Moto News Wrap for September 20, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Week’s News Overview
  • Evans to replace Beaton in the MXoN squad
  • Caleb Ward OUT!
  • Dylan Long OUT!
  • Jed Beaton OUT!
  • Tim Ferry Coaching in Australia
  • Aubert Hits GNCC
  • Desalle Out of MXoN – Brent Van doninck IN!
  • Prado In for Spain at MXoN
  • Searle and Sterry Win British Motocross Championship
This Weeks Racing Overview
  • Australian Supercross Championship – Round 1 – Jimboomba, Qld
  • Red Bull 111 Megawatt Hard-Enduro – Poland, Kleszczow
  • Belgian Motocross Championships – Round 5 – Kester
  • WAMX State Motocross Championship – Round 6 – Byford
Evans to replace Beaton in the MXoN squad

A last minute change to the 2016 Motocross of Nations (MXoN) Australian Team competing in Maggiora, Italy this September 24-25, 2016 has been made after current Australian Motocross MX2 Champion Jed Beaton, after Beaton sustained a collarbone injury during practice in Europe on Friday, September 16, forcing him to withdraw from the competition. Current Australian Motocross MXD Champion Mitch Evans will replace current Australian Motocross MX2 Champion Jed Beaton, after Beaton sustained a collarbone injury during practice in Europe on Friday, September 16, forcing him to withdraw from the competition.

Jed Beaton

“Devastated to say I won’t be throwing on the green and gold to represent my country at the MXoN. I had a small crash on Friday riding at Lommel and fractured my Collarbone. [I’m] very sorry to everyone that made this possible and so sorry to let everyone down.”

MX Nationals 2016 - Round Ten - Coolum - Jed Beaton
MX Nationals 2016 – Round Ten – Coolum – Jed Beaton

Evans, who will compete in the MX2 class this weekend, is now on his way to Europe to join current MXoN Australian Team competitors Dean Ferris and Todd Waters before the event. Despite the setback, the Australian Team feel they have a strong replacement in Evans. This will be Evans first appearance in MXoN representing Team Australia and despite the occurrence of events Evans is excited to represent his country and show his talent to the European scene.

Mitch Evans

“Jed and myself get along pretty well and we have done some training together this year so I am bummed for him. I will try and do my best for him and the team. This year hasn’t gone the way we wanted it to go and it hasn’t really sunk it yet that I am leaving. I’m still trying to take it all in. We have definitely come along way this year and we are fit and healthy, and prepared to go and do our job over there. I couldn’t be any more excited. I only found out that Jed got hurt on Saturday night after racing at the Supercross, and then I didn’t think anything of it, I didn’t think I would get the call. But on late Sunday afternoon I got the call and from there it’s been a pretty hectic 24 hours getting everything ready. The biggest thing I am looking forward to this weekend is just being able to represent my country, and to do the best I can and hopefully make a few people proud.”

Mitch Evans - Image by Marc Jones
Mitch Evans – Image by Marc Jones
Caleb Ward OUT!

Caleb Ward will be sidelined for this year’s Australian Supercross Championship after it was revealed that the KTM star inadvertently rode the USGP at Glen Helen with a broken ankle thanks to a savage case-out at Pala Raceway leading up to his first international event.

Caleb Ward

“I’m definitely out for this one, and we’ll see how rehab goes and how well everything heals up and goes from there. When I hurt my ankle over in the US I thought it was just sprained, but when I got back it never got any better. I was going to rest until Friday and then just ride, but Kyle thought it best to go get an MRI. I found out it has had a fracture in since early last week. It hurt quite a bit on all the jumps at Glen Helen, and now I know why.”

Caleb Ward - Image by Marc Jones
Caleb Ward – Image by Marc Jones
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Dylan Long OUT!

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team rider Dylan Long will not compete at the opening two rounds of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championships thanks to an on-going thumb injury.

Dylan Long

“It’s obviously a shame that before round one of the Supercross I’ve re-injured my thumb that I hurt at Nowra, but that’s racing and now the focus is on getting better,” Long shared. “At this stage we aren’t sure of the extent of the injury, or how long it’s going to take to recover, so I’m going to find out from the doctors next week and then we’ll go from there. The first round is always a lot of fun so I’m sad that I won’t be there, but I’m sure that Jay will do well, so a huge good luck to him and the team.”

Dylan Long
Dylan Long
Tim Ferry Coaching in Australia

Former Yamaha factory star Timmy Ferry will be hosting a motocross coaching clinic on the 8th and 9th of October at the ACT Motorcycle Club facilities with the help of his prodigy Hayden Mellross and veteran speedster Cody Mackie.

The training is aimed at riders with racing experience and will cover a long list of skills and techniques to help you lower your lap times and hopefully improve your results. Limited to 50 riders per day to maximize personal coaching experience is delivered to each rider. Cost will be $250 per day enter so email ACTMCC@live.com.au to enter.

Aubert Hits GNCC

Two-time Enduro World Champion and former ISDE overall winner Johnny Aubert will compete in rounds 11 and 12 of the GNCC series at Marvin’s Mountain Top, Masontown, WV and Powerline Park – St Clairsville, OH.

The Frenchman will ride his factory-backed Beta 300 RR two-stroke and hopes to give current championship contenders Kailub Russell and Josh Strang a running for their money.

Johnny Aubert

 “I am very excited and really happy to come and race in America these two races of GNCC! I can’t thank enough Beta to give me this opportunity. American GNCC is very famous in Europe and I always had a secret wish to come and take part to this kind of race in the country of motorcycles!”

Johnny Aubert
Johnny Aubert
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Desalle Out of MXoN – Brent Van Doninck IN!

Belgium team manager Joel Smets announced on Instagram that Brent Van doninck will replace the injured Clement Desalle at this weekend’s Motocross of Nations in Italy. Van doninck, a MX2 regular, will surprisingly ride the YZF450 in the Open class.

Prado In for Spain at MXoN

Spain has drafted Jorge Prado to replace the injured Iker Larranaga in the MX2 class for this weekend’s Motocross of Nations in Italy. Larranaga sustained a wrist injury at the USGP at Glen Helen so Prado will join the previously announced Jose Butron (MXGP) and Jorge Zaragoza (Open).

Jorge Prado
Jorge Prado
Searle and Sterry Win British Motocross Championship

Tommy Searle and Adam Sterry have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively after the final round of the British Motocross Championships were held at Foxhills last weekend.

Sterry was well ahead in the MX2 points going into the final round and wrapped the title up with 1-7 results but Searle needed to earn two solid second placings behind defending champion Shaun Simpson to narrowly wrap up the MX1 title.

Searle, Simpson and Sterry now head off to the Motocross of Nations to represent Britain and all three riders are in good shape and in top form.

Adam Sterry won his first British MX2 Championship - Nuno Image
Adam Sterry won his first British MX2 Championship – Nuno Image
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Smarty’s Race Reports
Australian Supercross Championship – Round 1 – Jimboomba, Qld

In front a large and parochial crowd, American Honda riders Justin Brayton and Gavin Faith have taken first blood in the SX1 and SX2 classes respectively at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship held at Jimboomba last Saturday night.

SX1
Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones

Kyle Peters topped qualifying ahead of Justin Brayton, Daniel Reardon, Wil Hahn, Todd Waters, Dean Ferris, Kade Mosig, Jesse Dobson, Lawson Bopping and Jay Marmont but it was Reardon who won the opening heat ahead of Waters, Bopping, Mosig and Jay Wilson while Brayton won heat two ahead of Ferris, Hahn, Marmont and Luke Wilson.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Kyle Peters
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Kyle Peters

Brayton started the main event behind Ferris and Hahn but by lap three the Honda pilot pushed his ‘old’ 2016 model CRF450R to the front and the former BTO KTM and JGR Yamaha factory rider didn’t even come close to relinquishing the lead to take the win and maximum points ahead of Ferris and defending champion Reardon who made easy work of Hahn to earn the final spot on the podium. Honda competitors will likely be on the 2016 model Honda for the entire Australian Supercross season, as while most other brands have their 2017 machinery already on the racetracks and in showrooms, Honda’s new weapon is not expected to land Down Under until December.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Justin Brayton
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Justin Brayton

Todd Waters also made his way around Hahn for fourth place while Mosig, Luke Wilson, Marmont, Jay Wilson and Adam Enticknap rounded out the top ten. In fact, only six riders finished the race on the same lap as Brayton who registered the fastest lap of 48.987 while Ferris’ fastest lap was 50.583 and interestingly third placed Reardon carded a lap fractionally quicker that Ferris with a 50.560.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Justin Brayton and Dan Reardon
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Justin Brayton and Dan Reardon

1st – Justin Brayton: “I felt good tonight, especially with the timeframe we’ve had to deal with.  I’ve only ridden the Honda for a week, but I’m just thankful for American, Genuine Honda and Australian Honda for making this all happen, and in all just a short time. This win definitely makes it worth it. There was definitely a lot of pressure on me tonight. Ferris rode really good too. I felt like there was a cap on the track on how hard you could ride, and I definitely went over that cap a few times tonight. I made a few mistakes, but as we all did. We all dealt with the same conditions. It was really fun though and great to come away with the win. I’m excited to get back to work and hopefully keep winning races.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Justin Brayton
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Justin Brayton

2nd – Dean Ferris: “Everyone keeps telling me I’m an outdoor guy but I really like riding supercross and when I prepare for it, I think I can go well, I felt great on the bike tonight and the team have done a great job in getting me comfortable quickly on the bike and adjusting to riding the smaller tracks. Being the first round it’s important to get things off to a good start and not do anything silly so it was a great start for me and with Dan also on the podium, it’s a good reward for everyone at CDR Yamaha who have worked so hard over the past few weeks.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Dean Ferris
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Dean Ferris

3rd – Dan Reardon: “The goal tonight wasn’t about winning the race but getting a good result, getting 20 racing laps under my belt and continuing to build speed and fitness as the championship progresses, I didn’t quite have the pace and the fitness to match Justin and Dean for the full 20 laps, so I rode at a speed that I could manage and get the result I needed. We now have another three weeks before round two and that time will allow me to ride and train and develop the base I need to win these main events. It’s a good start for me and I’m really happy with the bike and the direction we have at CDR Yamaha.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Dan Reardon
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Dan Reardon

4th – Todd Waters: “Great night at Jimboomba, now off to Italy for the Motocross of Nations, looking forward to Toowoomba in a few weeks and giving the podium a serious shake.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Todd Waters, father and son
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Todd Waters, father and son

5th – Wil Hahn: “I had lots of nerves and wish I could have got a little more comfortable earlier, like how I felt about halfway through the main, I just haven’t raced in a long time, so these boys are in good shape, riding good, and I’m actually kind of pumped on this break because it gives me some time to work on some things and get a little stronger. It’s exciting for me and I’m really happy with the bike and team.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Wil Hahn
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Wil Hahn

6th – Kade Mosig: “My starts were good in the heat and the final, I struggled a little bit in terms of pace, although it is close – I’m really happy with my fitness and bike set-up at this stage. I’ll go back to the drawing board to try and find a little bit of extra speed, then hopefully fight for the podium at the next round. I’m really happy to get round one done and move forward to Toowoomba.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Kade Mosig
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Kade Mosig

7th – Luke Wilson: “7th overall at the first round of the supercross! Pretty stoked.”

8th – Jay Marmont: “It was a good night, but the final wasn’t good. I came together with Todd Waters in the whoops and it put me over the handlebars. It was a pretty big crash actually. I went from there, and came back through the pack – I was almost a lap down at the start but I just plugged away at it and came through and got up to eighth which was good points, and it was somewhere to start from. My speed was good, I just lacked a little bit of intensity, but this gives me a few things to go home and work on so I can come back a bit stronger at the next one, and keep plugging away at the championship. A bit more seat time will help, which I knew was going to be the case. The top eight in the 450s are pretty solid, so if I could have stayed up there and given them a run that would have been good. Next time.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Jay Marmont
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Jay Marmont

10th – Adam Enticknap: “Tenth was acceptable, but the team and I are better than that. I was tired, this is my first overseas event and I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. The crowd and team are amazing and I feel so welcome. I will be doing my best to show what I can bring!”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Adam Enticknap
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Adam Enticknap

DNF – Kyle Peters: “The first race of the season was a tough one for sure. Practice went really well, I qualified first, and coming into the night show I was running second in the heat race, but I ended up crashing and finishing seventh. In the main event I got an okay start and was coming through the pack, but ended up crashing and it was a pretty big one so that knocked me out of the race. I ended up going over the bars and something cut my hand, and I ended up having to get six stitches on the end of my palm. Overall it was a tough night but I definitely came out with some positives, and I know what I need to work on.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Kyle Peters
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Kyle Peters

DNF – Jesse Dobson: “Last night was probably the worst night of my life. I felt okay in practice but in the heat had a crash through the whoops then in the main I got pushed off the track off the start and then I got arm pump. I ended up casing on the three that Kyle actually crashed on, and aggravated the wrist that I fractured in Toowoomba, and then after that I couldn’t hang on. It got too dangerous, so I pulled off. We’ll go away and work on it and try and get some answers.”

Jesse Dobson
Jesse Dobson
SX1 Final
  1. Justin Brayton
  2. Dean Ferris +3.612
  3. Daniel Reardon +11.866
  4. Todd Waters +12.218
  5. Wil Hahn +16.278
  6. Kade Mosig +19.885
  7. Luke Wilson +1 lap
  8. Jay Marmont +1 lap
  9. Jay Wilson +1 lap
  10. Adam Enticknap +2 laps
  11. Joel Newton +3 laps
  12. Barry Surawski +4 laps
  13. Boyd Hocking + 5 laps
Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones
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SX2

Gavin Faith took some time to get his head around the track and his new Honda but the two-time Australian Supercross Champion set the fastest time in qualifying ahead of teammate Jimmy Decotis, Wade Hunter, Jackson Richardson, Mitch Evans and Hayden Mellross.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones

Faith went on to convincingly win heat one ahead of former wild child and new teammate Josh Cachia who in turn beat Geran Stapleton, Wade Hunter and Mitch Evans while Mellross won the second heat ahead of Richardson, Kyle Webster, Dylan Wills and Decotis.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Gavin Faith
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Gavin Faith

Twenty riders lined up for the 15 lap main event and it was Faith and Mellross who ended lap one in the 1-2 positions and that is where they stayed throughout the race but the action behind was led by Hunter and Decotis. Hunter started the main event just inside the top ten and blitzed his way to the final podium position while Decotis started almost dead last at the end of the opening lap but managed to claw his way to what may end up being a championship saving 7th place and 14 championship points.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones

One rider who is coming back to racing after a couple of years off is Josh Cachia who started the main event in third place but dropped back to sixth place at race end behind Faith, Mellross, Hunter, Richardson and Geran Stapleton.

The top 12 all finished on the same lap but is was race winner Faith who predictably carded the fastest lap of the race with a 50.745 while Mellross’ best was half-a-second slower with a 51.239.

1st – Gavin Faith: “I got on the bike for the first time on Thursday.  Everyone worked hard to pull it all together ahead of the weekend’s first round.  I believe the team and I can make further improvements. We sat down to debrief and we have a plan to keep us on top so it feels great to take the win. I pretty much had a perfect day being the fastest in qualifying, and then winning my heat race and transferring it to the main. It’s awesome to be back on the 250, I feel really comfortable on the bike and the whole Penrite Honda team has been putting in the work. I can’t thank them enough. It’s been awesome and a great way to start the championship.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Gavin Faith
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Gavin Faith

2nd – Hayden Mellross: “Happy with my night at round 1 of the Australian Supercross. Solid start to the season and I couldn’t do it without the team behind me.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Kyle Webster, Hayden Mellross, Jackson Richardson
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Kyle Webster, Hayden Mellross, Jackson Richardson

6th – Josh Cachia:  “We had a plan and we exceeded it; I couldn’t be happier. As I get faster, I find things that we can improve on the bike and in me.  I am looking forward to getting back to work during the break”.

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Jimmy Decotis and Josh Cachia
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Jimmy Decotis and Josh Cachia

7th – Jimmy Decotis: “I made the most of a frustrating final. I got an average start and got caught up with some crashes and personal mistakes. I had to change my lines whilst passing riders and there wasn’t a lot of traction.  I learned a lot from this race and will take the positives from the weekend and get prepared for round two.  I know the speed is there, as I was second in qualifying. So it is onward un upward from here.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Jimmy Decotis
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Jimmy Decotis

9th – Jordan Hill: “My goal tonight was to finish inside the top 10 and I was able to do that which is good. Racing in a field with this many quality riders is a bit of an eye opener and the intensity in the first few laps caught me by surprise as bikes and riders were going everywhere and in every corner I saw front wheels coming at me. I managed to get through but I now know that I need to get up to race speed faster and also be a lot more aware of what is going on around me as you can easily lose several positions in one corner if you aren’t thinking.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Jordan Hill
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Jordan Hill

10th – Joel Wightman: “With so many good riders lining up in the SX2 class this year, I always knew the start of the Supercross championship was going to be tough – and that’s exactly what it was, I actually made a really good jump out of the gate in the final, but then started to wheelie as I went for third gear, so I had to shut it off a little, which put me back to mid-pack. As expected, guys were crashing left, right and centre and going crazy in the early stages of the race, so I was happy to keep out of all that and just ride a clean race and get a solid finish in tenth to end the night healthy and knowing that I had a result to build on for the rest of the championship.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Joel Wightman
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Joel Wightman

13th – Connor Tierney: “It was an experience. It was pretty crazy, just mayhem, there was so much carnage. But it was an awesome thing, and I really enjoyed it. In qualifying I had a very good start, but I came into the second turn and I came down, and started a bit of a pileup. I went to get going and went down again so I ended up 10th qualifier. That meant I had to go in through the LCQ, where I pulled a holeshot, and made it through to the main. I had a really bad gate pick from that, but I actually pulled top-five start from there! But then, at the Dragon’s Back, one of the guys in front of me committed to it, but then pulled out at the last minute and I just couldn’t stop so I went over the bars. I got landed on a few times and just got back up and finished the race in 13th. But I’m happy just to walk away and get a top 15 in my first Supercross – that’s good, and I’ve got something to build on.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones - Connor Tierney
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones – Connor Tierney

16th – Mitch Evans: “It didn’t end the way I wanted it to but I did gain a lot of confidence in knowing that I can run with the lead guys and be challenging for podium positions based on how things went tonight. My preparation for round one hasn’t been great as my school commitment have been pretty heavy lately, but we are on holidays now so I will be able to dedicate more time to riding and training and go after a better result at round two.”

Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones
SX2 Final
  1. Gavin Faith
  2. Hayden Mellross +2.118
  3. Wade Hunter +12.960
  4. Jackson Richardson +18.705
  5. Geran Stapleton +22.366
  6. Josh Cachia +26.521
  7. Jimmy Decotis +34.954
  8. Lewis Woods +39.442
  9. Jordan Hill +43.002
  10. Joel Wightman +53.981
  11. Aaron Tanti +53.786
  12. Wade Kirkland +53.049
  13. Connor Tierney +1 lap
Australian Supercross 2016 - Round One- Image by Marc Jones
Australian Supercross 2016 – Round One- Image by Marc Jones
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Juniors

The two junior classes put on quite a show at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championships at Jimboomba last Saturday night with second generation supercross rider Riley Dukes taking out the Junior Lites class ahead of Jye Dickson and Jy Roberts while Tyler Darby narrowly won the Junior 85/150 class over Sam Noonan and Josh Zorbas.

Junior Lites – Round 1 Top 5
  1. Riley DUKES – 69
  2. Jye DICKSON – 58
  3. Jy ROBERTS – 50
  4. Thomas GEALE – 49
  5. Drew CIGLIANO – 49
Junior 85/150 – Round 1 Top 5
  1. Tyler DARBY – 68
  2. Samuel NOONAN – 66
  3. Joshua ZORBAS – 65
  4. Kipp ADAMS – 56
  5. Reece CRUTCH – 48
Red Bull 111 Megawatt Hard-Enduro – Poland, Kleszczow
Jonny Walker
Jonny Walker

Jonny Walker clocked a total time of 2:47:27.77 hours to win the Red Bull 111 Megawatt Hard-Enduro held in Poland last weekend but it was a narrow victory with Mario Roman less than three seconds behind at the chequered flag while Wade Young was just a further 17 seconds back.

Walker was the fastest qualifier on Saturday on his KTM 300 EXC but torrential rain over night saw conditions on Sunday deteriorate rapidly but it was Taddy Blazusiak who led the field early in the opening lap with Walker close behind and it wasn’t long before Walker took the lead and the eventual win.

Walker: “I tried to pass Taddy because I was eating a lot of his roost and I didn’t want to get my goggles fogged. I passed him in some sandy bits and we were riding together, but there’s nowhere here where you can make time on these riders, there’s no really fast bits where you can pull. I knew it was just going to be a gamble.”

Jonny Walker
Jonny Walker

Walker and Jarvis made a break at the front in the opening lap but in the second lap Walker said he just cruised. “I tried to save as much energy as I could and then I made a break for it on the last one and managed to get about 100 meters. I was scared of the last hill, but I did get up it. As long as you stay confident, then you’re good, really.”

The British rider admitted he had started to get tired and his arms were hurting going into the last lap but he managed to make one final push to go for the win. “I came here just wanting a podium but my fire came back on the last lap and I was pushing. I knew coming into that final hill I could win or lose the race on that one hill. I’m back with a win, and stoked is not even the word.”

Jonny Walker
Jonny Walker

Blazusiak admitted he had made a lot of mistakes on the opening lap. “I got stuck on that hill and then, when I found the lines that everyone was using it was too late. I was so far behind in the second lap I just cruised. Then I decided to go for it on the last lap and for sure I had a lot of fun jumping all the rough stuff and riding a bit harder. I am happy to have got to the finish and a good job from Jonny.”

Taddy said he was pleased to have played a part in bringing the event to Poland, and to give the Polish riders a chance to compete in an international event.

Results Red Bull 111 Megawatt 2016
  1. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 2:47.27.77 h
  2. Mario Roman (ESP), Husqvarna, +2.59 sec
  3. Wade Young (RSA), Sherco, +19.89
  4. Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna, +28.35
  5. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, +6:52.97 min
Results Red Bull 111 Megawatt 2016 - Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 2:47.27.77 h Mario Roman (ESP), Husqvarna, +2.59 sec Wade Young (RSA), Sherco, +19.89 Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna, +28.35 Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, +6:52.97 min
Results Red Bull 111 Megawatt 2016 – Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 2:47.27.77 h
Mario Roman (ESP), Husqvarna, +2.59 sec
Wade Young (RSA), Sherco, +19.89
Graham Jarvis (GBR), Husqvarna, +28.35
Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, +6:52.97 min
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Belgian Motocross Championships – Round 5 – Kester

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings has had his first championship ride on a 450cc machine to win the last round of the Belgian MXGP championship with 2-1-1 results ahead of championship leader Kevin Strijbos who got the better of Herlings in the opening moto while another Belgian in Jeremy Van Horebeek finished third.

Strijbos went on to take out the championship ahead of veteran and former GP winner Steve Ramon.

MX1 Overall: 1. Jeffrey HERLINGS 22 + 25 + 25 ; 2. Kevin STRIJBOS 25 + 20 + 20 ; 3. Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 18 + 22 + 22 ; 4. Steve RAMON 20 + 18 + 18 ; 5. Jens GETTEMAN 13 + 15 + 16 ; 6. Andy TRUYTS 14 + 16 + 14 ; 7. Dennis VERBRUGGEN 16 + 12 + 15 ; 8. Robin BAKENS 10 + 13 + 13 ; 9. Brent VAN DONINCK 15 + 14 + 0 ; 10. Jaimy DELEERSNIJDER 11 + 5 + 12.

Final MX1 Championship Standings: 1. Kevin STRIJBOS 191 pts; 2. Steve RAMON 178 pts; 3. Brent VAN DONINCK 165 pts; 4. Jeffrey HERLINGS 147 pts; 5. Damon GRAULUS 129 pts.

WAMX State Motocross Championship – Round 6 – Byford

The final round of the WA Motocross Championships were held at Byford last weekend and after six hard fought rounds 12 champions were crowned with Rockingham bricklayer Dean Porter taking out the premier MX1 and Josh Adams the MX2 championship.

Dean Porter

“Met my goals this year with top 10 nationals and winning the state title so I’m pumped. Makes all the work worth it. Definitely wasn’t an easy title, had to fight for moto wins all year as these little kids are getting fast! Congrats to Robert Lovett and Mitch Taylor on a good year. And thanks to all my sponsors for the fun season. LeeAnt Yewers from Berrysweet for everything they have done for me, wouldn’t have been possible without them, wife and family, Darrin Gaske from Mandurah City KTM for always helping me and getting parts in straight away for me. Bradley Batger from snap on tools Bayswater for his support, Russ from dynotime for getting my suspension dialled last minute for me, Johnny McLean for hookin us up with the best troy lee and fasthouse gear, Gavin Madsen for the ongoing support with spy goggles, Corey Offer from Munster Motor Trimmers for the best gripper seats going, Philip Astley and the boys for there continued support when im over there and with golden tyres, bill kent for everything hes done this year, ninetwo decals, eagle balm and huge thanks to everyone who helped get me back east! Sorry to anyone ive missed.. trowel time!”

WAMX 2016 - Byford - Image by True Spirit Photos - Dean Porter
WAMX 2016 – Byford – Image by True Spirit Photos – Dean Porter
WAMX Snr State Championship MX1
  1. DEAN PORTER – 586
  2. ROBERT LOVETT – 563
  3. MITCH TAYLOR – 527
  4. MICHAEL MAHON – 493
  5. CRAIG BOLTON – 469
WAMX Snr State Championship MX2
  1. JOSH ADAMS – 547
  2. DYLAN HEARD – 492
  3. DAVID BIRCH – 489
  4. JAKE FEWSTER – 408
  5. AARON ANDERSON – 345
WAMX 2016 - Byford - Image by True Spirit Photos - Josh Adams
WAMX 2016 – Byford – Image by True Spirit Photos – Josh Adams
WAMX Snr State Championship Women
  1. JESSICA MOORE – 420
  2. LILY KENT – 368
  3. CHELSEA BLAKERS – 360
WAMX Jnr State Championsip 128cc-150cc/200cc-250cc 4 stroke 13-U16yrs
  1. BILLY MIDDLETON – 570
  2. REGAN DUFFY – 531
  3. KURT OINN – 471
WAMX 2016 - Byford - Image by True Spirit Photos - Billy Middleton
WAMX 2016 – Byford – Image by True Spirit Photos – Billy Middleton
WAMX Jnr State Championship Girls 85cc/150cc BW/100-125cc 2st/200-250cc 4st (3 Rounds)
  1. TAHLIA O’HARE – 105
  2. TIARNA HANSEN – 92
  3. KARA CATS – 92
WAMX Jnr State Championship 100cc-125cc 2 stroke 15 yrs
  1. MITCHELL OUTRAM – 602
  2. BILLY MIDDLETON – 571
  3. KURT OINN – 494
WAMX Jnr State Championship 100cc-125cc 2 stroke 13-U15yrs
  1. REGAN DUFFY – 578
  2. JACOB DANIELS – 515
  3. EVAN BROWNE – 435
WAMX Jnr State Championship 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke std/big wheel 12-U16yrs
  1. CONAN FORRESTER – 547
  2. RHYS BURNETT – 515
  3. SAM STEPHEN – 466
WAMX Jnr State Championship 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke std wheel 9-U12 yrs
  1. LIAM ATKINSON – 585
  2. MYLES GILMORE – 585
  3. BROCK FLYNN – 521
WAMX Jnr State Championship 65cc 10-U12 yrs
  1. LIAM ATKINSON – 595
  2. MYLES GILMORE – 595
  3. BROCK FLYNN – 478
WAMX Jnr State Championship 65cc 7-U10 yrs
  1. KAYDEN MINEAR – 593
  2. SETH CLARK – 572
  3. DEACON PAICE – 475
WAMX Jnr State Championship 50cc Auto
  1. KAYDEN MINEAR – 566
  2. PATRICK BUTLER – 519
  3. SETH SHACKLETON – 487
WAMX 2016 - Byford - Image by True Spirit Photos - Regan Duffy
WAMX 2016 – Byford – Image by True Spirit Photos – Regan Duffy
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S