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Racer X Illustrated February 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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(BROWNDOGWILSON)CHRIS GANZHuntington Beach, California’s Chris “BrownDogWilson” Ganz travels to every Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race shooting photos for companies and teams including American Suzuki, Pirelli, FXR, O’Neal, Asterisk, Lucas Oil, JGRMX, Cycle Trader/Rock River Racing, The Privateer Journey, AJE Racing, and 51Fifty, to name a few. He also freelances for us here at Racer X, as well as Dirt Rider and Cycle News. Back at home he’s got two daughters and a son, and when possible he heads out on his electric dirt bike, which can maybe even pass as a mountain bike. Check out his time at the Surf City Blitz in X Rated on page 142.(HOOVER BROWNDOGWILSON)RYNE SWANBERGMonster Energy’s motocross photographer, Ryne Swanberg, has been busy traveling the US the last few years documenting…

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The promoters of the AUS-X Open in Sydney rolled out the red carpet for Chad Reed, who returned to Australia to race in front of his adoring fans. Reed, racing here alongside reigning Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton, rode a Suzuki with help from Joe Gibbs Racing. We may see Chad on that bike again in January, as Weston Peick was seriously injured one week later while racing in France. As for Brayton, he successfully defended his title and is now back for supercross testing with the Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda team. ■…

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isde seconds

Despite a hard crash near the end of Day 2, U.S. World Trophy Team member Ryan Sipes soldiered on to finish fourth in the E1 division at the International Six Days Enduro in Chile. Sipes joined teammates Taylor Robert, Steward Baylor, and Zach Bell in finishing second overall to Australia. Ben Kelley, Josh Toth, and Grant Baylor were second in the U.S. Junior Trophy division, while Tarah Gieger, Brandy Richards, and Becca Sheets were second in the Women’s Trophy class. Look for a feature story on this year’s 93rd Annual ISDE in the next issue. ■…

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beach life

(PHOTOS: BAVO SWIJGERS/RED BULL CONTENT POOL)Red Bull Knock Out began with 750 riders running south along the Dutch coast next to the English Channel. While sand specialist and Motocross of Nations overall winner Glenn Coldenhoff was the pre-race favorite, it was British KTM rider Nathan Watson who emerged victorious on a not-so-relaxing day at the beach. ■…

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reason for being

(ARCHER)The annual Paris Supercross went off in November with big crowds and excellent racing. It also came with a cruel reminder that racing motorcycles is dangerous, and doing those off-season races is a risky proposition. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson won, adding the King of Paris crown to the one he won at the AUS-X Open in Australia the week before. That was the good news. The bad news was what happened to JGR Suzuki’s Weston Peick in the final race of the weekend.Just after the start, Peick, a highly respected veteran, crashed in early traffic while navigating a rhythm section. Another rider came down on Peick’s head and face, and the impact was devastating. Medics attended to him immediately, but it was clear to all that this was a…

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pit pass

The Paris SX had its own Rocket Man. (ARCHER)Marvin spent his fall days prepping for January nights. (CUDBY)Yamaha’s latest racing project is this sweet flat tracker. (DC)Dianna Dahlgren sighting in Paris. (ARCHER)French dancers, American flags, Paris Supercross. (ARCHER)Monster Girls practice their flamethrowing. (KARDAS)Ernesto Fonseca still racing, this time in Japan. (FURUKAWA)Cooper Webb is betting on his change of scenery. (CUDBY)Matthes interviews Prince of Bercy Jace Owen. (ARCHER)We spotted Fro’s plaque on Yamaha’s wall of fame. (DC)Jenna Parker and Taylor Rauls hold it down at Husky. (CUDBY)Ando and Zacho taking questions post-team intro. (CUDBY)Wil Hahn is being selfish with his new (and straight) grill. (SHEPHERD)She said “yes, mate!” to this AUS-X proposal. (AUS-X)Jen Kenyon works her mic skills with Michael Byrne. (CUDBY)#1 in Paris looks a little different than it might…