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A podcast from Jason Weigandt and the editorial staff of Racer X Illustrated and Racer X Online covering motocross, supercross, and dirt bike culture.

Episode Date
Exhaust #56: Let's Talk Stew

He's finally done. He finally said it. James Stewart is retired. Yeah, you already knew he was done, but with his retirement official, we can begin the real reviews of James Stewart's career. Here comes a conversation with Racer X Online editors Jason Weigandt and Chase Stallo, discussing the timing and execution of Stewart's announcement (Fridays at 5 pm?), how difficult life at the top of the sport must be (and yet how difficult it must be to leave that behind), and how Stewart will shine much brighter under history's light. Lots to unpack here, so let's get to it!

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

May 22, 2019
Main Event Moto - Ep #119 - 3rd Annual Hangtown Call From The Cave

It's the "Main Event Moto 3rd Annual Hangtown Call From The Cave". They drink a lot of beer, watch the races, and try to keep it together.

This year Daniel Blair and Producer Joe are joined in the batcave by 2008 Canadian Motocross Champion Eric Nye and by 4 time X Games gold medalist Mike Mason. Hang out with them as Daniel focuses on the headlines in the sport and sometimes it goes off the rails.

- Listen for the code to the weekly "No Toil Giveaway"
- Become a part of the Motohead family @Maineventmoto


May 20, 2019
Exhaust #55: Pro Motocross Opening Press Conference

Top contenders in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship gathered on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Hangtown, and because the rain meant no riding, they had time to provide more in-depth answers than usual at the series-opening presser. Enjoy an hour of perspective from Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Zach Osborne, Dylan Ferrandis, Chase Sexton, Alex Martin, and Adam Cianciarulo, hosted by Jason Weigandt.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

May 17, 2019
Main Event Moto - Ep #118

Every week, Daniel Blair brings opinions and perspectives on the sport of moto with his friends and enemies.

This Week: Daniel Blair, Stankdog, and Producer Joe in the batcave. We got the man who isn't on this podcast network nearly enough, Weege himself. We also got his homeboy, THEE Grant Langston. Hang out with us as Daniel focuses on the headlines in the sport and sometimes it goes off the rails. 

-Keep an ear out for the code to our weekly "No Toil Giveaway"-

-Become a part of our Motohead family - 



May 13, 2019
Exhaust #54: The Second Act w/ Daniel Blair

Former professional SX/MX/AX racer Daniel Blair has found his calling in motocross media, partly because of the lessons learned from racing—and not just expert analysis. In this hourlong chat with Jason Weigandt, Blair laments not working harder in his twenties to improve his results and explains why that has motivated him to try harder than ever with his current jobs. Today, Blair hosts Race Day Live, the Monster Energy Supercross pre-race and qualifying show, and is sideline reporter for NBCSN's supercross TV broadcasts. He also hosts his own weekly podcast, Main Event Moto, which moves under the Racer X Podcast Network umbrella next week. Be sure to subscribe to the network to get the latest from Blair (and Weege and much more).

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

May 07, 2019
2019 Las Vegas Supercross Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Las Vegas Supercross:


Chase Sexton, Dylan Ferrandis

450SX (14:11)

Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb

May 05, 2019
The PulpMX/Racer X Live Show in Las Vegas with Ryan Villopoto and Chad Reed

Enjoy a wild, unfiltered night on the eve of the final round of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship from Las Vegas in front of a live audience of rabid supercross fans.

Hosts Jason Weigandt, Steve Matthes, Kris Keefer, and Jason Thomas were joined by special guests Ryan Villopoto, Chad Reed, and Davey Coombs. 

May 04, 2019
Racer X/PulpMX Live Show in New Jersey with Bradshaw, Carsten, and DC

Enjoy a wild, unfiltered night on the eve of the East Rutherford Supercross in front of a live audience of rabid supercross fans. Hosts Jason Weigandt, Steve Matthes, and Jason Thomas were joined by special guests Davey Coombs, Damon Bradshaw, and Barry Carsten.

Apr 29, 2019
2019 East Rutherford Supercross Press Conference

Post-race interviews from the East Rutherford Supercross:


Justin Cooper, Mitchell Oldenburg, Chase Sexton


Eli Tomac, Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb

Apr 29, 2019
The Weege Show | 2019 East Rutherford Supercross

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Apr 29, 2019
Exhaust #53: Joey Savatgy, Part 2

Joey Savatgy is not sure what to do. In today's social media age, he knows fans wants more transparency and honesty, but if he says too much, he'll be labeled a complainer. In part two of this Exhaust podcast with Jason Weigandt, Joey talks about getting heat for falling in front of Ken Roczen in Nashville, the reaction from fans when he signed with Monster Energy Kawasaki, and what went down at the Monster Energy Cup, where he moved over for new teammate Eli Tomac. It's been a good season for Savatgy on the racetrack, and he's also working hard on fixing his reputation off of it. Have a listen here to get his thoughts on the process.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Apr 24, 2019
Exhaust #52: Joey Savatgy, Part 1

When Monster Energy Kawasaki announced that Joey Savatgy would take a factory 450 slot for 2019, fans voiced their complaints. This was puzzling, because while Savatgy had come up short of 250 titles in heartbreaking fashion, he was at least a proven race winner. Why did the fans spin so negative? In Part 1 of this interview, Jason Weigandt asks about his rookie 450SX season—which has been good enough to quiet his detractors—but also about Joey's persona and personality. Joey's been through some battles, but he tries to keep his feelings to himself and take the high road, which was fine before the days of social media but leaves people wanting more in an age of transparency. Joey understands that, but he's also staying true to himself.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Apr 19, 2019
The Weege Show | 2019 Denver Supercross

Each week, Race Tech will be giving away a Race Tech Gold Valve Kit and Swag Bag. Visit for your chance to win.

Race Tech Gold Valves provide a plush feel with drastically improved bottoming resistance and increased traction. 100% guaranteed and made in the USA.

Apr 15, 2019
2019 Denver Supercross Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Denver Supercross:


Colt Nichols, Dylan Ferrandis, Adam Cianciarulo


Marvin Musquin, Cooper Webb, Eli Tomac

Apr 15, 2019
Exhaust #51: Cianciarulo and Wey

Jason Weigandt cornered Adam Cianciarulo and his coach Nick Wey for an in-depth conversation inside the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki truck. Adam has made great strides this season as he battles for the 250SX West Region Championship, and he gives Wey, a longtime pro racer with plenty of podiums on his résumé, credit for a lot of it. But what do they work on? Weigandt pressed for specifics and learned about Adam managing the emotions of racing, how Wey presses his buttons—and then even Mitch Payton gets in on the conversation, comparing the modern racer to the days when Wey was a racer himself.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Apr 12, 2019
2019 Nashville Supercross Press Conference

Post-race interviews from the Nashville Supercross:


Justin Cooper, Chase Sexton, Martin Davalos


Cooper Webb, Blake Baggett, Eli Tomac

Apr 07, 2019
Exhaust #50: The Million-to-One Shot with Brett Smith and Davey Coombs

Jason Weigandt chats with author Brett Smith about the most expensive photo in motocross history—the million-to-one Ricky Carmichael shot, taken from the stands, that led to an Oakley billboard in Los Angeles—a rare boost of mainstream exposure. Smith penned the story for the latest issue of Racer X Illustrated—"One Hit Wonder," which you can read right now at—and joins Weigandt for a chat about the process of tracking down a story no one understood in full. Even the photographer himself had no idea how his photo ended up becoming part of a famous Oakley ad campaign!

Later, Weigandt also chats with Davey Coombs about the story he wrote in our new issue, "Waiting for Answers," which you can read right now at In the article, DC gives the latest update on Broc Tickle's WADA anti-doping case. Coombs talks about the latest developments with the AMA, FIM, WADA, drug testing in the sport, and what he thinks is coming next.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Apr 03, 2019
Exhaust #49: Strategy and Science with David Vuillemin and Johan Thiel

David Vuillemin captured premier-class supercross race wins while battling some of the best ever—he's one of the few who can claim to have beaten both Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael for a victory—and these days works with fellow Frenchmen Marvin Musquin and Dylan Ferrandis. His influence was felt on Saturday, when both riders took the 450SX and 250SX victories in Seattle.

Vuillemin is one of the most outspoken and unfiltered characters in the sport. In this podcast, recorded during the Seattle post-race press conference, he shares his thoughts on many topics, such as Chad Reed still being the best in the whoops and how starts don't matter as much as people say. DV doesn't focus on the mental game, the hype, or the gossip: he looks at the riding. The riding is what matters.

There's some similar no-nonsense work going on in the helmet game these days, as a focus on concussions has led many helmet companies to make huge improvements. Many brands use MIPS to improve the safety of their helmets. What's the science behind it? Company CEO Johan Thiel comes on to discuss.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Mar 28, 2019
Exhaust #48: Paralysis, and the Road Back

It was news both tragic and shocking: in January, former pro racer Blake Savage went riding with his brother-in-law, Ken Roczen. He crashed and broke the C5, C6, and C7 vertebrae in his neck, leaving him with limited feeling and movement. Over the last two months, Blake—who is the trainer for Roczen, Chase Sexton, Cole Seely, and Christian Craig—has fought hard to regain some movement and feeling, but his battle will continue as he attempts to walk again.

What's the experience like? Jason Weigandt chatted with Blake about the process for this podcast, and Blake got raw with the emotional highs and lows, the work, and his hopes for the future. Blake had his own insurance at the time of the injury, but few policies can stand up to the huge medical costs associated with this injury. You can visit to donate to Blake's cause—the more therapy he can do, the better his chances. For now, Blake keeps working, while also continuing to provide training advice to his riders.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Mar 19, 2019
2019 Atlanta Supercross Press Conference

Post-race interviews from the Atlanta Supercross:


Austin Forkner, Dylan Ferrandis, Adam Cianciarulo

450SX (09:17)

Marvin Musquin, Blake Baggett, Cooper Webb

Mar 03, 2019
Exhaust #47: Mid-Season Review

It’s the season we all dream of: a competitive, unpredictable tilt with surprise winners and contenders, comeback stories, and more. The 2019 season of Monster Energy Supercross (which will somehow be halfway over halfway through this weekend’s main event in Atlanta) is worthy of some epic bench racing, so Jason Weigandt sat down to talk about it. With himself! Here’s 40-some minutes of thoughts on Webb, Roczen, Marvin, Tomac, 250 East/West, and more, as a special bonus episode of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Mar 01, 2019
Exhaust #46: Flat Track Rising

Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing, is a fascinating interview in his own right, but talking about American Flat Track's recent resurgence makes for an even more compelling show. Lock doesn't fear bold moves, and some major changes in AFT have moved the needle. Why? How? Lock explains it here as the 2019 AFT season opener looms in Daytona on March 14. Plus, this podcast gives a look inside the general motorcycle market, well beyond the racetrack. It's a great talk with one of the most well-spoken insiders in the industry.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Feb 28, 2019
2019 Detroit Supercross Press Conference

Post-race interviews from the Detroit Supercross:


Chase Sexton, Jordon Smith, and Austin Forkner


Chad Reed, Cooper Webb, and Eli Tomac

Feb 24, 2019
Exhaust #45: Dreams and Fears of Winning

Two-time and defending AMA EnduroCross Champion Colton Haaker joins Jason Weigandt to talk about the dream of a life in motorcycling, how difficult it was to achieve, and the pressure to stay on top. The top supercross riders face that same thing, but they're under the microscope and can't always articulate their fears. Off-road racers have a little more freedom, and Colton takes full advantage both in this podcast and in his new film, Rare Exception. Enjoy this edition of the Racer X Exhaust podcast and get deeper into the mind of a professional racer. And check out Rare Exception, available now for download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and Vimeo. Colton is also giving away a 125 to promote the film! Go to @coltonhaaker if want to follow and find out more.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Feb 21, 2019
Exhaust #44: Supercross in the Media with Denny Hartwig

Everyone in this industry says they want to help grow the sport. For 18 years, it was Denny Hartwig's only mission. Denny served as communications director for Monster Energy Supercross, engaging local and national media with supercross riders, teams, and tracks in attempts to draw more attention to our sport. Today, he works in NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway, which provides a lot of perspective on what our sport does right and wrong, and the challenges it faces. Jason Weigandt sat down with Denny to pick his brain on a variety of topics involving supercross and the media.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Feb 15, 2019
Feld's Supercross Media Roundtable

Feld Entertainment's supercross principals held an open session with the media on Saturday in Minneapolis, taking questions on the too-much-lime-in-the-dirt situation in San Diego and a variety of other topics, including the relationship with the riders, pay, and even Broc Tickle's anti-doping situation. Here's the audio from the meeting.

Feb 12, 2019
2019 Minneapolis Supercross Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Minneapolis Supercross:


Justin Cooper, Jordon Smith, and Austin Forkner


Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, and Cooper Webb

Feb 10, 2019
Exhaust #43: Justin Barcia Interview + the San Diego Situation

Excess lime in the track at the San Diego Supercross led to burned skin and beat motorcycles. Jason Weigandt talks about Feld Entertainment's statement on the situation and the latest news on what will surely be known as #limegate. Then, Weigandt sits down with Justin Barcia, and Bam Bam discusses his maturity, past mistakes, and becoming a leader for Monster Energy Yamaha. Barcia's wife, Amber, even joins the conversation to add perspective—she was very much the one who kept Justin on track, even after he grew so frustrated that he considered retirement.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Feb 07, 2019
Exhaust #42: Off-Road Revamp with Fred Andrews

KTM and Husqvarna are the dominant players in the off-road racing game, but there was a time when brands like Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha ruled the roost through the rocks and roots. But when several Japanese brands shuttered their programs during the global recession of the late 2000s, the European marques doubled down on off-road. For 2019, Kawasaki has revived its old Team Green off-road squad, shifting the Monster Energy Babbitt's Online Kawasaki team from the now-defunct Amsoil Arenacross series into Grand National Cross Country. Fred Andrews spent nearly a decade racing GNCC for Team Green, and then ran the factory program until it closed. Now that Kawasaki is back, so is Fast Freddie, who will run the outfit along with the Babbitt's team. In this podcast, Jason Weigandt calls up Andrews for tales of building the new team, and also some old war stories from his racing days.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Feb 01, 2019
Exhaust #41: An Hour in a Car with Phil Nicoletti

Jason Weigandt teamed up with everyone's favorite grump, "Filthy" Phil Nicoletti, for the long drive through the desert from Corona, California, to Las Vegas. They were headed to Steve Matthes' PulpMX Show, but when you get two talkers from the Northeast on the subject of moto, the conversation is never-ending, so Weigandt turned on the recorder to create this podcast during the drive. It's one hour of talk about local racing, loving riding, hurling F-bombs at competitors, the odd rivals you didn't know Phil had, and the teams you didn't know he rode for. You know something? Weege and Phil never listened to a single song on the radio for the entire three and a half hours of driving because they wouldn't shut up! Enjoy New Jersey and New York snark at its finest in this very positive edition of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jan 24, 2019
2019 Anaheim 2 Supercross Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Anaheim 2 Supercross:


Shane McElrath, Dylan Ferrandis, and Colt Nichols

450SX (09:25)

Cooper WEbb, Marvin Musquin, and Eli Tomac

Jan 21, 2019
Exhaust #40: Bogle and Nichols, in it Together

Justin Bogle and Colt Nichols are two of the most articulate riders in the pits, and they're also best friends, from their racing days on the local Oklahoma scene to where they sit now: Bogle with a new Rocky Mountain ATV/MC-KTM-WPS ride and Nichols leading the 250SX West standings on his Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha. It's not always this easy, though, as both have had tough times with injuries and employment. They've always had each other to lean on, though, and that has made all the difference. These days, Bogle is crashing at Nichols' house in California, and they travel to the races together. When Nichols won Anaheim, Bogle was the first to run up and congratulate him. They've been there for the lows, so it's only right to be there for the highs. Jason Weigandt grabs both riders in this episode of the Racer X Exhaust podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jan 17, 2019
Glendale 2019: Blake Baggett Before and After

Jason Weigandt talks to first-time 450SX winner Blake Baggett before and after his big breakthrough win at the Glendale Supercross.

Jan 13, 2019
2019 Glendale Supercross Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Glendale Supercross:


Shane McElrath, Colt Nichols, and Adam Cianciarulo

450SX (10:19)

Ken Roczen, Jason Anderson, and Blake Baggett

Jan 13, 2019
Exhaust #39: When Anaheim Is Electric

It’s an event so big it can overwhelm even the biggest names in the sport—and that’s why superstars often tell you they’d rather not even win the season opener, aka Anaheim 1, aka A1, aka the most hyped event in the sport. Feld Motor Sports invited all the past Anaheim Supercross winners to press day for the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season opener, and Jason Weigandt grabbed a few of them to ask about the experience before, during, and after winning at Anaheim. Their answers might surprise you, but this much you can sure of: there’s nothing quite like a win at the Big A.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jan 10, 2019
Racer X/PulpMX Live in Anaheim with RV and DC

Enjoy a wild, unfiltered night on the eve of Anaheim 1, in front of a live audience of rabid supercross fans. Jason Weigandt, Steve Matthes, Jason Thomas, and Kris Keefer host, with special guests Davey Coombs and Ryan Villopoto, each talking smack with insider info, jokes, wild predictions, and bench-racing tales. But be prepared: the language, topics, and conversations might be unlike anything you’ve ever heard in this sport before. Villopoto was totally on fire, but hey, with the live audience fired up on Anaheim 1, this was a night unlike any other!

Jan 07, 2019
2019 Anaheim 1 SX 450 and 250 Press Conferences

The 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season opened last night inside Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Hear from the 250 podium of Colt Nichols, Dylan Ferrandis, and Shane McElrath; and the 450 podium of Justin Barcia, Ken Roczen, and Eli Tomac.

Jan 06, 2019
Exhaust #38: Last Thoughts on 2019

There's so much hype, fever, and anticipation for the 2019 season of Monster Energy Supercross that Jason Weigandt is literally able to talk by himself for 40 minutes with some ideas and opinions on what's coming on Saturday. Well, Weege could go 40 minutes on any topic, really, but certainly the season opener is an exceptional event. From Anderson versus Tomac to TV schedules to Roczen and Musquin's status, and even fan questions from Twitter, take in one more hype ramp-up before Saturday night. There's nothing quite like the opener!

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jan 04, 2019
Exhaust #37: Chad Reed

Chad Reed is never afraid to make a change, as he's ridden on five different brands of motorcycles since his 2001 arrival in the U.S. He's even ridden several of the brands twice! But the all-time career leader in supercross starts and podiums is making an exceptionally large move for 2019: he's not only joined JGRMX/Yoshimura Suzuki, but he's selling his Florida home and track to move near JGR's headquarters in North Carolina. Yes, the Reed family is making a wholesale change—although Chad hopes things look familiar on the racetrack. He feels good and thinks some classic Chad Reed results could be just around the corner.

Jason Weigandt chats with Chad in this edition of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Dec 21, 2018
Exhaust #36: Justin Hill and JGR's Off-Season

The JGR/Yoshimura Suzuki team announced its official 2019 lineup this week, and with four 250 riders and a 450 lineup of Justin Hill and Chad Reed, the squad looks solid. This off-season was not solid, though, because the team endured many stressful moments after losing its title sponsor, trying to find a new one, dealing with the massive injuries to Weston Peick, and trying to find a spot for Reed on the team. In this podcast, Jason Weigandt explains some of the behind-the-scenes stresses on the team and then talks to Hill, who will make his full-time 450SX debut in 2019.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Dec 19, 2018
Exhaust #35: Ryan Sipes' Incredible Year in Motorcycling

Ryan Sipes took a huge risk. A year ago, he decided to forgo focusing on any one championship to instead try to succeed in five different dirt bike disciplines at once—all in the hopes that he could bring enough value to sponsors via exposure, instead of titles, to make it work. It did work, but only because Ryan succeeded beyond all expectations on the track. He won an American Flat Track race in just his second attempt, he raced Motocross of Nations as part of Team Puerto Rico, he showed top-ten pro motocross speed on Zach Osborne's bike, raced a 125 against 250Fs, and raced GNCC, ISDE, Sprint Enduro, and Straight Rhythm. Now he's been named the AMA Athlete of the Year in National Championship Competitions. And he's headed to Puerto Rico to help rebuild some houses. And he's working on a new schedule for 2019.

It all looks great now, but Sipes took on the risk, built his own bikes and program, found some willing sponsors, and made it happen when it all sounded completely crazy. He joins Jason Weigandt to tell his story.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Dec 14, 2018
Exhaust #34: Sit Down, Stay Humble with Shane McElrath
Do you doubt Shane McElrath? It's okay—sometimes he doubts himself. Shane was once a complete unknown on the national level, until Zach Osborne's dad (yup!) took a liking to him and got him some training time at Club MX in South Carolina. Shane improved, then found a way to stay at Club full-time by performing tasks around the facility, like pouring concrete. He got even better the next year, and that's when he got his break: after battling the likes of Cooper Webb at Loretta's, Shane was discovered by the Troy Lee Designs team. He's been a TLD project ever since, and he's delivered five supercross wins and a 250 Class MX overall during the last two seasons. But, thanks to those humble roots, Shane still probably isn't recognized as the 250 title contender he actually is. He's okay with that, though. Staying humble is the mantra Shane preaches every day.
In this episode of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, Shane talks with Jason Weigandt to explain his journey from local racer to national pro, and how those roots keep him grounded today.
The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.
Nov 28, 2018
Exhaust #33: Aldon Baker

We made a mistake last year. We heard that Jason Anderson was spending more of his off-season in California and less of it riding motos with Marvin Musquin in Florida, and we all believed it was a sign that Anderson was slacking from the traditional Aldon Baker-style program, which means as much Florida time as possible and motos with your workmates, like it or not.

Well, we were wrong, because the changes Anderson made last off-season made him better, and he emerged as Monster Energy Supercross Champion.

To avoid making the same mistake again, Jason Weigandt called Baker to see how the off-season has gone for all his troops. Is Anderson working just as hard even though he already has a title? Is Musquin going to be okay after a knee injury? How is Cooper Webb dealing with the program? Is Zach Osborne transferring his 250 success to a 450? Let's find out from the man himself.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Nov 20, 2018
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 devastating back injury he suffered in June at the Muddy Creek National—just when he seemed to be at the peak of his powers.

In this edition of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, Jason Weigandt spends an hour with Jeremy talking about his background, his motivation, and what comes next, both in his comeback from injury and also his thoughts on life after racing. 

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Nov 14, 2018
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 special skills. Now Hunter and his brother are officially members of the GEICO Honda team (Jett will race amateurs in 2019). Did they put themselves on the right path? We'll find out once the races begin, but for now we can tell you that Hunter seems like a good dude. We rang him up this week to talk about his transition and his background.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is brought to you by Yoshimura.

Nov 07, 2018
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 daughter Hailie might singlehandedly rescue NASCAR as one of its highest-profile and most talented young stars, and his son, Haiden "DangerBoy" Deegan is already a multi-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion at Loretta Lynn's. How did Deegan teach himself? How does he teach his kids? We dive into that in this conversation, which serves as a preview of Brian’s new documentary, Bloodline. We also grab Bloodline writer, director, and producer Paul Taublieb to get more behind-the-scenes Deegan scoop. Many life lessons to be gleaned from this episode of the Racer X Exhaust podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Oct 18, 2018
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 jeers from the (couple) hundred fans who attended. It’s the first PulpMX/Racer X Live podcast show, presented by Fire Power.

Oct 15, 2018
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 regrow the industry. These are conversations we should have more often, and they take place at AIMExpo. In this week's Racer X Exhaust Podcast, Jason Weigandt dials up Larry Little, who runs the Expo as the MIC's vice president & general manager of events. The conversation is about all things motorcycling, including tackling today's challenges as well as successful strategies that have worked in the past.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is brought to you by Yoshimura.

Oct 11, 2018
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 explains scenarios that plagued the team through the years, from ending the 500 Nationals to the changing calendar that creates a longer break between the U.S. racing season and the actual Nations date. Learn all about the superstar patriots of American motocross in this special edition of the Exhaust podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Oct 02, 2018
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 Part 2 next week. Learn all about the superstar patriots of American motocross in this special edition of the Exhaust podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Sep 28, 2018
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, Carmichael, Reed, and Dungey. Then, just like that, it stopped. DeCoster had an offer to go to KTM, but The Man would only do it if Harrison went with him. For 2019, DeCoster has been promoted to KTM/Husqvarna U.S. motorsports director, and Harrison will take over as the team manager of Red Bull KTM. Harrison's journey from humble racer in South Africa to running a top team here is fascinating—especially when explained through Harrison's colorful personality.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Sep 24, 2018
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 Tyler Evans believe pain meds led to a long, dark spiral, one that ended in his death on September 15. Thomas shares some of his own stories of taking pain meds following surgery for a broken leg, as well as tales of other racers who went through the ringer trying to break the addiction.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is brought to you by Yoshimura.

Sep 20, 2018
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 one of the top drivers in the off-road stadium series, but so much came crashing down when Mickey and his wife, Trudy, were murdered in their driveway in March of 1988. Without its founder, the off-road series that was once on a meteoric rise eventually went away. Recently, Danny dedicated himself to a new project to honor his father's legacy: he brought Mickey's old land-speed-record car out of storage and set about breaking the piston-powered land-speed record in it. All this in a car built in 1968!

In this edition of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, we talk to Danny about his dad's car, breaking the record, and the glory days of stadium off-road—with a little supercross and motocross talk mixed in.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Sep 12, 2018
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. He rode very well in the mud, even threatening for a podium for a bit in 450 Moto 1 before a crash ended his whole moto experiment, at least for this year. Now it's back to business in the woods for KR, as the GNCC Series resumes on September 15 and 16 in New York. But no matter how fast he goes, he can never outrun the controversy of winning in the series that his dad, Jeff, now runs. Sometimes the accusations just make Kailub want to quit altogether—but his recent motocross foray has helped rejuvenate his desire. He talks about it all with Jason Weigandt in this week's Racer X Exhaust podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Aug 30, 2018
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

Aug 27, 2018
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. Stanton has grabbed nearly every rider to ever compete for Team USA, and bids are up for fans to land a table and hang with the greats. In this edition of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, we talk to the six-time AMA National Champion about the event and also get his take on RedBud and the MXoN in general, as well as current-day racers like Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, and Jeffrey Herlings. Stanton is never one to hold back his thoughts, so you'll enjoy this one.

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The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Aug 22, 2018
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

Aug 19, 2018
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

Aug 13, 2018
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 pulled into the fracas as well.) In June, we phoned Tickle to get his side of the story while researching a feature on the topic for the latest issue of Racer X Illustrated. That story—"Lights Out"—can be read in our September issue, out now. For this episode of the Racer X Exhaust podcast, we present the full interview with Tickle.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Aug 09, 2018
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 Lynn’s. Cianciarulo has 11 titles at the Ranch, tied for the most ever in the youth divisions, but did his riding and training in his native Florida. Recent graduate Marchbanks has several titles of his own but sacrificed much for them, leaving home at age eight to live at tracks and facilities and hone his craft.

The three discuss their different paths into racing while taking questions from Weigandt and a collection of fans at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Aug 02, 2018
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

Jul 29, 2018
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, he called Kevin to appear on this one.

For a much more in-depth look at Loretta's, also check out Brett Smith's epic “How We Got Here” podcast for the inside story of how the event began in 1982. There's never been another motocross podcast like this one. Look for it in this very podcast feed; it was published on July 16.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jul 26, 2018
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 this one, Stallo and Weigandt discuss the evolution of X Games and end up tackling other major topics in the sport: Does social media actually sell product? Do TV ratings matter so much anymore? Why do riders in the 450 class get so much more scrutiny than 250 riders? And why has Eli Tomac chosen not to get block-pass revenge on Marvin Musquin? 

From now on, we're making Racer X Staff Meetings your meetings too. Listen in to hear some professional bench-racing (because it's our job to discuss dirt bikes 24/7).

Jul 25, 2018
2018 Spring Creek National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Spring Creek National:

250 Class

Aaron Plessinger, Alex Martin, and Justin Cooper

450 Class (06:56)

Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin

Jul 22, 2018
Exhaust #18: Pingree on the New Bikes

The last month has witnessed a flood of new-bike press releases from the major manufacturers—so much so that it might be hard to remember what's new. Which 2019s have really advanced and which ones are sporting "revised settings" to go along with "bold new graphics?" Jason Weigandt chats up David Pingree to find out, and further, they start talking about key topics such as all-new bikes versus refined older models, the difference between Husqvarnas and KTMs, and more. Weigandt also spills some inside scoop that he learned about the RedBud Motocross of Nations over the weekend. Enjoy!

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is brought to you by Yoshimura.

Jul 19, 2018
How We Got Here: The Origins of Loretta Lynn’s MX

In the early 1980s, a trio of motorcycle racing promoters from Ohio and West Virginia were looking for a facility. A country music legend needed to fill a campground. A sanctioning body wanted more members and a marquee event. And amateur motocross racers wanted a true and fair national championship.

In this special edition of the Racer X Podcast, Brett Smith of @wewentfast takes us on a documentary-style journey into the genesis of the Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch and what (amateur racing) life was like before 1982. Characters include Ron and Dick Lechien, Davey Coombs, Rita Coombs, Todd DeHoop, Tim Cotter, Rick “Super Hunky” Sieman, and more.

Jul 16, 2018
Exhaust #17: Humble Roots with Justin Brayton

We all know Justin Brayton didn't do it like others did. Brayton wasn't an amateur star, and as a teenager he had zero thoughts about actually making a living in the sport. He just loved dirt bikes, and he loved doing the work, so he kept improving, and it all worked out. But while we all know that about Brayton, do we actually know what his bizarre path really looked like? In this episode of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, Brayton talks about him humble roots riding in Iowa, from not even having dirt bikes for part of his youth to riding so badly that he was literally a lapper at the local level. From there to here, it's been quite a road for the Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider and 2018 Daytona Supercross winner. While talking to Brayton, we also ran into a next-generation kid with very similar Iowa roots, Cameron McAdoo, who is trying to find his footing as a pro with GEICO Honda. For McAdoo—heck, for everyone—Brayton's is an inspiring story, and he tells it in this episode.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Jul 12, 2018
2018 RedBud National Press Conference

Post-race interviews from the RedBud National:

450 Class

Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia

250 Class (12:08)

Dylan Ferrandis, Alex Martin and Shane McElrath

Jul 08, 2018
2018 Southwick Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Southwick National:

250 Class

Dylan Ferrandis, Alex Martin and Shane McElrath

450 Class (07:52)

Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia

Jul 01, 2018
Exhaust #16: Breaking Down Barcia

Justin Barcia has lived in the spotlight since his minicycle days and is actually one of the first top pros to grow up riding full-time at a training facility. All of the ingredients were there for Barcia to win big—until his results took a dive, his confidence went south, and he found himself contemplating retirement ... and actually being okay with that. In this podcast, Barcia explains it all, from his early days to the changes he’s made to get back to the podium now.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Jun 26, 2018
2018 Muddy Creek National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Muddy Creek National:

250 Class

Shane McElrath, Dylan Ferrandis and Chase Sexton

450 Class  (13:28)

Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Marvin Musquin

Jun 24, 2018
Exhaust #15: 2001—A Pastrana Odyssey

It really makes no sense at all. Travis Pastrana, as a pro rookie, won the 2000 125 National Motocross Championship. A year later, he had already won his last professional race. During a tumultuous 2001 125 season, Pastrana, Grant Langston, and Mike Brown slammed each other on and off the track (weekly!) and battled through injuries, bike problems, and more. That season is most remembered as the one where Langston lost the title due to a broken wheel in the last moto, but it also marked Travis' last title shot as a racer, as a huge crash and concussion suffered while leading at Unadilla marked the beginning of the end. He'd have flashes on a 250 in supercross the next year, but he never won again.

Last year, we called Travis for his recollections on the 2001 season as material for a Racer X Online Longform story titled "Fight Club." We held on to the audio recording of his interview, and it provides the substance of this week's Racer X Exhaust Podcast.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura

Jun 22, 2018
2018 High Point National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the High Point National:

450 Class

Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia

250 Class (13:45)

Aaron Plessinger, Austin Forkner and Justin Cooper

Jun 18, 2018
Exhaust #14: Justin Bogle Does What He Does

Justin Bogle deals with the same ups and downs as others—but it's the way he expresses himself that sticks out. Bogle is articulate and thoughtful to a degree beyond many of his peers, and perhaps that's why he works on a budding rap music career way off to the side and forges deep relationships with those who have been down in the same racing trenches. In this episode of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, Jason Weigandt goes to lunch with Bogle and his best friend, Brad Frace—once a top amateur prospect himself before a crash left him paralyzed—to talk about life, racing, music, and how it all blends together. As Justin Bogle would say himself, it's a beautiful thing. 

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Jun 12, 2018
Exhaust #13: Cole Seely

There was a time when Cole Seely didn't want to race anymore—and we're not talking about his February crash, which resulted in a broken pelvis and sacrum and a damaged abdominal wall. He did consider calling it a career for a moment then, but he's since regained his mobility and overcome pain and fear. Now he's planning to be 100 percent ready come Anaheim 1 2019. Before that, though, he actually did quit the sport once, back in his amateur years. He returned as a relatively unknown prospect, then surprised even himself by getting a fill-in ride, taking it all the way to a podium, and beginning the journey toward a career as a 450 factory rider. This is Cole Seely's story—and gladly, it's one that's not over yet.

The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by the good folks over at Yoshimura.

Jun 07, 2018
2018 Thunder Valley National Press Conferences

Post-race interviews from the Thunder Valley National:

250 Class

Alex Martin, Jeremy Martin, Justin Cooper

450 Class (12:09)

Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, Blake Baggett

Jun 04, 2018
Exhaust #12: Christian Craig

Christian Craig has lived a life well beyond his years: the son of a top pro, his amateur recruit didn't quite work out, so left the sport to get a real job, only to return stronger than before. He's also a dad who brings his wife and son to most of the races, and there's a reason for that: Christian has battled through the mental game of racing and says his son helps keep his mind off of the pressure and danger of racing motorcycles for a living. Before his unfortunate exit from the series due to a torn ACL, he opened up in a very revealing episode of the Racer X Exhaust podcast, presented by Yoshimura.

May 30, 2018
2018 Glen Helen 450 Press Conference

Hear from the 450 podium at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

May 27, 2018
2018 Glen Helen 250 Press Conference

Hear from the 250 podium at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

May 27, 2018
2018 Hangtown 450 Press Conference

The 450 podium from Hangtown.

May 20, 2018
2018 Hangtown 250 Press Conference

The 250 podium from Hangtown.

May 20, 2018
2018 Hangtown Pre-Race Press Conference

The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off Saturday at Hangtown. On Thursday, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Weston Peick, Justin Barcia, and Ken Roczen from 450s and Zach Osborne, Jeremy Martin, Aaron Plessinger, Alex Martin, Justin Hill and Joey Savatgy from 250s spoke to the media.

May 18, 2018
Exhaust #11: History of the Nationals

On the eve of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, MX Sports Pro Racing President (and Racer X editor-in-chief) Davey Coombs explains how the AMA National Motocross Championship actually started. It's not what you'd think.

When the series started in 1972, several other big series and races were already rooted into America. Because of this, many of the top names didn't even compete in the Nationals except when the events were combined with others, including some big-money races promoted by Evel Knievel! The same year, the Japanese brands began making their push to the top of the sport, what we know now as supercross kicked off with the 1972 Superbowl of Motocross in Los Angeles, and one visiting European saw his title chances dashed when his van (and works bikes) were stolen.

Enjoy this lighthearted trip to the past, including some laughs over the race reports and win ads of the day. The Nationals started with humble roots—learn all about it here before the 50th Hangtown Classic kicks off another season on Saturday.

The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

May 16, 2018
Exhaust #10: Jacob Hayes and the Future of Arenacross

Arenacross riders are animals. They ride hard, they bang bars, they take each other out, then they smile, shake hands and move on. As an amateur, Jacob Hayes was a top Kawasaki Team Green prospect but didn't get the big factory ride he hoped for when he turned pro, so he took a chance on arenacross and found a home. He fits right in because he's a little wild, a little crazy, and really fun to hang out with and talk to. But he's always had the dream of racing supercross, and now he will have to make it a reality, because Feld Motor Sports announced that Amsoil Arenacross is no more. Can Jacob prove himself at the top level? He thinks so, as he explains here. We also talk poking The Bear (Tyler Bowers), taking girls on dates in a windowless moto van, and why arenacross rides don't even flinch at the type of riding that gets supercross riders super angry. Jacob Hayes is one heck of a personality, and he could be coming to a supercross near you. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.


May 11, 2018
2018 Las Vegas Supercross Post-Race Press Conferences

The 250SX and 450SX podium finishers—and the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Champions—discuss their night in Las Vegas.

May 06, 2018
Exhaust #9: How Did We Get Here? With Davey Coombs and Roy Janson

Jason Weigandt is joined by Davey Coombs and Roy Janson for a history lesson on how both the FIM and AMA ended up co-sanctioning the supercross championship. In 2001, the AMA announced it would split with the existing supercross promoters, thus setting off a business battle that ended up in the courtroom—and also led the existing promoters to a masterstroke move of turning supercross into an FIM World Championship. Janson was a vice-president at Clear Channel Entertainment, the supercross promoters at the time, and Coombs was an AMA board member as well as the pit reporter for the SX TV broadcasts (and of course the founder and editor-in-chief of Racer X Illustrated). They provide key insider stories and analysis of the moves that led supercross to the AMA and FIM sanction that it still uses today. They also shed light on WADA drug testing in supercross and USADA drug testing in pro motocross, in light of the recent suspension of Broc Tickle. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

May 04, 2018
Exhaust #8: Bobby Hewitt

Bobby Hewitt is the only professional team manager Jason Anderson has ever known. Hewitt started a racing team to support his son Hunter, once an up-and-coming amateur prospect. It became a top amateur outfit, then a professional team, and then went through the ringer by gaining and losing factory support. Hunter eventually moved on from racing, yet the team continued to grow, slaying giants in both classes until Husqvarna factory support strengthened its core. If Anderson is able to clinch the Monster Energy Supercross Championship, it will complete arguably the most remarkable evolution of a team in this sport's history. And it was all spearheaded by Hewitt, a smart, straight-shooting Texas businessman who just wants the best for his kids—his own children, as well as the rest of the riders on the team, whom he’s come to love. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Apr 26, 2018
2018 Foxborough Supercross 450 Class Post-Race Press Conference

Marvin Musquin and Eli Tomac argue about the big one on Saturday.

Apr 22, 2018
2018 Foxborough Supercross 250 Class Post-Race Press Conference

250 podium men Zach Osborne, Jordon Smith, and Kyle Peters discuss their nights in Massachusetts.

Apr 22, 2018
Exhaust #7: Growing and Giving Back to the Industry with Jon-Erik Burleson

When Jon-Erik Burleson announced he would step down as the head of KTM North America at the end of 2016, it was a shocker in the industry, as the brand was in the midst of meteoric growth, and JEB (pronounced "Jeb"), as he is known, certainly had reason to enjoy life near the top of that chain. As you’ll learn in this week’s Racer X Exhaust Podcast, though, Jon-Erik is someone who wants to be comfortable being uncomfortable and wants the challenge of being unsettled. Post-KTM, he’s settled into philanthropic roles in the industry, including the United States Motorcycle Coaching Association and the Kurt Caselli Foundation. Why does he identify better coaching as a way to grow this industry? Why did he leave KTM at the top? What other plans does he have for business? What were the challenges involved with running KTM’s North American business? JEB, one of the sharpest and most articulate businessmen in this industry, explains plenty in this interview with Jason Weigandt. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Apr 19, 2018
Exhaust #6: Ryan Dungey

Jason Weigandt dials up Ryan Dungey and gets a solid hour of candid conversation with the four-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion. Dungey reveals much, explaining his struggles with the mental side—including hiring a sports psychologist—to Eli Tomac’s charge last season, the 2017 Vegas finale, and the burnout that he feels led to his injury in 2016, and consequently considering retirement. He even explains how he and Ken Roczen, rivals at the time, ended up living across the street from each other! He also addresses the rumors that have him returning for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this summer. He’s moved back to Minnesota and is figuring out what’s next for his life post-racing, but for now, there are still many racing stories to tell. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Apr 09, 2018
Exhaust #5: Rick Johnson’s Last Stand

Jason Weigandt rings up seven-time AMA National Champion Rick Johnson to talk about the legendary 1990 Atlanta Supercross, where the crowd and his own will pushed him back toward the front—even while his ailing right wrist was telling him not to. It’s a look into the spirit of a championship-level athlete who was not willing to let go of his time at the top. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Apr 02, 2018
Exhaust #4: Aldon Baker's Power of Paranoia

Jason Weigandt gets a tour of Aldon Baker’s Florida facility and also goes in depth to explain what he’s learned watching Aldon and his athletes operate through the years. Aldon’s record is amazing: he’s trained 13 supercross champions during his 17 years in the sport. Yet he still believes he’s only as good as his last race, and he operates as if he’s still trying to prove himself, not one of the most accomplished trainers in the sport’s history. Perhaps it’s that power—the power of paranoia—that allows him to stay motivated and transfer that effort into his athletes. Enjoy this conversation with Jason and Aldon, episode 4 of the Racer X Exhaust Podcast, brought to you by Yoshimura.

Mar 27, 2018
Exhaust #3: Running with Roczen

During a week spent stalking the top riders in Florida, Jason Weigandt hooked up with Ken Roczen and trainer Blake Savage for afternoon run near Ken’s house in Clermont, Florida. Once Weege realized he wasn’t going to have a heart attack, he turned on the recorder to ask Ken about his recovery and his philosophies on training, then spoke with Savage to learn more about his background. Savage carries out a fitness program prescribed by trainer Peter Park, and using his own experience as a racer and his personal connections with Roczen (his sister is Kenny’s fiancée), he’s become quite a secret weapon to several top riders, including Adam Cianciarulo, Cole Seely, Christian Craig, and Chase Sexton. Episode 3 of the Racer X Exhaust podcast gets you right in the middle of a training day to get a feel for how it all goes down. The Racer X Exhaust Podcast is sponsored by Yoshimura.

Mar 22, 2018
Exhaust #2: Talking Daytona History with Davey Coombs

Straight from the infield at Daytona International Speedway, Jason Weigandt is joined by Davey Coombs to discuss the roots of the Daytona Supercross, which started before supercross actually even existed. From three-minute laps and riding over the pit walls to the invention of the term supercross to Ricky Ryan’s 1987 shocker, Weege and DC discuss everything about the longest-running race on the SX calendar. The Racer X Exhaust podcast is presented by Yoshimura.

Mar 14, 2018
Exhaust #1: Introduction

Jason Weigandt introduces you to the newest Racer X podcast.

Mar 09, 2018