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Dirt Rider August 2016

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the company you keep

I used to think I was pretty fast. Not pro-level fast, but I did okay in my class and had some days where everything clicked. For example, one fine practice morning at Glen Helen, 125 Supercross champion Branden Jesseman entered the track ahead of me, and I stayed on his fender for a good half lap. Then I started at Dirt Rider, and the on-display talent of the guys who I rode with spiked up pretty fiercely. Cliff s were treated as hill climbs, and the riders dropped intentionally off things I wouldn’t tackle without a rope and someone below yelling, “Auf belay!” as if I knew what that meant. Theneditor Jimmy Lewis had Dakar class wins under his belt, and future-editor Chris Denison could sail a bike like his helmet…

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tear offs

KTM AND HUSQVARNA ANNOUNCE 2017 MODELS KTM and Husqvarna announced their 2017 models as we were going to print with this issue, and the biggest news out of Austria is the all-new KTM 250 SX twostroke, which features an all-new frame and a new engine that’s said to be faster with less vibration. The engine also sports a new twin-valvecontrolled power valve for smoother power. All of KTM’s “big bike” lineup now gets WP’s new AER fork (air spring), which came on the 2016 Factory Edition KTMs and was OEM in Europe last year. The air fork is claimed to be more than 3 pounds lighter than the older 4CS units. There are five XC models for 2017: a 250, a 300, a 250F, a 350F, and a 450F. For the youngsters,…

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letter of the month

PRIZE Congratulations, Dan, your changes might not reach supercross stadiums, but they won you a cool LS2 Light helmet to keep those outside-the-box ideas safe inside your noggin! TIME FOR CHANGE There seems to be better and better evidence of Supercross following NASCAR and going to a chase format; however, I’m not quite sure it’s a proper fit for Super cross. I would like to get your thoughts on an idea borrowed from SuperEnduro. The fastest qualifier would receive an extra point in the championship. Then there would be two heats of eight- to 10-lap races. The top nine would qualify straight to the main. The LCQ would send the last four. Then there would be three main events, and the gate would be two rows of 11 riders. In the first main,…

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gear bag

GIANT LOOP GAS BAG FUEL SAFE BLADDER: $99 Fuel your off -road passion with, what else, extra fuel. This bag-o-gas gives you one extra gallon. giantloopmoto.com (888) 358-8347 MSR A4 HYDRO PACK: $124.95 With 3 liters of water on your back, you’ll appreciate the “suspension stretch” four-way harness to keep it steady. Smaller pack/bladder systems also available for less-thirsty racers. msracing.com (951) 340-3301 MIKA METALS HYBRID SERIES BAR: $109.99 7/8-inch in the middle, 1-1/8 on the sides, and back to 7/8 for the grips. This bar is designed to give big-bar benefits for bikes with 7/8-inch bar clamps. mikametals.com SQUATCH RACING TUBE GUARD: $69.99 Pinch a baby’s cheeks, pinch some salt, pinch a penny… But don’t pinch a tube. squatchracing.com (916) 740-2596 ($55.99 AND FREE SHIPPING IN US WITH THE SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR DIRT RIDER READERS) ROB MITCHELL FILMS FROM THE OTHER SIDE: $9.99 We don’t have to tell…

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hot shots

TEAM TLD/KTM RIDER MITCHELL OLDENBURG went 11-10 for 10th overall at the Hangtown motocross opener. “I got some decent starts but went backwards the first few laps,” Oldenburg says. “My intensity wasn’t there off the bat. I think I maybe felt it out too much where everyone else was just going for it. It’s an easy fix, really, just keep plugging away and just loosen up a little bit and hang it out there a little more those first few laps... This is the turn that connected onto the start, and that turn kept getting blown out. That thing was almost off the track, so you need to kinda back your back end into it and not stuff the turn or you’d lose your momentum. It makes it pretty tough to…

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the x-factory!

In 2008, with the blessing and support of his mentor, Honda’s Bruce Ogilvie (a multi-time Baja champion himself), Johnny Campbell took his years of racing knowledge and experience, recruited some of the most talented off-road racers in the business, and set about the task of winning championships for American Honda under the newly formed JCR/Honda banner. There aren’t that many true factory-backed off-road race teams in the AMA National Hare & Hound series, so when you get the invite to ride Ricky Brabec’s factory JCR Honda CRF450X, you take that offer immediately. Brabec won the AMA National Hare & Hound title in 2014 and switched to the JCR Honda squad for the 2016 season. He is currently the point leader in the series. We met JCR mechanic Benny Breck out…