Moto News Wrap Weekly | May 17, 2016

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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • – FIM World Motocross Championships – Round 8 – Italy
  • – GNCC – Round 5 – Limestone 100 – Morgantown
  • – FIM World Speedway Championships – Round 2 – Poland
This Week’s News Overview
  • – Glover Hits Classic Dirt in Qld
  • – Heikki Mikkola to appear at Classic Dirt
  • – Gibbs IN For Manjimup
  • – South Aussie MX Champs – Round 1 – Gillman
  • – WA MX Champs – Round 1 – Geraldton
  • – Chad Is Back
  • – Stewart Sits Out Nationals
  • – Webb IN For Hangtown
  • – Baker and KTM Join Forces
  • – Cianciarulo Returns
  • – Millsaps Takes On Metcalfe in Canada
  • – Smith On Fire
  • – One Aussie and Two Kiwis in Italy
  • – Stephen Rubini Wins EMX125 in Italy
  • – Duncan Taken Out by Photographer
Australasian News
Heikki Mikkola at Classic Dirt Conondale
Heikki Mikkola
Heikki Mikkola

Heikki Mikkola will be at the 12th Annual Classic Dirt event at Conondale on June 10-12

Mikkola, who won his first world motocross championship back in 1974, was also the first person to win a 250cc and 500cc world championships in an esteemed racing career. He went on to win the 500cc crown another two times in 1977 and 1978 making him a hero of the sport as well as becoming Yamaha’s first 500cc motocross world champion.

He was known for his aggressive, take no prisoners attitude and riding style, and combined with a supreme level of fitness, he wowed crowds around the world and took him to the very top of the motocross tree before retiring at the end of the 1979 season at the age of 34. Mikkola was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2006.

“It is amazing to have secured Heikki’s attendance for the 2016 Classic Dirt weekend,” states Yamaha Brand Manager, Peter Payne. “He is held in the highest regard around the world for his racing success and in an era that saw him battle, and beat, the likes of Roger Decoster and other icons of racing.”

The Finnish born motocross legend will be a huge addition to an already star-studded line up at this years’ Classic Dirt. US motocross hero Broc Glover will be there alongside local championships Stephen Gall, Craig Dack, Mike Landman, James Deakin, Glenn Bell and a host of others.

The Class Dirt also marks the final appearance of Yamaha’s 60th Anniversary travelling road show. A semi -trailer fill to the roof with Yamaha’s racing history and heritage can be viewed for the final time at Classic Dirt and is just part of the celebrations planned for the weekend.

Yamaha 60th Anniversary display
Yamaha 60th Anniversary display

Classis Dirt is on June 10-12 at one of Australia’s best motocross venues, Green Park in Conondale, Queensland.

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Glover Hits Classic Dirt in Qld

US Motocross and Supercross legend Broc Glover will make a special appearance for Yamaha Australia at the annual Classic Dirt Motocross event being held this year at Queensland’s iconic Conondale facility over the weekend of June 10 to 12.

Broc Glover
Broc Glover

Glover was a factory Yamaha rider in the late 70s and 80s and won six AMA Motocross Championships. “It is an honour to be asked to attend an event like Classic Dirt and for my name to be still recognisable after all these years,” Glover explains. “I have heard great things about the event and look forward to the weekend in Australia and spend it with people who are passionate about dirt bikes and helped to make my career so special.”

Classic Dirt relives a golden era of dirt bikes as the sport boomed in the 1970’s and 1980’s and Glover will be alongside Australian legends including Stephen Gall, Craig Dack, Mike Landman, David Armstrong, James Deakin plus a few more international guests still to be announced.

Broc Glover
Broc Glover

For more information, http://www.scmcc.info/#!classic/c8w

Gibbs IN For Manjimup

KTM’s Kirk Gibbs will headline an all-star line-up at the 2016 Shannons Insurance Manjimup 15,000 set to take place at the picturesque Cosy Creek circuit in Western Australia’s southwest on June 3rd-5th.

Gibbs enters the event for the fourth time in as many years, and will be aiming to clinch his third consecutive win against a star-studded field, which will include KTM Motocross Racing teammates Jesse Dobson and Caleb Ward plus MX National heavyweights Dean Ferris and Todd Waters.

South Aussie MX Champs – Round 1 – Gillman

Gillman hosted the opening round of the South Australian Motocross Championships and it was the Husqvarna duo of Brett Metcalfe and Luke Arbon who went 1-2 in the MX1 class over the weekend with Daniel Banks rounding out the podium while Arbon predictably won the MX2 class ahead of Riley Graham and Banks.

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WA MX Champs – Round 1 – Geraldton

Geraldton hosted the opening round of the WA Motocross Championships last weekend and the MX1 class saw three different moto winners but when the points were tallied Robert Lovett got the nod over Dean Porter, Charlie Creech and Mitch Taylor while Josh Adams took out the MX2 overall ahead of Justin Hart and Luke Davis.

WA Motocross 2016 - Robbo Lovett  - True Spirit Photos
WA Motocross 2016 – Robbo Lovett – True Spirit Photos

In the junior events Caleb Grothues won the premier 128cc-150cc/250cc 13-U16 yrs class while Mat Fabry, Mitchell Outram, Patrick Butler, Liam Atkinson, Kayden Minear, Corben Weinert and Kaj Radcliffe all took out the overall in their respective classes.

WA Motocross 2016 - Juniors  - True Spirit Photos
WA Motocross 2016 – Juniors – True Spirit Photos
Chad Is BACK!!

The final round of the 2016 Australian Supercross Championship will for the second year be the AUS-X Open inside Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on November 12-13 and it has been confirmed that Chad Reed will be the star attraction at the event. “So pumped and excited to get back home in November for the 2nd Aus-X Open. Last year was such an awesome event can’t wait to see what they got up their sleeves for this year!”

AUS-X 2015 Chad Reed
AUS-X 2015 Chad Reed
American News
Stewart Sits Out Nationals

Malcolm Stewart has made the decision to sit out the motocross season to prepare for his move to a full-time 450 career in 2017.

“Now that I have won my first 250 SX championship, I know firsthand just how much work it takes to become a champion,” says Stewart. “So as I move full time to the 450 class for 2017 I know it will take twice as much work and preparation. Not riding the outdoors this year will leave me plenty of time to prepare for my 450 SX and MX pro debut.”

Malcolm Stewart
Malcolm Stewart
Webb Sits Out Hangtown

It has been reported that two-time West Coast Supercross Champion Cooper Webb will miss the start of the AMA Nationals due to his wrist injury, picked up at the end of the Supercross season but the plucky Yank is reporting on social media that he will be at Hangtown this weekend and ready to win.

Cooper Webb
Cooper Webb

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Baker and KTM Join Forces

Aldon Baker has inked a deal that will see the successful coach expand his program that will see KTM factory riders from all over the world training at his world class training facility in Florida.

Aldon-Baker-Factory
Aldon-Baker-Factory

Pit Beirer (Motorsports Director): “With Dungey, Musquin and Anderson we rode to no less than five championships in the past three years. Along with the teams in the USA and in Austria, Aldon Baker was an important part of this success and we want to further consolidate this leading position in the future. The factory riders of the KTM GROUP and riders in our junior program in the future will exclusively use the possibilities that Aldon Baker offers with his first class ranch and training centre in Florida.”

Aldon-Baker-Pit-Beirer-Roger-De-Coster
Aldon-Baker-Pit-Beirer-Roger-De-Coster

Baker: “I am excited and honoured to be involved with the KTM and Husqvarna teams. A dream comes true to work with such a high calibre racing organization like the KTM GROUP. I am eager to continue my work by providing the best possible training and racing facility in the industry. It is my hope that Baker’s Factory and personal training will help the riders and team to reach their goals of winning more podiums and ultimately championships.”

Cianciarulo Returns

Adam Cianciarulo will finally return to racing at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season opener on May 21 at Hangtown after missing the Supercross season with a broken wrist.

“I broke the navicular bone in my wrist about three to four weeks before the opening round of the East Coast series,” said Cianciarulo. “It’s been about 12 weeks since then and I’ve been back on the bike for the last few weeks preparing for the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.”

Adam Cianciarulo celebrates the first 250SX Class win of his career - Photo credit: Simon Cudby
Adam Cianciarulo celebrated the first 250SX Class win of his career at Arlington in 2014 – Photo credit: Simon Cudby
Smith On Fire

Bryan Smith turned up the heat in the Valley of the Sun on Saturday by winning AMA Pro Flat Track’s inaugural Law Tigers Arizona Mile in stunning fashion by beating defending Harley-Davidson GNC1 champion Jared Mees by 12.646 seconds in front of a standing room only crowd at Turf Paradise.

Bryan Smith turns up the heat at the Law Tigers Arizona Mile - Photo by Dave Hoenig
Bryan Smith turns up the heat at the Law Tigers Arizona Mile – Photo by Dave Hoenig

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Millsaps Takes On Metcalfe in Canada

Davi Millsaps has confirmed that he will be riding the entire CMRC MX National Series with the KTM Thor Racing team and will go up against championship favourite Brett Metcalfe. The 2016 season kicks off June 5 at Whispering Pines Raceway.

Euro News
One Aussies and Two Kiwis in Italy

The GP of Trentino featured Aussie Hunter Lawrence and Kiwi Josiah Natzke in the 40 rider EMX250 class while Ben Townley was in action in the MXGP class and it wasn’t a great weekend for the Australasian contingent.

Townley battled hard early in the opening moto and was sitting in 6th for all but the final lap when Romain Febvre pushed the Factory Suzuki pilot back to 7th and the second moto was looking as promising with the Kiwi sitting in 9th and closing on Gautier Paulin with one lap to go before crashing back to a distant and disappointing 15th place.

Ben Townley

“The first moto was pretty decent; I had an average start and got up into seventh, sixth at one point, but then Gajser passed. I struggled a little bit to be honest and wasn’t very happy with my riding. In the second one the start was pretty much the same and was pretty much eighth the whole race. I was riding better but then on the last lap crashed while Nagl was putting pressure on. I rushed into a turn and into the back of Gautier and tipped over. I made a mistake and paid for it. It was another average weekend in my opinion and I need to keep working and get better on Saturdays as this part has been a big Achilles heel for me. Starts as well. We’ll do some work before Spain and see what we can get out of it.”

During Saturday’s mud race Lawrence was riding hard and looking good for a podium finish but two small crashes put him back to fourth place while Natzke started the moto outside the top 30 before getting up to 23rd position but poor starts in the second moto saw both riders buried deep in the pack and while Lawrence was able to scramble his way up to 8th place Natzke’s fuel line came off and he ran out of fuel on lap two.

With championship leader Thomas Kjer Olsen winning both motos and scoring the maximum 50 points Lawrence lost a serious amount of points in Italy and is now 31 points back with six rounds remaining while Natzke is looking for a return to form and some luck as the championship heads to Spain in two weekend’s time.

EMX250 Championship after 4 of 10 Rounds: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 182 points; 2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KAW), 151 p.; 3. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 137 p.; 4. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), 114 p.; 5. Bas Vaessen (NED, SUZ), 110 p.; 6. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 105 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 85 p.; 8. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 83 p.; 9. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 83 p.; 10. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, KAW), 69 p.

Stephen Rubini Wins EMX125 in Italy

France’s Stephen Rubini hit a career milestone with his first ever EMX round win ahead of local hero Gianluca Facchetti who had the crowd going mad as he stood on the second step of the podium while championship leader and race one winner Jago Geerts rounded out the top three after a bad start and a mid-race tumble saw him only salvage sixth in the final race.

EMX125 Championship after 2 of 8 Rounds: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 90 points; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 69 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 68 p.; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 62 p.; 5. Zachary Pichon (FRA, YAM), 55 p.; 6. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 55 p.; 7. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 40 p.; 8. Szymon Staszkiewicz (POL, KTM), 39 p.; 9. Kim Savaste (FIN, KAW), 37 p.; 10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 34 p.

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Duncan Taken Out by Photographer

I reported last week that Courtney Duncan crashed out while leading the opening WMX moto at the German round of the World Motocross Championship and at the time that is all of the information I had at hand but NZ moto guru Alan Henderson of Moto-Media shared this photo of Duncan coming close to a track-side photographer and this is just before the impact that caused the crash and injured her thumb and ankle.

Duncan before the collision with the wayward camera person
Duncan before the collision with the wayward camera person

This dumb-arsed photographer’s actions could well spell the end of Duncan’s chance at the World Championship this year and we now know that Courtney has had her thumb pinned and her ankle has ligament damage but the chances of her being at the next WMX GP in France early June is a long shot.

For what it is worth the photographer involved has had her media credential taken off her for four GPs.

Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
World Motocross Championships – Round 8 – Italy

The MXGP of Trentino hosted round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship and it was a dead-set cracker with thousands of screaming fans all around the undulating payout and it was another Red Bull KTM clean-sweep with Antonio Cairoli topping the MXGP podium for the second round in a row while MX2 series dominator Jeffrey Herlings was finally defeated in race one but bounced back in race two with a massive win for his fifty-fifth grand prix victory.

MXGP Race Report

After six rounds of the MXGP series it was a two man race with Tim Gasjer and Romain Febvre winning every GP but with wins in Germany and now Italy you have to say that Antonio Cairoli is well and truly in the mix for the championship and with ten rounds still remaining it will be a brave man to bet against Cairoli giving his younger rival a run for their money all of the way to the final round.

Antonio Cairoli

“I’m finding my speed again and my physical condition is improving. My arm is improving with the latest therapy that I am doing and I am feeling stronger. It’s difficult to win a home GP. This track is not one of my favorites and it’s where I have struggled a bit in the past. But this weekend was good for the championship and I made a lot of points. In the last two weekends we have almost closed the gap.” Speaking about his two young rivals he said: “For sure they are in better shape. They are motivated and riding aggressively but the championship is long and I am getting closer every weekend.”

Cairoli went 1-2 in Italy to claim the overall
Cairoli went 1-2 in Italy to claim the overall

Cairoli won the opening moto while Gasjer and Febvre recovered from crashes to finish in 4th and 6th respectively and Gasjer looked to have the second moto in hand before another big crash by the Honda rider left Cairoli in the lead before being passed by Febvre in the dying laps.

Gasjer remounted and finished in fourth so the Honda rider still leads the championship by 4 points over Febvre and is the only rider in MXGP to have finished on the podium at every round. “I managed to still get on the podium which is good, but overall I’m a little bit disappointed with the weekend because we could have done better. It’s sport – it can happen to anyone. I went too high in the berm and there was a big stone or something there that just kicked me sideways and we crashed. I know we could have won otherwise, but on the other hand it’s good still to have the red plate and we shouldn’t forget that. It was amazing to have so many fans here and so much support so I want to thank everyone for travelling from Slovenia to come to the race – it felt like a proper home race even though it’s in Italy.”

Kevin Strijbos (3-6) and Max Nagl (2-8) rounded out the top five and have to ride to their absolutely limit to stay with the leading trio of Cairoli, Gasjer and Febvre.

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33:50.549; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:01.934; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.076; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:05.585; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:07.778; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.411; 7. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki), +0:48.079; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), +0:52.426; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:57.919; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:59.080.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 33:54.298; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.565; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:04.628; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:06.656; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.571; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.509; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:38.299; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:39.929; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:44.670; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:45.198.

MXGP Overall: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 35 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 35 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 32 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 21 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Ben Townley (NZL, SUZ), 20 p.

MXGP Championship after 8 of 18 Rounds: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 335 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 331 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 310 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 273 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 264 p.; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 247 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 204 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 189 p.; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 153 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 146 p. 13. Ben Townley (NZ, Suz), 119 p.

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MX2 Race Report

Dylan Ferrandis earned every one of the 25 points in the opening MX2 moto after battling with and swapping the lead with Herlings from lap 6 through to lap 19. That’s right, these riders do 19 laps to complete a moto and Ferrandis was ecstatic to take the narrow win ahead of Herlings.

Moto two saw Herlings in the lead by the third corner and that is the last anyone bar the crowd saw of the out spoken former champion. “Unfortunately I can’t be undefeated anymore,” said Herlings. ‘But I won the GP and that’s what matters so I will try to win all of them.”

Herlings scored the overall in Italy with 2-1 results
Herlings scored the overall in Italy with 2-1 results

Ferrandis sat out multiple rounds after he dislocated his shoulder in Thailand and he backed up his opening moto win with a come from behind third place in the second moto.

Dylan Ferrandis

“As I have said since my comeback I’m taking it step by step, so for sure I’m happy with this second podium in a row. The track wasn’t easy on Saturday with the rain, and today also it was rough so I’m happy to get a podium on a track that I don’t really like. In the qualifying race and again today in the first race it was great to get a holeshot; it helped me to choose my lines and keep the pace. I had a great battle with Jeffrey in the first moto; I think that’s good for everyone to see close racing. The second race wasn’t as good. I did a wheelie out of the gate and lost everything there; I was outside the top ten but I recovered to third. It was tough to pass and I used a lot of energy to come back to third behind Jonass. I’m happy that my shoulder is not painful and I feel improvements every weekend; we are doing a good job with the team and it will be good to have one weekend without any race as it will help us to work and test.”

Pauls Jonass should be on the podium every GP. He has the best bike in the paddock (he is Herlings’ teammate) but he usually can’t keep the thing up-right but Italy was a different story for some reason and the Latvian carded 3-2 finishes to earn just his third podium of 2016.

Pauls Jonass

“I didn’t go out in warm-up this morning because I wasn’t feeling well” he said, “I wasn’t even sure I was going to race but I did and I am really happy to be on the podium on a track like this, it’s not my favourite but it was ok today.”
Local Samuele Bernardini had his fans with their chainless chainsaws going full throttle as the TM rider ran up front in both races to finish with 6-6 moto results for fourth outright and impressively managed the fastest lap of any MX2 rider all weekend with a 1 min 44 second lap during the opening moto (Herlings best was a 1.45).

Jeremy Seewer’s season long podium streak finished in Italy when the Suzuki pilot finished fourth in race one after a poor start before crashing hard in race two and only recovered for twelfth for fifth overall – Seewer is now exactly 100 points back from Herlings in the championship.

Jeremy Seewer

“I knew a bad day would come but I was making a bad day into a reasonably good one in some moments! I’m a bit disappointed to have had a few crashes but my feeling on the bike is great and my speed as well to catch so many people. My leg is a little bit sore but we have a free weekend now to rest a little bit. The rain helped make the track a bit more difficult and technical with some more ruts but it was still quite one-line. I lost some points for the championship position today but I think things could have been worse.”

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 33:59.380; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.237; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:37.972; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:38.934; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:53.819; 6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:58.659; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +1:03.247; 8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), +1:04.078; 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:20.672; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:28.973.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:18.604; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:35.162; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:38.335; 4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:54.703; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.444; 6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:06.849; 7. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +1:10.390; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:11.500; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:12.212; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +1:12.833.

MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 points; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 45 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 42 p.; 4. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 30 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 27 p.; 6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 25 p.; 7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 25 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 24 p.; 9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 21 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 397 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 297 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 260 p.; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 211 p.; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 210 p.; 6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 202 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 183 p.; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 182 p.; 9. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 179 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 162 p.

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GNCC – Round 5 – Limestone 100 – Morgantown
XC1

After a race long battle between Kailub Russell, Josh Strang, Chris Back and Thad Duvall it was the defending champion Russell who made a last lap desperate pass on Strang to take out the Limestone 100 and the fifth round of the GNCC series.

Russell and Strang at the end of the Limestone 100
Russell and Strang at the end of the Limestone 100

“I don’t feel like I was the fastest guy out there today,” said Russell. “I just had a bunch of little tip-overs. It was almost easier to be behind than lead today, because of all the bad lines and lappers. We all had a good battle and it seemed like every mile we just kept changing out the lead. After we came back through the starting area I knew there wasn’t many places to pass from there. Josh got protective and was riding the inside lines and I was able to make a hairball pass on him and stick it out for the overall.”

“Kailub and I started going a little faster on the last lap,” said Strang. “We went back and forth a few times and he got me right before the end and I just couldn’t get back around. It’s unfortunate, but it was still a good race overall.”

“I felt like I could have won all day, but I just came up short the last lap,” said Duvall. “I made a mistake and rode super tight. I tried everything I could do the last lap and had a good line going up the hill climb gaining seconds, but it was a sprint to the finish and I couldn’t make up the time.”

Russell JUST beat Strang at the Limestone 100
Russell JUST beat Strang at the Limestone 100

Jordan Asburn finished just off the podium in fourth ahead of Chris Bach and Aussie Daniel Milner who actually scored his first holeshot for 2016.

XC2

Starting on the second row was the XC2 Pro Lites class where Craig Delong claimed the holeshot but by the end of the grueling race it was Trevor Bollinger who took his fifth win of the season ahead of Delong and Benjamin Kelley.

“There’s going to be breakdowns and days that I just don’t feel good on the bike,” said Bollinger. “It’s a long championship and I’m just taking it one race at a time. Today everything worked well together to get back where we were.”

WXC: Brooke Cosner claimed her first WXC victory of the season while Aussie Tayla Jones finished an impressive second with Becca Sheets following in third.

The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes in two weeks, May 28 and 29, with The Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Millfield, Ohio.

XC1 Pro Overall

1. Kailub Russell

2. Josh Strang

3. Thad Duvall

4. Jordan Ashburn

5. Christopher Bach

6. Daniel Milner

7. Ricky Russell

8. Cory Buttrick

9. Phillippe Chaine

10. Christopher Douglas

Overall National Championship Standings

1. Kailub Russell – 166pts

2. Josh Strang – 142pts

3. Chris Bach – 105pts

4. Jordan Ashburn – 84pts

5. Daniel Milner – 80pts

6. Trevor Bollinger – 77pts

7. Ryan Sipes – 66pts

8. Craig Delong – 65pts

9. Steward Baylor Jr. – 62pts

10. Thad Duvall – 53pts

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XC2 Pro Lites Overall

1. Trevor Bollinger

2. Craig Delong

3. Benjamin Kelley

4. Joshua Toth

5. Jesse Groemm

6. Michael Witkowski

7. Austin Lee

8. Layne Michael

9. Vance Francis

10. Samuel Evans

XC2 Pro Lites Series Standings

1. Trevor Bollinger – 153pts

2. Craig Delong – 129pts

3. Jesse Groemm – 101pts

4. Layne Michael – 95pts

5. Tegan Temple – 87pts

6. Benjamin Kelley – 86pts

7. Austin Lee – 77pts

8. Joshua Toth – 71pts

9. Trevor Barrett – 68pts

10. Samuel Evans – 67pts

WXC Overall

1. Brooke Cosner

2. Tayla Jones

3. Becca Sheets

4. Sarah Baldwin

5. Allie Spurgeon

WXC Series Standings

1. Becca Sheets – 112pts

2. Brooke Cosner – 109pts

3. Kacy Martinez  100pts

4. Allie Spurgeon – 83pts

5. Kendall Lafollette – 79pts

FIM Speedway World Championship – Round 2 – Poland
Double world champion Tai Woffinden admitted “I feel on top of my game” after battling to LOTTO Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland victory at a packed PGE Narodowy on Saturday evening.
Double world champion Tai Woffinden admitted “I feel on top of my game” after battling to LOTTO Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland victory at a packed PGE Narodowy on Saturday evening.

Double World Champion Tai Woffinden topped the podium in front of 52,000 fans at the Polish round of the World Speedway Championships after sensationally fending off triple World Champion Greg Hancock, 2015 Warsaw winner Matej Zagar and 2012 world title winner Chris Holder in the final.

Woffinden is now second in the standings and just two points behind Aussie Chris Holder. “We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and I am happy with how everything is going.” Woffinden said. “I learnt a lot tonight and I’m going to take that forward with me. It’s going to be a long season, as it always is. But I feel like we’ve got the resources to do what we need to do. I feel on top of my game. I feel the mistakes I made tonight, I won’t make them again.”

Runner-up Hancock has raced all but one of the 194 SGP rounds staged since the series was launched in 1995 and the American legend believes this year’s LOTTO Warsaw SGP track was the best temporary circuit he has competed on. “We have nothing but great things to say about this year’s event.” Hancock commented. “I think Warsaw topped the charts. Hats off to everyone. This place has raised the bar. Ole Olsen built his best indoor track so far. I can’t really say there has been a better one yet. We saw so much good racing and passing.”

Polish SGP Points

1 Tai Woffinden – 14

2 Greg Hancock – 14

3 Matej Zagar – 14

4 Chris Holder – 12

5 Fredrik Lindgren – 12

6 Bartosz Zmarzlik – 10

7 Maciej Janowski – 10

8 Antonio Lindback – 10

9 Patryk Dudek – 8

10 Andreas Jonsson – 8

11 Peter Kildemand – 6

12 Jason Doyle – 5

13 Niels-Kristian Iversen – 4

14 Nicki Pedersen – 4

15 Piotr Pawlicki – 4

16 Chris Harris – 3

SGP Championship Standings:

1 Chris Holder – 26

2 Tai Woffinden – 24

3 Greg Hancock – 24

4 Peter Kildemand – 21

5 Maciej Janowski – 20

6 Antonio Lindback – 20

7 Fredrik Lindgren – 19

8 Jason Doyle – 18

9 Matej Zagar – 18

10 Bartosz Zmarzlik – 18

11 Nicki Pedersen – 14

12 Andreas Jonsson – 14

13 Niels-Kristian Iversen – 12

14 Piotr Pawlicki – 12

15 Patryk Dudek – 8

16 Chris Harris – 6

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