It doesn’t get any better than this! Roger DeCoster showing flawless form, dress and determination on the Factory Suzuki. This was an era of big change as long-travel was just coming into the picture. Maico re-wrote the rules when they moved their shocks up, lengthening the travel from 4′ to over 8″. Suzuki, dominant for years with DeCoster on machines that were 15-20 pounds lighter than the competition were suddenly fighting for relevance. DeCoster was known to cut and jig his own frames and suspension dimensions trying to find the perfect combo. Love the down pipe!



pics and copy Mark Kariya

The current points leader in the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series, Jacob Argubright felt right at home at round one of the AMA West Region ISDE Qualifier Series near Red Mountain, California. He won the first day by more than two minutes and was runner-up by seven seconds on day two, putting him in the points lead in two different series.
J.T. Baker has had a seamless transition to the factory-backed Gas Gas XC 300. He started both days strongly and posted 2-4 results for the weekend.
AMA Off-road Racing Manager Erek Kudla flew out from Ohio to be on hand all weekend to answer the many questions that came up. He’ll be attending all Qualifiers this year as well as Six Days. But on Sunday, he got back to his roots, riding Dirt Bike’s Beta 200 RR test bike to fifth Vet Lightweight II Expert.


The three tests got more difficult with the third one featuring plenty of side hills, technical rocks and this climb that not everyone made. (The Lost Coyotes provided an alternate way around that, of course, took a bit more time.)
Though more of a WORCS regular and not a desert racer, Dante Oliveira proved a quick learner, going 3-1 on the weekend as he seeks to qualify for his second stint on the U.S. ISDE team.


Beta’s Steve Holcolmbe



New 125cc All-Star Series Expands to All 12 Rounds of 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Following a welcomed return to the Nationals last season, MX Sports Pro Racing has announced that the popular 125 All Star Series will expand for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Starting this May at the legendary Hangtown Motocross Classic, the unmistakable sound of the beloved 2-stroke motorcycle will be heard at all 12 rounds of the season. Each round of the 125 All Star Series will run as a precursor to the professional action on every Saturday throughout the summer, featuring a single four-lap moto from which the top three finishers will be recognized on the podium and given awards.


Cody Webb and Kyle Redmond pushing the limits












Sunstar  Yamaha Works Triplestar Aluminum Rear Sprocket
Sunstar is driving Yamaha riders to success with their Works Triplestar Aluminum Rear Sprocket. Constructed out of 7075-T6 Aerospace Grade Aluminum, the featherweight Sprocket reduces rotating mass in a critical area while maximizing time at the front of the pack. With durability in mind, mud grooves are implemented at the tooth area of the sprocket to minimize mud buildup in the deepest conditions while maximizing chain and sprocket life and money in your wallet. Available in a plethora of colors and sizes, the same Sprocket used by the Cycle Trader | Rock River | Yamaha Team ensures all riders have access to factory level equipment at an affordable price.  $67.95


I love this shot! Being heavily influenced by Ake Jonsson, I was clad in  Hallman leathers, Daytona boots, and a wicked Bel Ray jersey with an FMF patch.  My bike was a Yamaha 400 fit with Maico forks, Andre bars and a Hoss front fender. This is Hangtown, 1976 and I’m racing Open Expert class on Saturday before the National. Here’s what I remember: the track was brutally rough, big-wide-sandy and it packed a punch. I finished, not well but remember that Danny Leet won my class and that some guy named Daryl Shultz won the 250 class. The next day was one of the greatest races I’d ever watched as Bob Hannah set the motocross world a flame.


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