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December 11, 2018

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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • Brook and Koppe win North Brisbane Cup
  • FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 1 – Krakow, Poland
  • French Beach Race Series – Round 4 – Ronde des Sables
  • Wade Young wins Roof of Africa
  • Faggotter ready for Dakar 2019
  • 2019 WESS calendar announced
  • 2019 AFT calendar announced
  • 2019 GNCC calendar announced
  • 2019 Sunshine State Series calendar announced
  • 2019 Australian Speedway Senior Solo draw announced
  • Tanti joins Crawford at Serco
  • WBR Yamaha sign Purvis and Kukas for MXD
  • Argentina to kick-off 2019 MXGP season
  • Stefan Everts in hospital

Brook and Koppe Win North Brisbane Cup

MotoGP racer Jack Miller added some extra prestige into the annual North Brisbane Cup last Saturday afternoon and evening but it was the talented pairing of Damien Koppe and Jarrod Brook who took the overall win after winning both feature races.

North Brisbane Cup Koppe Brook victory lap
Damien Koppe and Jarrod Brook who took the overall win

Some of our best speedway, dirt track, road race and enduro riders were on hand but the real pace setters were Damien Koppe, Jarred Brook, Max Whale, Jake Allen, Kayden Downing and Jack Miller – in fact, Miller has lost none of his dirt track speed after going down in turn one of the Pro Open teams event, before remounting and carving back to third place in time for the changeover to fellow Townsville terror Kayden Downing.

Despite the relatively tight confines of Mick Doohan Raceway – for a long track slider designed for a mile track – speedway pro Josh Grajczonek proved himself competitive throughout the event.

North Brisbane Cup Results

  1. Damien Koppe, Jarrod Brook 9:21.380
  2. Max Whale, Jake Allen 1.791
  3. Jack Miller, Kayden Downing 13.700
  4. Harrison Maxwell, Nick Hallas 25.592
  5. Bailey Spencer, Ben Montgomery 26.068
  6. Briony Hendrickson, Andy McLeisch 1 lap
  7. Lachlan Stanford, Fraser Higlett 1 lap
  8. Jay Southwell, Max Losch 2 laps
  9. Daniel Perdikis, Trevor Velt 2 laps
  10. 1Ryan Douglas, Joshua Grajczonek 3 laps
  11. Brooke Goulding, Blake Goulding 11 laps
North Brisbane Cup Jack Miller
Jack Miller made an appearance at the North Brisbane Cup
  1. Damien Koppe, Jarrod Brook 9:22.703
  2. Max Whale, Jake Allen 6.763
  3. Bailey Spencer, Ben Montgomery 1 lap
  4. Harrison Maxwell, Nick Hallas 1 lap
  5. Lachlan Stanford, Fraser Higlett 1 lap
  6. Benjamin Mclaughlin, Adam Bevan 1 lap
  7. Andrew McLiesh, Grace Hudson 1 lap
  8. Jay Southwell, Max Losch 2 laps
  9. Brooke Goulding, Blake Goulding 2 laps
  10. Daniel Perdikis, Trevor Velt 2 laps
    DNF Jack Miller, Kayden Downing Lap 19

FIM SuperEnduro World Championship
Round 1 – Krakow, Poland

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak has won the opening round of the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship held in Krakow, Poland while Cody Webb and Colton Haaker rounded out the podium

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Krakow SuperEnduro 2019 Round 1 – Image by Future7Media

On a dry and fast track at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Blazusiak delighted his home fans by taking the overall win at round one of the championship. It wasn’t plain sailing for the six-time champion however as an early fall in the third and final heat left him playing catch-up to the riders ahead.

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Krakow SuperEnduro 2019 Round 1 – Cody Webb – Image by Future7Media

With his KTM 350 EXC-F blasting off the line, Blazusiak secured the holeshot in heat one. The Polish rider was never challenged for the remainder of the race and after riding eight smooth and consistent laps crossed the line 15 seconds ahead of teammate Webb. Putting in a similar performance in the reverse-grid heat two, Taddy fought his way through the pack early on to win by over five seconds from the second-placed finisher Haaker.

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Krakow SuperEnduro 2019 Round 1 – Taddy Blazusiak – Image by Future7Media

Aiming to take the hat-trick, Taddy fell early in the third heat and was placed dead-last at the beginning of the opening lap. Charging hard, he got his head down and proceeded to pick off the riders ahead of him, ultimately battling his way through to fourth at the line – enough to claim the overall event win and with it the championship lead heading into round two in Germany.

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Krakow SuperEnduro 2019 Round 1 – Overall Podium – Image by Future7Media
Taddy Blazusiak

“The whole event has been amazing. Race one went perfectly, I was able to get out in front and set my own pace to take the win. Race two was pretty much the same, I had quite a lot of pressure from the guys behind and made a couple of mistakes, but I was able to put in some fast lap times and break the challenge. In the last moto, I got a pretty good start but I got tangled up with some other riders over the first jumps and went down. I picked myself and the bike up and saw I was in last place so I took a couple of seconds to make sure everything was ok and set off again. I was pushing hard and able to overtake the guys in front quite well. I did make a mistake in one rut and washed the front again, luckily I didn’t lose too much time and was happy enough to take fourth. Championship-wise, I’m a little disappointed to lose a few points but I think we’ll all have challenging races over the season. To be leading going into round two feels great.”

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Krakow SuperEnduro 2019 Round 1 – Taddy Blazusiak – Image by Future7Media

The 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round two in Riesa, Germany on January 5, 2019.

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French Beach Race Series – Round 4 – Ronde des Sables

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Nathan Watson has secured his second consecutive victory in the Championnat de France des Sables. Putting in a strong performance throughout the two-hour 30-minute beach race, Watson initially crossed the finish line in second, but was later awarded the overall win.

Yentel Martens - 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor - Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Yentel Martens – 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor – Image by Pascal Haudiquert

After his confidence-boosting victory at last weekend’s round three, Nathan Watson headed to round four with hopes of making it two wins in a row and after starting strongly, he battled with teammate Camille Chapeliere for the lead during the first half of the race before taking control.

Camille Chapeliere - 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor - Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Camille Chapeliere – 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor – Image by Pascal Haudiquert

However, despite pulling a sizeable advantage, Watson was unable to maintain his lead as the race conditions changed. With organisers cutting the event short due to an incoming tide, the Brit slipped back to second place at just the wrong moment in the race. Unable to regroup in time, Watson shadowed provisional winner Milko Potisek across the finish line for what he thought was a runner-up result. Later confirmed as the winner, Watson claimed his second consecutive beach race win.

Nathan Watson

“I’m disappointed to have physically just missed out on that race win but naturally pleased to be awarded the overall win. The race to the chequered flag itself was close and I was right behind him crossing the finish line. I had a good race and was leading with about a one-minute advantage. Then suddenly he came past me and I was shocked because I didn’t realise he was catching me so quick. I must have been riding too relaxed in traffic. He passed me on the last lap and I tried to regroup, but it was too late. With two tough rounds back-to-back and my victory at Red Bull Knock Out, I’ll take a bit of time to recover over the Christmas break and then work hard to prepare for the next round.”

Nathan Watson - 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor - Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Nathan Watson – 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor – Image by Pascal Haudiquert

Claiming the holeshot on his KTM 450 SX-F, Watson’s teammate Camille Chapeliere put in a series of blisteringly fast laps to hold firm at the front of the results and maintain the race lead during the first hour of racing. With lapped traffic hampering his vision, the Frenchman was forced to pit earlier than scheduled for a fresh pair of goggles. Despite his strong pace during the latter half of the race, Chapeliere was unable to catch the leaders and had to settle for third overall, but was later awarded second.

Camille Chapeliere

“After last weekend’s disappointment I was determined to return strong here. I worked a lot to be ready and I wanted to show my speed on the track. My first hour was good. I took the holeshot and lead for quite a while. I had a little issue with my goggles and was unable to hold that position as I needed to pit early for a fresh set. But overall it’s been a good race and now I will continue to work and be ready for the next round as we build towards Enduropale le Touquet.”

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Yentel Martens delivered a strong ride at round four of the French Beach Race series in Ronde des Sables, Hossegor-Capbreton to claim a confidence-boosting fourth-place result.

Yentel Martens - 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor - Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Yentel Martens – 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor – Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Yentel Martens

“Today was a positive step forward for me. After some bad luck last weekend and then picking up a small foot injury I was nervous about how things would go. Unfortunately, my start wasn’t the best and I was outside the top 20, so had a bit of work to do there. But my speed was good and I was able to make up the positions quite quickly. I caught up to Jeffrey Dewulf near the end but crashed and lost some time to him that I wasn’t able to recover. However, I’m happy with the progress. I know my speed is good enough to win now and as a team we are all working hard to make it happen.”

The Championnat de France des Sables continues with round five in Grayan on January 13, 2019.

Yentel Martens - 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor - Image by Pascal Haudiquert
Yentel Martens – 2018 French Beach Races Round 4 Hossegor – Image by Pascal Haudiquert

Results – French Beach Race Series, Round 4

  1. Nathan Watson, KTM, 25 laps 2:23:11.880
  2. Camille Chapeliere, KTM, 2:26:59.150 +3:47.270
  3. Jeffrey Dewulf, KTM, 2:28:59.550 +5:47.670
  4. Yentel Martens, Husqvarna, 2:23:59.550 +1 lap
  5. Daymond Martens, Honda, 2:24:01.590 +1 lap

Championship Standings (After Round 4)

  1. Jeffrey Dewulf, KTM, 500 points
  2. Milko Potisek, Yamaha, 500 pts
  3. Nathan Watson, KTM, 435 pts
  4. Maxime Sot, Yamaha, 397 pts
  5. Yentel Martens, Husqvarna, 390 pts

Wade Young Wins Roof of Africa

Wade Young has topped off an incredible 2018 hard enduro racing season by winning the infamous Motul Roof of Africa in a total time of 14-hours and 47-minutes, a clear 23-minutes ahead of the second placed rider, Travis Teasdale.

It has been widely reported that the 2018 version of the Roof of Africa was one if the toughest with legendary racer and former Roof winner Alfie Cox reporting, “It was tough. It was not a walk in the park and people had to dig deep. Some blokes were on the bike for ten to eleven hours a day. But that is what the Roof of Africa is all about.”

Wade Young Roof of Africa Win
Wade Young wins the 2018 Roof Of Africa – Image by www.trompievanderberg.co.za / www.zcmc.co.za

While the mountains of Lesotho proved unforgiving, Wade Young made short work of the competition with a 40-minute lead after a strenuous 8-hours and 28-minutes on the bike after the first day of racing. Young played it safe on day-two, relinquishing some of his lead but ensuring his fourth Roof of Africa title.

The Sherco Factory rider claimed a number of high-profile hard enduro events in 2018 with victory in the Sea to Sky, Romaniacs, Megawatt and Australia’s own Wildwood Rock Extreme.

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Faggotter Ready for Dakar 2019

Yamalube Yamaha Rally team riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Aussie Rodney Faggotter will be aboard the newest edition of the WR450F Rally works machine as they take on the 41st Dakar which will be for the first time contested exclusively in Peru.

Rod Faggotter
Rod Faggotter

Playing a crucial role for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team during the last two Dakar Rallies, Rodney Faggotter remains with the squad going into the 2019 edition of the event after an extremely consistent run that saw him finish 16th overall and the highest placed Yamaha rider at the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Rodney Faggotter

“I’m looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. I’ve been racing some Bajas and training hard back home in Australia these last few months. I feel strong physically and also mentally. In the beginning of December, we’ve spent a full week testing and training with the team in Morocco and that was a good morale booster for me. We have a great spirit within the team and I want to be there for my teammates if they need me. I want to have a good clean run and do my own race. This Dakar might seem shorter, but we all know it’s still going to be a long and demanding race. If it all goes well, I’m confident I can improve my overall result from last year and fight for a spot inside the top-10.”

Rodney Faggotter
Rodney Faggotter – Dakar 2018

Race Schedule – Dakar Rally 2019

  • Stage 1 | Jan 7 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 84km | Total: 331km
  • Stage 2 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 342km | Total: 554km
  • Stage 3 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 331km | Total: 779km
  • Stage 4 | Jan 10 | Arequipa to Moquegua | SS: 352km | Total: 511km
  • Stage 5 | Jan 11 | Moquegua to Arequipa | SS: 345km | Total: 776km
  • Rest Day | Jan 12 | Arequipa
  • Stage 6 | Jan 13 | Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 317km | Total: 839km
  • Stage 7 | Jan 14 | San Juan de Marcona, return| SS: 323km | Total: 387km
  • Stage 8 | Jan 15 | San Juan de Marcona to Pisco | SS: 361km | Total: 576km
  • Stage 9 | Jan 16 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 313km | Total: 410km
  • Stage 10 | Jan 17 | Pisco to Lima | SS: 112km | Total: 358km

2019 WESS Calendar Announced

The World Enduro Super Series will be an eight-round championship for the 2019 season with two additional Classic Enduro events scheduled for the coming season, combined with established Hard Enduro favourites, plus the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country.

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2018 Gotland Grand National – WESS Round 7

The Extreme XL Lagares will once again open the season in Portugal, on May 10-12 before moving to France and the Classic Enduro at the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, then the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, Red Bull Romaniacs, Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in the United Kingdom, the Solsona Enduro in Spain et and finally GetzenRodeo in Germany on November 2-3.

Winfried Kerschhaggl – WESS Series Manager

“Further broadening the mix of events in the championship, while sharpening the focus on true Enduro competitions has been our goal. Traditional Enduro is always close to our hearts, fuelling our passion for racing, and for that reason it has led to the addition of two Classic Enduro events being added to the calendar. Combined with some of our much-loved events from 2018, plus the welcomed addition of the GetzenRodeo, we are very much looking forward to the start of the new series and the battle to find the 2019 Ultimate Enduro Champion.”

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WESS 2018 – Round 8 Red Bull Knock Out – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series – 2019 Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
  • Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
  • Round 4: Classic Enduro (Italy) TBA
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
  • Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
  • Round 7: Solsona Enduro (Spain) October 5-6
  • Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2-3
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2019 AFT Calendar Announced

American Flat Track has finalized its 2019 schedule and prepares to launch ticket sales in time for the holidays.

The 2019 running of the New York Short Track at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, NY has been moved back one week to July 13, 2019. Race fans can plan on an entire weekend of excitement, as AFT Events will once again throw a pre-race kickoff party with food, live music, entertainment and rider meet & greet session.

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American Flat Track 2019 calendar announced

AFT’s season finale returns to the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment at the famed MetLife Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ for a second running of the Meadowlands Mile. The race is set for September 28, 2019 – one week earlier than its 2018 date. This venue provided showstopping race action in 2018 and has already become one of the most highly-anticipated events of the upcoming season.

Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events

“Now that we have finalized our 2019 schedule, we can hit the ground running. We’ve got new venues, freshly-built and redesigned racetracks and are planning some major improvements to overall fan experience for the coming season. AFT fans can look forward to the most exciting season of American Flat Track to date.”

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AFT returns in 2019

American Flat Track will kick off its 2019 season with its bar-banging Daytona TT in appropriate fashion – during the wild Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach. The 2019 Daytona TT happens Thursday, March 14 once again under the lights of the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Tickets will be available soon at https://www.americanflattrack.com.

2019 American Flat Track Schedule

  • March 14: Daytona TT – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
  • March 23: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • April 20: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • April 27: Wild Horse TT – Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler, AZ
  • May 11: Perris Half-Mile – Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA
  • May 18: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • May 26: Springfield Mile I – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
    • (AFT Singles Springfield TT same weekend)
  • June 1: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • June 15: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Motor Sp., Loudon, New Hampshire
  • June 29: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • July 13: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • August 4: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • August 6: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • August 17: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • September 1: Springfield Mile II – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
    • (AFT Singles Springfield Short Track same weekend)
  • September 7: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Sp., Mechanicsburg, PA
  • September 21: Minnesota Mile – Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
  • September 28: Meadowlands Mile – Meadowlands R & E, East Rutherford, NJ

2019 GNCC Calendar Announced

Racer Productions, producer of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, is pleased to announce the 2019 series schedule.

New for the 2019 season will be the expanded Micro (50cc) Racing program, while the eMTB racing will take place at eight rounds including an eMTB only race held on July 27 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

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2019 GNCC calendar announced – Image by Ken Hill
Jeff Russell – GNCC Trail Boss

“We’re excited to get the 2019 season rolling. With a great schedule of events on some of the best off-road courses the country has to offer, the upcoming season is shaping up to be one of the best yet. We have several facilities to consider for the fall TBA event. A lot of factors go into finding a venue to host a GNCC event and we hope to have an announcement on that round as soon as possible.”

The 2019 schedule welcomes back many of its most seasoned venues, including Camp Coker Bullet in Society Hill, South Carolina; X-Factor in Peru, Indiana; The John Penton in Millfield, Ohio; Tomahawk in Alpine, New York; West Virginia’s popular Snowshoe GNCC in Snowshoe, West Virginia; and the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

GNCC 2018 - Image by Ken Hill
GNCC 2018 – Image by Ken Hill

2019 GNCC Calendar

  • Rnd 1: Feb. 23/24 – Big Buck, Union, SC – Micro, SETRA
  • Rnd 2: Mar. 9/10 – Wild Boar, Palatka, FL – Micro
  • Rnd 3: Mar. 16/17 – The General, Washington, GA – Micro / eMTB, SETRA
  • Rnd 4: Mar. 30/31 – Steele Creek, Morganton, NC – Micro / eMTB, SETRA
  • Rnd 5: April 13/14 – Camp Coker Bullet, Society Hill, SC – Micro, SETRA
  • Rnd 6: May 5/6 – X-Factor, Peru, IN – Micro IXCR
  • Rnd 7: May 18/19 – The John Penton, Millfield, OH – Micro / eMTB, WEXCR
  • Rnd 8: June 1/2 – Tomahawk, Alpine, NY – Micro / eMTB
  • Rnd 9: June 22/23 – Snowshoe, Snowshoe, WV – eMTB
  • Rnd 10: Sept. 14/15 – Black Sky, Harpursville, NY – Micro
  • Rnd 11: Sept. 28/29 – Mason-Dixon, Mt. Morris, PA – Micro / eMTB
  • Rnd 12: Oct. 12/13 – TBA, TBA – Micro
  • Rnd 13: Oct. 26/27 – Ironman, Crawfordsville, IN – Micro / eMTB, IXCR

2019 Sunshine State Series Calendar Announced

The Queensland Motocross subcommittee is pleased to announce details of a freshly revamped 2019 Sunshine State Motocross Series, with four exciting venue additions from last year’s Airoh series.

Jack Kukas
2019 Sunshine State Motocross Series calendar announced

Since its inception as a B & C Grade series more than 25 years ago, the ‘Sunny States’ have made a consistent contribution to the development of Queensland’s racing stocks, and established a tradition as a proving ground for up-and-coming riders.

Averaging around 330 riders per round, the series contributes significantly to the ‘dirt bike economy’ that fuels small towns in South-East Queensland, while offering competitors the best prizemoney of any comparable series.

Next year’s incarnation will see a mix of trusted and true venues and exciting new locations, with the respected Suncoast Junior Motorcycle Club both raising and lowering the curtain on the series, boasting two rounds at its iconic Coolum track.

Levi Rogers
2019 Sunshine State Motocross Series calendar announced

In between though, riders will take a thrill ride of fresh racing challenges to grow their skills, re-visiting old favourites like a recently-updated Roma, Mundubbera, Kilcoy and Goondiwindi.

New series coordinator Rachelle Houterman is anything but a new face on the scene, and in taking over the reins from Jason Watson, will look to maintain what’s great about the series, but improve what she can.

She’ll again assume the role of Race Secretary for the series and will steer the ship overall with help from the Motocross Subcommittee, as well as the promoting clubs and series officials.

Rachelle Houterman – Race Secretary

“It’ll be a busy year for me and my helpers, but we have a lot of experience with all aspects of the series and we’re looking to continue to grow Queensland’s premier motocross series as well as trying to increase the payback to the clubs and open up more contingencies for juniors. Some riders may not have previously experienced a few of these tracks, but are sure to be in for a great time at venues that older riders still speak very highly of. Roma has had some exciting new changes as well, so there’ll be lots of opportunity for riders to learn new tracks and gain new skills. Kilcoy has also been missing from the series lately, but the Kilcoy Motorcycle Club has gained a huge following in recent years, so we’re happy to return this track to the calendar.”

The Motocross Subcommittee wishes to thank Jason Watson for all of his hard work over the past two years and wishes him all the best for his new endeavours. Jason remains a valued member of the MX Subcommittee.

Levi Rogers
2019 Sunshine State Motocross Series calendar announced

The series sponsor is expected to be announced very soon, and a host of sponsorship opportunities now exist with the Sunshine State MX Series. Please contact Rachelle direct on 0409 174 273 or email racesecretary@mqld.org.au.

2019 Sunshine State Series Venues and Dates

  1. Coolum 16/17 February
  2. Roma 23/24 March
  3. Mundubbera 6/7 April
  4. Kilcoy 11/12 May
  5. Goondiwindi 1/ 2 June
  6. Coolum 15/16 June

Further information, Rachelle Houterman, Series Coordinator. Ph: 3281 2255 E: info@mqld.org.au

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2019 Australian Speedway Senior Solo draw announced

The 2019 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship kicks off bright and early on January 3rd 2019 at Gillman Speedway, South Australia, and the seeded and qualifying line-up is locked and loaded!

For the first time in three years, the Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship will run a Qualifier the day before Round 1, where 16 selected riders will battle it out for the remaining eight spots in the Championship.

Australian Speedway Championship
2019 Australian Speedway Senior Solo draw announced

Gillman Speedway will play host to the first round of the Championship, setting the bar higher than the South Australian Summer temperature! Round 1 will commence with the Qualifier on Wednesday night, January 2nd, where each rider will vie for their spot in the available eight places remaining on Thursday night.

With no brakes, gears or fear, Thursday 3rd January is anticipated to be an absolute scorcher, as tensions continue to run high after a tough Qualifier the day prior. Speedway Commission Chair, Ivan Golding, reflected on the draw of seeded and qualifying riders for the 2019 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship.

Ivan Golding  – Speedway Commission Chair

“This has been one of the strongest qualifiers we have experienced in quite some time! Yesterday’s draw was extremely tough, making our job even harder than in previous years. The depth of nominations received for the 2019 Championship are some of the best we have received, which has made the draw super tough. The quality of riders to pick from was very impressive, and we are no doubt locked in for a thrilling 2019 Championship!”

The field includes eight seeded riders, including the 2018 reigning Champion, Rohan Tungate, alongside the likes of Max Fricke, Chris Holder, Jack Holder and Jaimon Lidsey.

The full list of seeded riders in the 2019 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship are as follows:

The 16 riders selected for the Qualifier on January 2nd are as follows

Australian Speedway Senior Solo draw

At the close of Round 1, riders will move North to Mildura, Victoria for Round 2 on 5th January, followed by Round 3 on 7th January at Undera, Victoria. The penultimate round will be held on 9th January at Albury Wodonga, Victoria, with a close to the Championship at Kurri-Kurri, New South Wales on 12th January.


Tanti joins Crawford at Serco

Serco Yamaha will again be a force to be reckoned with next season after enlisting Nathan Crawford and Aaron Tanti to steer their YZ250F’s in the 2019 MX Nationals and Australian Supercross Championships.

Nathan Crawford

“I hate being off the bike and not riding and its driving me crazy but my motivation is as good as it’s ever been and I’m excited to be locked in with Serco and the opportunity to race the YZ250F again. I haven’t even ridden the 2019 bike, but it looks and sounds amazing and I know Serco Yamaha will give me the best bike in the class. I’m able to bare weight on my leg and start physio this week with a view to start riding again by late January. That still leaves me enough time to get myself bike fit and ready to go for the MX Nationals and I’m already looking forward to racing again.”

Australian SX Nathan Crawford YZF
Nathan Crawford
Aaron Tanti

“Up until last year, I was juggling work with racing but for 2018 I was able to get myself in a position where I could ride and train full time and it instantly showed improvement in my results. The reward of the hard work and sacrifice came when Gavin approached me about racing for Serco in 2019. Now to have the support and structure of the Serco Yamaha team behind me and entering the new year feeling fit and refreshed, I am confident 2019 will be my best season yet as I feel there is still a lot of room for improvement in my riding and racing.

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Aaron Tanti joins Crawford at Serco in 2019

“I spent a day on the bike earlier this week and I’m impressed with everything about it. We just ran through some basic things like bar bends to get me comfortable, stiffened up the fork a little and I was good to go. The Yamaha YZ250F feels awesome and that is just the production bike, I can’t wait to ride the full- blown race bike Serco will build for me. I’m proud to have achieved this ride with Serco Yamaha but I know the real work is about to come. But I will give it my all and aim to win as many races and championships as I can.”

Aaron Tanti
Aaron Tanti

Round one of the MX Nationals takes place at Appin, west of Sydney on March 17.

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WBR Yamaha sign Purvis and Kukas for MXD

WBR Yamaha team will be out to match their 2018 success that saw them claim the top two spots in the MXD class at the MX Nationals, with Max Purvis and Jack Kukas lining up for 2019.

Max Purvis

“I have done two seasons in Australia now and I feel comfortable racing here now as I know the riders and how the events work. But, it’s also the first time I have had major support over here and its cool to be a part of the WBR Yamaha. I had to race against them in 2018 and I know how well prepared and organised they were so it’s exciting to now be on the same side as them. I won plenty of rounds last year, but I just wasn’t consistent enough in the rounds that I didn’t win so that’s an area I need to address this year. Championships are won on your bad days, so I need to find a way grind out a good result when things aren’t going my way and be consistent across all 10 rounds. I love racing in Australia and the MX Nationals is a great series. Doing the NZ Nationals, the MX Nationals and the Australian Supercross Championship will be a huge year for me, but I can’t wait to get started.”

Maximus Purvis MX Fest
Maximus Purvis with WBR Yamaha in 2019
Jack Kukas

“It’s awesome to be back here in Australia and on the WBR Yamaha team for the 2019 season. I have been a Yamaha rider all my life to so get the opportunity to ride for the official Yamaha MXD team is a bit of a dream come true. I have already spent a week down with the team in Echuca just getting settled on the bike and meeting everyone. Travis and Nathan are awesome to deal with and are so helpful in getting me comfortable on and off the bike. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this chance and I hope to repay them with some good results. The 2019 YZ250F is such a good bike and we have a great group of sponsors on board for next year so I’m going to give it my all and try and get another championship for Yamaha and the WBR team.”

Jack Kukas
Jack Kukas to 2019 WBR Yamaha team

The first time both riders will be on track together will be the opening round of the MX Nationals at Appin, west of Sydney, on March 17.


Argentina to kick-off 2019 MXGP season

Youthstream has revealed that the first round of the 2019 MXGP and MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship season will take place at the Patagonia-Argentina circuit of Neuquen on Sunday the 10th of March with bikes racing for the first time of the new season in Qualifying on Saturday.

MXGP 2019 kicks off in Argentina
MXGP 2019 kicks off in Argentina

MXGP’s return to Patagonia Argentina’s beautiful Neuquen circuit is exciting for the riders, fans, and industry members as amazing GPs have taken place at the venue since first hosting the FIM Motocross World Championship in 2015. Serving as the second round of 2017 and then the opening round of 2018 the previous years have resulted in stunning racing amongst the hillsides lined by thousands of South American motocross fans.

David Luongo – Vice President of Youthstream

“It is great news to be back in Argentina for the opening Grand Prix of the season. The circuit of Neuquen is for most of the riders, the most beautiful track of the championship and its location in the middle of Patagonia is breathtaking. We really want to thank David Eli from Mas Eventos along with the local and national authorities making this Grand Prix possible, we are sure that it will be a great success and will bring a lot of attention and exposure Argentina.”


Stefan Everts in hospital

Ten times World Champion Stefan Everts was hospitalized last week and remains at the University Hospital of Leuven in Belgium in an induced coma.

Stefan Everts has been left out in the cold by Suzuki's change in policy
Stefan Everts

Everts participated in a charity event three weeks ago in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo to raise funds for the construction of schools in the area and contracted malaria, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.

During his legendary career, Everts won the record numbers of 101 Motocross Grands Prix and ten FIM world titles. After his career, he worked at KTM and then ran the Suzuki World MXGP team before Suzuki suspended its support for the FIM Motocross World Championships last year.

The moto world holds its combined breath waiting for Stefan to pull through and our hearts go out to the family.

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