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More Than Just a (Motocross) Number

More Than Just a (Motocross) Number

More Than Just a (Motocross) Number

Let’s talk numbers, race fans…Supercross and Motocross numbers, that is.

Every fall, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) releases the roster for the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross seasons. The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season is in full swing and the battle has begun for number picks for next season.

Riders don’t simply choose their own numbers. Well, most of them don’t, that is. Instead, they’re assigned a number based on a system that’s been in place since 2000, with some tweaking throughout the years. To someone unfamiliar with Supercross and Motocross, the numbering system is downright confusing, but over the years I’ve come to understand (somewhat) how the process works. But, initially trying to explain it is like trying to explain how to invest in the stock market to an eight year old.

So, grab your notebook and pencil and get ready to be schooled.

Number one

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Every rider covets the #1 plate since it’s assigned to the rider who won the series the previous year, provided he competes in the same class or region. A good example is defending Monster Energy Supercross champion Ryan Dungey, who would have sported the #1 plate in Supercross this year had he not elected to retire. If the defending champ switches classes or regions following the season, he will use his assigned professional number instead of the #1 plate in his new class or region.

Single numbers

Single numbers (i.e. 2-9) are reserved for riders who have won a 250/450 Motocross title and/or a 450 Supercross title. Winners of 250 Supercross titles are not included because those are considered regional. For example, in 2014 GEICO/AMSOIL/Hondarider Jeremy Martin won his first 250 Motocross championship. With available single-digit numbers of 6, 8 and 9, Martin choose #6, which he still holds today.

Career numbers

If Martin hadn’t wanted to choose a single-digit number, he could have picked a career number. There are more than 30 riders with permanent career numbers right now. Winning a national championship is one way to obtain a career number. The other is to finish in the top 10 of combined overall Motocross and Supercross (both 450 and 250) points (i.e. Eli Tomac at #3). Some argue this isn’t fair because 250 West riders don’t compete against 250 East riders, while 450 riders compete against an entire field throughout an entire season.

Another rule? Career numbers cannot be three-digit numbers, unless…

The exceptions to the rule

Currently, one rider – Mike Alessi – has a three-digit number. He had the number before the two-digit limit went into place, meaning it was grandfathered into the numbering system. Also, if #13 is the next number available, riders can refrain from using it if they’re superstitious.

As for the rest of you

Riders who do not fit into any of the above categories, yet still finish in the top 100 of combined points, are assigned a number (i.e. Christian Craig at #32). Numbers are assigned chronologically after single-digit and career numbers are chosen.

So, there you have it. Make sense? Consider this your study guide for the current season (test to be held after the Supercross finale in Las Vegas). Some riders (re)debuted their numbers at the Monster Energy Cup in October, while the rest followed at Monster Energy Supercross.

Next weekend all the Monster Energy Supercross action heads to Oakland, Calif.

We’ll see you there!

Top 5 Tips for Protecting Your Diesel

Top 5 Tips for Protecting Your Diesel

Top 5 Tips for Protecting Your Diesel

If you love your diesel pickup as much as I love mine, then you know what it takes to make it look good, run good and sound good. It’s no task for the weary or lazy, however. I literally spend hours each week on my truck. It’s a way for me to escape the rigors of life and enjoy time listening to music, enjoying a frosty beverage and doing something I enjoy, whether it’s to make the truck look pristine, change the fluids or replace worn parts in the never-ending quest for better performance.

Whether you love performing your own maintenance or hire it out, here are a few tips, in no particular order, to help keep your diesel running strong.

Protect Your Fuel System

Modern diesel engines have the best fuel-delivery systems available. A pump delivers fuel to a common rail, where the intricate, high-performance injectors take over, spraying it at incredibly high pressures into the cylinder. When operating correctly, this system helps your truck rip down the road almost as quietly as your neighbor’s gasoline car. Take care of the fuel system and it’ll deliver years of excellent performance. Don’t, and you’ll spend thousands of dollars and look foolish stranded on the side of the road.

How do you do it, you ask? A preventative-maintenance program that prescribes diesel fuel additives with every tank of ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD). I use our Diesel Injector Clean and Diesel Cetane Boost every time I fill up. I’m giving my fuel system the detergents it needs to remain clean and operating like new, the lubricity the pump and injectors need to prevent premature failure and, thanks to the boost of cetane, maximum combustion efficiency to gain me the best possible torque and mpg. These two products are the key to fuel system longevity.

Rotate Those Tires

Your truck likely weighs more than 7,000 lbs. No lightweight, by any means. You’re likely running E-rated tires to help carry that extra load, but even those tires take some serious abuse every day. Since your truck carries most of its weight on the steer tires, it’s important to rotate the steer tires and drive tires frequently.

Diesel injectors require regular lubrication in the form of a fuel additive to last as designed.

How often? I rotate mine every 5,000 miles. That schedule gives me plenty of opportunity to check the brakes and suspension components while I’m under there. And, if you’re like me, you have a heavy right foot and you often test your tires’ friction capability in relation to the road surface. That certainly is a recipe for fun, but it’s also a recipe for disaster in terms of more frequent tire replacement. If you’ve replaced the shoes on your truck recently, you know the tire manufacturers aren’t giving them away, so rotate them periodically to help extend their life.

Give your baby a bath

I live up in the northwoods where the winters are long and the summers – well, sometimes they rarely come. Those long winters are abusive on our trucks because our state invests heavily in road salt. I often wonder if the plow driver laughs at us guys who try and keep our vehicles clean in the winter. Keeping your truck clean and free of salt is the most important thing to keeping your body panels where they belong. If you plan on keeping your truck for a while, you might want to take this point to heart. Whether you live in my neck of the woods or where it never snows a day out of the year, washing your truck is the best way to protect the paint and keep it looking bright and shiny. A healthy does of wax once or twice a year is also key for fending off the sun’s harmful rays. 

Change your fluids

Most people know they need an oil change every so often. They likely have a method of keeping track and change oil religiously, like every spring and fall. But, do you ever put any time into the transmission? How about the differentials? How about the coolant or brake fluid?

Your truck’s life and performance depend on the lubricants and fluids it requires. And no fluid lasts forever, so if someone tells you otherwise, call BS. You pay good money for your truck, and lots of it, too, if you just bought a new one. Each component needs a fluid change every so often to flush any contaminants that may have accumulated and replace degraded fluids. Use synthetic fluids to help promote performance and longevity for your truck. Synthetics’ longer service life also gives you the opportunity to extend service intervals, reducing the number of times you have to crawl under the truck.

Extra filtration

Diesel and soot go hand in hand. It’s a fact of life, folks. Your diesel’s combustion efficiency isn’t 100 percent, so it generates soot. Where the soot ends up is a function of the engine and its operating conditions. The exhaust system properly manages most of it, but some soot makes its way into the sump, contaminating your engine oil. Soot in small quantities and small particles is no match for the dispersants in your engine oil. The problem comes from larger quantities that stress the dispersant system until it fails, allowing larger particles to form that cause abrasive wear to your engine and form deposits that reduce engine efficiency.

Want a fool-proof way to manage soot in your engine? Use high-quality AMSOIL synthetic diesel oil and add a bypass filtration system. The oil will keep soot particles in suspension and the filtration system will remove them from the oil. Our bypass systems are capable of removing much smaller particles than the normal full-flow oil filter, which is why it’s so important to a diesel engine. Your truck is worth it. The cost to add a bypass system is minimal with respect to the love you have for your truck.

By now, I hope you picked up at least one tidbit of value to help keep your baby looking good and lasting a long time. I know with the effort I put into my truck, I’ll be driving it well into the 200,000-mile range. Some of you think that is nothing and expect a diesel to last longer. I have no doubt it will, but I’ll probably get bored by then and will want the next greatest diesel thing. Heck, maybe by the time I replace this one, we’ll have half-ton diesel pickups with as much torque as my current truck, but with fuel economy in the 40+ mpg range. Or, maybe the truck will be able to drive itself. Don’t laugh – do a little research online and you’ll find over-the-road trucks doing it today.

Either way, this outta tell you how long I plan to keep my current truck. But the only way our trucks will last for year is to show them some love.

LOOK UP MY VEHICLE

We Called Him Al

AMSOIL Founder, Fighter Pilot and man with a vision.

We Called Him Al

Albert J. Amatuzio Jr. Much of the world knew him as the founder of a Midwest synthetic lubrication company that challenged the biggest companies in the business – going on not only to survive but flourish. Today AMSOIL stickers are proudly displayed on the windows and bumpers of every make and model, social media brims with the photos and stories of the AMSOIL faithful and every major oil brand features a synthetic lubricant.

Building his company from the ground up, Albert Amatuzio became a grand figure in the­ industry. But to us, the AMSOIL Dealers and corporate staff that knew him, he was just Al.

We saw a side of him not everyone had the privilege of experiencing. A celebration of Al’s legacy would be incomplete without sharing the man we got to know over the years.

Al Empowered People

Al made profound connections with people. The wellbeing of every member of his staff mattered to him. Working at AMSOIL meant becoming a part of Al’s extended family.

“I heard a horrible rumor about you.”

One evening, Al popped his head into my office. “I heard a horrible rumor about you,” he said.  “Oh no, Al, what did you hear?” I replied, worried. “I heard your husband is leaving you because you work too much,” Al said. “Erica, I pay you to work hard but I don’t want you to give up your life.  Your family is very important.  Go home.  NOW.”  He waited for me and escorted me out of the building. Al truly believed in a work/life balance and he wanted to ensure your home and family life was healthy. He appreciated the whole person. Not many founders escort you away from your work out of concern for you as a person.  -Erica Danielski, Integrated Marketing Director

“We’d love to have you here.”

I remember coming to “Take Your Child to Work Day” with my mom. Every year Al would tell me, “I can’t wait until you work for this company. We’d love to have you here.” Every year it was the same comment, same smile, and same Al that made so many smiles on that special day. When I turned 20, I applied and was hired. I remember the first day seeing Al when I applied. He gave me the biggest hug and with that finger pointed at me and said, “See now I told you you’d work here one day.” With a wink and a smile I hugged him again. He made an impression on me when I was 7 that is still with me now at 28. He would walk the aisles with his pups making sure to say, “Hi” to everyone and catch up with all of us. He was happy to have us in the office and he made sure we knew it. -Nicole Freascher, P.C Program Coordinator

 

Real Values

My step-father, Don, worked for AMSOIL for around 38 years. They always made sure there was a place for him, even when he started working part-time and when computers took over the paperwork – much to Don’s dismay. Al didn’t have to keep him at the company, but Don worked at AMSOIL until he was 81 years old.  -Brian Lammi, Dealer Sales Trainer

“Walk with me.”

I had returned back to the AMSOIL Center after lunch one day.  I saw Al walking by himself down one of the forklift lanes. Being safety minded, I opted to go greet him and see if I could walk/talk with him to the pedestrian walkway. Al hooked his arm in mine and asked what I had going on that day. I told him I had a meeting to go to in about 5 minutes. He smiled and said, “No you don’t, walk with me.” For the next hour, we walked around the facility and I answered questions about the part of the process we were looking at. It was an honor to spend an hour of unscripted time enjoying Al and seeing so many enjoying his visit.

We got back to our starting point and he asked how many people worked for me now. He reached and opened my hand, and closed it again on some money. “Take them out to lunch,” he said, “They worked hard for it.”

Al always treated others with respect, fairness and kindness. -Anne Schilling, Quality & EHS Manager

Passion For His Work

Al lived the values at the foundation of AMSOIL. He believed that no job was unimportant and he urged all of us to approach our work with passion and total conviction.

 “You have to love what you do.”

Al told me he didn’t care what kind of job a person has as long as they are proud of what they do and give it their all.  He asked, “Is your husband a ditch digger? “ I said, “No, he’s a truck driver.” “That’s fine,” he said, “If he enjoys driving truck and that’s what he wants to do, then he needs push himself to be the best damn truck driver he can be. You have to love what you do and you’ll be good at it.”   -Char Ericksen, Adminstrative Assistant III

“With more authority, comes more responsibility.”

I had just been promoted to packaging supervisor and was getting acquainted with my new office. I had just sat down in my new chair and leaned back to test for comfort as Al walked into the office. “Getting used to your new office, eh?” he asked. “Yep,” I responded as I hopped up to greet him. “You know, with more authority, comes more responsibility?” he said. “Yes. I will do my best,” I said. We walked through the plant together. He pointed out what he wanted done. That was my first work-related meeting with Al. In 1998, back when I was working on the drumline, I would often see a streak fly past out of the corner of my eye. It was Al on his bicycle. He used to ride through on a regular basis just checking on things.-Shane Sjoblom, Packaging Supervisor

“How would you spend $10,000 a month?”

I have many memories of Al, including this early one when I was a writer back in 1986-7. The manager of the communications department was Terry Murphy. Al asked Terry to have one of his writers design an ad. Terry selected me and told me what Al wanted. I replied, “Does Al want an ad or does he want results? If he wants results then we should do a campaign.” Terry suggested I write that to Al in a memo form. Al sent a memo back to me: “How would you spend $10,000 a month?” I buckled down and assembled a plan, then submitted it for his review. What I’d written was returned the next day with the words, “O.K. AJA” written on the top. This is how I began my 30-year career in advertising.  Ed Newman, Advertising Manager

On The Lighter Side

Al loved sharing a good story or joke. He created a culture where employees could indulge in a little fun now and then.

 

He had the ability to brighten your day even if you’ve made a complete fool of yourself. -Tawni Haukedahl, Web Programmer

“The acoustics are better in the bathroom.”

One day I was working a double and didn’t know that Al was around. I was downstairs, with the radio blasting country. I was cleaning, singing and dancing around. I turned around to see Al standing there. He was smiling and chuckling. I could feel myself turning red as I ran to the radio and turned it off. I apologized. He just told me to keep doing what I was doing. I said, “Honestly, my singing is better in the bathroom because of the acoustics.” He said, “Well, I’m not sure about that!”  -Leah Sterling, Maintenance Technician

Al Was Generous

Al was generous with his time and truly wanted his employees to feel welcome and valued.

“They’re going to get paid.”

Al was extremely generous. One day my daughter and son had joined me in the office after business hours and Al happened to come by. Jokingly, he asked why I was forcing my kids to work at such a young age. I joked that they needed to pay for college. He asked what I was paying them. I said spending time with their dad was payment enough. Before Al left he pulled out his wallet and handed each of them some cash. As he walked away he said, “If they’re going to be in the office working, they’re going to get paid.” –Lee South, Vice President, Information Technology

“Go somewhere nice.”

In 2009, I was preparing to go on a 2 week solo road trip. I was talking to one of the receptionists about it the day before I was scheduled to leave. Al walked in and I thought, “Uh, oh. I better get back to work, the big boss is here.”  He had overheard me talking and said, “Where are you going?”  I told him about my trip and he said, “That’s just wonderful. What are you driving out there?”  I told him I was a little nervous because my car had just hit 100,000 miles. He said, “That’s nothing. You got AMSOIL in it?”  I said, “Of course!” He said, “Good for you. I hope you have a wonderful time.” He shook my hand, winked and said, “Go somewhere nice for dinner on your trip.” I opened my hand and he had snuck $200 in there. The shine in his eye showed he was genuinely excited for me. -Sabrina Frehse, Operations Planner

Al Was Humble

“Served a good purpose”

The first time I met Mr. Amatuzio was at an AU event. I managed enough courage to walk up to him when he wasn’t busy and introduce myself as one of his Distribution Center managers from Wichita. He looked me square in the eye and said, “Oh, yes. Shirley Green country!” He then asked me if I had seen “big red” his semi-truck. I could tell the man knew how to put people at ease and carry on a conversation. What a very personable gentleman.

When he was talking to me, I felt like the only one in the room with him. His eyes were locked right on mine. A true genuine man. -David Navarro, Wichita Distribution Center General Manager

“Just call me Al.”

In preparing for my interview at AMSOIL, I was so inspired watching videos about Al and the company he built. I got goosebumps, listening as Al told me to dream. I did. And, thankfully, I got the job. I was beyond tongue-tied when I was introduced to Al a couple months later. “Colonel, it’s an honor to meet you,” was the best I could come up with. “Just call me Al,” he replied. “Just call me Al.” -Cheryl Hoover, Training Administrator

 Al, you will be missed by the 300 employees whose lives you touched and improved, by the Twin Ports community you supported and by the 60,000 loyal Dealers that make a living selling AMSOIL products. Your legacy lives on in all of us.

AMSOIL SABER® Professional Cuts Costs While Helping Your Equipment Run

2-cycle cleanliness improvements

AMSOIL SABER® Professional – Simplify your 2-cycle Oil

Anyone who’s owned or operated a two-stroke string trimmer, chainsaw, blower or other piece of equipment has been there before. You repeatedly pull the starter cord and adjust the choke, but it’s still hard to start. And, when it finally fires up, it runs rough and threatens to quit. Hard-starting, rough-running equipment is not only frustrating, it lacks the power to work as efficiently as you want.

What causes hard-starting equipment?

•Convenience of one mix ratio for all equipment
•Cuts costs by 50% or more
•Clean, protected power

Heavy carbon deposits in the exhaust port and on the spark arrestor screen are often to blame. Here’s how it works.

Internal combustion engines require a steady supply of air to run properly and produce maximum power. The engine draws air through the intake and burns it, along with the fuel/oil, in the combustion chamber. The moving piston expels the exhaust gases through the exhaust port and spark arrestor screen on the muffler. In a properly running engine, this happens thousands of times a minute and goes unnoticed by the operator.

Two-stroke oils with poor detergency properties, however, can allow carbon deposits to build-up in the exhaust port and on the spark arrestor screen. Carbon chokes off airflow, which causes the engine to slowly lose power and run poorly. Soon, it becomes hard to start or fails to run altogether unless you clean the exhaust port (which requires removing the muffler) and spark arrestor screen. Most operators don’t want to waste time cleaning deposits, especially busy professional landscapers who need to complete jobs quickly and efficiently.

AMSOIL SABER Professional fights carbon

AMSOIL SABER Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil is proven to solve this problem. It features excellent detergency to fight power-robbing carbon deposits and keep exhaust ports and spark arrestor screens clean for easy starting and maximum power.

As the images show, SABER Professional mixed at 100:1 nearly prevented deposits, while ECHO* Power Blend* XTended Life* Universal 2-Stroke Oil mixed at 50:1 resulted in heavy deposits and considerable airflow loss. In fact, heavy deposits on the screen from the string trimmer using ECHO Power Blend  (see image) prevented the trimmer from starting, requiring the screen to be replaced.

Spend less for better performance

See the full test results in the ECHO 100:1 String Trimmer Technical Study. Results prove that SABER Professional mixed at 100:1 fights carbon deposits better than ECHO Power Blend at 50:1 while also delivering outstanding wear protection. By using a 100:1 mix ratio, SABER Professional provides the added benefit of cutting oil costs by 50 percent or more compared to using a 50:1 mix ratio.

Experience the SABER’s edge and ensure your two-stroke equipment starts easily and runs strong.

Note: Test results shown here describe and represent properties of oils that were acquired in November, 2016. Results do not apply to any subsequent reformulations of such oils or to new oils introduced after completion of testing. All oils were available to consumers at the time of purchase. Testing was completed in January 2017.

*All trademarked names and images are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use. All products advertised here are developed by AMSOIL for use in the applications shown.

The Wait is Over: Next-Generation Diesel Protection is Here

Amsoil Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil 5W-40

The Two Top Tier Diesel Oils Now Available

 

New Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil and Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil Provide Best-in-Class Engine Protection.

New Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil (DHD, DZF, DEO, DME) replaces Premium Synthetic Diesel Oil (DEO, DME). New Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil (ADN, ADO, ADP) replaces OE Synthetic Diesel Oil (OED, OEC).

AMSOIL Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil

We invested considerable time and effort developing diesel oil technology worthy of the Signature Series name. New Signature Series Max-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil meets the challenge on all counts. It represents the top tier of AMSOIL protection and performance for diesel engines, providing 6X more engine protection than required by the stringent Detroit Diesel engine specification.

New Viscosity Options

In addition to 5W-40 and 15W-40 viscosities, the Signature Series line features two new viscosities. Signature Series 5W-30 provides outstanding fuel efficiency and presents an ideal all-fleet option, while Signature Series 0W-40 is formulated specifically to provide easy starts and premium engine protection in cold climates.

Extended-Drain Recommendations Are Back

Our new Signature Series technology carries even more wear protection and viscosity retention than ever, providing turbodiesel pickups exposed to fuel dilution the extra protection needed for extended drain intervals.

  • 6X more engine protection*
  • Highly optimized detergent package provides the ultimate engine cleanliness and efficiency
  • Significantly exceeds industry requirements
  • Full OEM specification coverage
  • High TBN provides outstanding acid neutralization for long-term engine protection
  • Reduces oil consumption
  • Exceptional cold-temperature performance
  • Top-grade protection for extended drain intervals
  • Available in 5W-30, 0W-40, 5W-40 and 15W-40 viscosities

AMSOIL Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil

Heavy-Duty Synthetic Diesel Oil delivers outstanding protection and performance for customers seeking an upgrade over conventional and other synthetic diesel oils, providing 4X more engine protection than required by the stringent Detroit Diesel engine specification.

Turbo Truck Diesel Oil

In addition to 10W-30 and 15W-40 viscosities, a new 5W-40 viscosity provides excellent, cost-competitive protection for turbodiesel pickups.

  • 4X more engine protection*
  • Highly optimized detergent package provides outstanding engine cleanliness and efficiency
  • High TBN provides outstanding acid neutralization for long-term engine protection
  • Excellent opportunity for price-conscious customers to move up to AMSOIL quality
  • Reduces oil consumption
  • Outstanding protection for OEM-recommended drain intervals
  • Available in 10W-30, 5W-40 and 15W-40 viscosities

*than required by the Detroit Diesel DD13 Scuffing Test for Specification DFS 93K222