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December 22, 2020

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What’s New:

  • Adrien Van Beveren wins Hail Baja II
  • 2020 WA Junior Speedway Solo & Sidecar champs crowned
  • 2020 Victorian Senior & Junior Solo Speedway Championships
  • GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing hosting 13-rider line-up in 2021
  • 2021 Australian Off-Road Championship Updates
  • 2021 ProMX Championship expands classes
  • Laia Sanz set for GasGas Dakar 2021 campaign
  • US ISDE Club Team Qualifier events announced
  • 2021 AMA Supercross calendar update
  • 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies calendar

Adrien Van Beveren wins Hail Baja II

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has topped the second Hail Baja, his final competitive outing ahead of the 2021 Dakar Rally. With participation proving to be highly productive for the Frenchman, the event’s challenging terrain and technical navigation provided one last chance for Van Beveren to finalise the set-up of his Yamaha WR450F Rally ahead of the Dakar Rally in January 2021.

Adrien Van Beveren – Hail Baja 2

With a race format similar to the opening Hail Baja, the second edition of the event again comprised of two stages, with a slightly shorter overall distance of 491km. Opening the stage on day one, Van Beveren quickly put his navigational skills to work. With the stage set entirely in the demanding sand dunes surrounding the town of Baqaa, he accurately navigated his way through each checkpoint, going on to complete the stage to finish a healthy 31-minutes ahead of the second placed finisher.

Stage two provided Adrien with much different desert conditions. Faced with the rockiest stage of the Hail Rally, it was a welcome challenge for the Frenchman to navigate through slow, technical sections aboard the Yamaha WR450F Rally. Remaining composed throughout and following another untroubled ride, Van Beveren reached the finish line unscathed to successfully complete his final race ahead of the Dakar Rally in January.

Adrien Van Beveren – Hail Baja 2

Now, with just over two weeks to go until the start of the 2021 Dakar Rally, Adrien will enjoy a short period of recovery before gearing up again to take on the challenge that lies ahead.

Adrien Van Beveren

“It’s been a really great trip to these two races in Hail. It was a big effort to get here, so I’m thankful to the team that we were able to make it happen. My feeling on the bike is really good and I felt great in the desert. The second stage had very high speeds and I was completely comfortable, so this gives me a lot of confidence ahead of Dakar. I will now take some rest for a week before getting ready for the big race in January.”

Adrien Van Beveren – Hail Baja 2

Overall 2020 Hail Baja Results (Provisional)

Pos Rider Man. Time Gap
1 Adrien Van Beveren Yamaha 5:19:20
2 Mishal Alghuneim KTM 6:12:25 +0:53:05
3 Anas Al Ruhayany KTM 6:12:35 +0:53:15
4 Konrad Dabrowski KTM 6:29:00 +1:09:40
5 Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Aakhulaifi Yamaha 6:29:07 +1:09:47
6 Riyadh Saud Alshammari Yamaha 6:31:01 +1:11:41

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WA Junior Speedway Solo & Sidecar champs crowned

By Graeme Sinden, Images by Jon Gall and Graham Veasey

The Speedway Motorcycle Club of WA hosted the Junior 125cc Solo and Junior 250cc Sidecar Championships at its Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway facility in Neerabup, WA on Saturday, at the small 142m ‘WOFFY’ track which was established as a Junior Racing circuit by Rob Woffinden and a number of like minded volunteers around 10 or 11 years ago.

In a dominant performance, young WA rider Mitch McDiarmid was crowned the new 125cc Junior WA Solo Champion, after storming to victory with a maximum 18-point score.

Junior 125cc Solo champion Mitch McDiarmid

While he was relatively untroubled in his five heat races, Linkin Metcalf made McDiarmid work for the Championship decider by pushing him to the limit in what turned out to be the best race of the night.

Metcalf appeared to have plenty of speed and dared to take the high line for almost the entire four-lap journey and had his nose in front on several occasions as they went handlebar to handlebar with neither rider giving an inch, But it was Diarmid who got the job job done to record a very popular Championship win.

Junior 125cc Solo champion Mitch McDiarmid topped the podium ahead of Phoenix Elliot and Axle McCarthy

Unlucky story of the night, (one of two, actually) was that of current Australian 125cc solo Champion Luke Killeen, who after winning two heats succumbed to engine problems on his bike and was not able to secure another ride to continue in the title race.

The other unlucky story of the night was that of Adam Fewster and his accomplished passenger Thomas Grigson. The pair rode superbly all night long winning each of their five heat races only to have their outfit fail early on in the championship decider in the 250cc Junior sidecar Championship.

Jake Harvey and his passenger Nathan Gajec were cock-a-hoop as they swept into the lead and raced to a fine sidecar Championship win adding to the one  they secured last year. Jake Harvey is an extremely competitive junior sidecar rider and will move up to senior competition next season.

Jake Harvey and passenger Nathan Gajec topped the Junior 250cc Sidecar class, Mitchell McDiarmid/Phoenix Elliot were runner-up and Adam Fewster/Thomas Grigson claimed bronze

There were many other highlights on the evening and it was a great pleasure watching all the young competitors giving it their all in the sport they love.

The Executive committee of the Speedway Motorcycle Club provided a brand new race tyre for the Junior ‘Rider of the Night’ for the Championship night.

Grant Woodhams had no hesitation in awarding The “Junior Rider Of the Night” prize to Mitch McDiarmid for his outstanding 18-point maximum on his way to winning the solo Championship.

WA Junior 125cc Solo Sidecar Title

  1. Mitchell McDiarmid
  2. Phoenix Elliot
  3. Axle McCarthy

WA Junior 250cc Sidecar Title

  1. Jake Harvey/Nathan Gajek
  2. Mitchell McDiarmid/Phoenix Elliot
  3. Adam Fewster/Thomas Grigson
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2020 Victorian Senior & Junior Solo Speedway Championships

The Mildura Motorcycle Club held the 2020 Victorian Senior and Junior Solo Speedway championships at the Olympic Park Speedway in Mildura over the weekend, with Justin Sedgmen crowned 2020 Victorian Solo champion ahead of Jordan Steward and Jacob Hook.

Justin Sedgmen – P1

“Victorian Champion! Stoked to get the win! Finally a Victorian Title win at Olympic Park. Thanks to everyone that came out, the Mildura Motorcycle Club and all my valued sponsors.”

Jacob Hook – P3

“On the weekend we made the trip to Mildura for the Vic title. Shout out to the Mildura Motorcycle Club for putting on a great event the track was mint and racing fast all night! I had a good meeting except for one hiccup. Second, first, DNF, first, first finishing the heats on 11 points, winning the B Final to progress through to the A Main. I am super happy with the results finishing on the podium in third place securing a work permit. Thanks to everyone that supports me.”

In the Victorian Junior 250cc class it was James Pearson taking the title from Jackson Milner and Mick Cogdell, while the Junior 125cc class saw Beau Bailey take the crown ahead of Harry Saddler and Noah Grabham.

The next event on the calendar is the Phil Crump Solo International on Saturday January 2 (2021) at Olympic Park Speedway Mildura.

Victorian Senior 500cc Championship

  1. Justin Sedgmen
  2. Jordan Stewart
  3. Jacob Hook
  4. Cooper Riordan

Victorian Junior 125cc Championship

  1. Beau Bailey
  2. Harry Saddler
  3. Noah Grabham
  4. Ashley Jansen-Batchelor

Victorian Junior 250cc Championship

  1. James Pearson
  2. Jacko Milner
  3. Mick Cogdell
  4. Broc White
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GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing backing 13-rider line-up in 2021

Entering its 20th year since inception, and 15th year as a national development program, GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing shows no signs of slowing down with a massive 13 rider line up spreading all the way from the 65ccc division, to the newly formed MX3 class at the Pro MX.

Jake Rumens

Continuing with a hands-on, state by state support program that allows riders and families to work with team managers, many of whom are ex-professional racers and coaches, Yamaha Junior Racing has proven to be a pathway to success with a long list of riders progressing through the program and onto a career in racing.

Each rider is asked to contest the local series in their region, their state motocross championships as well the pinnacle of junior racing, the week-long Australian Junior Motocross Championships held in the last week of September each year.

Having 13 riders on the track requires a significant investment from not just Yamaha Motor Australia and its products like Yamalube, GYTR, YMF and YMI, but also from Ficeda Accessories who also are 100 per cent behind the team with the help of first class companies like SCOTT, Just1, Dunlop and DID.

2021 promises to be another exciting year for the team with a full calendar back in place in all states and a dozen overly enthusiastic and energetic dirt bike racers desperate to be back on the race track and doing what they love. The 2021 rider roster is as follows.

Jobe Dunne

Western Australia

  • Deegan Fort: 65cc / 85cc small wheel
  • Jake Rumens: 85cc big wheel/ 125cc
  • Manager: Peter Strickland

South Australia

  • Ryder Woodrow: 65cc/ 85cc small wheel
  • Wil Carpenter: 85cc / 125cc
  • Manager: Shane Metcalfe

Tasmania

  • Jay Jennings: 65cc / 85cc small wheel
  • Angus Pearce: 125cc/ 250cc
  • Manager: Brody Jennings

Victoria

  • Jobe Dunne: 65cc/ 85cc small wheel
  • Pat Martinn: 125cc/ 250cc
  • Manager: Cameron Taylor

NSW

  • Kayd Kingsford: 85cc big wheel /125cc
  • Ryder Kingsford: 125cc / 250cc
  • Manager: Darren Thompson

Queensland

  • Jake Cannon: 85cc big wheel / 125cc
  • Kobe Drew: 125cc/ 250cc
  • Jackson Camilleri: 250cc MX3

2021 Australian Off-Road Championship Updates

The Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) Management Team has announced a new initiative – Club AORC – for the 2021 Championship. Club AORC is aimed at new and upcoming riders to give them a taste of the national Championship competition while also rewarding them under the Club AORC points system.

2021 AORC calendar

The AORC team also announced that Australia’s largest online motorcycle gear and accessories retailer, MXstore, will continue their strong support as ‘Presented By’ sponsor of the 2021 AORC. MXstore were key to the success of this year’s Championship, by not only supporting the Championship, but also providing significant prizes for riders at all the rounds. The continued partnership shows the growth for both the Championship and company as an ongoing relationship.

Club AORC riders will receive bonus points for participating in seven rounds or more of the 12 round AORC in 2021. If a rider starts seven rounds or more, a 50-point bonus will be given towards the rider’s Club AORC points results in their relevant Championship class.

Any rider within 10 per cent of the class winner at any sprint or enduro round or within 10 per cent of the class winners fastest lap for a cross country round will not be eligible for Club AORC.

AORC Josh Green
Josh Green – AORC 2020

Motorcycling Australia Off-Road Events Manager, Matthew Falvo, said this was an exciting new initiative to further grow the AORC after record rider numbers in AORC this year.

Matthew Falvo

“We are always looking at new and innovative ways to provide off-road riders with an opportunity to race against the world’s best riders in the Australian Off-Road Championship. This new initiative is a great way for riders new to off-road national competition racers to test their limits in our growing Championship and still be rewarded for their efforts. Club AORC is about providing riders with a progression into full-blown national competition against the world’s best riders in the AORC. The AORC is the breeding ground of the world’s best off-road riders and we want to ensure that we can provide new avenues for weekend enthusiasts and part-time racers to make the transition to one of the world’s best off-road Championships.”

More Information is still to follow including regulations and further exciting incentives for Club AORC.

AORC Junior Coaching

Another new initiative from the AORC paddock was the announcement of the Exclusive AORC Junior Coaching days, which will be run by many of the world’s best enduro riders in 2021. The junior coaching days will be held in February and conducted by Australia’s very own world and ISDE Champions Daniel Sanders, Daniel Milner, Fraser Higlett, Josh Green, Michael Driscoll and Jessica Gardner in Victoria, NSW, and Queensland.

AORC have held these coaching days earlier this year and were swamped with interest and registrations, and expect nothing less for 2021, encouraging young riders aged 9-15-years-old to be book early and avoid missing out.

In NSW on February 6, 2021 from 9 am-3 pm, at Stroud, Josh Green, Michael Driscoll and multiple AORC Women’s Champion Jessica Gardner, thanks to OffRoad Advantage and JG Institute, will impart their skills and knowledge to juniors, which will also include an exclusive junior girls coaching session with Jessica Gardner. Click here to enter NOW.

NSW AORC Junior Coaching day

Current World and 2020 AORC Champions Daniel Sanders and Emma Milesevic will hold a one-day training camp at Three Bridges in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, on February 20, 2021 between 9 am-3 pm. Riders will get exclusive tips and tricks from the world’s best and will include an exclusive junior girls coaching clinic, with Emma Milesevic. Click here to enter NOW.

Lang Lang, Victoria, AORC Junior Coaching day

Fraser Higlett, Harry Teed, Zoe Bocarri and Ebony Nielson will also hold a junior coaching day on February 20, 2021 between 9 am and 3 pm at Crows Nest, Queensland in conjunction with QLD JEDS Coaching to help build the repertoire of riders’ skills and knowledge. Entries open soon.

Crows Nest, Queensland, AORC Junior Coaching day

Victorian juniors on February 21, 2021, between 9 am and 3 pm will get the opportunity to learn at Lang Lang, Victoria when, thanks to DM31 OffRoad Development, 2020 AORC E2 class Champion Daniel Milner and Mason Semmens will hold a coaching day teaching young riders all the necessary skills to become AORC Champions. Click here to enter NOW.

Three Bridges, Victoria, AORC Junior Coaching day

For additional information and pricing head to the AORC website at https://www.aorc.org.au/junior-dev/. Profits from the training camps go towards funding the 2021 Australian ISDE Teams. Australia has punched well above its weight in previous ISDE events and brought home a swag of first places and podium finishes. 2021 promises to be another highly competitive year for the Australian contingent.

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2021 ProMX Championship expands classes

ProMX has announced new support classes for the inaugural 2021 Championship season, which will support the elite MX1, MX2 and MX3 classes of the ProMX Championship. Expanding on the permanent championship classes will see the introduction of the MXW (MX Womens), VETS ( Veterans), 125cc Cup and Classic Motocross Evolution Cup classes.

2021 ProMX

The addition of these class favourites will ensure for fans that the 2021 ProMX Championship is jam packed with handlebar-to-handlebar action. The additional ProMX classes will feature alongside MX1, MX2 and MX3 at select rounds further strengthening the Championship.

MXW will provide an opportunity for elite female riders to showcase their talents both to the Australian and international audiences, as well as provide valuable exposure to hopeful MXGP candidates who are looking for an international future. Veteran racing is also thriving and the opportunity to showcase riders’ skill and talents in 2021.

Support classes provide a valuable access point to national racing, and the 125cc Cup is a rider and fan favourite event that will see two stroke racers have the opportunity to race at national level events and tracks. The addition of the Classic Motocross Evolution Cup, aims to also give an access point to the classic motocross riders who wish to enjoy competitive racing at a national level to entertain both the crowds and industry with the classic bikes of yesteryear.

MXW

Open to riders sixteen years of age and over competing in an open class structure on 125cc machines and up, the MXW class has seen many great champions emerge over recent years and go on to international success with the likes of Meghan Rutledge, Maddy Brown and Jess Moore all enjoying long standing careers in the MXW class. The next generation of women competing in MXW will take the track with PROMX in 2021.

VETS

The vet classes will feature two age group categories being 30-39 and 40+. With many retired pro riders and national champions racing alongside their fellow VET class competitors, the VET classes provide a great outlet for the industry and riders to embrace a potent mix of competition and camaraderie.

125 Cup

A rider and fan favourite, the 125 cup will see the sound of two strokes singing around select rounds of ProMX in 2021. Open to riders 16 years of age and over competing on 125cc two stroke machines, this class provides highly competitive on track action.

Classic Motocross Evolution Cup

This classic motocross class is open to applicable bikes as per the MoMs of the evolution class to give classic motocross enthusiasts the opportunity to compete for a national championship.

See the full season calendar with class breakdown for each outing below.

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Laia Sanz set for GasGas Dakar 2021 campaign

Laia Sanz and GASGAS Factory Racing have completed their pre-Dakar testing and are now counting down the days to the start of their epic New Year adventure. Laia will take to the start of her 11th Dakar in a little over two weeks’ time on board the GASGAS RC 450F, covering 12-stages and 7,646 km, including 4,767 km of timed specials.

Laia Sanz – GASGAS Factory Racing

For Laia recent months have been especially challenging due to contracting Lyme Disease during the summer, making her final Dakar preparations more complicated than normal. However, with support from her team, friends, and sponsors, Laia believes she is now ready to take on the world’s toughest cross-country rally.

Laia Sanz – GASGAS Factory Racing

The 43rd edition of the race will see an increased emphasis placed on rider navigation and competitor’s abilities to tackle slower-speed, technical terrain, which is great news for Laia. Reducing the event’s average speeds, with her ability to both navigate well while under pressure and complete long stages with the minimum of mistakes, Laia is upbeat about this year’s route.

The event will start and finish at the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah. Like all competitors, Laia will face a short qualifying prologue on Saturday, January 2, before starting the rally proper and 12 long and demanding stages covering a total of 7,646 km. With a rest day in Ha’il midway through the race, Laia will then work her way back to Jeddah on January 15, having raced 4,767 km of timed special stages against the clock.

Laia Sanz – GASGAS Factory Racing

With bikes and vehicles already on their way to Jeddah for the start of the race, GASGAS Factory Racing announced a couple of changes in the team’s sponsor structure. Laia will wear KENNY race clothing for her assault on the 2021 Dakar and receive added support from long-time sponsor KH7.

Laia Sanz

“It’s been a really tough year for me, so to be able to look forward to racing the 2021 Dakar means so much. I injured my hand on the second stage of this year’s Dakar, back in January, and although I carried on and completed the event the injury turned out to be worse than we thought. It took a while at the beginning of the year to recover from that. I was really looking forward to start training on my GASGAS trial and enduro bikes, and maybe fitting in some events. Unfortunately, when I was finally able to get out on my bikes again, I started to feel ill. Eventually I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which made me feel very unwell. Thankfully, with the right treatment I have been able to start riding again. I know I’m not 100% and we’ll have to see just how I feel when the rally starts in January. It helps that we have some experience now of the terrain we will face, and the way things work with the move to the Middle East. The event in January should also be a little more technical and with tougher navigation, so I’m looking forward to that. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, and another finish would be incredible, but my main goal is to go there and just enjoy the race.”

Laia Sanz – GASGAS Factory Racing
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U.S. ISDE Club Team Qualifier events announced

Two AMA-sanctioned International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series will be used to determine which amateur off-road racers will represent the United States at the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy.

The 2021 AMA East Region ISDE Qualifier Series and the 2021 AMA West Region ISDE Qualifier Series each consist of three rounds, beginning in March and ending in May. The 95th edition of the ISDE is scheduled for Aug. 30 – Sept. 4 in Lombardy-Piedmont, Italy.

ISDE competitor Ty Tremaine – Photo by Mary Rinell

The U.S. ISDE team won the World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy championships at the 2019 ISDE, as well as the Club Cup title. The American Junior World Trophy team placed second in its class. The 2020 ISDE was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Erek Kudla – AMA Off-Road Racing Manager

“With the World, Women’s and Club Trophies still held by the U.S. ISDE Team, and after missing a year of racing, our riders are very excited to return to represent the country in international competition. The qualifying process has been very successful in getting our fastest riders from either coast onto our Club teams, and we are looking forward to another great year at the world championship event.”

In the 2021 qualifiers, riders receive an overall score for each day of competition and will be ranked by their four highest scores at the end of each series. Selected riders will be organized into seven three-member U.S. Club teams, which include the overall top seven riders from each of the two qualifier series, as well as the top 40-plus rider from each qualifier series. Five riders are selected by the AMA ISDE Advisory Committee, which also selects the U.S. ISDE Trophy teams. The seven American Club teams compete alongside the three U.S. ISDE World Trophy teams at the event.

AMA West ISDE Qualifier Series

  • March 20-21: Red Mountain, Calif., Desert MC and Prospectors MC, AMA District 37 Sprint Enduro
  • April 17-18: Campwood, Ariz., Arizona Trail Riders, AMA AMRA
  • May 22-23: Craig, Colo., Enduro Colorado, AMA RMEC

AMA East ISDE Qualifier Series

  • May 1-2: Battle Creek Mich., BCMC, AMA Michigan Sprint Enduro
  • May 7-8: Plantersville, Ala., Southern Enduro Riders Association
  • May 29-30: Glen Daniel, W. Va., AMA Full Gas Sprint Enduro
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2021 AMA Supercross calendar update

A new updated schedule has been announced this week for the 2021 Monster Energy FIM/ AMA Supercross Championship that will see a total of 17 rounds from January 16 to May 1.

Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the original calendar now features several back-to-back rounds and Saturday and Tuesday races included.

The updates, announced by promoters Feld Entertainment, include three consecutive rounds in Georgia at Atlanta Motor Speedway and an added round at Salt Lake City in Utah. The original rounds in Arizona rounds have been cancelled and replaced with Orlando in Florida.

2021 AMA Supercross Calendar
Round 1 Houston, Texas East NRG Stadium Sat, January 16
Round 2 Houston, Texas East NRG Stadium Tues, January 19
Round 3 Houston, Texas East NRG Stadium Sat, January 23
Round 4 Indianapolis, Indiana East Lucas Oil Stadium Sat, January 30
Round 5 Indianapolis, Indiana East Lucas Oil Stadium Tues, February 2
Round 6 Indianapolis, Indiana East Lucas Oil Stadium Sat, February 6
Round 7 Orlando, Florida East Camping World Stadium Sat, February 13
Round 8 Orlando, Florida West Camping World Stadium Sat, February 20
Round 9 Daytona Beach, Florida West Daytona Int. Speedway Sat, March 6
Round 10 Arlington, Texas West AT&T Stadium Sat, March 13
Round 11 Arlington, Texas West AT&T Stadium Tues, March 16
Round 12 Arlington, Texas West AT&T Stadium Sat, March 20
Round 13 Atlanta, Georgia West Atlanta Motor Speedway Sat, April 10
Round 14 Atlanta, Georgia West Atlanta Motor Speedway Tues, April 13
Round 15 Atlanta, Georgia West Atlanta Motor Speedway Sat, April 17
Round 16 Salt Lake City, Utah East Rice-Eccles Stadium Sat, April 24
Round 17 Salt Lake City, Utah W/E Rice-Eccles Stadium Sat, May 1

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2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies calendar announced

The FIM, the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation (FMP), the Automotorsport Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan (AMFK), the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR), Brazilian Motorcycle Confederation (CBM), the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Motocyclisme (FRMM) and the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) and local organisers have revealed the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and World Cups provisional calendar.

Date Event Cat 1 RallyGP Cat 2 Rally 2 Cat 3
Grp1 Moto-Rally Grp1 Moto-Rally Grp2 Moto Enduro Grp3 Quad Adventure Trophy Grp1+3 SSV
April 9-13 BP Ultimate Portugal Rally (POR) X X X X X X
June 7-13 Rally Kazakhstan (KAZ) X X X X X
July 1-11 Silkway Rally (RUS) X X X X X
August 13-22 Rally do Sertoes (BRA) X X X X X
October 8-13 Rallye du Maroc (MAR) X X X X X X
November 6-12 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (UAE) X X X X X X

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2021 Racing schedule

2021 Provisional MXGP Calendar

Rnd Grand Prix Date
1 MXGP of Oman, Muscat Fri 2 Apr – Sat 3 Apr
2 MXGP of Italy, TBA Sat 24 Apr – Sun 25 Apr
3 MXGP of Portugal, Agueda Sat 8 May – Sun 9 May
4 MXGP of The Netherlands, Oss Sat 22 May – Sun 23 May
5 MXGP of Germany, Teutschenthal Sat 29 May – Sun 30 May
6 MXGP of Russia, Orlyonok Sat 12 Jun – Sun 13 Jun
7 MXGP of Latvia, Kegums Sat 19 Jun – Sun 20 Jun
8 MXGP of Jakarta (INA), Jakarta Sat 3 Jul – Sun 4 Jul
9 MXGP of Indonesia, Semarang Sat 10 Jul – Sun 11 Jul
10 MXGP of Czech Replublic, Loket Sat 24 Jul – Sun 25 Jul
11 MXGP of Belgium, Lommel Sat 31 Jul – Sun 1 Aug
12 MXGP of Sweden, Uddevalla Sat 7 Aug – Sun 8 Aug
13 MXGP of Finland, Iitti-KimiRing Sat 21 Aug – Sun 22 Aug
14 MXGP of Igora Drive (RUS), Igora Drive Sat 28 Aug – Sun 29 Aug
15 MXGP of Turkey, Afyonkarahisar Sat 11 Sep – Sun 12 Sep
16 MXGP of China, TBA Sat 18 Sep – Sun 19 Sep
17 MXGP of France, St Jean d’Angely Sat 9 Oct – Sun 10 Oct
18 MXGP of Spain, intu Xanadu-Arroyomolinos Sat 16 Oct – Sun 17 Oct
19 TBA  Sat 30 Oct – Sun 31 Oct
20 MXGP of Patagonia Argentina, Neuquen Sat 13 Nov – Sun 14 Nov

2021 Yamaha AORC presented by MXStore calendar

Round Location Date
Rounds 1 & 2 Nowra, NSW March 27-28
Rounds 3 & 4 TBA, VIC April 17-18
Rounds 5 & 6 Kyogle, NSW July 17-18
Rounds 7 & 8 TBA, QLD August 6-7
Rounds 9 & 10 Kingston SE, SA September 18-19
Rounds 11 & 12 Omeo, VIC October 16-17

2021 Australian Pro MX calendar

Rnd Date Location
1 Apr-11 Wonthaggi, Victoria
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, 125 CUP
2 May-02 Canberra, ACT
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3
3 May-30 Gilman, South Australia
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, 125 CUP
4 Jun-27 Maitland, NSW
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, Classic Motocross Evolution Motocross Cup
5 Jul-25 Wodonga, Victoria
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, 125 CUP
6 Aug-08 QMP, Queensland
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, MXW, AORC (Fri & Sat)
7/8 August 14-15 Coolum, Queensland
Classes: MX1, MX2, MX3, VETS (Sat)
MX1, MX2, MX3, MXW (Sun)

2021 Speedway GP Calendar

Date Round Location
Apr-24 2021  FIM Speedway Grand Prix TBC
May-15 2021 PZM Warsaw  FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland PGE Narodowy
May-22 2021 German   FIM Speedway Grand Prix Bergring Arena
Jun-05 2021 Czech Republic  FIM Speedway Grand Prix Marketa Stadium
Jun-19 2021  FIM Speedway Grand Prix TBC
Jul-17 2021 Adrian Flux British  FIM Speedway Grand Prix Principality Stadium
Jul-31 2021 Betard Wroclaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix OF POLAND Olympic Stadium
Aug-14 2021 Swedish  FIM Speedway Grand Prix G&B Arena
Aug-28 2021 Russian FIM Speedway Grand Prix Anatoly Stepanov Stadium
Sep-11 2021 Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix Sponsored by ECCO Vojens Speedway Center
Oct-02 2021 Torun  FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland Marian Rose MotoArena

2021 Australian Senior Speedway Solo calendar

Round Location Date
Round 1 Gillman Speedway, SA 3 January, 2021
Round 2 Olympic Park, VIC 5 January, 2021
Round 3 Diamond Park, Albury Wodonga, VIC 7 January, 2021
Round 4 Loxford Park, NSW 9 January, 2021
Round 5 Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD 13 January, 2021

2021 Australian Speedway events

Championship Location  Date
2021 Australian Under 21’s Speedway Championship Gillman Speedway, SA 16 January, 2021
2021 Australian Junior Speedway Sidecar Championship Pinjar Park, WA 3-4 April, 2021
2021 Australian Senior Speedway Sidecar Championship Pinjar Park, WA 3-4 April, 2021
2021 Speedway FIM Oceania Speedway Championship Gillman Speedway, SA 30 January, 2021
2021 Speedway FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship Gillman Speedway, SA 17 April, 2021

2021 Provisional Australian Supercross dates

  • 25 September – Further information TBA
  • 9 October – Further information TBA
  • 16 October – Further information TBA
  • 23 October – Further information TBA
  • 30 October – Further information TBA
  • 6 November – Further information TBA
  • 20 November – Further information TBA
  • 27 November – Further information TBA

2021 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE)
May 19-22 – Harvey, WA

2021 Enduro Australian Three Day Vintage Enduro (A3VE)
7-9 May – Blackwood, VIC

2021 Finke Desert Race
11-14 June – Northern Territory

2021 Hattah Desert Race
3-4 July – Hattah, Victoria

2021 Motocross Australian Classic Motocross Championship
9-11 July – Nowra, NSW

2021 Motocross Australian Post Classic Motocross
16-18 July – Nowra, NSW

2021 International Six Day Enduro (ISDE)
30 August – 4 September – Italy

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What happened this week

  • Marchbanks claims career first 250SX win
  • Tomac & Roczen battle it out at Daytona
  • Kailub Russell takes second GNCC victory in row at 2020 Wild Boar
  • Herlings & Vialle top MXGP Round 2 in Netherlands
  • Larissa Papenmeier secures WMX win at Valkenswaard
  • Bastian Boegh Damm wins EMX250 opener
  • Todd Waters & Michael Driscoll talk AORC E2
  • Team Australia revealed For Junior Tri-Nations Cup
  • 2020 American Flat Track Contingency Program Breaks $3M
  • 2021 Aussie Speedway Championships calendar released
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 American Flat Track
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP Championship
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
    • 2020 FIM SuperEnduro Championship
    • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West
    • 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship
    • 2020 King of MX
    • 2020 Australian Motocross National Championship
    • 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

Marchbanks claims career first 250SX win

For full results see:
Tomac wins Daytona Supercross | Marchbanks top 250

Prior to the headlining 450SX main event, the 250SX main was won by Garrett Marchbanks, who rode a holeshot start to an early, sizable lead and a dominating victory – the first of his career in 250SX competition. Honda riders Chase Sexton and Jeremy Martin finished second and third.

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Start LM

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Start LM

250SX Start

Garrett Marchbanks – P1

 “I hadn’t gotten a holeshot in I don’t know how long, I rode smart, after I got out front I rode some good laps. You know, [it’s] don’t look back [at that point], just keep on going.”

Chase Sexton – P2

“Daytona done and over with! Didn’t really feel like myself on the bike all day but I did feel better for the night show! P2 on the night which is good for how I felt! Back to work this week! Thankful to do this stuff for a job.”

Outside the top three RJ Hampshire managed to maintained third for a majority of the race but he ended up tweaking his knee in a corner and ultimately lost ground with two laps to go, finishing fourth on the day Hampshire now sits third overall with four rounds remaining in the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship.

RJ Hampshire – P4

“Obviously I would have liked to finish on the podium but all-in-all, I’m pretty happy with how tonight went,” Hampshire said. “While I was running third, I dabbed my leg in a corner and it gave me a stinger on my knee, which kind of caused me to mess up the rhythm a couple of laps and [Jeremy] Martin was able to get around me. With the track being as high-speed as it was, I made the decision to be smart and take fourth so I could move on to Indy and get better results.”

Shane McElrath completed the top five as top Yamaha, with Pierce Brown sixth, Jo Shimoda seventh, and Enzo Lopes, Jalek Swoll and Cedric Soubevras round out the top ten respectively.

Shane McElrath – P5

“I felt great all day and had a great night going! I got together with another rider early on and we both ended up going down. I was pushing hard to come back and catch the lead group and then I ended up going down again. I’m happy with my riding, just sometimes things don’t go your way. We will be back!”

Bike Week At DAYTONA continues at Daytona International Speedway through March 15, highlighted by the March 14 doubleheader featuring the 79th Daytona 200 and the Daytona TT.

250 SX Main Event
Pos Rider Bike Laps/Int
1 Garrett Marchbanks Kawasaki 14
2 Chase Sexton Honda +2.019
3 Jeremy Martin Honda +11.051
4 Rj Hampshire Husqvarna +15.567
5 Shane Mcelrath Yamaha +27.502
6 Pierce Brown KTM +44.636
7 Jo Shimoda Honda +52.924
8 Enzo Lopes Yamaha +55.706
9 Jalek Swoll Husqvarna +1:13.790
10 Cedric Soubeyras Husqvarna +1:14.759
11 Jordan Bailey Honda 13 Laps
12 Lorenzo Locurcio Kawasaki +0.836
13 Grant Harlan Honda +7.447
14 Jace Owen Honda +11.144
15 Justin Starling Honda +15.794
16 Curren Thurman KTM +20.103
17 Chase Marquier Honda +29.127
18 Carter Halpain Yamaha +33.595
19 Dustin Winter KTM +39.62
20 Justin Rodbell Yamaha +40.329
21 Joshua Hill Yamaha +44.397
22 Jordon Smith Kawasaki DNF
250SX Standings (Top 20)
Pos Rider Points
1 Chase Sexton 98
2 Shane Mcelrath 88
3 Rj Hampshire 80
4 Garrett Marchbanks 79
5 Jeremy Martin 65
6 Jo Shimoda 60
7 Enzo Lopes 51
8 Jordon Smith 48
9 Joshua Hill 43
10 Jalek Swoll 42
11 Jordan Bailey 41
12 Cedric Soubeyras 35
13 Joey Crown 31
14 Jace Owen 26
15 Nick Gaines 24
16 James Decotis 24
17 Pierce Brown 23
18 Lorenzo Locurcio 20
19 John Short 19
20 Justin Starling 18

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Tomac & Roczen battle it out at Daytona

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Tomac wins Daytona Supercross | Marchbanks top 250

Victory did not come easily for Eli Tomac at the Daytona Supercross, who fell behind Ken Roczen early in the 20-minute/plus one lap main event, with the gap growing to nearly nine seconds at one point. With just less than two minutes left before the white-flag lap, Tomac completed a long, steady comeback by taking the lead when Roczen’s Honda bobbled slightly in a tight turn and he nearly went down.

Ken Roczen rallied to finish second, only 0.707 seconds behind, while defending series champion Cooper Webb, also from Clermont, finished third on his KTM bike. The 1-2-3 finish mirrored the current standings in 450SX class of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Eli Tomac – P1

“Tonight it was just a little bit of patience in the beginning because the pace was hard early on. Somewhere about halfway I realized I had to get going and make the moves and the passes. It was tough to make up the time. Gosh, that was close. Big night. We’re in a really good spot in the points, a spot we haven’t been in. So, we’ll just keep trucking along.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Eli Tomac AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Eli Tomac AZY

Eli Tomac

Ken Roczen – P2

“Tonight went well and I’m happy to come away with a second. My starts have been really good lately, and that continued today in both the heat and the main. When I got out front, I knew I needed to try and lay down some good laps to get a cushion. In the middle of the race I kind of switched up my lines a little, and it didn’t work too well. Eli was coming quick and closed in on me. I made a mistake and tipped over in a turn, which cost me the lead. Even after that happened, it was important for me not to give up and stay right behind him. We were putting down a good pace at the end there, and I think if I had another lap, I could’ve tried to battle back for the lead. I tried my hardest though, and in the end, it wasn’t good enough for a win. I’m really happy with the consistency that we’re bringing every weekend, and with my starts and overall riding. We’re still in a good position for the rest of the season.”Outside the top three, Cooper Webb grabbed a top-five start and raced his way into third by lap three. Determined to reach the lead battle, Webb diligently climbed into second, setting his sights on the leader ahead. He made a couple of mistakes and lost the second-place spot with six laps to go, but he maintained a solid pace in the final laps to secure his seventh podium finish of the season with third.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Roczen

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Roczen

Ken Roczen

Cooper Webb – P3

“I felt like I put myself in a good position – I was in second and a little way back and Eli [Tomac] was able to get me. I started making a lot of mistakes and let him get away. It’s good to be on the podium, so I’m stoked on that but I’m going to work this week. I think I’m at a point where I’ve finally healed up good enough to try to contend, so I’ll take the podium but I really want to get another win.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Cooper Webb AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Cooper Webb AZY

Cooper Webb

Jason Anderson led the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team efforts in the 450SX class, qualifying in the top five and going on to finish fourth in the main event after the early holeshot and dicing for the podium, before dropping to fourth on lap 11, a position he maintained.

Jason Anderson – P4

“My weekend went alright, the heat race went well, I almost got into the lead there but I ended up finishing second. In the main, I got the holeshot and fell back to fourth but I pushed forward and almost had third. All-in-all it, was a good race for me and I just have to keep racing out there with the boys.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Anderson Tomac Reed AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Anderson Tomac Reed AZY

Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Chad Reed

Justin Barcia completed the top five, as top Yamaha, followed by Aaron Plessinger, while Dean Wilson was seventh.

Justin Barcia

“I felt like I should have had a stronger result, but there were some positives to take from tonight. My starts were much better, so that was a good thing. We just struggled with setup all day. We were trying to adapt to the track and find that happy place, I just never found it. I rode well in my Heat race. The track was pretty smooth, but in the Main Event the track roughened up and I was just a little bit uncomfortable. Aaron and I battled for a while. It was a fun race, but I expected a lot more of myself. I felt like I should have had a better result, but we have to take the positives. I had good starts and qualified pretty well today, which was something that has hurt us. So we’re going to take the positives moving into next weekend at Indy and get back on top.”

Aaron Plessinger

“The night was great. I got off to a really great start in the Heat race. I held Kenny (Roczen) off for a couple laps, but he got by me. Then Barcia and I were going at it for a little bit but I was able to hold him off and finish second. I got off to another great start in the Main, but then a few guys got by me. I held the pace for a little bit, but it was gnarly out there! It was rough, rutted, and sandy. I almost fell down a couple times and got head shake a couple times as well. It definitely holds up to its name of being the toughest supercross race. Barcia got me with a few laps to go and I finished sixth. We’re making strides towards the front. I finished up eighth two weeks ago, seventh last weekend, and now sixth. I’m just plugging away. The bike’s coming together really nice. I think before we know it we’ll be up on the podium.”

Malcolm Stewart was eighth, Justin Hill ninth and Justin Brayton completed the top ten. Aussie Chad Reed was 13th.

450 SX Main Event
Pos. Rider Bike Laps/Gap
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki 18
2 Ken Roczen Honda +0.707
3 Cooper Webb KTM +10.59
4 Jason Anderson Husqvarna +11.205
5 Justin Barcia Yamaha +32.436
6 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha +34.412
7 Dean Wilson Husqvarna +35.706
8 Malcolm Stewart Honda +46.452
9 Justin Hill Honda +53.884
10 Justin Brayton Honda +1m03.771
11 Vince Friese Honda +1m05.550
12 Benny Bloss KTM 17 Laps
13 Chad Reed Honda +11.721
14 Martin Davalos KTM +14.385
15 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha +31.37
16 Ryan Sipes KTM +35.308
17 Henry Miller KTM +44.833
18 Ryan Breece Suzuki +46.957
19 Adam Enticknap Suzuki +47.417
20 Daniel Herrlein KTM +1m14.280
21 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki 7 Laps
22 Blake Baggett KTM DNF
450SX Standings
Pos Rider Points
1 Eli Tomac 226
2 Ken Roczen 223
3 Cooper Webb 197
4 Justin Barcia 195
5 Jason Anderson 170
6 Malcolm Stewart 152
7 Justin Hill  141
8 Justin Brayton 129
9 Dean Wilson 129
10 Adam Cianciarulo 128
11 Aaron Plessinger 125
12 Blake Baggett 109
13 Vince Friese 108
14 Zach Osborne 105
15 Martin Davalos 92
16 Tyler Bowers 60
17 Chad Reed 49

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Russell takes second GNCC victory in row at 2020 Wild Boar

Round two of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) – the Moose Racing Wild Boar event, concluded on Sunday, and Kailub Russell came away with his second consecutive win of the 2020 season, and his fourth win in the state of Florida.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Kailub Russell

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Kailub Russell

Kailub Russell – Image by Ken Hill

As the race got underway it was K. Russell jumping out to grab the All Balls Racing $250 XC1 Holeshot Award. K. Russell would set the pace, and begin to place a gap over the rest of the field. By the halfway point of the race Russell would have over a minute lead, and as the checkered flag flew K. Russell would capture the win by over two minutes.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Josh Strang

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Josh Strang

Josh Strang – Image by Ken Hill

Josh Strang worked his way through the pack of hungry XC1 Open Pro riders to claim second overall. After a dead last start in the class, Strang would have his work cut out for him. On the opening lap Strang would come through timing and scoring in the eighth place position, but he would put his head down and begin chipping away. As the white flag came out Strang was up to third overall, but he wasn’t done there. He began to apply the pressure to second, and would make the pass stick just miles before the checkered flag.

Coming through to take third overall in the Florida sand was Ricky Russell. After starting the race mid-pack, Russell began to charge and start making passes towards the front. Russell would battle his way up to third and then second by the fourth lap. However, a charging Strang was behind him and ready to battle throughout the entire last two laps. Russell would be unable to hold him off on the final lap, and just a couple corners away from the finish would suffer a crash. However, Russell would be able to remount his motorcycle without losing too much time and take the checkered flag.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Kailub Russell Josh Strang Ricky Russell podium

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Kailub Russell Josh Strang Ricky Russell podium

Kailub Russell, Josh Strang, Ricky Russell on the podium – Image by Ken Hill

Jordan Ashburn would find himself back in fourth, while Andrew DeLong would come through fifth, ahead of Todd Kellett. Tyler Medaglia was seventh, Grant Baylor eighth and rounding out the top 10 in the XC1 Open Pro class were Evan Earl and Layne Michael.

Steward Baylor Jr. he would have bad luck strike him this round, as he was only able to complete one lap of racing.

Earning his first-ever XC2 250 Pro class victory was Jonathan Girroir. At the halfway point Girroir would make the pass for the lead and not look back. He would focus on trying to place a gap over the rest of the field, and better his overall finishing position. Girroir would come through to take his first win by 25 seconds.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Jonathan Girroir XC Pro class win

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Jonathan Girroir XC Pro class win

Jonathan Girroir topped the XC2 podium – Image by Ken Hill

Round one’s XC2 winner, Mike Witkowski made his way into the lead early in the race. Witkowski would lead the first half of the race, falling back to second after the third lap of racing. Witkowski remained focused and would try to make a comeback and overtake that number one spot once again. However, time would expire and Witkowski would come through second in the XC2 250 Pro class. As  Witkowski and Girroir head into round three, they are currently tied in the points standings.

Craig DeLong would find himself battling back from a mid-pack starting position. DeLong made the necessary passes as the race wore one, and found himself sitting third in the class within striking distance of second. DeLong made the move to second as the white flag came out, but Witkowski was on a mission and would make the pass back into second before the finish line. DeLong rounded out the XC2 class podium in third, and a seventh overall finishing position.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Zack Hayes FMF XC Pro Am class win

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Zack Hayes FMF XC Pro Am class win

Zack Hayes won the XC3 class – Image by Ken Hill

It was Zack Hayes taking home his second-straight FMF XC3 125cc Pro-Am class victory at the Wild Boar GNCC. Hayes would come through 10th on the opening lap of racing, but would begin picking off the competition one-by-one as the race wore on. By the time the white flag flew, Hayes found himself sitting in second and within striking distance of first. When the checkered flag flew, it was Hayes coming through to take the win.

Jake Froman made his way into the second place position on lap four, and would battle throughout the remaining laps to hold onto his podium finish. Nathan Ferderer also made his way onto the FMF XC3 podium with a third in the class.

Brody Johnson brought home his second-straight Top Amateur honors award with a 19th overall and first in the 250 A class. Coming through second as top amateur and first in the Open A class was Chase Hayes with a 32nd overall finishing position. Earning second in Open A and third as a top amateur was Alex Lugar with a 33nd overall finishing position.

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Becca Sheets

GNCC Rnd Wild Boar Becca Sheets

Becca Sheets – Image by Ken Hill

In the WXC class during the 10 a.m. race it was Becca Sheets earning her second-straight overall and WXC class win for 2020. Sheets didn’t get off to the greatest start, but she managed to move herself into the lead early on in the race and pull a gap against the rest of the group. Sheets would end up crashing into palmettos and would be forced to push herself once again to regain the gap she had before. Sheets would cross the finish line first, 58 seconds ahead of the competition.

Tayla Jones had a come from behind story in Florida. Jones had a mechanical issue before the start of the race, forcing her to pull to the sidelines as the other WXC riders took off. Once the problem was fixed Jones took off behind the Sportsman A riders, working her way through the pack she began to pick off riders one-by-one and steadily move up through the ranks. Jones made her way up to the second place position by the time the checkered flag flew, making it her second-straight second place finish.

Coming third was Mackenzie Tricker. Tricker and Sheets would battle back and forth for majority of the day, as Jones closed the gap on them. Tricker would be unable to hold off Jones, but would manage to earn the last podium position in Florida.

The 2020 GNCC Season heads to Washington, Georgia for The Specialized General GNCC next weekend, March 14 and 15.


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Herlings & Vialle top MXGP Round 2 in Netherlands

The weekend at the sand pit that is Valkenswaard has come to an end, as Red Bull KTM Factory riders Jeffrey Herlings and Tom Vialle dominate the MXGP and MX2 classes at the MXGP of The Netherlands. KTM Factory now leave round two of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship with two red plates as they lead both championships.

For full results & report see:
Herlings wins MXGP of Netherlands | Beaton fourth in MX2

Jeffrey Herlings and Tim Gajser shared the MXGP race wins, with a win a-piece, while both also claimed a second place to tie on 47-points, with the overall victory going to Herlings. Arminas Jasikonis was third overall thanks to consistent podium places in third.

Jeffrey Herlings – P1

“This was one of the most difficult Valkenswaard wins. Tim did a great job but it was important for us to think about the overall than the 1-1 and to not lose points. This was a good GP for us. Going to Argentina I hope we can find some good weather! It has been two in a row now with rain! We’ll try to make the best of the situation there and go again for a podium spot.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings

Jeffrey Herlings

Tim Gajser – P2

“I’m super happy, especially after what happened yesterday and that giving me the outside gate pick. Thankfully I managed to get two good starts and that helped me out massively. I made a lot of quick passes in that first race and then got out front and controlled the race. In the second moto I was behind Jeffrey and we were both pushing hard, unfortunately I got roosted pretty badly and that hindered my vision a bit but overall I’m really happy with the weekend and I can’t wait to get to the next race.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Tim Gajser

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser

Arminas Jasikonis – P3

“It feels great to finish on the podium, especially so early in the season and after things didn’t go so well at Matterley last week. To bounce back with a top-three result is a real boost for myself and the whole team. We all knew how important a good qualifying result would be here, because being on the outside of the start isn’t a good place to be at Valkenswaard. I rode a smart qualifying race and things came together perfectly. It was a great feeling being the first rider to roll onto the start for today’s opening moto, but I also realised that I needed to put everything together again and get another good result. I got an ok start in that first race and managed to complete a safe first lap and was sat in third. I felt good but it was so easy to make mistakes, especially later in the race when visibility wasn’t so good and there were a lot of lapped riders to pass. I took things a little steadier towards the end, but it was great to get third. Race two was strange because when I was behind Tim, I knew I was in a good place for an overall podium result. I wanted to push harder but knew I couldn’t afford any mistakes. I did crash, and some laps later changed my goggles, but everything worked out perfectly and I got third again. We didn’t change anything for this GP, we just kept working hard, so we’ll just keep on working as we have been and try and back this result up with another strong result in Argentina.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Arminas Jasikonis

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Arminas Jasikonis

Arminas Jasikonis

Tony Cairoli – P4

“Valkenswaard is a race where we struggle a bit but with some experience we could come away with 4th overall, which is good and in spite of the conditions and my knee. I wasn’t comfortable and it wasn’t the best for a track where you need to attack. In the end we have to be happy even if this is not the result that we normally want. We know in the first races we have to stay in the top five. Let’s hope in Argentina the race will be a bit more flowing with some more places to pass. Today was a very difficult track.”

MXGP Rnd Tim Gajser Jeffrey Herlings Antonio Cairoli

MXGP Rnd Tim Gajser Jeffrey Herlings Antonio Cairoli

Tim Gajser, Jeffrey Herlings, Antonio Cairoli

HRC’s Mitch Evans was ulucky as he was involved in a multi-rider incident that left the Australian rider with a dislocated right-shoulder. It was an unfortunate end for Evans who was battling inside the top 10 when it happened and had been showing good speed during the weekend. He will have an MRI to assess the injury, and that will also give a more accurate timeline for his recovery.

Mitch Evans

“Really disappointed to be leaving here with my arm in a sling, without even managing to complete a lap. I got landed on by another rider in the downhill, which then sent me into a third rider and then I was thrown off the bike. I’ve never dislocated my shoulder before so it was quite painful but we got it put back in and now I have to have an MRI just to see exactly what damage there is. I’m hoping it won’t be too serious though and I’ll be back riding soon, and I’m already looking forward to getting back out there.”

MXGP Rnd Mitch Evans hondaproracing bybavo Cover

MXGP Rnd Mitch Evans hondaproracing bybavo Cover

Mitch Evans dislocated his shoulder, ending his weekend

MXGP of Netherlands Results
Pos. Rider R1 R2 Overall
1 Herlings, Jeffrey 22 25 47
2 Gajser, Tim 25 22 47
3 Jasikonis, Arminas 20 20 40
4 Cairoli, Antonio 14 16 30
5 Van Horebeek, Jeremy 13 15 28
6 Desalle, Clement 15 13 28
7 Coldenhoff, Glenn 12 14 26
8 Paulin, Gautier 16 10 26
9 Prado, Jorge 18 8 26
10 Simpson, Shaun 0 18 18

MX2

In MX2 Tom Vialle took the overall win with a 2-1 result for 47-points, while Maxime Reanux was second with a consistent 3-3. Jago Geerts was third going 1-7.

Leading the Australians, Jed Beaton put in a strong showing for fourth overall in the MX2 class, going 6-2, and narrowly missing out on the podium overall – by just two-points.

Fellow Aussie Nathan Crawford also put in a strong showing claiming 14 championship points in 12th overall, with a 17-11 result. Bailey Malkiewicz went 25-12 for nine championship points and was 17th overall.

Tom Vialle – P1

A really good weekend for me and I’m really happy with the result. I took two holeshots and led almost the whole moto but then I had a small problem with my goggles and I didn’t want to take too many risks. I was really motivated for the second moto and went full gas in the first laps to make a gap. I was quite far ahead by the end. I’m happy to have the red plate. We still have a long way to go, and now I’m looking forward to Argentina.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Tom Vialle KTM SX F Valkenswaard

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Tom Vialle KTM SX F Valkenswaard

Tom Vialle

Jago Geerts – P3

“I didn’t have the best start in the first race, but I made some good passes on the first laps and after 15 minutes I was in second place and hunting Tom (Vialle). I managed to pass him and take the win, the track was really tough, but it was a good race for me. In the second heat, I had a really big crash in the first turn, and I hit my ribs and I couldn’t breathe. I started more than 1-minute down, but I got back to seventh, so I could still stand on the podium. I am already looking forward to Argentina where I can take some revenge.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jago Geerts

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jago Geerts

Jago Geerts

Jed Beaton – P4

“It’s been another good GP for me but like at Matterley I’m a little disappointed not to be on the podium. But that’s on me as I made a mistake in the first moto. Overall, my riding’s good, I just have to keep it on two wheels to get it on the podium. The sand is so soft and heavy here at Valkenswaard that a small mistake can quickly become a big mistake, but it’s been good to show that my speed in the sand is good. I gated really well and felt good in the first race and went from third to second in a couple of corners and started to chase Vialle. I then made a small mistake and ran off track slightly, hitting a sign and tipping over. I dropped some places, but I was pleased enough to finish with a decent result. In the second race there was a crash right in front of me, but I still got a decent start. I really focused on not making any mistakes and although it was tough with vision near the end of the race, I got a great second place result, which was a positive way to end the GP.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jed Beaton Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Jed Beaton Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Jed Beaton

Ben Watson – P5

“This weekend was a lot better for me. I struggled a bit at the beginning of the weekend because the track was really heavy, and I am still missing a bit of bike time. These are not easy conditions to build back into racing, but I managed to take two good starts and build from there. It’s a nice step forward from Matterley.”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Ben Watson

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Ben Watson

Ben Watson

MX2 Results
Pos Rider R1 R2 Total
1 Vialle, Tom 22 25 47
2 Renaux, Maxime 20 20 40
3 Geerts, Jago 25 14 39
4 Beaton, Jed 15 22 37
5 Watson, Ben 16 18 34
6 Mewse, Conrad 14 12 26
7 Olsen, Thomas Kjer 10 15 25
8 Sydow, Jeremy 7 13 20
9 Hofer, Rene 18 0 18
10 Laengenfelder, Simon 0 16 16
11 Harrison, Mitchell 11 4 15
12 Crawford, Nathan 4 10 14
13 Vaessen, Bas 13 0 13
14 Roosiorg, Hardi 6 6 12
15 Haarup, Mikkel 12 0 12
16 Boisrame, Mathys 0 11 11
17 Malkiewicz, Bailey 0 9 9

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Larissa Papenmeier secures WMX win at Valkenswaard

Larissa Papenmeier secured her first overall victory of the season and she did so in style with a 3-1 result here in Valkenswaard for round two of the Women’s Motocross World Championship!

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Courtney Duncan

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Courtney Duncan

Courtney Duncan

In the opening race of the weekend, the WMX class saw a new winner, as Kiara Fontanesi rode her way to first position around the rough sand of Valkenswaard. Fontanesi had a good start in race one and led every lap of the race to secure her first victory of 2020. Meanwhile beginning in second was Nancy Van De Ven who battled with Larissa Papenmeier for the majority of the race, with the two riders briefly swapping positions.

Duncan followed behind in a distant fourth and tried to stay ahead of Shana van der Vlist, who finished fifth, with Line Dam in sixth place.

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Larissa Papenmeier

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Larissa Papenmeier

Larissa Papenmeier

In race two, it was the Yamaha of Papenmeier who got a good jump out of the gate and led the way into the first corner. The German was followed by DRT Kawasaki rider, Courtney Duncan, Lynn Valk, Tahlia Jade O’Hare and Nancy Van De Ven, meanwhile race one winner Fontanesi was down in eight position.

Bad luck for BUD Racing Team’s Amandine Verstappen who crashed out in the opening lap. She did re-join the race but was three laps down from the leaders and finished in 36th.

Meanwhile the battle was on out front, with Valk making a swift move on the championship leader, but Duncan didn’t let Valk run away for long, as she passed her back on the next lap. Fontanesi was also making moves, as she was already in 6th and charging to for O’Hare. Jumping big over the IPONE jump and passing the Australian rider on lap 2.

Van De Ven then made a move on fellow Dutch rider, Valk, passing the Yamaha rider in the exact same spot that Fontanesi made a pass on O’Hare.

While Papenmeier continued to lead and made her way through traffic, both Duncan and Van De Ven were able to get closer. Moments later Van De Ven squeezed past Duncan, who was also battling back markers. Then Van De Ven charged for Papenmeier as she went after the race win. Though this ended badly, with the Dutch rider going down with 2 minutes and 2 laps to go, giving up her chance to battle for the overall.

MXGP Rnd Netherlands WMX Podium

MXGP Rnd Netherlands WMX Podium

WMX Podium – 2020 MXGP Round 2

In the end it was Papenmeier who was victorious, also taking the overall win here in the Netherlands. Second in the race was Duncan followed by Van De Ven and Fontanesi.

Larissa Papenmeier

“It was awesome. Second heat I took the holeshot and I just pulled away, I felt very good on my bike. I really trained a lot during the winter and I just felt comfortable, I wish to thank my family, my team, my sponsors. The season is long, next stop is in Spain so let’s see what we can do there”.

Courtney Duncan

“It was a difficult weekend for me. From winning a lot lately you realise that losing isn’t fun. I got beaten straight up this weekend and it hurt. Nothing like a little motivation moving forward though. The first moto was not good – I got fourth. They really checked out on me as well. I didn’t have a great feeling but I didn’t do anything stupid. When I wasn’t feeling good, I just took a fourth,” Duncan comments on not trying to force a podium result on her 2020 Kawasaki KX250. Obviously it fired me up. I had a better day and got second. For me, to be able to turn a really bad day around yesterday, to a somewhat good day today, is a real positive. You can’t always win. It was just one of those days and one of those weekends where I got beaten by better competition on the day. I don’t need to worry too much about it, as we knew these conditions were going to be tough for me. The wet heavy sand has never been one of my strong points. I definitely need to work on that area. We are in a good position and we have a big break now, so I can get some solid time in. There’s plenty of positives to take away from the weekend. If you look at last year, I left Valkensward 5 points down and this year I still have a 5-point lead in the championship. We made the best out of a bad weekend.”

WMX Results – Round 2 – The Netherlands

Pos Rider Nat. Bike R1 R2 Total
1 Papenmeier, Larissa GER YAM 20 25 45
2 Fontanesi, Kiara ITA KTM 25 18 43
3 Van De Ven, Nancy NED YAM 22 20 42
4 Duncan, Courtney NZL KAW 18 22 40
5 van der Vlist, Shana NED KTM 16 15 31
6 Valk, Lynn NED YAM 14 16 30
7 Dam, Line DEN YAM 15 14 29
8 Van Der Werff, Britt NED SUZ 13 11 24
9 Borchers, Anne GER SUZ 11 12 23
10 Jans-Beken, Britt NED KTM 12 10 22
11 O’Hare, Tahlia Jade AUS KTM 6 13 19
12 Martinez, Mathilde FRA KTM 8 9 17
13 Dahl, Emelie SWE YAM 9 7 16
14 Charroux, Justine FRA YAM 7 3 10
15 Simons, Amber NED KTM 10 0 10

WMX Standings – Round 2 – The Netherlands

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Duncan, C. NZL KAW 90
2 Papenmeier, L. GER YAM 85
3 Fontanesi, K. ITA KTM 80
4 Van De Ven, N. NED YAM 78
5 Valk, Lynn NED YAM 66
6 Dam, Line DEN YAM 54
7 van der Vlist, S. NED KTM 50
8 Martinez, M. FRA KTM 39
9 Borchers, Anne GER SUZ 39
10 O’Hare, T. AUS KTM 36

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Bastian Boegh Damm wins EMX250 opener

The opening round of the European Championship EMX250 has concluded here in Valkenswaard, with Bastian Boegh Damm leaving the Dutch round as the championship leader.

MXGP Rnd Netherlands EMX Start

MXGP Rnd Netherlands EMX Start

EMX250 Start

In race one, it was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Kay De Wolf who grabbed the holeshot, closely followed by Bastian Boegh Damm of W-Z Racing, but was quickly pushed down to third by Gianluca Facchetti, rider for Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing. Meanwhile Jorgen-Matthias Talviku was in around fourth place. Facchetti tried to muscle his way into the lead in the early stages but Boegh Damm was not going to let that happen.

The next lap saw Facchetti fall from third to sixth, but then two laps later was able to make up for lost time, passing KTM Liamski’s Liam Everts. The Italian followed Isak Gifting towards the leaders, as they caught the back of Talviku who was in second.

On lap nine, Gifting was able to make a move on Talviku for second, with Kay De Wolf moving back up to fourth where he would finish the race. In the end it was Boegh Damm who crossed the finish line in first, 22.743 seconds ahead of Gifting in second and Talviku third.

Race two saw De Wolf take another flyer out of the gate as he led the second race. Gifting was there in close second and at one point made a move on De Wolf, who immediately responded passing the Swedish rider back. Pushing for the lead, Gifting made a mistake and fell a few positions and by lap two it was De Wolf, Team SM Action – M.C.Migliori – J1Racing’s Andrea Adamo, Talviku and Boegh Damm who made up the top 4.

BUD Racing’s Pierre Goupillon was also having a good ride, as he made several attempts to pass Gifting for P5. As Talviku pushed to pass Adamo for second, has a huge crash, which sees the Estonian drop down the order to outside the top 20, allowing Beogh Damm through into 3rd.

12 minutes to go and Boegh Damm flies past Adamo for second place, while Gifting was also looking to do the same. At this point the podium was all to play for as Beogh Damm was on track for 1st overall.

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Bastian Boegh Damm

MXGP Rnd Netherlands Bastian Boegh Damm

Bastian Boegh Damm

Two laps later and De Wolf continued to lead, but by then he was 16.959 second ahead of Boegh Damm. Talviku was also making a comeback in P19, pushing so score as many points as possible.

Gifting crashed out of 4th with 10 minutes go, allowing Thibault Benistant of Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing to move up a position. A few laps later Benistant continued his racing momentum as he then passed Adamo for P3 with 3 minutes + 2 laps to go. But Adamo doesn’t let go so quickly and the two actually bang bars, before Benistant is able to fully secure the position.

In the end it was Kay De Wolf who officially won the second race, but due to jumping on a waved yellow flag, the young rider was penalised which saw him drop down to P11. This promoted Boegh Damm to the race win, and with that he also took the overall victory. Talviku came back up to 18th place following his crash earlier in the race.

Bastian Boegh Damm

“It’s amazing. In the first heat I had the biggest gap and I just rode my own race while on the second race I had a good start, made some passes even if it was a hard morning as I was a bit sick last night. I’m so happy with my overall. I wish to thank my team as I have a fantastic people behind me”

MXGP Rnd Netherlands EMX Podium

MXGP Rnd Netherlands EMX Podium

Bastian Boegh Damm topped the EMX250 podium

EMX250 Results – The Netherlands

Pos Rider Nat. Bike R1 R2 Total
1 Boegh Damm, Bastian DEN KTM 25 25 50
2 Gifting, Isak SWE KTM 22 12 34
3 Adamo, Andrea ITA YAM 13 20 33
4 Benistant, Thibault FRA YAM 10 22 32
5 Florian, Lion GER KTM 16 14 30
6 Everts, Liam BEL KTM 14 15 29
7 Kutsar, Karel EST KTM 12 16 28
8 de Wolf, Kay NED HUS 18 10 28
9 Guadagnini, Mattia ITA HUS 9 18 27
10 Talviku, Jorgen-Matthias EST HUS 20 3 23
11 Conijn, Marcel NED KTM 8 13 21
12 Meier, Glen DEN YAM 11 8 19
13 Facchetti, Gianluca ITA YAM 15 0 15
14 Meuwissen, Raf NED HUS 7 6 13
15 Sileika, Tomass LAT KTM 0 11 11

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Todd Waters, & Michael Driscoll talk AORC E2

Looking back at Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship presented by MXstore (AORC) it’s easy to see the level of skill in the E2 class for 2020, with a pedigree of talent demonstrated by regulars such as 2019 AORC E2 Champion Daniel Milner and Josh Green who typically hold hostage to first and second places.

Yamaha AORC Rnd Toowoomba Daniel Milner

Yamaha AORC Rnd Toowoomba Daniel Milner

Daniel Milner

But E2 also includes new and familiar faces including 2019 MX Nationals Champion Todd Waters, Jeremy Carpentier, Stefan Granquist, Beau Ralston and bLU cRU Off-Road Racing Team’s Michael Driscoll.

After the challenging conditions of Toowoomba for Rounds 1 & 2 for back-to-back Sprints, the AORC field move south to Dungog, New South Wales (NSW) for a two-day Enduro and based on the jolting results from February, this weekend has got nothing but action and exhilaration in-store.

Coming off a high in Toowoomba where he quietly slid into second place for both opening rounds was Todd Waters.

Todd Waters

“Toowoomba was especially hard because I only got the bike a few weeks prior, so that side of things meant I wasn’t really within my comfort zone but we snagged a good result which was great! Literally, for those first two rounds I parked next to the Husqvarna truck and just had a crack. I am originally from Cairns, where it was quite rocky and sandy where I grew up but these new Off-Road landscapes are a new, big challenge. With MX, the tracks are controlled and watered, so even when we say it’s dusty, it’s really not that dusty. So the dust is really my biggest challenge. I have to think more with my tyres that I’ve ever had to with MX. What I found at Toowoomba was the grass tracks were very hard compared to grassy Motocross tracks, so I changed my tyres halfway through and that made a massive difference. One thing I know how to do is ride a bike, so I’m just going to go out there and give it hell. Hopefully I can get up there with the big boys and make another podium.”

AORC Rnd Waters

AORC Rnd Waters

Todd Waters

Over on the other side of the pits in trademark Yamaha Blue, Driscoll is subtly brewing up a storm aboard his new bike and among a new class of riders. If Rounds 1 & 2 results are anything to go by, the former EJ champion and 2019 E1 podium regular has a fire in his belly to continue on his ISDE success.

Michael Driscoll

“I feel really comfortable on the bike now, especially since the ISDE where I only had a couple of weeks on the 450 beforehand. I went really well over in Portugal, and I’ve been spending more time on it ever since, so I’m happy with where i’m at. The experience and time at the ISDE was great. You never really forget those moments and although I know I did well over there, I know I can do better. So it has carried over a good vibe into this new season and has pushed me to continue learning on how I can improve. It’s a home feeling heading into the weekend. There’s not a lot I need to change therefore leading into Rounds 3 and 4. The conditions right now are muddy as all hell, so it looks like it’s going to be wet for racing. Hopefully the sun comes out before next weekend but whatever the conditions, I’ll ride to it. Everyone likes a grippy fresh track but I don’t mind any condition. I seem to follow the stacked classes by the looks of it but I’m happy for the challenge.  Considering I’m working three days a week and training on top of that, it makes the results that bit sweeter because you know you’re doing well compared to riders who do this every day. You have put those thoughts about being better to the side, because you need to work to keep this going. But again, the results drive home that I’m doing well considering my situation and that makes it even sweeter.”

AORC Rnd Driscoll

AORC Rnd Driscoll

Michael Driscoll

As we head into Rounds 3 & 4 this weekend for a two-day Enduro, all bets are off as to who will claim those coveted podium positions because as we saw in Toowoomba, experience can be key but raw power, speed and a hunger for gold has the tenacity to trump that nearly every day of the week.


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2020 American Flat Track Contingency Program Breaks $3M

American Flat Track announced today a record total for its 2020 American Flat Track Contingency Program. With the season nearing, riders in all three classes of AFT are eligible for a total of over $3,100,000 in contingency offerings.

AFT Williams Grove Half Mile Rd Twins ERV

AFT Williams Grove Half Mile Rd Twins ERV

2019 AFT Twins Williams Grove Half-Mile – Image Scott Hunter

The American Flat Track Contingency Awards Program is designed to reward riders based on race results and the final championship standings, with participating brands offering cash awards.

Michael Lock – CEO of American Flat Track

“Only a few short years ago, contingency dollars available in AFT struggled to reach $200,000. This record year, with over $3,000,000 on offer is testament to how far the series has come, the confidence level the industry has in the sport and the rapidly rising status of our top performing athletes. I want to thank all the participating brands for putting money into the hands of American Flat Track racers.”

The total funds available for each class are as follows:

  • $1,685,700 for AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines
  • $711,100 for AFT Production Twins
  • $729,250 for AFT Singles

OEMs participating in the 2020 American Flat Track Contingency Program include Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Indian Motorcycle, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.

AFT Williams Grove Half Mile Rd Twins ERV

AFT Williams Grove Half Mile Rd Twins ERV

2019 AFT Twins Williams Grove Half-Mile

Other participating brands include Arai Helmet, Dainese, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Motion Pro, S&S Cycle and Vance & Hines.

To help AFT riders take home as many contingency dollars as possible, American Flat Track has created online Contingency Guidelines, which are available in the Competitor Information section of AFT’s website and can be accessed via the following links:

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader – DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT – at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online.


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Team Australia revealed For Junior Tri-Nations Cup

Motorcycling Australia have announced the 10 selected riders to be a part of the Australian Team to compete in the 2020 FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup.

Australia will host the FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup which will see the best junior motocross riders from Australia, New Zealand and France do battle at Horsham, Victoria, April 4-5, 2020, as part of Australia’s premier motocross championship – MX Nationals round 1 and 2.

Each team will consist of a maximum of 10 riders aged 13-17-years-old aboard 125cc motocross bikes, with an FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup individual and team trophy both up for grabs.

The 10 riders and Team Manager selected to fly the green and gold this year are as follows:

  • Team Australia Junior Tri-Nations Riders
    • Liam Atkinson
    • Jett Burgess-Stevens
    • Jackson Camilleri
    • Hunter Collins
    • Brock Deveson
    • Brock Flynn
    • Ryder Kingsford
    • Jack Mather
    • Charlie Moller
    • Zac Watson
  • Team Manager
    • Ross Beaton

Newly appointed team manager Ross Beaton for the 2020 FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup is very pleased with the team, sharing, “I am pleased to be appointed the team management role for the FIM Oceania Australian Tri Nations team, I believe a strong team has been selected to line up and compete at the fast approaching event. It is always a pleasure to work with up and coming riders, the depth of Australian riders internationally shows that we have a strong foundation of racing and work ethic here so I am looking forward to seeing the progress the selected riders make in the years to come.”

The races will be inspired by the FIM Junior MX World Championship formats and rules, and will be the perfect lead-up event for these young riders, before the FIM Junior MX World Championships in Greece in August.


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2021 Aussie Speedway Championships calendar released

With the 2020 Speedway Solo Season run and won and Sidecars around the corner, Motorcycling Australia has announced the official 2021 Australian Speedway Championships Calendar. The 2021 season will continue to ramp things up, kicking off with five rounds of the Australian Senior Solo Championship running January 3-13, commencing in Gillman, SA before moving north through Victoria and finishing at a new addition to the Championship – Brisbane, QLD.

The Junior Solo Championship will follow straight after, heading down south to South Australia, with the Under 16’s 125cc Individual Championship on the 15th January at Sidewinders, followed by the Under 21’s and Under 16’s 250cc Championship at Gillman. Rounding out the Junior Solo Championships will be the 125cc Teams Championship back at Sidewinders on the 17th January.

Australian Solo Senior Speedway Round Rohan Tungate

Australian Solo Senior Speedway Round Rohan Tungate

Rohan Tungate – 2020 Australian Solo Senior Speedway Round 2

Wrapping up the 2021 Speedway Season will see the previously announced Pinjar Park hosting the Junior and Senior Sidecar Championships over the Easter break in April. After successfully hosting the Australian 125cc Championships this year, next year looks like it will be cracker.

 Ivan Golding – Australian Track Commission Chair

“It is great to see the Australian Championships expand to QLD next year, we are always looking to grow the Senior Championship and adding a new track to the calendar will only make it stronger! and with the Speedway Championships run over five states next year we are looking forward to a fantastic season, bring speedway to all corners of Australia!”

2021 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship

  • TBA – Qualifying Round – TBA, TBA
  • 3rd January – Round 1 – Gillman Speedway SA
  • 5th January – Round 2 – Olympic Park, Mildura VIC
  • 7th January – Round 3 – Diamond Park, Albury Wodonga VIC
  • 9th January – Round 4 – Loxford Park, Kurri Kurri NSW
  • 13th January – Round 5 – Mick Doohan Raceway, North Brisbane QLD

2021 Australian Speedway U21’s & U16’s Championship

  • 14th January – Practice / Qualifying 125cc Sidewinders SA
  • 15th January – Under 16’s – 125cc Individual Championship Sidewinders SA
  • 16th January – Under 21’s Championship Gillman Speedway SA
  • 16th January – Under 16’s 250cc Championship Gillman Speedway SA
  • 17th January – Under 16’s 125cc Teams Championship Sidewinders SA

2021 Australian Speedway Sidecar Championships

  • April 3rd – Practice and Qualifying Pinjar Park WA
  • April 4th – Junior & Senior Sidecar Championships Pinjar Park WA

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2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: Murray Bridge, SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final **Run & Won**
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 -April 18-19, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Dargle – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Cessnock

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23

2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

  • Round One – Balclutha, 1st February 2020
  • Round Two – Rotorua, 23rd February 2020
  • Round Three – Hawkes Bay, 1st March 2020
  • Round Four – Taupo, 15th March 2020

2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series

  • April 4-5: Primm, Nev.: Anthony Hart Memorial Race
  • May 2: Honolulu, Hawaii: Aloha Stadium
  • May 30: Dacono, Colo.: Colorado National Speedway
  • June 12-13: Austin, Texas: 25th Annual Republic of Texas Rally
  • July 31-Aug. 2: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada: 51st Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières (CMA/FIM North America sanctioned)
  • Sept. 11-12: Sturgis, S.D.: 8th Annual Streets of Sturgis (AMA/FIM North America sanctioned)

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Tomac wins Daytona Supercross | Marchbanks top 250

2020 AMA Supercross

Round Ten – Daytona Supercross

Images Hoppenworld


Saturday night at the Daytona International Speedway saw Eli Tomac make take victory at the 50th annual running aboard his Kawasaki, to become the fourth rider to win the Daytona Supercross four times, including in 2016, 2017 and 2019, while the 250SX main was won by Garrett Marchbanks.

Racing started Saturday night with heat events – two apiece for the 450SX and 250SX classes with each heat sending nine drivers to the main events. Roczen and Webb won the 450 heats, while Shane McElrath (Yamaha) and Marchbanks took the 250 heats.

Following the heats, respective Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) races advanced the top-four finishers from each going to the mains. Jalek Swoll (Husqvarna) took the 250SX LCQ; Ryan Breece (Suzuki) was the 450SX winner.


450SX

Victory did not come easily for Eli Tomac, who fell behind Ken Roczen early in the 20-minute/plus one lap main event, with the gap growing to nearly nine seconds at one point. With just less than two minutes left before the white-flag lap, Tomac completed a long, steady comeback by taking the lead when Roczen’s Honda bobbled slightly in a tight turn and he nearly went down.

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Roczen

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Roczen

Ken Roczen

Ken Roczen rallied to finish second, only 0.707 seconds behind, while defending series champion Cooper Webb, also from Clermont, finished third on his KTM bike. The 1-2-3 finish mirrored the current standings in 450SX class of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

Eli Tomac – P1

“Tonight it was just a little bit of patience in the beginning because the pace was hard early on. Somewhere about halfway I realized I had to get going and make the moves and the passes. It was tough to make up the time. Gosh, that was close. Big night. We’re in a really good spot in the points, a spot we haven’t been in. So, we’ll just keep trucking along.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Eli Tomac AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Eli Tomac AZY

Eli Tomac

Outside the top three, Cooper Webb grabbed a top-five start and raced his way into third by lap three. Determined to reach the lead battle, Webb diligently climbed into second, setting his sights on the leader ahead. He made a couple of mistakes and lost the second-place spot with six laps to go, but he maintained a solid pace in the final laps to secure his seventh podium finish of the season with third.

Cooper Webb – P3

“I felt like I put myself in a good position – I was in second and a little way back and Eli [Tomac] was able to get me. I started making a lot of mistakes and let him get away. It’s good to be on the podium, so I’m stoked on that but I’m going to work this week. I think I’m at a point where I’ve finally healed up good enough to try to contend, so I’ll take the podium but I really want to get another win.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Cooper Webb AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Cooper Webb AZY

Cooper Webb

Jason Anderson led the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team efforts in the 450SX class, qualifying in the top five and going on to finish fourth in the main event after the early holeshot and dicing for the podium, before dropping to fourth on lap 11, a position he maintained.

Jason Anderson – P4

“My weekend went alright, the heat race went well, I almost got into the lead there but I ended up finishing second. In the main, I got the holeshot and fell back to fourth but I pushed forward and almost had third. All-in-all it, was a good race for me and I just have to keep racing out there with the boys.”

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Anderson Tomac Reed AZY

AMA SX Rnd Daytona Hoppenworld Anderson Tomac Reed AZY

Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Chad Reed

Justin Barcia completed the top five, as top Yamaha, followed by Aaron Plessinger, while Dean Wilson was seventh. Malcolm Stewart was eighth, Justin Hill ninth and Justin Brayton completed the top ten. Aussie Chad Reed was 13th.


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Toni Bou claims fifth win at Bilbao X-Trial

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou has taken his fifth victory of the FIM X-Trial season in Bilbao, increasing his leadership in the series, in a dominant performance ahead of Adam Raga and Benoit Bincaz.

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial Round 5 Bilbao

This is the second occasion that Bilbao has hosted a race of the FIM X-Trial World Championship and the crowds saw Toni Bou make a hesitant start collecting, eight penalties – four more than his arch-rival Adam Raga. Even so, he successfully qualified for the second phase.

Bou made the second round count with better precision, making 12 points in the five zones which demanded highly technical level of riding. With this result, and being the best of his group, Bou  moved on to the final where he faced off with Adam Raga.

In a great final that saw very tight racing, Toni Bou won the victory with precision through the very demanding areas, with the Montesa Cota 4RT rider finishing with nine penalties against the 12 of Raga.

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial Round 5 Bilbao

The triumph leaves the Repsol Honda Team rider as the leader of the World Championship, with a growing 35-point advantage.

The sixth race of the X-Trial World Championship will be held on March 21 at Wiener Neustadt, in Austria.

Toni Bou

“It was a really demanding X-Trial right to the end and that makes this fifth victory of the season even sweeter. In the Final I probably took too many risks in some sections so I ended up suffering more than I needed to. But this season has been really competitive; Adam is riding really well, so this victory is really important as it leaves me in a great position to fight for the title.”

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial Round 5 Bilbao

X-Trial Bilbao 2020 Results

Pos Rider Nat. Team Points
1 BOU, Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team 20
2 RAGA, Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team 15
3 BINCAZ, Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing 12
4 FAJARDO, Jeroni SPA Sherco Factory Team 9
5 MARCELLI, Gabriel SPA RG Team 6
6 CASALES, Jorge SPA Gas Gas Factory Team 4
7 GELABERT, Miquel SPA Vertigo Factory Team 2
8 MARTYN, Toby GBR TRRS Factory Team 1

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

X Trial Bilbao Rnd Toni Bou

Adam Raga, Toni Bou, Benoit Bincaz – 2020 X-Trial Round 5 Bilbao

2020 X-Trial Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 BOU, Toni 100
2 RAGA, Adam 75
3 FAJARDO, Jeroni 34
4 BINCAZ, Benoit 28
5 BUSTO, Jaime 28
6 CASALES, Jorge 28
7 MARCELLI, Gabriel 25
8 GELABERT, Miquel 24
9 MARTYN, Toby 2
10 TOULY, Kieran 1

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Beaton leads Husqvarna results at Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Bringing their pre-season racing schedule to a positive close, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton, Kay de Wolf and Pauls Jonass have all successfully completed their final warm-up race ahead of the start of the 2020 MXGP Championship.

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Competing in the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival event in France, Beaton secured the overall runner-up position in the MX2 class, with Pauls Jonass returning to competition following illness to finish fifth overall in the MX1 class.

With the recent Hawkstone International largely an exercise in survival due to the hugely challenging weather and track conditions in England last weekend, the Mastercross Lacapelle Marival delivered near-perfect track conditions and close racing across all classes.

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Pauls Jonass

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Pauls Jonass

Pauls Jonass – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Securing Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s best result in the MX2 class, Jed Beaton enjoyed two positive outings to claim a deserved overall runner-up result. Placing comfortably inside the top 10 off the start in each of the two MX2 motos, Jed spent much of the opening race in fourth before moving ahead of Jago Geerts with two laps to go.

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Race two saw Jed start well, completing the first lap in fourth. Taking some time to find his rhythm around the French track, the Australian settled into a strong pace during the second half of the moto to finish just four seconds behind eventual overall winner Tom Vialle. In the combined 450/250 Super Finale, Jed placed 12th, the third-highest MX2 class rider.

Jed Beaton

“Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with the way today went. It’s really nice to get to race a pre-season event that’s not super wet and is in good condition and has good grip. The two motos went well enough for me. In the first race I didn’t get the best of starts, I think I was down in fifth or sixth before getting up to third. I stayed there for quite a few laps, before the top two guys got into the lappers. It got pretty intense there for a while and I was able to close up a lot. Third was a good result. I took a little while to get into a rhythm in the second race although I was in second for most of the time. I felt like I rode a lot better in the second half and to finish second overall is positive ahead of the first GP in a couple of weeks.”

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Returning to action following several weeks away from competition due to sickness, Pauls Jonass secured fifth overall in the MX1 class aboard his FC 450 following fifth and fourth place results, before rounding out his participation at the French event with sixth in the Super Finale.

Pauls Jonass

“It’s been good to be back racing after a few weeks off, but I feel like things could have gone a little better today, still a few too many small mistakes. I got a good start in the first race and went too hard too soon, and that cost me mid-race. There were some pretty deep lines on the track and you needed to be smooth – I pushed a bit too hard. Things were better at the end of the race but there was no time left to really improve my result then. I got a great start in the second moto and really tried to be smooth. I made a few small mistakes, but things were better than race one. Overall, the event’s been great – really good conditions and apart from some small mistakes I’m happy. Two weeks before the first GP now so I’ll keep up the work and look forward to Matterley Basin.”

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Pauls Jonass

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival Pauls Jonass

Pauls Jonass – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Next up the team will compete in the opening round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Great Britain at Matterley Basin, England.

MX1 – Race 1
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 25:32.181
  2. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 25:44.528
  3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 25:46.250
MX1 – Race 2
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 14 laps 25:21.600
  2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 25:37.476
  3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 25:45.060
MX1 – Overall
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 38
  3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 37
MX2 – Race 1
  1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 13 laps 24:01.451
  2. Rene Hofer (KTM) 24:02.280
  3. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 24:03.144
MX2 – Race 2
  1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 13 laps 24:17.690
  2. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 24:21.893
  3. Nathan Crawford (Honda) 24:26.235
MX2 – Overall
  1. Tom Vialle (KTM) 50 points
  2. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 42
  3. Rene Hofer (KTM) 38
Super Finale (MX1 & MX2)
  1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 14 laps
  2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki)
  3. Gauthier Paulin (Yamaha)
    …12. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna)

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Podiums for KRT at Lacapelle Marival Masters

The Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team completed its preparation for the motocross MXGP season in style with podium finishes for both Romain Febvre and Clement Desalle at the Lacapelle Marival Masters, with glorious weather and a stunning track in central France greeting teams for a perfect final shakedown before the start of the World Championship in two week’s time.

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival FEBVRE PH

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival FEBVRE PH

Romain Febvre – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Both KRT riders commanded a top five start in the first twenty-five-minute moto, the Belgian moving up the leaderboard from fifth on lap one to claim third place, just over a second from runner-up, at the chequered flag while the Frenchman recovered from a mid-race incident soon after claiming third to cross the line just a few seconds back in sixth.

Regrouping from a first turn incident which left him initially ninth in race two Desalle maintained his composure to advance to sixth at the finish while Febvre showed that he is already in perfect accord with his new mount as he pushed his KX450-SR up the leaderboard to finish second, even closing down the race-long leader mid-moto.

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival DESALLE PH

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival DESALLE PH

Clement Desalle – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

The two MX1 motos gave the KRT riders third and fourth overall before the final outing of the day which combined the leading riders from MX1 and MX2 in the SuperFinal. Desalle again missed a clean run through the first turn but took the opportunity to show his ability to run down the opposition as he advanced from fourteenth first time past the timekeepers to secure a stunning fourth at the close.

Febvre was even more impressive as he advanced rapidly from fourth to second, setting the fastest lap of the race as he chased down the leader and, like his teammate, confirming that he is ready both in terms of physical fitness and bike set-up prior to the opening round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin in southern England on March 1st.

Romain Febvre

“It’s a great feeling to have such a strong day with good starts, good lap time and podium results. We have worked a lot with Jacky (Vimond) and I have made a lot of progress since Riola three weeks ago. I love my KX450-SR and we saw today that I got good starts even if this one here is really short to the first turn. I can say that tonight I am reassured; now we’ll go back home and practice on several different tracks to be ready for Matterley Basin.”

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival FEBVRE PH

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival FEBVRE PH

Romain Febvre – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival

Clément Desalle

“It was a good experience today, even if I didn’t get such good starts. We made some changes on the bike settings – that’s also why we do some pre-season races – and the time schedule was tough with three races but overall the day was OK. I hit my ankle in the first race but it’s nothing serious and I had a good race. This year I want to do a full season so it was not necessary to take risks today; I’m happy with the bike, we are right on schedule with our preparation and we’ll continue to work before the first GP.”

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival DESALLE PH

Mastercross Lacapelle Marival DESALLE PH

Clement Desalle – 2020 Mastercross Lacapelle Marival


American Motorcyclist Association honour Greg Hancock

AMA Charter Life Member Greg Hancock, from Costa Mesa, California, announced his retirement from professional racing on Feb. 15, having won his most recent Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Speedway World Championship in 2016.

His other FIM Speedway titles came in 2014, 2011 and 1997. In the United States, he won eight AMA Speedway National Championships. Hancock also won FIM Team and Pairs World Championships, as well as many European domestic league titles during his career.

Greg Hancock

“I want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone at the AMA and the FIM for providing me the many years of incredible speedway racing, which basically became my life school. Although I am stepping away from competing, I do not plan to exit the scene. I have plans that will keep me close to the sport, and we’ll see where that goes in the weeks ahead.”

Greg Hancock – 2016 Speedway GP Melbourne

The history of American Speedway competition dates to the mid-1920s. One of the sport’s early stars was America’s first world champion, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jack Milne, who won the 1937 Individual Speedway Championship in London.

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Murray Bridge confirmed for 2020 AORC Rounds 7 & 8

South Australia’s Murray Bridge has secured Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) presented by MXstore, to be held on August 1 and 2, 2020, with the support of Rural City of Murray Bridge and Velocette Motorcycle Club.

Motorcycling Australia Off-Road Events Manager, Matthew Falvo, said the 2020 Yamaha AORC, presented by MXstore was shaping up to be the best year yet.

Matthew Falvo

“With World champion riders returning for action in 2020, we will have the best riders in the world competing at Murray Bridge. There has been plenty of interest from South Australian riders and we are very pleased with the enthusiasm, excitement and support not only from the riders but also round hosts – the Velocette Motorcycle Club and the Rural City of Murray Bridge. With new exciting venues in the 2020 AORC we are sure to again field upwards of 200 plus riders for each event in every state, we are sure the championship can only grow further.”

This announcement now finalises all venues for the 2020 Championship which will continue to use a double-header format when the Championships kicks off in just 8 days’ time.

Australian Off Road Championship AORC Calendar

Australian Off Road Championship AORC Calendar

2020 AORC Calendar


Revised dates announced for 2020 King of MX

Motorcycling NSW has taken the unavoidable step of rearranging the 2020 King of MX qualifier schedule, swapping the Bathurst and Lakes qualifier events after it became clear that other events in the Bathurst region would make logistics especially difficult for entrants.

Lake Macquarie will now host qualifier 3 on March 14-15, while the Panorama Motorcycle Club will shift to the qualifier 5 dates of April 18-19.

Dave Cooke – Motorcycling CEO

“We were made aware of some regional events in Bathurst that were going to have some impacts on entrants’ ability to find cost-effective accommodation, among other things, and so we began looking at our options. It became clear quite quickly, with some FIM events along with other local date restrictions, that a date change just wasn’t possible. After consulting with our partner clubs, the team at Lakes were able to come to the party, and essentially trade dates with Panorama to allow as little impact as possible to those planning on racing the events. While I agree it’s not ideal to have to change the calendar, I’m grateful to everyone involved who’s helped to find, what is a great solution. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who travelled to Bega over the weekend for the first qualifier. As all of Australia knows, the far south coast region of NSW was heavily fire affected, and I’m really proud that our sport could play a small role in bringing people back to the area and contribute to rebuilding this beautiful part of the state.”

With the King of MX firmly underway for 2020, all focus now turns to Narrabri, where, in just two weeks’ time, the second qualifier will get underway. There, another 126 Golden Tickets will be on offer, and over $1000 in prizes.

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final **Run & Won**
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 -April 18-19, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Dargle – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Cessnock

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2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: Murray Bridge, SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final **Run & Won**
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 -April 18-19, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Dargle – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Cessnock

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23

2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

  • Round One – Balclutha, 1st February 2020
  • Round Two – Rotorua, 23rd February 2020
  • Round Three – Hawkes Bay, 1st March 2020
  • Round Four – Taupo, 15th March 2020

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Tomac wins in Florida to take series lead

450 SX

Eli Tomac arrived on the east coast having trimmed Ken Roczen’s championship lead to only a single point. Defending champion Cooper Webb had also recently come in to some better form and was victorious last week in San Diego to land in Florida only nine-points adrift of Roczen.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Tomac Towel JK

Eli Tomac’s KX450F adorned with a themed towel

Tomac and Malcolm Stewart both started the opening heat race strongly but it was the Kawasaki man that was quickest on the opening lap to fend off Stewart and streak away to a dominant win.

Starts have been Tomac’s achilles heel all season but he was very quick out of the blocks in that heat race and apart from one significant moment in the whoops was untroubled on his way to victory. Cooper Webb was third in the first heat ahead of Justin Brayton and Dean Wilson. Chad Reed was 12th and would have to go to the LCQ to earn his spot in the Main.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Cianciarulo SX TPA Kardy

Adam Cianciarulo

Adam Cianciarulo scored the holeshot in the second 450 Heat and had clear air while two incidents on the opening lap caused dramas for many of his opposition. Blake Baggett losing a lot of ground in one of those incidents which meant the #4 KTM had to ride hard in order to fight his way back up the field to earn his transfer spot to the main.

Ken Roczen managed to get within striking distance of Cianciarulo a couple of times and finally managed to sneak past the Kawasaki man after he made a mistake in the sand. Lapped traffic saw Roczen held up a little late in that heat and allowed Cianciarulo to almost steal the win on the run to the flag but the Honda man held on to take victory.

Zach Osborne rounded out the top three ahead of Broc Tickle, the Suzuki rider making his return to competition after serving a two-year suspension for testing positive to stimulants.

Vince Friese scored the holeshot in the Main ahead of Adam Cianciarulo, Eli Tomac and Malcolm Stewart, while Ken Roczen was languishing outside the top ten as the 22-rider field negotiated the first turns of the layout inside the Raymond James Stadium.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Starts SX TPA Kardy Cover

Cianciarulo was quickly through to the lead

Cianciarulo was into the lead before turn two and streaking away from Friese. Eli Tomac was the next rider to pass Friese, quickly followed by Malcolm Stewart pushing Friese further back to fourth ahead of Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen. That pair also made short work of Friese.

Eli Tomac steadily pulled back tenth here and there to close on his team-mate before making his move with just over 11-minutes remaining in the Main. It initially looked as though Cianciarulo would have enough speed to stay with and shadow Tomac but it didn’t turn out that way as his more experienced teammate pulled away to a clear lead.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Tomac Cianciarulo Multiple SX TPA Kardy

Eli Tomac pulled away from Adam Cianciarulo

Cooper Webb and Malcolm Stewart tussled hard over third place in the middle stages of the race race but eventually it was the KTM man that got the better of that battle. Ken Roczen momentarily also sneaked past Stewart but then went down after losing the front and had to watch Stewart blow by him.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Webb Friese Roczen Multiple SX TPA Kardy

Cooper Webb

Cianciarulo went down after getting crossed-up in the whoops while in a strong second place to really upset the race. Adam was hung up on tough blocks and by the time he get going again he had been relegated all the way back to tenth place.

With five-minutes remaining on the shot clock Tomac had a 13-second lead over Webb while Ken Roczen had managed to move up to third place after getting past Stewart.

Justin Hill then also pushed past Stewart to move the #27 Honda back to sixth place where he immediately came under further attack by Dean Wilson, Justin Brayton and the recovering Adam Cianciarulo.

Eli Tomac backed the pace off in the closing laps and cruised to his third victory of the season. Cooper Webb was a clear second place, well ahead of Ken Roczen.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Podium SX TPA Kardy

The 450 podium

Justin Barcia got fourth by a nose over Justin Hill at the flag. Dean Wilson was sixth ahead of Malcolm Stewart who just managed to stave off the advances of a closing Adam Cianciarulo who salvaged eighth place.

Justin Brayton scored ninth while Jason Anderson rounded out the top ten after being penalised two positions for gaining a track advantage.

Chad Reed, the only Australian in the SX field across both classes on the east coast, won the LCQ before finishing 19th in the Main.

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AMA SX Rnd Tampa Reed SX TPA Kardy

Chad Reed

AMA Supercross now heads to Arlington in Texas next week and Eli Tomac will carry a four-point lead over Roczen into that triple-crown round eight of the 17-round 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.


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What happened this week

  • Eli Tomac wins Oakland AMA Supercross Round 5
  • Dylan Ferrandis tops SX2 at Oakland
  • Billy Bolt extends SuperEnduro lead in Budapest
  • Gajser wins Italian MX Round 2 in Ottobiano – Evans second
  • Cooper claims 2020 NZ MX opener win in Balclutha
  • Nathan Watson crowned French Beach Race Champion
  • Toni Bou goes four for four at Barcelona X-Trial
  • Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP 2020 riders announced
  • 2020 Broadford Bike Bonana set for April
  • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship announce new sponsor
  • 2020 Australian ISDE rider applications open
  • WP Suspension Australia to support Granquist & Karlsson
  • Motorcycle Speedway in Western Australia on a roll
  • MA announce updates to Speedway Australian Championship Selection
  • King Of MX heads to Bega for Qualifier 1
  • Australia to host FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 American Flat Track
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP Championship
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
    • 2020 FIM SuperEnduro Championship
    • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West
    • 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship
    • 2020 King of MX
    • 2020 Australian Motocross National Championship
    • 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

Eli Tomac wins Oakland AMA Supercross Round 5

Chad Reed was missing from the 450 event at Oakland as he is still nursing some broken ribs from his tumble last week and there was no Aussie to cheer for when the 450 Main got underway.

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Tomac Roczen Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

Scoring the holeshot was Ken Roczen ahead of the Kawasaki pairing of Adam Cianiarulo and Eli Tomac, with Cooper Webb soon starting to challenge Eli Tomac. Tomac got the better of team-mate Cianciarulo with 12-minutes remaining in the moto and quickly pulled away to close to within a second of Roczen.

Tomac took the lead with nine-minutes remaining and wasted no time in pulling a second out on Roczen. He looked in control but he made a mistake with five-minutes remaining which allowed Roczen to cruise on by. Tomac then regrouped and had the gap back down to a just under a second with three-minutes remaining on the clock.

The Kawasaki man then passed Roczen again with two-minutes left.  A minute later Tomac had built a 1.4-second buffer over Roczen, and when the clock had run out his lead was out to 2.5-seconds as they got the last lap board.

Cooper Webb managed to catch and pass Cianciarulo in the closing stages of the race to push him out of the podium positions, the Kawasaki man seeming to fade late in the race.

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Tomac Webb Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Eli Tomac, Cody Webb – Image by Hoppenworld

Then on the final lap Webb seemed to come from nowhere to be all over Roczen. The Honda man had perhaps been cruising to what he had thought was a safe second place, only to be gazumped at the final juncture by Webb. The two made some contact which left Roczen nursing his right foot after the race finished but what really hurt was losing that second place only metres from the finish line.

Eli Tomac was the deserving and very happy victor who celebrated clawing important points back on series leader Roczen, the German’s lead trimmed to now only three-points.

Eli Tomac – P1

“Wow, what a crazy night. We got a good start tonight and were able to get going right away. Had a good battle with Ken (Roczen) tonight, then got a little excited and missed my rear brake and went over the berm there. Luckily, I was able to recover quickly and charge back to the front. My KX™450 was straight up ripping tonight and we closed the points gap up to three points. I am feeling really good right now, and we are just going to carry this momentum into San Diego next weekend.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Tomac SX OAK Kardy CoverA

Eli Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

Cooper Webb – P2

“I think I finally just raced ahead tonight. I think I’ve been just kind of conservative and not laying it out there like all these guys have been so today/tonight was a much better direction and I fought hard the whole Main Event. I still need a little there at the beginning but overall I’m pretty happy and I feel like I’m in a good spot moving forward.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Cianciarulo Webb Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Cooper Webb chases Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

Adam Cianciarulo – P4

“For me tonight we made great strides and for only riding one time this week to see if my tailbone was good to go, I am pretty pumped with the result. I can’t thank the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team enough for giving me a setup tonight that allowed me to do what I did after being a little banged up. I am looking forward to some more recovery this week and to come out swinging next week in San Diego.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Cianciarulo Tomac Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Adam Cianciarulo – Image by Hoppenworld

Jason Anderson – P5

“My night was alright. I think my heat race kind of messed up my gate pick and then I was on the outside so I wasn’t really able to be in the battle right away and once I got into fifth I was in no-man’s land so I just rode it in for fifth. We’ll move onto next weekend and hopefully put myself in a better situation.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Anderson SX OAK Kardy

Jason Anderson – Image by Hoppenworld

450SX Main Event

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Gap
1 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 21 Laps
2 Cooper Webb KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +03.557
3 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R Works E +04.726
4 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 +14.812
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +16.800
6 Justin Barcia Yamaha YZ450F +19.124
7 Dean Wilson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +28.468
8 Justin Hill Honda CRF450R +29.713
9 Blake Baggett KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +31.336
10 Malcolm Stewart Honda CRF450R +48.111
11 Zach Osborne Husqvarna FC450 Factory +55.317
12 Aaron Plessinger Yamaha YZ450F +57.617
13 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R +58.366
14 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R 20 Laps
15 Martin Davalos KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +15.151
16 Tyler Bowers Kawasaki KX450 +16.402
17 Kyle Chisholm Yamaha YZ450F +17.974
18 Alex Ray Kawasaki KX450 +33.447
19 Kyle Cunningham Suzuki RMZ450 +37.451
20 Cade Autenrieth Honda CRF450R +55.953
21 Ryan Breece Suzuki RMZ450 19 Laps
22 Joshua Cartwright Kawasaki KX450 +11.918

450SX Standings

Pos Rider Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 Ken Roczen 113 17 26 23 26 21
2 Eli Tomac 110 16 19 26 23 26
3 Justin Barcia 98 26 23 14 18 17
4 Jason Anderson 96 18 21 18 21 18
5 Cooper Webb 95 21 11 21 19 23
6 Adam Cianciarulo 90 23 16 17 15 19
7 Malcolm Stewart 75 14 17 15 16 13
8 Justin Brayton 73 15 15 16 17 10
9 Blake Baggett 69 19 14 9 13 14
10 Zach Osborne 63 9 18 19 5 12
11 Justin Hill 61 12 12 11 11 15
12 Dean Wilson 59 10 10 13 10 16
13 Aaron Plessinger 57 11 13 8 14 11
14 Vince Friese 52 13 9 12 9 9
15 Martin Davalos 39 8 1 10 12 8
16 Tyler Bowers 27 6 6 8 7
17 Justin Bogle 24 7 8 7 2
18 Chris Blose 18 3 5 4 6
19 Chad Reed 15 5 2 5 3
20 Alex Ray 15 4 2 4 5
21 Ryan Breece 12 0 3 7 2
22 Kyle Cunningham 11 0 7 0 4
23 Kyle Chisholm 10 4 6
24 Benny Bloss 7 6 1
25 James Decotis 4 1 3
26 Cade Autenrieth 3 3
27 Fredrik Noren 2 2
28 Jerry Robin 1 0 1
29 Joshua Cartwright 1 0 0 1

SX2 Round Five – Oakland

All three Australians made it through to the 250 Main with Jay Wilson, Aaron Tanti and Luke Clout earning their spot on the start gates after some impressive performances in the heat races. Come the Main it was the #101 Penrite Honda that was the fast starter of the Aussies in fourth place as the riders negotiated lap one. Out front was Alex Martin, Austin Forkner and Dylan Ferrandis.

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Clout SX OAK Kardy

Luke Clout – Image by Hoppenworld

Forkner worked his way past Alex Martin a couple of laps into the race and Ferrandis then pushed the Suzuki man further back to third.

Cooper slipped past Clout with ten-minutes remaining in the moto, demoting the Aussie to fifth. The 25-year-old then came under pressure from Hartranft with five-minutes remaining, his fifth place finish was under threat.

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Ferrandis SX OAK Kardy

Dylan Ferrandis – Image by Hoppenworld

Dylan Ferrandis then put a somewhat controversial move on Forkner for the race lead, the Kawasaki man taking avoiding action from a charging Ferrandis, the two never made hard contact but the Frenchman is currently on probation after another questionable move at a previous round on Christian Craig. Ferrandis came out the other side with a two-second lead over Forkner.

On the final lap though Hartranft made a mistake and slipped back to eighth which allowed Clout back through to secure a fifth place finish. The South Australian was also the first Honda home and is now eighth in the championship standings.

Justin Cooper stole third place from Alex Martin in the dying stages of the race then pulled away with apparent ease to secure that final step on the podium.

At the chequered flag it was Ferrandis the clear victor over Forkner and the defending champion now leads the 250 West Championship by two-points.

Aaron Tanti carded a top ten finish, a strong ninth to the Serco Yamaha man. Jay Wilson recovered to 16th place after losing a lot of time in the incident involving Mosiman early in the race.

Dylan Ferrandis – P1

“I’m pretty pumped about the way my day went here in Oakland. I finished first overall and took the red plate, which is awesome. It was such a good night for the team and myself, but we still have many races to go. So we’re back to work again Monday and will work hard to be ready for the next round in San Diego.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Ferrandis SX OAK Kardy

Dylan Ferrandis – Image by Hoppenworld

Austin Forkner – P2

“Tonight was a solid night overall, obviously I would have liked to take the win, but the lapped traffic tonight was no joke. I am happy with where my riding is, so this week we will make some minor tweaks and keep improving. I’ve had to dig myself out of a hole and while we didn’t make up any points on the leader tonight, we did move up to third in the standings. Ten points down isn’t too bad and something I can manage. I’ll keep grinding, chipping away at those points and continue to dig out of this hole. Overall, it was a great night for the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we’re looking to finish next week off strong before the break.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Forkner SX OAK Kardy

Austin Forkner – Image by Hoppenworld

Justin Cooper – P3

“It was another tough night for me but we were able to bounce back. I did what I had to do. I put in a lot of laps tonight, so I was pretty smoked in that Main. It was pretty hard to pass out there. I just took my time and focused on Alex (Martin). I’m just happy to get a good start and stay up when I hit Alex in that first turn. I have got to give it up to the whole team. We’ll go back to work and try and get back on top.”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Cooper SX OAK Kardy

Justin Cooper – Image by Hoppenworld

Alex Martin

“All around, better vibes this weekend in Oakland after a productive week of testing in North Carolina with the team. I was able to use that JGR Suzuki power and grab the Main Event holeshot. I led for a while before going back to third where I rode for the majority of the race before I got passed with a lap and a half to go, finishing fourth. Very bittersweet, but I’m happy with the progress that was made in just one short week with the team. I can’t wait for San Diego!”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Martin Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Alex Martin – Image by Hoppenworld

Luke Clout – P5

“I felt better, testing had gone well and working with Buddy Antunez has clearly helped. It was a positive step forward but we have a lot of work in front of us. I really hope I can stay and complete the championship”

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AMA SX Rnd Oakland Clout Multiple SX OAK Kardy

Luke Clout – Image by Hoppenworld

Pos. Rider Bike Laps/Gap
1 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ250F 16 Laps
2 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 +02.336
3 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ250F +12.919
4 Alex Martin Suzuki RMZ250 +15.287
5 Luke Clout Honda CRF250R +27.819
6 Mitchell Oldenburg Honda CRF250R +29.297
7 Derek Drake KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +29.634
8 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +36.472
9 Aaron Tanti Yamaha YZ250F +49.634
10 Martin Castelo Husqvarna FC250 +51.142
11 Carson Brown Husqvarna FC250 +56.787
12 Jacob Hayes Husqvarna FC250 +1:05.070
13 Michael Leib Husqvarna FC250 15 Laps
14 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 +05.363
15 Robbie Wageman Yamaha YZ250F +06.973
16 Jay Wilson Yamaha YZ250F +09.282
17 Mitchell Falk Honda CRF250R +25.902
18 Taiki Koga Kawasaki KX250 +33.950
19 Logan Karnow Kawasaki KX250 +36.715
20 Lorenzo Camporese Kawasaki KX250 +47.746
21 Killian Auberson Husqvarna FC250 7 Laps
22 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna FC250 3 Laps

250SX Standings

Pos Rider Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 Dylan Ferrandis 109 23 11 26 23 26
2 Justin Cooper 107 26 23 23 14 21
3 Austin Forkner 99 18 26 6 26 23
4 Brandon Hartranft 92 16 21 21 19 15
5 Alex Martin 85 13 19 18 16 19
6 Jacob Hayes 73 12 17 15 18 11
7 Mitchell Oldenburg 72 7 15 16 17 17
8 Luke Clout 66 2 16 17 13 18
9 Derek Drake 64 15 13 5 15 16
10 Michael Mosiman 63 19 3 19 21 1
11 Carson Brown 57 8 14 11 12 12
12 Jett Lawrence 46 14 18 14
13 Robbie Wageman 43 10 5 9 11 8
14 Martin Castelo 42 12 7 10 13
15 Aaron Tanti 41 0 10 10 7 14
16 Killian Auberson 41 9 8 13 9 2
17 Jay Wilson 33 6 12 8 7
18 Michael Leib 32 11 6 5 10
19 Christian Craig 29 21 1 1 6
20 Cameron Mcadoo 26 17 9
21 Logan Karnow 19 5 0 8 2 4
22 Mitchell Falk 18 1 7 4 6
23 Derek Kelley 13 4 9
24 Cheyenne Harmon 10 4 3 3
25 Ludovic Macler 7 0 2 4 1
26 Taiki Koga 5 0 5
27 Lorenzo Camporese 5 0 2 3
28 Chris Howell 3 3

Billy Bolt extends SuperEnduro lead in Budapest

The fourth round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship was played out at the Papp Laszlo Sportarena in Budapest over the weekend and after three hours of very intense racing and surprising developments the standings in both classes have seen big changes.

In Prestige, everyone was waiting for Taddy Blazusiak to respond after his rival, Billy Bolt, had a perfect GP in Spain. But it was not to be and the Brit further strengthened his lead over the six-time World Champion. In Budapest the only rider to have really troubled Bolt was Jonny Walker.

It wasn’t plain sailing for the young Brit, and the first race of the evening certainly didn’t go to plan as several mistakes – including a huge over-the-bars crash – which saw him fail to keep pace with the quick KTM pairing of Blazusiak and Walker. In fact, Walker impressively dominated the race with his smooth and precise style, gapping the field and leaving Blazusiak to settle for second. Remarkably, Bolt held on to third despite the difficulties, taking important points.

As Race 2 rolled around, Bolt wasn’t going to take any chances. Even after a less than perfect start due to the ‘reverse grid’ format, Bolt was at the front in a flash. Taddy Blazusiak also suffered a bad start, but as the Pole was also struggling with the bike set-up he found it difficult to make up positions. Bolt, edging ever further in front of his rivals, won the second race of the night ahead of Walker, Blazusiak and Pol Tarres, who took a great fourth.

In the final race of the night Jonny Walker once again took to the front with his pacy but precise style, but this time he could not hold off Bolt. The KTM rider made a small mistake in the melee while he was also suffering with arm pump he found it hard to fight back.

Blazusiak was looking keen and found himself in the lead for the first time of the evening, but Bolt was neck-and-neck with the SuperEnduro ‘GOAT’. Under pressure from the wild Brit, Taddy made a mistake that allowed the Factory Husqvarna rider to take the lead. Blazusiak was then also passed by his team-mate, Walker. Alfredo Gomez  also snuck through to third as Taddy suffered from his set-up choices again.

With 227 points already clocked up Bolt leaves Hungary 16-points ahead of Blazusiak. After his excellent performance Walker has caught up a bit, but he remains 35 points from his compatriot. The final round of the season in Lodz will be fiery between these three riders.

Billy Bolt

“I came here wanting to show a new me. Often I make mistakes and rush things too much on track, but I’ve been working hard to be smooth, fast and importantly patient. Admittedly in race one I made too many errors and a better result than third slipped away, but I regrouped for the rest of the night. I picked the right moments to attack and was able to win both races comfortably. I’ve always shown my speed is there, but I’m so pleased to bring consistency into the mix like this. We’ve got a healthy lead now heading to the final round in Poland next month, where hopefully we can take this world title.”

Jonny Walker

“I’d been waiting for a ride like I had in race one for a while now. Things just sort of clicked and came together and I was able to make it count for the win. I got a strong start and put myself into the lead on lap two and was never properly challenged. It was brilliant to get a race win under my belt again. For the rest of the night my speed was there, but that break just didn’t come. But to back race one up with a pair of second place finishes is very good. Overall, it’s been a strong night and I’ve again shown myself as one of the championship’s strongest riders. I’m also enjoying myself a lot on the track. There’s still a lot to play for at the final round. We’re going to Lodz which is a stadium I’ve enjoyed a lot of success at in the past, so I’ll be fighting hard to end the series on a high for sure.”

Taddy Blazusiak

“It’s been a bumpy night for sure. I feel like I made the wrong decisions regards setup during practice. I expected the track to develop in a different way than it did and that made it harder for me to race on. I was off my game in the first two races and when I got to the front in race three, I couldn’t be consistent in my riding and made mistakes. Unfortunately, that’s how racing goes sometimes, but I’ll go to Poland hoping to do all I can to win. It’s my home race so I’ve got five weeks to prepare, be ready and go for the title.”

Alfredo Gómez

“The first two races were difficult. I crashed off the start in race one and that put me right at the back. Although I was enjoying the track, it wasn’t easy to make positions but I managed to recover to fifth. In race two I wasn’t in a good starting position on the second row and again got stuck in traffic. Sixth was the best I could do. But I’m happy to show my true form in race three. I was in a good position and got into third early on and then almost took second on the final corner.”

Prestige Overall Event Classification

  1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 58 points
  2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 56
  3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 46
  4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 35
  5. Pol Tarres (ESP), Husqvarna, 29

Championship Standings (After round 4 of 5)

  1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 227 points
  2. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 209
  3. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM 192
  4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna 161
  5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna 112

SuperEnduro Juniors

The Junior class provided some of the most thrilling racing in Hungary, and at the end of the night there was a new leader – the third since the start of the season. Teodor Kabakchiev was the big winner in Budapest, the title hopeful took advantage of the excellent support from a large number of Bulgarian fans to win the night ahead of a keen Leon Hentschel and Dominik Olszowy, who appears to be coming back well.

The three young men fought a fantastic battle during the three races, with Kabakchiev and Hentschel exchanging the top spot several times in the last heat of the night. Ty Cullins failed to repeat the superb performance he had at Round 1 in Poland, suffering in each race in Hungary.

The American seemed to be paying for a lack of experience in the discipline, but also the fatigue of his frequent trips to and from America. The Junior category will certainly be exciting in the final round as Kabakchiev holds just two points over Hentschel, while Cullins is third, 20-points from the leader.

SuperEnduro Junior Standings – Top 5

  1. Teodor KABAKCHIEV 185 points
  2. Leon HENTSCHEL 183
  3. Ty CULLINS 165
  4. Adrien JACON 149
  5. Dominik OLSZOWY 107

SuperEnduro European Class

Magnus Thor became the first Swede to win the European SuperEnduro Cup in Budapest. He had plenty of pressure coming into the evening, having failed to shine at the previous European round in Germany. He had to fight off an ever-attacking Sonny Goggia, and the pair were level on points coming into their final race of the night.

Despite taking overall victory at the Hungarian GP, the disappointed Goggia had to settle for second in the Championship. Pascal Springmman rounded out the Top 3 on the night. Also worth noting was the great home performance of Norbert Zsigovits, the Hungarian to a win in Race 1 to the rapture of the fans.

SuperEnduro European Standings – Top 5

  1. Magnus THOR 102
  2. Sonny GOGGIA 99
  3. Pascal SPRINGMANN 76
  4. Miha SPINDLER 64
  5. Marco PFEIFFER 58

The riders of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship will now take a month and a half to rest before coming together for the grand finale in Lodz, Poland.


Gajser wins Italian MX Round 2 in Ottobiano – Evans second

The Ottobiano circuit hosted the second round of the 2020 Internazionali d’Italia Motocross on the sandy soil of the Lombardian track, with MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser unrivalled in MX1.

Italian MX Rnd Tim Gajser Arnaud Tonus

Italian MX Rnd Tim Gajser Arnaud Tonus

Tim Gajser leads Arnaud Tonus – 2020 Italian Motocross Championship Round 2

The reigning world champion led the race from start to finish. Behind him there was an excellent second place for teammate Mitchell Evans, who repeated his ranking obtained in Riola last Sunday, with Arminas Jasikonis in third. Henry Jacobi and Arnaud Tonus shined by classifying in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Italian MX Rnd Mitchell Evans

Italian MX Rnd Mitchell Evans

Mitchell Evans – 2020 Italian Motocross Championship Round 2

Maxime Renaux meanwhile won the MX2 class and moved to the top of the championship standings. There was a great second place for Gianluca Facchetti who led Tom Vialle and teammate Thibault Benistant at the finish.

Italian MX Rnd Arnaud Tonus Maxime Renaux

Italian MX Rnd Arnaud Tonus Maxime Renaux

Maxime Renaux – 2020 Italian Motocross Championship Round 2

Tim Gajser immediately took command of the Supercampione after an amazing start and kept it up to the chequered flag. Mitchell Evans confirmed his good form so far by taking the runner-up slot, while Arminas Jasikonis was again third. Arnaud Tonus finished fourth while Maxime Renaux, sixth, was the best rider with the smaller MX2 bike.

Italian MX Rnd Tim Gajser

Italian MX Rnd Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser – 2020 Italian Motocross Championship Round 2

The 2020 edition of the Internazionali d’Italia Motocross will end with the third and final round scheduled for next weekend at the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Mantova.

MX1 Top 5 Result

  1. GAJSER Tim (SLO)
  2. EVANS Mitchell (AUS)
  3. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU)
  4. JACOBI Henry (GER)
  5. TONUS Arnaud (SUI)

MX2 Top 5 Result

  1. RENAUX Maxime (FRA)
  2. FACCHETTI Gianluca (ITA)
  3. VIALLE Tom (FRA)
  4. BENISTANT Thibault (FRA)
  5. HAARUP Mikkel (DEN)

Supercampione Top 5 Results

  1. GAJSER Tim (SLO)
  2. EVANS Mitchell (AUS)
  3. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU)
  4. TONUS Arnaud (SUI)
  5. FORATO Alberto (ITA)

MX1 Championship Overall

  1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.240
  2. EVANS Mitchell (AUS) p. 200
  3. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU) p. 140
  4. MONTICELLI Ivo (ITA) p. 105
  5. JACOBI Herny (GER) p. 97

MX2 Championship Overall

  1. RENAUX Maxime (FRA) p. 200
  2. GEERTS Jago (BEL) p. 120
  3. GUADAGNINI Mattia (ITA) p. 115
  4. WATSON Ben (GBR) p. 100
  5. FACCHETTI Gianluca (ITA) p. 100

Supercampione Championship Overall

  1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p. 240
  2. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU) p. 160
  3. FORATO Alberto (ITA) p. 105
  4. EVANS Mitchell (AUS) p. 100
  5. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) p. 100

Cooper claims 2020 NZ MX opener win in Balclutha

The 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship has kicked off in Balclutha, with the first of the four rounds run and won by Cody Cooper and Josiah Natzke in the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively.

Altherm JCR Yamahas Kirk Gibbs at the Fox NZ Motocross Championship Balclutha

Altherm JCR Yamahas Kirk Gibbs at the Fox NZ Motocross Championship Balclutha

Kirk Gibbs was second in MX1 – Image by CD Photography

Cody Cooper took a dominant win in the MX1 class, earning 75 championship points – the maximum – to kick off his season, with Australian Kirk Gibbs coming in second overall, ahead of Hamish Harwood, with Ethan Martens and Brad Groombridge completing the top-five.

Kirk Gibbs

“I fought back – came through the pack – had good speed and got to second. That’s all I could do. My starts let me down all weekend which I’m very disappointed about. It doesn’t look that bad on paper but I’m extremely disappointed with the end result. I wanted to go in there and have a win. I’ll come out swinging in Rotorua because I don’t want to let Cody get too far ahead or it will blow out with it being such a short series.”

Altherm JCR Yamahas Kirk Gibbs with Team Manager Josh Coppins Balclutha track

Altherm JCR Yamahas Kirk Gibbs with Team Manager Josh Coppins Balclutha track

Kirk Gibbs and Josh Coppins – Image by CD Photography

In the MX2 class it was closely fought with Natzke taking the win on 63-points from James Scott on 57, with Maximus Purvis a single point behind in third. Australia’s Morgan Fogarty was just outside the top three, with Dylan Walsh fifth.

In the Under-19s, James Scott took the win from Aussie Riley Ward, with Luka Freemantle third. The 125cc class saw Brodie Connolly take maximum points from Madoc Dixon and Mashall Phillips.

NZ Motocross MX1 Results – Round 1

  1. Cody Cooper, 75 points
  2. Kirk Gibbs, 64
  3. Hamish Harwood, 62
  4. Ethan Martens, 46
  5. Brad Groombridge, 43

NZ Motocross MX2 Results – Round 1

  1. Josiah Natzke, 63 points
  2. James Scott, 57
  3. Maximus Purvis, 56
  4. Morgan Fogarty, 47
  5. Dylan Walsh, 44

NZ Motocross Under-19 Results – Round 1

  1. James Scott, 75
  2. Riley Ward, 66
  3. Luka Freemantle, 53

NZ Motocross 125cc Results – Round 1

  1. Brodie Connolly, 75 points
  2. Madoc Dixon, 66
  3. Marshall Phillips, 54
  4. Zac Jillings, 48
  5. Ben Wall, 42

Nathan Watson crowned French Beach Race Champion

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Nathan Watson has successfully defended his French Beach Race Championship title with a hard-fought podium result at Enduropale du Touquet.

Nathan Watson French Beach Racing Enduropale du Touquet

Nathan Watson French Beach Racing Enduropale du Touquet

Nathan Watson

With the infamous Enduropale du Touquet marking the seventh and final round of the CFS: Championnat de France des Sables, all eyes were on defending champion Nathan Watson to see if he could repeat his 2019 winning result.

As the 1,200 competitors lined up for the beginning of the gruelling three-hour event, Watson knew the importance of making a fast start and then pushing hard during the early stages of race. A little too keen to get his race started, the Brit was later deemed to have jumped the start, picking up a 60-second stop-and-go penalty.

Unaware of what was to come, Nathan exited the first corner just outside the top 10 and set about making ground on the leaders. Battling his way up to fifth during the first five laps, an efficient fuel stop after the first hour of racing moved him into third. Favouring the rougher conditions in the latter stages of race, Watson reached as high as second with just over one hour remaining.

With organisers then handing him the penalty, Nathan’s charge was ended and he ultimately lost his chance of victory. Dropping back down the leaderboard to fourth, he eventually battled his way back into a podium position and finished third at the checkered flag, behind Milko Potisek and Jeremy Van Horebeek

Nathan Watson

“It’s been a hard season, but to come away with back-to-back French Beach Race titles is amazing. It’s a credit to the team, they worked so hard to get this result. It’s me out on the track but it really is a team effort, for sure. Naturally, I wanted to win the championship with victory here today, but the cards didn’t fall my way. Between the nature of the track and then the stop-and-go penalty, things were against me. I felt like the track was maybe too fast for me and I needed more corners to slow the early pace down. I hold my hands up about the start, I simply got my timing a little wrong with the bungy being released. I went a little too early. One minute was a tough penalty, especially as I never gained anything and exited the first corner in 12th. But it is what it is. Overall, I’m pleased with the season as a whole. I think that myself and Camille showed we’re two of the strongest guys out there and our bikes never missed a beat. Thanks to KTM and the team, we’ll celebrate this title for sure!”

Nathan Watson French Beach Racing Enduropale du Touquet

Nathan Watson French Beach Racing Enduropale du Touquet

Nathan Watson

Championnat de France des Sables Round 7: Enduropale du Touquet

  1. Milko Potisek (FRA), Yamaha, 15 laps, 3:06:44.033
  2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Honda, 3:10:10.404 +3:26
  3. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, 3:12:26.582 +5:42
  4. Camille Chapeliere (FRA), KTM, 3:12:49.154 +6:05
  5. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 3:14:39.632 +7:55

Championship Standings – Championnat de France des Sables

  1. Nathan Watson (GBR) KTM, 845 points
  2. Todd Kellett (GBR), Yamaha, 755
  3. Camille Chapeliere (FRA), KTM, 671
  4. Richard Fura (FRA), Yamaha, 558
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Honda, 552

Toni Bou goes four for four at Barcelona X-Trial

The fourth round of the 2020 X-Trial World Championship was held in Palau Sant Jordi, and saw Toni Bou claim a fourth consecutive win this season and a thirteenth indoor triumph in Barcelona, with Jorge Casales putting GasGas on the podium in third, behind Adam Raga.

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Toni Bou mc

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Toni Bou mc

Toni Bou

The evening’s action got underway with the preliminary qualifying round with riders tackling a total of six sections. Bou notched up a total of nine penalty marks, two more than arch-rival Adam Raga. With the winners of each of the qualifying heats moving into the next round, the Repsol Honda Team swapped bikes and looked visibly more at ease. The rider then cruised into the Grand Final, accruing just six penalty marks on the way.

In the final, the Repsol Honda Team champ, encouraged throughout by the Barcelona spectators, proved that he is undoubtedly on the hottest form in the indoor discipline. Bou overcame his toughest adversary Adam Raga in the very last Montesa section of the Barcelona indoor trial event, to deliver victory number 13 to the Palau Sant Jordi crowd, for a 66th X-Trial World Championship win.

The result extends the Repsol Honda Team ace’s lead in the overall standings further to a 20-point advantage, with three trials still to run before the indoor season wraps up. The next outing will be held in Bilbao’s Bizkaia Arena on 15th February.

Toni Bou

“We are very happy. It was a really special night here in Barcelona. Being able to reclaim the victory in front of all the fans was incredible. We have given everything in a super tight final. I am very grateful to all the people who have helped me throughout the week, which has been quite a complicated one for me. Also, thanks to all the spectators who came along today in Barcelona to enjoy the show.”

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Podium ps

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Podium ps

Toni Bou topped the podium from Raga and Casales in Barcelona

Jorge Casales

“I’m really happy, this has been a very important race for me. Also, a really important first part of the season because I’m adjusting to competing on the GasGas. I’ve just had some months on this bike, we’ve worked really hard during these months and we’re seeing the results now. It was a really important race for me here in Barcelona and to get my first podium in the world championship is a dream come true. I’m really happy with it and I’ll continue working hard to continue with this level of performances. Let’s see what happens in Bilbao as every race is quite different. I’m really starting to get a good feeling with the bike now and we’re still working on things to make it even better. I’m really proud because I always trusted GasGas, we’ll continue working to make things happen. I’m really motivated for what’s to come.”

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Jorge Casales

X Trial Rnd Barcelona Jorge Casales

Jorge Casales

X-Trial Barcelona 2020 Results

1 BOU, Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team 20
2 RAGA, Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team 15
3 CASALES, Jorge SPA Gas Gas Factory Team 12
4 BINCAZ, Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing 9
5 BUSTO, Jaime SPA Vertigo Factory Team 6
6 FAJARDO, Jeroni SPA Sherco Factory Team 4
7 GELABERT, Miquel SPA Vertigo Factory Team 2
8 MARCELLI, Gabriel SPA RG Team 1

X-Trial Rider Standings

1 BOU, Toni SPA 80
2 RAGA, Adam SPA 60
3 BUSTO, Jaime SPA 28
4 FAJARDO, Jeroni SPA 25
5 CASALES, Jorge SPA 24
6 GELABERT, Miquel SPA 22
7 MARCELLI, Gabriel SPA 19
8 BINCAZ, Benoit FRA 16
9 MARTIN, Toby GBR 1
10 TOULY, Kieran FRA 1

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP 2020 riders announced

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team will field one of its strongest rider line ups for the 2020 MXGP season with Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus, having accumulated around 95 pieces of Grand Prix silverware as a result of more than 35 Grand Prix race wins and 18 Grand Prix victories throughout their careers.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP riders announced Tonus Paulin Seewer

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP riders announced Tonus Paulin Seewer

Jeremy Seewer, Arnaud Tonus, Gautier Paulin

Arnaud Tonus

“The last few years have been really tough for me. I’ve dealt with a lot of injuries and suffering, both physically and mentally. At one point I almost thought about stopping my career because I was just over it. It’s pretty amazing to see it from where I was to where I’m at right now. I’m super, super thankful.”

Gautier Paulin

“I know what I want and, actually, I can really have what I want right now. Being back with the factory team is a big step and it brings with it that extra one percent, which in racing is big because we’re all at 100 percent. Being on the top step of the MXGP class means being involved every single minute of your life, to be the best.”

Jeremy Seewer

“After being vice-world champion, of course, there is only one more thing to achieve. It’s super tough out there to win. There are so many guys who are world champions, so many guys winning Grands Prix, so it’s a huge amount of work and a big story behind to actually become a world champion. I visualise what it would be like to be on the top, to be world champion. And I think it must be one of the most amazing feelings, just to be the best at what you do.”


2020 Broadford Bike Bonana set for April

The 2020 Broadford Bike Bonanza proudly presents the 12th incarnation of the iconic event, featuring a vast array of machines from yesteryear to be run from 7am Friday, April 10 to 2pm April 12, at the Victorian State Motorcycle Sports Complex, Broadford, Victoria, with online entries now open!

Last year’s Bonanza saw well over 5,000 attendees’ across the three days contribute to the legendary motorcycle event. The 2020 SIBBB will once again serve as an unofficial national meeting point for long lost friends and comrades from the ‘good ol days’ of motorcycling, with the theme for 2020 paying homage to all types of American made motorcycles and sidecars.

Road Race, Enduro, Speedway, Trials, Motocross, Dirt Track disciplines are all catered for in classic and vintage non-competitive on track displays, swap meets, a star-studded gala dinner (held in Broadford township April 11), static motorcycle displays and so much more.

Gates are open from 7am Friday 10th April, road race track from 1 – 4pm. Friday 10th only. The Rest of the tracks are running Saturday and Sunday are from 9am.  Racing concludes 2pm Sunday 12th April.

For 2020, entrants and spectators can purchase event and camping tickets by clicking here and Volunteer entries are via the same system.

Click here for a Step by Step Guide to Using Ridernet to complete an entry.


2020 Australian Off-Road Championship announce new backer

Motorcycling Australia have announced Australia’s largest online motorcycle gear and accessories retailer – MXstore – as the ‘Presented By’ sponsor of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC).

This new partnership with MXstore is at an exciting time for both the championship and company as both go through significant growth. MXstore is Australia’s number one retailer for motocross and off-road related gear, from bike parts, racing and casual clothing, protective wear, leisure apparel, covering motocross, off-road and adventure disciplines.

MXstore’s Athlete & Partnerships Manager, Geoff Munro, said the move was an exciting step forward for the company.

Geoff Munro

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship. It’s a fantastic series and we want to play our part to ensure it’s a great success for everyone involved. We’re privileged here in Australia to have some of the very best enduro riders in the world as well as some extremely promising talent coming through the ranks, so to be able to support their development and success through the AORC is pretty special to us.”


2020 Australian ISDE rider applications open

Motorcycling Australia has called for rider applications to be part of Australia’s next world beating team to take on the best enduro riders at the 2020 International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) in Italy, held from August 31 to September 5.

ISDE Day ImageDarioAgrati Vintage

ISDE Day ImageDarioAgrati Vintage

ISDE 2019 – Image by Dario Agrati

Australia tasted the bubbles of success in 2019 with the RecoveR8 Team Australia Junior Trophy Team Crowned World Champions, while Victoria’s Daniel Sanders secured the ISDE Individual Outright World and E3 Class Championship in Portugal, and 2018 saw Australia reign victorious in the World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy in Chile.

MA is calling for ISDE World Championship riders for the following three classes:

  • World Trophy Team – Four riders
  • Junior World Trophy Team – Three riders
  • Women’s World Trophy Team – Three riders

Riders wishing to apply for a position with Team Australia will need to consider that while MA will contribute some funding, there may be associated costs involved to selected riders. The 2020 ISDE Australian Trophy Team Rider application forms can be found here.

Club or Vintage Rider nominations forms can be found here. All applications and nominations must be submitted before Friday 13th March, 2020.

Please address any queries regarding the application directly to MA’s Off-Road Event Manager, Matthew Falvo via: Phone: 03 9684 0514 or Email: [email protected]


WP Suspension Australia to support Granquist & Karlsson

WP Suspension Australia have officially announced its support of Stefan Granquist and Emelie Karlsson for the 2020 off-road season. Joining the WP Suspension Team aboard Yamaha WR450F and WR250F’s respectively, Granquist and Karlsson will pilot their Yamaha machines in an array of off-road races nationwide.

WP Suspension Sales Manager Stefan Appelgren with Granquist Karlsson

WP Suspension Sales Manager Stefan Appelgren with Granquist Karlsson

WP Suspension Sales Manager Stefan Appelgren with Granquist & Karlsson

WP Suspension Australia Sales Manager – Stefan Appelgren expressed his excitement at having Stefan and Emelie join the team saying, “The push from WP Suspension into the Australian market is a welcomed addition as we will be supplying a race-specific solution for Japanese manufactures motorcycles. We are excited to have Stefan and Emelie represent the brand and look forward to seeing the WP Suspension logo on Yamaha machinery for 2020.”

With a 6th place finish overall last year, Stefan is a regular at the pointy end of the field in the E2 class of the AORC series, and shared, “Both Emelie and I are incredibly excited about this partnership for the new year. Last year was strong for both of us, we managed to show some speed and put results on the board with myself finishing 6th overall in E2 and Emelie ending up on the podium in the Womens class, even after missing some rounds through injury. It’s an honour to be associated with such a premium brand and we are eager to begin the testing process leading up to the first round of the AORC in Toowoomba.”

Stefan and Emelie will both be running the 48mm Cone Valve fork and Trax shock, which are available for Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki off-road motorcycles.

An increased network of WP Authorised Dealers, means that the same products you see on the bikes of these top professionals, can be purchased and further tuned through one of these dealers. More information on your closest WP Authorised dealer can be found at the following link. Authorised Centres: https://www.wp-suspension.com/authorized-centers/


Motorcycle Speedway in Western Australia on a roll

With Graeme Sinden

Fresh from two international solo friendlies (unofficial tests) between Australia and Great Britain and the running of the Western Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship, attention now focuses on the forthcoming Western Australian Speedway Solo Championship. The WA Title event will be held on Saturday February 15 at WA’s purpose built Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway at Neerubup in the Perth’s northern suburbs.

This highly sort after WA Solo Championship is one of the oldest and longest running Speedway events in Australia having commenced way back in 1927. The Championship has been won by many fine riders over the years including World Champions, Sweden’s, Ove Funden, New Zealand’s Ivan Mauger, Australia’s Chris Holder and Britain’s triple World Champ, Tai Woffinden.

Western Australian Speedway Solo Championship Tai and Cam

Western Australian Speedway Solo Championship Tai and Cam

Cam Heeps and Tai Woffinden

WA’s International Cam Heeps is expected to nominate and attempt to secure his fifth title win. The greatest number of wins in the Championship event is held jointly by WA’s Mick McKeon and Glenn Doyle with six-a-piece.

Significantly the youngest rider to win the Championship event is Dave Cheshire, also from WA, who won it way back in 1983/84 at the tender age of 16-years-of-age. He certainly had officials scrambling to check his birthdate and speedway license at the time.


MA announce updates to Speedway Australian Championship Selection

Motorcycling Australia released the following information in a recent bulletin, outlining changes to Australian Championship Selection in Speedway:

Information Bulletin #2010 – 31/01/2020

Affected Disciplines: Speedway

Effective: Immediately.

Information Pertains to: 14.11.4 c. Australian Championship Selection

Information: MA would like to advise of updates made to Speedway Australian Championship Selection 14.11.4 c.

Current Rule:

14.11.4 Selection and Qualification
14.11.4.1 To qualify for selection for an Australian Championship event, a competitor must apply in writing no less than 30 days prior to the event, and:
a) Be the current Australian Champion, a Top 4 rider in the previous Australian Championships, or a GP rider within the last two years, or
b) Be the best performing competitor in the State Championship of the State which issued the competitors’ licence, held a minimum of 30 days prior to the Australian Championship.
c) Competitors who are not Australian residents may nominate to compete in the Australian Speedway Championship, and will be considered by the Speedway Commission for inclusion.

New/Updated Rule:

14.11.4 Selection and Qualification
14.11.4.1 To qualify for selection for an Australian Championship event, a competitor must apply in writing no less than 30 days prior to the event, and must be a holder of a current MA Senior National Competition license.
To be seeded into this championship the following criteria applies;
a) Be the current Australian Champion, a Top 4 rider in the previous Australian Championships, or a GP rider within the last two years, or
b) Be the best performing competitor in the State Championship of the State which issued the competitors’ licence, held a minimum of 30 days prior to the Australian Championship or
c) Be the best performing Australian competitor in the FIM Oceania Speedway Championship. Competitors who are not Australian residents may nominate to compete in the Australian Speedway Championship, and will be considered by the Speedway Commission for inclusion.
All additional positions will be selected from the remaining applications received.

Notes:

  • Please save a copy of this bulletin and keep it with your MoMS for future reference
  • All Bulletins will be made available on the MA website (www.ma.org.au)
  • Rules may change throughout the year so please view the most up to date MoMS on the MA website (www.ma.org.au)
  • For Rule Change Request Process and forms, please refer to the MA website  (www.ma.org.au)

King Of MX heads to Bega for Qualifier 1

Hot on the heels of the devastating fires that have done so much damage to the South Coast of NSW, the first round of the King Of MX motocross series will be hosted by the Far South Coast Motorcycle Club at their Bega race track on February 15-16.

Juniors will race on the Saturday, and Seniors on the Sunday, and the event is expected to bring out some of the best riders in Australia to put on a great show for the people of the South Coast.

Motorcycling NSW is hoping that the competitors, families, support crews, and spectators will also be generating a lot of income for local businesses, restaurants, and hotels just by coming to the area.

The Far South Coast Motorcycle Club venue is located at Sapphire Speedway, Tantawangalo Lane, Candelo and racing will start from around 9am each day on the 15th and 16th of February.

For more information on the 2020 King of MX, head to the brand-new website www.kingofmx.com.au.

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Sydney – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Undisclosed Location

Australia to host FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup

Australia will host the inaugural FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup with the best junior motocross riders from Australia, New Zealand and France to do battle at Horsham in Victoria, April 4-5, 2020, as part of MX Nationals Rounds 1 & 2.

Each team will consist of a maximum of 10 riders aged 13-17-years-old aboard 125cc motocross bikes, with an FIM Oceania Junior Motocross Tri-Nations Cup individual and team trophy both up for grabs.

The races will be inspired by the FIM Junior MX World Championship formats and rules, and will be the perfect lead-up event for these young riders, before the FIM Junior MX World Championships in Greece in August.

Applications can be found on the MA website (link) and must be submitted by no later than COB Friday 21st February 2020. For further enquiries regarding applications, please contact MA’s Off-Road Event Manager, Matthew Falvo via [email protected].


2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Sydney – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Undisclosed Location

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23

2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

  • Round One – Balclutha, 1st February 2020
  • Round Two – Rotorua, 23rd February 2020
  • Round Three – Hawkes Bay, 1st March 2020
  • Round Four – Taupo, 15th March 2020

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What happened this week

  • Roczen wins Glendale AMA SX triple-header
  • Forkner tops SX2 triple-header at Glendale Round 4
  • Mitch Evans second at Italian Motocross opener in Riola Sardo
  • Harwood & Purvis win Woodville GP
  • King of MX final qualifier confirmed for Dargle
  • Cessnock MX Club to host 2020 King of MX final
  • 2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecars Champs to Gillman March 21
  • Dylan Walsh to race NZ MX with Ben Townley Tours/Altherm JCR Yamaha
  • Luc Ackermann wins shortened 2019 FMX World Championsip
  • Petr Pilát renews FMX contract with KTM Factory Racing
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 American Flat Track
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP Championship
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
    • 2020 FIM SuperEnduro Championship
    • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West
    • 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship
    • 2020 King of MX
    • 2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

Roczen wins Glendale AMA SX triple-header

For the full 2020 AMA Supercross Round 4 report see:
2020 AMA Supercross Round Four – Glendale

The first SX1 Main Event saw Tomac was all over Roczen by half distance, when he started to put his Kawasaki alongside the Honda. In the final laps though Roczen proved to have Tomac’s measure and pulled clear to take victory by two-seconds. Adam Cianciarulo rounded out the podium ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Jason Anderson.  Aussie Chad Reed finished 18th.

450 Main Event 2 saw a restart following Justin Bogle going down so medical attention could be provided and from the re-start it was Ken Roczen taking the early advantage and stretching a lead by half distance. Cianciarulo and Tomac worked to close down the gap, with Cianciarulo going down, ending up in eighth when he remounted.

AMA SX Rnd Glendale Cianciarulo WebbMultiple SX PHX Kardy

AMA SX Rnd Glendale Cianciarulo WebbMultiple SX PHX Kardy

Adam Cianciarulo

Roczen was the eventual victor by seven-seconds over Tomac while Anderson rounded out the podium. Baggett got the better of Webb for fourth. Cianciarulo recovered to salvage a sixth place finish ahead of Brayton and Barcia.  Chad Reed came home in 19th position.

In 450 Main Event 3 Ken Roczen once again had a five-second lead by half-race distance, this time ahead of Jason Anderson. Cianciarulo caught Webb and challenged for second, before going over the bars in the whoops, with Webb slightly caught up, allowing Tomac to slip into third. Ken Roczen was an untroubled victor, ahead of Anderson and Tomac.

Ken Roczen thus goes 1-1-1 for the overall victory ahead of Tomac and Anderson, the German extending his championship lead to eight points over Tomac.

Ken Roczen – P1

“I can’t believe we won all three main events! I think it’s the focus that we bring. Between my team and especially my mechanic, we just have a good regimen going into all the races. Every time we go down there for a gate drop, I just want to put maximum focus, put myself in a good position and make life a lot easier—and safer as well. We had some good battles with Eli [Tomac] in the first one, but I was stoked to pull it off. I got a decent start in the second one, and then we had to do a restart unfortunately. I grabbed that holeshot and rode a super-solid race and won. The first start for race three was not good, and me and Tomac were battling in like eighth or something. Then we had another restart, and I pulled the holeshot there and just rode a super-solid race. I had a good time tonight, and I’m really happy with how the team has been excelling and making changes to the bike. We’ve been working really well together, and the team spirit is high right now. Obviously, I’m beyond stoked and want to enjoy tonight and tomorrow, but then get back to work and keep 100% focus.”

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AMA SX Rnd Glendale Osborne Roczen Starts SX PHX Kardy

Ken Roczen piling the pressure on Zach Osborne

Eli Tomac – P2

“These Triple Crown races are already crazy and then to add the two red flags, there was just a lot going on. We technically had five starts tonight and I didn’t exactly help myself on those, but I was able to make my way to the front and remain consistent with my finishes. Consistency really was the key tonight and the team worked their tails off to help me finish up on the podium. We still have some work to do but overall, we had a successful night and I’m glad we’re close in the point standings.”

Jason Anderson – P3

“All-in-all, I had a great night. I keep getting better as the season goes on, I feel like I keep racing better and better. It’s been a good night. The team is working hard and we’re ready to start charging and make some headway.”

Cooper Webb – P4

“It was a good day. It’s kind of crazy, we had a bunch of red flags so we ended up with a lot of starts tonight. I feel like I finally figured out my starts by the end and I was up front and able to run with the lead group but I just didn’t quite have it tonight. It was a good turnaround from the first Main Event but we’ve still got some stuff to work on and we’ll keep plugging away and try to improve this week before heading into Oakland.”

Justin Barcia – P5

“It was a difficult day right off the bat. The track changed as the night went on and I struggled with turning a little bit and in the whoops, but it was the starts that really hurt me. I had to fight a lot tonight to get up to where I was able to finish, but with such short races like this, it’s difficult. The track was very one-lined, and it was very difficult to pass. Triple crowns are gnarly. Everyone’s so fast. If you don’t get a good start it’s just difficult to put yourself in a good position. There were guys flying around everywhere tonight and crashing, so I’m glad to be getting out of here healthy. I’m a smarter, more mature rider than I have been in the past, so I’ll take what I can get tonight like I did last week. It’s only round four. We’re still in a decent spot and just need to keep plugging away.”

Justin Brayton – P6

“The night went pretty good, but I had a lot of bad starts for some reason. I really struggled with track position at the beginning of the race, and I came from the back pretty much all three races. I’m a little disappointed in that because I felt like with my lap times, a better track position could have given me a top-five finish. But to end up sixth is nothing to hang our heads for at all. It was a positive night, awesome to see Kenny get the win, and the team’s just jelling really well right now; everyone’s doing an amazing job, and I keep getting better and better every weekend. I hope to keep this momentum rolling and be in the top five next week.”

SX1 Round Overall

Pos. Rider M1 M2 M3 Overall
1 Ken Roczen 1 1 1 26
2 Eli Tomac 2 2 3 23
3 Jason Anderson 5 3 2 21
4 Cooper Webb 8 5 4 19
5 Justin Barcia 6 8 7 18
6 Justin Brayton 7 7 9 17
7 Malcolm Stewart 4 14 6 16
8 Adam Cianciarulo 3 6 17 15
9 Aaron Plessinger 11 9 8 14
10 Blake Baggett 12 4 14 13
11 Martin Davalos 10 16 5 12
12 Justin Hill 9 13 10 11
13 Dean Wilson 16 10 11 10
14 Vince Friese 13 12 12 9
15 Tyler Bowers 15 15 13 8
16 Ryan Breece 19 18 15 7
17 Chris Blose 17 17 18 6
18 Zach Osborne 22 11 22 5
19 Alex Ray 20 20 16 4
20 Chad Reed 18 19 19 3
21 Justin Bogle 14 22 21 2
22 Jerry Robin 21 21 20 1

SX1 Standings

Pos Rider R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Ken Roczen 17 26 23 26 92
2 Eli Tomac 16 19 26 23 84
3 Justin Barcia 26 23 14 18 81
4 Jason Anderson 18 21 18 21 78
5 Cooper Webb 21 11 21 19 72
6 Adam Cianciarulo 23 16 17 15 71
7 Justin Brayton 15 15 16 17 63
8 Malcolm Stewart 14 17 15 16 62
9 Zach Osborne 9 18 19 10 56
10 Blake Baggett 19 14 9 13 55
11 Aaron Plessinger 11 13 8 14 46
12 Justin Hill 12 12 11 11 46
13 Vince Friese 13 9 12 8 42
14 Dean Wilson 10 10 13 9 42
15 Martin Davalos 8 1 10 12 31
16 Justin Bogle 7 8 7 2 24
17 Tyler Bowers 6 6 7 19
18 Chris Blose 3 5 4 5 17
19 Chad Reed 5 2 5 3 15
20 Alex Ray 4 2 4 10
21 Ryan Breece 0 3 6 9
22 Kyle Cunningham 0 7 0 7
23 Benny Bloss 6 1 7
24 Kyle Chisholm 4 4
25 James Decotis 1 3 4
26 Fredrik Noren 2 2
27 Jerry Robin 0 1 1

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Forkner tops SX2 triple-header at Glendale Round 4

The opening 250 moto of this week’s triple crown format saw Championship leader Justin Cooper drop his bike on lap one and suffer damage to his levers that put him at the back of the field. Dylan Ferrandis meanwhile got the better of Michael Mosiman later in the race to move up to second place, while Austin Forkner had a commanding five-second lead with two-minutes remaining in the moto.

Fourth placed Craig chased Mosiman hard in the closing stages of the race and put a pass on the Husqvarna rider as they started the final lap, stealing third place which he then carried all the way to the flag.  Forkner was the race winner over Ferrandis. Aaron Tanti was the highest finishing Aussie in ninth place while countrymen Luke Clout and Jay Wilson were 13th and 14th respectively.

In the second SX2 Main event Cooper looked on course to hold the lead, before losing the front and going down, with Drake inheriting the lead and Forkner up into second. Forkner then claimed the lead, with Ferrandis moving past Mosiman into third.

Forkner was the clear winner with a 3.5-second advantage over Ferrandis at the flag while Drake kept Mosiman at bay in order to clinch the final step on the rostrum.

Luke Clout looked set for a top ten finish but a fall on the final lap cost him that chance, he remounted to salvage 12th.  Jay Wilson the top finishing Aussie in tenth while Aaron Tanti carded a 17th place finish.

The final SX2 Main Event saw Luke Clout as high as sixth but overhauled by Mosiman and Oldenburg in the closing laps to eventually finish eighth ahead of Alex Martin. Justin Cooper was the race winner from Dylan Ferrandis, while Austin Forkner was a distant third. That third place though was enough for Forkner to claim the round win over Ferrandis with Mosiman rounding out the overall podium.

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AMA SX Rnd Glendale Podium SX PHX Kardy

Glendale 250 Podium – Forkner 1st – Ferrandis 2nd – Mosiman 3rd

Austin Forkner – P1

“I’ve been working on the whoops with the team all week because I’ve really been struggling there, so I was ready to race tonight. I’ve had to dig myself out of a hole after last weekend and now 10 points down isn’t too bad. I’ll just keep grinding, chipping away at those points and continue to dig out of this hole. Overall, it was a great night for the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and we’re looking to keep it rolling.”

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AMA SX Rnd Glendale Forkner SX PHX Kardy

Austin Forkner

Dylan Ferrandis – P2

“I can’t say it was a bad day because it could’ve been much worse. I’m a little disappointed to miss the win. I feel like the bad starts cost me the win tonight, but the speed was there and I made a lot of passes. I was really stoked with my physical feeling because I was not tired at any point, my riding was really good and the bike was awesome. We just need to improve on the starts. I don’t understand why I’m struggling with the starts right now, but we are working with the team and have made some changes. Now we are three points from first place in the championship – that’s the big goal.”

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AMA SX Rnd Glendale Ferrandis SX PHX Kardy

Dylan Ferrandis

Mitchell Oldenburg – P6

“I got bad starts tonight and it hurt my overall chances. We have a lot of work ahead of us, I am still not 100 per cent following my crash at A1 but I am feeling stronger and I can’t wait to throw everything I have at it. I am excited to work with Buddy.”

Justin Cooper – P9

“It was a roller coaster night in Glendale. The track conditions were really tricky and traction was very hard to maintain. I was able to come back with the win in the third Main and hold onto the points lead. We’re going take the positives and learn from the mistakes and move on to next weekend and go for the win again.”

AMA SX Rnd Glendale Cooper SX PHX Kardy

AMA SX Rnd Glendale Cooper SX PHX Kardy

Justin Cooper

Luke Clout improved throughout the night, with Glendale marking his third top 10 overall in a row and he’s now moved to ninth in the championship. The team are impressed with his gutsy ride as he broke his toe on Friday during the press call.

Luke Clout – P10

“I am bummed I crashed on Friday and broke my toe. My foot was extremely sore, I can’t say it affected my riding but I was conscious of it. Another top 10 is good but I am not happy with these overalls. I know what I need to work on and I will continue to push forward, having Buddy will make a difference and everyone on team is working towards a common goal and I appreciate them.”

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AMA SX Rnd Glendale Clout SX PHX Kardy

Luke Clout

SX2 Round Overall

Pos Rider M1 M2 M3 Overall
1 Austin Forkner 1 1 3 26
2 Dylan Ferrandis 2 2 2 23
3 Michael Mosiman 4 4 6 21
4 Brandon Hartranft 5 6 4 19
5 Jacob Hayes 6 5 5 18
6 Mitchell Oldenburg 7 7 7 17
7 Alex Martin 8 8 9 16
8 Derek Drake 10 3 13 15
9 Justin Cooper 17 9 1 14
10 Luke Clout 13 12 8 13
11 Carson Brown 11 13 11 12
12 Robbie Wageman 16 11 12 11
13 Martin Castelo 12 14 14 10
14 Killian Auberson 15 16 10 9
15 Jay Wilson 14 10 18 8
16 Aaron Tanti 9 17 17 7
17 Christian Craig 3 22 22 6
18 Michael Leib 19 15 15 5
19 Mitchell Falk 18 18 16 4
20 Cheyenne Harmon 20 19 19 3
21 Logan Karnow 22 20 20 2
22 Ludovic Macler 21 21 21 1

SX2 Standings

Pos Rider R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Justin Cooper 26 23 23 14 86
2 Dylan Ferrandis 23 11 26 23 83
3 Brandon Hartranft 16 21 21 19 77
4 Austin Forkner 18 26 6 26 76
5 Alex Martin 13 19 18 16 66
6 Michael Mosiman 19 3 19 21 62
7 Jacob Hayes 12 17 15 18 62
8 Mitchell Oldenburg 7 15 16 17 55
9 Luke Clout 2 16 17 13 48
10 Derek Drake 15 13 5 15 48
11 Jett Lawrence 14 18 14 46
12 Carson Brown 8 14 11 12 45
13 Killian Auberson 9 8 13 9 39
14 Robbie Wageman 10 5 9 11 35
15 Christian Craig 21 1 1 6 29
16 Martin Castelo 12 7 10 29
17 Aaron Tanti 0 10 10 7 27
18 Jay Wilson 6 12 8 26
19 Michael Leib 11 6 5 22
20 Cameron Mcadoo 17 17
21 Logan Karnow 5 0 8 2 15
22 Derek Kelley 4 9 13
23 Mitchell Falk 1 7 4 12
24 Cheyenne Harmon 4 3 3 10
25 Ludovic Macler 0 2 4 1 7
26 Chris Howell 3 3
27 Lorenzo Camporese 0 2 2

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Mitch Evans second at Italian Motocross opener in Riola Sardo

The opening round of the Internazionali d’Italia Motocross has been held in Riola Sardo, kicking off the 2020 season with strong competition across the MX1, MX2 and Supercampione classes.

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Tim Gajser

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser

In the MX1 class Tim Gajser took a commanding lead which he held to the chequered flag, with Australian Mitch Evans the runner up in his 450 debut, posting a stellar performance, with Jeremy Seewer taking third overall.

Mitch Evans

“Good first race of the year in Riola! Always enjoy racing this track. I’m feeling at home back on the 450!”

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Mitchell Evans

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Mitchell Evans

Mitch Evans

In MX2 Jago Geerts was the top performer, leading home teammate Ben Watson, while Maxime Renaux completed the podium.

The Supercampione class combined the top twenty MX1 and MX2 riders and saw Tim Gajser take the win from Jeremy Seewer, while Arminas Jasikonis completed the top three.

Tim Gajser

“Great first race weekend of the year! We finish P1 in superfinal in a dominant fashion. Great preparation for the upcoming MXGP season.”

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Tim Gajser

Italian MX Rnd Riola Sardo Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser won the Supercampione

MX1 Result

  1. Gajser Tim(Slo)
  2. Evans Mitchell (Aus)
  3. Seewer Jeremy (Sui)
  4. Desalle Clement (Bel)
  5. Jasikonis Arminas (Ltu)

MX2 Result

  1. Geerts Jago (Bel)
  2. Watson Ben (Gbr)
  3. Renaux Maxime (Fra)
  4. Guadagnini Mattia (Ita)
  5. Edelbacher Roland (Aut)

Supercampione Result

  1. Gajser Tim (Slo)
  2. Seewer Jeremy (Sui)
  3. Jasikonis Arminas (Ltu)
  4. Paulin Gautier (Fra)
  5. Geerts Jago (Bel)

MX1 Standings

  1. Gajser Tim(Slo) P.120
  2. Evans Mitchell (Aus) P. 100
  3. Seewer Jeremy (Sui) P. 80
  4. Desalle Clement (Bel) P. 65
  5. Jasikonis Arminas (Ltu) P. 60

MX2 Standings

  1. Geerts Jago (Bel) P. 120
  2. Watson Ben (Gbr) P. 100
  3. Renaux Maxime (Fra) P. 80
  4. Guadagnini Mattia (Ita) P. 65
  5. Edelbacher Roland (Aut) P. 65

Supercampione Standings

  1. Gajser Tim (Slo) P. 120
  2. Seewer Jeremy (Sui) P. 100
  3. Jasikonis Arminas (Ltu) P. 80
  4. Paulin Gautier (Fra) P. 65
  5. Geerts Jago (Bel) P. 60

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Harwood & Purvis win Woodville GP

New Zealand’s 2020 Woodville Motocross GP saw Hamish Harwood and Maximum Purvis claim the MX1 and MX2 wins respectively ahead of the kick-off of the 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship.

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Maximus Purvis took the MX2 win

In the MX1 class it was Hamish Harwood battling it out with Australia’s Kirk Gibbs racing for Altherm JCR Yamaha, who was back racing for the first time since August and struggled with the slippery conditions at times.

A 2-2-1 result was enough to earn Gibbs the runner up position behind Harwood, while Ethan Martens completed the overall MX1 podium.

Kirk Gibbs

“In the first moto, I didn’t get off the line very well at all and had to come from pretty much dead last. I actually felt really comfortable on the bike, made some good progress on the leaders and then got into second. Then I got right onto the back of first for the last lap but just ran out of time. The track had been watered before the second race and he “struggled a little bit trying to push hard when the track was drying out. I got into second, then just as I got into the lead Hamish Harwood passed me. He could turn off a few things a little bit better than me until the track started to dry out towards the end of the race and then I got right back on him but couldn’t pass. I sat there for a little bit but started to inch up. He made a little mistake down the back and I got through and rode it home for a win. All in all, I felt very good and felt good on the bike. My starts can definitely be better and I’ve got to work on those this week and then I’ll come out swinging for round one,” Gibbs concludes.”

Woodville GP Kirk Gibbs

Woodville GP Kirk Gibbs

Kirk Gibbs

Maximus Purvis dominated in the MX2 class working his way into first position from fourth for the win, while claiming the holeshot in race two and creating a gap he held for the win. The third race saw Purvis claim third, which was enough to take the overall win from Wyatt Chase, with Josiah Natzske third overall.

MX1 Results

  1. Hamish Harwood – 72
  2. Kirk Gibbs – 69
  3. Ethan Martens – 54
  4. Cody Cooper – 51
  5. Hadleigh Knight – 48

MX2 Results

  1. Maximus Purvis – 70
  2. Wyatt Chase – 67
  3. Josiah Natzske – 56
  4. Dylan Walsh – 52
  5. James Scott – 46

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King of MX final qualifier confirmed for Dargle

The sixth and final chance to qualify for the King of MX final will be held at Dargle on May 9-10, hosted by the Oakdale Junior Motorcycle Club, with the Dargle venue regarded by many as a true motocross track due to its natural terrain layout and heritage as a venue for premiere motocross events, including Mr Motocross, through the ’70s and ’80s.

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Gavin Hunt – Oakdale Junior Motorcycle Club President

“I’m really excited that the Oakdale committee has gotten behind this, and we as a club can be a part of the 2020 King of MX series and, even more so, to be able to take it to Dargle. To a lot of us, Dargle represents motocross in its most pure form: rider and machine battling each other as they race across the incredible terrain. As the last qualifier for the King of MX final, the event will offer the last seven Golden Tickets for each of the 18 championship classes. We’ll be encouraging all our members to get out there, race it and have some fun – and hopefully make it through.”

Dave Cooke – Motorcycling NSW CEO

“We’ve obviously been working behind the scenes to include Dargle in the 2020 King of MX calendar for some time, and, although it’s a delayed announcement, I think it’s worth the wait. Dargle is iconic in NSW. The track will lead to some great racing, and it’s a fitting way to close the qualifiers before the final. Thanks to our amazing partners, we have an enormous $62,000 prize pool this year, enabling it to be distributed across all the qualifiers, as well as continuing to reward our state champions at the final, along with our Prince, Princess, King and Queen.”

Jess Moore

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Jess Moore – King of MX

For more details on the schedule see below.


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Cessnock MX Club to host 2020 King of MX final

Hot on the announcement of the King of MX Qualifier Six location, we’ve found out who will be hosting the King of MX final. The Cessnock Club has put in a massive amount of work over summer to rebuild large parts of their track, redesigning it, making huge improvements to the safety and fun factor for riders, and, best of all, they now have 40 gates. What better way to christen it than to bring the final of the biggest motocross event in Australia to the club!

King of MX 2018

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Dave Cooke – MNSW CEO

“It’s always exciting to see our clubs put massive amounts of time and money into redeveloping their venues, and the work Cessnock has done over summer puts them in a position to become a host club for the King of MX final. Finding host venues for the final is actually very difficult, simply due to the size of the event. The King of MX has become so successful in its first two years it has actually outgrown some of our venues as we need so much space for competitors and spectators. With the work Cessnock has put in over summer, they are now capable of pulling this off for us. It also means the final will be well located for a whole lot of riders who will want a qualifying spot for their place on the gates, so they better all get their entries in for our regional qualifiers in Bega, Narrabri, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst to try and find a path to their Golden Ticket. If they wait for the last couple of qualifiers at Lakes and Dargle, they may just miss out, because those two events will be huge as well.”

With all seven event venues now announced, get in quick to secure your entry, earn a Golden Ticket and join us in Cessnock. For more information on the 2020 King of MX, head to www.kingofmx.com.au.

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Dargle – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Cessnock

2020 Kings of MX Championship Classes

  • Nippers 4-u/7 years – Demonstration at Qualifiers Only
  • 50cc Division 2 – 7-u/9 years
  • 65cc 7-u/10 years
  • 65cc 10-u/12 years
  • 85cc 2st/150cc 4st 9-u/12 years {standard wheel}
  • 85cc 2st /150cc 4st 12-u/14 years {standard & big wheel}
  • 85cc 2st/150cc 4st 14-u/16 years {standard & big wheel}
  • 85cc 2st/150cc 4st 12-u/16 years All Female {standard & big wheel}
  • 100cc-150cc 2st & 200cc- 250cc 4st 13-u/16 years All Female (Princess of MX)
  • 100cc-125cc 2st 13-u/16 years
  • 128cc-150cc 2st & 200cc-250cc 4st 13-u/16 years (Prince of MX)
  • MXW All Powers
  • MX1 A-Grade 255cc-450cc 2st/4st
  • MX1 B-Grade 255cc-450cc 2st/4st
  • C Grade Open
  • MX2 A-Grade up to 250cc 2st/4st
  • MX2 B-Grade up to 250cc 2st/4st
  • C Grade Lites
  • +35 Vets All Powers

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2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecars Champs to Gillman March 21

The Oceania regions best sidecar talent will descend on Gillman Speedway March 21 and roar into life for the 2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship, with MA CEO and FIM Oceania Vice President Peter Doyle announcing the event and also opening expressions of interest until 4.45pm Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Doyle said there was a very strong supporter base of speedway sidecars in Australia and he expected the competition to see the best of the best on display.

Peter Doyle

“We have a very strong history in Australia of producing some of the best sidecar talent in the world including 11-time Australian champion Darrin Treloar and rival Warren Monson. This Australian rivalry and the best of the best in the Oceania region will make the 2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway a must see.”

The Championship is open to holders of current Motorcycling Australia Senior National Competition licence holders, and holders of an appropriate FIM International Licence, Insurance and Start Permission for their Federation.

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FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecars Champs to Gillman March Sidecars Treloar

2020 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecars Champs to Gillman March 21

The event will be run over 20 heats and two finals with four riders in each heat and final
over four laps. Fans wanting to get along to the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship on March 21, at Gillman Speedway, can do so when gates open at 4pm, practice at 5.30pm, and racing commences at 7.30pm.


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Dylan Walsh to race NZ MX with Ben Townley Tours/Altherm JCR Yamaha

Two of New Zealand’s motocross superpowers have joined forces to make a 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship programme happen for top Kiwi rider Dylan Walsh.

Former international star Ben Townley will run Walsh in the four-round series through his Ben Townley Tours (BTT) business, with support from his equally-successful compatriot Josh Coppins, via his Altherm JCR Yamaha team.

Dylan Walsh signs with BTT and Altherm JCR Yamaha

Dylan Walsh signs with BTT and Altherm JCR Yamaha

Dylan Walsh to race NZ MX with Ben Townley Tours/Altherm JCR Yamaha

After his stand-out performance winning the 2019 British MX2 Championship, the collective New Zealand motocross community hoped Walsh would continue on the world stage flying the nation’s flag, who unfortunately didn’t get an opportunity to continue in the 2020 MX2 World Championship.

Ben Townley

“When Josh asked if I’d help him out, I jumped at it to be honest. I really believe that I can help Dylan tick a few boxes and get his entire package as a racer ready, so he can tackle an international racing programme again, as soon as next year. I’m really looking forward to the challenge!”

Josh Coppins – Yamaha Motor New Zealand’s Motorsport Manager

“I rate Dylan as a top 10 rider in MXGP for 2020 but when it finally became clear that an international ride wasn’t going to eventuate for him this season, unfortunately our Altherm JCR Yamaha team structure was complete. So, Ben and I pulled together to make this deal work. Dylan is fortunate to get this help from Ben, who is a world class coach and my Altherm JCR Yamaha team riders are also able to tap into his wealth of knowledge, so it’s a great opportunity all-round.”

Walsh debuted in his new team this weekend at the Woodville NZ GP where BTT will provide the race structure for him and he competes as a satellite rider to Altherm JCR Yamaha. He will strengthen Yamaha’s programme as he races alongside Altherm JCR Yamaha’s current MX2 rider Mangakino’s Maximus Purvis. Walsh will then contest the New Zealand Motocross Championship, which begins in Balclutha on February 1.

Having signed a deal with Serco Yamaha in Australia, Walsh will go on to race across the Tasman in both the Australian Motocross and Supercross Championships in MX2, after the New Zealand season.

Dylan Walsh

“I am super thankful that Josh and Ben put this programme together for me to race for Yamaha in New Zealand over the summer. I couldn’t have any two better people backing me and I’m just really excited to get it under way. I also really appreciate Ben and his family opening the door of their home for me to come and stay with them while I’m in New Zealand. Our goal is to definitely win the NZ MX2 championship and learn as much as I can from Ben and Josh, while building as a rider. Plus it’s a perfect preparation for the Australian championships.”

Dylan Walsh of the Woodville GP

“It was a rough start to the New Zealand racing, although it was good to learn the bike all weekend and make changes. The best race I had was the last moto, despite having a fall. I’ve got to take the positives from it and the fact I’ve got the bike set-up a lot better for next weekend.”

Dylan Walsh signs with BTT and Altherm JCR Yamaha

Dylan Walsh signs with BTT and Altherm JCR Yamaha

Dylan Walsh

Australian Kirk Gibbs returned to the Altherm JCR Yamaha team for the second consecutive year and will be looking to repeat his 2018 MX1 win in the 2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship. He joins the team’s Hamilton-based rider Kayne Lamont, who will also race in the top-tier motocross class.

2020 Altherm JCR Yamaha Race Schedule

  • Woodville NZ Grand Prix 2020 – 25th & 26th January

2020 Fox New Zealand Motocross Championship

  • Round One – Balclutha, 1st February 2020
  • Round Two – Rotorua, 23rd February 2020
  • Round Three – Hawkes Bay, 1st March 2020
  • Round Four – Taupo, 15th March 2020

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Luc Ackermann wins shortened 2019 FMX World Championsip

Following the cancellation of the final round of the 2019 campaign, Luc Ackermann has been crowned the FIM FreeStyle Motocross World Champion in 2019, ending a run of five years of dominance for his great rival Maikel Melero in forceful fashion.

FMX Filip Podmol Luc Ackermann Adam Jones IMGOliverFranke

FMX Filip Podmol Luc Ackermann Adam Jones IMGOliverFranke

2020 FMX podium – Filip Podmol, Luc Ackermann, Adam Jones – Image by Oliver Franke

After taking the silver medal last year, the German leapfrogged the Spaniard in the ‘Night of the Jumps’ rankings by winning all but one round this time, and with the riders’ lowest score of the season written off from their final total he effectively ended the campaign with a maximum points-haul.

Just as they had done last season, Ackermann and Melero fought fiercely throughout the year, although this time the young German had added consistency to his impressive range of skills. After spectacular victories in front of vociferous home crowds in Berlin and Munich, Ackermann endured a disastrous first ever visit for the series to Lake Zurich, Switzerland, when he crashed heavily and missed out on the final.

Impressive Australian Paterson Bowden put together a strong challenge for the win in his breakout season but Melero’s experience told in the final and a first victory of the year kept him in title contention.

The decisive ‘Night of the Jumps’ came in August in Daqing, the fifth different Chinese city to be visited by the series in the past eight years.

FMX Luc Ackermann FIM FreeStyle World Champion IMGOliverFranke

FMX Luc Ackermann FIM FreeStyle World Champion IMGOliverFranke

Luc Ackermann – Image by Oliver Franke

Whilst Bowden unfortunately could not compete due to visa issues, Ackermann returned to his best with a sensational run despite dewy ramps in the final – landing his Front Flip, Flair, 360 Nac Nac and Surfer Tsunami Flip and finishing with a Double Backflip to secure the gold medal in style.

Pos Rider Nat. Man. Points
1 Luc ACKERMANN GER Husqvarna 120
2 Maikel MELERO ESP KTM 108
3 Paterson BOWDEN AUS Yamaha 74
4 Adam JONES USA Yamaha 68
5 Filip PODMOL CZE Yamaha 61
6 Kai HAASE GER Suzuki 53
7 Libor PODMOL CZE Husqvarna 42
8 Javier VILLEGAS CHI Suzuki 41
9 Robert ADELBERG AUS Yamaha 40
10 Hannes ACKERMANN GER KTM 38

Petr Pilát renews FMX contract with KTM Factory Racing

KTM Factory Racing will continue their association with leading Freestyle athlete Petr Pilát and will support the Czech rider for a fifteenth consecutive year for his 2020 campaign of events and appearances. The 29 year old will again benefit from latest spec two-stroke and four-stroke machinery from the factory for his training regime and calendar of international shows and competitions this season.

Pilát, who is one of the principal FMX names from the Czech Republic and is known for his style, determination and initiatives such as the Petr Pilát Junior Academy, will jump with 250 SX motorcycles and will maintain a link with KTM that began back in 2005.

Among a busy schedule, Pilát can be seen in the Arenacross series in the UK, Night of the Jumps, Masters of Dirt, Night of Freestyle, Goodwood Festival and appearances at the Austrian MotoGP round at Red Bull Ring and the MXGP Grand Prix of Czech Republic later in the summer.

Petr Pilát

“Another year of an epic association with KTM and I’m super-happy because I love the brand and the people at the factory. I’ve never had an issue with the bikes and they are perfect for what I need. 2019 wasn’t the best year for me even though I was really motivated. I had been working on two new tricks but then managed to break my foot and needed surgery. Unfortunately, I had an infection and a lot of pain. It meant another operation and four months of antibiotics, so I missed a lot of riding but managed to get back by the end of the year and finished 4th in the last round of the FIM World Championship in Bulgaria. Not a great result but after all I had been through it was a positive end. I’m fit and excited about 2020 and will start at the UK Arenacross series. Again, a big thanks to KTM and I’m really proud to be riding those orange bikes.”

FMX KTM Factory Racing Petr Pilat

FMX KTM Factory Racing Petr Pilat

Petr Pilát – Image KTM Racing
Source: MCNews.com.au

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Strong Aussie showing at 2020 Dakar Rally

After Africa and South America, the most recent chapter of Dakar Rally history, in the Middle East opened, with the Monster Energy Honda Team taking a leading role, with Ricky Brabec taking an early lead and the eventual win by 16min-26s.

Runner up was Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing), with Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team) completing the top three, as top Australian competitor.

Toby Price – P3

“I’m really happy with another podium at the Dakar – every time I’ve made it to the finish at this event I’ve got onto the podium. So far, I’m either a number one or a number three guy. The most important thing is to be here safely at the finish. Obviously, we came here to win, but it just wasn’t our year. Yeah, after 18 wins in a row it would have been nice to get a 19th, but I think KTM’s winning streak won’t be topped for a very long time. We’ll go away now, regroup and come back stronger for 2021 and take that number one plate back.”

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price KTM RALLY Dakar Rally

Toby Price – 2020 Dakar Rally

Fellow Australian and privateer Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha Motor Australia) came home in 13th, with a best stage finish of sixth.

Rodney Faggotter – P13

“Wow its done! Top 20’s most stages, with a career best of sixth in stage 10 for a career best of 13th overall. I had a solid two weeks and rode the most “in control” but also the best I have ever done. The riders in front of me are the best rally riders in the world and most of them full time athletes – I’m pumped to be near and amongst these guys! Two weeks flat out and it comes to a instant stop and now I try get to reflect and appreciate everyone’s support and messages. Instead of going through and saying last but not least – I want to call out to my awesome hot beautiful supportive wife and best friend. Love ya babe!!! Thank you. And my boys Matt and Nate for their support! It’s so hard on family back home following the race especially when you disappear off the charts due to helping at a accident/or a mechanical failure or even just technical timing glitches. Massive shout out to the Dragon Yamaha team and my awesome mechanic Quentin Brossier. He says only a few English words and I say none French – so we get along great! He worked overtime all through the night sometime triple checking and sorting everything and I never had a issue. Thanks bud! Big thank you to Yamaha Motor Australia and Yamaha Motor Finance, Yamaha Motor Insurance Australia without their commitment to assist me this year – I would not have been here full stop. And also a big thanks to fellow competitor Ben Young for helping me get to the start line. So many others that helped or have helped previously – that got me to this point that I so much appreciate. Thanks guys.”

Rodney Faggotter Dakar Rally

Rodney Faggotter Dakar Rally

Rodney Faggotter

New Zealand’s Phillip Wilson (Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team) was 53rd overall, with Ben Young (Duust Rally Team) coming home in 58th.

Trevor Wilson finished 76th, while Matthew Tisdall completed the 2020 Dakar Rally in 96th.

Pos. Rider Team Time/Gap
1 RICKY BRABEC MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 40H 02′ 36”
2 PABLO QUINTANILLA ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING + 00H 16′ 26”
3 TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 24′ 06”
4 JOSE CORNEJO FLORIMO MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 31′ 43”
5 MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 35′ 00”
6 LUCIANO BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 37′ 34”
7 JOAN BARREDA BORT MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 50′ 57”
8 FRANCO CAIMI MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 01H 42′ 35”
9 SKYLER HOWES KLYMCIW RACING + 02H 04′ 01”
10 ANDREW SHORT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING + 02H 10′ 40”
11 STEFAN SVITKO SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM + 02H 13′ 32”
12 ADRIEN METGE SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 02H 33′ 14”
13 RODNEY FAGGOTTER YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA + 02H 54′ 22”
14 JAUME BETRIU FN SPEED TEAM + 03H 31′ 58”
15 JAMIE MCCANNEY MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 03H 42′ 24”
16 JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG + 03H 45′ 33”
17 MACIEJ GIEMZA ORLEN TEAM + 03H 51′ 42”
18 LAIA SANZ GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM + 03H 58′ 16”
19 KEVIN BENAVIDES MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 04H 02′ 31”
20 MAURIZIO GERINI SOLARYS RACING + 04H 08′ 16”
21 ROSS BRANCH BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 04H 23′ 20”
22 JACOPO CERUTTI SOLARYS RACING + 04H 26′ 00”
23 MARTIN MICHEK MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 04H 30′ 41”
24 SEBASTIEN LAGUT NOMADE RACING + 05H 21′ 45”
25 PAUL SPIERINGS HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 05H 50′ 43”
26 MILAN ENGEL MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) + 06H 03′ 09”
27 ANTONIO MAIO YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING + 06H 15′ 21”
28 PATRICIO CABRERA FN SPEED TEAM + 06H 49′ 18”
29 EMANUEL GYENES AUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM + 08H 02′ 31”
30 ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS + 08H 15′ 51”
31 FAUSTO MOTA XRAIDS TEAM + 08H 42′ 54”
32 MARIO PATRAO KTM FACTORY TEAM + 08H 44′ 09”
33 OLIVIER PAIN TEAM JOG – NOMADE RACING + 09H 06′ 45”
34 BENJAMIN MELOT BENJAMIN MELOT + 09H 15′ 05”
35 LOIC MINAUDIER TEAM ALL TRACKS + 09H 47′ 47”
36 FLORENT VAYSSADE TEAM VAYSSADE FLORENT + 10H 36′ 10”
37 ANTHONY BOURSAUD ANTHO MOTO SPORT – DRAG’ON RALLY TEAM + 10H 50′ 18”
38 PETR VLCEK PETR VLCEK + 11H 48′ 57”
39 ROMAIN LELOUP TEAM REPAR’STORES + 11H 57′ 56”
40 MYUNGGUL RYU KLYMCIW RACING + 12H 37′ 50”
41 MIRJAM POL HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING + 13H 35′ 03”
42 ZAKER YAKP WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM + 14H 11′ 52”
43 CHARLIE HERBST NOMADE RACING + 14H 15′ 15”
44 KRZYSZTOF JARMUZ 115MOTO + 14H 32′ 09”
45 PHILIPPE GENDRON NOMADE RACING + 14H 49′ 16”
46 ENRIQUE GUZMÁN XRAIDS TEAM + 14H 55′ 42”
47 PHILIPPE CAVELIUS CAVELIUS TEAM + 15H 01′ 24”
48 NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE TEAM CASTEU + 15H 28′ 49”
49 ALESSANDRO BARBERO ALESSANDRO BARBERO + 15H 31′ 58”
50 SIMON MARCIC MARCIC + 15H 40′ 26”
….
53 PHILLIP WILSON BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 16H 06′ 32”
58 BEN YOUNG DUUST RALLY TEAM + 16H 53′ 51”
76 TREVOR COLIN WILSON TREVOR WILSON + 21H 53′ 24”
96 MATTHEW TISDALL BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM + 40H 24′ 27”

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Toni Bou wins X-Trial Round 3 in Budapest

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou burst back onto the 2020 trial scene, snatching a 65th career win in the indoor discipline, in the third points-scoring round of the X-Trial World Championship held in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

X Trial R Toni Bou mc

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Toni Bou – X-Trial Championship Round 3 – Hungary

Budapest played host to round three of the FIM X-Trial World Championship where the spectators in the Laszlo Papp Arena were treated to a thrilling display from Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou.

Bou cruised through the opening qualifying round to claim a spot in the second knockout phase. The champion scored better than the other seven riders over the five-section preliminary phase.

Subsequently in the knockout phase, Bou again fared better than adversaries Gabriel Marcelli and Jaime Busto, earning himself a place in the Grand Final against Adam Raga.

Bou and Raga, both displaying top-level riding skills, faced off in the final over six sections, only to finish tied on points. The ‘run-off’ section failed to decide the winner, with both riders fiving the section. Eventually the victor was adjudicated to be Bou on merit of a count-back, the reigning champion having scored better in the second round. Bou now boasts a 15-point advantage over Adam Raga.

Toni Bou

“It was a really, really tough trial. Adam rode really well today. We were able to win the first round and also the second which proved decisive for the final run-off. I gave it everything in the final, but I wasn’t experiencing very good sensations, and I couldn’t find my balance, but I had enough aggression to keep fighting until the end, where I cleaned the two final sections while there was everything still to play for, so it all turned out fine in the end. I want to congratulate Adam because it will be really tough to beat him this year.”

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X Trial R Toni Bou mc

Toni Bou tops the podium from Adam Raga and Gabriel Marcelli

Repsol Honda Team will be back to tackle the fourth round of the X-Trial World Championship on Sunday February 2 in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi.

Results X Trial Budapest 2020

Pos. Rider Nat Team Points
1 BOU, Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team 20
2 RAGA, Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team 15
3 MARCELLI, Gabriel SPA RG Team 12
4 FAJARDO, Jeroni SPA Sherco Factory Team 9
5 CASALES, Jorge SPA Gas Gas Factory Team 6
6 BUSTO, Jaime SPA Vertigo Factory Team 4
7 GELABERT, Miquel SPA Vertigo Factory Team 2
8 BINCAZ, Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing 1

X Trial Rider Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Team Points
1 BOU, Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team 60
2 RAGA, Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team 45
3 BUSTO, Jaime SPA Vertigo Factory Team 22
4 FAJARDO, Jeroni SPA Sherco Factory Team 21
5 GELABERT, Miquel SPA Vertigo Factory Team 20
6 MARCELLI, Gabriel SPA RG Team 18
7 CASALES, Jorge SPA Gas Gas Factory Team 12
8 BINCAZ, Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing 7
9 MARTIN, Toby GBR Beta Factory Racing 1
10 TOULY, Kieran FRA Scorpa Factory 1

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Billy Bolt dominates Spanish SuperEnduro Round 3

Where Blazusiak dominated in Germany as Billy Bolt struggled, the young Husqvarna rider took his revenge during the third round of the season in Spain, setting the fastest time in the Akrapovic SuperPole and proceeded to take three victories in front of the passionate Spanish crowd – the maximum 63 points on the night! Having learned from his mistakes in Riesa, he completely dominated proceedings in A Coruña.

Billy Bolt SuperEnduro Round

Billy Bolt SuperEnduro Round

Billy Bolt

In the first race he quickly placed himself directly behind Taddy Blazusiak after the Pole took the holeshot. With a very slick track, conditions seemed to suit Bolt, who usually thrives when there’s a lack of grip.

From the second lap onwards, he lead the way in front of Blazusiak and Jonny Walker, with the latter finally seeming more comfortable and confident. The British Factory KTM rider finished in third, and Blazusiak was unable to hunt down Bolt, forced to settle for second behind the unstoppable kid from Newcastle.

Jonny Walker SuperEnduro Round

Jonny Walker SuperEnduro Round

Jonny Walker

In race two the riders have to face a ‘reverse grid’, but Bolt didn’t waste much time getting past early leaders Pol Tarres and Diogo Vieira. While Bolt made his escape, Blazusiak and Walker found themselves stuck in traffic, and despite Bolt suffering a fall he kept out of reach as he crossed the finish line and took the chequered flag.

Three laps from the end of the race, Blazusiak was only in eighth position, but his fighting spirit came to the fore and he battled back to an important fourth. Jonny Walker took second, and Alfredo Gomez third.

Alfredo Gomez SuperEnduro Round

Alfredo Gomez SuperEnduro Round

Alfredo Gomez

Determined not to let Bolt get too far ahead in the standings, the two KTM riders pulled off fantastic starts in the last race. Blazusiak was leading Walker while Bolt was further back. But on the second lap Blazusiak went down, letting Walker shoot past.

It seemed as if Taddy’s team-mate was finally on for a race win, but a mistake cost him near certain victory. In the end, no-one could stop Bolt as he charged through for his third victory of the evening. Jonny Walker and Taddy Blazusiak completed the top three in this final race.

Billy Bolt

“I’m made up by just how well tonight has gone. It’s the first time I’ve won all three races and taken the Superpole, so all in it’s gone about as perfect as it could have done. After my performance in Germany I wanted to come here and redeem myself. But to be honest, when I walked the course I didn’t expect it to suit me so well. However, as the night progressed I adapted to the changing terrain and conditions. You needed to muscle the bike around in places, but at the same time be calm and patient. I did my best to avoid mistakes and take the opportunities when they came to me. It worked, especially with race three – that felt perfect. Of course there’s still a long way to go in the championship, we’re far from over, but to take maximum points and get the leader’s red plate back is fantastic.”

Billy Bolt SuperEnduro Round

Billy Bolt SuperEnduro Round

Billy Bolt

Jonny Walker

“It’s been another good night and I feel like I’m showing that I’m making steps forward with each round. I’m delighted with second and another visit to the podium. On a tricky course I managed to get good starts and that made a big difference. I wasn’t always the fastest on the track, but I was consistently hitting my lines every lap, which was making things count. Looking at my results as a whole, I’ve improved each time. Fourth in Poland, third in Germany and now second tonight, that gives me a lot of confidence heading into the next round.”

Jonny Walker SuperEnduro Round

Jonny Walker SuperEnduro Round

Jonny Walker

Taddy Blazusiak

“The track was the real decider tonight. It either worked for you or it tripped you up. Unfortunately, for the majority of the time it got the better of me. I felt like after practice I had it figured out and in race one I managed to get it right. You needed to let it come to you – in a way ride slow to go faster. In race two things sort of came undone and I made too many strange mistakes. It was the same in race three, too. But I’m experienced enough not to dwell on it. There’s a lot of racing left to go in this championship and I’m looking forward to returning to the stadium in Budapest where I know I can show what I’m capable of.”

Taddy Blazusiak SuperEnduro Round

Taddy Blazusiak SuperEnduro Round

Taddy Blazusiak

Alfredo Gomez

“I made things difficult for myself when I crashed in the Superpole and ended up sixth. That meant I had a poor gate position and it was difficult to fight in the first corner. In race one I started seventh and recovered to fourth. I managed to capitalise on the reversed grid for race two and exited the second corner in fourth. I found my rhythm pretty quick and took third there. With fifth in race three I ended up fourth overall, but I showed in race two that with a decent start my pace was good.”

Alfredo Gomez SuperEnduro Round

Alfredo Gomez SuperEnduro Round

Alfredo Gomez

Billy Bolt now has 169 points in the standings, and takes over at the front of the championship by six-points ahead of Blazusiak. Walker is 33-points back, but not out of the title chase. Gomez is now fourth, 10 points from Walker.

Prestige Class Results – 2020 SuperEnduro Round 3
Prestige Overall Event Classification

  1. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 63 points
  2. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 49
  3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 46
  4. Alfredo Gomez (ESP), Husqvarna, 39
  5. Blake Gutzeit (RSA), Husqvarna, 29

Final 1

  1. Billy Bolt
  2. Taddy Blazusiak
  3. Jonny Walker
  4. Alfredo Gomez
  5. Tim Apolle

Final 2

  1. Billy Bolt
  2. Jonny Walker
  3. Alfredo Gomez
  4. Taddy Blazusiak
  5. Will Hoare

Final 3

  1. Billy Bolt
  2. Jonny Walker
  3. Alfredo Gomez
  4. Taddy Blazusiak
  5. Alfredo Gomez
  6. Blake Gutzeit

Provisional Classification

  1. Billy Bolt 169 points
  2. Taddy Blazusiak 163
  3. Jonny Walker 136
  4. Alfredo Gomez 126
  5. Blake Gutzeit 89

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Juniors

America’s Ty Cullins, leader of the Junior category, experienced his worst evening since his debut in the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. The TM rider didn’t finish in the top three during any of the races in A Coruña. The Californian fell foul of the many pitfalls in the Spanish arena. After several crashes, he failed to find the pace or the confidence to fight at the front.

Bulgarian KTM rider, Teodor Kabakchiev, was the big winner of the evening. After taking victory in race two, and a couple of second places, he took overall victory in Spain. The first race was won by Dominik Olszowy ahead of Kabakchiev and Leon Hentschel.

Kabakchiev took top honours in race two ahead of Milan Schmueser and Hentschel. And the German Sherco rider won the last race at the expense of Kabakchiev and France’s Adrien Jacon.

The Junior Championship therefore has a new leader in the form of Leon Hentschel, who now has 138 points, Cullins limits the damage by leaving A Coruña second in the rankings, five-points down.  Following his excellent evening, Kabakchiev is now third on 125 points.

Junior Class Results – 2020 SuperEnduro Round 3
Final 1

  1. Dominik Olszowy
  2. Teodor Kabakchiev
  3. Leon Hentschel
  4. Raul Guimera
  5. Adrien Jacon

Final 2

  1. Teodor Kabakchiev
  2. Milan Schmueser
  3. Leon Hentschel
  4. Adrien Jacon
  5. Dominik Olszowy

Final 3

  1. Milan Schmueser
  2. Teodor KabakchievLeon Hentschel
  3. Adrien Jacon
  4. Alessandro Azzalini
  5. Dominik Olszowy

Provisionnal classification

  1. Leon Hentschel 138 points
  2. Ty Cullins 133
  3. Teodor Kabakchiev 125
  4. Adrien Jacon 121
  5. Milan Schmueser 76

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Aussies tackle 2020 Africa ECO Race

Australian Andrew Houlihan has finished 21st outright in the gruelling 2020 Africa ECO Race, with the 14 day off-road rally seeing riders struggle at times with demanding terrain, some stranded in the desert for up to 30 hours, and one stage cut short due to multiple serious crashes requiring evacuations by helicopter.

While the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia has captured plenty of attention in recent weeks, three Australians, Andrew Houlihan, Matt Sutherland and Peter Caldwell have been tackling an equally demanding event in Northern Africa.

Africa ECO Race Stage Andrew Houlihan

Africa ECO Race Stage Andrew Houlihan

Andrew Houlihan – 2020 Africa ECO Race Results

The Africa ECO Race is an annual rally raid that starts in Europe and retraces much of the path of the original Paris-Dakar rally, ending on the banks of the famous pink lake – Lac Rose – in Senegal.

This year’s event started under lights in Monaco on the 4th January. Competitors then travelled to the port of Savona in Italy to board a ferry which took them to Tangier in Morocco. From there they competed for 12 days racing over a distance of 6,500km through the mind-blowing landscapes of Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Each stage was between 300 to 750km.

Andrew Houlihan entered with no expectations other than to finish safely, and is no stranger to the challenges of off-road racing having won multiple motocross titles in Australia, but at the age of almost 50 he made his international debut in the Hellas Rally in Greece in 2018.

A major crash in that rally almost cost him his life, and after a long recovery he came back in 2019 to compete in four international rallies including the Hispania Rally in Spain (placing sixth in class) and the Rally du Maroc where he came eighth in the Enduro Cup category.

The 2020 Africa ECO Race was the next step on Andrew’s journey to his ultimate goal of competing in the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, and Andrew’s previous successes helped to gain sponsorship from Coca-Cola Energy.

The energy drink division of Coca-Cola, one of the most recognised and valuable brands in the world, has put their support behind Andrew, his teammate Mexican rider Juan Pablo Guillen and their Nomadas Adventure team.

A field of 74 motorbikes started this year’s rally, but the tough conditions took their toll on the riders and machines with only 61 rolling up to the start line for the final day.

Stage 8 was particularly hard on riders with many bikes still stranded in the Mauritanian sand dunes overnight. For many of those stranded the rescue mission would take up to 30 hours. Two days later tough conditions and multiple serious crashes caused the early termination of the 600km 10th stage.

Andrew’s 21st place in the 2020 Africa ECO Race is despite facing his own challenges during the event. A fuel pump failure in stage 2 cost him over an hour and a half while he siphoned fuel with his CamelBak from one fuel tank to the operational one, as well as ongoing hand cramps over the final three days.

Andrew Houlihan

“I had a couple of bad days and a few really good days. Very little sleep for 12 days and just enough food to keep going each day. We saw the best and the worst of Northern Africa and it was an emotional and physical roller coaster. Every day at some stage I would ask myself, why am I doing this. There were some serious accidents, riders stuck in the dunes for 24 hours, bikes and cars breaking down, crazy African desert dwellers to contend with and many new friendships made. I’m happy to finish in 21st position overall despite a couple of really bad days. It’s time to get home to Katie and the kids, add some more titanium pins and screws to my body, recover and get ready for the next race!”

Africa ECO Race Andrew Houlihan

Africa ECO Race Andrew Houlihan

Andrew Houlihan – 2020 Africa ECO Race Results

Fellow Australian Matt Sutherland who was born in Ballarat but now lives in Vancouver, was a late entry into the rally. He replaced a rider in Lyndon Poskitt’s Team Races 2 Places who had to withdraw due to illness. Matt finished the rally in seventh place.

Peter Caldwell (KTM) finished 36th after losing plenty of time in an early stage when he got lost in the sand dunes.

2020 Africa ECO Race Results

Pos. Rider Time
1 BOTTURI Alessandro 48:47:30
2 ULLEVALSETER Pal Anders 48:51:29
3 POSKITT Lyndon 49:39:26
4 LUCCI Paolo 49:43:02
5 BENKO Martin 54:11:17
6 CZACHOR Jacek 54:23:10
7 SUTHERLAND Matt 54:33:29
8 DABROWSKI Konrad 55:23:37
9 STASIACZEK Pawel 55:49:55
10 GRITTI Giovanni 56:24:33
11 JOHNSON Michael 56:57:37
12 LA CAVERA Blasco 58:12:42
13 MINELLI Gabriele 59:03:22
14 BARATIN Amaury 59:04:13
15 BERGLUND Anders 59:34:56
16 BOCOUM Mamadou 60:04:42
17 GUILLEN Juan Pablo 60:13:16
18 SAVELKOULS Stephan 60:25:05
19 MAESTRAMI Lorenzo 60:26:13
20 CRAISS Michael 60:44:27
21 HOULIHAN Andrew 61:00:12
22 LABINSKY Robert 65:38:23
23 CHATELIER Thibault 66:11:04
24 GöRLACH Fabian 67:11:20
25 EVANS Joey 68:20:50
26 ZATKO Jan 69:06:26
27 RAAFF Gregory 69:14:20
28 HULTQVIST Joakim 69:56:32
29 CONREAU Christophe 70:45:50
30 VAN DER WOUDEN Bram 71:27:22
31 ENOCHSSON Per 71:54:58
32 STROMAETHER Per 72:19:45
33 DORS Richard 76:19:50
34 LINES Edward 76:54:40
35 COMINARDI Davide 77:29:29
36 CALDWELL Peter 78:40:14

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Under-21’s Speedway heads to Undera

Australia’s best Under 21 Speedway riders converge on Undera this Saturday night for the 2020 Australian Under 21’s Speedway Championship, with a 16-rider field to tackle the tight technical Undera circuit, near Shepparton, from 5pm, January 25, 2020.

Motorcycling Australia Track Events Manager, Sam Redfern, said the 16-rider field were the best of the best and Australia’s future world champions including recent Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship competitors Jaimon Lidsey and Zach Cook who both put in strong performances against senior riders.

Under s Speedway Championship Jaimon Lidsey

Under s Speedway Championship Jaimon Lidsey

Jaimon Lidsey

Sam Redfern – Motorcycling Australia Track Events Manager

“This is a fantastic field of Australian talent for the Under 21’s Speedway Championship at Undera, with Jaimon Lidsey aiming for his third Under 21 title in a row. Undera recently held the successful senior national championship and fans should definitely expect spectacular action and racing this Saturday night. Junior speedway is in a very healthy state and these young guns have the talent to represent Australia on the world stage. I would certainly encourage speedway fans to get to Undera Speedway on January 25 for what will be a fantastic championship meet.”

Racing on the night kicks off with practice from 5pm, rider introduction at 7pm and racing from 7.30pm.


2020 Moto X Step Up returns to Adelaide

Following a successful Australian debut at the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500, the Moto X Step Up competition will return for 2020, with the unique motocross competition attracting adrenalin-seekers from all over the world as competitors attempt to jump a bar as high as 55 feet.

An international rider line-up headlined by Australia’s own Jarryd McNeil will see some of the world’s best Moto X stars head to Adelaide to compete for the top prize.

McNeil, the reigning four-time Moto X Step Up X Games Gold Medallist (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) took out the inaugural Superloop Adelaide 500 crown in 2019 and is looking forward to returning to Adelaide to defend his title.

Jarryd McNeil

“It was awesome to win the first ever Moto X Step Up competition in Australia at last year’s Superloop Adelaide 500. It’s cool to see so many Aussie fans at the event, embracing Moto X Step Up and cheering us on. This year the field is just as competitive, if not more, with a number of international riders. I’m looking forward to the challenge that it brings and trying to retain my title.”

American Colby Raha who claimed bronze in the Moto X Step Up and gold in the Real Moto X Gold Medal at the 2019 X Games is McNeil’s main rival in the field and looking for redemption in 2020.

Colby Raha

“I’m stoked to head back to Australia and compete in the Step Up competition. It’s cool to see how big this sport has grown in Australia over the years and the level of riders coming from Down Under. The competition was close in 2019 and I’m ready to go again, the Aussies better watch their backs!”

The Czech Republic’s Filip Podmol will return to Adelaide after a successful Moto X debut at last year’s event clearing 36 feet, along with Italian Massimo Bianconcini who took out fifth place in the 2019 X Games Moto X Step Up competition, rounding out the field in what is set to be a thrilling spectacle for fans.

Similar to high jump, Moto X Step Up will see the bar increase in height, beginning at 30 feet and sometimes reaching 55 feet in order to secure eliminations. If a rider is unsuccessful in their two attempts they are eliminated. The winner is declared when one rider remains after multiple elimination stages over the four-day event, kicking off on February 20.

The Superloop Adelaide 500 will take place 20 February – 23 February, 2020. Tickets for the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500 are now on sale. For more information on the event and Rose Rooftop visit: www.superloopadl500.com.au (link)


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2020 Empire Kawasaki riders announced

The direct collaboration between Kawasaki Motors Australia and Empire Kawasaki is entering into its second full season, with Tyson Cherry and Empire Motorsport to run the largest Kawasaki supported Motocross and Supercross racing effort in the 2020 Australian Motocross Nationals and Australian Supercross Championship.

Empire Kawasaki Riders Announced

Empire Kawasaki Riders Announced

Continuing on from 2019, Deakin Hellier will be competing on the Kawasaki KX250 in MXD and MX2 sharing, “Feeling super adamant on putting some good results on the board for the 2020 MX season, my bike this year is feeling awesome. The new 2020 KX250 has really blown me away this year excited to show my potential.”

Jayden Rykers, will be competing on the Kawasaki KX450 in MX1 adding, “I’m really happy to be joining the Empire Kawasaki team for 2020. I had a solid year last year and had the speed to run with the top riders and I’m looking to continue on with that form. I’ve spent some time on the test track on the new bike and I feel really comfortable on the bike, and think that as a whole, it suits my style better than my previous bike. This, paired with a better preseason will see me hunting the podium throughout the year.”

Team Manager, Tyson Cherry also commented on the year ahead, “2019 was an awesome year for us, learning a new bike and building a relationship with Kawasaki Australia, we are excited to continue our partnership with Kawasaki. Deakin and Jayden are both putting in a lot of work on and off the bike; we are all excited to get to round 1 and get the season underway.”

Kawasaki Motors Australia National Sales & Marketing Manager, Robert Walker is looking forward to a strong year for the Green Team, “We have established an great relationship with Empire Kawasaki. In 2020 we are looking forward to seeing the team on the podium and supporting the Kawasaki brand with some great results.”.


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Indian announce 2020 European Flat Track Series

Indian Motorcycle and the Dirt Track Riders Association (DTRA) have announce the race schedule for the 2020 Indian Motorcycle European Flat Track Series.

Following a successful inaugural series in 2019, Indian Motorcycle has worked with the DTRA to select events that ensure the ‘Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series’ championship is accessible and exciting for a wide range of rider abilities.

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2020 Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series announced – Image by Tom Bing

Three classes will allow entries ranging from the thundering 750cc+ multi-cylinder ‘Hooligan’ road-based machines, such as Indian FTR 1200 and Scout, to the Open-entry ‘Pro Class’ dominated by lightweight DTX based machines and a growing Pre-1975 ‘Vintage Class’.

All classes cater for first-time amateur and Pro riders alike, with circuits catering for mixed ability, including fast ½-miles, tight short tracks and a TT, with a four round championship with the three best results to count.

2020 Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series

  • Round 1: 2nd-3rd May Hells Race, Holland – Light Shale Short-Track
    Open to all Classes. Held at this well-established event at the Dirttrack Lelystad Stadium, this is a fantastic event to open the series.
  • Round 2: 6th-7th June Greenfield TT, United Kingdom – Dirt-Track TT Course
    Open to Pro and Vintage classes only. Greenfield TT incorporates a spectacular jump section which is unsuitable for the Hooligan road-based machines, it also makes-up a round of the UK DTRA Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Nationals Series.
  • Round 3: 13th June – El Rollo at Wheels and Waves, San Sebastian, Spain – Dirt Short-Track
    Open to all Classes. The El Rollo dirt-track race at Wheels and Waves is a massive event in the European motorcycle calendar.
  • Round 4: 18th-20th September Krowdrace, Parchim Germany – Shale 1/2 Mile
    Open to all Classes. Run for the first time in 2019, Krowdrace is expanding in its second year and will be running at this excellent ½-mile venue.

Individual event prizes will be awarded on top of local event prizes as follows: Winner Pro – 200 Euros; Winner Hooligan – 150 Euros; Winner Vintage – 150 Euros.

The series is free to enter and prizes and benefits will be available only to registered riders. Registered riders will agree to abide by the rules of the series and the local rules and licence arrangements of each local race organisers. Registrations will open during January and close just before the first meeting. Full rules for the 2020 series will be found on the DTRA website and, of course, locally at each event. (Link to registration via DTRA: www.dirttrackriders.co.uk)

Indian Motorcycle will announce its 2020 team and rider lineup soon.

Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series

Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series

2020 Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Series Poster


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Shayna Texter with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for another two years

KTM Motorsports have announced that 18-time AFT Singles winner Shayna Texter has signed a two-year contract extension with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to compete in the American Flat Track Championship Singles class through the 2021 season.

Texter, a Pennsylvania native, will return aboard the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition, a bike that led her to three AFT Singles Main Event wins last season. As a part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s debut season in 2019, Texter has been an integral part of the brand’s testing and development in American Flat Track racing. Finishing seventh overall in the series last season, Texter will look to improve her standing and go after even more race-wins in 2020.

Shayna Texter

“It’s an honor to be continuing my relationship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. They have created a culture of winning that I am happy to be a part of. We learned so much together last season with the new team and we won three races together, but now we turn our attention toward 2020 with new goals that I look forward to accomplishing on a Red Bull KTM.”

AFT Rnd Minnesota Mile Singles Shayna Texter ERV

AFT Rnd Minnesota Mile Singles Shayna Texter ERV

Shayna Texter – Image by Scott Hunter

The 2020 American Flat Track Championship kicks off on March 14 in Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information on the American Flat Track Championship, please visit their website https://www.americanflattrack.com.

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2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Sydney – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Undisclosed Location

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23

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Wild Anaheim II Supercross | Blow by blow race reports/results

2020 AMA Supercross
Round Three – Anahaim II

By Trevor Hedge – Image by Hoppenworld


SX2 Heat One

Austin Forkner scored the holeshot with maximum aggression into turn one ahead of Mitch Oldenburg but by the end of lap one Forkner was already in a different postcode. Alex Martin was in third ahead of Harmon and Clout, with Cooper, Camporese, Hartranft, Tanti and Macler rounding out the top ten.  Then Aaron Tanti and Alex Martin both made big mistakes that put them on the ground and losing positions.

Forkner continued to dominate by himself up front ahead of Oldenburg but the Honda man managed to fend off the advances of Justin Cooper to take second place.  Forkner the victor by 11-seconds.

AMA SX Rnd A Tanti Privateers SX A Kardy

AMA SX Rnd A Tanti Privateers SX A Kardy

Aaron Tanti bounced back from that tumble though to eventually finish seventh place, securing his place in the 250 Main.

Tanti bounced back from that tumble though to eventually finish seventh place, securing his place in the 250 Main.

SX2 Heat Two

Christian Craig got away strongly and immediately started to pull away from Michael Mosiman and Jacob Hayes. Aussie Jay Wilson had got away well and by the second lap was in fourth place. Jett Lawrence meanwhile had moved up to fifth after making plenty of passes on the opening lap.

Defending champion Dylan Ferrandis was in sixth but moved up to fifth after passing Wilson a few laps into the race, while Jett Lawrence moved past Carson Brown and Jacob Hayes to take second place. Ferrandis did the same and with a couple of laps remaining was trying to chase down Jett Lawrence.

The Aussie teenager though had the speed to keep Ferrandis at bay to secure that second place finish.  The winner was his team-mate Geico Honda Christian Craig, despite his seat coming loose and flapping around during the race.

AMA SX Rnd A Jay Wilson Privateers SX A Kardy

AMA SX Rnd A Jay Wilson Privateers SX A Kardy

Jay Wilson took the chequered flag in seventh place to secure his transfer spot to the main.

Jay Wilson took the chequered flag in seventh place to secure his transfer spot to the main.

SX2 LCQ

Alex Martin was the early leader in the 250 LCQ but was overhauled by Michael Mosiman late on the opening lap while Luke Clout was looking strong in third place with a decent advantage over Mathias Jorgensen.

Michael Mosiman pulled away from Alex Martin to take a clear win ahead of Alex Martin while Luke Clout scored third for Penrite Honda. Jorgensen was bettered by Robbie Wageman in the closing stages of the race and lost his transfer spot to the Yamaha rider.

SX2 Main

Christian Craig led his Geico Honda team-mate Jett Lawrence out of turn one in the 250 Main as fellow Australian Luke Clout started strongly in third place to make it a Honda 1-2-3.

Austin Forkner got the better of Clout late on that opening lap and Hartranft then pushed the Aussie further back to fifth.

16-year-old Jett Lawrence then hit the front after slipping past his vastly more experienced team-mate!

Dylan Ferrandis put a move on Forkner for third place and pulled away from the Kawasaki man. Justin Cooper was in fifth and 11-seconds behind the leader with ten-minutes remaining.  Hartranft was sixth, Mosiman seventh, Alex Martin eighth and Clout had been shuffled back to ninth while Auberson was running in tenth place just ahead of Aaron Tanti.

Ferrandis closed on Craig to challenge for second place but the pair then came together with both going down. Craig came off distinctly second best with the twisted bars of his Geico Honda putting him out of the race.  That melee had seen Jett’s lead blow out to more than ten-seconds.

Forkner went down hard in the whoops from third place with five-minutes remaining. He held his back a few times before eventually kicking the Kawasaki into life and rejoined the race way down in 18th position.

Then with three-minutes remaining Jett Lawrence went down! The Aussie teenager had an 11-second lead over Ferrandis before going down in the whoops! He was quickly up and going again while still in the lead but the Frenchman had a sniff now…. Jett made a couple more small mistakes which allowed the defending champion to close within a few lengths of the youngster’s back wheel…

AMA SX Rnd A Jett Lawrence Multiple SX A Kardy

AMA SX Rnd A Jett Lawrence Multiple SX A Kardy

Jett Lawrence was flying high until just before the chequered flag…

As they started the final lap Jett still had his nose in front and fended off the first and seconds thrusts of Ferrandis but was bettered in the third.  Lawrence was not giving up his chance for glory though and was determined to come back at the defending champion only to go over the bars only metres from the chequered flag! Jett stayed down, clearly conscious but not in any hurry to lift his body off the racing line which saw the flag Marshalls busily waving yellows and riders rolling the final jumps under caution.

Jett will be kicking himself for throwing that one away but at the end of the day he is 16-years-old and still played an absolute starring role, but for now it is the one that got away….

The talented teenager was in tears as he was transported back to the pits in the medical side-by-side vehicle as all his supporters had their fingers crossed that he would be cleared of any injuries that would slow his progress from here on in. Later it was confirmed that Jett had broken his collarbone. 

Dylan Ferrandis was the victor, but that win itself was under question in the immediate aftermath of the race… His move on Christian Craig earlier in the race was a hard pass that put the Geico Honda man out of the race, and officials were still adjudicating as to whether they would level any penalty on Ferrandis.

Justin Cooper crossed the line in second place ahead of Brandon Hartranft with Mosiman fourth in front of Alex Martin and Aussie Luke Clout finished a highly creditable sixth place while fellow Aussie Aaron Tanti claimed a 13th place finish.

Cooper the championship leader with a 12-point buffer over Ferrandis.

Results/Standings

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Moto News Wrap | Whakatane Summercross | Brabec talks Dakar prep

Moto News Weekly for December 31, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Kayne Lamont dominates 2019 Whakatane Summercross
  • MA & Kurri Kurri Speedway Club throw support behind fire victims
  • Ricky Brabec talks Dakar Rally prep
  • Strong Aussie showing for Anaheim 1 Supercross
  • AMA Supercross announce Anaheim 1 entry lists
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 American Flat Track
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP Championship
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
    • 2020 FIM SuperEnduro Championship
    • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West
    • 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship
    • 2020 King of MX
    • 2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

Kayne Lamont dominates 2019 Whakatane Summercross

MX1 rider Kayne Lamont of the Altherm JCR Yamaha team had a strong start to the season, dominating the MX1 class at the 2019 Whakatane Summercross.

Held over the weekend, at the Awakaponga circuit, the 48th annual event always sees New Zealand’s motocross elite turn out in droves, as the hundreds of riders use the five races as a springboard into the 2020 national championship season.

Hamilton’s Lamont dived in headfirst and came up with a near-perfect scoreboard. The new race format meant there were five motos, which consisted of two back-to-back motos, with a five-minute break between them. After qualifying in P2, Lamont showed he’s a force to be reckoned with this season. He repeated that successful formula in the next three races, taking the win each time.

Kayne Lamont

“Race 1 was a 10-minute race and then we headed back to start line and raced again for 10 minutes. I managed to get the holeshot in race 1 and race away comfortably on my YZ450F to win it. Race 5 was a single race of 15 minutes, plus two laps, and I managed to sneak another holeshot in this race but was passed mid-way through the opening lap. I ended up settling for second behind visiting Belgian rider Jens Getteman, as I knew I didn’t need to win to get the overall for the day. The track was hectic for me but I’m happy to have some race time under my belt. I’m excited to improve on what I achieved today – with myself fitness-wise and for my bike setup heading into Woodville at the end of January.”

Altherm JCR Yamahas Kayne Lamont Whakatane Summercross
Kayne Lamont

Altherm JCR Yamaha Team Manager Josh Coppins praised his MX1 rider for bringing it home safe in the fifth moto. The former international motocross GP legend wasn’t just watching from the side-lines at the weekend and instead jumped on board a Yamaha YZ250F to fill in for his recuperating MX2 rider Maximus Purvis.

Altherm JCR Yamahas Josh Coppins Whakatane Summercross
Josh Coppins stood in for Maximus Purvis

The Mangakino youngster is nearly recovered from an ankle injury and will race with the Altherm JCR Yamaha team at Woodville on January 26.

MX1 Results – 2019 Whakatane Summercross

Pos. # Rider Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 94 Kayne Lamont 246 50 50 50 50 46
2 251 Jens Getteman 234 46 46 46 46 50
3 338 Brad Groombridge 211 41 43 43 43 41
4 14 Tyler Steiner 209 43 41 41 41 43
5 7 Hadleigh Knight 197 40 39 39 40 39
6 491 Sam Cuthbertson 196 39 38 40 39 40
7 8 Roydon White 188 38 40 37 35 38
8 9 Sam Guise 182 37 35 35 38 37
9 87 Quade Young 181 34 37 38 36 36
10 27 Daniel White 175 35 36 32 37 35
11 75 Joshua Jack 171 36 31 36 34 34
12 45 Alain Pretorius 161 29 33 34 33 32
13 166 Andy Todd 155 31 32 30 29 33
14 11 James Wilson 152 30 29 31 31 31
15 40 Caleb Franklin 142 27 30 28 28 29
16 125 Joel Trappitt 124 32 27 33 32
17 586 Jaakan Horne 116 28 28 30 30
18 105 William Ogle 96 33 34 29

MX2 Results – 2019 Whakatane Summercross

Pos. # Rider Total R1 R2 R3 R4 R5
1 23 Josiah Natzke 239 46 50 43 50 50
2 2 Wyatt Chase 238 50 46 50 46 46
3 6 Josh Coppins 209 41 41 41 43 43
4 338 Brad Groombridge 200 40 40 39 41 40
5 203 Luka Freemantle 189 31 39 40 40 39
6 935 Scott Barr-Smith 178 28 37 38 37 38
7 615 Joel Johnson 174 37 30 33 38 36
8 108 James Scott 173 43 43 46 41
9 982 Aaron Manning 173 33 29 35 39 37
10 157 Logan Maddren 170 38 35 37 27 33
11 197 Nick Hornby 168 25 38 34 36 35
12 270 Dylan Yearbury 166 32 36 31 35 32
13 232 Tom Armstrong 157 35 32 30 33 27
14 81 Carter Hanes 156 30 33 27 32 34
15 278 Yanni Emerson-Rae 146 27 34 26 29 30
16 47 Troy Wilson 138 34 18 21 34 31
17 24 Liam Hutton 136 22 31 25 30 28
18 818 Jack Rodgers 131 24 28 32 24 23
19 266 James Steele 126 20 20 29 31 26
20 279 Sam Corston 125 29 22 19 26 29
21 441 Adam Molloy 122 23 27 22 25 25
22 274 Harrison Chissell 114 21 26 23 23 21
23 394 Richard Horne 103 39 36 28
24 901 Mitchell Armstrong 100 17 19 20 22 22
25 515 Lee Ormsby 94 19 23 28 24
26 2S Diquon Snookes 82 18 25 18 21
27 115 Bradley Watling 71 26 21 24
28 50 Jonno Barnes 57 16 24 17
29 88 Brodie Connolly 36 36

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MA & Kurri Kurri Speedway Club throw support behind fire victims

Motorcycling Australia and Kurri Kurri Speedway Club have announced a fundraiser for victims of the NSW fires as part of a special February 1 speedway event featuring solo riders and sidecars.

Kurri Kurri Speedway Club President, Peter Campton, said the fires had taken a toll on the local community with some not only losing animals but their family property to the fires, with his club wanting to give them something back. Mr Campton said it was important that the victims received directly the money the club would raise.

Peter Campton – Kurri Kurri Speedway Club President

“We just want to try and get a few bucks for the local people that got burnt out, as the insurance won’t cover everything. Hopefully we can get a few corporate sponsors as we won’t have big prize money on the night as we want to give as much as we can to the victims of the fires. It’s Christmas and we just want to help as many people as we can, and do our best by them, as they must be feeling pretty bad, especially losing animals as they are family also.”

Motorcycling Australia Track Events Manager, Sam Redfern, said Motorcycling Australia members had been impacted by the terrible fires in NSW.

Sam Redfern – Motorcycling Australia Track Events Manager

“Many of our members have been in the path of the fires and without the brave men and woman volunteers fighting these fires many more homes and properties would have been lost, so this is a small way our speedway family can help those in the Kurri Kurri region that have lost everything. What Peter and the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club members want to do for fire victims in the region is a wonderful initiative and shows the true Aussie spirit of helping your mates when they are down. We would certainly encourage everyone in the Kurri Kurri region to attend the special fundraiser event not only for the spectacular racing that will be on display but to also help us raise much needed funds for local fire victims.”

With no brakes, gears or fear, the fire victim fundraiser event will be held on February 1, 2020. Organisers are hoping for a star studded field of solo and sidecar riders, which will be announced in the lead up to the event.

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Ricky Brabec talks Dakar Rally prep

Ricky Brabec proved himself to be one a favourite in the previous Dakar Rally, with the rider within reach of final glory had it not been for a mechanical setback. From the Californian desert, the Monster Energy Honda rider is once again poised to shine in the most important race of the year. Here’s what he had to say ahead of the 2020 Rally:

Ricky Brabec Dakar Rally prep MCH
Ricky Brabec

How are you feeling physically and how are the preparations for the next Dakar going? What are you expecting from it?

Ricky Brabec: Physically, I feel really good. Mentally, I’m still working on it. I had a tough break in the 2019 Dakar and it was pretty hard getting back in the saddle and pushing for victory after that one. There’s a lot of emotions and mixed feelings. But unfortunately what is done is done. So now we have to push and hopefully gain the confidence and the speed back as we head into the Dakar 2020 with more confidence and hopefully with a bit more speed. We will keep the fight alive and show up in Saudi Arabia Dakar ready for a full-on fight.

Last Dakar you took a huge step and you were leading the rally up until a few days from the finish. In the next Dakar you will be one of the favourites for the victory.

RB: Being one of the favourites is cool, but there’s a lot of people that think that if they are favourite, they’ll have a lot of ‘water-boys’ supporting them, but for me, coming from America, we do things a lot differently. I’m not expecting other riders to ride for me and I’m not going to ride for other riders. We are all in the race together. We are all trying to win. But in the end, when one of our team-mates wins, yeah, that guy won, but the whole team also wins. I’m really big at being a fair player. For me I will do the best I can at the Dakar. Hopefully I can come out on top and make all my friends and family proud.

Ricky Brabec Dakar Rally prep MCH
Ricky Brabec

Is it better to start the race as one of the favourites or one of those in the background?

RB: To start as a favourite I think you might have a lot of weight on your shoulders because everyone is watching you. But I prefer to start as an underdog and then come in and show people ‘Hey! Here I am.’

There’s about fifteen riders who could win the rally, so it’s not easy and we are not going very slow. Every day anything can happen and everything changes. The idea is to put in a really good first stage and start the rally on a good note. Hopefully the organization plays it safe. It’s rally. Everything changes. Every kilometre. What really matters is who crosses the line first.

The rally will change this year as they will give you the roadbook in the morning. You’ve already experienced this in Morocco. How will the race change with this rule?

RB: We will get pre-painted roadbooks. On four or six days we will get the roadbook in the morning. It definitely slows the rally down and makes the riders think a bit more. We won’t just look down and see the colours as usual and know what we are going to do. It’ll be more equal. You don’t want to be really far up front or really far back, you always want to be conservative and consistent and right in the middle: if you start at the front, then you are going to be the first one opening with a roadbook that nobody has seen. That can cause a lot of lost time. You want to finish fifth to tenth everyday, that will make you do really well: you won’t lose a lot of time, but you won’t gain a lot of time. You’ll always be in the fight. So you come in on the last day and attack. I’m training with the new roadbook at my house as best I can. Hopefully I can come into the Dakar with a lot of experience of the new roadbook and be more comfortable when I get there.

Ricky Brabec Dakar Rally prep MCH
Ricky Brabec

Saudi Arabia is a new country, so for this year all the riders arrive under the same conditions.

RB: We’re going to a different country, to Saudi Arabia, so no-one is familiar with the country and no-one has any insight into the route. We’re all going in pretty equal, not knowing what the heck is going on. It’s going be fairer. You know, it’s not going to be like, ‘Hey I know a guy that says that here is like this or whatever.’ We are all going in basically blind. We’re all going to go in not knowing what each day is going to be like. We go to Peru, we go to Argentina, we go to Bolivia, we go to Morocco, we go to Dubai and we can go to Chile and we already know what each day is going to be like by looking where we’re going or by what they’re telling us. This time we are going to Saudi Arabia where we haven’t raced before. The new generation hasn’t raced there. So we are going to start not knowing anything. They are going to tell us what the stage is like and that’s all we are going to know. So it’s going to be fairer. All the riders get the same roadbook, at the same time of the day. I think the rally is going to come down to not just speed, but being smart and being collective.

Could this be good for you?

RB: Hopefully. We’ll see at the end of the Dakar.

You are an American and you live in California. If you go back to when you first went to dirt races or desert races, did you ever imagine that one day you would be leading the Dakar Rally, the toughest race in the world?

RB: I would have done a lot of things differently had I known I would be where I am at today. I probably would have paid attention better in math class at school. I would probably have fewer tattoos… I probably wouldn’t have grown up as a punk kid… I don’t know. I never thought that I’d be leading the Dakar, but in 2019 I was doing that, and I believe that there’s a little fight left in me to do it for 2020.

Ricky Brabec Dakar Rally prep MCH
Ricky Brabec

When you started to ride, did you know about the Dakar?

RB: No. I didn’t know about the Dakar until 2008. One of my friends came to watch the Dakar. I was watching Quinn Cody and Robby Gordon.

Out of a Rally bike… Your normal training is with a bicycle?

RB: I ride a bicycle, I ride a mountain bike, I do some downhill… I go to the gym, some motocross track. Hiking… I do a lot of things because I hate to sit still and I hate to sit inside and I hate to watch TV. So I try to do something whether it’s playing in the truck or riding trails, riding Enduro, mountain biking, going to the downhill mountain bike park to go jumping with the bicycle, hiking with friends, camping…

Ricky Brabec Dakar Rally prep MCH
Ricky Brabec

Is there any race similar to the terrain that you are used to?

RB: The terrain near my house is like Morocco. Really rough and really dry. We have many dunes near my home where I do my training and the Baja 1000 is very close to my house. It’s exactly like Morocco. Hopefully it will be like Saudi Arabia, so I will feel comfortable.

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Strong Aussie showing for Anaheim 1 Supercross

With Anaheim 1 landing this weekend, there’s a strong showing of Aussies over in the States battling it out, with Chad Reed and Joel Wightman in the 450SX class. In the 250SX class it’ll be Geran Stapleton, Aaron Tanti, Jay Wilson, Jett Lawrence and Luke Clout representing Australia. You can check out the full rider list below.

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Jett Lawrence – Image by AM

AMA Supercross announce Anaheim 1 entry lists

The AMA Supercross has announced the 450SX and 250SX entry lists for the Anaheim 1 event, running this Saturday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA. The current list sees 53 250SX riders line up, while 50 will be racing in the 450SX category.

450SX Entries – Anaheim 1

1 Webb, Cooper Clermont, FL
3 Tomac, Eli Cortez, CO
7 Plessinger, Aaron Hamilton, OH
9 Cianciarulo, Adam New Smyrna Beach, FL
10 Brayton, Justin Charlotte, NC
11 Chisholm, Kyle Valrico, FL
15 Wilson, Dean Murrieta, CA
16 Osborne, Zach Abingdon, VA
21 Anderson, Jason Rio Rancho, NM
22 Reed, Chad Cornelius, NC
27 Stewart, Malcolm Haines City, FL
31 Noren, Fredrik Indian Trail, NC
34 Bowers, Tyler Lake Elsinore, CA
37 Davalos, Martin Tallahassee, FL
44 Cunningham, Kyle WIllow park, TX
46 Hill, Justin Yoncalla, OR
50 Bloss, Benny Oak Grove, MO
51 Barcia, Justin Greenville, FL
53 Decotis, Jimmy Huntersville, NC
61 Ray, Alex Milan, TN
64 Friese, Vince Menifee, CA
65 Weeks, James Punta Gorda, FL
70 Merriam, Dylan Corona, CA
82 Autenrieth, Cade HEMET, CA
86 Cartwright, Josh Tallahassee, FL
92 Politelli, Austin Murrieta, CA
94 Roczen, Ken Clermont, FL
111 Tedder, Dakota Surfside, CA
114 Schmidt, Nick Lake Elsinore, CA
135 Fitch, Robert Watkins, CO
138 Pulley Jr, David Lake Elsinore, CA
145 Smith, Travis Lancaster, CA
230 Wightman, Joel Singleton, NSW
240 Stewart, Bryce Canyon Lake, CA
256 Milson, James Granbury, TX
280 Clason, Cade Tucson, AZ
282 Pauli, Theodore Edwardsville, IL
330 Catanzaro, Aj Reston, VA
360 Siminoe, Aaron Reno, NV
421 Martin, Vann Cypress, TX
424 Custer, Tyler Creston, CA
501 Wennerstrom, Scotty Jefferson, TX
509 Nagy, Alexander Richmond, IL
526 Aeck, Colton Simi Valley, CA
651 Hogan, Jake Acton, CA
722 Enticknap, Adam Lompoc, CA
817 Clermont, Jason Plesse, France
848 Cros, Joan Manlleu, BC
976 Greco, Josh Lucerne Valley, CA
981 Thurman, Curren Rosharon, TX

250SX Entries – Anaheim 1

1W Ferrandis, Dylan Lake Elsinore, CA
6 Martin, Jeremy Rochester, MN
12 McElrath, Shane Murrieta, CA
13 Nichols, Colt Murrieta, CA
26 Martin, Alex Clermont, FL
28 Mosiman, Michael Menifee, CA
29 Mcadoo, Cameron Sioux City, IA
30 Hartranft, Brandon Corona, CA
32 Cooper, Justin Menifee, CA
40 Oldenburg, Mitchell Godley, TX
54 Smith, Jordon Ochlocknee, GA
55 Castelo, Martin Murrieta, CA
57 Drake, Derek Corona, CA
60 Falk, Mitchell Costa Mesa, CA
62 Craig, Christian Orange, CA
72 Wageman, Robbie Newhall, CA
75 Schock, Coty Dover, DE
83 Lawrence, Jett Wesley Chapel, FL
88 Karnow, Logan Amherst, OH
90 Auberson, Killian Winchester, CA
95 Brown, Carson Ravensdale, WA
97 Howell, Chris Spokane Valley, WA
98 Lionnet, Bradley Menifee, CA
101 Clout, Luke Hemet, CA
106 Wilson, Jay Palm Beach, QLD
108 Tanti, Aaron Silverdale, NSW
118 Harmon, Cheyenne Dallas, TX
120 Bannister, Todd Colorado Springs, CO
154 Felong, Chase Oceanside, CA
170 Leib, Michael Temecula, CA
181 Lyonsmith, Wyatt Boise, ID
227 Kelley, Derek Riverside, CA
244 Henderson, Mike Littleton, CO
246 Blackburn, Chance Newman Lake, WA
259 Hayes, Corbin Folsom, CA
260 Woodcock, Dylan Rayleigh, ENG
277 Caro, Kordel Costa Mesa, CA
284 Camporese, Lorenzo Campodarsego, PD
311 Gifford, Mitchell Colorado Springs, CO
316 Newby, Dawson Eaton, CO
395 Van Eeden, Charl Menifee, CA
427 VonLossberg, Deegan Murrieta, CA
474 Hallafors, Niclas Mission Viejo, CA
522 Zitterkopf, Cole Hurricane, UT
538 Emory IV, Addison Queen Creek, AZ
621 Wageman, Rj Newhall, CA
702 Hempen, Josiah Argyle, IA
767 Wharton, Mason Battle Ground, WA
906 Galamba, Adrian Bucyrus, KS
914 Stapleton, Geran Cape Schanck, VIC
929 Koga, Taiki Kurume, Japan
952 Macler, Ludovic Bliesbruck, FR
974 Marty, Brian Olympia, WA

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2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Sydney – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Undisclosed Location

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23
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