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Racer X Illustrated

April 2019

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Filter Publications
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IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
contributors

MITCH KENDRA Growing up with motorcycles in the family his whole life, Mitch got into dirt bikes early on thanks to his dad and brother. A native of Washington, Pennsylvania, he later got interested in journalism and went to Waynesburg University, getting involved with the student-run newspaper, The Yellow Jacket. Mitch is now the online associate editor here at Racer X and is involved with editing and posting on Racer X Online. In his spare time he likes riding, photography, and shooting hoops. JASON CRANE Jason Crane is back on board with the Racer X team for 2019. Born in Quincy, Illinois, Jason’s now a “California guy,” having moved out west in late 2012 working full-time for Vurbmoto. Rarely without a beanie, he now resides in Hermosa Beach, where you can find him…

1 min.
finally! (x2)

When Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb won the Anaheim 2 Supercross, it marked the first time in 35 years of AMA Supercross that we’ve seen back-to-back first-time winners in the premier class, as Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS rider Blake Baggett picked up his debut win the previous weekend in Glendale. Back in February of 1984, the Seattle Kingdome doubleheader saw Kawasaki’s Jeff Ward win on Friday night and Yamaha’s Rick Johnson win on Saturday night. That’s 554 AMA SX races ago! Both Ward and Johnson would become multi-time AMA Supercross Champions. (Special thanks to @sxresearchdept on Instagram for the stats.)…

1 min.
urbancross: gary, indiana

Charlie “@diffysmooth” Burgess has two passions: history and riding dirt bikes. The former includes exploring abandoned buildings, factories, and schools around America’s fading Rust Belt region. On a recent winter’s day, he and Lost to Time photographer Joel Henderson (@comeuppence) went out with a poach of Gary, Indiana, best known as the hometown of the Jackson 5 but now more notorious for its abandoned cityscapes. They went back a few days later with Travis Sewell and John Kondra on the bikes. You can find their Urbancross thru Gary videos on YouTube.…

1 min.
andrew’s long story

Andrew Short’s professional SX/MX career may have ended a couple years ago, but he’s now enjoying a second act as a rally racer and adventure-riding enthusiast. Riding for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Short returned to the world-famous Dakar Rally in Peru armed with the invaluable experience he’d picked up in his 2018 debut, when he finished 17th. Across ten stages and more than 2,000 miles, Short emerged in fifth overall. Not bad for a guy who used to race 20 laps at a time! “This race is special, and I hope one day I get the opportunity to do it again,” he posted on his @andrewshort29 social media. “For ten days you check out of society as the race consumes you… Stoked I was so much better this year!”…

3 min.
reason for being

On the far side of the massive parking lot of Angel Stadium of Anaheim is a tiny seafood restaurant called The Catch. Its walls are filled with memorabilia from sporting events held in the big ballfield next door, and if you go into the banquet room and look on the back wall in a corner, you’ll find a photo from the very first Anaheim “stadium motocross,” which took place on December 13, 1975. The photo is of Gary Jones jumping in front of the old Big A, which used to be beyond the stadium’s outfield wall. He’s riding a Jones-Islo 250cc prototype—a bike he built with his father in a motorcycle factory in Mexico—on press day for the race. It’s the earliest Anaheim SX photo I have ever come across. The…

1 min.
pit pass