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Racer X Illustrated

Racer X Illustrated August 2018

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Racer X Illustrated provides the most comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the world’s best motocross and supercross racers. Our industry-leading journalists lend perspective and insight you won't find anywhere else, and that's all backed up by the sport's best photographers.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Filter Publications
Frequency:
Back issues only
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2 min.
contributors

JIM GIANATSIS Jim “Greek” Gianatsis’ name appears in the Racer X Pro Motocross Vault for just one race: his 19th-place finish at the 1972 Road Atlanta 250 National, the first AMA National ever. Gianatsis, who hailed from Biloxi, Mississippi, later made his mark on the sport in a much more prolific way: he took off his racing helmet and picked up a camera and a notebook and began documenting the sport. He was a prolific presence in publications like Cycle News and MXA, and he also worked for companies like Moto-X Fox and Husqvarna. When Eric Johnson decided to revisit the 1976 season for a story in this issue, Gianatsis was an invaluable resource with his photos and information. Someday, this man should be in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame for…

1 min.
125 all star

When it was announced that a 125cc All Star race would take place during intermission of the 50th Annual Hangtown Motocross Classic, the last man we thought might sign up was multi-time SX/MX champion Ryan Villopoto. But come race day, there he was, on a Pro Circuit-prepped Yamaha YZ125, participating at a national for the first time since winning the 2013 title. RV was also the last man we figured would lose, but he did—to impressive 16-year-old KTM rider Aiden Tijero! Villopoto was still fast and had a lot of fun, and we all hope he comes back for more.…

1 min.
the kid

Eric Geboers was not one of a kind—he had three brothers growing up in Belgium, and all were very good racers, including his older brother Sylvain—but he was truly exceptional. The Kid was a force to be reckoned with in the 1980s, winning five FIM World Championships. He was the first to win titles in all three classes, and he exited the stage by winning his last race, the 500cc U.S. Grand Prix at Glen Helen, and with it the 1990 FIM World Championship. Then he became a promoter, a team owner, and an all-around motocross man. Tragically, we lost Geboers in May when he drowned at a lake in Belgium while trying to save his dog. Geboers was 55 years old. Godpseed, Eric.…

3 min.
reason for being

We’ve been seeing more and more 125cc events at Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, and we may even start seeing some at Monster Energy AMA Supercross as well. Intermissions are always a question mark for motocross promoters. Whether you’re in the supercross business or an outdoor national promoter, finding the right way to pass the time between races can be a real challenge—sometimes even a disaster! Take the 1974 Inter-Am race that was held on the side of a hill in Utah, featuring parachutists with smoke flares attached to them. One of the flares fell off of a jumper and caught the dry, grassy parking lot on fire. A whole bunch of cars went up in flames, and so did any profit the promoter may have been hoping for. My dad once allowed…

1 min.
pit pass

1 min.
hangtown hooligans

On Friday night as we were leaving the Hangtown track, we spotted a sign for a Hooligan race just over the hill from the camping area at the Prairie City OHV Park. We pulled over, paid our $20, and found a bunch of guys racing tricked-out Triumphs, old BSAs, and Ducati Scramblers around a little 1/8 mile oval track, including our buddy Frankie Garcia. There was a little bar, concession stands, and lots of really cool street hot rods and hooligan bikes. Turns out they’ve been doing this the night before the Hangtown National for five years! If you make it out to the 51st Annual Hangtown National, make sure you stop by and see the Hooligans too.…