On Monday I penned an article about Wil Hahn’s sudden retirement from professional racing. In the post was a gallery of images documenting Hahn’s accomplishments through the years. Click here if you happened to miss the article.
Since 1991 when ProTaper revolutionized the moto market with the introduction of the 1-1/8” Taperwall handlebar, the brand has been focused on enhancing the riders’ experience. Coinciding with the just released 2017 digital catalog is ProTaper’s new customer service hotline and an expanded tech support program.
“ProTaper prides itself on our race proven and champion-approved technological advantages on the track,” says Brand Manager Paul Perebijnos. “So it was time to up our game on the customer support side so that we can provide the best possible customer service experience.” This is not some off-shore call center, but a dedicated team of U.S.-based CSR professionals.
“We had some issues with incoming calls and emails disappearing into cyberspace in the past, however we now have a dedicated CSR team answering the phone and a tech team an e-mail away,” he adds. Call 951-736-5369 to speak to a live person during business hours or e-mail email@example.com.
Further enhancing the ProTaper experience, the digital catalog can be readily browsed online or downloaded with nearly 100 pages packed with everything from grips, levers/perches, throttle tubes, foot pegs, sprockets, chains and more. “The index of product applications in the catalog enables you to dial in your bike like the pros, from Max Nagl to Colton Haaker. When it’s time to upgrade your riding experience, turn to innovations from ProTaper,” says Perebijnos.
See the entire collection of ProTaper’s race-proven products in the 2017 catalog:
Art McDade and Buck Gerolamy teamed up to make a customized 2009 Yamaha YZ295. It seems that going big on the YZ250 is a popular choice. If you’re thinking about throwing a big-bore into your 250 two-stroke, I suggest purchasing a flywheel weight from Steahly Offroad. They have a plethora of options to help smooth the power and make the engine more tractable. Anyway, here’s Art and Buck’s science project. What’s cool is how they included website links. You, too, can build a red and white YZ295.
“Attached are pictures of a well used 2009 Yamaha YZ250 brought back to life as a YZ295. The engine uses an Eric Gorr low to mid 295 kit ($660) and runs on pump gas. The suspension was rebuilt with SKF products. We think this is the perfect two-stroke for Vet riders. It is lightweight with lots of power and excellent handling. Listed below are all of the suppliers we used.
Suspension By Buck – www.suspensionbybuck.com
Fly Racing – www.flyracing.com
Dirt DNA – www.dirtdna.com
Tusk Off-Road – www.tuskoffroad.com
Works Connection – www.worksconnection.com
Innteck – www.innteck-usa.com
Boyesen – www.boyesen.com
UFO Plastics – www.ufoplasticusa.com
Torc1 Racing– http://www.torc1racing.com/
Eric Gorr – www.eric-gorr.com
Matrix Concepts – http://www.matrixracingproducts.com/
TM Designworks – www.tmdesignworks.com
Bill’s Pipes – www.billspipes.com
Clarke Mfg – www.clarkemfg.com
Guts – www.gutsracing.com
Thanks for featuring the bike.”
~ Art McDade & Buck Gerolamy
Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA. Please don’t email me spam or try selling me Taylor Swift concert tickets or email me spam. I already celebrate T-Swizzle’s entire collective, and there will be “bad blood” if you send me junk mail. See what I did there? Happy submitting your smoker.
“The Beast From The East,” Damon Bradshaw, left his current home in Idaho to come hang out with his younger brother, Zack, not long ago at the family farm in North Carolina. Armored Graphix rode along with them as they got back to their roots of simply enjoying riding dirt bikes again. They mixed a little moto at ClubMX Practice Facility and some woods riding at the Bradshaw Farm in Claremont, NC.
Another week has gone by, and my 2017 Yamaha YZ250F is getting closer to completion. Gino Aponte and the guys from JGRMX’s retail department put the engine back together, complete with a Hinson Billetproof clutch. Meanwhile, my new best friend, the local UPS delivery man, dropped off a gun case. I don’t mind shooting skeet every now and then, but what was inside the gun case puts a Fabbri over-and-under to shame. Technical Touch USA shipped me a set of Kayaba AOS A-Kit suspension. I know there are a lot of confusing acronyms regarding suspension these days. All I needed to know was that the forks are the spring variety. While my 2005 Yamaha YZ125 has KYB PSF A-Kit air forks, I wanted to try Kayaba’s spring design. And, yes, I have two sets of KYB A-Kit. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine having two sets of A-Kit in my possession. By the way, I’m afraid to break out the calculator and find out how much the bike cost to build. I used to set budget parameters for my project builds, but I learned that I can’t go over budget if I don’t actually have a budget.
What’s the big deal about KYB’s Factory Kit Fork? The 48mm forks feature DLC coated inner tubes, Kashima coated outer tubes, factory internals, and machined axle lugs. Are they a significant performance advantage over the stock KYB SSS forks on the 2017 YZ250F? Time will tell. And speaking of time, my project bike should be wrapped up on Monday. I’ll head to the track on Tuesday for the maiden voyage. After the Thanksgiving break I plan on putting in more laps. Good thing there’s an Xtrig preload adjuster on the shock to change race sag after I eat three plates of food on turkey day.
We’re getting close to touching knobby to dirt. If the North Carolina weather cooperates and I can find some helpful soul to ride the squeaky clean new YZ250F for photos and video, I should have the full rundown in next week’s Mid-Week Report. Stay tuned!
In 2002 Mickael Maschio and Kawasaki claimed the 125cc motocross world title after an epic battle; fifteen years later the Frenchman is back in the paddock with the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Team.
Mickael, who started racing in 1988, never gave up during his career and finally reached his dream after fourteen years hard competition when he beat Belgians Steve Ramon and Patrick Caps in the 2002 world series. A member of the legendary Kawasaki Racing Team under the leadership of Jan de Groot, Mickael returned to the 125 class after a couple of seasons in the 250cc series where his best ranking was sixth in 1999. His slender light build was suited perfectly to the KX125 and together with Jan he decided to return to the smaller capacity class for the 2002 season in an era where there were no age regulations. After winning four Grand Prix and posting top five results in nine of the twelve events he capped a perfect season by delivering a second world title to Kawasaki in the class after Sébastien Tortelli’s success in 1996.
A broken leg early in 2006 ended his racing career when he had just turned thirty and, as many other leading riders, ‘Mickey’ stayed involved in the sport with Team CLS Kawasaki as rider coach for one season before retiring.
“When I stopped racing I worked as trainer with CLS; it was very interesting to work with young riders but I was travelling too much and that was a problem. I wanted to see my daughters growing up, so I stopped this activity and founded a company to refurbish houses together with my brother. At least I had a normal activity, just like 90% of the population, and could spend my weekends with my family and our friends,” explained the likeable Frenchman who made a comeback to the MX paddock this season.
“Earlier this year I had the opportunity to see Stephen Rubini practicing, and he impressed me a lot. I knew the family as his father was my training mechanic, and I offered him some advice and help; the relationship was so good that I came to Spain to coach him. He performed well there, even if he finally lost the win due to a small mistake with the yellow flag ! Then I went to the French GP, the British GP and so on as I wanted to find a good ride for his future, and of course I spoke with Kawasaki where I still know many people from my racing time” he continued.
One discussion led to another and Mickael was enjoying being back in the paddock so much that he finally found a deal with Jean Jacques Luisetti, the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 team owner.
“During the past six months I enjoyed a lot being back in the paddock, and after talking with my wife I took the decision to come back part time with the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team. When Jean Jacques explained his new project to me, I thought that it was a kind of dream for me, Fred and Stephen as the new workshop is based only three kilometres from our home! Stephen, Fred and I have known each other for a long time and are living in this area, so we have the perfect conditions to work! I will take care of the training programme of the riders, and also work with Fred (Lavergne) to develop the bikes,” revealed Mickael who is happy to be back in his second family.
” It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really excited to work with Kawasaki again as I had my best racing seasons with this company. I raced for several brands in my career, but I got my world title with Kawasaki and we built a strong relationship, not only with Jan and Ellen De Groot but also with people from KHI and Kawasaki Europe. For me this company is different than the others; the human relations are stronger here than in any other,” he ended. So don’t be surprised to see Mickael on the tracks next season alongside Petar Petrov, Adam Sterry and Stephen Rubini, each of whom will benefit from his great racing experience!
On his Lille Supercross win: “I’m of course delighted with my results here. When I was a kid I was dreaming to race this Supercross and finally today I’m the King. It’s the fourth race in a row that I scored a podium and it’s my second win; here everything was perfect, my riding on this technical track, my bike, my aggressivity [sic] on the bike. You always need to get used to the ground when you race in Europe. I felt more and more comfortable and could play with my KTM. Thanks to KTM, to Roger and to Red Bull for the support they provide me to race this European Supercross.”
“I do like how they had the two USGP’s back to back, in Charlotte and Glen Helen. I was able to spend two weeks in the U.S. and train and see a bit of the lifestyle. It is nice country. When you go to Indonesia, Thailand, and some of those other places, it is not fun. You go there to do your job, and then you try to get home as fast as possible again. Nobody really enjoys those trips, but it is part of our championship. We need to be everywhere.”
Click here to read the interview with the insightful German.
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 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SERIES
January 7…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA (West)
January 14…Petco Park…San Diego, CA (West)
January 21…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA (West)
January 28…University of Phoenix…Glendale, AZ (West)
February 4…Alameda Coliseum…Oakland, CA (West)
February 11…AT&T Stadium…Arlington, TX (West)
February 18…U.S. Bank Stadium…Minneapolis, MN (East)
February 25…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA (East)
March 4…Rogers Centre…Toronto, Canada (East)
March 11…Daytona Speedway…Daytona, FL (East)
March 18…Lucas Oil Stadium…Indianapolis, IN (East)
March 25…Ford Field…Detroit, MI (East)
April 1…America’s Center…St. Louis, MO (East)
April 8…CenturyLink Field…Seattle, WA (West)
April 22…Rice-Eccles Stadium…Salt Lake City, UT (West)
April 29…MetLife Stadium…East Rutherford, NJ (East)
May 6…Sam Boyd Stadium…Las Vegas, NV (East/West)
*Visit http://www.supercrosslive.com/ to purchase tickets
2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS SERIES
January 7-8…U.S. Bank Arena…Cincinnati, OH
January 13-15…Van Andel Arena…Grand Rapids, MI
January 20-22…Royal Farms Arena…Baltimore, MD
January 28-29…Bridgestone Arena…Nashville, TN
February 4-5…Freedom Hall…Louisville, KY
February 18-19…Sprint Center…Kansas City, MO
February 24-26…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA
March 3-5…Landers Center…Southaven, MS
March 11-12…Smoothie King Center…New Orleans, LA
March 18-19…Moda Center…Portland, OR
March 24-26…Livestock Events Center…Reno, NV
April 1-2…Golden I Center…Sacramento, CA
April 22-23…Denver Coliseum…Denver, CO
May 5-7…Orleans Arena…Las Vegas, NV
*Visit http://www.supercrosslive.com/ to purchase tickets
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
2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
July 9…Baldasserona…San Marino
July 23…Loket…Czech Republic
September 10…Assen…The Netherlands
September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France