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Exhaust #32: Jeremy Martin Was Never the Chosen One

Jeremy Martin is now an established player in this sport, with two 250 National Motocross Championships and a long-term deal with GEICO Honda. When he was younger, though, he bounced through the amateur ranks looking for his shot and kept training and preparing harder and harder so he would be ready when that day came. He was always prepared, and he's now known as one of the sport's hardest-working and most focused riders. Unfortunately, all that work has been put on hold due to a...


Exhaust #31: The Hunter Lawrence Experience

Hunter Lawrence and his family aren't exactly sure why they had to do it they way they did, but they knew they had to do it. Australia's Hunter and his younger brother Jett spent three years racing in Europe before moving to the U.S. under the idea that time in Europe would make them better racers here. This decision looks brilliant now, after Team USA took a shellacking at the Motocross of Nations, leading many to think that racing through Europe's diverse tracks and conditions helps build...


Exhaust #30: The Deegan Formula

Brian Deegan might be best known for his marketing might, having cofounded the Metal Mulisha brand and turned it from a rogue freestyle group into a multimillion-dollar brand. Underneath that, though, Deegan has even more steak than sizzle. He found success as a dirt bike racer, freestyle competitor, off-road truck racer, and rallycross driver. That's four different disciplines Deegan can say he competed in and won in at a high level. That's wild! Now Deegan's kids are on the same path: his...


PulpMX/Racer X Live Show with Damon Bradshaw and Ryan Villopoto

We brought the hijnks, arguments, facts, and laughs from a regular episode of the Racer X race review podcast and Steve Matthes’ PulpMX Show, and we put it on display for a live studio audience Friday night in Las Vegas. We also booked two legendary guests: Ryan Villopoto and Damon Bradshaw. Join hosts Jason Weigandt, Jason Thomas, Kris Keefer, and Matthes as they hit the usual topics, such as the Motocross of Nations and the Monster Energy Cup and Marty and Stew, and enjoy the cheers and...


Exhaust #29: Motorcycle Industry Checkup with Larry Little

Welcome to a conversation we don't have enough in this sport. The annual American International Motorcycle Expo (or AIMExpo) is coming to Las Vegas this weekend, alongside the Monster Energy Cup, our own Friday night live podcast show, and plenty of other hijinks. The AIMExpo is primarily a trade show for motorcycle dealerships, but it's operated by the Motorcycle Industry Council, so it also serves as the industry's annual health checkup, with real talk about how to gain new riders and...


Exhaust #28: Team USA History with Davey Coombs, Part 2

With RedBud hosting the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations this weekend, let's continue to bathe in Team USA stories. In part two of this podcast, Jason Weigandt calls Davey Coombs again to learn the behind-the-scenes stories from Team USA, starting with the dominant 1986 team in Italy, stretching through heroic Jeff Stanton rides, the famous 1992 "B Team," the shocking end of the record win streak in 1994, and Ricky Carmichael rekindling efforts—and win streaks—in the 2000s. Davey also...


Exhaust #27: Team USA History with Davey Coombs, Part 1

With RedBud's turn hosting the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations next weekend, it's time to bathe in Team USA stories. Jason Weigandt calls Davey Coombs to learn the behind-the-scenes stories for every American MXoN effort ever, from the very first team in 1970 to the record-breaking win streak to losses, another win streak, and the most recent head-scratching efforts. This podcast was so long, we've broken it into two parts. Here we cover the 1970s and 1980s, and we'll be back with...


Exhaust #26: Ian Harrison's Fascinating Journey

Easily one of the friendliest, funniest, and most well-spoken veterans of the pits, Ian Harrison has been through a lot in his 25-plus years working with factory racing teams. Teamed up as mechanic for Greg Albertyn, the duo went through South Africa and Europe before landing in the U.S., just as Roger DeCoster was taking the reins of Team Suzuki. Through tireless efforts, Ian and Roger (and Albee) got Suzuki back into the championship business, and wins kept coming through Pastrana,...


Exhaust #25: Jason Thomas on Japan, pain meds, and tragedy

For the second year in a row, Suzuki invited a Racer X staffer to Japan to test a new motocrosser—in this case the all-new 2019 RM-Z250. Our man Jason Thomas, who raced professionally from 1997 to 2012, rode the new RM-Z450 last year and returned in 2018 to try the 250. In this podcast, hosted by Jason Weigandt, JT provides his first insights on the new bike and Suzuki's commitment to racing. Then he and Weigandt get into the topic of pain medication addition in the sport. Sources close to...


Exhaust #24: Danny Thompson

Mickey Thompson was the racer of racers, a master driver, fabricator, and promoter with deep roots in every imaginable discipline. It's his innovation on the dirt side that crossed Mickey into the supercross world, first as the founder of short-course off-road racing for trucks and buggies, and later with stadium off-road racing. Mickey eventually gained control of all the races inside Anaheim Stadium (now Angel Stadium), including the Anaheim Supercross. Mickey's son Danny became a star as...


Exhaust #23: Kailub Russell

Second-generation stars have hit the big time: Aaron Plessinger, son of multi-time Grand National Cross Country Champion Scott Plessinger, swept both 250 championships this year, and Kailub Russell, son of National Enduro Champion Jeff Russell, is running toward six straight championships in today's GNCC racing. Kailub and Aaron have never actually raced each other, but they were at the same track on the same day when Kailub took a shot at Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Unadilla two weeks ago....


2018 Ironman National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Ironman National: 250 Class Aaron Plessinger, RJ Hampshire, and Chase Sexton 450 Class (11:57) Justin Barcia, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin 450 Class Championship Press Conference (24:19) Eli Tomac


Exhaust #22: Jeff Stanton

Many greats have ridden for Team USA at the Motocross of Nations, but Jeff Stanton's name goes a little higher in the ranks than most. For three years, from 1989 to 1991, Stanton did hero work for the team, including two years where he singlehandedly kept the American win streak alive with dramatic last-minute charges. He's contributing to this year's RedBud edition of the MXoN in a new way, organizing a fundraising dinner on Friday before the race where fans get to dine with their heroes....


2018 Budds Creek National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Budds Creek National: 250 Class Aaron Plessinger, Chase Sexton, and RJ Hampshire 450 Class (09:53) Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin


2018 Unadilla National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Unadilla National: 250 Class Dylan Ferrandis, Aaron Plessinger, and Mitchell Harrison 450 Class (13:30) Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac, and Phil Nicoletti


Exhaust #21: Broc Tickle

When Broc Tickle was provisionally suspended by the FIM for a failed anti-doping test under the WADA code, it rekindled all the complex conversations about drug testing in this sport. Fallout and finger-pointing came quickly, and even though many fans and industry sponsors pledged support for Tickle, he's still suspended for an indefinite matter of time, and he still lost his ride with Red Bull KTM. (Aldon Baker was Tickle's trainer at the time of the failed test, so his name often gets...


Exhaust #20: Growing Up Racing with McGrath, Cianciarulo, and Marchbanks

Each yeah at Loretta Lynn’s, Jason Weigandt hosts a Kawasaki and THOR/Parts Unlimited panel session where pro riders take questions from amateur riders and parents. This year’s panel featured Jeremy McGrath, Adam Cianciarulo, and Garrett Marchbanks—three riders representing three generations representing three different ways to enter the sport. McGrath’s plan was totally unique, as he didn’t even become a motocross racer until age 14 and famously likes to explain how badly he rode at Loretta...


2018 Washougal National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Washougal National: 250 Class Aaron Plessinger, Alex Martin, Justin Cooper, and Joey Savatgy 450 Class (09:17) Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, and Ken Roczen


Exhaust #19: Totally Unprofessional (with Kevin Kelly)

You can get a one-week window into the world of amateur motocross racing via the annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. That's what Jason Weigandt does, having announced the race for the last 13 years alongside DMXS Radio's Kevin Kelly. Kelly, though, also announces about a dozen other big amateur events each year. Want to know who to watch at Loretta's? Kevin knows. So after Weigandt has made approximately 300,000 appearances on Kevin's DMXS show,...


Staff Meeting: X Games, Marketing, and Beyond

The truth is, we could barely keep Racer X Online afloat last week, as co-bossman Chase Stallo was gone all week working for ESPN's X Games. Jason Weigandt did his best to keep the creative juices flowing on his own, but by this week, both men were spent. So they did what they usually do: picked up the phone to try to figure some stuff out. The only difference is that they recorded that conversation this time. Welcome to a new podcast, Staff Meeting, a part of the Racer X Podcast Network. In...