Photos from Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Walton TransCan By Billy Rainford We’re back! Here are some photos from the Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Walton TransCan GNC. The crowd gathered for the outdoor ceremonies at the podium. Entries are around 550, and everyone is pretty happy to see it. Tim Lee is the Head Referee and went over the rules. A lot of Pro riders are already here. Jay DaSilva. Kyle Beaton is a big part of getting all the western kids here to race. Chris Lee is “retired” from the TransCan. Ya, right… Ron Cameron and Jamie “Barnsy” Mitchell are back in action on the medical side. Try your best NOT to see them this week. Mike Parliament from MP1 is on site to help people with any suspension needs. It’s going to be a long week for the Ufimzeffs. Mel’s new profile pic. Brett Lee calls…strikes and balls? Heather Bennett from TCD is also here with Tim to handle suspension needs. Chris Williams from Cobra. John Roney from Xtreme Toys. Has Bill Van Vugt ever missed a TransCan? Harvey from Wiseco has definitely not. Kourtney Lloyd announcing the 3 riders on the Team Canada MXON Ambassador Program. The 3 riders are: Julien Bennick, Sam Gaynor, and Jake Tricco. JC Seitz from Fox Canada. Remember to sign up for the Shift Holeshot Challenge on Wednesday. Brett Lee takes the stage and welcomes everyone to the TransCan. Kourtney presents this retro poster to Brett, Mel, and Harper. 6 riders came up on stage to address the crowd. Julien Bennick from BC was one of them. 4-time champion Eve Brodeur. Dexter Seitz from Alberta. Ryder McNabb from Manitoba. Intermediate phenom Jake Tricco from Ontario. Tanner Ward won our last Total Devotion Award at the TransCan back in 2016 and enjoyed a week at Club MX. And now the sun has set here at Walton. The next time we see it, it will be accompanied by the familiar sound of the rooster! See you at the races…
This article was in the March issue of the 1998 Motocross Action Magazine. “About 5pm yesterday, I was out at the HPCC track when I got the call to drive down to Glen Helen to meet the MXA test crew,” said Scott Sheak’s mechanic Tom Watson. HPCC is Honda’s top secret test facility, located out in the middle of nowhere (actually ten miles beyond the middle of nowhere). No one in a sound frame of mind would want to be at HPCC in the dead of the winter (even if Honda is paying him to be there). So the smile on Tom’s face couldn’t have been broader as he pulled into Glen Helen (which is not only warmer, but 100 miles closer to civilization). Why had the MXA test crew summoned Tom from the desert? To bring Scott Sheak’s new Team FMF/Honda CR125 to us. WHAT’S THE FMF ENGINE LIKE? With factory support from Honda, you would think that Honda’s resident engine builder Cliff White would have had his hands all over the FMF team’s engines. Well, you’d be wrong. Starting with Cliff’s best engines from ’97, FMF’s Terry Varner dove into the CR125 mill headfirst and came out with a engine that oozes usable horsepower. “Last year, Reynard’s CR125 engine produced a lot of horsepower, but it wasn’t easy to ride. It was all peak. Terry Varner came up with a engine that makes incredible numbers on the dyno and delivers usable power on the track,” explained Tom–who should know since he was Robbie Reynard’s mechanic before moving to Sheak in ’98. The worst part about the stock 1998 CR125 is it was a disappointing engine. The best part of the Honda/FMF bike was its impressive engine. This was the first Honda that had some bottom (albeit very little), tons of midrange and enough top end to get to the next corner. What else can we say, we liked it. On the racetrack, it was clear that Sheak’s bike wasn’t a stock ’98 CR125. The stocker is all midrange, with no top end and no bottom. Sheak’s bike was what every CR125 should be. The FMF bike had just enough bottom to get the engine into the midrange, where it makes the meat of its horsepower (by meat we’re talking T-bone not dog food). Then once into the middle, the FMF CR125 did something that the ’98 stocker doesn’t want to do–rev. It doesn’t rev to the moon like older CR125’s, but with the amount and quality of midrange the bike has, catching gears will have you going faster than you ever wanted to go. The stock CR125 falls off the pipe at least twice a lap, which requires a hardcore rider to fan the clutch to keep the bike going forward. Not Sheak’s CR125. It has enough midrange and top-end to pull every gear in the five-speed box. Equally noteworthy was that Sheak was not going for a hard hitting-style of power. His CR125 delivered its power in a very controlled, well-timed and manageable manner. Can you buy the same motor that Scott Sheak uses? Yes. FMF plans to sell the engines right out from under their team riders. However, each of Team FMF/Honda’s four riders has his own unique likes and dislikes when it comes to power delivery. FMF plans to advertise what each of their riders likes and sell it to the consumer as a Pingree, Sheak, Sellards or McCormick model. WHAT’S THE FMF SUSPENSION LIKE? Surprise, the CR125’s stock Kayaba parts magically turned into Showa pieces. The stock Kayaba units are missing on Sheak’s FMF CR125 and in their place are Showa Kit components. These are the same forks that Factory Connection sells to the general public (only Sheak’s forks have been slightly altered by FMF’s suspension guru Rob Hendrickson). The forks start as stock ’98 CR250 forks, but the internals (cartridge rods and all) are replaced with the Showa aftermarket kits. How do the Showa kit forks work? Superbly. They are plush, not only on the big landings that supercross delivers, but also over little bumps. The MXA test crew tested the Factory Connection kit last year and raved about its overall performance. They are stiff (because they have Supercross valving in them), but even then they still move. Some things that factory teams do they do just because they can. Take for example the stock 1998 CR125 shock. Sure stock its to soft for Supercross but with a revalve by FMF’s Rob Hendrickson it would work just fine. Then why switch to a Showa shock? Because they could, nothing else. Stock Honda CR125 forks suffer from a mild case of midstroke harshness, which rears its ugly head in the form of headshake (and at fourth gear wide open, no case of headshake is mild). With the Showa forks, the CR125’s headshake disappeared. Maybe it was better valving or the correct spring rates, but whatever it was we liked it. These are the best Honda forks made. Why did FMF switch from Kayaba to Showa? FMF said they asked the same question of Honda team manager Wes McCoy and he replied, “Factory support”. Can you do it? Yes, but it’s hard to imagine your average 125 pilot ripping his Kayaba’s off and replacing them with a set of ’98 Showa kitted forks. What would the forks cost? About $1500. That’s why you sign up with a factory team. For riders on a budget, FMF will offer Kayaba fork and shock mods priced for the average consumer. What about the shock? It too was a Showa kit shock. Sheak’s shock was valved on the stiff end, but surprisingly not enough so that you couldn’t ride around a normal motocross track on it. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RIDE SHEAK’S CR125 Factory-backed bikes really shine (especially for the rider they are hand-built to suit). Scott Sheak’s personal set-up isn’t as off-the-beaten path as many big name rider’s bikes, but he does have his peccadilloes. FMF took the flaws out of the stock 1998 CR125, improved all the pluses threefold without creating any new flaws, pretty impressive. Bars: The first thing you notice when you sit on Sheak’s bike is that his handlebar position has more in common with a stock pair of 1973 Elsinore 125 handlebars than with anything current. They are swept back on the ends, rotated back in the clamps and downright different from what most people are used to. Besides moving his handlebars 5mm back in the clamps, Sheak runs a set of cast works footpegs that move his footpeg position back 5 mm. It’s common for the factory boys to move their handlebar position and footpeg to fit their stature. What’s uncommon is that Sheak didn’t move his shifter back to compensate for the new footpeg position. The setup may work for Sheak but for us the new peg/shifter position made the Honda into the worst shifting 125 of the year. Levers: Despite the fact that the clutch and brake levers are stock, the extra care Sheak’s mechanic Tom puts into them is evident in how strong the front brake is and how easy the clutch pull is. These things may not seem like much, but after pulling in the clutch lever and using the front brake during a thirty minute moto, every little bit helps. Scott runs his levers fairly high up on the bars. We had to reach up to grab them. Shifting: The big shocker was that none of the test riders could get Scott Sheak’s bike to shift very well. After scratching our heads wondering how the best shifting 125 could become so bad, we noticed something amiss. Sure enough, Sheak doesn’t run stock footpegs (although he does run a stock shift lever). Scott’s 5mm wider works footpegs are moved back on the chassis. Why would Sheak want to move the footpegs back? That’s easy. Since Sheak isn’t the tallest rider on the planet, he has trouble getting back on the bike when going through whoops. Honda built special footpegs and works triple clamps that mount the bars five millimeters back (without changing the steering angle) to ease his transition to the back of the bike. It didn’t work for our feet, but it must for Scott’s. Handling: The new CR125 alloy frame has a considerable amount of understeer, but Scott’s bike didn’t. It tracked straight, turned on a dime and didn’t have an iota of headshake. Most of these benefits come from the superior suspension components. CAN YOU HAVE SCOTT SHEAK’S BIKE? Want to make your bike a Sheak replica? Here’s what you’ll need: (1) Start with N-Style team graphics. The quickest way to have a Team FMF/Honda bike is to make your bike look like one. (2) After you ride with your new-looking FMF/Honda team bike, you will realize your gearing is all wrong. Time to buy that FMF Cobalt sprocket in the 52-tooth variety. (3) With that new big rear sprocket, it’s best you get a new chain–FMF opts for EK Chain. (4) After your first crash and bent set of handlebars, you’re ready for your next piece of the FMF/Honda puzzle–a set of FMF’s 909 handlebars. Most of the team uses #1966 (McGrath) or #1971 (Lammy) bends. (5) Now you’re ready to dive into the pipe and silencer department. Pick up an FMF Fatty pipe and a “Bad News Barker” carbon fiber Power Core II. (6) Next, have FMF tackle your forks. Sorry, they won’t be Showa’s (you’ll have to call Factory Connection for that), but the stock Kayabas can be made to work very well. (7) Last, but not least, pick the engine tuning of your favorite FMF/Honda rider’s engine. If you follow these seven steps, you can own a Scott Sheak replica. The post TWO-STROKE TUESDAY | SCOTT SHEAK’S 1998 HONDA CR125 appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
McAdoo breaks through to lead muddy laps at Unadilla MX New Berlin, NY (August 11, 2018) - Wet and wild race conditions at the Massey Ferguson Unadilla National, round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, led to a dirty day for team GEICO Honda. Simply not crashing became the mission--but it was a The post McAdoo breaks through to lead muddy laps at Unadilla MX appeared first on Transworld Motocross.
Episode six of Swapmoto Live, presented by Ogio, features a great, fun conversation with Ryan Villopoto. The post Swapmoto Live with Ryan Villopoto appeared first on Transworld Motocross.
2018 UNADILLA NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE The 10th round of the 2018 AMA National Championship in Unadilla was a full-on mud race. The French riders of Marvin Musquin and Dylan Ferrandis were dominate in the mud. The points leaders of Eli Tomac and Aaron Plessinger were consistent and did everything they were suppose to do in order to keep their red plates. The surprises were out of the factory Husqvarna semi with Phil Nicoletti and Mitchell Harrison both getting on the podium. Here is your race recap of the 2018 Unadilla National from New York. The post 2018 UNADILLA NATIONAL | MUD RACE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
(1) Consistent program. Preparation and execution of the right fitness and nutrition program are key, and not just for racing success but for success in life. A steady training and nutrition program developed over time will allow you to create consistent gains in health and fitness. These gains will cross over when you are on the bike, and you will have more endurance and stamina each time race day hits. (2) Over-training. Avoid over-training the week of race day. Don’t try to catch up before race day when it comes to fitness. Fitness takes time to build. So, if you’ve missed a day or two of training, don’t stress. It won’t ruin your race-day performance as long as you have been consistent in the weeks and months prior. Trying to play catch-up will overly fatigue and exhaust your body. If anything, you should be taking it easy so you are fully charged and ready to race. (3) Support. Support and accountability create consistency and quicker progression in the sport. Whether it’s trainers, nutritionists, mechanics or mom and dad, they are all an important piece of the puzzle. Everyone needs a dedicated team making sure all the pieces are in place‚ especially on race day. Your focus should be on the race and not worrying about anything else. No one can be successful in the sport of motocross without help. (4) Stay focused. There is a huge mental battle that a lot of riders face. They head to the track and spend a lot of time comparing themselves to other riders. This can motivate some riders, but for most it gives them anxiety that can be mentally draining. Focus on developing and improving your own skills. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of mental energy. The results are the only comparison that matters. (5) Sleep. Sleep is extremely important. During sleep, your body produces hormones that help your muscles recover and produces more white blood cells to boost your immune system. Also, your oxygen intake during sleep will support recovery, mental focus and mood. (6) Nutrition. Pre-pack your race-day food. What you eat can make or break your race-day performance by having a direct impact on your energy, focus and recovery. Make sure you fuel up in the morning with a hearty breakfast and have lunch and snacks handy throughout the day. Consistent fueling helps you avoid “hitting the wall.” (7) Fluids. Make sure you’re getting enough water and electrolytes every day, not just on the days leading up to a race. Even mild dehydration can lead to problems such as muscle cramping, slower muscle response and increased fatigue. All of this can result in as much as a 20-percent drop in performance. We recommend mixing your water with an electrolyte powder, like Ryno Power’s Hydration Fuel, to help you retain the water more efficiently. (8) Mindset. Motocross is a mental sport, more so than most people think. What you choose to focus on plays a critical role in your success, especially what you think about on race day. Don’t worry about negative things that might happen; instead, remember all the hard work you have put in and focus on bringing your best. (9) Warm up. Doing a warm-up before heading to the gate is a great way to get your body temperature up. Your body isn’t as responsive early in the morning as it is later in the day. A short warm-up just before heading out for practice and the motos will stimulate your brain, kick up your cortisol and loosen tight muscles. (10) Stretching. Stretching is something even the most sedentary human can benefit from. Everyone should make it a regular part of their lifestyle. Stretching not only helps with injury prevention, it improves recovery during and after racing. It increases blood circulation throughout the working muscle groups, not just the ones that body builders focus on. Flexibility is just as important as strength. The post TEN THINGS TO FOCUS ON BEFORE GOING TO THE STARTING LINE appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
2018 UNADILLA MOTOCROSS | COMPLETE COVERAGE After a weekend break in the racing schedule, the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returned to Unadilla Motocross for the tenth round of the series. As many expected early on in the week, rain clouds began to reveal themselves in the early morning hours on Saturday and promptly The post A Closer Look At The 2018 Unadilla Mudfest appeared first on Transworld Motocross.