THANK YOU! MEET THE MEN WHO MAKE MOTOCROSS ACTION HAPPEN
We don’t say thank you nearly enough, but every MXA test riders has a lot to be thankful for. Jody, Josh, Daryl and Dennis have the greatest jobs in the world. They ride, race and write. It is true that they gripe about their jobs and the misery of having to test brand-new motorcycles in the hot sun—but that is just normal men-at-work talk. They love what they do—and it shows in the dedication they put into testing bikes.
When you read an MXA bike test, you might be tempted to think of it as the sole product of an one of MXA’s editors. Not true. While the four main MXA guys are the nucleus of Motocross Action, MXA also has a loyal crew of racers who help us out immensely on a weekly basis. MXA provides the bikes, gear, helmets and parts to a select crew of Pro, Vet, Intermediate and Novice motocross racers. Their job is to provide feedback to the testing process.
The MXA wrecking crew is a weird mix. It has aggressive young riders; Vet Pros with solid credentials; crazy local amateurs; Vet riders; and old-line racers from the 1960s and ’70s. We couldn’t do the job of testing motorcycles without the help of the complete crew—the young for their enthusiasm, the experienced for their mechanical skill and the old hands for their amazing knowledge.
To all of these test riders (and the families that supported them when they were gone to the races) we say thank you for your help. And a special thanks to the old school MXA test riders from the past like Doug Dubach, Larry Brooks, Paul Boudreau, Kurt Evans, Pete Maly, Bill Keefe, David Gerig, Mike Basher, Ed Arnet, Gary Jones, Clark Jones, Tim Olson, Lance Moorewood, Ketchup Cox, Dick Miller, John Minert, Billy and Willy Musgrave, Mike Hooker and the late Al Baker and Rich Eierstedt. And especially, Jeremy McGrath, Mike Craig, Roger DeCoster, Mike Chamberlain and Cole Seely.
The MXA test crew in 2012: Nine years ago Jody Weisel, John Basher, Dennis Stapleton and John Minert were hard at work — this photo was shot at the Suzuki Supercross test track and Daryl Ecklund was busy riding when the photo was shot.
MXA’S BIG FOUR: THE MEN YOU SEE IN THE MAGAZINE
Jody Weisel: Jody started racing motocross in 1968 and has logged thousands of races in pursuit of test info. In fact, he has tested more vintage bikes than any man alive, but he did it by riding them when they were brand-new.
Daryl Ecklund: Not every AMA pro racer has what it takes to be a test rider—but Daryl made the transition from AMA Pro to physical trainer to MXA test rider with ease. He is MXA’s managing editor, which means he does all the work.
Josh Mosiman: The Mosiman brothers are a force to be reckoned with in AMA Pro motocross. Michael Mosiman races for the factory GasGas team in the Supercross and Motocross, while Josh Mosiman makes a living riding brand new bikes for Motocross Action.
THE MEN BEHIND THE SCENES
Tom Hinz: Tom is the son of MXA owner Roland Hinz, who also owns Mountain Bike Action, Dirt Wheels, Dirt Bike, Road Bike Action and Electric Bike Action. Although Roland is an avid offroad rider, he didn’t want his son to race motocross. So, of course, Tommy took up racing. Tom runs MXA’s website.
The late Tom White: An AMA Grand National dirt tracker, White Brothers’ founder, museum owner, AMA Hall of Famer, announcer/emcee and motocross racer Tom White was also the long-time Vintage Editor at MXA. Thankfully, Tom left a museum full of vintage motocross bikes and a vault full of stories about them to keep his “Classic Iron” column going. We miss him.
Jamie Ellis: As motorcycle electronics and hardware got more complicated, MXA asked Twisted Development tunerJamie Ellis to share his incredible understanding of engines, electronics and design in his “Twisted Logic ” column every month.
John Ker: John has been shooting photos at MXA for 30 years, but he is more famous for his BMX, mountain bike and surfing photos (although we love his Supercross, National, Grand Prix and test bikes shots). In fact, John has been inducted into both the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and the BMX Hall of Fame.
Dan, Debbi, Rich & Chillzone: These are the photographers who cover all of the bases when the regular MXA crew is off on location. Jody (left) meets with photographers Rich Stuelke (on Jody’s left), Dan Alamangos (back to camera), Debbi Tamietti and Mark Chilson (far right) to discuss how Dan’s pants got so dirty in practice. Dan, Debbi, Rich and Mark are incredibly competitive when it comes to getting the best photo.