MCNews.com.au is pleased to welcome Greg Moss (Moss Institute) to our list of regular contributors. Greg has over 20 years of coaching experience, specialising in motocross and supercross. His twin boys, Jake and Matt, have been stars of the Australian Motocross scene for 20 years, with countless Junior and Senior National Championships under their belts. Matt is currently the reigning Australian Motocross and Supercross Champion. In his first of what is going to become a weekly Thursday column Greg highlights the Aussies abroad that will be contesting the 2014 World MX GP Championship.

Aussies Abroad – By Greg Moss

This weekend at Losail Qatar is the opening round of the World MX GP, Australian riders will be contesting  all three premier classes for the first time ever. Todd Waters, who finished second to Matt Moss in The Australian MX 1 Titles, will ride the Red Bull Ice One Husqvana.

Todd Waters – “The Team is great for me. The Team Manager Antii was a ex top GP racer and understands that pre season races are really important for me to get to know the riders and European tracks. I think we have done the best preseason leading into the 2014 GPs season. Redbull Ice One Husqvarna Racing Team have given me the best possible bike and opportunity so now it’s all up to me. Its tough racing over here and I’m doing everything I can to step it up”.

In the MX2 class is current Australian MX and SX lites Champion Luke Styke riding the Kemea Yamaha;  “ Round one is a week out, I did a pre season race last weekend in Italy. I started strong, bike wasn’t handling the best it could so I did some testing this week with KYB in France, it’s working a lot better and I’m feeling alot more confident, it’s a new bike so its going to take time but it’s a long season and I’m not in Europe to waste peoples time, me and the team are working very hard and I’m keen for Round One.”

Meghan Rutledge  is contesting the Women’s Championship. Our undefeated Australian Woman’s MX Champion, Meg rode a few rounds last year and left Europe winning the penultimate GP round. Meg also won the European Woman’s Supercross event in Geneva so is accustomed to big events and will be flying in and out and back to work in between rounds

Meg – “I’m really looking forward to the first round of the FIM Woman World Championship, especially having my dad there by my side. I can’t wait to ride my Bud Racing Kawasaki 250F for the first time. I have never raced Motocross under lights so that should be interesting. I’m also looking forward to catching up with Luke Styke and Todd Waters and wish them all the best for 2014”.

Luke Styke on the podium at Toowoomba last year

Luke Styke on the podium at Toowoomba last year – In the MX2 class is current Australian MX and SX lites Champion Luke Styke riding the Kemea Yamaha; “ Round one is a week out, I did a pre season race last weekend in Italy. I started strong, bike wasn’t handling the best it could so I did some testing this week with KYB in France, it’s working a lot better and I’m feeling alot more confident, it’s a new bike so its going to take time but it’s a long season and I’m not in Europe to waste peoples time, me and the team are working very hard and I’m keen for Round One.”

Todd Waters ready for World MX

Todd Waters – “The Team is great for me. The Team Manager Antii was a ex top GP racer and understands that pre season races are really important for me to get to know the riders and European tracks. I think we have done the best preseason leading into the 2014 GPs season. Redbull Ice One Husqvarna Racing Team have given me the best possible bike and opportunity so now it’s all up to me. Its tough racing over here and I’m doing everything I can to step it up”.

Meghan Rutledge

Meghan Rutledge – “I’m really looking forward to the first round of the FIM Woman World Championship, especially having my dad there by my side. I can’t wait to ride my Bud Racing Kawasaki 250F for the first time. I have never raced Motocross under lights so that should be interesting. I’m also looking forward to catching up with Luke Styke and Todd Waters and wish them all the best for 2014”.