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Moto News Wrap for June 11, 2019 by Darren Smart

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The LATEST News

  • Gajser and Prado win MXGP of Russia
  • Walsh blitzes Finke
  • Bou wins GP of Japan
  • Brayton set to defend SX Title
  • Epstein-Barr virus slows Covington
  • Musquin stays with KTM till 2021
  • Woffendin Injured
  • Webb Injured
  • KTM take full ownership of KTM Australia and New Zealand
  • Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup hits Wollongong
  • Action aplenty at Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship
  • Tayla Street creates Classic Dirt Track history

Gajser and Prado Win MXGP of Russia

The seaside venue of Orlyonok, Russia hosted round eight of the FIM World Motocross Championship last weekend and the drama filled weekend saw not only a heap of sensational racing but we now have a new MXGP championship leader after Tim Gajser dominating the class while Jorge Prado extended his MX2 championship points lead.

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MXGP of Russia 2019

MXGP Report

The drama actually started on Saturday when championship leader Antonio Cairoli crashed during the qualifying race and landed hard on a crusty rut only to get up holding his back before retiring from the race but the plucky nine-time World Champion was on the gate for moto one on Sunday morning.

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MXGP Start – MXGP of Russia 2019 – Image by Ray Archer

On a fast and slick circuit Gajser not only earned his third MXGP overall in three rounds via double race wins but he now owns the MXGP Championship leader’s red plate while Arnaud Tonus took second overall with his 2-2 finishes ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Jeremy Seewer who scored his career first MXGP podium overall.

Tim Gajser

“I am feeling really good but both races were really tough because Arnaud was really fast and pushing. Overall, I am happy winning again and thanks to everybody at Honda, the bike is just amazing. Three races ago I was more than 40 points behind Tony and now I have the red plate.”

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Tim Gajser celebrates the win – MXGP of Russia 2019
Arnaud Tonus

“It wasn’t easy to fight for the lead, but I was super happy that I had quite starts so I could fight from the beginning and come quite close to Tim. I went for it and really wanted to pass him but made a small a mistake, it happens. I am happy I went for it anyway and could recover to finish second which is great, I am super thankful and super happy because 3 podiums in a row is amazing.”

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Arnaud Tonus – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jeremy Seewer

“It is amazing to make it on the MXGP podium, it just feels a lot harder than even any of MX2 wins. It is a lot of work and a lot of fast guys so it feels really good. It is amazing to have two Swiss guys on the podium it hasn’t happened in the history of motocross in Switzerland and to do it on two Yamahas is even better.”

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Jeremy Seewer

Cairoli battled hard all day to go 13-4 for eighth outright to now be 13 points shy of Gajser as far as the championship goes while Jefferey Herlings was on hand in his first race of the year to end the day with very respectable 4-7 moto results for fourth overall.

Jeffrey Herlings

“I had a serious injury and it has been tough to get back here, mentally and physically, and with a lot of pain for a long time. I did not expect this result here today especially on this track. So to be close to the podium again feels pretty beautiful. I like the track in Latvia but I don’t have any firm expectations and I will not forget where I have come from to get to this point. Having said that we’ll always try to fight for a podium spot when we can!”

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Jeffrey Herlings – MXGP of Russia 2019 – Image by Ray Archer
Tony Cairoli

“A very difficult weekend and of course the crash from yesterday did not help as it meant I was totally on the outside for the gate pick. I was riding very stiff and by missing the start it is almost impossible to make a good result on this track; everybody is riding at a similar speed. We lost the red plate but the positive is that I’m not badly injured, and we saw some big crashes today. We walk away a bit banged-up but we will re-group and look to Latvia, which is a nice track, and to regain some points.”

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Tony Cairoli – MXGP of Russia 2019 – Image by Ray Archer

MXGP Overall Top Ten

  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
  2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 44
  3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 36
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 32
  5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 32
  6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 31
  7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 29
  8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 27
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24
  10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 22

MXGP Championship Top Ten

  1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 351 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 338
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 231
  4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 220
  5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 212
  6. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 208
  7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 206
  8. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 172
  9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 170
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 168
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MX2 Report

Despite a poor start Prado won the opening moto narrowly from Thomas Kjer Olsen, Jago Geerts, Tom Vialle and Mitchell Evans while Jed Beaton cake home in 12th after a poor start but in the second moto Prado earned the holeshot and took off like a cut cat to take an easy win over Kjer Olsen, Geerts. Michele Cervellin, Vialle, Ben Watson, Beaton, Henry Jacobi, Maxime Renaux and Evans.

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Russia 2019

Prado now leads the championship over Kjer Olsen by a clean 20 points while Evans is 6th in the points, just two behind Vialle while Beaton sits 14th in the points despite missing two of the eight rounds due to injury.

Jorge Prado

“I felt pretty good this weekend, the track was hard but I felt good getting the Saturday Qualifying Race win and today I was in the back of the pack so I had to make my way up to the front, but I had good speed and fought all the way to the end to get the win. I am happy and looking forward to the next round.”

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MX2 Podium – MXGP of Russia 2019 – Image by Ray Archer
Thomas Kjer Olsen

“I felt good all weekend. Yesterday in the Qualifying I felt really good then we made some changes on the bike to make it feel really comfortable on the hard pack. Overall, I am happy I got to lead some laps, felt great on the bike, and everything so I am looking forward to Latvia for sure.”

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Thomas Kjer Olsen – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jago Geerts

“It was a really solid weekend for me, I was really happy with the starts, I had three good starts this weekend which is positive for the rest of the season. Next weekend is Latvia, one of my favourite tracks but the goal is the same, to be on the podium, so we’ll see.”

Mitchell Evans

“In the first moto I got off to a good start and just kind of rode my own race, so stayed in fifth the whole race. I tried to follow the leaders, but they just had a little bit more pace. I was struggling with the speeds on the track and just how slippery it was. In moto two I had a really bad start, around twentieth or something, and on a track that was really hard to pass on I made my way to tenth. I was really happy with my riding this weekend. My pace was a little bit off, but we know where we can improve. I have just got to focus on making my starts better. I am looking forward to Latvia.”

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Mitch Evans – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jed Beaton

“I’m really happy with the way the GPs gone. Obviously, I needed a little bit of time off following my crash in Portugal and to come back after being unable to race in France and get two solid results is great. I did three good days of riding before coming to Russia, so I was confident things would go well because I felt good and importantly was pain free. The opening moto didn’t start too well, I got a bad start so had to work really hard. I went from outside the top 20 to 12th and put in a lot of effort. I was feeling the hard work in the second moto but made some good passes. I’m really pleased with seventh. I feel like I’m where I should be and now that the Portugal crash is behind me I want to build on these results starting with the Latvian GP next weekend.”

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Jed Beaton – MXGP of Russia 2019

MX2 Overall Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 44
  3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 40
  4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34
  5. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 30
  6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 27
  7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 26
  8. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 26
  9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 26
  10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 23

MX2 Championship Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 347 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 327
  3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 257
  4. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 236
  5. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 216
  6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 214
  7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 210
  8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 169
  9. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 157
  10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 132
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Moosdijk and Kellett win EMX in Russia

Roan Van de Moosdijk and Todd Kellett have won the EMX250 and EMX2T classes respectively at the Russian round of the FIM Europe Championship at Orlyonok last weekend.

EMX250 Report

Despite Van De Mooslik taking the overall with 2-1 moto results it was Stephan Rubini who rode to 3-1 finishes and subsequently took the red plate from former championship leader Alberto Forato who struggled to 14-4 moto results but it was a solid round for Aussie Caleb Grothues who went 9-9 for ninth overall.

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EMX250 Start – MXGP of Russia 2019

Rubini now holds a two-point lead over Forato with four rounds remaining while Grothues sits 14th in the points despite missing the Italian round due to injury.

EMX250 Overall Top Ten

  1. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 47 points
  2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 45
  3. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 42
  4. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 29
  5. Jeremy Sydow (GER, HUS), 29
  6. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 28
  7. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 28
  8. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 25
  9. Caleb Grothues (AUS, YAM), 24
  10. Raivo Dankers (NED, YAM), 22

EMX250 Championship Top Ten

  1. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 165 points
  2. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 163
  3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 144
  4. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 110
  5. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 96
  6. Jimmy Clochet (FRA, KAW), 88
  7. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 88
  8. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, KTM), 74
  9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 73
  10. Josh Gilbert (GBR, HON), 70

EMX2T Report

The EMX2T overall win was the first for Kellett with 1-2 moto results while Brad Anderson’s second overall gives him the championship leader’s red plate by eight points over Mike Kras while Kellett sits third some 21 points back from Anderson.

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EMX2T Podium – MXGP of Russia 2019

EMX2T Overall Top Ten

  1. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 47 points
  2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 45
  3. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 42
  4. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 36
  5. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, YAM), 31
  6. Charlie Putnam (GBR, KTM), 29
  7. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 26
  8. Max Buelow (GER, KTM), 26
  9. Robert Holyoake (GBR, HUS), 26
  10. Lurii Lukash (RUS, HON), 23

EMX2T Championship Top Ten

  1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 163 points
  2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 155
  3. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 142
  4. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 127
  5. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 124
  6. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 88
  7. Brad Todd (GBR, YAM), 86
  8. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, YAM), 70
  9. Ben Putnam (GBR, HUS), 60
  10. Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 59
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Walsh Blitzes Finke

KTM’s David Walsh has put on a riding clinic at the 2019 Tatt’s Finke Desert Race winning the three-leg event by just under five minutes from Honda’s Jacob Smith who in turn had the best part of a three-minute gap back to third placed Husqvarna rider in Beau Ralston.

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KTM celebrated the Finke win with David Walsh

Almost 600 bike and quad competitors slogged their way through the prologue plus the 500km run from Alice Springs to Finke and back but it was Walsh who dominated all three days to claim his maiden win in convincing fashion with an overall time of 3 hours and 56 minutes.

2019 was Walsh’s 12th Finke race recording a best finish of second three-times previously (2018, 2014 and 2012) so the Alice Springs local was visibly emotional when he took the chequered flag, with the crowd erupting in cheer as he crossed the Start/Finish line in first position.

David Walsh

“I’m just completely blown away and I’m over the moon with getting my first win here at Finke. It’s truly a credit to the North Star Pastoral KTM Desert Racing Team, because without those guys, I wouldn’t be here. They work around the clock and it’s like a big family – I can’t thank them enough for their efforts. Getting down to Finke with a five-minute lead made it easier for me, I knew I could probably get through the rough stuff a bit easier coming home, and that’s what I did. I’m so happy to finally get it after the 12 years that I’ve been trying and it’s an amazing feeling.”

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David Walsh – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Callum Norton

“A silly crash just two or three minutes out of Finke cost me this weekend and bit me hard, everything was hurting pretty bad, so I just had a breather there before getting going again. Straight away I thought it was over, but once I got to the next stop the boys told me I wasn’t too far behind, so that gave me a boost. I just kept pushing on, started seeing dust and every time I saw dust, I got excited again. I was sore as hell, but I just kept pushing to get it home so I could rest up. I crossed the line fifth, which was good. I’m pretty happy with it, considering what happened.”

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Callum Norton – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Jacob Smith

“Six weeks ago, laying in a hospital bed here in Alice Springs with a few injuries, I’m just so happy to be here on the podium. I knew David had a fair gap and five minutes is a long way, so I was trying to just keep my position today and go as hard as I could so the guys behind didn’t catch me. I made some time at the second fuel stop, so I just coasted into town and didn’t do anything silly.”

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Jacob Smith – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Beau Ralston

“I’m stoked to finish, let alone get on the podium after my last couple of years being injured. The Schwarz Husqvarna Desert Team has put in a huge effort to get us out here this year and I really appreciate it. I was over two minutes behind Jake and I was fresh, so I thought I was going to have a good crack at reeling him in, but I didn’t anticipate what the cars were going to do to the track. I had some really hairy moments, so I just backed off to get home in one piece for a podium finish.”

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Beau Ralston – 2019 Finke Desert Race

2019 Finke Top Ten Outright

  1. Walsh, David – 03:56:01.0
  2. Smith, Jacob – 04:01:00.4 +00:04:59.4
  3. Ralston, Beau – 04:03:57.7 + 00:07:56.7
  4. Simpson, Jack – 04:09:38.7 + 00:13:37.7
  5. Norton, Callum – 04:14:19.5 + 00:18:18.5
  6. Davie, Sam – 04:15:25.4 + 00:19:24.4
  7. Terry, Lachlan – 04:20:52.3 + 00:24:51.3
  8. Grove, Mark – 04:23:23.4 + 00:27:22.4
  9. Jones, Thomas – 04:28:43.2 + 00:32:42.2
  10. Waters, Nicholas – 04:28:45.5 + 00:32:44.5
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Husqvarna also put in a strong showing at the 2019 Finke Desert Race

Top 3 – Each Class
Class 01 : 251cc and above Two Stroke

  1. Pfitzner, Kyle
  2. Russell, Benjamin
  3. Handley, Samuel

Class 02 : 451cc and above Four Stroke

  1. Walsh, David
  2. Smith, Jacob
  3. Ralston, Beau

Class 03 : Up to 250cc Two Stroke

  1. Simpson, Kyle
  2. Brierley, Mitchell
  3. Foot, Danielle

Class 04 : Up to 250cc Four Stroke

  1. Geale, Thomas
  2. Elliott, Zoran
  3. Wilson, Jarrod

Class 05 : 251cc to 450cc Four Stroke

  1. Simpson, Jack
  2. Norton, Callum
  3. Grove, Mark

Class 06 : Masters 35 to 39 Years  (Total 3)

  1. Jones, Thomas
  2. Stephens, Lee
  3. White, Matthew

Class 07 : Seniors 40 to 44 Years

  1. Faggotter, Rodney
  2. Wilkinson, Brad
  3. Stewart, Jason

Class 08 : Veterans 45 Years and Over

  1. Bell, Matthew
  2. Doyle, Neil
  3. Hicks, Darby

Class 09 : Quads up to 40 Years

  1. Van Vliet, Cooper
  2. Bailey, Lachlan
  3. Jackson, Andrew

Class 10 : Quads 40 Years and Over

  1. Spiers, Craig
  2. Beer, Richard
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Bou Wins GP of Japan

The Twin Ring Motego circuit hosted round two of the FIM Trial World Championship last weekend and predictably it was the defending champion in Toni Bou who won both days of competition to extend his early championship lead.

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Toni Bou claimed the TrialGP of Japan win from Adam Raga and Takahisa Fujinami

Bou won both days over Adam Raga and teammate Takahisa Fujinami, so heading to the third round Bou has an 11-point lead over Raga who in turn has a nine-point lead over Fujinami.

Toni Bou

“Today we had a perfect trial in a perfect place. I’m very happy with my riding today. Having done this perfect trial here in Japan was really special. Thank all the team who have done a great job. We have prepared a lot for these first events and the results have been incredible, so I can’t be happier this weekend.”

Rider Standings after Round 2

  1. BOU Toni – 60
  2. RAGA Adam – 49
  3. FUJINAMI Takahisa – 40
  4. FAJARDO Jeroni – 35
  5. DABILL James – 33

Brayton set to Defend SX Title

Three-time Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton has confirmed that he will be back to defend his 2018 title and once again he will be on the CRF450R with Penrite Honda Racing with the intension of making it four straight victories.

Justin Brayton

“I will be doing my best to bring home a 4th title. Riders learn from one another and we push to improve ourselves in an effort to get to or be at the top. I imagine some younger riders will be faster this year and some older ones will be hungrier as their careers are nearing the end. The championship in Australia goes from strength to strength, the venues continue to improve, as do the riders and teams and I am proud to have been a small part of it all.”

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Justin Brayton – Image by Hoppenworld

The 3-time Champion has grown fond of Australia and has toyed with the idea of relocating here to live.

“It really is like a second home and this year will mark my 5th year in Australia. The country, the people and the racing are amazing and I appreciate how welcome my family and I feel when we come.”

Travelling the globe racing for more than 10 years, Brayton affirms retirement isn’t on the horizon just yet confirming there is still plenty left in the tank and his dedication and passion for racing remains.

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Justin Brayton – Image by Hoppenworld

“I love racing and riding dirtbikes! Racing at home and around the world is still exciting for me and I get the same butterflies when I line up now as I did when I was younger. So long as it’s fun and I am competitive I aim to keep racing.”

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Epstein-Barr virus slows Covington

Multiple GP winner Thomas Covington has had a horror start to the 2019 AMA Motocross Championship with the Husqvarna rider logging overall finishes of 26th, 17th and 26th respectively over the first three rounds to sit 22nd in the 250 Class points standings.

In the way of explanation Covington posted this statement on social media:

“Sorry I’ve been silent to everyone as to what’s been going on the last few weeks. After seeing the doctor and having tests done this week, I’ve been diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. I’ve been super tired and lacking strength for around a month now and really hit a wall last weekend in Colorado. That’s when I knew something had to be wrong. Doing everything I can now to be back to myself as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone’s continued support and a huge thank you to @rockstarhusky for helping me through this.”

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Thomas Covington – AMA MX 2019 Round 2 – Fox Raceway

Musquin stays with KTM till 2021

KTM North America has extended Marvin Musquin’s contract with the French star remaining with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2020 and 2021 race seasons.

Marvin Musquin has spent the last 10 years of his professional career with the KTM brand and is continually a championship contender in the sport’s premier racing circuits. A true “Ready to Race” athlete and KTM brand ambassador, Musquin’s performance in North America has gained recognition amongst fans as a fierce competitor.

Marvin Musquin

“I am pleased with the extension of my contract with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the next two years. KTM and Red Bull have supported me immensely and I believe the product, team and the overall program will contribute to my future success.”

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Marvin Musquin extends contract with KTM to 2020
Ian Harrison – Team Manager

“I have had the privilege of working with Marvin for nine years and he is a first-class guy that always gives his best, both on and off the track. The 2019 SX Championship proved what a tough contender Marvin is and I’m sure we will get to witness more of his talent in the years to come. I am so happy he has made the decision to stay with Red Bull KTM for the ’20 and ‘21 race seasons. On behalf of all of us at KTM, thank you Marvin, for continuing your journey with us.”

Roger De Coster – Director of Motorsports, KTM Group

“Marvin came over to the U.S. from the MXGP circuit for the 2011 season, which was the same time Ian Harrison and I joined the team and it is hard to believe that this is our ninth year working with him. During this time, Marvin won a 250SX East title, but more importantly, he has not finished off the podium in either the 450 SX or MX Championships and he is still improving every season. I am truly happy Marvin chose to extend his relationship with Red Bull KTM for two more years.”

The 29-year-old French rider has been with the KTM brand since 2009, where the rising star at the time captured back-to-back MX2 World Championships in ’09 and ‘10. In 2011, Musquin signed with Roger De Coster and the U.S. based Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and by 2015 he captured the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship.

Since moving to the premier 450cc division in 2016, Musquin has accumulated eight AMA 450SX victories and seven AMA 450MX victories, while consistently maintaining a top-three position in the overall championships.

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Woffendin Injured

Defending World Champion Tai Woffinden has confirmed that he faces a month on the sidelines after an MRI scan revealed he suffered a broken TH4 vertebra and shoulder blade after crashing with Russian star Grigorii Laguta in heat one of Wroclaw’s PGE Ekstraliga trip to Lublin on Friday night,

Woffinden immediately withdrew from the meeting and was taken to Wroclaw to undergo further checks to ascertain the full extent of the damage to the neck vertebra and shoulder.

Tai Woffinden tweeted

“After leaving hospital last night and making a 500km trip to Wroclaw to see the spinal specialists and a MRI scan, it’s actually TH4 that is broken along with my shoulder blade. At this point I’m out for one month and we will see how much my neck has healed in that period.”

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Tai Woffinden – Image by Warwick Hemy

It has been officially confirmed he will miss the ANLAS Czech SGP in Prague next Saturday and the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik on July 6.

The news comes as a blow to his hopes of retaining the world title with Woffinden currently eighth in the standings on 15 points – 13 behind top two Bartosz Zmarzlik and Patryk Dudek.

SGP second reserve Max Fricke replaces Woffinden in Prague, while the news guarantees that first reserve Robert Lambert will also appear in both Prague and Hallstavik.


Webb injured

Extreme endure star Cody Webb tweaked his knee while dropping off a ledge in a technical rock section just days before heading to the world-famous Erzbergrodeo in Austria. Webb was determined to line up at the infamous event this year only to call it quits early into the race and spent the remaining time helping his KTM teammates through a challenging section of the course.

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Cody Webb – 2019 Thunder Valley National MX

Webb has claimed two extreme enduro victories already this season, in addition to a heartbreakingly close runner-up finish in the 2019 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship.

Cody Webb

“Being injured is always unfortunate, but I’m taking it as a positive. I intend to take rehab very seriously post-operation and will come back better and stronger than before. It’s a long road ahead, but I will make the best of it and am already excited about the thought of being back at the races.”

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KTM take full ownership of KTM Australia and New Zealand

After 25 years of stable and successful business, Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has sold the remaining 74 per cent share of its motorcycle importation business to the brands’ parent company KTM.

AHG has been the exclusive importer and distributor of the KTM brand for the Australian and New Zealand market since 1994, with the Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension brands joining the stable in recent years.

In 2017 KTM, which is Europe’s leading motorcycle manufacturer purchased a 26 per cent share of the AHG motorcycle importation business. It now moves to full ownership of both KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand.

The move to full ownership will see KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand become full subsidiaries of the Austrian company. Now selling more than 11,000 KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycle units combined, the Australian and New Zealand business has become the third largest market in the world for KTM and will now become the third largest subsidiary for the company.

Jeff Leisk – General Manager, KTM Group Australia and New Zealand

“What a journey it has been since our first AHG Dealer Conference in 1994 and there have been so many significant milestones along the way. I am extremely proud to have seen the KTM and Husqvarna Motorcycle brands go from strength to strength in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. We have built strong relationships with our dealers and our customers and this has been the key to our success. Becoming a factory owned subsidiary will increase the level of support that we can offer our dealer network, our staff and our customers, so I am excited about the next chapter.”

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Hubert Trunkenpolz – Chief Marketing Officer

“We are absolutely delighted with the outcome and our full ownership of KTM Group Australia and KTM Group New Zealand. This transaction once again reinforces our commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets. This is a very positive development for the KTM dealer network and the KTM customer in both countries.”

The change will take effect from the 1st July 2019. While the change of ownership is a significant development for both the company and the market, there will be no impact on KTM Group staff or the established dealer networks for KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP Suspension.

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Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup hits Wollongong

November 9 will be a memorable night for 20 young hopefuls as the compete in the Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup during round three of the Australian Supercross Championship at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.

The 20 lucky juniors will be selected for this incredible experience from a mix of current YZ65 owners along with wildcard juniors who don’t currently own the model.

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Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup

The junior riders get to experience what it’s like to be a professional rider and become guests of Yamaha’s factory race teams, which event promoter Troy Bayliss says will provide valuable insights into professional racing, including mentoring from CDR Yamaha Monster Energy factory riders and owner Craig Dack.

Troy Bayliss

“We are pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for junior girls and boys to experience Supercross within an incredible venue like WIN Stadium, and for them to do laps in front of thousands of fans will be something they will remember for a lifetime.”

Since releasing the YZ65 in 2018, Yamaha Motor Australia has given many junior riders the opportunity to compete side-by-side within select Australian Supercross Championship events and MX National rounds, including the first-ever YZ65 Cup at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium during last year’s third round of the Australian Supercross Championship.

Matthew Ferry – YMA National Sales & Marketing Manager

“Our first YZ65 Cup experience at Supercross was in Geelong last year and the parents and kids enjoyed the full bLU cRU treatment, and to see so many happy faces and positive feedback we knew we wanted to offer this experience again this year within the Yamaha presented Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championship at WIN Stadium. Spots are limited to 20 lucky riders available to YZ65 owners, plus Yamaha will also offer a few wildcard entries for non YZ65 owners to experience what it’s like to be part of the bLU cRU, it’s a money-can’t-buy experience.”

Troy Bayliss Events are committed to ensuring the future looks bright for Supercross in Australia, with further Championship junior classes to be announced in the coming weeks for the 2019 Australian Supercross Series.

Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championship takes place at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday November 9, with tickets available now via Ticketmaster.com.au

YZ65 owners can register via the following link:  https://yma.bike/YZ65CupSX1. Wildcard (non YZ65 owners) can register via the following link:  https://yma.bike/YZ65CupSXWC

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Action aplenty at Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship

The Broadford circuit in Victoria last weekend hosted the Shannons 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship and by all accounts the racing was close and hard fought all weekend – see results below:

Australian Championship classes

Pre 75 Slider 263+
1st 26 Jody Mason
2nd 30 Brett Glover
3rd 101 Mark Herfoss
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Jody Mason ACDTD
Jody Mason – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Evolution Super Seniors 70+ All Powers
1st 13 Greg McLean
2nd 118 Bill Mitchell
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Greg McLean ACDTD
Greg McLean – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Evolution 16-29 years All Powers
1st 121 Aaron Stevens
2nd 257 Billy Ricardo
3rd 44 Doug Hayden
Pre 75 up to 125cc
1st 123 Ray Stevens
2nd 18 Jake Mitchell
3rd 2 Grant Dodd
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Ray Stevens ACDTC
Ray Stevens – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 70 263+
1st 6 David Gras
2nd 71 Adam Constable
3rd 17 Steve Constable
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship David Gras ACDTC
David Gras – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 75 Solo 263+
1st 101 Mark Herfoss
2nd 16 Damien Bombardiere
3rd 26 Jody Mason
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship David Herfoss ACDTC
David Herfoss – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Evolution Womens All Powers
1st 89 Tayla Street
2nd 58 Brook Lonie
3rd 38 Janet Kelly
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Brooke Lonie battling Tayla Street
Taylor Street and Brooke Lonie – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 75 50-59 yearrs All Powers
1st 101 Mark Herfoss
2nd 216 Graeme Judd
3rd 123 Ray Stevens
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship David Herfoss ACDTC
Mark Herfoss – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Evolution 50-59 years All Powers
1st 123 Ray Stevens
2nd 216 Graeme Judd
3rd 90 Simon Hampton
Pre 75 Solo 250cc
1st 382 Brad Burns
2nd 667 Luke Wilesmith
3rd 33 Rob Hayden
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Unbeatable Brad Burns ACDTC
Brad Burns – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Evolution Solo 263+
1st 382 Brad Burns
2nd 121 Aaron Stevens
3rd 24 Chas Hern
Evolution Solo 250cc
1st 382 Brad Burns
2nd 44 Doug Hayden
3rd 2 Grant Dodd
Pre 75 263+
1st 257 Billy Ricardo
2nd 123 Ray Stevens
3rd 216 Graeme Judd
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Billy Ricardo ACDTC
Billy Ricardo – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 78 250 Solo
1st 22 Brendan McCowat
2nd 667 Luke Wilesmith
3rd 90 Simon Hampton

Support Classes

Pre 75 60years + All Powers
1st 33 Rob Hayden
2nd 6 Peter Lee
3rd 9 John Selva
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Rob Hayden ACDTC
Rob Hayden – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 75 Slider up to 250cc
1st 7 Reece Crimeen
2nd 30 Brett Glover
3rd 68 Rick Wason
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Reece Crimeen ACDTC
Reece Crimeen – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 60 Solo All Powers
1st 118 Bill Mitchell
2nd 51 Graham Anderson
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Bill Mitchell and Graham Anderson duked it out all weekend ACDTC
Bill Mitchell Graham Anderson – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 78 Super Seniors & Evolution 60years + All Powers
1st 33 Rob Hayden
2nd 52 Peter Lee
3rd 171 Kevin Brown
Pre 75 16-39 Years All Powers
1st 382 Brad Burns
2nd 18 Jake Mitchell
3rd 2 Grant Dodd
Pre 65 Solo 250cc & 263cc+ & Pre 70 Solo 250cc
1st 9 John Selva
2nd 116 Kevin Dunque
3rd 76 Mark Birkett
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship John Selva ACDTC
John Silva – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 75 40-49 years All Powers
1st 16 Damien Bombardiere
2nd 181 Ross Watson
3rd 36 Paul Neighbour
Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Damien Bombardiere beautiful and quick Norton ACDTC
Damien Bomardiere – 2019 Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
Pre 78 & Evolution Solo up to 125cc
1st 2 Grant Dodd
2nd 258 Nick Smith
3rd 38 James Hayden
Battle of the Twins
1st 6 David Gras
2nd 650 Chas Hern
3rd 66 Dean Ross

Tayla Street creates Classic Dirt Track history

History was made in motorcycle racing at Broadford last weekend with the inaugural Women’s Classic Dirt Track Championship and there were eight hard charging females on hand on a myriad of different machinery.

Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Womens Line up
2019 Australian Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne

When the dust settled it was the talented Tayla Street on a fire breathing 1980 Suzuki RM250 who earned the title ahead of Brooke Lonie (DT400) and Janet Kelly (TT500) – see full results below:

Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship Tayla Street Championship Winner
Tayla Street – 2019 Australian Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne
  1. Tayla Street – RM250 – 122p
  2. Brooke Lonie – DT400 – 113p
  3. Janet Kelly – TT500 – 96p
  4. Laura Saxon – IT250 – 94p
  5. Abbey Wason – Bultaco Astro – 70p
  6. Nicole Thompson – DT250 – 62p
  7. Carina Peschel – DT400 – 60p
  8. Denise Widjaja – DT250 – 58p
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Moto News Wrap for April 2, 2019 by Darren Smart

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Houston AMA SX Falls to Webb and Ferrandis

Houston hosted the 13th round of the AMA Supercross Championships last weekend and it was Cooper Webb and Dylan Ferrandis who took maximum points in the 450SX and 250SX West respectively in the third and final ‘triple crown’ main event format for the year.

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2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

450SX Report

The triple crown program features three x 12 minute main events and Ken Roczen not only pulled the holeshot in the first of the three but the German also went on to win by a staggering 10 seconds. The action behind changed the status within team KTM and this championship after Marvin Musquin and Webb ‘drive bombed’ each other at almost every turn for the first few laps until Musquin got pushed off the track by Webb as they entered ‘the wall jump’ that preceded the sand section.

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2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

Oblivious to the drama behind, Roczen took the win ahead of Webb and Wilson and while the second main didn’t see the same ‘bar banging’ action it did see Roczen go down in the first corner before leaving the stadium with what seemed to be a damaged knee or ankle while Webb rallied to score the win over Dean Wilson and Musquin then in the third main Musquin squirted away for the win ahead of Eli Tomac and a cruising Webb who was fully aware that a third would give him the overall ahead of Musquin and Wilson.

Eli Tomac (6-7-2), Cole Seely (4-4-11), Zach Osborne (10-6-4), Justin Bogle (8-5-7), Blake Baggett (9-9-6), Joey Savatgy (7-11-9) and Ken Roczen (1-21-8) rounded out the top ten.

AMA SX Rnd Tomac Webb JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

Webb now has a 17-point lead with four rounds remaining and admitted that he got a little frustrated during the opening moto and will learn from the experience while the good news for Roczen fans is that the Honda rider came back out for the final race and finished 8th – news of his injury status will be confirmed in the coming days.

Cooper Webb

“It is intense racing. I got frustrated and let it show, that is not the way to do it for sure because we let Ken (Roczen) get away, I will learn from it and try to contain the emotions a bit better and like Marv said, we are team mates but we are one and two in the championships so it’s a tough line but I will be better moving forward.”

AMA SX Rnd Webb JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld
Marvin Musquin

“Triple crown is always intense with only 12 minute races so everyone is pushing really hard and I made the pass (on Webb) in the first left hander but then got passed in the whoops before making a good pass on Cooper, everyone was pushing hard and Cooper made an aggressive pass on me which pushed me off the track but this is triple crown and you have to be consistent so sometimes it is not the fastest guy who wins the overall.”

AMA SX Rnd Musquin JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld
Dean Wilson

“Getting back on the podium feels great, it’s been over a year but it is a tough class, I put myself in good positions in the first two races with top three off the start which helps so much, overall my riding has been good but it is a mental game for me because I have been bucked off the horse quite a few times so sometimes I don’t believe in myself like I should, I want to thank my support group for getting me through this.”

AMA SX Rnd Wilson JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld
Cole Seely

“Tonight was pretty good. I finally finished in the top five, which is where I feel like I should’ve been all year. The way things have been going so far have been frustrating, and it’s hard to explain; the toll the injury took on me last year was a lot more intense and in-depth than I thought it was. It’s been a long road to get back to here but I feel like I’ve had speed all year, I just haven’t been able to put it all together. The results haven’t been translating into how well I think I really have ridden most of the year. It feels good to finally break into that top five and run up front with those guys in the first two mains, relatively easy, too. I know it’s not a traditional 20-minute main but it felt like it was coming to me pretty easy, so that’s definitely a confidence booster heading into the final rounds. It’s a bummer it’s taken this long to come around, but I’m happy it did and we’re going to keep working forward.”

AMA SX Rnd Seely JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross – Round 13 – Houston

450SX Main Event Results

  1. Cooper Webb: 2-1-3 = 26pts
  2. Marvin Musquin: 5-3-1 = 23pts
  3. Dean Wilson: 3-2-5= 21pts
  4. Eli Tomac: 6-7-2 = 19pts
  5. Cole Seely: 4-4-11 = 18pts
  6. Zach Osborne: 10-6-4 = 17pts
  7. Justin Bogle: 8-5-7 = 16pts
  8. Blake Baggett: 9-9-6 = 15pts
  9. Joey Savatgy: 7-11-9 = 14pts
  10. Ken Roczen: 1-21-8 = 13pts
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 450SX Points after 13 of 17 Rounds

  1. Cooper Webb – 288
  2. Marvin Musquin – 271
  3. Eli Tomac – 262
  4. Ken Roczen – 252
  5. Blake Baggett – 215
  6. Dean Wilson – 201
  7. Joey Savatgy – 173
  8. Cole Seely – 160
  9. Chad Reed – 151
  10. Justin Barcia – 150

250 West Coast Report

It looked like Adam Cianciarulo was set to extend his 15 point lead over Ferrandis in the championship after the Kawasaki rider won the opening main well ahead of Ferrandis and RJ Hampshire. However the second moto turned sour when Adam spewed through the tuff boxes on the exit of the first corner and then as he was coming back through the field he clipped another rider mid-air and crashed his way to a 10th place finish as Ferrandis cruised to a win ahead of Hampshire, Garrett Marchbanks and Nichols.

AMA SX Rnd McAdoo CianciaruloStarts JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

The final main saw Nichols out front ahead of Ferrandis while Cianciarulo was once again on the ground but Adam quickly made his way through the pack to end the race in third behind Nichols and his teammate Ferrandis who scored his second overall win in two weeks to be just five points behind championship leader Cianciarulo with two rounds remaining.

AMA SX Rnd Nichols JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

Ferrandis, Hampshire and Nichols got to enjoy the podium accolades while Cianciarulo (1-10-3), James Decotis (6-5-6), Cameron Mcadoo (9-6-5), Justin Starling (12-8-8), Sean Cantrell (11-7-13), Garrett Marchbanks (10-3-19) and Chris Blose (8-19-7) rounded out the top ten.

Dylan Ferrandis

“It is good to be back in the championship, it is exciting for the end of the season, I will not change anything (leading up to the final two rounds), I will keep working with my trainer and do everything I can to challenge AC (Cianciarulo) for this championship.”

AMA SX Rnd Ferrandis JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld
RJ Hampshire

“I haven’t cracked to top five in the recent races so we made huge improvements this week with the bike so I had good starts all night that lead into good finishes, I didn’t do anything special all day, I just rode so stocked to be up here in second place.”

AMA SX Rnd Hampshire JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld
Colt Nichols

“I really wanted to race and didn’t want to miss a weekend after last weekend’s DNF so we just dealt with the soreness to manage decent results in the first two mains then win the last which is exactly what I wanted to do, it’s just good to win something again, it’s been a while.”

AMA SX Rnd Nichols JK SX Houston
2019 AMA Supercross Round 13 – Houston – Image by Hoppenworld

The West Coast riders have a break next weekend as the East Coast riders head to Nashville for their 7th round.

250 West Coast Main Event Results

  1. Dylan Ferrandis: 2-1-2 = 26pts
  2. RJ Hampshire: 3-2-4 = 23pts
  3. Colt Nichols: 5-4-1 = 21pts
  4. Adam Cianciarulo: 1-10-3 = 19pts
  5. James Decotis: 6-5-6 = 18pts
  6. Cameron Mcadoo: 9-6-5 = 17pts
  7. Justin Starling: 12-8-8 = 16pts
  8. Sean Cantrell: 11-7-13 = 15pts
  9. Garrett Marchbanks: 10-3-19 = 14pts
  10. Chris Blose: 8-19-7 = 13pts
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250 West Coast Overall Results
Dylan Ferrandis: 2-1-2 = 26pts
RJ Hampshire: 3-2-4 = 23pts
Colt Nichols: 5-4-1 = 21pts

250 West Coast Points after 8 of 10 Rounds

  1. Adam Cianciarulo – 182
  2. Dylan Ferrandis – 177
  3. Colt Nichols – 142
  4. RJ Hampshire – 126
  5. Shane Mcelrath – 123
  6. James Decotis – 112
  7. Chris Blose – 111
  8. Cameron Mcadoo – 111
  9. Michael Mosiman – 110
  10. Garrett Marchbanks – 99

250 East Coast Points after 6 of 9 Rounds

  1. Austin Forkner – 151
  2. Chase Sexton – 125
  3. Justin Cooper – 123
  4. Alex Martin – 92
  5. Martin Davalos – 89
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg – 88
  7. Brandon Hartranft – 82
  8. Kyle Cunningham – 81
  9. Kyle Peters – 79
  10. Jordon Smith – 70
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Clout and Todd Top Wonthaggi MX Nationals

Under stormy skies and intermittent rain, the second round of the MX Nationals was held in Wonthaggi last weekend and it was Luke Clout who earned the MX1 overall while defending champion Wilson Todd was in a class of his own on the way to victory in the MX2 class.

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Start Waters Bopping Mellross Cover
2019 MX Nationals Round 2 – Wonthaggi

MX1 Report

With rain soaking the track it was tough going throughout the day but the surprise of the opening moto was Lawson Bopping leading by the field ahead of foreign imports Erki Kahro (Estonia) and Justin Rodbell (USA) while Luke Clout was back in 6th, Hayden Mellross 8th, Brett Metcalfe 12th, Kirk Gibbs 14th and championship leader Todd Waters 28th after opening lap crash that ended up resulting in a DNF.

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Waters Mellross Clout
Luke Clout chases down Waters and Mellross

Bopping was impressive out front but with five laps to go the Kawasaki rider was obviously showing signs of a lack of race fitness so it was Kahro who made his move to take the lead then it wasn’t long before a hard charging Clout also made his way to second place.

With lapped riders causing all sorts of chaos Clout closed in on Kahro and with five corners left Clout sliced his way to the lead and the win but Clout’s celebrations where cut short after he was dropped back to second thanks to a 10 second penalty for exceeding track boundaries.

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Kirk Gibbs
Kirk Gibbs

In much better conditions Rodbell pulled the holeshot in the second moto ahead of Waters and Karo but Richie Evans, Kirk Gibbs and Brett Metcalfe all went down in the first corner.

18-year-old Rodbell couldn’t hold Waters back for long so the early running saw Waters leading Rodbell, Clout, Karo and Mellross until Karo took a heavy fall and dropped out of contention allowing privateer Charlie Creech to move into the top five.

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Todd Waters & Luke Clout

In the second half of the moto Clout received a 20 second race penalty for exceeding track limits again and Mellross high-sided his KTM but was sharp enough to get back and rejoin the race behind Clout so at the chequered flag it was Waters who took the win ahead of Clout who had etched out enough time to earn second ahead of Mellross despite the 20-second penalty while Rodbell and Rykers finished fourth, and fifth – Kahro clawed his way back to sixth.

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Hayden Mellross

Despite being penalised in both races Clout’s 2-2 earned the CDR Yamaha rider the overall win ahead of Mellross and Karo and more importantly Mellross has earned the red plate as the points leader ahead of Clout, Gibbs and Waters as they head towards round three of the championship at Broadford, Vic, on April 14th.

Luke Clout

“I don’t know what happened, If I end up getting the win, or I end up getting second I don’t really care, it’s a good ride for me. I was really mature in my riding.”

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Luke Clout
Luke Clout
Erki Kahro

“It was just a really tough moto, it was a really good track, a really hard track. A proper motocross track.”

Lawson Bopping

“It was a great weekend, and I had a lot of fun with the team, I struggled a little in practice and got arm pump straight up – that was to be expected – I haven’t done a national in three years. I qualified in 12th, which wasn’t real great, but I ripped an awesome start in the first moto and led for maybe 20 minutes – that was awesome! I put the fade on in the last 10 minutes and a few guys got around me. Leading those few laps at the start made my whole weekend and it was a good time! The second moto was pretty miserable, to be honest. I think I went pretty hard in the first race and I was pretty flat for the second one, but overall we’re happy.”

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Lawson Bopping
Lawson Bopping
Jesse Dobson

“Today was tough, but overall really positive, I didn’t realise I made Superpole at the time and rode back to my pit and started getting undressed! I had to rush to get back on the track and I ended up with arm-pump. I had a good start in race one and pushed forward to fifth, but I only have the one bike, so when it started to get hot, I pulled over and my mechanic Aiden helped me clear the radiators rather than wreck it with a race to go, before pushing hard again to finish 12th, I was confident lining up for race two but ended up caught in the first turn pile up after the FC450 jumped out of gear at the start and put me behind. I charged hard to 6th, 20-minutes into the race, but in the last few laps the rear wheel bearings collapsed and I had to work hard to stay on track and make sure I got to finish line. I finished 7th on track, but I was penalised 10-seconds for overtaking a lapped rider outside the track markers, when I was working hard to just keep the bike on track and moving forward, I’ve put my case to the officials for review, so we’ll see what happens there.”

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Jesse Dobson
Jesse Dobson
Kirk Gibbs

“It wasn’t a great day for me and I leave here pretty frustrated and angry, I was way back in moto one and was moving forward when another rider went down and took me with them and I lost plenty of time there and then in the second one I went down at the start, had to stop into the mechanics area to get the bike straightened out and was a long way behind the field when I re-joined the race. I kept on chipping away and managed to get myself back to seventh and felt I rode alright but seventh isn’t where I belong and makes my determined to bounce back at round three in a couple of weeks’ time.”

MX Nationals Rnd Appin MX Podium Waters Mellross Gibbs
Thor MX1 – Moto 1 – Appin Results – Top 15
Todd Waters
Hayden Mellross +1.449
Kirk Gibbs +23.990

Thor MX1 – Moto 1 Top 10

  1. Erki Kahro
  2. Luke Clout
  3. Hayden Mellross
  4. Jayden Rykers
  5. Brett Metcalfe
  6. Lawson Bopping
  7. Richie Evans
  8. Zak Small
  9. Kirk Gibbs
  10. Charlie Creech

Thor MX1 – Moto 2 Top Ten

  1. Todd Waters
  2. Luke Clout
  3. Hayden Mellross
  4. Justin Rodbell
  5. Jayden Rykers
  6. Erki Kahro
  7. Kirk Gibbs
  8. Jesse Dobson
  9. Charlie Creech
  10. Lawson Bopping

Thor MX1 – Top Ten Overall

  1. Luke Clout – 64
  2. Hayden Mellross – 60
  3. Erki Kahro – 60
  4. Kirk Gibbs – 47
  5. Lawson Bopping – 47
  6. Charlie Creech – 44
  7. Zak Small – 44
  8. Jayden Rykers – 43
  9. Jesse Dobson – 43
  10. Justin Rodbell – 38
    …12. Todd Waters – 35
    …17. Brett Metcalfe – 28
    …18. Caleb Ward – 25

MX1 Points after 3 of 10 Rounds

  1. Hayden Mellross – 92
  2. Luke Clout – 89
  3. Kirk Gibbs – 77
  4. Todd Waters – 73
  5. Jesse Dobson – 69
  6. Charlie Creech – 64
  7. Justin Rodbell – 63
  8. Zak Small – 62
  9. Tomas Ravenhorst – 61
  10. Erki Kahro – 60
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MX2 Report

The Pirelli MX2 class ran three motos on the day starting with two back to back 8-lap motos followed by a traditional 15-minute moto and Wilson Todd was completely dominant in all three to earn the overall ahead of Aaron Tanti and former red plate holder Jye Roberts.

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Wilson Todd
Wilson Todd

Wilson now has a 9-point lead over Roberts who in turn has a 5-point lead over former champion Jay Wilson – thankfully there were no course cutting penalties to report on in the MX2 class.

Wilson Todd

“I felt good coming into this weekend, the FC250 is working unreal for me, and I’m really comfortable being back with DPH, I wanted to really race this weekend after Appin, and I’m super stoked to have first gate pick and then take all three race wins. As the track dried, it got faster, and I was able to put in some really strong, consistent laps and the hard work I’ve been putting in is really starting to show.”

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Wilson Todd
Wilson Todd
Aaron Tanti

“I had race one under control and didn’t really feel much pressure from behind me but as I came down the pit board straight, I felt the front wheel aquaplane in the mud and by the time it grabbed traction again, I was already heading off track. But second was still a good finish, race two was pretty average but I was able to rebound well in the final one and get on the podium. Thanks to everyone in the Serco Yamaha team. The first two rounds have been a nightmare for the mechanics and they have done a good job of keeping the bikes in great shape. Next up is Broadford and I’m looking forward to that and hopefully keep this momentum going.”

MX Nationals Rnd Wonthaggi MX Aaron Tanti
Aaron Tanti
Kyle Webster

“The first race in the morning was pretty wet and the mud was tough, but nevertheless I was running top four for most of the moto and was feeling good, until the last lap when my bike stopped due to overheating. With the back-to-back format I had to get back to the start and get straight on my practice bike for the second moto, which meant I didn’t get a chance to prep my gate which in turn meant I got a bad start and it was all I could do to work my way up to fifth by the finish of the moto. That final moto was a much better way to end a day that definitely didn’t start the way I was hoping,”

Kyle Webster
Kyle Webster

Pirelli MX2 – Moto 1 Top 10

  1. Wilson Todd
  2. Aaron Tanti
  3. Cooper Pozniak
  4. Jay Wilson
  5. Jye Dickson
  6. Nathan Crawford
  7. Jy Roberts
  8. Sam Pelz
  9. Issac Ferguson
  10. Dylan Wills

Pirelli MX2 – Moto 2 Top 10

  1. Wilson Todd
  2. Jy Roberts
  3. Joel Evans
  4. Cooper Pozniak
  5. Kyle Webster
  6. Bailey Malkiewicz
  7. Sam Pelz
  8. Riley Dukes
  9. Aaron Tanti
  10. Jye Dickson
  11. Jay Wilson
  12. Nathan Crawford

Pirelli MX2 – Moto 3 Top 10

  1. Wilson Todd
  2. Kyle Webster
  3. Jay Wilson
  4. Aaron Tanti
  5. Jy Roberts
  6. Dylan Wills
  7. Jye Dickson
  8. Nathan Crawford
  9. Sam Pelz
  10. Issac Ferguson
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MX2 Overall Round Podium – 1) Wilson Todd, 2) Aaron Tanti, 3) Jy Roberts

Pirelli MX2 – Top Ten Overall

  1. Wilson Todd – 70
  2. Aaron Tanti – 56
  3. Jy Roberts – 56
  4. Jay Wilson – 54
  5. Cooper Pozniak – 52
  6. Jye Dickson – 49
  7. Sam Pelz – 48
  8. Kyle Webster – 46
  9. Nathan Crawford – 43
  10. Issac Ferguson – 42

MX2 Points after 3 of 10 Rounds

  1. Wilson Todd – 100
  2. Jy Roberts – 91
  3. Jay Wilson – 86
  4. Aaron Tanti – 77
  5. Cooper Pozniak – 76
  6. Issac Ferguson – 70
  7. Nathan Crawford – 68
  8. Jye Dickson – 64
  9. Dylan Wills – 63
  10. Kyle Webster – 62
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MXD Report

Of the young guns of the sport Regan Duffy dominated the MXD class with a pair of wins to take the round overall and more importantly the championship points lead by 4 points ahead of Rhys Buss while former championship leader Max Purvis went 18-2 for 7th on the day and now sits 3rd in the points.

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Rhys Budd
Rhys Budd

“Wonthaggi is known as a really tough sand track, and truth be told I am not much of a sand rider but I actually felt really strong at Wonthaggi. Third overall for the round is good and it means I am a solid second in the championship standings after two rounds, which I’m really pleased about, I can’t wait to get back home to Sydney and just keep working hard toward the next round. The MX Nationals is a long series, for sure, but my plan is to keep hitting my targets and to be right there at the end of the championship.”

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Rhys Budd

Motul MXD – Moto 1 Top 10

  1. Regan Duffy
  2. Mason Rowe
  3. Rhys Budd
  4. Noah Ferguson
  5. Mason Semmens
  6. Brodie Ellis
  7. Jai Walker
  8. Tye Jones
  9. Jack Kukas
  10. Mackenzie O’Bree

Motul MXD – Moto 2 Top 10

  1. Regan Duffy
  2. Maximus Purvis
  3. Mason Rowe
  4. Rhys Budd
  5. Noah Ferguson
  6. Mason Semmens
  7. Brodie Ellis
  8. Liam Andrews
  9. Jack Kukas
  10. Micheal Murphy
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Regan Duffy claimed the overall win and red plate, with Mason Row and Rhys Budd closing out the podium

Motul MXD – Top Ten Overall

  1. Regan Duffy – 70
  2. Mason Rowe – 62
  3. Rhys Budd – 58
  4. Noah Ferguson – 54
  5. Mason Semmens – 51
  6. Brodie Ellis – 49
  7. Maximus Purvis – 45
  8. Jack Kukas – 44
  9. Jai Walker – 39
  10. Mackenzie O’Bree – 37

MXD Championship Points

  1. Regan Duffy – 94
  2. Rhys Budd – 90
  3. Maximus Purvis – 80
  4. Mason Rowe – 78
  5. Noah Ferguson – 69

125cc Gold Cup Report

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Cameron Taylor tops the 125 podium at Wonthaggi from Joshua Kilvington and Nicholas Murray

Multi Australian Champion Cameron Taylor put his experience to good use to win both of the 125cc Gold Cup motos in tough conditions at Wonthaggi while Queenslander Josh Kilvington earned second with 2-2 moto results ahead of Nicholas Murray (4-3) and the hard charging Clay Kilvington (3-4), Josh’s younger brother.

Yamaha 125cc Gold Cup – Rd 2 Overall

  1. Cameron Taylor – 70
  2. Joshua Kilvington – 64
  3. Nicholas Murray – 58
  4. Clay Kilvington – 58
  5. Jedidiah Cornthwaite – 51
  6. Lachlan Wilson – 48
  7. Nick Davis – 48
  8. Darcy Cavanagh – 45
  9. Ryan Butler – 44
  10. Baylee Davies – 42
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Cairoli and Prado Blitz Valkenswaard

Round three of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship was held at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands last weekend and it was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado who won the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively.

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Tony Cairoli takes the holeshot – Image by Ray Archer

MXGP Report

Valkenswaard is one of the toughest tracks on MXGP calendar with the undulating, sand infested layout chopping out into a rut infested torture test but that didn’t stop Cairoli earning two holeshots, two wins and the maximum 50 points.

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Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle’s 2-5 scores earned 38 points for second overall and Tim Gajser’s crash in the opening moto saw the Honda pilot end the weekend with 7-2 moto finishes for 36 points and third overall.

Cairoli already has more than a moto up his sleeve in the championship points with the 9-time World Champion storming to his 88th GP win and heads to his home GP in Trentino with a 27-point lead over Gajser.

Antonio Cairoli

“Overall I’m happy going into Trentino next week. Having the first three GP wins this year it’s nice. Of course, it’s not easy, Tim is very fast at the moment and it’s nice to have such a high rhythm in the race for us, for the fans, and for everybody.”

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Tony Cairoli – Image by Ray Archer
Clement Desalle

“I’m happy going into Trentino next week. Having the first three GP wins this year it’s nice. Of course, it’s not easy, Tim is very fast at the moment and it’s nice to have such a high rhythm in the race for us, for the fans, and for everybody.”

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Clement Desalle
Tim Gajser

“I’m happy to finish on the podium again. But yeah I’m a little bit disappointed. In the first race I had a good start and I was in third place behind Tony and Max, then I make a mistake and I fell so I had to came through the pack. Anyway we’re looking forward to next weekend in Arco, definitely many fans from Slovenia are going to be there and I’m excited.”

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Tim Gajser – Image by Bavo

MXGP Valkenswaard Overall Top Ten

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points
  2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 38
  3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36
  4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 36
  5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 36
  6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 29
  7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 28
  8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 28
  9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 25
  10. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 17
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MXGP Overall Podium – 1) Cairoli, 2) Desalle, 3) Gajser

MXGP Standings following Valkenswaard MXGP

  1. CAIROLI Antonio 147
  2. GAJSER Tim 125
  3. DESALLE Clement 103
  4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 102
  5. PAULIN Gautier 102
  6. JASIKONIS Arminas 92
  7. SEEWER Jeremy 78
  8. SIMPSON Shaun 64
  9. LIEBER Julien 62
  10. ANSTIE Max 62
    …24 FERRIS Dean 6
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MX2 Report

Prado won the opening moto by seven seconds over Thomas Kjer Olsen, Henry Jacobi, Calvin Vlaanderen and Ben Watson while Jed Beaton finished  a solid 10th but fellow Aussie Mitch Evans was storming his way forward from a poor start only to have to retire with a mechanical issue.

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Jorge Prado – Image by Ray Archer

Prado won the second moto by five seconds ahead of Jago Geerts, Kjer Olsen, Vlaanderen and Watson with Evan bouncing back to finish in 10th while Beaton finished in a credible 15th despite still recovering from injury.

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MXGP 2019 – Round 3 – The Netherlands – Jed Beaton leads

Prado earned the overall while Olsen took second to maintain the red plate and a 36 point lead over Prado ahead of next weekend’s MXGP of Trentino.

Jorge Prado

“I had a good feeling both days, It’s still not where I want because we still need to work but I’m going in the right direction. Trentino should be a great weekend hopefully. I have good memories from there and I have good races there every year. Hopefully we can make another good one next week.”

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Jorge Prado – Image by Ray Archer
Thomas Kjer Olsen

“I feel pretty good with my performance. I got two good starts in the races, which I was pretty happy about. It made it a little bit easier for me to not have to battle all the way through the field. Prado was riding really good, I didn’t feel like I was riding bad or anything myself, I had a pretty good flow it just wasn’t quite enough.”

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Thomas Kjer Olsen
Jago Geerts

“It was a really good week for me, the first race didn’t go as planned but in the second race I was pretty fired up, in the last lap I got second place and took third on the podium so I was pretty happy with that.”

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Jago Geerts
Jed Beaton

“I had an OK GP and felt good on my bike, in the opening moto my pace was good so I managed to secure a top-10 result. Then in the second moto, I pushed a bit more than I needed to early on and ended up getting a little fatigued. Then injury I picked up during the pre-season hasn’t allowed me to spend as much time as I would have liked on a bike. Around a tough track like Valkenswaard it is always important to be on top of your game. At the moment I’m taking one step at a time and I’m trying to get better every time I race.”

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Jed Beaton
Mitch Evans

“Tough day in the office riding with a lot of pain from yesterday’s crash. Moto 1 I made my way up to 13th before having to make a pit stop due to a mechanical but happy with my 10th place in moto 2! Thanks to my Honda114 Motorsports Team! Keeping a smile on my face and enjoying every day, good or bad!”

MX2 Valkenswaard Overall Top Ten

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
  2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 42
  3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 36
  4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 36
  5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 35
  6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 32
  7. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 23
  8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 22
  9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 21
  10. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 21
    …12. Jed Beaton
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MX2 Overall Podium – 1) Prado, 2) Kjer-Olsen, 3) Geerts

MX2 Championship Top Ten after Valkenswaard

  1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 136 points
  2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 113
  3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 107
  4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 100
  5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 95
  6. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 86
  7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 81
  8. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 65
  9. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 63
  10. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 60
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Verstappen Takes WMX First Blood

Valkenswaard hosted the first round of the 2019 FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship and despite Kiwi Courtney Duncan being the fastest on the track it was Amandine Verstappen who took the overall win and red plate for the very first time in her career.

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Amandine Verstappen

39 women stormed into the first corner of the opening moto and it was all Duncan with the Kawasaki pilot taking the win by 6.6 seconds ahead of Verstappen, Larissa Papenmeier, Nancy Van De Ven and Shana van der Vlist while Aussie Meghan Rutledge managed to get back to 9th after a poor start.

The second moto was looking to be the same outcome but on lap seven Duncan crashed heavily over the rut infested finish line jump but in a crash that would have left mere mortals laying around in pain, Duncan ran back to her bike, remounted and despite it taking ages to get her bike going managed to get back to a credible 7th,

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Courtney Duncan

At the finish it was a race win for Van de Ven who had an eight second gap back to Verstappen while Papenmeier, Shana van der Vlist and Line Dam rounded out the top five with Duncan and Rutledge coming home 7th and 8th.

Verstappen’s 2-2 moto results earned her the overall ahead of Van De Ven, Papenmeier, Duncan, van der Vlist, Lynn Valk, Dam and Rutledge as the Women head to the MXGP of Portugal on the 18th and 19th of May in Agueda.

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Meghan Rutledge

WMX Overall Top Ten

  1. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40
  4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39
  5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34
  6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29
  7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26
  8. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25
  9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25
  10. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18
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WMX Overall Podium – 1) Verstappen, 2) Van De Ven, 3) Papenmeier

WMX Championship Top Ten

  1. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, YAM), 44 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 43
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40
  4. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 39
  5. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 34
  6. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 29
  7. Line Dam (DEN, HON), 26
  8. Meghan Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 25
  9. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 25
  10. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 18

Guadagnini starts EMX125 championship on top

Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini has won the opening round of the EMX125 Championship which was held at the Dutch circuit of Valkenswaard last weekend.

100 riders tried to qualify for the 40 championship gate positions and after a very tough weekend of racing it was Guadagnini’s 1-4 moto results that earned the overall win while Jorgen-Matthias Talviku and second moto winner Tom Guyon rounded out the podium.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:33.564
  2. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, Husqvarna), +0:18.504
  3. Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), +0:20.491
  4. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:22.052
  5. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:23.129
  6. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, Husqvarna), +0:24.242
  7. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:29.100
  8. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:46.761
  9. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), +1:04.343
  10. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +1:04.942

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 30:08.811
  2. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:01.038
  3. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, Husqvarna), +0:03.653
  4. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:05.709
  5. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:08.459
  6. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), +0:19.924
  7. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), +0:38.339
  8. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, KTM), +0:39.467
  9. Rasmus Pedersen (DEN, KTM), +0:47.521
  10. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +0:53.018.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 43 points
  2. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 42
  3. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 39
  4. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 38
  5. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 34
  6. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 26
  7. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 21
  8. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 20
  9. Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), 20
  10. Alessandro Facca (ITA, KTM), 17

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing ChampionshipTop Ten

  1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 43 points
  2. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 42
  3. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 39
  4. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 38
  5. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 34
  6. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 26
  7. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 21
  8. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), 20
  9. Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), 20
  10. Alessandro Facca (ITA, KTM), 17
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Ferris pulls out of MXGP opportunity

Dean Ferris has pulled out of filling in for Romain Febvre at the Monster Energy Yamaha team and is back in Australia to recuperate from of a minor knee injury he sustained at the MXGP of Great Britain two weekends ago.

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Dean Ferris sustained a knee injury in Britain

Ferris was expected to compete in three GPs in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Trentino, but has been forced to withdraw due to complications with his knee and to keep his options open for a ride in America for the AMA Motocross Nationals that kick off in May.

Massimo Raspanti – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Manager

“It’s a shame that Dean’s opportunity has been cut short. He was improving every time he rode the bike and was a pleasure to have around the team. Luck is a factor in top-level motocross and both Dean and Romain have been unlucky this season. I hope he makes a quick recovery, and I wish him the best for the rest of the year.”


Sunderland leads Abu Dhabi Desert challenge

After just two stages KTM rider Sam Sunderland leads the six stage Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in the back of winning the opening stage then backing that up with a solid fifth on a tough stage two.

Thanks to winning the first stage, Sunderland was the first to enter stage two navigating through the looped timed special that took riders around the Liwa oasis area, Sunderland led the majority of the route, only to be passed late in the day by Jose Ignacio Cornejo, Joan Barreda, Andrew Short and Luciano Benavides.

Sam Sunderland

“Starting first on the route is always going to be a disadvantage obviously, but I’m pleased with how I rode and believe I did a good job of opening the stage. I set a good pace all day and only got caught by Andrew at around kilometre 200, which is really good for leading out here in Abu Dhabi as it’s always quite tricky to navigate and easy to lose time when riding at the front. I am very pleased with how everything is going at the moment – the bike is perfect and the team are doing great. Hopefully the wind eases off a little as it makes everyone’s job a little harder, but it’s the desert and it can be expected. Looking forward to getting going again tomorrow.”

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Sam Sunderland – 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

The 434km third stage marks the rally’s halfway point and will feature a 300km special stage.

Provisional Results Stage Two – 2019 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

  1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 3:13:21
  2. Joan Barreda (SPA), Honda, 3:15:04 +1:43
  3. Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 3:16:19 +2:58
  4. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 3:16:51 +3:30
  5. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 3:19:16 +5:55

Provisional Overall Standings (after Stage Two)

  1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 6:59:57
  2. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 7:00:48 +0:51
  3. Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 7:04:09 +4:12
  4. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 7:06:39 +6:42
  5. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 7:20:17 +20:20
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Thad Duvall wins Steele Creek GNCC

Steele City, Morganton hosted round three of the 2019 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) last weekend it was Thad Duvall who became the third winner of the season at the 20th Annual FMF Steele Creek GNCC.

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Kailub Russell grabbed the holeshot – Image by Ken Hill

Defending champion Kailub Russell grabbed the holeshot and led Duvall and Trevor Bollinger into the woods of North Carolina and over the next two plus hours Duvall battled with Russell and Bollinger, going from first to third multiple times but Duvall made his way to the front of the pack on the last lap after Russell became stuck in a rut behind lapped riders.

With the finish line in sight Duvall and Russell engaged in a heated battle, but as the chequered flag flew it was Duvall coming through first, just two seconds ahead of Russell while Bollinger fell of the pace thanks to getting stuck on one of the famous uphills twice but still managed third.

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Thad Duvall – Image by Ken Hill

Steward Baylor Jr, Josh Toth, Jordan Ashburn, Josh Strang, Cory Buttrick, Andrew Delong and Layne Michael rounded out the top ten.

After suffering a rare defeat at the second round, Aussie Tayla Jones took out the WXC class ahead of Becca Sheets and fellow Aussie Mackenzie Tricker – Jones now leads the championship by just three points over Sheets.

The 2019 GNCC Series returns in two weeks, April 13-14, with the CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet in Society Hill, South Carolina.

XC1 Pro Event Results

  1. Thad Duvall (HQV)
  2. Kailub Russell (KTM)
  3. Trevor Bollinger (HQV)
  4. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
  5. Josh Toth (KTM)
  6. Jordan Ashburn (KAW)
  7. Josh Strang (KAW)
  8. Cory Buttrick (YAM)
  9. Andrew Delong (HON)
  10. Layne Michael (HQV)

Overall National Championship Standings

  1. Kailub Russell (80)
  2. Thad Duvall (72)
  3. Steward Baylor Jr. (66)
  4. Trevor Bollinger (62)
  5. Ben Kelley (47)
  6. Josh Toth (46)
  7. Josh Strang (43)
  8. Jordan Ashburm (36)
  9. Jonathan Girroir (35)
  10. Michael Witkowski (32)
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Holcombe continues Italian Enduro Championship domination

Beta Factory Racing’s Steve Holcombe has secured his second victory in the Italian Enduro Championship with an overall win at round three. Fresh from his winning ride at last weekend’s Enduro World Championship, the defending Italian Enduro Champion continued his impressive form into the Arma di Taggia event to secure his second win in as many races and extend his lead at the top of the Italian championship series.

Faced with a varied set of special tests – ranging from a cross test on the beach to a rocky and technical extreme test in the mountains – the third stop of the series proved a challenging one from the off. Steve secured the overall victory and with it he extends his lead in the championship standings to 17 points. The Italian Enduro Championship continues with round four in Pontremoli on April 14.

Steve Holcombe

“I’m chuffed to have come away with the win today after making it hard on myself this morning. I’m not really sure what was up, but I just didn’t have a great opening lap and struggled to find my rhythm. I got it together on lap two and three and when I won the second extreme test that motivated me to push hard and close the gap. I think the extreme test is where the race came back to me because I managed to win that test on the final two laps as well, which put me back in contention. All told, I’m delighted to have got another victory – that’s two wins from three starts in the Italian championship, which is cool. We’ve got about two weeks off now until round four, which I’m looking forward too – it’ll give me a chance to recover from what’s been a busy couple of weeks racing and allow me time to work on a few areas I need to improve on, too.”

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Steve Holcombe – 2019 Italian Enduro Championship

Championship Standings after Round 3

  1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57pts
  2. Alex Salvini (Honda) 40
  3. Danny McCanney (TM) 39
  4. Loic Larrieu (TM) 37
  5. Matteo Cavallo (Sherco) 33pts…

FIM E-XBike World Cup

Youthstream have announced that the first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will be a feature event at the 2019 MXGP of Italy in Imola this August.

Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo stated, “We are very excited to start this new project with the FIM, we thank FIM and in particular their President, Mr. Jorge Viegas, for the trust and for this opportunity to develop this new sport, it will be both challenging and very interesting.  Our goal is to develop the FIM E-X Bike World Cup for all customers and riders who want to enjoy racing on an extreme circuit in front of a massive crowd and with a great media coverage.”

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FIM E-XBike World Cup

The one race format will include a mass start with combined categories of both male and female riders racing for 30 minutes plus 1 lap but scored separately. The racing will be opened to anyone with an electric bicycle.

The event is being developed with the full support of Youthstream as CEO Mr. David Luongo explains, “Youthstream will put all its TV and Media resources to promote as much as possible this new competition. The first FIM E-XBike World Cup will be broadcasted live on our OTT Platforms, MXGP-TV.com, and our Facebook MXGP Page that has more than 2.5 Million followers.”

Jorge Viegas, the new elected President of the FIM took part in the conference as well during his first MXGP visit and enthusiastically said, “I am very happy that the FIM is starting to provide competitions for electric bikes. The first ever FIM E-XBike World Cup will allow a new generation of riders to take part in these exciting races. Thanks to the support of our promoters Youthstream and Infront, the Italian Federation and the Imola circuit, the FIM will be able to offer the public who come to the MXGP in Italy the opportunity to discover a new type of competition. For the FIM it is a reoccurring story because the first motorcycles were based on a bike frame, with the addition of a motor. In recent years the electric technology has evolved considerably, and we are convinced that the FIM E-X Bike World Cup will offer the manufacturers a great platform for further development. An E-bike round table meeting will also be organized in Belgium at Metet MX circuit the 9thof June in conjunction with another E-Bike / Pedelec race organized under the authority of the FMB.”


Price commits to four-wheels at Finke 2019

Toby Price has made the decision to sit out the bike category at the 2019 Finke Desert Race to concentrate on winning the truck class.

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Toby Price
Toby Price

“I’ll be sitting out the bike category at Finke this year, racing only the truck is the safer option to know that I’ll be ready for Dakar 2020! After the injury I’d like to focus on one category, and it’s the one I haven’t won yet.”

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2019 FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup to Gillman

An action-packed night is promised at Gillman Speedway, South Australia (SA) this Saturday night (6 April) for the 2019 running of the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup. The world’s most prestigious Speedway Sidecar event sees 16 crews battle it out for the most prestigious Speedway Sidecar trophy in the world.

Sixteen heats of quick-fire racing action will be sure to keep the crowds entertained all night, and a field full of world-class riders and passengers will ensure the standard of racing is second to none.

For those wanting to get a try-before-you-buy experience of Speedway Sidecar racing, entry to the practice day will be free for spectators. Gates open at 3:00pm with practice to commence at 6:00pm.

For those who can’t get enough Speedway Sidecar action, the weekend continues with the re-running of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship taking place the very next night (Sunday 7 April). After being called off due to rain last weekend, the crews will have unfinished business as the slates are wiped clean and the event re-starts from Heat 1.


FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championships scheduled

Rain forced the cancellation of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship last Saturday night (30 March) but Motorcycling Australia is pleased to announce that the event has been re-scheduled for next Sunday, 7th of April, to run alongside the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup at Gillman Speedway, South Australia.

FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship to Gillman
Gillman to host 2019

The entry list will remain the same as the one planned for the original event, which means that Damien Niesche will not be running due to having withdrawn from the original event, instead Rick Stephens will once again take his place as reserve.

Tickets for the re-run of the 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship (Sunday, 7 April) are available at the gate, with entry available from $15 for adults, $10 for concession, and children under 10 free.

Entry to Practice will be free on the Friday night (5 April), gates to open at 3:00pm and practice will commence at 6:00pm.

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Source: MCNews.com.au