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Moto News Wrap for May 21, 2019 by Darren Smart

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The LATEST News

  • Roczen & Cianciarulo win AMA Motocross at Hangtown
  • Villopoto wins at Hangtown
  • Gajser and Prado win MXGP of Portugal
  • Kras wins Portuguese EMX
  • FIM Junior Motocross World Cup heads to Trentino in 2019
  • Duvall wins Ohio GNCC
  • Madsen wins SGP of Poland
  • Garcia wins WESS in France
  • Brayton set for 2019 Aussie SX Championships
  • Chad Reed returns for 2019 AUS-X Open
  • Wollongong SX to feature ‘Speed & Style’ Championship
  • James Stewart finally announces retirement

Roczen & Cianciarulo Win AMA Motocross at Hangtown

The 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicked off last weekend with the Bell Helmets Hangtown Motocross Classic and it was Ken Roczen who got the overall in the 450 class while Adam Cianciarulo bounced back from a tough loss in supercross to win the 250 class overall.

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Ken Roczen – Image by Hoppenworld

450 Report

The opening moto saw riders taking on a track that was breaking down faster than usual thanks to rain in the lead up to the weekend and there were battles right from the get-go but the real head-turner was Roczen blowing by Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson and early leader Cooper Webb to take the lead before the completion of the opening lap.

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Eli Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

Once he had a clear track Roczen quickly put multiple seconds between he and Webb, while Anderson, Zach Osborne and Tomac rounded out the top five but Tomac made his way by Osborne before actually passing Anderson for third but Anderson quickly got back around the defending champ then started his way to the rear wheel of Webb.

With ten minutes to go the rain began to fall and Anderson’s pace increased, while Tomac’s dropped which carried the two riders into different directions with Anderson moving by Webb for second as Tomac lost a spot to Osborne to be in fifth.

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Jason Anderson – Image by Hoppenworld

Despite the rain, Roczen continued his flawless ride all the way to the finish where he took the opening moto win by 15 seconds over Anderson, Webb and Tomac who was gifted fourth when Osborne crashed in the slippery conditions.

In muddy conditions Marvin Musquin emerged with the second moto holeshot over Webb, Tomac and Roczen but it wasn’t long before Tomac was in the lead ahead of Roczen and the two soon opened up a gap over Anderson who got by his training partners in Osborne, Webb and Musquin.

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Cooper Webb – Image by Hoppenworld

Roczen’s impressive early pace allowed him to jump by Tomac into the lead but the Honda rider couldn’t shake Tomac and as they approached lapped riders just before the halfway point it worked to the benefit of Tomac who seized the moment to dive to the inside the reclaim the lead.

From that point on, he left Roczen and the rest of the field behind taking the chequered flag by 43 seconds over Roczen while a resilient Musquin never backed down in his pursuit of Anderson for third, and successfully got back around, but in the closing laps a hard charge from Osborne ultimately put the rookie onto the moto podium.

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Marvin Musquin – Image by Hoppenworld

Roczen’s 1-2 outing provided him with his first win since the final round of his championship-winning 2016 season. Since then he has endured through a pair of career-threatening injuries to each of his arms, in which he was forced to fight his way back from more than 10 total surgeries. It’s been a long and difficult road, but Roczen was able to prevail for the 16th win of his career.

 Ken Roczen

“It’s been a very, very long time [since I won a race]. Overall the whole day was good,” said Roczen. “It’s difficult at the first race to know what to expect [from yourself] and to know where everyone else is. I just did my best every time I was on the track and it got us a win. It was really sloppy out there and [when conditions are like that] it can easily go in either direction [bad or good], so it feels good that we ended up on the positive side of it.”

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Ken Roczen – Image by Hoppenworld

Tomac’s second-moto win vaulted him to second overall (4-1), while Anderson rounded out the overall podium in third (2-5) so Roczen holds a slim four-point lead over Tomac in the 450 Class standings heading into the second round. Anderson sits nine points back in third.

As for the Aussies and Kiwis, factory Yamaha fill-in rider Dean Ferris came back from two bad starts to end the day with 11-8 moto finishes for ninth overall while Todd Waters took his privateer Husqvarna to 12-13 finishes for a credible 12th outright, but there was a disappointing result for Cody cooper who earned 15th in the opening moto before not finished the second mud moto.

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450 Class Overall Results
Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (1-2)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (4-1)
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (2-5)  – Image by Hoppenworld

450 Moto Results and Overall

  1. Ken Roczen 1-2
  2. Eli Tomac 4-1
  3. Jason Anderson 2-5
  4. Zachary Osborne 5-3
  5. Cooper Webb 3-6
  6. Marvin Musquin 7-4
  7. Justin Barcia 8-7
  8. Blake Baggett 6-10
  9. Dean Ferris 11-8
  10. Justin Bogle 10-9
  11. Jake Masterpool 13-11
  12. Todd Waters 12-13
  13. Ben Lamay 14-12
  14. Cole Seely 9-18
  15. Fredrik Noren 17-17
  16. Toshiki Tomita 36-14
  17. Taiki Koga 23-15
  18. Dylan Merriam 20-16
  19. Cody Cooper 15-40

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 47
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 43
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 38
  4. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 36
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 35
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 32
  7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 27
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 26
  9. Dean Ferris, Australia, Yamaha – 23
  10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM – 23
    …12. Todd Waters, Australia, Husqvarna – 17
    …19. Cody Cooper, New Zealand, Honda – 6
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250 Report

Justin Cooper narrowly grab the holeshot over Chase Sexton and Cianciarulo while Hunter Lawrence started well outside the top ten but that wouldn’t last for long with the Aussie flying his way into the top ten.

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Justin Cooper – Image by Hoppenworld

Up front Cooper successfully held on to that advantage and established himself as the early leader, with Cianciarulo slotting into second and Sexton into third but with about eight minutes left the Kawasaki rider was all over Cooper’s rear fender, but the Yamaha rider withstood the charge and used lapped riders to his advantage to extend the lead once more.

Hunter Lawrence had forced his way up to sixth place after passing teammate RJ Hampshire and just as they were closing in on fifth placed Colt Nichols, Hunter high sided over an inside rut and was clipped by Hampshire’s footpeg gouging a wound across Lawrence’s arse.

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Hunter Lawrence – Image by Hoppenworld

Cooper went wire-to-wire on to take the second moto win of his career by 1.8 seconds over Cianciarulo, who rode to an uneventful second-place finish but the battle for third came down to the final corner, where a moto-long charge by Dylan Ferrandis, who started sixth, culminated with a stellar last lap in which he stole third from Sexton as they came to the line.

Lawrence dropped all of the way back to 18th but managed to climb back to 11th place, four places ahead of fellow Aussie Wilson Todd who was up to 12th at one point in the moto.

With rain falling, the deciding moto got underway with Nichols earning then holeshot from Cianciarulo who quickly moved to the lead while Cooper and Ferrandis were at the tail end of the top ten as Lawrence and Todd sat just outside the top ten.

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Dylan Ferrandis – Image by Hoppenworld

With the track deteriorating to a slippery mess, Cianciarulo easily opened up a considerable margin over the rest of the field but as the moto wore on, Ferrandis and Nichols began to inch closer to second placed Alex Martin but the Suzuki rider was able to hang on to the runner up spot while Nichols and Cooper got around Ferrandis in the dying laps

In the end Cianciarulo took the moto win by 16.3 seconds over Martin, Nichols, Cooper and Ferrandis while Todd finished in a sensational ninth place, three places ahead of a struggling Larence.

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Colt Nichols – Image by Hoppenworld

Cianciarulo’s 2-1 effort gave him the second overall win of his career in his first start since the 2017 season, following knee surgery last summer. He becomes the 32nd different rider to earn a 250 Class victory at      Hangtown.

 Adam Cianciarulo

“It means a lot [to get this win], for all the kids out there that watch us, we go through such peaks and valleys. [This win] is a testament to understanding that the most important shot is your next one. You’ve got to keep fighting. It feels great to get a win at the opening round of the [Pro Motocross] season and start this summer off on a high note.”

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Adam Cianciarulo – Image by Hoppenworld

Cooper’s resilient second moto landed him in the runner-up spot (1-4) for the second time in his career. Nichols (5-3) and Ferrandis (3-5) ended up in a tie for third, but by virtue of his better result in the final moto Nichols earned the tiebreaker.

Cianciarulo establishes a four-point lead over Cooper in the 250 Class standings entering the second round, while Nichols and Ferrandis sit 11 points back.

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250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (2-1)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (1-4)
Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (5-3) – Image by Hoppenworld

250 Moto Results and Overall

  1. Adam Cianciarulo 2 -1
  2. Justin Cooper 1-4
  3. Colt Nichols 5-3
  4. Dylan Ferrandis 3-5
  5. Chase Sexton 4-6
  6. RJ Hampshire 6-7
  7. Michael Mosiman 7 -11
  8. Alex Martin 23-2
  9. Shane McElrath 14-8
  10. Christian Craig 13-10
  11. Hunter Lawrence 11-12
  12. Wilson Todd 15-9

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 47
  2. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 43
  3. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 36
  4. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 36
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 33
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda – 29
  7. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., Husqvarna – 24
  8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 22
  9. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 20
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 19
  11. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 19
  12. Wilson Todd, Australia, Husqvarna – 18
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Villopoto wins at Hangtown

The Hangtown Motocross Classic fans at Prairie City OHV Park were treated with seeing multi AMA motocross and supercross champion Ryan Villopoto taking on a field of 32 riders and win the first round of the 125cc All-Stars race.

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Ryan Villopoto – Image by Hoppenworld

RV piloted his No. 2 Yamaha to victory ahead of fellow YZ rider Robbie Wageman while 16-year-old Brandon Ray rounded out the podium in third aboard a KTM.

125cc All Star Results

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Yamaha
  2. Robbie Wageman, Yamaha
  3. Brandon Ray, KTM
  4. Wyatt Mattson, Husqvarna
  5. Carter Dubach, Yamaha
  6. Tyler DuCray, KTM
  7. Angus Riordan, KTM
  8. Cole Barbieri, Suzuki
  9. Dennis Stapleton, Husqvarna
  10. Ty Freehill, Yamaha
  11. Derik Denzin, Yamaha
  12. John Ayers, Husqvarna
  13. Antonio Calavano, KTM
  14. Bryson Olson, Honda
  15. Conner Degraaf, KTM
  16. Toline Tyler, KTM
  17. Hunter Cross, KTM
  18. Talon Gorman, Honda
  19. Steven Stultz, Yamaha
  20. Jared Lang, Honda
  21. Dylan Simao, Yamaha
  22. Geoff Wills, KTM
  23. Tyler Edmondson, Honda
  24. Aron Martin
  25. Wyatt Bullen, Kawasaki
  26. Brooks, KTM
  27. Blaine Holdsclaw, Yamaha
  28. Derek Cappiello, Yamaha
  29. Chase Forsberg, KTM
  30. Nick Roby, Kawasaki
  31. Jeremy Ryan, KTM
  32. Ryan Eager, Suzuki

Gajser and Prado Win MXGP of Portugal

The Portuguese circuit of Agueda has hosted the sixth round of the 2019 World Motocross Championship and it was Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado who went 1-1 in the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.

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MXGP of Portugal 2019

MXGP Report

Antonio Cairoli was in a winning position in both of the MXGP motos but the KTM rider stalled briefly in the opening moto while leading and tipped over in the second moto while in the same position and both times Gajser was right there to take advantage of the situation to claim both moto wins, the overall and to reduce Cairoli’s championship points lead to 34 points

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Tony Cairoli – MXGP of Portugal 2019

Cairoli took 2-2 for 2nd overall ahead of Arnaud Tonus who reached the podium with hard fought 3-3 finishes while Clement Desalle, Jeremy Seewer, Pauls Jonass, Julien Lieber, Romain Febvre, Glenn Coldenhoff and Gautier Paulin rounded out the top ten.

Tim Gajser

“Last weekend was tough, so I tried to forget it and just focus on this weekend. I was feeling good yesterday and also today, the riding was good, and I had two good starts. It was great racing and I am really happy to win both races, hopefully we can carry that moment to the next round.”

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Tim Gajser
Antonio Cairoli

“On one side I’m happy because this is the goal to be on the podium and always consistent but on the other side I’m disappointed of course. I am happy like I said but focused on the next one where I will try to be consistent and not make these mistakes.”

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Tony Cairoli – MXGP of Portugal 2019
Arnaud Tonus

”It feels amazing, it is hard to find the right words at the moment, I have been through a lot so it is good to be up here. I really had to fight today, in the first race I was battling with Jeremy (Seewer) and he passed me in the beginning of the race so I had to come pass him back, it feels even better knowing that I fought to make it happen. I am super happy and I hope that I can keep it going.”

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Arnaud Tonus

MXGP Results

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:00.609
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.197
  3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:17.885
  4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:27.240
  5. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:28.880
  6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:29.847
  7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:35.562
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:51.205
  9. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:52.970
  10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:53.969

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:47.988
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.604
  3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:12.909
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:15.819
  5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.856
  6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.225
  7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:22.115
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:24.630
  9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:27.080
  10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:30.999

MXGP Overall Top Ten

  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44
  3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 40
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 33
  5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29
  6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 28
  7. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 28
  8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 27
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 26
  10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 22

MXGP ChampionshipTop Ten

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 285 points
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 251
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 197
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 175
  5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 166
  6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 153
  7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 137
  8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 136
  9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 122
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 120

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MX2 Race Report

Prado took the opening moto holeshot and eased away for an easy win over Thomas Kjer Olsen, Jago Geerts and Mitchell Evans but in the second moto Prado was forced to pass the fast starting Roan Van de Moosdijk for the lead and usually that is where the action stops for the lead but this time Mitch Evans decided he wanted to have a run at the front and soon passed Van de Moosdijk and Prado for the lead.

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Portugal 2019

Evans held the lead for four laps before Prado found his way through to take the lead and the eventual win ahead of Henry Jacobi, Evans and Kjer Olsen.

This was Prado’s 5th 1-1 result of 2019 and despite Kjer Olsen finishing second overall but it was a bitter sweet moment as he also lost the championship lead to Prado while for the second time in his rookie MX2 season Evans reached the podium in 3rd position.

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Jed Beaton – MXGP of Portugal 2019

As for Jed Beaton, the Husqvarna pilot was a solid 12th in the opening moto despite a crash and a stall but the second moto went pear shaped with his bike being landed on after an early crash forcing the Aussie to DNF the race. Beaton sits 13th in the championship.

Jorge Prado

“This is the closest race to a home GP for me, we are very close to Spain and there are so many fans that came out and many were cheering for me, I really enjoy it. When I went onto the podium they went crazy so it is great to have a race like this and it was a great weekend. For me it was important to get the red plate because I feel more comfortable with it but it is tough to keep so I try to not make any mistake but in motocross you never know.”

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Portugal 2019
Thomas Kjer Olsen

“I felt like my riding all weekend was really good so that was a huge positive. I felt pretty calm all weekend and I had a lot of confidence in my riding along with my technique on the bike. I am kind of bummed out about the mistake I made on the start of race 2 but it could have been much worse and I got up to 4thwhich was pretty good. I am just going keep working and focus on myself to be the best that I can, not worrying about much else.”

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Thomas Kjer Olsen – MXGP of Portugal 2019
Mitch Evans

“It feels great to be back on the podium, we had a few tough weekends with some little injuries and my fitness dropped off because of it. We are finally back to the normal program and I am feeling a lot better which also gives a lot confidence coming into the weekend.”

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Mitch Evans – MXGP of Portugal 2019
Jed Beaton

“It’s been a tough GP for me. I’m pretty beaten up and, yeah, things just didn’t go well despite two good starts. I went down in the second turn in the first moto so I just pushed as hard as I could. I stalled my bike at the end of the wave sections after passing about 10 riders, so I went back to last again. I gave everything to get to 12th, which I think was a good result considering what happened. I was about sixth off the start in the second heat but clashed with another rider over one of the jumps. I got landed on, my bike got landed on and it was pretty messed up and bent. There was no point in continuing so unfortunately I had to retire.”

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Jed Beaton – MXGP of Portugal 2019

MX2 Results – Portugal MXGP

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:07.339
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:03.304
  3. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:27.504
  4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:28.329
  5. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:34.618
  6. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:35.418
  7. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:44.519
  8. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:45.789
  9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.829
  10. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +0:53.710
    …12. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 36:03.407

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:47.966
  2. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:03.912
  3. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:05.411
  4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:12.005
  5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:23.210
  6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:36.473
  7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:41.227
  8. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:43.706
  9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:45.287
  10. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:46.503

MX2 Overall Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40
  3. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 38
  4. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 36
  5. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 24
  6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 23
  7. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 23
  8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 22
  9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20
  10. Mitchell Harrison (USA, KAW), 18
    …21. Jed Beaton (AUS, Hus) 9

MX2 ChampionshipTop Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 250 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 247
  3. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 193
  4. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 170
  5. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 164
  6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 155
  7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 155
  8. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 128
  9. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 127
  10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 122
    …13. Jed Beaton (AUS, Hus) 87

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Duncan Dominates Portugal WMX

Portugal hosted the second round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and it was Kiwi flyer Courtney Duncan who not only won both motos but also took over the championship lead.

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Courtney Duncan – MXGP of Portugal 2019

Duncan won the opening moto by 12 seconds ahead of Larissa Papenmeier and Nancy Van De Ven before dishing out a similar performance in moto two to take the win over Van De Ven and Papenmeier so the championship leaders red plate now belongs to Duncan with 89 points while former championship leader Van de Ven is four points back in second.

Aussie Tahlia TJ O’Hare struggled in the tough conditions to score just 7 points over the two motos for 19th outright to now sit 13th in the championship.

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Courtney Duncan – MXGP of Portugal 2019

Duncan will now return to New Zealand to continue her training before taking the red plate into round 3 in Loket, Czech Republic, July 27-28.

Courtney Duncan

“I was really happy with the weekend; the goal was to put two solid races together and I did that.  I got blocked in at the first turn in that second race, but I didn’t panic, sorted out a good place to make a clean pass and could race away. I’m just taking it race by race at the moment and not really thinking about the championship, but I’m stoked to get the double win and take the red plate to the next round. We’ve got a nine week break now, so I’ll be going back to New Zealand to keep doing the work and come out swinging at Loket.”

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Courtney Duncan – MXGP of Portugal 2019

WMX Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 25:37.493
  2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:12.938
  3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:20.911
  4. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:49.788
  5. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +0:59.251
  6. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:07.227
  7. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:13.030
  8. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:34.821
  9. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:39.651
  10. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:42.185

WMX Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 24:51.296
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:30.514
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:45.003
  4. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:08.450
  5. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +1:13.670
  6. Line Dam (DEN, Honda), +1:14.835
  7. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:24.616
  8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +1:25.103
  9. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Yamaha), +1:28.714
  10. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Husqvarna), +1:39.760

WMX Overall Top Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 42
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 42
  4. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 34
  5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 34
  6. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 29
  7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 28
  8. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 27
  9. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 23
  10. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 20

WMX ChampionshipTop Ten

  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 89 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 85
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 82
  4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 67
  5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 63
  6. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 61
  7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 54
  8. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 54
  9. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 49
  10. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 37

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Kras Wins Portuguese EMX

Portugal hosted the third round of the EMX2t championship and it was Mike Kras who grabbed his second overall in as many rounds to take over the championship points lead by one over Brad Anderson.

Kras won the opening moto from Todd Kellett and Youri van t Ende while Anderson was back in eighth before the second moto also went to Kras with Anderson in second ahead of Andero Lusbo.

Now leading the championship by 1 point over Anderson, Kras, and the rest of the field will head to Russia’s south in 3 weeks’ time for round four at Orlyonok.

EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Result

EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 29:58.291;
  2. Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:06.600;
  3. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:14.879;
  4. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:16.610;
  5. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:17.066;
  6. Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:23.102;
  7. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:25.081;
  8. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:27.130;
  9. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:27.656;
  10. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.476.

EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 29:52.732;
  2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:05.300;
  3. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:07.202;
  4. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:09.878;
  5. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:11.292;
  6. Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:27.263;
  7. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.560;
  8. Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:34.053;
  9. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:43.325;
  10. Ben Putnam (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:44.770.

EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 50 points;
  2. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 38
  3. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 37
  4. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 36
  5. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 35
  6. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 34
  7. Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 28
  8. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, YAM), 25
  9. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, YAM), 24
  10. Ben Putnam (GBR, HUS), 21 p

EMX2T Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 119 points
  2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 118
  3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 101
  4. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 95
  5. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 88
  6. Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 86
  7. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 82
  8. Ben Putnam (GBR, HUS), 60
  9. Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 59
  10. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, YAM), 59


FIM Junior Motocross World Cup heads to Trentino in 2019

Youthstream have announced the venue and timing of the 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and FIM Junior Motocross World Cup! On the 13-14th of July 2019 Junior Motocross riders from around the world will head to the famous circuit of Trentino in Italy’s North.

The event will return to Italy eight years after its last visit in 2011. The 2019 edition will take place at the same venue as the MXGP and MX2 World Championship of Pietramurata. The two-day event will host practice and qualifying sessions Saturday followed by racing of the three classes, 125cc, 85cc, and 65cc, on Sunday. Riding for themselves and also their country with the results of nations makes the event one of a kind and always creates a great atmosphere of both comradery and competition.

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FIM Junior Motocross World Cup heads to Trentino in 2019

The world class facility has been a long time favorite of riders and fans with its stunning backdrop and amazing surroundings. The venue, aside from being in one of the most passionate motocross countries in the world, is easily accessible from the nearby cities of Milan, Venice, and Verona.

The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship includes the 125cc and 85cc two stroke categories plus the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup. Along with returning competitors and even previous champions the junior rising talents of motocross will all be going to Trentino from different countries racing at the unique race for the chance to become an FIM Junior Motocross World Champion!


Duvall Wins Ohio GNCC

Thad Duvall has won the sixth round of the 2019 GNCC which was held in Ohio last weekend and in doing so has reduced his points deficit to championship leader Kailub Russell to just 13 points.

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Kailub Russell – Image by Ken Hill

Duvall scored his second win of the year at Ohio ahead of Russell and Trevor Bollinger while Steward Baylor Jr and Josh Strang rounded out the top five.

XC1 Open

  1. Kailub K Russell – 165
  2. Thaddeus Duvall – 152
  3. Steward Baylor Jr – 123
  4. Trevor Bollinger – 111
  5. Josh V Strang – 83

Ben Kelly is undefeated the XC2 class and took the Ohio win over Craig Delong and Evan Smith while Austin Lee and Michael Witkowski rounded out the top five.

XC2 250 Pro Result

  1. Benjamin M Kelley – 180
  2. Michael Witkowski – 119
  3. Evan Smith – 107
  4. Austin Lee – 91
  5. Liam Draper – 78

Becca Sheets got her second win of the season in the WXC class over Aussie Mackenzie Tricker and Rachael Archer while defending champion Tayla Jones had a shocker with a rare ninth place finish.

WCX Result

  1. Becca N Sheets – 160
  2. Tayla Jones – 153
  3. Mackenzie Tricker – 125
  4. Rachael Archer – 107
  5. Shyann Phelps – 85
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Madsen Wins SGP of Poland

The much-awaited opening round of the 2019 FIM Speedway World Championship got underway with the Boll Warsaw FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland last weekend and the surprise winner was Danish star Leon Madsen who pounced on a Fredrik Lindgren error to hit the front and win the final.

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2019 SGP of Poland

Madsen didn’t win any of his regular heats, but made it into the semis on eight points, before finishing second to Niels-Kristian Iversen in semi-final two to reach his maiden SGP final where he got his first win of the night when it mattered most and the European champion celebrated wildly with a 50,000-plus crowd.

Madsen made no secret of his bold SGP ambitions ahead of the meeting as he targets World Championship gold. But he insists he’s not piling the pressure on himself to land the world title at the first attempt.

Leon Madsen

“I don’t need to be No.1 this year. I am here to gain a lot of experience, especially on tracks like Warsaw. I am not here just to take part. I am here to fight for the championship. It was a good round tonight and I clocked a lot of points. If I can be consistent all season, things could be quite good. But I’m not setting the bar higher. I’m just in this game to fight for the championship. I don’t put it as a goal that I must be No.1 or in the top three. You are obviously here to fight for the championship and I feel I have the quality to do that.”

Despite recovering from a crash and coming third in the final it is Patryk Dudek who topped the World Championship standings with his 16-point haul.

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2019 SGP of Poland
Patryk Dudek

“Before the last heat, I heard my name and I was thinking ‘oh, but let’s see what happens after the heat!’ I was third, so that’s not bad. I would like to say a big, big thank you to the fans. This night was tough for me and the season has been tough for me. Today was great. I want to say a big thanks to my team, my family and my sponsors. I hope to stay in the same position at the next round. But we will see.”

It was his third straight Warsaw final and Fredrik Lindgren was delighted to leave the PGE Narodowy cauldron of noise with another podium finish.

Fredrik Lindgren

“Overall I am very happy, I really enjoy racing here in front of this crowd. It is intense and you have to give 100 percent for all four laps. I am disappointed not to win after the start I made in the final. I made a huge mistake on lap two to lose the winning position. But I am also very happy with the way I was racing, the points I scored and the way our team worked together.”

It was far from the prefect start to the championship for the Aussie duo of Jason Doyle and Max Fricke who scored 6 and 5 points respectively after a full night of racing.

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Doyle kicked off in fine form, marking a strong return from injury not even two weeks prior. As the evening progressed, Doyle’s injuries weighed heavy, but the Australian star remained steadfast as he focussed on racking up as many points as possible. Doyle finished Round 1 of the 2019 SGP with five points, landing in 13th place in the World Championship standings.

Jason Doyle

“The bike is good and the crowd is awesome! We’re just trying to get the right set up at the moment because the conditions are different from practice, as we expected. Tonight we’re just trying to get points and stay consistent.”

Newcomer to the SGP line-up, Fricke tackled what was undeniably an intense environment, finishing Saturday night with three points. Now sitting on 16th place in the World Championship standings, Fricke suffered a blow when he crashed out during one of his heats, however the young Australian remained the image of positivity as he reflected on the turn of events.

Max Fricke

“I’m really grateful for this call up! It’s not something I ever expected to happen this year so I’m really grateful for this experience and to be able and come out in front of a huge stadium. I picked up a few points, learnt a lot, and lead a few laps in the end, but I threw it away, which is on me. Hopefully we can come back sometime during the year and do some more rounds of the SGP.”

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2019 SGP of Poland Podium

Boll Warsaw SGP Result

  1. Leon Madsen 13
  2. Fredrik Lindgren 15
  3. Patryk Dudek 16
  4. Niels-Kristian Iversen 14
  5. Bartosz Smektala 10
  6. Bartosz Zmarzlik 10
  7. Antonio Lindback 10
  8. Robert Lambert 8
  9. Martin Vaculik 7
  10. Matej Zagar 7
  11. Emil Sayfutdinov 6
  12. Tai Woffinden 6
  13. Jason Doyle 5
  14. Janusz Kolodziej 4
  15. Artem Laguta 4
  16. Max Fricke 3
  17. Dominik Kubera DNR
  18. Rafal Karczmarz DNR

World Championship Standings

  1. Patryk Dudek 16
  2. Fredrik Lindgren 15
  3. Niels-Kristian Iversen 14
  4. Leon Madsen 13
  5. Bartosz Zmarzlik 10
  6. Antonio Lindback 10
  7. Bartosz Smektala 10
  8. Robert Lambert 8
  9. Matej Zagar 7
  10. Martin Vaculik 7
  11. Tai Woffinden 6
  12. Emil Sayfutdinov 6
  13. Jason Doyle 5
  14. Artem Laguta 4
  15. Janusz Kolodziej 4
  16. Max Fricke 3

Garcia Win WESS in France

Spain’s Josep Garcia has won round two of the World Enduro Super Series, storming to victory at France’s Trèfle Lozérien AMV ahead of Jamie McCanney and Nathan Watson.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

For 2019, the second round of the WESS championship proved a challenge for the 600-plus riders competing with continuous rain throughout the three days of racing at France’s most-prestigious Enduro – Trèfle Lozérien AMV – ensured the 719 kilometres of riding were both physically and mentally demanding for all.

Josep Garcia

“To get my first WESS victory of 2019, and also to create a little piece of history by being the first non-French winner here at Trèfle Lozérien, is amazing. The conditions really didn’t suit me – I’m not really a big fan of wet, slippery mud. But I pushed hard on all special tests and, well, everything went perfectly. Coming here straight from Extreme Lagares wasn’t easy but I knew this race was going to be important to my WESS championship.”

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Behind Garcia the battle for the remainder of the podium places was fierce but McCanney held his ground over his rivals to take the runner-up result.

Jaime McCanney

“Right from when I started walking the special tests here in France I knew Josep Garcia would be the rider to watch. When conditions weren’t too wet, or when they suited the 450 more, I managed to win some tests. And I’m really pleased about that. But Garcia was really strong throughout the event. I’ve been away from enduro racing for some time now, firstly getting over a shoulder injury and surgery and then focusing on rally. To come here and get the result I’ve got is really great. Despite the weather it’s been a great event. I can’t say if I’ll be back for more WESS racing, but I’d love to compete at Hawkstone if my schedule allows it.”

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Jamie McCanney – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Entering the final special test it was all to play for between Watson and Julien Gauthier for third with Gauthier holding just one tenth of a second in hand over the KTM rider and with both riders putting it all on the line, Watson edged out Gauthier by just over one second to snatch the final step of the podium in the last few moments of the race.

Nathan Watson

“I’m really happy with third overall, this is the first Classic Enduro I’ve raced since this event 12 months ago, so I came into it a little unsure what to expect but also confident that it would suit me. I had a consistent three days and kept things upright over the 15 special tests, which was really important. I’ve really enjoyed racing the 450 – being able to keep things smooth in these conditions has really helped me. Things were really close coming into the final test, just half a second between third and fourth overall. Thankfully, I managed to jump up one position to third, which was a great way to end the race.”

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Nathan Watson – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

For Gauthier it was not to be and with his fourth place result it also marked the first time in the event’s history that a French rider wasn’t present in the top three positions. After a strong ride on day two, Tarroux slipped down to fifth, with teammate Theo Espinasse (FRA) completing the top six.

The eight-round World Enduro Super Series continues with round three at Austria’s Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble on May 30 – June 2.

Results – Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV 2019

  1. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 01:03:07.557
  2. Jaime McCanney (Yamaha – GB) 1:03:49.586 +42.029
  3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1:03:55.612 +48.055
  4. Julien Gauthier (Yamaha – FR) 1:03:57.013 +49.456
  5. Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FR) 1:04:10.136 +1:02.579
  6. Theo Espinasse (Sherco – FR) 1:05:04.311 +1:56.754
  7. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas – FR) 1:05:10.817 +2:03.260
  8. Emmanuel Albepart (Yamaha – FR) 1:05:21.908 +2:14.351
  9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 1:05:31.888 +2:24.331
  10. Joe Wootton (Husqvarna – GB) 1:05:52.828 +2:45.271
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Brayton Set for 2019 Aussie SX Championships

Justin Brayton is the first of the international riders to confirm that he will compete in this year’s Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne on November 30 at Marvel Stadium as part of his attempt to win a fourth straight Australian Supercross Championship.

Justin Brayton

“The AUS-X Open is one of the greatest events outside of the US, and having been so close to winning it before, I’m determined to come back faster and ready to win in November. The racing at Sydney was always incredible but I think moving to Melbourne, into such an awesome stadium, is going to take Supercross racing in Australia to the next level and I can’t wait to put on a show for all the fans in Australia. Marvel Stadium will be the closest thing Australia gets to the World Championship. The track will be full-sized and I have no doubt both the racing and the atmosphere will be electric on November 30.”

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Justin Brayton – Image by Hoppenworld

The AUS-X Open Melbourne is the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship and is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA).

“I’m so pumped to be returning to Australia in 2019 and fighting for the Australian Supercross title for a fourth straight year with Penrite Honda Racing,” Brayton said. “I have the most amazing team when I head down under to race, and it would be awesome to bring home the trophy again, especially in front of the huge Melbourne crowd.”


Chad Reed returns for 2019 AUS-X Open

Two-time World Champion Chad Reed has announced he’ll be back to race on home soil this November 30 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, as tickets go on sale from for the Monster Energy AUS-X Open.

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Chad Reed at the AUS-X Open in Sydney in 2018

The 37-year-old will head to Victoria to race for the first time since 2012 and his first time racing in Melbourne since 2000, where he says he’ll be looking for redemption. The legend sat out the 2017 event due to injury and was unable to complete a fairytale comeback last year, with the 2018 World Champion Jason Anderson (USA), taking the win.

Chad Reed

“I’m definitely looking for redemption, to come out and work hard and just be better prepared on all levels myself, the bike, the team, so I can hopefully take out that AUS-X crown. Getting back to Melbourne to race will be awesome, it’s been a long time since I’ve raced there, I love the city, and I’ve never been to Marvel Stadium before so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Chad Reed – Image by Hoppenworld

Tickets for the event will be available exclusively through Ticketmaster.com.au, starting from $39.95, and are expected to sell out fast.

Australia’s largest Supercross event, the AUS-X Open, has proven successful for the Aussie hero since its inception, including back-to-back wins during the first two years in 2015 and 2016, and Reed says he’s proud to have watched the event grow over the past four years and how it has significantly changed the Australian Supercross industry.

Chad Reed

“My favourite thing about AUS-X Open as a rider and an athlete is it’s such a reflection for me, remembering back to when I was eight years old watching all the Australian greats in a Newcastle motordrome, and now seeing it, [AUS-X Open] being held at Marvel Stadium at the highest level makes me real proud to be apart of the sport. I was around for the first ever AUS-X Open in Sydney and I’m really proud to see how it’s grown into Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. It’s so hard to put into words the energy that you get at a stadium like Marvel, a stadium filled with 35-45,000 people, there’s just nothing like it. And really why I still, at 37-years-old, choose to do this as my day-to-day job. I love it, and I can’t replace that feeling and I’m always excited to come back for more.”

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Chad Reed after winning the 2016 AUS-X Open

Reed will not have it all his own way in Melbourne, with what will arguably be the most competitive field of international supercross racers, to ever line up on Australian soil. More of the world’s biggest names in Supercross and Freestyle Motocross, including recent World Championship winners, will be announced in the coming days.

Already confirmed to compete on November 30, are current World Number 10 and defending Australian Supercross Champion – Justin Brayton, as well as 2019 World Supercross Championship Rookie of the Year and current World Number 8 – Joey Savatgy.

The 25-year-old American rider had an incredible rookie season in the premier 450SX1 class of the 2019 World Championship and is expected to be hard to beat at the AUS-X Open.

Joey Savatgy

“I can’t wait to head Down Under for the Monster Energy AUS-X Open. The calibre of riders that the event brings each year makes me so pumped to get out there and take it to the world’s best on Aussie soil. Racing Chad Reed at home, is certainly not going to be easy, but a challenge I’m ready for.”

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Joey Savatgy competing in the World Supercross Championship

The largest international Supercross and action sports event in the world outside of the USA, the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne, will feature the world’s best riders going head-to-head on a full-sized World Championship style Supercross track for the first time ever inside Marvel Stadium.

It will also be an engineering feat, arguably unmatched by any Supercross event in the world, as supports imported and constructed in the lower level carpark, prepare to handle the immense pressure of up to 6,000 tonnes of dirt, machinery and infrastructure, all positioned within Australia’s largest indoor stadium.

Featuring live music and entertainment, stunning pyrotechnics and the world’s best freestyle motocross riders battling to win the best-trick and best-whip competitions; the Monster Energy AUS-X Open Melbourne is an incredible entertainment spectacle for all ages.

The AUS-X Open Melbourne is the final round of the Australian Supercross Championship and is sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA). *$39.95 Silver Tickets will incur additional transaction and booking charges.


Wollongong SX to Feature ‘Speed & Style’ Championship

Troy Bayliss Events have announced that the Recover8 Australian Speed & Style Championship will be held on Saturday the 9th of November at Wollongong WIN Stadium – coinciding with Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championships.

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The Australian Speed & Style Championship will also be featured at Wollongong

The exclusive feature for fans attending the Wollongong Supercross, Recover8 Australian Speed & Style Championship will be run and won on the night, in a thrilling elimination style winner takes all format.

Australian and International riders are invited to compete, with the winner crowned the Official Australian Speed & Style Champion by sanctioning body Motorcycling Australia.

Speed and Style is a unique sport that originated at the American X-Games and combines the technical racing skills of Supercross with the incredible talents of Freestyle Motocross, giving fans an unbeatable mix of speed and wow.

Riders will race head-to-head, across whoops, over jumps and around berms with the added obstacle of a steel up-ramp and 75-foot gap for a finish line, allowing riders to perform backflip variations, huge whips and much more. Riders are judged based on a combination of time and the difficulty of tricks performed within the short action-packed race.

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Troy Bayliss right – TDJ Images
Troy Bayliss

“If you haven’t planned your trip to Wollongong Supercross yet, I suggest you do. Not only will fans be treated to an incredible night of Bar to Bar Supercross Action they will now be on the edge of their seats watching the best in the business compete for the Recover8 Speed & Style title. Troy Bayliss Events welcomes Recover8 as the official partner to the Australian Speed & Style Championship. Recover8 is a brand new supplement product that is being widely promoted as a go-to product by many elite athletes here in Australia and around the world, and makes for a perfect fit for this exciting feature.”

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James Stewart finally announces retirement

James Stewart, the seven-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, who has not raced since July 23, 2016, has finally announced that he is retiring from the sport.

James Stewart

“Where I’m at in my life, I think it’s time to say I’m retiring. I’ve retired, it’s hard for sure, because I love racing and I love the fans, I love the opening ceremonies, I love the autograph lines, but I don’t miss the sweat and tears and training and having to feel like you have to win every race and having to be James Stewart. I don’t love doing that anymore.”

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James Stewart retires

Stewart had a controversial career where he at times put other riders at risk with his brash riding style and while he was once known as the “fastest man on the planet,” he was also known as the “fastest soil sampler on the planet” with multiple crashes tainting what was supposed to be a dominating and long career – of which neither materialised.

Stewart retires with 20 career 250/450 Class wins in AMA Pro Motocross (fifth all-time) and 28 career 125/250 Class wins (first all-time) and 50 supercross wins.

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Josep Garcia claims WESS Round 2 victory in France

World Enduro Super Series 2019

Round 2 – Trèfle Lozérien AMV

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Spain’s Josep Garcia has won round two of the World Enduro Super Series, storming to victory at France’s Trèfle Lozérien AMV. In testing conditions, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider became the first non-French winner in the 33-year history of the race. With Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney and Nathan Watson finishing second and third respectively, it also marked the first time a French rider placed outside the top three.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

For 2019, the second round of the WESS championship proved a challenge for the 600-plus riders competing. Continuous rain and occasional fog throughout the three days of racing at France’s most-prestigious Enduro – Trèfle Lozérien AMV – ensured the 719 kilometres of riding were both physically and mentally demanding for all.


Trèfle Lozérien AMV Day 1

Day 1 of Round 2 of the World Enduro Super Series saw Spain’s Josep Garcia performed best on the wet, grassy special tests of the Trèfle Lozérien AMV to claim victory. With heavy rain greeting competitors on the opening day of racing, Garcia secured a 20-second winning margin over teammate Nathan Watson, with Yamaha Outsiders’ Jamie McCanney completing the top three.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

After last weekend’s Hard Enduro opener in Portugal, the second stop of the 2019 series saw riders click into Classic Enduro mode. For day one of the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, the 600-plus entry were faced with over 200 kilometres of riding and five timed special tests. After a cold and damp start to the day, the forecasted rain arrived, ensuring a testing wet, muddy and slippery day in the saddle for all.

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2019 Trefle Lozerien

At the head of the field it was McCanney who led the way after the opening special test with Watson, Jeremy Tarroux and Garcia in tow. On the second special test Garcia hit his stride. Topping the time sheets, he took over control of the race lead and was never headed. Sweeping the remaining three tests, the Spaniard ended day one with a 20-second lead.

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Nathan Watson – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Behind Garcia the battle for the remainder of the top three was close. Showing that consistency pays off, Watson held firm and second, edging out McCanney by less than three seconds. Despite focused on Rally for 2019, Yamaha mounted McCanney showed he’s lost none of the speed that took him to the runner-up position in the 2018 Enduro World Championship, slotting into third.

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Jamie McCanney – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

WESS Round 2 Results – Trèfle Lozérien AMV, Day 1

  1. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 21:45.147
  2. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 22:05.711 +20.564
  3. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha – GB) 22:08.315 +23.168
  4. Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FRA) 22:10.928 +25.781
  5. Julien Gauthier (Yamaha – FRA) 22:14.218 29.071
  6. Jeremy Miroir (Sherco – FRA) 22:27.361 +42.214
  7. Theo Espinasse (Sherco – FRA) 22:33.546 48.399
  8. Emmanuel Albepart (Yamaha – FRA) 22:34.284 +49.137
  9. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas – FRA) 22:37.079 +51.932
  10. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 22:40.582 +55.435

Trèfle Lozérien AMV Day 2

Spain’s Josep Garcia extended his lead with victory on day two of the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, in France. Setting a blisteringly fast pace in the fifth and final test of the day, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider leap-frogged his way from third to first in dramatic fashion.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

The second day of racing at France’s most-prestigious Classic Enduro saw the 600-plus competitors greeted with continued wet and challenging conditions. Adding to the difficulty, fog blanketed the opening two special tests. The weather improved around midday, but rain in the afternoon, for the last and closing test, kept everyone guessing as to what was around the next corner.

Garcia continued to set the pace by topping the opening special test. However, with the top four riders separated by less than one second, the competition was fierce.

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Julien Gauthier – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Julien Gauthier edged out Garcia by one tenth of a second to claim the fastest time in the second test, while Nathan Watson – seventh on the opener – began to work his way up the leader board by stopping the clocks as third quickest.

Keeping the racing unpredictable, Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney became the third different winner in as many tests, putting his name at the top of the time sheets for special test three finishing ahead of Gauthier, Jeremy Tarroux and Joseph Wootton.

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Jamie McCanney – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Nearly five seconds behind McCanney, Garcia saw his early morning work undone and slipped to fourth overall. On the penultimate test, Garcia had regained his composure to top the time sheets for the second time. With numerous riders watching how the rain was affecting conditions, Garcia threw caution to the wind and went on the attack. Delivering arguably one of the day’s finest performances, the Spaniard blasted his way around the muddy sub-three-minute test in style to win the day.

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2019 Trefle Lozerien

WESS Round 2 Results – Trèfle Lozérien AMV, Day 2

  1. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 20:01.240
  2. Julien Gauthier (Yamaha – FRA) 20:04.174 +2.934
  3. Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FRA) 20:07.434 +6.194
  4. Jamie McCanney (Yamaha – GB) 20:08.194 +6.954
  5. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 20:13.049 +11.809
  6. Emmanuel Albepart (Yamaha – FRA) 20:27.766 +26.526
  7. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas – FRA) 20:30.336 +29.096
  8. Theo Espinasse (Sherco – FRA) 20:32.402 +31.162
  9. Joe Wootton (Husqvarna – GB) 20:38.005 +36.765
  10. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 20:49.243 +48.003

Trèfle Lozérien AMV Day 3

With victory on days one and two, Garcia entered the third and final day of racing as the rider to beat. Holding a 30-second advantage over McCanney and Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FRA), the race was his to lose.

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Josep Garcia – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

Second fastest to McCanney on the opening test, Garcia then won tests two and three. With victory almost his, another second fastest time on the penultimate test set things up for the 15th and final special test of the three-day race. With rain falling heavily, he kept things safe to cross the finish line as a first-time winner of Trèfle Lozérien AMV and victor of round two of the World Enduro Super Series.

Behind him, the battle for the remainder of the podium places was fierce. Helped in part by setting the quickest time on the opening test this morning, McCanney held his ground over his rivals to take the runner-up result.

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2019 Trefle Lozerien

Entering the final special test it was all to play for between Watson and Julien Gauthier  for third. Gauthier had just one tenth of a second in hand over the KTM rider. With both riders putting it all on the line, Watson edged out Gauthier by just over one second to snatch the final step of the podium in the last few moments of the race.

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Jeremy Tarroux – 2019 Trefle Lozerien

For Gauthier it was not to be and with his fourth place result it also marked the first time in the event’s history that a French rider wasn’t present in the top three positions. After a strong ride on day two, Tarroux slipped down to fifth, with teammate Theo Espinasse completing the top six.

The eight-round World Enduro Super Series continues with round three at Austria’s Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble on May 30 – June 2.

Josep Garcia

“To get my first WESS victory of 2019, and also to create a little piece of history by being the first non-French winner here at Trèfle Lozérien, is amazing. The conditions really didn’t suit me – I’m not really a big fan of wet, slippery mud. But I pushed hard on all special tests and, well, everything went perfectly. Coming here straight from Extreme Lagares wasn’t easy but I knew this race was going to be important to my WESS championship.”

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Josep Garcia claims the WESS Round 2 win
Jamie McCanney

“Right from when I started walking the special tests here in France I knew Josep Garcia would be the rider to watch. When conditions weren’t too wet, or when they suited the 450 more, I managed to win some tests. And I’m really pleased about that. But Garcia was really strong throughout the event. I’ve been away from enduro racing for some time now, firstly getting over a shoulder injury and surgery and then focusing on rally. To come here and get the result I’ve got is really great. Despite the weather it’s been a great event. I can’t say if I’ll be back for more WESS racing, but I’d love to compete at Hawkstone if my schedule allows it.”

Nathan Watson

“I’m really happy with third overall. This is the first Classic Enduro I’ve raced since this event 12 months ago, so I came into it a little unsure what to expect but also confident that it would suit me. I had a consistent three days and kept things upright over the 15 special tests, which was really important. I’ve really enjoyed racing the 450 – being able to keep things smooth in these conditions has really helped me. Things were really close coming into the final test, just half a second between third and fourth overall. Thankfully, I managed to jump up one position to third, which was a great way to end the race.”

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Nathan Watson – 2019 Trefle Lozerien
Jonny Walker

“Le Trefle has been wet, cold and muddy but it’s actually been good and I’ve enjoyed the riding. The tests were really slippery but really fun with a lot of different line choices. I haven’t ridden much enduro lately, the last classic enduro that I did was Le Trefle last year. I’d have liked to have raced more but because of my injury it’s not been possible. Anyway, I’m happy with the way the weekend has gone. I would like to be higher up in the results than I am, but considering that this year there are more top-level riders I’m happy with my result.”

WESS Results Round 2 – Trèfle Lozérien AMV 2019

  1. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 01:03:07.557
  2. Jaime McCanney (Yamaha – GB) 1:03:49.586 +42.029
  3. Nathan Watson (KTM – GB) 1:03:55.612 +48.055
  4. Julien Gauthier (Yamaha – FR) 1:03:57.013 +49.456
  5. Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco – FR) 1:04:10.136 +1:02.579
  6. Theo Espinasse (Sherco – FR) 1:05:04.311 +1:56.754
  7. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas – FR) 1:05:10.817 +2:03.260
  8. Emmanuel Albepart (Yamaha – FR) 1:05:21.908 +2:14.351
  9. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 1:05:31.888 +2:24.331
  10. Joe Wootton (Husqvarna – GB) 1:05:52.828 +2:45.271

WESS Standings 2019 following Round 2

  1. BOLT Billy United Kingdom Flag Husqvarna 4800
  2. LETTENBICHLER Manual Germany Flag KTM 4470
  3. WATSON Nathan United Kingdom Flag KTM 4103
  4. GARCIA Josep Spain Flag KTM 4010
  5. BLAZUSIAK Taddy Poland Flag KTM 3675
  6. BOLTON Paul United Kingdom Flag KTM 3377
  7. YOUNG Wade South Africa Flag Sherco 3220
  8. JARVIS Graham United Kingdom Flag Husqvarna 3010
  9. WALKER Jonny United Kingdom Flag KTM 2900
  10. ENOCKL Lars Austria Flag Gas Gas 2272

World Enduro Super Series Calendar 2019

  • Round 1: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
  • Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
  • Round 4: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) June 21-23
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
  • Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
  • Round 7: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain) October 5-6
  • Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2

Source: MCNews.com.au

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Cairoli & Prado dominate MXGP of Lombardia

Mantova in Italy hosted the 5th round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship last weekend with the MXGP of Lombardia being completely dominated by Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado in the MXGP and MX2 categories respectively.

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MXGP took to Lombardia for Round 5

MXGP Report

On a track that was full of sloppy mud it was smooth sailing for Cairoli who recorded the perfect weekend leading 42 laps over the weekend to take wins in the qualifying race on Saturday and both points scoring motos on Sunday for his fourth Matova GP win this time ahead if Pauls Jonass, Gautier Paulin, Clement Desalle, and Glen Coldenhoff.

Antonio Cairoli

“It is very nice to be again in Italy, despite the weather there were a lot of people today, so I am very thankful they keep coming and keep cheering. I am really happy of course, thanks to all the team for their hard work again and I am looking forward to next week in Portugal which is another track that I really like.”

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Antonio Cairoli – MXGP of Lombardia 2019
Pauls Jonass

“It feels really good to be back here and especially with the MXGP guys. It has been a tough winter and a tough few months but it feels really great to be up here. We still need to keep working hard because I’m far off from my best shape but we will keep working and hopefully I can be back on the podium again soon.”

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Pauls Jonass – MXGP of Lombardia 2019
Gautier Paulin

“When the track is really rough like this you can gain a lot of points but you can also lose them. I am pretty happy, after the break we made a big step with the bike, I really feel good. Today wasn’t the result I expected but I am on the box so it is always a pleasure for my team and myself. There will be good GP’s coming and I can’t wait to get behind the gate again.”

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Gautier Paulin – MXGP of Lombardia 2019

MXGP of Mantova 2019 Results

MXGP Race 1

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36:48.024
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:10.064
  3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:21.379
  4. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:27.299
  5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:39.542
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.512
  7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:52.425
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.535
  9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:03.646
  10. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:10.362

MXGP Race 2

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:37.572
  2. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:07.068
  3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:11.327
  4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.790
  5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:15.887
  6. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:17.780
  7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:47.849
  8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:51.229
  9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:54.290
  10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:11.509

MXGP Round Overall

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 42
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 33
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 30
  5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 29
  6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 26
  7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 26
  8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 26
  9. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 23
  10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, KAW), 19

MXGP Standings

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 241 points
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 201
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 175
  4. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 146
  5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 142
  6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 124
  7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 118
  8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 109
  9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 100
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 94

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MX2 Report

Prado took his fourth GP win over championship leader Thomas Kjer Olsen, Davey Pootjes and Aussie Mitch Evans but he win from Prado was not enough to take over the red plate from Olsen but the gap now drops from the previous 20 points to only 7.

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Lombardia 2019

Evans rode solid in the tough conditions for 8-6 moto results to now sit eighth in the championship points while Jed Beaton scored a sensational third in the opening moto and was running in sixth in the second moto until a crash put him back to an eventual 17th for seventh overall to now be 12th in the championship points.

Jorge Prado

“It is great to come back, get on the podium, and winning the GP was very important for me, especially for my confidence after a month off. Today it was important to get a good start, I failed at that yesterday but today I got really good starts which were key to the race. It is very tough to not make mistakes, get good starts every time, and don’t crash, I just need to keep concentration to lead.”

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Lombardia 2019
Thomas Kjer Olsen

“Overall it was a great weekend for me, in the first race I had that problem on the start where I was down for a bit, I was pretty far behind but I was able to make up some spots in the first laps and get into to a good position pretty quick I worked into the top ten and even got into 6th. So, after being down it was pretty good for me, I even stopped to change my goggles. Overall I felt like I was riding good this weekend.

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Thomas Kjer Olsen – MXGP of Lombardia 2019
Davy Pootjes

“It is really good and I am really happy because it has been tough. This podium should have happened maybe 4 years ago but because of crashes, injuries, and some bad luck it didn’t happen. Last winter, together with DIGA Procross, we made a plan, worked really hard, and it payed off. I feel this is the place where I should be and I am not done yet.”

MX2 of Mantova 2019 Results

MX2 Race 1

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:18.651
  2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:05.836
  3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:26.496
  4. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:40.315
  5. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +1:05.236
  6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:12.915
  7. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +1:37.577
  8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:47.716
  9. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), +1:50.638
  10. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), +1:51.878

MX2 Race 2

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 36:52.290
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:08.779
  3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:36.069
  4. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:52.541
  5. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:58.348
  6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:01.889
  7. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +1:11.299
  8. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:13.390
  9. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +1:17.228
  10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +1:19.630

MX2 Round Overall

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 37
  3. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 36
  4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 28
  5. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), 26
  6. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 25
  7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 24
  8. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 22
  9. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 20
  10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 20

MX2 Standings

  1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 207 points
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 200
  3. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 157
  4. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 150
  5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 145
  6. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 141
  7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 122
  8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 117
  9. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 112
  10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 105


Kras & Guadagnini Win 2-Stroke Classes in Lombardia

Europe’s Two-Stroke categories of EMX2T and EMX125 were on hand at Lombardia last weekend with two days of racing action won by Mike Kras (EMX2T) and Mattia Guadagnini (EMX125).

EMX125 Report

Guadagnini’s veteran like performance saw him take both race wins and as a result the overall ahead of Simon Laegenefelder (2-7) and Eddie Jay Wade (12-2) results. Guadagnini’s points lead is now 35 as the class takes one week off before returning alongside the MXGP of France at Saint Jean d’Angely.

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EMX125 Start

EMX125 Results

EMX125 Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 30:50.128
  2. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), +0:08.683
  3. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, Husqvarna), +0:30.702
  4. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), +0:34.854
  5. Alberto Barcella (ITA, KTM), +0:40.152
  6. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, Husqvarna), +0:40.491
  7. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:41.351
  8. Gerard Congost Aguilera (ESP, KTM), +0:42.093
  9. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:54.743
  10. Raffaele Giuzio (ITA, KTM), +0:59.405.

EMX125 Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 31:07.966
  2. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +0:26.671
  3. Guillem Farres Plaza (ESP, KTM), +0:33.403
  4. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:51.148
  5. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:59.091
  6. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:59.572
  7. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), +1:01.762
  8. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, Husqvarna), +1:06.516
  9. Kay Karssemakers (NED, KTM), +1:26.262
  10. Alessandro Facca (ITA, KTM), +1:32.632.

EMX125 Overall Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 50 points
  2. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 36
  3. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), 31
  4. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 30
  5. Guillem Farres Plaza (ESP, KTM), 28
  6. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, HUS), 28
  7. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 25
  8. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 25
  9. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 22
  10. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 16

EMX125 Championship Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 143 points
  2. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 108
  3. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 95
  4. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 91
  5. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 90
  6. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 76
  7. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 73
  8. Guillem Farres Plaza (ESP, KTM), 71
  9. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, HUS), 53
  10. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 49

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EMX2T Report

Kras won the opening moto from the Pommie pairing of Todd Kellett and Brad Todd then in the second moto championship leader Brad Anderson took the win from Kras and Erik Williams so Anderson continues to lead the championship by 14 points over Kras.

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Mike Kras

EMX2T Results

EMX2T Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 30:20.257
  2. Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:04.771
  3. Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:12.084
  4. Mario Tamai (ITA, KTM), +0:13.931
  5. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:21.327
  6. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:26.705
  7. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:39.726
  8. Ben Putnam (GBR, Yamaha), +0:43.108
  9. Johannes Klein (AUT, KTM), +0:44.718
  10. Erik Hugyecz (HUN, KTM), +0:45.229

EMX2T Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 30:21.942
  2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:31.382
  3. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:36.552
  4. Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:57.783
  5. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +1:05.100
  6. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +1:06.501
  7. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:09.430
  8. Johannes Klein (AUT, KTM), +1:38.804
  9. Marco Paganini (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:47.383
  10. Marco Lolli (ITA, Yamaha), +2:10.543.

EMX2T Overall Top Ten

  1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 47 points
  2. Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 38
  3. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 33
  4. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 30
  5. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 26
  6. Mario Tamai (ITA, KTM), 26
  7. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 25
  8. Johannes Klein (AUT, KTM), 25
  9. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 25
  10. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, YAM), 20

EMX2T Championship Top Ten

  1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 83 points
  2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 69
  3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 67
  4. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 58
  5. Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 58
  6. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 50
  7. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 46
  8. Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 42
  9. Ben Putnam (GBR, YAM), 39
  10. Marco Lolli (ITA, YAM), 39


Roman Wins WESS of Portugal

Spain’s Mario Roman has claimed victory over Wade Young and Manuel Lettenbichler at round one of the 2019 World Enduro Super Series – the Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares, in Portugal.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Saturday Urban Enduro

Following two days of action-packed Endurocross and City Prologue racing, the stage was set for Sunday’s Hard Enduro feature race with 300 competitors taking on the two laps of the demanding course.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Alfredo Gomez and Taddy Blazusiak led the field away but Lettenbichler soon moved into the lead and opened up a five-minute advantage over Young with Billy Bolt, Jonny Walker, Graham Jarvis and Roman all in tow.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Heading out for lap two, Lettenbichler was now six minutes clear and looking strong but Roman and Young had other ideas and impressively upped their pace in the deteriorating conditions and it wasn’t long Roman put his Sherco in front and, in charging all the way to the finish, claimed a memorable victory and the opening win of the WESS season. Young finished four minutes behind as runner-up.

Mario Roman

“I feel amazing, it’s so good to get the win, in 2016 I finished about a minute behind Alfredo and then two years in a row I had mechanical issues with my bike, but I always believed in myself and knew I could do it this year. On the first lap I was lying fifth or sixth and I couldn’t see the top two guys, but as the race went on, I started to feel stronger and was able to push 100% and pass the others one-by-one. The track was so much more difficult on the second lap and I knew I would be able to make up time on those tricky sections.”

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Mario Roman claims the WESS 2019 Round 1 win at the Extreme XL Lagares
Wade Young

“It feels great to get second today. At one point I was down in sixth and I was lacking some confidence after struggling in one of the rivers – that spent a lot of my energy. I came back strong though and towards the end people were starting to get tired and I was able to dig a little deeper and keep going.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Wade Young

Jarvis initially looked to have snatched third from Lettenbichler on corrected time, but the German was awarded time he lost on lap one due to a track marking error and finished on the podium. With Jarvis content in fourth, Bolt completed the top five, while Walker rounded out the top six.

Manuel Lettenbichler

“I am so happy with my result and overall I had a really good race,  I didn’t realise at first the gap to the others was so big. I tried to stick to the same pace on the second lap, but Mario and Wade must have been flying. I think they probably pushed each other on the difficult stuff and were able to maintain a good speed when it got really tough. Graham also caught me at a few places, but I was able to stay ahead. I had to stop to move a bridge on the first lap so that cost me some time, but thankfully they have awarded that back to me and I have come away with third. It would have been nice to get the win, especially after leading for over half of the race. But whatever the result, I am happy with my riding and it’s been a good start to this year’s WESS championship.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Manuel Lettenbichler

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round two, the Trèfle Lozérien AMV in France, next weekend, May 17-19.

Results – Round 1: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares

  1. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 4:01:43.21
  2. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 4:05:59.04 +4:15.83
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4:07:09.68 +5:26.47
  4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 4:07:16.12 +5:32.91
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 4:15:19.68 +13:36.47
  6. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 4:29:26.58 +27:43.37
  7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 4:34:51.08 +33:07.87
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 4:53:58.02 +52:14.81
  9. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 5:01:43.91 +1:00:00.70
  10. Jonathan Richardson (Husqvarna – GB) 5:11:22.83 +1:09:39.70

2019 World Enduro Super Series Standings (after round 1)

  1. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 1000 points
  2. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 850 pts
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 770 pts
  4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 690 pts
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 610 pts
  6. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 570 pts
  7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 530 pts
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 490 pts
  9. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 460 pts
  10. Jonathan Richardson (Husqvarna – GB) 430 pts
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Great Britain & Australia bound for Speedway of Nations Final

The Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations Race Off 2 was held in Manchester last Saturday night and it was England with 26 points who triumphed over Australia and Denmark so all three teams have secured their places at the Finals in Togliatti, Russia on July 20 and 21.

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FIM Speedway of Nations – Image by Haggis Hartman

It was an impressive night for GB as triple world champion Tai Woffinden (12), Craig Cook (8) and Robert Lambert (6) all piled up the points while Australia booked the second automatic qualification berth after finishing level on 22 points with Denmark, but out-ranking their rivals after Chris Holder and Max Fricke finished second and third behind Danish rider Leon Madsen when the teams met in heat 18.

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Max Fricke and Chris Holder – Image by Haggis Hartman

Holder scored two points from his opening two rides, but hit back with a win and two seconds.

Chris Holder

“It wasn’t too bad. It was a tough night and it’s a tough place here – everybody can be fast here. It’s a big, wide-open track. The bike setup is pretty much everything. My first couple were terrible, but once we got it working well, it got better. Me and Max had a couple of good races. The name of the game was just to get through in the top two. We didn’t want to be in the knock-out heats. We managed to sneak in, so we’re happy with that.”

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Chris Holder – Image by Haggis Hartman

Denmark were forced to beat France in the final knock-out heat to earn their spot in Russia on a night plagued by bad luck.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

“We did it the hard way, it was difficult. We did have some bad luck and it cost us some points. I believe we could have won the meeting if things had gone our way in a few races. But we qualified and that’s the main thing. We really wanted to avoid the knock-out race at the end because you never know what’s going to happen in these races. We felt confident we were going to do it, but it is a little bit nerve-wracking. We had to do it the hard way, but we are through.”

Great Britain, Australia and Denmark are joined in the Finals by hosts Russia as well as Race Off 1 winners Sweden, Poland and Germany.

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FIM Speedway of Nations – Image by Haggis Hartman

The next World Championships action sees the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series launch with the Boll Warsaw SGP of Poland this Saturday.

Race-Off 2 Results

  • GREAT BRITAIN 26
    • Tai Woffinden 12, Craig Cook 8, Robert Lambert 6.
  • AUSTRALIA 22
    • Chris Holder 9, Max Fricke 12, Jaimon Lidsey 1.
  • DENMARK 22
    • Niels-Kristian Iversen 15, Leon Madsen 5, Frederik Jakobsen 2.
  • FRANCE 16
    • David Bellego 10, Dimitri Berge 6, Gaetan Stella 0.
  • USA 16
    • Austin Novratil 1, Luke Becker 11, Broc Nicol 4.
  • LATVIA 16
    • Andzejs Lebedevs 14, Jevgenijs Kostigovs 2, Olegs Mihailovs 0.
  • FINLAND 8
    • Jesse Mustonen 0, Tero Aarnio 8, Timo Salonen 0.

Robinson Wins SoCal AFT Half Mile

American Flat Track ace Brandon Robinson put together a flawless performance to win last Saturday night’s Vance & Hines So-Cal Half-Mile at the Southern California Fairgrounds in Perris, Calif.

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AFT Twins – Image by Scott Hunter

Robinson controlled the once stopped and restarted Main Event from race’s opening lap and by taking victory he became the first AFT Twins rider to claim more than one victory in 2019.

Brandon Robinson

“They all feel amazing. It’s great to be up here. Any time you’re on the box is good, but winning… this is what it’s all about. This is what we put in all the hard work for. My team busted their butts. My team owner, Jerry Kennedy, gives us everything we need to win. My crew chief, Brent Armbruster — the guy is amazing. We make a lot of decisions together, but there are some times he bails me out and gets the bike right. Man, he hit the nail on the head again tonight. This one is for my team.”

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AFT Twins – Image by Scott Hunter

After holding off Sammy Halbert for the first part of the race Robinson took the win by nearly two seconds over championship leader Briar Bauman and Halbert who in turn got the nod over fellow Harley rider Jarod Vanderkooi and defending champion Jared Mees.

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AFT Twins Podium 1) Robinson, 2) Bauman, 3) Halbert – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Twins Main Event – So-Cal Half-Mile

  1. Brandon Robinson Indian FTR750 0:21.040
  2. Briar Bauman Indian FTR750 +1.833
  3. Sammy Halbert Harley-Davidson XG750R +3.646
  4. Jarod Vanderkooi Harley-Davidson XG750R +4.031
  5. Jared Mees Indian FTR750 +4.280
  6. Bronson Bauman Indian FTR750 +5.993
  7. Brandon Price Indian FTR750 +9.720
  8. Davis Fisher Indian FTR750 +10.050
  9. Robert Pearson Indian FTR750 +10.622
  10. Larry Pegram Indian FTR750 +12.028

AFT Twins Standings

  1. Briar Bauman 102
  2. Brandon Robinson 89
  3. Jared Mees 78
  4. Jarod Vanderkooi 66
  5. Sammy Halbert 61
  6. Henry Wiles 53
  7. Jeffrey Carver Jr. 51
  8. Larry Pegram 51
  9. Bronson Bauman 50
  10. Robert Pearson 45
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AFT Singles Report

Ryan Wells backed up his first podium of the season at the Arizona Super TT with his first win of the year in a virtual wire-to-wire triumph at the So-Cal Half-Mile ahead of podium first timer Michael Inderbitzin and championship leader Dalton Gauthier

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Ryan Wells – AFT Singles – Image by Scott Hunter
Ryan Wells

“TTs have never been my super strong suit so I knew getting a podium (at the Arizona Super TT), we had worked out the bugs that needed to be worked out. The Yamaha was awesome. It was huge for me to come in here and get the win. To lead all 15 laps… it was a long race for me mentally. It felt awesome to lead some laps and come out with the win. I can’t say enough about the whole Estenson racing family. That pit over there is literally a family. The camaraderie is awesome and I couldn’t get a win for a better group.”

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Ryan Wells topped the AFT Singles podium – Image by Scott Hunter

AFT Singles Main Event – So-Cal Half-Mile

  1. Ryan Wells Yamaha YZ450F 0:21.367
  2. Michael Inderbitzin Honda CRF450R +0.406
  3. Dalton Gauthier Husqvarna FC450 +1.315
  4. Dan Bromley KTM 450 SX-F +2.085
  5. Jesse Janisch +Yamaha YZ450F +2.332

AFT Singles Standings

  1. Dalton Gauthier 96
  2. Jesse Janisch 86
  3. Dan Bromley 73
  4. Mikey Rush 71
  5. Ryan Wells 56

Euro Flat Track Kicks Off

The Indian Motorcycle European Flat Track series, presented by the Dirt Track Riders Association (DTRA), kicked off at the Hells Race, Lelystad Stadium on Sunday May 5. Dirttrack Lelystad in Holland hosted the first ever running during the amazingly popular annual Hells Race meeting.

Indian European Flat Track Championship Rnd Hells RaceOver 150 riders raced classes including Hooligan, Vintage, Pro, Amateur, Newbie and Minibike. The program was action packed with some fantastic racing around Holland’s premier short track venue.

The Hooligan class battle did not disappoint at Hells Race. Racing was fast and tough on the soft light shale surface. The big bikes were hard to handle on the tight and deep short track, and rain during the afternoon made the racing really tricky.

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It was Gary Birtwistle who skilfully lead the final from beginning to end. After a poor start Max Hunt managed to race to a very well deserved second place. Leah Tokelove, who raced superbly in her heats on the Indian Scout took a well-earned third place on the podium, giving the UK first, second and third positions.

Hooligan Class

  1. Gary Birtwistle – UK
  2. Max Hunt – UK
  3. Leah Tokelove – UK
  4. Jonathan Falkman – Sweden
  5. James Smith – UK

All three championship classes provided some amazing action and with riders from nine countries, the event had a truly international feel. The Pro Class was packed with Europe’s top dirt track riders, with a large showing from the UK, coupled with a strong field of other top riders from the Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Poland. The heats provided really tight racing. It was Ferran Sastre who was the only rider to win all his heats and took first pick for the Pro Final.

Indian European Flat Track Championship Rnd Hells RaceSastre had some very strong competition from Maikel Dijkstra who was fresh from training with Moto Anatomy’s Johnny Lewis and was showing some excellent pace on his home track. Both Toby Hales (Greenfield Dirttrack) and Gerard Bailo (Greenfield Dirttrack) flew in from riding Copa Rodi in Spain the day before.

Franc Sala was also racing well and taking heat wins. In the Pro final it was Ferran Sastre who raced with superb skill to win, with Maikel Dijkstra taking a very close second and Sala third giving the Spanish riders a strong presence on the podium.

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  1. Ferran Sastre – Spain
  2. Maikel Dijkstra – Netherlands
  3. Franc Sala – Spain
  4. Toby Hales – UK
  5. Gerard Bailo – Spain
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The vintage Class had a massive entry with some really close racing on some of Europe’s most beautiful vintage machines. German rider Martin Huning was on fire in all his heats and won the finaI. In second place was DTRA Race Director Anthony Brown who was very strong in all his heats. And in third place was Swiss rider Michel Colaizzi.

Vintage

  1. Martin Huning – Germany
  2. Anthony Brown – UK
  3. Michel Colaizzi – Switzerland
  4. Sean Kelly – UK
  5. Christophe Canitrot – France

Krazy Horse’s Hooligan Team return to continue their UK DTRA flat track championship attack with the Indian Scout at MCN’s Festival of Motorcycling, Peterborough Arena, on May 18th and 19th – Join the event and experience the spectacle of Flat Track racing alongside live demo ride opportunities, see the entire Indian Motorcycle range on display and enjoy all the festival has to offer.

Indian European Flat Track Championship Rnd Hells Race2019 Hooligan Championship Dates

  • May 17/19 – MCN Festival, Peterborough Showground, UK
  • June 15 – El Rollo, Wheels & Waves, ESP – European Championship
  • August 9/10 – DIRTQUAKE, Arlington Stadium, Sussex, UK
  • September 21/22 – Greenfield Oval, Alford, UK – European Championship

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Sipes Wins Hawaiian Supercross

Aloha Stadium hosted the first Supercross event in Hawaii in several years and it was former ISDE winner and multi-talented Ryan Sipes who came away with a surprise win over multi-Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton and multi-Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers.

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Ryan Sipes claims the Hawaiin Supercross win from Justin Brayton and Tyler Bowers

The event used a three-moto format and Sipes dominated the overall standings with 1-1-1 moto finishes ahead of Brayton, who finished second overall with 3-2-2 moto scores while Tyler Bowers rounded out the podium with 4-5-4 moto results.

Hawaiian Supercross Results 2019 450SX

  1. Ryan Sipes: 1-1-1
  2. Justin Brayton: 3-2-2
  3. Tyler Bowers: 4-5-4
  4. Mike Alessi: 7-4-3
  5. Austin Politelli: 2-3-12
  6. Ben LaMay: 6-9-6
  7. Josh Hill: 8-8-7
  8. Alex Ray: 11-6-8
  9. Jimmy Decotis: 5-13-11
  10. Kyle Chisholm: 13-7-5
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Broc Tickle Back in 2020

FIM have finally given their verdict on American racer Broc Tickle, who was suspended from the sport due to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an adverse analytical finding of 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at the San Diego round of supercross.

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Broc Tickle in 2018

Tickle had this to say on social media: “Finally got official sentencing from CDI panel and FIM, bummed I won’t be railing some corners this summer in Pro Motocross. I’ll be back 2/10/2020.”


Three Aussies Set for Hangtown

There will be three Aussies at the opening round of the AMA Motocross championship which will be held at Hangtown this weekend with Hunter Lawrence in the 250 class for Geico Honda being joined by Dean Ferris on the Factory Yamaha team and Todd Waters running a privateer Husqvarna.

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Hunter Lawrence

Moto News reported last week that Waters flew straight to America after winning the 5th round of the Australian MX Nationals at Murray Bridge with friends and family helping to contest the first three rounds of the series on a production FC450 Husqvarna.

Todd Waters

“With a seven-week break in the calendar, I’ve decided the best training I can do is to race, so I’ll head to the US this week with a small entourage of family and friends to line up as a privateer at the first three rounds of the AMA Outdoors.”

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Todd Waters

Ferris on the other hand got the call from Yamaha to fill in for the injured Aaron Plessinger with the Monster Energy Yamaha team alongside Justin Barcia.

Dean Ferris

“I’m super excited about this opportunity to race with the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team. I’ve won a lot of races on the YZ450F, so it’s a perfect fit for me to start my campaign in America. I’m looking forward to getting the outdoor season rolling in Hangtown next weekend!”

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Dean Ferris

As for Lawrence, the former GP front runner was injured right before the supercross season and has spent the last 17 weeks getting ready for Hangtown to look for the young hard charger to be at the pointy end for the opening round and beyond.

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Manjimup to Welcome Clout and Gibbs

CDR Monster Energy Yamaha Team members Kirk Gibbs and Luke Clout are set to make the trip across the Nullarbor to take on the best in the West at Australia’s most prestigious single motocross event, the Manjimup 15000 on the 1st and 2nd of June. Kirk Gibbs is a past champion of the event and longing to have his name added to the trophy one more time.

Kirk Gibbs

“I have done Manjimup a few times over the years and it is an event that every motocross racer should do. It’s an amazing track to ride that offers challenges in its layout, its terrain and its physical demands. The atmosphere at the venue is also nothing like we experience back on the East Coast. There is always a big crowd on hand that line the entire track and make plenty of noise as they watch the races. They are motocross people who know about the sport and are enthusiastic to cheer on their favourite rider. My shoulder should be good to go and I’m looking forward to heading back to Manjimup and catching up with all the WA fans.”

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Kirk Gibbs

For Luke Clout, 2019 will mark his first appearance at the event and the has the current MX Nationals points leader exciting about the prospect of racing on the famous Manjimup circuit and experience the race for the first time.

Luke Clout

“I have heard so many good things about Manjimup and it’s awesome to know I will finally be taking the trip over to contest the event. Dacka has told me so many stories about his time racing Manjimup and I hope my time there is half as exciting as his. And I’m not sure if I can bare another story about riding a 500cc two stroke on a track rough enough to swallow an ocean-liner. I have seen the track on video and watched some races there and it looks like such a fun track to ride. The schedule looks hectic with six motos during the day but that’s fine with me and I can’t wait to get behind the gate and race Kirk as well as all the WA riders.”

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Luke Clout

X Trial Australian Championship returns for 2019

The 2019 X Trial Australian Championship contenders will compete in Perth and Wollongong in back-to-back weekends kicking off on WA on the 20th of July.

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X Trial Australian Championship returns for 2019

X Trial features the best eight riders that get an invitation to test themselves through 5 difficult sections each weekends which will offer spectators 3 hours of entertainment.

Eight riders start the qualifying round and four progress to the final, to be crowned the X Trial Australian Champion!

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X Trial Australian Championship
  • Round 1
    • Perth – Saturday July 20th, HBF Stadium, Mount Claremont WA
    • Gates open at 6pm – Main Event 6:30pm Start
  • Round 2
    • Wollongong – Saturday July 27th, WIN Ent Centre, Wollongong, NSW
    • Gates open at 6pm – Main Event 6:30pm Start
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Weekly Up-Date on Our Aussies Abroad

Jed Beaton – Rockstar Husqvarna

Championship: World MX2 Motocross Championship
Current Standing: 12th after Round 5 of 17
Notes: Jed was on fire at the MXGP of Lombardi in Italy last weekend with a third in the opening moto before crashing out of 6th late in moto two in horrendously wet conditions to finish 17th for 7th overall – Jed has moved from 13th to 12th in the championship points.

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Jed Beaton

Mitch Evans – 114 Honda

Championship: World MX2 Motocross Championship
Current Standing: 8th after Round 5 of 17
Notes: Mitch had a solid weekend at the MXGP of Lombardi in Italy last weekend with a 3rd in Saturday’s Qualifying race before going 8-6 on Sunday for 6th outright to maintain his 8th in the championship points – Evans was involved in a first corner crash in the opening moto so to claw his way back to 8th in the conditions shows his talent.

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Mitch Evans

Tayla Jones – Rockstar/Husqvarna/Moose Racing/Shaw Wines

Championship: GNCC
Current Standing: 1st after Round 5 of 13
Notes: Tayla won the latest round in Indianapolis on May 5 and has extended her points lead in the WXC class to 11 over second placed Becca Sheets.

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Tayla Jones competing the 2019 GNCC – Image by Ken Hill

Caleb Grothues – SDM Corse Yamaha

Championship: EMX250
Current Standings: 16th after Round 2 of 8
Notes: The former Australian and World Junior Motocross Champion rode well at the opening round but was forced to sit out the second round due to injury but the West Aussie should be back for the next round in France on the 26th of May.

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Hunter Lawrence – Geico Honda

Championship: AMA Motocross Championship
Current Standings: TBA
Notes: Hunter was looking sharp heading into the supercross championship before he crashed right before the opening round so he is now healed and by all accounts 100% ready for the outdoors which kicks off at Hangtown on May 18.

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Hunter Lawrence – Hoppenworld Image

Jett Lawrence – Geico Honda

Championship: TBA
Current Standings: TBA
Notes: Jett joined the Geico Honda amateur program for 2019 and to date he has raced a handful of events like the Mini-Os etc – as soon as he races and there are results it will be right here.

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Jett Lawrence

Tahlia ‘TJ’ O’Hare – KTM DIGA Racing Team

Championship: MXW World Motocross Championship
Current Standings: 13th after Round 1 of 5
Notes: Tahlia’s initiation into the world motocross scene was at the toughest track on the circuit in Valkenswaard but she managed to get through with a solid 13th but look for TJ to move up the points standings at the second round in Portugal on May 19.

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Chad Reed – JGR Suzuki

Championship: AMA Supercross
Current Standing: 15th after Round 17 of 17
Notes: Chad was part of a multi bike crash at Seattle when he was sitting 7th in the championship and after the series was completed the Aussie still ended up 15th in the points – we now hold out hopes that Chad will line up for the AMA Motocross Championships.

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Chad Reed – Image by Hoppenworld

Wil Ruprecht – Johansson MPE Yamaha

Championship: EnduroGP – Junior Class
Current Standing: 2nd after Round 2 of 7.
Notes: Wil once again proved his world class riding ability at Valpaços in Portugal last weekend with a 2nd and a 4th over the two days of competition where some of the veterans of the sport declared it one of the toughest events in recent history.

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Wil Ruprecht (Team Yamaha Johansson MPE) – 2019 EnduroGP Round 1

Meghan Rutledge – Bud Racing Kawasaki

Championship: MXW World Motocross Championship
Current Standings: 8th after Round 1 of 5
Notes: Meghan sat out the World Championships for four years and her first round was marred with some minor mistakes but there was no mistaking her speed so look for Meghan to have a much better round in Portugal on the 19th of May.

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Meghan Rutledge

Josh Strang – Babbitt’s Online/Monster Energy/Kawasaki

Championship: GNCC / AMA Enduro
Current Standing: 6th after Round 5 of 13
Notes: Josh ended the ‘X Factor Whitetails’ at Peru near Indianapolis in a disappointing 13th outright but he still sits 6th overall in the series with 8 rounds remaining.

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Josh Strang

Mackenzie Tricker – KTM/MEPMX/Fly Racing

Championship: GNCC
Current Standing: 3rd after Round 5 of 13
Notes: Mackenzie ended the ‘X Factor Whitetails’ at Peru near Indianapolis in 9th place which is her poorest performance in years but she still sits third in points with 8 rounds remaining and my bet is still for the former motocross champion to pull off a win this season.

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Mackenzie Tricker – Image by Dario Agrati

Max Whale – Weirbach Racing Kawasaki

Championship: AFT Singles
Current Standings: 14th after Round 5 of 18
Notes: Max narrowly missed out on going to the final at the SoCal Half Mile on the 11th of May after scoring 12th in his Semi final so he has dropped to 14th in points but there are still 13 rounds to go.

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Max Whale at Taree

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Mario Roman claims WESS lead at 2019 Extreme XL Lagares

World Enduro Super Series 2019

Round 1 – Extreme XL Lagares

Images by Future7Media

Spain’s Mario Roman has taken an early lead in the battle to become this year’s ultimate enduro champion, claiming the overall victory at round one in Portugal. Putting in a determined display of riding, the Sherco Factory Racing star produced a terrific late race charge to top the podium ahead of teammate Wade Young, with early race leader Manuel Lettenbichler third.

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Mario Roman claims the WESS 2019 Round 1 win at the Extreme XL Lagares

Friday Qualification & Semi-Finals

Back with a vengeance, Jonny Walker took the win on the opening day of competition at round one of the World Enduro Super Series at the Extreme XL Lagares.

Round one of the 2019 World Enduro Super Series got off to a spectacular start with a night of tightly-fought Endurocross racing in Lagares, Portugal, and among the entry of almost 300 competitors, over 50 Pro riders went head-to-head during a series of qualification heats and semi-finals to reach the final race.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Josep Garcia

Showing their best during the evening, Jonny Walker, Taddy Blazusiak, Manuel Lettenbichler, Graham Jarvis, Josep Garcia, Alfredo Gomez, Wade Young, plus home favourite Diogo Vieira took to the start line of the six-minute plus two lap race as favourites.

Lettenbichler was fastest out of the starting gate, but with Garcia, Blazusiak and Walker in hot pursuit the pressure was on. Blazusiak made a dive for the lead at the end of lap one and took over proceedings. However, a mistake in the slippery rock garden on lap two allowed Walker to jump past both Blazusiak and Lettenbichler and into the lead.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Friday

Comfortable out front, Walker commanded the rest of the race, resisting to any late attacks Blazusiak could offer to claim victory on day one in Portugal. The win also marked Walker’s first major win since crashing out of the World Enduro Super Series in Poland in September of last year. Behind Walker, Blazusiak chased his teammate across the line for second, while Lettenbichler took third. Gomez pushed hard to place fourth, while Garcia impressed with a strong fifth.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Friday Podium – 1) Jonny Walker, 2) Taddy Blazusiak, 3) Manuel Lettenbichler

Friday Endurocross

  1. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 7 laps, 1:11.823
  2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 8:44.299
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 8:46.859
  4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 8:46.604
  5. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 9;05.133

Saturday Porto Prologue

Spain’s Alfredo Gomez showed himself to be the rider to beat on day two of the World Enduro Super Series opener. Proving to be the Urban Enduro master, the rider claimed victory in the spectacular Porto Prologue, in the all-out battle for supremacy on the cobbled streets of Porto.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Saturday Urban Enduro

Gomez led home a stacked field of over 50 Pro riders, with Taddy Blazusiak and Billy Bolt joining him on the podium in second and third respectively.

In the heart of the world heritage city’s bustling tourist district, the world’s best Enduro riders were treated to a tough and technical Endurocross arena that was linked to the city’s narrow cobbled streets. Thousands of spectators lined the sides of the race course adding to the incredible atmosphere in Porto.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Saturday Urban Enduro

With the Hobby, Veteran and Expert riders first to tackle a shortened version of the track, it was the Pro class riders who turned up the heat around the narrow, cobbled streets. Already a multi-time winner of the prologue, Gomez once again showed his rivals who’s the boss by topping the qualification.

With pole position secured for the final, Gomez didn’t disappoint and immediately put his Husqvarna out front. Commanding the cobbled climbs, he eased away from the chasing pack to take the win. Behind him the battle for the remainder of the podium was played out between Blazusiak, Bolt, Walker and Manuel Lettenbichler. Holding firm despite a few mistakes, Blazusiak grabbed second.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Saturday Urban Enduro

In a showdown for third, Bolt held off a late attack from Walker to complete the top three. In his bid for the podium, Walker misjudged the floating bridge and ended up in the river. With Walker taking an unplanned bath, Lettenbichler capitalised to take fourth, with Wade Young fifth.

Alfredo Gomez

“The start was key to winning the prologue final. I managed to get into the lead and was able to control the pace. I’m not sure why but I always enjoy riding it – I think it’s because you are so close to the spectators on the track. Tomorrow will be the real test. I’d really like to come away with the win – I feel like I can do it, we’ll just see how things go.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Saturday Urban Enduro – Alfredo Gomez topped the podium from Taddy Blazusiak and Billy Bolt

Pro Class Qualification

  1. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 4:38.75
  2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 4:49.88
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4:50.99
  4. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 4:52.24
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 4:53.52
  6. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 4:54.58
  7. Diogo Vieira (Yamaha – PRT) 4:57.00
  8. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 5:00.51
  9. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 5:03.71
  10. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 5:04.71

Pro Class Final

  1. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP)
  2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL)
  3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB)
  4. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER)
  5. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA)

Sunday Extreme XL Lagares

Following two days of action-packed Endurocross and City Prologue racing, the stage was set for Sunday’s Hard Enduro feature race. Among the 300 competitors entered, over 50 Pro riders took to the start line of the demanding two-hour long course, which was to be completed twice. Notoriously difficult, the addition of blisteringly hot sunshine ensured a punishing start to the 2019 WESS championship.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Fastest seeded Alfredo Gomez led the field away, with Taddy Blazusiak following suit 15 seconds later. At the first major riverbed rock step, Blazusiak had reeled Gomez in and led from the front, with Lettenbichler hot on his heels having also caught and overtaken the Spaniard.

Midway through lap one the running order changed. Setting an insanely fast pace, Lettenbichler moved into the lead and opened up a five-minute advantage over Young with Billy Bolt, Jonny Walker and Graham Jarvis all in tow. Just behind them sat Roman.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Heading out for lap two, Lettenbichler was now six minutes clear and looking strong. But Roman and Young had other ideas and impressively upped their pace in the deteriorating conditions. The duo reeled in the young German, who appeared to have run out of steam at the crucial moment.

Breaking both Young and Lettenbichler, Roman put his Sherco in front and, in charging all the way to the finish, claimed a memorable victory and the opening win of the WESS season. Young finished four minutes behind as runner-up.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Jarvis initially looked to have snatched third from Lettenbichler on corrected time, but the German was awarded time he lost on lap one due to a track marking error and finished on the podium. With Jarvis content in fourth, Bolt completed the top five, while Walker rounded out the top six.

In the one-lap Expert class race, Carlos Ordoa secured a commanding victory beating nearest rival Nuno Pereira by 31 minutes. Alberto Aramburu completed the top three.

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Extreme XL Lagares – Sunday

Jose Ferreira was the winner of the Hobby class. Finishing 17 minutes behind, Ricardo Cerqueira was second with Tiago Oliveira third.

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round two, the Trèfle Lozérien AMV in France, next weekend, May 17-19.

Mario Roman – P1

“I feel amazing, it’s so good to get the win. In 2016 I finished about a minute behind Alfredo and then two years in a row I had mechanical issues with my bike, but I always believed in myself and knew I could do it this year. On the first lap I was lying fifth or sixth and I couldn’t see the top two guys, but as the race went on, I started to feel stronger and was able to push 100% and pass the others one-by-one. The track was so much more difficult on the second lap and I knew I would be able to make up time on those tricky sections.”

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Mario Roman claims the WESS 2019 Round 1 win at the Extreme XL Lagares
Wade Young – P2

“It feels great to get second today. At one point I was down in sixth and I was lacking some confidence after struggling in one of the rivers – that spent a lot of my energy. I came back strong though and towards the end people were starting to get tired and I was able to dig a little deeper and keep going.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Wade Young
Manuel Lettenbichler – P3

“I am so happy with my result and overall I had a really good race. I didn’t realise at first the gap to the others was so big. I tried to stick to the same pace on the second lap, but Mario and Wade must have been flying. I think they probably pushed each other on the difficult stuff and were able to maintain a good speed when it got really tough. Graham also caught me at a few places, but I was able to stay ahead. I had to stop to move a bridge on the first lap so that cost me some time, but thankfully they have awarded that back to me and I have come away with third. It would have been nice to get the win, especially after leading for over half of the race. But whatever the result, I am happy with my riding and it’s been a good start to this year’s WESS championship.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Manuel Lettenbichler
Graham Jarvis – P4

“I’m really happy with how things went today, especially as I haven’t really been on the bike for the past two weeks due to some niggling little injuries. I was feeling a bit tense on the first lap but loosened up on the second and was able to up my pace a little. The bike felt great today and I was really able to attack the gnarly stuff – some of it I was able to get up in one go. The course was as challenging as ever – there was even a new gully for this year that was about half a mile long. I had fun though and it feels good to get a top result, even if I did just miss out on the podium. I’m looking forward to my next race now and hopefully I can get a similar result, or better.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Graham Jarvis
Billy Bolt – P5

“I’m so happy with my result, it’s been a long three days, but I got to the finish. I didn’t really have a plan coming into today’s race, I just wanted to try and stick with the other guys for as long as I could. My pace on the first lap was good, I just didn’t quite have the energy to keep up when we got back into the technical stuff on the second lap. I gritted my teeth and kept going, but it was quite a lonely second lap to be honest. I’m over the moon with the result – it feels like a win. Six weeks ago, it didn’t look like I would be ready to ride here after my injury, so to be able to finish with such a strong result feels amazing.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Billy Bolt
Jonny Walker – P6

“That was seriously tough out there. I had a crash really early on and that didn’t help. I’m still struggling with my grip strength and even though my speed is there, I’m not able to push quite as hard as I would like. I was able to stay with the front runners on the first lap but then coming around on the second lap I got stuck in one of the rivers and lost some time. I had some good battles out there and I have to be happy with sixth, but I know I still have some work to do before I’m back at 100%. Next week we’ve got the classic enduro in France, I had a good ride there last year so I’m hoping for the same again.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Jonny Walker
Alfredo Gomez – P7

“It was very tricky out there, one of the toughest day’s riding I have had for a long time. It was so slippery, and I had quite a few crashes. I set off first and unfortunately lost sometime early on when I made a mistake. I think three riders passed me and then we got into the first river and I struggled to stay with them. It’s a shame because yesterday my pace was so good and to come away with the Prologue win felt great. Today I just couldn’t get comfortable with things. We have a week until the next race so I will try to recover as best as I can and get prepared for France.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Alfredo Gomez
Taddy Blazusiak – P8

“Overall, I’m happy with my ride today, it was really tough and very long. I got a rock in my eye when trying to pass a lapper and that put me off for a bit. It was just one of those tough days, but this is WESS and it’s all about collecting points when things don’t quite go your way. I led the race a little early on, which was fine, but I struggled a little when we got to the rivers. It was so slippery and the second time through was even more tricky. I got to the finish in one piece, which is the main thing. Soon we’ll be straight into classic enduro at Le Trefle. It means I’ll be back on the 350, which should suit me as it’s what I have been riding all SuperEnduro season.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Taddy Blazusiak
Josep Garcia – P13

“The event started off really well on Friday with the Superenduro. I felt really good and was able to battle with the top guys. I finished fifth, which I was really happy with. On Saturday I had a couple of crashes in the streets of Porto, so I didn’t post such a great time but managed to qualify 12th for the main race. My first lap today didn’t go so well, the track was a lot more slippery than last year and there were a lot of tricky climbs we had to make. On the second lap I started to feel more comfortable and was able to keep a good speed. I am really happy to make it to the finish because here that is a big achievement after over four hours. I have earned some good points and that’s really important for the championship.”

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Extreme XL Lagares – Josep Garcia

Results – Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares

  1. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 4:01:43.21
  2. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 4:05:59.04 +4:15.83
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 4:07:09.68 +5:26.47
  4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 4:07:16.12 +5:32.91
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 4:15:19.68 +13:36.47
  6. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 4:29:26.58 +27:43.37
  7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 4:34:51.08 +33:07.87
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 4:53:58.02 +52:14.81
  9. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 5:01:43.91 +1:00:00.70
  10. Jonathan Richardson (Husqvarna – GB) 5:11:22.83 +1:09:39.70

2019 World Enduro Super Series Standings (after Round 1)

  1. Mario Roman (Sherco – ESP) 1000 points
  2. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 850 pts
  3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 770 pts
  4. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 690 pts
  5. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 610 pts
  6. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 570 pts
  7. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna – ESP) 530 pts
  8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 490 pts
  9. Travis Teasdale (KTM – RSA) 460 pts
  10. Jonathan Richardson (Husqvarna – GB) 430 pts

World Enduro Super Series 2019 Calendar

  • Round 1: Toyota Porto Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
  • Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
  • Round 4: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) June 21-23
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
  • Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
  • Round 7: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain) October 5-6
  • Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2

Source: MCNews.com.au

Eight round 2019 WESS calendar announced

World Enduro Super Series 2019 rounds revealed


The calendar for the 2019 World Enduro Super Series (WESS) has been announced, with an eight round championship announced for the new year, with rounds in Portugal, France, Austria, Italy, Romania, the UK, Spain and Germany.

Two additional Classic Enduro events scheduled for the coming season, combined with established Hard Enduro favourites, plus the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, the 2019 WESS championship will offer a true test of Enduro skills when the battle to become the 2019 Ultimate Enduro Champion begins.

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The World Enduro Super Series returns in 2019 – Image by Future7Media
Philipp Stossier – WESS Managing Director

“It gives us great pleasure to announce the schedule for the 2019 World Enduro Super Series. After what’s been an incredibly successful debut season of WESS, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring together what we feel is an Enduro championship that both competitors and fans of the sport want. Listening closely to a wide range of opinions and ideas, while working jointly with event organisers, we have been able to improve the schedule for 2019. We can’t wait for the new WESS championship to get started.”

Successfully playing host to the inaugural round of WESS, Extreme XL Lagares will open the new season in Portugal, on May 10-12, for three days of incredible Hard Enduro racing. Mixing Endurocross, Urban and Hard Enduro action together, round one will be exciting and spectacular.

The series moves directly on to France and Classic Enduro at the Trèfle Lozérien AMV, the following weekend. Three days of traditional timecard racing will see competitors cover over 600 kilometres of riding across idyllic French countryside.

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World Enduro Super Series – Image by Future7Media

Then, it’s battle stations once more for the iconic Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble in Austria. World-renowned as the toughest single day Enduro, up to 1800 riders will vie for one of the 500 places available on Sunday’s start line.

Provisionally scheduled for late June / early July in Italy, round four will see a new addition to WESS and the second Classic Enduro of the year. Marking the halfway point in the season, the infamous Red Bull Romaniacs will serve up five unforgettable days of Hard Enduro racing for round five on June 30-August 4.

In September the championship charges onwards to the Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in the United Kingdom for round six. Despite a late addition to the 2018 schedule, the event delivered some of the most exciting racing of the series as riders went bar-to-bar around the sandy, high-speed Shropshire circuit.

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World Enduro Super Series – Image by Future7Media

The penultimate round features the third Classic Enduro event, called Solsona Enduro in Spain in early October.

Set to sign off the 2019 championship in style is the GetzenRodeo in Germany on November 2-3. A long-established Hard Enduro, the event is incredibly popular with riders and attracts on average over 10,000 spectators for each edition, ensuring a spectacular, memorable and fitting venue to crown the 2019 Ultimate Enduro Champion.

Winfried Kerschhaggl – WESS Series Manager

“Further broadening the mix of events in the championship, while sharpening the focus on true Enduro competitions has been our goal. Traditional Enduro is always close to our hearts, fuelling our passion for racing, and for that reason it has led to the addition of two Classic Enduro events being added to the calendar. Combined with some of our much-loved events from 2018, plus the welcomed addition of the GetzenRodeo, we are very much looking forward to the start of the new series and the battle to find the 2019 Ultimate Enduro Champion.”

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World Enduro Super Series – Image by Future7Media

World Enduro Super Series – 2019 Calendar

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 10-12
  • Round 2: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) May 17-19
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) May 30-June 2
  • Round 4: Classic Enduro (Italy) TBA
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 30-August 4
  • Round 6: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom) September 21-22
  • Round 7: Solsona Enduro (Spain) October 5-6
  • Round 8: GetzenRodeo (Germany) November 2-3

Source: MCNews.com.au