California’s Pala Raceway hosted the second round of the AMA Motocross Championship last Saturday, and under perfect weather conditions it was the Kawasaki riders in Eli Tomac and Adam Cianciarulo who won the 450 and 250 classes respectively on a day where the racing was red hot!
The pace at Pala was hot at the pointy end of the 450 class and half way through the opening moto it looked like Roczen was going to repeat his Hangtown performance with a runaway opening moto win. But as Tomac started pressing forward from his fourth place he brought Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson closer to the rear wheel of Roczen.
In the end there was no denying Tomac with the defending champion passing Anderson, Musquin then Roczen to take the lead and win ahead of Roczen. Roczen didn’t have much room back to Musquin, Anderson, Zach Osborne and Cooper Webb while Dean Ferris put in a solid tenth place ride, while the ride of the race has to go to Todd Waters who went from 37th to 16th.
Moto two saw Justin Bogle and Musquin out front ahead of Tomac, Anderson, Roczen and Osborne but it wasn’t long before Musquin and Tomac opened up a small gap over Anderson Roczen and Osborne while Ferris and Waters were well outside the top ten.
Tomac pushed hard around a quickly deteriorating track to finally get by Musquin for the lead just as Anderson lost two positions to Roczen and Osborne. That is how they finish with Webb coming home in sixth once again while Waters got the better of Ferris this time with the Aussies coming home 11th and 13th respectively.
Tomac will take the red plate to Freestone next weekend with a 4-point break over Roczen who in turn has a 15-point gap back to Musquin while Ferris sits a credible eighth in the points and Waters is on 32 points, tied with Justin Hill and Frederik Noren for 12th.
“Marvin was laying down a really good pace in the second moto. We were just going but after the half way mark I was on a charge, put the pressure on, got on the outside of him and got some good momentum, I was really happy with my riding, once I got out front I kept riding loose, hit may marks and my lines, all up a solid day.”
“It’s good, I am glad that I am landing on the podium, we had a rough week (Note: Marv was sore after a big crash the week before at Hangtown and only rode once during the week), bit I feel I was back to myself, feeling pretty good with the bike, my turns were good so overall I am happy.”
“It’s all good, I’ll take a third place here, the track was brutal and I just really wanted to get out of here safe. The other guys rode really good but we fought hard all of the way to the end and I am glad we got on the podium, it’s a long season and I’m looking to better myself every weekend.”
Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 38
…14. Todd Waters, Australia, 32
…22. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, 6
Both 250 races were thrilling to watch with the first moto seeing the top five just seconds from each other with Justin Cooper taking the win over RJ Hampshire, Cianciarulo, Colt Nichols and Chase Sexton.
The Aussie pairing of Hunter Lawrence and Wilson Todd being completely luckless with Lawrence taken out of third place thanks to being landed on and Todd struggling after a first corner crash to finish 29th.
The second moto was enthralling as Hunter Lawrence passed Cooper, Alex Martin and Shane McElrath to move into second, before slowly working his way to the rear wheel of race leader Cianciarulo before passing the Kawasaki rider for the lead AND instantly pull away.
Unfortunately, Hunter had a small crash which handed Cianciarulo the lead and eventual win over Lawrence, Dylan Ferrandis, Cooper and Sexton, while Todd managed a credible 14th for 19th outright in his first weekend as a TLD KTM rider.
Cianciarulo now has a 13 point lead over Cooper as they head to round three at Thunder Valley next weekend and nothing is surer that Lawrence and Todd will improve from their 10th and 16th positions respectively in the championship points.
“The first moto I want outside on the start and it didn’t work out for me so I had to use a lot of energy to pass these guy, if you are only a second or two faster it is so hard to pass so yuou got to put in a lot of bursts of energy but in the second moto the gate flinched and I almost hit it but I made some moves (to the lead). I can’t say enough good things about Hunter Lawrence, he rode so good, when he crashed, I just tried to be smart, I am stoked to get two outdoor wins in a row.”
“I was feeling really good behind Adam, feeling really great on my bike, I took the lead but two laps later I was perhaps a little too comfortable and relaxed too much and just washed the front over that wall jump but I was happy to not lose any more positions, get back up and close in on Adam. I am happy with the positives we can take away from today and looking forward to next weekend.”
Fox Raceway at Pala hosted the second 125cc All Star race last weekend and it was 17-year-old California native Joshua Varize who took the win ahead of Ryan Villopoto and 16-year-old Andrew Hertzler. Robbie Wageman, Broc Shoemaker and EnduroCross Champion Colton Haaker rounded out the highly competitive top six.
125 All-Star Results – Pala
Josh Varize (KTM)
Ryan Villopoto (Yam)
Andrew Hertzler (Yam)
Robbie Wageman (Yam)
Broc Shoemaker (Yam)
Colton Haaker (Hus)
Talon Hawkins (Hus)
Willy Simons (Yam)
Brandon Ray (KTM)
Travis Howell (KTM)
Kyle Allison (KTM)
Dakota Bender (Yam)
Bryson Olson (Hon)
Talon Gorman (Hon)
John Ayers (Hus)
Austin Miller (Yam)
Gajser and Prado Win MXGP in France
The picturesque and undulating circuit of Saint Jean d’Angely in France has hosted the latest round of the World Motocross Championship. Despite the many surprises on the day it was Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado who won the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.
As bad a day as it was for championship leader Antonio Cairoli it couldn’t have gone better for Gajser who went 1-1 for the maximum 50 points while Cairoli couldn’t pull a trick on his way to 2-17 and now leads Gajser by just 10 points in the championship.
“I am so happy, the weekend couldn’t go better. I was enjoying the track. In the second moto I hit the gate because it dropped slow, but I was having so much fun. Two good races, the starts were not there, but the selection of lines and the riding was good.”
Arnaud Tonus continues great form with a second place overall ahead of local hero Romain Febvre who in turn got the nod over the hard charging trio of Clement Desalle, Jeremy Seewer and Julien Lieber.
MXGP – GP Classification
Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50
Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 40
Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 33
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 31
Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 27
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 26
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24
Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 24
Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 21
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 311
Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 301
Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 218
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 208
Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 190
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 184
Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 162
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 156
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 144
Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 141
Prado has been unbeaten in every race he competed in to date but in the opening moto in France he was sensationally chased down and passed by Jago Geerts. In the second moto Prado was making sure this was not repeated and stormed to another win and overall tom extend his championship lead to 14 over Thomas Kjer Olsen.
Mitch Evans got a crap start in the opening moto but went from 21st to seventh, before finishing fourth in the second moto giving the Aussie fourth overall. And more importantly move to fifth in the championship points while Jed Beaton sat this GP out with injury but still sits 14th in points.
“Yes, first moto I had a good start, but I messed it up and attacked last lap and couldn’t do it. Second moto I wanted to get it done, and Jago was still there, but I think he made a mistake. Let’s keep training and get ready for the next one.”
MX2 – GP Classification
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 47
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 36
Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 32
Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 30
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 29
Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 29
Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 20
Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 19
Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 18
MX2 – World Championship Classification
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 297
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 283
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 217
Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 210
Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 187
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 184
Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 182
Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 157
Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 157
Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 125
Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 122
Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 102
Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 90
Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 87
Rubini and Guyon Take French EMX Wins
During a weekend of extreme motocross action Saint Jean d’Angely in France saw Stephen Rubini and Tom Guyon take wins in FIM Europe’s EMX250 and EMX125 classes respectively
The overall in the EMX250 class went to Rubini for the first time in his career with his 1-6 scores ahead of championship leader Alberton Forato while Thibault Benistant, Jimmy Clochet and Roan Van De Moosdijk rounded out the top 5.
EMX250 Overall Top Ten
Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 40 points
Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 38
Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 38
Jimmy Clochet (FRA, KAW), 35
Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 34
Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, KTM), 25
Josh Gilbert (GBR, HON), 25
Karlis Sabulis (LAT, KTM), 24
Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 23
Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 17
Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 16
EMX250 Championship Top Ten
Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 138 points
Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 120
Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 97
Karlis Sabulis (LAT, KTM), 74
Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 73
Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 68
Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 67
Pierre Goupillon (FRA, HON), 67
Jimmy Clochet (FRA, KAW), 66
Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 60
After two hard fought moto the overall clearly went to Guyon with his 1-1 results with Mattia Guadagnini, Mike Gwerder, Eddie Jay Wade and David Braceras Martinez rounding out the top 5. Guyon’s home win gains him 8 points on Guadagnini in the championship which will return in just over a month at Teutschenthal for the round of Germany.
EMX125 Overall Top Ten
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 50 points
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 42
Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 36
Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), 34
David Braceras Martinez (ESP, KTM), 29
Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 27
Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 26
Gerard Congost Aguilera (ESP, KTM), 22
Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 21
Saad Soulimani (FRA, HUS), 20
EMX125 Championship Top Ten
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 185 points
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 158
Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 117
Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 117
Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 116
Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 109
Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 88
Guillem Farres Plaza (ESP, KTM), 87
Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), 76
Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 66
Bou Wins TrialGP World Championship in Italy
Pietramurata in Italy hosted the opening round of the 2019 TrialGP World Championship and it was predictable that multi-time champion Toni Bou would continue to dominate the series with a convincing victory over Jeroni Fajardo and Adam Raga.
The opening of the FIM TrialGP World Championship was marred by rain making the fifteen sections over two laps a serious challenge but Bou finished atop the podium, sporting a 28-point advantage over the nearest second placed rival.
The next round of the TrialGP World Championship will be held at the Motegi circuit in Japan, with a double-day event. The qualifying round takes place on June 7th with the main events on 8th and 9th June.
“I am very happy with my riding today. It is true that on the first lap I made two serious mistakes by pushing against two arrows. On the second I had a great ride picking up just four points in a very complicated trial where the terrain was very slippery. I wish to thank the whole team because they have worked very hard all winter to get us here in such strong shape.”
TrialGP of Italy Results
Noble Beats Ballard at A3VE
The small Victorian town of Blackwood has hosted the inaugural A3VE and it was young Scott Noble who managed to come to grips with an old Maico and win the event from off-road legend Geoff Ballard on a similar mount.
102 riders got under way on day one and it was Ballard who lead the field at the end of the day but Noble was able to get the nod over the next two days to top the podium over Ballard and Gary Brown.
A3VE Top Ten
Scott Noble 39:30.346
Geoff Ballard 39:58.744
Gary Brown 41:19.854
John Boag 42:12.977
Steve Walker 42:37.04
Russell Fitton 42:53.628
Phil Green 43:14.027
Steven Britt 43:24.808
Colin Ellen 43:45.453
Chris Bullen 44:18.115
Team Australia heads to the 2019 FIM WJMX
Team Australia will traverse thousands of kilometres from Australia to Italy for the 2019 FIM World Junior Motocross Championship (WJMX), where they will defend two World Championship titles and a World Cup.
Tackling such an enormous trip, fuelled by the pride of wearing the green and gold, requires much determination and dedication by our juniors. To ensure that the 2019 Team Australia receive as much support as possible, Motorcycling Australia (MA) are raffling off the chance to win one of two Motocross (MX) motorcycles, a 2019 KTM 65 or Yamaha YZ85 Big Wheel.
With a strictly limited release of 200 tickets, each ticket purchased gives you a one in a hundred chance of scoring yourself a 2019 KTM 65 or Yamaha 85! Tickets are available for the single price of just $100.00 AUD.The KTM 65 and Yamaha 85 are valued at over $5,000.00 AUD respectively, and by donating $100.00 AUD you can rest assured that you have supported the growth of junior MX talent within Australia.
Reed, Anderson, Carmichael and Savatgy Set for AUS-X
Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, Ricky Carmichael Joey Savatgy have been added to the world class line-up for the 2019 Monster Energy AUS-X Open at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on 30 November.
“I’m definitely looking for redemption, to come out and work hard and just be better prepared on all levels myself, the bike, the team, so I can hopefully take out that AUS-X crown, getting back to Melbourne to race will be awesome, it’s been a long time since I’ve raced there. I love the city and I’ve never been to Marvel Stadium before so I’m really looking forward to it. I was around for the first-ever AUS-X Open in Sydney and I’m really proud to see how it’s grown into Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. It’s so hard to put into words the energy that you get at a stadium like Marvel, a stadium filled with 35-45,000 people, there’s just nothing like it.”
“This will be my first time in Melbourne, I’ve never been there but I heard it’s a super awesome city and I can’t wait to check out a new part of Australia, it’ll be fun. My favourite thing about the AUS-X Open event is the number of fans the race attracts, they’re so enthusiastic and you can really hear the fans whenever something happens, or if you’re in a battle, you can really hear the crowd go crazy. Marvel Stadium is gonna be a much more open track so it’ll be fun and for sure I think we’re gonna see a lot more racing action go on.”
“I’m so pumped to return down under for the AUS-X Open in 2019, and this time to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, somewhere I’ve always wanted to ride at so returning in 2019 was an easy decision – I love Australia, the fans are amazing, and this time to be able to race at Marvel Stadium is such an amazing venue I’m so excited to get down and put a show on for the fans. Plus with the addition of Chad and the world class line-up so far announced – I’m just as excited as a fan to see the battles unfold – if you are a supercross fan from wherever in the world, you won’t want to miss this!”
This will be Savatgy’s first visit to Australia and the factory Kawasaki rider is sure to be among the front runners after several top rides in the 2019 AMA Supercross Championships to end the series in eighth place.
RIP Ron Sun
Ron Sun (1959-2019) has passed away and below is a tribute from his brother Chuck:
“With a broken heart, on the twenty-first of May my brother and motocross hero Ron Sun left us—the result of heart and kidney failure, Ron was 60 years old.
“In 1979 Ron took to the road, a self-funded privateer in older brother Chuck’s well-used ’65 Chevy truck to hit the 250 National circuit on a Husqvarna. He finished as one of the country’s top privateers. garnering a top ten overall in the Nationals. Ron carried his top ten momentum to the 1979 Trans-AMA series to secure a runner-up position and catch the attention of American Honda—who signed Ron to campaign the 1980 125 Nationals.
“Honda contract in hand, Ron, while training on Mt. Hood’s ski slopes, flew too far off a downhill jump to flat land, snapping his tibia. Ron’s leg injury forced him to miss the first few Supercross rounds and spent the rest of the year building strength on a 125, which he was unfamiliar with as Ron had crafted his chops on the more powerful 250 and 430 Husqvarnas.
“Ron rose to World level performance by winning in northwest-like-mud the second moto at the 1980 Mid-Ohio FIM 125 USGP of motocross. Unfortunately, his bike sucked water in the first motos so his overall wasn’t as great as it could have been—a heart breaker.
“Ron loved to ride, and his talent did not go unnoticed, receiving race promoter invites to South Africa, France and Canada where everyone loved the easy-going Oregonian. Ron grew up in a family of riders (Chuck, Mark and Kenny). Kenny and sister Suzanne, the youngest were twins. Suzie put herself through college at the University of Washington on a gymnastic scholarship. Ron was looking after our dad Roger, who both paid daily visits to our mother Carolyn who was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Ron dominated Vet Pro payouts into his 40’s, his favourite method of training was riding technical trails of Trask Mountain in Oregon’s coast range and the ridges of Mt. Adams in Washington. Camping at Council Lake in a rig next to Ron and his then wife Rhonda, we all heard the roar of what we believe was a Sasquatch, but no one was willing to step outside to find out what the ruckus was all about! Maybe it really was a Sasquatch!
“Ronald B will be sorely missed by family and his many friends. Rest In Peace. I love You.” – Chuck Sun
Holcombe with Beta until 2021
Steve Holcombe is pleased to announce that he has signed a new, two-year contract extension with Beta Motorcycles that will see him continue to compete for the Beta Factory Racing team in the FIM Enduro World Championship throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
A Beta rider from the very start of his professional enduro career, to date Steve has enjoyed a hugely successful partnership with the Italian manufacturer. Hitting the ground running in 2016, in his first year of senior class competition Steve secured his first Enduro World Championship title together with Beta when he was crowned the Enduro3 World Champion.
The following season Steve claimed the coveted EnduroGP title before last season successfully defending his EnduroGP crown while also topping the Enduro 3 category.
“I’m extremely pleased to be continuing with Beta Motorcycles and the Beta Factory Racing team through 2020 and 2021. From my first world title in 2016 to last year’s EnduroGP World Championship it’s been an incredible journey together with Beta. Trusting and supporting me from the very beginning, together we’ve shown that we are a great team and have enjoyed some incredible success. Looking to the future, our goals remain the same and we will continue to work hard to achieve more success. Continuing to be a part of the Beta family is something that I am extremely proud of.”
AMA EnduroCross Championship Cancelled
WHR Motorsports, the promoter of the national championship-level EnduroCross series has informed the American Motorcyclist Association that due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 series has been cancelled.
Kevin Crowther – AMA Director of Racing
“The extreme off-road racing discipline is very important to the AMA as an organization and to many of our members, we will continue to work toward securing a promotional partner that meets the requirements for operating an AMA extreme off-road national championship series.”
WHR Motorsports, a long time event producer from Kent, Washington, bought the rights to the Endurocross series from the Bonnier Corporation in December. The acquisition added to the WHR events line up which includes Arenacross, Supermoto and Indoor/Outdoor Monster Truck events. The 2019 series wasn’t scheduled to start until the July 7, 2019, opener.
2020 World Junior Motocross to Greece
Youthstream and the FIM have announced that Greece and the former Motocross World Championship venue of Megalopolis will be the venue for the 2020 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship.
Organized by the Aris AC together with ALMA Megalopolis and full support from Peloponnisios Prefecture, the event will mark the return of a world calibre event for the first time since the 2010 MX3 World Championship and the 2011 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship made stops in the ancient city at the PPC-MINES MEGALOPOLIS CIRCUIT.
Easily reached by the Kalamata Airport, Megalopolis has long hosted events of great significance from the battles of Thebans and Sparta in the 4th century to those of Stefan Everts and Pit Beirer in the 20th century being an outstanding host of the FIM Motocross World Championship in 1998 and 1999.
Ready to host the return of World Motocross the best Junior riders from around the world will travel to Megalopolis for a chance to be crowned a FIM Junior Motocross World Champion or FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup winner. The Greek city will now host 125cc and 85cc two stroke categories plus the young 65cc riders for the first time in its more than impressive history.
Herlings Back on his KTM
According to Red Bull KTM, over the last three weeks defending FIM Motocross World Champion Jeffrey Herlings has been completing short practice motos but at the time of writing a firm return date has yet to be determined.
Herlings has been out of action since January due to a foot injury sustained in a training accident in Spain and is in later phases of his recovery but will not race this weekend at the MXGP of France.
“It feels great to be back on the bike again but I have to take things slowly and listen to what my body is saying. Sometimes I still have some pain in my foot and I need to train and get good time on the bike after three months of almost doing nothing. Basically I need to ride myself into shape. I want to come back to the track when I am 100 percent but I know I won’t be able to return and win; it will take a few races to get back up to a good level and the rest of the guys are already pushing hard and have the rhythm of regular racing. I’m working hard and will be back as soon as possible.”
Herlings claimed his first career MXGP World Championship last year in dominating fashion, winning 17 times in 19 races entered and 33 of 38 motos.
Action aplenty at Central Coast Cup
The Allen Park track at Somersby hosted the Honda / The Construction Team Central Coast Cup Dirt Track meeting as there were first-time winners in both the senior and junior events – but there is only one new surname as brothers Connor and Harrison Ryan were the respective winners.
Below is the clubs press release:
“Staged at the on the weekend of May 25 and 26 the Ryan brothers continued their outstanding form so far in 2019, although they encountered different degrees of difficulty to score their wins.
“Harrison Ryan was out first and scored a clear-cut win in the Junior Cup final ahead of interstate visitors Tristian Adamson from the Gold Coast and Remmie Fyffe from Albury / Wodonga. This will be Harrison’s last meeting as a junior.
“Connor Ryan chased three –time winner David Smith for the first half of the eight- lap Senior Cup, but after the duo swapped the lead several times within a lap, Ryan pulled away with David Smith’s brother Peter Smith coming home in third place.
“Earlier in program Connor Ryan and the Smith brothers dominated the other senior classes of racing on
“Winners were David Smith (Pro Open and Pro 250), Connor Ryan (Pro 450), Jake Farnsworth (Under 19s) and Neil Hardwick (Over 35s). Harrison Ryan did not have it all his way in the supporting junior events with Remmie Fyffe scoring two class wins.
“With the Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club to host an Australian Championship meeting in September and a New South Wales Championship in November many interstate riders took the chance to try out the Somersby track on the weekend in preparation for the upcoming title meetings.
“Of the 12 junior classes, nine were won by either Queensland or Victorian licenced riders with Bray Bowden and Jordy Loftus both taking two first place trophies home north of the border.
“Kurri Kurri rider Cameron Dunker also scored a double, while other class winners were Victorians Jed Fyffe, Queenslanders Taylen Howard and Riley Nauta and Jayden Holder from Kempsey.”
The meeting attracted over 100 riders and the many riders making their first ever visit were unanimous in their praise of the track and the running of the meeting which should ensure many return visits in the future.”
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