Motorcycling Australia

YRT Set to Continue ASBK Assault in 2017

MA News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 12:40pm
The timely news came this morning as ASBK contenders gear up for the official Phillip Island test day at the end of the month, where team mechanic?s and riders will work through their final setup?s on the 2017 machinery as last minute tweaks and shake-down?s occur.

Both Glenn Allerton and Wayne Maxwell are considered masters of the mighty full-litre bikes, as 2016 was a highly successful year for the R1 mounted Yamaha Racing Team duo, who finished the championship comfortably on the final podium.

Allerton excitedly said of the continuing alliance; ?We have gone back and analysed our seasons with a view of what we can do better in 2017. I feel that we are going down the right path to correct some of the issues that we had last year, and most importantly, I feel really confident on the Yamaha YZF-R1M. The testing we did at the end of 2016 was invaluable and my feel on the bike was excellent. My lap times were good, my confidence grew and the entire team is excited about going racing in 2017,? Allerton ended.

Wayne Maxwell shared his one-eyed determination on the announcement, adding; ?With riders, teams and even privateers stepping up their game, 2017 promises to be a tough year with a great level of racing and professionalism both on and off the track. There will be a new race format and it will take more than just a few fast laps to win a round or a championship. I look forward to the new challenges and will prepare myself better than I ever have before. The team have shown their commitment and its time we rewarded them with some championship success,? Maxwell concluded.

Happy with the recipe and in a ?side-bar? announcement, YRT principal John Redding said that ?Both Glenn and Wayne are motivated for success and they see the effort we have gone to and that reflects in their own preparations as both riders have stepped up their own programs for 2017. The addition of Yamalube is great for the team and for Yamaha as their product knowledge is unsurpassed and together we can only build on what is an already fantastic product?. He surmised.

The 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

Toby Price out of 2017 Dakar Rally

MA News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 10:01am
Thankfully, Portuguese born Honda rider, Paulo Goncalves was quickly on hand to assist and raise the alarm to officials as the 29-year-old Aussie rider was forced to wait, no doubt in an incredible amount of pain, for a medical helicopter and transit to a local hospital.  

After the drama unfolded, Goncalves then went on to push his Honda to 11th position for the day, over the finish line at only +00:14:56 behind the leader.

Price?s team mate Matthias Walkner (Austria) claimed the stage and the day pushing his 450 Rally Replica for the leading time of 4h57m22s. Walkner is now KTM?s leading rider and Dakar hopeful for 2017.

Australian riders that ended the day were, Todd Smith finishing the lengthy stage at +00:23:11, placing in 15th for the day, and Matthew Hart, brining his Husky home in 52nd position at +01:20:14 behind the pace.

Stay tuned for further information and updates as the 2017 Dakar Rally unfolds in the coming days by heading to the MA Facebook page and by following @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

Aussie's Hotly Contest 2017 Dakar Rally

MA News - Thu, 05/01/2017 - 4:01pm
As the dust settles after a gruelling day 3 of the Dakar Rally, there are four Aussies battling for coveted Dakar motorcycle category bragging rights that we need to get behind; Toby Price, Matthew Hart, Todd Smith and Rodney Faggoter.

In his first attempt at the infamous Dakar Rally in 2015, Toby Price incredibly managed to stop all the clocks at 3rd place overall. In 2016, Toby took out stages 2,5,6,8 & 9 with no less than a blistering 40-minute lead over the field.

Wearing the highly prized race number ?1?, KTM rider and New South Wales man, Toby Price is the talk of the 2017 rally as he continues to impress in his third incarnation of the Dakar Rally. After Stage 3 he placed in 9th position after initial navigation issues early on in the day.

Aussie Husqvarna FR 450 rider, Matthew Hart finished in 43rd at the end of Stage 3, but suffered a 16 minute penalty after engine problems plagued his efforts dropping him down to 47th position overall.
  
WRF 450 Yamaha mounted rider, Rodney Faggoter finished in a very respectable 10th on day 2, and 18th after Stage 3 at +35 minutes.

Todd Smith, KTM 450RR rider had posted a stage time that was 40th on the day an hour and thirteen minutes behind the pace.

Australian Motorcycle Competitor Positions after Stage 3
9.   (1) Toby Price (KTM) +00:21:51
18. (43) Rod Faggotter (Yamaha) +00:35:14
40. (79) Todd Smith (KTM) + 01:13:08
36. (149) Matt Hart (Husqvarna) + 01:15:37
 
Stages Rally Dakar 2017
Monday, Jan 2, Stage 1: Asunción ? Resistencia (39km timed, 454km total)
Tuesday, Jan 3, Stage 2: Resistencia ? San Miguel de Tucumán (275km timed, 803km total)
Wednesday, Jan 4, Stage 3: San Miguel de Tucumán ? San Salvador de Jujuy (364km timed, 780km total)
Thursday, Jan 5, Stage 4: San Salvador de Jujuy ? Tupiza (416km timed, 521km total)
Friday, Jan 6, Stage 5: Tupiza ? Oruro (447km timed, 692km total)
Saturday, Jan 7, Stage 6: Oruro ? La Paz (527km timed, 786km total)
Sunday Jan 8, Rest Day: La Paz
Monday, Jan 9, Marathon Stage 7: La Paz ? Uyuni (322km timed, 622km total)
Tuesday, Jan 10, Marathon Stage 8:  Uyuni ? Salta (492km timed, 892km total)
Wednesday, Jan 11, Stage 9:  Salta ? Chilecito (406km timed, 977km total)
Thursday, Jan 12, Stage 10:  Chilecito ? San Juan (449km timed, 751km total)
Friday, Jan 12, Stage 11: San Juan ? Río Cuarto (288km timed, 754km total)
Saturday, Jan 13, Stage 12: Río Cuarto ? Buenos Aires (64km timed, 786km total)

Stay tuned for further information and updates as the 2017 Dakar Rally unfolds in the coming days by heading to the the MA Facebook page and follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

2017 Australian Speedway Championship Round One

MA News - Thu, 05/01/2017 - 10:59am
Event Details

2017 Australian Speedway Championship 

Date

04 January, 2017

Venue

Gillman Speedway Satdium, South Australia

Event Results For results click here.

Watt Wins Round One

MA News - Thu, 05/01/2017 - 10:42am
The popular 38-year-old was clinical in his heat races where he accrued 13 points, only dropping points in his final ride to Victorian Justin Sedgmen, who after surviving a nasty heat one accident with Rohan Tungate, lead the points on 14.

Joining them in the final was former World-Under 21 Team Cup Captain Nick Morris, and 2013 Australian Champion Troy Batchelor, who scrapped into the final by virtue of a semi-final win over Rohan Tungate, Max Fricke and Sam Masters.

Off gate three in the star-studded final, Watt was majestic, and whilst receiving pressure from Sedgmen on laps two and three, greeted the chequered flag first, beating home Sedgmen, Batchelor and Morris.

Though Watt was overjoyed with the opening round victory, he knows it will be business as usual heading into round two in Mildura on Saturday night.

?There?s a far bigger picture and this is only the beginning, but I feel like this is an achievement. This is a track that I?ve always found hard to feel comfortable on and tonight was the first time I?ve actually felt comfortable on it.? Said Watt.

?I?m super happy with how tonight?s gone but I know that each round is going to be really, really tough. I mean every guy that?s in this field is more than capable of winning a round, It?s not going to take much to fall down the line, so I need to be on top of my game and that?s what I?m working towards.? Said the Queenslander.

Joining Watt at the top of the table after round one, Mildura?s Justin Sedgmen will feel confident heading back to his home circuit for round two after winning his maiden Australian Championship round in last year?s event.

?Hopefully I can go to Mildura and win that again and keep banging in them points. With Watty and myself equal on top, points make prizes and we?ll just see who comes out on top.? Said Sedgmen.

Round two of the 2017 Australian Solo Championships will make it?s way to Mildura?s Olympic Park on Saturday the 7th of January.

Australian Solo Championship Standings:
1 = Davey Watt 17
1 = Justin Sedgmen 17
3  Nick Morris 14
4  Troy Batchelor 12
5 = Sam Masters 10
5 = Rohan Tungate 10
7  Max Fricke 9
8 = Ty Proctor 6
8 = Jack Holder
10 = Jaimon Lidsey 5
10 = Todd Kurtz 5
10 = Brady Kurtz 5
10 = Josh Pickering 5
14  Cooper Riordan 4
15  Mason Campton 3
16  Jordan Stewart 2

Click here for the official score sheet from round one

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Words courtesy of Clayton Beasy
Photo courtesy of Judy Mackay

THE Vine Inn Barossa & Keyenton MCC; Launch The 2017 Australian Trials Championships

MA News - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 2:41pm
The Championships will be the culmination of Trials Week South Australia, 2017, which will run from September 23rd to October 1st and will also take in the 2017 South Australian Trials Championships (Sept 23 & 24) at Tungkillo and The Mid-Week Trial (Sept 27) at Eden Valley, which will feature The Peter Sparkes Sidecar Trophy & The Classic Trial

Joining Chris and Matt at the launch were a number of Keyneton MCC members who will take part in the Championships, and included 2016 Australian representative & current Aus #4 Open Woman Sofie Kraft, 2016 Australian Champion Open Sidecar passenger Melissa Rogers, 2016 South Australian #1 Haydon Ahrens and 2015 Aus #5 Junior Woman Tess Warnest, all of whom are excited and already looking forward to season 2017, and riding an Australian Championship on ?home soil?.

After the ?official? photo shoot in front of the Vine Inn?s iconic front door (above) all headed into the Vine Inn?s Billy Jacks front bar for the ?informal? shots, with all present looking forward to Billy Jacks becoming the ?Central Hub? of Trials Week SA 2017 ? and with great food on offer all day, family seating, casual bar seating, outdoor courtyard, as well as a pool table and big screen TV?s, it will definitely be the place to be after each day of Trials Week SA 2017.

The Vine Inn Barossa will also host Trials Week SA 2017?s final event, the Vine Inn Barossa 2017 Australian Trials Championship Presentation Dinner, which will be held in their brilliant dining area, with seating for well over 350 people, on the Sunday evening of October 1st from 6.00pm.

And in a huge bonus for the Championships, and a ?first? for South Australia, Team Australia will compete for the first time in SA when it will take on Team New Zealand in the 2017 FIM Oceania Championship, which will likely see, both junior and senior riders representing Australia.

The Vine Inn Barossa?s CEO, Chris Linden was asked his thoughts and replied, ?We are more than happy to continue our support of the Keyneton MCC and of the Australian Trials Championships for a 4th time, and I am already looking forward to the Championships and Trials Week SA 2017.?

Keyneton MCC President, Matt Rosenzweig is also looking forward to the Championships, saying, ?It?s a great thing for the Club that the Championships are returning to the Barossa and that the Vine Inn Barossa are on-board for the 4th time as major sponsor of the Championships, and as President, I look forward to welcoming all our visitors to the Barossa Valley, and to the Vine Inn Barossa during Trials Week SA 2017.?

A full range of classes will be run at the Championships, and will include classes for all ages of riders and machines, 2 wheels and 3 wheels, and men & women and boys & girls. Here is a sneak peak of just some of what will be on offer;

Open Solo;                  Featuring the elite trials riders from Australia & New Zealand, including members of Team Australia, and the current Australian Champion, Kyle Middleton from NSW, and SA?s own Team Australia member, Connor Hogan.

Open Women;             Featuring the elite women trials riders from Australia & New Zealand, including members of Team Australia, and the current Australian Champion, Kristie McKinnon from NSW, and SA?s own Team Australia member, Sofie Kraft.

Open Sidecar;             Featuring the current Australian Champions from South Australia, KMCC members Steve Rees & Melissa Rogers, as well as the Aus #2 team of Chris Schultz & Stuart Gerhardy (from the KMCC), who are also from SA.

Open Junior;              This will be a class to watch and will feature a fine line-up of Australia?s finest under 16 years trials exponents, and including a number of SA riders keen to do well on their home track, like Aus #5, the KMCC?s Josh Rees, and former U/13 Aus #3, Alex Cowan!

Junior U/13;              The younger guns of the Australian trials scene, this class could feature a showdown between NZ?s Dylan Ball (2015 Champion) and SA?s own Haydon Barwick (2016 Champion), with both in their final year in the class!

Junior Women;           With the top 2 from 2016 now in seniors, this class will perhaps be the most open of all the classes, and will crown a new Champion, with the winner coming from a group of over 10 riders, and it will be anyone?s guess!           

Senior Aged Classes;   There will also be a full range of Classes for senior aged riders (like Veterans for the over 40?s) and machines (like Post Classic for the ?twin-shock? bikes), so the 2017 Championships will cater for everyone?s tastes!

For the first time in Championship history, Motorcycling Australia has made it possible for support classes to be held in conjunction with the Championships, and the Keyneton MCC being in agreeance with this are going to offer, at this stage, four (4) Support Classes at the 2017 Championships;

Mini Trial;                   For riders aged 4 ? 9 years of age, as of January 1st 2017, on 50cc small wheeled petrol and up to 20 inch wheeled electric machines, and will ride on a shortened course and will be non-competitive, with riders having the ?run of section?.

Masters Women;         For all riders aged 40 years and above, as of September 30 2017, with riders riding to the white line.

Classic Sidecars;         For sidecars that are defined as ?Classic?, which for these Championships will be; air-cooled motor, drum brakes and no sidecar wheel brake, with teams having the ?run of section?.

SOLO-2;                      For all riders who wish to ride the yellow line on any bike, but don?t want to ride a Championship Class.

 

2017 MSA Events Calendar Released

MA News - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 9:08am
In conjunction with MSA affiliated clubs, Sports Managers and promoters, the balancing act that is compiling a calendar of this size takes time to ensure there is little or no clash between similar or major events across the various race weekends. As previously announced, the calendar will feature a variety of major events through the year, spanning across all corners of the state and with that, each of the disciplines should continue their growth in competition thus recognising South Australia as an ever more appealing option for riders from interstate to race against some of the best in the country. With events continuing to be added throughout the year, the calendar will be added to and updated and this will be subsequently advised through the Motorcycling SA website ? www.motorcyclingsa.org.au.  Click here for the full calendar now.

2017 Under 16?s Speedway Draw announced!

MA News - Fri, 23/12/2016 - 11:54am
The under 16?s 125cc will be held on Friday 26th January 2017 in Kurri Kurri, with the Championship race to be held on the Saturday 27th and 125cc Teams race (South Australia winning in 2016) on Sunday 29th January as tabulated below;
2017 Speedway U16 - 125cc Qualifier Draw*First NameSurnamePatrickBowesJoshuaBeethamHughEvansBradGordonBrocHallLachlanHayesLiamMayJacksonMilnerFlynnNicolBradleyPageJamesPearsonAidenPhillipLiamPowellJackSadlerAngusVan Den BergBaileyViner * Top 8 from qualifier race will move to the Championship race.  9th and 10th finishers in the qualifier race become 1st and 2nd reserves of the Championship race.

2017 Speedway U16 - 125cc Race DrawFirst NameSurnameSEEDEDConnorBaileySEEDEDFraserBowesSEEDEDMauriceBrownSEEDEDJacobHookSEEDEDJackMilesSEEDEDJackNormanSEEDEDKeynanRewSEEDEDCordellRogersonSEEDED 2017 Speedway U16 - 125cc TEAMS DrawFirst NameSurnameTEAMSJackMilesNSW 1MauriceBrownNSW 1JamesPearsonNSW 2AidenPhillipNSW 2FraserBowesSAJackNormanSABradGordonWAJackSadlerWAJacobHookQLD 1KeynanRewQLD 1FlynnNicolQLD 2CordellRogersonQLD 2LiamMayVICJacksonMilnerVIC  
News out of the U16?s 250 camp in 2017 see?s not only six new riders on the quarter litre bikes, but the fast paced Keyenan Rew, who contested and won the NSW, SA, VIC, QLD and WA State Championships in 2016 and is now stepping up to the 250cc machine.
Noteworthy, is the only female rider in any Speedway Championship class in 2017, Shani Cole, who will mix it up with the lads in her first time in an Aussie title battle.

 
2017 Speedway U16 - 250cc Draw

First NameSurnameConnorBaileyFraserBowesShaniColeBradGordonIsaacHawesJacobHookDeclanKennedyJeddListLiamMayJackNormanKeynanRewCordellRogersonBrockTregeaBaileyViner
The Junior Sidecar Championship will not run in 2017 for various reasons, instead hoping for a triumphant 2018 return.   Head to the Motorcycling Australia website for more information and to stay up to date as the Australian Under 21 Speedway Solo Championship plays out. Like the MA Facebook page and follow @motorcyclingaustralia in Instagram.

2017 Speedway U21?s Drawn Overnight

MA News - Fri, 23/12/2016 - 11:33am
Reigning 2016 Australian Champion, Jack Holder will be defending the coveted title next year against crowd favourites and hot competition, Brady Kurtz and the unstoppable Speedway Under 21 World Cup Champion, Max Fricke, all of who raced the 2016 Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix Championship held at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

But the talent pool doesn't stop there, two time Speedway Youth 250cc World Cup Champion Matthew Gilmore will make the massive step up to the under 21's Championship on a 500cc machine.
 
With a stacked line up and some unfathomable competition in the midst of Australian Speedway this Championship is set to be hotly contested, you can tell just by looking at the list below.  
2017 U21's Speedway DrawFirst NameSurnameDakotaBallantyneDaleBorlaseBenCookJamesDaviesMaxFrickeMatthewGilmoreMitchellGrechJackHolderZaineKennedyBradyKurtzJamionLidseyBraydenMcGuinessJoshuaPickeringCooperRiordanBlakeRussellJordanStewartMatthewMarson - RESERVE 1 Joshua

McDonald- RESERVE 2

Joel

Coyne ? RESERVE 3

Head to the Motorcycling Australia website for more information and to stay up to date as the Australian Under 21 Speedway Solo Championship plays out. Like the MA Facebook page and follow @motorcyclingaustralia in Instagram.

Tom Edwards gets dream start in Superprestigio

MA News - Fri, 23/12/2016 - 10:17am
Already over in Spain soaking up some European Motorcycle experience, after a year competing in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, Edwards wasn?t expecting to receive an invite from Marc Marquez himself to compete in the prestigious event. Mentored by Brad Baker, American Factory Harley Davidson rider and former AMA Champion, and Spanish Champion Ferran Cardus, mounted on the Grau Suzuki Racing Team bike, Edwards found himself on the starting line against some of the world?s best motorcycle contenders. Following in the footsteps of Australia former Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss, Edwards competed finishing 4th in his heat, but unfortunately for the young gun two crashes sustained in qualifying and his first race led him to not qualify for the main final. Still a brilliant effort from the young talented rider Tom shared that ?It was an amazing experience and I loved Spain. The tracks were very similar to our Speedway tracks and the setup of the bikes was close as well.? ?I got to ride with many of my idols and then to actually race against them and bash bars was mad. It was so much fun,? he finished.

What an outstanding year for WA Women in Motorcycling

MA News - Fri, 23/12/2016 - 9:29am
n order to be the best in the country, our women have had to overcome the difficulties associated with travel for competition and gaining exposure to the competition in the Eastern States. In order to be able to compete in the Supermotard Australian Championships, Jess Boujos from Herne Hill WA, travelled to far north Queensland on her own, without her number one supporter and pit crew, husband Tim, rode a borrowed bike of a higher capacity than she has ridden in the discipline before and also had to overcome the weather changes leaving WA in the middle of winter to far north Qld with 32 degrees! Jess reflected on the racing and the intensity of the competition stating that she qualified for poll position by just .02 of a second from second and .03 of a second from third. Jess was able to hold on to win every round for a perfect score for the weekend. It is also worth noting that during the year, Jess also competed in the Road Racing production class and managed to secure 3rd place in the Australian Championship in the women?s class, what a year Jess. Jemma Merrylees, from Kalgoorlie WA, travelled to Wonthaggi in Victoria to defend her national title at the Australian ATV MX National championships in October. Qualifying as the fastest women, Jemma certainly proved she was there to retain her Australian Championship title and continued on her way focusing on the business at hand. Worries about the weather and track conditions disappeared and the weekend continued on with Jemma claiming victory and another Australian title under her belt. Jemma also competes against her mother in the championships, Gina came in at 5th place and also competes in the Veterans class, well done Gina. One of the most exciting wins for the year would have to be the Australian Women?s Motocross Championship title to Jess Moore, who is from Kalgoorlie and resides and studies in Joondalup WA. Coolum Qld saw the MX Nationals host the MX Women?s championships with a massive 29 riders competing and it all came down to the final race of the weekend. After several races filled with action packed racing and controversy with a protest and hearing which could have impacted on the placings heading into the last day, all was set to come down to the final race of the weekend in Coolum Qld.  Jess battled hard all race with her fierce rivals Meg Rutledge and Maddy Brown, changing positions several times during the race. Maintaining her focus for the whole race, coming into the very last corner of the race, Jess gave her KTM a final push for the last straight and managed to cross the line ahead of Maddy Brown by just inches to take the points lead overall to claim the championship!! Amazing effort from Jess and just goes to prove, never give up until you are across that finish line. Our up and coming junior Tahlia (TJ) O?Hare, from Parkerville WA,  has certainly been working hard to achieve her goals of claiming a national title since competing in the Bunbury Australian Junior Motocross Titles in 2015. TJ and her family crossed the Nullarbor and travelled to Renmark in South Australia for the 2016 Australian Junior MX Nationals. Competing in both of the Junior Girls classes, TJ?s training and focus saw her take out several heat wins in both the 85cc class and the Lites class. TJ recalled all was going well until the change in the weather bought about some big challenges and riders machines were tested. The extreme weather conditions saw the racing postponed for a day, the storms took out power to the whole state and made for some quick thinking and problem solving for the officials of the event to be able to continue. TJ recalled the track conditions changed for the worse with some sharp edges coming into play putting line selection and the forefront of her thinking. TJ was able to get some great starts on the final day, but said that she had put a lot of pressure on herself to take out the Lites title which resulted in her dropping the bike three times in the final race. Luckily for TJ, she had done enough in the earlier finals to be able to have enough points to take out the win in both classes. Congratulations to TJ, Australian Junior Girl 85cc and 125/250 champion. We are set to see some amazing things for TJ into the future, she is all set to defend her title in her last year of Junior?s in 2017. The Women of WA are truly champions in every aspect of the word and many of them also give back to the sport they love so much by mentoring and coaching other women and girls in the sport. Although WA faces some geographical challenges for our women to compete, the support, camaraderie and sense of unity has created a great breeding ground for our competitors. With the growth of women?s sport across the nation, it?s timely to note that WA Women competing in motorcycle sports are the best in the country and need to be recognised and supported. We look forward to 2017 and more exciting action in Women?s Motorcycle Racing.

Important Trial rule changes for 2017

MA News - Thu, 22/12/2016 - 3:08pm
In order to attract new riders to championship meetings as well as encouraging existing riders to participate in Australian championship events by being as inclusive as possible, whilst maintaining championship category integrity, the former MoMS (Manual of Motorcycle Sport) rule 20.0.0.2 pertaining to non-championship classes has been removed, allowing promoters and host clubs to offer a variety of competitive or non-competitive classes. As at January 2017, changes have been made to Australian Trial Championship categories (as out-lined under GCR 20.1 of the 2017 MoMS), with Veterans reverting to one championship class for riders over 40 years and Air Cooled Mono & Masters classes no longer classified as Australian Championship categories. These two non-championship classes will remain classes for trial competition (refer GCR 20.4), and may be run as non-championship classes at the Australian Trial Championships. Trial (2017 MoMS GCR 20.11.2.3) mandates that riders must attempt sections in sequential order. The purpose of this rule is to allow for greater competitor access during events. Riders completing a section in sequence allows spectators and media to follow riders on the course and reduces instances of two-way traffic on the lap, further improving safety. The penalty for missing a section is 5 points per section as per rule 20.11.3.2.

Riders in different categories/classes can be instructed to start the first lap at various sections around the loop to ensure the entire field does not start at the same section. MoMS rule changes also allow for younger riders requiring the support and assistance of an experienced adult rider during the trial are allowed to start the trial at the same section. The overarching objective is for the Australian Championship status to be retained for classes in which there is regular competition through-out the year. Motorcycling Australia, the Trial Commission, trial clubs and MA members have made these amendments to improve the level of Trial in Australia, to foster rider improvement, maintain the integrity of Australian Championship categories, and to provide opportunities for the growth of trial into the future.

For further information on Moto trial or the 2017 MoMS, please click here.
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Motorcycle racing returns to Sellicks Beach in 2017

MA News - Thu, 22/12/2016 - 1:41pm
Beach motorcycle racing, as depicted in The World?s Fastest Indian, is set make a long-awaited return to an Australian state with a strong motorsport history.

The Levis Motorcycle Club has been granted approval to host a two-day classic event at Sellicks Beach, South Australia, in February 2017. The oldest motorcycle club in South Australia began beach racing in the 1920s and held annual Sellicks Beach Speed Trials in summer through to 1953. Re-enactments were held in 1986 and 1992 but regular races have not taken place on the beach for more than 60 years.

Entry into the race will be limited to all makes of vintage motorcycles manufactured before 1963 and there will be several classes depending on the age and engine capacity of the bike.

Levis Motorcycle Club Publicity Officer Steven Matthews said the decision by the local Onkaparinga Council to allow the event to go ahead was the culmination of two years of negotiations to address environmental and cultural concerns.

He said there had already been interest from interstate, England and New Zealand, one of the few places in the world where beach racing still regularly occurs.

?People are building bikes and getting them ready now,? he said.

?There will be some guys who take it very seriously while others just want to be involved so they can say that they?ve ridden the event.

?The beach racing is quite unique because it just doesn?t get done anymore and we?re really excited to see it coming back in this form.?

The 800m trackwith a 180-degree hairpin turn ?is half the length of the original 1.6km beach circuit.

Organisers are expecting between 200 and 400 bikes to enter and a sell-out crowd of 10,000 people each day to attend. ?We expect the tickets to sell out within a couple of days because there?s been so much interest,? Matthews said. ?We?ve had lots of people already looking to enter bikes because it?s just such a unique opportunity to be involved.?

Sellicks Beach is about 50km south of Adelaide, the South Australian capital. South Australia is home to the National Motor Museum, the Bay to Birdwood classic car rally, and is home to more than 100 car clubs and 39 motorcycle clubs. Adelaide hosted the Australian Grand Prix from 1985 to 1995, and is the home of the Clipsal 500, the only CBD street circuit on the V8 Supercar calendar.

The Levis club, named after the English two-stroke motorcycle, hopes a successful February event will lead to it being heldevery two years in the future. Matthews said Sellicks Beach was well suited to racing because it had a pebble foundation under the sand, which gave it a solid base and prevented it from becoming boggy. ?It?s quite a unique beach as it provides a really good surface to ride on and that?s why they started races there in the 1920s,? he said.

?We are very keen for this event to be successful in terms of looking after the environment and the cultural aspects and proving to people that it is going to work and not have any negative impact on the area.?

For further information and tickets, click here.

(Story supplied by The Lead South Australia, a news service providing stories about innovation in South Australia.)

ASBK Round 1 entries now open!

MA News - Thu, 22/12/2016 - 10:00am
The ASBK, held in conjunction with the 2017 FIM Motul World Superbike Championship Yamaha Finance Round, will feature the Australian Superbikes, Australian Supersport and the Australian Supersport 300cc class.

This year is sure to be bigger and better with so much competition entering the ranks of ASBK.  Don?t miss out on your opportunity now to enter ASBK Round one, simply click here.
 
To download your copy of the Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form, CLICK HERE.
 
Entries for the event close of 20th  January 2016, and must be sent via mail to:

Race Secretary, PI SBK Pty Ltd, RMB 500GP, COWES VIC 3922
**Faxed Entries will not be accepted.  
More information on this event will be posted as it comes to hand via the MA website (www.ma.org.au) and the ASBK website (www.asbk.com.au).

The 2017 ASBK calendar:
  • Round 1: 23rd ? 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

Sidecar National calendar locked down for 2017

MA News - Wed, 21/12/2016 - 4:01pm
The hotly contested 2016 Championship saw F1 Sidecar regulars Jero Joyce and Corey Blackman claim victory while Isle of Man superstars Mick Alton and Chrissie Clancy stole the F2 Sidecar Championship; and 2017 is shaping up to be a battle much the same.

Kicking off the calendar at the beginning of April, Sidecar rivals will head to Winton Motor Raceway, before the trek to Morgan Park in Queensland for Round two, Round three will see Sidecars come back down the coast to Sydney Motorsport Park. With the Grand Finale round still to be confirmed, 2017 is sure to be a true battle up and down the east coast.

For the full calendar, dates and locations for the National Calendar see below:
  • Round 1 ? 28 - 30 April ? Winton Motor Raceway, VIC ? running with ASBK
  • Round 2 ? 13 - 14 May ? Morgan Park, QLD ? running with Masters of Morgan Park
  • Round 3 ? 8 - 10 September ? SMSP, NSW ? running with ASBK
  • Round 4 ? TBC
 
If you can?t stand to be off your sidecar machine, then now is the perfect opportunity to write those dates in your calendar and get it locked down!

For further announcements to be made on entries opening and Supplementary Regulations, head to the Motorcycling Australia website, like the MA or 2017 Australian F1 and F2 Sidecar Championship Facebook pages, and follow @motorcyclingaustralia on Instagram.

Active8 Yamalube Yamaha Reveals 2017 Cards

MA News - Wed, 21/12/2016 - 12:56pm
The news came out of the Active8 Yamalube Yamaha camp this morning as ex-Australian enduro champ, now team manager and mentor, AJ Roberts shared his view on the exciting line-up that will consist of Beau Ralston in E3 class, Josh Green for E2 and 18-year-old Wil Ruprecht duking it out in E1. ?Working with young, determined riders is always exciting and I look forward to working not only with Wil, but continuing with Beau and Josh and chasing some championship success together? said Roberts.

In a move of calculated risk and one-eyed determination, the Active8 crew has equipped themselves with new weapons to assault tracks and competition with in 2017, being a YZ300X, YZ250FX and WR450F, along with enlisting the services of young gun, Wil Ruprecht, who has been picked up, placed on the 250 and thrown in the deep end of Australian Off-Road Championship racing.

AJ Roberts explained the new acquisition; ?I kept my eye on Wil throughout the year and was really pleased how he progressed. He is a young kid with great style and understanding of Off-Road and he fits in perfectly with Yamaha?s Step Up program as a rider we can develop in the future. He will represent the team in the E1 class and come up against some well-established names, but we believe he has what it takes and placing him in a good environment with good people will benefit his racing?, the team manager surmised.

Excited about his new bike, Beau Ralston shared that; ?Before I switched over to Off-Road, the last few season of motocross I raced, were on a YZ250 two stroke so when AJ threw the idea of racing one again, I was all over it. From the moment I did my first loop, I felt comfortable and the lightness of the bike is going to be a huge advantage in the bush. The YZ250 is an awesome bike and with the extra power that the big bore gives it makes it a ton of fun to ride? He finished. 


Top Off-Road contender and larrikin, Josh Green, will again be throwing his weight around the circuits astride his highly competitive 450 in 2017, after injury sidelined him for the majority of the 2016 race season. Green said; ?I hated not being out there (racing) Watching has given me some more appreciation of how cool my job is and that racing dirt bike is just dam good fun! Because I didn?t race a lot in 2016 I don?t need an off season so since the A4DE, I have continued to ride and train so that I will be primed for next year. It?s time I start winning a few more things!?

With AJ at the helm and if 2016 was anything to go by, 2017 should be a very interesting, busy and highly competitive season for the Active8 Yamalube Yamaha team in the Australian Four Days Enduro and the Australian Off-Road Championship.

Stay up to date with the 2017 Australian Off-Road Championship action, by following the AORC on Instagram and liking the official AORC Facebook Page

Milner returns to the 2017 Yamaha AORC

MA News - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 3:40pm
With the exception of taking time out in mid 2016 recovering from injury, Daniel Milner is back on the attack after the 2016 Yamaha Australian Four Days Enduro and has proven to be a tour de force though out his as yet, short but productive career, winning multiple tittles both domestically and internationally. Milner shared that ?It was a bit of a bummer to lose my A4DE title this year and it's made me hungry to come and win it back next year on the new bike.?

He started ?I?m really excited to get the opportunity to ride these bikes. KTM is massive all over the world and last year in America they had a really strong team in the GNCC?s. They have a really strong team at world championship level as well. Eventually I want to get to Europe and race there, and I think with KTM there is a better chance to make that happen.? He explained.

Milner, who is currently testing on both the 2017 KTM 350 and 450 EXC- F?s said; ?At the moment I'm switching my training between the 450 EXC-F and the 350 EXC-F, and right now I'm probably leaning towards the 450 for just that little bit more power, but I really enjoy both the bikes.?

KTM General Manager Jeff Leisk, shared his thoughts on acquiring Milner; ?I think he has always wanted to come on board with us but the timing has never been quite there. This time around though, the stars have aligned and we have a spot for him and the budget for him. I think he will be very happy on a KTM. I think is really going to enjoy the product and all the support that goes along with it, and I think we can put together a really good environment for him, particularly with Glenn on board.
We don't know for sure what he will be riding yet, whether it's a 350, or a 450, or a 500. I suppose that's the beauty of our brand is that we can confuse the hell out of you, because there are so many different bikes in the range that you can actually win on.? Jeff finished.

KTM Australia Enduro Racing Team?s team manager and recently retired Off- Road champion, Glenn Kearney was excited with the 2017 orange army Off-Road crew, stating ?I'm really excited to have the team locked in and all sorted before the new year comes. We are looking to do big things with Daniel and bringing in Lyndon Snodgrass is pretty exciting, to have that younger element in the team that we can try and nurture and mentor him along a little bit. He?s a young guy that's super keen and prepared to put in the hard yards to make things happen, and he's got some amazing speed in the muddy conditions and the sand so we?ll be looking to help him improve himself on certain surfaces that he may have lacked in. But I think it?s a good combination and it should bring a nice dynamic to the team, having that aggressive, win-at-all-costs attitude that Milner brings, and then a young guy that's keen and eager to learn, it should be a good balance. I'm really excited to work with the both of them.?

Milner claimed the Australian Off-Road Championship outright in 2013, second outright in 2014 and has continued to sizzle on the dirt in Australia and overseas for the past couple of years, impressing spectators and competitors alike. With great anticipation, Daniel Milner returns to compete in the 2017 AORC for the first time since 2014.

With most 2017 Australian and International Off-Road calendar dates just about all locked down, there will be tight battles fought hard over every spare inch of ground. With new line-ups as exciting as this being announced, next year is stacking up to be huge.

Be sure to stay tuned to all Off-Road action by following the AORC on Instagram, liking the official AORC Facebook Page and by visiting Motorcycling Australia at ma.org.au

ASADA Level 2 course for 2017 is now available

MA News - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 11:42am
https://elearning.asada.gov.au/course/view.php?id=286

This course is for athletes and support personnel who need to stay up to date on the latest information on anti-doping. This test is updated annually to reflect current trends in anti-doping, and in 2017 should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Topics included in the 2017 course include:

  • 2017 Prohibited List - changes and important reminders
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions
  • Supplements
  • The value of whistleblowers
  • Sample storage and re-testing

If you experience any problems accessing the course please contact: education@asada.gov.au or 13 000 ASADA (27232)

Thank you for your support and commitment to clean, fair sport in 2016, and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period.  For information on how to access various anti-doping services over the Christmas period, please see the information provided in this ASADA blog https://www.asada.gov.au/news/christmas-and-new-year-shutdown

All new GP Juniors Cup Road Racing program launched!

MA News - Tue, 20/12/2016 - 9:28am
The introduction of a single-make production-based road racing class, formulated to develop race craft and highlight upcoming talent, will form the platform to increase grids and identify Australia?s next future national and world champions.

Motorcycling Australia will be partnering with GP Juniors Australia and assisted by Yamaha Motor Australia. Both of whom share MA?s vision to build a production based feeder program where talent rather than budget determines the outcome.

The new GP Juniors Cup will utilise the highly dynamic Yamaha R15 plus race kit parts for a bargain price of $4,499.00 or race prepared for $4,699.00 ? excluding race tyres. GP Juniors Australia will also offer a fleet of R15's available to lease on a round by round basis for those wanting to try road racing before making the commitment to purchase their own bike.

The class will be open to juniors aged between 12-years-old to under 16-years-old and will be introduced in two stages. In 2017 the GP Juniors Cup will form part of the GP Juniors Australia Championship, three rounds of which will feature at the Australian Superbike Championship.

In 2018 the GP Juniors Cup will become a permanent feature of MA?s ASBK Championship, showcasing junior talent in front of the factory teams and on ASBK TV, with the winner of the 2018 title taking home a race prepped Yamaha R3 Cup machine!

MA?s Operations and Events Director Martin Port, who has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to support GP Juniors Australia to broaden the prospects for young road racers, explains where the motivation has branched from in creating the GP Juniors Cup.

?It?s MA?s vision to create and strengthen pathways for our young hopefuls to make it to the national, and possibly the world stage. The GP Juniors Cup is a significant step in achieving this and MA is excited at the prospect of working with GP Juniors Australia promotor Mark Bracks to make this a reality,? he shared.

?You only need to look to Italy and Spain to see what works. Both countries have been dominating the world stage for the past decade. The success in Europe is a result of nationally run, highly contested single-make racing programs; developing the necessary skills to fight for world titles at an age most Australian road races only start on the tarmac.

?MA?s mission is to open the sport of road racing to a younger generation of riders through a platform that teaches race craft and rider development at both state and national levels. It?s not about the haves and have nots, it?s about a level playing field so talent can shine.?

Bracks also shared his excitement on the single-make, production based feeder class, ?It?s great to be working with MA to be part of a fantastic developmental program for Aussie junior road racers, who are the future of our sport both domestically and globally.

?With a proposed six round calendar in 2017 for the GP Junior Championship, three rounds featuring at ASBK, Australian GP Juniors Cup riders will gain invaluable experience not only on-track, but off-track as well, with mentoring and guidance provided by well-known Australian motorcycle racing legends. 

?To make it even easier to get into the GP Juniors Cup, GP Juniors Australia is offering a leasing program for the race ready Yamaha R15, which will be transported to every round and maintained by GP Juniors Australia. This opens up the sport for more kids from Junior MX, Speedway or Flat Track to have a crack at road racing,? shared Bracks.

Yamaha Motor Australia Managing Director, Steven Cotterell had this to say about the GP Juniors Cup, ?Yamaha has a long history of supporting up and coming riders in both road and off-road competition. Many international and national stars had their first riding experience on a Yamaha PW50 and have worked their way up through the many Yamaha step up classes on the way to stardom.

?In road racing, Yamaha already supports riders on the YZF-R1, YZF-R6 and more recently the YZF-R3. It was only natural that Yamaha supported junior racing with the YZF-R15. The ?We R Family? concept is now complete and Yamaha now has an avenue to truly leverage its bLU cRU customers right throughout their road racing careers.

?We are looking forward to helping grow the junior ranks alongside Motorcycling Australia and provide them with the best package to get involved in the sport of road racing,? concluded Cotterell.

What?s include for $4,499.00:
  • Yamaha R15
  • Race fairing set
  • Braided steel front brake line
  • Lower set handlebars
  • Adjustment plates for rear set footpegs
  • Engine cover crash knobs fitted
  • Performance exhaust system fitted
  • Alternate rear sprockets kit
  • Rear stand pickups to enable race stand to be used
  • Graphics kit
The 2017 Australian Superbike Championship rounds where GP Juniors Cup will run:
  • Round 2 ? March 17-19 ? Wakefield Park Raceway
  • Round 3 ? April 28-10 ? Winton Motor Raceway
  • Round 5 ? August 25-27 ? Morgan Park Raceway
For more information on the GP Juniors Cup, please visit ASBK websitewww.gpjuniorsaustralia.com.au or contact Mark Bracks via markbracks111@gmail.com

The 2017 ASBK calendar:
  • Round 1: 23rd ? 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

World Superbike Champ, Jonathan Rea, awarded key to Phillip Island and adopted citizen status

MA News - Mon, 19/12/2016 - 9:32am
Rea - who hails from Northern Ireland, is married to Phillip Islander,Tatia Weston, and holidays on the island with their sons every summer - was busy showing his training mates the fastest way around the thrilling 4.45km circuit when he was halted on the main straight by Cr Pamela Rothfield, circuit managing director, Fergus Cameron, and a crew of local school children from Cowes Primary.
 
The Phillip Island contingent had decided to make Jonathan?s association with the island a little more official.   After congratulating the Kawasaki rider on his second world championship ? a back to back effort for Jono with 2015 and 2016 crowns now under his belt ?Cr Rothfield awarded him with the Key to Phillip Island and invited him to accept ?adopted citizen? status of the picturesque isle.
 
Surrounded by his proud family, Tatia and sons Jake and Tyler, his cycling mates and a bunch of Cowes school kids the motorcycle rider could not help but say yes and with typical Irish humour took on his newly claimed Aussie status with a chuckle of surprise and delight.
 
The kids then hauled him onto their school bus and took him to the Phillip Island karting track where they had a gift to unveil, his own Jonathan Rea go-kart liveried in Kawasaki green, complete with race number 1 and his name proudly emblazoned across the front.
 
?That was a massive surprise with my cycling mates.  We pulled into the circuit and I got awarded the key to Phillip Island and got some special recognition from the community which was so nice,? said Rea after his morning surprise.
?I really consider Phillip Island my second home.  My wife was born here and lived her for many years and it?s nice to come back.  To double win last February here was amazing.   It?s always the best round of year for me and we have it in the summer here which is incredible.
 
Rea already has the goal of a hat trick three world championships in 2017 and is looking forward to racing his new up-spec 2017 model Kawasaki ZX-10RR.
 
?I?m looking forward to a new challenge for me, for 2017.  No one has even won three championships in a row, so that?s now my target,? said Rea.
 
?It?s going to be tough, I mean the competition is hard but there?s no better place to start than here after winning the two races here last year and my good form here.
 
?It?s a target I set myself, but we have to respect our competition, there?s so many other faster guys but we just need to focus on ourselves with Kawasaki we have an incredible bike and I?ve got a lot of home support here as well so I?m looking forward to kick starting the season at Phillip Island and I really hope a lot of people come to watch.
 
?It?s always the race that really kick starts the year and everyone gets excited, there?s a lot of hype here. I can?t wait!?
 
When asked on his impressive effort at the recent Jerez test, where Rea aboard his 2017 Kawasaki topped the time sheets of not only world superbike but MotoGP riders, Rea was humble.
 
?Our categories are really different.   I mean we race a production based bike that you can theoretically buy from a Kawasaki dealer turn into a race machine like mine, whereas the GP guys are a full prototype.
 
?But actually we were faster in Jerez, not slower, faster than the pole position lap time of Valentino Rossi which was incredible for me to not only to be mentioned in the same breath.  These MotoGP guys are my heroes.
 
?But it?s a testament to how competitive the world superbike championship is and it?s no mean feat.  The synergy I have now with the Kawasaki bikes now is incredible, so we were able to go pretty fast and it augurs well for 2017 and I?m quite excited.?
 
Jonathan Rea is happy to be back in Australia and loves cycling each morning with his group of buddies.
 
?I love cycling and the guys here! Phillip Island is such a beautiful place.
 
?It?s quite a sleepy town and that suits me because the pace of my life is so fast during the season.  Everyone is so friendly, I feel like an adopted son down here. Cycling is quite a social sport, we all go and have coffee in the local café after the rides and hangout, it?s a nice switch off for me, it also when I start my physical preparations in December for 2017 before I head back to Europe testing in January where I throw some motocross into the mix, a lot more gym work and by the time I come back here in February for round one, I?m really ready to kick start the year.?
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