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MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

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Rider: Ricky Carmichael Date: June 5th, 2017 Bike: 2018 Factory Suzuki RM-Z450 Location: Fujisawa Sports land, Japan Photographer: Daryl Ecklund Lens: 70-200mm Focal length: 170mm Exposure: 1/1250 sec. F-stop: 5.6

ISO: 1000

TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS SYNOWEC’S 2007 YAMAHA YZ250

2007 Yamaha YZ250.

“Here are a couple pictures I thought you may like for MXA two-stroke spotlight. I started out with a used 2007 YZ250 I found, stripped every nut and bolt and started from scratch! Here are some of the things I did to make this transformation complete: – Ceramic coated frame and swing arm – RG3 Diamond kit suspension – Eddie Sanders Racing 325 engine – Full Hinson components – Fluidine oversized radiators – Vortex Ignition – Boysen rad valve – Electron Carb (jet less) – Fly wheel weight – Hammer Head shifter and brake

– Raptor Titanium Pegs

Chris transformed his YZ250 into a bike that competes with the four-strokes. 

– Steel braided lines – Oversized front rotor – Applied triple tree – D.I.D rims Talon hubs – Pro circuit carbon silencer – Scalvini pipe – Pro taper adjustable clutch perch, levers, throttle tube, and bars – 2017 upgraded plastic – Light speed carbon chain guards, block, caliper guard, and skid plate

– Replaced every bearing, bushing , and worn out bolt.

I may have missed a thing or two but tha’ts the jist. This project of mine was to build a two-stroke with tractable power to run with the 450s! Its lighter, sounds better, corners better and way more fun to ride!! Hope you enjoyed.”

UP CLOSE: 2018 FACTORY SUZUKI RM-Z450

2018 factory RM-Z450Daryl has been in Japan for the last week shaking down this factory RM450WS. Many of its details were left undisclosed. What do we know? It has a four-speed tranny, hydraulic clutch and it did weight around 230 pounds. 

MXA EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: DEAN WILSON REPLICA PROJECT YAMAHA YZ450F BUILD

THEY SAID IT: COLORADO NATIONAL

Cole SeelyCole Seely: “We made quite a few changes leading into this weekend and then even more after practice, which worked out really well. I was stoked with the calls that the team and I made in terms of bike setup going into today. The first moto was good. I had a really good flow going. I got off to a decent start and pushed my way forward into third. Toward the end, [Blake] Baggett and [Marvin] Musquin had a pretty fast pace going that I couldn’t really hang onto so I came home in fifth, which is a good result. I definitely started to feel it more in the second moto; my hip started to lock up again and I was overcompensating for a lot of things. The track was really brutal, so I just tried to ride within my zone and not take too many unnecessary risks.”

Marvin MusquinMarvin Musquin: “The team is putting in a lot of work, and I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. It’s been good. We’ve been consistent for the first three rounds, and I’m happy to do good for the team since I’m the only rider. With Dungey retiring, I kind of wanted to step it up and be one of the best. I think I’m showing the team that I’m doing the work and giving it 100%. I’m just going to keep going.”

Blake BaggettBlake Baggett: “After Moto 2 and Glen Helen I knew what I needed to work on. I knew what my strong points were. The goal is to win races and everything is new [with the team], so we’re still figuring things out, but I felt good from the first lap of practice today and it kind of went on from there,” said Baggett. “I felt like I had the speed today and I was patient with Eli in the second moto. Once the opportunity presented itself [for the lead] I needed to take it and run with it, so that’s what I did.”

Joey SavatgyJoey Savatgy: “I definitely struggled myself [to start the season] with a few things. There were a couple areas on the bike that could have been better [as well] and we made a lot of progress. I felt like we’ve improved each week and I know from my experience last year it’s a long series, so consistency is important. I was hoping to come away with a strong result before heading east, where I feel more comfortable, and we did that.”

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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:
JGRMX HONDA CRF250 & CRF450 CASE SAVERS

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Protect your engine’s left-side case with the JGRMX Honda case saver. Laser cut out of 6061 aluminum and available in race red or a stealth black anodized color, this is a plug-and-play part that replaces the OEM/stock case saver. With the JGRMX case saver you can either run the OEM/stock plastic countershaft cover or simply use the JGRMX case saver for a race-inspired look. The Honda CRF250 case saver has a slot for a zip tie to slide around the breather hose (zip tie not included). For a limited time JGRMX is supplying two titanium mounting bolts with each purchase at no extra charge. These bolts are meant to be used without the plastic countershaft cover. Fits these models:
 2010-2017 Honda CRF250R
2017 Honda CRF450R
2017 Honda CRF450RX
MSRP: $29.95
 Direct link: www.jgrmx.com

PHOTO OF THE PAST: DAMON BRADSHAW 1995

japan mid-1995319Damon left the sport in 1993 with 19 Supercross victories. He then suddenly came back in 1995 running the number 114 aboard a YZ250. He only won one more race in his career in 1997 at the High Point national.

2017 RACE SCHEDULES: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

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California is the richest race state in the union, with seven major events in 2017. Folks in Michigan should rejoice, as Supercross (Detroit), Arenacross (Grand Rapids) and the Lucas Oil Nationals (Red Bud) visit “The Great Lake State.” And those residing in the Pacific Northwest will be happy hosting a bevy of events, from Supercross to the AMA Nationals.

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

February 25…Losail…Qatar
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
March 19…Neuquen…Argentina
April 2…Leon…Mexico
April 16…Trentino…Italy
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
May 7…Kegums…Latvia
May 21…Teutschenthal…Germany
May 28…Ernee…France June 11…Orlyonok…Russia June 25…Maggiora…Italy July 2…Agueda…Portugal July 23…Loket…Czech Republic August 6…Lommel…Belgium August 13…Frauenfeld…Switzerland August 20…Uddevalla…Sweden September 3…Charlotte…USA September 10…Assen…The Netherlands

September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France

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