Swapmoto Live Podcast

By Donn Maeda

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The Swapmoto Live Podcast is hosted by Donn Maeda, a motorsports journalist with nearly 30 years of experience. The show covers everything related to off-road on two wheels: from interviews with top motocross and Supercross racers and conversations with legends of the sport to first-hand information about new motorcycles and products as they first come to market.


Episode Date
Ryan Villopoto on the Kickstart Podcast Ep. 1
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We're branching out and adding a new podcast show to the Swapmoto Live catalog. The Kickstart Podcast will happen at the start of every week and will review the past weekend's racing action and/or cover the upcoming week's activities. Hosted by SML editors Donn Maeda and Michael Antonovich, we'll invite a different guest to co-host with us each week. And what better way to kick off a new show than with the one and only Ryan Villopoto? Enjoy!

Mar 25, 2019
Cameron McAdoo | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 25
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Iowa's Cameron McAdoo is in his third year as a professional Supercross racer, and he is nipping at his first 250 SX podium finish. One of the nicest, most humble personalities in pro racing, the GEICO Honda racer is ready to get back to racing this weekend in Seattle as the Western Regional 250 SX Championship resumes. We caught up with McAdoo to chat about the races, his modest beginnings in the sport, and of course, about mountain biking.

Mar 21, 2019
Jeff Ward | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep.24
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Jeff Ward is an absolute legend of our sport. The seven-time motocross and Supercross Champion has won championships in every division and discipline at least once: 125, 250, and 500 MX, and well as 250 Supercross. Along with Johnny O'Mara and David Bailey, Wardy helped elevate the fitness levels in professional racing to all-new levels in the 1980s and 90s. After his career in moto was done, Ward went on to enjoy success in professional mountain bike racing, Indy Car, and Supermoto. Now, at the age of 57, Ward will throw his hat into the ring in the American Flat Track Series at selected TT events. And we won't be surprised to see him on the podium! We've seen Wardy in action with a steel shoe, and he flies!

To say that I was thrilled to have the AMA Hall of Famer join me in the Medterra Podcast studio today for a chat would be an understatement. Please enjoy this awesom trip down memory lane, and more!

Special thanks to Ogio, Scott Motosports, RynoPower, Throttle Syndicate, Intense Cycles, Roy's Cyclery, Bell Helmets and Toyota of Escondido Action Sports.

Mar 05, 2019
Chad Reed | Swapmoto Live Podcast presented by OGIO Ep.23
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Disclaimer! This episode's recording was never intended to be a podcast, as I conducted a 30-minute phone interview with Chad Reed for a written feature on Swapmotolive.com. Several readers, however, requested a podcast version. The audio quality is not great as we were on the phone, but the content makes it worth a listen. Chad Reed is one of the legends in our sport and he is always a pleasure to catch up with. 

Feb 28, 2019
2019.5 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition Testing Talk | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by OGIO
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Hot on the heels of the 2019.5 Husqvarna Rockstar Edition FC 450 comes its orange brother, the 2019.5 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. The new number-25 machine enjoys the same major updates as the Husky - revised fork settings, a new front wheel, all-new triple clamps, and internal engine changes - but to assume that the bikes perform identically couldn’t be further from the truth! In this episode of the Swapmoto Live Podcast presented by OGIO, I am first joined by KTM North America’s David O’Connor to talk about the changes made to the exciting machine, then by SML test riders Kyle Puerner and Rich Taylor, both of whom have excellent feedback and insight to offer our listeners who may be interested in purchasing one of these limited-edition motorcycles.

Feb 27, 2019
2019.5 Husqvarna Rockstar Edition FC 450 | Track Tested Show
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The 2019.5 Husqvarna Rockstar Edition FC 450 is one badass machine, but is it worth the $11K+ price tag? It's got several key refinements in comparison to the standard 2019 FC 450, and it even has some new technology that we might not see incorporated into the standard line until 2021. We've already logged 10 hours on our test bike since taking delivery of the bike from Andy Jefferson and his team at Husqvarna Motorcycles, and we are very impressed with the overall package. Join Editor Donn Maeda and Senior Test Rider Pat Foster as they break down the ins and outs of the exciting new machine in this informative podcast.

Feb 25, 2019
Aaron Plessinger | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 20
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We sat down with Monster Energy Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger for a super fun conversation about everything from dirt bikes to dick injuries. Plessinger suffered a setback in the off-season that kept him off the bike for a few weeks and left him scrambling to catch up with bike setup before the season, but he’s been making progress at the races each and every week. One of the most down-to-earth racers around, Plessinger was candid and honest about everything we chatted about in this episode of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by OGIO.

Who should we sit down with next? Comment below! Racers? Mechanics? Industry icons?

Feb 19, 2019
Christian Craig at the Minneapolis SX | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 19
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GEICO Honda's Christian Craig was originally slated to contest the Western Regional 250 Supercross Championship, but a testing crash left him with a badly broken bone in his right thumb and revised plans to race on the East. Cleared to ride only a week before the Minneapolis series kickoff, Craig showed up at US Bank Stadium hoping to salvage some points, even though he was in a lot of pain. This telling podcast documents Craig's day in Minneapolis, and also offers tons of insight as to what goes into being a top racer in our sport. We spoke with his team owner Jeff Majkrzak, team R&D manager Christian Kibby, his mechanic Ricki Rock, KYB suspension tech John Yamada, and more! The day's end result was not what anyone was hoping for, but we still learned a lot shadowing our long-time friend throughout the day.

 

Feb 15, 2019
Chase Sexton at the Minneapolis SX | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 18
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The Eastern Regional 250 Supercross Championship kicked off inside US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and GEICO Honda's Chase Sexton rebounded from an early race crash to finish fifth aboard his Jade Dungey-tuned Honda CRF250R. In the off-season, Sexton suffered a broken collarbone while training, but rebounded quickly and showed up hoping to win the opener. We shadowed Sexton throughout his day in the snow-covered city, and also got to chat with several key players on his team. Ever wonder what a day in the life of a Supercross star is like? Wonder no more! Enjoy.

Feb 13, 2019
Adam Cianciarulo at San Diego SX | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 17
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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo captured his third Western Regional 250 main event of the year this past weekend at Petco Park in San Diego. Heavy rains in the area turned the race track into a quagmire, but AC rode a flawless race and led every single lap to take over the championship points lead just as the series heads east and takes a multi-week break. Cianciarulo invited us to spend the day with him in San Diego to give listeners a behind-the-scenes understanding of what goes down on a race day, from the moment he arrives at the track until after the checkered flag flew.

Feb 04, 2019
Dean Wilson | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 16
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Whether he has a factory ride or not, Dean Wilson is always one of the most popular racers in the pits thanks to his fun personality and super cool riding style. In 2019, Deano led most of the Anaheim One season opener and made a statement that his private racing effort is one to be taken seriously. Recently, with the news of Supercross Champion Jason Anderson's injury, Wilson has been asked to rejoin the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna race team to fill in. We caught up with Wilson to talk about the factors that would go into making that switch, as well as about the Ignite CBD controversy, and much much more!

Jan 25, 2019
Shane McElrath | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 15
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Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team captain Shane McElrath put it all together last Saturday night to win the first Monster Energy Triple Crown Supercross of the season at Anaheim Two, and the seven-year veteran of the team says he is set to make a serious bid for the Western Regional 250 Supercross Championship now that the team has better dialed in his bike for race conditions. We caught up with the personable racer from North Carolina tonight in Wildomar, California, where he and his wife Joy are staying with her parents during the West Coast swing of the series.

Thank you to Ogio, RynoPower, Scott Motorsports, Throttle Syndicate, Intense Cycles, and Roy's Cyclery.

Jan 24, 2019
Malcolm Stewart and Jason Montoya | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 14
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Malcolm Stewart was enjoying a great start to the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series until he was struck down with a crash in the Phoenix main event. Stewart suffered a broken femur, but he's already working out in hopes of returning to action as soon as possible. We paid Mookie a visit at his home in Corona and sat down for a podcast with him and his mechanic Jason "Rango" Montoya. 

Jan 18, 2019
Ryan Villopoto | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 13
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Ryan Villopoto is one of my all-time favorites, and especially so since he's been retired from professional racing. These days in his role as a marketing partner with Yamaha Motors, RV is laid back and loving life as he raises his twin sons with his wife Kristen. Tomorrow, RV and I will take to the rainy streets of SoCal aboard the new 2019 Yamaha YZF R3, but we caught up in this fun podcast tonight to discuss everything I could come up with. This one was one really enjoyable conversation...I hope you enjoy it too.

Jan 16, 2019
Cole Seely at Anaheim One | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 12
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Honda HRC's Cole Seely made his return to Monster Energy Supercross yesterday at Anaheim One after missing most of the 2018 season due to horrific injuries he suffered while running second in last year's championship. Always one of the fun riders to work with, we decided to try something different with this episode of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by Ogio. Starting as soon as Cole arrived at Angel's Stadium, we shadowed him throughout his day to give listeners some insight as to what a factory rider goes through on race day at a Supercross. We were surprised at how much we actually learned about the process, and we're sure you will enjoy this exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Seely's day at Anaheim One.

Thanks to the entire Honda HRC staff for allowing us to invade the semi, as well as to the show's sponsors, Ogio, RynoPower, Scott Motorsports, Intense Cycles, and Roy's Cyclery.

Jan 07, 2019
Anaheim One Press Day | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 11
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It's hard to believe that we are already on the eve of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series opener, isn't it? Press day functions were held today at Angel's Stadium and all of the major teams were on hand to ride for the press and take part in a conference that was broadcasted live on TransWorldMX.com. I thought it would be interesting to take a recorder around and see what people in the pits had to say about the new season. Included are Rockstar Energy Husqvarna tuner Chris "C-Lo" Loredo, who spins wrenches on Jason Anderson's bike, new in-booth announcer Ricky Carmichael, Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Mitch Payton, D'Cor Visuals owner Danny Dobey, HEP Suzuki's Alex Ray, and privateer hero Dean Wilson. Enjoy!

Jan 05, 2019
Justin Bogle | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 10
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Former Eastern Region 250 Supercross Champion Justin Bogle was set to field his own privateer effort in this year's Monster Energy Supercross Series this year, but a last-minute offer with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM team will see him compete aboard an Austrian-made KTM for the first time in his career. We saw Bogle in action at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park aboard his new bike this morning and were able to catch up with him this evening to get the scoop on how everything came about. 

Bogle has enjoyed more success than most professional racers ever will, but his career thus far has still been filled with more challenges than any one man should be forced to overcome. Hear about this and a whole lot more with this episode of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by Ogio.

Jan 03, 2019
Hunter Lawrence Reload | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 9
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NOTE: The first upload glitched at the 53 min mark. This episode is complete! GEICO Honda's latest recruit comes to us from Australia, via the MXGP World Championship Series. Nineteen-year-old Hunter Lawrence will make his American Supercross debut in February at the Minneapolis kickoff of the Eastern Regional 250 Supercross Championship alongside teammates Christian Craig and Chase Sexton. Lawrence and his family have an intriguing story, as they sold everything they owned in Australia to chase the motocross dream in Europe, with the ultimate goal of racing in the United States someday. Now that the Lawrence family is finally here (younger brother Jett is also signed to the Amsoil Honda amateur branch of the team), few doubt that they will succeed in accomplishing their two-wheeled dreams.We went for a chilly early mountain bike ride up Corona, California's renowned Skyline Trail this morning, then sat down with Hunter for this installment of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by Ogio. Give it a listen; we're sure you'll become a fan of the personable young Aussie.

Dec 29, 2018
Hunter Lawrence | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 9
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GEICO Honda's latest recruit comes to us from Australia, via the MXGP World Championship Series. Nineteen-year-old Hunter Lawrence will make his American Supercross debut in February at the Minneapolis kickoff of the Eastern Regional 250 Supercross Championship alongside teammates Christian Craig and Chase Sexton. Lawrence and his family have an intriguing story, as they sold everything they owned in Australia to chase the motocross dream in Europe, with the ultimate goal of racing in the United States someday. Now that the Lawrence family is finally here (younger brother Jett is also signed to the Amsoil Honda amateur branch of the team), few doubt that they will succeed in accomplishing their two-wheeled dreams. We went for a chilly early mountain bike ride up Corona, California's renowned Skyline Trail this morning, then sat down with Hunter for this installment of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by Ogio. Give it a listen; we're sure you'll become a fan of the personable young Aussie.

Dec 28, 2018
Alex Ray | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 8
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Alex Ray got the break of a lifetime last year when he was recruited by the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory team to fill in for an injured Cooper Webb, and that helped lead him to a ride with the HEP Motorsports Suzuki support squad for the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Series. One of the funniest guys in the pits, ARay is always fun to hang with. We braved the high-crime area of his condo parking lot to chat about a wide variety of subjects in this episode of Swapmoto Live, presented by Ogio.

Dec 27, 2018
2019 250 MX Comparison | Track Tested Show
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First of all, I am at the tail end of a gnarly chest cold so my voice is completely blown out and for this, I apologize. Today, we rode all six of the 2019 250cc MX bikes for a back-to-back comparison in day one of the TransWorld Motocross 250 Shootout. Though we will spend several more days on the machines before coming to a conclusion for print in the magazine, I thought it would be interesting for listeners to hear feedback from two of my most regarded test riders, Mike Sleeter and Pat Foster, about how the machines stacked up. With Foster residing some five hours north in the mountain town of Bishop, we recorded this episode of Swapmoto Live, presented by Ogio, while he was still in town...thus the reason I was unable to wait for my voice to return to normal. Again, please bear with the super froggy sound of my voice, but enjoy the invaluable feedback and insight offered by Sleeter and Foster.

Dec 18, 2018
Weston Peick | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 6
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Weston Peick suffered horrific injuries at the Paris Supercross in November when he crashed at the start of a race and his head was landed on by another racer. Three surgeries and two weeks later, Peick is finally home in SoCal and we were lucky enough to chat with him and his fiancee Kelly Cleland, about the life-changing ordeal. Please listen to this heart-wrenching Podcast and then consider donating to Peick's recovery fund at www.road2recovery.com

Dec 12, 2018
2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 | Track Tested Show
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The 2019 Suzuki RM-Z250 just arrived on American shores and we got to throw our legs over ours today at Cahuilla Creek MX Park during the Insideline Connect Media Camp. Though Suzuki flew selected journalists to take our first ride on the bike a couple months ago in Japan, the event was rained on and the track was a far cry from the circuits we have in the States. So technically, today was our second ride on the all-new yellow bike, but our first on a familiar track. We were pleasantly surprised and quite impressed with the new 'Zook. Mike Sleeter joined me today to chat about what we thought of the bike after one full day of riding it.

Dec 05, 2018
2019 Honda CRF250R | Track Tested Show
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We took delivery of the 2019 Honda CRF250R last week and gave the bike its first shakedown today at Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, California. This is a two-part podcast. In part one, we discussed the changes made to the '19 bike with American Honda technician Jason Paredes. We also covered set-up tips for the new bike, plus Jason shared a few insights about getting the most performance and durability out of the CRF. In part two, we are joined by TransWorld Motocross test rider Pat Foster, who has been with the magazine for 18 years. Foster is regarded by many as one of the most thorough and insightful test riders and is well respected within the industry. If you're in the market for a 2019 Honda CRF250R, this is a show you've gotta hear! Thanks to American Honda, Jason Abbott, and Cahuilla Creek MX Park. This show is made possible by Ogio Powersports, RynoPower, and Roy's Cyclery.

Nov 29, 2018
Christian Craig | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 3
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GEICO Honda's Christian Craig is healthy and anxious for the 2019 Western Regional 250 Supercross Championship to get underway in January, as he was sidelined for the summer with injuries sustained in a crash at the 450 National series opener. Healthy and fit, Craig is sure to be a contender each time he lines up. We caught up with the father of two yesterday at the Honda test track before he started a long day of engine and suspension testing with the team.

Nov 28, 2018
Justin Brayton | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 2
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At 34, Justin Brayton is at the peak of his career. Fresh off his third Australian Supercross Championship, the MCR Honda rider joins us in Paris, France, for our second show and first-ever international production! In town for the 2018 Paris Supercross, Brayton admits that he may not be up to par as he has struggled with pneumonia and bronchitis for the past couple of months, but as always he will give it his all. We chatted about everything from his early days dreaming about racing Arenacross, to winning the Daytona Supercross and everything in between! Enjoy! Please comment with any suggestions and or ideas about future shows.

Nov 17, 2018
Malcolm Stewart | Swapmoto Live Podcast Presented by Ogio Ep. 1
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Anaheim 1 is less than eight weeks away and for the first time since moving up to the 450 class, Malcolm Stewart is preparing for the season with a solid ride. Well, sort of. The Motoconcepts Honda team has been supporting Mookie through the off-season with the promise of a full-time ride for the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Championship if he A: can attract an outside sponsor to help offset the expense of supporting him, and B: hire a trainer and get into the best physical shape of his career. Thus far, it looks like both requirements are panning out, as Team Manager Tony Alessi told us last week that the money part of the equation is coming together, and Malcolm has been busting his butt with trainer Gareth Swanepoel. Malcolm has been one of the most popular riders in the pits since he turned pro, and the former 250 West Coast Supercross Champion has always been a good friend of mine, so he was an easy choice for the first-ever episode of the Swapmoto Live Podcast, presented by Ogio.

Nov 13, 2018