Rally Management Australia has announce an all new Cross Country Rally, the SUNRAYSIA SAFARI RALLY, which will be held in the Mildura region, from August 23-27 this year. This event is a totally new concept, and is set to revive interest in Cross Country Rallying in Australia.
The event is being designed for competitors, by competitors, with an emphasis on maximum competitive kilometres, and a minimum travel distance for service crews. The Event Director will be Troy Bennett; “it’s about time we sent him out to get dusty again! Our guiding philosophy is “modern systems, with traditional values”, so the event will set out to recapture the spirit of adventure and camaraderie of events gone by, whilst utilising the best available safety and logistics systems.”
Yamaha and AORC Continue the Relationship in 2016
Motorcycling Australia (MA) in conjunction with the Australian Off-Road Championships (AORC) are pleased to confirm Yamaha Australia will once again take up the naming rights to the 2016 AORC Championship. Yamaha Australia has long been a major supporter of the Australian Off-Road Championship, assisting for a number of years to produce an Australian Enduro series of the highest calibre.
The Youngest of Kings Turns 40
Damien King, the younger brother of Darryll and Shayne turns 40 today. Damien made a name for himself as the fastest 125cc rider in New Zealand for many rears winning the title five times on his favoured YZ125 Yamaha. Happy Birthday from across the pond to Damo.
The Bad Karma Continues for Yoshimura Suzuki
Yoshimura Suzuki did not travel to round seven of the Monster Energy Supercross last weekend in Arlington, Texas after it was discovered that Blake Baggett is suffering from severe inflammation of his shoulder socket while James Stewart is suffering from a sever bout of self-doubt as well as a condition he has succumbed to for the past five seasons called Couch-Potato-Itis.
Jordan Smith Injured
After a promising start to the season for Jordon Smith has now come to a stop due to lingering shoulder issues. The second-year pro out of North Carolina started the 250SX West Region campaign going 5-3-6, but then hurt his shoulder at the practice track before round four in Oakland.
Townley IN for Qatar
Despite sustaining a knee injury in the international race of Valance last weekend, Ben Townley has confirmed that he will race at the opening round of the 2016 MXGP World Championship at Qatar at the end of the month. “I twisted my knee in the Super Final and it didn’t feel good so I decided to retire from the race,” said Townley. “I’m going to ride Monday and Tuesday again to prepare for the MXGP of Qatar.”.
World Champions Helping Honda 150 Riders
This year the Honda 150 European Championship riders will be joined by MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser and double World Champion Jean-Michel Bayle at the pre-season training camp in Albaida, Spain.
The young riders will be able to benefit from Gajser and Bayle’s expertise and experience when they take to the track in Albaida, Spain. As part of the all-encompassing training that they will receive at the camp, the 11-14 year olds will receive expert guidance from the World Championship pair.
Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Supercross Championship – Round 7 – Arlington, Texas
Over 57000 fans saw Ken Roczen hold off arch rival Ryan Dungey to win the 450 main event while Cooper Webb won the 250 final and took over the red plate going into ‘the break’ after his main rival Joey Savatgy was taken out by Christian Craig early in the race.
Ken Roczen – Best Lap Time – 50.625: Roczen captured his second victory of the 2016 season after scoring his first holeshot for the season then going toe-to-toe with championship leader and the dominant rider in the series, Ryan Dungey.
In fact, Dungey passed Roczen on the opening lap but Roczen aggressively stuck his Suzuki underneath Dungey’s KTM on a left hand sweeper at the start of lap two and was never headed from there. “It felt great to grab the holeshot tonight, I think we have more wins than we do holeshots,” said Roczen. “Ryan was right on us the entire race, but we stayed tough and brought home the win.”
Ryan Dungey – Best Lap Time – 50.754: The Arlington track was dry and slick and Dungey tried to find the drive out of the faster corners to get alongside Roczen who had the liberty of running the main lines and despite being faster in the closing laps there was never an opportunity for Dungey to make the pass.
“The track was really tough today but at the end of the race we were pushing the pace, I made a pass for the lead, but Ken got me back exactly where I passed him,” stated Dungey after the race. “It was a fight until the end. I really tried to push hard at the end but couldn’t make that pass. It’s just part of racing but I’m glad to finish on the podium.”
Jason Anderson – Best Lap Time – 51.259: Anderson’ evening got off to the best possible start with a win in the heat race and even got a decent start in the main so it was only a matter of picking off the fast starting Mike Alessi and Cole Seely to get into third place. “The heat race win was a big deal for me,” said Anderson. “I’m usually not very good at those. I was probably in 80% of the semis last year, so to get that win tonight was awesome. I got a good jump in the main, but so did two other riders. I was able to go with them into the first turn and just stay there. I’m pumped because I got the start and then did what I was supposed to do with it. I do wish I could have started just a little farther ahead so I could have sprinted away with those guys, but being in the top five is a good goal for me. I feel like I’m in a good spot.”
Cole Seely – Best Lap Time – 51.014: After another good start in the main event Seely moved by Alessi into the third position on lap four but Anderson soon followed him into fourth place and on lap 15 Seely lost the final podium position to the flying Husqvarna rider.
Eli Tomac – Best Lap Time – 51.176: Eli Tomac had to make it through to the main event via the semi-final and in the final just didn’t have the pace to have a crack at the front runners. “Considering how the night started, my fifth tonight wasn’t bad,” said Tomac. “Off the start I wasn’t where I’d like to be but I passed quite a few riders straight away and rounded out around seventh, then spent the rest of the race working up to fifth. I had the speed early on but couldn’t quite maintain it, so I’ll be working on that and I’ll keep working hard heading into the next round.”
Marvin Musquin – Best Lap Time – 51.634: This was the ride of the night – after crashing in the first corner and starting in dead last Musquin was able to move through the pack and by the halfway point he had already inside the top ten and few laps later he had climbed up to 6th place where he finished the race.
“I am really bummed about the crash off the start,” said Musquin. “I felt really strong today so I was not happy that put me in the back of the pack. I am happy with how I rode and glad I was able to salvage some points.”
Musquin had this to say to RacerX: “It was really tight inside and I didn’t get a good jump. I was mid-pack and in the first turn [Eli] Tomac was inside of me. He just hit my handlebar and then I went down. Dead last, I was so bummed. Obviously very first lap when I was dead last I was like, it’s going to be tough to get a top ten or to just come back. That track is so tight. Everybody’s riding pretty good tonight. I ended up having some good lines and I was happy the way I was going through the whoops and ended up sixth. With more intensity on the last five laps I would say I could have caught Tomac. So to me it was a good race the way it went. But that’s not what I want.”
Chad Reed – Best Lap Time – 52.466: Chad finished the opening lap in 18th place before blasting his way up to 9th by lap 15 and was about to pounce on Christophe Pourcel and Davi Milsaps when the Aussie made a mistake on the final lap that dropped him back to a disappointing 12th place finish – Chad hasn’t scored a top five start since round three.
Dungey extended his 450SX Class podium streak to 23 races and now leads Roczen by 23 points in the championship while Anderson sits in third place, 35 points out of the lead.
450SX Class Results – AMA SX 2016 – Round Seven
Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Christophe Pourcel, San Antonio, Fla., Husqvarna
Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki
450SX Class Championship Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 166
Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 143
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 131
Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 121
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 119
Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 112
Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 92
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 85
Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 82
Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 73
250SX Race Report
Christian Craig earned his second holeshot of the year ahead of Joey Savatgy, Zach Osborne and Cooper Webb. Savatgy made a pass for the lead on the opening lap going into the second part of the whoop section but Craig struck back in the same section to reclaim the lead a lap later and made a dramatic change of direction through the whoops to stop Savatgy from retaliating and in doing so took the red-plate-holder out of the running for the win.
Savatgy’s clipped the back wheel of Craig and cartwheeled through the whoops and was left dead last while Webb took over second position while Osborne moved into third.
Craig put together a string of impressive laps out front but Webb began closing in on the lead and on lap 11 Cooper drove his Yamaha inside of Craig’s Honda to make an aggressive pass for the lead and the eventual win. “I came out of the gate strong and tucked to the inside through the first turn,” said Webb. “Throughout the race I was slowly able to gain time on Christian, eventually making a pass stick to claim the win.”
“It’s a bit disappointing to finish second tonight,” said Craig, who now has five consecutive podium finishes. “Webb rode great, but after leading the first 11 laps I was really gunning for the win.”
Hayden Mellross didn’t have a sensational night but the plucky Aussie continues to clock up top 15 main event finishes and is now 16th overall in the series while Savatgy fought his way back to a 10th-place finish and has dropped to second in the championship standings, trailing Webb by 11 points. Craig is 16 points out of the lead in third.
Western Regional 250SX Class Results – AMA SX 2016 – Round Seven
Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 145
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 134
Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda – 129
Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 117
Zach Osborne, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 110
Jimmy DeCotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 99
Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 97
Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 87
Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki – 69
Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 63
Amsoil Arenacross – Round 7 – Tampa
After championship leader Jacob Hayes was crashed in practice and was forced to sit out the night’s racing, former Australian Supercross Champion Gavin Faith took advantage of his teammate’s absence to earn his third overall win of the season and in doing so takes over the point’s lead of the series.
Main 1: Faith kicked off the first main event with a holeshot ahead of Travis Sewell, Gared Steinke, Jace Owen and Daniel Herrlein while Chris Blose, who entered the night third in points, crashed in the first corner and then found himself on the ground again on the opening lap, starting 16th.
Faith gradually extending his lead each lap before taking the crucial win ahead of Sewell, Steinke and Steven Mages while Blose recovered from his early misfortune to finish 10th.
Main 2: It was Sewell who edged out Faith to start the second main while Owen and Steinke battling for a spot on the podium right behind them. Sewell paced the field for one lap and then crashed out of the lead in the track’s sand section, quickly remounting in fourth place. That allowed Faith to assume control of the race, with Owen second and Steinke third.
Once out front Faith never looked back, but it wasn’t without persistent pressure from Owen, who stayed on the rear fender of Faith’s Kawasaki all the way to the finish. Faith crossed the line less than a second ahead of Owen, while Sewell bounced back from his crash to grab the final podium spot from Steinke in third. Mages finished fifth.
Faith’s triumphant 1-1 effort was his most impressive of the season and now gives him four main event wins this season. Sewell finished second overall (2-3) while Owen’s runner-up effort in the second Main Event (4-2) helped him edge out Steinke (3-4) for third overall, giving the Honda rider back-to-back podium results. Mages completed the top five (5-5).
Faith is now back atop the Arenacross Class standings for the first time since the second race of the championship. He now has an 11-point lead over Sewell, who moved into second, while Hayes fell from first to third after missing out on the evening’s action, 14 points out of the lead.
The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season will observe its first off weekend before returning to action from Omaha, Nebraska’s CenturyLink Center on Saturday, March 5, for the penultimate race before the Race to the Championship.
Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-1)
Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (2-3)
Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (4-2)
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (3-4)
Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (5-5)
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda (6-8)
Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (8-6)
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (10-7)
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (9-9)
Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM (11-11)
Arenacross Class Championship Standings
Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 276 (4 Main Event Wins)
Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 262 (8 Main Event Wins)
Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 256 (1 Main Event Win)
Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 185
Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 175
Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 171
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 148
Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 130
Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna – 115
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda
Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha
Ramyller Alves, Coconut Creek, Fla., Yamaha
Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM
Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda
Scott Meshey, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki
Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM
Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings
Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 105 (2 Main Event Wins)
Dylan Walker, Lancaster, Ohio, Honda – 63
Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki – 49 (1 Main Event Win)
Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 43
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 42
Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM – 39
Tyler McSwain, Shelby, N.C., Yamaha – 35
Henry Miller, Rochester, Minn., Honda – 34
Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM – 30
Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., Yamaha – 30
SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 3 – Argentina
Jonny Walker has produced a near perfect night’s racing to claim two race wins and a second place result at round three of the SuperEnduro World Championships held in Argentina last weekend.
After winning the night’s first two finals, Walker opted not to take any unnecessary risks during the third and closing final, settling for second position behind fellow KTM pilot Cody Webb.
Walker now has an 11 point lead over Webb at the mid-way point of the championship which resumes on February 27 at round four in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
“I managed to get my first overall victory in Argentina, along with the lead in the championship, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy. The truth is I learned a lot from the first two rounds of the series and decided to ride smart in Argentina. The key again was to stay away from mistakes and that’s what I managed to do. It was good to finally get some points in SuperPole, which is an improvement over the first two rounds. I think I could have wrapped up the night with three wins but things didn’t go as planned in the last race. I didn’t get the best of starts and that made things difficult. But still, two wins and a second at this track is amazing. The biggest thing for me in SuperEnduro is confidence and after Argentina I already feel like I’ve got a boost. I’m now going to Brazil with an 11-point lead over Cody (Webb). It’s not much as it’ll only take one bad race to lose everything. But it’s a good psychological booster and I’m looking forward to the remaining three rounds of the championship.”
“We made a step in the right direction here in Argentina. I had some great battles on the track with Jonny (Walker) and Cody (Webb) so getting second overall is definitely good. In the first race I was really close to Jonny. I lead race two for quite some time but made mistakes, stalled my bike twice and ended up crashing. That’s where Jonny passed me. Then in the last race I was catching Cody and had another strange crash where my footpeg got caught in an inside corner. Overall I can’t complain. I proved I’m more than capable of getting the win. Argentina was definitely a step closer to where I want to be. I just want to take the good with the bad and move forward. I’m really looking to next Saturday’s event in Brazil. I’m hoping to be able carry this momentum and fight for the overall victory again.”
Suzuki took a double podium at the first ever India Baja event last weekend, with CS Santosh and Joshua Pramod taking first and third positions on the rostrum following a gruelling 24 hours of racing in the tough Rajasthan terrain.
India’s top rally-raid rider, CS Santosh, piloted his Suzuki RMX450Z to an incredible performance to win the Moto category by a massive margin of over 58 minutes. “Winning the first ever Baja to be held in the country is a perfect way to start the New Year! And winning it on a brand-new Suzuki RMX450Z straight out of the crate makes it even more special for me. The 2016 model is a flawless machine with great handling and an amazing top speed.
“I feel that this form of off-road racing has huge potential in a country like India, because it’s very competitor friendly and does not put too much strain on the resources of the participants. I hope this format of off-road racing grows in India.”
Santosh’s Suzuki team partner Joshua Pramod took his Suzuki Quadsport Z400 to an amazing third place in the overall time classification. “The Quadsport Z400 has an amazing motor, is responsive like a motorcycle and comfortable as well. It certainly surprised many of the leading motorcycle competitors!” explained Pramod.
In pouring rain Graham Jarvis has claimed his first win of 2016 following a determined performance at the 12th and final running of The Tough One Extreme Enduro in England last weekend.
Finishing on the top step of the podium alongside David Knight and Paul Bolton, Jarvis battled with multiple Tough One winner Knight for much of the two-and-a-half hour race, breaking away during the final 45 minutes to win by close to two minutes.
“I was second off the start, which is a huge improvement compared to my previous races. Some riders overtook me but the goal for the first few laps was to look for the best lines. I had a decent fight with David Knight today. Knighter knows this place well and is always fast here. When he pitted I decided to push hard and ended up crashing. I quickly got back on my bike and decided to stay behind Knight for a few laps. Shortly after the midway point I passed him and managed to open up a decent gap. The track was wet and muddy but to be honest it didn’t really make a huge difference for me. My strongest point was the slower and more technical sections inside the quarry, that’s where my TE 300 excelled really. It’s been ten year since I first raced here at Nantmawr Quarry. I’m glad I got the win, my fourth Tough One victory, at the very last edition of the event.”
Results: 1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 14 laps 02:33:06; 2. David Knight (KTM) 14 laps 02:34:59; 3. Paul Bolton (KTM) 14 laps 02:40:48; 4. Wade Young (Sherco) 14 laps 02:42:09; 5. Jonathan Richardson (KTM) 13 laps 02:39:16; 6. Billy Bolt (KTM) 13 laps 02:45:24; 7. Owain Humphreys (Husqvarna) 12 laps 02:34:12; 8. Gethin Humphreys (Husqvarna) 12 laps 02:34:13; 9. Wayne Braybrook (Husqvarna) 12 laps 02:35:22; 10. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 02:37:00.
Spanish Motocross Championship
Round 1 of the Spanish Motocross Championship was held last weekend and it was GP regular Jose Butron who predictably took out the overall win on the day.
Jose Butron – 100pts
Jorge Beltran – 80pts
Ander Lasheras – 71pts
Nil Gali – 70pts
Hugo Basaula – 51pts
Joan Cortes – 49pts
Sergio Ortega – 46pts
Alonso Osuna – 44pts
Bjorn Andersson – 40pts
Francisco Utrilla – 40pts
International Race – Lacapelle Marival, France
There were plenty of GP regulars at the International Motocross Race in France last weekend and it was Valentin Teillet who took out the overall ahead of Steven Lenoir and Shaun Simpson.
Summercross – Perth, Western Australia
Two big nights of motocross action hit Coastal Park in Henderson WA for the first major Perth event of the season hosted by the Coastal Motorcycle Club, one of Australia’s oldest Clubs. The warm summer afternoon gave way to classic summer evening under lights and an almost full moon to add to the evening’s atmosphere – here are the results from the action:
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