Racer X Illustrated

June 2009

Read The Racer X Illustrated Digital Edition! For the newest issue of Racer X Illustrated, our staff left the Racer X headquarters in the chilly mountains of West Virginia for the Florida sun. They reported back to give us the scoop on the Daytona Supercross and Daytona Bike Week. Also, in our June issue, you'll find features about the newly Americanized Christophe Pourcel, Tyla Rattray, and Tommy Searle. We've also compiled a feature chock-full of the greatest photos from the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, and a behind-the-scenes look at David Pingree's journey to becoming a team manager. All these and more can be found in our June Racer X Illustrated! Click here to go to Racer X Digital and read the new issue right away.

  • Spring Breakdown
    Thanks in part to an innocent-looking patch of wet grass, the Daytona Supercross by Honda was full of crashes, surprises, and drama. When it was finished, we had a whole new championship on our hands. Page 126.
  • Party Crashers
    MX2 Champion Tyla Rattray and his main rival, ’08 runner-up Tommy Searle, are hitting the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Billy Ursic prepares us for the one-two punch of these Grand Prix grads. Page 138.
  • Unbreakable
    Christophe Pourcel won a world championship and a Supercross Lites race in America, but on the verge of U.S. stardom, a horrific crash left him paralyzed. The French hero is back and chasing AMA titles. Page 152.
  • Speed Over Sleep
    Every March, Daytona’s Bike Week becomes the focal point of American motorcycle racing. Jason Weigandt spends a week bouncing between Florida and Georgia, trying to take it all in. Page 160.
  • 14 Pictures
    If a picture is worth 1,000 words, the ones we picked for this photo feature would be worth 14,000. But we narrowed it down to 14 words that sum up the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Page 172.
  • Slumdog Manager
    David “Electronic Ping” Pingree made a career out of driving his team managers crazy, so now he's pulled on the headset himself. The new Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull Honda boss tells us how that’s working out. Page 218