THE YEAR IN REVIEW: THE PEOPLE AND MACHINES THAT SHAPED OUR SPORT

Our countdown to the people, racers, bike and technology that made the year 2016 special.

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Yes Ken Roczen proved to be a dynamic catalyst for the world of motocross. Just as interesting was his machine, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and the powerhouse Yoshimura engine team. The bike is considered dated, heavy and stagnant. The reality is that it exudes a handling platform that high end racers embrace. It’s planted, it turns, it handles. And running completely under the radar was the role that Yoshimura played in the machines domination- they built and maintained the engine, injection and electronics for their team, but also for RCH. Ken Roczen took this heavy, long in the tooth machine and killed it. Congrats to KR, but also a big thumbs up to Yosh!

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While Kurt Caselli passed away three years ago, his presence remains a major force in the off-road world. The Caselli Foundation commits to helping riders, Kurt’s passion continues to fuel racers and companies to embrace the sport and his ride day is one of the most popular functions in the dirt bike arena.

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MOBIUS KNEE BRACE

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The Mobius knee brace is unique in its super light weight, incredible clenching system and ease of adjustment. It’s used by Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villipoto and rates as one of the top knee brace systems that we use and prefer!

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Austin Forkner made the transition from a brilliant amateur career to a signed contract with Pro Circuit Kawasaki and showed that he was not scared to stick his nose right into the fracas. A strong starter, the Missouri bred racer became a crowd favorite and looks to be a future super star. We found him exciting, a nice fresh face and a knack for getting right into the heart of the battle. Photo Tyler Johnson

R.I.P.

Chuck “Feets” Minert (1931-2016)

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Chuck was best known as BSA rider who won the Catalina Grand Prix, earned Grand National Flat Track points and National motocross points in the same year and as a Vet, battled with young stars like Gary Chaplin and Gaylon Mosier on his 4-stroke in an era where Maico’s dominated the Saddleback scene.

 

 

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