Motorcycling Australia

FIM World & FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Spectacular at Gillman!

MA News - Mon, 10/04/2017 - 4:31pm
Played out over consecutive nights each year as standalone and separate events, both the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup and the 2017 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship feature on a Saturday and Sunday respectivley, and include competitors from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America and Australia. These hotly contested events serve as an international battle ground where every inch of dirt is fought for tooth and nail.

Unbelievably, both events on the Saturday and Sunday were mercilessly free of serious crashes or any injuries, however there were many mechanical issues that dashed title hopes for domestic and international teams.

As is traditionally the case in Speedway Sidecar, there was action a-plenty for the sizable crowd at Gillman Speedway in South Australia, with engines packing up, drive chains failing to cope with the power and torque of the three- wheeled full-litre methanol munchers and air filters catching alight.

Former Australian Speedway Sidecar Champion Mark Mitchell/ Sam Harrison suffered mechanical drama, blowing an engine on Saturday in the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup, dashing their World Cup hopes in 2017. The duo from South Australia obtaining eight points for the night.

It was Monson/Summerhayes that won the evening on Saturday in the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup, in a seamless charge to the top on 16 points after taking 'A' Final honours over Treloar/Cox (15 points A+B finals) and Buchanan/Cox on 15 overall points.

Warren Monson said of his World Cup win; "To come out on top is a dream come true. It was a bit of a challenging night, but I'm just happy to get through that final. It was a hard race. Words can't describe the feeling of fighting hard and then coming out on top to win, just amazing!"

Click here for the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup results.

Hot favourites coming into the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship in 2017, was Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox. However, mechanical gremlins caused the team a multitude of dramas leading to uncharacteristic and costly points deficits over the past two weekends of racing. Issues relating to dropping chains, electronics, engine troubles and spare bikes not being started within the allowable two-minute window before a race, plagued the pair from New South Wales. Treloar managed to wrestle his methanol breathing machine and passenger across the line in the 'A' Final with 14 points for the FIM Oceania Championship on Sunday.

Darrin Treloar comically quipped; "It was a tough night and we managed third place overall. The last week we've had nothing but trouble with the bike, I'm not sure what's wrong! Perhaps I've broken a mirror or walked under a ladder or something?! Hopefully we've got it all out of the way and get it all together by next week when the Australian Championship rolls around. The Aussie Championships is the big meet that we all want to win for bragging rights. It's probably the field that is the strongest out of all the competition, including international, and we will see plenty of battles play out back here at Gillman." The highly decorated Sidecar Champion finished.
 
Winning both FIM events back to back, Monson and Summerhayes also scored perfectly in the final FIM Oceania round on Sunday, earning three points each of the five heats before the all-important 'A' final took place and the dynamic duo cleared four from a possible four points. Their total score at the end of the night was 19, with 33 being their Championship total to take the win overall.   
 
Monson shared his thrilling FIM Word and FIM Oceania victories directly after the Oceania final on Sunday night at Gillman; "Straight wins all night! Wins two nights in a row! (World Cup and Oceania) What a fantastic way to head into the Aussies Championship next week! Tonight's racing was really good. Speedway is always about luck and we had plenty of luck tonight winning each heat. Having the gate pick in the finals is very important, so getting that was crucial to our success.

"Heading into Aussies next week will be slightly harder because there are more competitors that will be thrown into the mix that we didn?t race over the past few nights for the international events. Winning here at Gillman is a definite confidence booster heading into the Australian Championship next week, again held here at Gillman which is a track I've never won at. Once I win that Aussie title, I think it will be time to retire!" The victor finished.  

The FIM Oceania Championship was only marginally separated on overall points across the two rounds, with the top three teams within five Championship points of one another. Momson/ Summerhayse scored 33 points, Kiwi Andrew Buchanan / Denny Cox slid into second overall at 30 points just in front of Sydney sider and multiple Speedway Sidecar award winners, Darrin Trelaor/ Blake Cox placed third overall with 29 points.

In great spirits after the FIM Oceania event on Sunday night, Joe Jones of Joe Jones Racing Team (California, USA) shared; "We didn't have the run we came out here for but we are still upright and healthy! Its all good, we are still standing and smiling and we have a long plane ride to catch! We'll be back next year if we can find backing from someone else's wallet for new engines." The seasoned international rider warned.

Click here for the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship score card.

Most of the Australian competitors will now turn their focus towards the Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship that will be held over the Easter long weekend at the famous Gillman Speedway near Adelaide South Australia.

Australian Sidecar teams:
Grant Bond/Glenn Cox (Australia)                   
Hayden Bond/Brady Cox (Australia)
Byren Gates/Michael O?Loughlin (Australia)
Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig (Australia)
Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (Australia)
Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Australia)   
Mark Mitchell / Sam Harrison (Australia)
NZ
Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (New Zealand/Aust)
James Douglas/Harley Biddle (New Zealand)
Derek Ramsay/Matthew Ramsay (New Zealand)
Aiden Thwaites/Shane Twiss (New Zealand)
Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (New Zealand)
UK
Paul Whitelam /Damian Egan (Great Britain/Aust)
Mick Cave (Out injured at FIM Oceania Round 1 at Undera Speedway) / Bradley Steer (UK)
USA
Bryan Motis/Nathan McFadden (United States of America/Aust)
Joe Jones/ Dave German (United States of America)

For more information visit Gillman Speedway's website by clicking here.
 
Keep up with the latest Speedway news with the Australian Speedway Championship Facebook Page and Motorcycling Australia Website.

Barbagallo Update

MA News - Sun, 09/04/2017 - 3:39pm

Please download the joint MA/MWA media statement for the full story here.

Motorcycling WA gears up for action packed the 2017 Elite Jet Camp

MA News - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 5:10pm
Motorcycling WA's Elite JET Camp, a fully subsidised program by Motorcycling Western Australia for selected participants, kicks off this Monday, April 10th at  Woodman Point Recreation Centre and is aimed at Western Australia?s top riders. JET Camp is  an amazing opportunity for competitors from all disciplines age 13-18 years old from across the state. This year we have a fantastic line up of presenters and sponsors to give participants their best expert off-the-bike advice and support. Mark Gill from Leading Edge Motorsport is a Level 2 coach and will be facilitating the JET Camp once again alongside National Motocross Champion and Privateer Daniel Banks. Some of the new activities for 2017 will be Cross Training with Bruce MacFie, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Flying Fox and a day trip to WAIS. Mark and Daniel will lead also participants in learning what it takes to go from being a talented rider to a champion rider.  JET camp participants will learn the essential skills of Fitness and Cross Training, Diet and Nutrition, Psychological Preparation, Preparing a Pathway to Success, Sponsorship and Dealing with Sponsors. Supporting and team building activities are all done with a competitive flavour! Fitness Assessments including a Shuttle Test as used in the AIS Camps will provide a bench mark for participants for further improvement and in setting their own fitness and exercise programs. ASBK Champion and WSBK competitor Bryan Staring will be assisting Mark and Daniel facilitating seminars on Pathway to Success, Dealing with Sponsors, Travelling Tips and Preparing for Competition. Bryan comes with a long list of success on and off the track, and this is a unique opportunity to learn from someone who has ?been there, done that?. Motorcycling WA?s Media Officer, Linda Russell and Training Officer Janine Wragg will also be participating and on hand during the camp to assist coaches and provide further guidance. Both Linda and Janine have a vast amount of experience dealing with sponsors, media, event co-ordinating and social media. Each year JET Camp grows and expands and for 2017 we expanded our sponsorship of the JET Camp program to help ramp up the healthy competition between the participants in each of the daily challenges. With this in mind it was important MWA partnered with the right fit sponsors to ensure the success of the JET Camp program. MWA could not have partnered with more appropriate brands that not only continually support our sport but also convey the ethos and culture of JET Camp, we are delighted to reveal such a diverse range of sponsors and we can't thank them enough for supporting this fantastic opportunity for Junior development within the sport of Motorcycling.  The Sponsors for the 2017 JET Camp are: Motorcycling Western Australia http://www.motorcyclingwa.org.au Banhams WA  http://banhamswa.com.au Strickland Race Development  Westeffex Graphics  http://www.westeffex.com Bunbury KTM Suzuki  http://www.bunburyktmsuzuki.com.au LKI  https://www.lkibrand.com Five Star Yamaha http://www.fivestaryamaha.com.au Planet Honda  http://www.planethonda.com.au Fabry Films  19 year old filmmaker from Australia. YouTube: www.youtubecom/fabryfilms Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaydenfabry Twitter: www.twitter.com/fabryfilms Contact: fabryfilms@gmail.com J-Mac Media  https://m.facebook.com/jmacmedia1/ BNB Beverage Company  https://www.facebook.com/bnbbeverage/ Ezy-Car https://www.ezy-car.com.au Pirelli https://www.pirelli.com/ Motul https://www.motul.com/au/en Leading Edge Motorcycle Sport  J9 Sport Management  The Presenters/Coaches the 2017 MWA Junior Elite Rider Training Camp are as follows: Mark Gill ? Head Coach Daniel Banks ? Assistant Coach  Boris Kazakov ? Diet Biz ? Nutrition Adrian Schonfeld ? WAIS ? Sports Psychologist Peter Strickland ? Yamaha Australia Team Manager ? "What it takes to Succeed in a Team" Graeme Sinden ? Finance and Industry Challenges ? "Managing your Money" Richard Suter ? Life Coach ? "Road To Success" Bruce MacFie  - World Kick Boxing Champion-"Practical Session on Cross Training, Fitness and Muay Thai" Jarrod Maclean ? Commentator ? "Media and Public Presention" Bryan Staring ?World Super Bike Competitor and Australian Super Bike Champion-"How to Become a Champion" Linda Russell - MWA's Media and Sponsorship Officer Janine Wragg - MWA's Development and Training Officer Motorcycling WA's Junior Elite Rider Training Camp?s new date and Southern location will also provide the opportunity for participants to develop their new found skills throughout the 2017 season. JET Participants for 2017 are:
Tahlia O'hare  
Harrison Slot   
Scott Topping  
Bevan Barnett 
Adam Haines
Elise Beattie   
Avril Gill   
Jessica Byas 
Lawson Harper   
Jack Court   
Callum O'Brien   
Lewis Moloney  
Chloe Cooper  
Christopher Bogdan  
Kyle Elliot   
Revonn NIEUWOUDT  
Blake Jendrzejak   
 
To view a video of what JET is all about click on this link https://www.facebook.com/motorcyclingwa/videos/1645453832151375/ This year's Motorcycling Western Australia Junior Elite Training Camp 2017 is just around the corner, starting on Monday 10th April With a great line up of presenters, mentors and a fully packed training schedule. The 17 Elite Junior riders will be tested to their outer limits and given a wealth of knowledge to excel within their racing careers! We can't wait, we hope you can't either! Words and Photos from Motorcycling Western Australia Linda Russell Media and Marketing Officer-Motorcycling Western Australia 0419 928 440 media@motorcyclingwa.org.au www.motorcyclingwa.org.au

Ducati to take centre stage at the Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza

MA News - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 4:12pm
Ducati exemplifies passion when it comes to motorcycles. With a fantastic history that stretches back pre World War II, when the factory was producing radio and optic equipment (also on display at the SIBBB). The company soon found itself after the War producing the ?Cucciolo?, that featured a motor fitted to a pushbike frame. Ducati's first steps as a motorcycle manufacturer were taken!
It wasn't until the 750 Imola Desmo until Ducati would truly be put on the map. The bike won the famous 1972 Imola 200 miles with Paul Smart, solidifying the brand as a force to be reckoned with. A 750 Super Sport Green Frame will be at the SIBBB, a rare street legal homage to the Imola victory.
NCR Ducati, the manufacturer's racing branch was formed in 1967. Here they produced and developed race production Ducatis. The company become involved in European endurance racing and two of their riders; Grau and Cannellas won the Montjuic 24 hour race in 1973 on a NCR 750. Success with further established when the 900 NCR took victory in the 1978 Isle of Man Formula 1 TT ridden by the late great Mike Hailwood! The SIBBB is honoured to have the sister machine ridden in the same race by Jim Scaysbrook at this year?s event.
Also at this year?s SIBBB event will be the brilliant Bob Brown TT1 Ducati; formerly ridden by Kevin Magee, Robert Holden and other brilliant riders.
The SIBBB will also feature an extremely rare Ducati round case 860SS, ridden to victory at Bathurst by the late great Kenny Blake and the Eddie Lopez Imola replica, fresh from a recent engine rebuild.
A trio of rare Ducati?s will be headlining the display collection; including a 900SS that competed in 1977 Castrol Six Hour race, a factory NCR 860 Ducati ridden in the 1978 Isle of Man TT and a factory FC-06 ridden in the World Superbike Championship. These Ducati?s are important bikes of world racing history and to have them on display at the SIBBB, will be both an honour and a privilege. 
Ducati has had a phenomenal history with many success stories and beautiful machines, why not attend the SIBBB to check out classics from a bygone era!
More famous Ducati?s from history that will be at the Shannon?s Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza Include;
  • 250 Mach 1
  • 350 Mk 3
  • 450 RT
  • 450 Desmo
  • 750 sport
  • 860 SD
  • 600TT2
  • Alchemy SVI

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As always, keep up to date with all the latest news and information about the 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza at ma.org.au and the Bonanza Facebook page
 
So be sure to attend the family friendly Easter weekend Shannons Broadford Bike Bonanza to witness a diverse range of classic motorcycles on show and on track as they were intended to be.
 
Event and Media Enquires:
For Event Enquiries
Rachelle Wilkinson: 0408652877 or 0396840525
 
For Media Enquires:
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Max: 0396840526
 

Title contenders for the Yamaha AORC Junior Championships

MA News - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 3:56pm
In a natural progression, the Yamaha AORC Junior Championships allow young Enduro riders to rise though the ranks of age groups and bike engine capacity to make a seamless transition into senior racing on larger machines when they are ready to do so. 

With so many contenders for the Junior classes its time to break down the major Junior players in the Championships at the start of the Off-Road season, and look to see who is set to rise in the rankings.
 
J2 class consists of riders between 12 to 15 years old on 2-stroke & up to 150cc 4-stroke machines.

J2 2016 Champion, Ashden Gramlick is moving up to J4 class, a number of riders will be looking to claim the newly available J2 throne. Hot class contenders to watch are; Jasper Franklin, Dusten O?Neil, and brothers, Will and Gus Riordan who will all be in with a shot at claiming the Championship.
 
J3 Class is made up of 13 to 14 years olds mounted on 125cc to 200cc 2-stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stroke bikes.

Champion Corey Hammond took the tile last year (2016) and has since moved to the J4 class. J3 is set to heat up with a number of new faces moving up from J2 into J3. The J3 class is extremely competitive with new faces and winners coming left right and centre. Picking a title favourite at the start of a season is no easy task.
 
Matthew Pye, finished runner up in the J2 Class last year will be looking to add consistency to his riding after narrowly missing out on the J2 championship in 2016 despite his many wins. He could solidify himself in the J3 class this year for the honours.
 
J4 Class riders are 15 years 125cc to 200cc on 2-stroke & 200c to 250cc 4-stroke motorcycles
 
Corey Hammond will attempt to continue his stamp of authority on the J4 Class after last year?s J3 Championship victory. Runner up for the J3 class hot on his heels will be last year's Mitchell Brierley. Brierley will be looking to put things right after devastatingly losing out on the J2 Championship last year by only two points.

Junior confidence is at an all-time high in AORC paddocks, as some lucky young competitors have participated in the Yamaha AORC Junior Coaching Days in the off season. The aim of the coaching days is to 'buddy up' a junior rider with a seasoned Off-Road champion. Here, they have been taught invaluable Off-Road skills by world class enduro riders in a state to state based developmental program.      

The Juniors will be eager to show off what they can do and with their amazing talents, the future of the 2017 Yamaha AORC looks to be an abosolute feeding frenzy of two-wheeled excitiment! See the Juniors in action at Rawson VIC 22-23 of April!
 
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the brand new AORC website at www.aorc.org.au !! or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram
 
2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar
 
Round 3 & 4: Rawson, VIC                     22 ? 23 April 2017
Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD                         13 ? 14 May 2017
Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA                     24 ? 25 June 2017
Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW                   22 ? 23 July 2017
Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC                     5 ? 6 August 2017
 
Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   Postponed (To be Announced)

FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Round 2 Set to Ignite at Gillman

MA News - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 11:00am

In the final Speedway Sidecar meet of the year for overseas competitors in Australia, Motorcycling Australia Speedway Commission Chairman, Ivan Golding shared his comments of the upcoming battle to be played out this Sunday Gillman Speedway in South Australia;
"FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship is going from strength to strength and this year includes a fantastic line up of overseas competitors from the United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand and of course, Australia. We have five riders from New Zealand this year up from four in 2016, eight teams representing Australia, two teams from the USA and two all the way from England.  
"Crowd figures are on the up at Gillman. Last year we had a combined 3,300 people attend on the nights of Speedway Sidecar World Cup and for the FIM Oceania meeting. It's a very respectable participation number for Gillman, but we hope to double it if we can this weekend!
"With New Zealander Andrew Buchanan (Australian passenger Denny Cox) winning last Saturday's Oceania event at Undera Speedway over Darrin Treloar (Blake Cox) was great to see, as it was the first time a non-Australian has won the round. But, Treloar is a strong name and is out there for the win overall.
"Kiwi, Jaime Moohan (Bayley Ogilvie) came over to Gillman and rode an impressive meeting a few weeks ago and was clean and fast around the track. I think he will be one to watch. Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes have both put in quite a bit of track time at Gillman in the past and are quite strong on the larger sweeping track." Golding surmised.
Victorian rider Warren Momson commented ahead of Round two of the FIM Oceania event; "The main goal is to get out in front and stay there! Undera was a much different track to Gillman, where we are comfortable. We have a good base setting at Gillman and we are looking forward to putting our theory into practice." The Melbourne man finished. 
Gillman Speedway manager David Parker said; ?Last season?s event was the biggest crowd we?ve had for a sidecar meeting, but we?ve had several crowds this season not far short of that figure, so there is a very good chance we will break the crowd record figure this weekend.
"South Australia?s hopes will rest with former Australian Champion Mark Mitchell (Sam Harrison), 2016 World #2 Trent Headland (Darryl Whetstone) and brother and sister team Arron and Teagan Hartwig. The other Australian teams are Warren Monson (Andrew Summerhayes) and Byren Gates (Michael O?Loughlin)." Parker finished.
With weather tipped to nudge a dry 30 degrees on Saturday for the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup and scheduled to drop on Sunday to only 18 degrees with possible rain, there will be a huge impact on the riders and machines for the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship when the track's surface begins to hydrate and riders adjust their styles. Gillman Speedway Manager David Parker Dave Parker will keep that in control with fresh dirt on hand to create an international standard racing surface for the fierce battles to take place upon. Australian FIM Oceania Sidecar teams:
Grant Bond/Glenn Cox (Australia)                   
Hayden Bond/Brady Cox (Australia)
Byren Gates/Michael O?Loughlin (Australia)
Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig (Australia)
Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (Australia)
Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Australia)   
Mark Mitchell / Sam Harrison (Australia)
NZ
Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (New Zealand/Aust)
James Douglas/Harley Biddle (New Zealand)
Derek Ramsay/Matthew Ramsay (New Zealand)
Aiden Thwaites/Shane Twiss (New Zealand)
Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (New Zealand)
UK
Paul Whitelam /Damian Egan (Great Britain/Aust)
Mick Cave/ Bradley Steer (UK)
USA
Bryan Motis/Nathan McFadden (United States of America/Aust)
Joe Jones/ Dave German (United States of America)
For more information visit Gillman Speedway's website by clicking here.
 
Keep up with the latest Speedway news with the Australian Speedway Championship Facebook Page and Motorcycling Australia Website.
 
Photo courtesy Rachelle Wilkinson, taken at FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Undera

The all new AORC Website is live!

MA News - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 4:12pm
Off-Road fans and competitors can now directly access all the latest AORC news, multi-media, live timing, competitor information, results, merchandise and much more! aorc.org.au allows visitors to delve deep into the Championship like never before.
 
With an easy to navigate interface and sleek modern design, aorc.org.au is a game changer for the Championship. The website has been developed to offer more flexibility and greater functionality across all smartphone and tablet devices.
 
The AORC website is updated on a regular basis, with all the Championship happenings, points standings and essential updates that will keep race fans and media up to date.
 
Motorcycling Australia's CEO Peter Doyle shared his excitement ?It's great to see the new AORC website is now live! The AORC is one of our fastest growing championships, and the new website will provide loyal fans and competitors with all the information they want!"
 
2017 is touted as being a massive year for the Yamaha AORC. With new faces in the paddock, an increased number of riders and the new website to top it off! Stay tuned to the site to access information in the lead up to Rounds 3 & 4 at Rawson VIC, April 22 - 23.



Major website content includes:
  • About Yamaha AORC
  • News
  • Media
  • Competitor info
  • Championship Class Breakdown
  • Yamaha Live Timing
  • Results
  • How to Star Racing
  • Merchandise
  • Schedule
  • Partners
Bookmark aorc.ma.org.au and stay tuned to the Yamaha AORC action throughout the racing year!
 
Get browsing and view the new www.aorc.org.au.
 
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC Website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram
 
2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar
 
Round 3 & 4: Rawson, VIC                     22 ? 23 April 2017
Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD                         13 ? 14 May 2017
Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA                     24 ? 25 June 2017
Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW                   22 ? 23 July 2017
Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC                     5 ? 6 August 2017
 
Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   Postponed (To be Announced)

Witness the world?s elite compete at the FIM Sidecar World Cup

MA News - Thu, 06/04/2017 - 2:29pm
The FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup has transformed into one of the premier events on the Australian racing calendar. As a stand-alone event, the winner will be crowned World Cup Champion and receive the title of world?s best sidecar duo! Countries competing in the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup include Great Britain, United States of America, New Zealand and Australia.
 
Sidecar superstars Darrin Treloar and Blake Cox won last year?s FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup and will be determined to go back to back and win this year?s event. They won?t be without their challengers and will face strong competition from fellow Australians and world competitors.
 
The Australians will have a fight on their hands with Kiwi riders Andrew Buchanan and Denny Cox who performed well at last weekend?s FIM Oceania Speedway event to be now leading that Championship. The New Zealanders will be looking to stamp their authority at the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup and take the fight to the Aussies.
 
Australian sidecar rider, Trent Headland recently discussed who he thought could contend in the upcoming sidecar Championships and FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup ?Darrin Treloar is the hardest competition out there, but Mark Mitchell is fast around Gillman. There are probably at least eight guys who could definitely win this year. You also can?t disregard the Kiwis, they?re on good bikes coming out of Australia and getting quicker and quicker. We?re personally firing on all cylinders, pumped and can?t wait!?
 
This weekend features two sidecar Championship races including the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup on April 8 and the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship on April 9. Both races will be taking place at Gillman Stadium, only 24 hours apart! A practice session will also take place on April 7, which can also be attended. It?s a glorious month for sidecar action in Australia!
 
Make sure you head on down to the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup and FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway and cheer on the superstars of the sport! For more information visit Gillman Speedway's website by clicking here.
 
Also keep up with the latest Speedway news with the Australian Speedway Championship Facebook Page and Motorcycling Australia Website.
 
Photo from Rachelle Wilkonson, taken at FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Undera

Can Spain be beaten?

MA News - Wed, 05/04/2017 - 4:49pm

Since the event was first held in 2002 Spain have remained unbeaten and it is a fact not lost upon nineteen-year-old Busto. 

?I think there is a certain pressure on my head,? he said, ?because the Spanish team has been winning for many years and when you compete you never want to break that streak. In other words, we must do well.

?But having Toni as my team-mate means I hope it will be easy to win. I look forward to doing well and I am very excited to be able to compete to win again the FIM X-Trial des Nations. The level of this competition is usually a bit lower than the World Championship sections so I hope I can also prove my level.? 

A new ruling introduced in 2016 that one team member must be under twenty-five years old explains why Busto has been selected in favour of more accomplished Spanish riders for the second consecutive year.

Last season he won alongside Adam Raga when Bou, who won his eleventh consecutive FIM X-Trial World Championship in Nice last week, was injured.

The other countries competing include home nation France with Benoit Bincaz - Scorpa and Alexandre Ferrer - Sherco who have finished runners-up for the last two years; Italy represented by Matteo Grattarola - Gas Gas and Luca Petrella - TRS; and the team from Great Britain with James Dabill - Gas Gas and FIM Trial 2 Cup winner Jack Price - Gas Gas.

The field is completed by Germany?s Franz Kadlec - Gas Gas and Jarmo Robrahn - Beta.

Of the ten competitors only Bou, Dabill and Kadlec competed in all four rounds of the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship with Busto and Ferrer both making wild card appearances, Busto in particular impressing with his fourth-placed finish at round three in Marseille.


Key Facts

  • Spain are unbeaten in the competition and if they win on Friday it will be their 11th consecutive title
  • The competition was first held in 2002 and has run every year apart from breaks in 2007 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2013
  • Spain?s winning team in 2002 was Adam Raga, Albert Cabestany and Marc Freixa - Raga was 2nd in the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship with Cabestany 4th
  • In 2016 a new ruling was put into place that one team member must be under 25 years of age
  • Out of the 10 riders 4 - Jack Price, Franz Kadlec, Luca Petrella and Jarmo Robrahn - will be making their FIM X-Trial des Nations debut in Pau
  • At 31 years of age James Dabill is the oldest competitor in Pau - Jarmo Robrahn at 18 is the youngest
Words and Photos by X- Trial des Nations

Postponement of Motorcycling Australia?s 2017 Annual General Meeting

MA News - Wed, 05/04/2017 - 2:43pm
Motorcycling Australia (MA) advises the 2017 Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled for Saturday 8th April has been postponed until Saturday 20 May 2017.

The AGM will still be held at the Mantra Tullamarine (2 Trade Park Drive, Tullamarine VIC)

Motorcycling Australia appreciates your patience and understanding in this matter.

Ride On-board with ASBK tomorrow on Fox Sports!

MA News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 5:47pm
The two-hour Fox Sports coverage will bring viewers close to the action, with brand new on-board footage and special features. Can?t catch the program live? Simply hit the Red button to record it! Race fans won?t want to miss the high octane, tyre shredding, full-litre excitement as ASBK superstars on the tight and twisty Wakefield Park Raceway circuit slice and dice their way to the podium!
 
Highlights from all ASBK classes will be broadcast during the Fox Sports program, including the tightly fought Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike, Motul Australian Supersport, Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300, Yamaha Motor Finance R3 Cup and the GP Juniors Cup Championships.
 
With near capacity grids, multiple manufacturers from around the globe and top tier-riders battling it out for supremacy, the 2017 ASBK Championship is dramatic and exciting! Now race fans have a range of ways to view the Championship and catch up on all the action; including on Fox Sports!
 
For further broadcasting dates and times, view the schedule below.
  
Fox Sports Air Dates and Times. AEDT Times
 
Round     Date       Time              Channel
RD 2        05/4:      20:00            Fox Sports 506
RD 2        07/4:      00:00            Fox Sports 506
RD 2        11/4:      12:30            Fox Sports 506
 
Tune into Fox Sports tomorrow night at 8PM AEDT for all new footage and special features!
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
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Yamaha AORC EJ Class flourishing with Transmoto as partner in 2017

MA News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:11pm
Transmoto is a dynamic media company that focuses on bringing all manner of dirt-related events, community and creative content to their audience, and a name that?s ubiquitous with the Australian Off-Road landscape for many years. As one of the largest supporters of the dirt bike scene in Australia, the Yamaha AORC is excited to once again have Transmoto on-board. A number of contenders will battle for the EJ class Championship in 2017. New DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco rider Nic Tomlinson and Husky-mounted Fraser Higlett will look to challenge after being runners-up in the class last year. Plus, there are a number of former J4-class riders (125cc to 200cc 2-stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stroke ? up to 15 years) ? including Mitten brothers, Zac and Tom, who will have their first taste of Senior action in EJ this season. Michael Driscoll is another competitor straight out of Juniors. He has a real talent for off-road racing and will look to show the Seniors what he is made of, after a strong showing at the NSW State Championships. It?s all to play for in 2017. The Transmoto Enduro Junior (EJ) class was introduced back in 2014 to assist young riders make the often-difficult transition from Junior to Senior classes as they progress in both age and skill. The class (formerly known as 19 & Under) has been extremely successful in helping Australia?s young enduro riders make an impact in the Yamaha AORC, and hone their talents for the world stage. Previous EJ riders, such as Daniel ?Chucky? Sanders and Jack Simpson, have since gone on to enjoy phenomenal success in Yamaha AORC and the International Six-Days Enduro after competing in the EJ class. With Transmoto getting behind the stars of tomorrow in the EJ class again, there will be many more success stories to come. The EJ class will hit the tracks for the first time in 2017 at the AORCs Rounds 3 & 4 at Rawson, Victoria, on April 22-23.  Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instag  2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar  Round 3 & 4: Rawson, VIC                     22 ? 23 April 2017 Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD                         13 ? 14 May 2017 Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA                     24 ? 25 June 2017 Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW                   22 ? 23 July 2017 Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC                     5 ? 6 August 2017 Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   Postponed (To be Announced)

Entries for Yamaha AORC Rounds 3 & 4 are now open

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 4:46pm
Motorcycling Australia (MA) would like to advise all competitors of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) that entries to Rounds 3 & 4 on April 22-23 at Rawson VIC, are now open. Rounds 3 & 4 at Rawson VIC, will now kick-off the Yamaha AORC season in 2017, after the postponement of Rounds 1 & 2 at Dungog NSW, due to unforeseen circumstances. Please be advised that MA is working towards replacement dates for Rounds 1 & 2 at Dungog, which will be announced in due course. Competitors can enter Rounds 3 & 4 by clicking here. 2017 Yamaha AORC Supplementary Regulations can be found by clicking here. Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram. Round 3 & 4: Rawson, VIC                     22 ? 23 April 2017 Round 5 & 6: Miva, QLD                         13 ? 14 May 2017 Round 7 & 8: Renmark, SA                     24 ? 25 June 2017 Round 9 & 10: Kyogle, NSW                   22 ? 23 July 2017 Round 11 & 12: Omeo, VIC                     5 ? 6 August 2017 Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   Postponed (To be Announced) Photo: Lyndon Snodgrass ENDS

FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Round One Belter

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 2:53pm
Including top placed competitors and teams from as far and wide as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship is tightly fought and Australian's have always proved to be stanch competition for the tourists.

The tight and twitchy Undera track played host to many race incidents on Saturday night including an unfortunate outing for Mick Cave and Bradley Steer, crashing out on the first lap of the first heat, after traveling all the way from England to compete. Cave suffered a nasty injury to his knee and wrist after his machine spectacularly cartwheeled down the straight. Cave and Steer later attempted their second heat (Heat 5) as their machine miraculously escaped damage, however pain and injury made it difficult for the rider to start.

Cave sharing; "We had a terrible time of it here last year, suffering many mechanical and electrical issues. One thing after the other really, and now this! (Injury). It's a bit of a quick dash out here for the FIM Oceania rounds for us really. I haven?t ridden since Australia last year and we've done no meetings at home (UK) in the meantime. Now, all I'm after on my trip here to Australia this year is some pain killers and sunshine!" He finished.

It was relatively clean, down to the wire racing all night at Undera in the crisp night air as the B Final got underway including the all Australian line up of Darrin Treloar / Blake Cox, Mark Mitchell /Sam Harrison and Trent Headland / Daryll Whetstone and New Zealander Jamie Moohan with passenger Brenton Marsh from South Australia rounding out the grid. The first lap saw Headland spin, bringing the following teams infield forcing a rerun of the B Final.
 
In the B final rerun, Treloar was in the lead when the red light was signalled, yet another restart that saw Treloar go on for the third and final attempt at the B to claim it in a smooth and easy win.

Warren Monson and passenger Andrew Summerhayes received no points in the A Final after spinning infield on the exit of turn one, forcing the Victorians to watch the rest of the race. New South Wales team Grant Bond and Glen Cox, claimed third position in the A, finishing the night on a total of 14 points.

The unstoppable duo of Sydney-sider Darrin Treloar and Blake Cox managed second position (15 points) as Kiwi rider, Andrew Buchanan with his Australian passenger Denny Cox won the all important A Final and the night on 17 points total.

Monson and Summerhayes shared their comments: "Speedway is always a bit of fun. The track is slippery in the cold tonight, but our bike is running well. Getting the start at Undera is important as turn one is really tight. Whoever has the lead on exit of turn one will have a huge advantage for the remainder of the heat. This round is a great lead up to the World Cup at Gillman (SA) and we are able to gauge the rest of the field as the riders are also competing there too. We are excited for Gillman as we've done plenty of laps there and have a good base setting for that track." The team finished.

Although on a great result, Darrin Treloar was left unsatisfied at Undera adding; "Im not 100 % happy out there as the track is slippery and the bike is having trouble putting power down. This is great preparation for upcoming rounds of Sidecar the and the Wold Cup at Gillman. Every meeting is just as vital as the next. We are continuously improving and developing with minor changes, we will work through the traction issues as a team and hopefully have it dialled in and all sorted for the next round!" The past Champion shared.
 
Now in it's fifth year running, the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship is a relatively new initiative catering for Speedway Sidecars, as the need for an internationally recognised championship was recognised. The first FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar event ran at the Olymipic Park Stadium in Mildura in 2013 and was won by Mark Plaisted and Brian Anthony.

In an intriguing turn of events that have made Speedway Sidecar history at Undera on Saturday night, all three passengers on the final podium are from the same family representing two generations. Denny Cox 19 years (1st place), Blake Cox 26 years (2nd place) and Glen Cox 53 years (3rd) and Brady Cox 21 years was placed on reserve.

For the complete Round One score card from April 01 at Undera, click here.

2017 Sidecar Speedway has not been without injury and drama, as hot favourites Shane Hudson and Justin Plaisted both unfit to compete in the first round at Undera due to crash injuries sustained at Broken Hill (NSW) and Whyalla (SA), dashing their seasons efforts.

Round Two of the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship will take place this weekend, Sunday April 9th at Gillman Speedway in South Australia. 

Contact Gillman Speedway for booking information and enquiries by clicking here
 
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.

Ferris flawless at Round 1 of the Motul MX Nationals

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 1:27pm
With the premier Thor MX1 class fairing some of the most talented competitors that the series has seen in years, Ferris had his work cut out for him aboard his Yamaha YZ450F in both 30 minute plus one lap motos this afternoon. The depth of talent within the class was realised from the minute bikes hit the track for qualifying this morning ? the top ten separated by only 2.8 seconds. But it was experienced SD3 Husqvarna rider Brett Metcalfe who capitalised on the smoother track conditions early in the session, recording the fastest qualifying time ? the only rider to dip into the 1:45s with a 1:45.332. Less than a second behind him was 2015 MX1 champ Kirk Gibbs (1:46.046), followed by Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team?s Todd Waters (1:46.266). CDR Yamaha?s Ferris and KTM Motocross Racing Team?s Luke Styke recorded the fourth and fifth fastest times, and from there the top five were through to GoPro Superpole.    But when GoPro Superpole was wrapped up it was no longer Metcalfe who was fastest on track. Despite only clocking in the fourth fastest time during qualifying, CDR Yamaha?s Ferris bounced back when it counted, collecting the first Superpole victory for 2017 and three championship points with an impressive 1:45.320 lap time, ahead of Styke, Metcalfe, Waters and Gibbs. Moto 1  When riders lined up for moto one, thousands of spectators dotted the fence line in anticipation for the first premier class show down of the year, and when gates dropped it was Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki?s Kyle Peters who snatched up the Raceline holeshot, and put healthy distance between himself, Ferris, and DPH Motorsport?s Kade Mosig. After only two laps, Peters continued to hold off last year?s Thor MX1 Champ, while Waters managed to get by local DPH Motorsport rider Mosig to move in to third position. And from there, Waters continued to apply the pressure - with Ferris his next target, the Honda CRF450R rider closing in rapidly on the CDR Yamaha machine. But just as Waters had closed in on Ferris, Ferris closed in on race leader Peters, providing spectators with a three-way battle for the opening MX1 moto top spot. After seven laps on track, the running order saw Suzuki mounted Peters continuing to maintain control of moto one, while Ferris and Waters were locked in to their own battle for second position behind him. Local Mosig was back in fourth place ahead of Gibbs, while MX1 rookie Luke Clout (Crankt Protein Honda) was having an impressive ride in sixth position.   By the halfway mark in moto one, Ferris started making passing attempts on Peters, but with rain beginning to fall, and the top riders into lapped traffic, the CDR Yamaha rider wasn?t able to make a move stick. In what was a surprise to onlookers, Waters made a mistake whilst in third place in the later stages of the moto, which saw him drop back to fourth.  With only seven minutes left on the clock Peters and Ferris tightened up once again, and although both riders were making mistakes and changing lines left, right and centre on the technical circuit, the pair remained in first and second positions ahead of Mosig in third. But with one and a half laps remaining, Ferris made a pass on Peters stick, and unfortunately for Peters the bad luck didn?t stop there, Mosig also managed to get by the Suzuki rider before Peters was forced to head back to the pits with a bike malfunction. And with Peters out of the equation, Ferris was able to breeze to victory, while Mosig put in one of his best rides in more than 12 months to take second, followed by Waters who inherited third position in the opening moto. Gibbs concluded race one in fourth ahead of SD3 Husqvarna?s Metcalfe in fifth. Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team?s Clout wrapped up his debut MX1 moto in sixth position, while Styke, MEGA Bulk Fuels Kawasaki?s Nathan Crawford, Peters, and CDR Yamaha?s Dylan Long completed the top ten. Moto 2 When gates dropped on race two this afternoon, Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team?s Clout took the second hole shot for the day, however his teammate Waters was not so lucky, going down in the first turn, and on a mission to make up positions. But in true Ferris fashion, it took less than a lap for the CDR Yamaha rider to take control of race two, while Mosig only a lap later also made the pass around Clout to slot up into second position.  Behind Ferris and Mosig, it wasn?t long before Clout had his hands full with SD3 Husqvarna?s Metcalfe, and after four laps the former AMA Husqvarna rider made the pass on the youngster for third position. Unfortunately for Clout, Gibbs also made his way around the 2017 Honda, relegating Clout to fourth, while Metcalfe went missing from the podium position handing third place to Gibbs. After nine laps on the gruelling circuit, Ferris continued to maintain a healthy two second gap on Mosig, followed by Gibbs then Clout who was beginning to feel the pressure from Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki?s Peters and KTM?s Styke. Long, who is still recovering from a wrist injury circulated in seventh position, while Kawasaki duo Crawford and Aleksandr Tonkov occupied eighth and ninth places. As moto two reached it?s closing stages, no other rider was able to match the form of CDR Yamaha?s Ferris, who looked ultra comfortable taking on the chopped up Wonthaggi circuit. And from there it was no surprise to see Ferris collect the race two victory. Second position was taken by an ?in form? Mosig, followed by KTM Motocross Racing Team?s Gibbs. Fourth place was collected by Gibbs? teammate Styke who got by Clout late in the moto, while Clout completed the MX1 top five. Peters, Long, Crawford, Tonkov and Honda?s Waters completed the top ten in race two.  But with 1,1 results and a GoPro Superpole victory to boot it was Ferris who collected the first round win of the season at Wonthaggi this afternoon. Second overall was taken by local Mosig, while third position on the podium was taken by KTM?s Gibbs. Dean Ferris ? CDR Yamaha ? Round 1 Winner ?You always want to come out of the first round with good points, but we maximised them today and I?m really happy with the improvements that CDR Yamaha and myself made in the off-season,? Ferris said. ?This championship is deep and ultimately that?s what we want. The boys were riding really well today, and you have to work really hard to be at the front. ?That?s what we?re doing, we?re going to try and ride smart this year and be strong as well.? Thor MX1 Round 1 & Championship points 1) Dean Ferris ? 70 points 2) Kade Mosig ? 64 points 3) Kirk Gibbs ? 58 points 4) Luke Styke ? 52 points 5) Luke Clout ? 51 points 6) Todd Waters ? 51 points 7) Kyle Peters ? 47 points 8) Nathan Crawford ? 46 points 9) Dylan Long ? 45 points 10) Aleksandr Tonkov ? 40 points The second round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Appin in New South Wales on Sunday April 23, 2017. For more information on the Motul MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au Words & Pictures courtesy of MX Nationals

Pozniak takes Pirelli MXD class round win at Wonthaggi

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 1:22pm

The development class which provides riders with their first introduction to professional racing showcased plenty of new talent across both motos this afternoon with Pozniak eventually putting together 1,1 race results rewarding him with the first round win of the season.

Rookie MXD rider Cody Dyce aboard Yamalube Yamaha Racing was the fastest MXD qualifier this morning, recording a 1:51.047 lap time ahead of teammate Pozniak, (1:51.383) while third position on the time sheets was taken by Sam Pelz after he recorded his fastest lap on only his first rotation on the circuit.

Moto 1 

When moto one commenced, the Wonthaggi track had become deep and highly technical, providing the ultimate challenge for the MX Nationals Under 19 competitors. And when gates dropped, it was Yamalube Yamaha Racing?s Pozniak who secured the Raceline holeshot ahead of Husqvarna?s Jye Roberts and Yamaha mounted Dyce.

However fastest qualifier Dyce was determined to move into the top spot, and within a few turns had made the pass on Roberts for second and then set his sights on his team mate Pozniak. But unfortunately for Dyce a 10 second in-race penalty for riding inside a track marker at the four lap mark hindered the Yamaha rider?s charge ? Dyce was then forced to race against the clock in a dash to make up positions before the chequered flag.

After 12 minutes of the first 20-minute plus one lap moto, the Pirelli MXD running order saw Yamalube Yamaha Racing?s Pozniak continuing to lead from Dyce and Husqvarna?s Roberts. Benjamin Broad (Kawasaki) and KTM SXF 250 rider Ryan Kenney held down fourth and fifth positons respectively, while Jackson Coulson, Kaleb Barham, and Raceline Pirelli KTM?s Morgan Fogarty all maintained places inside the top ten.

However, with Dyce on a mission to make up time, it wasn?t long before the Yamaha MXD rookie made the move on his more experienced team mate Pozniak for first position, but with a huge ten seconds to make up in order to take the victory, it was Dyce against himself once he had a clear track ahead of him.

By the time riders received the last lap board, there had been no change at the front of the pack, with Dyce continuing to tick off laps, in a desperate bid to stretch out his gap on Pozniak and Roberts to more than ten seconds.

But when the chequered flag flew, Dyce just fell short in time, and despite crossing the line in the top spot, was awarded second place after his earlier time penalty. Pozniak was then handed the first Pirelli MXD race win of the season, while Roberts concluded his first 2017 outing in third. Broad, Fogarty, Barham, Hugh McKay (Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha), Kenney, Justin Hart (Husqvarna) and Coulson (Yamaha) all wrapped up moto one inside the top ten.

Moto 2

By the time the Pirelli MXD class headed out for their second moto this afternoon, competitors were forced to contend with a notoriously difficult Wonthaggi circuit, and it was Pozniak who secured the holeshot once again, while unfortunately teammate Dyce showed his inexperience, going down on the first lap, re joining the race in 24th position.

However, it wasn?t long before rookie Raceline Pirelli KTM?s Fogarty made his presence known, making the pass up the inside of Pozniak, and showing that despite being fresh out of juniors, that he?s racing for wins.

Unfortunately for Fogarty a crash on lap three handed the driver?s seat back to Yamalube Yamaha Racing?s Pozniak, also allowing Roberts to slot up in to second position ahead of Husqvarna?s Callum Norton.

The crashes continued for Pirelli MXD riders soon after Fogarty went down, with Norton becoming the next victim of the Wonthaggi circuit ? crashing out of third place and handing the final podium position to Kaleb Barham.

As race two entered it?s closing stages one man that crowds couldn?t keep their eyes off was Dyce, who had charged all the way from 24th place to seventh position with five minutes still left on the clock.

Despite having a moment on the final lap, it was Pozniak who?s patience and consistency paid off at Wonthaggi this afternoon, crossing the finish line in first position, followed by Roberts and Barham in second and third places respectively. Fourth today was collected by Dyce who?s late charge paid off, while despite leading for a handful of laps, Fogarty wrapped up the second moto in fifth position.

But it was Pozniak's consistency that paid off this afternoon - his flawless 1,1 score card awarding him with the round one overall. Second spot on the Pirelli MXD podium was taken by Roberts, while Dyce wrapped up his debut MXD outing in third for the day.


Cooper Pozniak ? Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team ? Round 1 Winner

?Last year I finished the season off strong and got the win at the last round so I just came here to get some nice solid points and to go 1,1 is awesome," Pozniak said.

?I tried to stay smooth and consistent all day so I can?t thank my team enough for all the work they have put in to make today happen.

?It?s good to have the red plate leaving round one, so I?m just going to go home, put in the work and try and keep it for the whole season.?

Pirelli MXD Round 1 & Championship points 

1) Cooper Pozniak ? 70 points

2) Jy Roberts ? 62 points

3) Cody Dyce ? 60 points

4) Kaleb Barham ? 55 points

5) Benjamin Broad ? 53 points

6) Morgan Fogarty ? 52 points

7) Justin Hart ? 46 points

8) Riley Dukes ? 43 points

9) Hugh McKay ? 43 points

10) Isaac Ferguson ? 40 points

The second round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Appin in New South Wales on Sunday April 23, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 Motul MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au


Words and Photos from MX Nationals

Todd finishes on top at Motul MX Nationals season opener

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 1:15pm

With a number of riders stepping up to the Motul MX2 class from the MXD ranks, or returning from racing overseas this season, it was hard to pick who would take the first victory for 2017 on the technical Wonthaggi circuit, but Todd was dominant from the outset.

In what was familiar Victorian weather, qualifying took place in chilly conditions this morning and it was a battle of the three Yamaha riders Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport), along with Serco Yamaha pair Mitchell Evans and Jackson Richardson. But after the 15-minute timed session it was Todd who topped the time sheets with a 1:45.476 lap time, an impressive 1.4 seconds ahead of Evans and Richardson.

Moto 1 

With DPH Motorsport?s Todd taking first gate pick in race one, all eyes were on his 2017 Yamaha YZ250F as the 40 strong bikes approached the first turn, but it was Serco Yamaha?s Richardson who secured the first Raceline holeshot ahead of fastest qualifier Todd.

 

After only two laps, Richardson stretched out his lead on Todd to a healthy two seconds, while Synep Racing?s Dylan Wills settled in to third position aboard his Husqvarna ahead of Bulk Nutrients WBR?s Aaron Tanti.

As the first 30-minute plus one lap moto progressed, Richardson began to feel the pressure from an in form Todd, while Wills also attempted to close in the DPH Motorsport rider for second position. Behind Wills, Raceline Pirelli KTM?s Jayden Rykers held down fourth position after six laps on track, followed by Serco Yamaha?s Evans, Hamish Harwood (CML KTM Racing Team), Tanti and privateer Richie Evans. 

By the 11th rotation, riders were well into lapped traffic and DPH Motorsport rider Todd capitalised on the opportunity to make up time, closing in on Serco Yamaha?s Richardson and making the pass for the lead. Synep Racing?s Wills dropped back to sixth position at the pointy end of the moto, allowing Rykers and Evans to inherit third and fourth places.

In the closing stages of race one, rain set in but Todd continued to put distance between himself and Richardson in second position ? and with two laps to go, Todd was more than a second quicker than any other rider on track. 

From there, that?s exactly where Todd remained ? controlling the race until the chequered flag flew. Richardson crossed the line in moto one in second position ahead of Rykers and Serco?s Yamahas Evans, who finished in third and fourth. New Zealander Harwood who is racing both the MX2 and MX1 categories this year finished in an impressive fifth place, while Wills, Evans, CRF Honda Racing?s Kyle Webster, Egan Mastin (KTM) and Tanti completed the Motul MX2 top ten.

Moto 2 

By the time the final moto kicked off for the Motul MX2 class, the skies had cleared and thousands of spectators watched on as the class headed out on track for their 20 minute plus one lap moto. Davey Motorsport's KTM rider Mastin got to the race lead after only the first turn, but DPH Motorsport?s Todd was once again lurking in second position threatening for the lead. 

In what was an upset for Serco Yamaha, moto one second place getter Richardson went down on the opening lap, and was forced to re-join the race at the rear of the pack.

After only six minutes on the rough Wonthaggi circuit, Mastin looked in no way to be slowing down aboard his KTM 250 two-stroke, while Todd looked comfortable in second position ahead of CML Racing Team?s Harwood. After a tough start in moto one, Webster looked to redeem himself in race two and after five laps held down fourth position, while Serco Yamaha?s Evans slotted in to fifth.

With the top two riders Mastin and Todd out in front with a healthy gap on the field, the attention then shifted to the battle for third. Webster managed to sneak up onto the rear wheel of Harwood, eventually making the pass in the front section of the track with thousands of spectators as the backdrop.

As moto two reached its closing stages, two-stroke piloted Mastin continued to lead from Todd, Webster and Harwood. Fifth position was occupied by Evans, followed by Raceline Pirelli KTM?s Rykers in sixth, and Serco?s Richardson who had made his way back to seventh from his lap one crash. 

But it was Mastin who was the man of the moment in moto two, putting in a flawless performance to lead from lap one to the chequered flag. Todd crossed the finish line for the final time today in second, while CRF Honda Racing?s Webster wrapped up his second outing today in third. Evans made the pass on Harwood late in the moto to finish fourth, while Harwood wrapped up race two in fifth. Rykers, Richardson, Tanti, Richie Evans, and SD3 Husqvarna?s Luke Arbon completed the top ten.  

However, with 1,2 results, it was DPH Motorsports? Wilson Todd who concluded round one on the top step of the Motul MX2 podium, Mastin wrapped up the season opener in second overall, while Serco Yamaha?s Mitchell Evans? consistency paid off seeing the 2016 MXD champ finish his MX2 debut in third for the round.

Wilson Todd ? DPH Motorsport ? Round 1 Winner 

?I?m stoked to come out this year and win the opening round. I had a lot of bad luck last season,? Todd shared.

?Obviously to come out and win the first round we?ve got the season on the right track. I got two awesome starts and finished top two in both motos, so I can?t ask for much more than that.

?It?s a family environment with the DPH Motorsport guys and everyone under the truck is super supportive, so I can?t thank them enough for their help to get this done and we?re pumped for the rest of the season.?

Motul MX2 Round 1 & Championship points 

1) Wilson Todd ? 67 points

2) Egan Mastin ? 57 points

3) Mitchell Evans ? 56 points

4) Jackson Richardson ? 56 points

5) Jayden Rykers ? 55 points

6) Kyle Webster ? 53 points

7) Hamish Harwood ? 52 points

8) Richie Evans ? 46 points   

9) Dylan Wills ? 45 points

10) Aaron Tanti ? 44 points

The second round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Appin in New South Wales on Sunday April 23, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 Motul MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Words and Photos by MX Nationals

 

REMINDER 2017 ISDE Riders Applications CLOSING FRIDAY

MA News - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 11:40am
This year?s ISDE will be held in Brive, France from August 28 ? September 2, 2017.
Riders wishing to apply for an Australian Team position in this year's ISDE, will need to consider that while MA will contribute some funding to the team, there may be associated costs involved to selected riders. The expected time away for this year's FIM International Six Day Enduro will be approximately 17 days - departing on the 20th of August and returning on the 5th September 2017.  Team Australia is calling for ISDE World Championship riders for the following three classes:
Senior Trophy Team: 4 riders
Junior Trophy Team: 3 riders
Womens Trophy Team: 3 riders
Application forms are available to download here. Applications must be returned by COB Friday, 7th of April 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 www.ma.org.au  ENDS
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2017 Yamaha AORC Rounds 1 & 2 are now POSTPONED.

MA News - Sat, 01/04/2017 - 9:19am
In consultation with key AORC event organisers nationally, Motorcycling Australia has made the joint decision that the AORC Rounds 1 & 2 will not go ahead. The Dungog area and surrounds have been and will continue to be affected by ongoing extreme weather events currently in place on the East Coast of New South Wales and Queensland.

Presently, the tracks are unrideable and road access to the event is in doubt in line with current weather predictions.

Whilst we understand there may be frustrations surrounding the decision to postpone the event, we must ensure the reasonable safety of everyone involved in the AORC Rounds. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Further information on the new dates will be announced at a later stage and Motorcycling Australia will keep competitors informed. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at AORC Rounds 3 & 4 at Rawson, VIC on 22nd & 23rd April 2017.

The world?s best to compete for FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship glory!

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 4:26pm
Teams from around the world include the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and local heroes from Australia. The best of the best from these countries will compete for the coveted title. A number of riders have been replaced, after sustaining recent injuries. The 2015 Australian Champion Justin Plaisted and swinger Simon Cohrs will be replaced by fellow countrymen Arron Hartwig and Teagan Hartwig. Shane Hudson and Eli Wright will also be replaced by Grant Bond and Glenn Cox. Despite the changes, the remaining Aussies are primed to have a crack at the win.
 
Last years? FIM Oceania, also held at Undera and Gillman Speedway's, was a magnificent success. The Australians managed to conquer last year?s title in an action-packed affair, with Australian superstars Darrin Treloar and Blake Cox taking the win. The Australian duo will be hoping to go back to back in 2017.
 
April is a mad time for Speedway racing with the FIM Sidecar World Cup, the Australian Speedway Senior Sidecar Championship and the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship all crammed in one month. Fans of the category are sure to have their Sidecar action needs fulfilled!
 
Head on down to the 2017 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Undera (April 1) and Gillman Speedway (April 9) to cheer on the Aussies as they take on the world for championship glory! Australian Sidecar racing is being put on the map for the world to marvel.

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.
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