MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: SUPERCROSS WILL BE THE SAME …ON THE TRACK ONLY (UPDATED)

GAUTIER PAULIN CALLS TIME-OUT ON HIS 15-YEAR GRAND PRIX CAREER

Gautier Paulin, five -time MXDN Champion, will not be on the starting line in 2021.

Just one week after Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle announced that he would retire at the end of the 2020 GP season, French star Guatier Paulin also announced that 2020 would be his last season.

Gautier Paulin said, “It is with a great deal of emotion that I have decided to call time-out on my career. I have dedicated my whole life to my sport and it has made me the man I am today. I had a wonderful awakening in 2007 when I signed my first pro contract and won my first title. It set me on a path I had dreamt of. I’m so grateful that I got to fight with the best riders in the world, gain the trust of the most prestigious companies and brands, wear my nation’s jersey for eleven consecutive years at the Motocross of Nations and win the event.

“I love challenges, performance, hard work, and having the desire to give my best. I’ve experienced indescribable feelings of joy, I’ve led the MX2 and MXGP World championships, sang the Marseillaise with the public, and lived through strong emotions that have marked me forever. I also have the most unbelievable fans and I humbly thank every single one of them as well as every single person that helped or believed in me for the last fifteen years and more. Sport unites us. Now it is time for the next chapter.”

 

2021 SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The 2021 Supercross series will start in Houston’s NRG Stadium. It will stay in Houston for a three-race stand on Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday before moving to Indianapolis, Indiana, for a Saturday/Tuesday doubeheader, followed by Glendale, Arizona’s Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday tripleheader. On March 6th, the only stand-alone race on the schedule will take place at Daytona International Speedway. After Daytona, the AMA Supercross series will return to the Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday schedule in Arlington, Texas.

The remaining five races on the 2021 schedule are up in the air, save for the finale in Salt Lake City at an unspecified date in May. The “To Be Announced” (TBA) dates  could be in California, but don’t be surprised of they end up being a four-peat in Salt Lake City.  Stay tuned.

opening ceremonies 2020 Anaheim 2 Supercross1With reduced towns, triple headers, limited attendance, temperature checks, no pit parties and Tuesday races, Supercross won’t feel like what you are used to. Maybe it will be better.

2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN (250 East)
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN (250 East)
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Feb. 23 (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Feb. 27 (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL (250 East)
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
Mar. 23 (Tuesday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
Mar. 27 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
May ?? (Saturday)…Salt Lake City

 

BREAKING NEWS! 2021 AMA ENDUROCROSS SERIES TO FINISH OUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT GLEN HELEN

Colton Haaker is the current champion and points leader in the 2020 AMA Endurocross Championship.

Although schedule to move the series to Nampa, Idaho, for the final two rounds in the Ford Idaho Center, it was announced on Thursday that the 2020 AMA National Endurocross series will stay at Glen Helen and finish out the final two rounds of the Championship. When Idaho returned to “Stage 3” of its Covid rules, it was necessary to keep the series where it was—at Glen Helen. Very much like the AMA Supercross series doing 7 roundsi n Salt Lake City, the Endurcross series will be doing six rounds in the Glen Helen Stadiumcross track.

Glen Helen’s Stadiumcross amateur Supercross track was turned into the AMA Endurocrosa track.

The final two rounds will be held this Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3. Fans needing a ticket refund for the Ford Idaho Center events, please contact the venue at (208) 442-3232. Racers needing a refund for their registration, please email [email protected].

The 2020 Endurocross Racing Series will be available for nationwide viewing on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). We will release more information on when you can watch the series by the end of the week.

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 YAMAHA YZ250F

 

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KTM POWERPARTS ACCESSORIES

KTM 300CC FACTORY ENGINE KIT
All the parts needed to turn your 250SX into a 300SX (including cylinder, gaskets, piston, rings, cylinder head, black box, wrist pin, circlips and power valve). It is a bolt-on engine kit that boosts  power by 4.25 horsepower more than the stock 250SX engine. Retail price—$956.99.

FACTORY TRIPLE CLAMPS
This orange anodized triple clamp includes the steering stem with the bottom bearing already pressed on. It features adjustable offset (20mm or 22mm) and a special split clamp design to optimize perfect grip on the fork tubes. Identical to the 2020-1/2 KTM FC450 Factory Edition triple clamps. Retail price—$623.99.

FACTORY WHEELS
The  orange anodized CNC-machined hubs are laced to D.I.D DirtStars rims with orange anodized aluminum spoke nipples with 36 black anodized spokes. The rear wheel comes in either 18-inch or 19-inch diameters on 2.15-inch DID DirtStar rims. Retail price—$424.99 (front), $499.99 (Rear).

KTM Power Powerparts are available at your friendly local KTM dealer. to find a KTM dealer near you Click Here.

 

2020 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

The 2020 450 World Championship is Tim Gajser’s to lose. He has a 74 point lead with only three races left in the season.

Date                       Venue                                                      450………………… 250
1. Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain …..Jeffrey Herlings……….Tom Vialle
2. Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland…….Jeffrey Herlings……….Jago Geerts
3. Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia…………………..Glenn Coldenhoff……….Tom Vialle
4. Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia………………..Tony Cairoli…………………Jago Geerts
5. Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………Jago Geerts
6. Sept. 6…Faenza, Italy……………………..Jeffrey Herlings………….Maxime Renaux
7. Sept. 9…Faenza, Italy………………………Jorge Prado………………..Tom Vialle
8. Sept. 13…Faenza, Italy…………………….Tony Cairoli………………..Tom Vialle
9. Sept. 27…Mantova, Italy…………………Jeremy Seewer…………..Thomas Kjer Olsen
10. Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy……………….Romain Febvre…………..Thomas Kjer Olsen
11. Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy…………………..Tim Gajser…………………..Jago Geerts
12. Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain……..Jorge Prado………………..Tom Vialle
13. Oct. 18…Lommel, Belgium……………Tim Gajser…………………..Tom Vialle
14. Oct. 21…Lommel, Belgium……………Tim Gajser…………………..Tom Vialle
15. Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium……………Tim Gajser…………………..Ben Watson
16. Nov. 1…Trentino, Italy
17. Nov. 4…Trentino, Italy
18. Nov. 8…Trentino, Italy
450 Points leader…Tim Gajser
250 points leader…Tom Vialle

 

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FASTHOUSE HEADWEAR

FASTHOUSE STARTER HAT MAROON—$26.50


FASTHOUSE SERVICE DEPARTMENT HAT CAMO—$26.50

FASTHOUSE ALL STAR HAT RED—$26.50


FASTHOUSE CLASSIC TRUCKER HAT—$26.50

For more info or to order go to www.fasthouse.com or call (661) 775-5963.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450

 

CURRENT 2020 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS AFTER 15 OF 18 ROUNDS

Jorge Prado had to miss last weekend’s race in Lommel when he tested positive for the coronavirus.

2020 FIM 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS
(After 15 of 18 rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…583
2. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…509
3. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…499
4. Jorge Prado (KTM)…476
5. Romain Febvre (Kaw)…465
6. Gautier Paulin (Yam)…403
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (Gas)…375
8. Clement Desalle (Yam)…362
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Hon)…289
10. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…263

Thomas Kjer Olsen is fifth in 250 GP points.

2020 FIM 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS
(After 15 of 18 rounds)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)…651
2. Jago Geerts (Yam)…577
3. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…476
4. Jed Beaton (Hus)…456
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…446
6. Ben Watson (Yam)…440
7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Kaw)…417
8. Conrad Mewse (KTM)…307
9. Ruben Fernandez (Yam)…279
10. Mathys Boisrame (Kaw)…234

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN LOMMEL LAST SUNDAY: SEE IT HERE

 

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: THE FIRST OF THE MARTIN CLAN

John Martin, known today as the father of Jeremy and Alex Martin and the owner of the Spring Creek AMA National track, was a very successful factory Can-Am off-road racer in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE RADIATOR MUD GUARDS

Overheating is a problem of the past thanks to the new mud radiator guards. The mud radiator guards are designed to protect your radiator from clogging up with mud in inclement conditions. A simple installation is completed with elastic straps that wrap around the radiator housing. Constructed of silicone material so that no mud will stick to the radiator causing restriction of air into the cooling fins. This product is widely used by many of our GP and US MX factory race teams around the world. MSRP is listed at $37.95. Head on over to your local dealership or to www.mooseracing.com or www.mooseutility.com to check the mud radiator guards out.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KTM 450SXF

 

THE STARS CAME TO THE SOCAL CLASSIC VINTAGE RACE FOR THE “MARTY SMITH MEMORIAL”

High school buddy and factory Honda teammate Tommy Croft looked stylish.

Honda teammate Warren Reid raced Marty Smith’s replica CR125.

Todd DeHoop was fast and smooth.

Marty Smith’s son Tyler was a former Pro and he knew exactly what to do with a down-pipe CR125 to honor his father’s legacy.

Ricky Johnson and Lars Larsson are both San Diego natives and when Lars owned Torsten Hallman Off-Road (THOR) he sponsored most of the early motocross stars—along with being one himself.

Broc Glover can still ride like the wind. New bike, old bike, it doesn’t matter.

Former SoCal Pro Billy Urban showed up on a MR Honda off-road bike. Most of the riders ran Marty Smith’s first AMA number, 522, on their bikes or jerseys.

Clark Jones (left), who was an AMA National rider before starting Noleen, built the shocks for Broc’s CR125.

As a factory Yamaha racer and test rider Doug Dubach couldn’t ride Honda for the Marty Smith Memorial. Doug blew up his carbon fiber YZ100 after only two laps.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 HUSQVARNA FC450

 

2020 RED BULL DAY IN THE DIRT GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 27-29 AT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY

For more information go www.dayinthedirt.com

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 YAMAHA YZ450F

 

36TH ANNUAL WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 6-8: PRE-ENTRY OPEN NOW

Save money and time by submitting your online pre-entries now. The Dubya World Vet MX Championships takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday being the World Vet Motocross Championship Day. For additional savings riders have the option to sign-up for both Saturday and Sunday!

 

MXA’S FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450

 

BIG NEWS! WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP GETS TWO NEW CLASSES—OVER-30 125 PRO & OVER-50 125 PRO

Hollywood actor Pasha Afshar is putting his money into two special 125 two-stroke races at the 2020 World Vet Championship on November 7-8. Each class has a $2000 purse, with the winner get $1000.

The plan is for the two Pasha 125 classes to be “Over-30 125 Pro” and “Over-50 125 Pro.” It is open to any rider who is from 30 to 49 years of age for the Over-30 125 Pro class and any rider over the age of 50 in the Over-50 125 Pro classes. There are no skill divisions and displacements of up to 150cc are legal. The current plan is to run the “Pasha Over-30 125 Pro” class on Saturday and the “Pasha Over-50 125 Pro” class on Sunday.

These will be the only two-strokes classes at the 2020 World Vet Motocross Championship and although they pay a $2000 purse in each class they are really just fun races for riders who love to race their 125s. First place pays $1000, second place $600 and third place $400. For more info or to sign-up go to www.glenhelen.com.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX250

 

24-HOURS OF GLEN HELEN ENDURANCE RACE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21-22

Glen Helen’s 3Bros-sponsored 24-Hour off-road endurance race is scheduled for November 21-22.The 24-Hour of Glen Helen will begin on November 21 at 10:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. The amateur teams can have 6 riders and two bikes, but the Pro teams can only have 4 riders and must finish the 24 hours on the one bike. Headlights are required for the 24-hour. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF250

 

8TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY ON SATURDAY, DEC. 5 AT PALA

For more information go to www.kurtcaselli.com.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KTM 350SXF

 

WHAT’S INSIDE THE DECEMBER 2020 ISSUE OF MXA?

The December 2020 issue of MXA is winging its way to your right now. You don’t want to miss it.

Waht’s in the newest isse of MXA?> How about fulltest on the 20201 KTM 350SXF, 2021 Honda CRF250, , 2021 Kawasaki versus 2021 Yamaha YZ450F, Josh Mosiman’s  World Two-Stroke Championship KTM 300SX and  our 1994 CR125 restoration disaster (not only did it blow up a couple times, but it might be the ugliest project bike we ever built). That’s not all, we interview the “Rhinestone Cowboy,” test Fly’s new zipperless pants, explain why BNG isn’t always a bad thing, spend too much time at Red Bud,  look back at our 1998 test of Mike LaRocco’s Factory Connection, Jack in the box Honda CR250 and fill the magzine up with stuff you don’t know, but need to know.

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MXA TEAM TESTED: ALPINESTARS A1-PLUS ROOST GUARD

 

Alpinestars makes four of the best designed roost guards in the sport. Alpinestars offers the $119.95 A1, $129.95 A1-Plus, $179.95 A4 and $199.95 A10. The higher up the scale, the better the impact resistance. The newest roost guard in Alpinestars’ quartet is the A1-Plus. It is an upgrade of the original A1, which is the lightest and sleekest plastic roost guard on the market. All four Alpinestars roost guards are favorites of the MXA test riders.

Concept. Many riders want to wear a plastic roost guard under their jerseys but find them too bulky. The market has responded by making slimmer, all-plastic roost guards that can be worn under a jersey, such as the Thor Sentinel, Fly Revel and Fox ProFrame, but Alpinestars went all out to make an incredibly sleek design that doesn’t add any bulk.

The back panel covers more area than on the original A1 guard and his rated at much higher impact absorption by CE certification.
The A1 Plus’ back panel covers more area than on the original A1 guard and is rated at a much higher impact absorption by CE certification.

Protection. Racers wear a roost guard for protection not just from roost but also crashes. And while corporate lawyers don’t want their clients to call them “chest protectors” for liability reasons, these roost guards quite obviously offer a degree of chest protection. The front and back of the original A1 is CE-certified as an EN-14021 “stone shield.” Its transmitted force cannot exceed 27 kilonewtons of impact force (approximately 6000 pounds-force); however, the A1-Plus is CE-certified to the more stringent EN-1621-2 standard (its transmitted force cannot exceed 12 kilonewtons of impact force, approximately 2500 pounds-force). Obviously, the less force the protector transmits to the body, the softer the blow, which means the back panel of the A1-Plus offers double the impact protection of the A1.

The A1 Plus has much more thermofoam padding around the plastic chest piece. It is a lot more cmfortable to wear than the original A1.
The A1 Plus’ front piece has more thermoformed padding around the plastic chest piece. It is a lot more comfortable to wear than the original A1.

Differences. How does the A1-Plus differ from the original A1 roost guard. The A1-Plus has extended thermoformed foam padding that not only offers more surface area of roost protection but increases the comfort level for the rider’s body. The front panel’s molded plastic has a more swooping neckline with 1-1/2 inches of foam padding above it. On the back panel, the slots where the elastic strap exits no longer have a cowling-shape above them since these cowlings occasionally cracked; instead, the strap exits through wider low-profile slots.

Added features. The Alpinestars A1-Plus has a removable upper back panel, elastic hooks and small shoulder pads to accommodate the BNS neck brace. Plus, the plastic back protection can be removed, thanks to a built-in Y-strap that enables the A1-Plus to be used as a front-only roost guard. Adjustable Velcro straps allow the A1-Plus to fit tall, short, thin and wide bodies.

This is what the original A1 roost guard looks like. It was a different and lower rated back panel and different padding.
This is what the original A1 roost guard looks like. It was a different front and back panel  less padding around the plastic and the impact protection is only rated as a “stone shield.”

 Performance. MXA test riders who previously wore the Alpinestars A1 roost guard immediately switched to the A1-Plus, claiming that it fit better, hugged their torsos tighter and was also invisible when worn under a jersey. We can’t overstate the benefits of the upgraded impact protection of the back panel. Alpinestars’ roost guard lineup is the most inclusive in the gear business. It ranges from the light and simple (A1) to full coverage and dual-walled (A10). Kudos to Alpinestars for going the extra mile to improve its already-popular A1 roost deflector. That shows a commitment to excellence.

DIGITS? $129.95 (available in black or white and medium/large and extra large/double extra large)www.alpinestars.com or (800) 409-0903.

MXA RATING: If you are looking for a lightweight roost guard that can be worn under or over your jersey, the Alpinestars A1-Plus is the place to start. You won’t know you are wearing it.

 

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450X OFF-ROAD BIKE

 

KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2020 RACE SCHEDULES

crowd fans 2020 Anaheim 1 Supercross main event-5104Supercross is coming back in 2021, but it isn’t necessarily coming to a stadium near you.

2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 16  (Saturday)…Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan. 19  (Tuesday)….Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan. 23  (Saturday)…Houston, TX (250 East)
Jan 30  (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN (250 East)
Feb. 2  (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN (250 East)
Feb. 20  (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Feb. 23  (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Feb. 27  (Saturday)…Glendale, AZ (250 West)
Mar. 6  (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL (250 East)
Mar. 20  (Saturday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
Mar. 23  (Tuesday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
Mar. 27  (Saturday)…Arlington, TX (250 West)
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
TBA…………………………………………….
May ?? (Saturday)…Salt Lake City

REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain
Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland
Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia
Sept. 6…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 9…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 13…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 27…Mantova, Italy
Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
Oct. 18…(Sunday) Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 21…(Wednesday) Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 25…(Sunday) Lommel, Belgium
Nov. 1…(Sunday) Trentino, Italy
Nov. 4…(Wednesday) Trentino, Italy
Nov. 8…(Sunday) Trentino, Italy

2020 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 6-8…Glen Helen , CA

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
CANCELED

 

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