Smarty’s Moto Wrap for June 24, 2014

Holy crap!! James Stewart has tested positive for having amphetamines in his system when tested during the AMA Supercross Championships and as of June 20 is, according to the AMA and FIM who run the Supercross series, suspended!!

BUT, here is the kicker, the AMA Motocross Championship that Stewart is contesting right now is run by MX Sports Pro Racing who have made it abundantly clear many times over that they have nothing to do with or not affiliated with the supercross series so IF James is suspended by the organisers of supercross is he really suspended from motocross?

Stewart insists that the amphetamines in his system is a result of a prescription supplied by a qualified GP for an long term condition he has but that really won’t wash with the AMA or the FIM so what this may well come down to is whether the suspension is valid for the AMA Motocross Championships or not. Believe me, this could get very ugly or even blow over with a slap on the wrist or small for fine for Stewart. Let’s all hope for the latter, love him or not, the sport needs James on the track.

Husqvarna’s return to the MXGP class has hit another snag with Tyla Rattray joining Todd Waters on the injured list following surgery to repair a damaged thumb ligament sustained at round 10 of the 2014 MXGP series. The Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing team rider crashed on the first lap of the second moto in Maggiora, Italy and thanks to the thumb injury and subsequent surgery is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks.

Brit Nathan Watson will fill in for Rattray over the next couple of GPs while over in the HRC Honda team we will get to see the return of Max Nagl back into the MXGP class but he will be the lone factory Honda rider with his teammate Evgeny Bobryshev also out with injury.

While we are on about the World Motocross Championships, Meghan Rutledge managed to take the WMX overall at the German GP last weekend after going 2-1 over the two motos with the championship leader Chiara Fontanesi maintaining her four point lead over Rutledge in the championship with 1-2 results.

Luke Styke returned to action in Germany and after a disappointing 18th in Saturday’s qualifying the race the 2013 Australian MX2 Motocross Champion managed a credible 16th outright over the two MX2 championship motos on Sunday. Styke’s future in the GPs is up in the air with the Under-23 age rule applicable to the MX2 class and with Styke turning 23 before the start of the next season his choices are to find a ride in MX1, or look at heading to America, or back to Australia.

The outlook would be much brighter for Styke if he had been able to get himself a lot closer to the pointy end of the field but unfortunately that has not been the case, so the chance of being offered a ride in MX1 is slim. Getting a ride in the States is another long shot at best so we could well have Luke back in Australia for the 2015 season.

19 year old Jeremy Seewer doesn’t have the same issues as Styke, the young Swiss rider signing with Suzuki to continue racing in the MX2 class for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Seewer sits tenth outright in the MX2 World Motocross Championships so far this year and has exceeded expectations so he deserves the ride.

After being poised to keep his podium streak going for most of the race, Josh Strang struggled in the final stages of round 9 of the Amsoil GNCC held at Snowshoe last weekend with a destroyed moose and wheel change leaving him to struggle back to ninth overall.

Moto Wrap for the weekend of June 21/22 includes:

  • – Round 11 of the World Motocross Championships at Teutschenthal, Germany
  • – Round 9 of the Amsoil GNCC at Snowshoe, Snowshoe, WV
  • – Rounds 7-8 of the 2014 ACU British Sprint Enduro Championships
  • – Rounds 7-8 of the Australian Off-Road Championships at Coonawarra, SA
  • – Round 4 of the Canadian Motocross Championships at Edmonton
  • – Round 3 of the AMA Endurocross Championships in Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California

                             World Motocross Championships – Round 11 – Teutschenthal, Germany

Saturday’s MXGP Qualifying Race: 1. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 24:54.706; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:02.165; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:06.532; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:15.964; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:18.336; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.766; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:28.892; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:38.691; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:39.992; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:40.770.

Saturday’s MX2 Qualifying Race: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:47.554; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:19.575; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.716; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:32.092; 5. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +0:37.473; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:37.854; 7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:46.284; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:48.752; 9. Mel Pocock (GBR, KTM), +0:50.705; 10. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), +0:52.220. 18. Luke Styke (Aus, Yam).

Sunday’s Race Report:

The historic circuit of Teutschenthal undoubtedly raises the bar of gnarliness in MXGP with its fast, hard packed and choppy terrain mixing up the results and encouraging a bunch of surprise performances. While the standing ovation went to local lad Team HRC’s Max Nagl when he won the first race of the premier class, it was Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle who took the overall victory here at round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship with none other than Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings dominating in MX2.
The historic circuit of Teutschenthal undoubtedly raises the bar of gnarliness in MXGP with its fast, hard packed and choppy terrain mixing up the results and encouraging a bunch of surprise performances. While the standing ovation went to local lad Team HRC’s Max Nagl when he won the first race of the premier class, it was Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle who took the overall victory here at round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship with none other than Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings dominating in MX2.

MX1 Race Report: While the standing ovation went to local lad Team HRC’s Max Nagl when he won the first race of the premier class, it was Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle who took the overall victory here at round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship with none other than Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings dominating in MX2.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle’s brutal crash at MXGP of Maggiora last weekend shook him up but clearly didn’t get him down. Lining up today in Teutschenthal, the Belgian used his typical poised and super smooth style to claim his fourth MXGP overall this year with his second and first place finishes. “I am really happy with this result because I didn’t get to ride in the week after I injured my hand in Maggiora after my big crash last weekend. On Wednesday my hand was still big so I couldn’t ride, but I felt good today and I could win, so everything is good.”

After an eight week hiatus due to an unpreventable accident where an amateur crashed in front of him while training, the local legend Team HRC’s Max Nagl defied the odds today claiming second overall at his home Grand Prix. There is not one person who couldn’t help but smile for the humble German when he put in an awe-inspiring performance to claim the first race victory, but unfortunately his chance at the overall came undone after a terrible start in moto two.

Nothing less is expected of ‘Mr. Consistency’ Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek than yet another podium. Third place here in Teutschenthal makes it ten in a row for the Belgian who mentioned in the press conference he had spent the week resting due to sickness.

Meanwhile the other of Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s dynamic duo Kevin Strijbos had more or less and up and down weekend. A tangle in race one saw the Belgian only work his way to seventh after struggling to find his rhythm, but come race two, his mojo was back and so was his flow, allowing him to round out the weekend with a second place finish for fourth overall.

A ‘bad’ weekend for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli as he battled a virus to take a respectable fourth and fifth place finish for fifth overall. The reigning champ still holds onto the red plate, leading the championship by twenty-five points on Clement Desalle. 

MXGP Race 1: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 35:05.736; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.314; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:09.685; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:10.918; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.663; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:43.193; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:47.214; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:53.044; 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:55.988; 10. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.682

MXGP Race 2: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 35:11.077; 2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:06.867; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:18.229; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.148; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:26.615; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.055; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:29.208; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:30.926; 9. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +0:40.411; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:43.911

MXGP Overall: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 47 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 39 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 38 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 36 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 26 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 20 p.; 10. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 20 p.

MXGP World Championship Classification: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 477 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 452 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 440 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 350 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 242 p.; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 237 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 205 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 205 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 185 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 184 p.

MX2 Race Report: It doesn’t matter what type of surface the race delivers, there is no stopping Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings. Even a fall in race one, proving ‘The Bullet’ is in fact human, wasn’t enough to slow the nineteen-year-old motocross sensation down. A twenty-one second lead in race one after crashing a few laps in, followed by a whopping forty-one second lead in race two, the Flying Dutchman dominated once again to claim his first ever win here at the German circuit of Teutschenthal.

A stand out performance for the guy named as MX2’s ‘next big thing’, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser claimed two convincing second place scores which he celebrated with a huge whip over the finish line. At just seventeen years old the humble Slovenian said “I tried to follow Jeffrey but he was too fast, so I was two times second and I am happy because usually I have one bad race and one good race but today I was really good in both races, so I just want to keep going.”

Although Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier didn’t have anything for the top two this weekend, the young Frenchman looked to have upped his intensity nonetheless. Keeping his bike low to the ground while wheeling through the waves, he made a series of impressive passes which took him to third in race two. His third place combined with his fourth place finish in race one was enough for him to stand on the third step of the podium.

Another star on the rise Standing Construct KTM’s Valentin Guillod didn’t get off to the greatest of starts this weekend but the Swiss worked hard and pushed forward to wrap up sixth in race one and rounded out the weekend with an impressive ride for fourth in race two landing him in fourth overall.

Meanwhile the kid with the heart of a lion, Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre fought his way home for a fifth and a sixth in the races to round out the top five in MX2.

MX2 Race 1: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:05.455; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:21.320; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.651; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:23.844; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:44.408; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:47.939; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:49.403; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:51.097; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +0:56.270; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:57.018

MX2 Race 2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:28.150; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:41.321; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:51.532; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:52.224; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:56.392; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:58.995; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +1:00.355; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +1:00.840; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:02.281; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:03.035

MX2 Overall: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 31 p.; 6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 29 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, SUZ), 28 p.; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Christophe Charlier (FRA, YAM), 22 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 19 p. 16. Luke Styke (Aus, Yam) 10 p.

MX2 World Championship  Classification: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 494 points; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 369 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 358 p.; 5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 343 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 313 p.; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 256 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 238 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 211 p. 18. Luke Styke (Aus, Yam) 78 p.

WMX Race Report: With the sun sneaking through the thick cloud cover that has hovered over the circuit of Teutschenthal this weekend, race two of round five of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship kicked off with the dominating force being none other than the round one winner and early red plate holder Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge.

In race one held on Saturday, German fans were brought to their feet with local lady Anne Borchers taking the holeshot. With the top ten riders in the WMX championship this year riding faster than ever, the German couldn’t maintain that position and eventually dropped back to a respectable seventh.

Meanwhile the wild card rider all the way from Brazil, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Marianna Balbi took the lead on lap one and took charge of the first few laps. As the race approached midway the red plate holder Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Chiara Fontanesi dropped the hammer pushing past the SEL supported rider to take over the lead.

With Balbi dropping back to second she was left to deal with a ton of pressure from her temporary Bud Racing Kawasaki teammate Meghan Rutledge who eventually found a way through in the final stages of the race.

Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot crashed while battling with Balbi and Rutledge for second but managed to recover for fourth with Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier rounding out the top five.

With the drop of the gate for race two, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Rutledge was on a clear mission to take back control of the WMX Championship. The Australian wonder took a massive holeshot leading the red plate holder and race one winner Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Fontanesi around turn one.

Despite a brief effort to pressure the girl nicknamed “Mad Meg” for the win, the Italian couldn’t match her blistering speed and ended up coming home in second.

Meanwhile another bad start for Team One One Four’s Lancelot left her searching for lines to pass as she put in a tremendous effort to inch her way forward. Come mid race, the French super star had caught up to her long time rival Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier resulting in a ‘battle of the former champions’ duel for third.

With Laier going wide on a muddy section of the track, Lancelot charged in hard on the gas straight through the middle of the slop to take over the position and maintain it all the way to the finish. Laier kept the twenty-five year old honest, but with the waving of the checkered flag, the German lady had to be content with fourth.

Young Dutch lass onboard her YZ125 two-stroke machine rode solid for fifth, while yesterday’s freshest face in the class Marianna Balbi, started strong but appeared to lose her rhythm mid race meaning she would only come home for eighth.

At the end of the weekend, Australian export , Rutledge took her third WMX overall of the season, while Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Fontanesi did enough for second.

Team One One Four’s Lancelot rounded off the podium with Team Dragon Moto’s Laier taking fourth and Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Balbi rounding out the top five.

As for the championship, Fontanesi will hold onto the red plate with a four point advantage over the nineteen-year-old Rutledge, while Lancelot and Laier, thanks to the absence of Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM’s Natalie Kane, have moved up to third and fourth respectively.

WMX Overall Top Ten: 1. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 47 points. 2. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 47 points. 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 38 points. 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 34 points. 5. Mariana Balbi (BRA, KAW), 33 points. 6. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 31 points. 7. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 28 points. 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 28 points. 9. Genette Vaage (NOR, KTM), 24 points. 10. Nina Klink (NED, KTM), 19 points.

WMX Championship Standings Top Ten: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 210 points. 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 206 points. 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 187 points. 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 176 points. 5. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 151 points. 6. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 150 points. 7. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 144 points. 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 120 points. 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, HUS), 111 points. 10. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 88 points.

Meghan Rutledge
Meghan Rutledge

Amsoil GNCC – Round 9 – Snowshoe, Snowshoe, WV

West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain played host to the 7th Annual AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC on Sunday, where racers from all over the world converged atop the largest ski resort in the state to try their hand in conquering the toughest racecourse on the circuit.

After three hours of battle between man and machine, it was Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell who came out on top.

As the current XC1 Pro points leader heading into the ninth round, Russell began on the first row of the unique live engine start, alongside Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Josh Strang, N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn and KTM Support rider and XC2 Pro Lites points leader Grant Baylor, who entered this race in fifth place in the overall standings.

Russell got a good jump and led the front-runners into the opening lap of racing, but the reigning champ had a few heavy challengers early on with the time adjustment.

Back on the third row was’s Thad DuVall, who quickly made his way into the second place position with about twenty-seconds of time adjustment on his side. Factory Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong interjected himself into the battle by lap two, where he exchanged positions with DuVall and Ashburn throughout the first three laps.

However, things quickly took a turn for the worst for DuVall on the fourth lap just as he broke into the overall lead on the adjusted time clock. DuVall began experiencing mechanical issues that ultimately ended his day with a tow back to the pits, which was a very disappointing ending to the day for the West Virginia native.

Amidst the increasingly difficult Snowshoe track conditions, the top three contenders seemed to keep the pace and consistency all afternoon. Russell maintained a lead that just couldn’t be touched, while Ashburn continued to chase down the leader in the second place position.

Despite a hard charge by the Tennessee native of Ashburn, Russell finished more than three minutes ahead of the pack to capture his third straight win of the season. After nine rounds of racing, Russell holds the XC1 Pro points lead heading into the summer break.

Factory FMF/KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr. had a come-from-behind performance, making his way from outside the top ten on the first lap to finish fifth overall for the day and fourth in the XC1 Pro class. Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Chris Bach began just behind Baylor and finished fifth overall for the day.

After running just outside the top three overall in the beginning, Strang finished the day sixth in the XC1 class, and ninth overall.

The battle for the lead position in the XC2 Pro Lites class was one of the most exciting, as Grant Baylor and Trevor Bollinger went head-to-head for the class win.

The duo went back and forth all afternoon, but it was the reigning XC2 champ Baylor who came out victorious after three hard hours of racing. Baylor’s performance was good enough to land him fourth overall, while Bollinger came in second in the XC2 class, and sixth overall.

Pennsylvania’s Nick Davis put his KR4 Arrive-N-Ride KTM atop the XC2 Pro Lites podium for the second straight week with an impressive hard-charge late in the race. Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise KTM Race Team’s Jesse Groemm finished fourth in the class, while Raines Riding University/Atlas Cycles’ Ricky Russell rounded out the top five.

The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads into a break for the summer, resuming in October with round ten.
The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series heads into a break for the summer, resuming in October with round ten.

XC1 Event Results: 1. Kailub Russell (KTM). 2. Jordan Ashburn (YAM). 3. Andrew Delong (HSQ). 4.Steward Baylor (KTM). 5. Chris Bach (HON). 6. Josh Strang (YAM). 7. Jason Thomas (KTM). 8. Paul Whibley (YAM). 9. Jesse Robinson (YAM). 10. Ryan Sipes (KTM).

Overall National Championship Standings (XC1/XC2 Combined): 1. Kailub Russell (233). 2. Charlie Mullins (180). 3. Josh Strang (165). 4. Jordan Ashburn (154). 5. Grant Baylor (134). 6. Paul Whibley (123). 7. Andrew Delong (119). 8. Ricky Russell (109). 9. Steward Baylor (102). 10. Chris Bach (92).

XC2 Event Results: 1. Grant Baylor (KTM). 2. Trevor Bollinger (HON). 3. Nick Davis (KTM). 4. Jesse Groemm (KTM). 5. Ricky Russell (YAM). 6. Chris Douglas (KTM). 7. Zach Love (KTM). 8. Jedediah Haines (YAM). 9. Sam Evans (KTM). 10. Layne Michael (HON).

XC2 Series Standings: 1. Grant Baylor (232). 2. Ricky Russell (215). 3. Trevor Bollinger (185). 4. Layne Michael (127). 5. Shane Hufford Jr (114). 6. Jesse Groemm (108). 7. Callan May (101). 8. Sam Evans (100). 9. Chris Douglas (99). 10. Jedediah Haines (87).

2014 ACU British Sprint Enduro Championships – Rounds 7&8

Great weather and a dry and technical course ensure close fought racing at rounds seven and eight of the 2014 BSEC series…

Michelin Comp VI Elite class championship leader Danny McCanney (Beta) extended his points advantage with a terrific double win at rounds seven and eight. But with Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) and Tom Sagar (KTM) on flying form, Danny had to work hard for his double victory. At round seven Jamie and Danny swapped positions for the first half of the day. Gradually upping his pace, Danny extended his lead to take a 20-second margin of victory. With Jamie second, Sagar chased them home for third while Steve Holcombe (KTM) and Jack Rowland (Husqvarna) delivered strong rides in fourth and fifth.

With the course reversed for round eight it was Sagar who led the way. Setting impressively fast times the KTM rider held a slender two-second advantage over the McCanney brothers at the end of the fifth special test. But with Danny coming on strong, he posted the fastest time of the day on lap six to secure the win. Also getting the better of Sagar, Jamie took second to push Tom back to third. Holcombe carded another top four result while Jamie Lewis (Husqvarna) slotted into fifth.

In the Husqvarna Under 23 category the weekend saw Rob Johnson (Husqvarna) return to his winning ways. Topping both days, Johnson was pushed hard by TM mounted runner-up Josh Gotts. Keeping Johnson on his toes, Gotts placed just three seconds behind him at round eight. The battle for the final step of the podium went right to the wire between James Dent (KTM) and Frazer Norrie (KTM) with Dent claiming third on both days. At round seven just three tenths of the second separated the duo, while at round eight Dent increased his advantage to four seconds. Frazer Flockhart placed fifth at both rounds.

Trading wins, Joe Wootton (Husqvarna) and Brad Freeman (KTM) swapped wins in the Motul Under 19 category. At round seven, Wootton comfortably placed ahead of Freeman to take the top spot. With Freeman second, Lee Sealey (Husqvarna) completed the top three with Jon Hunt (Sherco) and Charlie Frost (KTM) fourth and fifth. At round eight Freeman got the better of Wootton to take the win. Wootton ended his day 19 seconds behind to finish as runner-up while Sealey again took third. Hunt and Frost rounded out the top five.

Recording a double win, Husqvarna’s Jordan Ridgway was the rider to beat in the 125 Youth class. Jack Staines (KTM) finished as runner-up to Ridgway both days with Robbie Wallace (Yamaha) in third. Jack Ambler (Husqvarna) was fourth.

Charlie Evans (KTM) continued his winning ways in the Amped Expert class and secured maximum points at Westwood with victory both days. TM’s Carl Brogden chased Evans home for second and Chris Madigan (Beta) completed the top three.

In the Acerbis Expert Vets it was a double win for Andrew Reeves (Beta) over Paul Sagar (KTM). Mark Raynor (KTM) and Simon Ellway (KTM) traded race wins in the USWE Clubman Vets with Raynor taking the top spot at round seven. Keith Jones (KTM) joined them on the podium for third.

Making it two wins from two starts, Tom Ellwood (KTM) was the rider to beat in the DEP Pipes Clubman category. With Ellwood leading the field home both days, Chris Bennetto (Sherco) held off Jack Penhaligon (Husaberg) each day to take a well-deserved second.

Continuing her unbeaten run of form, Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) easily won the TCX Women’s class from Charlotte Snowden (KTM).

The ACU British Sprint Enduro Championship, powered by Husqvarna Motorcycles continues with rounds nine and ten at Black Dog Woods on July 26/27.

Australian Off-Road Championships – Rounds 7-8 – Coonawarra, SA

Yamaha Australian Off-Road reigning Champion Daniel Milner has completed a perfect weekend across the South Australian border at Coonawarra to reignite his title defence.

The CDR-Yamaha pilot once again proved that his still healing foot would not slow him down by taking out yesterday’s round with an emphatic victory in the outright and the E2 class.

The double round victory lifts Milner to five round wins for the year, two more than championship rival and points leader, Toby Price who once again had to settle for second position in both the outright and E2 class.

Milner, who had to chase from the back on both days said “This weekend has gone pretty well!”

“I would rather play catch up, than people playing catch up on myself, so it all went to plan really, I had a bit of pain in my foot, but you get that when you return from injury.” added the Victorian rider.

Milner’s points’ haul has shot him up the pecking order in the outright championship from sixth to fourth and lies just 30 points behind Price, while in the E2 title fight, Milner is just 23 points behind the Motorex KTM rider.

Team manager of the CDR team, Craig Dack sung Milner’s praises by saying; “To have seven weeks off the bike with quite a serious ankle injury and to come straight away and go ‘1-1’, what can you say to the performance of the guys character, he’s one of the all-time greats!”

Second place Price was happy enough with his day’s work, the twenty-six-year-old finished 9.220 seconds behind Milner and described it as a “fantastic fight with Daniel all day.”

Unlike in round seven where Price had a few tumbles, he managed to keep the bike up right but came into a few close in counters with a a handful of trees.

“To finish second yesterday and today is ok really, it’s good points towards the championship which is the main thing.” said Price. “I just had a few close calls with a few trees and went ‘bush’ a few too many times, when everyone is going flat out and this fast you can’t afford to be doing that sort of stuff.”  Prices’ best time came in the second heat when he nailed down a 7 minutes 7.783 seconds.

Husqvarna’s Glenn Kearney continued his solid year by finishing third overall and claiming the win in the E3 class, which marks his seventh win of the season.

Throughout the whole day Kearney and Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube) had their own private hit out which came down to the last test of the day and saw Kearney winning in the end by 1.176 seconds.

“I’m really happy! I’ve had real good weekend” expressed Kearney. “I really enjoyed the rough track today out the back, but it took me most of the day to come to grips with the tight pine track.”

“’Greeny’ and I battled all day backwards and forwards and it came down to the last test when there was just half a second between us, it’s been a great weekend, good points again, and came out of the weekend unscathed, big thanks to the Husqvarna team who worked well all weekend to.”

Green was fourth overall and picked up another third place in the E2 class that sees him three points adrift to Price in the E2 championship.

Just like many other riders, Green found the track tough going and very wild! “The track was good, but hard” said Green who now turns his attention to next weekend’s Tri-Series in Western Australia.

Green has admitted however he was off the pace to the front running guys so it’s something he will have to work on but still very happy overall with his weekend.

The second CDR-Yamaha rider, Chris Hollis rounded out the top five in the outright championship and finished fourth in the E2 division.

Hollis pin pointed his weakness at the moment as just being too slow to kick things off with. “I got faster as I went on, but obviously it’s not good enough to be where I should be.” explained Hollis. “I’m happy with how I rode, but I just need to work on a few things” added the 2011 champion who now sits with 147-points to his name in the outright championship.

Sixth place went to Kearney’s teammate, twenty-three-year-old Lachlan Stanford who again won the E1 class. Stanford lead home JBR Husaberg’s Jarrod Bewley who was second in the E3 class. Husaberg Enduro Racing Team’s Geoff Braico was ninth overall with Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders rounding out the top ten.

Sanders was also victorious in the Transmoto 19 & Under class making it a staggering eight of eight wins on the trot which basically gives Sanders one hand on the championship. Sanders finished ahead of Broc Grabham and Tom Mason.

Tayla Jones put a stop to Jess Gardiner’s winning streak in the Women’s championship when she won with a total tome 1:06:29.485, 27.128 seconds faster than Gardiner. “Today was a lot better compare to yesterday.” said Jones. “I liked these tracks better as it was more flowing and sandy which suits my riding style more.”

Gardiner later said after the race “I struggled a bit out there today, It was a really fast track out there we had today and that is where Tayla shines, she kept me honest out there today that’s for sure, I’m still happy to come home with a second and continue to lead the championship, I just can’t wait for the next round!”

Gardiner still holds onto a nice little sixteen point lead in the title fight heading into Kyogle next month while Emelie Karlsson and Sophie Coldiutt where once again third and fourth respectfully with Bronwyn Aplin rounding out the top five.

It was another clear win from Trent Lean in the Masters class, beating Ian Jenner and local lad Adrian Fitzgerald while the Veterans class was an exact replica as round seven with Damien Smith winning with Rowan Pumpa and Kirk Hutton in his wake.

Young gun Will Ruprecht (TLR MX1 Australian Off-Road Team) was firing on all cylinders! Ruprecht stormed to the outright victory in the Junior class and won the J4 class, beating round sevens race winner Lyndon Snodgrass, Seth Muller took the final step.

Ben Kearns took out the J3, and William Price got the upper hand on Joshua Brierley and his brother Mitch in the J2.  The first Victorian rider home in the J2 class was Daniel Simpson in fourth place ahead of Queenslander Lachlan Allan.

The series will now head 1,922km from Coonawarra to Kyogle in New South Wales on July 19-20.

Outright Results Saturday: 1. Daniel Milner – 1:15:09.489. 2. Toby Price – 1:15:18.929 . 3. Glenn Kearney – 1:15:52.546 . 4. Josh Green – 1:16:14.403 . 5. Geoff Braico – 1:17:16.984 . 6. Chris Hollis – 1:17:25.997 . 7. Daniel Sanders – 1:17:29.887 . 8. Jarrod Bewley – 1:17:47.963 . 9. Tom McCormack – 1:17:57.999. 10. Beau Ralston – 1:18:13.381.

Outright Results Sunday: 1. Daniel Milner – 54:02.858 . 2. Toby Price – 54:12.078 . 3. Glenn Kearney – 54:44.280 . 4. Josh Green – 54:45.456 . 5. Chris Hollis – 55:39.905 . 6. Tom McCormack – 55:54.815 . 7. Lachlan Stanford – 55:55.934. 8. Jarrod Bewley – 56:00.457 . 9. Geoff Braico – 56:01.636 . 10. Daniel Sanders – 56:03.035.

Outright Championship Standings: 1. Toby Price 163 . 2. Glenn Kearney 152 . 3. Josh Green 150 . 4. Daniel Milner 133. 5. Chris Hollis 132. 6. Lachlan Stanford 110 . 7. Daniel Sanders 108 . 8. Jarrod Bewley 101 . 9. Tom McCormack 98 . 10. Geoff Braico 88.

Outright Championship: 1. Toby Price 163. 2. Glenn Kearney 152. 3. Josh Green 150. 4. Daniel Milner 133. 5. Chris Hollis 132. 6. Lachlan Stanford 110. 7. Daniel Sanders 108. 8. Tom McCormack 98. 9. Geoff Braico 88. 10. Stefan Granqvist 87.

E3 Championship: 1. Glenn Kearney 197. 2. Stefan Granqvist 164. 3. Jarrod Bewley 155. 4. Adam Giles 36. 5. Joel James 34.

E2 Championship: 1. Toby Price 163. 2. Josh Green 160. 3. Chris Hollis 150. 4. Daniel Milner 140. 5. Beau Ralston 137.

E1 Championship: 1. Tom McCormack 191. 2. Scott Keegan 167. 3. Peter Boyle 158. 4. Tom Kite 138. 5. Nic Tomlinson 116.

Under 19’s Championship: 1. Daniel Sanders 200. 2. Broc Grabham 168. 3. Tom Mason 161.

Masters Championship: 1. Trent Lean 179. 2. Ian Jenner 139. 3. Mike Shearer 130. 4. Geoff Ballard 127. 5. Craig Treasure 89.

Vets Championship: 1. Damian Smith 197. 2. Kirk Hutton 175. 3. Rowan Pumpa 164

Womens Championship: 1. Jess Gardiner 194. 2. Tayla Jones 178. 3. Emelie Karlsson 156. 4. Jemma Wilson 116. 5. Sophie Coldiutt 96.

Junior Four Championship: 1. Lyndon Snodgrass 183. 2. Wil Ruprecht 181. 3. Seth Muller 166. 4. Stuart Holt 131. 5. Dallan Villani 123.

Junior Three Championship: 1. Ben Kearns 200. 2. Deon Javni 151. 3. Luke Strauch 134. 4. Tom Bushell 134. 5. Dean De Fazio 44.

Junior Two Championship: 1. Joshua Brierley 181. 2. Mitchell Brierley 177. 3. William Price 125. 4. Corey Hammond 112. 5. Jack Matthews 111.

Daniel Milner
Daniel Milner

Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 4 – Edmonton

Round four of the Canadian Motocross Championship held at Edmonton on the weekend was a write off with the track copping torrential rain and serving up extremely sloppy conditions for the two championship classes which were shortened to one moto instead of two thanks to the poor conditions.

Bobby Kiniry made the most of a holeshot and clear vision to win the one and only 450 moto with locals Tyler Medaglia and Colton Facciotti rounding out the podium ahead of Mike Alessi.

In the 250 class it was Jeremy Medaglia who took the win from Shawn Maffenbeier and Austin Politelli while championship leader Kaven Benoit lost valuable ground with a 25th place finish with his closest rival in points Vince Friese coming home in 11th.

450 Class Overall (2nd Moto Cancelled): 1. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) – (1-). 2. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) – (2-). 3. Colton Facciotti (Hon) – (3-). 4. Mike Alessi (Suz) – (4-). 5. Kyle Chisholm (Yam) – (5-). 6. Teddy Maier (Kaw) – (6-). 7. Dylan Kaelin (Yam) – (7-). 8. Matthew Davenport (Yam) – (8-). 9. Josh Clark (Yam) – (9-). 10. Nick Collins (Yam) – (10-). 20. Josh Hill (20-)

Bobby Kiniry made the most of a holeshot and clear vision to win the one and only 450 moto with locals Tyler Medaglia and Colton Facciotti rounding out the podium ahead of Mike Alessi.
Bobby Kiniry made the most of a holeshot and clear vision to win the one and only 450 moto with locals Tyler Medaglia and Colton Facciotti rounding out the podium ahead of Mike Alessi.

250 Class Overall (2nd Moto Cancelled): 1. Jeremy Medaglia (Kaw) – (1-). 2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) – (2-). 3. Austin Politelli (Kaw) – (3-). 4 .Seth Rarick (KTM) – (4-). 5. Dylan Schmoke (KTM) – (5-). 6. Jared Allison (Yam) – (6-). 7. Kyle Swanson (Hon) – (7-). 8. Dylan Wright (Yam) – (8-). 9. Jesse Wentland (KTM) – (9-). 10. Topher Ingalls (Hon) – (10-). 11. Vince Friese. 13. Parker Allison. 25. Kaven Benoit.

450 Points (After 4 of 10 races): 1. Colton Facciotti (KTM) 159. 2. Mike Alessi (Suz) 150. 3. Josh Hill (Kaw) 117. 4. Teddy Maier (Kaw) 119. 6. Tyler Medaglia (KTM) 125. 5. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 106. 8. Dylan Kaelin (Yam)94. 9. Morgan Burger (Yam) 76. 10. David Gassin (Yam) 61

250 Points (After 4 of 10 races): 1. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 130. 2. Vince Friese (Hon) 121. 3. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 121. 4. Topher Ingalls (Hon) 109. 5. Austin Politelli (Kaw) 110. 6. Jesse Wentland (KTM) 110. 7. Jeremy Medalgia (Kaw) 102. 8. Dylan Schmoke (Yam) 72. 9. Dylan Wright (Yam) 68. 10. Kyle Swanson (Hon) 68.

AMA Endurocross Championships – Round 3 – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California

Colton Haaker was the big winner at round three of the 2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship that took place inside the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, June 21. It was Haaker’s second career EnduroCross victory.

Haaker was in the zone in Sacramento. The Rockstar/Lucas Oil JCR Honda Team rider was at the top of his game all day, as he set the quickest time in the Hot Lap portion, won his heat race and pretty much dominated the 15-lap main event, but not until surviving a pretty good skirmish early in the feature race.

Haaker was one of a number of riders vying for the $500 Nexen Tire Holeshot Award, with series points leader Cody Webb, on the Beta, coming away with the early lead. Notables Mike Brown and Taddy Blazusiak emerged from the start in sixth and 11th, respectively.

Webb held the point for the first three laps when Haaker came calling and made a clean block pass on Webb, who tried getting him back right away but instead went down, taking Taylor Robert with him. Webb managed to hold on to second with Robert still in third.

Haaker took full advantage of Webb’s mistake and maintained his lead for the remaining 11 laps, taking the checkered flag 8.9 seconds ahead of Webb.

Blazusiak, the defending champ, worked his way up through the pack to make a late-race pass on Robert to take third, nine seconds behind Webb. Robert, on the FMF KTM, ended up fourth, five seconds behind fellow KTM rider Blazusiak while another KTM rider Cory Graffunder rounded out the top five, followed by Husqvarna’s Mike Brown, Beta’s Max Gerston and KTM riders Geoff Aaron, Gary Sutherlin and Ty Tremaine.

Only three points separate the top three as Webb holds a one-point lead over Haaker and a three-point gap on Blazusiak.

Main Event Results: 1. Colton Haaker Honda. 2. Cody Webb Beta. 3. Taddy Blazusiak KTM. 4. Taylor Robert KTM. 5. Cory Graffunder KTM. 6. Mike Brown Husqvarna. 7. Max Gerston Beta. 8. Geoff Aaron KTM. 9. Gary Sutherlin KTM. 10. Ty Tremaine KTM.

Moto Wrap for the weekend of June 28/29 includes:

  • – Round 6 of the Australian MX Nationals being held at Swan Hill, VIC
  • – Round 6 of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Copenhagen
  • – Round 5 of the AMA Motocross Championships at Blountville, Tennissee.
  • – Round 5 of the British Motocross Championships in Skelder Bank, Whitby, North Yorkshire
  • – Round 4 of the AMA WMX at Mammoth Mountain – Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • – Mammoth Mountain Motocross at Mammoth Lakes, CA