Monday Kickstart : September 17, 2012

More hype around the upcoming MX of Nations, a rundown of who may end up where for 2013, the announcement of the 2013¬†Transworld¬†Slam Festival, the 2013 Honda CRF450R in action, and more fill this week’s Kickstart.

With the Monster Energy MX of Nations less than two weeks away, the industry is buzzing with news on the battles that are set to take place in the sands of Lommel. Everyone is ready to defend their respective country’s honor and are taking impressive measures to get their colors on every detail.

Fox and Thor are behind the Team USA gear that the staff runs while at the race, but sadly it is not available to the public. (Thanks for the hook-up, Warren.)
Fox has also designed new threads for Germany’s Ken Roczen. His 360 Machina gear, V4 helmet, and Instinct boots are all in his native colors.
Speaking of Roczen, he is back in his hometown of Apolda, Germany, to unwind before the race. He has not taken a break from riding, however, as he tweeted a picture of a KTM 450SX-F decked out in his trademark “94.” With the final round of the FIM GP season taking place this weekend around an hour north in Teutschenthal, many wonder if he will line up to race.
The teams face a list of challenges while at the MXoN, including travel, language barriers, different fuel, and new terrains. Pro Circuit, Yoshimura, and Akrapovic also must tailor their exhausts to meet the FIM’s standards, which are different than what is legal in the AMA. PC took it one step farther by decking out Blake Bagett’s Ti-5 with a stars and stripes badge and red carbon fiber cap.