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Dirt Rider August 2015

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these colors don’t run

Prior to 2015, most motocross fans in the United States didn’t give a hoot about the FIM Motocross World Championship, though that definitely changed as soon as Ryan Villopoto announced his planned assault on the world circuit. As expected, the addition of a top American racer to the MXGP series brought so many benchracers to the line that they practically had to hold qualifiers just to talk about Villopoto’s chances abroad. Once the actual racing got underway, the Monster Energy Kawasaki racer’s mixed results—highlighted by a race win in Thailand and a big crash/broken tailbone in Italy—gave us even more to talk about. But no matter where you’re from, who you’re rooting for, or what you think of the MXGPs, you’ve got to admit it’s pretty darn cool that Villopoto…

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national motocross preview

Outdoor racing, or the Lucas Oil AMA National Motocross Championship, is the pinnacle of dirt bike racing. It’s raw, gritty, and downright brutal, but at the same time it’s poetry in motion. And by the time this issue hits, the outdoor series will be off and running. Ryan Villopoto’s gone to the GPs, and, at least before the Madrid round, he laughed when asked if he would be returning to America to ride the US national series. Monster Energy Kawasaki has told us it wouldn’t be looking to fill Davi Millsaps’ seat, so it appears like it’ll be fielding a one-man team with Wil Hahn. This seems like a strange choice, as we can think of a dozen racers who are deserving of riding alongside Hahn under the green tent. But,…

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• MX101 has announced that James Decotis will be racing the Canadian MX series for the summer of 2015 with Canada’s Motor cycle/FXR/Yamaha. • In order to cater to the 65cc riders, the FIM Europe has added the European Open 65cc Championship to race at the same event with the same structure and facilities of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The class is open to riders from all over the world and is the perfect experience for any young rider willing to develop into one of the world’s best racers. • Former American Motorcyclist Association racer and VETMotorsports founder Peter Cline received the 2015 AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award at the AMA MotoAmerica event at Road Atlanta on Saturday, April 18. The award, named in honor of AMA Motorcycle Hall…

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sipes rides first national enduro

National motocrosser Ryan Sipes rode the first National Enduro of his career at round four of the FMF/Kenda AMA National Enduro Series in Westpoint, Tennessee, and came away with a respectable 12th-place finish. The Rockstar Energy athlete has recently announced a new partnership with AirGroup Radiant Logistics (and AirGroup Racing Husqvarna) as the title sponsor for his team, and the deal included a few national enduros, as well as the GNCC series and two national motocross rounds, including Red Bud. In Tennessee, Sipes got off to a relatively slow start but picked up the pace as he got more familiar with the format. “It was tough. I don’t know how people go through trees that fast,” Sipes said with a laugh. “It’s like me taking one of these guys and putting them…

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cool product of the month

FASST COMPANY IMPACT FOOTPEG Fasst Co. has just come out with these super-cool footpegs, which are made of 7075-T6 aluminum, and the have an elastomer between the cleat and the base of the peg, so the cleat is completely isolated from touching metal to metal. This allows the elastomer to absorb vibration and abuse but does not change the “feel” of the bike at the peg. According to Cole Townsend, President of Fasst Co., “The peg was built to absorb abuse that today’s rigid bikes transmit to the rider. That rigidity is awesome for handling characteristics but adds to the energy transferred to the rider. By absorbing the abuse at another touch point we are able to reduce fatigue and help the rider have a better day on the bike. The…

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gear bag

1. Scott Sports Deuce Grips: $12.99 Squishy on the palm and firm at the fingers, these grips are dedicated to a dual-density designation. scott-sports.com 2. Kali Protectives Shiva Helmet: $500 The Hindu god Shiva is known as the destroyer and benefactor. In helmet form, we hope it is more the latter. kaliprotectives.com (408) 778-2700 3. Stillwell Performance SP Pro Sliders: $49.95 Friction is the enemy. Arm your KTM or Husqvarna with these harder, slicker, and less friction-y sliders. stillwellperformance.com (866) 460-0896 4. BRP Scotts Stabilizer Bar Clamp PHDS Mounts: $149.95 Stabilizers work hard to keep you going where you want. Give them a proper home on your PHDS clamps. brpmoto.com (800) 834-9363 5. Polisport Swingarm Protectors: $50.45 Just because your bike’s swingarm looks tough and stout doesn’t mean it wouldn’t mind a little protection now and again. polisport.com EXTRA It Don’t Mean A Thing… We put protection…