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Moto News Weekly for January 6, 2020

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What happened this week

  • Justin Barcia claims opening 450SX win at Anaheim 1
  • Justin Cooper tops 250SX – Jett Lawrence ninth
  • Riders talk Dakar Rally Stage 2
  • Woffinden swinging in WA – Speedway with Graeme Sidden
  • 2020 Championship Calendars
    • 2020 AMA Motocross
    • 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross
    • 2020 MXGP
    • 2020 American Flat Track
    • 2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway
    • 2020 FIM Speedway GP Championship
    • 2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Track Championship
    • 2020 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC)
    • 2020 FIM SuperEnduro Championship
    • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West
    • 2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship
    • 2020 King of MX
    • 2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

Justin Barcia claims opening 450SX win at Anaheim 1

Justin Barcia proved unstoppable at Ahaneim 1, taking a clear win from Adam Cianciarulo, with a 5.646s lead, while Cooper Webb laid claim to the final podium position seven-seconds in arrears. Aussie Chad Reed came home in 18th.

Vince Friese scored the holeshot from Justin Barcia and Justin Brayton while Adam Cianciarulo was in fourth.  Barcia took the lead from Friese halfway through that opening lap. Justin Hill was fifth at the end of lap one, ahead of Cooper Webb and Ken Roczen.

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Justin Barcia & Adam Cianciarulo – Image by Hoppenworld

Barcia was getting away while Brayton was hanging on to second place while being chased by Cianciarulo, while Friese, Roczen and Webb tripped each other up in their desperate quests to work their way forward in what was a busy pack. Barcia though had clear air up front and a 2.7-second advantage with 16-minutes remaining. Jason Anderson was eighth and Tomac was in ninth place.

Cianciarulo then got the better of Brayton to move up to second place and immediately pulled away from the Honda man. Cooper Webb was in fourth and despite battling the flu was clear of Ken Roczen and Blake Baggett.

Barcia looked safe up front but then a mistake with 12-minutes remaining saw the Yamaha man throw it all away! A 2.5-second lead turned into a 1.5-second deficit to Cianciarulo after Barcia’s clash with the tough blocks lost him his advantage.

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Cooper Webb – Image by Hoppenworld

Cooper Webb started to pile the pressure on third placed Brayton and with eight-minutes remaining the defending champ made his move to take that third spot. Brayton then had his hands full fending off the advances of Roczen and Baggett.

Barcia then got the better of Cianciarulo after the Kawasaki man made a big mistake that could have ended very badly but he managed to recover and rejoin the track 1.4-seconds behind Barcia.

Brayton then went from fourth to seventh in one corner after he was gazumped by Roczen and Baggett before then being used as a berm by Jason Anderson which put Brayton momentarily on the floor. Tomac then relegated Brayton further down to eighth place just ahead of Malcolm Stewart and Vince Friese.

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Justin Brayton & Eli Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

Jason Anderson got the better of Roczen with two-minutes left to run to move up to fifth place. Up front Barica had a handy buffer over Cianciarulo who in turn had an even larger buffer over Cooper Webb. And that was how they finished, Barcia the winner of the A1 season opener, 450 debutante Cianciaurlo in second, while defending champ Cooper Webb rounded out the podium.

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250SX Main Event Podium – Cianciarulo – Barcia – Webb – Image by Hoppenworld

Blake Baggett clinched fourth place with a handy buffer over Jason Anderson while Ken Roczen claimed 17-points for sixth. Eli Tomac took seventh ahead of Justin Brayton and Malcolm Stewart, while Vince Friese rounded out the top ten.

In his record breaking 250th main event start Chad Reed finished in 18th place.

Justin Barcia – P1

“It doesn’t get much better, honestly. We had a really nice day. I qualified alright. The Heat race was great, I got a great start and won. And the main event, wow, just unbelievable. I got another great start, led a lot of laps, but I made a mistake and got passed. I regrouped and got into the lead again and took the win. I’m feeling over the top right now. It’s phenomenal! It’s going to be a long season though. I just want to keep having a lot of fun and keep putting that bike on the podium.”

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Justin Barcia – Image by Hoppenworld
Adam Cianciarulo – P2

“I fell in love with Supercross watching Anaheim 1back in 1999. Ever since then I’ve been dreaming about what I got to experience tonight. Everything from opening ceremonies to getting my first 450 podium. I was bummed we couldn’t capture the win, but regardless I am stoked on this result. It is a long season, I still have a lot to learn and build on from here, but I am already fired up to go racing next weekend in St. Louis.”

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Adam Cianciarulo – Image by Hoppenworld
Cooper Webb – P4

“It’s been a struggle today with the sickness but that’s what makes this sport so gnarly, you have to be able to go out on Saturday and perform despite how you’re feeling. I’m just pumped to be on the podium, I feel like I dug deep and pushed through it tonight and it’s a good start to the season for myself and the team.”

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Cooper Webb – Image by Hoppenworld
Jason Anderson – P5

“My weekend went pretty decent, in the Main Event, I started in the back and I had to make some passes to get into fifth-place. Once I got behind [Blake] Baggett and Cooper [Webb], that’s all she wrote.”

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Jason Anderson – Image by Hoppenworld
Ken Roczen – P6

“Anaheim 1 started pretty good but the main event was definitely not the greatest. We were a little off on our bike setup, with it being way too stiff. That really showed in the main because of the way the track deteriorated so much. I didn’t feel like I was able to keep a good flow or attack the track the way I needed to. For sure this is not the position we wanted for the night, but it’s good to get the first race out of the way and leave healthy. We know what we need to work on for the upcoming race and have a plan in mind moving forward to implement those changes. Overall we’re not going to let this first race get us down, and I’m looking forward to St. Louis.”

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Ken Roczen & Blake Baggett – Image by Hoppenworld
Eli Tomac – P7

“Man, the first race of the season is always an interesting one. The whole day is just chaotic. I started feeling a bit of a flow by the end of the last qualifying session today, but in both the heat race and main event tonight I got decent starts but got shuffled back in the first turn and the way the track broke down tonight it became very one-lined and difficult to make passes. The competition this year is deeper than ever, so we will regroup this week and come out swinging in St. Louis next weekend.”

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Eli Tomac – Image by Hoppenworld

450SX Main Event – 2020 Anaheim 1

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Barcia Yamaha YZ450F 22 Laps
2 Adam Cianciarulo Kawasaki KX450 +05.646
3 Cooper Webb KTM 450SX-F Factory Edi +12.693
4 Blake Baggett KTM 450SX-F FE +14.216
5 Jason Anderson Husqvarna FC450 Factory +18.187
6 Ken Roczen Honda CRF450R Works E +22.127
7 Eli Tomac Kawasaki KX450 +23.789
8 Justin Brayton Honda CRF450R +26.191
9 Malcolm Stewart Honda CRF450R +27.043
10 Vince Friese Honda CRF450R +32.922

450SX Standings – After Round 1

Pos Rider R1 Total
1 Justin Barcia 26 26
2 Adam Cianciarulo 23 23
3 Cooper Webb 21 21
4 Blake Baggett 19 19
5 Jason Anderson 18 18
6 Ken Roczen 17 17
7 Eli Tomac 16 16
8 Justin Brayton 15 15
9 Malcolm Stewart 14 14
10 Vince Friese 13 13
11 Justin Hill 12 12
12 Aaron Plessinger 11 11
13 Dean Wilson 10 10
14 Zach Osborne 9 9
15 Martin Davalos 8 8
16 Justin Bogle 7 7
17 Tyler Bowers 6 6
18 Chad Reed 5 5
19 Kyle Chisholm 4 4
20 Chris Blose 3 3
21 Fredrik Noren 2 2
22 James Decotis 1 1

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Justin Cooper tops 250SX – Jett Lawrence ninth

Justin Cooper led a Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 1-2 in the 250SX Main Event, with team mate Dylan Ferrandis runner up, and Christian Craig bringing his Honda home into the final podium position. For Aussie Jet Lawrence, Anaheim 1 also proved a strong debut, riding to ninth, 45.924-seconds off leading pace.

When the 250SX Main Event kicked off, Austin Forkner got a great run off the line but it was Justin Cooper out front ahead of Forkner, Christian Craig and Mitchell Oldenburg in the 250SX final. Luke Clout was in eighth place at the end of the opening lap while young countryman Jett Lawrence was running 11th in his first ever senior main event on American soil.

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Austin Forkner & Justin Cooper – Image by Hoppenworld

Michael Mosiman and Dylan Ferrandis pushed OIdenburg back to sixth place. Jett Lawrence got up to ninth place behind Clout but then dropped five positions after making a mistake that relegated him all the way back to 14th with ten-minutes remaining.

Forkner worked his way through to the lead after pushing Cooper back to second place, while with five-minutes remaining Dylan Ferrandis was in third place ahead of Christian Craig and Michael Mosiman. Luke Clout was now out of the race but Jett Lawrence had recovered from his stumble and was back up to ninth place.

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Dylan Ferrandis & Christian Craig – Image by Hoppenworld

Forkner then made a mistake while under pressure from Cooper and ran into the tough blocks and then cut the track when he remounted. Ferrandis pushed Forkner further back to third place but it was also expected that Forkner would also be given some sort of penalty for cutting the track which would push him even further down the order…

Justin Cooper went on to take a clear victory over Dylan Ferrandis while Austin Forker finished in third place at the flag ahead of Christian Craig and Michael Mosiman. Ultimately though Forkner was relegated to fifth place for cutting the track after his crash, which promoted Christian Craig on to the podium and Mosiman to fourth.

Jett Lawrence finished his maiden AMA Supercross event with a ninth place finish, crossing the line 46-seconds behind the race winner. Countryman Jay Wilson finished 17th while Luke Clout went out early in the race.

Justin Cooper – P1

“It’s indescribable. Everyone says that about their first win, but it honestly it is. I felt like I needed to pinch myself after I went over the finish line. Looking up into the crowd and all the lights and realizing what I had just accomplished – my first win at Anaheim — it’s unreal! I can’t wait to go home and sleep on it and see how I feel tomorrow. I really don’t want this feeling to end.”

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Justin Cooper – Image by Hoppenworld
Dylan Ferrandis – P2

“The day was good as a whole, I just got a bad start in the Main. I came back pretty strong, but I’m a little bit disappointed because I think I should have finished a little bit closer than I did. I was riding a little bit tight today. It’s the first one of the year, a lot of pressure, a lot going on. Everyone wants to win the first one. But it’s good. Last year, I finished second and went on to win the championship. So no problem, we’ll move on to next weekend.”

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Dylan Ferrandis – Image by Hoppenworld
Michael Mosiman – P4

“It was good to come out of here with a top-five result but I’m not super stoked on how I rode. It’s comforting, though, because I know I’ve got a whole lot more in the tank.”

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Michael Mosiman – Image by Hoppenworld
Austin Forkner – P5

“It was a split-second decision to be as safe as possible,” said Forkner. “That’s what they always tell us to rejoin safely and with me pointed backward and slightly left, I thought that after the next rider went by I would be fine. I didn’t gain any position by doing what I did. It’s a bummer they (the officials) didn’t feel the same way. After knowing I was able to put a good pace out front, I’m more fired up than ever to get back out there next weekend.”

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Austin Forkner & Justin Cooper – Image by Hoppenworld
Cameron McAdoo – P6

“After so much preparation, it’s nice to finally get on the track and get a finish under my belt,” said McAdoo. “We took away a lot of good from this round that I’m hoping we can work on this week to go after an even better result. I would love to be challenging for the podium and proving to these guys that I am able to run up front.”

Jett Lawrence – P9

“My first A1 is in the books.I did some good things out there and learnt a lot. Look forward to St Louis where I’ll be 100% healthy so no excuses next weekend.”

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Jett Lawrence – Image by Hoppenworld
Mitchell Oldenburg – P16

“It was a tough night for me so I am looking forward to being better for the next round, I know what I need to work on before St Louis. The team are great and the bike feels good so we are on track for stronger results. After the Heat I felt sore because I had a couple of crashes but mentally I’m in a really good spot so as much as I am disappointed in tonight’s result, I need to keep in mind that its only race 1 of 10, I have a bit of time for redemption.” Oldenburg added.

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Mitchell Oldenburg – Image by Hoppenworld
Jay Wilson – P17

“I dreamt about being in heat one at A1 for as long as I can remember. Last night I got to make that dream a reality and sit on the start gates for the opening ceremony before going racing at the biggest race of my career so far. I’d be lying if I say the nerves didn’t get the better of me. Seventh in the heat and 17th in the main. I rode tight, I was learning and processing the whole night, and just a week earlier we weren’t sure if we would be there after practice crash, but we’ve got the first one out of the way, and now I’m excited to see what we can do.”

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Jay Wilson – Image by Hoppenworld
Luke Clout – P21

“My riding was good for most of the day but I am just so bummed, I was sitting in 8th and pushing hard but I made a mistake and it cost me really big. I’m a bit banged up but there are a lot of positives to take away from the night, its been good to see where I’m at over here against some of these guys and I know I will only get better from here. I havant had too much time on the 250 and the whoops were a challenge for me tonight but I will keep grinding, I’ve only been back on the 250 for 3-4 weeks and its been about 4 years since I’ve been on one so its an adjustment. Only upwards from here.”

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Luke Clout – Image by Hoppenworld

250SX Main Event – 2020 Anaheim 1

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Justin Cooper Yamaha YZ250F 17 Laps
2 Dylan Ferrandis Yamaha YZ250F +02.450
3 Christian Craig Honda CRF250R +13.581
4 Michael Mosiman Husqvarna FC250 +15.251
5 Austin Forkner Kawasaki KX250 +15.251
6 Cameron Mcadoo Kawasaki KX250 +21.244
7 Brandon Hartranft KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +35.905
8 Derek Drake KTM 250SX-F Factory Edi +36.589
9 Jett Lawrence Honda CRF250R +45.924
10 Alex Martin Suzuki RMZ250 +55.420

250SX Standings – After Round 1

Pos Rider R1 Total
1 Justin Cooper 26 26
2 Dylan Ferrandis 23 23
3 Christian Craig 21 21
4 Michael Mosiman 19 19
5 Austin Forkner 18 18
6 Cameron Mcadoo 17 17
7 Brandon Hartranft 16 16
8 Derek Drake 15 15
9 Jett Lawrence 14 14
10 Alex Martin 14 13
11 Jacob Hayes 12 12
12 Michael Leib 11 11
13 Robbie Wageman 10 10
14 Killian Auberson 9 9
15 Carson Brown 8 8
16 Mitchell Oldenburg 7 7
17 Jay Wilson 6 6
18 Logan Karnow 5 5
19 Derek Kelley 4 4
20 Chris Howell 3 3
21 Luke Clout 2 2
22 Mitchell Falk 1 1

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Riders talk Dakar Rally Stage 2

Stage two at the 2020 Dakar Rally presented riders with several new challenges with the introduction of pre-coloured road books and limited time to work on bikes, following an opening Stage which led competitors from Jeddah up the coast to Al Wajh with a 319 km timed special seeing Toby Price taking an initial lead.

Stage 2 saw Sam Sunderland take control of the overall Dakar lead with a 367-kilometre special, but it was Botswana’s Ross Branch who took the stage win.

As the fifth rider to enter the day’s 367-kilometre special, Sam Sunderland was able to maximise his advantage and push right from the start. The 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion was able to improve his position throughout that stage to ultimately post the second-fastest time. Sam now enjoys a lead of just over one minute in the provisional overall standings.

Sam Sunderland

“It was a really tough day today and it felt very long. There was a huge mix of terrain with high speed tracks and then slower technical sections. In and out of the canyons there were a lot of lines visible and that made navigation more of a challenge. I made a couple of mistakes, but I think everyone did out there today. All-in-all though I had a good run, just trying to stick to a steady rhythm and build up my pace as the race goes on.”

Dakar Rally Stage Sam Sunderland
Sam Sunderland

Quintanilla also excelled on the extremely challenging stage two of the 2020 Dakar Rally to finish in third place. In doing so, the Chilean rider moved himself up to second in the provisional overall standings.

Pablo Quintanilla

“I’m really pleased with my day today. Navigation was challenging all through the special but I didn’t make too many mistakes. I enjoyed the mix of terrain today, a lot of it was very similar to back home in Chile and so I felt comfortable on the bike. Toward the end of the stage I decided to play a little strategy and try to improve my position for tomorrow. I think it will work well and I’m looking forward to the stage.”

Dakar Rally Stage Pablo Quintanilla
Pablo Quintanilla

Luciano Benavides in only his third Dakar, placed fifth on the day’s special to elevate himself to seventh in the overall standings. With a strong start position for stage three, Benavides is confident of another good result.

Luciano Benavides

“It’s been a good day for me – I finished inside the top five and I’m really happy with my rhythm here in Saudi. I enjoyed the stage today but came very close to crashing at one point. Luckily, I was able to stay on and from there I decided to bring the bike home safely and make sure it is good for tomorrow.”

Dakar Rally Stage Luciano Benavides
Luciano Benavides

Kevin Benavides stood out in Stage 2’s special and replicated his fourth final place to move up into third overall position in the rally, some ninety seconds behind the leader.

Kevin Benavides

“Today was a very good stage for me, even better than yesterday’s. I started in fourth position and at kilometre 140 I reached the other riders in front and I went out in front and opened the track. For me there were good feelings, I navigated fairly easily for quite some time. Ricky finally overtook me but I think I did a very good job finishing in fourth position. Above all today we were able to take care of the motorcycle that was something important and it is in perfect shape for tomorrow’s stage.”

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Kevin Benavides – Image by Rally Zone

Another fast-paced rider was Joan Barreda, who might have even won the stage had it not been for a minor fall when he was looking at the roadbook notes. The Spaniard finished sixth on the day and eighth overall in the rally.

Joan Barreda

“Today it went well during the first part of the stage; I had a good pace and was close to Quintanilla. Around kilometre 200 I fell while looking at the roadbook. I hit a rock and fell, not very hard, but enough to distract me a little. Right after, in the canyon area, I took a mistaken track and got a bit lost, but I was quickly been able to recover from it. In the end I was able to manage the stage quite well as today is the Super Marathon stage and I did not want to push too hard. Luckily the bike is perfect so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

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Joan Barreda – Image by Rally Zone

Matthias Walkner was able to navigate the technically demanding route, making the minimum of errors to complete the stage in a solid eighth place. Now lying an excellent fourth overall, the Austrian rider will enjoy an advantageous start position for the second half of the Super Marathon stage.

Matthias Walkner

“I had quite a good day today – the navigation was tough but I was able to push on from the start and at about 45 kilometres I was able to catch Toby. From there I opened the piste to the halfway point. We then rode in a group of four until the finish, which can be tricky as the dust from any riders in front makes it difficult to see stones and rocks hidden in the soft sand. Thankfully I was able to look after the bike and it’s all ready to go for tomorrow.”

Dakar Rally Stage Matthias Walkner
Matthias Walkner

Xavier de Soultrait initially improved from his 13th place starting position, working his way up to ninth by the first waypoint he then struggled with dust and sensibly opted not to take any unnecessary risks, maintaining that position.

Xavier De Soultrait

I had a lot of dust during the first 150-160 kilometres, so it was a balance between riding safely and also trying to overtake. Finally, when I managed to get ahead I could increase my speed and things went well. My goal is to be around the top 10 for the first four days or so, so things are ok for me. It looks like tomorrow the navigation will be a little easier, we will see. Everything is good with my bike, so I just hope I can have a clear day tomorrow with not too much dust.”

American Ricky Brabec, also managed the situation skilfully and, in spite of having to start the day from second position, was able to post eleventh final place which leaves the rider in fifth position overall some four minutes shy of the overall leader.

Ricky Brabec

“The day was good. We knew coming into it that we were going to lose a bit of time. We started up front. It wasn’t too tricky. Up front you have a lot more focus. I lost the way a bit about kilometre 50. We all grouped up and tried to be smart and manage our motorcycles. We have the Super Marathon tonight. It’s not key to wreck your motorcycle as you have no mechanics and no assistance. I’m looking forward to day three. The team’s good and all the bikes are in one piece. We’ll keep pushing. The bikes are really good. Motorcycles don’t really carry any tools or parts, so the only thing we can do is either adjust the lever or zip-tie some things together. Other than that even if you wreck the motorcycles, you have to deal with it. We are very fortunate that all the riders have nice motorcycles for day three. So that’s a plus for Honda.”

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Ricky Brabec – Image by Rally Zone

Winner of the first day, Toby Price had the unenviable task of opening stage two. That, combined with the limited time to acquaint himself with the road book, made navigating the stage extremely tricky from the front of the pack. Despite the disadvantages, the reigning champion put in a good ride to 15th place and now lies ninth in the provisional overall standings.

Toby Price

“Today was always going to be tough, leading out from the start without having had much time to read the road book. The stage went ok, I lost some time to the others but the most important thing is I looked after my bike and the tyres so should be in good shape to close down on the leaders again tomorrow. There’s still a long, long way to go, but the bike is working great, things are looking good and I’m happy.”

Dakar Rally Stage Toby Price
Toby Price

Fellow Australian Rodney Faggotter proved consistent, following up his Stage 1 19th placing, with a strong 16th in Stage 2, claiming 17th overall.

Rodney Faggotter

“17th quickest today. Saw a couple crashed riders today and some other riders that had started in front of me were with them – so I will possibly slip down from 17th position depending on what time they are given nack for stopping – but all good! Solid day. Had dust for about 200klms then led out in front of my group which means a lot of navigation but no dust! The riding here is so diverse and so far.. fun!”

Other Australians included Ben Young finishing 92nd in Stage 2, Trevor Collin Wilson 111th, and Matthew Tisdall 131st.

2020 Dakar Rally – Stage 2 Provisional Results

Pos Rider Team Time/Gap
1  Ross Branch BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 03H 39′ 10
2  Sam Sunderland RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 01′ 24
4  Kevin Benavides MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 03′ 40
5  Luciano Benavides RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 03′ 44
6  Joan Barreda Bort MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 04′ 57
7  Jose Ignacio C F MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 04′ 58
8  Matthias Walkner RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 05′ 59
9  Xavier De Soultrait MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 00H 06′ 08
11  Ricky Brabec MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 + 00H 08′ 45
12  Paulo Gonçalves HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY + 00H 09′ 32
13  Adrien Van Beveren MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 00H 09′ 48
14  Franco Caimi MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM + 00H 09′ 50
15  Toby Price RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM + 00H 12′ 13
16  Rodney Faggotter YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA + 00H 17′ 17
17  Lorenzo Santolino SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 00H 18′ 25
18  Adrien Metge SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY + 00H 18′ 32
19  Antonio Maio YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING + 00H 19′ 30
20  Juan Pedrero Garcia LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG + 00H 19′ 49

Dakar Overall Standings – After Stage 2

Pos. Rider Time/Gap
1  Sam Sunderland 07h 05′ 22”
2  Pablo Quintanilla + 00h 01′ 18”
3  Kevin Benavides + 00h 01′ 32”
4  Matthias Walkner + 00h 02′ 00”
5  Ricky Brabec + 00h 04′ 11”
6  Ross Branch + 00h 04′ 19”
7  Luciano Benavides + 00h 06′ 01”
8  Joan Barreda Bort + 00h 06′ 09”
9  Toby Price + 00h 07′ 34”
10  Andrew Short + 00h 09′ 24”
11  Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo + 00h 09′ 34”
12  Xavier De Soultrait + 00h 10′ 11”
13  Adrien Van Beveren + 00h 13′ 01”
14  Paulo Gonçalves + 00h 13′ 10”
15  Franco Caimi + 00h 19′ 14”
16  Skyler Howes + 00h 20′ 52”
17  Adrien Metge + 00h 24′ 55”
18  Stefan Svitko + 00h 26′ 43”
19  Rodney Faggotter + 00h 36′ 32”
20  Johnny Aubert + 00h 37′ 17”

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Woffinden swinging in WA

With Graeme Sidden

A big shout out went to Popular WA sidecar passenger, Jamie Thomson who received some unfortunate injuries when he fell from Chad Harvey’s sidecar during the preliminary heats of the Jeff Gittus Memorial Sidecar event on Saturday evening at Perth’s Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway. Jamie suffered a broken wrist and is waiting to undergo shoulder surgery after his untimely fall.

Cam Heeps being interviewed by Grant Woodhams
Cam Heeps being interviewed by Grant Woodhams

Another sidecar passenger in young Jesse Thomas also took a ride on the wild side with defending Champion Reece Liptrott when they backed their outfit into turn three and flipped it during a desperate attempt to go underneath the ultimate victors Darren Nash and Ash Brown. I have no official report on Jesse Thomas injuries and outcome, only to say he was very ginger walking from the venue after the meeting.

The very experienced and talented Trent Headland with Tai Woffinden on the back did a stirling job to avoid the stricken outfit and prostate riders on the track. They were rewarded for their efforts finishing up in second spot for the night.

Sidecar podium for the EUROCARS sponsored Jeff Gittus Memorial Sidecar Classic Nash Brown winners Headland Woffinden ndand Mitchell Cornwall
Sidecar podium for the EUROCARS sponsored Jeff Gittus Memorial Sidecar Classic – Winners Nash & Brown, Headland & Woffinden second, and Mitchell & Cornwall third

Three times world solo Champion, Tai Woffinden looked right at home on the back of the Headland outfit and was all smiles as usual on the podium during the trophy presentations.

Racing was fast and furious all evening long in both sidecars and solos where the Darren Nash/Ash Brown combination came out on top in the prestigious Gittus event and WA’s International solo sensation Cam Heeps, fresh home from a very successful English season recorded a fine win in the solo final from another WA Champion, Dan Winchester, UK’s Leon Flint and under 19 British Champion Drew Kemp rounding out fourth place after doing it the hard way winning the B final to make the final four.

Nash and Brown with happy sidecar builder and former sidecar star Tony Shield
Nash and Brown with happy sidecar builder and former sidecar star Tony Shield

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2020 Championship Calendars

2020 AMA Motocross race schedule

  • May 17 – Hangtown Motocross Classic – Rancho Cordova, CA
  • May 24 – Fox Raceway National – Pala, CA
  • May 31 – Thunder Valley National – Lakewood, CO
  • June 7 – Florida National – Jacksonville, FL
  • June 21 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, PA
  • June 28 – Southwick National – Southwick, MA
  • July 5 – RedBud National – Buchanan, MI
  • July 19 – Spring Creek National – Millville, MN
  • July 26 – Washougal National – Washougal, WA
  • August 16 – Unadilla National – New Berlin, NY
  • August 23 – Budds Creek National – Mechanicsville, MD
  • August 30 – Ironman National – Crawfordsville, IN

2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Calendar

  • Jan. 4 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 11 – The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jan. 18 – Angels Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Jan. 25 – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
  • Feb. 1 – Ringcentral Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
  • Feb. 8 – Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Feb. 22 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
  • Feb. 29 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 7 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.
  • March 14 – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianpolis, Ind.
  • March 21 – Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
  • March 28 – Centurylink Field, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 4 – Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Co.
  • April 18 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
  • April 25 – Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • May 2 – Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 MXGP Calendar

  • March 1 – Great Britain, Matterley Basin (EMX125, WMX)
  • March 8 – The Netherlands, Valkenswaard – (EMX250, WMX)
  • March 22 – Patagonia, Argentina, Neuquen
  • April 5 – Trentino I, Pietramurata – (EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • April 19 – Spain, (TBA) – (EMX125, WMX)
  • April 26 – Portugal, Agueda – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • May 10 – France, Saint Jean d’Angely – (EMX125, EMX Open)
  • May 17 – Italy, Maggiora – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • May 24 – Germany, Teutschenthal – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 7 – Russia, Orlyonok – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 14 – Latvia, Kegums – (EMX250, EMX Open)
  • June 28 – Indonesia, Jakarta
  • July 5 – Indonesia, Palembang
  • July 26 – Czech Republic, Loket – (EMX65, EMX85, EMX 2t)
  • August 2 – Belgium, Lommel – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 16 – Sweden, Uddevalla – (EMX125, EMX250)
  • August 23 – Finland, Litti-KymiRing – (EMX125, EMX250, EMX 2t)
  • September 6 – Turkey, Afyonkarahisar – (EMX Open, WMX)
  • September 13 – China, (TBA) –
  • September 20 – Emilia Romagna, Imola – (EMX125, WMX)
  • September 27 – Motocross of Nations, France, Ernee

2020 American Flat Track

  • Round 1. March 14: Daytona 200 &  TT – Daytona Speedway, FL
  • Round 2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track – Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
  • Round 3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Speedway, Concord, NC
  • Round 4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile – Texas Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
  • Round 5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile – Perris Speedway, Perris, CA
  • Round 6. May 16: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
  • Round 7. May 30: Red Mile – Red Mile, Lexington, KY
  • Round 8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Speedway, Loudon, NH
  • Round 9. June 20: OKC Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Round 10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH
  • Round 11. July 4: New York Short Track – Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY
  • Round 12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT – Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD
  • Round 13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD
  • Round 14. August 22: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL
  • Round 15. September 5: Springfield Mile I – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 16. September 6: Springfield Mile II – Illinois Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
  • Round 17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile – Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Round 18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* – Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

2020 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Speedway Calendar

  • Round 1, January 3 – Kurri Kurri Speedway, Loxford Park NSW
  • Round 2, January 6 – Diamond Park, Wodonga VIC
  • Round 3, January 7 – Undera Speedway, Echuca Road, Undera VIC
  • Round 4, January 9 – Olympic Park, Regina Street, Mildura VIC
  • Round 5, January 11 – Gillman Speedway, Wilkins Road, Gillman SA

2020 WESS Enduro World Championship Schedule

  • Round 1: Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 8-10
  • Round 2: Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) May 21-23
  • Round 3: Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria) June 10-14
  • Round 4: Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland ) June TBC
  • Round 5: Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 21-25
  • Round 6: Tennessee Knockout (USA) August 15-16
  • Round 7: Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (UK) September TBC
  • Round 8: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain) October TBC

2020 FIM Speedway GP Calendar

  • May 16 – PZM Warsaw SGP of Poland – Warsaw
  • May 30 – German SGP – Teterow
  • June 13 – Czech SGP – Prague
  • July 18 – Adrian Flux British SGP – Cardiff
  • July 25 – Swedish SGP – Hallstavik
  • August 1 – Betard Wroclaw SGP of Poland – Wroclaw
  • August 15 – Scandinavian SGP – Malilla, Sweden
  • August 29 – Russian SGP – Togliatti
  • September 12 – Danish SGP sponsored by ECCO – Vojens
  • October 3 – Revline Torun SGP of Poland – Torun

2020 Australian Dirt Track Championship dates

  • April 11-12 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships
    • Mick Doohan Raceway, QLD, North Brisbane Jnr Motorcycle Club
  • October 17-18 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships
    • Fairburn Park, ACT Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Track Championship dates

  • May 16-17 Australian Senior Track Championships
    • Qurindi, Tamworth, NSW, Tamworth Motorcycle Club
  • September 26-27 Australian Junior Track Championships
    • Gunnedah, NSW Gunnedah Motorcycle Club

2020 Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2: Toowoomba, QLD 22 – 23 February 2020
  • Round 3 & 4: Dungog, NSW 14 – 15 March 2020
  • Round 5 & 6: Nowra, NSW 18 – 19 April 2020
  • Round 7 & 8: SA 1 – 2 August 2020
  • Round 9 & 10: Omeo, VIC 19 – 20 September 2020
  • Round 11 & 12: Wynyard, TAS 17 –18 October 2020

2020 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1: December 7, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
  • Round 2: January 4 – Riesa, Germany
  • Round 3: January 18 – A Coruna, Spain
  • Round 4: February 1 – Budapest, Hungary
  • Round 5: March 14 – Lodz, Poland

2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East/West Calendar

  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road East Series
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 16-17: Madd Moose, Marquette, Mich.
    • July 4-5: Tough Like RORR, Tamaqua, Pa.
    • July 18-19: Fallen Timbers, Little Hocking, Ohio
    • Aug. 1-2: Battle of the Goats, Taylorsville, N.C.
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road West Series
    • Feb. 8: King of the Motos, Lucerne Valley, Calif.
    • March 28-29: RevLimiter Extreme Enduro, Decatur, Texas
    • May 2-3: EnduroFest, Reno, Nev.
    • June 6-7: Last Dog Standing, Devore, Calif.
    • June 20-21: Stix and Stones, Kellogg, Idaho
  • 2020 AMA Extreme Off-Road Grand Championship
    • Aug. 14-16: Trials Training Center, Sequatchie, Tenn.

2020 FIM Flat Track World Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 – June 13: Diedenbergen DE
  • Round 2 – July 26: Boves-Cuneo IT
  • Round 3 – September 5: Morizès FR
  • Round 4 – October 3: Pardubice CZ

2020 King of MX Calendar

  • Qualifier 1 – February 15-16, Bega – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 2 – February 29-1 March, Narrabri – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 3 – March 14-15, Bathurst – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 4 – March 28-29, Wagga Wagga – Top 6 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 5 – April 18-19, Lake Macquarie -Top 7 qualify for final
  • Qualifier 6 – May 9-10, Sydney – Top 7 qualify for final
  • Final – June 6-8, Undisclosed Location

2020 Australian Motocross National Championship Calendar

  • Round 1 & 2 Horsham, Victoiria April 4/5
  • Round 3 Newry, Victoria May 3
  • Round 4 Gympie, Qld May 24
  • Round 5 Conondale, QLD June 28
  • Round 6 & 7 Maitland, NSW July 25/26
  • Round 8 & 9 Coolum, QLD August 22/23
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Moto News Wrap for June 11, 2019 by Darren Smart

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

Gajser and Prado Win MXGP of Russia

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

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MXGP of Russia 2019

MXGP Report

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

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

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

Tim Gajser

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

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

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

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Arnaud Tonus – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jeremy Seewer

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

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Jeremy Seewer

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

Jeffrey Herlings

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

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

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

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

MXGP Overall Top Ten

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

MXGP Championship Top Ten

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

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

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Jorge Prado – MXGP of Russia 2019

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

Jorge Prado

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

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

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

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Thomas Kjer Olsen – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jago Geerts

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

Mitchell Evans

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

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Mitch Evans – MXGP of Russia 2019
Jed Beaton

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

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Jed Beaton – MXGP of Russia 2019

MX2 Overall Top Ten

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

MX2 Championship Top Ten

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

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

EMX250 Report

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

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EMX250 Start – MXGP of Russia 2019

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

EMX250 Overall Top Ten

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

EMX250 Championship Top Ten

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

EMX2T Report

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

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EMX2T Podium – MXGP of Russia 2019

EMX2T Overall Top Ten

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

EMX2T Championship Top Ten

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

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

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KTM celebrated the Finke win with David Walsh

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

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

David Walsh

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

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David Walsh – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Callum Norton

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

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Callum Norton – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Jacob Smith

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

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Jacob Smith – 2019 Finke Desert Race
Beau Ralston

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

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Beau Ralston – 2019 Finke Desert Race

2019 Finke Top Ten Outright

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

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

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

Class 02 : 451cc and above Four Stroke

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

Class 03 : Up to 250cc Two Stroke

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

Class 04 : Up to 250cc Four Stroke

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

Class 05 : 251cc to 450cc Four Stroke

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

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

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

Class 07 : Seniors 40 to 44 Years

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

Class 08 : Veterans 45 Years and Over

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

Class 09 : Quads up to 40 Years

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

Class 10 : Quads 40 Years and Over

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

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

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

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

Toni Bou

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

Rider Standings after Round 2

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

Brayton set to Defend SX Title

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

Justin Brayton

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

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Justin Brayton – Image by Hoppenworld

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

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

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

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Justin Brayton – Image by Hoppenworld

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

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Epstein-Barr virus slows Covington

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

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

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

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Thomas Covington – AMA MX 2019 Round 2 – Fox Raceway

Musquin stays with KTM till 2021

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

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

Marvin Musquin

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

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

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

Roger De Coster – Director of Motorsports, KTM Group

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

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

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

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Woffendin Injured

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

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

Tai Woffinden tweeted

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

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Tai Woffinden – Image by Warwick Hemy

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

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

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

Webb injured

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

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Cody Webb – 2019 Thunder Valley National MX

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

Cody Webb

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

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KTM take full ownership of KTM Australia and New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeff Leisk
Hubert Trunkenpolz – Chief Marketing Officer

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

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

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Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup hits Wollongong

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

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

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Yamaha bLU cRU YZ65 Cup

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

Troy Bayliss

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

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

Matthew Ferry – YMA National Sales & Marketing Manager

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

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

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

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

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Action aplenty at Australian Classic Dirt Track Championship

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

Australian Championship classes

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

Support Classes

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

Tayla Street creates Classic Dirt Track history

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

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2019 Australian Dirt Track Championship – Image by Colin Rosewarne

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

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