MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: STEWIE IS 33, ADOLF 80 AND MOVIN’ MARV 29

Dec. 21…James Stewart 1985
Dec. 23…Jeff Fox

Dec. 23…Will Hahn 1989
Dec. 25…Mark Burkhart 1979

Dec. 25…Adolf Weil 1938
Dec. 26…Luke Styke 1991

Dec. 28…Dean Wilson 1991
Dec. 29…Chris Gosselaar 1981
Dec. 29…Steve Ramon 1979

Dec. 30…Marvin Musquin 1989

THE FIFTH DIFFERENT MXGP SCHEDULE THIS YEAR: PLACE YOUR BETS ON WHEN THE SIXTH ONE WILL SHOW UP

Argentina MXGP-startEventually the MXGP season will take place, but don’t make any reservations yet .

Youthstream might as well throw darts at a world map compared to the system they use now, which consists of  chasing after government funded races regardless of where they are. Youthstream has just released their fifth different 2019 FIM World Motocross Championship Schedule.

The first change on the new schedule is a change to the change that they made three times already. Originally Argentina was dropped from the first MXGP schedule, then it was added on March 3 when the hoped-for Middle East GP (Iran or Kuwait) didn’t happen. After that, the date was changed  from March 3 to March 10 because local law didn’t permit big public events on election days. Now, the new schedule has Argentina back on March 3. What happened to the elections?

The second big change for the 2019 GP schedule is that,  the Grand Prix of Switzerland has been dropped.  When Switzerland was removed from the schedule the second of the three Italian GPs was moved from September 22 to August 18 (the previous Swiss date). That move was followed Hong Kong moving to the now vacated September 22 date — making them both the final Grand Prix of 2019 and an additional fly-away GP (and expense) for the already cash-strapped teams.

There are three GPs in Italy, two in Indonesia and two in China. Plus Holland will get both a GP at Valkenswaard and the Motocross des Nations at Assen.

2019 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; VERSION #5
Mar. 3…………………………… Argentina
Mar. 24……………………………England
Mar. 31……………………………Holland
Apr. 7……………………………..Italy #1
May 1……………………………..Shanghai (China #1)
May 12……………………………Italy #2
May 19…………………….……..Portugal
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…………………………..Italy #3
Aug. 25…………………………..Sweden
Sept. 8……………………………Turkey
Sept. 22…………………………..Hong Kong (China #2)

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

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: THREE-SPEED VERTEMATI V495

This Italian built Vertemati V495 was as rare as hens teeth. The exotic bike featured a hand-built engine, odd bolt-together frame and a three-speed gearbox, with neutral on the bottom.

MXA test rider Willy Musgrave raced the V495 several times, but couldn’t come to terms with the tall chassis flexible frame and three-speed gearbox. It wasn’t the dream bike everybody thought it was

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 2019 RED BULL KTM TEAMWEAR


Highlights from the 2019 Red Bull KTM Teamwear line include the Red Bull KTM Crew Neck Pullover Sweater, a selection of tee shirts, 12 different hats – ranging from snapback, to curve bill and five unique beanie designs. Plus, a Red Bull KTM Racing Team Backpack and the Red Bull KTM Racing Team Towel. For more info see your firnedly local KTM dealer.

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LARRY BROOKS EXPLODES A BERM

There is nothing that an MXA photographer likes more than late afternoon sun coming straight down the chute as a MXA test rider, blows up a berm. This is Larry Brook on a 1997 Kawasaki KX250.

REM WILL RACE AT GLEN HELEN ON DEC. 22 & 29

REM has two races left in the 2018 season races. They will be on December 22 and December 29. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com.

WHERE YOU’LL BE IN THE FUTURE: 2019 RACE SCHEDULE

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Weston Peick will not be on the line when the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship starts on January 5. We wish him a quick recovery. Peick’s facial injuries opened the door for Chad Reed to get a Supercross slot on the JGR Suzuki team.

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.…………………..TBA
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. 3…………………………… Argentina
Mar. 24……………………………England
Mar. 31……………………………Holland
Apr. 7……………………………..Italy #1
May 1……………………………..Shanghai
May 12……………………………Italy #2
May 19…………………….……..Portugal
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…………………………..Italy #3
Aug. 25…………………………..Sweden
Sept. 8……………………………Turkey
Sept. 22…………………………..Hong Kong

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

2019 WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 18-20……………………….Primm, NV
Feb. 1-3……………………………Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 1-3…………………………..Lake Havasu, AZ
Mar. 22-24………………………Peoria, AZ
Apr. 12-14……………………….Las Vegas, NV
May 24-26………………………Mesquite, NV
Aug. 2-4…………………………..McCleary, WA
Sept. 13-15…………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 4-5…………………………..Milford, CA
Nov. 15-17………………………Las Vegas, NV

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

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

2019 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 10……………………………FatCat
Apr. 14…………………………….Lyng
May 5……………………………..Canada Heights
June 2…………………………….Blaxhall
June 30…………………………..Desertmartin
July 21……………………………Hawkstone Park
Aug. 11……………………………Foxhill
Sept. 15………………………….Landrake

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

2019 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3………………….Loretta Lynn, TN

2019 RYAN VILLOPOTO AMATEUR MOTOCROSS CUP
Aug. 22-25………………………..Grays Harbor, WA

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

2019 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 21……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2019 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 2-3……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO-BOOT WINTERING IN GEORGIA

If you love your boots, but the soles are worn out. Randy at Pro-Boot can make them new again.

We got a note from Pro-Boot and Pro-Vue’s Randy Nagel saying that he was picking up his shop and moving to Georgia for the winter? He said, “Yup, I’m taking my goggles, boot soles, the Hontesa, road bike, gravel bike, three guitars and Rocky the Cat and going south for three months! I’m tired of scraping ice off the windshield and shoveling snow here in Minnesota.”

Pro-Vue and Pro-Boot’s new address will be 1891 Tapawingo Dr., Gainesville, GA 30501. You can get your boots resoled or prescription goggles at www.pro-bootmx.com

2019 SPRINT HERO SERIES STARTS ON JAN 5-6 AT GLEN HELEN

For more info go to wwwsprintheroracing.com

MXA’S HOLIDAY SUBSCRIPTION DEAL: ONLY $16.95 (AND WE GIVE YOU A $25 CHRISTMAS GIFT)

mxa ChristmasThis year let Santa wheelie into your home with a subscription to the world’s leading motocross magazine.

Right now, a subscription to Motocross Action Magazine is on sale for $16.99 just in time for the holidays. With that subscription you will receive a $25 Chaparral Gift Card to spend on whatever motorcycle parts or products you need. This is a deal that you will make money on. This is the lowest price for 12 issues of MXA. Don’t miss it.

You can get  MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play or in a digital version. Or,  you can call (800) 767-0345 or go to www.hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-holiday or click on the box at the bottom of this page to subscribe.

MXA TEAM TESTED: PROTECH FULL-WRAP KTM/HUSKY/HONDA FORK GUARDS

ProTech fork guards directly replace the standard OEM guards on WP-equipped KTMs, Husqvarnas and Shercos (plus all models of Hondas). The ProTech guards offer much more protection from roost for the fork legs, and this vastly improves the chances of your fork seals lasting twice as long.

Prior to the 2015 models, KTMs and Husqvarnas came with full-wrap fork guards. This meant that instead of just protecting the chrome on your fork legs from rock damage from the front, they also guarded against rocks ricocheting off the frame and roost thrown off the trailing edge of your own front tire from the back. Why is this important? Just one stone chip to a chrome fork leg is enough to take a divot out of the plating. The edge of that divot, which resembles a volcano under a microscope, can tear the fork seal as it passes by. A torn seal will spew oil like a Texas wildcat rig. The fix? New fork seals, but only after you have buffed and polished the ding out of the fork leg. And, if the ding is too big to sand down, you will need a new fork leg.

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Prior to 2015, the MXA wrecking crew rarely had to replace WP’s SKF fork seals compared to how often we changed Showa or Kayaba seals. Why? Before 2015, WP forks came with wrap-around fork guards — after 2014 WP forks came with the same-style fork guards as Japanese bikes, and thus the seals blew at the same pace as Showa and Kayaba fork seals. Even more aggravating was the simple fact that the 2014 full-wrap fork guards would not fit on the 2015–2019 WP forks.

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Luckily, a small British company went to the trouble to injection-mold full-wrap fork guards for 2015-and-up WP motocross forks. They are well made, strong and fit perfectly. Best of all the protect your fragile fork legs from rocks dings. To facilitate putting the ProTech fork guards on and off (which was a hassle on 2014 and earlier WP fork guards),  there is a 1-inch opening at the back of the guard to allow the plastic to flex enough to pop over the fork leg without having to remove the forks from the bike. The MXA test riders stick on a piece of 3M number-plate background vinyl to close the gap completely.

ProTech full-wrap fork guards are available for KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco and Honda motorcycles. They are offered in white, orange, blue, Honda red and yellow.

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DIGITS? $47.00 (They are offering free shipping world-wide)— www.protechguards.co.uk.

MXA RATING: The MXA wrecking crew loves the ProTech full-wrap fork guards. Who wouldn’t want to protect their expensive forks, tubes and seals from damage? Well played, ProTech.

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: MAGOO’S LAST BIG WIN

Danny “Magoo” Chandler won the French 500 Grand Prix on April, 21, 1985 on a KTM 500 two-stroke.

THE SEA OF ORANGE

It would be hard to imagine how many orange helmets MXA has in its workshop, but we can tell you that the ones that hang from the ceiling or sit on the shelves are the ones that have been crashed…and retired.

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES 2019 SEASON STARTS ON JAN. 12

For more information go to www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com

FOLLOW MXA ON TWITTER

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TALK MOTO WITH ON MXA’S FACEBOOK GROUP CHAT

We love everything moto and want to bring all moto junkies together into one place to share their two cents, ideas, photos, bike fixes, bike problems and much more. To check it out first you must need to or already have a Facebook account. If you don’t, it isn’t much work and you could even have an alias so nobody knows it is you. To join click HERE. After you request to join we will accept your request shortly after.

SUBSCRIBE TO MXA & GET A $25 CHAPARRAL GIFT CARD—YOU MAKE A PROFIT BY READING MXA

If you had subscribed to Motocross Action, the January 2019 issue of MXA would have already been in your mailbox, computer or iPhone.

It is jam-packed with bike tests, product reviews and moto-info. Not only do we test the works Husky TC250 two-stroke that Husqvarna built for Jason Anderson, but we also got Ryan Villopoto’s, Ivan Tedesco’s, Travis Pastrana’s and Damon Bradhaw’s current two-strokes—the bikes they are racing now, not back in their glory days. Plus much, much more.

Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. Especially during our Holiday susbscription sale. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play or in a digital version. Even better you can subscribe to Motocross Action and get a $25 Chaparral gift card to spend on whatever motorcycle parts or products you need. You can call (800) 767-0345 or go to www.hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-holiday or click on the box at the bottom of this page.

MXA’S SNAP CHAT FEED

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: STEP RAMP

Step Ramp addresses the danger and difficulty in loading and unloading motorcycles into tall vans and pickuptrucks by neatly integrating ergonomically-spaced stairs into a traditional motorcycle ramp. “The Step Ramp creates a natural-motion loading and unloading experience that simplifies the process entirely” says creator and co-owner, Bryan Herrera. “I’ve spent years hearing horror stories of loading ramp accidents from friends and colleagues. There is no need for this process to be so dangerous. Getting your bike in your truck is a no reason to get hurt. I created the Step Ramp to help address this problem.” The Step Ramp has been in development for over a year and is now available for preorder at www.stepramp.com (with a ship date in early spring 2019).

28TH ANNUAL MECUMS VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE AUCTION IN LAS VEGAS ON JAN. 22-27, 2019

For more information go to www.mecum.com

SAVE THE DATES! THE LAST TWO REM RACES OF 2018

The REM race track is situated is above the Glen Helen National track. It was the site of the first-ever 125 National Championship in 1973 when it was called Arroyo Cycle Park. It is a fun track with lots of elevation changes.

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 29…………..…….…Glen Helen, CA
For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

IN THE KNOW: 2019 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT VIDEO

MALCOLM SMITH’S “NO WIMPS IN BAJA” TOUR ON JAN. 27 TO FEB. 1

To register or get more info go to www.malcolmsmithadventures.com

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

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