MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: A SLIGHTLY FASTER HUSKY 250, THE COTTON CONNECTION & MORE
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES MOTO3 ROAD RACE BIKE
Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced their return to international road racing and the FIM World Championship Grand Prix Moto3 class, where they will officially support the Max Racing Team. Owned by four-time 250cc World Champion Max Biaggi, who secured no fewer than 42 GP victories during an illustrious career, and under the management of experienced German former-racer Peter Ottl, the team will field Romano Fenati and Alonso Lopez in the 2020 season on the new Husqvarna FR250 GP.
The Moto3 class replaced the outgoing 125cc category in 2012 and is restricted to single-cylinder 250cc four-stroke machines. In 2014 Husqvarna Motorcycles secured Moto3 class podium finishes, stepping away from the series at the end of 2015. With a rich heritage in road racing, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ return to the hotly contested Moto3 category mirrors the brand’s wider expansion into the global street motorcycle market.
The experienced Romano Fenati finished the 2017 Moto3 World Championship as runner-up, showing himself to be a rider capable of delivering strong, season-long performances. During his time as a Moto3 campaigner Fenati has earned 11 GP victories, 24 podiums and four pole positions. Alonso Lopez, at just 17 years old, is also keen to make his mark on the Moto3 series. 2020 will be the young Spaniard’s third year in the class having made his debut in 2018, claiming a recent third-place result at the Thai Grand Prix. He has shown he is more than capable of fighting for top results. Moto3 World Championship kicks off in Qatar on March 8th.
The silly season is long over, but not every rider was through with the yearly game of musical chairs. Here are some of the riders who signed on the dotted line late in the year
American Thomas Covington spent a frustrating year on the AMA circuit in 2019 and has decided to return to the Grand Prix circuit where he had four 250 GP wins and 16 podiums. Covington has aged out of the 250GP class, but will join the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha team for the 450 GPs. He will be teammates Alessandro Lupino and Calvin Vlaanderen (who is also moving to the 450 class for the first time).
The Joe Gibbs Racing team finally announced that they will race the 2020 Supercross and outdoor season on Suzukis with Joey Savatgy and Alex Martin. Joey Savatgy was on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team in 2019 as Eli Tomac’s teammate, but he only had a one-year contract and got bumped by the signing of Adam Cianciarulo. Joey had to wait for the Joe Gibbs deal to be finalized. On the other hand, Alex Martin still had a year to go on his two-year Joe Gibbs contract, but even he was unsure if JGR would find the sponsor they needed to contest the 2020 season. We are glad to see JGR finally announced a team, even if it was late.
Broc Tickle still has time to serve on his FIM drug violation suspension. Tickle will be allow to race again on February 15 at the Tampa Supercross. His controversial FIM suspension cost him his Factory KTM ride and most of the 2018-2019 season. Since he can’t race until Tampa, Brock will miss the first six rounds of the 2020 AMA Supercross series.
Australian 250 Grand Prix racer Mitch Evans, who finished 11th overall in the 2019 250 World Championship (even though he was injured for one-third of the series), was the surprise pick to be named Tim Gajser’s Honda teammate for the 2020 FIM 450 World Championship. At 21 years old, Evans does have 450 experience, having finished second in the 2018 Australian 450 National Championships.
Malcolm Stewart must wonder why he has such a hard time getting signed each season. It might have something to do with taking 7 months off from May until the following January. For 2020 Malcolm appears to have settled in at the MotoConcept’s Honda team. Malcolm will be joined by Justin Hill, who was let go from the JGR team, in favor of Joey Savatgy. MotoConcept’s star rider, Justin Brayton moved over to the HRC Honda team to be Ken Roczen’s teammate for Supercross only.
2020 MOTOCROSS ACTION 450 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT
RED GAERNE SG12’S ARE ON THE WAY
Keep checking the Gaerne USA website to get yours.
MXA AD OF THE WEEK: DO YOU REMEMBER THE COTTON COBRA?
Before Pabatco imported Hodakas from Japan they imported Cottons from Great Britain. Cotton’s were powered by 250cc Villiers Starmaker engines with an Amal Monobloc carb. In 1961 Cotton entered the British scrambles market. The 1961 Cotton Cougar was raced by British greats Bryan “Badger” Goss and John Draper. Alhough the Cottons were similar in many ways to Greeves and DOT motorcycles, several features quickly distinguished the Cotton Cougars. For one, the Villiers engines were set back and down in the frame and used the lightest tubing available. Match this with the beefy Armstrong leading-link front fork and you had a very different, if not ugly motorcycle.
EKS BRAND SPONSORSHIP SUBMISSION IS OPEN!
The EKS Brand Rider Support Program is in its 10th year and is actively looking for riders to be a part of the program. Support levels range from C class riders all the way up through National level racers. The program is open to riders of all disciplines including, Motocross, Supercross, Off-Road, Flat Track, Hill Climb, Supermoto, Speedway, Endurocross, Trials, ATV, Mountain bike BMX, Snowsports, and all action sport athletes. Join the likes of 2019 racers Chris Blose, Alex Ray, Kyle Chisholm, Adam Eticknap, Vince Friese, Kyle Cunningham, Henry Miller, John Short, Ben Lemay, Brandon Hartranft, Jacob Hayes, Grant Baylor, Russell Bobbit, Gary Sutherlin and Ricky Brabec,
Click on www.eksbrand.com and go to “contact us” or send a small resume to [email protected]. Note: If you were on the EKS Brand team last year, please specify the program you were on in your resume.
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Pro Circuit is excited to announce the T-6 and Ti-6 line of exhaust systems are available for the 2020 YZ450F model. Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA, the new line of exhaust systems for the YZ450F continues with improved performance Yamaha riders have come to know. Whether you choose to bolt on a Ti-6 Pro Titanium Exhaust System or the T-6 Stainless Steel Slip-On Silencer, Pro Circuit has the performance exhaust you’re looking for.
TI-6 PRO TITANIUM
The Ti-6 Pro Titanium Exhaust System is designed for the AMA Pro racer competing in AMA/Monster Energy Supercross or the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series. Engineered to meet strict AMA/FIM sound regulations, the Ti-6 Pro system provides superior performance while complying with the series’ sound regulations. The Ti-6 Pro exhaust system is constructed from high-grade titanium throughout with a carbon fiber end-cap for a factory look. Top pro level teams look to Pro Circuit for products that win. Retail price: $1118.21.
The Ti-6 Titanium Exhaust System is designed for both closed-course and off-road racers. It’s the ideal system for AMA Amateur events or any rider or racer looking for winning performance, legendary durability and a professional look. The Pro Circuit Ti-6 System is equipped with a removable USFS approved spark arrestor, making it easy to alternate between off-road and closed-course racing. Retail price: $1118.21.
T-6 STAINLESS STEEL
The T-6 Stainless Steel Exhaust System is designed for both closed-course and off-road competition. Constructed from high strength stainless steel and aluminum, the T-6 offers the same improved performance as our Ti-6 System. The T-6 System is a great way for riders or racers looking for winning performance, legendary durability and a professional look but at a lower price. In addition, the T-6 System is equipped with a removable USFS approved spark arrestor making it easy to alternate between off-road and closed-course racing.Retail price: $850.46
THE T-6 STAINLESS STEEL SLIP-ON
The T-6 Stainless Steel Slip-On Silencer is for riders looking for an inexpensive, easy-to-install, durable performance
silencer that can bolt right onto their stock head pipe. The T-6 Slip-On is constructed of stainless steel and high -quality aluminum for increased durability. The T-6 Slip-On is a great option for any rider looking for an increase in performance on a small budget. A removable USFS approved spark arrestor is included to make it easier to alternate between off-road and closed-course racing.Retail price: $488.21. For more information go to www.procircuit.com
BAD NEWS FOR ELECTRIC BIKES AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT…AND EVERYWHERE ELSE
The Isle of Man’s Department of Enterprise says in a press release that it has become “increasingly challenging” to run the electric TT Zero class and to find competitors for it. Apart from the Mugen Shinden electric team, the list of entered riders is so small that the Isle of Man’s Department of Enterprise is going to place a moratorium on the electric bike race for the next two years. Only factory-level entries could really compete at the TT Zero race in any meaningful way—so privateer or small manufacturers entrants didn’t show up. Electric bikes should not compete against internal combustion bikes, in motocross, road race, enduro or flat track, until they show that they can fill up a complete field by themselves. The Isle of Man TT has been most important electric motorcycle racing event in the world, but that title will switch to the FIM’s MotoE World Cup. The Isle of Man held the TT Zero race for ten years—maybe it will be back in 2022—if they can find a full field.
SOCAL RACING VACATIONS WITH DENNIS STAPLETON: RIDE GLEN HELEN, CAHUILLA CREEK, PALA, PERRIS & MORE
In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, Dennis has the time to open up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation. He offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping.
If you’re coming out to Southern California and need a rental bike, check out KnobbyShop South/StapoMX for all your rental needs. They offer Motocross Vacations, bike rentals and motocross lessons. Just send them an email ([email protected]). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!
WHAT DID YOU WANT WHEN YOU WERE A KID? OSET BIKES CAN MAKE YOUR KID’S DREAM COME TRUE
Looking for a Christmas gift for Junior? OSET has slashed the price of its 12.5 range of electric off-road motorcycles for kids ages 3-5. The 12.5 Racing and Eco range are the perfect entry-level motorcycle that’s ideal for beginners and back yard riders age 3-5 who want to experience a real motorcycle with all the benefits that come with being electric such as ease of maintenance, very low running costs, no hot parts and being virtually silent. Customers can enjoy healthy discounts of up to $100 off the bike’s while the stock lasts. Customers should visit www.osetbikes.com/us/ to find their local OSET dealer or to earn more about the full range of OSET Electric Motorcycles for kids.
WHAT’S LEFT ON THE 2019 RACE CALENDAR
2019 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 16…………………………..Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 30…………………………..Melbourne, Victoria
MARTY TRIPES BIG-3 TWO-STROKE SERIES
Nov. 16…………………………..Glen Helen, CA
2019 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 22-24……………………….Primm, NV
2019 DAY IN THE DIRT 22
Nov. 28-Dec. 1……………..Glen Helen, CA
7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY
Dec. 14…………………………..Glen Helen, CA
OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES SEASON FINALE
Dec. 21-22…………………………..Glen Helen, CA
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: POLISPORT PHANTOM PRO CHEST PROTECTOR
Polisport has released its new Phantom chest protector. The new Phantom Pro brings the best of the phantom line, comfort and adaptability to the body shape, with the upgraded homologation to chest protection. Complying with EN1621-3:2018 (Chest – Type A) and EN1621-2:2014 (Central Back – 1) this protection matches current FIM Body Protection rules to be usable in all FIM races.
With the high impact-resistant plastic and the soft impact deflecting padding, Phantom Pro has the perfect blend between comfort and protection. Available in the stylish Nardo-Grey color. For more info on Polisport products Click Here.
REM “VROOOOM CROSS” COMING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
For more info go to www.remsatmx.com
CAMPREV WINTER EVENT AT FLORIDA’S DREAMLAND ON NOV. 20-22
It is going to be a great great time in Florida at CampRev. For more info go to www.camprev.com.
7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY AT PALA ON DEC. 14
At Pala Raceway from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 14. For more info go to www.kurtcaselli.com
THIRD ANNUAL DISTRICT 37 REUNION (FROM HOPETOWN TO ASCOT) ON DECEMBER 15
For more info go to www.SVDays.com.
LAST OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES OF 2019 ON DEC. 21-22
For more info go to www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com