Moto News Wrap for July 26, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • FIM World Motocross Championships – Loket, Czech Republic
  • Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round 9 – Washougal
  • Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship – Rounds 7 & 8 – Hedley in Victoria
  • Australian Post Classic Motocross Championships – Harrisville, Qld
This Week’s News Overview
  • Anderson and Hurley to Battle Once Again
  • Millsaps confirmed for Jimboomba SX
  • Australian SX to Feature ‘Queensland Cup’ for Junior Racers
  • Victorian Motocross Championship – Rd 4 – Swan Hill
  • WAMX Senior State Championship
  • South Australian Motocross Titles – Round 3 – Port Augusta
  • 2016 RXT Shell Sunshine State Series – Round 6 – Toowoomba
  • TNQMX – Round 5 – Mareeba
  • Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro
  • Canard OUT!
  • Tickle OUT!
  • Victory for Barreda in the Baja Aragón 2016
  • Poland IN for Manchester SWC Final
  • Sweden ready to face Australia, USA and Germany in Speedway World Cup
Australasian News
Anderson and Hurley to Battle Once Again

Multi-Australian Motocross Champion Craig Anderson is set to go toe-to-toe with one of his old foes in multi-New Zealand Motocross Champion Darryl Hurley when the gate drops at the Conondale Classic over the weekend of August 6 and 7.

The Pro class will see Anderson and Hurley take on a full field of former pro riders including James Deakin, Cameron Taylor, Glen Poole and Kim Ashkenazi as well as defending champion Darryl King who will once again be on a fire breathing, 70 horsepower KX500 – that alone is worth the drive up to watch what is arguably the biggest and best motocross event on the calendar.

Millsaps confirmed for Jimboomba SX

It has been 100 per cent confirmed that Davi Millsaps will contest the opening round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship scheduled for Jimboomba, West of Brisbane on September 17.

Millsaps is one of the most talented racers to ever come out of America’s amateur racing scene and after winning multiple AMA Motocross and Supercross Championship rounds the now KTM mounted Yank is currently leading the Canadian Motocross Championships ahead of our own Brett Metcalfe.

The last time Millsaps came to Australia was at the Brisbane round of the 2009 Monster Energy Super-X at QSAC Stadium in Brisbane on December the 5th.

Australian SX to Feature ‘Queensland Cup’ for Junior Racers

SB Promotions have announced that round one and two of The Australian SX Championships will have a Queensland Cup for the Junior Lites and the 85/150cc class.

“As the juniors are not a championship class this year we really wanted to give them a bit more for putting on a show. We’ll have a big prize money pool for them and we’ve dropped our entries down to $70 dollars,” Event Promoter Scott Bannan said. “Parents are coming towards the end of the year and have already spent a fortune getting their kids racing, so we’re trying to make it more affordable for them. Some of these guys are racing Jimboomba then racing the SEQ’s the next day, as well as ‘The Aussie Juniors’ a week later. With the calendar being so packed there’s no-where to move,” Bannan continued. So we want the parents and juniors to know we really appreciate the effort. Juniors are so important without them we have no future. There equally important as the Pro’s.”

A prize money breakdown is seen below for the highest point scorers combined over the first 2 rounds and there will also be prize packs on the night.

  • Junior Lites: 1st $1000. 2nd $750. 3rd $500. 4th $300. 5th $200.
  • 85/150 cc: 1st $750. 2nd $600. 3rd $500. 4th $300. 5th $200.
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Victorian Motocross Championship – Rd 4 – Swan Hill

Swan Hill hosted round four of the Victorian Motocross Championships last weekend and it was Jayden Rykers who took out the Pro-Lites class ahead of Kale Makeham and Wade Kirkland while Wyatt Fogarty won the A Lites class ahead of Brock Waterworth, Cory Watts and James Clay and as you would expect Cameron Taylor won the Over 40 class.

WAMX Senior State Championship

The Bunbury Motorcycle Club hosted round four of the Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championship last weekend and it was Jake Fewster who took the MX2 round win over David Birch, series leader Josh Adams and defending champion Dylan Heard while Dean Porter took over the MX1 class championship lead with the perfect triple moto win score over previous championship leader Robbo Lovett with the spectacular Charlie Creech joining them again on the box for third place.

Robbo Lovett leads MX1 away
Robbo Lovett leads MX1 away
  • MX2 Championship Season Standings after 4 Rounds: 1. Adams – 375. 2. Birch – 320. 3. Heard – 314. 4. Perkusich – 263. 5. Fewster – 261.
  • MX 1 Class Championship Season Standings after 4 Rounds: 1. Porter – 398. 2. Lovett – 385. 3. Creech – 345. 4. Taylor – 335. 5. McMahon – 315.
South Australian Motocross Titles – Round 3 – Port Augusta

Round three of the SA Motocross Championship was held at Port Augusta last weekend and it was Siegah Ward who won the MX2 class over Mitchell Norris and Levi McManus while Daniel Banks won the MX1 overall ahead of Izak Maule and Nicholas Murray.

Taj Marshall won all three 13-16 years motos for the second round in a row. “It’s been a good couple of weeks,” said Marshall. “I’ve finally been able to get a good run going mid-week with plenty of time on the bike and it feels great. My Eight11 prepped bike is working awesome as always.”

Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro

Entries for the 2016 Husqvarna Motorcycles Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro have been released with 100 spots on offer to take part in the event that will feature an 11km extreme enduro track with $21,000 plus prize money on offer over the six classes.

For all details on the event and how to enter check out

Marshall clean sweeps SA State Titles

Taj Marshall has dominated proceedings for the second weekend in a row as he won all three motos contested over the weekend at the South Australian State MX Titles held in Port Augusta north of Adelaide.

“It’s been a good couple of weeks,” said Marshall. “I’ve finally been able to get a good run going mid-week with plenty of time on the bike and it feels great. My Eight11 prepped bike is working awesome as always.”

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2016 RXT Shell Sunshine State Series – Round 6 – Toowoomba

Echo Valley in Toowoomba was a hive of activity when the sixth and final round of the Sunshine State Motocross Series hit town last weekend and it was Dean Ferris who won the MX1 class from Robbie Marshall and Luke Wilson while Wilson Todd took out the MX2 class ahead of Jed Beaton, Richie Evans and the Latimer brothers, Ricky and Lochie.

This was predictable but Jake Williams claimed the 15 years 250cc division while Jack Kukas won the 15yrs 125cc class ahead of Williams and Luke Walmsley.

Jake Williams won the 15 years 250cc class at the Sunshine State MX Series
Jake Williams won the 15 years 250cc class at the Sunshine State MX Series

“My goal was two win both classes and I went pretty close,” Williams explains. “Jack and I had some great races on the 125 and I enjoyed racing with him but today I was able to improve on a few things and although I didn’t win, I learned a lot. The 250 was good and I love riding the bike. It is the best bike in the class and mine was perfect at every round. Thank you to Yamaha Junior Racing and our team sponsors for all their support during the series as well the people and sponsors who make this series happen.”

TNQMX – Round 5 – Mareeba

Mareeba Motorcycle Club hosted round five of the North Queensland Motocross Championships last weekend and once again it was Aaron Hunt who took out the Open class ahead of Chris Costa, Jake Avenell, Mark Oberthur and Brad Ace while Luke Weaver won the Lites class over Cameron Ogilvie, Cody Hall, Dale Parker and Kevin Herrod.

Can the reigning Motul MX Nationals Champ hold on at Shepparton?

This year, Thor MX1 Red plate holder Gibbs has led the championship since his home round at Murray Bridge, however CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris (currently second in the championship standings) has won the last two consecutive rounds and is slowing creeping up on Gibbs’ championship lead with the pair now separated by only six points.

The eighth round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Shepparton in Victoria this Sunday July 31.

American News
Canard OUT!

After just one race back from an injury to his neck and a nerve in his arm, Trey Canard has been forced back to the sidelines after a crash while training at Robbie Reynard’s training complex in Oklahoma. In the crash, Canard suffered a concussion.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to race again this weekend,” Canard said in the statement. “I was practicing at Robbie Reynard’s place on Tuesday and had a pretty big crash that left me with a concussion. I’m grateful there weren’t more severe injuries, but still bummed I won’t be out there. I had a good weekend at Millville and was really hoping to build on that at Washougal. I’m going to do whatever I can to get back out there as soon as possible to finish the season off strong.”

The HRC Honda team said the expectation is that he could race Unadilla, but his condition will be evaluated as the event gets closer.

Tickle OUT!

Broc Tickle will miss the remainder of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship due to a fractured pelvis sustained in a crash with Weston Peick at the Millville round of the AMA Motocross Championships.

“It was an unfortunate racing incident between me and Weston Peick,” explained Tickle. “Obviously, it’s a bummer but all I can do is keep weight off my pelvis for the next four to six weeks and get better as soon as I can. At this point, I just have to look ahead, work hard over the off season and be ready for Supercross in January. I’m going to try and capitalize on the downtime now to get stuff cleared out for 2017. I’m really grateful to Carey (Hart) and Ricky (Carmichael) and everyone at RCH for a great season. It didn’t turn out like we were hoping but we turned the corner and there were a lot of positives. I really appreciate everyone at Soaring Eagle, Jimmy John’s and Suzuki for their support and I couldn’t have done it without my personal sponsors Answer, Arai, TCX, EKS BRAND and of course, Dr. G.”

Victory for Barreda in the Baja Aragón 2016

Honda pilot Joan Barreda has won the Baja Aragón 2016 with a start to finish win over KTMs Farres Gerard and Michael Metge from France who rode a storming final race to land a podium spot.

“I’m really happy, particularly because we were able to race without making any mistakes, which was our original aim. We set out looking for a very fast pace. There were some stretches where we were really able to push hard. I had to really get to grips with the smaller, more aggressive bike, which will be good for us when we move back to the bigger bike. Congratulations to Metge for the great results, he surprised me with his speed. These are very positive results for the team that will give us valuable information.”

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Euro News
Poland IN for Manchester SWC Final
Poland has won the opening round of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup
Poland has won the opening round of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup

Poland has won the opening round of the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup and in doing so have automatically booked their place at the Final in Manchester. The Poles rode hard all night to earn 39 points to beat hosts Denmark (36), Russia (32) and the Czech Republic (19).

The six-time winners now join Great Britain in the Final at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium next Saturday, with the Danes and Russians lining up in the Race Off there on Friday night. The Czechs blew it and are now eliminated.

  • POLAND 39: 1. Maciej Janowski 7, 2. Patryk Dudek 11, 3. Piotr Pawlicki 12, 4. Bartosz Zmarzlik 9, 5. Krystian Pieszczek DNR.
  • DENMARK 36: 1. Kenneth Bjerre 6, 2. Leon Madsen 10, 3. Michael Jepsen Jensen 12, 4. Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, 5. Frederik Jakobsen DNR.
  • RUSSIA 32: 1. Viktor Kulakov 1, 2. Emil Sayfutdinov 18, 3. Andrei Kudriashov 5, 4. Artem Laguta 8.
  • CZECH REPUBLIC 19:1. Josef Franc 2, 2. Matej Kus 3, 3. Eduard Krcmar 2, 4. Vaclav Milik 12,. 5. Zdenek Holub DNR.
Sweden ready to defend Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup and go up against Australia

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren insists his side has what it takes to defend their Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup crown as they launch their title defence at Event 2 in Vastervik tonight.

The hosts face Australia, USA and Germany with the winners advancing into the Monster Energy SWC Final in Manchester on Saturday. The second and third-placed teams join Denmark and Russia in the Race Off, also at Britain’s National Speedway Stadium, on Friday.

The Swedes defied the bookmakers’ odds to lift the Ove Fundin Trophy at Vojens last summer, but head to the Stena Arena as favourites to win tonight.

Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren insists his side has what it takes to defend their Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup crown as they launch their title defence at Event 2 in Vastervik on Tuesday.
Swedish star Fredrik Lindgren insists his side has what it takes to defend their Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup crown as they launch their title defence at Event 2 in Vastervik on Tuesday.

Last year’s gold medal-winning heroes Andreas Jonsson, Antonio Lindback and Fredrik Lindgren all keep their places, while Vastervik track specialist Peter Ljung is recalled after riding in Sweden’s 2015 opening-round meeting at Gniezno, before missing out on a place in the Final line-up. World Under-21 finalist Joel Andersson serves as their reserve.

Australia go into the event with a new-look side, featuring 2012 world champion Chris Holder and Jason Doyle, who is currently third in the World Championship standings.

They team up with the in-form Max Fricke and Sam Masters, with Brady Kurtz named at reserve. All three riders race in the GP Challenge at Vetlanda on September 3, where the top three book World Championship places for 2017.

Fricke backed his team to defy their underdog tag and stun Sweden on home shale.

Max Fricke

“We’re kind of the underdogs to make it straight through to the Final, but that’s our expectation. I think Australia has a surprise to spring. Sam has been going really well and I think me and Sam could be a real surprise in the World Cup. Chris and Jason are awesome riders and play a big part in Team Australia. They will be expected to score the most points, but there’s no reason why the whole team can’t be up there and scoring well.”

The USA are spearheaded by World Championship leader and triple world champion Greg Hancock, who spends the European summer living in Sweden. He teams up with Ricky Wells, Billy Janniro and Ryan Fisher, with reserve Luke Becker on standby.

Qualifiers Germany complete the field, with 2014 New Zealand SGP winner Martin Smolinski leading the way. He joins forces with Kevin Wolbert, Kai Huckenbeck and Tobias Kroner, with no reserve named.

Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Event Two Teams
  • AUSTRALIA (RED): 1 Chris Holder (captain), 2 Sam Masters, 3 Max Fricke, 4 Jason Doyle. RESERVE: 5 Brady Kurtz. TEAM MANAGER: Mark Lemon.
  • USA (BLUE): 1 Greg Hancock (captain), 2 Ryan Fisher, 3 Billy Janniro, 4 Ricky Wells. RESERVE: 5 Luke Becker. TEAM MANAGER: Lance King.
  • GERMANY (WHITE): 1 Kevin Wolbert, 2 Kai Huckenbeck, 3 Tobias Kroner, 4 Martin Smolinski (captain). RESERVE: 5 None selected. TEAM MANAGER: Herbert Rudolph.
  • SWEDEN (YELLOW): 1 Antonio Lindback, 2 Fredrik Lindgren, 3 Andreas Jonsson (captain), 4 Peter Ljung. RESERVE: 5 Joel Andersson. TEAM MANAGER: Morgan Andersson.
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Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA MX 2016 Washougal
AMA MX 2016 Washougal
2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round Nine – 450 Report

Round nine of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returned to Washougal MX Park last weekend and in the 450 Class Eli Tomac captured his second overall win in the past three rounds over championship leader Ken Roczen while Alex Martin scored his second overall victory this season in the 250 class.

AMA Pro Motocross 2016 Washougal
AMA Pro Motocross 2016 Washougal
450 Class Report

The opening 450 Class moto saw Phil Nicoletti grab his first holeshot of the season ahead of Andrew Short, Roczen and Christophe Pourcel but by the end of the opening lap Roczen was in the lead and that was the last the pack saw of the Suzuki pilot.

As Roczen continued to pull away Pourcel was making his move into second, working past Short and Nicoletti as Tomac was making a charge of his own and moved into third place from a sixth-place start while Marvin Musquin followed Tomac into fourth and soon closed in on the Kawasaki rider but the French KTM rider hit the deck soon after.

Pourcel and Tomac had a good battle going and on lap 14 Tomac made the pass on the Frenchmen to move into second and as he attempted to fight back Pourcel lost control of his bike coming off a jump and suffered a hard crash that took him out of the moto, allowing Musquin to assume third.

Roczen easily won the moto from Tomac and Musquin while Nicoletti had his best moto finish of the season in fourth ahead of 450 class rookie Benny Bloss.

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Musquin earned the holeshot in moto two over his KTM team mate Dean Wilson with Roczen and Tomac not far behind but by the end of the opening lap Roczen and Tomac were running 1-2 with Musquin and Wilson sitting third and fourth.

Tomac appearing to be the quicker of the two and made his move on lap three and once he was in the clear Tomac was able to pull away from Roczen before cruising to his third moto win of the season, just over 16 seconds ahead of Roczen with Musquin finishing third ahead of Justin Barcia and Weston Peick.

“I don’t know [how[how to describe today]e first moto was a little funky. I was a little off. I was tight in the first half and came around in the second half,” said Tomac. “I got to the front pretty quick in the second moto and when I got to Kenny he kind of just gave it to me. I took it and laid it down after that. I was just in a good rhythm.”

Roczen’s lead in the 450 Class standings remains at 55 points over Tomac. Musquin is third, 151 points out of the lead. “I’m pretty happy with my day. This is not my favorite place for some reason,” said Roczen. “It was tough in the second moto. It was the driest I’ve ever seen this track and it was difficult with all the sun and shadows [to [to see and ride a normal pace]still got two good starts today and won a moto, so I’m leaving happy. It was one of those days where I’m finished second and I’m ok with it. I’m glad it’s over.”

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Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Nine – Washougal – 450 Results
  1. Eli Tomac (2-1)
  2. Ken Roczen (1-2)
  3. Marvin Musquin (3-3)
  4. Weston Peick (7-5)
  5. Justin Barcia (10-4)
  6. Andrew Short (6-7)
  7. Benny Bloss (5-9)
  8. Phil Nicoletti (4-11)
  9. Dean Wilson (8-10)
  10. Frederick Noren (15-8)
AMA MX 2016 Washougal 450cc Podium
AMA MX 2016 Washougal 450cc Podium
Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Nine – Washougal – 450 Championship Standings
  1. Ken Roczen, 434
  2. Eli Tomac, -55
  3. Marvin Musquin, -151
  4. Justin Barcia, -190
  5. Christophe Pourcel, -217
  6. Broc Tickle, -263
  7. Andrew Short, -279
  8. Justin Brayton, -282
  9. Cole Seely, -283
  10. Benny Bloss, -283
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2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Round Nine – 250 Report
AMA MX 2016 Washougal
AMA MX 2016 Washougal

Alex Martin capturing his third consecutive holeshot in the opening 250 moto ahead of Mitchell Harrison, Joey Savatgy, Jeremy Martin while his teammate and championship leader Cooper Webb was forced to battle his way from a 12th-place start.

Savatgy got around Harrison and was able to latch on to the rear fender of Martin but no matter how hard the Kawasaki rider pushed Alex was able to keep the former points leader at bay all of the way to the finish line.

Behind them, Jeremy Martin moved into podium position early but all eyes were on Webb as the points leader made an impressive climb through the field and broke into the top five on lap four, fourth on lap sixth and past Jeremy Martin for third just two laps later so the top five went to Alex Martin, Savatgy, Webb, Jeremy Martin and Zach Osborne.

[youtube i[youtube id=”NMpJW-LDyVU” width=”560" height=”315"]e second moto saw Webb grab the holeshot ahead of Savatgy and his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rookie teammate Austin Forkner but on the first downhill Savatgy made an aggressive pass on Webb, resulting in contact between the two riders that forced them wide and allowed Forkner to slip under for the lead and eventual race win – the first of his young professional career.

Two turns after the initial contact Webb slipped under Savatgy but as they entered the next right hand corner their bikes locked together forcing them to over-balance and crash which in turn brought Jeremy Martin to the ground as well.

Martin Davalos emerged from the fray in second ahead of Jessy Nelson and Alex Martin so with Forkner out front and holding a decent lead it came down to wether Alex Martin could make a run at the leader and to see how far Webb, Savargy and Jeremy Martin could make their way from what was basically dead-last.

With Forkner the clear leader, Davalos continued to maintain control of second but Alex Martin was making his move to the front, passing Nelson for third on lap 11 and on the following lap Davalos crashed out of the race, moving Martin into second and Nelson into third so Forkner took his maiden moto victory over four seconds ahead of Martin and Nelson while Webb battled back to finish sixth with Savatgy back in 11th and Jeremy Martin only able to salvage 17th.

AMA MX 2016 Washougal
AMA MX 2016 Washougal

Martin’s 1-2 effort easily landed him atop the overall classification while Forkner’s triumphant second moto vaulted him to a career-best runner-up finish (10-1). Webb’s resilient ride allowed him to secure third overall (3-6).

“Hard pack conditions [like at Washo[like at Washougal]for me, so I’ve tried to train in California to help with that. I was pretty excited to get third holeshot and lead every lap. I had pressure from Joey [Savatgy] the [Savatgy]e and I’ve been so close [to winning] a[to winning]it feels so good to get that out of the way,” said Martin. “I didn’t get a good start in the second moto but there was a little chaos and I was able to get through it in fourth. I had a battle with Jessy [Nelson] and g[Nelson]m and then Martin [Davalos] had [Davalos]ems, so we were able to get up to second and wrap up the overall.”

Webb’s recovery to secure a podium result allowed him to still gain ground in the 250 Class standings over Jeremy Martin, who finished 11th overall. A total of 51 points separate the top two championship contenders with three rounds remaining. Savatgy, who finished fourth overall, is third, 53 points out of the lead.

“We want to win and we weren’t close to that today, so that’s kind of a bummer. I didn’t get a good start in the first moto but I got back to third so I was happy with that,” said Webb. “In the second moto I got the holeshot but then we [Joey Savatgy [Joey Savatgy and I]p. From there it was a mad dash to make up as many positions as we could, so that’s what I did. It was tough to charge on the track [in the second[in the second moto]y with how far back I was able to get [in the runnin[in the running order]yle="text-align: center;">[youtube id=[youtube id=”H_Dbc7Sra5E” width=”560" height=”315"]n Richardson was sitting well inside the top 20 in the opening moto before slipping back to 21st but in the second moto ‘Jatz’ was able to get a 12th lace start to finish in a credible 15th place, his first top 15 for the season which moves the Aussie to 25th in the standings.

Jackson Richardson
Jackson Richardson

Luke Clout did not make it into the points at Washougal.

Luke Clout
Luke Clout #492

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will observe its final break of the 2016 before closing out the season with three consecutive rounds. The Unadilla National will commence on Saturday, August 13, for the 10th round of the championship in New Berlin, New York.

Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Nine – Washougal – 250 Results
  1. Alex Martin (1-2)
  2. Austin Forkner (10-1)
  3. Cooper Webb (3-6)
  4. Joey Savatgy (2-11)
  5. Justin Hill (8-4)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo (6-7)
  7. Aaron Plessinger (9-5)
  8. Arnaud Tonus (7-8)
  9. Jessy Nelson (16-3)
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg (11-9)
AMA MX 2016 Washougal 250cc Podium
AMA MX 2016 Washougal 250cc Podium
Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross 2016 – Round Nine – Washougal – 250 Championship Standings
  1. Cooper Webb, 372
  2. Jeremy Martin, -51
  3. Joey Savatgy, -53
  4. Alex Martin, -55
  5. Austin Forkner, -115
  6. Zach Osborne, -119
  7. Aaron Plesseniger, -127
  8. Arnaud Tonus, -182
  9. Adam Cianciarulo, -193
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, -203

AMA MX 2016 Washougal

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FIM World Motocross Championships – Loket, Czech Republic

Round 13 of the World Motocross Championship hit the Czech Republic last weekend and it was surprise win in the MX1 class by Max Nagl while Dylan Ferrandis score a double moto victory in the MX2 class.

MXGP Report

Max Nagl won the Grand Prix of Czech Republic in the MXGP class with 1-1 results after wining the opening moto withstanding pressure from championship leader Tim Gajser who in the second moto gifted Nagl the win after crashing late in the race while leading. in both motos. Gajser went 2-2 for second overall and Romain Febvre third with 3-3 scores.

Gajser extended his lead over Antonio Cairoli to 109 points. Cairoli finished well down in 7th overall. With five rounds to go it will take a mammoth effort from Cairoli to rise to his once dominant position and even staying in second place is going to be tough. The victory by Nagl saw him also close in on Cairoli in the points, with Cairoli on 467pts, Nagl 451pts and Febvre also close on 448pts.

Max Nagl

“Unbelievable, I like this track, but I was worried about the second moto, because often here the first moto is good and the second not so good, but I wanted to push him (Gajser) and put pressure on because he isn’t used to pressure. Then after he crashed I really had to go deep and I am so happy. My girlfriend is here and my child, so we can celebrate. The key point was a good start and I had to put pressure on him, when I passed he fought, but he was also tired. We pushed every single lap, like a qualification lap.”

MXGP Loket - Nagl
MXGP Loket – Nagl
Tim Gajser

“I am a little disappointed. I led nearly the whole second moto and I made a small mistake, took a different line and the front end washed out. I tried to pick the bike up quickly, but Max passed me. I am glad I finished second and extended my points lead. The shoulder is a little sore, but ok, will be good for Lommel for sure.”

MXGP Loket - Gajser
MXGP Loket – Gajser
Romain Febvre

“I am happy, third overall isn’t bad to come back to. I didn’t ride much lately, so the first moto was difficult, and I nearly passed Tim, the second moto was better, but my start wasn’t good and I need to pass four or five riders to get to third. I want more, so we will try next weekend in Lommel. The first moto was good I didn’t have the best of start and I was pushing and trying to pass everywhere and he was riding too good and I just couldn’t pass him. I didn’t want to scrub there and I went into the air a little early and I am thankful I saved that one.”

MXGP Loket - Febvre
MXGP Loket – Febvre
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 33:51.727
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.803
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.311
  4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:17.471
  5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:28.074
  6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:30.841
  7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:31.398
  8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.081
  9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:55.807
  10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:57.863
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:33.696
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:02.770
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.354
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:21.748
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:29.557
  6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.818
  7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.013
  8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:49.530
  9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:55.739
  10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:59.716

[youtube id=”-VQ[youtube id=”-VQEngVaUVQ” width=”560" height=”315"]" style="text-align: center;">MXGP Overall Top Ten

  1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 50 points
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 p.
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 34 p.
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.
  6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 28 p.
  7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 27 p.
  8. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 24 p.
  9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 23 p.
  10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 20 p.
MXGP Championship Top Ten
  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 576 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 467 p.
  3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 451 p.
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 448 p.
  5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 419 p.
  6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 385 p.
  7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 286 p.
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 248 p.
  9. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 244 p.
  10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 225 p.
MXGP Manufacturers
  1. Honda, 584 points
  2. Yamaha, 522 p.
  3. KTM, 478 p.
  4. Husqvarna, 466 p.
  5. Kawasaki, 344 p.
  6. Suzuki, 262 p.
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Dylan Ferrandis has picked up his second Grand Prix victory of the 216 season after going 1-1 after a tough battle with Brit Max Anstie who managed 2-3 results despite a crash late in the second moto while trying to pass Ferrandis for the lead.

Jeremy Seewer was second overall with 3-2 results but was running the same pace as Ferrandis and Anstie in either moto.

Dylan Ferrandis

“It’s pretty cool. I am happy about my race, I had a good battle with Max, I made a mistake and he tried to pass me, I have some pain on my shoulder from the collision, but I am ok. It is an amazing feeling, two moto wins. I had an ok start. Jonass crashed in front of me, I hope he is ok. I made my own races and it was good. I had to battle with many good riders in the first moto and the track was slippery. I passed Jeremy and had a good battle with Max, but I had problems with my goggles and he nearly passed me.”

MXGP Loket - Ferrandis
MXGP Loket – Ferrandis
Jeremy Seewer

“I am not too happy, I had a good result, my best of the year. I am happy with my second moto start and led for some laps. Happy with second overall and still second in the championship and looking forward to racing in the sand in Lommel. The bike continues to improve.”

MXGP Loket - Seewer
MXGP Loket – Seewer
Max Anstie

“It was still a good race, a nice weekend. I had to try (Ferrandis), and I got a little aggressive with Jeremy also, I didn’t want to ride like that. When I went for the pass for the lead I went up the inside of Dylan, because there wasn’t many places to pass, but I went down.”

MXGP Loket - Anstie
MXGP Loket – Anstie

The opening MX2 moto started with Pauls Jonass pulling the holeshot and the rider who is in the box seat to replace Herlings as the lead rider in the Red Bull KTM Factory team unfortunately crashed on one of the down-hill sections and was out for the day.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 34:36.392
  2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:03.834
  3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:13.228
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.934
  5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:30.045
  6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:31.779
  7. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), +0:35.178
  8. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:42.328
  9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:50.567
  10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:53.306.

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  1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 35:02.295
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:04.477
  3. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:20.509
  4. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:21.619
  5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:22.607
  6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:43.943
  7. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:47.368
  8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:47.844
  9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:11.432
  10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:16.457.
MX2 Overall Top Ten
  1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 50 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 42 p.
  3. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 42 p.
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 34 p.
  5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 29 p.
  6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 29 p.
  7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 26 p.
  8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 24 p.
  9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 24 p.
  10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 18 p.
MXGP Loket - MX2
MXGP Loket – MX2
MX2 Championship Top Ten
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 597 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 470 p.
  3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 403 p.
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 359 p.
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 358 p.
  6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 320 p.
  7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 316 p.
  8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 282 p.
  9. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 279 p.
  10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 246 p.
MX2 Manufacturers
  1. KTM, 626 points
  2. Kawasaki, 485 p.
  3. Suzuki, 470 p.
  4. Yamaha, 450 p.
  5. Husqvarna, 406 p.
  6. TM, 279 p.
  7. Honda, 241 p.
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
AORC – Rounds 7 & 8 of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Hedley in Victoria

KTM Enduro Racing Teams Daniel Sanders and Tye Simmonds have dominated rounds seven and eight of the AORC with 1-2 finishes over the two days of racing while young Lyndon Snodgrass put himself on the final step of the podium in both rounds.

Daniel Sanders. Image by John Pearson
Daniel Sanders. Image by John Pearson

Sanders won Saturdays Cross Country round by 2 minutes and 20 second over Simmonds who had almost a six minute lead over Snodgrass at days end then in Sundays Sprint round Sanders was the best part of 10 seconds per lap faster than Simmonds and Snodgrass over the four heats.

Unfortunately at the time of writing there are no current championship point standings for any of the classes available which to my mind is borderline incompetence on behalf of the event organisers, considering we are well over 36 hours since the last rider crossed the finish line. Update – Editor Trev now has the AORC championship standings and they are detailed clearly for all classes here, along with extensive quotes from the main players.

With Rounds 7 & 8 complete it leaves only four rounds remaining for the championship with Rounds 9 & 10 scheduled for Monkerai, NSW over the weekend of August 13-14.

Overall results for Round 7
  1. Daniel Sanders (E3) 2:45:54.863
  2. Tye Simmonds (E2) 2:48:15.472
  3. Lyndon Snodgrass (E3) 2:51:54.437
  4. Jack Simpson (E1) 2:52:15.340
  5. Riley Graham (E1) 2:55:26.892
  6. Tom McCormack (E3) 2:56:15.982
  7. Callan May (E1) 2:57:19.152
  8. Broc Grabham (E2) 2:57:42.613
  9. Lachlan Stanford (E3) 2:59:55.138
  10. Glenn Kearney (E1) 3:00:33.690
Outright results for Round 8
  1. Daniel Sanders 32:02.953 (E3)
  2. Tye Simmonds 32:53.359 (E2)
  3. Lyndon Snodgrass 33:17.569 (E3)
  4. Jack Simpson 33:21.080 (E1)
  5. Beau Ralston 33:29.553 (E3)
  6. Broc Grabham 33:38.252 (E2)
  7. Glenn Kearney 33:43.344 (E1)
  8. Lachlan Stanford 33:50.008 (E3)
  9. Riley Graham 34:06.797 (E1)
  10. Scott Keegan 34:09.999 (E1)
Canadian Motocross Championships – Round 7 – Pleasant Valley Motorsport Park in Truro, Nova Scotia

Pleasant Valley Motorsport Park in Truro, Nova Scotia hosted round seven of the Canadian Motocross Championships and it was championship leaders Davi Milsaps and Cole Thompson who won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively.

Davi Millsaps made a statement going 1-1 for the overall ahead of Brett Metcalfe who went 2-2 over the two motos for second outright ahead of Tyler Medaglia (4-3), Matt Goerke (3-4) and Kaven Benoit (5-5). Metcalfe has moved into second place in the series but has a 35 point deficit to Millsaps to make up if he wants to win the MX1 championships

Mike Alessi crashed in the first turn of both motos and went 8-7 on the day for seventh overall.

MX1 Overall
  1. Davi Millsaps 1-1
  2. Brett Metcalfe 2-2
  3. Tyler Medaglia 4-3
  4. Matt Goerke 3-4
  5. Kaven Benoit 5-5
  6. Cade Clason 6-6
  7. Mike Alessi 8-7
  8. Keylan Meston 10-8
  9. Morgan Burger 11-11
  10. Shawn Robinson 15-9
MX1 Standings
  1. Davi Millsaps – 379pts
  2. Brett Metcalfe – 344pts
  3. Matt Goerke – 342pts
  4. Mike Alessi – 318pts
  5. Colton Facciotti – 297pts

Cole Thompson continues to dominate the MX2 championship and now has a very commanding 74 point lead in the series standings. “I had a little setback last weekend but I didn’t let it bother me. I am more motivated than ever and the track was really slick today.”

Dakota Alix (3-3) and Shawn Maffenbeier (2-4) managed to land on the MX2 podium while Dylan Wright (5-2) and Jesse Pettis (4-6) rounded out the top five.

MX2 Overall
  1. Cole Thompson 1-1
  2. Dakota Alix 3-3
  3. Shawn Maffenbeier 2-4
  4. Dylan Wright 5-2
  5. Jesse Pettis 4-6
  6. Mark Worth 8-5
  7. Davey Fraser 6-7
  8. Ryan Lalonde 9-9
  9. Westen Wrozyna 10-10
  10. Brad Nauditt 7-13
MX2 Standings
  1. Cole Thompson – 403pts
  2. Shawn Maffenbeier – 329pts
  3. Dylan Wright – 290pts
  4. Brad Nauditt – 262pts
  5. Jesse Pettis – 240pts

Round 8 of the 2016 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan will take place next weekend, July 31st at the Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Australian Post Classic Motocross Championship – Harrisville, Qld

The Brisbane Motorcycle Club hosted the 2016 Australian Post Classic Motocross Championships at Harrisville last weekend and with 18 championships up for grabs for machinery manufactured before 1990 there was plenty of action around the fast and flowing circuit.

Former Australian Enduro Champion Kirk Hutton turned up on a couple of well fettled Yamaha YZs and as you would expect managed to come away with more than his share of race wins but he did get piped by multi Australian Champion Brad Van Barrelo in the 263cc Plus Evolution class in a battle that saw both riders push themselves and the their bikes to the limit.

EVO 263CC +
EVO 263CC +

Young stars of the Post Classic moto scene like Alex Middleton, Connor Rice, Jacob Dank, Riley Lee, Broc Haskin, Dean Mason, Ashley Mason and Jack Casey kept the older competitors on their toes all weekend and did manage to come away with more than a healthy share of the trophies while Matthew Moloney took out both of the action packed sidecar classes ahead of Wayne Holloway and David Mattock.

Below are the official results from all classes.

Pre 1990 Invitational
  1. Charlie Costanzo
  2. Jesse McMillan-Moore
  3. Alex Middleton
  4. Luke Nerney
  5. Mick Birt
Pre 90 4Stroke
  1. Alex Middleton
  2. Sean Allanson
  3. Wayne Skyring
  4. Terry Groom
  5. Paul Meginley
Pre 1990 – 263cc and Above
  1. Conner Rice
  2. Riley Lee
  3. Dean Mason
  4. Ashley Mason
  5. Steve Goody
Pre 1985 – 263cc and Above
  1. Riley Lee
  2. Andrew Williams
  3. Ashley Mason
  4. Craig Wills
  5. Steven Newman
Evo 263+
  1. Brad Van Barrelo
  2. Kirk Hutton
  3. David Middleton
  4. Steven Newman
  5. Daryn Moore
Evo 263+ 30-39
  1. Steven Newman
Evo 263+ 40-49
  1. Kirk Hutton
  2. Brad Van Barrelo
  3. Sean Allanson
  4. Mitchell Simmens
  5. Simon Hunter
Evo 263+ 50-59
  1. David Middleton
  2. Russell Williamson
  3. Daryn Moore
  4. Stephan Berquist
  5. Adrian Webb
Evo 263+ 60+
  1. Steve New
  2. Wayne Skyring
  3. Geoff Udy
  4. Robert Newman
  5. Colin Metcher
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Pre 90 250
  1. Nick Bressan
  2. Kirk Hutton
  3. Andrew Gifford
  4. Brock Haskens
  5. Riley Lee
Pre 85 250
  1. Riley Lee
  2. Simon Broad
  3. Brad Van Barrelo
  4. Ashley Mason
  5. Steve Gant
Evo 250cc
  1. Kirk Hutton
  2. Nick Bressan
  3. Ashley Mason
  4. Darren Smart
Evo 250 16-29
  1. Brock Haskens
  2. Jack Casey
Evo 250 30-39
  1. Ashley Mason
  2. Andrew Blom
Evo 250 40-49
  1. Kirk Hutton
  2. Brad Van Barrelo
  3. Darren MacDonald
  4. Mitchell Simmens
  5. Steve Curtiss own Darren Smart pictured here on #X7 own Darren Smart pictured here on #X7
Evo 250 50-59
  1. Darren Smart
  2. Greg Mitchell
  3. John Kemp
  4. Alan Bressan
  5. David Hull
Evo 250 60+
  1. Nick Fitzgerald
  2. Wayne Skyring
  3. Colin Metcher
Pre 1990 125cc
  1. Jacob Dank
  2. Charlie Costanzo
  3. Dean Mason
  4. Andrew Gifford
  5. Brock Haskens
Pre 1985 125cc
  1. Jaron Shorten
  2. Craig Wills 62
  3. John Kemp 60
  4. Andrew Bailey
  5. Jason Ladson
EVO 125cc
  1. Jacob Dank
  2. Ashley Woolford
  3. Wayne Skyring
  4. Ashley Randall
  5. Graham Simeonidis
Evo 125 16-29
  1. Jacob Dank
Evo 125 40-49
  1. Ashley Woolford
  2. Ashley Randall
  3. Steve Curtiss
Evo 125 50-59
  1. Russell Ralph
  2. Russell Brown
  3. David Crothers
  4. Chris Gatehouse
  5. Alan Hughes
Evo 125 60+
  1. Wayne Skyring
Pre 90 Sidecar
  1. Matthew Moloney
  2. Wayne Holloway
  3. David Mattock
  4. John Cooper
  5. Geof Udy
  6. Tony Garry
Dave Mattock
Dave Mattock
Pre 85 Sidecar
  1. Matthew Moloney
  2. Wayne Holloway
  3. David Mattock
  4. Nick Higgs
  5. Jamie McMurdo
Triple Crown
  1. Glenn Wollenweber
  2. Russell Williamson
  3. Wayne Skyring
  4. Craig Wills
  5. Brad Van Barrelo
Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Dunlop Geomax MX3S