MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE MUD MUCKERS ARE BACK

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MUD MUCKER HAND GUARDS

Put them on and take them off in 10 seconds. Instant protection from mud, rain, freezing weather or rocky tracks.

You may not be old enough to remember the original Mud Muckers, but back in 1976, World Class Products came out with what was undoubtably the best hand guards ever made—especially for mud, rain or cold races. Used by Roger DeCoster, Billy Grossi, Jimmy Weinert, Tony D and Jim Pomeroy, Mud Muckers weren’t hard plastic hand guards that had be be bolted on to your handlebars, but instead were padded naugahyde-covered hand guards that protected the rider’s hands from roost, but were exceptional in a mud race because the Mud Muckers would fold over the grips, throttle and levers so that when you picked the bike up after a crash, everything was clean.

This is Mud Muckers’ original MXA ad from November of 1976. We don’t care where they’ve been for the last 42 years, we are just glad they are back.

The inside of the new Mud Mucker is foam lined.

Three-time AMA 250 National Champion Tony DiStefano with Mud Muckers on his works Suzuki.

Jammin’ Jimmy Weinert using Mud Muckers back in the day.

Flash forward 42 years! Mud Muckers are back — only in a more compact shape, with a simple closure system and a carbon fiber vinyl material that provides even better protection. Best of all, and hard to believe, is that they are being made by the same man who invented the originals back in 1976. The retail price is $30 a set from www.mudmuckers.biz.

FLORIDA GETS ITS WISH AS MUDDY CREEK GETS BOUNCED

450 START GLEN HELENThe 2019 AMA National motocross schedule is exactly the same as the 2018 schedule — if you deduct one day from every date and drop Muddy Creek from the schedule for the WW Ranch in Florida on June 22.

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 (replaces Muddy Creek,TN)
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

THE COOPER WEBB SAGA CONTINUES AT KTM

Cooper Webb KTM_Photoshoot_Motorsports_CoopeKTM team Manager Ian Harrison, Cooper Webb and KTM Motosports director Roger DeCoster.

Cooper Webb has officially joined the Red Bull KTM factory team. Webb won back-to-back AMA 250 West Supercross Champions in 2015-’16 and capped that off with the 2016 AMA 250 National Motocross Championship.

It hasn’t been smooth going for the North Carolina rider since moving to the 450 class in 2017—and it wasn’t that smooth at Star Yamaha where Jeremy Martin refused to pit in the same pit as Cooper (and parked a van next to the Star rig). Since becoming a highly sought after 450 rider, Cooper Webb has only made the podium twice in the 450 Supercross series and never in the 450 AMA Nationals (although he did have 6 top five finishes).

Cooper on his way to the 2016 AMA 250 National Motocross Championship for Star Yamaha.

Cooper Webb had a rocky time with Team Yamaha after signing with them in 2017. He teamed with Chad Reed in 2017, where Yamaha, according to Chad Reed, told Cooper not to talk to Chad. In 2018 his teammate was going to be Davi Millsaps, but Millsaps got hurt in the pre-season and Justin Barcia moved into Millsaps’ spot. Barcia turned the YZ450F into a winning machine—scoring 6 Supercross podiums out of 10 races and 1 AMA 450 outdoor National win, 6 podiums, 11 top 5’s and 12 top tens. The unwritten rule on any race team is that you have to beat your teammate — even if you don’t beat anyone else. Webb couldn’t do it because of nagging injuries and unfamiliarity with the powerful 450s—not to mention his sometimes erratic riding and tendency to get into on-track altercations with other other riders (sometimes with his teammate Barcia).

Cooper Webb does have the potential to rise to the top and hopefully a change work places—from Yamaha to KTM — will do the trick. Webb couldn’t announce his KTM deal until his Yamaha contract expired on October 1, 2018. Cooper is replacing Broc Tickle, who has been caught up in the WADA drug test bureaucracy for several months. Webb will make his KTM 450SXF debut at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Cooper Webb said, “It was an honor when Roger and Ian reached out for me to be the next guy on the Red Bull KTM team. It’s really encouraging to know what this team has achieved – they really have been there and done it, so I don’t see any reason why they can’t do it with me. Working with Aldon at the Baker’s Factory is another strong part of the whole KTM set-up. I have an opportunity that really involves the whole package, so the plan is to ‘stick to the plan’ and focus on getting ready with the bike for Anaheim I. I don’t want anything to take me away from that!”

BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK: TRAVIS PASTRANA WILL BE 35 YEARS OLD ON MONDAY; AKE WILL BE 76 ON FRIDAY

Oct. 5…Danny Chandler 1959
Oct. 5…Johnny Marley

Ake JonssonOct. 5…Ake Jonsson 1942
Oct. 5…Randy Valade

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Oct. 6…Brian Gray 1984
Oct. 7…Randy Lawrence


Oct. 6…Marc Crosby 1957
Oct. 7…John Ayers

Oct. 7…John Basher
Oct. 7…Ted Campbell

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Oct. 8…Brian Myerscough
Oct. 8…Les Smith 1990

Oct. 8…Travis Pastrana 1983
Oct. 10…Jeff Cernic

Oct. 10…George Kohler 1952

MXA’S TOP TEN VIDEOS: 8,381,000 VIEWS AND COUNTING





No surprise. Eight of the top ten videos in MXA’s YouTube Channel are about two-strokes, three are about two-strokes versus four-stroke comparisons and one is a video of MXA’s Daryl Ecklund jumping Ironman Raceway’s triple step-up on a 125. To see these popular videos and many more click here

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT 2019 YZ250F CLUTCH SPRINGS


Newly released from Pro Circuit 2019 YZ250F Clutch Springs offer customers an increase in clutch life, decreases clutch slipping and has improved engagement over a stock setup for any rider. These high-performance springs will have riders noticing consistent spring performance throughout time, which is crucial in controlling how efficiently the clutch turns power into acceleration. The Pro Circuit 2019 YZ250F Clutch Springs will also work well in stock or modified engines and are a must-have for any serious racer. $79.95 at www.procircuit.com.

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

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

32nd ANNUAL CHAPARRAL MOTORSPORTS’ PARKING LOT SALE ON OCT. 6
For more info go to www.chapmoto.com

HALLOWEEN HILL CLIMB UP GLEN HELEN’S MT. SAINT HELEN ON OCT. 7
To pre-register mail to [email protected]

2018 MARSEILLE SUPERCROSS ON OCT. 12-13
For more information go to www.supercrossinternationalmarseille.com

IDAHO “FREECROSS” ON OCTOBER 12-14 IN CASCADE
For more information go to www.imopromotions.com

AIM EXPO MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN LAS VEGAS ON OCT. 13-14
For more info go to www.aimexpousa.com

POLICE & FIRE MOTOCROSS ON OCTOBER 15-16 AT GLEN HELEN
Civilians are welcome to come out and race the Monday-Tuesday event. Pre-enter at www.firepolicemx.com

DAVI MILLSAPS “DIVISION 18” MOTO CAMP: OCT. 29 – NOV. 1
It will be held in Ft. Pierce, Florida, at the Xcel training compound. For more info email to [email protected]

REM OCTOBERCROSS (FORMERLY THE COMMOTION-BY-THE-OCEAN) ON OCT. 27
For more info go to www.remsatmx.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

2018 DUBYA WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOV. 3-4 AT GLEN HELEN
For more information go to www.worldvetmx.com

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

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

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SWITCH HAULER BUMPER CARRIER

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MXA has considerable experience with the Switch Hauler from All-Jacked-Up Inc. It is the strongest, most durable, bumper carrier on the planet. Not only does it come with footpeg restraints, strap eyelets and the ability to carry a 300-pound load, the Switch Hauler is a modular package, that breaks down to a nice, easy to store package when you get home.  After all, who has room in their garage for a big bulky ramp or awkwardly configured contraption that doesn’t fit anywhere? With the Switch Hauler you’re not limited to the trailer speed limit, a few lanes on the road, prohibited from the carpool lane and it doesn’t need a ramp because it lowers itself down to bike height. If you don’t want to pull a trailer, mount a Switch Hauler on the back and take what you need to where you’re going.

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This Switch Hauler comes in three drop hieghts: a straight tongue design with no drop, 2 inches of drop and 3-1/4-inches of drop to insure that it works with every size truck and Class III or better receiver. The modular design means that the Switch hauler is amazingly simple to install right out of the box. The retail price varies from $449.00 to $479.00. For more info go to (760) 500-3397 or www.alljackedupinc.com.

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CLIPS FROM THE GREATEST MOTORCYCLE MOVIE OF ALL-TIME

MXA COVER OF THE WEEK: DO YOU REMEMBER THE 1987 YAMAHA YZM500?

Not as memorable to most Americans as when Neil Armstrong took “one giant step,” the unveiling of the first photos of the aluminum-framed 1987 Yamaha YZM500 on the July 1987 cover of MXA sent shock waves through the motocross community. With it’s square-tubed frame, monocoque airbox, barn door radiator wings and seat that extended to the gas cap, the YZM was the most radical design departure up to this time. Although Yamaha never put this bike into production, it didn’t matter. In the minds of most motocross enthusiasts, it made them believe that Yamaha was the most advanced manufacturer and returned big sales for the 1988 models—which only shared the barn door radiator wing.

JASON ANDERSON ON HIS FULL-WORKS HUSQVARNA TC250 TWO-STROKE

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: “HUSKY ONE-TWO PUNCH”

In 1970 Bengt Aberg and Husqvarna teammate Arne Kring finished one-two in the 500 World Championships. This Husqvarna ad touts not only their GP victory and the 400s they raced, but also their appearance in the upcoming 1970 Inter-Am series (where Christer Hammargren would join them).

2019 MOTOCROSS ACTION 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO

FINAL 2018 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX WINNERS

Jeffrey Herlings MXGP of Belgium_ Round 15Jeffrey Herlings won i17 of 20 GPs in 2018.

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………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………Thomas Covington
Sept. 16……Holland #2…………Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
Sept. 30……Italy #3……………..Jeffrey Herlings………..Jorge Prado
450 Champion…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
250 Champion…Jorge Prado (KTM)

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

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
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 

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

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

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
Oct. 6……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 13……………………No race (24 Hours of Glen Helen)
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)
Oct. 19-21………………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11………………….…..Primm, NV

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

2018 ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 20…………………………..Denver, CO
Oct. 27…………………………..Everett, WA
Nov. 3……………………………Boise, ID

Photos: Debbi Tamietti, Brian Converse, Jody Weisel, Travis  Fant, Ray Archer, Daryl Ecklund, MXA, MXGP

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