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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 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.

See ya for next issue Foxborough AMA Monster Energy

Supercross and Red Bull Sledhammer.

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Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Bikes: Ktm sxf 250/450

Race Classes: 250 pro, open pro, 450 pro

Sponsors: 280mods race team, 280mods race engines

, CJP, Carter Powersports Las Vegas, menace motor

sports, menace motor transport, Thor Mx,

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

TP: My plans and goals for the season are too mainly

stay constant collect some wins, get some championships

and mainly have fun doing it!

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to

race? Why?

TP: My favorite would have to be Amarillo Texas,

I’ve always enjoyed racing in Texas and usually

it is the final round and the best track and the

atmosphere is just all around a great vibe! Especially

when you come into that one leading

the championship like we are this year! So

that one is a lot of fun!

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

TP:I got into racing when I was 6 or 7

Year’s old. I watched it on tv and it was

love at first sight I guess you could say

haha.


JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the

most and how?

TP: The rider who has influenced me the most would definitely

be my team mate Chad Geib 280, he has taught me

a lot of not just riding and racing but stuff that makes the

difference just in life in general to make racing even that

much more enjoyable and better results as well!


Hometown: Henderson NV

Bikes: ktm 250sxf

Race Classes: 250/450 pro

Sponsors: 280 mods, carter powersports, menace motorsports, Crower

cams, Thor, cjp, snap on

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

CG: Just to get outa the shop workin and get behind that gate.

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race? Why?

CG: Denver, bigger track and lots of competition.

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

CG: When I was 13 after racing bmx

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the most and

how?

CG: I’m old school grew up watchin Mc fast and smooth none of that

scrubbin shit!


The name Carl Vaillancourt certainly brings back many memories for 1990’s motocross

fans. Multiple-time Canadian champion and member of the Canadian Motorcycle

Hall of Fame, Vaillancourt established himself as the top rider in Canada and

inspired many athletes, such as Ben Milot, a well-known freestyle pilot. Milot was

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

class. Unfortunately, the following year, injuries kept Vaillancourt away from the

podium. Nevertheless, 1991 made history, as everyone remembers the white HON-

DA CR 125 driven by the number 1.

Carl’s motocross left an impression on me, because it was so different from all

others. He was the only one with a white bike and one of the only pilots in Canada

to have one with a Mugen cylinder. It was extremely rare at the time! On top of

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

track!

Projet 1991

In winter 2017, Ben Milot was in China participating in The House of Dancing Water

show. Eager to do something special to highlight the contribution of Carl

Vaillancourt to the motocross world, he came up with the crazy idea of restoring

THE famous 1991 dirt bike. A daring project that would bring its load of surprises.

While the restoration project was ambitious on its own, Ben Milot had even bigger

ambitions. He wanted to put the vehicle back on the track, with its original pilot

at the commands. Finding the bike and fixing it seemed daunting enough, but

to convince Carl Vaillancourt to go back to the race after 20 years or retirement

seemed even more challenging. The first step of “Project 1991” was to find out if

the ex-champion wanted to be part of the plan.

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

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

to talk! At first, he was skeptical and wasn’t sure what my purpose

was.

When I told him I wanted to buy a

bike like the one he was driving in

1991 and find partners to restore it,

he understood how serious I was. Carl

had seen me in a show before and we

had worked together on my movie Invasion

1, so he knew I never did things

by halves! It was tough convincing him,

but in the end, he said yes! He even

seemed pretty excited when we hung

up!”


The CR 125 1991

Ben Milot had been thinking of the project for a while now. With Carl Vaillancourt’s

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

Milot knew very well it would be almost impossible to find the original one, so he

started searching for a similar CR 125 1991, looking on all motocross sale sites and

reaching out on social media.

“I found two or three Honda CR 125 1991, but there was a specific one in Valleyfield

that caught my attention, because it had a Mugen cylinder, just like the one

driven by Carl back in the days. The chances were slim that more than one of that

model would have that kind of performance kit. I couldn’t believe I might have

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

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

had to buy it!

To restore the moto was going to be a colossal task. It needed a lot of work and it

required a team of professionals to put it back on the track.

The restoration process

The first name that came to Ben Milot’s mind to restore the dirt bike was Pierre-

Luc Ratelle, sales director at moto Ducharme. The dealership being a distributor

of Honda products, Pier-Luc and his team were used to working with bikes like

the Honda CR 125.

“It was easy to convince Pier-Luc, because he was also a fan of Carl Vaillancourt.

He immediately said yes! It’s an audacious and unique project and he was happy

to be part of it. However, because of the terrible condition the motocross was in,

he knew it was a big job and that it involved a lot of work!”

Since Milot was in China, he had the bike delivered to the dealer and sent a picture

of what it looked like when it was on the track. It was the only thing the mechanics

could rely on to restore the CR 125. They dismantled the moto piece by

piece and started over, putting it back together, hoping it would start again. Because

of the terrible shape it was in, only a few parts could be salvaged and most

had to be replaced: chain, tires, handlebar, pistons, etc. The biggest challenge was

to find parts, as many were discontinued and unavailable on the market, especially

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

be functional and faithful to the original. The rest of the parts where provided by

Importation Thibeault. In total, 3000$ were spent for parts and 2000$ in labor by

the different partners to put the old bike back together.

“Since we wanted the bike to be identical to Carl’s original one, we really tried to

respect the mechanics and aesthetics as much as we could. We painted it white

and had a custom made graphic designed with Carl’s sponsors logos. Jesse Leduc

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


The reveal

August 2017, the Honda CR 125 is finally ready to race.

For the occasion, Ben Milot, Carl Vaillancourt and Pier-Luc

Ratelle meet at Motocross Deschambault, a significant

motocross circuit for the two pilots. No one had seen the

completed bike, except for the restoration team. The reveal

promised to be emotional.

« When I saw the bike for the first time, I was in total

choc! Carl, on his part, looked like a kid in a candy store! I

looked at everyone around I felt a great sense of achievement.

The bike was identical to the one he drove in 1991

and it was beyond my expectations! The only thing I wanted,

was to see Carl driving it!”

The fact that the restored engine of the old 1991 Honda

started right away was met with a sigh of relief from

everyone on the track. Finally, Carl, who was wearing his

original jersey mounted his ride. We could see he really

wanted to push it to its limits. The few following minutes

are now part of history. The Canadian champion was back

on his bike, under the proud stare of Ben Milot. Unfortunately,

the inevitable happened and after only two laps,

the engine stopped and the bike rendered its soul.


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

my entire life and I’m sure Carl feels the same way!”

Ben Milot’s idea to restore his idol’s old dirt bike was a little crazy. He brought

together people who had a passion for motocross and along the way, were

touched by “Project 1991”. A moment of nostalgia, very significant in motocross’

history, just as Vaillancourt and Milot where and always will be.

To watch « Project 1991 », visit Ben Milot’s Facebook page.

Thanks to the partners who made this project possible:

Moto Ducharme, Importation Thibault, Axxel Suspension, Motocross Deschambault,

Jesse now at 75 MX Graphics & Fokus Photographie et un merci particulier

à Pier-Luc Ratelle, Daniel Thibault, Mathieu Toupin, Dominic Grimard, sans

oublier Carl Vaillancourt.


Carl riding his old CR 125 1991 for the

first time in 25 years.


Hometown: council bluffs, Iowa

Bikes: Honda CRF450R

Race Classes: Open Pro / 450 Pro MX1

Sponsors: fasthouse, defy graphics, jack jaxson

photography, LS2 helmets, gaerne, mx racing

fanatic

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

SM: To get out and race as many of the Kicker AX

dates as possible. After that, I plan on racing the

Canadian outdoor MX Pro Nationals with the new

MRC (Motorsport racing Canada) pro nationals. My

goal is to score pro points at every round and earn

a pro number for next year.

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to

race? Why?

SM: I went to the lazy E arena in Guthrie Oklahoma

for the first time this year and that’s the biggest

arena I’ve ever been in. The size and the dirt at the

lazy E makes that my favorite arena by far.

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

SM: I started riding when I was 13 on a old junky

bike that my grandfather help me put together and

he showed me how to ride it on the street. I took

my first gate drop shorty after getting that old bike

together and ever since then I’ve been hooked to

the sport.


JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you the most and

how?

SM: I wouldn’t say any specific rider influenced me it was Mike and

Brandi Hanson that had the biggest impact on my riding and in life for

that matter. Mike definitely pushed me to my limits that made me what

I am today although his training methods were a little unorthodox at

times it really helped me get here. I remember Mike used to stand in

corners with sticks and smack my fingers if I was using the clutch to

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

best lines he would take me out hahahaha


Hometown: Moriarty New Mexico

Bikes: CRF 250 & 450

Race Classes: 250 pro 450 pro and open pro sport

Sponsors: nemesis performance, factory connection, skillz Racing,

the fitness factory, mom and dad, bell helmets

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

JG: I want to get the championship in the kicker arenacross

series!

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race?

JG:Denver was my favorite so far!

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

JG: My dad rode ever sense I was young and I remember

screaming because I couldn’t go with him. I got my first

dirt bike on my fourth birthday.

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced you

the most and how?

JG: Jason Anderson just because I grow up to him always

looking up to him, I remember when I would be coming

home on the bus seeing Jason riding in my back yard

and I would sprint home to ride with him!


Hometown: Arvada, CO

Bikes: 2005 kx250, 2018 crf450

Race Classes: 250 pro, open pro

Sponsors: Sun Enterprises, shift, spy, defy graphics, motosport.com,

engine ice, novik.

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

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

few AMA nationals and try out for Loretta Lynn’s in

25+ and open pro sport.

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to

race? Why?

DA: I enjoy the Denver round because it is close to

home, the dirt is awesome and usually has a great

lay out.

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

DA:Grandpa and dad always raced dirt bikes so

it was something I easily grew into.

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced

you the most and how?

DA: Jeremy McGrath because of his dominance

and buttery smooth style and James

Stewart because of his gnarness!


Hometown: Aztec, NM

Bikes: Kawasaki 250f/450f

Race Classes: 250 pro/open pro

Sponsors: Fun center cycles/Ican industries/subway/ Fox

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

CA: Race as many races as possible and come out with the

most wins out of any other rider

JJ: Which arena on the schedule is your favorite to race?

Why?

CA: Amarillo is defintally my favorite, it usually has the

best layout allowing multiple options in the rhythms to

separate riders from just doing the same thing. The dirt is

all ways pretty nice as well

JJ: When and how did you get into racing?

CA:I was 4 years old, so about 22 years ago, my uncle

Ronnie Clark raced, so it was kind of in the family. I

started with bmx but the bmx game didn’t last long

after I got my first pw-50.

JJ: Which rider do you consider to have influenced

you the most and how?

CA: Definitely some of the old school local guys

that came out from around my area like Ivan

Tedesco, Keith Johnson,Kevin Johnson,Isaiah

Johnson, just because i got to watch them

growing up and always seemed like they were

having a good time on a bike and were able to

be successful at it while enjoying it as well.


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