Moto News Wrap for Dec 30, 2014 by Darren Smart

Australasian News

The Australian contingent for the 2015 Dakar Rally have been finalised with Clayton Jacobsen, Simon Pavey, Llewellyn Sullivan-Pavey and Toby Price making up four of the 168 motorcycle riders who have signed up to take on  9,000 kilometres of the world’s harshest terrain throughout Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. The event starts on the 4th of January and finishes on the 17th. Good luck boys.

Australian action-sports clothing brand LKI has signed American Davi Millsaps to a two-year deal to wear the LKI casual clothing range. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider will be an instrumental part of the brand’s launch into the U.S. marketplace.

Eight-time Australian champion Jay Marmont and four-time Australian champion Dan Reardon are confirmed to contest the 2015 Motul Pirelli Troy Bayliss Classic presented by InsureMyRide and Garden Master at Taree Motorcycle Club on Saturday, 17 January.

Kayne Lamont had a HUGE crash during the fourth moto at the annual Summercross held in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand last weekend. The Yamaha star was rushed to hospital and posted this on his Facebook page:  ‘Hi everyone… I’m starting to feel better now, no more coughing up blood, which is good. No chest injuries thankfully. Just going in for X-rays on my shoulder and back. Hopefully nothing broken!! Someone was definitely looking out for me with that crash. One of the biggest in my career. Thanks for all the kind words and texts. I’ll update ASAP when I know the results from my X-ray.’

New Zealand motocross star Cody Cooper was back in action last weekend at the Summercross after a long lay-off with injury. ‘Coops’ had a slow start to the day but managed to win the final two motos to end up third overall behind Rhys Carter and John Phillips. See the full race report and results below.

Matt Jones Motorcycles and JAWA have been announced as the major series sponsor for the upcoming 2015 Australian Speedway Championship in January. The 2015 Series will be held over 4 rounds starting on the 3rd of January at Gillman (SA) before heading to Mildura (VIC) on the 5th of January, Undera(VIC) on the 7th of January with the final round at Kurri Kurri(NSW) on Saturday the 10th JAN.

Full list of riders for the 2015 Australian Speedway Championship: Chris Holder. Jason Doyle. Josh Grajczonek. Rohan Tungate. Jack Fallon. Justin Sedgmen. Kieran Sproule. Sam Masters. Max Fricke. Jack Holder. Tyson Nelson. Dakota North. Brodie Waters. Jake Allen. Joey Ringwood. Josh Coyne

Reserves: Jordan Stewart. Cooper Riordan. Brady Webb.

The annual Conondale Classic will be held over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of August at the iconic venue in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast and will once again be the biggest VMX/Post Classic motocross event on the Australian calendar.

Below is the link to the revised sup regs for our 2015 Stadium-X event to be held on Jan 17th at Toowoomba’s Echo Valley motocross facility. Apparently the track is being built with riders of all ages and ability in mind.

Williams Event Management have announced a slight change to the support class schedule for the 2014 MX Nationals. The Junior support class originally scheduled for the Shepparton round (round seven) will now be moved to round one at Horsham. As a result, the Amateur Cup class originally scheduled for Horsham has been moved to round seven at Shepparton.

The reason for this change is following the announcement of the FIM World Junior calendar, and a clash with the originally proposed junior support class date.

American News

Well, it is almost here, the 2015 AMA Supercross Championship kicks off on January the 3rd at Anaheim and we have a gaggle of Aussies lining up – see the full list of riders below including their race number and their team/sponsors:

450SX Provisional Entry List for Anaheim 1, January 3, 2015

3. Eli Tomac – GEICO Honda
4. Blake Baggett – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing
5. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM
10. Justin Brayton – BTO Sports KTM
12. Jacob Weimer – Team Tedder
14. Cole Seely – Team Honda
15. Dean Wilson – Red Bull KTM
18. David Millsaps – Monster Energy Kawasaki
20. Broc Tickle – RCH Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johns Suzuki Factory Racing
21. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
22. Chad Reed – Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports
23. Weston Peick – JGR Yamaha YZ450F
24. Brett Metcalfe – Suzuki RM-Z450
27. Nicholas Wey – Mafia MotoCrew/PasionMX
29. Andrew Short – BTO Sports KTM
33. Joshua Grant – Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports
39. Fredrik Noren – Racing
41. Trey Canard – Team Honda
42. Ben Lamay – River YAMAHA
48. William Hahn – Monster Energy Kawasaki
51. Justin Barcia – JGR Yamaha YZ450F.
53. Jimmy Albertson – Arma Energy Yamaha.
60. Jake Canada – Kawasaki KX 450F
64. A J Catanzaro – JMR Racing
69. Ronnie Stewart – DirtCandy Graphics
90. Topher Ingalls – Paso Robles Polaris KTM/Bolt Motorcycle Hardware
92. Cade Clason – Gurrnaid Energy/ AG motorsports, Rocket Exhaust.
94. Ken Roczen – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing
102. Matt Moss – Cool Air Yoshimura Suzuki
123. Kevin Rookstool –
132. Justin Sipes – Kawasaki KX 450F
135. Robert Fitch – ART suspension and motors
137. Austin Coon – K1 Speed/BWR Engines.
152. Sean Hackley – PREMIUM MOTORS RACING.
171. Cole Sieble – Project Filter, Fly Racing, Carl’s Cycle Sales.
181. Dustin Pipes – Racing.
187. Dylan Bauer – Triple Effect Graphics.
199. Kyle Partridge – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.
211. Tevin Tapia – Team3BR 3Tperformance BRT fly bell DR.D
236. Mike Bottolfson – Feine Tune/Pro-Action MN/Port Yamaha.
247. Teddy Parks – Fly Racing TPJ/Suzuki/Yoshimura/Galfer/Rekluse
300. Kurtis Manderscheid – B&E Machine, Merge Racing, FLY Racing.
326. Trevor Ezell – Pro-Action KTM/PRL/DTS Suspension/Just1.
455. Justin Ashburn – Motowhips/Rekluse/O’Neal/MB1suspension.
501. Scotty Wennerstrom – Kawasaki KX 450F.
509. Alexander Nagy – Midwest Action Cycle.
542. Johnnie Buller – 157 Designs/DT1 Filters/MIKA Metals.
619. Mark Weishaar – 2 Dudes In A Tundra Racing.
681. Austin Howell – Herrera International.
713. Chad Cook – TPJ/Shawnee Honda/Fly/Scott/Factory Connection/Turfs-Up
750. Jared Hicks – Dirtbike Magazine.
757. Bradley Ward – Yamaha YZ450F
800. Mike Alessi – Smartop MotoConcepts Racing.
914. Brice Klippel – HMP Motor-Suspension.
996. Filip Thuresson – KRT/Stapo MX Int Racing Team.
TBA – Jake Moss – NPS Kawasaki
TBA – Adam Monea – NPS Kawasaki

250SX Provisional Entry List for Anaheim 1, January 3, 2015

16. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
17. Cooper Webb – Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha
28. Jessy Nelson – Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Red Bull/ KTM
31. Alex Martin – | Rock River YAMAHA
34. Malcolm Stewart – GEICO Honda
38. Matthew Bisceglia – GEICO Honda
40. Shane McElrath – Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Red Bull/ KTM
44. Zachary Bell – CaRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
57. Jackson Richardson – XPR Motorsports/Renegade/Galfer/6D helmets
65. Scott Champion – Yamaha YZ250
66. Chris Alldredge – Kawasaki KX 250F
71. Cole Martinez – SLAYTON RACING
80. RJ Hampshire – GEICO Honda
85. Landen Powell – LSI, Miller Motorsports Park, Tuff Country, Sportsmen for Warriors
86. Zackery Freeberg – SLAYTON RACING
91. Chris Howell – Barn Pros Racing/Home Depot/ Yamaha
97. Darryn Durham – Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM
100. Joshua Hansen – Kawasaki/ Hansen MX Academy
130. Thomas Hahn – Racing
138. Blake Lilly – KTM 250 SX-F
143. Michael Horban – Power Motorsports
148. Trevor Reis – Maxima Oil/
156. Jesse Janco – Herrera International/Midtown
157. Aaron Plessinger – Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha
180. Bryar Perry – 180Decals/Transportation Services.
200. Arnaud Tonus – Pro-Circuit Kawasaki KX 250F
217. Ryan Breece – Custom Plumbing, Fly Racing, Fusion Grphics
227. Kristoffer Palm – KRT STAPOMX INT RACE TEAM
243. Joseph Dalzell – K1 Speed/BWR Engines
245. Quinton Camp – Spykes KTM/Privateer Racing League
249. Jarrod Spano – North County Yamaha/Toyota of Escondido
251. Kyle Gills – Western Power Sports/Fly Racing
252. Kevin Weisbruch – Escondido Cycle Center, Factory Backing, Toyota of Escondido
273. Conner Elliot – Barn pros, Home Depot, Yamaha
275. Johnny Jelderda – Trinity GX
284. Cody Church – All-Terrain Motorsports, A-1 Heating & Cooling, Perri’s Collision
291. Kyle White – K1 Speed/BWR Engines
303. Bryce Harkey – Yamaha YZ250F
313. Kyle Swanson Danyluk Racing/Proven Moto/Rekluse
327. Tyler Krisman – Herrera International/Midtown
329. Chad Gores – The Privateer Journey, Fly Racing
341. Nico Izzi ROCWEL Yamaha
364. Kyle Tigert – Compete Energy Bite
397. Brandon Scharer – Yoshimura/ProTaper/ANSR
404. Dalton Holle Glens Sports Center/Holirosa
435. Scott Agostini – Huntington Beach Honda
448. Broc Shoemaker – P&Lumbing/Pasha Racing/RAD/Matrix/DirtCandy
453. Jordan Reynolds – Yamaha YZ250F
454. Colton Keeling – Kawasaki KX 250F
526. Colton Aeck – Simi Valley Cycles
536. Erick Meusling – Motosport Hillsboro
544. Morgan Burger – Mountains Edge Yamaha
574. Brian Burns – Grindstone/Axo/Race Tech/Bill’s Pipes/SC Rider Supply
592. Zack Gurley – BWR Honda
620. Brad Nauditt – Imagetech, Fly, Scott
643. Jake Oswald – Sign Art/
645. Cheyenne Harmon – Strikt/Slaton Yamaha, Matrix concepts, Marty Smith motocross schools
711. Mitch Vandemortel – Honda CRF 250
715. Kele Russell – Alliance steel racing/KR Customs/Flo Motorsports/Notoil
727. Rhett Urseth – Kawasaki KX 250F
781. Justin Lee – Fire Police MX/AXO America
789. Jean Ramos – TBT Racing / White Knuckle
792. Bracken Hall – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, One Industries
806. Conner Stouff – Mid Cities
883. Dylan Lemburg – 3BR The Privateer Journey Magik
911. Tyler Bowers – Pro-Circuit Kawasaki KX 250F
916. Garrick Noble – ANF Motorsports.
981, Austin Politelli – 51FIFTY ENERG.

Arma Energy/ Yamaha has announce that they have signed Jimmy Albertson to compete in the 450 class in the AMA Supercross Championships while Mitchell Oldenburg will contest the 250 East Coast series as well as selected 450 rounds when the series hits the West Coast.

Thad DuVall has announced that he will be riding for Fred Andrews’ KR4/Husqvarna Team during the 2015 season with the backing from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, Fly Racing, Maxxis and Amsoil. On top of the GNCC series, DuVall will also race select rounds of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series and a few one-off extreme races like the Tennessee Knockout.

Race Reports for the weekend of December 27/28

  • – Rounds 5 and 6 of the FMF Tennessee Indoor Motocross Championship at Fletcher, NC
  • – Summercross held at the Bay of Plenty Motorcycle Club, New Zealand

FMF Tennessee Indoor Motocross Championship – Rounds 5 and 6 – Fletcher, NC

It will go down as two nights of the best racing of the series so far but when it was all said and done Kyle Bitterman and Robbie Horton are now leading the 450 Pro and 250 Pro classes respectively after rounds 5 and 6 of the FMF Tennessee Indoor Motocross Championship held in Fletcher, NC last weekend.

Bitterman got the win in Friday night’s 250 Pro main event ahead of Horton but had to settle for third in the 450 Pro main behind Tylar McSwain and Isaac Teasdale.

Horton bounced back to win Saturday night’s 250 Pro main ahead of Teasdale and Bitterman before Bitterman extended his 450 class points lead with a solid win in the 450 Pro main event ahead of McSwain and Nathan Winegar. Horton recovered from a first corner crash to finish back in fifth place.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the series will continue over the weekend of the 24th and 25th of January at the Calsonic Arean, Shelbyville, TN.

250 Pro Main Overall (Round 5): 1. Kyle Bitterman. 2. Robbie Horton. 3. Tyler McSwain. 4. Cody Gragg. 5. Ryan Smith. 6. Dave Ginolfi. 7. Josh Cartwright. 8. Jeffrey Lewis. 9. Isaac Teasdale. 10. Kyle Dillin. 11. Jesse Kuzbyt. 12. Austin Primavera. 13. Joshua Wyatt. 14. Michael Owen. 15. Garrett Church.

250 Pro Main Overall (Round 6): 1. Tyler McSwain. 2. Isaac Teasdale. 3. Kyle Bitterman. 4. Dave Ginolfi. 5. Robbie Horton. 6. Cody Gragg. 7. Joshua Cartwright. 8. Jesse Kuzbyt. 9. Ryan Smith. 10. Austin Primavera. 11. Carlos Short. 12. Cody Robbins. 13. Jared Burgess. 14. Austin Kimsey.15. Kyle Dillin.

450 Pro Main Overall (Round 5): 1. Robbie Horton. 2. Tyler McSwain. 3. Joshua Cartwright. 4. Isaac Teasdale. 5. Cody Robbins. 6. Kyle Bitterman. 7. Ryan Smith. 8. Austin Primavera. 9. Jeffrey Lewis. 10. Garrett Church. 11. Logan France. 12. Kyle Dillin. 13. Nathan Winegar. 14. Jesse Kuzbyt. 15. Cody Gragg.

450 Pro Main Overall (Round 6): 1. Kyle Bitterman. 2. Tyler McSwain. 3. Nathan Winegar. 4. Cody Gragg. 5. Robbie Horton. 6. Dave Ginolfi. 7. Joshua Cartwright. 8. Kyle Dillin. 9. Austin Primavera. 10. Isaac Teasdale. 11. Jesse Kuzbyt. 12. Ryan Smith. 13. Cody Robbins. 14. Logan France. 15. Alexander Wagers.

250 Pro Series Standings: 1. Kyle Bitterman – 120pts. 2. Robbie Horton – 98pts. 3. Tyler McSwain – 69pts. 4. Jesse Kuzbyt – 66pts. 5. Dave Ginolfi – 63pts. 6. Joshua Cartwright – 58pts. 7. Cody Gragg – 53pts . 8. Jeffrey Lewis – 52pts. 9. Isaac Teasdale – 50pts. 10. Ryan Smith – 46pts.

450 Pro Series Standings: 1. Robbie Horton – 111pts. 2. Cody Gragg – 81pts. 3. Kyle Bitterman – 80pts. 4. Tyler McSwain – 73pts. 5. Nathan Winegar – 64pts. 6. Joshua Cartwright – 56pts. 7. Jesse Kuzbyt – 54pts. 8. Jimmy Decotis – 40pts. 9. Ryan Smith – 39pts. 10. Dave Ginolfi – 35pts.

Kyle Bitterman won the 250 Pro Main
Kyle Bitterman won the 250 Pro Main

Summercross  – Bay of Plenty Motorcycle Club – New Zealand

Rhys Carter and Michael Phillips have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at the annual Summercross at the picturesque Bay of Plenty facility on the North Island of New Zealand.

With Cody Cooper back in action all eyes were on the number one Honda when the gate dropped in the MX1 class but it was John Phillips who gapped the field to take the win in the opening moto with Rhys Carter taking the second moto before Phillips managed to etch out another win in the third moto.

Cooper finally got himself out of the gate in the fourth moto to take the win before backing that up with another win in the final moto but when the points were tallied Rhys Carter managed to get the overall by just two points over Phillips who had a four point buffer back to Cooper.

The racing in the MX2 class was just as intense with young Josiah Natzke narrowly winning the opening two motos before Michael Phillips reeled off two wins of his own while Cam Dillon finished the day with a win in the final moto but it was Phillips who took the overall ahead of Natzke and Dillon.

Kayne Lamont was right in the mix during the first three motos before a monster crash saw the young star taken immediately to hospital while Scotty Canham showed that he will be a force when the New Zealand National Championship get underway early February at New Plymouth.

MX1: 1. Rhys Carter. 2. John Phillips. 3. Cody Cooper. 4. Ethan Martens. 5. Scott Columb. 6. Darryl Hurley. 7. Josiah Natzke. 8. Hadleigh Knight. 9. Jesse Donnelly. 10. Brad Groombridge.

MX2: 1. Michael Phillips. 2. Josiah Natzke. 3.  Cam Dillon. 4. Scotty Canham. 5. Logan Blackburn. 6. Hayden Kanters. 7. Joel Meikle. 8. Campbell King. 9. Sam Greenslade. 10. Luke Temple.

Rhys Carter took ou the MX1 class at the Summercross
Rhys Carter took ou the MX1 class at the Summercross
Michael Phillips is the Summercross MX2 champion
Michael Phillips is the Summercross MX2 champion
LKI has signed Davi Millsaps
LKI has signed Davi Millsaps
Toowoomba Stadium Motocross
Toowoomba Stadium Motocross