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DIRT BIKE • AUGUST 2015• VOLUME 45, NO. 8
ON THE COVER: Yamaha is taking the next step in its attack on all things KTM. The YZ250X is the off-road two-stroke that we thought Japan
would never build. Photo: Ron Lawson.
ON THIS PAGE: Beta’s Nick Burson battled to a win at the Caliente, Nevada, National Hare Scrambles. Photo: Mark Kariya.
84 OUTDOOR MX
Some things we saw coming, others we
didn’t. We knew that Eli Tomac would be
good, but clearly he’s reached a new level
in his career, and the other riders can only
watch from behind.
92 GRAND NATIONAL
It finally happened. This year could have gone
into the books as a Kailub Russell sweep in
the GNCC series, but Chris Bach wrecked the
winning streak that could have been.
26 RAW FILES
28 RIDERS WRITE
66 SUBSCRIPTION INFO/
FREE GIFT CARD
102 TCX GORE-TEX BOOTS
106 NEW PRODUCTS
108 MR. KNOW-IT-ALL
114 BACK IN THE DAY
98 PRO RIDING TIPS: HOOKED TURNS
The best pro motocross riders in the world give a clinic every weekend
on national TV. Watching the likes of Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin can
up your game.
100 PRO RIDING TIPS: OFF-ROAD OBSTACLES
Geoff Aaron explains how he does some of the amazing things he does.
Yes, it takes natural talent, but there are secrets that can be learned.