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RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: SOMETHINGS GOT TO GIVE|Motocross Action Magazine

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ROCZEN GRABBED THE HEADLINES, BUT THERE WERE OTHERS DECIMATED IN SAN DIEGO

Justin BogleWell, it was a short season. Justin Bogle missed the first couple rounds after suffering a head inury and now he might miss the rest with a broken humerus.

The news of Ken Roczen’s brokeN hand overshadowed several riders who were also injured in San Diego. Here are a few of them:

Justin Bogle: JGR Suzuki rider Justin Bogle was landed on at the San Diego Supercross and sustained a broken right arm. Justin underwent surgery on Monday and is on the road to recovery. JGRMX team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, said, “Bogle was making progress throughout the day in San Diego. Unfortunately, he was landed on by another rider and sustained a break to his right humerus. He was transported to a local hospital for observation. On Monday, Justin underwent what his surgeons, Dr. Tal David and Dr. Christopher Sherman, are calling a successful surgery, which included fixing the injury with two plates and screws. As far as a timeline for Bogle’s return, we will have a better idea once Justin heals up from surgery and resumes daily activities. Malcolm Stewart will continue racing for the team while Bogle is sidelined.”

Justin HeoftJustin calmly sits on a Tuff Block after falling out of the sky in San Diego.

Justin Hoeft. Justin Hoeft looked great in the 250 Last Chance at the San Diego Supercross. He was leading and looking to easily secure a spot in the 250 main event until he hit a very steep face too hard and was kicked up in the air. He ejected and reportedly broke both ankles in the crash. Justin will have surgery this week. You can see the video of his crash by clicking here.

Alex Martin has scored 21 points so far in the 250 West (and he got 18 of those in Oakland and 1 other point in San Diego even though he didn’t start the race). That’s a hard bullet to bite for a title contender.

Alex Martin. Troy Lee Design’s Alex Martin made the 250 West main event in San Diego even though he jammed his wrist badly in his heat race. But, when the 250 Main rolled around, the pain and swelling in his wrist got so bad that he didn’t feel that he could hold on—so he made the smart decision not to race. Luckily for Alex the 250 West goes on hiatus and he will have over a month to heal up.

REM GLEN HELEN ON FEBRUARY 17: BE THERE, IF SHE LETS YOU

For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: EL HOMBRE IS VEINTICINCO YEARS OLD


Feb. 16…Josh Hansen 1984
Feb. 16…Don Emde 1951


Feb. 16…Valentino Rossi 1979
Feb. 17…Fredric Bolley 1974


Feb. 17…Heath Voss 1978
Feb. 17…Stefy Bau 1977


Feb. 17…Jason Anderson 1993 Feb. 18…Kevin Foley

Feb. 18…Tyler Evans 1980

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Feb. 19…Preston Petty 1941

Feb. 19…Troy Adams 1983
Feb. 19…Michael Young 1981



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Feb. 19…Joey Savatgy 1994 Feb. 19…Ian Trettel 1992

Feb. 20…Ray Tetherton


Feb. 21…Marc De Reuver 1983 Feb. 22…George Washington 1732

Feb. 22…Robert Distler

A BIKE YOU PROBABLY FORGOT: 1979 SUZUKI RM60

Now that Yamaha is ready to re-enter the 65 class, we thought it was time to take a look back to the 1979 Suzuki RM60. Suzuki only waded in the RM60 pool for five years (1979-1983) before dropping the “Mini Missile.”

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT KTM 65SX PIPE & SILENCER

KX65PIPEWORKSWorks pipe – With unparalleled performance, power and torque across the entire rpm range, the Pro Circuit KTM 65SX Works pipe is constructed of AKDQ high quality carbon steel with an unplated, oiled steel finish to give your bike that “factory” look. Hand welded and pounded seams with reinforced mounting brackets offer increased durability. $241.95.

Platinum pipe – The same performance gains as the Works pipe but with a brilliant nickel coating make the Pro Circuit Platinum pipe the ideal choice for extreme weather conditions. Made using the same high quality AKDQ carbon steel as the Works pipe, the Platinum pipe is hand welded with pounded seams and reinforced mounting brackets just like the Works pipe. A nickel coating gives the Platinum Pipe a bright finish while protecting against nature’s elements making maintenance a breeze. $241.95.

KTM65KEVLARSILENCERTi-2 Shorty silencer – The Pro Circuit Ti-2 Shorty Carbon Kevlar/Titanium silencer is the latest piece of racing technology and is sure to be a favorite for most two-stroke riders. The Ti-2 is similar to the popular R-304 silencer except it is constructed with a carbon Kevlar shell, titanium tubing and titanium end-cap. The titanium and carbon Kevlar construction offers the “factory” look and appearance while reducing weight. The Ti-2 is for closed-course racing only. $329.95.

304KTM65SHORTYSILENCERR-304 Shorty silencer – The R-304 silencer was developed as a full-race two-stroke silencer. The compact design of the short aluminum canister offers optimum performance gains and is recommended for closed-course racing only. Hex head screws are used to secure the inlet cap and can be removed easily for quick re-packing of the silencer. $134.95. For more info go to www.procircuit.com

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS ON MARCH 11

For more info go to www.mxgb.co.uk

CURRENT 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING TO DALLAS

Chad ReedChad Reed had great starts all night long in San Diego, but his 13th left him 35 points out of the top ten in overall points.

2018 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS (After 6 of 17 rounds) 1. Jason Anderson…141 2. Justin Barcia…113 3. Cole Seely…106 4. Ken Roczen…102 5. Blake Baggett…99 6. Justin Brayton…99 7. Weston Peick…98 8. Marvin Musquin…96 9. Josh Grant…83 10. Broc Tickle…82

Other notables: 11. Cooper Webb (72); 12. Eli Tomac (64); 14. Chad Reed (47); 15. Malcolm Stewart (41); 16. Dean Wilson (39).

CURRENT 2018 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING TO DALLAS

Aaron PLessingerAaron Plessinger (23) had the biggest points lead anyone in the 250 West has enjoyed in 2018 after Oakland, but an 8th in San Diego left him only 4 points ahead of Joey Savatgy heading into the really long 250 West hiatus.

2018 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS (After 6 of 10 rounds) 1. Aaron Plessinger…133 2. Joey Savatgy…129 3. Shane Mcelrath…117 4. Adam Cianciarulo…116 5. Chase Sexton…107 6. Christian Craig…106 7. Justin Hill…105 8. Kyle Chisholm…84 9. Mitchell Harrison…72 10. Hayden Mellross…67

Other notables: 11. Bradley Taft (64); 12. Mitchell Oldenburg (58); 13. Phil Nicoletti (51); 16. Jean Ramos (39); 18. Justin Hoeft (31).

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: QUARANTINE ZONE—STAY AWAY FOR FIVE DAYS

Under this AMA rule, no rider can practice, test or race on an AMA National track within the five days prior to the National race—this includes “open ride days” and covers the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday leading up to the Saturday National.

The exception to the rule is for riders who are invited to ride for Press Day. Sometimes this is limited to 12 riders, but sometime it’s a free-for-all. It is, however, not suppose to be a free practice session for the invited riders. It is designed as an opportunity for riders to do press photos, interviews and videos to help promote the event. MX Sports has often allowed Press Day riders to ride for incredibly long press sessions—which gives the riders at Press Day an advantage over the riders who were not invited—which is normally the privateers. Even if the Press Day list of invited riders is limited to 12 riders—the officials have often allow non-invited factory teams to show up and ride, while turning privateers away. This is another AMA rule that is strongly enforced against privateers, but rarely enforced against factory riders.

2018 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE AFTER 6 RACES

Eli Tomac

Eli Tomac (3) is now 77 points behind Jason Anderson for the 2018 AMA Supercross title. His 22nd at San Diego came after a first turn crash that caused his retirement from the race because, reportedly, his grip was ripped off. Even if Anderson took a three-week vacation to Tahiti, Eli would still not pass him in points.

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……… 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…….





450 Points leader...Jason Anderson (Hus)


250 West points leader…Aaron Plessinger (Yam)

TV SCHEDULE: DALLAS SUPERCROSS 8:00 P.M. (EASTERN) SATURDAY

The majority of races will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (and thankfully, none will be shown on Fox Sports 2). Boston and Salt Lake City will be on the main Fox TV network, but these races will be daylight races (and shown as early as 12:00 noon on the west coast).

LET’S GO BACK AND VISIT THE FUTURE AS PREDICTED 5 YEARS AGO


Suzuki electric Extrigger.

The Suzuki Extrigger Concept bike boasted fore and aft light-emitting devices that transmitted information via complex blinking… for no reason that we can think of.


The battery plugs into the Extrigger gas tank—which doesn’t hold gas.

The aluminum-framed Suzuki Extrigger comes with inverted forks, mag wheels, disc brakes and 136.7 pound dry weight. The electric motor comes from Panasonic.


The Kawasaki J was designed to change the ergonomics to suit the speed and style of riding you were doing.

The electric-powered Kawasaki “J” concept features two narrow front wheels and one larger rear wheel. In motion the “J’s” handlebars and riding position can transform from a road-racer stance to a comfortable riding position. In performance-mode, the front wheels and handlebars move closer together, and rider and bike-height drops closer to the road.


The Yamaha Tricity has actually been produced, even though it looks like a Honda ATC 90 turned around backwards?

The Yamaha Tricity, like the Kawasaki “J” comes with three-wheels, but it is lighter and smaller. It weighs around 300 pounds and is powered by a 125cc four-stroke engine with an automatic transmission.
The Caterham Seven is a continuation brand for the Lotus Seven hat ended production in 1972.

You may have heard of Caterham sports cars. They make a retro continuation of the classic Lotus Seven. After Lotus ended production of the Lotus Seven in 1972, Caterham bought the rights to the design, and today make both kits and fully assembled cars.


Caterham Classic e-bike cruiser.

But you probably have not heard of the Caterham electric bicycles. They make two bicycle models: (1) The Classic e-bike cruiser with 1920’s board track styling and (2) the Carbon e-bike with a 36-Volt, 250 Watt brushless motor, feeding its power through an eight-speed Shimano Nexus gear hub.


Caterham Carbon e-bike.

Power comes from Panasonic 36 V, 12 Ah lithium batteries (and an optional second battery pack can be added if desired). For more info go to www.caterhambikes.com



No air. No flats. Lots of offroad potential.

Bridgestone Airless-Tires spokes are constructed from a thermoplastic resin combined with a rubber tread. if this seems far-fetched read below.


Offroad potential realized.

The Polaris Sportsman WV850 H.O. is the first production vehicle to come with airless tireswhat Polaris calls Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) technology. The “Terrain Armor” tires can never go flat, will work even if 30 percent of their honeycomb design is broken.
Oakley’s Head Up Display goggles connect to your phone

Five years ago Oakley introduced its Airwave HUD (Heads Up Display) goggles connect to your smartphone to displays speed, navigation, GPS, music, phone calls, text, jump height, air time and distance. At $800 a pair, you can figure out why you;ve never seen a pair.


Yamaha 02 Pursuit.

Built on a loaner Yamaha WR250, the O2 Pursuit looks like any other off-road bike, but its power comes from compressed air stored in a scuba diving tank hidden under the bodywork. It is powered by DiPietro air rotary engine. Range is reportedly 60 miles and it has been clocked at 87 mph.


LED lights hang out of the back of the helmet and the color indicates the force of the blow.

With sports concussions in the news, today as well as 5 years ago, Reebok was on to something with its $150 Checklight head impact indicator. It’s a skullcap that you wear during sports while its built-in sensors monitor the impacts experienced during those activities. Using a red (bad), yellow (medium), and green (good-to-go), LED-system, the Checklight gives coaches and team managers a visual display of physical impact during sports. The microprocessor also logs the number of impacts it receives over time.

SATURDAY’S 2018 DALLAS SUPERCROSS ANIMATED TRACK DESIGN

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP COMING ON MARCH 31

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. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

THE WAY WE WERE:  FRIENDS YOU MAKE ON THE STARTING LINE ARE FOREVER

Gary Jones and Mike Monaghan are still racing together 37 years later.

Every weekend at Glen Helen, Gary Jones (844) and Mike Monaghan (739) run into each other at the REM rider’s meeting. Today, four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones races in the Over-60 class and Mike is in the Over-50 Experts. On this night in 1981, Gary and Mike were on the starting line together in a totally jam-packed San Diego stadium.

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES 2018 SEASON STARTS THIS SUNDAY, FEB. 11

For more info go to www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com

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SAVE THE DATE! EVERY RACE THAT MATTERS IN 2018

The 2018 Supercross series heads to Dallas this weekend. Check the complete schedule below,

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 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London





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 Sept. 2………………………Turkey Sept. 16……………………..Holland 2

Sept. 30…………………….Italy 3

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

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

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25………………………..Glen Helen, CA

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Photos: Brian Converse, Spencer Owen, Jody Weisel, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, Rich Stuelke, MXA

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