MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: ONE WEEK OF MOTO-HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL
2020 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Venue 450 250
1. Anaheim 1………….Justin Barcia………..Justin Cooper
2. St. Louis………………Ken Roczen…………..Austin Forkner
3. Anaheim 2………….Eli Tomac………………Dylan Ferrandis
4. Glendale…………….Ken Roczen…………..Austin Forkner
5. Oakland……………..Eli Tomac………………Dylan Ferrandis
6. San Diego…………..Cooper Webb……….Dylan Ferrandis
16. Las Vegas………..
17. Salt Lake City….
450 Points leader…Ken Roczen
250 West Points leader…Dylan Ferrandis
250 East points leader…?????
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: COBRA CX50 / CX65 PRO LAUNCH START DEVICES
Looking for a Pro Launch Start Device to fit your Cobra minibike? Good news, Works Connection just released Pro Launch Star Devices for the CX50JR, CX50SR and the CX65 models. Each Pro Launch kit includes a CNC’d fork ring, start body/trigger assembly, custom aluminum drill guide template, aluminum countersink tool and detailed step-by-step instructions. The spring-less design delivers positive engagement and consistent release and is made of CNC-machined aircraft-grade aluminum. The assembly only weighs 50 grams and is laser etched, engineered, manufactured and assembled in the USA. The retail price is $119.95. Contact your retailer or visit www.worksconnection.com
2020 ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACES ON FEB. 9 AT CANYON RACEWAY
AMA SUPERCROSS STANDINGS HEADING TO THE 2020 SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS
Cooper Webb has been good over the first four races, but he hasn’t been the Cooper Webb of 2019 until the last three laps in Oakland. He was blazing fast at the end of the race and made a daredevil pass on Ken Roczen to get second place in the last corner. He is still 18 points behind.
AMA 450 SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 17 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen (Hon)…113
2. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…110
3. Justin Barcia (Yam)…98
4. Jason Anderson (Hus)…96
5. Cooper Webb (KTM)…95
6. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)…901
7. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)…75
8. Justin Brayton (Hon)…73
9. Blake Baggett (KTM)…69
10. Zach Osborne (Hus)…63
Michael Mosiman (28) was very fast in Oakland, but he lost the front end in a banked corner and cleaned out the guys behind him. He dropped from 6th in points to 10th in points when he couldn’t continue.
AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 10 rounds)
1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…109
2. Justin Cooper (Yam)…107
3. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…99
4. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)…92
5. Alex Martin (Suz)…85
6. Jacob Hayes (Hus)…73
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)…72
8. Luke Clout (Hon)…66
9. Derek Drake (KTM)…64
10. Michael Mosiman (Hus)…63
THE MARCH 2020 ISSUE IS HERE! IT IS JAM-PACKED FULL OF BIKE TEST & TECH ARTICLES
Not only do we ride Cooper Webb’s KTM 300SX two-stroke works bike, but we do a midsize shootout beetween the KTM 350SXF, TM 300FI-MX & Husky FC350. Wait, there’s more. We do a Yamaha YZ125 versus KTM 125 UnShootout and build a project Honda CRF450.
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LIMITED EDITION ALPINESTARS “SAN DIEGO 20” GEAR
The 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is heading to Petco Park in San Diego this weekend, with the sport’s best riders battling it out for supremacy on the dirt. In appreciation of the U.S Armed Forces, Alpinestars has released the Limited Edition “San Diego 20” Tech 10 boot, Supertech M10 helmet, and gear set. Featuring a distinctive black, red and gray color scheme with camo patterning on the sleeves, the ‘San Diego 20’ Racer Tech Jersey comes complete with an embroidered classic US military patch on the right sleeve, and embroidered Squad Leader and Astars patches on the right chest. The “San Diego 20” pants features the same eye-catching black, red and gray colorway, complete with a woven ‘military style’ label on the left thigh, while the legs boast a striking webbing pattern. The “San Diego 20″ gear set is complemented by the”San Diego 20” Tech 10 boots, Alpinestars technologically advanced and protective boot that incorporates innovative design materials in a streamlined boot for a lighter, more anatomically profiled performer.
The “San Diego 20” blends all of the performance properties of the Tech 10 in an eye-catching black, red and gray colorway, as worn by Cooper Webb, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and many of the top racers at the meeting, allowing Supercross fans to wear the same boots as their heroes.
The “San Diego 20” treatment has also been applied to the Alpinestars Supertech M10 motocross helmet, which has been designed to offer riders the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible with excellent ventilation, comfort and light weight. Finished in the same bold black, red
2020 KICKER ARENACROSS SERIES COMES TO RENO ON FEBRUARY 7-8
For more info go to www.kickerarenacross.com
BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 1968 FLINK 250X
In 1955 when Husqvarna released their 175cc Silverpilen, Gustav Flink started making parts to turn the little Swedish street bike into a motocross machine. He machined special full-circle cranks, high-compression cylinder heads, manifolds to accept Bing, Amal or Dellorto carbs and, eventually, built his own square-barrel, 250cc cylinder and head for the Silverpilen engine.
When Husqvarna introduced the 175cc Silverpilen in 1955, Swedish young men were drawn to its lightweight and racy-looks (much as American teenagers were draw to the affordable Hodaka Ace 100 a decade later). The 9.5 horsepower machine was the perfect starting point for wanna-be motocross racers and Gustav Flink was ready to build the parts to make this little bike into the machine that spawned Swedish greatest generation of Grand Prix stars.
The Flink 250X engine had a 69.5mm by 64.5mm bore and stroke, five-speed transmission, 32mm Bing carb, the clutch was mounted on the crankshaft and the head pipe came out of the cylinder and went into the lower portion of the frame (which doubled as the expansion chamber).
Naturally, that led him in 1967, after four years of R&D, he built the first Flink 250X. It was way ahead of its time. It was very light and narrow. The gas tank and airbox were part of the frame, as was the exhaust pipe. The lower portion of the frame was the expansion chamber and even the footpegs were hollow to be used as part of the pipe. The first two Flink 250Xs had steel frames, but the following units were all aluminum alloy. Leif Norberg designed the alloy chassis and believes that no more than 20 bikes and some additional engines were ever produced. Unfortunately Gustav Flink died of cancer in 1972 at 52 years of age. While Gustav’s death ended the Flink motorcycle factory—the remaining 250X bikes and his original Silverpilen parts are collectors items.
BE THERE! REM MOTOCROSS AT GLEN HELEN FOR 6 OF 7 WEEKS STARTING ON FEB. 15
For more information go to www.remsatmx.com
MXA MOTO-QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE
He finished second twice (2012 and 2013), third (2010), fourth (2008) and fifth (2017), but retired just before the 2019 season started after suffering a major concussion. The answer is on the bottom of this page.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: BLUR GOGGLES
BLUR B-50 MAGNETIC GOGGLESB-50 MAGNETIC GOGGLE FEATURES
1. Revolutionary two-part magnetic goggle
2. Lens is fixed magnetically to the frame and is very easy to take off and put back on
3. Wide field of vision due to the frameless design
4. Jacquard webbing strap with TPR
5. Triple foam for optimum comfort, durability and moisture wicking
6. Size-adjustable strap
7. 100% UV protection
8. Anti-scratch coating for durability
9.Goggle pouch included
10. Colors: black, white or Hi-Viz yellow
BLUR B-20 GOGGLES:B-20 GOGGLES FEATURES:
1. Modern slim frame design.
2. Strap with triple silicone stripes for a secure fit.
3. Size-adjustable strap.
4. Lightweight protective lens.
5. 100% UV protection.
6. Riggers to remove the lens easily and assure perfect fit with helmet.
7. Triple-layer foam for optimum comfort, durability and moisture wicking.
8. Anti-scratch coating for durability.
9. Anti-fog lens.
10. Tear-off pins.
11. Colors: white, black, hi-viz yellow, red/white/blue
BLUR B-10 GOGGLESB-10 GOGGLES FEATURES:
1. Modern frame design.
2. Strap with triple silicone stripes for a secure fit.
3. Size-adjustable strap.
4. Lens made from superior 3D-molded 1.2 mm lens for ultimate clarity.
5. Triple-layer foam for optimum comfort, durability and moisture wicking.
6. Anti-scratch coating for durability.
7. 100% UV protection.
8. Anti-fog lens.
9. Tear-off pins.
10. Colors: white, black, hi-viz yellow, red, blue, orange
BLUR B-ZERO GOGGLESB-ZERO GOGGLE FEATURES:
1. Lightweight and flexible frame.
2. Anti-fog, UV-400 lens.
3. Perimeter ventilation.
4. Single-layer foam.
5. Double buckle and a high-quality strap with silicone grip.
6. Colors: white, pink, green, black, hi-viz yellow, red, blue, orange
For more information on Blur Goggles go to www.bluroptics.com
2020 SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE ON FEB. 23, 2020, ON THE SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION
For more information about the San Jacinto, California, trail ride go to www.sobobarides.biz
ELMENTARY SUPERCROSS MATH: WHO’S CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES ARE OVER?
If you win an AMA Supercross Main Event you earn 26 points, second gets 23 and third gets 21 and so on until 22nd place gets 1 point. Basic math tells you that if you are 26 points behind the points leader, you are one full event behind—which means you’d need to win a race just to get even with the points leader. Worse yet, if you fall 52 points behind the leader, you are two full races out of first place.
Guess what? Only six riders in the 450 class are still racing on the same race as points leader Ken Roczen. They are Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb and Adam Cianaciarulo. Everyone else is a full race behind Roczen.
The remaining riders on the track are at least one full race behind—and that group consists of Malcolm Stewart, Justin Brayton, Blake Baggett, Zach Osborne and Justin Hill. By using elementary math you can see that the top 11 riders are the only riders in the 2020 AMA 450 Supercross series who aren’t two whole races behind the points leader. Two races (26 x 2= 52) equals 52 points and 52 points subtracted from Ken Roczen’s 113 points is 61. Justin Hill sits on the bubble of 61 points.
The riders who are already two races behind in points after only 5 races is a small group—it consists of Dean Wilson, Aaron Plessinger, Vince Friese and Martin Davalos. That is a total of 15 riders in every event who can claim to be within two races of the points leader. Every other rider is three or more races behind Ken Roczen. (26 x 3 =78 points). And 78 points subtracted from Roczen’s 113 points on leaves 35 points. At this point in the season, if an AMA Supercross rider has less that 35 points, he is three races behind after five races. Riders in this category, often because of bad luck, crashes or injury, are Tyler Bowers, Justin Bogle, Chris Blose, Chad Reed, Alex Ray, Kyle Cunningham, Kyle Chisholm and Benny Bloss
WHO HAS NOT FALLEN MORE THAN 26 POINTS BEHIND IN THE 450 STANDINGS
(26 points back after four races)
1. Ken Roczen..-0
2. Eli Tomac…-3
3. Justin Barcia…-15
4. Jason Anderson…-17
5. Cooper Webb…-18
6. Adam Cianciarulo…-26
2020 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES TT STARTS ON FEBRUARY 23
For more info go to www.ossrg.org
6TH ANNUAL VINTAGE “MOTOCROSS DES STATES” ON FEB. 29 AT WALDO MOTORSPORT PARK
This is a three-day event, with practice on Friday, February 28, the Motocross des States on Saturday, February 29 and Round 7 of the Sunshine State Vintage Motocross series on Sunday, March 1. For more info go to www.waldomx.com
CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER PHOTOS: PLOWING THE ALFALFA
This is Jody’s backyard Pee-Wee grass track. Rather than plow the alfalfa on the North 40, Jody used a portion of his backyard as a Pee-Wee track by letting everything grow and then mowing only the the track layout.
CLASSIC MXA COVERS: THE JAMMER, TONY D & THE ASTRODOME
The July 1976 issue of MXA feature Jimmy “The Jammer” Weinert and Tony DiStefano going at it at the Houston Astrodome Supercross. Weinert won, Tony D was second, Kent Howerton third, Steve Stackable fourth and Bob Hannah fifth. Of note for 1976 issue was the test of the Yamaha YZ400 air forks, a story on how Carabelas are made and a sneak peak at the yet-to-be-released Yamaha water-cooler.
GLEN HELEN’S 6-HOUR, 12-HOUR & 24-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE SERIES STARTS ON MARCH 8 WITH THE SIX-HOUR
The 6-Hour is on March 8, 12-Hour on June 14 and the 24-Hour starts on October 17 (and ends on the 18th). For more info go to www.glenhelen.com
VACATION IN SOCAL WITH DENNIS STAPLETON: RIDE GLEN HELEN, CAHUILLA CREEK, PALA, PERRIS & MORE
In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, MXA test rider opens up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation. He offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping. If you’re coming out to Southern California and need a rental bike, check out KnobbyShop South/StapoMX for all your rental needs. They offer Motocross Vacations, bike rentals and motocross lessons. Just send them an email ([email protected]). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!
6TH ANNUAL MOTO MASTERS VET SERIES STARTS ON MARCH 14 AT JOHNSVILLE MX FARM
For more info go to www.johnsonvillemxfarm.com
THE HANDY-DANDY TRACK MAPS OF ROUNDS 6 AND 7 — SAN DIEGO & TAMPA
2020 WISECO/FASTHOUSE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP COMING ON APRIL 10-11
Pre-Entries go online on February 1, 2020. To pre-enter Click Here
MXA AD OF THE WEEK: 2013 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
In its fourth year as a stand-alone race the 2013 World Two-Stroke Championship poster was a parody of a wanted poster. The purse was $9500 and the bulk of that went to winner Sean Collier, who would repeat again in 2014. If you think that Collier used his famous Kawasaki KX500 Beast to win the title, you’d be wrong. Collier won both of his World Two-Stroke Championships on Yamaha YZ250s.
“EVENING WITH THE CHAMPIONS” AT THE INTERNATIONAL MOTOCROSS MUSEUM ON JULY 11, 2020, IN CHICAGO
For more information go to www.mxworksbike.com
LOOKING AHEAD! THE 2020 RACE CALENDAR
2020 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 4…Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 11…St. Louis, MO (West)
Jan. 18 …Anaheim, CA (West)
Jan. 25…Glendale, AZ (3-Moto) (West)
Feb. 1…Oakland, CA (West)
Feb. 8…San Diego, CA (West)
Feb. 15…Tampa, FL (East)
Feb. 22… Arlington, TX (3-Moto) (East)
Feb. 29… Atlanta, GA (East)
Mar. 7…Daytona Beach, FL (East)
Mar. 14…Indianapolis, IN (East)
Mar. 21…Detroit, MI (East)
Mar. 28…Seattle, WA (West)
Apr. 4…Denver, CO (East/West)
Apr. 18…Foxborough, MA (East)
Apr. 25…Las Vegas, NV (3-Moto) (West)
May 2…Salt Lake City, UT (East/West)
2020 AMA ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 3-4…Loveland, CO
Jan. 11…Hobbs, NM
Jan. 24-25…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 31-Feb. 1… Denver, CO
Feb. 7-8…Reno NV
Feb. 28-29…Salt Lake City, UT
Mar. 7… Amarillo, TX
2020 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…..Hangtown, CA
May 23…..Pala, CA
May 30….Thunder Valley, CO
Jun. 6……Jacksonville, FL
June 20…Mt. Morris, PA
June 27…Southwick, MA
July 4……Red Bud, MI
July 18….Millville, MN
July 25….Washougal, WA
Aug. 15…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 22…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN
2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Great Britain
Apr. 5…Italy #1
May 17…Italy #2
June 28…Jakarta, Indonesia
July 5…Palembang, Indonesia
July 26…Czech Republic
Sept. 20…Italy #3
2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP
May 10…Czech Republic
Sept. 13…Czech Republic
2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 27.…Ernee, France
2020 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 26…Primm, NV
Feb. 23…Taft, CA
Mar. 22… Havasu, AZ
Apr. 19…Blythe, CA
May 3…Las Vegas, NV
May 31…Cahuilla Creek, CA
July 19…Prineville, OR
Sept. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 18…Mesquite, NV
Nov. 15…Primm, NV
2020 WORCS SPRINT ENDURO
Feb. 25…Taft, CA
May 24… Mesquite, NV
July 25…Prineville, OR
Sept. 26…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 31…Cahuilla, CA
2020 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 31…Wild Rose, AB
June 7…Blackwater, BC
June 14…Dorva, AB
June 21…MotoVally, SK
July 12…Gopher Dunes, ON
July 19…San Del Lee, ON
July 26…Riverglade, NB
Aug. 2…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 16…Walton, ON
2020 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 22…Fatcat MotoParc
Apr. 19…Desertmartin, Ireland
Apr. 26…Hawkstone Park
July 5…Canada Heights
Sept. 6t…Cusses Gorse
2020 ACU BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 21…Deertmartin, Ireland
2020 IRISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2020 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 4-5…Horsham, Victoria
May 3… Newry, Victoria
June 28…Glympie, Queensland
July 25-26…Maitland, New South Wales
Aug. 22-23…Coolum, Queensland
2020 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3 …Western Australia
Oct. 17… South Australia
Nov. 7 …New South Wales
2020 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 13…Fürstlich Drehna
May 31…Möggers, Austria
AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 3-8….Hurricane Mills, TN
2020 FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 8-9…Megalopolis, Greece
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