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Over $8 million in contingency committed to 2021 Lucas Oil Pro MX

With a month remaining until the start of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, MX Sports Pro Racing has announced a record sum of manufacturer contingency support for the upcoming season. With the addition of American motocross’ seventh competing manufacturer, GASGAS, more than $8.3 million will be up for grabs for competitors over the course of the 12-round season.

2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Davey Coombs – Vice President of MX Sports Pro Racing

“With a record amount of contingency support and the expansion of our field of competing manufacturers, it’s an exciting time in American motocross as we prepare for a new season. In the face of an extremely challenging past year our manufacturers have doubled down on their commitment to the sport, which will only serve to benefit the hundreds of competitors that will line up on the gate this summer. Manufacturers play arguably the most important role in elevating the global impact of not only our championship, but off-road motorcycling as a whole, and they continue to serve as invaluable partners in the ongoing legacy of American motocross.”

The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is anchored by the factory supported efforts of GASGAS, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha.

For GASGAS, the Spanish manufacturer that became an icon in motorcycle trials competition, its historic series debut will be spearheaded by the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS lineup of Justin Barcia in the 450 Class, along with Pierce Brown and Michael Mosiman in the 250 Class. GASGAS will become the 27th different manufacturer to contest the off-road motorcycle racing series.

2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

The 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will once again consist of a 12-round schedule, beginning on Memorial Day Weekend with the season-opening Fox Raceway I National on May 29 from Southern California’s Fox Raceway.


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2021 AORC to broadcast on SBS on May 9

The Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore, (AORC) will make its historical TV debut with broadcast partner – SBS Australia – May 9, from 1.30-2.30pm.

The hour-long feature brings the racing action from the opening rounds of the 2021 AORC, held at Golden Beach, Victoria, straight into the lounge rooms of race fans around the country for the first time ever, showcasing the gruelling nature, triumphs, and challenges of the championship. Hosted by Kate Peck, renowned motorsport journalist and self-confessed ‘motorbike addict’, Peck joined the Golden Beach paddock to capture the ups and downs of the season’s opening races firsthand.

2021 AORC to broadcast on SBS on May 9

Dive into the behind-the-scenes stories of the AORC athletes with never-before-seen access, and watch the marquee rivalries of the championship unfold, pitting machine against machine and rider against rider in the fierce race for glory.

After the premiere, the AORC TV show will be available to view via the SBS on Demand Channel. Tune in on SBS from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, May 9, to be amongst the first to witness AORC in all its glory .


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Hard Enduro heads to Portugal for the Extreme XL Lagares

The wait is almost over, with just one week to go all roads lead to the inaugural round of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal.

Overcoming the restrictions of the ongoing Covid pandemic, the world’s best Hard Enduro athletes, together with a wealth of amateur and hobby riders, will compete for pride and glory across three demanding days of competition.

In a change to previous editions of Extreme XL Lagares due to public restrictions, the FIM World Championship category will compete in three events over two days with an Endurocross race and mountain time-trial Prologue on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s Main Race.

Non-championship riders will take to the Endurocross track on Friday, followed by the Saturday Prologue and join the World Championship competitors on the start line for Sunday’s action.

As the 2019 WESS Champion and 2020 Red Bull Romaniacs winner, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manual Lettenbichler naturally starts as one of the favourites for the top step of the podium. But despite previous podium results in Portugal, Lettenbichler has yet to truly master the rigorous rocks the region is famed for, so will 2021 be his year to triumph?

Sherco Factory Racing will be a formidable force this season, their sights very much set on success. In 2019 Mario Roman stole the show with a phenomenal ride to victory. Demonstrating a perfect mix of speed and technical ability, the Spaniard turned up the heat in the closing stages to win and will be aiming high again this year. Teammate Wade Young is a past winner of the race, in 2017, and finished as runner-up in 2019. A fan of the terrain, he’ll also be pushing for nothing less than victory too.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing boast a trio of Hard Enduro talent. Billy Bolt, Alfredo Gomez and Hard Enduro legend Graham Jarvis have all won in Portugal before, with Jarvis holding the all-time win record over Gomez. The potential for a podium-sweep can’t be ruled out with these guys.

Jonny Walker will make one of the most anticipated team debuts in Portugal with Vision Track Beta. After a decade on KTM machinery, Walker made a jump to Beta Motorcycles during the winter and Extreme XL Lagares will be his first serious outing in new colours. Vastly experienced and hungry to impress, Walker is an obvious threat for podium honours.

GASGAS Factory Racing debut their two-rider outfit of Taddy Blazusiak and Michael Walkner. A true mix of experience and youth, Blazusiak will come out swinging while Walkner is keen to demonstrate that he is a young talent to watch out for.

Trece Racing Society will be a new crew to keep an eye on as Pol Tarres rolls out on Yamaha machinery for the first time in Hard Enduro. The Spaniard’s ability on a bike knows no bounds and he’s excited to show what his Yamaha is capable of when the going gets tough.

Changing colours for 2021, TTR Squadra Corse field a three-rider team of Travis Teasdale, Kevin Gallas and Azzalini Alessandro on GASGAS machinery and will be a privateer force to be reckoned with among the factory outfits.

Jarvis Husqvarna Racing – managed by Graham Jarvis – is also a new team to watch for in 2021. The team’s five riders include Bulgaria’s Teodor Kabakchiev and Britain’s Will Hoare, Jonathan Richardson, Sam Winterburn and Grant Churchward. Featuring a real mix of raw, young talent under the guidance of Graham, expect fireworks!

Add in a wealth of youngsters like Israel’s Suff Sella, Russia’s David Leonov, Germany’s Tim Apolle and Leon Hentschel plus South Africa’s Matt Green who have all signed up, and the countdown is firmly on to round one in Portugal.

In keeping with strict government Covid guidelines, coronavirus testing facilities will be available on site. Competitors will also be able to take a test before returning home. Spectator attendance is not permitted.

The opening round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship takes place at Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal on May 7-9.

FIM World Championship schedule

  • 6 May
    • 09:00 – 24:00: Technical and documental verifications. Covid Testing
    • 12:00 – 24:00 – Bikes in Parc Ferme
  • 8 May
    • 08.00 – 12.00: Endurocross
    • 16.00 – 18.00: Prologue
  • 9 May
    • 10.00: Main Race Start
    • 17.30: Podium

Amateur Class schedule

  • 6 May
    • 09:00 – 24:00: Technical and documental verifications. Covid Testing
    • 12:00 – 24:00 – Bikes in Parc Ferme
  • 7 May
    • 09.00 – 17.00: Endurocross
  • 8 May
    • 14.00 – 16.00: Prologue
  • 9 May
    • 10.00: Main Race Start
    • 17.00: Podium

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Jonny Walker talks to switch to Beta for Hard Enduro

The biggest off-season rider team switch unquestionably came from Jonny Walker. After almost a decade with KTM, he shocked the Hard Enduro world with his change to Beta machinery.

Putting together his own team during the winter months, Vision Track Beta came to life. In what is sure to be the biggest test of his career, Jonny’s performance at round one – next week’s Extreme XL Lagares – will tell Jonny, his competitors, and the wider audience if the move was a successful one.

Jonny Walker

But, if one thing is certain, it’s clear that when Jonny’s got a spring back in his step, he’s a ferociously fast and competitive Hard Enduro racer…

With the opening round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship nearly here, have all the pieces of the puzzle, the building of Vision Track Beta, come together?

Jonny Walker: “I think we’re there now with everything. As ready as we can be for round one. All the brands and partners I’ve spoken with have come onboard to support me. We’ve put a lot of testing in and plenty of track laps. I’d like to have done a couple more races, but it’s not been possible. I’m just looking forward to getting started now.”

Has building your own team been a challenging and enjoyable process?

“Yes! I’ve always raced for a factory team, so as a professional rider I’ve never really seen it from the other side. The factory life is an ‘arrive and race’ sort of thing, but now I’m more hands on. I’ve total say in what I’m doing and the products I’m using on my bike. I’ve enjoyed the process of speaking with companies and brands directly too. There’s been lots of phone calls, lots of emailing, but it’s come together really well.”

You won the Endurocross race at Extreme XL Lagares in 2019. It would be pretty cool if you could win it again, first time out on the Beta!

“Yeah, that would be cool, but being successful in the main event is the priority. I do enjoy the multi-race format aspect of Extreme XL Lagares though. If you can win an individual event, it gives good exposure. It would be awesome to put Beta on the top step of the podium and a great way to start off the weekend!”

Jonny Walker

Unfortunately, there is no city prologue in Porto this year. That must be a bit of a relief after taking a swim there in 2019! But in all seriousness, will you miss that part of race?

“Yes, it is a shame not to have the prologue in Porto this year, but understandable too. It’s super cool and not just a highlight of Extreme XL Lagares, but of our sport because it’s so unique. I think my mechanic is the most relieved about it not taking place this year. He can stop googling ‘how to waterproof a 2-stroke!’. Like everyone, I hope the city prologue will be back for 2022.”

Looking ahead to the entire season, what races will play to your strengths?

“There’s been a lot of changes this offseason and so naturally Extreme XL Lagares is the biggest test to see how things have come together. Once those round one nerves and jitters are out of the way and we’re up and racing, I’ll settle into it better. Red Bull Erzbergrodeo and Red Bull Romaniacs are big favourites for me. I’m looking forward to them.”

Is it good to finally have an FIM Hard Enduro World Championship to race for, a series that brings all the iconic races together?

“It’s cool to be under the FIM umbrella. Hard Enduro is such a big scene now, so it’s good to be properly recognised with every other motorcycle championship out there. But Hard Enduro is different too. It’s special, unique and successful because amateur and hobby riders are such a big part of what we do. We’re all in it together, if you know what I mean. That’s why it’s become so popular. So as long as that element remains unchanged – it doesn’t become too elite, the tracks stay as they are, and the atmosphere stays cool – then who knows how much bigger things will get!”

Jonny Walker

Past form shows you know how to race for a championship title – leading WESS in 2018 and third in 2019. What is the key to maintaining that sort of consistency across a full season?

“Trying to be at the sharp end of the results every time you race is key for sure. As a rider I feel like I’ve got a strong all-round skill set. My speed is good and I’ve been trying to improve on the technical side of my riding as this championship is 100 per cent Hard Enduro focused. The goal is to win the title and become world champion. That’s what I’d love to do and what I’m aiming for. I feel like we can do it too if everything goes well and we get a little bit of luck along the way.”


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Skyler Howes joins Husqvarna Factory Racing from 2021

Skyler Howes has signed to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team for a three-year contract. The 29-year-old will first compete on Husqvarna machinery at the Sonora Rally in Mexico in early May, before lining up at round one of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – the Rally Kazakhstan – in June.

Skyler Howes joins Husqvarna Factory Racing

Born in California, Howes grew up competing off-road, specifically desert racing, before turning his hand to rally in 2018. Contesting the Dakar Rally for the first time in 2019, the American admits he underestimated the iconic event, and despite showing great pace on the tough terrain he was forced to retire after dislocating his shoulder. Exceptional rides in both the 2020 and 2021 races saw the Utah resident finish inside the top 10 and as leading privateer – the highlight being an impressive fifth overall at this year’s event.

Now, looking ahead to the 2021 season, Howes will compete in a number of local North American races before focusing on the full FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. Although he has some experience racing world championship events having previously competed in Morocco, Skyler plans on using the 2021 season to build his pace and experience on the varied terrain he’ll experience at each of the six championship races, while getting up to speed on his FR 450 Rally machine.

Skyler Howes

Howes and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team’s first FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship outing will be the Rally Kazakhstan on June 7-13.

Skyler Howes

“I am so excited to have signed for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team – it is something I have worked hard my whole life for. I started riding when I was just three years old and have raced offroad my entire life. I have only been racing rally for the past three years, and in order to be able to compete in the Dakar this year I had to sell everything I owned. I raced the Dakar for the first time in 2019, in Peru, and I have to be honest, it was a huge wake-up call. In 2020, I was able to sort a ride and, despite losing some time through the event, I was able to finish inside the top-10 and as top privateer. For this year it was a struggle financially to get to the start, but I knew I was capable of a really good result – I finished fifth, and as top privateer once again. Thankfully, my result got the attention of the factory teams and now it’s a dream come true to sign for Husqvarna Motorcycles – they have one of the best structures and set-ups in the paddock. One of the biggest things for me is the fact that I can now concentrate on my training 100 percent and hopefully take my riding and results to the next level. The goal for this year is to take in the world championship rounds and get as much experience as possible before January next year where the aim is to go on to challenge for the Dakar podium.”

Skyler Howes

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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP & MX2 teams break cover

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP & MX2 teams are looking fast and motivated as they set their sights on the first FIM Motocross World Championship gate-drop of the new season.

The team will line up with three popular names inside the premier class, MXGP. Jeremy Seewer will remain on the team for a third consecutive season (fourth with Yamaha) and will be joined under the awning by hot new recruits, Glenn Coldenhoff and Ben Watson.

Spearheading the outfit in 2021, five times silver medallist Seewer hopes to steer his YZ450FM to the top step of the podium.

Jeremy Seewer

“I’ve finished second in the world five times, two times in MX2, two times in MXGP and one time at the Junior World Championships and these are not bad stats, you know, but of course I want to win, and yes, I think I can! Usually, we race in 19 different countries and on different tracks, sand, hardpack, hot, cold, winter, summer, you know, so it’s such an open book. It just takes a lot, a lot, a lot and at the base, I think it’s hard work from everybody.”

Glenn Coldenhoff

“Yeah, I think there’s a lot of hard work, not only for myself, but I also think from the whole team. I think I was ready for a big change this year, which I actually did, and I really feel good already within the team. I feel like I have really good people around me, and the goal will always be to get the world title.”

While his teammates strive for more race and Grand Prix wins, 23-year-old rookie Ben Watson hopes to soak up their knowledge and experience as he gets set to get his feet wet.

Ben Watson

“For me it’s a really big opportunity, to join the Yamaha Factory MXGP team, and something I’m really grateful for because obviously the beginning of the season in MX2 last year, it wasn’t going really the way I wanted and the opportunities to show myself were coming less and less. Fortunately, at the end of the season I found myself and started to ride how I know I can, so it was definitely my time to take this step to the 450.”

Yamaha has a strong strategy to develop the next generation of MXGP champions from within its own ranks, and as Watson progresses up the Yamaha Racing pyramid, so too will young Yamaha stars Maxime Renaux and Thibault Benistant as they join title favourite Jago Geerts inside the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team for 2021.

Maxime Renaux

“It means a lot to me to become a Yamaha Factory Rider for the MX2 team. For sure, it was a goal. It’s the highest team in the MX2 class that we can have in Yamaha.”

It’s no secret that Yamaha is on the hunt for FIM Motocross World Championship glory as the riders aim to secure the MX2 Championship gold plate while defending Yamaha’s title as the MX2 Manufacturer of the Year.

Jago Geerts

“I will try to fight again for the world title. The benefits of staying in the same team for a couple years is you get to know the people very good and we made really some improvements with the bike this year, for sure suspension wise and setup of the bike… this year I really want to to get back on the top step of the podium. I want more moto wins, more GP wins, and to do better let’s say.”

Meanwhile, Benistant is enjoying the move from the GYTR kitted YZ250F to the fully-fledged Factory YZ250FM. The 18-year-old sets his sights on a promising rookie season.

Thibault Benistant

“Of course everything is a little bit different, the engine, suspension, everything is a little bit more strong and to be a rookie, I think I have a little bit less experience than the more older, but it’s similar because we have almost the same hours on the bike, just not in the same championship, in MX2 I won’t have pressure. I know what I need to do and I’m working for.”

The 2021 FIM Motocross MXGP and MX2 World Championships are expected to kick-off on the 13th of June in Orlyonok, Russia.


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Australian ProMX visits Canberra for Round 2

The 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship presented by AMX Superstores swept into Canberra over the weekend, marking Round Two of the series, with the Thor MX1, Pirelli MX2 and Maxxis MX3 joined by the bLU cRU YZ65 Cup for the first time in 2021.

Luke Clout tops the Australian ProMX Round 2

The Thor MX1 class saw Luke Clout reign victorious, but Regan Duffy retains the red plate after a consistent performance for third overall, tied on 40-points with Hayden Mellross.

Regan Duffy now leads the Thor MX1 standings on 85-points, to Todd Waters on 78, with Hayden Mellross completing the top-three, a further five-points in arrears. Luke Clout and Kirk Gibbs sit fourth and fifth, with sixth placed Brett Metcalfe tied on points with Gibbs.

Regan Duffy retains the MX1 lead

Todd Waters

“It was an interesting day out there. I qualified well and had a good first race, but the track baked out before the back-to-back races and I struggled with that hard-pack. It was an easy track to throw it away on and, with everyone being so close, I didn’t want that to happen. I rode within my capabilities and I’m happy to walk away with the points today – it’s certainly a lot better than crashing and getting 10ths. We might have lost a few points in the championship, but we’ll go back, regroup and look forward to Gillman.”

Todd Waters

Kirk Gibbs

“I am not there yet; I need to improve in some areas, and we have a plan. We proved today that we can win which is an important positive.”

Brett Metcalfe

“If this is my worst round its ok but I cannot afford another repeat of this weekend. I crashed last week, and I did not have the strength I needed to ride at my best. It was frustrating but we will bounce back for Gilman.”

Brett Metcalfe

Jayden Rykers

“Today was definitely a step forward in comparison to the first round and we took a lot out of this one. We’ve made some changes with the bike to suit me more and they’ve worked, although I’d still like to be up toward the front further! All in all, we had a consistent day and it’s more to build from.”

Pirelli MX2

Kyle Webster was untouchable in the Pirelli MX2 class, adding another two wins to his tally and continuing his winning streak – now four from four for the season. Noah Ferguson was second overall, ahead of Jay Wilson.

Kyle Webster

As a result Webster now sits on 100-points, with Rhys Budd second on 69, and Jesse Dobson is third overall on 67-points, one-point ahead of Jay Wilson.

Kyle Webster

“Being from Western Australia, I am considered more of a sand specialist so in the off-season I focused on improving my hard-pack skills. The team has really been putting in, we have been to Gilman twice in the past few months and I like the track. Whilst I have a decent point’s lead I can’t afford to let up. Gilman will be really important for the team and I am focused on getting maximum points there.”

Jay Wilson

“Today was a step in the right direction for me but there is still a lot of work to be done. At least this weekend I was in the battle and competitive unlike Wonthaggi where I just stunk. There is still more speed to come and some fitness at the end of the motos but things are heading in the right direction and with a four weeks until round three in Adelaide, hopefully I can make another step forward. Thanks to the team for a big effort in the lead up to the round and I’m looking forward to get more work under my belt before Adelaide and getting back to where I belong.”

Rhys Budd

“Overall, I’m pretty happy with how I rode today and race at a speed that would put me inside the top five. On the hand other, I need to put two motos together at each round and get as many points as I can in every race. The sixth place was good and I felt had I been able to get passed the rider in front of me quicker, I may have been able to move further forward. Race two was ugly as I was ran over a few times and ended up with a bike on me in that first turn crash. But I raced all the way to the end and was able to salvage as many points as I can.”

Rhys Budd

Maxxis MX3

Blake Fox went two for two in the Maxxis MX3 class, retaining the standings lead, with Ben Novak second overall and Ryder Kingsford third.

The standings are a similar story but saw a slightly different order, with Fox on 97-points, with Kingsford second and Novak third.

Ben Novak

“Second overall for the day is awesome and it’s a positive step forward. I came into round 1 injured so we have been following a plan which is working. We have spent time at Gilman training and testing. Our bike is working great, and I believe another 4 weeks on the bike will prove invaluable.”

Ben Novak

bLU cRU YZ65 Cup

The early bLU cRU YZ65 Cup leader is Heath Davy, who took the win, but is tied on 47-points with Peter Wolfe.

bLU cRU YZ65 Cup – Heath Davy

Paddy Lewis was third overall and currently sits on 38-points, two ahead of Dejan Sankovic. The overall standings are the same as this was Round 1 of the YZ65 Cup.

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Takes Back-To-Back AFT Victories

In an announcement released by Indian Motorcycles yesterday, the American motorcycle company was proud to share of the back-to-back victories taken by Indian Motorcycle Racing.

MINNEAPOLIS (March 16, 2021) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, jumped out to an early lead in the 2021 American Flat Track (AFT) SuperTwins standings, as Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson and Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees secure back-to-back wins at the Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader.

Robinson’s season-opener win at Volusia Half-Mile I marked his third straight victory, dating back to the 2020 season finale doubleheader in Daytona. After winning his semi and getting a start on the front row in the Main, Robinson jumped out to an early lead but was battling with the second-place rider throughout the race. In his third season as an Indian Motorcycle privateer, the win marks Robinson’s fifth victory aboard the Indian FTR750.                                                                          

Jared Mees

“Despite being injured for the bulk of the 2020 season, Brandon finished the year with incredible momentum, so it was truly exciting to see him pick up right where he left off and reach the top of the box,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Having swept the Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader last year, Jared entered round two with fierce determination to secure the win and garner the all-important points at a track he’s exceptionally comfortable and confident on.”                                                                                                                                 

On Saturday, Mees won his semi and was able to return to the front row for the Main. Though, it was Wrecking Crew teammate and defending SuperTwins Champion Briar Bauman who captured the holeshot. After leading eight laps, Bauman was unable to hold on, as Mees made his pass and gained separation with every lap – ultimately cruising comfortably to his 54th career win. The victory also marked his 34th career win aboard the Indian FTR750, a race bike he won two Grand National Championships within 2017 and 2018.

Jared Mees

Following the doubleheader at Volusia Speedway Park, Mees sits atop the leaderboard with 42 points. Robinson is closely behind with 39 points, while Bauman’s fourth and second-place finishes keep him within striking distance with 35 total points.

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The 2021 AFT season continues on May 1 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Atlanta Super TT. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com or follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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2020 Dallas Half-Mile I & II

Images by Scott Hunter

AFT SuperTwins – Dallas Half-Mile I

Reigning American Flat Track Grand National Champion Briar Bauman obliterated the world’s best dirt trackers for the third consecutive race, putting on yet another masterclass at Friday night’s Dallas Half-Mile I in Mesquite, Texas.

Briar Bauman
Briar Bauman

Bauman was in control of the AFT SuperTwins Main Event from green light to checkered flag, looking remarkably smooth throughout an unfamiliar circuit that caught many of his rivals out. In some ways, the victory celebration started with more than four minutes remaining when the blue flags started flying in earnest. By the time the race was complete, Bauman had lapped his way all the way up to seventh position.

Sammy Halbert was the only rider that looked to be in Bauman’s league on this evening. The Springfield Mile winner maintained a gap of right around two seconds back deep into the Main before the run through packs of slower riders eventually dropped him to a final margin of 3.445 seconds.

Jared Mees seemed destined to limit the championship damage he would absorb by rounding out the podium. However, he took another hit when he was victimised by an on-form Robert Pearson, who returned to action in Dallas following a couple rounds away with a new team and plenty of motivation.

Briar Bauman
Briar Bauman topped the podium from Sammy Halbert and Robert Pearson

Pearson powered his way forward from outside the top five to reel in Mees late. He then executed the decisive maneuver after the clocks showed 0:00 to notch up his first podium of the 2020 season.

Dan Bromley – who earlier exploited the high line to win his Semi – ran fourth over the race’s opening half. Unfortunately, his bike was damaged in an incident, and he was forced to retire after losing his seat. Brandon Price completed the top five.

POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 Briar Bauman Indian FTR750 36 Laps
2 Sammy Halbert Indian FTR750 +3.445
3 Robert Pearson Indian FTR750 +5.212
4 Jared Mees Indian FTR750 +6.485
5 Brandon Price Indian FTR750 +14.101
6 Bronson Bauman Indian FTR750 +16.942
7 Jarod Vanderkooi Harley-Davidson XG750R +19.343
8 Jeffrey Carver Jr. Indian FTR750 +35 Laps
9 Dalton Gauthier Harley-Davidson XG750R +0.783
10 Jake Johnson Indian FTR750 +0.95

AFT SuperTwins – Dallas Half-Mile II

Briar Bauman delivered another devastating performance to up his run of dominance to four in Saturday evening’s Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile II at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Bauman was again untouchable, streaking out to the lead when the lights went green for the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event and piling it on from there.

Briar Bauman
Briar Bauman

Friday’s runner-up, Sammy Halbert, got caught up behind Jeffrey Carver Jr. while Bauman escaped at the front during the race’s opening stages. Halbert managed to slip into second with just over nine minutes remaining, providing him plenty of time to track down the leader if he had the pace to do so. And while Halbert did immediately open up some space behind him once through, Bauman in turn just kept running away from him en route to an eventual 4.393-second margin of victory.

Bauman’s monster weekend has the potential to be a turning point in this year’s Grand National Championship fight. Prior to the Dallas doubleheader, Bauman and rival Jared Mees had traded the title lead back and forth at each successive event. Bauman brought that trend to an end in a major way in Texas, turning what was a narrow five-point advantage into a protective 25-point lead.

Briar Bauman
Briar Bauman

Mees, meanwhile, got away in fifth and started looking for a way past Friday podium man Robert Pearson in earnest with seven and a half minutes remaining. Mees attempted to go low and then high – and then low and high again – but the most he could ever do was pull alongside the scrappy Pearson. Their battle caught and overhauled Carver, the two storming through into third and fourth, respectively, in one fell swoop with four minutes to go.

Mees threw in several more attempts at the podium but was unable to make a move stick; for the second night in a row, Pearson beat him to the line for third, this time by 0.257 seconds. Carver held on to round out the top five.

Briar Bauman topped the podium from
Briar Bauman topped the podium from Halbert and Pearson
POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 Briar Bauman Indian FTR750 36 Laps
2 Sammy Halbert Indian FTR750 +4.393
3 Robert Pearson Indian FTR750 +5.183
4 Jared Mees Indian FTR750 +5.44
5 Jeffrey Carver Jr. Indian FTR750 +11.033
6 Bronson Bauman Indian FTR750 +13.5
7 Dan Bromley Indian FTR750 +14.777
8 Brandon Price Indian FTR750 +15.098
9 Jake Johnson Indian FTR750 +16.327
10 JD Beach Yamaha MT-07 +17.587

AFT SuperTwins Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 Briar Bauman 219
2 Jared Mees 194
3 Sammy Halbert 163
4 Bronson Bauman 127
5 Brandon Robinson 117
6 Brandon Price 114
7 Jeffrey Carver Jr. 112
8 Davis Fisher 104
9 Jarod Vanderkooi 85
10 Dan Bromley 84

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AFT Singles – Dallas Half-Mile I

It was only natural that the AFT Singles rider to shine the brightest in Dallas was one Dallas Daniels. Of course, Daniels hasn’t required any type of luck to separate himself from the pack in 2020.

Dallas Daniels
Dallas Daniels

The rising star seized control of the race by the end of lap one and never saw an opponent’s wheel from that point forward. In a class where no other rider has more than one win on the year, Daniels already boasts four as he has firmly established himself as the championship favourite with the season heading down the stretch.

Daniels’ primary challenger this season — the hugely experienced and decorated Henry Wiles – chased him as deep into the Main as he could manage. However, by mid-distance he was forced to turn his attention to charging teammate Michael Inderbitzin.

Inderbitzin was the one rider who may have had the pace to beat Daniels. However, the polesitter dropped outside the top five off the line and was forced to use that speed just to put himself on Wiles’ rear wheel as they took the halfway flags. Not surprisingly, Wiles proved a hard target, fending Inderbitzin off until the very final lap.

After being displaced to third, Wiles attempted to square his teammate back up in the short sprint to the flag, but Inderbitzin narrowly held on to earn his first podium of the season by 0.089 seconds.

AFT Singles
AFT Singles

A couple seconds further back, Williams Grove runner-up Trent Lowe edged Morgen Mischler for fourth by just over a tenth of a second. Daniels’ teammate, Mikey Rush, ran in the lead group early but ultimately crossed the stripe down in eighth. As a result, Daniels now leads the points by 22 over Wiles and 37 over Rush ahead of tomorrow’s rematch.

POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 Dallas Daniels Yamaha YZ450F 24 Laps
2 Michael Inderbitzin Honda CRF450R +2.421
3 Henry Wiles Honda CRF450R +2.511
4 Trent Lowe Honda CRF450R +4.409
5 Morgen Mischler KTM 450 SX-F +4.547
6 Tanner Dean Honda CRF450R +6.579
7 Chad Cose Suzuki RMZ 450 +8.127
8 Michael Rush Yamaha YZ450F +8.835
9 Jesse Janisch Husqvarna FC450 +10.565
10 Andrew Luker Yamaha YZ450F +11.347

AFT Singles – Dallas Half-Mile II

Ten races into the 2020 AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys season, five riders have one win, and one rider has five wins. The five-win rider, Dallas Daniels, doubled up at his namesake event on Saturday night with a Dallas HM performance that accurately represented the superiority he’s demonstrated as of late.

Henry Wiles and Dallas Daniels
Henry Wiles and Dallas Daniels

Despite claiming the first pick on the front row, Daniels slipped off the line, allowing Henry Wiles, Mikey Rush, and Morgen Mischler through at the start.

In response, Daniels went to work. He dropped Mischler within a lap. Not long after, Daniels ducked under Rush to move into second, nearly acing Wiles in the same maneuver. Less than a minute later, Daniels drove up alongside Wiles mid-corner and then powered by him on exit in the exact same manner.

With clear air in front of him, Daniels opened up several bike lengths in just a half lap and ultimately sprinted away to a five-plus second margin of victory.

Dallas Daniels

“It’s definitely not easy, especially when you get a terrible start like I did. Me and my crew chief were talking about getting a good start, and I guess I wanted to do the exact opposite. I had a move going out of Turn 2; there was a little bit of a rut those guys were hitting and going wide, and I was able to go underneath them. I was able to do it to Mikey and then Henry too. To be honest, I didn’t know what was going on behind me. I just charged, charged, charged. When I looked back after the checkers, I had a really big gap.”

Dallas Daniels
Dallas Daniels won from Michael Rush and Tanner Dean

While Daniels erased all drama in the fight for victory, there was plenty of action behind. Rush and Wiles went at it for second for the majority of the race. However, second-ranked Wiles lost the groove as the clock hit 0:00, and over the race’s final two laps, he’d drop from a potential runner-up to an eventual sixth.

With Wiles out of contention, Rush gave Estenson Racing the 1-2. Less than a half-second back, Tanner Dean just beat Michael Inderbitzin to the line to finish third. Mischler finished a further 1.3 seconds back to complete the top five.

Even after missing the Main in the season opener, Daniels now boasts more than a full race’s advantage in the standings, leading Wiles by 34 points (183-149). Rush is in third at 141.

Max Whale

Hard week at the office, drove 24 hours solo in the RV to race Dallas Texas. Struggled big time with setup and made a few mistakes. On Friday and ran P12, my worst result this year. Regrouped and ran P7 on Saturday. Gone back to 4th in the championship. A little disappointed but more than ready to Hit the last 3 double headers. Specials thanks this week to Don, from Dons Kawasaki  for freshening up the bikes. Also to my helpers on the day Matty, Keith and Barry. Your legends would be lost without you.”

POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 Dallas Daniels Yamaha YZ450F 25 Laps
2 Michael Rush Yamaha YZ450F +5.029
3 Tanner Dean Honda CRF450R +5.436
4 Michael Inderbitzin Honda CRF450R +5.529
5 Morgen Mischler KTM 450 SX-F +6.859
6 Henry Wiles Honda CRF450R +7.168
7 Max Whale Kawasaki KX450F +7.552
8 Brandon Kitchen KTM 450 SX-F +8.043
9 Trent Lowe Honda CRF450R +8.174
10 Andrew Luker Yamaha YZ450F +12.398

AFT Singles Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 Dallas Daniels 183
2 Henry Wiles 149
3 Michael Rush 141
4 Max Whale 133
5 Trent Lowe 112
6 Brandon Kitchen 106
7 Tanner Dean 104
8 Morgen Mischler 99
9 Chad Cose 89
10 Michael Inderbitzin 88

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AFT Production Twins – Dallas Half-Mile I

James Rispoli continued to operate in another orbit compared to the rest of the AFT Production Twins field, streaking to his fifth win in six races with relative ease. Defending class champion Cory Texter shot into the lead off the light, followed by Chad Cose.

James Rispoli
James Rispoli

Polesitter Rispoli dropped to third at the start but was already in the lead and shaking free by the end of the opening lap. Cose did all he could to give the title leader a fight, holding onto his draft for about three minutes before Rispoli put an end to his challenge and blasted off to yet another blowout victory.

Title contender Ryan Varnes suffered a huge moment early, dropping from third to seventh in the process. He spent the next half race clawing his way forward. Varnes did well to battle his way back into third and even closed in on runner-up Cose for a spell, but was forced to accept the final spot on the box in the end.

Ben Lowe held down fourth for much of the contest but became embroiled in a scrap for the position with Jeremiah Duffy. Duffy managed to find a way through to take fourth at the flag while Lowe rounded out the top five less than a second back. After getting such a strong start, Texter’s race ended down in seventh, 0.154 seconds back of Danny Eslick. Rispoli now holds a title lead equal to his competition number, up a full 43 points on second-ranked Texter.

POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 James Rispoli Harley-Davidson XG750R 24 Laps
2 Chad Cose Harley-Davidson XG750R +3.137
3 Ryan Varnes Kawasaki Ninja 650 +3.527
4 Jeremiah Duffy Kawasaki Ninja 650 +7.124
5 Ben Lowe Yamaha MT-07 +8.067
6 Danny Eslick Kawasaki Ninja 650 +9.929
7 Cory Texter Yamaha MT-07 +10.083
8 Nick Armstrong Yamaha MT-07 +14.152
9 Brock Schwarzenbacher Kawasaki Ninja 650 +18.687
10 Dylan Bell Harley-Davidson XG750R +19.435

AFT Production Twins – Dallas Half-Mile II

James Rispoli continued his march toward the 2020 AFT Production Twins title, locking down his sixth win in the season’s last seven races. This victory was not as easily earned as it sounds, however.

James Rispoli chases Corey Texter
James Rispoli chases Corey Texter

Cory Texter rode like a reigning class champ and executed a perfect launch from the inside starting position, successfully translating the holeshot into an extended run at the front. Texter continually fended off a stalking Rispoli, who repeatedly looked for a way up the inside of his rival as the two ripped away from the rest of the pack.

Texter managed to keep the fleet Rispoli corralled behind him until just after the half distance flags flew. At that point, the champ ran slightly wide and that was all the invitation the current title leader required. Rispoli put his XG750R into first and immediately went into super cruise mode, blasting away at the front.

Behind, Ryan Varnes and Chad Cose applied heavy pressure to third-placed Jeremiah Duffy as the three tussled over the final podium position. That pressure transformed into chaos when Varnes’ front wheel contacted Duffy’s rear wheel, sending Varnes over the bars. The incident brought out the red flag with just over two minutes remaining, giving the field another shot at ending Rispoli’s win streak.

James Rispoli
James Rispoli

Unfortunately for them, Rispoli held on to the lead as they left the staggered start and immediately started throwing in the Main’s fastest laps. Texter did well to keep him honest, but ultimately, it added up to a fifth consecutive AFT Production Twins victory for the two-time AMA Pro SuperSport champion.

James Rispoli

“I’m stoked that Cory was able to put up a massive, massive challenge tonight. He rode really well. This wasn’t easy at all. The track was hard and technical. I’ve got to take my hat off to my team. We weren’t the fastest guy, and we had to come a little bit from behind, and they were able to get it done. Five in a row… This is a dream season.”

James Rispoli
James Rispoli won from Texter and Cose

Cose beat Duffy off the line at the restart to collect third. Duffy was dropped a couple more positions before it was over, as Rispoli’s fellow former road racing national champion, Danny Eslick slid past claim fourth while Dylan Bell got by as well to round out the top five. Despite his heavy fall, Varnes not only made the restart, he raced his way up from the back of the field to finish seventh.

Rispoli now leads Texter by 48 points with six races remaining, 224 to 176.

POS RIDER BIKE INTERVAL
1 James Rispoli Harley-Davidson XG750R 23 Laps
2 Cory Texter Yamaha MT-07 +0.663
3 Chad Cose Harley-Davidson XG750R +1.842
4 Danny Eslick Kawasaki Ninja 650 +3.824
5 Dylan Bell Harley-Davidson XG750R +4.379
6 Jeremiah Duffy Kawasaki Ninja 650 +5.202
7 Ryan Varnes Kawasaki Ninja 650 +5.553
8 Ben Lowe Yamaha MT-07 +5.722
9 Michael Inderbitzin Kawasaki Ninja 650 +5.933
10 Nick Armstrong Yamaha MT-07 +6.618

AFT Production Twins Standings

Pos. Rider Points
1 James Rispoli 224
2 Cory Texter 176
3 Ryan Varnes 163
4 Ben Lowe 160
5 Danny Eslick 135
6 Chad Cose 124
7 Jeremiah Duffy 114
8 Nick Armstrong 95
9 Cody Johncox 74
10 Dylan Bell 53

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2020 EnduroGP of Italy – Spoleto

Day 1 – Saturday

The first day of the Italian Grand Prix was contested under bright and warm sunshine. Although heavy rain and thunderstorms late on Friday made slippery special tests seem likely, conditions were actually much drier and more straight forward than expected. The FIM Borilli EnduroGP World Championship competitors attacked all three tests with gusto and a passionate crowd, all respecting Covid-19 restrictions, cheered them through every twist and turn.

Reigning World Champion Brad Freeman delivered a perfect performance on this opening day of the Italian Grand Prix. From the start of the day onwards, the Factory Beta rider took the lead and never relinquished it. Consistent and quick all day, the Brit always kept his opponents at least 30 seconds behind him. He won all 3 special tests on the first lap and remained in the top 3 for all the rest.

Freeman therefore won the day by more than 45 seconds ahead of team-mate and rival Steve Holcombe. Holcombe intelligently built up his day with patience, chipping away on each test. Realising that catching up to his team-mate was hard task, the Englishman chose to settle for a safe second place. This move could pay off come the end of the season.

Steve Holcombe
Steve Holcombe

The fight for 3rd place on the podium was absolutely superb. Three riders fought it out to take a coveted rostrum. Andrea Verona, Thomas Oldrati and Loïc Larrieu, each took it in turns to occupy the spot. In the end it was Italy’s Oldrati to take the honours at his home race. Verona and Larrieu completed the Top 5.

Jaume Betriu confirmed the strong performances he managed in France by taking an impressive 6th place overall. He was ahead of Christophe Charlier, Danny McCanney and Antoine Basset. The disappointment of the day goes to Matteo Cavallo who made too many mistakes and finished 12th. Alex Salvini still suffering with his shoulder did not finish the day.

In E1 it was therefore Thomas Oldrati who won ahead of Andrea Verona and Christophe Charlier.

Andrea Verona
Andrea Verona

In E2 Steve Holcombe completes a third success in as many starts, he was in front of Loïc Larrieu and Danny McCanney.

E3 went the way of Brad Freeman who beat Jaume Betriu and a combative Antoine Basset.

In Junior, Theo Espinasse perfectly controlled the assaults of Hamish Macdonald. Macdonald was the initial leader of the day and was looking strong but he lost 40 seconds in a crash on the second lap of the tricky Xtreme. He picked himself up and began to claw back the time he lost, but the victory was out of reach. Matteo Pavoni put his Beta Boano on the podium at home with third.

Finland’s Roni Kytonen finished fourth, while Pau Tomas completed the Top 5. Ruy Barbosa finished 6th. Talented Aussie Wil Rruprecht had a hell of a day, he was vying for the podium but he heavily damaged his Beta in the first Xtreme Test of the day, eventually finishing 16th in the category.

Roni Kytonen
Roni Kytonen

In Youth Cup Jed Etchells kept everyone in suspense until in the last special test. He won the category against an impressive Sergio Navarro, the Fantic rider crucially beat his Spanish rival by 4 seconds. Claudio Spanu accompanied them on the podium.

In the Champion Enduro Open World Cup, Belgian Mathias Van Hoof won in the 4-Stroke class ahead of his compatriot Damiaens Dietger and Jorge Rodriguez Paradelo. In the 2-Stroke category the Portuguese rider Goncalo Reis took another victory ahead of his compatriot Goncalo Sobrosa. Robert Friedrich was third. In Senior, Italian enduro legend Alessio Paoli marked his comeback by winning in front of Duccio Graziani and David Martinez Corbalan.


Day 2 – Sunday

The dreaded heavy rain and chilly weather hit the FIM Borilli EnduroGP World Championship for the entirety of Sunday. As could be expected, the organisers and stewards of the Italian Grand Prix made changes to the course in order to ensure the safety of all competitors, and the cream rose to the top as Steve Holcombe perfectly dominated this day, despite many pitfalls.

The Beta Factory rider felt completely at home with the weather conditions on day two of the Italian GP. Even in the middle of the deluge, Steve Holcombe remained master of his discipline. His bike problems of the day before were forgotten, and the Brit was able to relax into a strong rhythm. He nevertheless had to keep a close eye on his teammate at Beta Factory: Brad Freeman.

Steve Holcombe

“It’s been a weekend of two halves, for the result and how I rode. I’ll hold my hand up and say I rode too smooth on Saturday and any chance of fighting for the win got away from me. When we sorted things, Brad was too far gone to challenge him. On Sunday we turned it around a lot. I attacked from the word go and was able to step my pace up when I needed to throughout the day. I had a strong opening lap and pulled a gap on third. From then on it was down to Brad and me for the win. I really wanted it and seemed to step it up again on the final lap and bring the result home. Conditions were tricky today with the rain, so proving the 350F in the mud with a victory is awesome.”

Steve Holcombe
Steve Holcombe

The 2019 EnduroGP World Champion was very threatening during the first lap, the gap even dropping below half a second at times. But Freeman was forced to let victory slip through his fingers, losing a few seconds in each of the tests on the last laps. However, Freeman and Holcombe can leave Italy satisfied with their domination of the World Enduro field. Third on the day was Loïc Larrieu, more than a minute behind the British duo.

Brad Freeman

“I can’t say I’m happy with my day. I just didn’t know how to get into the right rhythm. I got through the day and I have to take my hat off to Steve who was absolutely on fire. The fight continues, there are 4 days of racing left, anything can happen and I will be ready to battle.”

Larrieu can be happy with this result as he had to push hard to take the coveted final podium spot. 6th at the end of the first lap, Loïc went on the offensive and was extremely impressive as the day went on, even beating local favourites. He held on to the podium from the end of the second lap onwards, setting test times close to the Beta riders.

Loïc Larrieu
Loïc Larrieu

Thomas Oldrati fell short of third place by just six seconds but his general performance over the weekend satisfied the Honda rider. Andrea Verona never quite managed to get into the groove. However, he still put in a superb performance as a Senior ranks rookie, finishing in the Top 5.

Similarly, Belgian rookie Antoine Magain was the great revelation of the day. He was contesting the top positions throughout day but a fall in the last Enduro test forced him to cool down. However, he will certainly be one to watch in the coming races.

Andrea Verona
Andrea Verona

Very disappointed after missing out on victory due to a crash on Day 1, New Zealand’s Hamish Macdonald his revenge on his Sherco team-mate Théo Espinasse on Day 2. The rider from the southern hemisphere played all his cards right in the tricky conditions, winning by more than a minute in only his second race in the Junior class. Last year’s Youth 125cc Cup winner was thrilled with this strong result which keeps him in contention.

Wil Ruprecht made amends for his Day 1 difficulties by taking a fine podium with 2nd place in the category. The Australian was ahead of Théo Espinasse by just under 2 seconds. The Frenchman who was so strong at his home race in Requista is still at the top of the standings however.

Ruy Barbosa  upped his game on Saturday. The Chilean still struggled a bit under the downpours, but today’s 4th place should give him the confidence to aim higher next time out.

In Youth Cup, Jed Etchells was completely unfazed by the mud and took victory by more than a minute over Spain’s Sergio Navarro. Etchell’s team-mate Harry Edmondson completed the podium. Fantic will certainly be satisfied as their third rider, Hugo Svard made it three Fantics in the Top 5 with fourth place.

Jed Etchells
Jed Etchells

In the Champion Enduro Open World Cup, the 4-Stroke category was again dominated by Mathias Van Hoof ahead of his compatriot Damiaens Dietger. They were once again accompanied on the podium by Jorge Rodriguez Paradelo. In the 2-Stroke category the podium is a copy-paste of the day before, namely Goncalo Reis won ahead of Goncalo Sobrosa and Robert Friedrich. In Senior, Alessio Paoli took another impressive victory in front of Duccio Graziani and David Martinez Corbalan third.

The Italian Grand Prix brought a little bit of everything to the party; enthusiastic fans, unpredictable weather, challenging tests, and great racing! The FIM Borilli EnduroGP World Championship will reconvene in November for two back-to-back in Northern Portugal.

EnduroGP Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 HOLCOMBE Steve GBR Beta 77
2 FREEMAN Bradley GBR Beta 71
3 LARRIEU Loic FRA TM 52
4 VERONA Andrea ITA TM 52
5 OLDRATI Thomas ITA Honda 46
6 BETRIU AMENGOL Jaume ESP KTM 37
7 McCANNEY Daniel GBR Honda 30
8 MAGAIN Antoine BEL Sherco 26
9 CHARLIER Christophe FRA Beta 22
10 CAVALLO Matteo ITA Sherco 21

E1 Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 VERONA Andrea ITA TM 74
2 OLDRATI Thomas ITA Honda 72
3 MAGAIN Antoine BEL Sherco 52
4 CHARLIER Christophe FRA Beta 41
5 REMES Eero FIN Yamaha 41
6 SNOW Alexander GBR Honda 37
7 TARROUX Jeremy FRA Sherco 30
8 SORECA Davide ITA Beta 28
9 BURUD Kevin NOR Yamaha 27
10 ALUN Richard SWE Sherco 27

E2 Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 HOLCOMBE Steve GBR Beta 80
2 LARRIEU Loic FRA TM 68
3 McCANNEY Daniel GBR Honda 56
4 CAVALLO Matteo ITA Sherco 50
5 GESLIN Anthony FRA Beta 37
6 WOOTTON Joe GBR Husqvarna 34
7 VIAL Max FRA Husqvarna 33
8 BLANJOUE Hugo FRA Honda 28
9 HUEBNER Edward DEU KTM 26
10 SALVINI Alex ITA Honda 22

E3 Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 FREEMAN Bradley GBR Beta 80
2 BETRIU AMENGOL Jaume ESP KTM 66
3 BASSET Antoine FRA Beta 50
4 GUARNERI Davide ITA TM 46
5 FRANCISCO Enric ESP Sherco 40
6 ABGRALL David FRA Beta 39
7 GUERRERO RUIZ Cristobal ESP Beta 34
8 PASSET Thibaut FRA Beta 30
9 SANS SORIA Marc ESP KTM  26
10 RECCHIA Nicola ITA Beta 24

Junior Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 ESPINASSE Theophile FRA Sherco 75
2 MACDONALD Hamish NZL Sherco 71
3 KYTONEN Roni FIN Honda 48
4 PAVONI Matteo ITA Beta 47
5 RUPRECHT Wil AUS Beta 40
6 BARBOSA Ruy CHL Husqvarna 39
7 MACORITTO Lorenzo ITA Beta 30
8 CRIVILIN Bruno BRA Honda 28
9 VAN OEVELEN Matthew BEL Husqvarna 26
10 CRIQ Antoine FRA Sherco 20

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2020 Yamaha Burr Oak GNCC

The 2020 Yamaha Burr Oak GNCC saw the world’s fastest off-road motorcycle racers taking to the woods of Ohio. The tenth round of the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series, took place in Millfield, Ohio at Sunday Creek Raceway, also home to The John Penton GNCC.

Getting the jump off the line first to earn the $250 All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot award was Ben Kelley. However, after overshooting the first turn Kelley would lose a couple of positions. Steward Baylor Jr. would capitalise, moving into the early lead as the group of XC1 Open Pro riders made their way into the woods.

As the leaders made their way through the finish line on the opening lap it was Baylor Jr. holding a 7 second lead over Kailub Russell, with Kelley running third just eight-seconds behind him. Russell looked like he was making a charge for the lead, but on the second lap he would find himself on the ground after a mistake in the John Penton section of the track. Russell was able to ride his machine back to his pit area but was unable to return to racing due to a knee injury. Russell will have his knee evaluated this week.

Steward Baylor Jr - Image by Ken Hill
Steward Baylor Jr – Image by Ken Hill

Baylor Jr. would continue to push at the front of the pack with Kelley trying to reel him in as he moved into second overall. Kelley would close the gap to just about nine-seconds, but as the white flag came out Kelley would make a mistake costing him valuable time. Baylor Jr. would come through to take his second-straight win of the season after a grueling three-hour race. Kelley would hold onto second overall, coming through 58 seconds behind the leader.

Grant Baylor got off to a great start coming through timing and scoring in fourth overall on lap one. Baylor would continue to push and would find himself third overall after the second lap. Baylor would try to close the gap between himself and the leaders, but he would be unable to make any passes on the lead duo before the checkered flag came out. Baylor expressed what a great feeling it was to be on the podium, and that it was cool to share the overall podium with his older brother.

Grant Baylor - Image by Ken Hill
Grant Baylor – Image by Ken Hill

Getting off to a top five start was Jordan Ashburn. Ashburn would then make the move up to fourth on lap two, as he tried to gain momentum to challenge for a three position. Ashburn would continue to ride a consistent race, but he would be unable to challenge the top three riders. Ashburn would finish out the day fourth in XC1 and fifth overall.

Andrew Delong had his second best race of the season on Sunday afternoon. Delong came through running sixth in the XC1 class for the first two laps of racing, and as the race wore on, he then found himself making the move up to fifth in his class. Delong finished out the three-hour race with a fifth place finish in class, and eighth overall.

Returning after a small injury sidelined him for the previous round of racing was  Josh Strang. As the pack of racers came through on the opening lap Strang made his way around in the eighth place position. Strang would then stop to help his fellow competitor, Russell, out of the track and back to his motorcycle. Even after stopping to help, Strang would make the move up to seventh in the XC1 class. On the last lap of racing Strang would make a late charge and take over sixth in the class, with a 13th overall finishing position on the day.

Layne Michael found himself in a continuous battle throughout the day in Ohio. Michael would swap back-and-forth from sixth to seventh place multiple times throughout the race. As Michael was running in sixth on the final lap of racing, he would be unable to hold off a charging Strang. Michael would check in seventh in class, 18th overall at round 10. Evan Earl would come through to earn eighth in the XC1 Open Pro class after missing round nine of racing.

Jonathan Girroir - Image by Ken Hill
Jonathan Girroir – Image by Ken Hill

In the XC2 class it was Jonathan Girroir making his way to the lead on the opening lap. Girroir would maintain his lead for the duration of the race, placing a 22 second gap between himself and second place by the time the checkered flag flew. Girroir earned his fifth win of the season, and now takes over the points lead in the XC2 class by nine.

AmPro Yamaha/St. Lawrence Radiology’s Mike Witkowski had a consistent race as he made his way into second and never looked back. Witkowski was looking to make a charge for the lead, but he would be unable to close the gap between them. Witkowski remains third in the points standings, 20 points behind the leader.

Craig Delong had some work cut out for him as he came through timing and scoring sixth on lap one. Delong would steadily work his way through the pack, making his way into fourth by the second lap and then third by the next. Delong would finish out the day third in his class, and seventh overall.

Zack Hayes - Image by Ken Hill
Zack Hayes – Image by Ken Hill

As the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am competitors came through it was Zack Hayes taking the class win and extending his points lead by 35. Jason Lipscomb would battle from third to second in the class, making his way to the podium for the second time. Michael Delosa rounded out the top three in the FMF XC3 class.

As the 10 a.m. race got underway it was Rachel Gutish grabbing the $100 Trail Jesters WXC Holeshot award. However, Rachael Archer made her way to the lead early on in the race. Archer checked in 18 seconds ahead of Gutish on the opening lap with current points lead Becca Sheets right behind her.

Archer continued to hold her lead position throughout the two-hour race, crossing the finish line with over a minute gap back to second. Sheets made the pass on Gutish for the second, but she was ultimately unable to catch Archer to battle for the lead. Sheets earnt second in the WXC class and remains in control of the points standings. Gutish held onto third in the class, and she currently sits fourth in the WXC class points standings with three more rounds of racing to go.

Rachael Archer - Image by Ken Hill
Rachael Archer – Image by Ken Hill

Racing got underway at 8 a.m. Sunday morning with the youth motorcycle racers taking to the woods first. It would be a three-way battle between the Team Green Kawasaki due of Jack Joy and Grant Davis, and Coastal Racing Husqvarna’s Lane Whitmer. Davis jumped out to the early lead with Whitmer and Joy just seconds behind him.

Joy made a pass on Whitmer for second and set his sights on Davis as the race worse on. As the trio came through after four laps of racing it was Joy out front with Whitmer and Davis running second and third. Joy would hold on and take the youth overall win as well as the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class win. Davis made the pass on Whitmer stick as they round out the top three youth overall finishers and top three in the YXC1 class.

In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class it was Nicholas Defeo taking the class win, with Andrew Segars and Chase Landers rounding out the top three. Colton Shields would earn the 85cc (12-13) class win, and seventh overall. Ryan Amancio came through to take another 85cc (7-11) class win.

XC1 Pro Event Results

  1. Steward Baylor Jr. (YAM)
  2. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  3. Grant Baylor (SHR)
  4. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
  5. Andrew Delong (HON)
  6. Josh Strang (KAW)
  7. Layne Michael (YAM)
  8. Evan Earl (KAW)
  9. Kailub Russell (KTM)

*Overall National Championship Standings

  1. Kailub Russell (256)
  2. Josh Strang (201)
  3. Jordan Ashburn (159)
  4. Craig DeLong (147)
  5. Jonathan Girroir (139)
  6. Michael Witkowski (138)
  7. Grant Baylor (124)
  8. Benjamin Kelley (107)
  9. Steward Baylor Jr. (103)
  10. Cody Barnes (102)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results

  1. Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
  2. Michael Witkowski (YAM)
  3. Craig Delong (HQV)
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass (KAW)
  5. Cody Barnes (BET)
  6. Liam Draper (KTM)
  7. Thorn Devlin (BET)
  8. Jesse Ansley (KTM)
  9. Jonathan Johnson (YAM)
  10. Benjamin Nelko (HQV)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings

  1. Jonathan Girroir (254)
  2. Craig Delong (245)
  3. Michael Witkowski (234)
  4. Cody Barnes (170)
  5. Liam Draper (158)
  6. Thorn Devlin (135)
  7. Jonathan Johnson (113)
  8. Ryder Lafferty (111)
  9. Benjamin Nelko (93)
  10. Simon Johnson (79)
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2020 Sea to Sky Extreme Enduro

Graham Jarvis (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) has secured yet another extreme enduro victory, this time topping the 2020 Sea to Sky. Delivering a winning performance on the final day’s Mountain Race, Graham notched up his sixth victory at the Turkish event. Graham’s teammate Billy Bolt dominated the event’s first three races, but a navigational error on the final day relegated him to third overall.

Billy Bolt
Billy Bolt

As always at Sea to Sky, Jarvis made a solid, but cautious start to the event. Claiming an impressive fifth in the hectic Beach Race, the 45-year-old then began to put on the pressure in the Forest Race, taking third and staying within touch of race leader Bolt. Despite a heavy impact with a rock damaging his bike, Graham was able to skilfully bring his Husqvarna TE 300i home in fourth on the technically demanding Sky Race.

Going into Saturday’s Mountain Race, Graham was lying third overall, a minute down on second place and close to four minutes down on his teammate Bolt in first. In typical Jarvis style, the Brit kept his nerve and maintained a strong pace throughout the 55-kilometre course. Making no mistakes, the extreme enduro expert crested the final hill in first place and with enough of an advantage over his rivals to claim the overall win.

Billy Bolt had looked on form throughout the 2020 edition of Sea to Sky. Winning the opening Beach Race, Billy went on to top the proceedings in both the subsequent Forest and Sky Races. Leading much of Saturday’s Mountain Race, the young British rider was first to reach many of the more challenging sections with other riders playing catch up behind.

Unfortunately, in following track marking tape left from a previous running of the event, Bolt was forced to double back on himself, losing a considerable amount of time. Pushing hard for the remainder of the enduro, the reigning FIM SuperEnduro World Champion was able to salvage fourth, earning himself a place on the overall podium, in third.

2020 Sea to Sky Podium
2020 Sea to Sky Podium – 1) Graham Jarvis, 2) Wade Young, 3) Billy Bolt
Graham Jarvis – P1

“It was a great race today and I was lucky if I’m honest, especially after damaging the bike earlier in the event. I went into the Mountain Race about four minutes down on Billy and as all the top guys ended up riding together, I thought there was no chance for me today. Billy took a wrong turn and I managed to get out in front and for that last 20 minutes I just pushed as hard as I could to the finish. It feels nice to get another win here in Turkey, it really is an amazing event.”

Billy Bolt – P3

“Overall, it’s been a really good week here in Turkey. I’m really happy with my riding and know I had the pace to win every day. I had led 80 or 90 percent of the Mountain Race today and was first to reach this tricky hill – it seems they had left some route marking tape up from last year and so I followed it. As it turns out, it wasn’t the right way to go, and by the time I had realised and turned back I had lost too much time to catch up with the leader. Finishing on the podium is good, but I’m disappointed not to have taken the win.”

Billy Bolt - P3
Billy Bolt

Overall Results – 2020 Sea to Sky, Kemer, Turkey

Pos Rider Man. Time
1 Graham Jarvis Husqvarna 4:48:37
2 Wade Young Sherco 4:51:12
3 Billy Bolt Husqvarna 4:52:12
4 Mario Roman Sherco 4:56:23
5 Teodor Kabakchiev KTM 5:14:59

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Speedway of Nations Final moved to mainland Europe

In light of an increase in cases of COVID-19 in the UK, the subsequent tighter restrictions being put in place and ongoing travel and quarantine restrictions, BSI Speedway has announced that the 2020 Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Final, scheduled to take place at Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium on October 24 and 25, will be moved to a new venue in mainland Europe.

Paul Bellamy – Senior Vice President of Motorsports Events at IMG

“We’re committed to delivering the thrilling, action-packed final that our speedway community is looking forward to. And to do this, we need to make sure the top riders from all seven competing nations are able to race, which is unfortunately no longer possible in the UK due to changing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. We’re looking forward to revealing our new venue as soon as possible, and in the meantime, we thank our fans, riders, partners, staff and everyone involved for their ongoing support.”

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2020 Speedway of Nations update

BSI Speedway is in the process of finalising the new venue for the final in October which will be announced along with additional details in the coming weeks.

The 2021 final will return to Manchester’s National Speedway Stadium over a weekend in October 2021 – date to be confirmed. Fans who have purchased tickets for the event will receive an email with further details.


Jack Holder secures FIM Speedway GP wildcard entry

In-form Australian racer Jack Holder has been handed a dream opportunity on the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stage after being named as wild card for FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP rounds seven and eight. The Torun rider dons the famous No.16 race jacket at his Polish home track on October 2 and 3.

Holder made his one and only previous World Championship appearance as a track reserve at the 2016 Australian SGP in Melbourne, scoring two points from as many rides on the night older brother Chris topped the podium in his homeland. Jack was watching from the sidelines on the night Chris clinched the 2012 SGP world title at Torun’s Marian Rose Motoarena.

Jack Holder

But the 24-year-old is now very much making his own mark on the sport. After finishing second in this season’s Australian Championship, he has enjoyed a sublime season for Torun in the Polish First Division, topping the average charts comfortably on 2.600 points per race.

He was signed by PGE Ekstraliga side Gorzow as a guest rider and has played a key role in their charge from the bottom of the table to second place inside a month. He’s ninth in the top-flight average charts on 2.091 points per race.

This will be Holder’s first SGP opportunity over five rides, and he will be keen to carry this scintillating form into the final SGP weekend of 2020, where the world champion will be crowned, next year’s qualifiers will be confirmed and riders will have one last chance to impress the SGP Commission before permanent wild cards for 2021 are selected.

The Appin-born racer is joined in the FST Grupa Brokerska Torun SGP rounds by track reserves Wiktor Trofymov and Norbert Krakowiak, with the Polish pair lining up in the No.17 and No.18 race jackets respectively.


Changes to MXD For 2021

Motorcycling Australia (MA) have announced changes to the current MXD class and junior pathway that will support development of motocross in Australia and will assist riders to gain the vital skills to be able to progress to MX2 and MX1 classes through the new MX3 class which replaces MXD.

Currently there is very little overlap in the class structure, and riders must move even if not willing or ready to, or don’t have the skills to do so. In addition, where a Junior rider is ready to move up a class, they can be held back by age group limitations.

By creating a new pathway with an overlap in age group classes, riders will have some flexibility to remain in a class or move up a class if they are ready and eligible to do so. The MX3 class also brings Australian motocross more in line with the FIM age groupings.

Peter Doyle – MA CEO

“This change will provide a clear pathway for Australia’s talented young riders into the senior classes of MX2 and MX1. It also provides talented young riders ready to step up to senior competition a clear pathway through the junior ranks and into the premier categories.”

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MXD Coolum 2019

Currently at 13 years of age a junior can be endorsed to ride a full-sized MX machine of 122cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-Stroke capacity, this has not changed. At 14 years of age competitors with this endorsement can elect to compete in the MX3 class. This will not prevent competitors under the age of 16 competing in any other junior event.

The MX3 class is for 14 to under 18-years-old competitors (as of the January 1 of the year of competition) and allows for less experienced competitors to compete with their peers until the age of 18, and the more accomplished competitors to move into the MX2 class early as the entry age has been lowered to 15 years under strict endorsement procedures. You can enter MX1 or MX2 at 16-years-old.

Once a competitor has chosen to move up to Senior classes MX1 or MX2, they can no longer compete in Junior or MX3 classes. The current endorsement “Off Road 122cc to 150cc 2-Stroke / up to 250cc 4-Stroke” for 13 to Under 16-year-old junior competitors will apply to a 14-year-old junior wishing to compete in MX3.

However, a new endorsement is required for a competitor who at the age of 15 years wishes to compete in the MX2 class. There are no changes to the current Junior categories allowing Juniors between the age of 13 to Under 16 years to compete at National Championship events in their chosen classes.


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2020 MXGP of Lombardia, Mantova

Round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship concluded with the MX2 and MXGP action for the MXGP of Lombardi, with Jeremy Seewer reaching an incredible career milestone as he claimed his first MXGP overall victory and stood on the top step of the MXGP podium

Jeremy Seewer took the overall victory, with Glenn Coldenhoff taking second and Jorge Prado on the third step of the podium. Jeremy Seewer’s last GP win is back in 2017 when he stood at the top step on the podium at the MXGP of Sweden, Uddevalla in MX2 class.

Jeremy Seewer

“I just won my first MXGP. Amazing. It’s in the books and it’s a big milestone in my career. Everybody dreams of winning an MXGP round, especially at the level we are racing right now, so it’s amazing. Especially the first race, I won the start then led every lap to the finish. The second race it didn’t go as planned but still I was lucky today, I was at the right place at the right time and now celebrating an overall.”

Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer

With an eighth and a race win, Gajser now leads the MXGP Championship by five-points over Antonio Cairoli and Jeremy Seewer is just a further 11 points behind.

Tim Gajser

“The first race didn’t start very well as I was back in the pack and it was tough to come through the field and pass the riders as everyone is very fast. I managed to come back to eighth but I was a little disappointed because I know that the start makes all the difference. For the second race, I put a lot of focus on the start and I managed to come out of the first corner around fifth and then I made a couple of quick passes which put me into third. I was following Romain and Jorge for around 15 minutes, before I was able to make two passes to get myself into the lead. I pulled a good gap, controlled the race to take the win and I’m super happy with how it turned out. Obviously getting the red plate is a big bonus and I will try my best to hold onto it until the end of the season.”

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser

Australian Mitch Evans had a rough weekend in the MXGP class, with a crash in Race 1 leaving him unable to finish the race, while Race 2 saw him return to claim ninth. He leaves Lombardia in 11th overall in the standings.

Mitch Evans

“It wasn‘t the greatest day, although qualifying went quite well. I wasn’t feeling overly comfortable on the bike as I hadn’t ridden since Tuesday as I’ve been unwell but I was happy with qualifying. Unfortunately in race one I crashed in the first turn and then crashed a couple of laps later and was fighting all moto long to score some points. In moto two I didn’t get the best start either but didn’t crash, so I was still in a position to get a top 10 finish. I fought through to ninth and felt a lot better but I need to work on my starts and then I’ll be able to battle with the guys at the front of the races.”

Mitch Evans
Mitch Evans

MXGP Results – 2020 MXGP of Lombardia

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 25 20 45
2 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED GAS 18 22 40
3 Prado, Jorge ESP KTM 22 18 40
4 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 13 25 38
5 Desalle, Clement BEL KAW 14 14 28
6 Febvre, Romain FRA KAW 11 16 27
7 Vlaanderen, Calvin NED YAM 16 10 26
8 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM 20 6 26
9 Paulin, Gautier FRA YAM 8 15 23
10 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL HON 12 11 23
11 Jacobi, Henry GER YAM 7 13 20
12 Bogers, Brian NED KTM 9 8 17
13 Evans, Mitchell AUS HON 3 12 15
14 Tixier, Jordi FRA KTM 6 9 15
15 Jasikonis, Arminas LTU HUS 15 0 15

2020 MXGP Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 316
2 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 311
3 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 300
4 Prado, Jorge ESP KTM 277
5 Coldenhoff, G. NED GAS 273
6 Herlings, J. NED KTM 263
7 Jasikonis, A. LTU HUS 248
8 Febvre, Romain FRA KAW 230
9 Paulin, G. FRA YAM 224
10 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 222
11 Evans, M. AUS HON 168
12 Van Horebeek, J. BEL HON 164
13 Vlaanderen, C. NED YAM 106
14 Tixier, Jordi FRA KTM 106
15 Jacobi, Henry GER YAM

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MX2

In MX2, Thomas Kjer Olsen made an epic return to the podium with his first overall victory of the season, with teammate Jed Beaton only a single point off the round overall. Ben Watson was also having a good day, standing on the third step of the box.

Thomas Kjer Olsen

“I’m pretty surprised. I went into the race not really knowing that I was on the podium, it was just a crazy battle out there and I’m really happy about my riding. I wanted to be up there in the front and that’s what we will work on for the next race. I had a rough few races and the confidence was not really there but I felt this week just went better and better. I got my confidence back on the bike that I had last year and the confidence that I should have had from the beginning. I’m just super happy to get this overall as it’s been a long time since I’ve been up there and it’s an amazing feeling.”

Thomas Kjer Olsen
Thomas Kjer Olsen

Despite missing out on the podium, Tom Vialle continues to lead the championship now by 30-points over Geerts and Renaux, while Beaton sits in fourth, just nine-points off Renaux.

Jed Beaton

“I can’t explain how happy I am to have won the second moto today. I had a great start in race two and got into the lead early on lap three. I then had a clear track and just focussed on my lines. As the race wore on I got a little nervous but kept it together. I did make a few mistakes but held on for the win. It’s been a tough year until this point and it’s all coming together now. The team have been great and I’m so happy and pleased for them, too. I’m looking forward to Wednesday now.”

Jed Beaton and Thomas Kjer Olsen celebrate a successful MXGP of Lombardia
Jed Beaton and Thomas Kjer Olsen celebrate a successful MXGP of Lombardia

Bailey Malkiewicz went 10-23 in the weekends races, while Nathan Crawford went 30-16, with the two Aussie riders now 15th and 21st in the standings respectively.

MX2 Results – 2020 MXGP of Lombardia

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN HUS 22 18 40
2 Beaton, Jed AUS HUS 14 25 39
3 Watson, Ben GBR YAM 15 22 37
4 Renaux, Maxime FRA YAM 20 16 36
5 Van De Moosdijk, Roan NED KAW 18 15 33
6 Vialle, Tom FRA KTM 25 7 32
7 Rubini, Stephen FRA HON 13 12 25
8 Mewse, Conrad GBR KTM 3 20 23
9 Geerts, Jago BEL YAM 10 13 23
10 Gifting, Isak SWE GAS 12 11 23
11 Forato, Alberto ITA HUS 9 10 19
12 Boisrame, Mathys FRA KAW 16 0 16
13 Östlund, Alvin SWE HON 1 14 15
14 Haarup, Mikkel DEN KAW 4 9 13
15 Malkiewicz, Bailey AUS HON 11 0 11
16 Renkens, Nathan BEL KTM 7 2 9
17 Horgmo, Kevin NOR KTM 0 8 8
18 Fernandez, Ruben ESP YAM 8 0 8
19 Vaessen, Bas NED KTM 0 6 6
20 Sandner, Michael AUT GAS 6 0 6
21 Crawford, Nathan AUS HON 0 5 5

2020 MX2 Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Vialle, Tom FRA KTM 386
2 Geerts, Jago BEL YAM 356
3 Renaux, Maxime FRA YAM 295
4 Beaton, Jed AUS HUS 286
5 Van De Moosdijk, R. NED KAW 243
6 Olsen, T. DEN HUS 228
7 Watson, Ben GBR YAM 228
8 Boisrame, M. FRA KAW 198
9 Mewse, Conrad GBR KTM 185
10 Fernandez, R. ESP YAM 164
11 Rubini, S. FRA HON 143
12 Östlund, Alvin SWE HON 127
13 Haarup, Mikkel DEN KAW 118
14 Crawford, N. AUS HON 91
15 Forato, A. ITA HUS 85
16 Hofer, Rene AUT KTM 73
17 Gilbert, Josh GBR HUS 72
18 Guadagnini, M. ITA HUS 62
19 Pancar, Jan SLO KTM 62
20 Laengenfelder, S. GER GAS 59
21 Malkiewicz, B. AUS HON 54

WMX

In the WMX Courtney Duncan had a mixed weekend, claiming the first race win, before a massive crash in Race 2 snapped her ‘bars, ending what seemed like a dominant performance, that would have handed her another overall win and extended the championship lead.

Courtney Duncan

“It was an up and down day for me, which started off really well as I won the first race and felt pretty good. I had a comfortable lead and maintained it. I’d made some passes on the opening laps and made my way into second. I wasn’t too far off the lead when I had a massive crash. I ran back to the bike but the handlebars were snapped so there was no way of finishing, which resulted in a DNF. “That’s the way life goes sometimes it doesn’t always go to plan. I can dwell on it, or I can go back to work on Tuesday and continue to fight. That’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to show up on Tuesday and give it everything I’ve got.”

Instead Larissa Papenmeier took the overall with consistent second places, while Nancy Van De Ven took the Race 2 win. Papenmeier now leads the standings from Van De Ven by 10-points, with Fontanesi in third, a further three points behind. Duncan is now fourth, with only four-points separating second through fourth, and 14-points to first.

Larissa Papenmeier

“For sure it’s a nice feeling. When I’m riding, I’m not really thinking about the championship and what could happen. I knew that second place was enough to win but I actually didn’t think about the red plate, so I tried to keep it smooth, tried to make no mistakes and it was really good. I had a good feeling and I liked the track, it’s a bit bumpy so I’m looking forward to Tuesday.”

WMX Results – 2020 MXGP of Lombardia

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Papenmeier, Larissa GER YAM 22 22 44
2 Van De Ven, Nancy NED YAM 16 25 41
3 Fontanesi, Kiara ITA KTM 20 16 36
4 Andersen, Sara DEN KTM 15 20 35
5 Dam, Line DEN YAM 18 15 33
6 Valk, Lynn NED YAM 14 18 32
7 van der Vlist, Shana NED KTM 11 14 25
8 Duncan, Courtney NZL KAW 25 0 25
9 Borchers, Anne GER SUZ 9 12 21
10 O’Hare, Tahlia Jade AUS KTM 5 13 18
11 Berry, Avrie USA KTM 8 10 18
12 Jakobsen, Malou DEN KTM 13 4 17
13 Astudillo, Jamie USA KTM 12 0 12
14 Keller, Sandra SUI KTM 0 11 11
15 Kapsamer , Elena AUT KTM 3 8 11

2020 WMX Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Papenmeier, L. GER YAM 129
2 Van De Ven, N. NED YAM 119
3 Fontanesi, K. ITA KTM 116
4 Duncan, C. NZL KAW 115
5 Valk, Lynn NED YAM 98
6 Dam, Line DEN YAM 87
7 van der Vlist, S. NED KTM 75
8 Andersen, Sara DEN KTM 60
9 Borchers, Anne GER SUZ 60
10 O’Hare, T. AUS KTM 54
11 Martinez, M. FRA KTM 39
12 Jans-Beken, B. NED KTM 35
13 Dahl, Emelie SWE YAM 32
14 Van Der Werff, B. NED SUZ 31
15 Astudillo, J. USA KTM 30

EMX250

The first races of the weekend in Mantova for the MXGP of Lombardia, were by the EMX250 riders, andt saw Thibault Benistant have a successful end to his day as he took a fourth consecutive overall victory in the category.

As the gate dropped for the opening EMX250 race of the day, it was Meico Vettik who got off to a flying start and was the early race leader. He was followed by Emilio Scuteri and Tom Guyon.

Bastian Boegh-Damm didn’t have such a good start to the race as he crashed out and seemed to be in discomfort as he hopped towards his bike. He did re-join for a couple of laps though eventually retired from the race.

Meanwhile Mattia Guadagnini and Thibault Benistant didn’t get off to the best start in the race, as both were down the field, with Guadagnini 10th and Benistant 14th. Another rider struggling in the beginning of the race was Kay De Wolf who was further down the order in P17.

Back with the leaders it was Vettik who had already pulled a 5.654 second gap over Guyon, as Scuteri, Oriol Oliver and Hakon Fredriksen, were locked in a battle for third position. Gianluca Facchetti was meanwhile having a great ride in fourth place.

Meanwhile Vettik could not afford to relax as his five-second gap was being cut short rapidly as the group caught up. And things then went downhill for the Estonian who crashed out of the lead, though was able to pick himself up pretty quickly and re-join in fourth position. Guyon then moved into the lead, though this didn’t last long as the KTM rider crashed out and was dropping down the race order fast.

Hakon Fredriksen
Hakon Fredriksen

This then allowed Fredriksen to inherit the lead, all while Guadagnini was making good progress and was already up into fifth on lap 5 of the race. Fredriksen  continued to lead the race as he opened up a seven-second gap over Facchetti and Vettik, while Guadagnini was catching the pair as he searched for higher positions. The Italian eventually was able to find a way through into third pushing Vettik to fourth in the race.

As the race progressed, Guadagnini then started to go after Facchetti and after several attempts was able to jump into second. At the same time the Husqvarna rider also set the fastest lap time of the race with a 1:56.878 with just 3 laps to go.

Facchetti then was being caught by Vettik for P3, though was able to retain his position as Fredriksen crossed the line to win race 1. Guadagnini finished second.

In the second EMX250 race, it was Guadagnini and Guyon who led the way, though things changed quickly as Guadagnini went down. Guyon then came under fire from Benistant who was eager to get into the lead and finish the day with a solid result. As Guyon tried to hold off Benistant, this allowed Tim Edberg to get closer.

EMX250 Start
EMX250 Start

Meanwhile further down the order, Vettik was not having the best start to the race as he was down in 18th on the opening few laps of the race.

Guadagnini then continued to cruise around the circuit, passing pitlane and giving the crew a signal at the bike, which must’ve taken an impact from his crash a lap earlier. He continued to ride around for a few more laps before going out of the race.

By lap 3, Benistant was the new race leader as he led Guyon, Edberg and De Wolf. Though Guyon looks to have made a mistake as he lost two positions and dropped to fourth in the race. Benistant then went on to set a fast lap of the race, with 12 minutes plus 2 laps on the clock.

Just five seconds separated the top three riders, as De Wolf was searching for a way into second place and after several attempts was able to do just that as he moved up a position past Edberg.

As the race progressed, Benistant continued to edge away from the rest of the field as he pulled a 10.441 second gap over De Wolf and Edberg who remained second and third. In the end not much changed in the top 10, as Benistant claimed his first race win of the day, with De Wolf and Edberg crossing the line to finish in the top three.

A fifth and a win was enough to give Thibault Benistant the overall as Hakon Fredriksen claimed his first podium of the season to finish second and Tim Edberg also getting the third spot on the box.

As it stands Benistant now leads the EMX250 Championship by 57 points, with Guadagnini and De Wolf tied on points in second and third.

Thibault Benistant

“The day started not so easy as I finished a little bit far on the lap time. In the first race I tried to start a little bit far from the outside and I needed to push hard for a comeback, but I did quite a good race and finished fifth. In the second race I started better, I was third and there was a crash at the front. I waited for a mistake from Tom and then I was leading. I kept the gap and win the race. I feel good, I like the track when it becomes a little bit bumpy, so I hope to do the same.”

Thibault Benistant
Thibault Benistant

EMX250 Results – 2020 MXGP of Lombardia

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Benistant, Thibault FRA YAM 16 25 41
2 Fredriksen, Hakon NOR YAM 25 13 38
3 Edberg, Tim SWE YAM 15 20 35
4 Facchetti, Gianluca ITA YAM 20 14 34
5 de Wolf, Kay NED HUS 9 22 31
6 Vettik, Meico EST KTM 18 12 30
7 Locurcio, Lorenzo VEN KAW 12 16 28
8 Talviku, Jorgen-Matthias EST HUS 13 10 23
9 Guadagnini, Mattia ITA HUS 22 0 22
10 Spies, Maximilian GER HUS 4 15 19
11 Florian, Lion GER KTM 10 9 19
12 Guyon, Tom FRA KTM 0 18 18
13 Oliver, Oriol ESP KTM 14 3 17
14 Cenerelli, Gianmarco ITA HUS 0 11 11
15 Scuteri, Emilio ITA KTM 11 0 11

EMX250 Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Benistant, T. FRA YAM 215
2 Guadagnini, M. ITA HUS 158
3 de Wolf, Kay NED HUS 158
4 Gifting, Isak SWE KTM 128
5 Edberg, Tim SWE YAM 126
6 Vettik, Meico EST KTM 114
7 Talviku, J. EST HUS 112
8 Fredriksen, H. NOR YAM 110
9 Florian, Lion GER KTM 87
10 Everts, Liam BEL KTM 87
11 Boegh Damm, B. DEN KTM 79
12 Locurcio, L. VEN KAW 78
13 Guyon, Tom FRA KTM 76
14 Facchetti, G. ITA YAM 74
15 Spies, M. GER HUS 73

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Arminas Jasikonis in induced coma

Following Arminas Jasikonis’ admittance to hospital on Sunday afternoon, September 27, during the second MXGP race at the MXGP of Lombardia, Mantova, Italy, Husqvarna Motorcycles issued the following update on AJ’s condition:

Taken to hospital in Cremona, Italy, Arminas was diagnosed as having a traumatic brain injury and, as is routine procedure with injuries of this type, placed in a medically induced coma in order to stabilise his situation. Due to the serious nature of injuries of this kind, AJ remains in a coma and is receiving ongoing specialist care. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing would like to thank all medical staff that have assisted Arminas as well as the numerous well-wishers both from within the MXGP paddock and the wider motorcycle community.

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Arminas Jasikonis is in an induced coma, as a routine procedure, following a traumatic brain injury suffered at the MXGP of Lombardia
Antti Pyrhönen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP Team Manager

“This is a very serious situation for Arminas and a very difficult time for his family and all involved in the team. After AJ was flown to hospital on Sunday night, he was placed in a medically induced coma because of the trauma he suffered to his brain. Really, there is not much else to say at this time – this is the situation, a situation that is very serious and difficult for everyone, and now we have to wait and stay positive. He has the best medical care around him, and we are in close contact with both the specialists at the hospital here in Italy but also in Innsbruck, Austria. Thank you to everyone who has expressed their concerns and wishes AJ all the best.”


2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Round Seven – GEICO Motorcycle WW Ranch National, Florida
September 26, 2020

Images Jeff Kardas

The seventh round of the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship featured an action-packed afternoon of racing in both the 450 Class and 250 Class. The sandy conditions of WW Ranch Motocross Park and Florida’s heat provided riders with one of the most challenging rounds of the season.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne showed why he’s the man to beat in the 450 Class this summer, sweeping both motos to capture a class-leading fourth victory of the season and extend his championship point lead to 29-points. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin logged two consistent motos to finish second overall, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac gave Osborne a run late in the second moto and ended the day third.

In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis won in dominant fashion by going 1-1 for the second consecutive week and extended his championship lead to 13. Ferrandis’s Star Racing Yamaha teammate Justin Cooper secured a season-best second overall, just edging out GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin.

Jett Lawrence went 2-5 for fourth overall, just missing out on the overall podium but strengthening his seventh place in the 250 Championship standings with 200-points to his name.

Hunter Lawrence started well with a sixth in the opening Moto but failed to finish the second bout after encountering a mechanical gremlin.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend on Saturday, October 3 for the penultimate round of the 2020 season in Lakewood, Colorado.

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450MX Moto 1

As the gate dropped on the opening 450 Class Moto, Osborne grabbed the Motosport.com Holeshot, closely followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton. The premier class rookie duo of Cianciarulo and Sexton quickly sprinted around Osborne on the opening lap, shuffling the championship point leader to third. Following a hard crash in the final qualifying session, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin started just behind the leaders in fourth.

While Cianciarulo and Sexton paced one another at the head of the field, Osborne trailed by just over three seconds, keeping the leaders within sight. At the halfway point of the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto, Sexton saw an opening and struck by pulling alongside Cianciarulo and taking second. Cianciarulo instantly retaliated with a move of his own to reclaim the lead.

Entering the final stages of the moto, Osborne inched his way closer to the lead duo and used his aggressive riding style to pass Sexton around the outside of a corner. Just one lap later Osborner dove to the inside of his closest championship rival Cianciarulo and took control of the race lead.

Osborne’s late race charge helped him secure his fifth moto win of the season by 2.7 seconds over Cianciarulo. Musquin took advantage of a late race mistake by Sexton to complete the podium in third, followed by Sexton in fourth.

450MX Moto 1 Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Zachary Osborne HQV FC450 RE 16 Laps
2 Adam Cianciarulo KAW KX450 +02.733
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE +14.333
4 Chase Sexton HON CRF450R WE +19.188
5 Justin Barcia YAM YZ 450F +22.263
6 Eli Tomac KAW KX450 +40.597
7 Blake Baggett KTM 450 SX-F FE +48.758
8 Joseph Savatgy SUZ RMZ 450 +1:03.459
9 Fredrik Noren SUZ RMZ 450 +1:21.711
10 Christian Craig HON CRF450R +1:27.313
11 Justin Bogle KTM 450 SX-F FE +2:00.818
12 Isaac Teasdale SUZ RMZ 450 +2:11.164
13 Max Anstie SUZ RMZ 450 +2:16.874
14 Justin  Rodbell KAW KX 450F 15 Laps
15 Kyle Chisholm YAM YZ 450F +29.684
16 Tyler Bowers KAW KX450 +37.410
17 Alex Ray KAW KX450 +46.322
18 McClellan Hile KTM 450 SX-F FE +50.440
19 Bryce Backaus YAM YZ 450F +1:10.787
20 Tristan Lane KTM 450 SX-F +1:30.248
21 Jared Lesher KTM 450 SX-F +1:35.361
22 Matthew Hubert KAW KX450 +1:37.238
23 Christopher Prebula KTM 450 SX-F +2:14.502
24 Vann Martin KTM 450 SX-F +2:23.439
25 Tristan Lewis YAM YZ 450F 14 Laps
26 Adam Enticknap SUZ RMZ 450 +1:17.896
27 Scott Meshey HQV FC450 RE +1:20.278
28 Nicolas Rolando KTM 450 SX-F +1:31.986
29 Joshua Berchem KTM 450 SX-F +1:37.277
30 Jerry Lorenz III YAM YZ 450F +1:49.156
31 Nick Fratz-Orr KTM 450 SX-F FE +2:46.853
32 Bryton Carroll YAM YZ 450F +3:20.771
33 Nathen LaPorte HON CRF450R 13 Laps
34 Carter Stephenson YAM YZ 450F 10 Laps
35 Richard Taylor YAM YZ 450F 9 Laps
36 Ben LaMay KTM 450 SX-F 7 Laps
37 Jeffrey Walker KTM 450 SX-F FE +12.858
38 Carson Tickle HON CRF450R 5 Laps
39 Benny Bloss HQV FC450 3 Laps
40 Jake Masterpool HQV FC450 +24.431

450MX Moto 2

The final 450 Class moto of the afternoon saw Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia launch out of the gate to grab the Motosport.com Holeshot, followed by Musquin and Cianciarulo. Exiting the first turn, Cianciarulo grabbed a handful of throttle to blitz his way around Musquin and Barcia to take the race lead. Prior to the completion of the opening lap, Barcia would lose the front end entering a corner, allowing Anstie to take over third, just ahead of Osborne in fourth.

Cianciarulo continued his strong early moto form out front, while Musquin looked to keep the Kawasaki rider in his sight in second. A mistake by Anstie allowed Osborne to sneak by and into third. With just under 20-minutes to go, Musquin saw an opportunity to make the pass for the lead, which saw the two riders collide entering a corner and Cianciarulo hitting the ground. Musquin was able to stay up and take the lead, while Osborne and Sexton moved into second and third. Cianciarulo would remount in seventh.

Osborne made an attack on the Frenchman Musquin and took over the race lead at the halfway point of the moto. Shortly after, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac latched onto the rear fender of Sexton to pass him for third. Tomac continued his charge forward, working his way up to and around Musquin for second.

Entering the final lap, Osborne and Tomac were wheel-to-wheel in the battle for the moto win. Osborne fended off the multi-time reigning champion to take his sixth moto win of the season. Tomac crossed the checkered flag to finish second, followed by Musquin in third.

450MX Moto 2 Results

Pos Rider Bike Lapt/Interval
1 Zachary Osborne HQV FC450 RE 16 Laps
2 Eli Tomac KAW KX450 +04.201
3 Marvin Musquin KTM 450 SX-F FE +23.839
4 Max Anstie SUZ RMZ 450 +29.490
5 Chase Sexton HON CRF450R WE +37.275
6 Blake Baggett KTM 450 SX-F FE +49.082
7 Adam Cianciarulo KAW KX450 +1:10.201
8 Fredrik Noren SUZ RMZ 450 +1:19.318
9 Joseph Savatgy SUZ RMZ 450 +1:24.249
10 Christian Craig HON CRF450R +1:33.139
11 Jake Masterpool HQV FC450 +2:11.411
12 Kyle Chisholm YAM YZ 450F 15 Laps
13 Justin Barcia YAM YZ 450F +01.612
14 Isaac Teasdale SUZ RMZ 450 +09.289
15 Justin Bogle KTM 450 SX-F FE +35.423
16 Tyler Bowers KAW KX450 +39.649
17 Tristan Lane KTM 450 SX-F +41.688
18 Alex Ray KAW KX450 +45.985
19 Justin  Rodbell KAW KX 450F +52.703
20 Matthew Hubert KAW KX450 +55.548
21 Jared Lesher KTM 450 SX-F +1:17.841
22 McClellan Hile KTM 450 SX-F FE +1:26.179
23 Carson Tickle HON CRF450R +1:35.195
24 Bryce Backaus YAM YZ 450F +1:57.211
25 Vann Martin KTM 450 SX-F +2:33.092
26 Cory Carsten SUZ RMZ 450 14 Laps
27 Nicolas Rolando KTM 450 SX-F +04.721
28 Nick Fratz-Orr KTM 450 SX-F FE +1:02.905
29 Adam Enticknap SUZ RMZ 450 +1:05.948
30 Joshua Berchem KTM 450 SX-F +1:45.940
31 Brandon Pederson HQV FC450 FE +2:07.653
32 Christopher Prebula KTM 450 SX-F 13 Laps
33 Carter Stephenson YAM YZ 450F 12 Laps
34 Ben LaMay KTM 450 SX-F 8 Laps
35 Nathen LaPorte HON CRF450R 7 Laps
36 Jerry Lorenz III YAM YZ 450F 5 Laps
37 Bryton Carroll YAM YZ 450F +1:36.693
38 Scott Meshey HQV FC450 RE 3 Laps
39 Benny Bloss HQV FC450 2 Laps
40 Richard Taylor YAM YZ 450F DNF

450MX Overall

Osborne went 1-1 for the second time this season, capturing his fourth overall victory of the season in the premier class. Musquin’s consistency rewarded him with second overall (3-3), edging out Tomac who made his return to the podium in third (6-2).

“It’s an unreal feeling to get back on top” explained Osborne. “A week ago we were faced with some adversity, but we responded with two moto wins today. This is what makes all of the hard work and tough times we face during the week worth it. I had to fight for that second moto win, Eli was on it, but we dug deep and managed to get the job done.”

The overall win helped Osborne extend his championship lead to 29-points over Cianciarulo who finished fourth overall (2-7). Musquin maintains his third position in the standings, just a single point behind Cianciarulo.

450MX Overall

Pos Rider M1 M2 Points
1 Zachary Osborne 1 1 50
2 Marvin Musquin 3 3 40
3 Eli Tomac 6 2 37
4 Adam Cianciarulo 2 7 36
5 Chase Sexton 4 5 34
6 Blake Baggett 7 6 29
7 Max Anstie 13 4 26
8 Fredrik Noren 9 8 25
9 Joseph Savatgy 8 9 25
10 Justin Barcia 5 13 24
11 Christian Craig 10 10 22
12 Isaac Teasdale 12 14 16
13 Justin Bogle 11 15 16
14 Kyle Chisholm 15 12 15
15 Jake Masterpool 40 11 10
16 Tyler Bowers 16 16 10
17 Justin  Rodbell 14 19 9
18 Alex Ray 17 18 7
19 Tristan Lane 20 17 5
20 McClellan Hile 18 22 3
21 Bryce Backaus 19 24 2
22 Matthew Hubert 22 20 1
23 Jared Lesher 21 21 0
24 Vann Martin 24 25 0
25 Nicolas Rolando 28 27 0
26 Adam Enticknap 26 29 0
27 Christopher Prebula 23 32 0
28 Nick Fratz-Orr 31 28 0
29 Joshua Berchem 29 30 0
30 Carson Tickle 38 23 0
31 Scott Meshey 27 38 0
32 Jerry Lorenz III 30 36 0
33 Carter Stephenson 34 33 0
34 Nathen LaPorte 33 35 0
35 Bryton Carroll 32 37 0
36 Ben LaMay 36 34 0
37 Richard Taylor 35 40 0
38 Benny Bloss 39 39 0
39 Tristan Lewis 25 0
40 Cory Carsten 26 0
41 Brandon Pederson 31 0
42 Jeffrey Walker 37 0

450MX Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Zachary Osborne 285
2 Adam Cianciarulo 256
3 Marvin Musquin 255
4 Eli Tomac 233
5 Blake Baggett 219
6 Justin Barcia 218
7 Chase Sexton 207
8 Christian Craig 163
9 Joseph Savatgy 147
10 Max Anstie 139
11 Broc Tickle 134
12 Fredrik Noren 107
13 Dean Wilson 97
14 Justin Bogle 72
15 Jake Masterpool 63
16 Henry Miller 59
17 Jason Anderson 58
18 Justin  Rodbell 58
19 Benny Bloss 47
20 Coty Schock 31
21 Cooper Webb 29
22 Tyler Bowers 23
23 John Short 21
24 Ben LaMay 21
25 Isaac Teasdale 19
26 Grant Harlan 18
27 Jeremy Smith 18
28 Justin Hoeft 17
29 Kyle Chisholm 15
30 Luke Renzland 11
31 Matthew Hubert 10
32 Chase Felong 8
33 Alex Ray 7
34 Tristan Lane 5
35 Felix Lopez 5
36 Robbie Wageman 4
37 Jeffrey Walker 4
38 McClellan Hile 3
39 Cory Carsten 3
40 Jared Lesher 3
41 Bryce Backaus 2

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250MX Moto 1

The first 250 Class moto saw Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Shane McElrath emerge with the Motosport.com Holeshot, just edging out his teammate Dylan Ferrandis and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ hampshire. The opening lap saw Hampshire quickly go to work to steal second from Ferrandis, while Ferrandis’ championship rival Jeremy Martin started in fourth on his GEICO Honda.

As McElrath led the 40-rider field around the sandy circuit, Ferrandis managed to regroup and close the gap on Hampshire, reclaiming the second position. Just moments later, Ferrandis would continue his push towards the front as he overtook his teammate McElrath to become the new race leader. The podium battle behind Ferrandis began to heat up as GEICO Honda’s rookie Jett Lawrence found his way by both Hampshire and McElrath to move into second.

With Ferrandis dropping the hammer and looking to breakaway from Lawrence out front, Hampshire put in another charge that allowed him to muscle his way by McElrath for third. With five minutes remaining, the final podium positions tightened up as Lawrence, Hampshire, and Jeremy Martin were separated by just seconds. A huge mistake by Hampshire saw him eject from his motorcycle off of one of the large infield jumps, moving Jeremy Martin into third.

Ferrandis would go on to take a dominating fifth moto win of the season by 9.6 seconds over Lawrence who earned a career-best second. Jeremy Martin crossed the finish line a distant third.

250MX Moto 1 Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Dylan Ferrandis YAM YZ 250F 16 Laps
2 Jett Lawrence HON CRF250R +09.655
3 Jeremy Martin HON CRF250R +21.486
4 Justin Cooper YAM YZ 250F +30.898
5 Alex Martin SUZ RMZ 250 +37.359
6 Hunter Lawrence HON CRF250R +41.083
7 Shane McElrath YAM YZ 250F +44.221
8 Jo Shimoda HON CRF250R +1:00.325
9 Cameron Mcadoo KAW KX 250 +1:12.527
10 Carson Mumford HON CRF250R +1:14.966
11 Mitchell Harrison KAW KX 250 +1:19.400
12 Jarrett Frye YAM YZ 250F +1:27.097
13 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250 SX-F FE +1:36.295
14 Hardy Munoz HQV FC250 +1:41.303
15 Nick Gaines YAM YZ 250F +1:55.578
16 Joseph Crown YAM YZ 250F +2:03.052
17 Jalek  Swoll HQV FC250 +2:07.172
18 Derek Kelley HQV FC250 +2:07.903
19 Mason Gonzales YAM YZ 250F 15 Laps
20 Jerry Robin HQV FC250 +52.972
21 Kevin Moranz KTM 250 SX-F +56.026
22 Mathias Jorgensen KAW KX 250 +57.541
23 Austin Root HQV FC250 +1:05.074
24 Colton Eigenmann SUZ RMZ 250 +1:06.246
25 Curren Thurman KTM 250 SX-F +1:12.052
26 Jesse Flock HQV FC250 +1:30.282
27 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F +1:55.081
28 Ezra Hastings HQV FC250 +2:00.185
29 Maxwell Sanford YAM YZ 250F +2:26.755
30 Jake Pinhancos KTM 250 SX-F +2:43.562
31 Gared Steinke KAW KX 250 +2:43.562
32 Brett Greenley YAM YZ 250F 14 Laps
33 Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F +14.605
34 Matthew Klann HON CRF250R +1:05.405
35 RJ Hampshire HQV FC250 13 Laps
36 Kyle Greeson KTM 250 SX-F 11 Laps
37 Derek  Drake KTM 250 SX-F FE 10 Laps
38 Conner Burger KTM 250 SX-F +2:13.018
39 Gage Schehr HQV FC250 4 Laps
40 Gabe Gutierres KTM 250 SX-F 3 Laps

250MX Moto 2

As the gate dropped for 250 Class Moto 2 it was Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Justin Cooper who emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot ahead of JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing’s Alex Martin and Ferrandis. The red plate holder Ferrandis quickly went to the front to lead the opening lap over Cooper, and McElrath. Jeremy Martin started the moto in seventh.

Like we’ve seen many times this season, Ferrandis used the clear track to his advantage by putting in fast laps to open a comfortable lead over his fellow competitors. Behind Ferrandis, Star Racing Yamaha teammates Cooper and McElrath remained steady in second and third. With just under 10-minutes remaining in the moto, Jeremy Martin engaged in a battle with McElrath for the final podium spot.

Ferrandis remained unchallenged en route to his six moto win of the season by 15.3 seconds. Cooper held on to take a season-best second, while Jeremy Martin made a pass on McElrath in the final laps to finish third.

250MX Moto 2 Results

Pos Rider Bike Laps/Interval
1 Dylan Ferrandis YAM YZ 250F 16 Laps
2 Justin Cooper YAM YZ 250F +15.304
3 Jeremy Martin HON CRF250R +23.706
4 Shane McElrath YAM YZ 250F +29.004
5 Jett Lawrence HON CRF250R +37.013
6 RJ Hampshire HQV FC250 +40.888
7 Alex Martin SUZ RMZ 250 +59.176
8 Cameron Mcadoo KAW KX 250 +1:23.120
9 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250 SX-F FE +1:27.457
10 Jo Shimoda HON CRF250R +1:27.925
11 Carson Mumford HON CRF250R +2:04.883
12 Jarrett Frye YAM YZ 250F +2:15.554
13 Nick Gaines YAM YZ 250F +2:19.882
14 Kevin Moranz KTM 250 SX-F +2:24.692
15 Joseph Crown YAM YZ 250F 15 Laps
16 Mitchell Harrison KAW KX 250 +04.765
17 Jerry Robin HQV FC250 +07.224
18 Hardy Munoz HQV FC250 +13.923
19 Curren Thurman KTM 250 SX-F +41.068
20 Jesse Flock HQV FC250 +42.498
21 Colton Eigenmann SUZ RMZ 250 +50.288
22 Ezra Hastings HQV FC250 +1:00.193
23 Derek Kelley HQV FC250 +2:06.176
24 Maxwell Sanford YAM YZ 250F +2:33.265
25 Lane Shaw KTM 250 SX-F +2:45.694
26 Kyle Greeson KTM 250 SX-F 14 Laps
27 Austin Root HQV FC250 +11.352
28 Brett Greenley YAM YZ 250F +39.795
29 Jake Pinhancos KTM 250 SX-F +44.709
30 Matthew Klann HON CRF250R +59.439
31 Joshua Varize KTM 250 SX-F +1:07.071
32 Jordan Jarvis KAW KX 250 +1:11.685
33 Michael Lacore KTM 250 SX-F 13 Laps
34 Austin Cozadd YAM YZ 250F +26.226
35 Hayden Hefner YAM YZ 250F +1:35.861
36 Gared Steinke KAW KX 250 9 Laps
37 Mathias Jorgensen KAW KX 250 6 Laps
38 Gage Schehr HQV FC250 4 Laps
39 Hunter Lawrence HON CRF250R 3 Laps
40 Chad  Stonier YAM YZ 250F 2 Laps

250MX Overall

For the third time this season, Ferrandis swept both motos (1-1) for the overall victory. Cooper landed on the overall podium for the first time this season in second (4-2), edging out Jeremy Martin in third (3-3).

“It’s a great feeling to get another win,” said Ferrandis. “Every race and moto is really important. To go 1-1 today is huge and it’s great to show how strong I am when the conditions are tough. My starts were much better overall, so it’s quite a nice feeling to have it pay off with a good overall result. There are two races left and it’s going to be important to keep this momentum rolling for the championship.”

The win helped Ferrandis extend his championship point lead to 13-points over Jeremy Martin. Jeremy’s brother, Alex Martin, finished sixth overall (5-7) on the day and moved to third in the standings.

250MX Overall Results

Pos Rider M1 M2 Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis 1 1 50
2 Justin Cooper 4 2 40
3 Jeremy Martin 3 3 40
4 Jett Lawrence 2 5 38
5 Shane McElrath 7 4 32
6 Alex Martin 5 7 30
7 Cameron Mcadoo 9 8 25
8 Jo Shimoda 8 10 24
9 Carson Mumford 10 11 21
10 Brandon Hartranft 13 9 20
11 Jarrett Frye 12 12 18
12 RJ Hampshire 35 6 15
13 Mitchell Harrison 11 16 15
14 Hunter Lawrence 6 39 15
15 Nick Gaines 15 13 14
16 Joseph Crown 16 15 11
17 Hardy Munoz 14 18 10
18 Kevin Moranz 21 14 7
19 Jerry Robin 20 17 5
20 Jalek  Swoll 17 4
21 Derek Kelley 18 23 3
22 Mason Gonzales 19 2
23 Colton Eigenmann 24 21 0
24 Curren Thurman 25 19 2
25 Jesse Flock 26 20 1
26 Ezra Hastings 28 22 0
27 Austin Root 23 27 0
28 Maxwell Sanford 29 24 0
29 Lane Shaw 33 25 0
30 Joshua Varize 27 31 0
31 Jake Pinhancos 30 29 0
32 Mathias Jorgensen 22 37 0
33 Brett Greenley 32 28 0
34 Kyle Greeson 36 26 0
35 Matthew Klann 34 30 0
36 Gared Steinke 31 36 0
37 Gage Schehr 39 38 0
38 Jordan Jarvis 32 0
39 Michael Lacore 33 0
40 Austin Cozadd 34 0
41 Hayden Hefner 35 0
42 Derek  Drake 37 0
43 Conner Burger 38 0
44 Gabe Gutierres 40 0
45 Chad  Stonier 40 0

250MX Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Dylan Ferrandis 307
2 Jeremy Martin 294
3 Alex Martin 224
4 Shane McElrath 218
5 RJ Hampshire 217
6 Justin Cooper 204
7 Jett Lawrence 200
8 Cameron Mcadoo 165
9 Mitchell Harrison 138
10 Brandon Hartranft 134
11 Carson Mumford 116
12 Jo Shimoda 114
13 Derek  Drake 106
14 Hunter Lawrence 88
15 Mason Gonzales 75
16 Stilez Robertson 70
17 Nick Gaines 58
18 Ty Masterpool 54
19 Pierce Brown 36
20 Hardy Munoz 33
21 Jarrett Frye 32
22 Jerry Robin 28
23 Darian Sanayei 24
24 Joseph Crown 24
25 Jalek  Swoll 19
26 Lance Kobusch 18
27 Derek Kelley 15
28 Ezra Hastings 14
29 Gared Steinke 11
30 Austin Root 9
31 Jesse Flock 8
32 Kevin Moranz 7
33 Joshua Varize 7
34 Zack Williams 6
35 Jordan Bailey 6
36 Dilan Schwartz 5
37 Maxwell Sanford 4
38 Mathias Jorgensen 4
39 Curren Thurman 2
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Moto News Weekly for November 26, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Jett Lawrence set for his professional SX debut
  • Toni Bou claims French X-Trial Round 2 victory
  • Jack Holder crowned 2019 Oceania Speedway Champion at Gillman
  • Wade Young wins 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro in South Borneo
  • Harley announce massive 2020 AFT contingency program
  • 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
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track
    • 2020 Australian Track

Jett Lawrence set for his professional SX debut

Australian sensation Jett Lawrence will make his professional supercross debut with Honda Racing Australia at the Monster Energy AUS-X Open event this coming weekend at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

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Jett Lawrence – Monster Energy Cup 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

The Queensland native currently lives in the USA, but is heading back to Melbourne to race his first-ever professional career and international Supercross race onboard a Honda CRF250R.

Since landing in the United States in early 2018, Lawrence has been unstoppable, racking up a multitude of prestigious amateur championships, which have subsequently made him the hottest property on the market. The 16-year-old recently signed a long-term contract to ride under the powerhouse Geico Honda squad in the 2020 World 250cc SX2 Supercross (West Coast AMA) Championship.

Jett Lawrence

“I’m really excited to be making my pro debut in Melbourne. I’ve had my eye on these events for a while now and they’ve progressively grown into something that’s world-class. Being a proud Australian makes it pretty cool that I’ll debut there, in front of friends, family and a lot of riders I grew up with too. Winning Monster Cup was a real confidence booster for me, especially on a Supercross track. I definitely think more gate drops and just being in that race environment will help me heaps as I get ready for 2020.”

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Jett Lawrence – Image by Hoppenworld

Lawrence will ride under the awning of the ‘Ride Red’ Honda Racing program, backed by Honda Genuine. General Manager of Honda Motorcycles, Tony Hinton is looking forward to seeing Lawrence in action sharing, “We are really pleased to have Jett under our wing for this final round. He has certainly made a name for himself overseas, so it will be fantastic for local fans to see him race on home soil. We hope for strong results and know he will do the CRF250R proud!”

The addition of Lawrence will add to an already stacked international SX2 division, with existing riders involved in a ferocious title fight that’ll come down to the wire at the Australian Supercross Championship finale.

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Jett Lawerence – Image by Hoppenworld

During New Zealand’s press conference, two-time World Champion Chad Reed indicated that this could very likely be his final race as a professional athlete in Australia, which makes Melbourne a landmark event for Australian Supercross fans, with one legend potentially retiring and a future star being born.

Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium will also feature the Monster Energy Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross contest set to feature some of the world’s most insane stunts, with the legendary Josh Sheehan as the headliner. Best Whip will be back again, along with the Yamaha Celebrity challenge as some of Australia’s highest profiled stars do battle on track, including Jack Riewoldt, Jordan De Goey, Scott McLaughlin and many more celebrities.

Aus-X Open
Aus-X Open

Tickets can be secured from www.ticketmaster.com.au (link) with new tickets released from just $39.95! The Monster Energy AUS-X Open doubles as the fifth and final round of the Australian Supercross Championship, and Grand Final of the FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.

SX1 Standings

Pos Name R1 R3 R3 R4 PTS
1 Luke CLOUT 20 22 25 22 89
2 Justin BRAYTON 25 25 20 18 88
3 Daniel REARDON 22 20 22 16 80
4 Brett METCALFE 18 18 16 20 72
5 Dylan LONG 16 11 15 13 55
6 Richie EVANS 13 16 10 8 47
7 Todd WATERS 15 13 12 7 47
8 Joel WIGHTMAN 10 15 9 9 43
9 Lawson BOPPING 14 13 11 38
10 Jayden RYKERS 12 10 8 5 35
11 Josh HILL 18 15 33
12 Cody DYCE 5 5 14 4 28
13 Jesse DOBSON 7 14 7 28
14 Jackson RICHARDSON 12 1 14 27
15 Jason ANDERSON 25 25
16 Henry MILLER 11 12 23
17 Dylan WOOD 8 6 6 3 23
18 Gradie FEATHERSTONE 11 7 2 20
19 Caleb WARD 9 8 17
20 Justin CARAFA 9 4 13
21 Joey SAVATGY 10 10
22 Lochie LATIMER 6 4 10
23 Cody COOPER 6 6
24 Jesse MADDEN 5 5
25 Blake COBBIN 4 4
26 Jamie HARVEY 3 3
27 Joel CIGLIANO 3 3
28 Chad REED 2 2

SX2 Standings

Pos Name R1 R2 R3 R4 PTS
1 Joshua OSBY 18 22 22 25 87
2 Chris BLOSE 20 16 25 22 83
3 Aaron TANTI 22 20 18 20 80
4 Mitchell OLDENBURG 13 25 20 16 74
5 Jay WILSON 16 18 15 18 67
6 Dylan WILLS 12 10 16 12 50
7 Bradley TAFT 15 12 13 5 45
8 Connor TIERNEY 14 14 15 43
9 Regan DUFFY 15 12 14 41
10 Ricky LATIMER 8 8 9 10 35
11 Geran STAPLETON 9 7 11 27
12 Rhys BUDD 11 8 8 27
13 Jayce COSFORD 10 6 4 6 26
14 Kyle WEBSTER 11 11 3 25
15 Jacob HAYES 25 25
16 Tomas RAVENHORST 13 10 23
17 Morgan FOGARTY 9 3 9 21
18 Kaleb BARHAM 7 7 5 19
19 Wilson TODD 14 14
20 Darian SANAYEI 13 13
21 Hugh McKAY 6 7 13
22 Jack KUKAS 5 4 9
23 Jaxson HADLOW 6 6
24 Chandler BURNS 5 5
25 Madison LATTA 4 4
26 McKenzie O’BREE 2 2
27 Caleb GOULLET 1 1

Toni Bou claims French X-Trial Round 2 victory

The second round of the X-Trial World Championship got underway at the brand new Glaz Arena in Rennes, France, with Repsol Honda Team ace Toni Bou dominating throughout to claim a second 2020 indoor season victory.

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial, Round 2, France

Toni Bou did not disappoint the French crowd, turning out a fine display of riding prowess in front of the Rennes spectators in Brittany. The Repsol Honda Team rider made it through the first five sections of the heats as the superior rider, picking up just four marks.

In the second round, with the top rider from each group qualifying directly for the final, Bou has once again gave a masterful showing, collecting 7 marks in the process.

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial, Round 2, France

The grand finale saw Toni Bou overcome the six sections with a total of 15 points ahead of the 27 accrued by arch-rival Adam Raga, to seal a second season victory.

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial, Round 2, France

Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a almost two-month break ahead of the third X-Trial World Championship season date which will not be held until January 19, 2020 in Budapest. Bou will arrive as clear leader in the contest on 40 points, 10 more than the nearest second-place rival.

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial, Round 2, France
Toni Bou

“Today I did not start the first round very well; the points were fine, but I didn’t feel right with the riding sensations. I didn’t feel comfortable and it took me a while to get into the sections. We will have to work so that in the coming trials we won’t experience these feelings, since it is very easy to get knocked out in the eliminations. In the end, I was able to enjoy myself more in the second round and the final to take the victory. I want to congratulate the organizer of the event, who set up a very tough trial, where I think the spectators really enjoyed it. Now there will be a break before the third trial in Budapest so it is very important to take the leadership here.”

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Toni Bou – 2020 X-Trial, Round 2, France

X-Trial Rennes Round 2 Results

Pos. Rider Nat. Team Con. P.
1 BOU Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team Montesa 20
2 RAGA Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team TRRS 15
3 FAJARDO Jeroni SPA Sherco Factory Team Sherco 12
4 GELABERT Miquel SPA Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 9
5 BUSTO Jaime SPA Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 6
6 BINCAZ Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing Beta 4
7 MARCELLI Gabriel SPA RG Team Montesa 2
8 MARTIN Toby GBR Beta Factory Racing Beta 1

2020 X-Trial Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Nat. Points
1 BOU Toni SPA 40
2 RAGA Adam SPA 30
3 GELABERT Miquel SPA 18
4 BUSTO Jaime SPA 18
5 FAJARDO Jeroni SPA 12
6 CASALES Jorge SPA 6
7 BINCAZ Benoit FRA 6
8 MARCELLI Gabriel SPA 6
9 MARTIN Toby GBR 1
10 TOULY Kieran FRA 1

Holder crowned 2019 Oceania Speedway Champion at Gillman

New South Welshman Jack Holder has taken out the inaugural FIM Oceania Speedway Championship at Gillman in South Australia, dominating the seven-race event, only dropping one point finishing ahead of under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, British rider Dan Bewley and Australian junior international Jordan Stewart.

Holder scored 14 points, and recorded the fastest time of the night, in the heats, passed his biggest challenger, Jaimon Lidsey, to win his semi-final, and then won the final relatively comfortably in a dominating performance.

Holder’s only loss on the night was to Lidsey in their fourth heat, but by that time Holder had already qualified for the semi-finals, and therefore did not need to take any risks to try to pass Lidsey, highlighting one of the obvious flaws with the FIM format used for the meeting, where there is no reward, apart from choice of gate positions, for finishing on, or near, the top of the scorecard.

Second and third, in both the heat points and the final were Lidsey and English rider Dan Bewley, with the other finalist, Jordan Stewart, a non-finisher after he fell on the first lap.

Holder was ecstatic finishing on the top step and believes the new event formula has the support of riders. Holder said he believed European riders currently going through their winter break could see the FIM Oceania Speedway Championship as an opportunity to race.

Jack Holder

“The format and event was great, and similar to events in Europe. Hopefully it (FIM Oceania Speedway Championship) will help us push to gain GP qualifiers. It’s cold over there at the moment with no racing so they may want to come and enjoy the Australian summer and sunshine but to also remain competitive before returning to the European season.”

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FIM Oceania Vice President, Peter Doyle, said the FIM Oceania Speedway Championship showcased the international talent that Australia produces each year.

Peter Doyle – FIM Oceania Vice President

“We have a wealth of speedway talent and this inaugural FIM Oceania Speedway Championship will hopefully open up other avenues for upcoming Australian speedway stars to make their mark on the international stage. With the establishment of this championship we are continuing to support the growth of speedway here in Australia and promoting our international riders.”

2019 Oceania Speedway Championship results

  • SF1 – Holder (B), Lidsey (R), Cook (W), Wright (Y), 55.357 (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th highest scorers)
  • SF2 – Bewley (R), Stewart (B), Sedgmen (Y), Medson (W), 57.301 (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th highest scorers)
  • Final – Holder (R), Lidsey (W), Bewley (B), Stewart (Y-fell), 56.254 (1st and 2nd from the two semi-finals)

Wade Young wins 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro in South Borneo

The 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro held in South Borneo, Indonesia has presented an incredibly tough challenge that ultimately saw just two riders complete the race over the weekend, with Sherco’s Wade Young on blistering form to take the win in front of Graham Jarvis.

Wade Young

“It was a tough day out at the Uncle Hard Enduro. There was only two finishers as there was a big downpour of rain just before the start which made things interesting.”

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Wade Young – 2019 Uncle Hard Enduro

Young’s victory at the Uncle Hard Enduro follows his dominant performance at Wildwood Rock Extreme in Australia just a few weeks ago. Young will now head home to South Africa where he will finalise his preparations for the 2019 Roof of Africa.

Young is the defending Roof of Africa champion and is gunning for his fifth Roof of Africa win. Held in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Roof as it is commonly called, is an event steeped in history dating back to 1967 with legendary winners such as Graham Jarvis, Alfie Cox, Chris Birch and of, course, Wade Young. Labelled, the Mother of Hard Enduro, the 2019 Motul Roof of Africa begins on December 4, 2019.

2019 Uncle Hard Enduro results

  1. Wade Young – ZAF – 1:58.04
  2. Graham Jarvis – GBR – 2:13:25

Harley announce massive 2020 AFT contingency program

Harley-Davidson have announced a major increase in their support of American Flat Track’s AFT Production Twins class. For the first time ever, authorised Harley-Davidson dealerships will now have the race-proven XG750R available for purchase, ensuring that more competitors will field these race-winning machines during the 2020 American Flat Track season.

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Dalton Gauthier – 2019 AFT Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

To support the racing efforts of Harley-Davidson-mounted riders in the class, the Milwaukee-based marque has also posted a $250,000 contingency package.

Jon Bekefy – GM of Brand Marketing for Harley-Davidson

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson XR750 next season, this expanded pledge of support shows our lasting commitment to the sport of flat track. Harley-Davidson dealerships fielding the XG750R will provide an opportunity for our community to rally behind this great American sport.”

Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with flat track racing since the inception of the sport. Throughout the golden era of pro flat track, powerhouse Harley-Davidson dealerships from around the country scored hundreds of wins aboard the legendary XR750.

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James Rispoli – Lima Half Mile 2019 – Image by Scott Hunter

Moments of brilliance during the 2019 AFT Production Twins season hearkened back to that golden era, as Dalton Gauthier and James Rispoli made consistent podium appearances and scored two wins aboard a privateer XG750R backed by Black Hills Harley-Davidson.

With $7,500 awarded to XG750R riders for each AFT Production Twins race win plus a $25,000 championship bonus on the line, the contingency package offered by Harley-Davidson is sure to heat up the on-track action next season.

A total of $15,000 will be up for grabs to XG750R riders at each AFT Production Twins round in 2020, broken down as follows, by place:

First: $7,500; Second: $3,000; Third: $1,000; Fourth: $800; Fifth: $700; Sixth: $600; Seventh: $500; Eighth: $400; Ninth: $300; Tenth: $200.

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James Rispoli & Ryan Varnes – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

The XG750R is available for purchase for $35,999 and deliveries will begin immediately. Supply is limited and priority will be given to dealerships, with the availability of the XG750R and Harley-Davidson’s contingency setting the stage for a renaissance movement of dealer-backed privateers contesting for AFT championships in 2020.

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. You can check out the full calendar below:


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
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What happened this week

  • Australian Junior Trophy Team take the 2020 ISDE crown
  • Toni Bou wins 2020 X-Trial opener in Réunion
  • Aussie Supecross hits NZ
  • American Flat Track announces 2020 calendar
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track
    • 2020 Australian Track

Australian Junior Trophy Team take the 2020 ISDE crown

For the full report see:
USA win ISDE 2019 | Australia win Junior | Sanders #1 outright

The RecoveR8 Australian Junior Trophy Team were crowned ISDE World Champions at the 94th running of the FIM International Six Day Enduro.

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Daniel Sanders – Image Dario Agrati

Lyndon Snodgrass enjoyed a standout week with fourth in E1 for the 2019 ISDE and seventh outright for the event across all categories.

Lyndon Snodgrass

“We are Junior World Trophy Champions this year! I’m already loosing my voice as we have been celebrating after a massive week. Thanks to my team mates Fraser Higlett and Machael Driscoll and to everyone involved in getting us here and making this win happen. It feels great!”

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Australian won the Junior category – Image Dario Agrati

Fraser Higlett put himself on the international map with fourth in E2 for the ISDE, and tenth outright overall across all categories.

Michael Driscoll further underlined the strength of the Aussie Junior squad by finishing ISDE 2019 as the 16th fastest rider of the event across all categories, ahead of plenty of well-known regulars on the senior stage of World Enduro.

Michael Driscoll

“We had an awesome week in Portugal and to be a part of the win with the Junior Team is amazing. “It still seems unreal to think myself, Fraser Higlett and Lyndon Snodgrass are world champions,” said an excited Driscoll. To win something like this, everything and everyone plays a part and the WR450F was just perfect for the conditions. In fact, the more I rode it the more comfortable I felt, and I got faster as the week went on. Apart from replacing a couple of levers from my crashes, we just poured fuel in it every day and kept on riding. Thanks to Yamaha and my Yamaha Active8 Yamalube Team for building me a bullet proof bike and to everyone at MA for their assistance and guidance throughout the event.”

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Michael Driscoll – Image by Dario Agrati

The Australian Senior World Trophy Team ultimately finished second to the USA in the ISDE World Trophy standings.

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Daniel Sanders was the fastest overall rider outright of ISDE 2019 – Image by Dario Agrati

Daniel Sanders was the stand-out rider across the entirety of ISDE 2019 winning the majority of the special tests and days out-right to end the event as the fastest individual overall on his Husqvarna FE 501.

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Daniel Sanders – Image by Dario Agrati
Daniel Sanders

” It has been a hectic week here at the ISDE and we gave it our all as a team. Although we didn’t reclaim the World Trophy, we can be proud of second place and there’s always next year to come out swinging! I am so happy to claim the individual outright ISDE Championship, it’s been a big year for me and I’m now looking forward to some off season down time before a big 2020″.

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Daniel Sanders – Image by Dario Agrati

Both Josh Green and Luke Styke put in some great performances with Styke finishing fourth in E1, and ninth outright for the event as a whole while Josh Green was 12th outright.

Luke Styke

“This is my first ISDE and I have to say it was one of the most challenging things I have done. The course was first class with a huge variety of terrain and conditions as we went from mud to dust and back again and from roads to sand, this ISDE had everything. Fortunately, one thing I didn’t have to worry about was the durability of my bike. I might have crashed and bent a radiator or two during the week and its probably not in show room condition and ready for sale but mechanically it was rock solid and performance wise, we led the way for Yamaha so it’s a real credit to the team and the production bike to last through such tough conditions. As a team, we busted our butts all week and in the end we just weren’t good enough. But we gave it our all and we all leave Portugal with our heads held high,” Styke ends.

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Luke Styke – Image by Dario Agrati

In the Women’s Trophy, Jessica Gardiner was the sole team member remaining on day six. With the teams unbeaten run of six straight ISDE Championships coming to an end with the retirement of Makenzie Tricker and Tayla Jones earlier in the event, Gardiner soldiered on for individual results, finishing fourth outright in the Womens World Trophy.

Jessica Gardiner

“I think this my ninth ISDE now and this years event in Portugal has been a tough week for the team, but I was happy with my individual performance. I felt the best I have all year spending a month training in France in the lead up to this event. I’m stoked to finish fourth overall individually in the womens category, it’s been fun and it’s a shame the Aussie girls couldn’t finish on the podium this year. I’m proud of all the girls for their efforts and we will be back next year fighting!”

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Jessica Gardiner – Image Dario Agrati

2019 ISDE Top 10 Overall

  1. Daniel Sanders Husqvarna Australia
  2. Josep Garcia KTM Spain +53.23s
  3. Taylor Robert KTM USA +4min22.34s
  4. Kailub Russell KTM USA +6min02.99s
  5. Daniel McCanney TM GBR +7min30.46s
  6. Ryan Sipes KTM USA +7min31.50s
  7. Lyndon Snodgrass KTM Australia +8min10.41s
  8. Davide Guarneri Honda Italy +8min11.69s
  9. Luke Styke Yamaha Australia +8min35.26s
  10. Fraser Higlett Husqvarna Australia +10min03.39s
  11. Steward Baylor KTM USA +10min25.82s
  12. Joshua Green Yamaha Australia +10min39.46s
  13. Rudy Moroni KTM Italy +10min44.00s
  14. Grant Baylor KTM USA +10min53.91s
  15. Eero Remes Yamaha Finland +10min58.24s
  16. Michael Driscoll Yamaha Australia +12min00.91s
  17. Antoine Magain KTM Belgium +12min03.82s
  18. Thomas Oldrati Honda Italy +12min13.94s
  19. Ben Kelley KTM USA +12min20.34s
  20. Roni Kytonen Husqvarna Finland +13min29.92s
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2019 ISDE Video Highlights Day Six

Full ISDE Results By Trophy and by Class Here (Link)


Toni Bou wins 2020 X-Trial opener in Réunion

Toni Bou has continued his cracking form in Réunion, where the crowd at the curtain-raising event of the new season witnessed a dazzling performance in the Stade Jean Ivoula, in Saint Denis, capital of Réunion.

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Toni Bou

Bou becomes the provisional leader in the 2020 championship standings, after he made his maiden outing count in the venue in spectacular style.

In the first qualifying phase, with competitors facing five sections, Bou was already looking leagues ahead of his adversaries with just six marks on the scorecard.

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Toni Bou

In the second, with only the winner of each group making the cut for the final, the champion again lapped with a mere six penalty marks.

In the final, up against one of his toughest rivals Adam Raga, Bou scored 10 marks compared to the 16 collected by Raga.

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Toni Bou

Repsol Honda Team and Toni Bou will get little rest as the second season event is scheduled to be held in French city of Rennes this coming weekend.

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Results: X-Trial Reunion Island 2020
Toni Bou, Montesa/Spain, (10 – Final)
Adam Raga, TRS/Spain, (17 – Final)
Jaime Busto, Vertigo/Spain, (2 – Runners-up Final)
Toni Bou

“I am very happy to start off winning. For us it was really important. Today I felt at ease with my riding, and I had a very good first round. I am also very happy too, as this is the first time that I have participated here, with some very technical areas. I want to congratulate the organizer for the marked sections. Now it’s time to think about next week, as in this championship it is very easy to not get through to the semi-finals or the other round for that matter, as everything is really tight. It is very important to come away from this first trial with these twenty points.”

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Toni Bou
Results: X-Trial Reunion Island 2020
  1. Toni Bou, Montesa/Spain, (10 – Final)
  2. Adam Raga, TRS/Spain, (17 – Final)
  3. Jaime Busto, Vertigo/Spain, (2 – Runners-up Final)
  4. Miquel Gelabert, Vertigo/Spain, (5 – Runners-up Final)
  5. Jorge Casales, GasGas/Spain, (12 – Round 2)
  6. Gabriel Marcelli, Montesa/Spain, (25 – Round 2)
  7. Benoit Bincaz, Beta/France, (17 – Round 1)
  8. Kieran Touly, Scorpa/France, (25 – Round 1)

X-Trial World Champs Round One Video Highlights


Championship Standings: X-Trial World Championship 2020
  1. Toni Bou, Montesa/Spain, 20 points
  2. Adam Raga, TRS/Spain, 15
  3. Jaime Busto, Vertigo/Spain, 12
  4. Miquel Gelabery, Vertigo/Spain 9
  5. Jorge Casales, GasGas/Spain, 6
  6. Marcelli Gabriel, Montesa/Spain, 4
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Aussie Supercross hits NZ

2019 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland Video Highlights


Fans were treated to an action-packed show that saw the event reach it’s climax when 2018 World Supercross Champion Jason Anderson took the top honours in the premier SX1 Class, and subsequently assumes the points lead in the S-X Open FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.

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Jason Anderson – Image by AM

Jason Anderson didn’t have it easy however, with a stiff challenge from new Australian Championship points leader Luke Clout, who stood on the podium in P2 with a victory in race two of the Triple Crown format, along with South Australian legend Brett Metcalfe, who took third overall.

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Jason Anderson – Image by AM

“I’m stoked to grab the win here in Auckland, the racing was super intense tonight. It’s always a blast to come over here and race in front of these fans – I’ll look to keep the ball rolling come Melbourne,” commented Anderson.

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Jason Anderson – Image by AM

For Clout, a second place to the 2018 World Champion was as good as a win, as he states that he’s ‘back’ after a few turbulent years of supercross and motocross competition.

“I said to my brother this week; I’m back. There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that people haven’t seen, and for a while there I didn’t really even want to ride a dirt bike. I’ve got that passion back, and my eyes are back on the United States,” commented Clout.

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Luke Clout – Image by AM

The racing in the quarter-litre SX2 category was electrifying, with Australian SX2 Supercross point’s leader Josh Osby taking the top spot, posting the most consistent result through the Triple Crown format. Penrite Honda’s Chris Blose claimed second, with Australian Aaron Tanti rounding out the podium.

“It feels so good to extend my points lead. The crowd here was insane tonight; every time they went nuts, I wanted to know what was happening! I’m keen to get back to work and look to wrap up the Australian Championship in Melbourne,” commented Osby.

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Josh Osby – Image by AM

In his last FMX competition ever, New Zealand native Levi Sherwood catapulted himself into the Auckland night sky with a double backflip, and subsequently edged Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams for the gold medal, in a fitting end to his Freestyle Motocross career in what was an amazing Freestyle Best-Trick contest.

“This means so much to me. To call time in front of my home fans, and to get the gold; I’m speechless. Thank you for the support over the years, it’s been a dream come true,” commented Sherwood.

The ANAZAC vs. USA saw the stars and stripes come out on top when Ricky Carmichael took down Ben Townley in the final race, after Cody Cooper beat Jason Anderson, and Luke Clout topped Joey Savatgy.

The next round will take place in Melbourne’s iconic Marvel Stadium on November 30 for the first time ever, where champions in each category will be crowned, in front of over 35,000 fans, in what promises to be the largest ever Supercross event in history in the Oceania region.

Supercross Full Report and Results Here (Link)

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American Flat Track announces 2020 calendar

American Flat Track has announced the 18-event schedule for the 2020 season, which once again features coast-to-coast action, kicking off at the legendary Daytona International Speedway on March 14 with an epic season opener with the Daytona 200 & Daytona TT Doubleheader. It all comes to a close after 18-rounds with the Meadowlands Mile* finale in September at the most spectacular venue of the season: Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.

There are two fan favorite events returning to the schedule and one event revamped for a thrilling new experience. The returning venues is the Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. and the famed OKC Mile.

Additionally, the fastest Mile in the world – the Springfield Mile – will run back-to-back as a doubleheader, making for a Labor Day weekend event unlike any other.

Michael Lock – CEO of American Flat Track

“AFT is coming off the back of a record-breaking season and we have planned the 2020 schedule to push things to the next level and return to the best tracks in the country. We are delighted to be restoring the series to OKC and Charlotte and to amplify the thrilling action of Springfield Mile with a fall doubleheader.”

2020 American Flat Track Schedule

  • 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
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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 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
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Moto News Weekly for October 1, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Brad Freeman ties up EnduroGP title in France
  • Hamish MacDonald claims first Kiwi Endurance World Title
  • Australia goes one better at 2019 TdN in Ibiza
  • 2019 Australian Junior Dirt Track run at Somersby over weekend
  • Thad Duvall claims 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC Overall Win
  • Jared Mees tops AFT season finale
  • Netherlands claims MXoN win from Belgium and Great Britain
  • 2019 YZ125 bLU cRU SuperFinale wraps up
  • Cross-Countries Rally head to Rallye du Maroc
  • Road Racer Jessopp tries WESS at Hawkstone Park XC
  • 2019 KTM AJMX Interstate Challenge Teams Announced
  • 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule
  • Rene Hofer join Red Bull KTM MX2 effort full-time in 2020
  • Mathys Boisrame joins F&H Kawasaki
  • KTM takes over Gas Gas

Brad Freeman ties up EnduroGP title in France
Saturday Report

Saturday of the last weekend of EnduroGP competition in 2019 saw the tests of the GP of France challenge many of the riders, however quadruple World Champion Steve Holcombe got the job done and won the E3 category and with this new success, now boasts an impressive five titles in his young career.

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Brad Freeman – Image by EnduroGP

Brad Freeman continued his momentum, the 2019 E1 World Champion offered up a repeat performance of the incredible pace he had in the Czech Republic. Highly focused and dominating the day, the Beta Boano rider finished as the best performer of the day by winning five tests.

Danny McCanney once again makes it an all British podium by accompanying the Beta pair on the podium. The TM rider won four tests today, a impressive feat against the likes of Freeman and Holcombe, as well as a charged up French contingent.

The first non-Brit is France’s Loïc Larrieu who, in front of his supporters, had a great day during which he won two tests. Alex Salvini put in a lot of effort and finished in the Top 5. The Italian suffered in the extremely demanding transfers of the Livradois lap.

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Loïc Larrieu

In E1, there was no change as McCanney signed off on a new success in the class. He was ahead of a surprising Andrea Verona and another Italian joins them on the podium, Thomas Oldrati.

The fight in the E2 category was superb all day. It was Loïc Larrieu who snatched the victory at the expense of Alex Salvini. The two men fought blow for blow. But Larrieu, probably boosted by the many French fans, found the strength to win and separate himself and Salvini by just one point.

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Alex Salvini

Steve Holcombe did it, taking a new world title in the E3 category! His fifth in four years of Senior competitions. The Brit knew he could ‘save’ his very tough season with this success and have a reason to smile. Very emotional when he arrived back into the paddock, Holcombe dedicated his latest title to his team and all his relatives. Joining Holcombe on the podium were his season long rival, Danny McCanney and France’s ever-improving David Abgrall.

Steve Holcombe

“It’s amazing to win another world title. This is certainly a memorable one. It’s been a challenging season for me, so to finally collect the Enduro 3 World Championship is a huge relief. From dominating the opening round to coming extremely close to having the Epstein Bar Virus put an end to my season mid-way through the series, honestly, it’s been such a strange year. My goal was to defend my EnduroGP title, which I still have a mathematical chance of doing, but winning another Enduro 3 title after everything that’s happened is something I’m incredibly proud of. I have to say a huge thanks to my team, all my sponsors, my family and everyone who’s worked with me this season, helping me battle through some difficult moments. World title number five certainly wasn’t an easy one to win but it’s a special one.”

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Steve Holcombe – Image by Future7Media

In the Junior category, Wil Ruprecht won despite the Epstein Barr virus that continues to wreak havoc with his health. The Australian has drawn on all his resources to get this second win in 2019.

It’s a great reward for him and Joakim Johansson’s team. Theo Espinasse was just over a second and a half behind the Australian, having provided a spectacular race as usual. The young Brit Dan Mundell accompanied these two on the podium, bringing more silverware to Sherco Factory.

The Junior 1 podium was identical to that of Junior Overall, with Ruprecht leading Espinasse and Mundell. In J2, Ruy Barbosa won ahead of Till De Clerco and Emanuele Facchetti. But a nod goes to Enric Francisco who, despite a big crash which left him battered and bruised, won the World J2 title, triggering euphoric celebrations for his team and manager, Ivan Cervantes.

Hamish Macdonald made a whole nation proud by becoming the first World Enduro Champion from New Zealand. The Sherco rider won the title after a very complicated season after Macdonald broke his collarbone in Spain. He pushed hard to recover and return to the top of the category. This title augurs really well for the Kiwi, who hasn’t yet realised the full extent of his success.

Hamish Macdonald

“I can not find the words, this title is just incredible! The season was very tricky when I broke my collarbone, and my rivals have pushed. All I can say is thank you to my team and my family, but also to the Edmondson family for welcoming me and taking care of me away from home all year. I still haven’t taken in what’s happening, but I can promise you that we’re going to celebrate tonight!”

On the first day of action, home favourite Nathan Bererd won in front of Sergio Navarro by less than a second! Macdonald climbed onto the final step of the podium in the Youth category.

The Enduro Woman Cup is back! For the second consecutive year, the best girls on the planet come to battle to win the Women’s World Cup at the final round of the season. And defending champion Sanna Karkkainen has a lot of work to do if she wants to retain her crown.

Jane Daniels surged to success by winning on Saturday. The Brit is ahead of Karkkainen and the Spanish rider Mireia Badia. Daniels is extremely motivated after the big disappointment she suffered in 2018, when she had to give up her title hopes after breaking her collarbone early in the weekend. Jane left no chances to her rivals, winning five out of the six tests.

The riders in the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Cup also fought it out on the tough terrain, chasing the best riders in the world. In Open 2-Stroke, after his absence in the Czech Republic, Gonçalo Reis has come back with a win. He won in front of Benet Gomez and a quick Jack Cadwallader.

In Open 4-Stroke, Belgium’s Mathias Van Hoof had announced he was hoping to take the top step on French soil – and he managed it! He took victory over Robert Riedel and Dylan Levesque. In the absence of the giant from the Isle of Man, David Knight, it was Andrea Belotti turn to win. The Italian had this first win of the year in Open Senior ahead of Enrique Gonzalez Vega and Patrik Andersson.

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2019 EnduroGP of France – E3 Podium Saturday

2019 EnduroGP of France – Saturday Overall

  1. Brad FREEMAN United Kingdom 1:08:22.13
  2. Steve HOLCOMBE United Kingdom +19.86
  3. Daniel MCCANNEY United Kingdom +23.01
  4. Loïc LARRIEU France +36.69
  5. Alex SALVINI Italy +1:06.89
  6. Thomas OLDRATI Italy +1:18.78
  7. Giacomo REDONDI Italy +1:34.81
  8. Matteo CAVALLO Italy +1:37.44
  9. Joseph WOOTTON United Kingdom +1:39.40
  10. Antoine BASSET France +1:48.12
  11. Benjamin HERRERA Chile +2:05.48
  12. David ABGRALL France +2:11.83
  13. Antoine MEO France +2:17.26
  14. Christophe CHARLIER France +2:24.00
  15. Kirian MIRABET Spain +2:49.10
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Sunday Report

In an incredible end to the 2019 EnduroGP season, Sunday saw the supreme title of EnduroGP – overall Champion – still to be decided, with Brad Freeman giving it his all. And at the tender age of 23 he has taken the first EnduroGP title of his career. This incredible day in the sport also saw the world E2 crown awarded, as well as the Women’s World Cup.

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Thomas Oldrati

Brad Freeman continued to fly the Union Jack high. He is also the first rider to end Steve Holcombe’s reign. The Beta Boano rider broke his collarbone at the GP of Greece and had to ride in searing in pain to conquer the title. In addition to his E1 crowns in 2018 and 2019, and his Junior crown in 2017, Freeman now adds a fourth star to his list. All this bodes well for the future of the incredibly talented young rider.

Brad Freeman

“That’s it! We did it! I do not have a lot of words to describe what I’m feeling. This season was so complicated and tough, I can tell you that it took a lot of will to fulfil this dream. I am EnduroGP World Champion and it feels great!”

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Brad Freeman

And what a performance from Loïc Larrieu today! Encouraged and boosted by the French fans, he attacked all day on Sunday, winning no fewer than six tests. The TM rider intelligently built up his lead and kept an eye on his opponent’s pace, upping his pace only when needed. Larrieu took his first world title, in E2, on home soil – what better way to do it?

Larrieu also owes his performance to an exceptional Alex Salvini, who pushed him to his absolute limits. The Italian made very few mistakes, and finished second overall in a Grand Prix that could easily have turned in his favour.

Loic Larrieu

“To win this title in front of the French public is something really special. This title represents a lot for me. I want to thank the entire TM Racing team, my entourage and my partners. It’s a great reward after a year that was difficult with a new constructor and little preparation. It’s just perfect, it’s my year.”

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Loïc Larrieu

Steve Holcombe also fought gallantly all day. Freshly crowned in the E3 class, Steve promised to throw everything into the ring to try and beat Freeman, but this year it simply wasn’t enough. He finished third in this last GP of a difficult season.

Brad Freeman was fourth overall, doing ‘just enough’. Meanwhile, 2018 Junior World Champion Matteo Cavallo impressed everyone in his first Senior season, taking another Top 5 spot overall.

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Loïc Larrieu

The E2 class was extremely exciting on this second day of racing in France. Loïc Larrieu became World Champion for the first time in his career, and in impressive fashion. Mastering the French terrain, he admitted he had to push all day. Alex Salvini was a fantastic rival for Larrieu , he always gives his all and fights with aggression and finesse. But the Italian once again had to swallow the heartbreak of losing out on the last day of the year. Behind this pair on the E2 podium was an ever-improving Joe Wootton.

Alex Salvini

“I got beaten again at the last race of the year, but this time it was nothing like what happened in 2018. This year the fight was really beautiful with Loic, and even though I am very disappointed not to be champion, I realised what I am capable of. This year was tough but I am happy to have managed to run my own team – we will come back even stronger.”

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Alex Salvini

In E1, Freeman won at the expense of Cavallo and Davide Guarneri.
Meanwhile, Steve Holcombe won the last E3 race of the year in front of his super-consistent compatriot, Danny McCanney and the legendary champion Christophe Nambotin, who has just taken part in his last GP.

Steve Holcombe FM France EnduroGP RndTheo Espinasse ended his 2019 season like a cannonball. The Sherco rider pocketed another win following his success in Uhlirske Janovice two weeks ago. He took Sunday’s victory ahead of Ruy Barbosa and a quick Dan Mundell. Espinasse also won the J1 class in front of Mundell and Antoine Magain. While J2 went to Barbosa, in front of wildcard Jed Etchells and Léo Le Quere.

In Youth 125, Sergio Navarro won in the last round against Nathan Bererd by a second and a half. 2019 EY Champion Hamish Macdonald closed out the podium positions.

Shy and quiet off the bike, Britain’s Jane Daniels is absolutely ferocious on the tests. After a flawless weekend, she wins the Enduro Women’s World Cup. As modest as talented, Daniels was finally able to claim a title that has eluded her in the past due to misfortune or bad luck. In 2019, she proved she is the fastest woman in the world on an enduro machine. 2018 champion Sanna Karkkainen didn’t have an answer for Daniels this weekend. Third on this world podium was Spain’s Mireia Badia.

Jane Daniels

“At last I have won this title that I have been waiting for so long! I am really happy and I am very proud to bring this trophy home with me!”

In the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Cup, the 2019 season has been a great success. The category gave a chance for a large number of riders who dreamed of rubbing shoulders with the best in the world, on the same course! It is mission accomplished for the first year of the Open Cup!

For this last round of the season in Open 4-Stroke we saw the same winner as Saturday – Belgium’s Mathias Van Hoof on his Beta. He took victory ahead of Robert Riedel and Dylan Levesque. In the Open 2-Stroke Gonçalo Reis concluded a brilliant season with another win. He was accompanied on the final podium of the year by Gomez Benet and Jorge Paradelo Rodriguez. In the Senior category, Andrea Belotti doubled up and won for the second time this weekend. The same duo as Saturday; Enrique Gonzalez Vega and Patrik Andersson accompanied him on the podium.

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2019 EnduroGP of France – E3 Podium Sunday

The Grand Prix of France brilliantly concluded an EnduroGP season that was in every respect remarkable. Given the level of competition, excitement, and unpredictability shown this year, all eyes are already on 2020!

2019 EnduroGP of France – Sunday Overall

  1. Loïc LARRIEU France 1:05:47.21
  2. Alex SALVINI Italy +8.07
  3. Steve HOLCOMBE United Kingdom +22.33
  4. Brad FREEMAN United Kingdom +28.58
  5. Matteo CAVALLO Italy +42.42
  6. Daniel MCCANNEY United Kingdom +49.69
  7. Joseph WOOTTON United Kingdom +57.36
  8. Antoine BASSET France +1:48.98
  9. Davide GUARNERI Italy +1:57.15
  10. Benjamin HERRERA Chile +2:04.72
  11. Christophe NAMBOTIN France +2:13.23
  12. Christophe CHARLIER France +2:21.31
  13. Hugo BLANJOUE France +2:21.43
  14. Thomas OLDRATI Italy +2:23.34
  15. David ABGRALL France +2:30.89
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Hamish Macdonald claims first Kiwi Endurance World Title

Canterbury’s Hamish MacDonald has become the first New Zealand rider to win a World Enduro Championship. Originally from West Melton, MacDonald (20) was crowned the FIM 125cc Youth Enduro World Champion at the final round in Ambert, France over the weekend.

The victory was made even sweeter, after a tough season where the Sherco rider broke both the scapula bone in his shoulder and his clavicle, at May’s third round in Spain. He fought back hard to recover and return to the top of the category.

Hamish Macdonald

“I cannot find the words, this title is just incredible! The season was very tricky when I broke my collarbone, and my rivals have pushed. All I can say is thank you to my team and my family, but also to the Edmondson family for welcoming me and taking care of me away from home all year. I still haven’t taken in what’s happening, but I can promise you that we’re going to celebrate tonight!”

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Hamish Macdonald – Image by Mastorgne Photography and Dario Agrati

He joined the Enduro GP last year after what had been a long time since a New Zealander took on the sport’s special tests. The last Kiwi to race in this series was Pahiatua’s Paul Whibley back in 2003. The tough enduro discipline is run on extended cross-country and off-road courses, featuring many different obstacles and challenges.

Already a multi-New Zealand Enduro Champion, MacDonald rides a Sherco with the support of Fabrizio Azzalin and his team Sherco CH Racing.

Motorcycling New Zealand’s General Manager Virginia Henderson says its been a golden few weeks for the country’s riders, with the sport producing two world champions within a month. Otago’s Courtney Duncan won the Women’s World Motocross Championship in September.


Australia goes one better at 2019 TdN in Ibiza

Team Australia arrived in Spain a week early this year ahead of the TdN assisting in their preparation for this year’s event. All riders (apart from Kristie McKinnon) riding in the final round of the FIM Trial GP before a week of training helping Australia to go into Ibiza strong with the added benefit of the terrain suiting our riders. The backdrop of this year’s TdN was spectacular, with sections right on the ocean across some concrete blocks along with a few other man-made sections.

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Team Australia – 2019 Trials des Nations – Image by Pep Segales/FIM

2019 marks the 26th year that Team Australia have competed in the TdN men’s category and the 26th consecutive year, with Kyle Middleton having represented Australia 11-times, and joining Chris Bayles and Connor Hogan as a team for the fourth time.

Kristie McKinnon has also represented Australia 11-times, holding the record for Australian female trials riders, with Australia competing in the Women’s category for the 13th time in 2019, with McKinnon joined by Jenna Lupo and Lillie Yiatrou, who team up for the first time.

Kyle Middleton and Connor Hogan rode the qualification round for the men, finishing in an impressive fourth place, while Kristie McKinnon and Lillie Yiatrou rode for the Women qualifying in seventh.

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Team Australia – 2019 Trials des Nations – Image by Pep Segales/FIM

After a hard day of riding, the men’s team of Kyle Middleton, Chris Bayles and Connor Hogan finished an impressive fifth place with a total of 18-points in the hotly-contested International Trophy after Germany took the win with a commanding victory over Sweden.

The women’s team of Kristie McKinnon, Lillie Yiatrou and Jenna Lupo scored 101-points to finish a place higher than 2018 in 7th with Spain taking the win ahead of Britain.

Kyle Middleton

“Our team was awesome, aside from probably two sections we were right there which leaves me wishing we could have had another shot at it. Also a special thanks for all the supporters and sponsors who helped get us here, including S3 Parts, GRO, Hebo and The Hell Team.”

With both teams happy with the improvements the focus is now on for the 2020 FIM Trial des Nation.

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Team Australia – 2019 Trials des Nations – Image by Pep Segales/FIM

Repsol Honda Team rider Toni Bou once again led the Spanish team alongside compatriots Adam Raga and Jeroni Fajardo. Accruing a mere four penalty marks, the Spanish team dominated throughout the fifteen sections in Ibiza to clinch the 2019 Trial des Nations championship title. The victory represents a 26th national win, the 16th on the spin.

Toni Bou

“Today was an easy trial, where there was a lot of adherence in the sections, and we knew that we would have a tough job to make a difference. Finally, we rode a very intelligent trial – very good technically. We picked up two marks, both in section nine on each lap, where it was very easy to five. We cleaned the rest of the sections, so between the three of us we form a great team. Riding with them is always an honour. Congratulations to the organization for the trial.”

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Toni Bou – 2019 Trials des Nations – Image by Pep Segales/FIM

2019 International Trophy Results

  1. Germany – 1
  2. Sweden – 7
  3. United States – 8
  4. Austria – 11
  5. Australia – 18
  6. Czech Republic – 19
  7. Belgium – 30
  8. Switzerland – 48
  9. Ireland – 55
  10. Andorra – 119

2019 Trial des Nations Championship

  1. Spain – 4
  2. Japan – 19
  3. France – 24
  4. Great Britain – 27
  5. Italy – 45
  6. Norway – 95
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2019 Trial des Nations championship podium

2019 Women’s Trials Des Nations Result

  1. Spain – 3
  2. Great Britain – 10
  3. Norway – 18
  4. Germany – 22
  5. United States – 26
  6. France – 33
  7. Australia – 101
  8. Portugal – 147
  9. Switzerland – 287
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2019 Australian Junior Dirt Track run at Somersby over weekend

Only two riders were able to win more than one championship class over two days of exciting racing at the 2019 Honda Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships at the Allen Park track at Somersby on the weekend. Thirteen classes produced 11 different winners, and a string of other place-getters who all helped confirm that the future of the sport is in good hands.

Albury Wodonga rider Archie McDonald won both of the classes for the 11 to Under 13 years classes which is currently the most ‘red-hot’ of all the age brackets.

The always highly competitive 13 to Under 16 years classes produced the other dual winner in Forbes rider Tom Drane who was denied a third win in the last of the weekend’s final. After finishing runner-up in three other classes Gold Coast rider Seth Qualischefski finally got the better of Drane to add a win to his medal haul.

Qualischefski was a tireless performer on the weekend being one of a few riders to contest four classes, which in total meant he rode 84 laps of racing. There were also three other Gold Coast riders who claimed a championship class win.

Ashleigh Adamson took out the Girls class beating Ava Faulkhead from Mildura and Molly Fairey from Cobar to produce a very geographically diverse rostrum. Sympathy goes to Anika Loftus though from Brisbane won the first three rounds before she was injured.

The other Gold Coast successes went to Rory McQualter who added two third placings to his win, and Viv Muddle who placed third as he strived to make it a double.

Two other class winners also added to their medal haul with Cowra rider Noah Grabham adding two seconds to his win, while Kempsey’s Jayden Holder scored one third place.

Tom Drane will have to start making room for his brother Sam to build his trophy collection as Sam won his first ever Australian Championship.

The host club boasted one championship class winner in Lachlan Russell, a feat matched by the Kurri Kurri Junior Club thanks to a win by Thomas Bullen.

With such a classy line-up of talent assembled even qualifying for the finals in some classes was no easy feat, with some of the minor place-getters still left pleased with their efforts, including a number who gained their best ever results.

Special mention must be made of Kurri Kurri rider Cameron Dunker and Albury Wodonga rider Remmie Fyffe who were both dual place getters.

Riders travelled from as far afield as Townsville in the north, Cobar and Mildura in the west and Melbourne in the south with the much-travelled families praising the host club for its staging of the meeting.

Australian Junior Dirt Track Results
2019 Australian Junior Dirt Track
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Thad Duvall claims 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC Overall Win

The second Annual Mason-Dixon GNCC concluded round 11 of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series on Sunday, where dry, dusty and higher temperatures greeted the afternoon race, making it a rough course for many of the competitors.

Thad Duvall would manage to make it through the gruelling three-hour race, crossing the finish line 39 seconds ahead of the competition. With track conditions proving difficult for many other riders, Duvall and his team put in their best effort to keep pushing until the checkered flag came out. Duvall earned his fourth overall win of the season, and his second straight win at the Mason-Dixon GNCC in Pennsylvania.

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Thad Duvall – 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC – Image by Ken Hill

Coming through second for the second race in a row was Ricky Russell. Throughout the day Russell would find himself battling it out with several different XC1 Open Pro riders, but he would manage to hold onto the second place position as the white flag came out indicating one more lap to go. Russell currently sits sixth in the points standings with two rounds remaining in the season.

With Kelley moving out of the XC2 250 Pro class, it was Liam Draper coming away with his first-ever XC2 class win. Drapers’ consistency paid off after starting out second in the class and making the move to first once when the two-lap card came out and then again on the last lap. Craig Delong came through second after battling his way to the front of the class ahead of Evan Smith.

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Liam Draper – 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC – Image by Ken Hill

The FMF XC3 125cc Pro-Am class had a lot of changes of lead throughout the duration of the race. However, it would be Jake Froman coming out to earn his first-ever win. Jesse Ansley, who currently leads the class points, held the lead after grabbing the holeshot. Ansley would fight back for a second place finish with Chase Colville also battling back to round out the podium. Colville would hold the lead at one point in the race, but would suffer bike issues causing a long pit stop, to still fight back to third in the class.

Simon Johnson took home the top amateur honors with his 250 A class win and a 14th overall. Brody Johnson came through 15th overall and earned second in the 250 A class along with the amateur podium. Tristan Landrum came through third in the 250 A class, and 17th overall claiming the final spot on the amateur podium.

When the 10 a.m. race kicked off Tayla Jones grabbied the early lead. However, Becca Sheets made her way to the front of the pack, to make the pass for the first place position. Sheets and Jones would battle back and forth and after trouble on an uphill during the last lap, Jones made the pass on Sheets and came through to take the win.

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Tayla Jones – 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC – Image by Ken Hill

Sheets finished second and Korie Steede battled forward to earn her place on the WXC podium for the first-time ever. Jones and Sheets made up the first two in the overall positions, but it would be Blayke Coler of the 125 B/C class working his way on adjusted time to the third overall position.

Tayla Jones

“Pumped to pull the holeshot on the weekend and brought home another GNCC Racing win. It was a tight race all day and with track conditions on the extremely dry side it made it really tough. Only two rounds to go for the season, ready to fight for it! Thank you to the @bauer651, the whole @rockstarhusky team and the Barnes’ for their help over the weekend and of course a huge shoutout to all of my awesome sponsors.”

As the 8 a.m. youth race took off it was Joseph Cunningham came through in the first place position, working towards earning the youth overall national championship. Nolette and Kuneff tried to apply the pressure up front, but would ultimately fall just short as Cunningham came through to the checkered flag first. Cunningham earned the Youth Overall National Championship, as Nolette took home second in the YXC1 Super Mini Sr. class and overall with Kuneff behind him in third.

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Joseph Cunningham – 2019 Mason-Dixon GNCC – Image by Ken Hill

In the YXC2 Super Mini Jr. class it was Grant Davis coming through the pack to earn his ninth win of the season. Davis currently sits first in the points standings as the series heads into the last two rounds. Jack Joy came through to take second in the YXC2 class followed by Garyson Smith clinching third and the last spot on the class podium.

XC1 Pro Event Results

  1. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  2. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  4. Andrew Delong (HON)
  5. Layne Michael (HQV)
  6. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  7. Josh Toth (KTM)
  8. Benjamin Kelley (KTM)
  9. Chris Venditti (KAW)
  10. Takanori Nakajima (YAM)

Overall National Championship Standings

  1. Kailub Russell (295)
  2. Thad Duvall (258)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (198)
  4. Ben Kelley (166)
  5. Trevor Bollinger (162)
  6. Ricky Russell (123)
  7. Andrew Delong (121)
  8. Josh Strang (103)
  9. Jordan Ashburn (113)
  10. Josh Toth (107)

XC2 250 Pro Event Results

  1. Liam Draper (KTM)
  2. Craig Delong (HQV)
  3. Evan Smith (HQV)
  4. Austin Lee (HON)
  5. Zach Hayes (KTM)
  6. Ben Parsons (HQV)
  7. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  8. Dylan Yearbury (YAM)
  9. Samuel Evans (KTM)

XC2 250 Pro Series Standings

  1. Benjamin Kelley (300)
  2. Michael Witkowski (189)
  3. Craig Delong (188)
  4. Evan Smith (183)
  5. Liam Draper (172)
  6. Austin Lee (164)
  7. Ryder Lafferty (145)
  8. Jonathan Johnson (137)
  9. Alex Teagarden (123)
  10. Ben Parsons (113)
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Jared Mees tops AFT season finale

Jared Mees has topped AFT season finale in the Twins Main Event at the Meadowlands Mile, with Briar Bauman having already closed out the title in advance.

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Jared Mees topped the AFT Twins podium – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

In the AFT Singles Dalton Gauthier claimed the championship win with a very safe 14th place finish, while Mikey Rush topped proceedings, with Australian Max Whale in eighth and ninth in the overall standings.

The AFT Production Twins Corey Texter took the title, despite a mechanical issue regulating him to 14th, with chief rival Kolby Carlile a DNF.

See the full report here:
Mees wraps up AFT season with Meadowlands Mile win

2019 AFT Twins Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Briar Bauman 326
2 Jared Mees 320
3 Bronson Bauman 251
4 Jeffrey Carver Jr. 223
5 Brandon Robinson 206
6 Jarod Vanderkooi 200
7 Henry Wiles 181
8 Robert Pearson 171
9 Davis Fisher 156
10 Sammy Halbert 156

2019 AFT Singles Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Dalton Gauthier 286
2 Mikey Rush 280
3 Dan Bromley 277
4 Ryan Wells 197
5 Chad Cose 190
6 Jesse Janisch 183
7 Shayna Texter 172
8 Morgen Mischler 171
9 Max Whale 143
10 Kevin Stollings 121

2019 AFT Production Twins Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Cory Texter 190
2 Ryan Varnes 182
3 Kolby Carlile 173
4 Dalton Gauthier 145
5 Chad Cose 139
6 James Rispoli 133
7 Cody Johncox 123
8 J.R. Addison 111
9 Ben Lowe 100
10 Kevin Stollings 90
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Netherlands claims MXoN win from Belgium and Great Britain

Team Netherands has taken the 2019 MXoN win, with Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeffrey Herlings and Calvin Vlaanderen proving unbeatable at Assen, with Team Belgium a distant second represented by Jeremy Van Horebeek, Kevin Strijbos and Jago Geerts, and Team Great Britain third with riders Shaun Simpson, Nathan Watson and Adam Sterry.

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Jeffrey Herlings – Team Netherlands – 2019 MXoN – Image by Hoppenworld

See the full report here:
Dutch top sloppy home soil MXoN | Australia 15th due to mechanicals

2019 Motocross of Nations Classification

Pos Country Points
1 The Netherlands 18  
2 Belgium 47  
3 Great Britain 58  
4 Estonia 64  
5 France 68  
6 USA 68  
7 Germany 72  
8 Latvia 73  
9 Spain 73  
10 Denmark 77  
11 Switzerland 81  
12 Norway 87  
13 Slovenia 89  
14 Sweden 91  
15 Australia 93  
16 Italy 113  
17 Austria 122  
18 Ireland 150  
19 New Zealand 171  
20 Rep. of South Africa 151  

2019 YZ125 bLU cRU SuperFinale wraps up

After two thrilling days riding on the international stage for the first time at the Motocross of Nations, the 2019 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup came to an end on Sunday with the YZ125 race. YZ125 riders faced heavy rain and difficult conditions on Sunday at the TT Circuit Assen, contesting the last 2019 SuperFinale race after the YZ65 and YZ85 riders competed on Saturday.

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2019 YZ125 bLU cRU SuperFinale

As the gate dropped practice leader Mairis Pumpurs took the holeshot to establish a very strong lead. Behind him Bobby Bruce also built on his practice pace to take second, battling with Spanish rider #252 Raul Sanchez behind. As the track got more challenging every rider put their head down over the 20-minute race.

With Pumpurs sitting unchallenged in first place he took the victory nearly a minute clear, followed home by Sanchez, who battled past Bruce, in second and third respectively to complete the podium at the weekend’s most difficult and entertaining bLUcRU SuperFinale race.

For Pumpurs, Sanchez and Bruce, the bLU cRU Masterclass awaits in November in Spain, where they will be joined by two YZ125 wildcards as they further develop their riding skills under expert tutorials and guidance. From the Masterclass, one of the five YZ125 riders will then win a place with the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team for the 2020 EMX125 Championship.

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2019 YZ125 bLU cRU SuperFinale podium

2019 YZ125 bLU cRU SuperFinale Top 10

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Gap
1 Pumpurs, Mairis LAT Yamaha 00:00.0
2 Sanchez, Raul ESP Yamaha 00:57.9
3 Bruce, Bobby GBR Yamaha 01:10.3
4 Razzini, Pietro ITA Yamaha 01:22.1
5 de Beer, Ryan NED Yamaha 01:29.4
6 Modin, Arvid SWE Yamaha 01:41.9
7 de Lange, Sem NED Yamaha 01:48.6
8 Gimm, Daniel ITA Yamaha 02:12.3
9 Sagmalis, Antonis GRE Yamaha 02:33.6
10 Depoers, Simon FRA Yamaha 1 lap
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Cross-Countries Rally head to Rallye du Maroc

This Friday the 20th edition of the Rallye du Maroc is due to get underway, representing the fourth and final test of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and the final competition ahead of the Dakar Rally.

Fez, one of Morocco’s imperial cities and the country’s cultural and religious centre, will host the forthcoming Rallye du Maroc, the fourth points-paying round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

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Toby Price won the Rallye du Maroc in 2018

Morocco has always been a land of rally raid. The story began in 1982 with the arrival of Paris-Agadir, the first rally raid to run in Morocco. The following year, the rally took the name of ‘Atlas Rally’ and became the flagship rally to the Rally Raids calendar. The Atlas
Rally saw the best drivers and teams in the discipline run.

The Atlas Rally, after having changed hands from the company Larivièr et to ASO, disappeared at the end of the 90’s. It was then reborn in 2000 as ‘Rallye du Maroc’, under the leadership of Cyril Neveu and Jean Christophe Pelletier. The rally immediately became the major Moroccan rally and welcomed again the elite of rally raid.

In 2007, the company NPO, organiser of the Rallye du Maroc, was sold to Emma and Stéphane Clair and became an event in the FIM World Championship and the FIA World Cup. After 10 years at the head of the event, NPO sold the Rallye du Maroc to the company ODC, led by David Castera.

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Road racer Jessopp tries WESS at Hawkstone Park XC

As well as bringing together many of the world’s best Enduro racers, all looking to be crowned Ultimate Enduro World Champion, the World Enduro Super Series also attracts athletes at the pinnacle of other two-wheeled sports – competitors looking to dip a toe in the WESS waters. Round six of the series, the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, saw stars of mountain biking and road racing out in force all keen to wrestle the gruelling Shropshire sands.

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Martin Jessopp – Image by Future7Media

During the two days of racing, mountain bike star Josh Bryceland, former mountain bike racer Rob Warner and Isle of Man TT racer Martin Jessopp lined up against some of the world’s best Enduro riders.

Better known for his accomplishments in road racing, Martin Jessopp is a two-time TT podium finisher having lapped the infamous circuit at over 131mph, along with winning the North West 200 three times.

At the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country he showed his talents carry across to dirt too, finishing Saturday’s Sprint Enduro third in Clubman 2T, before securing sixth in Sunday’s Original Fast Eddy Cross-Country.

Martin Jessopp

“I’ve been trying to spend more time riding Enduro, but I didn’t expect to do so well. I didn’t make too many mistakes and tried to save energy where I could. It’s been awesome to race alongside the Pro riders – in a way it’s kind of role reversal for me, which I enjoyed. It’s incredible to see how fast they can ride these conditions and hold their corner speed between the trees. A highlight was when Graham Jarvis came past and I tried to stick with him for a couple of corners before he disappeared!”

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Martin Jessopp – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series – 2019 Calendar

  • Round 7: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain) October 4-6
  • Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2
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2019 KTM AJMX Interstate Challenge Teams announced

Motorcycling Australia have announced the riders who have been chosen to represent each of their states at the KTM AJMX Nationals in Gillman, South Australia this week.

These riders form part of the selection that is required for the Interstate Challenge Cup. That format is each state is to choose a team of eight riders from four different classes to compete for this cup. Eight out of the 13 team members must be named to the Race Secretary of the event by the end of practice.

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AJMX 2018

Each of those competitors is then scored within their own class. At the end of the event, the team with the highest point scoring six team members from each state will have their final placings re-scored for an overall score. The state with the highest overall team score is the winner.

  • New South Wales
    • 2 Ky WOODS 65cc 10 – Under 12 Years
    • 22 Connor TOWILL 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 12 – Under 14 Years
    • 20 Ben NOVAK 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 14 – Under 16 Years
    • 264 Hunter COLLINS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 14 – Under 16 Years
    • 254 Jack DEVESON 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 294 Koby HANTIS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 2 Taylor THOMPSON 100-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 13 – Under 16 Years Girls
    • 25 Blake FOX 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 15 Years
  • Tasmania
    • 756 Brodie FAULKNER 50cc Division 2 – 7 – Under 9 Years
    • 7 Jay JENNINGS 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 75 Cooper FORD 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 759 Brydie HINGSTON 85cc 2st/150cc 4st All Wheels 12 – U 16 Years Girls
    • 751 Angus PEARCE 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 12 – Under 14 Years
    • 757 Jett BURGESS-STEVENS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 12 – Under 14 Years
    • 757 Jett BURGESS-STEVENS 100-125cc 2st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 76 Evan LOCKWOOD 100-125cc 2st 15 Years
  • Northern Territory
    • 198 Rhys Gwynne 50cc Division 2 – 7 – Under 9 Years
    • 106 Mitchell Thorneycroft 85cc 9-U12 Years
    • 174 Clayton Bogucki 85cc 9-U12 Years
    • 100 Ryan Van Deventer 85cc 12-U14 Years
    • 100 Ryan Van Deventer 125cc 13-U15 Years
    • 141 Jayden O’Connor 125cc 13-U15 Years
    • 138 Thomas Bennett 125cc 15 Years
    • 521 Declan SMART 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
  • Western Australia
    • 68 Liam ATKINSON 100-125cc 2st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 658 Mason BROWN 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 60 Brock FLYNN 100-125cc 2st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 602 Deegan FORT 50cc Division 2 – 7 – Under 9 Years
    • 66 Kayden MINEAR 65cc 10 – Under 12 Years
    • 66 Kayden MINEAR 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 66 Jaylee RIMBAS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st All Wheels 12 – U 16 Years Girls
    • 65 Seth SHACKLETON 65cc 10 – Under 12 Years
  • South Australia
    • 5 Alex LARWOOD 100-125cc 2st 15 Years
    • 5 Wil CARPENTER 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 51 Dakota COLLINS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st All Wheels 12 – U 16 Years Girls
    • 52 Taj GOW-SMITH 100-125cc 2st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 53 Jai HAY 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 5 Emma HAYLOCK 85cc 2st/150cc 4st All Wheels 12 – U 16 Years Girls
    • 5 Alex LARWOOD 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 15 Years
    • 5 Levi ROSSI 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
  • Queensland
    • 46 Taylah MCCUTCHEON 85cc 2st/150cc 4st All Wheels 12 – U 16 Years Girls
    • 47 Ryan ALEXANDERSON 100-125cc 2st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 42 Jet ALSOP 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 494 Charli CANNON 100-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 13 – Under 16 Years Girls
    • 4 Cooper DOWNING 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 46 Kobe DREW 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 12 – Under 14 Years
    • 401 Levi ROGERS 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 15 Years
    • 45 Brad WEST 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 13 – Under 15 Years
  • Victoria
    • 37 Kipp ADAMS 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 15 Years
    • 32 Jobe DUNNE 65cc 7 – Under 10 Years
    • 352 Oscar FOX 65cc 10 – Under 12 Years
    • 370 Connor GUILLOT 50cc Division 2 – 7 – Under 9 Years
    • 32 Madison HEALEY 100-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 13 – Under 16 Years Girls
    • 38 Thynan KEAN 128-150cc 2st/200-250cc 4st 13 – Under 15 Years
    • 34 Jake SANDERSON 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std Wheel 9 – Under 12 Years
    • 39 Connar ADAMS 85cc 2st/150cc 4st Std or BW 14 – Under 16 Years
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2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

The 12-round schedule for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing has been announced. The 49th season will once again visit 11 different states over the course of the summer, beginning with the legendary Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 16, and concluding with the Ironman National on August 29.

The most talented collection of riders on the planet will battle it out over the course of 24 motos across the 450 Class and 250 Class, pushing both their physical and mental limits in the most grueling conditions found in any motorsports championship. Their quest to capture the most coveted titles in motocross, the Edison Dye Cup (450 Class) and the Gary Jones Cup (250 Class), will bring these exceptional athletes to the most storied racetracks in the world, many of which boast legacies that span more than four decades.

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2019 Ironman National – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Round 12 – Image by Hoppenworld

With three consecutive 450 Class titles to his credit, reigning champion Eli Tomac will look to make even more history next summer, seeking to become one of just two riders to hoist the Edison Dye Cup for four straight seasons.

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Eli Tomac – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National – Image by Hoppenworld

He’ll welcome a new challenger to that title defense under the Monster Energy Kawasaki tent, where newly crowned 250 Class Champion Adam Cianciarulo will step up onto the big bikes as a teammate to Tomac, joining the likes of a deep list of fellow contenders that includes Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne, Cooper Webb and more.

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Adam Cianciarulo – Image by Hoppenworld

With Cianciarulo’s departure from the 250 Class, the title vacancy opens the door for a wide-open battle to claim the Gary Jones Cup, where Jeremy Martin, the lone former champion in the division, will battle it out alongside a promising group of up and coming talent, led by teammates Dylan Ferrandis and Justin Cooper.

2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

  • May 16 – Hangtown Classic Prairie City SVRA Rancho Cordova, Calif.
  • May 23 – Fox Raceway National Fox Raceway Pala, Calif.
  • May 30 – Thunder Valley National Thunder Valley Motocross Park Lakewood, Colo.
  • Jun 06 – Florida National WW Ranch Motocross Park Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Jun 20 – High Point National High Point Raceway Mt. Morris, Pa.
  • Jun 27 – Southwick National The Wick 338 Southwick, Mass.
  • Jul 04 – RedBud National RedBud MX Buchanan, Mich.
  • Jul 18 – Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park Millville, Minn.
  • Jul 25 – Washougal National Washougal MX Park Washougal, Wash.
  • Aug 15 – Unadilla National Unadilla MX New Berlin, N.Y.
  • Aug 22 – Budds Creek National Budds Creek Motocross Park Mechanicsville, Md.
  • Aug 29 – Ironman National Ironman Raceway Crawfordsville, Ind.
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Rene Hofer join Red Bull KTM MX2 effort full-time in 2020

Rene Hofer will join Red Bull KTM as a full-time Grand Prix rider in 2020. The 17 year old impressed with three wild-card MX2 appearances in 2019 in what was his first full year of competition with the KTM 250 SX-F. The Austrian will give KTM factory presence in the MX2 class alongside Tom Vialle next season with double world champion Jorge Prado joining the MXGP category with Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings.

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Rene Hofer joins Red Bull KTM MX2 full time in 2020

The teenager (who will turn 18 in the first days of 2020) is a former FIM Junior and European Champion and has risen through the ranks. He won EMX125 European Championship races in 2018 and was a contender for the title until a mid-season injury. Hofer claimed a podium finish and classified fourth in the EMX250 standings at his first attempt in 2019.

The rider from Linz joined the Grand Prix team for three appearances this summer; taking his first FIM world championship points in the Czech Republic and then scoring seventh place overall at the Grand Prix of Italy at Imola. He also represented Team Austria as one of the three best racers from his country for the 73rd Motocross of Nations at the TT Circuit Assen.

Hofer will be the first Austrian to represent the modern incarnation of Red Bull KTM, the first in MX2 and the third native in the factory team after Heinz Kinigadner and current VP of Offroad Robert Jonas.

Rene Hofer

“I’m super-excited. We’ve really worked for this over the last couple of years and my dreams are coming true right now. We were not sure if it would happen for 2020 but I showed some good speed in the second half of the season and also that I could compete in good positions in MX2. I felt confident in the class from the very first time, even if the weekend routine is pretty different from EMX. I’m so grateful to be able to have the chance to ride for the most successful team in the GP paddock and to have the best racing people around me as well as being able to learn from Tom. I’ve trained with him a few times now and he’s a really nice guy. He had an unbelievable rookie season and I think we can put in some solid preparation work over the winter to be ready for 2020. I turn 18 next year and I know I am ready for this step. For sure the result in Imola was very good but I will be hungry for more and I will bring in the very best effort from my side. I cannot forget to thank all the people who have helped me reach this stage of my career and who have helped shape me as a rider and as a human. I cannot wait to start work for 2020 but first I need to focus on this weekend!”

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Rene Hofer joins Red Bull KTM MX2 full time in 2020

Mathys Boisrame joins F&H Kawasaki

Team F&H Kawasaki will line up the last two European champions in the 2020 FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship as 2018 champion Mathys Boisrame joins Roan van de Moosdijk in the Dutch team.

One of the youngest teams in the GP paddock, Team F&H Kawasaki has a short but already successful story as they have clinched MX2 GP podium results during each of the past two seasons as well as the 2019 European title.

Just a few years after its creation by Harry Fase, F&H has been involved in both the EMX250 and MX2 championships this season and it was the logical progression for the team’s European champion Roan van de Moosdijk to transfer to the MX2 World Championship. He will be joined in 2020 by Mathys Boisrame, the French youngster who recorded a top ten world ranking during his rookie MX2 GP campaign this season; the 2018 European champion, who turned twenty-one this summer, has shown great potential with numerous top ten results throughout the season and an overall podium in Germany. The team will line up three riders in the MX2 World Championship next year; the identity of the third exciting signing will be revealed soon.

Mathys Boisrame

“I’m really happy to finally join the F&H Kawasaki team as we already talked together last year after my European title. This year was a learning curve for me in the World Championship; I did my best with the material I had but for sure there’s a big step between the European and World Championship and I was so impressed when I did a test with the KX250 Kawasaki. The bike handles so well, is really powerful and the team is so professional that it didn’t take me long to know I wanted to sign with them. It will be a huge change for me as I will move to the team base in the Netherlands on November 1st; for sure it’s not easy to leave home but I know what I want. Being close to the team, working with Marc de Reuver and riding in the sand will bring me all the tools for us to succeed together.”

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Mathys Boisrame joins F&H Kawasaki
Nathalie Fase – F&H Kawasaki Team Manager

“We had a great season winning the Dutch and European titles, finishing fifth and sixth in the World Championship and we are very happy to add Mathys Boisrame, the 2018 European Champion, to our team for the upcoming years! We look forward to the new season and hope to be able to push again for great podiums! All ingredients are in the house, so bring it on!”

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KTM takes over Gas Gas

As part of the deal with Gas Gas, KTM also secures a controlling stake in the Torrot electric motorcycles and bicycles business as part of the deal struck ith Black Toro Capital, the owners of both Gas Gas and Torrot.

This move further expands the KTM portfolio (Husqvarna, WP etc), which will in future, presumably due to its now much broader stake in even more brands, will be renamed to Pierer Mobility AG.

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2019 Gas Gas XC 300

In this instance though it seems KTM have agreed to keep the Spanish Gas Gas plant in Girona for at least the next three years. Gas Gas was originally formed from the ashes of Bultaco when that brand went tits-up in the mid 1980s. Gas Gas merged with Ossa in 2014.

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Mees wraps up AFT season with Meadowlands Mile win

2019 American Flat Track

Meadowlands Mile – East Rutherford, New Jersey

Images by Scott Hunter

The 2019 American Flat Track season concluded at Saturday’s Meadowlands Mile in East Rutherford, New Jersey with the crowning of two new champions on the undercard, while AFT Twins saw Jared Mees claim the Main Event win.

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Jared Mees wins 2019 Meadowlands Mile

Briar Bauman had already clinched the 2019 AFT Twins title, but the man he dethroned still had bragging rights in his sights. Jared Mees went wire-to-wire in the AFT Twins Main Event to complete a perfect sweep of the season’s six Miles and end the year with a class-leading eight victories, sitting six-points off the leader, with Bronson Bauman a distant third overall.

Dalton Gauthier claimed the AFT Singles championship title with 14th place playing it safe, with Mikey Rush taking the Main Event win and runner up in the standings, six-points behind Gauthier, with Bromley a further three-points back. Aussie Max Whale finished eighth and was ninth overall in the standings.

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Corey Texter – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile

The Production Twins class crowned Corey Texter champion despite mechanical issues seeing him finish 14th, after a strong start, with rival Kolby Carlile unable to finish after taking an early lead. Chad Cose took the Main Event win from Ryan Varnes and James Rispoli. The standings saw Texter champion from runner-up Varnes, while Kolby Carlile was regulated to third.


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Mees was pushed throughout the shortened Main Event by long-time rival Bryan Smith, who was desperate to extend his streak of scoring at least one Main Event victory per season dating all the way back to 2006. But while Smith closed on Mees late, he ultimately ran out of laps, coming up 0.766 seconds short at the checkered flag.

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Jared Mees – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile
Jared Mees

“I want to give another big shout out to Indian Motorcycle. Those guys are a phenomenal group of people to work for and work with, and I enjoy every minute of it. It feels good to come in and win the last couple races and end the season strong, and also to go into the offseason with a little bit of homework to do.”

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Jared Mees topped the podium from Bryan Smith and Bronson Bauman – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile

The runner-up result was Smith’s second in succession, finishing up an otherwise difficult year in strong fashion.

Behind the battle for the win, Bronson Bauman fought his way past the works Harley-Davidson of Brandon Robinson to not only claim the final spot on the podium, but also put the finishing touches on a championship 1-2-3 for the Indian Wrecking Crew. Henry Wiles edged Jeffrey Carver Jr. by a scant 0.008 to round out the top five.

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AFT Twins – 2019 AFT – Meadowlands Mile

2019 AFT Twins Results – Meadowlands Mile

Source: MCNews.com.au

Moto News Weekly | Watson wins 2019 Hawkstone Cross-Country

Moto News Weekly for September 24, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Watson conquers 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country
  • Briar Bauman crowned AFT Twins Champ
  • Mikey Rush wins AFT Singles at Minnesota Mile
  • Kolby Carlile tops AFT Production Twins at Canterbury Park
  • Toni Bou sweeps 2019 TrialGP championship
  • 2019 AORC Wrap-Up
  • Leon Madsen claims British SGP win in Cardiff
  • Australian Junior Dirt Track heads to Somersby this weekend
  • Ben Kelley extends KTM contract
  • AMA announces 2020 rider numbers

Watson conquers 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country

Nathan Watson delivered the goods to claim a home win at round six of the World Enduro Super Series – Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in the UK. The rider showed his class on the physically demanding Shropshire course to take victory over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker.

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2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country – Image by Future7Media

Saturday – Sprint Enduro

Britain’s Nathan Watson sprinted to victory on the opening day of racing at the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country. Delivering the goods on home soil, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider topped Saturday’s Sprint Enduro to claim pole position for Sunday’s Cross-Country race. Making it a 1-2 for KTM, teammate Josep Garcia – the 2018 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country winner – was second, with British wildcard entrant Alex Snow bringing his Gas Gas home in third on Saturday.

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Nathan Watson – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country – Image by Future7Media

Glorious weather greeted the 500-plus entry for the opening day of competition at round six of the WESS. Conditions were perfect for racing at the iconic venue with a two-stage Motocross and Enduro loop set to test competitors. The Enduro special test – ridden four times – weaved its way through the surrounding woodland, while the Motocross test – also ridden four times – saw riders blast their way around the famous, sandy motocross circuit.

At the head of the field Garcia was quick to lay down his marker. Despite riding with a recent hand injury, he showed no weakness on the bumpy Enduro test and led the way as they moved over to Motocross test.

Eager to close in on Garcia, Watson chipped away at the Spaniard’s lead to close the 10-second gap before increasing his own advantage to 10 seconds by the end of the day.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country – Image by Future7Media

With the leading duo breaking away from the chasing field, both Snow and Finland’s Romi Kytonen battled head-to-head for third. Snow held a slender four-second advantage at the end of the Enduro tests, but Kytonen fought back on the Motocross section. Closing the gap with each run, he came within one-tenth of a second of Snow for fourth.

The battle for top-five was equally fierce between Jonny Walker and championship leader Manuel Lettenbichler. Walker held the upper hand after the Enduro tests, but with Lettenbichler coming on strong in the Motocross portion, the duo went to the wire, with Walker just hanging on to take fifth.

Sunday – Cross-Country

Nathan Watson delivered the goods on Sunday of the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country. The rider showed his class on the physically demanding Shropshire course to take victory over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker. Placing as runner-up in Great Britain, Lettenbichler extends his lead in this year’s race to become the Ultimate Enduro World Champion.

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Nathan Watson claims 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media

Saturday’s glorious weather gave way to scattered showers, but it did little to dampen the race action, as riders blasted off the Hawkstone Park start line, it was Alex Snow who took the initial holeshot with Walker and the ensuring pack of riders close behind. There was immediate drama when both Watson and 2018 winner Josep Garcia were slow to start. Watson fared better than his teammate and was quickly mid pack, while Garcia had work to do after leaving the start in last position.

By the end of lap one, Walker was in the lead but Watson was up to second with Lettenbichler, Taddy Blazusiak and Snow chasing. Garcia was battling through the field and closing in on the top-10. A lap later and Watson was out front.

Exiting the mid-distance fuel stop of the two-hour and 30-minute race, Watson had increased his advantage to over one-minute from Lettenbichler and Walker. Controlling the pace for the second half of the race, he rode on to take a memorable win with Lettenbichler and Walker rounding out the podium.

Behind the top three, Blazusiak put in a strong charge in the closing stages to take fourth, with Garcia regrouping following his bad start to place fifth. Snow showed his pace for sixth, while Will Hoare impressed with seventh.

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Graham Jarvis – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round seven in Spain for the BR2 Enduro Solsona on October 4-6.

Nathan Watson – P1

“I’m super-happy to win today. I felt a lot of pressure coming into this weekend because it seems everyone expected me to win. Obviously, I got second here last year, so I was extra-motivated this weekend. Winning the Sprint Enduro gave me some confidence for today, but then I got a bad start and was near last. I made some aggressive passes early on to fight my way back up to the front. Once I got into the lead I felt so comfortable and was able to control the pace. I’m feeling pretty confident now going into BR2 Enduro Solsona.”

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Nathan Watson – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media
Manuel Lettenbichler – P2

“I came into this round with no expectations at all, but the plan was to collect as many points as possible for the overall standings. I thought if I could do a little better than last year and get inside the top-five it would be amazing because there are so many fast guys out there. I got a really good start and managed to find a good rhythm, so the whole race went really well – I surprised myself a little. Although my result here gives me quite a confidence boost going into the next round, it’s going to be really different racing in Spain. I’ll give it my best as always and if we can get a good result it will be a boost heading to Getzenrodeo.”

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Manuel Lettenbichler – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media
Jonny Walker – P3

“It’s great to get a podium at my home race. I led the race for a little bit too, which was good. I knew the guys would be fast so it was always going to be tough to be right up there. I made a really good start and set about chasing down the leader, he had a crash which put me in front and from then on I just tried to get into a good rhythm rather than push too hard early on because I knew it was going to be a really tough race. I’m looking forward to Solsona now, we’ve got a two-week break to rest a little then hopefully come back strong in Spain and challenge for the podium again.”

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Jonny Walker – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media

Placing as runner-up in Great Britain, Lettenbichler extends his lead in this year’s race to become the Ultimate Enduro World Champion.

Taddy Blazusiak – P4

“I really enjoyed the race today. I’m a little disappointed not to have finished on the podium again but all-in-all the race went well. I tried to settle into things early on and my speed was good. Mani got past me but then I could see I was closing in on Jonny for third. I got within about 10 seconds but then made a mistake and lost everything I had gained. Towards the end I still felt strong enough to push again but after one lap, I really started to suffer with the blisters on my hand and decided to settle for fourth. The next round in Spain is like a second home race for me so I’m going to try an heal my hand over the next two weeks then head to Solsona and give it all I have.”

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Taddy Blazusiak – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media
Josep Garcia – P5

“It was a really tough race for me today. I knew it would be hard coming into today so close after hurting my hand, but yesterday went really well and I felt quite confident. Unfortunately, I had trouble at the start and set off right at the back. It wasn’t too bad, but I knew I would have to push hard to make my way to the front. I made a few mistakes then and ended up crashing a few times, which knocked my confidence. Each time I felt comfortable to push again I ended up making another mistake. I’m not too happy with fifth but I’m looking forward to the next round in Spain now and hopefully come out of that one on top.”

Alfredo Gomez and Graham Jarvis both put in creditable rides at the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country to finish in eighth and ninth places respectively, and currently hold second and third in the overall WESS standings.

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Alfredo Gomez – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media
Alfredo Gomez – P8

“I tried my best today but had a few crashes, which knocked me back a little. The track became so rough and it was really tough to ride for over two hours. Overall, I’m happy with my performance – I got eighth, which is not bad and earned good points for the championship. I’m looking forward to the next one now.”

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Alfredo Gomez – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media
Graham Jarvis – P9

“I felt good today, I got an okay start and managed to get into a good rhythm. I was around 12th or 13th but got past a few riders ahead of me, so I’m pleased to equal my result from last year and get ninth. The fitness is there, which is the main thing. It can really wear you down out there so I’m happy with the result. It’s always good to race in England, too. It’s a shame it didn’t suit my style a little better, but I’m glad to get some good points in the bag.”

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Graham Jarvis – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media

The World Enduro Super Series continues with Round 7 in Spain for the BR2 Enduro Solsona on October 4-6.

Results: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country 2019

  1. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 14 laps, 2:30:41.111
  2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2:33:19.480
  3. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2:35:51.529
  4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 2:36:36.306
  5. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 2:39:09.380
  6. Alex Snow (Gas Gas – GB) 2:40:25.430
  7. Will Hoare (KTM – GB) 2:42:21.589
  8. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 13 laps, 2:32:03.308
  9. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 2:33:22.425
  10. Suff Sella (KTM – ISR) 2:34:13.143
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Nathan Watson topped the podium from Manuel Lettenbichler and Jonny Walker – 2019 Hawkstone Park Cross-Country victory – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series 2019 standings (After round 6)

  1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4420 points
  2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 3920
  3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 3654
  4. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 3470
  5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 3280
  6. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 3165
  7. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 3070
  8. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 3031
  9. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2725
  10. Pol Tarres (Husqvarna – ESP) 2270
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Briar Bauman crowned AFT Twins Champ

American Flat Track crowned Briar Bauman the 2019 AFT Twins Champion following Saturday evening’s wild and intense Minnesota Mile at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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2019 AFT Twins – Minnesota Mile Podium

Even though multi-time reigning champion Jared Mees did all he could by winning his seventh AFT Twins Main Event of the season in runaway fashion, both he and Bauman were well aware all Bauman needed to do to lock up the crown was finish on the podium — something he’d already accomplished 14 times in 16 attempts this season.

While he ultimately made it 15 to clinch the title, Bauman’s crowning achievement did not come without drama or adversity – not by a long shot. The first of Bauman’s obstacles came early, as he was involved in a high-speed crash in the early stages of the Main Event that also involved his brother, Bronson Bauman, Rookie of the Year Brandon Price, Stephen Vanderkuur and Sammy Halbert.

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Jared Mees – 2019 AFT Twins – Minnesota Mil

Bauman’s crew worked frantically during the stoppage to repair his heavily damaged machine, beating the odds and getting it back out for the restart. However, as a result of his crash, his path to the podium would have to begin from the back row as opposed to the front.

Immediately following the restart, a second red flag was issued due to another two-rider crash. The local curfew forced a 10-lap reduction in the Main for the third and final restart, which meant Bauman would only have 15 laps to feel out his rebuilt machine, master the tricky racing conditions, and fight his way forward past the world’s best dirt track racers.

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2019 AFT Twins – Minnesota Mile

Nevertheless, he did so with gusto, owning a bold, high line which he used to claw his way up to the fight for second that was being waged by Bryan Smith and Jeffrey Carver Jr.

In one final breathtaking moment, Bauman and Smith came together exiting Turn 4 for the final time. That clash allowed Smith to just beat him to the line for second, but in the end, third was good enough for Bauman to realize his lifelong ambitions.

Briar Bauman

“I don’t know if I can put words on this right now. I’ve dreamed of this my whole life. I used to have posters of Bryan and Jared hanging in my room growing up. And to win it… I can’t even put it into words. I don’t even know what else to say.”

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Briar Bauman celebrated his victory with a lap on the back of Jared Mees’ bike

Mees showed his class by taking Bauman on his victory lap.

Jared Mees

“My goal was to win these last two races. Being 35 points down, it was really going to take some extremely bad luck for Briar — which almost happened to him. But he has a phenomenal team and they worked endlessly to get that bike put back together and back up front. I knew once he re-entered the race he was going to get third. Hats off to him and his team, and huge hats off to Indian Motorcycle for clinching their third championship. It’s hard to lose that #1 plate, especially after the domination we’ve had the last two years. But it went to the best guy this year, and I’m looking forward to next year to get it back.”

Carver – who scooped three holeshots on the night – finished fourth with Henry Wiles completing the top five.

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2019 AFT Twins – Minnesota Mile Podium – 1) Jared Mees, 2) Bryan Smith, 3) Briar Bauman

AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Minnesota Mile Result

# Rider Bike Gap
1 Jared Mees Indian FTR750 15 Laps
2 Bryan Smith Kawasaki Ninja 650 2.931
3 Briar Bauman Indian FTR750 3.038
4 Jeffrey Carver Jr. Indian FTR750 3.73
5 Henry Wiles Indian FTR750 7.812
6 Bronson Bauman Indian FTR750 12.78
7 Brandon Robinson HD XG750R Rev X 14.075
8 Jarod Vanderkooi HD XG750R Rev X 17.534
9 Robert Pearson Indian FTR750 20.662
10 Davis Fisher Indian FTR750 23.37

AFT Twins Standings

# Rider Points
1 Briar Bauman 322
2 Jared Mees 295
3 Bronson Bauman 234
4 Jeffrey Carver Jr. 210
5 Brandon Robinson 191
6 Jarod Vanderkooi 190
7 Henry Wiles 167
8 Robert Pearson 159
9 Sammy Halbert 153
10 Davis Fisher 148
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Mikey Rush wins AFT Singles at Minnesota Mile

Following 15 thrilling laps of AFT Singles action, Mikey Rush edged Ryan Wells by an impossibly close 0.004 seconds for victory at the checkered flag. Rush didn’t appear headed toward a photo finish on Saturday night when he opened up a 0.799-second lead on the opening lap. That only seemed even more obvious when he stretched that advantage out to more than 1.2 seconds a pair of laps later.

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Mikey Rush & Ryan Wells – 2019 AFT Singles – Minnesota Mile

However, ‘16 class champ Wells located a fast line that he used to successfully track Rush down, setting the stage for an incredible test of courage and tactics to determine the win between the two.

Wells looked to be exactly where he wanted to be on the final lap, lining Rush up for a drafting maneuver on the final straight. However, when he attempted to execute it, he managed to pull up alongside Rush but no further – running out of steam just a couple inches short of what he needed to beat his adversary to the stripe.

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Mikey Rush – 2019 AFT Singles – Minnesota Mile

The narrow victory was Rush’s third win of the season and a satisfying consolation prize on the night he was officially eliminated from contention for the ’19 Roof Systems AFT Singles crown.

Mikey Rush

“Ryan showed me a killer line, and I stuck with it after he got by me. I made it work, and I knew my Honda was on point tonight – it runs like a champ. Big thanks to the whole team and everyone who supports us.”

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Mikey Rush – 2019 AFT Singles – Minnesota Mile

Championship leader Dalton Gauthiermoved a big step closer to winning that title by finishing in fourth, one position behind rookie standout Dallas Daniels.

Gauthier may have been a bit too eager to lock the title up a round early; the ultra-talented rider actually jumped the start and was sent from Row 1 to Row 4. All that did was add a bit more drama to Gauthier’s ongoing championship pursuit, as he ultimately overhauled chief rival Dan Bromley – and everyone else that stood in his way short of the podium finishers.

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Mikey Rush and Ryan Wells race to the finish line – 2019 AFT Singles – Minnesota Mile

Meanwhile, defending class champ Bromley finished the Main down in 10th, dropping him to 21 points back (281-260). As a result, Bromley’s hopes of a repeat are still alive – albeit barely – with one race to go.

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2019 AFT Singles – Minnesota Mile Podium – 1) Mikey Rush, 2) Ryan Wells, 3) Dallas Daniels

AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Minnesota Mile Result

# Rider Bike Gap
1 Mikey Rush Honda CRF450R 15 Laps
2 Ryan Wells Yamaha YZ450F 0.004
3 Dallas Daniels Yamaha YZ450F 1.489
4 Dalton Gauthier Husqvarna FC450 1.584
5 Trent Lowe Honda CRF450R 2.224
6 Morgen Mischler KTM 450 SX-F 2.648
7 Max Whale Kawasaki KX450F 3.541
8 Chad Cose Suzuki RMZ 450 6.153
9 Brandon Kitchen Honda CRF450R 6.275
10 Dan Bromley KTM 450 SX-F 8.766

AFT Singles Standings

# Rider Points
1 Dalton Gauthier 281
2 Dan Bromley 260
3 Mikey Rush 255
4 Chad Cose 186
5 Jesse Janisch 183
6 Ryan Wells 177
7 Shayna Texter 169
8 Morgen Mischler 158
9 Max Whale 132
10 Kevin Stollings 109
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Kolby Carlile tops AFT Production Twins at Canterbury Park

Kolby Carlile made certain the AFT Production Twins championship fight would go down to the season finale with a clutch performance to score his second victory of the season.

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2019 AFT Production Twins – Minnesota Mile

Chad Cose threatened to escape at the start, but Carlile put his head down and extracted the most from an evolving high line to systematically reel in Cose. On lap 8, Carlile finally drafted up alongside and dove up the inside of his quarry to snatch away the lead.

Cose attempted to return the favor a lap later but couldn’t quite make it stick. From there, he found himself on the back foot, as the two leaders’ battle stretched them more than a full straightaway out in front of the rest of the field.

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Chad Cose and Kolby Carlile – 2019 AFT Production Twins – Minnesota Mile

Carlile shook free at the end to claim the checkered flag with a 2.195-second margin of victory. Cose had nearly seven seconds on third as their intense battle for the win pushed the two more than a full straightaway out in front of the remainder of the field.

Kolby Carlile

“I really couldn’t have gone any faster. I just can’t thank my team enough… and I can’t thank them any better than by coming out here and getting the win, so that’s what I did today.”

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Kolby Carlile – 2019 AFT Production Twins – Minnesota Mile

Cody Johncox picked up his second podium of the season in third, successfully outdueling title hopefuls Cory Texter and Ryan Varnes.

Varnes recovered from a rough start in which he nearly looped his Kawasaki coming off the line and plummeted back through the field at the start. With his title chances flashing before his eyes, Varnes quickly regrouped and somehow managed to weave all the way up to fourth and latch onto Johncox’s rear wheel in third.

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Dallas Daniels – 2019 AFT Production Twins – Minnesota Mile

However, a subsequent mishap dropped Varnes out of podium contention and all the way down to an eventual sixth-place result. Even more crucially, it allowed Texter to get back around him and finish in fourth, further extending the points differential separating the two.

In fact, Varnes’ sixth-place finish combined with Carlile’s triumph saw Carilie step forward and seize control of second place in the title chase heading into next weekend’s season finale. The new runner-up now trails championship leader Texter by 15 points (180-165) with Varnes still very much in the mix in third at 162.

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2019 AFT Production Twins – Minnesota Mile Podium – 1) Kolby Carlile, 2) Chad Cose, 3) Cody Johncox

AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Minnesota Mile Result

# Rider Bike Gap
1 Kolby Carlile Yamaha MT-07 15 Laps
2 Chad Cose Kawasaki Ninja 650 2.195
3 Cody Johncox Yamaha MT-07 8.951
4 Cory Texter Yamaha MT-07 9.877
5 Dalton Gauthier HD XG750R Rev X 11.687
6 Ryan Varnes Kawasaki Ninja 650 17.788
7 Morgen Mischler Kawasaki Ninja 650 23.708
8 Jeffery Lowery Kawasaki Ninja 650 31.563
9 Andrew Luker Kawasaki Ninja 650 57.467
10 Brock Schwarzenbacher Kawasaki Ninja 650 14 Laps

AFT Production Twins Standings

# Rider Points
1 Cory Texter 180
2 Kolby Carlile 165
3 Ryan Varnes 162
4 Dalton Gauthier 136
5 James Rispoli 116
6 Chad Cose 114
7 J.R. Addison 111
8 Cody Johncox 109
9 Ben Lowe 100
10 Kevin Stollings 90
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Toni Bou sweeps 2019 TrialGP championship

With seven wins out of seven events, Toni Bou closed out the 2019 TrialGP World Championship. The Repsol Honda Team rider claimed top honours in the Spanish TrialGP held in the Ciudad Deportiva of La Nucía, where Takahisa Fujinami took the third step of the podium.

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Toni Bou – 2019 TrialGP – Spain

The final trial of the season was by no means easy. The steep areas and the lack of time to conclude the first lap proved a hindrance for riders. Toni Bou finished the day accruing the least marks, thus achieving a 14th consecutive victory in Trial World Championships and a 112th in elite competition. With the title already sealed in the previous outing in France, Bou has completed a full-house of wins in all the trials disputed this season.

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Takahisa Fujinami – 2019 TrialGP – Spain

Takahisa Fujinami fought hard for a place on the podium in La Nucía with his endeavours finally paying dividends.

Toni Bou

“Having a perfect season and winning all races has been spectacular. After exceeding 100 wins, this was the challenge that I was lacking and I am very happy to have achieved it. In addition, I am also very happy to be able to tie with Jordi Tarrés on 14th consecutive victories. We always want more, so we hope to start next season continuing this good spell. Today’s trial was tough, the sections were very slippery and we had very little time, so we made a lot of mistakes. Luckily, everyone made mistakes but our opponents picked up more marks. I am very happy to be able to finish the season this way. Thank you very much to the whole team for making it possible.”

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Toni Bou topped the podium from – 2019 TrialGP – Spain

2019 TrialGP of Spain Results

# Rider Nat. Points
1 BOU Toni SPA 160
2 RAGA Adam SPA 134
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa JPN 112
4 BUSTO Jaime SPA 96
5 CASALES Jorge SPA 81
6 DABILL James GBR 80
7 BINCAZ Benoit FRA 69
8 GELABERT Miquel SPA 66
9 KADLEC Franz GER 64
10 PRICE Jack GBR 49

2019 TrialGP Standings

# Rider Nat. Team Points
1 BOU Toni SPA Repsol Honda Team 36
2 RAGA Adam SPA TRRS Factory Team 43
3 FUJINAMI Takahisa JPN Repsol Honda Team 64
4 FAJARDO Jeroni SPA Gas Gas 65
5 BUSTO Jaime SPA Vertigo Factory Team 67
6 GELABERT Miquel SPA Sherco Factory Team 69
7 CASALES Jorge SPA Vertigo Factory Team 70
8 BINCAZ Benoit FRA Beta Factory Racing 83
9 DABILL James GBR Beta Factory Racing 89
10 PRICE Jack GBR Gas Gas 89
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2019 AORC Wrap-Up

After eleven rounds across six weekends the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) concluded last weekend at Hedley in Victoria. Here’s a look at the season that was…

E3

Its fair to say that Daniel Sanders simply dismantled his rivals this year in the E3 category. The 25-year-old was in a class of his own taking the round win in every race this year. Sanders’ stats in the E3 category continues to grow as he now has racked up 22 victories from a total of 35 round starts.

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Daniel Sanders

This year’s championship marks Sanders’ fourth title in the AORC series. He now has taken out the 19 & Under Championship in 2014, E2 title in 2018 and the E3 championship this year and 2016.

Sanders’ nearest rival throughout the year was Andrew Wilksch, who was 63-points behind who managed to stand on the podium at every round, apart from round three.

The biggest upset for the year would have to be Beau Ralston, who injured himself. Ralston scored second place at the first six rounds of the year before his season was put on hold, so it’s a case of what could have been.

At the end of the championship, Ralston found himself in sixth place in the standings with 148-points to his name. Jesse Lawton was able to salvage third place in the championship and get back to finish in the championship and finish off his best season.

E2

Just like Sanders in the E3 class, Daniel Milner also made the season his own in the E2 class by romping to victory in every round this year. Josh Green tried everything he could to put up a fight to Milner but was unable to prevail and had to settle finishing second in all of the eleven rounds this year. Still, it was an improvement from last year as Green did finish third in 2018 with six second places and three third places.

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Daniel Milner

Jérémy Carpentier, who made the jump from E1 to E2 this year certainly put on a solid show in 2019. With seven visits to the podium this year and three top five finishes, it was enough to hand the Frenchman third place for the year finishing 37-points behind Green.

Brad Hardaker, who took out third place at round six, battled through injuries in the first part of the year and was still pretty consistent, which showed in his overall position for the year. At the end of the jigsaw puzzle Hardaker finished in fourth place, scoring 148-points for the year.

E1

Luke Styke has become the second rider in the sports history to win back-to-back championships in the E1 division. Styke, who now has 15 wins in the E1 class just held onto the championship win by 18-points, beating Lyndon Snodgrass, who last year finished second in the E2 championship.

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Luke Styke

Fraser Higlett this year dropped from second to third in the overall standings. Unlike last year, his season has not exactly been consistent. Last year saw Higlett scoring two race wins, six seconds and two thirds, while this year he has only been able to win one round, which came at the fifth round, one second and five thirds. The third place in the championship went all the way down to the wire between Higlett and last year’s EJ champion, Michael Driscoll. Driscoll just missed out on third place by three points.

EJ

For 2019, Kyron Bacon leaped up to the EJ class after finishing second in last year’s J4 category. A total of seven round wins, two second places and third places saw the 17-year-old winning the title beating Josh Brierley, who again finished second in the EJ class for another year running, by 30-points.

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Kyron Bacon

Last years J4 champion, Korey McMahon, round the EJ championship in third place, eight points off Brierley and along the way picked up three second places and seven second place finishes to his credit.

Women

Once again Jess Gardiner proved just to good for the field, racking up her fifth championship, which has not been done in the sports history in the Women’s class. Not only that, but the 26-year-old of course has scored over 2000 championship points and after the weekend just gone, she now has a total of 2,063 championship points to her name.

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Jess Gardiner

While Gardiner might be the Queen at her game at the moment, Honda RideRed’s Emma Milesevic has proven to be a future star of the sport. After switching from motocross to AORC this year, the Victorian based rider came on strong from the word get go. Her first-round win came at Broken Hill and took out another win in South Australia at the ninth round of the championship. In total, nine podium finishes for the Honda rider who finished 28-points off from Gardiner.

Milesevic just hung onto second place in the championship tussle, beating Emelie Karlsson by just one slender point. What was looking like a winless year coming up for the Swedish rider, Karlsson broke through during Saturday’s cross-county event to win her fourteenth AORC round win, beating Milesevic and Gardiner.

Danielle Foot guided the #885V Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road machine to fourth place in the championship, which was also her first year in the AORC series.

Juniors

The J4 class was the closest finish out of all the championships in the AORC series. Mackenzie Johnson took out the championship by one point ahead of Blake Hollis. Round eight and nine which Hollis missed proved to be costly in the end. However, it is what it is…

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Blake Hollis – 2019 AORC

Riley McGillivray took out the J3 class by locking up ten round wins for the year. 44-points down on him was Kodi Stephens.

It was back-to-back championship wins for Billy Hargy in the J2 class, who finished 14-points ahead of Max Phillips and Campbell Hall who was 21-points down.

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Masters & Vets

Kirk Hutton won every round bar the final two rounds, purely because there was no need for him to roll up as he locked up the title the round before. This left Peter Rudd to finish second in the championship, but took out the final two rounds. It was really a two-horse race between the pair.

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Kirk Hutton – 2019 AORC

Lee Stephens to had a great year. He took out a total of nine wins which handed him the title win over Chris Thomas and former 2017 Veterans champ Jason Perace.

This brings the 2019 AORC season to a close, proving that Australia’s Enduro talent is growing in leaps and bounds. Please stay tuned for further AORC updates as well as the 2020 calendar, which will be released in due course.


Leon Madsen claims British SGP win in Cardiff

British FIM Speedway Grand Prix winner Leon Madsen says completing a Warsaw and Cardiff golden double is an awesome feeling – whether or not he’s crowned world champion. The Dane topped the podium ahead of Emil Sayfutdinov, Bartosz Zmarzlik and Jason Doyle at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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2019 British FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Madsen was delighted to have won at both of the SGP series’ biggest venues in his first full World Championship season. He’s currently third in the standings on 109 points – nine behind series leader Zmarzlik, who has 118 going into the title-deciding REVLINE Torun SGP of Poland on October 5. Sayfutdinov is second on 111.

While Madsen knows claiming the sport’s biggest prize in a fortnight will be no easy task, he admits his Warsaw and Cardiff wins would represent a sweet consolation prize.

Leon Madsen

“I had a talk with my girlfriend at home before the meeting; I said ‘I might not be world champion this year, but wouldn’t it be nice to win the two biggest events on the calendar and finish off as No.1 in the Polish Ekstraliga rankings. At the moment, I am No.1 in the Polish rankings. I have won the two biggest events and I am very happy about that and proud as well. If I don’t win the championship, it’s kind of a plaster on the wound to win those two big events.”

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2019 British FIM Speedway Grand Prix podium

Madsen is determined to finish of SGP 2019 with at least a medal to show for an impressive debut season, which has seen him defy a disc problem in his back and an ankle injury to pile up the points.

Sayfutdinov heads to Torun seven points short of Zmarzlik. While he was gutted not to overtake Madsen for victory in the Cardiff final, he was content with a healthy 17-point haul. And now he’s determined to hunt down Zmarzlik for top spot.

Third-placed Zmarzlik is 15 points away from guaranteeing the SGP 2019 world title – irrespective of what his rivals score in Torun. This target will decrease with every point dropped by Sayfutdinov and Madsen.

With Zmarzlik racing the title decider in his homeland, there’s no doubt the spotlight will shine brightest on him. But he admits he felt more pressure in Cardiff, where he has reached the final on all of his four visits.

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2019 British FIM Speedway Grand Prix podium

SGP World Championship Standings

  1. Bartosz Zmarzlik 118
  2. Emil Sayfutdinov 111
  3. Leon Madsen 109
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 98
  5. Martin Vaculik 88
  6. Maciej Janowski 80
  7. Patryk Dudek 75
  8. Matej Zagar 74
  9. Jason Doyle 73
  10. Artem Laguta 69
    …16 Max Fricke

2019 British SGP Scores

  1. Leon Madsen 17
  2. Emil Sayfutdinov 17
  3. Bartosz Zmarzlik 15
  4. Jason Doyle 13
  5. Fredrik Lindgren 11
  6. Martin Vaculik 9
  7. Antonio Lindback 9
  8. Matej Zagar 9
  9. Maciej Janowski 7
  10. Artem Laguta 6

Australian Junior Dirt Track heads to Somersby this weekend

This weekend the Nation’s best junior motorcycle riders from across the country will invade the Central Coast to battle it out in the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championship for a two-day event on September 28-29 at Allen Park MVR Speedway, in Somersby, New South Wales.

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Australian Junior Dirt Track heads to Somersby – Image by David Lamont

Although some riders may be young in age, they are much older in experience, skills and talent if the results shown at the recent Central Coast Cup event were any indication. With strong competition likely from Queenslanders, Riley Nauta, Nate Hicks, Steph Connors, Lenny and Henry Snell.

Flying the flag for Victoria is Cooper Antone, Jed Fyffe and Oli Bergic, while Sam and Tom Drane, Noah Grabham and Beau Bailey will try and do the Central West NSW proud.

Being just a few riders to beat if they want to be crowned champion. Forbes brothers Tom and Sam Drane along with Queenslander Riley Nauta have just returned from 6 weeks of competition racing long track in America.

Riders from seven through to sixteen will compete in their individual classes to hold the title of 2019 National champion. Several previous winners of this event have continued on to hold World Championships.

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Australian Junior Dirt Track heads to Somersby – Image by David Lamont

The weekend entertainment will not only be provided by the high quality of the competitors but on the Sunday the crowd will be treated by a special appearance and demonstration ride by clinically blind Australian Ben Felten who is the current Guinness World Record and FIM record holder for the fastest land speed by a blind motorcycle rider.

Practice will commence at 9.30am followed by racing on the Saturday and racing opening from 9.30am on the Sunday. Entry fee of $10.00 per car will cover you for the two days of competition.


Ben Kelley extends KTM contract

KTM Motorsports is proud to announce the contract extension of recently-crowned back-to-back GNCC XC2 250 Pro Champion Ben Kelley, who will join the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team in 2020 to compete in the premier XC1 Open Pro class in the AMA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series.

As a member of the KTM-Supported Trail Jesters KTM Racing Team since 2017, Kelley has spent a majority of his career with the KTM brand where he has achieved many great milestones as a young racer. Now a two-time GNCC XC2 Champion, Kelley remains undefeated in the current series as he continues to vie for a perfect season in 2019.

Ben Kelley

“I am really excited to be joining the FMF KTM Factory Racing team going into the 2020 season. I have high hopes for next year and look forward to moving up to the premier XC1 class in GNCC.”

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Ben Kelly – Image by Ken Hill
Antti Kallonen – FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Manager

“I’m very pleased to see Ben graduate from the Trail Jesters KTM Racing Team. We’ve been supporting him and the team for a few years now and this is the result of a great feeder program and now he’s ready to take on the premier class. Obviously, we’re looking for a very bright future for Ben as he’s already shown an enormous amount of potential in the XC2 class. Now he will be on a bigger bike in the premier class and our expectations are high, as are his, so we’re looking forward to the next three years and beyond.”

In addition to finishing out the last three rounds of the GNCC Series, the 23-year-old will go on to represent the U.S. Junior World Trophy Team on Nov. 11-16 at the 94th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portimao, Portugal.

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AMA announces 2020 rider numbers

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced the professional competition numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, for the 2020 season.

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2019 AMA Supercross – Image by Hoppenworld

Each rider uses the assigned professional number for competition. In addition, the current champion runs the No. 1 plate, instead of an assigned professional number when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. When competing in a class other than the class in which the championship was earned, the rider must use the professional number assigned.

2020 Top 100 & Career Pro Numbers for SX and MX

* Career Numbers – ** New Career Number for 2020

Rider # (Class) Rider
1 (450SX) Cooper Webb
1 (450 Class) Eli Tomac
1 (250 Class) Adam Cianciarulo
1W (250SX) Dylan Ferrandis
1E (250SX) Chase Sexton
2* Cooper Webb
3* Eli Tomac
4* Blake Baggett
6* Jeremy Martin
7* Aaron Plessinger
9** Adam Cianciarulo
10* Justin Brayton
11* Kyle Chisholm
12* Shane McElrath
13 Colt Nichols
14** Dylan Ferrandis
15* Dean Wilson
16* Zach Osborne
17* Joey Savatgy
18* Weston Peick
19* Justin Bogle
20* Broc Tickle
21* Jason Anderson
22* Chad Reed
23* Chase Sexton
24** R.J. Hampshire
25* Marvin Musquin
26* Alex Martin
27* Malcolm Stewart
28 Michael Mosiman
29 Cameron McAdoo
30 Brandon Hartranft
31 Fredrik Noren
32** Justin Cooper
33* Josh Grant
34 Tyler Bowers
35 Hunter Lawrence
36 Garrett Marchbanks
37 Martin Davalos
38 Kyle Peters
39 Jordan Bailey
40 Mitchell Oldenburg
41 Ty Masterpool
42 Ben Lamay
43 John Short
44 Kyle Cunningham
45 Jacob Hayes
46* Justin Hill
47 Lorenzo Locurcio
48 Henry Miller
49 Chris Blose
50 Benny Bloss
51* Justin Barcia
52 Austin Forkner
53 Jimmy Decotis
54 Jordon Smith
55 Martin Castelo
56 Justin Starling
57 Derek Drake
58 Sean Cantrell
59 Josh Osby
60 Mitchell Falk
61 Alex Ray
62 Christian Craig
63 Jess Pettis
64 Vince Friese
65 James Weeks
66 Enzo Lopes
67 Jerry Robin
68 Nick Gaines
69 Carlen Gardner
70 Dylan Merriam
71 Ryan Breece
72 Robbie Wageman
73 Chase Marquier
74 Mitchell Harrison
75 Coty Schock
76 Mike Alessi
77 Kevin Moranz
78 Jake Masterpool
79 Isaac Teasdale
80 Thomas Covington
81 Anthony Rodriguez
82 Cade Autenrieth
83 Jett Lawrence
84 Jo Shimoda
85 Cole Martinez
86 Josh Cartwright
87 Ramyller Alves
88 Logan Karnow
89 Marshal Weltin
90 Killian Auberson
91 Ryan Sipes
92 Austin Politelli
93 Blake Wharton
94* Ken Roczen
95 Carson Brown
96 Justin Thompson
97 Chris Howell
98 Bradley Lionnet
99 Brandan Leith
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Moto News Weekly | MXGP | EMX | AMA MX | SGP

Moto News Weekly for August 27, 2019

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What happened this week

  • 2019 MXGP of Sweden wrap-up
  • Van De Moosdijk & Guadagnini claim EMX titles
  • 2019 AMA Ironman National MX Wrap
  • Matej Zagar tops Croatian FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifier
  • Brook & Hendrickson dominate Australian Senior Track Championships
  • American Flat Track set for Springfield triple-header
  • Hunter Lawrence injured in training
  • Tasmania to host 2019 Australian Trial Championship
  • Romain Febvre breaks femur at Swedish GP
  • 2019 Sultans of Slide Announced – NSW Flat Track Cup

2019 MXGP of Sweden wrap-up

With sunshine and a large Swedish crowd in attendance at the beautifully prepared Uddevalla circuit, another sensational weekend of motocross was played out at the MXGP of Sweden.

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2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla

For the full report see:
Jorge Prado crowned 2019 MX2 Champion in Sweden (link)

Glenn Coldenhoff won his second GP of the season in MXGP, with Tim Gajser having to settle for second, while Pauls Jonass completed the top three overall.

Glenn Coldenhoff took the Race 1 win from Romain Febvre by over a minute, while Tim Gajser completed the podium. Race 2 would see Gajser come back for the win, this time over Coldenhoff, with Pauls Jonass completing the top three.

Glenn Coldenhoff

“It was a tough weekend but I’m very satisfied. Jeffrey was in front of me in the beginning of the first race, and it is really difficult and Febvre was close at the end and I got a little nervous, but I kept it on for the win. I’m very happy about my riding now”

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Glenn Coldenhoof – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla
Tim Gajser

“I am really happy. The first race I made a mistake and a lost two places. The second race I was pushing Romain and then I thought five minutes before the end I had to pass him, and I took the lead and with one lap to go I was leading the GP, but congratulations to Glenn, he deserved it.”

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Tim Gajser – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla
Pauls Jonass

“You know its been a while since I was on the box and we worked hard to get here. The starts are the key, and they are better now, but we still need to improve them. It feels good to be up front and thanks to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team and all my sponsors.”

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Pauls Jonass – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla

MXGP Round Overall – Top 10

Pos Rider Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Coldenhoff, Glenn 25 22 47
2 Gajser, Tim 20 25 45
3 Jonass, Pauls 18 20 38
4 Seewer, Jeremy 14 16 30
5 Van Horebeek, Jeremy 16 14 30
6 Paulin, Gautier 15 13 28
7 Tonus, Arnaud 9 15 24
8 Strijbos, Kevin 12 12 24
9 Searle, Tommy 13 11 24
10 Febvre, Romain 22 0 22

MXGP Standings after Sweden – Top 10

Pos Rider Total
1 Gajser, Tim 709
2 Seewer, Jeremy 511
3 Paulin, G. 468
4 Coldenhoff, G. 446
5 Tonus, Arnaud 443
6 Jasikonis, A. 397
7 Jonass, Pauls 390
8 Febvre, Romain 384
9 Van Horebeek, J. 377
10 Cairoli, A. 358
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MX2

In the opening MX2 moto on Sunday fans surrounding the tight, hardpack Uddevalla track witnessed a special FIM World Championship celebration as Prado obtained the points necessary to confirm his second #1 plate in the MX2 class. Prado ranks as the eighth different Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 World Champion since the creation of the category in 2004; KTM has now claimed the MX2 titles 11 times from 16 seasons.

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Jorge Prado – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla

With a lead of 145 points and just 100 left to win in the series Prado, who hails from Lugo in Spain, has been confirmed as only the third double-winning champion in the history of the MX2 division. The star has won 27 of the 32 motos contested so far this season, despite missing a round with injury and has scored 12 1-1 victories from 16 rounds.

In what was another memorable weekend, Prado’s MX2 teammate Tom Vialle scored his very first Grand Prix victory with a 2-2 scorecard aboard his KTM 250 SX-F. The FIM Motocross World championship now heads to Turkey and China for the last two rounds of the season.

Tom Vialle

“It is a fantastic weekend I took two holeshots and I got the round win. For sure it is fantastic the first race I pushed and lost a lot of energy and in the second race I took the holeshot and finished second and I won the overall. I did not expect that but it is a great feeling”

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Tom Vialle – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla
Calvin Vlaanderen

“First race I didn’t’ feel really comfortable as I had a bad start but in the second race I rode well and the two guys in front made mistakes and I was able to get the race win. Thanks to the team and my family and girlfriend to support me.”

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Calvin Vlaanderen – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla
Jorge Prado

“I have no words to explain this. This year has been a great season, winning every single round I rode except this one (laugh). Thanks to everyone who is there everyday with me and supporting me. Two World titles, if you think of it, it is incredible. The second race was one of the best races of the year for me, I came from the back to fourth place and I couldn’t use the clutch because the level was bent.”

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Jorge Prado – 2019 MXGP of Sweden – Round 16 Uddevalla

MX2 Round Overall

Pos Rider R1 R2 Total
1 Vialle, Tom 22 22 44
2 Vlaanderen, Calvin 18 25 43
3 Prado, Jorge 25 18 43
4 Sterry, Adam 16 20 36
5 Renaux, Maxime 15 16 31
6 Olsen, Thomas Kjer 13 15 28
7 Evans, Mitchell 10 14 24
8 Walsh, Dylan 11 12 23
9 Boisrame, Mathys 14 9 23
10 Sanayei, Darian 12 10 22

MX2 Standings following Sweden

Pos Rider Total
1 Prado, Jorge 737
2 Olsen, T. 592
3 Geerts, Jago 467
4 Vialle, Tom 460
5 Jacobi, Henry 442
6 Sterry, Adam 356
7 Renaux, Maxime 340
8 Vlaanderen, C. 324
9 Watson, Ben 282
10 Boisrame, M. 278
11 Evans, M. 252
12 Beaton, Jed 250
20 Walsh, Dylan 137
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Van De Moosdijk & Guadagnini claim EMX titles

Uddevalla was the field where the final rounds of the EMX250 and EMX125 championships were decided as both titles went down to the wire as a handful of riders fought for victory. Run over Saturday and Sunday the racing was very unpredictable with both champions taking their titles without winning the overall or a race on the weekend.

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Van De Moosdijk & Guadagnini claim the EMX titles in Sweden

In the EMX250 Championship it was Roan van de Moosdijk who took the championship with a solid third place overall in Sweden with 2-6 results. The overall winner in Sweden was Stephen Rubini with 3-2 and finishing second in the championship. Third overall in the championship was Alberto Forato who finished with 7-1 results for second overall for the weekend.

In the EMX125 it was Tom Guyon who won the final round with 2-1 results, but Mattia Guadagnini is the 2019 EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Champion. Guadagnini didn’t take too many risks throughout the two races and finished third overall with 3-3 on the weekend and it was enough to win the championship with a tally of 305 points, 13 points more than second placed rider Guyon.

EMX250

Mikkel Haarup won the opening race from Roan van de Moosdijk and Stephen Rubini in a rather uneventful affair for the race winner, but for Rubini it was a crash-fest as he had a bad start, then crashed a couple of times and lost points to Van De Moosdijk.

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EMX250 Start

Haarup led the whole EMX250 Race 1 while Bastian Boegh Damm started second and had the chance to maintain his position until a motivated Van De Moosdijk passed him on lap 12. Riding in third was the Swedish Isak Gifting while the battle for the Championship was back in 4th position among Van De Moosdijk, Rubini and Forato.

At the end of Race 1 Van De Moosdijk led the championship points by 13 points on Rubini while Forato finished race 1 in 7th but still in contention for the championship.

In the second EMX250 it was Jeremy Sydow who led from Rene Hofer, Bastian Boegh Damm, Pontus Jonsson and Ruben Fernandez, but the title contenders were back with Forato sixth, Rubini ninth and Van De Moosdijk 12th.

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Roan van de Moosdijk

Forato moved into the lead after a couple of laps, and Rubini was up to fourth, with Van De Moosdijk sixth. The championship contenders were all working their way to the front and after four laps the top five was Forato, Hofer, Sydow, Rubini and Fernandez.

Hofer crashed in lap eight but managed to keep the third place while Van De Moosdijk moved into fifth place. Rubini passed Hofer for second place and after nine laps race leader Forato was followed by Rubini, Hofer, Fernandez and Van De Moosdijk. Forato won the second race from Rubini and Hofer, with Van De Moosdijk back in sixth position that for the Dutch were enough to endure the EMX250 Title.

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Roan van de Moosdijk

Roan Van De Moosdijk won three rounds in 2019 and managed to hold the Red Plate for the first time this season in Lommel. He won the 2019 Edition of one of the most thrilling European Championships ever, the EMX250, 6 points ahead Stephan Rubini and 11 from Alberto Forato.

Roan Van De Moosdijk

It was a little stressful the last few days but I have had a good time the last couple of months and won a lot of races so I was confident going into this last round of the series. Of course I was a little nervous before the second race this morning, but I think that’s normal! My start was pretty good but in the second corner Haarup crashed and I had to stop and lost five or six places. Then I saw Rubini just one or two positions in front of me, so when he passed somebody I did the same. I controlled the race; I knew it was enough. In my mind I was thinking during the last few laps ‘just don’t crash, don’t make any mistake’ so I let one guy pass me back on the last lap to make sure nothing strange could happen to prevent me securing the title. I want to thank everyone around me – Kawasaki, my team, my sponsors, my family, my girlfriend. Now I will race the MX2 GPs in Turkey and China to prepare for next year as I didn’t race any overseas GPs yet. It will also be a good preparation if the Dutch federation finally select me for the MX of Nations; of course both overseas races are hard-pack and Assen is sand but I showed already what I can do in the sand.”

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Roan van de Moosdijk
Stephen Rubini

“Of course I am a little disappointed about the championship. I wanted to bring a second title for Honda, but I gave everything and I am happy with second overall. Looking forward to seeing you all next year in MX2.”

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Stephen Rubini
Alberto Forato

“I had a good start to the season with four wins and then I had little issues. Today I enjoyed a lot riding. I’m third overall in the championship and I’m happy with it even if I was hoping to be Champion”

EMX250 Overall Top Ten

# Rider R1 R2 Tot.
1 Rubini, Stephen 20 22 42
2 Forato, Alberto 14 25 39
3 Van De Moosdijk, Roan 22 15 37
4 Hofer, Rene 12 20 32
5 Gifting, Isak 16 16 32
6 Haarup, Mikkel 25 7 32
7 Fernandez, Ruben 13 18 31
8 Boegh Damm, Bastian 18 13 31
9 Sydow, Jeremy 10 14 24
10 Benistant, Thibault 15 9 24

EMX250 Standings

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Van De Moosdijk, R. NED KAW 325
2 Rubini, S. FRA HON 319
3 Forato, A. ITA HUS 314
4 Hofer, Rene AUT KTM 227
5 Benistant, T. FRA YAM 161
6 Sydow, Jeremy GER HUS 155
7 Tropepe, G. ITA YAM 133
8 Gilbert, Josh GBR HON 127
9 Fernandez, R. ESP YAM 113
10 Elzinga, Rick NED YAM 104
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EMX125

Simon Laengenfelder opened the account for the EMX125, with a victory in the opening race, the German rider displayed good control, leading the race on lap one until the finish.

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Tom Guyon

Mattia Guadagnini had a good start with the goal to keep his second position until the very end of the race, but the #27 of Team VRT’s and championship rival Tom Guyon was closing in putting pressure on Guadagnini. The Italian didn’t push too hard considering his 20 points lead and Guyon made it to pass him on lap four.

Going into the last couple of laps Laengenfelder led 12 seconds on Guyon with Guadagnini, Gwerder and Talviku round out the top five.

When the gate dropped at the second race of the EMX125 class it was Tom Guyon who controlled the race from lap one and took a comfortable victory ahead of Laengenfelder and Guadagnini.

Guyon and Laengenfelder pulling away out front while Guadagnini kept his comfortable third place that could ensure his Championship title. Kay de Wolf put pressure on Guadagnini as the Italian made a small mistake. Tom Guyon won race 2 and the overall victory in Uddevalla while Mattia Guadagnini has been crowned 2019 EMX125 champion.

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EMX125 Podium – MXGP of Sweden
Mattia Guadagnini

“I am super happy, I can’t believe it. It is amazing, I don’t know what to say. I want to thank all the people who helped me. It was an amazing season, almost perfect. I had very good races and I just had to control the second race and have fun. I want to thank the team and my family and everyone who helped me.”

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Mattia Guadagnini
Tom Guyon

“I am happy about my weekend, because I finished first, but I am a bit disappointed about my season as I could won the title but I finished second. But still, I am really happy about this season.

Simon Laengenfelder

“You could see I got better and better until the end. This was a good season for me in EMX125 and I am happy I now got some wins and I want to thank all my team and sponsors.”

EMX125 Overall Top Ten

# Rider R1 R2 Tot.
1 Guyon, Tom 22 25 47
2 Laengenfelder, Simon 25 22 47
3 Guadagnini, Mattia 20 20 40
4 de Wolf, Kay 15 18 33
5 Talviku, Jorgen-Matthias 16 16 32
6 Vettik, Meico 13 14 27
7 Everts, Liam 11 15 26
8 Nilsson, Samuel 10 10 20
9 Gwerder, Mike 18 0 18
10 Oliver, Oriol 14 0 14

EMX125 Standings

Pos. Rider Nat Bike Tot.
1 Guadagnini, M. ITA HUS 305
2 Guyon, Tom FRA KTM 292
3 Laengenfelder, S. GER KTM 222
4 Talviku, J. EST HUS 197
5 Gwerder, Mike SUI KTM 192
6 de Wolf, Kay NED HUS 188
7 Oliver, Oriol ESP KTM 170
8 Everts, Liam BEL KTM 149
9 Farres, G. ESP KTM 112
10 Bonacorsi, A. ITA KTM 95

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2019 AMA Ironman National MX Wrap

A highly competitive and captivating 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship came to a thrilling conclusion just outside the racing mecca of Indianapolis, where the Ironman Raceway provided the setting for a showdown to capture the Gary Jones Cup in the 250 Class. Picture-perfect weather conditions and an energetic crowd created a stellar atmosphere for the fifth anniversary at Ironman, and the racing lived up to expectations.

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Round 12

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Cianciarulo claims 250 title at 2019 Ironman National (link)

250

Adam Cianciarulo and Dylan Ferrandis entered the Ironman National separated by 30 points. The two most successful riders in the 250 Class were both on their game, with the Frenchman doing exactly what he needed to do by posting an impressive 1-1 outing. However, Cianciarulo responded to capture his first professional title and end his time in the class in the most memorable way possible.

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Adam Cianciarulo & Michael Mosiman – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National
Dylan Ferrandis

“I knew [winning today] wasn’t going to be enough to win the championship today. AC [Cianciarulo] rode great all season, and he deserved [the title]. He was too hard to beat. This was the best season of my career. We showed good things this year. We won races and we showed that next season everyone can look at me to possibly win the championship.”

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Dylan Ferrandis – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National
Adam Cianciarulo

“It’s been a journey, for sure. Like I’ve said, when I was a kid I knew I’d be here [winning championships], but then things got taken from me and I didn’t know if I could anymore. I would have rather gone through what I went through to get to this point, because it made me a better human. I’ve learned so much about myself and I’ve had to grow. The [adversity] has catapulted me into doing something I didn’t think I could do, which is win this outdoor title. I’ll hold onto this forever. No one can ever take this from me.”

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Adam Cianciarulo – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National

250 Round Overall

# Rider R1-R2
1 Dylan Ferrandis 1 – 1
2 Justin Cooper 3 – 2
3 Adam Cianciarulo 2 – 4
4 Chase Sexton 4 – 3
5 Michael Mosiman 5 – 5
6 Alex Martin 6 – 8
7 R.J. Hampshire 9 – 6
8 Shane McElrath 8 – 9
9 Garrett Marchbanks 11 – 7
10 Cameron McAdoo 7 – 13
11  Ty Masterpool 10 – 12
12 Brandon Hartranft 15 – 11
13  Jett Lawrence 12 – 14

250 Standings

# Rider Points
1 Adam Cianciarulo 519
2 Dylan Ferrandis 499
3 Justin Cooper 461
4 R.J. Hampshire 337
5 Chase Sexton 316
6 Alex Martin 305
7 Colt Nichols 292
8 Michael Mosiman 290
9 Shane McElrath 285
10 Hunter Lawrence 252
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450

In the 450 Class, the “Big 3” of Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin put on a show for the fans. All three riders showed why they’re amongst the best in the world, but it was the newly crowned champion aboard the Kawasaki who emerged triumphant, as Tomac capped off his historic three-peat with a sixth victory.

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Eli Tomac – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National

It provided a fitting end to a season to remember for Kawasaki, which became the first manufacturer to sweep both class championships since 2011.

Eli Tomac

“Even though the title was clinched it was still a fun day. We came in here with the plan to do the same thing. The mindset was to attack,” said Tomac. “The first lap [in Moto 2] was chaos with Marv [Musquin’s crash] and then Kenny [Roczen] got by. He’s just so good in the early laps. I was able to stay on him and then got by. What a day and what a year.”

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Eli Tomac – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Ironman National

450 Round Overall

# Rider R1-R2
1 Eli Tomac 3 – 1
2 Ken Roczen 2 – 3
3 Zach Osborne 5 – 2
4 Joey Savatgy 4 – 6
5 Justin Barcia 7 – 4
6 Jason Anderson 6 – 5
7 Dean Wilson 9 – 7
8 Benny Bloss 8 – 8
9 Marvin Musquin 1 – 40
10 Fredrik Noren 10 – 10

450 Standings

# Rider Points
1 Eli Tomac 521
2 Ken Roczen 463
3 Marvin Musquin 451
4 Jason Anderson 407
5 Zach Osborne 403
6 Cooper Webb 324
7 Justin Barcia 315
8 Fredrik Noren 240
9 Justin Bogle 222
10 Blake Baggett 175

Brook & Hendrickson dominate
Australian Senior Track Championships

Jarred Brook and Briony Hendrickson have proved why they’re two of the best track riders in the country with dominate performances at the 2019 Mildura Solar Australian Senior Track Championships.

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2019 Mildura Solar Australian Senior Track Championships – Image courtesy of Mildura Motorsport

With all eyes on Koorlong’s Jambaroo Park, Brook was too strong in the men’s events, defending his Pro 450cc and MX open crowns, while also adding the Pro Open trophy to his bulging trophy cabinet. In the women’s Pro Open competition, Hendrickson retained her title with a typically impressive display.

Marg Tegart from the Northwest Victoria Motorcycling club said the event was a huge success with over 1000 spectators cheering on the action at the two-day event.

Marg Tegar

“It was a really successful weekend for the club in our first attempt at holding the Australian Senior Track Championships. Everything ran like clockwork, and it was great to see the sidecar category return after a few years of being absent from the Championships.”

Pro Open Championship

  1. Jarred Brook (QLD)
  2. Ty Lynch (SA)
  3. Connor Ryan (NSW)

Pro Open Women Championship:

  1. Briony Hendrickson (QLD)
  2. Tayla Street (VIC)
  3. Brooke Goulding (QLD)

Pro 450cc Championship:

  1. Jarred Brook (QLD)
  2. Rowan Tegart (VIC)
  3. Connor Ryan (NSW)

MX Open Championship:

  1. Jarred Brook (QLD)
  2. Rowan Tegart (VIC)
  3. Daniel Wicks (NSW)

Pro 250cc Championship

  1. Bradley Burns (VIC)
  2. Ty Lynch (SA)
  3. Harrison Ryan (NSW)

Under 19’s Championship

  1. Harrison Ryan (NSW)
  2. Wade O’Keefe (NSW)
  3. Jake Farnsworth (NSW)

Sidecars Championship

  1. Brodie Gebhart / Rodney Gebhart (VIC)
  2. Kai Frame / Michael Vecchi (NSW)
  3. Justin Foot / Melissa Foot (VIC)

Matej Zagar tops Croatian FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifier

Slovenian star Matej Zagar booked his place in SGP 2020 and admitted his GP Challenge victory in Gorican is “bigger than winning a GP.” Zagar topped the podium at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification round in Croatia on Saturday and joins runner-up Niels-Kristian Iversen and third-placed Max Fricke in securing a World Championship place for next year.

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Croatian FIM Speedway Grand Prix Qualifier top three

Ljubljana-born Zagar beat Iversen in a run-off for first spot after they tied on 11 points. But the result still ensures both current SGP riders have guaranteed their place in the 2020 series, regardless of where they finish this term.

Fricke then joined them on the podium by winning a run-off with Slovak star Martin Vaculik for third after they finished level on 10. Vaculik is currently fourth in the World Championship and could still qualify for SGP 2020 by finishing inside this year’s top eight.

But victory on this night belonged to Zagar, who celebrated with the army of Slovenian fans who made the trek across the border to Croatia. This is his second GP Challenge win following his 2014 triumph in Lonigo, Italy. It’s also the second time he has booked his SGP spot in Gorican, having finished second in the 2012 GP Challenge there.

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Zagar is currently 12th in the World Championship on 37 points, while Iversen is 11th on 41. After an indifferent start to SGP 2019, he’s elated to have secured his place in the series for next year.

Matej Zagar

“These meetings are always tough – we’ve seen it before. I have managed to win two now in my career. I think this is bigger than winning a GP. If you win a GP, that doesn’t give you a qualifying place for next year. It just gives you victory in one meeting. Winning this is big for me. Like always, this is one of the toughest, most intense meetings of the year on all levels. You need to keep yourself together if you want to qualify; there is no room for mistakes. I’ve lost count how many times I have qualified through the Challenge, but it’s good. I am happy about it. It gives you less stress as you try to sort things out in the series for the last four GPs this year. It has been a tough year for me. I have struggled quite heavily on some occasions, but the last couple of weeks have been better. I feel better on the bike and I feel I have more speed. That’s starting to be reflected in my results.”

Fricke will make his full-time SGP debut in 2020, having served as this season’s second reserve, racing all but one of the opening six rounds to claim 13th spot in the standings on 36 points. The Aussie international says taking third spot in Croatia will see him fulfil a childhood dream.

Max Fricke

“I’m super excited. It has always been a goal to be in the Grand Prix series as a full-time rider. When I was a kid and I first started watching speedway, it was the GPs. So it’s pretty awesome to see myself in it for next year. Hopefully I can get some stuff together during the off-season and put together a strong outfit for next year.”

Croatia SGP Challenge Scores

  1. Matej Zagar 11+3
  2. Niels-Kristian Iversen 11+2
  3. Max Fricke 10+3
  4. Martin Vaculik 10+2
  5. Anders Thomsen 9
  6. Pontus Aspgren 9
  7. Jurica Pavlic 9
  8. Aleksandr Loktaev 9
  9. Kenneth Bjerre 8
  10. Martin Smolinski 7
  11. Craig Cook 6
  12. Peter Ljung 6
  13. Robert Lambert 5
  14. Mikkel Michelsen 5
  15. David Bellego 3
  16. Chris Harris 2
  17. Matic Ivacic DNR
  18. Norbert Magosi DNR

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American Flat Track set for Springfield triple-header

American Flat Track is set to unleash a dirt track racing extravaganza on the hallowed grounds of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the form of a Springfield AFT tripleheader this upcoming Labor Day weekend in Springfield, Ill.

Friday night will see the running of the Springfield Short Track starring the AFT Singles before the AFT Twins and AFT Production Twins take center stage on the “World’s Fastest Mile” with Saturday’s Springfield Mile I and Sunday’s Springfield Mile II.

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Jared Mees – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Twins title leader Briar Bauman comes into Springfield with freight train-like momentum and eyeing two opportunities to claim his first-career Mile victory. Doing so would not only cement both a career and season Grand Slam, it would also place that much more pressure on multi-time defending champion Jared Mees, who currently trails Bauman by 38 points with just five races remaining in which to make up that ground.

Mees was victorious at the two Miles run thus far in ‘19. He’ll likely need that trend to continue if he hopes to complete the championship threepeat with four of the final five remaining races on the calendar taking place on high-speed Miles. Considering that two of the four Miles are packed into one high-profile weekend, this year’s visit to Springfield has massive championship implications.

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Briar and Bronson Bauman – Image by Scott Hunter

The list of potential spoilers is long and decorated, right at the top of that list are Bryan Smith and Jeffrey Carver Jr. .

The savvy Smith has established himself as one of the greatest Mile competitors the sport has ever known, and his next Springfield Mile win will be his tenth in the iconic race. Home-state favorite Carver, meanwhile, aced all his competitors to score a hugely popular win at the venue last season.

AFT Twins Standings

1 Briar Bauman 243
2 Jared Mees 205
3 Bronson Bauman 183
4 Jeffrey Carver Jr. 155
5 Jarod Vanderkooi 146
6 Brandon Robinson 144
7 Henry Wiles 129
8 Jake Johnson 128
9 Robert Pearson 121
10 Sammy Halbert 115
11 JD Beach 104
12 Davis Fisher 101
13 Brandon Price 90
14 Bryan Smith 84
15 Larry Pegram 71
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AFT Singles

The AFT Singles title fight couldn’t be any closer with Dalton Gauthier and Dan Bromley equal at 216 points apiece. Both riders have put themselves in their respective positions by running up front consistently, no matter the style of track, but Friday’s Short Track showdown will truly be a matchup of strength versus strength.

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Dalton Gauthier – Image by Scott Hunter

Gauthier has taken four short track wins during his career, including two of the three contested this season, while Bromley reigned supreme at the Springfield Short Track in both 2017 and 2018.

In the AFT Production Twins championship outlook, Cory Texter maintains a comfortable 27-point advantage. That said, he no longer has a stranglehold on the class in the way he enjoyed earlier this season.

After opening the year by stringing together three straight weekends in which he was the top qualifier, lap leader, and Main Event winner, Texter has seen three different riders — Chad Cose, Ryan Varnes and Dalton Gauthier – split the three available wins since.

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Dan Bromley

Texter could be primed to return to his winning ways, however, considering he’s shown to be strong enough at the Springfield Mile to podium there even in the premier class.

Not surprisingly, AFT’s Springfield tripleheader will serve as an unofficial celebration of the sport supported by a number of highly anticipated related activities. The on-track action in Springfield will actually kick off on Thursday, August 29, with AMA Amateur Short Track, Vintage National, and Astro Bultaco Invitational racing.

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Shayna Texter – Image by Scott Hunter

During Saturday’s Springfield Mile I, ‘97 and ‘99 Springfield Mile winner Kevin Atherton will serve as Grand Marshal. That same honor will go to legendary Harley (and Springfield event) t-shirt designer Ron “RK” Stratman during Sunday’s Springfield Mile II.

Rookies of ’79 – American Flat Track’s Official Charity – will play a big role during the weekend as well. The Class of ‘79 will host an afterparty following Saturday’s Mile in the Orr Building, while the proceeds of the “Gus Miller Ride the Mile” charity parade lap will go to the Class of ‘79 on Sunday.

Tickets for the Springfield ST, Springfield Mile I and Springfield II are on sale now at www.springfieldmile.org. All tickets purchased for the postponed May 26 Springfield Mile I will be honored for Saturday’s event.

AFT Singles Standings

1 Dalton Gauthier 216
2 Dan Bromley 216
3 Mikey Rush 202
4 Jesse Janisch 174
5 Shayna Texter 153
6 Chad Cose 151
7 Ryan Wells 143
8 Morgen Mischler 125
9 Max Whale 100
10 Kevin Stollings 93
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Hunter Lawrence injured in training

In a devastating blow for the 20-year-old Australian motocross star just as he was shining brightly after recently returning from injuries sustained earlier in the year, Hunter Lawrence has announced an injury during training.

The full extent of his injuries is currently unknown, but safe to say has put the brakes on the end of his current season. Here’s what he had to say on social media:

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Hunter Lawrence – RedBud National 2019 – AMA Motocross
Hunter Lawrence (Instagram)

“When it rains it pours… been a very rough past month, two days ago whilst training long story short, my foot hit the ground and twisted the wrong way, to say I’m gutted is an understatement, bit of a rock bottom moment for the year. I don’t doubt I will be back. Nothing but another little bump in our road to success, plan now is simple, rehabilitation and get back to 100%. Thank you to all of my supporters, sponsors and team, appreciate you guys so much. Not how we wanted to end the year, but hey.. sh#t happens I will be back.”

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2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Round Eight – Spring Creek – Hunter Lawrence

Tasmania to host 2019 Australian Trial Championship

Get set Tasmania, the 2019 Huon Aquaculture Australian Trial Championship is heading to the Apple Isle on the second weekend of October (12th and 13th), which will be a cracking two days of competition. All up, eighteen different championship classes will do battle at the spectacular Mt Joy property, thirty minutes’ drive from Launceston.

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Tasmania to host 2019 Australian Trial Championship

The event will feature the newly established classes for: Trial 1, Trial 2, Trial 3 and Trial 4 replacing the Solo class, along with a class for Masters 35+ for Senior riders and a new Junior Women’s class. Trial 1, Trial 2 and Sidecar will do two laps with a total of 15 sections each day, all other classes will do three laps on the 15 sections. Meanwhile, the Mini Trial will do three laps on five special sections laid out.

On the opening day of competition on the Saturday, sections will open at 9:30am, while on Sunday it will be 9am sharp.

Senior Classes:

  • Trial 1
  • Trial 2
  • Trial 3
  • Trial 4
  • Sidecar
  • Classic
  • Twin – Shock
  • Youth 13 to Under 19
  • Masters 35+
  • Veteran 40 to 55
  • Veteran 55+
  • Women

Junior Classes:

  • Junior 7 to under 11 (Up to 85cc / 1.5kW)
  • 9 to under 13 (Up to 125cc / 10kW)
  • Junior Open 12 to under 16 (Up to 125cc / 10kW)
  • Junior Women 7 to under 11 (Up to 125cc / 10kW)
  • Junior Women 9 to under 13 (Up to 125cc / 10kW)
  • Junior Women 12 to under 16 (Up to 125cc / 10kW)

Entries are now open and close Friday, 27th of September. Late entries will be accepted up until 9PM Friday, 4th of October. All entries are to be done through Ridernet (link). Supplementary Regulations are available for download www.ma.org.au (link)

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Romain Febvre breaks femur at Swedish GP

Following a heavy fall in the final race at the 16th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden, Romain Febvre has suffered a broken left femur.

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Romain Febvre

After finishing second position in the opening race, Febvre was chasing the Grand Prix victory in Race 2. The former World Champion took the holeshot onboard his YZ450FM and led the first 13-laps before high-siding over a single-jump after changing his line to pass a rider that was one lap down. He landed heavily on his left thigh and was immediately taken to the trackside Medical Centre for observation.

The doctors and paramedic’s onsite confirmed that his left Femur was broken and transferred him to Trollhättan hospital where he underwent an operation Monday 26th August, to have a rod surgically inserted into the bone for stability.

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Romain Febvre

Febvre will recover from the operation under the watchful eye of his surgeon at the Trollhättan hospital in Sweden until he is fit enough to travel back to his residence in Belgium. Sadly, the injury will rule the ‘461’ out of the final two MXGP rounds as well as the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations where he was hoping to take Team France to a sixth consecutive victory.

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2019 Sultans of Slide Announced – NSW Flat Track Cup

MNSW has announced that the 2019 NSW Flat Track Cup ‘Sultans Of Slide’ will see riders racing in one class, using one bike, over seven races, varying from four to 15 laps, on two different track layouts, on both oil and loose dirt, under sunshine and lights, at three different venues across NSW. Plus they’ll be running 19” wheels and Flat Track style tyres on everything from the junior lites and up, just like they use in the USA. And there’s in excess of $10,000 in the prize kitty.

With fresh, new ideas, that will hopefully revitalize the sport for those already in it, and attract a whole new generation of riders to come and join in, the NSW Flat Track Cup is looking to draw a crowd

For those who love the old Dirt Track format, don’t worry, nobody is taking it away. The new setup is all about trying something new, which can be added to the sport as an additional style of event for clubs to run, not as a replacement for good old-fashioned Dirt Track. Ultimately, the riders will decide what they want. MNSW will continue to seek out new products to offer the motorcycle racing community, to try new things, create new ideas to grow the sport.

2019 NSW Flat Track Cup Calendar

  • Round 1 – November 23, Wagga Wagga
  • Round 2 – November 30, Appin
  • Round 3 – December 7, Macleay
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Moto News Weekly | AFT Peoria TT | AMA MX | MXGP | WMX | SGP

Moto News Weekly for August 20, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Briar Bauman wins 2019 Peoria TT
  • Dallas Daniels takes maiden AFT Singles win
  • Tomac & McElrath top Budds Creek National 2019
  • Tim Gajser clinches 2019 MXGP Championship title
  • Glenn Coldenhoff sweeps MXGP of Italy
  • Courtney Duncan takes double WMX win in Italy
  • Fredrik Lindgren tops Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand
  • Courtney Duncan extends Kawasaki and Bike It DRT contract into 2020
  • Arminas Jasikonis extends Husqvarna contract
  • 2020 Yamaha Factory MXGP effort announced

Briar Bauman wins 2019 Peoria TT

Briar Bauman took another big step toward claiming the 2019 AFT Twins championship by winning Saturday’s 73rd Peoria TT in Peoria, Ill. The victory was Bauman’s fourth triumph of the ‘19 American Flat Track season.

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AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

It also just so happened to be the first time any rider other than “the King of Peoria,” Henry Wiles had stood atop the premier-class podium here going all the way back to 2003.

Wiles, who had assembled a truly remarkable 14-race Peoria TT win streak coming into this year’s event, was forced to watch from the fences after undergoing surgery for an injury suffered less than two weeks ago at the Black Hills Half-Mile.

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AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

With Wiles out of the running, the race quickly took shape as a battle of brothers. Briar and younger brother Bronson Bauman appeared to be on a collision course in Turn 1 of the opening lap around the Peoria Motorcycle Club’s 5/8-mile TT track.

While they both made it through cleanly, that feeling of an imminent collision wouldn’t go away for the next 10 or so laps. The two went back and forth up front, ripping the lead away from one another multiple times before Briar finally muscled his way back into first in Turn 4 on lap nine.

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Briar Bauman & Bronson Bauman – AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Bronson again looked to counter, but Briar strung together a few perfect corners to stretch open a small gap. He’d go on to build that advantage up to just over a second before first encountering lapped traffic on lap 13 of 25.

That padding allowed him to be aggressive as he cut his way forward, eventually lapping all the way up to eighth position and backing down to a 2.967-second margin of victory at the checkered flag.

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Roger Hayden – AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT
Briar Bauman

“I was trying to just be as smooth as possible and not hit any of these holes and get too out of shape. It’s a bittersweet win… What could have happened between Henry and I? He owns this place, and I give a lot of respect to him. You don’t do something like that without being the greatest guy to ever race here. Hopefully next year we’re both healthy, and we can give the crowd a show.”

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Briar Bauman – AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Bronson Bauman cruised to second, taking the position with nearly five seconds in hand on third place. It was a different story for the final spot on the box, however. A titanic final lap showdown ultimately saw JD Beach storm past both Robert Pearson and defending champion Jared Mees in a desperate lunge to the stripe.

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Briar Bauman & Bronson Bauman – AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Beach had spent nearly the entire race looking for a way around Mees for third before Pearson closed in and displaced him to fifth with a lap-and-a-half remaining. Illinois-native Pearson also attempted to get the better of Mees in a final corner attempt at a home-state podium, but Beach was perfectly positioned to take advantage of their clash.

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JD Beach – AFT Twins Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Beach finished 0.049 seconds ahead of Pearson, who in turn bettered Mees by 0.034 seconds. It was a costly double demotion for Mees, who ran in third from the Main Event’s start until the final meters. As a result, he now trails Bauman by 38 points (243-205) with just five races in which to make up the deficit.

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AFT Twins Main Event Podium – 2019 Peoria TT

AFT Twins – 2019 Peoria TT Result

1 Briar Bauman Indian FTR750 0.000
2 Bronson Bauman Indian FTR750 2.967
3 JD Beach Yamaha MT-07 7.670
4 Robert Pearson Indian FTR750 7.720
5 Jared Mees Indian FTR750 7.754
6 Jarod Vanderkooi HD XG750R Rev X 8.678
7 Jake Johnson Yamaha MT-07 11.07
8 Jeffrey Carver Jr. Indian FTR750 17.878
9 Sammy Halbert HD XG750R Rev X +1 lap
10 Kolby Carlile Yamaha MT-07 +1 lap

AFT Twins Standings

1 Briar Bauman 243
2 Jared Mees 205
3 Bronson Bauman 183
4 Jeffrey Carver Jr. 155
5 Jarod Vanderkooi 146
6 Brandon Robinson 144
7 Henry Wiles 129
8 Jake Johnson 128
9 Robert Pearson 121
10 Sammy Halbert 115
11 JD Beach 104
12 Davis Fisher 101
13 Brandon Price 90
14 Bryan Smith 84
15 Larry Pegram 71
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Dallas Daniels takes maiden AFT Singles win

16-year-old phenomenon Dallas Daniels earned his maiden American Flat Track victory, obliterating a AFT Singles field stacked with TT superstars in Saturday’s 15-lap Main Event.

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Dallas Daniels – AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Daniels got away in fifth but wasted no time in slashing his way through the decorated pack. He drove up the inside of three-time Peoria TT winner Jesse Janisch for third on lap 2, providing an early demonstration of just how serious the youngster’s challenge would be on this day.

Pre-race favorite Janisch responded the next time around, but Daniels immediately criss-crossed him and also overhauled offroad legend Ryan Sipes in one epic maneuver to take control of second. Daniels then proceeded to run down reigning class champion Dan Bromley and dive up the inside of him the next time into Turn 4 to take the lead on lap 4.

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AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Daniels raced off into the distance from that point forward, ultimately sealing his first-career AFT win in the same season he also claimed his first-career MotoAmerica victory.

Dallas Daniels

“The track was pretty treacherous and slick today, so it was really tough. I was just trying to find certain lines, and I think I found a few before the rest of the guys did. My bike was just working so good — it was perfect. I love my team and everything they’ve done for me, and also all the people who have helped get me to this point even before this year. I’ve been dreaming of this my whole life, and to do it so soon… We’re just going to keep going.”

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Dallas Daniels – AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Bromley held on for a solid second, which, when factored in with the sixth-place finish of Dalton Gauthier, sees the two riders sit equal atop the points chase (216-216) with just four races remaining to decide the 2019 AFT Singles crown.

Janisch was heading in the wrong direction midway through the Main, being passed by both James Rispoli and Jacob Lehmann. Despite sitting fifth with just a couple short laps remaining, Janisch dug deep. He fought his way back past ‘14 Peoria TT winner Lehmann, and then snuck past Rispoli – who was nursing a flat tire the last two laps – by a scant 0.003 seconds at the checkered to steal away the final spot on the podium.

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Dallas Daniels – AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Rispoli was forced to accept fourth, followed by Lehmann in fifth and Gauthier in sixth. Buffalo Chip TT winner Sipes finished a further spot back in seventh.

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Max Whale and Chad Cose – AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

Aussie Max Whale came home in ninth, and currently holds the same position in the overall standings, with 100 championship points.

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Dallas Daniels on the podium – AFT Singles Main Event – 2019 Peoria TT

AFT Singles – 2019 Peoria TT Result

1 Dallas Daniels Yamaha YZ450F 0.000
2 Dan Bromley KTM 450 SX-F 2.124
3 Jesse Janisch Yamaha YZ450F 4.741
4 James Rispoli Honda CRF450R 4.745
5 Jacob Lehmann Honda CRF450R 4.893
6 Dalton Gauthier Husqvarna FC450 6.051
7 Ryan Sipes KTM 450 SX-F 6.636
8 Morgen Mischler Yamaha YZ450F 9.314
9 Max Whale Kawasaki KX450F 10.014
10 Mikey Rush Honda CRF450R 10.614

AFT Singles Standings

1 Dalton Gauthier 216
2 Dan Bromley 216
3 Mikey Rush 202
4 Jesse Janisch 174
5 Shayna Texter 153
6 Chad Cose 151
7 Ryan Wells 143
8 Morgen Mischler 125
9 Max Whale 100
10 Kevin Stollings 93
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Tomac & McElrath top Budds Creek National 2019

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The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship made its annual visit to Southern Maryland for the 30th running of the Budds Creek National at the historic Budds Creek Motocross Park, with huge crowd filling the hillsides as they watched the racers face challenging conditions throughout the day.

450

It was all about Eli Tomac in the 450 Class, becoming just the fourth rider to clinch a third consecutive title. Tomac proved to be unstoppable en route to a dominant 1-1 performance for a class-leading fifth victory of the season.

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Eli Tomac – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

The win marked the 22nd of his career and puts him in a tie with Ricky Johnson for fourth on the all-time 450 Class win list. Jason Anderson used an impressive second moto charge for second overall (4-2), while Marvin Musquin completed the podium in third (3-3).

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Eli Tomac – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (4-2)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-3)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (2-7)
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (5-4)
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (6-5)
  7. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Husqvarna (8-6)
  8. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (9-9)
  9. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (7-11)
  10. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Honda (11-8)
450 Class Championship Standings
  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 476
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 426
  3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 421
  4. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 376
  5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 365
  6. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 324
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 283
  8. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Suzuki – 218
  9. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM – 210
  10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 175
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250

In the 250 Class Shane McElrath was the surprise winner by sweeping both motos for the second overall victory of his career and first this season. Championship point leader Adam Cianciarulo’s 2-5 moto scores were good enough for second on the day, extending his lead to 30-points with just one round remaining.

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Shane McElrath – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

Cianciarulo continues to lead Dylan Ferrandis in the standings, while Ferrandis suffered from poor starts and finished fourth (4-4), with Justin Cooper taking third overall with his 6-2 result.

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Shane McElrath – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

Hunter Lawrence was just outside the top 10 overall for the weekend, after claiming a 10-12 result.

Hunter Lawrence (Instagram)

“All you keyboard warriors, I smoked @jettson49 in timed qualy and first moto despite getting caught up in first turn crash! So suck it, big bro still rules the castle, first race back and we went P2 and P4 in qualifying which was good! I was already faced with a tough day ahead after my time off so both motos being involved in the first turn crashes coming from pretty much last both motos wasn’t a great way to start my races, summary of today though, speed is good, working on fitness and strength I lost whilst being out for two and a bit weeks! Thanks to my boy @snyder_50 out here sweating his ring out, it was scorching today! And thank you team @fchonda and everyone else supporting us! We appreciate all of you!”

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Hunter Lawrence – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

Recently turned 16-years-old younger brother Jett raced to a 24-30 placing, for 26th overall.

Jett Lawrence (Instagram)

“Had my best qualifying so far with a ninth gate pick and was feeling good. First moto started off with not the best start and was able to come through to 15th and pulled off right before the finish line so I didn’t get any points with the amateur rule. Second moto started off with a pretty good start in 12th and made my way to fifth and was feeling good but then the heat started getting to me and was starting to feel a little light headed and not good round the 20 minute mark, 90% humidity and scorching heat was gnarly! Was really bummed about that cause I was in a really good spot and don’t worry @hunterlawrence this ain’t over bud.”

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Jett Lawrence – Budds Creek MX National 2019 – Image by Hoppenworld

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (1-1)
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-5)
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (6-2)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (4-4)
  5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (3-8)
  6. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, KTM (8-9)
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (12-6)
  8. Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, Yamaha (7-11)
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (18-3)
  10. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna (5-14)
    …12. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (10-13)
    …26. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (24-30)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 479
  2. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 449
  3. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 419
  4. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 310
  5. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 292
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 278
  7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 277
  8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 260
  9. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna – 258
  10. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 252
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Tim Gajser clinches 2019 MXGP Championship title

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has won his third world motocross championship of his career (two-times MXGP, one time MX2) after dominating this 2019 MXGP season. Clinching the title with three and a half rounds still remaining, Gajser has been almost unbeatable at stages of the year, including going on a record-breaking seven round win-streak, which is now the longest in Honda’s illustrious history of Grand Prix motocross.

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Tim Gajser – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola

Starting the season off with solid results in Argentina, Great Britain and the Netherlands, Gajser’s campaign sparked into life after winning an enthralling battle at the MXGP of Trentino. On the tight track nestled in the Alpine region, the Slovenian rider was almost flawless as he fought for almost the entirety of both motos with the early-season leader, eventually coming out victorious with one-one results and ensuring the massive Slovenian fan contingent went home happy.

After a tough round in Mantova, the Honda CRF450RW then went on a run that saw him win overalls in Portugal, France, Russia, Latvia, Germany, Indonesia and Asia (also Indonesia), taking 12 moto wins out of a possible 14 and turning a 40 point deficit into 173 point lead. He powered his way to multiple holeshots and led almost 70% of the laps during that period and fully cemented his place as the man to beat in this 2019 world motocross championship.

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Tim Gajser – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola

Returning to Europe, he then backed up his title claim by riding to a controlled second place at the Czech GP, extending the point’s gap to 177 with five rounds left to race. A week after Loket, he won his eighth GP in nine rounds but taking victory at the toughest race on the calendar in the deep sand of Lommel, Belgium. This meant he only needed 13 points from the first MXGP moto (or 12 less than his nearest rival), a target he was able to achieve with ease, sparking wild celebrations at the famous racing circuit of Imola, Italy.

After his back-to-back titles in 2015 (MX2) and 2016 (MXGP), the #243 now joins a very select list of riders who have won three world championships on-board a Honda, with Andre Malherbe (1980, 1981, 1984), David Thorpe (1985, 1986, 1989), Georges Jobe (1987, 1991, 1992) and Eric Geboers (1987, 1988, 1990) the only other men to have achieved this feat.

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Tim Gajser – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola

He moved to joint-second in the all-time Honda wins list with 24 (after Lommel), sitting level with Stefan Everts (24) and Malherbe who has 27, and with four rounds still remaining (including Imola) there is still a possibility he can move to the top of the list, were he to win-out the rest of the season.

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Glenn Coldenhoff sweeps MXGP of Italy

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Tim Gajser may have celebrated the MXGP title win, but KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff was celebrating his own GP win, having taken both race wins for a perfect 50-points, ahead of Jeremy Seewer and third placed Tim Gajser. Gautier Paulin narrowly missed the podium, on 38-points, the same as Gajser, but better placings ensured Gajser took the final step.

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Glenn Coldenhoff – Image by Ray Archer

Gajser now holds the lead and title, however Jeremy Seewer sits second on 481-points, with Gautier Paulin on 440 and Arnaud Tonus on 419.

Glenn Coldenhoff

“I won a race and the overall in 2015, but now going 1-1 here it is amazing and I wish to thank my team. We had a tough time and a lot of negatives, but now I’m happy and my boss too. I won my first GP with him and also my third today. It means a lot. I never got 1-1 in the MXGP class and I want to thank everyone for helping me out.”

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Glenn Coldenhoff – Image by Ray Archer
Jeremy Seewer

“I had two amazing races, I was consistend and I tried to make zero mistakes. The heat was brutal but we go one step higher every time. I want to thank the team, my fans and my girlfriend.”

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Jeremy Seewer – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola
Tim Gajser

“It was crazy. I am super happy, and I couldn’t wish for a better season or a team around me. I didn’t sleep a lot last night but today is a big day and I tried to take this race the same as all the others. I was fast in the first race even if I didn’t have the best start but I got to second and tried to win the race, but I was quite nervous and I couldn’t. Second race was better. I’m really happy to finish on the podium and to get the 2019 MXGP Title. Also, I want to thank my family and my girlfriend, and all the fans who follow me.”

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Tim Gajser and the HRC team celebrate the MXGP title win – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola

MXGP Round Overall

# Rider R1 R2 Total
1 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KTM 25 25 50
2 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 22 20 42
3 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 16 22 38
4 Paulin, Gautier FRA YAM 20 18 38
5 Jonass, Pauls LAT HUS 15 16 31
6 Searle, Tommy GBR KAW 13 14 27
7 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 11 15 26
8 Lupino, Alessandro ITA KAW 12 12 24
9 Tonus, Arnaud SUI YAM 18 5 23
10 Tixier, Jordi FRA KTM 9 13 22

MXGP Standings (Top 20)

# Rider Total
1 Gajser, Tim 664
2 Seewer, Jeremy 481
3 Paulin, G. 440
4 Tonus, Arnaud 419
5 Coldenhoff, G. 399
6 Jasikonis, A. 377
7 Febvre, Romain 362
8 Cairoli, A. 358
9 Jonass, Pauls 352
10 Van Horebeek, J. 347
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MX2

Jorge Prado’s domination of the MX2 category continued in Italy, with the KTM rider taking both race wins for 50-points, extending his championship lead to 130-points over Thomas Kjer Olsen. Olsen was runner up for the MX2 class going 2-2, with Maxime Renaux claiming the final podium position. Jago Geerts took fourth for the round, and currently sits third in the standings, 117-points behind Olsen.

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Jorge Prado – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola
Jorge Prado

“It was an amazing day and yesterday it was very good. We are having a fantastic 2019 season. I’m very happy to get the win and next weekend will hopefully be a good one. I’m very happy to get two races wins and I am really excited. In the first race I got a good start, the first lap I was behind Darian and tried to pass and I made it. I just wanted to be safe out of this race and hopefully we can do the same in the second race.”

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Jorge Prado – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola
Thomas Kjer Olsen

“It was an amazing comeback because Lommel was tough for me. We made some small changes to the bike and I want to thank the team for getting me comfortable. I showed I was back and could push the whole weekend. I want to thank all the people who always support me.”

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Thomas Kjer Olsen – 2019 MXGP of Italy, Imola
Maxime Renaux

“It is really special getting a podium finish. These last couple of years were though and I hope I’ll keep improving.”

MX2 Round Overall

# Rider R1 R2 Total
1 Prado, Jorge 25 25 50
2 Olsen, Thomas Kjer 22 22 44
3 Renaux, Maxime 20 18 38
4 Geerts, Jago 18 16 34
5 Vlaanderen, Calvin 13 20 33
6 Larranaga Olano, Iker 14 14 28
7 Hofer, Rene 15 10 25
8 Jacobi, Henry 8 15 23
9 Boisrame, Mathys 16 6 22
10 Östlund, Alvin 9 12 21

MX2 Standings

# Rider Points
1 Prado, Jorge 694
2 Olsen, T. 564
3 Geerts, Jago 447
4 Jacobi, Henry 422
5 Vialle, Tom 416
6 Sterry, Adam 320
7 Renaux, Maxime 309
8 Watson, Ben 282
9 Vlaanderen, C. 281
10 Boisrame, M. 255

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Courtney Duncan takes double WMX win in Italy

There’s no stopping Kiwi motocross sensation Courtney Duncan as she hones in on her first Women’s Motocross World Championship (WMX) title, after notching up her third double set of wins at the MXGP of Italy this weekend.

The Otago-born, Bike It Dixon Racing Team Kawasaki rider has extended her overall lead out to a huge 23-points, with only one round left to run early next month, claiming a 1-1 result. Second overall was Larissa Papenmeier with 2-2 scores and third Nancy Van De Ven with 3-4 scores.

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Courtney Duncan – 2019 MXGP of Italy

Duncan didn’t have it easy, as she fought tooth and nail for her two victories at the epic ‘Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari’ Italian circuit in Imola. After qualifying first – making her debut on the hard-pack slick track – she elbowed her way into the lead early in the hot race, where temperatures soared up over 30degC.

A small fall saw Duncan drop behind Nancy Van De Ven, before she caught and passed the Dutch woman mid-race, leaving her to eventually finish third behind German rider Larissa Papenmeier, who was second. Duncan showed her world-class pedigree, recovering to win by 8.2secs, while not putting undue pressure on herself.

She went out and hit repeat on the second race, notching up her seventh race win and third overall round victory in 2019, leaving her rivals to pick up the podium spots. Papenmeier was again runner-up and Belgium’s Amandine Verstappen was third.

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Courtney Duncan – 2019 MXGP of Italy
Courtney Duncan

“It was really difficult for me. The track changed a lot from qualifying to the first moto. It took a while to adapt to the conditions. I wasn’t willing to do anything more than I had to do to protect my championship lead. It’s a good weekend if you can extend your lead in the championship and get two wins. It didn’t come easy for me though. I found the track difficult. It was hard pack and slick, but they put a lot of water down, so I had to be careful not to make too many mistakes because it could catch me out. I didn’t get into that nice rhythm until about halfway through the races. It feels even better when you win like that. I’m in a good position heading into the final round in Turkey in three weeks’ time. The Kawasaki KX250 was super good. I’m really gelling with the bike – like I’ve said all season, its set up really nicely for me. Its good to put the green on top for sure!”

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Courtney Duncan – 2019 MXGP of Italy

Duncan will remain in Europe to train with the experienced British Kawasaki squad Bike It DRT, who she has been racing for this season.

WMX – Overall Top Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 points
  2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 44
  3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 38
  4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 35
  5. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 34
  6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 30
  7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 29
  8. Emelie Dahl (SWE, YAM), 23
  9. Sandra Karlsson (SWE, KAW), 23
  10. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, HUS), 20

WMX – Championship Top Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 189 points
  2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 166
  3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 163
  4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 135
  5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 122
  6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 120
  7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 109
  8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 82
  9. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 81
  10. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 65
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Fredrik Lindgren tops Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand

Swedish hero Fredrik Lindgren admits the energy generated by his home fans helped him defy a horror crash to top the Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix podium in Malilla on Saturday. Lindgren triumphed in the final ahead of new World Championship leader Leon Madsen, Maciej Janowski and Artem Laguta, with Fast Freddie claiming his first SGP success on home shale since his Gothenburg victory in 2012.

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Fredrik Lindgren topped the 2019 Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand

It was a moment to savour for Lindgren as the yellow and blue flags flew high at the G&B Arena. Despite sustaining a suspected right knee injury in heat six, Lindgren picked up the pace as the meeting progressed and admits the excitement in the stands only inspired him on the bike.

Fredrik Lindgren

“It’s always great to win, but it’s always extra nice to win in front of your home crowd. I could see the atmosphere building because I think the fans saw my form was picking up going into the semi. I think they had big hopes for the final, as I did, and I think everyone just went crazy as I crossed the line. I was focused all night, especially with the crowd – it helps me and gives me a lot of good energy. I know for a fact they wanted me to win, but I don’t feel any extra pressure. I just went out and performed for them. I enjoy it.”

Lindgren was forced to do it the hard way after being involved in an ugly three-rider spill in heat six, when Patryk Dudek ran out of room as he challenged Mikkel Michelsen for the lead.

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2019 Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand

Dudek bounced off the back-straight fence with his bike falling across the path of Lindgren and Max Fricke. Both men jumped the stricken machine motocross-style, barely missing Dudek and careered into the air fence.

Miraculously, all three riders walked away from the crash, but Lindgren is set to be assessed with concerns over his right knee. Lindgren is now fifth in the World Championship on 63 points – 12 behind leader Madsen, but just six adrift of Bartosz Zmarzlik in second.

Runner-up Madsen received a pain-killing injection in his ankle ahead of the meeting and admits it made all the difference as he racked up 14 points to go six points clear at the World Championship summit. The European champion, also defied shoulder and back problems to produce an extraordinary performance.

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Fredrik Lindgren topped the 2019 Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand

Third-placed Janowski edged up to seventh in the standings with his 15-point haul. While he was somewhat disappointed not to top the box on his Swedish home track, he was content with a third straight double-figure return.

Next up is the German SGP in Teterow on August 31.

SGP World Championship Standings

  1. Leon Madsen 75
  2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 69
  3. Emil Sayfutdinov 68
  4. Martin Vaculik 68
  5. Fredrik Lindgren 63
  6. Patryk Dudek 61
  7. Maciej Janowski 51
  8. Artem Laguta 50
  9. Janusz Kolodziej 48
  10. Jason Doyle 42
  11. Niels-Kristian Iversen 41
  12. Matej Zagar 37
  13. Max Fricke 36
  14. Antonio Lindback 30
  15. Tai Woffinden 27
  16. Robert Lambert 24
  17. Bartosz Smektala 10
  18. Mikkel Michelsen 9
  19. Oliver Berntzon 7
  20. Vaclav Milik 4
  21. Maksym Drabik 4
  22. Matic Ivacic 2
  23. Jacob Thorssell 2.

2019 Scandinavian SGP Scores

  1. Fredrik Lindgren 16
  2. Leon Madsen 14
  3. Maciej Janowski 15
  4. Artem Laguta 16
  5. Mikkel Michelsen 9
  6. Martin Vaculik 9
  7. Bartosz Zmarzlik 8
  8. Matej Zagar 7
  9. Jason Doyle 7
  10. Niels-Kristian Iversen 7
  11. Emil Sayfutdinov 7
  12. Patryk Dudek 6
  13. Tai Woffinden 6
  14. Max Fricke 5
  15. Janusz Kolodziej 4
  16. Jacob Thorssell 2
  17. Kim Nilsson DNR
  18. Victor Palovaara DNR
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Duncan extends Kawasaki and Bike It DRT contract into 2020

Immediately after celebrating her third consecutive double-moto GP success at Imola Courtney Duncan extended her contract with Kawasaki Motors Europe and the Bike It DRT squad into the 2020 season.

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Courtney Duncan extends her partnership with Bike It DRT into 2020 – 2019 MXGP of Italy

The 2019 season has been excellent so far for both Courtney and DRT manager Steve Dixon, who collected the podium honours at each of the last three rounds of the FIM World WMX Women’s Motocross Championship and have led the series since the Portuguese GP in May.

Victorious in every moto bar one at the opening round of the series, the twenty-three-year-old New Zealander quickly adapted to her new bike and team and is now close to her first-ever world title as she leads the series by twenty-three points headed for the final round in Turkey on September 7/8. Successfully racing the new 2020 KX250 to victory in the last two rounds, Courtney was so happy with her new environment that she has already extended her contract for the future.

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New Zealander Courtney Duncan has been blazing ahead in the WMX – 2019 MXGP of Italy
Courtney Duncan

“I’m very thankful and excited to announce that I have extended my contract with Kawasaki and DRT through 2020. I really feel at home with the team and feel the KX250 suits me perfectly. This is just the start and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can continue to achieve together in the future.”

Steve Guttridge (Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager)

“Courtney’s arrival this season at Kawasaki and within the DRT set-up was an instant success. She has gelled with both the KX250 and the team and we can see positive proof in her winning performances on the track so far this season. She is a pleasure to work with both on and off the track, so we are very happy that she has committed herself to continue to race with Kawasaki in the future.”

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Arminas Jasikonis extends Husqvarna contract

Husqvarna Motorcycles have announced that Arminas Jasikonis has signed a one-year extension to his current contract with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. This new agreement will see the Lithuanian continue to compete in the MXGP category through to the end of the 2020 season.

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Arminas Jasikonis

21-year-old Jasikonis signed to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team at the end of 2018. Marking his third full year of competition in the premier MXGP class in 2019, the Husqvarna FC 450 mounted rider claimed a number of top-five race results including a third-place finish in the first moto at the GP of Lombardia.

Despite a number of small crashes hampering his progress, Arminas sits sixth overall in the FIM MXGP World Championship classification with four rounds left to race. Jasikonis will once again compete alongside Pauls Jonass in 2020, under the expert guidance of team manager Antti Pyrhönen.

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Arminas Jasikonis
Arminas Jasikonis

“It means so much to me to be given the opportunity to ride for such a great team. It feels great to know that the team believes in me and what I can achieve. Admittedly, 2019 has not been the best year for me, a few mistakes have affected my results, but I’m happy with my progress on the bike and I’m keen to deliver the results I know I’m capable of. For 2020, remaining with the same team takes a lot of pressure off – we already have a very good set-up for the races and a good atmosphere within the team. I’m really looking forward to continuing to improve and hopefully securing some top results.”

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Arminas Jasikonis
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2020 Yamaha Factory MXGP effort announced

Following the announcement of Yamaha Motor Europe’s reformed Racing Strategy that will see the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 take on Factory status in 2020, it is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. can confirm that next seasons rider rostrum will consist of Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin, Arnaud Tonus, Jago Geerts and Ben Watson.

Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX
2020 Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 rider line-ups announced

Currently making up the top-four in the 2019 MXGP World Championship with four rounds remaining, Seewer, Paulin and Tonus have put in some outstanding performances this season where between them they have accumulated 14 podium finishes in as many rounds.

Seewer has enjoyed a second full season with Yamaha inside the premier class, where he has taken his YZ450FM to four podium finishes and is currently second position in the Championship Standings with a 37-points advantage over Paulin.

Jeremy Seewer – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP

“It feels really good to stay with Yamaha for another season, especially after what happened to me at the end of 2017, I really feel like Yamaha helped me out of that situation and gave me an opportunity to grow into the MXGP class, and also to grow with a Factory team again. I really enjoyed my time with the Rinaldi team where I had a really good relationship with everyone there and we’ve had a good season. Going into 2020, I am happy to remain on the Factory team even though the team will be different. It will be a new chapter and I look forward to building on it.”

MXGP Italy Rnd Imola Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer

Paulin is currently third and has also accumulated four podium successes onboard his YZ450F, while teammate Tonus is 6-points further adrift in fourth position and has crested the podium on six occasions this season.

Gautier Paulin – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP

“Already this season, Yamaha and I have made some really big goals and have put together a big testing plan that we feel will get me back to the top. We have worked hard to have a good feeling on the motorcycle, which I have, and I am now third position in the championship. There have been many races where my Yamaha has been up front, and I have a lot of confidence in the brand and in my team. It feels really good to continue with Yamaha. One year moves quickly, and it is always a positive feeling to sign another year where we can improve the plan by making it stronger. Yamaha have put in a huge amount of effort to restructure the strategy for 2020, and I am very excited to move in this direction with them, and I am excited for what is yet to come.”

MXGP Italy Rnd Imola Gautier Paulin
Gautier Paulin
Arnaud Tonus – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP

“It feels amazing to stay with Yamaha. We have been through a lot together, many highs, many lows. Yamaha supported me at my lowest, and this year we were rewarded with many good times and a lot of success too. I am so happy to continue with the team for another season. It feels like home to me. I feel it’s very important to have the Yamaha Family behind me, and with extra support in 2020 as a Factory team. This will mean we have access to even better material, and extra technical support which will help us evolve the bike further. I am super excited for the 2020 season!”