Moto News Wrap for March 22, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Weeks Racing Overview:
  • AMA Supercross Championship – Round 11 – Detroit
  • SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 7 – Final Round – Madrid
  • AORC – Round 1-2 – Kilkivan
  • New Zealand Motocross Championship – Round 4 – Digger McEwen Motocross Park, Taupo
  • FIM X-Trial Championship – Round 3 – Austria
  • AMA Enduro Championship – Round 2 – Perry Mountain, Alabama
  • French Motocross Championships – Round 2
  • British Motocross Championships – Round 1 – Hawkestone
  • Belgian Motocross Championships – Round 1 – Moerbeke
  • Woodlands Grand Slam Dirt Track – Temora, NSW
This Week’s News Overview:
  • A Star of the Future – Brodie Connolly
  • Wright Goes from Husqvarna to KTM
  • Styke Injured
  • 2016 Australian Speedway Sidecar Individual Championship Entry List
  • Kawasaki Australia Signs Rutledge
  • Grant Signs with Kawasaki
  • Hill Injured
  • Pourcel Sits Out Detroit
  • Delong In Surgery
  • Albertson and Cunningham Sit Out Detroit
  • Josh Cartwright Joins BLUE Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha
  • Paulin Injured
  • Ferrandis Has Successful Surgery
Australasian News
A Star of the Future – Brodie Connolly

Aussie super-coach Greg Moss has drawn my attention to young Kiwi Brodie Connolly who is absolutely blitzing all rivals on his KTM65 and 85 – this young hard charger has been working with Moss for some time now and the partnership is obviously paying dividends with Brodie being 9 seconds per lap faster than his nearest rival at a recent event – that is not a typo – 9 seconds per lap!! Remember the name, Brodie Connolly!

Brodie Connolly and coach Greg Moss look to be a good team
Brodie Connolly and coach Greg Moss look to be a good team
Wright Goes from Husqvarna to KTM

Just after it was announced that the partnership between SD3 Husqvarna and Jacob Wright had been severed, the young Queenslander posted a photo of his new KTM450SX-F with MXRP decals all over it.

Jacob Wright's new ride
Jacob Wright’s new ride

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Styke Injured

KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Luke Styke has re-injured his Achilles tendon while preparing for the opening round of the MX Nationals at Horsham on the 3rd of April. Styke suffered a rupture of the Achilles tendon during the AUS-X Open in Sydney.

2016 Australian Speedway Sidecar Individual Championship Entry List

Motorcycling Australia has announced the 2016 Australian Speedway Sidecar Individual Championship entry list. The championship will take place on April 8 and 9 at Olympic Park in Mildura, Victoria and with such a large field the racing is bound to be sensational so if you are in the area get along to this event.

Top Eight Seeds

1. Justin Plaidsted/Sam Harrison

2. Warren Monson/Matthew Morgan

3. Mick Headland/Jesse Headland

4. Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox

5. Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig

6. Wesley Jenkins/Hagan Campbell

7. Rick Howse/Adam Commons

8. Neal Hancock/Brendon Johnson

The 16 Qualifier

1. Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear

2. Trent Headland/Daryll Whetstone

3. Mark Plaidsted/Darcy Risstrom

4. Dylan Blain/Hamish Golding

5. Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell

6. Grant Bond/Glenn Cox

7. Rob Patterson/Don Morris

8. Brodie Cohen/Joshua Sinnott

9. Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin

10. Hayden Bond/Brady Cox

11. Mark Mitchell/DaleKnight

12. Luke Puddy/Damian Egan

13. Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell

14. Shane Hudson/Eli Wright

15. Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris

16. Clinton Mayes/Sean Coleby

Reserves

1. Simon Hartley/Nathan Chisholm

2. Tim Bichard/Anthony Schultz

3. Mark Radford/Blake Halls

4. Stephen Saunders/Clariss Saunders

5. Aaron Pearce/Brodie Gebhar

Kawasaki Australia Signs Rutledge

Meghan Rutledge, will be supported by Kawasaki Motors this year during a full time campaign in Australia aboard KX450F and KX250F machinery. “I’m looking forward to being in Australia for 12 months and competing on home soil,” said Meghan.

Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge Takes 2nd Overall In FIM World WMX Championship
Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge was 2nd Overall In 2015 FIM World WMX Championship
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Grant Signs with Kawasaki

Josh Grant has signed with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team to contest all of the remaining AMA Supercross series as well as the entire AMA Motocross Championships and the two American rounds of the World Motocross Championships.

For mind, Kawasaki was crazy to keep the over-rated Wil Hahn instead of hiring Grant for the 2016 season.

Hill Injured

At the Detroit round of the AMA Supercross, Justin Hill crashed the second 250 timed practice session at the end of a fast rhythm section and hit his head. He was able to stand up and spoke with the medical team before leaving the track but was unable to compete in the main night program. Hill won the main event in Toronto and was second in points, two behind leader Jeremy Martin leading into Detroit.

Pourcel Sits Out Detroit

A fracture of his C3 vertebrae has forced Christophe Pourcel to miss a second straight race in Detroit. Pourcel made the announcement on his Instagram page writing, “I fractured a large piece of my C3 vertebrae in a practice crash last week and it needs more time to heal.”

With a week break for the Easter holiday following Detroit, Pourcel is hopeful he will be able to return in Santa Clara on April 2.

Delong In Surgery

After the first round of GNCC, Andrew DeLong visited a hand specialist and found that his Scapholunate Ligament has been torn and had immediate surgery which will force the 2015 champion out of action for 3-4 months.

Albertson and Cunningham Sit Out Detroit

Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki’s Jimmy Albertson and Kyle Cunningham missed Round 11 of Monster Energy Supercross in Detroit on Saturday due to injuries sustained in Toronto last weekend.

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Josh Cartwright Joins BLUE Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha

BLUE Buffalo/Slater Skins Yamaha announced that Josh Cartwright will fill-in for the injured Andrew Silverstein for the remainder of the 250SX East Region. Silverstein was brought on to replace Benny Bloss, who parted ways with the team right before the Atlanta opener.

Euro News
Paulin Injured

Honda HRC’s Gautier Paulin was injured in a crash two Saturdays ago while practicing at Lommel in Belgium, the team reports. Paulin sustained a fractured vertebrate and a broken rib. According to the team, Paulin hit a soft spot, which stopped the bike and sent him over the bars. He was examined by Dr. Claes, who determined the fracture was stable and released him to return home.

Ferrandis Has Successful Surgery

Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team underwent successful surgery last week to repair the damage to his right shoulder sustained during the FIM MX2 Motocross GP of Thailand.

Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Supercross Championship – Round 11 – Detroit

A crowd of 46,259 witnessed a controversial finish in the 450SX Class which saw Ryan Dungey take the chequered flag before being penalized two positions due to an on-track infraction which in turn awarded Jason Anderson his second career win. In the Eastern Regional 250SX Class, Malcolm Stewart became the fourth different winner in as many races and earning the championship lead.

AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 11 - Detroit - Image by Hoppenworld - 450cc Start
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 11 – Detroit – Image by Hoppenworld – 450cc Start
450 Race Report

1st – Jason Anderson – Anderson managed a decent start and passed Reed early then pushed hard to stay with his training partners Dungey and Musquin (all three are trained by Aldon Baker who was on the sidelines watching his riders) before passing Musquin on the second last lap when the KTM rider had a small fall and it wasn’t until everyone was back in their motel rooms that they found out about the penalty to Dungey. In fact, it was Chad Reed who told Anderson that he had won the main event.

“I feel like if I get a start and get up front I could run the pace of those guys and hopefully capitalize on mistakes. That’s kind of what I did tonight with Marvin falling,” Anderson told RacerX. “That was the first time that’s happened, ever. It was definitely cool to see all training partners, dudes that we ride together with all week, hold it off and went 1, 2, 3. That’s pretty badass.”

Anderson was awarded his second win of the season following a penalty assessed to Dungey. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
Jason Anderson was awarded his second win of the season following a penalty assessed to Dungey. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

For the record, only three riders were able to get into the 46 second bracket in the main event and they were Anderson, Musquin and Dungey – Aldon Baker is doing something pretty cool with these riders.

2nd – Marvin Musquin – Musquin battle Dungey hard on the opening lap then settled into second place right until the dying laps when a small fall cost him a position to Anderson – a position that in the end cost him the win.

“To get third here in Detroit (this RacerX interview was done before the Dungey penalty was handed down), coming into Detroit I knew it was going to be a tough one because last year was a little bit of a struggle on the 250 here just to find traction, but obviously I did better on the 450. We worked hard on the team. To be third right now, should have been a second obviously without the crash, but that’s racing and things happen like that. But four weekends in a row on the podium, that’s awesome.”

Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey
Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey

3rd – Ryan Dungey – Dungey began the main event with another holeshot but he quickly lost the spot to his teammate but before the opening lap was completed the championship leader was in the lead. “Yeah, we were both going for it,” Dungey told RacerX. “It’s just what it is, we race each other hard and clean and that’s what we do during the week as well. So we push each other. It kind of felt just like at home in Florida. I was able to get a clean run through the whoops, and then it wasn’t easy after that. Marvin actually started picking it up and dropped his lap time, identical [to me]. And he was a little faster at times, a tenth or two. He picked it up in the whoops, so we were able to clean it up a little. I had to be on it. So we were able to kind of keep things good. With that pressure on us we had to be really smart and no mistakes. I was able to find some good lines and just get some power to the ground.”

Ryan Dungey was penalized two positions to third. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby
Ryan Dungey was penalized two positions to third. Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

While Dungey held a three second lead on lap seven he approached a red-cross flag for a downed rider, requiring riders to roll each jump until clear of the incident. The championship leader failed to adhere to the flag and as a result was penalized two positions by race officials.

4th – Chad Reed – Chad pushed hard for all 20 laps to earn this 4th place. His fastest lap in the 20 lap main was a 47.092 which was the fourth fastest lap time but the Aussie wrote this on his Instagram account regarding the red-cross flag incident.

Chad Reed on Social Media

‘On the weekend in my heat and main event there was Red Cross flag situations – In both cases I lost time to whoever was in front of me at the time – My interpretation of the Red Cross flag is “no jumping” – I have not seen any video of Dung jumping but after seeing this video here’s my 2 cents..

1st of all its IMO (in my opinion) that the flagger waves the wrong flag to start with. Rhythm sections Red Cross flag should be last resort – It’s not blind at all we can see the downed riders – So no need for Red Cross flag.

2nd what Nick Wey does is how I understand the Red Cross flag “wheels on ground no jumping”

3rd I was in front of this and still had the Red Cross flag the next lap I didn’t see a down rider at all just the flag

4th what the guys did in front of me isn’t really anything different than “jumping” it – IMO I did the section the same as you see Wey doing it

5th wins are hard to come by

6th a few seconds is hard to find on these tracks

7th dung got robbed because the replacing winner broke the rules also IMO’

5th – Eli Tomac – Eli started the main event in 9th place and made his way up to 7th and if it wasn’t for flat tyres to Justin Brayton and Blake Baggett, Eli would have ended the main in that position – the Daytona winner still hasn’t got his Kawasaki sorted for the stadium tracks and is apparently trying new forks in an effort to get some ‘feeling’ at the front.

6th – Ken Roczen – Last week’s winner overcame a start outside the top 10 to end up in sixth place but it was an uninspiring ride which handed Dungey a 39 point lead in the championship – likewise, Anderson is now just 14 points shy of Roczen’s second place in the series.

Roczen tweeted this: ‘By far my worst race this year. Was looking forward to this weekend but it is what it is.’

12th – Josh Grant – Grant came into Detroit after just a couple of day testing on the factory Kawasaki and despite injuring his ankle managed 12th in the main. “It was good. For being on the bike for a couple days, I felt good. Qualified decent. The track was kind of gnarly for me. The whoops were pretty hammered. But for not racing all year I feel like I’m doing pretty decent.”

450SX Class Results
  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  4. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
  7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  9. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Honda
  10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 11 - Detroit - Image by Hoppenworld - Eli Tomac
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 11 – Detroit – Image by Hoppenworld – Eli Tomac
450SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 253
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 214
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 200
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 186
  5. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 178
  6. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 173
  7. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 160
  8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 128
  9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 105
  10. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 104

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250 Class Report
AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 11 - Detroit - Image by Hoppenworld - 250cc Start
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 11 – Detroit – Image by Hoppenworld – 250cc Start

The 15-lap main event saw Aaron Plessinger and Arnaud Tonus vying for the lead early just ahead of Malcolm Stewart while championship leader Jeremy Martin found himself on the ground after making contact with Tyler Bowers going into the first corner.

Tonus got around Plessinger for the lead but by lap three Stewart made his way to the lead and took off for an easy win while Tonus crashed in the whoops on lap four giving third place to Shane McElrath.

As you would expect, Martin was charging through the field and was about to leap into the top ten but he crashed again and would soon fall a lap down to Stewart but used it to his advantage to finish the race in 13th place.

Stewart scored only his second Supercross win. “This means a lot. GEICO Honda has stuck behind me and having an opportunity to ride with them again this year is paying off,” said Stewart, who is now leads the championship by seven points. “I’m excited and shook up about taking over the points lead. Having the red plate for the next race is going to be awesome.”

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
  1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
  4. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  6. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
  7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
  8. Paul Coates, Zephyrhills, Fla., Honda
  9. Cedric Soubeyras, Venasque, France, Kawasaki
  10. Jesse Wentland, Elk River, Minn., Honda
AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 11 - Detroit - Image by Hoppenworld - 250cc Podium
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 11 – Detroit – Image by Hoppenworld – 250cc Podium
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda – 80
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 73
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 67
  4. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM – 63
  5. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 61
  6. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki – 53
  7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda – 44
  8. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Suzuki – 41
  9. Jesse Wentland, Elk River, Minn., Honda – 41
  10. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki – 41

Monster Energy Supercross will observe its lone break in the championship before returning to action on Saturday, April 2, with the 12th race of the season from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 7 – Final Round – Madrid
Colton Haaker
Colton Haaker

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker has been crowned the FIM SuperEnduro World Champion after earning 3-2-1 results at the thrilling and hard fought final round held in Madrid last weekend.

Colton Haaker: “I’m pretty pumped for winning the World Championship. It’s just so nice to see all that hard work paying off. Honestly, this season was just insane. It was my rookie year racing the series, so I knew I had a lot to learn. I started the championship with a fourth overall in Poland, and then kept building on that. Since Poland I never missed the overall podium. The final in Madrid was just another crazy night of racing and it all came down to the last corners of the last lap. I made a last lap pass to Cody (Webb) and that was for the championship. It was a super exciting moment and I’m pretty sure the fans loved it too. To win the world title means a lot to me and proves that we were ready to do it. Despite fighting hard until the end I’ve enjoyed this championship a lot. I can’t wait to be back next year.”

Colton Haaker
Colton Haaker

KTM star Jonny Walker came into the final round with a slim one point advantage but the leg injury that he suffered at round six put pay to a challenge for the title in Madrid. “To lose the title fight in the final round is tough to take but that’s racing I suppose. Honestly, I was lucky to race tonight. I’m really sure how I managed it because I actually broke the fibula in my lower right leg last weekend in Prague. So effectively I’ve raced two rounds with a broken leg. But I’m a fighter and I put way too much effort in during the winter to quite. I couldn’t not try. I wish I was healthier to battle with Cody Webb and Colton Haaker but that’s the way it went. I gave it all I had.”

Jonny Walker
Jonny Walker

Webb: “It’s been an incredible season. For it to come down to the final corner of the final lap shows just how tight the racing has been. Obviously I’m a little gutted to not be world champion but I can hold my head high because I gave it everything I had tonight and nothing less. Looking back, those mistakes in Argentina and Prague were costly, but I won three overall rounds, so I can be proud of that.”

Cody Webb - SuperEnduro 2016
Cody Webb – SuperEnduro 2016

Blazusiak: “It was great to come out with a win in race one. I got a clean start and pretty much stayed out from for most of it. The other two races just didn’t go my way, crashes and mistakes cost be a better shot at a better overall result. Overall, it’s been a tough season but I’ll regroup and come back stronger.”

Prestige – Final 1: 1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 9 laps, 07:33.369; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 07:35.342; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 07:36.878; 4. Cody Webb (KTM) 07:39.826; 5. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 07:52.469

Prestige – Final 2: 1. Cody Webb (KTM) 9 laps, 07:18.467; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 07:25.447; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 07:46.208; 4. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 07:49.111; 5. Taylor Robert (KTM) 07:49.291

Prestige – Final 3: 1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 06:58.531; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 06:59.384; 3. Taylor Robert (KTM) 07:25.028; 4. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 07:40.259; 5. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 07:41.060

Prestige Overall (with race results): 1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, (4-1-2). 2. Colton Haaker (USA, Husqvarna, (3-2-1). 3. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), KTM (2-6-5). 4. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, (6-5-3). 5. Mario Roman (ESP), Husqvarna (5-5-4). 6. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM (1-3-DNF) 7. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, (7-7-6).

Prestige – Overall Classification: 1. Cody Webb (KTM) 53pts; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 52pts; 3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 38pts; 4. Taylor Robert (KTM) 38pts; 5. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 37pts

Prestige Class – Final Standings: 1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 292pts; 2. Cody Webb (KTM) 287pts; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 270pts; 4. Taylor Robert (KTM) 231pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 221pts; 6. Mario Roman (Husqvarna) 176pts

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New Zealand Motocross Championship – Round 4 – Digger McEwen Motocross Park, Taupo
Cody Cooper wrapped up another NZ Title
Cody Cooper wrapped up another NZ Title

Cody Coper has successfully defended his New Zealand MX1 Motocross Championship by being on the podium 12 out of 12 motos over the four round championship while Hamish Harwood won the MX2 title after a solid championship from the get-go.

Cooper scored three moto wins, six second places and three third place finishes to earn 267 championship points which was two more than Australian Yamaha rider Dean Ferris scored. “The second race win today is what won the title for me and I got the job done,” said Cooper. “It gave me the five-point buffer I needed. It was a battle though. Dean (Ferris) passed me in that race and I had to fight back.”

“There was no backing down from me today, I might have had to take a pay cut if I didn’t win,” Cooper joked.

Harwood led the series from go to woe with his biggest threat coming from Aussie Jed Beaton who was having his first crack at the New Zealand series.

Harwood came into the final round with a handy points lead over Beaton and kept his head throughut to take the title. “I had not been nervous before racing at the previous rounds, but I was today,” Harwood said. “But I felt comfortable too. I knew Jed (Beaton) was a long way behind me in the first race and so I just stayed smooth and rode smart to the finish.”

“Winning a national title in New Zealand is harder than most people realise,” Harwood admitted. “New Zealand riders on New Zealand tracks are very hard to beat. I’m planning now to see if I can get a ride in Australia, with their nationals set to kick off in a couple of weeks’ time. Patrick (Stafford) at KTM New Zealand is talking to people in Australia right now so, with that in mind, I’ll just keep on training and hope for the best.”

MX1 Championship Standings

1. Cody Cooper – 267.

2. Dean Ferris – 265.

3. Todd Waters – 255.

4. Scott Columb – 197.

5. Brad Groombridge – 190.

6. Hamish Harwood – 166.

7. Dylan Miles – 135.

8. Kieran Scheele – 132.

9. Joaquin Fernandez – 112.

10. Daryl Hurley – 105.

MX2 Championship Standings:

1. Hamish Harwood – 259.

2. Jed Beaton – 242.

3. Kayne Lamont – 221.

4. Ethan Martens – 197.

5. Micah McGoldrick – 197.

6. Cohen Chase – 156.

7. Joel Wightman – 156.

8. Trent Collins – 143.

9. Hadleigh Knight – 138.

10. Sam Greenslade – 109.

Daniel Sanders does the AORC double at Kilkivan
Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders - Mad Dog Images
Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders – Mad Dog Images

It seems as if KTM Off-Road Team’s Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders may just be the man to beat in this year’s Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) if the first two rounds at Kilkivan are anything to go by, after the Victorian rider was once again victorious in the second round in both the outright and E3 category.

Sanders did admit that he did start off a bit slow in the first few sprints after just trying to find the correct lines and get into a rhythm.

It wasn’t until the fifth run where Sanders finally took the overall lead from Active8 Yamaha Yamalube’s Josh Green who was the early pace setter for the round.

Sanders explained that the track today had a nice little technical section through the dried up creek bed, which was really rough and rocky, which he believed was where it was paying off for him as he had a great rhythm through that section.

The finishing order between Sanders and Green was a slender .999sec, which Sanders described as a “great win and a big confident booster” heading into round three and four.

“It’s a great way to start the year off and a fantastic way to reward the team for all the hard work they have done during the off season,” said Sanders.

“We have a few weeks off now until the next round, so I’ll keep training as hard as I can and see what we can do at Portland in April.”

Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders - Mad Dog Images
Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders – Mad Dog Images

Green, who was the winner of the E2 class was a bit disappointed in himself after making a mistake in the second last sprint –  Green caught the bank with his left knee aggravating an injury that he’s had since the off season.

“It’s nothing major, but it’s just a niggling annoying thing which put me off for the rest of that lap,” said Green.

Green did however pull a second back on Sanders on the last sprint, but just was not enough in the end.

Josh Green
Josh Green

24-year-old Lachlan Stanford again proved that he had pace to challenge for this year’s title, after he came home in third position and second in the E3 class, 12.611sec behind Green.

However for unknown reasons Stanford was off the pace on the fourth lap, which he said he couldn’t understand why as all of his lines where right. This cost Stanford a few seconds on the front running three riders.

Overall however Stanford did share that a second in round one and third in round two, was a good way to kick start his championship, and is really looking forward to the remainder of the year piloting the Husqvarna FE501 machine.

Lachy Stanford
Lachy Stanford

“All weekend I have had so much confidence riding the FE501 and without a doubt its nothing but amazing to ride. It’s shaping up to be a good year ahead.”

Rounding out the top five was Tye Simmonds (KTM Off-Road Team) and CDR Yamaha’s Chris Hollis, with Green’s teammate Beau Ralston finishing in sixth place.

The standout ride went to young Victorian rider Jack Simpson who finished seventh outright and took out the E1 class.

Meanwhile Jemma Wilson was again too strong for the field in the Women’s class, this time beating Jess Gardiner who put in a solid effort.

Third went to Emelie Karlsson who held off three Queensland riders in Tamara Gray, Ebony Nielsen and Ainsleigh Ross, while the sole Victorian rider in Kate Norman finished in seventh place.

Other class winners included Kirk Hutton (Vets), Derek Grundy (Masters), Zak Mitten (J4), Jye Bennett (J3), Sam Noonan (J2).

The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship now heads to Portland, New South Wales on 9-10 April.

We have collated quotes from all the top AORC runners that can be clicked through to here

AORC Results – After Round 2 (Provisional)
Outright

1st Daniel Saunders – 50

2nd Josh Green – 42

3rd Lachlan Stanford – 42

4th Tye Simmonds – 34

5th Beau Ralston – 32

E3 Over 455cc)

1st Daniel Saunders

2nd Lachlan Saunders

3rd Beau Ralston

E2 (450cc)

1st Josh Green

2nd Tye Simmonds

3rd Chris Hollis

E1 (250cc)

1st Jack Simpson

2nd Scott Keegan

3rd Riley Graham

= 3rd Stefan Granquist

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FIM X-Trial Championship – Round 3 – Austria
Toni Bou
Toni Bou

Toni Bou clinched a vital victory at round three of the 2016 FIM X-Trial Championship held in Austria last weekend and with one round remaining the Repsol Honda rider leads the championship standings by eight points over his nearest rival Adam Raga, who finished behind Albert Cabestany in Austria.

Toni Bou
Toni Bou

The final round will be held in Marseille next weekend. “I’m really happy, today has been fantastic,” said Bou. “I suffered a bit in qualifications but it turned out to be worth the trouble as the final went really well and I’m happy with the evening’s performance. Albert Cabestany was riding really well and was looking like winning it so I had to ride like never before. So now the conditions for going into the final X-Trial event have improved, having everything still in play would have been really tough. Nevertheless it’s not going to be easy and we will be a bit nervous. Nothing has been finished yet.”

Results X-Trial Wiener Neustadt 2016

1. Bou Toni

2. Cabestany Albert

3. Raga Adam

4. Fajardo Jeroni

5. Fujinami Takahisa

Rider Standings after 3 of 4 Rounds:

1. Bou Toni – 55

2. Raga Adam – 47

3. Cabestany Albert – 39

4. Fajardo Jeroni – 27

5. Fujinami Takahisa – 18

Toni Bou
Toni Bou
Kenda AMA Enduro Championship – Round 2 – Perry Mountain, Alabama

The second round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship was held in Maplesville, Alabama last weekend and it was Grant Baylor who took the win ahead of Russell Bobbitt, Steward Baylor and Josh Strang.

“I felt pretty good all day,” Baylor said. “I was a little tight in the first test but I just tried to stay consistent. I never hit the ground all day. It was close between me and Russell [Bobbitt] all day. I was behind going into the last test and I knew I had to ride as hard as I could.”

“This place is real cool because it has everything,” said Bobbitt. “Sand, rocky hills and they definitely lived up to their name the Knuckle Buster with plenty of tight trees. It was a good race. I felt pretty good off the start, I just wasn’t riding aggressive enough. Then I got stuck in a mud hole and it pissed me off—in a good way, I suppose, because I won the test. My favorite all day was test five. It flowed really well and felt like you could keep your momentum up. I just didn’t have enough at the end of the day.”

“I really struggled early on,” Stew Baylor said. “I spent a lot of time on my head. I even got my bike lost; I was on the trail and it was stuck in a bunch of trees. It was a good day overall and we are third in points. I hope to pick things up in Louisiana and fight for a win.”

In fourth for the day was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Josh Strang. The Australian rider was coming off a win in both the Florida and Georgia rounds of the GNCC series. Strang managed a second-place finish in test two and third in the final test, never placing below sixth all day.

Knuckle Buster National Enduro Results: 1. Grant Baylor (Yam). 2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM). 3. Steward Baylor (KTM). 4. Josh Strang (Hus). 5. Charlie Mullins (KTM). 6. Evan Smith (KTM). 7. Jesse Groemm (Bet). 8. Drew Higgins (KTM). 9. Ryder Lafferty (Hus). 10. Nick Fahringer (Hus).

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French Motocross Championships – Round 2

Yamaha’s Valentin Guillod has won the second round of the French 450cc Motocross Championship with 2-1 results head of Gregory Aranda’s 1-3 finishes and Valentin Teillet’s 6-2 results.

450 overall: 1.Guillod (SUI, Yamaha, 2/1). 2.Aranda (Yamaha, 1/3). 3.Teillet (Honda, 6/2). 4.Boog (Kawasaki, 4/4). 5.Pourcel (Suzuki, 3/7). 6.Rombaut (KTM, 7/6). 7.Fura (Yamaha, 9/5). 8.Aubin (Suzuki, 8/8). 9.Vongsana (Honda, 10/9). 10.Maillard (Yamaha, 13/10)

Championship Standings: 1. Aranda – 95. 2.Teillet – 75. 3.Pourcel – 74. 4.Rombaut – 57. 5.Boog – 56. 6.Fura – 56. 7.Aubin – 49. 8.Guillod – 47. 9.Maillard – 40. 10.Lenoir – 38.

British Motocross Championships – Round 1 – Hawkestone
Max Anstie
Max Anstie

Tommy Searle and Max Anstie have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at the opening round of the British Motocross Championship held at Hawkestone last weekend.

“First moto I got an ok start and was third and then went off the track and moved into 8th, then I repassed Shaun again and pulled a 20 second lead,” Searle told MX Large. “I just settled down and relaxed. The second one I got the holeshot and it’s probably the first holeshot I have had on the 450, and I never even had a holeshot in Britain before. That was nice, I just put in some decent laps and got the lead up to 18 second and won that one as well. It was a nice day, but it wasn’t an easy day, I had to push all day.”

MX1 Moto 1: 1. Tommy Searle. 2. Shaun Simpson. 3. Tanel Leok. 4. Graeme Irwin. 5. Kristian Whatley. 6. Gert Krestinov. 7. Elliot Banks-Browne. 8. Jake Nicholls9. Brad Anderson. 10. Steven Lenoir

MX1 Moto 2: 1. Tommy Searle. 2. Shaun Simpson. 3. Jake Nicholls. 4. Tanel Leok. 5. Kristian Whatley. 6. Graeme Irwin. 7. Steven Lenoir. 8. Brad Anderson. 9. Elliot Banks-Browne. 10. Gert Krestinov

MX2 Moto 1: 1. Max Anstie. 2. Conrad Mewse. 3. Martin Barr. 4. James Dunn. 5. James Cottrell. 6. Jake Milward. 7. Brad Todd. 8. Matt Bayliss. 9. Lewis Tombs. 10. Josh Gilbert

MX2 Moto 2: 1. Max Anstie. 2. Conrad Mewse. 3. Stephen Clarke. 4. Ben Watson. 5. Lewis Tombs. 6. Brad Todd. 7. James Dunn. 8. Lewis Trickett. 9. Neville Bradshaw. 10. Liam Knight

Belgian Motocross Championships – Round 1 – Moerbeke

KTM250SX-F mounted Jeffrey Herling completely blitzed all comers at the opening round of the Belgian Motocross Championships held in the deep sand of Moerbeke last weekend.

Moto 1 MX1/MX2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings. 2. Max Nagl. 3. Brent van Doninck. 4. Christophe Charlier. 5. Jeffrey DeWulf. 6. Damon Graulus. 7. Arminas Jasikonis. 8. Steve Ramon. 9. Yentel Marten. 10. Jonathan Bengtsson

Moto 2 MX1/MX2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings. 2. Max Nagl. 3. Brent van Doninck. 4. Armanis Jasikonis. 5. Yentel Martens. 6. Jonathan Bengtsson. 7. Jeffrey Dewulf. 8. Erki Kahro. 9. Christophe Charlier. 10. Hardi Roosiorg

Moto 3 MX1/MX2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings. 2. Max Nagl. 3. Brent van Doninck. 4. Christophe Charlier. 5. Yentel Martens. 6. Damon Graulus. 7. Jeffrey Dewulf. 8. Steve Ramon. 9. Hardi Roosiorg. 10. Kevin Wouts

Woodlands Grand Slam Dirt Track – Temora, NSW

Dirt Track riders from all over Australia made the trek NSW’s Riverina area to be part of the first open meeting held at Temora in 30 years and after two days of hard fought racing it was multi Australian Champion Luke Richards who took out the Woodlands Grand Slam ahead of Paul Caslick and Michael Kirkness.

Darren Herrick and Kirkness were running 1-2 in the first of the three Grand Slam final when a mechanical failure saw Herick hit the deck taking his good mate Kirkness down with him thus ending any chance of the overall for either rider.

Each and every support class hosted full fields and hotly contested racing ensuring the Temora club being a popular venue for future events – see full results below.

Grand Slam Results

1. Luke Richards Honda (Singleton) 67pts

2. Paul Caslick Husky (Macleay District) 65

3. Michael Kirkness  Yamaha (Macleay District) 57

4. Matthew Davies Honda (Wyalong)  46

5. Thomas Herrick Honda (Wyalong) 45

6. Marty McNamara  Yamaha (Gunnedah) 44

7. Nicholas Waters Honda (Mildura) 43

8. Ty Lynch Yamaha (Mud&Tars, SA) 41

9. Max Croker Husky (St George) 36

10. Alex Hurst Honda (Macleay District) 35

11. Ashley Wilesmith Honda (Temora) 26

12. Darren Herrick Honda (Wyalong)) 22

GRAND SLAM ‘B’ FINAL

1. Ian Hamilton (ACT)

2. Jason Richards (Wagga Wagga)

3. Toby Tyson (Wagga Wagga)

PRO OPEN

1. Ty Lynch (Mud&Tars, SA)

2. Darren Herrick (Wyalong)

3. Paul Caslick (Macleay District)

PRO 250

1. Michael Kirkness (Macleay District)

2. Ty Lynch (Mud&Tars, SA)

3. Blake Hingerty (Temora)

YOUNG GUNS

1. Ty Lynch (Mud&Tars, SA)

2. Max Croker (St George)

3. Thomas Herrick (Wyalong)

2-STROKE OPEN

1. Ashley Wilesmith (Temora)

2. Ryan New (Temora)

3. Dennis Wilesmith (Temora)

SIDECAR

1. Corey Banks / Tom Banks

2. Scott Sandow / Wayne O’Meley

3. Ken Miller / Charles White

ATV PRO

1. Matthew Griffiths (Hunter)

2. Toby Hyde (Taree)

3. Robert Booth (Kurri Kurri)

Over 45s Unlimited:

1. Garry Lorenzi (Griffith)

2. Len McFarlane  (Wyalong)

3. Dennis Wilesmith (Temora)

Pre’75 Unlimited:

1. Kurt Close (Kurri Kurri)

2. Dennis Wilesmith (Temora)

3. Garry Lorenzi (Griffith)

Pre’85 Unlimited:

1. Kurt Close (Kurri Kurri)

2. Corey Banks (ACT)

3. Connor Lorenzi (Griffith)

65cc 8 – U/10s:

1. Archie McDonald (Albury Wodonga)

2. Kyle Machin (Mud & Tars, SA)

3. Brandon Burns (Griffith)

85cc 2str/ 150cc 4str 9 – U/11s:

1. Brandon Burns (Griffith)

2. Kyle Machin (Mud & Tars, SA)

3. Archie McDonald (AlburyWodonga)

85cc 2str/ 150cc 4str 11 – U/113:

1. Kruze Brady (Leeton)

2. Callan Butcher (Griffith)

3. Declan Carberry (Mud&Tars, SA)

85cc 2str/ 150cc 4str 13 – U/16:

1. Bryce Holmes (Harley, Vic)

2. Derek Hingerty (Temora)

3. Riley Hubbard (Wagga Wagga)

2str & 4str 13 – U/16:

1. Ben Miller (Temora)

2. Riley Hubbard (Wagga Wagga)

3. Derek Hingerty (Temora)

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