WHEREFORE ART THOU KIDNEY BELTS? Dear MXA, Whatever happened to kidney belts? Scott Gershic via motocrossactionmag.com The name “kidney belt” is a misnomer of gargantuan proportions. In truth, the primary task of a kidney belt is to help strengthen the muscles in your lower lumbar area, but “lumbar belt” doesn’t have the same ring as “kidney belt.” That said, a kidney belt helps to stabilize your torso, support the muscles of the lower back and tighten the stomach muscles. A kidney belt supports a rider’s back muscles and can help reduce nerve compression and muscle inflammation, but they fell out of fashion. ;
LUONGO’S STRANGLEHOLD Dear MXA, What are the odds of another race organization overthrowing Giuseppe Luongo’s stranglehold on Grand Prix racing? Wouldn’t everyone involved prefer a new promoting group? Derek Eaton via motocrossactionmag.com The odds are nil. Why? Because Luongo has a long-term contract with the FIM, which means he is the official promoter of record. The major motorcycle manufacturers support the FIM, and thus cannot and will not support a competing race series. To do so would violate their fiducia- ry responsibility to the FIM. Even with the questions and facts being brought up on the anti-Youthstream website ( www.mxgpaction.com) about alleged wrongdoing by both the FIM and Youthstream, the FIM is the only entity that can do anything about Luongo’s current management of the World Championship.
THE GAS-STATION JOCKEY Dear MXA, I absolutely loved Jody’s column [August 2013] about meeting a guy in a gas station who said he used to race. This happens to me all the time. In fact, my wife’s brother told me he was a motocross star when I first started dating his sister. It turns out that he once had a Yamaha BW200. Keep it up. Kurt Macdonald via motocrossactionmag.com
BIG BUSINESS INTRUDES Dear MXA, The problem with modern motocross is that the stars are bland, milquetoast robots. Sadly, the riders who are wild and outlandish are typically one step ahead of Johnny
Law. Didn’t the factory teams used to send their riders to media school to teach them how to talk in public? Richard Aurele via motocrossactionmag.com Yes, they did, and announcer Larry Huffman would hold free seminars with the factory riders to help them sound better on the podium. Unfortunately, the days of riders with personalities have been replaced with the days of riders who feel more com- fortable reading sponsors names off a pit board held up by a mechanic.
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY Dear MXA, I want to thank MXA for support- ing two-strokes above and beyond the call of duty. I’m not a militant two-stroke guy, but I understand that without some level of publicity and support, a lot of people would never consider buying a two-stroke. MXA’s bike tests and hop-up articles encourage riders to look at getting a bike that they can not only afford but work on themselves. Gary Norman via motocrossactionmag.com Giuseppe.