WORLD AT WAR
I think your “Why Flyaway?” hit
piece in the June issue on the GPs
was the last straw. MXA’s anti-
Grand Prix stance makes you the
most hated magazine in Europe.
What do you think of that?
We think that you have it backwards. MXA should be the most
loved magazine in Europe. We
aren’t anti-GP; we are anti the guy
who has taken the riders’ start
money, travel money and purse
money, while doubling, tripling
and quadrupling the cost of racing
the World Championships. Europe
should embrace MXA for standing
up for the rights that you have
relinquished to Giuseppe Luongo.
Just like at Normandy, we are here
to free you from a despot.
Frossard and Paulin in Qatar.
I WANNA BE…
I wanna work at MXA. I think that
I would be a great motorcycle test
rider. I would love to spend my life
wearing free gear, riding brand-new
bikes and hobnobbing with the stars.
Are there any openings?
We thought about telling you how
much work is involved in being an
MXA guy. We were ready to tell
you about the long hours, weekends
away from home and hot days in the
sun, but after we analyzed it, we discovered that all we do is wear free
gear, ride brand-new bikes and hobnob with the stars, which explains
why there are so few openings.
THANKS FOR THE MAPS
I’ve been racing for a long time,
but most of my time was spent with
carburetors. My first fuel-injected
bike was a 2014 Yamaha YZ450F. It
popped, banged and bogged off idle
all the time and nobody could help
me—and, sadly, I didn’t know enough
to help myself. Then one day, a guy
at Glen Helen told me that the MXA
guys were in the upper pits and
that they could fix my YZ450F fuel
injection. I was hesitant at first, but I
rode up and asked them to help me.
They reprogrammed my map in a
couple minutes, and I love the bike
now. I just wanted to say thanks.
You are welcome. MXA spent a
long time testing different YZ250F
and YZ450F maps before we settled
on the ones we liked. We have since
reprogrammed over 30 bikes for local
NOTCH IN YOUR GUN BELT
What is the notch in the KTM
clutch lever for?
Brembo puts the notch in their
brake and clutch levers so that the
levers will break at that point if
the rider falls. Why would Brembo
want the levers to break there?
Because by engineering in a weak
point, there will still be enough
lever left for the rider to finish the
moto. Without the notch, the lever
could break completely off, leaving
the rider without brakes or a clutch.
Back in the olden days, riders drilled
a small hole in the lever to achieve
the same effect. ❏
PAY TO PLAY—OVERPAY
I wanted to race a big amateur
event, but when I got there, they
charged me an entry fee and a fee to
rent a transponder. Is this the way
they do it at a lot of races?
It is the way that greedy promoters
do it. Plain and simple, when you
paid the entry fee, you paid to be
scored; if the promoter wants to
charge you for his investment in
transponders, he should raise his
entry fee to cover his day-to-day costs,
not tack on some phony fee after the
sale. Having to pay an extra fee to
get scored is a rip-off. A big rip-off. It
would be like going to Burger King
to get a cheeseburger and paying for
your food, only to have the person
behind the counter ask if you’d like
to rent the grill to get your burger
The few. The proud. Built-in