Motorcycling Australia have announced the calendar for the six round 2016 Australian Supercross Championship series which will be contested across four states around Australia.
2016 Supercross Dates
Round 1 – 17th September – QLD
Round 2 – 8th October – VIC
Round 3 – 15th October – QLD
Round 4 – 29th October – SA
Round 5 – 5th November – NSW
Round 6 – 6th November – NSW
Venues and promoters for each round will be announced in the coming weeks while Supplementary Regulations along with a complete breakdown of prize money and entry details will be released closer to event dates.
The 2016 Kenda rally will be held on Sunday May 15th in the beautiful Rubicon Valley near Eildon in Victoria’s high country. The Kenda rally is one of Australia’s longest running trailbike rally’s, with the Ron Angel Wholesale organisation continuing to support the event into its 29th year.
The Alexandra & District Motorcycle Club supports responsible & sustainable trail riding in the region. The event is run with the full approval of the DELWPI and Parks Victoria.
All motorcycles that enter the event will have full or recreational registration & noisy bikes will be sound tested before starting the event. All riders must be licensed.
In 2015 the Rally had just on 500 riders enjoy the challenging trail around Lake Eildon in Victoria’s beautiful high country. This year’s event has once again been capped at 500 riders, so that we can ensure a professional and well run event with no bottlenecks. Last year’s Rally was sold out before deadline, so get your entries in early!
Other details at a glance
Sunday 15th May.
Entry fee $85.00.
Two loops. Fully arrowed course.
Direct deposit entries online.
All that’s needed is a full or rec registered, silenced bike and a current licence.
Nolan dash foot race.
Special trophy for all finishers.
$500 cash prize for biggest team.
Hearty meal at the finish of event.
Souvenir T-shirts will be available on the day.
Over $7000.00 of prizes to be given away.
Previous entrants will have reminder texts sent to them. Log onto www.admcc.com.au for online entries or download an entry form and send it in to us.
Regular updates on the event will be posted on the website to keep you informed in the run up to May 15th.
Roczen Back to KTM?
There is a strong rumour floating around that Ken Roczen is set to return to KTM for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Obviously the RCH Suzuki team has heard the rumours about their star rider Ken Roczen potentially leaving so they are courting Jeremy Martin to race for them in 2017.
Nick Wey to Replace Weimer
When Jake Weimer moved his gear bag from Team Tedder/Monster Energy Kawasaki’s big rig over to the fancier RCH Suzuki set-up it left an opportunity for a rider of some note to score a ride and it looked like Josh Grant was going to be able to throw himself back into the frey but the team ended up going with veteran Nick Wey.
Mellross’ New Team Mate
Brady Kiesel has a new lease on racing thanks to Team 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha. The squad needed a fill-in rider for Zach Bell, who recently broke his collarbone, so Kiesel got a shot and the team decided to bring him racing to San Diego where Brady didn’t quite make it to the main event.
Tixier and Desalle OUT for Opening MXGP Rounds
It looks like both Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jordi Tixier and Clement Desalle will miss the opening couple of rounds of the World Motocross Championships after Tixier underwent wrist surgery last week and Desalle crashed in the final race at Valencia and has broken his left radius and underwent surgery yesterday.
“Of course I’m devastated at the moment; it’s such a shock for myself and the team. Everything was perfect; I won both MX1 motos and we made some good adjustments to the bike as the track was wet, slippery and muddy after the showers during the week. I didn’t take any risks, but when I saw that there was an opportunity to pass Simpson for the lead I took another line in the corner before the finish jump to pass him. When I stood up I realised immediately that my arm was broken.”
“Of course it’s a big disappointment to miss the opening rounds of the MXGP world championship, but there was no other solution as the most recent examination revealed that my wrist had still some damage after the surgery of last summer. Professor Mathoulin didn’t want me to race with infiltration as it could have dramatic consequences so I had no real choice. Fortunately he didn’t have to put in any screws or a spindle in my wrist, he just repaired the ligament and worked on some bones; I’ve a light plaster for one week, then I will visit him again for a check up and I will follow his advice. It’s just a shame that it came so late; I had some pain when riding the bike but all the doctors told me that it was just normal after such an injury. I want to thanks the team and all our sponsors, as nobody put pressure on me, and I can’t wait to be back racing as the bike is fantastic and the team so professional. It’s a tough period for me, but I will be back stronger as soon as I will be fit again.”
Ben Townley was battling with Shaun Simpson for the lead in the Superfinal at the Valencia International last weekend when Jeffrey Herlings made a block pass which resulted in Townley crashing and having to pull-out. Team Manager Everts was not happy with the incident.
“The pass on BT by Herlings was unnecessarily aggressive. It’s a pity to see that things like that happen as BT hurt his knee. There are already so many injured riders and the season hasn’t even started yet. A little respect between riders is not misplaced. At the moment, we do not know how serious it is for Ben, but we will wait and hope for the best,” Everts added.
Tony Cairoli rides for KTM until 2018
Following his injury-plagued 2015 season, 8-times motocross world champion Antonio Cairoli wants to go on the attack in the MXGP class with his KTM 450 SX-F in the 2016 season. In addition, the 30-year-old Italian has also decided on his future career path. “I am super happy that I am going to continue my career with KTM. I want to fight for the Motocross World Championship in the next three years and while I’m doing it, I’m happy to be part of such a great KTM team.”
Last Weekend’s Racing
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 6 – San Diego
40,528 fans lapped up the return of the AMA Supercross riders to Petco Park, San Diego and for the fourth time in six races Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey took the win while in the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy raced to his second win in three races to assume sole possession of the championship lead.
Ryan Dungey – Best Lap Time – 57.995: Dungey kicked off the main event by edging out his Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin for the holeshot and as we come to expect these days Dungey quickly opened a gap and this time it was over the Team Honda HRC duo of Cole Seely and Trey Canard.
In the end Dungey went unchallenged to claim the win and has now posted 22 consecutive podium finishes and has not finished outside the top two for 17 straight races. “I just tried to keep the pressure low the entire main event, keeping good traction with the rear tire was key,” said Dungey. “I got a good start, which was huge in putting me in a position to win and I just tried to be consistent for all 20 laps. We had to overcome a few things today, but that’s racing. I’m happy to be back on top of the podium.”
Cole Seeley – Best Lap Time – 58.137: On a track that was disappointing in design and hard to pass on Seeley picked the perfect week to garner a good start and found himself in second so it was just a matter of maintaining a solid pace to end up with second place. “I’ve been in a funk these last two weekends, but I’m thankful for the dedication of my team to stick behind me. I feel a lot better on my bike,” said Seely. “I really didn’t make any mistakes, I just couldn’t quite keep the pace with Ryan. It feels great to get back up here on the podium.”
Ken Roczen – Best Lap Time – 58.325: Roczen got a decent start and made his way by Eli Tomac early but hit a road block in the third placed Trey Canard – in fact it took until lap 11 when a slight loss of traction by Canard in the first corner allowed Roczen to gain the momentum and make the pass but Dungey and Seely were long gone leaving the German to settle for third. “Tonight I have to be satisfied. I didn’t win, but I didn’t really feel comfortable on the bike today,” said Roczen. “We salvaged third. Ryan [Dungey] finished in front of us, but we’re leaving healthy with a good result.”
Jason Anderson – Best Lap Time – 58.215: Jason Anderson was basically dead last into the first corner but was in 8th place at the end of the first lap and then started picking off riders at a great rate of knots. Reed, Musquin, Tomac and Canard all fell victim to the ruthless Husqvarna rider who finish the moto in fourth – in fact, Anderson was the only rider who managed to make a substantial amount of passes.
Eli Tomac – Best Lap Time – 58.398: Eli looked awkward again on the Kawasaki and was incapable finding the corner speed needed to pass anyone.
Marvin Musquin – Best Lap Time – 58.523: Marvin almost got the holeshot but was flicked off his KTM in turn two and had to side-saddle for a few metres before returning to the action – remarkably Marvin didn’t lose too many positions and managed to keep Reed at bay for the entire race.
Chad Reed – Best Lap Time – 58.528: It was another week where Chad looked comfortable and his lap times show that he could well have hung on to at least second place IF he garnered a decent start.
Lawson Bopping – Best Lap Time – 101.279 (during Semi): Lawson had a shocker – after qualifying 21st of 49 hopefuls Lawson was taken out early in his heat race, finished a credible 7th in his semi before hitting a downed rider in the LCQ to miss out on a qualifying spot in the main event. After a magical week where Lawson was interviewed by RacerX the Aussie will return home and start testing his DPH Yamaha for the MX Nationals.
When it was all said and done Dungey has earned 144 of a possible 150 points this season and now holds a 26-point lead over Roczen in the championship standings, one more than the 25 points available for a win at a single race. Anderson sits third, 33 points behind Dungey.
450SX Class Results – AMA SX 2016 – Round Six
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM
450 SX Class Championship Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 144
Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 118
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 111
Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 105
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 103
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 103
Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 77
Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 72
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 71
Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 62
The 15-lap Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event started with Jordon Smith claiming the holeshot but it was Chris Alldredge who moved into the early lead, bringing his teammate Savatgy with him into second. The Kawasaki duo looked to pull away, but Alldredge’s bike lost power just after completing the second lap, forcing him out of the race.
Savatgy assumed control of the lead but it wasn’t long before Cooper Webb, the championship co-leader with Savatgy entering the race, set his sights on the lead after taking over second. The distance between the lead duo continued to shrink until Webb’s front tire washed out on Lap 6, putting his Yamaha on the ground and dropping him to fifth. Webb’s misfortune allowed GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig, last week’s winner, to take over second ahead of his teammate Jimmy DeCotis.
Savatgy controlled the remainder of the race while Webb put on a torrid charge back to the front, passing Craig for second on Lap 12, where he would remain. Craig extended his podium streak to four in third.
It was Savatgy’s second career win, his first coming two races ago in Oakland, California, after Webb’s bike lost power while leading, resulting in a 21st-place finish. It was that same race where Savatgy first took over the points lead. “It feels great to get another win,” said Savatgy. “Cooper [Webb] tried to take credit away from my first win, so it feels great to get another one. I’m just so excited to be back here and in the points lead.”
Webb’s last win came three races ago, but he has posted back-to-back podium finishes. “I just tucked the front end. Just a mistake by me,” explained Webb. “I was able to get up and not lose too much time. It was early in the race so I was able to get those spots back. I just need to stop crashing.”
After qualifying 22nd and finishing 8th in his heat, Hayden Mellross scored 13th in the main event after a slow start and now sits 16th in the points.
Savatgy moved into sole possession of the points lead and now holds a three-point advantage over Webb. Craig is third, 16 points out of the top spot.
Western Regional 250SX Class Results – AMA SX 2016 – Round Six
Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Clement Desalle and Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings have both gone 1-1 to take victory in the 450cc and 250cc classes respectively at the annual Valence International.
Jeffrey Herlings went on to win the MX1/MX2 Supefinal ahead of Shaun Simpson while Clement Desalle crashed in the superfinal and news is that he has an arm injury.
It was another solid outing for Townley with the flying Kiwi garnering two solid fourth places in the MX1 motos but was taken out of the Superfinal by Herlings while battling for the lead.
It was the final hit out for the leading GP riders before the opening Grand Prix of the season, in two weeks time in Qatar.
Jacob Hayes is on the roll! The Kawasaki pilot dominated both main events at the Birmingham round of the Amsoil Arenacross Championship held last weekend and in doing so has opened up a sizeable 19 point lead over teammate Gavin Faith who had a disappointing meeting with 6-7 results.
Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
8. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 130
9. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 127
10. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna – 115
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results:
1. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
2. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
3. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
4. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda
5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha
6. DJ MacFarlane, Pinellas Park, Fla., Yamaha
7. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda
8. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
9. Jake McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, Honda
10. Mathew Weakley, Atoka, Tenn., Husqvarna
UK Arenacross Championships – Sheffield
The UK Arenacross Championships hit Sheffield Arena last weekend and it was Thomas Ramette who took out the main event from Adam Chatfield and Cyrille Coulon and in doing so is now just three points behind current points leader Cedric Soubeyras who could only managed fifth on the night.
Thomas Ramette; “This was a really important round for me – like a final really. I had great starts which were vital, as the lap times are all so close. My goal was to close down on Soubeyras as, if he had got away from me this weekend, it could have all been over. Now with just three points in it, everything is on London and it’s going to be really intense and close racing. I’ve got two weeks to get prepared and I don’t intend to lose. I’m focussed on being the first back-to-back Arenacross Pro Champ!”
An elated Adam Chatfield; “Everything seems to be working well for me now. I’m really happy with that race and I like the technical track. I was third at round eight in Newcastle and now second today, so if I continue along that track, I should move up to the top step at the final in London. I’ll be training hard in the next two weeks and will give it my all.”
All roads now lead to The Monster Energy Arenacross Tour finale at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London on Sunday the 27th of February 2016. Doors open at 6pm with the evening performance starting at 7pm.
1. Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 25.207
2. Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda 25.314
3. Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 25.929
4. James Dunn #200 Hitachi Revo Husqvarna 25.954
5. Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha 25.779
6. Paulo Alberto #941 Buildbase Honda 26.283
7. Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki 26.058
8. Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition Honda 26.065
9. Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasaki 26.434
10. Julien Bill #25 SJR Kawasaki 26.844
1. Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha 189
2. Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 186
3. Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 157
4. Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda 135
5. Fabien Izoird #871 LPE Kawasaki 128
6. Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki 127
7. Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasaki 111
8. Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition 110
9. Angelo Pellegrini #941 Buildbase Honda 100
10. Josh Hansen #100 SJR Kawasaki 79
2016 Italian Motocross Championships – Round 3
Jeremy Van Horebook has won the Italian Motocross Championship after winning the final round last weekend ahead of Evgeny Bobryshev and Max Nagl but Bobryshev reversed the ledger in the Elite championship by winning the final round over Van Horebeek and Nagl.
2015 MX2 World Motocross Champion Tim Gajser had his best outing on the CRF450R in the MX1 class with a 6th in the MX1 moto and 4th in the Superfinal while Michele Cervellin won the MX2 championship by a country mile.
MX1 Overall – Round 3
1. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy
2. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny
3. NAGL Max
4. LEOK Tanel
5. COLDENHOFF Glenn
6. GAJSER Tim
7. GRAEME Irwin
8. GUILLOD Valentin
9. PHILIPPAERTS David
10. IRT Peter
MX1 Final Championship Standings
1. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy – 320 Pts
2. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny – 300 Pts
3. NAGL Max – 225 Pts
4. COLDENHOFF Glenn – 175 Pts
5. LEOK Tanel – 170 Pts
6. GUILLOD Valentin – 139 Pts
7. PHILIPPAERTS David – 135 Pts
8. FEBVRE Romain – 120 Pts
9. PEZZUTO Stefano – 98 Pts
10. LUPINO Alessandro – 85 Pts
MX2 Overall – Round 3
1. CERVELLIN Michele
2. VLAANDEREN Calvin
3. JACOBI Henry
4. BOGERS Brian
5. ZECCHINA Simone
6. BARR Martin
7. WOUTS Kevin
8. FURBETTA Joakin
9. BERNARDINI Samuele
10. ADAMS Nicholas
MX2 Final Championship Standings
1. CERVELLIN Michele – 340 Pts
2. BERNARDINI Samuele – 168 Pts
3. OSTLUND Alvin – 140 Pts
4. GETTEMAN Jens – 121 Pts
5. HERLINGS Jeffrey – 120 Pts
6. BONINI Davide – 118 Pts
7. LESIARDO Morgan – 115 Pts
8. VLAANDEREN Calvin – 100 Pts
9. BARR Martin – 100 Pts
10. GENOT Cyril – 98 Pts
Elite Superfinal – Round 3
1. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny
2. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy
3. NAGL Max
4. GAJSER Tim
5. COLDENHOFF Glenn
6. LEOK Tanel
7. GUILLOD Valentin
8. GRAEME Irwin
9. PHILIPPAERTS David
10. BUTRON OLIVA Jose
Elite Final Championship Standings
1. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny – 240 Pts
2. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy – 220 Pts
3. NAGL Max – 160 Pts
4. COLDENHOFF – 120 Pts
5. GUILLOD Valentin – 115 Pts
6. LEOK Tanel – 110 Pts
7. FEBVRE Romain – 100 Pts
8. PHILIPPAERTS David – 95 Pts
9. BERNARDINI Samuele – 70 Pts
10. GAJSER Tim – 65 Pts
Yamaha Two-Day Enduro – Queensland Moto Park
It was the first major hit out on the East Coast for the national enduro guns and Yamaha rider Josh Green took a liking to the Queensland Moto Park layout to win the Yamaha Two-Day Enduro from the hard charging duo of Beau Ralston and Lachlan Stanford.
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