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.

Mark Hucklebridge

https://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Hucklebridge1 

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.

Ryan Villopoto

Video: 2021 CRF450R

Nearly two decades after its introduction to the motocross world, Honda’s CRF450R begins a new chapter for 2021, this latest version inspired by a razor sharp cornering design philosophy. Already the industry’s top-selling motocross model along with its exclusive CRF450RWE sibling, the CRF450R is guided by three main goals for 2021: improved power (particularly on corner exits), improved handling and better consistency for both bike and rider over the course of a tough moto.

Video: Honda Powersports | Lead Image: Honda Powersports

News: 2021 CRF450R

Finally! The final drop of news, regarding the next model year of bikes, has become available, as Honda just unveiled the 2021 CRF450R, which obviously looks a lot like the bike that Tim Gajser pilots in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Official communication is below.

Press Release

Nearly two decades after its introduction to the motocross world, Honda’s CRF450R begins a new chapter for 2021, this latest version inspired by a “Razor Sharp Cornering” design philosophy. Already the industry’s top-selling motocross model along with its exclusive CRF450RWE sibling, the CRF450R is guided by three main goals for 2021: improved power (particularly on corner exits), improved handling and more consistent lap times over the course of a tough moto.

Honda’s lightened, latest-generation twin-spar aluminum frame headlines the update list, with changes that reduce lateral rigidity for improved cornering performance and stability. Out back, a new swingarm improves rear traction. The Unicam engine features updates to the decompression system, intake and exhaust (including a switch from two mufflers to one), resulting in improved low-and-midrange performance and a narrower layout. A stouter clutch with hydraulic activation is new, delivering reduced slip and a lighter lever pull for more consistent performance. The new bodywork and seat offer a slimmer, smoother rider interface, as well as simplified maintenance.

Having already earned a place on the list of all-time successful Honda models, the CRF450R continues to demonstrate Honda’s commitment to winning,” said Lee Edmunds, Senior Manager of Powersports Marketing at American Honda. “With its emphasis on cornering performance, we are confident that the all-new 2021 model will help Red Riders write their own names in the record books with dominant performances from gate drop to checkered flag.”

Each of the CRF450R’s updates is transferred to the closed-course off-road-focused CRF450RX and the high-spec CRF450RWE motocross machine, which in addition to its already illustrious list of trick parts, features a Twin Air air filter plus Hinson clutch basket and cover for 2021. Benefiting dramatically from the reduced weight and increased attention to low-end power delivery, the CRF450RX adds off-road-focused features and, new for 2021, handguards. The CRF450X, which has amassed an incredible 13 Baja 1000 wins, returns alongside the renamed CRF450RL dual-sport bike, both models adding handguards and updated graphics to an already proven formula. Honda’s mid-displacement ADV, the CB500X, returns in a new Matte Black Metallic color while the TRX90X sport ATV returns with updated graphics and color-matched front shock springs.

While the focus is on the all-new 2021 CRF450R, Honda is happy to announce that it will continue to offer the 2020 CRF450R, that being the production version of the factory machine raced by Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton this season. Available at a permanent price reduction and made possible through an additional production run, the model is a standout option for customers seeking high performance and a good value.

CRF450R

The industry’s benchmark motocross machine, Honda’S CRF450R has amassed an impressive collection of awards and titles over the years. Rather than rest on its laurels, Honda has gone back to the drawing board for the 2021 model year, endowing the legendary machine with updates aimed at improved power, handling and consistency, with a focus on “razor sharp cornering” this time. Drawing on lessons learned from Honda Racing Corporation’s global race program, including Team Honda HRC’s AMA Supercross and Motocross efforts, the 2021 CRF450R features engine updates focused on low-to-midrange performance, a newly designed chassis with revised rigidity and a slimmer overall package. The combination yields a machine that performs at a high level for the duration of a tough moto.

Pricing: $9,599

CRF450RWE

For motocross enthusiasts who demand the absolute best when it comes to performance, the premium CRF450RWE (Works Edition) benefits from the same improvements as the 2021 CRF450R, plus a long list of elite-level updates based on the machines in the Team Honda HRC factory race shop. As with the CRF450R, this model is endowed with important updates aimed at improving power, handling and consistency and—befitting its status as the clear benchmark when it comes to lap times—it boasts additional features aimed at refining power, suspension performance and aesthetics. New for 2021, the CRF450RWE now comes standard with a Hinson clutch basket and cover, as well as a Twin Air air filter.

Pricing: $12,380

2020 CRF450R

While many off-road riders demand the latest technology, a number of customers see value as a top priority, though still not willing to make a big sacrifice in terms of performance. By creating the all-new 2021 CRF450R and making an additional production run of 2020 units that will be available at a permanent price reduction, Honda is able to address the needs of both groups. The same platform raced by Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton in the 2020 AMA Supercross series, the 2020 CRF450R features proven performance alongside electronic rider aids like Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), which maximizes rear-tire hookup to keep all of the Unicam® engine’s horsepower driving the bike and rider forward.

Pricing: $8,599

CRF450RX

Ridden by Phoenix Racing Honda, SLR Honda and JCR Honda at the national-championship level, the CRF450RX is well-suited for closed-course off-road competition such as GNCC, WORCS and NGPC. For the 2021 model year, it’s better than ever, getting the same important performance upgrades as the motocross-focused CRF450R and retaining off-road-specific features like dedicated ECU and suspension settings, an 18-inch rear wheel and an aluminum side stand. New for 2021, the CRF450RX comes standard with handguards and a revised 2.1 gallon fuel tank that narrows the bike width at the radiator shrouds. The combination yields a race machine that’s ready to chase arrows and ribbon along trails from coast to coast.

Pricing: $9,899

CRF450RL

Through a winning combination of performance, durability and comfort, Honda’s road-legal dirt bike has made a name for itself in the dual-sport world. And for 2021, it has a title befitting its level of performance. Now called the CRF450RL, this capable dual-sport machine remains based on the trail-connecting approach that broadens customers’ ride-planning possibilities. Powered by Honda’s proven 449cc Unicam engine and wide-ratio six-speed transmission, plus premium long-travel suspension and twin-spar aluminum frame, the CRF450RL now comes standard with lightweight handguards for increased comfort and protection no matter where the ride leads.

Pricing: $10,399

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Honda Powersports

Latest: Kevin Strijbos

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Kevin Strijbos has joined Pauls Jonass and Andrea Adamo on the sidelines, unfortunately, as a persistent back problem that has plagued him since January. Strijbos was finally forced to have surgery earlier this month, as the pain intensified after tweaking it further. The injury has ruled him out of the Grand Prix of Latvia – all three of them – but he is adamant that he will return. After all, he has an entire effort that revolves around him actually being on track.

Unfortunately I will not be lining up when @MXGP starts again in Kegums, because of an operated hernia repair yesterday. I struggled with it since January and because the races always got postponed and we didn’t know when we would start again I decided not to get the operation done and tried everything to let it heal and make it better with injection, physio and acupuncture…

But two weeks ago I did hurt it more and couldn’t ride anymore, so in the end I needed to get the operation. It’s a shame as we did a lot of testing during the break and I felt we made good progress with our set-up. It is what it is and I’m gonna let it heal and be back on the bike when I’m allowed. Thanks to Dr. Kris De Smedt who did the operation and all the people, doctors and physiotherapists who helped me. We will come back, don’t worry.”

Strijbos has not yet scored points in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, but he has been right on the verge of doing so. A pair of twenty-firsts at the opening event, the Grand Prix of Great Britain, were particularly frustrating for the ailing Belgian, who is still the top Suzuki performer in the premier class.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

Deals of the Week: 29

The start of another week, and another great opportunity to pick up some bargains! There has never been a better time to give your bike (or you) some much-needed attention. It is even more important to be well-prepared now, with tracks opening again. To help you out, because we are nice, we have compiled a list of some deals that may interest you. We’ll get some different deals up at the end of each week. Check back regularly! These are only available via this link and special for MX Vice readers.

Talon Evo Wheels for £599.99.

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Cycra Fork Guard for £21.95.

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Team Split: Brian Hsu

Brian Hsu’s path in the sport of motocross continues to confuse onlookers, as he has split from yet another squad and now faces an uncertain future. Hsu found a comfortable home with HTS KTM, a Hungarian team that doesn’t have a presence outside of the national scene and enabled him to compete in European indoor events in the off-season, but is no longer a part of that operation. The news was announced via the following statement from the team owner.

Brian Hsu and I have stopped working together and collaboration. Quote Brian, they have different plans and they are doing their job professionally. We wish them more success! I am convinced that the team is still on the right track – we’re trying to build from this year’s difficulties and trials. We continue to do everything we can to help our competitors careers as efficiently as possible. Thank you for the continuous support and encouragement coming towards our team and competitors.”

Hsu has not yet approached this subject publicly, and it is unlikely that he will do. One would think that his priority is to make money at events like Geneva, Paris and more now. A future in the FIM Motocross World Championship is extremely unlikely at this point.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

All Results: Maidsville GNCC

The eighth round of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country series in the United States, often referred to as just GNCC, grabbed a lot of the eyeballs, as Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne made a wildcard appearance in the XC1 Open Pro category. How did Zach fare in Maidsville, West Virginia, on Sunday? Results from those individual XC1 and XC2 classes are below – those have been split from the overall classification that included all 239 riders from different classes. Osborne ended up twenty-ninth in the overall classification.

XC1 Open Pro Series Standings
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings
XC1 Open Pro Classification (13:00)
XC1 250 Pro Classification (13:00)

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Simon Cudby

All Results: Finnish MX

There is no doubt that every motocross fan in the world is desperately searching around for Finnish Motocross Championship results right now, but call off the search operation! The MX1 and MX2 results are in. All jokes aside, the series played host to some big names like Tanel Leok and Harri Kullas earlier today. Rain battered the Nurmijarvi track, hence why the lap times were rather long and Kullas managed to lap so many guys in the first premier-class moto. Anyway, all of the results can be viewed just below this text.

MX1 Overall Classification
MX2 Overall Classification
MX1 Moto Two (14:30)
MX2 Moto Two (13:30)
MX1 Moto One (12:00)
MX2 Moto One (11:30)
MX1 Time Practice (09:00)
MX2 Time Practice (08:00)

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

All Results: RFME MX

Another week and another load of results to publish. It is almost like a regular season! The fourth round of the Spanish Motocross Championship was run at Montearagon earlier today, and played host to some recognisable names yet again. The Spanish series has taken centre stage in the last week, thanks to back-to-back races, but won’t actually return until the middle of September now. That is when the fifth round of eleven (the series will run into November) will take place. Anyway, the results from round four are now available below.

MX2 Overall Classification
MX1 Overall Classification
MX2 Moto Two (12:35)
MX1 Moto Two (11:45)
MX2 Moto One (10:10)
MX1 Moto One (09:25)
MX2 Warm Up (08:20)
MX1 Warm Up (08:00)
MX2 Qualifying Race (11:45)
MX1 Qualifying Race (11:15)
MX2 Time Practice (09:20)
MX1 Time Practice (08:35)

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

Pre-Entry List: French Elite

Things are about to ramp up quite quickly in Europe, as various national championships will resume ahead of the third round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. The weekend before the Grand Prix of Latvia – that being the first weekend in August – is set to be particularly busy, as the MX Nationals UK campaign will kick off and there is rumoured to be a one-off race in The Netherlands too. The opening round of the French Elite series is also going to begin on that weekend and a handful of top riders have already committed to the race, held at Magescq. The pre-entry lists can be viewed below.

MX1

1

Maxime Desprey

18

Dan Houzet

32

Milko Potisek

66

Alain Schafer

85

Cedric Soubeyras

89

Jeremy Van Horebeek

92

Valentin Guillod

109

Jonathan Dekerle

123

Loic Ferry

155

Sebastien Dulot

182

Loic Lepine

212

Romain Laurent

370

Adrien Lamour

421

Paul Stauder

457

Loic Guizard

461

Timothee Collet

511

Kevin Ladrat

519

William Dho

579

Cedric Picard

592

Pieter Saaiman

737

Valentin Teillet

773

Thomas Do

861

Julien Minondo

874

Dominique Bendaoud

895

Francois Rigollot

914

Yann Condevaux

918

Camille Chapeliere

946

Daymond Martens

993

Aurelien Partida

MX2

4

Romain Pape

21

Julien Roussaly

26

David Herbreteau

34

Bogdan Krajewski

38

Pierre Moine

78

Axel Louis

96

Tom Bochet

112

Martin Cligny

113

Pierre-Jean Condomines

115

Mike Gwerder

118

Stephen Rubini

122

Nathan Murat

156

Maxime Sot

170

Yannis Irsuti

191

Lucas Bernard

199

Nathan Crawford

200

Luca Diserens

249

Matheo Miot

268

Thibault Maupin

270

Tom Guyon

276

Jeremy Bonneau

300

Alex Andecy

322

Julien Duhamel

324

Maxime Charlier

335

Enzo Polias

372

Theo Roussaly

397

Simon Depoers

405

Alexandre Grondin

432

Brandon Pillon

450

Cyril Cachet

460

Lucas Adam

602

Alex Gery

637

Alizio Pinson

648

Jordan Robidou

658

Enzo Levrault

717

Calum Marriott

720

Pierre Goupillon

783

Enzo Toriani

806

Theo Drapier

815

Hugo Roussaly

826

Romain Coquard

837

Thomas Picot

899

Jules Gourribon

919

Ben Watson

922

Loris Levy

Words: Lewis Phillips


Lead Image: Ray Archer


Virtual Studio Show: #15

Ben Watson of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing MX2 was the guest on this week’s virtual ‘Studio Show’ on MXGP-TV, a series that replicates the typical studio format that is run at each Grand Prix. The conversation has ramped up a bit on the shows, now that a return date for the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship has been set in stone, as topics mainly revolve around how to peak at the right time and what preparation will be done in the month leading up to round three of the current campaign. Watch the video below to see what Watson had to say about those topics, and everything else that is covered. Watson is always a great interview.

Video: MXGP-TV | Lead Image: Ray Archer