THE WEEKLY FEED: AKE’S DOMINATOR, RAD HARD ENDURO VIDS AND SOCIAL CANDY

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Ake Jonsson and his 1972 Maico 400

With the insight and technical data from the incredible folks at MXWORKSBIKE.COM

Ake Jonsson totally dominated the 1972 TransAMA series and following his 3-moto victory at Saddleback, it was 9 wins in a row in an 11 race series. Ake ‘s machine was a 400 Maico, tuned to fit him- but nowhere near as trick or light as DeCoster and Joel Robert’s Suzuki’s (reports had them at over thirty pounds lighter than the Maico). At the final round Ake wore a Dirt Bike Magazine jersey, specially made for the Swedish racer. At that exact moment in time, there was not a faster motocross racer on the planet.
Akes machine was totally restored by Terry Good for the MXWORKSBIKE.COM collection. The TransAMA bike used a smaller tank than the GP machines (45-minute motos versus the TransAMA  3-30 minute motos), a smaller 250 three row primary chain/clutch, a special seat, Akront rims and Metzeler tires. Ake’s machine was hand built in house after being developed by a pretty hard core trio of riders Adolf Weil, Willi Bauer and  Ake.
Saddleback, 1972, three motos, three wins for Ake Jonsson.

 

NEWS

RED BULL OVERRIDE TO BRING UNIQUE HARD ENDURO RACING TO TEXAS

Rocky Ridge Ranch to host 6-hour Hard Enduro Race on December 7-8

Motorcycle racing in Texas is about to get a lot tougher when Red Bull Override rolls into town on December 7-8.  Built around a 6-hour hard enduro race, the event will incorporate a unique format featuring three “override routes,” each offering a risk vs. reward challenge in the quest to attain victory.  Both amateurs and professionals can take part in the several classes of racing offered, and the event weekend will also feature music, camping, bonfires and more.

If a 6-hour hard enduro race through seemingly impassible terrain doesn’t sound difficult enough, throw in a strategy aspect that will push riders to the limit as their body and minds reach exhaustion.  That’s Red Bull Override.  The main course will consist of a loop between 9-12 miles of technical riding that also incorporates three “override routes”– short cuts that feature significantly more difficult terrain. As participating riders race to complete the most laps, each “override route,” will reduce the length of the lap, but increase the difficulty. Thus, throughout the 6 hours, strategy and endurance will become as equally important as riding skill in order to navigate the course. The three routes are designated by colors and will each open at a different time throughout the race.  Approximately 1.5 hours in the race, the yellow line will open, followed by the blue route 3 hours into the race, and finally the red route shortly after dark.  With every rider having to complete each override route at least once to finish the race, they will need to decide what the best tactic is based on their individual skillset and level of fatigue.

More info and registration at www.redbull.com/override

 

DISTRICT 37 RIDERS REUNION!

 

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GEAR BAG

Pro Circuit announces their new T-6 and Ti-6 line of exhaust systems are available for the 2020 YZ450F model. Designed and manufactured in the USA, the new line of exhaust systems for the YZ450F continues with improved performance Yamaha riders have come to know. Whether you choose to bolt on a Ti-6 Pro Titanium Exhaust System or the T-6 Stainless Steel Slip-On Silencer, Pro Circuit has the performance exhaust you’re looking for.

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JUST FLAT GNARLY

This rates way up on the food chain as one of my favorite shots ever! Ryan Dungey, his bike stuck in gear hand shifts it while airborne during the Monster Energy Cup a few years back.

WOLF-BACK IN THE DAY

Testing KTM’s 350 Off-Road 2-stroke back in 1986. This machine was basically their 500 with a smaller piston. The power built slow and really didn’t have the snap we wanted on the west coast. I loved the look of this wagon, but honestly preferred the 250- it was quicker, and more nimble.

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