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Moto News Wrap for Aug 15, 2017 by Darren Smart
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Latest News
  • Team USA Announced for MXoN
  • MXoN Teams So Far
  • Anderson Has Surgery
  • Hill, Forkner, Martin and Barcia Sit Out Unadilla
  • Holder Suspended
  • Coolum to host PINK MX Nationals Finale
  • Irwin Wraps Up UK MX Nationals
  • Henry Wiles Wins 13th Straight Pretoria TT
  • Cessnock Gears Up For A4DE 2018
  • Supp Regs for 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships Now Available
This Week’s Race Reports
  • Rd 15 – FIM World Motocross Championships – Frauenfeld/Gachnang, Switzerland
  • Rd 10 – AMA Motocross Nationals, New Berlin, New York
  • Rd 10 – Canadian Motocross Nationals – Barrie, Ontario
  • Rd 9 – Australian Motocross Championship – Toowoomba, QLD
  • Rd 7 – Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Malilla)
  • 2017 Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout

Team USA Announced for MXoN

The American Motorcyclist Association have announced that Cole Seely, Zach Osborne, and Thomas Covington will represent the USA at the Motocross of Nations to be held at Matterley Basin on October 1.

Kevin Crowther – AMA Director of Racing 

“This year’s team is immensely talented, Zach, Cole and Thomas are accomplished riders, who have the aptitude and skill to capture the world championship. And they will, undoubtedly, give every ounce of effort to bring home gold.”

Honda HRC’s Cole Seely will make his first appearance for Team USA. Seely, currently fifth in 450MX points in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, will race MXGP.

Cole Seely, Zach Osborne and Team Manager Roger DeCoster talking MXoN
Cole Seely, Zach Osborne and Team Manager Roger DeCoster talking MXoN
Cole Seely

“I think it is important to have someone who is excited to be on the team. I’m stoked to make it this year and represent the country.”

As expected, Osborne, the current 250MX points leader in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, will represent the team in MX2. He previously raced for Team Puerto Rico at the event. This year will mark his first as a member of Team USA.

Zach Osborne

“Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time. I couldn’t be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA.”

Zach Osborne
Zach Osborne

Covington, who currently competes in MX2 in the FIM World Motocross Championship, was expected to represent Team Puerto Rico alongside Justin Starling and Darian Sanayei. Instead, the Alabama native will jump to the bigger bike and represent Team USA in the Open class.

Thomas Covington

“I am truly honoured to be picked for the United States’ Motocross of Nations team. I am really looking forward to getting to represent my home country overseas.”

Thomas Covington
Thomas Covington
Roger DeCoster – Team Manager 

“With Osborne it was obvious and he has been wanting to go [to Motocross of Nations] for years. Every year he has asked me, I have had to turn him down. This year he has earned it. Seely and Covington’s results have picked up and I think it’s a good time for them. All three riders really want to do it and their teams give them really good support.”


MXoN Teams So Far

The 2017 Motocross des Nations will be held in England at Matterley Basin on October 1, 2017 and here is a list of teams that have currently announced their riders.

Kirk Gibbs
Kirk Gibbs will be part of the Australian MXoN team
  • AUSTRALIA: Kirk Gibbs, Hunter Lawrence (250), Dean Ferris
  • BELGIUM: Clement Desalle, Julien Lieber (250), Jeremy Van Horebeek
  • BRAZIL: Thales Vilardi, Fabinho Santos (250), Jean Ramos
  • DENMARK: Nikolaj Larsen, Thomas Kjer Olsen (250), Stefan Kjer Olsen
  • GREAT BRITAIN: Shaun Simpson, TBA (250), Max Anstie
  • CANADA: Colton Facciotti, Shawn Maffenbeier (250), Tyler Medaglia
  • FINLAND: Juuso Matikainen, Kim Savaste (250), Jere Haavisto
  • FRANCE: Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis (250), Romain Febvre
  • IRELAND: Graeme Irwin, Martin Barr (250), Stuart Edmonds
  • ITALY: Tony Cairoli, Michele Cervellin (250), Alessandro Lupino
  • JAPAN: Makoto Ogata, Yohei Kojima (250), Toshiki Tomita
  • LITHUANIA: Arminas Jasikonis, Dovydas Karka (250), Arnas Milevicius
  • NEW ZEALAND: Cody Cooper, Josiah Natzke (250), Rhys Carter
  • PUERTO RICO: Justin Starling, Marshal Weltin (250), Darian Sanayei
  • RUSSIA: Evgeny Bobryshev, Semen Rogozin (250), Evgeny Mikhaylov
  • SPAIN: Jose Butron, Iker Olano (250), Jorge Prado
  • SWITZERLAND: Arnaud Tonus, Jeremy Seewer, Valentin Guillod (250)
  • USA: Zach Osborne (250), Cole Seely, Thomas Covington
Swiss MXoN Team
Swiss MXoN Team

Anderson Has Surgery

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson will miss the remainder of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship after undergoing surgery last week. Anderson underwent surgery to remove a plate from his foot he had inserted after getting landed on at last year’s Motocross of Nations.

Jason Anderson - Image by Simon Cudby
Jason Anderson underwent surgery and will miss the rest of the AMA Pro MX season – Image by Simon Cudby
Jason Anderson

“Unfortunately my season is over, got all fixed up so I’ll be ready to rip here soon! Thanks for all the support all season from fans, family, and especially my team! Got a kick ass group behind me and ready to come into next year 100% healthy and ready to kick ass!”

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Hill, Forkner, Martin and Barcia Sit Out Unadilla

Justin Hill, Austin Forkner, Alex Martin and Justin Barcia have been forced to miss the Unadilla round of the AMA Motocross Championships last weekend due to various injuries.

Forkner has been sidelined since prior to Millville after suffering a concussion in a practice crash while Hill has attempted to ride the last two rounds, but had to pull out of Millville and his home race at Washougal after qualifying due to a wrist injury sustained in practice at Millville.

Justin Barcia
Justin Barcia

Martin confirmed leading up to the event that he will miss a second consecutive race due to a collarbone and scapula injury sustained while practicing in Florida in late July and despite being keen to race, Justin Barcia was not medically cleared to ride Unadilla by his doctors following a concussion sustained in qualifying at Washougal.


Holder Suspended

Aussie Speedway racer Chris Holder has been hit with a nine-month ban from British racing following King’s Lynn’s night of chaos against Poole on July 13 where Holder refused to compete in two of his races as Stars’ went down 52-40, in a meeting which saw the home side seething over track conditions.

Chris Holder
Chris Holder

Holder was found to have breached rule 3.2.7, which bans: “Any proceedings or acts prejudicial to the interests of, any part or body of the ACU, SCB, BSPA or of the sport of motorcycling generally.”

He was also found guilty of breaking rule 3.2.10, for “Failure to attend, withdrawing (or threatening to withdraw) from a meeting duly listed on the official fixture list… It also includes, but not limited to those occasions where a team fails to meet the two-minute time allowance on two occasions for the same heat, without just cause.”

A statement from Speedway Control Bureau boss Neil Vatcher read:

“After reading through witness statements and unfortunately with no attendance from Mr Holder or his representative so no evidence of defence, the members found Mr Holder in breach of two speedway regulations, SR 3.2.7 and SR 3.2.10. As a result of being found guilty, Mr Holder’s SCB registration will be suspended for a period of nine months from the date of the offence and a fine of £3,000.”

Aussie international Troy Batchelor was also sacked by King’s Lynn after he withdrew from the Poole meeting due to injury, only to guest for Swindon 24 hours later. But having been issued with a medical certificate, the SCB had no grounds to take action against the Queenslander.


Coolum to host PINK MX Nationals Finale

This weekend all roads lead to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, and in conjunction with the tenth and final round of the championship, bikes, riders and teams alike are preparing to go ‘PINK’ in support of the National Breast Caner Foundation (NBCF).

Throughout 2017, the Motul MX Nationals has seen support for a number of organisations including beyondblue and R U OK?, and this weekend the National Motocross Championship will dedicate the Grand Finale to those who have been touched by breast cancer.

Image by Kyle Fischer
Image by Kyle Fischer

Motul MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams today shared that like previous years Williams Event Management will donate $20 per entry for those supporting the ‘pink’ round this Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin Williams

“With a large number of riders competing at Coolum this weekend, and a great portion of those donning pink in support of the NBCF, we are hoping that we can raise significant funds for those who work tirelessly to support those suffering from breast cancer. As well as $20 for each entry, we will also be donating all of the money generated from those opting to camp at the track over the weekend to the organisation. We have already seen some awesome sneak peaks of bikes, riding gear, helmets and more ahead of this weekend’s event, so we’re very excited to see what others turn pink on Saturday and Sunday.”

Williams also mentioned that with close to 5000 spectators expected to flood through the gates at the Coolum Pines Motocross Track each day this weekend, that he’s hoping some of the round ten punters will also take part in the event’s NBCF fundraising auction.

The Grand Finale of the Motul MX Nationals is set to take place at the Coolum Pines Motocross Track this Saturday and Sunday, August 19 – 20.


Irwin Wraps Up UK MX Nationals

Buildbase Honda’s Graeme Irwin wrapped up the Michelin MX Nationals MX1 title at the final round of the series at Crookwood Motoparc last Sunday to make it two major championship wins in as many weeks.

The 24-year-old Irishman, who sewed up the Maxxis crown a fortnight earlier, travelled to the new venue in Wiltshire with a 24-point lead in the championship he retained his crown with victory in the opening 30-minute plus two lap race.

Graeme Irwin
Graeme Irwin

Determined to sign off on top, he was leading the second moto after six laps when the race was red-flagged but the result stood to give him the title by a commanding 32 points. Graeme’s now concentrating on the final round of the Maxxis series at Foxhill in a fortnight’s time when he’ll race both the MX1 and MX2 classes. 

Graeme Irwin

“It’s been a great day and the perfect way to repay the team for all their hard work. The track was really good – plenty of ruts and totally different to what we’ve ridden for most of the season – and I won the title in the first race so there was no pressure for the second and I just went out to enjoy myself. We’re going to make our way down to the team workshop tomorrow morning, and spend the next two weeks there getting ready for Foxhill.”

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Henry Wiles Wins 13th Straight Pretoria TT

Peoria Motorcycle Club hosted round 14 of the AMA Flat Track Championship where Henry Wiles extended his reign over the Peoria TT to an incredible 13 victories in succession.

Wiles’ 13th triumph at the Peoria Motorcycle Club moved him equal in all-time wins at the legendary venue with the “Prince of Peoria” Chris Carr — the two masters representing two generations of racing royalty at the longest standing event in America Flat Track history.

There was talk that this might be the year Wiles’ streak finally came to an end with the return of the Twins to Peoria for the first time in two decades and the layout was altered slightly with a two-stage jump introduced in anticipation of the heavier, more powerful machinery.

Despite the changes Wiles was as dominant as ever, firmly controlling the day’s AFT Twins final from start to finish.

Henry Wiles

“It’s awesome to be able to tie Chris’ record. A lot of people asked what I thought about this race going to Twins, and I thought it was going to be even tougher to win… Honestly, I felt like the underdog coming into this race. It was a little bit stressful, but I got out in front of that Main Event and was just able to click off the laps. I had a lot of fun out there. I can’t tell you how excited I am for all of my sponsors and to be able to take my little guy (Wile’s son) on the victory ride — that’s been a dream of mine.”

Henry Wiles
Henry Wiles

While Jared Mees was unable to finally vanquish heavy-favourite Wiles, he did continue to pile on his already-expansive championship lead with a runner-up finish. Mees will carry a 41-point advantage over Bryan Smith going into the four-race homestretch with an eye on earning his fourth-career premier class championship.

Jared Mees

“It was a pretty good ride for me, I guess,” Mees said. “I just didn’t have anything for Henry whatsoever… I felt Briar (Bauman) breathing down my neck early. I just made sure I got off Turn 4 smooth and good, and the Indian FTR750 pulled me strong down the straightaway.”

Jared Mees - American Flat Track
Jared Mees – American Flat Track

Bauman’s third place was his third podium finish of the season, adding onto his wins at the Buffalo Chip TT and Lima Half-Mile.

Briar Bauman

“It feels good to be back up on the podium. We were close to Jared for a while there, but then we got into some lappers. He’s just so smart on the motorcycle. He worked his way through there, and bottom line, I didn’t. I’m happy to be up here. Consistency is important, and we’ve been inside the top five pretty often this year.”

Bryan Smith did well to minimize the damage Mees was able to do on Sunday by finishing a strong fourth while Brad Baker completed the top five.


Cessnock Gears Up For A4DE 2018

Motorcycling Australia (MA) have announced that the 2018 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) will be coming home, with Cessnock Motorcycle Club as host. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the A4DE, the event will return to where it all began back at Cessnock (NSW) in 1978. In another exciting announcement, the A4DE will return to its original calendar slot, from April 3 – 7.

A4DE
A4DE heads to Cessnock in 2018

The A4DE is Australia’s most well-known Enduro competition and is classified as one of the most fiercely contested events on the calendar. International stars and Australia’s best will compete at the A4DE’s birthplace of Cessnock. Strong rider attendance is expected, with up to 350 riders predicted to compete.

In fact, the A4DE was born after the Cessnock Motorcycle Club conceived the idea in 1978 – to create an event in Australia that prepares riders and support crews for the notoriously competitive International Six-Days Enduro (ISDE).

Riders both old and new will remember the fantastic riding tracks/conditions around Cessnock, with it not only being the birthplace of the A4DE, but as a host of the ISDE as well in 1992. The ISDE held in Cessnock attracted thousands of visitors from all over the globe, and is still talked about to this day as being one of the best Six days ever.

Taking place just after Easter, the 2018 A4DE will provide a spectacle to remember, with Test tracks shaping up nicely for next year’s event. Tests will be available to walk from Good Friday, providing riders ease of access to the tracks.

A4DE
A4DE

There are several benefits to moving the event back to April including; optimal weather conditions, the possibility to walk tests over the Easter weekend, optimal riding conditions and assisting in the 2018 ISDE selection process.

Parc ferme will be housed at the Cessnock Showgrounds. The event will include excellent spectator vantage points, easy access from town and accessible tracks.

For Motel accommodation contact Jane Fowler at Travel Managers: jane.fowler@travelmanagers.com.au, to book camping contact: Donna Crossley
PH: 0249901181 – Mob: 0412235447, Email: donncross1960@gmail.com

To stay up to date with all the news from the A4DE, make sure to visit the websites (www.a4de.com.au) and www.aorc.org.au. Also be sure to follow the Cessnock Motorcycle Club Facebook Club.


Supp Regs for 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships Now Available

Motorcycling Australia (MA) is pleased to announce that the Supplementary Regulations and Entries for the 2017 Husqvarna Motorcycles 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships are now available. The event will take place 23 – 24 September at the Old Bar Roadside Track in NSW. This year’s event will be hosted by the Taree Motorcycle Club.

The club is offering an easy to use online entry system for this meeting at www.racesecretary.com or email to lyndelbutler93@gmail.com – Entries open forthwith and close 1st September 2017.

Classes to race in the Husqvarna Motorcycles 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships include:

  • 50cc Division 2  7 – 9yrs
  • 65cc – 7 – U9
  • 65cc  – 9 – U13
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke –  9  – u11yrs   STD WHEEL
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke –  11 – u13 yrs   STD WHEEL
  • 85cc 2-Strokek & 150cc 4-Stroke –  13 – u16 yrs   STD WHEEL
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke – 11 – u13 yrs  BIG WHEEL **
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke – 13 – u16 yrs   BIG WHEEL **
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke, STD & Big Wheel, Junior Girls – 11 to u16 yrs
  • 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-Stroke, Slider only – 13 to u16 yrs **
  • 85cc 4-Stroke modified  7 – U10 yrs
  • 85cc 4-Stroke modified  10 – U14 yrs
  • 100cc 2-stroke to 150cc 2-stroke – 13 to under 16 yrs  **
  • 100cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-Stroke- Girls -13 to u16 Yrs
  • 100cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-Stroke -13 to u16 Yrs **
  • 100cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-Stroke, Slider only 13 to u16 yrs **
  • 200cc to 250cc 4-Stroke – 13 to u16 yrs
  • 50cc Division 1 (Demonstration) 4 to U9yrs
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Smarty’s Race Reports:
Rd 15 – FIM World Motocross Championship – (FRAUENFELD-GACHNANG) Switzerland

The MXGP of Switzerland featured the lush soil of the Frauenfeld-Gachnang precinct which provided the perfect surface for an MXGP and MX2 showdown that in the end saw Jeffrey Herlings earn the MXGP overall while Benoit Paturel stole the show in the MX2 class.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence

Hunter Lawrence’s highlight of the weekend was 7th in Race 2 in MX2, with Jed Beaton 5th overall in EMX250, taking second in Race 2; and Caleb Grothues 31-21

For the full reports see:

MXGP: Herlings takes narrow win from Paulin at Swiss MXGP (link)

MX2: Paturel wins Swiss MX2 Round | Lawrence 7th in Race 2 (link)

EMX: Dunn, Charboneau, and Moreau top EMX in Switzerland (link)

 


Rd 10 – AMA Motocross Nationals, New Berlin, New York

The Unadilla National hosted the tenth round of the AMA Motocross Championship and the event will be remembered for heavy rain and thunder storms but that didn’t stop Marvin Musquin from racing to a perfect day in the 450 class while in the 250 class Jeremy Martin emerged victorious to claim his second win of the season.

Marvin Musquin braved the conditions to take two wins from two races
Marvin Musquin braved the conditions to take two wins from two races in the 450 class

For the full reports see:

450: Musquin takes the double AMA Pro MX win in Unadilla (link)

250: Jeremy Martin takes challenging 250MX Undilla win (link)


Rd 10 – Canadian Motocross Nationals – Barrie, Ontario

A huge crowd was on hand Sunday at RJ Motosport Park in Barrie, Ontario as it hosted the final round of the Canadian Motocross Nationals where both the MX1 and MX2 classes went down to the last moto and despite a drama filled day Matt Goerke captured his third National MX1 title while Shawn Maffenbeier picked up his sixth win of the season on route to his first National Title.

MX1 Report

After coming into the final round with a 15-point series lead, things didn’t look good for Matt Goerke in the opening moto when he went launching over the bars on the opening lap then stalled the bike and couldn’t restart it.

Goerke finally got it going but found himself back in twenty-fifth position as he came around to complete his fourth lap while his biggest rival in the series was battling for the lead. Matt charged back to finish sixth in the first moto and do some damage control, while Christophe Pourcel finished second and gained 7 points on Goerke, bringing the gap down to 8 points as the two of them lined up for the final moto of the year.

Matt Goerke
Matt Goerke

In the second moto, Matt got a great start and led for the first three laps before giving up the position to Pourcel knowing that he didn’t have to beat him to win the Championship, and only had to finish in the top 4 to take the title in 2017. Matt rode a smart race to finish third and win his third National Title by only 3 points. On the podium Goerke said, “That second moto was the longest moto of my life. The first moto was so stressful, and after crashing then stalling it I made it difficult for myself today.”

Christophe Pourcel came into the final round knowing that he had to win both motos and hope that Goerke would have some bad luck if he was going to win the title. Pourcel qualified second, and after passing Mike Alessi to get into second place in the first moto was handed the lead when Colton Facciotti over jumped a big floater on Lap 7. Pourcel ran up front for five laps before Facciotti could make the pass to get back in the lead.  

Christophe’s start was not great in Moto 2 but the Frenchman made quick work of those in front of him and grabbed the lead on Lap 4, posted the fastest lap of the moto, and took the win and the overall on the day. In the end it was not enough to take the title, and even after winning five times this year, Christophe had to settle for second in the Championship.

Colton Facciotti was the fastest qualifier and posted the quickest lap of Moto 1 on route to taking the win. In the second moto, Facciotti moved forward after not getting a great start and was fourth at the checkered flag, putting him third overall for the day.

MX1 Round 10 – RJ Motosport Park Barrie, Ontario
  1. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 2-1
  2. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 1-4
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam) 6-3
  4. Jeremy Medaglia (Hon) 4-9
  5. Cade Clason (KTM) 7-6
  6. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 9-5
  7. Mike Brown (Hus) 8-7
  8. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 12-8
  9. Kyle Keast (Hus) 11-10
  10. Tyler Medaglia (Hon) DNF-2
MX1 Point Standings 2017 after 10 Rounds
  1. Matt Goerke (Yam) 520
  2. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 517
  3. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 479
  4. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 432
  5. Tyler Medaglia (Hon) 405
  6. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 380
  7. Dillan Epstein (Kaw) 349
  8. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 344
  9. Cade Clason (KTM) 320
  10. Keylan Meston (Yam) 266
MX2 Report

Shawn Maffenbeier came into the final round with an 11-point lead in the series and started the day as the fastest qualifier. Maffenbeier got a great start in the first moto and passed his teammate Jess Pettis to take the lead on Lap 2, and almost went down in the process.

From that point on Shawn appeared to be in complete control as he posted the fastest lap of the first moto and took the win. Lining up for the final moto of the year, Maff had a comfortable 20-point lead on Ryan Surratt and rode an intelligent race to finish third, earn his sixth overall victory this season, and win his first National MX2 Title. On the podium with the #1 plate in his hand, Shawn said, “The team worked hard all week to get the bike ready and to keep me calm knowing what was at stake this weekend.”

Shawn Maffenbeier
Shawn Maffenbeier

After starting the season off slowly with his new team, Dylan Wright put a good finish on 2017 winning the last moto of the season, his first win this year. Wright qualified third fastest and was fourth in Moto 1 after going down early and being passed by Jacob Hayes.

Dylan led all but two laps of the second moto and with 4-1 finishes was second overall on the day. Wright passed Ryan Surratt in the standings to finish the season second in the MX2 Class by only one point.

Jacob Hayes put in another strong ride and equalled his best result of the season with a second in Moto 2. Hayes was third in Moto 1 and his 3-2 finishes put him up on the box for the fourth time in 2017, and earns him fourth overall in the MX2 standings for 2017.

After being the second fastest qualifier in the morning, MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Jess Pettis led the opening lap of the first moto before being passed by his teammate and finishing the moto in second. Pettis didn’t get a great start in Moto 2 and made a few passes to put himself fourth at the checkered flag, missing the podium at the end of the day by two points.

Jess had a breakout season in 2017 earning his first win and finishing on the podium three times while missing two rounds with injuries. Pettis will finish the season in fifth place in the MX2 standings like he did in 2016.

In his first appearance in the MX2 class, Canadian Amateur Marco Cannella finished 6-5 for fifth overall and served notice for 2018 that he has got what it takes to be a contender in the Pro ranks.

Ryan Surratt came into the final round 11 points behind Maffenbeier in the standings and had a legitimate shot at winning the title. Surratt got one of his worst starts of the season in the first moto and had to make a lot of passes to get into fifth place at the chequered flag.

Coming into the final moto of the year 20-points back, Ryan did what he had to do and grabbed the lead on Lap 7, posted the fastest lap of the race, only to go down two laps later while trying to get by some lappers, and with that put an end to his championship hopes.

MX2 Round 10 – RJ Motosport Park Barrie, Ontario
  1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 1-3
  2. Dylan Wright (Hon) 4-1
  3. Jacob Hayes (Kaw) 3-2
  4. Jess Pettis (Yam) 2-4
  5. Marco Cannella (Yam) 6-5
  6. Conner Mullennix (KTM) 7-6
  7. Casey Keast (Yam) 8-8
  8. Jeremy Pronovost (Yam) 11-9
  9. Jarett Pesci (KTM) 15-7
  10. Michael Fowler (Yam) 13-11
MX2 Point Standings 2017 after 10 Rounds
  1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 468
  2. Dylan Wright (Hon) 424
  3. Ryan Surratt (Kaw) 423
  4. Jacob Hayes (Kaw) 361
  5. Jess Pettis (Yam) 334
  6. Casey Keast (Yam) 320
  7. Josh Osby (KTM) 307
  8. Cole Thompson (KTM) 298
  9. Hayden Halstead (Yam) 296
  10. Davey Fraser (Hus) 281
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S

Rd 9 – Australian Motocross Championship – Toowoomba, QLD

Round nine of the Motul MX Nationals was held at the iconic Echo Valley circuit in Toowoomba last weekend with the highlight of the day being CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris storming to 1-1 race results and claiming his second consecutive Thor MX1 title with a round to spare, while Egan Mastin and Bailey Malkiewicz won the MX2 and Rising Star Rookies 250cc classes respectively.

MX2 Start
MX2 Start at Toowoomba
MX1 Report

Dean Ferris claimed a clear victory in the opening moto from Kirk Gibbs, Kyle Peters, Nathan Crawford and Todd Waters while Kade Mosig, Dylan Long, Luke Styke, Luke Clout and Lachlan Davis rounded out the top ten and it was much the same in moto two with Ferris easily winning ahead of Gibbs, Peters, Mosig, and Crawford while Clout, Styke, Long, Metcalfe and Waters all finished race two inside the top ten. Ferris was obviously the round winner from Gibbs and Peters.

Dean Ferris

Dean Ferris

“I only just got the championship last year, I went into the final round six points down, and I knew that I could do it but we had a lot of pressure on us. This year I really wanted to improve and be dominant. I wanted to be that guy that could win motos and win the title again. So I got to work straight after the season wrapped up and I was determined to improve on every aspect of my life, and at the same time I made the decision that I wanted to become a dad. My girlfriend moved in with me, we improved the bike, my fitness, everything this year, so to get the title a round early and achieve what we have achieved, it feels amazing. Earlier today in qualifying we had a small issue and I ended up on my spare bike for that session, but we were determined to stick to the plan and not let it rattle me. For me, I wanted to execute and do what I’ve done every weekend, and I knew if I won the day it would be enough to get the title. I can’t thank the CDR Yamaha team and all of my friends, family, partner and supporters enough. Everyone was here to cheer me on at Toowoomba, and I’m stoked that I could get the championship here for them.”

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris

Peter scored his first podium of the season.

Kyle Peters

“It’s great to finally get a podium under my belt – it’s been a really long and tough season for myself personally, so to reward everyone who has continued to believe in me with a podium is really special. All of the hard work that myself, my mechanic and the team have put in throughout the season has paid off today. Round nine is not exactly the place where you want to just get the ball rolling, but regardless of what round it is, this is what I work so hard for, and I’m just so proud that we could get it done before the season is out. For me, we still have one round to go and I’d like to finish the championship off with another result like this, so I’ll be heading to Coolum looking to achieve another podium.”

Kyle Peters
Kyle Peters

Enduro ace Daniel Milner went 15-17 over the two MX1 motos at Toowomba.

Thor MX1 Round 9 Results
  1. Dean Ferris – 70 points – Yamaha
  2. Kirk Gibbs – 64 points – KTM
  3. Kyle Peters – 60 points – Suzuki
  4. Nathan Crawford – 54 points – Kawasaki
  5. Kade Mosig – 53 points – Yamaha
  6. Luke Clout – 47 points – Honda
  7. Luke Styke – 47 points – KTM
  8. Dylan Long – 47 points – Yamaha
  9. Todd Waters – 47 points – Honda
  10. Callum Norton – 39 points – KTM
MX1 Podium
MX1 Podium – Toowoomba
Thor MX1 Championship Standings
  1. Dean Ferris – 633 points – Yamaha
  2. Kirk Gibbs – 553 points – KTM
  3. Kade Mosig – 489 points – Yamaha
  4. Todd Waters – 468 points – Honda
  5. Luke Styke – 455 points – KTM
  6. Kyle Peters – 431 points – Suzuki
  7. Luke Clout – 425 points – Honda
  8. Brett Metcalfe – 375 points – Kawasaki
  9. Nathan Crawford – 358 points – Kawasaki
  10. Joel Green – 300 points – KTM
MX2 Report

When the chequered flag flew at the end of the opening moto it was KTM 2-stroke rider Egan Mastin who won yet another race this time over Hayden Mellross, Mitchell Evans, Wilson Todd and Jay Wilson then in the second moto it was Mastin who once again took the win this time ahead of championship leader Todd, while Evans was forced to settle for third ahead of Hamish Harwood and Jay Wilson.

MX2 at Toowoomba
MX2 at Toowoomba

With 1-1 race finishes for the second round in the row, Mastin has narrowed Todd’s points lead to just three leading into the final round at Coolum this weekend.

Egan Mastin

“Today was awesome, I came out and did what I wanted to do, I did what I needed to do. After the last round finishing 1-1 I wanted to carry that same confidence and momentum into this round. We did exactly that, and the whole team and the bike is just working so well at the moment. We knew what we needed to work on at the start of the year, and we have made our weaknesses our strong points so, I’m heading in to Coolum with some confidence.”

Egan Mastin took an early lead
Egan Mastin

Mitch Evans now sits 14 points away from the championship lead and only 10 points away from second place.

Mitchell Evans

“While I’m a little disappointed with my day, I know this isn’t over yet and the hard work myself and the team have been putting in will be rewarded. My start in the first one really let me down and because I was so far back on the opening lap I had to work over time to get myself back in the race. I used by a lot of energy doing that and just felt a bit flat for race two. But being on the podium is good and the last round is going to be exciting. I really have nothing to lose and it will be Wil and Egan with all the pressure. I plan on taking a few days to recuperate from the weekend and come out fresh and ready to go at Coolum.”

Mitchell Evans
Mitchell Evans

Enduro gun Lyndon Snodgrass put his skills to good use to earn 17-17 moto results on the day.

Motul MX2 Round 9 Results
  1. Egan Mastin – 70 points – KTM
  2. Wilson Todd – 60 points – Yamaha
  3. Mitchell Evans – 60 points – Yamaha
  4. Hayden Mellross – 53 points – Yamaha
  5. Hamish Harwood – 52 points – KTM
  6. Jay Wilson – 52 points – KTM
  7. Dylan Wills – 50 points – Husqvarna
  8. Kyle Webster – 47 points – Honda
  9. Kaleb Barham – 45 points – Husqvarna
  10. Jayden Rykers – 43 points – KTM
MX2 Podium at Toowoomba
MX2 Podium at Toowoomba
Motul MX2 Championship Standings
  1. Wilson Todd – 550 points – Yamaha
  2. Egan Mastin – 547 points – KTM
  3. Mitchell Evans – 536 points – Yamaha
  4. Hamish Harwood – 479 points – KTM
  5. Kyle Webster – 446 points – Honda
  6. Dylan Wills – 431 points – Husqvarna
  7. Jayden Rykers – 414 points – KTM
  8. Jackson Richardson – 365 points – Yamaha
  9. Richie Evans – 350 points – Yamaha
  10. Joel Evans – 313 points – Yamaha
Rising Star Rookies 250cc Report

Round 9 of the 2017 MX Nationals series saw the third and final round of the Rising Star Rookies, and Bailey Malkiewicz entered the round with a seven-point lead after taking his Husqvarna FC250 to victory in the penultimate round at Horsham back in May.

Regan Duffy
Regan Duffy

After qualifying second-fastest, the Victorian junior rode to second place in the opening moto, opening up a comfortable buffer over title rival Regan Duffy before taking a comfortable seventh in the second moto to put the title to bed, finishing third on the day behind KTM Junior Team mates Mason Semmens and Duffy.

Bailey Malkiewicz

“Toowoomba was hilly and rough, but it was a fun track and I enjoyed it. Battling with those other guys was great, they were riding really well. It’s nice to win in my first year on the 250. I knew I could do it, but at the start of the year I had a knee injury, so I couldn’t run with the front two initially. But now my knee’s alright, I can battle with them for the top positions. Yesterday I just needed to finish in front of Duffy in the first race, and then I could take a nine-point lead into the last race and just finish third behind those two. It was a bit of a shuffle in that last one; it was a hard, gnarly track and I made little mistakes. My bike was handling the conditions really well, and it got me two holeshots, which was awesome. I’ll go up to Coolum next weekend for the last 125 round. I lost a couple of points at that first round when I was injured but I might be able to get second overall, or maybe first if I’m lucky.”

Bailey Malkiewicz
Bailey Malkiewicz
Yamaha Rising Star Rookies Junior Cup Championship Final Standings
  1. Bailey Malkiewicz – 184 points – Husqvarna
  2. Regan Duffy – 182 points – KTM
  3. Mason Semmens – 172 points – KTM
  4. Rhys Budd – 163 points – Honda
  5. Connor McNamara – 146 points – Husqvarna
  6. John Bova – 136 points – KTM
  7. Jack Kukas – 128 points – Yamaha
  8. Tyler Darby – 122 points – Honda
  9. Hayden Matterson – 93 points – KTM
  10. Deakin Hellier – 89 points – Yamaha

Rd 7 – Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix (Malilla)

Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik produced a breathtaking charge to snatch victory at the Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix from Swedish hero Antonio Lindback on the final turn, with Dackarna rider Freddie Lindgren finishing third on his Elitserien home track.

Bartosz Zmarzlik topped the podium in Sweden
Bartosz Zmarzlik topped the podium in Sweden

Maciej Janowski claimed fourth place to move five points clear of Aussie Jason Doyle in the World Championship points. But it was Zmarzlik who celebrated victory – his first since becoming the youngest ever SGP winner at the 2014 Gorzow SGP which puts him sixth in the standings on 70 points.

Bartosz Zmarzlik

“Winning the GP in Gorzow was a very special day for me. This is my second win, and I have won away. That’s something new and I am very happy. Winning here is very special for me. Winning at home is not easy, but you know the setup and how to react on the track. Now I have an away GP win.”

Runner-up Lindback fell agonisingly short of his first home victory, but he was delighted to rack up 19 points out of a possible 21 in Malilla to leap from 14th place to ninth in the World Championship in one night.

Antonio Lindback

“Today was a good day, we worked really hard and that showed out on the track. I’m happy with my points. I dropped two in the GP and it was a very good meeting. Of course I wanted to win the final, but it’s hard. Everybody is so fast out there. I’m happy with my second place.”

Third-placed Lindgren was also pleased to play a starring role in an unforgettable night for the home fans as he cemented fourth spot, moving within four points of Dudek and within 12 of Janowski.

Fredrik Lindgren

“What a night for myself and for Swedish speedway. Me and Anton were really on fire tonight. I’m so pleased with my own performance. Of course when you’re in the final, you want the win. But overall, I’m very happy and very happy to be on the box at this place.”

The Aussie duo of Chris Holder and Jason Doyle the GP couldn’t have had it worse with Holder scoring just 6 points while the former championship leader in Doyle scoring only five points.

Next up for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars is the MIB Nordic Gorzow SGP of Poland on August 26.

TENG TOOLS SWEDISH SGP SCORES
  1. Bartosz Zmarzlik 15,
  2. Antonio Lindback 19,
  3. Fredrik Lindgren 18,
  4. Maciej Janowski 13,
  5. Tai Woffinden 14,
  6. Emil Sayfutdinov 10,
  7. Martin Vaculik 10,
  8. 8 Piotr Pawlicki 6,
  9. Niels-Kristian Iversen 6,
  10. Chris Holder 6,
  11. Patryk Dudek 5,
  12. Jason Doyle 5,
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
  1. Maciej Janowski 88,
  2. Jason Doyle 83,
  3. Patryk Dudek 80,
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 76,
  5. Tai Woffinden 71,
  6. Bartosz Zmarzlik 70,
  7. Emil Sayfutdinov 68,
  8. Martin Vaculik 59,
  9. Antonio Lindback 55,
  10. Matej Zagar 51,
  11. Chris Holder 50,
  12. Piotr Pawlicki 50,
  13. Greg Hancock 45,
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S

2017 Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout

FMF KTM Factory Racing backed Cody Webb withstood a heavy international assault from the UK’s Graham Jarvis and Spain’s Mario Roman to take his fifth straight Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout win. The American was once again unstoppable on the tough terrain at the Trials Training Center, winning all four rounds despite intense pressure from Rockstar Husqvarna’s Jarvis.

Cody Webb

“The day was fantastic, after Erzberg, I felt like I let everybody in the States down by having some arm-pump issues so it was great to get the win. After training a lot on the EnduroCross course, that paid off because I am used to the high intensity and Graham and Mario are more used to longer events but it feels good to take the win and this one was the toughest yet since Graham pushed me really hard.”

Graham Jarvis

“The Knockout stages are pretty straight forward but that last race was probably the most intense race I have ever done but it was fantastic. I gave it everything I had and it was not enough to keep up with Cody for the whole race so congrats to him.”

Beta’s Max Gerston had a pretty quiet day but managed to pass his teammate Ashburn on the last lap to take fourth. Ashburn was right in the battle for third with Roman for most of the race but a few mistakes in the closing laps cost him two spots and he ultimately finished fifth while Cory Graffunder, Ben Kelly, Mitch Carvolth, Quinn Wentzel and Grayson Gonsalves rounded out the top ten.

2017 Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Podium
2017 Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Podium
2017 Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout Results
  1. Cody Webb, KTM
  2. Graham Jarvis, Husqvarna
  3. Mario Roman, Sherco
  4. Max Gerston, Beta
  5. Jordan Ashburn, Beta
  6. Cory Graffunder, Husqvarna
  7. Ben Kelly, KTM
  8. Mitch Carvolth, KTM
  9. Quinn Wentzel, Husqvarna
  10. Grayson Goncalves, Husqvarna
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S