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TechnoBabbleNot everything is as clear cut as it seems when looking at the results of a race: Here are some simple conversation points to dazzle your friends with.

HEAT RACES: When a rider finishes fourth in his heat race, he isn’t really a shoe-in for fourth in the main. He is more likely to be 7th or 8th overall. How so? There are two heat races, thus everyone who beat him in his heat race will get a better pick at the gate and everyone who beat his finishing spot in the other heat race will get a better pick at the gate also. nd while fourth looks good, you have to multiply it by two to get an accuarte gauge of where he might finish. Conversely 10th in a heat race could relate to 20th in the Main, but they don’t take 10th from the heat races to the main. They take 4 from the heats and 5 from the semis (that equals 9 total riders in each grouping and 18 riders from both groups to the 450 Main). Then, they take 4 from the Last Chance.—thus, 10th place actually comes from the Last Chance (for the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd pick at the Main event gate).

TOP TEN QUALIFYING EXEMPTION: Although the heat races only hold 20 riders, don’t be surprised if you see a 450 heat race with 22 riders on the gate. How can that be? If a rider is in the top ten in 450 Supercross points, but fails to go fast enough in timed qualifying to make the “Fast 40” qualifiers, he can be seeded into one of the two 450 heat races (as long as he did one lap of practice or qualifying). The top ten rider will get the 21st pick at the gate in heat one. If two top ten riders fail to make the “Fast 40,” the second rider gets the 21st pick at the gate in heat two. If three top ten riders fail to make the “Fast 40,” the third rider gets the 22nd pick at the gate in heat one. If a fourth top ten rider fails to make the “Fast 40,” he gets the 22nd pick at the gate in heat two. If a fifth rider from the top ten fails to make the “Fast 40,” he’s out of luck

GATE PICK: The fastest rider in timed qualifying gets the first pick at the gate in heat race two. The second fastest rider gets first pick at the gate in heat one. That puts the 3rd fastest rider in heat two and the fourth fastest rider in heat one. And so on and so on though the time charts. After the heat races, the rider with the fastest lap time in his heat race gets first pick at the gate in the main event, while the guy who wins the second heat race gets second pick (and so on and so on through the top 22 riders).

THE ILLUSION OF IMPROVEMENT: Take Chad Reed as an example. Two weeks ago he finished 9th in San Diego and at Anaheim 2 he finished 7th. Based on finishing position you could be forgiven for thinking that he did better at A2 than he did at San Diego (and, when it comes to AMA points and purse money, he did). But simpleton math reveals that neither Ken Roczen nor Jason Anderson, who were way in front of Chad at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego, finished the 450 main at A2. Roczen crashed out and Anderson was disqualified for an altercation with Vince Friese in the tunnel. Put those two guys back into the main event and there would be a good chance that Chad would have been 9th again. We aren’t picking on Chad, he’s working on getting closer to the front, but with Roczen, Anderson and Trey Canard on the sidelines, everybody is doing better than they would be if all three of those guys were in the race.

THE CHECKERED FLAG IS NOT THE CHECKERED FLAG: The racer who goes under the checkered flag first is not necessarily the winner of the race. The actual race is scored by electronic transponder. The wiring for the transponder must be buried in the ground on the face of the finish line jump (normally where the rider’s bike is pressed closest to the surface by G-forces). This wire is often 10 feet away from the man with the checkered flag. Thus, those close finishes, where a rider leaves his bike wide open and flies by the leader at the flag, aren’t that close because the race was over 10 feet before that happened.

PURSE MONEY: The Supercross promoters like to say that they increased the purse for the 450 Main event — and if you just look at the amount of money — they did. But, what they really did was to increase the size of the 450 Main event from 20 riders to 22 riders. To get the required number of riders to fill the gate, they advanced the top four in the Last Chance instead of just the top two. The increase in purse money comes from moving four riders, and their Last Chance purse money, to the 450 class. Thus, the 450 Main event purse is larger, the Last Chance’s payout is smaller and Feld didn’t actually pay more money to anyone.

REMJANFEB2017Glen Helen’s REM races has decided to add races to its already schedule race calendar to make up for the races that were rained out during California’s torrential rains. REM will race for six straight weeks, starting this weekend Jan. 28. They will race on Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 before taking a weekend off (March 4) and starting up again. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

WMXwomenraceA far cry from when they were part of the AMA 250/450 National Motocross Championship, the WMX’s 2017 schedule does include three AMA Nationals, but instead of being part of the big show, they are part of the amateur races on the Friday before the races at Hangtown, Thunder Valley and Mt. Morris. Their season will start at the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross after the Daytona Supercross, at the Freestone Spring series and the California Classic. For the first time ever, the WMX championship will take place during the Amsoil Arenacross season finale held at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, May 5. The Championship will wrap up at Loretta Lynns on August 5. For more info go to www.racewmx.com.

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25…Wortham, TX
Apr. 9…San Diego, CA
May 5…Las Vegas, NV
May 18/19…Hangtown, CA
June 2…Thunder Valley, CO
June 16…Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5…Hurricane Mills, TN

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dan reardonLast week Dan Reardon finished 17th, but this week he stayed out of danger’s way and scored a 7th. Reardon is filling in for the injured Colt Nicholls at Star Yamaha.

These are the top foreign riders who made the main events at Angel Stadium last Saturday. The best of the foreign riders, German Ken Roczen, suffered a broken arm to end his AMA Supercross series, but his attrition just made room for France’s Marvin Musquin to move one step higher on the podium. Chad Reed was 7th and Dean Wilson 11th. Christophe Pourcel finally got to race a complete event. In the 250 West Martin Davalos was fifth, Australian Dan Reardon seventh, Swiss rider Killian Auberson 18th and Hayden Mellross 22nd.

TOP FOREIGN RIDERS IN SAN DIEGO’S 450 CLASS
Marvin Musquin (France)……………2nd
Chad Reed (Australia)………………..7th
Dean Wilson (Scotland)……………..11th
Christophe Pourcel (Hus)……………14th
Ken Roczen (Germany)………………22nd

TOP FOREIGN RIDERS IN SAN DIEGO’S 250 WEST
Martin Davalos (Ecuador)…………..5th
Dan Reardon (Australia)…………….7th
Killian Auberson (Switzerland)…….18th
Hayden Mellross (Australia)……….22nd

malcolm StewartMalcolm Stewart (47) made his return to racing at Anaheim 2. He looked good in his heat race, but while running mid-pack in the 450 Main he crashed and ended up 18th. Nothing to crow about, but he had speed (as he was the third fastest 450 qualifier).

Date           Venue                                450                       250
Jan. 7……..Anaheim, CA………….Ken Roczen…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 14……San Diego, CA…………Ken Roczen…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 21……Anaheim, CA………….Ryan Dungey…..Justin Hill
Jan. 28……..Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4………Oakland, CA
Feb. 11……..Arlington, TX
Feb. 18……..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25……..Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4……….Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1………….St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8…………Seattle, WA
Apr 22………..Salt Lake City, UT
450 Points leader...Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West points leader…Shane McElrath  (KTM)

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TMcatalogThis is the cover of T&M Racing-s 1976 catalog. It was owned by Tim McCool who went on to become a player in street bike pipess with Cobra Exhausts. Bruce McDougal, Danny Turner and Bill Glore raced for their team in 1976. T&M made two-stroke pipes, swingarms and radial heads for Suzuki TM and RM 125 and Honda CR125 Elsinores.

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TVSCHEDULEnew2017PHXCheck you local listing for times in your region. Watch out! Next week’s race is on Fox Sports 2, so set your DVR accordingly.

Butron_MXGP_15_LOM_2015Jan. 27…Jose Butron 1991
Jan. 27…Sean Hackley
Jan. 28…Tim McAdams
Jan. 28…Josh Cachia 1992

DavyPootjes16Jan. 28…Davy Pootjes 1998
Jan. 28…Dave Prater
Jan. 30…Michael Blose 1984
Jan. 30…Kevin Crine 1974

blake baggettJan. 31…Blake Baggett 1992


Feb. 1…Gaston Rahier 1947
Feb. 2…Matt Buyten 1980
Feb. 2…Erv Braun


Feb. 2…Tyler Evans 1980


Feb. 2…Selvaraj Narayana

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DANNYKTMName this KTM 500cc Grand Prix winner. The answer is at the end of this post.

1984mxa125shootoutMXA’s 1984 125 Shootout came to an abrupt end when all seven bikes in the test crashed into each other. It was gory with all the blood and bullet holes from the “shootout” part of the test.


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febmxa2017coverInterested in getting a new bike this year? The Febuary 2017 issue of MXA is on the news stands now and includes the long-awaited 2017 MXA 450 Shootout. You should be reading MXA, and if you subscribe now you get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC which more than pays for your subscription.

Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year.

The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because right now you can get 12 issues for $15.95 and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action/

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husqvarnaworldchampionshipThis news probably doesn’t effect you unless you own a Husqvarna (and we aren’t talking about just vintage Huskys, but new ones, old ones and pitiful ones. The race will be held at SoCal’s Cahuilla Creek track on March 5-6.

worldtwostroke2017Just in case you need a little extra time to get your trusty, but rusty, two-stroke ready to race, the 2017 MTA World Two-Stroke Championship is a little over three months away. It will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Glen Helen Raceway.

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2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 9……………………….San Marino (Cancelled)
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………………..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3………………………USA (Monday)
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
October 1…………………..Matterley Basin, Great Britain

RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Mar. 12-13…………….Daytona, FL

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2017 TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO WORLD GAMES
June 24……………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 SMX RIDERS & MANUFACTURERS CUP
October 7………………….Gelsenkirchen, Germany

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…………………….Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25……………………Wortham, TX
Apr. 9………………………San Diego, CA
May 5………………………Las Vegas, NV
May 18/19………………..Hangtown, CA
June 2…………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16……………………Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5……………………..Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….TBA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 9-11…………………..Adelanto, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct 13-15…………………..TBA

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Culham
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik
Aug. 15…………………..Balen
Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke
Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..Ulverton, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13………………….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July15-16t………………..Lichtenvoorde

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 1-2…………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 2……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland
Aug. 19-20………………Coolum, Queensland

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 9…………………..Queensland
Sept. 23…………………Queensland
Oct. 14…………………..TBA
Oct. 26…………………..South Australia
Nov. 4…………………….Victoria
Nov. 11-12……………..New South Wales

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Photos: Brian Converse, Ray Archer, Daryl Ecklund, John Kerr, Ketchup Cox, Massimo Zanzani, MXA, KTM, Honda.

ANSWER: Danny Magoo Chandler won the 1985 French Grand Prix on a KTM.