Moto News Weekly Wrap

September 18, 2018 by Darren Smart

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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • Australian Supercross Championships – Jimboomba
  • Dean Ferris Injured
  • FIM World Motocross Championships – MXGP of Netherlands
  • EMX125, EMX250, and WMX at MXGP of Netherlands
  • Young Aussies Impress at Assen
  • 2018 Desafio Inca Rally – Peru
  • Super EnduroCross Series – Costa Mesa, California
  • TrialGP World Championship – Italy
  • Malcolm Stewart Wins Montreal Supercross
  • Reed to Contest Monster Energy Cup
  • Duncan OUT of FIM World Championships
  • Team Australia Announced for the 2018 FIM Oceania Trial Championship
  • Kawasaki and F&H Racing ready for 2019
  • NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships – Somersby
  • 2018 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship – Gunnedah
  • Husky Mounted Yanks win VMXdN
  • FXR Signs Phil Nicoletti
  • AJMX States for 2019-2021 revealed
  • WA eleven make the trek to AORC Rounds 8 & 9 at Kingston SE
  • KMA and Dyson Motorsports to part ways in 2019

Australian Supercross Championships – Jimboomba

The Queensland town of Jimboomba hosted the opening round of the 2018 Australian Supercross Championships and it was defending champion Justin Brayton who won the SX1 final from Brett Metcalfe and Luke Clout while former Australian MX2 Motocross Champion Jay Wilson won the SX2 final ahead of the American duo of Brad Taft and Josh Osby.

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ASX Jimboomba series opener

After Dean Ferris crashed out of his heat race and was taken to hospital, Brayton took a predictable main event win in the SX1 class but it was the come from behind rides from Brett Metcalfe and Luke Clout after both riders made costly mistakes during the opening lap.

Brett Metcalfe

“I am so happy with the bike and the team, I made a small mistake in the final – I am not sure if I would have held Justin off but that seriously doesn’t matter, I am extremely happy with how I am riding and had so much fun racing supercross again – it’s been a few a years between supercross races.”

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Jace Owen and Brett Metcalfe battle for position
Luke Clout

“I felt really good all day, I was a little tight in practice, but I spoke with the team and they reassured me that my riding was good. From that talk, I felt I was riding well all day. We didn’t make any changes at all, so the testing we’ve done has been really incredible. I knew it was a short championship, so that motivated me to get back as high as I could in the main event after the mistake.”

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SX1 Main Race Results
Justin Brayton
Brett Metcalfe +5.260
Luke Clout +23.647

SX1 Main Event

  1. Justin Brayton
  2. Brett Metcalfe
  3. Luke Clout
  4. Daniel Reardon
  5. Jace Owen
  6. Dylan Long
  7. Jesse Dobson
  8. Nicholas Sutherland
  9. Jesse Madden
  10. Robbie Marshall
  11. Joel Wightman
  12. Connor Tierney
  13. Jamie Harvey
  14. Zak Small
  15. Joshua Kilvington
Australian SX Rnd Jimboomba Wilson Taft Osby
SX2 Main Race Results
Jay Wilson
Bradley Taft +4.981
Joshua Osby +7.047

SX2 Main Event

  1. Jay Wilson
  2. Bradley Taft
  3. Joshua Osby
  4. Hayden Mellross
  5. Jacob Hayes
  6. Dakota Alix
  7. Wilson Todd
  8. Richard Evans
  9. Dylan Wills
  10. Jackson Richardson
  11. Ricky Latimer
  12. Tomas Ravenhorst
  13. Kyle Webster
  14. Hugh Mckay
  15. Bailey Malkiewicz

Junior Lites (13-16Yr) Round Results

  1. Blake Fox – 72 Pts
  2. Jake Cuka – 62 Pts
  3. Brandon Steel – 58 Pts
  4. Denzel Woulfe – 55 Pts
  5. Zackariah Wright – 50 Pts
  6. Kai Bonning – 47 Pts
  7. Reece Crutch – 46

85/150 Round Results

  1. Reid Taylor – 72 Pts
  2. Brad West -63 Pts
  3. Jack Mather – 54 Pts
  4. Connor Towill – 52 Pts
  5. Cody Kilpatrick – 52 Pts
  6. Jake Greenhalgh – 48 Pts
  7. Cambell Williams – 44 Pts
  8. Connor Mclauglin – 37 Pts
  9. Anthony Atanasovski – 33 Pts
  10. Kaipara Clarke -29 Pts
  11. Lachlan Winchester – 27 Pts
  12. Ethan Amos – 26 Pts
  13. Zane Mackintosh – 25 Pts

Ferris Injured

CDR Yamaha rider Dean Ferris has spectacularly crashed out of the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship which was held in the country Queensland town of Jimboomba last weekend.

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Dean Ferris

Ferris crashed while leading his heat race before being taken to hospital, after the crash and he had this to say on social media:

Dean Ferris

“As most of you know I went down hard at Jimboomba on the weekend, I’ve been in hospital since but hopefully will be out in a day or two. I suffered from a contusion to my right lung so doctors are monitoring it very closely. Everything else seems to be clear. Thanks for all the support and get well messages. It’s been a very long time since I crashed and ended up in hospital – not ideal but will still learn from it.”

Whether Ferris will continue to compete in the series or not has yet to be announced.


FIM World Motocross Championships – MXGP of Netherlands

Jeffrey Herlings is the 2018 MXGP FIM Motocross World Champion after winning the Grand Prix of the Netherlands while Jorge Prado stands on the edge of creating his own history after dominating the MX2 class.

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MXGP Start – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands – Image by Ray Archer

For the fourth year in a row the temporary and spectacularly set motocross course laid over the stadium section of the TT Circuit Assen provided a rough, tight and curvy test. The sand benefitted from a slightly revised layout for 2018 but made largely the same inventive use of space next to the vast grandstand that was filled with most of the 40,000 attendance.

Jeffrey Herlings has been impeccable this season with 16 wins of the 19 races so far and the lifelong dream of the Dutchman has came true as he was crowned World Champion at the highest level of motocross, the MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship.

Jeffrey Herlings

“I don’t really know what to say, it has been an amazing day. It has been a blessing to be in my shoes today. Everyone says to enjoy the day but it is so hard, I remember waking up this morning and now we are here, everything has happened so fast. To do this in front of the home crowd at Assen’s TT circuit it is amazing, it is really a special day.”

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Jeffrey Herlings – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands
Antonio Cairoli

“For me it is an honour to be second behind Jeffrey because he is definitely the fastest rider in the world at the moment and I’m not taking second to just anyone. I know I can be more competitive but it is a nice challenge and congratulations to him and thanks to Red Bull KTM for helping us to 1st and 2nd this season.”

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Antonio Cairoli – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

MXGP Overall Top Ten

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 Points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 Points
  3. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 38 Points
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 36 Points
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 34 Points
  6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 30 Points
  7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 27 Points
  8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 26 Points
  9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 23 Points
  10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 22 Points

MXGP Championship Top Ten

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 883 Points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 782 Points
  3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 645 Points
  4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 625 Points
  5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 544 Points
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 541 Points
  7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 511 Points
  8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 445 Points
  9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 404 Points
  10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 366 Points

MX2

The MX2 Championship coming into Assen was separated at the front by 24 points between Spaniard Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass but after two hard fought motos the overall result had Prado on top with 50 points while the Husqvarna pairing of Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen once again rounding out the podium.

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MX2 Start – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

Jonass’ 8-6 moto results cost him dearly and as they head to the final round Prado now has a healthy and almost insurmountable 46 point lead.

Jorge Prado

“First of all congrats to Jeffrey Herlings as he has had an amazing season. My weekend went pretty well, yesterday I took the win in the qualifying race which was good for the confidence today where I won both races so I couldn’t ask for a better weekend.”

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Jorge Prado – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands – Image by Ray Archer

MX2 Overall Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 Points
  2. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 40 Points
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 Points
  4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 38 Points
  5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 Points
  6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 28 Points
  7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 28 Points
  8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 26 Points
  9. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 24 Points
  10. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20 Points

MX2 Championship Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 823 points
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 777 Points
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 633 Points
  4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 585 Points
  5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 565 Points
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 521 Points
  7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 366 Points
  8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 365 Points
  9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 331 Points
  10. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 311 Points
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EMX250, EMX125 and WMX at MXGP of Netherlands

The support classes at the MXGP of Netherlands were the EMX250, EMX125 and WMX classes and it was Jett Lawrence, Raivo Dankers and Kiara Fontanesi who took out their respective class wins on the sand infested temporary layout.

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EMX125 Start – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

EMX250

Double race wins gave Jett Lawrence his first EMX250 Overall win ahead of Kevin Horgmo (3-2) and Tom Vialle who took 3rd with his 2-7 finishes.

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Jett Lawrence – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

EMX250 Overall Top 10

  1. Jett Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 50 points
  2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 42
  3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 36
  4. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 29
  5. Caleb Grothues (AUS, YAM), 24
  6. Todd Kellett (GBR, KTM), 22
  7. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 22
  8. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 21
  9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 20
  10. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 20

EMX250 Championship Top 10

  1. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 366 points
  2. Mel Pocock (GBR, HUS), 312
  3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 274
  4. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 273
  5. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 264
  6. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 239
  7. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 237
  8. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 227
  9. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KAW), 205
  10. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 191

EMX125

At the finish of the second moto it was the race and overall win for Raivo Dankers ahead of Rick Elzinga with his 3-3 finishes and Kjell Verbruggen with his 1-6 moto results.

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Raivo Dankers – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

EMX125 Overall Top 10

  1. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 43 points
  2. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 40
  3. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, KTM), 40
  4. Florian Miot (FRA, KTM), 29
  5. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 28
  6. Lion Florian (GER, KTM), 24
  7. Mario Lucas Sanz (ESP, KTM), 24
  8. Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 22
  9. Raf Meuwissen (NED, KTM), 21
  10. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 21

EMX125 Championship Top 10

  1. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 249 points
  2. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 224
  3. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 202
  4. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 194
  5. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 189
  6. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), 186
  7. Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 156
  8. Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), 150
  9. Lion Florian (GER, KTM), 145
  10. Raf Meuwissen (NED, KTM), 141

WMX

With Kiwi Courtney Duncan out injury, Kiara Fontanesi’s dominating weekend allowed her to not only claim the win and overall but also the championship leaders red plate before heading into her home round and season finale at Imola in 2-weeks’ time.

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WMX Start – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

WMX Overall Top Ten

  1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 50 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42
  3. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 40
  4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 38
  5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 30
  6. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 29
  7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 28
  8. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 24
  9. Avrie Berry (USA, KTM), 24
  10. Natalie Kane (IRL, HON), 23

WMX Championship Top Ten

  1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 213 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 205
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 191
  4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 184
  5. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 152
  6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 146
  7. Natalie Kane (IRL, HON), 132
  8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 122
  9. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 90
  10. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 86

Young Aussies Impress at Assen

Aussie hard chargers Hunter and Jett Lawrence along with Caleb Grothues continue to cement themselves as world class talent after competing at the FIM MXGP of the Netherland at Assen last weekend.

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Hunter Lawrence – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

In the penultimate round of the World MX2 World Championships Hunter actually led the first moto after making the pass for the lead on the fourth corner. Unfortunately a few laps later he misjudged the treacherous track surface and crashed, eventually finishing the race in sixth place. Another good start on board his CRF250R in the second race gave him a great chance to redeem himself but a mistake in turn two dropped him down the field and any chance of a podium went with it.

Hunter Lawrence

“My speed was a lot better than the last sand race in Lommel, but the results really don’t do my riding level justice, we were second in timed qualifying but I couldn’t capitalise on that because I got caught up in a first turn crash. I got back up to ninth and felt good about my riding. And then today, I was third in warm-up and then the first moto started off really good. I got an awesome start on my Honda CRF250R, ending up second around the second corner and then on the fourth turned I made the pass for the lead. I was leading for the first few laps and that was great but I chose a bad line and got passed and then when I pushed to try and get back past him, I made a mistake and that cost me. The second moto I made another stupid mistake in the second corner and another great start and that meant I had no chance of a good result overall. It’s disappointing but I’m keeping my head up for the final round where hopefully the results will be much better.”

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Hunter Lawrence – MXGP 2018 The Netherlands

Jett’s weekend was a lot different with the younger brother winning both EMX250 motos ahead of a talented field of older and more experienced riders while former World Junior Motocross Champion Caleb Grothues put his sand riding skills to good use for a 5th overall in the EMX250 class.


2018 Desafio Inca Rally – Peru

Paulo Gonçalves has continued the Monster Energy Honda Team’s purple patch in South America after winning the Desafio Inca Rally in Peru last week, the third victory in a row for the team following the victories of Kevin Benavides in the Atacama Rally and Gonçalves, once again, in the Desafío Ruta 40.

Paulo Gonçalves

“We have finished this important test here in Peru, the Desafio Inca. It went very well because we won the race. Today I had a starting position that could have complicated things, but Kevin did very well opening the track. I was able to push a lot and those behind weren’t able to catch me. I am happy for myself and for the team. This was a race with riders with a very good pace. You have to stay attentive and not relax. The most important part is still to come.”

Desafio Ruta Rally Stage Paulo Goncalves
Paulo Goncalves

Matthias Walkner has successfully completed the third and final day in fourth place, enough to cement his runner-up position in the overall standings.

Matthias Walkner

“Today was definitely the most fun of the rally, we started three minutes apart, which meant we weren’t all grouped up like the previous stages. I started second so I only had one track in front and had to rely on my own navigation for most of the day. The pace was really fast, but I managed my road book well and was pleased to post a good result even though we were chased down by the guys behind. Overall, the rally has been very encouraging – with the next Dakar being held in Peru it’s good to get time on the bike and learn how to ride the dunes. Second overall has given me a lot of confidence going into Morocco, and onto Dakar next year.”

Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Desafio Inca
Matthias Walkner – Image by Marcin Kin

Putting in the best performance of his rally racing career to date Andrew Short has claimed a solid third place overall result, despite wrapping up the rally with 12th in stage three, Short was just eight minutes behind event winner Paulo Goncalves.

Andrew Short

“I am really satisfied with my performance at this rally. It was good to ride alongside the best riders in the world and learn from them. I could see their rhythm and how they navigate in the dunes. Stage three was quite different to the first two days. We weren’t grouped up with the other riders so I had to navigate a lot during the day. I did my best to avoid mistakes and my speed was a little bit slower than the other two days. Overall, this event has been loads of fun and to ride that terrain over here in Peru has been really good for the future. Hopefully I can keep building on my speed and navigation so that I can be ready for the coming Dakar.”

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Andrew Short – Image by Marcin Kin

Following his tough stage two, where a GPS issue caused him to lose time to the other riders, Australian Toby Price was back to his best on the final day. With just one-lap of the 180km timed special to catch the front-runners, Toby rode an excellent stage, ultimately posting the second fastest time.

Completing the rally in ninth position was disappointing for the Australian, but the experience gained riding here will prove extremely important come the 2019 Dakar Rally next January.

Toby price

“Day three went well, I was glad to get a good finish on the final day. Thankfully we were able to resolve the problem we had from yesterday and had a clean run through today. The overall result for the rally isn’t quite what we wanted but the goal when we came here was always to get time on the bike in the dunes and concentrate on learning the navigation through the area. From here we’ll concentrate on Morocco and hopefully get a good result at the final round of the world championship.”

Toby Price Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Desafio Inca
Toby Price – Image by Marcin Kin

Results – Stage 3 2018 Desafio Inca

  1. Paulo Goncalves (PRT), Honda, 1:55:08
  2. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 1:57:10 +2:02
  3. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 1:57:24 +2:16
  4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 1:58:09 +3:01
  5. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 1:58:24 +3:34

Provisional Final Standings – 2018 Desafio Inca Rally after 3 of 3 stages

  1. Paulo Goncalves (PRT), Honda, 10:08:13
  2. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 10:11:4 +2:51
  3. Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 10:16:37 +10:02
  4. Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 10:18:15 +10:02
  5. Adrien van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 10:19:17 +11:04
    …9. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 10:37:22 +29:09
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Super EnduroCross Series – Costa Mesa, California

Colton Haaker has dominated the second round of the Super EnduroCross Championships held in Costa Mesa, California last weekend.

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Colton Haaker at Cosa Mesa Super Endurocross – Image by Tanner Yeager

After winning his heat, he climbed his way to the top of the bracket races to take the extra championship point before carrying the momentum into the Super EnduroCross Main where he put on a heroic come-from-behind ride and defeated the competition to take home his first win of the season.

Colton Haaker

“Costa Mesa was awesome this weekend, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd or result! With a pretty flowy track, I was able to be aggressive and charge the whole race to get my first win of the season! I’m excited for Reno next weekend and I hope to keep the momentum rolling! Thanks to the whole team for the support!”

Next Event: September 22 – Reno EnduroCross – Reno, NV

Super EnduroCross

  1. Colton Haaker
  2. Trystan Hart
  3. Cody Webb
  4. Ty Tremaine
  5. Cristobal Guerrero
  6. Benjamin Herrera
  7. Geoff Aaron
  8. Kyle Redmond
  9. Cooper Abbott
  10. Ty Cullins

Super EnduroCross Series Points Standings

  1. Colton Haaker – 51 points
  2. Cody Webb – 47 points
  3. Trystan Hart – 42 points
  4. Ty Tremaine – 32 points
  5. Kyle Redmond – 31 points
  6. Geoff Aaron – 29 points
  7. Ty Cullins – 27 points
  8. Benjamin Herrera – 25 points
  9. Cooper Abbott – 24 points
  10. Noah Kepple – 21 points

TrialGP World Championship – Italy

With seven out of a possible nine wins for Toni Bou, the TrialGP World Championship has concluded. The Repsol Honda Team rider wrapped up the campaign with a further triumph in the Italian TrialGP at the OffRoad Park in Pietramurata.

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Toni Bou – TrialGP World Championship 2018 Italy

In spite of not fully commanding the earlier stages of the final event of the TrialGP season, Toni Bou nevertheless finished the day in his usual spot atop the podium. The Repsol Honda Team champion managed to make amends for too many points picked up in the earlier sections to finish the first lap just one point behind the leader. A spectacular lap two put paid to the competition with the champion accruing a mere two points.

With the title already bagged in the previous event in England, Bou further endorsed his position in the championship, beating the nearest second place by a gapping thirty-eight points after winning seven of the season’s nine TrialGPs.

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Toni Bou – TrialGP World Championship 2018 Italy
Toni Bou

“I am very happy with today’s race, as we didn’t start as well as we could have, but we fought until the end and we made headway with a very good second lap with only two penalty points where we got the good sensations back on the bike. I am very happy to finish the season with a victory. Now we have to enjoy this triumph and the world title because we’ll soon be thinking about the Trial de Nations that will be disputed next week. Finally I want to thank the team doctor, Joaquim Terricabras and all his medical team who have helped me to recover from my injuries during the season.”

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Toni Bou tops the podium from – TrialGP World Championship 2018 Italy

 Miquel Cirera

  1. BOU Toni
  2. RAGA Adam
  3. FAJARDO Jeroni
  4. CABESTANY Albert
  5. BUSTO Jaime

Malcolm Stewart Wins Montreal Supercross

In front of one of the hottest line-up of riders seen in Europe for some time, Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda rider Malcolm Stewart dominated the Montreal Supercross on Saturday night, sweeping all three main events ahead of Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols while Matt Goerke came home in third with 4-5-3 moto results.

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Colt Nichols at the Montreal Supercross was runner up

In the 250 class Jess Pettis scored the main event win over Logan Karnow and Canadian Champion Shawn Maffenbeier.

450 Overall – 3 Moto Results

  1. Malcolm Stewart 1-1-1
  2. Colt Nichols 2-2-2
  3. Matt Goerke 4-5-3
  4. Cole Thompson 3-9-4
  5. Josh Hill 9-3-6
  6. Alex Martin 7-8-5
  7. Colton Facciotti 5-10-9
  8. Cedric Soubeyras 11-7-7
  9. RJ Hampshire 12-4-11
  10. Josh Hansen 10-11-10
  11. Phil Nicoletti 6-6-DNF
  12. Tyler Medaglia 13-12-8
  13. Cheyenne Harmon 14-14-13
  14. Thomas Ramette 8-13-DNF
  15. Dillan Epstein 15-15-12
  16. Cody VanBuskirk 16-16-15
  17. Mike Brown 18-17-14

250 Overall

  1. Jess Pettis
  2. Logan Karnow
  3. Shawn Maffenbeier
  4. Tanner Ward
  5. Maco Cannella
  6. Wyatt Waddell
  7. Chad Saultz
  8. Michael Da Silva
  9. Guillaume St Cyr
  10. Jack Wright
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Reed to Contest Monster Energy Cup

Chad Reed and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) have agreed to a deal that will see the two-time AMA Supercross Champion compete at the Monster Energy Cup on October 13 with the JGR-run Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki team.

Reed contested the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season finale with the team at Ironman, finishing eighth overall in his first Pro Motocross race since 2015. After the race, Reed said one of the reasons he returned was because the team.

Chad Reed

“I can honestly say the only reason I did it is because of how much fun I had. During the test (with the team), the bike that I started on and the bike that I finished on improved a lot. At that point, I’m making it for me. I really enjoyed that part of it. For me, coming here, a nasty weekend, be hard on the clutch in the first one. They threw a new engine in it. I didn’t even think about it. So it was really a lot of fun. A few of them I’ve worked with before. Some of them are completely new to me.”

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Chad Reed and JGRMX Suzuki team up for the Monster Energy Cup – Image by Rob Koy

After Ironman, Reed spent several weeks testing the RM-Z450 at JGRMX’s North Carolina facility. According to team manager Jeremy Albrecht, Reed has proved pivotal to the team’s testing program.

Jeremy Albrecht – Team Manager

“Chad Reed has been outstanding to work with. He has proven to be a valued addition to our testing program with the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m eager to see Reed race in Las Vegas, and I think we will turn heads. This should be fun.”

Reed added, “My experience with the team at the Ironman National was awesome. The race went better than I personally thought it would, because I wasn’t in 100-percent race shape. I achieved my personal goals. Since that time, I have continued to work with the team and help test the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m enjoying the bike and team. I am looking forward to racing the Monster Energy Cup.”


Australia Announces Team for the 2018 FIM Oceania Trial Championship

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has announced that Kevin Zarczynski, Sarah Chivers and Tom Woodhouse will represent Team Australia for the 2018 FIM Oceania Trial Championship which will be held in conjunction with the New Zealand Trial Championship in Christchurch over the weekend of the 20th to the 22nd of October.

Solo Class competitor Kevin Zarczynski is keen to take on the Kiwi competitors.

Kevin Zarczynski

“This year is a fantastic opportunity to go to New Zealand and compete on foreign soil for a change. It’s a chance to start a foundation for some competition between these two countries. We’ve had some fantastic support from the industry to do this. It’s a good thing to have and we’re hoping to make this a successful trip. These riders should be world championship representatives in the next five years and their best attributes will shine through as they are going to take this opportunity, grow from it and become one of our elite riders on an open level.”

Coming in for the charge after Zarczynski will be our Women’s Class rider, Sarah Chivers, and our Junior class representative, Tom Woodhouse.


Kawasaki and F&H Racing ready for 2019

Kawasaki and F&H Racing will contest the FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 in 2019 with Britain’s Adam Sterry and German Henry Jacobi, Roan van de Moosdijk and Marshal Weltin will race EMX250.

Adam Sterry

“Next year I will stay with the F&H team, and for the first time in my pro career I will have the same mechanic as the previous year! We worked well together, we worked well with the team and I’ve learnt a lot myself this season; I just hope to stay injury-free of course. I want to finish this season strong and then have a really good off-season to prepare for 2019. I live in Holland now so I’m close to the team and that’s easier for us to work together. I will have a lot of sand training, a lot of wet days in Lommel this winter; that’s one of the keys for a successful season.”

MXGP Indonesia STERRY GP PH
Adam Sterry

With F&H Racing receiving increased support from Kawasaki Europe next year both Sterry, who celebrated his twenty-second birthday two weeks ago, and Jacobi, who turns twenty-two next month, will be eager to chase MX2 honours next year, their final season in the class, whilst American Weltin and exciting young Dutch talent van de Moosdijk will chase gold in the European EMX250 Championship.

Henri Jacobi

“It’s quite a big step for me to join the F&H team because it’s the first time ever in my career that I am a professional rider. Next year will be my last season in the MX2 class as I will turn 22 soon, and I want to have a strong season. I’ll be giving my best and I think that I will now have the best people around me to achieve really good results. I surprised myself this season when I got my first GP podium so early in the series and now I want more! I will work on my condition next winter, work closely with the team and I’m sure I will make another step.”

Marshall Weltin

“I’m really happy to be part of the team next season again. Since I joined the F&H team and came back on a Kawasaki we had some good results and I want to thanks the Fase family; I’m so grateful for everything they did for me. I feel at home in this team and I know that after a good winter I will be really strong next season in the European Championship.”

MXGP Rnd Belgium WELTIN GP PH
Marshall Weltin
Roan van de Moosdijk

“I’m looking forward to next season, and it’s a great opportunity for me to join Kawasaki and the F&H team. I will have a great new bike and it will be much easier to join a team based in Holland where everyone speaks the same language after spending several seasons in a foreign squad. The goal is of course to try to win the European title; since the middle of this season I got some great results with a couple of podiums so I hope to do the same next year, and I’m also looking forward to racing some GPs to prepare for 2020. I was brought up racing in sand since I was a kid but I showed with a podium result in Bulgaria that hard-pack is not a problem for me.”

Nathalie Fase (Team Manager)

“We’re getting bigger and bigger and also more professional each year and the increased support of Kawasaki Europe is another step; it will help us to reach the next level. We got our first MX2 podium result this year; it came sooner than we could expect and of course we want more. It’s our dream to deliver Kawasaki many more MX2 podiums. Our riders did a good job, we’re all improving and I’m really happy with the four riders who will race for F&H Kawasaki next season; we decided to step it up in the MX2 class next year but also to have a strong programme in the EMX250 with the goal to fight for the title. I want to thanks Kawasaki Europe for their support, and also our main sponsors such as F&H Crone, Merwestaal and Noordenne Staal.

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NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships – Somersby

The Somersby Track hosted the NSW Junior Dirt Track Championship last weekend and from all accounts it was an exciting two days of racing – below are the top three from all classes:

Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships Kurri Kurri Cameron Dunker Harrison Voight by Sheree Griffin
Australian Junior Dirt Track – Image by Sheree Griffin

50cc Auto Div.2 7 – U/9

  1. Riley Nauta (Gold Coast)
  2. Viv Muddle (Gold Coast)
  3. Valentino Knezovic (Central Coast)

65cc 7 – U/9

  1. Jayden Holder (Macleay)
  2. Riley Nauta
  3. Hugh Dilley (Kurri Kurri)

65cc 9 – U/13

  1. Cameron Dunker (Kurri Kurri)
  2. Talon Cardinale (Kurri Kurri)
  3. Hayden Nelson (Taree)

85cc 4-str Modified 7- U/10

  1. Sam Drane (Forbes)
  2. Lachlan Russell (Central Coast)
  3. Cody Wilby (Taree)

85cc 4-str Modified 10- U/14

  1. Tom Drane (Forbes)
  2. Harrison Voight (Gold Coast)
  3. Jacob Roulstone (Central Coast)

85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std 9 – U/11

  1. Cameron Dunker
  2. Hayden Nelson
  3. Lachlan Russell

85cc 2str / 150cc 4str B/W11 – U/13

  1. Archie McDonald (Albury-Wodonga)
  2. Tom Drane
  3. Harrison Voight

85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std11 – U/13

  1. Tom Drane
  2. Harrison Voight
  3. Archie McDonald

85cc 2str / 150cc 4str B/W 13 – /16

  1. Rory Hutchinson (Kurri Kurri)
  2. Noah Cardinale (Kurri Kurri)
  3. Lochlen Trappel (Central Coast)

100-150 2str 13 – U/16

  1. Ryan Smith (Kurri Kurri)
  2. Tristan Adamson (Gold Coast)
  3. Jayden Rodgers (Kurri Kurri)

200-250 4-str 13 – U/16

  1. Ryan Smith
  2. Harrison Ryan (Kurri Kurri)
  3. Max Berry (Harley, VIC)

Combined 2str & 4str 13 – U/16

  1. Ryan Smith
  2. Harrison Ryan
  3. Wade O’Keefe (Kurri Kurri)

85cc 2str / 150cc 4str Std13 – U/16

  1. Noah Cardinale
  2. Lochlen Trappel
  3. Lincoln Knight (Central Coast)

80cc 4-str. Standard

  1. Lachlan Russell
  2. Tristian Ayres (Central Coast)
  3. James Wood (Central Coast)

2018 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship
Balcary Park Raceway at Gunnedah

Michael Kirkness has reigned supreme at the 2018 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship meeting staged at the Balcary Park Raceway at Gunnedah last weekend.

The Pro Open, MX Open and Pro 450 classes were all won by Kirkness despite the presence of tough opposition headed by many former champions and ranging from young stars through to campaigners just as experienced as him.

Australian Senior Dirt Track Gunnedah Kirkness
Michael Kirkness at Gunnedah Senior Dirt Track

Across the five championship classes decided by finals, the heat races did not always give much of a hint as to the outcome in the finals.

The PRO OPEN final looked to be in the hands of Kayden Downing (2,3,5 in his heats) before Kirkness (1,4,1) pounced on the final lap with top qualifier Ryan Douglas (2,2,1) completing the rostrum ahead of Luke Gough (1,4,2), the impressive American Gage McAllister (3,1,2) and Paul Caslick (6,3,4).

The final of the MX OPEN was more straight forward with an all-the-way win for Kirkness (3,7,1) ahead of top qualifier Marty McNamara (2,1,1) and Douglass (1,2,2), with McAllister (3,3,2), Gough (1,3, won repechage) and Downing (5,4,3) next.

In the PRO 450 final top qualifier Kirkness (2,1,1) firstly had a tough battle to get by McAllister (4,1,1) before he then again grabbed Downing (3,3,2) on the final lap while Mackenzie Childs (1,4,1) also passed McAllister, with McNamara (2,3,4) and Caslick (1,1,3) next home.

The PRO 250 class did get enough numbers to constitute championship status and it came down to a last round decider with Mackenzie Childs (1,3,2,1,1) outpointing Tom Herrick (2,2,1,2,3) with Michael Booth (3,4,3,3,2) stopping a clean-sweep by youngsters to take third ahead of Kye Andrews (NS,1,4,4,5), Daniel Wicks (5,7,7,6,6) and Bailey Davis (4,NS,6,5,4).

Briony Hendrickson continued her domination of the WOMENS class winning all five rounds to claim another title, this time joined on the rostrum by Amy King (2,2,2,3,2) and Brooke Goulding (3,4,3,2,3) ahead of Keegan Pickering (4,3,4,4,4), Dale Austin (5,5,5,5,5) and Elly Bullen (7,7,7,7,6).

The DIRT TRACK SIDECAR class resulted in victory for heat top scorers Darren Fien / Shaun Fien(2,1,1) ahead of Ben Raffin / Wade Robertson (1,4,1) and former champions David Grainger / Trevor Gaze(1,3,2), Darryl Woodhead / Shaun Fuller (2,2,3), Jack Weston / Matt Doyle (3,3,2) and Greg Parsonage / Tim Green (3,4,4,won repechage).

Both Hendrickson and the Fiens completed a double having also won their respective classes at last month’s Australian Track Championship.

Unbeaten top qualifier Matthew Griffiths took out the final of the ATV Open class, ahead of Robert Booth (1,1,2), Ross Rizzo (3,2,1), Jeff McKee (2,3,3), Ian Haggie (2,2,2) and Ben Cartwright (4,4,3, won repechage)

Support classes produced wins for David Grainger / Trevor Gaze in the Greg Banks Memorial for Dirt Track Sidecars, Mackenzie Childs in the Under 19s,Michael Booth in the Over 35s, Jake Whittaker in the Novice and Jeff McKee in the ATV Pro.

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Husky Mounted Yanks win VMXdN

Team USA’s Mike Brown, Doug Dubach, John Dowd and Ivan Tedesco have dominated the 2018 Veterans Motocross des Nations by riding to victory on a range of immaculately prepared classic Husqvarna motocross bikes at Farleigh Castle in England.

VMXdN Farleigh Castle England
2018 VMXdN – Farleigh Castle England

Held as a homage to the golden years of motocross, the event saw riders and fans from all over the world come together in the UK to race and marvel at the machinery of a by-gone era. With Husqvarna enjoying huge success during the 70s and 80s, that form was repeated at Farleigh Castle where the majority of wins were taken on Swedish machinery.

With a wide array of stunning bikes on display covering the history of the sport, plus former pro riders free to talk to the fans and sign autographs, the entire weekend saw a great atmosphere enjoyed by the thousands of classic motocross fans in attendance. One of the biggest fans of all is Kris Rosenberger. The former rally champion, who now manages one of the largest Husqvarna Motorcycles dealerships in Austria, is an avid race fan and passionate collector. Rosenberger provided the Husqvarna machinery for both Team USA and Team Austria at the event.

VMXdN Farleigh Castle England
2018 VMXdN – Farleigh Castle England

Now in its 10th edition, the popular race meeting was contested by 14 twin-shock teams and 13 EVO class teams for bikes manufactured up to 1996. In front of a large crowd of knowledgeable and passionate fans, the veterans put on a superb display of riding on the fast, yet bumpy Somerset track. Despite the age of the machinery and the riders, the racing was action-packed with former champions from a number of different countries fighting for the win.

Finishing as runner-up to England in the 2017 event, Team USA crossed the Atlantic with a score to settle. Under the management of Rosenberger, the American aces scored the double by winning both the EVO and Twin-shock Team races.

VMXdN Farleigh Castle England
2018 VMXdN – Farleigh Castle England

USA’s Mike Brown won no less than six motos over the course of the weekend – all four twin-shock races and two in the EVO class. The former AMA 125 Motocross champion was unstoppable on his Husqvarna 500 TC.

Husqvarna Motorcycles would like to give a special thank you to Kris Rosenberger for his hard work in supplying the bikes and helping to organise such a successful meeting.

Results – 2018 VMXdN, Farleigh Castle, England
EVO Class

  1. USA
  2. England
  3. Belgium
  4. Wales

Twin-shock Class

  1. USA
  2. Germany
  3. Luxembourg
  4. England

FXR Signs Phil Nicoletti

FXR Factory Racing Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Phil Nicoletti to their race program. Nicoletti has consistently delivered top ten results in the AMA outdoor nationals and will be an immediate championship contender in the Rockstar Triple Crown series.

FXR Welcomes Phil Nicoletti to Race Program
FXR Factory Racing Inc welcomes Phil Nicoletti
Andy White – FXR Motocross Brand Manager

“We at FXR are excited to be involved with Phil and the OTSFF Yamaha team. I know Phil has the talent to win championships. We look forward to supporting him for the next two years.”

Phil Nicoletti

“I am very excited to partner with FXR! My partnership with FXR will be for the two years while racing the MX1 class and I’m looking forward to growing with the company. Between the motocross gear and their snow gear, I will be dialed!”

Nicoletti made his FXR debut at the Montreal Supercross over the weekend and wore the 2019 Revo line. See more at www.fxrracing.com.


AJMX States for 2019-2021 revealed

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has announced that the KTM AJMX will be visiting South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory over the next three years from 2019-2021. The AJMX is the pinnacle of Junior Motocross in Australia and the growth of this Championship is set to continue over the coming years.

2017 KTM AJMX Start - Horsham
KTM AJMX Start – Horsham

With a state rotation system in place for the AJMX, it allows for the Championship to visit a variety of states throughout the nation. This year’s incarnation will take place at Penguin, Tasmania on September 29 – October 6.

AJMX States 2019-2021

  • 2019: South Australia
  • 2020: Queensland
  • 2021: Northern Territory
Peter Doyle – Motorcycling Australia CEO

“We are very excited that the AJMX states for the next three years have been announced. The AJMX is always one of the largest events on the motorcycle sporting calendar and it has truly become the pinnacle of Junior Motocross competition in Australia. Make sure to stay tuned next week, as we reveal the location of next year’s venue in South Australia.”

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WA eleven make the trek to AORC Rounds 8 & 9 at Kingston SE

There will be an exciting addition to the paddock at Rounds 8 & 9 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Kingston SE, South Australia, with 11 riders making the 3000km journey from Western Australia (WA) to compete against Australia’s best off-road riders.

AORC Rnd WA Riders
Winton Lawton, Zane Platti, Zac Smith, Toby Ashworth , Pheobe Bronwin, Partick Addison, Nicolas Madaffari, Kynan Brooks, Jethro Carriage, Jack Moir, Ethan Ozanne, Ben Lynch and Angus Grigson

The man behind bringing the 11 riders over is Winton Lawton, who will bring with him Zane Platti, Zac Smith, Toby Ashworth , Pheobe Bronwin, Partick Addison, Nicolas Madaffari, Kynan Brooks, Jethro Carriage, Jack Moir, Ethan Ozanne, Ben Lynch and Angus Grigson. Western Australians James Hoelzl and Jamie Makin will also be taking part in the E2 class at Kingston, SE.


KMA and Dyson Motorsports to part ways in 2019

Kawasaki Motors Australia and Dyson Motorsports have mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of 2018, which has been successful collaboration between the pairing throughout the season to date.

Kawasaki Motors Australia and Dyson Motorsports

The Newcastle-based Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing team operated by Dyson Motorsports will field Jace Owen and Aaron Tanti in the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship, prior to going their separate ways for 2019.

This year’s MX Nationals was a significant success for Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing, leading Tanti to third in the MX2 point-standings with two round wins to his credit aboard the KX250F. New Zealander Rhys Carter also displayed great potential on his way to seventh in the MX1 championship.

Kawasaki Motors Australia thanked the Dyson Motorsports organisation for their efforts during the motocross campaign and looks forward to a strong supercross season as Owen debuts the all-new 2019 model KX450 and Tanti continues in his role riding the team’s KX250.

Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing has quickly become recognised as one of the most professional race teams in the country, with strong management, clear direction, hard-working athletes and superb technicians.


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