MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE WORLD IS OUR OYSTER—ALL CLOSED UP & SLIPPERY
• THE APRIL MXA IS ON ITS WAY: INSIDE IS THE BUELL 450 GRIFFON, MXA 450 SHOOTOUT & THE BETA MOTOCROSS TWO-STROKE
What’s in the newest issue of MXA? How about a thorough 22-page 450 Shootout with all seven 2021 450s, plus there accurate weights, prices and dyno charts. We also test the 2021 Beta 300RX motocross-specific two-stroke and the 2021 Gas Gas MC 250F. We take our 2021 Kawasaki KX450X to the Lake Havasu WORCS and ride Mike Alessi’s Yamaha YZ134. And those are just the bike test! We also have an in depth interview with Dave Osterman about hopscotching though almost every team on the AMA Pro circuit and Classic Iron on the Rickman Bultaco and how 24 of the 95 Rickman Bultacos made ended up being black marketed to America by Bud Ekins.
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• GODSPEED! BENGT ABERG (1944-2021): WE LOSE ANOTHER PIONEER
Two-time 500 World Champion Bengt Aberg passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday, March 6, 2021. The Swedish GP rider was one of the top riders in the FIM 500 World Championships during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1968 he was part of the Swedish team that won the Trophee des Nations and he was a member of three Motocross des Nation teams for Sweden in 1970, 1971 and 1974. His teammates for the three MXDN wins were Christer Hammargren, Ake Jonsson, Arne Kring, Olle Pettersson and Hakan Anderson. He won the FIM 500 World Motocross Championship in 1969 and 1970.
Bengt also competed on Bultaco’s in 1974-1976, including on the rarely seen dual-fork Bultaco. In 1977, when four-stroke were a rarity in GP motocross, Bengt competed on modified Hallman/Lundin Yamaha TT500. Bengt rode the four-stroke to a first moto victory at the 1977 500 Grand Prix of Luxembourg.
A production version of the bike Bengt raced in Luxembourg was released by Yamaha in 1978-79. Yamaha Europe commissioned the Norton factory to build 400 complete HL500s that would only be sold in Europe in 1978-1979 (you can tell the 1979 from the 1978 by the banana swing arm). The production HL500s used a lot of stock Yamaha parts, including the forks, but Ohlins shocks were included. The Bengt Aberg Replica was sold in America by Torsten Hallman Racing as a kit bike.
• WORLD TWO-STROKE WARM-UP: PASHA 125 OPEN ON MARCH 20 AT REM GLEN HELEN
This last chance to get ready for the 2021 World Two-Stroke Championship on April 3. The final Pasha 125 open will be held on the Glen Helen National track. In order to offer a $10,000 purse for the Pasha 125 Pro classes at the World Two-Stroke Championship, the March 20 race will pay a 100% Pro payback for the 125cc Pro class (paid out the top 30%of the overall finishers. The Over-30 Pro and Over-50 Pro classes will not have a purse for this race. For more info to to wwww.remsatmx.com or www. glenhelen.com.
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: O’NEAL RACING 2021-1/2 PRODIGY LIMITED EDITION
PRODIGY 2021-1/2 JERSEY
The 2021-1/2 Prodigy gear has O’Neals most advanced jersey ever, featuring the All-New ‘’4-Cell” Performance Fabric with 4-way stretch, silicone lined edges, laser-cut venting on the upper chest and arms, stitchless welded seams on arms, four-way stretch vented panel on the entire back, extended tail with cooling mesh and closed cell venting keeps you cool under the forearms, shoulders, under-arms, and extended tail with cooling mesh and silicone printing on lower back to help keep jersey tucked in. The retail price for the Prodigy jersey is $74.99.
PRODIGY 2021-1/2 PANTS
Built with durable and lightweight denier fabrics with integrated stretch panels, pre-curved leg design to conform to the ideal riding position, lightweight rubber patches at knee with integrated air intakes for cooling. Plus, a 360-degree adjustable belt keeps pants in place, drum-dyed leather inner knee protectionand 900 denier rear saddle with Quilted cross-stitched seat padding for added comfort and grip.There is a hidden external zippered hip pocket and an ultra-soft no-pull half liner that stops at the knee. The Prodigy pants are triple stitched in critical areas for durability four-way stretch knees with two-way stretch calves, sized for knee brace compatibility. The retail price for the Prodigy pant is $219.99. For more info go to www.oneal.com
• WHO’S WHO IN THE SUPERCROSS ZOO? WHAT’S NEXT? THREE RACES IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS!
2021 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 10 of 17 races)
2. Cooper Webb (KTM)…223
1. Ken Roczen (Hon)…216
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…190
4. Justin Barcia (Gas)…176
5. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…152
6. Malcolm Stewart (Yam)…152
7. Jason Anderson (Hus)…137
8. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…135
9. Zach Osborne (Hus)…123
10. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…122
2021 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 9 races)
1. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…70
2. Justin Cooper (Yam)…64
3. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…58
4. Garrett Marchbanks (Yam)…57
5. Seth Hammaker (Kaw)…55
6. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…51
7. Stilez Robertson (Hus)…44
8. Chris Blose (Gas)…37
9. Coty Schock (Hon)…37
10. Nate Thrasher (Yam)……28
2021 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 9 races)
1. Colt Nichols (Yam)…166
2. Christian Craig (Yam)…158
3. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)…138
4. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…128
5. Josh Osby (Hon)…103
6. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…97
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)…91
8. Josh Varize (KTM)…81
9. Thomas Do (KTM)…74
10. Grant Harlan (Hon)…71
• 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Venue 450 250
Jan. 16 (Sat)…Houston, TX…………….Justin Barcia…………….Christian Craig
Jan. 19 (Tues)….Houston, TX………….Eli Tomac………………….Jett Lawrence
Jan. 23 (Sat)…Houston, TX…………….Cooper Webb…………..Colt Nichols
Jan. 30 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN……….Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 2 (Tues)….Indianapolis, IN……..Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 6 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN…………Ken Roczen………………Christian Craig
Feb. 13 (Sat)…Orlando, FL……………..Cooper Webb………….Jett Lawrence
Feb. 20 (Sat)…Orlando, FL……………..Cooper Webb………….Justin Cooper
Mar. 6 (Sat)…Daytona Beach, FL…..Eli Tomac………………….Cameron McAdoo
Mar. 13 (Sat)…Arlington, TX………….Cooper Webb…………..Seth Hammaker
Mar. 16 (Tues)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Sat)…Arlington, TX
Apr. 10 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 13 (Tues)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 17 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT
450 points leader…Cooper Webb
250 East points leader…Colt Nichols
250 West points leader…Cameron McAdoo
SOCAL RACES BOOMING: RACERS WANT TO RACE AGAIN
This is an aerial view of Glen Helen’s camping area before last week’s Prairie Dog GP. Every weekend in SoCal, some race at one of the ten tracks sets some kind of attendance record. If only the dealers had bikes on their showroom floors to sell, it would be even bigger.
• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE
Can you name this racer? This rider finished second in the 2012 AMA Supercross series (behind Ryan Villopoto). He was second in the 2012 AMA 450 National Motocross Championships (behind Ryan Villopoto). He was third in the 2010 AMA Supercross Championship (behind Ryan Dungey and Kevin Windham) and he was third in the 2006 AMA 450 National Motocross Championships (behind Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham ). But, he did win the 2006 AMA 250 East Supercross Championship. Over his 13 year AMA Pro career he raced for Team Suzuki, Team Honda, Team Yamaha, Team Kawasaki and Team KTM. Can you name him? Answer at the bottom of the page.
• 3-BROS SIX-HOURS OF GLEN HELEN COMING THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 14
If you’d like to eventually race the 24-hours of Glen Helen, this is the place to start. It’s only a measley six hours long. Its held in the daylight, so no lights are required and you’ll be home in time for dinner. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com or call Lori at (909) 384-9342 to find out how to form a three-man team.
• MXA AD OF THE WEEK: BRINGING OUT THE STUFF OF CHAMPIONS IN YOU
• 2021 GLEN HELEN TT SCRAMBLES RACING SCHEDULE: NEXT RACE FEB. 28
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• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MATRIX CONCEPTS COLLECTION
MATRIX LS-1 LIFT STAND
This is the stand for everyone from mini rider to the everyday rider to the professional racer. Easy to transport and store. Easy to use. The easy use thanks to the thanks to the two-point Power Pedal. It features a very stable center post design. It extends from 12-inches to 15.5 inches and has self lockig in the up posistion The top platform is 8-inches by 11-inches The LS1 is available in powder-coated white, black and orange primary colors, with red, blue, yellow, green, pink and USA graphics to mix and match. Plus, there are 8 team graphics kits r you can customize your name and number. The retail prices is $169.95.
MATRIX LIQUID SOLUTIONS FORMULA 2 WASH & DEGREASER
Matrix’s effective, proprietary, concentrated spray-on formula that cuts through the toughest grime and dirt leaving the bike clean and refreshed. The formula is a biodegradable, non-toxic formula that contains no harmful chemicals. Available in 32 ounce spray bottle for $16.95 (or one gallon bottles for $29.95).
MATRIX LIQUID SOLUTIONS FORMULA 4 SPRAY AND SHINE
Leaves rubber, vinyl, and plastic looking refreshed and new without the wet look. It is a one-step spray on Hi-Performance water dispersing protective shine. That has a biodegradable, non-toxic formula contains no harmful chemicals. It was developed, tested and used by the top teams and riders in the off-road racing of the world and will not harm your bike finish or graphics. Available in 32 ounce spray bottle for $14.95.
MATRIX LIQUID SOLUTIONS FORMULA 6 CHAIN LUBE
Matrix’s advanced technology is offers superior lubrication, resists wear and weather for long-lasting lubrication. It is compatible with both O-ring and non O-ring chains and works at both high and low temperature extremes. This is a no-fling formula thanks to tackifiers. It will not stain your metal or plastic parts. Available in a 20 ounce aerosol for $12.95.
MATRIX LIQUID SOLUTIONS FORMULA 8 TIRE LUBE
Thanks to an easy spray-on application Matrix Formula 8 makes tire mounting and removal easy. It helps prevent tire movement, tube slippage, tube pinching and helps pop the bead on rim. After Formula 8 dries it helps keep the bead sealed. Available in 32 ounce spray bottle for $16.95 (or one gallon bottles for $39.95). For more information go to www.matrixracingproducts.com
MXA TEAM TESTED: ALPINESTARS TECH 10 SUPERVENTED BOOTS
Alpinestars flagship Tech 10 boots have played a major role in the brand’s widespread popularity in the action sports world. Now, Alpinestars has introduced its all-new Tech 10 Supervented boots. The Supervented boots have the structural build of the newly redesigned Tech 10 boots while also increasing ventilation to reduce your body temperature on the track.
The Alpinestars Tech 10 Supervented boots are currently the only ventilated motocross boots on the market, but they’re not the first. In fact, Alpinestars introduced its Ventil-Action boots over 30 years ago. The newest Tech 10 Supervented boots were originally designed for Alpinestars off-road star Ricky Brabec, the first American rider to win the Dakar Rally. With the Rally spanning 4900 miles over 13 days in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, vented boots can make a big difference. The patented construction was designed to stream air into the boot through two inlet ports in the toe box and through the mesh intake material behind the straps on the front of the boot. Once inside, air flows through open channels in the sole of the inner bootie to cool your feet before exiting through the exhaust ports at the back and on the sides of the boot.The Alpinestars Tech 10 boot is one of the most high-tech boots in motocross; however, some riders feel that the extra technical aspects create a complex boot with restricted mobility. Those who like pliable boots don’t like the Tech 10’s rigid structure and longer break-in period. They typically choose the more limber Tech 7. Now, they can try the Tech 10 again because the Supervented boots break in quicker and flex more to improve connectivity at the foot pegs. Additionally, the sturdy structure of the Tech 10 chassis offers more protection for your ankles, feet and legs than most softer boots. The new outsole on the Tech 10 has been completely redesigned with proprietary grip sculpturing to improve the contact feel between your boot and the footpeg.
Alpinestars claims 34-percent-better heat dissipation on the Tech 10 Supervented boots compared to Alpinestars’ non-vented offerings. The MXA wrecking crew noticed the increased airflow when riding through the pits, riding slow on the track or when trail riding. We didn’t notice the vents while racing, but that’s to be expected. The vents certainly aren’t a gimmick. They allow air (and dust) to permeate the inner bootie and your riding socks. Luckily, Alpinestars has implemented a soft microfiber gaiter to help seal out excess water and dirt. We were impressed with the gaiter’s ability to keep rocks, dirt clods and even water out of the boot.
We expected the durability to suffer because of the Supervented boots’ perforation and increased flexibility. We did suffer wear damage to the front lip of the toe box, which peeled the vent forward and tore the perforated front leather. The Alpinestars Tech 10 Supervented boots retail for $50 more than the standard Tech 10s and are available in two color options: all white or black/white/gray/red. The sizing ranges from adult sizes 7 to 14.
Our biggest squawk was that the most noticeable vents at the front of the toe box get clogged with dirt, which eliminates the sole venting.
MXA RATING: If you ride in warmer weather, or you are interested in trying a softer pair of Tech 10s, go with the Supervented model.
• ONLY 62 DAYS INTO 2021, HONDA RELEASES INFO ON THEIR 2022 MODELS
FIRST LOOK: 2022 HONDA CRF450
Honda’s CRF450R continues to be the powersports industry’s benchmark motocrosser, carrying Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen to three 2021 AMA Supercross wins so far and, together with its limited-edition CRF450RWE sibling, posting the most U.S. sales of any MX model. For 2022, the legendary machine gets an updated ECU for enhanced drivability, particularly in the lower rev ranges, while suspension valving is revised for better holdup and improved balance. “Razor Sharp Cornering” continues as the model’s theme, with three main focus areas: power, handling and consistency. Unsurprisingly for the platform campaigned by Roczen and teammate Chase Sexton, as well as reigning FIM World Champion Tim Gajser, the $9,599 CRF450R learns from the HRC racing program.
FIRST LOOK: 2022 HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION
For those who demand the absolute best when it comes to motocross performance, the premium CRF450R Works Edition is based on the legendary CRF450R, but with a long list of elite-level upgrades based on the machines in the Team Honda HRC factory race shop. As is the case with the CRF450R, this model gets an updated ECU, new suspension valving,Hinson clutch basket/cover, hand-ported cylinder head, Throttle Jockey graphics/seat cover, D.I.D. DirtStar LT-X rims, Yoshimura exhaust system, titanium nitride-coated lower fork legs, Twin Air filter, Rental FatBars/grips, RK gold chain and black triple clamps. Available in August extremely limited numbers i for $12,399.
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• KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES
REVISED 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Tampa, Fl
Feb. 6…….Tampa, Fl
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX
2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
June 26…Southwick, MA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
2021 PROVISIONAL GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (REVISED)
May 23…Oss, Holland,
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 20…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 4…Borobudur, Java
Jul. 11…Semarang, Indonesia
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 8…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Aug. 29…Igora, Russia
Sep. 12…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…St. Jean d’Angely, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Agueda, Portugal
Oct. 31…TBA, Italy
Nov. 7…TBA, China
Nov. 21…TBA, Argentina
2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jun. 26/27..Reserve date
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 9…TBA, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola is out—new site TBA
2021 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 6-7…Paris, France
• 2021 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS ON MAY 23
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