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CONTENTS

MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS SPECIAL ISSUE Motocross Illustrated Editor: Geoff Meyer Publisher: Geoff Meyer Contrubutors: Ray Archer, Simon Cudby, Redeye, Massimo Zanzani Advertising: Geoff Meyer Address: Nijmeegsestraat 59, Gendt, 6691CM, Netherlands Offices: Ballpark Stadium, Sydney, Australia

1. NEW WORLD ORDER 2. DEAN FERRIS INTERVIEW 3.WORLD SERIES 4. TODD WATERS INTERVIEW 5. TEAM USA


COVER IMAGE: Justin Barcia by Ray Archer CONTENTS IMAGE: SHaun Simpson by Yamaha


MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS

NEW WORLD ORDER STORY GEOFF MEYER IMAGES RAY ARCHER There might not have been a Motocross of Nations like it. When the Friday press conferences were held, and the promotional team of the event told how they wanted to have the best Motocross of Nations ever I took a look over to 2007 MXoN promoter Jonathan Beasley and smiled. I didn’t believe it was possible and I do not think Beasley did either. Yet two days later, I was in love with this event.


So many amazing MXoN’s in the history of the sport. Unfortunately I missed 1986 in Maggiora or anything before that MXoN, but from 1987 until now I haven’t missed too many, and in my opinion the 2013 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations is right up there with the best ever. I just can’t say enough about last weekend and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. Earlier in the season we had the GP of Italy, held at the historical Maggiora circuit, in the north of Italy, an event that just made me believe all over again what a wonderful sport we have and how impressive the Grand Prix series is. My favorite GP from the last ten years. But this MXoN last weekend will go down as; if not the best, then one of the best in the sports history. That tiny facility, that pushed the fans together like you have never seen, fans crammed into one small area, all 40,000 behaving themselves despite being locked shoulder to shoulder just made the feeling around the facility really special. Then we had the racing, oh, the racing was everything we had hoped for, and then more. From the drama of the opening moto when MX2 riders Dean Ferris and Ken Roczen led the best MX2/450 riders in the World, to

the charge from FIM World MX1 Champion Antonio Cairoli, and the burst of speed from American Eli Tomac, his beautiful riding style and his massive crash. The second moto blitz by Roczen and Tomac, pure Motocross at its best. The surge by Tomac, where it looked like he would win the moto, but the unbelievable determination from Roczen to hold him out, giving that briljant crowd something to savor. The final moto drama from the first corner crash, with Barcia and Desalle down, and Desalle retiring with an injured shoulder. Then the typical Cairoli domination, plus the battle in the pack for the overall victory as Dungey and Barcia fought for every single point, but the performance from De Dycker, holding off the challenge from so many, then finally passing early leader Max Nagl to secure Team Belgium the victory. This event always brings drama, but this year was just so exciting, so pleasant to watch. All I can say is bring on Latvia in 2014, another amazing facility, a great country and for sure another moment in this event that will see high drama and once again that always brillant battle between Team USA and the World.


TEAM USA Respect to these guys. Just as they do nearly every year they come into unknown territory and fight as hard as they can. Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac might not have left the 2013 Monster Energy FIM MXoN with victory, but they did show good speed and determination. It is always going to be hard for the American’s, they arrived late compared to previ-

ous years, maybe jet –lag troubled them, and for sure the roughness of the circuit wasn’t easy for them. Those wide open, full throttle facilities in America could never prepare them for what they had to battle in Germany. The call by Barcia for rougher tracks in America will probably go unheard as the American promoters and track owners love to prepare their circuits to perfection, and for sure the American tracks look wonderful, but in many cases, old school Mo-


tocross they sure are not. This years MXoN was run on one of the roughest circuits we have seen in a while and was as old school as Motocross gets. Even Belgian rider Ken De Dycker was surprised by how rough it was. Mentioning to us that even the GP circuits are usually cleaned up a little too much and leveled out throughout the weekend, leaving not enough ruts and way too smooth. But back to Team USA. Impressed would be an understatement on what the World got to see of Eli Tomac. After his poor start in the Saturday qualification race, where he battled the likes of Van Horebeek, Tixier and Butron, to his brillant opening MX2 moto, where he just looked so, so fast. There is for sure something special about this rider and as we have all heard throughout the year, he is without question the future. I can’t wait to see him in Latvia in 2014, and on the bigger bike. Just imagine Cairoli versus Tomac versus Villopoto versus Roczen versus Herlings in the MX1/Open moto in 2015!!! Justin Barcia, the fighter of Team USA. Have to love him, his says what he thinks and his respect of the GP riders was really impressive. At one point he battled hard with Clement Desalle in the second moto, and while Desalle got the upperhand and rode away from him, you could see he was doing everything in his power to fight off the challenge from the Belgian. I was hoping for a knock em down brawl, as everyone knows Barcia and Desalle


love nothing more than a good fight on the track. The biggest disappointment in Team USA was for sure Ryan Dungey. He looked so strong in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at this event, winning three motos along the way and scoring three victories for Team USA, but 2012 and 2013

he struggled to beat guy like Cairoli, Nagl, Bobryshev, De Dycker, Paulin, Desalle and so many more. He looks like he was riding a 2006 KTM instead of the 2013 model. It is a pity, because in victory you won’t need a more friendly and open guy, but in defeat he is a totally different person. The disappointment in his face on the podium and at the press conference was there for all to see.

I for one would love to see the 2015 MXoN in Glen Helen. I hope this event happens, because the American riders deserve home territory and the chance to show what they really can do. As much as the 2007 MXoN in Budds Creek made me sick with disappointement, as Team USA went 1-1-1 and totally dominated the GP riders, they deserve that chance again soon.


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The Monster Energy Motocross of Nations brings out the best of the best and if you are lacking in speed, then you will be acught out here more than any other racein the World. Ray Archer image


Justin Barcia. We want this kid to come back to Europe and as soon as possible. What an open, friendly hard racer. He als wants to race Grand Prix Motocross at one point in his career. Ray Archer image


Clement Desalle might not be the most friendly guy in the paddock, but when it comes to racing he is one of the best. Problems with the media are a daily happening with the Belgian, but as a racer, he just gets on with the job at hand. Ray Archer image


The question from this years Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations was what happened to Ryan Dungey. He top scored for Team USA, then had the American public on his back about underperforming. How about those same public give credit to the GP guys who smoked him? Ray Archer image


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The King of World Motocross, Antonio Cairoli. The most respected rider in the World, not only for his blinding speed, but also for his dedication to make the sport a better place. It isn’’t always about money for the Italian, although he has made a lot due to his professional attitude. Ray Archer image


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RESPECT EARNT DEAN FERRIS

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When Dean Ferris hung on the back wheel of Ken Roczen in last weeks Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations it surprised a lot of people. We knew Ferris was fast, but that fast was even a surprise for the Aussie. What came out of the weekend is that Dean Ferris might shock many of the current MX1 riders when he steps up in 2014, and with his confidence now sky high anything is possible. We caught up with him a few days after the MXoN and asked him about 2014 and the MXoN performance. Motocross Illustrated: Dean, great job mate. While fourth place isn’t what you guys might have hoped

for after Saturday, had somebody told you how you would have done and the team scored fourth place, you would have taken that for sure. Ferris: So true, fourth place is equal to our second best result for Australia. we


did have high expecations after Saturday, and we all gave our all. I mean for me the weekend was awesome, personally, with a solid practice and good results in the motos. Motocross Illustrated: I have been a fan of yours obviously because you are a fellow Aussie and we get on, but did you surprise yourself with that MX2 qualifier, running so long with Roczen? Ferris: Yes, I didn’t know I could be so close to Roczen, and clock the quickest lap of the race, I made some mistakes and still got back onto him, but I got arm pump and I hadn’t had arm pump all year, and then dropped off. I was 5 seconds behind him after the finish, I was pissed I couldn’t keep with him, I was enjoying myself out there. I was surprised I was that fast, but

not surprised I was riding well. Motocross Illustrated: The track was really rough, a lot rougher than you or any of the GP riders have seen it. Did you like the track? Ferris: I mean, I liked the track, but I like a lot of tracks. Everyone was like


what did I eat for breakfast, everyone thought I did some type of magic, but I was with my practice mechanic and my coach during the week and we did some simple testing and the bike was awesome. If you could take me back to the start of the season with the bike like it is now I would have had much better results. Motocross Illustrated: You get a podium in the GPs, then a GP win, now this. Your confidence must be at an all time high. How much did last weekend improve your confidence? Ferris: A lot, its the best race I have ever ridden, I am 100% confident with my starts now and I was relaxed and I am really proud of myself. I mean sometime when you work hard and don’t get the results its really frustrating, everything is what is should be


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and I am always fit, so I took a lot of confidence out of the weekend. Motocross Illustrated: You struggled in the early part of the season with your bike set-up, I can’t see you making that mistake again in 2014. When does your preperation start for the new season, because you know as well as anyone that racing in the MX1 class you need everything sorted. Ferris: Mate, I am starting now to prepare for next year. I don’t want to be behind the eight ball and I don’t want to come in like I did this year. I mean I want my bike sorted, I know my body will be good, mind is good and good people around me, so just getting the bike set-up is everything. Motocross Illustrated: How will you go into 2014. I mean its a long way off, but do you come in slow and build? Ferris: Man, I always have high expectations of myself and its hard to accept anything but a good result. When the gate drops at round one I am going to be going wide open, I am going to be going

Motocross Illustrated: You podiumed in Qatar this year, and the circuit and night race clearly suited you. That has to give you some confidence? Ferris: Qatar was the best first race I have ever had. I mean under the lights, bit supercross like, and I’ve ridden enough Supercross in Australia, its the perfect first round really for me. Even if I stay in Australia in February and March it will be okay for me. I might come back to Europe, in December or something, we haven’t made a solid plan yet, we will sit down next week and work it out. I will have a practice bike, which will be like a race bike anyway. Motocross Illustrated: What about the whole AMA versus FIM thing, do you get into that at all? Ferris: I am pretty neutral, I like AMA and I like GP. I think the GP guys have been underated and I am sure Cairoli would have dominated in previous years, but he had so much bad luck, with 2010 the Italian were not going and all that. I rate the euro riders and the Americans are also good. Its going to be pretty big disputed about who is best for the next 12 months.


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Monster Energy FIM Motocross Of Nations

THE HIGHLIGHTS Story Geoff Meyer images Ray Archer

What an amazing event. It has to be said, as early as Friday everyone involved in this event had the feeling it would be special and it was more than that. Brilliant racing, a massive crowd, and in all fairness for the people in attendance total domination from the European riders. It is nearly impossible to have a number one thing from this event, but I have to give it to Antonio Cairoli and his 1-1 performance, to match his 1-1 in Lommel last year. Cairoli just gets better and bette rand while the American media love to call out Ryan Villopoto as the fastest rider in the World, it is a complete lack of respect for the guy who


has dominated this event the last two years. Seems strange, but although Team Belgium won this event, the performance of Ken Roczen was my second favorite. King Kenny won his fourth straight MX2 class overall, something that might not have been done before. He might have got a little lucky when Tomac went down in the first moto, although his second moto domination proved on European soil nobody can match him. Team Belgium. When Jeremy Van Horebeek mentioned on the Friday press conference that Belgium were there to win it, you could tell Team Belgium were up for a fight. Even


with the loss of red hot Clement Desalle in that often fateful third moto, Team Belgium still hung in there, fighting until the very end to get the win. All three riders showed they are more than just good GP riders. Eli Tomac. This kids speed in the ope-

ning MX2 moto was something special. Until his crash he looked like the fastest rider on the track and was picking off riders one at a time until he got to Roczen in second place. It seemed just a matter of time before he would get the German rider, but then went down hard. In the second MX2 moto he pushed Roczen to his limit and was totally class in defeat. Dean Ferris. Of course my favorite GP

rider at the moment. Being a fellow Aussie and a nice guy to boot, but where did he get that speed from last weekend? The fastest rider all day Saturday, and one of the fastest on Sunday. His starts were perfect and his determination to try and get Australia on the podium impressive. Lets hope he brings this speed and determination to the MX1 class in 2014. Did I also mention he brought huge res pect to the MX2 class of 2013?


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NEW KID ON THE BLOCK INTERVIEW GEOFF MEYER IMAGES RAY ARCHER Australian Todd Waters might not have set the World on fire with his 2013 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations results, but what he did do was finish a solid fourth in his Saturday qualification and come back from two first corner crashes go to 20-13.


Four times World Motocross Champion Harry Everts mentioned to me at the Grand Prix of Lierop that he felt Waters was top three potential. A strong rider, who works really hard and wants success badly. We caught up with Waters and asked him about his weekend.

Motocross Illustrated: Todd, you really had a terrible time out there. How did it feel? Waters: Look, you say horrible time, but I enjoyed it, it is racing World class, the atmopshere was amazing and while it didn’t all go to plan, I enjoyed the experience. I mean on Saturday qua-


lification went well, we all did well there, we got good starts and rode like we can. Motocross Illustrated: What happened in that first moto. I know you went down, but how was the race? Waters: First moto, unfortunately when you put your MX2 guy on the inside and I started gate number 20 it makes it hard. First moto I

went down in the first corner, got up in near last. Some guys went down in front of me, because the inside guys cut in the inside and the outside guys are sweeping in, we all sort of collided. I ended up on top of the crashed guys, picked it up and off I went. Then the second corner I went straight through the corner, because I had no front brakes, at that moment I


thought, this is going to be a long race, no front brake on this hilly track, so i pretty much just had to trail ride around. I did the best I could with what I had really. Motocross Illustrated: And to make matters even worse you then go down again in the second moto. Waters: Second moto I tried to get a good start, then Barcia and those guys went down, and I didn’t get a great start and thought I would sneak in behind Desalle, but we all went down. I got caught up again, tried to push and come through. Got through the slower guys and then I saw Metty and started catching him. Motocross Illustrated: I noticed in the second moto you were riding well, you got up close to the top ten and didn’t lose too much ground on Barcia, who started around the same place as you after the crash. I loved some of the lines you were taking, totally different than everyone else. Waters: I am creative with my lines and that is what I am known for in Australia. When there is a big rut and everyone is going through there I like to get up on the tacky smooth stuff. That is why I am excited to race over here, because the tracks in Europe get really rough, they are just brutal. When you are going through bumpy ruts it takes its


toll on your body, so I like to take different lines. Motocross Illustrated: How did you feel about your performance? Waters: I wasn’t happy with how I performed, because when you get a good start the faster guys sort of suck you along with them, but when you get a bad start you pass a guy, then have to wait to pass another guy and these guys are usually slower, so it breaks your momentum. I can’t ride the way I really can when its like that. Motocross Illustrated: What about the atmopshere of the race? Did it blow you away? Waters: I loved the event. On Saturday going out to practice I was so nervous I nearly threw up. In the qualification race I got a good start and I was up front and I haven’t raced these guys before, I look on the start and think, wow, these guys are great riders, my heros, but then in the qualification race I was catching Barcia and that is an eye opener, I was like, I can run with these guys. I can’t wait for next year in the GPs. Motocross Illustrated: I remember Chad Reed back in 2001, he nearly didn’t qualify for the opening GP, then got something like a 16th place finish, then podium, won a GP and fi-

nished second in the World. Will you try and start slow and build on it? Waters: It is a massive championship and my team manager said I need to make every round and stay injury free, but obviously I have a great team backing me and its a big step from racing in Australia. The top ten guys here are super fast and you have to fight for your positions, but that is what I am excited for next year.


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WORLD SERIES MOTOCROSS STORY GEOFF MEYER IMAGES RAY ARCHER

While this years Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations was a classic event, and one for the ages, it was also one that produced a lot of questions. The performances of Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen, winning the MX1 and MX2 class gives the whole question of who is the fastest MX1/450 and MX2/250 rider in the World zero in the answers department. What would have happened if Ryan Villopoto and Jeffrey Herlings been racing? Would the results been different? Are Villopoto and Herlings the fastest riders in the World? The answer is of course, NOBODY knows. Of course while American and European media love to write up how great the AMA and FIM riders are, only a series with a number of rounds and all around the World will really give the answer. Its been written a lot of late in the American magazines and online by the American media that Ryan Villopoto is the fastest rider in the World, but when looking at the performance of Cairoli at the last two MXoN

and the performance of Villopoto rivals Ryan Dungey and Justin Barcia, then of course the American media are just blowing hot air, which is pretty much what us the European media also do after such a great victory by European riders last weekend. Fortunately the riders themselves have a little more respect for their eachother. Cairoli, De Dycker and Roczen won’t go boasting they are the best because of the results last weekend. And in return guys like Barcia, Dungey and Tomac had only respect for the European riders, giving compliments and as Barcia said on the podium, “these guys are


tough dudes, they kicked out backsides and the tracks in Europe are the toughest in the World. I wish we had tracks like this in America.� Enough said in my books, so American media, Euro media and the World media, lets leave it up to the riders to give their opinion on eachother, because at the end of the day they know a lot better than all of us bench racers what racing is all about. Until we get a global series running, one that is about Worldwide rounds, many on circuits that are not like GP circuits or AMA circuits, then we might get an answer. Until then, keep guessing.


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Drop 2 lbs. over stock system | Massive power gains throughout RPM range | New RTS (Rapid Tuning System) | Slip On can be used with FMF or Stock OEM Header.

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