MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: 2020 AMA NATIONAL SCHEDULE — WE KNOW WHERE IT STARTS, EVERYTHING ELSE IS FUZZY

2020 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE — WE KNOW WHERE IT STARTS AND WE KNOW WHERE IT ENDS — EVERYTHING ELSE IS FUZZY

LORETTA LYNN'S To hold 2020 Pro Motocross Outdoor NationalThe Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch will be hosting not only amateur dudes, but Pro dudes too in 2020.

The 2020 Pro Motocross season only has two firm dates and one blockbuster piece of news. The block buster is that Loretta Lynn will hold a round of the 2020 AMA National Motocross Championship right after the 2020 Amateur Loretta Lynn races. We don’t know how that tiny track can hold an AMA National, but it will be interesting to see how it comes together.

Cooper Webb 2019 Fox National pala motocross raceway-9981Cooper Webb last year at the 2019 Fox Raceway National. Instead of round two this year, Pala will host the season finale.

The two dates that MX Sports thinks are firm dates are July 18 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. That will be the first race on the revised 2020 National schedule. The last race on the schedule will be on October 10 at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. Between those two dates, MX Sports has to squeeze in at least 9 more events. The only hints from MX Sports are that Washougal, Jacksonville and Mr. Morris will be on the list.

MARVIN MUSQUIN_IRONMAN(2)Marvin Musquin at the Ironman National.

If you are wondering if fans will be allowed at the AMA Nationals, we can tell you that if fans aren’t allowed, there won’t be any Nationals. Between the MX Sports fees and the AMA purse, no National track can afford to hold a race without ticket buying spectators. According to MX Sports every event will be conducted with fans and with elevated social distancing protocols in compliance with CDC guidelines and as recommended by the Safe-to-Race Task Force.  The Safe to Race Task force is really just MX Sports personnel disquised as a forum of industry execs.

Michael Mosiman 2019 Fox National pala motocross raceway-0536Michael Mosiman flying above the Fox Raceway track in 2019. 

Don’t expect a complete AMA National schedule. MX Sports says that the schedule “will be rolled out on a month-to-month basis as racetracks and state officials continue to develop their plans.”

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: KNOX, HOLLAND, CANTAZARO, DE DYCKER & BALBI

knoxbox2June 4…Dewitt Knox III 1954
June 5…John Knowles

Ben WATSON-SAT-MOTOCROSS-GP-13-ASIA-2018June 5…Ben Watson 1997
June 5…Paul Delaurier
June 6…Tony Gardea

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June 6…George Holland
June 6…Terry Baisley
June 6…Manuel Monni 1984
June 6…A. J. Cantazaro 1993

June 6…Ken DeDycker 1985
June 7…Ricky Ryan
June 8…Manuel Priem 1981
June 9…Brad Hagseth

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June 9…Antonio Balbi 1981

THE TV SCHEDULE OF THE LAST FIVE AMA SUPERCROSS EVENTS — NEXT RACE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 7

2020-Daytona-Supercross_450-Main-Start-1846Round 13 of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will be held in Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium On Sunday, June 7, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), which is 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). This will be the second “day race” in Salt Lake City and a chance for the SLC-3 track crew to redeem themselves from the dusty, slick, ugly and amateurish day race track at SLC-1 .

The track will be changed for Round 13 on Sunday, June 7,  with a short start, a lot of rhythm sections, one whoop section and a sprint to the finish line by going down the start straight backwards.

NBC AND NBC-SN SUPERCROSS TELEVISION SCHEDULE

ROUND 13
SUNDAY, JUNE 7 (250 East)
5:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m on NBC-SN (Eastern Time)

ROUND 14
Wednesday, JUNE 10
(250 West)
7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. on NBC-SN (Eastern Time)

ROUND 15
Sunday, June 14 (250 West)
7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m on NBC-SN (Eastern Time)

ROUND 16
Wednesday, June 17
(250 East)
7:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m on NBC-SN (Eastern Time)

ROUND 17
Sunday, June 21 (East/West)
3:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m ET on NBC-SN & 4:30 to
6:00 on NBC (Eastern Time)

(All times Eastern and TV schedule subject to change).

2020 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS POSTPONED

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is postponing 2020 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July 10-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Under Ohio’s state’s “Responsible RestartOhio” guidelines, the coronavirus restrictions forced the event to be rescheduled—although a new date was not announced. Previously purchased tickets will be honored on the new date.

“Unfortunately, event restrictions in place under order of the Ohio Department of Health prohibit many traditional elements of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days that our competitors and fans have come to enjoy,” said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. “The social interaction and camaraderie are an integral component that we love about this event. The multi-day swap meet, the camping, in-field activities, the crowds, not to mention the organic fun of the event, are impossible in light of the current situation.”

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: EZ-UP ENDEAVOR POP-UP AWNING

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WHAT IS IT? Every motocross racer has experience with E-Z Up awnings (and E-Z Up has almost become the generic name for all pop-up awnings, regardless of their brand name—sort of like Kleenex with facial tissues). While the majority of motocross racers have had positive experiences with E-Z Ups protecting them from sun and rain, some have had awnings fly away in gusts of wind and have had to deal with legs that stick, engagement pins that won’t release and tops that fade. E-Z Up has heard all of the complaints and has responded with the E-Z Up Endeavor model. It is the beefed-up, rugged, he-man version of the instant shade business. Bigger, stronger and better.

E-Z Up offers eight standard colors (punch, limeade, black, royal blue, gray, orange, splash and white), plus 17 premium colors. For $839, you get a plain-wrap canopy, but E-Z Up’s art department can print logos, photos and custom designs on any color canopy. They even have a Fast Track program that expedites jobs in one day. There is a graphics specialist in-house at E-Z Up who can help you with your desired artwork needs. Obviously, the cost of custom artwork is extra and depends on your imagination (and wallet).

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The Endeavor model is only available in the 10×10-foot size (although E-Z Up offers sizes as large as 10×20 feet in other models). The Endeavor weighs 64 pounds, but thanks to its all-aluminum frame, it is lighter than most steel awnings by several pounds. The box-stock Endeavor comes with its own bag for storage, or you can order a wheeled roller bag to tote the awning with less effort. We also have a 10-foot sidewall to block the sun when it is at low angles early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

The Endeavor frame is incredibly well made. The octagon-shaped aluminum legs are 2 inches in diameter (compared to 1.25 inches on the typical aluminum-framed awning and 1 inch for a steel-framed awning). The Endeavor’s foot pads, base plate and end caps are upsized to correspond to the jumbo-sized octagon legs. The Endeavor is easy to raise and lower thanks to large pull pins at the top of the chassis and five-position toggle adjusters on the legs, which offer 15 inches of height adjustment. The strength of these critical components is significantly upgraded. Under the canopy there are several built-in hooks to hang accessories from.

The commercial-grade polyester canopy meets CPAI-84, NFPA-701 and CAN/ULC-S109 fire-resistant standards. This is important if you want to use your E-Z Up indoors as a display booth or for advertising.

DIGITS? $839.00 (10×10 feet); $149.00 (roller bag)—(800) 457-4233 or www.ezup.com.

MXA RATING: MXA has destroyed more pop-up awnings than we care to admit. They have blown away, been hit by bikes, ripped by accident and just plain worn out. We spend three to four days a week at the racetrack, so wear and tear are part of our life. That’s why we choose to relax between motos under the strongest instant shelter ever made.

MOTORCYCLES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: THE “KIT AMERICA” METRALLA

BultacoMetrallaMk2KitAmericaYou may only remember Bultaco as a maker of trials and motocross bikes, but many road racers remember the Bultaco Metralla M2 street bike. The “Kit America” version came with a close-ratio gearbox, and different gas tank and bodywork. Metralla is Spanish for “shrapnel.”

WORKS CONNECTION PRO LAUNCH FOR KTM 50SX AND HUSKY TC50

Works Connection now has Pro Launch Start Devices for 2012-2020KTM 50SX models and 2017-2020 Husqvarna TC50 models. Pro Launch’s springless design delivers consistent starts and only weighs 50 grams. Each Pro Launch includes a CNC’d fork ring and start body/trigger assembly, custom aluminum drill guide template, aluminum countersink tool and detailed step-by-step instructions for simple, confident installation. For more info visit www.worksconnection.com.

CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER PHOTO: CAN YOU NAME THESE FOUR GUYS FROM THE MXA’S PAST

This was the MXA wrecking crew in the 1980s. Two of them are still racing today, one became a preacher and the other a golf pro. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE JULY 2020 ISSUE OF MXA? TWO-STROKES FROM MILD TO WILD, BIG TO SMALL, EXOTIC TO STOCK

The MXA wrecking crew has been building hot-rod two-strokes at a record pace to have them ready for the 2020 World Two-Stroke Championship on October 3. Not the least of which is our Husqvarna TC300 racer—built with Jason Anderson’s factory engine.

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: “PRO-BOOT MX” REMEDIAL BOOT REPAIR

Note the big tear in the toe box area of this brand-new boot.

Although you only think of Pro-Boot MX as a company that resoles well-used Motocross boots, they recently came upon a boot that had a bad luck story. Pro-Boot MX’s Randy Nagel got a brand-new Gaerne SG12 boot from a guy who ran his foot into something that split the metal toe cap in two and tore a hole through the side of the boot. Luckily, he didn’t get hurt. He sent the boot to Pro-Boot MX, not to have the brand-new soles replaced, but to see if they could do something about the big tear in the toe box.

After the repair, the boot is good to go.

Randy glued the inner padding back together, welded up the crack and color matched the area with a flexible bonding material. The Pro-Boot MX repair looked pretty good, especially for a new boot that looked like it’s effective lifespan was only one ride. Total cost including a new toe cap and the repair was under $50.00 (plus return shipping). So, if you have a run-in with a footpeg or your kickstarter gouges your boot, don’t throw it away, send it to www.pro-bootmx.com or call (507) 534-1247.

NAMES GET ADDED EVERY WEEK, SOMETIMES TWO A WEEK! EVERY 2020 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNER AT A GLANCE

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Eli Tomac (3) now has the 13 point lead over Ken Roczen heading to the final 5 rounds in Salt Lake City. These two-a-week races will be a very tense time for the two contenders.

Venue                                         450                             250

1. Anaheim 1…………………Justin Barcia………..Justin Cooper
2. St. Louis…………………….Ken Roczen…………..Austin Forkner
3. Anaheim 2………………..Eli Tomac………………Dylan Ferrandis
4. Glendale…………………..Ken Roczen…………..Austin Forkner
5. Oakland……………………Eli Tomac……………….Dylan Ferrandis
6. San Diego…………………Cooper Webb……….Dylan Ferrandis
7. Tampa……………………….Eli Tomac……………….Shane McElrath
8. Arlington………………….Eli Tomac……………….Chase Sexton
9. Atlanta……………………..Ken Roczen…………….Chase Sexton
10. Daytona…………………Eli Tomac………………..Garrett Marchbanks
11. Salt Lake City #1…..Eli Tomac……………….Shane McElrath
12. Salt Lake City #2…..Cooper Webb………..Shane McElrath
13. Salt Lake City #3…
14. Salt Lake City #4…
15. Salt Lake City #5…
16. Salt Lake City #6…
17. Salt Lake City #7…
450 Points leader…Eli Tomac
250 West points leader…Dylan Ferrandis
250 East points leader…Shane McElrath/Chase Sexton (tie)

CURRENT AMA SUPERCROSS POINTS HEADING TO SLC-3

Malcolm Stewart 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 12 qualifying-9808Malcolm Stewart won his first-ever 450 Heat race, got fifth in the 450 Main and is now 6th in 450 points awhile out front.

2020 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after 12 of 17 events)
1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…265
2. Ken Roczen (Hon)…262
3. Cooper Webb (KTM)…246
4. Justin Barcia (Yam)…225
5. Jason Anderson (Hus)…208
6. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)…180
7. Justin Hill (Hon)…161
8. Dean Wilson (Hus)…159
9. Justin Brayton (Hon)…157
10. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…147

Shane McElrath 2020 Salt Lake City Supercross Round 11 Main Event-4Shane McElrath doubled up on wins in the last four days. He won SLC-1 and SLC-2.

2020 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after 6 of 8 events)
1. Shane McElrath (Yam)…140
2. Chase Sexton (Hon)…140
3. Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw)…118
4. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…105
5. R.J. Hampshire (Hon)…80
6. Jo Shimoda (Hon)…77
7. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…74
8. Enzo Lopes (Yam)…66
9. Jordan Bailey (Hon)…64
10. Pierce Brown (KTM)…54

Dylan Ferrandis 2020 San Diego SupercrossDylan Ferrandis grabbed the win in San Diego at the last 250 West race to extended his points lead to 7 points over Justin Cooper.

2020 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
(After 6 of 10 rounds)
1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…135
2. Justin Cooper (Yam)…128
3. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…122
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)…110
5. Alex Martin (Suz)…98
6. Jacob Hayes (Hus)…89
7. Luke Clout (Hon)…83
8. Michael Mosiman (Hus)…82
9. Derek Drake (KTM)…78
10. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)…72

RIDE WITH KENNY & SEE THE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TOP THREE AT SLC-1

MXA TECH SPEC: 12 THINGS ABOUT THE 2020 KTM 350SXF

(1) Forks. There is a learning curve to living with WP Xact air forks, but it is not as complicated as plasma physics. In its simplest terms, air replaces the coil springs. That is all its does. Do not waste time trying to tune your compression or rebound damping by adding or subtracting air pressure. That is what the clickers are for. Once you find the correct air pressure for your weight, speed and track conditions, turn your attention to the clickers.

(2) Horsepower. The 2020 KTM 350SXF makes 54.61 horsepower, which is more peak horsepower than the 2020 Suzuki RM-Z450 makes; however, to get the best out of the KTM 350SXF engine, you have to rev it to the moon. The best advice for first time 350SXF riders is —don’t shift when you want to, shift when the rpm peaks out. That’s a lot higher than your brain tells you.

(3) Airbox. KTM includes an optional vented airbox cover with the 2020 350SXF. On muddy or dusty days, run the non-vented one. Always keep a roll of duct tape on hand to block off the vents before power-washing your bike after a race.

(4) Seat height. Motocross bikes keep getting taller. If you are under 5-foot-9, there is a good chance that your feet won’t touch the ground. KTM Power Parts, Guts and Seat Concepts make low seats that will bring your feet in contact with terra firma.

(5) Maps. The 2021 KTM 350SXF will have a much more aggressive Map 2 than the 2020 model. If you can’t wait, send your black box to Twisted Development and have them put their map in place of the 350’s milquetoast Map 2. Twisted Development can be reached at www.td-racing.com.

(6) Traction control. The stock maps can be enhanced by running them in conjunction with traction control. Don’t fret that traction control will slow the bike down. It only comes into effect when the rear wheel spins.

(7) Gasoline. The KTM 350SXF is tuned to run on 91-octane American fuel. If you modify your engine, increase the compression or switch black boxes, then you might need better fuel. Until then, run the highest-octane pump gas that you can find at the busiest gas station in your town.

(8) Swingarm. In 2019, KTM lengthened the swingarm by 5mm with a longer axle slot. You can use the long axle slots to fine-tune your bike’s handling. For fast sand tracks, cross-country races or in the desert, the rear wheel can be moved rearward to make the 350SXF more stable at speed. Be forewarned that changing the wheelbase affects the compression damping and race sag.

(9) Shock linkage. Most MXA test riders prefer the Pro Circuit rising-rate shock linkage (turn to page 102) to find out more). It isn’t as soft as the 2015 linkage or as stiff as the 2016–2020 linkage. It splits the difference and produces a more fluid feel. For 2021, KTMs will get all-new SKF low-friction seals that reduce stiction and drag in the link’s moving parts.

(10) Checklist. Check the bolts on the rear sprocket, shift lever, shock linkage, head stays and hydraulic clutch slave unit at regular intervals, but most important, check the spokes after every race. Start at the spoke next to the rim lock. It is the first one to get loose.

(11) Preload ring. Don’t hit the WP shock collar with a hammer and punch. Instead, turn the shock spring by hand while using a long, flat-bladed screwdriver to pry against the frame and the shock collar at the same time.

(12) Throttle cam. The stock throttle cam has an incredibly long throw. Luckily, KTM includes a black quick-turn throttle cam with each bike. Put the black cam on your bike.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PROTECH FULL-WRAP FORK GUARDS

The first time the MXA wrecking crew saw the British-made ProTech fork guards, we knew they were something every motocross racer needed. The ProTech guards offer 350 degrees of protection from roost for your bike’s fork legs. They vastly improve the chances of your fork seals lasting twice as long. The ProTech guards directly replace the standard OEM guards on KTMs, Husqvarnas, Hondas, Yamahas, Gas Gas bikes and Shercos.

Modern fork guards protect your fork legs from rock damage from the front but do nothing to keep the chrome from being damaged by dirt, debris and rocks ricocheting off the frame or roost thrown off the trailing edge of your own front tire. Just one stone chip to a chrome fork leg is enough to cause a fork seal leak. The first thing that most suspension specialists check before replacing a leaking fork seal is the condition of the chrome on the backside of the fork leg. Surprise! It is estimated that half of all fork seal leaks are caused by stone chips to the fork’s chrome legs. Sadly, no manufacturer cares about eliminating fork seal leaks caused by rocks.

Luckily, ProTech, a small British company, understood the problem and injection-molded wraparound fork guards that completely cover the fork tube, save for a small 1-inch opening up the back that allows the plastic guard to be flexed wide enough to pop over the fork leg. The small gap isn’t optimal, but the protection is much better than with stock fork guards.

The MXA wrecking crew races up to 10 bikes a weekend. That translates into a lot of blown fork seals, but none on the bikes equipped with ProTech wraparound fork guards. For 2020, ProTech has made a series of improvements to its fork guards. First, the grade of plastic was upgraded to the type used on automobile bumpers to eliminate any chance of roost cracking the plastic. The new plastic is more flexible and resilient. Second, the top of the fork guard has been redesigned to protect more of the fork’s stanchion (the large diameter aluminum tubes that the chrome fork legs slide into) from being peppered by roost. Third, on KTM, Husky, Sherco and Gas Gas guards, the tooling was changed so that the brake hose clamp could accept a speedo hose along with the front brake line. This was a big plus for off-road and enduro riders.

DIGITS? $60.00—www.protechguards.co.uk or www.n2dirt.net. In the USA.ProTech does not have an American distributor, so ProTech fork guards have to be shipped from England (we have included the shipping charges in the price above). If you are in a rush, there is a good chance that you could order the ProTech guards from www.n2dirt.net in Southern Cailfornia.

MXA RATING: These are the best fork guards made. You don’t need Sherlock Holmes to tell you that ProTech wraparound fork guards will pay for themselves.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: “PRO-BOOT MX” REMEDIAL BOOT REPAIR

Note the big tear in the toe box area of this brand-new boot.

Although you only think of Pro-Boot MX as a company that resoles well-used Motocross boots, they recently came upon a boot that had a bad luck story. Pro-Boot MX’s Randy Nagel got a brand-new Gaerne SG12 boot from a guy who ran his foot into something that split the metal toe cap in two and tore a hole through the side of the boot. Luckily, he didn’t get hurt. He sent the boot to Pro-Boot MX, not to have the brand-new soles replaced, but to see if they could do something about the big tear in the toe box.

After the repair, the boot is good to go.

Randy glued the inner padding back together, welded up the crack and color matched the area with a flexible bonding material. The Pro-Boot MX repair looked pretty good, especially for a new boot that looked like it’s effective lifespan was only one ride. Total cost including a new toe cap and the repair was under $50.00 (plus return shipping). So, if you have a run-in with a footpeg or your kickstarter gouges your boot, don’t throw it away, send it to www.pro-bootmx.com or call (507) 534-1247.

THE DAVE MILLER PROJECT: THE MASKS HAVE ARRIVED, READY TO SHIP

Jimmy Mac, who is famous as Jody’s foil in many Jody’s Box columns, also worked at Suzuki, Bell Helmets, JT Racing, Troy Lee Designs, MOTOcross magazine, MXA and Mountain Bike Action for years, while Curt Evans was MXA’s cartoonist in the 1970s. These two Industry insiders wanted to do something special in memory of their friend Dave Miller, so they had a special run of limited-edition face masks printed up to look like the famous 1970s Scott face mask that racers wore after Jofas, but before full-coverage helmets.

They printed just enough to give to as many of Dave’s and their friends as they thought would appreciative them. But, once the masks got out, it started a ground swell of demand for them—and while Jimmy and Curt never planned to print more Scott masks than a handful, so many people asked for them, they decided to order more and sell them to raise money to help Dave Miller’s family through this terrible time.

Three-time AMA 250 National Champion Tony DiStefano modeling the Dave Miller face mask.

Jimmy Mac said, “Curt and I just made enough masks from our own use. But once people started asking for them we consider selling them for $20 each as a way to raise money, originally for Dave Miller’s medical expenses and, after his sudden death, for his family. Every cent above our cost would go to Dave’s family. In fact, even if you don’t want a mask, why not donate whatever you can to Dave anyway?”

Since they aren’t running a business, Jimmy and Curt plan to take orders for the $20 masks via email, but not accept any money until the supply of face masks is in their possession, then they will send an email to everyone who requested a mask—before asking for their donations. That way, they will not be holding anyone’s money, until they can deliver the masks.

Ketchup Cox.

The good news that that the stockpile of  masks has arrived. They are ready to ship shipping is included in the donation. Go to www.jimmymacontwowheels.com to find out exactly how to get yours.

CAMP REV CHRISTIAN MOTOCROSS CAMP ON JUNE 22-24

For more information go to www.camprev.com

THE 32:1 PREMIX CLASSIC COMING TO LAST CHANCE RACEWAY ON SEPT. 11-13

For more information about the September 11-13 race in Montana go to www.lastchancemx.com.

40TH ANNUAL CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9-10 AT MARYSVILLE

Dating back to 1980 when MXA’s Jody Weisel, Ketchup Cox and Pete Maly talked Saddleback Saturday promoter Jim Beltnick into holding a CZ race, the CZ World Championship is now on its 40th anniversary in 2020. For more information go to www.czriders.com

2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 3, 2020

For more information go to www.glenhelen.com

36TH ANNUAL WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 6-8: START PLANNING NOW

For more information go to www.worldvetmx.com

AIM EXPO CHANGES ITS DEALER SHOW FROM OCTOBER TO JANUARY, 2021, IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) will change the date of the 2020 motorcycle show from October 2020 to Jan. 21-23, 2021. It will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The 2021 show will now focus on retailers over three days instead of four. For 2021, AIMExpo will become a trade-only event. The transition to trade-only will bring more focus on industry needs and education. AIMExpo hope to educate dealers on improving efficiency, staying competitive and enhancing the bottom line.

AIME’s Cinnamon Kernes said, “Timing is everything. Transitioning to the first quarter has been part of a long-term strategic plan for AIMExpo, along with providing more focus on our core audience — dealers. These changes not only align the show with the ideal buying time for dealers and retailers, but also provide the perfect opportunity for brands to reconnect with dealers, kicking off what will be a pivotal year for the industry. This move to January opens the door to partner with a major distributor in a much more strategic and meaningful way.”

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NIHILO BILLET ENGINE WORK ENGINE STAND

Nihilo Concepts Engine Work Stand.

Nihilo Concepts has totally redesigned their very popular Engine Work Stand and constructed it out of CNC-machined billet aluminum with all stainless steel hardware. The stand accepts almost every dirt bike engine from 50cc to 650cc. The movement is smooth, precise and strong enough to last a lifetime.

Side view of the black anodized billet aluminum engine stand.

The new black anodized stand is able to tilt 360 degrees, and lock at any angle, to allow easy assembly of transmissions and other tricky parts when rebuilding your engine. Once you have worked with this stand you will never go back to the old way. The retail price is $425.99 at www.nihiloconcepts.com

LIMITED-EDITION SIDI ATOJO PYTHON SNAKESKIN BOOTS

The Sixties are back! Stylish animal prints are making a splash on the high fashion runways and if tiger and zebra prints have become must-haves, the real new trend this season is a return to python: eclectic snakeskin prints make for bold and original statement pieces which will certainly stand out. The Sidi Atojo boot is shedding its skin for a limited-edition python print cover made especially for riders looking for an exclusive boot. The uppers are produced in Technomicro, which is resistant against water, scrapes and cuts. Protection is guaranteed by a front panel in anatomically shaped PU, all the way up to the upper. There is also a removable nylon insert that covers the metatarsal. Furthermore, the toe is completely protected by a geometrically designed plastic covering that provides better grip. there are three systems that prevent hypertension to the foot. Particularly, the front features an innovative mechanism that can adjust the range of pressure to the tibia and that will lock in case of excessive bending. For more information go to www.motonation.com.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT HONDA CRF110F TOP CLAMP & BAR MOUNT

Pro Circuit is excited to release a new mini-moto part for 2013-2020 Honda CRF110F models. Designed to suit the taller rider, the Pro Circuit top clamp and bar mount helps create more legroom by raising the handlebars. It’s the perfect solution to prevent knees from smacking the bars, and it will also make your CRF110F’s front end longer. The clamp has full adjustability with different bar mount configurations, so you are able to personalize fitment as well. The clamp and bar mount are CNC-machined out of aluminum and then anodized red and blue for a factory look. These clamps are perfect for any mini moto rider looking to trick out their CRF110F.
The retail price is $298.00 at www.procircuit.com.

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT’S CASUAL TEES

Pit bike —$21.00
Team Peak Honda—$27.00
Adam Cianciarulo Champion—$10.00
Great Race-$21.00
For more info go to www.procircuit.com

THE EVER CHANGING 2020 RACE SCHEDULES

Cooper Webb Ken Roczen Eli Tomac 2020 SALT LAKE CITY ROUND 11 450 main event-7762These are the men of the moment, but only one of them can be “the man” at the end of the Supercross series.

REVISED 2020 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 4…Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 11…St. Louis, MO (West)
Jan. 18 …Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 25…Glendale, AZ (3-Moto) (West)
Feb. 1…Oakland, CA (West)
Feb. 8…San Diego, CA (West)
Feb. 15…Tampa, FL (East)
Feb. 22… Arlington, TX (3-Moto) (East)
Feb. 29… Atlanta, GA (East)
Mar. 7…Daytona Beach, FL (East)
May 31…Salt Lake City, UT (East)
June 3…Salt Lake City, UT (East
June 7…Salt Lake City, UT (West)
June 10…Salt Lake City, UT (West)
June 14…Salt Lake City, UT (East)
June 17…Salt Lake City, UT (East
June 21…Salt Lake City, UT (East/West)

REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain (Held)
Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland (Held)
Aug. 2…Russia, Orlyonok,
Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 16…Uddevalla, Sweden
Aug. 23…KymiRing, Finland
Sept. 6.…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sept. 13…Shanghai, China
Sept. 13…TBA
Sept. 27…MXDN, Ernee, France
Oct. 4…Trentino, Italy
Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
Oct. 18…Agueda, Portgual
Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium
Nov. 1…Jakarta, Indonesia
Nov. 8…TBA, Indonesia
Nov. 22…Neuquen, Argentina
Nov. 29…TBA
TBA…Loket, Czech Republic
TBA…Teutschenthal, Germany
TBA…Imola, Italy

REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 12…Lange, Estonia
Aug. 30…Roggenburg, Switzerland
Sept. 6…Orehova Vas, Slovenia
Sept.…13…Jinin, Czech Republic
Sept. 20…Rudersberg, Germany

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 27.…Ernee, France

REVISED 2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 11-12…Courtland, ON
July 18-19…Ottawa, ON
July 25-26…Moncton, NB
Aug. 15-16…Walton, ON
Sept. 5-6….Deschambault, QC

REVISED 2020 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 9…Connondale. QLD
Aug. 6…Maitland, NSW
Sept. 6…Newry, VIC
Sept. 12…Horsham, VIC
Oct. 4…Gympie, QLD
Oct. 11…Coolum, QLD

2020 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 3-8….Hurricane Mills, TN

2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3…Glen Helen, CA

2020 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 10…Carson, CA

REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 31…Glen Helen, CA

2020 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 6-8…Glen Helen , CA

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: YAMAHA LICENSED APPAREL COLLECTION BY FACTORY EFFEX

Factory Effex Yamaha Racewear collectionFactory Effex’ 2020 Yamaha Racewear Apparel is a team inspired collection of premium t-shirts, fleece, headwear and jackets. The custom hooded pullover sweatshirt, light–weight windbreaker and all-weather soft-shell jacket features a chest emblem and printed sleeves. The snap-back hat and pom beanie features a front TPR patch. This collection is a limited edition and an official licensed product.  The Factory Effex Yamaha Racewear collection is available online at factoryeffex.com and there you’ll also find officially licensed Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Rockstar Energy and Factory Effex products as well. Check them out online or at authorized dealer near you.

YAMAHA RACEWEAR PULLOVER-$54.95

The Navy Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt is made out of 80% Cotton ,20% Poly, 7-ounce materials. It’s a mid-weight Fleece with a TPR chest patch, screen-printed sleeve graphics and contrasting draw-cords.

YAMAHA RACEWEAR STRIPES T-SHIRT-$26.95

The Black Yamaha Stripes Mens Crew T-shirt is made out of 100% combed ring-spun cotton that weighs  4.3-ounce with screen-printed logos on the front and on the sleeves.

YAMAHA RACEWEAR LOCKUP T-SHIRT-$26.95

The officially licensed Yamaha Lockup Mens Crew T-shirt is made out of 100% Combed Ring-Spun cotton at 4.3 -ounces and it features screen-printed front and sleeves.

YAMAHA SPEEDBLOCK T-SHIRT-$26.95

The officially licensed Yamaha Speedblock Navy Mens Crew T-shirt uses 100% combed ring-spun cotton at 4.3-ounces and it has a screen-printed front and sleeve.

For more officially license apparel by Factory Effex, check out factoryeffex.com.

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Quiz Answer: (bottom left) Lance Moorewood, (upper left) David Gerig, (upper right) Gary Jones, (lower right) Jody Weisel.

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