Racer X Illustrated

January 2009

To kick off the new year, check out our first issue of 2009 which includes a look back to the 2008 Motocross of Nations and a look ahead to the most promising amateur riders. You'll also be able to read about some prominent team changes and examine the career moves of Zach Osbourne, John Dowd, and Team USA's Tim Ferry. Also, get the scoop on the rough 2008 Supermoto season. If you are ready to read the issue right now, subscribe to the digital edition for immediate access.

  • To Be Continued...
    James Stewart and Chad Reed debuted their new team colors and renewed their rivalry at the 2008 Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open. Steve Matthes sees a pattern emerging as we approach Supercross Y2K9. Page 132.
  • Holding the Line
    With his heroic charge through the pack in England, Tim Ferry helped secure another MXoN victory for Team USA. Jason Weigandt looks at Ferry's career and what may have been his defining performance. Page 144.
  • Class of 2009, 2010, 2011...
    The talent pool in America is deep and crowded, as you'll see when we ask amateur race watchers to list the next superstars of U.S. motocross. Page 160.
  • Starting Over
    Zach Osborne had an outstanding amateur career, but pro success didn't come easily. Instead of packing it in, he packed his bags for the Grand Prix circuit. Steve Cox checks in with the American hopeful. Page 170.
  • Forever +2
    After twenty-two years as a professional racer, John Dowd can still hang with (and outpace some of) the current factory riders. DC and shooter Paul Buckley examine the evergreen 43-year-old's career. Page 182.
  • Austin City Limits
    U.S. Supermoto had a disastrous 2008 season, culminating in the cancellation of the series finale. David Pingree talks to the series principals and tries to find the silver lining in a sport on the brink. Page 236.