Motorcycling Australia

Final Media Call ? 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 3:04pm
Final Media Call ? 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza
31 March 2017
Motorcycling Australia is issuing the final call  for all media interested in attending the 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza (SIBBB). With the SIBBB fast approaching, please fill out your media accreditation form as soon as possible.
 
The Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza is an annual Easter event, which showcases classic bikes from a bygone era. The 2017 incarnation will be themed as a celebration of all things Ducati and the celebration of the Romsey grasstrack days. This is a rare opportunity to showcase a vast collection of classic bikes from different marques and models in one location. Last year?s show saw attendances of over 3500 people and helped shape the Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza as one of their premier classic motorcycle events in the world. Don?t miss out on the opportunity to cover this event that celebrates classic bikes that exude character.
 
This year?s Bonanza will not be one to miss, with a trio of rare Ducati?s headlining the display collection; including a 900SS that competed in 1977 Castrol Six Hour race, a factory NCR 860 Ducati ridden in the 1978 Isle of Man TT and a factory 1098cc FC-06 ridden in the World Superbike Championship. These Ducati?s are important bikes of world racing history and to have them on display at the SIBBB, will be both an honour and a privilege. 
 
Media that have already sent through their media accreditation will shortly receive an email of conformation.
Accreditation Form
 
To apply for media accreditation for the 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza please complete the online accreditation form via the Motorcycling Australia website, click here. Please send through the forms ASAP to mediaprassistant@ma.org.au 
What time
 
April 14-16th, 2017
 
There will be a Ducati only demonstration ride on the road race track from 1-4pm. Friday 14th only. 
 
Gates are open from 7:30am Friday onwards .
Rest of the tracks running Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm. 
 
Where
 
The event will take place at the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford Vic. Broadford is approximately an hours drive from Melbourne. Click here for directions.
  
Follow Us 
As always, keep up to date with all the latest news and information about the 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza at ma.org.au and the Bonanza Facebook page. 
 
Event and Media Enquires:
For Event Enquiries
Rachelle Wilkinson: 0408652877 or 0396840525
 
For Media Enquires:
Tristen: 0396840527
Max: 0396840526
 
ENDS
 
Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
e: mediaprassistant@ma.org.au
p: (03) 9684 0526

Rounds 1 & 2 entry close reminder and Final Instructions released

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 12:49pm
We would also like to advise competitors that the Final Instructions for Rounds 1 & 2 have officially been released, and can be found by clicking here, or heading to the AORC section of the MA website.

Competitors are encouraged to get their entry forms in ASAP, which can be found by clicking here.

2017 AORC Supplementary Regulations can be found by clicking here.

This is the link for final instructions.
 
The link for entries is here,
 
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram.

Thor MX1 class heating up ahead of Round 1

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 12:14pm
With only three days remaining until round one of the series takes place at Wonthaggi, we?re frantically trying to work out who will finish the season opener on top, and decode some of the factors as to why these riders are so successful.

Today we look at six of the heavy hitters in the Thor MX1 class, and put in to words what we think they?ll be bringing to round one this Sunday.

Dean Ferris
Can he do it again? Can he go back to back with MX1 titles? That?s the question everyone is asking. Last year Ferris was dominant, however there were a number of instances throughout the season where the CDR Yamaha rider became his own worst enemy crashing whilst out in front and putting his title hopes into jeopardy. This year, Ferris has once again undergone a solid pre season in New Zealand and appears to be entering round one injury free, and high on confidence. But has Ferris outgrown riding at 150% every time he hits the track? Or has the Kyogle kid matured with his riding, and now has his eyes on the bigger picture? This weekend Ferris will showcase what he?s been working on since we saw him last, and one thing we know for sure it?s that where Ferris is concerned, racing is always entertaining.

Brett Metcalfe
He?s back in Oz, and if last year?s selected appearances are anything to go by, Brett Metcalfe may be well and truly in the running for this year?s championship. It only took Metty until round two of the championship last year to win his first moto (Moto 2 ? Appin) and by round four, he was on the podium again (3rd at Murray Bridge) before he departed Australia to return to his overseas racing commitments. So what does that mean for this year?s MX1 title hopefuls? It means that there?s a whole new threat to the crown. So far, Metcalfe has flown under the radar, and there?s been little talk of him being of the most experienced riders in the pits, but if there?s one thing that?s for sure, talk or not, we can?t wait to see what Metcalf brings to round one.

Todd Waters
Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team rider Todd Waters attracted a lot of attention with his less than secret signing to the factory Honda team last year, and with the highly anticipated release of the all new 2017 CRF450R, many are eager to see exactly what the Queenslander can do on a new bike with a new team. In 2016 Waters finished the championship in third overall, which for him was a far cry from what he had planned when he returned from Europe to contest the Australian Motocross Championship. This year is more important than ever for Honda?s number one rider. The manufacturer has expressed their need to win a championship so the pressure is on. Can Waters step things up on the 2017 Honda, and put any doubts to rest? We?ll find out this weekend.

Kirk Gibbs
He?s been the champ before, and he came closer than ever in 2016, with himself and Ferris battling it out all the way to the final moto at Coolum. If there?s one thing we?ve learnt about Kirk Gibbs since he won his first MX1 Championship in 2015, it?s that anything less simply doesn?t cut it. Throughout the past two years, the KTM rider has been forced to overcome nasty injuries ahead of the season kicking off, but what he has proved time and time again, it?s that if there?s one rider who can bounce back like no other it?s Kirk Gibbs. He?s beat all of the top riders at some point or another, and last year he was without a doubt the most consistent athlete in his class. In 2017, Gibbs will be grinding away to get another title under his belt, and after recently spending time riding in Victoria in preparation for Round 1, the KTM rider looks as if he could be in the best form he?s been in years.

Kade Mosig

He?s raced for nearly every factory team in the pits, but a title has always been just out of reach for Kade Mosig. After finishing second in both Motocross and Supercross in 2015, many people thought that 2016 was Kade?s year, but last season just didn?t seem to go to plan for the Victorian aboard Kawasaki, and at the conclusion of both series? the MX1 rider was forced to evaluate his options and sign with Privateer race team DPH Motorsport. However, regardless of not being labelled a ?factory outfit? DPH Motorsport is one of the strongest teams in the MX Nationals paddock. They have solid support from Yamaha Australia, and they have won championships ? not due to luck either. If Mosig and DPH can work as hard as their competition, there is no reason why the Victorian can?t win races this year. The biggest question is whether he can win a title? Wonthaggi is a home track for Mosig, and is the perfect location for him to kick off his season. Could we see a home grown win this Sunday?

Kyle Peters
The American import. The first round of Motocross Peters raced in Australia (Toowoomba 2016) he won a moto against some of the toughest competition the championship has seen in years. Then fast forward to the Australian Supercross Championship and Peters again stuck it to not only Australia?s fastest riders, but his fellow Americans too. When racing wrapped up in Australia, Peters expressed his desire to stay on and compete for a full season at the Motul MX Nationals. Thankfully Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki jumped on board, and now we get to watch the American throw down every weekend. After spending the last few weeks training at ClubMX, Peters is another rider who?s attracted little attention during the pre-season, but flying under the radar seems to be his style, and when gates drop this weekend, we can?t wait to see where he slots in to the Australian MX1 competition.

The first round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Wonthaggi in Victoria on Sunday April 2.

For more information on the Motul MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au
Words & Pictures courtesy of MX Nationals

MEDIA CALL - 2017 ASBK Winton Motor Raceway Test, 11-12 of April

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 10:36am
By obtaining official ASBK media accreditation, you will have access both trackside and to the flood of race professionals testing in preparation for Round Three at Winton Motor Raceway!
The ASBK championship is heating up with Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing CBR-1000SP) having a stellar weekend at Round Two Wakefield Park Raceway, to place himself back in the hunt for the Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance (YMI) Australian Superbike Championship. Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team, YZF-R1) also impressed to win Race Two. Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Team, Kawasaki ZX-6R) took the overall Round of the Motul Australian Supersport Championship with his first victory in the class. Reid Battye (DB Racing, Ninja 300), despite being in the Under 300?s class took the overall round for the Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Championship. Jack Passfield delivered the first blow for the Yamaha Motor Finance (YMF) R3 Cup to take the overall round at Wakefield Park Raceway. With a variety of stories and rivalries unfolding within the ASBK championship, the Official Winton Motor Raceway Test at Benalla VIC, will be one to witness. The YMI Superbikes, Motul Australian Supersports, Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300?s and the YMF R3 Cup will all be racking up the laps for the Winton Test.
Fill out your accreditation forms by clicking this link and cover the Winton Motor Raceway Test!
Where
Winton Motor Raceway is located at Benalla in the state of Victoria.
 
Address: Winton Motor Raceway, 41 Fox St, Winton VIC 3673. For directions, click here.
 
Dates
 
April 11-12
 
Member of the Press
 
To apply for media accreditation for the Winton Motor Raceway Test, fill out the request form via ASBK website, click here.
 
Follow Us
 
To stay up to date with everything ASBK, head to www.asbk.com.au, like ASBK on Facebook, or follow on Instagram via ?ASBK?.
 
Don?t forget to tag your pictures and posts with #ASBK and #ASBK2017 so you can share all of the exciting action from this years? series.
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Winton Motor Raceway Test, VIC                                 11-12 April
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                  
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October
 
Picture Courtesy of Andrew Gosling TBG Photography. Jamie Stauffer laps Winton Motor Raceway 2016
Ends

Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
e: mediaprassistant@ma.org.au
p: (03) 9684 0526

BARBAGALLO RACEWAY UPDATE

MA News - Fri, 31/03/2017 - 7:38am
Please click on the links below for the full update. For your reference, we have provided correspondence sent to the Department of Sports and Recreation and the City of Wanneroo; the response from the City of Wanneroo; and a letter from the Department of Commerce finalising their investigations. Please click the following links to download:
MWA and MA Update

Letter from Department of Commerce

Letter to Department of Sports and Recreation and City of Wanneroo

Letter from the City of Wanneroo

The 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza to clicks into gear

MA News - Thu, 30/03/2017 - 3:27pm
In its ninth year running, the calibre and popularity of the event has seen Shannons Insurance partnering with the Broadford Bike Bonanza for 2017. The event itself aligns perfectly with the values and customer profile of Shannons Insurance as "a company run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts".
 
Held over the Easter long weekend at the Victorian State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford, April 14-16, the SIBBB is a unique motorcycling event that attracts participants nationally and internationally. Many classic models of a variety of different marques are represented on and off track at the State Motorcycling Complex in Broadford, a perfect venue to host such a diverse event. The complex includes road circuits, off road enduro loops, motocross and speedway tracks. There are also display grounds for participants and visitors to fully immerse themselves in the Bonanza.
  
Superstars and legends of motorsport are on hand for presentations, interviews, ?spirited? riding displays and promotional activities including; three time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and Speedway legend Jason Crump. The Australian Superbike Championship Desmosport Ducati transporter truck will also be on display and packed with bikes.
 
This year?s Bonanza will not be one to miss, with a trio of rare Ducati?s headlining the display collection; including a 900SS that competed in 1977 Castrol Six Hour race, a factory NCR 860 Ducati ridden in the 1978 Isle of Man TT and a factory 1098cc FC-06 ridden in the World Superbike Championship. These Ducati?s are important bikes of world racing history and to have them on display at the SIBBB, will be both an honour and a privilege. 
 
Ducati Ride Day
Friday the 14th April will play host to a 'Ducati?s only' on-track display, not to be missed. Ducati owners from all over will represent the Italian manufacturer?s long and successful racing heritage. Entry for Ducati owners on track for Friday is $25.00 if they are already signed up for the weekend; otherwise it?s $55.00 for the Friday only (including riding on track)


 
The Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza Dinner
Former Grand Prix racer Kevin Magee will host the SIBBB Dinner on Saturday night 15th April, with a litany of stars including, Ray Owen, Troy Bayliss, Jason Crump and more to be announced.

  • There will be a Q&A session, old race stories will be swapped on stage and a silent auction will be conducted (the main prize including ?Hot Laps? with Australian motor legend Jim Richards in his Porsche at Sandown Raceway) 
  • The dinner is $40.00 per person with tickets available at the event, and is a two-coarse bonanza in its own right. 
Ticket Costs

Although entries have now closed online, there are plenty of tickets available at the gates. 

  • $55.00 per person to enter for the weekend (not riding) 
  • One-day entry: $35.00 (not riding)

  • Camping: $10.00 per person per night
  • Rider entry: $140.00 for the weekend on top of entry fee
  • Under 16 entry is free
Time
April 14-16, Easter Weekend
Ducati only demonstration ride on the road race track from 1-4pm Friday 14th only. Gates are open from 7:30am Friday onwards. Rest of the tracks running Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm. 
 
There will be official Bonanza merchandise onsite and a variety of trade and food stalls available.  

 
Follow Us 
As always, keep up to date with all the latest news and information about the 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza at ma.org.au and the Bonanza Facebook page. 
 
So be sure to attend the family friendly Easter weekend Shannons Broadford Bike Bonanza to witness a diverse range of classic motorcycles on show and on track as they were intended to be.
Event and Media Enquires:
For Event Enquiries
Rachelle Wilkinson: 0408652877 or 0396840525
For Media Enquires:
Tristen: 0396840527
Max: 0396840526
ENDS
Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
e: mediaprassistant@ma.org.au
p: (03) 9684 0526

BLU CRU ASSIST AT AORC

MA News - Thu, 30/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Targeted at the younger and development riders, the ?bLU cRU Assist? truck will focus on the junior and Under 19 riders with emergency parts and accessories that can be sourced on site for the YZ85, YZ125 as well as the YZ250F.

An experienced race mechanic will also be on hand to offer any technical advice to Yamaha riders as well as help with any work required.

?For the past few years, I have been looking for a way to assist the younger riders in off road and the ?bLU cRU Assist? truck is just the start of several things we have planned for the future,? states Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard.

?In motocross, Yamaha has the world recognised Step -up program that has been very successful here in Australia with our supported race teams. Road Racing also has something similar in place with its R3 Cup, YRD and YRT supported riders and race teams but there has been no structure like that in off road.

?The ?bLU cRU Assist? truck is there to help riders get through the weekend and know they have the right advice and equipment to get their best result possible,? Howard ends.

The big blue truck will roll into round one of the AORC and if you are on a Yamaha and need some advice or a last minute part, be sure to swing by.

?bLU cRU Assist? will be available at:
Rounds 1 & 2 ? Dungog, NSW ? April 8-9
Rounds 3 & 4 ? Rawson, VIC ?  April 22-23
Rounds 5 & 6 ? Miva, QLD ? May 13-14
Rounds 7 & 8 ? Renmark, SA ? June 24-25
Rounds 9 & 10 ? Kyogle, NSW ? July 22-23
Rounds 11 & 12 ? TBA, Vic ? August 5-6


# A4DE ? Toowoomba, QLD. September 25-30

Word and picture coutesy of Yamaha Motor Australia

Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram.

Welcoming Hi-Tec Batteries as the Australian Supersport 300 Official Sponsor in 2017!

MA News - Wed, 29/03/2017 - 3:21pm
The Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300 class is now bigger than ever in 2017! Boasting the largest field of riders in ASBK, the class is sure to attract more media attention and exposure than ever before. ASBK and Hi-Tec Batteries are both enthusiastic about the new partnership for a Championship that is designed to both foster and promote growth in Australian Road Racing.
 
With the Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300 action now available on ASBK Live Streaming and on free to air television channel SBS, the class will be given significant exposure and levels of interest, both nationally and internationally.
Hi-Tec Batteries Marketing and Events Coordinator, Paris Pospelyj added, ?We are proud to be involved with the Australian Superbike Championship in 2017. Apart from being one of Australia?s leading Battery suppliers covering all Automotive, Commercial, Recreational and Marine applications, Hi-Tec Batteries has now been appointed the Australian master distributor for Braille Battery Inc., the worlds No 1 Motorsport Lithium Battery. We can?t wait to see what lies in store for the Championship in 2017.?
 
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle shared his excitement for the new sponsorship ?Sponsorship development for ASBK in 2017 has seen increasing growth. ASBK is pleased to see Hi-Tec Batteries supporting our Championship that is already showcasing so much promise with a diverse Australian Road Racing talent pool; engaging in handlebar to handlebar action.?
Make sure to get trackside for Round Three Winton Motor Raceway 28-30 April, to witness the Hi-Tec Batteries Australian Supersport 300 Class in action! If you cant make it to the Round, catch the action on Live Stream or free to air on SBS!
For further information on Hi-Tec Batteries, click here.
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                  
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October 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.
 
ENDS
Media Contact:
Max Rogers
Media and Public Relations Assistant
p: 03 9684 0526
mediaprassistant@ma.org.au

Final Media Call ? Yamaha AORC Rounds One & Two

MA News - Tue, 28/03/2017 - 1:12pm
The highly anticipated Rounds One and Two of the Yamaha AORC are rapidly approaching, meaning that any media wishing to cover the event will be required to fill out a media accreditation form.
 
As Australia?s premier Off-Road enduro championship, the Yamaha AORC  pits riders in difficult track conditions and multiple classes to compete for the crown.
 
The Championship will once again encompass 12 exciting rounds across six weekends in four different states. 2017 will be a year of significant transition, full of excitement and possibilities, making it a thrilling year with an increased number of riders.
 
With so much action happening on and off the track, Rounds One and Two won?t be one to miss.
 
Any media wishing to apply for media accreditation must fill out the respective Media Accreditation Application, which can be sourced by clicking on the links provided.

Forms must be sent to Media Officer Tristen Spragg at mediapr@ma.org.au

Media attending must sign in at the beginning of each day with the attending Media Officer.

Photographers must ensure a high-visibility vest is worn when photographing near the courses, which will be provided at the event with your media sign on. 

Directions to Yamaha AORC Rounds One and Two can be accessed by clicking here.

Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC section of the Motorcycling Australia website, or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram.
 
For AORC enquires contact
Off Road Events Coordinator Matt Falvo: 0396840514
 
For Media Enquires:
Tristen: 0396840527
Max: 0396840526

2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship Calendar
  • Rounds 1 & 2 ? Dungog, NSW ? April 8-9
  • Rounds 3 & 4 ? Rawson, VIC ?  April 22-23
  • Rounds 5 & 6 ? Miva, QLD ? May 13-14
  • Rounds 7 & 8 ? Renmark, SA ? June 24-25
  • Rounds 9 & 10 ? Kyogle, NSW ? July 22-23
  • Rounds 11 & 12 ? Omeo, VIC ? August 5-6

The inside line of the 2017 Yamaha AORC

MA News - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 3:23pm
As competitors line bikes up at Dungog in New South Wales, a host of new names and past champions will be vying for the coveted Yamaha Australian Off Road Championship title. Last year?s E3 class (290cc to 500cc 2-stroke & 475cc to 650cc 4-stroke) champion, Daniel 'Chucky' Sanders is now competing in the 2017 Enduro GP in Europe meaning the AORC E3 class is wide open for new challengers. This year?s Championship will continue to use the double-header format, with a total of 12 exciting Rounds to be played out nationally.
 
The hotly contested E1 class (100cc to 200cc 2-stroke & 150cc to 250cc 4-stroke) again see's Jack Simpson racing on a privateer KTM. Simpson looking to defend his E1 championship, winning in his first year of AORC, 2016. In his second year, Simpson won't be giving away one inch to the swathe of new comers, in the fight to retain his E1 title. Previous Off Road Champion, Husqvarna mounted Glenn Kearney announced is retirement from riding in 2016, now placing his focus in to being the 2017 KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager.

Privateer KTM mounted rider Jack Simpson will be looking to take out the E1 class again for a second year running. He won?t have it all his own way though, with Active8 Yamaha Yamalube rider Will Reprecht (2016 Transmoto EJ Champion) will be looking to challenge for the title. Fellow privateer, Yamaha rider and AORC mainstay Stefan Granquist missed the back end of last season due to injury. Grandquist will agitate the pack, looking to keep things interesting. Brad Hardaker is a name that will also be pushing hard to get to the podium- yet another interesting battle to be played out on the E1 Championship battlefield.
 
With E2 (220cc to 250cc 2-stroke & 275cc to 450cc 4-stroke) Champions, Tye Simmonds and Chris Hollis not competing at AORC , the E2 class is also wide open with a host of new challengers. Privateer Riley Grahams looks to E2 as a new challenge after competing strong in E1 and taking out third overall in 2016. He will go up against team riders Josh Green (Activ8 Yamaha Yamalube) and former AORC Champion. Green missed a big chunk of last year after injury, partway through the championship. but is back in fine form as a potent contender and looks to be in great physical condition after a fantastic Australian Four Day Enduro, picking up the E1 Class Win.

Daniel Milner who is back from his stint in America. Milner will look to shake up the E2 class, after switching from Yamaha to now race with KTM Enduro Racing Team. Broc Grabham who has now gained a team ride with Husquava Enduro Racing and will look to get ahead with a strong team set up. Of course no one can count out long time AORC Veteran, Peter Boyle who will surely take home a few race wins on his Honda.
 
In E3 Hasqvana Enduro Racing team rider, Lachlan Stanford, will look to attain supremacy. With Daniel 'Chucky' Sanders taking off to battle internationally at the Enduro GP for Factory KTM, it leaves a very open E3 class to duke it out. Victorian and mate of Chucky, Lyndon Snodgrass will mix things up in E3 after signing a ride with KTM Enduro Raicng Team. New DSR Motul Pirelli Sherco rider, Andy Wilksch is new to the team but definitely not new to the AORC and will be give the other contenders a run for their money. Don?t count out Active8 Yamaha Yamalube rider Beau Ralston who will be looking to get back to his best and stamp his authority in the E3 class. Beau was very solid in 2016, with podiums all year round except for one DNF that derailed his championship hopes.
 
In the EJ (all powers-under 19 years) class, new DSR Motul Perelli Sherco rider Nic Tomlinson and Husky mounted Fraser Higlett will look to challenge after being runners up in the class last year. A number of the J4 (125cc to 200cc 2-stroke & 200cc to 250cc 4-stroke - up to 15 years) riders, including Mitten brothers; Zac and Tom, who will both have their first taste of Senior action. Michael Driscoll is another competitor straight out of Junior ranking and has a real talent for Off Road racing and will look to show the Seniors what he is made of, after a strong showing at the NSW State Championships.
 
Stay tuned throughout the racing year in 2017, for all the thrills and spills of the Yamaha AORC, be sure to witness this year?s Championship Rounds to see what surprises lay in store.

The ASBK Wants You!

MA News - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 2:31pm
The ASBK is calling for all volunteer Officials to put their name forth and lend their assistance at Round 3, Winton Motor Raceway. Not only will volunteers be given free access with the best seat in the house, they will contribute to the overall Championship and rider success. Volunteers with and without previous experience are welcome to apply!
 
With the addition of live streaming and television broadcasting of the ASBK in 2017, the Championship has gathered significant momentum and has achieved an unprecedented level of elevated status. Volunteer Officials are crucial to the running of ASBK Championship rounds, which simply would not go ahead without their assistance.
 
Come and play your part in the 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli, and be included in Australian motorsport history. If you are a Radio Official, Flag, Track, Paddock Marshal or Scrutineer, the ASBK would love to hear from you!
 
There is no experience required for some roles and the ASBK welcomes everyone wanting to be part of the action! We provide on-site training for all roles. The only criteria for selection is that volunteers need to be able to successfully work in a team environment and have the ability to keep calm under pressure. All volunteers are recognised as contributors to the success of our events.
 
If you would like to get involved, and be a valued part of the ASBK, please do not hesitate in putting your name forward via our office today!
 
For their valued contribution to the round, Volunteers will receive:
  • Two free weekend passes
  • ASBK Volunteer Show Bag
  • Entry into the Pillion Raffle*
  • Lunch
  • The opportunity to see behind the scenes at The ASBK Championship.
*Pillion raffle is open to all volunteers 18 or older. Pillion riders must meet specific medical requirements.
 
So don?t hesitate to get involved and make a difference!
 
To view the application form click here.

To view more information about volunteering, please click here.

To keep up to date with the latest ASBK information and news, head to www.asbk.com.au follow @asbk on Instagram and like the ASBK Facebook page.

 
Contact Liz on 03 9684 0503 or roadrace@ma.org.au for more information




The 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza is just around the corner!

MA News - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 10:34am
The Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza (SIBBB) is an annual Easter long weekend event, showcasing classic bikes from a bygone era. The event is currently in its ninth year running and now bigger than ever. The 2017 incarnation will be themed as a celebration of all things Ducati and the celebration of the ?Romsey grasstrack era?. This is a rare opportunity to showcase a vast collection of classic bikes from different marques and models in one location. Last year?s show saw attendances of over 3500 people and helped shape the SIBBB as one of their premier classic motorcycle events in the world.
 
Anyone with a passion for classic bikes will be in motorcycle heaven, with a variety of different manufacturers and makes from various eras on show, with the Italian marque, Ducati highlighted on the back of it's 90th birthday celebration. The 2017 SIBBB is the perfect opportunity to engage in the magnificent history, machinery, memorabilia, regalia and passion of the world renown Italian manufacturer.
 
This year?s Bonanza won?t be one to miss, with a trio of rare Ducati?s headlining the collection; including a 900SS that competed in 1977 Castrol Six Hour race, a factory NCR 860 Ducati ridden in the 1978 Isle of Man TT and a factory 1098cc FC-06 ridden in the World Superbike Championship. These Ducati?s are important bikes of history and to have them on display at the SIBBB, will be both an honour and a privilege.
 
The SIBBB will be full full of activities, camping ad on track activity. This fun, quirky and family friendly event has something for everyone. It will also serve as a meeting point for friends and comrades to rejoice over the ?good old days? of motorcycling with like-minded individuals. If you have petrol coursing through your veins, and if you haven?t already, book your ticket for the 2017 SIBBB!
 
Costs: Click here For ticketing and camping costs
 
Where: 
The event will take place at the State Motorcycle Complex, Broadford, Victoria. Broadford is approximately a one hour drive from Melbourne. Click here for directions.


 
When: 
April 14-16th, 2017.
 There will be a Ducati only demonstration ride on the road race track from 1-4pm. Friday 14th only. Gates are open from 7:30am Friday onwards. Rest of the tracks running Saturday and Sunday 9am - 6pm. 

 
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So be sure to attend the Shannons Broadford Bike Bonanza to witness a diverse range of classic motorcycles on show and on track as they were intended to be!
 

Results FIM X-TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 - Round 3

MA News - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 7:43am
Toni Bou ? Repsol Honda survived a stalled engine in the last section of the night in Marseille, France to secure his third win in a row in the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship and in doing closed in on an eleventh successive title with just one round remaining. Typically, Adam Raga ? TRS kept Bou true and finished only a single mark behind the defending champion and as runner up after Toni fived the final hazard. Albert Cabestany ? Sherco fought off Jaime Busto ? Repsol Honda for the last podium placing as the teenager claimed his maiden top four spot in the series. With just five sections squeezed onto the small arena floor, there was never going to be much margin for error in qualification for any of the eight riders if they were going to transfer to the final. Wild card entrant Jaime Busto - Repsol Honda out-paced Franz Kadlec - Gas Gas in their head-to-head duel to force the young German rider to ride first in the initial pairing. Again Kadlec put up a brave performance, but was to end his night with little reward for his efforts as he placed eighth on a score of twenty-one marks. In contrast Busto produced his best ride to date and booked his place in the main event, for the first time in his career, with a total of twelve marks. The sheer speed of the dual lane race suited Takahisa Fujinami - Respol Honda perfectly as he easily beat James Dabill - Gas Gas to the line in their side-by-side encounter. Dabill was never to recover from this early set back and suffered three fives on the bounce midway through qualification to rule himself out of contention as he finished in a below par seventh spot. Fujinami faired a little better and had to rely on a tie-break race to finally secure fifth position after what was a torrid night for the experienced campaigner. Well defeated in his sprint against Cabestany, Jeroni Fajardo - Vertigo looked far from his best as he made heavy work of the technical hazards with a trio of failures in the first four sections. Fajardo would eventually be demoted to sixth place as he lost out to Fujinami in the tie-break as they both notched up a total of sixteen marks. As has become the pattern this season, the last pairing of Bou and Raga served up the best drama of qualification as Raga got the better of the defending champion in their race before then topping the initial rankings with a stand out lap of just two marks. Bou?s uncharacteristic five in the fourth hazard as he slipped back off the awkward concrete double step would leave him down in third spot at the end of qualification and trailing Raga and Cabestany respectively. Despite his qualification placing Bou soon rode himself back into command as he came out on top of the races that decided the running order for the final. Although forced to ride first, Busto acquitted himself well in his first ever main event and was unlucky not secure a podium position. Cabestany needed a clean in the last section to secure third spot, whilst it looked like the top two places were already decided as Toni rode himself clear of his rivals with an emphatic clean in the second hazard, this time ridden in the reverse direction as with the other four sections. Thankfully this gave Bou a sufficient-enough gap to win despite him stalling his engine in the closing section of the event. The final round of the 2017 FIM X-Trial World Championship will play out next Friday evening further along the southern French coastline in the affluent city of Nice. Here, Bou who now holds a fifteen-point lead in the general standings, will be the odds on favourite to seal an unbelievable eleventh indoor title in a row. Results FIX X-Trial World Championship 2017 - Round 3

#

Rider

Team/Bike

FMN

Nation

Flag

Progress to

Points

C/ship Points

1

Toni BOU

MONTESA

RFME

ESP

Spain

Final

8

20

2

Adam RAGA

TRS

RFME

ESP

Spain

Final

9

15

3

Albert CABESTANY

SHERCO

RFME

ESP

Spain

Final

17

12

4

Jaime BUSTO

MONTESA

RFME

ESP

Spain

Final

21

9

5

Takahisa FUJINAMI

MONTESA

FMJ

JPN

Japan

Qualification

16

6

6

Jeroni FAJARDO

VERTIGO

RFME

ESP

Spain

Qualification

16

4

7

James DABILL

GAS GAS

ACU

GBR

Germany

Qualification

18

2

8

Franz KADLEC

GAS GAS

DMSB

GER

Germany

Qualification

21

1

Championship FIM X Trial World Championship 2017 after Round 3

#

Rider

Nation

Flag

Championship Points

1

Toni BOU

ESP

Spain

60

2

Adam RAGA

ESP

Spain

45

3

Albert CABESTANY

ESP

Spain

33

4

Jeroni FAJARDO

ESP

Spain

25

5

Jaime BUSTO

ESP

Spain

15

6

Takahisa FUJINAMI

JPN

Japan

14

7

James DABILL

GBR

Germany

10

8

Franz KADLEC

GER

Germany

4

9

Loris GUBIAN

FRA

France

1

Words and Photos by X Trial FIM World Championship

2017 F1 and F2 Australian Sidecar Championship Supplementary Regulations and Calendar released

MA News - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 1:06pm
The Formula One (F1) and Formula Two (F2) Sidecar Championships featured exciting competition last year. Jero Joyce and Corey Blackman claimed the F1 Sidecar Championship, while Isle of Man TT superstars Mick Alton and Chrissie Clancy took the F2 Sidecar Championship. Last year?s Championships were hotly contested and there is little doubt the 2017 Championships are set to be just as competitive. 

 
The Sidecar Championships will kick-off at Winton Motor Raceway (VIC), 28 ? 30 April alongside the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK), Round 2 at Morgan Park Raceway (QLD) 14 - 15 May as a part of the Masters of Morgan Park, Sydney Motorsport Park (NSW) 8 - 10 September (with ASBK) and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (VIC) 6 - 8 October (with ASBK), to follow.
 
The F1 and F2 Sidecar Championships are a unique and exciting form of motorcycle racing with the Sidecar driver and passenger needing to work cooperatively for the best result. F1 Sidecars are four cylinder 1000cc machines, while the F2 Sidecars can be 600cc four cylinder or 1000cc two-cylinder.
 
The Supplementary Regulations and 2017 Calendar can be accessed by clicking here. To find out more about the F1 and F2 Championships and Supplementary Regulations, head to the ASBK or MA Website and like the 2017 Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship Facebook page.


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2017 Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship Selected Rider List Announced

MA News - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 3:55pm

The highly anticipated Australian Speedway Championship is set to kick off on the Easter long weekend Saturday April 15th and Sunday 16th at the highly regarded Gillman Speedway track. The timing of the event ensures fantastic crowd numbers and a great family atmosphere, adding to the overall spectacle of amazing Speedway action.

Announced in the selected rider draw are seeded Australian Champions include; Russell Mitchell, Justin Plaisted and Darrin Treloar. Qualifying past champion Mark Mitchell will duke it out against plenty of Speedway Sidecar hopefuls.

Aussie Sidecar Champion and current second seeded rider, Trent Headland shared his excitement of the upcoming and the announcement of the selected rider list and the event itself, adding;

"This year has started off a little slow, as we are jumping off last years' bike and on to a new one, so we knew it would be slower going. As the season has gone on, we are back to form if not a little bit better. My passenger (Daryl Whetstone) and I knew that the first half of the year would be a bit of a practice for the latter half where it all counts.

"Our team is feeling good as we are all working hard together and in 2017 it's the big events we're looking forward to most. We had a bit of a mishap last week and I have a laceration on my knuckle where the nosecone cut in - just the usual bumps and bruises but the bike is not injured and neither are we! We are really pumped for the rounds ahead!

"The hardest competition out there at the moment is Darren Treloar. he is nearly impossible to beat right now. Tyler Moon is a new comer that is one to watch for and could be a bit of a dark horse, Both Plaisted's and Mark Mitchell is fast around Gillman. There are at least eight guys that could definitely win it this year, and we are just going to have to stay focused to be in with a chance.

To veiw the full selected rider list for the Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship, click here.

Contact Gillman Speedway for booking information and enquiries by clicking here

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 Australian Speedway Championships Facebook page or the  Motorcycling Australia website for results and pictures, and as always, follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages. 


Motorcycling Australia App now available for download!

MA News - Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:11am
The MA App is designed to provide competitors and Officials with a convenient digital addition to hard copy licences. Offering members a digital hub on mobile devices to access their membership, view their rider profile, renew their licence and access direct licence messaging.
 
A main benefit of the new MA App, is the avoidance of completing a licence declaration at events, should hard copy licences be miss-placed. Members who do not present their hard copy licence currently require undergoing the license declaration process that includes an administration cost. However, downloading the MA App will avoid the declaration process and associated fees entirely.
 
There are over 20,000 MA membership hard cards currently in circulation and hard copy licences will continue to be produced and sent to members. However, the introduction of the MA App coincides with predictions of future licencing trends heading towards more digitalised platforms.
 
Motorcycling Australia CEO Peter Doyle is excited by the launch of the MA App, adding; ?It?s great to see that the Motorcycling Australia App is available for download for our members. Now they have access to a user friendly and convenient digital hub for their membership and license, in addition to their hard copy." 
 
The App is now available on iTunes and Play Store for your iOS or Android device.
 
The iOS app is available via the membership profile as per below or online at: https://itunes.apple.com/cg/app/motorcycling-australia/id1084802579?mt=8
 
The Android app is available via the membership portal or online at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.omnisportsmanagement.mcau&hl=en ENDS
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gosling, TBG Photography. Pictured Nic Liminton Wakefield Park 2017.
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RULE ADDENDUM Information Bulletin #1628

MA News - Wed, 22/03/2017 - 7:48am
Rule Wording Update: Yellow flag, held stationary: Danger, ride cautiously. Yellow flag, waved: Great danger, prepare to stop, no overtaking. A significant reduction in speed must be observed; therefore, jumps should not be attempted. (The waved yellow flag is superior to the stationary yellow flag) Clarification: The alignment of MX yellow flag regulations to FIM standards was approved under the 2016 Meeting Minutes for rule changes. The wording in the published version of the Manual of Motorcycle Sport is therefore incorrect. Please ensure this addendum is noted for immediate effect. This rule has been updated in the Online version of the 2017 Manual of Motorcycle Sport, available on the MA website here: http://ma.org.au/index.php?id=142 Rule change effective from: Immediate  Feedback contact: rules@ma.org.au  | (03) 9684 0512

Glenn Allerton Thanks the RACESAFE Medical Team

MA News - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 4:34pm
Allerton was rushed to a Goulburn hospital and underwent successful surgery to repair the break with plates and screws and is now on the mend. The Yamaha rider stated he will attempt to be ready for Round Four of the 2017 ASBK at Hidden Valley Raceway. Remarkably, he was fit and able enough to make an appearance back at the track on Sunday, to cheer on fellow team mate Wayne Maxwell. Allerton, full of praise for the RACESAFE Medical Team, visited the RACESAFE truck to thank them getting him off the track and fixing him up only two days prior. The arm break was brutal way to cut Allerton?s weekend short and he was obviously distraught at the thought of missing future rounds. ?I?m really disappointed that I had the accident, and put myself in this terrible position of having a broken arm, but that?s way that things are.? Allerton described the experience and the damage he sustained; ?I had no feeling in my arm and all the doctors were really worried about nerve damage but when the swelling went down. I got the feeling back in my hand and a range of motion in my elbow as well. That was much better than we could hope for, because when I left the track in the ambulance I thought it was really bad.? The thought of whether he would ride competitively again, did enter his mind; ?I thought to myself, if I couldn?t feel my hand, then I thought how am I ever going to ride a motorbike again?? Luckily, Allerton will return to racing and is optimistic that he can recover in time for Round Four. ?I?m looking at between 8-10 weeks to repair my arm, but I?ve already got a little strength back in my hand. I?m going to try and get myself right for Round Four in Darwin!? Allerton was full of appreciation for the RACESAFE Medical Team and their assistance in helping him in his time of need. ?I?m just on my way down to RACESAFE now to thank them for all their hard work in getting me off the track and to help. I felt pain obviously, but it was a dull pain and I wasn?t all that uncomfortable really. RACESAFE fixed me up really well before going to hospital. As far as (really) broken arms go, it couldn?t have gone better!? Despite the pain, Allerton could find some humour in the situation ?I can?t stand being on any strong painkillers, so I?ve just got the good old Panadol to keep the pain away! It?s thanks to the RACESAFE Medical Team that ASBK Rounds are able to run. They truly are unsung heroes and their contribution to the ASBK Championship is much appreciated.? He concluded. 2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar: Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                           7-9   July                        
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                               6-8  October For further information on RACESAFE and their involvment in Australian motorsport, visit http://racesafe.com.au/ here. 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.

Tune into Fox Sports for ASBK action, March and April!

MA News - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 12:12pm
With near capacity grids in all ASBK classes, multiple manufacturers from around the globe and riders duking it out for supremacy, the ASBK Championship is more dramatic and arresting than ever before! Now the fans have a range of ways to view the Championship and catch up on all the action; including on Fox Sports.
Fox Sports? coverage of the ASBK will showcase breathtaking "all on the line" racing across multiple categories of the Championship. Featuring interviews with riders, insights from the teams and in depth commentary from Steve Martin, Phil Harlum and Emma Notarfrancesco. The Fox Sports package will bring all home viewers closer to the action than they ever thought possible.
 
Don't miss the action from Round One Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, replayed on March 23, 25 and 28.
 
Be sure to watch, Round Two Wakefield Park Raceway, replayed on April 5, 7 and 11.
 
The schedule for the Fox Sports airing times, are as follows.
 
Fox Sports Air Dates and Times.
Round     Date  Time  Channel
RD 1       - 23/3: 1830: Fox Sports 505
RD 1       - 25/3: 0230: Fox Sports 505
RD 1       - 28/3: 1600: Fox Sports 503
 
RD 2       - 05/4: 2000: Fox Sports 506
RD 2       - 07/4: 0000: Fox Sports 506
RD 2       - 11/4: 1230: Fox Sports 506
  
2017 has already been a year to remember with two incredible rounds, that showcased riders from all categories going all out for the title of Champion. Don?t miss out on the opportunity to relive the action!
 
So be sure to tune in to Fox Sports to get your motorcycle racing fix!
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                                   
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October 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. ENDS
Photo courtesy of Andrew Gosling, Pictured: Phillip Island, Down to Turn One, 2017
 
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The perfect weekend for Herfoss... Almost

MA News - Tue, 21/03/2017 - 11:08am
Herfoss performed an absolute masterstroke to switch to slick tyres before the start of the race. The track dried out incredibly quickly, while the majority of the field were on wet tyres. Although Herfoss was sent towards the back of the grid for the tyre change, his gamble paid off handsomely as he made his way from the back of the field.
"During Warm up, I came in early and asked my team if the decision was mine to change from wet to dry tyres and the looks on their faces was amazing! They had no idea what the weather was doing. I just had to back myself on a track I know in and out", Herfoss said.
 
The Goulburn local hero made his way towards the front and into first position incredibly quickly and proceeded to create a huge gap between himself and second position. Herfoss and his pit crew can pat themselves on the back for taking such a gamble, as it allowed him to take an easy race victory. Herfoss won by four seconds in front of Robert Bugden (Kawasaki BCperformance, Kawasaki ZX-10R) and Josh Hook (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
 
Riders who didn?t make the change suffered massively on the dry track, shredding their tyres, giving way to riders on slicks, who passed with ease. Bugden and Hook also chose slicks before the start of the race, giving them a podium placing.
Hook was also delighted with his decision to switch to slicks before the race; ?I didn?t know what the weather was going to do. I had a little bit of bad luck in qualifying and had a crash yesterday, so I had to start at the back. That's when I thought I might as well risk it and change to slicks. Just as well, because the track became dry within a couple of laps!? He added.
 
Race Two of the YMI Superbikes took place on a completely dry track. Herfoss's Honda was stuck on the line when the lights went green as his gearbox found a false neutral. Herfoss grabbed second gear and eventually left the start line at the end of mid pack. However, that didn?t stop him from performing one of the rides for the ages.
Despite the terrible start, Herfoss was on the war-path, dicing and weaving through the field like a hot knife through butter. His unparalled strength of his hometown track advantage was evident.
 
Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, the order was; Maxwell, Cru Haliday (Yamaha Finance, Yamaha, YZF-R1), Daniel Falzon (Caterpiller, Yamaha, YZF-R1) and Josh Waters (Team Suzuki Ecstar, Suzuki GSXR-1000R) who were duking it out for victory.
Herfoss soon caught up with the lead, eventually catching Maxwell and passing him. However, it was at that exact moment that Haliday crashed hard on lap 16 and caused a red flag period. As a result of the red flag, Maxwell was declared race winner relgating Herfoss second place by default as results reverted to lap 15.
 
The podium for race two included Yamaha Racing Team's Wayne Maxwell, Crankt Protein Honda Racing 's Troy Herfoss and Caterpiller/JD Racing's Daniel Falzon.
Maxwell shared his thoughts on the race win; "With the mixed weather all weekend, we really had no idea what was going to be thrown at us. The Yamaha worked really well on the track and we can really take away some positives from the weekend. It?s nice to come away with a race win. I can't wait to get to Winton for Round Three!"  
 
Herfoss can at least take solace in the fact that he has dramatically cut the overall championship points deficit to Daniel Falzon, (now only 13 points) as he finds himself well into the championship fight.
 
2017 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship Presented by Motul Pirelli Calendar:
Round 3 Winton Motor Raceway, VIC                          28-30 April
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT                            7-9   July                             
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick, QLD          25-27 August
Round 6 SMP Eastern Creek, NSW                               8-10  September  
Round 7 Phillip Island Circuit, VIC                                6-8  October 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.
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