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Dirt Rider February - March 2017

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burnt rubber, mystery lunches, and great trips

I was holding a chunk of tire mousse as Shan and I reached the Fiat in the parking lot of the Circuito de Navarra. As the sun set on our trip I said, “You were right, Shan!” About three hours before that I stood next to Kailub Russell’s bike as Antti Kallonen lit up the rear tire until it exploded into rubber and foam in front of the shipping container that the World and Junior Trophy Teams had used all week as a changing room. About two minutes before that I was slamming my fingers into my ears. About 20 seconds before that I was wondering why Kailub was removing his bike’s muffler—half with a T-handle and half with the heel of his boot. About 30 minutes before that Team USA was holding the…

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2017 supercross insights

Every year we say the same thing: The 450 Supercross class will be the deepest field ever. But for 2017 this statement really holds true. Ken Roczen believes that switching to Team Honda and the allnew 2017 CRF450R will help propel him past preseason favorite and 2016 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey. Dungey is the preseason favorite because he knows how to win races, and when he is not in the position to win on any given night he knows how to not lose too many points. Trey Canard will be on a different-colored machine (for the first time since he turned professional) with the Red Bull KTM squad, and he will be looking to get a consistent full season under his belt. Cooper Webb has to be one of the…

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letter of the month

PRIZE Brian, even though you were bashing up rental bikes on your trip, you won a Galfer Tsunami front rotor, hanger, and HH pad kit. You get to pick between Galfer’s 270, 270 Light, and 280mm rotors! My uncle and I are longtime subscribers and took a trip this past summer that we thought your readers might find interesting. I’ve attached a draft article with photos for your consideration. [We’ve placed them atdirtrider.com/reader-euro-trip.]Brian Raymond Hanover, NH It sounds like a great way to see parts of Europe and especially some parts of Europe you’d never get a chance to see without a dirt bike. And riding dirt bikes sure cuts through any language barriers while riding—though I’ll bet some of those bike lift moments were extra challenging because of it. MAX PORATTI…

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gear bag

SPY OPTIC OMEN JERSEY YELLOW: $85 For its top-of-the-line goggle, Spy threw all of its technology into the Omen, including years of experience from none other than The King himself, Jeremy McGrath. spyoptic.com (855) 655-8980 TORC 1 RACING ATTACK OVERSIZED HANDLEBAR: $64.99 If you are still running a steel handlebar with a cross bar, some would call you retro. Others would call you outdated. Lighten, strengthen, and modernize with this aluminum, wallet-conscious bar. torc1racing.com (972) 249- 0244 DECAL WORKS PRE-APPLIED BACKGROUNDS: STARTING AT $103.87 If time is money, how much does it cost you to put on, mess up, take off, curse, put on again, take off, realign, and finally put on your graphics? Let the pros do it for you and get fresh plastics at the same time. decalmx.com (815) 784-4000 TOURATECH USA AVENTURO MOD HELMET:…

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hot shots

COLTON HAAKER built on the success of his 2015/2016 FIM SuperEnduro title by winning his first AMA EnduroCross championship. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider claimed five wins in eight rounds to clinch the 2016 EnduroCross title “I think the way I won the SuperEnduro title, making the pass on the final lap, gave me a lot of confidence going into the EnduroCross series, and I just carried it throughout the season,” he said. He added that buying a house and building a practice track in Perris, California, in 2013 was a pivotal move in his career. “The practice I was able to get on my own practice track was priceless… From that moment I just steadily progressed.”…

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the prep vs.the pandemonium

The daily grind. For most of us it is being stuck at a desk, slumped over a keyboard, or in a shop selling god knows what to god knows who. This is when the mind begins to dream of being a factory racer—getting paid to ride, being lavished with fresh gear, parts, and clothes on a daily basis, and having a whole team of people helping us succeed. Not to burst your bubble, but racers with a full factory ride still have a grind. Plus, those things we normal folk call “weekends” where we get to do whatever we want is when these guys have the most pressure, stress, and demand on their time. Since the riders we chatted with switched teams or bikes this year, we started with talking…