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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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CHRIS GANZ Huntington 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. RYNE SWANBERG Monster Energy’s motocross photographer, Ryne Swanberg, has been busy traveling the US the last few years documenting the…

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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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reason for being

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

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yamaha (pop) shop

Yamaha’s history as a company began in 1887 when a man named Torakusu Yamaha built his first reed organ. Other instruments were added over the years, including drums. The Yamaha Motor Company was split off in 1955 to make their first motorcycles. Many other products followed by various Yamaha divisions, but the parent remained firmly planted in both music and motorcycles. That’s why, when you walk into their corporate headquarters in Cypress, California, there is a drum kit in the lobby in between all of the motorcycles, ATVs, and outboard engines. But the band is about to go on the run, as Yamaha is moving much of its staff (though not the race team) across the country to a new Georgia HQ.…