Moto News Wrap for October 25, 2016 by Darren Smart
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This Week’s News Overview
- Forget the FIM SGP Bullshit Press Release!!
- The 2016 Race Season is NOT Over!
- Clout Replaced Decotis in SX
- Tom Pagès, Jackson Strong in for AUS-X Open
- Banks To Promote SA MX Champs
- AMA Motocross Schedule Announced
- Tonus Goes Blue for MXGP 2017
- Five Rider Line-Up for Bud Racing
- Tim Gajser Crowned King of Arnhem
- Webb Keeps Endurocross Title Alive
- Robby Bell Captures Third WORCS Title
- Ricky Brabec Wraps Up Hare & Hound Title
- Russell Bobbitt Wins 5th Enduro Title
- Gage McAllister Wins 2016 AMA Supermoto Championship
- Seely Tops Podium at All Japan MX National Championship Final
This Week’s Racing Overview:
- Speedway World Championships – Round 11 – Melbourne, Australia
- Red Bull Straight Rhythm – Pomona, CA
Forget the FIM SGP Bullshit Press Release!
OK, most of the Speedway fans around the world will have read the FIM’s bullshit press release about the final round of the FIM Speedway World Championships held in Melbourne last weekend but if you want the real insight into what went down read the race report and results below.
The 2016 Race Season is NOT Over!
The 2016 race season still has plenty of world class race action to go and now is good a time as any to see what we have in store between now and Christmas:
- Australian Supercross Championships – Oct. 29 – Round 3 – Wayville, South Australia
- Australian Supercross Championships – Nov. 5 – Round 4 – Avalon, Victoria
- GEICO Endurocross Championship – Nov 5 – Round 5 – Boise, ID
- World Vet Motocross Championship – Nov. 5-6 – Glen Helen, CA
- Stuttgart Supercross – Nov. 11-12 – Stuttgart, Germany
- Tampere Supercross – Nov. 11-12 – Finland
- Australian Supercross Championships – Nov. 12-13 – Rounds 5 and 6 – Sydney, New South Wales
- Paris Supercross – Nov. 12-13 – Lille, France
- 2016 Yamaha A4DE – 16th to 19th Nov – Mansfield, Victoria
- GEICO Endurocross Championship – Nov 19 – Round 5 (Final Round) – Ontario, CA
- Munich Supercross – Nov. 18/19 – Munich, Germany
- Geneva Supercross – Dec. 23 – Geneva, Switzerland
And can you believe that just a few weeks later we will welcome the 2017 AMA Supercross Championship at Anaheim, California.
Clout Replaced Decotis in SX
Defending Australian SX2 Supercross Champion Jimmy Decotis will miss the remainder of the championship after sustaining a concussion at Round 2 of the series in Toowoomba.
“The team have been fantastic. I couldn’t remember anything following the crash and I have been getting headaches. Head injuries can ruin careers and we decided that I should take as much time out as I need to recover and I need to thank the team for being so patient and understanding.”
Honda Genuine Racing announced they have signed Luke Clout to replace Decotis for the remainder of the series.
“I am sorry to see Jimmy get hurt and I hope he recovers quickly. I want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity. I am so happy to be racing again and I look forward to lining up in Adelaide next week for round three of the Australian Supercross Championship.”
The former MX2 Australian Motocross Champion signed a two-year deal with MAD Racing Suzuki last year in America but the team has folded and will not race in 2017 but Luke won’t have to wait long to get into action with round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championship scheduled for this weekend in Wayville.
Tom Pagès, Jackson Strong in for AUS-X Open
Freestyle guru Tom Pagès has signed up for the Monster Energy ‘Best Trick’ competition at this year’s AUS-X Open with the Frenchman’s eyes fixated on the record-breaking $120,000 prize pool.
“I have really good memories from last year’s AUS-X Open, and I really can’t wait to come back! I love visiting Australia at that time of the year, so it’s awesome to be able to go down there, and compete in such an awesome event. This year is going to be really tough – competition wise – as I know that Clinton (Moore) is working on some pretty crazy tricks, along with the other big name guys too, so I’ll go there and try do my best and we’ll see what happens.”
Jackson Strong has also confirmed that he’ll compete at the AUS-X Open for 2016, joining the decorated roster of FMX World Champions. Strong won both Monster Energy ‘Best Trick’ contests (Saturday & Sunday) in 2015 and is prepared to once again lay it all on the line in 2016, and send it for his Australian fans.
“Nothing sounds more patriotic to me than launching into the roof in front of thousands of screaming Aussie fans. Last year’s AUS-X Open was without a doubt the best supercross and freestyle motocross event Australia has ever seen and something that I’m not going to miss (out on).”
The AUS-X Open is the richest Freestyle Motocross contest in the Southern Hemisphere, with a record-breaking $120,000 prize pool up for grabs. Strong captured both AUS-X Open victories in 2015, and $40,000 worth of prize money by virtue.
An international supercross exclusive will run alongside the FMX ‘Best Trick’ competition, creating an absolutely unmissable experience that the whole family can enjoy. The AUS-X Open kicks off at Qudos Bank Arena (formerly AllPhones) on November 12-13.
Banks to Promote South Australian Motocross Championships
Motorcycling South Australia (MSA) announced this week that current MX Nationals competitor Daniel Banks has been charged with the management of the South Australian MX Championship along with other motocross events within the state. SA MX Sports Manager, Daniel Banks is excited at the opportunity.
“I’m really looking forward to working alongside MSA, the clubs and the competitors as we all aim to make the South Australian MX Championship an exciting series to be part of and participate in. The series ran well in 2016 and we look forward to building on this again in 2017. One aim is to improve the delivery of the series by bringing well run events offering better tracks and incentives to the riders across both juniors and seniors throughout the year and ultimately bringing the SA competitors the best opportunity to be competitive on a National level.”
AMA Motocross Schedule Announced
MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports unveiled the schedule for the 2017 season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship which will once again consist of 12 rounds in its summer-long journey to crown a champion, with each venue for 2016 returning for 2017.
Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing
“The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is the root of American motocross and its legacy is undeniable. Both the teams and riders understand the history of the sport and how truly difficult it is to win this coveted championship, so there’s an immense sense of pride in the battle for both the Edison Dye Cup and Gary Jones Cup. Most of the tracks on the schedule have been hosting Nationals for more than two decades. There’s such a rich history and tradition that both the riders and the fans feed off of, making this championship a truly special experience.”
“The current schedule for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brings the fastest riders on the planet and the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle championship to virtually every portion of the country. We will compete in every time zone and will visit 11 states en route to finding out who will add their name to the legendary list of titleholders, forever etching themselves in the annals of American motocross history.”
- Round 1 – May 20 – Hangtown Classic – Rancho Cordova, California
- Round 2 – May 27 – Glen Helen National – San Bernardino, California
- Round 3 – June 3 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, Colorado
- Round 4 – June 17 – High Point Naitonal – Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
- Round 5 – June 24 – Tennessee National – Blountville, Tennessee
- Round 6 – July 1 – RedBud National – Buchanan, Michigan
- Round 7 – July 8 – Southwick National – Southwick, Massachusetts
- Round 8 – July 22 – Spring Creek National – Millville, Minnesota
- Round 9 – July 29 – Washougal National – Washougal, Washington
- Round 10 – August 12 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, New York
- Round 11 – August 19 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, Maryland
- Round 12 – August 26 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, Indiana
Tonus Goes Blue for MXGP 2017
Arnaud Tonus will return to the FIM World Motocross Championship after signing a two-year deal with Wilvo Yamaha alongside Scotland’s Shaun Simpson.
Tonus enjoyed a successful career in MX2 before signing with Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki outfit prior to the 2015 season and after two tough seasons Tonus now heads back to the GPs, where he’ll compete in the MXGP Class for the first time in his career.
“It’s a different class for me and even a different championship now with 20 GPs. I’m happy to be back and of course I have my base over here so things are easier from that side. It will be a long season with a lot of competition on the 450 and so a big challenge but I’m really pleased to be with Yamaha again and Louis was very motivated to make this deal happen. I hope we can have good preparation and a decent winter of work. I’ll be based between Belgium and Switzerland where I have a nice facility for practice. We’re talking at the moment but I think the Geneva Supercross will be my first race on the Yamaha so we’ve got that to look forward to and I hope to get on the bike in the next two weeks.”
Simpson said he’s happy to return to Yamaha for the first time since 2012.
“The last time I rode a Yamaha was pretty memorable for me and I still think it was one of the best bikes I’ve ridden in terms of feeling and comfort. I can only look at the next two years with optimism – I’m happy. Louis has built a good team and support structure and knows the importance of the rider in the whole set-up. Arnaud is a great guy and we’ve worked together before – I’m sure the atmosphere of the team and the way to work will be on-point. Yamaha have more than proved their competitiveness in the last couple of years and it has been impressive to see how they have grown and invested back into MXGP, it feels like a good time to be ‘Blue’ again.”
Five Rider Line-Up for Bud Racing
The 2017 Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki team will be Brian Moreau contesting the European EMX 125 & French Elite 250 classes, Tristan Charboneau and Ryan Surratt contesting the AMA 250 West, European EMX 250 & French Elite 250 classes, Maxime Desprey contesting the French Elite 450 & SX Tour 450 and Kim Savaste who will come back from injury late in 2017 season.
Tim Gajser Crowned King of Arnhem
MXGP world champion Tim Gajser was crowned King of Arnhem last weekend after defeating former world champion Romain Febvre in the Superfinal at the Gerledome in Holland.
Malcolm Stewart led the American contingent but crashed in the first SX1 main event to finish 16th but the 250SX East Region Champion rebounded to win the second main event for fifth overall while Febvre took the SX1 overall behind consistent 1-2 scores, with Gajser and Thomas Ramette rounding out the podium.
King of Arnhem Superfinal:
- Tim Gajser
- Romain Febvre
- Cedric Soubeyras
- Malcolm Stewart
- Angelo Pellegrini
- Matteo Bonini
- Thomas Ramette
- Morgan Lessiardo
- Matt Bayliss
- Zonta Filippo
- Romain Febvre 1-2
- Tim Gajser 2-7
- Thomas Ramette 5-3
- Cedric Souberyas 3-6
- Malcolm Stewart 16-1
- Angelo Pllegrini 4-5
- Matteo Bonini 8-4
- Jack Brunell 6-8
- Matt Bayliss 10-9
- Sullivan Jaulin 9-12.
- Morgan Lessiardo
- Steven Mages
- Kade Walker
- Zonta Filippo
- Luca Nijenhuis
Webb Keeps Endurocross Title Alive
Cody Webb has kept his title hopes alive with a win over championship leader Colon Haaker at the Everett EnduroCross held in Washington last weekend. The win was important in that it keeps Webb within 10 points of Haaker in the race for the 2016 championship.
Haaker grabbed the holeshot in the final but couldn’t hold off Webb, who passed Haaker by the second lap and never looked back. “I think I only made two little mistakes and Colton made more,” said Webb after getting the win. “It allowed me to open up the gap and cruise to victory. It’s a great feeling.”
“Overall, I had more mistakes at the end of the race and just couldn’t get through the lappers as easily as Cody did,” Haaker said.
Everett, Washington Results:
- Cody Webb (KTM)
- Colton Haaker (Hus)
- Ty Tremaine (KTM)
- Cory Graffunder (KTM)
- Kyle Redmond (Beta)
- Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)
- Max Gerston (Beta)
- Trystan Hart (Hus)
- Noah Kepple (KTM)
- Nick Thompson (KTM)
Robby Bell Captures Third WORCS Title
Robby Bell finished out the 2016 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship with a third-place finish in Primm, Nevada last weekend but that was all he needed to put the finishing touches on his third WORCS Championship. Bell overcame injuries and plenty of adversities along the way, but managed to get the title.
“I’ve been losing a lot of sleep due to nervousness over this round. This is a huge weight off my shoulders. We worked our butts off for this championship. This was a tough year. We had some mechanical and health issues. We persevered. I’m so proud of my team. I’m proud of my wife, and I’m having a great time being a new dad.”
Ricky Brabec Wraps Up Hare & Hound Title
Ricky Brabec wrapped up his second AMA Hare & Hound Championship after taking the win at the final round of the series held in Lucerne Valley, California last weekend. Brabec only needed to finish eighth overall to seal the deal but did a lot better by winning the 100’s MC-hosted race. It was the fourth victory of the year for the Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda Team rider.
Jacob Argubright was 17 points arrears to Brabec going into the final but second place wasn’t enough to knock Brabec off the top of the leader board. Argubright finished 17 second behind Brabec at the finish and took second in the championship. Brabec racked up a total 170 points to Argubright’s 148.
Russell Bobbitt Wins 5th Enduro Title
The John Zink Ranch hosted the final round of the 2016 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship last weekend and it was SRT KTM’s Cory Buttrick who took the win while FMF KTM’s Russell Bobbitt wrapped up his fifth title with a conservative sixth-place finish.
“This is incredible. It’s kind of funny because I didn’t really think I was riding all that great. I was getting frustrated at all the lines I was missing and I was just doing silly things and that kept me mad all day, which I think kept me motivated. Getting the win was a big relief. It’s been a long time coming and at times it’s been a frustrating struggle.”
Third on the day went to Steward Baylor who was the closest rider to Bobbitt in the championship going into the Oklahoma final. Finishing three spots ahead of his teammate wasn’t enough to get it done and had to settle for second in the championship after falling 11 points shy of Bobbitt and 19 points ahead of his brother, Grant, who took third in the series and eighth on the day.
2016 Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship Results:
- Cory Buttrick
- Jesse Gromme
- Steward Baylor
- Ian Blythe
- Drew Higgins
- Russell Bobbitt
- Andrew DeLong
- Grant Baylor
- Evan Smith
- Nick Fahringer
Gage McAllister Wins 2016 AMA Supermoto Championship
The final round of the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series was held in Tucson, Arizona last weekend and it was Gage McAllister who wrapped up his third title in the premier Pro Open division after winning the first moto on the day before earning another victory in the final moto, putting the icing on another successful season for the RSR KTM rider.
“It feels good. It’s been a long month or so since Denver, not being able to wrap it up there early. I’ve just been thinking a lot, but it was good. I had it mostly wrapped up, so just had to be consistent; really, I just had to finish. So being able to wrap it up with a win and then finish it off with another win was really cool. I like this track a lot and it was cool to get a nice battle in on that last race with some new guys up front. Racing my teammate Dustin (Hoffman) is always fun, so it was a cool way to end the season.”
Seely Tops Podium at All Japan MX National Championship Final
Following the Monster Energy Cup, Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely journeyed across the Pacific to contest the final round of the All Japan MX National Championship. Competing at Sportsland Sugo in Mlyagi, Japan, Seely clinched the overall victory in the IA1 (450cc) class in dominant fashion.
During both motos, Seely secured the early lead aboard his all-new 2017 CRF450R and rode uncontested to finish 1-1 on the day. There was more cause for celebration in the Honda pits as fellow HRC rider Akira Narita wrapped up his 11th IA1 championship and Tomohiro Nitsuka clinched the IA2 (250cc) championship.
“I’m stoked with how this week in Japan has gone. I can’t thank everyone at Honda enough for the opportunity to come here and do what I love. The race went great too. I was able to go 1-1 and bring home the win for my team. This is my second race back from injury, so it was good to get more gate time before Anaheim. It was also awesome to get a chance to see a bunch of different Honda facilities and meet so many people that help make my dream possible.”
- Cole Seely (1-1)
- Yuu Hitata (3-2)
- Youhei Kojima (2-3)
- Kouichi Fukaya (5-4)
- Yoshitaka Atsuta (6-5)
Smarty’s Race Reports:
FIM Speedway World Championships – Round 11 – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
Etihad Stadium in Melbourne hosted an action packed and controversial final round of the FIM World Speedway Championships last Saturday night and it was local hero Chris Holder who managed to take his first GP win since 2012 with a breathtaking performance in the final while the immortal Greg Hancock earned his fourth world title despite being disqualified by the FIM after his third heat.
Hancock was sensationally disqualified from heat nine by the FIM Jury under rule 070.10.13, which states: ‘A rider, who, having started in a heat does not make an honest attempt to ride to the best of their ability, as judged by the referee, shall be guilty of an offence, which may entail disqualification from the heat or a penalty.’ Following the decision Hancock elected to withdraw from the remainder of the meeting while the FIM Jury opted to take no further action.
What a load of shit! Hancock led heat nine until the last lap and was passed by Holder who went on to win the heat by just over a bike length from Hancock. ‘I am sorry about tonight, I have a very, very hard disagreement with the FIM jury about what happened and I think it was very, very, very unfair and none of you really know what happened but you will know,” said Hancock in a post-race interview. “I am deeply upset, concerned and I think I was hard done by, the result could have been completely different in the end but we got what we got.”
Other than the Australian crowd being robbed of seeing the new World Champion in action for most of the night you can be guaranteed that there are serious consequences that will result from the disqualification of the American legend. Here is an official stamen from Hancock:
“I know my fans, sponsors and friends were disappointed that I withdrew from the event in Melbourne last Saturday but, racing at the top level requires full concentration, without which, you are a danger to your fellow competitors as well as yourself, and I was too distracted to be able to do that. The FIM Jury disqualified me from my 3rd heat saying that I allowed Chris Holder to pass me on the final lap. Many of you don’t know why I was disqualified and withdrew from the event but I was angry and disheartened by their accusations. I had a clutch issue caused by the loosening of the lower clutch arm assembly therefore causing an odd vibration and slipping of the clutch. I continued to ride cautiously and wide throughout the heat in case something was going to break as I didn’t want to have three riders coming into the back of me in the event that might happen. It’s just my instinctive way. The race director was shown the problem on the bike yet they still overruled it and disqualified me. That is the honest truth and therefore I am very disappointed with the FIM Jury and their wrongful decision. Safety should be more of their concern. Thank you once again for coming to Melbourne and the amazing support. You all Rock.”
All that aside, Hancock pulled level on four world title with New Zealand icon Barry Briggs and Danish legend Hans Nielsen, saying:
“It’s great to be on a list of names with these other four-time world champions. Those guys have all been heroes, icons or pillars in the sport. To join them in something like this, I feel honoured. I’m impressed and happy for myself. It’s a real, real honour to be in that company. It was fantastic to win it here in the Southern Hemisphere. The Australian people deserve a lot of credit. Obviously they were missing Jason, which is a shame, but Chris won and what a great result. Chris’ year has been rough, so I’m just so happy for him. As it turned out, he worked hard from his first heat. He really, really worked hard.”
Despite the drama Chris Holder rode brilliantly all night which culminated with a breathtaking win in the final over Tai Woffinden, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Antonio Lindback.
The win secured fourth place in the final World Championship standings for Holder. “To be sitting here with the trophy in front of my home fans is amazing. It’s sweet. It’s something we dream about doing – all us Aussie guys. This is the best feeling in the world apart from being the champ. It has been a rough year off the bike, but on the bike, it has got better. I am looking forward to next year.”
Defending champion Tai Woffinden was retrospect of his year. “Regaining the championship is really hard and not many guys have done it. But I gave it my all and to stand here and have a silver medal around my neck is pretty special. I’ll come back fighting. As far as my own performance this year, I’m not really happy with it as a whole. But to be sat here with a silver medal around my neck is pretty good.”
Woffinden paid a tribute to Hancock. “We can’t take anything away from this guy. He’s a true legend and the biggest and best ambassador for this sport. He has won four world titles. I have done two, but I can’t even imagine doing four. It totally blows my mind. He’s so experienced. He’s a legend. He keeps pushing and working hard.”
Bartosz Zmarzlik was ecstatic to achieve a podium place in his debut SGP year. “Before the season, my dream was the top eight and now I am number three in the world. I am very happy because everything this season has been so good for me. My dream in the second season next year is the same. We will see what next year brings. All the years are so very different. I’ll see you next year.”
Hancock booked his place in the 2017 SGP series along with fellow top-eight stars Woffinden, Zmarzlik, Holder, Doyle, Pawlicki, Lindback and Niels-Kristian Iversen while they will be joined by Patryk Dudek, Martin Vaculik and Fredrik Lindgren who qualified from the GP Challenge and the four wild cards to be selected by the SGP Commission.
QBE Insurance Australian SGP Scores:
- Chris Holder 17
- Tai Woffinden 15
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 15
- Antonio Lindback 14
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 12
- Matej Zagar 11
- Michael Jepsen Jensen 10
- Piotr Pawlicki 8
- Andreas Jonsson 6
- Fredrik Lindgren 6
- Greg Hancock 5
- Maciej Janowski 5
- Peter Kildemand 4
- Chris Harris 4
- Jack Holder 2
- Sam Masters 2
- Brady Kurtz 2
- Max Fricke 0
Final World Championship Standings:
- Greg Hancock 139
- Tai Woffinden 130
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 128
- Chris Holder 126
- Jason Doyle 123
- Piotr Pawlicki 99
- Antonio Lindback 93
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 91
- Matej Zagar 90
- Maciej Janowski 90
- Fredrik Lindgren 88
- Peter Kildemand 68
- Nicki Pedersen 62
- Andreas Jonsson 52
- Chris Harris 40
- Michael Jepsen Jensen 31
- Patryk Dudek 8
- Martin Smolinski 8
- Pawel Przedpelski 8
- Danny King 7
- Krzysztof Kasprzak 7
- Anders Thomsen 5
- Kim Nilsson 5
- Peter Ljung 4
- Vaclav Milik 3
- Sam Masters 2
- Tobias Kroner 2
- Brady Kurtz 2
- Jack Holder 2
- Denis Stojs 1
- Jacob Thorssell 1
- Nick Skorja 1
- Daniel Kaczmarek 1
- Kacper Woryna 1
Red Bull Straight Rhythm – Pomona, CA
Marvin Musquin and Shane McElrath have won the Open and Lites classes respectively at the annual action packed RED BULL Straight Rhythm event held in Pomona, California last weekend.
Musquin was running the fastest lap times all day and had to defeat Greg Duffy, Nick Wey, Trey Canard and finally the more fancied Ryan Dungey in the final to win his second Straight Rhythm trophy after winning the Lites class in 2014.
“I am really liking the bike, it’s awesome, thanks to Red Bull, it was so intense, I was pushing so hard with Ryan riding great and getting faster and faster, this means a lot, it is my first major win on the 450. It’s really cool, without real whoops this year, the racing was really close. It was tough. You really had to be perfect down the whole track to beat most of these guys.”
One of the highlights of the night was Privateer Josh Hansen who pipped Ryan Dungey in the first of their three race Semi-Final contest but Dungey did manage to win the final two races by a small margin to move through to the final.
McElrath on the other hand was only third fastest during the Lites qualifying behind his two TLD KTM teammates Mitchell Oldenburg and Jordon Smith but when the racing started McElrath defeated Jon Jon Ames comfortably and Smith by the narrowest of margins to go through to the finals against Oldenburg who was looking fast and strong.
In both of the finals the two KTM riders were neck and neck but McElrath was able to dig deep and sweep the finals and go 2-0. “It’s crazy, everyone has been on their game all day but it took me to the last few rounds to work out how far I could push it and it something I need to sort sooner but this is an awesome event.”
Josh Hill made history by not only debuting the battery powered Alta motocross machine but also defeating several petrol powered competitors to make it to the top four in the standings.
Open Class Results:
- Marvin Musquin
- Ryan Dungey
- Josh Hansen
- Trey Canard
Lites Class Results:
- Shane McElrath
- Mitchell Oldenburg
- Jordon Smith
- Josh Hill