MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: UP, DOWN & KNOCKED AROUND

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AT A GLANCE: 2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

LMP_8713Brian Converse_Christophe Porcel_High-Point_06182016Christophe Pourcel had his best race so far at Muddy Creek with a 4-8 day.

Date             Venue                                        450                                      250
May 21…Hangtown, CA………..Ken Roczen……………Joey Savatgy
May 28…Glen Helen, CA………Ryan Dungey………….Alex Martin
June 4…Thunder Valley, CO…Ken Roczen……………Joey Savatgy
June 18..…Mt Morris, PA……..Ken Roczen……………Joey Savatgy
June 25..…Muddy Creek, TN..Ken Roczen……………Cooper Webb
July 2.…….Red Bud, MI………….
July 9..…….Southwick, MA​……..
July 16….…Millville, MN​………..
July 23.…..Washougal, WA…….
Aug. 13..….Unadilla, NY…………​
Aug. 20..…Budds Creek, MD….​
Aug. 27.….Crawfordsville, IN…
450 Points Leader…Ken Roczen (Suz)
250 Points Leaders…Joey Savatgy (Kaw)

CURRENT AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS AFTER MUDDY CREEK

LMP_8677_Brian-COnverse_COle-Seely_High-Point_06182016Cole Seely (above) and Marvin Musquin jumped over Ryan Dunge in the points 450 standings. Ryan will not be back before the Nationals are over.

AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen…243
2. Eli Tomac…196
3. Cole Seely…151
4. Marvin Musquin…136
5. Ryan Dungey…131
6. Jason Anderson…113
7. Broc Tickle…109
8. Justin Barcia…108
9. Christophe Pourcel…107
10. Trey Canard…97

LMP_8685_Brian-COnverse_Joey-Savatgy_High-Point_06182016Joey Savatgy opened up the gap when the YZ250F of the Martin brothers blew up at Mt. Morris, but lost 8 point to Cooper Webb when he fell a couple time sin the second moto at Muddy Creek.

AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 12 rounds)
1. Joey Savatgy…205
3. Cooper Webb…193
4. Jeremy Martin…173
5. Alex Martin…158
6. Zach Osborne…152
7. Austin Forkner…138
8. RJ Hampshire…103
9. Jordon Smith…100
10. Shane McElrath…96

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

gajserb9eTim Gajser has won 7 of 12 GPs so far in 2016. Romain Febvre has 3 and Tony Cairoli has 2.

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……………………Tim Gajser……………Jeffrey Herlings
June 5……France…………………Romain Febvre………Jeffrey Herlings
June 19….Great Britain…………Tim Gajser……………Jeffrey Herlings
June 26….Italy……………………Tim Gajser……………Jeffrey Herlings
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)

CURRENT FIM GRAND PRIX POINTS AFTER ENGLAND

Febvre4SlideRomain Febvre suffered a concussion in England and has had to miss the last two GPs. He has fallen to third in 450 points.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 12 of 18 events)
1. Tim Gajser…532
2. Antonio Cairoli …440
3. Romain Febvre…408
4. Maximilian Nagl…401
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…396
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek…351
7. Valentin Guillod…267
8. Glenn Coldenhoff…230
9. Shaun Simpson…212
10. Clement Desalle…210

Anstie_MXGP_7_GER_2016Max Anstie is 323 points behind Jeffrey Herlings. That is more that six GPs behind with only six GPs to go.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 12 of 18 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…597
2. Jeremy Seewer…428
3. Pauls Jonass…403
4. Benoit Paturel…325
5. Aleksandr Tonkov…320
6: Dylan Ferrandis…308
7: Max Anstie…274
8. Petar Petrov…253
9. Samuele Bernardini…253
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov…219

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SUMMER IN SOCAL IS SIZZLING

weekendforecatserAs you can see, it will cool down at Glen Helen this weekend to a balmy 105. Guess what? Racers gotta race. We’ll take it

We can’t say that SoCal’s blazing hot June is the result of global warming, because that would fail to explain why the current temperatures are breaking record set decades ago, but we can tell that it is hot. Last Sunday at Glen Helen it was 111-degrees (this Sunday it was 105). You know it’s bad when racers are looking forward to it cooling down to 105-degrees this weekend, before going back up again next Monday. Two of the year’s toughest races were held on this scorching weekend: The Prairie Dogs “Last Dog Standing” endurance race on Saturday and the “10 Hours of Glen Helen” on Sunday. Amazingly, there were riders who raced both grueling events. MXA’s Kiyoshi Becker braved to heat to go to the “Last Dog Standing” to shoot photos—guess what? Finishing was good enough.

Check out a couple of Kiyoshi’s best from Glen Helen (you can see more by clicking here).

_DSC6921_Last Dog Standing (2)Falling into the mud hole would normally be a disaster, but when it’s this hot, it might actually feel good.

_DSC7016When in doubt, wing it.

_DSC7190When it’s 111-degrees you try to find shade where ever it may be.

MXA’S 10 MOST POPULAR VIDEOS OF THE LAST THREE WEEKS
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The most watched video has 193,444 views over the last two weeks (and is still growing). It is the “First Ride” video of the 2017 KTM 250SX two-stroke. Four of the top ten videos are of 2017 bikes (KTM 250SX, Husky FC250, Kawasaki KX450F and Husqvarna TX300). These are not the MXA videos with the most hits, just the 10 latest videos we have produced. You can watch our most popular video of all time—the one that has 734,444 views below:

MXA’S MOST VIEWED VIDEO

 

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BENGT & THE DOCTOR

BENGTabergNOREK5June 26…Bengt Aberg 1944
June 26…Carl Nunn 1979
June 27…Craig Rood
June 28…Spud Walters
June 29…Fred Andrews 1965
June 29…Bob Haro
June 29…Ford Dale 1988
June 29…Marty Tripes 1956
June 29…Mart Rebeaud 1982

TOMJODYDOUGDDoug Dubach (right) turns 53 next Thursday. The two old coots next to him can’t remember when they were 53.

June 30…Doug Dubach 1963
June 30…Roy Janson

MOTORCYCLE AD OF THE WEEK: “EN CUALQUIER DOMINGO”

mcueen222When “On Any Sunday” was shown in Spanish speaking countries it was retitled as “Prueba.” What does that mean? “Test. “

THIS MONTH’S RACE SCHEDULE: MAKE PLANS NOW

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2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 25.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 2.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 9..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 16.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 23.…………………..Washougal, WA

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
June 26…………………….Mantova, Italy
July 24………………………Loket, Czech Republic
July 31………………………Lommel, Belgium

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
June 25……………………Glen Helen, CA
July 2………………………Glen Helen, CA (USGP track)
July 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 3……………………….Nowra, NSW
July 17………………………Conondale QLD
July 31………………………Shepparton, VIC

2016 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 26………………….Regina, Sask

2016 BRITISH MAXXIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 3………………………..Leucher, Scotland
July 17………………………Blaxhall

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

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

UNITED STATES GRANDS 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

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WESTERN CANADIAN AMATEUR NATIONAL AT TEMPLE HILL ON JULY 1-3

2016WCANPosterFor more info go to www.wcan-mx.com.

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE: CAN YOU NAME THIS HUSQVARNA RIDER?

motochleengejuneThis rider showed very good form coming out of the canyon at Saddleback. He owned his own gear company, won an AMA National Championship and made history in 1981. Name him. Answer at the bottom of the page.

MXA GEAR GUIDE: 2016 YAMAHA YZ250F

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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 Yamaha YZ250F test. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the contact links for more information. Click on images to enlarge.

PANT: Moose Racing M1 cyan/red
JERSEY: Moose Racing M1 cyan/red
GLOVES: Moose Racing MX2 cyan/navy

_1049104GOGGLES: Eks Brand Fade Phantom cyan/white
BOOTS: Alpinestars Tech 7 white/red/blue
HELMET 6D ATR-1 (custom painted): www.6dhelmets.com

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SUPPLIER CONTACTS:
Moose Racing: www.mooseracing.com or your local dealer
6D Helmets: www.6dhelmets.com or (714) 772-2121
EKS Brand: www.eksbrand.com or (818) 706-1700
Alpinestars: www.alpinestars.com or (800) 409-0903

FACES TO GO WITH THE NAMES

johnnyomarafaceJohnny O’Mara.

kinneyjonesfaceKinney Jones.

carlosriverafaceKTM’s Carlos Rivera.

garysemicsfaceGary Semics.

martytripesfaceMarty Tripes.

 

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2017 YAMAHA CROSS-COUNTRY BIKES: YZ250X, YZ250FX & YZ450FX

2017_YZ250X_Yamaha (3)2017 Yamaha YZ250X.

2017_YZ250FX_Yamaha (2)2017 Yamaha YZ250FX

2017_YZ450FX_Yamaha (4)2017 Yamaha YZ450FX. For more info on Yamaha’s cross-country and motocross bike click here.

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX ON SEPTEMBER 11 AT GLEN HELEN

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For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

 

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HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO MXA AND MAKE MONEY

MXAJULYCOVER2016The July 2016 issue of MXA is on the news stands now, but if you subscribed you would get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC for subscribing.

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/

THEY WAY WE WERE: THE WAY WE WORE (IN 1979)

griffsFollowing the demise of all-leather racing pants, the nylon age began. Griffs used something called Griffilar 4384 (which we now call Cordura). It was five times more abrasion resistant than leather and five times less hip.

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE ANSWER

chucksun44Chuck Sun.

Chuck Sun originally raced Husqvarnas on the AMA National circuit, but won the 1980 AMA 500 National Championship for Team Honda. Chuck was also on the famous 1981 Motocross des Nations team that was the first American team to win the Motocross des Nations.

 

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Photos: Daryl Ecklund, Massimo Zanzani, Scott Mallonee, Brian Converse, Kyoshi Becker, Jody Weisel, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, John Basher, Yamaha, Suzuki, MXGP, MXA

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