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Croker Converts Pole Position to Win for Australian Supersport 300

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 6:38pm
After Hunter Ford?s (Ford Brothers Racing, YZF-R3) impressive victory yesterday, his fellow competitors were eager to turn the tables and secure a win for themselves in front of thousands of racing fans, in an eight-lap race.  
 
Taking the lead into Doohan Corner was Croker, closely followed by Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300), Seth Crump (Jason Crump, KTM RC 390), Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3).
 
After the first lap, Croker, Bayliss, and Mahaffy were beginning to bridge a gap to Bramich in fourth, who was now 1.4 seconds off the leaders. The trio were exchanging overtakes on a frequent basis and the win was up for grabs between all three competitors.  
 
Another group of riders that was generating plenty of battles was between Bramich, Ford, Broc Pearson (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3), Crump, Locky Taylor (Fitness2Podium, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Brandon Demmery (Deborah Motorsports, Yamaha YZF-R3).
 
By the mid-stages of the race Mahaffy had taken the lead, with Croker and Bayliss only separated by .224s. The battle of the front was exactly what has been a common feature of Supersport 300 racing this year.
 
On the last lap, Croker would lead from Mahaffy and Bayliss. Bayliss appeared to be losing ground on the final lap, with Croker and Mahaffy in close succession. The three went down Gardner Straight and it would be Croker to emerge victorious on his KTM RC 390. Croker performed well thought out defensive manoeuvres to break the slip stream of Mahaffy and Bayliss who finished second and third. Only .102s separated the podium placers as they crossed the finish line.
 
Ford would secure fourth in a photo finish between himself, Crump, Levy, Bramich, Pearson, Taylor and Scott Nicholson (NextGen Motorsports, Kawasaki EX 300), who would complete the top ten positions. Amazingly only 0.36s would separate fourth to ninth.
 
Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the final support races for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The Australian Supersport 300 Race Three takes place at 9:00 AM and the Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race Four takes place at 9:35 AM.  
 
Australian Supersport 300 Race Two Provisional Results
1 Max CROKER (KTM Australia, RC 390)
2 Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3)
3 Oliver BAYLISS (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300)
4 Hunter FORD (Ford Brothers Racing, YZF-R3)
5 Seth CRUMP (Jason Crump, KTM RC 390)
6 Zac LEVY (Puma RV?s, Yamaha YZF-R3),
7 Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3)
8 Broc PEARSON (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3)
9 Locky TAYLOR (Fitness2Podium, Yamaha YZF-R3)
10 Scott NICOLSON (NextGen Motorsports, Kawasaki EX 300)

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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Max Croker and the Australian Supersport 300 Class.

Aussies Fight Hard in Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Qualifying

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 5:22pm
 Each class had their final practice sessions, making significant improvements with every lap. The day concluded with each rider fighting for their grid positions ahead of racing tomorrow.
 
MotoGP 
Australia?s Miller put on another impressive performance today across practice and qualifying sessions. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was strong in the vast array of conditions that Phillip Island experienced today. The crowd was a sea of orange Miller hats, as the fellow Australian made his way around Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. In a dry Qualifying 2, Miller managed qualify fifth with a lap time of 1:28.964. Miller?s performance after fracturing his leg just three weeks ago, has been simply outstanding and he is in a position of strength for tomorrow?s race. Miller?s gap to Repsol Honda Team?s Marc Marquez on pole position was 0.578s.
 
Parkes of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team managed to qualify in 21st with his return to MotoGP, filling in for Jonas Folger. After a tough Friday Practice Day, Parkes managed to find improvement and place ahead of riders, Alvaro Bautista and Sam Lowes.
 
Combined MotoGP Qualifying Classification
Jack Miller: 5th
Broc Parkes: 21st
Moto 2 
Australian Moto2 rider, Gardner secured 16th place in qualifying. The Tech3 Mistral 610 rider had a stronger day compared to Friday and even managed to place as high as seventh in Free Practice Three. He wasn?t able to transition that pace into Qualifying. Gardner is still a solid chance to score points for tomorrow?s Moto2 race.  
 
Combined Moto2 Qualifying Classification
Remy Gardner: 16th

Moto3
Moto3 Wildcard, Toparis of Cube Racing Team has had a tough time getting the bike to a competitive level to head into qualifying in a position of strength. Toparis would eventually qualify in 31st place, after completing 12 laps on his Kalex KTM machine. It has been a learning experience for the Goulburn teenager this weekend, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in a racing scenario on Sunday.
 
Combined Moto3 Qualifying Classification
Tom Toparis: 31st
 
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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Jack Miller and Tom Toparis at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Waters Overcomes Staring to Phillip Island Superbike Championship Victory on Saturday

Sat, 21/10/2017 - 12:52pm
Conditions were patchy early this morning at 8:55 AM, for the first Superbike race. After Waters dominated the opening races yesterday, a win today would further establish himself as the favourite for the Phillip Island Superbike Championship.
 
The Superbike competitors were eager to set off the line for race three. And with a stacked fence line, anticipation was in the air for the red lights to go out. Lining up on the front row of the grid was Waters, Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha YZF-R1).
                                                 
Waters got a phenomenal start into Doohan corner and would lead the race, but heading into Stoner corner, Mitch Levy (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1) and Jed Metcher (Race Center, YZF-R1) had overtaken him. Waters looked to be feeling out the damp conditions and fell back into fifth.
 
As it stood on lap two, Metcher was leading from Levy and Michael Blair (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF-R1) in third. After Waters fell through the pack, he managed to make a move on Dean Oughtred (Dynoverks, BMW S1000RR) for fourth and appeared to be back on the pace. Herfoss was another rider who was having a difficult start to the race, falling back to tenth place. Teammate, Staring was having a much better race and was following Waters as he made his way through the field.
 
Waters continued his charge and managed to overtake both Levy and Metcher with five laps remaining, to hit the front and lead. Staring managed to also overtake Levy and Metcher in short succession to move himself into second. For the second race in a row, the race was going to come down to a battle between Waters and Staring.
 
With three laps to go, Staring had closed right up on Waters, with only a tenth separating the two. Staring was not interested in coming second once again to the newly crowned ASBK champion, Waters. With two laps to go, Staring hit the front and overtook Waters down Gardner Straight. In the meantime, Halliday had managed to overtake Metcher, Blair and Levy to move into third place.

 
On the last lap, Staring continued to lead, Waters looked extremely strong through Stoner Corner but he could not execute the overtake. It was all going to come down to a drag race down Gardner Straight for the victory. Waters had closed right up on Staring at turn 12 and thundered past Staring to take another victory for Suzuki. It was another classic duel between the two competitors.
 
The podium positions went to Waters, Staring and Halliday, followed by Blair, Metcher, Herfoss, Levy, Oughtred, Turner and Barton to complete the top ten. The final race of the 2017 Phillip Island Superbike Championship takes place at 9:35 AM on Sunday.

 
Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race Three Provisional Results
1 Josh WATERS  (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R)
2 Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
3 Cru HALLIDAY (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha YZF-R1)        
4 Michael BLAIR (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF0-R1) 
5 Jed METCHER (Race Center, YZF-R1)
6 Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
7 Mitch LEVY (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1)
8 Dean OUGHTRED (Dynoverks, BMW S1000RR)
9 Corey TURNER (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale)
10 Matt BARTON  (West End Mazda, CBR1000RR)
 
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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race Three.

Australians put on a Show for Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Practice Day

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 7:19pm
2017 marks the 23rd time that the GP has taken place at Phillip Island and the atmosphere was electric as ever, even for Friday practice. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Aussies in the past with Casey Stoner taking six wins on the trot, Mick Doohan three victories and Wayne Gardner taking the opening two GP?s at Phillip Island.
 
MotoGP
Over in MotoGP, Miller and Parkes would fly the flag for Australia. Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS? Miller has had success at Phillip Island in the past, including a win in the Moto3 class back in 2014 and managed to qualify as high as fifth for MotoGP last year.
 
Miller had a cracking start to his racing weekend in Free Practice One, where he managed to place as high as third, behind Marc Marquez and Johann Zarco. Miller?s lap was a sensational, only 0.29 off Zarco and the Australian did not even used a soft rear tyre. Not a bad way to return after fracturing his leg only three weeks ago. Miller was strong once again in Free Practice Two and ended his day sixth overall in the merged classification. The pace at the front is too close to call with only a tenth of a second covering the top four, boding well for an exciting race on Sunday. With rain forecast for tomorrow, setting a top ten time today may have been crucial.

Among our Aussies competing, Australia?s Parkes made his MotoGP return with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team today. 35-year-old Parkes is part of Yamaha?s endurance racing team and last rode in MotoGP for the Valencian Grand Prix back in 2015. Parkes would finish Free Practice One in 23rd position on his Yamaha M1, after he suffered a crash in Free Practice Two and ended his day remaining in 23rd.   
 
Combined MotoGP Friday Practice Classification
Jack Miller: 6th
Broc Parkes: 23rd
 
Moto 2
Tech3 Mistral 610 rider, Gardner in the Moto2 class has been experiencing a solid run of form as of late as he romped to his sixth points scoring finish of the year at the Japanese Grand Prix with a twelfth-place finish. It was an up and down day for Gardner in Friday Practice for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix however. 
 
Gardner suffered an unfortunate start to Free Practice One, losing control of his bike down Lukey Heights and colliding with the tyre wall. Gardner was uninjured after the crash but it was far from an ideal start to the weekend. Gardner finished the session in 23rd position.  
 
He would manage to recuperate and improve for Free Practice Two, finishing in 19thposition and 21st in the combined overall standings.    
 
Combined Moto2 Friday Practice Classification
Remy Gardner: 21st
 
Moto3
Australia?s Wild Card, Toparis geared up this morning to head out amongst our international guests to perform in the fiercely competitive Moto3 category. Cube Racing rider, Toparis lacked dry running time back at the Japanese Grand Prix and Toparis hoped today would provide him an opportunity to get up to speed in more ideal conditions.
 
Unfortunately, Toparis? was not happy with the balance of his Kalex KTM machine and failed to register a lap time in Free Practice One. The Cube Racing Team was hard at work to rectify the issues the machine was experiencing.
 
In Free Practice Two, Toparis managed to get some laps on the board and recorded 11 in total to finish in 30th place. After failing to have a proper run in Free Practice One, the laps should help Toparis adapt to a racing situation on Sunday. On combined times, Toparis finished in 31st position.
 
Combined Moto3 Friday Practice Classification
Tom Toparis: 31st
   
Australia?s riders will reset ready for the commencement of tomorrow?s final practice sessions and qualifying ahead of racing on Sunday at the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Jack Miller at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Waters and Ford Taste Victory for Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Support Races

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 7:05pm
Phillip Island Superbike Championship
For Qualifying, Waters would start his racing weekend with Pole Position. The newly crowned ASBK champion set a fastest lap time of 1:32.893 to qualify ahead of Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha YZF-R1). With a tantilising front row, the stage was set for the first Superbike race at 1:30 PM.            
 
Race One
The eyes of thousands of spectators were instantly drawn to the rider on pole position, Waters as bikes launched off the grid for the commencement of their first ten lap race today. Taking the lead into turn one was Waters, followed by Herfoss and Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2). It wasn?t before long that Staring managed to overtake his teammate however.
 
By lap two in the race, Waters had extended his lead on second placed Staring to half a second and appeared to be well in control of the opening race. Waters set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:32.534 to devastate all opposition. Herfoss remained in third followed by Halliday and Jed Metcher (Race Center, YZF-R1) who was having a very impressive race.
 
A significant gap was beginning to develop by lap four, with Waters and Staring pulling a 7.856s gap to Yamaha Privateer, Halliday. With the front runners pulling a massive advantage at the front, the battle between Metcher, Mitch Levy (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1) and Michael Blair (Blairbuild, Yamaha YZF0-R1) for fifth was developing into the highlight of the race. Unfortunately, Levy would not make it to the finish line, retiring on lap six.
 
With only two laps to go, Waters had broken the resolve of Staring and had amassed a lead up to four seconds. Taking the checkered flag would be Waters, with a 4.173 second gap to Staring. Halliday took third with a photo finish battle against Herfoss, only 0.032 separating them as they thundered down the straight.  
   
Blair took fifth position after an entertaining scrap with Metcher who crossed the finish line in sixth. Corey Turner (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale), Ted Collins (Nextgen Motorsports, BMW S1000RR) and Dean Oughtred (Dynoverks, BMW S1000RR) and Ryan Taylor (Yamaha YZF-R1) rounded out the top ten positions respectively.
 
Waters victory in race one, tops off a great start to the racing weekend and puts him right in the frame to challenge for the Phillip Island Superbike Championship. It?s a sight that that spectators have become accustomed to with Waters proving to be almost unstoppable when he?s leading from the front.
 
Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race One Provisional Results
1 Josh WATERS (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R)
2 Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
3 Cru HALLIDAY (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha YZF-R1)
4 Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
5 Michael BLAIR (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF0-R1)
6 Jed METCHER (Race Center, YZF-R1)
7 Corey TURNER (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale)
8 Ted COLLINS (NextgenMotosports, BMW S1000RR)
9 Dean OUGHTRED (Dynoverks, BMW S1000RR)
10 Ryan TAYLOR (Yamaha YZF-R1)
 
Race Two
In an eight-lap race to the finish, Waters once again took off the line brilliantly followed by Herfoss and Staring, and Staring once again quickly disposed of his team mate on the opening lap. Halliday would chase the leading trio at the end of the first lap, in fourth.
 
Turner, Blair, Levy and Metcher were once again engaged in a huge scrap for fifth place, with the top four checking out at the front. Collins was also having an impressive ride in ninth place and looked to join in the battle ahead of him.
 
This time, Waters had his hands full with Crankt Protein Honda Racing teammates, Staring and Herfoss right behind him, it became clear it wasn?t going to be as easy as the previous race. A second covered the top three with five laps to go.
 
On lap three Waters and Staring built a 1.8s gap to Herfoss in third and the race quickly developed in a two-horse race. Halliday remained in fourth, in the meantime Blair had overtaken Turner for fifth place.
 
With only two laps remaining, Staring was right on Waters tail and appeared to be waiting for the opportune time to strike. Waters was very canny and put his Suzuki in all the right places to perform an excellent defensive ride. On the last lap Waters ran into back markers and that allowed Staring to close in. Coming into Lukey Heights, Staring found the right time to make his attack and attempted an overtake. Staring came in too hot however, and went into the grass. He managed to return to the track soon after.
 
The unsuccessful overtake allowed Waters to cross the finish line in first, with Staring managing to remain in second position and Herfoss to complete the podium places. Halliday finished in fourth, Blair fifth, Turner in sixth, followed by Levy, Metcher, Collins and Taylor. Another victory marked a clean sweep on Friday for Waters and his confidence is clearly at a high.
  
Phillip Island Superbike Championship Race Two Provisional Results
1 Josh WATERS (Team Suzuki ECSTAR, GSX-R1000R)
2 Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
3 Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, CBR1000SP2)
4 Cru HALLIDAY (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha YZF-R1)
5 Michael BLAIR (Demolition Plus, Yamaha YZF-R1)
6 Corey TURNER (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale)
7 Mitch LEVY (ATR, Yamaha YZF-R1)
8 Jed METCHER (Race Center, YZF-R1)
9 Ted COLLINS (Nextgen Motorsports, BMW S1000RR)
10 Ryan TAYLOR (Yamaha YZF-R1)
Australian Supersport 300
Australian Supersport 300 riders hit the track as a support category the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Competitors only had 20-minutes first thing this morning to familiarise themselves with the world-renowned Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. It was Max Croker (KTM Australia, RC 390) who maneuvered his machine to a total fastest time of 1:49.118 in qualifying, claiming pole position for the first race later in the afternoon.
 
Race One
Anticipation for race one was building after an intense qualifying session established grid positions. Taking the lead into turn one was Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300) but Croker was right beside him and managed to retake the lead.
 
However, a red flag soon brought a momentary pause to proceedings and the race was restarted due to faulty race start lights. At the second restart, Croker got a blinding start but this time, Bayliss managed to overtake the KTM rider. Over the next sequence of laps, Bayliss and Croker would chop and change positions on a frequent basis. Zac Levy (Puma RV?s, Yamaha YZF-R3), Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Tom Bramich (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3) would follow the leading duo in third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.
All of a sudden Levy caught up to Croker and Bayliss and moved up into second, ahead of Bayliss. Unfortunately, soon after Levy ran wide off the track into the grass and went back into third position.
 
On lap four Croker, Bayliss, Levy and Mahaffy went down Gardner straight four abreast and the crowd cheered they knew the battle was going down to the wire. In the meantime, Hunter Ford (Ford Brothers Racing, YZF-R3) and Bramich and Broc Pearson (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3) had joined in the battle and it was now a seven-rider battle for the victory. With overtakes occurring on just about every corner of the track, it resembled a race similar to a Moto3 race.
 
With one lap to go it truly was anyone race to win, leading into Gardner straight was seven evenly spread bikes. Bayliss managed to lead into turn one and built a small gap to second placed Mahaffy. At the back of his mind however he knew the slipstream effect to the checkered flag would be strong and that?s exactly what transpired.
 
When the leaders shot down Gardner Straight, it would be Ford to take the victory, followed by Croker and Mahaffy in the podium placings. Bayliss went back to fourth, followed by Levy, Bramich and Pearson. It was an excellent debut race for the Australian Supersport 300 bikes at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix that had spectators in the edge of their seats.
 
Australian Supersport 300 Race One Provisional Results
1 Hunter FORD (Ford Brothers Racing, YZF-R3)
2 Max CROKER (KTM Australia, RC 390)
3 Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3)
4 Oliver BAYLISS (Cube Racing, Kawasaki Ninja 300
5 Zac LEVY (Puma RV?s, Yamaha YZF-R3),
6 Tom BRAMICH (Ron Angel Classic, Yamaha YZF-R3)
7 Broc PEARSON (YRD, Yamaha YZF-R3)
8 Seth CRUMP (Jason Crump, KTM RC 390)
9 Locky TAYLOR (Fitness2Podium, Yamaha YZF-R3)
10 Ty LYNCH (Adelaide Motorcycle Recovery, Yamaha YZF-R3)
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Images courtesy of Andrew Gosling/tbgsport - Josh Waters at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
 

Supp Regs and Entries Open 2017 Australian Senior Track Championships

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 4:10pm
DATE: Friday 8th December 2017
Saturday 9th December 2017
VENUE:   Oakburn Park Raceway
Gunnedah Rd Tamworth 2340
Entry forms and Supplementary Regulations can be downloaded here.
 

Entries are now open and close last mail Friday 1st December 2017. Late entries will not be accepted. 
Entries can be mailed to 3 Morning View Close, Qurindi NSW 2343 or email: joslade57@hotmail.com  CLASSES OF COMPETITION
*Under 19 150cc 2-stroke & 250cc 4-stroke
**Pro 250 100cc to 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stroke
Pro 450 250cc 2-stroke & 450cc 4-stroke
250cc Slider 150cc 2-stroke & 250cc 4-stroke
**Pro Open Unlimited (MX & Slider)
MX Open 500cc 2-stroke & Over 460cc 4-stroke
**500cc Slider Up to 500cc
Pro Open Women Unlimited
Dirt Track Sidecar Up to 1100cc
Track (Speedway) Sidecar Up to 1100cc
ATV 450 Up to 350cc 2-stroke & 450cc 4-stroke
ATV Open Up to 550cc 2-stroke & 700cc 4-stroke
ATV Open (Women) Up to 550cc 2-stroke & 700cc 4-stroke
Support Classes
Over 35s
Speedway Solos upto 500cc
Up to 250cc 13 to under 16 Track
12 to 15 years 85cc 2 stroke and 150cc 4 stroke
9 to 11 years 85cc 2 stroke and 150cc 4 stroke * Rider must be under the age of 19 at the commencement of the event.  **Where there are insufficient entries for a Slider class, these classes may be combined with classes marked with asterisks in table above provided. All machines must have one effective brake where MX and Slider classes are combined.

Waters Reigns Supreme in 2017

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 8:07am
The title win was a huge turnaround for Waters and Suzuki, with a points gap as much as 54 from the top of the standings back at Round 3 (Winton). The team managed to develop the brand new GSX-R1000R into a race winning package and Waters managed to pilot the machine to the Championship at the final round. Now, Waters' attention turns to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and the Phillip Island Superbike Championship.
 
Waters sharing; ?I will go out there and look to compete. Obviously, the Phillip Island Superbike Championship won?t count towards the ASBK season just finished, but I would love to come out with another championship win for Suzuki! I want to go into this year?s off-season on a high and try for victories. Team Suzuki ECSTAR and the sponsors have worked so hard this year and I would like to reward them for all their effort.
 
?Although it?s part of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and there is plenty of attention, my approach does not change compared to any other race. The Grand Prix always draws a crowd, so I?m hoping it helps to develop our audience in the ASBK. Like always, the support races are some of the best all weekend and hopefully we can put on a show.
 
?The atmosphere is phenomenal and I always get enjoyment out of watching the best motorcycle racers in the world. We live and breathe racing, but there is something special about MotoGP. I know a few people in the MotoGP paddock from my racing in Europe and Japan. It will be great to catch up with all those guys. Obviously, there are people that Suzuki?s Phil Tainton is well connected with as well. It?s the best motorsport show in the world, to see those guys in action is incredible. 
 
?Phillip Island can throw up anything in terms of weather conditions, so we will have to be prepared for both dry and wet conditions. It?s out of our hands and we just have to adapt to whatever the situation is. I?m looking forward to it.
 
?Getting into MotoGP is extremely hard for Australian?s, if there ever was a great opportunity to get there, it would be ASBK?s Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 class. I think this class has been the story of the year, in terms of great racing and rising talent. The kids coming up through it is exactly what Australia needs and you can see the next generation rising. You have to remember though, it?s a completely different world over there in Europe and their talent, especially in Spain, start extremely young. With guys like Tommy Edwards and Reid Battye getting rides in the World Supersport 300 class however, it shows it?s a breeding ground for top talent." The 2017 Champion, Waters finished.

Make sure to attend the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to see the Phillip Island Superbike and Australian Supersport 300 Championships in action!
 
1. Waters at Sydney Harbour ASBK Round 6 -  Photo Credit: tbg I photography
2. Waters storms the Island Round 7 ASBK 2017 - Photo Credit: tbg I photography
3. Team Suzuki Ecstar grids up at the Island - Photo Credit: Tristen Spragg

2017 VMXdN Dream Team Returns

Wed, 18/10/2017 - 12:01pm
VMXdN is one of the largest 'Twin Shock', 'Evo' and 'Super' class events globally that boasts well over 600 entries from countries all over the world. The unique meeting is run against the stunning backdrop of the medieval Farleigh Hungerford Castle built in 1377, near Bath in Somerset, England.
 
The 2017 Australian VMXdN Team placed extremely well against international competition and consisted of past champions and stars; John Kittle, Russell Williamson, Kenneth Swan, Brad Van Barrelo, Geoff Ballard (AM), Craig Anderson, Glen Bell, James Deakin, and Kirk Hutton.
 
Team manager, Rosco Holden shared his experience of the event; "I can't thank the team enough for all their hard work and dedication this year. We had some wonderful results in all entered classes, such as; James Deakin's super human effort to get on the podium in 3rd overall in the over 50 Evo Individual category, Craig Anderson?s 5th overall Individual Evo Team Des Nations and Brad Van Barrelo's 5th outright in over 50 Twin Shock Individual.



"There were many highlights for me personally, including witnessing Ando, James and Brad battle at the front of the international pack against some of the world's best, was just awesome!
 
"On an individual note, James Deakin was a standout performer, as a reserve rider, he managed to qualify 2nd in the Over 50 Evo, but under event rules as a reserve, he could not be bumped up to his time position of 2nd and instead had to start in position gate 56th! A full ten seconds after first gate of 40 had dropped, Deakin was able to start. He came through to bring it across the line in an outstanding 5th! Again in race two, he backed it up starting in 56th to a brilliant 3rd!

"Quiet simply, the entire time, there were so many smiles, high fives and thumbs up from the 'A Team', who were on a trip of a lifetime. At the conclusion of our event, all the boys went on to and support our Aussie's competing in the at Motocross of Nations (MXON)  Lawrence, Gibbs, and Ferris at Matterly Basin, also in the UK.
 
"I want to make special mention to all our sponsors and wonderful support we had in the UK, with mechanics Jonathan Wood and Shane Aspinell, Tom and Alan Brown of Extreme Motorcycles for providing their workshop and wash bays. Niki Hesse and Adrian from Verde Motorsport, Nick and Mark Chamberlain for the use of their MVDS Husky Race transporters, and so many more.
 
"I couldn?t have been prouder of the nine riders in 2017. They all rode their hearts out for themselves, families, supporters, and in tribute to my mum, 'Babsy'.

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Team Australia VMXdN 2017 Results
VMXDN Evo Overall:
1. Neville Bradshaw 
2. John Dowd 
3. Mark Eastwood 
4. Kurt Nicoll 
5. Craig Anderson 
6. Jurgen Van-Nooten 
7. Tom Church 
8. Brian Wheeler 
9. Marvin Vandaele 
10. Patrick Caps 
13. Todd De-Hoop 
16. Kirk Hutton - Australia
17. Mike Brown 
18. James Deakin - Australia
21. Doug Dubach 
31. Mitch Rowe ? New Zealand
50. Glen Bell ? Australia
 
VMXDN Twinshock:
1. Dave Campbell 
2. Alex Rach 
3. Terry House 
4. Didier Stommen 
5. Rick Du-Feu 
6. Stephen Kelly 
7. Wayne Butt 36 
8. Lance Marshall 
9. Daniel Thomas 
10. Merv Anstie 
12. Brad Van Barrelo - Australia 
13. Mike Brown 
14. Geoff Ballard - Australia 
29. Rusty Williamson - Australia 
30. Ken Swan - Australia

31. Jeff Emig
 
Evo Over 50:
1. Kurt Nicoll
2. Doug Dubach 
3. James Deakin - Australia 
4. Paolo Caramellino 
5. Nick Abbott
 
Twin Shock Over 50:
1. John Dowd
2. Kevin Reed
3. Alan Bott
4. Massimo Signorin
5. Brad van Barrelo- Australia Pictures courtesy Rosco Holden 2017

Get Down to the Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 1:54pm
Australians Riders on the World Stage
With Australian ace, Jack Miller having already confirmed his return after fracturing his leg in a training accident, the crowd will be thrilled to welcome him back. Miller has experienced an up and down season with two sixth placings and plenty of points finishes. With a new contract with Pramac Ducati for next year, it marks an interesting time for the Australian as he is set to embark on a new chapter in his MotoGP racing career. Hopefully, the rider from Townsville, QLD can give the crowd a ride to remember.
 
Tom Toparis will be riding as a Moto3 Wild Card after making his debut in the World Championship at Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit. It was a gutsy performance from the Goulburn teenager, with the weekend being drenched with rain. Toparis would manage to finish in 24th position and will take the experience to Phillip Island with the Cube Racing Team. Having raced there in the past, Phillip Island should be a much more comfortable track for Toparis and hopefully he can build on his debut performance.
 
Son of a gun, Remy Gardner has been gathering strong momentum in recent races, with a very solid twelfth place at the Japanese Grand Prix within the Moto2 class. Remy showed steady pace throughout the race and a superb pass on Marcel Schrotter on the final lap ensured 12th at the flag, meaning 4 more points and a confidence inspiring result ahead of his home GP at Phillip Island this weekend. The result marked his sixth points scoring position of the year.
In an exciting announcement, Australian Broc Parkes will stand in for Jonas Folger in the Tech3 Yamaha team. 35-year-old Parkes is part of Yamaha?s endurance racing team and last rode in MotoGP for the Valencian Grand Prix back in 2015. With plenty of experience and a competitive bike, Parkes will be one to keep an eye on.
  
MotoGP Championship Down to the Wire
This year?s MotoGP season has been a classic for the ages, with Repsol Honda?s Marc Marquez and Ducati Team?s Andrea Dovizioso, engaged in a battle for the championship. Only a slender 11 points separate the two heading into the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
 
Marquez and Dovizioso are polar opposites when it comes to tactics, with Marquez displaying an aggressive riding style to win at all costs and Dovizioso a more calculating tactician. The two staged one of the greatest MotoGP duels in recent years, back at the Japanese Grand Prix, and it was Dovizioso to come out on top after an incredible last corner battle. It could all come to a head at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend.
 
Joshua Waters first appearance after Australian Superbike Championship win 
If you attend the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, you will have to check out the Australian Phillip Island Superbike Championship and Supersport 300 classes. The Phillip Island Championship was created to showcase Australian talent on the world stage by merging with existing international events as support categories.
 
Team Suzuki ECSTAR?s Josh Waters recently put on a stunning performance to walk away with the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) after two gruelling races at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
 
After taking the prestigious title at the final round of ASBK, the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will mark his first outing since being crowned. Mounting his Suzuki GSX-R1000R, Waters will look to stamp his supremacy over the field at challenge for the Phillip Island Championship.
 
As it currently stands, Daniel Falzon (JD Racing, Yamaha YZF-R1) leads the Phillip Island Championship ahead of Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) and Waters.
 
The Supersport 300 class will make its debut this weekend at the Grand Prix, alongside the Superbikes and has been an enormous success story in 2017. The class has been nearly oversubscribed in virtually every round of ASBK.

 
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For more information about the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 please visit www.motogp.com.au Photo One courtesy of Marc VDS Racing Team
Photo Two Courtesy of Andrew Gosling TBG Sport

Wild Card Tom 'E-Gun' Edwards Sets Sights on Jerez

Tue, 17/10/2017 - 1:50pm
Having ridden, wrenched, competed, and won on just about anything with two wheels, the apprentice motorcycle mechanic hailing from near Newcastle in New South Wales, Edwards has headed to Spain to contest the final round of the World Supersport 300 Championship at Jerez over the weekend of October 20-22 as part of the World Superbike Championship. Edwards will join the Kawasaki Moto Europe Team, on a Ninja EX 300 for the final round of 2017.

Edwards shared; "After I won the 2017 YMF R3 Cup and came second in the Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 class at Phillip Island for the final ASBK round, I got an offer from an overseas team to go racing as a Wild Card in the World Supersport 300 class in Spain - at the same time as I was due to race in the support category at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix! So, we had to make a hard and fast decision about which one to go to. It was a really difficult choice and I've got excellent advice from many ex-racers and family. But, we have made the tough call and are going to the famous Jerez circuit in Spain to give it a shot!

"Dad got a call from Kawasaki Moto Europe as soon as we got home from Phillip Island, and they offered us the Wild Card! There has been as heap of people helping us out with the decision but we wanted to go and see how we go on the world scale. I have competed in the Asia Talent Cup previously, where I learned a great deal of race craft, but no other overseas experience really.



"It is a daunting prospect to go overseas and compete on a world famous track, and I don?t know how I will go. I will just take it as it comes. I am not sure what my plans for 2018 are just yet, we'll see how Spain goes.
 
"I compete many different disciplines of motorcycling, I don't care what I ride really, I just want to be on two wheels at all times! I do everything from road race, enduro, motocross to dirt track. Riding bikes is the best form of training you can do to get fit to ride, and I'm always on a bike." Edwards concluded.

Edwards will be on track at Jerez on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with his flight back to Australia on Tuesday.
 
For more information head to www.ma.org.au.
As always, stay tuned to the Motorcycling Australia Facebook Page and Instagram account for all the latest news!

Photo credit: TBG I Photography Andrew Gosling
Picture 1: Tom "E-Gun" Edwards on Gardiner Straight at Philip Island after his victory
Picture 2: YMF R3 Cup Podium - 1. Edwards 2. Hunter Ford 3. Jack Mahaffy

Wakefield Park Prepares for Huge Historic Motorcycle Gathering

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 4:47pm
The race meeting will be one of the largest motorcycle events in Australia in 2017, encompassing motorcycles from a wide array of eras. The race meeting has attracted bikes from the following classes:
  • Period 2 (Vintage) ? 1920-1945
  • Period 3 (Classic) ? 1946-1962
  • Period 4 (Post-Classic) ? 1963-1972
  • Period 5 (Forgotten Era) ? 1973-1982
  • Period 6 (New Era) ? 1982-1990
The oldest motorcycles at the event will be Stan Mucha and Peter Birthisel?s 1926 Indian Altoonas, while at the other end of the spectrum, there are bikes from the late 1980s and early ?90s. Within each era, there will also be different capacity motorcycles including 250cc, 350cc, 500cc, 750cc and Unlimited. The Post Classic Racing Association of NSW (PCRA) is assisting Wakefield Park with hosting the event but numerous entries have been received from other states, including Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said the event reaffirms the circuit?s status as a two wheel-friendly venue. ?We have a lot of car race meetings but it?s very encouraging that we?re able to host more and more motorcycle events,? Mr Baragwanath said. ?The last two years, we?ve hosted a round of the Australian Superbike Championship and through other activities such as our club events and regular Wakefield Motorcycle Ride Days, we have been able to strengthen our relationship with Motorcycling NSW and Motorcycling Australia. ?The Australian Historic Road Racing Championships will be one of our best-attended events of the year and will attract a massive number of visitors from outside the region.? Full details on the event, including final entry lists, the race schedule and ticket prices will be announced shortly.

2018 FIM Environmental Steward Seminar Expressions of Interest

Mon, 16/10/2017 - 12:56pm
The seminar will be run in conjunction with the opening round of the World Superbike (WSBK) Championship week on Monday and Tuesday 19-20 February 2018. This seminar is for officials wishing to gain FIM Environmental Accreditation and is primarily aimed at Level 4 officials who are currently officiating at national championship events (with the intention of officiating at international events), but Level 3 officials may also apply. Submitting an expression of interest does not constitute an application nor does it guarantee a place in the seminar. Positions are limited. Please complete the attached Expression of Interest form below and return it by 31 December 2017. Travel and accommodation expenses will be incurred by the Participant*, however morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. *Note, resident Victorian participants may apply for travel/accommodation assistance of up to $200; Interstate participants may apply for travel/accommodation assistance of up to $450. Expressions of interest should be forwarded to: Peter Smith
Suite 125
9 Hall Street
Port Melbourne
VIC 3207
Email: mail@ma.org.au Expressions of interest must be submitted by 31 December 2017. Expression of Interest forms for the FIM's Environmental Steward Seminar at Phillip Island can be found by clicking here. For more information head to www.ma.org.au 

2018 Island Classic Entries Open & Supp Regs Released!

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 5:22pm
In its 25th consecutive year, the event features the International Challenge. A fiercely contested battle between Australia, the UK, USA and New Zealand along with a points score challenge for the perpetual Phil Irving trophy.

Past and present champions of motorsport worldwide will converge on the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the 25th AMCN International Island Classic - Australia's largest historic motorcycle racing event and the third largest motorcycling event on the Australian calendar.

This highly anticipated event is a 'must do' for any motorcyclist, covering many classes and periods of road race, including:

Period 1         Veteran                Up to 31st December 1919
Period 2         Vintage                From 1stJanuary 1920 up to 31stDecember 1945
Period 3         Classic                From 1stJanuary 1946 up to 31stDecember 1962
Period 4         Post Classic        From 1stJanuary 1963 up to 31stDecember 1972
Period 5         Forgotten Era      From 1stJanuary 1973 up to 31stDecember 1982
Period 6         New Era              From 1st January 1983 up to 31st December 1990 (Excludes Sidecars)

Classes:
Ultra Lightweight         Solo         Up to 125cc
Lightweight                  Solo         From 132cc up to 250cc (includes P6 250 GP & P6 250 Production classes)
Junior                           Solo         From 263cc up to 350cc (Excludes P6)
Senior                          Solo         From 368cc up to 500cc
Unlimited                      Solo         From 526cc up to 1300cc (Excludes P6)
Sidecar                                         Combined for all events (Excludes P6)
Period 6 Formula 75    Solo          526cc to 750cc four cylinder & 750cc to 1000cc two cylinder
Period 6 Formula 1300   Solo       788cc to 1300cc
 
Each competitor will receive a complementary invitation to attend the 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner (rider/passenger only). The Gala Dinner will be held at the circuit on Friday 26th January 2018. Camping is also available at the Circuit, details of same can be found here.
 
If you wish to purchase event tickets, campground passes or require more information please contact the Circuit on 03 5952 2710.

Round 7 ASBK Technical Inspections

Fri, 13/10/2017 - 10:28am
Motorcycling Australia (MA) would like to advise all competitors of the following information.
In addition to the ongoing technical checks carried out throughout the Championship, a further technical inspection was conducted on the following Supersport 300 machines after race 3 of the Supersport 300 class at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

For further information in the full document, please click below. http://www.ma.org.au/fileadmin/user_upload/Documents/Event_Documents/2017/Road_Race/Engine_Technical_Inspection_Information_Letter.pdf

Fletcher Kilpatrick - 2017 Holden On Tight Sportsman Spirit Award Winner!

Wed, 11/10/2017 - 4:15pm
Rosco Holden, founder of the benevolent ?Holden On Tight? organisation, has created a brand new award for standout Junior competitors in the sport. The 'Holden On Tight Australian Junior Sportsman Spirit Award', was announced in unison at the MX, Enduro & Dakar Museum opening at Horsham Motorcycle Club in December 2016.

?It?s just something I?ve thought of for a while now, with everything in this modern era being centred on winning it?s nice to have an award that goes beyond the scope of just winning awards on a points based system,? Holden began.
 
?I?ve always been about supporting the kids and this sport. The ?Holden on Tight Australian Junior Sportsman Spirit Award? is designed to promote sportsmanship and humility within it and is given to any Junior rider from the ages of 6-15, from any class, who demonstrates true spirit. The award by nature is circumstantial, you never will be able to predict what act of ?spirit? will be shown on any given day.

"No one really knew the award was coming, but once I got up and explained what the Spirit Award was all about and the reasons behind it, everyone was excited about the award, the direction that we all want to go in and with the future commitments to the sport in general.

Fletcher Kilpatrick (10) received the inaugural 2017 Holden On Tight Sportsman Spirit Award after dermonstrating spirit through out the event. Aside from the huge Australian Junior Sportsman Spirit Award, Kilpatrick also won a Lusty Industries $400 Ogio Gear Bag courtesy of Johnny McLean, $200 cash to go towards his future racing efforts. 

His proud parents, Kevin and Melissa Kilpatrick were over the moon that Fletcher came away with the biggest trophy and award offered at the AJMXC.
Also provided by 'Holden on Tight', across all 13 classes, was prize money being $25 for 3rd, $50 for 2nd and $100 for 1st place in overall Championship.
Holden continued; "Other special mentions for the Holden On Tight Sportsman Spirit Award were Regan Jake, Cannon Rose who helped picked up other competitor?s bikes after a first turn pile up in 9-11 65cc and got them going before taking off on their own bikes. Xavier Malten and his mate Memphis Trevena, were another standout, for picking up a shopping bag of old used tear-off's while walking the track on Wednesday morning.

"I just really want to not only give back to the sport, but to grow it and provide a future for it. I can do more for the sport now than when I was competing with two numbers on my chest. I am in a stage of my life that I can make more of a difference behind the scenes than out on a track." Holden finished.

Reminder: EOI to host Post Classic MX Championship in 2018 still open

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:40am
This Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition for pre 1985-1990 in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
The 2017 Australian Post Classic Motocross Championships were held at Crystal Brook, SA this year the weekend after the Australian Classic Motocross Championships. With 2018 fast approaching we are asking for clubs to contact Motorcycling Australia as soon as possible and put in their interest to host this iconic championship event. 
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Coordinator ? Off-Road, Matthew Falvo at offroad@ma.org.au
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia website.
 
For more information head to www.ma.org.au 

Australia dominates KTM AJMX Oceania Challenge as New South Wales claims Interstate title

Mon, 09/10/2017 - 4:49pm

The FIM Oceania Challenge saw an equal number of riders from Australia and New Zealand selected to represent their country in the appropriate classes, with the highest tally of points at the conclusion of the week being awarded the newly-introduced accolade. 

Australia wrapped up the week with 540 points to its credit, defeating New Zealand?s tally of 246  - the advantage being in the Aussies? favour with a larger pool of riders to choose from. 

The Aussie squad consisted of 24 riders from across the country, which included Blake Fox, Noah Ferguson, Regan Duffy, Lochie Smith, Levi Rogers, Ricky Chalmers, Ryder Kingsforn, Jet Alsop, Jett Burgess Stevens, Alex Larwood, Tyran Tomich, Brad West, Tahlia O'Hare, Tanesha Harnett, Jasper Moon, Bailey Malkiewicz, Tyler Darby, John Bova, Matt Fabry, Liam Andrews, Kayden Minear, Mason Semmens, Rhys Budd and Jack Kukas.

In the Interstate Challenge, where a number of riders were selected in each division, it was another tight battle for the top spot as New South Wales wound up on 198 points, edging out defending champions Queensland, who closed out the week with 197 points to narrowly miss out on the number one spot. 

Western Australia took a comfortable third on 171 points to round out the top three, followed by Victoria on 148, Tasmania with 145, South Australia on 128 and the Northern Territory with 30 points.

2018 Suzuki Support Rider Contingency Program

Sun, 08/10/2017 - 2:41pm
As Suzuki continues to define Australian racing, we are excited to announce the Suzuki Support Rider (SSR) Contingency program for 2018.
 
Suzuki wants to give racers a real chance at being rewarded for their commitment and results by offering up to $900K in available contingency for National and State Motocross and Supercross, National and State Superbike and Supersport, Australian Off-Road Championship, Finke and Hattah desert races.     
 
Registration to the SSR Contingency program is free, riders can register multiple machines in different capacity classes with cash rewards available in both on and off road racing categories.
 
Riders who compete on a current generation Suzuki motorcycle are eligible to register as a SSR. The rider must register on the form, only one rider can register per VIN.
 
Suzuki will send each rider an acceptance letter, which includes a SSR Registration Number. One number will be issued per rider, even if the rider competes on more than one machine or in multiple capacity classes. This Registration Number will be used in all claims for contingency or other correspondence with Suzuki.
 
Only the nominated Motorcycling Australia sanctioned events will be eligible for contingency.  Suzuki Support Riders registered for claiming contingency must use the Claim Form attached. Results will be verified by Suzuki against official
M.A. results.

 
Contingency payments will only be made to riders who satisfy the following criteria:
1. Compete on current generation RM-Z250, RM-Z450, GSX-R600 or GSX-R1000/R.
 
2. Registered for SSR and have received acceptance including their Registration Number from Suzuki Australia.
3. Lodge a claim form within 7 days of the event to Suzuki Australia including their race support number. Suzuki will verify through official race M.A results
 
For further information on the 2018 SSR Contingency Program, interested customers should visit suzukimotorcycles.com.au
 
For further information contact: 
Lewis Croft
National Marketing Manager, Motorcycles
Suzuki Australia Pty. Limited
Ph: (03) 9931 5534
M: 0418 126 409
Email: lewis_croft@suzuki.com.au

Champions crowned on final day of Horsham's KTM AJMX

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 7:15pm

The venue was once again graced with exceptional weather, and with the circuit at its most challenging, it provided the perfect battleground for the country?s most elite junior athletes to go head to head for one last time.

Junior Lites 15 Years - Final 2 and 3: 
Queensland?s Bailey Malkiewicz charged to victory in the graduating Junior Lites class, beating home rival Rhys Budd of New South Wales by a confidence-boosting 13 seconds. Josh Zorbas from Queensland put in a stellar performance for third, while the Yamaha duo of Mat Fabry (WA) and Jack Kukas (QLD) closed the fastest five.

In the final outing, Malkiewicz was crowned champion after putting on a commanding display, crossing the chequers eight seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Rhys Budd. Fabry returned to the podium for third, as Mason Semmens (VIC) was fourth ahead of Kukas. Completing the top three in the standings behind Malkiewicz was Budd and Kukas, who edged out Fabry by one point. 

Junior Lites 13-U15 Years - Final 4 and 5: 
In the younger Junior Lites division, Dante Hyam of New South Wales walked away with another convincing victory, positioning himself six seconds ahead of the field as they crossed the line. Queensland?s Tye Jones finished up in second, while Noah Ferguson (QLD) defeated Liam Andrews (VIC) - who bounced back form a first turn crash - by just half a second. Jai Walker from Queensland wound up in fifth. 

In race five, New South Welshman Korey McMahon rose to the occasion, rounding out the week with a victory as Hyam claimed second, lifting the title in the process. Ferguson pushed into third, followed by Andews and Walker. Overall it was Andrews and McMahon who trailed Hyam in the standings.

Female Junior Lites 13-U16 Years - Final 5: 
Western Australian Tahlia O?Hare made it a clean sweep in the Female Junior Lites division to grasp the title, completing the week with a dominant 21-second victory. Tanesha Harnett of New South Wales pulled through for another consistent runner-up placing ahead of Rachael Archer (NZ), Tahlia Drew (QLD) and Roma Edwards (NZ). Harnett was second in the title hunt after a string of top results, while Archer edged out compatriot Edwards for the final spot on the podium.

125cc 15 Years - Final 4 and 5: 
Race four of the older age group 125cc class saw Mat Fabry of Western Australia shoot out to the lead, holding Queensland?s Bailey Malkiewicz at bay for the opening laps before succumbing to the pressure. He then found himself in hot water with Mason Semmens (VIC), although Semmens would make a uncharacteristic mistake, sending him down the order. Fabry secured second ahead of Jack Kukas (QLD), Semmens and Tyler Darby (NSW). 

Semmens bounced back in race five to to be crowned champion, but he didn?t have it easy as the fight for the moto win came right down to the flag with Malkiewicz, edging him by just two hundredths of a second. It was a similar battle for third between Kukas and Fabry, although it was Kukas who held the advantage across the line, while Darby completed the top five. Malkiewicz fell short of the title in second, but was able to position himself comfortably over Kukas. 

125cc 13-U15 Years - Final 3: 
The 125cc 12-U15 Years championship was an absolute nail-biter, with Western Australia?s Regan Duffy topping Estonia?s Mecio Vettik by just one point. Duffy did everything he needed to win the title by capturing the final moto victory, as Vettik struggled and slipped down the field. Dante Hyam (NSW), early leader Liam Andrews (VIC), Korey McMahon and Vettik closed out the top five. Hyam was third in the championship behind Vettik and Duffy. 



Mini Lites BW 14-U16 Years - Final 5: 

Queensland?s Jai Walker charged a convincing race victory in the Mini Lites BW 14-U16 Years class, although it just wasn?t quite enough to lift the title, which was awarded to fellow Queensland Noah Ferguson. In the final fight, it was George Knight (VIC) behind Ferguson, followed by Connor Whitney (NSW) and Kai Newbold (SA). Overall, Walker trailed Ferguson by three points, as Newbold capped off the top three.

Mini Lites BW 12-U14 Years - Final 3: 
South Australia?s Alex Larwood continued his exceptional form right to very end in the Mini Lites BW 12-U14 Years class, with another moto win in race three enough to appoint him as the class? Australian champion. New Zealand?s Brodie Connolly wound up in second ahead of Queensland?s Brad West, while Blake Fox (NSW) crossed the first, although was docked three positions for jumping on a yellow flag. Queensland?s Deegan Mancinelli ended up in fifth, as Connolly and Fox followed Larwood in the standings.

Female Mini Lites 12-U16 Years - Final 4 and 5:
It was a Charli Cannon (QLD) show once again in final number four of the Female Mini Lites, as she blitzed the field with a commanding 39-second advantage. Madi Healy of Victoria added another runner-up placing to her name, as Holli Geeves (TAS) advanced into third. Jayde Dudley (NSW) and Aimee Butler (SA) were fourth and fifth respectively.

In the final time around, Cannon shot through with yet another staggering lead, making it 32 seconds as he crossed the finish line seal up the title. Healey placed second in what was an ultra-consistent week, finishing ahead of Geeves, Butler and Dudley, mirroring the first five overall for the week. 

Mini Lites SW 9-U12 Years - Final 3: 
Tasmania?s Jett Burgess-Steven captured the Mini Lites SW 9-U12 Years championship in convincing fashion, running home to an eight-second win in the final moto. Queensland?s Jack Mather completed the race in the runner-up spot, as Ryder Kingsford of New South Wales concluded the top three. Max Miller (NSW) and visiting Thai rider Krittapat Keankum were fourth and fifth, with Kingsford and Mather ending up second and third in the standings. 

65cc 11-U12 Years - Final 4 and 5: 
Moto four of the 65cc 11-U12 Years division came down to the wire, as Jesse Holding (QLD) fended off Jasper Moon (NSW) to take one-second victory. Queensland?s Kobe Drew slotted into third, followed by New South Wales duo Cody Kilpatrick and Seth Burchell.

Drew pulled through for victory in the final dash, but Towill proved to be too good, securing the championship by a slender seven points. Holding held on for second ahead of Towill, while Jasper Moon of New South Wales Burchell closed the top five. Holding was crowned vice-champion ahead of Drew in third. 

65cc 9-U11 Years - Final 2 and 3: 
In moto two of 65cc 9-U11 Years, Ky Woods of New South Wales stormed to a seven-second victory over Western Australia?s Kayden Minear, showcasing his skills in the rutted conditions. Queensland?s Braden Plath pushed through for the final spot inside the top three, as Jet Alsop (QLD) and Deacon Paice (WA) closed out the first five. 

A race victory in the third and final moto was the nail in the coffin for Alsop, who walked away with the title in hand after putting on an impressive display to narrowly edge out Minear. Plath returned to the podium in third, as Liam Owens (QLD) and Koby Hantis (NSW) were fourth and fifth respectively. Minear ended up two points shy of the championship, finishing 10 points ahead of Plath.

65cc 7-U9 Years - Final 5: 
West Aussie Seth Shackleton pieced together a super consistent week, and with a fourth in the last final race, he rewarded with the 65cc 7-U9 Years crown. The race itself was won by New South Welshman Ryder Wilson, who beat home Heath Fisher (QLD), Jackson Walsh, Shackleton and Max Stevenson (QLD) in what was a respectable display. He wound up second in the standings, 12 points clear of Fisher.

50cc Division 2 7-U9 Years - Final 5: 
While it was Heath Fisher (QLD) who won the final moto of the 50cc class, it was Western Australian Seth Shackleton to clinched the title. The West Aussie talent was second in the fifth and final outing, followed by Slade Oberhardt (QLD), Max Stevenson (QLD) and Sonny Pelicano (WA) completed the top five. Fisher was second in the championship ahead of Stevenson.

Day six results: www.speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1467495

To keep up to date with all the results and happenings at the AJMX head to www.ma.org.au, like Motorcycling Australia on Facebook or follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.Also be sure to follow the AJMXC:

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Victorian ADF motorcycle riders ready to take on national prostate cancer ride

Fri, 06/10/2017 - 11:39am
The team of riders, led by LCDR Colin Holloway, will take part in the Melbourne to Launceston route, which is one of eight routes that is part of The Long Ride initiative. The Melbourne route will start at HMAS Cerberus, and will travel through Mirboo North, Bairnsdale, Omeo, Mitta Mitta, Corryong, Albury, Puckapunyal and Melbourne before joining the the 420 riders at, Burnie, then onto Strahan, Bothwell, Hobart and St Helens before riding into Launceston for the end of ride dinner. According to LCDR Holloway, The Long Ride is the perfect opportunity to blend a love of motorbike riding and passion for raising awareness about prostate cancer. ?I couldn?t think of a better way to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and funds for PCFA. We are all getting together for The Long Ride because we all share a passion for riding and a passion for making a difference in our community,? said Chris Dunne. ?I hope to gain as much support from all communities and residents as well as people along the way.? Cassandra Robertson, PCFA?s NSW State Manager, says PCFA relies on the continued generosity from people like Chris and Gail Dunne in order to continue their work across the country. ?We are delighted that so many people have signed on to be a part of The Long Ride initiative. Prostate cancer may be a male-only disease, but it affects entire communities,? said Ms Robertson. ?We are delighted that we have this opportunity to work with The Long Ride group and make some noise about prostate cancer. If we are able to use this initiative as a vehicle to speak to men about prostate cancer, then we would have made a great difference.? According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.   To make a donation to The Long Ride 2017 initiative, visit https://thelongride2017.everydayhero.com/au/hmas-cerberus-long-riders#/?_k=ekibv7 For more information about the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia go to www.prostate.org.au or call toll-free 1800 22 00 99. ENDS For more information about LCDR Holloway and his involvement in The Long Ride 2017 initiative, or to arrange an interview, photo or filming opportunity, please contact: Colin Holloway: mobile 0481199507 or email colholloway@gmail.com.  

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