MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE KERNEL OF TRUTH

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WHO, WHAT, WHY & WHERE OF THE 2015 GP SEASON

Febvre_MXGP_champ_01Romain Febvre will come to the USGP looking to win his eightH GP this season.

WHO’S WON WHAT, WHEN THEY DID IT AND  WHERE
Date             Venue                      450                                    250
Feb. 28……Qatar………………….Max Nagl……………..Jeffrey Herlings
March 8..…Thailand…………….Ryan Villopoto………Jeffrey Herlings
March 29…Argentina………..…Max Nagl……………..Dylan Ferrandis
April 19……Italy…………………..Max Nagl………………Tim Gajser
April 26……Holland……………..Gautier Paulin…….…Jeffrey Herlings
May 10…….Spain…………….……Tony Cairoli………..…Valentin Guillod
May 24…….England………………Tony Cairoli……………Valentin Guillod
May 31….…France…………….….Romain Febvre……….Jeffrey Herlings
June 14……Italy……………………Romain Febvre……….Tim Gajser
June 21…..Germany……………..Romain Febvre……….Tim Gajser
July 5………Sweden…..………….Romain Febvre……….Tim Gajser
July 12…….Latvia……..………….Glenn Coldenhoff……Max Anstie
July 26……Czech Rep…………..Romain Febvre………..Valentin Guillod
Aug. 2……..Belgium………………Shaun Simpson………..Max Anstie
Aug. 23……Italy…………………..Romain Febve………….Max Anstie
Aug. 30……Holland……….……Shaun Simpson………..Tim Gajser
Sept. 13….Mexico……………….Romain Febvre……….Thomas Covington
Sept. 20…Glen Helen….
450 Champion…Romain Febvre (Hus)
250 Points Leaders…Tim Gajser (Hon)

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BOMBER 55, DEWAYNE 65

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Sept. 15…DeWayne Jones 1950

Sept. 15…Robbie Bell 1985
Sept. 15…Charlie Mancuso
Sept. 15…Rich Winkler
Sept. 15…Cliff Palmer 1971

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Sept. 16…Mark Barnett 1960

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON? WHERE TO BE & WHEN TO BE THERE

USGPPosterGlenHelenThe USGP will be held on September 20 at Glen Helen.

2015 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 20…………………..…..Glen Helen, USA

2015 WORLD SIDECAR CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept.20………………………….Germany

2015 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 20…………………………Sturgis, SD

2015 GRAND PRIX OF USA (USGP)
Sept. 20…………………………Glen Helen, CA

2015 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Sept. 27 ……………………..…Glen Helen, CA

2015 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 27………………………..Ernee, France

2015 RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM
Oct. 10………………………..…Pomona, CA

2015 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 17………………………..…Las Vegas, NV

2015 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 31………………………..…Glen Helen, CA

2015 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 10…………………………..Bathurst, NSW
Oct. 17……………………………Jimboomba, QLD
Oct. 31……………………………Wayville, SA
Nov. 21…………………………..Sunshine Coast, QLD
Nov. 28…………………………..Homebush, NSW
Dec. 5……………………………..Sunshine, Vic

2015 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 7-8……………………….Glen Helen, CA

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THE GREATEST GP PRESS RELEASE OF ALL-TIME

leonmexicogpAn aerial view of the Mexican Grand Prix layout.

The typical MXGP press release is full of ballyhoo, exaggeration and hype. The Youthstream press release for this week’s Grand Prix of Mexico seemed to be just the opposite:

(Leon, Mexico), 09 September 2015 – For the second year in succession the best riders in the world will race between the Mexican cacti at the circuit of Leon, a soil based track, which is hard to describe, as it is neither soft nor hard, the only feasible description, based on how it shaped up last year, is that it is slightly clumpy and gets relatively rutty in places.

RIDER LIST: WHO WILL BE AT THE USGP

1972USGPriderlistThe 1972 USGP was jam-packed with World and National Champions.

This USGP rider list was from the 1972 USGP at Carlsbad. The list of GP stars is expected, but reading the American names is like a trip down memory lane. Mark Blackwell, John DeSoto, Marty Tripes, Mike Runyard, Jim Pomeroy, Wyman Priddy, Jimmy Weinert, Gary Jones and Rich Thorwaldson ring the bell.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 6D’S NEW MATTE COLLECTION

THE LAST OF A DYING BREED — LEATHER BOOTS

Anyone who was anyone in the early days of motocross wore Hi-Point Champion boots. In a later incarnation they were known as Alpinestars Super Victory boots — and Alpinestars still offers them. No one wears leather boots today. Oops, we forgot about the two veterans of the MXA wrecking crew, both of whom date back to the early days of MXA and motocross. They both still wear the same boot they wore in 1976 (well, not the exact same boots, but the same brand)


AMA Hall of Famer Lars Larsson.

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Jody Weisel at Glen Helen on a 2016 Husqvarna FC450.

HORST LEITNER INDUCTED INTO MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME

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LEST WE FORGET! EVERY 125/250F NATIONAL CHAMPION (1974-2015)

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1974 …Marty Smith (Hon)
1975 …Marty Smith (Hon)

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1976 …Bob Hannah (Yam)
1977 …Broc Glover (Yam)
1978 …Broc Glover (Yam)

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1979 …Broc Glover (Yam)
1980 …Mark Barnett (Suz)

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1981 …Mark Barnett (Suz)
1982 …Mark Barnett (Suz)

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1983 …Johnny O’Mara (Hon)
1984 …Jeff Ward (Kaw)

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1985 …Ron Lechien (Hon)
1986 …Micky Dymond (Hon)
1987 …Micky Dymond (Hon)
1988 …George Holland (Hon)
1989 …Mike Kiedrowski (Hon)

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1990 …Guy Cooper (Suz)
1991 …Mike Kiedrowski (Kaw)
1992 …Jeff Emig (Yam)
1993 …Doug Henry (Hon)
1994 …Doug Henry (Hon)
1995 …Steve Lamson (Hon)
1996 …Steve Lamson (Hon)
1997 …Ricky Carmichael (Kaw)

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1998 …Ricky Carmichael (Kaw)
1999 …Ricky Carmichael (Kaw)
2000 …Travis Pastrana (Suz)
2001 …Mike Brown (Kaw)

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2002 …James Stewart (Kaw)
2003 …Grant Langston (KTM)
2004 …James Stewart (Kaw)
2005 …Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)
2006 …Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)

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2007 …Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2008 …Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2009 …Ryan Dungey (Suz)
2010 …Trey Canard (Hon)

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2011 …Dean Wilson (Kaw)
2012 …Blake Baggett (Kaw)
2013 …Eli Tomac (Hon)

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2014 …Jeremy Martin (Yam)
2015 …Jeremy Martin (Yam)

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MXA AD OF THE WEEK: SCOTT PLASTIC BOOTS

SCOTTBOOTS333It’s rare to see a photo of Bob Hannah blasting into a corner in his Scott boots with one of the buckles flapping in the breeze.

WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN YAMAHAULER?

yamahauler111Justin Barcia needs one of these.

North American Muscle Cars’ “Yamahauler” decal kit is based on the original van introduced to the public as the grand prize in a raffle back in the early 1970’s. Yuu have to provide the shorty van, but the kit includes the Yamahauler logos, racing stripes, strobe decals and squeegee for $550.00 at www.ebay.com/itm/291247110405.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: HODAKA MOTORCYCLES: THE COMPLETE STORY

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“Hodaka Motorcycles” is filled with over 300 photos, many of them very rare looks into the origins of the company. Not to be overlooked are the color illustrations of Hodaka’s colorful model names and their whimsical decals. If you are only vaguely familiar with Hodaka the machine, you will always remember the model names— Super Rat, Wombat, Combat Wombat, Super Combat, Road Toad, Dirt Squirt and Thunderdog.

VERDICT: A must-have book for anyone who started riding in the 1970s on a Super Rat. “Hodaka Motorcycles” Is divided into 13 chapters and starts at the very beginning—with Yamaguchi. $50.00—www.strictlyhodaka.com or call (802) 375-0212.

“RUN WHAT YA BRUNG” OTHG TWO-STROKE RACE ON SEPT. 19

OTHG 2015_TwoStrokeEventAll two-stroke race participants will be entered into a drawing to win a new 6D Helmet courtesy of the Sierra OTHG and 6D Helmets. The entry fee will only be $25.00. Camping is free. The race will be at the Marysville MMX Sandtrack on Saturday, September 19.

2015 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS ON SEPTEMBER 27

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15th ANNUAL REM OCTOBERCROSS ON OCTOBER 31

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TRIUMPH HIT WITH BIG NHTSA FINE

2013triumphstreettriplerecallNo motorcycle company is immune to NHTSA recall notices — not even Triumph..

Triumph has been hit with a $2,900,000 penalty for failing to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Act reporting requirements on its 2012 and 2013 Street Triple R modes. The case involves a recall of 1368 Triumphs to fix a defect in which four bolts holding the cable guides to either side of the head tube could come loose and lock the steering — which could potentially causing an accident. According to the NHTSA, Triumph failed to file quarterly reports on the safety recall in a timely manner, failed to furnish the NHTSA with copies of notices, service bulletins and other communications sent to dealers, owners or purchasers as required.

2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Another-450-Start.jpgNext year, starting on January 9, 2016, there will be two Anaheims and two San Diegos, but only one Atlanta.

2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 9…………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 16………………….San Diego, CA
Jan. 23………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 30………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 6……………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 13………………….San Diego, CA
Feb. 20………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 27………………….Atlanta, GA
March 5………………….Daytona, FL
March 12………………..Toronto, CAN
March 19………………..Detroit, MI
April 2………………..….Santa Clara, CA
April 9………………..….Indianapolis, IN
April 16………………….St. Louis, MO
April 23………………….Foxboro, MA
April 30………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2016 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

MX2start_MXGP_13_CZ_2015One thing we can promise for the 2016 GP season is that this race schedule will be changed a couple times. How do we know? Italy is only on there one time. The 2016 series starts in Qatar, goes to South Africa and then to Argentina. What? No moon?

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 27……………………..Losail, Qatar
Mar. 20…………………….Johannesburg, South Africa
April 10…………………….Neuquen, Argentina
April 24…………………….TBA, Italy
May 1……………………….Valkenswaard, Holland
May 15…………………….Teutschenthal, Germany
May 22……………………..Matterly Basin, Great Britain
June 5………………………St Jean d’Angely, France
June 12…………………….Lommel, Belgium
June 26…………………….Kegums, Latvia
July 3……………………….Uddevalla, Sweden
July 10……………………..TBA
July 24………………………Loket, Czech Republic
Aug. 7……………………….Frauenfeld, Switzerland
Aug. 14……………………..Assen, Holland
Aug. 28……………………..TBA
Sept. 4……………………….Leon, Mexico
Sept.11………………………Glen Helen, USA
Sept. 25……………………..Motocross des Nations…Maggiora, Italy

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2015 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TEAMS

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When Italy named it’s 2015 Motocross des Nations team, everybody in the sport just stood back in silence. No Cairoli. No Phillipaerts. No Guarneri. No Lupino. Instead the Italian team will be Samuele Bernardini (24th in 250 GP points), Michele Cervellin (11th in EMX 250 points) and Ivo Monticelli (19th in 250 GP points). However, every team has issues. AMA Champion Ryan Dungey refused to race the MXDN this year. Kevin Strijbos, Clement Desalle and Ken DeDycker are all injured for Belgium. Ken Roczen says he won’t race on the German team because he wants to heal up from minor surgery on August 31. Luckily for Germany, Max Nagl has recovered from his broken ankle and is back racing. Arnaud Tonus is signed up for the Swiss team, but hasn’t raced much in 2015 because of a lingering illness (they already named an alternate to take his place just in case). Davy Pootjes has been replaced on the Dutch MXDN team by Nick Kouwenberg. Ken De Dycker, who has spent most of the 2015 season injured, will replaced Kevin Strijbos on Team Belgium. No matter how you look at it, it’s hard to imagine a Motocross des Nations without Cairoli, Dungey, Desalle, Stribos or Roczen, but get used to it. Here are the teams named so far.

USA
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Justin Barcia
Jeremy Martin
Cooper Webb

HOLLAND
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Brian Bogers
Nick Kouwenberg
Glenn Coldenhoff

FRANCE
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Gautier Paulin
Marvin Musquin
Romain Febvre

GERMANY
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Max Nagl
Henry Jacobi
Dennis Ullrich

GREAT BRITAIN
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Shaun Simpson
Max Antie
Dean Wilson

IRELAND
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Graeme Irwin
Martin Barr
Stuart Edmonds

NEW ZEALAND
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Ben Townley
Kayne Lamont
Cody Cooper

AUSTRALIA
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Todd Waters
Jay Wilson
Dean Ferris

JAPAN
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Makoto Ogata
Toshiki Tomita
Yohei Kojima

BRAZIL
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Thales Vilardi
Fabinho Santos
Jean Ramos

SWITZERLAND
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Valentin Guillod
Jeremy Seewer
Arnaud Tonus (or Andy Baumgartner)

FINLAND
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Jere Haavisto
Miro Sihvonen
Valtteri Malin

SPAIN
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Jose Butron
Ander Valentin
Jorge Zaragoza

BELGIUM
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Jeremy Van Horebeek
Julien Lieber
Ken De Dycker

CZECH REPUBLIC
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Jaromir Romancik
Filip Neugebauer
Martin Michek

LITHUANIA
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Nerijus Rukstela
Vytautas Bucas
Arminas Jasikonis

PUERTO RICO
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Juan Reyes
Michael Leib
Jason Astudillo

LATVIA
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Davis Ivanovs
Pauls Jonass
Matiss Karro

DENMARK
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Nikolaj Larsen
Thomas Kjer Olsen
Stefan Kjer Olsen

PORTUGAL
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Rui Goncalves
Sandro Peixe
Hugo Basaula

SWEDEN
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Filip Bengtsson
Alvin Ostlund
Jesper Jonsson

ESTONIA
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Tanel Leok
Harri Kullas
Gert Krestinov

ITALY
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Samuele Bernardini
Michele Cervellin
Ivo Monticelli

RUSSIA
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Evgeny Bobryshev
Vsevolod Brylyakov
Ivan Baranov

VENEZUELA
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Carlos Badiali
Hector Rodriquez
Lorenzo Locurcio

POLAND
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Kukasz Lonka
Gabriel Chetnicki
Tomasz Wysocki

SLOVENIA
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Klemen Gercar
Peter Irt
Tim Gajser

SLOVAKIA
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Martin Kohut
Richard Sikyna
Tomas Simko

LUXEMBOURG
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Eric Tabouraing
Danile Casoli
Bjorn Frank

AUSTRIA
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Lukas Neurauter
Pascal Rauchenecker
Gunter Schmidinger

GREECE
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Panagiotis Kouzis
Ionnis Touratzidis
Dimitrios Kontoletas

CROATIA
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Marko Leljak
Matija Kelava
Matej Jaros

NORWAY
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Henrik Wahl
Magne Klingsheim
Lasse Christofferson

UKRAINE
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Roman Morozov
Dymtro Asmanov
Volodymir Tarsov

MOROCCO
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Abdelhalim Soulimani
Said El Mejjad
Houmame Gabari

 

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Photos by Dan Alamangos, Yamaha, Pro Circuit, Ray Archer, Suzuki, Daryl Ecklund, Jody Weisel, John Basher, KTM, John Ker, Massimo Zanzani and MXA

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