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YOUR FUTURE! EVERY RACE THAT MATTERS IN 2018

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.………………….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 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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rulesageEveryone knows that a rider must be 16 years old to race the AMA Nationals or Supercross series, but did you know that there is an upper limit of 50 years old on being allowed entry to an AMA Pro race? If a 50-year-old wants to race he must get a doctor to sign a certificate of fitness (with an electrocardiogram).

foedish2016Ed Foedish (326) is currently the oldest AMA National racer at 55 years old.

Over the last couple years Arizona’s Ed Foedish has been the only 50-year-old to try to qualify for an AMA National. Foedish was fourth in the Over-50 Pro class at the World Vet in 2015 and third in 2016.

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Very few modern racers have ever seen a Zundapp outside of Steve McQueen  “Great Escape” chase scene

Founded in 1917 by Fritz Neumeyer to build detonators for the German World War I effort, Zundapp would soon turn its attention to building motorcycles to satisfy rising demand for affordable motorized transportation in the postwar years.

By 1933, the Zundapp KS750 used a flat-four boxer engine (a layout adopted by Honda for the Gold Wing in 1974), and 18,000 were produced for the German Wehrmacht in the Second World War. These bikes are often seen in WWII movies and documentary films.

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Zundapp’s greatest success came at the ISDT won the 1973 and 1974 Andre Malherbe won the 125 World Cup Championships. Sadly, the Zundapp factory was shuttered in 1984. However, the name was sold to the Xunda Motor Company in Tianjin, China. Thus, there could be Zundapps whizzing around Beijing today.

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: LIVIN’ LARGE

Jeans, work boots, open face helmet, Carrera goggles, down pipe, red tank CZ and a one-handed wheelie landing on MXA’s 1991 Honda CR250. MXA test rider Pete Maly was livin’ the good life back in the ’70s.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:  MOOSE RACING XCR WHEELS

A fresh set of wheels for a great price. 

  • 7000 series aircraft-quality aluminum rims
  • Three-stage heat treatment for highest strength
  • Forged, then machined, 6061-T6 aluminum hubs are stronger than stock cast or billet hubs
  • One-piece hubs are designed to match perfectly with stock or aftermarket sprockets and rotors – no need to buy carriers!
  • Sprocket and rotor bolts included
  • Captive wheel spacer for quick changes
  • Burley T305 Stainless Steel spokes for maximum strength and lasting finish
  • Forged 7075-T6 aluminum nipples with Nylock thread treatment keep spokes tight
  • Available with black rim, black hub, silver nipple and stainless spokes
  • Retail price: $483.95 – $515.95 www.mooseracing.com

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We love everything moto and want to bring all moto junkies together into one place to share their two cents, ideas, photos, bike fixes, bike problems and much more. To check it out first you must need to or already have a Facebook account. If you don’t, it isn’t much work and you could even have an alias so nobody knows it is you.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: TIMBERSLED TRIO FRONT SUSPENSION

The added fork for the Timbersled kit improves control, handling and comfort. 

Timbersled announced, the brand fueling the rapid growth of snow biking, is taking the experience to the next level with the all-new Timbersled TRIOfront suspension. A first in the industry, the innovative Trio system makes it even easier and more cost-effective to convert a dirt bike to-and-from a snow bike. Once installed, it also provides the ultimate in control and handling.

Dirt bike owners will appreciate the quick-and-easy, bolt-on design which means more time is spent on the trails and back country than in the garage. A full install can be done in less than 30-minutes making the conversion to-and-from dirt to snow and back even easier. The system is also cost effective as the stock forks no longer must be retuned or rebuilt – saving more than $500 the first year.

The MXA wrecking crew has experience with Timbersled snow bikes. We love them! 

Trio also provides improved control, handling and comfort due to the front suspension shock’s dual-rate air spring that provides indefinite adjustability for all riding levels, terrain or personal style. The shock also counters rider fatigue by eliminating bottoming out and decreasing diving, and minimizes impact to the ski due to increased lower fork protection.

Trio is compatible with all snow bike kits as long as the ARO spindle and ski are used. It also attaches to most brands of dirt bikes. The system retails for $899.99 and requires an install kit depending on bike type. It will be available at Timbersled dealers and online.

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: ADOLF WOULD HAVE BEEN 79

Dec. 23…Will Hahn 1989
Dec. 25…Mark Burkhart 1979

Dec. 25…Adolf Weil 1938
Dec. 26…Luke Styke 1991

Dec. 28…Dean Wilson 1991 Dec. 29…Chris Gosselaar 1981

Dec. 29…Steve Ramon 1979

Dec. 30…Marvin Musquin 1989

BLAST FROM THE PAST: DREAMS IN THE DUMPSTER

This Jody Weisel photograph was a classic. Not because it captured Brad Lackey’s 500 World Championship cap, but because Brad didn’t win the 500 World Championship for Kawasaki, the cap had been printed just in case Brad won.

A BIKE YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE RIDDEN

This Italian built Vertemati V495 was as rare as hens teeth. The exotic bike featured a hand-built engine, odd bolt-together frame and a three-speed gearbox, with neutral on the bottom.

MXA test rider Willy Musgrave raced the V495 several times, but couldn’t come to teRms with the tall chassis flexible frame and three-speed gearbox. It wasn’t the dream bike everybody thinks it was.

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO START

Need an engine? In 1971 Hodaka would sell you a four-speed 55cc two-stroke for $114.78 or a three-speed 80cc engine for $121.34.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A SEA OF ORANGE

It would be hard to image how many orange helmets MXA has in its workshop, but we can tell you that the ones that hang from the ceiling or sit on the shelves are the ones that have been crashed…and retired.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: DUNLOP AT81-EX ENDURO TIRE

Ever wonder how EnduroCross riders manage to find traction over the extreme terrain they compete on? Dunlop’s D756EX has been a trade secret for years, winning numerous championships. Now that tire has been replaced with the all-new Geomax AT81-EX that features even greater grip and performance.

Available in 110/100-18 rear size, the AT81-EX is made for a wide variety of extreme conditions—not just EnduroCross—and was developed with the help of Cody Webb and Destry Abbott. For more in go to www.dunlopmotorycletires.com.

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