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Redding leads Brookes for Ducati 1-2 at Snetterton

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton


Scott Redding has proven unstoppable across both BSB Superbike races at Snetterton, with Australian Josh Brookes hot on his heels. Redding claimed both wins and Brookes was regulated to runner-up in each race for a Ducati 1-2, with MacKenzie and Bridewell sharing the final podium positions. Redding leads the standings, with Josh Brookes now three-points off Bridewell in third.

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Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1, however a crash in Race 2 delivered a DNF result, and made for his third crash of the weekend. Ben Currie returned from injury and laid claim to 19th in Race 1, however was directed not to take part in Race 2 due to pain from his injury, with recovery ongoing.

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jack Kennedy took the Supersport Sprint win ahead of Brad Jones and Alastair Seeley, while the feature race saw Rob Guiver claim the win from Sean Nearv and Josh Day. Jack Kennedy leads the Supersport standings to Thruxton.

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Billy McConnell also made a strong return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series claiming fourth despite his lengthy lay-off and surgeries, with fellow Aussie Levi Day happy coming home in seventh. Richard Cooper took the race win from Lee Jackson and Taylor Mackenzie. Richard Cooper leads the standings, with Day 10th and McConnell 14th.

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Levi Day – Snetterton BSB 2019

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At the start of the race one Tarran Mackenzie got an incredible launch off the line to lead the pack on the opening lap ahead of Brookes and Redding with Tommy Bridewell in fourth. The rider was not happy to settle where he was though and was instantly on the attack, moving ahead of Redding into Agostini for the first time.

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Tarran Mackenzie took the Race 1 holeshot- Snetterton BSB 2019

On the fourth lap Bridewell had moved into second with a decisive dive down the inside at Riches, pushing Brookes back into third. At the front, Bridewell claimed the lead ahead of Mackenzie as Redding moved into third. Bridewell tried to make a break from the pack but he made a mistake into Agostini a lap later and crashed out unhurt.

Redding had cut through into second and with Bridewell out of the race he captured the race lead, but behind there was an intense battle between Brookes and Mackenzie with the pair trading blows for several laps. The fight between the pair gave Redding the opportunity to edge out a gap, but Brookes was then able to get the better of Mackenzie and keep him behind over the closing stages.

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Scott Redding quickly reclaimed the lead – Snetterton BSB 2019

Danny Buchan maintained his position inside the top six in the standings with a fourth place, but the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider had a lonely end to the race. However behind him there was a scrap between the Honda Racing pairing; Xavi Forés and Andrew Irwin colliding on the final lap, but both formation flying to the finish line with the Spaniard having the edge at the chequered flag.

Peter Hickman was also in the group and he held off Luke Mossey for seventh place ahead of Jason O’Halloran who had a strong race to carve through the field from his seventh row start on the second McAMS Yamaha. Christian Iddon completed the top ten, passing his teammate Michael Laverty in the final moments of the race on his return after his Knockhill injury.

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Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1- Snetterton BSB 2019

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In race two Brookes had the perfect start off the line to lead the pack into Riches for the first time ahead of Redding, Bridewell and Mackenzie. Jason O’Halloran meanwhile had also made a good start to move into fifth on the second of the McAMS Yamahas. The Australian though crashed out on the fourth lap at Brundle, ending his race prematurely.

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Josh Brookes took the early lead in Race 2 from Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019

At the front Brookes held the lead until there were just three laps remaining as Redding made a dive down the inside on the brakes at the end of the Bentley Straight to take the lead. The race one winner was able to hold off his Be Wiser Ducati teammate to the finish line.

However it was a double disaster for Mackenzie who crashed out at Wilson on lap eleven as he bid to close down Bridewell for the final podium position. The Oxford Racing Ducati rider bounced back from his race one crash to claim third place and maintain his second place position in the championship standings ahead of Brookes.

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In the battle for fourth place Irwin scored his best result of the season so far for Honda Racing, holding off Peter Hickman and Iddon who had a strong performance despite still recovering from his Knockhill injuries.

Hector Barbera had an impressive performance on his first visit to Snetterton on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, taking the chequered flag ahead of Forés who maintained his position inside the top six in the overall standings.

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Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman – Snetterton BSB 2019

Michael Laverty and Luke Mossey completed the top ten, whilst Buchan and Josh Elliott failed to score points after both crashing in individual incidents on the sighting lap.

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“I felt better with the bike in race two, I felt more comfortable and more confident but I didn’t know whether I could be faster. Then when I passed Josh I went faster, so I learnt I need to believe in myself a bit more. I tried to see what the other guys were doing with the tyres in the race as I didn’t want to break away and then have an issue later on. Again, I’m still learning, I’m still a rookie in this class and I don’t know the tracks. I’m really happy and I had a wicked time this weekend the fans have been amazing, we’ve had great fun, the reception was amazing. To come back with a pole and two race wins – I can’t take much more. To be a Monster athlete and for them to have an event here and for me to win the Race of Aces Trophy just puts the icing on the cake really.”

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Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019
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“I felt really strong at the end of the first race and whilst I was being a little bit conservative in the early stages, the battle I had with Tarran Mackenzie cost both of us time and it allowed Scott to make a bit of a break. By the time I got up to second, it was too big a gap to bridge but it was a good start to the day. We made a slight change in between races and it allowed me to push to the limit so with a good start, I felt comfortable out front. I felt like I was controlling the race well but when Scott came by, he seemed to have just a little bit in reserve and had enough of a gap so I couldn’t get back by. Given where I was on Friday, I’ve got to be happy with two second place finishes, so we’ll work hard to find that bit extra to try and get back on the top step at the next round.”

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Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Andrew Irwin scored his best result so far this season, closing his gap to the top-six thanks to a 5-4 result, achieving his goal of dual top-six results.

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“I keep saying I want two-top sixes near enough every round we’ve been to, it’s what I wanted and we’re coming away from here with a fifth and fourth, which is a step in the right direction! At Knockhill we finished the last race in fifth and we are starting to be where we belong inside the top-six, and hopefully we can continue to close the gap to the Showdown. We took six points out of Xavi this weekend, so we go to Thruxton looking to take another set of points out of him to try and close that down. I’m really happy, the team are working so hard and the Fireblade is working well, so I’m pleased with the progress and the fourth place finish today!”

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Andrew Irwin – Snetterton BSB 2019

Hickman remains in seventh place in the overall standings but has made up ground towards Xavi Fores who holds sixth position, with a crash during qualifying a rare mistake, which was then followed up with strong results in a seventh and fifth across the two races.

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“Overall, it’s been a strong weekend and after being in the top three for most of practice, it was a real shame I made a small mistake in qualifying as it cost me a second row start at least. We’re still having an issue with getting the bike stopped and we’re still running a stock engine so it was hard going in both races and although seventh in race one was a good effort, I knew I could improve upon it in race two. I was further back on the grid, but I made a good start and am really pleased to have finished fifth and also close in a little bit on Fores in sixth. Snetterton has never been one of my best circuits but the next two rounds are Thruxton and Cadwell, places I really enjoy and go well at so I’m looking to take full advantage and claw back the deficit I currently have.”

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Peter Hickman chases Dan Linfoot – Snetterton BSB 2019

Xavi Forés collected valuable points with sixth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2, holding onto sixth in the standings.

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“To be honest this weekend has been harder than I expected; I like the track and enjoyed my laps but honestly from the first day I had a small issue with the bike and was never able to solve it, and for the races it was not so easy to manage. Race 1 I was trying to defend my position and had a good battle with Andrew, but at the end I got some important points and finished in the top-six. I did expect a little more and especially in the second race, but the first part was really, really bad for me, I never felt a good grip on the apexes, especially in the first ten laps. After that I was able to manage a little more and able to almost have the same pace as the top-four, but unfortunately it was too late and sometimes it’s quite frustrating when you lose so much gap at the start. But anyway, sixth and eighth isn’t so bad for my first time here in Snetterton and I am looking forward to Thruxton in order to keep the Showdown still alive! I want to say thanks to all the team, we made a good job inside the box and see you at Thruxton!”

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Xavi Fores – Snetterton BSB 2019

Mackenzie took a spot on the podium in Race 1 and got a good start in Race 2 before the Ducatis started to pull away in the early stages. Initially trying to save his tyre, the 23-year-old began to close the gap but lost the rear at Wilson on lap 11.

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“Race one was obviously really good. I ended up third and felt like I put together a good race in the first two thirds, but the last third was a bit difficult. When I saw Tommy went out it was hard to go with the two PBM bikes so I settled for third. In race two I didn’t get the best of starts, held my position in fourth and the Ducatis got away a bit. I was trying hard to catch them and setting quite a good pace. I was slowly catching them towards the end, but ended up losing the rear and then losing the front from that. I feel like I’m riding really well, it was another solid weekend and we were in the top two for a lot of it. I’m really happy, to be honest. Finishing fourth would be OK but I’d rather finish third for podium points. I’ll keep trying and come back at Thruxton even stronger.”

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Tarran Mackenzie – Snetterton BSB 2019

Bad luck awaited Australian rider Jason O’Halloran when he endured three crashes at Snetterton, the first two in practice and open qualifying, while ninth in Race 1 from the seventh row was a good result. Unfortunately in Race 2 a third row start saw O’Halloran move up to fifth only to crash out.

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“I’m OK, I’ve got a little bit of an injury on my left hand where you can see the bone on my knuckle but other than that I’m alright. Thanks to the guys at the medical centre for cleaning it up and patching it up. I was happy with the first race, we haven’t been able to do a lot of laps this weekend so to get 16 laps under our belt was really beneficial. We came from 21st to ninth and kept fighting all the way to the end. We made some changes for race two and, starting from a better position, we got away well and I was feeling comfortable in fifth. All was looking good until I highsided out! We’ve a few things to work on for Thruxton and look for a clean smooth weekend. We’ve go the pace, the potential is there with both me and the bike, we’ve just got to have a clean smooth weekend and it’ll come together.”

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Australian Ben Currie also made his return from injury, riding home to 19th in Race 1, but was advised by the team manager not to race in the second race due to the pain he was suffering in his foot.

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Ben Currie – Snetterton BSB 2019
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“I didn’t opt not to race I was told not to. Sorry to my sponsors!”

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Source: MCNews.com.au

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro and Superveloce 800 Serie Oro Sold-Out Only Days After Launch

In total, these 600 motorcycles (300 apiece) sold out in days after a social media pre-order launch. Impressive.

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MV Agusta announces that the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro and the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro, both to be produced in a 300 units limited series, were sold out only days after launching a pre-order campaign through the company’s social media platforms. The first deliveries of the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro are expected by November 2019 while the Superveloce 800 will arrive in March 2020.

When first presented at EICMA in November 2018, the Superveloce 800 Serie Oro had been deemed “the most desirable and anticipated bike of 2020”, whilst the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro was acclaimed as “most beautiful bike of the show”. Requests for the bikes started raining in at Schiranna’s MV Agusta headquarters, and only a few days after pre-orders officially opened they were sold out.

The Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is possibly the meanest and most aggressive looking naked ever. It is certainly the most powerful 1000 cc naked bike ever produced, with its 208 HP, 4 cylinder engine intimately related to the F4 RC racing superbike. It is capable of reaching top speeds of over 300 Km/h.

The Superveloce 800 Serie Oro has a decidedly classic look, reminiscent of MV Agusta’s glorious legacy. But beyond the attractive yesteryear’s looks, It features a steel trellis chassis, a 148 HP inline-3 cylinder 799 cc engine with a counter-rotating crankshaft coupled to a 6-speed gearbox and an iconic triple-exit exhaust system. The Superveloce 800 also includes a number of advanced technologies, including a TFT dashboard as well as state of the art engine and vehicle control electronics incorporating ride-by-wire, multi-maps and traction control.

Timur Sardarov, CEO of MV Agusta, said: “We are delighted with the success of these two launches. It proves that we are on the right path to continue in MV Agusta’s glorious tradition of constant innovation, breathtaking performance and superb design. 600 passionate riders from all over the world have shown their unfaltering appreciation for our iconic brand and our unique motorcycles. We shall do everything in our power to make them proud of owning an exclusive piece of true motorcycle art”.









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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 10, SS9: Shorty Shines in Stage Nine

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 10 of the event. 

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Day 10, SS9: Shorty Shines in Stage Nine

The Retired MX Star Wins His First Stage in the World Championship

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Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Nine: What was mesmerizing about the modest sized dunes dominating challenges in the 8th leg, pales in comparison to the spectacular mountain-sized monuments of khaki colored granules just outside of Alashan. Though this was near the site of the previous day’s ASS, we didn’t have the chance to absorb the full magnitude of this place – massive shadows in the horizon opening up to China’s own Sahara. To never feast your eyes on such a sight is to do them, and yourself, a disservice. Like setting foot into a Dali painting, the mountains create bizarre illusions, appearing Martian to a novice. Peaks look within reach, yet the true distance is incalculable without a couple bottles of a water and a Fitbit. The cliffs are two faced, completely darkened by shadow on one side, brilliantly white on the other. A rollercoaster building anticipation as one ascends and releasing pure exhilaration all the way down, a ride with which one American feels right at home.

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and today, at least one of them is “Short.” It’s here in China where retired Motocross-star-turned-Rally-Raid-pro won his first stage in the World Class championship. (And it’s about time.) A truly underrated rally racer, Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) understands hill climbs, whoops, berms, getting loose and going airborne like their something he tackled for, say, two decades… It’s no wonder he looked so at ease throughout this multifaceted special. Stage Nine wasn’t just another highspeed road race or Enduro like the former seven – to exclude SS8 of course. Shorty (as he’s known ‘round town) knew he’d made good time, feeling confident yet again, through the dunes which were quite well suited for his style. But instead of his usual fluid nature, being smartly conservative when outside his comfort zone, he pushed himself to the top of his limits, taking more risks than usual in the fast parts to ultimately win the day’s crown. It’s still too soon for the United States to bust out in unison Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” but if Shorty’s feat was a representation, at all, of his country, we have much to be proud of.

“Today it was more like motocross – not those fast roads. I was able to move on the bike, I had a good start position, so overall a really good day for me. Nice to win my first FIM special even if it has taken me a lot longer than I thought to get to this point. And I’ve still got a long way to go. These guys have been doing it so long. They have so much knowledge and expertise, and also speed. There’s some truth in the fact that this being a level playing field helps (first time for bikes on the Silk Way Rally), but for the most part it’s just because they’re fast.” – Andrew Short #29, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

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HERO Motosports’ Paolo Goncalves #4 performed well in the sand sierra as well, sliding into Second place at the finish. Quite unfortunate he was taken out of contention for engine troubles earlier in the event. Frenchman Adrien van Beveren #10 of Yamaha Rally Team too boxed his way through the penultimate stage with the third seed as his prize. At only a minute-forty-five behind the winner, he’s in clear shot of the final podium in Dunhuang. Fourth position in the 9th leg, #6 Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM) still has plenty of space between him and his adversaries in the General Classification. If all goes according to plan, we’ll see the Brit-born factory rider at the top of the pyramid summing up the 2019 Silk Way Rally. But then who will fill those next two coveted spots – Short, Beveren, Benavides K. or L.? It’s such an airtight competition right now, predictions would be a fool’s errand.

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In the Car class, a victor appears to have already been chosen. And although again, we could blame fate (or recklessness) for any casualties among the elite, #201 Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel (Toyota Gazoo) are much too clever to endanger their massive advantage by pushing it. Any troubles they might encounter would be at the hands of destiny. Some exhaustive driving by with pinpoint accurate navigating, the team managed a tough stage without any hiccups, securing their 8th consecutive triumph. Wei Han and Min Liao #208 (Geely Auto) came out of the beach day in Second, only to be starting the final stage at a tense position. Whereas Overdrive Racing, Eric Van Look and Sebastien Delaunay #205, will be cozy in third and gunning for their Chinese opponents.

“It was a very difficult stage today. I have raced many Dakar’s, but I have never known such an exhausting special. Like yesterday it was very interesting, but the body, already tired, I was really tested today. There’s only one stage left now to finish this Silk Way Rally in style.” – Nasser Al-Attiya #201, Toyota Gazoo Racing SA

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It somehow feels right to have a KAMAZ-Master truck present on the podium at this Russian run event. But that’s not to say the team this year won’t have earned it. With the Belarusian hopefuls, vessel #304 MAZ-SportAuto piloted by Siarhey Viazovich, officially out of the race after tumbling down a dune, KAMAZ is pushing to have all three steps filled with their machines – and so far, the effort is paying off. Anton Shibalov, Dmitrii Nikitin and Ivan Tatarinov are sitting on the top driving camion #303; Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Ivan Malkov in the #300 have the second landing on lockdown; and teammates Airat Mardeev, Dmitrii Svistunov and Sergei Krenev holding the last stair behind the wheel of #302. Not to be forgotten, the US CRV team, #310 captained by Aviv Kadshai, Izhar Armony and Maoz Wilder, have scrapped their way to 6th in the stage and 7th overall, their greatest stats yet. Glad to see the Stars and Stripes are putting up a good fight in this cross-country battle having Short, CRV and UTV #229 (Austin Jones and Kellon Walch) pulling solid results at the rally!

“We drove this special at a good pace, but I never had the impression of taking any risks. The goal was to drive carefully and get over the obstacles as efficiently as possible. Something we clearly achieved, as the first cars didn’t take much time off us.” – Anton Shibalov #303, KAMAZ-Master Team

Will the standings remain steadfast as this 2019 iteration comes to an end? Or will the fickle nature of Rally Raid alter the outcome of a seemingly certain finale?

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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 9, SS8: They’re All Duned

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 9 of the event. 

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Day 9, SS8: They’re All Duned

A Not-So Restful Day Precedes a Long (Long) Day in the Sand

Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Eight: Some have been dreading it. Others live for it. SS8, the longest and reportedly most difficult of the event, introduced the dunes. They weren’t the only obstacle of the stage, but the first portion of the 326.6KM special was certainly a white-knuckle welcome back to the racecourse after the only “non-race” day out of ten.

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Just off the starting line, there was some traversing through low lying desert speckled with camel grass, the dirt chunky, cracked and tight around the barely visible pathways. As pilots approached the inevitable, the earth dissolved into beach-like sand, soft and deep much like you’d find in Baja California. And then, there were dunes. Humble at first, but challenging nonetheless, where racers encountered sharp cliffs which perimeter sequential shallow valleys. More demanding than intimidating. And don’t dare let off the gas or you’re bound to be buried, if not take a tumble, which is what camas #304 MAZ-DportAuto endured not too far into the stage, but more on that later. The fast section in the middle was multifaceted, offering dry riverbeds, ravines, canyons, another few steppes and was quite a bit quicker to navigate. But then, before vehicles could reach the ASS, dunes were brought back into the picture, this time staggeringly more monstrous.

“Today I feel really good. I really enjoyed the first stage in China. It was very different from what we’ve had until now. More navigation, more desert, the dunes… It is an amazing place here in China. I am happy with my work today. We have two more days, and my goal is to try and recover time.” – Kevin Benavides #7, Monster Energy Honda Team

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Kevin Benavides #7 (Monster Energy Honda) surfed the proverbial waves as one might expect from a Dakar veteran, finishing in the coveted position – and moving him to 2nd Place overall only about 25 minutes behind Sam Sunderland #6 (Red Bull KTM Factory) who completed the special 8th after sustaining a crash. Nipping at his heels was Adrien Van Beveren #10 (Yamaha Rally Team) reaching his highest position yet this event sitting comfortably in the second seat 42 seconds behind Kevin. These results bring the Frenchman to the Third spot in the General Classification. Privateer #31 Adam Tomiczek of the Orlen team, who surprised us all with his spectacular slide into Second at the end of SS6, began SS8 clean, but was quickly surpassed by Monster Energy Honda team rider, Joan Barreda #11 (who concluded in 6th) and found himself outside of the Top Ten of the special,. But he held his respectable 9th place in the overall standings, followed by teammate #32 Maciej Giemza in 10th. Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) looked really comfortable in the sand making the slippery madness look effortless, yet his stats today don’t quite reflect this. The only American motorcyclist here in the East, in fact, fell further back than expected into 9th. Undeterred, he still holds onto 5th in general.

Initially, it seemed Rafal Sonik #101 may have experienced some mechanical issues as he was finally overtaken by his one of his adversaries, #102 Aleksandr Maksimov, reordering the Quads for the first time the entire race. But Sonik Team’s press officer cleared the air saying, “it was just slow day” and reassured us this is a minor setback. Which of course is true if the last two stages continue to go in Sonik’s favor, as he’s still well ahead of both Maksimov and #103 Arkadiusz Lindner in the competition.

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Lucky number Seven, Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel #201 (Toyota Gazoo) are undefeated so far and are in it to clean house. The whims of destiny could still catch up with them, as with a few of the top competitors this race, but if not, we’ll be sure to see the duo in the Winner’s Circle in Dunhuang. This is the first time in Silk Way Rally history a team has ever achieved so many victories in a row. Second after Al-Attiyah, the Dutchman Eric Van Loon and Frenchman Sebastien Delaunay #205 of Overdrive Racing held their car in position like a swift cat evading a pack of ravenous dogs. And the only thing which can satiate their hunger is a podium finish. With just two steaks left – or so it seems – will it be Chinese Geely Auto team piloted by #208 Wei Han and Min Liao, currently holding the 3rd step? Or the French Raid Lynx team, #212 Jérome Pelichet and Pascal Larroque, who, at the moment, is the meat in this premiere sandwich? Although, neither team ended SS8 at their best also being taken by SRT Team, #203 Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin rounding out the Top Three.

“I remember the Gobi Desert being beautiful but not this magnificent. We drove in a superb special. The dunes were incredibly high. In certain places we were incapable of following the tracks of the bikes all the way to the top and had to make our own route. The camel grass was hard on the car…and on my neck. I thank my co-driver for the excellent job he did today. I have no hesitation in saying he is the best navigator I’ve had by my side in the last 12 years!” – Eric Van Loon #205, Overdrive Racing

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No matter who you’re rooting for, it’s the camas we all look forward to watch tackle the dunes. These giants of Motorsport precariously teeter-tottering in banked turns, maintaining alarming speeds to climb the steep, slick hills, sending it over the crest and exposing its belly to the terrified onlookers – like coming across a pissed off grizzly in the woods standing on its hind legs to display dominance. You could hear the #303 KAMAZ-Master truck for miles, engine noises bouncing around like a pin ball making it hard to mark their direction. The cars and the bikes and so on can be heard much the same manner, but they just don’t equal the vibrato. A roar bellowed into the air before #302 KAMAZ (Airat Mardeev, Dmitrii Svistuno and Sergei Krenev) landed into sight dividing the earth beneath it, then soaring away into a Second-Place finish. Closing out the podium on the third step was team #300 Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Ivan Malkov who have trained well for this world class landscape. The most promising truck of the race, #304 MAZ-SportAuto manned by Belarusians Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun, unfortunately succumbed to the sand hills between Bayinbaolige and Alashan rolling off a steep cliff. Although they landed on their feet (er, tires), the roll cage was irreparably damaged forcing their hand. This loss gave way to the (almost) full KAMAZ fleet clinching every ledge of the podium. With such a spirited show keeping the KAMAZ at bay over the last six stages, it’s sad to see the MAZ truck out of the running. But this is further proof that anything can happen, even this far into the race.

“On crossing a dune, I saw Viazovich stopped over to my left. The crew seemed ok, and I couldn’t see any damage to the truck. We carried on our way without taking any risks. The dunes were much more abrupt than on previous years. The nose of the truck hit every crest before jumping over the obstacle. Fortunately, we didn’t have to stop.” – Anton Shibalov #303, KAMAZ-Master Team

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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 7/8, SS6 SS7: Going Fast to Take It Slow

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 7/8 of the event. 

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Day 7/8, SS6 & SS7: Going Fast to Take It Slow

Waving Goodbye to Mongolia, Teams Make the Most of Serious Speeds Before a Tedious Transfer

Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Six: What were once endless peaks and valleys of shimmery green, today was a sea of golden brown. The former curling of earth lay flat and placid with minor swells to offer a break in the monotony. But as the average viewer sees a void of features and hurdles, the rally racer sees a distorted horizon, complicating the legibility of the roadbook. This is really where the navigator shines. Having to use a keen set of eyes to swiftly read and execute quick-changing directions among the mess plate of pathways laid out in the dirt. The pace faster than ever, competitors are making the most of the free-for-all because these last few stages will offer a variety of countryside more akin to other World Class they’re used to.

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Whether it was luck, skill or a bit of both, HERO Motosport’s Oriol Mena Valdearcos #25 outshined his adversaries taking the victory in this last stage before the long transfer to Northern China. Even more astonishing is Polish privateer Adam Tomiczek #31 whose grand performance placed him second after Mena, putting the Orlen Team into the overall Top Ten. Coincidentally, his teammate #32 Maciej Giemza too broke through. It’s moments like these which make rally raid so exciting. Grassroots racers rising up the ranks by their merit and the inevitable mistakes of their Factory comrades. The SS6 roadbook was tricky, turn right, and you’re on the fast-track to the Finish Line. Turn left, and like the Benavides brothers, Kevin (#7 Monster Energy Honda) and Luciano (#77 Red Bull KTM), the clock ticks away at lightspeed. This stage made a significant impact on the day’s lineup and the general standings, which, importantly, sees Kevin – one of the most promising riders of this year’s SWR – dropping to 7th overall. Sam Sunderland may have made some similar errors in the special, however, still maintains a comfortable lead in the rally.

“I [haven’t] even been in the Top Ten yet, so, to be…Top Five it’s nice. This was excellent!” – Adam Tomachek #31, Orlen Team

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Colorado-born Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) may seem like he’s hanging out in the upper-middle part of the pack when looking at his daily stats (for instance, he ended the stage in 6th), but in fact America’s most humble moto star is actually holding down 4th in the General Classification. Evidence his conservative tactics could lead to the podium after all! Fan favorite Laia Sanz #44 (Red Bull KTM) proved her worth once again finding herself in 5th after teammate Sunderland. On the other side of the celebration, Paolo Goncalves #4 of HERO Motosports is officially out when early on his bike came to a halt due to mechanical issues.

“Today, I am happy. It was a good stage for me. I just [got] lost a little bit…Luckily, I [chose the good way]. I [had] a good race, but anyway, I am happy because the first two days were not easy for me with the mud and the bumpy…and broken tracks. But [it] seems the third day I’m feeling really good, I’m confident with the bike and I feel really grateful because after last year, [when] I was sick and out of racing for a long time, it’s nice to feel strong again, and fast, and enjoy.” – Laia Sanz #44, Red Bull KTM Factory

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The Car class has been nonstop chaos. The order shuffled and reshuffled everyday like a deck of cards at the Tables, with only Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel #200 left out. In this scenario, they’d resemble the Jokers, sitting on the side watching as the kings, queens and other numbers are mixed incessantly. But the Toyota Gazoo team is no joke. Besting the rest by, now, 40 minutes and 33 seconds. A time which would have been even more impressive had they not missed three kilometers after the restart. Nonetheless, they again claimed the stage title. And although nothing is for certain, a betting man would likely put his money on Al-Attiya staying true to his word: finally winning the Silk Way Rally.

“The special was difficult to navigate. You had to really pay attention. At certain points we hesitated, but in the end, everything worked out OK. It is the 6th victory on the trot for us. Tomorrow is relaxed – just 550 kilometers of liaison to go into China, where we will discover the dunes of the Gobi Desert.” – Nasser Al-Attiya #200, Toyota Gazoo Team SA

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Within the scuffle, Eric Van Loon and Sebastien Delaunay #205 of Overdrive Racing earned themselves a much better position than the previous, ending the stage at 2nd after yesterday’s 7th place finish. Denis Krotov and Dmytro Tsyro #209 in the MINI would have achieved a spectacular feat if, after leading by 23 minutes only 50 kilometers from ASS, they hadn’t suffered a puncture and a stuck gearbox. A strong conclusion such as this could have brought them twenty minutes or so closer to the Winner’s Circle had they succeeded. “Team USA” in the Can-Am, Austin Jones and Kellon Walch #229, have made leaps and bounds to nestle into the SxS class’ second seat ahead of everyone but Russian team Sergei Kariakin and Anton Vlasiuk #220.

Plenty of politics are involved in rally raid, there’s no question. But it can be frustrating for those competitors who depend on results to determine their tactics. Although the MAZ-SportAuto team seemed to have claimed the stage victory, the starting order for the following special state otherwise. Instead, the KAMAZ-Master fleet has taken the three premiere positions pushing #304 Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun into 4th. Overall, the leading MAZ team from Belarus will begin again in China with a good enough distance to observe mistakes, even follow tracks, and make up for lost time. Leg Seven may not be a real rest day, but the liaison across the border can give the athletes time to consider their next strike. There are only three more specials left, and as the world works in mysterious ways. Anything can happen!


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Nolan Swallowed by Shark

The French and the Italians are ganging up on the international helmet market. Nolan has been around since 1972, and is currently the sole market player to manufacture all its helmets in Italy. One of Europe’s largest helmet manufacturers, the Nolan Group cranks out over 400,000 Nolan, Grex and X-lite lids per year, from a single factory employing 360 souls. 2Ride Holding is the French buyer, manufacturers of SHARK, Bering, Bagster, Ségura and Cairn casques among many other outdoor products, and employing a work force of over 1000. 


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May 16, 2019

With the consent of antitrust authorities, the 2Ride Holding Group has confirmed its acquisition of the Nolan Group.

As a result, the brands Nolan, X lite, Grex and N-Com are to join with Shark, Bering, Ségura, Bagster and Cairn to form a leading player in the market of protective equipment for motorcycle riding and outdoor sports.

2Ride Holding (SHARK, Bering, Bagster, Ségura and Cairn), leader in the French market for motorcycle and outdoor accessories, and the Italian group Nolan announced that their merger had been finalized.

The creation of such a strategic alliance between these two European companies attests to their intent on making significant inroads into the global marketplace and will enable them to pursue their geographic expansion plans.

With €150 million in sales revenue and a workforce of around 1,000, the Group distributes its products in over 80 countries worldwide and enjoys a global leadership status in the market of protective equipment for motorcycle and outdoor sports.

100% of its products are conceived, designed and created in Europe, and a good majority of them are even manufactured in the European territory.

Patrick François, President of 2 Ride Holding: “We’re thrilled today to be concluding this merger. Our intent is to optimize all this Italian, French and European expertise in order to offer our global consumers more protective and easier-to-use products.

The NOLAN and SHARK brands, as well as their respective teams, both embrace the same values, dedicated to the safety of our riders, whether on a motorcycle or any other means of transportation.

As of now, our teams have begun to work together in the aim of building this future for our users.”

Alberto Vergani, President of Helmet Invest: “Today marks the successful conclusion of a lengthy process. We’re pleased to witness the initiation of a collaboration across all teams of the group. Our Italian know-how and all the hard work that went into these past 26 years will therefore carry us into a new and promising era.”

Erwann Le Ligne, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the company Eurazeo PME: “As had been announced during our collaboration last year with the 2 Ride Holding Group’s management team, this cooperation entered into with the Nolan Group serves to confirm our ambition of doubling in size over the next five years inside Europe as well as outside. This transaction will be backed by continuous efforts in innovation and moreover will strengthen both entities’ international development.”

Angèle Faugier, Member of the Board of Directors – Naxicap Partners: “Shark and Nolan are two renowned and respected brands operating in the motorcycle market and not just in Europe, but with worldwide appeal. After all these years of growth and development alongside the 2 Ride Holding Group, we’re more than ready to accompany them into this next phase.”

Transaction advisors:

The advisory team of 2 Ride Holding:

  • Financial advisor: Fineurop Soditic (Germano Palumbo, Marcello Tedeschi, Martina Zanellato)
  • Legal advisor: DLA Piper (Goffredo Guerra, Christian Iannaccone, Silvana Bonazzi)

The advisory team of the Nolan Group:

  • Financial advisor: UBS Corporate Advisory Group
  • Legal advisor: NCTM (Simone De Carli, Cesare Saputo)

The exchanges held between these parties were initiated by the mergers & acquisitions firm Prima Merchant & Partners (Giuseppe De Lorenzo, Gianpaolo Ferrari).

About the 2 Ride Holding Group

The French group 2R Holding is specialized in “Riders” equipment across all market segments. The group has always based its development strategy on a robust capacity to innovate in pursuit of performance, state-of-the-art and safety. Through its “motorcycle” division, as represented by its 4 high-profile complementary brands (Shark Helmets, Bering, Bagster and Ségura), the group enjoys today leadership status in the global market of complete motorcycle accessories (helmets, leather goods, clothing, luggage, saddlery, etc.). Since its 2016 integration into the Cairn Group of branded accessories (skiing and cycling helmets, etc.), 2R Holding has broadened its product lines and demonstrated its strong drive to expand beyond the motorcycle segment.

About the Nolan Group

The Nolan Group is an Italian firm founded in 1972. The company successfully penetrated the market thanks to its commitment to both safety and quality coupled with a drive to innovate. The Group is currently the sole market player to manufacture all its helmets in Italy by virtue of a fully-integrated production process, extending from raw material acceptance to final product assembly. As one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of helmets, with an annual output of over 400,000 units, Nolan employs 360 and operates at a single site.

Founded nearly 50 years ago in Italy, the Nolan Group manufactures helmets under the brand names Nolan and Grex, in addition to X-lite. Alongside this activity, the Group features N-Com, which serves as in-house department dedicated to the development of communication systems.

About Eurazeo PME

Subsidiary of Eurazeo, Eurazeo PME is an investment firm dedicated to majority shareholdings in French small and medium-sized enterprises worth less than €250 million. In its capacity as long-term professional shareholder, Eurazeo PME accompanies its participations with all of the financial, human and organizational resources necessary to ensure a durable transformation and moreover assists its portfolio holdings in implementing a sustainable and, consequently, responsible form of growth. This commitment has been enshrined and rolled out via an official CSR (corporate social responsibility) policy.

Eurazeo PME posted a consolidated revenue of €1.3 billion in 2018 in accompanying the development of the following companies: 2Ride Holding, Dessange International, Léon de Bruxelles, Péters Surgical, Redspher, the MK Direct Group, Orolia, Smile, In’Tech Medical, Vitaprotech, and EFESO Consulting. These companies enjoy strong positioning in their respective markets and are being led by highly-experienced management teams.

About Naxicap

Considered among the leaders in the private capital venture sector in France, NAXICAP Partners manages capital assets worth €3.2 million. In its role as a socially conscious and responsible investor, NAXICAP Partners has established solid and constructive partnerships with entrepreneurs intent on seeing their projects through to fruition. Given that its portfolio encompasses over 50,000 employees, Naxicap considers it especially important to accompany its partner firms in their CSR initiatives. Besides 2R Holding, we are currently working closely with: House of HR, European Cargo Services, Softway Medical, BVA, Emerige, Focal, Technicis, Fitlane, Findis, Teufel, and ECF. The company’s workforce comprises 40 investment professionals across 5 offices in both France and Germany.

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Energica Signs Agreement With DellOrto To Develop EV Power Units For Small- And Medium-Size Vehicles

Long known for its involvement in the world of internal combustion engines, Dell’Orto is branching out into the EV space.

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Energica Motor Company, leading company of high-performing electric motorcycle and single manufacturer of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup for the three-year period 2019-2021, and Dell’Orto SpA, a historic manufacturer of electronic fuel injection systems, have signed an agreement for the development and production of a new type of Power Unit for small-size (power range 8/11kW) and medium size (power range up to 30 kW) electric motorcycles (EV).

Thanks to this agreement, Energica Motor Company and Dell’Orto will continue their common path of development and expansion in the mentioned segments (EVs of small and medium sizes) – which is expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. The small-and-medium-size EV market has over one million vehicles per year with a growth, only the first quarter 2019 in Europe, of 79% (ACEM data vs. Q1 2018).

This project has the ambitious goal of offering technologically-advanced solutions to the major manufacturers operating in the “two-wheeler” market, by combining Energica unique know-how in the electric motorization with Dell’Orto’s design skills in injection systems, as well as their production and commercial reach in Europe, China and India.
The agreement provides with the joint development of an innovative system, based on the know-how of the two companies and a 50% revenue sharing model on its production.

Dell’Orto SpA, with over 85 years of history and a constantly growing turnover equal in 2018 of about 100 million Euro, operates in the production of power systems for “two wheeler” manufacturers including Piaggio, BMW , KTM, Peugeot, Kymco, Sym, and for the main automotive groups such as FCA, General Motors, PSA, BMW, Renault, Volvo, Mahindra. In the Motorsport area, the company is present in MotoGP, Moto3, Karts and from 2019 in MotoE, with an ad-hoc data acquisition system. The Dell’Orto Group has its European headquarters in Cabiate (CO) and production sites in India and China.

Both companies have mutual commitments in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the electric motorcycles global competition which got underway last July 7th.

“Thanks to the know-how acquired and recognized internationally, Energica aims to start the development of this motorization, expanding our offer with a large volumes segment with high potential growth in the world. Our teams are already working on new solutions to meet the new market demands”, says Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company S.p.A.

“This challenge well represents the continuous will of Dell’Orto to innovate not only in its core sector of internal combustion engines, but also in the field of urban sustainable mobility that we consider to be one of the fastest growing sectors for the future electric traction”, says Davide Dell’Orto CTO Dell’Orto Spa.

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Carlin Dunnes Mother Releases Statement About Her Sons Death

The official statement from Carlin’s mother, Romie Gallardo.

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It’s been two weeks now since my son left us. In my heart I knew the instant that Carlins time did not register in the 4t​h and final section of the race that I’d lost my baby boy (Yes, at 36 he was still my baby boy). Dear Lord, take care of my boy, he is truly in your hands now.

From the moment of his crash, the entire Pikes Peak International Hillclimb officials handled the situation with my ​full support. They exhibited the utmost privacy, respect, and dignity, and continue their steadfast support today. Media was instantly shut down and an outpouring of love and support was extended from the moment that I arrived in Colorado Springs. Megan Leatham, Executive Director of The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Paul and Becca Livingston, Owners of Spridergrips, Jason Chinnock, CEO Ducati of North America, and Ducati Motor in Bologna, Italy, all took care of me, protected me, and more importantly protected my son. I will forever be grateful.

Carlin was beloved by all who knew him. He was everyone’s friend. Whether playing the role of little brother, big brother, son, or best friend. From a young age, I shared him with the world because I knew he was bigger than me, bigger than our mother-son bond. He fiercely pursued his passions with my full blessing and complete support. He held the security and confidence of knowing, “Mom will take care of the homestead.” He was never reckless in action or deed. I trusted him implicitly. Many years ago, he evolved beyond me. The funny thing is, Carlin never thought of himself as a “big deal.” I did, but I was “just the mom.” He still did his own laundry, picked up Sonny’s dog poop. He always said, “please” and “thank you.”

Carlin loved the mountain. She challenged and enticed him, calling him back again and again. He gave her due respect. He was fully aware of her ability to “take.” With that being said, I know for a fact that he would ​not​ want the motorcycle program to end. He would want us to learn from this tragedy. He would encourage the official accident reconstruction authorities do what they are trained to do, and for the race officials to implement additional safety precautions required.

Three days after Carlin’s crash a reporter asked me, “How do you feel about the race now?” To which I replied, “The same way I felt on June 29t​h​, the day before he crashed.” All his life I’ve known that losing him was a possibility. We went into this with eyes-wide-open. We were aware of the flip side of this sport. I was committed to him and his dreams. He was doing what he loved. So, who are we to take away other racers’ dreams of racing Pikes Peak International Hillclimb?

In closing, I would like to give a massive worldwide THANK YOU to all of Carlin’s extended family and friends near and far! Our family is humbled beyond words. All of your love, support, stories, videos, and pictures without a doubt have helped me – and continue to help me. I am truly touched by your love and the ways in which you honor my son. Carlin would have been in awe at all the attention. He would have loved everyone coming together in harmony. He truly lives on in each and every one of us.

Rest easy baby boy, we’ve got this. We’ve got Sonny. As you told your little sister many years ago, “Just keep pedaling.” That’s what we are going to do – just keep pedaling. I’ll see you when I get there.

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2019 Silk Way Rally: Day 6, SS5: Home Stretch

Our friends from WESTx1000 are out at the 2019 Silk Way Rally bringing coverage from Day 6 of the event. 

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Day 6, SS5: Home Stretch

With the Marathon Stage Complete, the Racers Can Concentrate on the Finish Line

July 11th, 2019 – Silk Way Rally, Special Stage Five: Perched on a plateau 5,200-feet high, the race-pace climbed with the increasing altitude. This cocktail of monuments, open roads and stony hollows was nothing short of spectacular, quite a shame it was only seen in a blur. Part Two of the Marathon Stage traveled straight through the countryside which could be considered a key reason to visit Mongolia – if only one was needed. Formations of porous sticky rocks and boulders jutted from the ground almost haphazardly, some in colonies and others spaced out by several yards. Perfect to climb for a better view of the valley. Individual clusters resembled the natives who roam these lands: stalky, unwavering, visible but not towering. Those who are lucky enough to witness the sun break through the clouds and illuminate the sage, emerald and lime colored landscape are of an elite group. Race across it though, however the means, and you’re in a class all your own.

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Velocity suits Sam Sunderland #6 (Red Bull KTM Factory). Maybe it was the wide, swift pathways or the familiarity of dune-like waves, only grass instead of sand. But nonetheless, Sunderland has made it a point to win consecutive stages, therefore dubbed “Marathon Man” by the organization. The pattern of riders across the leaderboard was painted like a Pollock – unpredictable and all over the place. Third seed overall Joan Barreda #11 (Monster Energy Honda) gambled with Lady Luck and lost, enduring another substantial crash which has taken him out of the running. Teammate Kevin Benavides #7 and Red Bull KTM Factory rider Luciano Benavides #77 both stopped to offer their assistance. Although some time was incurred for the brothers, it didn’t affect their stage finish or overall scores since it’s customary to remove penalties if it’s to aid a fallen competitor. Kevin still begins Stage Six in the second position, followed by HERO Motosport’s Paolo Goncalves #4.

“Obviously opening the route is never going to be easy, normally somebody can see your tracks and catch you up. I tried to keep the rhythm high all day and on the long stages you start to fatigue because at high speeds you have to be so focused. The bike is feeling really good, despite not being serviced overnight. The tire was a bit slick towards the end, but it is the same for everyone.” – Sam Sunderland #6, Red Bull KTM Factory

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Xavier de Soultrait #16 (Yamaha Rally Team) is back in the race with no hope left to collect FIM points, but he’s taking full advantage of his “on the job” training, ending SS5 in 4th place. USA rider Andrew Short #29 of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team is still strong at 7th after the second Marathon, using his best weapons as tools: good attitude, cool demeanor, respect for the surroundings and, of course, consistency. But in a surprising turn of events, Arkadiusz Lindner from Poland #103 decided to hang up his hat after a few days of struggle on the racecourse, though he hopes to continue participating in the rally if everything in the bivouac goes as planned. This leaves only two fighting for the top position, though it appears from this vantage point #101 Rafal Sonik will be crowned King of the Quads ahead of Aleksandr Maksimov #102 who’s now behind by over 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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Buggies thrive in this sort of terrain, the earth more akin to the desert. While some excelled, like #203 Mathieu Serradori and Fabian Lurquin placing second in their CR6 STR, others met their demise. The #233 buggy – who had placed 4th on the first stage and simultaneously captured the Americans Austin Jones and Kellon Walch rolling over with their dashcam – has suffered a significant crash of their own (also caught on camera) losing them precious World Championship points. Speaking of team #229, Jones and Walch have been driving with fervor, finding themselves third in class once again, but they still have some time between themselves and the front-runner UTV, driven by Tatiana Sycheva (#253). Nasser Al-Attiya and navigator Mathieu Baumel #201 (Toyota Gazoo) continue to follow the yellow brick road. All they need to do now to win the coveted title, is not veer off the path… No accidents, no engine problems and they’re a shoo-in with a mile-long gap trailing behind them.

“A great stage for us! It was fast and everything worked out. We overtook a lot of cars and three trucks. Sometimes it was complicated and sometimes it was a little risky. I remember hitting 192 KPH overtaking a Kamaz. But Fabian navigated perfectly. We were secretly hoping for a stage win. But anyway, it proves that our decision to use the new buggy was the right one…” – Mathieu Serradori #203, SRT Team

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SWR proves to be exciting in every class this year, and the trucks are not to be left out. A battle has broken into all out war between the KAMAZ-Master team and MAZ-SportAuto. Where yesterday, MAZ cleaned house. Special Stage Five, made a comeback taking the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions in the special – #303 Anton Shibalov, Dmitrii Nikitin and Ivan Tatarinov; #300 Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev and Ivan Malkov; #302 Airat Mardeev, Dmitrii Svistunov and Sergei Krenev. One MAZ machine stubbornly held onto the podium, finishing again in 1st was #304 commanded by Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun. Their teammates however stumbled back into 7th and 8th. The US vessel, manned by Aviv Kadshai, Izhar Armony and Maoz Wilder have managed to maintain their rhythm as well, seated in the ninth chair. How will these athletes fair as the days dwindle down? There’s only one way to find out…

“To avoid yesterday’s problems, we changed our tires and put more pressure in them. And it was a strategy that paid off. It helped us a lot to keep a very fast pace, even if that made our trucks less comfortable. Because the tires are an integral part of the suspension. We will continue to attack. There are four great stages left…to retake the overall lead.” – Andrei Karginov #300, KAMAZ-Master Team

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Razgatlioglu ‘ruined both of my races’ declares injured Bautista

Spaniard to undergo further medical examinations this week.

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Former points leader Alvaro Bautista has placed the blame on Toprak Razgatlioglu for a Superpole race clash that resulted in the Spaniard injuring his left shoulder, forcing him to retire from both outings on Sunday at Laguna Seca’s ninth round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship.

Bautista, who finished 17th in race one after recovering from a crash, tagged the rear wheel of the Turkish Puccetti Racing rider into turn one, subsequently ruling him out of the race while prompting a visit to the medical centre. He attempted to complete race two, although pulled in due to severe pain,

The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati ace will undergo further medical examinations on his shoulder upon return to Spain this week, where the extent of the injury and the appropriate recovery will be determined.

“I really feel bad about what happened today,” Bautista explained. “At turn one in the Superpole race, Razgatlioglu completely closed my line and I couldn’t do anything to prevent his rear wheel from hitting my front. His move ruined both of my races today because I injured my left shoulder in the crash.

“I was taken to the medical centre and after checks, I was given the okay by the doctors to try and take part in race two, seeing as the X-ray showed that nothing was broken. Unfortunately, after just one lap I realised that the pain was too much for me to ride because as I didn’t have any strength in my left arm I wasn’t able to brake in the left-handers, and for this reason I came into the pits.

“I’m very sorry because we are working really well and always find the way to go fast, but in any case we’re going through a really difficult time at the moment. I’m sure that if we continue to work in this way, we’ll come back stronger than ever and with even more desire to win.

“As soon as I get back home, I’ll have more detailed checks done on my shoulder ligaments, but luckily two months’ break before the next race will surely allow me to fully recover.”

The 34-year-old dominated the opening rounds of the championship, building a points lead of 60 at one stage, although following a series of recent crashes, he’s now ranked second in the standings, 81 points behind four-time defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Source: CycleOnline.com.au