Read the Racer X Illustrated Digital Edition! Wrapping up the final issue of the year, the Racer X staff looks back on the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and all the shocks that came with the season. Along with the real results, Jason Weigandt helps to tally the hypothetical results for who would be named the 2009 Grand National Champion, should there be one. Weege also looks at Matt Goerke's motocross season and help us understand why there has never been a better time to not have a factory ride. With these features and more, the December 2009 issue of Racer X Illustrated is full of history, too. Including a look back on the three riders who bravely stepped up to race the 1992 Motocross des Nations when those top riders declined the invite. And for lighter reading, each issue of Racer X has columns from some of the sports' best writers (and riders) like Steve Cox, Steve Matthes, David Pingree, Trey Canard, DC and more! All these and more can be found in the December issue of Racer X Illustrated. Click here to go to Racer X Digital and read the new issue right away.
First Time for Everything
A season of firsts comes to a fitting end as the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship ends on a high note. Steve Cox highlights some of those firsts. Page 110.
The 2009 Grand National Championship?
In the early 1980s, points from supercross and motocross were combined to decide that year’s Grand National Champion. Jason Weigandt dusts off the calculator and tallies up the hypothetical ’09 results. Page 122.
Greetings From New Zealand
After grueling races at Ponca City and Loretta Lynn’s, top amateur prospect Eli Tomac trekked to New Zealand for the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. He also found the time to file this report. Page 140.
When Matt Goerke won the second moto at Southwick on a borrowed factory bike, he set a significant precedent. There’s never been a better time to not have a factory ride, as Jason Weigandt explains. Page 152.
Attack of the B Team
After eleven years of dominance at the Motocross des Nations, USA’s top stars turned down offers for the 1992 event in Australia. Fortunately, three lesser-known riders stepped up to keep hope alive. Page 162.
Of Moose and Men
David Pingree and Steve Matthes teamed up to contest Canada’s Walton Motocross Classic. Needless to say, those two go together like cheese curds and gravy on French fries. Page 174.