Moto News Weekly for November 26, 2019
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What happened this week
- Jett Lawrence set for his professional SX debut
- Toni Bou claims French X-Trial Round 2 victory
- Jack Holder crowned 2019 Oceania Speedway Champion at Gillman
- Wade Young wins 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro in South Borneo
- Harley announce massive 2020 AFT contingency program
- 2020 Championship Calendars
- 2020 AMA Motocross
- 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
- 2020 MXGP
- 2020 American Flat Track
- 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
- 2020 FIM Speedway GP
- 2020 Australian Dirt Track
- 2020 Australian Track
Jett Lawrence set for his professional SX debut
Australian sensation Jett Lawrence will make his professional supercross debut with Honda Racing Australia at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open event this coming weekend at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
The Queensland native currently lives in the USA, but is heading back to Melbourne to race his first-ever professional career and international Supercross race onboard a Honda CRF250R.
Since landing in the United States in early 2018, Lawrence has been unstoppable, racking up a multitude of prestigious amateur championships, which have subsequently made him the hottest property on the market. The 16-year-old recently signed a long-term contract to ride under the powerhouse Geico Honda squad in the 2020 World 250cc SX2 Supercross (West Coast AMA) Championship.
“I’m really excited to be making my pro debut in Melbourne. I’ve had my eye on these events for a while now and they’ve progressively grown into something that’s world-class. Being a proud Australian makes it pretty cool that I’ll debut there, in front of friends, family and a lot of riders I grew up with too. Winning Monster Cup was a real confidence booster for me, especially on a Supercross track. I definitely think more gate drops and just being in that race environment will help me heaps as I get ready for 2020.”
Lawrence will ride under the awning of the ‘Ride Red’ Honda Racing program, backed by Honda Genuine. General Manager of Honda Motorcycles, Tony Hinton is looking forward to seeing Lawrence in action sharing, “We are really pleased to have Jett under our wing for this final round. He has certainly made a name for himself overseas, so it will be fantastic for local fans to see him race on home soil. We hope for strong results and know he will do the CRF250R proud!”
The addition of Lawrence will add to an already stacked international SX2 division, with existing riders involved in a ferocious title fight that’ll come down to the wire at the Australian Supercross Championship finale.
During New Zealand’s press conference, two-time World Champion Chad Reed indicated that this could very likely be his final race as a professional athlete in Australia, which makes Melbourne a landmark event for Australian Supercross fans, with one legend potentially retiring and a future star being born.
Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium will also feature the Monster Energy Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross contest set to feature some of the world’s most insane stunts, with the legendary Josh Sheehan as the headliner. Best Whip will be back again, along with the Yamaha Celebrity challenge as some of Australia’s highest profiled stars do battle on track, including Jack Riewoldt, Jordan De Goey, Scott McLaughlin and many more celebrities.
Tickets can be secured from www.ticketmaster.com.au (link) with new tickets released from just $39.95! The Monster Energy AUS-X Open doubles as the fifth and final round of the Australian Supercross Championship, and Grand Final of the FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.
Toni Bou claims French X-Trial Round 2 victory
The second round of the X-Trial World Championship got underway at the brand new Glaz Arena in Rennes, France, with Repsol Honda Team ace Toni Bou dominating throughout to claim a second 2020 indoor season victory.
Toni Bou did not disappoint the French crowd, turning out a fine display of riding prowess in front of the Rennes spectators in Brittany. The Repsol Honda Team rider made it through the first five sections of the heats as the superior rider, picking up just four marks.
In the second round, with the top rider from each group qualifying directly for the final, Bou has once again gave a masterful showing, collecting 7 marks in the process.
The grand finale saw Toni Bou overcome the six sections with a total of 15 points ahead of the 27 accrued by arch-rival Adam Raga, to seal a second season victory.
Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a almost two-month break ahead of the third X-Trial World Championship season date which will not be held until January 19, 2020 in Budapest. Bou will arrive as clear leader in the contest on 40 points, 10 more than the nearest second-place rival.
“Today I did not start the first round very well; the points were fine, but I didn’t feel right with the riding sensations. I didn’t feel comfortable and it took me a while to get into the sections. We will have to work so that in the coming trials we won’t experience these feelings, since it is very easy to get knocked out in the eliminations. In the end, I was able to enjoy myself more in the second round and the final to take the victory. I want to congratulate the organizer of the event, who set up a very tough trial, where I think the spectators really enjoyed it. Now there will be a break before the third trial in Budapest so it is very important to take the leadership here.”
X-Trial Rennes Round 2 Results
|1||BOU Toni||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Montesa||20|
|2||RAGA Adam||SPA||TRRS Factory Team||TRRS||15|
|3||FAJARDO Jeroni||SPA||Sherco Factory Team||Sherco||12|
|4||GELABERT Miquel||SPA||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||9|
|5||BUSTO Jaime||SPA||Vertigo Factory Team||Vertigo||6|
|6||BINCAZ Benoit||FRA||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||4|
|7||MARCELLI Gabriel||SPA||RG Team||Montesa||2|
|8||MARTIN Toby||GBR||Beta Factory Racing||Beta||1|
2020 X-Trial Rider Standings
Holder crowned 2019 Oceania Speedway Champion at Gillman
New South Welshman Jack Holder has taken out the inaugural FIM Oceania Speedway Championship at Gillman in South Australia, dominating the seven-race event, only dropping one point finishing ahead of under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, British rider Dan Bewley and Australian junior international Jordan Stewart.
Holder scored 14 points, and recorded the fastest time of the night, in the heats, passed his biggest challenger, Jaimon Lidsey, to win his semi-final, and then won the final relatively comfortably in a dominating performance.
Holder’s only loss on the night was to Lidsey in their fourth heat, but by that time Holder had already qualified for the semi-finals, and therefore did not need to take any risks to try to pass Lidsey, highlighting one of the obvious flaws with the FIM format used for the meeting, where there is no reward, apart from choice of gate positions, for finishing on, or near, the top of the scorecard.
Second and third, in both the heat points and the final were Lidsey and English rider Dan Bewley, with the other finalist, Jordan Stewart, a non-finisher after he fell on the first lap.
Holder was ecstatic finishing on the top step and believes the new event formula has the support of riders. Holder said he believed European riders currently going through their winter break could see the FIM Oceania Speedway Championship as an opportunity to race.
“The format and event was great, and similar to events in Europe. Hopefully it (FIM Oceania Speedway Championship) will help us push to gain GP qualifiers. It’s cold over there at the moment with no racing so they may want to come and enjoy the Australian summer and sunshine but to also remain competitive before returning to the European season.”
FIM Oceania Vice President, Peter Doyle, said the FIM Oceania Speedway Championship showcased the international talent that Australia produces each year.
Peter Doyle – FIM Oceania Vice President
“We have a wealth of speedway talent and this inaugural FIM Oceania Speedway Championship will hopefully open up other avenues for upcoming Australian speedway stars to make their mark on the international stage. With the establishment of this championship we are continuing to support the growth of speedway here in Australia and promoting our international riders.”
2019 Oceania Speedway Championship results
- SF1 – Holder (B), Lidsey (R), Cook (W), Wright (Y), 55.357 (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th highest scorers)
- SF2 – Bewley (R), Stewart (B), Sedgmen (Y), Medson (W), 57.301 (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th highest scorers)
- Final – Holder (R), Lidsey (W), Bewley (B), Stewart (Y-fell), 56.254 (1st and 2nd from the two semi-finals)
Wade Young wins 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro in South Borneo
The 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro held in South Borneo, Indonesia has presented an incredibly tough challenge that ultimately saw just two riders complete the race over the weekend, with Sherco’s Wade Young on blistering form to take the win in front of Graham Jarvis.
“It was a tough day out at the Uncle Hard Enduro. There was only two finishers as there was a big downpour of rain just before the start which made things interesting.”
Young’s victory at the Uncle Hard Enduro follows his dominant performance at Wildwood Rock Extreme in Australia just a few weeks ago. Young will now head home to South Africa where he will finalise his preparations for the 2019 Roof of Africa.
Young is the defending Roof of Africa champion and is gunning for his fifth Roof of Africa win. Held in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Roof as it is commonly called, is an event steeped in history dating back to 1967 with legendary winners such as Graham Jarvis, Alfie Cox, Chris Birch and of, course, Wade Young. Labelled, the Mother of Hard Enduro, the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa begins on December 4, 2019.
2019 Uncle Hard Enduro results
- Wade Young – ZAF – 1:58.04
- Graham Jarvis – GBR – 2:13:25
Harley announce massive 2020 AFT contingency program
Harley-Davidson have announced a major increase in their support of American Flat Track’s AFT Production Twins class. For the first time ever, authorised Harley-Davidson dealerships will now have the race-proven XG750R available for purchase, ensuring that more competitors will field these race-winning machines during the 2020 American Flat Track season.
To support the racing efforts of Harley-Davidson-mounted riders in the class, the Milwaukee-based marque has also posted a $250,000 contingency package.
Jon Bekefy – GM of Brand Marketing for Harley-Davidson
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson XR750 next season, this expanded pledge of support shows our lasting commitment to the sport of flat track. Harley-Davidson dealerships fielding the XG750R will provide an opportunity for our community to rally behind this great American sport.”
Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with flat track racing since the inception of the sport. Throughout the golden era of pro flat track, powerhouse Harley-Davidson dealerships from around the country scored hundreds of wins aboard the legendary XR750.
Moments of brilliance during the 2019 AFT Production Twins season hearkened back to that golden era, as Dalton Gauthier and James Rispoli made consistent podium appearances and scored two wins aboard a privateer XG750R backed by Black Hills Harley-Davidson.
With $7,500 awarded to XG750R riders for each AFT Production Twins race win plus a $25,000 championship bonus on the line, the contingency package offered by Harley-Davidson is sure to heat up the on-track action next season.
A total of $15,000 will be up for grabs to XG750R riders at each AFT Production Twins round in 2020, broken down as follows, by place:
First: $7,500; Second: $3,000; Third: $1,000; Fourth: $800; Fifth: $700; Sixth: $600; Seventh: $500; Eighth: $400; Ninth: $300; Tenth: $200.
The XG750R is available for purchase for $35,999 and deliveries will begin immediately. Supply is limited and priority will be given to dealerships, with the availability of the XG750R and Harley-Davidson’s contingency setting the stage for a renaissance movement of dealer-backed privateers contesting for AFT championships in 2020.
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. You can check out the full calendar below:
2020 Championship Calendars
2020 AMA Motocross race schedule
- May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
- May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
- May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
- June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
- June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
- June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
- July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
- July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
- July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
- August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
- August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
- August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN
2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar
- Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
- Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
- Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
- Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
- Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
- Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
- Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
- Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
- March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
- March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
- March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
- March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
- April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
- April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
- April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
- May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah
2020 MXGP Calendar
- March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
- March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
- March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
- April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
- April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
- April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
- May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
- May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
- May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
- June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
- June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
- June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
- July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
- July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
- August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
- August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
- August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
- September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
- September 13 – China, (TBA) –
- September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
- September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee
2020 American Flat Track
- Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 & TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
- Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
- Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
- Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
- Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
- Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
- Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
- Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
- Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
- Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
- Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
- Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
- Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
- Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
- Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
- Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
- Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
- Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ
2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar
- Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
- Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
- Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
- Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
- Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA
2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule
- Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
- Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
- Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
- Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
- Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
- Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
- Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
- Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC
2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar
- May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
- May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
- June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
- July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
- July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
- August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
- August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
- August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
- September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
- October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun
2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates
- April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
- Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
- October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
- Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club
2020 Australian Track Championship dates
- May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
- Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
- September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
- Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club