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Racer X Illustrated December 2018

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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(ZANZANI)RODDY MAcLEODRoddy MacLeod was a CMA and AMA pro from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, and his photography first appeared in Racer X Illustrated in 2005 with the publication of his now-famous black-and-white photo from Namur, Belgium. In 2017, Roddy left his day job and embarked on an ambitious journey to self-publish and self-fund a book about what it means to be a world champion, titled Will To Victory. The book is based on his photos of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship season and interviews with former champions from the 1970s to the 2000s. Preorders of the limited first printing of the book are now available on roddymacleod.com and willtovictory.com.(COURTESY DUCKWORTH)ADAM DUCKWORTHAdam Duckworth is a motorcycle photographer, filmmaker, and journalist based in the UK with more than…

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off down under

The 2018 Australian Supercross Championship kicked off at Jimboomba in Queensland, and defending champion Justin Brayton (1) picked up right where he left off. The U.S. Honda rider topped home legend Brett Metcalfe (24) and Luke Clout (4) to take the early points lead in the series. Brayton, who rides for Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda in AMA Supercross, is working with Penrite Honda Racing in Oz.(PHOTOS: DELUXE MEDIA) ■…

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ex webb

FMF KTM’s Cody Webb skips across some rocks on his way to a share of the points lead in EnduroCross (as of press time). Webb is battling Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker for the #1 plate, which the 30-year-old Webb has won three times so far. Ty Tremaine finished third on an Alta in Reno, too, marking the first AMA professional off-road podium for the electric motorcycle. The six-race series concludes in Idaho in early November. ■…

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all hail the new king

Jeffrey Herlings celebrated his first MXGP World Championship with a dominant win on the infield of the Assen TT circuit in his home country of the Netherlands. Herlings came into the season a cofavorite with reigning nine-time FIM World Champion Antonio Cairoli but started gapping the veteran in points as the wins piled up. Despite a broken collarbone that caused him to miss one round of the series, Herlings set new records for moto wins, Grand Prix wins, and points scored on his way to the title. The Red Bull KTM rider is now (as of press time) within 20 wins of Stefan Everts’ all-time GP wins record of 101. Herlings turned 24 in August.(PHOTO: RAY ARCHER / KTM IMAGES) ■…

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reason for being

They say you never realize just how much you’ll miss something until it’s gone. Well, some of us are probably finding that out right now in regards to Amsoil Arenacross, long a fixture of the U.S. racing calendar in the fall and winter months. Feld Motor Sports made the tough choice earlier this year to end the tour, which had lost some of its luster and prestige in the past decade. But for 33 years, it really was “supercross in a bottle,” just like longtime announcer Robbie Floyd loved saying.(RUD)In the end, even the Hail Mary that was the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross couldn’t save arenacross.Indoor racing has been going on since the sixties, when dirt track and TT races found their way into well-known buildings like New York’s…

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Young Mason Shumaker gets his stride on. (FREDRICKSON)James Stanley’s mustache is Magnum-esque. (FREDRICKSON)DC Vet Homecoming VIP Chuck Sun. (FREDRICKSON)Bolton and Ryan Echols pre-GP prep. (FREDRICKSON)Unit girls bask in the Oz SX sun. (DELUXE MEDIA)Props to Nathan Koeberle’s retro RM. (FREDRICKSON)Sitting on the Australian SX champ’s bike. (DELUXE MEDIA)That’s pure Mugen Honda gold. (FREDRICKSON)Man’s best trackside friend. (FREDRICKSON)Todd Streit’s vintage race ensemble was on point. (DC)Jeff Greenberg hunted down Carlsbad. (DC)That’s not the real GOAT, but he likes moto too. (FREDRICKSON)Nick’s one-off ’87 Big Bear 100 shirt. (DC)James Sprites’ sticker/patch collection. (FREDRICKSON)Old-school Bell and Bieffe beauties. (FREDRICKSON) ■…