-- Smarty’s MC News ‘Mega’ Moto Wrap for October 2, 2012
Three big events to cover this week with the 2012 Motocross of Nations is Belgium, the 2012 ISDE in Germany and the Australasian Safari in outback Western Australia…...there is some cool news regarding the MEC and ASX as well as some signings for firings among the Euro teams…
Am heading up to Coolum this Saturday for the final day of the Junior Motocross Nationals so will have news, results and photos from that next week and don’t forget that Chris Holder will be trying to win the World Speedway Championship in Poland this coming Saturday night – check out the official SWC web site….it has live results as each heat is finished….
On top of all of that, next weekend the GNCC, EnduroX and the British
Motocross Championships all get back into actions…ahhh, no rest for the wicked.
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-- 2012 Motocross of Nations - Lommel – Belgium
This is the biggest race in motocross, hands down, no doubt and the fact that anyone can pay $15.00 to watch it live on mx-life is a godsend for all of us moto-heads…..god bless the internet!! So this is a race report from Smarty, not a media generated copy, this is as I saw it after a total of seven hours staring at my lap top.
- Saturday Qualifying
- MX1 Result - 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25:24.630; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:09.489; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.660; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.400; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:45.882; 6. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:57.835; 7. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:05.243; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:06.462; 9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +1:10.189; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:36.040, 18. Lawson Boppin (Aus, Yamaha)
- MX2 Race Report: Pretty standard race, Roczen looked fantastic while
Baggett got stronger as the race progressed to finish in 3rd while Aussie Luke
Styke started in 8th and battled all of the way to finish in the same position.
Kiwi Kane Lamont started in 15th place but was relegated to 22nd by moto end.
- Open Class Race Report: Jeffrey Herlings got tangled in the gate and entered turn one in last place but managed to slice his way all of the way by race leader Justin Barcia who once in second tried too hard and crash through a fence and unfortunately was disqualified because of all people moto legend Chuck Sun assisted his fellow yank through the fencing that Barcia was tangled in.
Cody Cooper started back in 25th, made his way to 14th then crashed back to 22nd by moto end while Todd Waters got a great start and hung tough all moto to finish in a sensational 6th place.
- MX Open Results - 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:23.539; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:02.024; 3. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:28.861; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:46.358; 5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:11.885; 6. Todd Waters (AUS, Suzuki), +1:23.898; 7. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), +1:36.198; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +2:10.253; 9. Luis Correia (POR, Yamaha), +2:11.165; 10. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s).
Nations Qualifications: Germany. Belgium. Italy. Netherlands. France. Great
Britain. United States. Estonia. Russia. AUSTRALIA. Portugal. Denmark. Sweden.
Ireland. Finland. Latvia. Switzerland. Norway. Slovenia
- B-Final: Only one team went from the B-Final to the main program and fortunately Josh Coppins and Cody Cooper went 1-2 and cemented their place but another race on the Lommel circuit on the Sunday morning is not the ideal preparation though it was Coppins last win at the international level.
- Race One Report - MX1/MX2: After watching every AMA motocross round I am use to watching Ryan Dungey start just inside the top ten and methodically work his way to a commanding lead and likewise with Blake Baggett starting a fair way back only to storm his way to the lead.
Well, that was the way the opening moto started but I could tell almost immediately this wasn’t going to end as I have been accustomed. Antonio Cairoli made short work of the fast starting Rui Goncalves and hit the lead on lap two then proceeded to pull away at a rate that put pay to any possibility of anything but a win for the Italian team. Unfortunately Cairoli’s teammate Alessandro Lupino crashed out and failed to finish (would you believe that Lupino hurt his thumb while go-karting the day before the MXoN?).
While Dungey say back in 7th place Germany was looking good with Max Nagl and and top MX2 rider Ken Roczen positioning themselves in third and fourth behind Cairoli and Frances Guitar Paulin by lap four and it was only a mid-moto charge by Belgium’s Clement Desalle that separated the Germans.
It took ages but Dungey finally moved up one place to 6th ahead of Russia’s Evgeny Bobryshev but RD dropped his KTM with a few laps remaining and dropped back to seventh place….where he started the race.
Blake Baggett started in 23rd and moved up to 18th by lap three then came by in 22nd on lap four before working his way back up to 13th place and while trying to pass Coppins and Goncalves for 11th crashed again back to 14th by moto end.
Josh Coppins started in 12th place and quickly moved up to 8th place but some of the GP regulars relegated the Kiwi back to 11th by moto end while his teammate Kane Lamont sat outside the top 30 throughout the moto.
Lawson Bopping started the moto in 23rd place and made steady progress up to 13th place before a small crash had the Aussie back in 20th and from there on it was a struggle so to finish in 21st was more than admirable while team mate Luke Style found himself in 24th after the start and more or less battled a few riders around him to finish a distant 26th.
So after race one we have Germany in the lead over Belgium with Desalle’s team mate Jeremy van Horebeek coming home in 10th place.
- Race one results - MX1/MX2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:26.888; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.182; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:28.933; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:38.741; 5. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:40.180; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:05.036; 7. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +1:11.286; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:38.040; 9. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:42.851; 10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +1:44.824; 11. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +1:59.621; 12. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +2:00.412; 13. Martin Barr (IRL, Suzuki), +2:20.617; 14. Blake Baggett (USA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 16. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 17. Gert Krestinov (EST, Honda), -1 lap(s); 18. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Priit Rätsep (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s); 21. Lawson Bopping (AUS, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 26. Luke Styke (AUS, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 34. Kayne Lamont (NZL, KTM), -2 lap(s); 37. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), -16 lap(s);
- Race Two Report – MX2/Open: Jeffrey Herling grabbed the lead early then reeled off a string of laps that saw the Dutchman finish almost a minute ahead of his nearest rival. Unfortunately his team mate Glenn Coldenhoff crashed out of the race while Belgium’s luck ran out when Jeremy van Horebeek’s KTM sucked a heap of sand and expired on lap two. With Belgian Ken de Dycker riding to a superb 3rd place by moto end van Horebeek’s dnf proved crucial to the end result.
In fact de Dycker’s presence at the pointy end of the field was to cause a heap of trouble for the Yanks. Big Ken has an unusual style, he is tall and unconventional on a motocross bike and he sort of cruises into corners from the outside to the inside to maximise his exit speed and this caught Justin Barcia out as the aggressive Yank tried to bully his way by the big Belgian into a fast left hander which ended with Barcia crashing into the inside of de Dycker’s KTM and ripping spokes out of Barcia’s front wheel.
Barcia remounted in fourth and kept that place until the final lap when the front wheel locked and after fumbling his was to the mechanics area to get it fixed was able to cross the line in 14th place. “It was a big mistake on my part because it took out a load of spokes and my front wheel eventually locked up and it was pretty much over from there. Ken kinda came in a bit slower and from the outside. I was on the inside and we met up and that’s what happened, definitely ‘racing’ and those things can happen.”
Blake Baggett managed a 10th place start and rode his arse off to get up to sixth by moto end but the 2012 AMA MX2 Champion was lapped by Herlings with his best lap time six seconds per lap slower than Herlings. Baggett’s efforts got him third overall in the MX2 class and he had this to say on the podium.
“We came over here a bit early to try and prepare for the sand because over in the USA we don’t really have anything like this…other than on public beaches and definitely no riding there! We are the best of the best selected to come here for Team USA and I felt we had a good team. We did what we could but this track is like something from my worst nightmare, it was gnarly! Hands down to Cairoli, Germany and Belgium and Herlings…you guys are animals man.”
The Kiwis struggled with Cooper and Lamont finishing in 17th and 33rd respectively while Todd Waters got amongst the best rider in the world and went from 15th up to 7th before battling with Baggett and Marcus Schiffer over the final laps to finish a more than credible 8th while poor old Luke Styke started back in the pack but by lap five was up to 15th place before succumbing to more experienced GP riders and finish a very respectable 20th.
With Belgium, America, France and the Netherlands all underperforming, crashing or having mechanical dramas good old Germany was entering the final race with a good points lead.
- Race 2 Results - MX2/Open: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:41.619; 2. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:58.141; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:00.358; 4. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +1:48.464; 5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +2:27.689; 6. Blake Baggett (USA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 7. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 8. Todd Waters (AUS, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), -1 lap(s); 10. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 11. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 12. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), -1 lap(s); 14. Justin Barcia (USA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 17. Cody Cooper (NZL, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 20. Luke Styke (AUS, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 25. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 33. Kayne Lamont (NZL, KTM), -2 lap(s); 36. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), -11 lap(s); 38. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), -15 lap(s); 39. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), -17 lap(s);
- Race Three Race Report - MX1/Open: The Yanks were basically out of it so all eyes were on a Cairoli, Herlings and Dungey battle but it all went pear shaped when Cairoli grabbed the holeshot, Dungey crashed on lap one and Herlings started back in 23rd out of the first corner.
So now all eyes were on whether Germany’s Max Nagl and Marcus Schiffer could score enough points over Belgian riders Ken de Dycker and Clement Desalle but hang on….forget the team who is going to win, Jefferey Herlings has gone from 23rd to 14th to 7th to 5th to 2nd in no time and is trying the chase down SIX TIME World Champion Antonio Cairoli.
So, while we try and keep tabs on who is scoring points for their teams we are watching the two best sand riders in the world go toe-to-toe….nuh, it doesn’t get any better than this AND they have a camera on Herlings helmet so for those of us watching it live we are right there in the thick of the action. And the track looks about as inviting as a hot beer with a 1983 used by date.
Herlings is unbelievable around this track and is taking chunks of time out of Cairoli and just when I thought it was a done deal Cairoli manages the lapped riders better and gains a little buffer and then with just a few laps remaining reels off a couple of laps that leaves Herlings out of contention for the moto win. Amazing riding from both KTM riders.
“Yeah, I’m really happy. For me personally, I did my best,” said Cairoli. “I knew that only [Jeffrey] Herlings could come close to me on sand tracks like this, but then, with Italy, I was a little bit disappointed with the second race, while I was leading, they told me that the other rider was crashing and that he had dropped to 17 or 18. I just slowed down a little bit because I was losing motivation. Then I noticed Herlings was in the second position and he was coming really fast, so I had to step it up really quickly. I made one big mistake and almost came off the track. He came really close to me, but I knew I could fight with him for the victory. That was my only goal after Italy was out for the overall.”
Nagl finished 6th and Schiffer 14th to win the MXoN while team Belgium’s de Dycker and Desalle come home in 5th and 7th which is just two points shy of Germanys tally. Team Germany immediately started celebrating when Nagl crossed the line, with Roczen joining Nagl and Schiffer on track to celebrate. "Yeah, it’s absolutely amazing what all three of us did," said Roczen. "We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, there are a lot of teams out there that can ride in the sand. But that it really was going to be us on that top step at the end was a really good feeling and yeah, history for Germany of course, I’m really happy with what I did winning the third time in the row for MX2.” he added.
Belgium’s MX1 rider Clement Desalle was disappointed to come so close and miss out on the win on home soil. "We are happy but also a bit disappointed as we wanted that win here in our country," Desalle said. "Germany was really strong and for sure it was not too easy with the bumpy track, we are second right now and hopefully next year we can do better. Two laps before the finish in the second moto I had some discomfort in my shoulder but managed to get through it." he added.
Justin Barcia actually started well and passed his teammate Ryan Dungey for second place (and may have caused Dungey’s crash) then managed to hold tough until the rampaging Herling came by to relegate the proud Yank back to third place. “It has been a great experience being on Team USA and we had a great team this year. It is very disappointing not to have won. The track was definitely something I have not ridden in my life before. Nothing can compare to this. It is never-ending, the huge bumps and crazy sand. And I thought it was hard back home! The guys over here are so talented and we tried our best to keep up with them and race them, that’s how it goes down.”
Dungey would have been gutted to have started the race right behind Cairoli only to lose ground at a great rate of knots before losing a place to Barcia then crash back to 11th. It was a struggle from there on to make any ground and 9th in the final moto was the best the 2012 AMA champ could do.
“Obviously there is a little bit of disappointment… you know we come here to win. Third overall is not bad and we did our best. We came over here early to prepare for the sand and it ended up being a good eye-opener for how I can improve. These guys [Europeans] ride it really well and they did good today so congratulations to Germany and Belgium. I made a few mistakes and you cannot be doing that. I know the next time we come to this track and if I’m on the team then I will be more ready.”
Cody Cooper and Josh Coppin started just inside the top 20 but neither progressed very far before dropping out. “It was a tough track but it reminded me there is no chance of another comeback,: said Coppins after the race. “ After that second race I was so tired I was thinking ‘no, never again!” Three motos was hard today because we had to qualify from the B-Final. There were times when I rode really well today and I’m proud about that. We improved our set-up in the sand in the past week. I feel that if I had been racing more I would have been able to do more but I’m happy and looking forward to stopping. The next chapter is more work with Yamaha and New Zealand and some different roles.”
Australia faired quite a bit better with Todd Waters and Lawson Boppin starting the moto in 11th and 15th respectively and with the track moving into torture mode the young Aussies toughed it out to survive a few small crashes and finish within the top 20 thus handing Australia another top ten overall. Water was in a ding-dong battle with Marcus Schiffer who was trying to keep his position for Germany’s overall win and managed to pass the Aussie on the last lap for 14th.
- Race 3 Results MX1/MX3: 1. Antonio Cairoli, (ITA, KTM), 35:00.015; 2. Jeffrey Herlings, (NED,KTM), 3.037; 3. Justin Barcia, (USA, HON), 57.823; 4. Tanel Leok, (EST, SUZ), 1:23.257; 5. Ken De Dycker, (BEL, KTM), 1:29.784; 6. Maximilian Nagl, (GER, KTM), 1:37.774; 7. Clement Desalle, (BEL, SUZ), 1:49.089; 8. Gautier Paulin, (FRA, KAW), 1:56.647; 9. Ryan Dungey, (USA, KTM), 2:00.599; 10. Rui Goncalves, (POR, HON), 2:08.575. 14. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 15. Todd Waters, (AUS, Suz), 19. Lawason Boppin, (AUS, Yam).
All three Australians did very well in their respective classes with Bopping finishing 12th overall in the MX1 class with his 21-19 finishes while Styke’s 26-10 earned him 8th overall in the MX2 class and Todd Waters’ phenomenal 8-15 finishes put him 8th overall in the MX Open class. At the time of writing there are no quotes from the riders.
The Red Bull KTM team dominated the overall wins with Ken Roczen winning the MX2 class, Cairoli won the MX1 class and Herlings won the MX Open class.
- 2012 Motocross of Nations Final Team Standings: 1. Germany – 25pts. 2.
Belgium – 29pts. 3. United States – 39pts. 4. Netherlands – 44pts. 5. Italy –
45pts . 6. France – 47pts. 7. Estonia – 56pts. 8. Great Britain – 56pts. 9.
Portugal – 80pts. 10. Australia – 83pts. 11. Russia – 93pts. 12. Sweden –
103pts. 13. Ireland – 106pts. 14. Latvia – 120pts. 15. New Zealand – 127pts.
-- America - Glen Helen Get the 2015 MXoN
During the welcome press conference of the 66th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream’s President, revealed that the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship will head back to the USA at the famed Glen Helen motocross circuit.
"The Motocross of Nations has a great value in motocross because it takes place in the best venues in the world with the best riders in the world, so in order to keep this value and to continue developing the event we cannot consider not to bring the MXoN back in the USA," Mr Giuseppe Luongo said.
"I’m very please to announce that we found an agreement to go back to Glen Helen, one of the best tracks in the world, and I believe that all the motocross fans will like the idea," the Youthstream President commented.
Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM/CMS Director, added: "For all of us Glen Helen is a magic name and it is so important to be back in the States to celebrate the MXoN. I’m sure that the event will be outstanding, because we know very well the promoters and all the fans in USA, Canada and the surrounding countries will be able to go and feel part of this fantastic event."
-- MEC Up-Date – October 20 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
We are now only a few weeks away from the Monster Energy Cup and here are the riders who will be contesting each class with three Aussies in the action.
- Track designer Ricky Carmichael has included a ‘Joker Lane’ into the track – it is an extra part of the course that will add around six second per lap and every rider must go through that section at least once per race….and the start is divided into two groups so half of the field will start on one side of the stadium and other half on the opposite side and all will meet a few corners later….I am thinking chaos!!
- MEC Supercross: RYAN DUNGEY. RYAN VILLOPOTO. CHAD REED (AUSTRALIA). JAKE WEIMER. ANDREW SHORT. JOSH GRANT. JUSTIN BRAYTON. MIKE ALESSI. NICK WEY. KYLE CHISHOLM. TRAVIS BAKER. BROC TICKLE. NICO IZZI. MARTIN DAVALOS. VINCE FRIESE. DEAN WILSON. JUSTIN BARCIA. COLE SEELY. BRETT METCALFE (AUSTRALIA). ELI TOMAC. KEN ROCZEN. BLAKE BAGGETT. TYLA RATTRAY. KEVIN WINDHAM. MARVIN MUSQUIN. WIL HAHN.
- Super Mini: ANDREW PIERCE. ASHTON HAYES. AUSTIN FORKNER. BRET WELCH. CHALLEN TENNANT. CHASE SEXTON. HUNTER BUDD. JAKE PINHANCOS. JAVIER LOERA. JON AMES. JUSTIN HOEFT. LOGAN SKAGGS. LUKE PURTHER. MARK WORTH. MICHAEL MOSIMAN. MICHEL HARRISON. SEAN CANTRELL. TANNER STACK. TRISTAN MILLER. BRAXTON PRIETO. BRANDON HARTRANFT. JOEY CROWN. WESTEN WROZYNA. ROBBIE WAGEMAN. TOMMY MAXEY.
- Amateur All-Stars: ADAM CIANCIARULO. ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ. BRADY KIESEL. CHRIS ALDREDGE. COOPER WEBB. DAKOTA ALIX. JACE OWEN. JAMES GARDINER III. JORDAN SMITH. LUKE CLOUT (AUSTRALIA). MATT BISCEGLIA. NICK GAINES. PAUL COATES. STEVEN TOKARSKI. THOMAS COVINGTON. DANIEL BAKER. SHANE MCELRATH. CHASE BELL. TROY GRAFFUNDER. KEITH TUCKER. BLAKE GREEN. COLT NICHOLS.
-- Can-Am GNCC Championship – Current Standings
-- GEICO AMA EnduroCross – Current Standings
-- Australia -- 2012 Australasian Safari - Jake Smith wins the 2012 Australasian Safari
All Jake Smith had to do was get his Honda over line in the final beach dash beside the Indian Ocean from Kalbarri to Geraldton in Western Australia to win the eight-day Australasian Safari.
The now two-time winner led the entire 3500 competitive kilometers that took the riders along beaches, through sand dunes, over creeks, rocky riverbeds, claypans and cattle stations and by the end of it all Smith had 31 minutes to spare over his nearest rival. "It's a weird feeling this time around." Smith stated. "I've been in this position before but I really wanted to do it for myself this year after missing the gig to Dakar."
"I haven't had the best season to my standards this year and a lot of people have been talking about my form. I had a point to prove this week and I believe I could have done it no matter who was here." added the 24 year old. "I had no issues, no crashes, this bike did everything it was supposed to and at the end of the race I feel great. It's really satisfying this year." Smith concluded.
Second place went to 47 year old veteran rider Warren Strange who had approached this race as a testing ground for his GHR developed CRF450X Dakar Rally bike before his second attempt at Dakar next year. “I’m really happy that an old guy like me can do this, I gave up motocross riding when these guys around me were kids, I’ve tried to do quite a lot of events this year in my preparation for Dakar so I’m really pleased it has paid off,” said Strang after the event.
Local rider Ryan Inghram managed a creditable third place on a KTM 450 despite this being his first attempt at the Australasian Safari. “I’m feeling pretty good with this being my first Safari, it’s the longest event I’ve contested." Inghram said. "It was harder than I thought, a tough week but the stages were good, the longer the better for me. The bike’s been great to me too.”
- 2012 Safari final Results: 1. SMITH Jake Honda CRF450X 24:56:25. 2. STRANGE Warren Honda CRF450X 25:27:11. 3. INGRAM Ryan KTM 450 27:36:56. 4. CUMMINGS Brett (D) Honda CRF450X 28:39:18. 5. NAPPY Paul Honda CRF450X 28:40:37. 6. CHITTICK Jamie Honda 450X 28:42:37. 7. SCHWARZ David Husaberg FE570 28:48:28. 8. VERNON Chad Yamaha WR450 28:49:25. 9. HENLEY Guy Honda CRF450X 29:06:08. 10. HEUCHAN Michael Husaberg FE570 29:57:09.
-- ASX News
The teams are taking shape for opening round of 2012 ASX at Dubbo in country New South Wales on the 13th of October before what many see as the feature round at Phillip Island on the 27th and 28th of October.
Queensland gets a taste of the action at Toowoomba on the 10th of November, with the fourth and final round being held back in New South Wales at Newcastle on the 17th of November.
- Berry Sweet/Lucas Oil/Yamaha: Craig Anderson – Pro Open. Mitch Norris – Pro-Lites
- Campbell Mining/TLD/Maxima/Honda Team: Jake Moss – Pro Open
- Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing: Ford Dale – Pro Lites. Gavin Faith – Pro-Lite (TBC)
- CDR Yamaha: Lawson Bopping – Pro Open. Daniel McCoy – Pro Open
- Choice Motorsports KTM: Jacob Wright – Pro Open. Dylan Long – Under 19s
- DPH Motorsport Honda Racing: Cheyne Boyd – Pro-Open
- FullForce CarsRus Racing: Sam Duncanson – Pro Open. Keiron Hall – Pro Lites
- GYTR Yamaha: Wade Hunter – Under 19s. Sam Martin – Under 19s. Joel Dinsdale – Under 19s.
- Honda/Red Bull/Simmonds Racing: Tye Simmonds – Pro Open
- JDR/KTM Factory Racing: Matt Moss – Pro Open. Dan Reardon – Pro Open. Ryan Marmont – Pro Lites. Josh Cachia – Pro Lites
- Monster Energy Kawasaki: Jay Marmont – Pro Open. Billy Mackenzie – Pro Open. Kade Mosig – Pro Lites
- Motul Pirelli Suzuki: Todd Waters – Pro Open. Steven Clarke – Pro Lites
- MX Factory Honda: No Idea
- Raceline Pirelli Suzuki. Errol Willis – Pro Lites. Scott Columb – Pro Lites. Jay Wilson – Under 19s
- Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing: Luke Styke – Pro Lites. Luke Clout – Pro-Lites.
- Team Axis Motorsports Kawasaki Maxima: Ben George – Under 19s.
- Wilsons Jetpilot MX Kawasaki: Luke Wilson – Pro Open
- Zero Seven Motorsports Suzuki: No Idea
-- Europe - 2012 ISDE – Saxony, Germany - All Three Australian Teams Perform Well at 2012 ISDE
- World Trophy Team – Australia 2nd: The Aussie team consisting of Glenn Kearney, Daniel Milner, Chris Hollis, Matt Phillips, Josh Strang and Toby Price rode strong through the tough conditions to give Australia it's best ever result at the event finishing second to team France who dominated the event from start to finish.
The race did not go completely to plan with Price busting his ribs on day three while Kearney damaged his knee on the same day and then Phillips had to ride most of day five without a footpeg.
Despite the curve balls Price was also able to secure second in the E3 class
behind French rider Christophe Nambotin, who by the way took out the outright
- World Trophy Final Standings: 1, France: 27:57:45.30. 2, Australia: +37:40.67. 3, Italy: +47:54.09. 4, USA: +58:27.76. 5, Finland: +58:29.20. 6, Spain: +59:02.84. 7, Sweden: +1:00:44.36. 8. Great Britain: +1:28:51.95. 9, Germany: +1:42:00.05. 10, Netherlands: +1:55:41.36.
- E1 individual Final Result: 1, Antoine Meo, France, KTM, 5:32:38.52, 2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM, +5:14.20, 3, Rodrig Thain, France, Honda, +10:10.38, 4, Daniel Milner, Australia, Yamaha, +11:44.35, 5, Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, Husqvarna, +12:57.25, 6. Antti Hellsten, Finland, TM, +12:57.25, 7, Maurizio Micheluz, Italy, HM-Honda, +14:41.90, 8, Jeremy Joly, France, Yamaha, +15:38.61, 9, Victor Guerrero, Spain, KTM, +16:01.93, 10, Michael Brown, USA, KTM, +16:55.43, 15, Glenn Kearney, Australia, 20, Luca Bussa, Australia.
- E2 Individual Final Result: 1, Pierre-Alexandre Renet, France, Husaberg, 5:35:14.24, 2, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM, +10.07, 3, Alex Salvini, Italy, Husqvarna, +2:59.34, 4, Matthew Phillips, Australia, Yamaha, +3:42.10, 5, Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas, +5:14.43, 6, Joshua Strang, Australia, KTM, +5:18.39, 7, Taylor Robert, USA, Kawasaki, +8:33.93, 8, Mathias Bellino, France, Husaberg, +9:08.40, 9, Thaddeus Duvall, USA, Honda, +9:12.38, 10, Robert Kvarnstrom, Sweden, Beta, +10:17.20, 18, Chris Hollis, Australia, 20, Mitch Harper, Australia, 52, Lachlan Stanford, Australia.
- E3 Individual Final Result: 1, Christophe Nambotin, France, KTM, 5:31:39.33, 2, Toby Price, Australia, KTM, +8:59.11, 3, Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, +10:06.97, 4, Aigar Leok, Estonia, TM, +11:31.97, 5, Marcus, Kehr, Germany, KTM, +11:37.00, 6, Manuel Monni, Italy, +12:19.42, 7, Danny McCanney, GBR, Gas-Gas, +12.48.6, 8, Mirko Gritti, Italy, KTM, +14.04.71, 9, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Gas-Gas, +15:42.73, 10, Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Beta, +17:11.33.
- Junior World Trophy – Australia 4th: The future looks bright for the Australian enduro scene with our Junior Trophy team finishing a more than credible fourth place finish with Luka Bussa, Mitcham Harper, Lachlan Stanford and Ben Burrell battling hard against the world’s best youngsters. The Aussies finished behind France, Great Britain and USA but finished ahead of some of the world’s enduro powerhouse teams like Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany.
- Junior World Trophy Final Result: 1, France: 17:23:17.05. 2, Great Britain: +2:43.68. 3, USA: +15:06.02. 4, Australia: +31:27.06. 5, Portugal: +40:14.15. 6, Czech Republic: +50:58.217, Finland: +50:59.21. 8, Spain: +51:30.02. 9, Sweden: +53:04.34. 10, Germany: +54:18.56
- Women’s World Trophy – Australia 3rd: Jessica Gardiner, Tanya Hearn and Tayla Jones earned the respect of the enduro world by battling through some of the toughest terrain they will have faced to only be beaten by France and Germany. In fact our girls finished 6th, 8th and 13th respectively in the women’s class with Gardner a possibility of a podium if it wasn’t a heap of fencing wire getting caught in her rear wheel on day 2 costing her 13 minutes..
- Women’s World Trophy Final Result: 1, France: 13:52:48.17. 2, Germany: +1:52:40.95. 3, Australia: +1:58:18.91.
- EW Final Final Result: 1, Ludivine Puy, France, Gas-Gas, 6:33:54.96. 2, Heike Petrick, Germany, Husaberg, +26:30.50. 3, Jessica Jonsson, Sweden, Gas-Gas, +46:14.86. 6, Jessica Gardiner, Australia, Yamaha. 8, Tanya Hearn, Australia, KTM. 13, Tayla Jones, Australia, KTM.
All of the Aussies now have to get themselves, their bikes and gear back to Australia and start preparation for the 2012 A4DE later this month while most of the Euro riders now have to get ready for the final two rounds of the World Enduro Championships in France over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October.
-- Christophe Pourcel Dumped
Without doubt the biggest wanker on the GP circuit and perhaps the whole moto world (at worst a close second to James Stewart) has to be Christophe Pourcel.
The former World Champion has been dumped by the CLS Kawasaki team yet they tried to sugar coat it with some crap about no budget – a budget they found for Tommy Searle for next season.
And then we have CP377 whingeing about the bike. “Unfortunately we had some issues in the last GP’s with the starts, and it affected our results; the bike was wheeling too much, and we would have continued working if the season was not finished." Pourcel stated. "With bad starts it was not easy to battle with Cairoli in Italy, and in Germany it was even worse as the start was so important there." he added.
"I’m happy with our results, the team didn’t exist one year ao and we won heats and GP’s in the most competitive series, with a Kawasaki that was nearly a production one against many factory bikes." the French rider continued. "Our goal was a top five results and we reached it, and with our experience, I’m sure that in 2013 we would have been racing for the title, but we’ll never now as team CP377 stops racing activities, as we didn’t accumulate enough budget for next season; with Jean Jacques we’ve decided to stop our strong cooperation." Pourcel explained.
"It will offer me great opportunities to talk with people and friends, to enjoy riding a bike without the racing pressure. But be sure that I will prepare seriously for Bercy, as I don’t want to miss my comeback in Supercross in front of my fans” he concluded.
If you read between the lines team owner Jean Jacques Luisetti has opted for Searle over Pourcel but he has offer this explanation. “We built this program with Christophe at the end of 2012, and we got great results with Christophe and Sébastien, with GP success and podiums for Christophe but also a French Elite title with Seb."
"Unfortunately we can’t continue next season, for financial reasons, and it’s a shame because we have proved that we can race with the factory teams. I’m disappointed, but I’m also happy and proud to have been able to help Christophe to race the GP’s during nearly two seasons.”
“My goal was to continue with him, but the crisis is there and we couldn’t find the solutions to go on; so we’ve decided to make our official decision early, it will help Christophe, who has now no more contracts with us, to decide about his future,” concluded the French manager, who will focus next season in the MX1 class with Tommy Searle, but also on the MX2 with two GP riders and one European contender.”
Hmm, Luisetti found a budget for Tommy and three more riders but not for the Pourcel brothers…..
-- David Philippaerts Signs with Team Honda Gariboldi - This press release came through during the MXoN as well:
Team Honda Gariboldi -ESTA is delighted to announce it has secured the services of former World Champion to race aboard the all new CRF450R for next season in the MX1 World Championship. The Italian has been the MX1 World Champion in 2008 and a consistent top 3 rider for all the last few seasons.
The 29-year-old racer has suffered with injury this season after winning a
moto in the GP of Mexico, and he is now looking forward to competing at the
highest level with his CRF450R.
Giacomo Gariboldi: Gariboldi Honda Team Owner "We are delighted to have signed David for many reasons, he will rise the profile of our team and of the new CRF450R, he can point to be back in the top 3 next season in the MX1 class and, he will help our young talents to grow up. He is a true champion and we always admired his combative riding style and he will have a truly competitive CRF to second his ambitions."
In other news Honda Motor Europe has announced yesterday in Lommel the new official partnership with Gariboldi Honda in the MX2 and E-MX2 series for 2013 and 2014. With this new project, Honda will now be working more closely with the team on the development of the CRF250R with the goal to raise the profile of Honda's popular MX2 machine while competing at the highest level in World Championship racing.
The 2013 squad in the MX2 class will include Russian rider Aleksandr Tonkov who will compete in the MX2-GP class and it is expected the 19-year-old youngster can improve on his many top ten placings this year to be at the sharp end of the championship. The team will also contest the E-MX2 series, won already in 2009, lining up raising russian hope 17-year-old Vseva Brylaykov, continuing the tradition in growing young talents.
Roger Harvey: Honda Motor Europe Off-Road Manager "it's great to full welcome the Gariboldi Honda team as an official support team for Honda. They have done an excellent job this season and we look forward to stepping up the results with this partnership. We have seen the potential this year in Tonkov, and feel sure he can raise his game next season. Over the years the Gariboldi squad has grown many young riders and this is one of the objectives we hope to achieve with the team."
Giacomo Gariboldi: Gariboldi Honda Team Owner "I'm very delighted about this new cooperation with Honda, as it is a big step forward for the team and it's nice our efforts have been recognised. We will now have assistance from a technical side to work on the CRF250R machine with Honda, and as we have had some experience with the bike, we are well prepared for working on this project. We are really looking forward to a strong future and a good partnership with Honda."
-- 2012 World Speedway Championship – Current Standings
WSC Standings after 11 of 12 Rounds: 1 Chris Holder 145, 2 Nicki Pedersen
143, 3 Greg Hancock 135, 4 Emil Sayfutdinov 122, 5 Jason Crump 121, 6 Tomasz
Gollob 121, 7 Fredrik Lindgren 111, 8 Antonio Lindback 103, 9 Andreas Jonsson
84, 10 Hans Andersen 64.
-- Maxxis British Motocross Nationals – Current Standings
-- 2012 World Enduro Championships – Current Standings
E1 Standings after Round 14: 1, Meo, 237 - World Champion . 2, Thain, 174. 3, Oldrati, 166. 4, Remes, 162. 4, Seistola, 162
E2 Standings after Round 14: 1, Renet, 228. 2, Guerrero, 217. 3, Salminen, 204. 4, Cervantes, 152. 5, Aubert, 122.
E3 Standings after Round 14: 1, Nambotin, 274 - World Champion. 2, Ljunggren,
204. 3, Leok, 202. 4, Mena, 167. 5, Knight, 162.
-- Here are the Championships that are Finished for 2012
- MX2 Championship Final Standings: 1. Jeffery Herlings 694pts. 2. Tommy
Searle 651pts. Kaw. 3. Jeremy van Horebeek 559pts. KTM. 4. Jake Nicholls 443pts.
KTM. 5. Jordi Tixier 434pts. KTM. 6. Joel Roelants 367pts. Kaw. 7. Max Anstie
333pts. Hon. 8. Jose Burton 291pts. KTM. 9. Glenn Coldenhoof 273pts KTM. 10.
Dylan Ferrandis 272pts. Kaw. 11. Alessandro Lupino 262pts. Husq. 12. Arnaud
Tonus 246pts Yam. 13. Romain Febvre 221pts. KTM. 14. Valentin Teillet 211pts.
Kaw. 15. Zach Osborne 210pts. Yam
2012 AMA Supercross Championships – Final Results
Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class: 1. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 210. 2. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 165. 3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki – 158. 4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 148. 5. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Kawasaki – 143. 6. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda – 131. 7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 117. 8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 85. 9. Matthew Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 78. 10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 77.
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class: 1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 184. 2. Dean Wilson, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki, 154. 3. Marvin Musquin, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 142. 4. Cole Seely, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 119. 5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 111. 6. Matt Moss, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 106. 7. Ryan Sipes, Ekron, Ky., Yamaha, 96. 8. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Georgia, Suzuki, 89. 9. Billy Laninovich, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 85. 10. Nico Izzi, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 78.
-- 2012 AMA Motocross Championship
-- 2012 Canadian Motocross Championships - Final Standings
-- Australian MX Nationals – Final Standings
MXD Championship Standings: 1. Kayne Lamont 521 Pts. 2. Dylan Long 500 Pts. 3. Dylan Leary 462 Pts. 4. Jay Wilson 439 Pts. 5. Kale Makeham 428 Pts. 6. Sam Martin 411 Pts. 7. Mitch Norris 322 Pts. 8. Wade Hunter 268 Pts. 9. Joel Milesevic 230 Pts. 10. Mitch Budd 201 Pts.
MX2 Championship Standings: 1. Ford Dale 571 Pts. 2. Luke Styke 569 Pts. 3.
Josh Cachia 565 Pts. 4. Kade Mosig 499 Pts. 5. Kirk Gibbs 441 Pts. 6. Cheyne
Boyd 411 Pts. 7. Adam Monea 409 Pts. 8. Scott Columb 360 Pts. 9. Justin McDonald
320 Pts. 10. Lewis Woods 306 Pts.
MX1 Championship Standings: 1. Josh Coppins 618 Pts. 2. Todd Waters 607 Pts.
3. Cody Cooper 509 Pts. 4. Brad Anderson 509 Pts. 5. Lawson Bopping 506 Pts. 6.
Jay Marmont 374 Pts. 7. Jake Moss 347 Pts. 8. Dean Porter 331 Pts. 9. Daniel
McCoy 329 Pts. 10. Dan Reardon 320 Pts. 11. Tye Simmonds 234 Pts. 12. Craig
Anderson 207 Pts.
-- 2012 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship – Final Standings
-- 2012 AORC Championship – Final Standings
E1: 1. Daniel Milner (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 232. 2. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) 215. 3. Ben Burrell (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 200. 4. Tom McCormack (Yamaha) 176. 5. Luka Bussa (Husqvarna Racing Team) 174. 6. Tom Kite (Honda) 149. 7. Kristian Sprenger (Yamaha) 115. 8. Nick Lean (Suzuki MX1 Australia) 105. 9. Dylan Rose (Honda) 63. 10.Dean Fiddler (Kawasaki) 37.
E2: 1. Matt Phillips (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 215. 2. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna Racing Team) 198. 3. Chris Hollis (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 194. 4. Mitch Harper (Yamaha) 175. 5. Lachlan Stanford (Suzuki MX1 Australia) 153. 6. Stefan Granquist (Yamaha) 135.7. Jarrod Bewley (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) 134. 8. Broc Grabham (KTM) 104. 9. Kane Hall (Husqvarna) 91. 10. Christopher Davey (Christensen’s Motorcycles) 72.
E3: 1. Toby Price (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 250. 2. Stefan Merriman (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 220. 3. Scott Keegan (Motorex Force Husaberg) 190. 4. Mitch Bowen (Husaberg) 137. 5. Kye Anderson (KTM) 108. 6. Christofer Cash (Yamaha) 90. 7. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 76. 8. David Hogan (Highway Performance Bikes) 75. 9. Luke Tomlinson (KTM) 63. 10. Brett Holl (Honda) 63.
Outright: 1. Toby Price (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 244. 2. Daniel Milner (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 191. 3. Matt Phillips (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 169. 4. Stefan Merriman (Ballard’s Yamaha Off-Road) 165. 5. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) 154. 6. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna Racing Team) 153. 7. Chris Hollis (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 133. 8. Ben Burrell (Motorex KTM Off-Road) 124. 9. Mitcham Harper (Yamaha) 121. 10.Tom McCormack (Yamaha) 99.
-- 2012 Vets Motocross Des Nations – Final Results
-- Sleepy Hollow 2-Stroke Championship - Fredericksburg, PA
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