Front End: The hit list

Front End: The hit list

The Hit List

Things we approve of very much!

By Adam Duckworth. Photos by Adam Duckworth, Simon Cudby and Ray Archer

1 We can watch Supercross LIVE!

It’s the world’s highest-profile dirt bike series but we’ve always had to wait for pirated videos to be loaded onto video-sharing sites the following day to catch uo with the latest Supercross action. But not from the 2017 season, as you can buy a pass to legally watch it live on the net. When the series kicks off in Anaheim on January 7, you can go to the pay-per-view livestream available at www.SupercrossLIVE.com, although it will cost you $100 for the season which is around £80.


2 Two-smokers go British championship!

Proper motocross fans just love two-strokes so it’s great news there will be a full British two-stroke championship run alongside four Maxxis rounds in 2017. They’ll have full 18-minute plus a lap motos after a full-length qualifying session at each round, starting at Canada Heights on April 30 and finishing at Foxhill on August 27. OK, so it may not be an series that’ll attract the thousands of hobby riders – although we have a plan for that which will be revealed soon. But it’ll be great to see riders like Mike Kras, Lewis Gregory and Brad Anderson slugging it out on two-smokers!


3 Josh Grant returns to full-time racing

Talented American Supercross star Josh Grant has been lured out of semi-retirement for 2017, and will join Eli Tomac on the official Kawasaki 450 team for Supercross and the US Nationals in 2017. Grant, who won the 2012 250 West SX championship and the AMA 250 outdoor series a year later, is too big a star to be sat on the sidelines. Good work Kawasaki and Grant! Nopt only that, Kawasaki have also kept on ex-champ Ryan Villopoto as an ambassador.


4 Tommy does the Arenacross!

Britain’s Arenacross series goes from strength to strength and this year hits the pinnacle in terms of riders as British champion Tommy Searle will be racing the full series on his Dixon Kawasaki 450 GP bike. Even though it only finishes just before the GPs start, Tommy is committed to the whole championship and it means tickets are selling fast! Be there!


5 Wilson does it by himself

It’s a sad state of affairs when super-talented riders like Dean Wilson, Malcolm and James Stewart can’t get factory rides for the AMA Supercross. But the good news is that former factory KTM rider Dean Wilson will start the Supercross season on a privateer Yamaha YZF450. And it seems the ex-US 250 champ is relishing the opportunity to hame more than a few of the factory riders. “Don't feel bad for me. I'm good! Unfortunately I never cut the mustard for a team but hoping I can get back there eventually,” he said.


6 Puzar to debut at Vets Nations

It may be a long way off yet but it’s great that former world 250 champion Alex Puzar has agreed to make his Vets Motocross des Nations debut at Farleigh Castle on September 16-17 next year. He was signed up by organiser Dave King at the Transborago vets race recently and is the first time he's been tempted to race the British event. Former Motocross and Trophee des Nations winner Chuck Sun has also agreed to make a return to the event next year, too. September is going to be an epic month with the Vets Nations then the real Nations in the UK!


7 Marvin is just marvellous

We have to give big respect to fast Frenchie Marvin Musquin who has been tearing it up in the off-season Supercross and beating everyone that cares to take the challenge to him. Starting his second season in 450 Supercross, he’s now got the speed dialled in and as he trains alongside Ryan Dungey at Baker’s Speed Factory in Florida, knows what it takes to win. OK, maybe there’s the little obstacle of Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac and the rest but the smart money is on Musquin to pull off a few surprises.


8 The Bullet on a big bike

Do we really need to remind everyone how exciting the MXGP season should be with triple MX2 world champ finally getting onto a 450? Of course not. Well, that's unless he runs away with it and makes everyone look silly and the racing becomes totes boring!