Moto News Wrap for April 26, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • – AMA Supercross Championships – Round 15 – Foxborough
  • – Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championships – Rounds 5 and 6 – Murray Bridge
  • – AMSOIL Arenacross  – Round 4 – Race to the Championship – Nampa, ID
  • – Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship – Round 2 – Canada Heights
  • – Sealine Cross-Country Rally – Round 2 – Qatar
  • – Masters of Motocross – Round 2 – Mill, Holland
This Week’s News Overview
  • – Victorian Senior Motocross Championships – Round 2, Colac
  • – Queensland Classic and Post Classic Motocross Championships – Harrisville
  • – CQMX – Round 3 – Clermont
  • – Brook Wins Casey Stoner Cup
  • – NZ Junior Motocross Championships – Ngaruroro Raceway, Hastings
  • – Stewart Is OUT!
  • – NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships – Round 3 – Munich
  • – FIM Trial World Championship – Round 2 – Metegi, Japan
  • – Ben Townley back on track
Australasian News
Ben Townley back on track

Ben Townley, who is now recovered after being hit by a mystery virus four weeks ago, took part in the season-opening ADAC MX Masters in Drehna, Germany, topping the qualifying race on Saturday and winning the first race on Sunday.

“It was a really great weekend racing in Germany. I enjoyed the track, it was fun, soft and with quite a lot of jumps. We went to Drehna with a new setting to test and right away I felt that it was a good improvement. It helped my riding a lot,” BT said.

In the second moto, Townley took the holeshot and immediately put in some good laps. However, he suffered some mechanical issues and was forced to retire. He added: “I was happy with my riding, I thought I could go faster, but overall I’m feeling pretty good with the weekend.”

 

Victorian Senior Motocross Championships – Round 2, Colac

Round two of the Victorian Motocross Championship was held at Colac last weekend and it was Joel Green who won the Pro-Open class ahead of Daniel Banks and Alex Morris while Kale Makeham continued his hot form with a win in the Pro-Lites class ahead of Cooper Pozniak and Jesse Mcnally.

Queensland Classic and Post Classic Motocross Championships – Harrisville

Harrisville is a sensational facility West of Brisbane and last weekend they hosted the 2016 Queensland Classic and Post Classic Motocross Championship and thanks to the plethora of classes involved over the two day event it is impossible to offer a full report but what I can tell you is that Tony and Greg Cavell, Daryn Moore, Kevin McDonald, Andrew Williams, Steven Newman, Brad Van Barello, Russell Williamson, Steve New, David Mattock, Andrew Gifford, Jack McMahon, John Kemp, Wayne Skyring, Riley Lee, Craig Eckert, Jacob Dank, Simon Broad, Jaron Shorten, Vern Grayson, Ben Casey, Ashley Mason, Alan Bressan, Kevin Fielding, Col Metcher, David Muirhead and Stewart Lemon all came away with a Queensland title to their name.

CQMX – Round 3 – Clermont

The quiet Queensland town of Clermont hosted round three of the Central Queensland Motocross Championships last weekend and it was Ashley Norman who took out the Pro-Lites class ahead of Ryan Eden and Paul King while it was Brendan Swaffield who won the Pro-Open class ahead of Riley Norman, Zak Newsome, Paul King, Jake Wright and Aaron Hutton.

In the Masters class Shawn Kenny, Mick Hansen and Ben Roe all took a moto win each over the weekend with Kenny just edging Hansen out of the overall by three points while Hansen backed his fitness to contest the Clubman Open class as well and took the overall against a pack of hard charging young guns.

Brook Wins Casey Stoner Cup

The annual Casey Stoner Cup was held last weekend at Loxford Park, Kurri Kurri and it was Queenslander Dirt Track Champion Jarred Brook who took out the major prize after a race long battle with former Troy Bayliss Classic winner Michael Kirkness who threw away any chance of winning when he tagged Brooks’ rear wheel on the final lap and crashed handing Boyd Hollis and Max Croker the final two podium positions.

NZ Junior Motocross Championships – Ngaruroro Raceway, Hastings

The New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships was held last weekend in Hastings and the Greg Moss trained Brodie Connolly completely decimated the competition in the 11-12 Years 85cc class while Grason Veitch (12-14 Years 125cc), James Scott (13-16 Years 85cc), Trent Collins (14-16 Years 250F), Wyatt Chase (15-16 Year 125cc) and Mitchell Weir (8-10 Year 85cc) all took away the major silverware over the weekend.

American News

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Stewart Is OUT!

FINALLY!! James Stewart will sit out the remaining rounds of the Supercross season to focus on preparing for the start of the AMA Motocross Championship which kicks off on May 21 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California.
Stewart has been battling injury and poor form throughout the supercross season.

“I want to be out there racing,” Stewart said. “My fans and sponsors are important to me, but ultimately I need to focus on getting completely healed up and be solid and ready to go the next time I roll up to the starting gate at Hangtown.”
The chance of Stewart completing the whole outdoor series is zero but let’s all pretend this is news worthy.

Euro News
NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships – Round 3 – Munich
Rinaldo-Podmol and Ackermann made up the Night of Jumps podium
Rinaldo-Podmol and Ackermann made up the Night of Jumps podium

Libor Podmol has ended Maikel Melero’s winning streak by taking out the final at round three of the NIGHT of the JUMPs/Freestyle MX European Championships held in Munich last weekend.

Podmol scored the win ahead of David Rinaldo and Luc Ackermann while Melero could only manage a distant fifth place but still leads the championship over Remi Bizouard and Aussie Rob Adelberg.

FIM Trial World Championship – Round 2 – Metegi, Japan

Adam Raga and Toni Bou have swapped competition wins at round 2 of the FIM Trial World Championship held in Metegi, Japan last weekend while local Takahisa Fujinami scored a pair of podiums in his 300th GP.

Bou leads the championship by five points over Raga who in turn has a 16 point lead over Albert Cabestany with Fujinami three points further back in fourth.

Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 15 – Foxborough

On a slippery and rut infested circuit that featured the gnarliest set of whoops seen this season Ken Roczen threw caution to the wind to keep his slim title hopes alive by winning the 20 lap 450SX main event while Martin Davalos returned to form to take out the Eastern Regional 250SX main event.

Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey
Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey

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450SX Race Report

1st – Ken Roczen: Nothing was going to stop K-Roc this weekend – it was his last throw of the dice and on a track that was as tricky as they come the Suzuki pilot was dialled in right from the get-go passing Dungey in his heat to take the win then doing the same in the main event.
It was Ken’s fourth win of the year.

“The race was awesome. I loved this place [Gillette Stadium] from my first step on the property,” said Roczen. “The track was really tricky and tough in some spots. We put our head down and got the victory. The teamhas put in a lot of work during the week and it’s finally paying off.”

Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen

2nd – Eli Tomac: Eli found some feel in the front end of his Kawasaki and made the most of it to blow by Jason Anderson and Dungey to earn second place, his first podium since winning Daytona six rounds ago.

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac

3rd – Ryan Dungey: RD16 needed to gain just two points over Roczen to take the championship and when the KTM pilot captured his sixth holeshot of the season any betting man would have laid down a large sum of money that Roczen’s championship hopes were over but as was written above, there was no stopping K-Roc this night.

More surprises were to come with Tomac passing Dungey then Anderson pushed his training partner back to fourth, a position that would have ended Dungey’s unbelievable podium streak but in the dying laps RD16 forced his way back to third place – that is 31 straight podiums.

“I got up front early but couldn’t hold the gap. I just struggled a little bit,” said Dungey. “I just kept my head up and kept charging. We’ll move ahead to next weekend and look to take care of business there. Nothing we can do but keep it rolling.”

Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen

The gap between Dungey and Roczen in the 450SX Class standings now sits at 43 points with two races remaining. Dungey will simply need to end next weekend’s race with a lead of at least 25 points in order to clinch his second straight championship. Anderson, who finished fourth, was mathematically eliminated from the championship hunt sitting third, 70 points behind Dungey.

9th – Chad Reed: Chad started the main event in 12th place before being forced back to 13th at the start of lap three but the former champ was moving forward until he encountered Weston Peick and from there Chad’s progress stalled allowing Cole Seeley to catch and pass the battling Yamaha duo thus pushing Chad back to 9th place at race end.

Chad Reed
Chad Reed
450SX Class Results
  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  5. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
  7. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
  8. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  10. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
AMA Supercross 2016 - Foxborough - Podium 450
AMA Supercross 2016 – Foxborough – Podium 450
450SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 348
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 305
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 278
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 248
  5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 220
  6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 199
  7. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 187
  8. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 170
  9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 170
  10. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 115

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250SX Race Report
Martin Davalos
Martin Davalos

Dakota Alix secured his first holeshot of the season but gave up the top spot to Shane McElrath before crashing out of contention. McElrath came under pressure from championship point’s leader Malcolm Stewart who took the lead over McElrath, Tyler Bowers and Martin Davalos while the Yamaha duo of Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger were battling just inside the top ten.

By mid-race we had a four way battle for the lead with Stewart, Davalos, McElrath and Martin all eyeing the top spot but it was Davalos who made the move to the lead while Martin got around McElrath and Stewart to secure second place while Stewart’s arch rival in the series Aaron Plessigner finally got up to fifth place.

Martin closed in on Davalos and was even able to show a wheel in some corners, but as they navigated through lappers the distance between them gradually grew so Davalos took the win by nearly four seconds over Martin, Stewart, McElrath and Plessinger.

“It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been able to ride like this,” said Davalos, who claimed his fourth career victory. “Jeremy was riding really good and Malcolm was leading there early on. I just had to focus on my laps. I knew the track would be rutted [after the rain in the morning], but it turned out to be a great day and I’m just really pumped.”

Martin Davalos
Martin Davalos

Martin’s runner-up finish follows up his win one week ago in St. Louis while Stewart rounded out the podium in third, rebounding from a season-worst outing at the previous race. “I’m just happy to be up here [on the podium],” expressed Stewart. “Overall, the race didn’t go as planned, but it was better than last week when I crashed three times. We’ll keep plugging away and moving forward.”

With his podium result, Stewart extended his lead in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class standings to five points over Plessinger, who finished fifth while Martin is third, 14 points out of the lead with two races remaining.

AMA Supercross 2016 - Foxborough - Podium 250
AMA Supercross 2016 – Foxborough – Podium 250
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
  1. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
  3. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
  5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  6. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
  8. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
  9. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
  10. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda – 135
  2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 130
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 121
  4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 108
  5. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki – 93
  6. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 91
  7. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki – 91
  8. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda – 90
  9. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki – 70
  10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM – 63

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Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championships – Rounds 5 and 6 – Murray Bridge

Chris Hollis and Tye Simmonds have swapped overall wins at rounds five and six of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championships held at Murray Bridge last weekend.

“I feeling pretty good after today’s results, unfortunately in the last test I had a big crash at the start, which rattled me but I managed to pick the bike up and keep going,” Hollis said after winning round 5. “The boys are working hard now to get the bike ready for tomorrow’s racing. The grass tracks are fun and it was more tight than I expected, and quite long.”

Championship leader Daniel Sanders not only had his win streak crushed but could only manage a pair of 5th places so what is basically the half way point of the series Lachlan Stanford is now just 14 points back in the overall points standings.

Tye Simmonds on his way to winning round 6 of the AORC
Tye Simmonds on his way to winning round 6 of the AORC

Tye Simmonds – KTM 450 EXC “It took me long enough, but anyway we got it, so I’m over the moon! The first two rounds I struggled a bit with the trees and the rocky stuff, but this one was a lot more open, I had room to move and I was able to ride like I know I can. A few people were all over the shop this weekend so that has helped championship-wise, but it’s just nice for me to get my stuff together and repay Grabbo and the team for the hard work they’ve put in and for sticking by me when I wasn’t going too well. I felt like it was just a matter of time – I’ve been training and riding really good.”

Daniel “Chucky” Sanders – KTM 300 EXC “It’s a bummer, I was really looking forward to this. The leg is pretty tender – in the second test I got my foot caught on something and it just went real weak and folded on me. It didn’t feel good. I’d been going well before that, and won the first test with a time that didn’t get beaten all day. So that was cool. Luckily we had (KTM Exercise Physiologist) Tim Cole here to see what we could do and we strapped it all up. It was really hard to put the pain out of the head, especially if I dabbed a foot in a corner! I had to ride pretty smart and smooth and stand up most of the way after that so I didn’t lose balance. Today it was pretty sore, but the track was a bit more flowy which was better for me.”

Jack Simpson – KTM 250 SX-F “I won both days this weekend and got sixth outright yesterday and fourth today, so I went pretty good. It was wicked! I had a stall and a drop yesterday and was playing catch up for the rest of the day, so I was chasing my tail a bit. Then today I got a second outright in one sprint, and was sitting third all day long until the last sprint when Hollis got me. Can’t wait until I’m a bit more set up in this sport! I’m back leading the E1 again too so I’m glad I made this decision to move to off road. It’s freshened up my whole outlook and I can’t wait to go out and race and try to get better each time.”

Nic Tomlinson – KTM 300EXC “I got second yesterday and first today so that was pretty good. My weekend started off a bit ordinary but it got better as the day went on. Yesterday I was too late trying to get up to speed, but today I went out and pushed hard straight up, made a couple of little mistakes but it was a pretty good run. The dirt here ended up really hard packed with little pebbles and stuff, so it didn’t really suit me that well but there were a few spots for me to wind the big KTM 300 up and it ended up being a pretty good weekend.”

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team Manager Glenn Kearney (FE250): “I’m so proud of Lachy, it’s great to see him starting to do the things I’ve been saying for the last few years that he could do. And it’s so good to see the team up on the outright podium again after I got there last round. My own result was a bit disappointing, Jack beat me for the class win on both days – the more motocross-style track suited him down to the ground and the kid rode really well. I came good towards the end on both days, but not enough. I’m pretty happy because I haven’t had much time on the bike in the last few weeks, but it still wasn’t the catch-up I wanted after missing out in the first couple.

Lachy was really fast and consistent which was the biggest thing for him, he didn’t vary much in times over the whole weekend. But me yesterday I just couldn’t seem to stay upright, I had three or four falls out of seven tests – you can’t win doing that sort of thing.”

Lachy Stanford (FE501): “Really happy! The double win was a very solid result. I’m pretty stoked to get another third and second outright as well and be up into second outright in the points. I’m getting closer to the top step. The track was cool, it was hard pack. Everyone has been busy practising grass track but this was a lot harder to ride, it was quite a slippery surface. It got pretty rough; it was almost like a hard-packed motocross track. I’ve been doing a bit of motocross so that suited me fine, and I can’t fault the bike, the Husqvarna FE501 has been awesome at every track we race now, I haven’t been able to fault the bike at all. A huge thanks to Christian and Dave and Kevvie for working with me all weekend, and to the South Australian boys for putting on such a great event.”

Mitch Harper (FE350): “I was pretty off the pace this weekend, I only started getting a bit of speed back this afternoon – I’ve had five weeks off the bike and I only just got back on it last weekend. So I’m a bit unfit and the skills are a bit rusty. The foot is all fixed now, and the place was very enjoyable although it probably didn’t really suit me particularly well. The 350 was really good here, fast and light in the tight stuff. It’s a year of getting back into it for me so I’ve got to be patient, I didn’t realise I was going to be doing this until after my rides at Clipsal and Wildwood went so well, but Husky has given me the support now, so I’ll be able to squeeze in a lot of training now in the big break we’ve got coming up.”

Fraser Higlett (FE350): “A better weekend for me, two thirds in class. I rode pretty well. I adjusted my suspension a bit and that really helped. Also I’m usually pretty loose on the bike but this weekend I tried a lot harder to stay smooth. I’ve been having a few crashes lately so I’ve had to change things a little bit. It seems to be working. It was an awesome track, there were a few sections that were like riding on marbles, and if you could get the flow in the grass track you could go fast.”

Round 5 Top Ten
  1. Chris Hollis
  2.  Tye Simmonds
  3. Lachlan Stanford
  4. Beau Ralston
  5. Daniel Sanders
  6. Jack Simpson
  7. Glenn Kearney
  8. Joshua Green
  9. Riley Graham
  10. Scott Keegan
Round 6 Top Ten
  1. Tye Simmonds
  2. Lachlan Stanford
  3. Chris Hollis
  4. Jack Simpson
  5. Daniel Sanders
  6. Glenn Kearney
  7. Beau Ralston
  8. Tom McCormack
  9. Chris Davey
  10. Scott Keegan
Championship Overall Top Ten
  1. Daniel Sanders – 132
  2. Lachlan Stanford – 118
  3. Chris Hollis – 114
  4. Tye Simmonds – 110
  5. Josh Green – 104
  6. Beau Ralston – 93
  7. Glenn Kearney – 78
  8. Jack Simpson – 73
  9. Scott Keegan – 72
  10. Chris Davey – 65
Motorcycling Australia AORC Report

With impeccable weather conditions on Sunday over 300 competitors entered the Murray Bridge gates for the kick off of Round 6 of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road championship, battling through tough conditions that the Murray Bridge terrain had to offer.

Sunday marked the half way point in the championship season and with six tests to get the job done, the seven senior classes went head to head to chase the top spot on the podium, competing on a grass, sprint format track.

E1

KTM mounted Jack Simpson took off from the start line this morning, taking his confidence from yesterday’s class win to push his bike to the test. Simpson once again was able to launch his bike in front of second place Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Glenn Kearney to round out the podium with the Round 6, E1 win finishing with a 42:25.601 time.

Kearney (42:37.267) second, was followed close behind by Scott Keegan (43:03.744) who slipped just off the times from this mornings test to conclude on the third step of the podium.

E2

It was a spectacle on track Sunday as Round 5 winner, CDR Yamaha’s Chris Hollis went up against KTM Enduro Racing Team Rider Tye Simmonds to attempt to defend his winning streak from yesterday. However, KTM mounted Simmonds was unstoppable from the get go this morning taking the outright top spot on the time sheets and remained consistent through out the day.

Simmonds was victorious taking the Round 6, E2  class win and the outright fastest time for the day with a 41:43.692, marking his AORC career best achievement to date.

Hollis putting in a strong fight after recovering from his crash in the last test yesterday, was only seconds behind Simmonds with a concluding time of 42:16.959. CDR Yamaha’s Tom McCormack joined both Simmonds and Hollis on the podium in third with a finishing time of 42:51.581.

After achieving his AORC career best result for the 2016 season the elated Simmonds spoke about topping the times and his struggles out on the grass track today.

“I am feeling really good after the results today. I knew as soon as we got to this type of event, where it was a bit more open with room to move I knew I was going to be where I should results wise,” Simmonds said.

“We had a ball this weekend, the tracks were good and this layout suits my riding style. It’s nice to be able to bring home the win for my team and myself. 

“I am hoping to continue with these results and strive for the wins for the rest of the season.

“I think the hardest test today was the last two, knowing I had the lead, and just trying to keep it. I was more over the moon, normally I struggle in the first test and today I took the outright time this morning,” he concluded.

E3

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team Rider Lachlan Stanford was once again victorious claiming the Round 6 win in the E3 class for a second time this weekend. The Husqvarna mounted rider finished just under 30 seconds in front of second placed KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Sanders, Stanford concluding the day with a 42:06.854 time.

Sanders battling an injury sustained in yesterday’s test, managed to redeem his times to finish in second with a 42:36.257 time, while Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Beau Ralston was challenging his times close behind Sanders with a finishing time of 42:41.554.

Transmoto 19 and Under

There was a change in the front runner today, as Nic Tomlinson managed to deliver on his KTM machine to knock Wil Ruprecht from the top spot closing the day with a 43:22.124 on the last test.

Wil Ruprecht challenged first place Tomlinson throughout the day however narrowly missed out on the top spot on the podium finishing in second with a 43:27.008 time, just seconds behind.

Third place in the Transmoto 19 and Under class was once again Fraser Higglett improving his time each test to round out the top three finishing podium positions.

Tomlison was glad to have another win under his belt after a few mistakes yesterday set him back in the times.

“I am feeling really good, today was a lot better day than yesterday, I made a lot of mistakes and lost a lot of time, so to be able to redeem myself  and get back on the top step of the box is great,” said Tomlinson.

“I didn’t feel much pressure coming into today, I just knew I had to put my head down and do what I know I can do, I just tried to focus.

“For the next rounds I am going to concentrate on getting more time on the bike and try and get quicker and quicker,” Tomlinson concluded with a smile.

Vets

Rowan Pumpa carried over his form from yesterday and was presented with the Vets win at Round 6 of the Yamaha AORC. After battling through the dust and heat the Vets competitor finished with a time of 48:00.339.

Anthony Greene (48:52.749) and Leigh Bentley (48:53.833) placed second and third respectively today, all finishing within the same minute of each other.

Women’s

Yamaha mounted Jemma Wilson (51:38.121) was in fine form today as she backed up her win from yesterday with another solid six tests to claim the women’s Round 6 win ahead of second place Jessica Gardiner.

With the Women’s class battling it out on the KTM track today the warm and dusty conditions proved tough however Gardiner put on another consistent performance joining Wilson on the podium with a concluding time of 51:41.296.

Sophie Coldicutt redeemed her times from yesterday to manoeuvre her machine around the tight track to round out the top three positions for the Womens’ with a concluding time of 54:23.398.

Wilson, was happy to claim yet another win and put more championship points on the board, speaking about the tough competition today battling Gardiner for the win.

“Yesterday was pretty cruisy pulling over 50 seconds from Jess (Gardiner) but I think today I went in too confident, but after Jess gained more pace towards my lead, from then the race was on,” she said. 

“Today has been some crazy close racing only beating Jess by minute seconds in some of the tests, but I ended up getting the win only four seconds ahead.

“The close racing makes it more stressful, of course, but more interesting and it pushed us both along today,” Wilson concluded.

Masters

As another round concluded for the Masters class today it was Michael Widdison (53:42.394) who was unbeatable yet again capturing the Round 6 win ahead of second placed Adrian Fitzgerald in a hard-fought battle for the concluding time of 54:15.842.

Third placed was awarded to Stephen Price with a finishing time of 54:17.999 putting in an outstanding performance out on track to redeem his times and finish on the podium.

With the half way point of the championship season officially marked today, competitors will now enjoy a lengthy break before the season resumes at Hedly, Victoria on July 23-24.

Don’t miss out on all the action from Round 5 & 6, head to the AORC section of the MA website or like the AORC on Facebook. You can also follow @aorc_ on Instagram for pictures, videos and updates from the 2016 season.

E1
  1. Jack Simpson 42:25.601
  2. Glenn Kearney 42:37.267
  3. Scott Keegan 43:03.744
  4. Riley Graham 43:03.845
  5. Stefan Granquist 43:35.391
E2
  1. Tye Simmonds 41:43.692
  2. Chris Hollis 42:16.959
  3. Tom McCormack 42:51.581
  4. Chris Davey 43:00.333
  5. Joshua Green 43:21.933
E3
  1. Lachlan Stanford 42:06.854
  2. Daniel Sanders 42:36.257
  3. Beau Ralston 42:41.554
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass 43:42.933
  5. Tom Mason 44:36.844
Transmoto 19 and Under
  1. Nic Tomlinson 43:22.124
  2. Wil Ruprecht 43:27.008
  3. Fraser Higlett 44:04.351
  4. Ben Kearns 45:10.714
  5. Andrew Wilksch 45:16.254
Vets
  1. Rowan Pumpa 48:00.339
  2. Anthony Greene 48:52.749
  3. Leigh Bentley 48:53.833
  4. Craig Wease 50:07.847
  5. Bjorn Osborne 50:15.727
Women’s
  1. Jemma Wilson 51:38.121
  2. Jessica Gardiner 51:41.296
  3. Sophie Coldicutt 54:23.398
  4. Emilie Karlsson 55:39.102
  5. Tegan Hall 58:27.705
Masters
  1. Michael Widdison 53:42.394
  2. Adrian Fitzgerald 54:15.842
  3. Stephen Price 54:17.999
  4. Peter Schaper 55:08.596
  5. Dominic Burman 56:05.671

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AMSOIL Arenacross – Race to the Championship – Nampa, ID
Gavin Faith has finally pulled a points lead in the Race to the Championship
Gavin Faith has finally pulled a points lead in the Race to the Championship

Former Australian Supercross Champion Gavin Faith has scored two critical overall wins over the two nights of racing in Nampa that is the second last stop for the Arenacross ‘Race to the Championship’ and in doing so Faith now leads the series by eight points over arch rival and teammate Chris Blose while Cody VanBuskirk still leads the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings despite his sixth place finish in Nampa.

Arenacross Class Overall Results (Friday’s Main Event Results)

1. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-2)

2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (3-3)

3. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (6-1)

4. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (4-5)

5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (1-9)

6. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (5-6)

7. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (12-4)

8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (8-7)

9. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (7-8)

10. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (11-10)

Arenacross Class Overall Results (Saturday’s Main Event Results)

1. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (3-1)

2. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1-3)

3. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (2-4)

4. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (8-2)

5. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (5-5)

6. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (4-6)

7. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (6-8)

8. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (9-7)

9. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (7-9)

10. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Wash., KTM (11-10)

Faith is eight points up on Blose heading to the final in Vegas
Faith is eight points up on Blose heading to the final in Vegas
Race to the Championship Standings

1. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 189 (9 Main Event Wins)

2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 181 (4 Main Event Wins)

3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 163 (10 Main Event Wins)

4. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 150 (3 Main Event Wins)

5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 149 (6 Main Event Wins)

6. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 147 (1 Main Event Win)

7. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 125

8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 104

9. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 58

10. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 1

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

1. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna

2. Carlen Gardner, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM

3. Chris Howell, Spokane Valley, Wash., Husqvarna

4. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, KTM

5. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM

6. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM

7. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

8. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Husqvarna

9. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM

10. Devin Harriman, Brush Prairie, Wash., Suzuki

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings

1. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 124 (1 Main Event Win)

2. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM – 114 (2 Main Event Wins)

3. Carlen Gardner, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 104 (1 Main Event Win)

4. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM – 92 (1 Main Event Win)

5. Cheyenne Harmon, Colleyville, Texas, KTM – 89 (1 Main Event Win)

6. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 73

7. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM – 68

8. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Husqvarna – 65

9. Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Neb., Honda – 47

10. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 38

 

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Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship – Round 2 – Canada Heights

Defending MX1 Champion Shaun Simpson claimed the overall at the second round of the British Motocross Championships held at Canada Heights last weekend with 1-2 results while arch rival Tommy Searle bounced back from a huge crash in moto one to score 8-1 results for second on the day ahead of Graeme Irwin’s 3-5 results.

Former Australian MX Nationals competitor Steven Clarke won the MX2 overall with 1-1 results ahead of Bryan Mackenzie and Martin Barr.

MX1 Overall
  1. Shaun Simpson
  2. Tommy Searle
  3. Graeme Irwin
  4. Steven Lenoir
  5. Kristian Whatley
  6. Gert Krestinov
  7. Brad Anderson
  8. Tanel Leok
  9. Alex Snow
  10. Jake Nicholls
MX2 Overall
  1. Steven Clarke
  2. Bryan MacKenzie
  3. Martin Barr
  4. James Dunn
  5. Neville Bradshaw
  6. Jake Millward
  7. Adam Sterry
  8. Liam Knight
  9. Jordan Booker
  10. Brad Todd
Sealine Cross-Country Rally – Round 2 – Qatar

Sam Sunderland has won the Sealine Croos-Country Rally held in Qatar last week ahead of Chilean Pablo Quintanilla and Helder Rodrigues while Aussie Toby Price was forced from the rally with back pain.

“This is definitely a rally that’s heavy on the mind,” Sunderland said. “Here there are so many stones and if you hit one when you take a look at the road book it can be the end of your rally.” Sunderland said he was tired but “very happy” at the end of the five stages. “Today it was again difficult navigation. I rode on my own for the first 230-240km so I was able to control my race. After than Pablo (Quintanilla) caught up with me, which was nice because it’s always good to ride with someone else.”

Sunderland’s KTM teammate did not fare so well with Laia Sanz crashing in the opening stages and being forced to retire with muscle damage in her ellbow while Price, winner of the first round at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, retired after the second stage after a medical check revealed he had a slipped disk in his back, which was causing some pinched nerve problems in his leg.

Final Standings Sealine Cross-Country Rally 2016 after 5 of 5 stages
  1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 19:14:07 h
  2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, +9:38 min
  3. Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, +30:46
  4. Juan Carlos Salvatierra (BOL), KTM, +54:22
  5. Pela Renet (FRA), Husqvarna, +1:00:27 h

Next Round: June 2-7, 2016 – Sardegna Rally Race (ITA)

Standings FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship after 2 of 5 rounds
  1. Sunderland, 53 points
  2. Quintanilla, 43
  3. Price, 30
  4. Renet, 30
  5. Rodrigues, 25
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Masters of Motocross – Round 2 – Mill, Holland
Kevin Strijbos
Kevin Strijbos

Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki) and Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at the second round of the Masters of Motocros at Mill, Holland last weekend.

The two factory riders went 1-1. Strijbos with beating home Glenn Coldenhoff and Evgeny Bobryshev in the MX1 class while Herlings finished well ahead of Brian Bogers and Petar Petrov in the MX2 class.

Ben Townley, who is now recovered after being hit by a mystery virus four weeks ago, took part in the season-opening ADAC MX Masters in Drehna, Germany, topping the qualifying race on Saturday and winning the first race on Sunday.

“It was a really great weekend racing in Germany. I enjoyed the track, it was fun, soft and with quite a lot of jumps. We went to Drehna with a new setting to test and right away I felt that it was a good improvement. It helped my riding a lot,” BT said.

In the second moto, Townley took the holeshot and immediately put in some good laps. However, he suffered some mechanical issues and was forced to retire. He added: “I was happy with my riding, I thought I could go faster, but overall I’m feeling pretty good with the weekend.”

Aussie Hunter Lawrence continues to impress with a solid 11th outright ahead of Kiwi Josian Natzke who came home in 18th place, one ahead of 2015 EMX250 World Champ Nick Kouwenberg.

MX1 Overall

1. Kevin Strijbos

2. Glenn Coldenhoff

3. Evgeny Bobryshev

4. Kevin Wouts

5. Jeffrey Dewulff

6. Yentel Martens

7. Rick Satink

8. David Phillippaerts

9. William Saris

10. Tom Macuks

MX2 overall

1. Jeffrey Herlings

2. Brian Bogers

3. Petar Petrov

4. Max Anstie

5. Calvin Vlaanderen

6. Freek van der Vlist

7. Michele Cervellin

8. Robberts Justs

9. Max Engelen

10. Davy Pootjes

11. Hunter Lawrence

18. Josian Natzke

19. Nick Kouwenberg

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