Moto News Wrap for May 21, 2019 by Darren Smart
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The LATEST News
- Roczen & Cianciarulo win AMA Motocross at Hangtown
- Villopoto wins at Hangtown
- Gajser and Prado win MXGP of Portugal
- Kras wins Portuguese EMX
- FIM Junior Motocross World Cup heads to Trentino in 2019
- Duvall wins Ohio GNCC
- Madsen wins SGP of Poland
- Garcia wins WESS in France
- Brayton set for 2019 Aussie SX Championships
- Chad Reed returns for 2019 AUS-X Open
- Wollongong SX to feature ‘Speed & Style’ Championship
- James Stewart finally announces retirement
Roczen & Cianciarulo Win AMA Motocross at Hangtown
The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicked off last weekend with the Bell Helmets Hangtown Motocross Classic and it was Ken Roczen who got the overall in the 450 class while Adam Cianciarulo bounced back from a tough loss in supercross to win the 250 class overall.
The opening moto saw riders taking on a track that was breaking down faster than usual thanks to rain in the lead up to the weekend and there were battles right from the get-go but the real head-turner was Roczen blowing by Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson and early leader Cooper Webb to take the lead before the completion of the opening lap.
Once he had a clear track Roczen quickly put multiple seconds between he and Webb, while Anderson, Zach Osborne and Tomac rounded out the top five but Tomac made his way by Osborne before actually passing Anderson for third but Anderson quickly got back around the defending champ then started his way to the rear wheel of Webb.
With ten minutes to go the rain began to fall and Anderson’s pace increased, while Tomac’s dropped which carried the two riders into different directions with Anderson moving by Webb for second as Tomac lost a spot to Osborne to be in fifth.
Despite the rain, Roczen continued his flawless ride all the way to the finish where he took the opening moto win by 15 seconds over Anderson, Webb and Tomac who was gifted fourth when Osborne crashed in the slippery conditions.
In muddy conditions Marvin Musquin emerged with the second moto holeshot over Webb, Tomac and Roczen but it wasn’t long before Tomac was in the lead ahead of Roczen and the two soon opened up a gap over Anderson who got by his training partners in Osborne, Webb and Musquin.
Roczen’s impressive early pace allowed him to jump by Tomac into the lead but the Honda rider couldn’t shake Tomac and as they approached lapped riders just before the halfway point it worked to the benefit of Tomac who seized the moment to dive to the inside the reclaim the lead.
From that point on, he left Roczen and the rest of the field behind taking the chequered flag by 43 seconds over Roczen while a resilient Musquin never backed down in his pursuit of Anderson for third, and successfully got back around, but in the closing laps a hard charge from Osborne ultimately put the rookie onto the moto podium.
Roczen’s 1-2 outing provided him with his first win since the final round of his championship-winning 2016 season. Since then he has endured through a pair of career-threatening injuries to each of his arms, in which he was forced to fight his way back from more than 10 total surgeries. It’s been a long and difficult road, but Roczen was able to prevail for the 16th win of his career.
“It’s been a very, very long time . Overall the whole day was good,” said Roczen. “It’s difficult at the first race to know what to expect and to know where everyone else is. I just did my best every time I was on the track and it got us a win. It was really sloppy out there and it can easily go in either direction , so it feels good that we ended up on the positive side of it.”
Tomac’s second-moto win vaulted him to second overall (4-1), while Anderson rounded out the overall podium in third (2-5) so Roczen holds a slim four-point lead over Tomac in the 450 Class standings heading into the second round. Anderson sits nine points back in third.
As for the Aussies and Kiwis, factory Yamaha fill-in rider Dean Ferris came back from two bad starts to end the day with 11-8 moto finishes for ninth overall while Todd Waters took his privateer Husqvarna to 12-13 finishes for a credible 12th outright, but there was a disappointing result for Cody cooper who earned 15th in the opening moto before not finished the second mud moto.
450 Moto Results and Overall
- Ken Roczen 1-2
- Eli Tomac 4-1
- Jason Anderson 2-5
- Zachary Osborne 5-3
- Cooper Webb 3-6
- Marvin Musquin 7-4
- Justin Barcia 8-7
- Blake Baggett 6-10
- Dean Ferris 11-8
- Justin Bogle 10-9
- Jake Masterpool 13-11
- Todd Waters 12-13
- Ben Lamay 14-12
- Cole Seely 9-18
- Fredrik Noren 17-17
- Toshiki Tomita 36-14
- Taiki Koga 23-15
- Dylan Merriam 20-16
- Cody Cooper 15-40
450 Class Championship Standings
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 47
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 43
- Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 38
- Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 36
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 35
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 32
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 27
- Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 26
- Dean Ferris, Australia, Yamaha – 23
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM – 23
…12. Todd Waters, Australia, Husqvarna – 17
…19. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda – 6
Justin Cooper narrowly grab the holeshot over Chase Sexton and Cianciarulo while Hunter Lawrence started well outside the top ten but that wouldn’t last for long with the Aussie flying his way into the top ten.
Up front Cooper successfully held on to that advantage and established himself as the early leader, with Cianciarulo slotting into second and Sexton into third but with about eight minutes left the Kawasaki rider was all over Cooper’s rear fender, but the Yamaha rider withstood the charge and used lapped riders to his advantage to extend the lead once more.
Hunter Lawrence had forced his way up to sixth place after passing teammate RJ Hampshire and just as they were closing in on fifth placed Colt Nichols, Hunter high sided over an inside rut and was clipped by Hampshire’s footpeg gouging a wound across Lawrence’s arse.
Cooper went wire-to-wire on to take the second moto win of his career by 1.8 seconds over Cianciarulo, who rode to an uneventful second-place finish but the battle for third came down to the final corner, where a moto-long charge by Dylan Ferrandis, who started sixth, culminated with a stellar last lap in which he stole third from Sexton as they came to the line.
Lawrence dropped all of the way back to 18th but managed to climb back to 11th place, four places ahead of fellow Aussie Wilson Todd who was up to 12th at one point in the moto.
With rain falling, the deciding moto got underway with Nichols earning then holeshot from Cianciarulo who quickly moved to the lead while Cooper and Ferrandis were at the tail end of the top ten as Lawrence and Todd sat just outside the top ten.
With the track deteriorating to a slippery mess, Cianciarulo easily opened up a considerable margin over the rest of the field but as the moto wore on, Ferrandis and Nichols began to inch closer to second placed Alex Martin but the Suzuki rider was able to hang on to the runner up spot while Nichols and Cooper got around Ferrandis in the dying laps
In the end Cianciarulo took the moto win by 16.3 seconds over Martin, Nichols, Cooper and Ferrandis while Todd finished in a sensational ninth place, three places ahead of a struggling Larence.
Cianciarulo’s 2-1 effort gave him the second overall win of his career in his first start since the 2017 season, following knee surgery last summer. He becomes the 32nd different rider to earn a 250 Class victory at Hangtown.
“It means a lot , for all the kids out there that watch us, we go through such peaks and valleys. is a testament to understanding that the most important shot is your next one. You’ve got to keep fighting. It feels great to get a win at the opening round of the season and start this summer off on a high note.”
Cooper’s resilient second moto landed him in the runner-up spot (1-4) for the second time in his career. Nichols (5-3) and Ferrandis (3-5) ended up in a tie for third, but by virtue of his better result in the final moto Nichols earned the tiebreaker.
Cianciarulo establishes a four-point lead over Cooper in the 250 Class standings entering the second round, while Nichols and Ferrandis sit 11 points back.
250 Moto Results and Overall
- Adam Cianciarulo 2 -1
- Justin Cooper 1-4
- Colt Nichols 5-3
- Dylan Ferrandis 3-5
- Chase Sexton 4-6
- RJ Hampshire 6-7
- Michael Mosiman 7 -11
- Alex Martin 23-2
- Shane McElrath 14-8
- Christian Craig 13-10
- Hunter Lawrence 11-12
- Wilson Todd 15-9
250 Class Championship Standings
- Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 47
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 43
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 36
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 36
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 33
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 29
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna – 24
- Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 22
- Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 20
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 19
- Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 19
- Wilson Todd, Australia, Husqvarna – 18
Villopoto wins at Hangtown
The Hangtown Motocross Classic fans at Prairie City OHV Park were treated with seeing multi AMA motocross and supercross champion Ryan Villopoto taking on a field of 32 riders and win the first round of the 125cc All-Stars race.
RV piloted his No. 2 Yamaha to victory ahead of fellow YZ rider Robbie Wageman while 16-year-old Brandon Ray rounded out the podium in third aboard a KTM.
125cc All Star Results
- Ryan Villopoto, Yamaha
- Robbie Wageman, Yamaha
- Brandon Ray, KTM
- Wyatt Mattson, Husqvarna
- Carter Dubach, Yamaha
- Tyler DuCray, KTM
- Angus Riordan, KTM
- Cole Barbieri, Suzuki
- Dennis Stapleton, Husqvarna
- Ty Freehill, Yamaha
- Derik Denzin, Yamaha
- John Ayers, Husqvarna
- Antonio Calavano, KTM
- Bryson Olson, Honda
- Conner Degraaf, KTM
- Toline Tyler, KTM
- Hunter Cross, KTM
- Talon Gorman, Honda
- Steven Stultz, Yamaha
- Jared Lang, Honda
- Dylan Simao, Yamaha
- Geoff Wills, KTM
- Tyler Edmondson, Honda
- Aron Martin
- Wyatt Bullen, Kawasaki
- Brooks, KTM
- Blaine Holdsclaw, Yamaha
- Derek Cappiello, Yamaha
- Chase Forsberg, KTM
- Nick Roby, Kawasaki
- Jeremy Ryan, KTM
- Ryan Eager, Suzuki
Gajser and Prado Win MXGP of Portugal
The Portuguese circuit of Agueda has hosted the sixth round of the 2019 World Motocross Championship and it was Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado who went 1-1 in the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.
Antonio Cairoli was in a winning position in both of the MXGP motos but the KTM rider stalled briefly in the opening moto while leading and tipped over in the second moto while in the same position and both times Gajser was right there to take advantage of the situation to claim both moto wins, the overall and to reduce Cairoli’s championship points lead to 34 points
Cairoli took 2-2 for 2nd overall ahead of Arnaud Tonus who reached the podium with hard fought 3-3 finishes while Clement Desalle, Jeremy Seewer, Pauls Jonass, Julien Lieber, Romain Febvre, Glenn Coldenhoff and Gautier Paulin rounded out the top ten.
“Last weekend was tough, so I tried to forget it and just focus on this weekend. I was feeling good yesterday and also today, the riding was good, and I had two good starts. It was great racing and I am really happy to win both races, hopefully we can carry that moment to the next round.”
“On one side I’m happy because this is the goal to be on the podium and always consistent but on the other side I’m disappointed of course. I am happy like I said but focused on the next one where I will try to be consistent and not make these mistakes.”
”It feels amazing, it is hard to find the right words at the moment, I have been through a lot so it is good to be up here. I really had to fight today, in the first race I was battling with Jeremy (Seewer) and he passed me in the beginning of the race so I had to come pass him back, it feels even better knowing that I fought to make it happen. I am super happy and I hope that I can keep it going.”
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten
- Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:00.609
- Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.197
- Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:17.885
- Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:27.240
- Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:28.880
- Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:29.847
- Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:35.562
- Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:51.205
- Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:52.970
- Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:53.969
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten
- Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:47.988
- Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.604
- Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:12.909
- Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:15.819
- Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.856
- Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.225
- Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:22.115
- Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:24.630
- Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:27.080
- Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:30.999
MXGP Overall Top Ten
- Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
- Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44
- Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 40
- Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 33
- Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29
- Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 28
- Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 28
- Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 27
- Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 26
- Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 22
MXGP ChampionshipTop Ten
- Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 285 points
- Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 251
- Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 197
- Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 175
- Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 166
- Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 153
- Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 137
- Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 136
- Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 122
- Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 120
MX2 Race Report
Prado took the opening moto holeshot and eased away for an easy win over Thomas Kjer Olsen, Jago Geerts and Mitchell Evans but in the second moto Prado was forced to pass the fast starting Roan Van de Moosdijk for the lead and usually that is where the action stops for the lead but this time Mitch Evans decided he wanted to have a run at the front and soon passed Van de Moosdijk and Prado for the lead.
Evans held the lead for four laps before Prado found his way through to take the lead and the eventual win ahead of Henry Jacobi, Evans and Kjer Olsen.
This was Prado’s 5th 1-1 result of 2019 and despite Kjer Olsen finishing second overall but it was a bitter sweet moment as he also lost the championship lead to Prado while for the second time in his rookie MX2 season Evans reached the podium in 3rd position.
As for Jed Beaton, the Husqvarna pilot was a solid 12th in the opening moto despite a crash and a stall but the second moto went pear shaped with his bike being landed on after an early crash forcing the Aussie to DNF the race. Beaton sits 13th in the championship.
“This is the closest race to a home GP for me, we are very close to Spain and there are so many fans that came out and many were cheering for me, I really enjoy it. When I went onto the podium they went crazy so it is great to have a race like this and it was a great weekend. For me it was important to get the red plate because I feel more comfortable with it but it is tough to keep so I try to not make any mistake but in motocross you never know.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen
“I felt like my riding all weekend was really good so that was a huge positive. I felt pretty calm all weekend and I had a lot of confidence in my riding along with my technique on the bike. I am kind of bummed out about the mistake I made on the start of race 2 but it could have been much worse and I got up to 4thwhich was pretty good. I am just going keep working and focus on myself to be the best that I can, not worrying about much else.”
“It feels great to be back on the podium, we had a few tough weekends with some little injuries and my fitness dropped off because of it. We are finally back to the normal program and I am feeling a lot better which also gives a lot confidence coming into the weekend.”
“It’s been a tough GP for me. I’m pretty beaten up and, yeah, things just didn’t go well despite two good starts. I went down in the second turn in the first moto so I just pushed as hard as I could. I stalled my bike at the end of the wave sections after passing about 10 riders, so I went back to last again. I gave everything to get to 12th, which I think was a good result considering what happened. I was about sixth off the start in the second heat but clashed with another rider over one of the jumps. I got landed on, my bike got landed on and it was pretty messed up and bent. There was no point in continuing so unfortunately I had to retire.”
MX2 Results – Portugal MXGP
MX2 Race 1 Top Ten
- Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:07.339
- Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:03.304
- Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:27.504
- Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:28.329
- Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:34.618
- Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:35.418
- Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:44.519
- Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:45.789
- Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.829
- Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +0:53.710
…12. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 36:03.407
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten
- Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:47.966
- Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:03.912
- Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:05.411
- Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:12.005
- Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:23.210
- Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:36.473
- Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:41.227
- Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:43.706
- Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:45.287
- Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:46.503
MX2 Overall Top Ten
- Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
- Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40
- Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 38
- Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 36
- Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 24
- Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 23
- Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 23
- Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 22
- Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20
- Mitchell Harrison (USA, KAW), 18
…21. Jed Beaton (AUS, Hus) 9
MX2 ChampionshipTop Ten
- Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 250 points
- Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 247
- Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 193
- Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 170
- Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 164
- Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 155
- Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 155
- Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 128
- Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 127
- Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 122
…13. Jed Beaton (AUS, Hus) 87
Duncan Dominates Portugal WMX
Portugal hosted the second round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and it was Kiwi flyer Courtney Duncan who not only won both motos but also took over the championship lead.
Duncan won the opening moto by 12 seconds ahead of Larissa Papenmeier and Nancy Van De Ven before dishing out a similar performance in moto two to take the win over Van De Ven and Papenmeier so the championship leaders red plate now belongs to Duncan with 89 points while former championship leader Van de Ven is four points back in second.
Aussie Tahlia TJ O’Hare struggled in the tough conditions to score just 7 points over the two motos for 19th outright to now sit 13th in the championship.
Duncan will now return to New Zealand to continue her training before taking the red plate into round 3 in Loket, Czech Republic, July 27-28.
“I was really happy with the weekend; the goal was to put two solid races together and I did that. I got blocked in at the first turn in that second race, but I didn’t panic, sorted out a good place to make a clean pass and could race away. I’m just taking it race by race at the moment and not really thinking about the championship, but I’m stoked to get the double win and take the red plate to the next round. We’ve got a nine week break now, so I’ll be going back to New Zealand to keep doing the work and come out swinging at Loket.”
WMX Race 1 Top Ten
- Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:37.493
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:12.938
- Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:20.911
- Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:49.788
- Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:59.251
- Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:07.227
- Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:13.030
- Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:34.821
- Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:39.651
- Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:42.185
WMX Race 2 Top Ten
- Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:51.296
- Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:30.514
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:45.003
- Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:08.450
- Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:13.670
- Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:14.835
- Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:24.616
- Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:25.103
- Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:28.714
- Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Husqvarna), +1:39.760
WMX Overall Top Ten
- Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 points
- Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 42
- Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 34
- Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 34
- Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 29
- Line Dam (DEN, HON), 28
- Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 27
- Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 23
- Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 20
WMX ChampionshipTop Ten
- Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 89 points
- Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 85
- Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 82
- Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 67
- Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 63
- Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 61
- Line Dam (DEN, HON), 54
- Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 54
- Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 49
- Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 37
Kras Wins Portuguese EMX
Portugal hosted the third round of the EMX2t championship and it was Mike Kras who grabbed his second overall in as many rounds to take over the championship points lead by one over Brad Anderson.
Kras won the opening moto from Todd Kellett and Youri van t Ende while Anderson was back in eighth before the second moto also went to Kras with Anderson in second ahead of Andero Lusbo.
Now leading the championship by 1 point over Anderson, Kras, and the rest of the field will head to Russia’s south in 3 weeks’ time for round four at Orlyonok.
EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Result
EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten
- Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 29:58.291;
- Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:06.600;
- Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:14.879;
- Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:16.610;
- Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:17.066;
- Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:23.102;
- Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:25.081;
- Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:27.130;
- Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:27.656;
- Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.476.
EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten
- Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 29:52.732;
- Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:05.300;
- Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:07.202;
- Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:09.878;
- Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:11.292;
- Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:27.263;
- Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.560;
- Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:34.053;
- Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:43.325;
- Ben Putnam (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:44.770.
EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten
- Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 50 points;
- Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 38
- Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 37
- Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 36
- Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 35
- Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 34
- Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 28
- Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, YAM), 25
- Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, YAM), 24
- Ben Putnam (GBR, HUS), 21 p
EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten
- Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 119 points
- Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 118
- Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 101
- Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 95
- Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 88
- Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 86
- Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 82
- Ben Putnam (GBR, HUS), 60
- Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 59
- Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, YAM), 59
FIM Junior Motocross World Cup heads to Trentino in 2019
Youthstream have announced the venue and timing of the 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and FIM Junior Motocross World Cup! On the 13-14th of July 2019 Junior Motocross riders from around the world will head to the famous circuit of Trentino in Italy’s North.
The event will return to Italy eight years after its last visit in 2011. The 2019 edition will take place at the same venue as the MXGP and MX2 World Championship of Pietramurata. The two-day event will host practice and qualifying sessions Saturday followed by racing of the three classes, 125cc, 85cc, and 65cc, on Sunday. Riding for themselves and also their country with the results of nations makes the event one of a kind and always creates a great atmosphere of both comradery and competition.
The world class facility has been a long time favorite of riders and fans with its stunning backdrop and amazing surroundings. The venue, aside from being in one of the most passionate motocross countries in the world, is easily accessible from the nearby cities of Milan, Venice, and Verona.
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship includes the 125cc and 85cc two stroke categories plus the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup. Along with returning competitors and even previous champions the junior rising talents of motocross will all be going to Trentino from different countries racing at the unique race for the chance to become an FIM Junior Motocross World Champion!
Duvall Wins Ohio GNCC
Thad Duvall has won the sixth round of the 2019 GNCC which was held in Ohio last weekend and in doing so has reduced his points deficit to championship leader Kailub Russell to just 13 points.
Duvall scored his second win of the year at Ohio ahead of Russell and Trevor Bollinger while Steward Baylor Jr and Josh Strang rounded out the top five.
- Kailub K Russell – 165
- Thaddeus Duvall – 152
- Steward Baylor Jr – 123
- Trevor Bollinger – 111
- Josh V Strang – 83
Ben Kelly is undefeated the XC2 class and took the Ohio win over Craig Delong and Evan Smith while Austin Lee and Michael Witkowski rounded out the top five.
XC2 250 Pro Result
- Benjamin M Kelley – 180
- Michael Witkowski – 119
- Evan Smith – 107
- Austin Lee – 91
- Liam Draper – 78
Becca Sheets got her second win of the season in the WXC class over Aussie Mackenzie Tricker and Rachael Archer while defending champion Tayla Jones had a shocker with a rare ninth place finish.
- Becca N Sheets – 160
- Tayla Jones – 153
- Mackenzie Tricker – 125
- Rachael Archer – 107
- Shyann Phelps – 85
Madsen Wins SGP of Poland
The much-awaited opening round of the 2019 FIM Speedway World Championship got underway with the Boll Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland last weekend and the surprise winner was Danish star Leon Madsen who pounced on a Fredrik Lindgren error to hit the front and win the final.
Madsen didn’t win any of his regular heats, but made it into the semis on eight points, before finishing second to Niels-Kristian Iversen in semi-final two to reach his maiden SGP final where he got his first win of the night when it mattered most and the European champion celebrated wildly with a 50,000-plus crowd.
Madsen made no secret of his bold SGP ambitions ahead of the meeting as he targets World Championship gold. But he insists he’s not piling the pressure on himself to land the world title at the first attempt.
“I don’t need to be No.1 this year. I am here to gain a lot of experience, especially on tracks like Warsaw. I am not here just to take part. I am here to fight for the championship. It was a good round tonight and I clocked a lot of points. If I can be consistent all season, things could be quite good. But I’m not setting the bar higher. I’m just in this game to fight for the championship. I don’t put it as a goal that I must be No.1 or in the top three. You are obviously here to fight for the championship and I feel I have the quality to do that.”
Despite recovering from a crash and coming third in the final it is Patryk Dudek who topped the World Championship standings with his 16-point haul.
“Before the last heat, I heard my name and I was thinking ‘oh, but let’s see what happens after the heat!’ I was third, so that’s not bad. I would like to say a big, big thank you to the fans. This night was tough for me and the season has been tough for me. Today was great. I want to say a big thanks to my team, my family and my sponsors. I hope to stay in the same position at the next round. But we will see.”
It was his third straight Warsaw final and Fredrik Lindgren was delighted to leave the PGE Narodowy cauldron of noise with another podium finish.
“Overall I am very happy, I really enjoy racing here in front of this crowd. It is intense and you have to give 100 percent for all four laps. I am disappointed not to win after the start I made in the final. I made a huge mistake on lap two to lose the winning position. But I am also very happy with the way I was racing, the points I scored and the way our team worked together.”
It was far from the prefect start to the championship for the Aussie duo of Jason Doyle and Max Fricke who scored 6 and 5 points respectively after a full night of racing.
Doyle kicked off in fine form, marking a strong return from injury not even two weeks prior. As the evening progressed, Doyle’s injuries weighed heavy, but the Australian star remained steadfast as he focussed on racking up as many points as possible. Doyle finished Round 1 of the 2019 SGP with five points, landing in 13th place in the World Championship standings.
“The bike is good and the crowd is awesome! We’re just trying to get the right set up at the moment because the conditions are different from practice, as we expected. Tonight we’re just trying to get points and stay consistent.”
Newcomer to the SGP line-up, Fricke tackled what was undeniably an intense environment, finishing Saturday night with three points. Now sitting on 16th place in the World Championship standings, Fricke suffered a blow when he crashed out during one of his heats, however the young Australian remained the image of positivity as he reflected on the turn of events.
“I’m really grateful for this call up! It’s not something I ever expected to happen this year so I’m really grateful for this experience and to be able and come out in front of a huge stadium. I picked up a few points, learnt a lot, and lead a few laps in the end, but I threw it away, which is on me. Hopefully we can come back sometime during the year and do some more rounds of the SGP.”
Boll Warsaw SGP Result
- Leon Madsen 13
- Fredrik Lindgren 15
- Patryk Dudek 16
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 14
- Bartosz Smektala 10
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 10
- Antonio Lindback 10
- Robert Lambert 8
- Martin Vaculik 7
- Matej Zagar 7
- Emil Sayfutdinov 6
- Tai Woffinden 6
- Jason Doyle 5
- Janusz Kolodziej 4
- Artem Laguta 4
- Max Fricke 3
- Dominik Kubera DNR
- Rafal Karczmarz DNR
World Championship Standings
- Patryk Dudek 16
- Fredrik Lindgren 15
- Niels-Kristian Iversen 14
- Leon Madsen 13
- Bartosz Zmarzlik 10
- Antonio Lindback 10
- Bartosz Smektala 10
- Robert Lambert 8
- Matej Zagar 7
- Martin Vaculik 7
- Tai Woffinden 6
- Emil Sayfutdinov 6
- Jason Doyle 5
- Artem Laguta 4
- Janusz Kolodziej 4
- Max Fricke 3
Garcia Win WESS in France
Spain’s Josep Garcia has won round two of the World Enduro Super Series, storming to victory at France’s Trèfle Lozérien AMV ahead of Jamie McCanney and Nathan Watson.
For 2019, the second round of the WESS championship proved a challenge for the 600-plus riders competing with continuous rain throughout the three days of racing at France’s most-prestigious Enduro – Trèfle Lozérien AMV – ensured the 719 kilometres of riding were both physically and mentally demanding for all.
“To get my first WESS victory of 2019, and also to create a little piece of history by being the first non-French winner here at Trèfle Lozérien, is amazing. The conditions really didn’t suit me – I’m not really a big fan of wet, slippery mud. But I pushed hard on all special tests and, well, everything went perfectly. Coming here straight from Extreme Lagares wasn’t easy but I knew this race was going to be important to my WESS championship.”
Behind Garcia the battle for the remainder of the podium places was fierce but McCanney held his ground over his rivals to take the runner-up result.
“Right from when I started walking the special tests here in France I knew Josep Garcia would be the rider to watch. When conditions weren’t too wet, or when they suited the 450 more, I managed to win some tests. And I’m really pleased about that. But Garcia was really strong throughout the event. I’ve been away from enduro racing for some time now, firstly getting over a shoulder injury and surgery and then focusing on rally. To come here and get the result I’ve got is really great. Despite the weather it’s been a great event. I can’t say if I’ll be back for more WESS racing, but I’d love to compete at Hawkstone if my schedule allows it.”
Entering the final special test it was all to play for between Watson and Julien Gauthier for third with Gauthier holding just one tenth of a second in hand over the KTM rider and with both riders putting it all on the line, Watson edged out Gauthier by just over one second to snatch the final step of the podium in the last few moments of the race.
“I’m really happy with third overall, this is the first Classic Enduro I’ve raced since this event 12 months ago, so I came into it a little unsure what to expect but also confident that it would suit me. I had a consistent three days and kept things upright over the 15 special tests, which was really important. I’ve really enjoyed racing the 450 – being able to keep things smooth in these conditions has really helped me. Things were really close coming into the final test, just half a second between third and fourth overall. Thankfully, I managed to jump up one position to third, which was a great way to end the race.”
For Gauthier it was not to be and with his fourth place result it also marked the first time in the event’s history that a French rider wasn’t present in the top three positions. After a strong ride on day two, Tarroux slipped down to fifth, with teammate Theo Espinasse (FRA) completing the top six.
The eight-round World Enduro Super Series continues with round three at Austria’s Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble on May 30 – June 2.
Results – Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV 2019
- Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 01:03:07.557
- Jaime McCanney (Yamaha – GB) 1:03:49.586 +42.029
- Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1:03:55.612 +48.055
- Julien Gauthier (Yamaha – FR) 1:03:57.013 +49.456
- Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FR) 1:04:10.136 +1:02.579
- Theo Espinasse (Sherco – FR) 1:05:04.311 +1:56.754
- Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas – FR) 1:05:10.817 +2:03.260
- Emmanuel Albepart (Yamaha – FR) 1:05:21.908 +2:14.351
- Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 1:05:31.888 +2:24.331
- Joe Wootton (Husqvarna – GB) 1:05:52.828 +2:45.271
Brayton Set for 2019 Aussie SX Championships
Justin Brayton is the first of the international riders to confirm that he will compete in this year’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne on November 30 at Marvel Stadium as part of his attempt to win a fourth straight Australian Supercross Championship.
“The AUS-X Open is one of the greatest events outside of the US, and having been so close to winning it before, I’m determined to come back faster and ready to win in November. The racing at Sydney was always incredible but I think moving to Melbourne, into such an awesome stadium, is going to take Supercross racing in Australia to the next level and I can’t wait to put on a show for all the fans in Australia. Marvel Stadium will be the closest thing Australia gets to the World Championship. The track will be full-sized and I have no doubt both the racing and the atmosphere will be electric on November 30.”
The AUS-X Open Melbourne is the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship and is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA).
“I’m so pumped to be returning to Australia in 2019 and fighting for the Australian Supercross title for a fourth straight year with Penrite Honda Racing,” Brayton said. “I have the most amazing team when I head down under to race, and it would be awesome to bring home the trophy again, especially in front of the huge Melbourne crowd.”
Chad Reed returns for 2019 AUS-X Open
Two-time World Champion Chad Reed has announced he’ll be back to race on home soil this November 30 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, as tickets go on sale from for the Monster Energy AUS-X Open.
The 37-year-old will head to Victoria to race for the first time since 2012 and his first time racing in Melbourne since 2000, where he says he’ll be looking for redemption. The legend sat out the 2017 event due to injury and was unable to complete a fairytale comeback last year, with the 2018 World Champion Jason Anderson (USA), taking the win.
“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.”
Tickets for the event will be available exclusively through Ticketmaster.com.au, starting from $39.95, and are expected to sell out fast.
Australia’s largest Supercross event, the AUS-X Open, has proven successful for the Aussie hero since its inception, including back-to-back wins during the first two years in 2015 and 2016, and Reed says he’s proud to have watched the event grow over the past four years and how it has significantly changed the Australian Supercross industry.
“My favourite thing about AUS-X Open as a rider and an athlete is it’s such a reflection for me, remembering back to when I was eight years old watching all the Australian greats in a Newcastle motordrome, and now seeing it, being held at Marvel Stadium at the highest level makes me real proud to be apart of the sport. 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. And really why I still, at 37-years-old, choose to do this as my day-to-day job. I love it, and I can’t replace that feeling and I’m always excited to come back for more.”
Reed will not have it all his own way in Melbourne, with what will arguably be the most competitive field of international supercross racers, to ever line up on Australian soil. More of the world’s biggest names in Supercross and Freestyle Motocross, including recent World Championship winners, will be announced in the coming days.
Already confirmed to compete on November 30, are current World Number 10 and defending Australian Supercross Champion – Justin Brayton, as well as 2019 World Supercross Championship Rookie of the Year and current World Number 8 – Joey Savatgy.
The 25-year-old American rider had an incredible rookie season in the premier 450SX1 class of the 2019 World Championship and is expected to be hard to beat at the AUS-X Open.
“I can’t wait to head Down Under for the Monster Energy AUS-X Open. The calibre of riders that the event brings each year makes me so pumped to get out there and take it to the world’s best on Aussie soil. Racing Chad Reed at home, is certainly not going to be easy, but a challenge I’m ready for.”
The largest international Supercross and action sports event in the world outside of the USA, the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne, will feature the world’s best riders going head-to-head on a full-sized World Championship style Supercross track for the first time ever inside Marvel Stadium.
It will also be an engineering feat, arguably unmatched by any Supercross event in the world, as supports imported and constructed in the lower level carpark, prepare to handle the immense pressure of up to 6,000 tonnes of dirt, machinery and infrastructure, all positioned within Australia’s largest indoor stadium.
Featuring live music and entertainment, stunning pyrotechnics and the world’s best freestyle motocross riders battling to win the best-trick and best-whip competitions; the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne is an incredible entertainment spectacle for all ages.
The AUS-X Open Melbourne is the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship and is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA). *$39.95 Silver Tickets will incur additional transaction and booking charges.
Wollongong SX to Feature ‘Speed & Style’ Championship
Troy Bayliss Events have announced that the Recover8 Australian Speed & Style Championship will be held on Saturday the 9th of November at Wollongong WIN Stadium – coinciding with Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championships.
The exclusive feature for fans attending the Wollongong Supercross, Recover8 Australian Speed & Style Championship will be run and won on the night, in a thrilling elimination style winner takes all format.
Australian and International riders are invited to compete, with the winner crowned the Official Australian Speed & Style Champion by sanctioning body Motorcycling Australia.
Speed and Style is a unique sport that originated at the American X-Games and combines the technical racing skills of Supercross with the incredible talents of Freestyle Motocross, giving fans an unbeatable mix of speed and wow.
Riders will race head-to-head, across whoops, over jumps and around berms with the added obstacle of a steel up-ramp and 75-foot gap for a finish line, allowing riders to perform backflip variations, huge whips and much more. Riders are judged based on a combination of time and the difficulty of tricks performed within the short action-packed race.
“If you haven’t planned your trip to Wollongong Supercross yet, I suggest you do. Not only will fans be treated to an incredible night of Bar to Bar Supercross Action they will now be on the edge of their seats watching the best in the business compete for the Recover8 Speed & Style title. Troy Bayliss Events welcomes Recover8 as the official partner to the Australian Speed & Style Championship. Recover8 is a brand new supplement product that is being widely promoted as a go-to product by many elite athletes here in Australia and around the world, and makes for a perfect fit for this exciting feature.”
James Stewart finally announces retirement
James Stewart, the seven-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, who has not raced since July 23, 2016, has finally announced that he is retiring from the sport.
“Where I’m at in my life, I think it’s time to say I’m retiring. I’ve retired, it’s hard for sure, because I love racing and I love the fans, I love the opening ceremonies, I love the autograph lines, but I don’t miss the sweat and tears and training and having to feel like you have to win every race and having to be James Stewart. I don’t love doing that anymore.”
Stewart had a controversial career where he at times put other riders at risk with his brash riding style and while he was once known as the “fastest man on the planet,” he was also known as the “fastest soil sampler on the planet” with multiple crashes tainting what was supposed to be a dominating and long career – of which neither materialised.
Stewart retires with 20 career 250/450 Class wins in AMA Pro Motocross (fifth all-time) and 28 career 125/250 Class wins (first all-time) and 50 supercross wins.