Moto News Wrap Weekly with Darren Smart – August 8th, 2017
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Latest Moto News
  • King Wins the Conondale Classic
  • Toowoomba Set to Host MX Nationals THIS Weekend
  • Musquin and Anderson OUT of MXoN
  • Italian MXoN Team Announced
  • Belgium MXoN Team Announced
  • Herlings to Train with Aldon Baker
  • Van Horebeek re-signs with Yamaha
  • Geerts signs with Yamaha
  • JGR Takes Over as Official Factory Suzuki Team
  • Adelaide Motorsport Park Set for Supercross Action
  • Rykers Wins King of the Cross
  • Briar Bauman Wins Buffalo Chip TT
  • Yamaha Scores Top Results in Townsville
This Week’s Race Reports
  • Rd 14 – FIM World Motocross Championship – Lommel, Belguim
  • Rds 11 and 12 – AORC – Omeo, Vic
  • Rd 9 Canadian Motocross Nationals – Deschambault, Quebec
  • Rd 6 – 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro – Pennsylvania
  • 36th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships – Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

Darryll King Wins the Conondale Classic
#88 Darryll King Wins the Conondale Classic
#88 Darryll King Wins the Conondale Classic

Under blue skies and around a fast and flowing circuit, Darryll King has become the most successful rider in the history of the Maxima Racing Oils Conondale Classic after earning his third Pro-Class victory at the annual event ahead of the hard charging trio of Luke Wilson, Mick MacDermid and Corey Semenowicz who all in turn had to deal with the evergreen James Deakin who came home in a very close fifth place.

King also won the Pre-1995 Over 40s class over Mark Tearle and Kurt Percy while MacDermid got the win ahead of Semenowicz and Adam Martin in a huge field of Pre-1995 Open class riders and Jacob Dank got the win in the very popular 125GP class over Paris Corless and Andrew Gifford.

Luke Wilson at the Conondale Classic
Luke Wilson at the Conondale Classic

Deakin won the Pre90 263cc+ class and then the Pre-1995 Over 50s class ahead of Brad Van Barrelo and Geoff Ballard before Matt Dank won the Pre-1978 125cc class over Hannah Allen and Ben Ward while Peter Cooke (Pre78 250), Terry Groom (Pre78 263cc+), Jacob Dank (Pre82 and Pre90 125), Ojai Maguire (Pre75 250 and 125), Daniel Bailey (Pre1985 125), Luke Wilson (Pre85 and Pre90 250), Geoff Ballard (Pre 82 263+), Carl Goss (Pre85 263+), Brooke Williams (WMX) and Kurt Percy (Pre82 250) all scored class wins after two days of spectacular racing.

Here is a quick video I put together from the 2017 Conondale Classic

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Toowoomba Set to Host MX Nationals THIS Weekend

The heavy hitters in the Motul MX2 category and the Thor MX1 class are gearing up for another huge weekend of racing with the penultimate round of the Motul MX Nationals set to take place at Toowoomba in Queensland this Sunday August 13.

MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams says this weekend’s event in Toowoomba is one of the most crucial on the calendar and that spectators may witness a champion being crowned on Sunday.

“This Sunday we head to Toowoomba and without a doubt our ninth round will produce some of the best racing of the season. The MX2 class has just 14 points separating the leader from third place in the championship, and in the MX1 category, Dean Ferris, our defending champ mathematically speaking has the opportunity to wrap up the title at Toowoomba which hasn’t happened for a number of years. That means spectators who come out this Sunday could have the rare chance to see this year’s Thor MX1 champion crowned, which is the most special moment of the season.” 

MX Nationals - Toowoomba - Echo Valley - MX1
MX Nationals 2016 – Toowoomba – Echo Valley – MX1

Key to the weekend’s event will also be the world class venue in which it is held in, Echo Valley Raceway. Williams has shared that after the club took out ‘Round of the Year’ in 2016, that he’s anticipating an epic track for riders this Sunday.

“In 2016, Toowoomba’s round of the championship was a clear standout – the club prepared the track to a standard that couldn’t be matched and as a result they were awarded with the ‘Round of the Year’. The venue is special because it’s one of the few tracks left in Australia that’s a real deal motocross track. Echo Valley is as picturesque as they come with steep hills, huge drops and jumps, making those who take out a round there without a doubt the best riders in the country. We have already received word that the club has been busy preparing the venue for our arrival, and we’re sure that after our last seven outings that Toowoomba is going to give our other events so far this year a run for their money – we are very excited for Round 9 to say the least.”

Todd Waters
Todd Waters at Toowoomba last year

For more information on the Motul MX Nationals including ticket prices, venue information, race times and more, head to the series’ official website www.mxnationals.com.au


Musquin and Anderson OUT of MXoN

Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson have announced that they will not be available to represent their respective countries at the 2017 Motocross of Nations set for Great Britain’s Matterley Basin on the 1st of October.

Marvin Musquin

“This week-end will be announced the French team for the Mx of Nations. I won’t be part of the team because I will have to take care of my knee in September, once the season over.  It’s a disappointment for me but after talking with my doctor and my team I have to do what’s best for my next season. I will be cheering on Team France to be on top of the podium again.”

Musquin will not be avaiable at the MXoN
Musquin will not be avaiable at the MXoN

Anderson will undergo surgery on his foot following the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross which effectively rules him out for the Motocross of Nations. The injury first occurred at last year’s Motocross of Nations when Anderson was landed on by a Japanese rider after winning his moto.

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Italian MXoN Team Announced

Team Italy Manager and Coach Thomas Traversini presented the Italian line up for the 2017 MXoN and leading the effort in the MXGP division will be Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli, for the third year in a row HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin is part of Team Italy and he will race in MX2, rounding out the team will be Team Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Alessandro Lupino in the OPEN class. 

Antonio Cairoli shared his good memories coming from 2006 edition of Motocross of Nations taking place in Matterley Basin. “Every year we try to do better and better with our Team. Now we have some experience and for sure we try to get on the Podium”. 

Antonio Cairoli, for the third year in a row HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin is part of Team Italy and he will race in MX2, rounding out the team will be Team Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Alessandro Lupino in the OPEN class. 
Antonio Cairoli, for the third year in a row HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin is part of Team Italy and he will race in MX2, rounding out the team will be Team Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Alessandro Lupino in the OPEN class.

 


Belgium MXoN Team Announced
Desalle is set to lead the Belgian MXoN team
Desalle is set to lead the Belgian MXoN team

Team Belgium Manager Joel Smets has announced that the Belgian line up for the 2017 Motocross of Nations will be led by Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle in MXGP with LRT’s Julien Lieber competing in MX2, and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team’s Jeremy Van Horebeek in the OPEN division. 

Joel Smets and the Belgian riders all voiced their confidence in the teams potential to win with Van Horebeek saying: “I think it will be a great weekend, we all know how to ride a bike, we always have a strong team, and we are always motivated for that event. The podium is the minimum because when we go there it is to win.”  

Belgian line up for the 2017 Motocross of Nations will be led by Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle in MXGP with LRT’s Julien Lieber competing in MX2, and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team’s Jeremy Van Horebeek in the OPEN division
Belgian line up for the 2017 Motocross of Nations will be led by Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle in MXGP with LRT’s Julien Lieber competing in MX2, and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team’s Jeremy Van Horebeek in the OPEN division

Herlings to Train with Aldon Baker

Jeffrey Herlings has told MXlarge that he will train with Aldon Baker in preparation for the USGP, set for WWW Ranch in Florida on the first weekend of September.

“I will leave two days after the Grand Prix of Sweden,” Herlings told MXlarge. “I know it’s going to be very hot, and I want to get used to the heat. I know Eli Tomac will be fast on his own turf. On his day, he is the fastest rider in the world. I think it would be different if he raced at Loket, or something like that, but on American soil he is really quick, all the Americans are. I will train with Aldon Baker and I am really thankful for KTM organizing this for me.”

Jeffrey Herlings to Train with Aldon Baker
Jeffrey Herlings to Train with Aldon Baker

Van Horebeek re-signs with Yamaha

Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to confirm that Jeremy Van Horebeek will remain on the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing team for a fifth consecutive year, through 2018.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jeremy Van Horebeek has been a force to be reckoned with inside the MXGP World Championship for a number of years. The YZ450FM mounted rider was the 2014 MXGP Vice-World Champion in his second year inside the premier class, and since then has been striving to go one better and take the crown.

Labelled as a ‘top-5’ guy due to consistent top-5 finishes, Van Horebeek has put in some solid rides this season and has landed on the podium twice. His first podium appearance in 2017 was in Argentina at round three of the series where he finished second overall, which he followed up with a third overall at round six in the sand of The Netherlands. The Belgian ace is currently eighth in the MXGP championship standings after missing two rounds due to a broken finger.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

“After four years together, it is really cool to stay with Yamaha for another year. For the last few years we have been really close to the top, and I know that when I am healthy I can fight for a podium position every weekend. I have a really good feeling inside the team and on the YZ450FM, these guys are like my family. The team, the mechanics and the staff all work really hard to stay at a high level and it is really cool that they put their trust in me. I am looking forward to having a good winter with the team and lining up strong and ready to fight for the championship in 2018.”

Jeremy Van Horebeek
Jeremy Van Horebeek

Erik Eggens – Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Manager

“It’s a great thing to have Jeremy racing a YZ450FM for the fifth year in a row. He is a ‘top-five’ guy, and is always a threat for the podium. Jeremy has been riding at a very high level for many years and I believe that his riding style is a perfect match for the all-new 2018 YZ450FM and that with this bike he can achieve everything he wants to achieve. Jeremy has been a pleasure to work with over the last years, everything is working well within the Factory team which is another reason we are thrilled to extend his contract. We are really looking forward to seeing him finish this season strong after suffering from a hand injury for the last six weeks, and we are even more excited for the new season and seeing what ‘Jerre’ can do with the new bike.”

2017 Italian MX Round 3 - Van Horebreek
2017 Italian MX Round 3 – Van Horebreek

Geerts signs with Yamaha

Yamaha Motor Europe has announce the signing of the 2016 Junior Motocross World Champion, and EMX125 champion, Jago Geerts. The seventeen-year-old Belgian has signed a two-year deal to race for the official Kemea Yamaha MX2 team where he will race the 2018 and 2019 FIM MX2 World Championship seasons on a top spec YZ250F.

Jago Geerts is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and already has an impressive list of achievements including two EMX titles and a Junior 125cc world title, which he claimed last year in Russia.

Erik Eggens -Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Manager

“We are very happy to have Jago on Yamaha with Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 next year. Kemea has proven over the last few years that they are motivated to fight for the championship, and Jago has proven his talent with his championship wins in the EMX85, EMX125 and as the world champion on a 125cc last year. He is a big talent. The combination of Jago, Kemea and a YZ250F is a good step, and together we are sure to move in the right direction.”

2016 Junior Motocross World Champion Jago Geerts will be on Yamaha in 2018 and 2019
2016 Junior Motocross World Champion Jago Geerts will be on Yamaha in 2018 and 2019

JGR Takes Over as Official Factory Suzuki Team

At the 2018 Suzuki intro at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in North Carolina, Suzuki announced that JGR would serve as the primary factory effort for the brand in 2018.

The team—officially called AutoTrader.com/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing—will field four 250 riders (two on each coast in supercross) and two 450 riders in Monster Energy Supercross and two 250 and 450 riders in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. Those riders will be named in the coming weeks. Jeremy Albrecht will return as team manager.

The team is an expansion of the current relationship between JGR and Suzuki. The announcement comes a week after Suzuki and RCH Racing reached a mutual decision to conclude their partnership effective at the end of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.


Adelaide Motorsport Park Set for Supercross Action

South Australian dirt bike fans are counting down the days to their annual dose of high-flying off-road motorcycle action, when round three of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship invades Adelaide Motorsport Park at Virginia, on Saturday, October 28.

Hundreds of tonnes of top soil will be trucked into the Virginia venue, to then be sculpted into a world-class supercross track.

“All the pieces are coming together to ensure South Australian supercross fans will enjoy a world-class motorsport spectacle at round three of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship at Adelaide Motorsport Park,” enthuses event promoter Mark Gilbert. “The track plans look spectacular and red-hot fields of Australian and international riders are expected for the premier SX1 (450cc) and SX2 (250cc) categories, while we are excited to welcome Junior riders in the SX Junior Lites and SX Junior 85 classes, which this year have been granted championship status by Motorcycling Australia to foster the next generation of supercross champions. Event festivities will include an afternoon Pit Party where fans can meet all their favourite riders and get a close-up look at the bikes and race team transporters, while a spectacular fireworks display will boost the evening’s on-track action.”

Home town rider Luke Arbon scored the holeshot
Home town rider Luke Arbon scored the holeshot in Adelaide back in 2015

Dean Ferris, Nathan Crawford, Daniel Reardon, Todd Waters, Luke Clout and local favorite Kirk Gibbs are expected to be SX1 front runners, while defending MX2 champion Jackson Richardson will have his hand full once again from a gaggle of hard charging punters including arch rival Hayden Mellross.


Rykers Wins King of the Cross

WA’s Southern Cross Motorcycle Club hosted the annual King of the Cross at Richie Kings Memorial Park last weekend and it was the in-form Jayden Rykers who scored the overall win from David Birch, Dean Porter, Chris Ruttico and Josh Adams while Trevor Unstead won the Paul Broomfield Memorial Race from Greg Robustellini and Paul Bagnall.


Briar Bauman Wins Buffalo Chip TT

A massive crowd of Sturgis Rally goers were on hand for the inaugural Buffalo Chip TT that hosted round 13 of the 2017 American Flat Track Championship where the main event featured three red flags, an all-but certain winner who didn’t win, and a crasher who did. Ultimately, the chequered flag went to Briar Bauman, who secured his second victory of the season in most impressive fashion. 

American Flat Track’s all-time TT king, Henry Wiles started the main event from pole and looked to be well on his way to a record-extending 18th career TT win, even though a pair of red flags that twice reset his rapidly expanding advantages to nil. 

However, on the race’s third start, it was Wiles himself who forced the next appearance of the red flag after his Kawasaki started leaking oil and second-placed Bauman was the first to fall in Wiles’ wake, bringing about an immediate stoppage to the action. 

Wiles’ bike was too extensively damaged to repair in time to make the subsequent restart while, Bauman was promoted to the front of the field despite his crash as a result of not having caused the incident. 

Bauman took full advantage of this final twist, breaking away from the pack to back up his Lima Half-Mile victory in style.

“Dave Zanotti and the entire team deserve so much credit. The bike was incredible, and we worked at it all night. It’s unfortunate for Henry – that was his National to win. He did whatever he did, oil went everywhere, and all of the sudden I was in the air fence… Luckily we were able to go back to the front, do our deal, and bring it home. To win two of these this year is a dream come true.” 

The Buffalo Chip TT proved equally eventful in terms of its championship implications. Title leader Jared Mees finished a strong second in sharp contrast to his championship rival Bryan Smith who crashed in the early-going and could only salvage 12th place after remounting. 

As a result, Mees now boasts an imposing 31-point advantage with seven races remaining to decide the championship.

Jared Mees

“Huge thanks to Indian Motorcycle, not just for being the greatest motorcycle for me and a big sponsor of mine, but for bringing us to the Buffalo Chip. It was awesome. “It’s very unfortunate for Henry Wiles. He was going really good before he had that engine problem. But congratulations to Briar – he was tailing Wiles every time by about 10 bike lengths, and he was the best guy tonight besides Wiles. He deserves this win.”

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Yamaha Scores Top Results in Townsville

GYTR Yamaha Junior duo of Jack Kukas and Levi Rogers kicked off their 2017 Queensland Motocross Championship aspirations in fine style with an impressive performance at round one of the series held at the Townsville Motocross track, over the weekend.

Kukas took up the challenge in the 15 years divisions, racing his YZ125 and YZ250F. He dominated proceedings on his 125, winning all three motos before he backed that up with another class win on his YZ250F, with 1-2-1 results.

Jack Kukas

“It was an awesome way to start the championship and I felt pretty good on the track all weekend. It can be a tricky track to ride as it gets rough and a lot of square edge style bumps develop so you have to be patient and think about your riding.The next round is at Tivoli which is a track that I ride a bit so I’m looking forward to continuing on there and trying to improve my racing.”

It was also a sensational start for team mate, Levi Rogers, who was contesting the 13-14 years 125 and 13-14 years 250cc classes. Rogers took the win on his YZ125 with 3-1-1 results after some hard-fought racing and then slotted into second place on his YZ250F with 2-9-1 finishes.

His ninth-place finish on the 250 was his only blemish over what was an encouraging weekend for the Blackwater racer who showed a good turn of speed in each race.

Levi Rogers

“I had a bit of a brain explosion in the second 250 race where I finished ninth. I moved into third and had a small crash then I just over rode the bike and the track after that and crashed a few more times. It was pretty silly and I’m disappointed with that race.”

Cairns based, Luke Weaver finished with 2-1-1 results on his YZ250 two stroke in the MX2 class and powered to 1-2-1 finishes on his YZ450F in a day he will long remember.

  • 15 years 125cc Overall: 1st Jack Kukas 2nd Mason Rowe 3rd Jayce Cosford 
  • 13-14 years 125 Overall: 1st Levi Rogers 2nd Noah Ferguson 3rd Jai Walker
  • 15 years 250cc Overall: 1st Jack Kukas  2nd Josh Zorbas 3rd Mason Rowe
  • 13-14 years 250cc Overall: 1st Tye Jones2nd Levi Rogers 3rd Jai Walker 
  • X1 Overall: 1st Luke Weaver 2nd Kaleb Barham 3rd Robbie Marshall
  • MX2 Overall: 1st Luke Weaver 2nd Kaleb Barham 3rd Joel Evans 
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Smarty’s Race Reports

Rd 14 – FIM World Motocross Championship – Lommel, Belguim

After a soggy Saturday, the MXGP of Belgium started with the sun shining and ended with KTM taking all six of the available podium positions in the MXGP and MX2 classes with Jeffrey Herlings being the best of the MXGP field while Jorge Prado Garcia scored his second MX2 GP win of the year. 

The all KTM MX1 podium
The all KTM MX1 podium
MXGP Race Report

Despite championship leader Antonio Cairoli leading both motos AND offering as much resistance as he possibly could when locked in battle with Herlings it was the younger member of the Red Bull KTM team who not only took double race wins and the overall but he leapt past Desalle for second in the championship chase. 

Herlings in the press conference: “I had a really good weekend, I won yesterday, won both motos today, and I had a pretty good start last race, I’m happy with that. It was clean racing and I enjoyed it, I’m happy a got the better of him (Cairoli) this weekend.”

Cairoli went 2-2 on the day and now has a 99 point lead in the championship with five rounds remaining. “Fighting with Jeffrey, who is one of the fastest guys on this kind of soil, was fun and I enjoyed it a lot. I had a good race going with him and my team mate Glen during the first race, but right now I need to be looking at the points and I didn’t want to get into any crazy stuff as the end of the season is not far off! Jeffrey was definitely more motivated than me to win here as I need to be looking more at the bigger picture. For me it was more important to increase my lead in the championship than try anything silly going for the win.”

“It’s amazing to see how this Grand Prix panned out today, I don’t think that six KTM’s have ever filled the podium of both classes,” Cairoli continued. “It’s amazing what this manufacturer is bringing to the sport and I’m really happy to be a part of this brand. I want to congratulate all of the people who are behind this success story, as well as my two team mates for the great battles we had out there today on what was a very rough track.”

Tony Cairoli
Tony Cairoli

Glenn Coldenhoff took the final podium spot making it a Red Bull KTM Factory Racing sweep as Desalle and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin round out the top 5. 

Last year’s Motocross World Champion, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, struggled with mistakes on the sand including a fall which resulted with an 11th overall.

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:34.225
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:27.342
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:39.296
  4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:53.580
  5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:56.056
  6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:00.579
  7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:02.065
  8. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:06.221
  9. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:08.869
  10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:22.939.
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:44.270
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.346
  3. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:41.147
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:53.174
  5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:55.569
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:57.337
  7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.060
  8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:17.957
  9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:32.207
  10. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:43.308.
MXGP Overall Top Ten Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 38 p.
MXGP Overall Podium
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p.
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 38 p.
MXGP Overall Top Ten
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p.
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 38 p.
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 31 p.
  5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 29 p.
  6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 p.
  7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 27 p.
  8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 27 p.
  9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 26 p.
  10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 24 p.
MXGP Championship Top Ten
  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 567 points
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 468 p.
  3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 462 p.
  4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 446 p.
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 376 p.
  6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 365 p.
  7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 336 p.
  8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 320 p.
  9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 303 p.
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 302 p.
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 MX2 Race Report

After scoring an ordinary start in the opening moto, championship leader Pauls Jonass put his head down and caught race leader Prado who remained determined to hold his position until Jonass eventually broke away from Prado and took the win while Jeremy Seewer took third ahead of Benoit Paturel and Julien Lieber.

Thomas Covington lead the second moto early with Seewer again towards the front while a crash in the first turn swallowed up a handful of riders including Jonass and Paturel. Jonass was among the last to get going again and on the opening lap was in 32nd position.

In the meantime Prado sliced by Covington and Lieber to take the lead and as Lieber passed Covington, Seewer fell out of 4th. The golden opportunity to gain points on Jonass started to slip away as Seewer remounted in 9th.

Covington fell out second and he would not rejoin the race which gave Lieber second behind race two and overall winner Prado. 

Prado in the press conference said: “I’m feeling pretty happy, you know it is pretty difficult to win a GP, everybody is riding really fast so it is hard work. This weekend the track was pretty tough and you really have to give it your all which I did.”

Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM)
Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM)

Jonass was instead moving forward through the pack at an amazing pace gaining 12 positions by lap 2 and he didn’t stop there and by the end he would pass 27 competitors to place 5th. 

In the overall Jonass took second behind Prado but ahead of Lieber, Seewer, and Thomas Kjer Olsen. 

For Hunter Lawrence, a lack of bike time, combined with it being his first time racing the trying Lommel terrain meant that expectations weren’t too high heading into the race, although the Aussie teenager had made a strong start to the weekend in Qualifying. As always though, he just put his head and went to work and came away with 11-10 moto finishes for 11th outright.

Hunter Lawrence

“In the first moto I didn’t get the best start and came around the first corner in around 20th. I soon got to work though and worked my way up to 11th. That wasn’t too bad, but obviously I wanted to do a bit better in the second race. I got a top-15 start in the second race but in the third lap I got a bit too impatient and cased a jump and that sent me off the track. I didn’t crash but I stalled it and it took a while to get it fired up again. Everyone had passed me by that stage so I was almost last but I charged through the field once again to get up to 10th place. It was my first Lommel GP done and it went ok, so I know what to expect now and believe that I can come back next year and do much better.”

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence

Jed Beaton’s overall result doesn’t give a true reflection of how he was riding today. A bad start in the first race meant Jed had to fight hard through the pack, making his way from 38th to 18th within a few laps.As the Aussie started to reel in the next few riders, he crashed meaning all his hard work was undone. Jed’s start in the second race was much better but he was unable to avoid a pile up in the first corner. Picking himself up, despite making it back into the top 20 through the race, the Aussie crashed numerous times pushing him to the back of the group and out of the points.

Jed Beaton

“I haven’t exactly had the best day in Lommel today. The first start wasn’t so good and I don’t know what happened I think I just struggled a little bit and after making really good headway through the race I had a small crash which took all the energy out of me and then I ended up crashing again and by then I was just done! I wasn’t feeling it, I came in and regrouped for the second race. I got off to a good start in the second race but Jonass went down and a huge pile up happened and I ended up in it. The first couple of laps after that was good, I made progress through the pack and I was just trying to flow. Probably about six laps in I went down again which just took all my energy out of me again, then I ended up crashing another three times. So basically, this whole weekend has been a series of crashes. The track was so gnarly, it is the roughest track I have ever ridden. So, all in all, a lot of negative and positive things to take away from this weekend.”

Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton

Lommel was the conclusion of Jed Beaton’s stand-in role with the Factory Honda team in MX2 as the Aussie teenager returns to Cargalss Honda to compete in the EMX250 championship next weekend in Switzerland.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 36:03.639
  2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:04.963
  3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:27.982
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.972
  5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:33.010
  6. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:42.319
  7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:43.909
  8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:47.263
  9. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:47.324
  10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:15.566.
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 36:39.880
  2. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:11.832
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:13.661
  4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:20.345
  5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:33.847
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:36.833
  7. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:51.589
  8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:01.363
  9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:01.803
  10. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +1:03.628.
MX2 Overall Top Ten Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 41 p. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 38 p.
MX2 Overall Podium
Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 41 p.
Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 38 p.
MX2 Overall Top Ten
  1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 41 p.
  3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 38 p.
  4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 p.
  5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 34 p.
  6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 31 p.
  7. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 27 p.
  8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 25 p.
  9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 22 p.
  10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 21 p.
MX2 Championship Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 589 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 539 p.
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 437 p.
  4. enoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 429 p.
  5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 412 p.
  6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 351 p.
  7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 315 p.
  8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 294 p.
  9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 246 p.
  10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 246 p.
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Honda European 150 Report

Championship leader Andrea Adamo suffered a fall in the opening moto to eventually finish 15th while his closest rivals in Anton Nordström Graaf and Luis Outeiro finished in the top two positions but in the second moto Adamo rebounded to take the win from Outeiro and Nordström Graaf who now holds an advantage of just two points over Outeiro in the series standings, with Adamo four points further back. The title fight in the Honda 150 European Championship is heating up as attention turns to the MXGP of Sweden.

In the toughest conditions motocross can offer, Aussie Marcus Youngberry went 13-17 over the two motos for 14th outright and now sits 16th overall in the championship.

Honda European 150 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Anton Nordström Graaf (SWE, Honda), 27:03.242; 2. Luis Outeiro (POR, Honda), +0:10.971; 3. Kjeld Stuurman (NED, Honda), +0:39.547; 4. Lynn Valk (NED, Honda), +1:13.046; 5. Nikolay Malinov (BUL, Honda), +1:49.569; 6. Rasmus Moen (SWE, Honda), +2:10.305; 7. Ryan Mawhinney (GBR, Honda), +2:38.299; 8. Boaz Bijtjes (NED, Honda), +3:09.608; 9. Ruben Ferreira (POR, Honda), +3:25.146; 10. Senne Hermans (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s).

Honda European 150 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Andrea Adamo (ITA, Honda), 26:12.645; 2. Luis Outeiro (POR, Honda), +0:15.977; 3. Anton Nordström Graaf (SWE, Honda), +0:17.210; 4. Rasmus Moen (SWE, Honda), +0:17.275; 5. Kjeld Stuurman (NED, Honda), +0:29.159; 6. Nikolay Malinov (BUL, Honda), +0:53.426; 7. Ryan Mawhinney (GBR, Honda), +0:57.320; 8. Toa Kishi (JPN, Honda), +1:01.100; 9. Lynn Valk (NED, Honda), +1:40.766; 10. Senne Hermans (BEL, Honda), +1:52.220.

Honda European 150 Overall Top 10: 1. Anton Nordström Graaf (SWE, HON), 45 points; 2. Luis Outeiro (POR, HON), 44 p.; 3. Kjeld Stuurman (NED, HON), 36 p.; 4. Rasmus Moen (SWE, HON), 33 p.; 5. Andrea Adamo (ITA, HON), 31 p.; 6. Nikolay Malinov (BUL, HON), 31 p.; 7. Lynn Valk (NED, HON), 30 p.; 8. Ryan Mawhinney (GBR, HON), 28 p.; 9. Senne Hermans (BEL, HON), 22 p.; 10. Boaz Bijtjes (NED, HON), 22 p.

Honda European 150 Championship Top 10: 1. Anton Nordström Graaf (SWE, HON), 132 points; 2. Luis Outeiro (POR, HON), 130 p.; 3. Andrea Adamo (ITA, HON), 126 p.; 4. Kjeld Stuurman (NED, HON), 98 p.; 5. Lynn Valk (NED, HON), 92 p.; 6. Rasmus Moen (SWE, HON), 88 p.; 7. Nikolay Malinov (BUL, KTM), 75 p.; 8. Toa Kishi (JPN, HON), 63 p.; 9. Ryan Mawhinney (GBR, HON), 63 p.; 10. Senne Hermans (BEL, HON), 53 p.)


EMX125 Race Report

At the beginning of the weekend the 125cc class had 74 racers entered and only 40 making it through qualifying and Saturday’s race started with BUD Racing Monster Energy’s Brian Strubhart Moreau leading Gianluca Facchetti and Alessandro Manucci but on the third lap mistakes took all of them out of the top three.

The one rider who didn’t have any costly errors was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikkel Haarup who moved into the lead on lap 4 and stayed in the top spot the remainder of the race to take the win.

Behind Haarup was Kevin Horgmo and Facchetti, who after crashing twice in one lap fought his way back from 11th on lap 3 passing 8 riders in 8 laps including points leader Moreau to take third.

Facchetti and Moreau were up front again in race two with Facchetti leading the French rider. The Italians lead was short lived though as he made a mistake in the corner before the start straight letting Moreau and Horgmo by.

Later on the 5th lap Facchetti went over the bars hard but managed to escape unscathed. Facchetti’s fall assisted Haarup’s charge forward from 7th on the first lap. Haarup caught Horgmo, passed him, and set his focus on catching Moreau.

5 laps later he was on the back wheel of the #225 and ended up launching by the Frenchman to take the lead on the SIDI step down. While in the background Facchetti was working his way back from 7th and the big crash in a valiant effort.

Haarup took the double race victory for the overall as Moreau took second in both race 2 and the overall. 2nd through 4th were all decided via the better second race though as each were tied with forty points. 5th and 6th also tied with 27 points but it was Jeremy Sydow who took the final spot in the top 5.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), 31:06.291; 2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:29.891; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:45.354; 4. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), +0:49.813; 5. Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:59.544; 6. Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:16.812; 7. Tim Edberg (SWE, Yamaha), +1:17.700; 8. Alessandro Manucci (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:18.463; 9. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +1:19.171; 10. Sergi Notario (ESP, KTM), +1:23.550.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), 31:35.883; 2. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), +0:15.989; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:19.730; 4. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:20.156; 5. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), +0:45.403; 6. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +0:48.289; 7. Viking Lindstrom (SWE, KTM), +0:49.196; 8. Tim Edberg (SWE, Yamaha), +0:55.513; 9. Filip Olsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +1:01.344; 10. Sergi Notario (ESP, KTM), +1:10.354.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10: 1. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 50 points; 2. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 40 p.; 5. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), 27 p.; 6. Tim Edberg (SWE, YAM), 27 p.; 7. Sergi Notario (ESP, KTM), 22 p.; 8. Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 18 p.; 9. Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), 18 p.; 10. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), 16 p.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10: 1. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), 248 points; 2. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 240 p.; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, HUS), 229 p.; 4. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 212 p.; 5. Sergi Notario (ESP, KTM), 136 p.; 6. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 134 p.; 7. Tim Edberg (SWE, YAM), 102 p.; 8. Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 101 p.; 9. Paolo Lugana (ITA, TM), 100 p.; 10. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), 91 p.


EMX300 Race Report

Aboard the bigger more powerful 300cc bikes Mike Kras led race one early with Brad Anderson in a close second. The pair of KTM riders rallied back and forth in a battle for the race win.

Micheal Hool had a front row seat to the entire race as he ran third behind them. The final result was Anderson crossing the finish first with Kras 2nd and Hool 3rd. Rounding out the top five was Dutch rider Rick Satink after he passed Belgian local Kenny Vandueren around the half way point of the race.

Race two started perfect for Greg Smets as he led the first lap after not finishing race one. Smets fought to stay at the top but dropped the lead to Kras. Smets continued to battle for position as Kras led the remaining laps.

Race 1 winner Anderson started around 4th and was one of the riders who Smets faced as the race went on. Andero Lusbo shifted between 2nd and 3rd with Smets before he was passed by Anderson. Anderson then went on to drop Smets to third and try to catch Kras who had opened up a gap.

Smets then faced Lusbo for a second time who would make the pass stick this time around. Meanwhile Vandueren and Satink raced to the front both getting Smets but only Satink would get Lusbo. At the finish Kras took the race win ahead of Anderson, Satink, Lusbo, and Vandueren.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 30:11.353; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:04.224; 3. Michael Hool (NED, KTM), +0:09.566; 4. Rick Satink (NED, KTM), +0:17.806; 5. Kenny Vandueren (BEL, KTM), +0:35.157; 6. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:53.626; 7. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), +0:55.106; 8. Joshua van der Linden (NED, Yamaha), +1:33.286; 9. Andero Lusbo (EST, Yamaha), +1:36.099; 10. Valtteri Malin (FIN, KTM), +1:48.191.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 30:25.621; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:43.648; 3. Rick Satink (NED, KTM), +0:52.835; 4. Andero Lusbo (EST, Yamaha), +1:00.792; 5. Kenny Vandueren (BEL, KTM), +1:02.530; 6. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), +1:19.523; 7. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), +1:44.846; 8. Tom Meijer (NED, Yamaha), +2:02.526; 9. Joshua van der Linden (NED, Yamaha), +2:25.307; 10. Gordano Natale (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s).

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 47 points; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Rick Satink (NED, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Kenny Vandueren (BEL, KTM), 32 p.; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, YAM), 30 p.; 6. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Joshua van der Linden (NED, YAM), 25 p.; 8. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 25 p.; 9. Michael Hool (NED, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Jacky Tausch (NED, YAM), 17 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 191 points; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 170 p.; 3. Kenny Vandueren (BEL, KTM), 139 p.; 4. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 123 p.; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, YAM), 107 p.; 6. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 95 p.; 7. John Cuppen (NED, KTM), 83 p.; 8. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 65 p.; 9. Valtteri Malin (FIN, KTM), 65 p.; 10. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 56 p.)

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Rds 11 and 12 – AORC – Omeo, Vic

After 12 hard fought rounds all of the champions of the 2017 AORC have been crowned with Wil Ruprecht, Daniel Milner and Lyndon Snodgress winning the coveted E1, E2 and E3 classes respectively once the dust settled from rounds 11 and 12 held at Omeo last weekend.

Daniel Milner won the AORC Outright and was also crowned E2 AORC champion after a season of total domination for the KTM rider.

Daniel Milner - AORC Winner Outright - E2 Champion
Daniel Milner – AORC Winner Outright – E2 Champion

E1 Report

After a ding-dong with Jack Simpson on Saturday, Wil Ruprecht was able to wrap up the E1 championship with the win before Simpson stormed to victory on Sunday over Scott Keegan who ended the championship in second place with Simpson in third despite missing a round due to injuring himself while preparing for the Finke Desert Race.

Wil Ruprecht

“I’m ecstatic to take the E1 class title, with another round to go in the championship. Its been a great battle all year with (Scott) Keegan and he’s been a great rival. I’d personally like to thank Yamaha and the Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Team for all their support; it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha)
Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha)

E1 Provisional Saturday Results

  1. Wil Ruprecht – 2:48:08.117
  2. Jack Simpson – 2:48:19.991
  3. Scott Keegan – 2:51:35.095
  4. Brad Hardaker – 2:55:46.938
  5. Bayley Burt – 3:04:08.746
  6. Shane Watts – 3:05:19.580
  7. Simon Boyd – 2:43:26.459 (1 Lap Down)
  8. Matthew Zygarlicki – 2:45:31.073 (1 Lap Down)
  9. Brad Snell – 2:64:51.400 (1 Lap Down)
  10. Baylee Davies – DNF

E1 Provisional Sunday Results

  1. Jack Simpson – 42:46.960
  2. Scott Keegan – 43:30.505
  3. Brad Hardaker – 43:48.329
  4. Wil Ruprecht – 44:00.752
  5. Baylee Davies – 44:54.489
  6. Bayley Burt – 47:18.878
  7. Matthew Zygarlicki 48:42.305
  8. Simon Boyd – 49:57.323
  9. Brad Snell – 51:32.366
Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha)
Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha)

E1 Championship Positions

  1. Wil Ruprecht – 232
  2. Scott Keegan – 198
  3. Jack Simpson – 178

E2 Report

Daniel Milner continued his dominance of the E2 class and the overall standings over the two days of competition at Omeo to achieve a clean sweep of the entire AORC season. After winning the opening day by over four minutes from Riley Graham, Milner only took 41:08.977 to finish off the year with a win on Sunday over Josh Green who stayed on the same minute as Milner with a 42:07.555 with Graham finishing third with a 42:34.515. 

Daniel Milner - AORC Winner Outright - E2 Champion
Daniel Milner – AORC Winner Outright – E2 Champion

E2 Provisional Saturday Results

  1. Daniel Milner ( – 2:45:01.972
  2. Riley Graham – 2:49:02.906
  3. Andrew Wilksch – 2:49:18.430
  4. Justin Carafa – 2:50:48.514
  5. Mitch Harper – 2:51:06.533
  6. Jamie Robins – 2:57:01.216
  7. Stuart Holt – 3:00:55.667
  8. Jacob Deagan – 3:02:31.096
  9. Trent Tucci – 3:03:34.526
  10. Ben Mckenzie – 2:42:02.484 (1 Lap Down)

E2 Provisional Sunday Results

  1. Daniel Milner – 41:08.977
  2. Josh Green – 42:07.555
  3. Riley Graham 42:34.515
  4. Andrew Wilksch – 43:50.433
  5. Stefan Granquist – 44:22.226
  6. Mitch Harper – 44:38.176
  7. Jamie Robins – 44:42.610
  8. Trent Tucci – 46:10.823
  9. Stuart Holt – 4625.490
  10. Danny Bray – 47:28.957
Daniel Milner - AORC Winner Outright - E2 Champion
Daniel Milner – AORC Winner Outright – E2 Champion

E2 Championship Positions

  1. Daniel Milner – 250
  2. Riley Graham – 201
  3. Josh Green – 194

E3 Report

Lachlan Stanford came into the final two rounds with a slim points lead over arch rival Lyndon Snodgrass and the gap was closed to just three points after Snodgrass won the opening day on Saturday over Stanford then the dose was repeated on Sunday with Snodgrass once again taking the win thus leaving both competitors on 235 points with Snodgrass earning the title thanks to winning the final round.

Lyndon Snodgrass

“I’m very happy to achieve that E3 title! It’s been such a fantastic weekend for the KTM Enduro Team with Milner clinching the E2 championship yesterday and now E3 today. I managed to adapt to the tracks fairly quickly and despite the wet weather and windy conditions, I didn’t let it affect my performance. It’s been such a great and close battle with Lachy (Stanford) all year.” 

Lyndon Snodgrass AORC #2 outright and E3 Champion
Lyndon Snodgrass AORC #2 outright and E3 Champion

E3 Provisional Saturday Results

  1. Lyndon Snodgrass – 2:45:40.198
  2. Lachlan Stanford – 2:46:10.234
  3. Tom Mason – 2:51:05.582
  4. Jesse Lawton – 2:55:02.751
  5. Anthony Venn – 2:58:31.467
  6. Josh Major – 3:02:24.639
  7. Jack Matthews – DNF

E3 Provisional Sunday Results

  1. Lyndon Snodgrass – 41:59.693
  2. Lachlan Stanford – 44:20.214
  3. Jesse Lawton – 44:42.149
  4. Tom Mason – 45:37.722
  5. Anthony Venn – 46:07.862
  6. Josh Major – 47:15.238
  7. Jack Matthews – 47:53.561

E3 Championship Positions

  1. Lyndon Snodgrass – 235
  2. Lachy Stanford – 235
  3. Tom Mason – 196

EJ Report

Coming into the final two rounds Michael Driscoll and Fraser Higlett were separated by just a few points and on day one Driscoll managed to take the win from Higlett, Ben Kearns and Nic Tomlinson then on Sunday Tomlinson spectacularly stormed to the win but more importantly for the championship Driscoll was able to stay one position in front of Higlett to take second place and the championship by just three points.

“I couldn’t be any happier to win the EJ title today. The battle with Fraser (Higlett) has been back and forth all year and the nerves were certainly there before the final race. I didn’t let it affect me too much and I managed the second place to get the title! I would like to thank my sponsors, Family and Yamaha for all their support.” 

Michael Driscoll lifts Enduro Junior Title
Michael Driscoll lifts Enduro Junior Title

The pace of the top EJ riders bids well for the future of the Australian enduro scene locally and internationally.

Transmoto EJ Saturday Provisional Results

  1. Michael Driscoll – 2:50:02.126
  2. Fraser Higlett – 2:50:26:216
  3. Ben Kearns – 2:51:22.173
  4. Nic Tomlinson – 2:55:11.229
  5. Dalton Johnson – 2:59:52.633
  6. Lachlan Allan – 3:02:30.921
  7. William Price – 3:03:19.701
  8. Jacob Peacock – 3:05:08.571
  9. Harrison Tetley – 3:05:36.091
  10. Seton Broomhall – 2:44:04.802 (1 Lap Down)

Transmoto EJ Provisional Sunday Results

  1. Nic Tomlinson – 42:41.856
  2. Michael Driscoll – 43:19.624
  3. Fraser Higlett – 43:53.910
  4. Ben Kearns – 44:10.284
  5. Dalton Johnson – 45:06.272
  6. Jacob Peacock – 46:51.063
  7. Lachlan Allan – 47:00.805
  8. Harrison Tetley – 47:08.292
  9. William Price – 47:49.792
  10. Patrick McGillvray – 48:34.401

EJ Championship Positions

  1. Michael Driscoll – 230
  2. Fraser Higlett – 227
  3. Nic Tomlinson – 201

J4 Championship Positions

  1. Joshua Brierley – 247
  2. Mitchell Brierley – 200
  3. Corey Hammond – 193

J3 Championship Positions

  1. Jayden Rudd – 234
  2. Ned Chapman – 199
  3. Matthew Pye – 177

J2 Championship Positions

  1. Wil Riordan – 233
  2. Kyron Bacon – 225
  3. Mackenzie Johnson -167

Masters Championship Positions

  1. Derek Grundy – 247
  2. Craig Treasure – 169
  3. Michael Widdison – 122

Vets Championship Positions

  1. Jason Pearce – 154
  2. Trevor Duncan – 112
  3. Kirk Hutton – 100

Women’s Championship Positions

  1. Jemma Wilson – 234
  2. Emelie Karlsson – 209
  3. Sophie Coldicutt – 208
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Rd 9 – Canadian Motocross Nationals – Deschambault, Quebec

Colton Facciotti and Ryan Surratt have won the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at the penultimate round of the Canadian Motocross Championships held in the deep sand and mud of Deschambault, Quebec.

MX1 Report

With all eyes on the championship combatants in Matt Goerke and Christophe Pourcel, Facciotti was able to score a perfect 1-1 after leading every lap on the day. With the win, his second of the year, Colton took over sole possession of third place in the series standings, and still has a mathematical chance to win the Championship at the final round next weekend.

Coming into the weekend, Christophe Pourcel knew he had to beat Goerke who held a 19-point lead in the series standings, and got a good start in Moto 1 and by Lap 4 had worked his way into third place behind Goerke, who then fell with four laps remaining, handing second place over to Pourcel who had the fastest lap of the moto. 

Colton Facciotti was a perfect 1-1 at Round 9 in Quebec
Colton Facciotti was a perfect 1-1 at Round 9 in Quebec

In Moto 2, Christophe again found himself in third place behind Goerke but this time made a bold pass on the last lap, forcing Goerke out of the racing line, to take second overall for the day and gain a few points on the series leader as the Championship moves to Barrie, Ontario for the series finale next weekend.

Matt Goerke came into Round 9 with a comfortable series lead and his 3-3 performance was smart racing, including a holeshot in the second moto, and he will go into the final round with a 15-point cushion over Pourcel. 

Nonetheless, Matt is a fierce competitor who hates to be beaten, and was not very happy about the aggressive pass Pourcel made on him during the last lap of Moto 2. That was the second time this season that Matt has been passed by Pourcel on the last lap, and if you include Regina when Matt’s chain came off, that was the third. With only two motos left this season, Matt will probably play it smart and keep his eyes on the big prize, but this is motocross and as we have seen in the past anything can happen.

Kyle Chisholm, Mike Alessi, Tim Tremblay, Keylan Meston, Cade Clason, Ryan Dowd and Jesse Wentland rounded out the top ten.

MX1 – Deschambault, Quebec

  1. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 1-1
  2. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 2-2
  3. Matt Goerke (Yam) 3-3
  4. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 5-4
  5. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 6-5
  6. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 7-6
  7. Keylan Meston (Yam) 8-8
  8. Cade Clason (KTM) 12-7
  9. Ryan Dowd (KTM) 10-9
  10. Jesse Wentland (Suz) 9-11

MX1 Point Standings 2017 after 9 Rounds

  1. Matt Goerke (Yam) 475
  2. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 460
  3. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 426
  4. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 407
  5. Tyler Medaglia (Hon) 378
  6. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 342
  7. Dillan Epstein (Kaw) 328
  8. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 302
  9. Cade Clason (KTM) 281
  10. Keylan Meston (Yam) 244
Christophe Pourcel made a bold pass on the last lap to finish second overall for the day
Christophe Pourcel made a bold pass on the last lap to finish second overall for the day

MX2 Report

Ryan Surratt came into Round 9 second in the MX2 series standings, 46-points behind leader Shawn Maffenbeier, and after a dominating 1-1 performance will now go into the final round only 11 points back and a real threat to win the title. 

Surratt narrowly missed grabbing the holeshot in Moto 1 but then made a pass for the lead over the first tabletop jump and led every lap to take the win, the first of his career here in Canada. In the second moto, Ryan grabbed the holeshot and spun out shortly after allowing both Jason Benny and Tanner Ward to get by. He wasted no time passing them both back to get into the lead, and just like in the first moto led every lap to take the win.

Ryan Surratt will go into the final round 11 points back and is a real threat to win the title
Ryan Surratt will go into the final round 11 points back and is a real threat to win the title

Tanner Ward will remember this week of racing for a long time as the 17-year-old rookie went 2-2 for second overall in only his fifth professional race while Jason Benny earned third overall with 6-4 moto results but the big news of the MX2 class was championship leader Shawn Maffenbeier who rode a smart, steady race in the first moto to finish third, and maintains his big lead in the points but in the second moto, Shawn tipped over early and then crashed hard on the second lap on a steep uphill section and could not finish the race.

Champions will be crowned at Round 10, the final race of the 2017 CMRC Motocross Nationals next weekend, August 13th, at RJ Motosport Park in Barrie, Ontario.  

MX2 Round 9 – Deschambault, Quebec

  1. Ryan Surratt (Kaw) 1-1
  2. Tanner Ward (KTM) 2-2
  3. Jason Benny (Kaw) 6-4
  4. Jeremy Pronovost (Yam) 5-6
  5. Hayden Halstead (Yam) 7-7
  6. Casey Keast (Yam) 8-9
  7. Davey Fraser (Hus) 16-5
  8. Jess Pettis (Yam) 30-3
  9. Dylan Wright (Hon) 14-8
  10. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 3-DNF

MX2 Point Standings 2017 after 9 Rounds

  1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 413
  2. Ryan Surratt (Kaw) 402
  3. Dylan Wright (Hon) 371
  4. Jacob Hayes (Kaw) 309
  5. Josh Osby (KTM) 307
  6. Cole Thompson (KTM) 298
  7. Casey Keast (Yam) 284
  8. Jess Pettis (Yam) 284
  9. Davey Fraser (Hus) 281
  10. Hayden Halstead (Yam) 276
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Rd 6 – 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro – Pennsylvania

Former factory Suzuki and Yamaha supercross rider Broc Hepler scored an overall win against the more fancied enduro specialists Steward Baylor Jr. and Jordan Ashburn at round seven of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro held in Pennsylvania last weekend.
Hepler retired from professional racing in 2009 after a series of concussions left him unable to compete. However the Pennsylvania native has started racing again at select off-road events the past few years, including last year’s International Six Days Enduro in Spain. 

Though it’s been a while since he was a full-time racer, the Lunova Racing-sponsored rider had more than enough in the tank to come away with the overall win at last weekend’s event ahead of the series front runners in Baylor Jr. and Ashburn.

Hepler was the clear-cut leader after Saturday’s round, winning four of the six tests, however Baylor turned up the heat on Sunday after a sub-par first day and took the day-two win, giving Hepler a run for his money, though Hepler still took the overall victory by 12 seconds over Baylor with Ashburn in third another 13 seconds back.

 

From the very first test, anyone who had ever had the pleasure of seeing Hepler race back during his prime could see the grace and form coming back to the multi-time national motocross winner, which just goes to show that you never really lose skills like that, though you might have to knock off a little bit of rust.

Heavy rain and strong winds on Friday night left Saturday’s track wet and slippery, conditions any Pennsylvania rider worth his salt should be able to handle with ease, and Hepler did just that, winning all three cross tests and one enduro test.

Integrity Acquisitions-backed KTM rider Evan Smith was on a roll of his own during Saturday’s round, winning two of the three enduro tests and finishing off the day in second place, 12-seconds behind Hepler.

Baylor and Ashburn locked horns in a tight battle for third, with Baylor edging the Beta rider by a mere four-tenths of a second for the final podium spot. Meanwhile, SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick rounded out Saturday’s top five another nine second behind Ashburn.

The course tacked up nicely for Sunday’s round, and Baylor picked up the pace, actually beating Hepler for the fastest time in the second cross test, bringing his total to three test wins for the day. The South Carolina rider beat out Hepler by six seconds for Sunday’s win, but it was not enough to over take the Husqvarna rider for the overall win.

Steward Baylor, Broc Hepler and Jordan Ashburn celebrate Fairmount podium
Steward Baylor, Broc Hepler and Jordan Ashburn celebrate Fairmount podium

Smith dropped off the pace on Sunday, due to a few tip-overs, allowing Ashburn to move into the third-place spot for the day and in the overall standings for the weekend.

Smith dropped to fourth for the day, 13 seconds behind Ashburn, which also left him fourth overall for the weekend. Meanwhile, Buttrick won the final test of the day, which allowed him to edge Kelley out for fifth by three-tenths of a second. Due to his mechanical problems on Saturday, Kelley switched to his two-stroke for Sunday and actually finished with the third-fastest time in the second enduro test of the day.

With his runner-up finish, Baylor regained the series points lead over Ashburn by four points, with three rounds remaining on the schedule. Buttrick sits in third, another thirty-four points behind Ashburn.

Rocky Mountain ATV-MC/KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Racing’s Tayla Jones grabbed her fifth win of the year after beating out Bonanza Pluming KTM’s Mackenzie Tricker by two-minutes-and-17 seconds for the victory. Brooke Cosner, sponsored by the Cycle Shop, finished third. Tricker is the only other rider to win an overall in this year’s Women’s Pro division, and she did so at the Georgia round.

“It was quite slippery on Saturday, but I managed to stay on two wheels all day and come away with the win,” said Jones. “Sunday was more to my liking and I had a lot of fun today.”

The 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series presented by PRI Powersports Insurance resumes on September 30-October 1 for the Hidden Valley Golf Sprint Enduro, round seven of the series in Glen Daniel, West Virginia. 

Rd 6 – 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro – Pennsylvania Results
  1. Broc Hepler (Hus) 1:11:26.279
  2. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM) 1:11:38.271
  3. Jordan Ashburn (Bet) 1:11:52.948
  4. Evan Smith (KTM) 1:12:00.602
  5. Cory Buttrick (KTM) 1:12:23.907
  6. Ben Kelley (KTM) 1:13:20.604
  7. Ian Blythe (KTM) 1:14:49.906
  8. Brendan Riordan (Yam) 1:16:25.542
  9. Mason Atherton (Hus) 1:16:43.449
  10. Anthony Frederico (Yam) 1:17:23.190
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36th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships – Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee is the single biggest motocross event in America and the breeding ground for all of the future stars of the sport and place where past champions can relive their childhood over a full week of racing.

Mike Brown won two classes at Lorettas
Mike Brown won two classes at Lorettas

TM rider Ty Masterpool won both of the Supermini classes to become the first rider to ever to win on the Italian-made motorcycle at Loretta’s as they make a renewed push in the U.S. market while the Daxton Bennick/Haiden ”Danger Boy” Deegan battles in the 65cc class were awesome and Jett Reynolds wrapped up yet another championship at Lorettas.

Haiden Deegan scored his first championship at Loretta's on Friday
Haiden Deegan scored his first championship at Loretta’s on Friday

Justin Cooper won the Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award on the back of winning two classes at ‘Lorettas’ and will make his Pro debut at Unadilla next weekend AND has signed to race for the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha in 2018.

Justin Cooper won the Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Award

“I just have been pretty consistent ever since last year at Loretta’s. I got hurt and really put my head down. Last year I’ve been able to come out on top on pretty much everything. Surprised myself and everyone around me and it’s got me to where I am now. I just won the Horizon Award, so looking to go pro next weekend will be good.”

Lorettas is HUGE
Lorettas is HUGE
  • WMX – Kylie Fasnacht
  • Open Pro Sport – Justin Cooper
  • 125 C – Jeffrey Chambers
  • 250 A – Justin Cooper
  • 250 B – Garrett Marchbanks
  • 250 B Limited – Derek Drake
  • 250 C – Stockton Stinebaugh
  • 250 C Limited – Stockton Stinebaugh
  • 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited – Rene Rodriguez
  • 450 B – Brock Papi
  • 450 B Limited – Ezra Hastings
  • 450 C  – Wesley Allen
  • College (18-24) – Tanner Basso
  • Junior (25+) – Mike Brown
  • Vet (30+) – Taylor Painter
  • Senior (40+) – Mike Brown
  • Senior (45+) – Jay Wagner
  • Masters (50+) – John Grewe
  • 51cc (4-6) Special LTD – Roxyn Rinehart
  • 51cc (4-6) Shaft Dr LTD – Landon Palmer
  • 51cc (4-) Limited – Wyatt Thurman
  • 51cc (7-8) Limited – Drew Adams
  • 65cc (7-9) Limited – Kade Johnson
  • 65cc (10-11) Limited – Casey Cochran
  • 65cc (7-11) – Haiden Deegan
  • 85cc (9-11) Limited – Ryder DiFrancesco
  • 85cc (9-12) – Jett Reynolds
  • Mini Sr. (12-13) – Matthew LeBlanc
  • Mini Sr. (12-14) – Kaeden Amerine
  • Supermini 1 (12-15) – Ty Masterpool
  • Supermini 2 (13-16) – Ty Masterpool
  • 125cc (12-16) B/C – Carter Biese
  • Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C – Mason Gonzales
  • Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C – Garrett Marchbanks
  • Girls (11-6) – Tayler Allred
  • Women (12+) Amateur – Hannah Hodges
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