It's official, he cheated and his dad admitted it!!

February 15, 2005

Attack MX will DQ winner and give grand prize to runner-up

By Davey Coombs

Racer X broke the story yesterday that David Snow, the winner of the $40,000 Ford F-350 pickup truck in the first-ever Attack MX race in Arizona, was actually Alex Smith, a pro-caliber rider from Great Britain who entered the 125cc Novice class for this high-profile race. A positive ID was made of Alex Snow by several readers in England when a photo of the Attack MX winner by Bobby Myers was posted on our website.

Now, after following up with the information and speaking with several parties—including the Snow family back in England and their hosts, the Chatfields in Texas—Attack MX has asked that the truck be returned immediately so that it can be awarded to the rightful winner, event runner-up Nick Bussy of California. Short reiterated his company’s pledge to be diligent in checking the backgrounds and qualifications of all competitors at future Attack MX races. Attack MX also hopes the truck is returned in brand-new condition in time to present to Bussy at their next race, which is set for February 25-27 at Verde Valley MotoPlex in Arizona. (For more information on that event, visit

“Attack MX had bought a trailer to haul the truck from the dealership to the event so that it would be brand-new, and they want it just like that when we get it back to give to Nick Bussy,” said Short.

As for Snow, his father, David, expressed deep regret over the whole situation when contacted at home in England. “I think it’s a bit of naiveté on Alex’s part, and maybe as well as the others with him, but boys will be boys, and we’re just really sad that it all happened like this,” said Mr. Snow. “He’s a good boy, and he just wants to win. He wanted to ride in America, and he had a deal to ride this one race. I’m not sure he knew what he had gotten into, and we just want to set the record straight.”

Mr. Snow also explained that the U.S. definition of what makes a rider a “pro” is much different than what it is there. “We buy his bikes and he gets no wages, and when he races for a little bit of prize money, that’s really all he gets,” explained Mr. Snow. But he also explained that Alex Snow is not a novice by any definition. “We really learned a lesson, and we want to come back and do some more riding, maybe in the fall. Only this time, we will make sure we have all of our facts correct before we even leave the UK.

“We hadn’t done our homework, and we couldn’t believe it when Alex texted us Sunday night at one in the morning and said, ‘Dad, I won a pickup.’ We couldn’t believe it.” Mr. Snow stressed that Alex never meant to keep the truck, that he was to give it to the people who got him over to the U.S. in the first place. Now he fully expects the truck to be handed to the rightful owner as soon as possible. “I wouldn’t want Alex to have something that he did not deserve,” he said. “We’re a little bit sad about it all, and the lad who finished second deserves this prize.”

As for why Alex rode under the name David Snow, the father explained that his son has a deal to race Suzukis in England this season and that he did not want his sponsor to know he was riding a different brand. Ironically, he later found out that it was not a problem to ride a different brand outside the UK.


And of course, the person who finished second, one wheel tire behind is an actual Novice rider................... :):)

My guess there was not one actual novice rider that was racing that division...........................

Wow! Are this kid and his dad clueless or what? He sees nothing wrong with the kid using the little brother's name to deceive his sponsors in the UK. He blames the entry mixup on the difference between US and UK definitions of a pro. He thinks his son is good because he was going to give the ill-gotten truck to his US sponsors. I hope they cancel the kid's visa and ship him back to England pronto. We have enough ethically-challenged, sand-bagging riders here already. Besides, any US race that this kid shows up for will need double security to keep him from getting lynched. What a sad revelation. :)

Isn't the old adage.....if ya ain't cheatin ya ani't tryin...........

or maybe Jose Canseco and friends came up with that???????? :)

i think he should be billed money, how does 10,000 sound?

Negative IQ test, ha that's funny, Super!

The whole situation is kinda crappy. With such huge pay outs, will any of the Attack MX races have riders that are not sand bagging? Anybody who's spent any time at an MX race can look at a Novice and say "That's a Novice".

And of course, the person who finished second, one wheel tire behind is an actual Novice rider................... :):)

My guess there was not one actual novice rider that was racing that division...........................

I'd be surprised if the novice class didn't look like the 125 class for SX races; packed with very experienced veteran riders.

And of course, the person who finished second, one wheel tire behind is an actual Novice rider................... :):p

My guess there was not one actual novice rider that was racing that division...........................

My thoughts too.I think everyone knew something like this was going to happen.And it did.What a bunch of BS. :)

Another question, Who are these "US sponsors" that knew this was going down and did nothing to stop it? They knew who they brought over here, they knew who they put on their bike and they're just as guilty as the rider!

Who are these US sponsors???????

Another question, Who are these "US sponsors" that knew this was going down and did nothing to stop it? They knew who they brought over here, they knew who they put on their bike and they're just as guilty as the rider!

Who are these US sponsors???????

Hey, that's an excellent point, MXOT! &%$#@!? US companies selling out their own countrymen!? NOT cool!

He's a good kid..? Only, lied, cheated, false identity, probably forgery involved, in some circumstances it is considered theft to obtain property with false information.

Not to mention FRAUD, without a doubt.

He's a good kid..? Only, lied, cheated, false identity, probably forgery involved, in some circumstances it is considered theft to obtain property with false information.

Patriot act,,,, Identity theft,,,,,, Terrorism,,,,,,

Lock him up :):)


thats funny i dont care who ya are!!!

i wonder how fast word will get back to europe and then he'll be a bi*ch over there too

Not to mention FRAUD, without a doubt.

If his entry visa doesn't allow him to work in the US he'll be in a lot of trouble with INS on top of everything else. If he's got any sense at all he'll get on a plane back to the UK ASAP.

Only one race in the books and problems/cheating run wild. :):):p

That's taking sandbagging to new heights. It's hard for a crook to do anything like this now. This maybe the best use of the computer there is. Tracking cheaters and really whacko Muslims. Hope they show some class and not mess up a truck they had no business even entering the class to ride for. Sad commentary of where we are as a people from both sides of the pond. prairiedawg :):)

Another question, Who are these "US sponsors" that knew this was going down and did nothing to stop it? They knew who they brought over here, they knew who they put on their bike and they're just as guilty as the rider!

Who are these US sponsors???????

I don't think any sponsors were behind bringing him here, then again I don't know that. He was staying with the Adam Chatfield family. It sounds like his "deal" was with them. His claim is that he was going to give them the truck. Adam Chatfield is a pretty fast former mini/youth rider that is on the rise. He is sponsored by Honda of Houston/Alloy MX and others. Snow was riding one of Chatfield's Honda's and is also sponsored by Alloy MX as well. Adam Chatfield was responsible for "claiming" Mike Alessi's highly modified mini back at Loretta Lynn's a few years back (for $3,900). I believe the Chatfield's are responsible for most of this, but it certainly doesn't excuse Snow's involvement at all. Somewhere along the line an adult had a hand in this. These kids aren't even old enough to race without a guardian's written consent, so someone had to be present at the race with them. Let the sponsors know how outraged you are. That's what I did.

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      The top clip position is #1, the lowest one, closest to the bottom, is #5. (The picture says six but it is five in this case) For reference #1 is the leanest position, while 5 is the richest. I put the clip in the 4th position. Read at the bottom of the page and you can know what conditions I ride in, and you can adjust them to your preference.
      Put the clip in the new needle, slip it in. Take the vise grips off your grips and start guiding the plunger holder down to the bottom. Remember not to let that assembly come apart because it is a pain in the ass to get it back together! Once you get it to the bottom, put the two screws on, and then put the cover on.
      Now that you have done the carburetor mods, there is still one thing you want to do to complete the process. Don’t worry, this takes less than a minute! On the top of the air box there is a snorkel:

      As you can see, you can slip your fingers in and pull it out. Do that. This lets more air in to the air box. Don’t worry about water getting in. There is a lip that is about 1/8” high that doesn’t let water in. When you wash, don’t spray a lot under the seat, but don’t worry about it too much.
      The next thing you must do is remove the exhaust baffle. The screw is a torx type, or you can carefully use an allen wrench and take care not to strip it:

      The screw is at the 5 o’clock position and all you do is unscrew it, reach in, and yank it out. This setup still passes the dB test. The bike runs 92 dB per AMA standards, which is acceptable. Just carry this baffle in your gear bag if the ranger is a jerk off. I’ve never had a problem, but don’t take chances.
      That’s it! Start putting your tank on, seat, and covers. After you put the seat on, pull up on the front, and the middle of the seat to make sure the hooks set in place.
      Turn on the bike, and take a can of WD-40. Spray the WD-40 around the boot where it meets the carburetor. If the RPM rises, you know you have a leak, and the leak must be stopped. You must do this to make sure there are no leaks!
      Here is my configuration:
      04’ 230F
      Uni Air filter
      132 Main Jet
      45 Pilot Jet
      Power up needle, 4th clip position
      Fuel screw 1.75 turns out
      Riding elevation: 2000ft - Sea level
      Temperature – Around 60-90 degrees
      Spark Plug Tips
      When you jet your carb, a spark plug is a best friend. Make sure your spark plug is gapped correctly, (.035) but that’s not all that matters. You want to make sure the electrode is over the center, and you want the electrode to be parallel, not like a wave of a sea. Put in the plug, and run the bike for 15 mins, ride it around too then turn it off. Then take off the spark plug after letting the bike cool. The ceramic insulator should be tan, like a paper bag. If it is black, it is running rich, if it is white, it is running lean. The fuel screw should be turned out if it is running lean, and turned in if it is running rich. Go ¼ turns at a time until your plug is a nice tan color.
      Making sure your bike is jetted correctly
      While you are running the bike for those 15 mins to check the plug color, you want to make sure it’s jetted correctly now. Here is what the jets/needle/screw control:
      0- 3/8 throttle – Pilot jet
      ¼ to ¾ throttle – Needle
      5/8 – full throttle – Main jet
      0-Full – Fuel screw
      Pin the gas, does it bog much? Just put around, is it responsive? When you’re coming down a hill, the rpm’s are high and you have no hand on the throttle, does it pop? If it pops, it is lean and the pilot jet should be bigger. If it’s responsive your needle is set perfectly. You shouldn’t have to go any leaner than the 3rd position, but I put mine in the 4th position to get the most response. Your bike shouldn’t bog much when you have it pinned. If it does it is too rich of a main jet.
      Determining the plug color, you will have to mess with the fuel screw.
      That’s it, have fun jetting, and any questions, post on the forum, but remember to do a search first.
      Also, if your bike requires different jets due to alititude, humidity, or temperature, please post the following so we can better assist you:
      Average temperature
      Altitude (If you do not know this, there is a link in the Jetting forum that you can look up your alititude)
      Average Humidity
      What jets you are currently running
      What the problem is (If there is one)
      Just do that and we'll help you out the best we can.
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      Then again, you're more than welcome to say hi to her!
      -Phill Vieira
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