-- Smarty’s MC News ‘Mega’ Moto Wrap for November 6, 2012
OK, this week we have the final round of the GNCC at Loretta Lynn’s while the annual World Vets Championship is on at Glenn Helen with a heap or former Pro motocrossers throwing themselves into the fray…..
The annual Genoa Supercross has been run and won as has the final round of the AMA Hare and Hound series and there is some cool news from ASX and Bercy SX, both next weekend!!
Finally, at the bottom of this page you will find some new info like the 2013 calendar of events, where the Aussies are racing internationally in 2013 and the final point’s standings from EVERY major championship or event from the 2012 season…you can’t ask for more than that!!!!!
- - Smarty’s Thoughts for November 6 - -
Well, we are all looking forward to driving up to Toowoomba this weekend for round three of the ASX. My brother Paul, Calvin Brewster and Simon Morris will be joining me and I dare say we will have a few beers and a full-on bullshit session back in the motel after the race – should be fun.
Chad Reed is obviously the favourite to win but we are looking forward to seeing a few of the riders that have under-performed so far to step up to the plate and have a bit of a go at Toowoomba. Ben Townley and Todd Waters are two that spring to mind….
As you will read below Kiwi Paul Whibley has won the 2012 GNCC on the YZF450. I met Whibley and his wife years ago at the Taupo ISDE and they are great people – I hope that Yamaha is going to give Paul a big fat cheque for the win because unlike the old days, Yamaha winning a major championship anywhere in the world is somewhat of a rarity these days.
You have to laugh at Christophe Pourcel. The former World Motocross Champion is becoming a bigger joke by the day, he rode the Genoa Supercross last weekend and managed 11-12 finishes over the two finals – this is basically last and second last in that race. Waste of space on the grid…..
Troy Carroll is going back to the two rider 450 only team for 2013. I don’t think the split with Billy Mackenzie is as amicable as Carroll would like. His quote: “I’ve heard that Billy has signed with CDR Yamaha for next season and we wish him all the best,” is a fair indication of that. Remember, Billy is still with TC’s team and the fact that ‘he heard’ of Mackenzie going to the CDR team indicates that the Scot and the former champ aren’t talking very much.
The 30th running of the Bercy Supercross is on this weekend and you can actually watch both nights live on the www.mx-life.com web site – I watched a heap of GPs and the MXoN on that site this year and it is very well done.
Oh yeah, I am going up to race my first club day at Coolum this coming weekend and guess what I am racing? A 1997 Honda CR125R!! Yeehaa, I am going to terrorise the Vet class and the Lites racers for the day and there will be GoPro footage of the day so stay tuned – if your racing up there come and say hello. Until then, see ya next week, Smarty.
- - AUSTRALIA - -
The Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha’s Luke Styke has crashed on the opening lap of the Pro Lites final at round two of the 2012 Australian Supercross Championship at Philip Island resulting in a broken left wrist.
“I’m gutted. I was in a good position after the first turn, second I think, then I fell and was nearly last." Styke stated. "I wanted to get back up front and started to pass a few guys, then I hit a rock in the jump face of a little double and it spat the bike sideways and I hit the ground hard.”
With Styke out with his wrist injury that will leave rookie Luke Clout to represent the team for the remaining rounds.
- - Devil’s Taxi Confirmed for Toowoomba Supercross
The world record holding monster truck named ‘Devil’s Taxi’ will be part of the action at this weekend’s third round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championships at Toowoomba Showgrounds.
Devils Taxi driver Sam Xuereb will attempt to do wheelies across the arena with the 1500 horse powered machine. “Those attending the Toowoomba Supercross event are in for a real treat,” Xuereb said. “We are going to do something that has never been done in Australia before.
“It is great to see the look on kids faces when we come out. Its big and loud and they see it as their own Monster truck toys coming to life.”
-- 2012 Australian Supercross Championships – Points after Round 2 – Philip Island
- PRO OPEN Points after Round 2 of 4: Jay Marmont 47pts. Kaw. Daniel McCoy 42pts. Yam. Lawson Bopping 36pts. Yam. Jake Moss 36pts. Hon. Todd Waters 30pts. Suz. Tye Simmonds 30pts. Hon. Chad Reed 25pts. Hon. Cheyne Boyd 25pts. Hon. Billy Mackenzie 25pts. Kaw. Jacob Wright 22pts. KTM
- Pro Lites Points after Round 2 of 4: Gavin Faith 50pts. Hon. Geran Stapleton 37pts. Hon. Ryan Marmont 36pts. KTM. Steven Clarke 36pts. Suz. Kade Mosig 33pts. Kaw. Scott Coloumb 28pts. Suz. Luke Clout 23pts. Yam. Nicholas Sutherland 22pts. Kaw. Luke Styke 20pts. Yam. James Booth-Elliot Hon 18pts. Hon
- Under 19s Points after Round 2 of 4: 1. Hayden MELLROSS 50. 2. Jay WILSON 38. 3. Kale MAKEHAM 38. 4. Ben GEORGE 36. 5. Corey JAMES 32. 6. Nick SCOTT 29. 7. Sam MARTIN 28. 8. Dylan LONG 22. 9. Joel EVANS 19. 10. Daniel BANKS 19. 11. Meghan RUTLEDGE 15.
- - Monster Energy Kawasaki Goes 2 x 450
Troy Carroll’s Monster Energy Kawasaki team will feature two 450 riders for 2013 with the Lites program being dropped.
Carroll is yet to get a signature from Jay Marmont or his second rider who yet to be confirmed but TC is confident that he will have it all tidied up by this weekend in Toowoomba – you will get the news here next week.
-- Townley Wins Waikato Motocross Championships
Ben Townley has racked up three convincing wins in the MX1 class at the Waikato Motocross Championships ahead of Taupo’s Nick Saunders (Kawasaki KX450F) and Tauranga’s Roydon White (KTM).
“It was another good workout for me,” said Townley. “I could practice on my own all I liked but there’s nothing like the intensity of real racing, of being behind an actual start gate, to get you back into the groove.”
“It was nice, too, to come to a new facility like this. This is a legitimate motocross track and I want to compliment the North King Country Motorcycle Club for the work they’ve put in. This is not just a paddock with pegs knocked into the ground, I believe they could host national championship events here in the future.”
“It’s hard for me at the moment, trying to switch back and forth between racing motocross and supercross and I’m not 100% yet, but considering I’m just six months on from the most horrendous injury of my career, I feel pretty pleased with my results today.”
-- 2013 A4DE Web Site Launched
Finally, someone in the enduro world is getting the jump on proceedings instead of being late for everything then winge when their riders and events aren’t reported on properly. So with that off my chest I can announce that the Trail and Enduro Motorcycle Club has launched the website for the 2013 Australian 4 Day Enduro Championships.
With the 2012 A4DE wrapping up just over a week ago, the Trail and Enduro Motocrycle club is already deep into planning the 2013 event so the site has just been launched to give event details, updates on latest developments, information about Harvey Districts and surrounds, links to the local visitor centre, a photo gallery and results page.
Visitors to the site will be able to link to accommodation options, tourist attractions and the on-line entry page. The 2013 Harvey Fresh A4DE website address is www.2013a4de.com.au.
- - AMERICA - -
- Over 30 Race Report: Travis Preston was racing the AMA circuit as a professional just two seasons ago and managed to get his weekend off to a good start by winning the opening moto ahead of the only active pro at the championship Ivan Tedesco who is returning from a long lay-off from injury.
In moto two Ryan Hughes, who had scored third place in the opening moto, pulled the holeshot ahead of Preston and Tedesco and it was a great battle for the lead until Preston ran into Hughes causing both riders to go down with Hughes getting up for the win while Preston ended up back in fifth.
Recent Aussie visitor Mike Sleeter scored fourth outright ahead of over 40 winner Doug Dubach.
- Over 30 Results: 1. Ryan Hughes (Suz) 3-1. 2. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw) 2-2. 3.
Travis Preston (Yam) 1-5. 4. Mike Sleeeter (KTM) 5-3. 5. Doug Dubach (Yam) 4-5.
6. Kris Keefer (Yam) 6-6. 7. Dennis Stapleton (Kaw) 7-7. 8. Mark Tilley (Kaw)
9-8. 9. Beau Baron (Hon) 11-12
-- Can-Am GNCC Championship – Final Round at Loretta Lynn’s - Whibley Wins His Second GNCC Title
Kiwi Paul Whibley has won the season finale to secure his second GNCC title ahead of the fastest off-roaders America has to offer but it did come down to the very last event held at the famous Loretta Lynn’s facility.
Whibley grabbed another holeshot at the final event while his main championship rival, Kalub Russell was held up in the first corner after getting tangled with another rider off the start but the KTM rider scorched his way from almost last up to fourth place by the start of Lap 2 before blasting by Jordan Ashburn (YAM) and Takeshi Koikeda (KTM) to take over second place but by then Whibley was long gone.
"I just didn't show up to ride today," Russell said. "I got taken out on the start and didn't catch a flow after that because I pumped up really bad, I got going about halfway in but that's probably the most tired I've been all year. I'm not really sure what happened." added Russell.
"I just rode my own race today and couldn't ask for the season to end a better way," Whibley said. "It's been an awesome year, we've had some huge battles with a lot of the guys and it's been exciting for the fans being this close down to the final round."
"You can't really compare this championship to the last one in 2009, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into back then," Whibley said. "To win the championship it was a dream come true and then to get it taken away the next year consumes you and all you want is that number one plate back. So to finally get there, it's awesome, it's hard to put into words the feelings and emotions and what we've been through to get here and hold this number one plate again." Whibley concluded.
- XC1 Pro Results: 1. Paul Whibley (YAM). 2. Kailub Russell (KTM). 3. Jordan
Ashburn (YAM). 4. Thad DuVall (HON). 5. Takeshi Koikeda (KTM). 6. Rory Mead
(KTM). 7. Adrian Smith (YAM). 8. Nathan Kanney (HON). 9. Brenden Ritzman (HON).
10. Chris Bach (YAM).
-- JWR No More – Dean Wilson to 22 Motorsports?
Jeff Ward Racing has been left with no choice but to release Dean Wilson and Kyle Chisholm from their contracts after several key sponsorships fell through.
The early rumours are that Wilson is on Chad Reed’s shopping list or he could go back to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki or sign with Red Bull KTM while Chisholm has a lot less choice at hand.
-- 2012 AMA Hare & Hound Champion Crowned
KTM’s Kurt Caselli has finally been crowned the 2012 AMA Hare & Hound National Champion after an appeal on the final results put forward by championship rival David Pearson was officially denied by the AMA officials.
The final round of the Hare & Hound Series was held in Lucerne Valley, California and all THR Motorsports rider David Pearson had to do was finish second to clinch the title and while running second to Caselli in the race Pearson entered the designated pit area to refuel, and did so on the fly, without stopping, discarding the fuel container on the ground before heading back out on the course. One of the fuelling guidelines is that a rider must refuel over a BLM-mandated mat.
Pearson actually crossed the finish in second place, seemingly winning the championship, but the five-minute penalty for the refilling infringement knocked him back to sixth in the race standings and ultimately second in the championship.
"I want to apologize to all my sponsors, fans and organizers for this," said Pearson in response. "They (THR Motorsports, Bob Bell and my team) put a lot of time and money into me winning the AMA Championship. I think this experience was costly, but I can learn a lot from it as a rider and a person. I saved a couple of seconds, but it cost me an entire championship."
1. Kurt W Caselli - KTM. 2. David Pearson. 3. Justin Morrow. 4. Nicholas D Burson. 5. Jacob Argubright. 6. David Kamo. 7. Skyler Howes. 8. T J Hannifin. 9. Axel Pearson. 10. Nick Thompson.
-- GEICO AMA EnduroCross – Current Standings
- Series Points AMA EnduroCross Pro Class: 1, Taddy Blazusiak – 189. 2, Taylor Robert – 132. 3, Cody Webb – 129. 4, Mike Brown – 114. 5, Cory Graffunder – 105
Next Race (and final round): Las Vegas, NV – November 17, 2012
-- Europe –
Brayton is the King of Genoa
In front of around 9000 spectators American Justin Brayton has won the Genoa Supercross in Italy going 2-1 over the two finals to beat countryman Eli Tomac who went 1-2 with third placed rider Gautier Paulin scoring 4-3 results.
Genoa is the start of of Euro Supercross season with high profile events like Bery and Geneva supercrosses being the most sought after trophies.
- Superbowl of Supercross Results: 1. Brayton Justin (2-1) 2 Tomac Eli (1-2) 3 Paulin Gautier (4-3) 4 Soubeyras Cedric (3-4) 5 Martin Christophe (6-5) 6 Rombaut Loic (8-6) 7 Izoird Fabien (7-7) 8 Coulon Cyrille (5-12) 9 Maillard Boris (9-9) 10 Clermont Jason (11-8) 11 Degli Esposti Davide (10-10) 12 Pourcel Christophe (12-11)
-- Bercy Supercross One Week Away
Bercy is celebrating its 30th anniversary of racing with the 2012 event being run from the 9th to the 11th of November and for the first time will be broadcast LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV in English and French.
MX-LIFE.TV will start broadcasting LIVE on Saturday, 10th November from 20.30 until 23:30 (Local Time) and on Sunday, 11th November all the main action will also be LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV starting from 15.30 to 18.30 (Local Time). Besides, the Friday practices will be available on MX-LIFE.TV already on Saturday morning.
Bercy champions reads like a legend catalogue with the likes of David Bailey, Johnny O’mara, Jeff Ward, Ricky Johnson, Jean Michel Bayle, Jeff Stanton, Mike Larocco, Jeremy McGrath, Ryan Hughes, Jeff Emig, Larry Ward, Grant Langston, David Vuillemin, Andrew Short, Christophe Pourcel, Chad Reed, James Stewart, Justin Brayton, Justin Barcia and Kyle Chisholm all tasting victory in France.
The 2012 event will feature Cyrille Coulon, Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer, Eli Tomac and Greg Aranda to name a few. Christophe Pourcel will be there as well, why, I have no idea?
-- Where Are Our International Aussies Racing in 2013 (Work in Progress)
- - 2013 Calendar (Work In Progress)
Rd1. March 23: New Zealand FIM Speedway Grand Prix – Auckland, New Zealand
- - 2013 MONSTER ENERGY FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP CALENDAR
July 13: Event 1 – Czestochowa, Poland
July 15: Event 2 - King’s Lynn, Great Britain
July 18: Race Off - Prague, Czech Republic
July 20: Final - Prague, Czech Republic
- - 2013 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP:
- - 2013 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
- - 2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS - September 29.............................Teutschenthal, Germany
- - 2013 BRITISH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP:
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