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2017 F1 and F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Supplementary Regulations and Calendar released

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:06pm
The Formula One (F1) and Formula Two (F2) Sidecar Championships featured exciting competition last year. Jero Joyce and Corey Blackman claimed the F1 Sidecar Championship, while Isle of Man TT superstars Mick Alton and Chrissie Clancy took the F2 Sidecar Championship. Last year?s Championships were hotly contested and there is little doubt the 2017 Championships are set to be just as competitive. 

 
The Sidecar Championships will kick-off at Winton Motor Raceway (VIC), 28 ? 30 April alongside the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK), Round 2 at Morgan Park Raceway (QLD) 14 - 15 May as a part of the Masters of Morgan Park, Sydney Motorsport Park (NSW) 8 - 10 September (with ASBK) and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (VIC) 6 - 8 October (with ASBK), to follow.
 
The F1 and F2 Sidecar Championships are a unique and exciting form of motorcycle racing with the Sidecar driver and passenger needing to work cooperatively for the best result. F1 Sidecars are four cylinder 1000cc machines, while the F2 Sidecars can be 600cc four cylinder or 1000cc two-cylinder.
 
The Supplementary Regulations and 2017 Calendar can be accessed by clicking here. To find out more about the F1 and F2 Championships and Supplementary Regulations, head to the ASBK or MA Website and like the 2017 Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship Facebook page.


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2017 Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship Selected Rider List Announced

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 4:55pm

The highly anticipated Australian Speedway Championship is set to kick off on the Easter long weekend Saturday April 15th and Sunday 16th at the highly regarded Gillman Speedway track. The timing of the event ensures fantastic crowd numbers and a great family atmosphere, adding to the overall spectacle of amazing Speedway action.

Announced in the selected rider draw are seeded Australian Champions include; Russell Mitchell, Justin Plaisted and Darrin Treloar. Qualifying past champion Mark Mitchell will duke it out against plenty of Speedway Sidecar hopefuls.

Aussie Sidecar Champion and current second seeded rider, Trent Headland shared his excitement of the upcoming and the announcement of the selected rider list and the event itself, adding;

"This year has started off a little slow, as we are jumping off last years' bike and on to a new one, so we knew it would be slower going. As the season has gone on, we are back to form if not a little bit better. My passenger (Daryl Whetstone) and I knew that the first half of the year would be a bit of a practice for the latter half where it all counts.

"Our team is feeling good as we are all working hard together and in 2017 it's the big events we're looking forward to most. We had a bit of a mishap last week and I have a laceration on my knuckle where the nosecone cut in - just the usual bumps and bruises but the bike is not injured and neither are we! We are really pumped for the rounds ahead!

"The hardest competition out there at the moment is Darren Treloar. he is nearly impossible to beat right now. Tyler Moon is a new comer that is one to watch for and could be a bit of a dark horse, Both Plaisted's and Mark Mitchell is fast around Gillman. There are at least eight guys that could definitely win it this year, and we are just going to have to stay focused to be in with a chance.

To veiw the full selected rider list for the Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship, click here.

Contact Gillman Speedway for booking information and enquiries by clicking here

Further calendar announcements regarding Supp regs, Australian Speedway Championship, World Cup Speedway and Oceania Speeway events will be made in due coarse.

For further information on the Australian Speedway Championships, head to www.ma.org.au 

Keep up to date with all Australian Speedway Championship news by heading to the Australian Speedway Championships Facebook page or the  Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages. 


Motorcycling Australia App now available for download!

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 12:11pm
The MA App is designed to provide competitors and Officials with a convenient digital addition to hard copy licences. Offering members a digital hub on mobile devices to access their membership, view their rider profile, renew their licence and access direct licence messaging.
 
A main benefit of the new MA App, is the avoidance of completing a licence declaration at events, should hard copy licences be miss-placed. Members who do not present their hard copy licence currently require undergoing the license declaration process that includes an administration cost. However, downloading the MA App will avoid the declaration process and associated fees entirely.
 
There are over 20,000 MA membership hard cards currently in circulation and hard copy licences will continue to be produced and sent to members. However, the introduction of the MA App coincides with predictions of future licencing trends heading towards more digitalised platforms.
 
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle is excited by the launch of the MA App, adding; ?It?s great to see that the Motorcycling Australia App is available for download for our members. Now they have access to a user friendly and convenient digital hub for their membership and license, in addition to their hard copy." 
 
The App is now available on iTunes and Play Store for your iOS or Android device.
 
The iOS app is available via the membership profile as per below or online at: https://itunes.apple.com/cg/app/motorcycling-australia/id1084802579?mt=8
 
The Android app is available via the membership portal or online at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.omnisportsmanagement.mcau&hl=en ENDS
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gosling, TBG Photography. Pictured Nic Liminton Wakefield Park 2017.
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RULE ADDENDUM Information Bulletin #1628

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 8:48am
Rule Wording Update: Yellow flag, held stationary: Danger, ride cautiously. Yellow flag, waved: Great danger, prepare to stop, no overtaking. A significant reduction in speed must be observed; therefore, jumps should not be attempted. (The waved yellow flag is superior to the stationary yellow flag) Clarification: The alignment of MX yellow flag regulations to FIM standards was approved under the 2016 Meeting Minutes for rule changes. The wording in the published version of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport is therefore incorrect. Please ensure this addendum is noted for immediate effect. This rule has been updated in the Online version of the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport, available on the MA website here: http://ma.org.au/index.php?id=142 Rule change effective from: Immediate  Feedback contact: rules@ma.org.au  | (03) 9684 0512

Glenn Allerton Thanks the RACESAFE Medical Team

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 5:34pm
Allerton was rushed to a Goulburn hospital and underwent successful surgery to repair the break with plates and screws and is now on the mend. The Yamaha rider stated he will attempt to be ready for Round Four of the 2017 ASBK at Hidden Valley Raceway. Remarkably, he was fit and able enough to make an appearance back at the track on Sunday, to cheer on fellow team mate Wayne Maxwell. Allerton, full of praise for the RACESAFE Medical Team, visited the RACESAFE truck to thank them getting him off the track and fixing him up only two days prior. The arm break was brutal way to cut Allerton?s weekend short and he was obviously distraught at the thought of missing future rounds. ?I?m really disappointed that I had the accident, and put myself in this terrible position of having a broken arm, but that?s way that things are.? Allerton described the experience and the damage he sustained; ?I had no feeling in my arm and all the doctors were really worried about nerve damage but when the swelling went down. I got the feeling back in my hand and a range of motion in my elbow as well. That was much better than we could hope for, because when I left the track in the ambulance I thought it was really bad.? The thought of whether he would ride competitively again, did enter his mind; ?I thought to myself, if I couldn?t feel my hand, then I thought how am I ever going to ride a motorbike again?? Luckily, Allerton will return to racing and is optimistic that he can recover in time for Round Four. ?I?m looking at between 8-10 weeks to repair my arm, but I?ve already got a little strength back in my hand. I?m going to try and get myself right for Round Four in Darwin!? Allerton was full of appreciation for the RACESAFE Medical Team and their assistance in helping him in his time of need. ?I?m just on my way down to RACESAFE now to thank them for all their hard work in getting me off the track and to help. I felt pain obviously, but it was a dull pain and I wasn?t all that uncomfortable really. RACESAFE fixed me up really well before going to hospital. As far as (really) broken arms go, it couldn?t have gone better!? Despite the pain, Allerton could find some humour in the situation ?I can?t stand being on any strong painkillers, so I?ve just got the good old Panadol to keep the pain away! It?s thanks to the RACESAFE Medical Team that ASBK Rounds are able to run. They truly are unsung heroes and their contribution to the ASBK Championship is much appreciated.? He concluded. 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar: Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                           7-9   July                        
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                               6-8  October For further information on RACESAFE and their involvment in Australian motorsport, visit http://racesafe.com.au/ here. Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

Tune into Fox Sports for ASBK action, March and April!

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 1:12pm
With near capacity grids in all ASBK classes, multiple manufacturers from around the globe and riders duking it out for supremacy, the ASBK Championship is more dramatic and arresting than ever before! Now the fans have a range of ways to view the Championship and catch up on all the action; including on Fox Sports.
Fox Sports? coverage of the ASBK will showcase breathtaking "all on the line" racing across multiple categories of the Championship. Featuring interviews with riders, insights from the teams and in depth commentary from Steve Martin, Phil Harlum and Emma Notarfrancesco. The Fox Sports package will bring all home viewers closer to the action than they ever thought possible.
 
Don't miss the action from Round One Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, replayed on March 23, 25 and 28.
 
Be sure to watch, Round Two Wakefield Park Raceway, replayed on April 5, 7 and 11.
 
The schedule for the Fox Sports airing times, are as follows.
 
Fox Sports Air Dates and Times.
Round     Date  Time  Channel
RD 1       - 23/3: 1830: Fox Sports 505
RD 1       - 25/3: 0230: Fox Sports 505
RD 1       - 28/3: 1600: Fox Sports 503
 
RD 2       - 05/4: 2000: Fox Sports 506
RD 2       - 07/4: 0000: Fox Sports 506
RD 2       - 11/4: 1230: Fox Sports 506
  
2017 has already been a year to remember with two incredible rounds, that showcased riders from all categories going all out for the title of Champion. Don?t miss out on the opportunity to relive the action!
 
So be sure to tune in to Fox Sports to get your motorcycle racing fix!
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here. ENDS
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gosling, Pictured: Phillip Island, Down to Turn One, 2017
 
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The perfect weekend for Herfoss... Almost

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:08pm
Herfoss performed an absolute masterstroke to switch to slick tyres before the start of the race. The track dried out incredibly quickly, while the majority of the field were on wet tyres. Although Herfoss was sent towards the back of the grid for the tyre change, his gamble paid off handsomely as he made his way from the back of the field.
"During Warm up, I came in early and asked my team if the decision was mine to change from wet to dry tyres and the looks on their faces was amazing! They had no idea what the weather was doing. I just had to back myself on a track I know in and out", Herfoss said.
 
The Goulburn local hero made his way towards the front and into first position incredibly quickly and proceeded to create a huge gap between himself and second position. Herfoss and his pit crew can pat themselves on the back for taking such a gamble, as it allowed him to take an easy race victory. Herfoss won by four seconds in front of Robert Bugden (Kawasaki BCperformance, Kawasaki ZX-10R) and Josh Hook (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
 
Riders who didn?t make the change suffered massively on the dry track, shredding their tyres, giving way to riders on slicks, who passed with ease. Bugden and Hook also chose slicks before the start of the race, giving them a podium placing.
Hook was also delighted with his decision to switch to slicks before the race; ?I didn?t know what the weather was going to do. I had a little bit of bad luck in qualifying and had a crash yesterday, so I had to start at the back. That's when I thought I might as well risk it and change to slicks. Just as well, because the track became dry within a couple of laps!? He added.
 
Race Two of the YMI Superbikes took place on a completely dry track. Herfoss's Honda was stuck on the line when the lights went green as his gearbox found a false neutral. Herfoss grabbed second gear and eventually left the start line at the end of mid pack. However, that didn?t stop him from performing one of the rides for the ages.
Despite the terrible start, Herfoss was on the war-path, dicing and weaving through the field like a hot knife through butter. His unparalled strength of his hometown track advantage was evident.
 
Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, the order was; Maxwell, Cru Haliday (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha, YZF-R1), Daniel Falzon (Caterpiller, Yamaha, YZF-R1) and Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar, Suzuki GSXR-1000R) who were duking it out for victory.
Herfoss soon caught up with the lead, eventually catching Maxwell and passing him. However, it was at that exact moment that Haliday crashed hard on lap 16 and caused a red flag period. As a result of the red flag, Maxwell was declared race winner relgating Herfoss second place by default as results reverted to lap 15.
 
The podium for race two included Yamaha Racing Team's Wayne Maxwell, Crankt Protein Honda Racing 's Troy Herfoss and Caterpiller/JD Racing's Daniel Falzon.
Maxwell shared his thoughts on the race win; "With the mixed weather all weekend, we really had no idea what was going to be thrown at us. The Yamaha worked really well on the track and we can really take away some positives from the weekend. It?s nice to come away with a race win. I can't wait to get to Winton for Round Three!"  
 
Herfoss can at least take solace in the fact that he has dramatically cut the overall championship points deficit to Daniel Falzon, (now only 13 points) as he finds himself well into the championship fight.
 
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                             
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.
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Toparis and Collins take Supersport victories

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:04pm
Toparis didn?t get the best start, but he quickly made his way back to the front of the pack. He was setting excellent lap times and building a comfortable gap. Behind Toparis, Giuseppe Scarcella (Scarcella Racing, Kawasaki ZX6R) was dicing his way through the pack and exceling in the wet conditions. Scarcella?s wet weather pace was evident in previous sessions and it was no surprise to see him competitive on the wet track. Scarcella eventually made his way into second, getting to business to hunt down Toparis.
 
Toparis, thinking his gap to the chasing pack was sufficient, started to consolidate and slow down. Scarcella however, was closing in and Toparis was told by his pit crew to increase his pace, to deal with the charging threat.
 
Scarcella caught Toparis on the last lap and the two riders had a battle for the ages, with Scarcella taking the lead momentarily. Toparis fought back to reclaim the ascendency. The two had a drag race to the finish with Toparis taking his first victory.
 
Race winner Toparis said; ?I do believe its true that once you win your first race it makes it easier to win again. If I can win more after this I would be stoked. There is a lot of races to go and I got a lot of points from this round.?
 
Scarcella was also thrilled to show off his wet weather skills. ?The bike went very well, it has been wet all weekend, and I?ve managed to adapt to the conditions.?
The podium for Race One included Toparis in first, Scarcella in second and Sam Condon (Bikebiz, Yamaha YZF-R6) in third. 
 
Race Two provided more fireworks, with Toparis starting from first on the grid, this time in dry conditions. Toparis had a flying start to maintain the lead, with Ted Collins (Saint Unbreakable, Suzuki GSX-R) also making up places to eventually make his way to first position.
 
Ted Collins was leading until the race was red flagged due to the track being hammered with rain. The heavy rain caused multiple riders to crash, even during the cool down lap.
 
The race restart changed the whole complexity of the race, with the sun now shining on the track. Ted Collins then proceeds to lead the restart, followed by Nic Liminton (Race Center, Yamaha YZF-R6), Mason Coote (Aark Racing, Yamaha YZF-R6). Toparis was also charging through the field after being relegated to near the back of the grid, fighting back to fourth place.
 
Collins took his first win, followed by Liminton and Mason Coote, on the podium.
 
?I can?t believe it, we took the lead in the first race and I started on pole for the restart, then it was a hole shot to the front. I?m so happy to come out with the win. I?m so stoked to have my first win.? Collins said.
 
Toparis was originally excluded from the results but has logged a successful protest, giving Toparis the fourth place finish.
 
Ted Collins now leads the championship by one point, in front of Mason Coote, followed by Sam Condon a further 13.5 points behind.
 
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October
Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.
Picture: Toparis storms down the straight at Wakefield
Courtesy: TBG Photography

YMF R3 Cup and GP Juniors bring the excitement

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 11:59am
Race Two of the Yamaha Motor Finance R3 Cup opened racing proceedings on Sunday. The R3 Cup is a category where every rider rides on the same machinery, levelling the playing field and allowing the riders to show off their talent.
 
Jack Mahaffey (JDS Moto, Yamaha YZF-R3) started first on the grid after. Passfield made a great start to lead the front, with Mahaffy and Edwards right on his tail.
 
The weather conditions were tricky with large amounts of standing water on track and also featured deep braking and hard overtake on display throughout the race. The lap times weren?t particularly quick, being five seconds off Race One pace.
 
Jack Mahaffy crashed out, with the bike sliding out from underneath him, furthering a difficult weekend for the young rider.
 
Edwards pushed extremely hard to attempt to catch Passfield with his rear sliding out constantly. Edwards attempted a last lap lunge to attempt to overtake Passfield but the lunge didn?t come off as he ran wide but managed to take second.
 
Passfield took a cool and calculated win in race win, despite coming under pressure from Tom Edwards and Boyd Hocking (DPH Motorsport Yamaha, YZF-R3) completing the podium.
 
Race Three of the YMF R3 Cup was won by Tommy Edwards, in front of Corey Briffa (St. Phillip Christian College Cessnock, Yamaha YZF-R3) and Jack Mahaffy.
 
Passfield won the round overall with a current total of 67 championship points, compared to Edward?s 63 points.
 
GP Juniors Cup
 
Races Two and Three in the GP Juniors Cup were won by Joel Kelso (JDS Moto, YZF-R15) and Tommy Edwards (Yamaha Motor Australia, YZF-R15).
 
GP Juniors Race Two featured an exciting race between Tommy Edwards and Joel Kelso for the win. The two battled back and forth the entire race. Before Kelso eventually took the win.
 
?I feel very happy, it was a good race with Tommy, it was a great battle, we fought hard and in the end got a great slipstream down the straight and we ended up getting away with the win but great race to Tommy and the rest of the competitors.? Kelso said.
 
Tommy Edwards won the third and final race of the weekend. Edwards battled with John LYTRAS (Caboolture Yamaha, Yamaha YZF-R15) and Joel Kelso for the victory.
 
"It was a really good race. Due to the slick conditions, I thought I better not muck about in that race and I just put my head down and got on with it" 
I really enjoy racing in the GP Juniors, I just really want more people to do it too!" Edwards said.
 
Edwards currently leads the championship with 70 points and is the overall round winner, in front of Joel Kelso with 63 and John Lytras with 56.
For more information on the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli, head to www.asbk.com.au or like the ASBK on Facebook for live race results and to keep up do date with all the latest racing news this coming weekend. Can?t make it to the track this weekend? Then make sure to watch ASBK action on free-to-air television, channel SBS 2pm-4pm AEDT or Live Stream asbk.com.au, 10am-5pm AEDT this Sunday.
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                     17-19 March
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here. Pictured: YMF R3 Cup 2017
Coutesy TBG Photography

The HI-TEC Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Championship Powers Up

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 11:52am
Race 2 & 3 of the hotly contested HI-TEC Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Championship at Round Two of the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) at Wakefield Park Raceway, again saw Reid Battye (DB Racing, Ninja 300) winning outright. Race Two of the Supersport 300s saw a near capacity grid leave the start line in treacherous conditions, the field quickly funnelling away in the first few corners into familiar single file race format. The next few laps were marred with incidents, including Laura Brown (WNR, Kawasaki, Ninja 300) being penalised 10 seconds for jumping the start and Drew Sells (Race Centre, Kawasaki, Ninja 300) crashing out after lap two. In aggressive overtaking manoeuvres by Zac Levy (Puma RV?s, Yamaha YZF-R3), the race had a new leader. Levy commented afterwards: ?I thought I?d stick with the boys for a little bit, I didn?t want to jump away too quick. I picked my moments to get away from them and when I looked back, I had a little time on them. Crashing out of Saturday?s Race One, and then bouncing back to win Race Two today is definitely good for our championship!? He finished. Last year?s YMF R3 Cup winner, Levy finished a full three seconds in front of of Billy Van Eerde (KTM Aust, KTM RC-390) Van Eerde stated on the podium; ?It was better than yesterday?s race were I was left behind. That race I had the Pirelli front tyre on and the bike felt really awesome.? The youngster concluded. Reid Battye (DB Racing, Ninja 300) following close behind in third added; ?That was a fabulous race in tricky conditions where we started out dry went to semi wet. The battles were endless and there were many knees and elbows given, but I managed to stay up and fight through. Well done to the other boys for their racing too- bring on Race Three!? Battye shouted. The HI-TEC Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Championship Race Three was the second last race of the day in the deteriorating conditions. 34 bikes lined up on the start grid for the eight lap race of attrition. Reid Battye (DB Racing, Ninja 300) got down to work, recording the fastest lap in class at Wakefield Park Raceway at 1:08.556. Incredibly hard earned in trying weather and track conditions. The class record set in 2014 by Brandon Demmery, also on a Kawasaki Ninja 300 with 1:08.097 still stands. Reid Battye commented; ?There was a bit of carnage out there today, in Race Three. It started dry but then the sky opened up and started bucketing down. After that, I tried to run the race conservatively and stay consistent then we got a red flag ending the race and the weekend, so I was pretty happy to finish it up with points, no injury and no damage! There was a few knees and elbows given but it?s all a part of racing and it?s all a bit of fun.? Laura Brown (WNR, Kawasaki, Ninja 300) unfortunately suffered a heavy fall on lap five injuring her arm and was disqualified for causing a red flag, which in turn impacted Billy Van Eerde (KTM Aust, KTM RC-390) as he too was disqualified by the Clerk of Course when the KTM rider crashed as the red flag came out. Van Eerde finished eighth overall. Zac Levy (Puma RV?s, Yamaha YZF-R3) shared his Race Three views; ?It wasn?t the ideal way to end a race on a red flag and rolling it back a lap, but that?s racing. I am happy with the overall result of the weekend because I had a DNF in the first race and then to win third overall is great That?s good for our championship and we?ll keep plugging away.? With the stage once again set for a hard-fought season ahead, boasting a host of emerging rising stars, round two of the Australian Supersport 300 Championship will take place at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria between 28 -30 April. HI-TEC Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Race 3 UP TO 300 Placings
1. Reid BATTYE (DB Racing, Kawasaki, Ninja 300)
2. Scott NICHOLSON (G. Williams Motorcycle Engineering, Kawasaki, Ninja 300
3. Oliver BAYLISS (Kawasaki, Ninja 300) HI-TEC Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Race 3 Over 300 Placings
1. Zac LEVY (Puma RV?s Yamaha, YZF-R3)
2. Jack MAHAFFY (JDS Moto Yamaha, YZF-R3)
3. Tommy EDWARDS (Alpinestars Yamaha, YZF- R3) 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar: Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                  
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD       25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                                8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

Herfoss tops Friday practice

Sat, 18/03/2017 - 9:14am
After a wet and treacherous start to Friday?s practice sessions, the fastest times were set in Practice Three. Goulburn?s local hero Herfoss, posted a 57.917 to set the fastest time of the for the YMI Superbike category. Not far behind was Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) who posted a 57.921. Cru Halliday (Yamaha Finance, YZF-R1) was also impressive, with a lap time of 58.302. Practice One featured a wet and greasy track, which had riders well off the pace to avoid crashing. The conditions improved with every practice session, with Practice Three yielding the most representative times. Herfoss has been a Wakefield Park Raceway specialist in the past, and was pleased with the pace so far, adding; ?For me it?s going well, the weather wasn?t ideal for the first session but we know we?re quite fast here, so we just have to make sure we?re fast over race distance. I got a 16 lap run which is almost a race distance. Now we?ll try to tune the bike up for qualifying.? Herfoss said. Maxwell is hopeful that he can continue to improve to be competitive in potential wet conditions in the coming days ?We are still learning. Every session we are improving and learning more about the tyre. We will just have to keep learning as we go. Hopefully we can get a bit more dry time before Sunday. Unfortunately the weather forecast doesn?t look like that for tomorrow, which means we might have to qualify in the rain.? Halliday turned heads with his performance throughout the day by taking third place in the overall practice timesheets with his 58.302 time. Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar, GSX-R1000) and Bryan Staring (Honda, CBR-1000SP) rounded up the remaining top five spots. Glenn Allerton (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) crashed at the final corner during Practice Two, causing a red flag period. Allerton was taken to hospital with a devastating season dampener in the form of a broken arm as a result. Motul Supersport
In Supersport, it was Sydney West Riders (Yamaha YZF-R6), Cambridge Olivier who posted a fastest lap of 1m01.110s on his circulation during the greasy 15-minute session, placing him .146 of a second in front of New South Welshman, Chris Quinn (Coopers HXR Yamaha YZF-R6) ? now second in the Motul Supersport (SSP) category after Friday?s practice by the narrowest of margins. In a show of just how close the SSP battle will be over the duration of this weekend?s racing, and speaking to the notoriety the ASBK now enjoys, Kiwi Damon Rees on his Tony Rees Motorcycles Honda (CBR- RR) was hot on the leader?s heels with an incredible best of 1:0345 in practice session three. All eyes were on Goulburn local lad, Tommy Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R) who ended up in fourth after combined practice times were collated. Toparis also found the track to be slippery and treacherous during the first practice session. The Cube Racing Team rider managed fourth place in the Third Practice session of the Motul Supersport category with a 1:01.485 lap time. ?The first session was wet and greasy but drying at the same time, we got a few laps in the wet, in case it does rain for the race. The second practice session was solid and my times were pretty good. We just have a few things we have to sort out, hopefully I can qualify well and reset for the races.? Toparis stated. Championship leader Mason Coote (YZF-R6) won Round One at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, finished 12th at the conclusion of day one. Qualifying one (Q1) of the 2017 Motul Australian Supersport Championship is scheduled for 9:50am local time on Saturday, with Q2 due to take place at 1:55pm. Yamaha Motor Finance R3 Cup
Jack Mahaffy (JDS Moto YZF-R3), took top honours overall in the YMF R3 Cup and the Over 300 category with a 1:08.316. Hunter Ford with a 1:08.429 and Tommy Edwards a 1:08.897 rounded up the top three. Up To 300
On the back of his Phillip Island podium finish, Drew Sells (Race Center, Kawasaki EX-300) finished the Up To 300 category with a 1:08.839 ahead of Oli Bayliss (Kawasaki EX-300) with 1:09.174. GP Juniors
The introduction of the GP Juniors didn?t get off to an easy start as the riders had to brave the wet conditions of Practice One. Despite the track being slippery and wet the young riders were able to stay on their bikes. As the conditions improved the young riders were able to increase their pace. Tommy Edwards (Yamaha Motor Australia) dominated the GP Juniors category, with his fastest time a 1:20.003 a full second and a half quicker than his closest challenger in Ben Baker with a 1:21.540. For more information on the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli, head to www.asbk.com.au or like the ASBK on Facebook for live race results and to keep up do date with all the latest racing news this coming weekend. Can?t make it to the track this weekend? Then make sure to watch ASBK action on free-to-air television, channel SBS 2pm-4pm AEDT or Live Stream asbk.com.au10am-5pm AEDT this Sunday. 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar: Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                     17-19 March
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                  
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD           25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                                8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

Rule Change Information Bulletin #1625

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 5:13pm
Affected Discipline:
Road Race
 
Rule Pertains to: 
Re-Running Events
 
Current Rule in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport:
10.12.13 Stopping and Re-Running Events
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10.12.13.6 Where the Steward or Clerk of Course has stopped a race due to danger, the following will apply:
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b) If more than two laps, but less than 75% of the race distance, have been completed:
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  1. The stopped race and any re-run will be deemed to be parts of the one race,
  2. The winner will be the competitor having the highest number of laps at the finish,
  3. Where two or more competitors complete the same number of laps, the winning order will be determined by the time taken by each to complete those laps,
New Rule after Change:
10.12.13 Stopping and Re-Running Events
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10.12.13.6 Where the Steward or Clerk of Course has stopped a race due to danger, the following will apply:
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b) If more than two laps, but less than two-thirds of the race distance, have been completed:
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vii.   The final race classification will be established according to the position and the number of laps of each rider at the time he crossed the finish line at the end of the last part of the race. 
  Rationale:
The use of ?combined time? in race re-starts is outdated. MA will align regulations with FIM to ensure consistency and clarity.
Rule change effective from:
Immediate
To view as a PDF document, click here
 
Feedback contact: 
rules@ma.org.au  | (03) 9684 0512

Steve Martin eye-balls Wakefield Park Raceway

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 4:08pm
Martin only has to look back at the sensational racing just gone, with fantastic battles at the front of the pack and can?t help but be excited for this weekend?s action at Wakefield Park Raceway. ?It?s a tight race track with many overtaking opportunities. Over-takes are tight with little opportunity for slipstreaming. Every pass occurs in the corners or out of a corner, which makes for close racing.? Martin stated.
 
Wakefield Park Raceway is the complete opposite to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, ?it?s a tight stop-start track and although its average speed is lower than Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, you have to have a precise eye for the line and own your piece of the race track.? Martin explained.
 
In terms of riders that have stood out so far this year, Martin couldn?t look past Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Superbike championship leader Daniel Falzon (Caterpillar Racing, Yamaha YZF-R1) with an absolutely superb performance at Phillip Island. ?It doesn?t get much better than that, especially riding a privateer machine.? Martin exclaimed
 
Despite being impressed by Falzon?s stirring performance, Martin finds it unlikely that Round Two will provide a similar outcome. ?Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing, CBR1000R) and Honda always go well around this track, with Herfoss having a home ground advantage. Yamaha Racing teammates Wayne Maxwell and Glenn Allerton (Yamaha Racing Team, Yamaha YZF-R1) on the YZF-R1?s were both looking the strong there last year, until they retired from the race.? Martin said. It could truly be anyone?s round to take out.
 
When asked who he thinks is best placed to have a crack at the YMI Superbike championship in 2017, Martin indicated that it's far too early in the season to start pointing fingers at who is favourite. ?Herfoss has been pretty unassuming so far but he came out on top when it mattered last year. It could be a very topsy-turvy year. Herfoss is still the benchmark.? Martin was quick to point out.
 
Martin has been impressed with Yamaha?s start to the year; ?Yamaha have come out strongly, both Allerton and Maxwell want to win the championship after coming second and third last year. They won?t settle for that this year.?
 
According to Martin. ?Ducati have to get points on the board at some point with young Callum Springs (Desmosport Ducati, 1299 Panigale). Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecastar, GSX-R1000) could be a dark horse; he also has credibility to win the championship first time out. It?s really hard to know which direction it?s going to head in.? Martin explained.
 
Martin was very complementary of the efforts that have gone into making ASBK into a successful championship in recent years; ?Its fantastic that Motorcycling Australia (MA) have put in as much effort as they have to make the series succeed, making it a gateway to get young riders overseas again, which it did last year. It gives the riders hope and it?s all down to the work of MA and the sponsors Yamaha Motor Finance, Motul and Pirelli.? Martin said.
 
Can?t make it to the track this weekend? Then make sure to watch ASBK action on free-to-air television, channel SBS 2pm-4pm AEDT or Live Stream asbk.com.au, 10am-5pm AEDT this Sunday to join Steve Martin on commentary and special features.
 
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                     17-19 March
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October
Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.
Photo Credit: Andrew Gosling, TPG Photography.
Pictured Steve Martin with his pillion ride, 2016. 
ENDS
 
Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
p: 03 9684 0526
mediaprassistant@ma.org.au

New naming rights partner for SA MX Championship as entries officially open for opening event in Port Lincoln

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 9:14am
Eagle Trailers & Campers, an Australian owned and operated company that specialises in the sale of trailers and hard floor campers in all capital cities including Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have come on board as the new naming rights partner for the expanded five round season which will travel to Port Lincoln, Monarto, Gillman, Keith and Renmark Managing Director of Eagle Trailers & Campers, Brent Boardman is excited at the opportunity to partner with the South Australian MX Championship, identifying it as a strong chance to further grow the company?s brand into a new market, the state?s most supported motorcycle racing Championship.  ?Eagle Trailers and Campers are thoroughly looking forward to partnering with the South Australian MX Championship for their expanded five round season in 2017. Our company see it as an excellent chance for promotion into such a well-supported discipline of motorcycle sport and as we say at Eagle Trailers and Campers, an eagle can go anywhere and so can you with an Eagle Trailer or Camper,? Boardman said. Entries are now open via a rider?s individual Ridernet profile. For queries regarding this, please contact Motorcycling SA ? 08 8332 9000. Riders are asked to ensure they have read the Series Supplementary Regulations prior to entering which are available at - http://www.motorcyclingsa.org.au/events Further details regarding the opening round of the 2017 Eagle Trailers & Campers South Australian MX Championship, including the release of a formal event schedule will be made available in coming weeks. For all media enquiries and interview requests, please contact; Liam Meegan
Motorcycling SA ? Events and Communications Coordinator 08 8332 9000 communications@motorcyclingsa.org.au  Words and Photo by Motorcycling SA

The ASBK comes to fans Live ? this Sunday

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 5:08pm
The tight and technical nature of Wakefield Park Raceway; combined with near capacity grids, multiple motorcycle manufactures from around the world and immense pressure for riders and teams to perform at the highest level, for Live television and Live Stream audiences, will culminate an a viewing experience for the ages. The action is literally at your fingertips on your television or Live Streaming device!
 
SBS will be filming Live from the track, 2pm - 4pm AEDT, with direct action from the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Superbike and Motul Supersport classes. After the wildly popular highlights program presented last Sunday on SBS, Motorcycling Australia (MA) is incredibly excited to have coverage being shown live on FTA television, bringing ASBK to the people.
For the hard-core ASBK fan who cannot miss any of the electrifying ASBK race day action, the Live Streaming feature on asbk.com.au and motorsportstv.com.au will satisfy your thirst for two-wheeled action, with hours and hours of feed. All of which will make you feel like you are in the paddock! All of the action can be viewed from any device - whether it?s a computer, phone or tablet, you're all set to go.
 
Included in the Live Streaming footage will be all the racing on Sunday, special features, rider interviews, insights from the teams and in depth commentary from past World Endurance and Australian Superbike Champion, Steve Martin and Phil Harlum with your host Emma Notarfrancesco.
 
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                  17-19 March
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                       28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                         7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD       25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                            8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                             6-8  October
Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.
Photo Credit: Andrew Gosling, TPG Photography.
ENDS
 
Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
p: 03 9684 0526
mediaprassistant@ma.org.au

Gardiner to take on European and French Enduro Championship in 2017

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 2:11pm
Twenty-three-old Jess Gardiner will depart the Australian shores for 2017 to compete in this year?s FIM European Enduro Championship as well as the Championnat de France d'enduro, or in English, French Enduro Championship. Gardiner, who has previously competed in a handful of French Enduro rounds, which was in 2013 and 2014, which saw her winning every race said; ?I?m super excited to be heading back to Europe again to race in both series. It?s a taken a bit of time and a lot of hours to make this whole project fall into place, but finally its official and now I can start focusing on trying to get the best results as possible when both championships get underway.? Just like in 2016, Gardiner will again race a Yamaha WR250F machine, but as a privateer rider. The former three times Australian Off-Road Champion will have backing from Yamaha Motor Australia as her major sponsor, while a small part will come from Yamaha Motor Europe and Philip Motos Saint Etienne, as a one year deal to see how things pan out for the 2017 season. On top of that, 95% of her sponsors have stayed on board with a whole new rang of sponsors coming on board as well. ?I?m really grateful for all the great support from my sponsors who have stayed on aboard and looking forward to working with all my new sponsors throughout the year,? explained Gardiner. Gardiner, who turns twenty-four on the fourth week of March will also contest the opening round of the Women?s FIM World Enduro Championship, which will be held on 21-23 April at Puerto Lumbreras in Spain. Gardiner explains; ?I?ll do the opening round of the World Championship and see what happens after that in regards to the budget side of things. I would like to be able to do the whole series, but as the championship rounds are a long way from each other, it will be hard to be able to do them all. But we?ll see what happens.? Gardiner, who will base herself in south of France near Avignon, will also race the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE), which will this be raced in Brive la Gaillarde, France from August 28th through to September 2nd as well as the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE). Gardiner explained that it?s been a goal of hers to be the best that she can be, which is why she is going to try and take on the best business in Europe and France. ?One way to prove that I have what it takes to be the best is to have a crack at this full time. My full time job, JK Williams have been super supportive and they are allowing me the six months off to go to Europe and contest these series and have a full go at trying to win these championships. I?m very excited for it, and really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the coming months,? Gardiner explains. Gardiner?s goal is to win the both the FIM European Enduro Championship and the Championnat de France d'enduro, while she is eyeing off a top three championship overall championship position in the FIM World Enduro Championship ? if she competes in the full season.
Gardiner fly?s out of Sydney on the 26th of March to head to Europe to begin her quest for supremacy. 2017 European Enduro Championship Round 1: April 8/9 Gouveia, Portugal
Round 2: July 8/9 Paikuse, Estonia
Round 3: August 5/6 Burg, Germany
Round 4: September 15-17 Gelnica, Slovakia Championnat de France d'enduro Round 1: April 15/16, Le Luc
Round 2: 13/14 May, Gacé
Round 3: 29/30 July, Bar-Sur-Seine Round 4: 16/17 September, Requista ENDS
Words and images provided by Gardiner
 

Vale John Armstrong

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 2:10pm
Motorcycling Victoria would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family of John Armstrong who passed away last night. John was a well-respected and much-loved member of the East Malvern Motorcycle Club and is also a Motorcycling Victoria Life Member. Acting CEO Robert Mestrom would like to express his sincerest condolences to the entire Armstrong family on behalf of everyone at MV and as a much-loved and extremely valuable contributor to motorcycle sport he will be sadly missed. Funeral arrangements will be advised as soon as they become available and a profile piece on John?s life in motorcycle sport will be published on MV?s website next week.

Rule amendment and clarification: Information bulletin #1626

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 11:01am
Affected Discipline:
MX and SX
 
Rule Pertains to: 
Number Plate Colours for Senior Classes
 
Current Rule in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport:
12.15.3 Number Plate Colours
12.15.3.1 Colours must be as follows: SENIOR CAPACITY or CLASSBACKGROUND COLOURFIGURE COLOUR MX1 / SXWhiteBlack MX2 / SX2BlackWhite MXD / SXDReflex BlueWhite   
New Rule after Change:
12.15.3 Number Plate Colours
12.15.3.1 Colours must be as follows:
  SENIOR CAPACITY or CLASSBACKGROUND COLOURFIGURE COLOUR 255cc and OverWhiteBlack Up to 250ccBlackWhite MXD / SXDReflex BlueWhite   
Clarification:
The use of Number Plates will be changed to reflect capacity in MX/SX, not class, to ensure the original intention of the rule is clear. This means machines can cross enter between eligible classes without changing number panels.
Rule change effective from:
Immediate
 
Feedback contact: 
rules@ma.org.au  | (03) 9684 0512 ENDS

Reminder - Team Manager Applications to close in 7 days for the 2017 FIM World Junior Motocross

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 10:22am
The event will be held at Lange Motokeskus in Estonia, on July 30 2017.
Team Managers wishing to apply for an Australian Team position in this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will need to consider that while MA will contribute some funding to the team, there may be a greater cost to individuals than in previous years. 
The expected time away for this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will be approximately 10 days, with further details to be confirmed at a later date. 
 
Team Manager application forms are available to download here.
  
A reminder also that rider?s applications are currently still open for the following three classes:
Class 1: 65cc, 10- 12 years
Class 2: 85cc, 12-14 years
Class 3: 125cc, 13-17 years Team Rider application forms are available to download here. Team Manager applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 17, 2017. Team Rider applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 31, 2017. Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:
Matthew Falvo
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134
South Melbourne, VIC 3220
Email: offroad@ma.org.au Further information can be found on the application forms at www.ma.org.au/forms. For more information head to ma.org.au

 

Sherco introduces 2017 team riders

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 4:15pm
The DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team of 2017 welcomes a three-rider line-up to contest major off-road championship titles. Team Manager, Dave Suter, will be assisted by Master?s Class front runner and industry expert Derek Grundy and together they will direct the Team with the backing of lubricant giant Motul and world rated tyre manufacturer Pirelli. ?Appointing rider talent to a Team is always a difficult task,? stated Suter. ?But this year it just fell into place and we couldn?t be happier with our line-up. Nic Tomlinson and Andy Wilksch will headline our team in the Pro ranks while Derek Grundy will support me in the management role whilst contesting the Master?s Class.? Tomlinson comes to the DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team with plenty of talent and experience. The NSW-based rider represented Australia at the 2016 International Six Day Enduro in Spain and placed 2nd in the Australian Off-Road Championship Under-19 title. Tomlinson also placed 2nd in the Under-19 Class at the 2016 Hattah Desert Race. ?Nic is a dedicated rider that wants to win,? said Suter. ?He loved the Sherco from the very first ride and testing has seen him shave considerable amounts of time from the stopwatch.? Tomlinson will race the 2017 Sherco 450 SEF-R in the Under-19 Class in the Australian Off-Road Championship and Hattah Desert Race and in the E2 division at the Australian Four Day Enduro along with plenty of racing in State and regional events. Joining Tomlinson at the premiere level is Victorian rider Andy Wilksch who will race a 2017 Sherco 300 SEF-R. Wilksch will be busy in 2017 contesting the AORC, Hattah Desert Race, A4DE, Victorian Off-Road Championship and South Australian Off-Road Championship where he was runner-up in 2016. ?Andy has some serious raw speed,? Suter explained. ?He tested the 300 SEF-R and was immediately faster than on his race bike from last year. He?s a fantastic talent that has the respect of our industry partners and that says a lot about his character. Expect to see a faster Andy Wilksch in 2017.? The DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco team is in the middle of pre-season testing and finalising support. Expect to hear more exciting news from DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco in the coming days. For more information on Sherco Australia, visit www.sherco.com.au or to follow the progress of the DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco Off-Road Team, visit www.facebook.com/shercomotorcyclesaustralia
Words and Photo courtesy of Sherco Australia Ends