The major motocross season will officially begin with the Italian International MX series. This event has traditionally served as an indulgent teaser before the World Championship Series that will kick off on Sunday, March 3rd with the first race in Argentina. 

There are three rounds on the schedule for the Italian International MX series. On Sunday, January 27th, round 1 got everything started at Riola Sardo; round 2 will take place at Ottobiano on February 3rd and on February 10th, round 3 will be held in Mantua.

In Sardinia Sidi and their riders stood out immediately as absolute stars. In the MXGP race, Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) won the competition and laid down the law. Cairoli appeared to be in top form as he takes on the 2019 MXGP World Series on a quest to capture his tenth title. The Sidi house is also proud to point out the good eighth place obtained by Alessandro Lupino (Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki). Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) won the MX2 race; after ending 2018 with the young Spanish rider as the winner of the MX2 World title, and now he looks like he’s ready to go to bat again. Sidi also gives a nod to Alberto Forato (Maddii Racing), who ranked in tenth place. 
Finally, Sidi also shined on the podium in the Superfinal round, which saw the best 20 riders from MXGP and the best 20 riders from MX2. In fact, Tony Cairoli once again put everyone in line, and Jorge Prado scored a fantastic third place, proving he’s got what it takes to keep up with the big boys. 

YOU TOO SHOULD CHOOSE CROSSFIRE 3 SRS…
What is the secret weapon of all their champions’? Crossfire 3 SRS, of course. This is the unbeatable boot on any terrain and in any conditions. There are no equals; in the last several seasons it has earned the title of the most victorious boot ever in off-road riding.

Crossfire 3 SRS is available to the public in a wide range of colours, from the classics to more appealing modern hues aimed at satisfying every demand and creating the perfect matching look for any rider. Furthermore, an ample choice of available components and spare parts means to create an ever-changing, personalized look. 

From a technical standpoint, the strong suits of this boot, which make it so highly appreciated among top riders in world motocross, are: 

1) Hyper Extension Block: in action, the foot and ankle are subject to extreme movements and at risk of injury; with a ball joint on the ankle, this system prevents hyper-extension of the ankle, the top of the foot and rear tendons while the leg flexes forward and/or backward. 

2) Adjustable Calf System: the leg shaft of the boot has a replaceable muffler guard on the inside, to protect the leg from the heat of the engine and protect against wear. Furthermore, a rubber insert allows the rider to get a firmer leg grip on the motorcycle frame. With this system, the opening of the boot can be adjusted simply and practically on both sides to insure a perfectly comfortable fit, even on the largest calves. Not only that; this feature also meets the needs of riders who often wear knee guards and braces that need more room to be worn, without interfering with the proper closure of the boot. 

3) Dovetail Sole Srs: this is an innovative design and a revolutionary substitution system. The sole’s point and heel are fixed in place, while the central part, made up of a rubber insert, has been designed with a new interlocking system with 4 safety screws, so it can be changed out. The boot is also available in a version featuring the Ideal MX sole in rubber. 

Crossfire 3 SRS and Crossfire 3, with their various versions, cover all sizes from 40 to 50. The Sidi collection is available on the Motogear website, New Zealand’s Distributors:  https://www.motogear.co.nz/search?q=sidi+crossfire+3, where you can also verify the colours and models available for New Zealand.

Tyre manufacturing giant Bridgestone have released a new ‘Enduro’ tyre for 2019, dubbing it the Battlecross E50. The outcome of years of off-road technology development, the Battlecross E50 is road homologated and can be used for all Enduro competitions. Incorporating Battlecross Motocross technology, transferred and optimized for read Enduro usage, the Battlecross E50 is the tyre helping you overcome any obstacles and achieve the highest levels of performance on all types of terrain.

The new pattern design has dramatically increased the edge component of the blocks, 60% in the front and 120% in the rear, to improve both cornering and traction grip. Castle block technology offers a flexible tyre response on changing surfaces, thanks to an additional edge effect. The bunker area produces a small amount of extra traction power when the tyre is fully buried in the off-road surface.

The Battlecross E50 features an optimized dual compound division, and a redesigned shape and profile via a redesigned rim guard part. Both these improvements increase the mounting ease on the side of the track, and improve the tyre to rim fit.

When tested on a Husqvarna TE300, the new Battlecross E50 easily surpassed the previous ED66X tyre, on all surfaces. Traction, braking, and cornering feel improved substantially, along with better impact absorbing properties felt through the tyres. No matter what the conditions, the Battlecross E50 is definitely worth investing in for your Enduro riding, between stages as well as when the going gets tough!

 

Leatt have released their brand new ‘Z-Frame’ Knee Brace, designed to replicate the mechanics of the knee, and deflect or absorb impacts as required. With certified medical endorsements, the top-rated impact protection is being offered to New Zealand now at an incredible price!

The main hinge of the Z-Frame Knee Brace is geared to provide a smooth mechanical motion, constructed to take all the pressure and side-on impacts without distorting or twisting. It can be set to allow 5, 10, 15, or 20-degrees of movement, for hyper-extension and ACL injury reduction.

With an Injected Composite chassis, slim hinges for superior feel, and Aluminium hinge covers, the Z-Frame Knee Brace is made with the experience of riders, for riders. The shin-pad had been specifically designed with a low profile, to allow excellent boot fit. The strapping system is simple to and also low profile, to prevent snagging under riders pants. The Z-Frame Knee Brace is also capable of a completely customised fit, with interchangeable hinge padding sizes.

For exceptional quality, durability, and protection, Leatt have been producing personal protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially action sports. The Leatt-Brace® is an award-winning neck brace system, and is considered the gold standard for neck protection for anyone wearing a crash helmet as a form of protection. The Z-Frame Knee Brace continues their dedication to providing safer and more durable measures against injury for motorcyclists.

Available in sizes Small to Xtra-Large, the all-new Leatt Z-Frame Knee Brace is available now from Whites Powersports.

Price: $549 per pair.

 

 

It seems like everyone is coming out with magic cleaning sprays nowadays. Next thing we know we’ll be seeing “30 Seconds” style ads with dirt bikes. Wouldn’t that be great if you could simply “Spray and walk away…” and your dirt bike would be clean. Okay, so that’s not reality, but the Putoline Put Off cleaner we’ve been using recently is pretty good. You just need to use a brush or sponge and then a jet washer before the walking away bit, but you can be assured the bike will look shiny clean when you do.

Designed as a super-efficient all-purpose cleaner for motorcycles, quads, bicycles, etc. the concentrated formula, which includes Nano Tech components, is not only suitable for delicate surfaces but also helps keep your machine clean after the next ride as the formula assists in stopping dirt stick. It does a pretty good job, although we’d recommend going for the 5-litre bottle as it’s pretty easy to chew through the 1-litre bottle if your machine is particularly grotty.

Tester: Paul | Distributed by: Whites Powersports | Price: $13.27 (1 litre) | $37.43 (5 litre) |
Check it: www.bits4bikes.co.nz

 

What started as a one-day event in 1998 has turned into what some people call the “MX Woodstock”.  It’s a gathering of family and friends and what they love most – dirt bikes. It not only attracts some of the fastest racers in the world and the who’s who of the moto industry but also riders from the Hollywood stunt community and moto fanatics worldwide.  To commemorate the ‘Day In The Dirt’, Bell has released a Limited Edition ‘Day In The Dirt’ helmet, with all the specialities we’ve come to love of the Moto-9 Flex in a commemorative Red Bull ‘Day In The Dirt’ colour scheme.

Bell is committed to providing purpose-built solutions that provide across-the-board head protection for the modern rider. So when it came to evolving the race proven Moto-9, we wanted to re-think fit and build on the helmet’s longstanding ability to manage energy. We’re pleased to report, we did. Leveraging the segmented liner from our Segment bike helmet, we sought to achieve a more personalized, adaptive fit, for a wide variety of head shapes. In creating a first-of-its-kind 3 layer impact liner, we utilized a revolutionary combination of polymer materials to provide a “progressive” energy management system that’s designed to absorb low, mid and high energy impacts. When it came to testing, our initial Flex samples outperformed any other motocross helmet we’ve tested to date. The result is no accident, the Moto-9 Flex is the most advanced helmet we’ve ever made and is quickly setting a new level of rider protection in motocross and off-road racing.

Features:

  • 3K Carbon Shell
  • Flex Energy Management interior liner
  • Fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor™ with air intake vents
  • Industry-Leading Five-Year Warranty
  • Integrated Vented Roost Guard
  • Lightweight Carbon Composite shell construction
  • Magnefusion Emergency Release System (MERS)
  • Magnefusion Magnetic Strap Keeper
  • Magnefusion™ Removable Magnetic Cheekpads
  • Padded Chin-Strap with D-Ring Closure
  • Padded, Lined Helmet Bag Included
  • Velocity Flow Ventilation™ system for maximum cooling
  • X-Static® and XT-2® Padding

Specifications:

  • Weight: 1450 grams
  • Certification: ECE

The Bell Moto-9 Flex Helmet is the pinnacle of motocross helmets, featuring core technologies that surpass all industry standards for safety. A 3-layer liner manages low, medium, and high-speed impacts. Segmented and flexible, the liner allows for a more custom fit of your head, while also being designed to reduce energy transfer from oblique impacts. The rider also benefits from ‘Velocity Flow Ventilation’, aero ports that are assisted in airflow via the segmented liner.

The 3-layer liner is a progressive layering, with each individual layer designed to perform a specific reaction to impact. Firstly, the EPO (Expanded Polyolefin) layer is designed to absorb low-speed impacts, up to a rate of 3 metres per second. The second EPP (Expanded Polypropylene) layer takes up mid-speed impacts, to a rate of 5 metres per second, while the third EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) works in high-speed impacts, absorbing at 7.75 metres per second. The layers are also made to ‘slip’ on each other in the event of an angled impact, to greatly reduce rotational forces being transferred through the rider’s head into the brain, significantly reducing the potential for brain injury. This technology is being implemented in varying forms in both on- and off-road helmets, and Bell has undertaken vast testing to ensure they are delivering a class-leading product in the Moto-9 Flex.

The Composite Carbon shell carries an industry-leading Five-Year Warranty, with special technology to give the rider the most comfortable and highest safety rated helmet possible. The chin-bar is EPS lined for extra frontal protection, along with an integrated roost guard and Flying Bridge Visor™. In the event of an emergency, the Magnefusion Ememrgency Release System (MERS) ensures medical staff can safely remove the helmet without further injuring the rider. It can also be easily removed, along with the rest of the XT-2 Extended Wear Interior, for safe washing.

For a top-level motocross helmet that doesn’t sacrifice on looks safety or performance, the Bell Moto-9 Flex ‘Day In The Dirt’ Limited Edition definitely stands out, pushing the boundaries even further than ever before.

Proudly brought to New Zealand by Crown Kiwi Enterprises, you can check the special model helmet out on their website:

Crown Kiwi Enterprises – Bell Moto-9 Flex ‘Day In The Dirt’ Edition

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