Moto News Wrap for May 30, 2017 by Darren Smart
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Latest News
  • Australasians In Action Last Weekend
  • King Brothers Set for Conondale Classic
  • Dean Ferris Set for High Point AMA National Motocross
  • Craig Injured at Glen Helen
  • Cunningham Injured at Glen Helen
  • HRC’s Tim Gajser withdraws from French MXGP
  • Husqvarna and Metcalfe Split
  • Aussies Struggle at FIM World Enduro Championships in Italy
  • Bou does the double at Twin Ring Motegi
  • Young Beats Walker and Gomez at Extreme XL Lagares
  • American ISDE Team Announced
  • Oceania Supermoto Hits Newcastle
This Week’s Race Reports
  • Rd 9 – FIM World Motocross Championships – FRANCE Ernée
  • Rd 6 – AMA Flat Track – Springfield Mile – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Ill.
  • Rd 5 – Australian Motocross Championship – Murray Bridge, SA
  • Rd 3 – Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Daugavpils)
  • Rd 2 – AMA Motocross Nationals, San Bernardino, California
  • Central Coast Cup – Allen Park – Somersby, NSW

Australasians In Action Last Weekend

Kiwis Cody Cooper, Rhys Carter, Josiah Natzke and Courtney Duncan along with Aussies Matthew Phillips, Daniel Milner, Hunter Lawrence, Jed Beaton and Maddy Brown were all in action on the International stage last weekend.

Hunter Lawrence took a stronger result in Race 2
Hunter Lawrence

Cooper and Carter were contesting the second round of the AMA Motocross Championship at Glen Helen while Lawrence, Beaton, Natzke, Duncan and Brown were at the MXGP of France then we had Phillips and Milner contest the World Enduro Championships in Italy.

Cooper finished a solid 17th in the open 450 moto at Glen Helen but a smashed wheel in the second moto put pay to another great results while Carter had a tough opening moto when he was hit on the hand by a rock which saw the Suzuki rider drop back to 22nd place before deciding not to compete in the second moto.

Backing up his historical podium at last weekend’s Italian GP, Lawrence placed 5-4 in the MX2 class in France for fourth outright and now sits ninth in the series while Beaton had an up and down day in the EMX250 class with a few small mistakes putting pay to a better result BUT the former Australian Champion finished with 10-19 results for 15th outright and he now sits 11th in the points.

After winning the last EMX250 round Natzke could only manage sixth outright in France after a couple of less than stellar starts and now sits eighth in the championship.

Duncan Courtney
Duncan Courtney

Duncan crashed while leading the opening WMX moto but bounced back to win the second moto and now sits third in the series, just seven point back from the series leader while Brown went 12-16 over the two motos for 15th outright and now sits 18th in the points.

At the fifth and sixth round of the World Enduro Championships held in Italy, Phillips DNF’d the opening day with mechanical problems then on day two struggled to just seventh outright and now sits third overall in the EnduroGP points.

Daniel Sanders finished in seventh place in the E2 class on day one in the but the Aussie didn’t get across the line in the top ten on day two and now sit eighth in the championship standings.


King Brothers Set for Conondale Classic

Darryll and Shayne King have committed to compete in the 2017 Maxima Racing Oils Conondale Classic which will roar into life over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of August on a circuit laid out to make the most of the favoured 500cc Pre 1995 machinery.

Darryll King at the Conondale Classic
Darryll King at the Conondale Classic

The King Brothers are ‘Living Legends’ of the sport and they will be taking on and looking to beat the 2016 Pro Class Champion Craig Anderson who in turn will have to fight off the likes of Daryl Hurley, Kim Ashkenazi, Mick McDermaid, Brad Williscroft and a gaggle of hard charging motocrossers of all ages.

The annual Maxima Racing Oils Conondale Classic has become the most popular motocross event on the Australian calendar with two days of racing on a well-designed layout that offers the racers and spectators alike a sensational weekend – go to QVMX.com for more information.


Dean Ferris Set for High Point AMA National Motocross

Dean Ferris has confirmed that during the long break in the Australian MX Nationals that he will race round four of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at High Point on June 17 on a Yamaha while pitting alongside the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team.

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Craig Injured at Glen Helen

Honda HRC’s Christian Craig has undergone surgery to have a plate inserted in his hand following a second moto crash at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen on Saturday.

Craig said he expects to be back on the bike in a couple weeks after sustaining a “boxer’s fracture” in his hand.

Christian Craig

“Twenty minutes in, my front end tucked on a jump and I went down hard, I punched the dirt with my hand and ended up getting a ‘boxer break.’ Luckily the break isn’t nearly as bad as it could’ve been and hope to be back on the bike within a couple weeks. Although my day ended with an injury, overall I’m pleased with my riding today and happy I was able to put my bike up front.”

Christian Craig
Christian Craig

In his second race filling-in for the injured Ken Roczen, Craig grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and led five laps before falling back to third. While he was forced out of the race just eight laps in due to his crash, Craig said he was happy with his riding on the weekend. 


Cunningham Injured at Glen Helen

AutoTrader.com/JGR Suzuki’s Kyle Cunningham announced on social media yesterday that he underwent tests on his kidney and spleen following a first moto crash at round two of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Glen Helen on Saturday and everything checked out okay.

Kyle Cunningham

“Just wanted to give everyone an update after yesterday. After a crash in Moto 1 and the bike hitting me in my back left side I was rushed to the hospital with Doc being concerned about my kidney and spleen. Luckily after all of the tests both are ok. I have a hematoma in that area and probably some cartilage damage along with some ribs out of place. I’m pretty sore today but hoping to have therapy done this week and be racing at Colorado. At this point I’m not sure if that will happen but I’m going to do everything in my power to make that possible! Thank you to everyone for all of the love and text messages checking on me.”


HRC’s Tim Gajser withdraws from French MXGP

Following several medical examinations during the French round of the World Motocross Championship, HRC made the difficult decision to withdraw Tim Gajser from event due to the ongoing pain in his shoulder. Gajser will now return to Slovenia where he will undergo initial examinations which will determine the extent of the problem. 

Tim Gajser

“I cannot express how disappointed I am at not being able to ride today. It is not in my nature to give up and I promise all my fans that I will be back and stronger as soon as possible.”

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser
Roger Harvey – HRC General Manager MXGP 

“This is not a decision we have made easily but we have followed medical advice and been forced to withdraw Tim from this GP. Obviously, rider safety is paramount to HRC and we had to consider Tim’s wellbeing after seeing that he struggled in yesterday’s qualifying race.”

Gajser’s withdrawal left team HRC without a rider in France as their other rider in Evgeny Bobryshev was sitting out the round with a broken collarbone.

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Husqvarna and Metcalfe Split

Husqvarna Australia has confirmed that SD3 Husqvarna and international star Brett Metcalfe have decided to part ways forthwith, following an impasse regarding future directions for the team.

Steve McKinnon – SD3 Husqvarna Team Owner

“Brett and I reached an impasse around the technical/mechanical direction of the team, and we decided to part company. From an SD3 perspective, we’ve had four amazing years in motocross with Husqvarna and we’re still going to continue supporting Kaleb Barham and our various other motorcycle racing activities, so we’ll still be involved in motorcycle racing, which we’re passionate about. I wish Metty all the best for the future, and I hope he rounds out his career in the way that he sees fit.”

Brett Metcalfe

“I came back to Australia this year to race wholeheartedly, and I’m still a racer. I’m going to try and continue to do that. Unfortunately, with SD3, we had a disagreement about a few things, and for all parties we’ve agreed that it’s best to just step away. I thank Husqvarna Australia for their support for this season, and everybody for the opportunity. See everybody at the races.”

Brett Metcalfe on the podium at Murray Bridge
Brett Metcalfe on the podium at Murray Bridge

Metcalfe raced last weekend’s round of the Motul MX Nationals at his home track of Murray Bridge in SA with support from a moto enthusiast Tony Porter from S.A Plasterboard on a KTM 450 SXF where he finished a more than credible third overall behind Dean Ferris and Kirk Gibbs.


Aussies Struggle at FIM World Enduro Championships in Italy

Rounds five and six of the FIM World Enduro Championships was held in Italy (Spoleto) last weekend and the EnduroGP championship leader going into this round was Aussie Matt Phillips but the Sherco rider DNF’d the opening day with mechanical problems then on day two struggled to just seventh outright and now sits third overall in the points, some 25 points back from Steve Holcombe.

Matthew Phillips
Matthew Phillips

Daniel Sanders kicked off the GP of Italy with a solid seventh place in the E2 class on day one but the Aussie didn’t get across the line in the top ten on day two and now sit eighth in the championship standings, just four points out of the top five.

EnduroGP Standings
  1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 127pts
  2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 106
  3. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 102
  4. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 91
  5. Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 84
Enduro 2 Standings 
  1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 129pts
  2. Eero Remes (TM) 123
  3. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) 119
  4. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 107
  5. Daniel McCanney (Husqvarna) 80
  6. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 76

Bou does the double at Twin Ring Motegi

Spain’s Toni Bou continued his dominance of the 2017 FIM Trial World Championship with victory on both days of the TrialGP of Japan, staged at Honda’s Twin Ring Motegi circuit.

Bou’s victory is his ninety-second career TrialGP win, means he heads into round three of the championship in Andorra on 17/18 June with a fifteen-point lead over Adam Raga following his perfect start to the season.

Toni Bou

“It was very different conditions today and it was easier because it was dry. I had a nice first lap with only the mistake in section seven, but my second lap was not so good. I made a big mistake in section seven on the last step and another in section eleven. I felt the pressure on lap two because we’re in Japan so it’s very important to take the victory for the team. Next up it’s my ‘home’ event Andorra which is also very important for me.”

Toni Bou
Toni Bou topped the Motegi TrialGP podium
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Young Beats Walker and Gomez at Extreme XL Lagares

Sherco rider Wade Young has won the Portuguese hard enduro event, Extreme XL Lagares ahead of the more fancied KTM Enduro Factory riders Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gomez who were forced to settle for second and third respectively.

Regarded as one of the toughest hard enduro courses on the calendar, the Portuguese race mixed urban city racing with slippery rocky mountain terrain over two days and making his debut appearance at Extreme XL Lagares, the race marked Walker’s focused return to hard enduro racing.

Jonny Walker

“For my first time here I’m pleased with second. This weekend was all about getting some serious outdoor race miles under my belt and I feel like I did just that. This was probably about one of the hardest tracks to return to racing on — the rocks were just relentless. Alfredo and Wade started out really fast and on new terrain to me I wasn’t keen to go with them. Once I settled in I found my rhythm and just rode smart. It paid off and the result sort of came to me. Second is a good starting point and now I can build on this for Erzberg next month.”

Jonny Walker
Jonny Walker

Aiming for his hat trick of Extreme XL Lagares wins, Gomez spent the majority of the first two laps in a three-way battle for victory. But a small mistake on a technical, rocky riverbed saw him damage clutch perch.

Alfredo Gomez

“I’m a little disappointed not to win today, I really wanted to get a hat trick of wins here at Extreme XL Lagares. Everything started out really well. I won both qualification and the race in the Porto prologue. I flowed well with the track and made up some really good time. I carried that across into the night race and won too. I lead off the start of the main race but made a mistake and Wade passed me. I got back in front shortly afterwards but the fight was intense and we swapped positions a lot. Dropping down a waterfall section on lap two I crashed and damaged my clutch perch. I had to ride maybe 40 minutes before I could fix it, so to come back to third after that is something I can be happy with.”

Results — Extreme XL Lagares 2017
  1. Wade Young (Sherco)
  2. Jonny Walker (KTM)
  3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM)
  4. Pol Tarres (Beta)
  5. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM)

American ISDE Team Announced

The AMA released the 2017 USA ISDE World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy Teams for the 92nd running of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), which will be held Aug. 28 – Sept. 2, 2017 in Brive, France.

Following an historic showing in 2016 with the USA World Trophy Team coming away with it’s first-ever victory in the event’s 91-year history, the Trophy Team will return with another solid line-up with last year’s ISDE overall winner Taylor Robert returning to compete aboard a KTM 500 EXC-F in the E3 class, while his teammate Kailub Russell will race aboard a KTM 350 XC-F in the E2 class.

ISDE 2016 - Image by Jake Miller - Taylor Robert
ISDE 2016 – Image by Jake Miller – Taylor Robert

Coastal Racing Husqvarna’s Ryan Sipes will return to the USA Trophy Team this year after missing the 2016 event due to injury, where he will have the chance to defend his 2015 ISDE overall title aboard a Husqvarna FX 250. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Thad DuVall will return to the USA Trophy Team, competing aboard a Husqvarna FX 350 in the E2 class.

The Junior Trophy Team will include Josh Toth (YAM) and Layne Michael (HQV) in the E1 class, as well as Grant Baylor (HQV) in the E2 class.

Antti Kallonen

“We are coming into the 92nd running of the ISDE with a strong World Trophy Team like last year and our goal is to defend our championship. We really believe that with this team we should have the best chance possible. Every member of the team is experienced and knows what it takes to get the job done. The overall champions from the last two years are back on the team and we also have hungry riders that want to win, which will allow us to look for another overall victory in France.”

ISDE 2016 - Image by Jake Miller - Kailub Russell
ISDE 2016 – Image by Jake Miller – Kailub Russell

For the first time, the USA Women’s World Trophy Team will be included under the same structure and management as the World Trophy and Junior Trophy teams, which will continue to be headed by USA ISDE Team Manager, Antti Kallonen.

The Women’s Trophy Team will host a brand new panel of riders to the ISDE with multiple AMA National Championships represented across the board.

FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez, a multi-time off-road racing champion in the GNCC Series, WORCS, National Enduro Series and X-Games will join the Women’s team for the first time aboard a KTM 250 XC-F, while KTM-supported rider and defending GNCC Champion Becca Sheets will also compete aboard a KTM 250 XC-F for her first time at the ISDE.

Additionally, current WORCS point’s leader Brandy Richards (YAM) will round out the three-member Women’s Trophy Team.

Antti Kallonen

“We are going to apply the same ingredients to the Women’s World Trophy Team as we have to the World Trophy and Junior teams in the past. We are keeping a realistic view on where we’ve started and where our goal is. There are no shortcuts to success and we believe that we are taking the first step necessary to get there. We have committed to a three-year plan and we’re looking to take the Women’s team to the top.”

All three teams will meet in early June to conduct a training camp in Ohio in order to prepare for the event. This will be the fourth training camp that has been coordinated for the riders in order to assist the trophy teams as they prepare for the ISDE.


Oceania Supermoto Hits Newcastle

The Oceania Supermoto Championship will be held at the Broadmeadow Showgrounds in Newcastle over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of September and after a successful event in 2016 the promoters are promising a bigger and better showing this year.

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Smarty’s Race Reports:
Rd 9 – FIM World Motocross Championships – FRANCE Ernée

The 2017 FIAT Professional MXGP of France was held at the Ernée circuit last weekend in front of thousands of energetic and dedicated fans and it was Clement Desalle and Pauls Jonass won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence

You can read the full report here: Desalle wins French MXGP | Lawrence 4th in MX2; including the WMX class, EMX250, and EMX125. (Link)


Rd 6 – AMA Flat Track – Springfield Mile – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Ill.

American Flat Track saw a historic win streak retained despite stiff competition in front of a packed house at the Illinois State Fairgrounds to watch the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines contest the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I.

This followed Nicky Hayden’s cousin winning the Springfield TT the previous day, which you can read about by clicking here.

Young Max Whale from Gympie in Queensland added some Australian flavour to the event by making the big trip Stateside where the teenager competed in the Amateur Open Singles class, which he won, as well as the Amateur 450 class, with a crash in the heat race slowing his progress.

It was an exciting event for young Max Whale who took the win in the Amateur Open Singles
It was an exciting event for young Max Whale who took the win in the Amateur Open Singles
Max Whale

“Just done my first race meeting in America, stoked to have won the Amateur Open Singles at Springfield TT. Unfortunately I crashed in the heat race in the Amateur 450 which put me into the semi. I won the semi which put me on the back row for the final and I ended 5th in the main.”

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The streak in question belongs to Bryan Smith, who pulled off a third successive Mile miracle aboard his No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750. The victory was the defending Grand National Champion’s fourth race win in a row overall, making him just the fifth rider in series history to accomplish that feat.

It certainly did not come easily on Saturday afternoon. Smith hoped to make an escape at the start, building up more than a half-second advantage early on before rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) slowly reeled him back in.

Soon enough, the third member of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Brad Baker on the No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750, followed suit.

Brian Smith won the Springfield Mile from stiff competition - Image by Brian J. Nelson
Brian Smith won the Springfield Mile from stiff competition – Image by Brian J. Nelson

Adding a bit of spice to the lead pack following a pair of Indian podium lockouts were the respective arrivals of Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere Beaverton Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) and Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07).

In fact, Halbert looked like he might have something for all comers on this day. He continually built up speed as the track came around to his bike set-up, enabling him to throw down the race’s fastest lap (34.571) with six to go.

The next man destined to join the fight up front looked to be Springfield master Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R). The Main Event was shaping up to be a significant uptick in form for the entire works Harley-Davidson crew with all three riders battling in strong position, led by Coolbeth, who was sixth and closing with the laps winding down.

Unfortunately, a freak incident between Coolbeth and teammates Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) dashed the hopes for the Factory trio. A red flag then flew, setting the stage for a six-lap shootout for victory.

Once the race was back underway, Halbert continued to demonstrate race-changing pace and led as the pack took the white flag. Title hopeful Mees dove underneath to slot into first as they entered Turn 1 and held the advantage coming back onto the front straight.

However, he found himself outmaneuvered yet again by Smith, who went around the outside of Halbert on the backstraight and then rocketed off Turn 4 just behind Mees in the decisive run to the stripe.

Smith, Mees, and Halbert took the checkered flag practically three abreast, with the photo finish giving Smith the nod by 0.005 of a second over Mees. Halbert, meanwhile, snapped the run of Indian 1-2-3s in third position, just another 0.039 seconds back.

After discovering he had won, Smith took the checkered flag in his hand and did a reverse victory lap in honor of the late Nicky Hayden.

The victory was the 30th AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines victory of Smith’s career – including eight at the Springfield Mile.

Bryan Smith

“I’ve never won here at Springfield by being able to get away, so I put my head down (at the start). I was hoping to break away but I saw Jared trying to reel me in so I chilled. I wasn’t sure if we were cooking the tire or not. In the shootout, Sammy got up there and made it interesting for me and Jared. Heck, I didn’t know who won until I came around and they handed me the checkered flag.”

Bryan Smith - American Flat Track
Bryan Smith – American Flat Track

Despite narrowly missing out once again, Mees picked up another big points bounty for his title campaign. His season tally now reads two firsts, three seconds, and one third.

Jared Mees

“Honestly, if I was to do it all over again, that’s probably what I would have done again. I was getting through the corners really good and getting off really good. I just came up a little short – that’s how it is on these Miles. I wanted to lead it off Turn 4 really bad because I felt I was really strong there, but obviously, I was just a millisecond not strong enough.”

Sammy Halbert

“For sure Estenson Racing put together a great bike for me – that Yamaha FZ-07 was running great, especially at the end. I was struggling a lot at the beginning and lost the lead draft, but as the track got faster and more hooked up, my set-up came in. I put in a lot of work to catch those guys before the red flag, but luckily I was able to get up to the front and lead a couple laps. I definitely had a shot at the win. I wish I would have played my cards a little differently, but I’m stoked to get up here on the box.”

Baker came home a close fourth, while a very racy Fisher scored his best result of 2017 to round out the top five.


Rd 5 – Australian Motocross Championship – Murray Bridge, SA
MX1 Start
MX1 Start

Dean Ferris and Hamish Harwood have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at round five of the Australian MX Nationals held at Murray Bridge last weekend while Ty Roberts and Regan Duffy won their support class overalls.

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris
MX1: Five in a Row for Ferris

Superpole: When each of the top five qualifiers had thrown down their GoPro Superpole hot laps, it was Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Waters who took his second straight Superpole victory with a 1:43.066 lap time, an incredible two seconds quicker than his earlier qualifying session result.

Todd Waters took Superpole
Todd Waters took Superpole

Moto 1: When the gates dropped for moto one it was Ferris who took the lead Kyle Peters, Kirk Gibbs, Luke Styke, Brett Metcalfe and Todd Waters but Ferris was in no mood to hang around and quickly opened a gap while Peters began to lose positions to a determined group of Aussie motocrossers.

Metcalfe, on a privateer KTM, was undoubtedly on a charge, making the pass on Styke and then Peters to move in to the final podium position before passing Gibbs for second but only a short time later, Metcalfe’s bike began to smoke, and with his tear offs flapping behind him the former factory star was left with a tricky end to the moto.

Brett Metcalfe was relegated to third by Ferris in Moto2
Brett Metcalfe 

But by moto end Ferris once again proved unbeatable, crossing the finish line with a 24 second gap back to Metcalfe, Gibbs and Mosig while Waters, Clout, Styke, Tonkov, Peters and Zac Small rounded out the top ten.

Moto 2: It was KTM’s Gibbs who secured the hole shot in moto two with Ferris and Metcalfe in tow and with the rain pouring down the leading trio split from the pack to rage their own battle for the lead so by the 18-minute mark Gibbs looked comfortable while Metcalfe had made his way around Ferris who was well ahead of Mosig, Waters and Clout.

Kirk Gibbs
Kirk Gibbs

Late in the race Ferris made the move on Metcalfe for second, and before long the CDR Yamaha rider found the rear wheel of Gibbs and began to challenge for the race lead but when the chequered flag flew, it was Gibbs who took the race win while Ferris and Metcalfe rounded out the podium ahead of Mosig, Peters, Clout, Waters, Styke, Tonkov, and Joel Green who completed the top ten.

When the points were tallied from both motos it was Ferris’ 1-2 results that saw him take his fifth consecutive overall win of the 2017 season while Gibbs and Metcalfe rounded out the podium.

CDR Yamaha’s Ferris now holds an impressive 48 point lead over Kirk Gibbs as the series heads in to the mid-season break.

Dean Ferris

“Moto one was perfect, I got the holeshot and checked out. Moto two was harder, I found it difficult to pass here today, I got roosted a lot and I really had to manage the race. I used up all my film on my roll-offs so I couldn’t do too much in race two, I had the best stab I could at making the pass on Kirk with the film I had left, but he filled me in and I couldn’t do much. Other than that though, five from five is a good start to the championship. I’m feeling good about how this year has gone, compared to last season, I was laying on the deck at this point. I can’t thank CDR Yamaha enough though – they really pulled my head in after that crash last year and it’s made me a more mature rider, we’ve got a perfect start to the season and we’re all really happy.”

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris

Kade Mosig feels comfortable with his position and speed for the first half of the championship.

Kade Mosig

“It feels good to move forward in the championship to third. I felt comfortable on the bike, and it showed in my lap times, especially in the second half of the moto’s working past some fast guys in race one, and sticking with the lead group in race two. I’m competitive though, so I won’t really be happy until I’m on the top step of the podium! With 5 weeks until Nowra, it gives me some time recover and regroup before getting back onto the bike.”

Kade Mosig finished Moto1 fourth
Kade Mosig

Luke Clout finished the round in fifth and Waters in sixth on count-back.

Luke Clout

“I think my speed was a little bit better than my results today after some bad starts. Overall it’s been a positive first half of the season for me and now looking forward to the break and then getting back to racing.”

Luke Clout
Luke Clout

Waters now holds down fourth in the MX1 championship standings, while Clout has moved to seventh overall.

Todd Waters

“We started off pretty well with Superpole, that’s two in a row now. We are just working on getting our speed happening. Unfortunately in both motos we had some things happen that cost us big time. That’s how it goes so we will just keep it in house and keep chipping away at improving and getting better.”

MX1 Podium, MX Nationals Murray Bridge
MX1 Podium – MX Nationals Murray Bridge
Thor MX1 Round 5 Results
  1. Dean Ferris – 67 points – Yamaha
  2. Kirk Gibbs – 65 points – KTM
  3. Brett Metcalfe – 62 points – KTM
  4. Kade Mosig – 56 points – Yamaha
  5. Luke Clout – 50 points – Honda
  6. Todd Waters – 50 points – Honda
  7. Kyle Peters – 48 points – Suzuki
  8. Luke Styke – 47 points – KTM
  9. Aleksandr Tonkov – 45 points – Kawasaki
  10. Zak Small – 41 points – Husqvarna
Thor MX1 Championship Standings
  1. Dean Ferris – 356 points – Yamaha
  2. Kirk Gibbs – 308 points – KTM
  3. Kade Mosig – 279 points – Yamaha
  4. Todd Waters – 277 points – Honda
  5. Luke Styke – 262 points – KTM
  6. Kyle Peters – 230 points – Suzuki
  7. Luke Clout – 223 points – Honda
  8. Aleksandr Tonkov – 218 points – Kawasaki
  9. Brett Metcalfe – 173 points – KTM
  10.  Keiron Hall – 173 points – Husqvarna
MX2: Harwood secures maiden MX2 Victory

Moto one saw Dylan Wills take the early lead from Egan Mastin and Jackson Richardson and it was those three who battled for the lead during the opening half of the moto before Hamish Harwood, Wilson Todd and Kyle Webster joined the race for the lead.

MX2 Start at Murray Bridge
MX2 Start at Murray Bridge

By the halfway mark in the moto, Richardson had gotten by Mastin for second then Wills for the lead before Mastin followed suit relegating Wills to third then with only five minutes remaining Richardson had his hands full with Wills, Harwood, Todd and Webster all tagging onto his rear wheel.

With the rain pouring down Harwood made the move on Wills and Richardson for the lead with Wills also managing to get by Richardson with only a few rotations remaining and it was in those positions that they stayed, Harwood collecting his first race win of the season followed by Wills and Richardson in second and third places respectively.

Jackson Richardson
Jackson Richardson

Todd followed by Mastin whose in-race penalty saw him finish in fifth. Webster, Mitchell Evans, Richie Evans, Jayden Rykers and Tomas Ravenhorst completed the top ten.

In what was a drastic alteration of results – during the lunch break, Motorcycling Australia’s Steward of the event reduced Mastin’s in-race penalty to five seconds placing him in third position at the conclusion of moto one. Due to the change, Mastin secured the final podium spot, relegating Richardson to fourth, and Todd to fifth.

Mitchell Evans shot to an early lead in moto two followed by Mastin and Richie Evans while Richardson was involved in the first turn crash and was forced to mount a charge from the rear.

Mitchell Evans
Mitchell Evans

At the 20 minute mark Evans continued to lead from Mastin in second while Harwood had made his way into third followed by Richie Evans, Wills and a very fast Richardson who had sliced his way through the field like a hot knife through butter.

But when the chequered flag flew, it was Evans who took out a hard fought win ahead of Mastin, Harwood, Todd, Richardson, Richie Evans, Wills, Tomas Ravenhorst, Aaron Tanti, and Joel Evans.

But it was the Ironman Harwood who took out his first round win for the season ahead of Mastin followed by Serco Yamaha’s Mitchell Evans and despite not finishing on the podium today, DPH Motorsport’s Todd enters the mid-season break with the Motul MX2 Championship lead, six points ahead of Evans.

Hamish Harwood

“It feels awesome to have done this today. This is the first overall win I’ve got and I’m just really happy about it – I’ve put in the work and it’s paid off. The last two rounds we’ve been on the podium – we’ve made a few changes and I feel that we have a better setup. We’ll keep it the same for the second half of the series now, and hopefully we can keep putting it on the box every weekend.”

Hamish Harwood
Hamish Harwood

Despite riding with an injured knee, sustained at the previous round at Horsham last week Wilson Todd was happy to put in a consistent day and leave still in the lead of the MX2 championship.

Wilson Todd

“After Horsham, my knee wasn’t great, so I spent the week off the bike. Murray Bridge has never been a good place for me, so I’m honestly happy to leave there retaining the red plate and a decent break in the championship to allow me to heal up properly.”

Wilson Todd
Wilson Todd
Motul MX2 Round 5 Results
  1. Hamish Harwood – 65 points – KTM
  2. Egan Mastin – 62 points – KTM
  3. Mitchell Evans – 59 points – Yamaha
  4. Dylan Wills – 56 points – Husqvarna
  5. Wilson Todd – 54 points – Yamaha
  6. Jackson Richardson – 54 points – Yamaha
  7. Richie Evans – 48 points – Yamaha
  8. Tomas Ravenhorst – 44 points – Yamaha
  9. Jayden Rykers – 41 points – KTM
  10. Joel Evans – 40 points – Yamaha
MX2 Podium - Murray Bridge
MX2 Podium – Murray Bridge
Motul MX2 Championship Standings
  1. Wilson Todd – 311 points – Yamaha
  2. Mitchell Evans – 305 points – Yamaha
  3. Hamish Harwood – 278 points – KTM
  4. Jackson Richardson – 278 points – Yamaha
  5. Egan Mastin – 277 points – KTM
  6. Dylan Wills – 242 points – Husqvarna
  7. Kyle Webster – 233 points – Honda
  8. Aaron Tanti – 217 points – Yamaha
  9. Jayden Rykers – 209 points – KTM
  10. Richie Evans – 205 points – Yamaha
MXD: Ty Roberts takes Championship lead at Murray Bridge

Moto one was a cracker with the Husqvarna duo of Jy Roberts and Kaleb Barham going toe-to-toe for the lead but I was Barham who held his nerve to win the first race victory of the day and his first of the year – Roberts and Morgan Fogarty crossed the finish line in second and third place with Cooper Pozniak, Isaac Ferguson, Riley Dukes, Wyatt Chase, Callum Norton, Dylan Walsh and Hugh McKay completing the top ten.

MXD Start - Murray Bridge
MXD Start – Murray Bridge

Championship leader Cody Dyce, who had challenged for a podium early in the moto wrapped up the opening Pirelli MXD moto in a disappointing 16th position thanks to a crash on lap eight.

Moto two was a barn burner with Dyce holding the lead for most of the race ahead of Roberts, Pozniak and Barham but on the final lap Roberts went for an aggressive pass on Dyce for the lead and made a mistake which inevitably took both riders down, the pair were then forced to remount their machines and dash to the finish line.

With the electric start on the Husqvarna at his disposal Roberts secured the race win ahead of a disappointed Dyce while race one winner Barham crossed the finish line in third. Mckay, Fogarty, Dukes, Chase, Ferguson, Brodie Ellis and Walsh completed the top ten.

Roberts (2-1) was awarded the round win ahead of Barham (1-3) while Fogarty (3-5) finished third for the round while Dyce finished the day back in eighth, losing 20 points to Roberts.

Jy Roberts

“It was a good day for us – we had two consistent finishes and managed to walk away with the overall so we’re very happy. We also managed to get the red plate which is what we all work towards so it was a really successful day all in all. We now have the mid-season break so we’ll just keep working hard and come back at Nowra looking to finish off the second half of the season strong.”

Jy Roberts
Jy Roberts

Following the fifth round, Roberts now leads the Pirelli MXD championship by six points over Dyce as the series commences the mid-season break.

 
Morgan Fogarty

“Round five was good for us – we ended up third overall which is a good way to go into the mid-season break. Moto one was pretty good, I got off to a great start and made my way up to third. I was battling with the top two guys which is where I want to be. In moto two I got off to another good start and was in third but I had a little fall which put me back to fifth and finished there. All in all it was a positive weekend for us. We have a bit of a break now so we’ll keep working hard and then finish off the last part of the season strong.”

MXD Podium - Murray Bridge
MXD Podium – Murray Bridge
Pirelli MXD Round 5 Results
  1. Jy Roberts – 67 points – Husqvarna
  2. Kaleb Barham – 65 points – Husqvarna
  3. Morgan Fogarty – 56 points – KTM
  4. Riley Dukes – 50 points – Husqvarna
  5. Hugh McKay – 49 points – Yamaha
  6. Isaac Ferguson – 49 points – KTM
  7. Wyatt Chase – 48 points – Suzuki
  8. Cody Dyce – 47 points – Yamaha
  9. Liam Walsh – 43 points – KTM
  10. Brodie Ellis – 42 points – Yamaha
Pirelli MXD Championship Standings
  1. Jy Roberts – 299 points – Husqvarna
  2. Cody Dyce – 293 points – Yamaha
  3. Morgan Fogarty – 259 points – KTM
  4. Kaleb Barham – 241 points – Husqvarna
  5. Isaac Ferguson – 240 points – KTM
  6. Hugh McKay – 226 points – Yamaha
  7. Cooper Pozniak – 225 points – Yamaha
  8. Brodie Ellis – 201 points – Yamaha
  9. Jai Constantinou – 196 points – Honda
  10. Sam Pelz – 178 points – Yamaha
125cc Junior Cup: Max Points for Regan Duffy at Murray Bridge

The Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup riders re-joined the National Championship for their second outing of the year yesterday, with KTM’s Regan Duffy taking a clean sweep at Round 5 of the Motul MX Nationals in South Australia.

125cc Junior Start - Murray Bridge
125cc Junior Start – Murray Bridge

In the first 15-minute moto for the Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup riders, Duffy got to the lead early and then staying there for the entire race while Yamaha’s Jack Kukas and KTM mounted Hayden Matterson spread out in second and third positions, followed by Mason Rowe and Alex Larwood.

When the chequered flag was displayed in race one there had been little change to positions, with Duffy securing the opening moto victory from Kukas who held on to finish in second. Third place was taken by Rowe, while Semmens crossed the line in fourth ahead of fastest qualifier Malkiewicz. Matterson, James Scott, Tyler Darby, Larwood and Cooper Sheidow completed the top ten in race one.

In moto two, it was once again Duffy who was unstoppable. The KTM rider battled with Husqvarna’s Malkiewicz for the entire moto, proving that despite the track being the roughest it had been all day yesterday afternoon, which the youngster was more than able to adapt to the conditions.

Second place in race two went to Malkiewicz who finished only two seconds behind Duffy, followed by Semmens in third. Matterson and Kukas concluded the second moto in fourth and fifth places respectively, while Bova, KTM’s Noah Ferguson, Larwood, Darby and James Scott completed the top ten.

With the results from both races combined yesterday it was Duffy who went undefeated and landed on the top step of the podium, second overall went to Malkiewicz while Semmens finished in third.

Duffy now holds a 12 point lead in the Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup Championship with one round remaining.

Regan Duffy

“It was the perfect day for us, we went 1-1 for the overall so couldn’t be happier. I’m really happy with my riding at the moment, and we’ll be heading into the final round with the championship lead, so all in all it was a good day at Murray Bridge.”

The third and final outing for the Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup category will take place at Coolum in Queensland on August 19-20.

Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup Results
  1. Regan Duffy – 70 points – KTM
  2. Bailey Malkiewicz – 58 points – Husqvarna
  3. Mason Semmens – 58 points – KTM
  4. Jack Kukas – 58 points – Yamaha
  5. Hayden Matterson – 53 points – KTM
  6. Mason Rowe – 48 points – KTM
  7. Alex Larwood – 45 points – Yamaha
  8. Tyler Darby – 45 points – KTM
  9. James Scott – 45 points – KTM
  10. John Bova – 44 points – KTM
Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup Round 5 Podium
Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup Round 5 Podium
Yamaha 125cc Junior Cup Championship
  1. Regan Duffy – 137 points – KTM
  2. Mason Semmens – 125 points – KTM
  3. Bailey Malkiewicz – 116 points – Husqvarna
  4. Hayden Matterson – 105 points – KTM
  5. Mason Rowe – 87 points – KTM
  6. Tyler Darby – 86 points – KTM
  7. Jack Kukas – 84 points – Yamaha
  8. Callum McGlade – 77 points – KTM
  9. Noah Ferguson – 74 points – KTM
  10. Michael Murphy – 73 points – Yamaha

The 2017 Motul MX Nationals will now commence the mid season break, with Round 6 set to be held at Nowra in New South Wales on Sunday July 2, 2017.

Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S

Rd 3 – Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Daugavpils)

Polish star Piotr Pawlicki admits a winter of hard work earned him room to relax as he stormed to his first ever FIM Speedway Grand Prix win at the Rietumu Bank Latvian SGP in Daugavpils on Saturday.

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The Leszno-born racer led a sensational Polish one-two-three as he was joined on the podium by runner-up and new World Championship leader Patryk Dudek, with Maciej Janowski defying a horrifying crash to claim third.

Latvian SGP - Podium
Latvian SGP – Podium

The night belonged to Pawlicki, who was unstoppable in his final five rides at Lokomotiv Stadium as he piled up 18 points to move up to sixth in the standings. Rider No.777 was positively stunned by his first SGP win, but was pleased to see a winter of hard graft by him and his team pay off in style.

Piotr Pawlicki

“It’s an amazing day for me. It’s the first time I have won a GP. I was third last year in Malilla, but I won today and I can’t believe what has happened. I want to say thank you to my team. They are always working hard on my bikes. If you have a fast bike, you are more relaxed. If you have slow bikes, you must think ‘what’s happening? What must I do to be better?’ So this was a very nice day for me. Before the meeting I felt really, really very good. I was always smiling and the team was saying ‘what’s happening?!’ Maybe I was a little more relaxed. I worked hard all winter, training with my trainer Tomasz Skrzypek. He comes to every meeting with me and he’s helping me. I want to thank him too. It’s an amazing day for Polish speedway. Three guys from Poland stood on the podium and with good points.”

[youtube i[youtube id=”e6fpEIN42eY” width=”560" height=”315"]wlicki was elated to stand between two more of Poland’s speedway heroes as Dudek and Janowski also reached the rostrum. Dudek now leads the SGP standings on 38 points – putting him just one ahead of Aussie icon Jason Doyle, who finished fourth after being slowed by a blocked air filter in the final.

The Zielona Gora and Dackarna man was delighted to bounce back from two third places at the start of the night to go top of the world.

Patryk Dudek

“The first heats were very tough for me. I changed bikes and it was very good. I won all the heats then and only lost to Piotr in the final. Congratulations to him – he was very fast today. But I am first now in the World Championship, so that’s perfect.”

Janowski enjoyed mixed fortunes as he limped away from Daugavpils with a leg injury after lifting spectacularly and crashing in heat 17, with Matej Zagar and Bartosz Zmarzlik unable to avoid him. Miraculously, all three men walked away from an ugly incident and Magic was pleased to end a painful night on the podium.

Maciej Janowski

“That was a very special night for Poland – three young Polish riders on the podium. That’s really good. I can’t feel much in my left leg, though! I’m glad I’m in one piece and so are the rest of the boys. There was nothing I could do in that moment when I crashed. I had a really good start to the race and I was in front when this happened. There were a few ruts there and I wasn’t ready for them. That’s speedway.”

[youtube id=[youtube id=”w5xfVT6Lu0Q” width=”560" height=”315"]Doyle described a challenging event but was happy to be able to salvage 10 points towards the championship standings.

Jason Doyle

“Last night will be a night to look back on and think… We got out of a serious mess getting 10 points after sneaking into semi finals. We had a good race for second with Emil in the semi final and we finally felt we found some speed for the final. But it wasn’t the the final ended we were worked hard for. It ended in a Massive let down after working so hard to make the final to then break down in 2nd place was hard to deal with but as we all know Sometimes motorsport can throw you a few curve balls so we live and learn from these mistakes… Today is a new day and Zielona Gora race at Gorzow, the local derby match. It will be a intense! Good news the sun is out and I am fit and safe ready to fight today.”

Next up for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars is the Mitas Czech Republic SGP in Prague on June 10.

Rietumu Bank Latvian SGP Scores
  1. Piotr Pawlicki 18
  2. Patryk Dudek 16
  3. Maciej Janowski 13
  4. Jason Doyle 10
  5. Emil Sayfutdinov 13
  6. Matej Zagar 10
  7. Tai Woffinden 9
  8. Maksims Bogdanovs 8
  9. Martin Vaculik 8
  10. Niels-Kristian Iversen 7
  11. Bartosz Zmarzlik 6
  12. Greg Hancock 5
  13. Fredrik Lindgren 5
  14. Chris Holder 4
  15. Antonio Lindback 4
  16. Peter Kildemand 1
  17. Kjastas Puodzuks DNR
  18. Evgenijs Kostigovs DNR
World Championship Standings
  1. Patryk Dudek 38
  2. Jason Doyle 37
  3. Fredrik Lindgren 37
  4. Maciej Janowski 35
  5. Martin Vaculik 34
  6. Piotr Pawlicki 32
  7. Emil Sayfutdinov 31
  8. Tai Woffinden 30
  9. Niels-Kristian Iversen 25
  10. Bartosz Zmarzlik 24
  11. Matej Zagar 21
  12. Greg Hancock 20
  13. Chris Holder 16
  14. Antonio Lindback 12
  15. Nicki Pedersen 8
  16. Maksims Bogdanovs 8
  17. Przemyslaw Pawlicki 3
  18. Peter Kildemand 1
  19. Nick Skorja 1

Rd 2 – AMA Motocross Nationals, San Bernardino, California

The second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was held at the famous Glen Helen Raceway last weekend and under clear blue skies Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin came away with his first career 450 Class win while Rockstar Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne continued his solid form with his second consecutive win the 250 Class.

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin
450 Race Report

The first 450 Class moto saw Musquin claim the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of the Team Honda HRC duo of Cole Seely and Christian Craig. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant was right behind in fourth, while his teammate Eli Tomac, last week’s winner and points leader, started outside the top 10 in 12th. The clear track for Musquin allowed the Frenchman to assert himself into the lead, where he gradually built a lead over the field.

Seely was able to establish a solid hold on second, while Grant started apply pressure on Craig for third, taking over the position on Lap 1. Behind the lead group Tomac was on a mission, passing three riders on Lap 1, and then another pair on Lap 2. He moved into sixth on Lap 3 and set his sights on the top five.

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac

As Tomac continued his climb through the field, Grant was making a run for second on Seely, successfully taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 6. By this time Tomac was in the top five and still charging. He passed Seely for fourth on Lap 8 and then quickly closed in on Craig for third, moving into podium position on Lap 10. Tomac then set his sights on his teammate for second. He closed the deficit and make quick work of a pass on Grant to take over the position on Lap 13.

Despite a late charge Tomac was unable to catch Musquin, who took the first moto win of his career 5.8 seconds ahead of his rival. Grant followed in third.

As the field roared into Glen Helen’s famed Talladega turn to start Moto 2 it was Craig who came away with the Motosport.com Holeshot, closely followed by Blake Baggett, Justin Bogle, and Justin Barcia. The podium finishers from the first moto were spread throughout the field, with Grant in the top five, Musquin deep in the top 10, and Tomac nearly mid-pack.

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin

When the field came around to complete the opening lap Grant crashed while running fifth. Grant picked up his motorcycle just as Tomac approached, triggering a quick sequence of events that saw Tomac briefly lose control, veer towards Grant, and then straight off the track.

Tomac attempted to re-enter the race, but appeared to be suffering from an issue with his front wheel or brake. He slowly made his way around the track and into the mechanics area for attention. He eventually returned to the track in 35th, but lost a lap to the leaders.

Out front, Craig came under fire from Baggett after leading the opening few laps. Baggett showed patience and then made his move on Lap 4. Shortly thereafter, Jason Anderson, who moved into the top three after starting fourth, passed Craig for second. The battle for the lead began on the following lap. Baggett was able to fend off Anderson for a couple laps, but the Husqvarna rider took control of the moto on Lap 6. Two laps later Craig crashed out of third and out of the race, giving the spot to Musquin.

The top three remained unchanged for the remainder of the moto. Baggett kept Anderson honest out front, while Musquin settled in a distant third. Anderson captured the first moto win of his career, 5.1 seconds ahead of Baggett. Tomac was able to finish the moto following his early misfortune, securing 19th and earning a pair of valuable championship points.

Musquin’s 1-3 outing easily gave him the first overall victory of his career in his 14th career start. He’s the 65th different winner in 450 Class history. It’s also the first win for the Red Bull KTM team since the retirement of three-time champion Ryan Dungey prior to the season. Anderson followed in second (5-1) for his sixth career podium result, while Baggett earned his fourth career podium finish in third (8-2).

Marvin Musquin

“I’m just trying to be smooth and safe, but fast at the same time. At a track like this today it’s really easy to make mistakes. It may not have looked like I was out of control, but I was nervous out there and trying to keep it on two wheels. To come out of Glen Helen with a win is really good. We also have the point’s lead, so I’m just going to keep trying to be consistent and not make any mistakes.”

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin

Musquin’s win, combined with Tomac’s ninth-place finish (2-19), moves the Frenchman into the championship points lead for the first time in his career. He currently holds a 15-point lead over Tomac. Baggett moves into third, 26 points out of the lead.

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (1-3)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (5-1)
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (8-2)
  4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (6-7)
  5. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (9-6)
  6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (7-8)
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (14-4)
  8. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (12-5)
  9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-19)
  10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (3-28)
Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 89
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 74
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 63
  4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 60
  5. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna – 58
  6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 56
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 54
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 53
  9. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki – 49
  10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 46
250 Race Report

The opening 250 Class moto saw GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin surge out to the Motosport.com Holeshot, with Joey Savatgy in second and Bradley Taft in third. By the completion of the opening lap Martin, who was also the fastest qualifier, had opened up a healthy advantage over Savatgy that he would never relinquish. Despite an up and down outing at the season opener last weekend, Savatgy rode strongly in second and easily asserted himself in the runner-up spot.

Joey Savatgy
Joey Savatgy

Taft was forced to deal with heavy pressure from Austin Forkner, in addition to Colt Nichols. Taft was able to hold onto the spot for a couple laps while Nichols and Forkner battled for fourth, but on Lap 3 Nichols was able to get past both Forkner and Taft to move into third.

Forkner followed into fourth and continued to chase Nichols until his bike lost power on Lap 6 and forced him out of competition. In his absence, Aaron Plessinger made a charge through the field after starting seventh. Plessinger methodically worked his way forward and moved into fifth following Forkner’s misfortune. Plessinger was shadowed in his journey to the front by Osborne, with the championship leader overcoming a 13th-place start to slot into sixth.

Plessinger and Osborne continued to close in on Nichols in the second half of the moto, with Plessinger grabbing the final podium spot on Lap 11. Osborne followed Plessinger into fourth.

Martin led wire-to-wire to take his first win of the season, and his first for GEICO Honda, crossing the line 9.1 seconds ahead of Savatgy, who was never challenged for second. Plessinger rode to an impressive third.

Martin picked things up where he left off in Moto 2, sweeping the Motosport.com Holeshots for the day with another impressive start. However, his fortunes changed as the field went up the 400-foot Mt. Saint Helen obstacle when Martin lost control of his Honda and veered off the track. He was forced to restart his motorcycle and eventually re-entered at the tail end of the field.

Dylan Ferrandis delivered on the hype. (Photo: Joey Shigeo)
Dylan Ferrandis delivered on the hype. (Photo: Joey Shigeo)

That opened the door for Osborne to seize control of the moto, but Dylan Ferrandis moved ahead before the completion of the opening lap. The French rookie led his first lap of competition on U.S. soil and continued to build on his lead, as Osborne settled into second. Behind them, Adam Cianciarulo slotted into third.

The lead trio soon stabilized and established a comfortable margin over the rest of the field, but all eyes were on Martin and his chances of saving the overall victory. After crossing the line in 34th on the opening lap Martin laid down the fastest lap times of the moto to storm through the field.

He gained 12 spots on Lap 1 and continued to make up considerable ground, breaking into the top 15 on Lap 4. As he approached some of the faster riders in the field Martin’s momentum slowed, but he was still able to make much-needed passes and broke into the top 10 on Lap 10.

With each respective pass by Martin, the battle for the overall podium intensified as well. Osborne was able to control his own destiny by running second, while Ferrandis was poised to make his podium debut out front. Cianciarulo, Savatgy, Nichols, and Martin all sat within mere points of one another in the late stages of the moto.

Adam Cianciarulo
Adam Cianciarulo

Savatgy was making a charge to potentially move into second in the overall classification, but his bike abruptly lost power as he battled with Forkner and forced him out of the race. That put Martin a position to ensure a spot on the podium. He continued to move forward, slotting into seventh and leaving him just a point shy of the overall win, but was unable to gain anymore ground from there.

Out front, the top three remained unchanged. Ferrandis was dominant in his first opportunity to lead a Pro Motocross race, surging out to a lead of over 20 seconds. He took his first career moto win by 23.5 seconds over Osborne, while Cianciarulo followed in third.

Osborne’s 4-2 results allowed him to emerge with the overall victory, the third of his career, and open the season with back-to-back wins. Martin’s 1-7 outing left him a point shy of the win in in second, while Ferrandis’ winning effort capped off a 9-1 day that landed him third overall for his first career podium result.

Zach Osborne

“I woke up feeling under the weather a bit today. I had a sore throat from allergies, so was a little nervous because this isn’t one of my best tracks. To come away with another win is just icing on the cake. I just need to keep putting myself in a position to win and keep getting better. I’m happy to come out of California with strong results and I’m looking forward to heading east where I feel more comfortable.”

The red plate will stay on Zach Osborne's bike. (Photo: George Crosland)
The red plate will stay on Zach Osborne’s bike. (Photo: George Crosland)

Osborne’s pair of wins move him out to a 21-point lead in the championship standings over Cianciarulo, who finished fourth (7-3). Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin, who finished sixth (6-5), sits third, 23 points out of the lead.

The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next Saturday, June 3, with its third round from Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colorado.

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-2)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (1-7)
  3. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (9-1)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (7-3)
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-4)
  6. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM (6-5)
  7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (3-13)
  8. Michael Mosiman, Sebastapol, Calif., Husqvarna (8-10)
  9. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-29)
  10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (13-8)
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 90
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 69
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM – 67
  4. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 65
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 64
  6. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 59
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 50
  8. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 47
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha – 43
  10. Michael Mosiman, Sebastapol, Calif., Husqvarna – 40
  11. Sean Cantrell, Newbury Park, Calif., KTM – 40
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S

Central Coast Cup – Allen Park – Somersby, NSW

New names were added to the honour roll of winners in both the senior and junior divisions of the Honda / Tumut Motorcycle Accessories Central Coast Cup after the 2017 staging of the event on the weekend at the Allen Park track at Somersby, NSW.

Jordan Ussher and Billy van Eerde lead the pack - Image by David Lamont
Jordan Ussher and Billy van Eerde lead the pack – Image by David Lamont

The Central Coast Junior Motor Cycle Club event attracted the best senior line-up in the 13 year history of the event and along with a good line-up through the junior age divisions a thrilling two days of action, excitement and drama was turned on for an appreciative crowd.

Queenslander Jarred Brook was the standout performer adding the Senior Central Coast Cup to a previous win in the Junior class in 2014.

Brook’s ride in the 8-lap final was outstanding after he was last after 50 metres before threading his way through the field to lead home the only previous dual Junior – Senior Cup winner Sean McLellan and the inaugural winner from 2005 Luke Gough In third place.

Experienced campaigner Michael Kirkness, Max Croker and Boyd Hollis were next home, after all loomed as possible placegetters at some stage.

Unfortunately David Smith did not get to defend his Cup win from the past two years after he was concussed from a crash in an event early on Sunday, while another Queensland star Damien Koppe did not take to the track on Sunday after a fall on the first day left him with an injured shoulder.

Brook actually went close to a clean sweep having dominated the Pro 250 and Under 19 classes, he produced a last corner pass on Luke Gough to win the Pro Open final.

The Over 35s and the Womens class produced their own close-fought action with Shannen Colless and Laura Saxon the respective winners.

Junior stars Billy van Eerde, Senna Agius and Archie McDonald all had sensational weekends with several win while other class winners included Jayden Holden, Cameron Dunker, Jacob Roulstone, James Wood, Hugh Dilley, Lachlan Trappel-McGregor and Nash Dorratt-Marvin.

The next major event for the junior riders will be the New South Wales Junior Track Championships to be staged at Kurri Kurri on the upcoming Queens Birthday weekend.

CENTRAL COAST CUP:
  1. Jarred Brook
  2. Sean McLellan
  3. Luke Gough
PRO 450:
  1. Sean McLellan       
  2. Boyd Hollis
  3. Mac Croker
PRO OPEN:
  1. Jarred Brook
  2. Luke Gough
  3. Sean McLellan
PRO 250:
  1. Jarred Brook
  2. Mackenzie Childs
  3. Boyd Hollis
UNDER 19s:
  1. Jarred Brook
  2. Boyd Hollis
  3. Harry Scott
OVER 35s:
  1. Shannen Colless     
  2. Peter Knight
  3. Shane Wilkes
WOMENS:
  1. Laura Saxon
  2. Bree-Anna Etheridge
Central Coast Junior Cup:
  1. Jordan Ussher
  2. Harry Ryan
  3. Caleb Browne
50cc Auto Div.2 7 – U/9:
  1. Hugh Dilley
  2. Alexander Adamson
  3. Lachlan Russell
65cc 7 – U/9:
  1. Jayden Holder        
  2. Kurtis Jackson
  3. Hugh Dilley
65cc 9 – U/13:
  1. Archie McDonald   
  2. Cody Lewis
  3. Jacob Roulstone
80cc 4str Std 7 – U/11:
  1. James Wood
  2. Tristan Ayres
  3. Lachlan Russell
85cc 4-str Modified 7- U/10:
  1. Cameron Dunker
  2. Jayden Holder
  3. James Wood
85cc 4-str Modified 10- U/14:
  1. Jacob Roulstone     
  2. Callan Russell
  3. Mylee Ashcroft
85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std 9 – U/11:
  1. Archie McDonald
  2. Cameron Dunker
  3. Cody Lewis
85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std11 – U/13 :
  1. Senna Agius
  2. Ryan Smith
  3. Benny Baker
85cc 2str / 150cc 4str B/W11 – U/13:
  1. Senna Agius
  2. Benny Baker
  3. Ryan Smith
85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std 13 – /16:
  1. Lachlan Trappel-McGregor
  2. Callan Russell
85cc 2str / 150cc 4str B/W 13 – /16:
  1. Nash Dorratt-Marvin
  2. Mitchell Martin
  3. Lachlan Trappel-McGregor
100-150 2-str 13 – U/16:
  1. Billy Van Eerde
  2. Harry Ryan
  3. Jordan Ussher
200-250 4-str 13 – U/16:
  1. Billy Van Eerde
  2. Jordan Ussher
  3. Harry Ryan

Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S