MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: A WEEK OFF, A WEEK TO REFLECT

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BYRNE 38, SEARLE 27, BUTTON 44

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June 10…Michael Byrne 1979

June 12…Randy Hawkins
June 13…Dick Mann 1934

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June 13…Tommy Searle 1990

June 14…Keith Johnson 1982
June 14…Nick Evennou
June 14…Jeff Gibson 1982

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June 14…Jimmy Button 1973

June 15…Julien Lieber 1994
June 15…Willy Browning

JimmyAlbertson
June 16…Jimmy Albertson 1988

June 16…Greg Berg

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June 16…Grant Langston 1982

MOTORCYCLE AD OF THE WEEK: THE “KIT AMERICA” METRALLA

BultacoMetrallaMk2KitAmericaYou may only remember Bultaco as a maker of trials and motocross bikes, but many road racers remember the Bultaco Metralla M2 street bike. The “Kit America” version came with a close-ratio gearbox, and different gas tank and bodywork. Metralla is Spanish for “shrapnel.”

 

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MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: LINKED UP

LEADINGLINKSTHORKSLance Moorewood at Saddleback testing a set of Rich Thorwaldsen’s Thorks.

LEADINGLINKRC125TWIN_2Twin-shock Ribi forks on a twin-cylinder Honda RC125 works bike.

LEADINGLINKRIBIHONDAA single shock version of Valentino Ribi’s Quadrilateral linkage forks.

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Horst Leitner designed these parallelogram forks with an eye towards making them an option on his ATK Motorcycles. He built three sets — for a Honda CR250, Yamaha YZ250 (shown) and ATK 406.

LEADINGLINKCHENEYYAMAHAA Cheney Yamaha with chromoly version of the Ribi Quadrilateral twin-shock forks.

LEADINGLINKWASPJody Weisel on a Wasp Yamaha 650 with beefy chromoly leading links.

LEADINGLINKTRAILINGCheney_2A Cheney BSA with trailing link forks.

FACES TO GO WITH THE NAMES

HampshirefaceR.J. Hampshire.

frankthomasonfaceFrank Thomason.

chucksunfaceChuck Sun.

DAVEdyefaceDave Dye.

JOEGIBBSFACEJoe Gibbs.

ANDREWSHORTFACEAndrew Short.

BUDFELDKAMPFACEGlen Helen owner Dr. Bud Feldkamp.

DOUGDUBACHFACEDR.D’s Doug Dubach.

eroicphippsfacesWorks Connection’s Eric Phipps.

pashaafsharGHHollywood stuntman Pasha Afshar (AKA Tony Pantera).

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MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE: WHO DESIGNED THIS SUSPENSION SYSTEM?

HorstLink1975You might be tempted to say Senor Bulto, but look at the rear suspension of this Bultaco. There are two shocks (actually one shock and a cut-down fork on each side). The inventor of this rear suspension was mentioned earlier for an equally odd suspension design. On a side note, did you see the Bultaco Metralla in the background? The answer is at the bottom of the page.

REM’S WILD WEIRD & STRANGE RACE POSTERS

fifthofjuly“Fifth of July Celebration” — July 5, 2016

REMBIGBOYPANTSPOSTER“Put your Big Boy Pants On” — July 2, 2016

thedayafter100“Day After the Night Before” — January 8, 2017.

REMJUNE16ART“Say it isn’t so”— June 12, 2016.

REMAPRIL302016“The Stars of REM”—April 30, 2016.

REMrturns2“Start Making Excuses Now!” — June 20, 2015.

REMDOWN1“Words To Live By” — February 7, 14, 21, 2015.

REMSURFCITY13“Motocross The Way It Was Meant To Be” — June 21, 2014.

summerem“Summer Is Over” — October 4, 2014.

rem122014“Don’t Make Frank Angry” — December 20, 2014.

lastremrace2014“The Last Chance To Breathe Roost” — December 27, 2014.

remsummer1“Sizzling Summer” — June 29, 2013.

REMFINAL2013“The Final Battle” — December 28, 2013.

MXA’S PHOTO OF THE WEEK: GUESS WHO’S COACHING MARVIN?

debbimusqdungeyRyan Dungey (left) may have retired, but he’s not home fishing. Ace photographer Debbi Tamietti captured Ryan and Marvin Musquin sharing a moment.

 

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AMA NATIONAL POINTS: WHO’S WHO BEFORE MT. MORRIS

_DSC2109_BLake BAggett and Eli TomacBalke Bagget (4) about to swopp past Eli Tomac at Thunder Valley. Photo: Kyoshi Becker

AMA 450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 3 of 12 Rounds)
1. Marvin Musquin…127
2. Eli Tomac…110
3. Blake Baggett…108
4. Jason Anderson…98
5. Justin Bogle…86
5. Dean Wilson…84
7. Cole Seely…81
8. Broc Tickle…79
9. Josh Grant…76
10. Justin Barcia…69

KYOFerrandisDylan Ferrandis’ 250 Championhsip hopes are dim, but he has the speed to win races. Photo: Debbi Tamietti

AMA 250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 3 of 12 Rounds)
1. Zach Osborne…119
2. Alex Martin…110
3. Jeremy Martin…101
4. Joey Savatgy…93
5. Austin Forkner…89
6. Colt Nichols…89
7. Adam Cianciarulo…85
8. Aaron Plessinger..78
9. Mitchell Harrison…66
10. Dylan Ferrandis…64

2017 AMA NATIONAL WINNERS

SEELY6051Team Honda is till waiting for lightning to strike (the good kind). Cole Seely (14) is all they have at the moment as Ken Roczen’s fill-in rider, Christian Craig, broke a knuckle and had to miss Colorado.

Date           Venue                                      450                                  250
May 20……Hangtown, CA……………Eli Tomac……………..Zach Osborne
May 27.……Glen Helen, CA………….Marvin Musquin……Zach Osborne
June 3..……Thunder Valley, CO……Blake Baggett………..Joey Savatgy
June 17..….Mt Morris, PA
June 24.….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…..…Red Bud, MI
July 8..……Southwick, MA​
July 22.…..Millville, MN​
July 29.…..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.….Crawfordsville, IN

450 Points leader...Marvin Musquin (KTM)
250 Points leaderZach Osborne (Hus)

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KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION BENEFIT ON JUNE 17

2017casellifoundationFor more information go to www.kurtcaselli.com

41ST HIGH POINT NATIONAL AT MT. MORRIS ON JUNE 17

HighPointPosterNATIONALFor more info go to www.highpointpromx.com

• REM MOTOCROSS AT GLEN HELEN ON JUNE 24

REMOLUIONPOSTER6-24-17For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES ON GLEN HELEN’S OFFROAD TRUCK TRACK

TTScramblesGlen_Flyer_2017Gary Jones will be designing a special Old School Scrambles track on Glen Helen’s Lucas Oil Offroad Truck track for a race on July 23, 2017. For more info go www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com.

THE PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 18-19

parissxThe 2017 Paris Supercross will move to the brand new U-Arena in the Paris business district. The U-Arena seats 24,000 spectators and has a larger floor area than Lille or Bercy. The 2017 Paris Supercross will be held on November 18-19, 2017.

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2017 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

 MXGPpodium_MXGP_9_F_2017Clement Desalle became the sixth rider to win a 450 GP this season.

Date                   Venue                                     450                                 250
Feb. 25………..Qatar…………….Tony Cairoli…………..Pauls Jonass
Mar. 5…………Indonesia………Shaun Simpson………Jeremy Seewer
Mar. 19……….Argentina……….Tim Gajser…………….Pauls Jonass
Apr. 2…………Mexico……………Tim Gajser…………….Thomas Covington
Apr. 16………..Italy………………Tony Cairoli…………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 23……….Holland………….Gautier Paulin………..Pauls Jonass
May 7………….Latvia…………….Jeffrey Herlings……..Thoma Kjer Olsen
May 21……….Germany…………Tony Cairoli……………Jeremy Seewer
May 28……….France……………Clement Desalle………Pauls Jonass
June 11……….Russia
June 25……….Italy
July 2…………Portugal
July 23……….Czech Republic
Aug. 6…………Belgium
Aug. 13……….Switzerland
Aug. 20……….Sweden
Sept. 3………..USA
Sept. 10……….Holland
Sept. 17……….France
450 points leader…Tony Cairoli (KTM)
250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

GP POINTS STANDINGS: WHO’S WHO HEADING TO RUSSIA ON JUNE 11

Paulin_MXGP_9_F_2017Gautier Paulin is currently second in 450 GP points.

FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 9 of 19 Rounds)
1. Tony Cairoli…347
2. Gautier Paulin…297
3. Clement Desalle…289
4. Tim Gajser…261
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek…261
6. Jeffrey Herlings…253
7. Evgeny Bobryshev…214
8. Romain Febvre…209
9. Max Nagl…200
10. Glenn Coldenhoff…176

Olsen_MXGP_9_F_2017Thomas Kjer Olsen came out of the 2016 EMX 250 class and is running in third in the 250 World Championship.

FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 9 of 19 Rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass…372
2. Jeremy Seewer…330
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen…291
4. Julien Lieber…282
5. Benoit Paturel…265
6. Thomas Covington…208
7. Jorge Prado…206
8. Brent Van doninck…174
9. Hunter Lawrence…171
10. Darian Sanayei…157

2017 TV SCHEDULE: MT. MORRIS DOES NOT AIR UNTIL JUNE 17

TVpromopromx-tvschedIf you missed Thunder Valley, you can see the recap show on Friday, June 9, at 12:00 a.m. The next National, in Mt. Morris, will air on Saturday, June 17 (on Mav, NBC and NBCSN.

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JUNE MXA COVER 2017Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. 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. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year.

The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because right now you can get 12 issues for $15.95 and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action/

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2017 MOTOCROSS SCHEDULES: WHERE TO BE & WHEN TO BE THERE

Austin ForknerThis is not Anaheim Stadium. It is Glen Helen Raceway.

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 9……………………….San Marino (Canceled)
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………………..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3…………………….Gainesville, FL
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 1…………………..Matterley Basin, Great Britain

2017 TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO WORLD GAMES
June 24……………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 AMA LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 31-Aug. 5…..…Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…………………….Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25……………………Wortham, TX
Apr. 9………………………San Diego, CA
May 5………………………Las Vegas, NV
May 18-19………………..Hangtown, CA
June 2…………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16……………………Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5……………………..Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….Taft, CA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 16-17…………………Glen Helen, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 6-8…………………….Adelanta, CA

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 9………………………Sherwood
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik
Aug. 15…………………..Balen
Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke
Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13……………….….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July 15-16……………….Lichtenvoorde

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2……………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 3……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland
Aug. 20……………………Coolum, Queensland

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 9…………………..Queensland
Sept. 23…………………Queensland
Oct. 14…………………..TBA
Oct. 26…………………..South Australia
Nov. 4…………………….Victoria
Nov. 11-12……………..New South Wales

2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr. 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 29……………………….New York, NY
May 6………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Mar. 12-13…………….Daytona, FL

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15…………………..Glen Helen, CA

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