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Honda celebrates their 50th Anniversary Edition

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Honda unveiled the latest edition of its flagship motocross bike, the 2023 CRF450, during a media event. Held on the eve of the opening 2023 AMA Pro Motocross round at Fox Raceway, the function featured the entire Team Honda HRC lineup – Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence and Jett Lawrence – as well as Honda legends from the past, including champions Gary Jones, Johnny O’Mara, Rick Johnson and Trey Canard, as well as former Team Manager Dave Arnold.

Introduced 50 years after the debut of the 1973 CR250M Elsinore – Honda’s original motocross machine – the 2023 CRF450 receives key engine updates and chassis revisions targeted at enhancing corner-exit acceleration and improving handling. In addition, a 50th Anniversary Edition is offered, honoring Honda’s motocross heritage with a special livery evoking the iconic CR models that dominated 1980s AMA Supercross and Motocross.

Honda’s success in motocross started with the aforementioned 1973 CR250M Elsinore, which Jones piloted to Honda’s first AMA Motocross Championship. In the half-century since, additional titles have been delivered by a long list of champions including Marty Smith, Chuck Sun, Johnny O’Mara, Ron Lechien, David Bailey, Darrell Schultz, Micky Dymond, Rick Johnson, Jeff Stanton, Jean-Michel Bayle, Mike Kiedrowski, Doug Henry, Steve Lamson, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, culminating in current Team HRC rider Jett Lawrence delivering the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross 250 crown, as well as the 2022 AMA Supercross 250SX West Region title. These renowned riders have played an integral role in the development and innovation of CR and CRF motocross bikes, while cementing Honda’s legendary status in the sport. Originally introduced in 2002, the CRF450 continues Honda’s tradition of race-driven innovation by incorporating feedback from Team Honda HRC riders.

“Honda is synonymous with motocross, and that’s a direct result of our dedication to the sport for the past five decades, as well as the invaluable contributions of top riders – from Gary Jones in 1973 to Jett Lawrence in 2022,” said Brandon Wilson, American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential. “The 2023 CRF450 is worthy of that heritage, and the 50th Anniversary Edition pays tribute in a way that we’re sure will be appreciated by motocross enthusiasts. We look forward to current and future Honda champions continuing to grow our motocross legacy.”

For 2023, The CRF450’s engine and chassis updates also carry over to the premium CRF450RWE and the closed-course off-road-focused CRF450RX, raced by the SLR Honda and JCR Honda teams in the NGPC and WORCS competition.

While Honda celebrates 50 years of motocross heritage with the 2023 CRF450, the rest of Honda’s popular CRF Performance lineup, including the CRF450-S, CRF450X, CRF450RL, CRF250, CRF250RX and CRF150, continues to deliver industry-leading performance and reliability.

COMPLETE LIST OF 2023 MOTOCROSS MODELS

2023 HONDA CRF450

2023 Honda CRF450.

The CRF450R’s technical updates include a narrower intake-port shape and longer intake funnel, revised cam profile and smaller throttle body diameter, resulting in smooth power delivery and increased torque, improving acceleration out of corners. The frame’s rigidity has been optimized by increasing material thickness in strategic locations and the use of steel engine mounts (replacing aluminum) helps improve front-end traction. A higher-rate shock spring and revised fork settings complement the rigidity-optimized frame without introducing harshness. To enhance strength and reduce noise, the muffler body is constructed from heat-treated aluminum, and a new inner-pipe design is used.

For 2023, Honda also offers a 50th Anniversary Edition of the model, featuring a livery reminiscent of the legendary ’80s CRs that ruled AMA Motocross and Supercross. Easily recognizable to fans of that era, this version features a blue seat cover, white number plates, gold rims, gold handlebar, gray-metallic triple clamp and special graphics.

2023 HONDA CRF450RWE

Building upon the legendary CRF450 platform, the CRF450WE (“Works Edition”) is for the rider searching for the ultimate advantage. Purpose-built for lowering lap times and providing an unparalleled riding experience, it features an extensive list of premium upgrades inspired by the factory Team Honda HRC machines of Roczen and Sexton, including a stainless-steel Yoshimura exhaust, hand-polished cylinder ports, Hinson clutch basket and cover, Throttle Jockey seat cover and graphics, D.I.D DirtStar LT-X rims and DM2 gold chain, coated fork tubes, fork legs and shock 18 mm shock shaft, gray metallic triple clamps, Renthal Kevlar grips and dedicated ignition mapping. In addition, the CRF450WE benefits from the same engine and chassis updates as its CRF450 sibling to improve corner-exit acceleration and handling.

2023 HONDA CRF450RX

From high-speed NGPC and WORCS tracks to the technical woods riding of GNCC, the CRF450RX is a versatile, yet refined machine that is perfectly equipped for the variety of terrain found in closed-course off-road racing. To improve corner-exit acceleration and handling, this model receives the same chassis and engine updates as its motocross-focused relative, the CRF450. Built with off-road specific features like dedicated ECU and suspension settings, an 18-inch rear wheel, an aluminum side stand, a large 2.1-gallon fuel tank and hand guards, the championship-proven CRF450RX is ready for the track or trail, which is why it’s the motorcycle of choice for a variety of off-road racers, including the SLR Honda and JCR Honda teams.

2023 HONDA CRF450R-S 

Honda’s flagship motocross machine – the CRF450 – continues to push the technological envelope in an effort to stay at the front of the pack, but some customers prioritize value. Honda addresses the needs of both groups, as the CRF450-S (based on the 2022 CRF450 raced by factory Team Honda HRC riders Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen) is available at a very attractive price point without making a big sacrifice in terms of performance.

2023 HONDA CRF450X 

The undisputed King of the Baja 1000, Honda’s bulletproof CRF450X has a record 15 wins in the legendary off-road event, the most recent coming in the 2021 edition at the hands of SLR Honda riders Justin Morgan, Mark Samuels, Kendall Norman and Brandon Prieto. Also campaigned in the AMA NHHA series by JCR Honda rider Preston Campbell, the CRF450X is an excellent trail machine too, thanks in part to its 50-state year-round off-road-legal status, plus off-road-appropriate features like a side stand, 18-inch rear wheel, headlight, sealed chain and six-speed transmission.

2023 HONDA CRF450L

A quintessential dual-sport machine, the CRF450RL is based on the legendary CRF450 Performance off-road platform, yet it’s surprisingly smooth and comfortable on pavement. That combination of characteristics means there’s nothing better at using asphalt to link together great sections of trail. Features like a quiet muffler, a vibration-damping urethane-injected swingarm and a wide-ratio six-speed transmission ensure the machine performs well on roads, while the 449 cc Unicam® engine, twin-spar aluminum frame and premium, long-travel suspension that make it a stellar performer in the dirt. Throw in Honda’s legendary durability, and it’s clear why the CRF450RL has made a name for itself in the dual-sport world.

COMPLETE LIST OF 2023 MOTOCROSS MODELS

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MXA’S RAW GASGAS MC125 VIDEO: LIKE MUSIC WITH YOUR ACTION VIDEOS? MOVE ON! NOTHING TWO-STROKE SOUNDS HERE https://motocrossactionmag.com/mxas-raw-gasgas-mc125-video-like-music-with-your-action-videos-move-on-nothing-two-stroke-sounds-here/ Fri, 27 May 2022 22:00:26 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215026

Maybe you'll be able to see why Josh Mosiman chose to race a GasGas MC125 at the 2022 World Two-Stroke Championship. Watch, listen and learn

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As you probably already know, the 2023 GasGas MC125 is the same as the 2022 MC125—save for some minor radiator wing graphics. We don’t tell you this to bum you out, but rather to excited you about the 2022 GasGas MC125 two-stroke in this video. Without any major mods for 2023, the price will stay low and the fun always goes up when you get a bargain. MXA went to LACR Raceway in SoCal to shoot this video on a private test day. When we were done, we gathered up the footage and cut a RAW MC125 version. If you enjoy the sweet sounds of a 125 two-stroke going wide open without music, talking heads or other distraction, this is your chance to see the MC125 in its purest form possible—wide open. Crank up those speakers!

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BEST IN THE PITS // 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL https://motocrossactionmag.com/best-in-the-pits-2022-fox-raceway-national/ Fri, 27 May 2022 19:51:30 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215377

Take a stroll through the pits with us here at Fox Raceway

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BEST IN THE PITS // 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL

Motocross Action walks you through the pits of Round 1 of the 2022 Outdoor Season at Fox Raceway in Southern California. Riders like Ryan Dungey, Tony Cairoli, Chase Sexton, Ken Roczen, Shane McElrath, Jo Shimoda, Jett Lawrence and more will be lined up and ready to chase a new championship. Here is some of the action in the pits before the gates drop Saturday afternoon.

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE


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DYLAN FERRANDIS INJURED: OUT FOR 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL https://motocrossactionmag.com/dylan-ferrandis-injured-out-for-2022-fox-raceway-national/ Fri, 27 May 2022 19:30:27 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215282

We're sad to report that the reigning 450 National Champion will miss this Saturday's race and the beginning of the 2022 Pro Motocross season

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DYLAN FERRANDIS INJURED: OUT FOR 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL

We’re sad to report that the reigning 450 National Champion will miss this Saturday’s race and the beginning of the 2022 Pro Motocross season. Dylan Ferrandis was ultra-fast and consistent in 2021 when he scored 7-moto wins and ultimately won the Championship with a 73-point lead over Eli Tomac. Coming into the 2022 Outdoor season, Ferrandis had spent more time riding motocross than most of his competitors because after he was injured in Detroit, he took the rest of the series off to heal up and prepare for his title defense.

Sadly, the title will escape Dylan and he won’t be able to run the red plate this weekend at Pala after he injured his thumb during Tuesday’s press day riding. Read his statement below:

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Dylan Ferrandis posted via instagram: “Unfortunately I had a small crash Tuesday and I hurt my left thumb, I thought it was minor sprain, but the medical exam showed broken ligament with Stener effect, which mean it will never recover without a surgery.

I wanted to try to ride Saturday,  but without surgery in the few weeks the ligament can die and the damage can be irreversible for the rest of my career. We decide with the team to go for the surgery now to have me back at my full physical capacity as soon as possible that mean I will miss the beginning of the motocross season.

I am at the saddest point of my career to have to miss a championship that I won last year and to not put the #1 plate where it belongs, I worked so hard and invested everything I could to win this championship again—this sport is so ruthless. I have broken heart for my sponsor and people that help me. I’m sorry.”

WHAT IS THE STENER EFFECT?

Dylan suffered what would more accurately be described as an Ulnar Collateral Ligament injury. It happens most commonly when the thumb is subject a sudden force. The symptoms are pain, swelling and thumb instability—all of which are aggravated by holding onto handlebars. A Stener lesion occurs when the displaced or torn Ulnar Collateral ligament flicks back and ends up on top of the wide band of fibrous material that connects to the muscle that controls movement of the thumb towards the index finger (as in a pinching motion) to the point that it cannot function properly. Unfortunately, Stener lesions and Ulnar Collateral Ligament ruptures often require surgery.

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE


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FIRST LOOK! FLY’S 2022.5 KINETIC MESH SUMMER GEAR https://motocrossactionmag.com/first-look-flys-2022-5-kinetic-mesh-summer-gear/ Fri, 27 May 2022 19:01:44 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215254

Dual-mesh construction, superior breathability and all new stretch materials make Fly Kinetic Mesh gear the cool choice for summer racing

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Summer is hot but that doesn’t mean that you have to be. Stay cool with the superior breathability of Kinetic Mesh Racewear. The dual-mesh construction allows massive airflow while filtering out the dirt. This season’s Kinetic Mesh got an upgrade with all new stretch materials, too. Used by our professional motocross racers and off-road warriors, Kinetic Mesh is the first choice in ventilated racewear. With the tried-and-true Kinetic cut, Kinetic mesh is the cool younger brother to the original.

KINETIC MESH JERSEY FEATURES

Fly Kinetic Mesh Hi-Vis.

Fly Kinetic Mesh Red/Black.

1. Colors: Hi-Vis/Black, Red/Black, White/Black/Grey, White/Blue/Mint
2. Relaxed shorty elastic sleeve cuffs
3.Integrated dual-mesh construction allows massive airflow

Fly Kinetic Mesh Mint.

Fly Kinetic Mesh White/Black/Grey.

4.Multi-panel construction for maximum performance and comfortable fit
5. Extended tail helps keep jersey tucked in
6. Standard fit— not too tight, not too loose
7. Tagless comfort-stretch collar
8. Sizes run from small to double extra-large
9. Retail price is $39.95

KINETIC MESH RACE PANT FEATURES

Fly Kinetic Mesh Hi-Viz pant.

1. Colors: Hi-Vis/Black, Red/Black, White/Black/Grey, White/Blue/Mint
2. Comfort mesh liner helps with comfort and ventilation
3. Multi-directional stretch rip-stop panels for flexibility

Fly Kinetic Mesh Red/Black pant.

4. Internal pocket inside the waistband
5. Multi-panel 900D construction with laser-cut perforations
6. Leather heat shield panels

Fly Kinetic Mesh Mint pant.

7. Soft-flex protective rubber badging creates massive vents for airflow
8. Ergonomically pre-shaped knee works with most guards
9. Full-floating seat surrounded by stretch rip-stop material

Fly Kinetic Mesh White/Black/Grey pant.

10. Ratcheting closure with zipper lock system to keep pants secure
11. Fly’s Adaptive Waist System (AWS) provides a custom fit
12. Sizes run from 28 to 40
13. Retail price is $129.95

For more information go to www.flyracing.com or see your friendly local dealer.


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FLASHBACK FRIDAY | JEAN-MICHEL BAYLE RECALLS RACING IN AMERICA https://motocrossactionmag.com/faded-glory-jean-michel-bayle-recalls-racing-in-america/ Fri, 27 May 2022 17:02:20 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=111734

Bayle was treated poorly by American motocross fans when he came over from the World Championships to race in the USA

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Jean-Michel Bayle (22), Jeff Ward (3), Jeff Matiasevich (20).

There is little doubt that Jean-Michel Bayle was treated poorly by American motocross fans when he came over from the World Championships to race in the USA. Jean-Michel had won the 1988 FIM 125 World Championship and backed that up with the 1989 FIM 250 World Championship. Before the 1989 Grand Prix season started, Bayle signaled his intent to move to America in 1990 by racing the first seven Supercrosses of 1989, one AMA 250 National and four AMA 500 Nationals. He won the 250 National and two 500 Nationals while placing in the top-five 7 times out of 12 races. In 1990, he moved to America full-time, finishing second in the AMA Supercross series and fourth in the AMA 125 Nationals. Then 1991 came along and the rest is history. What follows is JMB’s personal story of racing in America.

“As a little boy, I dreamed of coming to the United States and racing with the best guys in the world. When I got older, I was riding for the factory Honda team in Europe. Roger DeCoster was working for American Honda at the time. It was perfect for me, because Roger was a big fan of mine. That relationship made it easy for me to get on the Honda race team in the United States. Not only would I achieve my dream, but I’d be able to race on a Honda, which at the time was the best bike on the track.

“It wasn’t easy moving to the USA. Not very many riders before me made the move from Europe to America. I didn’t really know what to expect. Many American fans weren’t used to a European coming and racing in their series. You have to remember that during that time, American riders were dominating everything around the globe. Breaking into the American scene and challenging the top Americans as a French rider was difficult for many American fans to accept.

“Ricky Johnson was my main competitor when I came to race the AMA Supercross and National series. Then, after Johnson got hurt in 1989, Jeff Stanton became my biggest foe. He was really tough, and so was Damon Bradshaw. By no means was it easy to win; however, I managed to win three titles in 1991. That year I was happy to win the 250 Supercross crown, and after I won the 250 National title, I was really interested in also taking the AMA 500 title. I knew that I could ride a 500 really well, so it was great to put all of those titles together in the same year.

“Things changed for me after I won those titles in 1991. It wasn’t easy winning everything as a French rider. The fans didn’t like me and expressed themselves. That’s a big reason why I quit so fast and moved on to a career in road racing. Maybe if things were easier for me, then I would have stayed and raced another year or two, but there was so much pressure, and I didn’t feel welcome in the United States. Honestly, it was a little bit like a war between the fans and me; however, that wasn’t the case from my side. My passion was to race the AMA National Motocross and AMA Supercross series. I didn’t decide to move from France with the specific goal of beating the Americans. I came to the USA to compete against the best riders in the world. People didn’t understand that I was honoring the American riders by wanting to race against them.

Jean-Michel Bayle

“It’s easy to come over to the U.S. as a racer if you’re not winning races. Then, once you win races, things get more difficult. People treat you differently. That’s normal, I guess. America is a very big country, and all of the people are very proud to be American. I have a lot of respect for American people. My grandfather fought in World War II with American troops. We respect America.”


FLASHBACK FRIDAY // COMPLETE MOTOCROSS ARCHIVE

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MXA TAKES YOU FOR A GOPRO TRACK PREVIEW AT THE FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL https://motocrossactionmag.com/mxa-takes-you-for-a-gopro-track-preview-at-the-2022-fox-raceway-national/ Fri, 27 May 2022 13:10:31 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215183 GoPro track preview 2022 Fox Raceway National

MXA'S Josh Mosiman talks you through every obstacle on the Pala AMA National track

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GoPro track preview 2022 Fox Raceway National

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL: GOPRO TRACK PREVIEW

For the most part, every MXA test rider is a racer, but only four of them are capable of qualifying for an AMA National and we are all lining up for this weekend’s race at Pala. Josh Mosiman (myself), Dennis Stapleton, Brian Medeiros and Ezra Lewis will all be racing this weekend. Dennis, Ezra and myself in the 450 class and Brian in the 250 class. Since we had two 30-minute practice sessions to learn the track on Tuesday, we decided to use our GoPro to provide some more pre-season content leading into Saturday’s race. Check out the conditions and obstacles from the Fox Raceway track in Pala, California, in this video and follow the MXA wrecking crew all weekend long on instagram @motocrossactionmag and online.

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE

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RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU https://motocrossactionmag.com/rumors-gossip-unfounded-truths-the-circus-is-coming-to-a-town-near-you/ Fri, 27 May 2022 12:44:12 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215125 Rumors, Gossip, and Unfound Truths 2021 updated

What's new? Fuel-injected two-stroke, Endurocross & 2023 new models; What's old? Supercross, endless injuries & electric hype

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“FIRST RIDE” VIDEO VIEWS BY MEDIA OF THE MOST POPULAR 2022-2023 BIKE VIDEOS





2022 Honda CRF450-15_e



2022 KAWASAKI KX450 MXA TEST-10

These are YouTube’s official number of viewers for MXA, Dirt Bike, SwapMoto, Vital and RacerX videos.

MXA’S JOSH MOSIMAN TALKS YOU THROUGH EVERY OBSTACLE ON THE PALA AMA NATIONAL TRACK

• BUD RACING KAWASAKI WILL BE THE OFFICIAL KAWASAKI TEAM IN THE WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Bud Racing will join three others teams in the ten team pool. The other three are MotoConcepts Honda, Pipes Motorsports Group and GSM Yamaha.

French-run Bud Racing is entering the World Supercross Championship through a five-year partnership with promoter SX Global and the FIM to be the official Kawasaki team. Only ten official teams are being allowed to enter the upstart World Supercross series. The French Bud Racing team has signed on become one of those 10 teams. The World Supercross series currently has four events scheduled from October to November of 2022. This first year will serve as a “test” season to allow the series to establish itself and gain momentum. In 2023 and beyond the World Supercross Championship will run between June and November in direct competition with the AMA 250/450 Nationals and the FIM World MXGP Championship.

SX Global says that there will be no less than 10 events planned around the world in 2023 (with the odd claim that the World Supercross Championship will “take place where no other World Championship has been held before.” Like all the teams selected by SX Global, Bud Racing will field two riders in the 250cc Supercross class and two in the 450cc Supercross class. Bud Racing say that it will reveal the identity of their four riders in a couple weeks.

Bud team manager Stéphane Dasse said, “We are really proud and excited to have been selected as the official Kawasaki team for this brand-new championship. It will allow the development of Supercross throughout the world. I have always encouraged my riders to practice Supercross from a very young age. In these conditions, I can only appreciate, support and believe in the development of a World Championship like the one that already exists in motocross. I think this is a real opportunity and we should expect something great from a sporting and media point of view.”

THIS WEEK IN MXA WITH JOSH MOSIMAN: EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PALA NATIONAL FROM A MAN WHO’S RACING IT

• KAWASAKI ELEKTRODE BALANCE BIKE?

Kawasaki makes no doubt that what they are releasing on June 7 is electric.

Seven month ago Kawasaki president Hiroshi Ito made a major announcement about Kawasaki’s move to electric motorcycles by 2035—and even predicted that Kawasaki would release three electric models in 2022. A week ago, on its Instagram page, Kawasaki released a teaser film showing a small kid on what looked like a pump track. Although, no bike was shown, Kawasaki did say that a full release was coming in June 7, 2022. It doesn’t take a lot of conjecture to see that Kawasaki is planning on releasing an electric balance bike, like the private-labeled Stacyc models that KTM has been offering for two years. The text on the end of the 15-second video announces that the “The Good Times are Electric.” On a side note, Kawasaki has trademarked the name “Elektrode” to use on their electric offerings.

Kawasaki was the first of the Big Four to set a hard date for when they would go electric, but with closer reading, you will noticed that they have added “Hybrid” to the intentions. Hybrid would means electric and Gasoline—which would give motorcycles much great range than pure electric. Stay tuned, not just on June 7, but for future Kawasaki intros.

WATCH THE PROS TEST THEIR BIKES, BODIES & A DUSTY, JUMPY, PALA RACEWAY TRACK

• MXA STARTED THE 2022 TEST SEASON WITH TWO 450cc YAMAHA’S, BUT WE NOW WE HAVE ZERO!

MXA air-cooled the crank on our 2022 Yamaha YZ450FX. The hole in the cases is just the right size for the rod to fly out of.

It what seemed strange, given that we always claim that Yamaha YZ450F’s are the most reliable bikes made, both of our 2022 YZ450F’s went out of commission. Our stock YZ450 suffered a major electrical failure, but luckily, the Yamaha test department was at the track and they took the bike back to Yamaha to fix it for us. That was the last time we saw it—and when we asked them about getting it back their answer was convoluted—we must assumed that they couldn’t fix it. Now, our 2022 Yamaha YZ450FX, which we used for cross-country races like the Lake Havasu GP and weekly motocross events had the connecting rod snap in half going up Mt. Saint Helen. We were able to diagnose this problem pretty quickly because there was a big hole in the cases and pieces of the rod were in the rubble. Making it even easier to discern the point of failure is that we know of several other riders who’s YZ450F engines suffered the same fate.

We wrote in our 2022 Yamaha YZ450 test that, “Thanks to its incredible dependability, the 2022 Yamaha YZ450F offers buyers good value for the money. It is the perfect bike for a guy who doesn’t want to spend hard-earned cash post-purchase; Nothing is as reliable as a Yamaha YZ450F. It will last forever.” We based that quote on the years before, but it didn’t apply this year.

• CLASSIC MXA PHOTOS: FREDDY NOREN GETS A BOOST…OR IS THAT A GOOSE

We know this looks like it was photo-shopped, but Debbi Tamietti shot this photo of Fredrik Noren coming down a hill at Glen Helen. There was an inflatable Geico Gecko on the side of the track and as Freddy and the Gecko lined up, she shot a quick photo. The result was this slightly disturbing image of Freddy and the Gecko. It is truly a classic.

• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MICHELIN STARCROSS 6 TIRES

Michelin Starcross 6 Hard terrain tires.

Michelin’s latest motocross tire range is the Michelin Starcross 6, which was developed in association with top professional riders competing at national and international levels. Available in all popular sizes covering 100 percent of the adult motocross market, the Michelin Starcross 6 range will be comprised five different versions to suit all types of track conditions and rider preferences: Medium/Soft, Medium/Hard, Hard, Sand, and Mud (rear only).

Michelin Starcross 6 Sand/Soft terrain tires.

Compared to its predecessor, the Michelin Starcross 5, the new Michelin Starcross 6 uses technologies developed in Michelin’s R&D centers and was fine-tuned on racetracks around the world to offer 16 percent more traction and 19 percent better durability. These new technolgies, including Michelin’s Silica Technology, mean that riders can push their bikes to higher performance levels, while at the same time benefitting from longer-lasting tire performance.

Michelin Starcross 6 itermediate terrain tires.

The retail price varies from model to model, but the front tires range from $148 to $162, while rear tires run from $148 to $169. For more info Click Here

• 2022 AMA ENDUROCROSS SCHEDULE

The AMA EnduroCross series announced that its 2022 six-race series will begin with Round 1 on September 24 in Redmond, Oregon, at the First Interstate Bank Center­­–a new location for the series, and a return to the Pacific Northwest. The second round of the series will take place on October 1 at the National Western Event Center in Denver, Colorado, before heading to Salt Lake City, Utah, for Round 3 and Prescott Valley, Arizona, for Round 4. The series then heads to Boise, Idaho before the final round in Reno, Nevada, on November 19.

“I’m excited to see the series continue to grow with focused efforts on what our sport’s community values most, we’re making the changes we believe are needed to elevate EnduroCross to the next level.” said Adam Hammock, EnduroCross Operations Manager. The 2022 AMA EnduroCross Championship will be live streamed via RydeTV, a sports streaming network. It will then be released at a later date on network television. Further details will be announced regarding the live stream on RydeTV as we get closer to the series kickoff. For more info got www.endurocross.com

2022 AMA ENDUROCROSS SERIES SCHEDULE
Sept. 24…Redmond, Oregon
Oct. 1…Denver, Colorado
Oct. 15…Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 22…Prescott Valley, Arizona
Nov. 5…Boise Idaho
Nov. 19…Reno, Nevada

• 2022 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TV SCHEDULE: IS IT THE BEST OR THE WORST EVER?


It depends whether you subscribe to MAV-TV. Or, if you’re okay with just one moto shown on the three NBC shows. No matter, this is it.

• MXA FIRST RIDE: 2023 KTM 450SXF—SO NEW YOU MAY NEED TO READ THE MANUAL

WHO’S WHO IN THE MXGP ZOO? THE TOP TEN AFTER 8 OF 20 RACES

Calvin Vlaanderren (10) was the surprise 450 Grand Prix winner two weeks ago in Sardinia. It moved him into the top ten in points. This weekend, they will be at the Spanish GP for round nine.

2022 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 20 rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…367
2. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…288
3. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…264
4. Jorge Prado (Gas)…260
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)…234
6. Ruben Fernandez (Hon)…213
7. Brian Bogers (Hus)…205
8. Jeremy Van Horebeeck (Bet)…189
9. Calvin Vlaanderren (Yam)…178
10. Pauls Jonass Hus)…172

Jago Geerts heads to Spain with a 6-point lead over KTM’s Tom Vialle. Vialle and Gerts have traded the points leaders red plate back and forth and on one weekend shared it.

2022 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 20 rounds)
1. Jago Geerts (Yam)…338
2. Tom Vialle (KTM)…332
3. Simon Laengenfelder (Gas)…245
4. Mikkel Haarup (Kaw)…239
5. Kevin Horgmo (Kaw)..233
6. Kay de Wolf (Hus…211
7. Andrea Adamo (Gas)…198
8. Isak Gifting (Gas)…193
9. Stephen Rubini (Hon)…175
10. Mattia Guadagnini (Gas)…172

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2023 KTM 300SX—ALL-NEW, ELECTRIC START, FUEL-INJECTED TWO-STROKE

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: 1979 SUZUKI RM60

In 1979 Suzuki was filling out their complete model line-up with the addition of the air-cooled, six-speed RM60. It was unique because of its boat-tail fenders. It was a not a big success during it’s five-year run. Eventually, Suzuki replaced it with a yellow rebadged Kawasaki KX65 in 2003.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NIHILO BILLET ENGINE WORK ENGINE STAND

Nihilo Concepts Engine Work Stand.

Nihilo Concepts has totally redesigned their very popular Engine Work Stand and constructed it out of CNC-machined billet aluminum with all stainless steel hardware. The stand accepts almost every dirt bike engine from 50cc to 650cc. The movement is smooth, precise and strong enough to last a lifetime.

Side view of the black anodized billet aluminum engine stand.

The new black anodized stand is able to tilt 360 degrees, and lock at any angle, to allow easy assembly of transmissions and other tricky parts when rebuilding your engine. Once you have worked with this stand you will never go back to the old way. The retail price is $425.99 at www.nihiloconcepts.com

• 8TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION AT THE DOFFO WINERY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11


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MXA VIDEO: 2022-1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION VIDEO TEST

THE JUNE 2022 ISSUE OF MXA IS OUT! IT IS THE BEST DEAL IN THE SPORT!

If you don’t subscribe to MXA, you are missing a whole different world of motocross news, facts, tests and photos. We cover the full spectrum of the sport—from four-stroke tests, two-stroke tests, retro tests, race coverage, technology and product tests.

The June 2022 issues has full tests on the 2022-1/2 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition, 2022 Kawasaki KX450 SR Special Racer, 2022 Honda CRF450WE Works Edition, 2022 GasGas MC 250 two-stroke, Pasha’s KTM 270 Big-bore, the first look at the the 2023 GasGas motocross models and what it’s like to race a Johnny Campell Racing (JCR) Honda CRF450RX off-road bike.

If that’s not enough, go with us to Italy where we tested Stefan Everts’ works 2003 YZ450FM and YZ250FM. And, if all that doesn’t entice you to subscribe to Motocross Action, we will also give you a $25 credit from Rocky MountainATV/MC  that will more than cover the cost of your subscription. To subscribe call (800) 767-0345 or Click Here

• MXA VIDEO: 2022-1/2 HUSQVARNA FC250 ROCKSTAR EDITION VIDEO TEST

• FREE DIRT BIKE! FILL OUT MXA’S SURVEY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THIS SSR BIKE

This is your chance to win this SSR SR140TR. It is loaded with premium components including disc brakes, upside-down forks, an adjustable shock and more. The MSRP of this bike is over $2000. But you can win it for free! All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is fill out the MXA Reader Survey.

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• MXA VIDEO: 2022-1/2 KTM 250SXF FACTORY EDITION VIDEO TEST

• THE FRIENDS OF STEVE McQUEEN CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5

There is a 50th Anniversary “On Any Sunday” dinner on Saturday, June 4, and the Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, June 5. All proceeds from these events will go to benefit the “Boys Republic,” a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters in Chino, California, where Steve McQueen spent time in his youth. For more info on the Steve McQueen Rally, “On Any Sunday” dinner or Steve McQueen Car & Motorcycle show got to www.stevemcqueencarshow.com

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT HONDA CRF110F TOP CLAMP & BAR MOUNT

Pro Circuit has a cool part for 2013 to 2022 Honda CRF110F models. Designed to suit the taller rider, the Pro Circuit top clamp and bar mount helps create more legroom by raising the handlebars. It’s the perfect solution to prevent knees from smacking the bars, and it will also make your CRF110F’s front end longer. The clamp has full adjustability with different bar mount configurations, so you are able to personalize fitment as well. The clamp and bar mount are CNC-machined out of aluminum and then anodized red and blue for a factory look. These clamps are perfect for any mini moto rider looking to trick out their CRF110F. The retail price is $327.95 at www.procircuit.com.

• 2022 GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SERIES: NEXT RACE JUNE 5

For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org

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2022 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS THIS  SATURDAY

• GRAND PRIX SEASON SHORTENED FROM 20 TO 19 ROUNDS AS JAKARTA DROPS OUT


The FIM World Motocross Championship promoters “regret to inform that the MXGP of Jakarta that was set to host the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship on the 2nd and 3rd of July has been canceled. Despite the best efforts by the local organizer, it has not been possible to secure the proper running of the event for this year. The FIM looks forward to returning to Jakarta for the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship,” but for now the focus is on the other MXGP of Indonesia which will take place in Samota-Sumbawa on the June 26. Plus, if you haven’t noticed, Oman will host the final MXGP of the year on September 4.

• TENTATIVE 2022 RACE SCHEDULES

The World Vet returns on November 3-6, 2022. The most thrilling and chilling section of Glen Helen is the 70 mph charge to the steeply banked 180-degree first turn. 

2022 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 28…Pala, CA
June 4…Hangtown, CA
June 11…Thunder Valley, CO
June 18…Mt. Morris, PA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 9…Southwick, MA
July 16….Millville, MN
July 23….Washougal, WA
Aug. 13…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 20…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 27…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 3…Pala, CA

2022 FIM GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP (TENTATIVE)
Feb. 27…Matterley Basin, England
Mar. 6…Mantova, Italy
Mar. 20…Villa La Angostura, Argentina
April 3…Agueda, Portugal
April 10…Trentino, Italy
Apr. 24…Kegums, Latvia
May 1…Orlyonok, Russia (CANCELED)
May 8…Maggiora, Italy
May 15…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
May 29…Intu Xanadu, Spain
June 5…Ernee, France
June 12…Teutschenthal, Germany
June 26…Samota-Sumbawa, Indonesia
July 3… Jakarta, Indonesia (CANCELED)
July 17…Locket, Czech Republic
July 24…Lommel, Belgium
Aug. 7…Uddevalla, Sweden
Aug. 14…KymiRing, Finland
Aug 21…St. Jean d’ Angely, France
Sept. 4…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sept. 11…Oman

2022 AMA ENDUROCROSS SERIES SCHEDULE
Sept. 24…Redmond, Oregon
Oct. 1…Denver, Colorado
Oct. 15…Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 22…Prescott Valley, Arizona
Nov. 5…Boise Idaho
Nov. 19…Reno, Nevada

2022 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 15…Oakland, CA
Jan. 22…San Diego, CA
Jan. 29…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 5…Glendale, AZ
Feb. 12…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 19… Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 26…Arlington, TX
Mar. 5…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 12…Detroit, MI
Mar. 19…Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 26…Seattle, WA
Apr. 9…St. Louis, MO
Apr. 16…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 23…Foxborough, MA
Apr. 30…Denver, CO
May 7…Salt Lake City, UT

2022 KICKER ARENACROSS SERIES
Jan. 7-8…Loveland, CO
Jan. 15…Amarillo, TX
Jan. 21-22…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 29…Greensboro, NC
Feb. 4-5…Reno, NV
Feb. 11-12…Denver, CO

2022 WORLD SIDECAR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 24… Holland
May 22…Czech Republic
June 12…Holland
June 26…Ukraine
July 3…Estonia
July 10…TBA
July 23…No. Ireland
July 31…Germany
Aug. 7…TBA
Aug. 28…Czech Republic
Sept. 4…Slovenia
Sept.18…Germany

2022 SATURDAY AT THE GLEN RACE SCHEDULE
Apr. 2…Spring Series #1
Apr. 23…Spring Series #2
Apr. 30…Spring Series #3
May 7…Spring Series #4
May 14…Spring Series #5 (National Track)
June 11…Summer Series #1
June 25…Summer Series #2
July 9…Summer Series #3
July 30…Summer Series #4
Aug. 13…Summer Series #4 (National Track)
Sept. 10…Fall Series #1
Sept. 17…Fall Series #2
Oct. 1…Fall Series #3 (National Track)
Oct. 15…Fall Series #4
Oct. 22…Fall Series #5
Nov.r 12..Winter Series #1
Nov. 19…Winter Series #2
Dec. 3…Winter Series #3
Dec. 10…Winter Series #4 (National Track)

2022 WORCS OFF-ROAD SCHEDULE
Jan. 21-23…Primm, NV
Feb. 18-20…Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 11-13…Lake Havasu City, AZ
Apr. 8-10…Taft, CA
Apr. 29-May 1…Las Vegas, NV
May 27-29…Cedar City, UT
Sept. 16-18…Preston, ID
Oct. 14-16…Mesquite, NV
Nov 4-6…Primm, NV

2022 CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN SERIES
June 5…Kamloops, BC
June 12…Drumheller, AB
June 19…Pilot Mound, MB
July 3…Walton, ON
July 10…Courtland, ON
July 17…Ottawa, ON
July 24…Moncton, NB
July 31…Deschambault, QC
Aug. 14…Walton, ON

2022 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 27…Wonthaggi
Apr. 10…Mackay
May 1…Wodonga
June 26…Maitland
July 24…Coffs Harbour
Aug. 14…Queensland Park
Aug. 20…Coolum (Saturday)

2022 MICHELIN BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 20…FatCat
May 1…Landrake
May 29…Lyng
June 26…Cusses Gorse
Aug. 7…TBA
Sept. 4…Hawkstone

2022 REVO BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…Culham
Apr. 17…Foxhill
May 8…Lyng
May 22…Canada Heights
June 19…Blaxhall
July 10…Fatcat
July 31…Whitby
Sep. 11…TBA

2022 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
April 16…Glen Helen, CA

2022 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 25… Red Bud, MI

2022 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-6…Glen Helen, CA

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TAKE AN ANIMATED LAP OF SATURDAY’S PALA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS TRACK https://motocrossactionmag.com/take-a-lap-of-saturdays-pala-raceway-national-motocross-track/ Fri, 27 May 2022 12:43:29 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215251

This will be the opening salvo of the 2022 AMA National Motocross Championship—it sets the trends

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Built on native American reservation land, the big draw for this part of Southern California is normally casinos, in fact there is one across the road of the race track, but once a year, and unfathomably, this year twice a year, the big draw for Pala is the opening round of the 2022 AMA 250/50 National Motocross Championship. After an exciting AMA Supercross series, which just ended two weeks ago, all eyes are turned to Pala to see who can shine in the wide open spaces—of which the Pala Raceway has plenty of. Last year’s champions, Dylan Ferrandis and Jett Lawrence, will be there to defend their crowns as well as newly crowned AMA Supercross Champion Eli Tomac—but the big stars of the day will be the return of Ryan Dungey after a five-year break from racing and nine-time World Champion Tony Cairoli in his American National debut.

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CATCH UP ON THE LATEST VIDEOS: WRECKING CREW AT REDBUD & PALA https://motocrossactionmag.com/catch-up-on-the-latest-videos-wrecking-crew-at-redbud-pala/ Thu, 26 May 2022 23:30:55 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215187

It's a busy time to be an MXA test rider. Catch up on our latest videos from Michigan, Kawasaki, LACR and Pala right here

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CATCH UP ON THE LATEST VIDEOS: WRECKING CREW AT REDBUD & PALA

In case you haven’t had the time to scour the internet to get your weekly fill of motocross and Supercross videos, the MXA wrecking crew has done all the work for you. Featured here a list of the most recently posted Motocross Action videos where we test the 2023 KTM 300SX, 250SX and 125SX and the 2023 KTM 450SXF at Red Bud MX in Michigian, we showcase Ricky Carmichael’s 2001 Kawasaki KX250 two-stroke with former Kawasaki Team Manager Bruce Stjernstrom explaining all the details about the bike and Ricky. Plus, we got lots of coverage from the Fox Raceway National including our RAW press day video, our This Week in MXA video and our GoPro track preview video. Additionally, we added Haiden Deegan’s latest video with the Star Racing Yamaha mechanics racing each other and Revo Kawasaki’s latest vlog from the British Championship overseas. These videos and more were added to keep you entertained until your next opportunity arises for you to hit the track yourself, enjoy!

MXA’S 2023 KTM 300SX, 250SX, 125SX FIRST RIDE VIDEO

MXA’S GOPRO TRACK PREVIEW OF THE FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL

THIS WEEK IN MXA: HOW TO WATCH & WHAT TO WATCH AT PALA

INSIDE RICKY CARMICHAEL’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2001 KAWASAKI KX250 TWO-STROKE

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL PRESS DAY RIDING FOOTAGE

STAR RACING YAMAHA MECHANICS GO RACING AT THE GOAT FARM

REVO KAWASAKI TEAM VLOG: BRITISH BATTLES

MXA VIDEO: WE TEST THE 2023 KTM 450SXF

MXA’S 2022 HUSQVARNA TC125 RAW VIDEO 

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ASK THE MXPERTS: WHY NO TM’s IN THE AMA NATIONALS https://motocrossactionmag.com/ask-the-mxperts-why-no-tms-in-the-nationals/ Thu, 26 May 2022 20:39:36 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=90583

The AMA has strict rules against Italian bikes, French riders and them paying for drug, sound or fuel tests

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MXPERTStmThere have been TM’s in the AMA Nationals, but only once.

Dear MXA,
As a loyal owner of a TM 300MX, I wonder why I never see any TM motorcycles in the AMA Supercross or National series.  What’s the scoop?

You can’t run what ya brung at an AMA Supercross or National motocross event. Only motorcycles that are homologated by the AMA may be used in competition. Homologation is just a fancy way of making sure that no rider or team shows up at the races with a special one-off machine that isn’t available in its basic form to every other rider in the race. Unfortunately for TM and other small motorcycle manufacturers, it is impossible for them to meet the current AMA homologation rules, largely because they do not meet the minimum production requirements.

In order for a bike to be considered a legal production bike, at least 400 units per year must be imported and offered for sale. Additionally, the manufacturer must make those units available to the public all the way up until August 1 of the racing season that the bike was homologated for (unless the manufacturer can prove that all of the available models were sold out before that date). Additionally, 200 of the bikes must be in the showrooms by March 1 and the remaining number by June 1. TM only sells about 200 motorcycles a year in the USA (in its best years). The AMA had talked about making a “small manufacturer” loophole in the rules a few years ago for brands that couldn’t meet the 400 production run standard, but it got no support from the do-nothing AMA bureaucrats.

Back in 1997 TM importer Pete Vetrano pulled off one of the cleverest homologation tricks in motocross history. In 1997 Vetrano wanted to form a TM-mounted AMA National team led by iconic racer Gordon Ward. TM didn’t want to fill out the paperwork or pay the large AMA fee, because Pete knew that TM couldn’t meet the required production numbers. What did he do? In a show of bravado, the TM team signed up for the Glen Helen AMA National. The AMA didn’t ask for the homologation money or proof of production. Instead, the bikes passed tech with flying colors, and the bikes raced the National. Only later did the AMA discover that it had allowed non-homologated bikes to race an AMA National. How did it happen? The AMA officials thought that the TM team was a KTM team that had misspelled KTM on its entry forms. The riders’ names and TM were erased from the record book.

2019 TM 125 250

To meet the current homologation rule, the following items must be supplied to AMA Racing by the manufacturer for technical identification purposes: cylinder, cylinder head (four-strokes only), crank case, frame, swingarm, factory service manual, factory parts list, factory sales brochures and frame drawing showing the steering head angle and swingarm pivot location. All of the parts and information must be delivered to the AMA offices no later than 30 days prior to the first event that the new model will compete in (15 days for early-model homologation). If the parts and information have not been delivered to the AMA by the first event that the new model will compete in, the motorcycle used in competition may be impounded until the parts and information are available. Only a manufacturer can submit a machine for homologation—not a team or rider. There is a $3000 fee to get a bike on the approved list. Also, no motorcycle over five years old may be raced.

TM 300MX.

Also, there is one very weird Supercross rule that should be dropped. All of the 250 four-strokes are eligible to race in the 450 Supercross class. This rule blurs the distinction between the two classes and leads to very dangerous mismatches over jumps that could injure riders. The 250 and 450 classes should be exclusive to machines designed for their displacement rules. Why are 250cc bikes allowed in the 450 class? Because the Supercross promoters are afraid that not enough riders will show up to fill the 450 class, so they are hedging their bets by allowing 250 riders to move up.

And, by the way, your TM 300MX wouldn’t be allowed in an AMA National even if  TM imported 4000 into America. Two-stroke are maxed-out at 250cc, thus you 300 isn’t legal in the 450 class.

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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE JUNE BABIES ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER https://motocrossactionmag.com/this-weeks-birthday-boys-the-june-babies-are-just-around-the-corner/ Thu, 26 May 2022 17:30:12 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=162743 Dylan Ferrandis 2019 Atlanta Supercross-41

They are going to blow out the candles with a little help from Robbie Reynard, Tom Moen, Gary Semics & Josh Mosiman—plus Dylan Ferrandis will be 28 on Tuesday

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Dylan Ferrandis 2019 Atlanta Supercross-41


May 27…Pekka Vehkonen 1964


May 27…Robbie Reynard 1977
May 29…Donald Upton

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May 29…Vsevolod Brylyakov 1995

May 29…Ben Lamay 1991

OVELUNDELL
May 29…Ove Lundell 1930

Tom MoenMay 28…Tom Moen 1958
May 29…Jeff “Iron” Montgomery

ONEAL OGIO GEAR JOSH MOSIMAN
May 29…Josh Mosiman

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May 30…Andrew McFarlane 1977
May 31…Graeme Irwin 1991

May 31…Gary Semics 1954
May 31…Rick Burgett

Dylan Ferrandis
May 31…Dylan Ferrandis 1994

June 1…Tanel Leok 1985
June 1…Matt Biscelgia 1995

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THIS WEEK IN MXA: 2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL: HOW TO WATCH & WHAT TO WATCH https://motocrossactionmag.com/this-week-in-mxa-2022-fox-raceway-national-how-to-watch-what-to-watch/ Thu, 26 May 2022 13:20:45 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215176

As the clock ticks down on the first round of the 2022 Pro Motocross season, we cover everything you need to know for the Fox Raceway National

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2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL: HOW TO WATCH & WHAT TO WATCH

The MXA wrecking crew is excited for the 2022 Pro Motocross season to kick off this weekend at Pala because we have four test riders lining up. Josh Mosiman, Dennis Stapleton, Brian Medeiros and Ezra Lewis will all be flying the flag for MXA at Pala and they’ll be up against the fastest riders in the world. With Ryan Dungey and Antonio Cairoli coming out of retirement, Eli Tomac coming in slightly injured, Christian Craig moving up to the 450 class and Ken Roczen coming back after a break, there are many reasons to be excited for the new season. In This Week in MXA episode 74, presented by O’Neal, Josh Mosiman talks about the new MavTV Plus online streaming service, highlights some of the top riders lining up and talks about what it’s like to ride the Fox Raceway track.

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2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE

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2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL PRO PRACTICE https://motocrossactionmag.com/2022-fox-raceway-national-pro-practice/ Thu, 26 May 2022 13:15:01 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215138

With only days away till the start of the 2022 Pro Motocross season, we get a first look at the pros shredding across Fox Raceway

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2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL PRO PRACTICE

The 2022 Pro Motocross series kicks off this Saturday at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, and to get some final pre-season testing and training in, Ryan Dungey, Antonio Cairoli, Dylan Ferrandis, Ken Roczen, Chase Sexton, Justin Barcia, Austin Forkner, Justin Cooper, Michael Mosiman, Christian Craig and many more factory Pro riders showed up at Fox Raceway. The track was a little dry and dusty for Tuesday’s practice which means that the track crew will be ripping it even deeper and watering it even more on Saturday to make the track even tougher for these riders.

2022 FOX RACEWAY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE

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FOUR TEAMS ANNOUNCED TO COMPETE IN THE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP https://motocrossactionmag.com/four-teams-announced-to-compete-in-the-fim-world-supercross-championship/ Thu, 26 May 2022 13:10:57 +0000 https://motocrossactionmag.com/?p=215148

Four of the ten teams have been announced

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SX GLOBAL ANNOUNCES FOUR TEAMS COMPETING IN THE FIM WORLD SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Press Release:  SX Global, the Australian company spearheading the FIM World Supercross Championship (WSX), today announced four of the 10 exclusive team licenses it will issue for its inaugural global championship. These independent teams were selected for their significant experience at the highest levels of professional supercross and motocross, and their ability to deliver strong competitive offerings across 450 and 250 classes. Manufacturer participation in the series is strong with up to six represented in the FIM World Championship. The four teams include American-based MotoConcepts Honda and Pipes Motorsports Group, along with France’s Bud Racing Kawasaki and GSM Yamaha.

A model unprecedented in supercross yet utilized amongst the majority of thriving sports leagues and motorsports series around the world, WSX features an exclusive team ownership structure that allows each team to increase its value over time, while also enabling a host of commercial opportunities on global and regional levels for international and local events. This unique model, combined with SX Global’s allocation of $50 million specifically for team and rider support over the Championship’s first five years, has driven widespread interest for the coveted 10-team allotment, as evidenced by more than 40 ownership applications submitted from suitors across the globe.

Over the coming weeks, all ten teams will be announced. The first four and team principals are broken down in greater detail below:

MOTOCONCEPTS HONDA – MIKE GENOVA

At the helm of the MotoConcepts Honda team is successful businessman, Mike Genova, who runs one of the top teams participating in the AMA Supercross championship in the United States. Regularly performing well in the series, Genova is a mainstay in the supercross world and currently works with talented riders, including Vince Friese and Justin Brayton.

Mike Genova owner of the MotoConcepts team.

 

PIPES MOTORSPORTS GROUP – DUSTIN PIPES

Led by Dustin Pipes, who brings an extensive background in AMA Supercross and Motocross competition both as an athlete and team manager with Twisted Tea/HEP Motorsports, the Pipes Motorsports Group is supported by the power of Suzuki Motor Company in Japan and the ambition of bringing supercross racing to a truly global stage.

Dustin Pipes of PMG.

 

BUD RACING KAWASAKI – STÉPHANE DASSÉ

Bud Racing Kawasaki is one of the most faithful team in the GP paddock (since 2007), present in the World class and European Championship, featuring some of the sports hottest up-and-coming riders. As team principal, Dassé has amassed a long list of accolades, playing a key role in developing some of the most successful racers in the game, including Marvin Musquin, Gautier Paulin, and Dylan Ferrandis.

Stephane Dassé of Bud Racing.

 

GSM YAMAHA – SERGE GUIDETTY

Supported by Yamaha France, Guidetty’s team is one of two French racing teams participating in the FIM World Supercross Championship. A prominent supercross and motocross rider himself, Guidetty and the GSM Yamaha team are the current French Supercross Champions.

Serge Guidetty.

Adam Bailey, managing director – Motorsport of SX Global: “All four of these teams bring a level of experience, credibility, and operational and competitive excellence, necessary to delivering the highest levels of competition to fans around the world; and we could not be more excited to award them licenses. As we embark on our inaugural pilot season, it’s critical that each of our teams bring a spirit of collaboration in the broader effort to drive our sport forward and expand its relevance across the globe, and that’s exactly the case for each of these teams and owners.”

Tony Cochrane, president of SX Global: “In order for any sport, or any business to grow successfully, financial structures have to establish wider-ranging revenue potential and overall returns for owners and investors. It’s a model that has proven successful for decades at the highest levels of professional sports, and yet it has not existed in supercross, and we are changing that,” said . “For the first time, supercross team owners have a true investment platform, with the ability to increase the financial value and equity of their teams over time.”

This team announcement is just one of many ongoing development efforts that will continue to elevate and solidify the FIM World Supercross Championship. The Championship will feature a highly exclusive structure, with unparalleled level of financial support for teams, including seed funding for every team awarded a license, appearance fees at every round, and logistics and freight support. In total, more than $50 million has been designated specifically for team and rider support over five years alone. The global series will feature the richest championship prize purses in the sport’s history, with a total of $250,000 up for grabs at each round.

The FIM World Supercross Championship will annually take place in the second half of the year, including up to four events in 2022, from late September through November. 2022 will serve as a “pilot” season, allowing the championship to establish itself and build momentum going into 2023. From 2023, and subsequent years, will see the FIM World Supercross Championship expand annually between June and November, with up to twelve events in 2023.

For more information and updates news and announcements from SX Global and the FIM World Supercross Championship visit SXGlobal.com and wsxchampionship.com.

 

About SX Global

Based in Australia, SX Global is a collective of world class sports marketing and entertainment experts who operate globally within the motorsports and entertainment industries. Considered the “founding father” of the modern era of Australian motor racing, Tony Cochrane leads the SX Global team as president, bringing more than 45 years of experience in developing and managing successful motorsports series and events. Managing Directors, Adam Bailey, a former competitive rider, and Ryan Sanderson, bring extensive proven experience in Supercross event development, management, and promotion after five years of successfully delivering the largest action sports and Supercross event in the Southern Hemisphere, the AUS-X Open. 

 

 

 

 

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