Motorcycling Australia

KTM Australia on board again for the AJMXC!

MA News - Wed, 28/06/2017 - 1:04pm
KTM Australia's involvement with the AJMXC is the famous Austrian manufacturer's way of ensuring the event remains at the pinnacle of junior motocross (MX) racing in Australia. The AJMXC already enjoys immense popularity, and is likely to experience healthy growth in the coming years. KTM has been the event's official naming rights sponsor since 2013.

KTM Australia?s General Manager, Jeff Leisk is pleased to announce the continuation of the sponsorship.
 
"Junior development is crucial towards our industry, without it we simply do not have a sport," Leisk said. ?A key strategy of KTM is to give aspiring young riders the best riding experience possible from their very first ride on a motorcycle. KTM is the only brand in the market that can offer customers the ability to progress in a competitive sense all the way through their motorcycling journey.

"Many riders have famously progressed through their entire careers solely on KTM machinery and the brand has assisted numerous riders to achieve their dreams of winning titles. KTM is heavily involved at each AJMXC, including providing a team to assist with technical support and spare parts. It?s all part of KTM?s mission to provide exceptional service to its customers and racers." Leisk finished.

This year?s 2017 KTM AJMXC, will take place at the Horsham Motorcycle Club in Victoria (September 30 - October 6). The AJMXC is the apex of junior motocross competition in Australia and this year?s eagerly anticipated event at the well-equipped Horsham track will provide plenty of action and excitement when it showcases the stars of tomorrow.
 
Motorcycling Australia?s (MA) CEO Peter Doyle expressed his delight for the continued partnership. 
 
?It's great to hear the news that KTM Australia has chosen to once again renew itself as naming rights sponsor for the AJMXC," Doyle said. "KTM have been unyielding in their support for the AJMXC and we are looking forward to growing the championship, fostering new talent and encouraging young riders together. It is just so important to have a partner like KTM who's focus is on the sports future." He finished.

To learn more about the 2017 KTM AJMXC click here.

For further info on KTM Australia and its products/racing involvement click here.

Phillip Island Championship expands in 2017!

MA News - Tue, 27/06/2017 - 12:37pm
The move will see the PI Championship Superbike class run in conjunction with three major events ? WSBK/ASBK Rd 1, ASBK Rd 7 and MotoGP Rd 16. Meanwhile, the Supersport class will be showcased at WSBK/ASBK Rd 1 and ASBK Rd 7 for a two-round title chase. Remaining rounds of the PI Championship Australian Supersport Round 2        ASBK Round 7                    6-8 October
Australian Superbike Round 2          ASBK Round 7                    6-8 October
Australian Superbike Round 3          Australian Grand Prix          20-22 October
 
Managing Director for the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Fergus Cameron is looking forward to the remaining rounds.
 
?The PI Championship was developed as a two-round series across the World Superbike and MotoGP events and we are thrilled to now include Round 7 of the ASBK into the series.? Cameron said. ?The PI Championship has seen the best riders in Australia battle it out for honours over several years, providing some of the closest and exciting racing that patrons can expect to see. We expect no less for the remaining rounds for 2017 and encourage everyone to get down to see some of the best racing Australia has to offer.?
 
Daniel Falzon (JD Racing Team, Yamaha YZF-R1) is the current leader for the Phillip Island Championship. The South Australian rider achieved a phenomenal clean sweep at the opening round. Robbie Bugden (BCperformance, Kawasaki ZX-10R) is currently in second, followed by reigning 2016 ASBK Champion, Troy Herfoss (Crankt Honda Protein Racing, Honda CBR1000SP). Falzon has established himself to be a Phillip Island specialist, and the rest of the field will have to up their game to challenge him. In Supersport, Mason Coote (Aark Racing, Yamaha YZF-R6) is leading the Phillip Island Championship, ahead of Ted Collins (NextGen Motorsports, Suzuki GSX-R600) and Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing, Triumph 675R).

The significant growth of the Australian road racing feeder class, the Supersport 300, which has been oversubscribed in virtually every round of the ASBK championship to date, will replace the Supersport class as the support class at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017, but will not feature as part of the PI Championship points scoring system.


 
Stay tuned for updates on the Phillip Island Championship in the lead up to its conclusion for both classes. Phillip Island Championship Points (After Round One)Australian Superbike Australian Supersport1. Daniel Falzon          76            1. Mason Coote         602. Robbie Bugden    542. Ted Collins         473. Troy Herfoss     473. Mark Chiodo       44.54. Cru Halliday     444. Ben Burke         41.55. Wayne Maxwell       415. Ryan Taylor         416. Mitch Levy         376. Sam Condon         38.57. Bryan Staring      367. Jodan Carlsson     35.58. Glenn Allerton     358. Tom Toparis         229. Beau Beaton          349. Luke Mitchell     1910. Josh Waters        3210. Hayden Spinks     19

Iconic Australian event successfully offers women?s class for the first time

MA News - Mon, 26/06/2017 - 10:58am
The Manjimup 15000 at the Cosy Creek circuit has always been an iconic event in Australia dating back to before the Des Nations in 1992, but now with Willie Thompson and Dirt High Promotions at the helm; it has grown to a new level.  Attracting competitors from all over the state, national team riders and international riders from New Zealand, USA and Europe, this event would have to be Australia?s biggest and best.
                             
Willie Thompson and Dirt High Promotions have recognised the growth of women?s participation in the sport and made the call to dedicate a class to the women in an already packed 3 days of racing at the amazing Cosy Creek circuit. Getting together with sponsor WA Assetts ?The Bathroom Renovators who put up $2500 in prize money, the women were treated to practice on the Friday and then 4 rounds of racing on Saturday. The racing on the day was intense with many battles being contested throughout the field. Current Australian MX champ Jess Moore took out the event and reported this was her favourite track in all Australia and she was happy to be a part of the first women?s event. Chelsea Blakers ? South West Yamaha, and Lily Kent - Wellard BRM Yamaha took second and third on the podium in a hotly contested battle for the final positions which saw Cullys Yamaha rider Hannah Bagnall narrowly miss a spot on the podium. Tiarna Hansen travelled from Tom Price and to be able to compete in the event and took out a credible 5th place in her first year in senior competition. Casey Crisp put in a solid day and reported it was a great being a part of the event, seeing the crowd cheering as they made their way up Rock?n?Roll hill was a fantastic experience..  All the girls reported having a great day out and were appreciative of the opportunity to have their own class. The MWA Women?s committee is dedicated to support the growth of women in motorcycling and is pleased to see that promoters are starting to offer dedicated women?s classes at such high profile events , a credit to the Dirt High team for setting the bar pretty high. Moving forward with planning for the 2018 event, it is hoped to make the Manjimup 15000 one of the most iconic events for women as well as men by attracting entrants from all over Australia and perhaps, with some support, to bring some international riders across to the event. That would be an amazing achievement!! Stay tuned and keep in touch as we look to making this event even bigger and better in 2018. Follow us on facebook at: women in motorcycling WA and check out our video edit of the event.

Stars Head to Canberra this Weekend

MA News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 10:49am
The big program of racing over Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 am both days, will cater for all junior age groups, open senior competition as well as classes for older bikes and older riders. Canberra Cup Feature events for both seniors and juniors (13 to Under 16 year olds) will be the climax of the meeting and an outright favourite is hard to determine in either.                                          The vastly experienced Ian Hamilton spearheads the Canberra hopes in the seniors along with Michael Vecchi, Jake Schneiders , Abe Richards and Jack Passfield, but they will face a strong challenge from riders traveling from as far away as Melbourne and Newcastle. The likes of Sean McLellan from Newcastle, Bradley Burns and Bryce Holmes from Melbourne, Nathan Smith and Aaron Fulton from Sydney, Ryan New from Temora and Jason Richards from Wagga Wagga all bring good credentials to the meeting.  In the Junior Cup the two stand-out contenders are Kruze Brady from Leeton and Callan Butcher from Griffith with rapidly improved local rider Mitchell Martin ready to take up the challenge. Numerous championship winners are spread throughout the junior classes and the quality of their racing is sure to impress fans.  The juniors are not just ?tomorrow?s stars?, they are already very talented and accomplished performers. Some of the riders racing this weekend will be showing their versatility as they also compete in either motocross racing like Matthew Chippendale, or road racing like Marianos Nikolis. The Canberra Cup has always been a prestigious event on the dirt track racing calendar, although it was not staged in 2016.  ACT Motorcycle Club officials are confident that the Fairbairn Park track (situated in Pialligo Avenue, Majura) will be in top order to allow the classy line-up of talent to turn on plenty of exciting action.  As a follow-up to racing this weekend the legendary Stephen Gall will be conducting a Training School at the track on Monday and Tuesday, with assistance of Ian Hamilton who is also an accredited coach. Gall is one of the country?s all-round greats in motor sport with an unenviable record in motocross, dirt track racing and later in speedcars and sprintcars on speedway tracks. For more information about this weekend you can contact either Competitor Ian Hamilton on 0403 225 750        or Race Secretary Darylene Austin on  0402 854 414  Press Release prepared on behalf of ACT Motor Cycle Club By Peter Baker 0409 903 196;  bakerp@westnet.com.au

Motorcycling New Zealand In Good Hands

MA News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 9:24am
Appointed in February to the role of general manager for the sport of motorcycling's governing body in New Zealand, Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ), the 53-year-old married mother-of two from Ramarama has wasted no time familiarising herself with the day-to-day workings of the organisation and also looking ahead to future developments.
 
"In offering me the role, my guess is that MNZ was looking for a candidate that came from a sporting body background and one who has strengths in team building, commercial management, brand marketing, networking with stakeholders and leadership, and was passionate about advancing Motorcycling in New Zealand," said Henderson.
 
"We spent many years as a family travelling to motocross events. We have many great memories of motocross weekends away with family and friends and we were very fortunate that (daughter) Amy was happy to support her brother (Scott) in his riding."
 
Now a life member of the Pukekohe Motorcycle Club, Virginia Henderson had been instrumental in the club applying for and receiving funding to acquire a club house, with a dedicated medics' room as part of that.
 
She soon after became club secretary and remained in this position for four years, before starting work for Hockey New Zealand.
 
"From my role as the Commercial Manager for Hockey New Zealand ... and prior to that I held a number of leadership roles within the airline and travel sector ... I had the opportunity to take all that I'd learned and apply this to a different sporting environment with MNZ.
 
"I have not come into the job at MNZ with any preconceived ideas for change. I have been keen to listen, to learn and understand what our members want. In my first three months I attended 10 events and as many prize-giving events as I was able to attend, all of which proved to be extremely beneficial as I got to talk to riders, officials, clubs, life members and manufacturers, who all have a different perception of Motorcycling New Zealand."
 
She also acknowledges the MNZ office staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the organisation runs smoothly.
 
"The team in the office, three girls, do an incredible job managing the day to day activities for all our members and this often goes unnoticed ? you name it, the question gets asked and the girls go out of their way to help all our members," she smiled.
 
With a huge passion for the sport and a dedicated crew behind her, Henderson sees a big future for MNZ.
 
"I absolutely love leading Motorcycling New Zealand. We have a clear strategic plan that is well structured and we are making significant progress."
 
And Henderson's final words: "Watch this space ? there are plenty of projects on, that?s for sure."

2017 MXoN Team Rider Applications Open

MA News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 2:39pm
Often called the 'Olympics of motocross', the infamous event often exceeds all hype with an electric atmosphere as capacity crowds cheer on their nation's best. The FIM Motocross of Nations is held in Matterley Basin, Hampshire, England on 1st October, 2017.

MA is a long-time proud supporter of Australia?s national teams and will be providing financial and administrative support for the team again in 2017. Applicants are advised that there will be some rider contribution to costs required in 2017.

There are three classes available for riders to nominate for: MX1, MX2 and Open. Riders are advised that they can nominate for more than one class.

Please ensure you advise below exactly the class you are entering. There is no maximum age for the MX2 class.  

Gary Benn has been elected Australian Team Manager for the 2017 MXoN.
More information on the event can be found at: http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/regulations-and-documents/motocross-of-nations/
 
It is anticipated that the time away will be approximately 7 days, with final details still to be confirmed.

Application forms for team rider positions are available to download here, and must be returned by COB Monday 31 July, 2017.

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:
Matthew Falvo
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
offroad@ma.org.au

Further information can be found on the application forms page of the MA website.

Photograph courtesy Team HRC. Pictured; Gautier Paulin, 2015 winner.

2017 Australian Senior Track Championship dates announced!

MA News - Fri, 16/06/2017 - 1:03pm
After a year's hiatus, the Australian Senior Track Championship is back and is tipped to be better than ever. The 68 year-old Tamworth Motorcycle Club (TMCC) have taken on the task of hosting the championship once again, and club president Paul Slade was confident the event would be roaring success.

"The Australian Senior Track Championship hasn?t been run for a couple of years now, but it was previously held in Tamworth, New South Wales. Last time we ran the event, we had over 270 entrants, and we are expecting far more this time. Due to sheer popularity, we have decided to run it over two days in December 2017 - Friday 8th at 5pm and Saturday 9th at 2pm." Said Slade.

With a total prize pool of $12,000 -$15,000 across all classes up for grabs, this very popular championship is sure to attract a plethora of talent. The TMCC president adding, "International riders from New Zealand and the United Kingdom are regular attendees of the event in the past, and has seen the rise and rise of talent right across Australia in what is a very large event of its type.

"Classes range from 1100cc Speedway and Dirt Track Sidecars to Under 19, 450cc class, quads, long track sliders and full methanol speedway solos to name a few.

"Oakburn is a huge complex that can hold thousands of spectators with a wide-range of facilities. The track itself is designed for maximum sideways sliding action and is made up of watered decomposed granite (as opposed to being an 'oiled track'). It's a fairly large track at 450m long and 22m wide in the corners. We get twelve bikes in races as well as up to six sidecars and if history is anything to go by, we can expect a couple of thousand people in the crowd on both nights. People have come from all over to attend this event, even people who normally wouldn?t be interested in motorcycling events!" Slade said.
 
 
Visit Tamworth Motorcycle club website and Facebook Page for further details on the event.


WA girls showing off their Trial skills!

MA News - Wed, 14/06/2017 - 3:25pm
Even a stunningly cold, wet morning at the recent Beta Blackwood Two Day interclub trial event at Kirup couldn?t keep Charli Smith (aged 9) and Holly Wilson (aged 9) from competing in the intro lines along with 5 other junior riders. With 15 sections (8 sections for the juniors) the girls were determined to finish each line, no matter how challenging it was. Holly displayed great balance on her Oset 20, while Charli focussed on getting familiar with her new Sherco 50. Frank Patane and his team did a great job putting out intro lines that tested the riders yet still allowed them to achieve great scores. Charli managed to take out 4th place with a total score of 80, and Holly received the bronze medal with a total score of 44.  Little 5 yo Harriet Smith is not old enough to compete with the older girls, but was happy to ride around on her  Serco practicing her skills ready for when she is able to join the older girls Well done Harriett! All the girls are members of the AJS Moto Trials club in Wanneroo. Make sure you get along to say hello and check out the action when you are in the area. We look forward to seeing the girls tackle the next event.

Doyle's sweet escape

MA News - Tue, 13/06/2017 - 3:46pm
The Newcastle-born star, who raced to his first SGP win at the Marketa Stadium in 2016, repeated the trick with an electrifying start to triumph in the final ahead of world champion Greg Hancock, Czech wild card Vaclav Milik and World Championship leader Patryk Dudek.
Dudek on 51 points still has a one-point cushion over Doyle at the top of the standings.
But having recorded just three from his opening three outings for the second straight round, the Swindon, Zielona Gora and Rospiggarna ace was elated to produce a champagne finish.
He said: ?We just needed to score the points. I got 13 tonight and if someone had offered me that when I had three going into my fourth ride, I?d have taken it. We?ve got out of jail again.
?We did it in Daugavpils. We had a tough start and battled into the final there, and now we have done it in Prague. We should have had a podium at the last Grand Prix, but the bike broke down in the final. I guess luck was on our side here and we had a great night.
?If I finished how I started, it was not looking good. For the first three heats, I couldn?t get any speed out of the first engine.
?It was the engine I rode for all of last year in the Grand Prix and it was very fast. But we have another rocket now, I guess. I jumped on the third bike and made that work.
?I have never worked so hard to get points. My fourth ride was against a very hard line-up in Bartosz Zmarzlik, Tai Woffinden and Dudek. I knew that win got me on to six points and it made it a little easier for me to get into the semis. I didn?t have to win the last race.
?The points just weren?t coming at all. I couldn?t make a start; I couldn?t do anything right. But then it just clicked and started working with the track. It was one of those nights where we finished in the right way.?
Doyle produced the ride of the night to force his way past Dudek and Zmarzlik to win heat 14 ? the race which turned his evening around. Rider No.69 admits he was tough on his Polish rivals.
But he said: ?It?s Grand Prix racing. I was hard on Emil (Sayfutdinov) in my third race. You know how fast these boys are. If you give them one inch, they?ll just go around you or pull away.
?It?s called Grand Prix speedway for a reason. It?s hard work and we did it the hard way in Prague.?
Doyle hit the tapes in his opening ride and it ultimately proved a blessing in disguise ? as he avoided a warning for jumping the start.
Had he not touched the tapes, he would have received a caution from referee Craig Ackroyd, which would have seen JD excluded from the final when he jumped the start again. The Aussie international admits he was pretty eager to gain an advantage from the tough outside gate.
He said: ?I knew I had to have a dig off gate four and make a really good start. I double-clutched it just to try and get the bike pulling to the corner. I made too good a start the first time. I kept it still in the re-run and it was a very hard four laps.?
Doyle paid tribute to his dedicated crew for helping him get his first win of 2017 ? and his fifth in two seasons.
He said: ?I just want to thank my boys, all my team ? Johno Birks, Dave and Sam Haynes, Kamil Pulczynski and my family. They stuck by me when we had a few rough ones over the last few weeks.
?They put up with a lot of hard work when things aren?t going well. They do the right things and that?s why I have such a great Jason Doyle #69 team.
?I ring my wife Emily after every meeting and when it?s not good, she has the right words to say.
?I think this is what it?s all about ? when you have such a great family base.?
Winning in Prague has brought good fortune for many riders ? eight of the last 13 winners went on to become world champion in the same season. But Doyle has little time for that statistic after triumphing last year, only for his campaign to be ended by an horrific crash at the penultimate SGP in Torun.
He said: ?Last year I won Prague and ended up in a hospital for nearly six weeks. It?s all statistics and it means nothing to me.?
Runner-up Hancock was elated to regain top form with a whopping 18 points out of a possible 21 as he made his first final of 2017 to climb up to seventh in the standings.
He said: ?It was a good night. It?s a turning point and we?re back in business. Game on! It?s so great to be back in it. I have speed, I feel good and it?s nice when all the hard work starts to pay off again.?
It was a special night for the home fans as Milik stormed to a sensational third place and his first SGP final.
The Pardubice hero said: ?It?s a great result for me. It was my fourth start in the Czech SGP and I did a good job with my team. I got third place. It?s really, really good ? an amazing result.?
Next up for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars is the Kjærgaard Danish SGP in Horsens on June 24.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Patryk Dudek 51, 2 Jason Doyle 50, 3 Martin Vaculik 44, 4 Fredrik Lindgren 43, 5 Maciej Janowski 41, 6 Piotr Pawlicki 39, 7 Greg Hancock 38, 8 Tai Woffinden 37, 9 Emil Sayfutdinov 33, 10 Bartosz Zmarzlik 32, 11 Niels-Kristian Iversen 28, 12 Chris Holder 27, 13 Matej Zagar 25, 14 Antonio Lindback 21, 15 Vaclav Milik 13, 16 Peter Kildemand 9, 17 Nicki Pedersen 8, 18 Maksims Bogdanovs 8, 19 Przemyslaw Pawlicki 3, 20 Nick Skorja 1.
MITAS CZECH SGP SCORES: 1 Jason Doyle 13, 2 Greg Hancock 18, 3 Vaclav Milik 13, 4 Patryk Dudek 13, 5 Chris Holder 11, 6 Martin Vaculik 10, 7 Antonio Lindback 9, 8 Peter Kildemand 8, 9 Bartosz Zmarzlik 8, 10 Tai Woffinden 7, 11 Piotr Pawlicki 7, 12 Fredrik Lindgren 6, 13 Maciej Janowski 6, 14 Matej Zagar 4, 15 Niels-Kristian Iversen 3, 16 Emil Sayfutdinov 2, 17 Josef Franc 0, 18 Matej Kus 0.
-Ends-
Words and photos courtesy of BSI Speedway
Photo: Jason Doyle on top of the podium at the Mitas Czech Republic FIM Speedway Grand Prix victory
Keep up with the latest Speedway news with the Australian Speedway Championship Facebook Page and Motorcycling Australia Website.

Daymon Stokie wins 2017 Tatts Finke Desert Race for Yamaha

MA News - Tue, 13/06/2017 - 8:54am
Stokie won the two day gruelling affair with a time of 4 hours 11 minutes 12.5 seconds on his Yamaha WR500F, marking the manufacturer?s first Finke win since 1986. The battle for second was a nail-biting affair between South Australian Ivan Long (#X99 Husqvarna FE450) and Alice Springs competitor Luke Hayes (#6 KTM EXC500). Long had finished fifth on the road at the overnight stop at Finke after blowing a tyre yesterday, but rode brilliantly today to make the podium. Long?s total race time 4 hours 15minutes 7 seconds, with Hayes completing the 452 kilometre race distance in a time of  4 hours 15 minutes 38.1 seconds. The change in position between the second and third podium riders took place between the Deep Well checkpoint and the Alice Springs finish. The hard luck story of the bike field belonged to Alice Springs rider David Walsh (#3 KT EXC500) who held a 5minute 45.1 second lead over eventual winner Stokie at the overnight stop. Sadly Walsh?s race today was over barely after it started with mechanical problems occurring just 10kilometres from the Finke start.    Full results on the event web site: www.finkedesertrace.com.au For further information contact: Mike Drewer m 0419 273 333 e m.drewer@bigpond.com Or Penny Gordon m 0408 842 363 e pgordon@picknowl.com.au    Release provided by Penny Gordon 
Photo courtesy of NT Event Photography.

MotoGP Wild Card Applications Open!

MA News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 4:27pm
Wild Card rides offer a fantastic opportunity for a rider to display their abilities on the world stage and at Australia?s biggest motorcycle event. Round 16 of the MotoGP Championship will be held at the Phillip Island Circuit from 20-22 October 2017. All riders wishing to apply for a Wild Card position in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 categories, may now do so by downloading the application form here or in the 'Forms' section of the MA website. Interested riders should complete and return the application form by COB Monday 14 August, 2017. As a courtesy, MA reminds potential applicants that there are significant costs involved when applying for an FIM Wild Card race entry. All enquiries and completed forms should be sent to: Liz Galazkiewicz
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134 South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Ph: (03) 9684 0503
Email: roadrace@ma.org.au Logo provided by Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Tear-Off Rule Revision

MA News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 3:10pm
The focus of the rule amendment relates specifically to Motocross and Supercross tracks, (including off-road disciplines that utilise the same venues) to conditionally allow for the use of tear-offs at the discretion of the Track Licensee. It is important to note that the tear-off ban is still in place and will remain so; however, this change will allow for circumstances where roll-offs are not a practical option.

By including the new condition to the track/venue Environmental Plan and event Supplementary Regulations, competitors (and the host club) will understand what is expected of them in regards to looking after the track and surrounding environment.

It is crucial for the longevity of off-road sport worldwide that environmental concerns regarding tear-offs are taken seriously and are continually addressed. By allowing an exemption to the rule, MA is holding those involved accountable for their use. It is at the discretion of the Track Licensee whether or not they apply for the exemption, and whether they think it appropriate for the exemption to be kept in place.

Supercross events held on temporary tracks are automatically exempt due to the extensive clean-up already required post-event, with the tearing down the track, filtering soil and cleaning litter.

Licensee's should contact their relevant State Controlling Body (SCB) for further information on how to apply for the exemption.

Click here for the full Rule Bulletin
 

Remembering Bob Levy: An Australian motorsport legend

MA News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:46pm
Bob Levy was a superstar of the Speedway Sidecar scene in the 60?s, particularly at the Sydney Showgrounds or the 'Sydney Royale', as it was then known. Levy was the first man to win both the Australian Road Racing Sidecar and the Australian Speedway Dirt Track Championship.
The highlight of Levy?s sidecar career is reputed to be; being the first to win back to back Sidecar Championship's as a passenger and then backing it up in the next year for a third year in a row as a rider. A feat remembered by many to this day.
Levy?s iconic 'old Wedge style sidecar with Chesterfield livery, is one of the most iconic machines in Australian motorcycle history. The design of the sidecar was indicative of the time sporting unique wedge styling. The late Brian Payne built 'the Wedge' in the early 1970s, using his successful kneeler design. It was fitted with a Kawasaki Z1 engine, and in the hands of Levy and Byrne, finished third in the 1974 Senior Sidecar Grand Prix at Bathurst. The very same outfit featured in the Australian film 'Stone'. Levy on the Iconic 'Wedge' sidecar A testament to Levy?s bravery and thrill seeking nature. Levy also drove Speedway cars, which back in the 60?s was very dangerous and many lost their lives.
Levy was an expert motorcycle mechanic and he knew everything from back to front of a bike and was certainly handy in the pits.
In recent years, Levy was heavily engaged in extensive volunteering work at many motorsport events, particularly at Phillip Island during  Moto GP and Word Superbikes. Amongst the technical scrutineer crews, Levy will be remembered as being one of the brightest minds and experts in the field whose passionate love of motorcycles is rarely matched.
Billy Bingham and Bob Levy. Sidecar Australian champions at the Ekka in 1962.

You?re Invited To Suzuki?s VIP Motorcycles Show

MA News - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:05am

We are very excited to be launching the Next Generation in Suzuki Street Bikes, so much so we will be travelling across the country to showcase our new range including the GSX-R1000 & GSX-R1000R Supersports, V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 adventure touring range, GSX-S750 middleweight street ghter, GSX250R urban commuter, GSX-R125 small-bore race replica and the GSX-S125 lightweight naked.

Brisbane - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - Thursday, June 15

Sydney - ParkRoyal - Thursday, June 22

Melbourne - Olsen Hotel - Thursday, July 6

Perth - Crown Perth - Thursday, July 13

Go to suzukimotorcycles.com.au to register for your VIP entry.

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Under 21?s Joeys straight through to Final after win in Germany

MA News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 4:38pm
The Joeys battled against Great Britain and two German teams, after Russia withdrew at an eleventh hour. As the second ranked team in the world, the Joeys are well placed to have a crack at the title this year.
 
Australia scored a total of 47 out of a maximum of 60 points. The UK scored 40 points, while Germany scored 33 points. A strong result for the Aussies is a fantastic way to kick off the finals campaign.  
 
Fricke and Kurtz scored maximum points at the race, with Holder and Pickering also playing pivotal roles in the victory. Great Britain was Australia?s greatest challenger, with Robert Lambert and Adam Eillis performing great rides, however they were no match for the perfection that Kurtz and Fricke displayed.
 
Team Manager Mark Lemon was pleased with the performance of the Joeys team.
?I'm thrilled, first place and straight to the final in Poland! Max and Brady in particular were on it and rode brilliantly! Despite the track not being in optimal condition, the boys kept their heads and produced the goods. Looking forward to the final in Poland.? Lemon explained. 
 
The FIM Under 21?s World Championship pits competitors from the age of 16 to 21. The Championship also features several of the greatest rising talents in Speedway.
 
Rivals Poland has also been guaranteed a spot in the finals, as they are the previous Champions from last year. After Australia placed runner up in last year, the Team are raring to have another go at this year's title. Poland has dominated the Championship in the past with a record nine victories.
 
With Australia being in the right age demographic, with the majority of the team comprised of 21 year olds, now is the time to strike.
 
Max Fricke in particular should be strong at his home track at Rybnik, Poland; providing the Aussies a strong asset, as he knows the track like the back of his hand.
Keep an eye out for further updates on the Australian Speedway Facebook page in preparation for the final on the 2nd of September.
Results Australia - 47Brady Kurtz15 (3,3,3,3,3)Max Fricke15 (3,3,3,3,3)Jack Holder10 (2,u,2,3,3)Josh Pickering7 (3,1,1,1,1)  Great Britain - 40Robert Lambert12 (2,3,3,2,2)Adam Ellis12 (2,3,2,2,3)Josh Bates9 (1,2,2,2,2)Dan Bawley7 (t,1,2,2,2)Ellis Perksns  Germany 1 - 33Michael Haertel16 (3,2,3,6!,1,1)Richard Geyer6 (2,1,1,1,1)Domink Moeser5(1,2,1,-,1)Lukas Fienhage6 (1,2,1,w,2)  Germany 2 - 2 Niels Oliver Wessel2 (1,1,0,0,0)Josef Nebauer0 (0,d,0,d,0)Marius Hillebrand0 (0,0,0,0,0)  
Also keep up with the latest Speedway news with the Australian Speedway Championship Facebook Page and Motorcycling Australia Website.
Photos courtesy of Martina Milles and the Max Fricke Racing Facebook Page.
Photo 1: Max Fricke leading the pack
Photo 2: Joeys Team, comprised of Max Fricke, Jack Holder, Brady Kurtz and Josh Pickering
Photo 3: Podium celebrations
 

The brand new Australian Supercross Website is live!

MA News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 4:13pm
Supercross fans and competitors, can now directly access all the latest news, event information, multimedia, results, competitor info, and much more! The website will allow visitors to delve deep into the sport like never before.
 
With an easy to browse interface, sleek modern design and plenty of exciting content, australiansupercross.com.au will provide the Championship previously unseen access and attention. The website has been developed to offer ease of access and greater functionality across computer, smartphone and tablet devices.
 
The Supercross website will be updated on a regular basis, with all the latest happenings, points standings and essential updates that will keep race fans, competitors and media up to date.
 
MA's CEO Peter Doyle shared his excitement ?I?m very pleased to see that the new Australian Supercross Championship is now live! Australian Supercross has a phenomenal history and its great to see that the Championship has a new website which will provide fans, competitors and media access to the information that they've been craving.?
 
2017 will be yet another exciting year for Australian Supercross Championship with a host of big names to compete for the title. Stay tuned to the site to access information in the lead up to Round 1 at Jimboomba QLD, September 23rd. 

Major website content includes:
  • Events
  • News
  • Media
  • Calender
  • Ticketing
  • Merchandise
  • Competitor info
  • Results
  • ASX History
  • Schedule
  • Contact information
Please note, that after the original Australian Supercross Championship calendar announcement, Rounds 2, 3 and 6 have since changed venues. View the calendar below and on the new website for the correct venues. 

2017 Australian Supercross Championship calendar:Round 1         Jimboomba, QLD23 SeptemberRound 2         Bacchus Marsh, VIC14 OctoberRdund 3         Virginia, SA28 OctoberRound 4         Qudos Bank Arena, NSW11 NovemberRound 5         Qudos Bank Arena, NSW12 NovemberRound 6         Jimboomba, QLD18 November
Bookmark australiansupercross.com.au and stay tuned to the action throughout the racing year!
 
Get browsing and view the new website!
 
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship by visiting the Supercross Website or by following the Australian Supercross Championship Facebook page.
 

Support categories confirmed for upcoming Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017

MA News - Mon, 05/06/2017 - 10:34am
In addition to MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes, fans can experience incredible racing with the Australian Supersport 300 making an appearance for the first time alongside the exciting Australian Superbikes. Australian Grand Prix Corporation General Manager of Motorsport, Entertainment and Industry, Craig Fletcher, is pleased to confirm the two exciting categories across the three days at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017. ?With both support categories secured, fans will be able to experience fantastic on-track action at the event,? Fletcher said. ?The Supersport 300 provides young riders the opportunity to compete on the world-stage,? he said. The Australian Superbikes are a fan favourite, with up to 40 Superbike machines starting on the grid. The Superbike races again will form the final round of the Phillip Island Championship. Three-time Superbike World Champion, Troy Bayliss, is excited to watch his 13-year-old son Oli Bayliss compete in the Supersport 300 class at Phillip Island at the same event as the MotoGP elite. ?The shift in classes has seen the boom of the Supersport 300, where young riders and future talent have a chance to gain professional experience,? Bayliss said. ?It will be great to see Oli race at the international Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 for the first time,? he said. Motorcycling Australia CEO, Peter Doyle, is looking forward to bringing to fruition the new direction of having the Supersport 300 class as a support category at the event. ?We want to attract up and coming riders to the class and we certainly encourage them to apply for the opportunity to race at an international event,? he said. ?With a jam-packed on-track schedule, we are excited about another thrilling and successful Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix showcasing world-class racing.? To register your interest to ride in the support categories at the event please go to http://www.motogp.com.au/node/3727 For more information about the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017 please visit www.motogp.com.au Words and logo provided by Australian Grand Prix Corporation

Newcastle International Supermoto to hold the first FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship

MA News - Fri, 02/06/2017 - 10:56am
     Behind the scenes, the FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship has already attracted interest from riders around the world including several past world champions from differing disciplines. Promoter Graeme Boyd said, ?So far we have secured athletes from a dozen nations including New Zealand, USA, Japan, France, Malaysia and Thailand. Combine this with the talent available in Australia and the FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship will be a must-see motorcycle event. ?We have designed a track that will challenge riders and provide an exciting and entertaining experience for spectators. The showground will be used to its full potential with the track extending out into the service roads before heading back infield for the dirt section. Spectators will be able to walk around the entire course and the big screen TV will ensure they never miss any of the action.? Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the event had been secured by the NSW Government?s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW from 2016 until 2018. ?This exciting sporting event is expected to attract more than 3,300 overnight visitors with a total visitor spend of $1.9 million over the three year period, and we look forward to showcasing Newcastle to a global audience through the FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship later this year,? Mr Marshall said. The Father?s Day weekend event will be held at the Newcastle Showground on 2 & 3 September 2017. Continuous racing is scheduled for both days along with off track entertainment including the Flair Riders extreme trial demonstration. Local racers can also be a part of the event with several support classes to choose from including Clubman and Vets. With just under 100 days until the first FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship regular updates can be found on the Newcastle SuperMoto website and social media. Proposed track map    Words Courtesy of Boyd Events
Photo Credit: Darren Pateman
2016 Newcastle Supermoto showing Luke George winner of the Newcastle round of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship.
For further information please contact:
Boyd Events
Graeme Boyd
graeme@newcastlesupermoto.com.au
0418 435 235

$5m INDOOR MOTOCROSS PARK FOR EASTERN CREEK - AUSTRALIAN FIRS

MA News - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 3:52pm
The $5 million project - to be known as Sydney Indoor MotoX Park - will be located within the Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway precinct, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December. Builders of the Park are endeavouring to have it open in line with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the karting facility. As part of the celebration, the karting facility will change its name to Sydney Premier Karting Park. Australia's first Indoor MotoX Park is set to be constructed at Eastern Creek - Click image to download hi-resolution render The Sydney Indoor MotoX Park is the first of its kind in Australia and the 12,000 square metre facility will be housed in a revolutionary, climate controlled, air-filled membrane dome, which has been specially constructed in the United States. Sydney Indoor MotoX Park will house three separate racetracks that can operate independent of each other. They are being designed by a yet-to-be-named internationally renowned motocross track constructor. Operating in line with the karting facility from 9am to 9pm daily, a cafe, retail outlet and stadium style seating for up to 6,000 spectators will all be part of the Park. It will cater for varying skill levels from entry-level juniors right through to professional motocross racers looking for the edge on the competition. Upgrades to the roads into Sydney Premier Karting Park will be part of the construction process to assist in advancing its position as Sydney?s leading corporate adventure and entertainment venue. Located just off the M4 Motorway, riders heading to Sydney Indoor MotoX Park can bring their own bikes or hire one of the fully maintained bikes on-site - which will provide numerous levels of power depending on age and skill level. CCTV will monitor all tracks, trained first aid practitioners and mechanics will all be available to those wishing to challenge themselves, whilst future plans include training camps from some of Australia?s best known motocross riders.  100 per cent privately funded, the major upgrade to the karting facility at Eastern Creek will be a solid addition to sport in Blacktown City Council?s recently announced 20 year transformational project. Council projects the City?s population will grow from the current 350,000 to 522,000 by 2036. Already Blacktown?s economy - at $14.2 billion annually - is larger than that of 87 nations. With full backing from the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, the Sydney Indoor MotoX Park will ensure that dirt bike riders have a new, legal and safe home in Sydney. It will open the sport up to a new audience that may not previously have seen motocross as a recreational activity or potential career. It is the brainchild of lifelong dirt bike rider and motocross fan, Mattew Bartolo and was borne out of his frustration of having a lack of places to ride with his children. ?If you live in the Western Sydney corridor from Parramatta through to Penrith, you can drive for up to two hours before you find somewhere suitable to ride,? Mattew Bartolo explained. ?Sydney Indoor MotoX Park will give riders a facility to ride in at any time of day or night and in any weather condition. Riders can bring their bike or hire one of our bikes and full safety equipment on-site. ?A rider can finish work, grab their bike and within 15 minutes of where they live, have dinner at our cafe, have a ride and be home by 9pm. ?The dome it is housed in is revolutionary and the first of its kind and size to come to Australia. We?ll have engineers come from the US to construct it at Sydney Premier Karting Park and will look to have our grand opening in line with the 20th anniversary of the karting park.? Founder and Managing Director of Sydney Premier Karting Park, Garry Holt couldn?t be more excited about the transformation of his facility. ?Two and four wheel enthusiasts now have a home day and night, seven days a week right on the M7/M4 corridor. Changing our name to Sydney Premier Karting Park will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the karting facility and represents the shifting tide of Sydney?s population, which is migrating toward the City of Blacktown on a daily basis. ?The plan for the Sydney Indoor MotoX Park is extremely exciting and something that I am sure will be embraced by motorcyclists from the Central Coast through to the Blue Mountains and beyond. ?We?ve uncovered several of Australia?s best known motorsport exports through the hire karts at Eastern Creek - and hopefully through Mattew we can uncover the next Chad Reed at Sydney Indoor MotoX Park!? Mayor of Blacktown, Councillor Stephen Bali welcomed the plans for Sydney Indoor MotoX Park and sees it as forming a tremendous part of the City?s sporting landscape as it pushes towards its recently announced 20-year transformational plan. ?Blacktown is known as a sporting city and thousands of motorsport enthusiasts - whether competing or spectating - are catered for in our city on a yearly basis through Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney International Dragway and of course, Sydney Premier Karting Park. ?The addition of Sydney Indoor MotoX Park is something completely new to Australia - let alone our city. It will be a safe, world class and most importantly - legal - facility for recreational dirt motorcyclists to enjoy their sport and compete year round. ?Combine the plans for the Park to provide training camps with Council?s recent announcement of a multi-million dollar International Centre for Sporting Excellence as part of our push for growth to 2036 and we could well be on target to uncover a new motorcycling World Champion right here in Blacktown!? Plans for Sydney Indoor MotoX Park are in the final stages of submittal and construction is expected to begin soon enough to achieve completion by the target date.

More information about Sydney Indoor MotoX Park can be found at:

http://www.sydneyindoormotox.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/sydneyindoormotoX

More information about Sydney Premier Karting Park can be found at:

www.easterncreekkarts.com.au

Women?s division adds to motocross attraction: Manjimup 15000 Motocross this Weekend

MA News - Thu, 01/06/2017 - 3:42pm
While women of all ages have competed in the event in previous years, they were included based on age in the juniors or seniors division. About 600 riders are expected to compete across all divisions in the Manjimup 15,000 at the Cosy Creek Road motocross track from Friday to Sunday. There will be 29 women racing in the division this year, with their racing day on Saturday, along with the juniors. It will be Manjimup rider Charlie Blee?s fifth year competing in the Manjimup 15,000. ?I think the ladies? class is finally giving us a chance to show how many women love the sport and hopefully get more girls into it,? she said. Blee, who has been riding motocross ?my whole life? felt she would have an advantage over visiting participants because it was her home track.
Manjimup rider Amy Smeathers, 16, is a veteran rider but this will be her first time racing in the Manjimup 15,000. ?My whole family is in racing, I?ve been doing it ever since I was young,? she said.  ?I?m really excited about the women?s division, I can't wait to meet more ladies like me.? Both riders thanked Chelsea Blakers for her work in promoting the women?s division and Shaun Driscoll for sponsoring the entire division. Manjimup?s junior riders are just as excited for their turn on the track this Saturday, including Kai McGinty, 10, who is one point off third place at a State level. Newcomers to the junior division include Laila McGinty, 8, and Jensen Muir, 7.
?I?m really excited to be racing, you get to race a lot of people and get to go super fast,? Jensen said. Junior division stalwart Taj Love, 15, said he was keen for the thrill of the event.
The seniors division will be held on Sunday and competitors include Manjimup 15,000 2016 winner Todd Waters, 2015 winner Kirk Gibbs and USA rider Deven Raper. Article-Manjimup-Bridgetown Times
Picture: Dirt Jockey Media
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