Motocross Club Unites to Help Bring DMC Home (by Kendall Jennings)
Back in the 1990s, Australian band Screaming Jets were stuck in the UK on tour and produced an album to get funds to return home to Australia. Injured New South Wales Motocross/Supercross Coach Daniel McCoy has been stuck in a hospital waiting for swelling to subside and for the extent of his injuries to be fully calculated, before he can be stabilised enough to return back to Australia for his rehabilitation. Daniel McCoy sustained his injuries in a UK Arenacross event and has undergone surgery in Britain and is currently recuperating there. Originally, McCoy had no feeling below his waist, over the past few weeks rumours have spread suggesting that he has feeling in at least one leg.
I can’t remember where I was, however last year I had a conversation about Toby Price’s debacle of returning to Australia when he was injured competing in America, and was dumbfounded after being advised that when competing overseas under an International Racing Permit (clearance) with Motorcycling Australia, there is no insurance cover to return an injured rider home. With racers being hit with expensive licence fees annually, it would not be hard to assume that a rider would be covered for medical transport home. Therefore athletes wanting to compete overseas will need to organise their own insurance, and find a policy that does not exclude motorsport racing.
Last weekend Oakdale Junior Motorcycle Club ran a DMC Charity Event to help assist McCoy to return home. Wall to Wall cars engulfed the venue for the opening round of the 2016 Club Championships not an Aussie Rock Concert. The track was in prime condition allowing riders to form fast multiple ruts for intense competition. The club raised over 31 thousand dollars for DMC, raised from raffle tickets, donations, and goods auction. Oakdale Junior Motorcycle Club would sincerely like to thank everyone whom attended the event and donated to the cause.
Duncan Wins MX2 Class at Woodville
NZ’s top female racer Courtney Duncan has beaten a field full of talented male motocrossers to win the MX2 class at the annual Woodville Motocross event held in NZ last weekend.
The first time I saw Duncan race was at the Australian Junior Motocross Championship held at Lake Macquarie a few years back when she was punting a Yamaha YZ85 at a great rate of knots – in fact, she was battling with rising star Joel Dinsdale and I was gob smacked at her raw speed and nerve – see full results from Woodville below.
Wilson OUT for SX
Red Bull KTM’s Dean Wilson will be sidelined for at least the rest of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series with a knee injury. Wilson tore the ACL in his knee during practice at the Anaheim 2 Supercross, January 23. Wilson traveled to Belgium where he had the surgery today, January 29. Wilson reported to the KTM camp that the surgery went well.
Clout OUT for SX
Days after signing a two-year deal with MAD Racing/Dirt Candy Suzuki, Luke Clout’s Monster Energy Supercross season is over after sustaining a broken right femur during practice at Round 4 of the series in Oakland.
“Unfortunately your femur isn’t supposed to look like that, I am devastated because I was feeling really good having qualified 7th!,” Clout wrote on Instagram.
Clout made his debut for the team at Anaheim 2 as a fill-in for Daniel Baker, who is out for the remainder of supercross due to an ankle injury. Following a fourteenth place finish, the team announced a two-year deal with the former MX2 Australian motocross champion.
Cody Webb has beaten Taylor Robert and Colton Haaker at the fifth running of the King of the Motos event. This marked Webb’s third career victory at the challenging off-road race.
Yamaha Dominate 2016 Le Touquet
Yamaha riders Adrien Van Beveren, Axel Van De Sande and Camille Chapelière have gone 1-2-3 at the 2016 Enduropale du Touquet beach race giving Yamaha the clean sweep and Van Beveren’s third win in a row.
Last Weekend’s Racing
AMA Supercross Championships – Round 4 – Oakland
– 1st Dungey – Best Lap Time – 53.229: Ryan Dungey nabbed the holeshot and never looked back. It’s as simple as that! For mind his KTM looks like it is on rails and perfectly suits Dungey’s silky smooth riding style – there was a time when you would doubt Ryan’s ability to stay in front of a hard charging Ken Roczen or Eli Tomac but those days are over – Dungey is the dominant force in the 450 class.
“It feels great to get another win,” Dungey told RacerX. “I felt good. I think first and foremost just getting off to a good start. This track, there wasn’t really a lot that separated the guys. You could kind of tell that. You weren’t going to make a lot of time unless they made a mistake or you started making a tenth or two a lap. But I got up front and was able to ride my own lines and hit my marks and try to limit the mistakes. A couple swaps here and there but everything felt good. I think the heat race really helped us out, too. Getting the heat race win and having the fastest heat race we had the first gate pick. So that’s really I think critical going into the starting gate and being able to choose from whatever gate you want. So that was nice, and a good start. Bike felt good tonight. Just tried to limit the mistakes and open up a little bit of a gap if we could.”
– 2nd Roczen – Best Lap Time – 53.508: Ken Roczen moved into second and tried to make the charge to the back of Dungey but it just didn’t happen – the question is this – IF Kenny was on the same bike as his old teammates Dungey and Musquin would the finishing order be any different? Some say yes, some say no – I say that the Suzuki isn’t as good as the KTM Roczen left behind.
“We’re making steps in the right direction, we’ve been doing a crap ton of starts,” Roczen told RacerX. “We switched to a different clutch and it seemed to help me on the starts. Obviously not a holeshot but I was somewhat up front. It felt really good not to get blasted the whole time. I have to give it up to Ryan [Dungey], three in a row is really hard to do, especially with how deep the field is. He’s been really on point with his starts, and no mistakes, so bottom line he’s doing really good at the moment. But like I said, last week we were third, this week we were second, so we’re moving in the right direction. Track was tough out here. I didn’t have good line choices early in the race, I was trying to figure my stuff out.”
– 3rd Musquin – Best Lap Time – 53.893: Marvin Musquin had his best result since moving up to the 450 class and it was overdue – Marvin has been riding and training alongside Dungey for three years now and it has FINALLY rubbed off – look for Marvin to keep peppering the podium for the rest of the season.
“To be right behind Ryan Dungey, it was a really good feeling,” Marvin told RacerX. “I was thinking about the whole team, everybody, and to be first and second, even on the first lap, felt great. I knew I had twenty laps so I tried to ride the best and smooth. Someone was pushing behind me and I thought it was James [Stewart] and it was actually Roczen. I started to tighten up, to be honest. I felt the pressure coming from behind and I started making mistakes and Roczen went by. I tried to follow and keep my third place. It felt great to get a podium, in my first year it’s awesome. Now the goal is to stay on the podium! Or even top five every weekend and fight with those guys. It’s where I want to be.”
– 4th Anderson – Best Lap Time – 53.849: I don’t know what happened to Jason Anderson on the opening lap but he started the second lap in 11th place and plucked his way through to 4th despite almost flipping his Husqvarna after he clipped Reed’s rear wheel through a rhythm section – Anderson is a breath of fresh air at the front of the pack because he just rides as hard as he can EVERY lap and screw looking cool.
“My weekend was not what I wanted but not horrible, by any means,” Anderson told RacerX. “I rode great and came out with a fourth. Just going to try and if I can start up front I can be on the box and battling for that win. But I’m kind of making it hard on myself. I came through the pack and I had a little bit of a sketchy moment with Reed there in the double, triple, double. I thought he was going to go triple and I clipped his back tire and almost looped it. But all in all I came out fourth so it’s not a bad deal. Just going to try and keep moving forward.”
– 5th Reed – Best Lap Time – 54.292: It wasn’t Chad Reed’s night but the Aussie made the most of a bad situation by coming back to fifth place after being almost dead last into the first corner. Chad snuck around the inside and managed to squeeze his way to 7th on lap one and 6th behind Cole Seely on lap two and it took Chad way too long to get by the young Honda rider allowing Anderson to catch and pass both riders before the chequered flag flew.
– DNF Stewart – Best Lap Time – 54.779: James Stewart rode for three days leading up to Oakland and was looking reasonably sharp but he simply wasn’t fast enough to stay in third place during the main – Seely, Chad and Anderson blew by Stewart like he was a rookie and just as we have grown accustomed to, James pulled out and high-tailed it back to where he does his best work – the couch…..James reckons he had blurry vision so it’s lucky that he has a big screen TV!
Seely hung on for 6th place ahead of a lacklustre Eli Tomac, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton and Wil Hahn – WAIT, WHAT? A Hahn brother in the top ten? Amazing…..
Lawson Bopping made the main event again and finished a more than credible 17th place – here is what Lawson wrote on his FB page: ‘Had a pretty good weekend racing at Oakland sx, another long night with 4 races and ending up 17th in the main, felt sketchy all day so it was good to get out of there safe with a better result. This sport is so gnarly at times, real bummed for Luke Clout braking his femur in practice was riding good too, we drove up together and ment to be at six flags today! Heal up man.’
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey – KTM 450 SX-F
2. Ken Roczen – Suzuki RM-Z450
3. Marvin Musquin – KTM 450 SX-F
4. Jason Anderson – Husqvarna FC450
5. Chad Reed – Yamaha YZ450F
6. Cole Seely – Honda CRF 450
7. Eli Tomac – Kawasaki KX 450F
8. Jacob Weimer – Suzuki RM-Z450
9. Justin Brayton – KTM 450 SX-F
10. William Hahn – Kawasaki KX 450F
17. Lawson Bopping – Yamaha YZ450F
450SX Class Championship Standings After 4 of 16 Rounds
1. Ryan Dungey – 97 Pts
2. Jason Anderson – 75 Pts
3. Chad Reed – 75 Pts
4. Ken Roczen – 73 Pts
5. Cole Seely – 70 Pts
6. Eli Tomac – 68 Pts
7. Marvin Musquin – 51 Pts
8. Justin Brayton – 47 Pts
9. Jacob Weimer – 46 Pts
10. David Millsaps – 45 Pts
23. Lawson Bopping – 8 Pts
Western 250SX Report
GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig claiming the holeshot just ahead of Webb but lost the front end of his bike in a turn and went down on the third lap handing the lead to Webb who had Joey Savatgy sitting on his rear mudguard in second place.
Webb stretched his lead and looked to continue his dominance of the field until his Yamaha came to a halt on lap eight handing the win to Savatgy ahead of young star Colt Nichols, Craig, Mitchell Oldenburg, Zach Osborne, Kyle Peters, Michael Leib, Kyle Cunningham, Jimmy Decotis (Honda) and Cole Thompson while Hayden Mellross bounce back from a small crash to finish in a very respectable 13th.
“We were fast again today, like we’ve been at the rest of the rounds,” Savatgy told RacerX. “I feel like we’ve had the speed all year to be there. First round was a little unfortunate and then we ended up second at the next round. Then last weekend I felt like we had the speed to win again. A little bit of mistake by me, I went down in the whoops. With as many guys as there is right now you’re not winning when you’re on the ground. So that was a little bit of an unfortunate deal for me. Good again today in practice. I felt tight in the heat race but put myself in a good position to win. For the main event, got a good start. Once I saw who was in front of me I didn’t want to let him off easy and let him skate off into la-la land and just cruise it in for the win. So it was good. I had a little bit of a shifter issue there after I landed on the Tuff Blocks. From there I was stuck in first gear almost the whole race.”
“It honestly didn’t start out very good at all. I got a horrible start,” Nichols told RacerX. “I made some good passes and stayed smart the first few laps and really had no idea what place I was in. Christian Craig went down and I got around Jordon Smith, and I think I was reeling in Alex Martin a little bit and he crashed. I think the next lap I looked over at the leaderboard to see how many laps we had left and I saw 69 in third place. I was like, ‘No way!’ Then Webb’s bike did whatever it did and I was sitting in second place. It was just a really surreal feeling for me and I didn’t really ride well in the final laps. We’re going to keep the ball rolling for next weekend.”
“Yeah, I wanted that win, especially after that holeshot, my first holeshot ever,” Craig told RacerX. “I felt better than last week. I knew Webb was right there and I was like, all right, let’s do this. I was confident. I ended up throwing it away myself. Just a stupid mistake on my part, but got up, remounted. I’m like, I got to go. I just got to push until the end. I got sixth and then I made a couple passes, then people just started dropping. It sucks to kind of get it that way but, hey, that’s racing. People go down and I ended up going down. I put myself in a good spot, third. It didn’t feel as good last week, my first podium. Now I’m all mad. It’s like the same thing as last week. I wanted that win. I felt like I threw it away tonight, but we got more races for that.”
After four rounds, Savatgy leads the way with 78 points, followed by Webb with 76, Osborne with 73 and Nichols with 65. Craig is fifth with 62 points.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner swept both Arenacross-class Main events in Greensboro, North Carolina, January 30, to capture his first career professional win and become the second Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross rider in history to claim victory in the premier division.
Forkner became the second rider to post a 1-1 sweep this season and ended the four-race winning steak Team Babbitt’s had to start the year. Forkner also became just the second Road to Supercross rider to win an Arenacross class overall, the first since Aaron Plessinger did it in Baltimore during the 2014 season.
Kyle Regal, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion, earned his best result of the season in second (4-2) on his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, while Gavin Faith rounded out the overall podium in third (5-3). Jace Owen was fourth (3-5) and Jacob Hayes was fifth (2-6) in his hometown race.
With Blose’s season-low finish to date, Hayes has a four-point advantage over Blose, with Faith just one additional point back in third.
1. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 137 (4 Main Event Wins)
2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 133 (1 Main Event Win)
3. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki – 132
4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 120 (3 Main Event Wins)
5. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 110
6. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 85
7. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 78
8. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 66
9. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 65
10. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 63
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
1. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
2. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha
4. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM
5. Ramyller Alves, Coconut Creek, Fla., Yamaha
6. Stone Edler, Destrehan, La., Yamaha
7. DJ MacFarlane, Pinellas Park, Fla., Yamaha
8. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
9. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
10. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings
1. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 75 (2 Main Event Wins)
2. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 45 (1 Main Event Win)
3. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 43
4. Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda – 41
5. Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM – 39
6. Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha – 35
7. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 30
8. Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda – 24
9. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha – 18
10. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki – 16 (1 Main Event Win)
10. Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 16 (1 Main Event Win)
UK Arenacross Championshp – Rounds 8 and 9 – Newcastle
It has taken him nine rounds but Cedric Soubeyres has finally put two wins in a row together and has etched out an eight point lead over Thomas Ramette in the UK Arenacross Championships after rounds 8 and 9 were held in Newcastle last weekend.
Ramette scored two second place finishes over the two nights while local favourites Jack Brunell and Adam Chatfield managed to keep the fans on their feet by scoring podium finishes in the Friday and Saturday night finals respectively.
Pro Main Round 8
1. Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha 24.242
2. Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 24.845
3. Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki 25.142
4. Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasaki 25.887
5. Xavier Boog #121 LPE Kawasaki 26.438
6. Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki 25.929
7. Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda 25.839
8. Harri Kullas #151 MVRD Fuel Husqvarna 26.643
9. Collin Jurin #3 Xbladez Husqvarna 26.077
10. Jordan Booker #114 Hitachi Revo Husqvarna
Pro Main Event – Round 9
1. Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha, 24.172
2. Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 24.97
3. Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda, 25.683
4. Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki, 25.581
5. Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 25.596
6. Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition, 25.831
7. Harri Kullas #151 MVRD Fuel Husqvarna, 25.31
8. Collin Jurin #3 Xbladez Husqvarna, 25.028
9. Xavier Boog #121 LPE Kawasaki, 25.922
10. Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasaki, 26.642
Pro Championship after Round 9
1. Cedric Soubeyras #120 Geartec Yamaha, 171
2. Thomas Ramette #1 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 163
3. Cyrille Coulon #5 SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki, 139
4. Fabien Izoird #871 LPE Kawasaki, 128
5. Adam Chatfield #407 Buildbase Honda, 116
6. Jack Brunell #155 SJR Kawasaki, 115
7. Florent Richier #2 LPE Kawasak,i 101
8. Angelo Pellegrini #941 Buildbase Honda, 100
9. Matt Bayliss #4 Wooldridge Demolition, 99
10. Josh Hansen #100 SJR Kawasaki, 79
Woodville Grand Prix – New Zealand Motocross Championships – Round 1
Dean Ferris celebrated his return to the Australasian motocross scene by winning the 55th Woodville International Feature Race ahead of Cody Cooper and Todd Waters but Cooper bounced back to win the MX1 class ahead of Ferris and Brit import Jake Nichols while Courtney Duncan stunned the MX2 (250cc) class to snatch that class win ahead of the more fancied Josiah Natzke and Hamish Harwood.
“It is pretty special to win here. I had only ever heard of this event once before coming here and that was because of that crazy river race,” said Ferris.
Italian Motocross Championships – Round 1 – Alghero
The opening round of the Italian Motocross Championships was held in Alghero last weekend and some of the top GP racers were on hand to shake out the cob webs for the op-coming World Motocross Championships and as you would expect Romain Febvre got the win in the MX1 class ahead of team mate Jeremy Van Horebeek and Evgeny Bobryshev but Bobryshev got revenge in the Elite race by taking the win ahead of Febvre, Van Horebeek and Jeffrey Herlings.
Herling smoked the field in the MX2 class race while 2015 MX2 World Motocross Champion Tim Gajser started the week off with the fastest time in the MX1 class but ‘technical issues’ with his CRF450R put pay to any chance of a moto win.
“It was disappointing over the past two years because of the injuries so now we are just trying to get back what belongs to us and that’s the championship,” said Herlings. “We’ve had some good preparation and I’m looking forward to Qatar and some more preparation. The bike is doing good, we’ve had two good weeks of testing with the team and everything is looking really positive.”
Italian Championship Standings (After Rnd1)
1. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 120pts
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 100pts
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 80pts
4. Max Nagl (GER) 65pts
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA) 60pts
6. Tanel Leok (EST) 55pts
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NLD) 50pts
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 120pts
2. Michele Cervellin (Honda) 100pts
3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 80pts
4. Karel Kutsar (EST) 65pts
5. Alvin Ostlund (SWE) 60pts
Elite (MX1 and MX2 Combined):
1. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 120pts
2. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 100pts
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 80pts
4. Herlings (KTM MX2) 65pts
5. Butron 60pts
Night of the Jumps/FIM Freestyle MX World Championship – Round 1 – Basel
The opening two rounds of the Night of the Jumps/FIM Freestyle MX World Championships took place in Basel, Switzerland last weekend and it was Spanish Yamaha rider Maikel Melero who managed to win both nights of competition ahead of the best Freestylers in the world.
Aussie Rob Adelberg just missed out on a podium position on the opening night but kept himself in the title hunt with a solid third place on night two.
The next two World Championship rounds will take place on 26th/27th of February in Berlin (Mercedes Benz Arena).
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Round 1 Final
1. Maikel Melero
2. David Rinaldo
3. Remi Bizouard
4. Rob Adelberg
5. Petr Pilat
6. Jose Miralles
Results NIGHT of the JUMPs – Round 2 Final
1. Maikel Melero
2. Remi Bizouard
3. Rob Adelberg
4. David Rinaldo
5. Petr Pilat
6. Luc Ackermann
FIM Freestyle MX World Championship Ranking (after 2nd Rounds)
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