RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: LET’S PUT THIS ONE TO BED

KTM TO BUILD MID-SIZE STREET BIKES IN CHINA

2019 KTM 380 Duke.

KTM’s Stefan Pierer has formed a joint venture with China’s CFMoto to manufacture KTM’s middleweight, parallel-twin, 799cc street bikes—including the 790 Duke, beginning in 2020. The joint-venture is known as “CFMoto-KTMR2R” and CFMoto will hold a majority 51% stake. This may seem like shocking new, but it is really standard operating practice with most modern motorcycle manufacturers. A quick look through the showrooms will reveal bikes built in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, China and India. Plus, CFMoto has been operating a KTM knock-down plant (where bikes are assembled from parts shipped in) since 2014. The Chinese knock-down plant assembled Indian-made 125cc, 200cc and 390cc Dukes (for sale in China only). KTM operates knock-down plants in Malaysia, the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and China.

KTM currently sells 238,000 bikes a year. 150,000 of those built at the Mattighofen, Austrian, plant and another 90,000 at the Pune, India, plant (run by Bajaj). By expanding its production capabilities with CFMoto, KTM hopes to be able to produce 400,000 KTMs and Husqvarnas annually within the next five years. Additionally, sourcing out the mid-size street bikes frees up production room at Mattighofen for motocross bikes and an expansion of the Husqvarna brand into street bikes. The mid-size street bike market is very competitive price-wise and KTM hopes to be able to lower prices on the 790 Duke and its sister models thanks to cheaper labor costs in China.

This does not effect KTM’s motocross bikes. It should be noted that Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW and Harley-Davidson make bikes in India also.

THE LAST BIKE THAT TOM WHITE BOUGHT FOR HIS MUSEUM

HodakaSupertwin125 The very last bike that Tom White bought for his “Early Years of Motocross Museum” was this one-off twin-cylinder Hodaka 125. It was not a production bike, but it was based on two vintage bikes.

YAMAGUCHISUPERTWIN125
The engine came from a 1960s Yamaguchi Super Twin 125 street bike. The Yamaguchi connection to Hodka is that Hodaka importer PABATCO of Oregon was the Yamaguchi importer. When Yamaguchi went belly up, PABATCO paired with Yamaguchi’s engine builder, Hodaka, to build their own bike. However, Hodaka never built a 125 twin for production, but it is a marvelous museum bike.

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: WHO GETS ACCEPTED TO AN AMA NATIONAL amaruleoftheweek

AMARULESRACEENTRY

Given that the riders don’t race in heats to qualify for an AMA National, but instead go out in timed qualifying session to take the first 36 spots (with four riders in each class selected from two short Last Chance motos), we don’t know why the entry list is limited to 90 riders and not 100 or 120 (given that the sanctioning body gets over $40,000 in entry fees if they draw 90 riders in both classes). It seems as though encouraging more local riders to sign-up for their local AMA National would help grow the sport. However, only two races in the 2016 AMA 450 class ever had 90 riders go through timed qualifying (Mt. Morris and Southwick). The most riders ever to try to qualify in the 250 Nationals was 87 at Red Bud. On average, 69 riders tried qualify in the 250 class across the 12 AMA Nationals—that is 21 riders short of a full field. The 450 class had, on average, 78 riders—which was only 12 riders short of a full field.

The least number of 450 riders trying to qualify in the 450 class were at the opening round at Hangtown (55). In the 250 class, Washougal only had 54 riders try to clock times.

Part of the reason that more of the races don’t have full fields is that riders sign-up, but don’t show up. Part of the reason that the sanctioning body doesn’t accept more than 90 riders is because of pit space at some tracks (although whoever is in charge of parking the trucks and semis in the AMA pits could do a much better job, as anyone who has ever been to a NASCAR, IndyCar or Formula 1 race can attest to).

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: EDISON WOULD HAVE BEEN 100 & RICH 64

eierstedtcoverThe late Rich Eierstedt on the cover of the June 1977 issue of MXA at Saddleback Park.

May 5…Rich Eierstedt 1954
May 5…Mike Koger
May 5…Joel Roelants 1989

SMETCALFE5May 6…Brett Metcalfe 1984
May 6…Ben Watson 1997
May 7…Matt Tedder

ROLFTIBBLIN1962May 7…Rolf Tibblin 1937
May 7…Justin Hill 1995
May 9…Brian Deegan 1975

BUDEKINSjumpMay 10…Bud Ekins 1930

May 10…Edison Dye 1918
May 10…Jason McCormick 1975

NELSONA1May 10…Jessy Nelson 1994
May 11…John van den Berk 1967

_DSC6622_Kyoshi_Jeremy Martin_Pala Raceway_Pala_0426201May 11…Jeremy Martin 1993
May 12…Aaron Johnson 1983

ONE RACE LEFT: WHO DID ALL THE WINNING IN 2018

Jason andersonThe Chinese fire drill that happened when Jason Anderson broke his front wheel in a first turn crash last Saturday was painful to watch.

Date           Venue                           450                           250
Jan. 6….…Anaheim, CA……….Marvin Musquin…….Shane McElrath
Jan. 13…..Houston, TX………..Jason Anderson……Aaron Plessinger
Jan. 20…..Anaheim, CA………..Eli Tomac……………..Joey Savatgy
Jan. 27…..Phoenix, AZ ………..Eli Tomac………………Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 3…….Oakland, CA………..Jason Anderson…….Aaron Plessinger
Feb. 10…..San Diego, CA……..Jason Anderson……Justin Hill
Feb. 17……Arlington, TX………Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Feb. 24……Tampa, FL…………..Eli Tomac………………Austin Forkner
Mar. 3……..Atlanta, GA…………Jason Anderson……Austin Forkner
Mar. 10……Daytona, FL………..Justin Brayton………Jordon Smith
Mar. 17……St. Louis, MO………Eli Tomac………………Zach Osborne
Mar. 24……Indianapolis, IN…..Marvin Musquin…….Jeremy Martin
Apr. 7………Seattle, WA ……….Eli Tomac………………Aaron Plessinger
Apr. 14…….Minneapolis, MN…Eli Tomac……………..Jeremy Martin
Apr. 21….…Foxborough, MA…Marvin Musquin…….Zach Osborne
Apr. 28…….Salt Lake City, UT..Marvin Musquin…….Shane McElrath
May 5………Las Vegas, NV…….
450 Points leader…Jason Anderson (Hus)
250 West points leader…Aaron Plessinger (Yam)
250 East points leader…Zach Osborne (Hus)

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: WHO DID ALL THE WINNING IN 2017?

Ryan DungeyRyan Dungey won the title in 2017—after Eli Tomac tried a last lap take-out that failed. Photo: Scott Mallonee

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……………..Eli Tomac……………Justin Hill
Feb. 4……Oakland, CA………………..Eli Tomac……………Justin Hill
Feb. 11……..Arlington, TX……………Marvin Musquin….Justin Hill
Feb. 18…..Minneapolis, MN…………Eli Tomac…………..Joey Savatgy
Feb. 25……..Atlanta, GA………………Ryan Dungey………Zach Osborne
Feb. 25…..Atlanta, GA…………………Ryan Dungey………Zach Osborne
Mar. 4……….Toronto, ON…………….Eli Tomac…………..Zach Osborne
Mar. 11……Daytona, FL……………….Eli Tomac…………..Adam Cianciarulo
Mar. 18………Indianapolis, IN………Eli Tomac…………..Joey Savatgy
Mar. 25……Detroit, MI………………..Eli Tomac…………..Jordon Smith
Apr. 1…………St. Louis, MO………….Eli Tomac……………Jordon Smith
Apr. 8……..Seattle, WA……………….Marvin Musquin…..Aaron Plessinger
Apr 22……….Salt Lake, UT…………..Eli Tomac……………Shane McElrath
Apr. 29……New York, NY……………Ryan Dungey……….Zach Osborne
May 6………Las Vegas, NV………….Jason Anderson…Adam Cianciarulo
450 Points leader…Ryan Dungey (TM)
250 West Champion…Justin Hill (Kaw)
250 East points leader…Jordon Smith (Hon)

TWO YEAR AGO TODAY: WHO DID ALL THE WINNING IN 2016?

Ryan Dungey clinched the 2016 Supercross Championship a week early in New York. Photo: Brian Converse

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Jan. 9…….Anaheim……………….Jason Anderson…………Cooper Webb
Jan. 16……San Diego……………..Ryan Dungey…………….Cooper Webb
Jan. 23……Anaheim II……………Ryan Dungey…………….Cooper Webb
Jan. 30……Oakland……………….Ryan Dungey…………….Joey Savatgy
Feb. 6…….Phoenix…………………Ken Roczen………………Christian Craig
Feb. 13……San Diego II…………..Ryan Dungey…………….Joey Savatgy
Feb. 20……Dallas…………………..Ken Roczen………………Cooper Webb
Feb. 27……Atlanta………………….Ryan Dungey……………Martin Davalos
March 5……Daytona……………….Eli Tomac………………..Jeremy Martin
March 12…Toronto…………………Ken Roczen……………..Justin Hill
March 19…Detroit………………….Jason Anderson……….Malcolm Stewart
April 2……..Santa Clara…………..Ryan Dungey…………..Cooper Webb
April 9……..Indianapolis…………Ryan Dungey…………..Aaron Plessinger
April 16……St. Louis……………….Ryan Dungey…………..Jeremy Martin
April 23……Boston…………………Ken Roczen……………Martin Davalos
April 30……New York……………..Ken Roczen……………Malcolm Stewart
May 7……..Las Vegas………..,,,….Ryan Dungey………….Joey Savatgy
450 Supercross Champion…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West Champion…Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East Champion…Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY: WHO DID ALL THE WINNING IN 2015?

Guess who? In 2015 Chad Reed won 1 main event, Cole Seely 1, Trey Canard 2, Ken Roczen 2, Eli Tomac 3 and Ryan Dungey 8.

2015 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Date           Venue                            450                                250
Jan. 3…..Anaheim I………….Ken Roczen……….…..Jessy Nelson
Jan. 10…Phoenix……………..Eli Tomac……………..Cooper Webb
Jan. 17…Anaheim II………….Ken Roczen………….Cooper Webb
Jan. 24…Oakland…………….Trey Canard….………Malcolm Stewart
Jan. 31…Anaheim III…..….…Ryan Dungey………..Cooper Webb
Feb. 7…San Diego……..…..…Trey Canard………….Cooper Webb
Feb. 14…Dallas……………….Ryan Dungey………..Marvin Musquin
Feb. 21…Atlanta………………Chad Reed…..……….Jeremy Martin
Feb. 28…Atlanta……………….Ryan Dungey……….Marvin Musquin
Mar. 7…Daytona………………Ryan Dungey….……..Marvin Musquin
Mar. 14…..Indy…..…………….Ryan Dungey………..Marvin Musquin
Mar. 21…Detroit………….…….Eli Tomac………..….Justin Bogle
Mar. 28…St. Louis…..…………Ryan Dungey……….Marvin Musquin
Apr. 11…..Houston…………….Cole Seely…………….Cooper Webb
Apr. 18….Santa Clara………….Ryan Dungey……….Cooper Webb
Apr. 25….New York……………..Eli Tomac…..………..Marvin Musquin
May 2……Las Vegas……..…….Ryan Dungey……….Marvin Musquin
450 Supercross Champion…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West Champion…Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East Champion…Marvin Musquin (KTM)

MXA TEAM TESTED: USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT

AXO PENTAGON MORPHO CHEST PROTECTOR
The AXO Pentagon Morpho’s outer layer, front and rear, is composed of 3mm-thick plastic shells sewn to 6mm-thick Biofoam inner panels. Sandwiched between the plastic and the Biofoam is a 23mm layer of high-density foam on the back panel and a 14mm high-density layer behind the front panel. The total thickness is 30mm on the front panel and 40mm on the back panel. That is a lot of energy-absorbing material between your body and the ground.
VERDICT: Not just a roost guard, the Morpho can handle those painful body-slam style crashes that turn your torso purple.
DIGITS: $145.00—(800) 409-0903 or www.alpinestars.com.

MAXIMA SC-1 SILICONE DETAILER
When your bike is new, every part sparkles and shines. Unfortunately, that new-bike look only lasts about 13 minutes into the first ride. Somewhere between starting it up and putting it back on the stand, the luster flies off. The plastic no longer twinkles. It is dull. The solution? Spray it with Maxima SC-1 Silicone Detailer.
VERDICT: MXA’s test bikes can’t look drab and dingy. Maxima SC-1 saves us time and money. It even works on the sidewalls of our tires. SC-1 sprays out in a fine mist that covers a large area, and one aerosol can will last for 10 or more washings. Our primary weapon in the war against lackluster plastic parts is Maxima SC-1.
DIGITS: $10.50 (12-ounce can)—www.maximausa.com or you local dealer.

NEKEN SFH HANDLEBARS
The Neken SFH handlebars are standard 25.4mm oversize handlebars that taper gradually down to 22mm and then, in the last 6 inches, to 18mm. In effect, the SFH bars are 5mm smaller in the grip and throttle section than a normal handlebar. Neken uses the smaller bar to make the grips 5mm thicker. That is double the thickness of a normal grip.
VERDICT: Test riders reported a reduction in vibration, more comfort and less hand fatigue. Additionally, the strength of the handlebar was not compromised by the smaller ends, because the load on the handlebar is closer to the bar mounts—not the bar ends.
DIGITS: $108.95 (bars), $21.95 (grips)—www.nk-neken.com or your local dealer.

TWIN AIR 2018 YAMAHA YZ450F AIR FILTER
The YZ450F airbox, because of its location, doesn’t have room for a traditional dome-shaped foam filter and cage. Thus, Yamaha uses a 15mm-thick flat foam air filter that is held in place by an external cage. This isn’t the optimum layout for maximum airflow. Also, because of the flat filter, the center of the stock YZ450F air filter vibrates against the backfire screen to shake dirt through the stock air filter
VERDICT: Twin Air uses a central grommet to space the air filter away from the wire screen, which stops the wire screen from shaking dirt through the foam. A must-have.
DIGITS: $30.95 (dry air filter), $33.95 (pre-oiled air filter)—www.twinair.com.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT FLAG T-SHIRT

Pro Pro Circuit is welcoming a new design—the Flag Tee. Although Pro Circuit is known for high-performance exhaust systems, engine parts, suspension service and bike accessories, they also produce some eye-catching apparel as well. Pro Circuit’s newest T-shirt is the Flag Tee, a twist on the American flag design covered with gray digital camo and branded with our iconic globe logo. The Flag Tee is a black 100% soft-spun cotton shirt that comes with front and back screen printed graphics using the best quality inks in the business. Show off this stylish version of Old Glory and look cool at the track or grabbing some food with your friends downtown. $22.95 at www.procircuit.com.

2018 CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP & HARRY TAYLOR HODAKA CUP THIS WEEKEND AT MARYSVILLE

For more info go to www.czriders.com

WATCH THIS BRITISH VIDEO ABOUT RACING AT REM GLEN HELEN

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS: WHAT IS THE BEST MAP FOR MY 2018 YZ450F?

This is the map that MXA runs. It was developed by Yamaha’s inhouse test rider Travis Preston. Just punch these numbers into your phone and plug it into your YZ450F

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE QUIZ: DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS? WHAT BIKE IT COME FROM?

This question is easy, but only if you owned the brand of bike that used this part. Can you name what the part does and what brand of bike it came from? The answer at the bottom of the page.

2018 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING TO WHERE THE FAT LADY WILL SING

Jason andersonJason Anderson suffered a scare that week when hhe broke bunch of front wheel spoke sin a first turn crash. He recovered from two laps down to score enough points to go to Vegas with a 14-point lead.

2018 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 16 of 17 rounds)
1. Jason Anderson (Hus)…338
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…324
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…292
4. Justin Brayton (Hon)…264
5. Blake Baggett (KTM)…264
6. Weston Peick (Suz)…235
7. Dean Wilson (Hus)…193
8. Broc Tickle (KTM)…184
9. Cooper Webb (Yam)…181
10. Justin Barcia (Yam)…163

Zach OsborneZach Osborne’s success is stopping him from moving to the 450 class—word is that he’ll stay down in the 250s for the Nationals. But he can’t race the 250 Supercross series in 2019.

2018 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 8 of 9 rounds)
1. Zach Osborne…180
2. Jordon Smith…165
3. Jeremy Martin…157
4. Austin Forkner…137
5. Luke Renzland…109
6. Kyle Peters…107
7. Sean Cantrel…96
8. Brandon Hartranft…89
9. Anthony Rodriguez…72
10. John Short…58

AARON PLESSINGERAaron Plessinger has a 13-point lead heading to the Las Vegas East/West Challenge this Saturday.

2018 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS
(After 9 of 10 rounds)
1. Aaron Plessinger…196
2. Adam Cianciarulo…183
2. Joey Savatgy…174
4. Shane Mcelrath…172
5. Chase Sexton…150
6. Justin Hill…128
7. Kyle Chisholm…124
8. Mitchell Harrison…115
9. Christian Craig…106
10. Phil Nicoletti (Suz)…94

GLEN HELEN’S SPRING STADIUMCROSS SERIES CONTINUES UNDER THE LIGHTS ON SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 5

Glen Helen’s Spring Stadiumcross series will hold round two on Saturday night, April 28. The series continues on until May 25 (on the Friday night of the Glen Helen AMA 250/450 National). The 2018 Summer Series starts on June 16. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com.

2018 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS HEADING TO ANOTHER WEEK OFF

Clement DesalleKawasaki’s 29-year-old Clement Desalle stopped the orange express with a win in Russia. He became the first non-KTM rider to win this year in either the 250 or 450 class.

2018 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 6 of 20 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…286
2. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…263
3. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…212
4. Romain Febvre (Yam)…203
5. Gautier Paulin (Hus)…180
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…152
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)…150
8. Tim Gajser (Hon)…147
9. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…135
10. Julien Lieber (Yam)…113

MX2 Jonass_Prado_MXGP_2018_R06_RX_1917At the Russian Grand Prix, Pauls Jonass won his fourth out of six 250 GPs

2018 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS
(After 6 of 20 rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…266
2. Jorge Prado (KTM)…246
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…219
4. Ben Watson (Yam)…176
5. Jed Beaton (Kaw)..156
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon)…130
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Yam)…127
8. Conrad Mewse (KTM)…108
9. Henry Jacoby (Hus)…104
10. Thomas Covington (Hus)…102

2018 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE AFTER 6 OF 20 ROUNDS

Romain Febvre MXGP_5_POR_2018French hopes ride with Romain Febvre, but he hasn’t been close yet. Maybe at the French GP on June 10.

Date           Venue                         450                           250
Mar. 4……..Argentina…………..Jeffrey Herlings……….Pauls Jonass
Mar. 18……Holland #1………….Jeffrey Herlings……….Pauls Jonass
Mar. 25……Spain………………….Tony Cairoli…………….Pauls Jonass
Apr. 8………Italy #1………………Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
Apr. 15…….Portugal…………….Jeffrey Herlings……….Jorge Prado
May 1………Russia……………….Clement Desalle……….Pauls Jonass
May 13…….Latvia
May 20…….Germany
June 3………England
June 10…….France
June 17…….Italy #2
July 1……….Indonesia #1
July 8……….Indonesia #2
July 22……..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………Belgium
Aug. 12…….Sweden (canceled)
Aug. 19…….Switzerland
Aug. 26…….Bulgaria
Sept. 2…….Turkey
Sept. 16……Holland #2
Sept. 30……Italy #3
450 Points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS: HOW LIGHT IS HE?

This rideWe have a few issues with this 1974 Honda CR125/250 advertisement. If you read it carefully, it says.”World’s Lightest Moto-Cross Racers.”

THE AMA NATIONALS ARE COMING! GLEN HELEN NATIONAL ON MAY 26

For ticket and event information go to www.glenhelen.com


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SAVE THE DATE! LOTS OF RACING LEFT IN 2018

The 2018 AMA 250/450 National Motocross Series starts at Hangtown on May 19.

2018 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6……………………..…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 13………………………Houston, TX
Jan. 20………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 27………………………Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 3……………………..…Oakland, CA
Feb. 10………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 17………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 24………………………Tampa, FL
Mar. 3……………………..…Atlanta, GA
Mar. 10………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 17………………………St. Louis, MO
Mar. 24………………………Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 7……………………..…Seattle, WA
Apr. 14………………………Minneapolis, MN
Apr. 21………………………Foxborough, MA
Apr. 28………………………Salt Lake City, UT
May 5…………………….…Las Vegas, NV

2018 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6-7………………………….Dayton, OH
Jan. 13-14………………………Worcester, MA
Jan. 20-21……………………….Wilkes Barre, PA
Jan. 27-28………………………Greensboro, NC
Feb. 10-11………………………Madison, WI
Feb. 17-18………………………Florence, SC
Mar. 17-18………………………Denver, CO
Mar. 24-25………………………Nampa, ID
Apr. 7-8………………………….Wichita, KS
Apr. 21-22………………………Portland, OR
Apr. 28-29………………………Reno, NV
May 4-6…………………………Las Vegas, NV

2018 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19……………………Hangtown, CA
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 2..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 23.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
June 30.………………….Southwick, MA
July 7..……………………​Red Bud, MI
July 21.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 28.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 11..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 18..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 25.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2018 125 TWO-STROKE ALL-STAR SERIES
May 19……………………….Hangtown, CA
June 2………………………..Thunder Valley, CO
June 16………………………Mt Morris, PA
June 30………………………Southwick, MA
July 28……………………….Washougal, WA.
Aug. 18………………………Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 25………………………Crawfordsville, IN (Finals)

2018 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL 250/OPEN TWO-STROKE INVITATIONAL
May 26.…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 4……………………..Argentina
Mar. 18…………………….Holland 1
Mar. 25…………………….Spain
Apr. 8……………………….Italy 1
Apr. 15……………………..Portugal
May 1……………………….Russia
May 13……………………..Latvia
May 20…………………….Germany
June 3………………………England
June 10…………………….France
June 17…………………….Italy 2
July 1……………………….Indonesia 1
July 8……………………….Indonesia 2
July 22……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 5………………………Belgium
Aug. 12……………………..Sweden (Canceled)
Aug. 19……………………..Switzerland
Aug. 26……………………..Bulgaria
Sept. 2……………………….Turkey
Sept. 16………………………Holland 2
Sept. 30………………………Italy 3

2018 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 7………………………Red Bud, MI

2018 REM GLEN HELEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Jan. 13……………………Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Feb. 3……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 10……………………Glen Helen, CA
April 7………………….…Spring Series #1
April 14…………………..20th Anniversary #2
April 28…………………..Spring Series #3
May 5…………………….Spring Series #4 (National track)
May 12……………………Spring Series #5
May 19……………………Spring Series #6
June 2…………………….Glen Helen, CA
June 16…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 30…………………..Glen Helen, CA
July 14……………………Summer Series #1
July 21……………………Summer Series #2
July 28……………………Summer Series #3
Aug. 11……………………Summer Series #4
Aug. 25………..………….Summer Series #5
Sept. 1……………………Summer Series #6
Sept. 29.………………….Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 6……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 20……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 27……………………Glen Helen, CA (National track)
Nov. 17……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 1……………………..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 15……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 22……………………Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 29…………..………Glen Helen, CA

2018 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Feb. 2-4…………………..……Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 23-25……………….…..Phoenix, AZ
Mar. 23-24……………….…..Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 20-22……………….…..Hurricane, UT
May 25-27……………………Cedar City, UT
Sept. 14-16……………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 19-21………………….…Adelanto, CA
Nov. 9-11……………………..Primm, NV

2018 AMA SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
April 14………………………….Boise, ID
May 13………………………….Tucson, AZ
June 8…………………………..Austin, TX
June 9…………………………..Austin, TX
Aug. 3-5………………………..Quebec, CN
Sept. 8………………………….Sturgis, SD

2018 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 11……………………..Glen Helen, CA (canceled)
Mar. 24-25…………………Glen Helen, CA
June 17………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Aug. 19………………..…..Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 9………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Lyng, England (canceled)
Apr. 1……………………………Culham, England
Apr. 22………………………….Canada Heights, England
May 6…………………………..Blaxhall, England
June 24………………………..Desertmartin, Ireland
July 29………………………….Duns, England
Aug. 12…………………………Hawkstone, England
Sept. 23………………………..TBA, England

2018 MICHELIN BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 8………………….…….Lyng, England
May 20……………..………Preston Docks, England
May 27…………….……….Hawkstone Park, England
July 1………….…..………..Sherwood, England
July 15………….…..………Canada Heights, England
Sept. 2…………….…..……Crookwood, England

2018 DUTCH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar.11…………………………..Markelo, Holland
Apr. 2……………………………Oldebrook, Holland
May 6…………………………..Mill, Holland
July 14-16…………………….Lichtenvoorde, Holland

2018 GERMAN ADAC MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 22………………………….Drehna, Germany
May 27………………………….Molln, Germany
June 24…………………………Bielstein, Germany
May 6……………………………Blaxhall, Germany
July 15………………………….Moggers, Germany
July 29………………………….Tensfeld, Germany
Aug. 26…………………………Teutschthal, Germany
Sept. 9…………………………..Gaildorf, Germany

2018 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 30-Aug. 4…………………Hurricane Mills, TN

2018 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
Oct. 13………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2018 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 27……………………………Glen Helen, CA

2018 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 3-4…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

2018 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 17-18………………………Paris, France

2018 THOR MINI OLYMPICS
Nov. 19-24…………………….Gainesville, FL

2018 DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 23-25………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2018 BRITISH ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 6…………………………..Manchester
Jan. 13………………………….Newcastle
Jan. 20…………………………Birmingham
Jan. 26-27…………………….Belfast
Feb. 10………………………….Sheffield
Feb. 17………………………….London

2018 HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL
Feb. 11………………………….Hawkstone, England

2018 RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR SUPERCROSS
Mar. 11-12……………..…….Daytona, FL

2018 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 31…………………..…..Glen Helen, CA

Moto Trivia answer: This is the rubber fuel petcock from a Montesa. It had a steel ball bearing inside the rubber bladder. You squeezed the rubber to move the ball bearing to turn the gas on or to shut it off.

Photos: Brian Converse, Massimo Zanzani, Dan Alamangos, Mark Chilson, Jody Weisel, MXA, AMA, MXGP

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