Racer X Illustrated September 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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NICK McCABE Nick McCabe has been contributing to Racer X since 2008, with the bulk of his work filed under our bimonthly online feature Where Are They Now? An informal historian of the sport, McCabe spends more time than he would care to admit devoted to motorcycle sales and marketing. He holds down a full-time job at Ducati North America, has spent many years working with our sister company MX Sports Pro Racing, and has even served on the AMA Board of Directors. For his latest feature, “Paradise Lost,” McCabe collaborated with Davey Coombs to tell the story of the closing of Zaca Station, the scenic and bucolic track located in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. STEVE GIBERSON Steve Giberson has been chasing action photos for 30-plus years, including the last 15 covering MX…

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the duel

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (1) and Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin (25) kept it close (and clean) all day long at the High Point National, as the Frenchman did all he could to wreck defending 450 Class Champion Tomac’s undefeated season. He got part of the job done, tracking Eli down in the first moto and ending his perfect moto-winning streak at six, but Marvin came up short in a thrilling second moto that had the packed house on its feet and roaring, despite pulling side-by-side on two occasions on the last lap. Tomac left Mt. Morris four-for-four in overall wins, while Musquin left more determined than ever to get the better of Eli—something he had not done since their notorious run-in at the Foxborough SX back in April.…

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The last two rounds of the 1975 Trans-AMA Series were a turning point of sorts in global motocross. U.S. Suzuki rider Tony DiStefano swept the races at Livermore (shown here) and Saddleback, both in California, as American riders began to run evenly with what was becoming a diminished group of European frontrunners. Suzuki’s imported heroes Roger DeCoster and Gerrit Wolsink still finished the series first and second in the standings, but the writing was on the wall: the Americans were soon to take over. As a matter of fact, U.S. riders, led by Tony D., took nine of the top ten spots at the Saddleback finale, which DeCoster sat out after a big crash at Livermore. Within a half-dozen years, Team USA would be on top at the Motocross des…

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reason for being

Growing up in a racing family, I was lucky enough to always have a motorcycle around. I was also unlucky enough to be the youngest of three children, so I usually got the hand-me-downs from my brother and sister. My first bike was a Honda QA50; I was its third owner. My favorite minibike was the first bike that was actually my own, the 1978 Yamaha YZ80 you see here. It came from the old Morgantown Yamaha shop, and my dad picked it up for me along with a YZ125 for my brother, who was moving up from minis. Dad told us we were sponsored, but I later figured out that he had painted house interiors all winter and was also selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners door-to-door. He was a proud race…

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pit pass

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high point fans

Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway has hosted a round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship since 1977. Over the years, the event has developed a loyal following, with early-arriving, late-staying, and very loud and enthusiastic fans. This year, with perfect weather and some excellent racing all day long, we couldn’t help but notice how well-behaved they were too. Maybe it’s because after 41 years we’re well into the second generation of High Point race fans? Lots of the wild ones of yesteryear are still coming, only now they’re bringing along their kids!…