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Island Classic to be delayed and staged without International Challenge

The plague postpones Island Classic

Boasting a 27 year history of sensational historic bike racing, the International Island Classic held on the Australia Day long weekend, is an institution at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. But in this brave new COVID world even long-held traditions are subject to change, with confirmation this week the 2021 Island Classic meet for historic bikes will be postponed.

The Phillip Island circuit management announced the decision today, saying the Island Classic will hopefully be held later in the year, but in 2021 would not feature the hotly contested multi-nation competition, the International Challenge.

General Manager of the circuit, David Bennett, said the ongoing complexities and risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic had halted planning of the historic bike event.

“We had desperately hoped the situation would be different and would have loved to welcome everyone to another Island Classic. But the worsening situation overseas and the ongoing restrictions impacting the events industry locally, has led us to making this difficult decision” said Bennett.

“We are hopeful of staging an Island Classic in 2021, but not in January.

“Scheduling though will be subject to state borders reopening, quarantine requirements being lifted and government restrictions easing sufficiently to run a viable event. We have to wait to see how the COVID situation evolves locally in the coming months.

“We will continue to review our options to host an historic race meet at some stage in 2021 and look forward to welcoming Australian riders, historic teams and race fans back to Phillip Island soon.”

Run for the past 27 years on January’s Australia Day long weekend, the International Island Classic has attracted bike racers, their legendary historic bikes and hordes of race lovers to Phillip Island from around the world. It is one of the largest historic motorcycle meets in the world today.

Island Classic RbMotoLens Pits

Source: MCNews.com.au

2021 Broadford Bike Bonanza Cancelled

2021 Broadford Bike Bonanza Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Uncertainty

The Motorcycling Australia (MA) Museum and Heritage Committee has made the very difficult decision, in consultation with Motorcycling Australia to cancel the 2021 Broadford Bike Bonanza in the interest of public health and safety and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Broadford Bike Bonanza is a major three-day event at the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, over the Easter long weekend each year, which is on Australian motorcycle enthusiast’s calendar of must attend events.

The Committee has placed the utmost importance on the health and welfare of all stakeholders, including participants, volunteers, emergency staff, Bonanza staff and attendees in making the decision to cancel the event.

Due to various COVID-19 restrictions currently in place both at a State and International level, including crowd restrictions and social distancing measures it is not possible to hold the event in 2021.

Event organiser, Rachelle Pettifer said: “With restrictions on large events, the Committee simply could not run the event in the same or similar way to previous years”.

“We are devastated to share this news with you a second time this year after the 2020 event was also cancelled due to COVID-19.

“The decision to cancel an event is not an easy one. We have made the hard call in consideration of participants, spectators, staff, volunteers, supporting businesses, market stall holders and the wider Broadford community to minimise the impact on them.

“We will now use this opportunity to plan and forge ahead with a revitalised 2022 Broadford Bike Bonanza, that will undoubtedly be the best in Bonanza history.

“The Committee look forward to bringing our entire community back together again, at an event that will be one to remember.”

The MA Museum and Heritage Committee looks forward to providing information and updates surrounding the 2022 event in due course.

Broadford Bike BonanzaSiBBB RbMotoLens Parking
Broadford Bike Bonanza – Image by Rob Mott

Source: MCNews.com.au

Aussie Historics postponed until 2021

Australian Historic Road Race Championships

The news we have been expecting finally dropped today when Motorcycling Australia, in consultation with the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club, confirmed that the 2020 Australian Historic Road Race Championships, scheduled to be held at McNamara Park Raceway, November 12-15, will be postponed until 2021.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 situation and border closures, the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club have decided the situation is simply not viable to ask members, volunteers, and competitors to commit to this event.

This has not been an easy decision to make, and while we apologise for any inconvenience, we trust that everyone understands the reasons behind the decision,” said Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club President, Alex Trnovsky.

On behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who has contributed their efforts in planning the event.”

Discussions are being held with MA for the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club to hold the 2021 Australian Historic Road Race Championship at Mac Park next year.

Fear not, these efforts will not be in vain, as we remain committed to running the best possible event in 2021,” said Mr Trnovsky.

As soon as we are in a position to announce a date we will, and one thing certainly won’t change – our desire to make the event a spectacle worth attending.”

The decision to cancel any Australian Championship is not taken lightly by and we take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this required decision.

In 2019 the Australian Historic Road Racing Championship will visit Western Australia
Australian Historic Road Racing Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne

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Aussie Historic Road Race Champs rescheduled to November 15

2020 Australian Historic Road Racing Championship

Due to COVID-19 and the rescheduling of national championships, Motorcycling Australia (MA) has advised that the 2020 Australian Historic Road Racing Championship, promoted by the Mt Gambier Motorcycle Club, has been moved to November 12-15, 2020.

We believe that a number of rule changes or clarifications are currently being worked through surrounding various classes and machine eligibility.  Supplementary regulations will be available when entries open on August 1, 2020.

M.A. have reminded participants that it will not be a return to sport as usual and certain State and Federal Government restrictions and measures will likely remain in force, but M.A. are confident that if all people follow government guidelines and practice good personal hygiene the championship will be a success.

MA Operations Manager – Martin Port

“Motorcycling Australia would like to thank Mt Gambier Motorcycle Club for their tireless work to reschedule this event in what is a tight national calendar of racing events which had to be rescheduled due to the COIV-19 shutdown. We know the dedication these club members have to putting on a spectacular event is second to none and we certainly encourage historic riders to get their entries in and fans to get along.”

Mt Gambier Motorcycle Club President – Alex Trnovsky

“The date may have changed, but the committee’s excitement and commitment to ensuring the events success is as resolute as ever. The club will continue to do everything it can to showcase McNamara Park Raceway and create a truly memorable celebration of historic motorcycle racing.”

Chas Hern on the T Rex FJ1200 Yamah leads eventual championship winner Aaron Morris also on a FJ1200 and Stephen Kairl off the front straight in the Period 6 Unlimited fieldAustralian Historic Road Racing (2017 – Image by Colin Rosewarne)
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Classic TT now also a victim of Coronavirus | Officially cancelled

The Isle of Man Government and the Manx Motor Cycle Club, the race organisers of the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, have taken the joint decision to cancel this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts and Manx Grand Prix, which were due to take place between the 22nd August and the 4th September on the Isle of Man.

The decision to cancel both events has been taken following consultation between the Department for Enterprise and race organisers, the Manx Motor Cycle Club, taking into account the emergency measures including current border controls and travel restrictions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Peter Maddocks, Manx Motor Cycle Club Chairman

‘We were asked, as race organisers, by the Government whether we were confident that the event could take place purely from a logistical and operational point of view this year. Although we were confident that we could provide the officials, the situation around other key personnel, such as marshals and medical personnel could not be guaranteed. Additionally the availability of event critical contractors and whether the infrastructure and equipment could even reach the Isle of Man in time is also an area of great uncertainty.

‘We also took into account the levels of pre-event practice the riders would have had to enable them to effectively take on the unique challenge that racing on the Mountain Course represents. All of these factors were considered and ultimately formed the basis of the decision that, from an operational point of view, the event had to be cancelled this year. Even though we are all in uncertain times the Club is looking forward to planning a return to the mountain course in 2021.’

Classic TT PracticeQ Pits

Classic TT PracticeQ Pits

Classic TT
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Broadford Bike Bonanza joins list of cancelled events

2020 Broadford Bike Bonanza cancelled


The MA Museum and Heritage Committee have announced that the 2020 Broadford Bike Bonanza will be cancelled due to recommendations by State and Federal Governments, limiting gatherings of over 500 people.

The announcement comes following the cancellation of the 2020 Festival of Speed, with the Broadford Bike Bonanza cancelled entirely, and not delayed or postponed. Full refunds will be offered for pre-purchased tickets, as well as for bike registration, while it was stressed the cancellation had nothing to do with recent resurfacing at the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex road race circuit.

See the official announcement below:

Broadford Bike BonanzaSiBBB RbMotoLens Parking

Broadford Bike BonanzaSiBBB RbMotoLens Parking

Broadford Bike Bonanza – Image by Rob Mott


Offician Broadford Bike Bonanza announcement

In light of current situation regarding COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus), the MA Museum and Heritage Committee are closely following recommendations as set out both State and Federal Governments, on the limits placed on organised gatherings of more than 500 people at any non-essential public gathering.

The Committee is placing the utmost importance on the health and welfare of all stakeholders, including participants, volunteers, emergency staff, Bonanza staff and attendees in light of recent Coronavirus recommendations and mandates. Therefore, the Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event entirely.

Motorcycling Australia fully supports the early and proactive decision considering the nature of the event, which relies heavily on its participant and spectator attendance.

The Committee will be issuing full refunds to those who have already pre-purchased event tickets and bike event registrations. Refunds will be actioned as swiftly as practical with further information to follow.

The Committee would like to add that the event cancellation is in no way related to the recent resurfacing of the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex road race circuit. The Committee is saddened that Bonanza entrants will no longer be among the first to utilise the amazing new track in 2020.

Going forward, the Committee is resolute in focusing on the 2021 event, and trust all those in the well-established Bonanza community understand the current position of the Committee, Motorcycling Australia and Motorcycling Victoria in this instance.

The Committee are wishing everyone a very healthy, happy and safe Easter break with family and friends and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021 for the biggest Bonanza yet.


Further information on COVID-19 can be found at the Australian Government Health website –  https://www.health.gov.au

Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 SMP Festival of Speed cancelled

2020 Festival of Speed cancelled


It has just been announced that the 2020 Festival of Speed has been cancelled at the direction of the ARDC (Sydney Motorsport Park), with the decision handed down just before midday today.

INTERFOS RbMotoLens Michael Rutter Glen Richards

INTERFOS RbMotoLens Michael Rutter Glen Richards

2020 Festival of Speed cancelled

Further announcements are to come on refunds and more details, with event organisers apologising for the inconvenience, as the Festival of Speed becomes the latest event to be effected by the coronavirus outbreak, with guidelines over the weekend released limiting public gatherings of any size.

2020 would have marked the 15th running of the Festival of Speed, with the 2019 event a shortened affair after atrocious weather caused the cancellation of a number of races.

The 2020 Festival of Speed was scheduled to run from March 20 to March 22 at Sydney Motorsport Park, hosted by the Post Classic Racing Association of NSW.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Montesa 125 Sprint | 55 kg | 18 hp | 150 km/h

With Phil Aynsley


Sometimes a bike’s looks strike you so strongly that any interesting history is just a happy addition. This Montesa 125 Sprint is a case in point.

Montesa Sprint ImagePA

Montesa Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint without fairing

The 1954 125 Sprint was Montesa’s first catalogue race bike and was based on the company’s road model, first introduced in 1945.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

The Montesa 125 Sprint offered a catalogue racer Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint

Factory racers were also campaigned successfully, notably finishing second, third and fourth in the Ultra Lightweight TT at the IOM in 1956.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Factory racer versions of the Montesa 125 Sprint also saw IoM success Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint

The motor featured a six-speed bolt-on gearbox with needle-roller bearings throughout. It also had “plugs” mounted on the crankcase mouth that protruded up inside the interior of the piston to assist in transferring the intake charge to the combustion chamber.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

The Montesa 125 Sprint produced 18 hp Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Overall weight was just 55 kg

The petrol fuel mixture could be added to (for those demanding sections of track) by oil held in the frame that was bleed into the carburettor bell-mouth. The 55 kg bike made 18 hp and had a top speed of 150+km/h.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

A top speed of 150km/h was also possible on the Montesa 125 Sprint Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint

The dolphin fairing was introduced in late 1954, replacing the handlebar unit fitted prior – it was one of the first full fairings to be offered on a race bike.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

The Montesa 125 Sprint ‘dolphin fairing’ Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint

This bike was bought directly from the factory, then the second owner, Swedish racer Leigh Smeadh passed it on to the current owner a few years ago.

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesta Sprint ImagePA

Montesa 125 Sprint
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Classic TT 2020 to celebrate John Surtees

John Surtees celebrated at 2020 Classic TT


The remarkable career of John Surtees – one of the greatest names in motorsport – will be celebrated at this year’s Classic TT, as the only man to ever win two and four-wheel World Championships.

A celebration lap will also be run featuring some of the bikes that are inextricably linked with his name, and will be ridden by well-known TT riders and guests connected to John’s motorcycle racing history.

MV Agusta John Surtees

MV Agusta John Surtees

John Surtees

The 2020 event will mark the 60th anniversary of John’s final TT appearance, where he won his sixth and final TT Race claiming the Senior TT title. In total John Surtees won seven motorcycle world championships including consecutive 350 and 500cc doubles in 1958, 1959 and 1960.

The 1960 MV Agusta that John rode to victory in the World Championship and Senior TT will take centre stage for the celebration lap and feature in a one off display in the Classic TT Paddock along with a number of other iconic machines from the Surtees family collection.

Other bikes include the 1949 Vincent Grey Flash that John won his first race on – a machine, which he considered the most important of his life and a Black Lightening Vincent from the same year. John’s time riding Nortons is also reflected with three bikes from the family collection – an F Norton 500cc Experimental Prototype, a 1959 Manx Norton and a 1953 Works Norton.

Riders confirmed to appear in the parade lap on Saturday 29th August include 23 time TT Race winner John McGuinness, Mick Grant who has ridden a number of John’s bikes over the years, Paul Hollywood, who became a firm friend of John’s after filming the BBC Legends documentary, Steve Parrish, Steve Plater and Ian Skinner, John’s team mechanic for over 35 years.

MV Agusta Conte Agusta e John Surtees

MV Agusta Conte Agusta e John Surtees

Count Domenico Agusta with John Surtees

John’s record on the Isle of Man included six TT race wins – four of which were in the blue riband Senior TT with a further four podiums from only 15 race starts – and only one DNF – before moving to four wheels and Formula 1 in 1961, clinching the World Championship in 1964 with Ferrari.

The event has been organised with the Surtees family to celebrate John’s life and career and John’s wife Jane and daughter Edwina will be attending. The celebration will also highlight the work of the TT Riders Association of which John was a former president.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Island Classic International Challenge Sunday Report/Results

2020 Island Classic
International Challenge

By Trevor Hedge – Images by Rob Mott & TH


The overnight noise curfew expired at 0900 this morning and immediately the Phillip Island air exploded as a cacophony of engines fired in to life.

Island Classic Carbs RC

Island Classic Carbs RC

A quartet of Keihin carburettors feeding an RC30

Air-cooled, water-cooled, two-stroke, four-stroke, singles, twins, triples and four-cylinder engines all singing their different notes as last-minute fettling took place up and down pit-lane.

Island Classic Matchless

Island Classic Matchless

A Matchless being worked on between races

The interesting mix of the machines continued into the public parking areas where many spectators had dusted off their prize jewels for the ride to Phillip Island. I have never seen so many six-cylinder motorcycles in the one place. There was as much fap fodder coming through the public entry gates as there was to be seen in the pit garages. 

Island Classic RbMotoLens Paddock

Island Classic RbMotoLens Paddock

Dieter dusted off his immaculate Yamaha ZJ650 Turbo for his ride down to the Island Classic

The eclectic range of machinery here helps to make the Island Classic something really special with motorcycles being raced in anger that date as far back as the 1939 350 Velocette of Philip Price in the Pre-War support category. 

Island Classic Velocette

Island Classic Velocette

A 350 Velocette from 1939

Once again today the weather was simply magnificent. Beautiful blue skies were revealed as dawn broke to signal we were in for another treat at what is arguably the world’s most beautiful racetrack.


Jordan Szoke

“It’s amazing (Phillip Island) and I never want to go home! When you get to go around here, and if you look where we are, obviously the ocean is right there, it is so beautiful. The fans are amazing, and everyone is so friendly, in the paddock, and then they all just want to win on the track.”

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits Jordan SZOKE Josh Hayes

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits Jordan SZOKE Josh Hayes

Jordan Szoke is loving his first visit to Phillip Island. The 18-time Canadian Superbike Champion is here racing for Team America in the 2020 International Challenge. He is pictured here animatedly discussing proceedings with four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes


The morning was indeed so gorgeous it made me wish I had camped at the track this weekend to really enjoy all of it to the full.  A great day to be alive!

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits Michael GILBERT

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits Michael GILBERT

American competitor Michael Gilbert is racing a machine that is twice as old as him and was all smiles during his racing island holiday

The sun had really started to warm things up before International Challenge competitors headed out of pit-lane for their third six-lap bout of the weekend just after noon. The ongoing battle to get these aging tuned-to-the-limit machines to the grid is almost non-stop. Spanners are spun on the motorcycles almost all the way to the start line.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits bike being worked on

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens Pits bike being worked on

The spannering never stops at a historc race meet…

Some of the mechanical and engineering skills present here this weekend are enough to make rocket scientists feel a bit inadequate. The collective breadth of knowledge within these pit garages is so large that it would be impossible to document. When a lot of these guys eventually pass on, so much of this knowledge will unfortunately die with them.

Island Classic Irving Vincent

Island Classic Irving Vincent

The delectable Irving Vincent is a good example of the type of engineering skills present here in Australia. Pretty much this entire machine was made from scratch right here in Melbourne.

While that is indeed quite sad, we can at least celebrate their skills while they are here with us fettling and tuning these glorious beasts. As fine as the riding talent present here this weekend is, I think it is fair to say that the talent behind the bars is much more easily replaced and replenished as time marches on than the font of mechanical knowledge inside the minds of many of the mechanics here this weekend. So many of these guys are here not only giving up their time for free, most are more often than not actually spending thousands of their own dollars to be here working their arses off.

Island Classic RbMotoLens IC Pits JedMetcher Bike

Island Classic RbMotoLens IC Pits JedMetcher Bike

The T-Rex Yamaha prepared by Rex Wolfenden and ridden by Jed Metcher

Well now we have given the spanner twirlers their moment of glory, it’s time for them to hand over the motorcycles to the riders and leave the rest of the job up to them!


International Challenge Race Three

While the morning had been quite warm, some cloud cover moved in just after midday and the temperature dropped quite markedly as a result. Due to the problems experienced by David Johnson over the weekend Team Australia had chosen to promote Shawn Giles to the head of the second row in Johnson’s place, demoting the South Australia back to the fourth row.

Jed Metcher led the field through the opening turns ahead of Steve Martin and Michael Gilbert but Larry Pegram and Josh Hayes wasted no time in moving past their countryman, relegating the youngster back to fifth as they approached turn four.

Across the stripe for the first time Metcher had a few bike lengths over his pursuers, the first of which was now Larry Pegram followed by Josh Hayes, Steve Martin, Alex Phillis and Michael Gilbert.

Hayes started to challenge Pegram for second place and that American duo started to pull away a little from Steve Martin.

Alex Phillis then started his charge forward, taking fourth place from Steve Martin, followed by third place from Pegram and then second place from Hayes after the young Victorian put in a 1m36.743 scorcher to storm through the field.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Josh Hayes Alex Phillis

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Josh Hayes Alex Phillis

Jed Metcher #22 leads as Alex Phillis closes in on Josh Hayes

Josh Hayes tried valiantly to stick with Phillis but the youngster had his measure, a 1m36.552 the next benchmark set by Phillis on his way to reeling Jed Metcher in.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Josh Hayes Alex Phillis

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Josh Hayes Alex Phillis

Alex Phillis #20 got the better of Josh Hayes #4

Alex Phillis moved through to the race lead with two laps to run then extended his buffer to half-a-second as they got the last lap board. Josh Hayes was coming along for the ride though, the fierce competitive streak in him coming to the fore as he hunted down the young competition.

That leading trio then all ran wide at turn four on the final lap and Metcher sneaked past Phillis as a few drops of rain started to fall around the back of the circuit…

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis Josh Hayes

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis Josh Hayes

Josh Hayes rounds turn 12 as Metcher and Phillis fight for victory

Metcher led them around the back of the circuit and Phillis shadowed his countryman through turn 12 before powering past on the line to steal a narrow victory over Metcher.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis

Alex Phillis #20 powered past Metcher on the run to the flag #22

Hayes had to settle for third place but had three-seconds over fourth placed Steve Martin.


Josh Hayes

“It was a tough race, I was a bit of a slow starter this morning so that definitely hurt me and Jed got out there pretty far and Larry (Pegram) rode good for a few laps. It took me a little while with Steve (Martin), and Larry (Pegram) and Michael Gilbert, and a handful of guys there in the beginning. When I got to 2nd, I was just taking such little pieces out of Jed (Metcher) and then I couldn’t believe how fast Alex (Phillis) went by, I was like shit that guy must be doing 35’s as fast as he went by me! He just rode right up to him, and again they got together and brought me back a little bit, racing up with each other. When we got the mist on I was having this real internal battle, because I wanted to get in there and I wanted to win that race  so bad, but I didn’t feel like with the cooler temperatures my bike was quite where I wanted it to be like it was yesterday, so you start thinking about the team aspect and a 3rd is a lot better than me screwing up. I was a little too cautious, and they did give me a chance to get back in it, but I just played my cards a little too cautious and ruined a good opportunity, hopefully the sun will come back out and we can work hard for it again.”

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Jed Metcher Leads from Alex Phillis

Phillis pipped Metcher at the line while Hayes rounded out the podium


Aaron Morris scored a fifth place finish ahead of Larry Pegram and Michael Gilbert. Eighth went to Beau Beaton ahead of Taylor Knapp and Jordan Szoke.

Five Australians and five Americans in the top ten but with Shawn Giles, Cameron Donald and Craig Ditchburn filling places 11-12-13 that contributed to Australia extending their three-point lead over Team America out to 12-points.  530 plays 518 with one race remaining.

International Challenge Race Three Results

Pos Rider Class Bike Time/Gap
1 Alex PHILLIS  AUS 1980 Suzuki XR69 1100 9:52.346
2 Jed METCHER  AUS 1984 Yamaha FJ 1200 +0.077
3 Joshua HAYES USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +0.704
4 Steven MARTIN AUS 1982 Sukuki Katana 1294 +3.739
5 Aaron MORRIS  AUS 1980 Suzuki Katana 1300 +4.176
6 Larry PEGRAM  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +4.906
7 Michael GILBERT USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +4.981
8 Beau BEATON  AUS 1982 Irving Vincent 1300 +11.105
9 Taylor KNAPP  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +11.192
10 Jordan SZOKE USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +16.287
11 Shawn GILES  AUS 1982 Suzuki Katana 1294 +17.410
12 Cameron DONALD AUS 1982 Irving Vincent 1300 +29.817
13 Craig DITCHBURN AUS 1978 Yamaha TZ 750 +41.011
14 Brendan WILSON UK 1980 Suzuki Harris 1170 +42.717
15 Scott WEBSTER  AUS 1982 Suzuki Harris 1200 +50.465
16 Alexander SINCLAIR  UK 1982 Suzuki XR69 1080 +1m00.239
17 Joe PETHOUD USA 1984 Yamaha Harris 1250 +1m02.122
18 Damien KAVNEY UK 1982 Suzuki XR69 1260 +1m14.392
19 David CRUSSELL  USA 1978 Yamaha TZ 748 +1m14.874
20 Brian FILO USA 1978 Kawasaki Z1 1260 +1m14.941
21 Tony HART UK 1982 Suzuki Harris 1085 +1m16.073
22 Robert RUWOLDT  USA 1980 Kawasaki Harris 1200 +1m17.886
23 Roger GUNN  UK 1982 Harris F1 1170 +1m18.863
24 Richard LLEWELLIN UK 1982 Ducati TTF1 750 +1:30.470
25 James AGOMBAR UK 1978 Yamaha TZ 750 +1m30.917
26 Hasse GUSTAFSON  UK 1972 Ducati 750 +1m31.289
DNF Jorge GUERRERO  USA 1982 Suzuki XR69 1200 2 Laps
DNF David JOHNSON  AUS 1982 Suzuki Katana 1100 2 Laps
DNF Melissa PARIS USA 1978 Yamaha TZ 748 3 Laps

International Challenge Race Four

The crowd had been quite good throughout the weekend but many spectactors headed home before the final International Challenge bout. This event is a lot more than just about the racing for many, plenty instead come to simply oogle the machinery in the pits, to drink in the sights, sounds and smells, then head for home once those senses have been suitably satisfied.

Alex Phillis, Jed Metcher and Josh Hayes have consistently displayed superior speed all weekend and been the men to beat but would a wildcard find some extra pace in this final bout…?

Hayes had taken the opening victory on Saturday, while Phillis took top honours both yesterday afternoon and this morning, sneaking past Metcher on the line to deny his team-mate victory.

Metcher has been chasing front end set-up all weekend while Phillis had a few gear selection problems this morning. Riders do have to somewhat nurse these fickle machines throughout the six-lap races, riding a fine line between all-out attack and mechanical sympathy.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

International Challenge Race Three gets underway

Josh Hayes, Larry Pegram and Jordan Szoke all got away well but not well enough to beat Jed Metcher to turn one as the Rex Wolfenden prepared Yamaha wound up.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

Jed Metcher led the field towards turn one

Around the back of the circuit on the opening lap it was Metcher from Hayes, Phillis, Martin, Pegram, Gilbert and Beaton.

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

IIC Phillip Island RbMotoLens IC R Start

The field heads towards turn one in the International Challenge decider

Hayes took the lead at the end of lap one after slipping past Metcher before turn one. Phillis was in third as again it was this trio proving quickest.  Steve Martin was the best of the rest at this stage of the race ahead of Pegram.

Next time around Alex Phillis took his turn at the front after putting in a 1m36.655s. Hayes was back through to the lead by turn four and Metcher then pushed Phillis back to third place once again. Hayes pulled away over the second half of that lap and by the stripe had half-a-second over Phillis and Metcher.

Phillis ran wide on the next lap and lost second place to Metcher, he then lost yet more time through the next few turns, grip perhaps now going away from him.

At the last lap board Josh Hayes had a buffer of seven-tenths over Metcher who had a similar advantage over Phillis. Michael Gilbert had moved up to fourth place, Jordan Szoke was in fifth and Aaron Morris sixth in what was a tightly packed group.

Josh Hayes the victor from Metcher with Phillis coming home third in the fourth and final International Challenge bout of the weekend.


Josh Hayes

“I knew with the sun coming out it played a little bit of an advantage for tyres with us in the Dunlop’s, and finally I got a pretty decent run off line and didn’t let Jed just go. I wasn’t trying to play catch-up for the whole race, being able to get up close to him right off the bat, I thought if I could push and pressure the pace for race distance, every lap works in my favour a little bit. I made a few mistakes late in the race and they got back a little close to me, but I was just trying to be steady and just hit my marks and fortunately we had a clean race. We had four great races and I really enjoyed riding in them, with the boys (Alex & Jed) all of us together, all weekend, every race, it was so much fun! It’s good to leave on a high note!”

Josh Hayes Island Classic RM

Josh Hayes Island Classic RM

Josh Hayes after taking the final victory on Sunday afternoon


Michael Gilbert won the battle over fourth place ahead of Szoke and Morris.

Third place was good enough to see Phillis take the overall individual honours for the weekend by two-points over Metcher.

Team Australia won the International Challenge by a slender seven-points over the USA.


International Challenge Race Four Results

Pos Name Class Machine Time/Gap
1 Joshua HAYES  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 9m47.879
2 Jed METCHER  AUS 1984 Yamaha FJ 1200 +1.414
3 Alexander PHILLIS  AUS 1980 Suzuki XR69 1100 +3.292
4 Michael GILBERT  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +6.538
5 Jordan SZOKE  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +7.019
6 Aaron MORRIS  AUS 1980 Suzuki Katana 1300 +7.125
7 Steven MARTIN  AUS 1982 Sukuki Katana 1294 +7.788
8 Taylor KNAPP  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +11.296
9 Beau BEATON  AUS 1982 Irving Vincent 1300 +14.011
10 Shawn GILES  AUS 1982 Suzuki Katana 1294 +19.237
11 Cameron DONALD AUS 1982 Irving Vincent 1300 +24.861
12 Brendan WILSON UK 1980 Suzuki Harris 1170 +38.600
13 Craig DITCHBURN  AUS 1978 Yamaha TZ 750 +40.509
14 Larry PEGRAM  USA 1983 Yamaha CMR FJ 1250 +41.419
15 Scott WEBSTER AUS 1982 Suzuki Harris 1200 +43.315
16 Damien KAVNEY  UK 1982 Suzuki XR69 1260 +1:06.063
17 Joe PETHOUD  USA 1984 Yamaha Harris 1250 +1:06.469
18 Roger GUNN  UK 1982 Harris F1 1170 +1:08.030
19 Brian FILO  USA 1978 Kawasaki Z1 1260 +1:11.464
20 Robert RUWOLDT USA 1980 Kawasaki Harris 1200 +1:14.018
21 Hasse GUSTAFSON UK 1972 Ducati 750 +1:34.608
22 James AGOMBAR UK 1978 Yamaha TZ 750 +1:35.352
23 Richard LLEWELLIN  UK 1982 Ducati TTF1 750 +1:40.880
DNF David CRUSSELL  USA 1978 Yamaha TZ 748 2 Laps
DNF Jorge GUERRERO  USA 1982 Suzuki XR69 1200 3 Laps
DNF Tony HART  UK 1982 Suzuki Harris 1085 4 Laps
DNF Alexander SINCLAIR  UK 1982 Suzuki XR69 1080 5 Laps

2020 Island Classic
International Challenge Team Points

Pos Name Total
1 AUSTRALIA 704
2 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 691
3 UNITED KINGDOM 423

2020 Island Classic Race
Ken Wootton Perpetual Trophy
Individual Points

Pos Name R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Alexander PHILLIS 39 40 40 38 157
2 Jed METCHER 38 39 39 39 155
3 Joshua HAYES 40 36 38 40 154
4 Steven MARTIN 36 37 37 34 144
5 Michael GILBERT 34 35 34 37 140
6 Larry PEGRAM 37 38 35 27 137
7 Jordan SZOKE 30 33 31 36 130
8 Taylor KNAPP 33 32 32 33 130
9 Beau BEATON 32 30 33 32 127
10 Shawn GILES 31 29 30 31 121
11 Cameron DONALD 29 31 29 30 119
12 Brendan WILSON 28 28 27 29 112
13 Aaron MORRIS 34 36 35 105
14 Joe PETHOUD 24 21 24 24 93
15 Damien KAVNEY 21 18 23 25 87
16 Roger GUNN 23 22 18 23 86
17 Brian FILO 22 20 21 22 85
18 Craig DITCHBURN 27 28 28 83
19 Scott WEBSTER 25 26 26 77
20 David CRUSSELL 25 23 22 70
21 Hasse GUSTAFSON 18 16 15 20 69
22 Richard LLEWELLIN 19 15 17 18 69
23 Tony HART 20 19 20 59
24 Robert RUWOLDT 17 19 21 57
25 Alexander SINCLAIR 26 25 51
26 Jorge GUERRERO 27 24 51
27 James AGOMBAR 16 19 35
28 David JOHNSON 35 35
29 Michael NEEVES 26 26
30 Clive WARNER 17 17

Source: MCNews.com.au