Photos by Browndog Wilson.The Thunder Valley track. For the third stop on the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross tour was the mile high track of Thunder Valley in Colorado. The riders and teams get a week off after Colorado to start migrating East for round four at High Point in Pennsylvania. The 250 and 450 classes were stacked full of new and old riders trying to make their move closer to the top step of the podium coming into the weekend off. With the Thunder Valley track’s elevation being higher than most at 6100 feet above sea level, it made it challenging for some of the riders. It showed which riders came prepared and which didn’t. Here’s how the day panned out. 250 qualifying belonged to Joey Savatgy. Eli Tomac punched in the fastest 450 time in qualifying. Fans gathered from near and far to witness round 3. It was a hot one. The Lucas Oil Girls Nicole Cesa (left) and Carrie Bowling (right) were happy to be back at the races. Unfortunately, the Rockstar Husqvarna 250 rig was the only Husky rig in attendance due to Dean Wilson and Jason Anderson’s injuries. Word on the street is there not searching for a fill-in rider. Goggle check for Ken Roczen. The Thunder Valley National trophies. Track conditions were all-time on Saturday. To kick off the racing, we were able to see the second round of the 125cc All-Stars in Colorado. Wil Hahn put together a dominating performance aboard his factory Star Racing Yamaha YZ125. While the 250 guys were getting all lined up, this is what was going down in the Autotrader Suzuki pits. Alright, now lets get down to the moto’s. First up, the 250 guys. Zach Osborne crossed the line in 5th. He crashed during practiced an re-injured his thumb. It was a tough start to the day. Jordon Smith came through with a 4th. Jordon’s teammate Alex Martin was far ahead in 3rd. Alex’s younger brother Jeremy Martin ran and finished in 2nd. But this was the real story of the first 250 moto. Justin Cooper pulled the holeshot and managed to lead for the first 15 minutes until he was passed by Pro Circuit’s Joey Savatgy. No less than three laps later, Joey came to a dramatic stop due to a blown engine. Savatgy finished 34th, and Justin Cooper rode to his first ever 250 moto win. 250 MOTO 1 RACE RESULTS (TOP 22) Justin Cooper (Yam) Jeremy Martin (Hon) Alex Martin (KTM) Jordan Smith (KTM) Zach Osborne (Hus) Aaron Plessinger (Yam) Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw) Austin Forkner (Kaw) Shane McElrath (KTM) Chase Sexton (Hon) Sean Cantrell (KTM) Enzo Lopes (Suz) RJ Hampshire (Hon) Martin Castelo (Yam) Justin Hill (Suz) Michael Mosiman (Hus) Jordan Bailey (Hus) Brandon Hartranft (Yam) Ramyller Alves (Yam) Gage Schehr (KTM) Challenge Tennant (Yam) Gustavo De Souza (Hon) Next up, the 450’s. This class got off to a rough start. Justin Barcia jumped to the early lead followed by Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen. Suddenly, the red flag was waved due to a massive wreck from Kyle Chisholm. Once Kyle was cleared off the track, they started again. This time Justin Barcia had to do some work after going down in the forth corner. He ended up 5th. Marvin Musquin ended up in 4th in the first 450 moto. Blake Baggett gave it everything he had. He pressured second, but in the end third is what he had to settle for. Everyone was impressed by Ken Roczen. He made it hard on Eli Tomac while he had the lead at the beginning of the moto and held off Baggett. He finished 2nd. But Eli Tomac rode to a dominant 1st place. 450 MOTO 1 RACE RESULTS (TOP 22) Eli Tomac (Kaw) Ken Roczen (Hon) Blake Baggett (KTM) Marvin Musquin (KTM) Justin Barcia (Yam) Benny Bloss (KTM) Weston Peick (Suz) Phillip Nicoletti (Suz) Dylan Merriam (Yam) Lorenzo Laccurcio (Hon) Jake Masterpool (Yam) Alex Ray (Yam) Cade Autenrieth (KTM Brandan Leith (Kaw) Brandon Scharer (Yam) Cody Cooper (Hon) Ben Lamay (Hon) Derek Anderson (Kaw) Henry Miller (Suz) Dare DeMartile (Hon) Felix Lopez (KTM) Toshiki Tomita (Hon) It’s time to cover the second motos which determine the overalls. The second 250 moto started off rough for title contenders Joey Savatgy and Zach Osborne. They were caught up in a massive first turn pile up, and were forced to start from the very back. Zach Osborne finished 20th in the moto but scored an 11th overall, and Joey Savatgy went 12th for a 17th overall due to his first moto DNF. Jordon Smith pulled through with a 5th overall on the day with a 4-5 score. Austin Forkner had a rough start to the day with a 7th in moto one. But in moto two he turned it up for a third, and scored a 4th overall. Justin Cooper also had some trouble in the second moto. He crossed the line in 8th, but with his 1st place finish in the first moto he landed on the podium for 3rd overall. Alex Martin really dropped the hammer in Thunder Valley. He jumped to the early lead in moto two and managed to hold off brother Jeremy Martin. Eventually, J-Mart got around his brother and left Alex in 2nd. With a score of 3-2, Alex grabbed a 2nd overall. But in the end, it was Jeremy Martin who stood on top. His 2-1 score landed him the overall win. 250 OVERALL RACE RESULTS (TOP 22) Jeremy Martin (Hon) Alex Martin (KTM) Justin Cooper (Yam) Austin Forkner (Kaw) Jordan Smith (KTM) Aaron Plessinger (Yam) Chase Sexton (Hon) Shane McElrath (KTM) Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw) RJ Hampshire (Hon) Zach Osborne (Hus) Michael Mosiman (Hus) Enzo Lopes (Suz) Justin Hill (SUZ) Sean Cantrell (KTM) Martin Castelo (Yam) Joey Savatgy (Kaw) Jordan Bailey (Hus) Challenge Tennant (Yam) Brandon Hartranft (Yam) Gustavo De Souza (Hon) Gage Schehr (KTM) The final moto of the day–the 450s second moto. It was a great day for Benny Bloss. He ended up with a 6-5 score and a 5th overall. Marvin Musquin ran up front in the early parts of the motos, but ended up with a 4-4 score and a 4th overall on the day. It was a very successful day for Blake Baggett. He went 3-3 for a 3rd overall, and a spot on the podium. The phrase “a step in the right direction” best describes Ken Roczen’s performance in Colorado. He went 2-2 for a 2nd overall. But, he really held off Tomac for the lead in both motos. So far, Eli Tomac has a perfect season going for him. Go he make it to 24 straight moto wins? This is domination at its finest. He won the overall by sweeping both motos in his home state. 450 OVERALL RACE RESULTS (TOP 22) Eli Tomac (Kaw) Ken Roczen (Hon) Blake Baggett (KTM) Marvin Musquin (KTM) Benny Bloss (KTM) Justin Barcia (Yam) Weston Peick (Suz) Phillip Nicoletti (Suz) Dylan Merriam (Yam) Brandon Scharer (Yam) Jake Masterpool (Yam) Lorenzo Laccurcio (Hon) Cade Autenrieth (KTM Alex Ray (Yam) Cody Cooper (Hon) Brandan Leith (Kaw) Henry Miller (Suz) Toshiki Tomita (Hon) Ben Lamay (Hon) Felix Lopez (KTM) Derek Anderson (Kaw) Chase Marquier (Hus) We’ve got a weekend off, but we will return to racing on June 16th in High Point, Pennsylvania. 2018 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE The post 2018 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL | THE AFTERMATH appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
2018 OUTDOOR NATIONAL INJURIES | FULL COVERAGE 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha rider Kyle Chisholm has been cleared by medics after crashing in Lakewood, Colorado during round 3 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Kyle crashed in the fast uphill rhythm section during moto 1, resulting in 39 – DNS finishes. The race was red flagged and restarted do to Chisholm’s crash. Kyle Chisholm commented of the crash: “I’m doing a lot better now, just a little banged up and bruised. I was feeling really good all day, qualified well earlier this morning and was running inside the Top 10 until the crash. I got a good start and was clicking off laps but unfortunately hit a nasty kicker in the uphill rhythm section. Things got a little out of control but I feel better now and am hoping to put this behind me and be ready for High Point in two weeks.” 2018 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE Despite the hard crash, Chisholm feels he’ll be ready for the next round. There is a weekend off before High Point and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Chiz has been Mr. Consistent this year finishing every 250 West SX, select 450 SX rounds he raced and was Top 10 in the points of the 450 Nationals until this weekend. Look for a solid rebound from the likable #11. The post KYLE CHISHOLM CRASH VIDEO & STATUS | 2018 THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY MATT BERNARD Grant Reynolds is better known as Fifty Six Clix around the motocross industry, he takes a mean photo and has been published in Dirt Action many times. He is an avid staffy lover, has a bad arse vintage car and most importantly, a pair of Kawasaki two-strokes take pride of place in his collection. I was desperate for a ride on his KX125 and Grant didnt take much convincing to let it happen. “I purchased the KX125 for $1100 and it already had a black frame and swing. But it had more hits than Elvis and was a bit of a basket case. I took it to Glenn Macdonald at Garage 36 and we stripped it down and got the frame and swing arm acid dipped. Once that was complete I got the frame powder coated black and polished up the swing arm with abrasive sanding pads.” Sitting on the stand, it looks very, very trick. Although it’s ridden and spent plenty of time at race tracks, it’s an excellent example of a Kawasaki KX125. “Engine-wise, it’s got a Pro Circuit works pipe and Pro Circuit R304 muffler with PC clutch and ignition covers and we added a Vortex ignition. The Engine was pulled apart and the cases split to make sure it was in tip-top condition. I replaced every chassis and engine bolt as well as every bearing. I couldn’t help but get the forks Kashima coated for that factory finish, the linkages were soda blasted back to brand new. I fitted a 2013 model front fender as well as black plastics and the graphics were done by Moto Kit.” I jumped onto Grant’s 125 as soon as I could. Firing it into life presented a crisp and alive engine. I ripped out onto Appins track for a few laps. It only took about three turns to be having fun on this KX125. You do sit a little more “in” the bike which is a reminder of the bikes 10-year age, but the engine and handling was brilliant. The suspension was set for a similar weight to me, so I was confident to have some fun on the screaming 125. More people should ride bikes like this, the KX125 is a brilliant bike and a bucket load of fun. There is still plenty around on the market for a decent price. It’s so light and nimble and a solid reminder of my loss of finesse when it comes to precise gear shifts and clutch and control. It was almost a training session in everything I had forgotten about riding. If you can’t afford the latest 250F, jump on a 125, you might struggle to pull a holeshot, but you will most certainly have the biggest smile in the pits. The post BIKE TEST | 2004 KAWASAKI KX125 appeared first on Dirt Action.
For 2019, the Honda CRF450 receives a laundry list of changes. 2019 HONDA CRF450 For 2019, the CRF450 receives a host of updates for, making it lighter and more powerful. Rider comfort has been increased through the addition of adjustable mounting positions for the new Renthal Fatbar handlebar. It also comes with all-new black rims. The 2018 CRF450 was the victor at the 2018 Daytona Supercross at the hands of Team MotoConcept Honda’s Justin Brayton. 2019 UPDATES The 2019 CRF450’s engine offers many updates. • Updated cylinder-head design, with changes near the exhaust ports, achieves improved exhaust efficiency and contributes to increased power across the rev range • Revised clutch lifter and pressure plate allow optimum oil supply to clutch plates and friction discs, resulting in enhanced durability • New scavenge-pump design features two 12mm pumps, up from a single 16mm pump, for increased lubrication and reduced friction in the engine, improving peak performance and enhancing over-rev characteristics • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes and a refined pattern to improve cooling efficiency and reduce knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery • Shift sensor adopted to establish an ignition map for each gear, enabling optimum running Updated Standard, Smooth and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions. • Utilizing the space gained by eliminating the kick starter, a new exhaust features a larger pipe diameter and optimized design at the branching location for increased power. Previously 31.8mm, the right and left pipes are now 35mm and 43mm, respectively. In addition, total tube length (from exhaust port to muffler end) is up 98mm on the right and 187mm on the left. • Updated Standard, Smooth, and Aggressive riding modes enable easy tuning depending on rider skill or conditions • Optimized frame for improved traction and cornering feel, as well as reduced weight The swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have less rigidity for 2019. • Swingarm is redesigned to be lighter and have appropriate rigidity, endowing the 2019 CRF450 with great handling and traction • Fork uses revised settings and low-friction oil for improved performance and handling • Revised shock linkage works with all-new swingarm to provide optimum performance over bumps The shock linkage is updated. • Mimicking the race team’s setup, a new, lighter front brake caliper uses a pair of 30mm and 27mm pistons, versus identical 27mm pistons, for added braking performance • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking • New black Renthal Fatbar handlebar is positioned 15mm lower than in 2018 for a more active riding position, while also contributing to light steering feel The top triple clamps offers different handlebars mounting positions. • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions • Redesigned fork protectors have improved coverage • New front number plate design accommodates handlebar in any of the four available positions COMPLETE INFO ON THE 2019 HONDA CRF450 WORKS EDITION 2018 HONDA CRF450 MXA FULL TEST 2018 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT 2019 HONDA CRF250 The 2019 Honda CRF250 receives much needed engine updates. Newly introduced in 2018, the CRF250 was down on low-to-mid power compared to the competition. For 2019, Honda focused on acceleration performance. The updates to the CRF250 were factory-inspired for the engine, brakes and electronics. 2019 UPDATES • New cam profile based on feedback from the Team HRC factory MX2 race team provides strong off-corner acceleration • New intake- and exhaust-port geometry improves low rpm engine power while also maintaining the CRF250’s top-end performance • New 44mm throttle body improves low-rpm intake airflow compared to previous 46mm version, for improved corner-exit performance The Honda CRF line now comes with Renthal Fatbars as well as two handlebar-holder locations. • All-new piston oil jet uses five nozzle holes instead of four, for improved piston-cooling efficiency and reduced knocking, enabling a precise ignition-timing setting for optimum power delivery • Right-side exhaust pipe shortened 50mm for excellent high-rpm power • All-new AC generator reduces weight and friction losses • Renthal Fatbar reduces weight of the steering system, and flexes for optimal comfort • Top triple clamp features two handlebar-holder locations for moving the handlebar rearward and forward by 26mm, ensuring rider comfort. When holder is turned 180 degrees, the handlebar can be moved an additional 10mm from the base position, resulting in four total unique riding positions • New engine guard allows increased airflow, improving engine-cooling performance Right-side exhaust pipe has been shortened 50mm. • Redesigned fork protectors offer improved coverage • Rim color has been changed from silver to black • New, lighter front-brake caliper now uses pistons of different diameters (30mm and 27mm) for strong braking performance • Updated front brake hose has reduced expansion for more precise braking • Newly shaped footpegs are 20% lighter and shed mud more easily, giving the rider great feel and confidence in all riding conditions 2018 HONDA CRF250 FULL TEST 2018 250 SHOOTOUT 2019 HONDA CRF150 The 2019 Honda CRF150 have no changes other than graphics. Raced by Amsoil Honda hotshot Hunter Yoder on the amateur National circuit, Honda’s smallest motocross machine is powered by a Unicam four-stroke engine that offers a spread of ample, useable power and torque across the rev range. Suspension duties are handled by Showa, with a 37mm inverted fork and Pro-Link rear link system. In addition to the standard version, Honda offers the CRF150, which features larger wheels, a taller seat, a longer swingarm, and more rear-suspension travel. Engine/Drivetrain High-performance Unicam cylinder-head design Compact, lightweight engine assembly weighs only 43.6 pounds Twin-sump lubrication system separates the oil supply for the crankshaft, piston and valve train from the clutch and transmission. This ensures a supply of cool oil to the clutch, eliminates potential clutch and transmission material contamination of the engine oil, reduces the amount of circulating oil, and permits the use of a smaller oil pump Cylinder head, piston, camshaft, and carburetor provide power, torque, and rideability throughout the powerband Lightweight, compact, internal auto decompression and handlebar-mounted hot-start system provide easy starting, hot or cold 32mm Keihin FCR carburetor with an accelerator-pump circuit provides accurate fuel metering, resulting in crisp throttle response and good rideability throughout the powerband Suspension settings provide good action through even the toughest of track conditions Exhaust system uses a lightweight stainless-steel header and re-packable aluminum muffler Durable close-ratio five-speed transmission Chassis/Suspension Front and rear suspension settings unique to the CRF150 deliver ideal bump-absorption characteristics Lightweight, high-tensile steel frame with large-diameter frame tubing and cross-member provides excellent turning performance and straight-line tracking 37mm leading-axle inverted Showa cartridge fork features friction-reducing design to improve compression and rebound control Pro-Link rear suspension Strong, lightweight wheels are durable and minimize unsprung weight Lightweight front and rear disc brakes with high-performance pads offer powerful, precise braking Stout 15mm front and 17mm rear axles incorporate a surface-treatment for added strength and durability Large-capacity airbox and reusable two-stage foam air filter Lightweight plastic body components (radiator shroud, side covers, rear fender, seat base, fuel tank, front fender, and front number plate) offer a slim, aggressive style High-quality Dunlop tires HRC works-type rear-brake system integrates the rear master cylinder and fluid reservoir, eliminating the separate rear master-cylinder reservoir and hose The post FIRST LOOK! 2019 HONDA CRF450, CRF250 & CRF150 appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.