Motorcycling Australia

Aussie Team Primed for 2017 VMXDN in UK

MA News - 17 min 1 sec ago
Team manager Rosco Holden of "Holden on Tight" presented his 'dream team' with their Australian VMXdN team clothing and helmets that clearly sports the unmistakable logo; 'Broo-Tus' the fighting kangaroo.  

The 2017 Australian VMXDN Team consists of prior Australian Motocross champions and stars; Twin Shock: John Kittle, Russell Williamson, Geoff Ballard, Kenneth Swan and Brad Van Barrelo (also competing in the over 50?s Individual class) Enduro legend, Geoff Ballard (AM) (will also incredibly be contesting his 25th International Six Days Enduro). The Evo Team will be, Craig Anderson, Glen Bell, James Deakin, and Kirk Hutton.

Holden commented on the highly anticipated departure from Australian shores; "Everyone is up on their toes about the event and excitement is at an all-time high. We cannot wait to get over there and start unpacking the bikes and gear. It's a level of excitement that these 'old boys' have not experienced in a while! Holden joked. "We are all together up here in Queensland enjoying the hard fought Motocross Nationals racing over the weekend that has got us all revved up and reminded us of the job ahead.



"We arrive in the United Kingdom on the 12th & 13th of September ahead of the VMXDN on 15th & 17th in the South West, until the end of the month when we will also check out the modern Motocross Of Nations (MOXN) which is billed as the "Olympics of Motocross", at Matterly Basin (UK). We will be dressed in our Australian Team uniform, flying the flag for our MX boys competing, such as Kirk Gibbs, Hunter Lawrence and Dean Ferris.

"Our expectations of how the Aussie VMXDN team will go at Farleigh Castle are that we are looking forward to the full experience of the event. These guys are all top level racers from back in the day and once that helmet goes on, the red mist rises and we will be throwing down the gauntlet to all competing nations! Holden warned.But the lead up to the event has not been without drama for the Aussie team, with a few niggling injuries plaguing the riders, Holden says; "Kittle with a broken collar bone and Multi Australian Champion Glenn Bell out injured for a while, but all are now back on their feet and ready to go!

"As far as bikes go, most teams and riders uses two-stroke bikes, but last year a few German lads were mounted on big four-stroke Huskie thumpers. For the Twin Shock class we have our Maico 490, Kawasaki KX, and Honda 250's. Our Evo class bikes consist of Honda CR 500's, the class feature bikes that have modern equipment as disc brakes, mono rear shocks, and alloy frames. We have a very good chance at the Evo class, as it's our strongest, but it will be the top three results from our top four riders that will really count!" He finished.

You will be able to follow the Team updates from the VMXDN in September on the new dedicated, 1 Team Australia VMXdN 2017, Sep 15/17 Facebook Page.

As always, stay in the loop via the Motorcycling Australia website, the MA Facebook page and on Instagram.

Picture top - 2017 Australian VMXDN Team at Coolum MX 
Picture middle -  Team receives helmets ahead of 2017 VMXDN
Courtesy #mxnimages

2017 A4DE Officially Cancelled

MA News - 50 min 1 sec ago
Despite the concerted effort made by Motorcycling Australia (MA) and Motorcycling Queensland (MQ), in an eleventh-hour attempt to reinstate the event an impasse has been realised, resulting in the decision by the TMCC to formally cancel the 2017 A4DE.

Competitors that have already entered the event will be contacted by the TMCC shortly with instructions for reimbursement.

The TMCC has made the following official statement confirming their position in cancelling the 2017 A4DE:
 
"The Toowoomba Motor Cycle Club deeply regrets that due to the lack entries to date and the lack of an expected increase prior to the event, we have no choice but to CANCEL the 2017 A4DE. There have been 37 entries prior to Early Bird finishing and only 57 to date.
 
Please be assured that this decision has not be made lightly, but we also have to give people time to adjust their calendars and cancel accommodation etc. with adequate time. We ask that you please understand that our club cannot run an event that will produce a substantial loss.  

Riders who have paid their nominations will be reimbursed in full (including PAYPAL Fees) over the next 2-3 weeks as we collate the details. We will email you in this time to let you know the process for refunds. We would also like to thank all the T.M.C.C Members who to date have put in a powerful amount of time and effort to have the Special Test Areas ready for the event."

MA, MQ and the TMCC understands there is frustration caused by the decision, and wish to extend sincere apologies to all that have made prior arrangements for participating in the 2017 A4DE.

FIM Oceania & Newcastle Supermoto Entries Extended!

MA News - Tue, 22/08/2017 - 3:50pm
Entries will now close this Thursday, 24 August at 5:00 PM. Get your entry in now HERE Newcastle PRO Newcastle OPEN CLUB World VETS Challenge Women?s Open Postie Bike Challenge Questions about entries please reach out to the Race Secretary
Lyndel Butler 0411 194 315

Women?s World Trophy Team Set for 2017 ISDE

MA News - Tue, 22/08/2017 - 1:20pm
This World Championship winning team will line up against the world?s best women?s international teams to defend a title previously claimed four times by the Australians, and will now be chasing a historic fifth win in a row.
 
Australia?s three competing teams, the Senior World Trophy Team, Junior World Trophy Team and the Women?s World Trophy teams are set to make their journey to Brive, France to adjust to the international setting and prepare for the ISDE itself, next week.
 
Jess Gardiner who is now staring down the barrel of wrapping up her first European Enduro Championship, is pumped for this year?s ISDE; ?I have been spending a bit of time in France this year competing throughout Europe, so I am really looking forward to compete in my adopted country. I?m super excited to be reunited with our Australian girls team, whom are all on separate continents right now. Looking forward to seeing all the Australian crew and doing our best to secure our fifth world championship title together!? Gardiner exclaimed. 
 
Tayla Jones, who has been cleaning up in the Kenda Full Gas series in the United States this year and leading the Women's Pro Overall Standings, also cannot wait to defend the title; ?I can't wait to head over to France to try make it out fifth world title in a row. I am feeling really good on the bike and I know Jess and Jemma are also killing it, so it's going to be a good race. I've seen several pictures of the tracks that have started being set up, and they look awesome, I'm excited to get there and start racing,? Jones shared.
 
Jemma Wilson, after taking out the Women?s Yamaha AORC title in Omeo (VIC) is in ripping form and ready to compete at the ISDE; "I have stayed in Australia all this season and I am really looking forward to heading over to France. Tayla and Jess have been phenomenal in America and Europe all year, and I have enjoyed the AORC season. We all appear to be ready to go for five in a row! Thanks to Yamaha and Motorcycling Australia for making it possible!" Wilson finished.
For more information and to stay up to date with everything happening over the week of 2017 ISDE this From August 28th to September 2nd, head to AORC.org.au, like the AORC and MA Facebook pages or follow the @aorc and @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.
Photos courtesy of Mad Dog Images, ISDE 2016

2017 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship Wrap

MA News - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 3:01pm
In the first time since 2004, the Slider 'up to' 500cc class made a triumphant return to the track and saw Jake Schneiders snatch two wins from two starts, closely followed behind by Jesse Davies in second place and class master Jason Stewart, third (still showing the young lads how it's done!) His son, Jordan, registered a fourth place finish with only three points separating the pair.  
 
Pro Open class on Saturday had three riders tied on 50 points after two rounds on day one, being namely Nicholas Waters, Rowan Tegart and Kayden Downing, with closely following Damien Koppe on 47 points then Brad Burns and Daniel Wicks on 42. The Pro Open boasted an incredible 32 riders over the weekend at Jambaroo Park.
 
The Pro Open final didn?t come without its spills, with young Max Whale on his first outing in an Australian Senior Title event. Whale attempted an unobtainable move on the competitor in front of him (Nicholas Waters) on the second last turn of the last lap, connecting with the rear wheel of Waters, bringing himself down in spectacular fashion.
 
The Pro 250 class on Saturday had Jarred Brook on first with two wins, Brad Burns behind with a win and a third placing and Nicholas Waters with two second places from two starts. The Pro 250cc class was again tipped as a huge final showdown on Sunday, where third and fourth positions were very tightly contested with Ty Lynch coming out the collector of third place. Jarrod Brook took the lead and was never challenged.
 
Saturday's Pro 450 class had Jarred Brook in first position with two wins, but Damien Koppe was sitting on the same points and was closely followed by Nicholas Waters on 47 points, tied with Kayden Downing - Ty Lynch on 45. The Final on Sunday saw Kayden Downing take the lead from the gate, and Jordan Dall fought hard to keep at him over the four laps. Jarred Brook crashed out on lap one, managing to remount and continue.
 

 
Under 19yrs featured fantastic racing with Max Whale convincingly taking hold of the class from Round 1 until the Final, when he had a coming together in the Pro Open class, putting him out for the rest of Round 5. Whales' points were strong enough to give him second placing in the Championship, Bailey Spencer taking honours, with local Cooper Riordan who normally races Speedway - rounding out the podium.

Saturday's MX Open had Ty Lynch on the top points after two heats, joining him in a tie was Nicholas Waters and Jordan Dall all on 47 points then closely followed by Rowan Tegart on 45. The MX Open final on Sunday didn?t start without dramas off the line, with biffing and barging bringing out the red flag and a dressing down from Officials before the re-start. Jarrod Brook got the hole shot and wasn?t contested for the four lap journey, the field behind swapping and changing positions until the chequered flag dropped.

Saturday's Pro Open Womens was hotly contested and tightly fought, with Briony Hendrickson from Queensland as the stand out perfomer, clenching two convincing wins that were followed by Grace Hudson and Amy Wedd on equal points. Brooke Lonie six points behind. On Sunday, the Womens class saw outstanding racing and were noticeably faster than last year.

The Junior 250cc Class featured as a support category, ensured tight racing with both Ned Faulkhead just coming back from a round of the Asia Talent Cup (Road Race last weekend in Indonesia), and Harrison Ryan from NSW pushing him in every round race, coming out on top with only three points between them both. Hamish McCarten really stepped it up for the weekend, bringing home third place after his success from the 2017 Junior Australian Track Championships held last month at the NWVMCC track.

Saturday's Over 35years class saw Jason Stewart running first, Mitch Wolfe trailing the leader, and Michael Rix in third with Jared Anskaitis on same points. Sunday's version of the Over 35years support category provided another great run of straight races. Jaons Stewart took home the glory and clearly had a ball along the way.

The 85cc 2 stroke/150cc 4 stroke support class, had Remmie Fyffe first, Damon Burke second and Zane Kinna third on day one. Local Chloe Ackerley and Oliver Dichiera also held their own on the track. On Sunday, riders put on a super show for the crowd at Jambaroo Park with each race, even managing to mix it up for the finish line honours.

The sidecars as always put on a great show for the audience, with Liebke/Liebke sitting in first at present with Fien/Jobling running in second position, closely followed by Grainger/Gaze and Pearce/Harrison that were only separated by one point ahead of the all-important A Final.

The Final heat on Sunday went as smoothly as possible, with the pairing of Adam and Graham Liebke from Queensland taking the win quite convincingly while the other competitors following a further full three seconds behind.
                                                  
Click here for the full results from the 2017 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships 

Keep up to date with all things MA via www.ma.org.au, like Motorcycling Australia on Facebook or follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram. Contributions courtesy Julie Waters
Pictures-  Andrew Kenny - 2017 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships - Via North Western Victorian Motorcycle Club

Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship Slides into Jambaroo Park

MA News - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 9:55am
Competitors will converge near Mildura, VIC from all around the country this weekend, in what will be this year's showdown of standout performances in Australian Senior Dirt Track. In one of the most sought after events on the motorcycle calendar, the Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship is a full throttle, all-encompassing event for everyone, featuring Sliders, MX, right through to Sidecar classes.
 
Under 19's Max Whale will be moving up to his first senior meeting on the back of encouraging recent results in the USA. Whale will have Jason Richards, Connor Ryan and Bailey Spencer providing plenty of stiff competition.
The Pro 250cc field will find it hard to get past Jarred Brook, being last year?s champion, however Ty Lynch, Nick Waters, Max Whale will likely stick with him.
Featuring for the first time since 2004 race fans are excited for the return of the 500cc Sliders class to the Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship, which will provide wheel to wheel action when the flag drops.
 
2016 Australian Senior Dirt Track Sidecar Champion, David Grainger is no doubt hungry for another to make this his fourth title. However, if fellow competitor, Adam Liebke takes the flag, it will be his fifth.
                                               
The Pro and Open 450cc is any ones race with victor last year in both, Luke Richards not riding leaves it open to Marty McNamara and Jarred Brook to fight it out, but with 30 plus riders they are all in with a chance. The wild card in these race might be Damien Koppe from Townsville, who has been showing the way in many events this year.
Featuring prominently in 2017 will be the Pro Open Women class. 2016 champion, Keegan Pickering will not be competing, leaving the door wide open for a new challenger for the title. With Sally Smith taking out Australian Track Masters this year, she will be taking the fight to the others and will be the one to watch.
2017 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship Classes
Under 19yrs 150cc 2 stk & 250cc 4 stk
** Pro 250 100cc to 150cc 2 stk & 200cc to 250cc 4 stk
Pro 450 250cc 2 stk & 450cc 4 stk
250 slider 150cc 2 stk & 250cc 4 stk
** Pro open unlimited (mx & sliders)
Mx Open 500cc 2 stk & over 460cc 4 stk
500cc slider  up to 500cc
Pro Open women unlimited 
Sidecar  up to 1100cc
                                                    
Keep up to date with all things MA via www.ma.org.au, like Motorcycling Australia on Facebook or follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

            Picture credit - Northwest Victorian Motorcycle Club

Australian Historic Road Race Championship Entries and Supp Regs Now Available

MA News - Tue, 15/08/2017 - 4:14pm
Competitors wishing to enter the 2017 Australian Historic Road Racing Championship can do so by submitting an on-line entry via Wakefield Park?s website (www.wakefieldpark.com.au). 
 
Alternatively, competitors may download the entry form off the Wakefield Park website, complete in full including Credit Card details/Aus Post Money Order and return via mail to 'Entry Secretary, Wakefield Park' P.O Box 151 Goulburn NSW 2580. NOTE: Enough time should be allowed for Aus Post delivery service, garage/carport allocation is on first in/first served basis. Please be advised that the electronic entries method is preferred.  
Entries are open forthwith and close last mail Friday 13th October 2017.
Supplementary Regulations and Entry Forms for the 2017 Australian Historic Road Race Championship can be downloaded HERE.

A wide variety of historic racing motorcycles will flock to the nation?s spectator track, Wakefield Park Raceway, for this spring?s Australian Historic Road Racing Championship blockbuster race meeting.
In what will be one of the largest race meetings ever held at the venue, Wakefield Park will host races for motorcycles ranging from Period 2 (from as early as 1920) through to Period 6 (up to 1990) across a four-day extravaganza. Iconic bike brands of history will all be represented, including Indian, Norton, Matchless, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, BSA and Harley Davidson.
Event Contact:
AHRRC Co-ordinator (PCRA) Lech Budniak ahrrc@pcra.com.au or Ph: 0409 152 646

Entry Enquires:
(Wakefield Park) Ruth Walsh racesecretary@wakefieldpark.com.au or Ph: 02 4822 2811
To keep up to date with all the action from the 2017 Australian Historic Road Race Championship head to the AHRRC 2017 Facebook Page, Wakefield Park Raceway's website, www.ma.org.au, liking the MA Facebook page and following @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

 
Photo Courtesy of Wakefield Park Raceway

Supp Regs and Entries Open for Husqvarna Motorcycles 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships

MA News - Mon, 14/08/2017 - 3:11pm
Supplementary Regulations can be downloaded here.
 
The club is offering an easy to use online entry system for this meeting at www.racesecretary.com or Email to lyndelbutler93@gmail.com Entries open forthwith and close 1st September 2017.
Classes to race in the Husqvarna Motorcycles 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships include; 50cc division 2  7 ? 9yrs65cc - 7 ? U965cc  - 9 ? U1385cc 2 stk & 150cc 4 stk  -  9  ? u11yrs   STD WHEEL85cc 2 stk & 150cc 4 stk  -  11 ? u13 yrs   STD WHEEL85cc 2 stk & 150cc 4 stk  -  13 ? u16 yrs   STD WHEEL85cc 2 stk  & 150cc 4 stk - 11 ? u13 yrs  BIG WHEEL **85cc 2 stk  & 150cc 4 stk - 13 ? u16 yrs   BIG WHEEL **85cc 2-STK & 150cc 4-STK, STD & Big Wheel, Junior Girls - 11 to u16 yrs85cc 2-STK & 150cc 4-STK, Slider only - 13 to u16 yrs **85cc 4 stroke modified  7 ? U10 yrs 85cc 4 stroke modified  10 ? U14 yrs100cc 2 -stroke to 150cc 2-stroke - 13 to under 16 yrs  **100cc to 150cc 2-Stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stk- Girls -13 to u16 Yrs100cc to 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stroke -13 to u16 Yrs **100cc to 150cc 2-stk & 200cc to 250cc 4-stk, Slider only 13 to u16 yrs **200cc to 250cc 4-stk - 13 to u16 yrs50cc Division 1(Demonstration) 4 to U9yrs  
Make sure to visit the Taree Motorcycle Club's website. 

2017 Polaris Australian ATV & Sidecar Motocross Championship Supp Regs and Entries Now Available

MA News - Mon, 14/08/2017 - 12:49pm
The highly anticipated 2017 Polaris Australian ATV & Sidecar Motocross Championship taking place from Sept 30th ? Oct 1st, 2017, is fast approaching. The Championship will once again be loaded with elite ATV and Sidecar Motocross competitors.  Supplementary Regulations can be downloaded here Entries for the event can be accessed here.  Keep in mind that online entries close 15th September 2017, 5pm. The Polaris Australian ATV & Sidecar Motocross Championship is Australia?s premier Quad event. For enthusiasts of four-wheeled dirt action, this is one that simply cant be missed. Quads have been increasing in popularity in recent years and the community eagerly anticipates the event?s return to South Australia. Make sure to join the 2017 QuadridersSA Australian ATV MX Titles Facebook group for continual updates. -ENDS-

Change of Dates for the Australian Under 16?s Speedway Solo Championships

MA News - Fri, 11/08/2017 - 1:55pm
 
These Junior events will now be run alongside the Australian Under 21?s Speedway Solo Championship on the following dates:
 
Thursday 18th January 2018 125cc Practice and Qualifier (If required)
 
Friday 19th January 2018 Individual 125cc Solo Championship
 
Saturday 20th January 2018 U16 250cc Solo Championship in conjunction with the 2018 Australian U21 Solo Speedway Championship
 
Sunday 21st January 2018 125cc Teams Championship

To view the Provisional 2018 Motorcycling Australia Speedway Calendar Click Here.
 
The changes of the dates will assist in the growth and publicity of Junior competition in Australia and condense the calendar into larger events. The change of dates moves the events back to a traditional calendar slot and encourages a festival of speed with plenty of Junior talent on display.

 
Photos:
Photo One: Keynan Rew 
Photo Two:  Under 16s 250cc Speedway Riders

2017 Australian MXoN Team Announced

MA News - Thu, 10/08/2017 - 1:02pm
Australia will send a three-man team, to compete against the best motocross riders in the world, and will be determined to achieve success at the event. 
 
After years of experience racing in Europe in the MXGP series, CDR Yamaha rider Dean Ferris will once again fly the flag for Australia at the 2017 MXoN in the MX1 class. Ferris, who has dominated the Australian Motul MX Nationals MX1 category, will be a great asset to the Australian Team.

(Pictured Above Kirk Gibbs) 
KTM Motocross Racing Team?s Kirk Gibbs will represent Australia at this year?s MXoN in England in the Open class. After being selected last year and having to withdraw due to injury, Gibbs will be a welcome addition to the team. Gibbs is currently second in the MX Nationals MX1 standings and is the only rider to have beaten Ferris in a race so far. It will be exciting to see Gibbs, when he lines up alongside the world?s best for the very first time in his racing career this October. Rounding out the Australian team will be Suzuki star rider rider Hunter Lawrence, who will compete in the MX2 class. Lawrence has spent the 2017 season riding in the MXGP class. The highlight of his career so far being; Qualifying first and winning both Moto?s at Teutschenthal at the MXGP of Germany in EMX250. Lawrence with his experience competing on the world stage will be well versed against the strong competition in his class.

(Pictured Above Hunter Lawrence)
 
Gary Benn remains as Team Manager of the Australian Team for the 2017 MXoN.
To keep up-to-date with all the news from the 2017 Motocross of Nations, stay tuned to the Motorcycling Australia website.
Photos Courtesy of MX Nationals and Suzuki World Racing.

Team Australia ATV Riders at Nations 2017

MA News - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 11:55am
From 22nd to 24th September, the top riders from all over the world will fight it out on the track in one amazing event.
Adding to the line up on the start grid will be Australian representatives; Luke Gaisford, Jake Van Vliet and Mitch Van Vliet, making the team.

Pictured above Luke Gaisford

The international experience amongst the Aussie team has gone a long way in their selection, backed up by their current seeded positions in Australia. The team members will each race two moto's from the three races scheduled and objectives are set high to achieve impressive results.
Luke Gaisford has had the privilege of racing overseas, including China and the Netherlands, adding this event to his repertoire.
Gaisford stated; "In Australia we have many up and coming racers who will benefit from our experience at this event, and hopefully will represent Australia in the Nations teams in the future."  
Both Van Vliet brothers, after making history at the Finke Desert Race this year, will be on fire, as they battle it out, over in Italy.  
Mitch Van Vliet commented; ? Being brothers takes our racing to the next level as we push each other hard, which gives us our best results. Add Luke to the equation and we should all be fit and ready to do our best out on the track.
?Having the experience of racing overseas, gives you that edge of understanding and knowledge of how things work, which is totally different to what we face in Australia. Between Luke, Jake and myself, we are all up for the challenge, as a team hopefully we should do well,? added Mitch.

Pictured above Jake van Vliet Jake Van Vliet will certainly be pushing his fellow team mates to make the most of this incredible opportunity in representing Australia.
Jake stated; ? This is a fantastic opportunity and I know, along with the other team members, we have some wonderful supporters that have helped us along the way to get to this elite stage with in our sport. The track over in Italy is wide with a 83 meter start straight apparently which is going to provide some very fast starts going into the first corner. I can?t wait to be a part of it,? He concluded.
Professional ATV rider, Harrison van Vliet will serve as the team manager, as the trio aim to bring home the first Australian Nations win.
Words and pictures courtesy of Team Australia - Quad of Nations: Luke Gaisford, Jake Van Vliet and Mitch Van Vliet,
Follow the team on Facebook ? Team Australia ? Quad of Nations

Australian Josh Brookes To Lead Team Winfield?s 2017 Classic TT Challenge

MA News - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:15pm
Confirmed to form part of Wiz Norton Racing?s Superbike race challenge, his progress in the four lap Senior race, will be monitored closely by many.  Brookes, who impressed at TT 2017 sealing sixth place finishes in the Bennetts Lightweight and Pokerstars Senior races, is looking forward to piloting the reigning Classic TT winning 500 Paton, in August. Brookes shared ?It?s great to be riding the Team Winfield Paton at the Classic TT. The team and the bike clearly have pedigree having won last year?s race and setting a new lap record. It?s going to be a steep learning curve for me with a type of bike that I have no experience of riding, but I am looking forward to the challenge and will give it my all to give Roger and the team a good result,? Brookes concluded. Team Winfield, Team Owner, Roger Winfield added; ?We were deeply saddened when John was ruled out after his crash at the North West 200. Working with John has been a real highlight for our team over the past few years and after some terrible luck we showed what we are capable of last year when he won the race and moved the lap record on considerably. ?Hopefully he will continue to mend well and we look forward to be able to work with him again in the future. ?The task of replacing the most successful living TT rider has been a difficult one and we would have been forced to miss the event if we couldn?t find a rider of the very highest calibre to fill John?s boots so we were delighted when Josh Brookes agreed to join our team. ?While not as experienced on the Mountain Course as some of the riders in the field, there is no question about his skill level, and his results impressed everyone at this year?s TT after two years away.  ?We will give Josh a great bike which hopefully he will get a lot of enjoyment out of riding, and we will see where we all end up after a week?s qualifying and four fast laps in the race itself,? Winfield concluded. Words by Stevie Rial Photo from Road Racing News

2017 Post Classic MX Entries Extended

MA News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 4:43pm
Being held in South Australia, The Post Classic Motocross will run from Friday 25th ? Sunday 27th August at Crystal Brook.   The Post Classic Motocross Championship allows riders to race bikes from historic eras applying from to evolution, Pre 85 and the Pre 90 classes.  The Post Classic MX Supplementary Regulations can be accessed here and entries will be open till Monday at Midnight, you can enter here.   To find out more about the 2017 Australian Post Classic Motocross Championship, stay tuned to ma.org.au as well as Facebook and Instagram.

Shannons helping find 'A Cure for Freyja'

MA News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 3:15pm
In January this year, Freyja's single mother of three children received the news that her five-year old daughter Freyja had a rare, aggressive and incurable illness. Patients with the disease typically do not live beyond 12 months following diagnosis, setting the clock ticking to find a treatment or cure. The MotoGP community heard of Freyja?s plight and has donated 102 rare and personal items to a campaign to send Freyja to Heidelberg in Germany, which is the focus of a world-wide trial to find a cure for the disease. 
Riders to get involved include with the cause include; Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and much more! Items for auction include signed leathers, helmets, boots, gloves, knee-sliders and caps ? most from the 2017 season. One of the most sought-after items in the auction is a hand-written ?love letter? from famed MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi to his YZR-M1 racing bike upon his exit from the Yamaha Team in 2010. It has an auction starting price of $5,000, but could sell for double that or more.
Bidding for these exquisite hand-built Swedish Moto2 front forks will start at $5,000. Similarly priced is a set of hand-assembled 2017 model Swedish Ohlins Racing Moto 2 Front Forks originally built for evaluation purpose in the Moto2 World Championship,
but kept as a spare.
Bidding for this signed painting of Marc Marquez will start at $250. Meanwhile, signed paintings of Rossi, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo will open their bidding at $250. Shannons, as Australia?s leading enthusiasts? auction house, was asked to help and has set up a dedicated website for the one-off, worldwide event, donating its resources and time for the Timed Online Auction that will be held from August 2-16. All funds raised will go to the ?A Cure for Freyja?. To read Freyja?s full story, visit acureforfreyja.com View all A Cure for Freyja - MotoGP Fundraising Online Auction Lots

Australia Speedway Team take second at 2017 World Games in Poland

MA News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 11:35am
Shortly before the opening gun, Polish trainer Marek Cieślak made the decision to start Maciej Janowski and Bartosz Zmarzlik, keeping Patryk Dudek in reserve. In the opening race of the competition, Sweden tied with Denmark 3:3. In the third race of the night, Poland faced Germany. There could be only one favourite and he did not disappoint. Zmarzlik crossed the finish line ahead of the pack, with Janowski breathing down his neck. The boys in red and white were the only team to win their first round with 5 points.

The second series started with Germany falling to Australia 4:2. Sweden gained a confident victory over Russia (5:1) after which Poland stepped up to ride with Great Britain. In keeping with his plan, Cieślak rotated his riders, replacing Janowski with Patryk Dudek. The result was a terrific run and a 4:2 win, thanks in no small part to Zmarzlik?s furious charge to the wire. Dudek ended up third.

After two rounds, Poland was in the lead with 9 points. Sweden and Australia stood at 8 apiece.

The next race saw Denmark take down Russia, but not convincingly (only 4:2) in part because of Emil Sajfutdinow?s excellent ride. Australia, despite being one of the favourites, ended up tied with Sweden 3:3. Jason Doyle, currently atop the general classification standings of the Grand Prix, chocked up an excellent ride. Meanwhile, Germany served up a shocker, smashing Britain ? who was not so ?great? ? by a score of 5:1. The home crowd fans in the stands, by this point, were anxious to see their team in the next race, in which they would face Denmark. This time Poland?s pair was again Janowski and Zmarzlik and thanks to some excellent riding and sliding, they handily beat their Scandanavian rivals 5:1. Zmarzlik was again the first to finish, while Janowski deflty parried the attempted attacks of Kenneth Bjerre.

In their fourth start, Germany was back to its surprising ways again, this time tying Sweden 3:3. In an all-Slavic match, Poland lined up against Russia with Zmarzlik and Janowski again to ride. This time the race ended in a 3:3 tie. The winner was Janowski, but Zmarzlik ? despite his best efforts ? found himself last in the pack. Australia took down Great Britain with another strong showing at 5:1. The only real problem was technical as Doyle?s chain broke just before the race?s start.
The four-series standings again favored the host nation with Poland out front (17 points) followed by Australia (16) and Sweden (14).

Continuing their run of surprises and in keeping with their bid to be the sensation of the night, Germany tied Denmark 3:3. After a disappointing tie with Russia, the Polish squad was anxious to make up ground in their race with Sweden. It was not to be. Instead Janowski and Zmarzlik again tied their rivals as the latter took first, but the former finished last. Next Russia whipped the weaker British side 5:1. With Australia?s 5:1 win over Denmark, the boys from Down Under claimed the overall lead, one point ahead of Poland.



With a tie in their next race versus Great Britain, Sweden?s one man team of Fredrik Lindgren (alone because Antonio Lindback was disqualified) was assured of a spot in the rematch round. Germany then tied Russia and with the following match between Poland and Australia would determine which team would advance directly to the final and which would face Sweden in the rematch. With Poland needing a win and Australia requiring only a tie, Polish trainer Cieślak decided to leave his pair unchanged and sent out Zmarzlik and Janowski. Unfortunately, Janowski slipped onto the inside line with both wheels, which resulted in his disqualification. This left Zmarzlik alone on the track and although he rode fantastically, the resulting 3:3 tie gave the Aussies ? already ahead by a point ? a straight shot to the final.

After 21 races the standings stood:
  1. Australia 24 pts.
  2. Poland 23 pts.
  3. Sweden 20 pts.
  4. Germany 17 pts.
  5. Russia 16 pts.
  6. Denmark 15 pts.
  7. Great Britain 11 pts.
In the rematch, Zmarzlik and Janowski stepped out against Lindbeck and Lindgren of Sweden. Poland?s riders got a quick jump out and led from the start. Unfortunately, Lindbeck counterattacked and salvaged a 3:3 tie for the Swedes. However, thanks to the fact that Poland had tied Sweden in the earlier round and both Polish riders scored in the race (an extra bonus), the host nation advanced to the final.

Bartosz Zmarzlik, Maciej Janowski, Jason Doyle and Max Fricke ? four riders, two countries and one gold to gun for. Once again, the boys in red and white jumped out to an excellent start and found themselves one-two ahead of the Australians. And so they finished as well ? with Zmarzlik ahead of Janowski ? and fulfilled their dreams of capturing a gold medal.

In total, Zmarzlik won 20 points, Janowski 10 and Dudek 1. The silver medal went to Australia and bronze to Sweden.

Words and picture courtesy The World Games 2017

Barbagallo Raceway Update

MA News - Tue, 01/08/2017 - 9:24am
Further to our recent update on 15 May 2017, please find below  update published by Western Australia Sports Car Club on Barbagallo Raceway: https://www.wascc.com.au/motorcycle-update-3/
As always, please send any queries to mail@ma.org.au
 

2017 Australian Senior Dirt Track Championship entries are still open!

MA News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 5:20pm
Australian Senior Track Championship entries are still open and being accepted now!
  Under 19yrs 150cc 2 stk & 250cc 4 stk Pro 250 100cc to 150cc 2 stk & 200cc to 250cc 4 stk  pro 450 250cc 2 stk & 450cc 4 stk 250 Slider 150cc 2 stk & 250cc 4 stk Pro Open unlimited (mx & sliders) MX Open 500cc 2 stk & over 460cc 4 stk  500cc Slider  up to 500cc Pro Open Women Unlimited  Sidecar  up to 1100cc ATV Pro up to 350cc 2 stk &450cc 4 stk ATV Open up to 550cc 2 stk & 700cc 4 stk ATV Women Open  up to 550cc 2 stk & 700cc 4 stk
Supports:
Over 35yrs Open
65cc  8 to under 12yrs 85 / 150cc 9 to under 13yrs 150cc 2 stk /250cc 4 stk 13 to under 16yrs
All Junior Support Classes are limited to 12 riders
To enter please go to www.racesecretary.com for online entries and sup regs.

If you require any information on this event please phone Race Secretary on 0411194315.
 

Wildcards announced for 2017 QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix

MA News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 4:12pm
The New South Wales (Newcastle) born racer will once again compete against the world?s best at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix Australian Round. Masters will be a force to be reckoned with, after winning the Australian Championship back in January.
 
As Wild Card, Masters will join the already competing Jason Doyle and Chris Holder on Speedway?s grandest stage. In what has already been a sensational year for the discipline, the inclusion of Masters makes what promises to be an excellent event, even more enticing.
 
Masters will be joined in Melbourne by First Reserve Justin Sedgmen and Second Reserve, Davey Watt after the duo finished second and third respectively in the 2017 Australian Senior Solo Championship.
 
24 year-old Mildura man Justin Sedgmen, is the 2015 Gillman Div 1 Solo Champion and 2012 Victorian State Champion.
 
Hailing from Queensland, 39 year-old Davey Watt's honours include being the 2012 Jack Young Solo Cup Winner and 2005 Queensland State Champion.

Master's shared his elation at the news from Europe where he is currently competing; "I am so happy to have a Wild Card for the GP at home. My season so far is going pretty good over here (Europe). Every Speedway rider wants to race in a GP at some stage, so to be able to race in the Australian one, for the third time, is such an honour and a privilege!"
 
Motorcycling Australia's CEO Peter Doyle commented; "It's great to see Sam once again representing Australia on the world stage. Providing these sort of Wild Card opportunities is all part of Motorcycling Australia's commitment to the sport and competitors, whenever possible, especially to represent our country. We?re thrilled for Sam and his large group of supporters and look forward to welcoming everyone to Melbourne for what is going to be a truly memorable night of Speedway." Doyle finished.
 
Tickets are still available for the Southern Hemisphere?s biggest indoor motorsport event. Visit Ticketmaster.
 
Sam Masters pictured 2017 - Courtesy Judy Mackay

Aussies Impress at FIM World Junior Motocross Championship

MA News - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 3:14pm
The future stars of the Grand Prix Motocross world were on display in Tartu, Estonia over the weekend as the country hosted this year?s FIM Junior Motocross World Championships. The best young future stars of motocross, raced for their shot at the Junior World Champion title in the classes of the FIM Junior Motocross 125cc World Championship, the FIM Junior Motocross 85cc World Championship and FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup. This year?s overall championship went to Denmark, with second going to Netherlands and third to Italy. Australia just missed out the top three by four points. Australia Team Manger Mark Willingham described the weekend; ?It was a very solid effort and performance from the riders, only small differences would have made large inroads to a higher position. I?m very proud of all the riders and they have represented their country phenomenally well.?  In the 125cc class, Bailey Malkiewicz managed to finish with 12th and 13th place finishes. Mason Semmens managed 24th and 18th placings. For the 85cc class, Alex Larwood managed to qualify and finish in 18th and 7th places. Unfortunately due to tight sessions Cody Chittick just missed out on qualification and Jett Lawrence had to withdraw due to a crash on Thursday practice and wasn?t able to continue. Finally in the 65cc class, Kayden Minear and Jet Aslop managed very impressive results over the course of the weekend. Minear managed a 4th and 3rd place finishes. Aslop managed 9th and 6th placings.  MA is very proud of the results of efforts and results of Team Australia in this highly competitive event. Team Australia Competitors Results

125cc Race One Classification
Bailey Malkiewicz 12th place Mason Semmens 24th place 125cc Race Two Classification Bailey Malkiewicz 13th place Mason Semmens 18th place 85cc - Race One ? Classification Alex Larwood 18th place 85cc - Race Two - Classification Alex Larwood 7th place 65cc - Race One - Classification Kayden Minear 4th place           Jet Aslop 9th place 65cc - Race Two - Classification Kayden Minear 3rd Place Jet Aslop 6th place National Team Championship Results 1. Denmark 10 2. Netherlands 13 3. Italy 22 4. Australia 26 5. Great Britain 27 6. France 30 7. Finland 40 8. Latvia 53 9. Czech 58 10. Germany 63   Photos from 2017 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship, Australia Team.
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