Moto News Weekly Wrap for August 16, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Week’s News Overview
  • Moss twins comment on their failed drug test
  • America raises age limits for junior motocross
  • Chas Hern to race entire FIM Asian Supermoto Championship
  • Australian MX Nationals – Round 9 – Toowoomba Preview
  • Australian MXoN Team Announced
  • New Zealand Announce MXoN Team
  • Peters to Replace Moss at Monster Energy Kawasaki
  • Hahn to Race SX for Monster Energy Kawasaki
  • Shayne King IN for World Vets
  • America Announced MXoN Team
  • Eli Tomac Sits Out MXoN
  • Jeremy Martin Out till 2017 SX
  • Justin Bogle Out till 2017 SX
  • Noren Fills in for Seeley
  • Metcalfe Out of Hospital
  • Nelson IN Hospital
  • 2017 River Yamaha Team Announced
  • BTO KTM Sports Rig Goes Up In Smoke
  • Wiles Wins 12th Straight Pretoria TT
  • Herlings Stays Orange till 2020 and Goes to MXGP in 2017
  • French MXoN Team Announced
  • Belgian MXoN Team Announced
  • It Is a Busy Off-Season
  • Australian squad gearing up for 2016 Trials des Nations
This Weeks Racing Overview
  • AMA Motocross Championships – Round 10 – Unadilla
  • Australian Off-Road Championships – Round 9 and 10 – Monkerai, New South Wales
  • Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 10 – Barrie, ON (Final Round)
  • 2016 Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix – Round 6 – Malilla
  • Peter Stevens Motorcycles SA Motocross Championships – Round 4 – Monarto (Final Round)
  • Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championship – Round 5 – Southern Cross Motorcycle Club
  • NSW State MX Championships – Round 3 – Hastings Valley – Port Macquarie
  • Chris Watson Motorcycles Yamaha Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships – Barleigh Ranch Raceway
  • Yamaha Qld MX Championships – Mackay
  • FIM Junior Motocross World Championship – Orlyonok, Russia


Jake Moss on failed drug test

After weeks of speculation and innuendo, concerning a failed drug test result for both Moss twins, and a deafening silence about the matter from the sports controlling body, Jake Moss recently made the following statement concerning proceedings.

“As you may know, I recently announced my retirement from racing.  As I said at the time, this decision to retire was based upon my decision to focus on my family and career away from competitive Motocross ad Supercross racing.  I have recently been advised through Motorcycling Australia and ASADA that I have allegedly tested positive to Ostarine, which is prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Code. I do not accept the results of the test and I am in the process of challenging those results through the appropriate processes.”

Jake Moss
Jake Moss at Murray Bridge earlier this year

We looked up Ostarine and found the following – “Ostarine is a SARM (selective androgen receptor modulator ). It is a side effect free substitute for testosterone. It was developed to treat muscle wasting conditions and is used by athletes to increase fitness, strength and stamina. It will produce a similar effect to anabolic steroids.”

Matt Moss also made a statement

“I wanted to let everyone know that the reason I haven’t been racing lately is that, because of an issue that has arisen through a random urine test I recently undertook for ASADA, I have been provisionally suspended from participating. I am at a loss to understand how the issue has arisen and I am in the process of challenging the results of the test through the appropriate processes. I am confident of being cleared and I look forward to returning to the sport I love as soon as possible.”

MX Nationals 2016 - Round Six - Nowra - Matt Moss
MX Nationals 2016 – Round Six – Nowra – Matt Moss
America raises age limits for juniors

AMA Congress have stated that new rules will come in affect from January 1, 2017. 

The minimum age for amateur riders remains at 12, but while the previous rule simply stated; “a rider must be 14 or older to ride motorcycles above a 250cc”.

The new rule is somewhat more expansive, and restricts 450cc machines to riders 16 or older; “In motocross events, a rider must be 14 or older to ride a 250cc 4-stroke/2-stroke motorcycle. In motocross events, a rider must be 16 or older to ride a 450cc or above motorcycle.”

Example: A racer who is 13 years old on the day of the event is not permitted to compete on 250cc model motorcycle. A racer who is 15 years old on the day of the event is not permitted to compete on a 450cc model motorcycle.

Chas Hern to race FIM Asian Supermoto full series

Chas Hern will be contesting the entire F.I.M Asian Supermoto Championship aboard the Urban Motor Finance Suzuki RMZ 450

With support from Suzuki Australia and great sponsors, Chas and his 2017 Suzuki RM-Z450 will be off to take on some of the worlds best supermoto riders in the 2016 F.I.M Asian Supermoto Championship.

Competing across four different countries, with the series opener in Newcastle early next month, the championship then heads to Indonesia, the Phillipines before finishing in Malaysia on December 18. 

Chas Henr – “I can’t thank F.I.M Asia and Suzuki enough for giving me the chance to race in a World class event again. The support of my family has been amazing and all the sponsors who have got behind me have made this all possible”

Australian MX Nationals – Round 9 – Toowoomba Preview

“Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!!’ Toowoomba’s undulating Echo Valley circuit will host round nine of the MX Nationals this weekend and the MX1 and MX2 classes are far from over with just a handful of points separating the top three in each championship.

Defending MX1 champ Kirk Gibbs has a nine point lead over Dean Ferris who in turn has a seven point gap back to Todd Waters and while Gibbs has a good relationship with his main rivals there is no love lost between Ferris and Waters so expect sparks at Toowoomba where late braking and bravery plays big dividends.

MX1 Championship Standings
  1. Kirk Gibbs – 538pts
  2. Dean Ferris – 529pts
  3. Todd Waters – 522pts
Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton and Nathan Crawford are tied on points in the MX2 championship while Caleb Ward sits just 15 points back and we now know that Crawford prepared for this weekend round by winning the Queensland MX2 Championship in Mackay last weekend so expect the Husqvarna riders to come out with all gun blazing to try and get the advantage over his foes.

Beaton has been impressive throughout the season and is as solid as a rock all year while Ward can’t be counted out as he has genuine race winning pace around Echo Valley and usually dominates sand tracks like the last round in Coolum.

MX2 Championship Standings
  1. Jed Beaton – 507pts
  2. Nathan Crawford – 507pts
  3. Caleb Ward – 492pts
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2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup set to be decided at Toowoomba this Sunday

The KTM Australian Amateur Cup which is a class solely dedicated to giving riders who may work and not race full time, with an opportunity to participate at a competitive level at the MX Nationals, have had two rounds of racing already, with Round 9 at Toowoomba marking the third and final outing for the hard working competitors.

Motul MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams shared that it’s been fantastic to see more than 40 privateer riders take part in this year’s Amateur Cup, and that this weekend will see all rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

“It’s always great to crown new champions, and this weekend we are very proud to be hosting the third and final round of the 2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup,” Williams shared. We recognise that the level of competitiveness in the MX1, MX2, and MXD classes is very high which is fantastic, so the Amateur Cup has really provided a category where riders who can’t commit to a full series can race for their own championship. We have been lucky enough to see a great number of talented riders come through the Amateur Cup this year, and when it’s all run and won at Toowoomba this weekend, they will all have a lot to be proud of.”

There will be some new faces taking part in the final round of the KTM Australian Amateur Cup at Toowoomba this Sunday.

“As well as regulars to the circuit such as guys like points leader Brad Polsoni and Kerrod Morrissy, this weekend will also see some new faces lining up to go racing at Toowoomba,” Williams said. The Amateur Cup is fantastic in that you can be a guy who just rides on the weekend, a local racer, or someone who’s looking to dip their toe into the water at the MX Nationals with the vision to make a bigger commitment to the series in the future. The racing in the class has been top notch so far this year, and spectators can expect the same from the support class when they hit the track for the final time this weekend too.”

Australian MXoN Team Announced

Dean Ferris, Kirk Gibbs and Jed Beaton will represent Australia in the Motocross of Nations at Maggiora in Italy on September 24 – 25, 2016.

Australia has finally given up on using former champions and will send two enthusiastic MXoN rookies in Gibbs and Beaton to compliment the proven experience and speed of Ferris while multi Australian team member Michael Byrne will be on hand to help the riders throughout the weekend.

Australian Team Manager Gary Benn had this to say. “We’re very happy with the team selected to represent Australia at this year’s MX of Nations. Obviously Dean has had a lot of experience in Europe and representing his country, and both of the other boys are at the top of their game at the moment so they’re all very deserving of their selection.”

Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris
New Zealand Announce MXoN Team

New Zealand have announced that Cody Cooper, Hamish Horwod and Josiah Natzke will make up their team for the Motocross of Nations. It is Coopers ninth MXoN and he will look after the MX1 duties while Harwood will be on his favoured MX2 machine while Natzke, who has finally hit form will be the team’s Open class rider.

Peters to Replace Moss at NP Monster Energy Kawasaki

American Kyle Peters will replace Matt Moss and join fellow MX1 rider Kade Mosig in the National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for the final two rounds of the 2016 MX Nationals starting this weekend at Toowoomba in Queensland.

Peters is no stranger to Australian competition, claiming third in the SX2 ranks of the 2014 Australian Supercross Championship and contesting various national title events during his junior/amateur career.

“We are pleased to welcome Kyle to National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for Toowoomba and Coolum,” said team manager Troy Carroll. “Kyle has displayed his ability on many occasions in America and also here in Australia, so we look forward to working with him and finishing the season strongly.”

Kyle Peters
Kyle Peters
Hahn to Race SX for Monster Energy Kawasaki

National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team have signed American Wil Hahn to the team’s roster for the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship, which commences at Jimboomba in Queensland on Saturday, 17 September.

The 26-year-old Texan, who currently competes for Monster Energy Kawasaki in the US, will contest the entire Australian Supercross season aboard the factory-supported KX450F in the SX1 category alongside Australian team regular Kade Mosig.

“I’m excited to compete at new venues and another part of the world,” Hahn explained. “I’ve been over to a few places in Australia before and I’m really looking forward to combining my career with the travel and experience of a new country. I jumped at the opportunity to ride with National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team when Troy [Carroll] gave me a call and, honestly, I’m just thankful to have this chance of racing in the full series with the support of Kawasaki. It’s a really cool deal. To be starting the series at Jimboomba and then be part of it all the way through to the AUS-X Open, it’s special for me. There will be American guys on the line with me, as well as the top Australians, so the level of racing will be really high. I will do most of my preparation here in the US, probably until the first week of September, and then I will head over to Australia and stay there the whole time. That allows me to combine my base settings with the great KX450F of the National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team.”

Note from Smarty: I don’t rate either of the Hahn brothers, they will pull out of a race if they get a paper cut so I hope Wil proves me wrong and does well for Troy Carroll and the Kawasaki team, they could do with a break right now.

AMA SX 2016 - Round Four - Oakland - Image by Hoppenworld - Wil Hahn
AMA SX 2016 – Round Four – Oakland – Image by Hoppenworld – Wil Hahn
Shayne King IN for World Vets

The annual World Vet Motocross Championship at Glen Helen will as usual see the fastest old-dudes on the planet go toe-to-toe and a little birdy told me recently that 1996 World 500cc Motocross Champion Shayne King has been training his arse off and will be on hand at Glen Helen over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November. I know that SK is a personal friend of Pro-Circuit’s Mitch Payton so expect King’s KTM to be a rocket ship.

American MXoN Team Announced

Cooper Webb, Jason Anderson and Alex Martin will represent USA at the Motocross of Nations to be held in Maggiora, Italy on September 25. Webb will be the team captain in the MX1 class while Jason Anderson will be racing the open class and Alex Martin will be the MX2 rider. This will be the first time Jason Anderson will appear at the MXoN while Cooper Webb was a key rider to team USA’s second place overall finish last year and Alex Martin has raced in the MXdN before but this will be his first time racing for team USA.

Alex Martin and Cooper Webb
Alex Martin and Cooper Webb
Eli Tomac Sits Out MXoN

Leading up to the picking of the team, Kawasaki and Eli Tomac informed Team USA manager Roger DeCoster that they will not be prepared to go to the 2016 Motocross of Nations set to be held in Maggiora, Italy on September 25.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” said Eli Tomac. “I have raced the Motocross of Nations twice now and it has always been an honor to be chosen for this prestigious event. This year, due to the race schedule being so full and the commitments I have made for the month of September, the team and I will not have the time and preparation needed to compete in a race as big as the Motocross of Nations. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance to represent the U.S. again in the future. I wish Team USA 2016 the best as they compete against the world in Italy and look forward to seeing us back on top of the box where we belong.”

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac
Australian squad gearing up for 2016 Trials des Nations

It’s just a little over two weeks before our 2016 TdN team fly out to Europe to contest this year’s Trial des Nations to be held in Isola 2000, France. The team will be also competing at the Italian round of the Trial world Championships; they will use this event to get into the rhythm of riding. This year the FIM have changed the rules for the TdN. They have reduced the men’s team from four to three and only two assistants for both teams. We believe this is to help with the costs of international teams from outside Europe competing at the TdN.

Our men’s team of Kyle Middleton current Australian Champion, Chris Bayles and new team member Connor Hogan the current Australian Junior Champion. Both Kyle and Chris have plenty of experience at this level of competition and will be a great help to Connor in his first Trial des Nation. Connor has been competing in the World Trials Championships in the Trial 125 class, he has the opportunity in Italy to finish 5th overall in the World Championships.

Our women’s team for this year, Kristie McKinnon current Australian Champion, Sofie Kraft and Sarah Chivers the Current Australian Junior Woman’s Champion. Both Kristie and Sofie travelled to the UK earlier this year to take part in the first round of the Woman’s Trial world championships. Both girls had some great rides at a very wet and muddy event.

This year has been a little different than past years as we have little funding from the Australian Sports Commission. This year the team has had to fundraise to try and make up the shortfall in funding to make the trip.

We have had riders apply for the team, with no idea how they were going to afford to fund their trip. We have been well supported from the Australian Trials community getting behind our team this year easing some of the burden to team members.

We have been quite fortunate this year with several sponsors committing to help the Australian team. Global Racing Oil has been supporting the team for the past five years and is onboard again this year. Michel Kaufmann from S3 which is a Spanish, Trials parts and clothing manufacturer. S3 will be supporting the team with a new set of riding gear. Mark Brown from Browns Grafix has given the team a great price on the team helmets. Our Australian trials importers, Don Murray from Moto Central and Paul Arnott from the Hell Team for their help with arranging team bikes. Jordi Pascuet from Pascuet Offroad.

We have set up a Go Fund Me page to help with the day to day running of the team while in France. Kyle Middleton has been travelling Australia running training days, we have had quite a number of major donations from several Trials Clubs the response has been fantastic. We are edging close to $20000 raised. It’s not too late to help the team by visiting our Go Fund Me page at AustralianTdNteam

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Jeremy Martin Out until 2017 SX

Jeremy Martin is out of the remainder of the AMA Nationals and also the MXoN (had he been selected).

“This is very hurtful to inform everyone and tough to swallow, but I will not be on the gate this weekend or the last two rounds due to my injury at Washougal. It bums me out to not being able to defend my title. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend. I’m going to miss my fans cheering me on!”

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin
Justin Bogle Out till 2017 SX

Due to a neck injury sustained at the Southwick National in early July, GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle will miss the final three rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

According to the team, Bogle was taken to a local hospital following the second moto crash as a precaution, but everything checked out fine. The Oklahoma native missed the next two rounds at Spring Creek and Washougal, but was expected to return before the end of the season. In the announcement, which he made on his Instagram page, Bogle said that the injury is not healing as expected and he will be off the bike for the next 3-4 weeks. The injury will bring a premature end to Bogle’s rookie 450 season.

Justin Bogle tussling with Chad Reed at Santa Clara earlier this year. Image by Hoppenworld
Justin Bogle tussling with Chad Reed at Santa Clara earlier this year. Image by Hoppenworld
Noren Fills in for Seeley

For the third time in as many seasons, Fredrik Noren will get an opportunity with HRC Honda. The team announced today that Noren would fill-in for the injured Cole Seely for the final three rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Metcalfe Out of Hospital

When doing last week’s report on the Canadian Motocross Championship we noted that Brett Metcalfe scored a solid 3rd in the opening moto but was missing from the finishers in moto two – well it turns out that Metty had a big crash which saw the Aussie hospitalised and according to his social media post the Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha rider sustained a broken lower eye socket bone and cheekbone in the crash.

“Hi everyone. Letting you all know I am doing ok, and have been released out of hospital today after my crash during moto two – things are not too bad considering the crash. I have broken the lower eye socket bone and cheek bone on my face, have a really swollen arm, some aches and pains but that is it. Absolutely bummed about the crash, made a bad rut decision which had a kicker, I didn’t see it and endo’d hard.”

Metcalfe was unable to compete in the final round of the Canadian Motocross Championship and finished fourth in the series.

Nelson IN Hospital

KTM rider Jessy Nelson had a big crash during the second 250 class moto at Unadilla and has suffered a back injury which left race organisers no choice but to prematurely stop the race.

“In the second Moto at Unadilla, I had a crash in a tricky turn, ultimately ending with a red flag for the race. I went down pretty hard of a direct result of the bike hitting me from behind. I am currently at a hospital in Cooperstown, NY where we are waiting for some swelling to go down in my back before doing surgery. At this time I have limited feeling from my waist down. The hope is that after the swelling goes down, I will get some more feeling back. Thank you all for your support, kind thoughts and prayers. I will keep you posted in the next few days!”

Jessy Nelson
Jessy Nelson
2017 River Yamaha Team Announced

The River Yamaha team for 2017 will feature two rookies in Bradley Taft and Lorenzo Locurcio while the over-rated Tommy Hahn is for some reason coming back for a second season in the 450 class.

19 year old Taft won the 250 A Class at Loretta’s a couple of weeks ago and made his Pro debut at Unadilla last weekend to finish 18th overall with 26-12 finishes while Locurcio, 19, originally from Venezuela will race the Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars class before making his pro debut in 2017.

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BTO Sports KTM Rig Goes Up In Smoke

Last Friday night the BTO Sports KTM race rig caught fire in the pits of the Unadilla National. Luckily, no team members were in the trailer at the time and no one was injured and the fire was eventually contained but the inside of the rig suffered extensive smoke damage while the team’s bikes, tools, parts and the rider’s gear bags also suffered damage.

With help from Red Bull KTM, Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna and Troy Lee Designs KTM, the team was able to pull enough spare parts together and rebuild bikes for team members Justin Brayton, Benny Bloss and Andrew Short while the team pitted out of the Red Bull KTM rig on Saturday and all three members of the team competed in the 450 Class.

Wiles Wins 12th Straight Pretoria TT

Henry Wiles extended his streak to 12-straight wins at this year’s 68th running of the Peoria TT, crossing the line 9.471 seconds ahead of defending AMA Pro Flat Track champion Jared Mees and the hard charging Jake Johnson.

“It feels awesome. It’s such a big accomplishment to just keep going straight here,” Wiles said. “Chris Carr, he technically didn’t do it ‘straight’ but he did it straight. Let’s not forget about that. Chris was the man here for so long. Technically, records are records and whatever but nobody’s fooling me. I know what’s going on and Chris is still the man here. But it does feel great for my team and for all of the fans here who are so welcoming. I really feel like I’m coming home to a great big family when I come here with how cool everybody is to me. I really appreciate that, because it could be totally the opposite and this would be not even close to as fun as what it is for me. So, what does it mean to me? There you go – It means a lot!”

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Herlings Stays Orange till 2020 and Goes to MXGP in 2017

Jeffrey Herlings and KTM have agreed to an extension to his current contract (that wasn’t up until 2018) that will see the two-time MX2 champion stay with the Austrian manufacture through 2020. And it is now official, Herlings will move to MXGP in 2017.

“I’m really happy to be with the KTM family. I’ve already been there since 2009 and I’m very happy to extend my contract,” said Herlings. “Hopefully we will have a lot of championship titles and a lot of wins together. I will try to win as much as possible and I am thankful to have this chance. It’s an opportunity and we’ll try to make the best of it. This will be my last year in MX2 and I’ll try to win the title.”


Pit Beirer, Head of Motorsport for KTM, added: “We are very pleased to sign Jeffrey through to 2020. He came to us at a very young age and we have seen him develop into a highly skilled rider on all terrains. He is an outstanding competitor, and to have 59 GP wins at such a young age is exceptional. Jeffrey is an integral part of our KTM family and we view our relationship with him as one for a lifetime.”

French MXoN Team Announced

The French MXoN team was announced earlier this week and it will be led by defending MXGP Champion Romain Febvre in the MX1 class while Gautier Paulin and Dylan Ferrandis were slated to look after the Open and MX2 classes respectively. Unfortunately for the team Ferrandis sustained a broken arm at the MXGP of Switzerland and will miss the event so Benoit Paturel will replace him. Sure, Team France has won the last two Motocross of Nations titles bit one would have to question putting Paturel, or Ferrandis for that matter, in the team ahead of Marvin Musquin.

Belgian MXoN Team Announced

Belgium team manager Joel Smets has announced their team for the 2016 Motocross of Nations and it will be Kevin Strijbos who will captain the team in MXGP class with Clement Desalle (Open) being named as the other 450 rider while Jeremy Van Horebeek will drop down to ride the 250 in the MX2 Class.

Jeremy Van Horebeek, Chad Reed and Romain Febvre
Jeremy Van Horebeek, Chad Reed and Romain Febvre
It Is a Busy Off-Season

When the World Motocross Championships and the AMA Motocross Championships are over the riders from each championship are faced with a series of events that some are obliged to race while others use to earn some extra coin – take a look at the 2016 post-championship ‘off-season’.

  • September 25th – Motocross Des Nations – Maggiora, Italy
  • October 8th – Super Motocross Cup – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • October 15th – Monster Energy Cup – Las Vegas, NV
  • October 22nd – Red Bull Straight Rhythm- Pomona, California
  • October 22nd – European Supercross Championship (One Round Only) – Arnham, Netherlands
  • November 12th and 13th – Lille (Bercy)  Supercross – Paris, France
  • December 2nd and 3rd – Geneva Supercross
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Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Motocross Championships – Round 10 – Unadilla

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returned to action following a two-week break for round ten for the Unadilla National and it was Ken Roczen who dominated the 450 field by sweeping both motos en route to his seventh 450 Class victory of the season while 250 championship leader Cooper Webb inched closer to capturing his first-ever national championship following a sweep of both motos.

AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - 450
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – 450
450 Class

Unadilla is as tough a track as one can imagine with fast sweeping corners with kicker jumps and drop-offs absolutely riddled with deep ruts so it takes a special rider who can attack such a track with vigour – in fact, Bob ‘Hurricane’ Hannah, Johnny ‘O-Show’ Omara and Ricky ‘The Goat’ Carmichael are three riders who have tackled and conquered this layout and you can now ad Ken Roczen to this elite list after the German threw his Suzuki at each and every section of Unadilla making his rival look pedestrian.


With two rounds remaining, Roczen holds a 63-point lead over Tomac and will only need to finish in front of or just behind Tomac at Red Budd to clinch the title with a round to spare.

AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - Ken Roczen
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – Ken Roczen

Marvin Musquin (3-2) put in two solid rides to earn his third podium finish in a row and more importantly edge out Eli Tomac (2-3) in the tiebreaker for second overall. Benny Bloss (7-4), Justin Barcia (4-7), Fredrik Noren (6-6), Weston Peick (5-9), Dean Wilson (11-5), Phil Nicoletti (8-8) and Matthew Bisceglia (9-10) rounded out the top ten while Hayden Mellross came back from injury to contest the 450 class for the first time and managed a more that credible 18-16 moto finishes for 17th overall.

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Unadilla Results – 450 Class
  1. Ken Roczen (Suz) 1-1
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 3-2
  3. Eli Tomac (Kaw) 2-3
  4. Benny Bloss (KTM) 7-4
  5. Justin Barcia (Yam) 4-7
  6. Fredrik Noren (Hon) 6-6
  7. Weston Peick (Yam) 5-9
  8. Dean Wilson (KTM) 11-5
  9. Phil Nicoletti (Yam) 8-8
  10. Matthew Bisceglia (Suz) 9-10
  11. Justin Brayton (KTM) 10-11
  12. Anthony Rodriguez (Kaw) 14-12
  13. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 13-14
  14. Cole Martinez (Yam) 12-15
  15. Austin Howell (Suz) 15-18
    17. Hayden Mellross (Yam) 18-16
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - 450cc Podium
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – 450cc Podium
AMA 450 National Championship Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
  1. 1. Ken Roczen – 484
  2. Eli Tomac – 421
  3. Marvin Musquin – 325
  4. Justin Barcia – 276
  5. Christophe Pourcel – 217
  6. Benny Bloss – 183
  7. Justin Brayton – 173
  8. Broc Tickle – 171
  9. Phil Nicoletti – 168
  10. Andrew Short – 163
    40. Hayden Mellross – 8
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250 Class
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - 250
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – 250

As mentioned above, Unadilla sorted the men from the boys and Cooper Webb put himself in the former category with two stellar rides that not only garnered the hottest rider on the planet right now the overall but also opened his overall points lead to 81 over Joey Savatgy who scored second in the opening race before not finishing moto two for tenth overall.

“The restart definitely helped me in the first moto, but [Adam Cianciarulo] was riding awesome and I just hit my marks and slowly the race came to me. I was able to lay down some fast laps in the middle of the moto, which helped me make the pass and save energy towards the end,” said Webb. “It was kind of a repeat in Moto 2. [Austin Forkner] got out front and opened a gap early, but my fitness is good right now and I began clicking off laps near the halfway point. Once I got into the lead I was feeling great and even thought I held onto the win, I was a little bit disappointed that the race got called early [with the red flag]. I’d say this was the toughest national so far with the heat and the track conditions and everything like that.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - Cianciarulo, Webb, Savatgy
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – Cianciarulo, Webb, Savatgy

Webb’s team mate Aaron Plessinger went 3-3 for second overall while Rookie Austin Forkner (7-2) garnered another podium ahead of Justin Hill (5-4), RJ Hampshire (9-6), Mitchell Oldenburg (8-9), Alex Martin (13-5), Martin Davalos (11-8) and another Rookie in Tristan Charboneau (10-10).

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“Got off to like a thirtieth place start in moto one,” Plessinger told RacerX. “My first start was actually better than my second start. I think I was like tenth before they red flagged it. I got a real bad start after the red flag. I just pushed my way through. At the end of the moto I was still charging when people were getting tired. At one point I think I ran like five seconds faster one lap. It was a good first moto. Got up to third. Battled with Joey [Savatgy] for a little bit. The second moto I got off to a really good start. I was behind Alex [Martin] and he went down in front of me and I rode it out to the red flag (the race was stopped with Jessy Nelson’s crash).”

Forkner had this to say to RacerX

“The first moto was good. The first start I actually got the holeshot and led for a few laps. They ended up red flagging it. I was kind of bummed about that but that’s part of racing. The second start was not good. I kind of jumped out and the holeshot device released and I got a bad start. Just tried to work my way through the pack and ended up getting hung up behind Alex Martin in the third turn, so it made it even worse. I wasn’t way far back at first but after that I was way back. Just kind of tried to salvage what I could out of that and actually ended up making a few passes on the last lap. I think that definitely helped with the overall. In the second moto got a really good jump and I was just going to hold it on, basically, to get the start. I was mad that the first start that I did when I got a holeshot it got red flagged. I was just going to hold on until I got another holeshot! I did and I rode for as long as I could. It was about probably 23, 24 minutes in that Cooper made the pass on me. I was just going to try to bring it home. I knew holding him off for about ten more minutes at that point was going to be pretty tough, so I just tried to bring it home and get another podium finish in a moto and hopefully land on a podium overall. Did that and they ended up red flagging it right after I got passed by Cooper, so that was kind of a bummer, but oh well. I still got second in the moto and got third overall. Turned a not super good day with the first moto into a pretty good day.”

AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - Austin Forkner
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – Austin Forkner

Loretta champion Bradley Taft made his Pro debut at Unadilla and the 19 year old added to the blue bikes in the top 20 with 26-12 finishes for 18th outright while Aussies Jackson Richardson and Luke Clout were in action at Unadilla and despite both riders running inside the top 20 during both motos neither added to their points tally for the season.

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The series will continue this coming weekend for the penultimate round of the season with the Budds Creek National from Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland.

250 Class Overall
  1. Cooper Webb (Yam) 1-1
  2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam) 3-3
  3. Austin Forkner (Kaw) 7-2
  4. Justin Hill (KTM) 5-4
  5. RJ Hampshire (Hon) 9-6
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM) 8-9
  7. Alex Martin (Yam) 13-5
  8. Martin Davalos (Hus) 11-8
  9. Tristan Charboneau (Hon) 10-10
  10. Joey Savatgy (Kaw) 2-32
  11. Adam Cianciarulo(Kaw) 4-33
  12. Kyle Cunningham (Suz) 14-11
  13. Luke Renzland (Yam) 12-13
  14. Jessy Nelson (KTM) 6-24
  15. Jordon Smith (Hon) 39-7
    30. Jackson Richardson (Hon) 31-21
    35. Luke Clout (Suz) 21-34
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 - Round Ten Unadilla - Image by Hoppenworld - 250cc Podium
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Ten Unadilla – Image by Hoppenworld – 250cc Podium
AMA 250 National Championship Standings (After 9 of 12 rounds):
  1. Cooper Webb – 422
  2. Joey Savatgy – 341
  3. Alex Martin – 341
  4. Jeremy Martin – 321
  5. Austin Forkner – 293
  6. Aaron Plessinger – 285
  7. Zach Osborne – 253
  8. Adam Cianciarulo – 197
  9. Arnaud Tonus – 195
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg – 194
  11. RJ Hampshire – 190
  12. Martin Davalos – 167
  13. Shane McElrath – 132
  14. Mitchell Harrison – 125
  15. Luke Renzland – 117
    26. Jackson Richardson – 24
    29. Luke Clout Luke Clout – 12
Australian Off-Road Championships – Round 9 and 10 – Monkerai, New South Wales

The rural area of Monkerai in New South Wales hosted rounds nine and ten of the AORC last weekend and once again Daniel Sanders came away with the class and overall wins for each round to extend his points lead to 34 points with two rounds remaining.

KTM’s 'Chucky' Sanders posted what may have been the first national championship victories in the world for KTM's new 2017 300 EXC when he dominated rounds 9 and 10 the Australian Off Road Championships. Image John Pearson
KTM’s ‘Chucky’ Sanders posted what may have been the first national championship victories in the world for KTM’s new 2017 300 EXC when he dominated rounds 9 and 10 the Australian Off Road Championships. Image John Pearson

Jack Simpson and Glenn Kearney shared wins in the E1 class and will sort the championship winner at the final rounds while Tye Simmonds and Sanders dominated the E2 and E3 classes respectively over the weekend.

Beau Ralston had a solid weekend and is now sitting in fifth outright and third in the E3 class.

“I’m pretty happy with my weekend and the results we achieved. It was tough out there on both days as the rain last week meant a lot of the course was super wet with deep bog holes and water crossings everywhere so it was a tricky weekend of racing. The bike ran well all weekend and the team continues to put in a huge effort just for me while Josh and Tayla are still sidelined with injury. It was a good feeling to back batting for podium positions and I’m confident of a strong finish to the year at the A4DEe and the final weekend of the AORC,” Ralston said.

Penshurts in Victoria will host the final rounds 11 and 12 of the series on September 10-11.

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Dunlop Geomax MX3S

Saturday’s Cross Country (Round 9) Results

Championship E1
  1. Jack Simpson – 3:02:31.474
  2. Glenn Kearney – 3:05:11.679
  3. Riley Graham – 3:07:51.900
  4. Tom Kite – 3:12:43.294
  5. Scott Keegan – 2:55:31.495
Championship E2
  1. Tye Simmonds – 2:58:50.981
  2. Broc Grabham – 3:03:24.820
  3. Chris Hollis – 3:03:43.054
  4. Tom McCormack – 3:04:18.643
  5. Lyndon Snodgrass – 3:08:20.451
Tye Simmonds - Image by John Pearson
Tye Simmonds – Image by John Pearson
Championship E3
  1. Daniel Sanders – 2:57:23.903
  2. Beau Ralston – 3:00:21.315
  3. Lachlan Stanford – 2:56:28.502
  4. Brayden Zillman – 3:14:52.927

Sunday’s Sprints (Round 10) Results

Championship E1
  1. Glenn Kearney 1:02:30.250
  2. Scott Keegan 1:02:35.957
  3. Riley Graham 1:02:38.463
  4. Jack Simpson 1:04:26.748
  5. Tom Kite 1:05:37.143
Championship E2
  1. Tye Simmonds 1:01:40.454
  2. Broc Grabham 1:01:55.907
  3. Chris Hollis 1:01:57.564
  4. Tom McCormack 1:03:11.511
  5. Geoff Braico 1:04:34.898
Championship E3
  1. Daniel Sanders 1:00:38.547
  2. Beau Ralston 1:02:06.401
  3. Lachlan Stanford 1:02:43.615
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass 1:03:14.043
  5. Mitch Bowen 1:05:18.530
Overall Points after 10 of 12 Rounds
  1. Daniel Sanders – 232
  2. Tye Simmonds – 198
  3. Chris Hollis  – 166
  4. Lachlan Stanford – 161
  5. Beau Ralston – 145
  6. Jack Simpson – 135
  7. Glenn Kearney – 131
  8. Broc Grabham – 119
  9. Scott Keegan – 104
  10. Tom McCormack – 102
Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 10 – Barrie, ON (Final Round)

Davi Millsaps and Cole Thompson have wrapped up the MX1 and MX2 Championships respectively at the final round of the Canadian Motocross Championships was held at Barrie last weekend.

Millsaps cruised to a 6th place in the opening moto to wrap up the championship while Matt Goerke cemented second place in the series with a pair of moto wins ahead of local hot-shots Tyler Medaglia (2-2) and Kaven Benoit (3-3) – in fact, Benoit managed to end the championship in third place overall ahead of Aussie Brett Metcalfe who couldn’t make it to the final round after being injured at the penultimate round.

The MX2 class was more of the same with Cole Thompson going 1-1 to garner yet another overall ahead of Dylan Wright (2-2) and Jesse Pettis (3-4) to finish an impressive 106 points ahead of Shawn Maffenbeier (464pts) and Dylan Wright (449pts).

MX1 Overall
  1. Matt Goerke 1-1 Yam
  2. Tyler Medaglia 2-2 Hus
  3. Kaven Benoit 3-3 KTM
  4. Mike Alessi 5-4 Kaw
  5. Tim Tremblay 8-5 Yam
  6. Cade Clason 4-11 KTM
  7. Max Tannenbaum 7-9 Suz
  8. Morgan Burger 10-8 Yam
  9. Teddy Maier 12-7 Kaw
  10. Keylan Meston 15-6 Yam
MX1 Standings
  1. Davi Millsaps – 514pts
  2. Matt Goerke – 498pts
  3. Kaven Benoit – 426pts
  4. Brett Metcalfe – 412pts
  5. Mike Alessi – 408pts
  6. Tyler Medaglia – 397pts
  7. Cade Clason – 382pts
  8. Keylan Meston – 314pts
  9. Morgan Burger – 308pts
  10. Colton Facciotti – 297pts
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Dunlop Geomax MX3S
MX2 Overall
  1. Cole Thompson 1-1 KTM
  2. Dylan Wright 2-2 Yam
  3. Jesse Pettis 3-4 Yam
  4. Dakota Alix 5-3 KTM
  5. S. Maffenbeier 4-5 KTM
  6. Brad Nauditt 6-6 Hon
  7. Davey Fraser 7-9 Hus
  8. Jarett Pesci 10-8 KTM
  9. Logan Karnow 11-12 Kaw
  10. Taylor Arsenault 8-16 KTM
MX2 Standings
  1. Cole Thompson – 570pts
  2. Shawn Maffenbeier – 464pts
  3. Dylan Wright – 449pts
  4. Brad Nauditt – 376pts
  5. Jesse Pettis – 371pts
  6. Mark Worth – 302pts
  7. Dakota Alix – 299pts
  8. Hayden Halstead – 263pts
  9. Davey Fraser – 253pts
  10. Ryeley Gallup – 224pts
2016 Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix – Round 6 – Malilla

Triple world champion Greg Hancock ended his 21-year wait for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix win in Sweden after a thrilling final against Jason Doyle and Chris Holder who finished a close 2nd and 4th with Polish racer Piotr Pawlicki splitting the Aussies in third.

Hancock has appeared in all of the SGP rounds staged in Sweden since 1995, and was elated to triumph there at the 36th time of asking. “That had been a long time coming. Every year I come here, I want to win and I’ve never managed to have a great meeting in this place. But today I did and it makes it all worth the wait. Everyone knows I have a big tie to this country. Having a Swedish wife and our kids is one thing. But there are a lot of sponsors and mechanics who have worked for me here.”

Hancock has now won FIM Speedway Grand Prix rounds in 11 different countries, and this was a hard-earned triumph after he battled past Doyle to hit the front in the final. “Doyley was there all the time and I kept waiting for him to shut the door. But I think he felt quite comfortable where he was. I just managed to get one good corner out of it where he saw me. I managed to push him up and make a nice cutback. Plan B had to come into action quickly and it worked.”

Hancock extended his World Championship lead from three points to 12. He’s now on 83 with defending champion Tai Woffinden and Jason Doyle deadlocked in second and third respectively on 71.

Doyle was delighted to have overcome a back injury suffered last Tuesday to claim second spot on the day and retain third place in the standings. “I struggled with an injury that has been playing on my mind since Tuesday. I hurt my back, so I didn’t do practice. Maybe that was a good thing because it rained on Saturday and the track was totally different. If someone said to me I’d have 17 points from the Malilla Grand Prix, I’d have bitten their hand off. It was a very difficult meeting, to be honest. But in the end, I had four gate ones and it went well. That’s speedway – sometimes it can work for you with the gate choices. The bike felt very good and my team worked very hard.”

Third-placed Pawlicki admits he exceeded his own expectations as he reached the rostrum in his first SGP final. “This day was very nice for me. Before this meeting, I felt I needed to have good points. The semi-final was my plan, but when I got there and finished second, it felt good to say ‘oh, I’ve made the final!’

“I knew I had to have full concentration. The final is very hard and the top riders were there. Congrats to Greg, Jason and Chris. I’m very happy I had third place and I am safe. Thank you to my team, my brother Przemek, my family and my fans. Now I’m waiting for the next GP – I need to have the same points or better.”

Swedish GP Top 10

1. Greg Hancock – 17

2. Jason Doyle – 17

3. Piotr Pawlicki – 13

4. Chris Holder – 12

5. Maciej Janowski – 12

6. Bartosz Zmarzlik – 10

7. Peter Kildemand – 9

8. Niels-Kristian Iversen – 8

9. Fredrik Lindgren – 8

10. Tai Woffinden – 8

FIM SGP Top Ten after 6 of 11 Rounds

1 Greg Hancock 83.

2 Tai Woffinden 71.

3 Jason Doyle 71.

4 Maciej Janowski 64.

5 Chris Holder 62.

6 Bartosz Zmarzlik 61.

7 Antonio Lindback 60.

8 Piotr Pawlicki 50.

9 Peter Kildemand 47.

10 Nicki Pedersen 43.

Peter Stevens Motorcycles SA Motocross Championships – Round 4 – Monarto (Final Round)

The final round of the South Australian Motocross Championship was held at Monarto last weekend and there were full grids in all but a few of the classes so after four hard fought rounds here are the final championship standings in all classes.

MX1 Expert – Top 3 of 40

1. Nicholas Murray – 230

2. Tyler Lange – 226

3. Izak Maule – 223

4. Matt Clarke – 215

5. Daniel Banks – 197

MX1 Intermediate – Top 3 of 36

1. Jack Kauschke – 246

2. Daniel Bartsch – 238

3. Jackson Caldwell – 227

MX1 Clubman – Top 3 of 39

1. Trent Smits – 246

2. Daniel Gooley – 195

3. Ryan Nenke – 162

MX2 Expert – Top 3 of 41

1. Mitchell Norris – 249

2. Siegah Ward – 237

3. Levi McManus – 232

4. Nicholas Day – 211

5. Corey Crawford – 177

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Dunlop Geomax MX3S
MX2 Intermediate – Top 3 of 35

1. Mitchell Munzer – 274

2. Zachary Bradbery – 253

3. Tylor Thompson – 209

MX2 Clubman – Top 3 of 38

1. Jack Coleman – 263

2. Bode Baylis – 228

3. Adrian Cottrell – 219

Veteran A – Top 3 of 30

1. Warren Carroll – 264

2. Kym Ashkenazi – 231

3. Kym Delaine – 213

Veteran B – Top 3 of 26

1. Steven Crozier – 238

2. Shane Carpenter – 224

3. Paul McLean – 220

Women – Top 3 of 12

1. Stephanie Cutler – 268

2. Amy Bartsch – 258

3. Katilyn Curran – 230

128-150cc 2 Stroke / 200-250cc 4 stroke 13-U16 – Top 3 of 34

1. Travis Edwards – 357

2. Nathan Walmsley – 314

3. Rick Ireland – 273

100-125cc 2 Stoke 13-U16 – Top 3 of 35

1. Travis Edwards – 306

2. Cooper Sheidow – 275

3. Nathan Walmsley – 273

85cc 2 Stroke / 150cc 4 Stroke, STD Wheel 9 – U12 – Top 3 of 46

1. Taj Gow-Smith – 408

2. Anthony Atanasovski – 375

3. Jack McLean – 316

85cc 2 Stroke / 150 4 Stroke STD & Big Wheel 12 – U16 – Top 3 of 39

1. Alex Larwood – 414

2. Rory Hill – 337

3. Cooper Sheidow – 320

65cc 10-U12 – Top 3 of 18

1. Taj Gow – Smith – 414

2. Landen Panozzo – 368

3. Anthony Atanasovski – 346

65cc 7-9 Years – Top 3 of 31

1. Jake Snow – 411

2. Patrick Martin – 372

3. Ripley Rowbotham – 330

50cc Auto DIV 2, 7-U9 – Top 3 of 27

1. Wil Carpenter – 374

2. Cooper Bevan – 362

3. Sam Oster – 335

Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championship – Round 5 – Southern Cross Motorcycle Club

Dean Porter and Josh Adams have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at round four of the WA Motocross Championships held at the iconic Southern Cross Motorcycle Club circuit last weekend and in doing so both extended their points led in the championships.

MX 1 Class

Again standing atop the podium and the red plate holder with a 28 point lead is defending Champion Dean Porter. He took a clean sweep for his third consecutive top of the box performance in the last three rounds. Robbo Lovett would try his heart out, but it was Mitch Taylor (2-3- 3) who would stand on the second step of the podium with Lovett third for the day.

The MX1 class was as lightning fast as predicted with fourth placed Craig Bolton back in strong contention keeping out Michael Mahon who would finish in fifth. Southern Cross brought out the best in the riders all vying for points and Chris Ruttico, Liam Whisler, Blair Outram, Julian Cutajar and Oliver James all recording strong, solid performances across the day. Coming into this round in podium regular Charlie Creech was on fire; however in qualifying he suffered a nasty crash which ended his day before it even started. Despite not racing this round, he now sits in sixth in the championship, and it is hoped he will be clear to race in the final round next month.

MX 1 Class Championship Season Standings After 5 of 6 Rounds
  1. DEAN PORTER – 503
  2. ROBERT LOVETT – 475
  3. MITCH TAYLOR – 427
  4. MICHAEL MAHON – 397
  5. CRAIG BOLTON – 385
MX2 Class

They have delivered a total so far of 15 absolute crack races, and the Southern Cross round was no exception. Josh Adams, David Birch and Dylan Heard have been outstanding and with Mitch Taylor jumping on board the MX2 championship for round 5 it was the best round so far. Birch would take out the first moto a bike length from Josh Adams with the tables turned in the six lap sprint for the second moto with Adams for the win and Birch for second.

Mitch Taylor would secure the final moto of the day and when both Birch and Adams were in the attack for second place, Adams would tangle with Birch’s rear wheel coming off in turn two. Unable to restart his bike and resorting in some unusual yet effective trackside mechanics, Adams fired the bike back to life but could manage to pick up ten points for the race. By day’s end David Birch would take the round win from Mitch Taylor and defending champion Dylan Heard securing third overall. Finishing on equal points and fifth for the day behind Kenlon Youl, Adams retains the red plate as the series leader by now only 33 points from Birch, making the final round next month a show-stopper.

MX2 Championship Season Standings After 5 of 6 Rounds

1. JOSH ADAMS – 452

2. DAVID BIRCH – 419

3. DYLAN HEARD – 398



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Dunlop Geomax MX3S
NSW State Junior MX Championships – Round 3 – Hastings Valley – Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie hosted the third round of the NSW State Junior Motocross Championships last weekend and you couldn’t have wanted for more perfect conditions or better racing with each and every class being closely contested at the pointy end of the pack – please see the full results below.

200cc to 250cc 4st 15yrs




200cc to 250cc 4st 13-U/15yrs




100cc-125cc 2st 15yrs




100cc to 150cc 2st 13-U/15yrs




85cc 2st to 150cc 4st 14-U/16yrs




85cc 2st to 150cc 4st 12-U14yrs




85cc 2st to 150cc 4st 9-U/12yrs




100cc to 150cc 2st/200cc to 250cc 4st Girls




85cc 2st to 150cc 2st Girls




65cc 7-U/9yrs




65cc 9-U/12yrs




Division 2 50cc




Chris Watson Motorcycles Yamaha Australian Dirt Track Championships – Barleigh Ranch

The 2016 Australian Dirt Track Championships was held at the Barleigh Ranch facility last weekend thanks to Chris Watson Motorcycles and Yamaha and after two days of bar banging action Luke Richards and Jarred Brook took away a lion’s share of the trophies ahead of an angry pack of hard charging dirt trackers.

Jarred Brook

“It was good to be back after my trip to the States; it was very challenging. I haven’t ridden at Barleigh Ranch since 2013, and all of the good guys were there – it was the biggest field I’ve raced against and being an Australian title everyone was racing for sheep stations!
I’m stoked. These are my first senior Australian title wins – I’ve got plenty of seconds and thirds over the last year, so I’m over the moon to get up on the top step of the podium. That MX Open was the best race that I have ever had. I beat him by .092 of a second. It was close!
I have a lot more knowledge and experience now when it comes to racing against older riders. They ride a lot different to how the juniors do – much more aggressive – so you get used to that and make sure you cover your lines a lot better and ride a lot smarter. I’m definitely a lot fitter now and that sure helps a lot. It also helps that my 450 and 250 are both working an absolute treat. Danny Apro built them and did the suspension and they are two of the fastest bikes out there.I’m considering doing the FIM Supermotard in Newcastle next, but my next dirt track is the Queensland titles up in Townsville at the end of September.”

Jarred Brook
Jarred Brook
Pro-Open Championship






Pro-450 Championship






Pro-250 Championship






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Dunlop Geomax MX3S
MX Open Championship






PRO Open Women










ATV Open






UNDER 19yrs






200- 250cc 13 – U16YRS






85 2ST & 150 4ST 9-U13 STD/BW






65cc 8 TO U 12YRS






Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Yamaha Queensland Motocross Championships – Mackay

The Central Queensland town of Mackay hosted the Queensland Motocross Championships last weekend and it was none other than Nathan Crawford who took out the MX2 class ahead of Richie Evans and Luke Weaver while Zac Small won the MX1 title ahead of Weaver and evergreen Robbie Marshall.

Jake Williams dominated the 15 years 250cc class taking the perfect three wins from three starts to take control of the class in the series. Williams showed good speed and maturity as he worked his way around the jump laden Mackay track.

He was also a contender in the 13-15 years 125cc class and narrowly missed taking the double victory by just two points. Williams racked up 3-3-1 results to finish second for the round and only a late race fall in the second moto prevented him from another class win.

“The weekend went pretty well and a side from a couple of small things, I’m happy with the way I rode. I changed a few things in my training in the last week or so and hopefully I can keep improving in those areas. Thank you to my parents for their hard work over the weekend as well as the Mackay club and event sponsors for putting on a good event,” Williams ends.

Levi Rogers produced his best weekend of the year and showed he is continuing to improve on the bigger machines. Rogers has experienced a huge growth spurt in recent months and while he rides his YZ85 with heart, he is simply too big for it now but has adjusted extremely well to his YZ125 and had a break out ride over the weekend.

Rogers finished sixth on his 85cc but the sixth on his 125 in the 13-15 years group was noteworthy with the young gun charging his way past older and more experienced rivals in his way to 8-5-5 results.

“I had a great time racing the 125 and I felt I rode it better each time I went on the track. It was awesome to be up near the front and racing with the fast guys and I was able to pick up on what they do and learn some things. The 85 is tough for me now as I’m getting too big for it. I try as hard as I can but my weight and size make it hard. I will ride it at the final round of the championships then it might be time to hop off it and get onto a YZ250F,” Rogers explains.

The second and final round of the Yamaha Queensland Motocross Championships takes place at the Hervey Bay circuit on September 3 and 4.


1. Zak SMALL

2. Luke WEAVER

3. Robbie MARSHALL


5. Reece HOFFMAN


1. Nathan CRAWFORD

2. Richie EVANS

3. Luke WEAVER

4. Ryan EDEN

5. Ricky LATIMER




3. Mitchell DARK

4. Jack KUKAS

5. Connor MCNAMARA



2. Mitchell DARK

3. Cohn EVANS




1. Jack KUKAS

2. Joshua LIVSEY

3. Connor MCNAMARA

4. Ryan WYNNE

5. Dylan GOOK



2. Joshua ZORBAS

3. Dylan GOOK

4. Cohn EVANS



1. Tye JONES



4. Jake CUKA


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Dunlop Geomax MX3S


2. Zachary WATSON

3. Brad WEST


5. Jack MATHER

65cc 7-9YRS

1. Jet ALSOP

2. Kobe DREW

3. Liam OWENS

4. Braden PLATH

5. Thomas WOOD

65cc 10-11YRS

1. Zachary WATSON



4. Jackson CAMILLERI


50cc AUTO

1. Jake CANNON

2. Jake LANE


4. Heath FISHER

5. Jackson FULLER

FIM Junior Motocross World Championship – Orlyonok, Russia

The stars of tomorrow went bar-to-bar for world championship glory in Orlyonok, Russia for the 2016 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships and is was Belgian Jago Geerts  and Austrian Rene Hofer  who took out the 125cc and 85cc classes respectively while local Kirill Vorobyev dominated the European Open 65cc Cup.

Rene Hofer KTM 85 SX Podium Orlyonok 2016
Rene Hofer KTM 85 SX Podium Orlyonok 2016

Australian riders acquitted themselves well with Riley Dukes, Caleb Grothues and Cody Dyce all ending the weeknd with top ten finishes in the 125cc class while Dante Hyam finished an incredible fifth overall in the 85cc class so at the end of the weekend Team Australia won the team event ahead of The Netherlands and Russia while Team Latvia won the FIM Ride Green Cup.

Team Australia JWC Nations Orlyonok 2016
Team Australia JWC Nations Orlyonok 2016

125cc Motocross World Championship: Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha) won the opening moto while Geerts had to charge from the back of the pack up to second place but in the second moto Geerts got what he wanted, and what he needed, a race win for the overall victory and his first ever world title. It must have left Van de Moosdijk with a bitter sweet taste in his mouth having ridden so well all weekend long, and to be nudged back to second place despite having the same points as the winner, 47. Teresak finished third in the final race for third overall while the Australian’s Dukes and Grothues rounded out the top five in that order.

Jago Geerts KTM 125 SX Orlyonok 2016
Jago Geerts KTM 125 SX Orlyonok 2016
Junior 125cc Race 1 Top Ten

1. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), 30:22.017;

2. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), +0:03.785;

3. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +0:16.685;

4. Caleb Grothues (AUS, KTM), +0:31.152;

5. Riley Dukes (AUS, KTM), +0:34.546;

6. Jan Pancar (SLO, Yamaha), +0:35.272;

7. Sergey Prytov (RUS, KTM), +1:12.969;

8. Daniil Balandin (RUS, KTM), +1:13.130;

9. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +1:33.613;

10. Cody Dyce (AUS, Yamaha), +1:43.562.

Podium JWC125 Orlyonok 2016
Podium JWC125 Orlyonok 2016
Junior 125cc Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 29:01.771;

2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), +0:07.337;

3. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +0:15.530;

4. Riley Dukes (AUS, KTM), +0:18.423;

5. Caleb Grothues (AUS, KTM), +0:32.398;

6. Jan Pancar (SLO, Yamaha), +0:55.685;

7. Cody Dyce (AUS, Yamaha), +0:58.469;

8. Daniil Balandin (RUS, KTM), +0:59.030;

9. Martin Winter (GER, KTM), +1:17.577;

10. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +1:21.113.

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Junior 125cc Overall Top Ten:

1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 47 points;

2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 47 p.;

3. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), 40 p.;

4. Riley Dukes (AUS, KTM), 34 p.;

5. Caleb Grothues (AUS, KTM), 34 p.;

6. Jan Pancar (SLO, YAM), 30 p.;

7. Daniil Balandin (RUS, KTM), 26 p.;

8. Cody Dyce (AUS, YAM), 25 p.;

9. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), 23 p.;

10. Stanislav Myatlin (RUS, YAM), 19 p.

85cc Motocross World Championship

Rene Hofer’s double moto victory saw him claim the World Championship ahead of Meico Vettik who put in a 2 – 4 performance for second overall with Russia’s own Maksim Kraev going 3 – 5 for third while Aussie flyer Dante Hyam managed two sixth places for sixth outright.

85cc Junior Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 24:37.294;

2. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:31.634;

3. Maksim Kraev (RUS, KTM), +0:36.304;

4. Nikita Petrov (RUS, KTM), +0:44.359;

5. Kristians Freimanis (LAT, KTM), +0:53.863;

6. Dante Hyam (AUS, KTM), +0:57.294;

7. Nikolay Kornev (RUS, KTM), +1:03.352;

8. Noel Nilsson (SWE, KTM), +1:04.821;

9. Souya Nakajima (JPN, Yamaha), +1:10.354;

10. Kay Karssemakers (NED, KTM), +1:11.133.

85cc Junior Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 24:20.859;

2. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), +0:02.949;

3. Svyatoslav Pronenko (RUS, KTM), +0:35.836;

4. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:36.107;

5. Maksim Kraev (RUS, KTM), +0:51.647;

6. Dante Hyam (AUS, KTM), +0:55.928;

7. Nikolay Kornev (RUS, KTM), +0:57.037;

8. Nikita Petrov (RUS, KTM), +1:06.261;

9. Noel Nilsson (SWE, KTM), +1:08.640;

10. Kristians Freimanis (LAT, KTM), +1:12.409.

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85cc Junior Overall Top Ten:

1. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 50 points;

2. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), 40 p.;

3. Maksim Kraev (RUS, KTM), 36 p.;

4. Nikita Petrov (RUS, KTM), 31 p.;

5. Dante Hyam (AUS, KTM), 30 p.;

6. Nikolay Kornev (RUS, KTM), 28 p.;

7. Kristians Freimanis (LAT, KTM), 27 p.;

8. Svyatoslav Pronenko (RUS, KTM), 25 p.;

9. Noel Nilsson (SWE, KTM), 25 p.;

10. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), 23 p.

European Open 65cc Cup

Local Kirill Vorobyev took out the first moto by just over one second over Aleksey Orlov and Karlis Alberts Reisulis but the second moto saw Vorobyev win by over nine second ahead of Alberts Reisulis, Edvards Bidzans and Orlov.

Start JWC65 Orlyonok 2016
Start JWC65 Orlyonok 2016
European Open 65cc Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Kirill Vorobyev (RUS, KTM), 18:04.925;

2. Aleksey Orlov (RUS, KTM), +0:01.210;

3. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:23.846;

4. Sergey Glebkin (RUS, KTM), +1:16.620;

5. Ilia Krasnitskiy (RUS, KTM), +1:22.192;

6. Ilia Khabirov (RUS, KTM), +1:28.030;

7. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, KTM), +1:36.971;

8. Egor Waigendt (RUS, KTM), +1:58.003;

9. Arseny Grishchuk (RUS, KTM), +2:02.247;

10. Maksim Ulianov (RUS, KTM), +2:09.908

European Open 65cc Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Kirill Vorobyev (RUS, KTM), 17:53.850;

2. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:09.117;

3. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, KTM), +0:16.093;

4. Aleksey Orlov (RUS, KTM), +0:52.904;

5. Arseny Grishchuk (RUS, KTM), +1:02.262;

6. Ilia Khabirov (RUS, KTM), +1:10.160;

7. Sergey Glebkin (RUS, KTM), +1:14.567;

8. Egor Waigendt (RUS, KTM), +1:18.116;

9. Georgiy Gusev (RUS, KTM), +1:43.354;

10. Platon Melkinov (RUS, KTM), +1:49.309.

Podium JWC65 Orlyonok 2016
Podium JWC65 Orlyonok 2016
European Open 65cc Overall Top Ten:

1. Kirill Vorobyev (RUS, KTM), 50 points;

2. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), 42 p.;

3. Aleksey Orlov (RUS, KTM), 40 p.;

4. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, KTM), 34 p.;

5. Sergey Glebkin (RUS, KTM), 32 p.;

6. Ilia Khabirov (RUS, KTM), 30 p.;

7. Arseny Grishchuk (RUS, KTM), 28 p.;

8. Egor Waigendt (RUS, KTM), 26 p.;

9. Ilia Krasnitskiy (RUS, KTM), 22 p.;

10. Hugo Nork (EST, KTM), 20 p.

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