Motorcycling Australia

ASBK Round 2

MA News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:03am
ASBK Round 2 Date  17-19 March, 2017 Venue Goulburn, NSW Event Details

FIM Confirm 65cc inclusion in 2017 WJMX

MA News - Tue, 07/02/2017 - 11:38am
Riders wishing to apply for the 65cc class for the Australian Team in this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will need to consider that while MA will contribute some funding to the team, there may be a greater cost to individuals than in previous years. 

The expected time away for this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will be approximately 10 days, with further details to be confirmed at a later date. 
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will now consist of the following three classes:
Class 1: 65cc, 10- 12 years
Class 2: 85cc, 12-14 years
Class 3: 125cc, 13-17 years

Team Rider application forms are available to download here.
A reminder that Team Manager applications forms are available also and can be download here.

Team Manager applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 17, 2017.
Team Rider applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 31, 2017.

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

Matthew Falvo
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134
South Melbourne, VIC 3220

Further information can be found on the application forms at

RULE CLARIFICATION Information Bulletin #1621

MA News - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 3:54pm
Affected Disciplines:
Road Race
Historic Road Race
Motocross& Supercross
Classic MX and Classic Dirt Track
Dirt Track

Current rule in the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport:
xx.x.x Cameras
xx.x.x.x Cameras may be fitted to the motorcycle provided they are securely mounted. Camera mounts are subject to approval by the Chief Scrutineer. Helmet cameras are not permitted unless the camera is integrated into the helmet, by design of the manufacturer.

Relevant Rule Numbers:
10.9.2,  11.7.2,  12.13.2, 13.6.1, 14.10.2, 15.8.1, 16.7.2, 17.8.2,  18.8.2, 19.8.2,  20.8.2,  21.4.1

The term ?helmet camera? as outlined in the above GCRs is intended to define all components of a camera that attaches to a helmet in anyway, including any mounting device.

All helmets are to remain free from all modifications or attachments relating to the use of Cameras.

In line with Bulletin #1604 published March 03 2016, MA take this opportunity to remind all competitors that the use of Helmet Vinyl Wraps, Skins and any adhesive coverings on helmets across all disciplines is also currently under review.

Should an Official and/or Scrutineer be concerned that a helmet has a covering or is ?wrapped? in a way that may hide damage, or that in the process of applying aftermarket products using adhesives, the integrity of the helmet may have been damaged in any way, then the helmet may be refused.

The Scrutineer may also ask for the wrap to be removed in order to inspect the helmet. This includes stickers and anything attached to the helmet after manufacture. Failure to comply with the Scrutineers request may result in the helmet being refused.

As per MA regulations, it is compulsory for all participants taking part in practice and racing to wear a protective helmet. The helmet must be properly fastened, be of a good fit, and be in good condition. Scrutineers must check prior to practice and races that all helmets meet the above technical requirements.

For a copy of the 2017 MoMS click here.
Feedback contact:
(03) 9684 0512

YMF solidifies ASBK partnership with extended two year naming rights sponsorship deal

MA News - Mon, 06/02/2017 - 9:03am
The announcment solidifies the relationship with Yamaha Motor Finance after their valued support in the crucial rebuild phase over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. With YMF's continued commitment, the ASBK can move forward with innovative plans, providing a great foundation for stability and growth over the next two years.
YMF Group General Manager Finance Servies, Brad Ryan commented; "We have always shared MA's vision for the development of the ASBK. The successful partnership between Yamaha Motor Finance and the ASBK is a great venture. We are extremely pleased with the outcomes over the past two years."

?YMF isn?t just a finance company; it?s an industry participant. Through our finance and insurance arm, Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance, we?re involved in all types of two-wheel racing. Securing a multi-year agreement with the ASBK Championship as the naming rights sponsor is just another way we can invest in the sport, and we?re delighted to be able to do so.

"By cementing our partnership with the ASBK, we continue to raise the profile of both our insurance and finance brands. Together with MA, YMF is maintaining our ethos by supporting motorcycling sport in the country at all levels." Ryan reiterated.
MA CEO Peter Doyle elaborated on the big announcement, adding "Motorcycling Australia is delighted in welcoming Yamaha Motor Finance to the ASBK once again. Both parties have enjoyed a positive and collaborative relationship, helping to develop and grow the Australian Superbike Championship in to the success that it is now.
"In 2017, we will see unprecedented levels of growth, not only of rider and team involvement, but fan and spectator involvement too. It is with YMF that 2017 is set to be one of the most incredible years of racing on record" Doyle finished.

More exciting announcements are scheduled for the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, ahead of the season opener this February 24th to 26th.
2017 ASBK Calendar:

·      Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, VIC        23-26 February
·      Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                 17-19 March
·      Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                      28-30 April
·      Round 4  (TBC)                                                           June
·      Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warick, QLD         25-27 August
·      Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                           8- 10 September  
       Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                            6-10 October

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

WorldSBK European testing over: next stop Phillip Island

MA News - Fri, 03/02/2017 - 4:01pm
Over the last fortnight, WorldSBK testing has been held in Portugal and Spain, with reigning world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) the fastest in both outings at Jerez ? the same venue where he dominated a combined WorldSBK and MotoGP test last November ? while fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Ducati) sat at the top of the timesheets at Portimao.
The opening WorldSBK test at Jerez from January 23-25 saw all the top teams in attendance, including Honda (Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl) with its all-new homologation-special CBR1000RR SP2.
Despite the bikes being hastily prepared at the team's Dutch headquarters, Hayden (1:40.548) was impressive in completing the three-day test in sixth position, behind Rea (1:39.809), Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia, 1:39.920), Tom Sykes (Kawasaki, 1:40.219), the returning Marco Melandri (Ducati, 1:40.313) and Davies (1:40.324).
A number of other riders also set times in the 40s mark including Alex Lowes (Yamaha), Xavi Fores (Ducati) and Bradl.
Rea's top time only came after he crashed at turn three on the final day, when Savadori was leading the way. After a trip to the medical centre to get the all clear, Rea then went out on his second bike to edge out the Italian speedster ? who has joined Aprilia's factory team alongside Eugene Laverty.
?It is nice to set such a good lap time at this time of the year but it is testing and I have never been the best guy for one lap," said Rea, who's riding an updated ZX-10RR. "We have been able to make many fast laps in these winter tests, however, and we have found a bike set-up that has been working well.
?I felt my own ?bike fitness? was not great as I have been off the race bike for so many weeks now. I am looking forward to the next test to try and do a lot of laps. I need some more mileage to feel like I did during the season last year.?
With teams barely drawing breath, Portimao ? returning to the WorldSBK calendar in 2017 after a one-year break ? was the next top on January 28-29, with Kawasaki an absentee.
The top seven riders all finished within a second of each other, led by Davies (1:41.813) followed by Laverty (1:42.002), Savadori (1:42.043), Leon Haslam (Kawasaki, 1:42.300), Leon Camier (MV Agusta, 1:42.339), Lowes (1:42.533) and van der Mark (1:42.794). Haslam, a former WorldSBK winner and now British superbike campaigner, was deputising for Randy Krummenacher who was injured at the previous Jerez test.
"We did a lot of work in the past two days, as well as in Jerez, and overall we can be happy with the results," said Davies. "We completed a detailed program to evaluate all the technical upgrades, with good feedback.
"These tests, after a two-month break, were also crucial to allow me to get back the feeling I had on the bike towards the end of last year. The team has done a great job, and we?re optimistic ahead of the season opener in Australia, where we?ll take advantage of the final tests to fine-tune the details.?
The second Jerez test was dominated by Kawasaki (Rea, 1:L39.248 and Sykes 1:40.928) with Ducati, Aprilia, Honda and Yamaha all absent.
The teams have now returned to their European bases to prepare to fly Down Under for the final pre-season test at Philip Island on February 20-21 ahead of round one back at the fast and flowing circuit on February 24-26.
At Phillip Island, Aussie Josh Brookes will compete in WorldSBK on the same Yamaha he won the 2015 British title on, while Anthony West (Yamaha) will join countrymen Aiden Wagner (Honda) and Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki) in WorldSSP.
There will be two WorldSBK races over the weekend, in addition to WorldSSP and 13 national-level support races across superbike, supersport, 300 supersport and historics.
Tickets are available from Ticketek, with a three-day general admission at just $120*, saving $35 on the gate price. Also available via Ticketek are BarSBK passes at $260* with undercover viewing locations at the circuit?s most spectacular points ? Doohan Corner, Lukey Heights and Siberia. Adult single day tickets start at $30* for Friday, $65* for Saturday and $80* for Sunday, purchased in advance.
World supers is a mega-scorcher delivering three days of action, so make the most of a visit to beautiful Phillip Island in summer and camp at the circuit with up to four nights for just $105*.
The best news for families is that children 15 and under are free^ for both the event and circuit camping, making it an affordable, summer long weekend getaway for all the gang at pristine Phillip Island.
All information can be found at with news on a range of VIP hospitality packages also available via the circuit.
*All prices advance ticket sales.  Buy early and save on gate prices.
^ Children 15 and under

GP Juniors Australia & GP Juniors Cup Supp Regs & Tech Specs

MA News - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 6:06pm
GP Juniors Australia coordinator, Mark Bracks has worked closely with MA in formulating the rules and regulations behind the exciting new developmental series ahead of the GP Juniors Cup inaugural year. Supp Regs provide information and regulations for official competition in Australia according to discipline, and include a full listing of race permitted additions, compulsory safety additions and further series regulations in general.

Bracks relayed his excitement about the approaching GP Juniors Cup initiatives, stating; "The philosophy of GP Juniors Australia is to unearth and foster new talent to become future champions. The introduction of the one-make GP Juniors Cup ensures a level playing field for everyone. Yet another positive step forward, is to have the 2017 Supp Regs and tech specs released.
"I think everyone will be happy with the direction we are taking with the GP Juniors Cup and keeping the Yamaha R15 as standard and controlled as possible will keep costs down, making it more attractive and viable for mum's and dad's, as well as providing a platform for highlighting true Road Race talent.

"In the past, this formula has produced many excellent riders, including Mike Jones, Daniel Falzon and Josh Hook. It is our belief that the GP Juniors Cup will yield the same results." He concluded.

MA's newly appointed National Technical Officer, Pip Harrison added; "The GP Juniors Cup is a fantastic platform suited to entry level competition. The Yamaha R15's handling and power delivery characteristics are predictable, dependable and reliable.

"The GP Juniors Cup provides an immense opportunity for young riders to develop and advance in their sport. With the full backing and support of well-established organisations, at an affordable price, as the rider's hone their skills and progress, who knows where they will end up!" Harrison concluded.  

The total cost of the GP Junior Cup package is $4,499.00 and includes the following:
  • Yamaha R15
  • Race fairing set
  • Braided steel front brake line
  • Lower set handlebars
  • Adjustment plates for rear set footpegs
  • Engine cover crash knobs fitted
  • Performance exhaust system fitted
  • Alternate rear sprockets kit
  • Rear stand pickups to enable race stand to be used
  • Graphics kit
Importantly, GP Juniors Cup coordinator, Bracks added; "In the coming weeks, a control tyre will be selected to complete the package for 2017." 

For a copy of the 2017 GP Juniors Australia Supp Regs Tech Specs, click here. 

Along with races according to their own fixture, the GP Juniors Cup will feature at three rounds of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) as below: The GP Juniors Australia and GP Junior Cup 2017 Calendar:
Round 1   17-19 March    Wakefield Park Raceway      GP Juniors Cup* Round 2   28-30 April       Winton Motor Raceway       GP Juniors Cup*

Round 3   TBC                         TBC                               GP Juniors Australia                                                                                      and GP Juniors Cup
Round 4   6-7 August        Wakefield Park Raceway    GP Juniors Australia                                                                                       and GP Juniors Cup

Round 5   25-27 August        Morgan Park Raceway    GP Juniors Cup*

Round 6   24-26 November  Mallala Motorsport Park   GP Juniors Australia                                                                                and GP Juniors Cup
*denotes a round with ASBK  

For more information on the GP Juniors Cup, please visit or ASBK website, contact Mark Bracks via

2017 ASBK Rounds 2-7 Released

MA News - Wed, 01/02/2017 - 4:25pm
upplementary Regulations provide information and regulations for the Australian Championship and are available to download from the ASBK website HERE or via the Supp Regs page of the Motorcycling Australia website.
Australian Championship classes include Superbike; Supersport; Supersport 300 Up to, Over, and Women?s; and Moto3/125GP. The YMF R3 Cup will run at Rounds 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7.
Motorcycling Australia would like to remind competitiors of the ASBK Homologated Tyre list for 2017, providing competitors and teams with consistency while allowing a wide range of tyre choice in competition. The list will be made available at weeks end.

Please note these Supplementary Regulations pertain only to Rounds 2 ? 7, Round 1 information is included in WSBK Support Class Supplementary Regulations also released on the Supp Regs page of the MA website or can be viewed from the ASBK website here.
For all ASBK enquiries please contact
2017 ASBK Calendar:

·      Round 1 Phillip Island GP Circuit, WSBK, VIC         23-26 February
·      Round 2 Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW                 17-19 March
·      Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                      28-30 April
·      Round 4  (TBC)                                                         June
·      Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warick, QLD         25-27 August
·      Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                           8- 10 September 
       Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                           6 -10 October

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

Team Rider and Team Manager applications open for 2017 FIM World Junior Motocross

MA News - Wed, 01/02/2017 - 10:07am
Riders and Team Managers wishing to apply for an Australian Team position in this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will need to consider that while MA will contribute some funding to the team, there may be a greater cost to individuals than in previous years. 

The expected time away for this year's FIM World Junior Motocross will be approximately 10 days, with further details to be confirmed at a later date. 
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will consist of the following two classes:

Class 1: 85cc, 12-14 years
Class 2: 125cc, 13-17 years

Currently, we are still awaiting on full confirmation from the FIM on further information.
Motorcycling Australia would like to thank previous Team Manager Glen Macdonald for his dedication to the team over a number of years.

Team Rider application forms are available to download here.
Team Manager application forms are available to download here.

Team Manager applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 17, 2017.
Team Rider applications must be returned by COB Friday, March 31, 2017.
Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

Matthew Falvo
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134
South Melbourne, VIC 3220

Further information can be found on the application forms at

For more information head to


MA News - Tue, 31/01/2017 - 9:43pm
The event is being organized by Darrin Treloar in association with the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club as a tribute to Darrin?s father who was a top class speedway sidecar rider himself.

The Aircom Group Garry Treloar Roll the Dice will feature sixteen of Australia?s best sidecar competitors in 20 qualifying heats culminating in a B and A Final as well as events for Junior Sidecars, Vincent sidecars and low line sidecars.

?There have never been as many different sidecars on the one race program,? said Kurri Kurri Speedway Club President, Peter Campton. ?Our Club is always keen to support sidecar racing and we are very happy to work with Darrin [Treloar] to present this meeting. It is a great boost for the sport.?

?Dad was a great inspiration for me and the Treloar family is delighted to have the chance to pay tribute to him in this way,? said Darrin.?We want to make this meeting a success with the intention of making it an annual event. Dad had a set of dice on all his racing leathers, so we reckoned ?Roll the Dice? was pretty appropriate.?

Darrin Treloar is unquestionably Australia?s most successful speedway sidecar rider. He is the current FIM World Speedway Sidecar Champion, the current Australian Speedway Sidecar Champion and the current QLD, NSW and South Australia Speedway Sidecar Champion.

There is a strong local presence in Treloar?s outstanding record by way of his passenger, Blake Cox. Cox lives in Lake Macquarie and has been Treloar?s passenger for the last three speedway seasons.

?Just like the Treloars, my family has been in sidecars for many years,? said Cox. ?I tried a few other sports but when the offer came to partner Darrin, I went with it.?

All four members of the Cox family will be filling the ?passenger? role on Saturday night. Father of the family, Glen, will dust off the leathers and compete with long time partner, Grant Bond. Blake will be passenger for Darrin Treloar, whilst Brady Cox will partner Hayden Bond and Liam Cox will pair with Klae Hobbs.

For the very first time Junior Sidecars will compete on the same program as the senior riders. Albeit on the junior inner track, six young riders and their passengers will get the thrill of racing on the big stage with the winning combination receiving the inaugural ?GT? Cup.

The barking roar of the famous Vincent engines is certain to bring back memories for long time speedway fans and the reappearance of the ?low line? sidecars is also in tribute to Garry Treloar. He and his brother Ricky were amongst the first riders to compete on these custom built vehicles that came into vogue in place of the Vincent style machines.

A parade of the sixteen competitors in the main event in the back of Mustang convertibles will get the night underway at 5:15pm followed by the presentation of medallions by the Treloar family to all competitors. Racing commences at 6:30pm.

2017 Australian Under 21 Speedway Solo Championship Final Kurri Kurri 28 January

MA News - Tue, 31/01/2017 - 9:09am
Event Details
2017 Australian Speedway Under 21 Solo Championship 


28 January, 2017


Kurri Kurri Speedway, New South Wales

Event Results For results click here.

2017 ASBK Official Test Day

MA News - Tue, 31/01/2017 - 9:04am
Event Details

2017 ASBK Official Test Day  


30th of January, 2017


Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island.

Event Results For results click here.

2017 Australian Motorcycle News International Island Classic

MA News - Tue, 31/01/2017 - 8:58am
Event Details

2017 Australian Motorcycle News International Island Classic 


27th to 29th of January, 2017


Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island.

Event Results For results click here.

Blair snatches fastest time of the day at ASBK Official Test

MA News - Mon, 30/01/2017 - 5:46pm
In between the drizzles of rain and the cool conditions out on track, it was Blair Builds Michael Blair who made use of his track time before round one in only a few short weeks, posting the final fastest time overall for the day.


It was no surprise to see limited laps turned with the weather looking bleak to start the day for the first Superbike session. The times only just reached down in to the 1 minute and 40 seconds? bracket by Beau Beaton?s Ducati Panigale.

By the second session of the day it was declared a wet track, with competitors taking their time heading out on to the wet Phillip Island surface. Despite the competition out on track young 20-year-old John Hunt was the fastest man surfacing with the quickest time of 1:46.606 towards the end of the Superbike session.

Things were looking better in the third Superbike practice just after the lunch break, a dry line had formed and within the first 10 minutes the times had already dropped in to the 1 minute 37?s. It seemed to be Yamaha domination this afternoon with three R1?s setting the top three fastest times led by Caterpillar Jon Daniels Racing?s Daniel Falzon (1:34.920).

With a whopping 27 Superbike machines, out on track for testing a clear track was far and few between. Regulars to the top ten being Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team's Brian Starring, Yamaha mounted Michael Blair, and Kawasaki?s BC Performance's Robbie Bugden in the mix, plus more.

The final session of the day was extended to 35 minutes, providing competitors ample opportunity to get the last creases ironed out before round one. Helmets tucked behind their screens down the front straight, there was slacking rider in the final session.

Yamaha Racing Teams Allerton looked as though he had the fastest time for the day secured with five minutes remaining on the clock, however just before the session stopped short from a red flag, consistent rider today, Blair, stole the show with a total and final time of 1 minute 33.197 seconds.

The final session top ten leaving behind the making of a good battle at round one, as already the top ten bikes were only one second apart.

Supersport: Light rain littered the first session of the morning for the Supersport competitors, with only 13 riders braving the anticlimax weather conditions, however in the second session the drying track sprouted 6 new riders.

By the middle of the day the fastest lap produced in the Supersport 600 class was a 1:50.083, by Sam Muldoon, with still two session left for the remainder of the day.

A dry track put anticipation back in to the air of the Supersport competitors, and it was time to get down to business and make use of the limited time they had left of the ASBK Official Test Day. Making his first appearance out on track for the day Triumph mounted Mark Chiodo finished with the fastest session time of 1 minute 37.320 seconds.

Chiodo went from strength to strength in the final Supersport session of the day, finishing with a total overall fastest Supersport time of 1:35.947.

Supersport 300/ YMF R3 Cup/ Moto 3/125GP:

As the first bikes, out on track this morning, the Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup and Moto 3/125GP competitors were treated to a dry, 25-degree track temperature. Broc Pearson finished the first session fastest with a final time of 1:54.376.

A wet track for the second session mixed up things for these competitors, now with Reid Battye out in front however not matching Pearson previous time, finishing the session with a 2:01.494.

After a momentary red flag in their third session, it was back in to gear for these competitors with plenty of new faces sprouting. In 2016 we saw some of the most epic battles in the stacked class, and this year is shaping up to be much the same.

Hot 2016 Moto 3 competitor Locky Taylor debuted his Supersport 300 today, feeling his way around the machine producing some promising times throughout the day. However, the man of the moment for the Supersport 300 competitors was Broc Pearson who couldn?t better this morning times of 1:54.376, leaving him the fastest Supersport rider today.

Today the excitement well and truly hit its climax with just a snapshot of what the year has in store. For these Australia Superbike Championship competitors, its back home to rest, train and refuel, ready for a challenging and much anticipated round one at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ahead this February 24th to 26th.

Stay up to date with all the latest news and updates from the ASBK Official Test Day by liking ASBK on Facebook, following the @asbk on Instagram and checking out the ASBK website here.

McWilliams-led United Kingdom wins International Challenge

MA News - Mon, 30/01/2017 - 10:28am
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit came alive in the fourth and final race in the multi-national event after Aussie rookie Alex Phillis (Suzuki XR69) won a thriller ahead of Jeremy McWilliams (Harris Yamaha) and another local, Steve Martin (Suzuki Katana).
With Jed Metcher (Harris Honda) and Shawn Giles (Katana) also performing strongly, Australia managed to claw back some points on the UK but it wasn't enough to deny victory to the visitor for the third successive year ? with the tireless veteran McWilliams also taking home the individual standings for the fourth time.
The final score saw the United Kingdom complete the event on 651pts ahead of Australia (640), Ireland (539), America (357) and New Zealand (323).

"Riders leave absolutely nothing in the tank at the International Challenge, and that's what makes it so special to compete in and win," said McWilliams, now 52 and showing little signs of slowing down. "We are allowed to ride bikes on the limit by the owners, and it's been an honour to represent the UK and get the job done again in 2017.
"My teammate Peter Hickman is right when he says this is some of the hardest and toughest racing you'll find anywhere, so that always makes winning extra special."
Australia's attempt to reclaim the International Challenge from the UK got off on the wrong foot when Irving Vincent-riding speedsters Cameron Donald and Beau Beaton were forced out of proceedings by mechanical problems on Saturday, while Phillis ? who started from second on the grid alongside McWilliams ? retired from race one with a flat tyre.
McWilliams won both races on day one, the first ahead of Giles and fellow UK rider Peter Hickman (Harris Yamaha), while in race two Hickman and Metcher completed the top three.
The UK then extended its lead to 26pts in race three, with McWilliams unstoppable en route to another win and a new lap record of 1:36.388. Hickman and Giles completed the top three.
With the event again going down to the wire, Australia sensed a sniff of victory after Hickman high-sided out of the lead at turn 10 on lap two, with McWilliams dropping a couple of places as he took evasive action.
However, with Aussie hard-charger Chad Hern (Harris Honda) out on the following lap with a broken cam chain it was then obvious only a calamity from a UK perspective would let Australia back into the game.
That didn't eventuate, but the last few laps of race four were the best of the weekend as Phillis led while McWilliams was on a comeback mission after being held up in the Hickman crash.
The final lap was a nerve-jangler, and just when it appeared McWilliams was ready to make a move he got all loose a turn 10 which scuppered his chances of a clean sweep.
"I just went in too hot and the bike stepped out," said McWilliams. "Alex is also exceptionally fast at turn 11 ? and also at turns two and six for that matter! - so I knew that was it for me as far as pushing for the win."
Phillis was elated, as he completed his rookie International Challenge campaign in the best possible way.
"I knew Jeremy was close behind so I just had to stay focussed and get on the gas as hard as I could coming out of turn 10 on that last lap," said Alex, the son of Aussie superbike racing legend, Robbie. "I have really enjoyed riding the XR69, and I knew that once we had ironed out a few fuelling niggles I would give myself a great chance of pushing for a win.
"I also got a great start in the last race, so that always helps."
Phillis only finished 11th overall in the individual standings after his race one DNF, with McWilliams running out an easy winner on 159pts from Metcher (147), Giles (147), Ireland's Paul Byrne (McIntosh Suzuki, 140), UK's Conor Cummins (Harris Yamaha, 133), Martin (132), Ireland's Derek Sheils (XR69, 132), and another batch of UK riders: McGuinness (Harris Honda, 125), James Hillier (Harris Yamaha, 118) and Hickman (116).
The highest point-scorer for America was Pat Mooney (XR69) in a 12th position, and for New Zealand it was Glenn Hindle (XR69) in 12th position.
Irish non-riding captain Mike Meskell was delighted with how his team performed.
"We had some good bikes and some  not so good this weekend, but they held together and we have achieved our goal of getting closer to the top two teams," Meskell said. "We want to be regarded as a serious competitor to Australia and the UK, and we will come back bigger and stronger in 2018 with better bikes, including two XR69s."
American head honcho Dave Crussell said: Our bikes and riders finished every single race in 2017, which is a fantastic achievement. Our bike development has paid off, and I was particularly delighted with the form of Pat Mooney and Barrett Long."
Despite again holding up the International Challenge ladder, New Zealand captain Duncan Coutts was far from despondent.
"We were a bit unlucky in that last race with Damien (Kavney) a DNF, but a couple of our bikes were really strong and we'll be back to fight on again in 2017," Coutts said.
In a massive weekend of historic competition, Murray Seabrook collected the Phil Irving Memorial Trophy for the most points collected by a competitor outside the International Challenge races. Seabrook defeated Dean Oughtred and Lachlan Hill.
Race one: 1 Jeremy McWilliams (UK), 2 Shawn Giles (AUS), 3 Peter Hickman (UK), 4 Conor Cummins (UK), 5 Jed Metcher (AUS), 6 Chas Hern (AUS).
Race two: 1 McWilliams, 2 Hickman, 3 Metcher, 4 Alex Phillis (AUS), 5 Paul Byrne (IRE), 6 Giles.
Race three: 1 McWilliams, 2 Hickman, 3 Giles, 4 Phillis, 5 Metcher, 6 Byrne
Race four: 1 Phillis, 2 McWilliams, 3 Steve Martin (AUS), 4 Metcher, 5 Byrne, 6 Giles.
1. United Kingdom 651pts  
2. Australia 640pts  
3. Ireland 539pts
4. America 357pts
5. New Zealand 323pts
1. Jeremy McWilliams (UK) 159
2. Jed Metcher (AUS) 147
3. Shawn Giles (AUS) 147
4. Paul Byrne (IRE) 140
5. Conor Cummins (UK) 133
6. Steve Martin (AUS) 132
7. Derek Sheils (IRE) 132
8. John McGuinness (UK) 125
9. James Hillier (UK) 118
10. Peter Hickman (UK) 116
125cc FORGOTTEN ERA: Simon Oliver
125cc NEW ERA: Stephen Kairl
250cc FORGOTTEN ERA: Peter Hinton
250cc NEW ERA PRODUCTION: Glenn Chandler
250cc NEW ERA: Scott Sullivan
125cc POST-CLASSIC: Stacey Heaney
250cc CLASSIC: John Imrie
250cc POST-CLASSIC: Murray Seabrook
350cc POST-CLASSIC: Murray Seabrook
350cc CLASSIC: Philip Paton
350cc FORGOTTEN ERA: Lachlan Hill
500cc FORGOTTEN ERA: Tom Bramich
500cc CLASSIC: Brendan Roberts
VINTAGE: Clive Harrop
UNLIMITED FORGOTTEN ERA ? Premier: Marty Craggill
NEW ERA FORMULA 750cc: Scott Campbell
NEW ERA FORMULA 1300cc: Dean Oughtred
Murray Seabrook
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Speedway 2017 U21's Aussie Championship Claimed

MA News - Sun, 29/01/2017 - 11:28pm
On Maximum points, the current U21?s World Champion took out the 2017 Australian Championship with a formidable win. The Under 21's was an actioned packed Saturday night on January 28th, that saw more than half a dozen riders come unstuck, making heavy contact with the dirt.

The last heat of the night ensured crowd favourites, Max Fricke and Jack Holder both tied on maximum points with Brady Kurtz only one point behind on 11. In a race not to be missed, a flying start off the line resulted in a crash at turn one that saw Holder go down, Kurtz flying over the top of him, in turn both falling heavily. Both riders were up again and after a short delay, the race was re-started. Kurtz dramatically pulled out of the race due to an apparent injury from the prior stack, leaving Fricke to take the win over Holder.
The final race including Fricke, Holder, Lidsey and Pickering was worth the wait, with Fricke gaining the lead over Holder to win the night. The battle behind the front runners was equally impressive, with Lidsey battling Pickering to take his first Australian Championship podium.
On the back of his World U21 Champion title, Max Fricke shared with Motorcycling Australia how he felt after adding the U21 Aussie title "It's awesome to have done the double! We are heading back overseas now and its pretty cool to be finishing our Aussie season on a high. I have built some momentum going overseas which is great! I had some tough competition tonight with Jack and I can?t remember the last time I ran at full maximum!"

A humble Fricke also seized the moment by adding; "A big shout out to everyone who is involved in running tonight, the track has been awesome all weekend." As 2017 is Max?s last year in U21?s he confirmed that he would be back next year to contest in the Senior events.  

Motorcycling Australia spoke to Australian U21 Championship defending Champion and 2017 second place getter, Jack Holder.
"It was a good meet tonight and I got all the points I could get. I knew the last heat was going to be as tough as they come and that I had all the top guys in it! Unfortunately, BK (Brady Kurtz) crashed out and you don?t like seeing a mate get hurt like that. So, I tried my best in that final and made a good start, because you can't give Max a head start!" Holder explained.

 When asked how he was feeling after suffering through two crashes in the night, Jack said "I had to lay the bike down to avoid a few people and the other crash that was a first corner incident. I'm all sweet! Just a bit of a graze on my finger." The hearty young rider expressed.
Jack shared with MA; "Of course I will be taking my position up in the World U21?s which is what I came here to do, and I really wanted to defend my title, but, I was second and that is second best. So, I can?t wait until the World season starts." 2017 is also Jack?s last year in U21?s.
Third place getter, Jaimon Lidsey has another three years left to race in Under 21 Championships and is touted to be stiff competition through those years. He shared with MA; " With Max being the World U21 Champ and Jack winning it last year, it?s pretty cool to finish just behind them. To finish off the season with this is great." The young gun finished.

Motorcycling Australia caught up with 2012 World Speedway Grand Prix Champion, winner of the 2016 Australian Speedway Grand Prix, and Kurri Kurri U21's attendee, Chris Holder. Chris lent his thoughts on the 'up and comer's' "We have a bunch of young Aussie guys who are doing really well with a lot of guys also competing over in England with good results too which is great. Max is probably our best U21 at the moment and is our current World Champion too! So it was a good night for him to wrap up the title and for my younger brother, Jack to get second is a great effort." He surmised.

MA simply had to ask Chris what he felt when he watched his little brother race at speed. Chris said "It's hard to watch him (Jack Holder) race, I get more nervous watching because I am not in control. I am stoked he had a good night and I like to come up and give him a hand when I can. Jack lives with me overseas and he will be racing the Elite rounds this year. He will be a lot busier this year, so it will be good for him to get more experience and hopefully step up to the Australian Senior team." The proud brother and Speedway champ finished.

Click here for the official scorecard of the night.
Keep up to date with all the 2017 Australian Speedway U21 Championship news by heading to the Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

2017 Speedway Under 16's Championship Wraps Up in Kurri

MA News - Sun, 29/01/2017 - 9:52pm
Maurice Brown finished the night and his 2017 Championship campaign as runner up to the unstoppable Queenslander, Keynan Rew, who took the night in a clean sweep on his 125 machine.
After winning the New South Wales, South Australian, Queensland and Victorian State Titles, Keynan Rew didn?t make a mistake on the road to winning his first National Championship at Kurri Kurri on Saturday night, and when Motorcycling Australia caught up with him after his win, Keynan said "It was a really good night. I am surprised more than anything! I'll be stepping up into the 250's and I feel comfortable on the larger bike. I'm really looking forward it!" The exited young talent concluded.
The under 16's success story continued on Saturday night when the 2017 250cc Australian Champion was named as 15 year old, Jedd List who placed first on the balmy Kurri Kurri night, with maximum points awarded. Under 16?s 125cc Champion, Keynan Rew took his second medal for the weekend, placing second in the Championship.
A name we will no doubt hear more of in the near future, Jedd List relayed his ambitions for the year ahead, adding; "It feels unbelievable! It hasn?t really sunk in yet, it?s just such a great feeling!  I am heading over to the 'Worlds' and while we are overseas I might try out the Junior 500cc leagues, because if you are 15 over there you can race a 500. I might also do the Darcy meeting. I will definitely be back here next year, but not sure what Championship I will be in" the determined young man explained.

Click here for the Australian Speedway Under 16's 125cc official scorecard.

Keep up to date with all the 2017 Australian Speedway U16 Championship news by heading to the Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

Motorcycling WA?s Junior Elite Training Camp 2017

MA News - Fri, 27/01/2017 - 4:13pm
The changes to this year?s camp include a visit to Western Australian Institute of Sport, expert cross training advise from World Champion Kickboxer Bruce Macfie and a Parent?s Seminar with Peter Strickland, Team Manager of Yamaha Australia ? Junior Development Team.

Our aim is to revolutionise Junior motorsport off the bike training by providing first class facilities and world class presenters. The camp offers tuition and guidance from those who have competed and coached at World  level. No other Motorsport camp in Australia currently provides this.

The camps new date and southern location will provide the opportunity for participants to develop their new found skills throughout the 2017 season.
The Camp will start on 10 April 2017 at Woodman Point Recreation Centre Coogee, WA, 6166, and will conclude on the 13th April  2017.
Fantastic opportunities can be gained at the camp, but nothing will be given away.  All will be released soon.
A week at MWA's Junior Elite Training Camp can transform your body and mind. With the experts on hand to show you the way to success. If you have the determination, the desire and think you have what it takes to be the best on our next camp. Then complete your application NOW!!

·         Aged between 13-18 years old.
·         Race Resume Including Race Results.
·         Current School Report.
·         Include two photos to use for Media. 1 x Sport Related, 1 x Portrait
·         Contracted Sponsors (if any)

CLOSING DATE:  All entries must be received by : Friday March 10, 2017

For further information contact:
Janine Wragg
Motorcycling WA Development & Training Officer
Phone: 08 9371 5333

Click here to start registration
To view photos of last year?s Junior Elite Training Camp visit our Facebook site.

Burns ready to light up New Zealand next weekend

MA News - Fri, 27/01/2017 - 12:33pm
Chandler, 16, impressively finished second in the A-Lites class in his first senior motocross competition. ?It was a good weekend for me. It was going to be real test for me as it was my first senior race and I was racing in A Grade,? Chandler said.

?Saturday started off a bit average after not getting the starts that I wanted, which saw me getting caught behind a few people. I ended up with a 4th and a 6th on Saturday. Sunday was much better as I got off to a good start in the first race and made a quick couple of passes into second and rode a comfortable race in second to finish.

?The second race on Sunday was even better, as I nearly got the hole shot, and was in second for the whole race ending up with second overall for the weekend,? Chandler added.

Chandler has a big year ahead of him as he plans to compete in all four rounds of the Victorian Senior Motocross Championships, where he hopes to finish in the top 5 in the A Lites class; aims to finish in the top 15 in the MXD class at the 2017 Australian MX Nationals, and would like to finish third in A Grade in the 2017 Shell Advance Gippsland Motocross Series.

Chandler is also heading overseas for the first time to compete in one of New Zealand?s top flight motocross competitions.  Chandler said he was invited by the host club ? the Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club on NZ?s North Island - and was assisted by the Jillings Family arranging a bike to race he is also supported by Davey Motorsport KTM Team in Australia.

He?ll be competing in the Junior 14 to 16-years 250cc 4-stroke class on January 28, and then in the Senior MX2 Championship Class on Sunday, January 29.

?I can?t wait. It?s going to be a real test for me as it is my first time travelling to another country all on my own. I?m also really excited as there will be at least a dozen top Australian riders taking it to the Kiwis,? Chandler said. ?I?m really grateful for this opportunity.?

Other top Victorian riders such as Jed Beaton, Cody Dyce, Bailey Malkiewicz, and Mason Semmens will also be competing at Woodville next weekend.

Fresh Speedway Talent on Show at Kurri

MA News - Fri, 27/01/2017 - 11:42am
Yesterday, 26 January, qualifying took place at the Kurri Kurri Speedway track ahead of the Australian Speeway Under 16's 125cc Championship, with 13 year old Queenslander Bailey Viner, leading the chase with a stunning four heat wins from four starts, placing him squarely at the front of the Australian 125cc Championship pack. Hot on his heels was Jackson Milner, James Pearson, Flyn Nicol, Liam May, Jack Sadler and Broc Hall who rounded out the seven qualifiers to join already seeded riders who are all chasing a piece of the 2017 Speedway pie. Patrick Bowes and Aiden Phillips named as reserve riders.

2016 Australian Speedway 125cc Champion Matt Gillmore, was in attendance yesterday cheering and spurring the youngsters on. Similarly, Australian Senior solo hot talent, Mason Campton was at the track lending his support in an official capacity as a flag marshal, before he heads over to Europe to compete this year.   
  2017 Speedway U16 - 125cc Race Draw First Name Surname SEEDED Connor Bailey SEEDED Fraser Bowes SEEDED Maurice Brown SEEDED Jacob Hook SEEDED Jack Miles SEEDED Jack Norman SEEDED Keynan Rew SEEDED Cordell Rogerson SEEDED   26th - 27th January ? Speedway Australian U16 125cc Solo Championship
28th   January - Speedway Australian U21 Solo/U16 250cc Solo Championship
29th January  - Speedway Australian U16 125cc Teams Championship

Keep up to date with all the 2017 Australian Speedway U21 & U16 Championship news by heading to the Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.


MA News - Fri, 27/01/2017 - 9:04am
Now one of the largest historic motorcycle racing events in the world, the Island Classic is not only a pilgrimage for so many as they watch their favourite riders and bikes slug it out over 56 races ? as well as getting up close and personal with them in the pits ? but it has a massive no-holds-barred element to it as well: the International Challenge teams' event between Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and America.
Now in its 13th year, the International Challenge (for bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984) was dominated by Australia from the outset before the United Kingdom not only made up large chunks of ground but finally overshadowed its antipodean rival by taking out the last two events ? its lead rider Jeremy McWilliams the mainstay.
That's left a sour taste in the Aussie camp, and in 2017 it's looking for redemption with battle-hardened stars like Shawn Giles, Steve Martin, Cam Donald and Jed Metcher and Beau Beaton to be joined by new faces Alex Phillis and Chas Hern.
The UK defence is also looking ominous, with British superbike champion Peter Hickman joining the squad alongside McWilliams, Conor Cummins, John McGuinness, Glen Richards and James Hillier.
Metcher and McWilliams won the Ken Wootton Memorial Trophy in 2016 as the highest point scorers across the four International Challenge races.
Ireland, America and New Zealand will also arrive at Phillip Island with strong line-ups ? Ireland with Paul Byrne and Cormac Conroy; the US with Barrett Long and James McKay; and NZ with Damian Mackie and Roger Gunn.
Australian speedsters Dave Johnson and Levi Day have joined the Irish effort, while Tasmanian superbike and production racing legend Malcolm Campbell is taking on the American cause.
Eight riders from each team will contest the four International Challenge races ? two apiece on Saturday and Sunday ? to make up the maximum 40-rider grid.
The Australia versus New Zealand component of the International Challenge will also count towards points in the 2017 FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup.
For riders in the non-International Challenge races, the carrot is winning the Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy for the highest points scored, with the likes of Donald and Day past winners.
It's not all about racing, though. The Island Classic will also host demonstration laps by the legendary Britten V 1000 V-twin home-built racebike out of New Zealand. Retired international rider Andrew Stroud, who won the 1995 world BEARS (British European American Racing Series) title on the V1000, as well as one-off wins at other tracks around the globe, will be the rider.
Another Island Classic guest will be Dutchman Ferry Brouwer, the founder of Arai Europe, who will be interviewed by renowned motorcycle scribe Alan Cathcart. Brouwer not only set up a European home for Arai helmets, but also he was also a spanner man for a host of top GP riders when he worked for Yamaha.
Phillip Island?s has also just secured a superb collection of 24 grand prix motorcycles -  15 sleek Aprilias and a brood of 9 beautiful, fiery red Cagivas - that Island Classic guests will be the first to enjoy.   All two strokes, they raced in GP competition between 1987 and 2003 and on board were some of the world?s great riders including the Italian aces Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi, and American stars Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski.
The collection includes the Aprilia RSV500 of Jeremy McWilliams, the mainstay of the UK team for this weekend?s International Challenge.   He rode the machine in 2000, and in fact scored pole position at Australia?s Phillip Island when competing in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
To be housed in the Phillip Island Visitor Centre, Island Classic patrons will get discounted entry to view the prized collection with adult entry just $9.50.
The Island Classic begins with practice and qualifying on Friday, January 27, and on Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29) there will be non-stop action, with all races between four and six laps and catering for bikes from pre-WW1 bikes through to Vintage (1920-1945), Classic and Post Classic (from 1946 to 1972), and the more recent Forgotten Era and New Era classes. Sidecars will also join solos on the program.
As well as the Japanese Big Four, other manufacturers on the Island Classic grids will include BSA, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Matchless, Norton, Vincent, Ariel, Indian, Aermacchi, Bultaco and Adler, as well as a bevy of chassis specialists.
Fergus Cameron, Phillip Island managing director, says the event is pure heaven for bike lovers and is chuffed that people come from all over the globe to spend a long weekend immersed in bike-lore.
?We love that 95 percent of the bikes that travel from all over the globe to the event actually are in tip-top condition, in fact in such good spec, that they can compete in fierce racing on one of the most demanding circuits in the world,? said Fergus Cameron, md of the Phillip Island Circuit.
?I?m also so excited about our superb collection of grand prix motorcycles that have literally just landed from Italy and Island Classic visitors will be the first to view these treasures.?
Gate prices from Friday 8am?Three day pass $90 at gate; Sunday only $60 at gate; Saturday only $50 at gate.   All children 15 and under free.    Camping at gate $95 for up to four nights.
Gates will open at 8:00am each day with qualifying and racing from 9:00am.
*All ticket prices quoted are in advance
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