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Racer X Illustrated March 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.

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(COURTESY JGRMX)JOHN BASHERA native of western New York, John Basher graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BA in New Media Publishing and then headed out to California to work at Motocross Action from 2004 to 2016. Near the end of his time at MXA he moved back east, to North Carolina this time, and was later hired on at Joe Gibbs Racing, where he’s now the race team communications manager for SX/MX, in addition to helping out around the NASCAR Cup team shop. John shot the cover image of Chad Reed and additional photos in “Encore,” starting on page 72.(COURTESY TRENT)TRENT LOPEZFrom from Oakland, California, but raised in Lake Elsinore, our newest West Coast Racer Xer is Trent Lopez. Trent has a background in sales from his time…

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The A class blasts off at the 2018 THOR Winter Olympics at Florida’s Gatorback Cycle Park with several top amateur prospects in the field, including Texan Carter Halpain (17), Florida’s own Jalek Swoll (352), Australian import Jett Lawrence (49), and Utah’s Pierce Brown (63). At the end of the week it was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Swoll who fared best, earning the Pro Circuit Platinum Pipe Award and the Dunlop Silver Tire Award. ■…

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reason for being

Travis Pastrana has always been a man of his word. Ever since I first met him when he was a kid from Maryland racing Suzuki RM80s for Cernic’s Racing, he’s been a charismatic, remarkably talented, and generous human being. Though he often wore it on his sleeve, his heart has always been in the right place. Same goes for Ryan Sipes, whom I’ve known since he and his family started traveling up from Kentucky to race at High Point.(NITRO CIRCUS)Pastrana and Sipes and a bunch of Team Puerto Rico supporters landed in the capital city of San Juan carrying food, tools, supplies, and all the riding gear they could gather to give to the islanders.But when Travis and Ryan’s idea for Team Puerto Rico took shape on the stage at…

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pit pass

Zach Osborne raises the roof in Paris. (CRUTCH)Kurt Caselli hardware. (CUDBY)FMF-approved smoke signals. (CUDBY)That’s Robbie’s son Jagger Maddison. (MILAN)Geneva SX champs Brayton and McAdoo. (CRUTCH)Darryn Durham’s big moto adventure. (MILAN)Tyler Bereman gets all crossed up. (MILAN)Babe-sighting at Day in the Dirt. (MILAN)The GOAT gets selfied. (TORINO)KC66 boxer-shorts racing. (CUDBY)DJ Bags in New Zealand. (AME MANAGEMENT)On track but street legal. (MILAN)Jeff Emig shoots an old-fashioned selfie. (CUDBY)The firm partners Butler & Baggett. (CUDBY)Jake Sodeman’s ’86 Honda 350X ATC. (MILAN)The KC66 Foundation sets up to help out. (CUDBY)Two true legends: MC and Doc B. (CUDBY)Retro KX classic courtesy of the nineties. (MILAN)805 beers in the cooler ready to go at DitD. (MILAN)GEICO spanners Wisenor and Ducharme. (CUDBY)Timmy Weigand and Jason McCune. (CUDBY)Sheetmetal takes Chad Reed Jet Sprint racing. (AME MANAGEMENT)KC66 meetup for…

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the ride of a lifetime

(CRUTCH)At the S-X Open Auckland in New Zealand, Chad Reed had the opportunity to make a dream come true. An area youngster named Iziyah Moemai had always dreamed of riding a motorcycle, but a rare immune disorder called chronic granulomatous disease (CGD)—plus the later onset of chronic graft versus host disease (in which white blood cells from donated marrow attack the patient’s native cells) and an irreversible lung condition called bronchiectasis—has made that a difficult task. But that changed on November 24 when Iziyah and Chad took a lap during opening ceremonies in front of nearly 22,000 supercross fans at Mt. Smart Stadium. Thanks to Reed and Cure Kids NZ, one very special supercross fan enjoyed a truly unforgettable night. ■…

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twelve time

(CUDBY)When FMF KTM Factory Racing rider Kacy Martinez called time on her racing career at 28, it marked the end of one of the most illustrious and diverse careers women’s motorcycle racing has ever known. Martinez (here with her husband, Travis Coy), earned a dozen titles in seven different major off-road championships: AMA West National Hare Scrambles, WORCS, X Games Women’s Enduro-X, GNCC, AMA National Enduro, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA Big 6 Grand Prix. Kacy also earned the prestigious title of AMA Women’s Athlete of the Year. That’s a lot of territory, but she covered them all, and she covered them well. Good luck to Kacy and Travis as the green flag drops on the next part of their lives together. ■…