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McThoughts | Oakland SX | 450 Class

McThoughts | Oakland SX | 450 Class By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford The best 450 riders in the world looked pretty shaky at times on the tough Oakland track. Everyone but Eli Tomac. Eli was once again on a complete other level than the rest of the field. It’s almost like he didn’t realize that it was rutted and super sketchy. He caught and gapped Ryan Dungey after

McThoughts | Oakland SX | 250 Class

McThoughts | Oakland SX | 250 Class By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford Oakland was a man’s track on Saturday night. The wet conditions made for very scary sections, and almost everyone had issues. You were taking off in ruts and somehow hoping to land in a rut. Once again, our points leader was forced into the LCQ, and once again he somehow turned that into a good start

Product Test | 17 FXR REVO Gear

Product Test | 17 FXR REVO Gear By Jeff McConkey Lead photo by Mitch Goheen When you hear the name FXR, you instantly think of snow gear. Well, not for long. FXR has been in the motocross gear game for quite some time now, but for 2017, I think they have hit a home run. Just in time for some great fall riding, I sent our friend, FXR Brand Manager

Tailgating with…Austin Watling and Tanner Ward

Tailgating with…Austin Watling and Tanner Ward By Billy Rainford Here in Episode 3 and 3.5, Jeff McConkey ‘tailgates’ with young up-and-coming Intermediate racers, Austin Watling and Tanner Ward. As is the point of these unstructured interviews, things don’t always go according to plan. We even have to stop this one halfway in! But that’s the point of tailgating. As the song says, “All bets are off, once you put the

McThoughts|Women’s East Nationals|RJ’s Round 4

McThoughts|Women’s East Nationals|RJ’s Round 4 By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford The fourth and final round of the Women’s East Nationals went off on Saturday at RJ’s. The turnout was weak (23 riders) for whatever reasons, but the action was still very good. This was the first time where our young champion was really challenged in both motos. Shannon Fleming looked like she had a moto win in her

2016 Women’s East Nationals|Preview

2016 Women’s East Nationals|Preview By Jeff McConkey The first round of the Women’s East Nationals kicks off this Saturday at Gopher Dunes. Ever since the final checkered flag flew last season at Ulverton, series co-organizers, Sylvain Brodeur and Leah Clarke, have been hard at work to make 2016 even better. A 4th round at RJ’s has been added and the girls now have 8 motos to prove who is tops

Faces at the Races|2016 Red Bud National

Faces at the Races|2016 Red Bud National Photos and Captions by Jeff McConkey Red Bud is a bucket list item. If you’ve never been, plain and simple, you need to go. You can see great racing at each and every round of the AMA Nationals, but Red Bud is more. To start off, it’s the most beautiful track layout you could imagine. It has big jumps, elevation, sand, and a

The Story Behind the Photo: Jeff McConkey|Walton 2009

The Story Behind the Photo: Jeff McConkey|Walton 2009 By Billy Rainford Some of you may only know Jeff McConkey as the guy who gives you his ‘McThoughts’ each week after the Supercross events, but he’s seen this sport from all sides. Back in 2009, he got the opportunity to help South African rider, Kerim Fitz-Gerald. (It was also the year I slept in a 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon and

McThoughts – 250 West SX|Phoenix Round 5

McThoughts – 250 West SX|Phoenix Round 5 By Jeff McConkey I’m back after a week away, and boy did I miss a lot. When I left, it looked like Cooper Webb was en-route to a perfect season – he was unstoppable. He could point his Yamaha in any direction at anytime, and it stuck. Fast forward a week…I arrive home and find out that not only the perfect season was

‘To Hell and Back’ – I Take On the Corduroy Enduro…and Lose

‘To Hell and Back’ – I Take On the Corduroy Enduro…and Lose By Jeff McConkey Photos by Melissa Munns My 2015 Corduroy Enduro experience. Now where do I begin? I believe Billy and I were coming home from either the Moncton National or the Ulverton National. After hours and hours of driving and bench racing, Billy popped the question “Hey…would you race The Cord?” I think I replied, “Sure, if