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Stage 1: Bikes That Are Great For Beginners

Everyone has to start somewhere, and these are some of the bikes that are awesome for new riders to get started on. Sure, they're not the fire-breathing machines you'll see on the starting line of a Supercross or National, but for the most part, they're great for...

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CHAD REED TO HONDA OR KTM FOR 2018?

CHAD REED TO HONDA OR KTM FOR 2018? It has been rumored that Chad Reed will be rebooting the TwoTwo Motorsport’s team (or a form of his own team) for the 2018 Supercross season. It is no secret that Chad doesn’t get along with the Yamaha YZ450F. Chad...

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RAPID RACE RESULTS: AUSSIE SUPERCROSS ROUND ONE

RAPID RACE RESULTS: AUSSIE SUPERCROSS ROUND ONE Justin Brayton has become an off-season specialist—racing around the globe September to December. Photo: Scott Mallonee American Justin Brayton is the defending Australian 450 Supercross Champion and he started off...

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MXA’S BIRTHDAY BOY: CAN YOU DEFY THE CALENDAR?

MXA’S BIRTHDAY BOY: CAN YOU DEFY THE CALENDAR? Click on image to enlarge Tony Cairoli. Tony Cairoli was born on September 23, 1985. Tony has seven 450 crowns and two 250 World titles to his credit. He is only one tirle away from matching Stefan Everts 10 World...

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RENTHAL RIDER SUPPORT PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2018

RENTHAL RIDER SUPPORT PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR 2018 Click on image to enlarge Renthal is now accepting rider support applications for the 2018 racing season. For nearly 35 years, Renthal has run the most successful amateur rider support program in the United States which...

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KEN ROCZEN SPEAKS: RACING OR NOT RACING

As Ken Roczen accelerates his rehabilitation process, his fans’ appetite for information has increased. Ken was out riding his factory Honda CRF450 at Glen Helen just yesterday with the team. What is he up to? What is he racing? Ken answers the fans most...

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BARE BONES: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

By Bones Bacon Time is what we run our lives by. It dictates almost everything we do. There is only so much time in a work week before the weekend when we can ride our dirt bikes. There is only so much time in a work day, or school day, before we can go and practice....

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Cooper Webb to Sit Out of Monster Energy Cup

Vital's Take: Dang it. Yamaha has announced that Cooper Webb will not race next month's Monster Energy Cup, because he opted to get surgery on the thumb that he injured at the MXGP of USA. He aims to be back on the line at Anaheim 1. You can find the full press...

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MXA TEAM TESTED: HOLD IT WIDE FORM-FITTING THUMB TAPE

Click on image to enlarge WHAT IS IT? Have you ever had Yama-thumb? That is when the back of your thumb rubs against the grip flange until it eats a hole in your thumb. How about the irritating blister that forms in the fold between your thumb and index finger after...

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AMA NATIONAL NUMBERS FOR 2018

AMA NATIONAL NUMBERS FOR 2018 (* Career Numbers, ** New Career Number for 2018)1 – 450MX Eli Tomac1 – 250MX Zach Osborne1 – 450SX Ryan Dungey1 – 250SX West Justin Hill1 – 250SX East Zach Osborne2* Cooper Webb3* Eli Tomac4* Blake Baggett5*...

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2018 AMA Motocross/Supercross National Rider Numbers

The AMA national number system can seem confusing to some people who are new to our sport or don't keep up with it every week. So we're going to lay out some general information about the system before we dive into the projections. If you already know how everything...

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Jake Weimer Injury Update

September 15, 2017  (Spokane, Wash) - MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) rider Jake Weimer suffered multiple injuries following a crash that occurred this past Friday while practicing at Milestone MX Park for the upcoming Supercross season.  Weimer’s injuries...

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THE AFTERMATH: MXGP OF FRANCE

The two MXGP champions, Pauls Jonass MX2 and Tony Cairoli MX1.  Max Anstie and Roman Febvre traded moto positions with Max going 4-2 and Roman 2-4. Aussie Jed Beaton got a fill in ride for the France MXGP round and turned some heads finishing...

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RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: 450 FRENCH GRAND PRIX

RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: 450 FRENCH GRAND PRIX Newly crowned 450 World Champion Tony Cairoli waited to the final race of the 2017 season to have a bad race—but by that time it didn’t matter. 450 FRENCH GP RESULTS1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…3-12. Tim...

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RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: 250 FRENCH GRAND PRIX

RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: 250 FRENCH GRAND PRIX American Thomas Covington won the French 250 GP and moved to fourth in 250 World Championship points in the final tally. 250 FRENCH GP RESULTS1. Thomas Covington (Hus)…1-22. Hunter Lawrence (Suz)…4-13. Jed...

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MOTOCROSS AIRBAG SYSTEM IS THE FUTURE OF PROTECTION

MOTOCROSS AIRBAG SYSTEM IS THE FUTURE OF PROTECTION Alpinestars is a protection company that is forward thinking. It is no secret Alpinestars offers an air bag system for road racing. Alpinestars has been taking this technology and finding ways to bring it into the...

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TOM WHITE TO BE HONORED BY THE TRAILBLAZERS

TOM WHITE TO BE HONORED BY THE TRAILBLAZERS Click on image to enlarge Tom White at the 1975 Ascot TT National. He was in a podium position on his Harley XR750 when the crank blew. It was the closest he ever came to a Grand National podium because a couple weeks later...

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: ANDY JEFFERSON ON BEING THE FIRST

“I would always qualify for the night show but struggled to get into the mains. The San Diego Supercross was held in November, which seems strange today, but the 1982 Supercross season started in January and ended in November. There was no 125 East/West class...

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THURSDAY AY GLEN HELEN: JUST ANOTHER DAY OF TESTING

Click on images to enlarge On what was the coolest day of the the Summer of 2017, MXA’s first priority was to run through the complete pre-test and test gamut with the 2018 KTM 250SXF. However, the MXA gang had to split up to do the action photos on the KTM, do...

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MXA’S BIRTHDAY BOY: SON, BROTHER & BLACK SHEEP

MXA’S BIRTHDAY BOY: SON, BROTHER & BLACK SHEEP Click on image to enlarge Dewayne Jones. Dewayne Jones was born on September 15, 1950, and passed away on June 19, 2016. There is no doubt that Dewayne was the black sheep of the Jones Gang. He was the rebel and...

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2018 Vital MX 450 Shootout

Want a new 450cc motocross bike and need some help deciding which one to get? Got a certain new model in mind and afraid it might not be your cup of tea? That's why we're here, to give you all the information and insight you need to pick the best bike for you. Welcome...

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BARE BONES: GOING BACK TO THE BASICS

By Bones Bacon Sitting around a roaring fire in my backyard this morning, I reflected on the previous day I had just spent at the World Vet Championship at Glen Helen. The day had been filled with riders from all across the planet, every one of them having a fun day...

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THE MXA INTERVIEW: LARS LARSSON

Click on image to enlarge Hakan Andersson (left), Torsten Hallman, Christer Hammargren, Arne Kring, Bengt Aberg, Lars Larsson and Gunnar Lindstrom were the power elite in 1971. By Jean Turner YOU WERE THE FIRST GRAND PRIX RACER TO MOVE TO AMERICA. HOW DID THAT COME...

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CALVMX’S VINTAGE MOTOCROSS RACE AT PERRIS

Click on images to enlarge Photos by Dan Alamangos Greg Landers (27G) leads Nick LaPaglia (17) and Aryton Sieja (241) in the Open Vintage Expert class. Marty Mlakar’s Yamaha HL500—better known as the “Bengt Aberg Replica.” Nick Lapaglia...

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TEN THINGS ABOUT DIFFERENT WEIGHT LOSS PLANS

Click on images to enlarge (1) 3-Hour diet. Motocross racers are always planning on dieting, starting a diet on Monday or cheating on their diet. Weight is horsepower, so here are 10 popular diet plans, starting with the 3-Hour diet. The 3-Hour diet is the...

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Vital MX Pit Bits: 2017 MXGP of Netherlands

Dive in to check out some racing action from the man-made sand track at the Assen circuit, along with a deeper look into the 2018 Honda CRF250RW, some suspension goodies from different teams, a comparison of Suzuki World MX2's bikes, and more. Credit: Jeffrey Beerdsen...

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TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: KEN ROCZEN’S KTM 125SX

TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: KEN ROCZEN’S KTM 125SX Ken Roczen aboard a 2011 KTM 125SX during the final round of the MXGP’s in Fermo, Italy. The last time Ken Roczen raced a 125cc two-stroke was in 2011 in Italy for the Fermo MXGP. It was the last race of the...

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THE AFTERMATH: TONY CAIROLI CROWNED CHAMPION

Calvin Vlaanderen finished 4th overall in the MX2 class.  Jeremy Van Horebeek had a rough day. He had problems in the first moto and was unable to score any points.  Kevin Strijbos finished 6th in the MX1 class aboard his factory 2018 Suzuki...

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Vital Stats: 2017 Rookies

Rookie of the Year awards are generally handed out for Supercross and motocross, but they are not always given out purely based on stats. So let's take a look at who did the best, and who struggled, according to just the stats. Click photo to change size and caption...

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RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: FIRST 450 MOTO FROM ASSEN

RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: FIRST 450 MOTO FROM ASSEN Click on image to enlarge Jeffrey Herlings won the first moto at Assen in front of the hometown crowd. FIRST MOTO RESULTS: ASSEN 450 GRAND PRIX1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…1-2. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…2-3. Max...

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RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: FIRST 250 MOTO FROM ASSEN

RAPID MOTOCROSS RESULTS: FIRST 250 MOTO FROM ASSEN Click on image to enlarge Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado went one-two at the Assen road race circuit—albeit covered with sand. FIRST MOTO RESULTS: ASSEN 250 GRAND PRIX1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…1-2. Jorge Prado...

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW MXA: OCTOBER ISSUE IS OUT NOW

Click on images to enlarge The whole world, at least the part that dresses in red, is waiting for the release of the 2018 Honda CRF250. We give you detailed photos of all the major changes on the new CRF. The MXA wrecking crew loves the KTM 350SXF. It’s not...

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First Impressions: 2018 KTM 350 SX-F

[embedded content] To some, the KTM 350 SX-F may seem like the machine of a cult following...but in truth, it's KTM's highest selling motocross model in the US as of late. Heck, they move more of these bikes than any single Japanese manufacturer sells 450 moto-models...

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2018 FACTORY HONDA CRF250 FIRST RIDE

2018 FACTORY HONDA CRF250 FIRST RIDE The most anticipated bike of the year is the 2018 Honda CRF250. The bike is all-new from the ground up. It features an electric start dual overhead cam engine. Honda’s first full factory bike as been developed and was raced...

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JGRMX ANNOUNCES 2018 TEAM: BOGLE FOR BARCIA

Click on image to enlarge The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is proud to announce the signing of Weston Peick and Justin Bogle for the 2018 supercross/motocross season.Weston Peick has been a valued part of the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) program since...

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BROC TICKLE TO RED BULL KTM FOR 2018 — UPDATED

BROC TICKLE TO RED BULL KTM FOR 2018 — UPDATED Click on image to enlarge Broc Tickle will be Marvin Musquin’s teammate in 2018. Press release: KTM Motorsports is pleased to officially welcome Broc Tickle to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2018...

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2018 Silly Season, Round 1

Whoa, it's time for a 2018 Silly Season already? Let's dive in. As always, some of this is real, a portion is merely rumored. Heck, there are even a few guesses in there. Yes, some of it will inevitably prove itself wrong. But since it's the off-season, it's time for...

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MOST EXOTIC YAMAHA EVER! SEE THE OX99

The suggested retail price of the Yamaha OX99 was going to be $800,000 (in 1991 dollars). That would be over $1 million today. Yamaha has a long history in auto manufacturing. In 1967 Yamaha built the engines for the Toyota 2000GT (the first Japanese Super Car). In...

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Official: Broc Tickle to Red Bull KTM for 2018

Vital MX: Long rumored...but finally official, Broc Tickle will join Marvin Musquin at Red Bull KTM for 2018. MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports is pleased to officially welcome Broc Tickle to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2018...

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BARE BONES: DEALING WITH COMBO SETTINGS

By Bones Bacon If you’re one of those riders who likes to ride a little motocross and a little Supercross, or engage in motocross play racing and desert riding, then hopefully you’re willing to sacrifice some suspension performance. Using your motocross...

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FORK WORKS: 2018 WP AER CONE VALVE AIR FORKS

Click on image to enlarge If you are a hardcore KTM racer, you know that the Cone Valve coil-spring forks are at the top of the KTM suspension pyramid. Cone Valve forks are supple, resilient and plush from start to finish. The downside to the coil-spring-equipped Cone...

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CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: 1971 MONARK 125MX

Click on images to enlarge By Tom White “Out-of-the-box winner”— that is exactly how Monark marketed its motocross machines. The 21-horsepower, six-speed, 54mm x 54mm Sachs 6B engine came with a Motoplat transistorized ignition and a 27mm Bing carb....

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MXA TEAM TESTED: E-Z UP ENDEAVOR INSTANT SHELTER

Click on images to enlarge WHAT IS IT? Every motocross racer has experience with E-Z Up awnings (and E-Z Up has almost become the generic name for all pop-up awnings, regardless of their brand name—sort of like Kleenex with facial tissues). While the majority of...

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MXA INTERVIEW: STAR YAMAHA’S MITCHELL HARRISON

By Jim Kimball Brighton Michigan’s Mitchell Harrison may be one of today’s least known factory 250 riders, but don’t let that fool you! It’s only due to be overlooked by moto winning YamaLube/Star Racing teammates Aaron Plessinger, Dylan...

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MXA LOG BOOK: SECRETS OF THE 2017-‘18 KTM 450SXF

You can spare no expense on your KTM 450SXF, as the MXA wrecking crew has done with its 2017 Factory Edition, but there is no need to spend thousands of dollars to get maximum performance from your KTM. It can win races straight off the showroom floor. But, you...

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Vital MX Pit Bits: 2017 MXGP of USA

Check out the action from on the track and around the pits at the 2017 MXGP of USA at WW Ranch. Swipe or click through to see more shots of the 2018 Honda CRF250R and other GP goodies. Credit: David Bulmer 1455 ayearinmx...

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TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CARRYING MOMENTUM

Click on image to enlarge (1) Momentum. The amount of momentum you carry around a track determines just how good a rider you are. The difference between you and an AMA Pro is not top speed but overall speed. If you watch closely, you will be surprised by just how...

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TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: 2003 KTM TEAM

The 2003 KTM team from left to right: Billy Laninovich, Ben Townley, Grant Langston, Jeremy McGrath, Ryan Hughes, Steve Boniface, Brett Metcalfe, Joaquin Rodrigues. But they are missing Josh Woods and only seven of the nine riders raced.  In 2003, two-strokes...

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CLASSIC MOTOCROSS PHOTOS: TWILIGHT OF THE MOTO GODS

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS PHOTOS: TWILIGHT OF THE MOTO GODS Click on image to enlarge Look closely at this photo of MXA test rider Lance Moorewood flying a single-radiator 1985 Kawasaki KX125 through the fading sunset. See anything unusual? Photo: David Gerig How about the...

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WATCH THE USGP IN UNDER 7 MINUTES

WATCH THE USGP IN UNDER 7 MINUTES Related Article TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: 2003 KTM TEAM Sep 04, 2017Comments off21 Views Jeremy McGrath, Ben Townley, Billy Laninovich, Grant Langston, Ryan Hughes, Steve Boniface, Brett Metcalfe and Joaquin...

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RAPID RACE RESULTS: 250 GRAND PRIX OF USA

RAPID RACE RESULTS: 250 GRAND PRIX OF USA OVERALL RESULTS: 250 GRAND PRIX OF USA1. R.J. Hampshire (Hon)…1-12. Hunter Lawrence (Suz)…3-23. Thomas Covington (Hus)…2-44. Jeremy Seewer (Suz)…9-35. Mitchell Harrison (Yam)…4-96. Chase...

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The Missing Member of Team USA: Thomas Covington

We sit down to chat with the missing member of team USA, Thomas Covington. Thomas, who will compete in the MX3 class for the red, white, and blue...wasn't present at the team launch due to his prior GP commitments, so we caught up with him privately to chat about the...

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BEST MOTOCROSS BIKES OF THE PAST 37 YEARS

No one on the planet has tested as many motorcycles as the MXA wrecking crew. Motocross Action is a motorcycle magazine — plain and simple. We aren’t a fan magazine or aimed at the teenybopper crowd. We are about machinery and how to make them better. We...

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