MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT

#WHIPITWEDNESDAY

Rider: Jason Anderson

One of the riders in the Supermotocross Series who has been overlooked is Jason Anderson. Unfortunately for Jason, he had to miss the first half of the Outdoor Series due to a neck injury, but he rebounded with a fifth-place finish at his first race back at Red Bud.  He would go on to earn a few podiums before the season’s conclusion. Though his results in the Supermotocross have not been near the front, it’s exciting to see where he stands coming into 2024. Here we look back to when Jason rode for the Factory Rockstar Husquvarna Team, getting stylish.

SUPERMOTOCROSS ROUND TWO

All eyes were on Ken Roczen this past weekend in Chicago as he showed tremendous speed and garnished himself a win, though a bit of controversy came with it. Roczen did not let leader Jett Lawrence stretch out his lead; Ken then attempted multiple passes before Jett Lawrence moved over the waved Ken by.  We will never know if Roczen may have gotten Jett on his own by the end of the moto, we will have to see how they stack up in Los Angeles.

Jett Lawrence was again at the top of his game, but a slight mental slip-up in the second moto caused him  to give up the moto win; he did, though, still clinch the overall. Jett, on the track, while leading, was also trying to calculate the best points scenario for himself headed into LA. However, doing math and racing full-paced is tricky, and his calculations were incorrect. This is where he let Ken Roczen by believing he would separate himself from Chase Sexton.  His math was misguided.

Even though Chase Sexton was relatively silent in the second moto in Chicago, he is still motivated for more wins. Chase leads the points going into the final triple crown event in LA, and we feel he will give it all. As known before, a fired-up Chase Sexton sure is an entertaining rider, and we look forward to seeing the potential in LA.

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MXA PHOTO TRIVIA

Who is this rider? Answer at the bottom of the page.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: KEN ROCZEN ON THE “LET BY”

“I could care less about a “oh so kind baby gift” win from Jett. Thank you so much. I really appreciate it… the math didn’t make a difference whatsoever on the overall anyway.”

MXA DATA ANALYSIS: ECU CHANGES BY TRACK

In motocross, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) functions as the bike’s central nervous system, governing features like ignition timing, fuel injection, and other performance-related parameters. This ECU can be remapped to modify these parameters, tailoring the bike’s functionality based on requirements such as a specific race track’s attributes or prevailing weather conditions.

Sound Testing will also take place inside the LA Coliseum, where factory teams may tailor their ECU system to not hit high RPMs during the test. This is triggered with a switch or when the bike is in neutral with the clutch in.

Here are reasons why ECU maps might be adjusted based on the race track:

1. Track Conditions: Bike performance can be largely affected by track conditions. For instance, a wet, muddy track would necessitate a different power output than a dry one. Modifying the ECU map can enhance performance based on these specific conditions.

2. Altitude and Weather: A track’s altitude and the surrounding weather can influence how the bike operates. Bikes tend to perform differently at high altitudes because of decreased air pressure and oxygen levels. Tweaking the ECU map can counter these conditions to achieve peak performance. In the same vein, the ECU can also alter the air/fuel mixture depending on the temperature.

3. Rider Preference: Each rider might have unique preferences regarding how their bike responds, be it in throttle response, power distribution, or engine braking. Remapping the ECU allows for these specifications to be met, potentially enhancing the overall performance.

4. Fuel Type: The fuel used can dictate how a bike performs. Since various fuels have distinct combustion rates, ignition timings may need adjustments. This becomes especially crucial in races where high-performance fuels are in play.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK


Chad Reed in practice at Anaheim 3 in 2008.

CLASSIC MXA PHOTO

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Young Adam Cianciarulo is preparing for what would ultimately be a tough night in Las Vegas in 2019. He would rebound and win the next motocross series that started just two weeks later. 

MXA Trivia answer: John Dowd, the “Junkyard Dog,” surprisingly not a Southwick photo.

 

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