The Gear Check is back with another round of recommendations from our pro athletes. Today, we’re joined by Fox SX/MX rider Ken Roczen. Take a look below for a full rundown of the equipment he wore last weekend at Anaheim 2 Supercross.
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Hey everyone! This year we’re trying something new. Welcome to The Gear Check, where you’ll get a look inside our rider’s gear bag, so to speak. Feel free to let us know on Instagram how you like this format and who you’re interested in seeing next. Up first, Chad Reed and his Houston Supercross gear check.
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“Getting the widest field of vision was really critical for me. We went through several rounds of samples to get it right. I am really happy with the final product.” – Ken Roczen
“Ken really pushed the team on the Vue goggle project. His input and direct communication with our design and development team really elevated the entire process. We are very proud to see the Vue goggle come to life at A1 on Kenny.”
– Mark Finley, Global Director of Communications and Consumer Insights
46th Annual Winter Olympics
Gatorback Cycle Park
November 21-25th, 2017
The 46th Annual running of the Winter Olympics kicked off this past week at the iconic Gatorback Cycle Park. This unique event features 2 race tracks, Supercross during the first half of the week, followed by the outdoor Motocross portion of the event. At the end of the week these scores are combined to crown the overall Olympiad. The unpredictable Florida weather hindered the schedule this week, cancelling racing for the entire day of Thanksgiving, ultimately causing the promotors to cut LCQ’s out of the event, making for a cut-throat make-it-or-break-it sense of urgency each moto.
In the A/Pro classes, Garrett Marchbanks won the 450 Pro Sport in both SX and MX, this also being his debut race in the A class! Brazilian, Enzo Lopes, was also on fire in the first half of the week with a 250 Pro Sport win in SX, yet Enzo having a bad get-off ended up unable to finish out the week. In the B class and still new to the 250f transition, Stilez Robertson was killing it with a 250 B Limited SX championship, along with a handful of podium finishes. Oklahoma’s Jesse Flock was also a contender in the B class all week with a 450 B Limited SX title. JJ Jarvis was riding great in the Girls and Women’s classes as well, taking the gold in SX and MX in the Girls Sr. class, and just missing the top spot in the Women’s 14+ with 2 second place finishes, though she was chipping away at the leader each lap, but ran out of time during the reduced number of laps due to the rain delay during the week. In the SuperMini class, Jeremy Ryan claimed the SuperMini 2 (13-16) class title in the MX half of the week. John Grewe took a permanent residency on the podium this week! John won 10 of his 12 motos, wrapping up all 4 Overall Olympiad titles in the 35+, 40+, 45+, and 50+. At the end of the week John was given the Vet Masters Award, with the only blemish on his record was having the 35+ SX gold medal taken by RedDog Timmy Ferry.
Congratulations to all finishers and champions! Below is a list of Fox team top 3 results, along with a link to full event results.
Photo credit: Jacob Souder - @hbmotoco
1st PLACE – CHAMPION
Garrett Marchbanks – 450 A / Pro Sport (SX/MX Olympiad)
Enzo Lopes – 250 Pro Sport (SX)
Stilez Robertson – 250 B Limited (SX)
Jesse Flock – 250 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (MX)
Jordan Jarvis – Girls Sr. (12-16) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Timmy Ferry – 35+ (SX)
John Grewe – 35+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 40+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 45+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 50+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
** John Grewe – Vet Masters Award **
Stilez Robertson – 250 B (SX)
Stilez Robertson – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock – 450 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Marco Cannella - College (16-24) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jordan Jarvis – Women 14+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jesse Flock – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock 450 B (MX)
Fox Racing is excited to welcome Dean Wilson to the Fox family. Dean joins our elite team of athletes and will ride in our helmets, boots and goggles.
From overcoming multiple injuries and racing his way back to a factory ride, Dean’s commitment and dedication to the sport proves he has what it takes to be a top contender, and we are proud to support him on and off the track.
“As a brand and company known for innovation and being the best, Dean brings a considerable amount to the table. Having him on the team will energize, and elevate our program.” – Chris Onstott, Global MX Sports Marketing Director
The 71st edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious motocross race was hosted in the ancient capital of Winchester, England. With forty countries participating for the honor of hoisting the Chamberlain trophy, all athletes ride for the pride of their countries. Representing Team Canada as their MXGP class entry, GDR/Honda/Fox Racing rider Colton Facciotti hit the track proudly wearing the Red & White and symbolic Maple Leaf.
Having been selected to represent Team Canada four times prior, Colton is familiar with the pressure of racing on the world stage. Facciotti would finish his qualifying moto in 14th place, while teammates Tyler Medaglia and Shawn Maffenbeier finishing 11th and 14th advancing the team into Sunday's A-finals.
The weather for Sunday's final was a typical U.K forecast of rain which would turn the Matterley Basin track into a demanding battleground. In Moto 1 Facciotti rode mid-pack but after casing a jump hard, he was forced to ride it out in pain to a 34th place finish. In Moto 2, Colton dug deep and soldiered through the discomfort and grueling conditions to a 25th place finish. MX2 teammate Maffenbeier would score 30-27 finishes and MX1 teammate Medaglia would score 16-21 finishes which position Team Canada in 13th overall.
A respectable weekend for Team Canada, the three riders did their country proud as they battled amongst the World's best in some of the most traitorous and demanding conditions possible - A group effort that deserves a congratulations!
All new for 2018, the Fox 180 boot redefines the boundaries for performance and value. Completely redesigned and built off of our championship proven Instinct, the 180 boot provides a precise performance fit around the ankle and toe box giving the rider maximum support and comfort.
The 180 Boot was developed with the legendary Ricky Carmichael and takes cues from the championship proven Instinct Boot.
The 180 Boot features an industry first silicone closure system on the shin plate and floating cuff system to provide lateral support and prevent hyperextension.
Combined with TPU construction throughout and a durable rubber medial & burn guard, the 180 Boot offers superior comfort and function at an aggressive price point.
2017 Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross National
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
This year marked the 36th annual running of the AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross National in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. The prestigious land of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch makes for an incredible backdrop for this week-long event. Close to 1300 racers were able to qualify to do battle for the 32 national championships awarded at the ranch.
The Fox Am team had an incredible week’s worth of racing claiming 5 Amateur National Championships and 12 more podium positions. Also, on site was the current and 3 time WMX Champion Kylie Fasnacht who took home the victory with a 1-1 score in the final round of the WMX’s series.
The 2 highest scoring athletes on the Team this week were Garrett Marchbanks with double moto victories in the 250 B class and the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) class and, Ty Masterpool with double moto victories in the most prestigious races within mini bike racing the SuperMini 1 (12-15) SuperMini 2 (13-16) classes. Both riders outperformed all the other respected racers within the Amateur and Youth classes thus earning them The Amateur (Garrett Marchbanks) and Youth (Ty Masterpool) rider of the year awards from the AMA. Youth Rider of the year is based on his or her performances in the Youth classes at the Loretta Lynn’s National. The Amateur Rider of the year is based on the non A class rider that is predicted to have the most success as an A rider in his or her following year.
Garrett struggled with starts in his first couple of motos having to work his way through the pack to win. Shortly thereafter, Garrett would figure out the fast-right hand turn of Loretta Lynn’s and started to hole-shot and walk away with the win. Garrett went on to win 5 of his 6 motos for the week in very impressive fashion. Ty Masterpool on the other hand made life easy on himself in the early motos posting 3 podiums right off the bat. Ty struggled with horrible starts later in the week and was forced to claw his way back up from practically dead last to win each title. It was full on racing drama all the way to the end. Congratulations to Ty and his privateer victory winning on a TM branded motorcycle. A brand which has never won an AMA AM Motocross National event. The last history making moment is the three Masterpool boys are the only trio of brothers to have all won Championships at the ranch. Ty made that history making moment come true this past week for the family.
There was a ton of other great moto action amongst the team. John Grewe was able to capture another championship at the Ranch in the 50+ class and second in the 40+ class. As the series finished up at LL with the final motos of the WMX series, Kylie Fasnacht was able to bring home another event win to top off her 2017 Championship season in the WMX class. Ethan Mann was able to hammer down his final motos of the week in winning fashion claiming two 2nd over-all finishes in the Schoolboy 1 (12-16) and 125cc (12-16) classes. Jordan Jarvis had a great week of racing coming back from a major bike issue in the first moto of the womens (12+) amateur class to go DNF-1-1 and then 3-3-3 for 2nd over-all in the girls (11-16) class. Enzo Lopes (Brazil) had an epic week early on running down and catching the Horizon award winner Justin Cooper during a couple of motos. Enzo showed everyone what he was capable of under the pressures of the AM Nationals. Lastly, the father and son duo of Don and Preston Boespflug were on site to go racing. Watching this father and son work together to discuss lines on the track and moto finishes was a very cool story to follow throughout the week. Preston would end up 3rd OA in the 65cc (7-11) class and Dad (Don) would end up coming home 4th in the 50+ class.
Loretta Lynn’s – Top 5 results
AMA Amateur Rider of the Year
AMA Youth Rider of the Year
1st PLACE - CHAMPIONS
Garrett Marchbanks – 250 B
Garrett Marchbanks – Schoolboy 2 (12-17)
Ty Masterpool – SuperMini 1 (12-15)
Ty Masterpool – SuperMini 2 (13-16)
Kylie Fasnacht – WMX (Series Champion)
Wyatt Thurman – 51cc (4-6) Limited ** SHIFT **
John Grewe – 50+
Ethan Mann – Schoolboy 1 (12-16)
Ethan Mann – 125cc (12-16)
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 2 (13-16)
Jordan Jarvis – Girls (11-16)
Andrew Matusek – 30+
John Grewe – 40+
Jake Masterpool – Open Pro
Ciaran Naran – 250 B Limited
Marco Cannella – 450 B
Preston Boespflug – 65cc (7-11)
Shelby Rolen – WMX (Series 2nd Place O/A)
Earl May – 50+
Austin Watling – 450 B
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 1 (12-15)
Enzo Temmerman – 65cc (7-9) Limited
Don Boespflug – 50+
Ciaran Naran – Schoolboy 2 (12-17)
James Evans – 40+
The 2018 Fox V3 helmet replaces screws with the all new, Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS) designed to resist roost, but release in a crash. MVRS is a completely new approach to managing rotational forces that is strong enough to be there when you need it, smart enough to release when you don’t.
“Current helmet certification testing removes the visor before conducting any impact tests and that was an area we wanted to study. After years of analyzing collected crash data and reviewing real world crash situations, our engineers felt visor technology could evolve. MVRS is the next design approach to the evolution of the modern day motocross helmet.” said Mark Finley, Global Motocross Category Director.
"Throughout the 2017 race season, Fox athletes including Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Tim Gajser, Chad Reed and Evgeny Bobryshev have all been wearing our V3 helmets equipped with MVRS. Unfortunately, Ken Roczen’s season ended in a horrific crash at Anaheim 2. As everyone witnessed during the moment of impact, his visor immediately popped off when his helmet made contact with the dirt. At that precise moment, we saw MVRS do what it was intended for in a true race environment.” said Chris Onstott, Global Sports Marketing Director.
Every year we have to shoot photos and video of our top riders for our upcoming season. Due to their heavy schedules, we usually end up shooting each rider by themselves. This year we assembled all of our available riders in one location at one time. Having this many bad dudes in one spot usually only happens on race day. This time: no opening ceremonies, no racing, no motos, no training; it was time to have fun riding dirt bikes. Shooting photos for an entire catalog and a full video in one day is a tremendous task; but in between all of the chaos, the crew would stop and reflect on the how special it was to have this roster in such an amazing spot. It was a surreal day for everyone involved. It’s only fitting the place is called Dreamland.
Born on the track and built for the trail, our all-new 2017 Legion product range is ready to begin your journey. With a full line of off-road outerwear, jerseys, pants, gloves and boots specifically designed to conquer the trails, the only thing holding you back is how far your bike will get you.
iFox FMX and BMX riders competed at the 2017 Summer XGAMES held in Minneapolis for the first time this past weekend at the US Bank Stadium dowtown. With nearly every event held inside the closed stadium, it made for an awesome setup with no weather issues to affect the athletes riding. FMX rider, Ronnie Renner who is no strange to being on the podium scored a bronze medal in Moto X Step Up, while BMX rider Pat Casey placed 3rd in the Dave Mirra Best Trick contest with a 180 tailwhip over the box jump straight into a fakie front flip! Both Mike Mason and Scotty Cranmer did all television commentating throughout the weekend and absolutely killed it. We are proud of all of our riders for going big and giving it their all throughout the weekend. Until next year!
BMX Photos: Jeff Z.
FMX Photos: Ryne Swanberg & Garth Milan