MX Pro Parts has been a regular on the TWMXRS by SPY races for the last couple years hardly ever missing a stop. They wanted to make sure and get the word out that they will not be able to attend this weekends stop of the West Coast Open at Glen Helen so that everyone comes prepared. They look forward to joining us again at Round #3 at LACR May 7th. Thank you.
While there are still three rounds of Monster Energy Supercross left, the preparation has already begun for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series that is nearing next month. We hit Pala this morning and found a handful of riders pounding laps, and Blake Baggett was nice enough to run a GoPro around for a few laps. It’s still not quite summer yet, but this clip of Baggett outdoor testing is an indicator of good motocross racing to come…
Last week we received an Atla Motors Redshift MX motorcycle to add to our long-term testing fleet. While we will have plenty more to come regarding the electric powered motocross machine, we took the time to discuss future racing plans for the brand with Director of Marketing Jon Bekefy. As many may know Alta has spent the better part of the last year working to get the Redshift competition legal in AMA Professional motocross and Supercross, and it sounds like they are a few key steps closer to the final approval.
The biggest question we’ve heard since this bike came out is, “How and when will they race it?” That’s still a work in progress right now but where is Alta at in the process?
It’s definitely a work in progress. We have been meeting with the AMA and their Technical Director, Kevin Crowther, on the rules package and technical transfer of information so that they understand the program to prevent cheating as well as the software and horsepower, and the homologation. Feld has said that once the homologation is approved on the AMA’s technical side that they will allow us to race. I have high hopes that we can have it done in time for this fall or winter, but the reality is to be ready for 2018.
We have some teams in Arenacross that have talked to us and want to run the bikes, and we will do EnduroCross this fall. We have a rider for the pro class this year and other prospects for 2018. I think we will have one more year with the events and races that will let us in, and that will get everything in order for 2018.
There is a big difference in testing a consumer bike and a race bike, which it seems like what you are starting to do. What has been the biggest difference and similarities between the two?
Race product testing began a few months before Red Bull Straight Rhythm and it’s definitely in its infancy compared to our competitors. The package now with the battery, drivetrain, and chassis hasn’t changed from the consumer product to the works product, but the big change is the suspension and working with WP so that we have better than off the shelf product, and working on durability testing with titanium parts that can help the bike shed weight. And most importantly we’re tweaking the firmware and maps. It’s a three-part package with the suspension, maps, and drive so that we can have long runtime with enough bottom-end hit and drive, along with the suspension.
Would the plan be to race the 250 West Coast SX series and have a base of operations in Southern California?
It’s interesting because we’ve had a few teams that receive C and B level support from other OEMs reach out to us and want to start testing on our bikes. After Straight Rhythm, we got calls from teams saying, “We got beat by your bike. Can we ride one and understand them?” Ideally, it would be a team that already has the infrastructure and program together, and then we drop them some bikes, equipment, and knowledge to help them run. We are too small right now with our manpower to absorb a factory team, it would be too hard for us in the next six to twelve months. Hopefully, we find a team and come out to run the West Coast.
After many years away, the Salt Lake City stop has returned to the schedule for the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series. The open-air venue of Rice-Eccles Stadium will serve as the venue for the fifteenth round of the season and riders will face a number of challenges both with each other, the track, and the high elevation of the Rocky Mountains (4,637 feet to be exact). Weather is always a factor in Utah, but a quick look at the forecast shows pleasant temperatures and clear skies on Saturday, which should make for an incredible night of action. Check out the track maps above and below, and if you’re a video game guy, purchase the layout through the official MX vs. ATV expansion pack.
Recently, we were in Central California on assignment for an upcoming feature in the magazine when we decided to make the most of the trip by stopping by Jimmy Hill aka “Hillsack’s” own free-riding playground. Over the years, Hill has cut his teeth at his private compound, and he’s developed a riding style and technique that’s gained him some much needed notoriety. Hill has also acquired a tremendous amount of bike skill, and he showcases it all in this GoPro Onboard, so sit back and enjoy the ride with Hillsack and the whip-master himself Tom Parsons.