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September 29, 2020

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2020 Dallas Half-Mile I & II

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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.

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
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.

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.”

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.

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.

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
4 VERONA Andrea ITA TM 52
5 OLDRATI Thomas ITA Honda 46
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
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
10 SALVINI Alex ITA Honda 22

E3 Standings – Top 10

Rank Rider Nat Bike Total
1 FREEMAN Bradley GBR Beta 80
3 BASSET Antoine FRA Beta 50
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
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.”

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



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


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


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.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Arminas Jasikonis
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.

Video Highlights

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 September 3, 2019

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What happened this week

  • Mees tops Springfield Mile I shootout
  • Mees does the double with Springfield Mile II victory
  • Gauthier dominates Springfield Short Track in AFT Singles
  • Gauthier tops Production Twins at Springfield Mile I
  • Luke Styke leads Yamaha AORC efforts at Coonalpyn
  • Janowski claims Teterow SGP win in Germany
  • Australian MXoN Team announced for Assen
  • Sultans Of Slide NSW Flat Track Cup classes announced
  • Australian Supercross Vic & Qld coaching days
  • KTM Junior Supercross joins S-X Open events
  • Mitchell Harrison to Bud Racing Kawasaki in 2020
  • Josh Hill to join CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team
  • Hutten Metaal Yamaha to run official EMX250 team until 2023
  • Empire Kawasaki announce 2019 Australian SX line-up

Jared Mees tops Springfield Mile I shootout

Defending AFT Twins Champion Jared Mees made it three for three in Mile competition in the 2019 American Flat Track competition with a last-corner victory in Saturday’s Springfield Mile I. Mees and 2018 Springfield Mile I winner Jeffrey Carver Jr. transformed the race into a two-rider duel for the win from the start.

AFT Twins Springfield Mile Mees ERV
Jared Mees – 2019 AFT Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

Carver seemed content to plant himself on the rear wheel of Mees over the opening half of the AFT Twins Main Event. However, the home-state hero brought the fans lining the grandstands to their feet by driving underneath the defending champ on lap 13.

Mees regrouped and re-assumed his position at the front in short order. Carver made two more attempts to wrestle away the lead, and it appeared he finally succeeded for good when he powered by with three laps remaining. However, Mees ducked under Carver entering Turn 3 on the final lap, only to see Carver slide back up the inside as they worked through Turn 4.

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Jeffrey Carver Jr – 2019 AFT Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

Mees was ready for the move, and perfectly positioned himself for the decisive sprint to the flag; he stole the advantage back on exit and held it to the flag by 0.239 seconds.

Championship leader Briar Bauman was forced to use a provisional start to advance into the Main Event after suffering a mechanical issue in his Semi. Despite starting from dead last, Bauman somehow carved his way into seventh by the conclusion of lap 1 and established himself as one of five riders embroiled in a race-long battle for the final spot on the podium. Bauman ultimately won that battle, finishing in third 0.122 seconds ahead of brother/teammate Bronson Bauman. Bauman now holds a 30-point advantage over Mees (260-230) with four races remaining.

AFT Twins 2019 Springfield Mile I – Top 10

  1. Jared Mees Indian – FTR750 0:35.746
  2. Jeffrey Carver – Jr. Indian FTR750 +0.239
  3. Briar Bauman – Indian FTR750 +1.878
  4. Bronson Bauman – Indian FTR750 +2.000
  5. Bryan Smith – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +2.016
  6. Stephen Vanderkuur – Indian FTR750 +2.109
  7. Brandon Robinson – Indian FTR750 +2.293
  8. Davis Fisher – Indian FTR750 +2.455
  9. Brandon Price – Indian FTR750 +2.709
  10. Jarod Vanderkooi – HD XG750R Rev X +3.068
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Mees does the double with Springfield Mile II victory

Monday’s Springfield Mile II at the Illinois State Fairgrounds proved worth the wait, delivering the most jaw-dropping AFT Twins Main Event of the 2019 American Flat Track season. Following an epic 25 miles that saw ten riders in contention for the victory even as they dove into the race’s final corner, multi-time defending AFT Twins Champion Jared Mees worked his magic yet again to win out in the last-lap dash to the checkered flag. Making the achievement all the more impressive, Mees did so after starting in last position from Row 4.

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Jared Mees – 2019 AFT Twins – Springfield Mile II – Image by Scott Hunter

The champ turned in his one provisional start card of the season to advance to the Main after encountering bike issues in his Semi. However, he managed to slipstream his way forward over the race’s opening third, joining the mammoth front group by lap 10. He was dueling for the lead a lap later – a duel that wouldn’t end until the final stripe. In the end, Mees outlasted title rival Briar Bauman by a scant 0.083 seconds.

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Bronson Bauman – 2019 AFT Twins – Springfield Mile II – Image by Scott Hunter

The triumph was the 14th Mile win of Mees’ illustrious career, tying him with the legendary Jay Springsteen for sixth all-time on the big tracks. It also brought him within a single race of Bauman in the evolving 2019 AFT Twins championship race, as he’s now just 25 points back (280-255) heading into the season’s final three races.

Jared Mees

“It was good to come off the back row and put my name on the list with the guys who have done that. It’s more emotional doing it this way on the back-up bike and working my way up. The Indian Motorcycle ran so phenomenal for me. My whole crew worked so hard; when that bike broke we were switching wheels, and shocks, and offsets to try to duplicate what we were running on the main bike. We got it done, and it feels amazing.”

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Jared Mees – 2019 AFT Twins – Springfield Mile II – Image by Scott Hunter

Bronson Bauman came through in third to lock out the podium for the Indian Wrecking Crew for the first time in 2019. While the day ultimately belonged to Mees and Indian, a huge number of riders played starring roles with the entire top ten finishing within 0.653 seconds of the win.

Rookie Brandon Price made a late-bid for the victory, and was one of five riders who slid into Turn 3 on lap 25, side-by-side, vying for the lead. He ended up an impressive fourth, fractionally ahead of Brandon Robinson.

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AFT Twins Podium – 2019 AFT Twins – Springfield Mile II – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Twins 2019 Springfield Mile II – Top 10

  1. Jared Mees – Indian FTR750 0:35.263
  2. Briar Bauman – Indian FTR750 +0.083
  3. Bronson Bauman – Indian FTR750 +0.149
  4. Brandon Price – Indian FTR750 +0.169
  5. Brandon Robinson – Indian FTR750 +0.254
  6. Sammy Halbert – HD XG750R Rev X +0.275
  7. Henry Wiles – Indian FTR750 +0.398
  8. Jarod Vanderkooi – HD XG750R Rev X +0.443
  9. Davis Fisher – Indian FTR750 +0.516
  10. Jeffrey Carver Jr. – Indian FTR750 +0.653

AFT Twins Standings

  1. Briar Bauman 280
  2. Jared Mees 255
  3. Bronson Bauman 215
  4. Jeffrey Carver Jr. 184
  5. Brandon Robinson 170
  6. Jarod Vanderkooi 166
  7. Henry Wiles 145
  8. Robert Pearson 135
  9. Sammy Halbert 133
  10. Jake Johnson 128
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Gauthier dominates Springfield Short Track in AFT Singles

Championship hopeful Dalton Gauthier scored a critical victory in Friday night’s Springfield Short Track to claim sole possession of the AFT Singles points lead. The action at the Illinois State Fairgrounds was every bit as tense and frenetic as one would expect an Roof Systems AFT Singles Short Track showdown to be.

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2019 AFT Singles, Springfield Single Track – Image by Scott Hunter

In the midst of a tight title fight with just three additional races remaining on the 2019 American Flat Track calendar, and serving as a microcosm of the season to date, while a handful of riders enjoyed their moments in the spotlight. Ultimately it all came down to Gauthier and reigning class champion Dan Bromley.

Former AFT Twins standout Chad Cose stormed to the holeshot and threatened to break free of the chaos before anyone else had an opportunity to react. However, Gauthier rolled forward on the momentum he had built up all day long when he ran quickest in both qualifying sessions and ripped to heat and semi victories.

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Dalton Gauthier – 2019 AFT Singles, Springfield Single Track – Image by Scott Hunter

Gauthier first slashed ahead of Spanish dirt track hero Ferran Cardús to move into third and then ran up the inside of Bromley to take over second on lap 7. By lap 10, he was hounding Cose inside and outside, applying heavy pressure wherever possible in hopes of prompting a mistake.

That mistake came on lap 13. Gauthier squared up Cose and the two very nearly came together on the short straight as Gauthier slid ahead into first. Once clear, the new leader was able to call on his superior pace to pull open just enough of a gap to negate the possibility of a potential last-lap Hail Mary.

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Dallas Daniels – 2019 AFT Singles, Springfield Single Track – Image by Scott Hunter

Title rival Bromley was going in the opposite direction, dropping down to fourth after he was also overhauled by Peoria TT winner Dallas Daniels. 16-year-old prodigy Daniels had earned the pole but was shuffled back to seventh early. Undeterred, he clawed his way through the fray, not only edging ahead of Bromley but lining up Cose for the runner-up position.

Desperate to minimize the championship damage done by another Gauthier victory, Bromley turned in a clutch sequence of his own. With time running out, the defending champ dove up the inside of Daniels and Cose in two consecutive corners to leap up from fourth to second in one short lap. From there he held on to the checkered flag to remain within five points of Gauthier for the Singles championship lead (241-236).

Dalton Gauthier

“It’s huge. Coming into these last few races, it’s anyone’s game. I’m trying to get in front of Dan as much as I can, but he’s running strong. We’re having fun. Chad rode a really great race. It took me a few laps to catch him, but he was riding defensively. I just waited. I knew I had a few laps to go so I just waited for the mistake. He made one, and we got pretty close, but it was clean racing.”

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Dalton Gauthier – 2019 AFT Singles, Springfield Single Track – Image by Scott Hunter
Dan Bromley

“I just used my size to my advantage. It was a heck of a race. Chad got out front, and whether he’s behind you or you’re behind him, you never know what he’s going to do. He ran a good race. He, Dalton, and Dallas were out front for most of the race. It’s a little bittersweet to be in second, but I’m happy to be back up here on the podium.”

Daniels secured his second consecutive podium, in third, in what was just his sixth-career AFT outing, while Cose ended up one spot off the box after leading the majority of the laps. Meanwhile, Mikey Rush kept his championship aspirations alive in fifth. While the bulk of the focus is understandably on Gauthier and Bromley, Rush remains very much in contention. He’s within striking distance – just 25 points back of the lead (216) – with a Half-Mile and two Miles left to decide the 2019 crown.

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AFT Singles Podium – 2019 AFT Singles, Springfield Single Track – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Singles 2019 Springfield ST Top 10

  1. Dalton Gauthier – Husqvarna FC450 0:13.447
  2. Dan Bromley – KTM 450 SX-F +0.857
  3. Dallas Daniels – Yamaha YZ450F +1.475
  4. Chad Cose – Suzuki RMZ 450 +2.304
  5. Mikey Rush – Honda CRF450R +3.395
  6. Brandon Kitchen – Honda CRF450R +4.009
  7. Ryan Wells – Yamaha YZ450F +5.744
  8. Oliver Brindley – Yamaha YZ450F +5.833
  9. Ferran Cardus – Honda CRF450R +6.219
  10. Jacob Lehmann – Honda CRF450R +7.548

2019 AFT Singles Standings

  1. Dalton Gauthier 241
  2. Dan Bromley 236
  3. Mikey Rush 216
  4. Jesse Janisch 180
  5. Chad Cose 166
  6. Shayna Texter 155
  7. Ryan Wells 155
  8. Morgen Mischler 125
  9. Max Whale 107
  10. Kevin Stollings 93
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Gauthier tops Production Twins at Springfield Mile I

Fresh off his clutch victory in Friday night’s Springfield Short Track, Dalton Gauthier steamrolled the competition in Saturday’s AFT Production Twins Main Event at the Springfield Mile I. Gauthier’s arcing high lines may have allowed his rivals to keep him relatively contained during the opening stages of the 15-lap Main Event, but once he finally stretched open enough of an advantage to prevent his opponents from blocking his preferred path, those same lines made him simply unstoppable.

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Carlile & Rispoli – 2019 AFT Production Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

The triumph was not just his second of the weekend, it was also his second in succession in the AFT Production Twins class; he delivered the XG750R a second win in the first possible opportunity after scoring its historic maiden win last time out in the Sacramento Mile.

Dalton Gauthier

“I have to thank Jarod Vanderkooi for telling me to go there (to the high line) after the Semi, so shout out to him. After the second or third lap I went up there and I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s hooking up. So I stayed up there and tried to ride consistent laps and break away and that’s what happened. I have to thank everybody at Harley-Davidson, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Vance & Hines and everyone else who has gotten this bike working this great. It’s been awesome, and I’m having a lot of fun.”

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

Kolby Carlile, who scored tonight’s holeshot, and Lima HM winner Chad Cose emerged from a multi-rider pack to battle for second place. The two actually managed to cut into Gauthier’s lead while waging their duel, which came down to the race’s final corner.

Carlile sailed past Cose to open the last lap, but Cose switched-up his opponent driving through Turns 3 and 4. However, the Estenson pilot managed a counter of his own while they streaked down the start/finish straight, nipping Cose by 0.101 seconds at the flag to finish as the race’s runner-up.

Second-ranked Ryan Varnes continued his consistent AFT Production Twins title campaign with his fifth top-five result of the year by taking fourth. Kevin Stollings was just 0.002 seconds back of Varnes to round out the top five.

Championship leader Cory Texter took the checkered flag in ninth. As a result, he now leads Varnes by just 22 points (133-111) with Carlile (100) and Gauthier (96) looking increasingly threatening in third and fourth, respectively.

AFT Production Twins 2019 Springfield Mile I – Top 10

  1. Dalton Gauthier – HD XG750R 0:36.491
  2. Kolby Carlile – Yamaha MT-07 +0.866
  3. Chad Cose – Kawasaki Ninja 650 0.968
  4. Ryan Varnes – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +2.584
  5. Kevin Stollings – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +2.587
  6. J.R. Addison – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +2.644
  7. James Rispoli – HD XG750R Rev X +2.671
  8. Cody Johncox – Yamaha MT-07 +6.769
  9. Cory Texter – Yamaha MT-07 +8.399
  10. Ryan Wells – Yamaha MT-07 +8.468
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Carlile claims Production Twins Springfield Mile II win

Kolby Carlile materialised from the pack late to claim his first-career AFT Production Twins Main Event victory in dramatic fashion. All eyes had been on Dalton Gauthier, who was chasing a unique dual-class triple win on the weekend.

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2019 AFT Production Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

Like Mees in the premier class, Gauthier had to start on the back row, being forced to use a provisional start when his bike expired in his Semi. However, his form and momentum still made him feel all but unstoppable, as he powered from dead last to first place by the time the pack dove into Turn 1 for the second time.

He didn’t slow from there, opening up a 1.5-second advantage by the time the race was red flagged while working lap 10 of 15. On the restart, Gauthier went right back to work, steadily building another advantage on the pack. The only difference this time around was that teammate James Rispoli managed to hang onto the slipstream and use it to escape along with Gauthier.

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James Rispoli – 2019 AFT Production Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

With a 1-2 Black Hills Harley-Davidson seeming nearly assured, Gauthier raised his hand in disappointment with 3 laps to go, signaling another mechanical issue that spoiled his bid for the triple Springfield victory. Without the benefit of Gauthier’s draft, Rispoli found himself reeled back to the pack. Carlile caught him just in time to thunder by as they drove down the back straight for the final time.

Carlile tucked his head down and outpaced any potential counter moves, beating Rispoli to the line by 0.111 seconds.

Kolby Carlile

“I was confident the whole race; there was just so much traffic and I got sucked into it a little bit. I was letting those guys shake it out, but I knew I had the bike to win this thing. Dalton and James took off after the restart and I fell back again, but I knew my bike was strong enough to catch them. And that’s what we did. I just can’t thank my Estenson Racing crew enough… I broke my leg early in the year and I lost a round. I’m at a huge points deficit, but we’re trying to make it back. I’m finally feeling like myself again.”

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Kolby Carlile – 2019 AFT Production Twins, Springfield Mile – Image by Scott Hunter

Cody Johncox was next in line in a pack of riders that saw five men take the checkered flag within 0.554 seconds of the win. He finished 0.082 seconds back of Rispoli to complete the podium. Cory Texter did well to limit the damage done by Carlile’s victory by finishing a strong fourth. Still, Texter’s advantage has now been reduced to 23 points (148-125) over Carlile with three races remaining.

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Production Twins podium – 2019 AFT Twins, Springfield Mile II – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Production Twins 2019 Springfield Mile II – Top 10

  1. Kolby Carlile – Yamaha MT-07 0:35.993
  2. James Rispoli – Harley-Davidson XG750R Rev X +0.111
  3. Cody Johncox – Yamaha MT-07 +0.194
  4. Cory Texter – Yamaha MT-07 +0.332
  5. Morgen Mischler – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +0.554
  6. Ryan Varnes – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +1.205
  7. Jordan Harris – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +1.818
  8. Ben Lowe – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +5.587
  9. Oliver Brindley – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +16.401
  10. Chad Cose – Kawasaki Ninja 650 +1 Lap

2019 AFT Production Twins Standings

  1. Cory Texter 148
  2. Kolby Carlile 125
  3. Ryan Varnes 124
  4. Dalton Gauthier 102
  5. J.R. Addison 96
  6. James Rispoli 95
  7. Chad Cose 94
  8. Ben Lowe 81
  9. Cody Johncox 80
  10. Kevin Stollings 72
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Luke Styke leads Yamaha AORC efforts at Coonalpyn

Perfect conditions greeted rider for Rounds 8 & 9 of the AORC Championship in Coonalpyn, while the layout provided challenges on both days. Saturday saw a sandy based loop that had competitors excited about the terrain while Sunday saw some rock beds and hard pack thrown into the mix to keep everyone on their toes.

Luke Styke increased his lead in the E1 (250cc) class after dominating the weekend in South Australia. Styke, who enjoys racing the softer terrain, won 10 out of the 13 special tests conducted over both days and was able to stretch his lead out to 16 points with two rounds remaining.

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Luke Styke – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC – Image by John Pearson

Styke and rival Lyndon Snodgrass traded wins on Saturday, but Styke came out all guns blazing on Sunday to win six of the seven tests and cement his place at the top of the E1 table. His raw speed captured him fourth outright on Saturday and one position better on Sunday in third.

Luke Styke

“After a couple of ordinary rounds for me, it was good to get back on top of things and ride the way I should. I struggled a bit at Kyogle and Broken Hill, but I felt good all weekend and I love riding in these kinds of conditions. The bike was strong all weekend and I had a clean run with no major issues, so I leave here healthy, fit and confident to keep the momentum going into the final two rounds. Thanks to the team for all the hard work and we will keep it going all the way to the end as anything can happen in this sport.”

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Luke Styke

Josh Green maintains second place in the E2 (450cc) class after another consistent performance on the weekend in South Australia. Green finished second on both days behind class leader, Daniel Milner, and sits comfortably in second place in the series.

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Josh Green – Round 7, Broken Hill – 2019 AORC – Image by John Pearson

Green raced well on Saturday and was third outright but a few crashes on Sunday cost him valuable time on Sunday and while it dropped him a couple of positions in outright honours, it had no effect on the E2 class results.

Josh Green

“Nothing real exciting to report from me on the weekend. I felt I was riding pretty well all weekend, but not quite at the pace that Sanders and Milner were setting. I made a couple of mistakes on Sunday and fell off in two tests but fortunately both myself and the bike were unscathed. But I really liked the course layout and it was good to ride in dirt that offered plenty of traction and a good variety of high and low speed challenges. The team was on point again and we can now look forward to the final rounds in a couple of weekends.”

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Josh Green

It was a case of the good and the almost good for Michael Driscoll. Driscoll charged to an impressive third in class (E1) and sixth outright on Saturday as he kept his 250F on song through the day on the sandy course. He wasn’t quite able to recapture the same form on Sunday, dropping one spot to fourth in E1 and ninth in outright honours.

Michael Driscoll

“Saturday was good, and it was like riding the conditions I have around home with soft dirt and plenty of traction. I pushed hard all day and wanted to mix it with Luke and Lyndon as best I could in as many tests as I could. Sunday I was a bit off and didn’t flow as well. I made a few errors out there and cost me some time and just didn’t ride as well as what I did yesterday. I still sit fourth in class and just five points away from a series podium, so I will need a big finish at the final two rounds to get onto the championship podium.”

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Michael Driscoll

Yamaha also had success in other classes with Kirk Hutton winning the Masters’ class on both days and also the series win as he now holds a 58 point lead going into the final two rounds. With only 50 points available, the former AORC champ can add another title to his belt after a successful year.

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Kirk Hutton

Jess Gardiner continues to lead the Women’s division after an up and down weekend in South Australia. Gardiner won on Saturday but was forced to settle for third place on Sunday in a rare off day. Gardiner still holds a comfortable 20 point lead going into the final weekend of the championship.

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Jess Gardiner

The last two rounds of the AORC are set down for September 14 and 15 in Penshurst in Victoria. With class honours and podium positions still up for grabs, Yamaha riders will keep the pressure right until the final test has concluded.

AORC Round 8 – Outright

# Rider Time – Total
1 Daniel SANDERS 58:40.514
2 Daniel MILNER 59:30.788
3 Joshua GREEN 1:00:50.038
4 Luke STYKE 1:00:52.231
5 Lyndon SNODGRASS 1:01:00.940
6 Michael DRISCOLL 1:02:17.640
7 Riley GRAHAM 1:02:33.987
8 Fraser HIGLETT 1:02:55.789
9 Andrew WILKSCH 1:02:56.028
10 Jeremy CARPENTIER 1:03:40.107

AORC Round 9 – Outright

# Rider Time – Total
1 Daniel SANDERS 1:09:31.089
2 Daniel MILNER 1:10:59.206
3 Luke STYKE 1:12:31.488
4 Lyndon SNODGRASS 1:12:56.788
5 Joshua GREEN 1:13:21.455
6 Fraser HIGLETT 1:13:44.746
7 Jeremy CARPENTIER 1:14:50.294
8 Matthew PHILLIPS 1:14:51.763
9 Michael DRISCOLL 1:15:14.966
10 Andrew WILKSCH 1:15:33.329
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E3 Standings – Top 5

# Rider Points
1 Daniel SANDERS 225
2 Andrew WILKSCH 168
3 Jesse LAWTON 162
4 Beau RALSTON 148
5 Matt MURRY 145

E2 Standings – Top 5

 Rider Points 
1 Daniel MILNER 225
2 Joshua GREEN 198
3 Jeremy CARPENTIER 167
4 Brad HARDAKER 119
5 Harrison TEED 91

E1 Standings – Top 5

 # Rider  Points 
1 Luke STYKE 212
2 Lyndon SNODGRASS 196
3 Fraser HIGLETT 181
4 Michael DRISCOLL 176
5 Lachlan ALLAN 137

EJ Standings – Top 5

 # Rider  Points 
1 Kyron BACON 215
2 Joshua BRIERLEY 198
3 Korey MCMAHON 181
4 Cooper SHEIDOW 158
5 Nathan HOWE 147

Veterans Standings – Top 10

# Rider Total
1 Lee STEPHENS 215
2 Christopher THOMAS 172
3 Jason PEARCE 148
4 Luke ABLITT 127
5 Paul CHADWICK 114

Masters Standings – Top 10

# Rider Total
1 Kirk HUTTON 222
2 Peter RUDD 164
3 Craig TREASURE 144
4 Timothy MARTIN 128

Womens Standings – Top 10

# Rider Total
1 Jessica GARDINER 217
2 Emma MILESEVIC 192
3 Emelie KARLSSON 186
4 Danielle FOOT 154
5 Ebony NIELSEN 112

Janowski claims Teterow SGP win in Germany

Maciej Janowski launched his bid for a FIM World Speedway Championship medal on Saturday night winning the German FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Teterow.

Janowski, who was without a Grand Prix win in 13 months prior to round seven of the 2019 World Championship, made a jet-propelled start from gate two in the grand final to defeat Polish compatriot Bartosz Zmarzlik, Slovenian favourite Matej Zagar and in-form Dane Niels-Kristian Iversen.

Despite missing the opening round of this year’s series through injury, Janowski is only 11-points short of third placed Emil Sayfutdinov – and stands every chance of picking up his first World Championship medal in Torun, Poland, on October 5.

The 28-year-old Wroclaw star said hard work in the pits from his top team of mechanics inspired his lightning-fast start in the grand final, which ultimately saw him step to the top of the podium.

Maciej Janowski

“This is amazing, it’s always an amazing feeling when you win a Grand Prix. The whole meeting was very tough, we worked very hard during the meeting and I knew the final would be very hard with Bartosz Zmarzlik, Matej Zagar and Niels-Kristian Iversen involved. I felt very good from the start in the final, I made a perfect start and that helped me to win.”

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Maciej Janowski – 2019 German FIM Speedway Grand Prix, Teterow

World Championship contender Bartosz Zmarzlik was again in blistering form, registering 16-points on the night to join Leon Madsen at the top of the standings on 85-points with three rounds remaining.

After dropping only three points throughout his five qualifying rides, the Gorzow star finished second to Janowski in semi-final one before repeating that effort in the grand final.

Like Janowski, Zmarzlik paid tribute to his mechanics following round seven, and vowed to maintain his high levels of performance at next weekend’s ECCO Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Vojens.

For Matej Zagar, a podium finish came as a welcome relief following a logistically challenging start to his weekend. A delayed flight forced the GP Challenge winner to start his journey to Teterow on a different plane, before arriving on the stroke of the start of free practice.

He topped the qualifying time sheet, before registering 15 points from his seven rides – placing him five points short of the top eight frame.

Following tonight’s result, Dane Leon Madsen surrendered his position as clear leader at the top of the World Championship standings. The Danish favourite finished behind Janowski and Zmarzlik in semi-final one, and dropped six points to his championship rival.

Elsewhere in the table, title hopefuls Emil Sayfutdinov and Fredrik Lindgren returned with a mixed bag of results from their qualifying rides – scoring 10 and nine points respectively.

But Martin Vaculik endured the most frustrating evening, registering just four points from five qualifying rides as the Slovak star dropped to fifth in the standings and is now 13 points short of the top pair. The series now moves to Vojens, Denmark, for Round 8 on Saturday, September 7.

SGP World Championship Standings

  1. Bartosz Zmarzlik 85
  2. Leon Madsen 85
  3. Emil Sayfutdinov 78
  4. Fredrik Lindgren 72
  5. Martin Vaculik 72
  6. Patryk Dudek 69
  7. Maciej Janowski 67
  8. Artem Laguta 58
  9. Niels-Kristian Iversen 54
  10. Matej Zagar 52
  11. Janusz Kolodziej 50
  12. Jason Doyle 48

Aztorin German SGP Scores

  1. Maciej Janowski 16
  2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 16
  3. Matej Zagar 15
  4. Niels-Kristian Iversen 13
  5. Emil Sayfutdinov 10
  6. Leon Madsen 10
  7. Fredrik Lindgren 9
  8. Patryk Dudek 8
  9. Antonio Lindback 8
  10. Artem Laguta 8
  11. Tai Woffinden 8
  12. Jason Doyle 6
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Australian MXoN Team announced for Assen

Motorcycling Australia have announced the 2019 FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) team selected to represent Australia at Assen, in the Netherlands on 28-29 of September. Known as the ‘Olympics of Motocross’, the prestigious event will host 31 teams from around the world.

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After a tough selection process, the MXoN Australian Team will be proudly represented by Mitch Evans (Honda), Dean Ferris (KTM) and Kyle Webster (Honda), with the trio earning the right to don the green and gold against the best motocross riders on the planet, with the MXstore coming on board as a naming-rights sponsor.

Amid a strong campaign on the elite MXGP circuit, Evans, a Cairns native, is confident the team will be hard to beat.

Mitch Evans

“I’m excited to get out there, represent my country and race the best in the world. I’m looking forward to everyone getting behind us and hopefully we can get a spot on the box because we’ve got a really strong team this year.”

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Mitch Evans – MXGP of Germany 2019

Ferris, who is a three-time Australian Motocross champion and recently competed in the U.S, said representing his country was a highlight of his highly successful career.

Dean Ferris

“I’m super excited to be representing Australia at the Motocross of Nations this year in Assen. I’m really looking forward to racing alongside Mitch Evans and Kyle Webster, so it will be great to catch up with the boys.”

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Dean Ferris – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross – Round Six – Southwick

Webster, who was the runner up in the 2019 MX Nationals Motul MX2 class, was shocked when told he’ll be heading to the Netherlands.

Kyle Webster

“Honestly, I’m stoked. I didn’t really expect to be picked for the team, but I’m wrapped to be able to head over to Assen. It’s my first time heading over to the MXoN, so I’m not sure what to really expect. Being the biggest motocross event in the world, I just can’t wait to be a part of it. Without a doubt, it’s the biggest thing in my career for sure, so I’m really excited. It’s awesome to have both Dean [Ferris] and Mitch [Evans] as my teammates.”

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Kyle Webster leads Wilson Todd at Coolum

Sultans Of Slide NSW Flat Track Cup classes announced

The question everyone has been asking is, “what classes are running at Sultans Of Slide?” And the answer is, there’s only eight. Four junior classes and four senior classes, and for the most part riders will choose one class, and they will bring one bike.

So you get the advantage of only having one bike to look after for the whole day. And as a bonus, you will get 56 laps of racing. You don’t normally get that even if you bring four bikes and ride multiple classes!

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Sultans Of Slide – NSW Flat Track Cup

At each Sultans Of Slide event each class will get seven races, ranging in length from 4 to 15 laps, on two different track layouts, running a point score across the day to determine winners. No finals, no semis. Lots of ride time.

Juniors will choose between 50, 65, 85 and a Junior Lites class. Seniors will choose between an MX250 (2- and 4-strokes together), MX450, and up to 450 clubman class.

Seniors will also be able to cross-enter into the new “Open Multi” class if they have a bike to suit it, or they can ride the Open Multi class by itself if they prefer. They just need a multi-cylinder bike of any capacity, running on suitable wheels and tyres.

There’s only 18 entries per class, so when things up and the Supp regs are released, you will have to get in quick. Riders will also be starting on a grid with three rows. And sometimes there’ll be reverse grid races, just to mess with you.

With the classes now confirmed, stay tuned for details on when entries will open, exciting new partnerships and in excess of $10,000 plus a host of prizes.

2019 Sultans of Slide Classes
(riders to choose one class only)

  • 50cc Div 2 (7 to under 9)
  • 65cc (8 to under 11)
  • 85cc 2t & 150cc 4t (10 to under 14)
  • JUNIOR LITES up to 150cc 2t & 250cc 4t (13 to under 16)

(riders to choose one class only, unless riding in Open Multi, which may be entered in addition to any other class)

  • Clubman (MX Frame Up to 450cc 4T)
  • MX 250 (2 or 4 stroke up to 250cc)
  • MX 450 (4T 450cc or 2T 350cc)
  • Open Multi (Multi cylinder any capacity)
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Australian Supercross Qld & Vic Coaching Days

Amateur and professional Supercross riders will have the chance to take part in several  Supercross coaching and training days starting next week in both Victoria and Queensland.

Krusics Ride Park – Victoria

Kicking off next weekend (September 7-8) at Krusics Ride Park in Victoria, the venue will open the gates to their private Supercross tracks allowing riders of all skill levels the opportunity to attempt Supercross for the first time, or hone their skills in preparation for the upcoming Australian Supercross Championship season.

Krusics Ride Park
Krusics Ride Park – Victoria

Krusics has two tracks on offer, one for intermediate riders with tamed down jumps and tabletops and another full-blown pro-level track, both professionally prepared for the weekend. Saturday will be dedicated to training on the intermediate track with Sunday’s riding focussed on the pro track.

Ex-professional Supercross athlete Cameron Taylor (Y-AIM) will be offering tutelage to all skill levels over the weekend and on both tracks, to ensure there’s the opportunity to learn regardless of current skill level. Taylor says the opportunity for riders to access an intermediate track, learn Supercross skills and build confidence before progressing to the full-scale track all in one weekend, is the perfect way to make the transition from Motocross to Supercross.

Cameron Taylor

“This is the first time in Australian Supercross history that I’m aware of, that riders have been given the opportunity to learn Supercross in a safe and controlled environment, by starting on a scaled-down track, positioned right next to a full-scale professional one. This will really give us the chance to ensure riders are feeling comfortable before transitioning to Supercross. There’s no better feeling than racing on a Supercross track in front of thousands of people. I really look forward to sharing my experiences with riders, to help them build their confidence and hopefully lead them to a career in Supercross racing in the future, or simply help them prepare for this year’s Australian Supercross Championship.”

Cameron Taylor
Cameron Taylor

Practice Day costs are $100 p/day and riders are required to have an AMA licence. Click here to join secure.motocross.asn.au/join-motocross (link). For coaching enquiries and bookings, contact Cam Taylor on 0417 332 457 or email [email protected].

  • Where: 26 Signboard Lane, DUTSON, Vic, 3851 (Krusics Ride Park)
  • When: Saturday 7th September 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 8th September 10am-4pm
  • Cost: $100 p/day
  • Book now: 0477 303 606
  • https://m.facebook.com/krusicsridepark/

Toowoomba – Queensland

For riders in the South East Queensland region, Nathan Crawford (00 Standards Elite Rider Training) is holding a coaching and endorsement clinic also on Saturday September 7, on a private Supercross track near Toowoomba. For more details call or message Nathan on 0401 812 125.

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00 Standars Elite Rider Training Facility – Toowoomba – Queensland

Practice day costs are $220 p/day and riders will need SX suspension and previous riding experience.

Increasing access to practice tracks and professional Supercross coaching has been a major focus for the revamped Australian Supercross Championship and series organisers say this is a crucial step towards the overall goal of increased participation and the development of young riders in the future.

Adam Bailey

“Access to safe practice facilities and professional coaching has been the number one limiting factor for Australian Supercross riders and their development, for as long as I can remember. In the past, riders that do not have their own private track and property or access to one, have often either tried to compete underprepared or just decided not to take the risk to do Supercross competition. We’re committed to making that transition to competing in the Australian Supercross Championship, more accessible and safer, for all Aussie riders now and into the future.”

Both coaches will be able available for Motorcycling Australia Supercross Endorsements over the weekend. More information on other locations including more tracks in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales will be announced in the near future.

00 Standards Elite Rider Training Facility open for coaching and endorsement September 7.

  • Where: Toowoomba (Kaleb Barham personal track)
    *Further details via upon request.
  • When: 7th September 9am – 4pm
  • Cost: $220 p/day
  • Book now: 0401 812 125
  • *Riders will need SX suspension and previous riding experience.
  • *All other Ride Park Rules & Regulations apply.
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KTM Junior Supercross joins S-X Open events

The KTM Junior Supercross initiative will once again take centre-stage at the high-profile 2019 S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship, set to be contested in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia this November.

KTM Junior Supercross joins S-X Open in 2019

KTM Junior Supercross provides the opportunity of a lifetime for an incredibly fortunate group of youthful racers and their families. There will be 10 positions available for the S-X Open event to be held at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland on 16 November, while 20 places will be available for the AUS-X Open Melbourne event on 30 November for the first time ever.

Successful applicants will be treated to a full factory VIP experience, including a KTM 50 SX built by factory technicians to ride during the event. A KTM gift pack provided to each young rider will feature a full set of riding gear to keep, plus trophies will be awarded to podium finishers.

Aside from extensive off-track activities and enjoyment that will include mentorship from KTM’s professional racers and a special rider signing where kids can meet their heroes, the KTM Junior Supercross entrants will take a dedicated track walk, two practice sessions and a fun-filled exhibition event during the S-X Open program.

Entry criteria will apply, with both events open to KTM customers only with 12 months of racing results being taken into consideration. Every applicant’s latest school report card, weight and height requirements must also be met. Registrations for the 2019 KTM Junior Supercross events are open now, exclusively at www.ridektm.com.au (link).

KTM Junior Supercross joins S-X Open in 2019
Jeff Leisk – General Manager KTM Australia

“To be involved in the sport at this level, young aspiring riders and their parents, will certainly enjoy the KTM Junior Supercross experience. We aim to make them virtually feel like factory riders for the event, to give them that experience on a real supercross track in front of huge crowds. It’s an incredible opportunity and inspires riders to go onto bigger things in the sport, much like Ryan Dungey and others who at one stage took part in the challenge. It’s a really inspirational experience and these events are genuinely world-class, so it’s a pleasure to continue our relationship with the event organisers, AME Management, because we really love what they are doing for supercross in the region. The fact that they even consider the KTM Junior Supercross to be one of the highlights of their events just goes to show that they have the right vision that’s inclusive of tomorrow’s superstars and, from my own perspective, I know what it was like to be a young kid and an aspiring racer. So, while I never got to do anything like this, I know how impressionable you are at that age and that’s why it’s really special to be involved and to be providing families with this type of opportunity.”

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Mitchell Harrison to Bud Racing Kawasaki in 2020

Team Bud Racing Kawasaki have confirmed Mitchell Harrison for the 2020 MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship, after joining the team in April and starting to score regularly with top ten results since Germany.

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Mitchell Harrison to remain with Bud Racing Kawasaki in 2020

Dedicated to his sport, the 21 years old American rider is currently seventeenth in the series and with a few more months of European experience will be a strong contender when the 2020 World Championship kicks off in of February 2020. He will also race the French Elite series.

Mitchell Harrison

“It’s been an amazing experience racing here, I came over here in April not knowing what to expect and the Bud Racing Team treated me like a family member and it’s cool to have another year with them and a chance to fill in on the podium with them, so very exited! Next year I will know most of the tracks and I will be more adapted to the bike, we already work on that between the races but now we’ll have a full winter to do that. The racing is amazing here, the tracks are unique, different than in the US but I like that.”

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Mitchell Harrison

For team owner Stephane Dassé, giving another chance to Mitchell was one of his goal as everyone in the team enjoy working with him.

Stephane Dassé – Team Owner

“We’re happy to work with him next season, he came late in Europe and had to discover everything. He improves a lot through the season, has a good mentality and we think that after a good preparation during winter and some more European experience he will be able to get strong results. We’re happy to enter again the MX2 World Championship with him, and he will have two top level young team mates to compete and fight in front of the European EMX 250 & EMX 125 series and French championship; who will be announced very soon.”

Josh Hill to join CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team

Former AMA Supercross race winner, factory rider and freeride pioneer Josh Hill, will travel down under to contest the final three rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, commencing November 9.

Hill will join Dan Reardon and Luke Clout on the team with his first engagement being round three of the of the Australian Supercross Championship in Wollongong.

Josh Hill, Alta electric motorcycle
Josh Hill, Alta electric motorcycle

Hill will be working double time at Wollongong as he not only chases success in the SX1 final alongside competing the ‘Speed and Style’ event where he can combine his world class speed with his aerial acrobatics against names like Cam Sinclair and a host of others in a spectacular night of action.

Then its onto rounds four and five of the championship where Hill will really be put to the test at the S-X Open in Auckland and in the final round, the Aus-X Open at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.

Josh Hill

“I cant wait to get down to Australia and line up at the final three rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship. I have always wanted to return to Australia after racing there a few years ago and when the opportunity came about through CDR Yamaha, Monster Energy and Fox Racing, I had to make it happen. And this isn’t a holiday for me as I know the level of racing in Australia is high and it’s my goal to come down there and bring home plenty of prizemoney with me. I have been working hard to get myself in shape and ready to go come November 9 at Wollongong. I’m still competitive and would like nothing more than to kick a little ass down there and beat not only the Aussies but also the other international riders competing.”

Josh Hill takes electric Alta to sensational debut
Josh Hill

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team will be bursting at the seems at the final three rounds with a star studded line up of the two best domestic supercross racers in Dan Reardon and Luke Clout and now with Josh Hill confirmed for the final three rounds, making for a huge month for team owner Craig Dack.

Craig Dack – CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team Owner

“Having Josh Hill join us for the final three rounds is a real coupe for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy team as he is not only one of the most popular riders in the world but still fast and talented enough to make the championship exciting. His alignment with Yamaha in the US, Monster Energy and Fox Racing makes it a simple transition into the team and I’m sure he will be on the pace when the gates drop at round three. He has been super easy to deal with and his enthusiasm to come to Australia and race with us is over flowing down the phone with every conversation. Having Dan and Luke as the main stays of our team and the X factor in Josh Hill gives us a very strong team for this years Supercross Championship. All three riders will be mounted on the new 2020 YZ450F and our preparations have already begun. We look forward to a great championship and working with three talented and skilled riders.”

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CDR Yamaha’s Craig Dack

The five round Australian Supercross Championship starts on October 12 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

2019 ASX Calendar

  • Round 1 – October 12 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre (QLD)
  • Round 2 – October 19 – Gillman Speedway (SA)
  • Round 3 – November 9 – Wollongong (NSW)
  • Round 4 – November 16- Mt Smart Stadium Auckland (NZ / S-X Open Auckland)
  • Round 5 – November 30- Marvel Stadium Melbourne (VIC / AUS-X Open Melbourne)
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Hutten Metaal Yamaha to run official EMX250 team until 2023

Yamaha Motor Europehave announced that Hutten Metaal Yamaha will operate as the official Yamaha EMX250 team for the next three years through 2023. The team based in Beerzerveld, The Netherlands, have already established themselves inside the MXGP and EMX250 paddocks as a Yamaha supported team this year.

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Hutten Metaal Yamaha to run official EMX250 team until 2023

Heading into 2020, Hutten Metaal Yamaha will focus solely on the European EMX250 Championship as the official EMX250 team with riders Thibault Benistant, Raivo Dankers and Gianluca Facchetti, equipped with Yamaha’s GYTR kitted YZ250F machines.

Between the three riders that will make up the Hutten Metaal Yamaha EMX250 team in 2020, there are two Junior Motocross World Champions and an EMX125 Champion. Raivo Dankers was the Junior 85cc World Champion back in 2015, Gianluca Facchetti was the Junior 125cc World Champion in 2017, while Thibault Benistant was the first Official Yamaha rider to claim the coveted EMX125 crown onboard a GYTR kitted YZ125 back in 2018.

Yamaha Motor Europe also thanked the SDM Corse Yamaha team for their efforts over the past few years. The SDM Corse Yamaha team will remain inside the Yamaha family for the 2020 season, receiving support for an EMX250 rider and Ruben Fernandez who will contest the 2020 MX2 World Championship.

Empire Kawasaki announce 2019 Australian SX line-up

Empire Kawasaki are fuelled-up and ready to launch into the 2019 Australia Supercross Championship season, and have announced they will run a team of three riders across the two classes, with two SX1 riders on 2020 Kawasaki KX450 and one SX2 Rider on the 2020 Kawasaki KX250.

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Dylan Long will ride the new 2020 Kawasaki KX450

Dylan Long and Lawson Bopping will be piloting the SX1 machinery, while in SX2 American Supercross specialist Bradley Taft joins the team.

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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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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.


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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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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2019 Ironman National – 2019 AMA Pro Motocross –
Round 12

For the full report see:
Cianciarulo claims 250 title at 2019 Ironman National (link)


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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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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Source: MCNews.com.au