Category Archives: Motocross


Yamaha accelerates its electric program

Yamaha has been developing electric vehicles for several years, but is now stepping up its electric program with a compact portable motor and an electric motocrosser.

The motor range is called an Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (IPMSM) with varying outputs from 35kw to 200kw.

They say they can be used in motorcycles and other vehicles.Yamaha electric program

Now Yamaha Motor Europe is also involved in a joint project with KNMV, Dohms Projects and SPIKE to build an electric motocross bike, EMX, to compete with 250cc models.

Benefits include higher torque and higher traction.

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EMC program

Electric program

So far, Yamaha has only produced the electric PES1 (Passion Electric Street) road bike and PED1 (Passion Electric Dirt), but neither is available in Australia.

Last year, Yamaha unveiled their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine.

Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter
Yamaha electric scooter with removable Gogoro battery

Yamaha is also co-operating with the other Japanese motorcycle manufacturers to standardise electric motorcycle and scooter technology, including charging infrastructure and swappable battery packs.

Last year, Yamaha also unveiled two electric scooters, an electric bicycle, an electric mobility scooter and an electric personal scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Bu it’s not all electric power in Yamaha’s future.

The company is also considering water power, but we believe it may also have an electric water pump.

Yamaha water bike
Yamaha’s water-powered bike


Jack Miller & Toby Price in motocross duel

As Jack Miller prepares to return to MotoGP racing this weekend, a video has been released of a motocross track showdown with fellow Aussie Toby Price.

It’s like one of those pub questions come to life: “Who would win a motocross race out of Jack Miller and Toby Price?”

The pair both started in motocross at regional tracks, so this showdown is held in Rockhampton.

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Jack, 25, recently signed with the official Ducati Team for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

He won the German IDM 125ccc championship in 2011 and was runner-up in the 2014 Moto3 championship.

The Townsville racer made his MotoGP debut in 2015 at the age of 20 and joined Ducati in 2018 with the Pramac Racing Team, the factory-supported team of the Bologna manufacturer.

He has one MotoGP win to his name and finished last season eighth overall in the standings last year, taking five podiums.

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Toby, 32, is Australia’s first Dakar Rally champion.

He won the gruelling event in 2016 and again in 2019.

Toby also became the first Australian to win the FIM World Cross Country Championship and has scored a record six wins in Australia’s toughest motorcycle rally, the Finke Desert Race.

The motocross race

To find out who won the motocross showdown and claimed the unusual prize, you’ll just have to watch the video.


Start of MX Nationals season delayed further until August

Series organiser confirms latest status of motocross series.

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The 2020 MXstore MX Nationals has been delayed further, with series organiser Williams Event Management (WEM) confirming the championship is now due to commence in August.

WEM is intending to complete the scheduled nine-round series from August into October across six weekends as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was announced last month that the MX Nationals would be commencing at the end of June with the Conondale round, however, that plan has now been shelved upon the latest advice from the Australian government.

An updated revised calendar is anticipated to be released toward the end of May, with WEM adamant that the MX Nationals championship will go ahead this year.

“We have been watching both the NRL and AFL regarding the comments they have been making around resuming their codes,” explained WEM director Kevin Williams in a statement released to the industry this afternoon.

“After listening to PM Scott Morrison this morning and trying to look at a realistic model, we are planning on a return to racing in August and running through into October. It is still our full intention in planning to run all nine rounds across the six weekends.

“We plan to release the actual calendar in late May, subject to social distancing announcements from the state and federal government. Racing in 2020 will definitely need some adjustment from all of us, but together we will be racing and the gates will drop.”

The postponed of the MX Nationals will require the Australian Supercross Championship to be pushed back, with most recent provisional plans released in February stating that the series would open on 3 October.


4 Simple Tips For Building Your Custom Dirt Bike

(Contributed post)

As a motorcycle enthusiast, you may like a variety of bike types. Some people fancy cruiser bikes. Some people totally love cafe racers. Some go for the naked designs while some people choose to buy or build a rugged hot dirt bike.

And if you fall in the last category, this blog post is for you.

Here we are sharing four simple tips that’ll help you build your custom dirt bike with ease.

1. Identify the Type of Dirt Bike That You Want

So, first things first. Before you start building your very precious dirt bike, you must know the type of dirt bike that you want for yourself.

Yes, there are different types of dirt bikes. For reference, you can look at the following list:

  • Motocross bikes
  • Desert bikes
  • Trail bikes
  • Endurance bikes
  • Street bikes

All these types of dirt bikes have different feels. Slightly different riding postures. Different riding experiences and different aesthetics.

To pick the right one for you, you may have to look upon the web and find out the designs that all these types possess.

2. Designer May Be Required

Unless you know automobile design or at least have some basic knowledge of how dirt bikes are designed, you may have to get in touch with a designer. The purpose is to ensure that your design is practical and feasible for your specific needs and budget.

Rushing into the project without keeping design in mind may result in costly end-moment fiascos, and we are sure that you wouldn’t want that.

So, do yourself a favour. Get in touch with a qualified designer who can turn your ideas and thoughts to a real design.

3. Don’t Shy Away From Help

Everyone has to go through a first attempt. Every professional custom bike maker once started with their first project and might even have failed with that.

So, leave the concept of shying away. You will get to learn a lot more than what you are learning right now.

Just be grateful to whatever help is being offered to you and if it feels fine and needed, simply nod a yes to it.

This way, your journey of building your custom dirt bike will become way easier and convenient.

Understand that there’s no point in troubling yourself. That’ll only waste your money, effort and time.

4. Prefer Genuine Parts Over Aftermarket Makeshift(s)

We know how buying genuine parts all the time can turn out to be a costly affair.

But did you know that aftermarket parts can adversely affect your machine’s health?

And then, in the long run, the aftermarket parts will require more frequent replacements plus, the repairing chores will become more expensive to undo the damage done from these makeshift components.

So, make sure that you don’t fall for such money pits. Instead, spend a few more $ and get genuine parts from certified vendors. These shops generally have all the genuine products ranging from KTM plastics kits to Yamaha accessories.

Final words

If you are planning to build a custom dirt bike, there’s surely a bunch of things and tips that you must know about. In this post, we shared four such tips to help our readers turn their dream dirt bike to reality.

Hopefully, this was helpful.


Pace returning says Febvre in Kawasaki debut

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Frenchman Romain Febvre says his pace is returning after making his Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing debut at Sardinia’s opening round of the 2020 International Italian Motocross Championship, marking the first race since breaking his femur in August last year.

Febvre, who donned his new number three for the first time, rode to 14th in the opening MX1 moto before finishing 11th in the Superfinal, which was ultimately won by reigning world champion Tim Gajser (Team HRC).

“It’s a great feeling to be back racing after such a long break,” said Febvre. “I knew coming here that I am still working on my speed but that’s normal at this stage of the season.

“Physically I was okay though I suffered some arm-pump in the first race and then in the second one it was carnage at the first corner – I made a small mistake during the race but my speed was coming back all day.

“I know what I have to work on and since the beginning of this month I can train every day on the bike so we’ll stay here in Sardinia for a few days before heading to our final warm-up race.”

Febvre will be on-track again at the Lacapelle Marival in France next month.


Whoop speed key to A2 says red-plate holder Roczen

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St. Louis winner Ken Roczen says his whoop speed needed to be stronger if he wanted to claim victory at Anaheim 2, the Team Honda HRC rider earning the 450SX points lead with a runner-up result.

The German ace led the opening stages of the 24-lap affair, however relinquished the lead to eventual winner Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki), admitting he lost all his time in the whoops.

The section caused dramas for a number of riders throughout the night, Roczen indicating he took multiple approaches in an effort challenge Tomac before settling for second.

“I hooked up really good and got my first holeshot of the year, so that was nice,” Roczen stated. “We’ve been putting in a lot of work on my starts, so it’s been paying off. For me to be able to win tonight, I had to be a lot better in the whoops. I was just struggling there the entire race, so that didn’t help me out – I feel like I lost all my time there.

“I was trying to skim them, then went to jumping them, which was horrible too; I lost a lot of ground so went back to skimming and just was all over the place and that was where Eli [Tomac] made up a lot of time and closed in on me.

“We definitely have some work to do but don’t want to get too crazy. We just need to keep doing what we’re doing. We’re in a good spot right now and we just have to keep it up. First last weekend and second this weekend, plus the red plate is really great. I’m really happy.”

Roczen leads Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) by three points in the standings ahead of Glendale’s fourth round of Monster Energy Supercross this Saturday night.


Reed auction raises funds for Australian bushfire crisis

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An online auction arranged by the retiring Chad Reed following the St. Louis round of 2020 Monster Energy Supercross has gone toward raising vital funding for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Reed, originally from Kurri Kurri in New South Wales, wore a special set of Fox Racing gear at round two of the season last weekend in Missouri before auctioning it off on eBay post-race.

The jersey and pant combination netted $3300 US when the auction closed, all of which the proceeds will be donated to the NSW RFS to assist in the devastation that has affected Reed’s home country during recent months.

This season marks the final year for Reed in the American-based Supercross series following a career that has spanned near two decades at the highest level. He’s riding with the Mountain Motorsports cbdMD CR22 team aboard Hondas in 2020.


Yamaha tops declining Australian dirt bike sales in 2019

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Dirt bike sales across Australia posted a 1.6 percent decline in 2019, while it was Yamaha who topped the segment following the latest Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) report.

The motorcycle market as a whole recorded a 6.1 percent drop in sales, with all market categories except scooters affected by the downturn.

The 2019 market remained relatively steady in terms of its composition, however dirt bikes regained the status as the most popular category and comprised 38.5 percent of the market. Road bikes claimed a 35.8 percent share, ATV/SSVs accounted for 20.1 percent of total sales, and scooters again took an increased share of the total sales with 5.6 percent.

Among individual brands, Honda came in at number one with 23.3 percent market share across all segments, followed by Yamaha in second place with 22.4 percent share, Kawasaki in third with 8,962 sales 10 percent share, followed by KTM 8.6 percent share and and Suzuki with 7.8 percent share..

In the dirt bike segment, Yamaha was the highest seller, followed by Honda and KTM. Overall, Honda, Husqvarna and Kawasaki were the only brands to record an increase in dirt bike sales in 2019.

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Price faced with road book malfunction in opening Dakar stage

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Fan-favourite Toby Price faced a road book malfunction during the opening stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, the reigning champion striking luck to follow Red Bull KTM teammate Matthias Walkner for the remainder of the route.

Despite the setback, which Price believes debris jammed the rollers of his scrolling road book, he was still able to post the fastest time to top the opening day.

Acknowledging the result looked strong on paper, the two-time Dakar winner admits it was quite a challenging day to start his title defence.

“I had a really good day today up until about 140 kilometres where my road book started to play up a bit,” said Price. “Something had got in there and jammed the rollers and so I was left without a road book for a while.

“Luckily, I caught Matthias after he lost a little time and I was able to stay with him towards the finish. My result looks good on paper, but it turned out to be quite a tricky day. I’m also opening the stage tomorrow, so hopefully that’ll go well, too.”

Racing resumes on Monday for stage two, where riders will take on 393 kilometres, the stage including a short 26-kilometre liaison and a timed special of 367 kilometres.


Yamaha extends AORC naming rights partnership for 2020

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Yamaha Motor Australia has strengthened its partnership with the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC), extending its position as naming rights sponsor for the 2020 season.

The partnership now enters its 15th consecutive year, where the Yamaha brand has assisted in raising the level of the AORC series that has produced multiple ISDE winning riders.

“Motorcycling Australia is very pleased that Yamaha Motor Australia has again for a record 15 years cemented its support of the Yamaha AORC,” said Motorcycling Australia off-road events manager Matthew Falvo.

“Together we are growing the sport of off-road racing and 2020 will see a number of new categories introduced to further tap into Australia’s junior talent. Yamaha Motor Australia dedication to the sport will give confidence to teams and riders that when it comes to off-road racing there is only one road off-road – Yamaha AORC.”

Yamaha Motor Australia motorsport manager Ray Howard added: “Yamaha Motor Australia are pleased to continue our substantial and positive relationships with Motorcycling Australia and the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship in 2020.

“2019 was a sensational season and we believe with improvements to the 2020 calendar with new classes and adding Tasmania to the championship there will be even greater progress and improved development of off-road racing in Australia.

“We look forward to continue working closely with MA and local clubs throughout Australia to further develop the championship that has proven to be a fertile ground for producing international standard riders.”

The 2020 AORC season kicks off on 22-23 February at Toowoomba in Queensland.