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Dirt Rider July 2016

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“Dude, I am definitely going to be crashing in those things!” These were the first words out of DR test rider Nick Evennou’s mouth when he initially saw the AmsOil Arenacross track’s whoop section on the day of this issue’s cover story test day. Now, bear in mind that Evennou is a talented former pro racer with a tremendous skill set, and for him to be nervous about the whoops says quite a bit about how big they were. Actually, big doesn’t even begin to describe it. They were ma-hoosive. Fast-forward 30 minutes and I was on the floor of the track, aboard a bike that I had approximately 90 seconds of time on, taking my first lap around the course. The catapult jump was no trouble; I hucked it on the…

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arenacross rules!

We got to test some Arenacross racebikes on the actual Ontario, California, Arenacross track a few days before the event, and it got us thinking more about the differences between Arenacross and Supercross. Obviously the tracks are tighter and the venues smaller, but the differences don’t stop there. BIKES: Although there is an AX and an AX Lites class, the bike requirements are the same, and that means 250F; 125cc two-strokes are also allowed. The main difference between the classes, really, is status—the AX class is considered the premier class and the AX Lites is more of a “freshman/sophomore” team. There’s also the “Road” point differences between the classes. ROAD TO SUPERCROSS: The series has become the path to getting a 250SX class Supercoss racing license. Riders must earn either six “Road”…

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•AMA Pro Flat Track stars return to the stage for another year at ESPN’s Summer X Games in Austin, Texas, for the Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing event at Circuit of The Americas on June 2–5. The X Games will be broadcast live on both ESPN and ABC. •KTM North America and ETS Racing have teamed up to introduce KTM Racing Fuels, specially blended fuels geared toward dirt bike competition. •SHOT Race Gear is now available in the US, and its website is open for business at shotracegear.com. •iXS, the maker of Swissdesign motorcycle fashion apparel and accessories, is introducing its line of motocross clothing and protective gear to the United States. Check out the website at ixsusa.com. • After struggling with a nagging wrist injury for the last half of the 2015 season, Andrew DeLong…

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gas gas in production

April 1 was a historic day for the Gas Gas brand. After months without production, the first gas engine-powered motorcycle saw the light of day, exactly as promised. It was a very special moment marking the beginning of an era in the marque’s return to the market. Gas Gas was acquired last year by the Torrot Group, a manufacturer of electric bikes, and the plan was to produce 2,000 bikes in 2016. Ivan Contreras, founder and CEO of Group Torrot, announced that Torrot will bring a new, more competitive enduro model to the market in 2017.…

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price wins abu dhabi desert challenge

Toby Price, winner of this year’s Dakar Rally, added to his rally win list by topping the podium at the opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Abu Dhabi, beating Red Bull teammate Sam Sunderland and Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla to the finish. Price was fastest in Saturday’s prologue and won the first and the fifth stage and he stayed in the top three throughout the five-stage event. Price and Quintanilla battled for the lead early in the race with Sunderland never far behind; however Price made his move during the final Abu Dhabi Aviation Stage, taking the win over Sunderland to claim the overall victory by 2 minutes, 11 seconds from his teammate with Quintanilla another 1 minute, 12 seconds behind. FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS…

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husqvarna kids training bike

If you have an aspiring young racer, you might want to check out Husqvarna’s new addition to the kids’ “push bike” market, the Kids Training Bike, which Husqvarna says is suitable for children aged two and over. Outfitted in Husqvarna’s trademark white/blue/yellow color scheme, it is an ideal starting point for all young riders. The Husqvarna Kids Training Bike features a soft seat that can be easily adjusted by a simple quick-release mechanism. Featuring plastic wheels and thick, high-profile tires, the Kids Training Bike offers optimum comfort and stability to youngsters taking their first steps into the exciting world of two-wheel riding. DIGITAL DIRT: Want some wheelie tips? Wheelie? Okay!dirtrider.com/quick-tip-how-to-wheelie…