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DIRT AX SPECIAL and Project 91 with Ben Milot and Carl Vaillancourt

Welcome to the 7th issue of DIRT magazine. Arenacross is not for the faint of heart. Short track, fast riders and aggresive races filled with bar bagning action that will leave you on the edge of your seat the whole night. If you like action packed races and exhaust fumes, Arenacross will quench your thirst for adrenaline. In this issue meet some of the best AX riders on the tour. Thanks to our friend and collab Jack Jaxson for the East coast AX photos and interviews. I would like to thanks Tod Hammock at Cycle city promotion for his help in the past years at the Kicker Arenacross in New England. Be sure to check out the special segment of the Project 91. Where Canadian FMX star Ben Milot rebuilt the original Carl Vaillancourts Honda CR 125 from 1991.

Welcome to the 7th issue of DIRT magazine.

Arenacross is not for the faint of heart. Short track, fast riders and aggresive races filled with bar bagning action that will leave you on the edge of your seat the whole night.

If you like action packed races and exhaust fumes, Arenacross will quench your thirst for adrenaline.

In this issue meet some of the best AX riders on the tour.
Thanks to our friend and collab Jack Jaxson for the East coast AX photos and interviews.


I would like to thanks Tod Hammock at Cycle city promotion for his help in the past years at the Kicker Arenacross in New England.

Be sure to check out the special segment of the Project 91. Where Canadian FMX star Ben Milot rebuilt the original Carl Vaillancourts Honda CR 125 from 1991.

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Welcome to the 7th issue of <strong>DIRT</strong> magazine.<br />

Arenacross is not for the faint of heart. Short track, fast riders <strong>and</strong><br />

aggresive races filled <strong>with</strong> bar bagning action that will leave you<br />

on the edge of your seat the whole night.<br />

If you like action packed races <strong>and</strong> exhaust fumes, Arenacross will<br />

quench your thirst for adrenaline.<br />

In this issue meet some of the best <strong>AX</strong> riders on the tour.<br />

Thanks to our friend <strong>and</strong> collab Jack Jaxson for the East coast <strong>AX</strong><br />

photos <strong>and</strong> interviews.<br />

I would like to thanks Tod Hammock at Cycle city promotion for<br />

his help in the past years at the Kicker Arenacross in New Engl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

Be sure to check out the special segment of the <strong>Project</strong> <strong>91</strong>. Where<br />

Canadian FMX star <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong> rebuilt the original <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong>s<br />

Honda CR 125 from 19<strong>91</strong>.<br />

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Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada<br />

Bikes: Ktm sxf 250/450<br />

Race Classes: 250 pro, open pro, 450 pro<br />

Sponsors: 280mods race team, 280mods race engines<br />

, CJP, Carter Powersports Las Vegas, menace motor<br />

sports, menace motor transport, Thor Mx,<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

TP: My plans <strong>and</strong> goals for the season are too mainly<br />

stay constant collect some wins, get some championships<br />

<strong>and</strong> mainly have fun doing it!<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to<br />

race? Why?<br />

TP: My favorite would have to be Amarillo Texas,<br />

I’ve always enjoyed racing in Texas <strong>and</strong> usually<br />

it is the final round <strong>and</strong> the best track <strong>and</strong> the<br />

atmosphere is just all around a great vibe! Especially<br />

when you come into that one leading<br />

the championship like we are this year! So<br />

that one is a lot of fun!<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

TP:I got into racing when I was 6 or 7<br />

Year’s old. I watched it on tv <strong>and</strong> it was<br />

love at first sight I guess you could say<br />

haha.


JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the<br />

most <strong>and</strong> how?<br />

TP: The rider who has influenced me the most would definitely<br />

be my team mate Chad Geib 280, he has taught me<br />

a lot of not just riding <strong>and</strong> racing but stuff that makes the<br />

difference just in life in general to make racing even that<br />

much more enjoyable <strong>and</strong> better results as well!


Hometown: Henderson NV<br />

Bikes: ktm 250sxf<br />

Race Classes: 250/450 pro<br />

Sponsors: 280 mods, carter powersports, menace motorsports, Crower<br />

cams, Thor, cjp, snap on<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

CG: Just to get outa the shop workin <strong>and</strong> get behind that gate.<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race? Why?<br />

CG: Denver, bigger track <strong>and</strong> lots of competition.<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

CG: When I was 13 after racing bmx<br />

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the most <strong>and</strong><br />

how?<br />

CG: I’m old school grew up watchin Mc fast <strong>and</strong> smooth none of that<br />

scrubbin shit!


The name <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> certainly brings back many memories for 1990’s motocross<br />

fans. Multiple-time Canadian champion <strong>and</strong> member of the Canadian Motorcycle<br />

Hall of Fame, <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> established himself as the top rider in Canada <strong>and</strong><br />

inspired many athletes, such as <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>, a well-known freestyle pilot. <strong>Milot</strong> was<br />

only 8 years old when his idol won his first Canadian title for the Expert 500 CC<br />

class. Unfortunately, the following year, injuries kept <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> away from the<br />

podium. Nevertheless, 19<strong>91</strong> made history, as everyone remembers the white HON-<br />

DA CR 125 driven by the number 1.<br />

“<strong>Carl</strong>’s motocross left an impression on me, because it was so different from all<br />

others. He was the only one <strong>with</strong> a white bike <strong>and</strong> one of the only pilots in Canada<br />

to have one <strong>with</strong> a Mugen cylinder. It was extremely rare at the time! On top of<br />

it, he was the defending champion, so let’s just say he didn’t go unnoticed on the<br />

track!<br />

Projet 19<strong>91</strong><br />

In winter 2017, <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong> was in China participating in The House of Dancing Water<br />

show. Eager to do something special to highlight the contribution of <strong>Carl</strong><br />

<strong>Vaillancourt</strong> to the motocross world, he came up <strong>with</strong> the crazy idea of restoring<br />

THE famous 19<strong>91</strong> dirt bike. A daring project that would bring its load of surprises.<br />

While the restoration project was ambitious on its own, <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong> had even bigger<br />

ambitions. He wanted to put the vehicle back on the track, <strong>with</strong> its original pilot<br />

at the comm<strong>and</strong>s. Finding the bike <strong>and</strong> fixing it seemed daunting enough, but<br />

to convince <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> to go back to the race after 20 years or retirement<br />

seemed even more challenging. The first step of “<strong>Project</strong> 19<strong>91</strong>” was to find out if<br />

the ex-champion wanted to be part of the plan.<br />

“It wasn’t easy to reach <strong>Carl</strong>, because he is really busy <strong>and</strong> since I was in China,<br />

the time difference didn’t help. After many attempts, we were finally able<br />

to talk! At first, he was skeptical <strong>and</strong> wasn’t sure what my purpose<br />

was.<br />

When I told him I wanted to buy a<br />

bike like the one he was driving in<br />

19<strong>91</strong> <strong>and</strong> find partners to restore it,<br />

he understood how serious I was. <strong>Carl</strong><br />

had seen me in a show before <strong>and</strong> we<br />

had worked together on my movie Invasion<br />

1, so he knew I never did things<br />

by halves! It was tough convincing him,<br />

but in the end, he said yes! He even<br />

seemed pretty excited when we hung<br />

up!”


The CR 125 19<strong>91</strong><br />

<strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong> had been thinking of the project for a while now. With <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong>’s<br />

approval, he could finally move forward. The next step was to find a bike.<br />

<strong>Milot</strong> knew very well it would be almost impossible to find the original one, so he<br />

started searching for a similar CR 125 19<strong>91</strong>, looking on all motocross sale sites <strong>and</strong><br />

reaching out on social media.<br />

“I found two or three Honda CR 125 19<strong>91</strong>, but there was a specific one in Valleyfield<br />

that caught my attention, because it had a Mugen cylinder, just like the one<br />

driven by <strong>Carl</strong> back in the days. The chances were slim that more than one of that<br />

model would have that kind of performance kit. I couldn’t believe I might have<br />

found <strong>Carl</strong>’s bike! To be totally sure, I sent the owner a few pictures <strong>and</strong> he confirmed<br />

it was the original one! It was in terrible shape but despite its condition, I<br />

had to buy it!<br />

To restore the moto was going to be a colossal task. It needed a lot of work <strong>and</strong> it<br />

required a team of professionals to put it back on the track.<br />

The restoration process<br />

The first name that came to <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>’s mind to restore the dirt bike was Pierre-<br />

Luc Ratelle, sales director at moto Ducharme. The dealership being a distributor<br />

of Honda products, Pier-Luc <strong>and</strong> his team were used to working <strong>with</strong> bikes like<br />

the Honda CR 125.<br />

“It was easy to convince Pier-Luc, because he was also a fan of <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong>.<br />

He immediately said yes! It’s an audacious <strong>and</strong> unique project <strong>and</strong> he was happy<br />

to be part of it. However, because of the terrible condition the motocross was in,<br />

he knew it was a big job <strong>and</strong> that it involved a lot of work!”<br />

Since <strong>Milot</strong> was in China, he had the bike delivered to the dealer <strong>and</strong> sent a picture<br />

of what it looked like when it was on the track. It was the only thing the mechanics<br />

could rely on to restore the CR 125. They dismantled the moto piece by<br />

piece <strong>and</strong> started over, putting it back together, hoping it would start again. Because<br />

of the terrible shape it was in, only a few parts could be salvaged <strong>and</strong> most<br />

had to be replaced: chain, tires, h<strong>and</strong>lebar, pistons, etc. The biggest challenge was<br />

to find parts, as many were discontinued <strong>and</strong> unavailable on the market, especially<br />

engine parts. A lot of them had to be custom made to ensure the moto would<br />

be functional <strong>and</strong> faithful to the original. The rest of the parts where provided by<br />

Importation Thibeault. In total, 3000$ were spent for parts <strong>and</strong> 2000$ in labor by<br />

the different partners to put the old bike back together.<br />

“Since we wanted the bike to be identical to <strong>Carl</strong>’s original one, we really tried to<br />

respect the mechanics <strong>and</strong> aesthetics as much as we could. We painted it white<br />

<strong>and</strong> had a custom made graphic designed <strong>with</strong> <strong>Carl</strong>’s sponsors logos. Jesse Leduc<br />

Now at 75 MX Graphics did a fantastic job. The bike is identical! “


The reveal<br />

August 2017, the Honda CR 125 is finally ready to race.<br />

For the occasion, <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>, <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> <strong>and</strong> Pier-Luc<br />

Ratelle meet at Motocross Deschambault, a significant<br />

motocross circuit for the two pilots. No one had seen the<br />

completed bike, except for the restoration team. The reveal<br />

promised to be emotional.<br />

« When I saw the bike for the first time, I was in total<br />

choc! <strong>Carl</strong>, on his part, looked like a kid in a c<strong>and</strong>y store! I<br />

looked at everyone around I felt a great sense of achievement.<br />

The bike was identical to the one he drove in 19<strong>91</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> it was beyond my expectations! The only thing I wanted,<br />

was to see <strong>Carl</strong> driving it!”<br />

The fact that the restored engine of the old 19<strong>91</strong> Honda<br />

started right away was met <strong>with</strong> a sigh of relief from<br />

everyone on the track. Finally, <strong>Carl</strong>, who was wearing his<br />

original jersey mounted his ride. We could see he really<br />

wanted to push it to its limits. The few following minutes<br />

are now part of history. The Canadian champion was back<br />

on his bike, under the proud stare of <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>. Unfortunately,<br />

the inevitable happened <strong>and</strong> after only two laps,<br />

the engine stopped <strong>and</strong> the bike rendered its soul.


« All that hard work for two laps, but it was worth it! I will remember that moment<br />

my entire life <strong>and</strong> I’m sure <strong>Carl</strong> feels the same way!”<br />

<strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>’s idea to restore his idol’s old dirt bike was a little crazy. He brought<br />

together people who had a passion for motocross <strong>and</strong> along the way, were<br />

touched by “<strong>Project</strong> 19<strong>91</strong>”. A moment of nostalgia, very significant in motocross’<br />

history, just as <strong>Vaillancourt</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Milot</strong> where <strong>and</strong> always will be.<br />

To watch « <strong>Project</strong> 19<strong>91</strong> », visit <strong>Ben</strong> <strong>Milot</strong>’s Facebook page.<br />

Thanks to the partners who made this project possible:<br />

Moto Ducharme, Importation Thibault, Axxel Suspension, Motocross Deschambault,<br />

Jesse now at 75 MX Graphics & Fokus Photographie et un merci particulier<br />

à Pier-Luc Ratelle, Daniel Thibault, Mathieu Toupin, Dominic Grimard, sans<br />

oublier <strong>Carl</strong> <strong>Vaillancourt</strong>.


<strong>Carl</strong> riding his old CR 125 19<strong>91</strong> for the<br />

first time in 25 years.


Hometown: council bluffs, Iowa<br />

Bikes: Honda CRF450R<br />

Race Classes: Open Pro / 450 Pro MX1<br />

Sponsors: fasthouse, defy graphics, jack jaxson<br />

photography, LS2 helmets, gaerne, mx racing<br />

fanatic<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

SM: To get out <strong>and</strong> race as many of the Kicker <strong>AX</strong><br />

dates as possible. After that, I plan on racing the<br />

Canadian outdoor MX Pro Nationals <strong>with</strong> the new<br />

MRC (Motorsport racing Canada) pro nationals. My<br />

goal is to score pro points at every round <strong>and</strong> earn<br />

a pro number for next year.<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to<br />

race? Why?<br />

SM: I went to the lazy E arena in Guthrie Oklahoma<br />

for the first time this year <strong>and</strong> that’s the biggest<br />

arena I’ve ever been in. The size <strong>and</strong> the dirt at the<br />

lazy E makes that my favorite arena by far.<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

SM: I started riding when I was 13 on a old junky<br />

bike that my gr<strong>and</strong>father help me put together <strong>and</strong><br />

he showed me how to ride it on the street. I took<br />

my first gate drop shorty after getting that old bike<br />

together <strong>and</strong> ever since then I’ve been hooked to<br />

the sport.


JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the most <strong>and</strong><br />

how?<br />

SM: I wouldn’t say any specific rider influenced me it was Mike <strong>and</strong><br />

Br<strong>and</strong>i Hanson that had the biggest impact on my riding <strong>and</strong> in life for<br />

that matter. Mike definitely pushed me to my limits that made me what<br />

I am today although his training methods were a little unorthodox at<br />

times it really helped me get here. I remember Mike used to st<strong>and</strong> in<br />

corners <strong>with</strong> sticks <strong>and</strong> smack my fingers if I was using the clutch to<br />

much or he would be riding right behind me so if I wasn’t taking the<br />

best lines he would take me out hahahaha


Hometown: Moriarty New Mexico<br />

Bikes: CRF 250 & 450<br />

Race Classes: 250 pro 450 pro <strong>and</strong> open pro sport<br />

Sponsors: nemesis performance, factory connection, skillz Racing,<br />

the fitness factory, mom <strong>and</strong> dad, bell helmets<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

JG: I want to get the championship in the kicker arenacross<br />

series!<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race?<br />

JG:Denver was my favorite so far!<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

JG: My dad rode ever sense I was young <strong>and</strong> I remember<br />

screaming because I couldn’t go <strong>with</strong> him. I got my first<br />

dirt bike on my fourth birthday.<br />

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you<br />

the most <strong>and</strong> how?<br />

JG: Jason Anderson just because I grow up to him always<br />

looking up to him, I remember when I would be coming<br />

home on the bus seeing Jason riding in my back yard<br />

<strong>and</strong> I would sprint home to ride <strong>with</strong> him!


Hometown: Arvada, CO<br />

Bikes: 2005 kx250, 2018 crf450<br />

Race Classes: 250 pro, open pro<br />

Sponsors: Sun Enterprises, shift, spy, defy graphics, motosport.com,<br />

engine ice, novik.<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

DA:Race all of the srac/rmxa shoot our races, race a<br />

few AMA nationals <strong>and</strong> try out for Loretta Lynn’s in<br />

25+ <strong>and</strong> open pro sport.<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to<br />

race? Why?<br />

DA: I enjoy the Denver round because it is close to<br />

home, the dirt is awesome <strong>and</strong> usually has a great<br />

lay out.<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

DA:Gr<strong>and</strong>pa <strong>and</strong> dad always raced dirt bikes so<br />

it was something I easily grew into.<br />

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced<br />

you the most <strong>and</strong> how?<br />

DA: Jeremy McGrath because of his dominance<br />

<strong>and</strong> buttery smooth style <strong>and</strong> James<br />

Stewart because of his gnarness!


Hometown: Aztec, NM<br />

Bikes: Kawasaki 250f/450f<br />

Race Classes: 250 pro/open pro<br />

Sponsors: Fun center cycles/Ican industries/subway/ Fox<br />

JJ: What are your plans/ goals for the season?<br />

CA: Race as many races as possible <strong>and</strong> come out <strong>with</strong> the<br />

most wins out of any other rider<br />

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race?<br />

Why?<br />

CA: Amarillo is defintally my favorite, it usually has the<br />

best layout allowing multiple options in the rhythms to<br />

separate riders from just doing the same thing. The dirt is<br />

all ways pretty nice as well<br />

JJ: When <strong>and</strong> how did you get into racing?<br />

CA:I was 4 years old, so about 22 years ago, my uncle<br />

Ronnie Clark raced, so it was kind of in the family. I<br />

started <strong>with</strong> bmx but the bmx game didn’t last long<br />

after I got my first pw-50.<br />

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced<br />

you the most <strong>and</strong> how?<br />

CA: Definitely some of the old school local guys<br />

that came out from around my area like Ivan<br />

Tedesco, Keith Johnson,Kevin Johnson,Isaiah<br />

Johnson, just because i got to watch them<br />

growing up <strong>and</strong> always seemed like they were<br />

having a good time on a bike <strong>and</strong> were able to<br />

be successful at it while enjoying it as well.


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