MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL


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2016  WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP TO ADD NEW PRO CLASS

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The 2016 Dubya World Vet Motocross Championship is just around the corner, especially for riders coming from Belgium, England, France, Spain, Holland, Tahiti or Georgia. The 32nd edition of the World largest and longest running Vet motocross race will be held at Glen Helen on November 5-6 (and will be proceeded by Thursday and Friday practice days to allow non-SoCal riders to adapt to Glen Helen’s hills). Currently in the planning stages is a new Pro class for 2016. Currently the Over-40 Pros race on Saturday and the Over-30 Pros race on Sunday. The new Over-50 Pro class will be added to Sunday’s race program (there will still be Over-50 Novice, Intermediate and Expert classes, but the official Over-50 World Champion will come from the Over-50 Pro class). The current World Vet Champions are Ryan Morais (30), Kurt Nicoll (40), Doug Dubach (50), Don Grahn (60) and Roque Colman (70). For more information, to see the classes or to pre-enter (although World Vet Motocross racers can also enter on the day of the race), go to www.glenhelen.com

BRETT METCALFE’S CANADIAN CRASH INJURY UPDATE

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TAKE A LAP OF SATURDAY’S UNADILLA NATIONAL TRACK

DYLAN FERRANDIS BREAKS ARM—HEADED TO AMERICA WITH ONE WING

Ferrandis_MXGP_4_TN_2015Dylan Ferrandis has signed with the Star Yamaha team to race the AMA 250 Supercross and National series in 2017.

Dylan Ferrandis said, “I had a good feeling with the track in the practice sessions, and got the pole pretty easily in the free practice session. Then in the timed practice period I started a fast lap, but on the finish jump another rider changed his line and hit my front wheel. It was impossible to avoid the crash, and unfortunately when I was on the ground I already knew that my right arm was broken.” Ferrandis had been named to the French National team for the Motoceross des Nations next month, but will now be replaced by Benoit Paturel. Paturel is currently third in the 250 GP points.

UNTOUTED AMERICAN TO RACE 250 GRANDS PRIX IN 2017

DARIANSANANYEIDarian Sanayei.

Unless you follow the motorhome caravan around to all the big amateur events, you’ve probably never heard of Darian Sanayei. Sanayei got a deal for 2016 to race the European EMX 250 support class at the GPs for Bud Racing. Darian finished second behind Denmark’s Thomas Kjer Olsen and won three out of the ten rounds (France, England and Switzerland). Just like Husqvarna-sponsored Thomas Covington, another invisible American on the Grand Prix circuit, Sanayei has never raced an AMA Supercross or AMA National. Both Covington went straight from the Amateur circuit to the GP circuit. American fans will get their first look at Darian Sanayei at the Charlotte and Glen Helen USGPs—where he is a slated to make his 250 World Champion debuts.

FINAL 2016 EMX 250 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hol)…404
2. Darian Sanayei (USA)…323
3. Bas Vaessen (Hol)…286
4. Anton Gole (Swe)…236
5. Kevin Wouts (Bel)…217
6. Jorge Prado (Spa)…210
7. Miro Sihvonen (Fin)…201
8. Nicolas Dercourt (Fra)…197
9. Hunter Lawrence (Aus)…167
10. Mike Stender (Ger)…130

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE JAMMER IS 62

LMP_1432_Brian Converse_Shane McELrath_Muddy Creek_2016Aug. 11…Shane McElrath 1994
Aug. 11…Jonathon Shimp 1982
Aug. 12…Ivan Tedesco 1981
Aug. 12…Steffy Laier 1985

VillopotoAug. 13…Ryan Villopoto 1988
Aug. 13…Denny Stephenson 1970
Aug. 10…Jack Phinn

RETIREweinert.1977Aug. 14…Jim Weinert 1951
Aug. 14…Brian Mason
Aug. 14…Terje Hansen

Christophe Pourcel finished fourth overall at Spring Creek_Aug. 16…Christophe Pourcel 1988
Aug. 17…Dennis Ullrich 1993

XAVICOSTA
Aug. 18…Xavier Costa Agusti 1966
Aug. 18…Doug Schopinsky


Aug. 19…Sebastien Tortelli 1978
Aug. 19…Rob Buydos

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AT A GLANCE: 2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEFORE UNADILLA

DSC_3344Jeremy Martin (1) and Cooper Webb (17) have anchored the Star Yamaha team for the last few years, but they both plan to leave the team. Webb will go to the Chad Reed Yamaha factory-backed 450 team, while Martin, will drop out of the final three Nationals to heal up from his Washougal crash, before heading to Geico Honda.

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…………Ken Roczen……………Cooper Webb
July 9..…….Southwick, MA​……Eli Tomac……………….Cooper Webb
July 16….…Millville, MN​………..Ken Roczen……………Jeremy Martin
July 23.…..Washougal, WA…….Eli Tomac………………Alex Martin
Aug. 13..….Unadilla, NY…………​
Aug. 20..…Budds Creek, MD….​
Aug. 27.….Crawfordsville, IN…
450 Points Leader…Ken Roczen (Suz)
250 Points Leaders…Cooper Webb (Yam)

THE TOP 15 IN AMA NATIONAL POINTS

_DSC6783_Kyoshi_Ryan Dungey_GLen Helen_05282016Don’t weep for Ryan Dungey. He may have dropped out of the 450 Nationals with a fractured vertebra after round three, but he won the 2016 Supercross crown and banked close to $4 million this season.

The AMA Nationals start back up this Sunday after a 21-day break. The 450 title claae is almost a foregone conclusionm as Ken Roczen has a 55-point lead over Eli Tomac, which means that he can throw away one round and still lead Tomac by 5 points. If Roczen goes 1-1 at Unadilla, he will be the 450 Champion that afternoon. Every 450 riders (save for Eli Tomac) is already mathematically eliminated from the title chase. That means that Marvin Musquin, Justin Brayton, Christophe Pourcel Broc Tickle, Cole Seely, Justin Brayton, Justin Bogle, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, Jason Anderson and James Stewart are locked out of the title.

The story in the 250 Nationals is much the same. Cooper Webb has a 51-point lead. If he beats Jeremy Martin by one point at Unadilla, he will be named the Champion with two races to go. There is a battle for second between Jeremy Martin, Joey Savatgy and Alex Martin. The three are separated by only 4 points. Here are the current points standings with three races to go. 

AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 9 of 12 rounds)
1. Cooper Webb…372
2. Jeremy Martin…321
3. Joey Savatgy…319
4. Alex Martin…317
5. Austin Forkner…257
6. Zach Osborne…253
7. Aaron Plessinger…245
8. Arnaud Tonus…190
9. Adam Cianciarulo…179
10. Mitchell Oldenburg…169
11. R.J. Hampshire…163
12. Martin Davalos…144
13. Shane McElrath…132
14. Mitchell Harrison…121
15. Jordan Smith…100

AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 9 of 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen…434
2. Eli Tomac…379
3. Marvin Musquin…283
4. Justin Barcia…244
5. Christophe Pourcel …217
6. Broc Tickle…171
7. Andrew Short…155
8. Justin Brayton…152
9. Cole Seely…151
10. Benny Bloss…151
11. Phil Nicoletti…142
12. Justin Bogle…136
13. Ryan Dungey…131
14. Weston Peick…129
15. Trey Canard…127

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SHOWA STEERING DAMPER BRACKET FOR 2016-17 KTMS

RIDEENGINEERING55You can put an HPSD steering damper on your KTM—just like Ryan Dungey does.

Ride Engineering has introduced a new KTM Bracket Assembly to mount a Honda HPSD steering damper to the 2016-17 KTMs (as well as the 2015-165 Factory Edition models). Ryan Dungey is running a weld-on version of Ride Engineering’s bolt-on steering damper kit. This revised version will fit the new 2016-17  KTM and 2016-17 Husky frame. It lessens the effects of uneven terrain and lessens head hake. Ride offers two HPSD damper sizes, 20mm and 24mm. The KTM HPSD bracket assembly retails for $169.95 from www.ride-engineering.com or by calling (800) 805-1516.

282,893 VIEWS OF MXA’S 2017 KTM 250SX TWO-STROKE VIDEO

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

MXGPstart_MXGP_13_CZ_2016The Grand Prix circuit takes another week off before going to Assen on August 28.

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…….Max Nagl……………..Dylan Ferrandis
July 31…….Belgium………………Kevin Strijbos……….Max Anstie
Aug. 7……..Switzerland…………Tony Cairoli…………..Max Anstie
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 HEADING TO ASSEN ON AUGUST 28

Gajser_MXGP_13_CZ_2016Tim Gajser only lost 4 points to Tony Cairoli after crashing twice at last week’s Swiss GP. With a 99-point lead and three rounds to go, if Tim can earn one more point than Tony in Assen he will clinch the 2016 FIM 450 World Championship before coming to the USA for the final two GPs.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 15 of 18 races)
1. Tim Gajser…644
2. Antonio Cairoli…545
3. Maximilian Nagl…509
4. Romain Febvre …499
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…472
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek…446
7. Valentin Guillod…308
8. Glenn Coldenhoff…307
9. Clement Desalle…298
10. Kevin Strijbos…279
11. Shaun Simpson…277
12. Tommy Searle…254
13. Gautier Paulin…225
14. Christophe Charlier…198
15. Jose Butron…187

Herlingsvalk_3888Jeffrey Herlings will rejoin the circus on August 28th at the Assen road race circuit. He has a 43-point lead after missing two races with a broken collarbone.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 15 of 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…597
2. Jeremy Seewer…554
3. Benoit Paturel…433
4. Max Anstie…416
5. Pauls Jonass…403
6. Dylan Ferrandis…378
7. Petar Petrov…340
8. Samuele Bernardini…327
9. Aleksandr Tonkov…320
10. Brian Bogers…309
11. Vsevolod Brylyakov…219
12. Thomas Covington…195
13. Alvin Ostlund…187
14. Calvin Vlaanderen…165
15. Brent Van Doninck…161

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: STEELMAN NUT AND BOLT ART

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Steelman metal figures are elaborately handcrafted and made in Germany. Each individual piece is unique and these small pieces of art are made from pieces of steel, copper, nuts and screws that are are coated with a transparent nontoxic film to preserve its luster and shine.

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Steelman offers an incredible range of metal sculptures in every thing from baseball to soccer to horseback riding to military figures and a small collection of motorcycle sculptures.

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Although there weren’t any motocross pieces, there was collection of street bike, Harley and chopper art. We did find freestyle, road race and mechanic art that was very unique. Prices vary from $69 to $109 depending on complexity. For more info go to www.steelman24usa.com

THE CURRENT 2016 RACE CALENDAR

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2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 13..………………….….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 20..………………….….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 27.………………………Crawfordsville, IN (Final)

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 28………………………..Assen, Holland
Sept. 3…………………………Charlotte, USA (Saturday)
Sept.11…………………………Glen Helen, USA (Final)

2016 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 14………………………..Barrie, ON (Final)

2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 21………………………..Toowoomba, QLD
Aug. 28………………………..Coolum, QLD (Final)

2016 BRITISH MAXXIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 21…………………………Preston Docks
Sept. 18………………………..Foxhill (Final)

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
Aug. 27………………………..Glen Helen, CA
Sept. 3………………………….Glen Helen, CA

UNITED STATES GRANDS PRIX
Sept. 3……………………………Charlotte, USA (Saturday)
Sept. 11……………….………….Glen Helen, USA

2016 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 25…………………………Maggiora, Italy

2016 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 2…………………………..Calataya, Zaragoza (Final)

2016 SUPER MOTOCROSS CUP
Oct. 8……………………….Gelsenkirchen, Germany

2016 MONSTER CUP
Oct. 15…………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2016 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 29…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6…………………………Glen Helen, CA

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24TH ANNUAL YAMAHA FALL SERIES STARTS NEXT SUNDAY, AUG. 21

YamahaFallSerieFor more info go to www.glenhelen.com

OVER-THE-HILL-GANG 9-11 MEMORIAL MOTOCROSS (ON SEPTEMBER 18 AT LACR)

OTHGMemorialPOSTERFor more info go to www.othgmx.org

CENTRAL VALLEY MX SERIES STARTS SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

CCMXCentralValleySeriesFor more info go to www.taftracing.com.

GRAN FONDO SANTA CLARITA: 20, 60 & 100 MILE LOOPS

grandfondaroadbikeactionThis October 22, 2016, ride will be big. For more info go to www.granfondosantaclarita.com

ROUTE 66 VINTAGE SCRAMBLES AT ROY ROGERS RANCH

Route66OldSchoolVintageScramblesThe race will be held on November 19-20, 2016 at the Roy Roger’s Double R Bar Ranch. For more info click here.

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HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO MXA AND MAKE MONEY

MXASEPT2016COVER003Interested in two-strokes? The September 2016 issue of MXA will be on the news stands soon, but if you subscribed you would get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.

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/

2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

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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
Apr. 28………………………East Rutherford, NJ
May. 6………………………..Las Vegas, NV

POINTS STANDINGS FOR THE REST OF THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD
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CANADIAN NATIONAL 250 POINTS STANDINGS
(Final race August 14)
1. Cole Thompson…510
2. Shawn Maffenbeier…420
3. Dylan Wright…395
4. Brad Nauditt…336
5. Jesse Pettis…323
6. Mark Worth…302
7. Dakota Alix…253
8. Hayden Halstead…240
9. Ryeley Gallup…224
10. Davey Fraser…217

CANADIAN NATIONAL 450 POINTS STANDINGS
(Final race August 14)
1. Davi Millsaps…494
3. Matt Goerke…438
2. Brett Metcalfe…413
4. Kaven Benoit…376
5. Mike Alessi…364
6. Cade Clason…344
7. Tyler Medaglia…343
8. Colton Facciotti…297
9. Keylan Meston…283
10. Morgan Burger…274

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL 250 POINTS STANDINGS
(Next race August 21)
1. Jed Beaton…507
2. Nathan Crawford…507
3. Caleb Ward…492
4. Jayden Rykers…449
5. Wilson Todd…412
6. Dylan Wills…381
7. Hamish Harwood…353
8. Joel Wightman…341
9. Wade Hubter…324
10. Kyle Webster…296

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL 450 POINTS STANDINGS
(Next race August 21)
1. Kirk Gibbs…538
2. Dean Ferris…529
3. Todd Waters…522
4. Kade Mosig…437
5. Matt Moss…381
6. Dylan Long…359
7. Jacob Wright…340
8. Jay Wilson…320
9. Michael Menchi…301
10. Daniel Banks…299

BRITISH NATIONAL 450 POINTS STANDINGS
(Next race August 21)
1. Tommy Searle…231
2. Shaun Simpson…217
3. Jake Nicholls…202
4. Graeme Irwin…183
5. Kristian Whatley…177
6. Brad Anderson…163
7. Tanel Leok…132
8. Gert Krestinov…124
9. Steven Lenoir…101
10. Jake Shipton…86

BRITISH NATIONAL 250 POINTS STANDINGS
(Next race August 21)
1. Steven Clarke…221
2. Bryan Mackenzie…217
3. Adam Sterry…214
4. Martin Barr…194
5. Liam Knight…156
6. Brad Todd…142
7. Jake Millward…132
8. Jordan Booker…108
9. Lewis Tombs…97
10. Todd Kellett…94

 

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

 

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