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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 MotoOnline.com.au. “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.


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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 MotoOnline.com.au 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.


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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.


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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 MotoOnline.com.au. “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.


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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.


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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.


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Southwick ‘one of the worst days of my career’ declares Lawrence

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A disappointed Hunter Lawrence has described his performance at Southwick’s sixth round of Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross as one of the worst days of his career, despite a promising start at the demanding sand circuit.

The Geico Honda ace qualified in P9, admitting he experienced a positive feeling in the early stages of proceedings, however went onto lodge a 9-13 results sheet for 11th overall.

The result, far from his expectation, has pushed him seventh in the championship rankings, just five points shy of the top five.

“Tough pill to take at Southwick this weekend,” said Lawrence. “I went from feeling really good in the opening part of the day and then having one of the worst days of my career in the second part of the day. I’m looking forward to RedBud and putting this weekend behind us. We’ll keep building and moving forward.”

The Pro Motocross series returns to action this weekend at the iconic RedBud circuit in Michigan for round seven of the 12-stop tour.


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Fatigue problem reemerges for Roczen at Southwick

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Battling an undiagnosed health issue throughout supercross, Ken Roczen believes the problem has resurfaced after facing increased fatigue during Southwick’s sixth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship over the weekend.

Physical limitations at the demanding sand circuit saw the Team Honda HRC rider record an uncharacteristic 12-10 scorecard for ninth overall, demoting him to third in the standings.

“I was coming into Southwick fairly excited, though struggling a little bit recovering from last weekend’s race,” Roczen explained. “Still, I came in with full motivation and a new fork setting that unfortunately didn’t work out very well for me in the first moto. On top of that, I could’ve recovered a little better from the weekend before, but I knew that I went out there and gave my best.

“For sure it wasn’t what we were looking for, but we’re going to continue working hard on the bike and I’m going to continue working on myself to get back in top shape and get back to winning races. For now I have to take it as it is, but I’m going to keep my head up and hope for a much, much better result from RedBud.

“I’m going to do everything I can throughout the week to prepare myself and get back to the very top. Other than that, there’s not much to say about my result besides we’re not very happy with it and are looking to turn it around next weekend.”

The former champion now sits 28 points behind series leader and two-time defending champion Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) after previously sharing the points lead ahead of the round prior.


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Ferris shifts focus to second half after ‘demanding’ Southwick

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Monster Energy Yamaha recruit Dean Ferris left Southwick’s sixth round of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in an upbeat mood after scoring eighth overall.

Ferris has been consistently strong across the first half of the AMA outdoor season and the weekend marked another credible performance.

Since joining the factory Yamaha organisation in the US as a triple Australian MX Nationals champion, Ferris has displayed his share of gritty efforts. Southwick saw him fight forward from outside of the top 20 in both motos to take 8-12 results.

“I had a terrible start in moto one and had put in a really big fight,” Ferris recalled. “I am quite happy with the moto and wasn’t too far behind some really big guys.

“In moto two, I ended up going down and it was really physically demanding. I’m glad it’s over and we can focus on the next race.”

With RedBud next on the schedule, round seven of a scheduled 12, Ferris currently sits eighth in the 450MX standings. He’s directly behind teammate Justin Barcia, now 23 points in arrears.


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First 450MX moto win at Southwick another boost for Osborne

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A first-career 450 Class moto win for Zach Osborne will bolster the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rookie’s confidence entering the back-half of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Osborne was exceptional at Southwick’s sixth round of the 2019 season to finish a career-best second overall, scoring 3-1 results in another convincing effort.

“I had a really good day,” Osborne said. “I did struggle badly in qualifying, but all-in-all I had a good day with 3-1 finishes.

“I was able to get my first moto-win in the 450 Class and I’m super stoked to get that out of the way and really happy to just keep making progress.”

Halfway through his rookie year in the series, Osborne holds a competitive fourth-place in the 450MX championship standings.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au