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RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: A WEEK OFF FOR THE STARS, BUT NOT FOR EVERYBODY|Motocross Action Magazine

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TOM WHITE’S “EARLY YEARS OF MOTOCROSS MUSEUM” TO BE OPENED FOR 100 LUCKY GUESTS ON APRIL 12

The man and his museum.

After the passing of Tom White, just before the 2017 Word Vet Championship, motocross fans wondered what would happen to his impressive “Early Year of Motocross Museum.” Good news? The White family intends to keep the museum open and will be holding a special “Bikes and Burgers” night for 100 lucky people on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Even under Tom White’s guidance his private museum was normally only opened for public viewing two or three times a year. Although the museum has been used for press conferences, club meetings and special events (like the famous Joel Robert/Roger DeCoster cocktail party), the outside world rarely gets a look at the museum’s classic bikes. This is your big chance to see bikes and eat burgers!

The 6500-square-foot museum features 700 pictures, posters, banners and cool memorabilia. And has some of the world’s most sought-after bikes, including a rare twin-cylinder Husqvarna, equally sought-after 1968 twin-pipe Suzuki TM250 and a one-off Hodaka twin-cylinder Yamaguchi-engined 125 (Tom’s last vintage bike purchase). Every bike has a placard identifying it and telling its story. Museum visitors can spend hours perusing the two-story layout and never see everything.

If you want to be on the guest list for the April 12, 2018, opening, of which the $20 donation goes to charity, email your request to be added to the list to [email protected]. If you among the first 100 they will send you an official invitation and a map of how to get there (yes, it is that secret). If you don’t make it on the list for this Bike and Burger Night, your request will be moved to the head of the list for the next event.

The last bike that Tom purchased for his 150-bike museum was this Hodaka Super Twin 125.

To preview the Early Years of Motocross Museum go to www.earlyyearsofmx.com and to apply to be in the top 100 email to [email protected]

REM 20th ANNIVERSARY MOTOCROSS & 125 TWO-STROKE PURSE RACE COMING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14

REM’s next race is on April 7, but their 20th Anniversary Motocross race will be held on April 14, 2018.

The REM Spring Motocross Series starts on April 7, but at the April 14th Anniversary race not only will they have special awards and prizes, but there will be a 125 Pro class, but you don’t have to be a Pro to race in the 125 race—just a guy with a hankering to hear his 125 two-stroke wind out. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

JEFF WARD TO RACE A PORSCHE AT THE LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX

Jeff (center) with his Black Swan Porsche sponsors.

Jeff Ward is five-time AMA National Motocross Champion, two-time AMA Supercross Champion, IndyCar race winner, Indianapolis 500 runner-up, and two-times X-Games gold medalist. In a couple weeks Jeff will make his first start in a sports car in the Pirelli World Challenge Series in a Black Swan Racing Porsche Cayman GT4.

Jeff said, “I’m very excited to take to the streets of Long Beach. Street racing is unlike anything else in motorsports, and the nature of the Pirelli World Challenge and their sprint racing format means you have to be instantly on the pace and willing to race hard. It’s an opportunity I’ve really been looking forward to, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of everyone at Black Swan Racing and Porsche Motorsport.” The Long Beach Grand Prix of Long Beach begins on Friday, April 13, and continues through Sunday, April 15.

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A LOGO ON LEWIS HAMILTON’S DRIVING SUIT

According to the Daily Mail, this is how much a logo on a Formula 1 drivers suit can cost. The prices are in British Pounds.

Motorcycle racers are used to see logos on a rider’s jersey and on his race bike, but Formula 1 is where the big money is. London’s Daily News reported that Lewis Hamilton has $160,000,000 worth of sponsors on his race suit (actually they stated that it would 112,000,000 British Pounds, but with the pound currently trading at $1.40, that adds up to $160 million for the team—divided between 12 sponsors). Of course, that money doesn’t go to Lewis, but to the team, but don’t cry for Hamilton. He is set to sign a 120,000,000 Pound deal for the next three years—which is around $55,000 a year. Supercross stars and teams are well paid, but not to this extent. To read the full story click here

MXA’S BIRTHDAYS BOYS: JMB, TY & TYSON WILL BE FORTY-NINE

bowers51Mar. 29…Tyler Bowers 1991
Mar. 29…Nate Adams 1984

F-_2016_06_28_Jean-Michele-Bayle-1April 1…Jean-Michel Bayle 1969
April 1…Tyson Vohland 1969


April 2…Tallon Vohland 1972 April 3…Phil Lawrence 1971

April 3…Brock Sellards 1978


April 4…Derrick Shae Bentley 1979 April 4…Jake Nicholls 1990

April 4…Blake Williams 1985

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April 4…Bruce Ogilvie 1953
April 5…Ryan Hughes 1973

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April 5…Ty Davis 1969
April 5…Brian Manley 1966

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April 7…Dean Ferris 1990
April  7…Jay Mitrowitz

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAY

Just in case you need a little extra time to get your trusty, but rusty, two-stroke ready to race, you better get on the stick.

The World Two-Stroke Championship will be held at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, March 31, 2018. There is an $8000 purse for the 250/Open class and a smaller purse for the 125 Pro class. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIPS (FRIDAY PRACTICE AND SATURDAY RACE)

Gates: Open Friday 7am


Friday Practice: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open 6:00 a.m.
Saturday Practice: 8:00 a/m.am
Racing begins: 9:30am
Race entry: $40.00/$50.00 Post
Classes: 125 Pro and Open Pro; +25. +30, +40, +50, +60 (Novice, Intermediate, Expert), 125 Beg, 250 Beg, Open Beg, Open Nov, Open Int; Plus, 50cc, 65cc, 85cc, Supermini, Women, Vintage.

SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING TO THE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP BREAK

If Jason Anderson manages to win the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship, he will remember that he won it in Indy by coming from the back to 4th. Jason leads Marvin Musquin by 35 points

2018 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS (After 12 of 17 rounds) 1. Jason Anderson…265 2. Marvin Musquin…230 3. Justin Brayton…210 4. Eli Tomac…194 5. Blake Baggett…194 6. Weston Peick…172 7. Broc Tickle…165 8. Cooper Webb…162 9. Dean Wilosn…138

10. Cole Seely…124

Jeremy MArtinLook below and you will see that Jeremy Martin had 7 points deducted from his series points for failing to roll the Red Cross flag section, but the AMA let him keep the victory—which they didn’t do to the last high-profile guy to be punished for a Red Cross violation (but the did change the rules).

2018 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS (After 6 of 9 rounds) 1. Zach Osborne…131 2. Austin Forkner…124 3. Jordon Smith…121 4. Jeremy Martin…119 (reduced to 112) 5. Luke Renzland…92 6. Kyle Peters…85 7. Sean Cantrell…59 8. RJ Hampshire…57 9. Brandon Hartranft…57

10. Colt Nichols…54

Aaron PlessingerAaron Plessinger still holds the points lead in the 250 West.

2018 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS (After 7 of 10 races) 1. Aaron Plessinger…151 2. Joey Savatgy…142 3. Adam Cianciarulo…139 4. Shane Mcelrath…127 5. Chase Sexton…109 6. Christian Craig…106 7. Justin Hill…105 8. Kyle Chisholm…95 9. Mitchell Harrison…84

10. Hayden Mellross…68

2018 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE AFTER 11 OF 17 RACES

Eli Tomac knows that he has to win ever race from now until the end of the Supercross season, but he missed the part about not being able to afford to crash out. Eli is now 70 points out of first place.

Date           Venue                         450                           250
Jan. 6….…Anaheim, CA……..Marvin Musquin…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 13…..Houston, TX……….Jason Anderson……Aaron Plessinger
Jan. 20…..Anaheim, CA………Eli Tomac……………..Joey Savatgy
Jan. 27…..Phoenix, AZ ………Eli Tomac………………Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 3…….Oakland, CA………Jason Anderson…….Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 10…..San Diego, CA……Jason Anderson……Justin Hill
Feb. 17……Arlington, TX…….Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Feb. 24……Tampa, FL…………Eli Tomac………………Austin Forkner
Mar. 3……..Atlanta, GA……….Jason Anderson……Austin Forkner
Mar. 10……Daytona, FL………Justin Brayton………Jordon Smith
Mar. 17……St. Louis, MO…….Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Mar. 24……Indianapolis, IN…Marvin Musquin…….Jeremy Martin Apr. 7………Seattle, WA ……….. Apr. 14…….Minneapolis, MN…. Apr. 21….…Foxborough, MA….. Apr. 28…….Salt Lake City, UT… May 5………Las Vegas, NV…….











450 Points leader...Jason Anderson (Hus)


250 West points leader…Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
250 East points leader…Zach Osborne (Hus)

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: HOW THE RIDERS GET PAID

amaruleoftheweek AMARULESPURSEPAYMENTGone are the days when riders lined up after an AMA National waiting to get handed the cash they earned, so that they could buy gas to get to the next race on the schedule. Now, the riders receive their purse money by check. Not just by check, but also by direct deposit to their bank (like anyone would trust the AMA with their direct deposit bank number). The kicker? The AMA takes two weeks to process the payment. Given that the AMA has to write 160 checks after each race (to pay the top 40 by moto in all four National motos) that is a lot of work for their small staff.

It should be noted that no matter how generous the AMA feels about handing out approximately $70,000 per week in purse money to the riders at a National (and $96,000 a week at a Supercross), it’s not their money. The AMA doesn’t pay the riders a red cent. The purse money comes from each individual National promoter and from Feld in Supercross. The AMA’s only visible investment is in clipboards and AMA shirts—so they can look busy.

Instead, the AMA (or its surrogates) takes money from the riders and teams hand-over-fist, but really don’t give anything back. It is often ask why riders have to pay an entry fee to provide entertainment for the ticket holders. Or why factory  teams have to pay thousands of dollars to park in the National pits. Do you think Beyonce has to pay to sell out a stadium? And no matter how you cut it, the riders on the track are the talent. They draw the crowd—without them there is no crowd. The riders shouldn’t have to pay a entry fee, which the AMA then pretends to dole back out to them as purse money.

2018 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS AFTER SPAIN

Tony CairoliEveryone thought that Jeffrey Herlings would blow the old man away in the 450 GPs, but after the first three rounds, Herlings and Cairoli are tied on points at 141 each.

2018 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS (After 3 of 20 rounds) 1. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…141 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…141 3. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…103 4. Romain Febvre (Yam)…101 5. Gautier Paulin (Hus)…98 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…79 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)…78 8. Max Nagl (TM)…60 9. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…59

10. Julien Lieber (Kaw)…54

Pauls Jonass is undefeated through the first three rounds of the 250 World Championships.

2018 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS (After 3 of 20 rounds) 1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…150 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…120 3. Jorge Prado (KTM)…105 4. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…99 5. Conrad Mewse (KTM)…81 6. Ben Watson (Yam)…81 7. Jed Beaton (Kaw)..72 8. Darian Sanayei (Kaw)…68 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon)…63

10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Yam)…54

2018 CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE HARRY TAYLOR HODAKA CUP ON MAY 4-6

For more info go to www.czriders.com

DAMONBRDASHAWSCOTTDamon Bradshaw’s has the look of the 1990’s down pat. The long hair, faint mustache and gold Scott sunglasses.

THE AMA NATIONALS ARE COMING! GLEN HELEN NATIONAL ON MAY 26

For ticket and event information go to www.glenhelen.com



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SAVE THE DATE! EVERY RACE THAT MATTERS IN 2018

The 2018 World Vet Championship is on the calendar—don’t miss it.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Phoenix, 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 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 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.………………….Southwick, MA July 7..……………………​Red Bud, MI 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 (Canceled) Aug. 19……………………..Switzerland Aug. 26……………………..Bulgaria Sept. 2……………………….Turkey Sept. 16………………………Holland 2


Sept. 30………………………Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 10……………………Glen Helen, CA April 7………………….…Spring Series #1 April 14…………………..20th Anniversary #2 April 28…………………..Spring Series #3 May 5…………………….Spring Series #4 (National track) May 12……………………Spring Series #5 May 19……………………Spring Series #6 June 2…………………….Glen Helen, CA June 16…………………..Glen Helen, CA June 30…………………..Glen Helen, CA July 14……………………Summer Series #1 July 21……………………Summer Series #2 July 28……………………Summer Series #3 Aug. 11……………………Summer Series #4 Aug. 25………..………….Summer Series #5 Sept. 1……………………Summer Series #6 Sept. 1…………………….Glen Helen, CA Oct. 6……………………..Glen Helen, CA Oct. 20……………………Glen Helen, CA Oct. 27……………………Glen Helen, CA (National track) Nov. 17……………………Glen Helen, CA Dec. 1……………………..Glen Helen, CA Dec. 15……………………Glen Helen, CA Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA







Dec. 29…………..………Glen Helen, CA

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 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP April 14………………………….Boise, ID May 13………………………….Tucson, AZ June 8…………………………..Austin, TX June 9…………………………..Austin, TX Aug. 3-5………………………..Quebec, CN

Sept. 8………………………….Sturgis, SD

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 11……………………..Glen Helen, CA (canceled)
Mar. 24-25…………………Glen Helen, CA June 17………………..…..Glen Helen, CA Aug. 19………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

Dec. 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Lyng, England (canceled) 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
Mar. 31…………………..…..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 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 17-18………………………Paris, France

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 19-24…………………….Gainesville, FL

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25………………………..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





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Photos: Debbi Tamietti, Brian Converse, Massimo Zanzani, Spencer Owens, David Gerig, MXA

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