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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Moto Spy: Episode Five

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Ken Roczen evens up the supercross title chase with a 450SX class win in Atlanta, while Cooper Webb soldiers to a podium finish one week after the biggest crash of his season. In the 250SX class, TLD KTM rookie Pierce Brown takes on his first professional supercross while the reigning champ Chase Sexton prepares for the next step in his professional career. – Red Bull Motorsports

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News: Yamaha Warranty

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Good news for Yamaha owners! Warranties on your motorcycle – road or off-road – have been extended, if it’s been impacted by the COVID-19 situation. An official statement from the Japanese manufacturer is below.

Press Release

With many official Yamaha dealers throughout Europe closing their doors to conform with restrictions designed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Yamaha has decided to extend by three months all factory warranties and official extended warranties that have expired or are due to expire between March 01 and May 31 2020.

This extension of the warranties’ due date is applicable to Yamaha powered vehicles and marine products.

Customers requiring warranty work should contact their official Yamaha dealer to book an appointment as soon as local restrictions allow.

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Analysis: 2021 Contracts

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The world is strange at the moment and that’s not exactly breaking news. When (or if) the FIM Motocross World Championship resumes, riders will be catapulted into the part of year where they would typically be talking about deals for the following year. Who is actually in need of a new deal for 2021? Who already has a deal in place? Here’s a look at the situation that those in the premier-class points find themselves in.

#84: Jeffrey Herlings signed a contract with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad in February, which will take him through to the end of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship. There is a good chance that he will pack it in at the end of that season.

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#243: Tim Gajser signed a new contract a year and a half ago, which will expire at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. It is unlikely that he will go anywhere else though and, yes, he is going to stay in Europe. Nothing will change here.

#222: Antonio Cairoli needs a new deal! The contract that he has with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing is going to run out at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but he wants to keep racing. Expect him to stay put with Claudio De Carli.

#25: Clement Desalle re-signed with the Monster Energy KRT squad at the end of the previous season, but it was only a one-year deal and he has to renegotiate before the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. Desalle will turn thirty-one in May, so should keep running.

#21: Gautier Paulin could be hunting for a new contract once the Grand Prix season kicks off again, as his deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP is thought to expire at the end of this year. MX Vice is awaiting confirmation.

#259: Glenn Coldenhoff signed a two-year deal with Standing Construct KTM (at the time) that will run out at the end of this year. There is no way that he will go anywhere else – that would be so surprising. It would not be a shock if he has already extended.

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#27: Arminas Jasikonis signed a new deal at the end of the previous season, but it was a one-year extension. This is going to be an intriguing one to follow once the series starts up again – Jasikonis is off to a very good start on the FC 450 though.

#61: Jorge Prado signed a huge deal in the middle of last year and is going to be orange for the foreseeable. Prado will finish his current deal with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the end of 2023, so the same time as Jeffrey Herlings.

#91: Jeremy Seewer is locked into a deal with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing until the end of 2021, so he will continue to be the lead rider in blue. There is nothing to see here! Wilvo will continue to run that factory operation as well.

#89: Jeremy Van Horebeek is on a year-to-year deal with Honda SR Motoblouz, so will have to renegotiate. It would be a surprise to see Van Horebeek go elsewhere though – he is tight with those guys and why they are in the Grand Prix paddock.

#43: Mitch Evans is on a one-year deal, which is pretty surprising, but it is safe to assume that HRC will lock him up in a multi-year deal now. It would not be a surprise if the deal is done or close to being at that point. Hey, at least he can get a pay rise!

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#24: Shaun Simpson is probably in a multi-year deal with SS24, huh? If SS24 does not re-sign Simpson then, well, who knows. This is all obviously a joke – he is going to stick with his own team.

#41: Pauls Jonass will reach the end of his deal at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, which is really interesting. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing are completely up on the MXGP side, and there are clearly other high-profile stars they can go for.

#29: Henry Jacobi entered the premier division with the SM Action Yamaha outfit, but that contract was a one-year deal for the current Grand Prix term. Jacobi has already made enough of a statement to be sought after for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship.

#189: Brian Bogers is currently working through the first year of his contract with Marchetti KTM and could actually return for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. There is a second-year option in his deal, which could make things easier.

#4: Arnaud Tonus is expected to reach the end of his current deal at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. MX Vice is awaiting confirmation from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP on this one.

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#747: Michele Cervellin is off to a solid start with SDM Corse Yamaha and does not have too much to worry about. Although he is on a one-year deal currently, he does have a second-year option on his contract with the Italian team.

#6: Benoit Paturel has a one-year contract with the new JM Racing Honda outfit, but there is an option in his deal for 2021. Paturel has ridden well thus far – even though there has only been a small sample size – so it would not be surprising if he stays put. 

#777: Evgeny Bobryshev joined PAR Homes RFX Racing Husqvarna in the off-season prior to the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but the deal was a one-year thing. Bobryshev will be on the market again at the end of the season.

#152: Petar Petrov joined the new look VRT Nordpesca KTM squad prior to the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but it was just a one-year contract. Petrov is another guy who will be shopping for a deal in the off-season, whenever that may be.

#128: Ivo Monticelli signed a new deal at the end of the previous term, hence why he is still sat underneath the Standing Construct awning. That was just a one-year deal though and he is therefore up again this year, much like his teammate.

#77: Alessandro Lupino managed to stay on the Gebben Van Venrooy team for this year, as he already had a contract in place before the talk about switching to Yamaha had even begun. The deal is up at the end of this year though.

#92: Valentin Guillod is in the same boat as Jeremy Van Horebeek – the contract with Honda SR Motoblouz is just for this year at the moment. There is more pressure on Guillod, as he has already fallen out of Grands Prix once.

#911: Jordi Tixier has bounced around so much in the last couple of years that looking ahead to 2021 is just too much of a stretch at this point. It is likely that he is going to make his own team for the Grand Prix series though, so doing a deal will not be an issue. 

#7: Tanel Leok will be with the A1M Husqvarna outfit for as long as he continues to do the Grand Prix series, which may be forever at this rate. Nothing to see here.

#321: Samuele Bernardini is currently competing for the Italian Ghidinelli Yamaha outfit, but his contact is going to expire at the end of the current term. It is fairly typical for guys on lower-tier teams to work on a year-by-year basis. 

#811: Adam Sterry has a one-year contract with JD Gunnex Racing, so he will be free to shop around at the end of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Sterry could be another one who receives interest if he can prove himself.

#10: Calvin Vlaanderen is only on a one-year deal with the Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha, so is going to be open to talk to teams about 2021. Vlaanderen could potentially be hot property once he gets going – there is no doubt he is worth a swing.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

List Them: KTM Podiums

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A new game on MX Vice and one that is much harder than recent weeks. Try to name all of the riders who have landed on the MX2 overall podium as a KTM rider since 2004. There is high chance that you will fly through this quiz and then get stuck on the final five riders, so get your head in the game. Yet again we’ll get you started with David Philippaerts, because spelling that is a real pain. Just to be clear here: If the rider was on a KTM when they stood on the MX2 podium, they need to be listed.

Okay, we need to give this one away. Anthony Boissiere would have been a hard one to get. Who the hell knows how to spell that though? Only 31 riders to get now…

Phillips on: 2005 Rewind

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There was a sense of nostalgia over the weekend, as Infront Moto Racing released footage of the 2005 Motocross of Nations that was run at Ernee. Watching that was a brilliant way to pass the time in an otherwise quiet period. What is not to like about that! The 2005 edition was a special one for myself, as that was the year that I got hooked on the whole professional scene.

I started to wake up to everything that was going on as an eight-year-old in 2004, and then in 2005 I was following it all extensively and somehow knew everything about each guy. I still have no real idea how that transition happened. Anyway, there was a reason why going to the 2005 Motocross of Nations was such a big thing for me. It was simple: Ricky Carmichael was racing. Although most are keen to claim that having the American riders at the events is not that big a deal, I just think back to how it impacted my experience.

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Funny story on that front. It was my whole goal to meet Ricky Carmichael and I found a position around his little private area out the back of the team semi, which was fenced off. I stood there for what felt like hours waiting to simply catch a glimpse of him – there was no real plan to get something signed or anything. RC eventually emerged and whilst passing he looked at us and said something like, “How are you guys doing?” It was just a pleasantry – nothing overly complicated that required much in return.

I completely froze.

It makes me laugh to this day, as I have such a clear memory of just staring with my jaw on the ground. The GOAT was there in person! That really made the Motocross of Nations experience for me. I should probably clarify that I did attend the previous edition at Lierop in The Netherlands too. Ernee felt like the first real one that I went to though – it had that international flavour that the race is built off of. I will argue to the death with anyone who says there is no advantage to having the American riders there.

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Anyway, back to the whole nostalgia thing. There were three guys who I really rooted for as a nine-year-old – Ben Townley and Josh Coppins were in that group with Carmichael. I always had this need to root for guys from New Zealand for no reason and then coincidentally ended up living there in 2007. I remember buzzing during the middle of the 2005 FIM Motocross World Championship. Townley swept four motos in a row in Italy and France, then Coppins did the same at the following two rounds in Sweden and South Africa. Life was good!

Having the American guys back at the 2005 Motocross of Nations – and out in full force as well – was a highlight for most. The way that Townley rode in the final moto doesn’t get talked about enough though  he sprinted away from the rest of the field and went with Carmichael! Those two were around two seconds a lap quicker than anyone else, looking at it now. Townley was already a world champion at that time, yeah, but I cannot help but feel that was a real turning point in his career. Everyone was forced to sit up and take notice.

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Another point that gets forgotten about is that Townley was not even supposed to be in the Open class on a big bike. Initially, he was set to drop to MX2 for the first time since the 2004 Motocross of Nations with Darryl Hurley in the Open category. Things got shuffled around when Hurley got hurt a few weeks before the race  Townley slid into his place and Cody Cooper was drafted into the MX2 berth. Funny to think that such a heroic may have never happened has Hurley stayed healthy.

Would the Motocross of Nations be what it is today had that historic event at Ernee not happened in 2005? Perhaps. The next year at Matterley Basin may have then been the springboard that was needed, had that been the case. Ernee was certainly a turning point though and Youthstream – now Infront Moto Racing – are mostly responsible, but so is Ricky Carmichael. RC took the whole thing so seriously and that added to the lure of seeing Team USA compete against the European riders. That photo of him walking out onto the podium with the American flag captures everything perfectly.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

Replay: Trentino in 2019

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Not that this is breaking news, but there are absolutely no sporting events to watch at the moment. Motocross fans can not even take advantage of esports, as the games are not nearly advanced enough. Bad times indeed! Old replays will have to suffice with that in mind and MXGP-TV shared full coverage of the 2019 Grand Prix of Trentino to scratch that itch. That was, of course, the race where Tim Gajser toppled Antonio Cairoli to win his first race in more than a year.

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Vice Poll: Surprise Hits

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Remember the Grand Prix of The Netherlands? It was a while ago now – there is a chance you will not quite remember – but it was actually an exciting start to the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship! There were plenty of shocks and surprises in the premier class, which created intriguing stories that would undoubtedly flourish as the season progressed. Who surprised you the most at the first two rounds though? There are plenty of names to consider. If you need a reminder of what the points looked like then this will help.

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KTM AG News: Shows

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This is big. Industry leading trade shows like EICMA in Milan or Intermot in Germany are huge for the both the road and off-road manufacturers – and do not take place until November – yet KTM AG are pulling all of their manufacturers out of the shows. The news is below.

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KTM AG have assessed their overall strategy for the rest of 2020 and have decided to make several key decisions in the wake of COVID-19 impacting public health, communities, the motorcycle industry and business on a global scale. In the best interest of their employees and customers, the company will withdraw from global trade shows for the rest of the year, including INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany and the EICMA exhibition in Milan, Italy.

The proper planning of such events is currently at risk due to the uncertainty surrounding public gathering restrictions in most countries. The annual success of these indoor shows also sees hundreds of thousands of visitors gathering in enclosed spaces for a period lasting days and even weeks. For these reasons, KTM AG have identified their exclusion as way to contribute towards a safe and strong return to normal activity.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles will push ahead with current and future projects in order to provide the motorcycling market with exciting and innovative models and look for the best ways to show-off these developments. The KTM AG board of directors wish to communicate that the coming months represent a small squeeze on the brake, but hands are very much poised on the throttle for the rest of 2020.

Hubert Trunkenpolz (KTM AG CMO): “Trade shows are key business milestones for the entire motorcycle industry but given the situation, public health and the welfare of our staff are higher priorities over the coming months. We have taken this course of action with a great deal of thought and, as a company, KTM AG would be pleased and interested if show promoters, EICMA in particular, would consider moving dates to 2021, where we hope and expect the situation to be settled and back to normal.”

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Updates: RJ Hampshire

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If there is one positive in the current COVID-19 situation, it is that riders who are currently dealing with injuries have a chance to get healthy again. RJ Hampshire was dealing with an injury that no one even knew about – the plan was to keep it that way until the end of 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. The shake-up in the current schedule has forced him to undergo surgery on a torn ACL prematurely, however, with an eye on being ready to race in 2021. The news was announced via this statement.

“Wish I didn’t have to make this post. I didn’t say much about it for many reasons… Back in December I dabbed my knee coming into a corner and the handlebar came down right on top. I completely tore my ACL, multiple tears in my meniscus and a fractured tibia. For myself, missing supercross was not an option after the work and changes we made. I didn’t miss a day of riding and did everything I could to get it where I was happy going into round one. The beating it took on race day was much worse than the practice days.

“I was set on getting it fixed at the end of outdoors, but now with the rest of supercross getting moved until later in the year and the uncertainty of when motocross is starting that wasn’t gonna happen. I had surgery early this week to repair the knee! A big thank you to Dr. Bowman and Vanderbilt Orthopaedics for getting me in during these times and understanding the urgency, I know it wasn’t easy. The recovery has started and will be looking forward to getting back to the races!”

Third is the position that RJ Hampshire currently occupies in the 250SX East standings. Eighteen points separate him from the current series leader, Chase Sexton.

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Bitesize: Change History

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Another quiet week on planet earth is complete, with no motocross events to speak of. The enforced break is helping some guys, like Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado, but the healthy protagonists like Jeffrey Herlings and Tim Gajser must be spewing. There is nothing to gain from being sat on the couch for those two riders.

The best possible outcome is that they come out of this at the same level as they were before, but the only way is up for a handful of their competitors. This is a scenario that will not be repeated in the coming years – one would hope at least – and therefore this has to be looked at as an anomaly. It is what it is! Take some time to consider how this would have impacted the years gone by though, as this really could have changed the record books and helped a few guys pad out their bank account a bit more.

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Jeffrey Herlings is a good one to consider. Herlings has followed a strange pattern since joining the premier division, as he has entered the season injured every other year. Every season that has been an odd number (2017 and 2019) has been a bit of a mess with pre-seasons injuries, then the even numbers (2018 and 2020) tend to go great. The current season has followed that pattern so far at least. What if this mid-season hiatus had fallen on one of the years that he had got injured? There is a chance he would have another title.

Herlings didn’t actually skip any rounds in his first premier class term but did enter with a wrist injury that basically caused him to not hit his stride until May or June. It all came good at that point and he clawed his way back to second in the championship standings – that was a miracle all things considered and testament to the turnaround that he made. What if he had done two events – he was 51 points down at that point – and then had a chance to figure things out? It is not wild to think that he could have pulled off a title.

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The same could be said about the season just gone. Herlings obviously missed the start of that season and was not in a position to compete in either April or May. That would have worked out pretty well, eh? There is then a chance that the whole sighting-lap drama at the Grand Prix of Latvia would not have happened at all. Making a run at the world title would have been a tall order that time – there would have still been rust – but he would have been in there. It just so happens that this is the year he does not need the help.

A lot could have potentially changed had this break entered the fray during the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. Would Antonio Cairoli have had that season-ending crash at the Grand Prix of Latvia? There is a chance that would not have gone on then he could have stayed in the fight and potentially picked up a tenth world title. This just proves how much of an impact this enforced break may have on the current fight for the crown. The series could look very different to how it did when the gates finally drop again.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer