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Racer X Illustrated November 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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MASON RADERHailing from Taylorsville, North Carolina, 20-year-old Mason Rader is a die-hard dirt bike enthusiast and, like many of us, had to come to the realization that he wasn’t going to become a pro anytime soon. So he picked up a camera and started filming. His passion for racing, and now filming, are apparent in his work on the RacerTV staff shooting GNCC Racing events as well as filming at this year’s Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. After Loretta’s, he was off to Unadilla to film a Racer X Films: Unadilla Remastered video for Racer X Online.TOM ACQUILANORochester, New York’s Tom Acquilano has been riding and shooting motocross for over 36 years. Check out the Gate Pic of Justin Barcia and Cooper Webb…

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old dog, fast tricks

“I’m hoping for a holeshot—gonna drag my feet and slip the clutch as much as I can and see what we can do,” said former AMA 450 Pro Motocross Champion Chad Reed as he lined up his Suzuki RM-Z450 for what might have been his last motocross race, at the Ironman National in Indiana. “I really want to get this JGR up front. I want the [Justin] Bogle holeshot, the Justin Hill speed, and the Weston Peick consistency for the day, so we’ll see.” The 36-year-old Reed, who had not raced outdoors since June 2015, holeshot the second moto and went a solid 5-8 on the day. ■…

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Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia had a clear message for his departing teammate Cooper Webb after they mixed it up at the Unadilla National. Webb is leaving for Red Bull KTM, to be replaced by newly crowned AMA 250 Pro Motocross Champion Aaron Plessinger. As for Barcia, who started the season as a replacement rider, he signed a two-year extension and then rewarded the team with a solid win at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross finale in Indiana. ■…

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reason for being

(KARDAS)Mud is frequently called the great equalizer in motocross, and that’s often true. Some of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history have taken place in challenging conditions, like privateer Ricky Ryan at the ’87 Daytona Supercross or Mugen Honda rider Johnny O’Mara at the ’80 125cc U.S. Grand Prix. Conversely, some of the alltime beatdowns have been handed out on sloppy days, like Stefan Everts at the ’98 Motocross of Nations at Foxhills and Ricky Carmichael lapping the entire field at Millville ’06. Maybe mud is just what you make of it—and good starts certainly help!Reed even shouted, “I can’t believe you guys are going to let me have this gate again!”When the rain started falling at about 5 a.m. the morning of the recent Ironman National, I knew…

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pit pass

Two future pros checking out Unadilla. (HOLDEN)Doc G keeping the KTM squad aligned. (SHEPHERD)Someone in this lineup isn’t racing…. (KARDAS)Ty Masterpool takes a backseat to the new champ. (HEPHERD)Nicole and Carrie can make even Roy blush. (DC)Mathilde tries to stay dry and is always happy. (SHEPHERD)McGuin’s mullet matched his retro AXO gear. (KARDAS)Washougal landmarks include PBR, 125s, and holeshots. (SHEPHERD)RC and the 800 call some LL motos with Megawatt. (DC)Jerry Brown gets a grip on the set of Empire. (KYLE SCOTT)When you go all-in with Ronnie Mac. (SHEPHERD)AC92 works on his vlog at the Ranch. (DC)Dan Betley running his homemade rain boots. (DC)Brian Deegan preps Danger-Boy’s gate. (MUNOZ)Golf Cart Paraders pause for pictures. (MUNOZ)They look exactly like the Ironman 250 podium. (WEBB)TLD KTM’s McElrath stays cool with his bar-mounted fan.…

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the mayor of loretta lynn’s

For nearly as long as they’ve been having races at Loretta Lynn Ranch, Tim Cotter has served the event and its participants as their go-to guy. He’s climbed the ladder from announcer to race director, handling every rung along the way with the touch of a local politician: shaking hands, kissing babies, and posing for selfies. That’s why we call him the Mayor of Loretta Lynn’s. It’s a job he loves, and if you’ve ever been there to see the mania he somehow manages each summer, you know he’s darn good at it too. ■…