Island Classic International Challenge 2019

Adelaide racer David Johnson has enjoyed some stellar moments in his motorcycle racing career, but being part of the victorious Australian team in the 2018 International Challenge at last January’s Island Classic historic race meeting was a stand-out.

With the 2019 Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island, this weekend – January 25-27 – Johnson is itching to return to the grid as Australia attempts to overcome super competitive teams from the USA and New Zealand with qualifying Friday morning, and racing Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at the gate from 8am each day.

David Johnson Island Classic Beau Beaton
Beau Beaton and David Johnson – Island Classic 2018

“The Aussie victory in 2018 is probably one of the greatest feelings I have had in my racing career, and I have won a lot of races in England and Europe,” said Johnson, who was the leading individual scorer in 2018 after winning two of the four races and finishing second in the others. He’ll campaign the same Suzuki XR69 F1 bike in 2019.

“In 2018 I just rode that XR69 and it was mint, which is a full credit to the guys who built the bike and prepared the suspension. The engine and chassis are just awesome.”

Dave Johnson Island Classic Image Russell Colvin
David Johnson – Image Russ Colvin

Johnson, who finished fourth in the Superbike TT at the 2018 Isle of Man, knows that winning the International Challenge isn’t just about one man’s effort: it’s a function of multiple riders finishing well inside the top 10.

His 2019 Australian team includes a batch of stars who are now International Challenge staples: Aussie superbike champions Steve Martin and Shawn Giles, Isle of Man winner Cameron Donald, Jed Metcher and Beau Beaton.

Paul Byrne, Aaron Morris, Matthew Fyffe, Craig Ditchburn, Justin Mellerick, Scott Webster and Dean Outghtred complete the 13-rider squad, with Byrne particularly impressive last year in finishing fourth in the individual standings (aka the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy since 2013) behind Johnson, Jeremy McWilliams and Corser.

Martin, Metcher and Giles have all won the Ken Wootton trophy, the latter on multiple occasions.

“Hopefully there will be a handful of us out in front with a chance of winning races,” continued Johnson. “We just have to be smart about it, as we don’t want to take each other out.

“The young guys want to win pretty badly, as do I. However, if I feel that I’m not fast enough to win, I’m not going to do anything stupid to jeopardise another one of my team members from winning.”

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2018 International Challenge – David Johnson leading – Image Russ Colvin

Twelve of the Aussie riders are on booming four-strokes, with Ditchburn taking the two-stroke route on the blazing Yamaha TZ750.

Big names galore from Kiwis and Team USA

All teams are allowed a maximum of 13 riders in the four six-lap International Challenge races, with New Zealand and Team USA boasting super competitive outfits in 2019.

Suzuki-strong, the Kiwis have recruited gun rider, Alex Phillis and aligned with Taupo based Carl Cox Motorsport. The international DJ’s racing arm brings three-time British superbike champion John Reynolds, modern and classic racer Jay Lawrence and MCN road tester, Michael Neeves, into the silver fern fold.

David Johnson - Image by TBG
David Johnson – Image by TBG

“The Australian team is going to have to work together to get the job done. The Kiws will have riders dicing for the race win, and Alex (Phillis) and John (Reynolds) will definitely be up there,” warned Johnson.

“Then the American team. Josh Hayes will be very hard to tame. He’s a four-time AMA Superbike champion. And Jason Pridmore was the fastest American rider last year, and I expect their bikes should be a lot more competitive this year. Looking at their fleet of Yamaha FJs is quite intimidating! Then with Larry Pegram, Dale Quarterley and Steve Rapp, and now my old team mate Mark Miller, the Americans will be very strong.”

David Johnson wins race two
David Johnson – 2018 – TBG Image

Rules & Regs

The International Challenge is reserved for bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984, the only exception being two 1985 Suzuki GSX-Rs models granted dispensation to race under the Kiwi flag in 2019. One year outside the Island Classic eligibility, the two Suzukis will be subject to agreed performance restrictions- comprising of a reduction in RPM limit, an overall weight increase and a reduced rear tyre width to eliminate any possible traction advantage.

To be campaigned by Reynolds and Neeves, the duo’s performance will be counted in International Challenge points, but not in the tally for the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy that’s awarded to the rider with the highest individual points.

David Johnson won outright overall honours with the most points across the four races to claim the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy - Image by TBG
David Johnson won outright overall honours with the most points across the four races to claim the Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy in 2018 – Image by TBG
One of the world’s great historic bike meets

The 26th International Island Classic, presented by Visit Phillip Island, is one of the world’s great historic bike meets. Riders and fans from around the globe converge to celebrate a century of motorcycling with more than 450 bikes on display or competing in 56 races across classes from pre-WW1 bikes through to Vintage (1920-1945), Classic and Post Classic (from 1946 to 1972) and the more recent Forgotten Era and New Era classes.

Tickets at the gate

Tickets are available from Friday to Sunday at the gate from 8am. Friday features practice and qualifying across all classes, with racing from Saturday morning to Sunday late.

Children 15 and under are free, accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Camp at the circuit for an ultra-affordable Australia Day long weekend, with four nights for $84 per adult (with children 15 and under free to camp and enter the circuit). Campground opens at 8am Thursday, with 24/7 access via Gate 2.

For event information go to www.islandclassic.com.au or ring the circuit on 03 5952 2710.


26th International Island Classic

Event Schedule

25th – 27th January 2019

Island Classic

Friday 25th January 2019
9:00 amStart
 Q1Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic15 min
 Q2250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic15 min
 Q3500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic15 min
 Q4Unlimited Forgotten Era – Odds15 min
 Q5Unlimited Forgotten Era – Evens15 min
 Q6Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic15 min
 Q7Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 75015 min
 Q8350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic15 min
 Q9Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic15 min
 Q10International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
 Q11International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
 Q12250 New Era & 250 New Era Production15 min
 Q13Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 130015 min
 Q14500 New Era15 min
E1*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E2*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E3*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E4*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
E5*Unlimited Forgotten Era  – Minor4 Laps
Q15International Challenge – Slowest 50%8 min
Q16International Challenge – Fastest 50%8 min
E6*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E7*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
5:00 pmFinish 
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Saturday 26th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E8*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E9*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E10*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E11*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E12*500 New Era4 Laps
E13*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E14*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E15*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E16*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E17*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
D1Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E18International Challenge 6 Laps
E19*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E20*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E21*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
E22*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E23*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E24*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E25*500 New Era5 Laps
D2Demonstration Lap2 Laps
E26International Challenge 6 Laps
E27*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic4 Laps
E28*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannons Insurance 350 Classic4 Laps
E29*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic4 Laps
E30*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier4 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

 

Island Classic

Sunday 27th January 2019
9:00 amStart
E31*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor4 Laps
E32*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic4 Laps
E33*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7504 Laps
E34*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic4 Laps
E35*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic4 Laps
E36*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production4 Laps
E37*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13004 Laps
E38*500 New Era4 Laps
D3Demonstration2 Laps
E39International Challenge 6 Laps
E40*Pre-War, 125 Post Classic & Forgotten Era, 250 Post Classic & Classic5 Laps
E41*250 Forgotten Era, 125 New Era & Shannon’s Insurance 350 Classic5 Laps
E42*500 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Post Classic5 Laps
E43*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Premier5 Laps
E44*Unlimited Forgotten Era – Minor5 Laps
E45*Shannons Insurance 500 Post Classic5 Laps
E46*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 7505 Laps
E47*350 Forgotten Era & Unlimited Classic5 Laps
ParadeShannons Insurance Parade Lap1 Lap
E48International Challenge 6 Laps
E49*Shannons Insurance 500 Classic & 350 Post Classic5 Laps
E50*250 New Era & 250 New Era Production5 Laps
E51*Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres New Era Formula 13005 Laps
E52*500 New Era5 Laps
5.00pmFinish
* Points awarded toward the Phil Irving Perpetual trophy

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2019 International Challenge Entry List
January 25-27 2019  
australia

Team Australia 

NameSponsorMakeModelYearCap
D JohnsonDMR Motorsport/Murray’s Brit Bikes/Race Bikes ServicesSuzukiXR69821100
S GilesT Birrell Racing / D & D Industries / Light Alloy EngineeringSuzukiKatana821294
J MetcherT-Rex / Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres / Race CentreHondaHarris F1821100
L FyffeLaurie Fyffe Ag-Spray Pty LtdSuzukiXR69801200
C DitchburnConsortium Racing / TCWeld Pro / RKR HydraulicsYamahaTZ75078750
P ByrneDMR Motorspor / Purgetec Pty LtdSuzukiMcIntosh841260
J MellerickMellerick DrainageHondaCB801200
A MorrisCorish Motorsport, TBR, VP Race FuelsSuzukiKatana821294
S WebsterT & K CarneySuzukiHarris821200
C DonaldK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/ K-Tech Suspension/ HRD ApparelIrvingVincent821300
D OughtredCarl Cox Motorsport /  DynoverksSuzukiGSX11 Kat821260
S MartinT Birrell Rac/ D&D Industries/Light Alloy Engineering/QBESuzukiKatana821294
B BeatonK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/K-Teck Suspension/HRD ApparelIrvingVincent821300
J AllenCustom Coatngs & Maintenance / C &M Motorcycle RepairsYamahaTZ78750
new zealand

Team New Zealand

NameSponsorMakeModel YearCap
J ReynoldsCarl Cox Motorsport / Team Classic SuzukiSuzukiGSXR851100
D CastletonT-Rex RacingHondaCB1100R811100
PhillisArnolds Fruit Market, Phillis RacingSuzukiXR69801170
M InesonSuzukiKatana821100
M NeevesCarl Cox MotorsportSuzukiGSX1100801100
J LawrenceCarl Cox Motorsport / TSS Red Baron / Shoei HelmetsSuzukiKatana GSX811100
G HindleGoulburn Power Centre / Old Gold MotorcyclesSuzukiXR69821170
B WilsonMoto Xtream NZ / Stainless Steel Products / DeWith MotoSuzukiXR69801170
D CouttsYamahaCMR F1841250
G CrutchleyKallista ElectricalKawasakiP&M781200
R GunnSpice Consulting Group | Sunset RacingHarrisF1821260
C StevensonStevenson Earthworks LtdSuzukiGS1000E791000
RichardsMotoxtreme RacingSuzukiGSX1100811170
P ByersSilkdene Australia / Motoextreme KawasakiSuzukiKatana821100
P JonesLindsay Pinker Racing Team / TechmotoHondaCB1100821123
united states

Team USA

NameSponsorMakeModelYearCap
J HayesYamahaFJ831250
D QuarterleyDunlop SBC Maxima VP Fuels Millennium Van DykSuzukiXR69841250
S RappMojo Yamaha / DunlopYamahaCMR FJ 11001100
D CrussellMojo Yamaha / CMR RacingYamahaTZ75078748
M MillerHypercylce USA / Dunlop USA / Bito R&DHarrisXR69841200
B LongKawasakiHarris821250
J PethoudVicious Cycle / Ten Moto RacingYamahaHarris F1841250
R ScaysbrookCycle News / Austwide HomesSuzukiGSX11XR69801170
J PridmoreDunlop / Dainese / AGVYamahaFJ1200831298
M GilbertCycle World MagazineYamahaFJ1100831250
E LindauerGuzzi Power / Racetech Suspensions / Mammoth MotorKawasakiKZ801000
R RuwoldtHarrisKawasaki801200
L PegramPegram RacingYamahaFJ1100831250
M MorrisonMorrison RacingSuzukiRGB500 82500
B LindBruce Lind RacingYamahaTZ75075749
J GuerreroIsland Racing Service / Motul / MichelinSuzukiXR69821200
W BoydSportcroft / Guzzi Power / RacetechM GuzziLe Mans801000

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2019 International Challenge Entry List
January 25-27 2019  
australia

Team Australia 

NameSponsorModelYearCap
D JohnsonDMR Motorsport/Murray’s Brit Bikes/Race Bikes ServicesXR69821100
S GilesT Birrell Racing / D & D Industries / Light Alloy EngineeringKatana821294
J MetcherT-Rex / Pablo’s Motorcycle Tyres / Race CentreHarris F1821100
L FyffeLaurie Fyffe Ag-Spray Pty LtdXR69801200
C DitchburnConsortium Racing / TCWeld Pro / RKR HydraulicsTZ75078750
P ByrneDMR Motorspor / Purgetec Pty LtdMcIntosh841260
J MellerickMellerick DrainageCB801200
A MorrisCorish Motorsport, TBR, VP Race FuelsKatana821294
S WebsterT & K CarneyHarris821200
C DonaldK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/ K-Tech Suspension/ HRD ApparelVincent821300
D OughtredCarl Cox Motorsport /  DynoverksGSX11 Kat821260
S MartinT Birrell Rac/ D&D Industries/Light Alloy Engineering/QBEKatana821294
B BeatonK.H. Equipment Pty Ltd/K-Teck Suspension/HRD ApparelVincent821300
J AllenCustom Coatngs & Maintenance / C &M Motorcycle RepairsTZ78750
new zealand

Team New Zealand

NameSponsorModel YearCap
J ReynoldsCarl Cox Motorsport / Team Classic SuzukiGSXR851100
D CastletonT-Rex RacingCB1100R811100
PhillisArnolds Fruit Market, Phillis RacingXR69801170
M InesonKatana821100
M NeevesCarl Cox MotorsportGSX1100801100
J LawrenceCarl Cox Motorsport / TSS Red Baron / Shoei HelmetsKatana GSX811100
G HindleGoulburn Power Centre / Old Gold MotorcyclesXR69821170
B WilsonMoto Xtream NZ / Stainless Steel Products / DeWith MotoXR69801170
D CouttsCMR F1841250
G CrutchleyKallista ElectricalP&M781200
R GunnSpice Consulting Group | Sunset RacingF1821260
C StevensonStevenson Earthworks LtdGS1000E791000
RichardsMotoxtreme RacingGSX1100811170
P ByersSilkdene Australia / Motoextreme KawasakiKatana821100
P JonesLindsay Pinker Racing Team / TechmotoCB1100821123
united states

Team USA

NameSponsorModelYearCap
J HayesFJ831250
D QuarterleyDunlop SBC Maxima VP Fuels Millennium Van DykXR69841250
S RappMojo Yamaha / DunlopCMR FJ 11001100
D CrussellMojo Yamaha / CMR RacingTZ75078748
M MillerHypercylce USA / Dunlop USA / Bito R&DXR69841200
B LongHarris821250
J PethoudVicious Cycle / Ten Moto RacingHarris F1841250
R ScaysbrookCycle News / Austwide HomesGSX11XR69801170
J PridmoreDunlop / Dainese / AGVFJ1200831298
M GilbertCycle World MagazineFJ1100831250
E LindauerGuzzi Power / Racetech Suspensions / Mammoth MotorKZ801000
R RuwoldtKawasaki801200
L PegramPegram RacingFJ1100831250
M MorrisonMorrison RacingRGB500 82500
B LindBruce Lind RacingTZ75075749
J GuerreroIsland Racing Service / Motul / MichelinXR69821200
W BoydSportcroft / Guzzi Power / RacetechLe Mans801000

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