MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: ALL HAIL THE LOCAL RACER

NO AMA PROS—THE ATTENTION TURNS TO REGULAR FOLK

How many riders are at the World Vet Championship—this is the starting gate. The first row goes and then 30 seconds later the second row goes and, if necessary, 30 seconds later the third row goes.

The 2017 Pro season is officially over. The Straight Rhythm race was the last big payday race for the 2017 calendar year—give or take a few remaining off-season Euro events—like the Paris Supercross. But, that means that while the Pros are ensconced in their private test tracks waiting for January 6, 2018, to roll around, the regular folks get center stage.

Tom White doesn’t have time to race the World Vet Championship because he’s busy announcing and running the race, so he always races the REM Octobercross the weekend before to get a feel for the track layout. This year Tom will sit out both weekend as he deals with health issues.

It all starts this week with the big REM Octobercross race, which is the continuation of the old “Commotion By The Ocean” race from Carlsbad Raceway. When Carlsbad closed, the Commotion was moved to Glen Helen, where it was nowhere near the ocean anymore—and the name was changed to Octobercross (since it held on Halloween week). What makes the Octobercross important, apart from it long 17-year run at Glen Helen and 6 additional years at Carlsbad, is that it a warm-up race for the World Vet, which comes the next weekend. Octobercross is the first chance that any racer gets to see the revised track design that awaits riders from 24 countries and every state in the Union on November 4-5. The Octobercross is considered to be a test race by track designer Jody Weisel—and will undergo any necessary revision between the Octobercross and the World Vet.

Mike Sleeter (111), Josh Coppins (6) and Sean Collier (207) blast through the first turn at last year’s Dubya World Vet Championship.

The World Vet is officially scheduled for November 4-5, but the festivities start on November 2 with a Open practice from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a special practice for riders that are entered in the World Vet on Friday, November 3 (from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Then, on Saturday, November 4 the World Vet kicks off it’s first of two days of racing.

Next on the schedule is the Thor Mini Olympics in Gainesville, Florida on November 20-25. This Thanksgiving race is the final high-profile Amateur event of the year. Surprisingly, it is back at Gatorback after the big fallout between the USGP/Mini O’s promoter and the owners of the Gainesville track. It seems that they patched up their differences as soon as the USGP was over and the city council turned down the promoter’s efforts to get a permit to build a new track down the road from Gatorback.

They have classes for everything at Day In The Dirt.

Thanksgiving  is also the holiday that “Day In The Dirt” focuses on. This year the “Day in the Dirt 20” will be held on November 24-26, 2017 (Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 23).  It is as far removed from the Mini O’s as a race can get. It is a hodge-podge of Pro races, amateur races, flat track races, vintage races, team races and Hooligan races that use every square inch of Glen Helen’s massive motorsports facility. Day in the Dirt (DITD) started as a one-day event in 1998 for the movie industry and over the last 20 years has turned into the Woodstock of motocross.  It’s a gathering of family and friends and what they love most—dirt bikes.  It not only attracts some of the fastest racers in the world and the who’s who of the moto industry, but also riders from the Hollywood stunt community and moto fanatics worldwide.

THE RACE POSTERS FOR THE FINAL BIG FOUR RACES OF 2017

For more information go to www.remsatmx.com

For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

For more info go to www.unlimitedsports.com

For more info on the November 24-26 DITD go to www.dayinthedirt.com

20 YEARS AGO: THE FIRST MAN TO DO THUMPTHING IN SUPERCROSS

smaillanceLance Smail made motocross history, but it was forgotten 75 days later.

Everyone thinks that the Yamaha YZ400 was the first four-stroke to make an AMA Supercross. But, Yamaha wasn’t first. While Doug Henry waited for the prototype YZ400 four-stroke to be finished, KTM’s Lance Smail was the darling of the Supercross crowds on his Tom Moen-built KTM 540SX works four-stroke. History is a little confused on the issue, but Lance Smail was the first four-stroke rider to make the main event of a modern Supercross when he qualified third out of the semi at the March 8, 1997, Daytona Supercross. Henry would not ride the Yamaha four-stroke until the final round of the 1997 Supercross series in Las Vegas. Although Smail raced the first four-stroke to qualify for a Supercross main, Doug Henry overshadowed that by becoming the first four-stroke to a win an AMA Supercross on May 17th of the same year.

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: MOTO TRANS-AMA

Manufactured in Pesaro, Italy, and powered by an Italian Hiro air-cooled engine, the Moto Trans-ama was available in motocross and enduro versions.

Spelled as Transama, Trans-Ama, Moto Trans-ama and Pesaro Transama. This Italian motorcycle brand lasted from 1977 until 1985. It made mopeds with Minarelli engines and trials, enduro and motocross bikes with 125 or 250cc Hiro engine. There was also a 320cc trials engine (reportedly designed with the collarboration of Sammy Miller). Although Moto Trans-Ama claims to have sold its bikes mostly in the USA, no one at MXA, past or present, remembers ever hearing of or seeing one. Did you own a Trans-ama?

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: 24 POUNDS DOWN AND 36 PAYMENTS

This Jawa 250 Favorit was the little brother of the once popular Jawa California 350 twin street bike. Although it wasn’t a big seller in the USA, the name “California” made it a big hit around the world.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: TERLECKI, TIXIER & TOMAC

Malcolm StewartOct. 27…Malcolm Stewart 1992
Oct. 27…Kenny Zahrt 1955
Oct. 27.. Jimmy Jarrett

Oct. 28…Alex Martin 1989

Oct. 29…Takeshi Kolkeda 1977
Nov. 1…Ryan Terlecki 1978

hi_Tixier_GP07_SL_31638Nov. 2…Jordi Tixier 1992
Nov. 3…Ben Evans 1989

Nov. 3…John Tomac 1967

STRANGEST ENGINE EVER: THE UPSIDE-DOWN 450

Husaberg’s upside-down engine design was an attempt by Swedish designer Jens Elmwall to maximize centralization of mass. It could be considered a failure because it and Husaberg are gone now, but it turned the engine world on its head when first released in 2010. It was not a success, but paved the way for future development on other brands.

45 YEARS AGO: 1972 INTER-AM SERIES

inter-AMAraceposterThe 1972 Inter-AMA series went to Boise, Olympia, L.A. Coliseum, Unadilla, Elkhorn and Lexington.

INTRODUCING THE YAMAHA “CROSS HUB” CONCEPT PICKUP TRUCK

At the Tokyo Motor Show Yamaha revealed its Cross Hub pickup truck concept. It may look like a uni-body truck, but, in fact, the bed is separated and includes the silver roll bar that runs up and over the slides of the truck body.

It seats four passengers, but in a strange diamond-shape that has been used in some Supercars. The driver sits in the center of the cab, while the rear passenger is in tandem with the driver. The two other passengers are offset to the side of the driver.

Inside the Cross Hub cockpit.

Yamaha does not sell cars or trucks, although they do produce parts and engines for other car manufacturers—and at one-time supplied a Formula 1 engine. The Cross Hub could be marketed at Yamaha motorcycle dealerships—if all the government hurdles could be jumped. But, this truck will most likely never be made.

It’s big inside and small on the outside. It seems strange that a motorcycle company would design a pickup truck that has to have the motorcycle put in the bed askew. There were no details about an engine or drivetrain.

41 YEARS AGO: A FIRST MOTOCROSS BIKE WITH AIR FORKS

1976_yamahayz400The 1976 Yamaha was jam-packed full of feature, but the one it is remember for most is its  Kayaba air forks (note the air chambers on top of the forks tubes from whence they got the name as “Speedo and Tach Forks.”

GERMAN SELF INDULGENCE: BMW’S SELF-BALANCING MOTORCYCLE

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The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 has an active assistance system to enhance stability and safety by automatically balancing the motorcycle, both out on the road and when stationary. The Vision Next 100 rights itself while stationary, remaining upright when the rider dismounts. The balancing systems also work out on the road to ensure a particularly agile and dynamic riding experience with even lighter handling, which seasoned riders will appreciate, and all the benefits of assistance systems to enhance their capabilities even further. The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 is just a concept that will not see production in this form.

BMW VISION NEXT 100 CONCEPT VIDEO

MORE SELF-BALANCE BIKES…WELL, SORT OF LIKE BIKES

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BMW is not the first motorcycle manufacturer to try to build a self-balancing and self-righting motorcycle. It was done five years ago by a small start-up named Lit Motors. See the video below.

LIT MOTORS C1 SELF-RIGHTING MOTORCYCLE VIDEO

TAKE TO THE STREETS! 2017 ELSINORE GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 10-12

It will be held on Nov. 10-11-12. For more info go to www.elsinoregrandprix.com

THE PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 18-19

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The 2017 Paris Supercross will move to the brand new U-Arena in the Paris business district. The U-Arena seats 24,000 spectators and has a larger floor area than Lille or Bercy. The 2017 Paris Supercross will be held on November 18-19, 2017.

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WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE & DO BEFORE 2017 GOES INTO THE RECORD BOOKS

The attention will now turn to the Dubya World Vet Championship where old men act like young kids and try creative lines.

REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 28………………….….Glen Helen, CA

2017 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 4-5………………..….Glen Helen, CA

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 11-12………………Qudos Bank Arena
Nov. 18………………….Jimboomba

2017 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 18-19…………………….Paris

2017 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 20-25……………….Gainesville, FL

2017 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 25-28……………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULES

The 2018 Supercross schedule starts on January 6, 2018, at Anaheim Stadium, before going to Houston on January 13. Plus, the World Motocross Championship schedule is completely different this week than last week. Check it out below,

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA
Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL
Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA
Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO
Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA
Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA
Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT
May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19……………………Hangtown, CA
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 2..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 23.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
June 30.………………….Red Bud, MI
July 7..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 21.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 28.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 11..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 18..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 25.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4……………………..Argentina
Mar. 18…………………….Holland 1
Mar. 25…………………….Spain
Apr. 8……………………….Italy 1
Apr. 15……………………..Portugal
May 1……………………….Russia
May 13……………………..Latvia
May 20…………………….Germany
June 3………………………England
June 10…………………….France
June 17…………………….Italy 2
July 1……………………….Indonesia 1
July 8……………………….Indonesia 2
July 22……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………………………Belgium
Aug. 12……………………..Sweden
Aug. 19……………………..Switzerland
Sept. 2………………………Turkey
Sept. 16……………………..Holland 2
Sept. 30…………………….Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6-7………………………….Dayton, OH
Jan. 13-14………………………Worcester, MA
Jan. 20-21……………………….Wilkes Barre, PA
Jan. 27-28………………………Greensboro, NC
Feb. 10-11………………………Madison, WI
Feb. 17-18………………………Florence, SC
Mar. 17-18………………………Denver, CO
Mar. 24-25………………………Nampa, ID
Apr. 7-8………………………….Wichita, KS
Apr. 21-22………………………Portland, OR
Apr. 28-29………………………Reno, NV
May 4-6…………………………Las Vegas, NV

2018 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Feb. 2-4…………………..……Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23-25……………….…..Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 23-24……………….…..Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 20-22……………….…..Hurricane, UT
May 25-27……………………Cedar City, UT
Sept. 14-16……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 19-21………………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11……………………..Primm, NV

2018 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-4…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

SEE THE 2018 KTM 250SXF IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 YAMAHA YZ250F IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 SUZUKI RM-Z250 IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 KAWASAKI KX250F IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 HUSQVARNA TE250i IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 SUZUKI RM-Z450 IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 KTM 450SXF IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 HUSQVARNA FC450 IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 YAMAHA YZ450F IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 HONDA CRF450 IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 KAWASAKI KX450 IN ACTION

SEE THE 2018 KTM 350SXF IN ACTION

Photos: Rich Stuelke, Kyoshi Becker, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, Debbi Tamietti, Justyn Norek, Jody Weisel, BMW, Lit Motors, Daryl Ecklund, MXA

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