MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHY JEFFREY HERLINGS HAS NO INTENTION OF MOVING TO AMERICA IN 2013

July 16, 2012
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WHY JEFFREY HERLINGS WON’T COME TO AMERICA ANY TIME SOON… EXCEPT ON VACATION


Jeffrey Herlings has two good reasons why he will stay in Europe.               Photo: S. Taglioni

Jeffrey Herlings is the odds-on favorite to win the FIM 250 World Championships in 2012, but what most people don’t know is that whether or not Jeffrey beats Tommy Searle in 2012?he will most certainly win the crown in 2013. So, any plans about the United States will be on hold until at least 2014.

How so? Two reasons:

REASON ONE: Under a weird FIM rule, once a rider turns 23-years-old he has to move out of the FIM 250 class (and move to the 450 class). Guess who will be 23 skiddoo in 2013? If you guessed Tommy Searle, you are correct. But, did you also guess third in 250 points Jeremy van Horebeek or fourth in points Joel Roelants. Three of the top four riders in 250 World Championship points will not be eligible to race the 250 class next year.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that KTM and Jeffrey Herlings will not pass up a “gimme” World Championship so that Herlings can move to America.

REASON TWO: Jeffrey Herlings knows that he was no match for Ken Roczen in 2011 (don’t forget that Ken Roczen is the current FIM 250 World Champion), and if Jeffrey couldn’t beat Roczen and Roczen can’t beat Baggett, Tomac or Barcia?then it makes no sense to come to the USA now.

Add in the fact that KTM doesn’t need him as much in the USA as they do in Europe and you have a compelling case for Herlings staying where he is. Roger DeCoster already has Roczen and Musquin and they are both just getting their feet wet in the the AMA series. It’s true that they are struggling in 2012, but they could develop into powerhouses in 2013.

So, don’t keep the porch light burning for Jeffrey Herlings…cause he isn’t coming, except to visit Disneyland.

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: TODD WATERS MOVES CLOSER TO JOSH COPPINS IN THE 450 CLASS AFTER HORSHAM ROUND

Ford Dale (left), Josh Cachia (center) and Adam Monea (right) share the 250 Podium at the seventh round of the Aussie Nationals. Photo: Simon Makker/Makkreative

HORSHAM RESULTS: 250 Class
1. Josh Cachia…………72
2. Adam Monea……….63
3. Ford Dale……………57
4. Kade Mosig…………54
5. Luke Styke…………..47
6. Brenden Harrison…44
7. Justin McDonald…..37
8. Luke Arbon…………36
9. Scott Columb………34
10. Joel Milesevic……32

British Champion Brad Anderson is currently third in the 450 Aussie Championship behind Josh Coppins and Todd Waters. Photo: Simon Makker/Makkreative

HORSHAM RESULTS: 450 Class
1. Todd Waters………..67
2. Cody Cooper……….67
3. Josh Coppins………63
4. Brad Anderson…….53
5. Lawson Bopping….48
6. Jay Marmont……….47
7. Jake Moss…………..45
8. Daniel McCoy………38
9. Dean Porter…………32
10. Daniel Reardon….31

450  AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 or 10 events)

1. Josh Coppins………415
2. Todd Waters……….407
3. Brad Anderson……380
4. Lawson Copping…375
5. Cody Cooper………336
6. Jake Moss………….255
7. Jay Marmont………254
8. Tye Simmonds……234
9. Daniel Reardon….227
10. Daniel McCoy…..227

250 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 or 10 events)

1. Luke Styke…………..421
2. Ford Dale…………..385
3. Josh Cachia……….368
4. Kade Mosig………..337
5. Adam Monea……..327
6. Cheyne Boyd……..319
7. Kirk Gibbs………….301
8. Justin McDonald…261
9. Scott Columb……..249
10. Lewis Woods……242

MILLVILLE GOES TO RYAN DUNGEY; TOMAC , BARCIA & BAGGETT BANG BARS

Marvin Musquin (38) hasn’t been able to run race pace with Baggett, Barcia, Tomac or Roczen for both motos in 2012. Photo: Hoppenworld

RESULTS: MILLVILLE 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey……….1-1
2. Mike Alessi……….3-2
3. Jake Weimer……….2-3
4. Justin Brayton……….4-4
5. Andrew Short……….5-6
6. Broc Tickle……….12-5
7. Les Smith……….11-9
8. Cole Thompson……….15-7
9. Tyla Rattray……….6-28
10. Christian Craig……….14-14
Other notables: 12. Kyle Chisholm; 14. Josh Grant; 15. Mike Brown; 17. Jimmy Albertson; 19. John Dowd.

RESULTS: MILLVILLE 250 CLASS
1. Eli Tomac 3-1
2. Justin Barcia 2-2
3. Blake Baggett 1-4
4. Ken Roczen 4-3
5. Blake Wharton 6-5
6. Wil Hahn 5-7
7. Marvin Musquin 7-6
8. Justin Bogle 10-8
9. Jason Anderson 8-10
10. Jake Canada 9-13
Other notables: 11. Jessy Nelson; 13. Alex Martin; 14. Malcolm Stewart;19. Gareth Swanepoel; 30. Killy Rusk.

2013 HUSKY TR650 TERRA ADVENTURE BIKE USES BMW POWERPLANT

Husky Terra.

Husqvarna has all-new Dual-Purpose platform for 2013. The TR650 Terra and TR650 Strada are capable of being both urban commuters and weekend trekkers. The asphalt-oriented Strada and its dirt-road counterpart ? the Terra ? will be available in North America as early as Fall 2012. The TR650 Terra and Strada feature a 652cc single-cylinder DOHC motor, based on BMW’s venerable G 650 GS engine. A modified EFI system, redesigned cams, higher compression and revised piston and cylinder head increase the power output of the TR650, allowing it to boast 58 horsepower.

Husky Strada.

The tried and tested BMW G 650 GS liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, dual overhead cam overhead cam, 652cc engine was extensively modified for use in the two new Husqvarna models. These mods include a revised electronic fuel-injection system, altered camshafts and high-compression piston. Among the differences between the Terra and Strada are the wheel type and tire sizes with the Terra sporting spokes while the Strada rolls on smaller-diameter cast aluminum wheels. Another key difference between the two is that the Strada gets BMW’s ABS Anti-lock Brake System.

2013 HUSQVARNA TERRA/STRADA SPECIFICATIONS

SEE IT HERE! HOW KYLE PETERS SETS UP HIS STAR/VALLI YZ250F

DAVE DESPAIN QUITS THE AMA HALL OF FAME OVER THEIR HANDLING OF THE NOBBY CLARK AFFAIR

Dave on ESPN’s Wind Tunnel.

The AMA Hall of Fame put World Championship road race mechanic Nobby Clark into the AMA of Fame in June and, then, one month later they threw him out. Despain and many others have taken issue with the AMA’s hamfisted handling to the affair.

DAVE DESPAIN’S RESIGNATION LETTER

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter and the enclosed medal commemorating my induction comprise my immediate resignation from the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. I expect my name and picture to be removed without delay from all Hall of Fame materials and representations.

I take this action in response to the Hall of Fame’s unconscionable rescinding of the nomination of Nobby Clark, a motorcycling legend more than worthy of Hall of Fame membership. I believe we Hall of Famers have a special stake in the integrity of the institution and its nominating process. I have lost all faith in that process and, more importantly, in the individuals who apparently now control it.

I am deeply suspicious of media speculation that Clark’s “criminal record” is somehow grounds for the withdrawal of his nomination but given the absence of any clear and official explanation from Hall of Fame officials, that apparently is the brush with which Nobby is to be tarred. This raises a couple obvious questions: What changed in the short time between the announcement and the rescinding of Clark’s nomination and why would Clark’s “criminal record” be grounds for a blackball when that clearly was not an issue for a number of previous inductees who also have criminal records.

I suspect the answers to these questions, if they were truly known, would do nothing to restore my faith in the integrity of the institution, but in the end my resignation does not turn on those answers. Instead it is based on a simple and inescapable conclusion: given everything Nobby Clark has accomplished in this sport, if he doesn’t belong in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame then I sure as hell shouldn’t be in there.

Sincerely,
Dave Despain

SEE IT HERE! MIKE BROWN’S BUMMER SUMMER DAY AT RED BUD

TWEET-CITY: DEAN WILSON’S MECHANIC THINKS AHEAD, STEWIE SAYS NO &  BASHER’S TAXI SERVICE

SEE IT HEAR! MUSIC & BAGGETT…NOTHING ELSE

AMA 250/450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS (AFTER 7 OF 12 EVENTS)

Baggett.

250 class:
1. Blake Baggett…………..315
2. Justin Barcia……………297
4. Eli Tomac………………..281
4. Ken Roczen…………….273
5. Marvin Musquin……….218
6. Wil Hahn………………..191
7. Blake Wharton………..156
8. Jason Anderson……..145
9. Jessy Nelson………….128
10. Jake Canada………..125
11. Travis Baker………….121
12. Gareth Swanepoel…106
13. Ivan Tedesco…………99
14. Kyle Cunningham…..96
15. Malcolm Stewart…….74
16. Kyle Peters……………73
17. Alex Martin……………72
18. Martin Davalos………40
19. Justin Bogle………….38
20. Dakota Tedder………36


Dungey. Photo: Hoppenworld

450 class:
1. Ryan Dungey………….336
2. Mike Alessi…………….256
3. Jake Weimer…………..244
4. Andrew Short…………209
5. Broc Tickle…………….187
6. Justin Brayton………..167
7. James Stewart……….151
8. Josh Grant…………….150
9. Brett Metcalfe………..142
10. Kyle Chisholm……..113
11. Michael Byrne……..110
12. Nico Izzi………………95
13. Ryan Sipes………….94
14. Davi Millsaps……….85
15. Cole Thompson……64
16. Jimmy Albertson…..61
17. Matt Lemoine……….61
18. Tommy Hahn……….53
19. Tyla Rattray…………49
20. Les Smith……………49

FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE OF THE MILLVILLE NATIONAL TRACK: YOU’D GO THIS FAST TOO IF ALL YOU WERE RISKING WERE PIXELS


MORE HOLES THAN ABBEY ROAD: TENTATIVE 2013 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

The 2012 season will be remember for its mud. Hopefully, 2013 will have better weather.
Photo: Ray Archer

Date                    Venue                    Country
March 10…….Si Racaha………….Thailand
March 17…….TBA………………….TBA
April 1…………Valkenswaard……Netherlands
April 14……….TBA………………….TBA
May 12……….Guadlajara…………Mexico
May 19……….Beto Carrero………Brazil
June 2………..Ernee………………..France
June 9………..Maggiora……………Italy
June 23……..TBA……………………Germany
June 30……..Uddevalla……………Sweden
July 14………Kegums……………….Latvia
July 21………Semigorje…………….Russia
Aug. 4……….TBA…………………….Czech Republic
Aug. 11………TBA……………………Belgium
Aug. 25……..Matterley Basin…….Great Britain
Sept. 8……….TBA……………………Portugal
Sept. 15…….St. Jean d’ Angely…France

TRAVIS PRESTON MOTOCROSS SCHOOLS:  LET A TALENTED RIDER WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR TEACH YOU THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE


MAX NAGL FIRED BEFORE HE EVEN DOES A GP LAP IN ANGER

Max Nagl. Photo: S. Taglioni

KTM will cut Max Nagl loose at the end of this season even though Nagl hasn’t raced yet in 2012 because of an injury. The German GP rider has been a KTM factory rider for five years, but that is where it ends. Nagl says that KTM told him that they will not be signing him for 2013. Nagl has not raced a GP so far in 2012 because of a back injury and surgery, but raced a German ADAC race the past weekend and may raced the Latvia GP this weekend. His place at KTM was filled by Ken DeDycker, but it is doubtful that DeDycker will be at KTM in 2013 either. Max Nagl said, “I was totally surprised by the news. Nevertheless, I would like to thank KTM for the past five years in the factory team. It was a great time with ups and downs and of course my wonderful success, the vice-championship title 2009.”

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: FEETS WILL CELEBRATE HIS 81ST BY RACING

July 15…Steven Frossard
July 15…Jimmy Mac
July 16…Josh Summey


July 17…Chuck “Feets” Minert
July 17…Carey Hart


July 17…Nico Izzi
July 18…Gene Ritchie


July 19…Damon Bradshaw
July 19…Cole Siebler


July 19…Jonathan Barragan
July 20…Christophe Charlier

FOR THE TWO-STROKE FAITHFUL: A LAP OF RED BUD ON RICKY RENNER’S YAMAHA YZ125


DON’T FORGET! MARTY SMITH MOTOCROSS PARK’S GRAND OPENING IS THIS WEEKEND JULY 14-15

Marty Smith.

San Diego County’s first new public motocross park in many years is opening next weekend, (July 14-15). Marty designed the all-new main track and kid’s track from scratch and will an extreme attention to the safety and fun of all riders. Marty plans to be at the track every weekend to help you have fun and to provide you, your friends, and family members incredible training. All of the details can be found at www.MartySmithMotocrossPark.com.

OUR FAVORITE RUSSIAN IS BACK! “I LIKE THIS TRACK BECAUSE ALL THE PEOPLE SPEAK RUSSIAN AND EVEN THE FOOD IS RUSSIAN”

ASK THE MXPERTS: LOOKING FOR THE BEST YAMAHA WR450 MAP

Stripped and ready for part-time motocross.

Dear MXA,
    I know that MXA has built a full-race 2012 Yamaha WR450F and I am trying to do the same thing. But, I am stymied by the mapping. I got the GYTR Competition ECU, but I don’t know how what map to put in. Can you give me your settings?

Since the new WR450F is an offroad bike, the stock ECU is not allowed to be reprogrammable. Luckily, Yamaha sells a $99 Competition ECU that can be reprogrammed to deliver more fuel and advance (or retard) the ignition. MXA‘s WR450 engine uses the new ECU and FMF exhaust system. To go with this pairing, we ran the second map down on the chart below. We went richer on the fuel throughout the chart and advanced the ignition in every window. Hope this helps.

MXA PRODUCT PROFILE: POLISPORT FOLDING BIKE STAND

“The stand’s portability makes it stand out. It’s high-strength for capacity and weight. You can power-wash the stand while you are washing the bike to keep it looking fresh. The side panels can be customized and removed for access for oil changes. You can even write on them with a dry-erase marker,” Polisport’s Oscar Azevedo. $89.95?www.polisport.com or your local dealer.

2012 MOTOCROSS RACE SCHEDULE: WHAT’S LEFT & WHERE TO BE

AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 14               Millville                     Minnesota
July 21               Washougal              Washington
August 11          Southwick                Massachusetts
August 18          Unadilla                   New York
September 1      Steel City                Pennsylvania
September 8      Lake Elsinore          California

AMA ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
September 15       Citizens Bank Arena               Ontario, CA
October 6              National Western Complex     Denver, CO
October 20            Comcast Arena                       Everett, WA
October 27             Idaho Center                          Boise, ID
November 17         Orleans Arena                        Las Vegas, NV
 
FIM MX1/MX2 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP     
July 15                  Kegums                    Latvia
July 22                  Semigorje                 Russia
August 5               Loket                        Czech Republic
August 19             Matterley Basin        England
September 2         Lierop                      Netherlands
September 9         Faenza                     Italy
September 23       Teutschenthal          Germany        
 
FIM MX3 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP    
August 19              Matterley Basin           England
September  23       Teutschenthal             Germany     
     
CMRC CANADIAN NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 15        Gopher Dunes           Courtland, ON
July 22        Ste-Julie                    Ste-Julie, QU
August 5     Riverglade                  Moncton, NB
August 12   Sand Del Lee              Richmond, ON
August 19   Walton                        Walton, ON    
     
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 15                     Horsham, VIC
July 29                     Appin, NSW
August 19                Moree, NSW
August 26                Coolum, QLD

MAXXIS BRITISH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29                         Hawkstone Park, Shropshire
August 27                    Manor Farm, Petersfield
October 7                    Little Silver, Exeter

RED BULL PRO NATIONALS
July 21-22                  Duns, Scotland
August 4-4                 Whitby, North Yorkshire
August 11-12             Mill, Holland
August 25-26             Hawkstone Park, Shropshire
September 22-23      Culham Park, Oxfordshire

2012 NMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 22-28…………………………..Norman, OK

2012 AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 31- August 4………………..Hurricane Mill, TN

2012 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 30 ……………………Lommel, Belgium

2012 GLEN HELEN 24 HOUR ENDURANCE RACE
October 13-14…………………….Glen Helen, CA

REM OCTOBERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
October 27………………………….Glen Helen, CA

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

2012 PARIS SUPERCROSS
November 9-11…………………..Paris, France
     
2013 AMA SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE
Date                 Venue                              City
January 5……..Angel Stadium……………..Anaheim, CA
January 12…….Chase Field…………………Phoenix, AZ
January 19…….Dodger Stadium…………..Los Angeles, CA
January 26…….Oakland Coliseum……….Oakland, CA
February 2…….Angel Stadium…………….Anaheim, CA
February 9…….Qualcomm Stadium……..San Diego, CA
February 16…..Cowboys Stadium………..Arlington, TX
February 23…..Georgia Dome……………..Atlanta, GA
March 2…………Edward Jones Dome……St. Louis, MO
March 9………..Daytona Speedway……….Daytona, FL
March 16………Lucas Oil Stadium…………Indianapolis, IN
March 23………Rogers Centre……………..Toronto, Can
April 6………….Reliant Stadium……………..Houston, TX
April 13………..Metrodome……………………Minneapolis, MN
April 20………..CenturyLink Field…………..Seattle, WA
April 27………..Rice-Eccles Stadium………Salt Lake City, UT
May 4………….Sam Boyd Stadium…………Las Vegas, NV

2013 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE
Date                 Venue                              Country

March 10……….Si Racaha……………………Thailand
March 17……….TBA…………………………….TBA
April 1……………Valkenswaard………………Netherlands
April 14………….TBA……………………………TBA
May 12………….Guadlajara…………………..Mexico
May 19………….Beto Carrero………………..Brazil
June 2…………..Ernee………………………….France
June 9…………..Maggiora……………………..Italy
June 23………..TBA……………………………..Germany
June 30………..Uddevalla……………………..Sweden
July 14………….Kegums………………………..Latvia
July 21………….Semigorje……………………..Russia
August 4……….TBA……………………………..Czech Republic
August 11………TBA…………………………….Belgium
August 25……..Matterley Basin……………..Great Britain
Sept. 8………….TBA……………………………..Portugal

Sept. 15………..St. Jean d’ Angely………….France

MXA PRODUCT PROFILE: WARP 9 OVERSIZED RADIATORS

“Our radiators are similar to other high-priced radiators, but we’re not raking you over the coals for them. The capacity is typically 25 percent more than stock. They have two or three cooling cores per side and are 20 percent deeper. We are running a 1.5mm aluminum, so they aren’t as easily tweaked as the stock ones. Most competitors’ are 1.0mm thick, and stock is 0.8mm thick,” Warp 9’s Kevin Tanis. $219.00 (pair)?www.warp9racing.com or (801) 699-7979.

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