot with it.

• FOX’S SOCAL HEADQUARTERS SOLD, BUT IT WASN’T OWNED BY FOX

The front entrance.

According to the Orange County Register: Rexford Industrial Realty has acquired the Fox Racing headquarters in Irvine, California, for $40 million. The 82,645-square-foot building is leased to the extreme sports company, Fox, which was acquired in August 2022 by Vista Outdoor for $540 million. Vista owns 40 brands in the outdoor apparel and accessories market including Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Bell Helmets, Giro, QuietKat and Federal Ammunition.


The lobby.

Griffin Realty Trust, the seller, bought the building at 16752 Armstrong Ave. for $27.25 million in October 2013. The facility, with a distinctive, arched red entrance and adjacent BMX track, has “themed architecture” that spans two floors of office space with conference rooms, common areas, a lobby and designated workspaces. Fox has a lease and technically a new landlord, so they aren’t moving.

• SWAN RACEWAY IN TYLER, TEXAS, FOR SALE

Swan MX is the oldest continuously running racetrack in Texas and has seen motorcycle activity for over 48 years. It wasn’t until the last 30 years that the facility began to develop into what you see today. Swan MX offers some of the finest amenities that you will find in the sport of motocross.

There are 25+ acres of premium shaded parking, 50+ RV hookups with water and electricity, grandstand seating for 3000+ people. They will only take serious offers, but if you’re serious write them at [email protected]

• BROOME-TIOGA SPORTS CENTER RACEWAY IN BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK, FOR SALE


The famous Broome-Tioga Sports Center AMA National track in Binghamton, New York is up for sale. Broome held AMA Nationals for 27 straight years (1979 to 2006). The track sits on 198 acres of land with a 4600 square-foot two-story house, 5 bedrooms and a 3-car garage. The track is still operational with everything a buyer would need to run a racetrack. The Hurd Family have run the track for 40 years. They are asking for $1,300,000. Serious inquiries should email them at [email protected].

• PRO CIRCUIT LOSES ONE RIDER, GAINS ANOTHER AND LOSES A THIRD

Austin Forkner is out for the rest of the 2023 Supercross season.

The Pro Circuit team lost Austin Forkner to an unfortunate crash on his way to the first turn at Anaheim I. Forkner suffered an ACL tear, which will keep him off the bike for the remainder of the 2023 Supercross season. But, they signed Carson Mumford, who himself is just barely healed from a broken wrist, while testing with the BarX Suzuki team, to fill-in for Forkner in the 250 West.

Carson Mumford got the fill-in ride to replace Forkner on the Pro Circuit team.

While all this was going on, Ryder DiFrancesco, who is on the Pro Circuit team, but slated to race the Amateur-based Supercross Futures events got hurt. Ryder crashed in practice and and tore his thumb ligament off the bone. It is a simple operation, but thumbs take time to heal.

Ryder DiFrancesco hurt his thumb, but won’t be replaced because he’s racing the amateur Supercross Futures, not the 250 East/West series.

Pro Circuit won’t need another fill-in rider because DiFrancesco isn’t schedule to join the factory-backed Kawasaki team until the AMA 250 Nationals start in May. Supercross Futures is only a four-race series (with a finale at the last race in Salt Lake City). DiFransesco could miss two of the four.

• CHECK OUT THE 2023 FXR CATALOG 

To check out the 2023 FXR line CLICK HERE.

• THE FEBRUARY 2023 ISSUE OF MXA IS OUT NOW! SUBSCRIBE AND YOU WON’T MISS A THING

On The Cover: This all-orange KTM 150SX project bikes is one of three two-strokes that MXA tested. The three engines were sent out to different tuners to see which one could build the best 150cc two-stroke engine.

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MXA’S AD OF THE WEEK: THE 1983 MAICO SAND SPIDER


In the early 1980s Maico was riding a wave of success brought on by the 1981 Maico 490 Mega-2. It was the ultimate  Saddleback Park race machine. Saddlebck was a hard-pack track, where the Maico’s incredible turning accuracy and broad torquey powerband excelled. In 1983, Maico, in hopes of expanding its buying audience, introduced the Sand Spider for the California desert. Maico’s were great motocross bikes, but they weren’t desert bombers.

• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE RACING 2023 SPRING AGROID & SAHARA COLLECTION

2023 AGROID LINE: The Moose Agroid jersey is constructed with a lightweight stretch polyester chassis that features laser-cut vent holes, custom stretch collar and non-restrictive stretch mini-cuffs. The fabric is a quick drying athletic fit with high-quality sublimated graphics.


Agroid red/yellow.


Agroid red/white/blue.

The Agroid pant is constructed with a lightweight stretch polyester chassis that has pre-curved legs for an ergonomic riding position. The pants feature full grain leather knee panels, a slim fit over knee braces, a durable stretch rip-stop seat, a three-point waist adjustment system, YKK auto locking zipper and laser-cut ventilation holes.


Agroid olive/tan.


Agroid pink/purple.

The 2023 Spring Agroid line has all-new non-fading sublimated graphics and are pro-rider tested. Agroid is listed at $54.95(SM-XL) and $64.95(2X-3X) for the jersey and $139.95 for the pant.

2023 SPRING SAHARA LINE
Sahara is listed at $49.95 (SM-XL) and $54.95 (2X-3X) for the jersey and $139.95 for the pant.


Sahara pink/black.

Sahara black/white.


Sahara red/white.


Sahara multi/black/white.

For more information on Moose Racewear see your local dealer or go to www.mooseracing.com

• 2023 SUPERCROSS BROADCAST SCHEDULE: ANAHEIM 2 IS ON A PEACOCK ONLY


• MXA BIKE TEST VIDEO LIBRARY: THE 2023 BIKES YOU WANT KNOW ABOUT

MXA’S 2023 125 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT

MXA’S 2023 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT

2023 KTM 300SX VS HUSQVARNA TC250 TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT

2023 GASGAS MC125 TWO STROKE VIDEO TEST

2023 SUZUKI RM-Z450 VIDEO TEST

2023 KAWASAKI KX450 VIDEO TEST

2023 GASGAS MC350F VIDEO TEST

2023 HONDA CRF450 VIDEO TEST

2023 KTM FREERIDE E-XC ELECTRIC VIDEO TEST

2023 GASGAS MC250 VIDEO TEST

WE RIDE TONY CAIROLI’S AMA NATIONAL KTM 450SXF

2023 HUSQVARNA FC250 VIDEO TEST

2023 HONDA TRAIL 125 VIDEO TEST (WITH BONES BACON)

2023 KTM 300SX TWO-STROKE VIDEO TEST

2023 GASGAS MC450F VIDEO TEST

2023 KTM 250SXFVIDEO TEST

2023 KAWASAKI KX250 VIDEO TEST

2023 SUZUKI RM-Z250 VIDEO TEST

2023 YAMAHA YZ450F VIDEO TEST

2023 HONDA CRF250 VIDEO TEST

• UPDATED 2023 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP RACE SCHEDULE

• 2023 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULE 

• 2023 WORLD SUPERCROSS (WSX) DATES ANNOUNCED—NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED

The 2023 FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX) will be six races long with events in France, Germany, Canada, Australia, England and round is Southeast Asia to be announced at a later date. This is not the blockbuster race schedule that everyone expected to compete against the 17-round AMA Supercross Championship. The WSX does not start until after the AMA series is over, and in fact, WSX starts after four AMA outdoor Nationals have been concluded. There are two dates that compete directly against the 2023 AMA Nationals (July at Red Bud and July 22 at Washougal).

2023 WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
July 1…Birmingham, England
July 22….Lyon-Décines, France
Sept. 30…TBD (Southeast Asia)
Oct. 14…Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct. 28…Vancouver, Canada
Nov. 24-25…Melbourne, Australia

• OLD SCHOOL TT SCRAMBLES 2023 SEASON OPENER ON FEB 4-5

For more info on the Saturday practice and 2022 Awards Ceremony and Sunday’s opening round at Glen Helen go to www.ossrg.org

• 2023 SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 26, 2023

There will be no post-entries for this year’s Soboba Trail ride—everyone must pre-enter. For more info go to www.sobobarides.biz/home

• THE FUTURE IS NOW: 2023 RACE SCHEDULES

2023 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14…Oakland, CA (moved to Feb.18)
Jan. 21…San Diego, CA
Jan. 28…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 4…Houston, TX
Feb. 11…Tampa, FL
Feb. 18…Oakland make-up, CA
Feb. 25…Arlington, TX
Mar. 4…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 11…Indianapolis, IN, MI
Mar. 18…Detroit, MI
Mar. 25…Seattle, WA
Apr. 8…Glendale AZ
Apr. 15…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 22…East Rutherford, NJ
Apr. 29…Nashville, TN
May 6…Denver, CO
May 13…Salt Lake City, UT

2023 SUPERMOTOCROSS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
Sept. 9 …Concord, NC
Sept. 16 ….Joliet, Il
Sept. 23…Los Angeles, CA

2023 AMA ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 18…Albany, GA
Nov. 25…Albany, NY
Jan. 6…Loveland, CO
Jan. 13…Prescott, AZ
Jan. 20…Guthrie, OK
Jan. 27….Guthrie, OK
Feb. 3…Reno, NV
Feb. 10…Denver, CO
Feb. 24…Hobbs, NM
Mar. 3…Amarillo, TX
Mar. 10…Tulsa, OK
Mar. 17…Salem, VA
Mar. 24…Little Rock, AR
Mar. 31…Lexington, KY

2023 2023 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12…Argentina
Mar. 26…Sardinia
Apr. 10…Switzerland
Apr. 16…Italy
Apr. 30…Portugal
May 7…Spain
May 21…France
Jun. 4…Latvia
Jun. 11…Germany
Jun. 25…Indonesia
July 2…Indonesia
July 16…Czech Rep.
July 23…Belgium
July 30…Finland
Aug. 13…Sweden
Aug. 20…Holland
Sept. 3…Turkey
Sept. 17…Vietnam
Oct. 1…TBA
Oct. 15…England

2023 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 27…Pala, CA
June 3…Hangtown, CA
June 10…Thunder Valley, CO
June 17…Mt. Morris, PA
July 1…Red Bud, MI
July 8…Southwick, MA
July 15…Millville, MN
July 22…Washougal, WA
Aug. 11…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 19…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 26…Crawfordsville, IN

2023 WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 1…Birmingham, England
July 22….Lyon-Décines, France
Sept. 30…TBD (Southeast Asia)
Oct. 14…Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct. 28…Vancouver, Canada
Nov. 24-25…Melbourne, Australia

2023 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 5…Wonthaggi, Vic
Mar. 19…Appin, NSW
Apr. 16…Wodonga, Vic
May 7…Maitland, NSW
May 28…Gillman, SA
Jun. 25…Toowoomba, Qld
Aug. 13…Queeensland, Qld
Aug. 20…Coolum Pines, Qld

2023 “SATURDAY AT THE GLEN” SCHEDULE
Jan. 14…Winter Series #1 (Arroyo Vet track)
Jan. 21…Winter Series #2 (Arroyo Vet track)
Feb. 4…Winter Series #3 (Arroyo Vet track)
Feb. 11…Winter Series #4 (Arroyo Vet track)
Feb. 25…Winter Series #5 (National track)
Mar. 18…Spring Series #1& Pasha 125 Open (National track)
Mar. 25…Spring Series #2 (Arroyo Vet track)
Apr. 15…Spring Series #3 (Arroyo Vet track)
Apr. 22…Spring Series #4 (Arroyo Vet track)
May 13…Spring Series #5 (National track)
June 3…Summer Series #1 (Arroyo Vet track)
June 17…Summer Series #2 (Arroyo Vet track)
June 24…Summer Series #3 (Arroyo Vet track)
July 15…Summer Series #4 (Arroyo Vet track)
July 29….Summer Series #5 (National track)
Aug. 19…Fall Series #1 (Arroyo Vet track)
Aug. 26…Fall Series #2 (Arroyo Vet track)
Sept. 16…Fall Series #3 (Arroyo Vet track)
Sept. 23…Fall Series #4 (Arroyo Vet track)
Sept. 30…Fall Series #5 (National track)
Oct. 21…Winter Series #1 (Arroyo Vet track)
Oct. 28…Winter Series #2 (National track)
Nov.3-5…World Vet Championship (National track)
Nov. 18..Winter Series #3 (Arroyo Vet track)
Dec. 9…Winter Series #4 (Arroyo Vet track)
Dec. 16..Winter Series #5 (National track)

OLD SCHOOL TT SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 5…Glen Helen (TT Scrambles)
Mar. 26…Glen Helen (TT Scrambles)
Apr.16…Glen Helen (TT Scrambles)
May 21…Glen Helen (Pasha 125/TT Scrambles)
Jun 4…Glen Helen (TT Scrambles)
Oct. 29…Glen Helen (Oktobertfast GP/TT Scrambles
Dec. 17…Glen Helen (TT Scrambles)

2023 WORLD TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 8…Glen Helen, CA

2023 VET MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Aug. 24-28…Foxhill, GB

2023 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 22…Ernee, France

2023 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-5…Glen Helen, CA

2023 RED BULL DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 24-26…Glen Helen, CA

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ANSWER: Danny is on the infamous 1981 water-cooled Yamaha YZ125—best remembered for having the radiator mounted on the triple clamps. Banzai Hill was  at Saddleback Park. It was only used at big races? The rider crashing is Arizona’s Chappy Blose. Chappy Blose is the uncle of current AMA racer Chris Blose, who’s father Bobby Blose was also an AMA Pro i, the 1980s.

Photos Credits:Trevor Nelson, Debbi Tamietti, Jon Ortner,  Jody Weisel and MXA archive.

 

 

 

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