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Racer X Illustrated

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Filter Publications
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

1 min.
homecoming

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.…

1 min.
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.…

3 min.
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…

1 min.
pit pass

1 min.
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.…

1 min.
moving on up

After years of being set at the elbow of Interstates 5 and the 405 in Irvine, California, the Kawasaki Motor Corporation made the short move up the road to Foothills Ranch and into a brand-new, state-of-the-art building. They also went from a mostly overlooked set of buildings to one big and bold setting above a busy and growing area of Orange County. Inside is a beautiful new race shop where both the Monster Energy Kawasaki pro team and Kawasaki Team Green amateur support program are based, decorated with lots of #1 plates, championship trophies, old race bikes, and posters of such prominent alumni as Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Kevin Windham, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and many, many more. There’s also an unofficial museum of sorts in the lobby, with everything…