MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: NOW IS THE TIME TO RIDE, BEFORE THE SNOW FLIES

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: FRANK, STAPO, ARNE & BIMBO

Nov. 15…Kurt Nicoll 1964


Nov. 15…Frank Thomason

Nov. 15…Dennis Stapleton 1981
Nov. 16…P.J. Larsen 1990

Nov. 16…Jim Pomeroy 195
Nov. 17…Cade Clason 1994

Nov. 17…Arne Kring 1942
Nov. 18…Chris Taylor
Nov. 19…Mike Metzger 1975

Jeremy McGrathNov. 19…Jeremy McGrath 1971
Nov. 20…Jeff Hedden 1975
Nov. 20…Jon Hedden 1975

Nov. 20…Sten Lundin 1931
Nov. 20…Mike Healey

Weston PeickNov. 20…Weston Peick 1990
Nov. 20…Rob Healy
Nov. 20…Malcolm McCassy
Nov. 21…Dave Casella

Atlanta Supercros Broc TickleNov. 21…Broc Tickle 1989
Nov. 21…Danny Storbeck
Nov. 22…Ron Turner
Nov. 22…Trevor Vines 1972

MXA’S MOST COMMON QUESTION

With so many riders switching to, rebuilding old bikes or buying brand-new two-strokes, the knowledge base that used to be so well-known back in the glory days of two-strokes is seriously lacking after over 13 years of four-stroke dominance. Thus, MXA gets emails every day asking how much oil to mix in their gas. This handy chart tells you how many ounces of oil to mix in one, two, two-and-a half, three, four and five gallons of gas for ratios from 20:1 to 100:1.

SORT OF A MOTOCROSS VIDEO: THE CHAINSMOKERS FEATURING KELSEA BALLERINI

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS FROM THE 2018 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

A Brazilian rider leads the charge with a Dutch rider to the right in the Over-40 Expert class.

TEN TIDY LITTLE TIDBITS ABOUT THE DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
1. How many entries? 1252 Entries
2. How many countries? 22 Countries
3. How many U.S. states? 28 States
4. Most popular race number? 5 (on nine bikes)
5. Most popular first name? Michael
6. Most popular last name? Smith
7. Most podium finishes – 4 (by Caleb Rice #695)
8. Oldest racer? 79 year old Ernest Cabral
9. How many female racers? 21 Female Racers
10. Most racers on one gate? 41

Two members of the all-powerful Spanish team—including the Over-50 Catalonian Champion Xavi Costa (right).

TOP TEN NATIONS BY RIDERS
1. USA…426
2. England…21
3. Canada…16
4. Australia…14
5. New Zealand…11
6. Mexico…9
7. Sweden…9
8. Brazil…9
9. Italy…7
10. Germany…6

Over-60 World Champion Pete DeGraff was just one of the 325 KTM’s racing at the 2018 Dubya World Vet Championship.

MOTORCYCLE BRANDS BY PERCENTAGE
(Adds up to 100%)
1. KTM…26%
2. Yamaha…24%
3. Honda…21%
4. Kawasaki…14%
5. Husqvarna…8%
6. Suzuki…6%
7. TM…0.7%
8. Other…0.03%

Every race at the World Vet had at least two-wave starts—this is the Over-55 Intermediate class. There were even a couple three-wave starts. But since the track was over 3 minutes long for the amateur classes there wasn’t a lot of lapped traffic.

TOP TEN LARGEST CLASSES
(Percentage to total)
1. Over-50 Novice…10%
2. Over-45 Novice…9%
3. Over-40 Novice…7%
4. Over-55 Novice…7%
5. Over-35 Novice…6%
6. Over-45 Intermediate…5.5%
7. Over-50 Intermediate…5.4%
8. Over-25 Novice….4.7%
9. Over-60 Expert…4.5%
10. Over-40 Intermediate…4.5%

Josh Grant was the top California rider. In fact he was the fastest rider from anywhere by a large margin.

TOP TEN U.S. STATES BY RIDER
(Adds up to 100%)
1. California…55%
2. Arizona…15%
3. Colorado…7%
4. Texas…6%
5. Utah…4%
6. Washington…4%
7. Idaho…3%
8. Illinois…3%
9. Nevada…2%
10. Missouri…1%

MXA COVER OF THE WEEK: TONY’S WALL OF FAME

Tony Cairoli posing in front of his one and only MXA cover—the June 2015 issue

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: HOW JT RACING GOT STARTED

JT Racing, the powerhouse 1980’s gear company, got it’s start with this ad in Cycle News selling motocross socks for $4.95 out of a Dana Point, California, Post Office Box.

MXA TEAM TESTED: “HODAKA MOTORCYCLES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY” BOOK

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WHAT IS IT? We are always a little skeptical when a book claims to offer a “complete history” on any given subject, but “Hodaka Motorcycles” is the most comprehensive work on the subject ever. It just so happens that 2019 was the 55th anniversary of the founding of Hodaka Motorcycles and this 190-page book covers the history of one of the sport’s most unique and creatively marketed bikes ever produced. Although virtually unknown to modern motocross racers, no hardcore rider from the 1960s and 1970s could every forget the impact that Hodaka had on the American offroad market.

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“Hodaka Motorcycles” Is divided into 13 chapters. The first chapter tells the unusual story of how an Oregon company called Farm Chemicals was worried that the U.S. government might drop farm subsidies after the 1960 elections. So, Farm Chemicals decided to hedge their bets by starting an import business named the Pacific Basin Trading Company (PABATCO). In 1961 they imported their first product to the United States—Yamaguchi motorcycles. All was well at PABATCO in 1962. They sold 5000 Yamaguchi’s in the first two years—only to be blind sided by the news that Yamaguchi had gone bankrupt. PABATCO was left high and dry, but so was a small Japanese company named Hodaka, who made the engines for Yamaguchi. The eventual pairing of PABATCO and Hodaka was thus born.

“Hodaka Motorcycles” is filled with over 300 photos, many of them very rare looks into the origins of the company. Not to be overlooked are the color illustrations of Hodaka’s colorful model names and their whimsical decals. If you are only vaguely familiar with Hodaka the machine, you will instantly remember names like Super Rat, Wombat, Combat Wombat, Super Combat, Road Toad, Dirt Squirt and Thunderdog.

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To this day Hodaka remains one of the iconic brands in motocross history. It is easy to think of the affordable, under $500, dirt bike as a small offshoot of the motorcycle business, but Hodaka sold as many as 15,000 dirt bikes a year. And Hodaka helped support the racing careers of many young racers. Tommy Croft, Cordis Brooks, Jim Pomeroy, Bob Rutten, Jody Weisel and many big name stars got their start on Super Rats. The success of the bike makes it popular among vintage collectors. Hodaka even holds a special celebration, called Hodaka Days” at its ancestral home in Athena, Oregon, every June.

WHAT’S IT COST? $40.00 (hardcover) — www.octanepress.com/book/hodaka-motorcycles.

MXA RATING
If you don’t know what a Hodaka is or aren’t old enough to remember a bike that was last produced in 1978, move on. This book is for the nostalgic among us.

MXA’S FIRST RIDE: 2019 TM 300MX TWO-STROKE

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MXA RACE POSTER UPDATE: WHAT’S ON DECK IN MX

2018 PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 17-18
For more info, brush up on your high school French and then go to www.supercrossparis.com

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS ON NOVEMBER 19-258
For more info go to www.unlimitedsportsmx.com

THREE PALMS “MOTO GAMES” ON NOV. 24-25
For more information (although they seemed to have squeezed everything short of “War and Peace” into their poster) go to www.3palmsasp.com

6TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY FOX RACEWAY ON DEC. 1
For more information go to www.kurtcasell.com

2018 ROBBIE GORDON OFFROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ON NOV. 30—DEC. 1
$20,000 to the winner of the 450 class and $7500 to the winner of the 250 class. For more info go to www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

2019 MOTOCROSS ACTION 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO

2019 RACE SCHEDULE: FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T WAIT UNTIL JANUARY

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Jason Anderson will be at Anaheim Stadium on January 5, 2019, to start his Supercross title defense.

2019 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
Jan. 5…………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 12………………………….Glendale, AZ
Jan. 19………………………….Anaheim, CA (3-moto race)
Jan. 26………………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 2……………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 9…………………………..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 16………………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 23………………………….Detroit, MI (3-moto race)
Mar. 2……………………………Atlanta, GA (250 E/W Shootout)
Mar. 9……………………………Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 16………………………….Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 23………………………….Seattle, WA
Mar. 30………………………….Houston, TX (3-moto race)
Apr. 6……………………………Nashville, TN
Apr. 13………………………….Denver, CO
Apr. 27………………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 4……………………………Las Vegas, NV (250 E/W Shootout)

2019 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 18……………………Hangtown, CA
May 25.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 1..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 15..…………………Mt. Morris, PA
June 22.………………….Jacksonville. FL
June 29..…………………Southwick, MA
July 6.…………………….Red Bud, MI​
July 20.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 27.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 10..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 17..………………….​Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 24.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2019 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 10……………………………TBA
Mar. 24……………………………England
Mar. 31……………………………Holland
Apr. 7……………………………..Italy #1
Apr. 21……………………………Hong Kong
May 1……………………………..Shanghai
May 12……………………………Italy #2
May 26……………………………France
June 9…………………………….Russia
June 16…………………………..Latvia
June 23…………………………..Germany
July 7……………………………..Indonesia #1
July 14……………………………Indonesia #2
July 28……………………………Czech Republic
Aug. 4…………………………….Belgium
Aug. 18…………………………..Switzerland
Aug. 25…………………………..Sweden
Sept. 8……………………………Turkey
Sept. 22………………………….Italy #3

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

2019 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 18-19………………………….Belfast, Irl
Feb. 1-2……………………………..Birmingham, GB
Feb. 15-6…………………………..Sheffield, GB

RYAN VILLOPOTO AMATEUR MOTOCROSS CUP
Aug. 22-25………………………..Grays Harbor, WA

2019 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 5-7…………………………….Lexington, Ohio

2019 GERMAN MX MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14……………………………..Princely Drehna
June 2………………………………Moggers, Austria
June 30…………………………….Molln
July 21……………………………..Tens
Aug. 11…………………………….Gaildorf
Sept. 1……………………………..Biel
Sept. 15……………………………Wood Gerlingen

WHY DOES THE GUY WITH THE GREATEST JOB ON EARTH NEED AN AWARD?

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SAVE THE DATE! THE LAST RACES OF THE 2018 MOTOCROSS SEASON

The 2018 Day in the Dirt starts on Nov. 23.

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

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

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

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

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 17……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 8……………….……Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 15……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 29…………..…….…Glen Helen, CA

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Nov. 9-11………………….…..Primm, NV

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec. 9………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3……………………………Boise, ID

Photos: Debbi Tamietti, Jon Ortner, Brian Converse, Jody Weisel, Travis Fant, Daryl Ecklund, MXA, MXGP

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