Dirt Action https://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DA-Favicon-32x32.jpg Dirt Action https://www.dirtaction.com.au 32 32 Polisport Lift Bike Stand awarded Best of the Best Design Award https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/21433/21433.htm Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:30:57 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21433 Polisport Plásticos was awarded the Red Dot Award for Product Design for its Foldable Lift Bike Stand, released in 2016 and included in this exclusive list which distinguishes the best Product Designs of the year.  The Red Dot jury assessed thousands of products from all over the world before deciding which have the most extraordinary...

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Polisport Plásticos was awarded the Red Dot Award for Product Design for its Foldable Lift Bike Stand, released in 2016 and included in this exclusive list which distinguishes the best Product Designs of the year. 

The Red Dot jury assessed thousands of products from all over the world before deciding which have the most extraordinary and innovative designs of 2017. The Polisport Foldable Lift Bike Stand was recognized for its top design quality and ground-breaking design.

Polisport’s Foldable Lift Bike Stand was developed to make the user’s life easier while performing bike maintenance while minimizing the footprint when in storage or being transported.

The bike stand’s foot pedal helps the user elevate the motorcycle easily, with minimal effort. The foldable design makes this a unique product, being the only hybrid bike stand (made of plastic and metal) to bring together the lift feature with a completely foldable design. Additionally, the built-in handle makes the transport of the bike stand easy and comfortable, while the completely foldable design saves a lot of space at home or during transport.

The hybrid structure, makes the bike stand lighter than the metallic competitors, The top of the stand is built in a rubber-like composite that will give the best possible grip to the bike’s frame. When performing maintenance, riders can use the handy functional pockets to store tools. 4c2b593d-8410-4557-8da4-92fd52ed0726

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The Bright Smiles Charity Ride https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/the-bright-smiles-charity-ride/21406.htm Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:53:51 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21406 Putting extra miles on their dials helps kids keep their bright smiles   The Bright Smiles Charity Ride takes to the road for a second year on Thursday, 27 April in a bid to raise vital funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Starting at Wiseman’s Ferry, just north of Sydney, the 18 riders...

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Putting extra miles on their dials helps kids keep their bright smiles

 

The Bright Smiles Charity Ride takes to the road for a second year on Thursday, 27 April in a bid to raise vital funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Starting at Wiseman’s Ferry, just north of Sydney, the 18 riders will travel more than 1,200 kms along the back roads, enjoying overnight stays at Coolah, Dubbo, (where they will visit the RFDS Base), and then Canowindra.

Last year, the Bright Smiles Charity Ride raised in excess of $40,000 to support the RFDS South Eastern Section’s (RFDS SE) oral health service.

Bright Smiles is the motorcycling offshoot of The Outback Car Trek (OBT), a week-long annual bush pilgrimage featuring over 100 pre-1978 vintage cars. The OBT has raised over $25 million for the RFDS since its inception in 1990 and will embark on its 28th Trek from Griffith to Port Macquarie in June.

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“Bright Smiles and the OBT are supporting dental health because we know through our long association with the RFDS SE that it is such an important pillar of healthcare,” said OBT and Bright Smiles organiser Bill Patrick.

“We were delighted to contribute towards the recent expansion of the dental health teams in Dubbo and Broken Hill and the purchase of a new dental van. This will allow the RFDS SE to offer dental health and education to more rural and remote communities in Western and Far Western NSW.”

“Over the next few years we are hoping to grow the event so we can continue to support the great work the RFDS SE dental teams do.”

The Bright Smiles riders will visit the RFDS SE Base at Dubbo on Saturday, 29 April to look over an aircraft, inspect the new dental van and meet the team who have helped to restore dental health to some of NSW’s most vulnerable and remote communities.
The dental van has just completed its maiden trip around Western NSW providing clinics and oral health education to communities without an airstrip or who are not on our current clinic roster. On this trip it visited; Enngonia, Yunta, Angledool, Goodooga and Lightning Ridge. On its way back to Broken Hill it will visit Yunta and the Coombah roadhouse (Wentworth).

“We’re very keen to get that message out into the community, as I don’t think most people realise how poor oral health can impact them,” said RFDS SE Senior Dentist, Dr Lyn Mayne.

“Oral disease, particularly when left untreated, is associated with certain cardiovascular diseases, respiratory illnesses, and other chronic diseases. Other common conditions such as endocarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart), stroke, aspiration pneumonia, diabetes, kidney disease, and some adverse pregnancy outcomes, are also associated with poor oral health.”

Since its launch in 2012, the Dubbo dental team have provided over 1,100 clinics and treated almost 7,000 patients in the communities of Bourke, Collarenebri, Goodooga and Lightning Ridge, where access to dental care was either non-existent or extremely challenging.

“Our primary goal is to reduce the well-documented gap in health and wellness between those living in remote, rural and regional areas and those in cities, but we can’t do it alone,” said Greg Sam, Chief Executive Officer of the RFDS SE.

“To that end, the great fundraising work that the Bright Smiles and Outback Car Trek participants do on our behalf will put bright smiles on many more faces over the coming years.”

To support the Bright Smiles fundraiser go to:
https://everydayhero.com.au/event/brightsmilescharityride2017

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HOW TO: 5 SAND RIDING SECRETS https://www.dirtaction.com.au/riding-tips/motocross-riding-tips/21385/21385.htm Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:22:43 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21385 STORY SHANE BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY MATT BERNARD MOMENTUM IS KEY You need to keep moving forward in sand — it’s almost as simple as that. While the bike is driving forward, the weight is transferred rearward, keeping the front light and on top of the sand. The instant forward momentum is halted, the weight of the...

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MOMENTUM IS KEY
You need to keep moving forward in sand — it’s almost as simple as that. While the bike is driving forward, the weight is transferred rearward, keeping the front light and on top of the sand. The instant forward momentum is halted, the weight of the rider and bike transfers forward, burying the front wheel into the soft surface until it tucks and sends you over the handlebars. The goal is to try to apply some throttle for basically the whole track. The smallest amount of throttle will keep the bike driving forward; it may only be five per cent but that’s much better than none. You’ll find that washing speed off earlier than usual before turns and then driving the bike into and through the corner with throttle will work well. Try to keep the bike in a meaty part of the power rather than revving it too hard — it will produce more tractable power that way, which also helps.

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BRAKING
You need to slow down a little more gradually in the sand so you don’t have a massive transfer of weight onto the front wheel, which will send you for a quick trip over the ’bars. Your rear brake will be much more effective in the sand than usual, too, and when used will actually help pull the rear of the bike down. The braking zone usually gets very rough in the sand and you’ll find yourself encountering big braking bumps all the way through your corner entry. The best way to deal with this is to wash a little speed off before the bumps start then drive the bike through the bumps and into the corner with throttle. Doing this will keep the front wheel light and stop it from burying in one of the holes. Any time you’re braking in the sand, it’s also a good idea to use a technique called trailing throttle, which is where you actually keep a small amount of throttle applied even while you’re braking. It just helps avoid loading up the front wheel with too much weight.
TYRE SELECTION
Selecting the correct tyre for the conditions is always important and riding in the sand is no different. A good sand tyre used on a sand track can mean a difference of a couple of seconds per lap. A hard-pack tyre won’t cut it at all; the knobs are too short and close together to effectively dig in and get drive on the soft surface. The front tyre needs to be able to get hold of the sand, too, so you can steer the bike through and out of your turns. Specific sand tyres will have rows of knobs that have big gaps between them; each knob will even have a tapered backside so it doesn’t drag as aggressively under brakes.
LINES
Get your flow on! You want to try to stay light in the sand and that all comes down to the lines you choose to ride. Try to open your corners up as much as possible; make the radius as wide as possible so you can keep your momentum up and avoid burying in the sand. Try not to go into corners and square them off — you’ll lose momentum and sink into the soft surface. Then, as you get on the gas, the rear wheel will just dig a trench before it starts driving you forward. Higher gears can help you flow your corners, too, so give that a try. Before long you’ll find yourself carrying a little more speed to make the higher gears work, which is great.
BODY POSITION
Where you place your bodyweight will help in the sand, just as it does on any other surface. In the sand you’ll spend plenty of time further back on the bike than usual, helping keep the front light and out of the deep sand. In corners, lean with the angle of the bike and keep your head back slightly; the sand will hold you and, when you get comfortable with it, railing a sandy corner is one of the best things you can do on a bike. Through the bigger whoops you’ll find on straights, you want to work with the bike in a standing position. The goal is to keep the front wheel skipping from top to top of the whoops and avoid dropping the front wheel in between. Leaning back slightly will help here, too.

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MOTODEVELOPMENT’S MX PERFORMANCE COURSE SET FOR MOREE & EMERALD https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/motodevelopments-mx-performance-course-set-for-moree-emerald/21401.htm Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:08:42 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21401 We are excited to announce we are heading to Moree, NSW and Emerald, QLD to conduct our 2-day MX Performance course. Developed with over a decade of motocross specific rider training and coaching experience this course will help you increase your speed and reduce your lap times. During the course it is also possible to...

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We are excited to announce we are heading to Moree, NSW and Emerald, QLD to conduct our 2-day MX Performance course. Developed with over a decade of motocross specific rider training and coaching experience this course will help you increase your speed and reduce your lap times. During the course it is also possible to have licence endorsements signed off and we also offer a kickstart course for those that require it.

20-21 MAY // MOREE, NSW

3-4 JUNE // EMERALD, QLD

TO ENTER A COURSE CLICK HERE

ABOUT THE MX PERFORMANCE COURSE:

This is Motodevelopment’s core motocross training course. If you are riding or racing motocross this is where you learn to sharpen your skills and techniques while increasing your speed and consistency. Riders will work on everything; standing position, braking, all types of cornering, clutch and throttle control, starts and jumps. Throughout the course you will also learn about race craft; things like how to make a pass and you’ll spend plenty of time putting everything you learn into practice during the moto sessions. Bring plenty of fuel because you’ll need it!

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2017 SHERCO FACTORY EDITION MODELS – SET FOR AUSTRALIA https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/features/21388/21388.htm Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:45:06 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21388 Sherco Australia has announced  the 2017 Factory edition Sherco enduro models. Arriving in Australia and available on dealership the first week of May, the 2017 Factory models are sure to impress with high performance and Factory styling, let’s take a look at some of the updates New front suspension: This is a big one for the Sherco...

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Sherco Australia has announced  the 2017 Factory edition Sherco enduro models. Arriving in Australia and available on dealership the first week of May, the 2017 Factory models are sure to impress with high performance and Factory styling, let’s take a look at some of the updates

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New front suspension: This is a big one for the Sherco Factory Editions. The 48mm WP Xplor fork with rebound, pre-load and compression adjustment has been developed by Sherco and features Sherco Factory valving. The pre-load, rebound and compression adjusters are all located at the top of the fork. This is very similar to the Xplor fork on other European enduro models, however, the Sherco’s have specific valving developed by Sherco test rider Jordan Curvalle. The 2016 version of the Factory models came with the 48mm closed chamber fork which has received high accolades from riders who know how to push it, in particular MX style tracks, fast enduro racers and especially in the desert for Finke and Hattah. Meanwhile, the Racing and Six Days versions have both continued to run the very popular and versatile 48mm WP open chamber fork. The Xplor fork is a big move for Sherco and early testing here in Australia has proved the Xplor is very good and on par with the closed chamber fork and maybe even better because you don’t have to lay on the ground to make any adjustments.

Factory in-moulded graphics.
Pyramid anti-slip seat.
This seat is also slightly taller than the on the Racing and Six Days models.
Solid rear brake disc
Blue anodised wheels that look trick!
Akrapovic exhaust system to all four-stroke models
Special injection mapping (four-stoke models)
Full FMF pipe and silencer on all two-stroke models
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HOW MUCH?

300 SEF-R Factory $14,490  4-stroke
450 SEF-R Factory  $14,990  4-stroke
250 SE-R Factory $13,090  2-stroke
300 SE-R  Factory  $13,490  2-stroke

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You get some serious bang for buck purchasing a Factory Edition, when you compare it to the pricing of the standard Sherco models.

300 SEF-R  Racing  $12,990  4-stroke
450 SEF-R  Racing  $13,590  4-stroke
250 SE-R  Racing  $11,590  2-stroke
300 SE-R  Racing  $11,990  2-stroke

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WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THE SHERCO ENDURO RANGE
Dual-map switch located in the start switch block right at your right thumb
Category leading fuel capacity with 10.4-litres for the 2-strokes and 9.7-litres on the 4-strokes.
Tool-less air filter access.
Low centre of gravity and precise handling.
Very smart battery location.
4-way handlebar adjustment

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COOLANT BOTTLE
If you are trailriding the Sherco range, you’ll like this nifty little feature. The coolant over-flow bottle is out of the way under the rear guard. If you cook your bikes coolant on most makes and models, it’s boiled and drained and out onto the ground. With a Sherco, it boils into the over-flow bottle, the bike then draws in back into the cooling system once it cools off. Off you go onto the next trail without any damage to your bike.

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DUAL ACTION THROTTLE
A nice little feature on the Sherco two-stroke range is a dual-action throttle. Pop off the end of the tube and reverse it. Put the cable back in and reassemble and you have a fast-pull throttle action. The cam that the cable runs on is much steeper in the reverse position so you get full throttle in half the amount of twist. It’s awesome for MX tracks but be mindful, it can be lethal in the bush on the 300.

For more information on the Sherco range, head to www.sherco.com.au and for a full range of accessories – click here

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DEAN FERRIS FORGES AHEAD AT MX NATIONALS https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/21382/21382.htm Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:15:22 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21382 CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris has consolidated his position at the top of the MX1 leader board after another triumphant day at round two of the MX Nationals, held at Appin Raceway, southwest of Sydney. On a day that threw up some challenging weather conditions and a difficult and technical track, it was Ferris who rose...

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CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris has consolidated his position at the top of the MX1 leader board after another triumphant day at round two of the MX Nationals, held at Appin Raceway, southwest of Sydney.

On a day that threw up some challenging weather conditions and a difficult and technical track, it was Ferris who rose above all others to take his second round win in a row and lead the premier division by 23 points back to his nearest rival.

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The round started out strongly for the reigning champion, as he posted the fastest lap in the Go Pro Superpole event and again he was out to make every post a winner when racing began.

Moto one got underway under clear blue skies and the full field of 38 thundering 450cc motocross bikes charged into the first turn. Ferris was well placed in the early stages and with 30 minutes of racing ahead, things were looking good for the CDR Yamaha rider.

But he was unable to maintain his intensity and dropped back to fourth place by mid moto but now the experienced campaigner, Ferris was able to regroup, find his mojo again and claw his way back to a second place finish.

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As the field gridded up for moto two, a dark cloud rolled over the venue and while there wasn’t a huge downpour, a moderate drizzle fell on the already deeply rutted, clay based racing surface making it extremely slippery and demanding for all riders.

But from the moment the gate dropped, Ferris simply put on a riding clinic. He motored away from the field and left them in his wake as he set about stamping his authority on the day. But the end of the moto, he had cleared out to a 25 second lead to take the race win and with it the overall round victory.

“Another round win and a good day for myself and the team,” Ferris states. “We had two vastly different track conditions today, and they were much different from the opening round so it’s good to be able to perform on all surfaces and in all conditions.

“Moto two was tough in a lot of ways but I enjoyed the challenge of riding in ruts and the rain just added another aspect to it.

“We are off to a great start in the series but it’s just two of 10 rounds and we all have a long way to go. Thank you to the CDR Yamaha team for their continued support and belief and we can now prepare for the next round at Conondale which is one of my favourite tracks,” Ferris ends.

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Team mate, Dylan Long had a tough day at the office to come home in 12th place. Long jarred his recovering wrist in the early stages of moto one but continued to ride through some pain and grind out the best result he could. Despite the 12-13 moto results on the day, Long sits in 11th place but determined to get back on track in the coming rounds.

“This track was always going to be hard on my hand and wrist as the ruts and heavy landings on jumps really have an impact on your body. But when I got a bit loose in the first moto and hit some ruts and bumps, it gave my wrist a pretty good hit and a jolt of pain went right through me.

“I did what I could for the rest of the day but it’s disappointing as its nowhere near my best or what I can do. I will get some more treatment before the next round and hopefully my body will be in much better shape for Conondale,” Long explains.

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Round three of the MX Nationals will be pivotal for both CDR Yamaha riders as Dean Ferris will be looking to keep the momentum rolling from the opening two rounds will Dylan Long is looking to get his championship back on track as he races his way back to full strength and fitness.

For a full list of results; https://trackintel.com/ti/mxn/ajax2014/results

And for more information on the MX Nationals; www.mxnationals.com.au

Round two Results – Appin
MX1
1st Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha)

2nd Kirk Gibbs

3rd Todd Waters

4th Brett Metcalfe

5th Kade Mosig

6th Luke Styke

7th Nathan Crawford

8th Aleksandr Tonkov

9th Kyle Peters

10th Luke Clout

Championship Standings – After Round Two
1st Dean Ferris – 143 (Yamaha YZ450F)

2nd Kirk Gibbs – 120

3rd Kade Mosig – 118 (Yamaha YZ450F)

4th Todd Waters – 108

5th Luke Styke – 107

6th Nathan Crawford – 97

7th Luke Clout – 95

8th Kyle Peters – 93

9th Aleksandr Tonkov – 85

10th Brett Metcalfe – 83

11th Dylan long – 82 (Yamaha YZ450F)

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CODY DYCE DELIVERS MAIDEN MX NATIONALS VICTORY https://www.dirtaction.com.au/events/cody-dyce-delivers-maiden-mx-nationals-victory/21379.htm Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:09:52 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21379 16year old Cody Dyce has taken his maiden MX Nationals round victory at round two of the series held at Appin Raceway over the weekend. Competing in the MXD (Under 19) division, Dyce stood atop of the podium after an intense day of racing on a difficult racing surface. On board his Yamalube Yamaha Racing...

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16year old Cody Dyce has taken his maiden MX Nationals round victory at round two of the series held at Appin Raceway over the weekend. Competing in the MXD (Under 19) division, Dyce stood atop of the podium after an intense day of racing on a difficult racing surface.

On board his Yamalube Yamaha Racing YZ250F, Dyce overcame a first turn pile in race one and wet and muddy conditions in race two at log the round win and move closer to the championship lead after two rounds.

Moto one saw Dyce down in the very first turn with several other riders but re-joining the race in near last position. He then unleashed some fury in the next three laps as he tore through the 40rider field to be in fifth as lap four got under way.

But that charge took its toll on the rookie Victorian racer and his momentum was halted as the race wore on. He continued to fight but with his arms pumping up, he was only able to salvage a seventh- place result but he was clearly disappointed in where he finished.

Race two took on a completely different completion as light rain had fallen on the racing surface just prior to the start of the second MXD moto making it extremely slick and difficult for the inexperienced riders to get around. But Dyce handled it like a pro. He roared into the first turn, demanded the lead and instantly gapped the field.

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His lead was out to over 15 seconds in the early stages before he fell in the sticky mud on one of the long Appin down hills. He was able to remount his bike, retain the lead but with his clutch lever bent and twisted and his left-hand grip torn from the bike.

But it was then back to business as usual for Dyce who picked up where he left off and proceeded to open up a 20 second margin over his nearest rival by the final stages of the race. Dyce took the win and his combined 7-1 results produced an unlikely overall round win that had the young Victorian speechless when informed of the result.

“With a win in the last race, I was thinking I was probably going to be third for the day but happy to ride well in race two but when they told me I won, I couldn’t believe it. I’m stoked about that!

“Race one wasn’t good. I corked my leg in the crash, ride like a madman for two laps and then an idiot for another 10 laps so I was pretty determined to finish on a good note in race two.

“When I saw the rain came in, it didn’t both me as I don’t mind racing in those conditions so I just got out there and went for it.

“It’s awesome to win a round so early in the season and a huge thanks goes to Cory and Mike who busted their but all day keeping our bikes in great shape,” Dyce said.

It was a contrasting day for team mate and round one winner, Cooper Pozniak, who came home in fifth place for the round after two fifth place positions in each of the motos.

Pozniak again showed plenty of speed and was well placed in both motos only to make some costly mistakes that robbed him of any chance of a podium finish.

Moto one saw the red plate holder charge down the big hill in the top four on the opening lap and looking to gain a position. But has he entered the turn, the bike got cross-rutted and Pozniak was ejected spectacularly as his bike flipped through the air. He quickly remounted and began the long haul back through the field to finally land in fifth place.

Moto two would be one that Pozniak would like to take back. In the top three in the opening laps, a series of crashes in the wet and slimy conditions saw him yo-yo between fourth and eighth for the remainder of the race until a last lap burst saw him move back into fifth place.

Despite the tough round, he still holds the championship lead as we move onto round three.

“I’m just frustrated at myself,” Pozniak fumes after the final race. “Every race I was in the top three and I threw it away trying to make things happen when I just needed to be patent, consolidate my position and let the race come to me.

“If I’m ever in the same position again, I won’t let that happen as today was a steep learning curve for me and one that I will never forget. The team had my back all day and thanks to them for the huge amount of work they had to do to keep us going.

“If Conondale was tomorrow, I am ready to go and I want to redeem myself as fast as possible,” He says with determination.

The rolling hills and green grass of Conondale in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland host round three of the MX Nationals on May 7.

To follow the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team on social media: www.facebook.com/YamalubeYamahaRacing or @yamalube_yamaha_racing on Instagram.

Round Two Results – Appin
MXD
1st Cody Dyce (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)

2nd Jy Roberts

3rd Callum Norton

4th Isaac Ferguson

5th Cooper Pozniak (Yamalube Yamaha Racing)

6th Morgan Fogarty

7th Kaleb Barham

8th Ben Broad

9th Brodie Ellis

10th High Mackay

Championship Standings – After Round Two
1st Cooper Pozniak – 122 (Yamaha YZ250F)

2nd Jy Roberts – 120

3rd Cody Dyce – 119 (Yamaha YZ250F)

4th Kaleb Barham – 100

5th Morgan Fogarty – 97

6th Ben Broad – 96

7th Isaac Ferguson – 94

8th Hugh Mackay – 79

9th Riley Dukes – 78

10th Justin Hart – 76   

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UP-AND-DOWN WEEKEND FOR GARDINER AT OPENING ROUND OF THE FIM ENDURO GP https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/up-and-down-weekend-for-gardiner-at-opening-round-of-the-fim-enduro-gp/21375.htm Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:15:09 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21375 Australia’s Jess Gardiner endured an up-and-down start to her Women’s FIM Enduro GP World Championship campaign with a fourth and a sixth place at the opening round in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain. Racing for the Outsiders Yamaha Racing- Team Enduro, Gardiner, who described the round as a tough weekend as it was a mentally and physically...

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Australia’s Jess Gardiner endured an up-and-down start to her Women’s FIM Enduro GP World Championship campaign with a fourth and a sixth place at the opening round in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain.

Racing for the Outsiders Yamaha Racing- Team Enduro, Gardiner, who described the round as a tough weekend as it was a mentally and physically exhausting race for her. She managed to score a sixth and fourth place respectfully on a track which was covered in bull dust and challenging rocks to navigate her way over.

The weekend got underway well, with Gardiner finishing second in the Super test, saying it was a nice way to get the ball rolling.

The first day of racing on Saturday proved to be quite difficult for Gardiner, which marked her sixteenth race start in the FIM Enduro GP series. Unfortunately, she lacked a bit of speed and crashed many times throughout the day which resulted her finishing in sixth place.

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“I crashed two times in a lot of the special tests and two times on every lap in the Enduro test,” explained Gardiner. “It was just a really hard race as the trail was probably one of the hardest that existed in the world championships that the women do.”

Heading into the second day of competition, all Gardiner wanted to do was to improve on her finishing order the day before and simply get back to where she really should be.

The 24-year-old, who has previously raced in three Spanish GP’s (2013-14-15) had a much better of a day on Sunday, which saw her taking fourth place.

A total time of 42min55.09 was recorded for Gardiner, however, she had a much better feeling with her Yamaha WR250F in all of the tests which saw her posting the fourth quickest times in four out of the six heats.

“Today was a much better day,” beamed Gardiner. “I managed to stay up on two wheels for the whole day, improve my times and finished a lot better than what I did on Saturday. So overall I can leave here in a much better frame of mind and head into round two of the Enduro GP with a bit more confidence.

“It was still a very challenging day I admit. I don’t think I have pushed and pulled a motorcycle around like I did in a long time. However, as I said, I’m very happy with today’s outcome which is the main thing.”

Gardiner has confirmed that she will contest the remaining three rounds of the Women’s FIM Enduro GP World Championship with the Outsiders Yamaha Racing – Team Enduro.

Gardiner will head into round two of the series in fifth place in the championship with 33-points to her name, one point shy from fourth place. The second round will take place at Parádfürdó in Hungary on 23-25 June.

Next stop for Gardiner is this weekend for the opening round of the Enduro-European-Championship which will be staged at Gouveia in Portugal.

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ADVENTURE TIP: RIDING THROUGH MUD HOLES https://www.dirtaction.com.au/riding-tips/adventure-riding-tips/adventure-tip-riding-through-mud-holes/21370.htm Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:19:03 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21370 If you’re not careful here you’re rolling the dice on the chances of a quick drowning of your bike. Here are five tips to make it out the other side STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY SHANE BOOTH BE PATIENT Take a little time to check out the scenario and look for anything that might give you an...

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If you’re not careful here you’re rolling the dice on the chances of a quick drowning of your bike. Here are five tips to make it out the other side

BE PATIENT

Take a little time to check out the scenario and look for anything that might give you an idea of where to go. When it’s as murky as this, though, you can’t see much below the water. If there’s a higher line along the edge that can sometimes work, but be careful it isn’t soft and you get bogged — as was the case here. Do your best to gather as much of a reading as possible before you head in.

CHECK THE DEPTH

If you haven’t watched anyone else ride or even drive through, you need to check the depth somehow. There are really only two good ways to do this. One is to find a big stick and check with that, but in this case the waterhole was too big to reach the middle. The other way is to sacrifice your dry boots and walk on in. It’s a much better option than drowning a bike, especially if you’re in a remote location where help is a long way off.

STEADY ON THE PACE

Not too slow and not too fast, that’s what you want here. You want to be at a speed that minimises the risk but isn’t so slow that the bike stops at the first sign of anything unexpected. You want some momentum so you can make it through a soft spot if you need to, or maybe in and out of a hole or up over an underwater ledge. Don’t think that speed will help you — it will most likely just get you into more trouble.

COVER THE CLUTCH

Keep a finger or two on the clutch lever to help you not only avoid a stall but also control any excess wheel spin that might occur on the way across. Just by simply being ready to use the clutch you can save a stall that might result in drowning a bike. Cover the clutch and you increase your chances!

LOOK TO THE END

Once you commit and begin riding through the water, lift your vision and look at the point where you want to ride out. You might be surprised at how much that can help you make it across: you may not baulk at the things as readily. Stay focused on where you want to get to — and you’ll get there.

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DANIEL MILNER WINS OPENING AORC ROUND https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/milner-kicks-aorc-campaign-off-ominously/21362.htm Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:26:09 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=21362 KTM’s Enduro Racing Team has continued its recent dominance in Australian Off-Road Championship racing, with Daniel Milner powering his KTM450 EXC-F to impressive back-to-back victories in the opening rounds of this year’s series at Rawson in south-eastern Victoria. Photo: John Pearson The 25-year-old KTM rider from Lang Lang was unstoppable across the weekend, and even...

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KTM’s Enduro Racing Team has continued its recent dominance in Australian Off-Road Championship racing, with Daniel Milner powering his KTM450 EXC-F to impressive back-to-back victories in the opening rounds of this year’s series at Rawson in south-eastern Victoria.

17_Milner_AORC3.4_lrgPhoto: John Pearson

The 25-year-old KTM rider from Lang Lang was unstoppable across the weekend, and even pulling in to change a complete rear brake after fouling it with bunting couldn’t keep him from victory in the opener.
The team that finished 1-2 in last year’s series kicked off in ominously similar fashion on the Saturday, when teenager Lyndon Snodgrass exceeded all expectations for his very first national outing for the Factory squad.

Snodgrass and his KTM 300 EXC followed Milner in for a career-best second outright in Saturday’s Cross Country, in the process winning the E3 category.

17_Snodgrass_AORC3.4_lrgPhoto: John Pearson

The 18-year-old couldn’t quite replicate another E3 class victory today however, finishing runner up to Lachy Stanford in the category, and 6th outright.

In the E1 category, 21-year-old defending Champion and Peter Stevens Motorcycles rider Jack Simpson damaged a wheel on Saturday and lost time after a crash today, but still kicked his E1 title defence off with a pair of seconds, and illustrated his – and his KTM 250 XCF’s – potential as an outright contender.

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Factory support racer Tom Mason powered his Bolton’s Motorcycles KTM 300 EXC to a career-best third in the E3 class on the Saturday, then did the same again on Sunday, in both cases finishing with top ten finishes that hint that he could be another young hotshot on the rise.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the enduro team’s pre-season edit, showing the KTM 450 EXC-F of Daniel Milner and the KTM 300 EXC of Lyndon Snodgrass shaking down before the first round.

Glenn Kearney – KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager: “We came away with the win at Clipsal earlier and here as well so the beginning to the year has gone as well as possible for KTM.

A 1-2 outright yesterday in the cross country made me real proud of all the work that’s been put in from both riders and mechanics. We had a big pre-season getting everything sorted and it’s all paid off. The boys have obviously done their homework.

We were giving some help to Jack Simpson in the XC and the sprints – he was on fire as lot of the time and just had a couple of off ones. After Milner there was a big battle for the next five positions. Today Mason was pretty impressive in the sprints. Had some good laps and got up there.”

Daniel Milner: “I couldn’t be any happier. The first day I got a good start and got to the front, and started checking out, but drifted wide in a corner and got bunting in the back brake and ended up boiling it. I came in and the boys changed me over in super quick time and I ended up getting a win.

There’s no way I thought that Harry and Mick would get it done as quick as they did, but they were unreal. Today was hard going, and we did what we needed to do, so I was definitely happy with my performance and the team’s over the whole weekend. The KTM 450 EXC-F was unreal.”

Lyndon Snodgrass: “A pretty good way to kick off the year; it was a pretty awesome track, conditions were good and it got really rough. Coming into the cross-country I knew I could be right up there and I was happy with how we took off. I charged into second and had the lead for a couple of laps there while Milner had some problems, and then hovered in second for the rest of the race. I’m stoked with that.

Today the KTM 300 EXC was really good in the tight stuff – I just made a few too many mistakes for the day and they ended up costing me, but all in all – really happy with the start to the season. It was pretty awesome working with the team and a fun way to start the year.”

Jack Simpson: “Yesterday I fluffed the start and was second-last into the first corner. I had to fight my way through which was difficult. I smashed my rear wheel with two laps to go and nearly DNFed, but I finished sixth outright and second in class.

Today I had a crash in the third one and my bike was down an embankment and it took me a good twenty or thirty seconds to get the thing back up and running. Then I had my handguard catching my clutch lever so I had to fiddle around with that so that kind of killed the day for me in one crash. Other than that I was consistently in the top five. So, a rough weekend in a way but not the worst in the world. I’m disappointed in myself for how it panned it out – I know I’m good for top three. But it’s not the end of the world. I’m safe, I’m fast, the bike’s good. Bring on the next one.”

Tom Mason: “I went 3-3 in E3 and 8-8 outright and it’s the best result I’ve ever had so far. The track suited me and I liked it so I just put my head down and came out with the goods. You needed a nice light bike around those tracks so the KTM 300 EXC definitely suited the conditions.

I missed half of last year so I had no idea where I was coming out of the off season, but we’ve come out pretty good. These are some pretty good results to build off so hopefully we can just go up from here.”

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