This is not good, Jake Moss was coming back from injury and getting ready to return to the MX Nationals when he crashed and injured his leg and after being operated on he basically died and was brought back to life – here is what Jake had to say on FB: ‘Today I had the scariest moment of my life!! I had a fever from my Op, combined with an overdose of morphine… My body shut down, I had no pulse and had to be brought back to life’. All the best to Jake and the whole Moss family.
The iconic Tivoli Raceway hosted the round 5 of the Sunshine State Shell series on the weekend and Kirk Gibbs slaughtered the Pro-Open class while evergreen Robbie Marshall was able to score three second places to Gibbs AND win the 125cc class on the day.
Gibbs also won the Feature race with lap times four-seconds per lap faster than his opposition, while Nathan Crawford was similarly dominant in the Pro-Lites class.
Interestingly, Yamaha junior rider Hunter Lawrence has already wrapped up the 13-15 years 125cc title and is now heading over to NZ to be trained by Josh Coppins in the lead up to the World Junior Motocross Championships in Spain next month.
The AMA riders have a weekend off between Hi Point and Budds Creek so it will be interesting to see if the extra week’s break will see the return of the injured Chad Reed, Josh Grant, Andrew Short, Dean Wilson, Zach Bell, Justin Bogle, Justin Hill, Anthony Rodriguez and Cooper Webb. The racing has been great so far but the more riders on pace will make it all the more interesting.
Yeehaa!!! He did it!!! Todd Waters landed on the podium at the Italian round of the World Motocross Championships last weekend with the gritty Queenslander starting the opening moto in 8th place before steadily moving up to fourth by moto end then in moto two Waters battled the best in the world to score another fourth place for third overall on the day and is now cemented in 8th place in the championship.
Dean Ferris didn’t ride in either of the GP motos in Italy after scoring a credible 13th in Saturday’s qualifying race, Husqvarna simply stating that the Australian had to miss the races due to illness.
Kiwi Josiah Natzke won the opening moto of the EMX125 class on Saturday but the class was relegated to racing after the second MXGP moto on Sunday and in very tricky conditions Natzke recovered from a poor start to end the moto in third place so in the end it was championship leader Maxime Renaux who topped the box ahead of Natzke with Davide Cislaghi rounding out the top three. Natzke is only ten points back from Renaux with two rounds remaining (Lommel and Assen).
Antonio Cairoli crashed on a tricky step-up in the MXGP qualifying race in Italy and left the track holding his wrist and it was confirmed that he has a broken bone in his hand but the 8-time world champion soldiered on to score 17 valuable points and now sit 30 points back from Max Nagl in the championship.
Clement Desalle had a crack at racing in Italy but pulled out of the race due to a left knee injury and by all accounts will miss the next round at Teutschenthal as well. They are dropping like flies folks!!
Speedway News: Sweden has pipped the local favourites Denmark in an action packed Speedway World Cup final held last Saturday night. Australia was in the thick of the action all night with Chris Holder, Troy Batchelor and Jason Doyle all scoring a credible eight points to miss out on the final podium position by one point.
Monster Energy Speedway World Cup Final Scores
SWEDEN 34: 1 Antonio Lindback 7, 2 Andreas Jonsson 12, 3 Linus Sundstrom 4, 4 Fredrik Lindgren 11.
POLAND 27: 1 Bartosz Zmarzlik 3, 2 Krzysztof Buczkowski 4, 3 Maciej Janowski 11, 4 Przemyslaw Pawlicki 9.
AUSTRALIA 26: 1 Chris Holder 8, 2 Jason Doyle 8, 3 Nick Morris 2, 4 Troy Batchelor 8.
Trials News: Toni Bou racked up round win number seven and remains undefeated in the Trial World Championships after the round in Great Britain last weekend. Bou now leads Adam Raga by 31 points
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Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
2015 FIM World Motocross Championship – Round 9 – Maggiora, Italy
MXGP Race Report
Romain Febvre is lighting up the MXGP class this year. When you consider there was so much hype around Ryan Villopoto entering the class in 2015 and now with injuries to Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle the series could be a fizzer but Febvre is a breath of fresh air and excitement.
In tricky conditions the Frenchman led all but the opening lap of moto one and celebrated the win with his favoured heel-clicker and despite crashing heavily during the opening lap of moto two the Yamaha pilot passed some of the best riders in the paddock for sixth thus scoring his second consecutive MXGP overall victory. “I am happy for my team because it is Yamaha’s 60th anniversary and we are in yellow, so that is nice. In race two there was a little bit of sun on the hill so I had to change my line quick and I crashed. I had to ride with no front brake, on this track you can’t imagine how hard it was but I wanted to win the GP so I kept pushing.”
Kevin Strijbos’ return from injury was a memorable one with the Belgian fighting up to fifth in the first moto before crashing back to his eventual finishing place of ninth then in the second moto the Suzuki rider sadowed race leader Max Nagl then pounced on the final lap for the moto win. “I was happy to be back here and with my thumb and my wrist everything was fine. I was pretty happy it rained because I like that a lot.”
Australian Todd Waters landed on the podium for the first time in his young MXGP career thanks to two very hard fought fourth places and for a Queenslander who didn’t do a lot of mud riding in his early years it shows Todd’s talent to be mixing it with the best GP riders in the world in these conditions. “It’s hard to talk because of the smile on my face. There was a few emotions, I came past pitlane in the last race and I got a pit board ‘podium position’ so I wanted to stretch those throttle cables and go for it for sure.”
Red plate holder Max Nagl went down on the opening lap in race one and didn’t enter the top 20 until lap 5 and managed to work his way up to 15th by moto end and in the second moto the German led for all but the final lap for seventh overall and now leads the championship over Cairoli by 30 points and is 38 points up on Febvre.
“I’m disappointed because I should have got better results in both races. In the first moto I almost crashed at the start,” said Nagle. “My gate dropped ok, but then bounced back up as I went. I got up to about 10th without too many problems but that wasn’t where I wanted to be. Then I got taken out by Bobryshev. I had to come into the Pit area, change my goggles and get my bike worked on. I think I was there for around 25 seconds. 15th wasn’t the result I was hoping for. I used a different gate for the second moto and got a great jump, and lead the race. I lead all moto until the last lap, when I went off line in a corner and into the mud. I’m so disappointed because I should have won the race. But I will take all of this into my home GP next weekend.”
Cairoli spent Saturday evening getting his inured arm x-rayed then despite a broken bone in his hand battled on to score 17 valuable points. “It was a very difficult weekend as it was my home GP and got more difficult after my crash in Qualifying. Today my wrist was very painful and the track was rutted and with many bumps so it was not easy with my wrist in this condition. In the first race I started third and tried to stay with the guys but I finished seventh. But in the second race I was feeling bad and my wrist was not holding anymore and my elbow was very painful. I just tried to ride to see if I could get some points. This week I will try to get some intensive treatment and hopefully I will be feeling better next week.”
Interestingly the next round is in Germany (Teutschenthal) next weekend where Nagl won the opening moto last year and with such a short turn around it will be interesting to see if Cairoli is able to continue to be competitive with his injury.
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:30.862; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:16.185; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.837; 4. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.631; 5. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:39.407; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:43.504; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:53.425; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:55.228; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:56.129; 10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:58.612.
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 35:17.283; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:02.013; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:24.778; 4. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:29.652; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:32.520; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:36.443; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:37.465; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:38.913; 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.945; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Honda), +0:53.466.
MXGP Overall Top Ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 points; 2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 37 p.; 3. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 36 p.; 4. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 36 p.; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 p.; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 27 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 23 p.; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 22 p.
MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 330 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 322 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 291 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 279 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 270 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 200 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 174 p.; 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 158 p.; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 155 p.
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MX2 Race Report
Slovakian Tim Gajser is a bit on enigma in the MX2 class. The Honda pilot can go into a weekend of racing and be right at the pointy end then the following weekend he is battling to stay in the top 15. Fortunately for him, Italy proved to be one of the weekends where he was on fire and scored 3-2 moto finishes for the overall. In fact, he had the fasted lap time in both motos and almost caught Herlings for the win in the second moto. “I had a couple of bad weeks where I was crashing and not riding so well but then everything changed and I’m back at the front again. It was great to win another GP.”
Jeffrey Herlings struggled with vision after a poor start in moto one and could only manage sixth place but in the second moto the Dutchman got to the front and had a substantial lead until Gajser mounted a charge to come up just short of Herlings who now had an incredible 139 point lead over Valentin Guillod who could only manage 13 points for 14th outright in the Italian mud.
“We did a good job on Saturday and we won the qualifying but I got messed up a bit at the start of the first moto today,” said Herlings. “I felt some of the guys cut me off and I got a lot of water in my goggles and my vision was really bad. We still managed to finish sixth although we had some bike problems at the end of the race, but luckily we could finish. I got a good start in the second race. I got the holeshot and led all the way to the finish. I have a good lead in the points and some of my favorite tracks are coming up in the second half of the season. But it ain’t over until it’s over, as we saw last year.”
Jeremy Seewer flew under the radar in both MX2 races. The Suzuki pilot score two solid starts and rode both motos without risk and his 4-3 finishes landed him on the third step of the podium for the second time in his MX2 career, “I am happy to get my second ever podium today, the track was really difficult with the weather, so the start was actually the key. I got two really good starts and two really good finishes, so I am really happy and I’m already looking forward to the next GP’s.”
Aleksandr Tonkov claimed his first ever race win at the opening MX2 moto and had the speed for the overall but a dumb-arse move while trying to pass Pauls Jonass for fourth left them both floundering around in the mud. Tonkov remounted and got himself back to eighth for 4th overall.
Max Anstie was expected to shine in the muddy conditions but a 12th in the first moto after the crash on the opening lap put pay to that prediction but the Brit rider did score fourth in the second moto.
2015 AMA Motocross Championship – Round 5 – Mt. Morris, PA
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450 Race Report
Before I get into the racing you have to hand it to Rockstar Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel. The quirky Frenchman earned the fastest lap in practice then backed that up by spending most of the day battling with the leading riders for the early part of the moto at least and ended the day with 3-5 finishes for fourth outright. Could the former World Motocross Champion win a moto before the year is out? You bet!!
The opening 450 moto saw Justin Barcia narrowly grab another holeshot by shutting off an outside run by Pourcel while Ryan Dungey was sitting back sixth after the opening lap. The usual patient Dungey was up to second place just two laps later (he passed Roczen on his way there) then made the pass on Barcia a couple of laps later for the lead then powered on for his third moto win of the season.
Barcia fell soon after losing the lead and remounted in sixth while Pourcel and Roczen were left to battle for second place. A lengthy duel ended with Roczen making the pass midway through the moto. The young German finished second, and Pourcel recorded the best moto finish of his 450 Class career in third.
The second moto featured another great start from Pourcel and Barcia once again but this time Pourcel got the lead with Barcia and Roczen close behind. The super smooth Pourcel led the first lap of the race while Barcia lost second place to Roczen and Dungey who then went after Pourcel who made a rare mistake to lose the lead to the two championship contenders.
With Roczen out front, Dungey kept the gap close and looked like he might be able to make a run at Roczen in the closing laps but every time he tried a different line in a bid to make up ground he actually lst valuable time so in the end Roczen took the chequered flag and his 2-1 moto results gave him his first overall victory in 2015.
“I am so stoked to finally get an overall,” said Roczen. “The fans were incredible. The track was a little tricky so you had to stay on it. I love racing and it’s good to go into an off weekend with a win and have the motivation to get even stronger. It’s a bummer we didn’t gain any points, but we’re taking it step by step right now. It’s a good step in the right direction.”
Although Dungey (1-2) finished second overall behind Roczen, the two tied in points for the day, which keeps the championship lead flat at 37 points entering Budds Creek.
Jason Anderson continued his strong rookie season, passing Pourcel and Barcia early in Moto 2 to settle into third place, where he would finish the moto. His 4-3 finishes put him third overall, giving him his second straight podium finish and his third of the season. The result also moved him up to third in the 450 points, 72 behind Dungey and 35 back of Roczen.
After his best day of the season, Pourcel (3-5) finished just off the podium in fourth overall. Barcia (5-4) rounded out the top five and moved up one spot in the 450 point standings into fourth place.
It was a rough day for Blake Baggett who scored 34-11 results to put him 16th overall and moved him back from third to fifth in the point standings.
Chad Reed turned up to Hi Point and qualified in 13th and started the opening moto in 16th place before moving up to 13th and kept that pace until lap 8 when he disappeared off the lap chart. Reed loaded up and headed home but tweeted this on the way: ‘Knowing what I know makes this trip to the airport feel long’. One can only assume that Chad is carrying an injury that is going to stop his season – time will tell.
450 Class Overall: 1. Ken Roczen (2-1). 2. Ryan Dungey (1-2). 3. Jason Anderson (4-3). 4. Christophe Pourcel (3-5). 5. Justin Barcia (5-4). 6. Broc Tickle (6-8). 7. Weston Peick (11-6). 8. Cole Seely (7-10). 9. Wil Hahn (10-9). 10. Fredrik Noren (8-12). 11. Justin Brayton (9-14). 12. Ryan Sipes (13-13). 13. Phil Nicoletti (40-7). 14. Kyle Chisholm (14-15). 15. Kyle Cunningham (12-17). 16. Blake Baggett (34-11). 17. Matt Lemoine (17-16). 18. Jesse Wentland (15-19). 19. Gannon Audette (16-20). 20. John Short (21-18).
450 Class Championship Standings: 1. Ryan Dungey – 222. 2. Ken Roczen – 185. 3. Jason Anderson – 150. 4. Justin Barcia – 148. 5. Blake Baggett – 145. 6. Broc Tickle – 31. 7. Weston Peick – 129. 8. Eli Tomac – 125. 9. Christophe Pourcel – 115. 10. Phil Nicoletti – 106.
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250 Race Report
Ok, let’s not talk about Marvin Musquin for this race report because he wasn’t really part of the racing, he literally stomped everyone on a challenging track and takes the red plate and an eight point lead to Budds Creek in two week’s time.
Musquin’s championship rival Jeremy Martin found himself in 10th place after the opening lap of moto one and as you would expect charged hard the whole moto to finish one place behind his older brother Alex who ended the moto in fourth behind Musquin and Adam Cianciarulo.
Zach Osborne was able to prevent Musquin from winning a second moto in wire-to-wire fashion after taking the holeshot and leading the first lap of the race but after a poor result last week Osborne was able to hang on to second place ahead of a fast finishing Joey Savatgy and Jeremy Martin.
Jeremy Martin was 19th after the first lap of Moto 2 and after cutting through the pack found himself on the tail of his brother Alex once again but this time he was able to get by his sibling for fourth and third overall.
Musquin got his second overall for the 2015 season while Zach Osborne (5-2) finished second overall ahead of Jeremy Martin and Alex Martin..
250 Class Overall: 1. Marvin Musquin (1-1). 2. Zach Osborne (5-2). 3. Jeremy Martin (4-4). 4. Alex Martin (3-5). 5. Joey Savatgy (6-3). 6. Adam Cianciarulo (2-12). 7. Christian Craig (8-7). 8. Jessy Nelson (10-8). 9. Aaron Plessinger (9-10). 10. Shane McElrath (11-9). 11. Jordon Smith (16-6). 12. Matt Bisceglia (12-11). 13. Kyle Peters (14-13). 14. Mitchell Oldenburg (13-14). 15. RJ Hampshire (7-37). 16. Chris Alldredge (15-15). 17. Luke Renzland (17-16). 18. Dakota Alix (19-17). 19. Jackson Richardson (18-18). 20. Zack Williams (21-19). 33. Hayden Mellross (38-26).
250 Class Championship Standings: 1. Marvin Musquin – 219. 2. Jeremy Martin – 211. 3. Jessy Nelson – 146. 4. Adam Cianciarulo – 143. 5. Joey Savatgy – 135. 6. Zach Osborne – 129. 7. Alex Martin – 115. 8. Shane McElrath – 109. 9. Aaron Plessinger – 108. 10. Matt Bisceglia – 106. 19. Jackson Richardson – 31. 23. Hayden Mellross – 20.
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2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour – Round 2 – Greece
Australia’s Clinton Moore made it two in a row in the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour with an epic victory over Frenchman Thomas Pagès in Athens in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000.
Moore, who also won the season opener in Mexico City, delivered a midsummer’s night dream of a run on the biggest track of the season inside a white marble quarry.
In a breathtaking final that will be remembered for the ages, Moore was absolutely flawless in the vast Athens track carved out of the Dionyssos Marble Quarry with a mind-boggling array of tricks to defeat the 2013 World Tour winner Pagès. Moore sent the big Athens crowd into a frenzy with his brilliant execution of a most spectacular array of tricks such as the Bundy, the Flair and a Volt with a first-ever no-handed landing.
Australia’s Rob Adelberg took third on the biggest track of the season, while David Rinaldo got a career-best fourth on a fantastic night in front of frenetic crowd in Athens.
“I felt a lot of stress coming in here and had a lot of pressure on me coming to Athens,” said Moore, whose victory in Mexico was the first time in his career that he even made it beyond the Quarterfinals. “I managed to deal with it and I threw down the tricks that I wanted to do. Here I am first again. I’m over the moon. This is the most amazing course I’ve ever seen.”
Pagès was also outstanding and creative in his final run, nailing the Alley-Oop Flair for the first time ever in a competition. But something went wrong on his trademark Bike Flip and he had to abandon his bike in midair, falling into the white marble dust. He scrambled to get back on the bike and finished his run solidly, but it was not enough to beat Moore.
The five stop 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour moves on to Madrid (Spain) on July 10 after kicking off in Mexico City and the stop in Athens. Pretoria (South Africa) will follow on September 12 before the world’s most prestigious FMX series concludes in the United Arab Emirates on October 30.
Results: 1. Clinton Moore (AUS), 2. Tom Pagès (FRA), 3. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 4. David Rinaldo (FRA), 5. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 6. Dany Torres (ESP), 7. Adam Jones (USA), 8. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 9. Rémi Bizouard (FRA), 10. Javier Villegas (CHL), 11. Nick Franklin (NZL), 12. Chris Meyer (ESP).
World Tour Standings: 1. Moore (100 pts), 2. Pagès (80), 3. Sherwood (80), 4. Adelberg (65), 5. Rinaldo (55), 6. Torres (55), 7. Bizouard (45), 8. Sheehan (45), 9. Jones (35), 10. Villegas (30).
Canadian Motocross Championship – Round 3 – Calgary
Vince Friese and Kaven Benoit have eon the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at round three of the Canadian Motocross Championships held in Calgary last weekend.
Brett Metcalfe was leading the MX1 championship leading into round three but the Aussie didn’t finish the opening moto but bounced back to win the second moto and has now dropped from first to fourth in the points, 14 points down on championship leader Matt Goerke.
Mike Alessi turned up and scored 29th in the opening moto and predictably didn’t turn up for moto two while in the MX2 class Benoit swapped moto wins with Jimmy Decotis and now has a 13 point lead over Jeremy Medaglia.
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