MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE MAICO 500 YOUR GRANNY COULD RACE, PLUS NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS

MXA TECH SPEC: 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 KAWASAKI KX450

(1) Forks. Every MXA test rider loved the feel of the 2020 Kawasaki KX450 Showa forks. They were plush, comfortable and, best of all, followed the ground better than the previous TAC air forks. The slower the test rider, the better the forks, but as the test rider’s speed increased, the forks quickly became too soft. Our quick fix was to keep the stock 5.0 N/m spring in one leg and put the optional 5.2 N/m spring in the other leg. National-speed Pros will need the 5.2 springs in both legs.

These are the judder spring parts—remove them.

(2) Clutch. Although the 2020 KX450 clutch is hydraulically activated, the clutch itself isn’t very good. We recommend removing the miniaturized fiber plate, ring-like judder spring and flat spacer, and replacing them with one additional full-size clutch plate. Additionally, we run three stiffer Pro Circuit clutch springs. The leverage ratio of the stock clutch lever does not generate enough hydraulic piston movement to release the clutch fully. When your clutch lever hits the two fingers that are still on the grip, the clutch is actually slipping. Even though you think you’ve pulled the clutch in, you haven’t. We went to the guy who builds Eli Tomac’s clutch lever, and he told us to run an ARC Flip-Chip-equipped PowerLever. It allows you to change the leverage ratio and make the clutch disengage at six different points on the lever pull. 

The rear brake is way too touchy.

(3) Rear brake. The jumbo-sized 250mm rear rotor is too touchy. To lessen the grabbiness, we chamfered the edges of the rear brake pads at an angle to allow the pads to slide onto the rotor more efficiently and to downsize the pads’ surface area. We also removed the black plastic rotor guard from under the swingarm, because it blocks airflow to the rotor (Honda removed its guard in 2020).

(4) Rear brake pedal. The rear brake pedal can be adjusted upward but not downward. To cure this, we hacksawed three threads off the bottom of the threaded master cylinder rod to give the pedal more downward free play; that way, a boot can touch it without locking up the brakes by accident.

(5) Maps. The stock green coupler offers the best ECU map. It is significantly stronger than the mellower black coupler and a lot less hyperkinetic than the aggressive white coupler. If you compare the black map to the green map, the black map gives up 1 to 2 horsepower. As for the aggressive white coupler, it does not produce more horsepower than the stock coupler, just a crisper feel.

(6) Grips. Kawasaki’s black grips look like the real thing, but don’t fall for it. It is a trick. Any aftermarket grip is twice as comfortable as the stock KX grips.

2020 Kawasaki KX450 450 mxa shootout-3002

(7) Plastics. Kawasakis have very brittle plastic. Roost cracks the fork guards. The front number plate cracks down the center, and the elongated arms of the radiator wings crack vertically. Order aftermarket plastic. It is much more durable.

(8) Airbox. To get to the air filter, you need both an 8mm and a 10mm T-handle. That is one wrench too many. Additionally, the nut plate behind the top bolt falls out of the fender when you loosen the bolt. Finally, the airbox is very small and the design is very weird.

(9) Chain roller. The lower chain roller—the one under the frame that keeps the chain from whipping as it spins off the countershaft sprocket—self-destructs in an amazingly short amount of time. Considering the chain roller issue and Kawasaki’s long-term problems with its rear chain guide, you should order TM Designworks parts on day one.

(10) Overheating. We run a 2.0 kg/cm2 Twin Air Ice Flow radiator cap in place of the stock 1.1 kg/cm2 to keep the radiator from spewing fluid.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: JUST1 MOTOCROSS RACEWEAR

Joey Savatgy.

Although we haven’t seen much of Joey Savatgy in his Just1 gear this season, because of his heel injury in Australia, he is back riding now and when the season starts up again he plans to be on the line. The same holds true for Just1 riders Tommy Searle, Tanel Leok, Ken DeDycker, Michele Cervellin and Darian Sanayei. Here is a quick look at Just1’s 2020 gear line.

JUST1 J-FLEX GEAR

Just1 J18 Pulsar helmet—$289.99
Just 1 J-Flex pants—$199.99
Just 1 J-Flex jersey—$69.99
just1 J-Flex gloves—$34.99

JUST1 J-FORCE GEAR

Just1  J18 Pulsar helmet—$289.99
Just 1 J-Force pants—$159.99
Just 1 J-Force jersey—$59.99
Justt1 J-Force gloves—$24.99

For more information go to www.us.just1racing.com

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THE IRON GIANT FALLS TO THE VIRUS: 2020 ERZBERG RODEO CANCELED

The Red Bull Erzbergrodeo has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 11-14, the organissers have no plans to rescheduled the event in 2020, but will return to weeklong festival of Enduro in Eisenerz, Austria in 2021. Erzberg is the world’s premier off-road competitions, attracting 1800 racers from 40 nations. Known as the Iron Giant because of it location in an enormous mining operation, the event hosts more than 35,000 spectators every year. The cancellation follows a recent decision made by the Austrian government banning mass-gathering events until July at the earliest (the event promoters said it was not possible to do on a rescheduled date in 2020).

WORKS BIKES YOU MAY REMEMBER: THE MX KIED’S 1991 KAWASAKI KX125

Coming into the 1991 AMA 125 National Championship, Kawasaki hadn’t won the series since 1984 (when Jeff Ward took the 125 title). Kawasaki was looking for a rider who could win the tiddler class, and Mike Kiedrowski was looking for revenge after being dropped by the Honda factory team at the end of the 1990 season. Kiedrowski had won the 1989 125 National Championship for Honda and had finished just one point behind Suzuki’s Guy Cooper in the 1990 Championships.

“Kawasaki hired me with the promise and understanding that I would win the championship for them,” said Mike. “I felt a lot of pressure, but they gave me 100 percent backing and built the bike exactly the way I wanted it.” Kiedrowski’s mechanic was Shane Nalley, with Rick Asch doing the suspension and Jim Felt building the engines.

The “MX Kied” didn’t have the fastest bike on the track. In fact, Mitch Payton called it a “slug,” but it suited Mike perfectly, and Kawasaki modified the production-based machine extensively. Some of the engine modifications included stuffing the crank to increase crankcase pressure and filling the transfer ports with epoxy so they could be completely reshaped. Engine weight was shaved by using magnesium primary and ignition covers and milling material off the clutch and transmission components. The suspension was “works Kayaba” and fine-tuned by Asch with an emphasis on the high-speed compression control that Kiedrowski demanded.

As the 1991 season neared its conclusion, Kiedrowski would go on to win the championship over Guy Cooper by 16 points, even though Cooper won the five 125 Nationals to Kiedrowski’s four (Red Bud, Axton, Southwick and Millville). Mike raced the same bike to victory at the 1991 Motocross des Nations.

Works bikes are almost unobtainable because the factories usually destroy them. Development costs, even on production-based machines, can easily run into six figures. The value of this machine is estimated at $50,000. Kawasaki gave Mike Kiedrowski his title-winning bike as a reward for a job well done. It sat in Mike’s living room until Mike’s wife Kim remodeled the house and relegated the KX125 to the garage. Mike lent it to theTom White’s Early Year’s of Motocross Museum.

From a distance, the Kiedrowski works 125 looks quite similar to a stocker, but look close and you will see a magnesium upper shock mount, mag triple clamps, mag outer cases, factory hand-built pipe and Kayaba works suspension. There is even a welded brace on the throttle-cable exit.

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: THE EXOTIC & RARE 2020 TM 300MX-FI FOUR-STROKE

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT “THE GREAT RACE” RACE T-SHIRT

Back.

A new shirt has landed in the Pro Circuit warehouse and the boss himself, Mitch Payton, is displayed on the back design. Printed on a comfortable blank with quality inks,  The Great Race Tee will definitely have hearts racing for the ones who enjoy an occasional car burnout as Mitch lays down the power in his old Anaheim Husqvarna van.

Front.

This tee was originally handed out in limited quantities on the day Mitch received the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award, but now customers have the chance to score one as well. Retail price: $21.00 at www.procircuit.com

CANADIAN NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP MOVED, BACK RESHUFFLED & TRACKS CHANGED

In addition to the Canadian Arenacross series being postponed to yet-to-be-announced dates and places in the Fall, the Canadian Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Motocross Championship has been moved back to a June 7 starts and the individual races have had their dates and places shuffled into a new order. For more info go to www.rockstartriplecrown.com
2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 7…Wild Rose, AB
June 14…Drumheller, AB
June 14…Dorva, AB
June 21…Kamloops, BC
June 28…Regina, SK
July 12…Gopher Dunes, ON
July 19…Sand Del Lee, ON
July 26…Moncton, NB
Aug. 2…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 16…Walton, ON

THE CARS THAT NEVER CAME TO THE LOCAL AUTO MALL

maico50034 maico5001956 MAICO 500 CAR

You may have heard of the Maico 501, but don’t confuse it with the Maico 500. Yes, it was an air-cooled two-stroke, but the engine wasn’t made by Maico, but by airplane manufacturer Heinkel. If you had been in the market for a car back in the day, would you have bought a Maico? Maico marketed their line of small cars from 1956 to 1958 (which they inherited when they bought the defunct Champion car company). The Maico 500 was powered by a 452cc, twin-cylinder, 18-horsepower, water-cooled, two-stroke Heinkel engine. The two-door car could hold four people, but it was by no means roomy. Warranty issues doomed the car and production was stopped in 1958. Maico went out of the automobile business in 1958, but continued to manufacture motorcycles through 1986.

1972 GREEVES INVACAR

In 1948, Bert Greeves adapted a motorbike to help of his paralysed cousin, Derry Preston-Cobb, get around town. The idea caught on and, with British government support, Greeves started building the Invacar for soldiers disabled in the Second World War. The British Ministry of Pensions distributed Invacars free to disabled people from 1948 until the 1970s. Early vehicles were powered by an 147cc, air-cooled Villiers engine, but near the end of their run, the Invacar’s had 500cc Puch four-stroke engines. The body was made of fiberglass and most of them were the same shade of blue. Greeves sold thousands of Invacars which helped finance his motocross bikes and race teams.

1991 YAMAHA OX99

Yamaha has a long history in auto manufacturing. In 1967 Yamaha built the engines for the Toyota 2000GT (the first Japanese Super Car). In 1984 Yamaha was producing engines for the Ford Motor Company. And, most significantly, Yamaha had an engine in the 1989 Formula 1 West Zakspeed cars, but what you don’t know—is that Yamaha built a Super Car based on what they learned in F1. Most notably, using the 3.5-liter V12 engine.

The 1991 Yamaha OX99 two-seat sports car (with the passenger in tandem to the driver) featured a wing-like front spoiler, aircraft-style cockpit and protruding engine scoop.  Top speed was 210 miles per hour via a six-speed gearbox. To keep it secret, Yamaha tested the OX99 at night at the Millbrook Proving Ground in England (with F1 GP driver John Watson as a test driver).


Only three OX99-11’s were built.

Only three OX99s were built (a raw aluminum one, a black one and a red one). Yamaha had plans to develop the OX99 as a production car, but in 1994 that idea was discontinued.

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1937 BSA SCOUT

BSA actually starting making cars in 1907, but stopped and started several times (1914, 1921 and 1932). The last BSA car was produced in 1940. Their best known car was the BSA Scout. The Scouts came as two-seat sports cars, four-seat tourers and two-seat coupes. It was a front-wheel drive car, manufactured and sold by a subsidiary of the Birmingham Small Arms Company. It was launched in 1935 with a three-speed tranny, four-cylinder layout, 1075cc engine (out of the previous BSA three-wheeled car). It had a rakish looking body with cut-away doors, luggage space in the tonneau, motorcycle-style fenders and a single-piece windshield. 

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2017 BULTACO LINX

At the 2017 International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Bultaco unveiled the Linx—it’s first automobile. The Linx hits the scales at 1870 pounds and production is expected to be less than 50 cars per model year. The price will be 100,000 euros ($109,000). The powerplant is expected to be a 2.0 liter turbo from either Audi or Volkswagen. The rear engine roadster does not have a windshield, side windows or roof.  And yes, the exhaust is from Akrapovic. There is talk of turning the Bultaco Linx into an all-electric car.

1970 MONTESA FORMULA 4

Montesa never made a real car and the only photo of their British Formula IV race car comes from a 1970 newspaper clipping. The driver was Tony Brise, who’s father was the British Montesa importer. Brise, who at the time was a British karting champion, won the 1970 British Formula IV championship in a car equipped with a 250cc Montesa engine. Tony Brise would eventually become a Formula 1 driver. Tony was the protege of World Driving Champion Graham Hill, who was the only driver to have won the Triple Crown of racing — Formula 1 Championship (1962 & 1968), Indianapolis 500 (1966) and 24 Hours of LeMans (1972). The 23-year old Brise raced the Formula 1 series in 1975 for the Embassy-Hill team as Graham Hill’s fill-in driver — and had several top ten finishes. Sadly, Brise was a passenger in a plane flown by friend Graham Hill that crashed short of Elstree Airport (12 miles north of London) on November 30, 1975. Hill, 46, had retired from Formula 1 racing five months earlier.

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: AUSTIN POWERS 2000 YAMAHA YZ250 AD

Okay, it’s not really Austin Powers, but it is still an International Man of Mystery. Its Jeremy McGrath in Yamaha’s 2000 YZ250 ad.

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40TH ANNUAL CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9-10-11 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

NEW DATE! 2020 WISECO/FASTHOUSE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP COMING ON MAY 9, 2020

Glen Helen press release: “Glen Helen Raceway holds the safety, health and well-being of our riders, fans and staff in the upmost regards. While we were holding out hopes that we could still have the event April 11th, we are postponing the event to May 9th which should give everyone time to reschedule and be able to make this unique race. All pre-entries will be honored for the May 9th date. If refunds are needed please contact [email protected].” To pre-enter Click Here

NEW 2020 WORCES OFF-ROAD SERIES RACE SCHEDULE

For more info go to www.worcsracing.com

36TH ANNUAL WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP: START PLANNING NOW

The 2020 World Vet Championship is not until November 6-8, 2020. But this three-day event is the longest running, biggest and most prestigious Vet race in the world. It includes Novice, Intermediate and Expert classes for all age groups, (in five-year increments), Pro races for Over-30, Over-40, Over-50, Over-60 class, the The Vet Cup of Nations (for three-man teams from each nation) and the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award (last year Roger DeCoster presented the award to Mitch Payton). For more info go to www.worldvetmx.com or to www.glenhelen.com

CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER PHOTO: WHERE MXA TEST RIDERS ARE MADE

Jody’s backyard mini track didn’t thrill his Beverly Hills neighbors, but it was the training ground of a lot of future AMA Pros and MXA test riders—plus it was very pretty.

MXA TEAM TESTED: TWIN AIR’S RADIATOR TRICKS

TWIN AIR RADIATOR SLEEVES
Twin Air radiator sleeves are used to keep mud and debris from blocking much-needed air to your bike’s radiators. Back in the golden oldie days, when two-strokes roamed the earth at will, savvy two-stroke riders would attach a section of wire mesh across the down tubes of their bikes to knock down mud before it could clog the fins of their air-cooled engines. The mud would stick to the wire mesh and then vibrate off. Twin Air obviously has some old moto soldiers in its design department, because that is exactly what Twin Air radiator sleeves do—except for radiators instead of cylinder fins. The Twin Air radiator sleeves are made from a nylon-coated, glass yarn designed to shed mud and dirt before it builds up. The retail price is $44.95. For more info go to www.twinair.com or call (800) 749-2890.

TWIN AIR ICE FLOW COOLANT
Twin Air’s high-performance, biodegradable, IceFlow coolant is a ready-to-use coolant formulated for long-lasting protection of all metals inside today’s motorcycle cooling systems, without harming the water pump seals. IceFlow coolant offers the added assurance of an extreme freezing point (-26ºC / -14.8ºF and is a Mono Propylene Glycol-based, silicate-free and formulated with demineralized water and cutting edge nanotech and organic additive technology. It is non-toxic and biodegradable. The retail price is $19.95 in in 2.2 liter (2. 32 quart) bottles.

TWIN AIR ICE FLOW HIGH-PRESSURE RADIATOR CAPS
Twin Air’s Ice Flow radiator cap increases the boiling point of the water in your bike’s radiator by increasing the amount of pressure inside the radiator. The difference between a stock radiator cap and a high-pressure one is dramatic. Without any pressure on it, water will boil at 212 degrees Fahrenheit (at standard temperature and barometric pressure); however, a cooling system that is under 15 pounds of pressure will allow straight water to reach 250 degrees before it boils. For every pound of pressure exerted on the coolant, the static boiling point is raised by 3 degrees. Twin Air offers 1.8 radiator caps to replace the stock 1.1 caps on Hondas, Yamahas, Kawasakis and Suzukis. For KTMs and Husqvarnas, which come stock with 1.8 caps, they have a 2.0 cap. The retail price iis $24.95.

For more information on Twin Air products go to (800) 749-2890 or www.twinair.com.

THE LATEST 2020 AMA NATIONAL SCHEDULE

Hangtown canceled their AMA National a month ago out of an abundance of caution over the coronavirus pandemic, but when the AMA schedule was restructured, Hangtown was not on the new 2020 AMA National  schedule—even though it seemed appropriate for the longest running AMA National to be given a new date.

The AMA 2020 AMA Nationals will no longer have any races in May of 2020. With Hangtown dropping completely out of the series and the schedule shuffled, the first AMA National will be in Florida on June 13.

MXSports press release: “In response to the evolving health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, MX Sports Pro Racing has officially announced an amended event schedule for the 2020 season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Under this revised championship calendar, the 49th season of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series will commence on Saturday, June 13, beginning with the Florida National from Jacksonville’s WW Ranch Motocross Park.”

REVISED 2020 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…Hangtown, CA (Canceled)
June 13…Jacksonville, FL (Rescheduled from June 6)
June 20…Mt. Morris, PA
June 27…Southwick, MA
July…Red Bud, MI
July 11….Thunder Valley, CO (Rescheduled from May 30)
July 18…Millville, MN
July 25….Washougal, WA
Aug. 15…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 22…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 5…Pala, CA ( Rescheduled from May 23)

THE NOW DEFUNCT 2020 AMA SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE

2020 Arlington Supercross_Stadium-0266The first 10 races of the 2020 AMA Supercross series will count, but the following seven have been canceled. The promoters plan to complete the missing 7 races later in the year, but not necessarily in the same cities.

REVISED 2020 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 4…Anaheim, CA (Held)
Jan. 11…St. Louis, MO (Held)
Jan. 18 …Anaheim, CA (Held)
Jan. 25…Glendale, AZ (Held)
Feb. 1…Oakland, CA (Held)
Feb. 8…San Diego, CA (Held)
Feb. 15…Tampa, FL (Held)
Feb. 22… Arlington, TX (Held)
Feb. 29… Atlanta, GA (Held)
Mar. 7…Daytona Beach, FL (Held)
Mar. 14…Indianapolis, IN (Canceled)
Mar. 21…Detroit, MI (Canceled)
Mar. 28…Seattle, WA (Canceled)
Apr. 4…Denver, CO (Canceled)
Apr. 18…Foxborough, MA (Canceled)
Apr. 25…Las Vegas, NV (Canceled)
May 2…Salt Lake City, UT (Canceled)

THE LATEST 2020 FIM GRAND PRIX MXGP SCHEDULE

To make life easier for people trying to figure out what is happening with the 2020 FIM Grand Prix Motocross race schedule, suffice it to say that the next scheduled Grand Prix will not be until June 7 in Orlyonok, Russia.

ALL THE MOVES OF THE 2020 MXGP SCHEDULE

Mar. 1…Great Britain (Held)
Mar. 8…Holland (Held)
Mar. 22…Argentina (Moved to Nov. 22)
Apr. 5…Italy (Moved to July 19)
Apr. 19…Spain (Moved to October 11)
Apr. 26…Portugal (Moved to October 18)
May 10…France (Moved to June 28)
May 17…Italy (Moved to July 5)
May 24…Germany (Moved to August 9)
June 7…Russia
June 14…Latvia
June 28…France (Rescheduled from May 10 & Jakarta, Indonesia, moved to November 1)
July 5…Maggiora, Italy (Rescheduled from April 5 & second Indonesian GP moved to November 8)
July 19…Trentino, Italy (Rescheduled from April 5)
July 26…Czech Republic
Aug. 2…Belgium
Aug. 9…Germany (Rescheduled from May 24)
Aug. 16…Sweden
Aug. 23…Finland
Sept. 6.…Turkey
Sept. 13…Shanghai, China
Sept. 20…Italy
Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain (Rescheduled from April 19)
Oct. 18…Agueda, Portgual (Rescheduled from April 26)
Nov. 1…Jakarta, Indonesia (Rescheduled from June 28)
Nov. 8…TBA, Indonesia (Rescheduled from July 5)
Nov. 22…Neuquen, Argentina (Rescheduled from March 22)

EVERY 2020 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNER AT A GLANCE

2020 Supercross season cancelled coronavirus Eli Tomac Ken Roczen Daytona SXIf they actually get back to holding events aftr the AMA Nationals, which most likely will be scheduled for September and October, it will be a Tomac (3) versus Roczen (94) showdown.

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. Indianapolis……Canceled
12. Detroit…………….Canceled
13. Seattle…………….Canceled
14. Denver…………….Canceled
15. Foxborough……Canceled
16. Las Vegas………..Canceled
17. Salt Lake City….Canceled
450 Points leader…Eli Tomac
250 West points leader…Dylan Ferrandis
250 East points leader…Chase Sexton

CURRENT AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS

Eli Tomac has a 3-point lead over Ken Roczen. If the Supercross series had been canceled for good, he would have been the 2020 AMA Supercross Champion. But, the series promoters say that are going to finish the series after the AMA Nationals.

AMA 450 SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
(After 10 of 17 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…226
2. Ken Roczen (Hon)…223
3. Cooper Webb (KTM)…197
4. Justin Barcia (Yam)…195
5. Jason Anderson (Hus)…170
6. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)…152
7. Justin Hill (Hon)…141
8. Justin Brayton (Hon)…129
9. Dean Wilson (Hus)…129
10. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)…128

Chase Sexton leads the 250 East by 10 points over Shane McElrath. Depending on how many new Supercross races are held, and how they reconfigure the East/West events, it is still a close race.

AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
(After 4 of 9 rounds)
1. Chase Sexton (Hon)…98
2. Shane McElrath (Yam)…88
3. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…80
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw)…79
5. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…65
6. Jo Shimoda (Hon)…60
7. Enzo Lopes (Hon)…51
7. Jordon Smith (Kaw)…48
8. Josh Hill (Yam)…43
10. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…42

Dylan Ferrandis 2020 Anaheim 2 Supercross hi-rez-10Dylan Ferrandis has a 7-point lead over Justin Cooper in the 250 West. With the next race five months away, every rider in contention must stay healthy.

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

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: GAERNE’S 2020 BOOT COLLECTION

GAERNE SG-12 BOOT
Retail Price: $529.99 – $549.99
Dual-stage pivot.
Streamlined toe box.
Memory foam interior.
Adjustable to approximately 22″ calf circumference.
Steel toe caps.
Alloy buckles.
All this and they’re great looking too!
Colors: Black, black/grey, black/white, blue/black/, blue/white/yellow. grey/blue, grey/yellow. grey/white/yellow. orange/white. red, white, white/grey, white/red/black.
GAERNE SG10 BOOT
Retail Price: $449.99
Roomier toe box (compared to the streamlined toe box of the SG-12).
Adjustable buckle system allows boot upper to accommodate up to a 21-inch calf circumference.
Dual-composite rubber soles.
Lightweight alloy, replaceable/repositionable buckle system.
Gaerne’s exclusive grip guard.
Floating “razorback” with built-in ankle alignment system.
Memory foam interior liner.
Colors: white, black, black/yellow, white/black.

FASTBACK ENDURANCE
Retail Price: $369.99
Sngle-stage ankle pivot.
Inner thermal shield.
Adjustable to approximately 20″ calf circumference.
Steel toe caps.
Alloy buckles.
Trademark Gaerne anti-shock sole.GX-1 MOTOCROSS BOOT
Retail Price: $249.99
Lightweight design.
Sleek new light-alloy buckle system.
The GX-1 boot will perform on the track or on the trails. once you slip your foot into the comfortable GC-1, the ride is just the bonus.

GAERNE SG-12 BOOT STICKER KITS
Looking for a fresh way to throw a little Gaerne flash into your ride? Add a personalized touch to your Gaerne SG-12s so that your boots don’t look like all the other boots on the track. Gaerne’s adhesive boot graphics kits are made from the same material used by professional motocross teams for bike graphics. The 20mm-thick Die-cut vinyl material is easy to apply and comes in four different prints—Army Camo, USA, Carbon fiber and Ghost Camo. The retail price is $44.95 (fits SG-12s only).

For more information go to www.gaerneusa.com

WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY?: JUST CALL STAPO WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL AGAIN

Dennis Stapleton doing what he does every day of the week — let him make your dreams come true.
Dennis Stapleton doing what he does every day of the week — let him make your dreams come true.

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, MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton opens 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. 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 Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!

LOOKING AHEAD! THE SCRAMBLED-UP 2020 RACE CALENDAR

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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)
Mar. 14…Indianapolis, IN (East) Canceled
Mar. 21…Detroit, MI (East) Canceled
Mar. 28…Seattle, WA (West) Canceled
Apr. 4…Denver, CO (East/West) Canceled
Apr. 18…Foxborough, MA (East) Canceled
Apr. 25…Las Vegas, NV  Canceled
May 2…Salt Lake City, UT Canceled

2020 AMA ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 3-4…Loveland, CO
Jan. 11…Hobbs, NM
Jan. 24-25…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 31-Feb. 1… Denver, CO
Feb. 7-8…Reno NV
Feb. 28-29…Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 7… Amarillo, TX

REVISED 2020 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…Hangtown, CA (Canceled)
June 13….Jacksonville, FL (Rescheduled from June 6)
June 20…Mt. Morris, PA
June 27…Southwick, MA
July 4…Red Bud, MI
July 11…Thunder Valley, CO (Rescheduled from May 30)
July 18….Millville, MN
July 25….Washougal, WA
Aug. 15…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 22…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 5…Pala, CA ( Rescheduled from May 23)

2020 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 4-5… Primm, NV
May 2…Honolulu, HA
May 30…Dacono, CO
June 12-13…Austin,TX
July 31-Aug. 2…Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Sept. 11-12…Sturgis, SD

REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Great Britain (Held)
Mar. 8…Holland (Held)
June 7…Russia
June 14…Latvia
June 28…France
July 5…Maggiora, Italy
July 19…Trentino, Italy
July 26…Czech Republic
Aug. 2…Belgium
Aug. 9…Germany
Aug. 16…Sweden
Aug. 23…Finland
Sept. 6.…Turkey
Sept. 13…Shanghai, China
Sept. 20…Italy
Oct. 11…Arroyomolinos, Spain
Oct. 18…Agueda, Portgual
Nov. 1…Jakarta, Indonesia
Nov. 8…TBA, Indonesia
Nov. 22…Neuquen, Argentina

REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP
May 17… Bucha, Ukraine (Canceled)
June14…Oss, Netherlands
June 21…Kramolin, Czech Republic
July 5…Iffendic, France
July 12…Lange, Estonia
August 23…Gooik, Belgium
August 30…Roggenburg, Switzerland
September 6…Orehova Vas Slovenia
September…13…Jinin, Czech Rrepublic
September 20…Rudersberg, Germany

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

2020 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
May 9.…Glen Helen, CA

2020 AMA ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 22…Prescott Valley, AZ
Sept. ??…TBA
Oct. 3,…Amarillo, TX
Oct. 10…Denver, CO
Nov. 7…Boise, ID

REVISED 2020 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 26…Primm, NV
Feb. 23…Taft, CA
May 31…Mesquite, NV
June 14…Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Sept. 27…Cahuilla, CA
Oct. 25…Blythe, CA
Nov. 15 …Primm, NV
Dec. 6…Havasu, AZ

2020 WORCS SPRINT ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 14-15…Taft, CA
June 5-6…Cahuilla, CA
June 24-25…Prineville OR
Sept. 26…Glen Helen, CA

2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 31…Wild Rose, AB
June 7…Blackwater, BC
June 14…Dorva, AB
June 21…MotoVally, SK
July 12…Gopher Dunes, ON
July 19…San Del Lee, ON
July 26…Riverglade, NB
Aug. 2…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 16…Walton, ON

2020 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3 …Western Australia
Oct. 17… South Australia
Oct. 31…Queensland
Nov. 7 …New South Wales
Nov. 14…TBA
Nov. 28…Victoria

REVISED 2020 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 30-31…Moggers, Austria
July 11-12…Holzgerlingen, Germany
July 18-19..Tensfeld, Germany
July 25-26…Molln, Germany
Aug. 29-30…Bielstein, Germany
Sept. 5-6…Furstlich Drehna, Germany
Sept. 12-13…Gaildorf, Germany

2020 REM COMMOTION BY THE OCEAN
July 3-5…Glen Helen, CA

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

2020 FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 8-9…Megalopolis, Greece

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

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