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TITLE: WHAT WE WANT

GODSPEED: THE MEN WE LOST IN 2017

TOM WHITE (1949-2017)
AMA dirt tracker, White Brothers founder, Worfd Vet Champion, MXA vintage editor, Museum owner and AMA Hall of Famer Tom White passed away on October 26, 2017, at the age of 68. A generous philanthropist who gave his time, money and effort to charitable causes Tom White fueled the four-stroke movement with his aftermarket company and sponsorship of the World Four-Stroke Championship way before four-strokes were popular.

GUENNADY MOISSEEV (1948-2017)
three-time 250 World Champion Guennady Moiseev passed away at the age of 69 on Sunday, July 24, 2017. Moisseev won 14 FIM 250 GPs during his career. Moiseev would go on to to win the 1977 and 1978 250 World Championships after the 1974 crown—and he led the Russian team to the 1978 Motocross des Nations victory in Sweden (with teammates Viktor Kavinov, Yuri Khudiakov and Valeriy Korneev).

TIM HART (1949-2017)
Former Team Yamaha rider Tim Hart passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 .Tim Hart won a 250 National at Lake Whitney and a pair of 125 Nationals, one at Mid-Ohio in 1974 and at Hangtown in ’75. Despite finishing second in 1975 to Marty Smith in the 125 Championship series, Hart’s Yamaha contract was not renewed. Following an unremarkable year as a Can-Am mounted privateer, Hart retired from motocross racing at the end of 1976.

HAKAN CARLQVIST (1954-2017)
Hakan Carlqvist passed away on July 7, 2017, at the age of 63. He is best remembered for his final Grand Prix victory at the 1988 Namur GP, when he stopped on the last lap to have a beer with the fans before continuing on the checkered flag. He won his first World Championship for Husqvarna in 1979, but moved to Team Yamaha in 1980 and won two World Crowns for them before finishing out his career as a Kawasaki privateer in 1987 and 1988.

2018 RACE SCHEDULE

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.………………….Red Bud, MI July 7..……………………Southwick, MA​ 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 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield

Feb. 17………………………….London

2018 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP April 8………………….…..…Lyng May 20……………..…..……Preston Docks May 27…………….…..…….Hawkstone Park July 1………….…..…….…..Sherwood July 15………….…..……….Canada Heights

Sept. 2…………….…..…….Crookwood

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

TITLE: MAG GROUP FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 PROTECTION The Motorsport Aftermarket Group (“MAG”), which owns Renthal, Vance & Hines, Progressive Suspension, Answer, J&P, Pro Taper, Roland Sands, Malcolm Smith and other brands, filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware with the hope of recapitalization to eliminate approximately $300 million in debt. The future of many of MAG’s holding will have to await the outcome of the Chapter 11debt reallocation and the attempt to right-size the balance sheet.

MAG says that their employee’s wages and benefits will be paid in full, that customer orders will be filled without delay, that parts suppliers will be paid on time and that the company will emerge with new owners and a new board of directors.

TITLE: RICKY CARMICHAEL CONTINUES AS SUZUKI BRAND AMBASSADOR

Suzuki may have pulled out of GP racing, the All-Japan Championship and closed down the Ricky Carmichael/Carey Hart RCH team, but they still like Ricky. Ricky Carmichael will continue as an integral part of Suzuki’s promotional efforts, including the RM Army initiative, Camp Carmichael program, and personal coaching for up-and-coming Suzuki RM and RM-Z riders. A significant portion of Carmichael’s responsibility with Suzuki will be product development and feedback. Ricky said, “I won championships and wrapped up my racing career on a Suzuki, so obviously the brand is near to my heart. With the increased emphasis and importance on Suzuki in the U.S., I am looking forward to doing what I can to help further develop its products and racing success.”

TITLE: MAX NAGL SIGNS WITH TM FOR 2018

Max Nagl was at Husky last year, but they reduced their squad to two riders and he was dropped. in a very tight GP racing economy, Where Kawasaki shuttered its 250 GP effort and Suzuki pulled completely out of Grand Prix racing, Max Nagl was lucky to find a good ride, and becomes the biggest name rider that boutique Italian brand TM has ever signed for the 450 class. Max Nagl said, “I’m very happy to be part of TM Racing. I feel so inspired! TM is a different reality; the team is smaller compared to others and this fits with me. I can’t wait to start developing the new 2018 TM MX450-FI machinery, as well as working side by side with such a highly motivated team.”

TITLE: NOTABLE QUOTABLES

“Although I hung out with the mega-rich Tom White, he always made me feel like he was hanging out with me.”—Jody’s Box—page 8.

“The CRF250 engine is so one dimensional that it gives up all the good stuff for a top-end that isn’t good enough.”—2018 HondaCRF250 Test—page 38.

“The Puch MC250 twin-carb is very easy to identify: two carbs, Marzocchi suspension, a generous use of magnesium and Metzeler tires. If it only has one carb and a big barrel, buy it—it’s the very rare 400 model.” Classic Iron:1976 Puch MC250 Twin Carb—page 54.

“None of the innocent were injured, but the guilty party, me, broke his left arm in two places. It was the first bone I had ever broken racing a motorcycle over my 50-year racing career.”—Faded Glory: Guilty, Your Honor—page 54.

“The idea of cooling the rider’s feet was appealing enough for these two powerhouse boot manufacturers to invest in it, but if air could come in, then so could water and dirt.”—Forgotten Tech: Air-Cooled Boots—page 74

“Where did the throttle response go on the Husky? The answer? It’s not the engine that mutes the Husqvarna’s powerband, it’s the parts that are downstream from the engine.”—Make Your Husky Run Like A KTM—page 84.

“Tom White started the race 33 years ago because he felt that Vet riders were unappreciated in the motorcycle world. This event is the house that Tom built. You should come while you’re young enough to enjoy it. Under 80 years old seems about right.” —2017 World Vet Cham[pionship —page 108.

“The best advice when buying a new bike is to keep emotion out of it. Just like the financial geniuses do when the market crashes and everyone pulls their money off the table. They take human emotion out and bet big—millions and billions big.”—2018 MXA 250 Shootout —page 122.

TITLE: BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS Jan. 1…Larry Brooks 1967 Jan. 2…James Dobb 1972 Jan. 2…Ron Hinson 1972 Jan. 3…Nathan Woods 1978 Jan. 4…Kelly Smith 1980 Jan. 5…Eric Cheney 1924 Jan. 5…Willy Simons, Sr Jan. 5…Tom Church 1982 Jan. 6…Georges Jobe 1961 Jan. 6…Jake Moss 1988 Jan. 6…Matt Moss 1988 Jan. 7…Chris Denison Jan. 8…Mike Craig 1969 Jan. 10…Stephen Sword -80 Jan. 11…David Pingree 1975 Jan. 13…Mike Kiedrowski 1969 Jan. 13…Pauls Jonass 1997 Jan. 14…Rob Salcedo Jan. 15…Martin Davalos 1987 Jan. 15…Alessandro Lupino 1991 Jan. 15…Hakan Carlqvist 1954 Jan. 15…Austin Squires 1973 Jan. 15…Brent van Donink 1996 Jan. 16…Ryan Mills 1986 Jan. 17…Dave Bickers 1938 Jan. 17…Donny Schmit 1967 Jan. 17…Loic Larrieu 1991 Jan. 18…Mike LaRocco Sr. Jan. 19…Don Leib Jan. 20…Chris Loschiavo Jan. 21…Micky Dymond 1965 Jan. 23…Isaiah Johnson 1979 Jan. 23…Thomas Covington 1996 Jan. 24…Neil Hudson 1957 Jan. 24…Cyrille Despres 1974 Jan. 26…Aaron Plessinger 1996 Jan. 26…R. J. Hampshire 1996 Jan. 27…Jose Butron 1991 Jan. 27…Sean Hackley Jan. 27…Mitchell Harriosn 1989 Jan. 28…Davy Pootjes 1998 Jan. 28…Dave Prater Jan. 28…Tim McAdams Jan. 28…Josh Cachia 1992 Jan. 30…Michael Blose 1984 Jan. 30…Kevin Crine 1974

Jan. 31…Blake Baggett 1992

MAIL ENTRIES

OH REALLY!!! Dear MXA, I love your magazine! I’ve been a subscriber for decades! I just received the latest issue and noticed that four of the five headlines on the cover had exclamation marks! In my less than humble opinion, it seems excessive, lessens the impact of this important punctuation mark and also cheapens the look of the magazine! Dan Radlauer!!

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We’re shocked!

SHORT PEOPLE GOT NO REASON Dear MXA, As a short rider I had they footpegs on my KTM 350SXF raised up. This really helped me fit on the bike better, but it made the brake pedal harder to use. So, I had a machine shop make in a 15mm taller brake pedal tip. This solved the problem J. Phinn

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LOOKING FOR A STUD Dear MXA, I need to remove the cylinder studs from my engine cases and replace them, but they are frozen in place. What’s the trick? Dan Rubino

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Although there are companies that make stud pulling tools, you can make you own by by locking two nuts together and turning the stud out by putting a wrench on the bottom nut.

LAZY MAN’S SOLUTION Dear MXA, I hate cleaning filters. Is there a way around doing it on a weekly basis? Martin Reid

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Yes. PC Racing makes Filter Skins, which are reusable and washable nylon covers that do not impede airflow to your engine. They retail for $14.95 at www.pcracing.com. Additionally, Twin Air makes a foam dust cover that acts as an additional stage of the air filter. It retails for $18.95 at www.twinair.com. Both of these system allow you to pull the covers off, without touching your air filter. For serious racing you can pull them off after the first moto to have a clean air filter for the second moto.

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