Berry Sweet Husqvarna will field Josh Cachia in the Open class and Ryan Marmont in the Lites class at the 2014 Australian Supercross Championships. I have no comment on the Cachia signing, time will tell there, but Ryan is a class act on and off the track and if he gets to ride to his full ability he will be a contender without a doubt.
Daniel Milner will race for the Randy Hawkins led AmPro Yamaha Team in the 2015 GNCC in a unique deal that will see the multiple A4DE champion compete on both continents throughout 2015. Milner’s deal obviously starts straight away as reportedly finished third at one of the Mid East Enduro Championship races last weekend and he will compete in the final two round of this year’s GNCC.
The 2014 Australian Junior Motocross Championship kicked off over the weekend and it is going to bigger than Ben Hur. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the racers, their families and everyone involved, I look forward to posting the full results in next week’s Moto News.
The last Australian Safari to be held in WA has been run and won with defending champ Rod Faggotter absolutely dominating the event on his trusty Yamaha WR450F. See the report and a list of every finisher below.
Over in the US of A, the final eight riders participating in the Open Class in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm being held on Saturday, October the 4th at Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex in Pomona have been announced.
The Open Class riders recently announced include Malcolm Stewart, Josh Grant, Justin Brayton, Grant Langston (really?), Ryan Morais, Kyle Partridge, Jake Canada and Kyle Chisholm.
They join the previously announced list of Travis Pastrana, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Shane McElrath, Josh Hansen, Josh Hill, Brett Metcalfe and Dean Wilson. It is going to be BIG!!!!!
The entire Geico Honda team has been announced for the 2015 AMA season with Eli Tomac staying on as their lone 450 rider while the 250 team is a cracker with Justin Bogle, RJ Hampshire, Matt Bisceglia and Jordon Smith on their fire breathing CRF250Rs.
With the Troy Lee team leaving Honda for KTM machinery it is no surprise that American Honda announced this week that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season.
Arguably the most successful team in this year’s AMA Motocross Championships was the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team and for 2015 they have Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb back on the team with amateur champion Aaron Plessinger entering the fray.
AMA Motocross legend Marty Smith has been hired by Strikt Slaton Yamaha to train their riders throughout the 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships. Scott Champion is one rider who has already signed with the team for 2015.
Former Australian Supercross Champion Josh Hansen has hired Next Level Performance Training’s Ty Kady as his personal trainer for the 2015 AMA Supercross Championships. Hansen has support from Motorsports.com and Kawasaki for his ‘comeback’ to the big time and by all account is completely committed to the cause. Hansen’s first outing is the Red Bull Straight Rhythm next weekend.
The fact that James Stewart still hasn’t heard anything about what is going down with the drug test he failed during the supercross season baffles me. From what I hear James has been cooperating as much as possible but the powers to be at the FIM are dragging their feet so if I was him I would tell them to bash their investigation up their arse and get on with my racing career. The FIM is the laughing stock of race organisations and Stewart’s situation isn’t doing anything to detract from that train of thought.
And how cool is this? Four decades after the original “On Any Sunday” scored its Academy Award-nomination for Best Documentary Film, “On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter” will be in American theatres nationwide on November 7. Bruce Brown put the original movie together and now his daughter Dana Brown directs this modern take on the original movie. Can’t wait for it to hit the Aussie shores.
Switzerland’s Arnaud Tonus is getting his feet wet in California as he starts his career as a Pro-Circuit Kawasaki team member. The former MX2 GP star has been belting out lap around Glen Helen as he gets the feel of what is arguably the best 250F on the planet. Tonus will start testing on the Kawasaki supercross track in preparation for the 2015 AMA Supercross series next week.
The Dakar Rally gets under way on the 4th of January and Honda will have five riders lining up on the factory Honda CRF450 RALLY. Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves, Helder Rodrigues, Jeremias Israel and Laia Sanz have started testing the machines they will race in the 2015 Dakar and by all accounts they are hungry to knock KTM off the top spot on the podium.
While on the subject of the Dakar Rally and KTM, Toby Price is over in Spain hanging out with Dakar legend and fellow KTM rider Marc Coma. Coma is teaching the Aussie about navigating at speed as Price readies himself for his 2015 Dakar assault.
Chris Holder had one of his best rounds of the 2014 World Speedway Championships last weekend with the former World Champion making it to the final and more importantly scoring 13 valuable championship points to now sit sixth in the series while Troy Batchelor didn’t have the best of night so with one round remaining the Aussie star sits on 85 points with Jaroslaw Hampel (87 points), Niels-Kristian Iversen (87 points), Fredrik Lindgren (87 points) and Andreas Jonsson (86 points) within striking range to leap into the all-important top eight. See the full report and results below.
Finally, it was not a good event for Team Australia at the 2014 Motocross of Nations held in Latvia last weekend. All three of our riders crashed in their qualifying races on Saturday and Sunday went from bad to worse. See the full report and results below.
Moto News for the weekend of Sept 27/28
– Round 10 of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden
– Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia
– Conclusion of the Australian Safari
FIM Speedway Grand Prix – Round 10 – Stockholm, Sweden
Polish star Jaroslaw Hampel has won the Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix with a rare maximum 21 point haul after defeating Greg Hancock, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Chris Holder in the final
More importantly, championship leader Hancock overcame a torrid month after suffering multiple fractures of his left index finger to score 15 valuable points. The 44-year-old had two pins removed from the digit this week to get back on track for round 10. “I set my goals high and I definitely exceeded what I expected.” Hancock commented. “I’m pretty excited right now. I hadn’t ridden for almost a month and I had a couple of laps of practice on Thursday night. I had some on Friday too.”
“I feel great. That second place in Stockholm was a massive achievement for me personally in terms of my confidence and belief. It’s nice all the hard work we put into this still pays off.”
Australia’s Chris Holder finished the event in 4th place and currently sits 6th in the championship standings, while Troy Batchelor finished the round in 11th position, the same position he current holds in the series. Darcy Ward is still suspended.
Round 10 Points: 1.Jaroslaw Hampel 21, 2. Greg Hancock 15, 3. Krzysztof Kasprzak 11, 4. Chris Holder 13, 5. Matej Zagar 12, 6. Andreas Jonsson 12, 7. Fredrik Lindgren 9, 8. Tai Woffinden 7, 9. Martin Smolinski 7, 10. Tomas H Jonasson 7, 11. Troy Batchelor 6, 12. Nicki Pedersen 6, 13. Michael Jepsen Jensen 4,14. Chris Harris 4, 15. Kim Nilsson 3, 16. Kenneth Bjerre 1.
Championship Standings after Round 10: 1. Greg Hancock – 127. 2. Krzysztof Kasprzak – 115. 3. Tai Woffinden – 112. 4. Matej Zagar – 109. 5. Nicki Pedersen – 107. 6. Chris Holder – 93. 7. Jaroslaw Hampel – 87. 8. Niels-Kristian Iversen – 87. 9. Fredrik Lindgren – 87. 10. Andreas Jonsson – 86. 11. Troy Batchelor – 85. 12. Martin Smolinski – 77. 13. Darcy Ward – 75. 14. Kenneth Bjerre – 71. 15. Chris Harris – 44.
Motocross of Nations in Kegums, Latvia
Aussies in Qualifying: It was a tough run through the qualifying heats for Team Australia with Chad Reed crashing twice to finish a credible 14th while Luke Clout blew a top ten finish to crash back to 27th and finally Matt Moss rebounded from a first corner crash to slice his way to 12th place.
This left the team with a poorly 17th gate pick on a track that had a tricky right hand first corner which was to prove the undoing of many a rider/team over the weekend.
Other Qualifying News:
– Yank MX2 rider Jeremy Martin cartwheeled while in fifth and by all account is ok other than a suspected broken toe – doesn’t sound like much? Can you imagine trying to jam a broken toe into a boot then get it hammers for 30 plus minutes?
– Yank Open rider Eli Tomac crashed in the first corner but managed to get himself into the top ten thus garnering America eighth in the overall qualifying position.
– MXGP stars Antonio Cairoli (MX2), Gautier Paulin (MX1) and Kevin Strijbos (Open) won all of their heats by a mile. Cairoli and Paulin came from outside the top ten to win while Strijbos led almost from the get-go.
Saturday’s Qualifying Results: 1. Belgium – 3 Pts. 2. France – 5 Pts. 3. Great Britain – 7 Pts. 4. The Netherlands – 9 Pts. 5. Italy – 10 Pts. 6. Estonia – 10 Pts. 7. Germany – 10 Pts. 8. USA – 11 Pts. 9. Switzerland – 13 Pts. 10. Russia – 18 Pts. 11. Slovenia – 19 Pts. 12. Latvia – 21 Pts. 13. Sweden – 22 Pts. 14. Canada – 23 Pts. 15. Denmark – 24 Pts. 16. Portugal – 25 Pts. 17. Australia – 26 Pts. 18. Puerto Rico – 26 Pts. 19. Finland – 29 Pts.
Sunday: The bottom line is this; Team France absolutely blitzed the field with all three of their riders performing sensationally. They were led by Gautier Paulin who won both of his motos while their MX2 rider Dyland Ferrandis went 9-9 with their Open rider Steven Frossard exceeding expectation with 2-4 finishes.
As for Team America I think it is fair to say that the bubble has burst. They are no longer the dominant force they once were, they are just another team of talented riders who have to turn up and ride their arses off if they just want to get on the podium.
As for the Aussies, Luke Clout was mid pack (20-21) in both of his moto while Chad Reed and Matt Moss were able to be more than competitive in their opening motos but suffered big crashes in the final moto of the day which put pay to any chance of a decent result.
Here is what the riders had to say of their MXoN.
Tony Cairoli: “I had a great qualifying race yesterday coming from last to win the MX2 class. That was good for Italy and put us in fifth place for today’s starting line. I knew I had to win or finish in the top three to have a chance to be on the podium. I had to push very hard and always on the limit. I had a bad start and that also compromised the performance. I had to come from tenth back to fourth then I tried to attack to move up to third. I made a big mistake and made a big crash and went down hard on my knee. I was in a lot of pain in the second moto so I was not on my top speed in my second race.”
Glenn Coldenhoff: “I’m pretty happy. It was a good day and my speed was pretty good all day-long. A shame about my starts. I won the first moto in the MX2 class and Tommy had a good start in the second. I could see him ahead and gave everything I could but it wasn’t enough. It was nice to catch [Eli] Tomac and I was charging-hard but he passed Leok and overtaking him is not so easy! In the end 7-8 and second in MX2…it is not a bad way to finish my MX2 career.”
Ryan Dungey: “The first moto went really good. I got a good start and I was able to make the pass into second. Everything was there. The effort was there and the bike felt good. We made some changes going into the second moto – nothing drastic. But then I had a nasty tip over in the first lap. I started dead last and had to work my way up to eleventh. I did the best I could and I think I would have been right up front if I didn’t have that tip over. Team USA did an awesome job, we did our best and that’s all we can do.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “In both races I told my teammates that they must get a great start so I gave them the best gate on the starting line. I was twentieth on the grid and came back twice into the top ten after the inevitable bad starts; I gave all what I had to get these results. I made a few mistakes but I’m proud of what we did today with Gautier and Steven. I knew that we could be on the podium after we spent all the week together training in Latvia and that was great. Before the last race I was convinced that we would win!”
Steven Frossard: “Today my teammates and I did a great job, and I was happy with my riding. In my first race I got the holeshot but then I had arm pump, however I still secured a second position, which was good for the team. Then in the last moto I pushed hard to come back in the top five; I knew that Gautier was leading and that we could win. It’s my best race of the season; it was a great experience to be there with the French team.”
Max Nagl: “My bike was really strong again this weekend and in the end I’m happy with the result. In the first race I had a good gate jump and was second in the first turn. The speed was really high in the first few laps from the first five guys so I couldn’t really go the same speed but could just follow, but after half way I was going better and I could pass some guys again to finish third. It was a really good race and I’m really happy about it. The in the second race I started from the outside from gate 27, and still I managed to get a really good start to sixth, and then riding was going really well in the beginning but then I made one little mistake and crashed. The track was really hard and I was really tired and had a lot of arm pump. After the crash it was a bit difficult to continue riding but I was able to catch the pack again and make some positions back. In the end the results are ok but I’m really happy with my riding this weekend.”
Gautier Paulin: “Winning both races and the overall at the Motocross of Nations with the French team is crazy ! I won the qualifying race and both motos today; it was a dream to have such a weekend in this race. It’s the sixth time that I’ve been a member of the French team and there was a great atmosphere between the three riders; we always gave each other information and advices to get the best result for the team. I’m proud that we achieved such a good result, and after my win in Mexico I end the season on a high note.”
Chad Reed: “It was a rough weekend. I felt good in the training session, but it seemed like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time every time I went out to race. But I’ll put it behind me and now the focus will be on another successful supercross season.”
Tommy Searle: “It’s nice to finish the season like this, I think that Kawasaki did a great job to develop the 250 over the last two years, and for me it’s the best 250 on the track. I’m happy to end the season on a high, and it’s nice to prove again that I can race in front. It was easy and fun to ride this bike; I haven’t had such a lot of fun for a long time. The track was rough; it’s also sandy here and I proved that I can get good results in the sand.”
Kevin Strijbos: “The first race felt pretty easy. I pushed in the beginning but then had some arm-pump and had to slow but I was still ahead of Frossard. It felt like being at the front of a GP but the fans were amazing. It was a great feeling actually. I didn’t have a great start in the second moto and came back to eighth but then stalled the bike, then crashed! My leg was stuck under the bike and I lost many positions. To come back to ninth was really good and I was happy with my speed and my ride…just not with the second place!”
Eli Tomac: “I did get a bit tight (in the first moto) but I think it was something to with my front end, so we made some changes and it was a whole lot better in the second race.”
Dean Wilson: “It’s a long time since I rode a track as rough as this, so third and fifth is not so bad, but I’m still frustrated because I know I can do even better. It was so disappointing for our team to lose the podium on the tie-break after one of my teammates had bad luck with his bike, but we’ll be back next year to put that right.”
Jeremy Van Horebeek – “The first moto should have been better but I had a problem with my shifter and I settled down in fourth position. I had to put everything on the second moto but at one stage I twisted my ankle again. It is not 100% and I have a little bone broken. Now is the time to heal-up. I’m really happy for the team with this result and I think I showed again that I am one of the top riders this year.”
Jeremy Martin – “I broke my big toe and foot in three places but I did the best I could. I want to thank Roger for selecting me and congratulations to France because they brought their A-game. I felt like we all worked well together and I hope for another opportunity like this again in the future. The track was rough, maybe one of the roughest I have ridden in a while, and I had a blast. The foot injury is no excuse; I learned a lot and sometimes you do that more when you are down than when you win.”
David Philippaerts – “There were some good things about today. I was banged about in the first corner of the first moto and had to concentrate and push to come back from nineteenth to near the top ten. I was in the same mess in the second moto. I crashed and was very far back. The track was really difficult and it is very hard when you are far back. I actually passed Guarneri. Not such a good day for the team overall and Antonio crashed and had a lot of pain. I did the best I could and now it is time to stop after a difficult year and see where and how we can improve things for 2015.”
Aleksandr Tonkov: “It has been a really amazing event, and I’m very pleased with the way I rode. After my shoulder and arm got burned when I crashed at the last GP I wasn’t sure if I would be able to race here, but I am so pleased that I did. The Motocross of Nations is such a great race and racing Husqvarna’s FC 350 was incredible. I loved the track and felt good all weekend. To finish as well as I did on both motos is incredible. The first race was amazing – I got the holeshot and lead the race for many laps. I made one or two small mistakes, which cost me some positions, but it was still a great result to finish fifth. The second moto was also really good. Finishing sixth and getting third overall first time out on a 350F in a major event is incredible.”
MXoN Race 1 (MXGP – MX2): 1. Gautier Paulin – FRA. 2. Ryan Dungey – USA. 3. Max Nagl – GER. 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek – BEL. 5. Aleksandr Tonkov – RUS. 6. Filip Bengtsson – SWE. 7. Glenn Coldenhoff – NED. 8. Tommy Searle – ACU. 9. Dylan Ferrandis – FRA. 10. Davide Guarneri – ITA. 11. Jeremy Martin – USA. 12. Rui Goncalves – POR. 13. Shaun Simpson – GBR. 14. Chad Reed – AUS. 15. Julien Lieber – BEL. 16. Colton Facciotti – CAN. 17. Valentin Guillod – SUI. 18. Vsevolod Brylyakov – RUS. 19. Jeremy Seewer – SUI. 20. Harri Kullas – EST. 22. Luke Clout – AUS.
MXoN Race 2 (MX-Open / MX2): 1. Kevin Strijbos – BEL. 2. Steven Frossard – FRA. 3. Dean Wilson – GBR. 4. Tommy Searle – GBR . 5. Fredrik Noren – SWE. 6. Eli Tomac – USA. 7. Tanel Leok – EST. 8. Glenn Coldenhoff – NED. 9. Dylan Ferrandis – FRA. 10. Marc de Reuver – NED. 11. Julien Lieber – BEL. 12. David Philippaerts – ITA. 13. Jeremy Martin – USA. 14. Dennis Ullrich – GER. 15. Matt Moss – AUS. 16. Arnaud Tonus – SUI. 17. Jeremy Seewer – SUI. 18. Pauls Jonass – LAT. 19. Antonio Cairoli – ITA. 20. Thomas Kjer Olsen – DEN. 21. Luke Clout – AUS.
MXoN Race 3 (MX-Open / MX2): 1. Gautier Paulin – FRA. 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek – BEL. 3. Eli Tomac – USA. 4. Steven Frossard – FRA. 5. Dean Wilson – GBR. 6. Aleksandr Tonkov – RUS. 7. Tanel Leok – EST. 8. Arnaud Tonus – SUI. 9. Kevin Strijbos – BEL. 10. Rui Goncalves – POR. 11. Ryan Dungey – USA. 12. Max Nagl – GER. 13. Matiss Karro – LAT. 14. Davide Guarneri – ITA. 15. Dennis Ullrich – GER. 16. Valentin Guillod – SUI. 17. Fredrik Noren – SWE. 18. David Philippaerts – ITA. 19. Gert Krestinov – EST. 20. Kromhof Klein – NED. 36. Matt Moss – AUS. DNF. Chad Reed – AUS.
Team Classification Final Results: 1. France – 17 Pts. 2. Belgium – 27 Pts. 3. USA – 33 Pts. 4. Great Britain – 33 Pts. 5. Germany – 72 Pts. 6. Italy – 73 Pts. 7. Switzerland – 74 Pts. 8. Russia – 75 Pts. 9. Estonia – 77 Pts. 10. The Netherlands – 80 Pts. 11 Sweden – 92 Pts. 12 Latvia – 97 Pts. 13 Portugal – 99 Pts. 14 Australia – 108 Pts. 15 Denmark – 124 Pts. 16 Finland – 131 Pts. 17 Canada – 149 Pts. 18 Puerto Rico – 149 Pts. 19 Ireland – 167 Pts. 20 Slovenia – 125 Pts.
2014 Australian Safari
26 riders crossed the finish line on the Kalbarri foreshore after over 3500km of ripping though some of West Australia’s most gruelling terrain and for the second year in a row we saw Rodney Faggotter take a well-deserved win on his Yamaha WR450F.
Faggotter led from stage one and other than getting lost and losing 20 minutes on stage four the Queenslander had a flawless run to finish over 38 minutes in front of his nearest rival Quinn Cody.
“Today wasn’t too stressful, it was just about getting the job done and making sure I made the finish line,” said Faggotter. “All the hard work was done in the opening days to build a good lead and I just had to keep it together to give the Active8 Yamaha team the victory they deserve.
“I had one pretty big moment today but after days of riding around in the dry and dusty conditions, it decides to flog down with rain on the last day just as we approach the finish,” Faggotter laughed. “Again, Yamaha Australia and Ray Howard have been amazing supporters of me and the Australian Safari and this year working with the Active8 Yamaha team has made my life much easier. “
“I also want to thank and congratulate the organisers of the event and with the future a bit uncertain at the moment, the team here have done a great job in keeping the race going and making it fun for the competitors,” he concluded.
Below is a list of every finisher, what they rode and how long it took them to complete the safari.
Final Overall Results:
Rodney Faggotter – Yamaha WR450F – 24:30:12.
Quinn Cody – CPW 450RR – 25:08:44.
Ian Blythe – CPW 450RR – 25:42:08
Adam Clay – KTM 450EXC – 26:38:21
Gavin Cullen – Honda CRFX – 27:38:19
Paul Nappy – Honda CRF450X – 27:40:29
Cesare Zacchetti – KTMEXC – 29:06:41
Neil Gailey – KTM 450 EXC – 30:16:42
David Engledow – KTM 500EXC – 30:29:57
Paul Smith – KTM 690 Enduro R – 30:47:58
Jason Mitchell – Honda CRFX – 31:24:36
Jason McDonald – CPW 501 FE – 31:33:38
Neil Orme – Honda CRF450X – 33:36:26
Peter Baxter – KTM 690 Enduro R – 34:35:06
Josh Chadwick – Suzuki DRZ400E – 34:38:18
Mark Davidson – CPW 450 RR – 35:35:54
Max Bowater – KTM EXC500 – 37:31:46
Russell Scoble – Honda CRF 450X – 38:01:12
Matthew Bates – KTM 350EXC-F – 38:52:03
Chris Chadwick – Husaberg FE570 – 39:29:44
Claudio Mana – KTM 690 Rally – 40:18:11
Ermanno Innocenti – Yamaha WR450F – 46:51:27
Peter Clews – KTM EXC-R – 49:03:52
Andrew Cassar – KTM 500EXC – 49:29:45
Jonathan Meadows – KTM 500 EXC – 58:50:10
Richard Carr – Honda XR 600R – 77:17:28
Lachlan Stanford defended his Queensland enduro championship title winning Mount Perry finale
The Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Queensland connection Lachlan Stanford has successfully defended his Queensland enduro championship title at the series’ third and final round at Mount Perry near Bundaberg on the weekend.
Stanford won the event from Tom McCormack and Kane Hall to wrap up his second major Queensland championship of the year, having successfully won the four-round Husqvarna Queensland Sprint series earlier in the year in only his second outing for the new-look squad.
The Queensland enduro series began with rounds at Boyland near Beaudesert, and at Kyogle in northern New South Wales, and Stanford took two wins and a second place to win the series by three points over McCormack and Hall.
Stanford rode a Husqvarna FE501 at the weekend in preparation for his upcoming E3 appearance in the International Six Days Enduro in Argentina, the Byron Bay ace proving that he has already adapted to the bigger bike, winning all but three of the 16 special tests across the weekend.
Lachy Stanford (FE501): “All weekend I felt strong and did what I needed to do. I rode the FE 501 because I’m racing E3 in the ISDE so I’ve been practising on the 500, but everything went smooth, I didn’t have any dramas at all. I felt really good on the FE501, I feel I’ve adapted to it really well, I could even be a bit quicker on it. It’s just got a bit more grunt out of the turns and so on, and just having that little extra bit of torque comes in handy. Tom McCormack was there on the 450, so it was good to beat him on the bigger bike as well.
The course was tough and tight, and I think the longest test was only about 3 minutes, so you couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. Good trail though, the climbs were really tough, and it was really pretty hot and rocky and dry, so it was good practice for Tom and I who are getting ready for the ISDE in Argentina.
Thanks to Husqvarna for their support throughout the Queensland series. I feel like I’ve picked up a little and gotten a little bit faster through this latest stage of the season and it was great to win the Husqvarna Sprint series earlier in the year as well.
Yamaha Queensland Enduro Championships Overall results (Provisional): 1. Lachy Stanford (Husqvarna) 72, 2. Tom McCormack 69, 3. Kane Hall 60, Kristian Sprenger 54, 5. Thomas Jenner 40
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