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Moree Hospital overload causes early MX Nationals cancellation

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The penultimate stop of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals calendar at Moree has been called early following the opening motos due to the current lack of medical services available in the area.

The opening MX1, MX2 and MXD motos had been contested with a share of incidents throughout, however, local demands in the region have attributed to the overload.

Those circumstances have prompted championship organisers to make the decision of cancelling the remainder of the round in regional New South Wales.

“Unfortunately being out in regional New South Wales this weekend, it’s not a very big hospital and their demand around the community increased today so they have unfortunately run out of beds,” Williams Event Management’s Kevin Williams commented.

“We have an ambulance sitting here, but their ability at the hospital to provide further medical services in the need of an emergency is almost at zero – it could be up to a two or three-hour wait. We’re not prepared to put any competitor’s life at that risk.

“It was a no-brainer because all of the championship races have done one moto, so everybody is leaving here for the rest of the afternoon safe and we’re not got to put anybody’s well-being at risk by not being able to provide the level of services that we expect to have everywhere.”

It’s the second time this season that a round has been cut short, as Appin’s opening event was called following the first motos due to the torrential rain on that occasion.


‘Freak accident’ sidelines Lawrence indefinitely

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Australian fan-favourite Hunter Lawrence has revealed a ‘freak accident’ has sidelined him indefinitely in the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, the Geico Honda ace experiencing a rare engine failure on the face of an up-ramp while training this week.

The Queenslander, who captured a moto victory at Spring Creek last weekend, released a detailed statement of how the incident unfolded, where he ultimately suffered a broken collarbone that will likely require surgery.

“Hey guys, so a freak accident happened yesterday while I was out training and we had something break in the engine at the top of a jump up-ramp and [it] locked up,” Lawrence explained. “By the time I let go of the handlebars I was already lawn darting into the ground.

“My team pulled a part the engine ASAP and what we found was a freak accident and what part broke we normally run for 100 hours and this part only had three hrs on it! So it wasn’t my team’s fault – we are digging to the bottom of it to prevent this happening again.

“Thank you to my team for supporting me in times like this and everyone else who rides this rollercoaster of a sport with me, as of now we are unsure of the time frame I am out for, but [I’m] getting checked up today, most likely surgery is required. [I’m] so sorry guys – I’m speechless.”

Lawrence is currently ranked fourth in the 250MX championship standings as Washougal’s ninth round looms this weekend.


False neutral costly for first moto winner Lawrence at Spring Creek

Early error in second 250MX moto dashes Geico Honda rider’s overall challenge.

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Selecting a false neutral out of the gates in 250MX moto two in Millville’s eighth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship denied Hunter Lawrence the opportunity to challenge for the overall on Saturday.

The Australian delivered a second-career US race victory in moto one, however, the mistake at the very beginning of moto two saw him forced to fight through the pack for sixth position. He was third overall.

Heavy rain all morning at the Spring Creek Motocross Park led to tough track conditions in the first moto, but Lawrence scored a key holeshot and sprinted to the victory. Unfortunately, a mistake off the start prevented him from backing it up in the second moto.

“Yeah, it was pretty sick,” Lawrence exclaimed. “We got a good start, a holeshot and – in a mud race your race can go two ways – obviously you want it to start with a holeshot. I’m pretty stoked on that, the team has been working really hard and continues to work to get an engine package better. I just tried to stay cool when I was up front.

“Second moto, jump out of the gate was pretty good, I just hit a false neutral between second and third off the start so I was way back. It was just stupid, to throw away a chance at the overall just a few feet out of the gate was just a punch in the gut.

“I tried to come back through the pack, but the other boys were on it. We put ourselves in a great position to win, but to watch it go away, it sucks so we’ll come back next weekend with no false neutrals.”

Geico Honda rider Lawrence now sits fourth in the 250MX championship standings following eight of the 12 rounds scheduled, continuing to gain momentum in the latter stages of his rookie campaign in American motocross.


Penrite Honda Racing signs American Blose for AUS Supercross

AMA Supercross regular to contest SX2 category in 2019.

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Penrite Honda Racing has signed American Chris Blose to contest the SX2 category in this year’s Australian Supercross Championship, which is set to kick off on 12 October at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Blose, who raced for the Victorian-based squad in the closing rounds of the 2017 series, will join three-time defending champion and fellow AMA Supercross contender Justin Brayton, as well as team regular Brett Metcalfe – both who will challenge the premier class.

“2019 was mostly positive for me, I achieved seven top 10 finishes and finished as high as fifth,” said Blose, speaking of his AMA Supercross 250SX West campaign. “I felt strong at most rounds and as the championship went on I got more confident.

“The Honda Australia factory program is a professional and successful team and I am sure we will be competitive. I have raced the current CRF250R and am confident we have a strong package, there are going to be several contenders and I can’t wait for the championship to start.”

Blose is the second American to sign on for the full Australian Supercross Championship after Serco Yamaha announced last week that it would expand to a three-rider line-up with Jacob Hayes.


Ward acknowledges results turnaround a must for 2020 support

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Following a hand injury that hindered his campaign for the first six months of 2019, Caleb Ward has acknowledged the importance of recording strong results in the remaining rounds of the Pirelli MX Nationals if he wants to secure adequate support for next season.

The talented Queenslander suffered the injury while racing in New Zealand in January, although the injury plagued him throughout the opening rounds of the MX Nationals, ultimately forcing him to sit out the Broadford and Murray Bridge rounds in the opening half of the season.

The Davey Motorsports KTM rider finished last year in fourth position, ranked as the highest MX1 privateer with two podiums to his name. Following his recent mid-season lay-off, Ward returned at Gympie, posting 7-9 results for eighth overall.

“Obviously I’ve been out for most of the year, so for me, I really need to try and get some good results, show everyone what I can do and show everyone that I’m still fast,” Ward told “I need to run up front and show people I’m deserving of a ride and support for next year.

“If I don’t do good in these next few races, it’s going to very hard to get support for next year – I know this because at the end of last year I put in a few good results, and I still really struggled to get heaps of support.

“I have a heap of great people helping me out this year, but obviously the better you do, the more help you get. I’ve been working really hard, so hopefully I can show everyone what I can do.”

With just three rounds under his belt, Ward is ranked 25th in the MX1 championship standings.


Points leader Waters solely focused on winning races

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Red-plate holder Todd Waters has declared he’s solely focused on winning races as the Pirelli MX Nationals heads to Maitland in New South Wales this weekend, disregarding the fact he leads the championship standings.

The DPH Motorsport Husqvarna ace believes targeting victories in the final four rounds of the series will lead him to a maiden premier class crown, rather than focus on managing the slim three-point advantage he holds over Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy).

The red-plate has donned the bikes of Clout and Hayden Mellross (Raceline KTM Thor) this season, while Waters holds it for a second time currently. It’s a three-rider chase for the title, as just five points separate the trio.

“It’s not really my focus [on the red plate],” Waters explained to following his Gympie victory. “I just want to win races, and that’s my main focus for the last half of the championship. I just want to keep that ball rolling – I’ve been training hard and I expect to get wins.

“The points lead doesn’t bother me – I had it at the start of the year and I lost it, so anything can happen. For me, I just focus on the race – I don’t really give a rats about the championship at this second. As long as I’m winning races, it will be bring the championship.”

The popular Queenslander has captured five moto wins and three overall victories this season, with a DNF at Wonthaggi’s second being the number 47’s only blemish.


Herlings and Cairoli remain sidelined for Indonesian MXGPs

World champions still recovering from injuries sustained in Latvia.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli will not travel to Indonesia for the next two MXGPs as they continue to recover from their injuries, which are due to take place at Palembang and Semarang over consecutive weekends.

Reigning world champion Herlings is recovering from surgery on his lower right leg after crashing during the sighting lap Latvia, and is still not in a position to recommence riding.

Cairoli endeavoured to resume riding on Tuesday, although the pain and discomfort in his right shoulder confirmed that the nine-time world champion is not yet at an adequate level to return to racing.

“This was not the update we wanted to make but sadly Tony has not recovered enough from his dislocated shoulder to race again in MXGP at the moment and we knew Jeffrey would be needing more time after his bad luck in Latvia,” said KTM vice president of off-road Robert Jonas.

“Obviously it is a difficult situation for us and we are constantly assessing the recoveries of Tony and Jeffrey. Thankfully we still have excellent riders in two busy rounds of MXGP in Indonesia and we hope they stay safe and continue to enjoy a successful MX2 season so far.”

Red Bull KTM are flying to Indonesia this weekend with reigning champion Jorge Prado, who has been unbeaten in all MX2 rounds he’s contested, along with rookie Tom Vialle.


Bannan Promotions addresses absence from AUS Supercross series

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Bannan Promotions’ Scott Bannan has addressed the company’s absence in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, which comes after playing a prominent role in the discipline’s resurgence by hosting Queensland-based races in the series since 2015.

Bannan indicated it’s decision to step away followed a change in direction of the championship with commercial rights holder AUS SX Holdings – promoter of the AUS-X Open – who assumed the rights from Motorcycling Australia ahead of the 2018 season.

The operation made up two rounds of Australian supercross for four successive year at various locations in the sunshine state, with it’s very own Jimboomba venue being the landmark Queensland stop each year.

“It all started last year when Motorcycling Australia sold the commercial rights to AME (AUS SX Holdings),” Bannan told “We knew nothing about it, and when we were notified, that’s when Scott Anderson and Mark Gilbert pulled out immediately. We toughed it out for another year and would see how it would go, but it didn’t go the way we though it would.

“We just didn’t like the way it was going and we were continually not agreeing on a lot of things, so at the end of the day, we just couldn’t come to an agreement. I don’t want to promote if we can’t promote the way we want to.

“We’re obviously not doing anything this year, we might do a few practice days so the privateer guys can get some practice in, but that’s probably about it. It’s a hobby for us – we have other businesses that pay the bills.”

Entering the Australian supercross arena last year, Troy Bayliss Events has stepped up its efforts by hosting three rounds in 2019 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Gilman Speedway and WIN Stadium in Wollongong, marking rounds one through to three.

The fourth and fifth rounds will be operated by AUS SX Holdings with the S-X Open Auckland in New Zealand, and AUS-X Open Melbourne at Marvel Stadium.


Noren matches career-best moto result in JGRMX Suzuki debut

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Swedish talent Fredrik Noren matched his career-best moto finish in the premier class while making his debut with JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing at Southwick’s sixth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Called into factory squad just last week to fill-in for injured regular Justin Hill throughout the remainder of the season, Noren stormed to fifth in the opening encounter, followed by a seventh place finish in race two.

His combined 5-7 scorecard granted him seventh overall, however his score of 30 points saw him tied for fifth in the classification.

“I had an awesome start with the JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing crew in finishing seventh overall,” said Noren. “Having the support system of everyone around me this weekend was more helpful than I can explain. I couldn’t ask for a better bike in the Suzuki RM-Z450. I’m excited for the remainder of the season.”

Team manager Jeremy Albrecht added: “This was the weekend that the team needed. Freddie and the team did a great job leading into Southwick to prepare for the race. It was a great combined effort. Noren’s excitement transferred over to the team and proved that he is, in fact, ‘Fast Freddie’ and I think he can do even better at RedBud.”

Starting the season out as a privateer on Honda machinery, Noren is ranked 11th in the championship standings as the series heads to RedBud this weekend.


Strang clarifies position on Australian ISDE team shuffle

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Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Strang has clarified his position on the recent Team Australia shuffle for the 2019 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), electing not to fill-in for Daniel Milner after initially being snubbed for a spot on the team despite being part of the World Trophy winning squad last year.

Strang remained quiet after being overlooked for team selection when it was announced in May, however following Milner’s withdrawal due to the impending birth of his first child in October, the factory Kawasaki rider has addressed his decision to decline the fill-in role.

“Figured I could answer a few questions about ISDE now everything has all been settled,” Strang said in a social media statement. “First off – I missed selection in the first pick due to the support I was able to receive or what the selectors presumed I would receive and the reliability of my machine.

“This made me even more upset about the choice that was made. Now this week I was asked to fill-in again after Daniel Milner withdrew, but it has been two months, so I have made plans and I wasn’t chosen in the first place, so why should I go now?

“I wish all the boys luck and I hope next year when I put my hand up I will be chosen the first time around. I’m an Aussie so you gotta’ put your two cents in when the time is right.”

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Fraser Higlett has been drafted into the Recover8-backed defending World Trophy champion squad, where he’ll kine-up alongside Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team), Josh Green (Yamalube Active8 Yamaha) and Luke Styke (Yamalube Active8 Yamaha). The 2019 ISDE is scheduled to take place in Portugal this November.