Racer X Illustrated's April digital edition has just been released and will hit newsstands soon! Grab your copy now to read about what's happening in the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross series, including how Chad Reed has changed the way private teams operate, Yamaha's decision to cut loose its in-house factory team, and Josh Hansen's thrown-together team. These are more are available in the April RXI. The issue has also been shipped to subscribers and is available for purchase now on the Apple newsstand.
Every season starts out full of hope and promise for everyone. After one month of supercross, the hope was still there for some; for others, the promise was already broken. Page 132.
TEAM OF RIVALS
As American Suzuki works to emerge from bankruptcy and Yoshimura handles its racing operations, we see what the future might hold for this iconic brand. Page 148.
TEAMSTERS UNION 22
When he decided to start his own team, Chad Reed knew he needed to do things differently. Two years later, he’s changed the way private teams are run. Page 160.
THE MEN WITHOUT A TEAM
Yamaha was the first manufacturer to cut loose its in-house factory team, back in 2009. They weren’t the last. Was it the right move? Page 172.
THE LAST FACTORY TEAM
Led by Pit Beirer and Roger DeCoster, KTM has completely rebuilt its racing program with an eye toward the future … which looks very much like days of racing past. Page 184.
ZERO DARK SIXTY
When Josh Hansen couldn’t line up a ride for 2013, he put together a last-minute squad from the remnants of the JWR team. So far, not so good. Page 192.