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Racer X Illustrated January 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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SPENCER OWENSSpencer Owens has been a contributor to Racer X since 2014, when he first started assisting photographer Simon Cudby on various Southern California photo shoots. Since then, he’s contributed with written stories, video projects, and photos. Along the way, he also created Alpa MX (alpamx.com), an online media publication focusing on the young athletes of tomorrow. Check out Spencer’s time at the American Minicross Enterprises opener starting on page 70, where he was doing just that: focusing on the rising stars.KASSY COSNEROur new sales and production director, Kassy Cosner, comes from a family of adrenaline junkies, and she’s no stranger to motorcycles. Her uncle, Kerry Fowler, led the family in titles by snagging the #1 plate for the Hare and Hound series in 1989. Her cousin (and best bud)…

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the son (and nephew) also rises

(PHOTOS: JEFF KARDAS)Maximus Vohland, a standout of KTM’s Orange Brigade amateur program, mastered the Supermini class at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas, winning both main events ahead of a talented field. Vohland hopes to one day join his dad, Tallon, and uncle Tyson as AMA Supercross winners; Max already has a Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Championship, just like his famous family members. ■…

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sideways down under

At the 2018 X Games Sydney in Australia, France racked up another international victory as Tom Pages once again used his patented tricks—including a bike flip with an alley-oop 540—to claim gold for the second time in 2018. In doing so, Pages can now lay claim to the title of world’s best freestyle motocrosser. ■…

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cinderella coldenhoff

(INSET: JEFF KARDAS)The 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations was supposed to be a showdown between MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings and AMA 450 Pro Motocross Champion Eli Tomac, but the battle never materialized, as Team USA’s Tomac struggled throughout the day. Herlings didn’t have his best day, either, though he did win the first moto for the Netherlands. The second and third motos went to Herlings’ unheralded Dutch teammate Glenn Coldenhoff (6). In an upset of sorts, the KTM-mounted Coldenhoff, who has won exactly one MXGP moto in the last four years, flat-out took off in both of his Open motos, winning the first by 20 seconds and then topping Herlings by 5 seconds in the MXGP/Open final moto. It was the ride of a lifetime, earning the…

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reason for being

(DC)Yes, I bought two Altas, so consider me a true believer in the potential for electric bikes.I’d ridden the new enduro-styled 2019 Alta Redshift EXR I’d just bought from Lojaks Cycle Sales in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, over to Walmart for lunch when the news dropped that the San Francisco-based electric motorcycle company was ceasing operations and sending their employees home until new funding could be found. The report on asphaltandrubber.com explained that the partnership with Harley-Davidson that had been announced six months earlier had fallen through, and an attempt to purchase Alta by another entity had also fallen apart “at the 11th hour.”As of press time, one week after the news hit, Alta themselves had made no official announcement, with the exception of an @altamotors Instagram post that read “Our sincere…

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pit pass

Mexico’s Felix Lopez gets photobombed. (SHEPHERD)Dylan Ferrandis had good reason to smile. (FREDRICKSON)The Blues Brothers—Team USA edition. (FARRELL)Oscar Wirdeman: Swedish mechanic, German rider. (SHEPHERD)Bradi Bowers makes every race better. (FREDRICKSON)Anthony Rodriguez’s Team Venezuela shoes. (FREDRICKSON)Monster Unicorn? (DC)RedBud neighbors rolling out the welcome mat. (DC)British fans rocking their Union Jacks trackside. (KARDAS)Rocket Rob and Rocket Gareth Swanepoel. (DC)Throttle Jockey’s K-Dub ’99 tribute bike. (DC)Team Canada raised funds by raffle. (FARRELL)Lady Liberty had the best view. (FARRELL)Sweden’s chainsaw smokers. (SHEPHERD)Dutch fans celebrate their two riders’ three moto wins. (SHEPHERD)Aaron Plessinger’s Team USA kit was razor sharp. (FREDRICKSON)Follow @evanthadeer’s moto adventures on Instagram. (SHEPHERD)Kevin Windham first raced the MXoN in 1999. (FREDRICKSON)Ryan Sipes was a proud and fast Puerto Rican-for-a-day. (SHEPHERD)He went all-in for England. (KARDAS)Antonio Cairoli’s cheering section was small but loud.…