MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: MXDN, STRAIGHT RHYTHM, MONSTER CUP, TOKYO SX & WORLD VET & DITD

FIVE WEEKS IN HEAVEN: COMING SOON! A DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE EVERY WEEKEND

MEC 2017-MEC stadium

The Supercross season lasted for 4-1/2 months (17 races). It is almost instantly replaced by the AMA National Motocross Championships—which went on for another four months (12 races). If you lost interest in either one of these series, you had very few options—because the stars are busy fulfilling their contractual comittments. But, coming soon, to racetracks near in far, are five weekends of eclectic bliss. There will be something different every weekend in October—extending into the first weekend of November.

The podium of the 2017 MXDN was Team France first (center), Team Netherlands (left) second and Team Great Britain third (right). 

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS: OCTOBER 6-7
Back in the USA after getting jerked around by Giuseppe Luongo, who would schedule it like carrot on a stick and then pull it away as soon as someone offered him more money, the Motocross des Nations will be held on October 6-7 at Red Bud in Michigan. The des Nations (“of Nations” is for newcomers to the sport) is the FIM World Team Championship. It is comprised of three riders from each country competing in three motos: 250/450, 250/Open (the Open class is just another 450 class) and 450/Open. The scores are added up — with each country having six possible scores. The worst score is thrown out and the nation with the lowest total wins.

The Names on the Monster Cup Trophy.

2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP: OCTOBER 13
Supercross is back—well “Bizarro World Supercross” is back. This gimmicky one-off Supercross race is not on every rider’s must-do list, but since it holds the possibility of a $1 million dollar pay-off (if a rider can sweep all three motos and remember to take the Joker Lane) it draws most of the stars. Held on October 13th in Las Vegas it is often used by factory riders as a chance to test out their new teams, new bikes or newly rebuilt arms and legs.

EVERY MONSTER CUP WINNER (2011-2017)
2011 …Ryan Villopoto
2012 …Justin Barcia
2013 …James Stewart
2014 …Davi Millsaps
2015 …Ken Roczen
2016 …Eli Tomac
2017 …Marvin Musquin

Marvin Musquin RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM 2017-4904Marvin Musquin won last year’s Red Bull Straight Rhythm event.

2018 RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM: OCTOBER 20
Straight Rhythm is doing everything it can to stay relevant. Based on the simple idea of keeping the jumps and whoops from a Supercross track and eliminating all the corners, Straight Rhythm is basically a drag race. The inherent problem is that it is a made for TV event and really doesn’t offer much for the live spectators as the action often happens at the far end of the track, where spectators aren’t allowed. If the heat races boil down to a close finish, then the spectators are in for a treat—if not, it is snore. Incorporating electric bikes and two-strokes has gotten Straight Rhythm some buzz over the last few years, but hurt their ability to get the top-flight racers they had in the early days (unless they are sponsored by Red Bull). It will be held in Pomona on October 20.

One of the smaller and smoother downhills at the 2017 REM Octobercross.

2018 REM OCTOBERCROSS: OCTOBER 27
The REM Octobercross was originally known as the “Commotion By The Ocean,” when it was held at Carlsbad Raceway, but when REM moved to Glen Helen there was no ocean nearby. REM kept the October date, but changed the location and the name. The big draw for the Octobercross is that it is held one week before the 2018 Dubya World Vet Motocross Championship—and since Glen Helen builds a new track every year for the World Vet Championship, the serious riders use the Octobercross as a test of the new layout. Foreign and out-of-state riders come a week early so they can ride the Octobercross as a warm-up for the World Vet—since the Glen Helen track is a lot different from what they race on back home.

Weston PeickWeston Peick has signed up for the 2018 Japana Supercross. More riders will be announced as the race gets closer.

2018 JAPAN SUPERCROSS: NOVEMBER 3
It has been decades since Japan has held a true-to-life Supercross. The glory days of Johnson, Lechien, Bailey, Ward and Bradshaw are all but forgotten, but that is about to change on November 3rd when the 2018 Japan Supercross takes place. The promoters have been signing American Supercross racers to be at the event—including Justin Brayton, Weston Peick, Dylan Ferrandis, Malcolm Stewart, Aaron Plessinger, Justin Brayton and Christian Craig. It will be held in Tokyo’s Rinkai Fukutoshin Plaza and the main events will take place in the afternoon (not at night).

Doug Dubach has won 11 Over-30 World Vet titles and 15 more in the Over-40 and Over-50 classes.

2018 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP: NOVEMBER 3-4
The motorcycle manufacturers are coming to realize that their best customers are older guys—especially 40, 50 and 60 year old racers. They have the money, the time and the dream of buying a new bike and rejoining the sport of their youth. Old guys rule when it comes to purchasing power. The Dubya World Vet Championship is old enough to be a Vet itself. With riders from 20 different countries and two days of racing (plus two days of pre-race practice on Nov. 1-2) at Glen Helen, the World Vet just might be the most important race around, or at the very least, the future and the past wrapped up in one event.

WORLD VETERAN CHAMPIONS (1986-2017)
1986…Randy Rodriques (ATK)
1987…Gary Jones (Hon)
1988…Rex Staten (Hon)
1989…Warren Reid (Kaw)
1990…Rex Staten (Hon)
1991…Rex Staten (Hon)
1992…Rex Staten (Kaw)
1993…Doug Dubach (Yam)
1994…Doug Dubach (Yam)
1995…Doug Dubach (Yam)
1996…Erik Kehoe (Hon)
1997…Doug Dubach (Yam)
1998…Doug Dubach (Yam)
1999…Doug Dubach (Yam)
2000…Doug Dubach (Yam)
2001…Doug Dubach (Yam)
2002…Doug Dubach (Yam)
2003…Spud Walters (Hon)
2004…Ryan Hughes (Hon)
2005…Ryan Hughes (Hon)
2006…Casey Johnson (Yam)
2007…Doug Dubach (Yam)
2008…Kyle Lewis (Hon)
2009 …Doug Dubach (Yam)
2010…Ryan Hughes (Hon)
2011…Ryan Hughes (Yam)
2012…Ryan Hughes (Yam)
2013…Travis Preston (Yam)
2014…Travis Preston (Yam)
2015…Ryan Morais (KTM)
2016…Mike Sleeter (KTM)
2017…Brett Metcalfe (Hon)

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: AUSTIN FORKNER TURNS 20

MEC 2017-Ian HarrisonAug. 31…Ian Harrison
Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig

Ezra Lusk 2000Aug. 31…Ezra Lusk 1975
Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975
Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig

Justin Cooper
Aug. 31…Justin Cooper 1997
Sept. 1…Sean Hamblin 1982
Sept. 1…Jens Getteman 1993
Sept. 2…Tommy Clowers 1972

Austin Forkner
Sept. 2…Austin Forkner 1998
Sept. 2…Larry Witmer
Sept. 3…Jeremy Malott


Sept. 3…Ernesto Fonseca 1981
Sept. 4…Ron Tichenor 1969
Sept. 6…Doug Henry 1969

Sept. 8…Tim Gajser 1996
Sept. 9…Anthony Paggio
Sept. 9…Conrad Mewes 1998

REM MOTOCROSS ROUND 23 THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

There will be a three-week Summer break after this race. REM will return on Saturday, September 29. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

2018 MONTREAL SUPERCROSS ON SEPT. 15, 2018

For more information go to www.supercrossmtl.com

2018 SLEEPY HOLLOW TWO-STROKE SHOOTOUT ON SEPT. 21-23

No four-strokes allowed. For more information go to www.sleepymx.com

BOYESEN BUDDY BOOGIE SPEED FESTIVAL OCTOBER 5-7

Held on October 5-7, 2018, at the Pagoda Motorcycle Club in Birdsboro, PA. For more info go to www.pagodamc.org 

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS AT RED BUD ON OCT. 6-7

For more information go to www.redbudmxon.com

2018 MARSEILLE SUPERCROSS ON OCT 12-13

For more information go to www.supercrossinternationalmarseille.com

2018 JAPAN SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 3


Dylan Ferrandis, Malcolm Stewart, Aaron Plessinger, Justin Brayton, Christian Craig, Jimmy Decotis and Weston Peick have signed on so far. For more info go to www.japansupercross.com

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES AT GLEN HELEN, DECEMBER 9

The final round four of the Old School Scrambles series will be held on December 9 on the Lucas Oil Offroad Truck Track at Glen Helen Raceway (on a track designed by Gary Jones). For more info go to www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com

2018 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL WINNERS: THE FINAL LIST

Eli TomacEli Tomac dominated the 2018 AMA 450 National Championship, but didn’t seal the deal until the final moto of the year.

Date           Venue                                 450                         250
May 19……Hangtown, CA……………….Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
May 26……Glen Helen, CA……………..Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
June 2…….Thunder Valley, CO………..Eli Tomac……………..Jeremy Martin
June 16…..Mt Morris, PA…………………Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
June 23.…Muddy Creek, TN…………..Eli Tomac……………..Shane McElrath
June 30.…Southwick, MA………………Marvin Musquin…….Dylan Ferrandis
July 7..…..Red Bud, MI………………….Marvin Musquin…….Aaron Plessinger
July 21.….Millville, MN​…………………..Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
July 28……Washougal, WA…………….Eli Tomac……………..Aaron Plessinger
Aug. 11…..Unadilla, NY​………………….Marvin Musquin……..Dylan Ferrandis
Aug. 18…..Budds Creek, MD​………….Eli Tomac………………R.J. Hampshire
Aug. 25…..Crawfordsville, IN………….Justin Barcia…………Aaron Plessinger
450 Champion…Eli Tomac (Kaw)
250 Champion…Aaron Plessinger (Yam)

FINAL AMA 250/450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS

JUSTIN COOPERJustin Cooper finished third in the 250 National Championships in his first season.

FINAL 2018 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDING
(After 12 of 12 rounds)
1. Aaron Plessinger…500
2. Alex Martin…390
3. Justin Cooper…353
4. R.J. Hampshire…337
5. Shane McElrath…332
6. Chase Sexton…324
7. Austin Forkner…314
8. Dylan Ferrandis…310
9. Joey Savatgy…275
10. Jordon Smith…259

Justin Barcia did everything possible to secure third in the series points with a 1-1 in Crawfordsville, but Ken Roczen beat him by 1 points for the final step on the podium.

FINAL 2018 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDING
(After 12 of 12 rounds)
1. Eli Tomac…527
2. Marvin Musquin…511
3. Ken Roczen…445
4. Justin Barcia…444
5. Blake Baggett…391
6. Phillip Nicoletti…311
7. Benny Bloss…298
8. Weston Peick…291
9. Cooper Webb…186
10. Kyle Cunningham…169

ELI TOMAC BECAME A MEMBER OF THIS CLUB IN 2017: EVERY AMA 450 NATIONAL CHAMPION EVER

Eli Tomac is now a two-time 450 National Champion, but there are a lot of big name stars who have more the just two outdoor crowns. Like Gary Jones (above) — who won four straight.

250/450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (1971-2018)
1971 …Gary Jones (Yam)
1972 …Gary Jones (Yam)
1973 …Gary Jones (Hon)
1974 …Gary Jones (Can)

1975 …Tony DiStefano (Suz)
1976 …Tony DiStefano (Suz)
1977 …Tony DiStefano (Suz)


1978 …Bob Hannah (Yam)
1979 …Bob Hannah (Yam)


1980 …Kent Howerton (Suz)
1981 …Kent Howerton (Suz)
1982 …Donnie Hansen (Hon)
1983 …David Bailey (Hon)


1984 …Rick Johnson (Yam)
1985 …Jeff Ward (Kaw)
1986 …Rick Johnson (Hon)
1987 …Rick Johnson (Hon)


1988 …Jeff Ward (Kaw)
1989 …Jeff Stanton (Hon)
1990 …Jeff Stanton (Hon)
1991 …Jean-Michel Bayle (Hon)


1992 …Jeff Stanton (Hon)
1993 …Mike Kiedrowski (Kaw)
1994 …Mike LaRocco (Kaw)
1995 …Jeremy McGrath (Hon)
1996 …Jeff Emig (Kaw)
1997 …Jeff Emig (Kaw)
1998 …Doug Henry (Yam)
1999 …Greg Albertyn (Suz)


2000 …Ricky Carmichael (Kaw)
2001 …Ricky Carmichael (Kaw)
2002 …Ricky Carmichael (Hon)
2003 …Ricky Carmichael (Hon)
2004 …Ricky Carmichael (Hon)
2005 …Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
2006 …Ricky Carmichael (Suz)
2007 …Grant Langston (Yam)
2008 …James Stewart (Kaw)
2009 …Chad Reed (Suz)


2010 …Ryan Dungey (Suz)
2011 …Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2012 …Ryan Dungey (KTM)


2013 …Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2014 …Ken Roczen (KTM)
2015 …Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2016 …Ken Roczen (Suz)

Eli Tomac
2017 …Eli Tomac (Kaw)
2018 …Eli Tomac (Kaw)

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK (CIRCA 1979): WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

Jody and Tony D.

Sharp-eyed Spanish World Cup and World Vet racer Kim Sunol, found this 1979 photo of MXA’s Jody Weisel (left) and three-time 250 National Champion Tony DiStefano (right) goofing around. Tony’s motocross career was hampered by a serious eye injury that required several operations and cost him two years at his prime. This photo was shot while the two were hanging around the house during the Champ’s long recovery and Jody was making fun of Tony. Kim Sunol wrote, “This is what happens when you make fun of your friends!” The reference is to the fact that the tables have turned and Jody just spent the month of August undergoing two separate eye surgeries. Tony, nice guy that he is, calls Jody all the time to see how his eyes are recovering.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LOOK LIKE A NATIVE, NOT A TOURIST

You can buy these special REM motocross hats by clicking here. Why not be the only guy in your state who looks like he knows what’s up? They come in two styles and six colors.

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK (CIRCA 2018): CAPTURING THE LIGHT

Last Saturday at Glen Helen, ace photographer Debbi Tamietti aligned the rider, the dirt, the roost and the sunlight to shoot an amber-toned work of art. The rider is 1980’s AMA National racer Jon Ortner racing in the Over-50 Elite class at REM.

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: CZ TYPE-860 V4

The 1969 CZ 350 Type-860 GP road racer had a V-four, four-stroke engine, eight-speed gearbox and turned 16,000 rpm. Only three were ever produced.

THE WAY WE WERE BACK IN THE DAY

If you never wore a puddin’ bowl helmet consider yourself lucky. The puddin’ bowl helmet got its name because when you took it off and set it down, it looked like bowl that you would make pudding in. The very minimal helmet may seem scary to today’s modern racers, but it was a big step up from the cork-lined helmets of the previous decade. In fact, Formula 1 auto racers wore puddin’ bowls during this era. The CZ rider above is wearing typical mid-1960s gear — seven buckle boots, socks rolled over the top of the boots, all-leather pants and a puddin’ bowl. Oh yeah. The CZ rider above is Roger DeCoster.

2018 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Calvin VlaanderenCalvin Vlaanderen (10) and Thomas Kjer Olsen are the only riders other than Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado to win a 250 GP this season.

Date            Venue                      450                              250
Mar. 4……..Argentina…………..Jeffrey Herlings………..Pauls Jonass
Mar. 18……Holland #1………….Jeffrey Herlings………..Pauls Jonass
Mar. 25……Spain………………….Tony Cairoli……………..Pauls Jonass
Apr. 8………Italy #1………………Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 15…….Portugal…………….Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
May 1………Russia……………….Clement Desalle……….Pauls Jonass
May 13…….Latvia………………..Jeffrey Herlings………..Thomas Kjer Olsen
May 20…….Germany……………Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
June 3………England……………Jeffrey Herlings……….Pauls Jonass
June 10…….France……………..Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
June 17…….Italy #2……………..Tony Cairoli……………..Jorge Prado
July 1……….Indonesia #1…….Jeffrey Herlings………..Calvin Vlaanderen
July 8……….Indonesia #2…….Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
July 22……..Czech Rep……….Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Aug. 5………Belgium……………Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Aug. 19…….Switzerland……….Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Aug. 26…….Bulgaria……………Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Sept. 2…….Turkey
Sept. 16……Holland #2
Sept. 30……Italy #3
450 Points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
250 points leader…Jorge Prado (KTM)

FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS WITH THREE RACES LEFT

Thomas Kjer Olsen MXGP of Czech RepublicThomas Kjer Olsen only has three races left in 2018. He won’t be going to the MXDN because, as it stands right now, Denmark doesn’t have the funding to send a team to Red Bud.

CURRENT 2018 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 17 of 20 rounds)
1. Jorge Prado…739
2. Pauls Jonass…709
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen…555
4. Ben Watson…515
5. Thomas Covington…480
6. Calvin Vlaanderen….462
7. Jago Geerts…346
8. Michele Cervellin…314
9. Henry Jacobi…278
10. Hunter Lawrence…267

Jeffrey Herlings MXGP of Belgium_ Round 15With only three 450 GPs left, Jeffrey Herlings has mathematically eliminated every rider except Tony Cairoli. How so? There are 150 points left to earn in Turkey, Holland #2 and Italy #3—and third place Clement Desalle is 202 points back.

CURRENT 2018 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 17 of 20 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…783
2. Tony Cairoli…710
3. Clement Desalle…581
4. Tim Gajser…549
5. Romain Febvre…544
6. Gautier Paulin…483
7. Glenn Coldenhoff…446
8. Jeremy Seewer…393
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek…373
10. Max Anstie…313

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT! ARCTIC COVE BUCKET-TOP MISTING FAN

Summer is in its full glory. The Arctic Cove 18-volt Bucket-Top misting fan incorporates a fan and adjustable mist control. The fan unit sits on top of any 5-gallon plastic bucket and provides a steady mist thanks to a two-speed fan and quiet pump performance. Power is supplied by a rechargeable, cordless, Ryobi, 18-volt battery (included). The fan is portable, with dimensions of 15 inches tall and 12.25 inches wide.

The fan has a pivoting head that allows the user to aim the mist accurately. A hose with a filter on the end of it can be uncoiled from under the fan base to submerge into the water-filled 5-gallon bucket. There are two switches on the base of the fan: (1) A two-speed switch for the fan. (2) A two-way switch to meter the amount of water supplied to the mister nozzles. The nozzles are standard brass mister nozzles mounted on each side of the fan.

Here are some tips: The MXA wrecking crew uses the Arctic Cove mister in the pits on hot days. If your pits have a source of clean water, you can fill the bucket up at the track. If not, you can carry spare water in a clean 5-gallon gas can or water container.

If you own Ryobi power tools, you will have a source of extra Ryobi OnePlus batteries. If not, you can buy a spare 1.3Ah battery for around $40, but Ryobi has OnePlus batteries that produce as much as 4Ah (for a 10-hour run-time).

We charge two batteries before a race and carry both of them to the track. After three hours, we refill the bucket with water and change the battery. We rarely run the mister non-stop, since it is cool in the morning and we don’t need it running when we aren’t in the pit area.

To get the best performance from the Arctic Cove mister, take the time to read the wind. With the wind at its back, the fan can cover a fairly large surface area.

The most important thing to pay attention to is to not allow the bucket to run out of water while the pump is running. The pump will blow up like a super-lean two-stroke if water isn’t going through it.

DIGITS: $79.95 (5-gallon bucket extra)—Home Depot or www.arcticcove.com.

MXA
RATING: An $80 mister system is not a luxury; on a 95-degree day it is a necessity.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ONE SHOT DEAL! SPECIAL RUN OF 1986 HONDA CR250 TWO-STROKE PIPES


This is a cool idea. Pro Circuit plans to built a special limited-edition run of 1986 Honda CR250 Works Pipe and 304 silencers for bike builder and vintage racers. Just like back in the day, Pro Circuit’s Works Pipe increases horsepower and torque, while the unplated, oiled metal finish gives your bike that “works look.” Completing the special throwback kit is a 304 Factory Sound Silencer that has a slightly longer body to add top-end performance while reducing noise output. The brushed aluminum silencer body and stainless steel inlet tube and end-cap make the 1986 CR250 like it did when Ricky Johnson raced with it. Pro Circuit is accepting orders for the $425.00 1986 Honda CR250 kit now and fulfill them when they reach the required production number. Order now if you want to be included in this special offer. For more info go to www.procircuit.com

SAVE THE DATE! LISTS OF WHAT’S LEFT, WHAT’S DONE & WHAT’S TO COME

ELi Tomac KX450F 2018 Washougal motocross-4739Eli Tomac will be running this number next year.

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
Aug. 26……………………..Bulgaria
Sept. 2……………………….Turkey
Sept. 16………………………Holland 2
Sept. 30………………………Italy 3

2018 MONTREAL SUPERCROSS
Sept. 15……………………..Montreal, Canada

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 BOYESEN BUDDY BOOGIE
Oct. 5-7…………………..Birdsboro, PA

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

2018 MARSEILLE SUPERCROSS
Oct. 12-13………………..Marseille, France

2018 RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM
Oct. 20…………………….Pomona, CA

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

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

2018 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 17-18…………………….Paris, France

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

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 24-26……………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 ROBBY GORDON OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec.1-2………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
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
Mar. 10…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 24…………………….Glen Helen, CA
April 7………………….…Spring Series #1
April 14……………….…..20th Anniversary #2
April 28……………….…..Spring Series #3
May 5………………….….Spring Series #4 (National track)
May 12……………………Spring Series #5
May 19……………………Spring Series #6
June 2…………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 16…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 30…………………..Glen Helen, CA
July 14……………………Summer Series (Canceled)
July 21……………………Summer Series #1
July 28……………………Summer Series #2
Aug. 11……………………Summer Series #3
Aug. 25………..………….Summer Series #4
Sept. 1………………….…Summer Series #5
Sept. 29………………..…Summer Series #6
Oct. 6……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 20……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 27……………………Glen Helen, CA (National track)
Nov. 17……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 1……………………..Glen Helen, CA (Canceled)
Dec. 15……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 29…………..…….…Glen Helen, CA

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 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 (canceled)
Mar. 24-25………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 17……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Aug. 19………………….…..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 9………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 25………………………….Prescott, AZ
Sept. 15…………………………Costa Mesa, CA
Sept. 22…………………………Reno, NV
Oct. 20…………………………..Denver, CO
Oct. 27…………………………..Everett, WA
Nov. 3……………………………Boise, ID

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 11…………………………..Lyng, England (canceled)
Apr. 1……………………………Culham, England
Apr. 22………………………….Canada Heights, England
May 6……………………………Blaxhall, England
June 24………………………..Desertmartin, Ireland
July 29………………………….Duns, England
Aug. 12…………………………Hawkstone, England
Sept. 23………………………..Foxhill, 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…………….…..……Cusses Gorse, England

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

2019 RACE SCHEDULE: FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T WAIT


The 2019 Motocross des Nations will be held at the Assen road race circuit in Holland. It is a man-made sand track built on the front straight.

2019 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 28……………………………TBA
Mar. 10……………………………Argentina
Mar. 24……………………………England
Mar. 31……………………………Holland
Apr. 21……………………………Italy #1
Apr. 21……………………………Hong Kong
May 1……………………………..China
May 12……………………………Russia
May 26……………………………Latvia
June 2…………………………….Germany
June 16…………………………..France
June 23…………………………..Italy #2
July 7……………………………..Indonesia #1
July 14……………………………Indonesia #2
July 28……………………………Czech Republic
Aug. 4…………………………….Belgium
Aug. 18…………………………..Switzerland
Sept. 1……………………………TurkeyBulgaria
Sept. 15………………………….Portugal
Sept. 22………………………….Italy #3

2019 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 29………………………….Assen, Holland 

2018 RACES YOU MISSED! WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR

250 startDon’t worry! Supercross will be back in four months.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Phoenix, 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 125 TWO-STROKE ALL-STAR SERIES
May 19……………………….Hangtown, CA
June 2………………………..Thunder Valley, CO
June 16………………………Mt Morris, PA
June 30………………………Southwick, MA
July 28……………………….Washougal, WA
Aug. 18………………………Budds Creek, MD

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 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London

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 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL 250/OPEN TWO-STROKE INVITATIONAL
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA

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

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

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