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Team Australia leads opening day of Portugal’s ISDE

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Team Australia’s Recover8-backed World Trophy defence has started strongly as the squad leads day one of the 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, while the Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams are currently first and third respectively.

The World Trophy team topped the category on day one, where it holds a 19.53s advantage over Team USA and Team Italy. Great Britain and Finland currently complete the top three.

In the Junior World Trophy, Team Australian holds down the top spot with a 1m14.10s lead ahead of Team USA, as France holds down third followed by Italy and Great Britain.

The Women’s World Trophy class sees Team Germany sit atop the standings, with Team USA in second and six-time defending champions Team Australia in third. Great Britain and Spain are ranked in positions four and five.

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Sanders leads the individual outright results ahead over Spaniard Josep Garcia (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and American Ryan Sipes (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Australians Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team), Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Racing Team) feature inside the top 10 in positions seven, nine and 10, while compatriots Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Michael Driscoll (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing) and Matt Phillips (KTM) are ranked 16th, 28th, and 35th.

Tayla Jones (Husqvarna) sits third in the individual Women’s outright rankings, followed by Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) in fifth and 12th.

Sanders controls the E3 division, with Higlett, Green, Driscoll and Phillips taking up spots three, six, nine and 13 in the E2 category. In E1, Styke and Snodgrass are fifth and sixth respectively.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Serco Yamaha drafts in Tierney for Auckland and Melbourne

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Serco Yamaha will draft in Connor Tierney for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne rounds of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, as a shoulder injury sustained at Wollongong will sideline American Jacob Hayes for the remainder of the season.

Tierney’s call up comes after an incredible race victory in main event three at the third stop of the series last weekend, which saw him lead from start to finish in the seven-lap encounter.

“With Jacob out hurt, Serco Yamaha approached me about doing the last two rounds with them and I can’t wait to be flying the Serco Yamaha flag at the two biggest races of the year,” said Tierney. “Having the support and direction of a team like Serco is a huge bonus and hopefully I can continue to post good results and show them what I’m capable of.”

After promising start to the season, Hayes, who crashed heavily in his heat on Saturday night, will now return to America in order to be completely recovered and prepared for the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

“It’s such a disappointing way to finish the championship, especially as it started so well for myself and the team,” Hayes commented. “There appears to be no major damage, so I just need to rest it and take my time to ensure it’s done right.

“Because I had already had an issue in the Adelaide round and now at Wollongong, I’m out of the championship as far as points go, so it’s best for me to get it sorted now so I’m 100 percent for the start of the AMA championship in January.”


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Wollongong race win a timely confidence boost for Tierney

News 11 Nov 2019

Wollongong race win a timely confidence boost for Tierney

Yamaha privateer earns maiden race win at WIN Stadium.

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A surprise SX2 victory in main event three at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship has come as a timely boost of confidence for Connor Tierney, the Yamaha-mounted privateer confirming his potential after a number of difficult seasons.

The Western Australian lodged an 11-13 scorecard in the opening two mains, however an excellent start in race three granted him a clear path to victory over newly-appointed points leaded Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor), crediting him seventh overall.

“I got a good start – actually, I got a sick start,” Tierney stated to MotoOnline.com.au. “It was probably around lap three where I put my head down and rode my own race – the guys were battling behind me, and I was just doing my own thing. I didn’t make any mistakes and just rode it home – it seemed like it came easy to me.

“It felt so good – it’s been a long time since I’ve won a race at a national calibre event, so it really felt good and gave me such a confidence boost. It’s good to have those moments – I feel like I really need to savour it, because it’s hard to stay in this sport with injuries and everything – results like that make it worth it.”

Tierney sits eighth in the championship standings as the series heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Championship position encouraging for Reardon

News 11 Nov 2019

Championship position encouraging for Reardon

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy entry scores third-straight podium at Wollongong.

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Dan Reardon is encouraged by his position in the Australian Supercross Championship, which sees him right in contention for the crown with just the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne remaining in the series.

The popular Queenslander has landed on the podium in the opening three rounds, scoring second overall at the weekend’s stop in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Positioned just six points shy of leader Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) and three points behind teammate Luke Clout, the number 122 is confident he can elevate in the upcoming two events which will see a strengthened line-up of AMA Supercross regulars.

“I think I’m well placed in the championship now and right in the middle of a good battle for the SX1 crown,” Reardon commented. “The last few years I have been able to come home at the final rounds strongly so to be within six points of the lead and heading for the two biggest races of our season is a good spot to be in.

“It took me a bit to get dialled into the track as it was quite hard-pack and slippery in spots but once I got that sorted, I was fine and just focused on getting good track position early as passing was difficult.

“We are off to NZ this week and look forward to going up against not just the best Australia riders but also the incoming US guys who always raise the bar for us.”

Both the S-X Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne will also make up the 2019 S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Brayton and Clout divided on degraded Wollongong whoops

News 11 Nov 2019

Brayton and Clout divided on degraded Wollongong whoops

Differing opinions for title favourites from Saturday’s third round of AUS Supercross.

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Australian Supercross Championship heavyweights Justin Brayton and Luke Clout have shared divided opinions on the severe degradation of Wollongong’s whoop section on Saturday night, which saw a selection of riders utilise a near flat line on the edge of the circuit.

Penrite Honda Racing’s Brayton, who recorded his first blemish of the season in third overall, expressed his frustration over the section where riders seemingly gained an advantage, explaining he’s at a loss as to why the portion of the track wasn’t maintained for greater consistency.

“Absolutely, [the track] was [sketchy]. The biggest thing, and it’s a bummer, is that they left the whoops the way they were,” Brayton told MotoOnline.com.au post-race.

“On the right side, there were three whoops and the rest were all flat. It’s just a bummer that at the highest level of racing they’re like that. I was still going through the middle, but when you’re out front, you just go down the right side. That’s my strong point… it’s all good, I’m happy to keep the points lead.”

Clout broke through for his maiden SX1 overall victory, although the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider disagreed with the three-time defending champion’s opinion, offering that the line remained within the track limits, while officials didn’t feel it was necessary to hand down any penalties.

“I’m not going to comment on JB’s thoughts, that’s up to him,” Clout declared. “The first two races I was going down the middle of the whoops as well – I was going down the middle and everyone was going down right as well. They weren’t penalising anyone and apparently it was on the track.

“I did nothing different to anyone else and I only started doing that because 99 percent of people were doing it. I was happier to go down the middle of the whoops, but if everyone else is doing it and it’s in the track limits, then there’s no cutting of the track. It is what it is.”

The duo are now separated by just three points heading into New Zealand’s penultimate round this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong

News 11 Nov 2019

SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong

Factory KTM rider second overall in New South Wales.

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American Josh Osby believes he played it ‘too safe’ in the opening SX2 main events at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday night, despite emerging with the championship lead.

The Raceline KTM Thor contender went 6-3 in main events one and two before challenging for victory in the final encounter, ultimately falling short to accept runner-up honours.

Credited second overall on the night in New South Wales, Osby holds a one-point advantage over compatriot Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing), while former red-plate holder Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) is a further one-point behind.

“Tonight was always going to be intense with the triple crown format,” said Osby. “My game plan was [to have] solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races.

“I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races – the win just got away from me in the last one. But I’m pumped to take the championship lead, it’s a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself.”

The Australian Supercross Championship heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, marking round four of the series.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Barcia crowned King of Paris Supercross

News 11 Nov 2019

Barcia crowned King of Paris Supercross

Stewart claims victory on night two for runner-up honours.

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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia has been crowned the 2019 King of Paris Supercross, winning the opening night as Malcolm Stewart (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) rose to victory on night two.

Barcia charged to a 3-2-1 scorecard in Saturday’s triple crown format, comfortably defeating Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) and Joey Savatgy – who was making his debut with JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing – in the overall standings.

Home favourite Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Star Racing) was fourth ahead of Stewart, as Australian Chad Reed (Honda) was eighth overall with a 6-7-10 results sheet.

Sunday night’s overall win belonged to Stewart following a commanding performance, the Honda rider recording 3-1-1 race results to finish second to Barcia in the King of Paris standings, which combines scores from both nights of racing.

Geico Honda’s Jeremy Martin was second on the night ahead of Barcia, while Ferrandis and Justin Hill (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) locked out the top five. Reed was 15th overall with 11-17 results in the opening two races, however a heavy fall in the second outing prompted him to sit out the finale.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Clout breaks through for maiden SX1 victory in Wollongong

News 9 Nov 2019

Clout breaks through for maiden SX1 victory in Wollongong

Reardon and Brayton on the podium at round three of AUS Supercross.

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Luke Clout broke through to clinch his maiden SX1 victory in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship at Wollongong’s third round.

It was a dominant display from three-time defending champion Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) in the opening main event, the number one charging to victory after leading from start to finish.

Clout overcame teammate and third place holder Dan Reardon (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) halfway through to claim second, while the top five was completed by Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) and Josh Hill (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy).

Positions six to 10 were taken out by Henry Miller (Raceline KTM Thor), Dylan Long (Empire Kawasaki), Cody Dyce (SB Motorsports Suzuki), Lawson Bopping (Empire Kawasaki) and Jayden Rykers (SB Motorsports Suzuki).

Clout took advantage of an early stall from Brayton – who secured the hole-shot – to claim victory in main event two, holding off pressure from Hill, who dropped down the order after a mistake late in the race. Reardon capitalised to secure second ahead of an amazing third for Dyce.

Brayton charged back to fourth, followed by Hill. Metcalfe was sixth, as the top 10 was completed by Bopping, Long, Evans and Dylan Wood (KTM).

Main event three saw Dyce and Evans go down in the opening stages, as Clout stormed a second-consecutive race victory over teammates Reardon and Hill.

Brayton was an uncharacteristic fourth, finishing ahead of fellow Penrite Honda Racing rider Metcalfe. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) improved for sixth, followed by Long, Miller, Jesse Dobson (Husqvarna), and Bopping.

Clout was joined on the overall podium by Reardon and Brayton, the three-time champion still holding a three-point advantage over Clout in the standings. The next stop on the Australian Supercross Championship is scheduled for 16 November at Auckland in New Zealand.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Penrite Honda’s Blose rises for SX2 victory at WIN Stadium

News 9 Nov 2019

Penrite Honda’s Blose rises for SX2 victory at WIN Stadium

Osby and Oldenburg lock out the top three in Wollongong’s AUS Supercross.

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American Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing) claimed victory in the SX2 category at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, while Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor) now leads the standings.

In main event one, defending champion Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) broke through for victory, leading the seven-lap encounter from start to finish.

He edged out American Bradley Taft (Empire Kawasaki), who held down second for the entirety of the race, while compatriot Blose locked out the top three. Former points leader Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) was fourth followed by Mitchell Oldenburg (Penrite Honda Racing).

Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor) was sixth after holding down a top three position early on, while top the 10 was rounded out by Kyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing), Rhys Budd (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing), Ricky Latimer (Yamaha) and Tomas Ravenhorst (KTM).

Blose grabbed the early lead in main event two before storming to victory, edging out teammate Oldenburg for the top spot. Osby was third followed by Wilson and Tanti. The top 10 was completed by Dylan Wills (Davey Motorsport KTM), Ravenhorst, Taft, Latimer and Budd.

A pile-up at the start of main event three claimed Tanti and Wilson, both remounting as youthful duo Connor Tierney (Yamaha) and Regan Duffy (Raceline KTM Thor) capitalised. In the end, Tierney claimed an incredible maiden victory ahead of Osby and Duffy, while Blose and Wills rounded out the top five.

Webster was sixth, followed by Oldenburg, Stapleton, Tanti and Kaleb Barham (Husqvarna), while Wilson finished in 19th. Blose claimed the overall win ahead of Osby and teammate Oldenburg, while it’s Osby who leads the champion by one point over Blose. The next stop on the Australian Supercross Championship is scheduled for 16 November at Auckland in New Zealand.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Clout and Hayes fastest in Wollongong qualifying

News 9 Nov 2019

Clout and Hayes fastest in Wollongong qualifying

Afternoon sessions conclude at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.

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Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) and Jacob Hayes (Serco Yamaha) have emerged fastest in their respective categories after qualifying at Wollongong’s third stop of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship.

The SX1 class proved to be an incredibly close affair, with the top three separated by a mere 0.116s – Clout’s 40.662s granting him the top spot.

American Josh Hill (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) qualified second with a 40.702s lap in his return to the country, as three-time defending champion Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) closed out the top three after posting a 40.778s time.

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Dan Reardon was fourth followed by Empire Kawasaki’s Dylan Long, while top 10 was rounded out by Lawson Bopping (Empire Kawasaki), Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing), Jackson Richardson (Honda), Richie Evans (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) and Jesse Dobson (Husqvarna).

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In the SX2 category, round one winner Hayes qualified on pole, the Serco Yamaha challenger recording a time of 41.049s to edge out fellow American Mitchell Oldenburg (Penrite Honda Racing), who set a time of 41.514s.

Penrite Honda Racing’s Chris Blose was third fastest after lodging a 41.588s, while points leader Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) and Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor) locked out the top five.

Positions six to 10 were taken out by Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Bradley Taft (Empire Kawasaki), Kyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) – who topped the unseeded session – Dylan Wills (Davey Motorsports KTM) and Regan Duffy (Raceline KTM Thor). The night show kicks off at 5:30pm local time.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au