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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.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

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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Source: MotoOnline.com.au

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.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

AORC locks in Tasmanian venue as 2020 calendar nears completion

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Motorcycling Australia (MA) has revealed the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will visit Tasmania for the first time next year, while confirmation of a Victorian venue sees the 2020 calendar near completion.

A 2020 schedule was released last month detailing the dates and hosting states of the series, before Toowoomba, Dungog and Nowra were announced as the venues of the first three stops.

Omeo in Victoria will host the penultimate stop of the championship for rounds nine and 10 on 19-20 September, as Wynyard in Tasmania will serve up the season-finale on 17-18 October.

Hometown favourite and four-time EnduroGP world champion Matthew Phillips is understood to have played a pivotal role in securing the championship round in Tasmania.

Five of the six locations have been confirmed, leaving just the South Australian stop, scheduled on 1-2 August for rounds seven and eight, to be announced.

Updated 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship calendar:
Rds 1-2 – 22-23 February – Toowoomba, Queensland
Rds 2-3 – 14-15 March – Dungog, New South Wales
Rds 5-6 – 18-19 April – Nowra, New South Wales
Rds 7-8 – 1-2 August – TBA, South Australia
Rds 9-10 – 19-20 September – Omeo, Victoria
Rds 11-12 – 17-18 October – Wynyard, Tasmania


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Davalos secures 450SX seat with Team Tedder KTM

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Martin Davalos has secured a 450SX seat in the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship after signing with Team Tedder Monster Energy Lucas Oil KTM Racing, the squad understood to be receiving factory support from the Austrian manufacturer.

Davalos will be joined by Dakota Tedder for the 2020 supercross season, the duo to race the same machinery made available to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders and the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM squad.

Davalos, 32, pointed out of the 250SX category after the 2019 season, however has been adamant for significant time on his desire to graduate to the premier class.

The Ecuadorian recently put in a strong performance at the Geneva Supercross, where he claimed victory on night one before finishing just shy of the top spot on night two. He was still piloting Kawasaki machinery at the Swiss event.

The opening round of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is scheduled for 4 January at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Swift recovery grants Tanti preparation for AMA Supercross stint

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A fast-tracked recovery following a frightening crash at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne last month will grant Aaron Tanti adequate time to prepare for a five-round stint in the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

The Serco Yamaha challenger was initially thought to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering bone bruising around his hip and pelvic region, alongside internal damage.

Tanti, who was in contention for the SX2 crown at Melbourne’s season-finale, revealed plans this week to contest the first five rounds of the 250SX West series in America, which kicks off on 4 January.

The New South Welshman has suggested his injuries are rapidly healing, allowing him to recommence training before a scheduled return on the bike in the coming days.

“Initially I felt pretty bad after that crash, but after a few days and visiting a specialist, I started to come up pretty good,” Tanti explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I only had a week off training – I’m training now – but I’ll ride in the next few days.

“We were pretty much going to go off my results in the supercross series after talking to the guys that are helping me get over there – I wanted to be competitive here, and I feel like I was riding really well and they were happy how I was over here.

“Serco Yamaha is helping me a lot – I’m taking mechanic Ben [Dutton], and our bikes and parts are being sent from here. Gav [Eales] is organising a lot of the stuff over there for me. The other major helper is Complete Parts – they’re helping me a lot to get over there.”

Tanti joins a list of regular Australian supercross contenders to be entering the opening rounds of the AMA Supercross series, which includes Luke Clout (Penrite Honda Racing), Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) and Joel Wightman (Honda). Australian teenager Jett Lawrence (Geico Honda) is also set to embark on his rookie season.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Yamaha expands off-road efforts for 2020 season

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Yamaha Motor Australia will expand its off-road efforts for the 2020 season, introducing a two-rider Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing squad that will come under the existing Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing team.

Luke Styke and Josh Green will continue to head-up the Active8 squad in 2020, while Michael Driscoll will graduate to the E2 category with Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing, joined by EJ contender Blake Hollis.

Two-time defending AORC E1 champion Styke continues his climb up the off-road ladder since his transition from motocross, recently assisting Team Australia to runner-up honours at the FIM International Six-Days Enduro (ISDE) recently in Portugal.

“I’m more motivated than ever coming into the 2020 season,” said Styke. “I made a few changes to my lifestyle by returning back down to Nowra and feel it’s a better environment for my riding and also closer to family to make life easier.

“There is so much riding area around here, and a more off-road based riding program is the only way I can improve my skills and close the gap on [Daniel] Sanders and [Daniel] Milner. Both of those guys are world-class and are a fair bit ahead of the rest of us, but my goal is to bridge that gap in 2020 and be in contention for outright wins as well as class victories.

“Its also good to be back with the same team again for next season. We all have a great working relationship, and everyone works hard to achieve the best results possible. Both the team and Yamaha have been good to me throughout my racing career and I like the fact we have been able to continue our working relationship and get stronger with each passing season.”

Josh Green is back for his ninth season with Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing after finishing second the E2 category of the AORC, and has consistently been a top five outright contender.

“The older I have got, the more I have started to enjoy the things that used to frustrate me when I was younger,” Green explained. “Like most teenagers, I didn’t care a lot for testing and developing the bike and just wanted to ride it and not focus on training.

“Now, I like being able to improve the bike and I find the off-bike training rewarding and get a lot from it and that’s what has kept my motivation strong over the years as I find new ways to enjoy different aspects of what we do.

“And nine years with the one team is pretty cool. I like the loyalty from both sides and the fact we are able to keep the relationship going over such a long period of time. Nine years travelling with AJ could break a lesser man, but you have to take the good with the bad in this job,” Green laughs.

Team manager AJ Roberts commented: “It’s been a big undertaking to get the support to run four riders at a high level but I can’t thank everyone who is behind the team in 2020. All of them have been long term and loyal to our team and they have stepped up to ensure we have a massive presence and profile at the AORC and A4DE in 2020.

“I look forward to guiding the riders through the next season and are already working hard to ensure 2020 is a great season for us and our sponsors.”

Both the Yamaha bLU cRU Off-Road Racing and Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Racing teams will utilise the same staff and sponsors, and will contest the Australian Off-Road Championship, Australian Four-Day Enduro and Hattah Desert Race.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Bolt opens SuperEnduro series with victory in Poland

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt opened the 2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Poland by claiming victory, edging out home favourite Taddy Blazusiak (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Positioning himself at the sharp end of the field early in race one, Bolt went back and forth multiple times with Blazusiak for the lead, eventually breaking clear with four laps to go, claiming the opening victory of the night.

Blocked in traffic due to the start positions being reversed for race two, he managed to work his way up to second by lap six of 11. Drawing level with race leader Blazusiak he attempted an overtake but got hung up on the slippery rocks and had to settle for an eventual second behind the Polish ace and

He wasted little time in hitting the front by taking control of the race lead from Blazusiak on lap two. In what would become the fastest race of the night, Bolt put in a masterclass of riding to lap up to third position on his way to a 21-second margin of victory.

Bolt secured the overall victory ahead of Blazusiak and teammate Alfredo Gomez (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), who recorded a trio of third place finishes across the night.

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Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Reardon set for Arenacross Tour return in 2020

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Multi-time Australian champion Dan Reardon is set to make a return to the Arenacross Tour across the United Kingdom in 2020 with the Fro Systems outfit aboard a Yamaha YZ450F.

Reardon has just come off a strong campaign in the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship with CDR Yamaha Monster Energy, where he finished third in the series rankings.

The popular contender raced the Arenacross Tour in 2018, claiming victory at the season-finale for fifth in the championship.

“The Arenacross series is some of the tightest most aggressive racing I have ever competed in,” Reardon explained. “Last year it took me a few rounds to wrap my head around it but I know exactly how to prepare going into my second AX Tour! The UK fans are great and passionate about their riders but love good battles.

I’m looking forward to riding for Mark at FRO Systems, I was very aware of the team back in 2018 and although I didn’t know them personally then, I could see that they run a strong program and one that I would fit well to. Mark seems to be very knowledgeable and passionate about the sport.”

The Arenacross Tour will host six nights of racing across three weekends, with the season-opener scheduled for 17-18 January at SSE Arena in Belfast.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Webster confirmed for 2020 Penrite Honda Racing transfer

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Penrite Honda Racing has confirmed MX Nationals MX2 runner-up Kyle Webster will transfer to the factory squad for 2020 after four seasons at CRF Honda Racing.

Webster will join MX1 and SX1 runner-up Luke Clout, who recently signed a deal that will see him race select AMA Supercross rounds, while it’s understood Brett Metcalfe will remain at the squad for another season in MX1.

The 23-year-old experienced a breakout 2019 campaign with CRF Honda Racing – the team going on hiatus next year – as he claimed three overall victories on his way to second in the MX Nationals, while he later represented Team Australia at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.

“Firstly I want to thank Mark Luksich, he has been the sole reason I was able to continue my racing,” Webster explained. “He believed in me and I am grateful for his support.

“This year was great – winning three rounds was a highlight, especially coming back from a broken back in 2017. The Honda 250 is a serious weapon and I am looking forward to racing with the factory Honda team.

“I know how strong the team is in supercross and they have won in motocross as well. I have already tested with the team and am confident we can be competitive.”

Team owner Yarrive Konsky added: “Kyle has proven he can win, he rode well at the Des Nations this year, and Mark Luksich has done a tremendous job. We will work closely with Kyle to be a fierce contender for a championship.”

The Penrite Honda Racing squad will also contest the 2020 New Zealand MX Nationals in preparation for its domestic assault.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au