Mike Alessi – Knee Comment: Alessi tweaked his knee in the main event at A2. He had a minor procedure on his knee last week, but was riding less than a week later and raced last weekend. He is expected to race this weekend as well.
Justin Barcia – Hip and Leg
Comment: The AutoTrader.com/Toyota/JGR Yamaha man crashed at the test track on Thursday, and there were real fears he’d broken something big and would be done for the season. We now hear nothing is broken, but Barcia is really beat up and sore, and might not be able to race this weekend. We’d rather not speculate until we know for sure, so check our Breaking News section for the latest throughout the weekend.
Justin Brayton – AC Separation and Fractured Vertebrae Comment: Brayton sustained a grade-three AC separation and three fractures to his T-5, 6, and 7 vertebrae in his back when he crashed in his semi at A2. Currently there is no timetable on his return, although Brayton hopes to be back at some point this season.
Cade Clason – Shoulder/Knee
Comment: Clason dislocated his shoulder and jammed his knee in the crash in Oakland. When he went to the doctor, they found that he had a previously torn labrum. He is currently rehabbing at Club MX and hopes to return by Dallas.
Wil Hahn – Arm and Back Comment: Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Wil Hahn will miss the duration of Monster Energy Supercross following a crash at Anaheim 1. Hahn sustained a number of broken bones, including his arm, ribs, and two vertebrae. He underwent a successful surgery on his arm and has returned home to begin his recovery. Hahn hopes to return for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Jake Moss – Leg Comment: Moss over-jumped while practicing and cracked a bone in his leg. He is not expected to race Monster Energy Supercross in 2015.
Matt Moss – Shoulder
Comment: Matt Moss separated his shoulder training and will miss six weeks, effectively ending his Monster Energy Supercross season, as he will return home to contest the Australian Motocross Championship.
Weston Peick – Foot Comment: Peick suffered a broken bone in his foot when he cased a triple in in Phoenix. Peick had a screw installed to stabilize the broken bone and attempted to ride practice at A2 but re-injured his foot. Currently there is no timetable for his return. Phil Nicoletti will fill in for Peick until that time comes.
Broc Tickle – Back Comment: After sitting out Anaheim 3 with a back injury sustained in Oakland, Tickle will be racing this weekend.
Dean Wilson – Torn ACL/MCL Comment: Wilson underwent successful surgery earlier this week after tearing his ACL and MCL at the KTM test track last week. “My doctor said the surgery went well and I’m looking at a regular rehabilitation process for my knee,” said Wilson in a team statement. There is currently no timetable on his return.
Scott Champion – Fractured Scaphoid Comment: Champion had a practice crash that resulted in a broken scaphoid. We are still waiting on word if surgery is needed or not. Either way, he plans on being back for the last three 250SX West rounds.
Adam Cianciarulo – Injured Shoulder Comment: Adam Cianciarulo will miss the entire 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season after sustaining a shoulder injury in Geneva, Switzerland. He is expected to return for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Darryn Durham – Wrist Comment: Durham crashed at A1 and bent a screw in his wrist. He underwent surgery this week and plans to be back on the bike in roughly four weeks. He’ll line up again in Houston.
Michael Leib – Leg
Comment: Leib underwent surgery last week to repair his right tib/fib, his right foot, right big toe, and left pinky toe after a crash in practice in Oakland. “Out of surgery from early this morning. Looks like the operation went well. Time to heal up now,” said Leib. He is expected to miss the remainder of Monster Energy Supercross.
Jake Oswald – Collarbone Comment: Oswald crashed at the season opener in Anaheim and sustained a broken collarbone. He had surgery recently to have a plate and ten screws inserted, and hopes to return in Houston.
Landon Powell – Ribs Comment: Powell will miss San Diego after crashing hard while practicing during the week prior to Anaheim 3. He issued the following statement on Instagram: “After getting a second opinion and follow up X-rays yesterday, I found out that I have 4 broken ribs on my left abdominal. Unfortunately this means I will be off the bike for a while and will not be able to make my return until Houston.”
Jesse Wentland – Shoulder
Comment: Wentland is expected to miss the entire 250SX East Region after recently having “plate, twelve screws, and a bone graph.” He is expected to be off the bike a month or two and will return for outdoors.
In any profession, experience can teach you a lot. And to become a factory level mechanic, you must work your way up, prove your knowledge, and earn your keep. Most wrenches for top riders have been at it for years, and most of them have their own secrets for maintaining their bikes. Whether it’s a certain technique for building a bike or a specific way of checking everything over between practice sessions, no two mechanics do everything the same. With this in mind, we cruised the Supercross pits to quiz mechanics about their favorite tool. Most of the answers we received weren’t what we were expecting, but all of them will give you a glimpse into how meticulous professional mechanics actually are.
OLIVER “OLLY” STONE | PLUG CAP PLIERS
“It just makes it easier to remove the plug cap from the engine. These days plug caps are so short and stubby, and this tool has some grip on the end, is simple, and makes it quick and easy to pull the plug cap straight out of the engine. If you’re doing a motor swap, and the bike just came off the track, a pair of pliers like this makes it a lot easier.”
JADE DUNGEY | INTERCOM TIRE GUAGE
“My favorite tool is an Intercomp tire pressure gauge that goes from zero to 99 PSI in increments of 0.1. I can really fine-tune the air pressure with this gauge. Usually I like to run about 11.8 PSI.”
NATHAN ALEXANDER | SHALLOW SOCKETS
“I like the shallow stuff, because it doesn’t rock when you’re turning the nut or bolt, and it fits perfectly. With no slop, it’s less likely to round off the bolts and the socket just sticks right on the bolt.”
RENE ZAPATA | CUSTOM STEERING STEM WRENCH
“It’s a steering wrench with one side that adjusts the spanner nut and the other adjusts the steering stem nut. It also has the connection for a torque wrench on each side, so you can properly torque the nuts. Being able to torque it is important, because you don’t have to crank down on it, and you know it’s always set at the proper torque spec.”
BRANDON ANDERSON | SNAP-ON TECHANGLE DIGITAL TORQUE WRENCH
“The Snap-on TechAngle is pretty awesome. It gives you all the values you need, but I always use Neuton Meters. The cool thing about it is that when you build a bike, you can pre-set all your torques on it. You just push a button and you don’t have to worry about going from 20 Newton Meters to 100—or something like that.”
CHRIS LAREDO | CUSTOM SPROCKET NUT WRENCH
“It’s an extra long 12mm Snap-on box-end wrench that I’ve ground down about 3mm or so. I use it for sprocket nuts, so I don’t round off the nut itself by using a regular wrench. That way, I can get proper torque on the nut and make sure the sprocket bolts don’t come loose. It’s convenient to have a skinny wrench like this, because on a lot of wheels, it seems that about every other sprocket nut comes in close contact with a spoke. It’s really difficult to get a regular wrench in there, so I ground this one down—MacGyvered it a little bit—to make it work.”
DANIEL CASTLOO | STANDARD TORQUE WRENCH
“A torque wrench is my favorite tool. For me, it’s a versatile tool and can be used on different areas of the motorcycle; you can do plastic bolts with it, or motor mounts, or just about anything. I feel like a torque wrench is the tool that can get the job done. If you don’t have your torque wrench at the track, you’re kind of screwed. Some people try to claim that they have a torque wrench in their elbow, but let’s be real… they just grab their torque wrench (laughs).”
DEREK DWYER | FLUSH CUT PLIERS
“I like the flush cut pliers, because any mechanic would know that when you’re digging through your bike and a Zip Tie scratches you, it sucks. That’s why I like them—they can cut Zip Ties nice and flush and it makes the bike look good.”
KELLY LUMGAIR | SPOKE TORQUE WRENCH
“The spoke torque wrench is my favorite, because it’s good to get the wheels at the correct torque. When you’re building a new set of wheels, you’re able to build them to the same spec and torque; it definitely speeds up the whole process. You want every wheel to be the same. Different tension on the spokes could lead to a different feel for the rider. It’s pretty important to keep everything consistent.”
JORDAN TROXELL | METRIC RULER
“The metric ruler is becoming my favorite tool this year. It’s something new for me, because I’ve started measuring a lot of things for set up—levers, shifter, brake pedal. Stuff like that. I even go as far as measuring how much his rear brake pedal compresses. I’ve been using it a lot to keep his race bike and practice bike identical, so he can’t tell a difference when he goes back and forth.”
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Geoff Aaron signs with Gas Gas Motos North America to race the Geico Endurocross series in 2015.
In addition to racing, Geoff’s company Extreme Riding Entertainment Inc. (ERE) has signed on to manage promotions for the Gas Gas brand on the west coast. ERE will also operate the Endurocross racing team and continue to promote the popular Red Bull Trials shows with Gas Gas machinery.
“I’m excited to help Gas Gas get the exposure it deserves. I’ve won championships with this brand and the bikes are world caliber. The EC300 and TXT300 are both very capable bike”, states Geoff.
Geoff Aaron is a ten-time AMA National Trials champion and currently holds the all-time win record in USA Trials. Geoff is also an Endurocross regular with many top finishes and a two-time event winner. Geoff’s National number is #4.
“We are very pleased to have Geoff on board with Gas Gas Motos North America”, says Mark Berg. “He has experience with the brand and interacts well with fans and the press. We wish him great success in 2015″
Gas Gas Motos is a worldwide leader in Trials and Enduro motorcycles. The brand has achieved numerous national and world titles in both disciplines. Gas Gas recently celebrated its 30th year in business and has just restructured operations in North America.
As we all know by now Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo will be sidelined for the 2015 supercross season. During a qualifying race in Geneva, Adam sustained injuries to his previously damaged shoulder. Details on the extent of the damage is still unknown and was never released to the public. His family/team wants Adam at 100% and they are taking the precautionary steps to get him fully healed without a snowball effect. Adam originally injured the shoulder while challenging for the title midway through his rookie season in the lites east campaign. He opted to sit out the remainder of 2014, and have the shoulder repaired surgically so he could come back stronger to make another title push in 2015. With all of that said, it still leaves us in question about the team void. Will Pro Circuit find a replacement rider for AC, or will they concentrate on the riders they have and wait for Adam’s return to motocross?! We came up with 3 possible replacement riders (in no specific order) that would fit Mitch Payton’s program.
Photo : Monster Energy
Photo : LovrekPhotography
Jacob Hayes made his presence felt last year during the Amsoil Arenacross Championship. He burst onto the scene with great results and rubbed some paint with Tyler Bowers. Jacob is a dedicated hard working rider which shows through his results. He has been out west hitting the SoCal test tracks with his trainer Travis Preston. Rumor has it he is turning heads at the test tracks giving some big named riders fits and running their pace. With his great work ethic, trainer TP and current relationship with Kawasaki I could see this being a great fit.
Photo : Kawasaki/ShiftOnePhotography
Nichols recently partnered with Motosport.com/GPI Honda, contract undetermined. He put in some stellar rides at Loretta Lynns during 2014 and some thought Nichols would get the ride over current PC rider Chris Alldredge. Nichols is set to contest the Monster Energy Sx East series behind Guy Coopers direction aboard a Honda. Given the past Kawasaki relationship he is already familiar with the equipment.
Photo : MotoUSA/Steve Giberson
This rider could be self explanatory for reasons why he could partner back up with Mitch. Did he burn his bridges? Pourcel still proved to us he has the speed to run up front during the Motocross Championship last year. He topped the podium during 75% of his qualifying practices. Currently Christophe has no 2015 US Supercross rides lined up which makes this seem more possible, but you have to weigh in the fact that Pourcel is ineligible to race the lites class and I doubt mitch would build a 450 for him. Familiarity of the team and brand could help his chance, he seems to be happy with the BUD/Kawasaki team in Europe for now.
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AC Photo : MonsterEnergy
CHINO, CA (December 16, 2014) – Yoshimura Suzuki Racing is reporting that James Stewart has received notification from the FIM with a penalty regarding his anti-doping violation. The news came eight months to the day from the test at this years’ Seattle Supercross event where he tested positive for amphetamines from his prescribed Adderall. The ruling lays out a punishment that severely affects the entire 2015 season for James and the Yoshimura Suzuki team.
Suzuki Motor of America and Yoshimura Racing will continue their unwavering support for Stewart during this difficult period and like all the fans hope to see him line up at the gate as soon as his ineligibility is lifted.
“I’m extremely disappointed to say the least,” said Stewart. “We plan to appeal as I personally feel that the punishment far outweighs the situation; especially since I received both WADA and USADA approvals that prove I’m not cheating. I’m bummed for everyone involved: my family, my team, my sponsors, the promoters and most of all the fans. Unfortunately, I’ve had to be very quiet in regards to this situation but I’ll be telling the full story in the next couple weeks so everyone can understand what we’ve been going through. Thank you all for your continued support.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s James Stewart has announced plans to be at the season-opening round of the 2015 AMA Supercross Championships on Saturday, January 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim to support his team, teammate, sponsors and fans.
It’s here! More than 120 pages (okay, 124 actually) of motorcycle stuff for you to check out in this week’s issue of Cycle News. Our cover story this week is our annual 450cc Motocross Shootout, this year involving the 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450, Kawasaki KX450F, KTM 450 SX-F, Honda CRF450R, Yamaha YZ450F and new this year—the Husqvarna FC 450. See which one of the six impressed us the most. We also have full-spread photos of the just announced KTM 450 and 250 SX-F Factory Editions—and they are worth a look! We also have a chat with some of the big guns of MotoGP, where we examine some of the upcoming rule changes. Of course, there is plenty more between pages 1 and 124, and it’s all just a click away. And did we mention it’s all free? FREE
I know these videos have been seen before, but I am sure everyone just like me could watch these videos a million times. Roger De Coster brought a lot of people to the sport in the 1970s. He was mister cool, and often unbeatable.
De Coster’s name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross, winning five 500cc Motocross World Championships during the 1970s and tallying a record 36 500cc Grand Prix victories. His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”
De Coster began his professional motocross career with the Czechoslovakian firm ČZ racing in the 500cc class. He was also competent in other forms of off-road motorcycling, winning a Gold Medal in the 1964 International Six Days Trial, and won the 1964 Belgian Observed Trials National Championship. He won the 500cc Belgian National Championship in 1966 and moved up to the Grand Prix World Championship in 1967. He won his first 500cc Grand Prix in 1968.
In 1971, De Coster left ČZ to join the Japanese firm Suzuki. It was with Suzuki that he would attain his greatest success, winning the 500cc Motocross World Championship three years in a row in 1971, 1972 and 1973 before Heikki Mikkola dethroned him in 1974. De Coster came back and regained the World Championship for the 1975 and 1976 seasons. By the mid-seventies, he had established himself as the greatest motocrosser of all time. In 1980, He joined Honda for one final season. He left the sport on top, winning his final world championship race — the 500cc Motocross Grand Prix of Luxembourg at the end of the 1980 season. He was also a four-time winner of the Trans-AMA motocross series, a nine-time Belgian national champion, and was a member of six winning Belgian teams in the Motocross des Nations.
De Coster was known for his smooth, controlled riding style and a commitment to physical training. His training regime gave him the stamina that allowed him to circulate for most of the race in mid-pack before putting in a late charge through the field to victory when other racers had begun to tire.
After his racing career, De Coster moved to the U.S. and remained involved in the sport, becoming the motocross team manager for Honda and Suzuki. Starting in 2011, he will be the team manager for the Red Bull KTM team. He has also managed Team USA in the Motocross of Nations.
Now that we are deep into the cold winter months, most team deals for the new season have been announced. So, now seemed like a great time to update our comprehensive list of who will ride for which team in 2015. We’ll be updating this list regularly in the coming weeks, so remember to check it!
Red Bull KTM
Ken de Dycker
Wilvo Forkrent KTM
Note: Adam Sterry will be gunning for the EMX2 title, but will also compete in three MX2 GPs throughout the year.
Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM
Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna
Note: Nathan Watson is currently on a deal that will see him contest European GPs only, although in an exclusive MX Vice interview he claimed that if things go well, he’ll be on the line in Qatar.
Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna
Ricci Racing Husqvarna
Yamaha Factory Racing
Jeremy van Horebeek
Kemea Reytec Yamaha
Brent van Doninck
BikeIt Yamaha Cosworth
Second Rider: TBA
Note: There has not been much news from the BikeIt Yamaha Cosworth squad, although plenty of rumours continue to float around about which manufacturer they will be on. Max will return for the second year of his deal.
DP19 Racing Yamaha
Standing Construct Yamaha
GL12 Racing Yamaha
Second Rider: TBA
Note: Assomotor Honda is a new squad that will enter the MXGP scene in ’15 with Alessandro Lupino. Mike Alessi has been linked to this team, although there is no news on who will be their second rider yet.
Monster Energy KRT
Monster Energy CLS Kawasaki
Bud Racing Kawasaki
Note: The Bud Racing Kawasaki squad will not be present at every round of the MXGP series. Xavier Boog will be competing in select rounds.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced today their 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross teams. In addition to previously announced teams, Toyota/JGR Yamaha and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha, are six additional “blU cRU” teams: CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha, Strikt/Slaton Yamaha, Barn Pros/Home Depot Yamaha, 51Fifty Energy Drink Yamaha, Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha and Thermo-Tech Yamaha.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Motocross seasons,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Especially with the number of teams and riders that want to compete on Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F motorcycles in 2015. This shows the impact that these bikes have made on the sport, as well as the confidence that the teams and riders have in them as winning machines.”
Below is the official release from Yamaha and members of each team.
There is always something special about a company that continue to produce really cool stuff for motocross riders. 100% know their stuff and their new 2015 gloves are pretty trick. Check out some information on their product and also the 2015 catalogue.