Top Five: Posts of the Week

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Another week and another batch of social-media posts to sift through! We have trawled the internet to find the greatest posts from the world of motocross and enduro, then placed five of them below. Do you think these deserved to make the cut? Would you like to be featured? Tag # 24MX in all of your Instagram posts and then you may even see yourself on this page in the future!

Post #1: Craziness!

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Post #2: Dream Ride

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Post #3: Mad Skills!

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Post #4: Hard Work!

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Post #5: Smoke Screen

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FMF: United By Power

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Not only do FMF sell some of the best pipes in the industry, they are also very creative with their branding and promotional material. The ‘United By Power’ series is a perfect example of that. FMF send a video crew to follow Team USA around in the days prior to the Motocross of Nations, then release multiple episodes that give fans a glimpse behind the scenes. Not only are they extremely exciting in the days prior to the event, they also act as nice historic piece that can be called upon whenever a fan is in need of a motocross fix. All five of the episodes from this year are below.

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Recap: WESS at Hawkstone

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Nathan Watson delivers the goods to claim a home win at round six of the World Enduro Super Series, the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider showed his class on the physically demanding Shropshire course to take victory over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker.

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Pit Prowl: MXoN at Assen

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The Motocross of Nations always causes fans to obsess over custom parts and new material. Countless brands pull out all of the stops to ensure that their rider is representing his country well and that they are signing the season off with a bit of extra flare. What were some of the cool things that were spotted inside of the paddock? Here is a gallery so you too can just dribble over the factory bits!

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The JWR Report: MXoN

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JWR Yamaha Racing were present in the pits at the 2019 Motocross of Nations this past weekend. It was a very eventful weekend, as Anton Gole represented Team Sweden and Vsevolod Brylyakov led Team Russia into action. The event was run in front of the 74,000 fans at the Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands.

Vsevolod Brylyakov was extremely quick on the rugged sand circuit, but poor luck beset him and his Russian teammates. The riders consequently failed to qualify for the main races and had to watch from the sidelines on Sunday afternoon. Anton Gole had better luck, as a fifteenth in the Open qualifying heat helped Sweden transfer to the main races in eleventh. When Gole lined up for his first race on Sunday – a race that included MX2 and Open riders – conditions had deteriorated significantly. He still showed good speed en route to a twenty-third.

Anton Gole was having another incredible ride in the last race, as he was running in eighteenth in the mixed classification. The power-sapping conditions caused him to run out of fuel with just over a lap to go though and therefore he did not quite reach the chequered flag. Gole still secured eleventh in the individual Open classification and helped Team Sweden claim fourteenth in the final classification. Both of his finishes were counted in their final points haul.

The 2019 Motocross of Nations marked the end of an exciting term for the JWR Yamaha Racing squad. The Swedish team tackled the full FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time and plan to make more progress in 2020. The plans that the team have in place will be announced in due course.

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Bike Builds: Team USA

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What goes into building a race bike for the Motocross of Nations? These ‘United By Power’ episodes from FMF look at that, as the YZ250F that Justin Cooper will pilot gets prepared in the USA. There is also a glance at what the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team put into the prestigious event.

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The JWR Report: China

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The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship concluded over the weekend. The eighteenth and last round of the campaign was run on a purpose-built layout in Shanghai, China, that featured a sandy surface, which played to the strengths of JWR Yamaha Racing rider Kevin Strijbos. Strijbos was the sole representative for the JWR outfit on Chinese soil.

Qualifying was a positive exercise for Strijbos, who secured ninth and yet another top-ten ranking. The first points-paying moto on Sunday was then a turbulent affair. A fall early on in the moto left him with a painful shoulder and no choice but to pull out prematurely. In an effort to stay safe and not cause further damage, the decision was made to miss moto two and watch the spectacular Grand Prix of China from the sidelines. It was a crushing end to a consistent run of top-twelve finishes.

Kevin Strijbos will now focus on recovering ahead of the Motocross of Nations in two weeks, where he will represent Team Belgium in the power-sapping sand of Assen. Vsevolod Brylyakov will ride for Team Russia and Anton Gole will be on Team Sweden.

Kevin Strijbos: “I had a huge crash in the first moto and hurt my shoulder, so I did not start the second moto. I will stay positive, because in two weeks there will be the ‘Nations in Assen and we go all in with Team Belgium!”

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Top Five: Posts Of The Week

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Another week and another batch of social-media posts to sift through! We have trawled the internet to find the greatest posts from the world of motocross and enduro, then placed five of them below. Do you think these deserved to make the cut? Would you like to be featured? Tag # 24MX in all of your Instagram posts and then you may even see yourself on this page in the future!

Post #1: Mad Skills!

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Posts #2: Mind Blown!

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Post #3: Shop In Style!

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Post #4: Full Gas.

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Post #5: Start Young!

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MX Nation: Episode #2

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Motorcycle racer Ken Roczen is hungry to get back on top and be known as the best in the world. Life is different for Roczen after his trainer and brother-in-law sustained a life altering injury. – Red Bull

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Fantasy Tips: MX Manager

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Is Ke Wang the best pick on Fantasy MX Manager this week? Is Yang Pu a better choice? One could certainly argue that is the biggest question mark entering the Grand Prix of China. That sounds like a joke, but it may end up becoming a pivotal point. The wildcards really do make a difference in this game and thus it is really worth paying attention to practice times across the weekend.

There is also another point that players should pay attention to this weekend. Those in China are seven hours ahead of the United Kingdom and – with it being a flyaway race – the first MX2 moto will begin an hour earlier than usual. Entries will close at quarter past five in the morning on Sunday and that could also end up being a game changer. It is highly unlikely that a lot of players will be awake when the gates drop, so it is important for players to remember to enter a capable team on Saturday evening. There are going to be players who forget about that little detail and give up positions at the very end of a gruelling season.

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There are not too many picks that really jump off of the page in the premier division, but one is a safe pick. Brian Bogers only costs €150,000 and should be right around the top ten in a field that will consist of just fourteen regulars. There is no one else on that level who costs so little, so what is the reason behind his price tag? Bogers looked great in Turkey and ran inside of the top five before dropping right down the order. It was not an encouraging ride at all, but then that shoulder has had another week to heal now too. Cling to the positives.

Go for an all-Dutch team in the premier class and success is almost guaranteed on Sunday. Pair Bogers with Jeffrey Herlings at €500,000 and there would be a decent haul of points for a little over fifty percent of the overall budget. There is no one else who has a lot of upside – aside from Tommy Searle if his shoulder holds up – and wildcards are arguably more beneficial in MX2, simply because there is more space for them to succeed. Take a look at those who are more of a risk though. What is there to really lose for a lot of people? The season is over for most at this point.

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Thomas Kjer Olsen is going to be the most picked rider in the MX2 division this week. After a bout of food poisoning, he did not even race the second race at round seventeen and therefore his stock has plummeted in the week prior to the Grand Prix of China. If he is back to his best – and he should be at this point – then it is guaranteed that he will offer up some sort of return at €350,000. Most will make a swerve for him this week though, so should a player who is desperate to make progress zig whilst everyone else zags? It must be stressful to be in the fight for the crown.

Zach Pichon is very good value at €150,000. Most are understandably sceptical about signing him up, but he was surprisingly strong at the Grand Prix of Turkey. Will that continue? There are not too many riders in Asia this weekend, so he should still be in the points even if he cartwheels. Considering that fact should make it easier for some players to take the plunge. Spending less than fifty percent of your budget on MX2 riders would be a good strategy to adopt. Going for a wildcard would save even more money though so – looping back around to the beginning of this piece – watch the practice times!

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