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Dr Frazier: MXGP & Grasshoppers Photo Gallery

See photos of Dr. Frazier's visit to the 2014 MXGP in Thailand in the Dr. Frazier: MSGP & Grasshoppers photo gallery.

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Husqvarna was a new manufacturer team to enter the MXGP.
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A team of computer gurus for the Honda riders were not sending out emails or playing computer games during the races, they were frantically analyzing downloaded data from team entrants.
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World FIM MXGP Champion Antonio Cairoli’s #222 winning KTM and back-up bike were rumored to cost more than $100,000 each, but less than $500,000.
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The red plate meant the Frenchman Gautier on his Kawasaki won the previous race in Qatar. Here his Kawasaki is undergoing a complete engine transplant before a race.
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A team mechanic told me the secret to succeeding at this type of adventure riding was to go fast, stay atop the motorcycle and finish in front.
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Seven-time FIM World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli on a KTM led the pack to the finish line in the MXGP class in Race 1 and 2.
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Getting serious air gave a rider time to look backwards to see how close his followers were.
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Thomas Covington, the sole USA entrant, in a reflective moment between races.
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I found the racers for the Thailand MX series well away from where the FIM MXGP teams were pitted.
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A Grasshoppers class bike was being pushed back to the pits. I noted that while one bike was not running, both racers were smiling, having fun.
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This Thai team was having fun and laughing, seemingly a required element of the Thai MX series.
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I thought, “Hey, that’s not a full-on race bike out front, that’s a step-through scooter like millions of people use every day for commuting in Thailand.”
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While exploring the pits for the Thailand MX series I was welcomed with smiles and even an invitation to share some cold water.
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In the Thailand MX series I found some of the pit crew included the whole family, as well as the baby lying on the mat.
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Between practice and races the Thai racers were laughing and joking with each other.
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Winners of the Grasshoppers Class were afforded the same stage and ceremony, including the popping of champagne, same as the world FIM MXGP racers.
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These Pirelli ladies told me my best adventure riding could be done on Pirelli tires.
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Adding a bit of Thai spice to the Thai MXGP was a wild stage show between races that featured Thai dancers.
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The AWYGIRLS greatly added to my search for adventure off pavement in the Fair Zone, or display area for vendors, by providing directions for wandering adventurists like me who claimed to be looking to expand my limited horizons.
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I found the Ohlins ladies very understanding when I explained I was in search improving my understanding of off-pavement adventure riding.
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These two ladies, sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, were at the start of each race. Both were from Spain and nicknamed the “Monster Girls.”
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With the temperature at about 110 F, these umbrella girls were to escort VIPs from point A to point B. Next time I attend one of these races I will try to secure a VIP badge.
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President of the Motorcycle Sports Authority of Thailand and founding member of FIM Asia, Thongchai Wongsawan, was constantly inspecting, wanting things to flow smoothly, and he did some heavy lifting during the races, not watching from the VIP air conditioned tent.
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Thai MXGP CEO, Kraitos Wongsawan (left) and Thai MXGP Head of Media, Barry Russell (right) were seemingly in five places at one time throughout the weekend ensuring the event ran at the highest professional level.
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These tuk-tuks were used by some of the FIM racers to have some fun on the track the day before the serious business of racing began.
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An interesting twist for non-smokers at an outdoor event was this Smoking Zone where smokers could light-up. Nowhere was to be seen beer drinking bikers smoking cigarettes.
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A camera drone fed live overhead shots to the world during the race. I waved at it when it zoomed down on me.
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This was the only KTM Adventure 1150 I saw the entire weekend while exploring off-pavement riding.
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This dirt-free motorcycle, well-blinged and farkled, was the only Honda adventure motorcycle seen during my dirt riding adventure exploration.