We produce a lot of content each week. It’s even hard for us to keep up with. Unless you’ve decided to quit your job and read Racer X all day (wait… that doesn’t sound like a bad idea), you probably missed a thing or two.
We’re here to help. Each week we’ll run through some of the best content all week and put it in one simple post so you have easy access to it. Bookmark this, print it, do whatever you need to so you’re able to keep up on the latest news from around the industry.
Now go back to work. Kidding. Stay here and read some cool stuff. Work sucks anyway.
Monday Conversation: Nick Wey | By Steve Matthes
We got the news last week that former factory rider turned privateer hero Nick Wey was retiring from full-time racing. During the latter part of his eighteen-year career, Wey ran his own team, and exits the sport as a guy that did it the right way. We called up Wey to talk to him about his decision and what’s next.
450 Words: 2016 SX Team Guide | By Chase Stallo
Monster Energy Supercross is back! The opening round of the 2016 season begins this Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. A new year also means new numbers, riders, teams, etc. It’s hard to keep it all straight. Luckily for you, we’re here to help. Here's a handy guide for the weekend and the season.
racer x films: anaheim 1 press day | by kyle scott
250 Words: Webb vs. the World | By Jason Weigandt
It comes around every few years: one 250SX rider is so dominant that he’s the favorite regardless of which coast he enters. Cooper Webb has been so next level lately that it doesn’t really matter who he is racing or what time zone, dirt or building he’s doing it in or on. There are no other factors that matter. If it’s a 250SX race, he’s the favorite.
Official: Chad Reed and Factory Yamaha for 2016 | By Jason Weigandt
After months of speculation, the expected return of a Team Yamaha 450SX effort starring Chad Reed has finally become real. Yamaha released the information this afternoon, calling it a re-introduction of its factory supercross team, which is officially named Monster Energy/360fly/
Adam Cianciarulo, Aldon Baker Part Ways | By Steve Matthes
We learned a few days ago that Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo broke away from the Baker’s Factory Training Facility run by renowned trainer Aldon Baker, but we were asked to not report it by Adam himself. Well, since then Adam has confirmed to Transworld Motocross that he has indeed left the Baker’s Factory and is looking for a new trainer and track to ride at.
Insight: Chad Sanner, Part II | By Davey Coombs
Last week we presented the first half of an extended interview with Chad Sanner, the owner of the Eleven-10 Mods privateer team that worked with Darryn Durham, Alex Martin, and Phil Nicoletti for several years beginning in 2010. This followed an epic feature, “Eleven 10ths,” by our own Steve Matthes with some of the riders and mechanics involved with the “little team that could … or maybe couldn’t.”
We pick up where Sanner admits he maybe should have pulled the plug, and that’s with his friend and team catalyst Darryn Durham signing with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki for the 2012 season and beyond.
Bench Racing Ammo: 70 Reason to Watch Supercross | By Chase Stallo
All is good in the world before Anaheim 1. Before Monster Energy Supercross begins, everyone is a contender, everyone believes, and everyone has hope. While the year won't work out as planned for everyone, it's certainly going to be fun to watch the stories unfold—stories like the battle for the 450SX title, and smaller ones like young kids trying to build a career. It's all on the table starting this Saturday, and the only way to make sense of all is to start listing all the reasons we'll be watching. You should, too.
The List: Random MX History, Part I | By Davey Coombs
On Saturday night we will see the first race of the new season, which means it will mark the first time for many to unveil their 2016 numbers. Before that happens, we thought we would dip into the vast Racer X Archives to randomly list numbers 1 to 99 and show what each number might have looked like in some other year, like 1974, or maybe 1984, or 1994... In Part I, we will run through numbers 1-49, with numbers 50-99 featured next week.
Revolver: Anaheim 1 2005 | By Eric Johnson
I pulled down a cardboard box from a shelf that was too high and the thing toppled over and nearly gave me a black eye. This box—that was now no longer a box—was full of magazines, notebooks, and dozens of dog-eared pieces of paper—even my credential for the 2005 THQ AMA Supercross Series. That’s when I saw the headline of an article I’d put together a few weeks before the Christmas of 2004, “Mississippi Burning: Catching up to with Kevin Windham.”
How to Watch: Anaheim 1 | By Chase Stallo
Everything you need for the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross.
Injury Report: Anaheim 1 | By Aaron Hansel
Who’s in and who’s out for the opener.
Between the Motos: Kyle Regal | By Jason Weigandt
Monster Energy Supercross is getting the attention, but AMSOIL Arenacross starts this weekend as well with the opener in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kyle Regal of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team is the new defending champion, and he’s taken a long road to get to this point.
A few years ago, he was a promising rookie pro showing impressive speed in 450 Nationals. Then came bumps and lumps with injuries and team drama, and eventually it looked like Regal’s career was over.
Arenacross gave him a rebirth, and now he’s got his eyes set on big things—defending his title, and then giving supercross another shot in 2017.
Staging Area: Anaheim 1 | Jason Thomas
Welcome back to Staging Area! Last year was the debut season for this lil column of mine. Luckily, no one complained loudly enough from my Bold Predictions to get me fired or at minimum, this column fire-bombed into the depths of hell. I owe some credit to Steve Matthes’ Observations column for always pushing the envelope, in turn making my own boundary pushing look mild. Without further ado, let’s get into 2016.
Anaheim 1 Press Day Gallery | By Simon Cudby
Racer X Films: The Untold Story of Christian Craig | By Austin White
Word from the California test tracks say that GEICO Honda's Christian Craig is flying right now, and could be a real contender in Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West Region. That seems realistic now that Craig made a successful comeback to racing over the summer in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. This path wasn't that simple, though. Craig reveals the deep secrets and dark days of his early pro career, including a crash which nearly left him paralyzed, and the difference between his work ethic and outlook then and now. This is why people are buzzing about Christian Craig right now—this is his Untold Story.