Moto News Wrap for June 4, 2019 by Darren Smart
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The LATEST News
- Thunder Valley AMA MX falls to Roczen and Cianciarulo
- Russell wins New York GNCC
- Yamaha dominates Dutch Masters
- Mees wins Lexington Red Mile
- Jarvis wins Erzberg
- Zmarzlik wins Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix
- Duffy wins Manjimup 15000
- RecoveR8: Naming rights sponsor for 2019 Australian ISDE Team
Thunder Valley AMA MX falls to Roczen and Cianciarulo
Denver’s Thunder Valley National provided the setting for the third round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and it was Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen who went 1-2 to earn his second 450 Class win of the season while Adam Cianciarulo made it three in a row in the 250 class.
Despite the hard charging Zach Osborne earning the holeshot Roczen won the opening moto by over 30 seconds over Osborne and Cooper Webb while Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac pushing Dean Ferris from fourth to sixth in the dying laps. But the ride of the moto came from Marvin Musquin who crashed after being pushed off the track in the second turn by Justin Barcia but Marv bounced back to earn a sensational eighth place finish from dead last.
It is also worth noting that Tomac had to stop for new goggles when his tear off system failed while Todd Waters came from way back to a credible 14th place finish.
The final moto of the day saw Webb get the holeshot over Roczen, Blake Baggett, Musquin and Tomac with Ferris sitting in ninth and Waters just inside the top 20 but it didn’t take long before Roczen was in the lead and stretching it out.
Tomac had his work cut out for him but he eventually got around the three KTMs of Baggett, Musquin and Webb to cement second place. It then took another 15 minutes to catch and pass Roczen for the lead and the eventual win by 9.1 seconds. Tomac took the win ahead of Roczen while Musquin, Osborne, Anderson, Barcia, Baggett, Webb, Ferris and Justin Bogle rounded out the top ten. Waters finished 14th.
Roczen’s 1-2 effort easily gave him his second overall victory of the season while Tomac’s second-moto win vaulted him to second overall ahead of Osborne who earned his first 450 Class podium result in third.
“I tried all the way through [to the second moto finish]. [Tomac] was just quicker in the end there. The good thing was I didn’t let him get away. I almost got together with a lapper there coming to the white flag. He crashed right in front of me. It definitely got rougher in the second moto, for sure, but we did exactly what we needed to do to get the overall [win].”
With the win, Roczen holds a two-point lead over Tomac, while Osborne moved into third, 26 points out of the lead as the whole series takes a week off.
As for the Aussies, Ferris earned a lot of brownie points by holding down fourth place for the majority of the opening moto before backing that up with a solid ninth in the second moto for eighth overall, to also sit eighth in the points. Waters is suffering from poor starts but he continually puts his privateer Husqvarna inside the top 15 to now sit 14th in the points – hats off to both riders.
“Big improvements for me today, I got two reasonably good starts and kind of got pulled along with the big group. We made improvements with the bike. I’m somewhat comfortable now and feel like we’re getting the train on the tracks now for the rest of the season. The conditions were demanding, the track was really rutted and rough as usual, but I liked it. I’m definitely really happy about the improvements we made and the result this weekend. It’s something to build on.”
- Ken Roczen 1-2
- Eli Tomac 5-1
- Zachary Osborne 2-4
- Jason Anderson 4-5
- Marvin Musquin 8-3
- Cooper Webb 3-8
- Blake Baggett 7-7
- Dean Ferris 6-9
- Justin Barcia 11-6
- Justin Bogle 10-10
- Cole Seely 9-12
- Justin Hill 12-11
- Fredrik Noren 15-13
- Todd Waters 14-14
…32. Cody Cooper 30-29
450 Points after Round 3 of 12
- Ken Roczen – 136
- Eli Tomac – 134
- Zach Osborne – 110
- Marvin Musquin – 107
- Jason Anderson – 106
- Cooper Webb – 98
- Justin Barcia – 77
- Dean Ferris – 69
- Justin Bogle – 63
- Blake Baggett – 61
- Cole Seely – 59
- Justin Hill – 51
- Fredrik Noren – 46
- Todd Waters – 46
250 Class Report
The first 250 Class moto of the afternoon saw RJ Hampshire, Cianciarulo, Justin Cooper, Colt Nichols and Dylan Ferrandis all going toe-to-toe but there was no stopping Cooper. He blew by Cianciarulo and Hampshire to take the lead by the end of lap three but then the rain started to fall and Cianciarulo soon moved to second.
Cianciarulo began chipping away at his deficit to Cooper as they battled both the rain and lapped traffic but it was obvious that Cianciarulo was the fastest rider on the track before race officials were forced to bring the moto to an end due to lightning. This handed Cooper the win ahead of Cianciarulo. Ferrandis, Michael Mosiman and Hampshire while the Aussie duo of Hunter Lawrence and Wilson Todd finished 10th and 14th respectively.
Cooper earned the holeshot in moto two over Cianciarulo, Jordan Smith and Nichols but the top two soon gapped the field with Cianciarulo continually using wide lines to try and get around Cooper, which saw the championship leader briefly jump through track markers before re-joining the circuit to continue the pursuit again.
Cooper then gave up the lead after a major bobble which caused him to veer off track and onto the ground handing Cianciarulo the lead and the eventual win, well ahead of Cooper, Mossiman, Nichols and Ferrandis with Lawrence managing a credible seventh while Todd came home in 17th after a small crash mid moto.
With identical moto scores between them, Cianciarulo (2-1) and Cooper (1-2) ended up tied for the overall win, but by virtue of his second-moto triumph, his third straight, Cianciarulo earned the tiebreaker to capture his third consecutive overall victory. Cooper settled for his third runner-up finish in a row, while Mosiman (4-3) earned the first overall podium result of his career on a breakthrough afternoon.
Six points still separate Cianciarulo and Cooper in the 250 Class standings, while Ferrandis, who finished fourth (3-5), remains third, 33 points out of the lead.
“That was a great [final] moto. Justin [Cooper] has been riding so good lately and we’re really pushing each other so much, I’m really enjoying [the battles]. It feels incredible to get three wins in a row. We’ve been putting in so much work, so to get the season start the way we have is amazing.”
“It feels so good to have the monkey off my back, to hit the podium and carry the confidence that brings is super awesome. We are absolutely shredding out there so to be able to run the pace is super cool, to finally get the podium is super exciting, just stoked for all of my friends, family and everyone who have been backing me all this while, this is cool.”
Todd had his work cut out for him in the second race after starting deep in the field. A hard working ride lifted him to 17th by race end, leaving him 15th for the round the same position he now sits in the 250 series standings.
The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will observe its first off weekend of the summer next weekend, before returning to action on Saturday, June 15, with the Circle K High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
- Adam Cianciarulo 2-1
- Justin Cooper 1-2
- Michael Mosiman 4-3
- Dylan Ferrandis 3-5
- Chase Sexton 7-6
- Colt Nichols 13-4
- RJ Hampshire 5-11
- Hunter Lawrence 10-7
- Shane McElrath 8-10
- 10, Jordon Smith 11-8
- Garrett Marchbanks 12-9
- Alex Martin 9-12
- Ty Masterpool 6-16
- Brandon Hartranft 16-14
- Wilson Todd 14-17
Russell Wins New York GNCC
New York hosted Round 7 of the GNCC series and it was the defending champion in Kailub Russell who secured his fourth win for 2019 once again ahead of arch rival Thad Duvall and fellow KTM rider Steward Baylor while Aussie Josh Strang struggled to ninth place.
Russell continues to lead the points by 18 over Duvall with Strang maintaining his fifth position which is unfortunately over 100 points behind Russell.
In the other classes Ben Kelly earned his seventh straight XC2 class win before Nick Davis earned his first XC3 win. Thankfully Tayla Jones got her championship back on track with a win in the WMX class to reduce her points deficit to championship leader Becca Sheet to just two – fellow Aussie Mackenzie tricker finished back in eighth.
XC1 Open Pro – Bike – Class Points
- Kailub K Russell – 195
- Thaddeus Duvall – 177
- Steward Baylor Jr – 141
- Trevor Bollinger – 127
- Josh V Strang – 92
Yamaha Dominated Dutch Masters
Rhenen hosted the latest round of the Dutch Masters and it was Yamaha pilots Romain Febvre and Jago Geerts who earned the MXGP and MX2 overall wins respectively but the big news was the return to racing by defending MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings who finished third overall in the MXGP class with 1-4 moto results.
Febvre went 3-1 for the overall with Arminas Jasikonis going 2–2 for second overall ahead of Herlings, Pauls Jonass and Glen Coldenhoff while Geerts continued his red-hot form to go 1-1 to earn the MX2 overall ahead of teammate Ben Watson while Roan Van De Moosdijk rounded out the podium.
- Romain Febvre
- Arminas Jasikonis
- Jeffrey Herlings
- Pauls Jonass
- Glenn Coldenhoff
- Petar Petrov
- Lars Van Berkel
- Sven Van De Mierden
- Jeffrey Dewulf
- Luca Nijenhuis
- Jago Geerts
- Ben Watson
- Roan Van De Moosdijk
- Henry Jacobi
- Bas Vaessen
- Brent Van Donick
- Raivo Dankers
- Adam Steery
- Tom Vialle
- Freek Van Der Vlist
Mees Wins Lexington Red Mile
Lexington hosted the Lexington Red Mile last weekend and it was the defending AFT champion Jared Mees who finally got his first main event win for 2019 despite being badgered by current points leader and Indian teammate Briar Bauman all of the way to the flag. Mees has now won eight of the last 12 Miles dating back to 2017’s Red Mile.
“I started to get a little worried about tires. When we had that red flag, it looked like we were buzzing the tires down pretty good, so I wanted to slow the pace down a little bit and try to ease it off in the corners and keep it inline. I knew if I did that (Briar) was going to catch me. But the Indian Motorcycle has worked so good all day… it’s been so good here the last three years.”
Bauman extended his perfect run of podium results in 2019.
“I can’t even put this into words. We’re leading the championship, but at the same time, I’m probably more excited than Jared is right now. This is actually my first Mile podium, and I was able to reel him in and make a race of it for the fans who stuck out the weather. I’m really excited.”
Bryan Smith managed to score the final step on the podium just ahead of Stephen Vanderkuur while Henry Wiles completed the top five.
Bauman continues to dominate the AFT Twins points standings at 122, but Mees now trails by only 19 points, while Brandon Robinson retains the third position with a total of 95.
AFT Twins Main Event – The Red Mile 2019
- Jared Mees 25 Laps
- Briar Bauman +0.056
- Bryan Smith +1.143
- Stephen Vanderkuur +1.329
- Henry Wiles +4.086
- Davis Fisher +7.250
- Bronson Bauman +10.124
- Robert Pearson +10.233
- Jake Johnson +10.541
- Jeffrey Carver Jr. +13.031
AFT Twins Standings
- Briar Bauman 122
- Jared Mees 103
- Brandon Robinson 95
- Jarod Vanderkooi 70
- Henry Wiles 67
- Sammy Halbert 63
- Bronson Bauman 62
- Jeffrey Carver Jr. 60
- Robert Pearson 56
- Jake Johnson 53
AFT Singles Report
Mikey Rush scored his first victory since joining the AFT Singles after a race long duel with Shayna Texter while Kevin Stollings earned the final podium position ahead of Dalton Gauthier, Ryan Wells, Tristen Avery and Aussie Max Whale.
The big news was championship leader Jesse Janisch who finished back in 11th which tightened up the points race considerably with Janisch still leading on 119 points, three ahead of Rush while Gautier sits on 111 points – Whale sits on 49 points and is in tenth position outright.
“I feel great, I was really, really hungry for this win; I was getting tired of second. My team worked their tails off for me. It’s a great group of people and we’re having a great time doing this. And when you’re having a great time, you’re going to win races.”
“I’m bummed. Honestly, I felt I had Mikey set up really good on that last lap, but I got a little spun up and Mikey got a killer drive. Congrats to him and his team.”
AFT Singles Main Event – The Red Mile 2019
- Mikey Rush 15 Laps
- Shayna Texter +0.102
- Kevin Stollings +2.318
- Dalton Gauthier +2.331
- Ryan Wells +2.349
- Tristan Avery +2.400
- Max Whale +3.367
- Tanner Dean +3.428
- Dan Bromley +3.473
- Morgen Mischler +3.612
AFT Singles Standings
- Jesse Janisch 119
- Mikey Rush 116
- Dalton Gauthier 111
- Dan Bromley 100
- Ryan Wells 78
- Shayna Texter 66
- Morgen Mischler 61
- Chad Cose 61
- Michael Inderbitzin
- Max Whale 49
Jarvis Wins Erzberg
In what has been described as one of the toughest races in years, veteran Graham Jarvis has won the Erzberg Rodeo for the fifth time this time ahead of Manuel Lettenbichler and Mario Roman while Alfredo Gomez and Wade Young rounded out the top five. Jarvis finished with a time of 2:26:45 and Lettenbichler was just 2:09 behind.
“This feels amazing. I think this could be the most important Erzberg victory of my career. A lot of people were talking about my age, and at 44 I did have some doubts about my fitness for the full race. But I just kept my focus and kept pushing. I knew I would have work to do from the start, but the faster sections of the race, early on, never really suit me. Once I got to Carl’s Diner I started to make up time. It was different to when I walked it, and I was feeling it physically, but it went really well. I managed to lead going into Green Hell, but it was close there with Manni. I just had to keep pushing after that. It’s amazing to be a five-time Erzberg rodeo winner.”
“That was a tough race, but I’m super happy to finish second. I got a great start and was third behind Garcia and Walker and followed those guys into the forest. I made a small mistake, but I arrived first at Carl’s Dinner. I knew Graham was close, so I just ride as hard as I could. It was really tough in there. When Graham passed me, I did all I could to stay with him and got right onto his rear wheel in Green Hell. If I’d have got ahead of him there, well, who knows what might have happened. From there to the finish I gave everything, but I couldn’t catch Graham. I had a great race and to finish second to someone like Graham is amazing. The 25th Erzberg has been incredible, I’m so pleased to be on the podium.”
“So many riders crashed in front of me on the first climb after the start, so I just tried to be calm and not make any crazy mistakes. After that I started to find my rhythm, passing riders one-by-one. To finish third is a great result, I’m very happy. In Carl’s Dinner I tried to push hard there and passed Billy, Alfredo, Jonny and Wade. I knew there was still a long way to go so I rode as smart as I could. It’s amazing to be on the podium.”
Taddy Blazusiak crashed early but bounced back to finish sixth ahead of Billy Bolt, Jonny Walker, Pol Tarres Roca and Travis Teasdale to round out the top ten.
Interestingly, there were three riders from Great Britain in the top ten which matched Spain while South African had two riders with Poland and Germany one each.
Red Bull Erzberg Rodeo Results 2019
- Graham Jarvis, Husqvarna, Great Britain.
- Manuel Lettenbichler, KTM, Germany.
- Mario Roman, Sherco, Spain.
- Alfredo Gomez, Husqvarna, Spain.
- Wade Young, Sherco, South Africa.
- Taddy Blazusiak, KTM, Poland.
- Billy Bolt, Husqvarna, Great Britain.
- Jonny Walker, KTM, Great Britain.
- Pol Tarres Roca, Husqvarna, Spain.
- Travis Teasdale, KTM, South Africa.
Zmarzlik Wins Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix
Bartosz Zmarzlik has not only won the Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Krsko last weekend he has also earned the lead in the championship, albeit tied on points with Patrick Dudack.
Zmarzlik dropped just two points on his way to a 13-point haul from his five heats before earning second in his semi final then dominating the final to earn 18 points.
“I’m very happy, this place has been a little unlucky for me before. But I can leave here and head home very happy. Today was a different day for me. I’m starting with a different setup, and my starts are not bad. But this result is now history, and I’m looking forward to the next round in Prague. All the time I was looking at Martin Vaculik and thinking where he is likely to go. I wanted to make sure the bike was that little bit faster on the straight. Everything worked, and I’m very happy to pick up the win.”
Zmarzlik’s win has promoted him to the top of the World Championship standings, while Slovenian FIM Speedway Grand Prix runner up Martin Vaculik moved up to fourth after registering 17 points in Krsko.
“Congratulations to Bartosz Zmarzlik, he was unbelievably fast tonight. I’m happy with how many points I registered, and I’m happy with second place too. I’m now looking forward to the next round and making sure that I deliver my best. Keeping focused is important to me.”
Tai Woffinden scored nine points to move up to eighth in the standings with 15 points – level with British compatriot Robert Lambert while Aussie Jason Doyle once again struggled to earn 6 points after five rides.
The series now moves onto its third round in two weeks’ time as Prague’s Marketa Stadium hosts the ANLAS Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix.
FIM Slovenian Speedway Grand Prix Result
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 18
- Martin Vaculik 17
- Leon Madsen 13
- Patryk Dudek 12
- Emil Sayfutdinov 13
- Tai Woffinden 9
- Artem Laguta 9
- Robert Lambert 7
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 7
- Janusz Kolodziej 7
- Jason Doyle 6
- Matej Zagar 6
- Fredrik Lindgren 5
- Maciej Janowski 4
- Antonio Lindback 3
- Matic Ivacic 2
- Nick Skorja 0
SGP World Championship Standings
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 28
- Patryk Dudek 28
- Leon Madsen 26
- Martin Vaculik 24
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 21
- Fredrik Lindgren 20
- Emil Sayfutdinov 19
- Tai Woffinden 15
- Robert Lambert 15
- Artem Laguta 13
- Matej Zagar 13
- Antonio Lindback 13
- Jason Doyle 11
- Janusz Kolodziej 11
- Bartosz Smektala 10
- Maciej Janowski 4
- Max Fricke 3
- Matic Ivacic 2
Duffy Wins Manjimup 15000
Local gun Regan Duffy has won the 2019 Manjimup 15000 which was held at the iconic circuit last weekend and in doing so has put his name among some of the legends of the sport.
Duffy spectacularly won the opening moto from Kyle Webster, Hayden Mellross, Luke Clout and Kirk Gibbs but then back it up with a second place behind Gibbs in moto two then a third in moto three behind Gibbs and Webster.
Duffy’s 1-2-3 moto score put him one point ahead of Gibbs’ 5-1-1 score while Webster earned the final podium spot with 2-6-2 moto finishes – American Kyle Cunningham was fourth ahead of Mellross.
“It was another good day here at Manjimup and I always love coming here as it’s a great place to race. The first race fifth was the down fall for me as over coming that point gap in a three race format is tough when the other riders were pretty consistent. Still, it was pleasing to be able to race at a good level so quickly after my shoulder injury and it still feels good at the end of the day on a demanding track. A huge thanks to the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team for making this happen as its never easy to race on the other side of the country and also to the Manjimup club and event organisers as this event is always a highlight for me and I love racing here in front of such an enthusiastic crowd.”
2019 Manjimup 15000 Results
- Regan Duffy
- Kirk Gibbs
- Kyle Webster
- Kyle Cunningham
- Hayden Mellross
- Luke Davis
- Charlie Creech
- Michael Mahon
- Josh Adams
- John Darroch
- Adam Enticknap
- Luke Clout
At Manjimup 15000 on the weekend Meghan Rutledge also won the Australian Women’s MX Championship for the second consecutive year on board the 2019 Kawasaki KX250.
“I had a great first day on the Kawasaki KX250 at the Manjimup 15,000 Motocross for the third and final round in the Women’s Division of the Australian MX Nationals Championship. I qualified in P1 and finished P1 in Race 1. There was an epic battle with Jess Moore for the lead and we both pushed each other to the limit of our skills and endurance. The extra training I have been putting in gave me the edge in this race to get ahead and to take the win. I had an unfortunate crash in Moto 1 resulting in an injured thumb. However, I managed to keep on the throttle and hold on for the day. Taking P2 in all three motos, leaving me second overall for the weekend. This earnt me enough for me to claim back-to-back Australian MX Championships.”
RecoveR8 Backs 2019 Australian ISDE Team
RecoveR8 has earned the naming rights to the 2019 Australian ISDE Team and the new Australian owned sport supplement is set to make its mark on the Australian motorsport scene.
With RecoveR8 officially making its global launch at the Tatts Finke Desert Race Pit Party this Friday the 7th June, Motorcycling Australia (MA) is thrilled to confirm the all new RecoveR8 partnership.
The RecoveR8 Australian ISDE Team will jet off to Portimao, Portugal for the 42nd edition of the ISDE later this year, with Day One of racing commencing on 11th November. Over six days, our 10 Australian competitors will go head to head with riders from over 30 nations, traversing 1,500 kilometres in pursuit of yet another impressive result.
Kevin Williams – RecoveR8 General Manager
“We’ve seen the success of the Australian ISDE team over a number of years. When the opportunity came up to be the naming sponsor for the team, we jumped at it. Team Australia have to back it up six days in a row, and this product is designed for recovering and rejuvenating, so the match was certainly made in heaven.”
2019 Australian World Trophy team member, Daniel Milner, who is also a Recover8 international brand ambassador, says “RecoveR8 is a part of my everyday program. It’s helped eliminate 95% of my arm pump and I’m always feeling good, and able to back it up the second day.
MA’s Operations Director, Martin Port, is thrilled with the partnership with RecoveR8. “This new partnership between MA and RecoveR8 demonstrates our commitment to developing and supporting Australia’s Off-Road motorcycling community. The addition of RecoveR8 to the Australian ISDE family will help raise the profile of our talented riders, whilst also encouraging emerging competitors, male and female, to participate in events such as the Australian Off-Road Championship.”
RecoveR8’s website will be launched this Friday 7th June, during their official launch at the Tatts Finke Desert Race.