Luke Clout has been released from his Serco Yamaha contract to ride for MAD Racing Dirt Candy Suzuki from round three of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series as a fill in for the injured Daniel Baker.
Clout’s dream of racing professionally in the United States is finally coming true and he lined up last weekend in the 250SX class at Anaheim 2 aboard his new Suzuki and qualified 15th fastest, finished 12th in his heat before transferring to the main event by winning the LCQ ahead of fellow Aussie Hayden Mellross.
In the final Clout stated the race up in 13th place before dropping back a few places but he found pace mid moto and fought back to 14th place by the chequered flag – three positions ahead of Mellross – a great effort by both Aussies.
Hunter and Todd for Serco 2016
With Luke Clout’s late exit from the team, Serco Yamaha has signed Wade Hunter and Wilson Todd to contest the 2016 Australian MX Nationals and Supercross Championships on their fire-breathing Yamaha YZ250F.
“It’s been a hectic couple of days getting this finalized with the late change of Luke heading overseas, but it’s all done and I’m ready to go with Serco and look forward to getting started,” Hunter said. “I had a good break over Christmas and my body is 100% now so its head down and into a big pre-season of riding, testing and training.”
“It has been a goal of mine to race for Serco Yamaha and I’m exciting to finally reach it. I also understand that the real work starts now and I’m a professional racer, in with the best riders in the country, so there is no time to be complacent,” Wilson Todd said. “My knee is good and feels strong so I have been able to resume full training for some time. My off bike fitness is returning to where it needs to be and now that I have the all clear from the doctors, I can get back on the bike any day now and start riding again.”
Beaton to DH Yamaha
DPH Yamaha Motorsports have signed ex-Serco Yamaha rider Jed Beaton to contest the 2016 Australian MX Nationals and Supercross Championships on their own version of the Yamaha YZ250F.
It was looking like Beaton was going to hit 2016 as a privateer in before the opportunity with DPH Yamaha came available. “I am really excited to join DPH.” Beaton said. “Before this opportunity came up I didn’t have a team and was looking to do my own thing. Joining DPH so close to the season is awesome and I cannot wait to start.”
“It has been an interesting 48 hours for the DPH Yamaha Motorsports team after receiving news that Wade Hunter would no longer be part of the team late Monday.” A statement from the DPH team read. “Hunter had been announced as part of the three rider line up for the team only weeks earlier so his sudden departure came as a shock to all.”
Former MXGP rider Todd Waters will race in the 2016 New Zealand Motocross Championship for the MC2 Suzuki Racing Team against fellow Aussie Dean Ferris and a gaggle of hard charging Kiwi’s including the defending champion Cody Cooper.
The Queenslander will join his team mates Brad Groombridge and Argentine racer Joaquin Fernandez for the four-round series that kicks-off on January 31st with the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville.
“I love New Zealand, the people and the tracks.” Waters said. “I’m really looking forward to racing there again. It is also good preparation for me racing in the Australian Motocross Championships later in the year. The New Zealand riders are super-fast in their own country and Cody Cooper seems to be unbeatable in his own country, so we’ll have to see about that.”
I know you must be shaking your head as much as I am but James Stewart missed last Saturday’s Anaheim 2 after reportedly ‘not feeling 100 percent fit to race’. Now, some will argue that Bubba has never been fit to race but if you believe the team statement the ‘World’s Fastest Soil Tester’ will return to action for the following round in Oakland, California, on January 30th.
“James rode yesterday and today and felt he still wasn’t back to where he wants to be to race,” said Mike Webb, who has the toughest job on the planet as the Yoshimura Suzuki team manager. “The team is happy that James is taking a cautious approach to his return and we’re encouraged by his progress. We want him to feel fully prepared before he gets back into a racing situation……..blah, blah, blah.”
On a brighter note, Stewart’s teammate Blake Baggett has been back on the practice track and is getting back to fitness quickly. He was injured in a pre-season testing fall and is also slated to be back in action at Oakland.
“We’re looking forward to having both James and Blake back for Oakland and having the team back to full strength,” Webb concluded.
Suzuki’s woes continue in America after the news that RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle has been injured while practising for last weekend’s third round of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.
This is the team’s statement: ‘Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 for RCH Racing was injured in a practice crash at the team’s test facility today and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of Monster Energy AMA Supercross competition. Tickle was diagnosed with a fractured distal radius in his right forearm at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, California where he underwent surgery to repair the fracture.’
Tickle finished 11th and 14th, respectively in the season’s first two races and is currently 13th in 450SX Class points heading into this weekend’s event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Desprey Breaks Femur
Bud Racing/Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Maxime Desprey sustained a fractured femur at Round 3 of Monster Energy Supercross on Saturday, ending his 250SX West Region campaign.
Desprey underwent surgery over the weekend to have a nail inserted to attach the fracture. “The operation went well,” he wrote on Instagram. “They put me a nail to attach the fracture. I’ll stay a few days in the hospital and then I go to Menifee with my team mate and mechanics.”
Dean Wilson Up-Date
KTM factory rider Dean Wilson crashed during the second practice at Anaheim and twisted his knee. At first he was said to be a race-time decision if he could race and in the end Dean and the team decided to sit it out.
Dean has an MRI scheduled for tomorrow, so more should be known after that. He missed nearly all of last season due to a torn ACL.
Hansen Drops UK Arenacross
After a dispute with the promoter, Josh Hansen will not contest the remaining rounds of the Monster Energy Arenacross Tour and is reportedly on his way home to America.
Commenting on Hansen’s departure, Arenacross promoter Matt Bates said; “It’s sad that the series wasn’t for Josh, but that’s just the way things sometimes go. I thought he was a really nice guy that gave his all at every race he lined up for, and I can only be very grateful for that. The Arenacross Tour is of course about more than just one rider, and we have a host of amazing, talented and loyal riders and teams competing in the championship – I can’t thank them and their managers enough for the commitment they have showed me over the years. I am one hundred per cent confident that, with the exceptional level of riders we have, some of whom may be underestimated, Arenacross will continue to grow in Europe.”
The only word on the subject from Hansen came via his Twitter account on the eve of last weekend’s racing: ‘Wish I could be racing tonight due to the promoter this will not be happening. Thank you Guys’ – he backed that up with: ‘Me not riding has nothing to do with Steve (team manager) and everything to do with the promoter. Thanks for all the cheers week in and week out’
Searle IN for Hawkestone
Tommy Searle will join the likes of Jeffrey Herlings, Ben Townley, Clement Desalle, Jordi Tixier, Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy Seewer, Thomas Covington, Max Anstie, Paul Jonass, Sean Simpson and Marc De Reuver (to name a few) at the Be Wiser Hawkstone International on the 7th February
Tommy Searle – “I’m really happy to be racing at Hawkstone Park again at the International. It is one of the best tracks in the world and I can’t wait to get there and have a good shake down in preparation for the forthcoming 2016 GP season. It’ll be great to have the support of the fantastic British fans and hope I’ll be able to put on a good performance there.”
FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship
This is one of the few motorcycle series in the world where Russia has a rider in contention but the 2016 Astana Expo FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship will see riders from Russia, Austria, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany and Finland going toe-to-toe and spike-to-spike.
The top Russians Dimitry Koltakov, Daniil Ivanov, Dimitry Khomitsevich and Egor Myshkovets will take on the Austrian trio of Franky Zorn, Harald Simon and Manfreid Seifter while Sweden will look to Daniel Henderson, Ove Ledstron, Niclas Svensson and Stefan Svensson (father of Niclas) to take the title.
For Germany only Stefan Pletschacher has been nominated along with veteran Günther Bauer while Antii Aakko will be Finland’s only representative this year and is Jan Klatovsky for the Czech Republic although his brother Antonin stands by as one of the nominated Substitute Riders, to be called upon in the event of injury or withdrawal.
The first Astana Expo FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship round will be held in Krasnogorsk, Russia on 6th and 7th February. The competition then continues with rounds in Almaty, the German capital Berlin and Assen in Holland before finishing in mid-March at Inzell in the Bavarian Alps.
2016 Entry List
1. Dmitry Koltakov – Russia
2. Dmitry Khomitsevich – Russia
3. Daniil Ivanov – Russia
4. Igor Kononov – Russia
5. Egor Myshkovets – Russia
6. Manfred Seifter – Austria
7. Franz Zorn – Austria
8. Ove Ledström – Sweden
9. Stefan Svensson – Sweden
10. Niklas Kallin Svensson – Sweden
11. Daniel Henderson – Sweden
12. Jan Klatovsky – Czech Republic
13. Stefan Pletschacher – Germany
14. Günther Bauer – Germany
15. Anti Aakko – Finland
16. Wild Card
17. Reserve 1
18. Reserve 2
NOMINATED SUBSTITUTE RIDERS
19. Max Niedermaier – Germany
20. Antonin Klatovsky – Czech Republic
21. Harald Simon – Austria
22. Jimmy Olsen – Sweden
Kojima Training in Europe
All Japan Motocross Champion Yohei Kojima has joined Team Suzuki World MXGP in their pre-season training programme in Spain. Kojima, who has been coming over to Europe for the past 10 years, is happy to be back again and will spend until the end of February preparing for his title defence that starts in April.
“I will be training with riders who are at the top level in their class; I’m very honoured to be training with them.” Kojima explained. “I really believe that this will make me stronger to defend my title in the Japanese Championship.”
He is training alongside Kevin Strijbos, Ben Townley, plus The Suzuki MX2 riders Jeremy Seewer and Bas Vaessen under the watchful-eye of General Manager Stefan Everts.
Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 3 – Anahiem
Ryan Dungey and Cooper Webb have steam rolled the competition at round three of the AMA Supercross Championships held at Anaheim last weekend and here is how I saw the action go down.
Ryan Dungey got another cracker of a start in the final but it took four laps to get by Davi Millsaps for the lead and at one stage RD was as far as five seconds ahead of the trailing pack but after 20 laps the KTM pilot took the win nearly three seconds ahead of Reed which extends his championship lead to 13 points.
“I had to charge the first five laps, Chad was on it tonight, and I know he wanted to get his ninth win here in Anaheim but it was a good night,” Dungey told RacerX. “Got a good heat race win, lined us up good for the gate. We really needed a good gate pick because there wasn’t really a lot to choose from. So we were able to pick a good gate with a good exit and that really helped with the drive off the start in the main. Almost got the holeshot. Davi [Millsaps] stole it from me. Then for about three laps we were behind him. That was good; I was able to kind of pick up on some different lines that he was doing that I felt like were better. And then I was able to kind of apply that when I got into the lead and just tried to open up a distance. All the guys were on it tonight, from practice to the heat. Ken [Roczen] was putting the pressure on me in the heat, so I really wanted to kind of get out front. That perfect story doesn’t happen every time but we were able to get out front and open up a little bit of a cushion and come in for another win. It feels good.”
Chad Reed lost ground to Millsaps and Dungey during the opening two laps but the Aussie clawed his way to the back wheel of the leading duo just as Dungey got by Millsaps and it took Chad another lap to clear Millsaps and by then Dungey was just a little too far away for Chad to chase down.
For me the impressive part of Chad’s second place was that he fought off the two fastest riders on the track in Eli Tomac and Ken Roczen over the dying laps with both of the youngsters making mistakes while trying to run Chad’s pace – in fact, Tomac crashed on the final lap pushing too hard into a right hand berm handing Roczen the final podium position.
“I keep telling myself that I should appreciate second-place finishes, but I am a competitor,” said Reed. “I wanted my ninth win in Anaheim tonight, but we will keep pushing.”
“This week I want more. I’m not going to lie,” Reed told RacerX. “But I’m happy. It’s a long series. Seconds are good at this point. But the guy I think that we’re going to race for the championship is winning races, so it makes it tough. He’s getting good starts so you can’t let him get away. I thought the both of us didn’t ride great at the beginning. I know the track was tough, and seeing what I saw at the beginning, I know I wasn’t the only one having some struggles.”
Ken Roczen’s Suzuki is holding him back! Ken was quick through most of the A2 layout but the two whoop sections were brutal and the Suzuki was all over the show like a bucking bronco and Roczen was doing everything in his power to keep the thing going straight and not throw him off.
Eli Tomac and his Kawasaki were having similar problems to Roczen through the whoops and it did looked like Eli was compensation for some front end push which ultimately cost him a shot at second place – in the end Eli took fourth ahead of Jason Anderson, Cole Seely, Millsaps, Justin Brayton, Marvin Musquin and Jake Weimer.
Kawasaki factory rider Wil Hahn ALMOST cracked the top 10 after an 11th place finish at A2 with the best lap time of 59.171 – Dungey, Reed, Roczen and Tomac ran mid to low 57 second lap times during the main event.
HRC Honda’s Trey Canard had a terrible night after crashing and hurting his hand during his heat race then coming together with Justin Brayton early in the main event to crash once again before pulling out. By the looks of the hand Trey will be on the couch this week.
Lawson Bopping cracked it to the final once again and rode exceptionally well to earn three points for 18th place – well done Boppo, you are on the board!
450 SX Race Results
1. Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F
2. Chad Reed – Yamaha YZ450F
3. Ken Roczen – Suzuki RM-Z450
4. Eli Tomac – Kawasaki KX 450F
5. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC450
6. Cole Seely – Honda CRF 450
7. David Millsaps – KTM 450 SX-F
8. Justin Brayton – KTM 450 SX-F
9. Marvin Musquin – KTM 450 SX-F
10. Jacob Weimer – KX 450F
18 778 Lawson Bopping – YZ450F
450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey – 72
2. Chad Reed – 59
3. Jason Anderson – 57
4. Cole Seely – 55
5. Eli Tomac – 54
6. Ken Roczen – 51
7. David Millsaps – 36
8. Justin Brayton – 35
9. Jacob Weimer – 33
10. Marvin Musquin – 31
23. Lawson Bopping – 3
Cooper Webb is a cool bugga! The Red Plate holder got another poor start in the final but as he does regularly Webb passed each rider without too many hassles but when he got to race leader Christian Craig he knew this was going to be a battle and hunkered down to do just that – battle!
You see, Craig actually caught and passed Webb during their heat race so Webb knew that he would need to be on his ‘A’ game to beat the talented Honda pilot and after much line changing, criss-crossing and breath taking passing moves Webb finally got to the lead on the 10th lap and took off to win by a comfortable margin over Zach Osborne who got by Craig late in the race while Joey Savatgy came home fourth ahead of Jimmy Decotis, Jordon Smith, Kyle Cunningham, Colt Nichols and Mitchell Oldenburg.
“It was an awesome race,” said Webb. “Once we started battling, it was a fun race. It felt like we traded places like 10 times. I struggled all day and made some changes coming into tonight’s Main event, and it worked out.”
“It was good,” Craig told RacerX. “Got to the front quick, passed Joey [Savatgy] in the whoops and led my first couple laps. I think I led ten and then Cooper and then started catching me. Then went back and forth there for a couple laps. I wasn’t going to let him pass me so easy. I knew he was faster. I tried to just stay out front as long as possible. He ended up getting me with five to go. Then from there on out I was tight and [Zach] Osborne ended up passing me with two to go or three. Pretty much just rode around, but first ever podium, can’t complain.”
Webb now enjoys an 18-point lead over Osborne while Joes Savatgy currently holds third, four points behind Osborne. Savatgy was a podium contender early in the race before falling but still managed to get fourth.
Amsoil AMA Arenacross Series – Round 3 – PPL Centre – Allentown, PA
Entering as the point’s leader for the first time this year, Chris Blose became the first repeat overall winner of the 2016 season at the third round of the AMSOIL Arenacross held at the PPL Center last Friday night.
Despite missing out on a Main Event win, Blose’s pair of runner-up finishes was enough to give him the edge over Jacob Hayes (4-1) for the overall victory by just a single point. Travis Sewell (1-5) finished one additional point back to claim third overall, followed by Ben Lamay (7-3) in fourth and Austin Forkner (5-4) fifth, capping off an impressive debut.
Earlier in the evening, Kyle Regal secured the win in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge over Lamay, earning an additional championship bonus point en route to eighth overall.
The Arenacross Class championship standings remain a Team Babbitt’s 1-2-3 with Blose extending his lead to five points. Hayes moved into second while Faith dropped to third, 10 points out of the lead. Sewell and Regal complete the top five.
In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Jacob Williamson led all 15 laps to earn his first career win and become the fourth different Main Event winner in as many nights for the Lites division.
Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
KTM Off-Road Racing Team rider Tye Simmonds has opened his 2016 account by taking victory in what is possibly the hottest and hardest motocross race in the world, the annual Deep Well motocross, South of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
The event is famous for subjecting its competitors to some of the toughest motocross racing conditions known to man, Simmonds powering to three race wins from three starts to successfully defend last year’s title from Damon Stokie and Jack Dooley-McDonnell.
“We were pretty lucky again with the weather, I think it was only 36 or 38 out there, not 40 or 45 degrees like it normally is!” Simmonds exclaimed. “The big 500 she was on fire all day today. I felt pretty good, my fitness is coming along; we did three 30 minute motos for the day. The
Honda boys kept me really honest in the first one, but in the second one I got a little bit of breathing room, then in the third one I got another holeshot, put down two really hard laps and got a fairly decent lead and got through with the win fairly easy.”
Extreme Enduro Championships – Round 1 – Alestrem
Getting his 2016 extreme enduro season off to a winning start Jonny Walker has topped the results at Alèstrêm – the first major, European extreme race of the year.
At the end of a demanding main race Jonny finished ahead of Wade Young and Graham Jarvis, having battled with Young during the opening two laps before edging ahead during the more technically challenging third lap.
Ahead of the event’s main race Jonny placed a close second to Wade Young in the opening day’s qualifying special test. With all of the event’s top riders recording their fastest time on lap two Jonny placed second, just four seconds behind Young.
The opening day also saw all competitors compete in an outdoor Endurocross event. Dominating the proceedings, Jonny topped his qualifying heat before going on to win the Pro final. Bringing day one to a successful close he then topped the Super Final.
Fast, flowing terrain dominated much of the opening two laps of the Alèstrêm main race. Trading positions with Wade Young having overcome a mediocre start Jonny hit his stride when the going started to get tougher. Unaware at the time that the race was to be shortened by one-lap, Jonny pushed hard during the third lap to open up what would become a winning advantage.
“It’s been tough, but a good race.” Walker said. “The qualifyingspecial test and then the Endurocross races were really good fun, but obviously the main race was the important part.
“Getting a winning result is a great way to start the extreme season. Wade Young was running a really fast pace for the first two laps. He’d be ahead for a while, then I’d be ahead for a while. It was really close and really high paced.
“Things started getting tougher on the third lap, and that’s where I managed to open up a small lead. I kept pushing and stayed ahead to the finish. The last lap was really physical, some parts of the track was so, so slippery. It made pushing hard really difficult.”
Results – Alèstrêm 2016
1. Jonny Walker (KTM)
2. Wade Young (Sherco)
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
4. Alfredo Gomez (KTM)
5. Mario Roman (Husqvarna)
6. Julien Gauthier (Yamaha)
7. Lars Enockl (KTM)
8. Yannick Mappinard (Beta)
9. Alexandre Queyreyre (Beta)
10. Billy Bolt (KTM)
UK Arenacross Series – Round 6 and 7 – Birmingham
Despite not finishing the main event at round seven, Fabien Izoird still holds a narrow lead in the championship chase after rounds six and seven of the UK Arenacross series was complete in Birmingham last weekend.
Thomas Ramette won both nights and has moved to third in the championship, just three points back from Cedric Soubeyras and seven back from Izoird.
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