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Dirt Rider May 2016

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Of all the reader questions that land in Dirt Rider ’s mailbox, none is more common than, “Which bike should I buy?” Although most readers give us a basic amount of background info (e.g., “I’m a 52-year-old desert rider”), there are so many variables that affect this topic that we often end up asking more questions than the reader does. Given that this is such a widely asked question, I figured that I’d offer a quick list of dos and don’ts that can help point you in the right direction toward answering this difficult query for yourself: DO make purchasing decisions based on past experience. If you tend to like a brand, that’s a great place to start your search for a new bike. The major manufacturers each have a philosophy…

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2016 supercross takes off

If we learned anything from the first portion of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, it’s that experience trumps exuberance, as veterans Ryan Dungey and Chad Reed moved to the top of the standings out of the gate despite a stacked field of newcomers nipping at their rear fenders. Dungey was nearly perfect through week six, winning four of the first six main events and never finishing worse than second. The Red Bull KTM pilot rode more aggressively than ever, making quick and forceful passes during the early laps where he might have hesitated in the past. Dungey didn’t get his first win until round five of last year’s series, and he still went on to win the title. When it comes to Reed, the two-time supercross champ is far from…

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after dakar, brabec takes h&h round one

The Dakar Rally thrashes most riders both physically and mentally with its two-weeklong grind. Day after day, it chips away at the strongest will, even the most determined athletes longing for rest. But for guys like 2014 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion Ricky Brabec, it’s simply a warm-up for the coming season. Okay, not really. The Johnny Campbell Racing Honda desert star admitted he was tired when he stepped off the plane after his 14-hour, two-segment return flight from Argentina. All he had on his mind was falling into bed. But the next day, he told his boss to get his CRF450X racebike prepped—he wanted to race the opening round of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series down the road outside of Lucerne Valley, California. It couldn’t have gone much…

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webb leads superenduro series

As we went to press with this issue, defending EnduroCross champion Cody Webb was leading the 2016 FIM SuperEnduro Series standings, having won the first two rounds of the six-round schedule. At the series opener in Poland, Webb won two of the three “main events,” while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker won the remaining race, making for an American sweep of the three-race event (SuperEnduro races consist of three “main events”). At round two in Germany, Webb once again won two of the three races, with Great Britain’s Jonny Walker winning the third. After two rounds, Webb led Walker by two points in the standings. Dirt Rider spoke with Webb after he returned from Germany and asked him to compare the European tracks with the Enduro Cross tracks here in America. “EnduroCross tracks…

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2016 endurocross schedule announced

The AMA EnduroCross Series gets off to a relatively late start in 2016, kicking off on August 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The series then features three events in September, two in October, and two in November, ending up in Ontario, California, on November 19 for the finale, making for an eight-round series. According to promoter Eric Peronnard, the secret is location, location, location. “We were supposed to increase the number of rounds a lot more, but we had a lot of building issues because we’re not a powerhouse—we’re just Enduro-Cross,” Peronnard said. “Buildings in America have a lot better and more profitable product to put in there. That’s the biggest problem we have in EnduroCross, securing the good locations. We have great locations like Boise, Everett, Atlanta, Denver—very strong off-road markets—and for…

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• RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki’s Broc Tickle will be competing in TCX boots this season, becoming the first racer in the US to use the allnew TCX Comp EVO Michelin boot. •Husqvarna rider Ryan Sipes, who in 2015 became the first American rider to claim top individual honors in the International Six Days Enduro, was named the 2015 AMA Athlete of the Year at the AMA Awards Banquet in Pickerington, Ohio. KTM rider Kacy Martinez, the 2015 GNCC WXC champion, won the AMA Female Racer of the Year Award. •Husqvarna Motorcycles recently announced the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Offroad Team, which includes Josh Strang, Andrew Delong, Jacob Argubright, Mike Brown, and newest team member Colton Haaker. Tim Weigand heads up the squad as team manager. •RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki picked up Jake Weimer to…