Moto News Weekly Wrap

September 11, 2018

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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • Wade Young wins 111 Megawatt 2018
  • Jonny Walker Megawatt crash update
  • Briar Bauman takes victory AFT at Williams Grove Half-Mile
  • Reardon reveals Australian SX ride
  • AORC next stop Kingston SE, South Australia
  • Italy triumphs at 2018 Motocross of European Nations
  • Patrick Dudek focused on SGP medal race after Krsko
  • Weston Peick remains with Suzuki for 2019 AMA SX & MX
  •  2018 FIM Motocross of Nations Entry Lists
  •  Gas Gas announce 2019 EC and XC models
  • Sherco Australia introduce 2019 Enduro range

Wade Young wins 111 Megawatt 2018

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Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young has claimed victory at Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Poland, round five of the World Enduro Super Series.

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Wade Young – 111 Megawatt 2018

This is Young’s second consecutive WESS race win, having won Red Bull Romaniacs in July.  Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak (POL) took second and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt (GB) third.

Series leader Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) crashed out of the race on lap two of three, while Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) overcame a slow start to place fourth and with it take control of the championship standings with three rounds remaining.

After a busy day of qualification on Saturday, the 500 fastest riders in this year’s Red Bull 111 Megawatt took to the start line in Europe’s largest coal mine for Sunday’s feature race. Faced with a 30-kilometre course that weaved its way around the quarry, the addition of hot weather and dusty tracks ensured a gruelling three-lap race.

WESS Megawatt Poland Rnd Podium
Wade Young claims the 111 Megawatt 2018 title from Blazusiak and Bolt

In total 178 competitors finished this year’s edition. – The World Enduro Super Series continues with round six at Great Britain’s Hawkstone Park Cross-Country on September 22-23.

Results: Red Bull 111 Megawatt, WESS Round 5
  1. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3 laps, 2:10:52.04
  2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2:13:01.82
  3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2:13:08.63
  4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2:14:15.07
  5. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 2:15:34.21
  6. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2:17:54.59
  7. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha – RSA) 2:19:07.06
  8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 2:19.37.07
  9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 2:20:45.11
  10. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 2:22:24.86

World Enduro Super Series Standings (After round 5 of 8)

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 3405
  2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 3290
  3. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 3220
  4. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900
  5. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2320
  6. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 2308
  7. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2295
  8. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 2262
  9. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1928
  10. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1790

Jonny Walker Megawatt crash update

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker underwent surgery on Sunday night, September 9, in Belchatow Hospital, Poland, following a high-speed crash at Red Bull 111 Megawatt.

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Jonny Walker – Image by Future7Media

Leading the race at the time of his crash, Jonny had completed two-and-a-half laps of the threelap race and was approaching the Hard Enduro section of the course.

Remaining fully conscious and not suffering any concussion as a result of his get-off, Jonny fractured both bones in his lower left arm, close to his wrist, and fractured his fourth finger on his right hand. He also dislocated his left shoulder.

Taken to Belchatow Hospital from the track by medical staff, Jonny underwent surgery on Sunday night. A plate and an external stabilizer were fitted to his left arm with a plate also fitted to his right fourth finger.

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Jonny Walker at the 111 Megawatt

Jonny also has extensive bruising all over his upper body, but despite feeling somewhat beaten up, and disappointed at having lost his lead in the World Enduro Super Series championship standings, he remains in good spirits and is optimistic of a full and speedy recovery.

Jonny hopes to be released from Belchatow Hospital later today and will travel to Barcelona where he will stay overnight and see specialist for further consultation on Tuesday.


Briar Bauman takes victory AFT at Williams Grove Half-Mile

The Williams Grove Half-Mile proved a family affair with Briar Bauman and brother Bronson taking a 1-2 result, and leading the top four Indian motorcycles, who dominated the AFT Twins Main Event.

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AFT Twins Main Event Start

With the win, Briar became the final rider ranked in the championship’s top six to score a race victory in the 2018 American Flat Track season. While he may have had to wait his turn to stand on top of the box, Briar did so in decidedly spectacular fashion at Williams Grove Speedway.

Max Whale just missed the podium in the AFT Singles Main Event, which Tanner Dean won, taking fourth.

Max Whale

“Raced round 16 of the American Flat Track series at Williams Grove Speedway. Qualified P4, ran 2nd in my heat and 4th in the main, ran 3rd for the majority of the race so was close to my first podium. Job well done to the AFT crew for getting it done for how the weather was! Thanks to all my sponsors!!”


Reardon reveals Australian SX ride

Multi-time Australian Supercross Champion, Dan Reardon is ready to let loose in the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship with a hand-picked team to take on the best when round one gets under way this weekend at the Jimboomba -X Stadium.

Dan Reardon ASX Yamaha
Dan Reardon- Image by deluxemediagroup

On board his Yamaha Motor Australia YZ450F, Reardon has been hard at work preparing for the up-coming season and is excited about getting back behind the start gates, with the opportunity to regain the number 1 plate in the premier SX1 (450cc) division.

Dan Reardon

“I have always enjoyed racing supercross so this year I have focused on the Australian Championships and spent my off season getting a great group of people and sponsors together to give me my best chance. I have had a great relationship with Yamaha in recent years and I find the YZ450F to be the best bike for me. I raced a standard bike at the Adelaide Straight Rhythm earlier in the year and I feel so at home on the YZ450F. The package of the YZ450F, some GYTR race parts and Yamalube oils are the perfect combination for me and I feel my bike is as good as anyone’s on the start line. I also have significant support from a range of companies and products I believe in and it’s great to have Dunlop, Renthal, ETS fuel, Rival Ink, Ash’s Spoked wheels and Fasthouse with me this season. It was pleasing Yamaha Australia were able to put together a deal that suits me and I was able to bring in some sponsors from outside the industry that will allow me to go racing at a high level. I have been able to attract support from outside the motorcycle industry and it’s great that DR Homes, Oilfield Piping Systems and Boost Mobile have been able to step up and support my racing. To be able to bring in companies like that can only help racing in Australia and hopefully we can keep them involved in dirt bikes for a long time.”

Reardon last won the Australian Supercross Championship in 2015 for the CDR Yamaha team. Since then, Reardon has travelled the world racing anywhere from the Star Yamaha team in the US in front of full stadiums to contesting Arenacross races throughout Europe in the winter of 2017.

Dan Reardon ASX Yamaha
Dan Reardon – Image by deluxemediagroup

2018 Australian Supercross Championship takes place over five rounds, with round one this weekend at Jimboomba before taking in Coolum, Geelong, Adelaide on the way to the grand finale at Qudos Bank Arena for the Aus-X Open in November.

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AORC next stop Kingston SE, South Australia

The next stop for the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) will be Kingston SE, South Australia on September 22-23. South Australian Riley Graham will be out to mark his territory on his Yamaha as the championship heads to his home state.

Graham is coming off his best performance of the season at Broken Hill, NSW, a third place in what was one of the more gruelling and challenging cross-countries riders have faced. The podium puts Graham in fifth position in the race for the E2 championship and just three points behind Stefan Granquist in fourth and just 13 points off Yamaha’s Josh Green in third position.

AORC Riley Graham
Riley Graham

MA talked to Graham about his result in the previous round in the desert cross-country event, as well as looking towards his home round.

Riley Graham

“I enjoyed the desert cross country but heading into the event I was a bit worried as the race was similar to Hattah, and at Hattah I hit the two-hour mark and really struggled. I surprised myself with how I felt on the bike, but the extra bike time and preparation helped me achieve my first podium. I approached the race a bit differently at Broken Hill, NSW, I tried to not go out too hard and use up all my energy in the first two hours, but I liked the format. It was new and very challenging. I have never ridden at the location, but I rode close to the location on the weekend in a six-hour pony express, but the condition will be very different for AORC. The track at Kingston will be tight and the terrain will be sandy soil. South Australian tracks aren’t usually known for being so tight, which I hope Kingston SE continues as that suits my riding style.”


Italy triumphs at 2018 Motocross of European Nations

The 2018 Motocross of European Nations is complete from the Gdansk circuit of Poland. Taking the win in impressive fashion is Team Italy in both the men’s and women’s racing!

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Italy won the 2018 Motocross of European Nations

A hand full of races took place on the Polish soil today starting with Race 1 of the Women’s Motocross of European Nations and ending with the second race of 250 and 125 group with 4 others in between. The action filled day was also full sunshine, bar banging battles, and intense racing.

Motocross of European Nations 125cc/250cc

The first of two races combining the 250 4strokes and the 125cc two strokes was led through the first corner by the Italians of Gianluca Facchetti and Mattia Guadagnini with the 250 of Facchetti having the advantage.

MXoEN Start
2018 MX of European Nations Start

France’s Maxime Renaux was quick to make a move through and took the lead by the end of the opening lap. However with only 1 lap to go Facchetti charged back past the Frenchman to take the race win. In the 250 category the top three were Facchetti, Renaux, and Norway’s Kevin Horgmo.

In the 125 results Guadagnini took the top spot with the Czech Republic’s Petr Polak second 4 seconds behind and France’s Tom Guyon 3rd. 6 points were attributed to Italy after the race, 1 for the race winner Facchetti and 5 additional for their 125 rider, Guadagnini, as he crossed the finish 5th out of both classes.

Race 2 was lead from start to finish by Facchetti who took another race win executing the perfect performance to help his team. Renaux looked strong for another 2nd place score but a crash sent him back to finish with 21 points, a costly score that the French team would later be forced to count out.

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Gianluca Facchetti

In the categorization of the 125’s Petr Polak took the win with Guyon only 3 tenths of a second further back and Guadagnini 3rd. In the overall classification Facchetti was the clear winner, with Horgmo 2nd, and Slovenia’s Jan Pancar 3rd while the 125 class was topped by Polak, Guadagnini, and Guyon.

MXoEN EMX125/EMX250 Race 2 Top 10 Classification

  1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 28:20.713
  2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.761
  3. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:05.397
  4. Jan Pancar (SLO, Yamaha), +0:32.113
  5. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:41.188
  6. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +0:45.030
  7. Dušan Drdaj (CZE, Yamaha), +1:01.228
  8. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +1:07.793
  9. Cornelius Toendel (NOR, Husqvarna), +1:08.382
  10. Arnolds Snikers (LAT, Yamaha), +1:10.860

MXoEN EMX125/EMX250 Race 4 Top 10 Classification

  1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 28:27.929
  2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:01.429
  3. Jan Pancar (SLO, Yamaha), +0:13.650
  4. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +0:40.285
  5. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:40.666
  6. Dušan Drdaj (CZE, Yamaha), +0:51.564
  7. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:52.329
  8. Cornelius Toendel (NOR, Husqvarna), +1:32.755
  9. Vitaly Makhnou (BLR, KTM), +1:38.804
  10. Maks Mausser (SLO, Husqvarna), +1:40.129

Motocross of European Nations 85cc

The 85cc riders also held two races counting into the larger overall score of the 250 and 125 results. Race 1 saw Norway’s Hakon Osterhagen take a win by over 10 seconds after starting the race 3rd. Early leader Valerio Lata from Italy had issues and dropped to 6th by the finish.

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2018 MX of European Nations 85cc Podium

Taking second was Tomas Pikart from the Czech Republic while France’s Xavier Cazal took third after leading the race for four laps and running second for another 5.

Race 2 had Italy’s Matteo Luigi Russi lead the first lap before lending the spot to fellow Italian Lata for 2 laps. With Russi back in the lead Lata held second for 9 laps before dropping 2 spots on the final 2 laps.

Meanwhile the hard charging Frenchman Maxime Grau came through the field to finish 2nd behind Russi while Osterhagen came back from an early fall to take third away from Pikart. The overall classification went in favor of Osterhagen as Grau took 2nd and Pikart rounded out the podium.

MXoEN EMX85 Race 1 Top 10 Classification

  1. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, KTM), 25:22.650
  2. Tomas Pikart (CZE, KTM), +0:11.723
  3. Xavier Cazal (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:13.004
  4. Maxime Grau (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:14.036
  5. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:15.409
  6. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), +0:17.885
  7. Matteo Luigi Russi (ITA, KTM), +0:56.791
  8. Andreas Faata Meyer (NOR, KTM), +1:01.465
  9. Julius Mikula (CZE, KTM), +1:05.560
  10. Kiryl Kadorkin (BLR, KTM), +1:08.252

MXoEN EMX85 Race 3 Top 10 Classification

  1. Matteo Luigi Russi (ITA, KTM), 25:12.410
  2. Maxime Grau (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:02.377
  3. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, KTM), +0:03.048
  4. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), +0:08.062
  5. Tomas Pikart (CZE, KTM), +0:16.145
  6. Xavier Cazal (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:17.814
  7. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:20.928
  8. Bor Brejc (SLO, KTM), +1:27.587
  9. Damian Zdunek (POL, KTM), +1:32.475
  10. Luka Kunic (CRO, Yamaha), +1:33.668

Women’s Motocross of European Nations

Race 1 of the Women’s Motocross of European Nations was a close fought battle between Italy’s Kiara Fontanesi and the Netherlands Nancy Van de Ven. Lapped riders played into the hands of Fontanesi by hampering the progress of the closing Van de Ven. Although again close at the finish the race win went to Fontanesi who held off Van de Ven.

MXoEN Kiara Fontanesi
Kiara Fontanesi

Race 2 was started with a holeshot by Fontanesi who lead every one of the 13 laps to take the race and overall win. Van de Ven was second every lap but the very last when she was forced into a DNF result after a mechanical issue.

Denmark’s Sara Anderson took over the second position after giving chase in third the majority of the race while Van de Ven’s Dutch teammate Shana Van der Vlist took 3rd.

In the overall classification Fontanesi took the clear win with 1-1 results while Sara Anderson was second with 3-2 finishes, and Fontanesi’s teammate, Giorgia Montini was 3rd. The pair of Italians on the podium gave team Italy the title of Women’s Motocross of Nations champion as Denmark took 2nd, and the Netherlands took 3rd.

WMXoEN Race 1 Top 10 Classification

  1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:41.002
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:01.030
  3. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:02.817
  4. Giorgia Montini (ITA, Yamaha), +1:18.219
  5. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), +1:21.425
  6. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:27.120
  7. Thea Emilie Asphaug (NOR, KTM), +1:30.945
  8. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:36.443
  9. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:39.103
  10. Mathea Seleboe (NOR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)

WMXoEN Race 2 Top 10 Classification

  1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 24:12.922
  2. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:49.248
  3. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:07.684
  4. Giorgia Montini (ITA, Yamaha), +1:09.876
  5. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), +1:17.969
  6. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:24.178
  7. Thea Emilie Asphaug (NOR, KTM), +1:32.858
  8. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:39.857
  9. Mathea Seleboe (NOR, Yamaha), +1:43.846
  10. Liubov Leonteva (RUS, Yamaha), +1:52.081

Patrick Dudek focused on SGP medal race after Krsko

Polish star Patryk Dudek insisted, “I’m fighting, I’ll stay focused and we’ll see what happens” as he stepped up his medal bid with AZTORIN Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix victory in Krsko on Saturday.

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Patrick Dudek took the win at the Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Krsko on Saturday

The Zielona Gora and Dackarna man claimed his second career SGP success after seeing off world champion Jason Doyle, Greg Hancock and Fredrik Lindgren to win the final.

Dudek is now fifth in the World Championship on 84 points – just five behind third-placed fellow countryman Maciej Janowski and Lindgren in fourth, who are tied on 89 with two rounds remaining.

After finishing second in his SGP debut season last year, Dudek is in the hunt for what would be an impressive second straight rostrum finish. But he’s determined to take it meeting by meeting, starting at the German SGP in Teterow on September 22, with the final round on home shale at the Torun SGP on October 6.

Patryk Dudek

“It’s sport and I need more points. Then maybe after the last Grand Prix, I will stand on the podium. But we will see. I’ll focus on the next meeting and we need to wait and see. It’s not too bad, but it is very tight overall. It’s a tough season in the GP. One meeting and you can have a big change. I’m fighting, I’ll stay focused and we’ll see what happens. It was a tough meeting. The starts were important today and racing on the good line on the track. But when you have a good sprocket on the bike and you were good from the start, it was an easy night. We worked hard all the time in the pits. And the result was brilliant so I am happy. When you race in the semi-final and you know you don’t have a good gate, you just have to close your eyes and drop your clutch at the good moment. I tried and did it.”

Elated Aussie star Doyle was pleased to reach his first rostrum of 2018 to storm into the World Championship’s top eight. The Newcastle-born ace admits his year as defending champion has been challenging so far.

Jason Doyle

“It’s a massive honour to make a podium. It has been a tough year to dig deep and try to find the performance we had last year. We have really struggled, I guess with ourselves, nothing to do with the equipment. We just needed to make a lot of changes. After the world title last year, things have changed. I have a big target on my back. So it’s nice to finally get that trophy this year and hopefully it will be the start of me staying in the top eight.”

World Champion Standings

  1. Tai Woffinden 108
  2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 99
  3. Maciej Janowski 89
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 89
  5. Patryk Dudek 84
  6. Greg Hancock 81
  7. Artem Laguta 73
  8. Jason Doyle 70
  9. Emil Sayfutdinov 70
  10. Matej Zagar 61

Aztorin Slovenian SGP Scores

  1. Patryk Dudek 16
  2. Jason Doyle 17
  3. Greg Hancock 15
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 13
  5. Bartosz Zmarzlik 12
  6. Maciej Janowski 10
  7. Chris Holder 10
  8. Martin Vaculik 9
  9. Artem Laguta 7
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Weston Peick remains with Suzuki for 2019 AMA SX & MX

Weston Peick will remain with the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team for the 2019 AMA Supercross and Motocross seasons.

The Menifee, California rider – one of the most consistent and hardworking riders in the sport returning for his fifth year with the factory program – continues to hone his craft and climb the ladder in what will be his 11th year on the professional circuit. Riding most of the year with torn tendons in his hand, the 27-year-old finished sixth overall in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross standings.

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Weston Peick

‘The Viking’ strung together 11 consecutive top-10 overall finishes during the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, before missing the final round due to hand surgery. With the injury behind him, Peick expects to better than ever in 2019.

Weston Peick

“I’m excited to continue this partnership. The team has been like a family to me ever since the first day I signed with them. Being able to surround myself with such a great group of professionals has been an awesome experience. I’m looking forward to improving my results next year and having another season on the Suzuki RM-Z450. Development has gone very well and we will be ahead of the game heading into the Anaheim Supercross opener.”


2018 FIM Motocross of Nations Entry Lists

Youthstream has released the entry list for 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations at RedBud, USA, this October 6th and 7th. The biggest motocross race in the world is less than a month away and the biggest team lineups have been picked.

The pinnacle of motocross racing will bring the best riders from around the world to the US where Team USA will look to reclaim the Chamberlain Trophy that has been elusive the past several years. With Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, and Aaron Plessinger the team is as strong as ever but will face a wide array of other top riders.

Besides, with the Dutch of Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff, and Calvin Vlaanderen, the defending French of Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, and Dylan Ferrandis, or the German’s of Ken Roczen, Max Nagl, and Henry Jacobi among the others, the level of competition will be unmatched.

Race Two (MX2 + Open)
MXoN 2017

31 teams have been entered into the weekend all looking to bring glory to their nation. Full entry list can be found below:

  • FRANCE
    • PAULIN Gautier MXGP MCM HUSQVARNA; FERRANDIS Dylan MX2 FFM YAMAHA FINOT Pascal; FEBVRE Romain OPEN FFM YAMAHA
  • NETHERLANDS
    • HERLINGS Jeffrey MXGP KNMV KTM; VLAANDEREN Calvin MX2 KNMV HONDA; COLDENHOFF Glenn OPEN KNMV KTM
  • GREAT BRITAIN
    • SEARLE Tommy MXGP ACU KAWASAKI; WATSON Ben MX2 ACU YAMAHA; ANSTIE Max OPEN ACU HUSQVARNA
  • BELGIUM
    • DESALLE Clément MXGP FMB KAWASAKI; GEERTS Jago MX2 FMB YAMAHA BOONEN Johan; VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy OPEN FMB YAMAHA
  • SWITZERLAND
    • GUILLOD Valentin MXGP FMS KTM; AUBERSON Killian MX2 FMS KTM; SEEWER Jeremy OPEN FMS YAMAHA
  • AUSTRALIA
    • GIBBS Kirk MXGP MA KTM; LAWRENCE Hunter MX2 MA HONDA; EVANS Mitchell OPEN MA KTM
  • ITALY
    • CAIROLI Antonio MXGP FMI KTM; CERVELLIN Michele MX2 FMI YAMAHA; LUPINO Alessandro OPEN FMI KAWASAKI
  • ESTONIA
    • LEOK Tanel MXGP EMF HUSQVARNA; ROOSIORG Hardi MX2 EMF KTM;  KULLAS Harri OPEN EMF HUSQVARNA
  • UNITED STATES
    • TOMAC Eli MXGP AMA KAWASAKI; PLESSINGER Aaron MX2 AMA YAMAHA; BARCIA Justin OPEN AMA YAMAHA
  • SWEDEN
    • BENGTSSON Filip MXGP SVEMO YAMAHA; 29 ÖSTLUND Alvin MX2 SVEMO YAMAHA; GOLE Anton OPEN SVEMO YAMAHA
  • CANADA
    • FACCIOTTI Colton MXGP CMA HONDA; 38 PETTIS Jess MX2 CMA YAMAHA; BENOIT Kaven OPEN CMA KTM
  • IRELAND
    • 43 IRWIN Graeme MXGP MCUI KTM; BARR Martin MX2 MCUI HUSQVARNA; BIRD Richard OPEN MCUI KTM
  • PORTUGAL
    • GONÇALVES Rui MXGP FMP YAMAHA; GRAÇA Diogo MX2 FMP SUZUKI; ALBERTO Paulo OPEN FMP YAMAHA
  • PUERTO RICO
    • WINDHAM Kevin MXGP AMA HONDA; SIPES Ryan MX2 AMA HUSQVARNA; PASTRANA Travis OPEN AMA SUZUKI
  • SPAIN
    • BUTRON Jose Antonio MXGP RFME KTM, PRADO Jorge MX2 RFME KTM; CAMPANO Carlos OPEN RFME YAMAHA
  • GERMANY
    • ROCZEN Ken MXGP AMA HONDA; JACOBI Henry MX2 DMSB HUSQVARNA; NAGL Max OPEN DMSB TM
  • NEW ZEALAND
    • COOPER Cody MXGP MNZ HONDA; HARWOOD Hamish MX2 MNZ KTM; CARTER Rhys OPEN MNZ YAMAHA
  • CZECH REPUBLIC
    • KOVAR Vaclav MXGP ACCR KTM; KRC Martin MX2 ACCR KTM; MICHEK Martin OPEN ACCR KTM
  • BRAZIL
    • DE SOUZA Gustavo MXGP CBM KAWASAKI; LOPES Enzo MX2 CBM SUZUKI; SANTO Fabio OPEN CBM YAMAHA
  • SOUTH AFRICA
    • DOCHERTY Michael MXGP UAEMC HUSQVARNA; LIONNET Bradley MX2 AMA YAMAHA; TRENNANT Caleb OPEN MSA HUSQVARNA
  • UKRAINE
    • ASMANOV Dmytro MXGP FMU KTM; HERNOV Dmytro MX2 FMU HUSQVARNA; TARASOV Volodymyr OPEN FMU KTM
  • ICELAND
    • SIGURDSSON EINAR MXGP MSI HUSQVARNA; GUDMUNDSSON Andri MX2 NMF HUSQVARNA; BIRGISSON Ingvi Bjorn OPEN MSI HUSQVARNA
  • ARGENTINA
    • POLI Joaquin MXGP CAMOD HONDA; SEIBEL Julian MX2 CAMOD HONDA; LUZZARDI Juan Pablo OPEN CAMOD KTM
  • PHILIPPINES
    • SAN ANDRES Kenneth MXGP NAMSSA KAWASAKI; FLORES Mark Reggie MX2 NAMSSA KAWASAKI; RODRIGUEZ Carlo OPEN NAMSSA KAWASAKI
  • JAPAN
    • KOGA Taiki MXGP MFJ HONDA; 119 YAKOYAMA Haruki MX2 MFJ KAWASAKI; TOMITA Toshiki OPEN MFJ HONDA
  • MEXICO
    • ZAMBRANO Julio Cesar MXGP FMM KTM; FIERRO III Arturo Humberto MX2 FMM KTM; LOPEZ Felix OPEN FMM KTM
  • AUSTRIA
    • NEURAUTER Lukas MXGP AMF KTM; SANDNER Michael MX2 AMF KTM; RAUCHENECKER Pascal OPEN AMF HUSQVARNA
  • VENEZUELA
    • BADIALI Carlos MXGP FMV YAMAHA; RODRIGUEZ Hector Anthony MX2 FMV YAMAHA; LOCURCIO Lorenzo OPEN FMV YAMAHA
  • GUAM
    • SCHARER Brandon MXGP AMA YAMAHA; WILLIAMS Cody MX2 AMA YAMAHA; LIPANOVICH Sean OPEN AMA KTM
  • CHILE
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    • FERNANDEZ José MXGP FNMG KTM; BARRIENTOS Pablo MX2 FNMG KTM; GONZÁLEZ Jorge OPEN FNMG HONDA
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 Gas Gas announce 2019 EC and XC models

The highly competitive EC enduro and XC cross-country models renew their image by incorporating improvements in the frame, suspension, engine and the electrical system. While the Spanish brand updates the looks of its enduro keeping intact the wild, attractive line of its unmistakable off-road two-stroke models.

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2019 Gas Gas XC300

With a dry weight just over 100 kilograms, the new range is positioned as one of the lightest bikes on the market, showing improvements in its engine, frame and suspension. In addition to its improved electrical system, there comes a new starter with a greater capacity battery system, and the addition of the double switch engine map for altering dry or wet terrains. The updated engine for both the 250cc and 300cc models provide an increase in thermodynamic performance and power, achieving a more linear delivery of torque throughout its range.

The new 2019 Gas Gas Enduro range is made up of the EC 300/250/200 versions and the XC 300/250/200 cross-country. The EC 250 & EC 300 will be the first to arrive in Australia at Gas Gas Dealerships at the end of September, with the XC 250 & XC 300 expected to arrive in October.

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2019 Gas Gas EC300

For pricing and expected arrival for the EC and XC range, please see below (Australia only). For more information see the Gas Gas Australia website (link).

  • XC 200 $10,990 (TBC)
  • XC 250 $11,690 (Arriving Oct 2018)
  • XC 300 $11,990 (Arriving Oct 2018)
  • EC 200 $11,690 (TBC)
  • EC 250 $11,990 (Arriving Sept 2018)
  • EC 300 $12,490 (Arriving Sept  2018)

Sherco Australia introduce 2019 Enduro range

Sherco Australia has announced the 2019 enduro models, which are now available from all authorised Sherco dealers. The 2019 range features the all-new 500 SEF which brings Sherco into the open class four-stroke category. For 2019 the Sherco enduro model range have also been streamlined to incorporate the Racing and Factory models which are both available for the full model year.

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2019 Sherco 125 SE-R
Stephen Tuff – Sherco Australia

“The 500 SEF is a hot topic not only for Sherco but for the entire off-road market.The media has been hungry for 500 SEF news and it has been widely reported that the dirt bike community is thirsty for a new offering in the big-bore four-stoke class. The 500 SEF is a direct result of Australian customer demand. We put forward the requests for the big-bore thumper to the Sherco Factory and they delivered. We’re incredibly excited about this bike.”

The 2019 model range consists of seven machines spread across two-stroke and four-stroke configurations. Introduced in 2018, the 125 SE-R joins the 250 SE-R and 300 SE-R in the two-stroke category, all of which received a number of updates for 2019. The 250 and 300 have a new ignitions system, engine cylinder, combustion chamber, cylinder head and power-valve along with a new exhaust.

The four-stroke line-up consists of 250 SEF-R, 300 SEF-R, 450 SEF-R and the new 500 SEF-R. The 250 SEF-R and 300 SEF-R have a number of cylinder head and mapping upgrades improving power and engine response.

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2019 Sherco 500 SEF Factory

The Factory model range has been revamped for 2019 with the inclusion of KYB suspension, blue rims, Galfer brake discs, dual material rear sprocket, Factory graphics, full Akrapovic exhaust system on the four-stroke models, full FMF exhaust system on the two-strokes, AXP skid plate, dual-color Domino grips and light-weight lithium Ion Shido battery.

Bolstering the enduro offering from Sherco is the introduction of the SC cross county models for the first time in Australia. Available on a pre-order basis only, the SC models come equipped for closed course competition with a no-fuss, all-business look of no lights or indicators. The SC models come equipped with Factory model upgrades including KYB suspension and performance exhausts.

The all-new 500 SEF will arrive in Australia mid-September, while all other Sherco 2019 enduro Racing and Factory models are available now from all authorised Sherco dealers.

Racing Two-Stroke

  • 125 SE-R Racing $11,290
  • 250 SE-R Racing $11,990
  • 300 SE-R Racing $12,390

Racing Four-Stroke

  • 250 SEF-R Racing $12,490
  • 300 SEF-R Racing $13,390
  • 450 SEF-R Racing $13,790
  • 500 SEF-R Racing $13,990

Factory Two-Stroke

  • 125 SE Factory $12,990
  • 250 SE Factory $13,890
  • 300 SE Factory $14,290
  • 500 SEF Factory $15,990

Factory Four-Stroke

  • 250 SEF Factory $14,490
  • 300 SEF Factory $14,990
  • 450 SEF Factory $15,590
  • 500 SEF Factory $15,990
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All pricing is recommended retail including GST, plus ORC. For more information on Sherco Australia, visit www.sherco.com.au (link).


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