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2017 Australian Speedway Championship Round Four Kurri Kurri January 14, 2017

MA News - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 1:06pm
Event Details

2017 Australian Speedway Championship 

Date

14 January, 2017

Venue

Kurri Kurri Speedway, New South Wales

Event Results For results click here.

Sam Masters? the 2017 Australian Speedway Championship

MA News - Mon, 16/01/2017 - 11:26am
Feeling comfortable at his home track, Sam Masters topped the heats, scoring highly on 14 points, becoming the number one seed ahead of the A Final decider.

Round three winner and 2017 title hopeful, Justin Sedgmen did not have the night he hoped for, scoring only 9 points, barley getting him a start in the B Final. Sedgmen still managed to finish the Championship in second place overall thanks to his consistent racing in previous rounds, sitting on a total of 55 points.

2017 Championship hopes of young gun, Jack Holder (reigning Under 21 Champion) have been dashed after he suffered an unfortunate crash in heat eight and was medically cleared of a shoulder injury to score only 3 points for the night. The race included Sedgmen, Campton and Fricke, which restarted without him.
    
The all-important A Final saw Brady Kurtz, Nick Morris, Sam Masters and Troy Batchelor fly off the line and pile into turn one, where Masters looked to be a little flustered and out of contention. However, he managed to get the rear tyre to bite hard on the exit and launch to the lead.

Immediately after his win an ecstatic of 58 total points, Sam Masters shared; ?I won all my heats, but I got second in my last, my engine was starting to get tired. It has been working well all series, but race engines don?t last very long. We got what we needed out of it and I?ve come out the winner!?

The new Championship winner Sam Masters vowed to return and defend his title in 2018, racing harder than ever before to remain on top of the tree.

The 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship has been one to remember, seeing some of the tightest and fast paced action that Aussie speedway has to offer. Young and upcoming rider numbers are strong heading into 2018 and there is never ending interest in our riders from top overseas teams for the season ahead.

2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship Standings after the Final round 4:

Sam Masters (58)
Justin Sedgmen (55)
Dave Watt (50)
Troy Batchelor (49)
Max Fricke (47)
Nick Morris (43)
Brady Kurtz (42)
Rohan Tungate (30)

* Top 8 are automatically seeded for 2018 Australian Championship

Kurri Kurri Heat Scores on Saturday, 14th January 2017:

Sam Masters (14)
Brady Kurtz (13)
Troy Batchelor (12)
Rohan Tungate (11)
Dave Watt (11)
Nick Morris (9)
Justin Sedgmen (9)
Max Fricke (8)
Mason Campton (8)
Todd Kurtz (6)
Ty Proctor (6)
Jaimon Lidsey (4)
Jack Holder (3)
Jordan Stewart (2)
Josh Pickering (2)
Cooper Riordan (2)

B Final: Morris, Sedgmen, Tungate, Watt.
A Final: Kurtz, Morris, Batchelor, Masters.

Click here for the full Scorecard and results

Ireland on target for Island Classic assault

MA News - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 4:04pm
Led by Aussie-based expatriate Paul Byrne and Derek Sheils on a pair of rapid Suzuki XR69s, the Irish team is determined to keep the pressure on the talent-laden Aussie and UK teams and "finish higher up the ladder" according to non-riding team captain Mike Meskell.
 
The Irish team also includes Ben Rea (XR69), Hilton Hincks (XR69), Cormac Conroy (McIntosh Kawasaki), Christopher Campbell (Yamaha FJ1100) and Australians Dave Johnson (Suzuki Katana) and Levi Day (Honda CBX).
 
"Our aim for 2017 is to build on our third place position and finish higher up the ladder," said Meskell. "We return with confidence, a stronger team and better bikes.
 
"2016 was very much a learning experience and, even though we did better than many expected, it could have been even better. The gap to the top two teams was huge, but we fully intend to close that gap this time round.
 
"We will be coming to challenge for the top spots and that's what we'll do. We're not coming all the way to Oz to make up the numbers. We hope for a very strong Irish spectator presence to get behind the team once again. Get your tri-colours out and get to Phillip Island to support the team."
 
Byrne was sensational in the 2016 International Challenge, completing the four races 11th overall in the individual standings ? also known as the Ken Wootton Memorial Trophy. That excellent result was after a DNF in the final six-lap race, and since then he has a lot more classic miles under his belt including a brace of victories at events in NSW and New Zealand. And with even more horsepower in 2017 he is sure to be a front runner yet again.
 
Sheils will ride a XR69 from the same stable as Byrne and, as the multiple Irish road champion ? and reigning No. 1 in the superbike category ? makes his debut in the classic racing ranks. With his speed and cunning, Sheils could be a real X factor for Ireland.
 
Hincks returns after he never got a chance to shine in 2016 because of a slew of mechanical problems, but expect top 10 finishes from the Waterford man this time round.
 
Rea is another returnee after he finished 12th in the 2016 International Challenge individual standings, one spot behind Byrne. Rea's is set to benefit from a horsepower explosion in 2017 ? 40 to be precise! ? so he could be another to make a major leap up the leaderboard.
Conroy rides the McIntosh Kawasaki that Johnson campaigned at a previous Island Classic, giving the multiple European classic champion the hardware to bring home some even more big points for Team Ireland.
 
Johnson is a previous Island Classic race winner, while Day also knows the fast way around Phillip Island ? so much so that he is a past winner of the coveted Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy for the highest number of points scored across all the non-International Challenge races.
 
Australia and the UK have already announced their teams, with the Aussies fielding Jed Metcher, Steve Martin, Shawn Giles and Cameron Donald, as well as Beau Beaton, John Allen, Scott Webster and debutantes Chas Hern and Alex Phillis. The UK team comprises Peter Hickman, Jeremy McWilliams, Alex Sinclair, Michael Neeves, Conor Cummins, John McGuinness, Glen Richards, James Hillier and Craig Ditchburn.
 
Tickets for the 2017 AMCN Island Classic 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.
 

Notice of Motorcycling Australia?s 2017 Annual General Meeting

MA News - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 3:13pm
The Agenda items to be considered at the meeting include:

·       Adoption of the 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements

·       Items regarding the Constitution

·       Appointment/confirmation of MA Auditors and Patrons

·       Election of directors, (2 positions)

·       Recognition of outgoing Directors

·       Presentation of SCB of the Year award

Any agenda items must be submitted in motion form, accompanied by a rationale and forwarded by Monday 6th March, 2017. There will be two Director positions available for nomination. All nominations for Directors need to be received by Monday 27th February, 2017 (COB), otherwise you are unable to be considered for a position on the MA Board. Prospective candidates may download Nomination Forms and Supporting Information Forms here. Both forms need to be completed in full and returned to: Jessica Wolter, Administration Coordinator, by email admin@ma.org.au or via fax (03) 9684 0555 by Wednesday 1st March, 2017. We also kindly request you to register your intentions to attend or apologise, to contact details above. Please see link to the official Notice of 2017 Motorcycling Australia Annual General Meeting here.

Final Speedway Kurri Round 4 Fuse Lit

MA News - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 2:49pm
This year?s Aussie Speedway final round is likened to a powder keg with a very short fuse, set to go off with the slightest spark. Riders are champing at the bit to crack throttles wide open, lift those skinny front wheels and get crossed up in the charge to capture the flag.  

Spearheading the charge, will be crowd favourites and top four contenders; Max Fricke, Justin Sedgmen, Dave Watt and Sam Masters who after round three on Wednesday night are current hopefuls for Championship glory.

Built in 2008 and home to the Kurri Kurri Speedway Club, the 320-metre senior track is one of Australia?s premiere speedway facilities that has seen many now World Champions, hone their craft on the hard packed clay surface.

Speedway superstar, Jason Doyle and other notable personalities will be present at the all-important event on Saturday night, lending their support and enthusiasm for both spectators and riders alike. Crowd numbers at the well-known Kurri Kurri circuit are tipped to be strong as tradition will prove, turning out in a strong showing of support for our amazing Aussie talent pool.

Due to the very slight margin in current overall championship points separating the top few guys, racing will be down to the wire and we are expecting a brand new champion to be crowned for 2017.  

Many riders will return to Kurri Kurri in two week?s time for the Under 21 Championship, the Under 16 125cc Championship and the Under 16 250cc Championship  

Gates of the of the 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship final round will open at 3:00pm with a race start time of 6:30pm.

Keep up to date with the 2017 Australian Speedway Championship by following us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

AUS Supercross announces increased prize pool, cuts to entry fees and date changes!

MA News - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 12:43pm
Inclusive of these changes are to Championship prize money and reduced entry fees to the series, with the Championship prize pool elevated to over $180,000 in 2017.

That?s almost a $40,000 increase from the 2016 figures! Along with the comprehensive prize pool, competitors can also celebrate lower entry fees, which has been reduced to just $200 for senior entrants, and only $50 for Junior entries across their four applicable rounds.

The SX series will kick off at the iconic Jimboomba Stadium from September 23rd and will travel the east coast in six rounds that will conclude back in Queensland at Coolum Stadium on November 18th.

Queensland promoter, Scott Bannan spoke about the massive coup for the riders, sharing ?We all met last year and it was a really positive meeting. The Championship is getting stronger every year, but we just needed to be more consistent across the series at our end,? he started.

?We have taken a step closer to achieving that in 2017. MA working with us has helped the series by helping to negotiate fees, structure and giving the SX freedom to give these benefits to the riders.

?Raising the prize money is awesome and lowering the fees is a bonus for everyone, especially the Juniors,? Bannan finished.

Motorcycling Australia?s CEO Peter Doyle, who also was present in the Supercross meeting, has shared his thoughts on the progression of Australian Supercross in 2017.

?The meeting was aimed at bringing together the four promoters, and driving 2017 with one clear direction in mind for everyone,? he began.

?The Australian Supercross is such a huge event on the Australian Off-Road calendar and ensuring its sustainability is a must. Introducing higher prize packages and lower fees is just one of the new initiatives we aim to bring to the riders.

?MA are committed to acting with the greater good of the sport in mind, and being able to work with these four promoters on the Supercross is just another stepping stone in MA development,? he finished. 

Australian Supercross Championship full calendar:
Round 1: Jimboomba, Queensland ? Saturday September 23rd
Round 2: TBA, VIC ? Saturday October 14th
Round 3: Wayville, South Australia ? Saturday October 28th
Round 4&5: Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales ? Saturday & Sunday November 11th/12th
Round 6: Coolum, Queensland ? Saturday November 18th

To stay up to date with the 2017 Australian Supercross announcement throughout the year, head to the Motorcycling Australia website, like the MA Facebook page and follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

A new CEO for the FIM

MA News - Fri, 13/01/2017 - 9:04am
In accordance with the succession plan inspired by the FIM Strategic Plan and the objective of modernising the Federation, Mr Aeschlimann succeeds Mr Ignacio Verneda at the head of the FIM Administration.

Mr Aeschlimann, who is 45 years old, joined the FIM as a member of the Senior Management in February 2011. Since then, he has occupied the role of Executive Director, Operations, supervising several commissions and the FIM?s institutional services.

Fluent in several languages, the new FIM CEO holds degrees from a number of universities in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has considerable management experience within international organisations and was a Director at the European Football Union (UEFA) before joining the FIM. His passion for sport revealed itself at an early age through his activities as an athlete, a sports journalist and a club official.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, the FIM President Vito Ippolito said: ?The appointment of Mr Aeschlimann is part of a plan drawn up by the FIM Board several years ago. We are delighted to be able to benefit from the competences of Mr Aeschlimann in his new position and are convinced that he will bring new expertise and ideas for the further implementation of the Strategic Plan and the modernisation of the FIM.?

The new FIM CEO Steve Aeschlimann said: ?It is a great honour to be able to serve the FIM in this new role. There are so many fantastic projects to be piloted to develop motorcycling throughout the world in collaboration with our 113 national federations and our Continental Unions and in order to better support them, in the field of sport, of course, but also in relation to our numerous beyond sporting activities, especially the defence of the interests of motorcyclists.?

The FIM would like to thank Mr Verneda most warmly for the significant contribution he has made to international motorcycling sport over the three decades he spent at the service of the Federation, as a volunteer initially, then as Sports Director and latterly as Chief Executive Officer, a role that crowned a rich career devoted to motorcycling.

2017 Australian Speedway Championship Round Three Undera

MA News - Thu, 12/01/2017 - 12:32pm
Event Details

2017 Australian Speedway Championship 

Date

11 January, 2017

Venue

Undera Speedway, Victoria

Event Results For results click here.

Sedgmen Takes Speedway Round Three at Undera

MA News - Thu, 12/01/2017 - 11:57am
Just shy of two thousand spectators patiently waited until sundown for the 8:30pm start time, which was well worth the wait to witness the gifted talent pool that were about to put on an incredible two and half hour show before their very eyes.

Action packed, drama filled heats ensued, including a race restart in Heat 9 due to bunching up and interference of the field in which Jaimon Lidsey went down without injury, then restarting with the pack. David Watt dropped a chain in Heat 14, dashing his confidence on the back of his victory at Gillman, Ty Proctor?s machine suffering the same fate in Heat 17.

The B Final saw Nick Morris crashing out on the opener, forcing a restart without him, the drama not stopping there. Brady Kurtz wiped out and retired on the third lap leaving local man, Max Fricke and Jack Holder to duke it out for line honours ? Fricke taking the B Final flag and moving on to the A.  

The concluding race of the night included Justin Sedgmen, Sam Masters, Max Fricke and Troy Batchelor. Sedgmen, who is still without a ride in this year?s British Speedway Championship, pulled out all the stops in the A Final, that played out at lightning speed and high intensity.  

Winning round three of the Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship, Mildura man, Justin ?Sedgy? Sedgmen placed ahead of Masters (2nd), Fricke (3rd) and Batchelor (4th)

When asked about his win, Sedgmen said ?In my last heat, I knew it was going to be tough but I had to pick up something to get me into the final. The track was very good tonight and I was really glad the referee held the meeting off waiting for the sun to drop." Excitedly he added "I am really looking forward to Kurri as I didn?t lose a race there on Boxing Day, it?s a track that I really like racing ? it?s a real ?racer?s track?." He finished. 

The final round of the 2017 Australian Championship moves up to Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, this Saturday 14th January.

The current championship points standings after round three:
2017 Australian Solo Speedway Senior Championship Series    2017 Australian Solo Speedway Championship SeriesCompetitorGillmanMilduraUnderaKurri KurriSeriesPlacing4/1/177/1/1711/1/1714/1/17Total1Justin Sedgmen1712170462Sam Masters1016170433Davey Watt171570394Max Fricke916140395Troy Batchelor128150356Nick Morris14890317Brady Kurtz510100258Jack Holder67100239Rohan Tungate103601910Jaimon Lidsey57401611Josh Pickering58201512Tyler Proctor65401513Jordan Stewart24701314Mason Campton34501215Todd Kurtz54201116Cooper Riordan42107
Round three heat points:
1 Troy Batchelor 14
2 Sam Masters 14
3 Justin Sedgmen 13
4 Max Fricke 12
5 Jack Holder 10
6 Brady Kurtz 10
7 Nick Morris 9
8 Dave Watt 7
9 Jordan Stewart 7
10 Rohan Tungate 6
11 Mason Campton 5
12 Ty Proctor 4
13 Jaimon Lidsey 4
14 Josh Pickering 2
15 Todd Kurtz 2
6 Cooper Riordan 1

B Final: Fricke, Holder, B Kurtz (ret), Morris (f.exc).

A Final: Sedgmen, Masters, Fricke, Batchelor Click here for the full round three score card.

Keep up to date with the 2017 Australian Speedway Championship by following us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

Britten V1000 heading to Island Classic!

MA News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:31pm
The just turned 49-year-old Stroud, a nine-time NZ superbike champion, enjoyed a huge amount of success with the V1000 during the 1990s in New Zealand, Australia, America and Europe, with the summit reached in 1995 when 'Team New Zealand' won the inaugural World BEARS (British European American Racing Series) event.
 
The BEARS win came just three weeks before the impossibly gifted John Britten, who designed and constructed the V1000 in his home workshop, passed away at the age of 42.
 
Just 10 V1000s were manufactured, with three remaining in New Zealand. The V1000 that Stroud will perform demonstration laps on at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from January 27-29 is the same one that he raced at the Assen BEARS race in 1995. It's owned by New Zealander Kevin Grant.
 
The V1000 was in many ways ahead of its time, and the radical design included extensive use of carbon fibre on the chassis, girder forks, swingarm and wheels, and air ducts directed through the petrol tank to an underseat radiator. The machine also has a home-built engine management system.
 
The V1000 has a dry weight of just 138kg, and power output is about 166hp from the water-cooled 60-degree V-twin. On a race track, that amounts to a devastatingly effective tool.
 
Since its retirement, the V1000 has appeared at a number of racing and classic events around the globe, including the Isle of Man, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ulster Grand Prix, and closer to home at the Broadford Bike Bonanza and Geelong Speed Trials.
 
Riders such as Bruce Anstey, John McGuiness and Scott Smart, John Surtees, Hugh Anderson and Guy Martin have ridden the V1000, but Stroud will be back on deck at the AMCN Island Classic to continue a relationship that first began in 1992 when he raced the machine at Daytona. Stroud won the Battle of the Twins races at Daytona in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997, and he also came out on top in the BEARS race at Bathurst in 1993.
 
In 1993, the V1000 hit a top speed of 165mph (265.5km/h) at the Isle of Man, and a year later Nick Jeffries produced a standing start lap of 118mph ? a blazing result for the era.
 
The Island Classic will begin with practice and qualifying on Friday, January 27, and on Saturday and Sunday (January 28-29) there will be 56 races in total, starting with pre-WWI machines and then taking in different eras and capacities. Sidecars will also join solos on the program.
 
The Island Classic also includes the International Challenge, with Australia taking on defending champion United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and America in the showpiece teams' event. Riders in action will include Jeremy McWilliams, John McGuinness, Cormac Conroy, Cam Donald, Steve Martin, Shawn Giles, Jed Metcher, Dave Johnson, Peter Hickman and the Kiwi Damien?s..Damien Kavney and Damian Mackey.
 
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.

MEDIA CALL - 2017 Australian Superbike Championship ? Official Test Day

MA News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:20pm
By obtaining official ASBK media accreditation rights you will have access trackside, to the pits and to the flood of race professionals testing their new rubber for the first time in 2017.

What is the Australian Superbike Championship? 

The rumble of some of the most powerful Superbike machines launching off the grid, is exactly what you will experience at the Australian Superbike Championship. This premier road racing series brings to life production based classes including Superbikes, Supersport, Supersport 300, the YMF R3 Cup and more, in some of the most thrilling racing seen.

The fastest riders in the country will go head to head across seven rounds this season in the hope to take home their respective national title. A weekend jam-packed with speed, bikes, thrills, spills, pillion rides, come and try areas, and more.

On top of fierce rivalries and action packed racing across a number of classes, the ASBK brings with it, factory trucks, 'money can't buy' fan experiences, as well as injecting the local economy with significant revenue, and producing Australian Champions.

So if this sounds like something you want to be a part of, it is easy to catch all the action. Simply follow the media accreditation process below to become one of our official ASBK media for 2017.

When?

Australian Superbike Official Test Day will be held this January 30th from 9:00am.

Where?

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Back Beach Road, Phillip Island Vic 3922

Member of the Press?
 
To apply for media accreditation for the ASBK Official Test Day simply fill out the request form here, and sign the media declaration form here.

Members of the press are also advised to list the prospective rounds they are planning on attending further to the ASBK Official Test Day, on the media accreditation application.

Please submit your application and signed declaration to Motorcycling Australia's Media and Public Relations Assistant Eliza Berry on mediaprassistant@ma.org.au.
 
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.

Speedway Slides in to Round Three Tonight

MA News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:30am
After round two at Mildura last Saturday night, it looks to be an all-out battle between the top four championship contenders. Dave Watt, currently in first position on 32 points is followed closely by Justin Sedgmen on 29, Sam Masters on 26 points and current World Under 21 Speedway Solo champion, Max Fricke, hot on the heels of the top three with 25 points.

Hosted by the Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club and carefully groomed by volunteer officials, the tight and twitchy track at Undera, (just out of Shepparton in Victoria) should suit local man, Max Fricke?s riding style as he has quite a bit of time on track as a youngster.  

Sam Masters was the man of the hour at Mildura at the comnclusion of round two, and will definitely be hungry for a big points haul in front of the Victorian crowd expected to tip four thousand.

With a full rider entry list and such tight racing, Speedway fans will no doubt be treated to a spectacular evening on the dirt with many interesting developments and dramas playing out on track.

Australian Championship points tally after round two:
1 Dave Watt 32
2 Justin Sedgmen 29
3 Sam Masters 26
4 Max Fricke 25
5 Nick Morris 22
6 Toy Batchelor 20
7 Brady Kurtz 15
8= Jack Holder 13
8= Josh Pickering 13
8= Rohan Tungate 13
11 Ty Proctor 12
12 Jaimon Lidsey 11
13 Todd Kurtz 9
14 Mason Campton 7
15= Cooper Riordan 6
15= Jordan Stewart 6

Gates will open for the highly anticipated third round of the 2017 Australian Speedway Solo Championship at 5:30pm tonight, January 11th at Undera Speedway, Victoria.

To up to date with the 2017 Australian Speedway Championship follow us on the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

Expect more Fireworks Down South

MA News - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:02am
So it is an elite class of athlete who takes on the challenge of piloting a 160-horsepower machine at speeds of around 200kmph, and it was the cream of Kiwi talent who accepted that mission at the opening round of the New Zealand Superbike Championships in Christchurch at the weekend.
 
The racing at Christchurch was incredibly fierce, although most observers are expecting even more intensity at the second round of four in the series at Teretonga, on the outskirts of Invercargill, this coming weekend.
 
Just 19 points separate the top three riders in the glamour superbike class after the two days of racing at Christchurch, with defending champion Sloan Frost, of Wellington, leading the way by 10 points from Whakatane's multi-time former champion Tony Rees, while Christchurch's Alastair Hoogenboezem is just nine points further back.
 
The difference between a race win and a runner-up finish is five points, so those margins could rapidly evaporate in the heat of racing this Saturday and Sunday.
 
Sharing the track with the Superbike riders, Invercargill's Jeremy Holmes is the runaway leader in the battle-within-a-battle for 1000cc Superstock class honours, although his nearest challenger, Te Kauwhata's Chris Defiori, may have something to say about that this weekend.
 
It is tight at the top in the 600cc supersport class too, with Rees' 21-year-old son Damon Rees in a fierce battle with Wainuiomata's Shane Richardson, who is just six points behind him, and Rangiora's Jake Lewis, Christchurch's James Hoogenboezem, Australian visitor Alex Phillis and Christchurch's Cameron Hudson also within striking distance.
 
Dual-class ironman Defiori is just nine points adrift of Taumarunui's Leigh Tidman in the Superlites class and that should be another exciting clash to observe at Teretonga, while Christchurch's Andy McLaughlin enjoys a similar advantage over Ashburton's Sam Goulter in the Lightweight Production class.
 
Christchurch's Dennis Charlett leads the Pro Twins class by 24 points from Aucklander Josh Augustine and Opunake's Campbell Grayling is 23 points ahead of Timaru's James Squire in the 250cc production class.
 
The 125cc GP class sees Matthew Hoogenboezem leading by just 14 points from fellow Christchurch rider Chris Wallinger, while Nelson's Jonny Lewis and Dunedin's Derek Partridge lead the Formula One and Formula Two Bears (non-Japanese bikes) classes respectively.
 
Sidecar honours belong to Masterton's Spike Taylor and Tauranga's Robbie Shorter, who scored a hat-trick of wins in Christchurch, and they'll be hard to overtake this weekend.
 
The championship standings are sure to be given a massive shake-up at Teretonga and what happens on this 2.62-kilometre circuit is going to be significant ? the series will have hit the halfway stage at the time the engines are shut off late on Sunday afternoon.
 
After the Teretonga round this weekend, the riders head north for round three at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, on February 25-26, and then the finale at Hampton Downs, near Meremere, on March 4-5.
 
Credit: Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com.
 

Rule change submissions now due

MA News - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 4:07pm
The Manual contains the General Competition Rules, which govern the participation and conduct of Motorcycle Sport in Australia. Changes are sometimes made to these rules to make competition easier or fairer, to reflect changes in technology or equipment, or to make the meaning of the rules clearer.
 
Clubs, State Controlling Bodies and MA Members are welcome to submit suggestions for amendments to existing rules, and suggestions for the addition of new rules, to help make the sport better for our competitors.
 
Submissions must be completed on the official Rule Change Form and returned to Nicole Van der Sant via email at rules@ma.org.au no later than the 3rd of March 2017 to be considered. Submissions will be forwarded to the relevant Commission & Committees for consideration. Click here to download a copy of the 2017 Rule Change Form
 
To find out more about the Rule Change process or to submit feedback, please visit the MoMS section of the website. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Nicole Van der Sant via email at rules@ma.org.au or by calling 03 9684 0512.

Aussie Riders Confirmed for Epic 2017 MXGP

MA News - Tue, 10/01/2017 - 2:19pm
FIM have announced that the rider entry list provisionally consists of 73 riders from every corner of the globe, competing in two classes consisting of the MXGP (175cc to 250cc 2-stroke / 290cc to 450cc 4-stroke) and the MX2 class (100cc to 125cc 2-stroke / 175cc to 250cc 4-stroke)

Australia will be represented in the MX2 class by Team Suzuki rider, Hunter Lawrence who will be wearing the 96 race number on the RM-Z250. Lawrence is touted to have a very successful year ahead, as his 2016 race results show.
 
Caleb Ward, 20 year-old from Ravenshoe, Queensland, will be riding a 2017 Husqvarna FC250 for the Italian based, 8Biano Racing Team. The young gun will don race number 170 in this year?s MX World Championship and is also set to impress on the back of his 2016 campaign.

At the completion of round one at the Losail track in Qatar, the MXGP moves on to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, on 5th March 2017. The lengthy series will finally wind up in the United Kingdom on October 01 2017. The busy race schedule as below;

2017 MXGP World Championship Calendar:

25 Feb  MXGP of Qatar Losail
05 Mar MXGP of Indonesia Pangkal Pinang
19 Mar MXGP of Patagonia Argentina Neuquen
02 Apr  MXGP of Leon Leon, MEX
16 Apr MXGP of Trentino Pietramurata
23 Apr MXGP of Europe Valkenswaard
07 May MXGP of Latvia Kegums
21 May MXGP of Germany Teutschenthal
28 May MXGP of France Ernee
11 Jun MXGP of Russia Orlyonok
25 Jun MXGP of Italy Maggiora
02 Jul MXGP of Portugal Agueda
23 Jul MXGP of Czech Republic Loket
06 Aug MXGP of Belgium Lommel
13 Aug MXGP of Switzerland Frauenfeld - Gachnang
20 Aug MXGP of Sweden Uddevalla
03 Sep Monster Energy MXGP of USA Charlotte Motor Speedway
10 Sep MXGP of The Netherlands Assen
17 Sep MXGP of Pays de MontbéliardVillars sous Ecot
01 Oct Monster Energy FIM MXoN Matterley Basin UK

Be sure to keep an eye on our Australian riders in the MXGP as it unfolds by heading to the Motorcycling Australia Facebook and Instagram pages.

2017 Australian Speedway Championship Round Two

MA News - Mon, 09/01/2017 - 3:28pm
January 09, 2017 Event Details

2017 Australian Speedway Championship 

Date

07 January, 2017

Venue

Mildura Olympic Speedway Satdium, Victoria

Event Results For results click here.

Mildura turns up the heat for Speedway round two

MA News - Mon, 09/01/2017 - 11:54am
The field was jam-packed for round two in a very healthy showing of solo competitors and teams ready and willing to battle it out for all important points ahead of round three in the four round 2017 Australian Championship.

The already hot night heated up further, for previous Speedway Championship sensation, Troy Batchleor who?s bike spectacularly caught fire in heat six. Batchelor continuing on to compete on his spare bike in the B Final.

Justin Sedgmen was the hometown favourite tipped to clean up the round, however that was not to be as he was excluded from from the A Final in a technicality. Winning the A Final, was Sam Masters with Max Fricke and David Watt nipping at his heels.

Masters shared his thoughts coming into Undera; ?Gillman has always been my weak round, but to come here and win is great because it takes the pressure off coming into Undera. It was a hard night beacuase it was so hot which made life hard for everyone in the end. But we all had a good night." He ended.

Motorcycling Australia asked the young gun Max Fricke how he was feeling about the remaining two rounds of the 2017 Australian Championship. Max said; "Undera is my closest track to home. I grew up on it in the early days, but Kurri Kurri is a track I really like and I am looking forward to achieving a really strong result at in round 4." A confident Fricke concluded.

We asked round one winner, David Watt how he felt coming into round three; "Im confident and riding well. I had bad run in the final with the bike and the completion is super tight too. Underea is unknown for me as I have not been there for a while. Im really looking forward to Kurri Kurri as I feel really comfortable there. I need to work on Justin because beat me there on boxing day! So I will need to be on top of my game." He finished.

Attention is now on the all-important round three of the fast moving championship, held at Undera Park Speedway near Shepparton in Victoria, this Wednesday 11th January, which should see the mercury calm down offering both the crowd and riders respite from the seething heat of round two. 

Australian Championship points tally after round two:

1 Dave Watt 32
2 Justin Sedgmen 29
3 Sam Masters 26
4 Max Fricke 25
5 Nick Morris 22
6 Toy Batchelor 20
7 Brady Kurtz 15
8= Jack Holder 13
8= Josh Pickering 13
8= Rohan Tungate 13
11 Ty Proctor 12
12 Jaimon Lidsey 11
13 Todd Kurtz 9
14 Mason Campton 7
15= Cooper Riordan 6
15= Jordan Stewart 6

Click here for the full score card of round two.

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

Appointment of New Commissioners

MA News - Mon, 09/01/2017 - 10:44am

Appointments have been made every Commission.  All positions on the Commissions are voluntary, and are held for 2-3 years.

Commission

Recent Appointments

Road Racing

Julie Waters

Tim Hewitt

Historic Road Racing

John Simms

Motocross/Supercross

Graeme Baynes

Andrew Blanchette

Mark Hancock

Rebecca Lipsett

Shannon Reimann

Classic MX/Classic DT

Michael Hughes

Kevin Mortimer

Enduro

AJ Roberts

Don Atkins

ATV

Darrell Knight

Len Pipiciello

Speedway

Ivan Golding

Dirt Track / Track

Fiona Ryan

Peter Baker

Supermoto

Matthew Thomson

Trial

Steve Scragg

 
For a complete list of Commissions/Commissioners please visit the MA website at www.ma.org.au.  

Sam Masters Round Two

MA News - Mon, 09/01/2017 - 9:06am
Masters? four heat race wins were enough to gain automatic entry into the final, where he was only beaten on points by World Under-21 Champion Max Fricke, and first round winner Davey Watt, both finished on 13 at the conclusion of the heats. Hometown hero Justin Sedgmen was the last entrant into the final. His last bend heroics via the semi-final bought the crowd to its feet as he overtook reigning Australian Champion Brady Kurtz. In the first attempt of the final, Masters and Sedgmen got away evenly before coming together on the first corner. Unfortunately for Sedgmen, a controversial call to exclude him meant only three riders remained. In the rerun it was Masters who was lightning away from the tapes, beating home Fricke and Watt. Masters who is a dual runner up in the two previous championships, now moves to third overall, speaking post meeting he said: ?I do like this track, it?s one of my favourites. The track was very similar to last time I was here which is always nice,? ?It?s nice to come away with some points as we head into the back end of the event and we?ll see what we can do at the other tracks.? Said Masters. First round winner Davey Watt was satisfied with his nights work, though a little disgruntled after suffering mechanical gremlins in the final. ?I was happy with the night, I had a clutch go in the final which just bad timing. The boys rode well though. Well done to Sam (Masters) and Max (Fricke), they looked super quick all night.? Said Watt. ?And hard luck to Justin (Sedgmen), he always looks lightning around this place. Unfortunately he just loves having a bit of a crash at the moment, but when he figures that out I?m sure he?ll be fine.? Said Watt. Just like the opening round, Justin Sedgmen found himself in the air fence in his opening ride. The equal points leader coming into the event strung together four heat wins and a semi-final victory as he banked on his title tally. Though disappointed with the controversial disqualification in the final, Sedgmen still finds himself near the title lead. ?I don?t know what the referee is doing there, but that?s the way speedway is sometimes. To reel off all those wins in a row and make a start in the final, then to get knocked off means I?m doing something right. If I?d come fourth and not been excluded it would?ve been a handy point for the big prize, but again that?s just speedway sometimes.? Said Sedgmen. Davey Watt now holds a slender three-point margin over Sedgmen. As Masters climbs to third ahead of Max Fricke. Last years Undera winner Nick Morris will feel confident of climbing higher in the standings, as too will 2013 Australian Champion Troy Batchelor, who will be in search of spare equipment after seeing his first bike go up in flames during the meeting. The next round of the series will head to Undera on Wednesday the 11th of January. Australian Championship Standings: 1 Dave Watt 32 2 Justin Sedgmen 29 3 Sam Masters 26 4 Max Fricke 25 5 Nick Morris 22 6 Toy Batchelor 20 7 Brady Kurtz 15 8= Jack Holder 13 8= Josh Pickering 13 8= Rohan Tungate 13 11 Ty Proctor 12 12 Jaimon Lidsey 11 13 Todd Kurtz 9 14 Mason Campton 7 15= Cooper Riordan 6 15= Jordan Stewart 6 Clayton Beasy

Green Light for Speedway?s Saturday Night Sizzler

MA News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 3:25pm
This healthy field will compete in 20 heats and two finals with the prediction that almost half the field are dicing for a chance on the most contested podium!
 
With the Championship kicking off at the iconic Speedway location ? Gillman Speedway this past Wednesday it was Queenslanders Davey Watt who obliterated the field to steel himself the round 1 win, which puts himself in a fine position to battle in round 2.
 
Second placed Mildura?s Justin Sedgmen and third placed Troy Bachelor nipping at the heels of Watt.
 
Although taking the round 1 win Watt is on equal points with Sedgmen who will, this weekend return to his hometown track, ready to defend his turf!
 
The conclusion of round 2 this weekend will mark the halfway point in the Australian Speedway Solo Championship, so every point will count, racing against some of the world?s best talent.
 
This is a round that is not to be missed. If you are in the area head to Mildura?s Olympic Stadium or head to the Motorcycling Australia website to keep up to date with results, post event.
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