WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE CALM BEFORE THE RUSH

CHRISTOPHE POURCEL ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT AT 29

2ND ANNUAL JESSY NELSON MX SCHOOL THIS SATURDAY

To register and more details go to https://r2r.regfox.com/jessy-mx-2017

PRO CIRCUIT’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS SALE ONLY HAS SIX DAYS LEFT

For more info go to www.procircuit.com

THE KYLE YARNELL MEMORIAL RACE & KAI MUKAI FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY

For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

REM HAS TWO RACES LEFT IN DECEMBER

For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

SUBSCRIBE TO MXA & GET THE 450 SHOOTOUT & A $25 ROCKY MOUNTAIN GIFT CARD

Do 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 or in a digital version. Even better you can subscribe to Motocross Action and get a $25 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC 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/.

BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: THE PIXEL BIKE

This wooden motorcycle looks like shop class took a turn for the worse. Known as the pixel bike, you gotta love the rear shocks and knobby tires.

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: STICKING THE LANDING

MXA test rider Larry Brooks sticks the landing on MXA’s 1991 Honda CR250.

Although the riding can’t be faulted, the most interesting aspect of this 1991 test photo is that Larry Brooks is wearing Answer’s TX-10 gear and Gatorz’s goggles. One thing we do know is that those white steel handlebars could not be trusted.

THE 2018 DAYTONA TRACK LAYOUT

The 2018 Daytona Supercross is on March 10, but the Ricky Carmichael track design was released this week.

HONDA CR500 WITH A FOUR-STROKE PIPE & ERECTOR SET FRAME

RafikKaissiCR500Rafik Kaissi creates working motorcycles from junked bikes. They may not be very practical (note the seat), but Rafik loves to work with motocross engines—like the Honda CR500 two-stroke. See more at www.rkconcepts.com.

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: BUBBA, THE SWINKSTER & BILL NILSSON

STEWART97dbd2bdbJames will have his 32nd birthday on December 21.


Dec. 16…Brian Swink 1972
Dec. 16…Andy Harrington 1977
Dec. 16…Cassidy Anderson
Dec. 16…Gordon Crockard 1978


Dec. 17…Bill Nilsson 1932
Dec. 17…Danny Dobey
Dec. 17…Justin Buckelew 1981
Dec. 17…Barry Hawk 1972


Dec. 17…Tommy Hahn 1985
Dec. 18…Gerrit Ordelman 1980
Dec. 18…Tim Weigand 1978
Dec. 18…Kei Yamamoto 1991
Dec. 18…Valentin Guillod 1992
Dec. 19… Austin Stroupe 1990
Dec. 20…Jesse Casillas 1984
Dec. 20…Klemen Gercar 1990
Dec. 21…James Stewart 1985

BLAST FROM THE PAST: 2003 EDISON DYE AWARD

In 2003, four-time 250 Champion Gary Jones (second from left) received the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award. In this photo we see the complete Jones gang from the 1970s. (Left to right) Mom Melinda Jones, Gary Jones, father Don Jones, announcer Tom White and DeWayne Jones. Hard to believe that Don, Tom and DeWayne are gone now.

KICKSTART VERSUS ELECTRIC START: A VISUAL JOURNEY

A kickstarter is a complex mechanism. The kickstarter (upper left), spins the gear and  connects to the idler gear and eventually to the primary gear.

On the electric start engine the gear in the upper left is attached to the starter motor. When it spins, the rest of the gears interact with the primary gear.

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: THE RT CAME AFTER THE DT

Before there were YZs or Monoshocks,the Yamaha 360 RT2-MX was Yamaha’s big bike.

ONE LASTING MEMORY OF THE HUSQVARNA FC450 ROCKSTAR EDITION PRESS INTRO

The MXA wrecking crew is used to new model intros being held at racetracks, so we were surprised when Husqvarna announced their “Special Edition” FC450 intro would be held in the tallest skyscraper in Los Angeles. This dramatic Simon Cudby photo captured the grandeur.

2018 MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULES

The 2018 Supercross schedule starts on January 6, 2018, at Anaheim Stadium, before going to Houston on January 13. Check the complete schedule out below,

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA
Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL
Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA
Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO
Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA
Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA
Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT
May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19……………………Hangtown, CA
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 2..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 23.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
June 30.………………….Southwick, MA
July 7..……………………​Red Bud, MI
July 21.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 28.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 11..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 18..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 25.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4……………………..Argentina
Mar. 18…………………….Holland 1
Mar. 25…………………….Spain
Apr. 8……………………….Italy 1
Apr. 15……………………..Portugal
May 1……………………….Russia
May 13……………………..Latvia
May 20…………………….Germany
June 3………………………England
June 10…………………….France
June 17…………………….Italy 2
July 1……………………….Indonesia 1
July 8……………………….Indonesia 2
July 22……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………………………Belgium
Aug. 12……………………..Sweden
Aug. 19……………………..Switzerland
Sept. 2………………………Turkey
Sept. 16……………………..Holland 2
Sept. 30…………………….Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6-7………………………….Dayton, OH
Jan. 13-14………………………Worcester, MA
Jan. 20-21……………………….Wilkes Barre, PA
Jan. 27-28………………………Greensboro, NC
Feb. 10-11………………………Madison, WI
Feb. 17-18………………………Florence, SC
Mar. 17-18………………………Denver, CO
Mar. 24-25………………………Nampa, ID
Apr. 7-8………………………….Wichita, KS
Apr. 21-22………………………Portland, OR
Apr. 28-29………………………Reno, NV
May 4-6…………………………Las Vegas, NV

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 11……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 25…………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 17………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Aug. 19………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Feb. 2-4…………………..……Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23-25……………….…..Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 23-24……………….…..Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 20-22……………….…..Hurricane, UT
May 25-27……………………Cedar City, UT
Sept. 14-16……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 19-21………………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11……………………..Primm, NV

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Lyng, England
Apr. 1……………………………Culham, England
Apr. 22………………………….Canada Heights, England
May 6…………………………..Blaxhall, England
June 24………………………..Desertmartin, Ireland
July 29………………………….Duns, England
Aug. 26…………………………Hawkstone, England
Sept. 23………………………..TBA, England

2018 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 8………………….…..…Lyng, England
May 20……………..…………Preston Docks, England
May 27…………….………….Hawkstone Park, England
July 1………….…..…………..Sherwood, England
July 15………….…..……..….Canada Heights, England
Sept. 2…………….…..…..….Crookwood, England

2018 DUTCH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Markelo, Holland
Apr. 2……………………………Oldebrook, Holland
May 6…………………………..Mill, Holland
July 14-16…………………….Lichtenvoorde, Holland

2018 GERMAN ADAC MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 22………………………….Drehna, Germany
May 27………………………….Molln, Germany
June 24…………………………Bielstein, Germany
May 6……………………………Blaxhall, Germany
July 15………………………….Moggers, Germany
July 29………………………….Tensfeld, Germany
Aug. 26…………………………Teutschthal, Germany
Sept. 9…………………………..Gaildorf, Germany

2018 HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL
Feb. 11………………………….Hawkstone, England

2018 RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR SUPERCROSS
Mar. 11-12……………..…….Daytona, FL

2018 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 14…………………….…..Glen Helen, CA

2018 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 30-Aug. 4……………….Hurricane Mills, TN

2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 13………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2018 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 27…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-4…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 19-24…………………….Gainesville, FL

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25……………………..Glen Helen, CA

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Photos: Brian Converse, Jody Weisel, Mark Chilson, Daryl Ecklund, MXA

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