Team Australia’s Recover8-backed World Trophy defence has started strongly as the squad leads day one of the 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal, while the Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams are currently first and third respectively.
The World Trophy team topped the category on day one, where it holds a 19.53s advantage over Team USA and Team Italy. Great Britain and Finland currently complete the top three.
In the Junior World Trophy, Team Australian holds down the top spot with a 1m14.10s lead ahead of Team USA, as France holds down third followed by Italy and Great Britain.
The Women’s World Trophy class sees Team Germany sit atop the standings, with Team USA in second and six-time defending champions Team Australia in third. Great Britain and Spain are ranked in positions four and five.
Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team’s Daniel Sanders leads the individual outright results ahead over Spaniard Josep Garcia (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and American Ryan Sipes (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).
Australians Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team), Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Racing Team) feature inside the top 10 in positions seven, nine and 10, while compatriots Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing), Michael Driscoll (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Racing) and Matt Phillips (KTM) are ranked 16th, 28th, and 35th.
Tayla Jones (Husqvarna) sits third in the individual Women’s outright rankings, followed by Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) in fifth and 12th.
Sanders controls the E3 division, with Higlett, Green, Driscoll and Phillips taking up spots three, six, nine and 13 in the E2 category. In E1, Styke and Snodgrass are fifth and sixth respectively.
Yamaha Motor Australia is excited to announce the release of the 2020 WR250R, available in Team Yamaha Blue and White. Pricing is unchanged from the 2019 model at just $9599 incl GST, ride away.
Since its release, Yamaha’s WR250R has attracted a cult following of new and experienced riders. Proving to be much more than just another trail bike, WR250R has a well-deserved reputation as a superb lightweight adventure tourer, capable at tackling a desert crossing or weekday commutes.
At its heart is a liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine that pushes hard all the way to 10,000 rpm, making it one of the strongest 250cc singles ever built by Yamaha. Its aluminium semi-double cradle frame has been developed using technology featured on Yamaha’s race-winning YZ250F motocross, and WR250F endurance machines.
Front and rear suspension features fork legs adjustable for preload and rebound/compression and a rear shock absorber connected to a lightweight aluminium swingarm that’s also adjustable for preload and rebound/compression.
Excellent fuel economy and class-leading throttle response are delivered by a fuel injection system that constantly monitors intake air pressure, as well as crank and throttle position, to deliver the optimum fuel mixture right across the rev range.
The six-speed transmission has been specifically developed for the WR250R to optimise the power characteristics of the high-compression short-stroke engine. Ratios have been carefully selected to deliver performance and drivability in a wide variety of conditions and situations.
A compact LCD instrument panel displays all the information the rider needs, without being over-crowded or over-complicated. The bright display includes a speedometer, clock and tripmeter as well as a range of warning lights.
The 2020 WR250R is available in showrooms now. *Pricing quoted is correct at time of publication.
Serco Yamaha will draft in Connor Tierney for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne rounds of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship, as a shoulder injury sustained at Wollongong will sideline American Jacob Hayes for the remainder of the season.
Tierney’s call up comes after an incredible race victory in main event three at the third stop of the series last weekend, which saw him lead from start to finish in the seven-lap encounter.
“With Jacob out hurt, Serco Yamaha approached me about doing the last two rounds with them and I can’t wait to be flying the Serco Yamaha flag at the two biggest races of the year,” said Tierney. “Having the support and direction of a team like Serco is a huge bonus and hopefully I can continue to post good results and show them what I’m capable of.”
After promising start to the season, Hayes, who crashed heavily in his heat on Saturday night, will now return to America in order to be completely recovered and prepared for the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.
“It’s such a disappointing way to finish the championship, especially as it started so well for myself and the team,” Hayes commented. “There appears to be no major damage, so I just need to rest it and take my time to ensure it’s done right.
“Because I had already had an issue in the Adelaide round and now at Wollongong, I’m out of the championship as far as points go, so it’s best for me to get it sorted now so I’m 100 percent for the start of the AMA championship in January.”
Well known motorcycle exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič announced its line of Triumph Modern Classics products at EICMA. The first models to be released are the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200 products with more to come. Triumph Modern Classics owners stay tuned.
Begin Press Release:
Akrapovič Launches Triumph Modern Classics Range at EICMA
Akrapovič has used the prestigious EICMA show in Milan to present to the world its new range of exhaust systems for Triumph Modern Classics, with an exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin being displayed for the first time at the Italian event.
This stunning range of exhaust systems has been specifically designed to complement the look of the bikes, using traditional Akrapovič colourways such as a titanium natural surface and matte black coating, perfectly matching the culture of the modern classic look. The systems have been developed to change the sound and optimize power through the entire rev range and torque – especially in the mid to high rpm zone.
The first exhaust to be shown to the public is an Akrapovič Slip-On Line (Titanium) exhaust system for the Triumph Speed Twin and Thruxton 1200, with more exhausts for the range being developed for release soon, including the Bonneville T100 and T120 and the Scrambler 1200. The Slip-On Line will have a unique soundtrack, offering a deeper, thrilling tone, which provides an instant feeling of power. This unique sound comes to life as soon as the engine fires up, and as the revs increase the exhaust expresses the engine tone even further.
Fully compliant with EC/ECE type approval, this new range of Akrapovič exhausts is lighter than stock, which is achieved with various materials and construction, with the titanium outer sleeve as standard (the titanium natural version for the Bonneville T100, T120 and Scrambler 1200; black-coated for the Speed Twin / Thruxton 1200) with an engraved logo or monochrome logo sticker, all finished with silver or black-coated end caps and black-coated heat shields.
The new collection of Akrapovič exhausts for Triumph Modern Classics offers an innovative, appealing, design-led, lightweight addition, in keeping with this range of bikes, while delivering an aural delight sure to be enjoyed.
Wollongong race win a timely confidence boost for Tierney
Yamaha privateer earns maiden race win at WIN Stadium.
Image: Foremost Media.
A surprise SX2 victory in main event three at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship has come as a timely boost of confidence for Connor Tierney, the Yamaha-mounted privateer confirming his potential after a number of difficult seasons.
The Western Australian lodged an 11-13 scorecard in the opening two mains, however an excellent start in race three granted him a clear path to victory over newly-appointed points leaded Josh Osby (Raceline KTM Thor), crediting him seventh overall.
“I got a good start – actually, I got a sick start,” Tierney stated to MotoOnline.com.au. “It was probably around lap three where I put my head down and rode my own race – the guys were battling behind me, and I was just doing my own thing. I didn’t make any mistakes and just rode it home – it seemed like it came easy to me.
“It felt so good – it’s been a long time since I’ve won a race at a national calibre event, so it really felt good and gave me such a confidence boost. It’s good to have those moments – I feel like I really need to savour it, because it’s hard to stay in this sport with injuries and everything – results like that make it worth it.”
Tierney sits eighth in the championship standings as the series heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy entry scores third-straight podium at Wollongong.
Image: Foremost Media.
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Dan Reardon is encouraged by his position in the Australian Supercross Championship, which sees him right in contention for the crown with just the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne remaining in the series.
The popular Queenslander has landed on the podium in the opening three rounds, scoring second overall at the weekend’s stop in Wollongong, New South Wales.
Positioned just six points shy of leader Justin Brayton (Penrite Honda Racing) and three points behind teammate Luke Clout, the number 122 is confident he can elevate in the upcoming two events which will see a strengthened line-up of AMA Supercross regulars.
“I think I’m well placed in the championship now and right in the middle of a good battle for the SX1 crown,” Reardon commented. “The last few years I have been able to come home at the final rounds strongly so to be within six points of the lead and heading for the two biggest races of our season is a good spot to be in.
“It took me a bit to get dialled into the track as it was quite hard-pack and slippery in spots but once I got that sorted, I was fine and just focused on getting good track position early as passing was difficult.
“We are off to NZ this week and look forward to going up against not just the best Australia riders but also the incoming US guys who always raise the bar for us.”
Both the S-X Auckland and AUS-X Open Melbourne will also make up the 2019 S-X Open International FIM Oceania Supercross Championship.
Brayton and Clout divided on degraded Wollongong whoops
Differing opinions for title favourites from Saturday’s third round of AUS Supercross.
Image: Foremost Media.
Australian Supercross Championship heavyweights Justin Brayton and Luke Clout have shared divided opinions on the severe degradation of Wollongong’s whoop section on Saturday night, which saw a selection of riders utilise a near flat line on the edge of the circuit.
Penrite Honda Racing’s Brayton, who recorded his first blemish of the season in third overall, expressed his frustration over the section where riders seemingly gained an advantage, explaining he’s at a loss as to why the portion of the track wasn’t maintained for greater consistency.
“Absolutely, [the track] was [sketchy]. The biggest thing, and it’s a bummer, is that they left the whoops the way they were,” Brayton told MotoOnline.com.au post-race.
“On the right side, there were three whoops and the rest were all flat. It’s just a bummer that at the highest level of racing they’re like that. I was still going through the middle, but when you’re out front, you just go down the right side. That’s my strong point… it’s all good, I’m happy to keep the points lead.”
Clout broke through for his maiden SX1 overall victory, although the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider disagreed with the three-time defending champion’s opinion, offering that the line remained within the track limits, while officials didn’t feel it was necessary to hand down any penalties.
“I’m not going to comment on JB’s thoughts, that’s up to him,” Clout declared. “The first two races I was going down the middle of the whoops as well – I was going down the middle and everyone was going down right as well. They weren’t penalising anyone and apparently it was on the track.
“I did nothing different to anyone else and I only started doing that because 99 percent of people were doing it. I was happier to go down the middle of the whoops, but if everyone else is doing it and it’s in the track limits, then there’s no cutting of the track. It is what it is.”
The duo are now separated by just three points heading into New Zealand’s penultimate round this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland.
SX2 red-plate holder Osby played it ‘too safe’ in Wollongong
Factory KTM rider second overall in New South Wales.
Image: Foremost Media.
American Josh Osby believes he played it ‘too safe’ in the opening SX2 main events at Wollongong’s third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship on Saturday night, despite emerging with the championship lead.
The Raceline KTM Thor contender went 6-3 in main events one and two before challenging for victory in the final encounter, ultimately falling short to accept runner-up honours.
Credited second overall on the night in New South Wales, Osby holds a one-point advantage over compatriot Chris Blose (Penrite Honda Racing), while former red-plate holder Aaron Tanti (Serco Yamaha) is a further one-point behind.
“Tonight was always going to be intense with the triple crown format,” said Osby. “My game plan was [to have] solid laps and consistency with the slick track and short races.
“I think I played it a little too safe in the opening two races – the win just got away from me in the last one. But I’m pumped to take the championship lead, it’s a great achievement for the Raceline KTM Thor team and myself.”
The Australian Supercross Championship heads to New Zealand this weekend for the Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland, marking round four of the series.
Jeremy Alcoba has been crowned champion of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship in the best way possible, winning the first of the two races at Valencia, with Carlos Tatay claiming the second win.
Aussie Billy Van Eerde, meanwhile, ended a tough season in the class with two solid finishes. The Aussie was outside the top 20 but in a group battle in Race 1, and in Race 2 was knocking on the door to some points.
Just 0.115 separated him from fifteenth, with the number 29 forced to settle for P16 – but in a deep field, that’s a solid showing for the youngster after his swift rise from the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup.
In the Moto2 European Championship, Edgar Pons also said goodbye to the FIM CEV Repsol with a victory.
In the European Talent Cup, Iván Ortolá finished the season as he began in Estoril, with a win, while Joel Kelso raced to his strongest result of the season in fifth, claiming nine championship points and moving up to 17th in the overall standings.
Moto3 Junior World Championship
Jeremy Alcoba didnt waste his first chance at the title, beating José Julián García – who took his first podium of the season – and Aleix Viu in the opening race.
It was an exciting race, with a leading group of up to 15 riders. A number of riders shared the lead, such as Daniel Holgado, Ryusei Yamanaka and Carlos Tatay, among others.
With two laps to go, a touch between Daniel Holgado and David Salvador left them out of options for a podium place, and allowed Aleix Viu to make the most of a great comeback, paving the way for José Julián García to take third after a race spent as part of the leading group. Jeremy Alcoba received the Repsol free fuel cheque as a result.
Aussie Billy Van Eerde finished Race 1 in 28th, having claimed 20th and 15th in the two qualifying sessions.
In the second FIM Moto3 race Carlos Tatay took another victory, his fourth of the season. Barry Baltus joined him on the podium, along with Adrián Fernández, achieving his first podium in the category.
Once again Davide Pizzoli started poorly from pole, losing so many positions that in an effort to make up lost ground he went down on the fifth lap along with Julián Giral.
Ahead, Carlos Tatay pulled clear followed by a large group led by Barry Baltus. Aleix Viu, David Salvador and José Julián García were involved in a multiple fall which decimated the chasing group. In the end, Carlos Tatay won alone, followed by Barry Baltus and Adrián Fernández. Carlos Tatay received the Repsol free fuel cheque.
Billy Van Eerde improved on his Race 1 placing to claim 16th in Race 2, just missing out on the points.
Billy Van Eerde
“2019 season is now finished. Thank you to the whole Junior Talent Team squad for this amazing year! It was a very difficult year for me but you have supported me throughout all, I’m thankful for this opportunity and will come back next year stronger than before!”
The final classification of the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship saw Jeremy Alcoba as champion, Carlos Tatay runner-up and Xavier Artigas in third.
CDR Monster Energy Yamaha’s, Luke Clout has broken through for his maiden SX1 round victory at the third round of the 2019 Australian Supercross Championship held at Win Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday the 9th of November.
For the first time this season, Penrite Honda Factory Racing’s Justin Brayton was knocked off the top spot in qualifying as Clout made is intentions clear from the get-go, topping the time-sheets.
The track that was built from scratch in less than 24 hours after the original soil bought into the venue needed to be replaced. Despite the limited time to build the track, the Pro Traxx Australia team still produced a high quality full size Supercross track that produced a fastest lap time of 40.66 seconds for Clout, with his American team-mate Josh Hill posting the second-fastest lap time a fraction of a second behind at 40.702, while Brayton had to settle for the third fastest lap time.
SX1 HEAT 1
It was Oil Piping Services; Honda mounted privateer Jesse Madden who led the field out of the first turn in the opening SX1 heat, with Hill on his rear wheel.
By the conclusion of the first lap had Hill moved to the lead and was never headed as he quickly proved his worth to the CDR Yamaha outfit.
Team-mate Dan Reardon worked his way into second position and while he was able to close the gap to Hill he had to be content with second position.
Madden impressed holding on for a third-place finish. SB Motorsports Suzuki’s Jayden Rykers continued his good Supercross form crossing the line in 4th position, heading directly to the nights triple-header final event along with Rockstar Honda’s Jackson Richardson, Husqvarna backed Todd Waters and KSF Racing’s Gradie Featherstone.
SX1 HEAT 2
SB Motorsports Suzuki’s Cody Dyce shot out of the gate aboard his RM-Z450 in the second heat to secure the holeshot and lead the field. In an impressive ride for the former MXD champion, he held off three-time reigning SX1 champion Brayton for the opening three laps, before the American made his moved and raced to victory.
Clout again showed great pace, moving his way into second position and closing in on Brayton in the final laps, with Penrite Honda Factory Racing’s Brett Metcalfe rounding out the top three.
Raceline KTM’s new American import Henry Miller made a late-race pass on Dyce to finish 4th.
Empire Kawasaki’s Dylan Long finished sixth and Honda privateer Joel Wightman in 7th with the two riders taking the final two spots out of the heats directly into the finals.
Clout once again showed he was going to be the riders to beat, almost dropping under the 40-second lap mark with a lap time of 40.021 to top the timesheets in the Superpole event.
Brayton was able to improve his gate pick for the night’s main event, with the second-fastest time, followed by, Reardon, Hil and Madden while Metcalfe had his lap time annulled after cutting the track.
With 16 riders already qualified for the 20 gate three-race final, riders hit the line for the LCQ in a bid to claim one of the final four spots up for grabs.
South Aussie Yamaha privateer Elijah Wiese grabbed the holeshot, but it was Empire Kawasaki’s Lawson Bopping who quickly took control of the race out front and ran away for a comfortable race win.
Behind him, Yamalube Yamaha’s Richie Evans had his work cut out for him, crashing early in the race and leaving himself a huge task just to make the finals. With a lap to go, Evans moved into 5th position and entered a three-way battle along with Weise and Kawasaki privateer Jamie Harvey for the final two transfer positions.
Ahead of the fight for the final transfer spots, Honda privateer Justin Carafa powered to second position.
At the line, Evans was able to work his way passed both Weise and Harvey to finish third, while Harvey held firm to secure the 20th and final gate pick for the finals.
SX1 FINAL ONE
The opening SX1 final was a Justin Brayton show, with the American leading from the start and dominating towards a two-second race win.
Behind Brayton, Clout and Reardon went toe-to-toe for the opening half of the race, before Clout put an inside pass on his team-mate with the two riders bouncing off each other. The move would prove to be crucial for the night’s overall results, with Clout holding on to finish second ahead of Reardon, with Metcalfe in 4th. Josh Hill finished 5th with Miller 6th.
SX1 FINAL TWO
When the gates dropped on the second final, it looked as though Reardon had control of the first turn; however, it was Clout who exited turn two on the grass hill in first position, quickly opening up an unassailable race lead.
Reardon settled into second position, followed by Dyce who continued his break out night, though he was quickly passed by Hill, who also then made his way by Reardon for second spot.
Behind the leading riders, Metcalfe sat in 5th position, while Brayton was buried deep in the field with plenty of work ahead of him.
Things looked like they were all but done heading into the closes stages of the race, until Metcalfe stalled coming out of the final turn allowing Brayton to move into 5th behind Dyce, with the final result then taking a further turn after Hill made a mistake, slipping from second position.
At the line, it was Reardon who finished second to Clout, with Dyce celebrating an excellent third-place finish. Brayton salvaged a 4th place finish ahead of Hill who recovered for 5th, leaving Metcalfe to finish in 6th, just ahead of the Kawasaki pairing of Bopping and Long.
SX1 FINAL THREE
With everything on the line, it was once again Clout who took control of the race early, with his two CDR team-mates in Reardon and Hill running directly behind him, leaving Brayton with a freight train of Yamaha’s in front of him.
With the track breaking down and a single fast line created through the whoop section the race up front became a bit of a procession as the top four played followed the leader for the entire eight laps, leaving giving Clout his second straight win for the night ahead of Reardon, Hill, Brayton and Metcalfe.
Todd Waters had his best result for the night finishing in 6th position, just ahead of Long and Miller.
With his 2-1-1 race results, it was Clout who celebrated his maiden SX1 round win in front of a large contingent of family and friends who were on hand to witness the moment as the New South Welshman closed the gap to Brayton in the championship standings to just three points with two rounds of the championship remaining.
Reardon made it a 1-2 result for the CDR Yamaha team, leaving Brayton to round out the podium for the evening.
Hill gave CDR Yamaha three of the top four positions for the round, finishing just off the podium in 4th, with Metcalfe in 5th.
Long’s consistent night of 7-8-7 results was enough to secure 6th position overall for the round, while just behind him in seventh, Dyce carded an 8-3-14 scorecard highlighting the close competition through the midfield.
Bopping finished 8th, ahead of Waters who elevated himself to 9th off the back of his 6th place finish in the final race, while Miller rounded out the top ten in his first Australian outing.
Just six-points separate the top three riders in the championship, with Brayton leading Clout by three points, with Reardon a further three points back in third. With some world-class riders slotted into race the final two rounds of the series, the championship is still wide open, with Metcalfe still an outside chance 18-points down on Brayton.