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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 DYMONDMicky 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 STRAUBEWerner 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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minny whips

Jarryd McNeil reaches for the rafters at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, site of this summer’s X Games. McNeil’s truly sick whips earned him the gold medal in the Moto X Best Whip contest held on the playing field of the Minnesota Vikings. ■…

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reason for being

(VEETY)“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 didn’t…

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pit pass

125 All Star Ryan Villopoto gets his kit on. (CUDBY)One of The Wick’s 125 Premix trophies. (KARDAS)The Racer X-approved RedBud doe. (DC)Roost protection at The Wick. (KARDAS)Reed, Carmichael, and Onstott at Fox Raceway. (CUDBY)Jordan Troxell knows how to celebrate. (SHEPHERD)McRedBud (no cheese, no mayo). (KOESTER)That’s 37 pieces of moto flair. (KARDAS)Austin “Neato Burrito” Forkner. (SHEPHERD)Kelly Louch selfies with Jackson Strong and co. (PHIL ELLSWORTH / ESPN IMAGES)Bud Mullet, meet Red… (ROBERTS)DeCoster has Austria on speed dial. (SHEPHERD)…Red Mullet, meet Bud. (ROBERTS)RedBud Rockstar tailgate bar. (DC)Sweet moto cooler trailer. (KARDAS)Meet the Dungeys, Ryan and Lindsay. (CUDVY)Southwick legends KJ and the Junkyard Dog. (KARDAS)K-Roc uploads his RedBud moto win to Matthes. (DC)Mazeppa Veterans MX Honor Guard. (KARDAS)Nicole, Carrie, and Uncle Ronnie’s ride. (KYLE SCOTT)Kids being kids, making tracks at the track. (KARDAS)The…