MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: HARVEY MUSHMAN, JUSTIN HILL & ROGER D

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: ROGER IS 73 ON MONDAY


Aug. 25…Nathan Ramsey 1974

Aug. 25…Pedro Gonzalez 1972
Aug. 27…Sheri Ridenour

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Aug. 28…Pete Maly 1952

Aug. 28…Amy Ritchie
Aug. 28…Jason McCune

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Aug. 28…Roger DeCoster 1944

Aug. 29…Tony Berluti
Aug. 29…Skip Norfolk
Aug. 29…Ty Wallace

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Aug. 30…Phil Alderton 1957

Aug. 30…Drake McElroy 1981

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Aug. 30…Terry Beal 1970

Aug. 30…Eric Sorby 1979
Aug. 30…Brian Garrahan

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Aug. 31…Ezra Lusk 1975

Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975

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Aug. 31…Ian Harrison

Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig

JUSTIN HILL GOING TO JGRMX SUZUKI FOR 2018

Justin HillJustin Hill—on the move again.

MXA’s Jody Weisel was at Pro Circuit on Tuesday working on a Yamaha YZ450F issue and had lunch with Mitch Payton. Mitch said that Pro Circuit has signed Adam Cianciarulo to a new contract and that Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner were returning to the team for 2018. Justin Hill, who just came back to the Pro Circuit team for 2017, after bouncing around from Pro Circuit to Red Bull KTM to Troy Lee Designs, will be leaving again for the newly configured Joe Gibbs Suzuki team. Hill did win the 2017 AMA 250 West Supercross Championship, but did his reputation no favors during the first seven AMA 250 Nationals. Hill, who had a shot at a 450 spot at Team Kawasaki for 2018, shot that down by barely making the top ten. He has missed the remaining four Nationals with a wrist injury.

JGRMX plans to field four 250 riders and two 450 riders (although Phil Nicoletti will probably be one of the 250 riders in the 250 East Supercross series and then become a 450 rider for the AMA Nationals). Weston Peick reportedly still has a year to go on his JGR contract so he is one of the JGR’s 450 riders for 2018. That leaves one 450 opening. Did Justin Bogle’s win at Budds Creek give him a shot to stay on Suzuki (especially since his last race for RCH Suzuki is this weekend—RCH’s Broc Tickle will most likely end up at Marvin Musquin’s KTM teammate)? Or does Justin Barcia have a chance of staying at JGR (albeit with a big pay cut). All of these questions, and many more, will be answered in due time.

IS HRC BORROWING TECH FROM THE R&D GENIUS THROTTLE BODY?

Honda’s HRC race department went to the trouble to build a rotating barrel throttle body that looks amazingly like the R&D Genius throttle body.

Here is a close-up look at the Dean Dickinson-designed Genius throttle body, which has been available since 2011 and was used by the Geico Honda team on their CRF250s a few years ago. Instead of a butterfly, the Genius uses a rotating barrel that when fully open disappears to allow undisturbed air flow.

HOW THE THE R&D GENIUS THROTTLE BODY WORKS

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R&D’s stroke of genius was to invent a rotating barrel design. Instead of a flat slide or a butterfly valve, R&D designed an elliptical barrel that rotates inside the throttle body’s venturi. The elliptical barrel rotates completely out of the way at full throttle, and because of its smooth shape, the air flows over it with less disturbance. Why replace the common butterfly valve? No matter whether the throttle is open or closed, a butterfly always creates turbulence that lessens fuel velocity. Why do manufacturers uses butterfly valves? Butterfly valves aren’t aerodynamic, but they are cheaper to make.

The R&D Genius throttle body is designed to improve low-end power, partially open throttle response and pickup through the midrange. The smooth-flowing characteristics of the Genius design have the biggest effect when engine vacuum is low and fuel misting is compromised. Once the throttle body is wide open, the Genius’ barrel is completely out of sight. It smooths out any irregularities, boosts horsepower and make the bikes equipped with it easier to ride. It was a clear-cut improvement in the brain-to-throttle equation, which is probably why the Geico Honda and Doug Dubach used it. In fact, several factory road racing teams are using rotating barrel throttle bodies on their race bikes—including the Honda of 250cc MotoGP Champion Alex Marquez. If you don’t sell a rotataing barrel throttle body, you aren’t violating R&D’s patent—thus, factory race team can race with it.

This isn’t a cheap mod. It involves a complex, CNC-machined piece and a new electronic ECU (supplied). It is a serious racing product that improves throttle response and power, but since it isn’t visible to the naked eye, it’s not for the status conscious guy. It is designed to take a hopped-up engine to the nth degree. It retails for $1500 and you can learn more at www.r1dean.com.

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WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR IN JACKSONVILLE

Clement Desalle held second in the 450 Championship for most of the 2017 season, but then Jeffrey Herlings started making the podium and caught the Kawasaki rider. Herlings leads Desalle by 13 points with three races left. The next time they meet will be on September 3 in Jacksonville.

KTM’s Kid’s Army is made up of Jorge Prado (61) and red plate holder Pauls Jonass (31).

Suzuki’s Jeremy Seewer is the only rider who had the speed to stay with Pauls Jonass in the 250 points chase, and even though he has been winning GPs as of late, Jonass is always standing next to him on the podium—so Jonass’ points lead has remained at 45 points. Seewere has to go to the 450 class in 2018.

Jeffrey Herlings came around, after an injury-plagued early series, to prove that he is the heir apparent to Tony Cairoli for 2018.

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Last week’s 250 podium was topped by Jeremy Seewer, who designs his own IXS gear.

American Darian Sanayei is an almost unknown American doing well in the 250 GPs. Neither Sanayei nor Thomas Covington have ever raced an AMA National or Supercross

Former World Champion and 2015 USGP winner Romain Febvre has not had much to cheer about in 2017, but he won a moto at the Swedish GP last week.

Conrad Mewse is the new British hope as Shaun Simpson and Tommy Searle are near the end of the GP careers.

The perfect spectator bleachers are made by nature. The Swedish fans watch 2016 450 World Champion Tim Gajser go 1-2 from the natural ampitheatre.

Jorge Prado has been overshadowed by 250 KTM teammate Pauls Jonass, but he was second to Jonass’ third in Sweden.

Thomas Covington was a surprise addition to Team USA for the 2017 MXDN in October. Covington is currently 6th in 250 World Championship points

From this angle, the Swedish track looks like a good site for an urban renewal project, but its just foreshortening of a long lens.

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Gautier Paulin (21) and Evgeny Bobryshev (777) used to be teammates at TeamHonda—until Honda let Paulin go. Now Honda has informed Bobryshev that his services are not needed in 2018.

Two weeks ago Benoit Paturel won the Swiss 250 GP, last week in Sweden he was 7th.

The 250 Grand Prix riders head for the first turn in Uddevalla

Last year Thomas Kjer Olsen won the 250 EMX support class. This year he has won a 250 GP and is 4th in 250 Grand Prix points.

The old man was thought to be dead in the water after being waxed by Romain Febvre in 2015 and Tim Gajser in 2016—but they got injured and Tony Cairoli (222) got healthy.

Febvre, Gajser and  Paulin on the 450 Swedish podium.

That is Romain Febvre in the lead at the start of the first 450 moto.

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THE NATIONS THAT HAVE COMMITTED TO THE MXDN ALREADY

USA
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Cole Seely
Zach Osborne (250)
Thomas Covington

AUSTRALIA:
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Kirk Gibbs
Hunter Lawrence (250)
Dean Ferris

BELGIUM:
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Clement Desalle
Julien Lieber (250)
Jeremy Van Horebeek

BRAZIL:
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Thales Vilardi
Fabinho Santos (250)
Jean Ramos

CZECH REPUBLIC:
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Filip Neugebauer
Petr Smitka (250)
Jaromír Romancík

DENMARK
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Nikolaj Larsen
Thomas Kjer Olsen (250)
Stefan Kjer Olsen

GREAT BRITAIN:
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Dean Wilson
Tommy Searle (250)
Max Anstie

CANADA:

Colton Facciotti
Shawn Maffenbeier (250)
Tyler Medaglia

FINLAND
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Juuso Matikainen
Kim Savaste (250)
Jere Haavisto

FRANCE:
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Gautier Paulin
Dylan Ferrandis (250)
Romain Febvre

HOLLAND
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Jeffrey Herlings
Brian Bogers (250)
Glenn Coldenhoff

IRELAND:
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Graeme Irwin
Martin Barr (250)
Stuart Edmonds

ITALY:
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Tony Cairoli
Michele Cervellin (250)
Alessandro Lupino

JAPAN:
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Makoto Ogata
Yohei Kojima (25)
Toshiki Tomita

LITHUANIA
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Arminas Jasikonis
Dovydas Karka (250)
Arnas Milevicius

NEW ZEALAND:
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Cody Cooper
Josiah Natzke (250)
Rhys Carter

PUERTO RICO:
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Justin Starling
Darian Sanayei (250)
Marshal Weltin

RUSSIA
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Evgeny Bobryshev
Semen Rogozin (250)
Evgeny Mikhaylov

SLOVENIA
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Tim Gajser
Jan Pancar (250)
Jernej Irt

SPAIN:
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Jose Butron
Iker Olano (250)
Jorge Prado

SWITZERLAND:

Arnaud Tonus
Valentin Guillod (250)
Jeremy Seewer

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A BIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: VERTEMATI 495

1999 Vertemati 495.

The Vertemati 495 was the rarest of all bikes. Alvaro and Guido Vertemati were originally the Husqvarna importers for Italy, but when Cagiva purchased the Swedish brand (and moved it to Italy), the brothers switched their allegiance to Husaberg. In the early days of the Vertemati/Husaberg alliance the brothers fielded a high-end 500 Grand Prix racing team that was a contender for the crown. However, as the Vertemati brothers were gearing up to build a potpourri of special racing components, the Husaberg factory out-bid them for their star rider, Joel Smets. In the end, the Vertematis decided to build their own bike (although it relied heavily on the Husaberg top-end). The result was a very, one-off program with most parts built in-house at the brother’s small shop in Truggio, Italy. It was considered the greatest four-stroke ever made, but was it?

So few were made that it was never tested by anyone outside of the Vertemati payroll. Then, in 1999 MXA was given a Vertemati by the factory. We didn’t find it to be all that great. We roasted it for its awkward three-up tranny (with neutral at the bottom), 256-pound dry weight (34 pounds more than a 2018 KTM 450SXF), slack head angle (that made it corner like the Pacific Limited), bolt-together frame (which was a flexy flyer) and mismatched Marzocchi/Ohlins suspension (neither end was balanced). We called it a “train wreck” and suggested that the only thing this bike had going for it was its unavailability.

As you would expect Vertemati was incensed that MXA would criticize their iconic bike—and we never expected to hear from them again, but a year later they delivered us the 2000 Vertemati/VOR V503. When we uncrated the new Vertemati we were surprised to find that the bike had been redesigned. Gone was the three-up tranny. In it’s place was a standard-issue one-down/five-up unit. Gone was the slack Union Pacific head angle. The new model had the head pulled back to make the bike turn. Gone is the mismatched Marzocchi/Ohlins suspension package. Vertemati not only changed fork suppliers, but went from right-side-up to upside-down. It was less of a one-off project and more of a production machine (befitting the money thrown into the project by investors)

What did we think? The VOR/Vertemati would have been the best four-stroke motocross bike made—if Yamaha hadn’t introduced the YZ400 in the same time period. Given the reality of the YZ400, the Vertemati was still a sweet motorcycle. The engine was a thing of beauty. It’s powerband was blessed with a healthy output, predictable delivery and robust response. But it was a year too late.

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OVER-THE-HILL GANG 9-11 MEMORIAL RACE ON 9-17


The third annual 9-11 race will be held at LACR on Sunday, September 17 (because 9-11 is on a Monday this year).

MONTANA “32:1 PRE-MIX CLASSIC” TWO-STROKE RACE ON SEPT. 10

For more info about the Last Chance Raceway event click here

2017 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 4-5

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The Dubya USA-sponsored World Vet Championship will be held on Novermber 4-5, 2017, at Glen Helen Raceway Park in Southern California. Pre-registration is already open. Click here to sign-up or see the available classes and age groups.

TAKE TO THE STREETS! 2017 ELSINORE GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 10-12

It will be held on Nov. 10-11-12. For more info go to www.elsinoregrandprix.com

THE PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 18-19

parissxThe 2017 Paris Supercross will move to the brand new U-Arena in the Paris business district. The U-Arena seats 24,000 spectators and has a larger floor area than Lille or Bercy. The 2017 Paris Supercross will be held on November 18-19, 2017.

2017 THOR MINI OLYMPICS TO BE HELD SOMEWHERE ON NOV. 20-25

For more information, or any information, go to www.unlimitedsportsmx.com

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HOW TO SUBSCRIBE & GET MXA FOR FREE: ACTUALLY, WE PAY YOU

MXAcoverSEPT2017001Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year.

The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because right now you can get 12 issues for $19.99 and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action/

SEE THE 2018 HUSQVARNA TE250i IN ACTION

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2017 MOTOCROSS SCHEDULES: WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE

This weekend marks the end of the AMA 250/450 National Championships, British Maxxis National Championships and Belgian National Championships.

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………………..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3……………………..Jacksonville, FL
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 1………………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain

2017 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 14…………………….Las Vegas, NV

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Oct. 21………………….….Pomona, CA

2017 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 20-25………………….TBA

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….Taft, CA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 16-17…………………Glen Helen, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 6-8…………………….Adelanta, CA

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 9………………………Sherwood
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik
Aug. 13…………………..Balen
Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke
Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 23…………………..Jimboomba
Oct. 10……………………Bacchus Marsh
Oct. 17……………………Virginia
Nov. 11-12………………Qudos Bank Arena
Nov. 18………………….Jimboomba

2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr. 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 29……………………….New York, NY
May 6………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Mar. 12-13…………….Daytona, FL

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2017 TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO WORLD GAMES
June 24……………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July 15-16……………….Lichtenvoorde

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…………………….Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25……………………Wortham, TX
Apr. 9………………………San Diego, CA
May 5………………………Las Vegas, NV
May 18-19………………..Hangtown, CA
June 2…………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16……………………Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5……………………..Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 AMA LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 31-Aug. 5……..……Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..du-Bon-Conseil, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13……………….….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2……………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 2……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland
Aug. 20……………………Coolum, Queensland

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2017 AMA NATIONAL WINNERS HEADING TO THE FINALE

Justin Bogle won the Budds Creek 450 National. In 2017, out of 22 motos,  he won 2 motos, scored 6 top fives (counting his two moto wins) and 17 top tens.

Date           Venue                                      450                                  250
May 20……Hangtown, CA……………Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
May 27.……Glen Helen, CA………….Marvin Musquin……Zach Osborne
June 3..……Thunder Valley, CO……Blake Baggett………..Joey Savatgy
June 17..….Mt. Morris, PA…………..Blake Baggett………..Jeremy Martin
June 24.….Muddy Creek, TN……….Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
July 1.…..…Red Bud, MI……………..Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
July 8..……Southwick, MA​…………..Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
July 22.…..Millville, MN……………..Marvin Musquin…….Joey Savatgy​
July 29.…..Washougal, WA…………Marvin Musquin…….Joey Savatgy
Aug. 12..….Unadilla, NY……………..Marvin Musquin…….Jeremy Martin​​
Aug. 19..….Budds Creek, MD​……….Justin Bogle………….Adam Cianciarulo
Aug. 26.….Crawfordsville, IN
450 Points leader...Eli Tomac (Kaw)
250 National ChampionZach Osborne (Hus)

CURRENT AMA POINTS STANDINGS: AS THE FAT LADY WARMS UP

Who is going to take third in the 2017 AMA 250 Nationals. Adam Cianciarulo (36) has 6-point lead on teammate Joey Savatgy, 11-point gap on Aaron Plessinger and 25-point advantage over Dylan Ferrandis.

2017 AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 11 of 12 rounds)
1. Zach Osborne…451
2. Jeremy Martin…387
3. Adam Cianciarulo…330
4. Joey Savatgy…324
5. Aaron Plessinger…319
6. Dylan Ferrandis…305
7. Alex Martin…296
8. Colt Nichols…265
9. Mitchell Harrison… 250
10. Shane McElrath…248

With both Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin racing injured during the 2017 AMA 450 National Championships, one of them will finished second and the other third for the series. They are only separated by 2 points heading to Crawfordsville, Indiana. They are 28 and 30 points behind Eli Tomac, so they aren’t eliminated from title hopes yet. Between them they have won half of the 2017 Nationals.

2017 AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 11 of 12 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac…439
2. Blake Baggett…411
3. Marvin Musquin…409
4. Dean Wilson…320
5. Cole Seely…294
6. Justin Bogle…286
7. Martin Davalos…263
8. Weston Peick…241
9. Cooper Webb…237
10. Jason Anderson…216

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2017 GRAND PRIX WINNERS LEADING UP TO JACKSONVILLE

 Benoit Paturel stood on the top step of the 250 podium for the first time in Switzerland.

Date                   Venue                                     450                                 250
Feb. 25………..Qatar…………….Tony Cairoli…………..Pauls Jonass
Mar. 5…………Indonesia………Shaun Simpson………Jeremy Seewer
Mar. 19……….Argentina……….Tim Gajser…………….Pauls Jonass
Apr. 2…………Mexico……………Tim Gajser…………….Thomas Covington
Apr. 16………..Italy………………Tony Cairoli…………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 23……….Holland………….Gautier Paulin………..Pauls Jonass
May 7………….Latvia…………….Jeffrey Herlings……..Thomas Kjer Olsen
May 21……….Germany…………Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
May 28……….France……………Clement Desalle………Pauls Jonass
June 11……….Russia……………Clement Desalle………Pauls Jonass
June 25……….Italy………………Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
July 2…………Portugal………….Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
July 23……….Czech Republic…Tony Cairoli……………Pauls Jonass
Aug. 6…………Belgium………….Jeffrey Herlings………Jorge Prado
Aug. 13……….Switzerland……..Jeffrey Herlings………Benoit Paturel
Aug. 20……….Sweden…………..Tim Gajser……………..Jeremy Seewer
Sept. 3………….USA
Sept. 10………..Holland
Sept. 17………..France
450 points leader…Tony Cairoli (KTM)
250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

GP POINTS STANDINGS WITH THREE ROUNDS TO GO

With three races to go in the 2017 FIM World Championships, Max Nagl (12) needs to put his bike in gear if he wants to stay in the top ten.

FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 16 of 19 Rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass…669
2. Jeremy Seewer…624
3. Benoit Paturel…504
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen..497
5. Julien Lieber…436
6. Thomas Covington…417
7. Jorge Prado…392
8. Brian Bogers…331
9. Hunter Lawrence…284
10. Brent Van Doninck…273

FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 16 of 19 Rounds)
1. Tony Cairoli…631
2. Jeffrey Herlings…539
3. Gautier Paulin…526
4. Clement Desalle…519
5. Tim Gajser…453
6. Romain Febvre…441
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek…377
8. Max Nagl…364
9. Glenn Coldenhoff…352
10. Evgeny Bobryshev…344

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2018 MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULES

anaheimstadium9The 2018 Supercross schedule has some surprises. There are only two Anaheim events. Detroit, Toronto and New Jersey are gone. Houston, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa are back.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA
Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL
Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA
Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO
Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA
Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA
Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT
May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4……………………….Argentina
Mar. 25……………………..Spain
Apr. 8………………………..Italy 1
Apr. 15………………………Holland 1
Apr. 29………………………Russia
May 13………………………Latvia
May 20………………………Germany
June 3……………………….England
June 10……………………..France
June 24……………………..Italy 2
July 8………………………..Indonesia
July 22………………………Czech Republic
Aug. 5……………………….Belgium
Aug. 12……………………..Switzerland
Aug. 19……………………..Sweden
Sept. 2………………………USA
Sept. 9………………………Mexico
Sept. 23…………………….Holland 2
Sept. 30…………………….Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………USA

2018 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………….Manchester
Jan. 13……………………Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………..Birmingham
Jan. 26-27………………Belfast
Feb. 10……………………Sheffield
Feb. 17……………………London

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Feb. 2-4…………………Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23-25……………..Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 23-24……………..Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 20-22……………..Hurricane, UT
May 25-27………………Cedar City, UT
Sept. 14-16………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 19-21…………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11………………..Primm, NV

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Photos: Scott Mallonee, Massimo Zanzani, KTM, Husqvarna, Dan Alamangos, Daryl Ecklund, John Basher, Brian Converse, MXA, Jody Weisel

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