Motorcycling Australia

Superb Italian Grand Prix Motorcycle collection arrives at Phillip Island

MA News - Wed, 25/01/2017 - 3:26pm
Fans at this weekend?s AMCN Island Classic at Phillip Island ? one of the largest historic bike meets in the world ? will be the first to see the collection with a discounted entry to $9.50 for Island Classic patrons.
 
Uncovered in Italy  by Andrew Fox and purchased from private collectors by Melbourne?s Fox family, owners of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, the collection boasts a fleet of 15 sleek, agile Aprilias and a brood of 9 beautiful, fiery red Cagivas.   
 
All two strokes, they raced in GP competition between 1987 and 2003 and on board were some of the world?s great riders including the Italian aces Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi, and American stars Eddie Lawson and John Kocinski.
 
?We are extremely excited about this collection.  It represents a sensational era of grand prix racing and showcases the bikes that launched some of the biggest names in motorcycle racing,? said Andrew Fox.  ?The bikes are all in perfect condition and I believe we have the finest collection of Cagivas anywhere in the world.?
 
Fox said they decided to search for a significant collection after last year securing rights for the MotoGP and World Superbike for another decade.
 
?We are the only circuit in the world with ten year tenures on both these world championships and this collection launches our desire to build a world class exhibition of grand prix motorcycles that befits our circuit.?
 
APRILIA? ?MADE IN ITALY?
The 15 Aprilias of the Phillip Island collection starred in world championship campaigns from 1992 to 2003, across the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc classes.    Heralding from Venice, the Aprilia manufacturer?s philosophy of ?Made in Italy? was replicated in their race team - with Italian riders on Italian bikes charting the team?s successful path and launching the careers of many including Rossi and Biaggi.
 
Aprilia was particularly dominant in the 125cc and intermediate classes during that era, with the bikes in the Phillip Island display winning an incredible nine world championships and taking home 50 GP wins towards a total podium count of 152.
 
In the Aprilia stable, the Phillip Island Collection includes the world title-winning machines of Rossi in 1997 (125), Biaggi in 1995 (250), Capirossi in 1998 (250) and Marco Melandri (250) in 2002.
 
There are also three RSV500s in the collection, including the Aprilia Jeremy McWilliams rode to pole position in the Australian GP at Phillip Island in 2000.
 
The Alessandro Gramigni bike of 1992 was the machine Aprilia won its first world title on in 125cc, and following came further world championship success with Kazuto Sakata on the 125cc bike of 1994 and 1998.
 
Rossi?s 1997 Aprilia RSV125 is a treasured member of the collection. The bike rode the Italian to 125cc dominance with 11 victories, 13 podiums and a world title and launched his career on the world stage. He took two titles with Aprilia, in the smaller classes (1997- 125cc; 1999 - 250cc), before he moved up to 500cc racing and increased his world championship count to nine.
 
But it was the quarter-litre class where Aprilia really made its mark on the world stage.
 
Biaggi scored three consecutive 250cc world titles for Aprilia from 1994 to 1996, with the bike from his 1995 campaign (8 wins and 12 podiums) a highlight of the Phillip Island offer. Biaggi?s dominance led the way for Capirossi, Melandri and Manual Poggiali whose world championship winning bikes are now firmly ensconced at Phillip Island ? a showcase to the Aprilian success story of the 1990s.
 
CAGIVA?.A BRILLIANT RED BLOOD LINE
The Cagiva bikes of the Phillip Island collection represent 500cc racing from 1987 to 1994, the race category where the Italian Varese factory concentrated its efforts with riders like Lawson, Kocinski, Randy Mamola, Alex Barros, Doug Chandler and Aussie Mat Mladin, who was plucked straight from an Aussie superbike-winning season in Australia to go GP racing in 1993.
 
The nine brilliantly bright red Cagivas on display include the race-winning machines of Lawson who scored the first ever Cagiva victory in Hungary in the wet in 1992; and Kocinski who led the final Cagiva charge in 1993 and 1994 with wins in the US and Australia.
 
During that eight-year period, Cagiva scored three wins and a total of 13 podiums, before withdrawing from competition at the end of 1994 due to the financial squeeze of competing at the highest level of road racing ? ironically after its best ever year of competition when Kocinski won at Sydney?s Eastern Creek and finished third in the championship.
 
The story of Cagiva is a true Italian melodrama that started in 1978 with an ambitious plan by the two Castiglioni brothers from Varese, Gianfranco and Claudio, establishing an Italian team to go 500cc racing and take on the all- conquering Japanese makes.  They purchased the old Aermacchi factory beside Lake Varese and renamed it Cagiva, after their father CAstiglioni GIovanni of VArese.
 
Red-blooded Italian passion and persistence were the characteristics of the 15 year Cagiva 500 cc journey, a campaign that ended due to lack of funds just as the brand was tasting 500cc glory and success. The company had input from all over the globe ? the Japanese helping with technical advice to assist a European marque to fire on the 500cc grid; and from the US it was gifted the know-how of King Kenny Roberts and the riding ability of their eventual victors, Lawson and Kocinski.
 
But, always, the Cagivas were totally Italian and totally gorgeous. In their fiery red they brought not only presence, pace and power to the racetrack, but also Italian good looks and flair in design. And still in 2017, at their new home at Australia?s Phillip Island, they shine brilliantly bright in their blood red livery.
 
SOURCING THE COLLECTION
Fox and circuit managing director, Fergus Cameron, sourced the bikes from two Italian collectors.
?These are legendary Latin machines and a special collection for the people of Phillip Island.  It is a racing repertoire to be proud of, another wonderful treasure for our island that visitors will really enjoy,? said Fox.
 
?Part of me sees it as a thank you.   For more than a decade, the track has benefitted from a great working relationship with the Premiers and the Victorian government, the support of Brendan McClements from VMEC, and more recently from the team at Visit Victoria.  This is something to build on for the future.?
 
Cameron took delivery of the collection from Italy last weekend and said the collection is another step to ensure Phillip Island is truly regarded as the world?s motorcycling mecca.
 
?Race fans come to experience Phillip Island?s thrilling action live and now viewing these incredible machines at such close range, they can relive some of motorcycling?s great memories,? said Cameron.   
 
The Phillip Island Grand Prix Motorcycle Collection at the Visitor Centre will be open to the public from Australia Day, with entry $17.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.
 
For patrons of this weekend?s massive historic bike meet, the AMCN sland Classic at Phillip Island, there?s a discount on entry for adults to $9.50.
 
For more information about the History of Motorsport Display go to
www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au/family-fun
 
For information on the AMCN International Island Classic go to www.islandclassic.com.au
 
Ffi Ingrid Roepers on mobile 04 111 989 44 or iroepers@irpr.com.au

MA Junior Officials Policy

MA News - Tue, 24/01/2017 - 4:57pm
With an aging population, Australian sporting associations and groups across the board, are unfortunately experiencing a decline in volunteer numbers, and motorcycle racing is certainly no different. The intention of MA's Junior Offical Policy is that juniors who participate in volunteering at an early age will be keen to remain in the sport in an official capacity, having learnt from experience that being part of motorcycle events can deliver many benefits including: social interaction, the rewards of continual learning, bettering of skill bases through an enhanced understanding on MA methods and expectations as well as being apart of all the unique action motorsport provides.

The Junior Officials Policy aims to assist MA in upholding its core values of creating a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone, especially volunteers under the age of 18 that are engaged in performing tasks at an MA permitted event. Our commitment is to ensure that every junior official is adequately trained and appropriately supervised.

1.     Purpose
The Junior Officials Policy is a hands-on and skill based initiative that will train and retain young officials and introduce them to officiating at motorcycle sport events in a safe and carefully supervised manner. It will enhance their total understanding of motorcycle competition and provide ongoing knowledge and experience in the sport.
This Policy seeks to ensure the safe conduct of duties and proper supervision of all Junior Officials ? that is, anyone under the age of 18. It is a Policy requirement that the conditions of this policy are met.

2.     Definitions
Junior Official: Any person under the age of 18 who is appointed by an Event Organiser and trained to undertake a specific task at events under the control of an Event Permit issued by MA and/or RCB.
 
The Junior Official Policy is a positive initiative that see?s the transfer of skills built up over the course of many years, in a ?passing of the baton? to the up and coming generation of sporting officials. The policy outlines safe and developmentally encouraging ways to utilise vast knowledge resources that are our Senior Officials.

To view a full copy of the policy, click here.  
Don?t forget to always stay up to date with the  MA website for further information, and visit the MA Facebook Page

KiSS Navarra video brings the ISDE green story to life

MA News - Tue, 24/01/2017 - 10:49am
KiSS Navarra (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) was an historic debut for the introduction of a programme of this kind into the venerable and evergreen discipline of Enduro.

In addition, this far reaching initiative was a highly significant milestone in the FIM?s plan to deliver sustainable events in all the disciplines with the FIM Ride Green Programme.

Environmental awareness, respect and responsibility are vitally important for events such as the ISDE, which operate in potentially sensitive areas.

This crucial understanding and the steps taken to bring it to the Enduro community are brilliantly brought to life in the newly released KiSS Navarra video that provides an interesting and informative insight into what proved to be a highly successful green story.

This short film confirms the triumphant nature of the KiSS Navarra project and illustrates the sheer extent of the many different and diverse elements, all of which combined to make a significant and positive impression in terms of managing and reducing the overall impact of the ISDE on this beautiful area.

Watch and learn how to Ride Green!

Renee revved-up for first Girls on Track Day in 2017

MA News - Tue, 24/01/2017 - 10:27am
The extremely-popular GOTDs is geared towards supporting females and their journeys through motorcycle sport. Renee says that taking part in GOTDs have helped made her a better rider: ?I have been able to improve on skills such as cornering, line selection, braking and body positioning,? Renee said.

Girls On Track Days are a fantastic day full of learning and riding whilst making great friends at the track. All compliant road bikes are welcome to take part during GOTDs, including scooters, cruisers and sport bikes.

Renee said GOTDs were a great way to learn new skills and meet great like-minded people at a fantastic Road Race Circuit at Broadford. ?I really hope to learn and refine my skills to an advanced-level,? Renee added.

There will be four rebranded Girls On Track Days Proudly Supported by Shannons at the State Motorcycling Sports Complex at Broadford this year. They are:

Saturday, January 29
Sunday, March 19
Saturday, June 3
Sunday, October 1

Renee highly-recommend girls who have ever thought about taking part in motorcycle sport to give Girls On Track Days a go.

?I would really like to thank Jayson Laureta, who is the owner and founder of JMS Tuning for providing me a track bike, and Peta Thomas, the organiser of the GOTD, for all her support and encouragement,? Renee added.

You can register for the Girls On Track Days for 2017 via this Online Entry Form. 

Huge International interest in Woodville event

MA News - Tue, 24/01/2017 - 9:17am
With more than 700 riders expected to race over the two days, the 56th annual Honda-sponsored New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville is obviously a very strong magnet for the nation?s elite and it is the biggest event on the Kiwi motocross calendar for many reasons.
 
In addition to offering GP titles across several different bike categories and attracting the cream of talent from New Zealand, as well as many leading riders from overseas, the stand-alone event caters for entrants from as young as four years old, to senior men and women in their 40s and 50s.
 
While plenty of international visitors have won the event in the past, it is worth noting that Kiwi riders are world class too and it is home-grown New Zealand riders who have tended to dominate at Woodville over the years.
 
However, it has been three years since a Kiwi last won the main crown at Woodville, with Australian Kirk Gibbs winning in 2015 and then fellow Australian Dean Ferris taking the main prize last year.
 
Mount Maunganui's Cody Cooper won the main title at Woodville in 2014 and he's again the man favoured to deflect the Aussie invasion this time around.
 
Kiwi international Cooper has been national MX1 champion for the past four seasons (2013-2016) and has been on something of a golden run at home over the past few months.
 
But Cooper will have to overcome a power-packed crop of Australian riders at Woodville, including Ferris, Jed Beaton, Todd Waters, Luke Styke, Trae Kuehn and Daniel Banks.
 
Cooper also knows that his own Honda team-mate, Rotorua's John Phillips, is in hot form at the moment, while fellow Kiwi internationals Brad Groombridge, of Taupo, Tauranga's Ben Townley, Mangakino's Kayne Lamont, Takapuna's Hamish Harwood, Mount Maunganui's Rhys Carter and Tauranga pair Roydon White and Peter Broxholme, to name just a few, have good reason to fancy their chances too.
 
There is also a large contingent of leading Australians entered in the MX2 (250cc) class ? with Chandler Burns, Cody Dyce, Morgan Fogarty, Wilson Todd and Mason Semmons among the stand-out names ? although a high number of talented Kiwis will stand resolutely in their way.
 
Kiwi internationals such as current national MX2 champion Harwood, Hamilton's Josiah Natzke, Christchurch's Dylan Walsh, Reporoa's Hadleigh Knight, Otago's Courtney Duncan, Rangiora's Micah McGoldrick, Te Puke's Logan Blackburn, Cambridge's Trent Collins and Te Puke's Tyler Steiner, among others, are each capable of winning the MX2 class this weekend.
 
Racing over the two days at Woodville caters for minis, juniors, women and veterans, with the novelty river race on Sunday always a crowd-pleaser.
 
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

"ASBK Rookies can?t back off, not even a little bit" - Steve Martin

MA News - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 5:12pm
This year?s Australian Superbike Championship is shaping up to be the biggest of them all, with plenty of rookie contenders heading in to the Superbike class, including last year?s Supersport Champion, Troy Guenther and hot 2016 Supersport contender, Callum Spriggs both stepping up to contest on the the full-litre bikes.

Endurance World Champion, race commentator and previous Australian Superbike Championship Ambassador, Steve Martin shared with Motorcycling Australia his predictions in relation to the rookie?s making the jump from the Supersport category, to the premiere Superbike class in the 2017.
 
?Rookies could not have picked a tougher year to come up to the Australian Superbikes. They will have to battle through the fullest grid we have seen to date. It will be really tough going for them." He started.

?Troy Guenther is coming through with a Championship winning team in Next Gen BMW Motorsports, which is an amazing thing for him to have. He is a quick learner and we saw that last year.

"Callum Spriggs will jump on that DesmoSport Ducati, which is definitely not going to be an easy move. It?s a completely different beast from that Kawasaki he rode last year, but he will adapt quickly and he has all the help anyone could ever wish to have with the Troy Bayliss? team that is behind him.

"Both Guenther and Spriggs will have issues as they step up to the larger capacity bike category, but it?s probably a much bigger challenge for Spriggs, who is coming from an in-line four 600 Kawasaki. He will have to get used to a bike with a completely different power delivery, a bigger, torquier v-twin that doesn?t rev anywhere near as high as his old bike. So, he will have to make that adaptation. We know how good that Ducati is, we?ve seen it win before.

"This year, if you are a rookie, you will have to lay it all out on the line, because you can?t back off even a little bit and expect to finish in the top five. That?s just not going to happen. It?s going to be one of those years that even placing in the top ten will be a massive achievement for those guys. With the talent pool increasing and with Kawasaki BC Performance coming into competition, it is not going to be easy.

As racers of that caliber, Callum and Troy won?t want to hang around sitting in 10th position all year long and they will need to score points early on to remain competitive. I am hoping that each one of them will get up on the podium at some point through-out the year.? Martin surmised.

The not to be missed Australian Superbike Championship round one at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will be run in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship on February 24th to 26th. For more information on the ASBK and WSBK series, head to the ASBK website, like the ASBK on Facebook or follow @asbk on Instagram.

Under 21 & 16 Speedway Champ?s Slide into Kurri

MA News - Mon, 23/01/2017 - 3:13pm
Now that Sam Masters has won the 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship in Kurri Kurri last week, our ambitious young riders will all gun the starting line at the very same circuit all vying for championship glory and to be our speedway stars of tomorrow.

Ahead of the highly anticipated U21 & U16 Championships in Kurri Kurri (New South Wales) starting on Thursday the 26th January, Motorcycling Australia caught up with 2016 Australian Under 21?s 500cc Championship winner and 2015 World Championship 500cc Teams 3rd place getter, Jack Holder.

The 20 year-old from Appin, New South Wales, shared with MA; ?I am really looking forward to it (Kurri Kurri) My preparation is the same as it is for every other meeting, but with some changes. I didn?t have the best meeting last time at Kurri, but I am hoping to change that around a little bit!? Holder warned.
 
Jack has big plans for the future too, as his calibre of racing and scoresheets show. He added ?I want to win the Australian Under 21?s again, of course, as it will be my last time. I really want to place in the top four to be seeded in the World Championship Qualifiers in England. I plan on being based in Poole (United Kingdom), with my brother and to go racing for Poole (Pirates) Speedway, which I?m really excited for.? The young-gun assured us.

An unprecedented number of new riders are stepping up into the Australian Under 21 Championship in 2017, bolstering the competition to new highs. Holder commented on the newly stiffened competition adding, ?Max Fricke (current U21 World Champion) and Brady Kurtz will be my main focus, but this year there?s a few young boys that are coming up and will make it pretty tough? Holder finished.

As a side note, it is worth mentioning that the three boys, Max Fricke, Brady Kurtz and Jack Holder all raced at the spectacular Speedway Grand Prix, held at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne in October 2016.

Jack?s older brother, Chris, is World, European, and Australian Speedway Champion several times over and will be attending the upcoming meets at Kurri Kurri Speedway Club that will host both the U21 and U16 Championships the week as below.

26th - 27th January ? Speedway Australian U16 125cc Solo Championship
28th   January - Speedway Australian U21 Solo/U16 250cc Solo Championship
29th January  - Speedway Australian U16 125cc Teams Championship

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

Brookes Confirms WSBK Wild Card Ride

MA News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 7:45pm
Already boasting a well-established and documented racing career, Josh Brookes has just about come full circle since his 2004 Phillip Island debut wild card entry, at the age of 21 astride a CBR Supersport. However, this time he will be mounted on a machine that has a little more ?poke?, in the form of his 2015 British Superbike Championship winning Yamaha YZF-R1M.  

Motorcycling Australia briefly caught up with Brookes at the news of his wild card entry for the WSBK round at Phillip Island, to which he shared;  ?I?ve never felt like I?ve ever had the chance to really shine at Phillip Island, so when I was presented with the opportunity to ride my 2015 bike, I thought that his may be the perfect time to set things straight!

?I am really looking forward to riding the bike that I won the British Championship on in 2015. The Phillip Island round at the start of 2016 was a good round for me, but the bike (BMW RR) never got any better from there. I didn?t enjoy the rest of the season too much because the bike didn?t seem to improve over the year. I can?t wait to jump back on my old R1M again!? Josh excitedly finished.
 
Despite his relatively young age, Josh Brookes (33) is somewhat of an old hand when it comes to professional road racing. Time and time again, he has been hand selected by numerous teams to race for them in various capacities, which has seen the Sydney-sider compete in the British Superbike Championship, the Australian Superbike Championship, the World Superbike Championship, Josh even taking time out of his busy schedule to contest the sacred, Isle of Mann TT. Brookes has cemented his race craft over the majority of his life, his passion spanning the globe and a long list of motorcycle manufacturer teams that include BMW, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Norton, Ducati and Suzuki.

?It was a hobby when I started racing bikes, that turned out to be something I was quite good at. I?ve been pushing and pursuing it as far as I can ever since. The BSB is where I?ve been for over seven years now, so I?ve actually been racing there (United Kingdom) longer than I have in Australia!

We asked the freshly confirmed 2017 WSBK wild card entry what the take-away moments of his 2016 season were. Brookes replied; ?Aside from really enjoying my time on the track at Laguna Seca in California, Assen was my favourite race in 2016. Even though it was seriously wet, and even though I ended up crashing out due to an issue that arose from the pit stop, I managed to come from a qualifying position of 14th, to ride around everyone including the world champion at the time, and led the race despite those conditions. That has to be the highlight of 2016 for me.

Josh shared his thoughts with us on what it is like to ride in international competition, at a championship level, on some of the world?s fastest machinery available; he started ?I think that the limit of a machine is the limit. What people can do on a machine also has its limits, and regardless of how many people are in the race grid, you only need two riders to create a challenge. As long as there is a person with equal machinery and equal ability you will find the limits quite easily. I am of the impression that no matter the Championship, be it BSB, ASBK, MotoGP or World Superbike, whoever is riding those bikes in those categories is riding them as fast as they can be ridden. I think the ultimate pace that you can get from a bike has just about been found in any of those series.? Brookes confirmed.

The not to be missed Australian Superbike Championship round one at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will be run in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship on February 24th to 26th. For more information on the ASBK and WSBK series, head to the ASBK website, like the ASBK on Facebook or follow @asbk on Instagram.

EOI To Host Speedway Championship Events in 2018/19 Now Open

MA News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 3:34pm
An Australian Championship is the pinnacle of competition in Australia and a great way to promote your club and community, whilst providing an opportunity for local riders to compete amongst the best in Australia. These meetings bring competitors and spectators from all over Australia.

The following Championships are now available for hosting by suitable applicants:

·      Senior Solo (1 Round) 2018/19

·      Under 21 Solo  2018/19

·      Under 16's 250cc Solo 2018/19

·      Unser 16's 125cc Solo/Teams 2018/19

·      Senior Sidecar & Under 16 Sidecar 2018/19 

Please return completed Expression of Interest form to: Motorcycling Australia's Event Manager Track, Samantha Redfern via track@ma.org.au

The closing date for 2018/19 applications is Wednesday 01 February 2017 at 5:00pm (AEST).

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.

For more information head to www.ma.org.au Ends Don?t miss out on a minute of the action, tune in to the Motorcycling Australia website, like the MA Facebook page and follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

Aussie Speedway Sidecars Set To Dominate Championships

MA News - Fri, 20/01/2017 - 12:35pm
Crammed into April, three overlapping major sidecar championships are set to play out in spectacular fashion including the Australian Speedway Senior Sidecar Championship, the Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship and the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup.

The Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship round one fires up on 01 of April at Undera Speedway, VIC, that will see many international riders and swingers competing for the coveted Oceania silverware. Undera is the home track of many Speedway Sidecar Champions over the years, including twice Australian Sidecar Championship title winners, Andrew Cleave and David Power. Large crowds are predicted to swarm the Undera facility in anticipation of the unique event ahead of round two kicking off the following Sunday, 09 April, at South Australia?s very popular Gillman Speedway.

Reigning 2016 multi-champion, Australian Darrin Treloar and swinger Blake Cox will return to defend their hard earned title/s at the Oceania Championship. The event including the return of notable international riders as kiwi Andrew Buchanan and United Kingdom?s speedway showman, Mick Cave, who will go toe to toe with 2015 Australian Champion, Justin Plaisted and 2016 Australian Championship runner up, Trent Headland. USA rider Joe Jones, will return to our shores, with a new passenger, after a horrific accident last year that very nearly spelt the end of his racing career.  

April 7 and 8 will see mad men from every corner of the globe, race at the renown Gillman Speedway track, in their even madder machines, all vying for FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup top honours, in the middle of three continuous weeks of incredible Speedway Sidecar Championship action in Australia.

Ahead of all the highly anticipated sidecar events, Motorcycling Australia caught up with Sydney-sider Darrin Treloar, to discuss his season so far and his immense 2016 three wheeled successes.  

Darrin started; ?It?s been a slow start to the season with a few rain outs occurring, but the laps we have put down have yielded good results. This year is our third season racing together, Blake Cox (from Newcastle) and I are working well together, he is a lot younger than me and he?s a very good swinger. He?s doing a fantastic job on the back.  

When asked if he was concerned about the fierce overseas competition coming to Australia for the upcoming FIM and Oceania events, a calm Treloar said; ?Aussie?s are the strongest competition in global Speedway Sidecars. We?ve been dominating all the Oceania events, our chassis and engines have been more advanced in the past, however that is changing lately, and all other nations are catching up to our developments. We run R1, ZX10, CBR and GSXR engines where the FZR1000?s were used previously, but there are only a few people going with brand-new type motors such as myself.?

Darrin and Blake?s success is no one-off fluke either, Darrin sharing that; ?2016 was the best season I?ve ever had! I won the Queensland title, the Victorian title, New South Wales title, the Oceania, World and the Australian title! I won the lot! We hope to do the same this year and it?s already looking good as we have already won the 2017 South Australian title, but there?s a long way to go yet.? The accomplished Treloar finished.  

Speedway Sidecar events wrap up with the Australian Speedway Senior Sidecar Championship final concluding on April 16 at Gilman Raceway in South Australia. 

Supplementary regulations for the 2017 Speedway Sidecar Championships can be found here.

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

New Cup For ANZAC Battle

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 12:47pm
Results of the Aussie and Kiwi battles in the International Challenge multi-team event will be counted towards the Cup, and the country which amasses the most points will be crowned the maiden champion.
 
The FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup was launched today by Peter Doyle, FIM Oceania Deputy President and Motorcycling Australia?s CEO.

?In the interest of fostering the rich and lengthy trans-Tasman race history with our fellow motorcycling enthusiasts and competitors from New Zealand, FIM Oceania will for the first time host the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup in 2017 at the AMCN International Island Classic,? said Doyle. 

?The FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup is designed to showcase Aussie and Kiwi competitors in a traditional, friendly rivalry ? but for bragging rights of course! The plan is to grow the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup as an annual event.

?We are looking forward to welcoming New Zealand competitors and friends from ?across the ditch? on January 27 at the world famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit."
 
Australia's fortunes in the Cup will be determined by Jed Metcher, Chas Hern, Shawn Giles, Alex Phillis, John Allen, Scott Webster, Steve Martin, Cameron Donald and Beau Beaton, and in the Kiwi corner will be Damian Mackie, Damien Kavney, Danny Deste, Glenn Hindle, Roger Gunn, Vince Sharpe, Simon Richards, Duncan Coutts and Pete Byers.
 
Now in its 13th year, the International Challenge (for bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984) features teams from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK and Ireland. As well as looking to reclaim the International Challenge from the UK, the Aussies now have another title to aim for with the FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup.
 
For tickets for the AMCN International Island Classic visit www.islandclassic.com.au
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Stay up to date with the epic battle by checking in on the Motorcycling Australia website, like the MA Facebook pages, and follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

ASBK Round 1

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 12:45pm
ASBK Round 1 Date  24-26 February, 2017 Venue Phillip Island, VIC Event Details http://www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=1806

World Superbike Championship - Phillip Island

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 12:38pm
World Superbike Championship - Phillip Island Date  24-26 February, 2017 Venue Phillip Island, VIC Event Details worldsbk.com.au/on-track-information

ASBK numbers soar as anticipation builds for Official Test Day

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 11:53am
The Official ASBK Test Day will cement the talent that will be showcased throughout the Championship this year, with most recently announced names as Yamaha supported Mitch Levy and Kawasaki supported Matt Walters confirmed to be competing.

Levy and Walters will be joined by already confirmed competing manufacturer teams of Yamaha Racing Team, Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, DesmoSport Ducati, Kawasaki BC Performance, NextGen BMW Motorsports, to only mention a few.

Providing the perfect opportunity to test tyres, develop setups, re-familiarise themselves with the Island circuit and to scope out the 2017 competition, this Official Testing Day will prove to be most important leading up to the first outing in front of fans at round one.

Fans will be able to catch all the action from the Official Test Day live on the Computime website throughout the day, showing what pace will be set, and provide the first snapshot as to who may be a serious contender at round one. 
 
The Australian Superbike Championship will host round one at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship on February 24th to 26th.

For more information on the Official Test Day or on the ASBK series head to the ASBK website, like the ASBK on Facebook or follow @asbk on Instagram.

Australian U16 125cc Teams Championship

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 11:25am
Australian U16 125cc Teams Championship Date  29 January, 2017 Venue Kurri Kurri, NSW Event Details www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=1806

Australian U21 Solo/U16 250cc Solo Championship

MA News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 11:10am
Australian U21 Solo/U16 250cc Solo Championship Date  28 January, 2017 Venue Kurri Kurri, NSW Event Details www.ma.org.au/index.php?id=1806

Ferry Brouwer to attend Island Classic

MA News - Wed, 18/01/2017 - 3:56pm
The Dutchman will be interviewed at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit by renowned motorcycle scribe Alan Cathcart, touching on not only his dogged determination in setting up a European base for the legendary Japanese Arai helmet, but also his days as a race technician for Yamaha where he was a spanner man for a host of top GP riders.
In fact, a major part of Brouwer's inspiration for lifting the standards of safety in motorcycle racing came when he was a mechanic to Finn Jarno Saarinen, who lost his life because part of his face was ripped off in a crash in 1973.
Brouwer eventually found an outlet for that passion when he became intrigued by the Arai logo. That was in 1980, and two years later ? after an initial flat rejection by Mr Arai ? he was the European importer for Arai.
Since his retirement, Brouwer has been overseeing Yamaha's vintage race bike fleet, and a book has also been released about him titled ?That Boy ? What became of Ferry Brouwer?.
The other special guests at the 2017 Island Classic, the largest classic motorcycle event in Australia, are New Zealander Andrew Stroud and the awesome Britten V1000 race bike.
Tickets are on sale at www.islandclassic.com.au, with an advance three-day adult pass for $80* and children 15 and under free. Add on-circuit camping for four nights for $75* per person, purchased in advance.
 
VIP options are available in the Club Classic Hospitality suite above pit lane. Club Classic offers the flexibility of a single day starting from $150* or weekend package from $235*.
 
Gates will open at 8:00am each day with qualifying and racing from 9:00am.
 
*All ticket prices quoted are in advance.
 
Ffi   Ingrid Roepers on mobile 04 111 989 44  or iroepers@irpr.com.au

2017 WSBK Supersport Wild Card Entries Confirmed

MA News - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 4:36pm
Previous World Superbike Wild Card entrant, Anthony West and freshly selected Matthew Edwards are the lucky two who will have the opportunity to showcase their talents among the world?s best Supersport riders, in front of an international audience.

A well-seasoned rider boasting many accomplishments both domestically and internationally, 35 year-old Queenslander, Anthony ?The Rain Man? West will again compete in 2017 for his second season as a Wild Card entry, after once again capturing world-wide attention by finishing third on the podium in 2016. He is tipped to be a blur of furry as he reacquaints himself with the familiar Phillip Island race track.

Matthew Edwards, a well-rounded rider across multiple disciplines is also named 2017 Wild card entry, shared with Motorcycling Australia his excitement at the prospect of the approaching World Superbike Championship Supersport race by adding; ?When the opportunity came up for a Wild Card entry, I jumped at it. It's a once in a life time chance.

?I have plenty of help in getting my bike and gear setup, from ex-racer and Ducati savant, Bevan Coleman in Brisbane. Because of his racing background, he has been a great help and understands the steep learning curve of racing.? Edwards finished.

The highly anticipated first round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship kicks off February 24th - 26th at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. For further information about the round and ASBK, do not hesitate heading to www.asbk.com.au and by following the ASBK Facebook & Instagram pages

The 2017 ASBK calendar:
  • Round 1: 24th ? 26th February (WSBK Support Classes), Phillip Island Grand Prix
  • Round 2: 17th ? 19th March, Wakefield Park, NSW
  • Round 3: 28th ? 30th April, Winton Motor Raceway, VIC
  • Round 4: TBA
  • Round 5: 25th ? 27th August, Morgan Park Raceway, QLD
  • Round 6: 8th ? 10th September, Sydney Motor Sport Park, NSW
  • Round 7: 6th ? 8th October, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC

Yamaha Extends AORC Partnership into 12th Consecutive Year

MA News - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 10:39am
2017 will see the professional partnership develop as the dedicated team at Motorcycling Australia (MA), the promoting clubs and Yamaha all strive for an improved AORC.

This partnership shows how committed Yamaha are in their continuous support of off road racing in Australia with several new plans in place for the new season including increased media package, increased staffing at events, more signage and coupled with improvements in event timing, all point to an outstanding 2017 championship.

?Yamaha Motor Australia is very excited to continue our support of the Australian Off-Road Championships,? confirms Yamaha?s Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard.
 
?We were pleased with the progress and improvement of the 2016 championship and have several more initiatives in place for the 2017 season that will again see further gains and a greater impact for teams and competitors.
 
?We look forward to working closely with MA and the promoting clubs to further develop an already prestigious Championship that has proven to be a fertile ground for producing international standard riders that have had success on the world stage.  
 
?The 2017 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will be an event that competitors will enjoy and we look forward to getting the championship underway with the opening round at Dungog, NSW, on April 8 and 9,? Howard ends.

Motorcycling Australia?s CEO, Peter Doyle also shared ?Pairing with Yamaha Motor Australia for another year running is great news. Being able to strengthen the relationship further and provide the Championship with stability is a good platform for a strong Championship.?

?Yamaha have been a vital part of the AORC?s development by working with MA to increase the overall approach to this Off-Road discipline that fosters not only Australian Champions, but also World Champions,? he finished.

The first round of the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship will begin on the 8th of April 2017, at Dungog in New South Wales.

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

SGP 2017 rider numbers revealed

MA News - Tue, 17/01/2017 - 8:59am
The Salavat-born star selected No.89 when personal rider numbers were introduced for the 2014 season.

He never got the chance to wear it in the SGP series after withdrawing from the competition, but the double European and World Under-21 champion is back for 2017 after receiving a wild card pick from the SGP Commission.

GP Challenge winner Patryk Dudek has picked No.692 for his first SGP season after being unable to choose the No.69 he prefers to race with, as this is held by Aussie icon Jason Doyle.

Slovak star Martin Vaculik selected his No.54, while triple world champion Nicki Pedersen switches from No.3 to No.12 ? his new ranking for 2017 ? after opting not to race with a personal number once again.

The rest of the riders retain their 2016 numbers with four-time world champion Greg Hancock wearing No.45 ? his hero Bruce Penhall?s former number ? while Great Britain racer Tai Woffinden is No.108, which represents his birthday.

Bartosz Zmarzlik dons No.95 and Chris Holder keeps No.23. Doyle sticks with No.69, while Piotr Pawlicki races with No.777 and Antonio Lindback is No.85 ? his year of birth.

Niels-Kristian Iversen retains No.88 and Matej Zagar is No.55. Maciej Janowski keeps faith with No.71 and Fredrik Lindgren is No.66.

First series reserve Peter Kildemand rides with No.25, while Martin Smolinski dons No.84 and World Under-21 champion Max Fricke has chosen No.46 for his first appearance on the SGP reserves list.
 
2017 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX RIDER NUMBERS (in ranking order):

45 Greg Hancock (USA)
108 Tai Woffinden (Great Britain)
95 Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland)
23 Chris Holder (Australia)
69 Jason Doyle (Australia)
777 Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)
85 Antonio Lindback (Sweden)
88 Niels-Kristian Iversen (Denmark)
55 Matej Zagar (Slovenia)
71 Maciej Janowski (Poland)
66 Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden)
12 Nicki Pedersen (Denmark)
692 Patryk Dudek (Poland)
54 Martin Vaculik (Slovakia)
89 Emil Sayfutdinov (Russia)
 
SUBSTITUTES
25 Peter Kildemand (Denmark)
84 Martin Smolinski (Germany)
46 Max Fricke (Australia)
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