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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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JOHN BASHER A 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. TRENT LOPEZ From 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 working at…

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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. 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 the…

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pit pass

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the ride of a lifetime

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

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.…

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the feed

I really liked your article “On Shaky Ground” (May ’18). Last year I went to a number of supercross races, and I saw an issue with Tuff Blox. A particularly bad one was a blast-through that caused a head-on collision. Like Dave Prater says, I, too, spent many sleepless nights thinking about how I can fix this. I love this sport and want to be involved and give back. Your article has been an inspiration to me and has given me validation that someone (in addition to me) is thinking about these issues. Bill Wesenberg //Racer X Online What a brilliant letter in your January ’19 issue regarding 125 world champs who would’ve been “aged out” under the current absurd Youthstream (under-23) rules. I had the huge pleasure of watching, photographing, or…