Racer X Illustrated July 2018

Racer X Illustrated provides the most comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the world’s best motocross and supercross racers. Our industry-leading journalists lend perspective and insight you won't find anywhere else, and that's all backed up by the sport's best photographers.

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BLAKE WHARTON Racer-turned-journalist-turned-racer again Blake Wharton has been traveling the world over the last three years after his departure from professional supercross and motocross. For this issue, he jetted out to Africa to train some locals in Uganda and get a lay of the motocross scene. After he got back, he made a comeback to professional racing with the IB Corp Yamaha team, competing in the 250SX West Region Supercross Championship. AJ CATANZARO You might know Portland, Connecticut’s AJ Catanzaro as a professional supercross racer—and you’re right—but he’s also been contributing to Racer X Online this year, giving his take on the races from a rider’s perspective. Along with writing for us, you can also find AJ grooming the up-and-comers of the sport through his riding school, AJ Catanzaro Moto-X Academy. You can…

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gajser’s army

If you’re looking for the most devoted, well-traveled motocross fans in the world, look no further than Tim Gajser’s Slovenian army of followers. Gajser (pronounced “GUY-sher”) is the best racer ever to emerge from the Eastern European nation, which until the early nineties was behind the Iron Curtain. He has a loyal legion of fans who attend every round they can drive to—including the Trentino MXGP in neighboring Italy, where he led early. Tim did not win the race, but he posted this photo on his social media and wrote “Thank you for great support you guys are the best fans on the world…

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champagne on ice

Actually, it was champagne after ice for Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki rider Kyle Peters. After crashing his motorcycle in the snow that covered the parking lot outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Peters discovered he had torn both his ACL and MCL. Knowing surgery was inevitable and the damage was already done, he decided to at least give it a try the following week at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. After making the 250SX main from the LCQ, Peters ended up having the ride of his life, finishing third for his first podium—and first champagne celebration—in over five years.…

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the struggle was real

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac slithers across the finish line to take the checkered flag at a muddy, weather-shortened Seattle Supercross where Mother Nature played a starring role. The win ensured that, for the second year in a row, Tomac would have the most wins in Monster Energy AMA Supercross. But with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson finishing second, it also ensured that someone other than Tomac would claim the title. Tomac rode like a champ in the mud of Seattle; it was scoring a total of two points at Anaheim 1, Houston, and San Diego that did him in.…

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reason for being

A couple of issues ago, I did a feature on Alta Motors and their seemingly rapid evolution of electric motorcycles. These bikes are surely coming to racetracks and riding areas everywhere, as the performance continues to advance, sale prices have come down, and dealerships are proliferating. But not a lot of people have them right now, and with the company based in California, I haven’t had many chances to ride the Alta and get my own read on where exactly the electric bikes might fit in with four-strokes and two-strokes. What I do know and have mentioned here before is that no one wants to make the same mistake that was made in the midnineties, when it was decided that the fourstroke displacements would be set at 450cc in order to…

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