MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHAT YOU MISSED & HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL! PLUS OTHER PSYCHO BABBLE

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MAX VOHLAND MAKES THE STRAIGHT RHYTHM HALL OF FAME

Max Vohland, son of for AMA and GP Pro racer Tallon Vohland, caught the eye of REM racer Kenny Maddux’s camera as he started to kick along the edge of the track at Saturday’s Straight Rhythm 125 class. This single photo isn’t half of Max’s crash. You can see Max’s complete crash sequence from start to finish (all 10 photos) by Clicking Here.

“BENNETT’S WAR” TO BE RELEASED ON DIGITAL ON NOV. 12

For those that missed it in the theaters, the motocross-based Hollywood movie will be available for home viewing. Mainstream Hollywood movies with motocross as their theme are few and far between. “Bennett’s War” is the story of a young soldier, Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark), who is medically discharged from the Army after an IED explosion. After coming home to the family farm, he discovers that his dad (Trace Adkins) is behind on the mortgage and may lose the farm. Marshall Bennett vows to help his family by the returning to the sport he loves to save the farm. Against the wishes of his wife (Allison Paige) he goes into training to rehab his injured leg so he can try to earn as much money as possible by racing again.

This is a classic Hollywood movie, with a plot line that is boy loves motocross, boys loses motocross (and almost his leg and the farm), boy wins farm (and wife) back by racing motocross (with the big showdown at the Glen Helen National against the bad guys).

Country Western music star and Wounded Warrior supporter Trace Adkins plays the gravel-voiced dad.

The film stars Trace Adkins as the father, Michael Roark (“Magic Mike,” “Beauty and the Beast”) as Marshall Bennett, Allison Paige (“The Flash”) as Marshall’s wife, Ali Afshar, (“American Wrestler: The Wizard,” “Born to Race”) as Marshall’s friend and mentor and features a standout performance by REM’s Pasha Afshar as the bad guy.

This inspirational family and sports drama features racing footage from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and is produced by Forrest Lucas—who also sponsors the AMA Nationals through Lucas Oils and owns MAV-TV. “Bennett’s War” will be available in high definition and standard definition from Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. The DVD and Blu-ray will go on sale for $28.98 on December 3, 2019. Plus, it will appear digitally on Video On Demand services from cable, satellite providers, and select gaming consoles.

“BENNETT’S WAR” MOVIE TRAILER

THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS SATURDAY (WHICH IS FRIDAY IS THE USA)

Justin Brayton_2019 Indianapolis Supercross-31Three-time Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton will put Iowa back on the map in Australia as he tries to win for fourth time Down Under.

The 2019 Australian Supercross Championship will see Justin Brayton defend his 2018 Australian Supercross Championship and then jet back the USA to start his new job as a Ken Roczen’s factory Honda teammate in the 2019 AMA Supercross Championship which starts on January 4, 202. The 35-year-old Brayton will be trying to win his fourth Aussie Supercross title.

Justin Brayton said, “The aim is to defend (my championship), and add a fourth to the belt. I’m under no illusion that it’ll be an easy defense though, with a lot of good guys putting that target on my back and wanting the SX1 Championship. I’m expecting a few guys to step up and make it difficult, however, I’m confident in my preparation and believe that I can get the job done.”

Jason Anderson 2019 Fox National pala motocross raceway-8389Jason Anderson (21) will be at the New Zealand and Melbourne rounds.

Josh Hill will contest the final three rounds of the five-race Australian Supercross Championship as the teammate of Dan Reardon and Luke Clout on the CDR Yamaha team with his first engagement beginning at  Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.  Also joining the party late are Chad Reed and Jason Anderson, who will race the New Zealand round and the final in Melbourne, while Dean Wilson will be down under for the final round in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium..

Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.

Team USA will also have racers in the 250 class with Mitchell Oldenburg, Chris Blose, Bradley Taft, Jacob Hayes and Josh Osby all coming back for their second year in the Aussie series. The 2019 Australian Supercross Championship will span five rounds starting the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on October 12 and concluding in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on November 30.

2019 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 12……………………………Brisbane, Queensland
Oct. 19……………………………Port Adelaide, South Australia
Nov. 11…………………………..Wollogong, New South Wales
Nov. 16…………………………..Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 30…………………………..Melbourne, Victoria

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If you subscribe to MXA you can get the mag 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. And the awesome print edition will be delivered to your house by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government. You can call (800) 767-0345 or Click Here (or on the box at the bottom of this page).

2020 MOTOCROSS ACTION 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT

MXA COVER OF THE WEEK: DO YOU REMEMBER RICH EIERSTEDT? PAT RICHTER? OR THE MK10?

The MXA wrecking crew is especially fond of the June 1977 cover, because it shows Team Honda, Maico, Bultaco, Can-Am, Harley-Davidson and MXA test rider Rich Eierstedt scrubbing a 1977 Bultaco 250 MK10 at Saddeback Park. Also in his issue is an interview with Pat Richter. Richter was a hot property on the AMA National circuit back in 1977, but is best known today as Ryan Villopoto’s uncle. The cover photo was shot by Jody Weisel.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT SILENCERS FOR 1990’s CR125 AND CR250 TWO-STROKES

The talented craftsmen at Pro Circuit’s pipe shop have once again created new products that customers have been asking for. Pro Circuit is proud to expand their Ti-2 silencer line by introducing silencers for 1993 to 1997 CR125s and 1992 to 1996 CR250s. Riders looking to restore those older CRs can now have factory performance included in their own bike.

2019-2020 Yamaha YZ65 R304 silencer. Also newly released is an R-304 race silencer for the 2019-2020 YZ65 model that will increase performance for the younger rippers as they rail around the track. Retail price: $141.71

1993-1997 CR125 Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer. The Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium Silencer is the latest piece of racing technology offered by Pro Circuit and is guaranteed to be a favorite for most two-stroke riders. The Ti-2 is similar to the popular R-304 silencer except it is constructed with a carbon Kevlar shell, titanium tubing and titanium end-cap. The titanium and carbon Kevlar construction offers the “factory” look and appearance while reducing weight. The Ti-2 is for closed-course racing only. Retail price: $329. 95.

1992-1996 CR250R-304 Shorty Silencer. The R-304 Shorty Silencer was developed as a full-race two-stroke silencer. The compact design of the short aluminum canister offers optimum performance gains and is recommended for closed-course racing only. Hex head screws are used to secure the inlet cap and can be removed easily for quick re-packing of the silencer. Retail price:$329.95. For more info go www.procircuit.com

MXA’S FIRST RIDE OF THE 2020 SUZUKI RM-Z450

HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 701 AERO CONCEPT WINS INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Husqvarna has not announced whether the Vitpilen 701 Aero  concept will ever see production. Vitpilen translates into “White Arrow.”

Husqvarna’s Vitpilen 701 Aero concept bike won the motorcycle category in the “Best of Best Automotive Brand Contest.” This is an an independent, international, German Design Council competition that honors outstanding product design in the Automotive/Motorcycle/Bicycle industry. The Vitpilen was initially unveiled at 2018 Milan Motorcycle show (EICMA).

The Aero Concept is reminiscent of the “Cafe Racer” bikes of the  late 1970s.

The Vitpilen 701 Aero concept is a faired sport bike that features a low locked-in riding position that harks back to the cafe racer era of street bikes. It is both retro and modern. The engine is 692.7cc, liquid cooled, fuel-injected, 105mm x 80mm bore-and-stroke, single-cylinder four-stroke.

100 PERCENT TARIFF ON EUROPEAN MOTORCYCLES & PARTS DROPPED

This KTM would have cost $19,998 if the tariff had been enacted,

Proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on motorcycles, parts, and accessories, coming in from European Union countries, have been staved off – after the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and member manufacturers testified before, and submitted written comments to, the Office of the United States Trade Representativ (USTR). The proposed tariffs, that would have greatly affected the motorcycle business, weres part of a dispute regarding certain EU countries subsidizing their large-aircraft manufacturing sector.

Representatives from  KTM, Indian Motorcycles and the MIC testified at USTR hearings in Washington, D.C., and made the case against the proposed tariffs. Additionally Cobra, Ducati, Indian Motorcycle and KTM submitted written comments to the USTR opposing the tariffs. In a show of transcontinental industry support, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturer (ACEM) also submitted written arguments against the proposed tariffs.

“We have been actively engaged in this dispute from day one, both in Washington, D.C., and in Europe, to protect American motorcycle dealers, support the motorcycle industry and allow our customers to continue to ride and experience motorcycling,” said John Hinz, CEO of KTM North America. “Our brands and dealers have been operating in the United States for over 50 years and it is our responsibility to protect and grow the future of motorcycling.”

Had the tariffs been enacted, it would have meant extremely high prices for American consumers of European motorcycles, parts, and accessories. The increased costs would have discouraged motorcycle riders from buying new bikes or even from performing routine but critical maintenance, such as brake pad and tire replacements, due to the potential doubling on the price of parts.

1978 MINT 400 TV SHOW “THE RACERS” HAS SOME SURPRISING FACES

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE RACING CLUTCH/IGNITION COVERS

Moose Racing ignition cover.

You can prevent DNF’s and improve the looks of your bike with the new Moose Racing Clutch Cover and Ignition Cover. Machined from aircraft-quality billet-aluminum and then hard-coated, the Moose clutch and ignition covers feature greater strength and increased heat dissipation over stock OEM covers. The added depth of the clutch cover also provides increased oil capacity without impacting bike’s feel.

Moose Racing billet clutch cover

For more information and a complete listing of fitments visit www.mooseracing.com.

MXA’S TOP TEN MOST WATCHED BIKE TEST VIDEOS: 9 OUT 10 ABOUT TWO-STROKES

To see these videos or many more on the MXA YouTube channel Click Here

MXA TEAM TESTED: SLIPSHOT HYDRAULIC HOLESHOT DEVICE

The Slipshot is an AMA-legal holeshot device that is allowed in the stock class. It has nothing to do with suspension and everything to do with clutch control. Its goal is to guarantee repeatability each and every time you drop the clutch off the starting line. The Slipshot’s hydraulic mechanism operates off the clutch arm on the engine cases. Its small, lightweight hydraulic cylinder is cable-operated from the clutch lever. How fast the clutch is released can be adjusted via a dial on the back of the cylinder. More tension releases the clutch slower; less tension releases it faster. It allows hydraulics to release the clutch at whatever speed you prefer—without you doing anything.

The Slipshot device gives you a consistent launch off the gate. All you have to do is dump the clutch lever and the Slipshot handles the speed with which the clutch is released. You can set it so that the clutch releases slowly so you don’t get wheelspin on concrete. Or, you can set it to release the clutch quickly to blast out of loamy starting spots. Once the clutch is fully released, the Slipshot will lock in place and your clutch will operate normally for the rest of the race.

To operate the Slipshot, pull in the clutch and activate the Slipshot traction trigger lever. Shift your bike into gear and, when ready, let the clutch lever go. You don’t have to worry about slipping the clutch—just let go of the lever. Since you don’t have to worry about the clutch, you can focus on your reaction time, body position and legs. Be sure to take the time to test all of the adjustments to find the perfect release time for your bike. The hardest part will be retraining your mind to dump the clutch like you are a 9-year-old on a 65cc again. It takes time to hand over control after years of slipping the clutch manually.

Beware! The Slipshot automatically slips the clutch for 40 to 60 feet, and, if you pull the clutch in manually before the clutch arm is fully released, it will start the process over again and bog your bike down in the middle of the straightaway. Not good.

DIGITS.  $500.00 — (985) 966-3163.

MXA RATING: All of MXA’s test riders liked it on concrete, and some liked it on dirt. The Slipshot is
a unique device, and for the right rider, it could result in holeshots. But for some, it could result in frustration.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ALL-NEW STI TECH 2 PRO D TIRES

STI’s the all-new Tech 2 PRO D tires are high-performance off-road tires that were tested and developed in the grueling conditions of Baja with the help of Team SLR Honda racers. Designed with the same race-winning mindset behind the Tech 2 PRO motocross tires, the off-road focused PRO D models feature a stronger and stiffer carcass, wider tread blocks, and tighter tread-block spacing. The result is exceptional off-road handling, improved performance on hardpack terrain and better high-speed stability.

The tire size offerings in the Tech 2 PRO D line fit the needs of today’s performance-minded off-road, desert racing, and dual-sport enthusiasts. Thousands of miles of off-road and desert testing proved the DOT-marked Tech 2 PRO D tires are durable high-performance products designed for tough conditions. Retail prices range from $70 to $104.
STI designs and manufactures tires, wheels and tubes for owners of off-road motorcycles, UTVs and ATVs.  STI is lead by powersports industry veterans with a deep understanding of the needs of off-road enthusiasts. The company is focused on delivering excellent products backed by industry-leading customer service.  For more info Click Here.

WHAT TO GET THE KIDS FOR CHRISTMAS? HOW ABOUT AN OSET ELECTRIC BIKE FOR THE BACKYARD

One happy kid.

Oset Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer of youth electric off-road motorcycles, is appealing for kids (and parents) to ditch games consoles in favor of two wheels.
There have been over 45 million Xbox Ones and PS4 Consoles sold in the USA. E-sports is the second fastest growing sector in entertainment and media, with 30.3 million people in the USA watching an esport event at least once a month, up 18% over last year. Oset would parents to get out there kids outside a fantastic activity that will give them an interest that has enormous benefits both mentality and physically.

The growing popularity of electric motorcycles makes it easy to have Junior on an motorcycle. Oset bikes are electric, which means they’re virtually silent, so you won’t annoy the neighbors! Many people start by making a little space in the backyard to ride in.

If your kids can ride a balance bike, they can ride an Oset. Parents can control the power, speed and response down to a slow walking pace, and simply turn these up as little ones get more proficient. Best of all, and Oset makes a great Christmas present this year. Find out more at www.osetbikes.com/us/.

DENNIS STAPLETON’S “STAPO MX BIKE RENTALS” CAN MAKE YOUR SOCAL RACING VACATION A REALITY

In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, Dennis has the time to open up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation. He offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders.

If you’re coming out to Southern California and need a rental bike, check out KnobbyShop South/StapoMX for all your rental needs. They offer Motocross Vacations, bike rentals and motocross lessons. Just send them an email ([email protected]). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months visit Dennis’ website at www.stapomx.com for more details!

REM MOTOCROSS AT GLEN HELEN ON SATURDAY, OCT. 12

REM will race at Glen Helen on October 12.  Plus, the REM Octobercross “World Vet Warm-up” race will be held on October 26. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com.

FIVE-RACE 2019 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS SATURDAY (WHICH IS FRIDAY HERE)

The 2019 Australian Supercross Championship will span five rounds starting the Brisbane on Oct. 12, Port Adelaide on Oct. 19, Wollogong on Nov. 11, Auckland on Nov. 16, and the finale will be in Melbourne on Nov. 30. For more info go to www.australiansupercross.com.au

OKTOBERFAST GRAND PRIX AT GLEN HELEN ON SUNDAY, OCT. 13

The Oktoberfast will have classes for modern bikes, vintage bikes, minicycles and everything in between. For more information on the Oktoberfast GP Click Here.

ENDUROCROSS COMING TO DENVER ON OCT. 19

For more info go to www.endurocross.com

17TH ANNUAL CROW CANYON TURKEY RUN ON OCT.19-20

For more info go to www.crowcanyonmx.com

GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE SERIES FINALE ON OCT. 20 AT THREE HILLS

The final race of the Great Plains Vintage motocross series moves to Three Hills on October 20. For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org.

REM “OCTOBERCROSS” ON THE “WORLD VET TRACK” ON OCT. 26

The only race to run the World Vet Track before the big race. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

2019 MOTO BEACH CLASSIC AT BOLSA CHICA ON OCT. 26

The Moto Beach Classic short track and dirt track race returns to Bolsa Chica State Beach Saturday, October 26th for more Click Here.

2019 DUBYA USA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS ON NOV. 1-3

For more information about the 2019 World Vet Click Here.

2019 LAKE ELSINORE GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 8-10

For more information go to www.elsinoregrandprix.com

CAMPREV WINTER EVENT AT FLORIDA’S DREAMLAND ON NOV. 20-22

It is going to be a great great time in Florida at CampRev. For more info go to www.camprev.com.

“DAY IN THE DIRT” GRAND PRIX ON NOV. 29 – DEC. 1

For more info go to www.adayinthedirt.com

7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY AT PALA ON DEC. 14

At Pala Raceway from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 14. For more info go to www.kurtcaselli.com

WHAT’S LEFT ON THE 2019 RACE CALENDAR

The 2019 Dubya Wheels-sponsored World Vet Motocross Champion is only 3 weeks away.

2019 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 12……………………………Brisbane, Queensland
Oct. 19……………………………Port Adelaide, South Australia
Nov. 11…………………………..Wollogong, New South Wales
Nov. 16…………………………..Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 30…………………………..Melbourne, Victoria

KTM MOTO TOUR TEST RIDE DATES
Oct. 11……………………………Cahuilla Creek, CA
Oct. 19-20……………………..Crow Canyon MX, OH
Nov. 2……………………………..Rio Bravo, TX
Nov. 10…………………………..Highland Park, GA

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES OKTOBERFAST GRAND PRIX
Oct. 13……………………………Glen Helen, CA

2019 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 11-13…………………………Honolulu Hills, CA
Nov. 22-24……………………….Primm, NV

2019 AMA ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 19……………………………..Denver, CO
Oct. 26…………………………….Nampa, ID

2019 LAS VEGAS MONSTER CUP SUPERCROSS
Oct. 19……………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2016 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 29…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

MARTY TRIPES BIG-3 TWO-STROKE SERIES
Oct. 26…………………………..Cahuilla Creek, CA
Nov. 16…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2019 DUBYA WORLD VET VINTAGE CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 1…………………………….Glen Helen, CA

2019 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 1-3…………………………Glen Helen, CA

2019 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 9-10……………………….Paris, France

2019 DAY IN THE DIRT 22
Nov. 28-Dec. 1……………..Glen Helen, CA 

7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI RIDE DAY
Dec. 14…………………………..Glen Helen, CA 

MXA’S FIRST RIDE OF THE 2020 KTM 450SXF

LOOKING AHEAD! THE 2020 RACE CALENDAR

2020 AMA SUPERCROSS
Jan. 4…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 11…St. Louis, MO
Jan. 18 …Anaheim, CA
Jan. 25…Glendale, AZ
Feb. 1…Oakland, CA
Feb. 8…San Diego, CA
Feb. 15…Tampa, FL
Feb. 22… Arlington, TX
Feb. 29… Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 14…Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 21…Detroit, MI
Mar. 28…Seattle, WA
Apr. 4…Denver, CO
Apr. 18…Foxborough, MA
Apr. 25…Las Vegas, NV
May 2…Salt Lake City, UT

2020 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…..Hangtown, CA
May 23…..Pala, CA
May 30….Thunder Valley, CO
Jun. 6……Jacksonville, FL
June 20…Mt. Morris, PA
June 27…Southwick, MA
July 4……Red Bud, MI
July 18….Millville, MN
July 25….Washougal, WA
Aug. 15…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 22…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 3…TBA
Mar. 8…Argentina
Mar. 22…Holland
Apr. 5….Italy #1
Apr. 19…Spain
Apr. 26…Portugal
May 10…Latvia
May 17…Russia
May 31…Germany
June 7…France
June 14…Italy #2)
June 28……TBA, Indonesia
July 5…Semarang, Indonesia
July 12…Shanghai, China
July 26…Czech Republic
Aug. 2…Belgium
Aug. 16…Switzerland
Aug. 23…Sweden
Aug. 23…Finland
Sept 13.…Turkey

2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 13.…Ernee, France

2020 WORCS OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 12…Primm, NV
Feb. 23…Taft, CA
Mar. 22… Havasu, AZ
Apr. 19…Blythe, CA
May 3…Las Vegas, NV
May 30…Hurricane, UT
July 19…Prineville, OR
Sept. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 25…Cahuilla, CA
Nov. 15…Primm, NV

2020 WORCS SPRINT ENDURO
Feb. 25…Taft, CA
May 24… Mesquite, NV
July 25…Prineville, OR
Sept. 26…Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 31…Cahuilla, CA

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