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Racer X Illustrated October 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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MICKY DYMOND Micky Dymond had a solid career as a professional, winning a pair of AMA 125 National Championships for Team Honda in the 1980s and racing all over the world. All these years later, Micky is still traveling (“For Old Time’s Sake,” page 124), only now he’s just as likely to be on an endurance bicycle as a motorcycle. Last year he did the Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000-mile ultra-endurance race. Afterward, he went straight to Pikes Peak in Colorado to race in the motorcycle division. When it was all over, he wrote a book about the adventures called The Legends of the Road, available on Amazon in print or for Kindle. WERNER STRAUBE Werner Straube grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and started dabbling in 35mm photography back in 1974. He,…

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cover cursed?

Is there really a Racer X cover curse? The Martin brothers probably think so. While our last issue with Jeremy and Alex and Shane McElrath on the cover was still on the printing press, both brothers had rough days at Muddy Creek. Alex suffered this crash in the first moto, then threw away the lead with another crash in the second. Jeremy had it even worse: after winning the first moto, he tangled with Justin Cooper on the first lap of the second moto and suffered a fracture in his back, ending his season. McElrath had a much better day, though, winning his first 250 Class Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National that day, first cover be damned!…

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spring forward

As the 450 Class heads down the long start stretch at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac (1) tries to right his KX450F in the middle of it all. Despite getting decent starts in both motos, Tomac had to work hard for the wins: Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen led much of the first moto, as did Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin the second time out. Tomac tracked both down, then put the red plate back on his bike after losing it to Musquin with a disastrous day at RedBud, which he quickly put behind him.…

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reason for being

“After a few moments he laughed out loud, then picked up his radio and asked the announcer to call David Pingree to the MX Sports trailer.” First impressions are everything, and the first one David Pingree made on me was indeed mixed at first, then it became downright impressive. It was August 1992, and we were both competing in the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. I was in the 125 A class, Ping was in the 125 B class, and we were at decidedly different points in our careers. I was well past my prime, racing for fun and more worried about the beer tent and my Cycle News assignment to cover the race; he was one of Suzuki’s can’t-miss kids on the rise to stardom. We…

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like father, like son

One of the cool things we saw this summer in those 125 All Star races was SoCal legend Doug Dubach (left) lining up alongside his son Carter at The Wick 338. Dubach, an AMA Supercross winner and former Yamaha factory rider, first lined up at Southwick back in the 1980s. Doug hasn’t raced AMA Pro Motocross since 2001, but when he and his son saw The Wick on the All Star schedule, they put together a cross-country trip to compete together. Dubach, who wore #15 often in his career, surrendered his signature digits to his son for the race, going instead with #14. Neither finished in the top five, but they were all smiles, both before and after, at the thought of racing together at The Wick.…