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Roczen to Suzuki, the KTM and Husky Boys, and More, on the Pro Taper Kickstart Podcast



Presented by Pro Taper

For an off-season week, we sure have been slammed here in SoCal. This week’s Kickstart Podcast is a few days late because of all of the activities going on in our neighborhood. From a top-secret press conference to Red Bull KTM and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna inviting us out to their private test tracks, to suspension testing with Alex Ray on his new 2023 Yamaha YZ450F; our week has been jam-packed already! Add on top of all that the news about Ken Roczen and the HEP Suzuki team, and we have a recipe for a great KSP by Pro Taper!




Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. Peter Sawyer December 8, 2022

    ATTENTION BREAKING NEWS- You’ve heard it here first, Alex Ray this year will be sponsored by michelin tires so then he can wear the white Michelin tire guy suit to prevent him from injury when he eats shit 30 different times every race weekend. This is all being done so for the first time in his career he can’t blame not running a full series on injury.

  2. Marcus December 8, 2022

    What fuck A ray, I didn’t hear rdx 2.2

  3. Danny Roberts December 8, 2022

    No better way to start off 2023 than a fresh new SML Tee!!!

  4. Tom Townsend December 8, 2022

    Hypothetically, if Hanny lined up at A1, does he beat ARay?

  5. Cliff Woodring December 8, 2022

    Anton’s laugh sounds like my dads old Kubota trying to start

  6. Micah Rhodes December 8, 2022

    I got a new drinking game.
    1 shot every time Anton gets interrupted
    2 shots if aray says rdx 2.2
    3 shots if chase and swap agree on kit

    You make not be alive by the end of the pod.

  7. Micah Rhodes December 8, 2022

    Lol meant 3 shots if chase and swap DONT agree on a kit

  8. Ethen shipman December 8, 2022

    Donn is out here flirting and starting fights on the mountain bike trails 🙄 can’t believe it haha

  9. Matthew Stanley December 9, 2022

    Instead of dontaing money, can we just buy ARay parts if he makes a main this year? God knows he’s going to break some shit! But we still love him. haha

  10. Ryan Cunningham December 9, 2022

    Has anyone linked A-rays poor decision making on the track to that HJC helmet he’s wearing? For a guy who wrecks as much as him I think he needs a 6D deal

  11. Tom Cerrone December 9, 2022

    KickStart Pod Cast WINNER. The FLY. So FN Funny watching your guys swat and miss at that dude.

    Cheers Boys Merry Christmas

  12. Raymond D Dragoo December 9, 2022

    Well, for a t-shirt and grips, I have to say that Alex will do better on that Yamaha, Donn knows why he wrecks so much lately but won’t admit it, and Chase…Dude, those white socks though….LOL! Haha!

  13. Logan Urick December 9, 2022

    Can you guys please get Benny From The Block to hook A-Ray up with a Bell Helmets deal for 2023? That HJC has got to go.

  14. ian Reyes December 11, 2022

    enzo has the sketchiest rider & mechanic combo this week. #peaceDonn. hahaha

  15. Jim Krause December 11, 2022

    I’m just here for the free stuff. Just kidding, sort of. Thank you for the awesome content.

  16. Tony Valentic December 12, 2022

    How do you guys think KR will do at A1 on the Zuke?

  17. Justin Walker December 13, 2022

    Can we just give a ray the free shirt to cover his balls. He sat spread eagle for an hour! Come on man!

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