Moto News Wrap for June 21, 2016 by Darren Smart
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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • World Motocross Championship – Round 11 – Matterley Basin
  • EnduroGP 2016 – Round Five -Enkoping, Sweden
  • Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round 4 – High Point
  • Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Calgary, Alb
This Week’s News Overview
  • Australian Classic Motocross Championships – Harrisville, Qld
  • South Australian Off-Road Championships (SAORC) – This Weekend
  • Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian MX Championships
  • WAMX – Round 2
  • Stanford Wins Qld Enduro at Gum Valley
  • Canard Injured
  • Mees Dominates Mile Race
  • Chad’s Weekend at the MXGP of GB
  • Febvre Injured at MXGP of GB
  • EMX Action at Matterley Basin
  • Fujinami Wins French FIM Trials GP
  • Gomez Wins Extreme XL Lagares 2016
Australasian News
Australian Classic Motocross Championships – Harrisville, Qld
Classic Motocross Championships 2016 - Darren Smart, 2nd in Pre 1978 250cc
Classic Motocross Championships 2016 – Darren Smart, 2nd in Pre 1978 250cc

With dodgy weather conditions looking ominous throughout the weekend the Brisbane Motorcycle Club did a sensational job at hosting the 2016 Australian Classic Motocross Championships at Harrisville last weekend and I can tell you first hand that the track was as good as any I have EVER ridden and the racing was as hard as any right minded person would want it to be.

Classic Motocross Championships 2016 - Dean Rowe and Darren Smart
Classic Motocross Championships 2016 – Dean Rowe and Darren Smart

With riders from all over Australia attending it was lottery as to who was going to win in each class but Brad Van Barello was once again the star of the show racking up five championships while John Kemp showed little respect for his competition to rack up two more titles and as you would expect Jacob and Matt Dank managed to win all of the classes they entered bar one.

Classic Motocross Championships 2016 - Jacob Dank
Classic Motocross Championships 2016 – Jacob Dank

The pairing of Matthew Moloney/Adrian Carroll won the ground rumbling Sidecarcross Championship ahead of David Mattock/Vaughn Fletcher and Tony Garry who was forced to use three passengers over the weekend including the ol’ Smarty who also managed 2nd to Jacob Dank in the Pre78 250cc Class Championship while Steve Bowen, Sandra McQueen, Dean Harraway, Greg Cavill, Kevin Russell, Nick Fitzgerald, Andy Blom, Mitchell Semmens, Wayne Skyring, Kris Lindgren, Des Heaney, John Selva, Craig Eckert, Greg Edmed and Stacy Heaney all earned the right to be named National Champion!

Classic Motocross Championships 2016 - Nick Higgs and Jack Rees won sidecar category
Classic Motocross Championships 2016 – Nick Higgs and Jack Rees won sidecar category

For full results go to: http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1286549

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Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian MX Championships

The Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club in Renmark hosted round two of the Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian MX Championships and from all account the standout rider of the weekend was interstate rider Callum Norton hailing from Lorne, Victoria.

WAMX – Round 2

The second round of the WA Motocross Championships was hosted by the BSA and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club and it was Robert Lovett who took out the MX1 class ahead of Dean Porter and Charlie Creech while Luke Adams topped the MX2 class ahead of Josh Adams and David Birch.

WAMX 2016 - Dean Porter - All Powers - True Spirit Photos
WAMX 2016 – Dean Porter – All Powers – True Spirit Photos
South Australian Off-Road Championships (SAORC) – This Weekend

OK, here is an event I would love to go to – Clare Valley is most famously known throughout the world for its fine wines and sensational food but this weekend the township of Auburn is playing host to the third round of the Grove Scaff / KTM South Australian Off-Road Championships (SAORC) and after the opening two rounds there are only six points between leader Riley Graham and second placed Lyndon Snodgrass. Full report and results will be right here next week.

Clare, South Australia
Clare, South Australia
Stanford Wins Qld Enduro at Gum Valley

Lachlan Stanford sealed the Queensland Enduro Championship in the best possible style, with an impressive victory ahead of Tom McCormack and Higlett in conditions which started out fine, but ended in the diabolical, at the final round of the series at Gum Valley near Mackay.

Stanford clinched outright victory in every single one of Saturday’s nine special tests, as well as the two held on Sunday during a torrential downpour.

Stanford’s Queensland championship is his fourth such title in a row and comes in a year when he is reaching career-best form at the highest levels of the sport in Australia, the 25-year-old currently holding the runner-up position in the standings of the Australian Off-Road Championships at it

Lachlan Stanford
Lachlan Stanford
American News
Roczen to Honda, Canard to KTM, J-Mart Up in the Air

There are strong rumours around right now that Ken Roczen has signed to ride for the Honda team next year replacing Trey Canard, who in turn has inked a deal with KTM.

Jeremy Martin was supposed to replace Roczen at the RCH Suzuki team but that team may not exist in its current form in 2017, so it looks like there will be major changes when the gate drop at A1 in January.

Canard Injured

Honda announced last week that Canard had crashed at his personal track in Oklahoma which resulted in a bulging disc in his back and the team will evaluate his condition on a “weekly basis” to determine when he can return to action.

“It’s unfortunate that Trey will miss this weekend’s race,” said team manager Dan Betley. “He has shown a lot of speed at the first three rounds and continues to improve his starts. We’re confident that he’ll be back in action sooner than later, but at this point we’re just going to evaluate things each week.” Canard is currently fourth in the 450MX standings.

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Mees Dominates Oklahoma City Mile Race

Jared Mees racked up his first ever Mile victory of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season at the inaugural Oklahoma City Mile at Remington Park ahead of Bryan Smith and Henry Wiles.

Oklahoma City Mile 2016 - Photo by Brian J Nelson
Oklahoma City Mile 2016 – Photo by Brian J Nelson

“It feels amazing,” Mees said. “I knew in practice that we could actually get it on in the corners and kind of go where we wanted to go. I thought, ‘Man, we can give him a fit today and he’s not going to be able to control the race.’ It was great. I got a great start and just hit my marks. It was cool and I’m so excited. Winning a Half-Mile is cool but everybody wanted to see this bike beat that Kawasaki. So we put the American muscle to the test. Let’s get it on!”

Euro News
Chad’s Weekend at the MXGP of GB

Chad Reed’s return to the GP scene was much awaited and well received by the fans and the Aussie factory Yamaha star didn’t disappoint with a steady ride for 15th during the qualifying race on Saturday and in the early part of the first moto on Sunday Reed was inside the top ten for a handful of laps before finishing a credible 14th place but in the second moto Chad was dead last after crashing with his temporary teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek in the first corner but Reed did manage to climb up to 17th place for 13th outright.

Chad Reed
Chad Reed

“I think my physical fitness is totally fine, but the muscle memory for 35 minutes of pounding, especially from this track, is lacking. The riding, the feeling on the bike and the pace was fine, but the grind in two days of motocross is a lot different than what we do in one day in Supercross. Hopefully this will shock the body and make next week a bit easier. But honestly the pace doesn’t seem too gnarly, and my feeling on the bike is the best I have had outdoors in a long time.”

Jeremy Van Horebeek, Chad Reed and Romain Febvre
Jeremy Van Horebeek, Chad Reed and Romain Febvre
Febvre Injured at MXGP of GB

After a huge crash during the qualifying race on Saturday, Romain Febvre met with team staff and FIM medical personnel on Sunday morning of the MXGP of Great Britain and following consultation with the medical commission representative from the FIM, Febvre withdraw from the event immediately and by all reports will not start the MXGP of Lombardia-Italy on June 26th either.

“I’m disappointed to leave early, but the crash on Saturday was serious and it is the best decision for my own well-being to withdraw from Matterley Basin. With a head injury it is very important to rest and recover and take no action that could cause another shock, so I will recover at home and wait for more medical tests to determine when I can continue training and racing,” Febvre said.

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EMX Action at Matterley Basin

The European Motocross Championships were on hand as support to the MXGP classes at the British round of the series held at Matterley Basin last weekend – here is a wrap of the action:

EMX250: Brit Steven Clarke and American Darian Sanayei swapped moto wins at round seven of the EMX250 championships held at Matterley Basin last weekend while championship leader Thomas Kjer Olsen managed to extend his championship lead with a solid third place overall. At the time of writing there were no points tallied for this series but take my word for it, Olsen is way out front!

EMX300 - Matterley Basin
EMX300 – Matterley Basin

EMX250 Top Ten: 1. Steven Clarke (GBR, HUS), 47 points; 2. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 47 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 27 p.; 6. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 27 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 26 p.; 8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), 19 p.; 10. Mike Stender (GER, SUZ), 18 p.

EMX125: Race one winner and championship leader Jago Geerts tangled with another rider on the start straight of the second moto and crashed hard while his closest rival Stephen Rubini was also well outside of the top 15 after a terrible start.

Stephen Rubini
Stephen Rubini

Both riders rallied and at the 10-minute mark Geerts and Rubini closed in on the top five and it wasn’t long before Rubini was on the hunt for the lead after taking over second place, while Geerts found himself trapped in a battle for fifth with the hard-charging Zachary Pichon who eventually made a mistake and Geerts was through to fifth.

Rubini who took the win, which combined with his second place in race one was enough for the overall win while Kevin Horgmo finished the race in second ahead of Geerts who managed to stand on the second step of the podium and earn an 11 point lead in the championship over Rubini.

EMX125 - Matterley Basin
EMX125 – Matterley Basin

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 45 p.; 3. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 28 p.; 6. Zachary Pichon (FRA, YAM), 27 p.; 7. Kim Savaste (FIN, KAW), 22 p.; 8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 20 p.; 9. Marcel Conijn (NED, HUS), 19 p.; 10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 19 p.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 212 points; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 201 p.; 3. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 174 p.; 4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 152 p.; 5. Zachary Pichon (FRA, YAM), 135 p.; 6. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 126 p.; 7. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 105 p.; 8. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 103 p.; 9. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 103 p.; 10. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 77 p.

EMX300: Brad Anderson and Mike Kras swapped moto win in the EMX 300 class with local favourite Anderson taking the overall while Kras took his fourth race win of the season, which was enough for second overall and the championship lead of five over Yentel Marten who scored two fourth places on the day.

Brad Anderson
Brad Anderson

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, YAM), 47 points; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 45 p.; 3. Lewis Gregory (GBR, YAM), 42 p.; 4. Yentel Martens (BEL, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Nicolas Bender (SUI, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Jamie Skuse (GBR, YAM), 22 p.; 7. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, TM), 20 p.; 8. Patrick Vos (NED, KTM), 20 p.; 9. Aaron Pipon (GBR, YAM), 19 p.; 10. Matthew Moffat (GBR, KTM), 18 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 177 points; 2. Yentel Martens (BEL, HUS), 172 p.; 3. Brad Anderson (GBR, YAM), 149 p.; 4. Francisco Utrilla Antonio (ESP, YAM), 110 p.; 5. Matthew Moffat (GBR, KTM), 104 p.; 6. Lewis Gregory (GBR, YAM), 82 p.; 7. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, TM), 80 p.; 8. Dietger Damiaens (BEL, KTM), 79 p.; 9. Aaron Pipon (GBR, YAM), 78 p.; 10. Patrick Vos (NED, KTM), 76 p.

Fujinami Wins French FIM Trials GP
Takahisa Fujinami
Takahisa Fujinami

Thirty-six year old Takahisa Fujinami recorded an emphatic win on the second day of the French Grand Prix at Lourdes that brought round five of the 2016 FIM Trial World Championship to a close. Japan’s 2004 and only ever FIM Trial World Champion totally outclassed his rivals on a much drier day two as he came home fifteen marks clear of runner-up Adam Raga. A single mark last lap was the crowning glory for Takahisa as he claimed his first win since Australia back in 2014 while series leader and Saturday’s winner Toni Bou struggled all day and had to defeat his team-mate Jaime Busto in a most cleans tie break to steal the final podium spot.

Bou now leads the series by 20 points over Raga with Fujinami a further 33 points back on third.

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Gomez Wins Extreme XL Lagares 2016

The Extreme XL Lagaras in Portugal is made up of three days tough riding dawn to beyond dusk daylight and KTM’s Alfredo Gomez successfully launched his bid with a solid win in the spectacular City Scramble Prologue in Porto on Friday night then backed that up with by taking control of the lead half way through the first lap on his new KTM 300 EXC.

Enduro Extreme XL Lagares 2016 - Alfredo Gomez
Enduro Extreme XL Lagares 2016 – Alfredo Gomez

“It’s fantastic to win here at Extreme XL Lagares and claim a hat trick of victories – it’s an incredible feeling.” Gomez said. “I really enjoy this race. It’s quite a special one for me as it’s where I won my first major Hard Enduro.”

Results Extreme XL Lagares 2016
  1. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), KTM, 4:46:39 h
  2. Mario Roman (ESP), Husqvarna, +1:28 min
  3. Wade Young (RSA), Sherco, +27:13
  4. Philipp Scholz (GER), KTM, +1:04.40 h
  5. Sergi Leon (ESP), Beta, +2:35.45
Enduro Extreme XL Lagares 2016 - Alfredo Gomez
Enduro Extreme XL Lagares 2016 – Alfredo Gomez
Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend:
World Motocross Championship – Round 11 – Matterley Basin

Garibolid Honda rider Tim Gajser has once again been a step above his competition with 1-1 moto results in the MXGP class at the Grand Prix of Great Britain while Jeffrey Herlings continued his winning streak with another dominating performance in the MX2 class.

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser

Gajser won the opening moto with a five second gap over Antonio Cairoli, Valentin Guillod, Evgeny Bobryshev, Gautier Paulin, Jeremy Van Horebeek, Max Nagl, Tommy Searle, Jordi Tixier and Glenn Coldenhoff while the rain drenched second moto saw the Honda rider take the win by nine second over Nagl, Paulin, Gautier, Desalle, Bobryshev, Tixier, Guillod, Van Horebeek, Butron and Cairoli which earned Gajser a 74 point lead over the absent Romian Febvre in the championship points.

“I am really happy I went 1-1 and thanks to Honda with the bike,” said Gasjer. “I am really at one with the bike and can’t wait for the next race already. The first one was perfect, they worked on the track really well. Before the second start it started raining and it was different and slippery and I didn’t take a great jump from the start, but passed some guys, got behind Max, then passed him and made a nice race of it. I want to wish Romain Febvre a quick recovery and return to the bike.”

Max Nagl
Max Nagl

Max Nagl’s 7-2 results earned him second overall. “It was a good second race. I was disappointed after the first race and I was so angry with myself and I pushed myself for the second heat and I had a holeshot and made a gap, but then it was sketchy with the rain, but Tim caught me and I couldn’t keep with him. I was surprised I was on the podium.”

Gautier Paulin
Gautier Paulin

After a tough qualifying race on Saturday Paulin earned third overall on Sunday. “It was good. Yesterday was tough, I got hit by a rider and my buckle came off my boots and I didn’t go well. I am not 100%, but I am happy with today. I spent so much time behind Butron in the second moto and when I came up on Max I has no goggles and I am happy to be back on the podium.”

Ben Townley
Ben Townley

Ben Townley had another shocker to finish 16th outright. “Tough weekend but it doesn’t sound like much different to what I have been saying all year. I put it down twice early in the first one so I decided to save my energy for the second. I wanted a decent and consistent moto but fell with a lap to go. It’s been a hard old season. I expected a much better weekend. We just need to keep working. We made some positive changes overnight. The team had some ideas and we made a fork and a shock change to make the bike softer and that made it turn better and gain more traction.”

Ben Townley
Ben Townley
MXGP – Overall Classification

1. Gajser.

2. Nagl.

3. Paulin.

4. Bobryshev.

5. Guillod.

6. Cairoli.

7. Van Horebeek.

8. Tixier.

9. Desalle.

10. Butron.

11. Searle.

12. Coldenhoff.

13. Reed.

16. Townley.

MXGP 2016 - Matterley Basin
MXGP 2016 – Matterley Basin
MXGP – Championship Classification

1. Gajser – 482

2. Febvre – 408

3. Cairoli – 405

4. Nagl – 378

5. Bobryshev – 367

6. Van Horebeek – 321

7. Guillod – 242

8. Simpson – 212

9. Strijbos – 204

10. Coldenhoff – 201

11. Searle – 182

12. Desalle – 170

13. Charlier – 168

14. Butron – 150

15. Townley – 128

16. Paulin – 123

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MX2 Report

Despite dealing with an injured ankle Jeffrey Herlings continued to dominate the MX2 Championship and after winning both motos in Britain the Dutch star now has a 148 point lead over Jeremy Seewer with Pauls Jonass a further 29 points back.

MXGP 2016 - Matterley Basin - MX2
MXGP 2016 – Matterley Basin – MX2

“I put myself in a good position with the holeshot, I am happy about that,” said Herlings. “Two holeshots with my weight that was pretty good. I was in so much pain last night from my ankle, so this was a nice win. Now onto Mantova. It was always good to start with the moto win. It’s tough with this track, even though the track is wide it’s hard to pass. I am struggling with a foot injury from last weekend and it’s going to be hard in the second moto. We will see how it goes. I did what I had to do and that was to pull two holeshots. When I woke up this morning I had so much pain in my foot and now 11 rounds in and we have a comfortable points lead.”

Jeffrey Herlings
Jeffrey Herlings

Dylan Ferrandis worked hard for his 2-2 moto finishes. “It was a good weekend, two bad starts and Jeffrey always starts up front and I had to battle many riders to get my points. It’s hard being beaten by Jeffrey every weekend, so I try my best next time.”

Dylan Ferrandis
Dylan Ferrandis

Pauls Jonass went 4-3 for third outright and is fighting to get closer to Seewer in the points. “After yesterday I had so much bad luck and I tried to bring that anger into this day and I started tight and dropped back to fourth and I was made letting Jeremy pass me on the last lap of the first moto, and he nearly did it again in the second moto, but I could pass him back.”

Pauls Jonass
Pauls Jonass

Jeremy Seewer continues to battle for every position on the track and impress with his speed and commitment. “Almost! I knew I had to pass Pauls for the podium. The top three was not my sole goal because I knew a fourth place was not a disaster, especially in the championship picture. But of course I wanted to pass him! I was faster but couldn’t make it happen on the last lap. I got through but the rut was quite high and I couldn’t turn enough. It was a positive weekend and I showed some really good speed yesterday and I think I had the fastest lap-time in the first moto. We still need to work on the start because we have a new issue to solve as I struggled a bit just coming out of the gate. It seems like we have enough power I need to maintain it and really use it. Anyway it was good for the championship. Jeffrey won again and he wasn’t 100% so I hope there might be another occasion where we can fight and try to beat him this year.”

Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer
MX2 – GP Classification
  1. Herlings.
  2. Ferrandis.
  3. Jonass.
  4. Seewer.
  5. Anstie.
  6. Tonkov.
  7. Mewse.
  8. Bogers.
  9. Larranaga.
  10. Covington.
MXGP 2016 - Matterley Basin - MX2 Podium
MXGP 2016 – Matterley Basin – MX2 Podium
MX2 – World Championship Classification
  1. Herlings – 547.
  2. Seewer – 399.
  3. Jonass – 370.
  4. Tonkov – 298.
  5. Paturel – 293
  6. Ferrandis – 273.
  7. Anstie – 258.
  8. Bernardini – 244.
  9. Petrov – 242.
  10. Brylyakov – 209.

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EnduroGP 2016 – Round Five -Enkoping, Sweden

Steve Holcolme has claimed two overall EnduroGP victories at the GP of Sweden in Enkoping while Matt Phillips pushed himself and his Sherco to the limit all weekend to earn two second places which extended his Enduro GP points lead to eight over Eero Remes who finishes third and fifth over the two days.

“It was a difficult day, but I managed to stay upright and I think that was the key to my result,” explained Holcombe after the opening day. “I knew the enduro test was going to be where the day would be won or lost so I pushed hard there and things went well. The conditions were tough, but I enjoyed the day.”

Steve Holcombe
Steve Holcombe

“That was a tough one,” explained Phillips as he exited the parc ferme on day one. “I crashed in the first enduro test and lost around 20 second, tried to pull it back in the second enduro test and made another mistake and then lost my brake lever and foot peg in the second extreme test. To get the E2 win after all that is great.”

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

“It all went ok for me apart from the second enduro test,” commented Remes. “I crashed and twisted my bike but I stayed ahead of Watson and got the win again.” Again the only rider to match Remes’ pace, Watson placed two-and-a-half minutes ahead of third place Danny McCanney (Husqvarna).

Eero Remes
Eero Remes

“The conditions were drier but every bit as difficult as they were on the first day with the ruts, tree roots, rocks and stones,” explained Holcombe after day two. “Everything was going great right up until the last enduro test. I pushed just a little bit too hard and paid for it. I crashed once, picked myself up and then crashed again. So two fairly big crashes in one test. It all came down to the final motocross test then and I went for it. I did enough to get the win, and some very important championship points.”

Steve Holcombe
Steve Holcombe

Behind Holcombe it was Matt Phillips who claimed the runner-up position on day two just ahead of Johnny Aubert while Nathan Watson third, 21 seconds behind Aubert on his little 250F.

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

E1: Claiming his first class win of the series and in doing so stopping Eero Remes’ run of victories at the top of the Enduro 1 class, Nathan Watson (KTM) delivered a hugely impressive performance on day two. “Day two was hard work,” explained Nathan. “But despite a pretty big crash in the log section in the enduro test I’m so pleased to get my first Enduro 1 class win. Winning has certainly made the tough weekend worthwhile.”

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

With Remes reduced to runner-up it was Pascal Rauchenecker who eventually placed third, close to two-minutes behind the Finn and one second ahead of Ivan Cervantes (KTM). Danny McCanney held third for much of the early part of the day but clipped a rock on his Husqvarna in the extreme test and bent his rear sprocket. Losing a huge amount of time he nevertheless managed to finish the day.

Danny McCanney
Danny McCanney

E2: Finishing comfortably ahead in the Enduro 2 class, Phillips distanced himself from all other Enduro 2 class riders, claiming his seventh class win of the season to date. Behind Phillips there was little to separate the next four riders, with Taylor Robert (KTM) eventually claiming the runner-up result ahead of Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) while Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) saw his day end with a crash on the final motocross test, dropping him down the results to fourth.

“It was a long, tiring day today,” admitted Phillips at the finish. “I have to say it was another great team effort from the CH Racing Sherco guys. It was also really cool to race to the end with Steve for the overall, with just a few seconds between us going into the final test. He got me for the overall but it was important to get another E2 class win.”

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

E3: As the event’s outright fastest rider Steve Holcomba finished at the top of the E3 class results, but less than four seconds ahead of team-mate Johnny Aubert. With both riders on top of their game throughout the day, Holcombe’s mistake ensured everything was to play for during the closing special stages and despite Aubert topping the final two tests Holcome the win.

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round 4 – High Point

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship resumed after a week’s break with the 40th Annual Red Bull High Point National from High Point Raceway and it was Ken Roczen who swept the 450 class motos for the third time this season while in the 250 Class, points leader Joey Savatgy secured his third win of the season over Zach Osborne via tiebreaker.

AMA Motocross 2016 - Red Bull High Point National
AMA Motocross 2016 – Red Bull High Point National
450 Race Report

Roczen’s third 1-1 moto sweep of the season came off the back of two very good starts with gave the German ninth 450 Class win of his career. He becomes the first back-to-back winner at High Point since Ricky Carmichael in 2006 and 2007. “I was pushing 100 percent out there, but also not really. I didn’t want to be out of control because the track was difficult,” said Roczen. “There were a couple areas on the track that cost me some time [to other riders], but I just stuck to what I was doing. It was warm out there, but we got the starts we needed and I was able to ride my own race.”

Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen

Jason Anderson earned his first overall podium result of the season and the best finish of his career in second (3-3), while Marvin Musquin enjoyed his best day as a rookie in the 450 Class thus far, finishing third (2-4) ahead of a disappointing Eli Tomac who just missed out on a fourth straight podium result in fourth.

“It was a consistent day today. I was 3-3 for second overall, which is great,” said Anderson. “I just really want to stop getting outrun by those guys up front, so we need to keep working hard during the week to try and get up there.”

Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson

In Dungey’s absence, Roczen’s lead in the 450 Class standings grew to 41 points over Tomac, who moved past Dungey into second. “The second moto was a good ride for me, but that first moto really cost me,” said Tomac. “I crashed and lost some spots, and just couldn’t get into the battle up front. I don’t know what’s wrong with me this year, but we need to make a charge and get up there with Kenny [Roczen]. We’ll do some work and come back next week.”

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac
450 Class (Moto Finish)
  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (3-3)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-4)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-2)
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (7-5)
  6. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (4-9)
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (6-7)
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (9-6)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-10)
  10. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha (13-8)
AMA Motocross 2016 - Red Bull High Point National - Podium 450
AMA Motocross 2016 – Red Bull High Point National – Podium 450
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 193
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 152
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 131
  4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 116
  5. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 113
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 104
  7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 97
  8. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 92
  9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 88
  10. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna – 76
  11. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda – 76

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250 Race Report

The identical moto results of Joey Savatgy (4-1) and Zach Osborne (1-4) resulted in a tie atop the overall classification but by virtue of his win in the second moto Savatgy earned his third victory of the season while Cooper Webb rounded out the overall podium (3-5).

“The first moto was not so hot,” said Savatgy. “It was my fault, and if we’re going to be in this for the long haul [battling for the championship] we need to eliminate those mistakes. But the second moto was great, my bike got off to a great start and my teammate, Adam [Cianciarulo], was finally up there with me and that was cool. It’s a great feeling to have the red plate [as points leader] for another round.”

“I feel great right now [finishing second]. It took me a bit in the second moto to get going, maybe I was a little nervous, and I let some guys get by me early,” said Osborne. “That ultimately made the difference in the overall [results] and I just came up a couple seconds short [of another pass] for the win. It’s been a huge day for me and a huge step in the right direction.”

The fourth career win by Savatgy and the poor luck incurred by the Martin brothers helped extend his lead in the championship to 20 over Webb, who moved from fourth to second following the misfortune of his Yamaha teammates.

Alex Martin
Alex Martin

So, what happened to the Martin brothers? Arguably the two fastest riders on the circuit, Alex and Jeremy Martin suffered engine failures while in podium positions costing them dearly in the championship. Alex was running second in the opening moto when his engine failed which is a loss of 22 critical points (he is now 30 points back from Savatgy) while Jeremy scored 2nd in the opening moto then his motor blew while holding down third in the second moto which is at least a 20 point loss (he is now 24 points back from Savatgy)

The 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend for the fifth round of the season. Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee, will host the Red Bull Tennessee National on Saturday, June 25.

250 Class (Moto Finish)
  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (4-1)
  2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (1-4)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-5)
  4. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (6-3)
  5. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (5-8)
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM (7-7)
  7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (13-6)
  8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (30-2)
  9. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-33)
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (10-11)
AMA Motocross 2016 - Red Bull High Point National - Podium 250
AMA Motocross 2016 – Red Bull High Point National – Podium 250
250 Class Championship Standings
  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 166
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 146
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 142
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 136
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 121
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 116
  7. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 109
  8. RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda – 79
  9. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 72
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 70
Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Calgary

It was a wild weekend in Calgary with the third round of the Canadian Motocross Championship going full tilt all weekend and it was KTM’s Davi Millsaps who topped the MX1 class with two emphatic wins over Mike Alessi and Brett Metcalfe while Cole Thompson smashed all comers I the MX2 class.

MX1 Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary – June 19, 2016
  1. Davi Millsaps (KTM) 1-1 60pts
  2. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 2-2 54pts
  3. Brett Metcalfe (Yam) 6-3 45pts
  4. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 5-4 44pts
  5. Vince Friese (Kaw) 4-6 43pts
  6. Matt Goerke (Yam) 3-8 43pts
  7. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 7-5 40pts
  8. Tyler Medaglia (Husq) 8-7 37pts
  9.  Cade Clason (KTM) 9-9 34pts
  10. Keylan Meston (Yam) 9-9 34pts

Dunlop Geomax MX3S

MX1 Point Standings 2016
  1. Davi Millsaps (KTM) 162pts
  2. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 148pts
  3. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 146pts
  4. Brett Metcalfe (Yam) 137pts
  5. Matt Goerke (Yam) 134pts
  6. Cade Clason (KTM) 110pts
  7. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 106pts
  8. Tyler Medaglia (Husq) 101pts
  9. Keylan Meston (Yam) 94pts
  10. Morgan Burger (Yam) 89pts
Davi Millsaps went 1-1 at Calgary
Davi Millsaps went 1-1 at Calgary
MX2 Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary – June 19, 2016
  1. Cole Thompson (KTM) 1-1 60pts
  2. Shawn Maffenbeier (KTM) 2-2 54pts
  3. Mark Worth (Kaw) 3-4 48pts
  4. Brandan Leith (Kaw) 6-3 45pts
  5. Dylan Wright (Yam) 4-7 42pts
  6. Jess Pettis (Yam) 7-6 39pts
  7. Tallon La Fountaine (KTM) 5-9 38pts
  8. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 10-5 37pts
  9. Casey Keast (Yam) 8-8 36pts
MX2 Point Standings 2016
  1. Cole Thompson (KTM) 173pts
  2. Shawn Maffenbeier (KTM) 162pts
  3. Brandon Leith (Kaw) 131pts
  4. Brad Nauditt (Hon) 103pts
  5. Dylan Wright (Yam) 97pts
  6. Casey Keast (Yam) 97pts
  7. Jess Pettis (Yam) 87pts
  8. Mark Worth (Kaw) 85pts
  9. Mc Cough Brough (KTM) 83pts
  10. Tallon La Fountaine (KTM) 77pts

Dunlop Geomax MX3S