Moto News Wrap for November 3 by Darren Smart
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– The Next King: Rian King, the son of 1996 World 500cc Motocross Champion Shayne King and his wife Yvette has just competed in the New Zealand Mini Motocross Nationals in Taranaki and finished a credible 15th outright in the highly competitive 65cc class.
– 2015 FIM U21 World Cup Final: Australia finished in third place at the 2015 FIM U21 World Cup Final held in Mildura on Saturday night, October 31. The Mark Lemon managed team consisting of Brady Kurtz, Max Fricke, Nick Morris and Jack Holder finished behind Poland and Denmark after a hard night of intense racing.
2015 FIM U21 Speedway World Cup Final Championship – Final Standings
- Poland – 50 points
- Denmark – 39 points
- Australia – 29 points
- Germany – 6 points
– Kyle Redmond Wins Perth Endurocross: American Kyle Redmond has won the 15 lap final at the Perth International Endurocross ahead of Daniel Sanders, Graham Jarvis, Stefan Granquist and Broc Grabham. Trev was there and wrote an extensive report on the event.
– Gibbs Out of SX: Kirk Gibbs will miss the rest of the Australian Supercross Championships after crashing while training for his local South Australian round and suffering a broken hip. “I ended up in hospital with a couple of breaks in my hip, which is pretty painful, I’m so bummed because I felt like things were starting to click (for Supercross) with a couple more solid weeks under my belt. I hate this but I’ll get a good break now and recover and come back hungrier for 2016!”
– SXD at Wayville: In the SXD class, the Adelaide round of the Australian Supercross Championships saw Brock McLeary take the win ahead of round one winner Mitch Evans and Trent Wheatley.
Big Future for Prado: Spanish rider Jorge Prado will fly to California this week for two months testing with KTM Red Bull and Roger De Coster in California, the team he will ride for in 2017 in USA. This year he signed for KTM for 2016 to 2020 and apparently Ricky Carmichael and Mitch Payton wanted Prado to ride for their teams in America, but Prado decided to stay in KTM and made in the contract that he rides in USA in 2017.
– De Dycker Signs with 24MX Honda: After four seasons with Red Bull KTM, Belgian Ken De Dycker has signed with Honda’s MXGP satellite team, 24MX Honda Racing for 2016. “I am really happy with my new start at 24MX Honda Racing. I’m very motivated to prove myself and bounce back after two disappointing years,” De Dycker said in a team statement.
– Moore wins Red Bull X-Fighters: On a mega technical track set up on Abu Dhabi’s famous Corniche waterfront in the Arabian Gulf, Aussie Clinton Moore soared into Freestyle Motocross immortality on Friday by winning the 2015 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour and sweeping to a dramatic victory in the season finale. The Australian kept his nerves in the winner-take-all showdown against 2013 World Tour champion Thomas Pagès, beating the Frenchman in their head-to-head battle in the Quarter Finals.
Even though he had already clinched the World Tour title, Moore then went on to defeat Maikel Melero of Spain in the semi-finals and Australia’s Rob Adelberg in the final with a dazzling assortment of tricks of up to 15 meters high and 30 meters in distance, including his big tricks like the Volt as well as a first-ever Bundy with a no-handed landing. Josh Sheehan completed an all-Australian sweep on the podium by taking third.
“This feels like all the hard work and determination has finally paid off,” said Moore. “This was always a dream and the dream has come true for me now.”
– SGP Wild Card Confirmed: The FIM Speedway Grand Prix Commission has confirmed Jaroslaw Hampel, Peter Kildemand, Andreas Jonsson and Antonio Lindback as the four permanent wild cards for the 2016 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
– Walker Wins Fast Eddy Extreme Enduro: Red Bull KTM factory rider Jonny Walker claimed another Extreme Enduro victory last weekend, this time at the Fast Eddy Extreme Enduro in the U.K with fellow KTM riders David Knight and Taddy Blazusiak rounding out the podium.
– Brayton Wins King of Sofia: American KTM rider Justin Brayton has won the King of Sofia Supercross event held last weekend in Bulgaria. Weston Peick won the opening night ahead of Malcolm Stewart, Brayton and Josh Hansen but Brayton won the final that counted on Saturday night ahead of Peick, Stewart, Phil Nicoletti and Hansen.
– KNMV Dutch Supercross: Americans Kyle Partridge and Jace Owen shared final wins over the two nights of racing at the KNMV Dutch Supercross held in Zuidbroek last weekend. Partridge missed out on Saturday night’s final after coming together with local Sullivan Jaulin during the heat races and getting his leg stuck in Jailin’s motorcycle – much to Partridges surprise, Jaulin kept dropping the clutch despite the trapped leg thus a scuffle ensued once bikes and bodies were separated.
Smarty’s Race Report and Results from Last Weekend
Australian Supercross Championships – Round 3 – Wayville, SA
Dan Reardon put pay to any talk of his round two win being a fluke by winning the 20 lap SX1 final at round three held at Wayville, South Australia last weekend, while American Jimmy Decotis continued his SX2 finals winning streak to extend his championship points lead going into the fourth round at Jimboomba in two weekend’s time.
Reardon worked his way to the lead early in the 20 lap final but stalled his Yamaha to fall back behind Adam Monea and Matt Moss but Reardon would not be denied and blasted back into the lead just as Brett Metcalfe arrived on the scene and from there it came down to Reardon’s intestinal-fortitude to keep Metcalfe at bay in the dying laps of the race.
And that is exactly what Reardon did and for the second round in a row the Yamaha rider stood on top of the podium this time with Metcalfe in second and defending champion Matt Moss in third.
“That was an awesome race,” said Reardon who now has a seven point lead over Moss. “But it was tough, with so much pressure all the way through the whole race, so I was just rapt I could charge all the way to the finish, as that made all the difference in the end. Now we’ve got a couple of weeks break in the Championship and then we head back to Jimboomba for the next round, which is back in Queensland where I’m from and I just can’t wait for it.”
“What a homecoming!” enthused Metcalfe. “The last time I raced here at Adelaide Showground was 1999, so I’m showing my age a little. But wow, that main event tonight was something special. I could hear the crowd yelling all the way though and the atmosphere was just awesome. The fans have been so good all week here in Adelaide and I so much want to be back again next year, it’s just been a great event.”
For third placed Moss, the Adelaide result means he has dropped more points to Reardon but the Suzuki pilot remains resolute about defending his number one plate. “There’s no doubt the other boys have got some good speed going and it’s a really tough contest this year,” Moss said. “But all this close racing is really good for the sport and for me it means I’ve just got to work harder now and come out swinging at the next round of the Championship.”
SX1 Final: 1. Dan Reardon. 2. Brett Metcalfe. 3. Matt Moss. 4. Kade Mosig. 5. Adam Monea. 6. Lawson Bopping. 7. Daniel McCoy. 8. Luke Styke. 9. James Booth-Elliott. 10. Danny Ham.
SX1 Series Standings: 1. Dan Reardon – 92pts. 2. Matt Moss – 85pts. 3. Kade Mosig – 82pts. 4. Adam Monea – 79pts. 5. Lawson Bopping – 73pts. 6. Daniel McCoy – 68pts.. 7. Luke Styke – 68pts. 8. Danny Ham – 56pts. 9. Gavin Faith – 54pts. 10. Kirk Gibbs – 54pts.
Local SD3 Husqvarna rider Luke Arbon holeshot the SX2 final, but Serco Yamaha gun Luke Clout was soon able to take over the front running, and held the lead through the first half of the race. Behind Clout, Decotis was making his move through the pack, the American passing Penrite Honda WIlson MX rider Jackson Richardson to take second and then set off after the leader.
Pouring on the pressure, Decotis ultimately made a pass stick and slipped by Clout in the latter stages of the race, to go on and maintain his unbeaten streak in the Championship. Clout finished second with Richardson third, while Dylan Wills (Newcastle KTM) and Arbon rounded out the top five SX2 placings.
“That was a really good race,” said Decotis after the event. “My fitness really came into play tonight and I felt really strong at the end of the event, which helped to make a difference. To win three in a row is just awesome and I have to pay thanks to all the crew in the Penrite Honda Racing team for all the support they have given me, it’s just been awesome.”
For runner-up Clout, the Adelaide race was a strong performance, but Decotis continues to hold the upper hand when it matters most. “That was a great race and I was really happy with my race pace early, but we still have to work a little harder and lift the bar a little higher,” Clout said. “We’ve got a couple of weeks break to the next round, so we will just keep working away at it,”
SX2 Final: 1. Jimmy Decotis. 2. Luke Clout. 3. Jackson Richardson. 4. Dylan Wills. 5. Luke Arbon. 6. Joel Wightman. 7. Geran Stapleton. 8. Wade Hunter. 9. Lewis Woods. 10. Jack Simpson.
SX2 Series Standings: 1. Jimmy Decotis – 105pts. 2. Luke Clout – 92pts. 3. Jackson Richardson – 90pts. 4. Luke Arbon – 81pts. 5. Wade Hunter – 77pts. 6. Geran Stapleton – 76pts. 7. Dylan Wills – 72pts. 8. Lewis Woods – 69pts. 9. Jesse Madden – 60pts. 10. Joel Wightman – 57pts.
Ironman GNCC – Crawfordsville, Indiana
For the second round in a row Josh Strang and Ryan Sipes battled for the lead at a GNCC event and this week made it a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna 1-2 sweep at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana where 2200 riders showed up to compete.
Strang cruised to victory, while Sipes worked hard for his runner-up position in what was the final round of the Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series. N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn rounded out the top three overall.
Ashburn collected the $250 All Ball XC1 Holeshot Award, but Strang soon took over and ran away with the win. Strang still had to keep an eye on Sipes, however, but multiple crashes kept Sipes from really turning up the pressure on Strang, who took the chequered flag with two minutes to spare. “Sipes had a crash with a lapper and I was able to further extend my lead,” said Strang. “It was really fun riding with those guys early on, and overall it was a good day and a good way to end the year. I’d like to take a moment to say good luck to Takeshi; it’s been good to have him here and it’s a shame to see him go. I hope he had a good time over here and good luck in whatever he goes on to do.”
Sipes held on to take second ahead of Ashburn, Stewart Baylor Jr. and Chris Bach. “I’m committed to this series, and having fun with it,” said Sipes. “I’m getting better. We’ve still got a little ways to go but we’re getting close. I couldn’t stay off the ground today, and the fifth time I went down today I got together with a lapper pretty hard and our bikes were tangled up. I was for sure that I had the speed to win today, and I just need to stay off the ground.”
“This season has been rough compared to last year,” said Ashburn. “We struggled early on and finally got everything dialled in over summer break. I worked hard all break and the results really proved that.”
The XC2 Pro Lites race was a battle from beginning to end with Jason Thomas starting things off by nabbing the $100 Hot Cams XC2 Holeshot Award. In the end, however, it would be Trevor Bollinger standing in the middle of the box for the first time this season. He was followed by Thomas in second and Factory Beta’s Jesse Groemm in third.
XC1 Event Results: 1. Josh Strang (Hus). 2. Ryan Sipes (Hus). 3. Jordan Ashburn (YAM). 4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM). 5. Chris Bach (Hon). 6. Grant Baylor (Yam). 7. Cory Buttrick (Bet). 8. Takeshi Koikeda (Hon). 9. Chris Douglas (Suz). 10. Travis Coy (KTM).
*Overall National Championship Standings: 1. Kailub Russell (283). 2. Grant Baylor (237). 3. Josh Strang (226). 4. Chris Bach (207). 5. Thad Duvall (200). 6. Ryan Sipes (195). 7. Jordan Ashburn (183). 8. Jason Thomas (160). 9. Ricky Russell (113). 10. Trevor Bollinger (112).
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2015 National Champion.
XC2 Event Results: 1. Trevor Bollinger (Hon). 2. Jason Thomas (KTM). 3. Jesse Groemm (Bet). 4. Craig Delong (Hus). 5. Michael Witkowski (KTM). 6. Ricky Russell (Yam). 7. Trevor Barrett (Hus). 8. Samuel Evans (Yam). 9. Austin Lee (Yam). 10. Callan May (Yam).
XC2 Series Standings: 1. Jason Thomas (332). 2. Ricky Russell (230). 3. Trevor Bollinger (224). 4. Craig Delong (193). 5. Nick Davis (183). 6. Austin Lee (154). 7. Tegan Temple (146). 8. Layne Michael (142). 9. Jessee Groemm (129). 10. Callan May (127).