AMA Copperstate Classic – Rd1 Mar 12 2017

AMA. Live timing. Contingency. What a way to kick off round one of the Copperstate Classic for 2017. There were some fast kids and vets out there taming Arizona Cycle Park’s national track. Check out the action from today’s racing!

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Try Out – Alpinestars A-10 Chest Protector

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A-10 Front

There are a few clichés when it comes to motocross and safety: Dress for the crash, and it’s not a matter of IF you crash, but WHEN. So why do we throw a leg over the bike hoping we are dressed “right” while worrying about the “when”? Because motocross is fun! However, that fun does not come without risks.  One way to minimize that risk is wearing protection and Alpinestars has plenty to offer. From neck braces to boots, they have you covered from neck to toe. But what about the stuff in between? That is where the A-10 full chest protector comes in.

The A-10 is a full chest protector that provides coverage is the chest, back, upper arms, and even around the mid-section with a kidney belt.  Per Alpinestars, “Protector plates feature embedded grid technology under the shells which absorbs and dissipates impact forces. Grid technology cell system enables greater flexibility and air ventilation while allowing for significantly reduced weight.”  I can attest to the flexibility, which I will get into more detail later. The ventilation felt fine, but on the day I tested, it was overcast and about 70°F.  Once we start heating up here in the Arizona desert will I get a true sense of the ventilation and cooling properties of the A-10.

Putting on the A-10 and securing it is very easy. Fit can be customized with the adjustable kidney belt to give you as loose or as tight a feel that you want. There is no Velcro to secure or ratcheting systems to get stuck. Alpinestars has a quick release attachment system that easily locks in place and easy to disengage after a long moto.

Back in the day I wore one of those heavy duty under-the-jersey vests. I liked the spine protection and the fact I could show off my killer fashion sense without covering it up with a chesty.  It was that total Euro look.  But today, function has nosed ahead of form. Where a lower end chest protector may deflect roost, does it really offer that much protection in a crash? My experience is that you don’t really ‘wear’ the cheaper protectors, they just kind of hang on your shoulders while you move around inside it when riding.  The A-10 has a soft bio foam padded chassis for maximum comfort and personalized, close-to-the-body fit.  I was worried that it would feel constricting in the chest and on the sides, but once I put it on and made some slight adjustments to the adjustable kidney belt, my thoughts of ‘snug’ turned to ‘hug’.  While riding I still felt like I can move about the bike like I did before and the A-10 moved right along with me without holding me back or feeling like it was getting hung up anywhere. It really is comfortable and felt like a custom fit.

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A-10 Back

The A-10 offers a modular design, which means it can be worn in various configurations.  For example, it can be configured to fit Alpinestar’s BNS neck brace.  I do not wear a neck brace so I do not know if this configuration will also adapt to other neck brace brands.

I did find the upper arm protectors a bit constricting.  They were easily removable and once removed I felt I had full motion from the shoulders down to my hands.  The can be easily put back on too should I find a need for that additional protection in the future.

As Tested
As Tested

When it comes to protecting my delicate body I am confident the A-10 will do its job in deflecting the heartiest of roost and take a hit should I find gravity overtaking my ability to keep it on two wheels.  Even though it is a matter of ‘when’ it comes to crashes, the A-10 can help turn down the worry factor when riding.

All the cool kids may just run a jersey when riding, but for those that race and ride for fun that have a job waiting for us on Monday mornings, I highly recommend the A-10. It is comfortable, has great coverage in front and back as well as the sides, and looks good too. If dressing for a crash is a black tie affair, the A-10 is Giorgio Armani.

Alpinestars A-10 Full Chest Protector

Retail: $229.95

 

Saturday MX Rd2 – Feb 25th 2017

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A chilly morning lead into a warm afternoon for the second round of the Spring Saturday MX series. It was great to see a lot of first time racers out there as well as some familiar faces. Saturday MX is all about fun! Check out the action in the RideNow Powersports Race Gallery then go visit your local RideNow Powersports dealer to get ready for round three!

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Loretta Lynn Qualifier – Visitors

We had a great showing by the Arizona locals but we also played host to a lot of out of town guests. Thanks to those who made the trip to the Valley Of The Sun (and rain and clouds) to race Arizona Cycle Park!

Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier – Day 2 Feb 12 2017

What would a Loretta Lynn race be without a bit of rain? Sprinkles over night and some rain fell during practice. But when the gate dropped on day 2, it was a mix of sun and clouds mixed in with ruts all day. Perfect racing to get ready for the AMA National Amateur Championship this summer. Check out the Arizona riders that took that next step to racing in Tennessee come August!

Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier – Day 1 Feb 11 2017

What a day it was to kick off the road to the AMA Amateur National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s ranch. The Southwest Area Qualifier at Arizona Cycle Park wrapped up day 1 with some great weather and even better racing. Congrats to those that qualified for the regional. Check out our Arizonans in action!

Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier Preview

Are you heading to Arizona Cycle Park for the Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier on February 11 & 12? Well, take a look at the track.  I hopped on for a lap after practice to give you an idea of what awaits.

 

Saturday MX Rd1 – Feb 4th 2017

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Well, the rescheduled first round of the Spring SMX race did not dampen the turn out. Full gates provided for great racing on a perfect February day. So don’t waste anymore time reading this, check out the RideNow Powersports Race Gallery!

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Glendale SX – Qualifying

The lap times are in the books and we have a couple bow outs. Jeremy Martin in the 250s and Weston Peick in the 450s crashed out. Justin Hill took the top spot in the 250s while Blake Baggett was quickest in 450s.  Track is getting faster and mistakes will be costly tonight.  Check out the qualifying action!

Glendale SX – Pits & Track Walk

Glendale SX will mark the first truely dry race of the series. Inside the University of Phoexnix stadium will also mark the first race in a venue used primarily for football.  That means the longest start straight of any race this year and very long rhythm lanes.  The whoops are also the biggest. The riders and teams spent a lot of time looking them over. They may be the part of the track that can make or break your qualifying time.  Check out some of the early morning pit action and the track walk.

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