Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:27:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-DA-Favicon-32x32.jpg Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au 32 32 Roczen and Forkner Top Motocross Finale http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/roczen-and-forkner-top-motocross-finale/18625.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:31:15 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18625 The twelfth and final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has come to a fitting conclusion in Indiana.

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The twelfth and final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has come to a fitting conclusion in Indiana.

By Hayden Gregory
450 Podium
450 Podium | Phot credit: Cudby

Ken Roczen has finished the season on a high winning both motos despite already wrapping up the 450 championship last weekend.

In the opening moto the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory rider claimed the holeshot in a dangerous sign for the rest of the field. Justin Barcia was able to keep Roczen in sight for a few laps before the champ began to pull away. In third place Marvin Musquin managed to hold his position up until the halfway point of the moto when Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac surged past.

For the second half of the race positions would remain unchanged with Roczen claiming a wire to wire victory, his 19th moto win of the season ahead of Barcia and Tomac.

In his final race of a 16 year career, Andrew Short had a reason to celebrate claiming the holeshot in moto two, just ahead of Barcia and Tomac. A few moments later Roczen joined the party and made quick work of the trio screaming to the front. Barcia moved into second while Musquin once again rode into third position. In extremely similar circumstances Tomac was able to run down Musquin just after the halfway point relegating the Frenchman to fourth.

Roczen was incredible out in front leading every single lap of the weekend to finish the series as undisputed champion for 2016.

It ended up being a beautiful day today. It was a little sloppy in the morning but the track dried out all day. I got two awesome starts and just put in a good charge,” said Roczen. “I went for another win because we wanted to finish the season off strong and not slack off. It was really tough to stay motivated, but I knew we had another race this week. I ultimately knew I would come here mentally ready and I couldn’t be happier to end the season this way and move on to the offseason feeling like we did everything we came here to do this summer.” 

Justin Barcia rode his best round of the year to claim second (2-2) while Tomac rounded out the podium in third (3-3).

In 250 racing, Austin Forkner got the pick of the starts in moto one claiming the holeshot ahead of Mitchell Oldenburg and Cooper Webb. The newly crowned champion moved up into second place a few laps later before tipping over in a corner and losing a number of positions.

Forkner continued to pull away on the clear track while Webb began to claw back from outside the top ten. By lap nine Webb had made his way all the way back into fourth place before tipping over again while trying to make a pass on Martin.

Rookie Forkner cruised to the second moto win of his career, 29 seconds ahead of Savatgy in second. Despite some late pressure from Webb, Martin was able to hold on for third.

In the second moto, Forkner once again scored the holeshot before Aaron Plessinger quickly found his way into the lead. The duo began to pull away from the field swapping positions a number of times over the opening few laps. In third Webb was having a close battle with teammate Martin before he eventually got his measure and scored some breathing room

Lap nine provided drama with Forkner crashing while in the lead. As a result Plessinger shot to the front, going on to remain unchallenged for his first moto win of the season. Webb finished in second place while Forkner was able to recover for third.

A 1-3 scorecard was enough for the rookie to be awarded round victory, the first of his career and no doubt the first of many.

“In the first moto I told myself not to look back because then I start thinking too much. I didn’t [look back] until late and figured there’s got to be someone behind me, but I was surprised to see I was up 23 seconds according to my mechanic. From there I just put it in cruise control and focused on hitting my lines,” said Forkner.

“In the second moto I got a good start but Aaron [Plessinger] got by me. I just tried to follow him and he messed up, so I got by. He got close to me so I knew I had to try and get some breathing room, and I ended up going down. I had to ride the rest of the moto basically with one eye because I got some sweat on the inside of my goggles. Cooper [Webb] ended up getting by me and I didn’t really put up a fight. I just put it in cruise control because I was pretty sure I got it [the overall].”

Aaron Plessinger claimed second for the national followed by Webb in third.

The 2016 250 Motocross Championship finished with Webb out in front by 73 points. Alex Martin claimed a career best result in second while Savatgy clinched third a further 49 points back.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Ironman National – Indiana

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (2-2)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-3)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-4)
Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (5-5)
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha (6-8)
Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (8-7)
Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Suzuki (11-6)
Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-9)
Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM (7-11)

450 Class Championship Standings
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 584
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 498
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 401
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 360
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha – 229
Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, Mo., KTM – 228
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna – 217
Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 197
Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 197
Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda – 192

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (1-3)
Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (8-1)
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (3-4)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (6-5)
Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki (4-9)
Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (10-6)
Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM (7-13)
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-34)
Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM (15-7)

250 Class Championship Standings
Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 495
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 422
Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 383
Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 376
Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 351
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 321
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 312
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 266
Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki – 243
Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 237

 

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Video: Ironman National Highlights http://www.dirtaction.com.au/videos/video-ironman-national-highlights/18622.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:31:01 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18622 All the action from the final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

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Jessica Moore Stuns for YMI Australian Women’s Motocross Championship http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/jessica-moore-stuns-for-ymi-australian-womens-motocross-championship/18616.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:52:02 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18616 The 29 year old shone on both days of racing in Coolum to cause a massive boilover.

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The 19 year old shone on both days of racing in Coolum to cause a massive boilover.

By Hayden Gregory
Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

During qualifying Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge put her hand up as the woman to beat, posting the fastest time ahead of KTM’s Jessica Moore and defending champ DPH Motorsport’s Maddy Brown.

In the opening moto, Steph Cutler scored the MXStore holeshot before Brown quickly moved into the race lead closely trailed by Rutledge. The pair began to pull away from the pack, setting off on an exciting battle for moto victory. Jessica Moore and Yamaha’s Emma Milesevic were the best of the rest following in second and third places respectively.

On lap six, drama struck Rutledge while in the race lead, crashing in a turn and losing a number of positions. The incident allowed Brown to comfortably roll on for race victory with Moore claiming second ahead of Tayla Jones in third. Milesevic dropped to fourth while Sarah Guthrie rounded out the top five.

Maddy Brown scored her second holeshot of the day in moto two, with Rutlegde once again mounting huge pressure on her rear wheel. The pair battled for a number of laps before colliding and causing a massive change to the running order.

KTM’s Moore jumped into the race lead ahead of Milesevic and Jones. From that point on the positions would remain unchanged with Moore claiming moto two victory.

A night of rest and the women returned on Sunday for two more championship motos.

The third kicked off and Rutledge and Brown once again found themselves in a commanding position. The battle for third was heating up and Moore made a fantastic pass on Jones for the podium position. In a relatively uneventful moto, Rutledge would press on to claim her first win of the weekend ahead of Brown and Moore.

The final race began with a holeshot to Moore before Milesevic moved to the front. Rutledge showed early speed to round up both girls while Moore fell to third. Brown found herself back in sixth position yet the defending champ was not ready to throw in the towel. The DPH Motorsport rider slowly worked her way through the field moving up into third place with a huge pass on Moore.

In the closing stages, the standings looked all but confirmed before Brown amazingly slowed prematurely before the chequered flag. The amazing turn of events saw Moore miraculously make a pass into third right on the line as Brown cost herself back to back championship titles.

Jessica Moore was awarded the 2016 Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance Australian Women’s Motocross Championship on 127 points.

I’m absolutely speechless. My whole life, I’ve lived in the shadows of those other girls and being from WA, we sort of get forgotten being so far over the other side of the country,” Moore shared.

“It’s been four years since I’ve raced a Women’s National just because of injuries and stuff like that, so to take it out today is unbelievable.

“The way we did it in that last race – I pumped up, and I was so far back, and I saw that Maddy shut off early and I just went for it and took it across the line.

“If it wasn’t for a couple of guys and Jeff Leisk I wouldn’t have been racing this year so I’m so glad we did it, and I can’t thank them enough.”

Maddy Brown claimed second for the weekend on 123 points while Meghan Rutledge landed on the final step of the podium on 119.

 

2016 YMI Australian Women’s Championship results:

1) Jessica Moore – 127 points
2) Maddy Brown – 123 points
3) Meghan Rutledge – 119 points
4) Emma Milesevic – 116 points
5) Tayla Jones – 114 points
6) Dannielle Foot – 100 points
7) Sarah Guthrie – 100 points
8) Jessica Gardiner – 91 points
9) Courtney Whyte-Dennis – 86 points
10) Chelsea Blakers – 79 points

 

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Evans Collects MXD Title in Coolum http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/evans-collects-mxd-title-in-coolum/18612.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:22:06 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18612 Mitch Evans wrapped up the 2016 Championship despite a sixth place finish at the Coolum finale.

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Mitch Evans wrapped up the 2016 Championship despite a sixth place finish at the Coolum finale.

By Hayden Gregory
MXD podium
MXD podium

The under 19 riders hit the motocross track for the final time in 2016 and it was Cooper Pozniak getting the pick of the starts scoring the MXStore holeshot ahead of Husqvarna’s Connor Tierney. A few turns later and chaos erupted with a number of riders colliding leaving a scramble for position. Raceline Pirelli KTM’s Wade Kirkland emerged the new race leader while red plate holder Evans remounted near the back of the pack.

Kirkland began to stretch his lead from Pozniak in second and Justin Hart in third. By the halfway stage Connor Tierney managed to chase down Hart before Kirkland began to fade dropping right off the pace into third.

With two laps remaining Tierney would go down rejoining the race in ninth place. Cooper Pozniak would cruise to the chequered flag followed by Zak Small and Kaleb Barham. Kirkland was relegated to fourth while Evans made a huge charge home to crack the top ten.

With one moto left to race the MXD championship was still wide open and Evans would need to put the woes of race one behind him if he wanted to secure the title.

As gates dropped, Kaleb Barham scored the second MXStore holeshot before Tierney quickly moved into the lead. Kirkland also made his way past Barham as did Small, while Evans once again found himself fighting outside the top five.

Kirkland continued to apply pressure on Tierney out front and on lap nine he finally had his man. In the closing stages Barham also made his move on Tierney moving into second place. The final chequered flag of the season had Kirkland out front, Barham second and Tierney third.

In a much calculated and safe ride, Mitch Evans crossed the line in fourth place, taking with him the 2016 MXD Championship title.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I’ve done it. This is a feeling I can’t describe,” Evans shared.

“There’s a lot of work that goes in during the week and there’s a lot of things behind the scenes that people don’t see so it’s just a great feeling to see that finally pay off.

“We had a pretty comfortable lead coming in to this round, but we had a tough first moto and I was actually scared I was going to lose this championship, but we came back, and honestly that last race was the longest 20 minutes of my life, but we got the job done and I couldn’t be happier.”

Wade Kirkland won the final round with 63 points ahead of Pozniak (61) and Barham (60).

The final championship tally would see Mitch Evans rise to the top on 536, Connor Tierney in second on 523 and Cooper Pozniak on the final step of the podium with 510 points, just one single point ahead of Kirkland in fourth.

Pirelli MXD round ten results

1) Wade Kirkland – 63 points
2) Cooper Pozniak – 61 points
3) Kaleb Barham – 60 points
4) Zak Small – 57 points
5) Connor Tierney – 52 points
6) Mitchell Evans – 50 points
7) Jordan Hill – 49 points
8) Dylan Wood – 48 points
9) Luke Abela – 45 points
10) Sam Pelz – 42 points

Pirelli MXD Championship

1) Mitchell Evans – 536 points
2) Connor Tierney – 523 points
3) Cooper Pozniak – 510 points
4) Wade Kirkland – 509 points
5) Kaleb Barham – 454 points
6) Zak Small – 433 points
7) Jordan Hill – 431 points
8) Hugh McKay – 345 points
9) Levi McManus – 310 points
10) Lochie Latimer – 303 points

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Beaton Clinches Maiden MX2 Title http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/beaton-clinches-maiden-mx2-title/18608.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:46:56 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18608 DPH Motorsports Jed Beaton has won the final round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals to secure the 250 Championship.

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DPH Motorsports Jed Beaton has won the final round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals to secure the 250 Championship.

By Hayden Gregory
Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton | Photo: MXN images

Coolum provided the perfect backdrop for the final two races of the series with Jed Beaton and Caleb Ward both in contention for the 2016 title. As was heavily reported during the week red plate holder Nathan Crawford would miss the finale after suffering a nasty training crash and would most likely drop to third place overall.

As gates dropped in moto one, Davey Motorsport’s Jayden Rykers collected the MXStore holeshot before Beaton quickly worked his way into the race lead. Wilson Todd and Caleb Ward then also made their move on Rykers with the leading trio setting a turbulent speed out front.

Beaton continued to hold off Todd in second place before pressure was eased on lap eight with the Serco rider going down and remounting in fourth place. Ward moved into second place and the battle was well and truly on for vital championship points.

Despite numerous attempts Ward was unable to make the decisive pass and Beaton would score maximum points for the opening moto. The KTM rider scored second with Rykers crossing in third.

As the final moto of the year got underway, Caleb Ward claimed a narrow lead ahead of Todd and Beaton. On the second lap Beaton brought the crowd to its feet as an exhilarating turn of pace saw him pass both riders to capture the lead.

One lap later and pressure started to show for Ward as a small mistake cost him two positions and provided some much needed breathing room for Beaton. As the race went on positions remained relatively similar with Ward jumping back into third place and Beaton continuing to lead.

With one lap left to race Todd provided some late entertainment for fans, cruising past Beaton to take the moto win. Ward would finish in third place despite a fast finishing Rykers in fourth.

A 1-2 result not only handed Jed Beaton round honours, but also the 2016 MX2 Championship title.

“I’m so happy to get this title. I knew that I had put in the hard work during the off season, I kept getting better and better at every round, and then half way through the championship I improved my results a lot,” he said.

“It’s a shame that Nathan (Crawford) was out because I would have loved to battle with him here at Coolum, but he deserves all the credit that he gets, and it’s been a good year going at it for the title.

“The DPH Motorsports Yamaha team have put in 100 per cent this year, and it really is like a little family. They’re a bunch of good people, and we all work really hard so we definitely deserve this championship.”

Wilson Todd claimed second for the Coolum finale with Ward rounding out the podium in third. Despite a courageous last round the KTM rider had to settle for second place in the championship.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Ward shared. “I obviously wanted to win this year. But Jed rode like a champ today, obviously I kept him on his toes in the first one, I caught him a bit at the end but I couldn’t get it done.

“In the second I got the holeshot, but I made a bad line choice and he made an early pass on me. Then I fell and went back to third and got caught up with sand in my gloves which made it a bit slippery to hold on. I didn’t want to do anything too crazy and hurt myself.

“Second in the championship isn’t too bad but obviously I would have liked to have one. I had a bit of bad luck early in the championship at Broadford with some things that were out of mine and the team’s control, and I’ve made a few mistakes along the way myself. It’s a bit of a mix of feelings but overall second isn’t too bad. We’ll learn from it, move on and not dwell on it too much, and look forward to bigger and better things.

Husqvarna’s Nathan Crawford wrapped up the year in third place despite being unable to contest the final round due to injury.

Motul MX2 round ten results

1) Jed Beaton – 67 points
2) Wilson Todd –  63 points
3) Caleb Ward – 62 points
4) Jayden Rykers – 58 points
5) Kyle Webster – 52 points
6) Hamish Harwood – 50 points
7) Geran Stapleton – 46 points
8) Joel Wightman – 43 points
9) Richie Evans – 43 points
10) Dean Porter – 42 points

Motul MX2 Championship

1) Jed Beaton – 630 points
2) Caleb Ward – 617 points
3) Nathan Crawford – 574 points
4) Jayden Rykers – 537 points
5) Wilson Todd – 507 points
6) Dylan Wills – 470 points
7) Hamish Harwood – 448 points
8) Joel Wightman – 426 points
9) Kyle Webster – 376 points
10) Dean Porter – 365 points

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Dean Ferris Crowned MX1 Champion http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/dean-ferris-crowned-mx1-champion/18604.htm Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:19 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18604 The CDR Yamaha rider has overcome a six point deficit to be awarded the 2016 title.

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The CDR Yamaha rider has overcome a six point deficit to be awarded the 2016 title.

By Hayden Gregory
Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris | Photo credit: Ashenhurst

As the final round of Motul MX Nationals got underway, all eyes were on the premier class GoPro Superpole with much needed points up for grabs. As the fastest qualifier from Saturday, Dean Ferris decided to hit the track first and it paid dividends, clocking the fastest time and picking up three additional championship points. On the other end of the scale, Kirk Gibbs had a lap to forget, finishing fourth and missing out on the opportunity for crucial extra points.

The margin between Gibbs and Ferris closed to three as the Thor MX1 class lined up behind the gates for moto one.  In a dramatic few moments KTM’s Gibbs scored the holeshot before his main threat Ferris, quickly assumed the race lead. A lap later Gibbs slipped to third with Todd Waters entering the mix and placing huge pressure on Ferris out front. A few turns later and Waters had his man while Gibbs fell yet another place back at the mercy of American Kyle Peters.

A huge spanner was thrown into the works when Feris was docked ten seconds for riding inside a marker but the Yamaha rider looked undeterred pressing forward to once again reclaim the lead from Waters.

In the second half of the moto Ferris began to check out on the field leaving Waters, Peters and Gibbs to fight it out for minor placings. As the chequered flag waved Ferris was the new championship leader, followed by Waters in second, Peters in third and Gibbs back in fourth.

The tides had suddenly changed with one final moto left in the season. Ferris now had a four point lead over Gibbs and spectators were set for an almighty showdown.

The second started in similar fashion to the first with Gibbs securing the MXStore holeshot ahead of Waters and Ferris. On lap three Ferris made a move on Waters placing his Yamaha in second place and in perfect position for the 2016 title.

Out in front Gibbs began to feel the pressure with all three riders within striking distance of the lead. In an outstanding burst of speed Waters rounded both riders up in quick succession to lead the moto. It didn’t take long for Ferris to follow suit, making a huge move on Gibbs to all but wrap up the championship.

Waters began to extend his lead over the final few laps but all eyes were on the CDR Yamaha rider Ferris, who crossed the line in second place to clinch the 2016 Thor MX1 Motocross Championship.

“I’m so stoked to have gotten this championship. After Round 5 this year I knew it was going to be tough, but the whole team believed in me, and I believed in myself,” Ferris shared.

“I’ve had a lot of speed on the track this year and I just needed to work out how to be consistent like Kirk Gibbs, and that’s what I did. I wasn’t outside the top two after Wanneroo.”

“This is actually the first championship I’ve ever won. I’m 26, and honestly I thought I was going to do this eight years ago, but I didn’t. I’ve had some really good results over the years but this is the first title so I’m absolutely ecstatic.”

Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki’s Todd Waters claimed round honours with a 2-1 scorecard ahead of Ferris and Gibbs.

“This weekend was exactly how we wanted to finish the season, and I’ve been chasing rounds like this all year,” Waters said.

A lot of times this season I’ve had a good first moto but things haven’t played out so well in the second one, but today it was the other way round and did what we came here to do.

“I actually ran out of tear offs in the second race, and I just thought to myself, “I have got to get out in front”, it just gave me that motivation to dig deep and I made it happen.

“I just rode my best today and let whatever happen happen, which has paid off, and I’m just wrapped to finish with one final podium and third in the championship.”

Heading into the final round with the red plate placed a target on Kirk Gibbs back and he knew he would be up for a fight in Coolum. Unfortunately for the KTM rider the day didn’t play out as he would have liked and despite the disappointment he remained optimistic and ready to shift his focus to the supercross season.

“Obviously I didn’t want it to end that way but Dean and Todd probably rode a little bit better than I did today,” Gibbs said. “So, it is what it is and I’m really happy with how the year went. I was on the podium nine times out of ten, and it is unusual for that not to win you the championship, but then, everyone thought Dean and Todd were going to walk away with it this year, so it’s good that we were still fighting over the title until the last race.

“Obviously there can only be one winner at the end of the year, but still it’s hard with how much effort everybody’s put in. We would have loved to get the championship, and it was frustrating to have led this long and come up just short, but I think everyone realises that we put our heart and soul into it, we just weren’t good enough this year. But we’ll keep fighting, and we’ll come back next year,” Gibbs finished.

While many consider 666 to be the devils number, Dean Ferris would argue differently. The Yamaha rider finished the season with 666 points, Gibbs finished in second place on 660 points and Todd Waters picked up third on 647.

 

Thor MX1 round ten results

1) Todd Waters – 67 points
2) Dean Ferris – 67 points
3) Kirk Gibbs – 58 points
4) Kade Mosig – 54 points
5) Dylan Long – 49 points
6) Jay Wilson – 49 points
7) Hamish Harwood – 49 points
8) Luke Wilson – 42 points
9) James Alen – 39 points
10) Daniel Banks – 39 points

Thor MX1 Championship

1) Dean Ferris – 666 points
2) Kirk Gibbs – 660 points
3) Todd Waters – 647 points
4) Kade Mosig – 541 points
5) Dylan Long – 460 points
6) Jay Wilson – 417 points
7) Jacob Wright – 403 points
8) Matt Moss – 381 points
9) Michael Menchi– 376 points
10) Daniel Banks – 374 points

 

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Waters and Wilson Ready to Fire at Coolum http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/waters-and-wilson-ready-to-fire-at-coolum/18597.htm Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:32:49 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18597 The Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki duo are prepared to leave it all out on the track at this weekend’s motocross finale.

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The Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki duo are prepared to leave it all out on the track at this weekend’s motocross finale.

By Hayden Gregory
Todd Waters
Todd Waters | Photo credit: Ashenhurst

Todd Waters currently sits third in the Thor MX1 Championship and is determined to finish the season on a high with a championship podium.

“We’ve put the last round behind us, and we’re heading to Coolum to really have some fun this weekend,” Waters said.

The championship is down to the wire between Dean (Ferris) and Kirk (Gibbs) and I’m just going to go out there and race my own race. This weekend is going to be fun to watch for the spectators that’s for sure.

“The pressure is sort of off me – we just have one round left of racing and honestly I don’t want motocross to end, so fingers crossed we can finish off the season with a good result.”

Luke Wilson is aiming for a career high result in Coolum which would no doubt secure him a top ten finish in the MX1 title race.

I’m really looking forward to this weekend, I am determined to finish the motocross on a good note,” Wilson shared.

“I’ve had a good year, and I’ve had a few top ten showings but it’s still not exactly where I want to be.

“Top ten has always been my goal, but I really want to put my head down and finish with an even better result at Coolum this weekend.”

The 2016 Motul MX Nationals will come to a thrilling end this weekend in Coolum with all three class titles still up for grabs.

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Motul MX Nationals Goes ‘Pink’ in Support of NBCF at Coolum http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/motul-mx-nationals-goes-pink-in-support-of-nbcf-at-coolum/18593.htm Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:38:00 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18593 The round will raise awareness for Breast cancer.

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The round will raise awareness for Breast cancer.

Press Release

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In conjunction with the final round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals taking place at Coolum this weekend, Williams Event Management, along with riders and teams will dedicate another Grand Finale of this years’ championship to raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

In support of the fantastic work carried out by the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), Round 10 of the Motul MX Nationals will once again be turned pink – bikes, gear, helmets and all!

To celebrate the annual ‘pink round’, MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams has confirmed that the series will donate $20 from each entry to the NBCF for any rider donning pink this weekend.

“For a number of years now, the MX Nationals has supported the National Breast Cancer Foundation at the final round of the championship, and this year will be no different,” Williams shared.

“This weekend we will once again be donating $20 per entry for those supporting the ‘pink round’ and we will also contribute all of the funds generated from camping at the venue to the NBCF.

“At some stage, many of us are touched by breast cancer whether it be through a friend or family member or even personally, so as a series it’s always important to come together at the final round of the series to donate to a deserving cause.”

The final round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals series provides an opportunity to remember our loved ones, and show support to the NBCF who continually dedicate themselves to finding a cure.

 

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Heartbreaking Blow for MX2 Leader Crawford http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/heartbreaking-blow-for-mx2-leader-crawford/18588.htm Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:33:26 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18588 Nathan Crawford has had his championship dreams shattered following a huge training crash.

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Nathan Crawford has had his championship dreams shattered following a huge training crash.

By Hayden Gregory
Nathan Crawford
Nathan Crawford | Photo credit: Ashenhurst

The Husqvarna support rider is the current MX2 red plate holder heading into the finale at Coolum this weekend. Earlier in the week disaster stuck the anticipated motocross champion after a crash led to his handlebars slamming into his abdomen. As a result the Queensland teenager suffered lacerations to his spleen and kidney.

“I copped a handlebar in the stomach,” Crawford said, “I felt pretty winded but started to get all the oxygen back and noticed a little bit of pain down near the left side of my tummy, right down near the bottom. When I got home I ended up peeing a lot of blood.

“At the hospital I got all my scans done and basically they’ve told me I’m not well enough to ride, and I definitely feel that physically I’m not strong enough at the moment in the tummy area to ride somewhere like Coolum. I don’t even think I could go for a jog right now so racing’s out of the question this weekend.”

Despite the obvious disappointment, Crawford is still proud of his efforts up until this point.

“It’s tough. I put in everything this year, and obviously I do 100% every year but this year was just going really well. I showed lots of promise all year and put myself into a really good position going into Coolum. But as tough as it is not to be able to race and to give up the championship, obviously my health is a lot more important than that trophy.

“The CT scan showed that I lacerated my spleen and my kidney. Obviously it’s pretty severe; the laceration to my spleen is dangerous, but the one to my kidney is the one they are most cautious about. They don’t want me doing any more damage there.”

The recovery period is anticipated for six weeks which should have Crawford aiming for a return at round two of the Australian Supercross Championship.

My main concern now is getting healthy and getting back there for supercross. I’ve been told it’s six weeks before I can do any contact sports, so I might be missing the first round, but I’ll be definitely there for the second and the rest of the season.”

Husqvarna Australia General manager Jeff Leisk was quick to throw his support behind Crawford during this tough time.

This is a devastating blow for Nathan,” said Leisk, “after he had positioned himself perfectly to win his first senior Australian Championship. We are all right behind him and wish him a speedy recovery.”

In the MX2 title chase Jed Beaton now sits in prime championship contention, 11 points shy of Crawford, while Caleb Ward sits a further 8 points back. Crawford will finish no lower than third with fourth placed Jayden Rykers nearly 100 points adrift.

Crawford was asked who his pick for the title was before giving the following response.

Caleb, all day,” He said. “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think anyone’s going to beat him around there this weekend. I would have liked to, but seeing as I’m not going to be there, hopefully he goes 1-1. And if I get out of hospital in time I’m going straight up there to watch.”

 

MX2 Championship Points after round 9:

  1. Nathan Crawford 574, 2. Jed Beaton 563, 3. Caleb Ward 555, 4. Jayden Rykers 479, 5. Wilson Todd 444, 6. Dylan Wills 429, 7. Hamish Harwood 398, 8. Joel Wightman 383, 9. Kyle Webster 324, 10. Wade Hunter 324

 

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Video: Fox Presents – Ken Roczen | Sun Up Till Sun Down http://www.dirtaction.com.au/videos/video-fox-presents-ken-roczen-sun-up-till-sun-down/18585.htm Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:23:52 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18585 From sun up till sun down, newly crowned 450 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen likes to have fun on his dirt bike.

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From sun up till sun down, newly crowned 450 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen likes to have fun on his dirt bike. 

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