MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: ONE DOOR CLOSES, 40 OPEN UP

SATURDAY NIGHT’S RACE SCHEDULE: THE WAY THE 250 CLASS SHOULD BE

LasVegasraceSchedule2016If you think about it, the sport has outgrown the old-school 125/250 East/West Regional Championship format. That system was devised to give East Coast riders a chance against the advantages that west coast riders had in getting factory rides back in the 1980s. That hasn’t been true in decades, but the system lingers on. It would be so much better if all the stars of the 250 class raced each other every week—that would be a meaningful title to win. On Saturday night the 250 East riders will be combined with the 250 West riders for a single main event. That means that Malcolm Stewart, Jeremy Martin, Joey Savatgy, Gannon Audette and Aaron Plessinger will face off against Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne, Jimmy Decotis, Jordan Smith, Alex Martin and Kyle Peters. This isn’t the old Las Vegas 250 Shootout, where lots of riders either didn’t race the event or rode it half-heartedly. Saturday night’s main pays points for the 250 East and 250 West Championships. But more importantly, it is a sample of what racing would be like when all of the power players in the 250 class are on the track at the same time. If promoter Feld Motorsports wants to reinvent the Supercross format—this is where they should start.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: RICH WOULD HAVE BEEN 62

eierstedtcoverThe late Rich Eierstedt on the cover of the June 1977 issue of MXA at Saddleback Park.

May 5…Rich Eierstedt 1954
May 5…Mike Koger
May 5…Joel Roelants 1989

STLMETCALFE2May 6…Brett Metcalfe 1984
May 6…Ben Watson 1997
May 7…Matt Tedder

ROLFTIBBLIN1962May 7…Rolf Tibblin 1937
May 7…Justin Hill 1995
May 9…Brian Deegan 1975

BUDEKINSjumpMay 10…Bud Ekins 1930
May 10…Edison Dye 1918
May 10…Jason McCormick 1975

NELSONA1May 10…Jessy Nelson 1994
May 11…John van den Berk 1967

_DSC6622_Kyoshi_Jeremy Martin_Pala Raceway_Pala_0426201May 11…Jeremy Martin 1993
May 12…Aaron Johnson 1983

RACES ON THE HORIZON: OPPORTUNIES ABOUND!

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2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 7………………………Las Vegas, NV (Final)

2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 6-8……………………Las Vegas, NV (Final)

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
May 7………………………..Glen Helen, CA
May 21………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE
May 7……………………….Las Vegas

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
May 8……………………….Teutschenthal, Germany
May 15……………………..Pietramurata, Italy
May 29……………………..Talavera de la Reina, Spain

2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22……………………..Murray Bridge, SA
May 29………………………Wanneroo WA

2016 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22………………………Belpuig, Lieida

2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 21………………………..Hangtown, CA
May 28.………………………Glen Helen, CA
June 4..………………..…….Thunder Valley, CO

2016 BRITISH MAXXIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22………………………Hawkstone Park
June 12……………………..Desmartin, No. Ireland
July 3………………………..Leucher, Scotland
July 17……………………….Blaxhall
Aug. 21………………………Preston Docks
Sept. 18……………………..Foxhill

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Sept. 3……………………..…Charlotte, USA (Saturday)
Sept. 11……………….…..….Glen Helen, USA

2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6…………………….Glen Helen, CA
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MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: MALCOLM ON A KTM

malcolmsmithadMalcolm Smith is synonomous with Husqvarna, but did you know he won the 1975 Roof of Africa race on a KTM 250GS?

ONE OF A KIND HODAKA 125 TWIN

HodakaSupertwin125 Former Hodaka racer Bob Rutten spotted this twin-cylinder Hodaka at the Trailblazer’s Banquet bike show. He fired this cell phone photo off to Jody Weisel to see if it was ever a production Hodaka.

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Jody sent Bob back a photo of this early 1960s Yamaguchi Super Twin 125 street bike, which just happened to have the same engine in it. For those in the know, PABATCO of Oregon got their start importing Yamaguchi motorcycles. When Yamaguchi went belly up, PABATCO paired with Yamaguchi’s engine builder, Hodaka, to build their own bike. However, Hodaka never built a 125 twin for production, but it is a marvelous show bike.

CURRENT FIM GRAND PRIX POINTS BEFORE SUNDAY’S TEUTSCHENTHAL GP

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450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Romain Febvre…260
2. Tim Gajser…259
3. Antonio Cairoli…213
4. Max Nagl…203
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek…200
6. Evgeny Bobryshev…197
7. Shaun Simpson…143
8. Kevin Strijbos…142
9. Glenn Coldenhoff…121
10. Valentin Guillod…116

seewer4MX_1505Jeremy Seewer is 37 points ahead of third place in the 250 class, but 70 points behind you know who.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…300
2. Jeremy Seewer…230
3. Pauls Jonass…193
4. Petar Petrov…165
5. Aleksandr Tonkov…163
6. Benoit Paturel…154
7. Samuele Bernardini…133
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov…132
9. Max Anstie…126
10. Alvin Ostlund…110

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

GajserWin2_MXGP_18_USA_2015Tim Gajser has won four of the first six GP this year. Next stop—Germany.

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Feb. 27…. Qatar…………………..Tim Gajser………….Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 6…..Thailand……………….Romain Febvre…….Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 28…Holland………………..Romain Febvre…….Jeffrey Herlings
April 10….Argentina…………….Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
April 17….Mexico………………..Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 1…… Latvia………………….Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 8……Germany………………
May 15….Italy………………
May 29….Spain………………
June 5……France………………
June 19….Great Britain………………
June 26….Italy………………
July 24…..Czech Republic………………
July 31…..Belgium………………
Aug. 7……Switzerland………………
Aug. 28….Holland………………
Sept. 3…..Charlotte, USA………………
Sept.11…..Glen Helen, USA………………
450 Points leader…Romain Febvre (Yam)
250 West points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

ONE LAST CHANCE: CURRENT POINTS BEFORE SATURDAY’S LAS VEGAS FINALE

20160424184323_Scott Mallonee_Ryan Dungey Win_Foxborugh_04232016_Finish_FirstsRyan Dungey could stay home and still collect his million dollar Championship bonus—but he’ll be there. Photo: Scott Mallonee

450 POINTS STANDINGS
(after 16 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey…368
2. Ken Roczen… 330
3. Jason Anderson…293
4. Eli Tomac…270
5. Chad Reed..232
6. Marvin Musquin…213
7. Cole Seely..207
8. Justin Brayton…186
9. Trey Canard…183
10. Weston Peick…125
Other Notables: 11. Justin Bogle (120); 12. Mike Alessi (120); 13. Jake Weimer (119); 17. Blake Baggett (71); 18. Josh Grant (69); 20. Broc Tickle (46).

LMP_6159_Brian Converse_Malcolm Stewart_East Rutherford_Supercross 2016Although Malcolm Stewart looked like he was going to throw away his one-and-only 250 title hope a few weeks ago, he righted the Good Ship Geico and opened his points lead back up to 14 points heading to Vegas. Malcolm will have to move to the 450 class in 2017. Photo: Brian Converse

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Malcolm Stewart…160
2. Aaron Plessinger…146
3. Jeremy Martin…141
4. Martin Davalos…130
5. Shane McElrath…109
6. Tyler Bowers…108
7. Gannon Audette…105
8. R.J. Hampshire…99
9. Anthony Rodriquez…78
10. Matt Bisceglia…68
Other notables: 11. Justin Hill (63); 13. Alex Frye (56); 14. Cedric Soubeyras (53); 15. Dakota Alix (50); 16. Jesse Wentland (41); 20. Jimmy Albertson (31).

2016 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Roczen_Indy_ConverseKen Roczen got hot when it didn’t matter. Photo: Brian Converse

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Jan. 9…….Anaheim……………….Jason Anderson….Cooper Webb
Jan. 16……San Diego……………..Ryan Dungey………Cooper Webb
Jan. 23……Anaheim II……………Ryan Dungey………Cooper Webb
Jan. 30……Oakland……………….Ryan Dungey………Joey Savatgy
Feb. 6…….Phoenix…………………Ken Roczen………..Christian Craig
Feb. 13……San Diego II…………..Ryan Dungey………Joey Savatgy
Feb. 20……Dallas…………………..Ken Roczen………..Cooper Webb
Feb. 27……Atlanta………………….Ryan Dungey………Martin Davalos
March 5……Daytona……………….Eli Tomac…………..Jeremy Martin
March 12…Toronto…………………Ken Roczen………..Justin Hill
March 19…Detroit………………….Jason Anderson…..Malcolm Stewart
April 2……..Santa Clara…………..Ryan Dungey……….Cooper Webb
April 9……..Indianapolis…………Ryan Dungey……….Aaron Plessinger
April 16……St. Louis……………….Ryan Dungey……….Jeremy Martin
April 23……Boston…………………Ken Roczen………….Martin Davalos
April 30……New York……………..Ken Roczen…………Malcolm Stewart
May 7……..Las Vegas……………
450 Champion…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West points leader...Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East points leader…Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: WHO WAS WINNING IN 2015?

A2_450_Main_Start_2015Last year Chad Reed won 1 main event, Cole Seely 1, Trey Canard 2, Ken Roczen 2, Eli Tomac 3 and Ryan Dungey 8.

2015 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Date      Venue                        450                           250

Jan. 3…..Anaheim I………….Ken Roczen…..…..Jessy Nelson
Jan. 10…Phoenix……………..Eli Tomac………….Cooper Webb
Jan. 17…Anaheim II………….Ken Roczen……….Cooper Webb
Jan. 24…Oakland…………….Trey Canard….……Malcolm Stewart
Jan. 31…Anaheim III…..….…Ryan Dungey…….Cooper Webb
Feb. 7…San Diego……..…..…Trey Canard…….…Cooper Webb
Feb. 14…Dallas……………..….Ryan Dungey…….Marvin Musquin
Feb. 21…Atlanta…………..……Chad Reed…..……Jeremy Martin
Feb. 28…Atlanta………………..Ryan Dungey…..Marvin Musquin
Mar. 7…Daytona………………..Ryan Dungey…..Marvin Musquin
Mar. 14…..Indy…..……………..Ryan Dungey…..Marvin Musquin
Mar. 21…Detroit………….…….Eli Tomac………..Justin Bogle
Mar. 28…St. Louis…..…………Ryan Dungey…..Marvin Musquin
Apr. 11…..Houston…………..….Cole Seely………Cooper Webb
Apr. 18….Santa Clara………….Ryan Dungey…..Cooper Webb
Apr. 25….New York……………Eli Tomac…..…..Marvin Musquin
May 2……Las Vegas……..…….Ryan Dungey…..Marvin Musquin
450 Supercross Champion…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West Champion…Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East Champion…Marvin Musquin (KTM)

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FACES TO GO WITH THE NAMES

rickjohnsonSeven-time AMA National Champion and now offroad truck racer Rick Johnson.

stevebutlerJeff Emig’s mechanic, Yamaha team manager, part-time Australian and now Yamaha testing maven Steve Butler.

bobruttenFormer Baja Champion and current AME grip engineer Bob Rutten.

rickmenapaceFormer Pirelli, Metzeler and Arai marketing guru Rick Menapace.

joelrobertSix-time 250 World Champion Joel Robert.

jodyrogerJody Weisel and Roger DeCoster.

jeffmatiasevichFormer Team Kawasaki rider Jeff “Chicken” Matiasevich.

MXA GEAR GUIDE: 2016 YAMAHA YZ250F

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MXA’s “Gear Guide” is designed to show you what 2016 gear the MXA wrecking crew wears for our bike tests. This is what we wore on the 2016 Yamaha YZ250F test. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the contact links for more information. Click on images to enlarge.

PANT: Fox Racing 360 Divizion
JERSEY: Fox Racing 360 Divizion
GLOVES: Fox Racing Divizion Airline
HELMET: Fox Racing V3 (Custom Painted)

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GOGGLES: Eks Brand Limited Flo Orange/Blue
BOOTS: Fox Racing Instinct LE Blue/Red

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SUPPLIER CONTACTS:
Fox Racing: www.foxhead.com or (888) 369-7223
EKS Brand: www.eksbrand.com or (818) 706-1700

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MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE: NAME THIS HAPPY-GO-LUCKY RIDER?

moto-challenge019This rider was one of the winningest AMA racers of the 1990s. His tally included 3 National titles and 3 Supercross crowns. Can you name this smiling face?  The answer is at the bottom of the page.

REM NATIONAL TUNE-UP RACE: 7 DAYS BEFORE THE GLEN HELEN NATIONAL

REMMAY21For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

GLEN HELEN NATIONAL PRE-RACE PARTY ON FRIDAY, MAY 27

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3RD ANNUAL KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION EVENT AT DOFFO WINERY

CASELLIFOUNDATION2016For more info on the June 11 event go to www.doffowines.com/caselli-16

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX AT GLEN HELEN ON SEPT. 11

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2016 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL: OPEN PRACTICE, AMATEUR RACE & MORE

2016glenhelenschedulenationalThe May 28th AMA 250/450 Nationals at Glen Helen will actually start on Wednesday, May 25, when RV will be allowed into their camping spots starting at 2:00 p.m. Thursday will be the open for practice for the next day’s AMA Amateur Motocross. Friday will be reserved for the amateur races and Saturday will be the AMA National. You can get all the information you need at www.glenhelen.com.

 HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO MXA AND MAKE MONEY

MAY2016cover1300You probably haven’t seen the May 2016 issue of MXA yet, but if you subscribed it would be in the trusty hands of a uniformed agent of the U.S. Government on its way to your mailbox right now. Or, you can wait for the product reviews, 44-horsepower CRF250 test and KTM 125SX versus Yamaha YZ125 shootout to appear on the internet…in a couple months. Your choice.

Do 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 for only $19.99 you get 12 issues 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: http://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-motocross-action-magazine/

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: X BRAND GOX GOGGLE

XBRANDGOX111The X Brand GOX is a well-crafted, no-nonsense, basic motocross goggle without frills. It lacks fancy air scoops, quick-release lens systems, nose guards or outrigger brackets. Instead, it offers a low price point.

VERDICT: The best compliment the MXA wrecking crew can pay to the GOX goggle is that we didn’t notice it while riding. It did everything well and was totally unobtrusive. We admit there are goggles with better straps, peripheral vision, lens mounting systems and more bells and whistles, but the X Brand GOX is above average in every one of those categories. It’s the kind of goggle you want to wear because it works and it doesn’t break the bank.

DIGITS: $34.00 to $47.00—www.eksbrand.com or (818) 592-6434.

MOTORCYCLE AD OF THE WEEK: THREE BIKES IN ONE

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Do you remember the 200cc Honda Fat Cat? 1/3rd motorcycle, 1/3rd ATV and 1/3rd Rokon Trailbreaker? Can you guess the year? 1986.

MOTO-CHALLENGE ANSWER 

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Amazingly, this is a photo of Jeff Stanton smiling.

Jeff Stanton won the 1989, 1990 and 1992 AMA 250/450 National Championships along with the 1989, 1990 and 1992 AMA Supercross crowns.

 

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