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MV Agusta Fights AIDS at Cannes Film Festival

MO’s invite must’ve got lost in the mail to this year’s Cannes Festival, but we were there in spirit, as MV and Lewis Hamilton joined forces to bring in six times the retail cost of a Brutale 800 LH44 to battle AIDS. Good on them.

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MV Agusta Press Release:

Schiranna, Italy, May 24th 2019 – MV Agusta announces the donation of a limited edition Brutale 800 RR LH44 motorbike to amfAR, the foundation supporting AIDS research, auctioned off in Cannes at their star-studded yearly gala event, Thursday May 23rd, during the Cannes Film Festival.

The event, one of the most celebrity-dense of the entire Festival, took place at prestigious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, and included the LH44 Brutale designed by amfAR Gala Cannes Event Chair Lewis Hamilton. Produced as a limited edition series of only 144 units, it features the British champion’s number “44”, which he ran victoriously on all Formula 1 tracks. The 140 HP, 3 inline-cylinder engine Brutale 800 LH44 is a true design icon inspired by a racetrack legend. It did very well at the auction as it reached more than six times its retail price.

Over the years, amfAR has managed to raise more than $220 Million through their yearly gala auction in Cannes, funding AIDS research around the world. The amfAR gala auction, this year in its 26th edition, is a highly anticipated event for Festival regulars and featured, in addition to MV’s Lewis Hamilton Brutale, a number of paintings, sculptures and other highly exclusive items.

Timur Sardarov said: “I am delighted MV Agusta could support amfAR in their efforts to fight AIDS. I know many of the guests who attended the event are MV fans, and some of them already are proud MV owners. The Brutale 800 RR LH44 is a rare gem, and I am proud that it contributed to help amfAR continue with the incredible work they’re doing.”

About amfAR:

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $550 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

 

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KTM buoyed by recent MotoGP performances

2019 MotoGP – Round Five – Le Mans

The Red Bull KTM pitbox at Le Mans was full of smiles and high-fives after Pol Espargaro took the KTM RC16 to 6th place at round five of MotoGP, the best dry weather result for the crew in their third year in the premier class.

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro Happy
Pol Espargaro

Team-mate Johann Zarco managed 13th, equalling his highest classification so far, at his home Grand Prix and in front of many fans under grey skies in France.

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro
KTM RC16 MotoGP – Pol Espargaro

27 intense laps of the Le Mans circuit yielded another small milestone in KTM’s young MotoGP history as all four bikes graced the top fifteen and scored points.

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro Pack
Pol Espargaro in the mix

Pol made a positive start and then chased the rear wheel of Valentino Rossi in the second half of the race, relatively safe ahead of Franco Morbidelli in seventh.

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro Rossi
Pol Espargaro chasing Rossi

Espargaro crossed the finish line less than six-seconds behind winner Marc Marquez.


Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager

“To fight in the top ten – for sixth place – and be only six seconds behind the race winner in dry conditions and no excuses: you can only be proud. We’re proud of Pol for how he made that result but also for all the people who have worked so hard on this project. We are still at the beginning of season-three but over the winter the comments from all our riders and test riders meant some ideas that took time to find technical answers and after Jerez we had some, and it was an achievement. We felt we had good performance and Friday here was amazing. Things did not work out as expected for qualifying but Pol did a great job and so did everyone around him and us. We’re still not happy that Johann cannot perform like Pol but I think we started to do the right things with him here and this was the first time where he said he felt comfortable and the lap-time was coming. Now we have to work hard to put that into a dry setting and to ‘make’ the bike more for him. He is more motivated and I think Jean-Michel Bayle helps him a lot. For the first time in history we have all KTMs in the championship points and I’m happy that Hafizh made it and Miguel did it again. It was a very good day and we’ll go to Mugello to try and beat it.”

MotoGP KTM Mike Leitner
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager

Zarco was kept busy in mid-pack but his run to 13th was cheered by much of the public at the fences and represented his joint-best result in his fifth GP with the RC16.

MotoGP KTM Zarco
Johann Zarco

Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin also both scored points with finishes of 15th and 14th respectively. Oliveira would have snared 14th spot but was penalised for exceeding track limits and dropped behind his teammate in the rankings.

MotoGP KTM Mechanics
KTM RC16 MotoGP

Hervé Poncharal – Red Bull KTM Tech3 Team Manager

“Altogether it was a very positive weekend in France for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team. We have gathered a lot of very important information. Thanks to the weather we could ride on the wet for the very first time, which was good and we could see that both of our riders were quite competitive. So, this is something we’ve done now and we can look into the future in a more optimistic way – in terms of weather. The race was quite strong. We didn’t gain too many positions at the start, but we kept a very decent rhythm. We were right behind Johann (Zarco) and I think the three KTM of Johann, Miguel and Hafizh did very similar times lap after lap after lap, which were quite interesting. In the end, I’m really glad for Hafizh, who was right behind Miguel very long and thanks to a penalty for Miguel, that he caught by going through a chicane, Hafizh managed to catch two points. I think this is very important for him to be with Miguel and Johann the whole race and he scored his very first points of the season. We know how important it is not to finish last and to be close to the guys you are fighting with. So, we are happy for Hafizh. Miguel did a strong weekend. As usual, we are very happy with what he did as well. One has to finish in front of the other, Miguel crossed the line in front of Hafizh, but due to the penalty Hafizh was in front of him eventually. At the end of the day, they are good teammates, they are good guys and the most important is; we’ve been competitive all through the weekend, much, much better than the previous round in Spain. KTM could be pleased, I think, because this is the best result from Pol (Espargaro) in a dry race and this is also the first time of the year, where we have the four guys inside the points. So, it’s is a good weekend for Red Bull KTM Tech3, but also for KTM. I’d like to thank them one more time. We have more work to do, more catch-up to do, but we are a happy team tonight. We worked hard and this is the way we do, what we have to do, which is growing, improving and bringing KTM closer to the top guys, which will happen soon. So, thanks to everyone for the hard work, thanks to the two riders and their dedication in this project. Have a few days off and see you in Mugello!”

MotoGP KTM Mechanics
KTM RC16 MotoGP

Pol Espargaro is now inside the MotoGP Championship Top Ten with a tally of 31-points across the opening five rounds of MotoGP season 2019.

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro
KTM RC16 MotoGP – Pol Espargaro

Pol Espargaro – P6

“Simply a stunning result and almost unbelievable after less than two and a half years. We are showing that we are on the way. I am so proud of this project. We are there because we were fifth, and we were there during the whole race. The competition is so high here with the best riders in the world and we are just five seconds from the winner and that factory. It is amazing and for sure gives us wings to keep working and be better in the next races to keep fighting for the top ten. I had so much fun today and was on the limit from start to the end and it was amazing to see we were catching Vale in some places and Petrucci needed to hit me to overtake me. This makes me feel really proud.”

MotoGP KTM Pol Espargaro Dovizioso
Pol Espargaro

Johann Zarco – P13

“A tough race today. I had a good start and was controlling the bike well but lap-after-lap I was the end of my power because I still don’t have the optimum feeling. I’m happy with 13th position because it is still some points. Overall the weekend had a few good things and I will keep this in mind for the next race. I wanted to be in the top ten and I was close at the beginning of the race but I could not follow the pace. It was a shame. Pol did fantastically this weekend and that is great for KTM and for him. I still need to work because he proved that this can take you somewhere. We need time and I said that at the beginning of the season. I felt the quality of the bike this weekend and we have things to work on, so we leave France with a little bit of a smile.”

MotoGP KTM Zarco Grid
Johann Zarco

Hafizh Syahrin – P14

“I enjoyed the race. In the beginning it was a bit difficult to find the speed but lap-by-lap I found a rhythm and I tried to fight with Miguel and stay close to him. Finally, he made a mistake and I ended up being 14th. These two points have a huge meaning for me and I want to dedicate them to my family and everybody around me but especially the French fans because they always appreciate all of us riders. It’s the home GP for the team and I never give up. I also want to thank my team because they always trusted in me and also never gave up to help me, to improve my bike, my riding style with the new machine.”

MotoGP Rnd LeMans Hafizh Syahrin
Hafizh Syahrin

Miguel Oliveira – P15

“It has been a hard race today. All weekend we didn’t have so much dry time, so obviously the setting was not perfect. Anyway, we managed to make some progress I was able to go a little bit faster than this morning. I struggled in the race with a couple of things, but in general I would say, the result was a bit better than Jerez, which for me is the only positive today. I’m quite upset with my penalty. Anyway, we move on to the next round now.”

MotoGP Rnd LeMans Miguel Oliveira Crutchlow
Miguel Oliveira

KTM hope for even more success at the Gran Premio D’Italia around the majestic sweeps and turns of Mugello that will take place in the first weekend will take place across the first weekend in June.

MotoGP KTM Fans
KTM MotoGP Fans
Pos. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 M Marquez Honda 41’53.647
2 A Dovizioso Ducati 1.984
3 D Petrucci Ducati 2.142
4 J Miller Ducati 2.94
5 V Rossi Yamaha 3.053
6 P Espargaro KTM 5.935
7 F Morbidelli Yamaha 7.187
8 F Quartararo Yamaha 8.439
9 C Crutchlow Honda 9.853
10 A Rins Suzuki 13.709
11 J Lorenzo Honda 15.003
12 A Espargaro Aprilia 29.512
13 J Zarco KTM 33.061
14 H Syahrin KTM 35.481
15 M Oliveira KTM 36.044
16 J Mir Suzuki 1 Lap
Not Classified
DNF T Nakagami Honda 9 Laps
DNF A Iannone Aprilia 19 Laps
DNF M Viñales Yamaha 21 Laps
DNF F Bagnaia Ducati 21 Laps
DNF T  Rabat Ducati 25 Laps
MotoGP KTM Mechanics
KTM RC16 MotoGP

Source: MCNews.com.au

Randy Mamola To Race IndianxWorkhorse Sprint Racer

Randy Mamola is racing once again!

Begin press release:


Indian Motorcycle has announced that Grand Prix legend and crowd favourite Randy Mamola will be campaigning the Workhorse Speedshop racer in the full Sultans of Sprint series as the modified Scout Bobber, named ‘Appaloosa’, made its first public appearance today at The Reunion in Monza.

Built by Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop to honour the Indian Scout’s 100th anniversary, ‘Appaloosa’ is named after the famous breed of horse. Brice explains, “I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle and speed. As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”

Randy Mamola says, “I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation. It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds and putting on a show for them.”

Outfitted with a bespoke racing suit created by Alpinestars, inspired by the racing suits they provide for the Indian Wrecking Crew, Randy will be competing in the Factory Class under race number #19 to celebrate 1919, the year the original Indian Scout was first revealed. In the Factory Class, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled) with no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.65bhp/kg.

‘Appaloosa’ is the culmination of over 700 hours of design and fabrication by Workhorse and has been supported with technical expertise and premium components from project partners Akrapovič, Beringer Brakes, MOTOREX, Öhlins, and Vibrant Performance.

After completely stripping the Scout Bobber, Brice cut and narrowed the original fuel tank, retaining the side profile, to create a cover for a new aluminium fuel cell which holds just 2.5 litres for sprint racing. With the fuel cell in place, work focussed on the riding position, a critical element for quick starts. A new sub-frame was fabricated to better support the rider under hard acceleration and combines with lower clip-on handlebars and drag-style foot controls to tilt the rider forward and keep weight over the front wheel.

To further enhance traction when the flag drops, Brice designed and welded an extended aluminium swingarm. With parts CNC machined from his drawings by Beringer Brakes, the swingarm is mated to advanced, fully adjustable suspension technology from Öhlins. Matching the STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers, Öhlins also supplied Retro 43 front forks and a steering damper to ensure the best possible grip and stability enabling the full performance of the bike to be utilised.

With a rolling chassis and elements of the streamlined fairing starting to take shape, Brice took Appaloosa to Akrapovič where a bespoke titanium exhaust system was created for maximum power and the best possible sound. Without making any internal modifications, engine power has been increased to 130hp with a combination of the Akrapovič exhaust, a racing ECU, Power Commander, direct intake, Nitrous Oxide Injection system and MOTOREX oil. To get the power to the tarmac, the original belt drive has been converted to chain drive and a quickshifter ensures swift and precise gear changes.

Bringing the rapid racer to a controlled stop is the complete 4D Aerotec braking system from Beringer Brakes. The 4D system features two Ø230mm discs per caliper for increased power over standard single discs as well as reduced inertia to aid acceleration. Beringer Brakes also supplied the handlebar controls and buttons as well as CNC machining many of the parts designed by Brice.

Using hosing supplied by Vibrant Performance the cooling system has been simplified for weight reduction and for a cleaner look around the engine. Additional components from Vibrant such as welded dash connectors, fuel and water tank caps and heat protection hoses add finishing touches to Appaloosa.

As well as competing in the Sultans of Sprint championship, Indian Motorcycle also plans to have the bike on static display in the UK at The Bike Shed (24 – 26 May) and during Wheels & Waves in France (12 – 16 June).

Sultans of Sprint Championship 2019

18 – 19 May The Reunion Monza, Italy
22 – 23 June Café Racer Festival Monthléry, France
31 Aug – 1 Sept Glemseck 101 Leonberg, Germany


















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HJC Helmets Presents Officially Licensed, DC Motorcycle Helmets

HJC continues its lineup of comic-themed helmet graphics, this time with the DC comic franchise in addition to its Marvel-themed helmets.

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When you think of a superhero, who comes to mind?  You’re likely thinking of a hero from the DC Universe.  HJC Helmets is thrilled to announce a licensing agreement with DC to produce exciting new graphics inspired by DC Super Heroes. The first to launch are two popular characters from DC’s Justice LeagueTM movie.

BatmanTM: the most well-known superhero of all time. Although he doesn’t possess any superpowers, Bruce Wayne’sTM wealth, physical strength, fighting abilities, and genius intellect come together to create Batman, the protector of Gotham CityTM.  This superhero’s dark and mysterious character is best represented by his bat suit and logo.  HJC’s RPHA 11 Batman motorcycle helmet replicates the advanced technology with matte patterns and textures found on Batman’s suit. The famous bat logo is included in the graphic on the top and rear of HJC’s top-of-the-line sport helmet, the RPHA 11.

This helmet may not increase your speed on a race track, but the i70 Flash will have people questioning if they just saw The FlashTM ride by on a motorcycle.  The lightning-fast superhero is featured on HJC’s brand new i70 helmet, a sport-touring, full face helmet that features an internal, drop-down sun visor.  The extremely lightweight and compact shell sports a modern and sleek design that fits very well with The Flash graphic. The i70 Flash captures the hero’s iconic lightning bolts contrasted on a detailed red graphic.

Stay tuned as HJC announces product release dates and more graphics from HJC Helmets & DC.

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Randy Mamola To Ride Indian Scout At Sultans Of Sprint

The folks at Indian Motorcycle continue to come up with off-the-wall ideas that kick ass and you are looking at their latest venture: Appaloosa. This is a one-of-a-kind custom Scout Bobber built by the famous fabricator Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop. It was designed to compete in the Sultans of Speed Sprint series in Europe, and Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola has agreed to pilot this wild stallion in the upcoming competitions.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation,” Mamola says. “It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds, and putting on a show for them.”

For those of you who are not aware of the Sultans of Speed then you can check out the video below. But basically it is a gathering of classic-style motorcycles, built in whatever retro cool style you can come up with, that drag race from point A to point B at the behest of a flagger dressed in rockabilly garb. It’s old-school racing that those crazy kids of Europe really enjoy.

For this particular project, Indian had the goal of commemorating the 100th anniversary of its Scout, which was first released in 1919, hence Appaloosa will compete with the number 19 on the plate. This motorcycle has been designed with sprint racing in mind too. The fuel tank has been narrowed and the controls are set up in a drag racing configuration that will have Mamola splayed out with his weight forward, along with an extended swingarm for maximum traction. The jet-fighter-inspired bodywork should help shield Mamomla’s mass while it slices through the air.

With companies like Akrapovič, Öhlins, and Beringer Brakes helping Workhorse get it completed, you can be sure this bike will be as impressive on the track as it is to look at. Especially with the free-spirited Mamola at the controls.

“I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle, and speed,” Hennebert explains. “As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”

In addition to competing in the Sultans of Sprint championship, Indian Motorcycle also plans to have the bike on display in the UK during The Bike Shed (May 24–26) and at Wheels & Waves in France (June 12–16).

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

Indian Motorcycle Announces New Rental Program

Have you been itching to take an Indian motorcycle on an extended test ride? Have you ever dreamed of riding the best roads America has to offer but don’t have time to haul or ride your bike to get there? These are some of the questions that motorcyclists find themselves asking time and time again, and Indian Motorcycle has come up with the answer with its first-ever rental program: Indian Motorcycle Rentals.

With 10 dealerships currently participating in the program’s rollout, motorcyclists can now explore alternative options to car rentals when traveling, but the possibilities don’t end there. Prospective Indian buyers now have the ability to put some serious miles on bike before forking over the dough to buy one. But the locations of the initial participating dealerships is especially exciting. Two are along the California coast, three are in the Smoky Mountains region, one is on the East Coast, one is along the Mississippi River, one is in central Texas, and one is situated inland of Los Angeles. The riding possibilities are nearly endless in those areas, and many of the local roads are world-renowned for riding.


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An important part of the program is the availability of different models in the Indian fleet so that renters can select the best possible motorcycle for their specific needs and skill set. With fleet vehicles being updated every 12 to 18 months, renters can enjoy riding a current model year motorcycle with every rental.

Reserving a rental Indian motorcycle is easy and can be done online through the dealership’s rentals page. Of course, a motorcycle license or endorsement is required, but having personal motorcycle insurance is not. If you’re currently in between bikes or thinking about getting your first one, Indian Motorcycle Rentals covers riders under the program’s insurance as long as the renter signs the proper waivers.

Naturally, proper motorcycle riding gear is required, which includes a full or three-quarter helmet, eye protection, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. Rental locations will have helmets available, since lugging a helmet around can be a pain, but renters are responsible for the rest.

Rentals are available for periods as short as four hours or as long as several weeks, allowing for just about any kind of need a rider may have. For more information, visit Indian Motorcycle Rentals.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

The Alley Sweeper Motorcycle Rally In Portland, Oregon – 2019

The world is changing—and fast. The rise of social media has placed us just a few clicks away from sharing any harebrained thought with the collective hive mind. This newfound power can be a honed, double-edged sword if you’re hoping to get your kicks in the murky gray areas of legality, ideally without falling under the ever-watchful eye of Johnny Law. Such was the ballad of the Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro.


Related: Motorcyclist Alley Rally Video 2019


This moto rally can be traced back to its 2009 inception by the hands of Portland, Oregon’s Sang-Froid Riding Club, after club member Zac Christensen got the notion that an urban enduro through the city’s less-affluent neighborhoods and sprawling network of derelict alleys might be a good idea. Where some might see a troubling disparity in public maintenance allocation between these areas and Portland’s wealthier districts, Sang-Froid saw an opportunity for adventure in the long-forgotten back passages that fell through the cracks.

And they weren’t the only ones. Word spread through all channels of social media like wildfire, as subsequent years saw the annual run’s attendance balloon to more than 400 riders. The alleys choked to a standstill as hordes of would-be scofflaws all dove in for a piece of the action, and it became clear a tactical correction needed to be made. So in 2015, the event was “officially” shut down. Clever. Its leadership became decentralized and eventually morphed into the clandestine Alley Liberation Front. The tide receded and the hysteria fell back into obscurity as only a handful of the most dedicated miscreants set to work planning future years quietly among themselves.

Their strategy apparently worked, as the good word of the Alley Sweeper never came to me by any cliché Instagram post or wide-reaching Facebook promotion. Oh, no, my call to the Urban Enduro was conceived by a hushed whisper over a jar of moonshine, in the back of a short bus loaded to the gills with 200cc minibikes. You see, when Speedfreak Speed Shop gets together with the Gambler 500, we just can’t seem to help ourselves. “Let’s do the thing on minibikes,” Gambler Godfather Andy Munson cracked with a firewater grin. Some friend—surely the traffic courts already had a price on my head, yet he knew it wouldn’t take much more than the promise of senseless adventure to sucker me in.

So it was written, so it was done. A few weeks later I found myself on hallowed ground outside FoPo Tavern, the rally’s decade-old traditional starting point. Alongside me was a haphazardly assembled squad of guerilla fun-havers, our arguably illegal Coleman minibikes hastily camouflaged with homemade “49cc” decals and $13 bicycle safety flashers. Thrifty Southeast Asian riders would’ve stared in wonderment.

And, indeed, so did a few bystanders as I walked through the field of oil-burning dreams; a sea of dual-sport enduros of every make under the sun, easily matched by a population of either unplated or suspiciously plated dirt bikes. Not to be left out of the scramble, and true to “keep Portland weird” form, a subset of vintage bikes, mopeds, and a Ural sidecar also littered the scene. All told there were about a couple hundred participants. Eventually we made our way to the only real evidence of organization, a lone folding table with a stack of “course” maps, stickers, and event T-shirts. We were just in time, as the event unceremoniously kicked off and groups began sporadically blasting away down the street.

Further inspection of our map revealed less of a defined course, and more a vague suggestion of highlighted neighborhoods whose alleys needed liberating. Good enough for us; we ripped our pull-starts and unleashed our miniature machines on the nearest four-lane public thoroughfare.

The previously gloomy sky now pierced with daggers of morning sunlight, we joined another cluster of bikes as they veered off down a nearby side street. Surprisingly, after all the talk of irritated homeowners coming out to protest the mob of hooligans invading their neighborhoods, we were instead greeted by families either lining the sidewalks or perched over their backyard fences, happily cheering us on as we launched into the first set of alleys.

Smiles widened and cheers broke out when I picked the front wheel up past a group of kids, and into a jungle of overgrown bushes, blackberry vines, and knee-high weeds. Instantly the draw of this urban enduro made itself clear as we ripped through the undergrowth, vines and branches clawing at us like antibodies fighting off foreign intruders.

Eventually the tangle would recede, and our little 200cc motors could sing up to their de-governed, 30-whatever-mph top speed as we hilariously picked our way through a flotsam of refuse. It was a symphony of chaos. Intoxicated with glory, we dodged random cinder blocks, grimy couches, and abandoned shopping carts through the lingering curtain of two-stroke haze. Truly, this was the most sublime form of anarchy.

Soon enough though, the neighborhood fun-police got wise to the incoming waves of two-wheeled delinquents and made their opposition known. We passed a disgruntled homeowner standing in the alley in nothing but his morning bathrobe, scrutinizing us with a look of simultaneous awe and irritation. There were warnings of a guy throwing steel chairs at riders a couple of blocks away. And when we stopped on an inconspicuous side street for some minor bike repairs, we were kindly confronted by a lady who made herself known as “the one who went on the news last year to speak out against all this.” Her biggest complaints were a few minutes of noise, and some mud being splattered across the pristine gravel surface of the public right-of-way behind her home. Insistent though she was, I wasn’t hearing anything worth ceasing my onslaught of alley recreation.

So we carried on, as the day passed in a frenzy of adventure. We’d find ourselves lost in the labyrinth of overgrown passages, but it never took long to spot another band of roaming marauders to link up with. The rally, in truth, was a free-for-all perfected, and somehow all the chaos still led us to the aptly chosen finish line at the Alley Way Bar.

There awaited the final challenge for anyone all but completely lacking in self-preservation: a crudely constructed plywood jump that, to anyone on a suspensionless death machine, was more of a joke than any serious suggestion of flight without consequence. But ho! The siren song sings its promises of glory, and the call to Valhalla proved irresistible to our Speedfreak comrade and resident luck-pusher, Tyler Reitzer. Prior to that moment, I’d always wondered when we would meet an altitude that was beyond our skill level. Turns out, it’s somewhere around five and a half feet. The alley accepted its offering of broken man and machine, and glory was granted as Tyler sank into a handily presented wheelchair to the sound of onlookers’ thunderous applause. He thumbed his nose at death, and raised a final thumbs-up of defiance before being wheeled into the bar for a victory drink.

Even with his freshly scalped knees, our wounded friend was in agreement; it had been the perfect day. The smiles and thumbs-up had made up for the occasional chair-throwing protester, and the laughably senseless thrills easily compensated for any injuries sustained. This was the kind of fun that some would argue should be illegal. The kind that would’ve been quickly extinguished, had it continued above ground, a monster built of its own success and social-media hype. But thankfully the Alley Liberation Front had the foresight to know better, and take this last bastion of legally ambiguous depravity back under the radar. So, for now at least, it still lives there, safe from the outside world and ready to bestow foolish thrills upon any hooligan worth his weight in bad decisions—as long as you know where to look.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

2020 KTM Enduro Range | Full Specs | New ErzbergRodeo 300 EXC

KTM have continued to develop their EXC Enduro machinery via the competitive cauldron of race competition and have now presented us with their EXC range of Enduro motorcycles for 2020.

Enduro KTM EXC F Six Days RHS Studio
2020 KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days

These bikes are expected to be available in Australia from August 2019.

Enduro KTM EXC F Six Days RHR Studio
2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Six Days

KTM claim that model year 2020 enduros have new and more efficient yet high-performing engines.

Enduro KTM EXC F Engine Left
2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Engine

A re-developed chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension leads to claims of improved handling.

Enduro KTM EXC EXC F Frame
2020 KTM EXC and EXC-F chassis developments

The changes continue through to new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems.

Enduro KTM EXC F Cylinder head
The KTM 350 EXC-F has a reworked cylinder head design, which saves 200 g of weight while retaining nearly the same, proven architecture. New, flow-optimized ports and two overhead camshafts with optimized timings guarantee an outstanding power delivery with enduro specific torque characteristics. Cam followers with a DLC coating actuate lightweight valves (intake 36.3 mm, exhaust 29.1 mm) result in high engine speeds. The new head comes with a new cylinder head cover and gasket, a new spark plug and spark plug connector.

Enduro KTM EXC F Cylinder Piston
The new, extremely short cylinder with a bore of 88 mm on the 350 EXC-F features a reworked cooling concept and houses a new, forged bridged box-type piston made by CP. Its piston crown geometry is perfectly matched to the high-compression combustion chamber and stands out with an extra rigid structure and low weight. The compression ratio is raised from 12.3 to 13.5 for increased power, while low oscillating masses make for extremely lively characteristics.

Enduro KTM EXC F Engine Right
The KTM 450 and 500 EXC-F engines are fitted with a newly developed, much more compact SOHC cylinder head, which is 15 mm lower and 500 g lighter. The gas flow through the re-designed ports is controlled by a new overhead camshaft which is now closer to the centre of gravity to improve handling. It features an enhanced axial mount for the decompressor shaft for more reliable starting and a new, more efficient integrated engine breather system for reduced oil losses. New, 40 mm titanium intake valves and 33 mm steel exhaust valves are shorter and matched to the new head design. They are activated via rocker arms that have an optimised, more rigid design with reduced inertia, guaranteeing more consistent performance across the powerband. A shorter timing chain and new chain guides contribute to a reduction in weight and low friction, while a new spark plug increases combustion efficiency. The new head configuration delivers a more efficient power delivery.

All 2-stroke models now feature new intake funnels adapted to the new engine or engine position respectively and accommodate an intake air temperature sensor.

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2020 KTM EXC and EXC-F Air Box

All bikes sport high-quality Neken bars, Brembo brakes, No-Dirt footpegs, and CNC milled hubs with Giant rims fitted as standard equipment.

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2020 KTM EXC and EXC-F Neken bars

The flagship KTM SIX DAYS models offer a premium parts package and generally sell out quickly.

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KTM 250 EXC Six Days

The SIX DAYS models celebrate the sport of enduro and have a wide range of well-thought out KTM PowerParts fitted over the standard models of KTM EXC.

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2020 KTM 500 EXC-F Six Days

KTM 300 EXC TPI ErzbergRodeo

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2020 KTM 300 EXC TPI ErzbergRodeo
Factory rims with anodised hubs
Metzeler Extreme Tyres Soft
Closed handguards
Radiator fan & expansion canister
Radiator protection
CNC milled triple clamps
Skid plate
Factory Seat
Front Brake Disc Guard
Rear Solid Disc
Read Disc Guard
Chainguide bracket protection
Map select switch
Supersprox stealth rear sprocket
Pulling straps
Oil plug
Clutch slave cylinder protection
Rear brake safety wire
ErzbergRodeo graphics

In addition, KTM have gone one better again and annnounced the ultra-prestigious KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO machine.

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KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO

The 300 EXC ErzebergRodeo will have a limited production of 500 units, which has been created as a tribute to the iconic Austrian hard enduro event in its 25th year.

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KTM 300 EXC TPI ERZBERGRODEO
Cooling System

All the new KTM EXC models feature re-designed radiators mounted 12 mm lower than before, which significantly lowers the center of gravity. At the same time, the new radiator shape and new spoilers combine to enhance the ergonomics. Carefully optimized using computational fluid dynamics modelling (CFD), the enhanced coolant circulation and air flow increase the cooling efficiency. The reworked delta distributor integrated into the frame triangle features a center tube enlarged by 4 mm for a 57% greater cross section, increasing coolant flow from the cylinder head to the radiators. The KTM 450 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F are fitted with an electric radiator fan as standard. A sophisticated design, plus new radiator guards integrated into the front section of the spoilers provide effective impact protection for the new radiators.

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2020 KTM EXC and EXC-F
Frame

All KTM EXC models for model year 2020 feature new, lightweight high-tech steel frames made of chrome molybdenum steel sections, including hydro-formed elements produced with state-of-the-art robots.

The frames use the same proven geometries as before but have been re-designed in several key areas for an optimized stiffness to provide increased feedback to the rider, as well as delivering an outstanding combination of playful agility and dependable stability.

Connecting the cylinder head to the frame, the lateral engine headstays of all models are now made of aluminum, enhancing cornering precision while reducing vibrations. Newly designed lateral frame guards feature a non-slip surface texture and the one on the right-hand side also provides heat protection against the silencer.

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KTM 250 EXC

In the 250/300 EXC frame, the engine is rotated downwards by one degree around the swingarm pivot for significantly more front wheel traction.

The subframe is made of strong, especially lightweight profiles and now weighs less than 900 g. To increase rear fender stability, it has been lengthened by 40 mm.

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KTM 500 EXC-F

All EXC models retain the proven cast aluminum swingarms. The design offers low weight and perfect flex behavior, supporting the frame and contributing to the racing enduros’ great tracking, stability and comfort. Cast in one piece, the manufacturing process allows unlimited geometry solutions while eliminating inconsistencies that might occur in welded swingarms.

Forks

All EXC models are fitted with the WP XPLOR 48 upside-down fork. A split fork design developed by WP and KTM, it is fitted with springs on both sides, but with separate damping circuits, with the left-hand fork leg damping only the compression stage and the right hand one only the rebound. This means damping is easily adjusted via the dials on top of both fork tubes with 30 clicks each, while the two stages do not affect each other.

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WP XPLOR 48 upside-down fork

Already distinguished by outstanding response and damping character istics, the fork receives a new, calibrated mid-valve piston for MY2020 to provide more consistent damping, as well as new upper fork caps with new clicker adjusters for easier adjustment, in addition to a new color/ graphic design.

New settings keep the front end higher for enhanced rider feedback and provide even greater reserves against bottoming out. Standard on the SIX DAYS models and optional on the standard models, the convenient, three-stage spring preload adjuster has been reworked for easier operation without tools.

Shock

Fitted to all EXC models, the WP XPLOR PDS shock ab sorber is the key element of the proven and successful PDS rear suspension design (Progressive Damping System), where the shock absorber is directly linked to the swingarm without an additional linkage system.

Optimum damping progression for enduro riding is achieved by a second damping piston in combination with a closed cup towards the end of the stroke and supported by a progressive shock spring.

For MY2020, an optimized second piston and cup with a reworked shape and seal lead to further increased resistance against bottoming out without diminishing the ride. The new XPLOR PDS shock absorber provides enhanced damping characteristics and better hold-up while perfectly matching the new frame and reworked front end setup. Fully adjustable, including high- and
low-speed compression adjustments, the shock absorber makes setting up possible with great precision to match any track conditions and rider preferences.

Exhaust

The 250 and 300cc models feature new HD (heavy duty) exhaust pipes made by KTM using an innovative 3D stamping process that makes it possible to provide the outer shells with a corrugated surface. This renders the pipe a lot more rigid and resistant against rock and debris impacts, while significantly reducing noise. At the same time, the exhaust pipes have an oval cross section for increased ground clearance and reduced width.

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KTM 250 300 EXC Exhaust

The 2-stroke silencers with their new, edgy profile and new end cap now have an increased volume as well as reworked internals developed individually for each model. The previous polymer mount has been replaced with lightweight, welded aluminum brackets. New perforated inner tubes and a new, lighter damping wool combine to provide more efficient noise damping and enhanced durability at approximately 200 g less weight (250/300cc).

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KTM 250 300 EXC Exhaust

The 4-stroke models now feature two-piece header pipes for a more user-friendly dismantling, while providing better access to the shock absorber. A new, slightly wider aluminum sleeve and end cap result in more compact and shorter main silencers, bringing the weight closer to the center of gravity for increased mass centralization.

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KTM 250 EXC-F Exhaust
Fuel Tank

All models of the new EXC range are fitted with redesigned, lightweight polyethylene fuel tanks, enhancing the ergonomics, while holding slightly more fuel than their predecessors (see specs breakouts below for full details). The 1/3-turn bayonet filler cap makes for quick and easy closure. All tanks are fitted with a fuel pump and a fuel level sensor.

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2020 KTM EXC and EXC-F fuel tanks are changed
KTM 150 EXC TPI

Light – fast – fun! With all the agility of a 125, the new KTM 150 EXC TPI with fuel injection has the power and the torque to really take the fight to the 250cc 4-strokes.

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KTM 150 EXC TPI

This lively 2-stroke retains the typical low weight, straightforward tech and low maintenance cost. On the other hand, no expense has been spared for top equipment like the hydraulic clutch and Brembo brakes.

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KTM 150 EXC TPI

The benefits of TPI and electronically controlled engine lubrication, combined with the brand-new chassis, perhaps makes the new KTM 150 EXC TPI the ultimate lightweight enduro for rookies and experienced riders alike.

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KTM 150 EXC TPI

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Mamola to race Sultans of Sprint on custom Scout Bobber

Randy Mamola to race 2019 Sultans of Sprint


Indian Motorcycle has announced that GP legend Randy Mamola will be campaigning the Workhorse Speedshop racer in the full Sultans of Sprint series, on the modified Scout Bobber nicknamed ‘Appaloosa’, which made its first public appearance at The Reunion in Monza.

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Workhorse Speedshop custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’
Randy Mamola

“I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation. It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds and putting on a show for them.”

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Randy Mamola with Appaloosa

Built by Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop to honour the Indian Scout’s 100th anniversary, ‘Appaloosa’ is named after the famous breed of horse.

Brice Hennebert – Workhorse Speedshop

“I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle and speed. As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”

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Workhorse Speedshop custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’

Outfitted with a bespoke racing suit created by Alpinestars, inspired by the racing suits they provide for the Indian Wrecking Crew, Randy will be competing in the Factory Class under race number #19 to celebrate 1919, the year the original Indian Scout was first revealed.

In the Factory Class, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled) with no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.65bhp/kg.

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Randy Mamola in his custom Alpinestars kit and the custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’

‘Appaloosa’ is the culmination of over 700 hours of design and fabrication by Workhorse and has been supported with technical expertise and premium components from project partners Akrapovič, Beringer Brakes, MOTOREX, Öhlins, and Vibrant Performance.

Indian Scout Bobber custom Workhorse Speedshop Sultans Sprint
Custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’

After completely stripping the Scout Bobber, Brice cut and narrowed the original fuel tank, retaining the side profile, to create a cover for a new aluminium fuel cell which holds just 2.5 litres for sprint racing. With the fuel cell in place, work focussed on the riding position, a critical element for quick starts.

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An all-new aluminium 2.5L race fuel cell is used over the original

A new sub-frame was fabricated to better support the rider under hard acceleration and combines with lower clip-on handlebars and drag-style foot controls to tilt the rider forward and keep weight over the front wheel.

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A new sub-frame was also fabricated to suit, with an extended aluminium swingarm

To further enhance traction when the flag drops, Brice designed and welded an extended aluminium swingarm. With parts CNC machined from his drawings by Beringer Brakes, the swingarm is mated to advanced, fully adjustable suspension technology from Öhlins.

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STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers

Matching the STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers, Öhlins also supplied Retro 43 front forks and a steering damper to ensure the best possible grip and stability enabling the full performance of the bike to be utilised.

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Öhlins supplied Retro 43 front forks

With a rolling chassis and elements of the streamlined fairing starting to take shape, Brice took Appaloosa to Akrapovič where a bespoke titanium exhaust system was created for maximum power and the best possible sound.

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Akrapovič bespoke titanium exhaust system

Without making any internal modifications, engine power has been increased to 130hp with a combination of the Akrapovič exhaust, a racing ECU, Power Commander, direct intake, Nitrous Oxide Injection system and MOTOREX oil. To get the power to the tarmac, the original belt drive has been converted to chain drive and a quickshifter ensures swift and precise gear changes.

Indian Scout Bobber custom Workhorse Speedshop Sultans Sprint
Power is raised to 130hp, while staying within championship limits

Bringing the rapid racer to a controlled stop is the complete 4D Aerotec braking system from Beringer Brakes. The 4D system features two Ø230mm discs per caliper for increased power over standard single discs as well as reduced inertia to aid acceleration. Beringer Brakes also supplied the handlebar controls and buttons as well as CNC machining many of the parts designed by Brice.

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Brakes include a 4D Aerotec braking system from Beringer Brakes

Using hosing supplied by Vibrant Performance the cooling system has been simplified for weight reduction and for a cleaner look around the engine. Additional components from Vibrant such as welded dash connectors, fuel and water tank caps and heat protection hoses add finishing touches to Appaloosa.

Indian Scout Bobber custom Workhorse Speedshop Sultans Sprint
Workhorse Speedshop custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’

As well as competing in the Sultans of Sprint championship, Indian Motorcycle also plans to have the bike on static display in the UK at The Bike Shed (24 – 26 May) and during Wheels & Waves in France (12 – 16 June).

Indian Scout Bobber custom Workhorse Speedshop Sultans Sprint
Workhorse Speedshop custom Indian Scout Bobber ‘Appaloosa’

Sultans of Sprint Championship 2019

  • 18 – 19 May – The Reunion Monza, Italy
  • 22 – 23 June – Café Racer Festival Monthléry, France
  • 31 Aug – 1 Sept – Glemseck 101 Leonberg, Germany

Source: MCNews.com.au

Ken Roczen makes triumphant return to winners circle

2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Ken Roczen claims the red plate at Round 1


Ken Roczen has made a triumphant return to the podium claiming the Round 1 AMA MX win in Rancho Cordova, California, securing his first overall 450MX victory since incurring serious injuries in the 2017 AMA Supercross season. Roczen’s long-awaited return to the top step of the podium gives him the red plate heading into round two.

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Ken Roczen – Hangtown MX 2019

Roczen got off the line to a decent start in the first moto, emerging from the first turn in sixth. The German made swift and aggressive passes, taking over the lead on the first lap and building a gap. Throughout the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, Roczen rode flawlessly, stretching his advantage to 15 seconds by the checkered flag.

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Conditions deteriorated with rain for Moto 2, adding to the challenge for Ken Rozen – Hangtown MX 2019

Rain moved in as the first 450MX race came to a close, creating a difficult track for the second race. Despite the differing conditions from one race to another, Roczen said he didn’t vary his approach.

Ken Roczen

“You really don’t change the bike too much from one moto to another, even when the conditions are as opposite as they were today, because you really don’t know how the bike is going to react. You want to ride what you know. You can maybe change a clicker or two but that’s it. You know the bike you were riding, so changing anything could go either way. It’s all about just staying consistent and minimizing mistakes in those situations. You can gain and lose a lot of time very easily.”

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Ken Roczen – Hangtown MX 2019

When the gate dropped on moto two, Roczen emerged from the muddy first turn in fifth place aboard his CRF450R. As in the first race, Roczen made speedy and precise passes, moving into second on the first lap and setting his sights on the leading Eli Tomac. He closed the gap and made an incredible pass over the Fly 150 jump to take over the front position.

Roczen quickly began to pull away but small mistakes on the deteriorating track allowed Tomac to close back in and retake the lead. The two frontrunners continued to play cat and mouse, but Roczen was never able to mount another charge and settled into second, which is where he finished.

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Ken Roczen – Hangtown MX 2019
Ken Roczen

“I’m absolutely stoked. All day, we were on it; qualifying was great, got the first moto win and then the overall. I honestly didn’t think it would go that well because I felt like I had more in the tank and it’s hard to gauge where you’ll be at the first round. What we did today was very important to me, the team and our journey. I didn’t get the best start in the first moto but was able to make some moves early to get out front and have a clear track. We were all hoping we could get one moto in without the rain, so that was great. The second moto was tough and those types of conditions can backfire on you so quickly. Eli [Tomac] and I had a good battle in the beginning. We kind of yo-yoed back and forth. I had some sloppy parts out there though, so I just took it extra easy toward the end and didn’t want to push the envelope to risk a mistake and miss the overall. This is such a great way to start the season, and I can’t wait to keep the momentum going.”

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Ken Roczen – Hangtown MX 2019
Erik Kehoe – Team Manager

“Today was great — I’m so happy for Ken and the team! Everyone works so hard, especially Ken himself, so to see him come away with this long-awaited win is incredible. He looked solid all day, laying down the fastest qualifying time in practice and dominating the first moto. He was even strong in the terrible conditions of the second race. We still have some improvement to do on the bike to make him even more comfortable, but I think we’re in a good place to continue to build. It was a disappointing day for Cole; he rode solid in the first moto but the conditions in the second race didn’t play in his favor at all. He’ll regroup and head to Fox Raceway strong.”

Oscar Wirdeman – Mechanic for Ken Roczen

“This win has been a long time coming and it feels really good. I’ve been with Ken for a while now and have seen his highs of 2016 to the lows of all his injures, so to see him back on the top step is unbelievable. I felt like we were watching 2016. He was riding with confidence and aggression, which was awesome. It’s a long season but we’re going to enjoy this win and hopefully collect more this year.”

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Ken Roczen celebrates on the podium – Hangtown MX 2019

Source: MCNews.com.au