The October issue of Racer X Illustrated has been released. Pick up your copy now to see how Ken Roczen has managed to stay on top of the 450 class through the latter half of the season, what caused Ricky Carmichael to lose just 25 nationals throughout his storied career, and how Sweden’s Fredrik Noren went from box van to big rig overnight. You’ll also read about Grant Langston’s adverse transition out of pro racing and why Mammoth Mountain is a can’t-miss race each season. Find all this and more in the October issue of Racer X.
Germany’s soccer team may have won the 2014 World Cup, but their countryman Ken Roczen is poised to steal a bit of the international spotlight for himself. Page 98
RICKY CARMICHAEL'S 25 BAD DAYS
Believe it or not, RC lost a national every now and then—twenty-five of them, to be exact. The champ sits down with us and talks us through every single one. Page 106
THE ULTIMATE UPGRADE
Fredrik Noren was just barely scraping by, driving his van to the races with his girlfriend pulling double duty as his mechanic. Yeah … that’s all changed now. Page 116
Premature retirement and a cancer diagnosis brought Grant Langston to a dark place in his life, but TV’s newest expert commentator has turned things around nicely.
ALL ABOUT THE BEAR
The Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross offers up some of the sport’s most beautiful scenery—and possibly its most distinctive trophies.