Moto News Weekly Wrap

October 9, 2018

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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • FIM Motocross of Nations – Red Bud
  • Australian Supercross Championships – Round 2 – Coolum
  • AJMX – Penguin, Tasmania
  • AORC – Rounds 10-11 – Omeo, Vic
  • FIM Speedway GP – Round 10 – Torun
  • American Flat Track – Meadowlands Mile – East Rutherford, NJ
  • 2019 AMA Nationals Schedule Announced
  • Shaun Simpson to RFX KTM
  • Billy Janniro Wins AMA Speedway National Championship
  • Ernée to Host 2020 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations
  • MotoStars to Promote Australian Supermoto Championship
  • Gaisford Wins 2018 Australian ATV Motocross Nationals
  • Middleton Secures Record Sixth Straight Trials Championship
  • What Racing is Left for 2018?

FIM Motocross of Nations – Red Bud

A rain soaked RedBud in Michigan, USA hosted the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations and it was a mega gutsy performance by Team France to earn the Chamberlain trophy for their 5th year in a row!

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MXoN 2018 – Red Bud USA – Image by Ray Archer

30 teams entered the competition with 19 teams directly qualifying out of Saturday’s three qualifying races but the 11 teams remaining had one last chance on Sunday morning via winning the B-Final and it was Team Puerto Rico’s Travis Pastrana, Kevin Windham, and Ryan Sipes who claimed the final spot for the three main races.

1st – France: Despite three days of rain and the toughest conditions seen for many a year the French team was led to victory by team captain and Monster Energy FIM MXoN veteran Gautier Paulin along with solid performances by Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier.

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MXoN 2018 – Red Bud USA – Image by Ray Archer

Paulin scored second in the opening MXGP/MX2 moto behind Herlings while Ferrandis made a late charge to climb up to 7th place then in the second moto disaster struck for France with Tixier’s KTM coming to a steaming halt with four laps remaining but Ferrandis scored a credible 8th place finish after crashing several times so it all came down to the final moto and it was Paulin who battled tooth and nail all race to climb up to third while Tixier’s 15th place was enough to seal the win on 35 points.

Gautier Paulin

“It is an incredible feeling to win the MXoN with Team France for a fifth time in a row. I really have no words to describe how happy I am. Conditions were far from ideal during the whole weekend here at Red Bud, but we made things work to our advantage. I gave my best in both motos and kept pushing until the very end. A special thanks to all the members of my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. Winning this trophy with Team France is the best way to wrap up a long season.”

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Team France celebrate MXoN victory
Dylan Ferrandis

“I was really happy ride here in the USA and to test my speed against the rest of the world. I knew the track before I came here but it was quite a bit different to what it is like at the AMA Nationals. It was a lot softer and different in some areas. I didn’t feel amazing today, it was difficult to race two back-to-back races, I needed to try to preserve my bike because the track was really rutty and really deep. It is awesome to be on Team France and to represent my country and it is an awesome weekend to end with the win. “

France – 35 points

  • Race 1: 2 pts – PAULIN, Gautier
  • Race 1: 7 pts – FERRANDIS, Dylan
  • Race 2: 8 pts – FERRANDIS, Dylan
  • Race 2 32 (DNF) – TIXIER, Jordi
  • Race 3: 3 pts – PAULIN, Gautier
  • Race 3: 15 pts – TIXIER, Jordi
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MXoN 2018 – Red Bud USA – Image by Ray Archer

2nd – Italy: Coming in second by only a two-point deficit was the Italian team of Antonio Cairoli, Michele Cervellin and Alessandro Lupino. Cairoli and Cervellin went 6th and 10th in the opening moto before Lupino and Cervellin went 12th and 14th in the second moto so going into the final moto all eyes were on the Italian and French teams and after 35 minutes of sensational racing Cairoli battled his way to fourth while Lupino put in his best ever ride for the team to finish fifth – only to fall just two points shy of their second win in the modern era.

Tony Cairoli

“We are very happy to be on the podium. It is amazing actually because last week [after the Imola crash] we did not expect to be here. We had a strong race and both days I felt good on the RedBud track. We could have won and we ‘had the cards’ to do it but I threw it away in the first moto with a crash and Alessandro also in his first race. It’s bad when you lose by only a few points but this is the Motocross of Nations – the best race of the year – and we are very happy to be on the podium. It was a good end to an amazing season. Congratulations to France for a strong race and to Holland also, a shame about the bad luck. This [the results] is good for European motocross and we are proud of our series. Thanks to everybody and to Youthstream for organising a great event again.”

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MXoN 2018 – Toni Cairoli
Alessandro Lupino

“I’m really happy with this podium for Italy, event if we have little pain in the stomach because Cairoli and I each made a mistake in our first motos and that cost us probably the win! On the other hand we were also lucky as many things happened with this weather, but missing the victory by two points is difficult to accept! We have to be happy, because seven days ago we were not even sure to come as both Antonio and I were injured and we have ended the weekend on the podium. Last week everyone in the team was crying, and today everyone is laughing! I want to thanks the federation and my team Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki, also my coach Christian Ravaglia who helped me a lot. We have had a good season together and we’re confident for next season, but now it’s time for some holidays with my family in Corsica and Sicilia after a long season as I had thirty-two races on my schedule this year.”

Italy – 37 points

  • Race 1: 6 pts – CAIROLI, Antonio
  • Race 1: 10 pts – CERVELLIN, Michele
  • Race 2: 12 pts – LUPINO, Alessandro
  • Race 2: 14 pts – CERVELLIN, Michele
  • Race 3: 4 pts – CAIROLI, Antonio
  • Race 3: 5 pts – LUPINO, Alessandro
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MXoN 2018 – Red Bud USA – Image by Ray Archer

3rd – The Netherlands: Taking the final spot on the podium was team Netherlands who were surprisingly led by Glenn Coldenhoff (1-1) with Jeffrey Herlings (1-2) playing second fiddle for the first time this year while the third member of the team in Calvin Vlaanderen was forced out of the opening moto with a serious eyes injury and on the back of trackside medical advice didn’t return for the remainder of the event.

Coldenhoff was the revelation of the event with the KTM pilot winning his Open class qualifying race as well as both of his races on Sunday, even the final race ahead of the more fancied Herlings who could not catch his team mate – but it was clear that these two riders were a class ahead of the rest of the field to score just 5 points between them.

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Glenn Coldenhoff – MXoN 2018

Herlings won the opening moto by 25 seconds ahead of Paulin, Coldenhoff won the second moto by 16 seconds over Lawrence and in the third moto the pair were over a minute ahead of Paulin at the line – both clocking their fastest lap times of the day in the dying laps of the final moto while others floundered in the deep sandy ruts.

Jeffrey Herlings

“Me and Glenn did a great job. I won my first moto and he went 1-1: we deserved to win and it was a shame we didn’t get the results with our MX2 rider. We were so close but Team France were the best today and we should respect that. I want to thank Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for the whole season; they did an incredible job. I also want to thank the Dutch Federation for being behind us. We had a great weekend and some great days here. I’m happy to finish off the season. Next year it will be at Assen and home soil and if Glenn has the same breakfast and we get another result then we can definitely go for the win. It has been a good day.”

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Jeffrey Herlings – MXoN 2018
Glenn Coldenhoff

“This definitely feels good and going 1-1 at the Motocross of Nations is kinda crazy. I have no words. I think this is a great and beautiful track and the conditions were great. It is just a shame for Calvin; he could have finished in the top fifteen easily in the first moto but there were some issues and then he couldn’t start the second one. It has still been a great day to be up here [on the podium] and congratulations to the other teams. We were the strongest today. I loved being out here.”

Calvin Vlaanderen

“Being disappointed is an understatement, of course, but there is nothing we can do about it. It was a difficult moto until it lasted, but then being ruled out of the second race was a massive blow. Hopefully it’s nothing serious but we’ll see tomorrow what the specialists will say; in the meantime, I’ll try to stay as calm and positive as I can, even though it won’t be an easy task. Hats off and congratulations to Jeffrey and Glenn for their results today, they rode amazing.”

Calvin Vlaanderen
Calvin Vlaanderen

The Netherlands – 41 points

  • Race 1: 1 pts – HERLINGS, Jeffrey
  • Race 1: 36 pts – VLAANDEREN, Calvin
  • Race 2:1 pts – COLDENHOFF, Glenn
  • (Vlaanderen DNS)
  • Race 3 1 pts – COLDENHOFF, Glenn
  • Race 3 2 pts – HERLINGS, Jeffrey
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4th – Australia: Team Australia were leading the standings after the opening two motos on the back of 8-14 finishes by Lawrence and Gibbs in the opening moto followed by 2-10 finishes by Lawrence and Evans in the second moto. But it all went pear shaped in moto three when Gibbs was left on the ground after a heavy fall on the opening lap while Evans was sitting just outside the top five.

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Hunter Lawrence – MXoN 2018

In fact, Evans would have needed to come 1st or 2nd in the final moto to earn Australia it’s first MXoN win. An unrealistic expectation in this sort of company in the conditions they were competing in but the plucky youngster held on to a top ten position until the penultimate lap where a mistake dropped him to a still more than credible 14th place – one position ahead of the winning team member Jordi Tixier.

As for Lawrence, the Honda pilot was nothing short of spectacular all weekend with a secondin Saturday’s MX2 qualifying race before scoring 8-2 finishes on Sunday – in fact, in his second moto the Aussie caught and passed current World MX2 Motocross Champion Jorge Prado with ease to end the weekend second overall in the MX2 class.

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Hunter Lawrence – MXoN 2018

Gibbs started his weekend with a ninth place finish in Saturday’s MXGP qualifying race but in his first moto on Sunday the KTM pilot sat outside the top 20 going through the first few corners but fought all of the way up to a credible 14th place finish before crashing hard in the final moto to finish a distant 33rd place to end the weekend 13th in the MXGP class.

Evans’ weekend started with a spectacular crash on the start straight of his Open class qualifying race on Saturday but to the 450 class rookie’s credit he fought back to 15th place before earning a 10th in his opening moto on Sunday then a hard fought 14th in the final moto of the weekend to finish a sensational 8th in the Open Class.

Hunter Lawrence

“I’m really happy with how this whole weekend went. I knew that it would be a track that I’d like and that the conditions would really suit my style and that’s exactly how it turned out. To come second in the second moto, on a Honda CRF250 up against the 450 riders was a really pleasing achievement and it was great it helped Australia achieve a fourth place overall. I thought coming into this event that a top five was possible so to one better was really cool. I really had a great time all weekend and it was awesome to show my speed on the biggest stage of them all.”

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Hunter Lawrence – MXoN 2018

Australia – 48 points

  • Race 1: 8 pts – LAWRENCE, Hunter
  • Race 1: 14 pts – GIBBS, Kirk
  • Race 2: 2 pts – LAWRENCE, Hunter
  • Race 2: 10 pts – EVANS, Mitchell
  • Race 3: 14 pts – EVANS, Mitchell
  • Race 3: 33 pts – GIBBS, Kirk

The Rest: Great Britain scored 5th on 48 points with Ben Watson (4-15), Max Anstie (6-13) and Tommy Searle (10-34) all having their ups and downs over the weekend but the biggest disappointment must be Team USA who finished 6th on 49 points on the back of Eli Tomac racing to 4-7 moto results while Justin Barcia went 9-13 and Aaron Plessinger 16-18 on home soil – a truly poor performance against the might of the European stars.

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Eli Tomac – MXoN 2018

Belgium(53 pts), Spain (63 pts), Eastonia (71 pts) and Germany (78 pts) rounded out the top ten while Herlings won the MXGP class over Paulin and Cairoli, Coldenhoff won the Open class over Lupino and Jeremy Van Horebeek and Jorge Prado topped off a cracker year by winning the MX2 class ahead of Lawrence and Ferrandis.

Jorge Prado

“It was a great weekend. It was nice coming here as the new World Champion in MX2. I enjoyed today even if the track was tough but I had two good starts – which is pretty cool on an MX2 bike. I was leading that first moto for twenty minutes…I’m really happy. This is the second year I win the Ricky Carmichael Award so I want to say thanks to the team and also to Team Spain. We did a good job coming here and we were near the top.”

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Jorge Prado – MXoN 2018

As for our Kiwi friends? In conditions you would have thought favoured our cousins, New Zealand’s Cody Cooper (11-32), Hamish Harwood (38-29) and Rhys Carter (37-35) struggled all weekend at Red Bud earning them 144 points for 18th place ahead of Puerto Rico and Switzerland.

Race 1 – MXGP + MX2 Classification Top 20

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36:14.743
  2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:25.416
  3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:31.483
  4. Eli Tomac (USA, Kawasaki), +0:40.195
  5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:51.878
  6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:57.900
  7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.029
  8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +1:03.066
  9. Colton Facciotti (CAN, Honda), +1:51.758
  10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +1:54.397
  11. Cody Cooper (NZL, Honda), +1:55.966;
  12. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:59.730;
  13. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +2:02.779;
  14. Kirk Gibbs (AUS, KTM), +2:11.101;
  15. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +2:13.244;
  16. Martin Barr (IRL, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s);
  17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  18. Aaron Plessinger (USA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
  19. Roland Edelbacher (AUT, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  20. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s

Nations top ten: France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, USA, Australia, Canada, Estonia, The Netherlands, Austria.

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Glenn Coldenhoff, Jorge Prado, Hunter Lawrence – MXoN 2018

Race 2 – MX2 + Open Classification Top 20

  1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 34:28.308;
  2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:16.063;
  3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:20.510;
  4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:21.458;
  5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:23.272;
  6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:28.847;
  7. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), +0:32.905;
  8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Yamaha), +0:37.022;
  9. Justin Barcia (USA, Yamaha), +0:59.661;
  10. Mitchell Evans (AUS, KTM), +1:09.475;
  11. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +1:10.665;
  12. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +1:34.629;
  13. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:37.325;
  14. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +1:48.701;
  15. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, Husqvarna), +1:52.995;
  16. Aaron Plessinger (USA, Yamaha), +1:58.003;
  17. Martin Barr (IRL, Husqvarna), +2:01.127;
  18. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +2:05.941;
  19. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +2:08.095;
  20. Jess Pettis (CAN, Yamaha), +2:10.321; 21. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), +2:16.805

Nations top ten: Australia, Belgium, Italy, Spain, USA, France, Estonia, Great Britain, Canada and Austria.

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Glenn Coldenhoff – MXoN 2018

Race 3 – MXGP + Open Classification Top 20

  1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 35:53.888;
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.970;
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:03.687;
  4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:05.191;
  5. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +1:11.582;
  6. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:12.469;
  7. Eli Tomac (USA, Kawasaki), +1:12.820;
  8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +1:27.271;
  9. Ken Roczen (GER, Honda), +1:44.294;
  10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:50.621;
  11. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:52.338;
  12. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), +1:54.863;
  13. Justin Barcia (USA, Yamaha), +1:59.002;
  14. Mitchell Evans (AUS, KTM), +2:02.314;
  15. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +2:04.278;
  16. Lorenzo Locurcio (VEN, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
  17. Anton Gole (SWE, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
  18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  19. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s);
  20. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);

MXoN Team Results

  1. France 35
  2. Italy 37
  3. The Netherlands 41
  4. Australia 48
  5. Great Britain 48
  6. USA 49
  7. Belgium 53
  8. Spain 63
  9. Estonia 71
  10. Germany 78
  11. Canada 99
  12. Sweden 106
  13. Austria 108
  14. Ireland 127
  15. Venezuela 129
  16. Czech Republic 130
  17. Brazil 137
  18. New Zealand 144
  19. Puerto Rico 175
  20. Switzerland 95
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Australian Supercross Championships – Round 2 – Coolum

Justin Brayton and Jay Wilson have secured their second consecutive win in the SX! And SX2 class respectively at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship that was held at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

Brayton hit the lead early in the 20 lap SX1 final and didn’t look back, but it was the battle for the minor places that had the Coolum crowd on the edge of their seats but it wasn’t long before the contenders narrowed down when CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team newcomer Nathan Crawford injured his leg and SX1 rookie Cody Dyce (Suzuki) crashed hard through the stutter bump section – both riders recorded a DNF result.

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Justin Brayton – Australian SX Coolum 2018 – Image by Zhane Dunlop

Luke Clout inherited third behind Metcalfe, where he would remain despite a crash late in the race, which he was able to recover from and secure the final podium spot ahead of Jace Owen from the USA on the Complete Parts Kawasaki with Dan Reardon racing on through a flat tyre, to secure a top-5 result on his Yamaha

Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team) came home in sixth, with Jesse Dobson (KSF Ecstar Suzuki), Lawson Bopping (Kawasaki), Nick Sutherland (Honda) and Zak Small (Husqvarna) rounding out the top-10.

Brayton will take a narrow six point lead over Metcalfe into the third round of the series at Geelong this weekend.

SX1 – Final

  1. Justin BRAYTON – 18:28.155
  2. Brett METCALFE – 18:40.431
  3. Luke CLOUT 18:54.537
  4. Jace OWEN – 18:59.877
  5. Daniel REARDON – 19:29.787
  6. Dylan LONG – 18:30.416
    Jesse DOBSON – 18:51.611
  7. Lawson BOPPING – 19.01.298
  8. Nicholas SUTHERLAND – 19.12.356
  9. Zak SMALL – 19:17.303
  10. Robbie MARSHALL – 19:22.474
  11. Jesse MADDEN – 19:31.502
  12. Rickie GIRDWOOD – 19:07.350
  13. Joshua KILVINGTON – 19:40.111

SX1 Points after 2 Rounds

  1. Justin BRAYTON – 50
  2. Brett METCALFE – 44
  3. Luke CLOUT – 40
  4. Jace OWEN – 34
  5. Daniel REARDON – 34
  6. Dylan LONG – 30
  7. Jesse DOBSON – 28
  8. Nicholas SUTHERLAND – 25
  9. Robbie MARSHALL – 21
  10. Jesse MADDEN – 21
  11. Zak SMALL – 18
  12. Lawson BOPPING – 13
  13. Joshua KILVINGTON – 13

SX2

In the 250 SX2 class, series leader Jay Wilson moved into the lead ahead of Aaron Tanti in the closing stages of the race to clinch his second-consecutive victory this time over Tanti, Wilson Todd, Hayden Mellross, Dakota Alix, Jacob Hayes, Kyle Webster, Jackson Richardson, Richie Evans and Thomas Ravenhorst.

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Jay Wilson

Wilson has a handy 14 point lead over Hayden Mellross as the SX circus heads to Geelong for the third round of the series this weekend.

SX2 – Final

  1. Jay WILSON – 4:03.960
  2. Aaron TANTI – 14:05.274
  3. Wilson TODD – 14:06.413
  4. Hayden MELLROSS – 14:07.346
  5. Dakota ALIX – 14:08.414
  6. Jacob HAYES – 14:13.323
  7. Kyle WEBSTER – 14:19.414
  8. Jackson RICHARDSON – 14:29.609
  9. Richard EVANS – 14:33.989
  10. Tomas RAVENHORST – 14:36.565

SX2 Points after 2 Rounds

  1. Jay WILSON – 50
  2. Hayden MELLROSS – 36
  3. Wilson TODD – 34
  4. Bradley TAFT – 32
  5. Dakota ALIX 31 – 19
  6. Jacob HAYES – 31
  7. Joshua OSBY – 25
  8. Richard EVANS – 25
  9. Aaron TANTI – 24
  10. Jackson RICHARDSON – 24

Junior Lites Points (3 Races)

  1. Brandon STEEL – 63
  2. Denzel WOULFE – 63
  3. Jai WALKER – 60
  4. Jake CUKA – 58
  5. Zackariah WRIGHT – 54
  6. Kai BONNING – 43
  7. Reece CRUTCH – 35

Junior Lites Points after 2 Rounds

  1. Brandon STEEL – 121
  2. Jake CUKA – 120
  3. Denzel WOULFE – 118
  4. Zackariah WRIGHT – 104
  5. Kai BONNING – 90

Junior 85/150

  1. Jack MATHER – 70
  2. Brad WEST – 69
  3. Cambell WILLIAMS – 62
  4. Cody KILPATRICK – 54
  5. Zachary WATSON – 48
  6. Connor MCLAUGLIN – 45
  7. Zane MACKINTOSH – 41
  8. Anthony ATANASOVSKI – 40
  9. Kaipara CLARKE – 36
  10. Jake GREENHALGH – 11

Junior 85/150 Points after 2 Rounds

  1. Brad WEST – 132
  2. Jack MATHER – 124
  3. Cambell WILLIAMS – 106
  4. Cody KILPATRICK – 106
  5. Connor MCLAUGLIN – 82
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AJMX – Penguin, Tasmania

The Championship decider day of the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship (AJMX) in Penguin, Tasmania saw plenty of thrills and spills as 13 national titles were decided in what was an incredible day of racing.

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AJMX 2018 – Penguin, Tasmania

The Coastal Motocross Club has been blessed with exceptional weather and conditions all week and the track has produced top notch racing. It has been a proud week for the sport, as the country’s elite junior motocross athletes were crowned!

Queensland successfully claimed the title in the Interstate Challenge, where a number of riders were selected in each division. The winners took top honors with a total of 210 points, followed by New South Wales in second with 198, Western Australia third with 192, South Australia fourth with 189, Tasmania fifth with 183, Victoria sixth with 176 and Northern Territory seventh with 169 points.

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AJMX 2018 – Penguin, Tasmania

Junior Lites 15yo – Final 4 & 5

Western Australian, Regan Duffy continued his charge towards the Junior Lites title with another impressive victory in final 4 to open the day’s action. The win was no doubt an impressive feat after a huge crash yesterday. Duffy charged to victory beating rival Noah Ferguson (QLD) with a confidence boosting five second win. Tye Jones (QLD) took third, while Dante Hyam (NSW) and Lochie Smith (TAS) closed out the fast five. The crowd would have to wait till the final moto of the day to see who would be crowned champion for this class.

Duffy later rose to the occasion and won the Junior Lites 15yo Championship after the final moto of the day. His performances in this category were nothing short of stellar, falling one win short of a clean sweep. He managed to take victory by 4.797 seconds, in front of Jones. Ferguson, Hyam and Smith all managed top five positions.

Championship Points

  1. Regan Duffy: 172
  2. Noah Ferguson: 152
  3. Dante Hyam: 140
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Levi Rogers – AJMX 2018 – Penguin, Tasmania

125cc – 13-U15 – Final 5

The first 2018 AJMX Champion of the day was crowned as South Australian, Alex Larwood sealed the title with a third-place finish. Levi Rogers (QLD) took a seven second margin win and would fall short of the championship by only one point to Larwood. Coming in second was Ricky Chalmers (NSW) followed by the new champ in third. Blake Hollis (NSW) and Dominic Walker (VIC) completed the top five finishers.

Championship Points

  1. Alex Larwood: 160
  2. Levi Rogers: 159
  3. Ricky Chalmers: 157
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AJMX 2018 – Penguin, Tasmania

Mini Lites SW 9-U12 Final 3

KTM rider, Jet Alsop from Queensland has dominated the class to take the Championship for the Mini Lites SW 9-U12. Alsop taking two out of three final wins to seal the title. In the third final, Alsop managed to hit the front early on and control the race to the finish, despite coming under pressure from second place finisher, Jake Cannon (QLD0 at times. Finishing in third was Byron Dennis (NSW), with Angus Pearce (TAS) and Kayd Kingsford (NSW) in fourth and fifth.

Championship Points

  1. Jet Alsop: 102
  2. Kayden Minear: 91
  3. Jake Cannon: 83

50cc Division 2 – 7-U9 Final 5

Brodie Court (QLD) has taken a sensational victory in the final moto of the 50cc class to earn himself a championship win. Court scored the same amount of points as Aden Oakland (QLD) but his victory in the final race, handed him the championship win. Oakland could only manage a 11th place finish in final 5. Finishing second was Phoenix Blanchette (NSW), followed by Ryder Creeke (NSW), Jay Jennings (TAS) and Ryder Woodrow (SA) completing the top five.

Championship Points

  1. Brodie Court: 147
  2. Aden Oakland: 147
  3. Phoenix Blanchette: 145

Mini Lites BW – 14-U16 – Final 5

New South Welshman, Benny Novak has sealed the Mini Lites BW – 14-U16 championship with his third-place finish in the final moto. Joe O’Donnell (NSW) finished first in the final moto, with Reid Taylor (NSW) in second. Taylor would also finish second in the championship standings. Bayley Clancy (NSW) finished fourth and Jacob Sweet (VIC) rounded out the top five.

Championship Points

  1. Benny Novak: 165
  2. Reid Taylor: 161
  3. Joe O’Donnell 161

Mini Lites BW – 12-U14 – Final 3

The championship battle for the Mini Lites BW – 12-U14 could not have been any closer, with the top three all tied on points! Ryan Alexanderson (QLD) was awarded the championship for taking the victory in the final race, with Jackson Camilleri (QLD) and Rory Fairbrother (NSW) just missing out on the title, despite all being tied on 87 points. In the final Alexanderson took a five second victory ahead of Camilleri, followed by Brock Sleader (QLD) in third, Deegan Mancinelli (QLD) in fourth and Cobie Bourke (NZ) in fifth.

Championship Points

  1. Ryan Alexanderson: 87
  2. Jackson Camilleri: 87
  3. Rory Fairbrother: 87

65cc 7-U9 – Final 5

Cooper Ford (TAS) was Mr. Consistency here at the 2018 AJMX, being crowned 65cc 7-U9 – Final 5 Champion, despite not taking a win. His second place in the final moto being enough to take the title. The race itself was won by Cooper Downing (QLD), who beat home Ryder Creeke (NSW), Ford, Jack Burton (NSW) and Peter Wolfe (QLD), in what was a respectable display.

Championship Points

  1. Cooper Ford: 142
  2. Jobe Dunne: 139
  3. Cooper Downing: 138

 Junior Lites – 13-U16 Girls – Final 5

Queenslander, Charli Cannon has dominated the final moto to take the Junior Lites – 13-U16 Girls Championship in fine style. The 175 points Cannon clocked up was more than enough to seal the deal and she won the final race by over 18 seconds. Cannon was followed by Taylah McCutcheon (QLD), Tanesha Harnett (NSW), Taylor Thompson (NSW) and Madi Healey (VIC) in the final race.

Championship Points

  1. Charli Cannon: 175
  2. Taylah McCutcheon: 158
  3. Taylor Thompson: 148
AJMX Penguin Tas Jake Cannon
Jake Cannon – AJMX 2018 – Penguin, Tasmania

65cc – 11-U12 – Final 5

Jet Alsop (QLD) has taken another championship here at Penguin in the 65cc – 11-U12 category. His third in the final moto was enough to guarantee the title. Jake Cannon (QLD) managed to win the final race but he would fall only four points short off Alsop in the title race. Seth Burchell (NSW) finished second, followed by Alsop, Callum Penney (TAS) and Tate Young (TAS).

Championship Points

  1. Jet Alsop: 160
  2. Jake Cannon: 156
  3. Seth Burchell: 155

125cc – 15yo – Final 5

Noah Ferguson (QLD) has sealed the 125cc – 15yo championship, despite only fifth in the final moto and not winning a final. There was plenty of drama including, Regan Duffy (WA) retiring from the race. Eventually it was Corben Weinert (WA) who took a dominant 19-second margin victory. Weinert was followed by Lochie Smith (TAS), Kai Newbold (SA), Tye Jones (QLD) and Noah Ferguson (QLD).

Championship Points

  1. Noah Ferguson: 150
  2. Tye Jones: 148
  3. Corben Weinert: 138

Junior Lites – 13-U15 – Final 5

Taking his second championship of the day was Alex Larwood (SA), this time in the Junior Lites – 13-U15. Larwood took the championship in style, also taking the victory in the final moto. His 169 points giving him a 28-point buffer over Blake Hollis. New South Weshman, Hollis pulled through for second in the race ahead of Kipp Adams (VIC), Benny Novak (NSW) and Ricky Chalmers (NSW).

Championship Points

  1. Alex Larwood: 169
  2. Blake Hollis: 141
  3. Kipp Adams: 137

65cc 9-U11 – Final 5

A race victory in final five awarded the Championship to Kayden Minear (WA) who put on an impressive display to win by 13 seconds. He managed to edge out Koby Hantis (NSW) in second. Kayd Kingsford (NSW) scored another podium in third, followed by Ky Woods (NSW) and Jake Sanderson (VIC).

Championship Points

  1. Kayden Minear: 172
  2. Ky Woods: 157
  3. Koby Hantis: 146

Mini Lites BW 12-U16 Girls – Final 5

Taylah McCutcheon from Queensland made it a clean sweep in the Mini Lites BW 12-U16 Girls to grasp the title, completing the week with a dominant 25-second victory. Charli Cannon (QLD) pulled through for another consistent runner-up placing ahead of Taylor Thompson (NSW), Tanesha Harnett (NSW) and Jessica Robertson (VIC). Cannon was second in the title hunt after a string of top results.

Championship Points

  1. Taylah McCutcheon: 175
  2. Charli Cannon: 160
  3. Taylor Thompson: 144
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AORC – Rounds 10-11 – Omeo, Vic

The Victorian town of Omeo hosted the final two rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championships and it was Daniel Milner (E3), Daniel Sanders (E2), Luke Styke (E1) and Michael Driscoll (EJ) who were all crowned Champions after winning Saturday’s cross country.

AORC Omeo Luke Styke
Luke Styke

Korey McMahon (J4), Richard Chibnal (Vets) and Geoff Ballard (Masters) also wrapped up their respective championships on Saturday while Jess Gardner (Womens), Blake Hollis (J3) and Bill Hargy (J2) managed to take out their respective championships on Sunday.

Milner, Sanders, Styke and Driscoll rammed the point home on Sunday with convincing wins to wrap up a season that all four will savour as they look forward to the ISDE in Chile in a month’s time.

Daniel Milner

“It was such a good weekend and I’m really excited to bring home my third AORC championship in both the class and outright, I’ve won within all three classes now – E1, E2 and E3 – so that was pretty cool, plus it’s satisfying to clean-sweep the year in E3 and I only lost two rounds outright. I was happy to finish off the season so strongly and I’m absolutely stoked to be able to deliver the results that we have, even though conditions have been so dry and dusty this season. The track layout this weekend was awesome though, everybody put in a big effort and now I look forward to the six-day!”

AORC Omeo Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner dominated AORC 2018

2018 Yamaha AORC Outright – Final Placings

  1. Daniel Milner
  2. Daniel Sanders
  3. Lyndon Snodgrass
  4. Joshua Green
  5. Luke Styke
  6. Lachlan Stanford
  7. Fraser Higlett
  8. Michael Driscoll
  9. Stefan Granquist
  10. Jack Simpson

AORC E3 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Daniel Milner 2:55:17.670 – 2018 Champion
  2. Lachlan Stanford 3:01:52.514
  3. Broc Grabham 3:10:18.242
  4. Tom Mason 3:12:10.072
  5. Andrew Wilksch 3:16:52.545

AORC Round 11 E3 Provisional Top 5

  1. Daniel Milner 43:39.063
  2. Lachlan Stanford 45:21.996
  3. Andrew Wilksch 46:39.716
  4. Broc Grabham 46:49.938
  5. Jesse Lawton 1:04:43.551

2018 Yamaha AORC Enduro 3 Championship

  1. Daniel Milner 275
  2. Lachlan Stanford 233
  3. Broc Grabham 186
  4. Thomas Mason 182
  5. Andrew Wilksch 149
AORC Omeo Daniel Sanders
Daniel Sanders

AORC E2 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Daniel Sanders 2:55:43.427 – 2018 Champion
  2. Joshua Green 2:58:30.695
  3. Wil Ruprecht 3:01:00.066
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass 3:01:39.589
  5. Stefan Granquist 3:04:37.857

AORC Round 11 E2 Provisional Top 5

  1. Daniel Sanders 43:58.038
  2. Lyndon Snodgrass 44:50.785
  3. Joshua Green 44:57.112
  4. Wil Ruprecht 46:07.731
  5. Stefan Granquist 46:26.541

2018 Yamaha AORC Enduro 2 Championship

  1. Daniel Sanders 275
  2. Lyndon Snodgrass 226
  3. Joshua Green 210
  4. Stefan Granquist 181
  5. Matt Murry 120
AORC Omeo Luke Styke
Luke Styke

AORC E1 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Luke Styke 3:02:48.128 – 2018 Champion
  2. Jack Simpson 3:03:15.605
  3. Fraser Higlett 3:03:45.780
  4. Brad Hardaker 3:14:02.759
  5. Baylee Davies 3:15:30.391

AORC Round 11 E1 Provisional Top 5

  1. Luke Styke 45:13.762
  2. Fraser Higlett 45:35.297
  3. Jack Simpson 45:50.445
  4. Jeremy Carpentier 45:52.203
  5. Brad Hardaker 48:03.253

2018 Yamaha AORC Enduro 1 Championship

  1. Luke Styke 265
  2. Fraser Higlett 234
  3. Jack Simpson 200
  4. Jeremy Carpentier 175
  5. Brad Hardaker 171
AORC Omeo Junior Champ Michael Driscoll
2018 Yamaha AORC Enduro Junior Championship

AORC E1 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Michael Driscoll 3:08:22.069 = 2018 Champion
  2. Mason Semmens 3:08:58.355
  3. Joshua Brierley 3:10:05.585
  4. Mitchell Brierley 3:10:38.771
  5. Corey Hammond 3:14:43.348

AORC Round 11 EJ Provisional Top 5

  1. Michael Driscoll 45:28.371
  2. Joshua Brierley 47:07.077
  3. Mason Semmens 47:22.062
  4. Mitchell Brierley 48:03.800
  5. Corey Hammond 48:10.602

AORC J4 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Kyron Bacon 1:55:29.913
  2. Korey McMahon 1:58:12.917 = 2018 Champion
  3. Matthew Pye 1:59:31.108
  4. Raife Dooley 2:00:38.517
  5. Jaylan Lessio 2:02:50.067

AORC J4 Round 11 Provisional Top 5

  1. Kyron Bacon 46:35.982
  2. Raife Dooley 49:24.749
  3. Black McPherson 50:57.107
  4. Max Price 51:18.030
  5. Matthew Pye 51:37.230

AORC J3 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Sam Barton 2:07:23.257
  2. Oscar Collins 2:07:45.205
  3. Riley McGillivray 2:08:01.072
  4. Maxwell Liebeknecht 2:08:32.806
  5. Jay Simister 2:10:07.968

AORC J3 Round 11 Provisional Top 5

  1. Blake Hollis 48:50.687 = 2018 Champion
  2. Charlie Milton 49:37.327
  3. Riley McGillivray 50:57.382
  4. Oscar Collins 51:20.073
  5. Ned Chapman 51:28.300

AORC J2 Round 10 Provisional Top 5 Results

  1. Max Phillips 2:08:05.511
  2. Kobe Conley 2:08:25.201
  3. Zac Perry 2:08:48.254
  4. Billy Hargy 2:08:56.465
  5. Thomas Vance 2:14:35.230

AORC J2 Round 11 Provisional Top 5

  1. Billy Hargy 51:01.489 = 2018 Champion
  2. Max Phillips 51:18.742
  3. Kobe Conley 52:37.478
  4. Zac Perry 53:42.884
  5. Lochie Stafford

AORC Womens Round 10 Provisional Top 5

  1. Jessica Gardiner 1:51:51.549
  2. Emelie Karlsson 1:52:09.849
  3. Emma Milesevic 1:56:02.348
  4. Sophie Coldicutt 2:00:31.163
  5. Danielle Foot 2:07:31.722

AORC Womens Round 11 Provisional Top 5

  1. Emelie Karlsson 51:54.860
  2. Jessica Gardiner 52:07.071 = 2018 Champion
  3. Emma Milesevic 53:40.550
  4. Sophie Coldicutt 55:00.916
  5. Danielle Foot 58:41.867

AORC Veterans Round 10 Provisional Top 5

  1. Richard Chibnall 2:58:35.133 = 2018 Champion
  2. Jade Gartlan 3:00:10.760
  3. Brett Barrett 3:01:59.055
  4. Peter Rudd 3:07:04.811
  5. Travis Selwyn 3:10:01.132

AORC Veterans Round 11 Provisional Top 5

  1. Richard Chibnall 50:51.596
  2. Peter Rudd 52:07.071
  3. Darren Lessio 54:15.654
  4. Travis Selwyn 54:35.276
  5. Jade Gartlan 55:03.002
AORC Dungog Geoff Ballard
Geoff Ballard

AORC Master’s Round 10 Provisional Top 5

  1. Geoffrey Ballard 1:57:13.374 = 2018 Champion
  2. Michael Widdison 1:57:53.722
  3. Stephen Boucher 1:58:15.032
  4. Craig Treasure 1:59:48.244
  5. Ian McGillivray 2:01:35.140

AORC Round 11 Masters Provisional Top 5

  1. Geoffrey Ballard 53:33.371
  2. Michael Widdison 54:11.445
  3. Peter Schaper 54:17.685
  4. Craig Treasure 54:29.499
  5. Ian McGillivray 55:30.052

AORC Round 10 125cc Amateur Cup Provisional Top 3

  1. Ben Grabham 3:01:08.820
  2. Scott Noble 3:11:11.776
  3. Benjamin Anderson 2:59:45.192 (1 Lap Down)
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FIM Speedway GP – Round 10 – Torun

Great Britain hero Tai Woffinden became the nation’s first ever triple world champion after spectacularly winning the Torun SGP of Poland over the red-hot Artem Laguta who in turn got the nod over Emil Sayfutdinov and Niels-Kristian Iversen.

Woffinden, who also took gold in 2013 and 2015, was elated to make history and surpass fellow countrymen Freddie Williams and Peter Craven’s brace of world titles.

Tai Woffinden

“After I won my 2013 championship, we were sat in a room with Nicki (Pedersen), Crumpy (Jason Crump), Greg (Hancock) and (Chris) Holder. I mentioned that I wanted to break the six-time world champion record. They all kind of had a little laugh between them. But I’ve done it three times in six years and I will do it six times. When you have that target on your back, it’s tough. I’ve had a few cracks at trying to win it back to back and now I have a third time. Hopefully it is third time lucky. I’ll put the work in and make sure I can give it my best shot next year. I always say I don’t like to start the season well and that’s what I did this year. It’s always nice to be behind chasing. This year was the hardest year for me physically and mentally,” Woffinden continued. “I’m pretty strong in the head, but there were times when I kind of sat there thinking ‘wow man, this is tough.’ One hundred percent this was my hardest one to date.”

Torun SGP of Poland Woffinden
Tai Woffinden – FIM Speedway GP Round 10 Torun

Woffinden was keen to enjoy his moment after coming under huge pressure from Zmarzlik in the race for gold, with the Pole finishing just 10 points short in second spot. Woffinden dedicated his special moment to a former Wroclaw team mate.

“I want to dedicate that win to Tomasz Jedrzejak,” he said. “He’s one of my really close friends who lost his life earlier in the season. A massive thanks to Daniel and Ryszard Kowalski; they have given me very fast engines all season. A massive thanks to all my sponsors, my family and my team. I am looking forward to next year.”

Zmarzlik was delighted with his second World Championship medal after following up bronze in 2016 with silver.

Bartosz Zmarzlik

“I have the second medal. It’s a different a colour – silver. I am very, very happy and I’m very happy because the start of the season in the GP was so very hard. It was a little bit unlucky for my team and with my setups. Afterwards was a little bit better and now I am second in the world. Second place is not so bad. Congratulations to Tai – it was a beautiful season all season for him. He scored very good points and congratulations to Freddie on the bronze medal.”

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren finished third in the final standings to bag his first ever World Championship medal. It was the ideal way to bounce back after his 2017 season was ended by a spinal injury just over 12 months ago, which left him briefly bedbound and able to walk only short distances.

Fredrik Lindgren

“I am very proud of what I have achieved, I set up the goal before the season to get a medal and here I am with it around my neck, so it feels really good with the background I’ve had. I had a very serious injury last season and it was a very hard fight to come back and be ready for this season and be as good as I have been as well. I am very proud of that and hopefully I go into this winter injury-free and I can be better next year.”

Woffinden, Zmarzlik, Lindgren, Maciej Janowski, Greg Hancock, Artem Laguta, Jason Doyle and Emil Sayfutdinov all booked their places in the SGP 2019 series after finishing inside the FIM Speedway Grand Prix top eight.

They are joined by GP Challenge top trio Janusz Kolodziej, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Antonio Lindback, plus four wild cards Patryk Dudek, Matej Zagar, Martin Vaculik and Leon Madsen.

Torun SGP of Poland Scores

  1. Tai Woffinden 15 points
  2. Artem Laguta 20 points
  3. Emil Sayfutdinov 11 points
  4. Niels-Kristian Iversen 10 points
  5. Bartosz Zmarzlik 15 points
  6. Fredrik Lindgren 11 points
  7. Greg Hancock 9 points
  8. Martin Vaculik 8 points
  9. Jason Doyle 7 points
  10. Nicki Pedersen 7 points
  11. Matej Zagar 6 points
  12. Maciej Janowski 6 points
  13. Chris Holder 5 points
  14. Vaclav Milik 5 points
  15. Daniel Kaczmarek 2 points
  16. Przemyslaw Pawlicki 1 point
  17. Igor Kopec-Sobczynski 0 points
  18. Dominik Kubera DNR

Final World Championship Standings

  1. Tai Woffinden 139 points
  2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 129 points
  3. Fredrik Lindgren 109 points
  4. Maciej Janowski 104 points
  5. Greg Hancock 102 points
  6. Artem Laguta 97 points
  7. Jason Doyle 93 points
  8. Emil Sayfutdinov 89 points
  9. Patryk Dudek 84 points
  10. Matej Zagar 79 points
  11. Nicki Pedersen 74 points
  12. Chris Holder 65 points
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American Flat Track – Meadowlands Mile
East Rutherford, NJ

The American Flat Track 2018 season wrapped up at the Meadowlands Mile, where the AFT Twins saw Bryan Smith and Jared Mees battle it out for supremacy, while in the Singles Main Event Shayna Texter and Kolby Carlile were side-by-side all of the way to the line.

AFT Meadowland Mile Jared Mees leads ERV
Jared Mees leads – Meadowlands Mile 2018

At the end of the AFT Twins event, Bryan Smith got the better of Jared Mees in a performance that set the stage for a thrilling 2019. Mees has reigned over the AFT Twins class with an iron wrist for the majority of the past two seasons, storming to a pair of dominant AFT Twins national championships.

Smith, meanwhile, suffered in his wake, at one point going more than a calendar year between victories but he put an exclamation point on his late-season resurgence in Saturday’s thrilling showdown by closing out his 2018 campaign with three victories in the final four races.

AFT Meadowland Mile Bryan Smith ERV
Bryan Smith – Meadowlands Mile 2018

After the two went back and forth throughout the AFT Twins Main, the drama was somehow escalated even further when Jeffrey Carver Jr. and Briar Bauman joined the party with just a lap and a half remaining.

A surprise move by Carver on Smith appeared to provide Mees the room he needed to escape, but Smith immediately countered and stuck it up the inside of Mees heading into Turn 3 for the final time. From there he powered to the chequered flag clean after Mees ran wide in Turn 4 in a desperate search for traction. Carver ended up third, with Bauman close behind in fourth.

Bryan Smith

“My bike was dialled all day, hats off to my crew; the Indian was just on rails for me today. I was sitting behind Jared just waiting to the end. I didn’t want to show him what I was doing because I thought I was better. I was just kinda chillin’ behind him and waiting, and it’s not often you can sit behind that guy and wait because normally he takes off and hides. I’m stoked that my bike worked so good, and I’m pumped at myself that I was able to hold it together and make the move on the last lap when it counted.”

AFT Meadowland Mile Bryan Smith ERV
Bryan Smith – Meadowlands Mile 2018

The finale also marked the final race of another legend’s career, Kenny Coolbeth who once again proved he’s leaving on his own terms. He registered yet another competitive ride, rounding out his decorated career with a seventh-place performance.

Kenny Coolbeth

“I have no regrets with how my career went, when things were bad, it just made me stronger. It made me the person I am today. I’m fortunate to have met some really good friends and raced with them. I would love to chase these guys around some more, but it’s over. I’ll do my motos during the week, and maybe come out and watch these guys on the weekends sometimes.”

Despite coming up short on Saturday, Mees walked away from 2018 with an astonishing 10 victories, 15 podiums, and a 93-point championship margin over 18 races.

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AFT Twins Main Event Podium, Mees, Smith, Carver Jr. – Meadowlands Mile 2018

AFT Twins – Meadowlands Mile Main Event Results

  1. Bryan Smith – Indian Scout FTR750 0:37.898
  2. Jared Mees – Indian Scout FTR750 +0.343
  3. Jeffrey Carver Jr. – Indian Scout FTR750 +0.565
  4. Briar Bauman – Indian Scout FTR750 +0.868
  5. Henry Wiles – Indian Scout FTR750 +6.613
  6. JD Beach – Yamaha FZ-07 +7.858
  7. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. – Indian Scout FTR750 +9.267
  8. Davis Fisher – Indian Scout FTR750 +12.701
  9. Chad Cose – Indian Scout FTR750 +12.730
  10. Jake Johnson – Indian Scout FTR750 +12.756

AFT Twins Championship Standings

  1. Jared Mees 366
  2. Henry Wiles 273
  3. Briar Bauman 216
  4. Jeffrey Carver Jr. 211
  5. Bryan Smith 191
  6. Chad Cose 178
  7. Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. 175
  8. Jake Johnson 173
  9. Davis Fisher 163
  10. Sammy Halbert 150

AFT Singles Report

The AFT Singles season finale was an instant classic, pitting two of the classes’ top guns against one another in a showdown to decide third overall in the 2018 championship rankings. In the end it was Shayna Texter grabbing the chequered flag ahead of fellow ‘Mile Master’ Kolby Carlile by an impossibly tight 0.006 seconds. No one knew for sure who’d won when they first crossed the line.

AFT Meadowland Mile Shayna Texter ERV
Shayna Texter – Meadowlands Mile 2018

Carlile made an early break from the pack and threatened to run away unchallenged. However, Texter emerged from the large group fighting for second just prior to mid-distance and ran Carlile down to the tune of half-a-second per lap.

Once they came together it was on. The two traded the lead multiple times, including four times on the final lap from Turn 3 to the finish line. Carlile drafted around the outside and appeared to inch by Texter on the home straight, but Texter found a bit of extra speed to nip back ahead by less than half a wheel.

AFT Meadowland Mile Shayna Texter ERV
Shayna Texter – Meadowlands Mile 2018

The victory was Texter’s third of the season and the first-ever Mile win for the Husqvarna FC 450. The triumph also cemented her position as the AFT Singles class’ all-time winningest rider, upping her career tally to 14.

Shayna Texter

“It was incredible. It shows how much speed Kolby and I have out there to battle each and every week for two years in a row. I think this is Kolby’s final Singles race, so no better way to send him off into the Twins and the future than to battle bar-to-bar to the finish. It’s been an incredible year for us… Everyone has been like, ‘You’re so good on the Miles but you haven’t got a Mile win this year…’ But the ‘Flying Tomato’ has been on it. To get this Mile win at the end of the year… I’m super stoked.”

AFT Meadowland Mile Shayna Texter ERV
Shayna Texter – Meadowlands Mile 2018

2018 AFT Singles champion Dan Bromley concluded his season with his 13th podium finish while class rookie Max Whale managed a more than credible 6th in the final, just 4.5 seconds from the front runners.

AFT Singles – Meadowlands Mile Main Event Results

  1. Shayna Texter Husqvarna FC450 0:40.296
  2. Kolby Carlile Yamaha YZ450F +0.006
  3. Dan Bromley KTM 450 SX-F +3.337
  4. Ryan Wells Honda CRF450R 3.729
  5. Tanner Dean KTM 450 SX-F 3.809
  6. Max Whale Kawasaki KX450F 4.591
  7. Kevin Stollings Honda CRF450R 4.635
  8. Jesse Janisch Yamaha YZ450F 8.257
  9. Blake Lomas Honda CRF450R 15.249
  10. Oliver Brindley Yamaha YZ450F 15.267

AFT Singles Championship Standings

  1. Dan Bromley 317
  2. Ryan Wells 252
  3. Shayna Texter 230
  4. Kolby Carlile 224
  5. Jesse Janisch 205
  6. Morgen Mischler 194
  7. Brandon Price 164
  8. Kevin Stollings 152
  9. Oliver Brindley 140
  10. Tristan Avery 121
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2019 AMA Nationals Schedule Announced

MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports have announced the 12-round schedule for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The 48th season of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series is highlighted by the addition of a new venue, WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, which will host the inaugural Florida National on June 22.

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AMA MX

The action will kick off as it has for 12 of the past 15 seasons, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 18, before traveling across the country and to every corner of the U.S. on a championship journey that will visit 11 states.

After emerging on the global motocross scene as the host venue of the final round of the 2017 FIM MXGP season, WW Ranch Motocross Park will bring the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship back to the state of Florida for the first time since the 1997 season. The Florida National will serve as the fifth round of the season.

Davey Coombs – President of MX Sports Pro Racing

“The southeast has long been a hotbed for the sport of motocross, with a significant number of competitors calling the Sunshine State home, and we are committed to ensuring the region has a presence in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. WW Ranch was a terrific venue for the USGP last year and received rave reviews from both the U.S. and European riders. It’s always been our hope to eventually make a return to Florida, and this track will surely become an immediate favourite amongst racers and fans alike.”

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has served as the preeminent motocross competition since 1972, and over the span of five decades it has maintained its distinction as the most difficult championship to win in all of motorsports.

2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

  • Rd1: May 18 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, California
  • Rd2: May 25 – Glen Helen National – San Bernardino, California
  • Rd3: June 1 – Lakewood, Colorado
  • Rd4: June 15 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
  • Rd5: June 22 – Florida National – Jacksonville, Florida
  • Rd6: June 29 – Southwick National – Southwick, Massachusetts
  • Rd7: July 6 – RedBud National – Buchanan, Michigan
  • Rd8: July 20 – Spring Creek National – Millville, Minnesota
  • Rd9: July 27 – Washougal National – Washougal, Washington
  • Rd10: August 10 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, New York
  • Rd11: August 17 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, Maryland
  • Rd12: August 24 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, Indiana
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Shaun Simpson to RFX KTM

RFX KTM Racing are happy to announce former British Champion and MXGP rider Shaun Simpson will be riding an RFX KTM for the 2019 season. Shaun will compete in the full MXGP World Championship alongside the British Championship back home in the UK.

Joining Shaun will be the young talented rider Joel Rizzi who joins the team after a championship winning 2018 season. The Welshman will ride the 125 SX in the European Championship and the Michelin MX Nationals British Championship when back home on UK soil.

Shaun Simpson RFX KTM
Shaun Simpson to RFX KTM in 2019

Nathan Dixon will also join the team and after winter training on the new KTM SX-F 350 we will decide which class in which he is to compete when he is back to full fitness. Nathan is coming off the back of a strong rookie season in the UK MX1 class and he may also join Shaun in the MX1 class in the UK but revert to a 250 to gain some EMX 250 experience next year.

A fourth member of the team will be talented 17 year old Ben Clark. Ben will be joining the team on the SX-F 250 competing in two British Championships on home turf.

Paul Irwin – Managing Director – RFX

“It’s great to have Shaun join the team for 2019. I have known and worked with Shaun many times throughout his career he is a true professional and a credit to have him aboard the team, I look forward to seeing 2019 unfold and fight for championships. Having spent several years working with the Italian JK team and Yamaha, it is now time for a change. Not just the annual rider-swap, but a BIG shake up in order to move forward. It is a pleasure for me to sign a contract with the KTM factory and with direct help and support from both KTM and WP.”


Billy Janniro Wins AMA Speedway National Championship

The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates veteran speedway racer Billy Janniro on winning his ninth AMA Speedway National Championship. The 2018 champion won the title for the sixth consecutive year and has surpassed Greg Hancock’s record of eight career titles.

Ken Saillant – AMA Track Racing Manager

“The AMA offers its congratulations to Billy Janniro on another championship season. He is an incredibly talented racer and has entered the history books as the first person to win nine AMA Speedway National Championships. We look forward to seeing him return to the AMA Speedway National Championship in 2019.”

Janniro, 38, of Winters, Calif., began competing in speedway racing in 1995. He won the 2018 title Sept. 29 at the final round of the 2018 AMA Speedway National Championship at Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, Calif.

“It was a tough season, but things worked out,” Janniro said. “When I started racing, I never thought this would happen to me. I was just a kid having fun.”

As an AMA National champion, Janniro will be awarded his AMA No. 1 plate and be honoured as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 7-9.

2018 AMA Speedway National Championship Results

  1. Billy Janniro – 96
  2. Austin Novratil – 72
  3. Luke Becker – 67
  4. Dillon Ruml – 59
  5. Aaron Fox – 51
  6. Jim Fishback – 42
  7. Bart Bast – 40
  8. Russell Green – 38
  9. Tommy Hedden – 34
  10. Max Ruml – 26

Ernée to Host 2020 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations

Youthstream and the French Motorcycling Federation have announced that Ernée, France, the venue for the 20015 and 2015 editions, will host the Motocross of Nations in 2020.

David Luongo – Vice President of Youthstream

“The French following is one of the biggest in the world in the field of motocross and the French fans have always been incredible. It was the obvious choice, especially with the partnership we have with the French Motorcycling Federation and French clubs, to bring the Motocross of Nations back to France. We chose Ernée after the two editions (2005 and 2015) because both of them were an incredible success, we all have images and memories from the Motocross of Nations in Ernée and we are very proud to be coming back.”

Mr. Sébastien Poirier – Managing Director of the FFM

“Motocross is such an important sport in France for the riders, fans, families, and us. Motocross is the most popular motorcycle discipline in our country and we are happy that Youthstream sees our dedication to the sport at all levels. The biggest motocross race in the world will be back in France and back at the trustworthy Ernée circuit. Together with Youthstream, the FIM, and Philippe we will work to again make this event another unforgettable success.”

Philippe Lecomte – President of the Ernée Moto-Club

“I would like to thank the FIM, Youthstream and the FFM for allowing us to once again organize the Motocross of Nations in 2020. For the third time, this event will take place on our soil. The 2005 edition was fantastic, that of 2015 was even better with an incredible atmosphere punctuated by a French victory. I hope that 2020 will have the same success, all the volunteers are already at work to host both the best riders in the world and tens of thousands of spectators expected.”

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MotoStars to Promote Australian Supermoto Championship

MotoStars is a new motorcycle training, coaching and racing series promoter that is managed by former road racer, Damian Cudlin and this new enterprise is the new promoter for the Australian Supermoto Championship (ASMC).

MotoStars Australian Supermoto Championship Preview
MotoStars & Australian Supermoto Championship team up

The partnership will commence in 2019 and is set for a complete overhaul, with the championship changing from a one-off event to a three-round series in three different states next year making Supermoto more accessible to riders and fans alike and hopefully taking the sport to the next level here in Australia.

MotoStars founder Damian Cudlin, can’t wait to put the MotoStars stamp on the Australian Supermoto Championship and raise the bar.

Damian Cudlin

“We are absolutely thrilled to be involved with the Australian Supermoto Championship, which, along with the Australian Junior Road Racing Championship, will lift MotoStars to the next level. We see this as a great opportunity to refresh the Australian Supermoto Championship, with the strong MotoStars focus on the junior area of the sport, as well as the Pro and Open stars of the show. Our first move is to make the ASMC a series and to take it to three different parts of the country, moving away from being the one-off event of the past. We feel making the ASMC a three round series that is hosted in multiple states of Australia will give riders and clubs from all over the country the chance to compete, and represent themselves, meaning more talent and exposure for the Championship. The sport is already so unique, that alongside road racing, spectators will basically get to see two different disciplines battle it out in one spot, giving both dedicated and new fans the best of both worlds.”

Damian Cudlin
Damian Cudlin

Keep your eyes peeled for further updates regarding the 2019 Australian Supermoto Championship here –  https://www.motostars.com.au

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Gaisford Wins 2018 Australian ATV Motocross Nationals

Stockton Park in WA hosted the 2018 Australian ATV Motocross Nationals last weekend and it was Luke Gaisford who took out the Pro Class after championship and race leader Chris Bosnakis suffered a mechanical failure while Sienna Comito (Jnr Support 200cc), Keenan Murphy (8-U12 Years Comp), Michael Harcourt (Vets), Jae Dowsett (8-U16 Years Comp), Darryl Maringoni (Clubman) and Josh McKay (Intermediate) all won their respective classes.

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Gaisford Wins 2018 Australian ATV Motocross Nationals – Image by True Spirit Photos

Middleton Secures Record Sixth Straight Trials Championship

Kyle Middleton has once again re-written the history books by becoming the first rider to win six straight Australian Solo Championships, after he crushed his rivals at the 2018 Delecca’s Australian Trial Championship at Sedgwick in Victoria.

Kyle Middleton

“I came into this weekend with a bit of self-doubt, however, once I got halfway through the first lap on Saturday I understood that I was riding quite well. To be able to win this year’s championship is a great feeling, but most of all it’s a massive relief.”

Kristie McKinnon convincingly took out the Women’s class over Michelle Colemam while Tom Woodhouse narrowly outscored Alex Cowan in the Junior class.

Solo

  1. Kyle MIDDLETON 39
  2. Connor HOGAN 105
  3. Colin ZARCZYNSKI 108
  4. Chris BAYLES 131
  5. Bruce LE RICHE 140

Women

  1. Kristie MCKINNON 14
  2. Michelle COLEMAN 73
  3. Lillie YIATROU 129
  4. Nicole CASEY 129
  5. Jenna LUPO 159

Junior 12 – under 16

  1. Tom WOODHOUSE 35
  2. Alex COWAN 46
  3. Maverick FORD 55
  4. Haydon BARWICK 59
  5. Rhys DUNDON 75

What Racing is Left for 2018?

OK, the Motocross of Nations is done and dusted as is the AORC, Speedway GP and the American Flat Track  seasons BUT there is still shit loads of racing to go before Santa sends his reindeer into the skies – see the list of the remaining events for 2018 below

Australasia

Australian Supercross Championships

  • 13 – Geelong
  • 20 – Port Adelaide
  • 11 – AUS-X Open – Sydney

New Zealand Supercross Championships

  • 24 – SX Open – Auckland
  • 1 – South Waikato
  • 15 – Southland

Asia

Japan Supercross

  • 3 – Tokyo 2018

America

2018 Monster Energy Cup

  • 13 – Las Vegas, NV

2018 Rred Bull Rhythm

  • 20 – Pomona, CA

2018 World Vet Championships

  • 3-4 – Glen Helen, CA

2018 THOR Mini Olympics

  • 19-24 – Gainesville, FL

2018 Day In The Dirt

  • 24-26 – Glen Helen, CA

2018 AMA World Off-Road Championships (WORCS)

  • 19-21 – Adelanto, CA
  • 9-11 – Primm, NV

2018 AMA EnduroCross Series

  • 20 – Denver, CO
  • 27 – Everett, WA
  • 3 – Boise, ID

2018 GNCC

  • 13 Oct. – 14 Oct – Powerline Park, Ohio
  • 27 Oct. – 28 Oct – AMSOIL Ironman, Indianapolis

Canadian Triple Crown Supercross

  • 3 – Quebec
  • 17 – Hamilton

Europe

2018 Marseille Supercross

  • 12-13 – Marseille, France

2018 Weston Beach Race

  • 19-21 – Bristol, UK

2018 Paris Supercross

  • 17-18 – Paris, France

World Enduro Super Series (WESS)

  • 26 – Gotland Grand National – Sweden
  • 10 – Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race – The Netherlands

2018 FIM Enduro World Championship

  • 14-15 — Woltersdorf, Germany

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