WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: ALL TRUTH, NO LIES

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WHERE SKIPPY PLANS TO BE THIS SUMMER: IT WON’T BE AT A NATIONAL

britmxgpreedChad Reed’s summer plans include racing at the British GP at Matterley Basin (June 19), the Italian GP at Mantova (June 26), the Charlotte Motor Speedway USGP (September 3), the Glen Helen USGP (September 11) and the Sydney Supercross (November 12-13).

WHERE & WHEN TO WATCH THE AMA 250/450 NATIONALS ON TV

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MAV-TV: MAV will show the first motos of both the 450 and 250 classes. These shows will be live over a two-hour block of time.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK: NBCSN will carry coverage of the second motos of the 250 and 450 classes. Most of the races will be live, with the exception of Hangtown, Millville, Unadilla, Budds Creek and Crawfordsville (which will be shown on a delay). NBCSN will also show a mid-season highlight show and separate 250 and 450 wrap-up post-season shows.

NATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION (NBC): NBC will show the second motos of Mt, Morris, Muddy Creek and Soutwick live.

THREE 2017 450 MOTOCROSSERS: KTM, HUSKY & KAWASAKI

2017KTM450SXF342017 KTM 450SXF: Totally new in 2016, the big Katoom gets a 3.1 pound weights savings, making the already light 450SXF, as light as many 250Fs. It will also feature WP AER air forks, traction control and improved bar mounts.

2017KX450F342017 Kawasaki KX450F: For 2017 Kawasaki focused their R&D dollars on bringing the KX250F up to the standards set by the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F. That doens’t mean that Kawasaki didn’t make improves to the2017 KX450F—just that they are refinements instead of major updates.

2017FC450342017 Husqvarana FC450: New for 2017 are the AER air forks, lighter overall weight, Dunlop MX3S tireds (last year it had MX52 rubber), aluminum head stays, Magura hydraulic clutch and launch control/traction control/multiple maps.

JOSH OSBY: BEFORE THE GATE DROPS

GOOD ON YOU: DANNY GLOVER TO RACE IN OZ

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THE GLOVER FILES

DANNYGLOVERLethalWeapon CRISPINGLOVER 240brocgloverDanny Glover.                                              Crispin Glover.                                      Broc Glover.

THIS IS A LITTLE MISLEADING

TEUTSCHENTHALThis is a European Facebook page showing how deeps the ruts were at the Teutschenthal MXGP race. The problem? The top photo is from a sand track, definitely not the Toot, and the bottom right photo is Dan Alamangos checking out a rut at Glen Helen’s REM races.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MATRIX CONCEPTS M3 UTILITY CANS

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Updates include all new durable team graphics designs, increased wall thickness in all four-bottom corners, and reinforced bottom seams. Additional updates include reengineered top plastic fill caps and new hose kits for increase life and durability.

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– Easy to handle 4.2 gallons capacity.
– Angled side dispensing spout for accurate filling.
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– Team graphics and custom logo options.
– New no leak caps.
– Hose spout Kit stainless steel hose clamps and cap tether.

Order yours at www.matrixracingproducts.com

Combine these features with endorsements from the top teams in racing like Robby Bells Precision Concepts, Randy Hawkins AmPro Yamaha, HRC MXGP, KRT MXGP, Gariboldi Racing MXGP, JGR, BTO KTM, RCH, Factory Suzuki, Geico Honda, MCSS SUZUKI, Star Racing, Factory Yamaha, Tedder Racing, Josh Hansen 100 Racing and legends Twitch, Jeremy McGrath, and Ryan Villopoto.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: CLEMENT IS 27

Desalle_MXGP_5_MEX_2016May 19…Clement Desalle 1989
May 19…Mike Alessi 1988

joelroelants28462May 20…Joel Roelants 1989
May 22…Matt Lemoine 1989
May 22…Sergio Avanto 1971
May 24…Steve Hatch 1969

DSC_3474 Darryn Durham FasthouseMay 24…Darryn Durham 1989
May 25…Chad Pederson 1971
May 26…Ryan Holliday

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MOTORCYCLE AD OF THE WEEK: STEEN BY ALSPORT

steenalsportBack in the 1970s kids would beg, plead and cajole their dads to buy them a Steen X-100. It made 10 horsepower, had leading link forks and was powered by a Hodaka engine. It even came in an 80cc version with a Fuji engine.

WHERE THE BOYS ARE: THE MOTOCROSS SEQUEL

FMFglenhelenlogo20162016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 21………………………Hangtown, CA
May 28.……………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 4..……………………..Thunder Valley, CO
June 18..……………………Mt Morris, PA

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
May 21………………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 4………..……………….Glen Helen, CA
June 12………………………..Glen Helen, CA (Sunday)

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29……………………..Talavera de la Reina, Spain
June 5………………………St Jean d’Angely, France

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

2016 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 8-10…………………..Lexington, OH

2016 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 1-6……………………..Loretta Lynn, TN

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

2016 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 25…………………….Maggiora, Italy

2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6…………………….Glen Helen, CA

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: IF YOU ARE 60, YOU AREN’T OLD ENOUGH

yamahaya11955This is a 1955 Yamaha YA1. It is pretty classic looking for a Japanese bike from 61 years ago. Note the plunger rear suspension and sweet fork boots.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FLY BOOT WASH STAND

FLYBOOTSTANDBOOT FLYBBOTSTAANDBAREBThe Fly Boot Wash Stand is designed for easy motocross boot washing. It holds your boots upside down to keep water from entering them, makes a handy drying rack and folds away for compact storage. The metal frame is made from powder-coated steel. The retail price is $24.95. More info go to www.flyracing.com.

 

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2016 CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: E-STREET MX

CURRENT FIM GRAND PRIX POINTS AFTER ARCO DI TRENTO

Cairoli_MXGP_1_QAT_2016Tony Cairoli won his second GP in a row in Italy and is 25 points behind Tim Gajser.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 8 of 17 events)
1. Tim Gajser…335
2. Romain Febvre…331
3. Antonio Cairoli…310
4. Max Nagl…273
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…264
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek…247
7. Kevin Strijbos…204
8. Shaun Simpson…189
9. Valentin Guillod…153
10. Glenn Coldenhoff…146

Jonass_MXGP_5_MEX_2016Pauls Jonass, who is Herling eventual replacement in the 250 GPs, is third in points.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 7 of 17 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…397
2. Jeremy Seewer…297
3. Pauls Jonass…260
4. Benoit Paturel…211
5. Aleksandr Tonkov…210
6. Petar Petrov…202
7. Max Anstie…182
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov…182
9. Samuele Bernardini…179
10. Dylan Ferrandis…162

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Ferrandisitaly2016Gone with the win. Jeffrey Herlings perfect season went down the tubes when Dylan Ferrandis (4) beat him in the first moto in Italy last weekend.

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……………..Tony Cairoli………….Jeffrey Herlings
May 15….Italy…………………….Tony Cairoli………….Jeffrey Herlings
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…Tim Gajser (Hon)
250 West points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

 

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MXA GEAR GUIDE: 2016 KAWASAKI KX450F

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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 Kawasaki KX450F test. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the contact links for more information. Click on images to enlarge.

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PANT: Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Switchback blue/hi-vis
JERSEY: Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Switchback blue/hi-vis
GLOVES: Fly Racing Pro Lite hi-vis
HELMET: Bell Moto-9
GOGGLES: EKS Brand Fade Volcano cyan/white
BOOTS: Gaerne SG-12 white

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SUPPLIER CONTACTS:
Fly Racing: www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079
EKS Brand: www.eksbrand.com or (818) 706-1700
Bell Helmets: www.bellhelmets.com or (800) 216-9446
Gaerne: www.gaerneusa.com or your local dealer

MASSIMO’S ITALIAN GRAND PRIX PHOTO GALLERY

MXGPstart_MXGP_8_TN_2016Arco di Trento is a lovely place, but the dirt leaves a lot to be desired.

143931_Cairoli_1300Tony Cairoli isn’t done yet. The kids, Febvre and Gajser, are faster than he is, but Tony isn’t making any mistakes.

Febvre_MXGP_8_TN_2016Romain Febrve (461) is the current champ, but he is stuck in a Gajser/Cairoli sandwich in the points.

Nagl_MXGP_8_TN_2016After Gajser, Febvre and Cairoli, Max Nagl is the best of the veterans.

Strijbos_MXGP_8_TN_2016Team Suzuki has fallen on hard times. Their riders, either Kevin Strijbos or Ben Townley, are always injured or struggling. Strijbos is 131 points behind Gajser after 8 races.

Bobryshev_MXGP_8_TN_2016Honda isn’t much better off than Suzuki. They have banked a lot on Russian Evgeny Bobryshev, but he is a hit-or-miss rider. Bobby is currently fifth in points, while Gautier Paulin missed most of the first 8 races and is 19th in the 450 title chase.

Herlings_MXGP_8_TN_2016Jeffrey Herlings (84) did everything in his power to pass Dylan Ferrandis in the first moto, but couldn’t seal the deal. In the second moto, Ferrandis got a bad start and Herlings’ 2-1 took the win—his 8th out of 8. Ferrandis is moving to America in 2017 to ride for Star Yamaha.

Tonkov_MXGP_8_TN_2016Aleksandr Tonkov is 5th in the 250 World Championship.

Bernardini_MXGP_8_TN_2016Samuele Bernardini has piloted his TM 250MX into the top ten in the 250 World Championships. Bernardini won the 300cc Two-Stroke Championship for TM before moving to the GPs.

Seewer_MXGP_8_TN_2016Jeremy Seewer is second in 250 Grand Prix points, which if you use the last two 250 Grand Prix seasons as a measure, means that he’s the odds-on favorite to win the 250 title.

MX2start_MXGP_8_TN_2016Robert Justs (95) gets the holeshot in front of the Factory KTM duo of Jeffrey Herlings (84) and Pauls Jonass (41).

OLD NEWS! FINAL 2016 AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS

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450 POINTS STANDINGS
(after 17 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…391
2. Ken Roczen (Suz)…331
3. Jason Anderson (Hus)…315
4. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…290
5. Chad Reed (Yam)…250
6. Cole Seely (Hon)…219
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…214
8. Justin Brayton (KTM)…200
9. Trey Canard (Hon)…196
10. Jake Weimer (Suz)…128
11. Justin Bogle (Hon)…127
12. Mike Alessi (Hon)…126
13. Weston Peick (Yam)…125
14. Davi Millsaps (KTM)…106
15. Christophe Pourcel (Hus)…94
16. Vince Friese (Hon)…92
17. Blake Baggett (Suz)…87
18. Josh Grant (Kaw)…79
19. Broc Tickle (Suz)…61
20. Justin Barcia (Yam)…56

DSC_4143Brian Converse_Malcolm Stewart_Supercross2016_indianapolisMalcolm Stewart got the 250 East crown by 16 points over Aaron Plessinger. Photo: Brian Converse

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 9 of 9 races)
1. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)…180
2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…164
3. Jeremy Martin (Yam)…147
4. Martin Davalos (Hus)…141
5. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)…122
6. Gannon Audette (Kaw)…121
7. Shane McElrath (KTM)…113
8. R.J. Hampshire (Hon)…104
9. Anthony Rodriguez (Kaw)…78
10. Matt Bisceglia (Suz)…68
11. Justin Hill (KTM)…63
12. Cedric Soubeyras (Kaw)…59
13. Paul Coates (Hon)…58
14. Alexander Frye (KTM)…58
15. Dakota Alix (KTM)…50
16. Luke Renzland (Yam)…48
17. Justin Starling (Kaw)…48
18. Benny Bloss (Yam)…46
19. Jesse Wentland (Hon)…41
20. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)…31

 

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SUBSCRIBE TO MXA & DIRT BIKE FOR ONE LOW PRICE

COMBOADMXADBAnd get two $25 Rocky Mountain gift cards as a bonus. That’s $50 off your next parts bill for a $32 investment. For more info go to www.hi-torque.com/mxcombo

FACES TO GO WITH THE NAMES

facepitbeirerPit Beirer.

facephilippaertsDavid Philippaerts.

facetylarattrayTyla Rattray.

faceantoniobalbiAntonio Balbi.

facecaseylytleCasey Lytle.

facetownleyBen Townley.

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE: IS THIS TOO HARD?

ppjwWe think that you might be able to name the guy on the right, but aren’t sure that you can guess the man on the left. However, we don’t care if you guess the rider on the right, this quiz is about the man on the left. Here are two clues to his name. (1) If you raced in the 1970s you saw it every time you looked at your bike. (2) The jumpsuit he is wearing is the only thing he ever wore. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

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REM NATIONAL TUNE-UP RACE THIS SATURDAY, MAY 21

REMMAY21For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

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

57f1394d-917f-4aa6-9bea-c0dba9acbce4For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

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

USGP Poster-6For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

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/

MOTO-CHALLENGE ANSWER 

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Preston Petty was one of America’s greatest racers in the 1960s, but is best known today for being the man who invented the plastic fender. Why he is kissing Jody Weisel in the photo above is a mystery.

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Photos: Massimo Zanzani, Scott Mallonee, Brian Converse, Kyoshi Becker, Jody Weisel, Honda, Ray Archer, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, John Basher, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM, MXA

 

 

 

 

 

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