Rider: Daryl Ecklund Bike: 2018 Husqvarna TE250i TPI Location: Glen Helen Date: July 27, 2018 Photographer: Travis Fant Lens: 300mm Focal length: 300mm Exposure: 1/1600 F-stop: 4
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: GILLES LAFON’S AF SUZUKI RM250
Ohlins suspension replaces the Showa components front and rear.
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MXA TO DO LIST:
The 2018 Yamaha YZ450F is being put through the ringer with our MXA wrecking crew. We raced it last weekend and are getting closer to working out the bugs. We will have a full write up of the 2018 Yamaha YZ450F in the November issue of MXA. Photo by Daryl Ecklund
We have three solid days of testing on the KX250F. The engine is better than last year, but we don’t necessarily like how the power is delivered with the stock maps. We developed a custom map that irons out the power which we will put in the full magazine test. We still have some suspension tuning and gearing to try on our to do list. The full write up of the KX250F will be in thew November issue of MXA. Photo by Daryl Ecklund
We had Jeremy Lasater break in our 2018 Kawasaki KX450F. As the bike is unchanged for 2018, we still need to put it up against the updated CRF450 and YZ450F to see how it fairs. In 2017, the KX450F beat out both blue and red in the MXA shootout. Check out MXA‘s 2017 450 shootout results HERE. Photo by Daryl Ecklund
The Husky FC450 won many shootouts last year due to its smooth fast power. We however, liked the more potent KTM 450SXF powerband. The Husky got the same updates as the 450SXF: Updated suspension settings, a few updated internal fork parts and a bigger yet stronger battery. We only have a day of testing on the bike. This will be on top of the to do list next week. Photo by Travis Fant
Daryl Ecklund tries his hand at some Endurocross with the 2018 Husky TE250i fuel injected bike. We got the mapping and powervalve adjuster dialed in, but we are still working on gearing. The 2018 Husky TE250i will also be in the November issue of MXA. Subscribe HERE so you don’t miss it. Photo by Travis Fant
THEY SAID IT: WASHOUGAL NATIONAL
Marvin Musquin: “Coming from Millville and finishing 1-1 there, I was really looking forward to another good weekend in Washougal. It’s a track I really like. My practices were good and I qualified 2nd. I was able to grab the holeshot in the first moto, but Tomac was catching up quick. We had a good battle, but I was able to pull away and finish with a good gap. My start wasn’t as good in the second moto, but I still made my way up to the lead on the fourth lap. Once again, Tomac was right behind me but I pushed to increase the gap again. I felt really good today and was really comfortable on the bike. It was a fun day, and I’m happy to get another overall win.”
Cole Seely: “Today was great. I feel like I’ve finally been seeing a lot more forward progress since starting my new training program, especially in the past two weeks. Things are starting to click. I didn’t feel great in practice and was just trying to hammer out laps to get a good time, which didn’t work too great. When the moto came around, I felt way better. I was flowing really well and finding good lines on the track, as well as mixing up my lines each lap if I knew something had changed or gotten blown out. I’ve always struggled with that and normally take the same lines, so I felt good. Third in the first moto ties my best result, so that was great. I was really trying to go after an overall podium in the second moto but it was just out of reach. I didn’t want to push it too much and go down because the track was gnarly, but I still felt strong and am happy with fourth overall.”
Christian Craig: “Washougal didn’t go as I’d hoped. I felt awesome in practice but couldn’t find a good flow during the first moto. I’m usually pretty good on that track so I’m not sure why I wasn’t able to put it all together. The second moto went a lot better after we made some bike changes. I had a pretty decent start but tangled with [Dean] Wilson and went down. I was able to work my way back up to ninth and ended up eighth overall on the day. I’m looking forward to this weekend off and getting back to where I should be in a couple weekends at Unadilla.”
Eli Tomac: [Musquin] was going fast. I was doing what I could. We had that little bump [in Moto 1] and I tried to settle into a pace, but he kept going faster. At that point I just settled in [to second]. That was all we got. Today we were just the second-best guy.”
Joey Savatgy: “Not a chance [did I think I won]. I thought maybe if I was on the podium then that’d be something realistic, and I’d be happy with that. [A] 7-1 [moto score] doesn’t win, or it doesn’t win often. I was just stoked to be on the [podium], but the way the cards were dealt we walked out with the win. I don’t expect that to happen again.”
Zach Osborne: “I went deep in the first moto [with my energy]. I was throwing up after. It was a lot of effort and I knew I’d be missing something in the second moto. After everything that happened today, to end up on the podium, I’m really happy about that.”
Justin Hoeft: “I’m stoked with how this whole weekend went. Thursday Night Motocross went really well. I won the heat and then ran up front with those guys all the way to the finish and came away with 3rd. It was a great foreshadow for Saturday. Practice at Washougal went well, and the team had my bike working great on the track. I got an awesome start in the first moto, but got passed a little ways into it. Once I settled down a bit I was able to ride smart and fast laps. This is only my second Pro National so I’m really excited to come out with an 11th overall.”
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2017-18 RACE SCHEDULES: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
2018 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE
Jan. 6…… Anaheim, CA…… Angel Stadium Jan. 13…… Houston, TX…… NRG Stadium Jan. 20…… Anaheim, CA…… Angel Stadium Jan. 27…… Glendale, AZ…… U. of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 3…… Oakland, CA…… Oakland Aameda Coliseum Feb. 10…… San Diego, CA…… Petco Park Feb. 17…… Arlington, TX…… AT&T Stadium Feb. 24…… Tampa, FL…… Raymond James Stadium Mar. 3…… Atlanta, GA…… Mercedes-Benz Stadium Mar. 10…… Daytona, FL…… Daytona Intl. Speedway Mar. 17…… St. Louis, MO…… Dome at America’s Center Mar. 24…… Indianapolis, IN…… Lucas Oil Stadium Apr. 7…… Seattle, WA…… Centurylink Field Apr. 14…… Minneapolis, MN…… U.S. Bank Stadium Apr. 21…… Foxborough, MA…… Gillette Stadium Apr. 28…… Salt Lake City, UT…… Rice-Eccles Stadium
May 5…… Las Vegas, NV…… Sam Boyd Stadium
2017 LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20…Hangtown…Sacramento, CA
May 27…Glen Helen…San Bernardino, CA
June 3…Thunder Valley…Lakewood, CO
June 17…High Point…Mount Morris, PA
June 24…Muddy Creek…Blountville, TN
July 1…Red Bud…Buchanan, MI
July 8…Southwick…Southwick, MA
July 22…Spring Creek…Millville, MN
July 29…Washougal…Washougal, WA August 12…Unadilla…New Berlin, NY August 19…Budds Creek…Mechanicsville, MD August 26…Ironman…Crawfordsville, IN
* Visit www.promotocross.com/mx/tickets to buy tickets
2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
July 23…Loket…Czech Republic August 6…Lommel…Belgium August 13…Frauenfeld…Switzerland August 20…Uddevalla…Sweden September 3…Gainesville…USA September 10…Assen…The Netherlands
September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France