Ok, we all know by now that Toby Price smashed all comers at Dakar 2016 but here’s the kicker – when the green flag dropped on day one I believe Toby knew he was going to win this race – it was just a matter of riding to his ability and keeping his KTM mechanically sound.
The multi winner of everything off-road here in Australia prepared extremely well for the event and with the backing of the factory KTM team he knew he was in good shape in body, mind and machinery – in fact Toby strategically foxed in the Prologue to finish back in 16th then won the 2nd stage (stage 1 was cancelled) but was happy to garner only 36th on the 3rd stage when the going was dodgy with on-coming vehicles and animals criss-crossing the track but once the terrain became more competition orientated Toby put the hammer down to win four more stages and not finish outside the top six for the rest of the stages – his eventual win by over 39 minutes was the most calculated and dominant performance in Dakar history and it’s only his second attempt….there is more Dakar news and results below.
Troy Bayliss Classic Rained Out
The annual Troy Bayliss Classic has become an event that is looked forward to for competitors and spectators alike – in fact NRGTV even televised the racing live this year but it all turned to poo when the heavens opened up and the Troy Bayliss Classic finals were called off – in fact, all of the nights racing was called off BUT you can be sure that the 2017 TBC will be a cracker – I have compiled the results for the Troy Bayliss Classic timed qualifying and heats as well as the star-studded support classes below….
McCoy Injury Report
‘T11 and T12 relocated with screws, and rods, some bone grafting done as well. Have some feeling in my left leg and have been told I’m incomplete so there’s hope for more feeling as time goes on. I’m so grateful and overwhelmed with the support from everyone.”
McCoy is now in a back brace and is able to sit up in bed and get into a wheel chair – there is fund raiser on https://www.gofundme.com/y8jequx9 and you can donate money to help Daniel with his recovery.
Luke Clout to contest AMA Supercross this weekend
We believe Luke Clout is currently winging his way to America for what is, at this stage, a one-off ride in this weekend’s A2 round of the 2016 AMA Supercross Championship.
Jones to Active 8 Yamaha
Tayla Jones will campaign a YZ250FX for the Active8 Yamaha team throughout 2016 as the E1 team member along-side Josh Green and Beau Ralston who will take on E2 and E3 duties respectively.
Granquist Stays Blue – Moves to E1 Class
Stefan Granquist will bolster Yamaha’s E1 profile at the Australian Off-Road Championships (AORC) and the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) as he has committed to racing the WR250F for the 2016 season.
CDR Yamaha Off Road will front the 2016 season with the same rider line-up as 2015, as both Chris Hollis and Tom McCormack return to the championship winning team and form an impressive 1-2 punch for the upcoming season.
Armed with the all new Yamaha WR450F and competing in the 12 round Australian Off road Championship, the Australian Four Day Enduro, plus other selected events, the team will again have a huge presence in the off road scene and be out to secure as many national championship wins as possible.
Despite an injury riddled 2015 season, Chris Hollis proved that he is one of the fastest men in Australia in off road racing and with his years of knowledge and experience, he has been chosen to lead the team and showcase the all new WR450F for Yamaha.
Hollis charged home to third in the AORC in 2015 after missing two rounds due to injury and his speed in the final few rounds was nothing short of impressive. The Port Macquarie charger is happy to be back with the CDR Yamaha squad and is looking forward to racing the new bike in season 2016.
“It’s a pretty exciting time to be in off road with the introduction of the new WR450F and being a selected rider to represent such an important bike to the Australian public,” Hollis explains.
“To have a bike based on the world championship winning YZ450F, yet tweaked to suit off road conditions, gives us the best of both worlds and with CDR Yamaha handling the technical development of the bike, it will be a real weapon in the bush.
“I’m proud to be back in CDR Yamaha colours and look forward to another great year working with a dedicated and successful race team.”
Tom McCormack is also back after his 2015 ended before it started with an injury prior to round one of the AORC. But after an extensive rehab program and his dedication to getting back to 100%, McCormack is back on the bike again and ready to shake things up as he moves up to the E2 class for 2016.
Like Hollis, McCormack will also pilot a WR450F and after 12 months on the sidelines, he can’t get out there fast enough.
“Sitting on the sidelines and watching my mates riding for the past 12 months has only made me want to ride and race even more. It has been a frustrating year in so many ways but my health and fitness are now really good and I have just got back on the bike and feel like I haven’t missed a beat.
“CDR Yamaha have been good enough to give me another shot after my injuries and I’m so determined to not let anyone down. They are the best team in off road with the best bikes in off road and it’s my job to get them up there where we all belong,” McCormack ends.
CDR Yamaha team owner, Craig Dack, is happy to have both headline riders back on board for 2016 and is eager to begin work on the new WR450F as soon as it lands.
“In Chris and Tom we have two experienced and dedicated off road riders that are in the prime of their careers. Both are multi-time national champions and only injury slowed their progress in 2015.
“Having the new WR450F at our disposal is also an exciting prospect as we have great technical staff here at CDR Yamaha and unlocking the secrets of a new bike is always a strength of our team.
“The riders will commence testing as soon as the bike is available and we will be ready for action come round one of the Australian Off Road Championship,” Dack ends.
Australian Off Road Championships (AORC) 2016
March 19/20 – Victoria (Rds 1&2)
April 23/24 – South Australia (Rds 3&4)
June 18/19 – New South Wales (Rds 5&6)
July 23/24 – Victoria (Rds 7&8)
August 13/14 – New South Wales (Rds 9&10)
September 11/12 – Victoria (Rds 11/12)
Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) – May 9-15 – Victoria
Justin Barcia Out Injured – Having Surgery
Justin Barcia has announced that he is pulling out of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season due to a thumb injury sustained before Anaheim. Barcia sent out an Instagram post: “Well unfortunately my season has come to a quick end. I injured my hand the week before A1 and will undergo surgery this week. It’s a tough pill to swallow with how hard I worked this year and was ready to be in the mix for race wins. I tried to race but it’s just not realistic with how bad the pain is. Thanks to my team family fans and everyone that has stuck behind me. I will be back asap!”
2016 Rockstar Husqvarna Off-Road Team Announced
Husqvarna Motorcycles have announced the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road Team including the return of Australian Josh Strang who will have Andrew Delong, Jacob Argubright, Mike Brown and Colton Haaker as his teammates with Tim Weigand as the team manager.
Ben Townley Preparing in Europe
Ben Townley has joined the factory Suzuki team to test his new RM-Z450 and get into training for the 2016 World MXGP Championship. The former MX2 World Champion is now in Spain for testing with MXGP team-mate Kevin Strijbos and MX2 rider Bas Vaessen.
“It’s my first time down here (Red Sand MX Park) in Benicassim and I’m really liking it. The team has been training here for a week now and it’s great that I can join them. I like being able to ride with my team mates. I’ve known Kevin since my first year in Europe and we get along fine; and this is also a great chance to get to know the younger guys.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Stefan (Everts),” said Townley. “I’m curious as to what he has to say about my riding and how he thinks it is going. My speed still needs to come-up a little, so I’ve got a few areas to work on in the coming weeks. Still, it was tough leaving my family behind. I’m missing them a lot already.”
The MXGP season starts in Qatar on February 27th, but Townley will make his Suzuki debut at the Hawkstone Park International in the UK on February 7th.
Valence International Motocross is going to be BIG!
One of the big pre-season motocross races in Europe is the annual Valence International Motocross which for this year is set for February 13/14 and the rider line-up in the MXGP class includes Romain Febvre, Ben Townley, Jordi Tixier, Clement Desalle, Shaun Simpson, Ken De Dycker and Kevin Strijbos (to name a few) while the MX2 class will see Jeffrey Herlings, Max Anstie, Pauls Jonass, Thomas Covington and Alexandr Tonkov battling for top honours.
Last Weekend’s Racing
9000km over some of the toughest terrain couldn’t wipe the smile off Toby Price’s face after the Aussie won Dakar 2016 by over 39 minutes in just his second attempt: “Winning in my second participation is awesome, but being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane. I would’ve never imagined this two years ago. Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing! I tackled the race in true Aussie style. I attacked when I had to, when the time was right, and I kept an eye on my bike during the all-important marathon stages. I also navigated quite well. I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won’t be easy, so I’ve got to savour this victory.”
Factory team manager Alex Doringer said he was happy and proud of all of his team. “I could see Toby was a top guy with potential and good navigation skills. He did an amazing job and I am very happy for him. When I brought him into the team I was very happy to do something for my old friend Kurt Caselli. He was the one who encouraged me to try to get Toby to the Dakar and today we see the result. I am also very proud of Antoine (Meo). He did so well in his first Dakar and he will be very good in the future. He was incredibly brave to ride to the finish today after he had a very big crash yesterday, but he wanted to be with the team at the end. It has also great to see the team spirit and the friendship that has built up between Toby and Antoine. Even though Toby was heading for the win, today he rode all the way behind Antoine to make sure he was going to make it to the finish.”
Final Overall Results after 13 stages and over 9,000km
Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 48 hours nine minutes 15 seconds
Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, + 39 minutes 41 seconds
Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, + 48.48
Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, + 45.47
Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, + 55.44
Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, + 1 hour 46.29
Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, + 1:56.47
Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, + 2:01.00
Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, +2:11.22
Armand Monleon (FRA), KTM + 3:27.49
2016 Monster Energy UK Arenacross Tour – Round 3 and 4 – Belfast
Rounds three and four of the UK Arenacross Tour was held in Belfast last weekend and there was plenty of bar banging, finger pointing and agro out on the track – here is how the two main events went down.
Round 3 Final Report
Josh Hansen grabbed the holeshot with Thomas Ramette right behind and it looked like the American was heading for another win until a rogue track marker took Hansen down and dropped him back to 9th.
Ramette took the lead with Fabien Izoird and Soubeyras coming by in second and third but Soubeyras made his move late in the race to relegate the Izoird to third. So it was Ramette, Soubeyras, Izoird on the podium with Chatfield in fourth ahead of his team-mate Pellegrini fifth and Hansen clawing his way to sixth.
Soubeyras retains the red plate and leads the championship by just four points over Izoird. Ramette is close behind and just eight points separates the top three.
Ramette said. “That was my best race ever in Arenacross. I won both heats which meant I had the pick of the gate and I felt really confident and strong. I was second behind Josh and was really pushing and working hard to catch him. I couldn’t believe it when he crashed, but I was I the right place to take it. Then Fabien was behind me and it was very close and I could see Cedric coming back too, it was tight all way to the end. The track was hard and rutting in places and so it was easy to make mistakes but I stayed steady and out of trouble. I didn’t have such a great time last weekend and so this win tonight means a lot to me.”
Hansen and Chatfield hit the first corner vying for the same spot but both went down in their haste leaving Ramette to take the lead ahead of Matt Bayliss, Izoird, Cyrille Coulon, Brunell and Cedric Soubeyras.
Izoird made an inside move on Ramette for the lead and the eventual win but there was action unfolding behind with Soubeyras and Hansen coming through the pack and as the two-lap board came out Soubeyras clipped Ramette’s back wheel leaving the reigning champ on the ground while Soubeyras went on to finish second ahead of Coulon, Pellegrini, Hansen, Bayliss, Brunell, Kullas and Ramette.
Ramette gave Soubeyras a well deserved animated spray after their get together while Josh Hansen must think he has ran over a black cat with all of the bad luck he has been having throughout the series so far BUT the flamboyant American is still only 17 point behind the championship leader with six rounds remaining.
Round 4 – Final Results: 1. Fabien Izoird. 2. Cedric Soubeyras. 3. Cyrille Coulon. 4. Angelo Pellegrini. 5. Josh Hansen. 6. Matt Bayliss. 7. Jack Brunell. 8. Harri Kulllas. 9. Thomas Ramette. 10. Ashley Greedy.
Pro Class Standings after 4 Rounds: 1. Fabien Izoird – 96pts. 2. Cedric Soubeyras – 94pts. 3. Thomas Ramette – 81pts. 4. Cyrille Coulon – 80pts. 5. Josh Hansen – 79pts. 6. Adam Chatfield – 61pts. 7. Angelo Pellegrini – 59pts. 8. Matt Bayliss – 58pts. 9. Jack Brunell – 54pts. 10. Florent Richier – 42pts
2016 AMA Supercross – Round 2 – San Diego
The second round of the 2016 AMA Supercross Championships at San Diego saw almost 40,000 spectators watch Chad Reed defy the critics while defending champions Ryan Dungey and Cooper Webb reasserted themselves as favourites but instead of reproducing the official racer report here is how I saw the racing:
– Interesting 1 – After winning the 250SX main event Cooper Webb made his way over to Chad Reed who was preparing for the start of the 450SX start and Webb was obviously sharing a few tips on how the track was shaping up – It worked, Chad made good moves in the early laps – anyone want to bet against these two being on the same team next year?
– Interesting 2 – Only two riders got into the 48 second lap times throughout the 450SX main event and that was Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey – in fact, throughout the main event Chad and Ryan kept their lap times predominantly between high 48 and low 50 seconds while every rider from third placed Jason Anderson and beyond carded plenty of 51 plus second per lap times. Dungey’s best lap time was 48.794 with his worst being a 51.727 (last lap) while Chad’s best was a 48.947 with his worst being a 52 second lap when he was hung up with lappers – his next worst lap time was 51.160 (last lap).
– Interesting 3 – James Stewart was cleared to ride by the AMA but the ‘fastest soil tester in the world’ couldn’t get his shit together to complete the nights racing and pulled out – Yoshimura Suzuki must be pulling their hair out with this guy and all of the team’s sponsors must be wishing they had hung their hat on a more reliable campaigner.
– Interesting 4 – Wil Hahn is a factory Kawasaki rider alongside Eli Tomac and for the second weekend in a row the overrated Yank couldn’t crack the top 15 but with lap times that were at times four seconds per lap slower than the front runners what do you expect? Wil’s best lap time of 50.637 and his worst was a 53 plus – even his brother Thomas (who is also overrated) had a faster lap time while ‘former’ Kawasaki factory rider Jake ‘The Sook’ Weimer managed a credible 8th in the final with lap times that made Hahn look like a wobbler.
– Aussie Bummer 1 – Jackson Richardson didn’t make it to San Diego after crashing hard at A1 – we cross our fingers that ‘Jatz’ can be back for A2.
– Aussie Bummer 2 – Lawson Bopping tried his guts out all night but just couldn’t get the starts he needed to put himself into a qualifying position – Lawson is learning at a great rate of knots and the return to Anaheim this weekend could see the likeable Yamaha rider back in the main event – good luck Boppo.
– Aussie Bummer 3 – After being interviewed by Jimmy Holley on the Supercrosslive.com coverage Hayden Mellross scored fourth place in his heat race and more importantly looked like he belonged at the front of the pack – unfortunately Hayden hit the deck early in the main event and couldn’t progress any further – here is what he posted on social media: ‘Well my starts were on point last night! Pumped with 4th place in my heat race and being able to get upfront and learn a thing or two. Another awesome start in the main event but unfortunately found the dirt early on, you live and you learn but I guess that’s all part of being a Rookie. Onwards and upwards from here!’
Ryan Dungey: Dunge is not mucking around this year – he steam rolled his way to the lead by passing Chad, Christophe Pourcel and Justin Brayton but the one thing he couldn’t do was shake Reed – Dungey put the hammer down several times during the 20 lap main event but Chad stayed within striking distance all of the way to the finish line.
“You are only as good as your last race.” said Dungey. “You need to keep pushing yourself even when it’s difficult. I was nice to get the win. There are so many good guys out there. I got off to decent start and as able to pick my way up to front, Chad was on my heels the whole time, so I couldn’t make a big mistake, although I made a few little ones. It feels good to get the win and move back into the points lead. That’s the plan [coming into the season] and it’s working [so far].”
Chad had to be patient during the first lap – he actually got the holeshot and should have been in the lead but Pourcel blocked Chad then Roczen did the same but when the pack hit the stutters Chad blew back by Pourcel and Roczen to move into third then got around Brayton to second – what was interesting from then on was that Chad looked like he was trail riding yet he was matching Dungey’s lap times and staying just over a second behind the defending champ – this bids well for a potential win in the coming weeks.
“I get that people think I am old,” Reed said. “I don’t like it. I love being out here and I made some changes throughout the day and Dungey kept me at my max. Some areas I was better and some places he was better. I worked hard on my starts, but I am giving up too much time. I am not just here for the show, I want to win.”
Seely didn’t get the start he needed to run at the front of the pack – in fact Cole was 7th after one lap and he was assisted by Ken Roczen missing a corner and going off the track but after that Seely made his way past Pourcel, Brayton and Vince Freise to get into third – Jason Anderson and Seely got into a bit of push and shove late in the race with Anderson going on to take third BUT he jumped under a caution flag and was docked two positions which gave Seely his second podium of the year.
“It was tough,” Seely told RacerX. “Start was so tricky and so slick, but we got off to a decent start, but the first two turns were so hectic with guys taking different lines, cross-jumping, just all kinds of stuff going on. Not on purpose, it was just a hectic first lap for sure. I knew once everything settled by lap three or four I could put my head down and charge and pass a few guys. I did that and was feeling really good and had a good forward charge going but got a little tight at the end again. It’s only my sixth or seventh week back on a supercross track since my injury so I’m definitely still feeling that. At the same time, I haven’t peaked yet so I’m still gaining momentum as these rounds go on. It feels good to know I have more in the tank and feeling progression each week.”
Tomac sat in 10th place for the first three laps before he set his sights on moving forward and while doing nothing spectacular Eli steadily picked off the riders in front of him to end up fourth – his lap times show that there is still some work to do over in the green camp.
Anderson got a shocker of a start but blew by everyone except Reed and Dungey – when you watch closely Anderson doesn’t sit behind riders for long, once he catches them he makes a move immediately which is why he and Seely got together – that’s racing!
As far as the caution flag coming out and Anderson still jumping that section I think it was a tough call – the Husqvarna pilot was already committed to jumping the section when the flag was pulled but if that is the worst thing that happens to Anderson over a 17 round championship he would take it.
Ken was right up there early in the race and he had podium written all over him but the Suzuki kicked off a jump and spewed left when the track went right leaving K-Roc to go from 3rd back to 9th and from there it was all about catching up and with so much talent at the pointy end sixth was the best he could do.
Canard/Weimer/Musquin/Brayton: These four riders rounded out the top ten – three of them will be disappointed while one of them will be absolutely wrapped! I’ll let you sort that out…..
450 SX Main Event: 1. Ryan Dungey. 2. Chad Reed. 3. Cole Seely. 4. Eli Tomac. 5. Jason Anderson. 6. Ken Roczen. 7. Trey Canard. 8. Jacob Weimer. 9. Marvin Musquin. 10. Justin Brayton.
450SX Championship Standings after Round 2 of 17: 1. Ryan Dungey – 47. 2. Jason Anderson – 41. 3. Cole Seely – 40. 4. Chad Reed – 37. 5. Eli Tomac – 36. 6. Ken Roczen – 31. 7. Trey Canard – 28. 8. Jacob Weimer – 22. 9. David Millsaps – 22. 10. Justin Brayton – 22.
Cooper Webb: Webb needs to work on his starts – or does he? Cooper was outside the top ten during the opening lap but he charged his way through the pack to be in second by lap eight and it took another four laps to catch and pass Zach Osborne for the lead and eventual win by over three seconds.
“I got another bad start unfortunately, but it was awesome to come through pack like that,” said Webb, who has won six straight Main Events dating back to last season. “I had great battle with all the top guys since they were up front. I hope all the fans enjoyed that battle. It was a great night. I’m glad to be back up here and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Joey Savatgy: Savatgy got a decent start and sat in third for most of the moto and looked like he was settling for that position until Osborne blew it on lap 14 handing second place to Savatgy. The Pro-Circuit Kawasaki pilot look comfortable with lap times that were only marginally slower than Webb but he needs to up his intensity if he is going to top Webb.
Jordan Smith: Smith got the holeshot and led for five laps but a few bobbles left the Honda pilot vulnerable and he lost places to Osborne, Webb and Savatgy.
Zach Osborne: Zach can’t be happy to be leading and end up back in 6th place BUT he knows he has the speed to compete for the lead, he just needs to keep it all together for the whole 15 laps.
250 West Main Event: 1. Cooper Webb. 2. Joey Savatgy. 3. Jordon Smith. 4. Christian Craig. 5. Colt Nichols. 6. Zach Osborne. 7. Kyle Peters. 8. James Decotis. 9. Kyle Cunningham. 10. Chris Alldredge. 21. Hayden Mellross.
250 West Championship Standings: 1. Cooper Webb – 50. 2. Jordon Smith – 36. 3. Joey Savatgy – 35. 4. Zach Osborne – 35. 5. James Decotis – 31. 6. Colt Nichols – 30. 7. Alex Martin – 25. 8. Kyle Peters – 25. 9. Jessy Nelson – 22. 10. Christian Craig – 22. 17. Hayden Mellross – 11 (10-1)
AMSOIL Arenacross – Round 2 and 3 – Baltimore
The Arenacross series hit Baltimore for the second and third rounds and it was a mixed bag of results over the two nights but nothing is surer that the three Kawasaki riders in Chris Blose, Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes have the drop on the rest of the pack and will be fighting for this championship to the very end.
Arenacross Class Overall Results Night One
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (1-5)
Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-6)
Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (6-3)
Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., Yamaha (3-7)
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (7-4)
Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (4-9)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (13-1)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (16-2)
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki (9-8)
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (8-10)
Arenacross Class Overall Results Night Two
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1-1)
Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (4-3)
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (2-5)
Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (7-2)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (3-7)
Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (6-6)
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (12-4)
Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha (5-12)
Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna (10-8)
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (9-10)
Arenacross Class Championship Standings after Round 3
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 84
Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki – 81
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 80
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 73
Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 64
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 63
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 47
Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 44
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 44
Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 40
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Night One
Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha
Davey Sterritt, Athens, N.Y., Yamaha
Dave Ginolfi, Miduale, Utah, Husqvarna
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Night Two:
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha
Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM
Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM
Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki
Dave Ginolfi, Miduale, Utah, Husqvarna
Jake McKinney, Hamersville, Ohio, Honda
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings after Round 3:
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 44
Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM – 39
Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha – 31
Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 24
Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda – 20
Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda – 17
Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki – 16
Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 16
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 15
Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha – 9
Troy Bayliss Classic
The 2016 Troy Bayliss Classic may have been rained out but the action during the day was heart stopping – here are the results from the support classes and all of the results from the timed qualifying and heat races for the Troy Bayliss Classic class.
Troy Bayliss Classic Best Time
Luke Richards – 21.725
Jake Johnson – 21.738
Robbie Menzies – 21.748
Troy Herfoss – 21.771
Jared Mees – 21.887
Michael Kirkness – 21.906
Troy Bayliss – 21.941
Sammy Halbert – 22.000
Brad Baker – 22.057
Jarred Brook – 22.136
Marty McNamara – 22.177
Henry Wiles – 22.193
Anthony West – 22.249
Alex Cudlin – 22.285
Joshua Hook – 22.302
Broc Parkes – 22.404
Matt Davies – 22.413
Jarryd Oram – 22.470
Paul Caslick – 22.515
Damian Cudlin – 22.676
Masatoshi Ohmori – 22.880.
Chris Hodgson – 22.906.
Troy Bayliss Classic Overall after Heat Results
Luke Richards – 1-1-2 – 72pts
Michael Kirkness – 1-4-3 – 63pts
Troy Bayliss – 6-1-2 – 61pts
Jake Johnson – 4-2-4 – 58pts
Troy Herfoss – 2-6-3 – 55pts
Marty McNamara – 5-2-5 – 54pts
Jared Mees – 9- 4-1 – 53pts
Sammy Halbert – 8-5-1 – 52pts
Jarred Brook – 6-3-5 – 51pts.
Henry Wiles – 6-5-4 – 46pts.
Legends Race Overall after 3 Races
65cc 7-10yrs Overall after 3 Races:
Lincoln Von Mengersen.
85cc 2/ 150cc 4/ B/W or S/W 10-U13yrs Overall after 3 Races:
250cc 4/ 13-U16yrs Overall After 3 Races:
450cc Support Overall after 3 Races
Women’s Overall after 3 Races
500cc 2-Stroke Overall after 3 Races
“It was a great day considering the conditions,” said Bayliss “We got through all the heat races but it was disappointing that we were not able to run the final few events. I would have chopped off my other pinky to have run the Americana, Superpole and Troy Bayliss Classic final but, unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”
“I would like to thank the competitors, officials, volunteers and especially the race fans who came out and stayed until to the bitter end,” Bayliss added.
Texter Wins Mark “Tex” Adams Memorial TT
The annual Mark ‘Tex’ Adams Memorial TT was held at the Marion County Speedway last weekend and thanks to the rain the 50 lap main event was shortened to 40 laps and it was Pennsylvania rider Cory Texter who won the race over Scott Baker and British Superbike rookie James Rispoli.
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