Motorcycling Australia

2017 Trials des Nations EOI Now Open

MA News - Thu, 02/03/2017 - 3:38pm
Riders wishing to apply for an Australian Team position in this year's FIM Trial des Nations, 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 Trial des Nations will be approximately 10 days, with further details to be confirmed at a later date. 

Team Rider application forms are available to download here. 

Applications must be returned by COB Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to:

Sam Refern
Motorcycling Australia
Email: track@ma.org.au
03 9684 0501


Further information can be found on the application forms at http://www.ma.org.au/forms.

2017 ISDE Riders Applications NOW Open

MA News - Wed, 01/03/2017 - 3:47pm
ISDE is a prestigious enduro event with significant Australian successes and triumphs in recent years, including the Womens Senior Trophy Team in 2016 for a fourth consecutive year and a clean sweep by all three (Senior, Women?s and Junior) teams in 2015, a feat never before accomplished.  
 
The prospects for Australia mounting a significant challenge at this year?s event are exciting and MA is looking to finding the talent to achieve success in 2017.  As the oldest Off-Road motorcycle championship on the FIM calendar, ISDE is a true test of man, machine, difficult road conditions and reliability.

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 5thSeptember 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 

Coastal Motocross Club to host 2018 AJMX

MA News - Tue, 28/02/2017 - 3:22pm
The announcement marks the first time since 2004 that AJMX has been hosted on the island State and the Coastal Motocross Club (CMXC) has contributed in hosting many successful events including the 2015 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE). President Stuart Weller saying; "The Club is looking forward to hosting the AJMX, being the pinnacle of Junior Championships in Australia."

?The CMXC club and committee are very excited to have this high profile event back in Tasmania. We will strive to make this an enjoyable and memorable event for all competitors and mainland visitors.? Weller continued.

?I know Coastal Motocross Club with the support of all the clubs in Tasmania will do a fantastic job of hosting the Australian Junior Championships for 2018.  Tasmania is a beautiful place at that time of the year, and it will be great for locals to have the chance to come and enjoy some of the best motocross talent Australia has to offer on one of the top tracks in the country!? Weller concluded.

The 2018 World Junior Motocross Championships will be held in mid to late August 2018 in Horsham, prior to the 2018 Australian Junior Motocross which will be held in Penguin, Tasmania.

The 2017 Australian Junior Motocross Championships are scheduled to be held in Horsham, Victoria on 30th September ? 7th October 2017. 

Motorcycling Australia would also like to advise that the following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Junior Motocross (2019 only)
  • ATV Motocross (2018 & 2019)
  • Classic Motocross (2018 & 2019)
  • Post Classic Motocross (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Coordinator ? Off-Road, Matthew Falvo at offroad@ma.org.au

The closing application date for 2019 Junior Motocross is Friday April 14, 2017. Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia website.

Aussie's turn up the heat in WSBK

MA News - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 12:43pm
Teaming up with ER Motorsports, Sydney-sider Josh Brookes has come full circle since his 2004 World Superbike Championship (WSBK) Phillip Island wild card debut, at the age of 21. Plagued with engine dramas the entire weekend, the now 33-year-old Brookes managed to place 12th on his Yamaha YZF-R1, against the best, high-dollar Superbike teams in the world.

"I felt almost obligated to come to Phillip Island as a WSBK wild card because I am the only rider representing Australia in Superbike. I just came here to do my best and give it my all. We all have.

"Saturday we blew a water pipe off the motor - we thought it just was a damaged pipe, so quickly replaced it to no avail. We had to strip the motor down and discovered it was a head gasket failure. After warm-up, we saw the water temp was going up again and pressure was building up in the radiator. We had to swap out the head gasket again this morning (Sunday) between the morning warm up and the race.
 
?Everyone in the team chipped in and worked like hell. We had a minimal amount of time to do a massive job. We had to rip the engine out, put it side by side with another engine, borrow the head and head gasket off that engine in order to get at least one engine to go! It was a huge effort by the guys and the fact we made it out on track at all this weekend was amazing!"

Australian WSBK Supersport wild card, Anthony West (West Racing YZF-R6) managed to pick up the pieces of Supersport carnage in Sunday's race, finishing on the podium in third place. From the green light to the chequered flag drop, the race saw numerous biff's, bumps' crashes and tussles play out in the shortened 10 lapper.
 
West shared his experience; "I've managed to fight my way to be standing here today against high-budget teams, that with our budget shouldn't even be at the same race! But we did it! We showed them!

"It's been a mission and a half getting to this point. I've had issues with bad engines and people we thought we could rely on letting us down. It?s been hard work and my team has worked flat out for the past three days solid. We have struck a bit of luck though, when a guy walking past our garage offered his race bike to us. It's now in the corner of the garage in a million pieces, as we used what we could on my bike! It's not fast, and we certainly didn't expect it to be,? West continued.

"To be competitive in Superbike, you need the horsepower - especially at a track like Thailand for the next round of World Superbikes. You can get away with low horsepower here at Phillip Island because of the high speed corners and being consistent and that's exactly what happened for me here today. If it was any other track, I would not have ended up on podium with that engine, which is at least 10-15 horses down.
 
"I'd love to keep racing and do more rounds, but there just isn't the money and I am still looking for a sponsor or three! I had to beg burrow and just about steal to be here today and I've completely zeroed my bank account, even selling my car! It's so important for me to do well here on home soil, and I've been proving that I can do well here for years. It's even better if I could do it on a World Superbike!"

Crashing out at The Hayshed on Saturday's practice session, fellow WSBK Supersport Australian wild card entry, Matt Edwards' (Euro Twins Brisbane) pit garage resembled a crash scene, strewn with damaged Triumph 675 parts.

"It's fair to say that I have not had the weekend I was chasing. I broke my finger in an off yesterday, and unfortunately I've not got medical clearance to race again this weekend,? Edwards explained.

Triumph here in the paddock has been brilliant, Euro Twins have had a maddening time sorting it all out, they're the hero's here, but it's obviously not our weekend. We'll try to do as many club rounds as well as getting to as many ASBK meetings as possible." Edwards concluded.   

Permanently seated Australian WSBK Supersport riders, Aiden Wagner and Lachlan Epis maintained their composure during the WSBK Supersport race, putting in solid lap times and avoiding a battlefield of dramas.

Wagner limped his his Honda CBR600RR around Phillip Island to claim seventh position in a race marred by incidents.
 
Wagner said; "It was a really great race. We made a mistake in the first part of the race, where I fried the clutch right off the line and with the red flag that came out soon after, there was no time to change it. At the restart, I just had to baby it off the line and nurse it the whole way around.

"I'm really looking forward to returning to Thailand for the next round as it's I track I enjoy. I know the areas I can improve on and where to pick up time." 
 
Number 83 Response RE Racing ZX-6R Epis finished the race in a very respectable 10th position.
 
Epis sharing directly afterwards; "That was the most difficult race I've ever had. We got off to a great start before the restart and it was hard to find the same headspace again. I had an amazing race with Wagner the whole way and we both managed to finish up top 10! It's a great way to start the season ahead of Thailand and hopefully we can keep going and remain inside the top 10 guys."

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Coote Conquers ASBK Supersport Class at Phillip Island

MA News - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 11:10am
After spending more than a year on the sidelines, Victorian local Coote shocked himself and onlookers by winning Saturday?s opening race and backed up that performance with a 2-1 result today to clinch his first-ever round victory. And he wasn?t even intending to continue racing in the entire series, a decision which he?s now hoping to change.

Coote said; "Mark (Chiodo) and I were absolutely on the limit the whole way around! Our times were a little bit down and I'm sure the track went away a bit, as it was quite greasy. We both made a lot of mistakes as we tried to capitalise on one another. It was the most fun I 've had for a long time on a bike and to come out on top is unbelievable."
 
Motul Supersport Race 2
In this morning?s second race of the weekend, after crashing out of the lead on Saturday to remount and finish P9, Mark Chiodo (Repsol 675 R) bounced back with the second Supersport race victory in a race that was declared due to a red flag following three laps. Only half-points were awarded because it didn?t meet the scheduled race distance.

Chiodo shared his race recollection; "We went well today starting with a win. I just wish it was for full points, but it was a half race. In the second race we held the lead but I was struggling to get power down off the corners, I just over-cooked the tyers. Going forward, I'm feeling really good about the bike, my team and the championship this year."

Opening race winner Coote and Ted Collins (Next Gen Motorsports GSX-R600) joined Chiodo on the podium, as Sam Condon (Bikebiz YZF-R6) and Ryan Taylor (Pablo's Motorcycle Tyres YZF-R6) completed the top five, marginally ahead of Ben Burke (YZF-R6), Luke Mitchell (DPH Motorsport YZF-R6) and Jordan Carlsson (Dynojet YZF-R6) when the stoppage happened.

Motul Supersport Race 3
In the final Supersport race of the weekend, capping off an action-filled World Superbike event, Coote proved he was a deserved round winner by out-racing Chiodo by 0.147s after a 10-lap dual at the front of the field. A lonely third in race three went to Collins in another consistent result, while Burke, Condon and Taylor completed the top five in formation.

Overall for the round it was Coote (60pts) who leads the championship by 13 points, with Collins (47pts) and Chiodo (44.5pts) - despite his race one fall. If points leader Coote can scrape the funding together to continue his title challenge at Wakefield Park, NSW, on 17-19 March, the Supersport battle between he and Chiodo will be sure to intensify as the rounds roll on.

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Pictured: Coote hunting down Chiodo - Supersport race at Phillip Island
Courtesy of Andrew Gosling TPG Photography

Falzon Opens 2017 ASBK Account with Race One Victory

MA News - Sat, 25/02/2017 - 12:58pm

A minor delay before race-start saw an additional warm-up lap completed and the race reduced from 12 to 11 laps as a result, but once it did get underway the fight at the front was a fierce one. First casualty was Yamaha Racing Team?s Wayne Maxwell; down at turn four on lap one on cold tyres. Maxwell managed to remount to claim 17th, after he clawed his way up the order.
 
At the front of the field, however, Falzon worked his way into the lead across the stripe on lap three and remained there for the duration. The 22-year-old South Australian withstood all kinds of pressure from three-time title-winner Glenn Allerton (Yamaha Racing Team YZF-R1), claiming the win by just 0.013s.
 
Falzon commented; "The race was nothing short of extremely difficult, but it was very sweet to come out with a victory like that. The racing was close. It's no secret that we are down on horse-power as we are 17kph slower than the top guys down the main straight, but we will make some changes and try to squeeze more out of the bike.  

"I found a new line that really worked for me on the exit of Siberia through MG in qualifying yesterday, my tyres gripped really well. I was really trying to punch every apex, I knew I had the pace, I just had to be consistent. The monkey is off my back now and my nerves will settle down and my concentration will come back for the next race."

Allerton was satisfied with his result nonetheless, over coming fuelling issues to take vital championship points and besting Crankt Protein Honda Racing CBR1000RR SP-mounted teammates Bryan Staring and Troy Herfoss for position. Only 0.868s separated the top four across the finish-line.

Allerton shared; "The boys on the Yamaha team did a really great job on my bike, they put in a huge effort and it was a great start to the year. There's a thousand moving parts inside that bike and sometimes things can go a bit wrong but I hope to go one better next time. We are always learning in racing, we have two races left this weekend and we will move forward. I can't wait to get back out there!"

Bryan Staring said; "Now that the pre-season testing is out of the way and we have a race under our belt, we are going to make a couple of small changes to the settings of the Honda, but it's such a great machine as it is. I'm feeling really good on the bike now and I'm happy with managing third place on the opening race to gain a few championship points."
 
Meanwhile, 12.670s back in fifth was Robbie Bugden (Kawasaki BCperformance ZX-10R), who overcame a late charge from Cru Halliday (IPONE YZF-R1) and leading rookie Mitch Levy (ATR/Landbridge Transport YZF-R1). 
 
The top 10 was completed by Alex Phillis (Race Dynamics RSV4), Beau Beaton (Racer's Edge Performance 1199 R) and Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki BCperformance ZX-10R). Reigning Australian Supersport champion Troy Guenther (Next Gen Motorsports S 1000 RR) claimed 11th.

Team Suzuki Ecstar's Josh Waters was right in the mix of the top five before encountering problems of his own aboard the brand new GSX-R1000R, dropping down the order between laps seven and eight. He pulled into pit-lane and exited the race soon afterwards. Matt Walters (Swann Insurance ZX-10R) also registered a DNF, crashing out after running as high as sixth.

Waters explained the situation on his Suzuki; "I've had less than an hour seat time on the new GSX-R and it was keeping up with the leading pack, no problems! The racing was that close, that when the Honda riders touched in front of me, one ran a little wide the on the straight, causing a stone to flick up and pierce a hole in my radiator, as well as smashing a few other things on the front of the bike. The main thing was the hole in the radiator resulting in the engine overheating." He finished.

Race two of the weekend is scheduled for 11:50am local time on Sunday, followed by the third and final 12-lap battle at 4:10pm.

Live timing and results can be found here

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Falzon flies to first-career ASBK pole at Phillip Island

MA News - Fri, 24/02/2017 - 9:42pm
After posting the quickest Yamaha Motor Insurance (YMI) Superbike time in free practice two earlier this afternoon, Falzon got straight down to business in the single 15 minute qualifying session at the 4.445km Victorian venue and clocked a 1m32.742s on lap two. It was a benchmark that was never topped.

?I?m speechless, really!? Falzon beamed after securing a career-first ASBK pole. ?We managed to get our first pole position in the premier Superbike category and it?s a credit to everyone involved. We?ve worked so well in the off-season. I can?t believe we set a lap-time in the 32s, and not just in the 32s, but a 32.7s! Thank you to all of my supporters. We?re going to live this one up!?

Behind him came 2010 ASBK champion Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing CBR1000RR SP) in his return to the series.
 
Bryan said; "I had an interesting lead up into the first round in getting here. My boys did such a fantastic job the preparation on the bike, and I'm really glad that I could do what I've been trying to do in testing. I must say a big 'thank you' to my team for that. I was really glad to get a clear run without anything in my road. I am happy with the result".
 
Starring finished 0.392s from pole, while 2013 title winner Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team YZF-R1) completes the front row after edging out defending Champion Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing, CBR1000RR SP). All four set times within 0.478s of each other.

Yamaha Racing Team's Wayne Maxwell said; "The bike over the run feels good and I have a lot more confidence than I had before. We have good race pace, better than we've had on our previous tyre. I can't wait to get out there to see what we can do over the race distance!" Maxwell finished.

Fifth on the grid will be triple Champion - 2008, 2011 and 2014 - Glenn Allerton (Yamaha Racing Team YZF-R1), but over a second in arrears of Falzon, who in turn leads Robbie Bugden (Kawasaki BC Performance ZX-10R), 2009,2012 Champion Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-R1000), Beau Beaton (Racer?s Edge Performance Ducati 1199), top rookie Mitch Levy (ATR Landbridge Trasport YZF-R1) and Matt Walters (Swann Insurance ZX-10R).

A total of 39 bikes will take to the grid in the YMI Superbikes at round one of seven, boasting an incredible assortment of eight different manufacturers to commence what?s shaping up to be a historic 2017 season.

The lights are scheduled to go out on race one of the 2017 ASBK championship at 9:15am local time on Saturday at Phillip Island, alongside the Yamaha Finance round of the Motul Superbike World Championship. There will be three 12 lap YMI Superbike races contested across the weekend.

Live timing and results can be found here

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Speedway Gets A Whole New Look

MA News - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 9:59pm
Australia enjoys a very long and proud Speedway history that has seen hundreds of star riders rise up through the ranks and achieve both National and International success. In recognition of the immense talent pool the Australian Speedway Championship not only lays claim to, but cultivates and fosters year after year, MA has commissioned an official championship logo to reflect the overall success of the discipline.

Creator of the new Speedway logo, Rhys van Slooten of Slootz Designs, shared with MA the design process and inspiration behind it, saying "We spent a while, pouring over many magazines, video and online content relating to the Speedway discipline and we have managed to come up with a graphic that we feel encompasses the essence of Aussie Speedway.

"It was a seamless team effort with MA, and we worked closely on getting it right the first time. We really wanted to capture the speed and motion of the bikes somehow. We feel that the metallic colours and sweeping lines are reminiscent of that. The use of the Australian flag in the background highlights the importance of a National Championship. We were glad to be a part of it and hope to see the new Championship logo long into the future!" Rhys finished.

An identifying championship logo was just one of the ways in which MA intends to grow and further develop Speedway, and with the recent announcement of the 2018 Australian Speedway Championship calendar, it is MA's hope to see the use of the logo as a national identifier at future race meets. The 2018 calendar is as below:

  6-Jan   Australian Senior Solo Championship     Round 1      Kurri Kurri, NSW  
                                                                          
10-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship    Round 2              Undera, VIC
                                                                                          
12-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship    Round 3              Mildura, VIC
                                                                                                    
14-Jan    Australian Senior Solo Championship Round 4 Gillman Speedway, SA
                                                                   
20-Jan     Australian U21's Solo Championship                                Mildura, VIC

25-28 Jan  Australian U16 250cc / 125cc Solo 125cc Teams Championship    
                                                                                                           Mildura, VIC
13-14 April  Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship        Tamworth, NSW  
                                                                                    
Further calendar announcements regarding Supp regs, Australian Speedway Championship, World Cup Speedway and Oceania Speeway events will be made in due coarse.
 
For further information on the Australian Speedway Championships, head to www.ma.org.au

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

Yamaha Dominate ASBK Practice Day

MA News - Thu, 23/02/2017 - 6:20pm

Maxwell shared his thoughts after topping the Yamaha Motor Insurance Superbike timesheets, pulling a 1:33.952 on his final lap; "We ran two bikes with two different setups to try and find a bit of direction for this race. I think we've found a setup that will work and that showed in our results.

"There are high spirits ahead of 2017, with the addition of live TV and all the work that?s going in behind the scenes from Motorcycling Australia and the ASBK team it?s all going in the right direction. It?s the strongest field of past and present champions we've had in Superbike. Yamaha have been working really hard in the off season with Dunlop. All of these things combined make for a great result!" Maxwell concluded.


Yamaha team mate Allerton posted a best time of 1:33.979 ahead of Falzon (1:34.128).

 

With an encouraging time of 1:34.472, Suzuki GSX-R mounted Team Suzuki Ecstar, Josh Waters finished the session in P4 on a brand new untested bike.

 

"It was the first session out and the first time the Suzuki has turned a wheel! Despite this we ended up in P4! Not bad considering we only got the bikes last Friday. Unlike us all the main players were here at the Official Test Day in January,? Waters explained.

"Considering I've only just got the bike, I feel that I am really gelling with the GSXR after only 10 laps, and I see no reason that I won't improve further over the weekend. It's a real credit to the team." He finished.

Yet another category success story is that of Robbie Bugden on board his Kawasaki BC Performance ZX10 (1:34.826) who finished hot on the heels of Waters.

 

"We did have an issue with the wind which slowed us up a bit in a couple of the sectors,? explained Bugden. ?But overall we are really happy with P5. It's a good start, we just need to tidy ourselves up on a couple of those middle sectors, but for the moment we are really happy.

Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing) trumped Thursdays' Motul Supersport practice session on his Triumph 675R, lapping the Island in a 1:36.885, almost a full two seconds ahead of Ryan Taylor (Pablo?s Motorcycle Tyres, YZF-R6, 1:38.568). With literally nothing in it, Ted Collins (Next Gen Motorsport, GSX-R600, 1:38.754) was nipping at Taylor's heels.
 
When the Supersport 300 class went out for FP1, Tom Edwards was first to stop the clocks at 1:51.126 on his Steeline Kawasaki EX 300, with Jack Passfield (Stay Upright, R3) in P2 with a 1:52.157 and Reid Battye managed to pilot his Ipone Kawasaki EX 300 to a respectable third position (1:53.173)

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REIGNING ASBK CHAMPION HERFOSS SET FOR TITLE DEFENCE

MA News - Wed, 22/02/2017 - 8:33am
After capturing his first-career ASBK crown last season, Crankt Protein Honda Racing?s Herfoss has his sights set on back-to-back championships in what?s shaping up to be a season for the ages. It all gets underway between 23-26 February alongside the Yamaha Finance round of the 2017 Motul Superbike World Championship.

Armed with the CBR1000RR SP that he won last year?s title aboard, Herfoss and the factory Honda organisation await delivery of the highly-anticipated, updated 2017 version which is poised to arrive in the latter-stages of the seven-round season. For 29-year-old Herfoss, he?s comfortable in beginning his defence utilising a proven package.

?I?ll definitely be comfortable from the outset,? Herfoss explained. ?Phillip Island is one of the more challenging circuits for us, but it?s just about trying to get through the first round as competitively as we can and then we will start from there. Ideally it would have been nice to start the season on the new bike, but we?ve made some improvements and will definitely be competitive in the races. I?m as excited as ever to get out there and it?s so competitive this year, which keeps the spark high to go and try defend this championship.?

With added competition confirmed on the grid for this year in the form of multiple national champions, ex-internationals and a host of supremely-skilled rookies, Herfoss welcomes the challenge entering Phillip Island. As far as he?s concerned, the priority is to extract the most from himself and his Pirelli-shod Fireblade in a bid for successive series wins.

?At the start of the year there?s always a lot of interest in the guys stepping up, so we?ll have to see who will be fast over race distance,? he continued. ?My teammate Bryan [Staring] and also Josh [Waters] will definitely be contenders in returning to the championship, so that?s an added challenge alongside the regulars for this season already. We?ve just got to keep doing what we?ve done in previous years - focusing on ourselves - and hopefully that will be good enough to deliver another title.?

With opening practice sessions due to take place tomorrow, round one of the 2017 ASBK championship will feature three 12-lap races in the YMI Superbike ranks, a trio of 10-lap Supersport races and three races held over 10 laps in the Supersport 300 division.

To purchase tickets and camping for the Yamaha Finance round of the 2017 Motul Superbike World Championship visit www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek. Check the new-look www.asbk.com.au for detailed information on the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK)

ASBK Announces Rookie Award and Partnership with Ficeda in 2017

MA News - Tue, 21/02/2017 - 1:17pm
The SHARK Helmets Rookie of the Year Award is a two part award for our up and coming talent in recognition of rider excellence on a points based system. Awarded at the conclusion of each round from round two onwards, the fastest rookie rider of the Yamaha Motor Insurance Superbike class will score a brand new set of top line IXON race gloves. At the conclusion of the Championship, the rookie rider topping the points chart will be generously presented with a crafted trophy and a SHARK Helmet.

SHARK Helmets brand manager Dan Smith proudly shared; "We love to support up and coming racers which is why we?ve introduced the SHARK Helmets Rookie Award for 2017. With the depth of talent and teams across all classes, the ASBK is shaping up to be one of the most thrilling seasons of racing on Australian soil in years?.   
 
The sensational news of the newly created award and the continuing partnership makes it just in time before the round one kick off at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this week. Ficeda Accessories and the ASBK are proud to get behind rookie riders in 2017, as bikes line up on huge start grids, handle bar to handle bar in every class. The SHARK Helmets Rookie Award is another incentive offered by the ASBK to support and provide exposure to rookie riders.   

Dan Smith, also shared ?We?re extremely excited to align the SHARK Helmet brand with a world class series like the ASBK again for 2017. SHARK Helmets are at the pinnacle of racing performance and safety and are the number one choice for racers like Glenn Allerton, Wayne Maxwell, Kyle Buckley, Cru Haliday, Daniel Falzon & Callum Spriggs just to name a few." He finished.

Ficeda Accessories have been a leading distributor in Australia since the late 1980s of rider safety apparel and accessories such as SHARK Helmets and IXON leathers. Ficeda continues to be a proud supporter of motorcycle competition in Australia across multiple disciplines from Off-Road to Road Race. 
 
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Motorcycling enthusiast John McCabe will be revving his engine for a worthwhile cause at the WSBK at Phillip Island from February 24-26.

MA News - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 5:43pm
The father-of-two from Mooroolbark will be sporting pink leathers and a matching pink bike all in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer and to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. ?In March 2016, we found a lump in my wife?s left breast. We got it checked out immediately and she, unfortunately, had to have a mastectomy within five weeks of being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer,? John said. ?It was such a shock. Marieke is 38-years-old, doesn?t drink or smoke, eats healthily and works out three times a week ? all the things you should be doing,? John added. ?After the mastectomy she had to have four months of chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy. Breast cancer is the gift that keeps on giving, but it?s not the gift you want,? he added. ?So many have helped throughout this journey and we don?t have room to thank everyone individually, but you know who you are, and we?d like to give you our sincere thanks.? John will take to the track in the Supersport Support race in an effort to get the message across to not only women the world over to get checked regularly for breast cancer but also to men to encourage the women in their life to be aware of a disease that killed 2862 Australian females in 2013. ?Motorcycling is a very blokey sport, and a 6-foot-tall guy wearing pink leathers and riding a pink bike, I hope, will make the blokes take notice and encourage their wives, girlfriends, daughters, sisters or mothers to get checked regularly,? he added. It?ll be John?s first competitive race at the world-renowned circuit. ?Ideally, I would just like to finish the race without any incidents so I can get as much awareness out there as possible by having the bike ride around the circuit and getting people to start asking questions about it,? John said. ?If I could do something amazing like finish in the top 20 out of a field of 40 riders I would be pretty happy but I have never actually raced before so this is a baptism of fire,? he added. John says he has already raised $8,000 for the McGrath Foundation. ?If we could raise another $2000 or so to get us over $10,000 it would be wonderful and it would be really needed for the breast care nurses at the McGrath Foundation,? John added. John would like to thank everybody who has helped support his fundraising efforts so far. ?I?d particularly like to thank Marc Burnell, Greg Smith and Simon Hunter, and Netrider ? without them we couldn?t have made this happen,? To make a donation at ?Ride for Meeks? please visit www.rideformeeks.org and click on their Go Fund Me Page.

NEW BREED OF ASBK TALENT ON THE RISE

MA News - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 3:09pm

With the premier Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Superbike ranks stacked with Australia?s leading domestic line-up, the Supersport and Supersport 300 series will both also fire into life alongside the opening round of the Motul Superbike World Championship this weekend.

It?s shaping up to be a historic season in the Superbikes as a mixture of national champions, race winners and some well-rated rookies all take to the grid for their shot at glory, while for those in the Supersport divisions below, their sights are firmly set upon gaining the experience and credentials to one day take-on the sport?s top local category.

After finishing third in last year?s Australian Supersport Championship standings, DPH Motorsport Yamaha?s Luke Mitchell enters the 2017 season as a title favourite on paper. Alongside him, the likes of Ted Collins (Next Gen Motorsports Suzuki), Nic Liminton (Yamaha), Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing Triumph), Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki) and more young guns - 35 entries in total - will all be shooting for supremacy.

?The plan is to keep doing the best job that we can and it?s all new for us this year,? Mitchell commented. ?Working with DPH Motorsport is completely new for us, but the approach is to do the best job we can at each round - hopefully it?s enough to land us on top. If not, we know what to work on, and it?s a matter of focusing on the little things. For me, right now, I am focusing on Supersport, but will definitely follow the Superbike class as closely as we can - that is the next goal in my career.?

One rider who is pulling double-duty between the traditional Supersport division and the new-look, entry-level Supersport 300 category is Zac Levy, who won the inaugural YMF R3 Cup last season. The Queenslander will campaign Yamahas in both classes as he looks to add more trophies to his cabinet, while also keeping a close gauge on the top-tier Superbikes throughout the season.

?Getting on the 600 was the obvious next step in my career, but to keep our options open -considering there is a WorldSSP300 series now - we decided to do both classes,? Levy explained. ?We will take this season as a learning year on the 600 and see what happens in the future. With so many strong teams in the Superbikes, the national level is coming up and it?s looking promising for us young guys on our way up, in terms of having a future to keep going in the sport locally.?

The addition of Levy to the Supersport 300 series sees him go head-to-head with defending Over 300 champion Brandon Demmery (Yamaha), as Kawasaki-mounted Drew Sells is also due to defend his Up To 300 crown this season. A fully-subscribed grid of 48 entries have entered the opening round.

The Supersport class will feature a trio of 10-lap races over the course of the weekend, while Supersport 300 is set to do battle over three eight-lap races, amidst the premier Australian Superbike, World Superbike and World Supersport championship categories.

To purchase tickets and camping for the Yamaha Finance round of the 2017 Motul Superbike World Championship visit www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek. Check the new-look www.asbk.com.au for detailed information on the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance (YMF) Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) presented by Motul Pirelli.

2017 YAMAHA AORC SUPP REGS AND ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR ROUND 1&2

MA News - Mon, 20/02/2017 - 8:36am
On the back of an incredibly successful 2016 Off-Road season, the AORC ahead of Rounds 1 & 2, is shaping up to be an amazing year that will include a competitive mix of new and old faces. With the likes of Daniel 'Chucky' Sanders heading over to compete in the EnduroGP, new spaces are created for brand new champions to step up.

There are big changes in the 2017 line up with a reshuffle of the pack at the pointy end of competition being, the KTM Enduro Racing team, bringing back a former AORC star, Daniel Milner and added young gun, Lyndon Snodgrass. The Active8 Yamaha Yamalube team have retained Josh Green and Beau Ralston and also added EJ Champion, Will Reprecht.

The release of the Supp Regs and the official opening of entries, is just about the final piece to the 2017 AORC puzzle of the rounds 1 & 2 that will be run in a 'double Enduro format', at Bandan Gove, Dungog. All riders will need to comply as per the GCRs for an Enduro (i.e. working tail light, brake light, side stand, mirror)

Further to the Supp Regs, EJ 19 and under class do NOT require a road licence & do NOT require full bike registration as they will be riding on private property. EJ 19 and under class will be riding the Junior Enduro loop, and will still do a full enduro with time card as per the GCRs.

Please note that there WILL be unregistered vehicle permits available for Seniors who have an unregistered bike or Victorian Recreational Registered bikes.

Competitors can enter for Rounds 1& 2, of the 2017 AORC by clicking here.

The Official 2017 AORC Supplementary Regulations can be found by clicking here.

Please be advised that entries for Round 1&2 close on Sunday the 2nd April 2017. The Final rounds have now been finalised and will run in Omeo, VIC, the full calendar can be found below.

Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                   8 ? 9 April 2017
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

To stay up-to-date with all the news and information from the series, visit the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship section of the MA website.

Stay up to date with all the announcements leading up to the first round by heading to the Motorcycling Australia website, like the AORC Facebook page, and follow @aorc_ on Instagram.

The 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar:
  • Round 1 & 2: Dungog, NSW                     8 ? 9 April 2017
  • 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: TBA, VIC                          5 ? 6 August 2017

RULE AMENDMENT Information Bulletin #1624

MA News - Fri, 17/02/2017 - 3:30pm
Rule pertains to:
Approval of the YCF50A as a 50cc Auto Class Machine as outlined under the following GCR?s:
12.27.7.1
14.19.7.1
17.19.6.1
18.20.3.1
21.12.2.1

Rule amendment will appear as follows:
Eligible Machines are (for all Open events):
MANUFACTURER:  MODEL(s)
Cobra: King CX50, CX50FWE
Gas Gas: EC 50
HM: CRX 10/10 Senior, Baja 10/10, X3R
Husqvarna:  Husky Boy SF03, CR50
Italjet:  Action Outlaw
KTM: SXR PRO SNR, 50SX, SXR PRO JNR, 50 SX 2009
LEM:  RX3, RX3 2008, LX2F-USA, CR2, CR2S
Malagutti: RCX10
Polini: XR3
TM: 50 C1
Metrakit: MKX50
YCF: 50A
and similar machines approved by Board.

Date rule change takes affect from:
Immediate
Feedback contact: rules@ma.org.au / (03) 9684 0512

ASBK 2017 Goes Live!

MA News - Thu, 16/02/2017 - 8:01am
Set to be Live Streamed for 6 hours on race day, ASBK Live will cover the YMI Superbikes, Supersport, Supersport 300, YMF R3 Cup, Moto3/125GP and the Australian GP Juniors. Live streaming and on demand will be available on www.asbk.com.au and motorsportstv.com.au

The new live broadcast package will take place from round two, due to be held at Wakefield Park Raceway on March 19, while round one, held at the Phillip Island WSBK, February 23-26 will feature as a delayed telecast on Fox Sport and SBS.

The ASBK is extremely excited to welcome on board AVE as the TV production partner ahead of the huge 2017 race season. AVE have fulfilled the long overdue desire for the ASBK to be aired live on multiple platforms and to reach a broader national and international audience.

SBS Head of Sport, Ken Shipp stated, "We are thrilled to be part of the evolution of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship, and provide live viewing opportunities to our audience of a very exciting sport. The ASBK has come along in leaps and bounds and live TV was the obvious and necessary step for the sport to continue its forward momentum. SBS is proud to be part of this important milestone.

?SBS has long been a great supporter of motorsports both domestically and internationally. SBS has worked with AVE in the past and we can't wait to assist in the growth of the ASBK by providing an accessible platform." Shipp finished. 

The ASBK also welcomes back Fox Sports, now in its third consecutive year of partnership and have been instrumental in adding to the success of the championship, boasting a very large audience base nationally.

Motorcycling Australia's CEO, Peter Doyle added; "The Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years as the popularity of the ASBK now shows. Over a long period, we have all worked hard together to shape the ASBK into what we all envisaged it could be.

"We have seen encouraging sponsorship commitments, incredible factory and team support, as well as overwhelming volunteer support for the ASBK. The opportunity to showcase our strong talent pool by televising the ASBK via Live Steam and free to air has come from the outcry of fans everywhere. This is just another indicator of how much interest there is domestically and internationally in the ASBK." Doyle concluded. 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship 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.

PHILLIP ISLAND SETS THE STAGE FOR YAMAHA MOTOR FINANCE AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

MA News - Wed, 15/02/2017 - 6:00pm
Contested alongside the Yamaha Finance round of the Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) and with the attention of the globe firmly placed upon the picturesque 4.445-kilometre circuit, Australia?s finest Superbike talent will open their accounts for the season ahead.

Leading the charge will be defending champion Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing), sporting the elusive number one plate after claiming last year?s crown at Winton during October. Currently armed with the very CBR1000RR SP that he clinched last year?s title aboard, he anxiously awaits Honda?s brand new 2017 edition and will enter with form on his side.

Out to upstage him from the first round onwards will be highly-credentialed Yamaha Racing Team duo Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell after the former champions finished two and three in the standings last year. Between them they boast four ASBK titles - Allerton in 2008, 2011 and 2014, with Maxwell topping 2013.

Back on the grid full-time for this year will be two-time champion Josh Waters, who made headlines last week when it was formally announced that he has joined the brand new Team Suzuki Ecstar effort, reunited with technical guru Phil Tainton - the pairing that soared to the 2009 and 2012 championships. He will be on-board the spectacular new GSX-R1000R from the outset, albeit with minimal preparation entering the opener.

Poised to challenge them the entire distance will be returning fellow former champion Bryan Staring - the 2010 champion before embarking on an international career including MotoGP - alongside Herfoss and reunited with the Paul Free-led factory Honda organisation. It?s been a case of so far, so good during testing for the experienced Western Australia in his homecoming.

The talent-packed 43-rider Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Superbike field extends well beyond the  previous champions however, with a who?s who of notable names making for one of the deepest line-ups to enter a new season in the history of the ASBK.

After departing the factory team at the end of last year, race winner and current national number four Cru Halliday will be back with a vengeance within his own program aboard the familiar YZF-R1M. Also Yamaha-equipped will be JD Racing front-runner Daniel Falzon, who himself is determined to overcome the factory might in a bid for the premier class title.

Perhaps the most topical Yamaha-supported newcomer at this point is Michael Blair, who stunned onlookers by topping the time-sheets during January?s Official ASBK Test at Phillip Island. Entering his first full season and with recent Asia Road Racing Championship experience on his side, Blair could be a podium factor sooner, rather than later.

And returning to the ASBK series in 2017 is Kawasaki BCperformance?s Robbie Bugden, the ever-popular Queenslander who is eager to once again establish himself among the championship?s elite. As the rounds tick over, expect Bugden to gain strength on the world championship-proven ZX-10R entry, and same goes for Matthew Walters (Kawasaki Connection), back this time for a complete campaign.

A strong assortment of youthful rookie riders will be sure to bolster this year?s championship, including Callum Spriggs (DesmoSport Ducati), who fills the large shoes of European-bound 2015 title-winner Mike Jones, as well as reigning Australian Supersport champion Troy Guenther (Next Gen Motorsports BMW), Bugden?s teammate Kyle Buckley (Kawasaki BCperformance) and another Yamaha charger in Mitch Levy.

A local favourite in the mix is certain to be the versatile Chas Hern, who has joined forces with MV Agusta Australia to mount an assault on the ASBK from round one. Hern is no stranger to entering exotic machinery at a national level, previously picking up a stunning race podium with EBR at Morgan Park two seasons ago.

Phillip Island will feature a trio of nail-biting 12-lap races to open the 2017 championship, which will set the stage for the season to come to throughout a selection of the country?s leading circuits. You can?t win the championship at round one, but it can certainly be lost and that?s why every step will count along the way.

The action definitely doesn?t stop there, with filled grids of Supersport (35 entries) and the new-look Supersport 300 (48 entries) division also set to produce traditional ASBK-type entertainment galore on WorldSBK weekend with a host of hugely-capable national competitors, before the YMF R3 Cup, Moto3/125GP and GP Juniors will join the fray throughout latter stages of the series.

In Supersport, which has produced many of the finest racers in the sport over the years, last year?s third-place finisher in the championship Luke Mitchell (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) is the early favourite on paper, as last year?s 1-2 - Guenther and Sam Clarke - have both moved on to new challenges.

Mitchell won?t have it all his own way by any means though, as in testing it was fearless rising talent Mark Chiodo (Repsol Gas Racing Triumph) who produced the fastest time during official testing. Also keep an eye on class debutants Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki) and last year?s R3 Cup winner Zac Levy (Yamaha) for added fireworks, among multiple other up and comers.

The Supersport 300 category is shaping up to be just as frantic, with a full grid boasting a wide range of road racing experience and some very handy title threats. Title-holders Brandon Demmery (Over 300cc, Yamaha) and Drew Sells (Up To 300cc, Kawasaki) will both be back to defend their hard-earned championships of one year ago.

Oli Bayliss, son of three-time WorldSBK champion and DesmoSport Ducati co-owner Troy Bayliss, will also be a welcome addition as he embarks on a full season of ASBK competition within the Supersport 300 development ranks as part of Cube Racing, under the invaluable instruction of his world-famous father.

Tickets for the Yamaha Finance round of the WorldSBK are available through Ticketek, with a three-day general admission pass costing $120 - a saving of $35 over the gate price. BarSBK passes are $260, while adult single-day passes cost $30 for Friday, $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday (children aged 15 and under are free). Camping is available for up to four nights for $105.

For tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au, otherwise for more event information ring the Superbike Hotline on 1300 728 007 or visit www.worldsbk.com.au. Additional details on round one of the YMF ASBK series, as well as rounds two through seven, are available at www.asbk.com.au.

EOI to host Road Race Championship Events in 2018-2019 now open

MA News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 10:00am
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Historic Road Race (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Organiser ? Road Race, Liz Galazkiewicz roadrace@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018 applications is Monday, 20 March 2017.
Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia

EOI to host Supermoto Championship Events in 2018-2019 now open

MA News - Tue, 14/02/2017 - 9:17am
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and your community whilst providing an opportunity for your local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings not only bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia, but in some cases competitors from all over the world.
 
The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:
  • Supermoto (2018 & 2019)
Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Organiser ? Road Race, Liz Galazkiewicz roadrace@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018 applications is Monday, 20 March 2017.
Upon receipt of your club?s Expression of Interest, Motorcycling Australia will send additional information on the specific championship and the requirements therein.
 
Expression of Interest forms for Australian Motorcycle Sport National Championships can be found by clicking here, or by visiting the ?Forms? section of the Motorcycling Australia

World?s Motorcycling Elite Descend on Phillip Island MotoGP this week?World SBK next week

MA News - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 2:49pm
All 12 MotoGP teams will assemble on the thrilling 4.445km circuit with their permanent riders (and some test pilots in the case of the factory teams), including Aussie Jack Miller (Honda) who will be looking to continue the positive gains he made in 2017's first hitout at Sepang less than three weeks ago.
 
All the other stars of MotoGP will be on location at the world's motorcycle racing mecca, including world champion Marc Marquez (Honda), Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Cal Crutchlow (Honda), Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati).
 
Over the weekend, the track converts to a WorldSBK paddock with the final shakedown Monday and Tuesday February 20-21.
 
It will provide the factory and satellite teams from Kawasaki, Ducati, Yamaha, Aprilia and MV Agusta the chance to fine-tune their machines ahead of the Yamaha Finance-backed round one (Feb 24-26), while Honda has a little bit more work to do with its all-new CBR1000RR SP2 ? but has some supreme talent at its disposal in the form of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl.
 
Kawasaki's world champion Jonathan Rea has already been ultra-impressive in WorldSBK pre-season testing, while Chaz Davies (Ducati), Tom Sykes (Kawasaki), Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia), Marco Melandri (Ducati), Alex Lowes (Yamaha), Xavi Fores (Ducati), Leon Camier (MV Agusta) and Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) have also produced some impressive performances.
 
Aussie WorldSBK wildcard Josh Brookes will also be present at the test session, riding the Yamaha which took him to 2015 British superbike glory, while the WorldSSP riders will also take to the circuit with Aussies Aiden Wagner (Honda), teenager Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki) and wildcard Anthony West (Yamaha) and Matt Edwards (Triumph) among the throng.
 
Three days later, the world superbike and world supersport boys get down to business for 2017 with round one; backed by the season kick off for the seven round 2017 championship for Australian superbike, supersport and supersport 300. Grids are packed for action packed qualifying Friday (Feb 24); racing and final qualifying Saturday (Feb 25); and back to back racing Sunday (Feb 26).
 
WorldSBK TICKETS for February 24-26, 2017 opening round
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.
 
Also, 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.
 
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.worldsbk.com.au
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