Racing for points, even one point, is
what AMA Pro racing is about.
AMA PRO POINTS? WHO GETS
THEM? HOW MANY?
I know this is a statistics
question, but as a baseball fan I
am big on stats. How many riders
actually show up at the AMA 250
and 450 Nationals? Do you think that
the AMA should pay points to every
rider who makes the main events?
In the AMA 250/450 Nationals, 40
riders transfer from timed qualifying
( 36) and the Last Chance ( 4) to make
the 40-man field in both the 250 and
450 classes. Only riders who make
the top 20 in a moto earn points, but
they have two chances at each race
to do so. On average, between 65
and 70 riders show up in each
class per race for their shot at
glory. Spread out across the
complete 12-race series, that
averages out to around 800 entries
in each class (obviously many of
those riders are at every race). In
the course of a championship season,
the total number of riders who enter
the AMA Nationals is around 120
riders per class. Almost half of them
earn at least one point.
Do we think that every rider who
enters an AMA National should earn
an AMA National point? Should
every woman who enters the Miss
America Pageant win a tiara? Should
colleges accept students whether
they get straight As or Fs? Do you
get rewarded at your local track
when you finish 15th out of 30
riders? Of course not. In our opinion,
you have to do something better
than more people than “nobody”
Oprah-ize professional motorcycle
racing by rewarding every rider with
some feel-good token of appreciation.
The incremental goals of every
local Pro should be as follows:
(1) To enter an AMA National.
( 2) To make the “Fast 40” and get
into the big show.
( 3) To actually earn a point (notice
we said “earn” not “be given”).
( 4) Once a rider earns a point,
he should aspire to earn enough
points to be considered for an AMA
National number (if the AMA would
drop-kick its stupid permanent
numbering system that hands out
30 numbers willy-nilly every year).
( 5) The next step is for the rider
to work his way up to the highest
position in a National that he is
capable of—be it 15th, 8th or 1st.
AMA National points should not
be handed out like gold stars in
kindergarten. It should require
yearning, learning and earning to
Need help with your 2008 CRF250
jetting? You aren’t alone.
AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
I know that my bike is old news,
but can you tell me the jetting for
my 2008 CRF250 to stop it from
This question may be old, but it
ranks as one of the most commonly “Ask The MXperts” questions of
all-time. MXA’s recommended 2008
Honda CRF250 jetting is as follows:
Main jet: 188
Pilot jet: 42
Needle: NMUU (NMGU stock)
Leak jet: 65 ( 70 stock)
Clip position: 2nd from top
Fuel screw: 2-1/2 turns out
Notes: If you are really fast, go to
a 190 main, 55 leak jet and set the
accelerator pump adjustment screw
at 1 to 1-1/2 turns farther in to
speed up the squirt.