-- Japanese Champ to race Down Under
Japanese Motocross Champion Takeshi Katsuya is heading Down Under for season 2013 with Team Full Force CarsRus to take on the MX Nationals.
Takeshi started racing as a three-year-old in Japan before moving to Queensland at age nine where he embarked on a successful junior motocross career in Australia before turning professional and moving back to Japan and winning the All Japan Moto-X Championship in 1999. After another four years racing in Japan he moved to America to complete in the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships as a privateer rider before returning to Japan in 2008 to win the All Japan Championship two years running.
Recently Takeshi has been a full time test rider for Honda Japan and remains on Honda's payroll this year.
This Q & A session fills us in on his plans.
Why the decision to race the MX Nationals?
"I got a good opportunity with Honda and the Full Force CarsRus race team and wanted something different.
"I got sick of racing in japan to be honest and they have a rule you have to be under 25 to race the lites.
"Racing in Australia will be cool and something different and I just wanted to give it a go, I've never raced a full season here since 1998, for me to race again, it will be different but fun.
What do you think of the series and the competition?
"I think the competition will be a lot harder then japan, I'll just have to see how I go.
"It will be a lot harder for me to finish on the podium then japan, the mx2 boys are a lot faster then in japan.
"I'll just race the first round and see how I go, I will find out sooner or later." (laughs)
What are you looking to achieve from the season?
"I'll concentrate on getting a moto win or a podium first. I don't know half the tracks I'm racing but ill just have to learn, i have experience, I'll just work it out at every track.
"I would like to finish in the top 3, just try to stay injury free, stay in one piece and go from there.
"I really don't know how I am going to go until I get to the race, I don't know what to expect, ill see what happens."
Any chance we will see you with a some prototype parts or even a production model bike?
"NO comment." (laughs)
"I don't know, there will be a few goods bits on it, it will be special but nothing special.
"A few bits and pieces, a few parts you can't buy and a few you can."
Tell us about your job with Honda and what you do?
"I do production stuff with honda, I do a lot of endurance testing, how the bike lasts and every now and then I do stuff with different components like clutches etc.
"Last year I did a bit of factory stuff with Akira Narita.
"The major part I do is endurance production."
Full Force CarsRus Cade Mooney: "It's great to welcome Taka onboard, someone with his experience, knowledge and contacts, is priceless.
"He is a perfect fit for our team and a great role model for the sport.
"Taka brings International experience to the team and is looking forward to working with and developing the team throughout the season.
"He will definitely be one to watch in the lites class.
"Everything is finally falling into place and we have welcomed some great new sponsor's onboard with MOTUL, THOR, MXStore.com.au, SPY Goggles, Moriwaki Exhaust's, HifloFiltro, DID, JETT Boots, Polisport and JT Sprockets."
-- 2013 Australian Motocross Nationals New Formats & Supp Regs
-- Download Supplementary Regulations (PDF)
The count down is on for the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals and WEM has today released the Supp Regs for the series.
2013 will see 4 major changes to the Championship series.
-- Points Scoring
The first change that will be noticed by many is the new Point Scoring system being used for the 2013 championship, again another change from the surveys and competitor communication with WEM.
Many riders spend a lot of time and money chasing the championship series and with points only scoring the top 20, many have felt left out and unable to measure their progress as a racer in the championship.
Points will now be awarded back to 30 position. Points will be as follows, 1st 35, 2nd 32, 3rd 30, 4th 28, 5th 26, 6th to 30th 25 points decreasing 1 point with each position to 30th.
As already confirmed all classes will be conducted over a 2-moto format, MX1 and MX2 will be 30 minutes plus 1 lap. MXD will be 20 minutes plus 1 lap.
-- MX1 Super Pole
At the conclusion of timed qualifying the top 5 riders will return to the start line. Each rider will be fitted with a Go Pro camera, when directed they will do 1 flying lap, the result of the flying lap will determine the top 5 positions for qualifying.
Championship points will be issued 1st 5, 2nd 4,3rd 3,4th 2, 5th 1.
Any rider who leaves the track at any point will be given 5th place and no points.
Prize money for the fastest qualifier will be $500. Per round.
-- Helmet Eject System
In an effort to further improve rider safety and medical service at the MX nationals, all riders must fit a helmet eject system to the helmet. Helmet eject systems will be available at the track or you can order them at your local dealer, the distributer is Gas Imports. Retail pricing is $89.95
Riders can now logo on to www.mxnationals.com.au and lodge there entries.
Apart from the top 10, entries will be on a first in first served basis, a maximum of 50 entries will be accepted in each class, Round 1 will have 80 positions in MXD (Under 19’s) and there will be 2 non qualifying races.
-- About the Monster Energy MX Nationals: The Monster Energy MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, is the leading motocross series in Australia. The series is promoted and operated by Williams Event Management (WEM), a Victorian-based event management company whose goal is to raise awareness of the sport nationwide. The series is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA).
-- Download Supplementary Regulations (PDF)
- Monster Energy Australian MX Nationals 2012 -
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RND 2 - COPPINS WINS FOR NZ
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