MX Vice Magazine: Issue 2

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It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the first issue of the MX Vice magazine, but the second issue is already here! After being read more than fifteen-thousand times, the first issue is unofficially the UK’s most read motocross magazine. The second issue has been extended, and with a new editor onboard in the guise of Lewis Phillips, we expect this issue to break last month’s great stats!

Have a read, and let us know what you think in the comments box below. So, grab yourself a cuppa, sit down and enjoy -you deserve it.

Huge amount of respect goes to the MX Vice team and Jon Bolton for turning this around so quickly!

Mark Hucklebridge Auction!

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Following the devastating news that Mark Hucklebridge’s cancer has returned, Carly Rathmell and MX Vice have got together to help raise money for the new Cancer Research Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The RUH has treated Mark twice before; he will undergo chemotherapy in the next month, after he has attempted the Bath Half Marathon.

Mark Hucklebridge has given so much to motocross, the sport that we all adore. Everyone we speak to either knows of Mark, has been been helped by him or has one funny story about him! Now is the time to see what the motocross community can do, and help Emma and Mark raise money for the Cancer Research Unit.

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MX Vice will hold a continuous auction throughout 2014 to raise money for this cause. We have a Ryan Villopoto shirt donated by Rad Ad Hartwell from Thor/Madison, with a frame donated by the Burfield Digital Agency. RaceFX, Ducksmart, CCM Racing, Carly Rathmell/MRS Ltd have all said they will donate, also, so far.

If you wish to donate money please use the link above, if you would like to provide product for us to auction please contact Carly Rathmell here: carly.rathmell@btinternet.com or Elliot and Lewis at MX Vice.

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Chat: Glenn Coldenhoff

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Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing’s Glenn Coldenhoff is heading into the opening round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship with a lot of hype in his corner. It seems that no one has forgotten about the way he finished the season a year ago. How has his off-season gone though? MX Vice correspondent Lorenzo Resta spoke to Coldenhoff earlier this week to learn more about that and his new deal with Ryan Hughes.

MX Vice: Welcome back to Malagrotta [a private track that Claudio DeCarli’s branch of Red Bull KTM occupy]. This is a place you know very well…

Glenn Coldenhoff: Yeah, exactly. I’ve stayed here for two years. Actually the last year I was at the factory, we did some testing as well here. I really like this place. It’s a beautiful track. It’s a great track, especially for testing as we still do some fine tuning with WP Suspension. For me, there was only one place to go. You have got some slow corners, some fast parts, and now they built some waves. Up and down, and even some sand.

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It’s rough. They have a great facility. They can put water. We are going to spend three days out here and then slowly we go a little bit north to spend another three days there. Like this we avoid the rain in Holland a little bit, because the conditions are not great at the moment. We’ll do one day more in the mud when we get home and then it’s Matterley already. It’s quick.

Only two weeks to go before the Grand Prix of Great Britain. What do you expect from that event? Rain? Mud? Who knows?

Yeah. It’s unpredictable. I think we saw last year that the weather was great in England, and it was also very early in the season. It’s earlier now, of course, but we need to be ready for whatever is coming. England is the same as Holland. You never know.

You had a quiet winter time. We didn’t see you around aside from at the Hawkstone International. How are you doing now?

I’m good. We had a good winter so far. I went to Spain for one week at the end of December and spent about three weeks in Sardinia.

Honestly, everyone was expecting you in Riola [the opening round of the Internazionali d’Italia series at the beginning of February]…

I was expecting myself to be there! I crashed before I went to Riola. Back in Holland I had a small crash and had some pain on my ribs. Those ribs were the same ribs as when I broke my back. My back is still a bit sensitive, so we decided to take one week off. Then I didn’t feel ready yet for Riola, otherwise I would have raced there. We skipped that one and went to Hawkstone Park, which was obviously not the best with the weather.

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I was looking at my calendar and thinking that normally Riola is always good. Ottobiano is always rainy, snowy or frozen  Mantova is the same as that. Hawkstone Park is also a bit muddy, but this year was quite extreme. LaCapelle is usually quite muddy there, but it has all turned out the complete opposite. Mantova has been great. Ottobiano has been great. Even LaCapelle was great. In the end I don’t regret it. I just follow my own programme. I felt good at Hawkstone. I had a solid finish there. We can build from that.

You have got Ryan Hughes with you on a full-time basis now as well, for four months at least.

Yeah. Ryan Hughes came over yesterday evening. I made it happen. I feel like I can use his knowledge, experience and all of that. we had a really good week in Spain in December, so I tried to keep it working out. For the first time, it’s only for four months. We will see how it goes during the season. It’s definitely a goal to have him for eight months, so for the whole season. We’ll see how it goes. I did learn a lot already, and I will still improve for sure.

What about the red bikes? When are we finally going to see you on a GasGas?

Yeah, actually yesterday we had a photo shoot. We have seen them. They will not come out until the Friday before Matterley Basin. There will be a presentation. It will take some time still for the fans and the public. For me, it’s going to be quite similar. We are still riding KTM bikes now. We’ll jump on the GasGas in two weeks.

Interview: Lorenzo Resta | Lead Image: ConwayMX

Updates: Tommy Searle

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Tommy Searle is no longer a full-time competitor in the FIM Motocross World Championship, as he has signed a domestic deal with the Buildbase Honda squad, but he had decided to compete at the Grand Prix of Great Britain as a wildcard. Searle has pulled of that event as well  though, because of the shoulder injury that has hindered him in recent weeks. It was nothing major – he just tweaked it and that made things uncomfortable. A statement from Buildbase Honda is below.

“@TommySearle100 has decided not to do the British GP. Whilst his shoulder is now fully recovered, he wants to focus on round one of the British Championship. He continues his preparation with @StevenClarke511 in Spain.”

Tommy Searle’s Buildbase Honda teammate, Jake Nicholls, was attempting to get an entry for the British Grand Prix but was on the waiting list. It remains to be seen if Searle’s absence will open the door for him to compete.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

Updates: Blake Baggett

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Those watching the seventh round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross were confused that Blake Baggett did not take part in the premier-class main, despite the fact that he qualified out of the heat race. A crash in that heat caused a nasty case of whiplash that led him to withdraw from the event prematurely. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM just confirmed that he will be ready to race in Arlington, Texas, this weekend though.

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We here at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS are very pleased to let everyone know that team rider Blake Baggett will 100% be lining up for this upcoming weekend’s race in Dallas. This news comes just a few days after Baggett and his team made a last-minute decision to pull out from the Tampa main event based upon the rider’s health after very harsh crash on lap one of the heat race.

Upon crashing with another rider on lap one, Baggett himself was hit hard by the bike of a third rider resulting in a severe case of whiplash. He would remount and put on an absolutely amazing comeback ride, earning a transfer spot and closing within less than two seconds of the sixth place of [Jason] Anderson.

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Unfortunately upon returning to the team hauler after the race, Baggett’s neck and upper back muscles began to spasm and lock up from the whiplash.  Within a twenty-minute period, and roughly fifteen minutes until the 450 main event gate drop, the muscle spasms and pain had rapidly escalated to a point where Blake could not even hold his head up. After trying everything within the team and Blake’s power, the team made a final decision that it would be both impossible for him to complete the race and not worth the risk of furthering injury. While at the same time not knowing the extent of what could have also been an already potential injury.

Baggett would return home to see his doctor yesterday, and we are relieved to say that there was not any bone, ligament or tendon damage, nor any injury of that matter past a severe case of whiplash and muscle sprains. As of today, the team and Blake plan to take the week very lightly in order to be ready to battle for the podium at this weekend’s Dallas SX.

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Sean Ogden

Updates: Jimmy Decotis

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Jimmy Decotis had an eventful time of it at the opening round of the 250SX East series in Tampa, Florida, as he entered injured and then had to find a way to battle through it. It was never actually confirmed just how bad the injury was though. Until now, that is. Suzuki confirmed that he actually fractured his pelvis days before the race. That obviously makes the fact that he lined up even more impressive. The JGR Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, had this to say about his 250SX East pilot.

“Jimmy has been riding better than ever but had a crash last Monday that made his weekend tough. I was proud of him for the effort he put in all week and weekend to get a top-ten finish. Jimmy was in a lot of pain and kept fighting to do his best. With another week of recovery, it will help him a ton. I hope you all can see what we have seen at the JGR track.”

Decotis salvaged a ninth in the 250SX East main event, amazingly. Decotis occupies the same position in the championship standings heading into the second round in Arlington, Texas, this weekend. Arlington will be the second Triple Crown event of the season.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Suzuki Racing

The MX Vice Show: #26

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The MX Vice Show is back! Join hosts James Burfield and Lewis Phillips as they discuss the first seven rounds of Monster Energy Supercross, all of the pre-season races that have been running across Europe, get into some bench racing about the Grand Prix of Great Britain and tackle your questions in Leatt ‘Ask Vice Anything’ segment. This podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher and Google Play.

Hosts: James Burfield and Lewis Phillips

Expert Analysis: Tampa

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Ricky Carmichael and Ralph Sheheen are back to dissect another round of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross. In the video below that is easily digestible, the pair look at the 250SX East protagonists and how the 450SX title fight is shaping up. The track inside of Raymond James Stadium, which was labelled easy and simple, is also broken down by the winningest rider of all time.

Video: Supercross | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Simon Cudby

Thomas on: Impressions

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Round one of the 250SX East series is in the books! While the main event might not have been a battle for the win, there were certainly several storylines to talk about. Last week we took a look at many of the riders and made a few predictions. Now, after having a full day to absorb, let’s revisit many of these stars and chat about a few pleasant surprises as well as a few riders with disappointing starts.

Shane McElrath: Well, that’s one way to get things rolling My pick for the opener, Sugar Shane certainly didn’t disappoint. He won his heat and the main event with relative ease, his starts making life much easier. He is an opening round assassin and has been doing this for years regardless of the coast. I am not sure if it’s a mental calm that he possesses or maybe just has his pre-season prep more dialled in than most. Whatever the reason, he finds a way to send a clear message to everyone in these opening rounds.

The real question will be in his ability to maintain this same edge. He has struggled towards the end of the series in more than one year. I think he is the clear title favourite but I have said that in previous seasons also. This 2020 season, though, with his equipment, experience and confidence looks to be his best shot for the elusive 250SX title.

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Chase Sexton: I am very high on Sexton leaving round one. I liked what I saw from him every time he hit the track. He looked much more confident than in 2019, attacking the track and asserting himself. He looked like he truly believes in himself. I wondered how he would carry that #1 plate but he is definitely approaching this series like it’s his to lose. His technique and skill set is not in question but I just wondered if he would step up mentally. He answered that question with a resounding yes. He is going to have to match McElrath in the early laps but if he can get out with him, buckle up because it’s going to be a wild ride.

Jeremy Martin: After a long lay-off, J-Mart made his return. His back injury sustained in June of 2018 was nearly career ending. GEICO Honda stuck by the former national champ, keeping him employed and patiently believing in their veteran star. He came out swinging in Tampa, qualifying fastest and proving that he still has “it” in him. Supercross has always been a rollercoaster for Jeremy Martin but the last time we saw him he was winning races as the 2018 season wound down.

The key to his season will be consistency in his first lap positioning. He has had a tough time in years past, allowing his competitors to build early lap advantages that are too much to reel in. Similar to Sexton’s path, J-Mart’s title chances will rise and fall within the first 100 meters of many weekends.

Garrett Marchbanks: One of the nicer surprises was Mitch Payton’s offering from Utah. Marchbanks had a rough 2019, not really showing the potential that many expected. It’s clear that he put the work in last off-season as he looked faster and fitter than ever. Ivan Tedesco is his riding coach and if anyone knows the 250SX class, it’s Tedesco. I really liked what I saw from Marchbanks, mentally and physically. He wasn’t scared of the moment and wanted to put himself into the battle. Last year I really didn’t see him as a threat. He seemingly still had a lot to learn, wading into the deep end with floaties on. This year, though, he appears ready for any and all comers. In a make or break year, he stepped up at round one.

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Jordon Smith: Expectation can be difficult to swallow. For Jordon Smith, many expect him to be a serious title contender. He has been in this spot before, nearly winning the 2017 250SX East title. I heard rumours that he isn’t 100% healthy so maybe that was the reason for a slightly off night. He wasn’t “bad” per se, it just wasn’t the performance that will win a title. He is going to have to be better and better quickly. His starts were solid which will give him opportunity but these rounds are coming fast and points will get out of hand quickly if he doesn’t improve. Maybe the Arlington Triple Crown will be a better chance to capitalise on his starting prowess.

RJ Hampshire: Steve Matthes’ favourite 250SX East rider, RJ didn’t get the result he wanted but he did show signs of life. He had the fastest lap and also looked to have great endurance at the end of the main event. His starts were absolutely atrocious which will need immediate remedy as we roll into Arlington. Many wondered how RJ would respond to his home race also being the opener. That’s a lot of pressure to manage so maybe he can relax a little as we move into Texas this Saturday. I do think we will see some excitement from the #24, I just don’t know if he has the consistency to be a real title factor.

Joey Crown: Making his first main event ever, Joey Crown was a revelation. He was easily the most intriguing PulpMX Fantasy pick of the day but also the highest risk. His +14 handicap looked so enticing but, as I mentioned, he had yet to qualify for a 250SX main event in his career. His off-season win in Geneva looked to help his confidence and poise, as he rode from behind into qualifying position and then backed that up with a super strong eighth place in the main. I was nothing short of terrified when I finalised my team and he was on it. He delivered, though, and might be well on his way to turning his young career around.

Jo Shimoda: Japanese rookie Shimoda had an up-and-down first race. He grabbed a good start and looked like he was ready to log a top ten. It appeared that the bright lights of supercross got the best of him, though, as he tightened up and moved backwards. He was able to salvage a top ten, though, so all is not lost. To be deemed a success on that team, he will need to be battling the likes of Marchbanks and crew. I don’t know if he has the top-level speed to be a podium guy but I think he can be top six or seven without too much fuss.

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Jordan Bailey: After a few years on Rockstar Husky, Jordan Bailey finds himself on a privateer effort in this 250SX East series. I was curious as to how Bailey would respond. Losing a factory ride can’t be easy and I also wondered how his equipment would stack up to his previous programme. He had a tough day in Tampa, never really standing out. He made the main and there’s something to be said for that, but a seventeenth isn’t really what he had in mind either. This is an important year for Bailey.

Cedric Soubeyras: A French veteran, Soubeyras dropped down to the 250 class this year. Soubs isn’t flashy but he gets the job done. He puts in methodical laps and his years of global SX experience help him through dicey moments. Case in point, Josh Hill repeatedly tried to make contact as the main event grew long but the wily vet countered most every move. Hill finally made the pass stick in the last corner but it was still a strong opener for an unlikely 250 racer.

Enzo Lopes: Joey Crown’s teammate, Lopes had a tough night. He found himself on the ground a few times but will bounce back. Lopes was a long time JGR rider but has moved to a Yamaha this season. I wondered how that transition would go but we really didn’t learn much as of yet. I think Lopes will put in a few top tens this season but he will also likely have a few rough nights like Tampa. Consistency for these youngsters is not easily found.

We now have data to opine upon. This 250SX East series is going to be fairly erratic in my estimation. There are five to six legitimate race-winning level riders. This Triple Crown event on Saturday will be drama filled, every rider thinking they are in the fight to win. Keep an eye out for who can stay calm and think about the overall points. As we saw out west, riders love to toss away valuable points in these 250SX regional classes. Their inexperience is in a battle for supremacy with their intensity and youthful exuberance. Which will win out? We will all know more come Saturday.

Words: Jason Thomas | Lead Image: Monster Energy/Octopi

GoPro HD: Tampa

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GoPro footage from the seventh round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross! Ride along with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo as he fight for the win in the premier-class main event and battles with Ken Roczen in his heat race. Ken Roczen’s footage from the main event is also available below. There is a lot here!

Ken Roczen (Main Event).

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Adam Cianciarulo (Main Event).

Video: GoPro Motorsports | Lead Image: Race Kawasaki

Team Video: 2020 HRC

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Riding the brand new Honda CRF450RW, defending MXGP world champion Tim Gajser and new teammate Mitch Evans are ready for the start of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Check out this video of the duo riding in Sardinia as they prepared for the season ahead. – Honda Pro Racing

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Social Spot: LaCapelle

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The final pre-season international of the European off-season took place at the historic circuit of LaCapelle Marival in France over the weekend. The results didn’t stray too much from what is considered normal, except for one or two surprises, but what did the riders actually have to say following the event? Social-media content from the top-ten finishers in MX1 and MX2 can be perused below. It’s a convenient stop!

Jeffrey Herlings
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Romain Febvre
Clement Desalle

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Pauls Jonass
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Henry Jacobi
Shaun Simpson

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Benoit Paturel
Alessandro Lupino
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Had fun yesterday in #lacapellemarival 💙💪🏻 @ericlaurijssen 📸

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Tom Vialle
Jed Beaton
Rene Hofer
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Another podium at Lacapelle to end up a decent pre-season💪🇫🇷. (2-5) in the motos for 3rd overall and some really good racing. I‘m happy with the improvements we made in the last couple of weeks and can‘t wait for the start of the gp-season in two weeks time!👊 Thanks TEAM🧡 @ktmfactoryracing @redbullaustria @redbull @wp_suspension @scottmotosports @airohelmets @alpinestarsmx @alpinestars @kini_red_bull @twin_air @motorex_powersports @pirellimx @peppunderwear @scrubdesignz @renthal_moto @akrapovic @sdv_selledallavalle @rimorofficial @yachtmobile2000 @kiteparts @comisa_spa @mscimbach @raiffeisen #rsschalko #dimoco #staloc #bohr #711 #givesyouwings #hofabua #bischoftransporte #readytorace #7eleven @didilacher17 📸: @haudik57

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Jago Geerts

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🇬🇧 ▪️Lacapelle Marival, France 2020▪️ My day started with positive vibes in Free Practice (P9) and in Time Qualify (P12) ▪️Race 1- Great start, and fight all race with fast guys from GP and EMX. I finished P5, which was mega!! I hold my position from start to finish. I think i surprised myself a little, and others 🤗 ▪️Race 2- Even better start, i was P3, but two stupid mistakes costed some places after lap 1, and P8 it was. I dropped back one more position and ended this race in 9th! My speed was there and were able to fight with the boys all race! Overall 7th in MX2, and really happy about that 👌 ▪️Superfinal (with MX1)- The goal was just enjoy my day and learn from the best! Started off with TOP15 in start and ended P22 (8th in MX2). So great way to end my day in Lacapelle. Positive vibes only! 😊 At the end i’am really happy about my two International races. The level was high, and everything has been great for me! Now off to Belgium, to be as ready as possible, for EMX Valkenswaard. It was a good journey in Spain and in France and i want to thank all the people, who were involved. Thank you Harri, Lisett, Harry, Milky, Priit, Mehis and Karl for helping me out, it was great time with u 👍🤗 Also huge respect to all my sponsors and fans! #TeamJMT261 #MRALaudoitus #JanElmProject #MortenGroup #Maleko @karlikoogid #Kenomer #Keps #Marmorest #Est-TransKaubaveod #OÜHellar&Pojad #SampoEhituse #PärnuMotoclub #Trimtex @crosticmx @vulframsportswear @365jp_supplements @pevolmoto @polarmefo #TerviseParadiis #Freetime #LinnamehePuhkekeskus #FinForce #ElenoraInvest #UuedaPuhkekeskus #TervisetaastajaOÜ #RaidoKiisk #MartinArumäe #HarriKullas #HarryKullas #Duell #Akelaks #TeamJMT261Club25 #AfterSki #KultuurKapital

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Thibault Benistant
Simon Langenfelder

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Richard Sikyna
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Ďalšie prípravné preteky vo Francúzsku- Lacapelle Marival mám za sebou. V prvej jazde som bol po štarte na 10 mieste ale v prvom kole som mal kontakt s iným jazdcom a spadol som, z posledného miesta to stačilo iba na 16 miesto keďže sa jazdili krátke jazdy, v druhej jazde po dobrom štarte 7 miesto. V superfinále s mx1 celkovo 18 miesto- 7 miesto v mx2 . . Another pre-season race is behind me. First moto had a crash in first lap with another rider, so went from last to 16th. Second moto better start and finished 7th. Superfinal with mx1 18 overall- 7th mx2. . . 📸: @jm.musoles . . @jdgunnexktmracingteam @jirijankovsky @ktm_official @wp_suspension @univok_ktm @aci_moto @bomotoroil @flyracingusa @ride100percent @alpinestars @goldfren_brakepads @brisktabor @brnocircuit_official @mikametals #MRP @multi_air_official @nuetech.nitromousse.tubliss @bomotoroil @mxgp #mxslovakia @brnocircuit_official @mikametals #czchain #gunnex @p.n.a73 #masek #sorex @gaerneofficial @yamibrace

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Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM/Ray Archer