MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IT LOOKS BAD, BUT IT MIGHT BE GREAT

SUPERCROSS: SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS COME FROM ADVERSITY

Blake Baggett

Yes, we feel it too. It’s a bummer that Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin have been injured—and we wish them well, but in the meantime we have the chance to have some really great Supercross battles—without them. If you’ve ever raced, then you know that when the fastest guy in your class gets injured, your hopes go sky-high. You rise to the occasion and put in more effort than you normally would because the reward is suddenly bigger.

Thus, we have five riders in the 450 class who could win…or be in position to take advantage of the next mistake by a front runner. And there are six riders in the 250 West who are within striking distance of the points leader.

Ken Roczen

Plus, Ken Roczen went from super-human to just human with his arm injury. You have to ask yourself if he will become super again in the next couple races? Will Jason Anderson avoid the strategy errors that have cost him in the past? Is Justin Barcia back on his game—and can he ride the pyschological high long enough to get a win? Will Cole Seely find the missing pieces of his game.

With Tomac and Musquin question marks, there is more to watch at every race. Stay tuned.

2018 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 2 of 17 rounds)
1. Jason Anderson…49
2. Ken Roczen…42
3. Justin Barcia…42
4. Cole Seely…36
5. Weston Peick…36
6. Justin Brayton…33
7. Broc Tickle…30
8. Josh Grant…28
9. Blake Baggett…27
10. Marvin Musquin

2018 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 2 of 9 rounds)
1. Aaron Plessinger…49
2. Shane McElrath…45
3. Joey Savatgy…42
4. Adam Ciancarulo…37
5. Chase Sexton…36
6. Christian Craig…36
7. Mitchell Oldenberg…34
8. Justin Hill…29
9. Bradley Taft…27
10. Kyle Chisholm…27

SWEDISH GRAND PRIX ON AUGUST 12, 2018, CANCELED

Uddevalla is one of the more scenic GP tracks on the schedule (although Sweden is no longer on the schedule), but there are 3 Italian GPs.

According into MXGP promoter Youthstream, “Due to last minute changes, Youthstream regretfully informs that the organizer of the MXGP of Sweden, in Uddevalla, had to cancel the FIM Motocross World Championship event scheduled for the August 12, 2018.” As a result Youthstream had no choice but to cancel the EMX125 and EMX250 races that were schedule for Sweden.

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4…………………………….Argentina
Mar. 18…………………………..Spain
Mar. 25……………………………Holland 1
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
July 8……………………………..Indonesia
July 22……………………………Czech Republic
Aug. 5…………………………….Belgium
Aug. 12…………………………..Sweden (canceled)
Aug. 19…………………………..Switzerland
Sept. 2……………………………Turkey
Sept. 16…………………………..Holland 2
Sept. 30………………………….Italy 3

ANAHEIM II ANIMATED TRACK MAP: THE FIRST THREE-MOTO NIGHT

SOMETHING YOU RARELY SEE: THE HOUSTON PEEWEE RACERS

(Left to right) Easton Theys (3), Bradley Hutwagner (6), Coen Abel (10) and winner Danny Robertson (7).

Adrian Hurst (9), Cash Bollinger (5) and Coen Abel (10). They came from Washington, Idaho and Minnesota.

Amme Bolling (1), Jayden Struble (2), Phoenix Blanchette (3) and Jameson Viator (4) getting ready for the gate to drop.

Kentucky’s Alex King (11) is a little out of shape, but he’s got helpful eyes looking out for him.

Photos by Chris Alamangos

HOUSTON KTM PEE WEE 50 CHALLENGE RESULTS
1. Danny Robertson…Canada
2. Jayden Struble…MI
3. Easton Theys…MT
4. Phoenix Blanchette…Australia
5. Ethan Harwell…NC
6. Bradley Hutwagner…AK
7. Jameson Viator…LA
8. Coen Abel…MN
9. Cash Bollinger…ID
10. Colby Vogel…MO
11. Benjamin Shorey…SC
12. Seth Moeder…CO
13. Adrian Hurst…WA
14. Alex King…KY
15. Amme Bolling…TX

GREATEST 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO EVER: IT’S LONG, IN DEPTH & ACCURATE


To read the complete 2018 MXA 450 Shooutout click here.

MXA’S 2018 KTM 250SX TWO-STROKE RAW VIDEO: NO DISTRACTIONS

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: NEIL HUDSON IS 60

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

THE WAY WE DRESSED IN 1961

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.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TONY D VIDEO

MXA’S 2018 TM MX125 TWO-STROKE RAW VIDEO: THE ONLY SOUND IN THE ‘GLEN

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: VLASTIMIL VALEK’S 1965 BANANA FRAME JAWA 250

The Jawa Banana Frame was one of the most iconic motocross bikes of the mid-1960s. Jawa and CZ were joined at the hip by their communist commisaars, but Jawa was the better of the two (until they focused on offroad events instead of motocross). The Banana Frame of Vlastimil Valek featured a magnesium engine, one-into-two expansion chamber, Girling shocks and a 246cc engine fueled by a 32mm Jikov carb. The forks were from a CZ.

Valek was sixth in the 1965 FIM 250 World Championships on the Banana Frame and a year later raced a 400cc version to fourth in the 500 World Championships. The Banana Frame was replaced with a conventional frame in 1967. Photos by Justyn Norek.

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: THE LOGICAL WAY TO SCORE THE 3-MOTO SUPERCROSS RACES

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This new 2018 rule clarifies that during the three special 3-moto Supercross races the scoring will be by the Olympic system — just like at ever other motocross race in America—save for the AMA 250/450 Nationals. The rider who wins the first moto will get 1 point and the rider who finished second will get two points (but they will not get any AMA points in the individual motos). Instead, the scores from the three motos will be added together—with a perfect score being 1-1-1. Just like at your local track, ties are broken by the highest score in the final moto. Thus a 1-3-2 beats a 2-1-3.

The night’s overall winner will get 26 points, second will get 23, third 21 and so on until the 22nd place rider gets 1 point.

REM GLEN HELEN MOTOCROSS ON JANUARY 20

REM will be at Glen Helen for the next six weeks in a row. There will be 34 REM races in 2018 —the next one is Saturday, January 20, the series ends on December 29, 2018.

THE NEXT SIX RACES OF 2018
Jan. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 27…Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3..…Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 10…Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 17…Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 24….Glen Helen, CA
For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

2018 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Jason AndersonJason Anderson won round two in Houston and took over the points lead in the 450 class.

Date           Venue                         450                           250
Jan. 6….…Anaheim, CA……..Marvin Musquin……Shane McElrath
Jan. 13…..Houston, TX……….Jason Anderson…..Aaron Plessinger
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…….
450 Points leader...Jason Anderson (Hus)
250 West points leader…Aaron Plessinger  (Yam)

ANAHEIM II SUPERCROSS SHOWS AT 10:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY NIGHT (7:00 P.M. PACIFIC)

The majority of races will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (and thankfully, none will be shown on Fox Sports 2). Foxborough and Salt Lake City will be on the main Fox TV network, but these races will be daylight races (and shown as early as 12:00 noon on the west coast).

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MXA’S AD OF THE WEEK: IS LEWIS HAMILTON NEXT?

What makes this 1967 Montesa ad so unique has nothing to do with the bike. The rider is the news here. That’s race car champion Dan Gurney jumping the bike (in dress shoes and minus a helmet).

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SOCAL OLD TIMER’S 2018 RACE SCHEDULE

For more info go to www.socalotmx.org

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SAVE THE DATE! EVERY RACE THAT MATTERS IN 2018

The 2018 Supercross series comes back to Anaheim for the first three-moto Supercross since 1975. Check the complete schedule 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.………………….Southwick, MA
July 7..……………………​Red Bud, MI
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 (Canceled)
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 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14………………………….Boise, ID
May 13………………………….Tucson, AZ
June 8…………………………..Austin, TX
June 9…………………………..Austin, TX
Aug. 3-5………………………..Quebec, CN
Sept. 8………………………….Sturgis, SD

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 11……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 25…………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 17………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Aug. 19………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

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 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Lyng, England
Apr. 1……………………………Culham, England
Apr. 22………………………….Canada Heights, England
May 6…………………………..Blaxhall, England
June 24………………………..Desertmartin, Ireland
July 29………………………….Duns, England
Aug. 26…………………………Hawkstone, England
Sept. 23………………………..TBA, England

2018 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 8………………….…..…Lyng, England
May 20……………..…………Preston Docks, England
May 27…………….………….Hawkstone Park, England
July 1………….…..…………..Sherwood, England
July 15………….…..……..….Canada Heights, England
Sept. 2…………….…..…..….Crookwood, England

2018 DUTCH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Markelo, Holland
Apr. 2……………………………Oldebrook, Holland
May 6…………………………..Mill, Holland
July 14-16…………………….Lichtenvoorde, Holland

2018 GERMAN ADAC MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 22………………………….Drehna, Germany
May 27………………………….Molln, Germany
June 24…………………………Bielstein, Germany
May 6……………………………Blaxhall, Germany
July 15………………………….Moggers, Germany
July 29………………………….Tensfeld, Germany
Aug. 26…………………………Teutschthal, Germany
Sept. 9…………………………..Gaildorf, Germany

2018 HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL
Feb. 11………………………….Hawkstone, England

2018 RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR SUPERCROSS
Mar. 11-12……………..…….Daytona, FL

2018 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 31…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

2018 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 30-Aug. 4…………………Hurricane Mills, TN

2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 13………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2018 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 27……………………………Glen Helen, CA

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

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 19-24…………………….Gainesville, FL

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25………………………..Glen Helen, CA

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Photos: Chris Alamangos, Spencer Owen, Jody Weisel, Daryl Ecklund, MXA

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