Smarty’s Moto Wrap for April 1, 2014

I read with great interest that the SmartTop/MotoConcept team riders Mike Alessi and Kyle Cunningham will contest the opening round of the AMA Motocross Championship at Glen Helen and then head over the border for the first round of the Canadian outdoor series in Nanaimo, in Western Canada a week later.

The Alessi family and the AMA have had a torrid relationship from the get-go but according to Tony Alessi the team is looking for ‘new horizons, new choices, new options’. IF Mike and Tony think they are going to Canada to cherry pick a few race wins they are in for a shock coz they have our own Brett Metcalfe to beat first and from all accounts Brett is fast and fit heading into the defence of his 2013 Canadian MX1 title.

Adam Cianciarulo has opted to have his injured shoulder operated on this week and will now miss the rest of the Supercross series and perhaps even the first couple of rounds of the AMA Motocross Championships. No stress for the Cianciarulo fans, the kid is 17, we have ten more years plus to watch Adam win plenty of racers and championships. He is the real deal!!

Josh Cachia has been forced to miss the opening round of the MX Nationals after a wrist operation failed to heal in time but it looks like the Penrite Honda rider should be fit for the second round in two weeks’ time at Appin.

If Cachia isn’t fit for round two it looks like the Penrite team will bring Ben Townley out of retirement to give the Aussie MX2 riders a run for their money. Look at the date before you get on facebook and start repeating this rumour.

TM had an up and down day at Broadford with Daniel McCoy almost scoring third overall on the day before crashing out of the final moto while Joel Milesevic and Joel Evans had a day both would rather forget with crashes putting pay to any serious points. In saying that, Milesevic and Evans showed genuine pace all day so we can expect to see the TM brand on the podium during the 2014 season.

Talking about a tough weekend at Broadford? Cody Cooper ended up with facial injuries after a big crash early in the day to take him out of the racing all together while championship contenders Jake Moss, Daniel McCoy, Errol Willis, Brenden Harrison, Jay Wilson, Dylan Long, Luke Arbon, Sam Martin, Broc Winston and Jesse Madden all had at least one poor moto to put them further back in the point’s standings than they should be. Now that all of the first round nerves are out of the way, round 2 in Appin is going to be a ripper.

The AMA Supercross Championship welcomed the return of Trey Canard to the racing in St. Louis and the factory Honda rider didn’t disappoint his fans with a come from behind ride in the main event to finish a more than credible 5th place finish but just as we celebrate a rider coming back from injury another bites the dust and is out for the season.

Geico Honda’s Wil Hahn had a huge crash during his 450SX heat race and is now lying in hospital with a broken right humerus, a broken clavicle and a cracked skull. Hahn had come up short on a rhythm section jump and was thrown violently over the bars to land hard into the next jump face.

Queenslander Jackson Richardson had his best round of the AMA Supercross Championships last Saturday night with a come from behind 8th place in his heat then a well- earned 13th place in the 250SX main event. West Aussie Taylor potter on the other hand didn’t even come close to making the main with a 17th place in his heat race and in the LCQ.

Todd Waters is already making a name for himself over on the World Motocross Championship circuit. In the opening moto in Brazil Todd scored a cracker of a start and ran at the pointy end of the field for a large chunk of the race and battled with Gautier Paulin for the final six laps as he tried to hang on to his sixth place with Paulin just pipping the Aussie on the line and in the second moto Todd battled hard with Rui Goncalves and Steven Frossard to stay inside the top for a seventh overall in the GP. Our Queenslander is playing with the big boys and lovin’ it.

Luke Styke finally scored his first GP points in Brazil with two 14th place finishes and from what we are hearing is slowly getting back to the fitness level he needs to get into the top ten at this level. We all know that Luke has the talent so it is only a matter of time that he scores a good start and shows his pace.

Inverell’s Josh Strang continues to put together solid finishes at this year’s GNCC with another podium last weekend at the Morganton round. They have been having some atrocious conditions in the championship this year and it was no different on the weekend and Strang has kept himself well and truly in the championship hunt with a third place behind Kailub Russell and Charlie Mullins.

This week we have the race reports and results from:

Round 13 of the AMA Supercross at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis
Round 12 (Final Round) of the Amsoil Arenacross Series held in Salt Lake City
Round 3 of the World Motocross Championship being held in Beto Carrero, Brazil
Round 3 of the GNCC at Steel Creek, Morgantown
Round 1 of the MX Nationals at Broadford, Vic

2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship – Round 13 – St. Louis

450 Race Report: Mike Alessi grabbed yet another holeshot and led Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia, James Stewart, Justin Brayton, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Weston Peick, Trey Canard, Andrew Short and Ryan Dungey through the first turn.

Villopoto moved by Alessi while Stewart and Barcia swapped places but by the end of lap two Villopoto had a slight lead over Stewart, Barcia, Alessi, Brayton, Roczen, Tomac, Dungey and Canard.

Honestly, by this stage you could already see that it was Stewart’s night with the Yoshimura Suzuki rider moving to the rear wheel of Villopoto quite quickly and despite a few mistakes it was only a matter of time before Stewart took over the lead and on lap ten he did exactly that with a block pass on the championship leader.

Behind JS7 and RV, Barcia had gapped Justin Brayton who had serious company from Roczen and Dungey. In fact, Dungey actually passed Roczen but allowed his teammate back into fourth place and never really got back into podium contention.

At the 15 lap mark Stewart held a small lead over Villopoto who in turn had a good gap back to Barcia who in turn had Roczen closing in to have a crack at the podium while Dungey FINALLY got around Brayton and started chasing down Roczen. Brayton, Tomac, Canard, Justin Hill and Andrew Short rounded out the top ten at this stage.

As Stewart rode flawlessly to the finish line, Villopoto and Barcia went into cruise control to keep their podium positions safe but Dungey wasn’t satisfied with his fifth place behind Roczen and dove deep into a left hand rut to get by his teammate only to flip out on the next jump and crash with just a few corners to go. To make matters worse Brayton collided with Dungey as he was trying to re-join the race dropping both riders back through the pack.

So as Stewart grabbed win number 50, Villopoto crossed the line in second to increase his championship point’s lead, Barcia grabbed his second podium in a row and Roczen scored a solid fourth ahead of Canard, Tomac, Hill, Short, Dungey and Brayton.

“This is a special night for me,” said Stewart. “This year I have been having a lot of fun winning races. Tonight was a great race for me; I was able to make the pass and ride to my 50th win. That is huge for me. I never thought I would win 50 of these races.”

Main Event: 1. James Stewart Suz. 2. Ryan Villopoto Kaw. 3. Justin Barcia Hon. 4. Ken Roczen KTM. 5. Trey Canard Hon. 6. Eli Tomac Hon. 7. Josh Hill Suz. 8. Andrew Short KTM. 9. Ryan Dungey KTM. 10. Justin Brayton Yam. 11. Nick Wey Kaw. 12. Mike Alessi Suz. 13. Chris Blose Hon. 14. Jimmy Albertson Hon. 15. Cody Gilmore Kaw. 16. Ben LaMay Yam. 17. Nick Schmidt Hon. 18. Ronnie Stewart Suz. 19. Killy Rusk Yam. 20. Tevin Tapia Suz. 21. Augie Lieber Suz. 22. Weston Peick Suz.

450SX Championship Standings After Round 13 of 17: 1. Ryan Villopoto 268pts Kaw. 2. Ryan Dungey 233pts KTM. 3. James Stewart 232pts Suz. 4. Ken Roczen 215pts KTM. 5. Justin Brayton 196pts Yam. 6. Justin Barcia 176pts Hon. 7. Andrew Short 166pts KTM. 8. Broc Tickle 126pts Suz. 9. Wil Hahn 122pts Hon. 10. Chad Reed 111pts Kaw. 11. Josh Hill 103pts Suz. 12. Weston Peick 97pts Suz. 13. Mike Alessi 81pts Suz. 14. Josh Grant 78pts Yam. 15. Nick Wey 76pts Kaw. 16. Matt Goerke 75pts KTM. 17. Eli Tomac 63pts Hon. 18. Ivan Tedesco 63pts KTM. 19. Jake Weimer 50pts Kaw. 20. Dean Wilson 47pts Kaw.

250 Race Report: Martin Davalos took control of the race early with his nearest championship rival Justin Bogle moving into second place and looking to get another race win leading into the two week break for the East Coast riders.

For fifteen consecutive laps Bogle was right in the hunt for the race win but Davalos kept his nerve and was able to safely get through lapped traffic and hold on for his second win of the season and in doing so handed Bogle an eight point deficit with two races to go in the championship

Behind the top two there was a moment of complete carnage when Alex Martin got out of shape in the whoops section and collected Vince Friese and his brother Jeremy while last week’s podium man Matt Lemoine crashed out of the race while running in third.

Blake Baggett came back to third place after a poor start and for the second time in three weeks Kyle Cunningham rode to a strong fourth place finish. Jackson Richardson came home is 13th place.

“This was a tough race tonight,” said Davalos. “Again, the start was key, and I was able to get the early lead and hold on. I want to enjoy this win and go back and keep working hard.”

The East Region now takes a two round break and will continue in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 26.

Main Event: 1. Martin Davalos Kaw. 2. Justin Bogle Hon. 3. Blake Baggett Kaw. 4. Kyle Cunningham Hon. 5. AJ Catanzaro Hon. 6. Cole Thompson KTM. 7. Matt Bisceglia Hon. 8. Jimmy Decotis Hon. 9. Alex Martin Yam. 10. Gannon Audette Kaw. 11. Vince Friese Hon. 12. Landen Powell KTM. 13. Jackson Richardson Hon. 14. Zack Williams Hon. 15. Jesse Wentland Hon. 16. Levi Kilbarger Hon. 17. Justin Starling Hon. 18. Luke Vonlinger Hon. 19. Aaron Gulley Kaw. 20. Jeremy Martin Yam. 21. Matt Lemoine Kaw. 22. Gavin Faith Hon.

250SX East Regional Championship Standings After Round 6 of 9: 1. Martin Davalos 149pts Kaw. 2. Justin Bogle 141pts Hon. 3. Adam Cianciarulo 120pts Kaw. 4. Blake Baggett 120pts Kaw. 5. Vince Friese 100pts Hon. 6. Kyle Cunningham 94pts Hon. 7. Cole Thompson 89pts KTM. 8. Jimmy Decotis 78pts Hon. 9. Matt Lemoine 74pts Kaw. 10. Alex Martin 72pts Yam. 11. Matt Bisceglia 60pts Hon. 12. AJ Catanzaro 59pts Hon. 13. Blake Wharton 51pts Hon. 14. Jeremy Martin 49pts Yam. 15. Mitchell Oldenburg 43pts Hon. 16. Kyle Peters 40pts Hon. 17. Jackson Richardson 36pts Hon. 18. Jesse Wentland 34pts Hon. 19. Gannon Audette 25pts Kaw. 20. Levi Kilbarger 21pts Hon.

250SX West Regional Championship Standings After Round 7 of 9: 1. Jason Anderson – 131. 2. Cole Seely – 127. 3. Justin Hill – 107. 4. Dean Wilson – 98. 5. Cooper Webb – 92. 6. Malcolm Stewart – 89. 7. Jessy Nelson – 76. 8. Shane Mcelrath – 71. 9. Zach Osborne – 69. 10. Dean Ferris – 63. 11. Michael Leib – 51. 12. Dakota Tedder – 50. 13. Jake Canada – 46. 14. Scott Champion – 46. 15. Valentin Teillet – 28. 16. Cole Martinez – 24. 17. Darryn Durham – 21. 18. Topher Ingalls – 19. 19. Preston Mull – 17. 20. Chris Plouffe – 13.

2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series an FIM World Championship – Remaining Rounds
Rd 14: April 5      – Reliant Stadium – Houston
Rd 15: April 12           – Century Link Field – Seattle
Rd 16: April 26           – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
Rd 17: May 3              – Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas

Amsoil Arenacross Series – Round 12 – Salt Lake City 

The final round of the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season brought an action-filled night of competition to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday as a pair of champions were crowned.

Entering the evening with a comfortable lead in the Race to the Championship, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers swept the Arenacross Class Main Events to grab his 11th overall win of the season and become just the third rider in AMSOIL Arenacross history to win four consecutive championships.

In the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class, A&J Oilfield Services Kawasaki rider and Utah native Gray Davenport captured his first career title in front of his hometown crowd following a runner-up finish.

Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke raced to the holeshot in the first 15-lap Arenacross Class Main Event, with PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Jacob Hayes and Bowers in tow. Bowers made a quick move for second and proceeded to take over the lead on Lap 2 from Steinke. A minor bobble by Hayes dropped him to fifth and allowed Foremost Insurance/Reynard Mods Suzuki’s Cory Green and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Zach Ames to assume the battle for the final podium spot.

Ames stalled his bike on Lap 3, dropping to 13th, which moved Hayes back into the podium fight with Green. Hayes made the pass on Green for third on Lap 9 and then put the pressure on Steinke in second. Out front, Bowers cruised to a dominant win while Steinke held off Hayes for second. Ames fought back to finish eighth.

Bowers selected the inversion for the second Main Event and chose zero, meaning the field would remain as is for gate selection but it was PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Kyle Regal who grabbed the holeshot in the final Main Event of the 2014 season, but Bowers’ prowess in the whoops on Saturday night allowed him to move into second on the opening lap and then into the lead on Lap 2.

While Bowers set sail to the title out front, Ames had to battle his way from a start just outside the top five while Hayes started the Main Event in dead last. Bowers went unchallenged en route to victory, with Ames battling his way to a runner-up finish. Regal finished third, while his teammate Hayes climbed to a sixth-place finish in the end. Bowers was joined on the overall podium by Steinke in second (2-4) and Regal in third (4-3).

Bowers entered the night with an 18-point lead and finished the season off with a 25-point margin over Hayes. It wasn’t an easy path to the title for Bowers in 2014, suffering a broken tibia at the opening round of the season and racing through the pain to keep himself in title contention.

A broken rib suffered at the start of the Race to the Championship set Bowers back again as the season hit the home stretch, but he refused to quit, ultimately winning 19 Main Events, including the final seven of the season to pull away from his rivals in the Race to the Championship.

“It’s been a crazy year, getting injured at first round and having to fight through adversity pretty much all season,” said Bowers, who joins Buddy Antunez and Dennis Hawthorne as the only four-peat champions in AMSOIL Arenacross history. “I’m just happy to be up here today. Zach Ames made it tough on me this year and forced me to be at my best every week. These [championships] are never easy but we refused to give up, kept at it every week, and here we are with a fourth straight title.”

Earlier in the evening, Ames defeated Bowers to take the win in Head-to-Head Bracket Racing and earn an additional championship bonus point to solidify his third-place finish in the final championship standings.

Frontier Lubricants KTM’s Daniel Blair grabbed the early lead in the 18-lap Arenacross Lites Class Main Event with Davenport mere bike lengths behind. Davenport took advantage of the strong start to take over the lead from Blair on the opening lap, bringing Team Faith/Fly Racing KTM’s Kelly Smith with him.

The duo separated themselves from Blair and engaged in a captivating battle for the lead that lasted four laps before Smith took over the lead for good on Lap 6. Davenport kept pace with Smith for several laps, but ultimately settled into second knowing he had the title within reach. Smith went on to win by just over two seconds over Davenport, with BWREngines.com Honda’s Kyle White in third.

Davenport won the title by just two points over White. “This feels awesome, I had a lot of help this year,” said Davenport, who made his return to AMSOIL Arenacross for the first time since the 2011 season. “I took a few years off but I couldn’t be happier to be out here racing again. It’s so nice to have the support of the hometown crowd. I have a lot of family and friends here, and I have to thank everyone here for cheering me on. This is so awesome.”

Bowers
Bowers

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (1-1)
2. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (2-4)
3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (4-3)
4. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (8-2)
5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (3-6)
6. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (7-7)
7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (6-8)
8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (10-5)
9. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (5-12)
10. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (9-9)

Arenacross Class Race to the Championship – Final Standings:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 191
2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 166
3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 157
4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda – 149
5. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 131
6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 121
7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 121
8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 118
9. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 116
10. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 106

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
1. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
2. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki
3. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
4. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
5. Zack Gurley, Farmington, N.M., Honda
6. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda
7. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
8. Brett McLaud, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kawasaki
9. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., Honda
10. Beni Williams, Hoofer, Utah, Honda

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 10 of 10)
1. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 128
2. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 126
3. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 115
4. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM – 109
5. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 88
6. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 79
7. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 69
8. Brian Alquist, LaGrange, Calif., KTM – 42
9. Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM – 36
10. Cheyenne Harmon, Olivia, Texas, KTM – 35

World Motocross Championship – Round 3 – Beto Carrero, Brazil 

MXGP – Saturday’s Qualifying Race: 1. Strijbos. 2. Desalle. 3. Paulin. 4. Van Horebeek. 5. Cairoli. 6. Simpson. 7. Waters. 8. Nagl. 9. Bobryshev. 10. Nicholls. 11. Frossard. 12. Karro. 13. Goncalves. 14. Leok. 15 281 Rauchenecker.

NOTE: Todd Waters started the race in 11th

MX2 – Saturday’s Qualifying Race: 1. Coldenhoff. 2. Anstie. 3. Tonus. 4. Tonkov. 5. Febvre. 6. Butron. 7. Guillod. 8. Ferrandis. 9. Tixier. 10. Lupino. 11. Covington. 12. Gajser. 13. Pocock. 14. Seewer. 15. Desprey. 16. Assuncao. 17. Lieber. 18. dos Santos. 19. Styke. 20. Justs.

NOTE: Luke Styke started the race in 28th place.

MXGP Race Report: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli was on another level today in Beto Carrero. The extremely talented seven-time FIM Motocross World Champion had the crowd on their feet today as he put in two very inspiring rides, passing many of MXGP’s biggest title threats to win both motos with ease.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle took home second overall in typical super smooth Desalle style with two third place finishes. The current vice world champion has now moved from fifth in the championship standings to fourth, trailing the early red plate holder Gautier Paulin and Jeremy Van Horebeek by only one point.

Another podium result for Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek thanks to his phenomenal performance in race one where he finished a very comfortable second place behind the champ himself Tony Cairoli. In race two, the Belgian, only on his second year in the MXGP class, recovered from a few errors which saw him wheeling over tough blocks in attempt to get back on the track, managed to make up for his mistakes and finish fourth for third overall.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin made a remarkable recovery in race one after taking the Foxhead Holeshot only to drop the lead due to a crash on the tricky off camber section out the back of the track. After bouncing back to an amazing seventh place in race one, the flying Frenchman kept it on two wheels in race two to finish second for fourth overall.

Rounding out MXGP’s top five this weekend, Team HRC’s Max Nagl spent most of his races ducking roost with bad starts making life difficult. While his speed was there, the determined German struggled to make passes stick meaning he would only finish in fourth and fifth for fifth overall.

Todd Waters got his GP off to a great start by coming around in third place in the opening moto and battled hard all moto for a solid seventh place finish. In fact, Todd was battling with Gautier Paulin from lap 11 through to 16 with Paulin pipping Waters on the finish line.

In the second moto Waters started the moto just outside the top ten and battled with Rui Goncalves and Steven Frossard throughout the 16 lap race to finish in a credible 10th place. Waters ended the day in seventh outright and is now eighth outright in the championships.

After round three of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Beto Carrero, Brazil, the MXGP points chase from fifth to second is tight. While Cairoli leads by a healthy thirty points, Paulin sits second tied in points with Jeremy Van Horebeek, and both of them are only one point clear of Desalle. Nagl is fifth just one point back from them.

Tony Cairoli: “I like this track a lot and I like being here in Brazil with a lot of cool people cheering. It’s a very technical track and this level of difficulty was increased after the rain we had between the two motos. Also the track this year was ripped way too much but it was the same for everyone. In some ways that was good because it was even more technical. It’s nice to be winning again like we did last year. Now I have 65 GP wins so it was another great result.”

Jeremy Van Horebeek: “My weekend went really well and I felt very good on this track. We worked hard with the team again and the bike was great. I managed to pull a good start in the first moto and it made things pretty easy. I was leading a few laps and then Tony was behind me. I let him past because I still get a bit nervous out front; I’m still not used to leading but I will be! When that happens I’m sure I can keep it. In the second moto I had to cut through from a bad start. I think I was eleventh or something and worked my way back to fourth. I reached Clement’s rear wheel but then he ‘pulled the trigger’ and he is a tough guy. Anyway, we are on the podium again. I wanted to be in the top five as much as possible this year but it seems I need to think a little bit further now. I want to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard. I hope to win a GP this year.”

Clement Desalle: “It was a good race but I really had to work for it. My start wasn’t too bad but Nicholls blocked me really hard. I came out sixth instead of any further up, so then I had to push to reach second. In the last few laps I had a stitch so I had to slow down; I need to watch my breathing a bit more carefully tomorrow. We might have rain on Sunday but if the track is prepared well it won’t be a problem. At least I hope we have some more lines because the layout is not easy for overtaking.”

Todd Waters: “It’s been a tough GP, but I’m really happy with the fact that I was racing at the sharp end of things in the first moto. We’ve taken a good step forward and to be battling with the top guys for a full moto is great. I gave the first moto everything, and I guess I was a little drained in the second moto. I’m still getting used to the GP format. I feel I showed my true potential in the first moto, but the second race was hard for me. It’s been an amazing GP, more like a supercross with the crowds being so close to the track. After the first three GPs I feel like I’ve learned so much and we’ve made some great steps forward with the bike. I’m looking forward to racing in Europe now.”

Cairoli
Cairoli

MXGP Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:20.774; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:15.869; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.205; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:23.385; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.482; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:40.168; 7. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:40.489; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, Honda), +0:42.346; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:48.790; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Yamaha), +0:50.241

MXGP Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:51.801; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.250; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:08.899; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.086; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:17.009; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.798; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Yamaha), +0:47.380; 8. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +0:50.317; 9. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:52.792; 10. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:55.113

MXGP Point Standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli 142pts KTM. 2. Gautier Paulin 112pts Kaw. 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek 112pts Yam. 4. Clement Desalle 111pts Suz. 5. Max Nagl 110pts Hon. 6. Kevin Strijbos 73pts Suz. 7. Steven Frossard 68pts Kaw. 8. Todd Waters 68pts Hus. 9. Evgeny Bobryshev 67pts Hon. 10. Joel Roelants 61pts Hon.

MX2 Race Report: It has been a long time coming for CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Arnaud Tonus, but the day is finally here. Using his smooth, elegant style, the Swiss talent won MX2 race one and finished a comfortable second in race two to claim his first ever MX2 Grand Prix win, making history as the first ever Swiss rider to do so. As well as winning the MX2 Grand Prix of Brazil, Tonus has claimed the FIM MX2 World Championship red plate, and he is the first rider to do so in more than twenty-five months.

Yesterday’s MX2 top qualifier Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Glenn Coldenhoff struggled to find his rhythm in race one admitting “my plan of attack was to hang back until I found my lines, but when it was time to go, I couldn’t find my rhythm”, meaning the latest MX2 favorite would only come home in fifth. Fortunately the Dutch sensation redeemed himself in race two when he hammered the throttle early in lap one to take the lead and win seven seconds ahead of race one winner Arnaud Tonus.

Standing on the third step of the podium for the second time in succession BikeIT Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie struggled to get off the line today, starting both races outside of the top ten. Despite having to slice his way through the pack, the British star managed to come back for a respectable fourth in both motos for third overall.

CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis put in an outstanding performance in race one moving from outside the top five forward to take a remarkable second behind his CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy teammate Arnaud Tonus. Unfortunately in race two, the flamboyant French rider struggled in the deceivingly slick yet spongy clay, after a crash forced him into the pits for some brief repairs to his KXF250. Although it wasn’t easy, the young up and comer did manage to salvage tenth to take fourth overall here in Beto Carrero.

It was a fantastic day in the office for Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser with his outstanding eleventh and third place results for fifth overall. The 2012 EMX125 European Champion put in the ride of his life in moto two tearing up the gnarly circuit of Beto Carrero to take third place, making him the best finishing Slovenian in the history of MX2 racing.

Another European Champion really starting to move forward in MX2, Standing Construct KTM’s Valentin Guillod was footing it with the top guys in race one to come home in sixth. Despite a small crash in race two, the rising Swiss star managed to recoup for an impressive seventh place, tying with Gajser for fifth overall.

Luke Styke started the opening moto in almost dead last but managed to keep passing riders up to 14th place and in the second race Luke got away to another slow start and got up as high as 12th place before succumbing to Mel Pocock, Jordi Tixier and Romain Febvre to finish in 14th once again.

With the two-time FIM MX2 World Champion, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings, sitting this round out, the MX2 championship was turned upside down. Tonus took his first ever MX2 race victory as well as MX2 Grand Prix victory to write his name in the history books as the first ever Swiss rider to do so. Tonus now leads the MX2 World Championship two points clear of Coldenhoff in second while Ferrandis drops back to third trailing Tonus by five. Meanwhile Jeffrey Herlings drops back to fourth, fifteen points off the lead. Adding insult to injury, it was also the first time in two years that a KTM rider didn’t make it onto the MX2 podium.

Glen Coldenhoff: “Any victory is never easy! I moved my way to the front and once I was there I took it bit easy to save some energy for tomorrow. It was really hot today and I’m not so used to that but I’m sure we’ll be fine for the motos. We will do our best and try really hard. For sure we want that red plate but last year here I also won the qualification heat and it didn’t mean much. I think I am one of the favourites tomorrow but Tonus and Anstie are also fast. It will be a tough competition.”

Max Anstie: “I had a lot of wheelspin at the start and had to come back from last in the second one. It made things difficult. I thought it would be a mud race at one point. It could have swung either way. We will keep banging away and finding the feeling to do well. We will build from here. We have got some testing to do when we get back but I feel we have made a big improvement from Thailand to here in terms of set-up. Any track whether it is supercross, sand, hard-pack, Lommel or Italy I will go fast; it is what I like to do and what we will do.”

Luke Styke: I feel like there is improvement on the way. There is still a long way to go but I’m getting closer to the rest. My condition is getting better and better and I managed to score my first points. It’s just a matter of all pieces falling together in the right place. I’m still not 100% and there are some changes I’d like to make on the bike. I’m looking forward now going back to Belgium, my girlfriend is coming over for a couple of weeks so that’s nice too. We’ll continue to work hard and hopefully that will show in the next GP’s.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), 35:30.500; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:13.621; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:15.684; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:16.672; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:26.901; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:29.197; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:30.725; 8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +0:33.119; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:35.951; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:37.658. 14. Luke Styke (Aus, Yamaha).

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), 36:33.018; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:07.947; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:14.954; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:19.783; 5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:21.869; 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:35.115; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:40.215; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:41.676; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:42.322; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:44.807. 14. Luke Styke (Aus, Yamaha).

MX2 Point Standings: 1. Arnaud Tonus 112pts Kaw. 2. Glenn Coldenhoff 110pts Suz. 3. Dylan Ferrandis 107pts Kaw. 4. Jeffrey Herlings 97pts KTM. 5. Romain Febvre 96pts Hus. 6. Aleksandr Tonkov 87pts Hus. 7. Max Anstie 77pts Yam. 8. Jordi Tixier 77pts KTM. 9. Jose Butron 74pts KTM. 10. Tim Gajser 63pts Hon. 22. Luke Styke 14pts Yamaha.

After a two week break the next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Arco di Trento, Italy on the weekend of April 13.

GNCC at Steel Creek, Round 3 Morgantown

Following a day’s worth of rainfall in Morganton, N.C., Round 3 of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, showcased another challenging mud race at the 15th running of the FMF Steele Creek GNCC on Sunday. It was the 2013 GNCC Champion Kailub Russell who prevailed in the end, closing the gap to only three points behind his teammate Charlie Mullins in the overall championship chase.

It was a Factory FMF/KTM sweep on the opening lap as Steward Baylor grabbed the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot Award before immediately hooking up with Russell out front. By the time Mullins was settled in the second place spot, Russell had put over one minute on his teammate and the rest of the field and the reigning champ never looked back.

Mullins would hold tight for the second place position, despite heavy pressure from Australian native Josh Strang on the final lap. “I tried to ride good and charge but I wasn’t really making up any ground,” Mullins said. “I rode as hard as I could. On the second to last lap I had a pretty good crash in the sand and Strang caught up to me. He kept me honest that last lap and I had to push pretty hard to keep him back.”

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/N-Fab Am Pro Yamaha’s Josh Strang began the afternoon just inside the top 10 but the 2011 Steele Creek winner quickly pushed his way through the pack. Strang caught Mullins just after the two-lap card fell, and after a hard fought attempt at claiming second place, Strang came through the finish just 20 seconds behind Mullins to capture third place overall for the day.

“It took a while to get going out there,” Strang said. “The last couple of laps felt pretty good. I caught up to Charlie on the last lap but I just couldn’t get by him. But all in all it was a good day. Podiums are always nice but it’s been two years since I’ve won a GNCC, I’m ready for a win!”

RideMPS.com/AMSOIL/Honda’s Thad DuVall didn’t get the most desirable start but the West Virginia native put his head down and charged his way through the pack early on. Duvall commented after the race, “I lost my front brakes right off the bat, I don’t know if there was a bubble in the line or what.” Despite not having front brakes throughout the first half of the race, Duvall managed to work his way into the top five. On the final lap, Duvall made the pass on FMF/KTM’s Steward Baylor, where he threw down the $150 KR4 Performance Fastest Lap on the sixth and final lap.

Factory FMF/KTM’s Steward Baylor earned his best finish of the season with fifth overall for the day, as well as fifth place in the XC1 Pro Class. Another minute behind was N-Fab AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn in the sixth place spot.

Factory Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong captured seventh place for the day, followed by Johnny Campbell Racing (JCR) Honda’s Chris Bach in eighth, Rockstar Energy/WMR/KTM’s Ryan Sipes in ninth and Takeshi Koikeda in tenth.

It was a big day for North Carolina’s very own Trevor Bollinger who earned his first career XC2 Pro Lites victory in front of his home state friends and family. Bollinger, an XC2 rookie, was elated to take the class win after an impressive ride in the not-so-favorable conditions. Bollinger led every moment of the six-lap race. “This is a dream come true,” Bollinger said. “This is what I’ve been working toward for so many years and I still can’t believe I finally proved to myself that I could do it and that I belong here.”

The battle for second in the XC2 Pro Lites Class was between Raines Riding University/Yamaha-backed Ricky Russell, Factory FMF/KTM’s Grant Baylor and Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise KTM Race Team’s Rory Mead. Mead held the second place position until the final lap when the New Zealand native was reportedly involved in a single rider accident. Rory was airlifted to a local hospital and GNCC personnel are currently awaiting an update on his condition as of Sunday evening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rory and his loved ones at this time.

Ricky Russell secured the second place position in XC2, while Grant Baylor rounded out the top three and Layne Michael came in fourth. Imperium Bicycles-backed Chris Douglas secured the $100 DigitalOffroad.com XC2 Holeshot Award and eventually finished fifth in the class.

XC1 Pro Overall: 1. Kailub Russell KTM. 2. Charlie Mullins KTM. 3. Josh Strang Yam. 4. Thad DuVall Hon. 5. Steward Baylor KTM. 6. Jordan Ashburn Yam. 7. Andrew Delong Hus. 8. Chris Bach Hon. 9. Ryan Sipes KTM. 10. Takeshi Koikeda Hon. 11. Jason Thomas KTM. 12. Nick Davis Suz. 13. Adam Bonneur KTM. 14. Jesse Robinson Kaw. 15. Paul Whibley Yam. 16. Garrett Edmisten Kaw

 XC2 Pro Lites Overall: 1. Trevor Bollinger Hon. 2. Ricky Russell Yam. 3. Grant Baylor KTM. 4. Layne Michael Hon. 5. Chris Douglas KTM. 6. Shane Hufford Jr. KTM. 7. Callan May Yam. 8. Ryan Lojak Yam. 9. Jessie Groemm KTM. 10. Samuel Evans KTM. 11. Zach Love KTM. 12. Derrik Allen Kaw. 13. Mark Heresco Jr. KTM. 14. Philippe Chaine KTM. 15. Jedediah Haines Yam.  

Overall National Championship Standings: 1. Charlie Mullins 70pts KTM. 2. Kailub Russell 67pts KTM. 3. Josh Strang 58pts Yam. 4. Jordan Ashburn 50pts Yam. 5. Steward Baylor 44pts KTM. 6. Paul Whibley 43pts Yam. 7. Grant Baylor 38pts KTM. 8. Thad Duvall 36pts Hon. 9. Trevor Bollinger 34pts Hon. 10. Ricky Russell 33pts Yam

XC2 Pro Lites Point Standings: 1. Trevor Bollinger 69pts Hon. 2. Ricky Russell 68pts Yam. 3. Grant Baylor 66pts KTM. 4. Rory Mead 56pts KTM. 5. Shane Hufford Jr 52pts KTM. 6. Callan May 41pts Yam. 7. Layne Michael 33pts Hon. 8. Chris Douglas 32pts KTM. 9. Samuel Evans 31pts KTM. 10. Ryan Lojak 28pts Yam.

MX Nationals – Round 1 – Broadford

MX1 Race Report: Jake Moss (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki) pulled the holeshot in the opening moto of the championships with his brother Matt sitting in second place ahead of the whole MX1 field.

Unfortunately Jake and his KX450 parted company coming down one of the steep hills leaving Matt nowhere so we had the Moss twins lying on the ground as Adam Monea and Kade Mosig came flying by to take over the leading two places. Thankfully both Jake and Matt got to their feet uninjured with Matt back on the gas in third spot while Jake had to retire from the race..

Matt Moss re-passed Mosig to finish the race in second place, while Mosig lost his rhythm to finish fifth behind the hard charging pairing of Kirk Gibbs and Billy Mackenzie.

In the second moto Gibbs, Jake Moss and Matt Moss led the field through the fast, sweeping left hand first corner but on the very next corner Matt moss took the lead ahead of Jake Moss, Gibbs, Monea, Mackenzie and Mosig. Mackenzie dropped out of the leading pack with a mechanical issue and had to head to the pit area before returning back into the fray to finish in 12th place.

Matt Moss scored an uneventful win from Jake, Gibbs, Monea and Mosig rounding out the top-five and it looked like the third moto was going to be another Matt Moss victory with the number one Suzuki rider scoring a holeshot and the race lead but Jake Moss and Monea took advantage of a small mistake to take over the top two positions

Jake Moss went on to take the race win ahead of his teammate Adam Monea while Matt Moss’s third place was enough to take the outright honours and the championship lead heading to Appin. Mackenzie, Gibbs, Rhys Carter and Mosig freight trained around the tough Broadford layout to finish the day up-right, fit and ready for the next round.

“It was tough today, qualifying didn’t quite go to plan.  The track was tough today – really holey and really kicky, just didn’t feel at home,” said Matt Moss. “Then me and my brother got out to a great start in the first one and he crashed in front of me and took me out so it was a bummer.”

“It was just one of those days where nothing really felt the best and we still came away with the win so it was a great start and only being two weeks since I have been back doing motocross, I feel really good, the bike’s great and we are really looking forward to Appin the local round the following weekend, I just want to get out there and ride to my full potential.”

Adam Monea had this to say about his day. “I’m really happy! I got my first win in the Pro Open class. I was over the moon this morning but just had to keep composed and back it up. I would’ve been much happier with my second moto result if I hadn’t won the first one but now anything less than a win is disappointing…..I’ve got the taste so I want more. It was a good first round to come away with 2nd. I have confidence, I feel like I’m riding good and the team is gelling. Hopefully all up from here.”

Kirk Gibbs did well despite a broken knuckle. “It was a pretty good day today, obviously a tough one with my hand which was pretty sore all day but it was just about trying to manage it. To do so I had to compensate which meant that I was holding on harder with the other side and I ended up with a pretty massive blister on my left hand, so I was barely hanging on in that last race, which was disappointing. But in saying that, still it was a decent day. Any day you can walk away with a podium is pretty good. There are probably five or six of us who are going really well – a couple had a bit of bad luck today which got me on the podium, but today was about damage control for me and it came out good. Hopefully over the next few rounds I’ll just get better and better.”

Jake Moss is happy with his day despite this first moto hiccup. “I’m definitely happy with the way I rode. Obviously the end result wasn’t where I wanted to be. I told myself I wouldn’t crash and I did in the first moto and that let me down. But that last moto was the first time I’d ridden like that in a long time, kinda like I did when I rode Villopoto’s bike. I think it’s just the Kawasaki, it suits me and I felt so confident. I found some good lines on the sight lap and just charged. To win convincingly is a big deal to me. Congratulations to Adam. He rode unreal. Really consistent and definitely fast. It’s going to be a long year but today was a real positive step forward.”

MX1 Moto 1Results: 1. Adam Monea. 2. Matt Moss. 3. Kirk Gibbs. 4. Billy Mackenzie. 5. Kade Mosig. 6. Rhys Carter. 7. Jay Marmont. 8. Hayden Melross. 9. Sam Martin. 10. Jacob Wright. DNF – Jake Moss.

MX1 Moto 2 Results: 1. Matt Moss. 2. Jake Moss. 3. Kirk Gibbs. 4. Adam Monea. 5. Kade Mosig. 6. Brad Groombridge. 7. Rhys Carter. 8. Hayden Mellross. 9. Jacob Wright. 10. Jay Marmont. 12. Billy Mackenzie.

MX1 Moto 3 Results: 1. Jake Moss. 2. Adam Monea. 3. Matt Moss. 4. Billy Mackenzie. 5. Kirk Gibbs. 6. Rhys Carter. 7. Kade Mosig. 8. Brad Groombridge. 9.Brock Winston. 10. Jay Marmont.

MX1 Championship Points after Round 1 of 10: 1. Matt Moss – 100. 2. Adam Monea – 96. 3. Kirk Gibbs – 88. 4. Kade Mosig – 76. 5. Billy Mackenzie – 80. 6. Rhys Carter – 74. 7. Jake Moss – 71. 8. Brad Groombridge – 67. 9. Jay Marmont – 66. 10. Hayden Mellross – 65. 11. Brock Winston – 60. 12. Sam Martin – 57. 13. Jacob Wright – 56. 14. Jesse Dobson – 53. 15. Lewis Woods – 50. 16. Matt Ginders – 42. 17. Alex Morris – 38. 18. Jesse O’Farrell – 37. 19. Kieran Tisdale – 36. 20. James Booth Elliott – 34.

MX2 Race Report:

In the opening moto Luke Clout took the holeshot ahead of Kayne Lamont, Errol Willis, Daniel McCoy and Wade Hunter. Clout and Lamont showed their class by pulling away from the field and with just a few laps remaining all eyes were on the leading two riders but disaster struck for Clout when his YZ250F wouldn’t pull out of first gear this handing the moto win to Lamont with Clout second ahead of Willis.

Brenden Harrison scored the holeshot in the second moto ahead of Lamont and this time it was Harrison who had Lamont on his tail the whole race but the Kiwi Husqvarna pilot had to settle for second place to Harrison but well ahead of Kale Makeham, Hunter and Hamish Harwood.

In the third race is was the familiar sight of Kayne Lamont out front with Harwood, Willis, Clout, McCoy and Luke Arbon all vying for a podium position. Lamont went on to take an easy win while Harwood managed to hang onto second while Clout move into third place thanks to a mechanical failure to Willis’ bike and a crash by Daniel McCoy. Queenslander Nick Scott scored his best national finish with a solid fourth in the final race.

“Qualifying went not too bad – I qualified fourth which was not too bad, in the first race I got a good start and was behind Clouty (Luke Clout) most of the race and he had some failures or something and I managed to pip him with a couple of laps to go,” said Lamont. “Second race I got a really good start and was behind (Brendan) Harrison the whole race and finished second there but in the last race I got the holeshot and ran away with the win, so I was happy to finish on a high.”

“Last year was a horror year for me – I had injuries leading in and never really got my feet over here, having put that behind me and my confidence being really high after New Zealand, I am just growing and growing and hopefully grow some more during this series and take out some more round wins.”

MX2 Moto 1 Results: 1. Kayne Lamont. 2. Luke Clout. 3. Errol Willis. 4. Daniel McCoy. 5. Wade Hunter. 6. Kale Makeham. 7. Geran Stapleton. 8. Hamish Harwood. 9. Ryan Marmont. 10. Brendan Harrison.

MX2 Moto 2 Results: 1. Brendan Harrison. 2. Kayne Lamont. 3. Kale Makeham. 4. Wade Hunter. 5. Hamish Harwood. 6. Caleb Ward. 7. Nick Scott. 8. Ryan Marmont. 9. Daniel McCoy. 10. Errol Willis.

MX2 Moto 3 Results: 1. Kayne Lamont. 2. Hamish Harwood. 3. Luke Clout. 4. Nick Scott. 5. Brendan Harrison. 6. Hamish Dobbyn. 7. Luke Arbon. 8. Jay Wilson. 9. Daniel Banks. 10. Dylan Long. DNF – Daniel McCoy. DNF – Errol Willis.

MX2 Championship Points after Round 1 of 10:  1. Kayne Lamont – 102. 2. Brenden Harrison – 82. 3. Hamish Harwood – 81. 4. Luke Clout – 81. 5. Nick Scott – 72. 6. Wade Hunter – 69. 7. Ryan Marmont – 63. 8. Kale Makeham – 57. 9. Caleb Ward – 55. 10. Errol Willis – 51. 11. Daniel McCoy – 50. 12. Hamish Dobbyn – 49. 13. Daniel Banks – 49. 14. Dylan Long – 49. 15. Luke Arbon – 48. 16. Geran Stapleton – 44. 17. Jay Wilson – 41. 18. Matt Van Slooten – 41. 19. Daniel McEntee – 40. 20. Corey James – 40.

MXD Race Report: Jed Beaton bounced back from a fifth place in the first moto to win the final two motos to take the overall win ahead of Eagan Mastin and moto one winner Nathan Crawford. The MXD class will be a cracker all season.

“The track was gnarly and I was just lucky enough to come away safe and I am looking forward to round two,” said Beaton. “Just being consistent the whole year is my goal so hopefully I can do that, you always come in confident and thinking you can win, and to be able to do it was good and I’m really happy.”

“It was a pretty good day for me, maybe I could have won if I had not have run into the Turn Two pileup in the second and had to come back from 39th place,” said Crawford. “That first win was great, I started in about fourth and just chipped away pacing myself so I would have fuel in the tank for the end of the race. I passed Egan Mastin for the lead with about three laps to go and won by about eight seconds. The bike felt pretty good, we made minor changes to suit because it was a gnarly track, but to come out at the first round and put it on the box is a good way to start.”

MXD Moto 1 Results: 1. Nathan Crawford. 2. Eagan Mastin. 3. Jack Simpson. 4. Wilson Todd. 5. Jed Beaton. 6. Wade Carter. 7. Jayden Rykers. 8. Daniel Price. 9. Brock McLeary. 10. Jarrod Kelly.

MXD Moto 2 Results: 1. Jed Beaton. 2. Eagan Mastin. 3. Jack Simpson. 4. Wade Carter. 5. Blake Colleton. 6. Brock McLeary. 7. Nathan Crawford. 8. Jarrod Kelly. 9. Jayden Rykers. 10. Daniel Price.

MXD Moto 3 Results: 1. Jed Beaton. 2. Nathan Crawford. 3. Eagan Mastin. 4. Wilson Todd. 5. Jayden Rykers. 6. Jack Simpson. 7. Wayde Carter. 8. Jarrod Kelly. 9. Kyle Webster. 10. Brock McLeary.

MXD Championship Points after Round 1:  1. Jed Beaton – 96. 2. Egan Mastin – 94. 3. Nathan Crawford – 91. 4. Jack Simpson – 85. 5. Wayde Carter – 77. 6. Jayden Rykers – 72. 7. Wilson Todd – 71. 8. Brock McLeary 68. 9. Jarrod Kelly – 67. 10. Daniel Price – 52. 11. Jesse McNally – 51. 12. Bailey Coxon – 48. 13. Kyle Webster – 41. 14. Jett Anderson – 41. 15. Aaron Tanti – 40. 16. Blake Colleton – 40. 17. Ty Pearce – 37. 18. Zak Small – 37. 19. Lenny Magyar – 33. 20. Jesse Madden – 33.

Remaining Rounds:
Rd2 – 13 April – Appin, NSW
Rd3 – 27 April – Wonthaggi, VIC
Rd4 – 18 May – Murray Bridge, SA
Rd5 – 25 May – Wanneroo, WA
Rd6 – 29 June – Conondale, QLD
Rd7 – 13 July – Swan Hill, VIC
Rd8 – 3 August – Raymond Terrace, NSW
Rd9 – 24 August – Gladstone, QLD
Rd10 – 31 August – Coolum, QLD