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Webb overcomes Roczen in 450SX Atlanta 3 thriller

News 18 Apr 2021

Webb overcomes Roczen in 450SX Atlanta 3 thriller

Thrasher wins ATL 3 as Cooper draws closer to 250SX West title.

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Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb took control of the 450SX championship with a late-race charge to pass title rival Ken Roczen for the win in the last of three Supercross races in Atlanta Motor Speedway, while Nate Thrasher won again in 250SX West.

It was a thriller of a night in Monster Energy Supercross, as the series completed it’s final residency of the year with a race that saw Webb come out on top and take a 16-point advantage in the championship standings with two rounds to go.

Off the line, it looked to be all Roczen, as he jetted out to the lead that eventually ballooned to over 10 seconds. It was his race to lose and a late-race crash in the whoops saw his lead chopped in half with just a few minutes remaining on the clock.

Webb, who was maintaining second place, saw the gap close and began to charge, eventually catching Roczen with just 90 seconds and a lap to go. He made quick work of his rival, taking the lead and gaining a two-second advantage.

A late-race bobble allowed Roczen to close, but in the end, it was all Webb taking the victory. Roczen was second and Tomac rode to a solid third-place finish.

Tomac’s podium was the result of a charge through the pack, battling much of the race with Aaron Plessinger (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) and Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas). Plessinger was up front for most of the race after grabbing the holeshot, the Ohio rider eventually finishing fourth on the night.

Barcia had a solid pace and was able to salvage a fifth place eon the night ahead of a charging Malcolm Stewart (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha). Seventh went to Stewart’s teammate Ferrandis, who was actually in the lead group early on before crashing with Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) in the opening laps.

Eighth went to Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) who notched his seventh consecutive top 10 finish and climbs to 11th in the championship standings. Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) finished a quiet ninth on the night.

Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) looked promising through the first half of the day, taking second fastest qualifying time and winning his heat race, he eventually finished 10th on the night.

The series now heads to Salt Lake City for the final two races of the season, with Webb on top by 16 points over Roczen.

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Nate Thrasher transferred from the LCQ to take the 250SX West main event win in the final round of racing in Atlanta ahead of Justin Cooper and Seth Hammaker, while struggles continued to plague championship contender Cameron McAdoo.

It was a wild night of Monster Energy Supercross racing for the last three rounds at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Battered from a qualifying crash, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s McAdoo lined up hoping to keep his title chances alive.

As the gate dropped in the main event, he instead found himself at the center of another crash that caused a red flag in the opening lap of the main.

This added frustration for Cooper who had grabbed the holeshot and got out to a lead in the opening lap, but he made it happen again in the restart, taking the lead early on.

A mistake in the opening laps allowed Thrasher to take the lead and he never looked back, winning his second race of the season and career. Cooper rode consistently to finish second place on the night, collecting valuable points in the championship.

Hammaker managed to grab a podium finish after nearly hitting the ground in the whoops with Jalek Swoll, the rookie taking his third podium of the season.

Hunter Lawrence charged through the pack to finish fourth after a crash early in the race. The Team Honda HRC rider continuing to show serious speed, setting the fastest lap time of the night.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Peters (Phoenix Racing Honda) with an impressive ride, taking the spot in a late-race battle with Jalek Swoll (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) who took sixth.

Enzo Lopes (Phoenix Racing Honda) notched his best finish and first top 10 of the season in seventh place, with Mitchell Harrison putting his Muc-Off Honda in the top 10, finishing eighth.

Dilan Schwartz had a career-best night in ninth place on his BarX Chaparral Ecstar Suzuki as Coty Schock continued his run of solid form finishing in 10th on the night.

Cameron McAdoo ended one of the toughest weeks of his career battered and bruised down in 13th place. The title hopeful crashed hard in the final moments of qualifying today, aggravating injuries sustained in his Tuesday crash in round 14.

It didn’t get any easier for him in the main event, taking three more substantial crashes and coming away from the night 16 points down on points leader Cooper with just one round to go.

The 250SX West series now takes a one-week break while the 250SX East championship gets back to action, their final race set to take place on 1 May in Salt Lake City.

Detailed Results

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

New-look Muc-Off Honda team of Brayton made official

News 25 Dec 2020

New-look Muc-Off Honda team of Brayton made official

Oldenburg returns for a second season as Harrison joins him in 250SX series.

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Muc-Off has been announced as title sponsor of the Konsky Motorsport-operated Honda team for 2021, signing Justin Brayton, Mitchell Oldenburg and Mitchell Harrison.

The motorcycle care and maintenance brand replaces Penrite as title sponsor, expanding into 450SX in Monster Energy Supercross alongside its existing 250SX effort.

It had already been confirmed that Brayton would be transferring from Team Honda HRC to the team in which he’s won four-consecutive Australian championships, while Oldenburg returns for a second season and Harrison has been named as replacement of Luke Clout.

“I am really pleased that we can finally shout about our plans for 2021,” Konsky said. “It has been four months in the making, with a final push at the 11th-hour to get to this point. Now we are here, I am keen to start seeing results.

“Working with Muc-Off as our new title sponsor for next year has been really refreshing. Their ethos and work ethic has been instrumental in getting us here and I am looking forward to seeing this relationship develop.”

Brayton commented: “It’s super-exciting to be working closely with Yarrive again for 2021, especially with him bringing an exciting new brand to the table – his passion and enthusiasm for this sport has been a positive influence on me.

“We have seen a lot of success in Australia, so I hope to relive this in the US next year. I have been riding the new 2021 CRF 450R and I am feeling comfortable on it, testing has been great so now I just need to put it all together and focus on a strong and consistent season.”

Muc-Off will be supplying the team with a full supply of their innovative motorcycle products from their Clean, Protect and Lube systems. This includes the renowned pink Nano Tech Bike Cleaner, the flagship product that launched the brand back in 1994.

“When I started the company it was a dream of mine to be working at the pinnacle levels of motorsport, so I am pumped that we are at the point where we can be title sponsors of an exciting Supercross team in such a dynamic and globally admired series,” stated Alex Trimnell, Muc-Off CEO.

“We look forward to working with the Muc-Off Honda team in developing new and exciting products, as well as supporting them in their mission to be a leading player in the sport. To see the brand with so much presence at this level of racing, makes me very and this I know is shared throughout the whole team at Muc-Off.”

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Gibbs to Honda Racing now official for 2021 outdoors

News 17 Dec 2020

Gibbs to Honda Racing now official for 2021 outdoors

Both Metcalfe and Webster to remain part of team again next season.

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Honda Racing has made the signing of Kirk Gibbs official for the 2021 Australian ProMX Championship, joining the returning Brett Metcalfe and Kyle Webster in the three-rider line-up.

Gibbs transfers across from CDR Yamaha to ride the all-new CRF450R in a motocross-only contract, before Justin Brayton will take charge in Australian Supercross.

“Honda have won many championships and races – after three days of testing with the team I can see why,” 2015 MX1 national champion and current New Zealand title-holder Gibbs commented. “The team is committed and focused and has competitive resources available to them.

“There is no reason we can’t contend for the championship next year. I know its what people expect me to say, but the new Honda 450 is fast – amazingly fast – and after three days of testing we have a great package that will only get better.”

Metcalfe, meanwhile, will spend his fourth season with the Konsky Motorsport-owned organisation, winning last weekend’s AMX MXOpen in commanding fashion on debut aboard Honda’s latest premier class entry.

“I raced the new 450R stock, pulled the holeshot and won both races against other factory riders,” the experienced South Australian said. “I haven’t experienced a bike that fast in standard trim. Following three days of testing I feel we have made some significant gains and I am looking forward to our next test in January.”

After spending time in Europe this year, Webster will return with Honda in the MX2 seat riding the CRF250R, while Emma Milesevic will also be part of the factory effort in the MXW division of ProMX.

“We have strengthened our technical team to manage our expectations,” Yarrive Konsky stated. “Our team is made up of some of the world’s best riders and we believe in them and our motorcycles. The new 450R has already exceeded our expectations and, together with Team HRC in America and Europe, we believe we will prove its capabilities.”

Its been a turbulent period for the Honda Racing team, confirming it has parted ways with longtime title sponsor Penrite – information on replacements still to be revealed – and it was also revealed that Luke Clout would be returning to Yamaha following a single term with Konsky Motorsport in the US.

Konsky will also continue to field an expanded program in Monster Energy Supercross, signing four-time defending Australian champion Brayton to lead its 450SX effort before travelling to Australia later in the year, while its 250SX riders and an incoming naming-rights partner are also to be announced.

Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Gajser completes MXGP season with victory in Trentino

News 9 Nov 2020

Gajser completes MXGP season with victory in Trentino

Final MX2 outing results in Watson achieving another overall win.

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MXGP world champion Tim Gajser completed the 2020 season with another overall victory at the Garda Trentino round, as Ben Watson achieved a round win in the final MX2 outing of his career.

Gajser went 2-1 for the round at Pietramurata, which saw the opening moto won by Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki) over Gajser and Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha).

Moto two resulted in Gajser turning the tables on Febvre to clinch the top step of the podium, with the retiring Gautier Paulin (Monster Energy Yamaha) third. It was Gajser who won the final round, joined by Febvre and Paulin inside the top three.

While Team HRC’s Gajser captured the title on Wednesday with a round to spare, fourth overall on Sunday enabled Seewer to climb to runner-up in the final championship standings ahead of Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM), who was 12th at the final round due to a DNF in the second encounter.

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Monster Energy Yamaha rider Watson delivered an emphatic result prior to stepping up to the premier class from next season, winning both MX2 motos for his second-career overall.

New champion Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM) won moto one ahead of Maxime Renaux (Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori J1 Racing) and Watson, before Watson won moto two over Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Isaac Gifting (Diga Procross GasGas Factory Juniors).

That placed Watson on top of the podium for the weekend, joined by Vialle and Renaux, while in the final championship points, Vialle had already been crowned ahead of Jago Geerts (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Renaux.

Beaton was top-finishing Australian overall in fourth position, also sealing that same result in the series, while Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) went 15-9 for 11th overall. DRT Kawasaki’s Wilson Todd scored points with P13 in moto two for 19th on Sunday.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Gasjer and Vialle crowned in penultimate round of MXGP

News 5 Nov 2020

Gasjer and Vialle crowned in penultimate round of MXGP

World championships clinched at Pietramurata on Wednesday.

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Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has clinched the 2020 MXGP World Championship in the Grand Prix of Pietramurata, joined by new MX2 champion Tom Vialle who also wrapped up the title in Wednesday’s penultimate round.

Gajser won his third premier class crown by finishing second in moto one, this time successfully defending his crown and adding it to his 2016 and 2019 victories.

Moto one was taken out by Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha) ahead of Gajser and Alessandro Lupino (Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha), before the second moto was won by Gajser – wearing the number one plate in the afternoon – over Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki).

Overall, Gajser secured his fourth round win of the season ahead of Seewer and Febvre, while in the championship, he now has an unbeatable 89-point advantage over Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM), who in turn is now only four points ahead of Seewer.

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Red Bull KTM’s Vialle earned his first MX2 World Championship with a round to spare by going 1-23 for eighth overall, but his win in moto one was enough to seal the series win.

That first outing was won by Vialle from Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and Maxime Renaux (Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori J1 Racing), before the second race was topped by Jago Geerts (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Ben Watson (Monster Energy Yamaha), with Thibault Benistant (Hutten Metaal Yamaha) third.

It was Geerts and Watson who made it a Yamaha 1-2 overall, with Beaton claiming a third podium of the season in third position after taking fourth in moto two. With a single round remaining, again at Pietramurata this Sunday, Vialle holds a 57-point lead from series runner-up Geerts and Renaux.

Of the remaining Australians in the field, Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) continued his late run of consistent form with 11th position via 12-12 finishes, while Wilson Todd (DRT Kawasaki) returned from injury to go 21-16 for 20th overall.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

TLD Red Bull GasGas team makes Barcia signing official

News 3 Nov 2020

TLD Red Bull GasGas team makes Barcia signing official

Brown and Mosiman to ride factory team’s MC 250Fs through 2021.

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Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas has officially confirmed the long-rumored signing of Justin Barcia, who will join 250 class riders Pierce Brown and Michael Mosiman in the new-look team.

Barcia will be GasGas’ lone premier class rider in the US on-board the factory MC 450F, committed to Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

“Appointing Troy Lee Designs as the official GasGas Factory Racing team for Supercross and motocross not only further strengthens our longstanding partnership with Troy [Lee] and his team, it also starts an important new chapter for TLD in the 450 class and for GASGAS in America,” stated Roger De Coster, director of motorsports in North America.

“[This] is a hugely important step for GasGas Motorcycles. As an energetic, new brand we’re excited to establish the MC 450F and MC 250F when we get back to racing and the start of the 2021 Supercross series.

“We look forward to providing the technical support and guidance needed to allow Justin, Pierce and Michael to perform at their very best in 2021 and wish everyone at Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing all the best for the new season ahead.”

Troy Lee added: “This is a dream come true. To be partnering with GasGas Motorcycles is an incredible opportunity for our team, running a factory 450 race effort is something I have always dreamed about. Troy Lee Designs and GasGas share a lot of the same values, it’s all about having fun, enjoying it all and turning up with energy and commitment!

“To be the official GASGAS supercross and motocross team in the States is very special, we’re really excited in playing our part in helping to establish the brand. We’re ecstatic to go racing with our world-class athletes, on what has become one of the most hyped new teams in some time.”

Barcia moves across from Monster Energy Yamaha to lead GasGas’ entry into US competition, while Brown was already part of the Troy Lee Designs team with KTM this season and Mosiman arrives from the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Consistent Cairoli takes MXGP of Trentino round victory

News 2 Nov 2020

Consistent Cairoli takes MXGP of Trentino round victory

Geerts maintains pressure in MX2 with fifth overall win of the season.

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Italian Antonio Cairoli has won the MXGP of Trentino as the final stage of the world championship opened on Sunday, while Jago Geerts was back on top in MX2.

Red Bull KTM’s Cairoli went 2-2 at the picturesque circuit for his third overall of the season, despite Tim Gajser (Team HRC) and Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki) splitting the moto wins.

Moto one was taken out by defending world champion Gajser ahead of Cairoli and Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha), before the retiring Desalle led the way in moto two from Cairoli and Gautier Paulin (Monster Energy Yamaha), who will also retire at the close of the season.

Overall it was Cairoli who stood atop the podium, joined by Gajser and Desalle. In the championship, Gajser now holds a 73-point lead over Cairoli, with Seewer a further 18 points behind in third position.

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Monster Energy Yamaha’s Geerts crossed the line fourth in the opening MX2 encounter, but bounced back second time out to win and secure the round victory.

Moto one was topped by Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) ahead of world championship leader Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM) and Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna).

Later, Geerts won moto two from EMX250 champion Thibault Benistant (Hutten Metaal Yamaha) and Vialle. Those results saw Geerts win overall from Olsen and Vialle, while Beaton was P4 overall. Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) finished P18.

Vialle now holds a 73-point lead in the world championship standings ahead of Geerts, who is the final rider within mathematical reach of the lead with two rounds remaining. The GP of Pietramurata will be held this Wednesday, 4 November.

New Zealander Courtney Duncan (DRT Kawasaki) claimed her second world title in the Women’s Motocross World Championship at the final round, edging Nancy Van De Ven (Yamaha) and Larissa Papenmeier (Yamaha). Australian Tahlia O’Hare (KTM) claimed 10th in points.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Lommel sweep extends MXGP advantage of dominant Gajser

News 26 Oct 2020

Lommel sweep extends MXGP advantage of dominant Gajser

Yamaha’s Watson claims maiden MX2 grand prix overall victory.

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Defending world champion Tim Gajser put forward a dominant performance at the MXGP of Lommel with a 1-1 result, while in MX2 it was Ben Watson who broke through for his first grand prix overall.

Team HRC’s Gajser took another step closer toward a third premier class crown, unchallenged in wet conditions at the notorious Belgium sand circuit.

Gajser won moto one ahead of Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM), before the second outing was won by Gajser over Febvre and Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha).

The overall podium on Sunday featured Gajser, Febvre and Seewer. At the top of the standings, Gajser now holds a commanding 74-point advantage over Cairoli, who is 10 points clear of Seewer in third.

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After recently capturing his first moto win, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Watson went one better this time around by going 1-4 for a maiden overall.

Watson topped Maxime Renaux (SM Action M.C. Migliori Yamaha) and Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM) in moto one, before Roan Van De Moosdijk (F&H Kawasaki Racing) won moto two from Isak Gifting (Diga Procross GasGas Factory Juniors) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna).

Overall, Watson stood on top of the podium, joined by Van De Moosdijk and Renaux. Sixth still enabled Vialle to grow his championship lead to 74 points in front of Jago Geerts (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Renaux.

Australian Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was eighth overall on the weekend, still fourth in the standings, with Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) scoring 13th position.

Next in the 2020 MXGP World Championship is Pietramurata, Italy, which will see the Trentino circuit host the final triple-header of the year beginning next Sunday, 1 November.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Townley introduces innovative ‘SX4’ concept in New Zealand

News 23 Oct 2020

Townley introduces innovative ‘SX4’ concept in New Zealand

Reimagine the sport of motocross with world-first event to take place.

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Former world champion Ben Townley has introduced an innovative new concept in New Zealand that is set to reimagine the sport of motocross, the inaugural ‘SX4’ event set for Digger McEwan Motocross Park in Taupo on 9 January.

In an all-new format that will combine motocross with elements from supercross and speedway, 15 races will feature four riders each, consisting a four-lap motos on a track layout that features four turns and four obstacles.

“I want fans to love our sport, I want our industry to grow, but most importantly I want our sport to be mainstream,” Townley explained. “SX4 will give us the platform to achieve this! I am super-stoked with how things are starting to come together for our first ever SX4 event. The industry have been super-supportive of my ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing spectators share the love as we build towards 9 January.”

Over the last few years a site at the Taupo Motorcycle Club has been a labour of love for Townley, who has played an integral part in the development. The new track will be tested at a demonstration event this coming Labour Weekend as part of MXFest prior to the first standalone SX4 event at the beginning of 2021.

For more information on the inaugural SX4 set for Taupo on 9 January and to buy tickets, which are on sale now through Eventbrite, head to www.sx4.co.nz.


Source: MotoOnline.com.au

Prado leads KTM double class victories in MXGP of Limburg

News 22 Oct 2020

Prado leads KTM double class victories in MXGP of Limburg

MX2 championship leader Vialle does it again with another round win.

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Red Bull KTM duo Jorge Prado and Tom Vialle have delivered double class victories in the MXGP of Limburg, the second of three-straight rounds at Lommel.

Prado went 2-1 for the overall in MXGP, his third of the 2020 season, ahead of world champion Tim Gajser (Team HRC) and Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM).

Gajser charged to the opening moto win, however a mistake while leading the second encounter enabled Prado to take victory after keeping teammate Cairoli at bay. Gajser recovered to third and salvaged a podium overall.

In the world championship standings, Gajser now has a 55-point advantage over Cairoli and is on target for a third premier class crown, while Prado has now climbed to third overall, just two points from Cairoli.

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The MX2 class was once again topped by championship leader Vialle, who went 2-1 for his seventh overall of the 2020 season.

Vialle was joined on the podium by Ben Watson (Monster Energy Yamaha) and his teammate Jago Geerts, winner of the opening race on Wednesday.

Australian Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was ninth overall in round 14 of the season after finishing 10th in both motos, while countryman Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) went 14-19 for 15th overall.

It’s Vialle who is the runaway leader of the championship, a comfortable 61 points clear of Geerts entering Lommel 3 this Sunday, 25 October.

Detailed results


Source: MotoOnline.com.au