RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: YOU CAN’T GO FAST WITHOUT LOOKING FORWARDS
CLASSIC MXA TEST RIDER PHOTO: RICKY JOHNSON’S TWO MXA TEST GIGS
In the winter of 1986 Ricky Johnson asked MXA if he could ride our 1987 Honda CR125 for the January 1987 issue. We said “yes,” but that he had to wear an MXA jersey. He said, “No problem.”
In the January 1986 Ricky rode MXA’s 1986 CR250 for a test called “Rick Johnson Tests The 1986 Honda CR250R.” It turn out that even through this test was in the 1986 issue, Yamaha figured out that the only way Ricky could be on a Honda in the January 1986 issue was if he rode the bike in November or December of 1985—when he was still under contract to Yamaha. It was a big deal.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ARAI XD4 ALL-PURPOSE HELMET
The Arai XD4 can be used as a motocross helmet, Super-Moto Helmet, Adventure bike helmet or street helmet. It can be configured three different ways: face shield and visor, visor-only or face shield-only. The XD-4 includes cheek pads that feature 5mm peel-away pads that allow riders to tailor their fit. The shell of the Arai XD4 visor channels air into the vents, improving overall ventilation. It features a fully removable/replaceable/Interior, Dry-Cool technology keeps the liner dry, improved shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at high street speeds and Snell M2015 certification. It is available in the special Africa Twin graphics or 18 other designs. The retail price is $769.95 at www.araiamericas.com.
MXA TEAM TESTED: FLY RACING HOSE BENDER
The Fly Racing Hose Bender is designed to make filling the fuel tank of your bike easier, reduce spilling and angle the gas can hose towards the bike. This is such a simple idea that it’s amazing no one thought of it 30 years ago. The Fly Racing Hose Bender is a thick ABS plastic hook that you clip onto the filler hose on your VP, Pit Posse, LC, KTM, Slasher or Matrix gas can. The plastic attachment forces the flexible filler hose to bend downward at a 30-degree angle.
It couldn’t be simpler to install. You don’t have to remove anything from your gas can; you just slip the Hose Bender on the filler hose. All that is left to do is slide the Hose Bender up and down the filler hose to get the maximum bend. When your motorcycle is on a 17-inch-tall bike stand, you have to lift a 5-gallon gas can almost 4 feet off the ground to pour gas into your bike’s fuel tank. Worse yet, with the standard straight filler hose, you run the risk of spilling fuel while trying to get the end of the hose into the gas tank opening. A full 5-gallon gas can weighs 35 pounds, and when you add a 13-inch filler hose that doesn’t want to go into the 3-inch opening in the tank, you have trouble on your hands. But, once you install the Fly Racing Hose Bender on the gas can’s filler hose, you only have to lift the gas can to the height of the gas cap. Because the filler hose bends downward, you can easily slip the hose into the gas tank opening without straining. Plus, you can pour the fuel as fast or slow as you like, because the majority of the fuel in the gas can is being held level with the bike’s fuel tank.
DIGITS www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079—$4.95.
MXA RATING: This is the greatest $4.95 you will ever spend. Every time you pour gas into your bike, you will appreciate the Fly Racing Hose Bender more and more.
MXA AD OF THE WEEK: THE 1976 HONDA XR75 & IT’S FAMOUS RIDER
WHO’S WHO IN AMA NATIONAL POINTS HEADING TO MT. MORRIS?
450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 or 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen (Hon)…136
2. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…134
3. Zach Osborne (Hus)…110
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…107
5. Jason Anderson (Hus)…106
6. Cooper Webb (KTM)…98
7. Justin Barcia (Yam)…77
8. Dean Ferris (Yam)…69
9. Justin Bogle (KTM)…63
10. Blake Baggett (KTM)…61
250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 or 12 rounds)
1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)…139
2. Justin Cooper (Yam)…133
3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…106
4. Colt Nichols (Yam)…94
5. Chase Sexton (Hon)…94
6. Michael Mosiman (Hus)…85
7. RJ Hampshire (Hon)…77
8. Alex Martin (Suz)…69
9. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…66
10. Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw)…63
Date Venue 450 250
Mar. 18……Hangtown, CA…………………Ken Roczen…………Adam Cianciarulo
May 25…….Pala, CA…………………………..Eli Tomac……………..Adam Cianciarulo
June 1……..Thunder Valley, CO…………Ken Roczen………….Adam Cianciarulo
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
450 points leader………Ken Roczen (Hon)
250 points leader……..Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
FLASHBACK! ONE YEAR AGO AT THE 2018 MT. MORRIS NATIONAL
On this day in moto (one year ago), the 2018 AMA outdoor National championship moved East to Pennsylvania for round four of the season. Coming into this round, the 250 class was shaken up due to defending champion Zach Osborne injuring himself in Thunder Valley. With points leader Jeremy Martin being the favorite to win, his confidence was at an all-time high. 450 points leader and defending champion Eli Tomac was the fan favorite to win in the premier class, but little did either of these riders know what the hot Pennsylvania track had in store.
The 2018 Mt. Morris National was a tough pill to swallow for Marvin Musquin. He won the first moto, but just couldn’t get around Tomac in moto two. The failure to pull the trigger in moto two (and he had Eli in his sights several times) resulted in Tomac keeping his win streak alive.
Eli Tomac got pressure from Marvin Musquin in the closing laps, but in the end he emerged victorious for the fourth weekend in a row
- Eli Tomac (Kaw) 2–1
- Marvin Musquin (KTM) 1–2
- Justin Barcia (Yam) 3–5
- Ken Roczen (Hon) 7–3
- Justin Hill (Suz) 4–6
- Weston Peick (Suz) 9–4
- Blake Baggett (KTM) 5–7
- Benny Bloss (KTM) 6–8
- Cody Cooper (Hon) 8–10
- Kyle Cunningham (Suz) 10–12
The last moto of the day belonged to the 250 class. Unfortunately, the Geico Honda team suffered bike problems all day, which cost them the points lead. Both Chase Sexton and Jeremy Martin’s CRF250s DNF’ed the second motos.
RJ Hampshire made the most of a tough day for the Geico Honda Team. He finished 7-7 for a 5th overall.
Austin Forkner made sure he inserted his name into the overall podium. He went 4-2 for a 2nd overall.
But the day and the overall belonged to Aaron Plessinger. A 1-1 clinched him the red plate coming into the next National at Muddy Creek.
- Aaron Plessinger (Yam)–1-1
- Austin Forkner (Kaw)–4-2
- Justin Cooper (Yam)–3-4
- Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)–8-3
- RJ Hampshire (Hon)–7-7
- Shane McElrath (KTM)–9-6
- Jordan Smith (KTM)–5-10
- Alex Martin (KTM)–12-5
- Brandon Hartranft (Yam)–11-8
- Jeremy Martin (Hon)–2-33
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BLOW OUT THE CANDLES FOR JIMMY, JOSH & JEFF
June 18…Jeff Stanton 1968
June 18…Nick Wey 1980
June 19…Jason Thomas 1979
MXA TEAM TESTED: MUD MUCKERS HAND GUARDS
You may not be old enough to remember the original Mud Muckers, but back in 1976, World Class Products came out with what were undoubtedly the best hand guards ever made—especially for mud, rain or cold races. Used by Roger DeCoster, Jimmy Weinert, Tony D, Billy Grossi and Jim Pomeroy, Mud Muckers weren’t hard plastic hand guards that had to be bolted on to your handlebars; they were padded vinyl cloth hand guards that protected the rider’s hands from roost but were exceptional in a mud race because they would fold over the grips, throttle and levers so that when you picked up the bike after a crash, everything was clean. Fast-forward 43 years! Mud Muckers are back—only in a more compact shape with a simple Velcro closure system and a carbon fiber vinyl material that provides even more protection. Best of all is that they are being made by the same man who designed the originals!
Back in the 1970s, the original Mud Muckers sold for $8.95. Today, they cost $25. The old-school Mud Muckers were much longer and wider and had a cut-out that the looping throttle cables of the 1970s could exit through. Modern Mud Muckers are 13.5 inches long and 12 inches wide (the 12-inch width folds to form the top and bottom of the guard). We would prefer if they were bigger and the Velcro strap was longer.
Not a single MXA test rider likes to race with plastic hand guards. A close look at the knuckles on their hands will reveal the foolishness of this. The best thing about Mud Muckers is that they lie flat in the bottom of your gear bag until you need them for a rainy day, freezing-cold day or rocky track. They attach to your handlebars in seconds and can be taken off without tools.
On the track, the Mud Muckers warded off roost, thanks to the 1/2-inch-thick foam padding. They were so flexible they didn’t interfere with our hands or fingers. The MXA test riders don’t think that they would choose to run Mud Mucker hand guards all the time, but they use them as a quick and easy set of hand guards to install for rainy days or surprisingly rocky tracks. The work really well on mountain bike also.
DIGITS: $25.00 (a pair)—(317) 844-4800, your local dealer or www.mudmuckers.biz.
MXA RATING: It is often said that there are no new ideas, only recycled ones. Mud Muckers are an old
idea that is still a good idea. Perfect for wet weather, cold weather and heavy roost days, they are a quick, simple, inexpensive insurance policy that everyone should have in the bottom of their gear bag.
CAN YOU NAME THIS HUSQVARNA RIDER?
This rider showed very good form coming out of the canyon at Saddleback. He owned his own gear company, won an AMA National Championship and made history in 1981. Can you name him? Answer at the bottom of the page.
MOTORCYCLES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: THE 500cc “BAJA INVADER”
The 1969 Husqvarna 500cc Baja Invader twin was made in such limited numbers that it is possible that only 3 still exist today. Husky tried to use it as a road race engine, sidecar engine and motocross engine, before handing it to Malcolm Smith, Gunnar Nilsson and J.N. Roberts as a desert sled—thus the”Baja Invader” name. It won the 1969 Baja 1000.
MXA TEAM TESTED: 2018-2020 YZ450F POWERFLOW KIT
WHAT IS IT? Twin Air’s 2018–2019 Yamaha YZ450F PowerFlow kit solves a design flaw in Yamaha’s air filter design. The Yamaha airbox is not a very good design. Yamaha’s engineers dropped the ball on the original 2018 YZ450F air filter design and magnified the problem by not fixing it for 2019. The crux of the problem is that Yamaha’s flat, pancake-style air filter rests directly on the backfire screen of Yamaha’s downdraft intake system. Every time the engine pulses, which is typically 10,000 times a minute, the foam air filter is sucked against the wire screen. The constant vibration of the air filter sucks the air filter oil downward into the intake tract. The end result is that dirt can migrate through the now-dry foam. Additionally, the hole where the external cage’s pin goes through is not reinforced. Under the pulsing of the filter, the foam tears around the pin, creating a potential leak. Twin Air has two solutions for these issues.
Solution #1: At the very least, a 2018–’19 YZ450F owner should order Twin Air’s aftermarket air filter. Made from higher-quality and thicker foam, the Twin Air YZ450F filter also comes with a rubber grommet to reinforce where the cage pin goes through the filter. The finishing touch on the Twin Air YZ450F filter is a plastic spacer that plugs into the bottom of the new grommet and lifts the air filter 11mm above the YZ450F backfire screen. This stops the air filter from flapping against the wire screen.
Solution #2: The Twin Air YZ450F PowerFlow kit is the best all-around fix for the YZ450F airbox. With this kit, Twin Air replaces the stock sealing ring with an anodized aluminum mounting plate, gets rid of the backfire screen for uninterrupted airflow, adds a true-to-life internal filter cage (that supports a three-dimensional air filter), and finishes it off with a CNC-machined aluminum retaining knob to hold the filter in place. The design results in more air volume, increased air velocity, better sealing and peace of mind.
Installation couldn’t be easier. All it takes is a Phillips-head screwdriver and 20 minutes to swap the Yamaha parts for the Twin Air parts.
DIGITS? $259.95 (PowerFlow kit).—www.twinair.com or your local dealer.
MXA RATING: If you don’t replace your stock YZ450F air filter with one of the two Twin Air options, you are risking your bike’s top end.
IF THIS WAS 39 YEARS AGO, THIS WOULD BE THE BIG RACE OF THE WEEK
The Carlsbad USGP was always held on this week in June, but it didn’t show on ABC-TV’s “Wide World of Sports” until December. Obviously with live TV coverage of Supercross and Nationals today that one-day showing seems terrible, but the “Wide World of Sports” showing of the USGP drew 30 million viewers. It was the highest rated Wide World of Sports show every year. And yes that is more viewers than all the 2018 race viewers combined.The late Marty Moates made history at the 1980 USGP on June 22. Yamaha ran this ad for him.
SOCAL VINTAGE MX CLASSIC 10 ON JUNE 15 AT GLEN HELEN
You can download the 8-page entry form and see all the classes by Clicking Here
2019 MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN MOTOCROSS STARTS ON JUNE 21
For more info go to www.mammothmotocross.com
CAMP REV CHRISTIAN MOTOCROSS CAMP AT SWAN RACEWAY ON JUNE 24-26
For more info or to register Click Here
NEXT OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES AT GLEN HELEN ON JUNE 30
For more information, please visit www.OldSchoolScramblesRacing.com
20TH ANNUAL HODAKA DAYS IN ATHENA, OREGON, ON JUNE 27-30, 2019
For more information go to www.hodakadays.org
GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE SERIES ON JUNE 30, AUG. 18, SEPT. 15 & OCT. 20
The six-race Great Plains Vintage motocross series starts on May 5 at Three Hill Raceway in Nebraska City. For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org.
2019 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS ON JULY 5-7 AT MID-OHIO
For more information go to www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com
HOW THEY RANK: MXA’S 2019 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT
EVERY 250/450 GRAND PRIX WINNER IN 2019
Date Venue 450 250
Mar. 3……. Argentina……………………….Tony Cairoli…………Jorge Prado
Mar. 24……England………………………….Tony Cairoli…………Thomas Kjer Olsen
Mar. 31……Holland…………………………..Tony Cairoli………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 7……….Trentino, Italy………………..Tim Gajser………….Jorge Prado
May 12…….Lombardia, Italy……………Tony Cairoli………..Jorge Prado
May 19……..Portugal………………………..Tim Gajser………….Jorge Prado
May 26…….France……………………………Tim Gajser………….Jorge Prado
June 9…..…Russia…………………………….Tim Gajser………….Jorge Prado
July 7………Palembang, Indo.
July 14……..Semarang, Indo
July 28….…Czech Republic
Aug. 18….…Imola, Italy
Sept. 15…..Shanghai, China
Sept. 22…..Hong Kong, China (Canceled)
450 points leader…………..Tim Gajser (Hon)
250 points leader…………..Jorge Prado (KTM)
CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(after 8 of 18 rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…351
2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)…338
3. Gautier Paulin (Yam)…231
4. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…220
5. Arminas Jasikonis (Hus)…212
6. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…208
7. Arnaud Tonus (Yam)…206
8. Julien Lieber (Kaw)…172
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Hon)…170
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…168
250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(after 8 of 18 rounds)
1. Jorge Prado (KTM)…347
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…327
3. Jago Geerts (Yam)…257
4. Henry Jacobi (Kaw)…236
5. Tom Vialle (KTM)…216
6. Mitch Evans (Hon)…214
7. Ben Watson (Yam)…210
8. Adam Sterry (Kaw)…169
9. Davy Pootjes (Hus)…157
10. Michele Cervellin (Hon)…132
BIG BIKE RATING: MXA’S 2019 450 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT