Moto News Wrap for May 10, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • – AMA Supercross Championships – Round 17 – Las Vegas
  • – FIM World Motocross Championships – Round 7 – Germany
  • – AMA Arenacross Championship – Round 6 – Race to the Championship – Las Vegas
This Week’s News Overview
  • – AUS-X Is BACK!!
  • – Bopping Out – Wright In at DPH Motorsport
  • – Wonka Wins Kampfari
  • – Sunshine State Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Bundaberg
  • – Victoria Junior Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Ararat
  • – Lawson Bopping Beats James Stewart
  • – Ferrandis to Replace Webb at Star Racing Yamaha
  • – 2017 AMA Supercross Calendar Announced
  • – Did You Hear the One About the Two Aussies and Two Kiwis in Germany?
  • – Herlings Ignites a Feud with GP Royalty
  • – Youthstream presents ‘SMX Riders Cup’ during MXGP of Germany
  • – Graulus and JTech Honda Part Ways
  • – EMX150 Championship – Round 1 – Germany
  • – EMX85 and EMX65 Championships – Round 2 – Italy
Australasian News
AUS-X Is BACK!!

The final round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship will for the second year be the AUS-X Open inside Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (formerly AllPhones) on November 12-13 and according to event director Adam Bailey fans will need to get in early to secure tickets to avoid disappointment.

The AUS-X Open will combine an international Supercross racing event with a Freestyle Motocross ‘Best Trick’ competition that will feature some of the world’s best riders up against Australia’s best talent.

Bopping Out – Wright In at DPH Motorsport

DPH Motorsport have announced that Jacob Wright will fill in for Lawson Bopping for the remaining rounds of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals while Bopping steps away from racing to focus on his health and be in shape for Australian Supercross Championships.

Wonka Wins Kampfari

In mud that can swallow riders and their motorcycles in seconds Brad “Wonka” Williscroft has won the 45th running of Darwin’s Kamfari for a record equalling tenth time while local hot shots Chris Warwick and David Bates rounded out the podium.

Williscroft won the 45th running of Darwin’s Kamfari for a record equalling tenth time
Williscroft won the 45th running of Darwin’s Kamfari for a record equalling tenth time

“It’s great to win the 45th running of this event, particularly because I’m not as bike fit as I used to be.” Williscroft stated. “Kamfari has been going even longer than Finke so there’s quite a tradition. We got heavy rain in the early hours of Sunday morning and the track got very tough. We had a strong field of riders this year with Kye Anderson and Mitch Harper both coming up from down south.”

Sunshine State Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Bundaberg

Round three of the Sunshine State Motocross Championship was held in Bundaberg last weekend and it was great to see MX Nationals MX1 Red Plate holder Dean Ferris shoot up to the small regional town to compete and as you would expect the CDR Yamaha rider easily won the MX1 class ahead of Zak Small and ‘evergreen’ Robbie Marshall while Small similarly trounced all-comers in the MX2 class while Lochie Latimer and Ashley Norman rounded out the podium.

Yamaha’s junior star Jake Williams battled through the pain from an ankle injury to win five of his six races to win the 15 years 250cc and the 13-15 years 125cc classes.

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Victoria Junior Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Ararat

The future of motocross in Australia is in good hand if round three of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships held in Ararat last weekend is any indication with mega-fast and furious racing between Cody Dyce, Caleb Grothues, Trent Collins, Taj Marshal, Riley Dukes and Callum Norton (to name but a few) being the highlight of a great weekend of racing.

American News
Lawson Bopping Beats James Stewart

James Stewart entered the 2016 AMA Supercross Championship with a lot of noise, the promise of great things to come and the backing of a million dollar factory Suzuki ride while Aussie Lawson Bopping slipped into LA unnoticed, entered just a handful of the rounds on a YZF450 he purchased from former AMA and World Champ Grant Langston and now that all 17 round have been run Lawson ends the series in 29th place on 13 points while James Stewart ended up in 32nd place on 10 points.

AMA SX 2016 - Round One - Anaheim 1 - Lawson Bopping - Image by Hoppenworld
AMA SX 2016 – Round One – Anaheim 1 – Lawson Bopping – Image by Hoppenworld

Just dream for a second, what if Yoshimura Suzuki offered Lawson a factory bike and say $100,000.00 to do the whole series? Well, the first thing that the Suzuki team would notice is that Lawson gets back on the bike if he crashes and continues racing – NOT lie on the ground pretending to be unconscious and the second is that they get to complete a whole series – something that Stewart hasn’t done in more years than I can remember…..and they would finish a lot higher than 32nd in the championship AND save $900,000.00 in wages – I am no rocket scientist but REALLY??!!.

Ferrandis to Replace Webb at Star Racing Yamaha

On the back of a podium finish at the German round of the World Motocross Championships Dylan Ferrandis has announced that he is moving to the United States to race for the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team for the next two years and will replace Cooper Webb who is moving to the 450 class alongside Chad Reed in the factory Yamaha Racing Team.

“I think everybody knows. I will race for Yamaha Star Racing next year in the supercross championship,” said Ferrandis via MX Vice. “I don’t know whether it’ll be the East or West Coast, but I have signed a deal for two years with Yamaha Star Racing.”

Ferrandis is racing for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 team in Europe and was expected to join Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit squad when he heads to the States.

2017 AMA Supercross Calendar Announced

Feld Motor Sports announced the schedule for the 2017 AMA Supercross season and for the first time since 2014, Seattle is back on the schedule with the series visiting CenturyLink Field on April 8 for Round 14 before the series heads to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah the following week and 2017 will see the new stadium in Minneapolis named ‘U.S. Bank of America’ host round 7 of the series.

AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 17 - Las Vegas
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 17 – Las Vegas
2017 AMA Supercross Calendar
  1. Rd1: Jan. 7 – Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
  2. Rd2: Jan. 14 – Petco Park – San Diego, CA
  3. Rd3: Jan. 21 – Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
  4. Rd4: Jan. 28 – U. of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
  5. Rd5: Feb. 4 – O.Co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
  6. Rd6: Feb. 11 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
  7. Rd7: Feb. 18 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
  8. Rd8: Feb. 25 – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
  9. Rd9: Mar. 4 – Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
  10. Rd10: Mar. 11 – Daytona Speedway – Daytona, FL
  11. Rd11: Mar. 18 – Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
  12. Rd12: Mar. 25 – Ford Field – Detroit, MI
  13. Rd13: Apr. 1 – The Dome at America’s Center – St. Louis, MO
  14. Rd14: Apr. 8 – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
  15. Rd15: Apr 22 – Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT
  16. Rd16: Apr. 28 – MetLife Stadium – Eas Rutherford, NJ
  17. Rd17: May. 6 – Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, NV
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Euro News
Did You Hear the One About the Two Aussies and Two Kiwis in Germany?

Aussies Maddy Brown and Hunter Lawrence joined the Kiwi pair of Ben Townley and Courtney Duncan at the German round of the World Motocross Championships and it was a mixed card for the Australasian contingent with Lawrence dominating the EMX250 class while Townley earned a more than handy 6th overall in the premier MXGP class and in the WMX class Brown carded 7-10 moto finishes for 6th outright but it was disaster for the WMX red plate holder with Duncan crashing hard while leading the opening WMX moto to finish a distant 12th before pulling out of the weekend all together. See the full report on all four classes with results below.

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence
Herlings Ignites a Feud with GP Royalty

After battling with Suzuki’s Jeremy Sewer during the second moto in Germany Jeffrey Herlings made extraordinary statements about Stefan Everts and his rider. “I have been so sick, but I took the win. I know Stefan Everts doesn’t like me, and his rider tried to take me out, but it motivated me to break his (Everts) records because I don’t like him.”

Jeffrey Herlings
Jeffrey Herlings

There was a time when Everts was coaching Herlings when in the KTM development role but it is obvious that the relationship has soured since.

Youthstream presents ‘SMX Riders Cup’ during MXGP of Germany

A press conference took place at the MXGP of Germany where Youthstream announced that Monster Energy will be the title sponsor of the inaugural ‘SMX Riders Cup’ where all of the major factory teams will put their four fastest riders against each other inside VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on the 8th of October, 2016.

On what will essentially be an indoor motocross track, KTM, Honda, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and TM can run any 4-stroke or 2-stroke between 245cc to 450cc to contest the three main events where only three riders of each team will compete and the winning team will have the lowest score at the end of the three races (1st = 1 Point. 2nd = 2 Points and so on).

There will be substantial prize money for the individual overall podium finishers and for the top three manufacturers while in addition to the main events there will be two junior classes in the form of the SMX125cc and a YZ125 Cup which is an invitational race for Yamaha riders, arranged by Yamaha and the national federations across Europe.

Graulus and JTech Honda Part Ways

After meetings and discussions during the MXGP of Latvia and in the following days, Honda JTech and Damon Graulus have decided, in mutual agreement, to bring the cooperation to an end with immediate effect. The young Belgian has failed to crack the top ten in any of the 12 motos held so far this GP season and sits 19th of the MX standings with just 43 points.

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EMX150 Championship – Round 1 – Germany

Emil Weckman and Hakon Fredriksen have swapped moto wins and second placings at the opening round of the EMX150 Championship held in conjunction with the German round of the MXGP Championship last weekend. Weckman came away with the red plate after taking victory in the second moto while Spains Yago Martinez went 3-3 for third outright.

Emil Weckman
Emil Weckman
EMX85 and EMX65 Championships – Round 2 – Italy

The 2nd round of the EMX85cc and EMX65cc championship were held at Gazzane di Preseglie, in Italy last weekend and in the 85cc class the winner of the opening moto was the Italian rider Kevin Cristino in front of his compatriot Mattia Capuzzo and of Slovenian Maks Mausser. Race two was won by Austrian Rene Hofer in front of Italian riders Alessandro Facca and Kevin Cristino.

In the 65cc class the winner of both races was the Italian rider Matteo Luigi Russi while Russian Zakhar Osmolovskiy and Spanish Victor Puig rounded out the podium in race one with Spanish Pablo Gutierrez and Italian Ferruccio Zanchi doing the same in race two.

Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 17 – Las Vegas

A rain soaked Sam Boyd Stadium put a damper on the final round of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross but the weather and the fact that he had already wrapped up the title didn’t dent Ryan Dungey’s determination and the KTM pilot captured his ninth win of series while the annual 250SX Class East/West Shootout saw former Australian Junior Motocross Champion Joey Savatgy take the win but it was Malcolm Stewart and Cooper Webb who wrapped up the Eastern and Western 250SX Championships respectively.

AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 17 - Las Vegas
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 17 – Las Vegas
450SX Race Report

1st – Ryan Dungey: Dungey scored the holeshot and took off to an early lead in the shortened 16 lap main event but it wasn’t long before Ken Roczen was applying pressure and with lapped traffic already taking up the least muddy lines Dungey found it impossible to shake the Suzuki pilot and on lap five was put back to second by Roczen.

But that didn’t last with Roczen crashing and taking Dungey down with him – Dungey remounted in the lead while Roczen pulled off with a mud-covered and bent RMZ-450.

“We really focused on the last couple races of the season to get the championship. We wanted to end the season strong and that was the goal tonight,” said Dungey. “These were definitely the toughest conditions of the season. Ken [Roczen] was putting on a charge and riding well, but he made a mistake and I had nowhere to go. Thankfully I was able to get up and get going again, and finish strong. I’m really glad we came out on top tonight.”

Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey

2nd – Jason Anderson: Anderson slotted into second when Roczen went down and at times was making a run at Dungey but in the end fell 12 second short of the win but you would have to think the Anderson is happy with his third place in the championship.

Jason Anderson
Jason Anderson

3rd – Eli Tomac: You notice that Eli is garnering podium results when the track is gnarly? It simply means that Eli hasn’t got the Kwaka doing what he needs it to do to run with RD16 and R-Roc when the track is smooth but throw some ruts, sand or mud at the tack the Eli is competitive – look for some green at the pointy end when they hit the outdoors.

“The conditions changed here in Las Vegas more than I’ve ever seen,” said Tomac. “We started the day with a track that flowed really well and was in great condition. Then the rain started and we missed the second practice. The Night Show became an absolute mudder and one of the most challenging Monster Energy Supercross races of my career. I’m fortunate to get out of here with a third and I’m really excited to leave the season with a few podiums and some momentum for next year.”

Eli Tomac
Eli Tomac

4th – Chad Reed: Chad rides the mud as good as anyone and the Aussie clocked the sixth fastest time during qualifying then was unlucky not to go straight to the main event from his heat before winning his Semi by almost ten seconds.

Chad Reed
Chad Reed

The 20 lap main event saw Reed get a less than stellar start before making his way around Trey Canard, Justin Barcia, Marvin Musquin, Blake Baggett, Davi Millsaps and Roczen (both crashed) to end up in fourth place – only three riders got into the 1.15s bracket in the main and they were Dungey, Tomac and Reed.

Chad ended the season fifth in points and if he gets a solid off-season to test the factory Yamaha alongside his new teammate Cooper Webb 2017 will see another year where you just can’t write off the former champ.

20th – Ken Roczen:  Despite a season-worst 20th-place finish, Roczen secured the runner-up spot in the final championship standings but you would have to say that is was a below par performance by the German which is probably why he is heading back to KTM in 2017.

AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 17 - Las Vegas
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 17 – Las Vegas
450SX Class Results
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  4. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki
  6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  7. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM
  8. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
  9. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
  10. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
450SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 391
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 331
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 315
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 290
  5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 250
  6. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 219
  7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 214
  8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 200
  9. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 196
  10. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha – 128
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250SX Race Report

The first points paying combined region 250SX Class Main Event in 20 years was shortened to 12 laps due to the track conditions and with both the Eastern and Western regions still up for grabs a good start was imperative it was the PC Kawasaki riders Chris Alldredge and Joey Savatgy who slithered their way out of the first corner in front of East Region Championship points leader Malcolm Stewart while West region points leader Cooper Webb was back in dead last after crashing off the start and landing on his broken wrist but the plucky Yamaha pilot slipped up to 12th by the end of lap two.

Joey Savatgy
Joey Savatgy

Savatgy put himself into the championship points lead by taking the top spot but he was soon joined by Colt Nichols who had charged all the way to second before the completion of the opening lap, with Stewart settling into third.
On the next lap Nichols make the pass for the lead but Savatgy stayed close and reclaimed the position soon after and once back in control of the race, he would not relinquish it again so the top three remained unchanged through the halfway point until Nichols stalled in the whoops, allowing Stewart to take over second before a late charge by Zach Osborne carried him past Stewart for second place.

Savatgy took the win by nearly seven seconds ahead of Osborne with Stewart edging out Aaron Plessinger at the line for third to clinch the East Coast title and likewise Cooper Webb managed to sneak up to 11th place on the final lap to beat Savatgy by just one point in the West series.

“It was a good race but it’s setting in now that I didn’t win the championship and it’s a little disappointing,” said Savatgy. “We ended the year on a good note and we did what we had to do tonight. Cooper came in here and did what he had to do as well, and hats off to him. It’s just good to end the year in this way.”

AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 17 - Las Vegas - Joey Savatgy
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 17 – Las Vegas – Joey Savatgy

Webb became the first rider since Justin Barcia in 2011 and 2012 to win back-to-back 250SX Class regional titles. “It definitely wasn’t easy, but we fought for it and that’s why we’re up here,” said Webb, who admitted to dealing with an injury on the podium – in fact, Webb had a practice crash three weeks ago and broke a bone in his wrist and hadn’t even thrown a leg over his YZ since the crash. “We fought hard all season and I wasn’t going to let an injury hold me back. I had a crash while training for the race but I had to come here and get it done.”

Cooper Webb
Cooper Webb

Stewart earned his first career championship in his sixth season and he and his brother James, a two-time 450SX Class Champion and former Eastern and Western Regional Champion are the first siblings to win a title in Monster Energy Supercross history.

Malcolm Stewart
Malcolm Stewart

“That was crazy right there, what a race,” exclaimed Stewart. “Everything I’ve gone through with myself and James [Stewart] this year, it’s been an up and down season for both of us. I feel like I owe half of this [championship] to him. I’m just speechless right now. All I know is I have this number one plate right now and I want to cry.”

Malcolm Stewart
Malcolm Stewart
250SX Class East/West Shootout Results
  1. Joey Savatgy
  2. Zach Osborne
  3. Malcolm Stewart
  4. Aaron Plessinger
  5. Gannon Audette
  6. Colt Nichols
  7. Tyler Bowers
  8. Christian Craig
  9. Luke Renzland
  10. Martin Davalos
  11. Cooper Webb
  12. Mitchell Oldenburg
  13. Chris Alldredge
  14. Cedric Soubeyras
  15. Jeremy Martin
  16. R.J. Hampshire
  17. Shane Mcelrath
  18. Alex Martin
  19. Jimmy Decotis
  20. Ryan Breece
  21. Jordon Smith
  22. Chase Marquier
AMA Supercross 2016 - Round 17 - Las Vegas
AMA Supercross 2016 – Round 17 – Las Vegas
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda – 180
  2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 164
  3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 147
  4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 141
  5. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki – 122
  6. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki – 121
  7. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 113
  8. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda – 104
  9. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki – 78
  10. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Suzuki – 68
Cooper Webb
Cooper Webb
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
  1. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 180
  2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 179
  3. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda – 160
  4. Zach Osborne, Wildomar, Calif., Husqvarna – 154
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 147
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 122
  7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 111
  8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 100
  9. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 78
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 78
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World Motocross Championships – Round 7 – Germany
MXGP 2016 - Germany - MXGP Start
MXGP 2016 – Germany – MXGP Start
MX1 Race Report

Antonio Cairoli is no stranger to winning and in particular in Germany – TC222 picked up his 75th GP victory and his fifth at Teutschenthal in Germany and a welcome return to his usual form and heading to Italy it would be a brave man to bet against a ‘win-streak’ by the former champ.

Tony Cairoli
Tony Cairoli

Antonio Cairoli: “You know, I was searching for this victory, already last week I felt better. I can manage on a track like this, with my skills I could save energy and get the GP win. I know he (Gajser) is fast, really fast in the first part of the race, and I miss the speed, but I am getting better and better, and I tried to respond to his attack and it worked and finally we get a moto win. You know, it is amazing, I know I miss speed and training. My arm is recovering and my power is getting stronger and stronger. This track is technical and I could win three moto’s this weekend. I hope to see all the Italian fans in Trento.”

MXGP 2016 - Germany - MXGP Podium
MXGP 2016 – Germany – MXGP Podium

Gasjer was all over Cairoli in the opening moto but couldn’t make the pass stick so he settled for second place and the red plate but the second moto was soured when he clipped wheels with his team mate and was left sprawling all over the track.

“Actually I had good starts in the second moto, and I was behind Boby and his rear tyre kicked and I touched him and went over the handlebars. I took a couple of laps to get into my good rhythm and I am happy to finish on the podium again. In the first moto I actually didn’t make a good start, but I found some good lines and it was working out. I came behind Tony and he was riding really smart, and it was hard to pass him. I was able to pass him, but he got me back and I was fighting with the bike a little, so I just settled for second and saved myself for the second moto. I go to the races to have fun and try and do my best and it’s always like that. We are just in the seventh round, so the goal is always to have fun.”

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser

Evgeny Bobryshev gets the crapiest starts but somehow manages to find himself up near the front more often than not but the Russian is being nhampered from an injury he suffered in Latvia so a podium is more than handy.

“It was tough, in the second moto I had so much pain (from his crash in Latvia) with all these ruts, but I am so pumped. I didn’t even know I was on the podium and went back to the team truck, and I am so happy for that. To be on the podium in this condition I am very happy.”

Evgeny Bobryshev
Evgeny Bobryshev

Nagl was looking good for another podium until a crash late in moto two put pay to what would have been a sensational weekend for the flu-ridden Husqvarna rider.

“It was a really tough weekend for me as I caught the flu a few days ago and that didn’t allow me to race at my full potential. I was happy to get another good start in moto one. I quickly found myself in third and fought hard retaining this spot until the end of the moto. Then in moto two I was racing in third again. I pushed hard knowing I could make it to the overall podium but made a small mistake in a corner and ended up crashing. I went on to finish sixth to earn the same points as Bobryshev but my second moto score kept my away from the podium. A tough GP is over and now I’ll do my best to be 100% again next weekend in Italy.”

Max Nagl
Max Nagl

Romain Febvre crashed in the opening moto and blasted his way from 29th to 10th then spent most of the second moto trying to get around Bobryshev to finish in third – the defending champ no longer has the red plate but is keen to regain it as soon as possible.

“I took a bad start, and when you are behind it’s really difficult to create new lines. It’s not so difficult to change lines, but with the guys in front of you kicking up stones it becomes really painful. Nobody feels pressure from having the red plate, because it’s a positive motivator, and Gajser and I are used to having it. It’s gone, but there is still a long way to go.”

Romain Febvre
Romain Febvre

Ben Townley scored two top ten finishes for sixth outright but the Kiwi isn’t happy with the result.

“It is positive to keep strong for two motos without any major hiccups. My expectations and what is reality is not the same right now so I’m not happy. My mistake yesterday hurt me majorly for the starts. I had to fight for the top 10 from deep [in the pack] in the first laps and made multiple passes. I made hard work for myself and need to clean up my Saturdays to get in a better place for Sunday. The second moto was better and in the last two laps I thought I was going to get Max. It is not all fairy tales; it is a brutal sport!”

Ben Townley
Ben Townley
MXGP 2016 – Round Seven – Teutschenthal, Germany – MXGP Results

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:21.882; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.991; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:12.252; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:16.655; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:26.742; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:28.779; 7. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki), +0:42.598; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:49.103; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:51.085; 10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:01.916.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33:52.905; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:02.783; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.349; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:19.696; 5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:22.314; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:25.657; 7. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki), +0:29.384; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:31.077; 9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:33.268; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:44.820.

MXGP Overall Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 40 p.; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 35 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 35 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 31 p.; 6. Ben Townley (NZL, SUZ), 28 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 27 p.; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HUS), 26 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 25 p.; 10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 23 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 299 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 291 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 263 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 238 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 232 p.; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 215 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 169 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 168 p.; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 139 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 136 p.

MXGP Manufacturer: 1. Honda, 305 points; 2. Yamaha, 298 p.; 3. KTM, 270 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 249 p.; 5. Suzuki, 192 p.; 6. Kawasaki, 154 p.

MX2 Race Report
MXGP 2016 - Germany - MX2 Start
MXGP 2016 – Germany – MX2 Start

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings put together an impressive performance after going 1-1 at the GP of Germany today despite obviously feeling the effects of the flu but his post-race spray at Stefan Everts is bewildering. “I have been so sick, but I took the win. I know Stefan Everts doesn’t like me, and his rider tried to take me out, but it motivated me to break his (Everts) records because I don’t like him. As you hear I am really sick, it’s such a rough weekend, and I am really tired.”

MXGP 2016 - Germany - MX2 Podium
MXGP 2016 – Germany – MX2 Podium

Dylan Ferrandis led the opening moto before finishing second to Herlings then backed that up with a solid third place in the second moto. “It is unbelievable to be here, it was a difficult GP, but I took two really good starts, holeshot in the first moto and nearly in the second. We had some problems on Saturday, but we fixed that for Sunday, but it’s so difficult because everyone is stronger than me at the moment, I have pain in my hands and shoulder and it is a surprise to be here. I want to think my doctor, because he made a lot of good work on my shoulder.”

Dylan Ferrandis
Dylan Ferrandis

Jeremy Seewer continued his podium streak and despite having to deal with an angry Herlings at the end of the second moto the Suzuki pilot took it all in his stride. “It was tough, I had a good start, but somebody crashed and I lost some position, then Anstie made a mistake and I was leading and I knew Jeffrey was behind and I tried to make it hard for him, but he passed me. He wasn’t happy about it, but that is racing and I had to, the chance to make it more difficult for him. A big thanks to the team, the Suzuki family.”

Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer

Max Anstie could well have ended Herlings’ win streak in the second moto with the Brit just ten minutes from taking the win only to crash back to sixth place. “Despite us being a bit unlucky in moto two it was a good weekend and I feel that we’ve made a few more steps in the right direction. We could have won the second race and it felt so nice to be in that position. I was leading the race with less than ten minutes to go but jumped a bit too far, landing in a spot I shouldn’t have landed on and crashed. The track was pretty soft and that made things worse. That’s the way it goes and luckily I’m pretty solid now and haven’t hurt myself. We now have to get things sorted out again and head to the next round in Italy to do battle for the top.”

Max Anstie
Max Anstie
MXGP 2016 – Round Seven – Teutschenthal, Germany – MX2 Results

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:21.787; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:14.877; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:21.575; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:26.760; 5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:30.964; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:34.711; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:38.264; 8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:44.503; 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:49.671; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:54.844.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:26.873; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:02.365; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:19.820; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:21.421; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:38.093; 6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:39.619; 7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:41.667; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:53.490; 9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:59.281; 10. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +1:02.044.

MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 40 p.; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 27 p.; 7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 25 p.; 8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 23 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 350 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 270 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 218 p.; 4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 186 p.; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 186 p.; 6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 183 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 162 p.; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 157 p.; 9. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 149 p.; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 129 p.

MX2 Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 350 points; 2. Suzuki, 270 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 244 p.; 4. Yamaha, 243 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 218 p.; 6. TM, 149 p.; 7. Honda, 132 p.

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EMX250 Race Report
MXGP 2016 - Germany - EMX 250
MXGP 2016 – Germany – EMX 250

Teutschenthal is one of the legendary circuits on the MXGP calendar and Aussie Hunter Lawrence took a liking to the rut infested layout from the get-go and took out two commanding wins in the EMX250 class to draw within 12 points of championship leader Thomas Kjer Olsen while American Darian Sanayei is starting to come to grips with his BUD Racing Kawasaki to finish on the podium in Germany.

MXGP 2016 - Germany - 250 EMX Podium
MXGP 2016 – Germany – 250 EMX Podium

“I felt good all weekend long on this track.” Lawrence said at days end. “I had a good qualifying session, and got a good start in both races. In the first one on Saturday I wasn’t pushing too much during the opening laps, just doing my things and got a win. Today I had a good battle with Darian; when I was following him I was taking some rocks on my body but I finally passed him and pulled away. It was a good weekend. I want to thanks all my crew and the team; it’s good to reward them for all the hard work they’ve done. Yesterday the track was difficult and rough, but today it was cool as we had many lines so it was easier for passing.”

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence

EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Kawasaki), 29:13.619; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:15.810; 3. Anton Gole (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:22.003; 4. Filip Neugebauer (CZE, Kawasaki), +0:23.089; 5. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), +0:39.379; 6. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:40.398; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:46.489; 8. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), +0:47.681; 9. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Honda), +0:50.963; 10. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki), +0:53.608

EMX250 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Kawasaki), 28:52.046; 2. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:10.477; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:15.925; 4. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), +0:40.373; 5. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, Yamaha), +0:43.495; 6. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki), +0:46.432; 7. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:52.827; 8. Anthony Bourdon (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:54.618; 9. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), +0:54.755; 10. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +1:04.292

EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KAW), 50 points; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 42 p.; 3. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 37 p.; 4. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 29 p.; 6. Bas Vaessen (NED, SUZ), 26 p.; 7. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 25 p.; 8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 18 p.

EMX250 Championship Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 132 points; 2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KAW), 120 p.; 3. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), 98 p.; 4. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 95 p.; 5. Bas Vaessen (NED, SUZ), 89 p.; 6. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 72 p.; 7. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 63 p.; 8. Even Heibye (NOR, KTM), 60 p.; 9. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 59 p.; 10. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, KAW), 52 p.

Related Link – Click here to read about Hunter Lawrence’s double victory in Germany

WMX Race Report
MXGP 2016 - Germany - WMX Start
MXGP 2016 – Germany – WMX Start

Coming into the WMX round of Germany, Kiwi Courtney Duncan had the red plate and after taking the lead early in race one it looked like another race win was on the cards but the JCR Yamaha pilot crashed and took a while to re-join the race but she did brave her way to twelfth but was injured and didn’t line up for the second moto.

Meanwhile, the 2008 WMX World Champion Livia Lancelot capitalized on Duncan’s misfortune and took out both motos for a perfect 50 point score and her first WMX overall victory of the season ahead of German Steffi Laier and Yamaha’s Nancy Van de Ven scored her third podium of the season while Aussie Maddy Brown scored two top ten finishes for 6th outright.

Lancelot now leads the championship by 11 points over Van De Ven and 24 points from Duncan.

Livia Lancelot
Livia Lancelot

WMX Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:25.647; 2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:04.121; 3. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:11.856; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:23.478; 5. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +0:31.349; 6. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Honda), +1:01.150; 7. Madison Brown (AUS, Yamaha), +1:27.840; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:30.741; 9. Mariana Balbi (BRA, Kawasaki), +1:32.959; 10. Shana van der Vlist (NED, Yamaha), +1:33.976.

WMX Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:40.132; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:03.120; 3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:09.645; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:42.125; 5. Julie Dalgaard (DEN, Honda), +0:49.643; 6. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +0:51.075; 7. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), +0:59.929; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), +1:07.130; 9. Emelie Dahl (SWE, Yamaha), +1:10.109; 10. Madison Brown (AUS, Yamaha), +1:19.290.

WMX Overall Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 50 points; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42 p.; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 36 p.; 5. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Madison Brown (AUS, YAM), 25 p.; 7. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 24 p.; 8. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, SUZ), 21 p.; 9. Mariana Balbi (BRA, KAW), 21 p.; 10. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 20 p.

WMX Championship Top Ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 136 points; 2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 125 p.; 3. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 102 p.; 4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 96 p.; 5. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 88 p.; 6. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 77 p.; 7. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 69 p.; 8. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, HON), 67 p.; 9. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, SUZ), 63 p.; 10. Shana van der Vlist (NED, YAM), 59 p.

WMX Manufacturer: 1. Yamaha, 142 points; 2. Kawasaki, 136 p.; 3. KTM, 107 p.; 4. Suzuki, 99 p.; 5. Honda, 98 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 18 p.

Related Link – Click here to read about Hunter Lawrence’s double victory in Germany

The next round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place this weekend in Pietramurata, Italy.

Amsoil Arenacross Championships – Round 6 – Race to the Championship – Las Vegas

The Race to the Championship came to a dramatic conclusion last Friday night inside Orleans Arena as the three-rider Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki line-up of Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes battled to be the first recipient of the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

Gavin Faith and Ricky Carmichael at the final round of the 2016 Arenacross Series
Gavin Faith and Ricky Carmichael at the final round of the 2016 Arenacross Series

After two hard fought main events the crowd got to see Blose sweep both motos but it wasn’t enough to overcome the eight-point deficit to Faith, who followed his teammate across the line in second in each main event to clinch his first career AMA title.

Interestingly, Jacob Hayes finishes 3-3 behind his teammates which meant the Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki trio swept the overall podium for the fourth time this season and secured a 1-2-3 finish in the final championship standings by doing so.

Arenacross Podium
Arenacross Podium

“I came out and did everything I could tonight to win the overall,” said Blose. “I’m pretty bummed to get second in the championship, but we made a lot of progression from last year and we have to be proud of that. I had two bad Main Events [in the Race to the Championship] with two crashes and that ultimately cost me the championship. But you live and learn from your mistakes and it makes you a better person.”

Chris Blose
Chris Blose

The championship is the first of Faith’s career, one season after finishing third in the final standings. He ended the season just five points ahead of Blose and became the first rider to hoist the Ricky Carmichael Cup.

“I don’t know if I’ve even been so nervous coming into a weekend,” expressed Faith. “Chris [Blose] has been riding great all year and I knew he was going to bring it tonight. It just feels so good [to win the title]. I’m a little speechless right now. It feels incredible to win the [Ricky Carmichael Cup]. I’ve been working with Ricky and we’re bringing it back home to the [Carmichael] Farm. It’s awesome. It’s been a long season and we’ve worked really hard for this, so to finally make it happen feels incredible.”

Gavin Faith
Gavin Faith

In the Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout, Ryan Breece took the win over Daniel Herrlein who won the Eastern Regional title while Cody VanBuskirk walked away with the Western Regional Championship despite a fifth place finish.

“It feels good [to win the championship]. It was a long season and I just tried to stay consistent and put it on the [podium] each weekend,” said VanBuskirk. “It was a tough night but we came away with the title. The track was tough and I didn’t get off to the best start, but I was able to work my way into fifth. I would have loved to be on the podium, but we got the championship and that’s what we came here to do.”

Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
  1. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-2)
  3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (4-4)
  5. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (5-5)
  6. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (6-7)
  7. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (9-6)
  8. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (7-9)
  9. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha (10-8)
  10. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (8-14)
Race to the Championship Final Standings
  1. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 220 (9 Main Event Wins)
  2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 215 (6 Main Event Wins)
  3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 192 (10 Main Event Wins)
  4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 176 (6 Main Event Wins)
  5. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 172 (1 Main Event Win)
  6. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 169 (3 Main Event Wins)
  7. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 143
  8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 126
  9. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 58
  10. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 1
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Dunlop Geomax MX3S
Arenacross Lites Class East/West Shootout Results
  1. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Yamaha
  2. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
  3. Josh Cartwright, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha
  4. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna
  5. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  6. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
  8. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Husqvarna
  9. Devin Harriman, Brush Prairie, Wash., Suzuki
  10. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Final Standings
  1. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 149 (1 Main Event Win)
  2. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM – 129 (2 Main Event Wins)
  3. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM – 109 (1 Main Event Win)
  4. Carlen Gardner, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 107 (1 Main Event Win)
  5. Cheyenne Harmon, Colleyville, Texas, KTM – 89 (1 Main Event Win)
  6. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Husqvarna – 86
  7. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM – 86
  8. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 77
  9. Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Neb., Honda – 55
  10. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 49
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Final Standings
  1. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 120 (2 Main Event Wins)
  2. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda – 63
  3. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 49 (1 Main Event Win)
  4. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 46 (2 Main Event Wins)
  5. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 43
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 42
  7. Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM – 39
  8. DJ MacFarlane, Pinellas Park, Fla., Yamaha – 38
  9. Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha – 35
  10. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda – 34
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