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November 6, 2018

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What Went Down Last Weekend?

  • Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro – Victoria
  • AMA EnduroCross Series – Boise, ID
  • World Vet Championships – Glen Helen, CA
  • Canadian Triple Crown Supercross – Quebec
  • Cooper Wins Waikato Champs
  • Russia to Stage 2019 FIM Speedway of Nations Finals
  • Beaton, Ostlund and Jasikonis to Husqvarna for 2019
  • Bollinger to Husqvarna for GNCC
  • Wilson to SX-Open at Mt Smart
  • Anstie to KTM in 2019
  • Bopping to CDR Yamaha
  • RIP Dan Villopoto
  • Three New Riders for CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha
  • Australian MX Nationals Dates Announced?
  • What Racing is Left for 2018?

Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro – Victoria

158 riders turned up to tackle the 2018 Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro but despite the best efforts of the local punters it was international sensation Wade Young who took just under three hours to win the event for the second year in a row.

Wade Young Sherco
Wade Young claimed the 2018 Wildwood Rock Extreme Enduro win

Young won the event by completing six laps in 2 hours and 51 minutes while second placed rider Wade Ibrahim ended the day some ten minutes behind Young but almost eight minutes ahead of third placed Tim Coleman.

Extreme Challenge Top Ten

  1. Wade Young – 2:51:52.298
  2. Wade Ibrahim – 3:01:54.424
  3. Timothy Coleman – 3:08:29.045
  4. Hamish MacDonald – 3:16:10.434
  5. Mitch Harper – 3:23:26.636
  6. Ruben Chadwick – 3:26:09.563
  7. Robert Nowak – 2:53:50.645
  8. Chris Perry – 2:55:25.952
  9. Jake Whitaker – 2:58:32.980
  10. Anthony Solar – 3:01:32.306

AMA EnduroCross Series – Boise, ID

Colton Haaker has won his second AMA EnduroCross championship with a conservative second place finish at the Boise finale while Cody Webb did everything he could to hang onto his number one plate by taking the win in front of another large and enthusiastic crowd.

AMA EnduroCross Boise Colton Haaker TY A
Colton Haaker – Image by Tanner Yeager

Third place for the night went to Ty Tremaine, who also narrowly beat Kyle Redmond for third in the championship after both battled for most of the main event.

Ty Cullins blasted his Beta 300 two-stroke to the front at the start of the main event, just ahead of Haaker and Webb. The two championship combatants moved past Cullins, who had troubles and dropped back to ninth by the end of the first lap. Haaker led the first two laps and Webb jumped a huge log double to close right up to his back wheel and then made a pass for the lead on lap three.

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Colton Haaker – Image by Tanner Yeager

Webb kept jumping the large double to open a gap on Haaker, who was riding a conservative race to clinch the championship. Haaker made it through the No Joke Lane on lap nine of fifteen and the only drama remaining for Webb was to make it through the No Joke Lane himself without losing time. Webb did that on lap eleven and went on for his third win of the season.

The battle for third in the race and championship between Tremaine and Redmond was intense. Redmond came into the race with a single point lead over Tremaine so whichever rider finished in front of the other would take the spot. Tremaine quickly worked up from eighth position on lap one to lock into a battle with Redmond. They traded third a few times before Tremaine opened a gap in the closing laps. Redmond held on for fourth position in the race and championship.

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Colton Haaker – Image by Tanner Yeager
Colton Haaker

“This whole season it’s been Cody (Webb) and I going back-and-forth, back-and-forth and the championship really came down to a few key moments, like the halfway point in the season when we’re tied, and I knew what we had to do to win. For me, I think last weekend in Everett was the championship night. I knew if I could win there I could win the title. I never won in Everett before that, so I think I made it happen there. Tonight, I got a great start and rode clean and smooth and Cody passed me and got a bit of a gap. He was riding really solid tonight and taking some extra risks that I didn’t have to. I just wanted to bring it home here and I’m so happy we did. It’s amazing to come back and win the EnduroCross title again after losing it. It wasn’t easy coming back from not winning and gaining the confidence to get back up to the front.”

AMA EnduroCross Boise Haaker Podium
Colton Haaker – Image by Tanner Yeager
Cody Webb

“The season and my riding were good despite how little prep time I had coming in. I got the win at round one in Prescott and that was just really lucky. Even by Costa Mesa I only had a couple 12-minute motos in me before the race. I just fell apart in the main and couldn’t hold on. The rest of the year I focused on getting back to doing full motos in training. That had me riding better and by Denver, things got really aggressive and I couldn’t seem to keep up the intensity there. So, I started doing more bracket-style training, riding as hard as I could go. I felt like a steam engine this year. I started out sluggish and kept throwing more fuel to the fire and, by the end of the year, I was back to full-steam ahead. Losing the championship is a bummer but it’s nice to cap of the season with a big win here in Idaho like this. I was doing stuff on the track no one else was doing and it was fun to win the crowd over by jumping big stuff. Now, it’s off to get my arm pump under control and SuperEnduro prep.”

AMA EnduroCross Boise Cody Webb
Cody Webb
Ty Tremaine

“The season started off great with the Alta electric bike. They were putting in a lot of effort with me and the EnduroCross program and they, unfortunately, closed up shop. So, I’m really lucky Beta took a chance with me and I just tried to keep my head down and not let anything get to me so there really isn’t a reason I shouldn’t have performed on any bike. Going into the off-season I’m working really hard. I’m really happy about where we’re going from here.”

Ty Cullins

“I’ve been working super hard all year. My main goal was to get top fives and, about halfway through the season, I was in the lead for the Junior Championship and I focused on that as the goal for the year. It’s just been a great year. I finished top-five in half the races, I shared the holeshot tonight with Colton Haaker and I am just looking forward to getting the details for next year dialed in and come back better than ever.”

Boise EnduroCross Main Event

  1. Cody Webb
  2. Colton Haaker
  3. Ty Tremaine
  4. Kyle Redmond
  5. Ty Cullins
  6. Geoff Aaron
  7. Cory Graffunder
  8. Max Gerston
  9. Noah Kepple
  10. Cooper Abbott
AMA EnduroCross Boise Colton Haaker TY A
Colton Haaker – Image by Tanner Yeager

Super EnduroCross Rider Point Standings

  1. Colton Haaker – 150 points
  2. Cody Webb – 146 points
  3. Ty Tremaine – 100 points
  4. Kyle Redmond – 99 points
  5. Geoff Aaron – 90 points
  6. Ty Cullins – 89 points
  7. Noah Kepple – 83 points
  8. Cooper Abbott – 76 points
  9. Mason Ottersberg – 55 points
  10. Dustin McCarthy – 53 points
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World Vet Championships – Glen Helen, CA

The annual World Vet Motocross Championship was held at Glen Helen in California last weekend and you will recognise many a rider in the results below including ANZACS Daryl Hurley, Tony Cooksley and Barry Surwaski.

Hurley was the star performer with a win in the 40+ Pro class and hard fought 4th in the 30+ Pro class while Surwaski managed a 10th in the 40+ Pro class despite being on a YZ250F against a full field of 450s.

30+ Pro Class

  1. Josh Grant (Kaw)–1-1
  2. Jeff Loop (Yam)–3-2
  3. Tonni Andersen (KTM)–2-3
  4. Daryl Hurley (Suz)–4-4
  5. Kris Keefer (Yam)–6-5

40+ Pro Class

  1. Daryl Hurley (Sus) 2-1
  2. Kurt Nicoll (KTM) 3-2
  3. Kris Keefer (Yam) 1-4
  4. Steve Powell (Suz) 5-6
  5. Todd Gravitt (KYM) 7-5
  6. Matt Karlsen ((kaw) 6-7
  7. Matthieu Smith (Hon) 8-8
  8. Bill Fosnock (Hon) 9-9
  9. Craig Brown (Kaw) 11-10
  10. Barry Surawski (Yam) 13-11

50+ Pro Class

  1. Kurt Nicoll (KTM)–1-1
  2. Don Bisceglia (Hus)–2-2
  3. Ed Foedish (Yam)–3-3
  4. Darren Cahill (Yam)–5-4
  5. Jon Ortner (Yam)–6-5

25+ Expert Class

  1. Stephen Martin (Hon)–DNF-1
  2. Billy Lea (Yam)–1-DNS
  3. Vince Giancana (Suz)–2-DNS
  4. William Smith (Kaw)–3-DNS

30+ Expert Class

  1. Brody Jennings (Yam)–2-1
  2. Jesse Mobley (Suz)–4-2
  3. Lucas Frye (Hon)–3-DNS

35+ Expert Class

  1. Mirko Milani (KTM)–1-1
  2. Jeff Northrop (Hus)–3-2
  3. Kenny Bell (Suz)–DNF-3
  4. Imre Adamek (KTM)–2-DNS

40+ Expert Class

  1. Matthieu Smith (Hon)–1-1
  2. Shawn Bushnell (Hon)–2-2
  3. Laurence Wiltshire (KTM)–3-3
  4. Billy Van Vugt (Suz)–8-4
  5. Ralf Schmidt (TM)–7-5

45+ Expert Class

  1. Mike Reefman (Yam)–1-1
  2. Craig Davis (Hus)–3-2
  3. Fabio Occhiolini (Hon)–2-3
  4. Brian Storrie (Hus)–4-4
  5. Glenn Carmody (Kaw)–6-5

55+ Expert Class

  1. Kevin Foley (Suz)–1-1
  2. Robert Reisinger (Hus)–3-2
  3. Tommy Grandstroem (Hon)–2-3
  4. Michael Clement (Hus)–6-4
  5. Milt Reimer (Yam)–4-6

60+ Expert Class

  1. Pete De Graaf (KTM)–1-1
  2. Isao Ida (Hon)–2-2
  3. Eric McKenna (KTM)–4-3
  4. Mark Kaestner (Yam)–3-5
  5. Trey Jorski (KTM)–6-4
  6. Val Tamietti (Yam)–7-6
  7. Tony Cooksley (Yam)–5-9

65+ Expert Class

  1. Carl Garafy –1-1
  2. Bruce Sass (Yam)–2-2
  3. Dwight Catalano (Yam)–4-3
  4. Mic Rodgers (Hus)–3-DNS

70+ All Class

  1. Gary Chase (Yam)–1-2
  2. Jim O’neal (Yam)–3-3
  3. Bill Maxiam (Hon)–2-6
  4. Roque Colman (Hon)–5-4
  5. Steve Machado (Yam)–4-5

Woman Expert

  1. Steffi Laier (KTM)–1-1
  2. Vicki Golden (Suz)–2-2
  3. Nicole Pitell-Vaughan (Hon)–3-3
  4. Holly Break (Yam)–4-4

Canadian Triple Crown Supercross – Quebec

Round three of the Rockstar Triple Crown Championship took place in Quebec last weekend and the final featured a controversial finish between title contenders Cole Thompson and Colton Facciotti – the result of which is under investigation by the promoters and the governing body.

Facciotti held the lead over Thompson going into the final corner where Thompson ran into the side of Facciotti as they exited the corner before going over the finish line. Both riders crashed and Facciotti went off the side of the finish line jump, landed on his back and despite Facciotti going over the finish line first Thompson was credited with the win, with Facciotti taking second while Phil Nicoletti finished third.

Facciotti did not attend the podium celebration after the race and was kept in the hospital overnight with a lung and back injury.  Derek Schuster confirms Colton is out for the remainder of the season.

Jess Pettis got the win the 250 class ahead of Logan Karnow and Shawn Maffenbeier and with one round remaining takes an 11 point lead in the championship.

450 Overall

  1. Cole Thompson
  2. Colton Facciotti
  3. Phil Nicoletti
  4. Cody VanBuskirk
  5. Tyler Medaglia
  6. Daniel Herrlein
  7. Cheyenne Harmon
  8. Matt Goerke
  9. Keylan Meston
  10. Eric Jeffrey

450 Championship Standings

  1. Cole Thompson – 83
  2. Colton Facciotti – 74
  3. Phil Nicoletti – 65
  4. Matt Goerke – 58
  5. Tyler Medaglia – 58

250 Overall

  1. Jess Pettis
  2. Logan Karnow
  3. Shawn Maffenbeier
  4. Tanner Ward
  5. Marco Cannella

250 Championship Standings

  1. Jess Pettis 90
  2. Logan Karnow – 79
  3. Shawn Maffenbeier – 77
  4. Marco Cannella – 65
  5. Tanner Ward – 59
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Cooper Wins Waikato Champs

Despite still feeling the effects of a chest infection that has reduced him to the couch for several weeks Honda rider Cody Cooper has once again won the annual Waikato Motocross Championships near Te Kuiti last weekend.

After arch rival Kayne Lamont was injured Cooper easily accounted for Cohen Chase and Reece Walker on a stock standard 2019 Honda CRF450R.

Cody Cooper

“I was feeling quite tired in the last race. I was feeling quite shaky as my body hasn’t recovered from the bug I had.”

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Cooper Webb who joins KTM Factory Racing in 2019 won the Waikato Champs

The 35 year old Cooper will now look at getting his bike and body in shape for the up-coming New Zealand Motocross Championships.

Russia to Stage 2019 FIM Speedway of Nations Finals

World Championship speedway is bound for Russia next year as the reigning world champions host the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations (SON) Finals in Togliatti on July 20 and 21.

Russian duo Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov stormed to victory at this year’s Finals in Wroclaw, breaking Great Britain’s hearts in an epic title decider to win the nation’s first ever speedway world title.

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Togliatti Circuit – Russia

The country has been a huge force in the ice speedway world, with Togliatti’s Anatoly Stepanov Stadium a regular venue for world-class events, including the 2019 FIM Team Ice Speedway World Championship on February 16 and 17.

BSI Speedway managing director Torben Olsen is excited by the prospect of bringing the sport’s biggest names to Togliatti.

Torben Olsen

“It has long been our wish to bring the FIM Speedway World Championships presented by Monster Energy to Russia. Following their Monster Energy SON win last summer and the country’s hugely successful staging of the FIFA World Cup, there really couldn’t be a better time to be taking this event to Togliatti. “

The 353-metre Togliatti circuit is home to Russian speedway and ice speedway teams Mega-Lada Togliatti. The stadium also serves as a technical sports school for children, a sports bar, a hotel and the only specialised youth speedway track in Russia.

Alexei Stepanov – President of the Mega-Lada Club

“Thanks to many years of fruitful work, developing and popularising motorcycle sports in Russia, and the special support of the Samara regional government and the governor, Mr. Dmitry Azarov, this summer Togliatti’s Anatoly Stepanov Stadium will host the final rounds of the prestigious team event, the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations. I am sure that the national teams shall enjoy the racing, and fans and friends coming from all over the world shall like staying in Togliatti. We will do our best to write Togliatti’s name in the glorious history of world speedway.”

The competing countries in the 2019 Monster Energy SON will be revealed in due course.

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Beaton, Ostlund and Jasikonis to Husqvarna for 2019

Just a week after confirming that the 2017 MX2 World Motocross Champion Pauls Jonass will compete in the MXGP class on Husqvarna machinery, the iconic brand has backed that up with the signing of Jed Beaton, Arminas Jasikonis and Alvin Ostlund for the 2019 World Motocross Championships.

Australian star Beaton will join Thomas Kjer-Olsen with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team for the 2019 and 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship seasons under the guidance of former FIM 500cc Motocross World Champion Jacky Martens.

Jed Beaton

“It’s a great honour for me to join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 team. Growing up in Australia, it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to race the Motocross World Championship. As a member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MX2 team I believe I am in the best possible position to fight for the ultimate goal of becoming world champion. The team never cease to impress me with their professionalism and I am really looking forward to starting the new chapter of my career with them.”

Jed Beaton Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX Team
Jed Beaton to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 Team in 2019

Jasikonis will race for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team throughout the 2019 season and the 21-year-old racer from Lithuania will partner Jonass in a highly promising two-rider team that will compete in the MXGP class.

Arminas Jasikonis

“I’m really looking forward to entering the 2019 series with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna MXGP team. I’ve been closely following their work and to finally be a member of this great team feels like a dream has come true. I admire their professionalism and I am willing to work harder than ever so I can give my best in each and every GP. This will be my third full season in the MXGP category and I am really motivated to make it the best one so far. Coming from a shoulder injury, I’ve worked really hard to be physically stronger and I’m now looking forward to start riding my new FC 450 machine. It’s a great bike and I believe I am capable of doing great things aboard this machine.”

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Arminas Jasikonis & Antti Pyrhonen

Swedish rider Alvin Ostlund will race the 2019 MX2 championship for the Revo Husqvarna which will also become a Factory supported satellite team for 2019.

Alvin Ostlund

“It is finally official now, I can say I have signed for Revo Husqvarna for 2019! It is a very good bike and I am looking forward to the season ahead next year. Hopefully we can have a good winter now and then this will mean a good start to the season. I am doing both the British and the MXGP series next year, this is a lot more riding then I have ever done before as I have only ever done one series. I have been with Yamaha for the past 8 years and so this is a big change for me, the Husqvarna FC 250 is totally different with the engine and suspension but as soon as I got on the bike I enjoyed riding it. It feels good, I can’t wait!

Bollinger Replaces Strang at Husqvarna for GNCC

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have announced that Trevor Bollinger will join the squad for the 2019 Amsoil Grand National Cross Country Series as the teammate to Thad Duvall, who finished second in this year’s series.

Trevor Bollinger

“I am excited to be riding for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. It’s a real honour to be working with such a professional group. I look forward to doing great things together.”

Timmy Weigand – Team Manager

“Trevor will be a great addition to our team, he has had a successful career already and we are happy to have him out there racing the GNCC series.”

At Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, Bollinger takes the place of veteran (and 2010 GNCC Champion) Josh Strang, who took sixth overall in this year’s GNCC points.

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Wilson to SX-Open at Mt Smart

The Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland is shaping up to be a grand slam of the world’s best superstars this year, with Dean Wilson confirmed for the November 24 blockbuster inside Mt Smart Stadium.

Dean Wilson

“I’m super excited to be coming to New Zealand and competing in the first ever S-X Open Auckland. It’s perfect timing for me to come down and really put in a good performance; with the high caliber names that are competing this year, if I can beat them, then I’m back on the international radar, which is what I’m aiming for. I’m sure the Kiwi fans are going to be excited you know, their first real big supercross with some fast guys and world champions, it’s just going to be a really exciting event so hopefully, they’re loud and ready for some good racing.

Dean Wilson
Dean Wilson

“I’ve never been to New Zealand before but it does look like a beautiful country, it’s very green, nice rolling hills, it is a bit like Scotland. I really am looking forward to it. I’m going to see as much as I can, but obviously, I need to get back to the States and get training. I’m just lucky enough to get to go check it out. It’s going to be super cool and I’m looking forward to it

“I grew up watching Ben Townley when I was younger and you know he was always a guy that battled Villopoto and looked like he was trying half as hard, it was really funny to watch. A very talented guy and yeah, he’s a legend.”

Dean Wilson will ride a DPH Motorsport team prepared, Husqvarna FC450
Dean Wilson will ride a DPH Motorsport team prepared, Husqvarna FC450

Wilson will ride a DPH Motorsport team prepared, Husqvarna FC450 at this year’s Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.

During last year’s event, the 26-year-old took top honours during the Saturday night AUS-X Open final in Australia last year, backing that up with a strong second place on Sunday.

Anstie to KTM in 2019

Max Anstie has agreed to a one-year deal with Standing Construct KTM to join 2018 MXoN winner Glenn Coldenhoff (moving over from Red Bull KTM) and Ivo Monticelli on the team.

Max Anstie

“I’m really looking forward to 2019, the Standing Construct KTM team are a great crew, we have great material and a solid programme. We will be ready to perform in 2019! I’m very grateful to KTM and Tim for making this happen and giving me this opportunity.”

Max Anstie
Tim Mathys – Team Manager

“I am very happy to have signed Max to ride for our team in 2019, already in our MX2 period we were seriously interested in Max and also earlier this season we showed interest in him. With the support of KTM we managed to find an agreement and I think that we have a strong team heading into the 2019 MXGP season.”

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Bopping to CDR Yamaha

Lawson Bopping will compete on the CDR Yamaha YZ450F at the AUS-X Open in Sydney and the SX Open event in New Zealand after injuries to Dean Ferris and Nathan Crawford have left a seat vacant for the two biggest events of the year.

Bopping, who raced for the team in 2012 and 2013, took a couple of years away from racing due to health concerns but returned for this years’ Australian Supercross Championship and has been placing well in the premier SX1 division where he currently sits in eighth place with just the Sydney round remaining.

Craig Dack – Team Manager

“With the last two events of the year the highest profile on our racing calendar, I felt it was important that we were well represented by having two bikes on the track. We have a commitment to our sponsors to provide them with quality riders, good coverage at events and solid results and we believe Lawson can fill that role for us at these two events. Lawson will slot in easily for us as he knows everyone on the team, has worked with us in the past and is very comfortable on the Yamaha YZ450F. We have no expectations on him other them compete like he has every other weekend and represent our team, brand and sponsors well and I’m sure he will do a great job.  It’s a shame that injures to Dean Ferris and Nathan Crawford have occurred, but racing is a tough game sometimes. The good news is both are recovering well and will be back to 100% in the near future.”

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CDR Yamaha’s Craig Dack

For Bopping, it’s an unexpected return to the big rigs of professional racing. At the end of the 2015 season, Bopping took some time off racing to allow his health to recover after running himself into the ground.

Although he stopped racing, he never lost his love for riding a dirt bike and now with his health back under control, Bopping opted to join back into the racing fray for the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship and has enjoyed life in the fast lane once again.

Lawson Bopping

“I was pretty ran down by the end of the 2015 season and it felt like I just never had any energy so I had to make the call to step away from racing and get my body right. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% fit, but I feel pretty healthy at the moment and I’m loving being back at the races and doing supercross. It’s pretty exciting to get the call from Craig to do these final two rounds. It’s never good to get the gig because of rider injures so I feel for both Dean and Nathan in their situations. It’s going to be fun racing for CDR Yamaha again and I look forward to hanging out with the guys and racing their amazing bikes for the next couple of weekends and hopefully I can do a good job of keeping the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team flag flying high.”

Current CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team racer, Dylan Long, sits fifth in the points and looking to improve at the final round in Sydney.

The AUS-X Open roars to life at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on November 9 and 10, while the SX Open in Auckland will tear up Mt Smart Stadium on November 27.

McAdoo Set for AUS-X

20-year-old American Cameron Mcadoo has signed on to replace Bradley Taft as Penrite Honda Racing’s sole SX2 rider for this weekend’s AUS-X and for young star can’t wait to race in Australia alongside fellow Iowa rider Justin Brayton.

Cameron Mcadoo

“I have been riding and training with Justin at Club MX for the past two seasons. He is an inspiration and offers great advice and support. He always talks about Australia and I truly appreciate the opportunity Penrite Honda has given me to come out and compete. I was happy with several MX finishes and I hope to carry that momentum into Sydney. The bike here is competitive and I have watched the success they have had with many riders in the SX2 class over the last few seasons.”

Team director Yarrive Konsky considered all options for the teams SX2 replacement, but felt this was the best outcome.

Yarrive Konsky – Team Director

“We looked at riders in our RED RIDER program but they are aligned with different sponsors and we didn’t feel it was justified to disrupt that. All other top 10 riders are aligned with other brands so we wanted someone who was on a Honda and could fit straight into our program,” said Konsky.

RIP Dan Villopoto

Not long after helping his son Ryan compete in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event and right in the middle of preparing for AUS-X in Australia, Dan Villopoto passed away late last week from a massive heart attack.

Ryan Villopoto will be looking to get further up the field
Ryan Villopoto paid tribute to his father, Dan

“This world we live in is a giving place but at the same time it can be cruel,” Ryan said from his @RyanVillopoto Instagram account. “I spent the last six weeks with my dad day in and day out working and training for the upcoming races overseas. For the first time in a long time it was real again, like when I was young. Love you Dad! You will be sorely missed by all.”

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Three New Riders for CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha

CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha has signed Matt Bisceglia to contest the 2019 supercross season in the 450 class while in the 250 Class Brandon Hartranft and Jacob Hayes have signed to compete in both the AMA Supercross and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships.

What Racing is Left for 2018?

The countdown is on for the 93rd FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE), as Australia’s World Trophy, Junior Trophy and Women’s Trophy Teams head off to Vina del Mar, Chile this weekend and all of our teams have the ability to take the win while we also look to Sydney for AUS-X with Chad Reed touted as the favourite to win the event once again.

The Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race is on this weekend too and the big news is that MXoN winner Glenn Coldenhoff will go for victory against the World SS Enduro riders Billy Bolt, Josep Garcia, Taddy Blazusiak, Nathan Watson and Jonny Walker while Weston Beach race winner Todd Kellett is also on hand to have a crack at taking the win – see the list of the remaining events for 2018 below:

  • Australasia
    • Australian Supercross Championships – Nov. 11 – AUS-X Open – Sydney
    • New Zealand Supercross Championships
      • Nov. 24 – SX Open – Auckland
      • Dec. 1 – South Waikato
      • Dec. 15 – Southland
  • America
    • 2018 AMA World Off-Road Championships (WORCS) – Nov. 9-11 – Primm, NV
    • 2018 THOR Mini Olympics – Nov. 19-24 – Gainesville, FL
    • 2018 Day In The Dirt – Nov. 24-26 – Glen Helen, CA
    • Canadian Triple Crown Supercross – Nov. 17 – Hamilton
  • Europe
    • Stuttgart Supercross – Nov. 9-10 – Germany
    • 2018 Paris Supercross – Nov. 17-18 – Paris, France
    • World Enduro Super Series (WESS) – Nov. 10 – Red Bull Knock Out Beach Race – The Netherlands
    • ISDE – Nov. 12-17 – Chile
    • Geneva Supercross – Nov. 30/Dec. 1 – Switzerland
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Dainese Introduces Third Generation D-air Range

Exciting new models for men and women in the third generation D-air garments from Dainese. 

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Dainese Introduces Third Generation D-air® Range

The Most Impressive D-air® Line to Date; Full Range Includes Apparel for Men and Women Across Multiple Riding Disciplines

Third Generation D-air

Dainese (, the world leader in protective wear for dynamic sports and known for incorporating style and design with premium safety features, today introduced the third generation of its D-air® range which now covers a multitude of riding styles for both men and women.

The 2019 D-air® range marks the debut of the third generation of the Dainese airbag, which offers improved ergonomics and efficiency. The airbag and algorithm are designed to protect the most exposed areas of the body and to deploy at exactly the right moment. For the track, Dainese launches the new Misano 2 D-air®, a professional leather racing suit. The airbag system is also making its debut in some of Dainese’s most iconic road gear, from the Avro D-air® suit to the leather Racing 3 D-air® jacket and the Carve Master 2 D-air®, the Gore-Tex garment built for sport touring. The top-of-the-line Tuono D-air® completes the collection.

For the first time, Dainese is also launching several D-air® garments designed for women, including the Misano 2 Lady D-air®, the first professional leather suit for women equipped with an airbag, the Avro Lady D-air®, and the Racing 3 Lady D-air®. The products from the women’s D-air® line offer the same features and technology as the men’s line.

Protected by 27 patents, the internal microfilaments are a distinctive feature of the airbag – the heart of the D-air® system – and the microfilaments are the key feature that prevents the bag from losing its shape and guarantees controlled inflation along with even pressure and protection over the entire surface.

Due to extensive and ongoing research and the analysis of more than 2,000 activations, the bag in the D-air® system has been redesigned to only cover areas of the body that actually need protection. The D-Air® redesign strikes a perfect balance between safety and ergonomics, ensured by a system that is 37 percent lighter than the previous version. The third-generation airbag is now better integrated into garments and guarantees comfort equal to that of a traditional jacket.

Also new for the third generation D-Air® system is the replaceable airbag: after an activation, airbags can now be replaced by an authorized dealer.

From the track to sport touring and adventure to urban riding – Dainese’s new D-air® range is the pinnacle of protective gear for the motorcyclist and the result of extensive product engineering and countless hours of R&D and testing. From Dainese athletes at the highest level of the sport to the everyday rider, the new D-air® range is testament to the brand’s commitment to safety for all riders.

This week at EICMA 2018, Dainese Group will be displaying its new products in Pavilion 15, Stand I06.

Third Generation D-air
Third Generation D-air

Third Generation D-air

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Dorna/MotoGP meet with Indonesian Tourism Developers

Representatives from the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation recently met with Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports SL, along with the Sporting Director, Mr Carlos Ezpeleta, took a short break to visit the Island of Bali, staying at one of the five-star resorts at the Nusa Dua, a 350-ha integrated Tourism Estate, owned and managed by ITDC.

During this time, Mr Ezpeleta and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer, CEO and President Director of ITDC, toured and enjoyed the facilities at the Nusa Dua and also embarked on a day trip to the Island of Lombok to visit the Mandalika, another tourism resort project currently under development by ITDC, situated in the Southern Coast of the Island.

Indonesia Racetrack Complex Area

Specifically, for this trip, Dorna was visiting a possible location for hosting future Motorbike Race Events within the 1,175-ha integrated tourism estate.  The Mandalika, an Integrated Tourism Complex is situated in the South of Lombok, next to the
neighboring Island of Bali. With 16km of Beachfront, the Mandalika is managed under ITDC.

Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer – CEO of ITDC

“Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta was primarily at the Nusa Dua for a well-deserved break at the Bali National Golf Club before heading out to Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. It was not his first time to the Island as he visited the Nusa Dua around 2 years prior beforehand. For this visit, during his busy schedule and on route between the two races, he wanted to visit Bali as well as Lombok, where we welcomed him to the Mandalika and presented a potential concept to host future Motorbike Race Events. His visit was brief, but we believe that he sincerely enjoyed his break and of course we would be very happy to welcome him back to Bali and Lombok in the near future.”

Indonesia Racetrack Meeting
ITDC Head of Investment & Marketing Ricky Baheramsjah, ITDC Director of Development Edwin Darmasetiawan, ITDC President Director and CEO Abdulbar M. Mansoer, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, Roadgrip Indonesia Director Raoul Pasaribu, Construction and Operation Director Ngurah Wirawan, Dorna Sporting Director Carlos Ezpeleta, MRK1 Consulting Managing Director Mark Hughes

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro | 208hp | 115Nm | 184kg

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

Closely associated with the F4 RC Superbike, which has proven its potential battling for the top positions in the World Superbike Championship, MV Agusta are set to release the MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

This incredible new nakedbike has 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 115.5 Nm of torque.  With the dedicated racing kit, consisting of an engineered SC-Project titanium exhaust system and dedicated ECU, the maximum power is increased to exceptional value of 212 hp (156 kW) at 13,600 rpm.

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While remaining loyal to the traditional transverse four-cylinder layout and continuing with the decision to employ radial valve positioning in the combustion chamber along with a central timing chain, unique technical characteristics employed only by MV Agusta, the engineers have revolutionised the original design, leaving only a few castings untouched in the process.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

The titanium radial valves now slide through new sintered valve guides and open up into an entirely redesigned and CNC machined combustion chamber. Camshaft timing has been revamped, with the phasing updated on both the intake and the exhaust sides.

The pistons use new low friction Asso compression rings to improve performance and efficiency, while the crankshaft was redesigned from scratch and rebalanced to reduce to a minimum the vibrations and resulting parasitic power losses at the high rpm.

In addition to the new pistons rings and the new lubrication circuit also applied to the revamped primary drive and transmission, which employ gears precisely designed to reduce friction and noise.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

These technical advancements translate into perceived quality by the rider with a noted mechanical noise reduction, a quiet engine that is incredibly responsive. Also contributing to the overall noise reduction, reaching limits lower than those required by current regulations, are the new clutch and phonic wheel covers which are then encased in carbon fiber to further attenuate noise.

To reach the extraordinary power of 208 hp, the airbox has been entirely reengineered. The careful study of the intake ducts and the use of special resonators allowed the TSS system (variable height ducts) to be removed, thereby reducing the overall weight of the engine by 1 kg while still obtaining an even fuller and more linear power curve.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

A double injector system – one near the throttle body and the other above the intake duct – provides extremely precise injected fuel management in order to optimise high performance and emissions reduction at any rpm.

The 4-1-4 exhaust layout was deemed the best for this type of engine and firing order. The presence of the electronic exhaust valve is useful not only to comply with regulations, but also proves to be fundamental for managing the counter-pressure in the exhaust system to improve engine torque.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie OroIn collaboration with Eldor, MV Agusta has developed a new ECU dedicated to the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro four-cylinder. Managed by a full multimap Ride-by-Wire system and regulated by an IMU inertial platform, the Brutale’s riding dynamics are comparable to that of a true Superbike.

The inertial platform manages both the traction control (which can be adjusted to 8 levels or deactivated) and the anti-wheelie system which provides two options: active or inactive. Completing the electronics package are the Launch Control and EAS 2.0 Up&Down electronic gearbox systems, active both in up and downshifting.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

While the F4 RC was the starting point for developing the engine in the all-new Brutale, MV Agusta’s heritage is evident in the chassis architecture. Pioneers of the “composite chassis structure” with steel trellis connected to aluminium side plates, MV Agusta has maintained this engineering concept – also applied to the new Moto2 bike ready to compete in 2019 – but evolves it significantly on the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.

A single-sided swingarm, 1432 mm wheelbase, and the electronically adjustable Öhlins fork, fastened to steering triple clamps that have been redesigned and engineered from scratch for the all-new Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.

The Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber and the steering damper are also managed by a dedicated electronic ECU.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

An aerodynamics study aimed at improving downforce and high-speed stability is clearly visible with the spoilers applied beside the radiator, markedly improving the load on the front wheel at high speed. The downforce effect begins to contribute significantly at speeds over 200 km/h improving stability and acceleration. All of this without hindering handling, which has always been a strong point of MV Agusta naked sports bikes.

The braking system is, as always, state-of-the-art with the new Brembo Stylema calipers that grip 320 mm diameter floating discs. Electronic ABS management is entrusted to the Bosch 9.1 ABS system, the most compact and lightweight on the market.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro comes standard with tyre pressure sensors and a Gold Racing chain.

Carbon-fibre rims treated with a special transparent red paint contribute to reducing unsprung mass and inertia to a minimum.  Carbon-fibre is the protagonist of the entire superstructure, including the tail fairing covering. The presence of an anodised red copper wire in the carbon weave gives it unique visual impact and also contributes to improving the rigidity of the structure.

The lithium battery was a must, as well as many CNC machined components. The result is a total declared kerb weight of 184 kg.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

The headlight is Full LED and can rely on Cornering Lights, controlled by the inertial platform and able to illuminate turns based on the lean angle, all beneficial for safe riding. For the first time on a bike, the internal part of the headlight unit is coloured and forms an “X” shape that the steering base also takes on. The equipment includes front and rear Daylight Running Lights which make the bike clearly visible, even in daylight.

All of the vital engine and electronics functions are displayed on the 5-inch colour TFT dashboard with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The riders smartphone can be connected via Bluetooth to the dashboard to manage incoming calls, texts and music. The purpose of its particular arrangement above the fuel tank – which is fitted with a locking cap made from billet – is to make the front end even more compact and aggressive.

MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro
MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

The exclusive connotation of the all-new Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is emphasised by the 300-unit limited edition and a dedicated kit made up of the titanium exhaust and dedicated mapping.

Triumph 1200 Scramblers look high-end and highly capable

2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and XC

Triumph have taken the Scrambler big-bore for 2019 with an 89 hp version of the 270-degree 1200cc Bonneville engine housed in a stripped back retro Scrambler format that seeks to marry modern technology with classic styling.

Triumph Scrambler XC Engine
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

The engine seems to be tuned with big-bore thump in mind. A 7,500 rev limit cuts in only 100rpm after the claimed 89 horsepower peak, while the maximum twist of 110 Nm hits its fattest at not much more than half those revs, 3950 rpm to be exact.

Triumph Scrambler XC RHR
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

Triumph mention ‘low inertia’ in the press blurb so we presume that the 97.6 mm pistons swing off a somewhat lighter 80 mm crank throw in comparison to the Bonneville. Those aforementioned power figures are 12.5 per cent more than the T120 Bonneville, and 38 per cent more than the smaller engined 900 cc Street Scrambler.

Triumph Scrambler XE RHR
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Out of the two models it is the XE that has the more serious off-road chops with a very generous 250 mm of suspension travel compared to the also quite long 200 mm travel of the XC model. 

Triumph Scrambler XE Extreme Kit
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE with Extreme Kit

Showa provide the fully-adjustable forks on both models with the XE boasting 2 mm larger stanchions in gold compared to the 45 mm black items found on the XC.

Triumph Scrambler XE Scene
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Ohlins fully-adjustable piggyback shocks grace both bikes and it seems the team at Ohlins are impressed by the new Scramblers.

Triumph Scrambler XC Shocks
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

Emil Åberg – Ohlins

’The twin spring Öhlins RSU on the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 combines new technology with inspiration from 70’s motocross to deliver high performance and long suspension travel capability. Our testing team were amazed with the performance of the new 1200 Scramblers, and considered them to be actually more capable off-road than many of the adventure bikes they had tested.’’

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2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

You will need a longer inseam for the XE as at 870 mm its seat height is 30 mm taller than the XC.

Triumph Scrambler XE Seats
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Both bikes ride on a 90/90-21 front and 150/70-17 rear tyres that are wrapped around 32-spoke tubeless ready rims with optional tyre pressure monitoring.

Triumph Scrambler XC Escape Kit
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC with Escape Kit

High-spec monobloc hardware from Brembo looks after the stopping duties.

Triumph Scrambler XC Brakes
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

The tubular steel frame is all new for the Scrambler 1200 platform and combines with aluminium cradles. While the XC has a 547 mm long swingarm, the XE gets a much longer item at 579 mm. The longer swingarm should help the bike be more manageable in the slippery stuff, and also make it easier to slide!

Triumph Scrambler XE Swingarm
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

The XE also scores a higher spec ABS and traction control system with lean-angle functionality thanks to an internal measurement unit (IMU). 

Triumph Scrambler XC Speedo
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

The XE also gains an extra Off-Road Pro mode to add to the Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road and rider customisable modes present on both bikes.

Folding and adjustable foot controls are also exclusive to the XE model as are the braced alloy hand-guards and heated grips.

Triumph Scrambler XC Controls
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC

Both bikes feature Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFT screen with optional bluetooth functionality.  The bluetooth system not only allows for turn-by-turn navigation to be displayed when partnered with your phone, but also music and voice controls for your intercom system.

Triumph Scrambler XE Speedo
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

The navigation prompts are a first for Triumph that debuts on these new Scramblers.  We have seen this great new technology on a few new motorcycles now but Triumph have gone further and implemented an integrated GoPro camera control system! 

Triumph Scrambler XE Action
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

LED lighting is used throughout both motorcycles along with keyless ignition, cruise control and a USB charging socket.

Triumph Scrambler XE Headlight
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

As we recently have noted when testing some of the latest Triumph models, the brand is definitely positioning itself further up in to the premium category of motorcycles.  

Triumph Scrambler XE White
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

Thus I would expect these new Scramblers, especially the very highly appointed XE model, to be priced north of 20k, but hey maybe Triumph will surprise us..?   Both new models are expected to arrive in Australia late in the first-quarter of 2019.

Triumph Scrambler XC Top
2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC


Official 2019 Australian Superbike Championship calendar unveiled

Official 2019 Australian Superbike Championship calendar unveiled

Darwin dropped, Sydney Motorsport Park returns in the new year.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has unveiled the official 2019 calendar for the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), confirming the series will continue with seven rounds in the new year.

Notable changes for 2019 include the absence of Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, while Sydney Motorsport Park makes a welcome return, where it’s set to host the season finale at a later than usual date of 1-3 November.

The championship will kick off in conjunction with the opening round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) at Phllip Island on 21-24 February, before heading to Wakefield Park Raceway in New South Wales for round two on 22-24 March.

Round three will visit the world-class The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, scheduled for 26-28 April, before heading into a lengthy break. Racing will resume on 5-7 July at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland followed by Winton Motor Raceway’s fifth stop on 6-8 September in Victoria.

Phillip Island is set to make it’s second appearance in the championship for penultimate round on 4-6 October prior to wrapping up in Sydney.

2019 Australian Superbike Championship calendar:
Rd1- 21-24 February – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC
Rd2 – 22-24 March – Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
Rd3 – 26-28 April – The Bend Motorsport Park, SA
Rd4 – 5-7 July – Morgan Park Raceway, QLD
Rd5 – 6-8 September – Winton Motor Raceway, VIC
Rd6 – 4-6 October – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC
Rd7 – 1-3 November – Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW


2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 | 950 SP

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

SP gets Ohlins, Marchesini & DQS

Alongside the new Panigale V4 R, Ducati also announced the new Hypermotard 950, which will be available both in a standard and a more up-spec 950 SP edition.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP on stage at EICMA

Updates include revised ergonomics and chassis, an updated powerplant, extensive electronics and of course the special SP edition includes Ohlins suspension, forged Marchesini wheels, unique graphics, and the DQS system as standard.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950


2019 Hypermotard 950 features

  • 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° engine
  • 114 hp at 9000rpm
  • 80% of peak torque (9.8 kgm) available at 3000 rpm
  • Twin under-seat silencers
  • Trellis frame with tapered tubing
  • Rear Trellis sub-frame
  • 45 mm Marzocchi forks, fully adjustable, 170 mm of wheel travel
  • Adjustable Sachs shock absorber, 150 mm of wheel travel
  • Cast aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres
  • Brake and hydraulic clutch with radial pumps and separate fluid reservoirs
  • Colour TFT instrumentation
  • Latest-generation electronics package – 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU)
  • Bosch Cornering ABS EVO with Slide by Brake function
  • Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
  • Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban)
  • Daytime Running Light (DRL)
  • Front and rear LED auto-off indicators
  • Fuel tank capacity 14.5 litres
  • Kerb weight 200 kg (-4 kg vs previous model)
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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

937cc Testastretta 11° engine

The heart of the new Hypermotard 950 is a revised 937cc Testastretta 11° twin with greater pulling power and new electronics to ensure smoother control. With 114 hp at
9000 rpm and a torque of 9.8 kgm – of which 80 per cent is available at 3000 rpm.

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2019 Hypermotard 937cc Testastretta 11° engine

Improved performance stems from new pistons with a high 13.3:1 compression ratio (as opposed to 12.6:1 on the previous version), new exhaust cam profiles and a new exhaust system with under-seat silencers.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

New 53 mm throttle bodies feeds the fuel to the Testastretta 11° while a new engine control unit and Ride-by-Wire throttle help manage the power delivery.

Both the Hypermotard 950 and the SP version also benefit from new, lighter clutch and alternator covers, a lighter gear shift drum, an aluminium (rather than steel) chain tensioner and magnesium cam covers.

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2019 Hypermotard 937cc Testastretta 11° engine

The self-servo wet slipper clutch can now be operated with less on-lever effort thanks to the new hydraulic control system. The 937 cc Ducati Testastretta twin cylinder engine also has lengthy maintenance intervals: oil changes are required every 15,000 km while a Desmo Service is needed every 30,000 km.

Updated ergonomics & chassis

A revised riding position maximises control, thanks to wider handlebars, slimmer sides and a new seat that smooths movement during riding and ensures feet can be placed firmly on the ground thanks to an inner leg curve measurement that is now 53 mm shorter, with an 870 mm seat height on the standard version.

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2019 Hypermotard 950 – Rear Trellis subframe and flat seat

The seat on the new Hypermotard 950 is flat and long with a slightly raised passenger zone for greater comfort. On the SP version, instead, the flatness is more motard style to ensure even better longitudinal movement during riding. Again with an eye to maximising control, the handlebar tips are opened up by 7-degrees.

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2019 Hypermotard 950 – Revised Trellis frame

A new steel Trellis frame with tapered tubing, reduces weight by one kilogram compared to the previous model. With 25° of rake, 104 mm of trail and a 30 mm offset, control is claimed to be safe and stable but without compromising the characteristic agility of the bike. 

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

A generous steering lock of 70° assists handling, while the 1493 mm wheelbase (1498 mm on the SP version) maximises high speed stability. A 14.5L fuel tank gives the Hypermotard 950 reasonable range. The Hypermotard 950 features a single-sided aluminium swingarm.

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2019 Hypermotard 950 – Tapered handlebars offer generous steering lock

Tapered aluminium handlebars mount radial pumps with separate front brake and clutch fluid reservoirs (a hydraulic clutch replaces the previous cable-operated one); while the design and interface of the colour TFT display take their cue from the panel on the Panigale V4.

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2019 Hypermotard 950 – Panigale V4 inspired instruments

Brake and clutch lever-handlebar gaps are adjustable. Passenger foot pegs are removable. The seat features a passenger grip strap which can be hidden when not in use. The Hypermotard 950 also has an under-seat USB socket.

Suspenders & stoppers

The Hypermotard 950 mounts new, fully adjustable 45 mm Marzocchi forks with aluminium fork bodies/tubes which give a wheel travel of 170mm. This set-up is half a kilo lighter than the unit mounted on the previous version.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

The rear of the 950 is suspended by an adjustable Sachs shock with a wheel travel of 150 mm.

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2019 Hypermotard 950 – fully adjustable 45 mm Marzocchi forks

Front braking is managed by a pair of Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, actuated by the radial brake pump and 5-position adjustable lever. Front discs have a diameter of 320 mm and aluminium flanges (saving a total of 600 grams), while the rear sports a single 245 mm disc gripped by a Brembo caliper.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP Ohlins forks and Brembo brakes

Hypermotard styling

The Ducati Hypermotard is characterised by the beak, which is joined by a compact headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL).

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

The design of the Hypermotard 950 includes twin under-seat tailpipes and a minimalist structure, ensuring features like the rear Trellis sub-frame – are kept in clear view.

An overall weight saving of 4 kg (the engine alone accounts for a 1.5 kg saving) has been made compared to the previous model.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 – Twin undertail exhausts

Weight savings have been achieved thanks to the new frame made up of tubes of varying diameter, new rims, brake discs with aluminium flanges and lightweight Marzocchi forks with aluminium fork bodies/tubes.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 – Marchesini wheels

The light, compact headlight assembly features a Daytime Running Light (DRL), while at the rear, a LED strip acts as both tail light and stop light. Auto-off LED indicators have been incorporated into the hand guards to keep the lines of the Hypermotard 950 clean.

Extensive electronics

Performance is kept under control by the modern electronics which uses a Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to detect the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

The Hypermotard 950 electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function (with setting 1), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950).

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950
Ride Modes

The performance-oriented Sport Riding Mode settings – suited to sports-style riding on both track or twisting roads – unleash the full 114 hp of the twin-cylinder Ducati engine. DTC is set to level 3, DWC to level 3 and ABS to level 2.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

Touring Riding Mode is ideal for inner city hops or out-of-town runs or simply for those who prefer a fluid riding style. It still uses the full 114 hp of the Ducati twin-cylinder engine but delivers it more gently thanks to more safety-oriented electronic settings. That why DTC is set to level 4, DWC to level 5 and ABS to level 3.

Urban Riding Mode is intended for daily around-town use or when road conditions offer little grip. This Mode limits the power of the twin-cylinder Testasretta to 75hp and all electronic settings are dialled towards maximum safety. DTC is set to level 6, DWC to level 6 and ABS to level 3.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950
Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO

The DTC EVO on the Hypermotard 950 is based on an algorithm that ensures faster, more
precise intervention. The DTC EVO interfaces with the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), constantly measuring the lean angle and using it to accurately calculate the degree of intervention needed to ensure suitable rear wheelspin (according to the DTC EVO level setting).

Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO

The Hypermotard 950 is also equipped with the latest version of Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO). Using the data feed from the Bosch 6D IMU, this system keeps wheelies in check while maximising acceleration and safety. DWC EVO provides more accurate wheelie readings; offering more precise control to ensure the bike responds faster to rider input.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 – Includes Ducati Wheelie Control

Hypermotard 950 SP

For those who want a bike with even higher performance there’s the Hypermotard 950 SP. With dedicated graphics giving it an even sportier look, the SP version features a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension (+15 mm at the front and +25 mm at the rear) that increases the lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

The Hypermotard 950 SP mounts lightweight forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes that have a cross-section of 3.5’’ at the front and 5.5’’ at the rear. The SP mounts Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, 120/70 ZR7 at the front and 180/55 ZR177 at the rear.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP – Carbon-fibre and Ohlins

Suspension as mentioned features fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork (185mm travel) while a fully adjustable Öhlins shock gives a rear wheel travel of 175mm.

Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO

The DQS EVO with up/down function, developed as an accessory for the Hypermotard 950 (as standard on the SP version), uses lean angle data to maximise bike stability when shifting gears on bends. In addition to minimising shift times, the DQS EVO allows clutchless down-changes, making hard braking more effective than ever.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP – DQS EVO

2019 Hypermotard 950 SP features

  • SP colour scheme with red frame and black wheel rims
  • Fully adjustable 48 mm Öhlins fork, with 185 mm of wheel travel
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber with 175 mm of wheel travel
  • Forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO
  • Flat seat
  • Carbon fibre components: front mudguard, belt covers
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres
  • Inner leg curve 1,980 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
  • Seat height 890 mm
  • Lean angle 47°
  • Kerb weight 198 kg (-3 kg vs previous model)
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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP
Multimedia ready

The Hypermotard 950 can mount the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via switchgears, and display the relative information on the TFT instrument panel.

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 & 950 SP specifications

Ducati Hypermotard UC
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950


2019 ASBK Calendar | Sydney finale | No WA/NT or TAS

  • ASBK Test – Phillip Island, VIC February 2 – 3
  • Round 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island, VIC February 21 – 24
  • Round 2 – Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW March 22 – 24
  • Round 3 – The Bend, Tailem Bend, SA April 26 – 28
  • Round 4 – Morgan Park, Warwick, QLD July 5 – 7
  • Round 5 – Winton, Benalla, VIC September 6 – 8
  • Round 6 – Phillip Island, VIC October 4 – 6
  • Round 7 – SMP, Eastern Creek, NSW November 1 – 3

2019 ASBK Calendar

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2018 was a great year for the revitalised Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship and in 2019 organisers aim to raise the bar even higher.

The ASBK season will be kicking off in February for the Official ASBK Pre-Season Test at the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the first weekend in February.

The Championship will then start in earnest back at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from 21 – 24 February in conjunctuion with the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK).

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Phillip Island

ASBK then returns to its first standalone round of the year as riders and fans head North to Wakefield Park Raceway in New South Wales for Round 2, from 22 – 24 March.

Wakefield Park
Wakefield Park

After an excellent maiden voyage in 2018, ASBK returns to The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia for Round 3 in late April. 

Some of the rooftop crowd at The Bend
Some of the rooftop crowd at The Bend in 2018

ASBK will then venture up to Queensland for Round 4 in early July for the poopular round at Morgan Park near Warwick.

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Morgan Park

ASBK then returns to Victoria for rounds 5 and 6.  Winton on the weekend of September 8 before the penultimate round of the 2019 ASBK Championship at Phillip Island on the first weekend in October. 

ASBK TBG Rnd Winton Maxwell TBG

It is a long time since ASBK hosted a season finale at Sydney Motorsports Park but 2019 will see ASBK back in Sydney for what will be the season finale over the first weekend in November.

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Supersport 300 | Seth Curmp #57 – Oli Bayliss #86 – Hunter Ford #20 – Dylan Whiteside #32


Syahrin recovers for emotional top 10 at home Malaysian GP

Syahrin recovers for emotional top 10 at home Malaysian GP

First-ever Malaysian MotoGP riders put on incredible display at Sepang.

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Following a disastrous qualifying session that saw him wind up on the last row, Monster Energy Tech3 Yamaha’s Hafizh Syahrin put on an incredible display in front of 103,000 Malaysian fans at the weekend’s penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship as he fought his way to 10th position.

Syahrin navigated his way to P12 on the opening lap, maintaining his place at the middle of the field until completing the 20-lap encounter for his third top 10 of the season.

The entire weekend was an emotional one for the number 55, being the first ever Malaysian rider to represent the nation in the premier class, while also being his first home grand prix while contesting the MotoGP category.

“It’s just unbelievable!” Syahrin stated. “First of all, I want to say thank you very much to my team, because they always believe in me and give me great motivation. Yesterday has been a disaster for us, but we made up for it. In the starting grid, I saw my father and was just emotional and had to hug him.

“I want to thank everybody that came here. To arrive in the top 10 for my home GP was my target, but to be honest, I didn’t believe it was possible. But in the end, we did it, which is incredible. I want to thank everybody – I love my family and my fans. I’m so happy!”

Team manager Herve Poncharal praised the youthful talent’s efforts, highlighting his top 10 placing in front of a home crowd as a dream for the KTM-bound outfit.

“I was feeling very sorry last night after qualifying for Hafizh, because I know how important this Malaysian grand prix was for him,” said Poncharal. “I know the effort he put in to reach MotoGP and finally for his first home GP he was so disappointed, so sad. I tried to cheer him up this morning, I tried to cheer him up on the grid and – I don’t know if there is a link in between what I told him and what he did, but the start was unreal.

“Maybe one of the best starts I’ve ever seen, at least this season and from that moment he was fighting with Miller, Petrucci and even Vinales at some stage. He finished the race in 10th position, which is a dream for us and for him and I’m so happy, because Hafizh is not only an incredible team player, but he is a charming young man and he is the best ambassador Malaysia could have in MotoGP.”

Syahrin sits 16th in the championship standings with one round remaining, while he’s 10 points shy of Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) in the race for Rookie of the Year honours.


Ducati unveils three all-new 2019 models ahead of EICMA

Ducati unveils three all-new 2019 models ahead of EICMA

Panigale V4 R, Diavel 1260 and Hypermotard 950 headline 2019 range.

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Ducati has unveiled its 2019 collection of motorcycles ahead of EICMA in Milan this week, revealing three all-new models in the Panigale V4 R, Diavel 1260 and Hypermotard 950.

Compared to previous R versions, the Panigale V4 R is now even more specialised and bristles with technology taken directly from MotoGP. The modifications extend far beyond the engine and suspension set-up – they also include the fairing, designed and developed by Ducati Corse in close collaboration with the Ducati Style Centre to improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The new fairing also incorporates the aerofoil appendages developed for the MotoGP prototypes. Made of carbon fibre, they increase stability throughout the ride, to allow for reduced reliance on electronic controls, boosting confidence for the pinnacle of rider performance

The Panigale V4 R is, to all intents and purposes, a road-legal WorldSBK category competition bike and constitutes the technical foundation for the official Ducati Superbikes that will compete in the world championship as from the 2019 season.

The Desmosedici Stradale 1103cc engine has been replaced with the 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R to comply with displacement limits set by WorldSBK rules. Unlike the larger V4 – designed to provide fluid power delivery and excellent low-rev pulling power for optimal road use – the 998cc powerplant offers more extreme performance as power delivery has been designed with the track in mind.

Moreover, it’s characterised by lighter internal components which reduces the overall bike weight by 2kg compared to the Panigale V4S, bringing the kerb weight down to just 193kg. Greater air intake efficiency allows faster engine ‘rev-up’ and shifts the rpm red zone higher to ensure improved acceleration.

The result is 221hp (162kW) of power at 15,250rpm (EU homologation values), 2,250rpm higher than the point of peak power on the 1103cc V4. These impressive figures can be taken even higher by fitting the full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovic, which boosts maximum power to 234hp (172kW) at 15,500rpm. In short, it’s the most powerful Ducati factory motorcycle ever!

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Another major development unveiled is the new Diavel 1260. Unconventional, unique and absolutely unmistakeable – as soon as it was launched at EICMA 2010 the Diavel stunned with its personality, design, sport naked handling and thoroughbred engine.

The second-generation Diavel 1260 remains faithful to the original spirit of that incredibly special bike, drawing on its key styling elements and putting a decidedly more contemporary slant on them: it now offers more assertive outlines and higher performance, is more fun on mixed-road routes and offers greater comfort for rider and passenger alike.

Its sport naked soul is evident in the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, capable of delivering 159hp (117kW) at 9,500rpm and 129Nm (13.1kgm) at 7,500rpm. An immensely satisfying torque curve ensures both breath-taking acceleration and a low-rev smoothness that’s ideal for everyday riding or touring.

An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes while top-drawer technology and electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike and user-friendly engine performance control.

The excellent riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics that helped make this motorcycle so successful remain unaltered – what has changed is the chassis set-up, characterised by a new tubular steel trellis frame that goes perfectly with another Diavel hallmark, the 17-inch rear wheel with its 240mm wide tyre.

A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 is also available, featuring fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system. The S version mounts Ducati Quick Shift up and down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.

2019 ducati models

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The new Hypermotard 950 is now racier, more adrenalin-packed and rider-friendly. The Ducati ‘fun bike’ par excellence has been given a full-blown makeover – the new look takes its cue from the supermotard race world, the completely overhauled ergonomics ramps up the fun and riders can now count on an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package.\

A full 4kg lighter than the previous model, the new Hypermotard 950 mounts a renewed 937cc Testastretta 11-degree engine with a more muscular 114hp, combining greater pulling power with new electronics to ensure smoother control. The Hypermotard 950 electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function, Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950).

Now even higher-performing and with racing overtones, the Hypermotard 950 SP features a flat seat, increased-travel Ohlins suspension to ensure an acuter lean angle, Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO. Pricing and availability for all three in Australian are yet to be determined.