PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

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FACEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK
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There is this guy, Jey Mnc, who comes up with and photoshops prototype bikes that motor heads dream about. The majority of his designs have been two-strokes — bringing much attention to his work. Pictured is his prototype Kawasaki EFI KX350 two-stroke. It is a work of art. In the last year or so anything we post two-strokes, the people go crazy. Why? The average dirt bike enthusiast can afford one, maintain them and love the beautiful sound they make. So manufactures of the yellow, green, and red color, hear the people speak and bring back the two-strokes. Thank you in advance.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SMOOTH INDUSTRIES TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS FOOTBALLS
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Press release: The New Smooth Industries Officially Licensed Team Inspired footballs are a lot of fun at the track, especially at the Outdoor Nationals in between motos. You can also take them to the park, to the beach or anywhere else that you might feel like having fun with friends. Our soft footballs feature a neoprene cover that is soft, safe and waterproof as well as heavy duty stitching for added strength and durability, custom race team inspired graphics and real laces which help when trying to throw those tight spirals. Retail Price: $18.95 www.smoothindustries.com

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At 33 years of age, Chad Reed is an old man in the sport of motocross. The same goes for the 36-year-old Italian stallion, Vallentino Rossi, who is leading the MotoGP circuit right now. Is 30 the new 20?  I think not, unless your reading your wife’s Cosmo. These guys are just passionate about their sport and won’t give up until they say the show is over. When Chad posted this post on Instagram the computer trolls went crazy. He then posted another post after this one starting that he hasn’t even talked about retirement within his inner circle. So far Chad has had a tough year, but has proven he has still has what it takes to win. Racers know deep inside if they still have the ability to win. For Chad, when that fire has been extinguished, that will be the time he hangs up his boots. When will that time come? Hopefully no time soon.   

HIGH HOPES HEAD INJURY PROGRAM
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Press Release: The 1st Annual Bikes and Burgers for Southern California fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday,  May 31, 2015 at “The Early Years of Motocross Museum” in Villa Park, California. Museum owner and 2014 Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, Tom White, is hosting the event to benefit High Hopes Head Injury Program, a nationally recognized rehabilitation and retraining program for brain-injured adults. Tom’s son, Brad, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a teenager and receives rehabilitative services at High Hopes. According to Tom White, High Hopes has changed Brad’s and his family’s life, “At High Hopes, Brad is surrounded by others that have suffered the same type of injury. He’s benefited from their social and physical activities and everyone there – the brain-injured students, their families and staff, are all working together to help the student become as close to the person they were before their accident, if not better.”

“Bikes and Burgers” will be a celebration of the love for motorcycling consisting of tours of the museum and 100+ motorcycles and memorabilia, food stations, a stage with live musical entertainment, special motorcycles and cars on display, silent auctions and raffles. Motocross legends such as Jeff Emig, Broc Glover, Mike Kiedrowski, Don Emde, Marty Tripes and Malcolm Smith are scheduled to appear with emcee Larry Huffman on stage to share their motorcycling tales.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. The application can be downloaded at www.HighHopes.ws. Companies who have signed on to support the event include The Owen Collection, Glen Helen Raceway, Fox, Kawasaki, Ability Center, Hagerty Insurance, Don Emde Inc., Pro Circuit, UmbrellaGirls USA, Talon and Dubya.

Tickets can also be purchased at www.highhopes.ws. VIP tickets for $100 include admission and guided tour of the museum & White’s home, access to the VIP area and catered lunch, preferred seating at the stage, event T-shirt and a MX legends sheet for autographs.  General admission tickets are $40 and include entry into the event and museum. All proceeds from the event will go directly to High Hopes Head Injury Program, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which is dedicated to helping brain-injured adults regain their independence through low-cost rehabilitation and care. For more information about the event, to purchase tickets, or to learn more about High Hopes, visit www.highhopes.ws or call (949) 733-0044.

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PAULIN AND TEAM HRC WIN THE MXGP OF EUROPE

FIVE RIDERS, FIVE QUESTIONS


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By Jim Kimball

MXA: It’s been a few years, but how does this Supercross Championship compare to the two World Motocross Championships that you have won?

Marvin: Yeah, it’s hard to believe that it has been five years now since I won the World Championship. But that is the past now, but this has been a real dream come true for me. Even just coming to America to race was a big deal to me and now winning a championship makes it even better. But there is much more to come, and I am very excited.

COLE SEELY
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By Jim Kimball

MXA: Looks like you settled for third rather than going for the win?

Cole: I rode really well for the first half of the main, but then got a side cramp. I think it was due to the track being so soft, and mushy and using so much core strength that caused the cramping. Once I realized how far that Eli, Ryan and I were ahead of fourth I decided that I wasn’t going to fight much with those two, and risk going down. So I secured third in points, third in the race and took my fifth podium in my rookie year. So I have had a great year, and I’m not at all upset about fading back to third this time.

BLAKE BAGGETT
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MXA: How did the race go in New York for you?

Blake: It went pretty well, I didn’t get the greatest start and was pretty buried, but I just plugged away and worked my way forward and I ended up getting up to fourth. Third was still a little bit in front of us. I was probably slowly inching up on them, but the track was technical today, which made it hard not to make a mistake in pretty much every rhythm lane. It was hard to get a full clean run in the rhythm lanes, much less a full clean lap. I’m going to keep working to close out the series strong and I look forward to Las Vegas.

BROC TICKLE
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MXA: You got a bad start in the main. What happened?

Broc: The start was terrible. I got pinched off and I think I came around the first corner pretty much last. I worked past a group of guys and got into ninth and then riders started making mistakes and losing positions.

SHANE MCELRATH
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MXA: How was your first experience racing the 450 class?

Shane: It’s different only having four riders taken out of the heat. It’s the same amount of laps, but you have to work quick and I made mistakes that cost me the qualifying spot in my heat. The semi was a bummer because I felt like I had the speed to definitely get through, but I went down. It’s all a learning experience. I am so thankful for this opportunity to race something different and having my team behind me was amazing. There is a learning curve for sure, but I think I was able to show some speed, and learn from every trip around the track. Now, we’ll focus on getting that first win at the 250 East/West Shootout next weekend.

MASTERS OF DIRT AT ROYAL HILLS

DREAM JOBS: DUSTIN NOWAK N-STYLE ART DIRECTOR
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STARTING POINT: “I was a professional freestyle rider for 11 years. During my time riding, I was designing my own graphics for myself along with a few other riders. I decided to buy the equipment needed to produce graphics and started my own custom graphic and printing business on the side. I decided to sell it off after a few years to focus on riding. Fast forward about six years and six surgeries later, I was out at the track and ran across my old friend Rob Healy. We started talking, one thing led to another, and here we are today.”

THE JOB: “With being the head designer here at N-Style, I design everything from team kits, ads, to custom orders. I oversee the other designers and manage all projects from the conception of artwork to print. The best part of my job is working with the race teams and seeing a concept come to life.”

FROM THE MXA ARCHIVES

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Broc Glover’s Yamaha OW125

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