Your owner’s manual likely recommends a 600-, 1,000-, or even a 1,500-mile break-in process where you limit throttle angle and revs, and constantly vary engine speed so that all those new internal components can get to know each other. For a new-bike owner, it’s a slow, grueling march toward your first service. But do you need to bother with all those baby steps? There are riders who claim a gentle break-in is a waste of time and that you’re better off riding it like you stole it from the second you leave the lot. So, which is it?
Your new engine’s internals have microscopically rough surfaces that need to rub against their counterparts to bed-in, and that happens during the first miles of use. Once the components are polished smooth by wear, there’s less friction, better sealing, and you’re ensured good power, fuel economy, and reliability.
There are a lot of sliding and rotating parts within an engine, but what everyone gets riled up about when discussing engine break-in is the seal between the piston rings and cylinder walls. And rightfully so. Ring seal is the key condition that’s going to affect performance and longevity.
We rebuilt two used Honda CB300F engines with new top-end parts and broke them in differently over the course of 1,000 miles.
We installed the first engine and followed the factory break-in procedure per the manual, which meant painstakingly limiting and varying throttle, and slowly ratcheting up the revs. We gave the second engine a few moments to warm up before subjecting it to plenty of hard acceleration and heavy use.
There was hardly a discernible difference between the two engines once we tore them down. The compression and leakdown numbers were stellar and identical on both motors (235 psi and 4 percent, respectively), and all the measurements of the internal parts, including the piston diameter, cylinder diameter, piston-ring end gap, and valve clearances, were all within spec and in line with each other. The only real difference was that the ring end gap was a few ten-thousandths of an inch wider on the second engine.
Was this a scientific and comprehensive test? Hardly. We had a sample size of two and only subjected the engine parts to the most fundamental mechanical analysis. But our test revealed that—for this particular engine—there doesn’t appear to be a night-and-day distinction between break-in methods.
That being said, taking it easy with a new bike is still a good idea. Even if your motor doesn’t technically need a stringent break-in, there are lots of good reasons to give yourself and your bike a day or two of gentle riding to shake things out. You need to scrub-in those new tires, bed-in the brakes, and get familiar with how your new bike turns, handles, shifts, and stops. But at least you’ll know that you aren’t causing any harm by opening up the throttle on the way home.
“Satisfied, for sure. A top ten, we get some points and I think we did, not an amazing race, but a good race,” said Espargaro on a weekend that saw him get a KTM machine into Q2 for the first time this season. “We finished, well 25 seconds off Marquez, but 15 seconds off of second. This means it’s a nice gap, we are closing the gap to the top guys. We’re still missing in some points, we’re missing a lot of grip and in these conditions, I struggle a lot to ride but, as I said, top ten is good.”
The mid-capacity twin-cylinder adventure bike market is about to get so much hotter in 2019 with the arrival of KTM’s 790 Adventure, and then later in the year Yamaha’s new Tenere 700. BMW have long occupied a popular spot in this capacity range with the hugely successful F 800 GS. With new opposition coming to spoil BMW’s party they knew they had to do something in order to stave off these new challenges in this important segment of the adventure market, enter the 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure.
This is perhaps the most comprehensive update since the F range of parallel-twin bikes first hit the market a decade ago.
My primary criticisms of its predecessors focussed on the somewhat bland power delivery of the original, and that it never had any real visual presence or aesthetic appeal.
It is in these two areas where the F 850 GS differs most from its predecessors.
It now looks tougher and far more appealing, especially in the blue rallye colour scheme, and that fluffy parallel twin now has some bark, both out the pipe and at the throttle.
The long running 360-degree crank lay-out has been swapped for a new 270/450-degree and 90-degree journal offset. These changes have transformed the character of the engine, it is a transformation I like.
BMW now claim 95 hp, at a slightly higher 8250 rpm in comparison to the outgoing 800s 85 hp at 7500 rpm. Torque is up by a similar amount, now 92 Nm at 6250 rpm.
It is not only the 10 horsepower boost, but also the added mongrel that the new configuration gives the bike that makes the real difference for me. A much higher compression ratio than before is also a factor in that increased urgency of the power delivery no doubt.
It is still far from threatening or in any way unruly, and certainly doesn’t have the monster torque that is always but a twitch of the wrist away on big brother R 1200 GS, but it sure is a hell of a lot more fun than its predecessor, and will still take you north of the double metric ton.
If you do like your engine a little softer, and there are plenty that do, then there is always the F 750 GS, which despite displacing the same 853cc capacity as the 850, has 18 less horsepower, and is tuned to be much less threatening for newer adventure riders. There are plenty of skilled and experienced adventure riders that favour the lesser engine, due to their softer nature that makes grip easier to find, and muscles less tired at the end of the day.
Off a closed or ever so slightly open throttle, while negotiating traffic or with lots of stop-start work in traffic, I did not gel with the new engine. I suspect that this is due to some sort of anti-stall feature, or the like, taking over and giving the engine more revs than I want it too, when I am on and off the clutch at low speeds. Annoying.
That foible aside though, the engine proves strong enough to power my grins much wider than its predecessor and is truly fit for purpose. It likes to rev and remains smooth even when playing up around 8250 rpm power peak.
The F 850 GS Adventure I spent time with is the ‘Tour’ version. This is one of five variants of the F 850 GS Adventure that BMW sells in Australia. The range starts with the F 850 GSA at $19,290, plus on road costs, and tops out with the F 850 GSA Tour, as I rode, and the F 850 GS Rallye X, both of which sell for $24,165 +ORC.
Basically this means that the Granite Grey Metallic bike I rode had the Comfort Package, Touring Package, Dynamic Package and Lights Package, that form the ‘Tour’ kit. The test bike also had the optional 6.5” colour TFT display with connectivity, which when paired with your smartphone provides navigation prompts, along with the facility to control your calls and music via the intuitive multi-controller on the left bar. Bavarian Burger with the lot then.
All F 850 Adventure models boast, as standard kit, a 23-litre fuel tank, spoked rims with a 21-inch front more suited to off-road use, a bigger screen and hand-guards, along with engine protection bars and a stainless steel luggage rack.
So it is no trimmed down off-roader then, but instead a fully fledged adventure motorcycle capable of carrying a rider and luggage as far and wide as they dare. It is also a lot more manageable than a lot of the larger capacity adventure bikes, be that off-road, in the parking lot, or getting on and off the bike. The smaller size is less daunting, and easier to manage.
In fact, the amount of leverage from the wide bars and the very light steering can make you feel like a bit of a tool at first. I was always over-compensating at low speeds, and applying too much pressure to the bars, then having to bring them back again, made me look like a beginner!It is also very easy to get the F 850 GS Adventure on and off the centre-stand (fitted as part of the Comfort/Touring package).
The quick-shifter, dubbed Gear Shift Assist Pro in BMW parlance, and fitted as part of the Dynamic/Lights package, is a two-way affair and amongst the best in the business. The new gearbox itself is also far better than I remember experiencing on any previous BMW F bike, even neutral is incredibly easy to find, and the slip-assist clutch is incredibly light. Drive is now transferred to the chain on the more customary left side of the motorcycle, where previous F series twins had a right-side chain drive. The chain was overdue for its initial break-in adjustment at the end of my ride, but still the shifts were sweet.
Braking power is typical BMW, strong and progressive. That is despite them not being the de rigueur radial mount jobs, but relatively old school floating twin-piston Brembos. There is nothing to complain about.Likewise the ABS response is benchmark stuff.
A new steel monocoque frame employs the engine as a stressed member and sports much changed geometry from its trellis framed predecessor.It also allows the fuel tank to be moved into the more traditional position, and filled from the top of the motorcycle in the conventional way. This means you have to un-clip and move to one side the optional tank-bag in order to fill, but that’s no real bother.
New 43mm inverted forks slide through 230mm of travel and offer no adjustment. Nada, nothing, zip. Good job they work well enough then isn’t it… Unless you hit something big unexpectedly, you are not going to crash through the damping hard enough to bottom these forks out as they generally sit in the mid-stroke and perform adequately. Despite offering less travel than the 800, they offer much finer damping control throughout the stroke and are much more resistant to diving under brakes.
The standard rear shock offers preload and rebound damping adjustments and on our test machine they were taken care of via the Dynamic ESA that is part of the Comfort/Touring package that is standard on the Tour. It worked faultlessly, and I think it is the ESA that enables good performance across such a wide range of uses and terrain despite only having 215 mm of travel to play with. Essentially, the ESA makes up for not having a lot more travel. I am unfortunately not in a position to evaluate the standard rear shock, only having experienced an ESA equipped model.
In the ’Road’ and ‘Rain’ modes the shock response is, as you would figure, automatically set-up for those conditions while in ‘Enduro’ and ‘Enduro Pro’ the set-up is slanted towards the demands of off-road riding. If having a crack on the road then ‘Dynamic’ can be selected which tautens things up for more sporty riding. Riding modes can be changed easily on the run and unlike most manufacturers, BMW also allow you to turn traction control off while on the run with a simple press of a bar mounted button. Nice!And if you turn the bike off, it remembers which mode you were instead of defaulting back to maximum nanny mode. Again, well done BMW!
Our bike was shod with Metzeler Karoo 3 rubber more suited to our primarily off-road route. While you can’t really attack corners at full tilt on entry, a surprising pace can still be cut on the road with these tyres and once settled in a turn you can still drag the pegs if you’re really keen.
Despite the 90/90-21 front hoop the bike steers and holds a line well enough, and still makes for an enjoyable fang on the road. It was a little bit more fun in this role than I had expected to be honest, and a lot more enjoyable than the 800 ever was on the road.
The F 850 GS Adventure though is primarily all about touring, and in that role the machine excels. Even on the base model you get a comfortable seat, great ergonomics, reasonable weather protection, long travel suspension, a massive range of luggage options, heated grips, cruise control, stability control, and a 12-volt power socket, even if it is one of those stupid merit style ones. Just give us a simple USB port FFS!
Also standard, even on the base model, is the adjustable touring windshield (easy to adjust on the go), adjustable levers, a plastic engine guard and a stainless steel rear luggage rack to strap gear-bags too, or to fit the optional aluminium top-case on.
The fact that the cross-spoked rims are also tubeless compatible is another feature not to be sneezed at, and simplifies puncture repairs out in the wilds.
Our ‘Tour’ variant then adds keyless ride (keep the key in your pocket), tyre pressure monitoring, a centre-stand, Dynamic ESA (rear only), side pannier mounts (for the optional aluminium panniers or as a base to stay your own soft throw over bags to), the mounting bracketry and power supply for the optional Navigator, a higher spec’ of dynamic traction control and ABS, two-way quick-shifter, all the Pro riding modes, and the full gamut of LED lighting in all the normal places plus additional fog lights. So certainly ready for any adventure! And capable of over 500 km between refills while touring.
BMW specs’ state that with that big fuel tank full and ready to roll that the F 850 GS Adventure tips the scales at 244kg. I have to say that it does an incredible job of hiding that mass, it never feels like a really big, ponderous and heavy adventure bike. You are certainly aware of its size, and the damage that may be done if you have a tip over, but, to be honest, I would say it feels a good 25kg lighter than those specs suggest and is certainly not as intimidating as its boxer powered big brothers. And despite being a few kg heavier than the out-going F 800 GSA, the new 850 feels lighter, smaller, more compact.
The standard seat height is 875 mm (fractionally lower than its 800 predecessor), or 835 mm with the low seat.There is also an LS model for shorties fitted with a lower suspension package, which means 20 mm less suspension travel, and no ESA, but also lowers the perch to a more manageable 815mm. Those that have more generous proportions can also opt for a Rallye seat that raises the in-seam game to 890mm. The standard seat was manageable for my 178cm height and getting on/off the bike was easy enough. Moving the fuel tank to the more conventional position has actually helped slim the bike through the middle and rear of the machine.That the centre-stand is so easy to use is another boon for shorties.
Despite the marginally shorter seat height, ground clearance is improved thanks, in part, to the move to a dry sump engine, along with a myriad of other changes.
The switchgear is great and intuitively laid out. Married with the optional TFT display the set-up is about as good as motorcycle cockpits get, truly state of the art.
All in all the 850 is a very worthwhile upgrade from the 800, particularly with its extra on road performance. In the Adventure guise, as tested here, the price of admission is certainly at the upper end of the scale, but likewise the level of kit provided, even in base specification, is really quite impressive and helps to justify that pricing. The extra performance has also, for the first time, moved the F bike into my own consciousness as a genuine alternative to big brother R1200/R1250.
BMW now offering a standard three-year warranty is a great boon for their customers, and I sincerely hope other brands follow their example. To add more peace of mind, in regards to future ownership expenses, you can also choose to purchase a pre-paid service plan that covers all scheduled servicing over the first few years of ownership. Great stuff BMW Motorrad Australia.
2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure Specifications
84 mm / 77 mm
70 kW/95 hp
At engine speed
At engine speed
Water-cooled 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine with four rocker arm operated valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication
Premium unleaded95 RON (option: 91 (RON)
DOHC (double overhead camshaft), rocker arms
Valves per cylinder
33.5 mm / 27.2 mm
Closed-loop three-way catalytic converter, exhaust standard EU-4
High beam/low beam: 12 V/55 W Halogen(OE: LED headlight incl. LED daytime running light)
Former international hopeful to line-up at Broadford.
Image: Foremost Media.
Multiple injuries sustained in a first turn crash at Wonthaggi’s second round of the Pirelli MX Nationals have damaged Brett Metcalfe’s 2019 campaign in just its early stages.
The talented Penrite Honda Racing rider suffered a broken finger in three places, separated AC joint as well as a hematoma on his thigh after colliding with a number of riders in turn one of moto two on Sunday.
While his chances of earning the crown this season have slimmed, he’s certainly not out of the race for the premier class championship with an upcoming eight rounds granting him an opportunity to claw back the 35-point deficit to current leader Hayden Mellross (Raceline KTM Thor).
“My sole goal is to line-up at Broadford, brave the pain and get as many points as we can to stay in the championship,” Metcalfe admitted. “The biggest concern right now is the spiral fracture I have in my finger. I will head back to the clinic next Monday and we will make a decision following the second round of results.
“I felt fast but it was hard to pass, I lost a lot of time throughout the race being stuck behind riders as the track was very one-lined. In the end, I settled for fifth and I was able to make up 18 seconds on the winner so we certainly had great pace.”
Metcalfe’s fifth in race one at Wonthaggi credited him 17th overall, pushing him back to 13th in the series rankings after previously holding down fourth. The MX Nationals heads to Broadford in Victoria on 14 April.
New South Welshman leads strong privateer charge at the second round.
Image: Foremost Media.
Wonthaggi’s second round of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals saw KTM-mounted privateer Cooper Pozniak shine in the opening MX2 Sprint races, which the category experienced for the first time this season.
The New South Welshman rode strongly in the two back-to-back eight-lap outings, lodging a 3-4 scorecard for runner-up honours on the combined results sheet, which he later paired with a 13th place finish in the final moto for fifth overall.
Despite declaring his style isn’t suited to the shorter motos, Pozniak is relishing the results that have boosted his belief in just the early stages of the championship.
“I’m really happy with how those first two races went,” Pozniak told MotoOnline.com.au. “I put myself in a good position off the start in both motos and managed to get a third in the first one and a fourth in the second. I actually ran out of fuel in qualifying, so I was worried about that in the last few laps of the second one and just cruised around.
“I don’t mind the Sprint formats, but I’m really not spring guy – I get better towards the end of the motos. That’s why I was surprised with myself, because I never really go good in the first couple of laps in sprint.
“I just put myself in a good position off the starts and just went for it. I would much rather a 30-minute moto, so I’m looking forward to Broadford – I think I’ll do a lot better in them, and it will really show who’s fit and who’s not fit I guess.”
The MX2 division was littered with outstanding performances from privateer contenders, with Jy Dickson (KTM) and Sam Pelz (Husqvarna) winding up sixth and seventh overall, followed by Issac Ferguson (KTM) in 10th.
The premier class also witnessed standout rides from self-funded riders Erki Kahro (KTM) and Charlie Creech (Husqvarna), the duo landing in third and sixth respectively. Featuring in the top 10 were privateers Zak Small (Husqvarna), Jayden Rykers (Suzuki) and Jesse Dobson (Husqvarna) in positions seven, eight and nine.
Draggin Next Gen and Triumph Hero Riding jeans previously top-scored with four out of a maximum of five stars.
Of the seven pairs of leather pants tested, two rated three stars and four rated just two stars.
Deakin Uni Institute for Frontier Materials Senior Research Fellow and Honda GB400 rider Chris Hurren says the leather pants were mainly marked down because of low impact protection, not abrasion resistance.
“The results show the need for a holistic approach to safety, including impact protection, as a number of products performed well in abrasion and burst strength tests, but fell short in impact protection, leading to lower overall ratings,” he says.
“Some would have been five stars if they just had impact protectors in them.”
Chris says many garments don’t come with impact protectors or only a few protectors.
“Some of the garments could be five star if they just had a full set of certified protectors,” he says.
“Then it’s the rider’s choice if they want to throw them away if they don’t want to wear them.”
As expected, leather pants didn’t rate well for thermal comfort with one pair scoring half a star and two pair top-scoring with just two stars.
MotoCAP advises riders to consider both the safety and comfort ratings when choosing the right gear for their ride.
So far, MotoCAP has tested 18 textile and leather jackets, 18 pairs of jeans and leggings, seven pair of leather pants and eight pair of gloves.
These latest ratings mean they have now tested products in every class: gloves, leather jackets, leather pants, textile jackets, textile pants, ladies leggings and denim jeans.
In the next few weeks MotoCAP will post ratings for more gloves, textile jackets and textile pants.
Chris says they will have more than 150 products on the website by June 30.
“We have purposely targeted only 10% of the market in the first year so that manufacturers have a chance to come along with the scheme,” he says.
“We do not want to put a manufacturer out of business as we want them to improve their products and think about protection and thermal comfort in their design.”
“If they follow this path like car manufacturers did for ANCAP then the rider will always be the winner.”
So far, not article of motorcycle clothing has been provided by a manufacturer.
All have been bought by MotoCAP using a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.
Frenchman still finding difficulties in factory KTM transition.
Johann Zarco says his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing RC16 became ‘harder and harder’ to ride at Argentina’s second round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship on Sunday.
Admitting he struggled throughout the entirety of the 25-lap affair, Zarco battled his way well into the points, however a lack of energy in the closing stages saw him relinquish positions, crossing the line in P15.
“I struggled all the race and nearly hit Lorenzo at the beginning which almost put me in last place,” Zarco explained. “I had a good feeling in the first eight laps but could not pass my opponents and then it began to be harder and harder to ride the bike. I used a lot of energy to get in the points and was passed by two riders and in the end was lucky to get 15th position.
“It is difficult to have these kinds of races. At the moment I cannot ride how I want but will work to the maximum with the team to adapt to this condition. Later we will have more things to work on.
“Pol and Miguel had a nice race so if I can at least get close to them or be the first KTM will be some satisfaction but to get near the top we’ll need to do some other things. I want to keep as positive as possible and I know that all what we are going through now will make me stronger in the future.”
Zarco’s teammate Pol Espargaro experienced a much stronger weekend, placing 10th and was directly followed by class rookie and fellow KTM pilot Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3).
How would you like to experience a lap as fast as the best racer just at the touch of a button?
BMW Motorrad Facebook page says they have developed an autopilot, self-riding feature called the iRace Kit for the S 1000 RR motorcycle.
They say the software “allows less experienced riders and even those who have just received their motorcycle licences to turn in an astounding performance on the race track, with the assistance of a number of autonomous riding programs”.
Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you feel – it’s yet another annual BMW April Fool’s Day joke.
Like many of its previous April 1 jokes, it’s almost believable and not unachievable.
In this year’s April 1 joke, BMW “head of autonomous racing simulation” Dr Phillip-Magnus Schalk says:
The development of the BMW Motorrad iRace Kits was based on the experience made by our Superbike world champion riders. They provided us with valuable programming data, particularly as far as the braking points were concerned. We believe that this patented BMW Motorrad system will enable the majority of S 1000 RR riders to enter a whole new world of motorcycling. It is conceivable that we might even integrate the system in other models at some point in the future.
Who knows? Maybe one day it will be reality and you can be the racer you never thought you could be!
The Bavarian jokesters are famous for their April Fool’s Day jokes, having begun running spoof advertisements on April 1 in the early 1980s.
BMW’s marketing department says April Fool jokes are “designed to teeter on the verge of credibility” and often focus on a new and revolutionary piece of technology, but “push the idea just beyond the plausible.”
Some of their other April 1 pranks were a self-cleaning car, remote-inflatable tyres, dog-repellent bumpers, tyres that melted snow and a self-driving car that follows you when you go for a jog. The last one is now becoming reality with self-driving cars!
We don’t do April Fool’s Day jokes at Motorbike Writer, but we’re happy to report on them.
Yamaha duo crash out of Argentina grand prix on the final lap.
Maverick Vinales has dismissed his last-lap clash with Franco Morbidelli at Argentina’s second round as ‘nothing’ after reviewing the race footage, which saw both riders record DNF results.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Vinales and Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Morbidelli were locked in a three-rider battle with Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) on lap 25 when Morbidelli tagged the rear wheel of Vinales, resulting in the duo crashing out of the encounter with just a number of corners to spare.
“I saw the replay of the incident with Franco and it was nothing,” Vinales commented. “It was the last lap and we all tried to be at our best, so it’s just one mistake, and it is what it is. Maybe at the next race I will make the same mistake, it’s something you can explain, it’s not a problem.
“The soft tyres were for sure the right decision, because in the first lap, though I didn’t start well, I was overtaking many riders, so finally at the end of lap 1 I think I was third or fourth. So that was not bad. But the bike wasn’t working perfectly, so we need to keep working and see if we can solve it for the next race.”
Morbidelli also spoke of the incident, explaining he couldn’t brake properly into turn seven because of the double slipstream, ultimately making contact with Vinales.
“The race had been going very well for us and we were fighting for the top positions – just like we wanted to do,” said Morbidelli. “I felt very strong in parts of the circuit. I had a great time dicing with Rossi, Miller and Crutchlow, and it was a really good race until the final lap. I was fighting for sixth position when I reached Viñales.
“I didn’t want to try a pass, but I couldn’t brake properly due to the double slipstream. Maybe it was this – combined with his attempt to cut in to pass Petrucci – that led us both to go down. It was a shame for both of us, but fortunately we are both okay. It’s important to take away the positives from this race, so that we can keep at the same level and continue improving at the next round.”
Reigning champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) rode commandingly at the second round, capturing a convincing victory while gaining the points lead.
Holcombe continues Italian Enduro Championship domination
FIM E-XBike World Cup announced
Price commits to four-wheels at Finke 2019
2019 FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup to Gillman
FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championships re-scheduled
Houston AMA SX Falls to Webb and Ferrandis
Houston hosted the 13th round of the AMA Supercross Championships last weekend and it was Cooper Webb and Dylan Ferrandis who took maximum points in the 450SX and 250SX West respectively in the third and final ‘triple crown’ main event format for the year.
The triple crown program features three x 12 minute main events and Ken Roczen not only pulled the holeshot in the first of the three but the German also went on to win by a staggering 10 seconds. The action behind changed the status within team KTM and this championship after Marvin Musquin and Webb ‘drive bombed’ each other at almost every turn for the first few laps until Musquin got pushed off the track by Webb as they entered ‘the wall jump’ that preceded the sand section.
Oblivious to the drama behind, Roczen took the win ahead of Webb and Wilson and while the second main didn’t see the same ‘bar banging’ action it did see Roczen go down in the first corner before leaving the stadium with what seemed to be a damaged knee or ankle while Webb rallied to score the win over Dean Wilson and Musquin then in the third main Musquin squirted away for the win ahead of Eli Tomac and a cruising Webb who was fully aware that a third would give him the overall ahead of Musquin and Wilson.
Eli Tomac (6-7-2), Cole Seely (4-4-11), Zach Osborne (10-6-4), Justin Bogle (8-5-7), Blake Baggett (9-9-6), Joey Savatgy (7-11-9) and Ken Roczen (1-21-8) rounded out the top ten.
Webb now has a 17-point lead with four rounds remaining and admitted that he got a little frustrated during the opening moto and will learn from the experience while the good news for Roczen fans is that the Honda rider came back out for the final race and finished 8th – news of his injury status will be confirmed in the coming days.
“It is intense racing. I got frustrated and let it show, that is not the way to do it for sure because we let Ken (Roczen) get away, I will learn from it and try to contain the emotions a bit better and like Marv said, we are team mates but we are one and two in the championships so it’s a tough line but I will be better moving forward.”
“Triple crown is always intense with only 12 minute races so everyone is pushing really hard and I made the pass (on Webb) in the first left hander but then got passed in the whoops before making a good pass on Cooper, everyone was pushing hard and Cooper made an aggressive pass on me which pushed me off the track but this is triple crown and you have to be consistent so sometimes it is not the fastest guy who wins the overall.”
“Getting back on the podium feels great, it’s been over a year but it is a tough class, I put myself in good positions in the first two races with top three off the start which helps so much, overall my riding has been good but it is a mental game for me because I have been bucked off the horse quite a few times so sometimes I don’t believe in myself like I should, I want to thank my support group for getting me through this.”
“Tonight was pretty good. I finally finished in the top five, which is where I feel like I should’ve been all year. The way things have been going so far have been frustrating, and it’s hard to explain; the toll the injury took on me last year was a lot more intense and in-depth than I thought it was. It’s been a long road to get back to here but I feel like I’ve had speed all year, I just haven’t been able to put it all together. The results haven’t been translating into how well I think I really have ridden most of the year. It feels good to finally break into that top five and run up front with those guys in the first two mains, relatively easy, too. I know it’s not a traditional 20-minute main but it felt like it was coming to me pretty easy, so that’s definitely a confidence booster heading into the final rounds. It’s a bummer it’s taken this long to come around, but I’m happy it did and we’re going to keep working forward.”
450SX Main Event Results
Cooper Webb: 2-1-3 = 26pts
Marvin Musquin: 5-3-1 = 23pts
Dean Wilson: 3-2-5= 21pts
Eli Tomac: 6-7-2 = 19pts
Cole Seely: 4-4-11 = 18pts
Zach Osborne: 10-6-4 = 17pts
Justin Bogle: 8-5-7 = 16pts
Blake Baggett: 9-9-6 = 15pts
Joey Savatgy: 7-11-9 = 14pts
Ken Roczen: 1-21-8 = 13pts
450SX Points after 13 of 17 Rounds
Cooper Webb – 288
Marvin Musquin – 271
Eli Tomac – 262
Ken Roczen – 252
Blake Baggett – 215
Dean Wilson – 201
Joey Savatgy – 173
Cole Seely – 160
Chad Reed – 151
Justin Barcia – 150
250 West Coast Report
It looked like Adam Cianciarulo was set to extend his 15 point lead over Ferrandis in the championship after the Kawasaki rider won the opening main well ahead of Ferrandis and RJ Hampshire. However the second moto turned sour when Adam spewed through the tuff boxes on the exit of the first corner and then as he was coming back through the field he clipped another rider mid-air and crashed his way to a 10th place finish as Ferrandis cruised to a win ahead of Hampshire, Garrett Marchbanks and Nichols.
The final main saw Nichols out front ahead of Ferrandis while Cianciarulo was once again on the ground but Adam quickly made his way through the pack to end the race in third behind Nichols and his teammate Ferrandis who scored his second overall win in two weeks to be just five points behind championship leader Cianciarulo with two rounds remaining.
Ferrandis, Hampshire and Nichols got to enjoy the podium accolades while Cianciarulo (1-10-3), James Decotis (6-5-6), Cameron Mcadoo (9-6-5), Justin Starling (12-8-8), Sean Cantrell (11-7-13), Garrett Marchbanks (10-3-19) and Chris Blose (8-19-7) rounded out the top ten.
“It is good to be back in the championship, it is exciting for the end of the season, I will not change anything (leading up to the final two rounds), I will keep working with my trainer and do everything I can to challenge AC (Cianciarulo) for this championship.”
“I haven’t cracked to top five in the recent races so we made huge improvements this week with the bike so I had good starts all night that lead into good finishes, I didn’t do anything special all day, I just rode so stocked to be up here in second place.”
“I really wanted to race and didn’t want to miss a weekend after last weekend’s DNF so we just dealt with the soreness to manage decent results in the first two mains then win the last which is exactly what I wanted to do, it’s just good to win something again, it’s been a while.”
The West Coast riders have a break next weekend as the East Coast riders head to Nashville for their 7th round.
250 West Coast Main Event Results
Dylan Ferrandis: 2-1-2 = 26pts
RJ Hampshire: 3-2-4 = 23pts
Colt Nichols: 5-4-1 = 21pts
Adam Cianciarulo: 1-10-3 = 19pts
James Decotis: 6-5-6 = 18pts
Cameron Mcadoo: 9-6-5 = 17pts
Justin Starling: 12-8-8 = 16pts
Sean Cantrell: 11-7-13 = 15pts
Garrett Marchbanks: 10-3-19 = 14pts
Chris Blose: 8-19-7 = 13pts
250 West Coast Points after 8 of 10 Rounds
Adam Cianciarulo – 182
Dylan Ferrandis – 177
Colt Nichols – 142
RJ Hampshire – 126
Shane Mcelrath – 123
James Decotis – 112
Chris Blose – 111
Cameron Mcadoo – 111
Michael Mosiman – 110
Garrett Marchbanks – 99
250 East Coast Points after 6 of 9 Rounds
Austin Forkner – 151
Chase Sexton – 125
Justin Cooper – 123
Alex Martin – 92
Martin Davalos – 89
Mitchell Oldenburg – 88
Brandon Hartranft – 82
Kyle Cunningham – 81
Kyle Peters – 79
Jordon Smith – 70
Clout and Todd Top Wonthaggi MX Nationals
Under stormy skies and intermittent rain, the second round of the MX Nationals was held in Wonthaggi last weekend and it was Luke Clout who earned the MX1 overall while defending champion Wilson Todd was in a class of his own on the way to victory in the MX2 class.
With rain soaking the track it was tough going throughout the day but the surprise of the opening moto was Lawson Bopping leading by the field ahead of foreign imports Erki Kahro (Estonia) and Justin Rodbell (USA) while Luke Clout was back in 6th, Hayden Mellross 8th, Brett Metcalfe 12th, Kirk Gibbs 14th and championship leader Todd Waters 28th after opening lap crash that ended up resulting in a DNF.
Bopping was impressive out front but with five laps to go the Kawasaki rider was obviously showing signs of a lack of race fitness so it was Kahro who made his move to take the lead then it wasn’t long before a hard charging Clout also made his way to second place.
With lapped riders causing all sorts of chaos Clout closed in on Kahro and with five corners left Clout sliced his way to the lead and the win but Clout’s celebrations where cut short after he was dropped back to second thanks to a 10 second penalty for exceeding track boundaries.
In much better conditions Rodbell pulled the holeshot in the second moto ahead of Waters and Karo but Richie Evans, Kirk Gibbs and Brett Metcalfe all went down in the first corner.
18-year-old Rodbell couldn’t hold Waters back for long so the early running saw Waters leading Rodbell, Clout, Karo and Mellross until Karo took a heavy fall and dropped out of contention allowing privateer Charlie Creech to move into the top five.
In the second half of the moto Clout received a 20 second race penalty for exceeding track limits again and Mellross high-sided his KTM but was sharp enough to get back and rejoin the race behind Clout so at the chequered flag it was Waters who took the win ahead of Clout who had etched out enough time to earn second ahead of Mellross despite the 20-second penalty while Rodbell and Rykers finished fourth, and fifth – Kahro clawed his way back to sixth.
Despite being penalised in both races Clout’s 2-2 earned the CDR Yamaha rider the overall win ahead of Mellross and Karo and more importantly Mellross has earned the red plate as the points leader ahead of Clout, Gibbs and Waters as they head towards round three of the championship at Broadford, Vic, on April 14th.
“I don’t know what happened, If I end up getting the win, or I end up getting second I don’t really care, it’s a good ride for me. I was really mature in my riding.”
“It was just a really tough moto, it was a really good track, a really hard track. A proper motocross track.”
“It was a great weekend, and I had a lot of fun with the team, I struggled a little in practice and got arm pump straight up – that was to be expected – I haven’t done a national in three years. I qualified in 12th, which wasn’t real great, but I ripped an awesome start in the first moto and led for maybe 20 minutes – that was awesome! I put the fade on in the last 10 minutes and a few guys got around me. Leading those few laps at the start made my whole weekend and it was a good time! The second moto was pretty miserable, to be honest. I think I went pretty hard in the first race and I was pretty flat for the second one, but overall we’re happy.”
“Today was tough, but overall really positive, I didn’t realise I made Superpole at the time and rode back to my pit and started getting undressed! I had to rush to get back on the track and I ended up with arm-pump. I had a good start in race one and pushed forward to fifth, but I only have the one bike, so when it started to get hot, I pulled over and my mechanic Aiden helped me clear the radiators rather than wreck it with a race to go, before pushing hard again to finish 12th, I was confident lining up for race two but ended up caught in the first turn pile up after the FC450 jumped out of gear at the start and put me behind. I charged hard to 6th, 20-minutes into the race, but in the last few laps the rear wheel bearings collapsed and I had to work hard to stay on track and make sure I got to finish line. I finished 7th on track, but I was penalised 10-seconds for overtaking a lapped rider outside the track markers, when I was working hard to just keep the bike on track and moving forward, I’ve put my case to the officials for review, so we’ll see what happens there.”
“It wasn’t a great day for me and I leave here pretty frustrated and angry, I was way back in moto one and was moving forward when another rider went down and took me with them and I lost plenty of time there and then in the second one I went down at the start, had to stop into the mechanics area to get the bike straightened out and was a long way behind the field when I re-joined the race. I kept on chipping away and managed to get myself back to seventh and felt I rode alright but seventh isn’t where I belong and makes my determined to bounce back at round three in a couple of weeks’ time.”
The Pirelli MX2 class ran three motos on the day starting with two back to back 8-lap motos followed by a traditional 15-minute moto and Wilson Todd was completely dominant in all three to earn the overall ahead of Aaron Tanti and former red plate holder Jye Roberts.
Wilson now has a 9-point lead over Roberts who in turn has a 5-point lead over former champion Jay Wilson – thankfully there were no course cutting penalties to report on in the MX2 class.
“I felt good coming into this weekend, the FC250 is working unreal for me, and I’m really comfortable being back with DPH, I wanted to really race this weekend after Appin, and I’m super stoked to have first gate pick and then take all three race wins. As the track dried, it got faster, and I was able to put in some really strong, consistent laps and the hard work I’ve been putting in is really starting to show.”
“I had race one under control and didn’t really feel much pressure from behind me but as I came down the pit board straight, I felt the front wheel aquaplane in the mud and by the time it grabbed traction again, I was already heading off track. But second was still a good finish, race two was pretty average but I was able to rebound well in the final one and get on the podium. Thanks to everyone in the Serco Yamaha team. The first two rounds have been a nightmare for the mechanics and they have done a good job of keeping the bikes in great shape. Next up is Broadford and I’m looking forward to that and hopefully keep this momentum going.”
“The first race in the morning was pretty wet and the mud was tough, but nevertheless I was running top four for most of the moto and was feeling good, until the last lap when my bike stopped due to overheating. With the back-to-back format I had to get back to the start and get straight on my practice bike for the second moto, which meant I didn’t get a chance to prep my gate which in turn meant I got a bad start and it was all I could do to work my way up to fifth by the finish of the moto. That final moto was a much better way to end a day that definitely didn’t start the way I was hoping,”
Pirelli MX2 – Moto 1 Top 10
Pirelli MX2 – Moto 2 Top 10
Pirelli MX2 – Moto 3 Top 10
Pirelli MX2 – Top Ten Overall
Wilson Todd – 70
Aaron Tanti – 56
Jy Roberts – 56
Jay Wilson – 54
Cooper Pozniak – 52
Jye Dickson – 49
Sam Pelz – 48
Kyle Webster – 46
Nathan Crawford – 43
Issac Ferguson – 42
MX2 Points after 3 of 10 Rounds
Wilson Todd – 100
Jy Roberts – 91
Jay Wilson – 86
Aaron Tanti – 77
Cooper Pozniak – 76
Issac Ferguson – 70
Nathan Crawford – 68
Jye Dickson – 64
Dylan Wills – 63
Kyle Webster – 62
Of the young guns of the sport Regan Duffy dominated the MXD class with a pair of wins to take the round overall and more importantly the championship points lead by 4 points ahead of Rhys Buss while former championship leader Max Purvis went 18-2 for 7th on the day and now sits 3rd in the points.
“Wonthaggi is known as a really tough sand track, and truth be told I am not much of a sand rider but I actually felt really strong at Wonthaggi. Third overall for the round is good and it means I am a solid second in the championship standings after two rounds, which I’m really pleased about, I can’t wait to get back home to Sydney and just keep working hard toward the next round. The MX Nationals is a long series, for sure, but my plan is to keep hitting my targets and to be right there at the end of the championship.”
Motul MXD – Moto 1 Top 10
Motul MXD – Moto 2 Top 10
Motul MXD – Top Ten Overall
Regan Duffy – 70
Mason Rowe – 62
Rhys Budd – 58
Noah Ferguson – 54
Mason Semmens – 51
Brodie Ellis – 49
Maximus Purvis – 45
Jack Kukas – 44
Jai Walker – 39
Mackenzie O’Bree – 37
MXD Championship Points
Regan Duffy – 94
Rhys Budd – 90
Maximus Purvis – 80
Mason Rowe – 78
Noah Ferguson – 69
125cc Gold Cup Report
Multi Australian Champion Cameron Taylor put his experience to good use to win both of the 125cc Gold Cup motos in tough conditions at Wonthaggi while Queenslander Josh Kilvington earned second with 2-2 moto results ahead of Nicholas Murray (4-3) and the hard charging Clay Kilvington (3-4), Josh’s younger brother.
Yamaha 125cc Gold Cup – Rd 2 Overall
Cameron Taylor – 70
Joshua Kilvington – 64
Nicholas Murray – 58
Clay Kilvington – 58
Jedidiah Cornthwaite – 51
Lachlan Wilson – 48
Nick Davis – 48
Darcy Cavanagh – 45
Ryan Butler – 44
Baylee Davies – 42
Cairoli and Prado Blitz Valkenswaard
Round three of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship was held at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands last weekend and it was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado who won the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.
Valkenswaard is one of the toughest tracks on MXGP calendar with the undulating, sand infested layout chopping out into a rut infested torture test but that didn’t stop Cairoli earning two holeshots, two wins and the maximum 50 points.
Clement Desalle’s 2-5 scores earned 38 points for second overall and Tim Gajser’s crash in the opening moto saw the Honda pilot end the weekend with 7-2 moto finishes for 36 points and third overall.
Cairoli already has more than a moto up his sleeve in the championship points with the 9-time World Champion storming to his 88th GP win and heads to his home GP in Trentino with a 27-point lead over Gajser.
“Overall I’m happy going into Trentino next week. Having the first three GP wins this year it’s nice. Of course, it’s not easy, Tim is very fast at the moment and it’s nice to have such a high rhythm in the race for us, for the fans, and for everybody.”
“I’m happy going into Trentino next week. Having the first three GP wins this year it’s nice. Of course, it’s not easy, Tim is very fast at the moment and it’s nice to have such a high rhythm in the race for us, for the fans, and for everybody.”
“I’m happy to finish on the podium again. But yeah I’m a little bit disappointed. In the first race I had a good start and I was in third place behind Tony and Max, then I make a mistake and I fell so I had to came through the pack. Anyway we’re looking forward to next weekend in Arco, definitely many fans from Slovenia are going to be there and I’m excited.”
MXGP Valkenswaard Overall Top Ten
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 38
Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 36
Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 36
Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 29
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 28
Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 28
Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 25
Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 17
MXGP Standings following Valkenswaard MXGP
CAIROLI Antonio 147
GAJSER Tim 125
DESALLE Clement 103
VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 102
PAULIN Gautier 102
JASIKONIS Arminas 92
SEEWER Jeremy 78
SIMPSON Shaun 64
LIEBER Julien 62
ANSTIE Max 62 …24 FERRIS Dean 6
Prado won the opening moto by seven seconds over Thomas Kjer Olsen, Henry Jacobi, Calvin Vlaanderen and Ben Watson while Jed Beaton finished a solid 10th but fellow Aussie Mitch Evans was storming his way forward from a poor start only to have to retire with a mechanical issue.
Prado won the second moto by five seconds ahead of Jago Geerts, Kjer Olsen, Vlaanderen and Watson with Evan bouncing back to finish in 10th while Beaton finished in a credible 15th despite still recovering from injury.
Prado earned the overall while Olsen took second to maintain the red plate and a 36 point lead over Prado ahead of next weekend’s MXGP of Trentino.
“I had a good feeling both days, It’s still not where I want because we still need to work but I’m going in the right direction. Trentino should be a great weekend hopefully. I have good memories from there and I have good races there every year. Hopefully we can make another good one next week.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen
“I feel pretty good with my performance. I got two good starts in the races, which I was pretty happy about. It made it a little bit easier for me to not have to battle all the way through the field. Prado was riding really good, I didn’t feel like I was riding bad or anything myself, I had a pretty good flow it just wasn’t quite enough.”
“It was a really good week for me, the first race didn’t go as planned but in the second race I was pretty fired up, in the last lap I got second place and took third on the podium so I was pretty happy with that.”
“I had an OK GP and felt good on my bike, in the opening moto my pace was good so I managed to secure a top-10 result. Then in the second moto, I pushed a bit more than I needed to early on and ended up getting a little fatigued. Then injury I picked up during the pre-season hasn’t allowed me to spend as much time as I would have liked on a bike. Around a tough track like Valkenswaard it is always important to be on top of your game. At the moment I’m taking one step at a time and I’m trying to get better every time I race.”
“Tough day in the office riding with a lot of pain from yesterday’s crash. Moto 1 I made my way up to 13th before having to make a pit stop due to a mechanical but happy with my 10th place in moto 2! Thanks to my Honda114 Motorsports Team! Keeping a smile on my face and enjoying every day, good or bad!”
MX2 Valkenswaard Overall Top Ten
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 42
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 36
Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 36
Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 35
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 32
Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 23
Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 22
Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 21
Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 21 …12. Jed Beaton
MX2 Championship Top Ten after Valkenswaard
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 136 points
Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 113
Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 107
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 100
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 95
Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 86
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 81
Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 65
Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 63
Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 60
Verstappen Takes WMX First Blood
Valkenswaard hosted the first round of the 2019 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and despite Kiwi Courtney Duncan being the fastest on the track it was Amandine Verstappen who took the overall win and red plate for the very first time in her career.
39 women stormed into the first corner of the opening moto and it was all Duncan with the Kawasaki pilot taking the win by 6.6 seconds ahead of Verstappen, Larissa Papenmeier, Nancy Van De Ven and Shana van der Vlist while Aussie Meghan Rutledge managed to get back to 9th after a poor start.
The second moto was looking to be the same outcome but on lap seven Duncan crashed heavily over the rut infested finish line jump but in a crash that would have left mere mortals laying around in pain, Duncan ran back to her bike, remounted and despite it taking ages to get her bike going managed to get back to a credible 7th,
At the finish it was a race win for Van de Ven who had an eight second gap back to Verstappen while Papenmeier, Shana van der Vlist and Line Dam rounded out the top five with Duncan and Rutledge coming home 7th and 8th.
Verstappen’s 2-2 moto results earned her the overall ahead of Van De Ven, Papenmeier, Duncan, van der Vlist, Lynn Valk, Dam and Rutledge as the Women head to the MXGP of Portugal on the 18th and 19th of May in Agueda.
WMX Overall Top Ten
Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43
Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40
Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39
Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34
Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29
Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26
Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25
Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25
Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18
WMX Championship Top Ten
Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43
Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40
Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39
Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34
Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29
Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26
Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25
Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25
Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18
Guadagnini starts EMX125 championship on top
Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini has won the opening round of the EMX125 Championship which was held at the Dutch circuit of Valkenswaard last weekend.
100 riders tried to qualify for the 40 championship gate positions and after a very tough weekend of racing it was Guadagnini’s 1-4 moto results that earned the overall win while Jorgen-Matthias Talviku and second moto winner Tom Guyon rounded out the podium.
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing ChampionshipTop Ten
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 43 points
Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 42
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 39
Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 38
Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 34
Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 26
Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 21
Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 20
Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), 20
Alessandro Facca (ITA, KTM), 17
Ferris pulls out of MXGP opportunity
Dean Ferris has pulled out of filling in for Romain Febvre at the Monster Energy Yamaha team and is back in Australia to recuperate from of a minor knee injury he sustained at the MXGP of Great Britain two weekends ago.
Ferris was expected to compete in three GPs in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Trentino, but has been forced to withdraw due to complications with his knee and to keep his options open for a ride in America for the AMA Motocross Nationals that kick off in May.
Massimo Raspanti – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Manager
“It’s a shame that Dean’s opportunity has been cut short. He was improving every time he rode the bike and was a pleasure to have around the team. Luck is a factor in top-level motocross and both Dean and Romain have been unlucky this season. I hope he makes a quick recovery, and I wish him the best for the rest of the year.”
Sunderland leads Abu Dhabi Desert challenge
After just two stages KTM rider Sam Sunderland leads the six stage Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in the back of winning the opening stage then backing that up with a solid fifth on a tough stage two.
Thanks to winning the first stage, Sunderland was the first to enter stage two navigating through the looped timed special that took riders around the Liwa oasis area, Sunderland led the majority of the route, only to be passed late in the day by Jose Ignacio Cornejo, Joan Barreda, Andrew Short and Luciano Benavides.
“Starting first on the route is always going to be a disadvantage obviously, but I’m pleased with how I rode and believe I did a good job of opening the stage. I set a good pace all day and only got caught by Andrew at around kilometre 200, which is really good for leading out here in Abu Dhabi as it’s always quite tricky to navigate and easy to lose time when riding at the front. I am very pleased with how everything is going at the moment – the bike is perfect and the team are doing great. Hopefully the wind eases off a little as it makes everyone’s job a little harder, but it’s the desert and it can be expected. Looking forward to getting going again tomorrow.”
The 434km third stage marks the rally’s halfway point and will feature a 300km special stage.
Provisional Results Stage Two – 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 3:13:21
Joan Barreda (SPA), Honda, 3:15:04 +1:43
Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 3:16:19 +2:58
Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:16:51 +3:30
Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:19:16 +5:55
Provisional Overall Standings (after Stage Two)
Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 6:59:57
Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 7:00:48 +0:51
Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 7:04:09 +4:12
Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 7:06:39 +6:42
Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 7:20:17 +20:20
Thad Duvall wins Steele Creek GNCC
Steele City, Morganton hosted round three of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) last weekend it was Thad Duvall who became the third winner of the season at the 20th Annual FMF Steele Creek GNCC.
Defending champion Kailub Russell grabbed the holeshot and led Duvall and Trevor Bollinger into the woods of North Carolina and over the next two plus hours Duvall battled with Russell and Bollinger, going from first to third multiple times but Duvall made his way to the front of the pack on the last lap after Russell became stuck in a rut behind lapped riders.
With the finish line in sight Duvall and Russell engaged in a heated battle, but as the chequered flag flew it was Duvall coming through first, just two seconds ahead of Russell while Bollinger fell of the pace thanks to getting stuck on one of the famous uphills twice but still managed third.
Steward Baylor Jr, Josh Toth, Jordan Ashburn, Josh Strang, Cory Buttrick, Andrew Delong and Layne Michael rounded out the top ten.
After suffering a rare defeat at the second round, Aussie Tayla Jones took out the WXC class ahead of Becca Sheets and fellow Aussie Mackenzie Tricker – Jones now leads the championship by just three points over Sheets.
The 2019 GNCC Series returns in two weeks, April 13-14, with the CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet in Society Hill, South Carolina.
XC1 Pro Event Results
Thad Duvall (HQV)
Kailub Russell (KTM)
Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
Josh Toth (KTM)
Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
Josh Strang (KAW)
Cory Buttrick (YAM)
Andrew Delong (HON)
Layne Michael (HQV)
Overall National Championship Standings
Kailub Russell (80)
Thad Duvall (72)
Steward Baylor Jr. (66)
Trevor Bollinger (62)
Ben Kelley (47)
Josh Toth (46)
Josh Strang (43)
Jordan Ashburm (36)
Jonathan Girroir (35)
Michael Witkowski (32)
Holcombe continues Italian Enduro Championship domination
Beta Factory Racing’s Steve Holcombe has secured his second victory in the Italian Enduro Championship with an overall win at round three. Fresh from his winning ride at last weekend’s Enduro World Championship, the defending Italian Enduro Champion continued his impressive form into the Arma di Taggia event to secure his second win in as many races and extend his lead at the top of the Italian championship series.
Faced with a varied set of special tests – ranging from a cross test on the beach to a rocky and technical extreme test in the mountains – the third stop of the series proved a challenging one from the off. Steve secured the overall victory and with it he extends his lead in the championship standings to 17 points. The Italian Enduro Championship continues with round four in Pontremoli on April 14.
“I’m chuffed to have come away with the win today after making it hard on myself this morning. I’m not really sure what was up, but I just didn’t have a great opening lap and struggled to find my rhythm. I got it together on lap two and three and when I won the second extreme test that motivated me to push hard and close the gap. I think the extreme test is where the race came back to me because I managed to win that test on the final two laps as well, which put me back in contention. All told, I’m delighted to have got another victory – that’s two wins from three starts in the Italian championship, which is cool. We’ve got about two weeks off now until round four, which I’m looking forward too – it’ll give me a chance to recover from what’s been a busy couple of weeks racing and allow me time to work on a few areas I need to improve on, too.”
Championship Standings after Round 3
Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57pts
Alex Salvini (Honda) 40
Danny McCanney (TM) 39
Loic Larrieu (TM) 37
Matteo Cavallo (Sherco) 33pts…
FIM E-XBike World Cup
Youthstream have announced that the first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will be a feature event at the 2019 MXGP of Italy in Imola this August.
Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo stated, “We are very excited to start this new project with the FIM, we thank FIM and in particular their President, Mr. Jorge Viegas, for the trust and for this opportunity to develop this new sport, it will be both challenging and very interesting. Our goal is to develop the FIM E-X Bike World Cup for all customers and riders who want to enjoy racing on an extreme circuit in front of a massive crowd and with a great media coverage.”
The one race format will include a mass start with combined categories of both male and female riders racing for 30 minutes plus 1 lap but scored separately. The racing will be opened to anyone with an electric bicycle.
The event is being developed with the full support of Youthstream as CEO Mr. David Luongo explains, “Youthstream will put all its TV and Media resources to promote as much as possible this new competition. The first FIM E-XBike World Cup will be broadcasted live on our OTT Platforms, MXGP-TV.com, and our Facebook MXGP Page that has more than 2.5 Million followers.”
Jorge Viegas, the new elected President of the FIM took part in the conference as well during his first MXGP visit and enthusiastically said, “I am very happy that the FIM is starting to provide competitions for electric bikes. The first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will allow a new generation of riders to take part in these exciting races. Thanks to the support of our promoters Youthstream and Infront, the Italian Federation and the Imola circuit, the FIM will be able to offer the public who come to the MXGP in Italy the opportunity to discover a new type of competition. For the FIM it is a reoccurring story because the first motorcycles were based on a bike frame, with the addition of a motor. In recent years the electric technology has evolved considerably, and we are convinced that the FIM E-X Bike World Cup will offer the manufacturers a great platform for further development. An E-bike round table meeting will also be organized in Belgium at Metet MX circuit the 9thof June in conjunction with another E-Bike / Pedelec race organized under the authority of the FMB.”
Price commits to four-wheels at Finke 2019
Toby Price has made the decision to sit out the bike category at the 2019 Finke Desert Race to concentrate on winning the truck class.
“I’ll be sitting out the bike category at Finke this year, racing only the truck is the safer option to know that I’ll be ready for Dakar 2020! After the injury I’d like to focus on one category, and it’s the one I haven’t won yet.”
2019 FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup to Gillman
An action-packed night is promised at Gillman Speedway, South Australia (SA) this Saturday night (6 April) for the 2019 running of the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup. The world’s most prestigious Speedway Sidecar event sees 16 crews battle it out for the most prestigious Speedway Sidecar trophy in the world.
Sixteen heats of quick-fire racing action will be sure to keep the crowds entertained all night, and a field full of world-class riders and passengers will ensure the standard of racing is second to none.
For those wanting to get a try-before-you-buy experience of Speedway Sidecar racing, entry to the practice day will be free for spectators. Gates open at 3:00pm with practice to commence at 6:00pm.
For those who can’t get enough Speedway Sidecar action, the weekend continues with the re-running of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship taking place the very next night (Sunday 7 April). After being called off due to rain last weekend, the crews will have unfinished business as the slates are wiped clean and the event re-starts from Heat 1.
FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championships scheduled
Rain forced the cancellation of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship last Saturday night (30 March) but Motorcycling Australia is pleased to announce that the event has been re-scheduled for next Sunday, 7th of April, to run alongside the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup at Gillman Speedway, South Australia.
The entry list will remain the same as the one planned for the original event, which means that Damien Niesche will not be running due to having withdrawn from the original event, instead Rick Stephens will once again take his place as reserve.
Tickets for the re-run of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship (Sunday, 7 April) are available at the gate, with entry available from $15 for adults, $10 for concession, and children under 10 free.
Entry to Practice will be free on the Friday night (5 April), gates to open at 3:00pm and practice will commence at 6:00pm.