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Dirt Rider December 2016 - January 2017

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not traditional

Being Guest Editor of this issue has been a really fun and cool experience, and like everything I’ve done in my career and in my life, I have my team to thank. It doesn’t matter if it was racing Supercross through the 1990s, competing in my monster truck, jumping back into off -road racing, or preparing for any of these things—my team is always the same: Angela, Dalton, and Copeland. Well, maybe just Angela during the 1990s racing since Dalton and Copeland weren’t born until just aft er that. I met Angela early in my Supercross/motocross career. We both grew up in North Carolina, but not long aft er we met I went to stay in Idaho for a while to train with Bob Hannah. Once I saw Idaho I knew…

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endurogp world champion: matt phillips

Australian Matt Phillips became the first-ever EnduroGP World Champion, topping the new-for-2016 category of the World Enduro Championship with a fourth-place finish at the final round of the series in France. After switching from KTM to Sherco during the off-season, Phillips won three rounds and added five other podium finishes en route to the 2016 title. Phillips also won the highly competitive E2 title. In a division dominated by 450 four-strokes, Phillips elected to take a “less is more” approach and ride Sherco’s SEF-R 300 four-stroke in this year’s series. Knowing the promoters of the WEC series were pushing for more technical courses for 2016, Phillips and Sherco CH Racing Team Manager Fabrizio Azzalin felt the advantage of a lighter and more nimble bike would outweigh the advantage the heavier 450s…

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gear bag

1. MONSTER ENERGY Energy Drink, Original Flavor: See your local beverage dealer Of the newer ones I like the Ultra Red, but my favorite flavor is the original. When you have that time of day when you really have a lot to do but you just don’t feel like it, grab a cold, original Monster Energy and it will get your butt off the couch and get you to finish what you need to do. monsterenergy.com (855) 488-1212 2. MECHANIX WEAR Various Glove Styles: $15.99–$54.99 Mechanix Wear has a glove for every application. I have different styles and I wear a pair for almost everything I do, whether I’m cutting wood for the winter or I’m working on a bike or I’m doing longrange precision shooting. Jim Hale [who launched the company] has been a…

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hot shots

NATIONAL ENDURO ACE CORY BUTTRICK missed an arrow in the waterfall section of test five at the Lead Belt National Enduro, and instead of crossing the waterfall section he turned down it and straight into the path of Dirt Rider photographer Shan Moore, who grabbed this shot before getting doused by Buttrick’s SRT KTM. Despite the mistake, Buttrick was able to take fifth place, thanks to good finishes in earlier tests. “I feel like the last two tests really didn’t go that well for me, especially the fifth test,” Buttrick told Dirt Rider. “I must have had my brain turned off because I turned down in the waterfall section instead of following the arrow and going across it, which cost me several seconds getting turned around. But that wasn’t the worst…

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letter of the month

WHY SO FLY? What was your most important attribute or habit that helped you excel as a junior racer? David Mickelberg Sioux Falls, ID I still do it and I remember doing it as a kid: lying in bed either the night before the race or the night after, thinking about something I could do different to be better. Even the night before the race, thinking what was going to make me the best that I could be for that upcoming day because most of the time you’d ridden the track that day and you knew what sections of the track you were great at, which you were good at, where you could make passes. That’s what drove me and made me excited. I loved the competition, but I also just liked to…

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battle of the quarts

The kings of the motocross world are the 450cc machines, but a bike can mask subtle problems or inadequacies with a massive amount of power. The same cannot be said for the 250 class where all the bikes’ differences, strengths, and weaknesses are laid bare for all to see. In 2017, a couple of machines remained exactly the same (Red and Yellow), some got just a few, potent changes (Blue, Orange, and White), and one is a pretty much all-new model (Green). Only two of the machines in the six-bike lineup still have metal coil springs up front, while the other four have air spring forks of varying complexity and, not surprisingly, are liked very differently. We haven’t seen any air shocks in production yet, but as we all know with…