Moto News for Nov 18, 2014 – With Darren Smart

Australasian News

After 12 years, two GNCC titles, six OMA Championships, one perfect OMA season with 17 consecutive wins,  Am Pro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley is calling it a career. The rider announced that he will be moving back to New Zealand with his family.

Long-time Serco Yamaha crew chief Michael Marty will make the switch to Troy Carroll’s  NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki team in 2015, taking on a new challenge in the MX1 ranks working with Adam Monea and Jake Moss.

Here is the rider line up for the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Finance Head2Head Enduro-X being held from Friday the 28th to Sunday the 30th. Peter Boyle – KTM – Chris Hollis – CDR Yamaha – Scott Keegan – Husqvarna – Joshua Green – Yamaha – Tom McCormack – CDR Yamaha – Beau Ralston – Yamaha – Daniel Sanders – KTM Aust – Tom Mason – KTM – Wayde Carter – KTM Aust – Jack Field – Gas Gas – Stefan Granquist – Yamaha – Tom Tomlinson – KTM – Broc Grabham – Sherco – Rob NowackAdam Reiman – KTM Aust – Damien Smith – Husqvarna – Ben Grabham – KTM Aust – Jayden GrimshawTim Coleman – Beta – Adrian Guggemos – Beta.

The rider line-up for the MOTO EXPO Baylisstic Scramble being held at the Melbourne Showgrounds on November 28-30 presented has been announced.

  • Troy Bayliss (C) (Three-time World Superbike Champion)
  • Mick Kirkness (2013 Troy Bayliss Classic Champion)
  • Marty McNamara (King of Nepean winner)
  • Josh Hook (Australian Superbike Racer)


  • Chris Vermeulen (C) (World Supersport Champion, Moto GP racer)
  • Troy Herfoss (AMA Supermoto Champion, X-Games silver medallist)
  • Karl Muggeridge (World Supersport Champion)
  • Luke Gough (Five-time Australian Long-Track Champion)


  • Paul Caslick (C) (Nine-time Australian Champion)
  • Nick Dermatoss (Dirt-Track racer)
  • Grant Charnock (Long-Track racer)
  • Matt Davies (Australian racer competing in the World Supersport Championship)


  • Jason Crump (C) (Three-time Speedway World Champion)
  • Luke Richards (Australian dirt track star)
  • Josh Pickering (Multiple Australian dirt track titles)
  • Mason Campton (Australian and British Speedway star)


  • Stephen Gall (C) (Four-time Mr Motocross Champion, multiple Australian Motocross Champion)
  • Thomas Duggan (Teenage dirt-track star)
  • Glenn Scott (Australian Superbike Competitor)
  • Ian Hamilton (Australian Dirt-Track racer)


The Pukekohe Motorcycle Club hosted the annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Cross Country Fundraiser at their Harrisville facility and it was Kiwi legend Shaun Fogarty and Queensland teenage sensation Caleb Ward who took their KTM250SX-F to victory in the 3 hour event by over a lap from the second placed team.

Euro News

Bercy 2014 is done and dusted and Eli Tomac absolutely smashed the entire field in all four finals while Matt Moss showed his class with a sold fourth place in the opening final before crashing in one of the elimination races and being forced out of the meeting. See report and results below.

Gavin Faith has gone straight from our ASX series to the eight round ADAC Gernam Supercross Championships and the likeable yank bounced back from a poor opening night to win night two while French star Gregory Aranda leads the championship with 1-3 results over the weekend in Stuttgart. See report and results below.

The Hawkstone Park International will now open the 2015 season with their race changing from February 22 to February 8. This comes due to the fact on February 29 the opening GP of the season is in Qatar and many riders will be preparing for that GP and not attending any International races. 

Red Bull KTM rider and two-time World MX2 Motocross Champion Jeffrey Herlings is going through intensive rehab at the Red Bull Training Centre in Thalgau, Austria to get himself in shape after breaking his femur during the season.

UK based Apico Husqvarna Motorcycles is an all new team that has signed the reigning European 250 MX Champion (EMX250) Steven Clarke to kick off their season by competing in the 2015 British Arenacross Series starting at the opening round on January 3rd where Clarke will be joined by Australian Daniel McCoy on the FC450 supplied by Husqvarna dealer St Blazey MX.

After the Arenacross series is complete Clarke will return to the FC250 and be joined by American team mate Marcus Nilsen as the team focuses on a calendar of events including competing in the MX2 class at the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship along with selected rounds of the Pirelli British Masters while also looking to defend Clarke’s EMX250 title.

American News

American motocross legend Kenny Zahrt suffered a stroke and passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014, surrounded by friends and family. The 59 year old former Red Bud National winner (1974) was found unconscious at his small shop in Canyon Country, CA and was immediately transported to Henry Mayo Hospital in Newhall and never regained consciousness. Zahrt was well known for his long hair, smooth style, good looks, consistent holeshots and blinding speed on his way to winning hundreds of races as a professional.

Beta factory rider Cody Webb now has a 13-point lead in the 2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship after claiming his third win of the season last Saturday night at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. See report and results below.

Below is the official release from Yamaha America about the teams and riders who will get support from Yamaha in 2015.

CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha: This team has once again committed to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross with Ben Lamay returning to the 450 class while Alex Martin and Greg Gehrer will compete in the 250SX West Coast and MX events while Luke Renzland will compete in 250SX East Coast Championships.

Strikt/Slaton/Yamaha: Scott Champion,  Zach Freeberg and Cole Martinez will compete in the 250SX West Coast Championships.

Barn Pros/Home Depot/Yamaha: Conner Elliott, Chris Howell and Ryder Steffy will race in the 250SX West Coast Championships.

51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha – Austin Politelli will race the 250SX West Coast Championships 

Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins/Yamaha: Killy Rusk will race the AMA Supercross aboard a YZ450F while Ryan Zimmer will race a YZ250F in the 250SX East Coast Championship. 

Thermo-Tec/Yamaha: – Kyle Regal and Mike McDade will race the 15-round AMA Amsoil Arenacross

Geico Enduro Cross Championship Round 8 – Boise, Idaho

Cody Webb will take a 13-point lead in the 2014 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship when the final round rolls into Ontario, California, next week after claiming his third win of the season last Saturday night at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

Webb continued his championship winning form to claim the win over previous-round winner Taylor Robert, Colton Haaker with defending champ Taddy Blazusiak an unlikely fourth.

“I heard Colton coming on strong there at the end and he was on it,” Webb said. “It’s hard to push that hard at the end of the race and, when he went down, I knew it was good for me. I’m happy to get the win in Idaho since I haven’t won here before.”

“I honestly have no idea how I came out of [the first turn] so well,” Robert said. “I was dabbing on the outside of the turn, fully leaning to the outside about to fall and someone ran into me from the outside and knocked me back upright. I think Colton was the fastest guy tonight. I want to keep mixing it up with these guys and now that I’m up here, I feel great.”

“I thought if I could jump the first firewood pile in front of Webb I would have him,” said Haaker. “Dang it, EnduroCross’ luck of the draw didn’t work out for me tonight.”

Cody Webb now leads by 13 points with one round remaining
Cody Webb now leads by 13 points with one round remaining

Round 8 Results: 1. Cody Webb (Beta). 2. Taylor Robert (KTM). 3. Colton Haaker (Hon). 4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM). 5. Cory Graffunder (KTM). 6. Max Gerston (Beta). 7.  Geoff Aaron (KTM). 8.  Mike Brown (Hus). 9. Kyle Redmond (KTM). 10. Trystan Hart (KTM). 11. Ty Tremaine (KTM). 12. Kevin Rookstool (KTM). 13. Wally Palmer (Chr).

Bercy Supercross – Stade Pierre-Mauroy Stadium – Lille, France

Bercy 2014
Bercy 2014

Not much to report from Bercy 2014 with Eli Tomac putting on what will go down as the most dominating performance in the events illustrious history.

Just Barcia is struggling with his new Yamaha ride but made enough changes to his blue rig by the end of the two night’s racing to garner a couple of distant second places for second outright while Malcolm Stewart continues to impress with solid top five finishes for third outright.

Matt Moss managed a holeshot in the opening final on Friday night and managed to come home in a sensational 4th place but the Aussie crashed out of an elimination race while in second and was unable to continue for the rest of the weekend.

Eli Tomac was the star of Bercy 2014
Eli Tomac was the star of Bercy 2014

Overall- King of Lille Standings: 1-Eli Tomac 1-1-1-1. 2-Justin Barcia 8-3-2-2. 3-Malcolm Stewart 3-4-4-5. 4-Fabien Izoird 10-5-5-6. 5-Josh Hill 6-7-7-8. 6-Weston Peick 12-11-3-3. 7-Jordi Tixier 7-6-6-12. 8-Dylan Ferrandis 12-5-14-4. 9-Christophe Pourcel 2-14-9-10. 10-Cedric Soubeyras 9-8-12-7. DNF-Matt Moss 4-0-0-0.

Cam Sinclair wins inaugural Australian Speed and Style

Cam Sinclair wins inaugural Australian Speed and Style. Image by Marcus Skin
Cam Sinclair wins inaugural Australian Speed and Style. Image by Marcus Skin

Three time X Games medalist – Cam Sinclair, notched another championship next to his name over the weekend, this time coming at the inaugural Australian Speed and Style event held in Tasmania on Saturday November 22nd.

Speed & Style fuses high-octane supercross style racing with insane freestyle motocross tricks. Riders fight for the best lap time and trick execution in a head-to-head elimination battle.

Sinclair raced to victory in what is arguably the most prestigious freestyle motocross event to be held on Australian turf this year. The 30 year old from Pearcedale, Victoria, blitzed the field and claimed the 2014 Australian Crown.

Sinclair claims his intense preparation recently in the Australian Supercross championship, where he raced to two second placing’s at rounds 3 and 5 respectively, has greatly contributed to his Speed and Style win.

“I definitely feel like that helped, just getting back into race mode and lining up behind a gate again, which I haven’t done in a long time. I put in a lot of laps out at Kade Mosig’s Supercross track as well as hitting ramps at my place almost everyday and it has definitely made a difference”, states Sinclair on his preparation.

Sinclairs protégé and fellow Pearcedale compatriot – Jayden Archer; found himself standing next to his mentor on the podium, finishing second after the two faced off in the final.

“It’s amazing, Cams been a great mentor to me for years now, so for us both to come away with first and second in Australia, is an unbelievable feeling”, proclaimed Archer.

That wasn’t the only event that would see Sinclair and Archer compete together, as the two went head to head for the Australian Freestyle Championship on the same night. The Kawasaki mounted Sinclair would land himself on the podium again with a commendable third placed result, as Archer narrowly missed the podium by 1.5 points, claiming 6th overall, in Australia respectively.

Appearances in both the Australian Supercross and Australian Speed and Style Championship’s this year, has sparked renewed interest for Cam to take on the largest action sports event in the world; the X games, where Cam will look for another prestigious gold medal in 2015.

“Ultimatly thats the reason why I did these races and wanted to do well in Tasmania. The end goal is to score an invite to the X games Speed and Style event, and with winning the domestic race last weekend as well as good performances in Supercross, I definitely believe my name is on the world map”, stated Sinclair.

Cam’s next event will see him teamed up with the Nitro Circus LIVE crew, as they host a show in Dubai on December 5th.

Speed and Style Final Results

 1. Cam Sinclair

 2. Jayden Archer
3. Luke McNeill

Freestyle Final Results

1. Steve Mini – 21
2. Harry Bink – 21
3. Cam Sinclair – 18.5

4. Luke McNeill – 18.5
5. Jacob Smith – 18.25
6. Jayden Archer – 17
7. Brodie Markham – 13.8
8. Josh Woolley – 9.916
9. Daniel Kistler – 9
10. Jake Holloway – 8.683

2014 German Supercross – Stuttgart, Germany

After 1-3 results at the opening two rounds in Stuttgart, French star Gregory Aranda will lead a gaggle of international supercross riders including recently crowned Australian Supercross Champion Gavin Faith as they head to rounds 3 and 4 of the 8 round, 32nd ADAC German Supercross Championships being held in Chemnitz in two weekends time.

Gavin Faith won night two in Germany
Gavin Faith won night two in Germany

Friday Night SX1 Main Event Results: 1. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW). 2. Boris Maillard (FRA, KAW). 3. Jack Brunell (GBR, KAW). 4. Jace Owen (USA, SUZ). 5. Filip Neugebauer (CZE, KAW). 6. Steven Clarke (GBR, KTM). 7. Christophe Martin (FRA, HON). 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM). 9. Zach Ames (USA, KAW). 10. Mickael Musquin (FRA, KAW). 11. Jason Clermont (FRA, HON). DNF. Jake Canada (USA, KAW).

Saturday Night SX1 Main Event Results: 1. Gavin Faith (USA, HON). 2. Jace Wayne Owen (USA, IIP). 3. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW). 4. Filip Neugebauer (CZE, KAW). 5. Boris Maillard (FRA, KAW). 6. Zach Ames (USA, KAW). 7. Christoph Martin (FRA, HON). 8. Romain Bertrand Ho­me (FRA, IIP). 9. Ben Lamay (USA, YAM). 10. Mickael Musquin (FRA, KAW). 11. Thomas Ramette (FRA, IIP). 12. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KAW).

ADAC Points: 1. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 41 points. 2. Jace Wayne Owen (USA, IIP), 33. 3. Boris Maillard (FRA, KAW), 31. 4. Gavin Faith (USA, HON), 25. 5. Filip Neugebauer (CZE, KAW), 24. 6. Christoph Martin (FRA, HON), 18. 7. Zach Ames (USA, KAW), 17. 8. Jack Brunell (GBR, KAW), 16. 9. Mickael Musquin (FRA, KAW), 12. 10. Steven Clarke (GBR, KTM), 10. 11. Romain Bertrand Ho­me (FRA, IIP), 8. 12. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM), 8. 13. Ben Lamay (USA, YAM), 7. 14. Thomas Ramette (FRA, IIP), 5. 15. Jason Clermont (FRA, HON), 5.

  • Rds 1 and 2: 14 & 15 November 2014 – ADAC Supercross Stuttgart – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle – Stuttgart
  • Rds 3 and 4: 28 & 29 November 2014 – 12th International ADAC Supercross Saxony , Chemnitz Arena
  • Rds 5 and 6: 19 & 20 December 2014 – ADAC Supercross Munich , Olympiahalle Munich
  • Rds 7 and 8: 09 – 11 January 2015 – ADAC Supercross Dortmund , Dortmund Westphalia

Moto News for the weekend of November 22/23

  • – Round 9 of the Geico Enduro Cross Championship in Ontario, California
  • – Round 2 of the Queensland Supercross Championships held at Marshall Property
  • – 2014 Genova Supercross in Northern Tuscany (Italy)