The World Motocross Championships invaded Southern California this weekend. With true factory machinery (which the FIM does not require to be production based) there was plenty of exoctica on hand, not to mention some excellent racing. Following the weekend’s racing, KTM remains at the lead of both the MX1 and MX2 classes, but there was far more to the story than just that. Take a peek to see some of the sights from the track and pits from the first USGP in 11 years.
The MXGP bikes are, for lack of a better word, different. They have aftermarket parts and one-off pieces that simply are not typically seen in the U.S. The Xtrig triple clamps found here on David Phillipaerts Rinaldi Racing Monster Yamaha are a European aftermarket brand found on many of the bikes in the pits. KTM has actually been using these clamps for some time.
If you followed the early rounds of the Supercross season, then you should remember Gautier Paulin. He finished sixth at A2 in West Coast Lites, then went back to France to prep for the MX2 championship only to get injured right before the start of the series. He’s back on the scene now though, and very happy to be back in the States.
Stop drooling…ok, drool away.
Ken De Dyker’s Monster Yamaha YZ450. Ken gave the Hangtown National a try and ended up with some decent finishes. He is back in his element now though with the GP and should fair pretty well on Sunday.
Carbon-fiber parts abound on the MXGP bikes. Check out this carbon chain guard on De Dyker’s machine.
You have probably seen these Airoh helmets on the likes of Mike Alessi, Tommy Searle, and Ashley Fiolek. Well the Italian helmet company sponsors a good portion of MX1 and MX2 competitors so they have a pretty good presence in the pits. They are also extremely light-weight.
Estonian rider Tanel Leok just had a pretty strong race at the last MXGP of Spain held at Bellpuig (he won). That made him the first non-KTM rider to take an overall this season as Tanel rides for a Honda team, which is pitting out of the factory Honda rig this weekend.
Although Leok’s machine uses many aftermarket parts, it looks like these titanium footpegs are Honda pieces. You could cut yourself just looking at those things.
Martin Honda is the red team's factory effort over in Europe and Jimmy Albertson has been riding with them this year. While Albee’s bike shares many similarities with its American Honda counterparts, there are some visual minor differences such as the Akropovic pipe. His machine also still uses a cable-actuated clutch as opposed to the hydraulic units found on Shorty’s and Millsaps’ machines.
No, Jason Lawrence has not returned to racing…yet. This is the Bike It Cosworth Yamaha of American rider Zach Osborne, who has been racing in Europe for the last few seasons. If you notice, Ohlins suspension has a much bigger presence in the European market, as the Swedish based parts are found on more than a few machines.
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