MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: AT ROUND THREE IT GETS SERIOUS

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FOREIGN RIDERS WHO MADE THE MAINS IN SAN DIEGO

dan reardonDan Reardon finished 17th in San Diego after being knocked down by Ecuadorian Martin Davalos. Can’t these foreign riders just get along?

These are the top foreign riders who made the main events at San Diego’s Petco Park last Saturday. Foreign riders acquitted themselves well with Roczen first, Musquin third and Chad Reed ninth in the 450 class. In the 250 West Martin Davalos was fourth and Australian Hayden Mellross ninth.

TOP FOREIGN RIDERS IN SAN DIEGO’S 450 CLASS
Ken Roczen (Germany)……………..1st
Marvin Musquin (France)……………3rd
Chad Reed (Australia)………………..9th
Dean Wilson (Scotland)……………..12th
Fredrik Noren (Sweden)……………..19th

TOP FOREIGN RIDERS IN SAN DIEGO’S 250 WEST
Martin Davalos (Ecuador)…………..4th
Hayden Mellross (Australia)……….9th
Dan Reardon (Australia)…………….17th
Killian Auberson (Switzerland)…….18th

WHERE WAS NICK SCHMIDT LAST WEEK?

nickschmidt79German Roczen wins in America, American Schmidt wins in Germany.

Successful Supercross privateer Nick Schmidt was not at the San Diego Supercross last Saturday night. Was he injured? Nope. Nick was in Germany racing the ADAC German Supercross Championship. Schmidt, racing for Sturm Racing Suzuki, was trying to beat out fellow American Kyle Cunningham for the German title. Schmidt had a 23 point lead over Cunningham going in the final round in Dortmund, but on the first night of racing Schmidt fell in the first turn and looked like he would lose a lot of points to Cunningham. Bu, sadly, for Cunningham, he ended up crashing out of the race. On the second night in Dortmund Schmidt finished second behind title rival Kyle Cunningham to clinch the crown. That second gave him enough points to clinch his first German Supercross Championship. He’ll be back at Anaheim 2.

2017 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

DSC_4143Brian Converse_Malcolm Stewart_Supercross2016_indianapolisMalcolm Stewart will make his first appearance of 2017 at A2. He will add some excitement as he is an unknown quantity. Malcolm will be on a Ride 365 RM-Z450. As for James Stewart, your guess is as good as ours.

Date           Venue                                450                       250
Jan. 7……..Anaheim, CA………….Ken Roczen…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 14……San Diego, CA…………Ken Roczen…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 21……Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28……Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4………Oakland, CA
Feb. 11……..Arlington, TX
Feb. 18……..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25……..Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4……….Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1………….St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8…………Seattle, WA
Apr 22………..Salt Lake City, UT
450 Points leader...Ken Roczen (H0n)
250 West points leader…Shane McElrath  (KTM)

MOTORCYCLE NEWS FROM “VARIETY”: NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD

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REDLABEL’S CUSTOM 2017 HONDA CRF450 GRAPHICS
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Press release: RedLabel Custom Graphics is proud to release a new factory Honda line of custom graphics for those that like to keep there bikes stock. RedLabel has 8 color options to start with and then you can customize your kit from there with no extra charge. Free custom work for every order at www.redlabel.mx. Full Custom big bike kits are $189.00 (which includes free custom work, free hub stickers and free mini plates with every order). Use coupon code “REDLABEL-10-OFF” to get a 10% discount on your first Redlabel Custom Graphics kit. For more info go to www.Redlabel.mx

SATURDAY NIGHT’S ANAHEIM II TRACK MAP

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MXA PHOTO SEQUENCE OF THE  WEEK: BAGGETT’S WILD RIDE

MID WEEK-9650Starting next to Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett’s KTM got a massive jump off of the starting line once the pack cleared the starting gate. Blake said that his clutch felt funny right before the board turned sideways.

MID WEEK-9653With his bike vertical and the throttle still pegged, what happens next looks like a carrier take-off.

MID WEEK-9656Blake hung on as long as he could as his bike slingshots down the start straight

MID WEEK-9665Much like a Google Car in heavy traffic, the unmanned KTM 450SXF carved its own path.

MID WEEK-9663The rear fender gets the worst of it.

MID WEEK-9676Blake was finally reunited with his bike when it quit bouncing.

NOW, WATCH BLAKE’S LOOP OUT IN REAL TIME

MXA’S AD OF THE WEEK: IF THIS WEEK WAS 40 YEAR AGO

SuzukiRM1001976It may be hard to believe today, but 40 years ago one of the most popular classes in motocross was the 100cc class. It wasn’t just for kids as it had Novice, Intermediate and Pro classes. This is Suzuki’s 1976 ad for the RM100, but you could buy a Yamaha 100, Hodaka 100, sleeved-down CR100s or Jeff Ward Racing 100cc Honda two-stroke engines in heavily modified XR75 frames. The class disappeared as bike prices climbed and no one wanted to buy a 100 when they could just buy an identical 125.

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ANAHEIM 2 ON FOX SPORTS 1 ON SATURDAY NIGHT

TVSCHEDULE2017A2Check you local listing for times in your region.

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: BLOW OUT THE CANDLES

mickydymond1986Jan. 21…Micky Dymond 1965
Jan. 23…Isaiah Johnson 1979

_dsc6748-covington-thomasJan. 23…Thomas Covington 1996
Jan. 24…Neil Hudson 1957

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Jan. 24…Cyrille Despres 1974
Jan. 26…Brent Myron

Butron_MXGP_15_LOM_2015Jan. 27…Jose Butron 1991
Jan. 27…Sean Hackley

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CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER CRASHES

crashmxadennisAs a rule of thumb, MXA test riders hang on to the bike as long as they can. Why? Test riders are told that. “We need the bike to complete the test, but we can always get another test rider.” Here Dennis Stapleton rides the bucking bronc as long as possible.

• BE THE MAN WHO PUSHES THIS SEAN COLLIER KX500 VIDEO OVER ONE MILLION VIEWS


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HOW TO SUBSCRIBE & GET MXA FOR FREE: ACTUALLY, WE PAY YOU

febmxa2017coverInterested in getting a new bike this year? The Febuary 2017 issue of MXA is on the news stands now and includes the long-awaited 2017 MXA 450 Shootout. You should be reading MXA, and if you subscribe now you get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC which more than pays for your subscription.

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 right now you can get 12 issues for $15.95 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: https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action/

MXA MOTO-PHOTO: THE WAY WE DRESSED IN 1973

1963_StenLundin-Lito_LucianoCosta-ArchiveThe pudding bowl helmet pre-dates the early days of American motocross, but was prevalent on the European GP circuit in the 1950s and 1960s. Here World Champion Sten Lundin on his Lito models the latest fashion of 1961.

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HOW IS YOUR TWITTER GAME GOING? UP IT BY FOLLOWING MXA

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SPECIAL EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

husqvarnaworldchampionshipThis news probably doesn’t effect you unless you own a Husqvarna (and we aren’t talking about just vintage Huskys, but new ones, old ones and pitiful ones. The race will be held at SoCal’s Cahuilla Creek track on March 5-6.

worldtwostroke2017Just in case you need a little extra time to get your trusty, but rusty, two-stroke ready to race, the 2017 MTA World Two-Stroke Championship is a little over three months away. It will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Glen Helen Raceway.

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2017 MOTOCROSS SCHEDULES: WHERE TO BE & WHEN TO BE THERE

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2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 9……………………….San Marino (Cancelled)
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………………..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3………………………USA (Monday)
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
October 1…………………..Matterley Basin, Great Britain

2017 SMX RIDERS & MANUFACTURERS CUP
October 7………………….Gelsenkirchen, Germany

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….TBA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 9-11…………………..Adelanto, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct 13-15…………………..TBA

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Culham
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik
Aug. 15…………………..Balen
Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke
Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..Ulverton, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13………………….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July15-16t………………..Lichtenvoorde

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 1-2…………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 2……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland
Aug. 19-20………………Coolum, Queensland

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 9…………………..Queensland
Sept. 23…………………Queensland
Oct. 14…………………..TBA
Oct. 26…………………..South Australia
Nov. 4…………………….Victoria
Nov. 11-12……………..New South Wales

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Photos: Brian Converse, Daryl Ecklund, Massimo Zanzani, Debbi Tamietti, MXA, KTM, Honda.

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