Racer X Illustrated Motocross Magazine

The September 2009 Issue

Read the Racer X Illustrated Digital Edition! The 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is shaping up to be one for the books. In our September issue of Racer X Illustrated, Simon Cudby takes us through the season thus far while Steve Cox looks at the past five years of promising rider Josh Grant's career. Also in this issue, Billy Ursic checks in with the out-of-nowhere Justin Barcia. Hitting the road, Tom McGovern spent one weekend traveling alongside the hard-working Ricky Dietrich on his cross-country trip. Read more about these features as well as others below. Click here to go to Racer X Digital and read the new issue right away.

Champions Wanted
With title contenders dropping out on a near-weekly basis, the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship has played out like an episode of Plot Twist Theater. Take a look through Simon Cudby’s camera. Page 108.
Five Years Later
Josh Grant expected to spend 2004 building up experience in the amateur ranks, but an injury crisis at Factory Connection Honda led to a surprise promotion. Steve Cox looks back on his climb to the top. Page 122.
2,688 Miles Between Motos
Most of us couldn’t imagine racing a round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship one day and a WORCS off-road race the next, but Ricky Dietrich did just that—on opposite sides of the country! Page 132.
The Desperate Hours
In the 1990s, Australian motocross star Kim Ashkenazi left home for the AMA circuit, but a string of bad luck and worse decisions landed him in prison. Now a free man, he explains where it all went wrong. Page 142.
Suddenly Someone
GEICO Powersports Honda’s Justin Barcia was relatively unknown leading up to his AMA Pro Motocross debut, but that changed in a single gate drop. Billy Ursic gets you up to speed on the #151 fast kid. Page 156.
Viva La Moto!
Spain has been long known for its exotic motorcycles and fanatical racing fans, but not top motocross talent. Jonathan Barragan is out to change the history that began with the first Bultaco motorcycle. Page 166.