Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:26:56 +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 Can Gibbs Go Back to Back? http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/can-gibbs-go-back-to-back/17823.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:26:56 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17823 Being the reigning Australian Motocross Champion sounds like a dream come true for most, but KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs knows all about hard work

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Being the reigning Australian Motocross Champion sounds like a dream come true for most, but KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs knows all about hard work involved, and is now well regarded for his ‘never give up’ attitude – this season his determination has been forced to come in to play more than ever before.

Press Release
Kirk Gibbs
Kirk Gibbs

This year, Thor MX1 Red plate holder Gibbs has led the championship since his home round at Murray Bridge, however CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris (currently second in the championship standings) has won the last two consecutive rounds and is slowing creeping up on Gibbs’ championship lead with the pair now separated by only six points.

You’ve had the red plate since Round 4 now, as we get closer to the finish line, do you feel the pressure of this championship more and more?

Yeah a little bit, I’m not going to lie. But I feel as the points lead sort of dwindles away a little bit, that I need to stop worrying about that, and just concentrate on riding well. Obviously I had that knee injury at Nowra, but I’m pretty happy with how the past two rounds went considering that. I didn’t get much bike time in before last week, but since then I’m feeling really good and I’m looking forward to getting to Shepparton and trying to bounce back and gain some points.

Dean Ferris has been very consistent the past two rounds and is riding very smart, do you see him as a big threat?

I always knew that Dean was a threat, he’s really fast and a great starter but I don’t see him as more of a threat than usual now. He does seem to be riding a bit smarter since he had that crash at Wanneroo, but we’ve still got three rounds to go, and the goal for me is to just keep plugging away. It’s going to be a tight finish, and hopefully it will come down to the last few rounds to figure out who’s going to get it.

You suffered that knee injury at round six at Nowra, currently would you say you’re at 100 per cent, or are you just doing whatever you can to get through each round?

I believe at the last round I was doing what I could to get through, and just doing the best I could, so I don’t think I was 100 per cent at Conondale but I was reasonably close – the muddy conditions made things a bit harder. Since then, I’m feeling a lot better, and although my knee isn’t quite at 100 per cent, I think it’s as good as it can be, and I’m ready to get out there and give it my all.

You’re yet to win a GoPro Superpole so far this year, with the points so tight, is it going to be really important for you to try and get your first Superpole win at Shepparton?

Oh definitely. Dean (Ferris) has been winning a lot of them and has made a lot of points there – it’s sort of a bit frustrating in that sense. But last year I did really well in Superpole, so I’ve just got to keep pushing and making sure that I’m in there to at least score some points if not be on top. It’s definitely something that would be awesome to get a couple of them and score some more points. As long as I’m scoring points in that top three then we’re keeping it as close as we can.

Having raced at Shepparton before, do you believe you have an advantage over guys like Dean (Ferris) and Todd (Waters) who will be racing Shepparton for the first time this weekend?

Yes, and no. I believe that those guys have been around the world racing and they can pick up tracks pretty easily. So having raced there before is sort of a little bit of an advantage, but in saying that when we went to Nowra both Todd and Dean hadn’t been there before and they both did very well, so I expect a tough fight from both of them at Shepparton. If we can be on our A-game this weekend and do the best I can, I will also use a bit of my knowledge from last year.

How crucial is this round at Shepparton to the overall championship?

Its obviously getting a lot tighter so anything I can do to benefit myself or gain some more points this round will be awesome. This weekend is going to be tough and I’m not necessarily expecting to gain a lot of points but I’m just going to try and chip away at this championship because I know that every round from here on out is going to be very tight.

The eighth round of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals will be held at Shepparton in Victoria this Sunday July 31.

 

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Snodgrass Records Debut AORC Podium http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/snodgrass-records-debut-aorc-podium/17819.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:24:32 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17819 The Eighteen year old Husqvarna Support rider earned two third placings in a career best result.

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The Eighteen year old Husqvarna Support rider earned two third placings in a career best result.

By Hayden Gregory
Lyndon Snodgrass
Lyndon Snodgrass

Until last weekend Lyndon Snodgrass had never finished top ten outright in the Australian Off Road Championships. In an outstanding effort, the youngster not only cracked the top ten but scored third outright in the testing Hedley conditions.

The water logged event was won by Daniel Sanders, with Tye Simmonds in second. Third place provided a career highlight for Snodgrass in a weekend that will no doubt mark a huge rise in confidence.

“That’s my best AORC finish by 10 positions, I’m pretty happy! I actually didn’t know where I was placed yesterday so it felt good when I figured out that I had finished third,” Snodgrass recalled. “I never expected an outright podium this weekend! The track suited me, but I just seemed to be having a lot of fun out there. The TE300 was awesome – we did that cross-country and it lasted through the sloppy mud and rain, and then finished out the sprints today! The confidence is rising in me, and I’m happy to be getting these results.”

The Australian Off Road Champions will continue in NSW on August 13-14.

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Ralston Experiences a Mixed Bag at Hedley http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/ralston-experiences-a-mixed-bag-at-hedley/17815.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:53:16 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17815 Beau Ralston had an up and down weekend at rounds seven and eight of the Australian Off Road Championships.

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Beau Ralston had an up and down weekend at rounds seven and eight of the Australian Off Road Championships.

By Hayden Gregory
Beau Ralston
Beau Ralston

The Activ8 Yamalube Yamaha rider attempted to endure the treacherous weather conditions on Saturday before mechanical issues forced him to withdraw from the race. It was later identified that an earlier crash had damaged his radiator causing overheating as fluid drained from the motor.

Thankfully the Activ8 team were able to fix the issue and have Ralston lining up for the sprint component on Sunday. Ralston managed the wet conditions well to finish fifth outright and third in class, a great response to Saturday’s disappointment.

“It was an up and down weekend for me,” Ralston said. “I’m not exactly sure what happened to the bike on Saturday but with all the mud and water it was tough on the machinery. Thankfully, the team did a great job in getting it running again and I was able to gain some valuable points on Sunday.

“It was tough riding out there and I’m glad we don’t have to do this every weekend,” he laughs.

Ralston’s DNF on Saturday has drastically affected his championship hopes yet he will look to regain lost ground as the series continues in NSW on August 13-14.

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Entries Open for AORC Rounds 9 and 10 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/entries-open-for-aorc-rounds-9-and-10/17809.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:48:57 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17809 With a successful Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship under the belt, we now move our attention to Rounds 9 & 10 only a few short weeks away at Monkerai in New South Wales this August 13-14.

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With a successful Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship under the belt, we now move our attention to Rounds 9 & 10 only a few short weeks away at Monkerai in New South Wales this August 13-14.

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Photo credit:  John Hamilton
Photo credit: John Hamilton

The AORC management team would like to advise competitors that entries are officially open and can be completed via www.raceentry.com.au.

Entries will close on Sunday 7th August 2016 at 5pm AEST.

Rounds 9 & 10 will see competitors take to another Cross Country race on Saturday August 13, and back to Sprints on Sunday August 14.

Supplementary Regulations for the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship can be viewed by clicking here.

For more information on the 2016 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship please head the AORC section of the MA website here,  like the AORC on Facebook and follow @aorc_ on Instagram to keep up to speed with all things Off-Road.

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KTM Enjoys AORC Clean Sweep http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/ktm-enjoys-aorc-clean-sweep/17805.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 01:09:40 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17805 The KTM Enduro Racing Team scored victory in all three capacity classes at Hedley.

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The KTM Enduro Racing Team scored victory in all three capacity classes at Hedley.

By Hayden Gregory
Daniel Sanders
Daniel Sanders

Rounds seven  and eight of the 2016 Australian Off-road Championships proved very successful for the KTM team. Tye Simmonds, Daniel Sanders and Jack Simpson all topped their respective classes despite the testing weather conditions.

Aboard his KTM 300EXC Daniel Sanders powered to victory in both the E2 class and the round overall.

“It was a good weekend,” Sanders shared. “I got to play in the mud and it was great. I’ve been racing there for five years now so I know the track pretty well, and the conditions are good when it’s wet, I enjoy it and I perform well. There was only one really wet section, the rest of the track was perfect. I had a bit of a scare off the start of the race, I went through that first lake and got blocked breather hose and the bike stopped. It  got going again and came back from 50 seconds behind and pulled through to first after three laps, then lead the rest of the race from there. Coming from South Oz where I injured my ankle and just had to push through and get as many points as I could, it’s good to put everything together and extend that points lead.”

In the E2 class Tye Simmonds claimed victory on both days while also finishing runner up behind Sanders in the overall.

“It was pretty treacherous this weekend. I’ve raced muddier races, but going across those flats through the water, your bike would be taking on that much water that it would nearly stop,” Simmonds said.

But we pulled through. It hailed four or five times during the race. At first you didn’t pay that much attention to it, but then you’d get to a couple of spots where the ground was just white with hail! It was pretty funny in the tight stuff but then you’d really know that it was hail when you got cracking along a big wide-open straight and just stung like all buggery! Pretty unusual. It felt like a roost but it was ice coming from the sky. It made for an adventure – it rained for an hour and a half to 2 hours of the race. For me it was survival mode all weekend really. Great to be leading E2 and second outright. Lachy and Hollis had bad runs this weekend, but I’ve had my turn already,” he finished.

Rookie of the team, Jack Simpson jumped in on the success snatching a pair of race wins in the E1 class.

Awesome, I’m ecstatic,” Simpson enthused. “I started off the cross country with an ordinary start, but I did 80% of my passing in the first two corners, and a couple of people crashed in front of me in the very early stages of the race. Then I was in third. I had a couple of crashes but I stayed there until I ended up getting pipped as I was stuck on the tyres, and that’s all she wrote!

“I love those conditions. The training grounds I’ve got are the same kind of textured dirt to what we were racing in. I was out Tuesday and Thursday in the rain riding my practice track because I knew the conditions were going to be like that. I live about 80k away – it’s the same soil! I’m fifth now, so that’s great – not bad for a novice off-road racer! The KTM 250 SX-F didn’t miss a beat, even through the lakes we had to ride through – aquaplaning through the swamp ground – not one fault. It was as tough as nails.”

KTM Enduro Racing Team Manager Ben Grabham was extremely impressed with all the riders and confident they can push on for class championships.

“It was a fantastic result for the whole team both in class and in the championship,” Grabham shared. “Daniel and Tye went 1-2 both days with Daniel topping both.

“The format was cross-country yesterday and sprint today. Yesterday saw some of the wildest and trickiest conditions I’ve ever seen in my days of racing, with hail, crazy winds, sun, sleet and pretty much anything you could think of. The KTM EXCs were amazing in conditions that a lot of other bikes suffered in.

“Chucky came from back to front on Saturday and Tye started well and looked solid all day. Those two boys pretty much gapped everyone else and had a clean run in pretty horrible conditions. Then did it all again today. So we’re looking pretty good now. Chucky’s got a pretty comfortable lead and Tye has moved into second outright and is also leading E2, so I couldn’t be happier. Full credit to everyone in the team this weekend, they were kept on their toes – you couldn’t put a foot wrong or you would have dramas,” Grabham finished.

 

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Metcalfe Climbs to Second place in Canadian Nationals http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/metcalfe-climbs-to-second-place-in-canadian-nationals/17801.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:49:12 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17801 The Australian rider finished runner up at round seven of the 2016 championship.

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The Australian rider finished runner up at round seven of the 2016 championship.

By Hayden Gregory
Brett Metcalfe
Brett Metcalfe

The Pleasant Valley National was dominated by KTM Canada Thor Racing’s Davi Millsaps. The championship leader extended his tally at the top with a clean sweep leading all but one lap of both motos.

In the opening race Brett Metcalfe scored the Royal Disturbing Holeshot before Millsaps worked his way to the front. The pair would comfortably lead the field and remain unchallenged to finish 1-2. Last start winner Matt Goerke would round out the top three.

Millsaps claimed the holeshot in moto two, before once again checking out on the field. Metcalfe claimed second with another good start while Tyler Medaglia finished in third.

The KTM rider would easily take out round honours ahead of Metcalfe (2-2) with Medaglia (4-3) beating Goerke onto the last step of the podium.

In championship standings, Millsaps has extended his lead to 35 points. Metcalfe has jumped Goerke into second place with the pair separated by just two points.

Round 8 of the 2016 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will take place next weekend, July 31st at the Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, New Brunswick.

MX1 Point Standings 2016

  1. Davi Millsaps (KTM) 379
    2. Brett Metcalfe (Yam) 344
    3. Matt Goerke (Yam) 342
    4. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 318
    5. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 297
    6. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 267
    7. Cade Clason (KTM) 262
    8. Tyler Medaglia (Hus) 259
    9. Keylan Meston (Yam) 214
    10. Morgan Burger (Yam) 213

 

 

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MXGP of Czech Republic Rider Quotes http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/mxgp-of-czech-republic-rider-quotes/17797.htm Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:21:02 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17797 Hear from the riders following round 13 of the MXGP World Championship.

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Hear from the riders following round 13 of the MXGP World Championship.

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Max Nagl: (1st in MXGP) “It was a great GP for us. Despite only having the 14th gate pick, I managed to get two great starts in the final motos. In the first race I quickly passed Gautier Paulin for the lead and started pushing hard as I knew Tim Gajser was following me. I wanted to avoid being passed by any means, so I gave it all to remain out front until the end. In the second race Tim got the lead right after the start and I was third behind Butron. I quickly passed him and started putting in fast laps to close the gap to Tim. My plan was to put pressure on him and that’s exactly what happened. He made a mistake a few laps before the end and when I got the lead I just went for it. Getting two race wins for my first overall victory this season is just great. It’s so good for the team and a great confidence booster for me as well. I want to enjoy the moment and this victory and I’m looking forward to the next GP in Lommel.”

Tim Gajser: (2nd in MXGP) “It has not been a bad weekend here. I am a bit disappointed not to take the win because until the end of the second race we had done enough to have taken the overall, but still we take a lot of important points which is good. In the second race I took the holeshot which was great so I’m really happy with the starts this weekend, and also the riding, but just five minutes to go I made a small mistake and was on the ground. Max passed me and I was trying to catch him back but started making more mistakes so I decided to settle for second place. The track today was really bumpy and sketchy, and the rain in the second race made it even harder. It really didn’t allow you to make a mistake and you had to respect it a lot, and maybe I was pushing too hard. But still I’m happy enough because we stood on the podium again.”

Romain Febvre: (3rd in MXGP) “For sure I am happy to be back on my YZ450FM and racing again. I was out for nearly one month to recover from my crash in England, and in that time I missed some training because it was not possible to get on the bike until I recovered completely. I was fine physically, but the reaction time between my vision and my brain needed rest and attention in order to come back. Now I am 100 percent and it’s very good to get this result today. The conditions here were very slippery, because this is hardpack and there was a little bit of rain today. Next week we go back to the heavy sand at Lommel and it will be a very differenty GP in Belgium.”

Clement Desalle: (4th in MXGP) “It is easy to explain how my weekend went; I had some bad starts, and then made many passes to come back in the top five with a third in the qualifying race, then a fifth and a fourth position in the GP motos. In the first race I made some good moves in the first corners to come back into the top ten, and never stop pushing to get a fifth at the end of the race. My start was a little bit better in the second race and I recovered to fourth to finish just off the podium. The final result is not so bad considering my position in the first corner. We did some testing during the summer break and I feel some improvements in the settings; I also know that I can continue to make more progress. Next weekend will be my home GP; it will be nice to see the fans, although it would be nice to go to some other place, even if I like riding in the sand.”

Jeremy Van Horebeek: (5th in MXGP) “I had one of my best starts of the season in the first moto. But in the second race I was 14th in the first lap, and with the humidity after three laps my goggles were fogged, so I rode in fifth and limited the risk. It’s a pity, but we are going in a good direction and it’s a good solid top five for the team.”

Jordi Tixier: (6th in MXGP) ” I am happy to get this good result; it shows that we’re doing a good job. I had a very good result in the timed practice period with a second position, so the speed is there even if I made some mistakes in the qualifying race. I never started in the top fifteen today and we need to work on that point, but then I was able to come back to eighth and sixth. In the first moto I couldn’t keep the rhythm in the last ten minutes and lost one position, but in the second race I was stronger; for sure the track was slippery after the rain, but here it’s not such a problem when it’s raining. Now we’ll move to Belgium; we’ve already been working with the team to prepare the bike for the sand.”

Antonio Cairoli: (7th in MXGP) “I was back on the KTM 350 SX-F after almost a year. The race didn’t go how I wanted for sure but we had a good feeling with the bike in the time practice. I was able to improve my speed from before and I felt better on the bike overall. But we messed up the starts because it was almost a year since I started on the 350. On this track if you have a bad start you don’t go anywhere. You could see that with Nagl. He wasn’t the fastest in practice but in the races he had two good starts and he won.” Cairoli also confirmed he is looking forward to racing at Lommel next weekend. Because he lives part of the time in Belgium, it is like a home race for him.”

Tommy Searle: (8th in MXGP) “We had no real break in the past month with the British championship races, and it’s been a long season as we’re now moving to Belgium. This weekend was a solid one for me with two top ten results, ninth in both races and qualification after a sixth position in the timed practice period. The starts were not too bad; I got good jumps out of the gate but in the first corner it was not easy to find the way. We all did the best we could and it’s been a while since I had such a consistent weekend. I made some good passes, and that’s never easy on this track; sometimes for sure I could pass sooner but the racing was very close and overall it was a good weekend.”

Kevin Strijbos: (10th in MXGP) “A decent day even if the result is not perhaps what we wanted. The motos were pretty much the same; my starts were not great and then it was hard to take positions up until the point where my arms started to get a bit tired. In the second moto someone hit me and bent the rear brake lever and I had to get used to that but it was OK once I adjusted. It is always hard to come back in the middle of the season and after injury but we made a step today and now have to look towards Lommel.”

Glenn Coldenhoff: (13th in MXGP) “I already had a good day yesterday. I pulled the holeshot in qualifying and was in second place for quite a while, then I started to come off my lines and I still finished fifth for a good starting position today. The first moto was okay. I rode well and I finished sixth so it was one of my better motos. I was seventh at the start of the second moto but then I crashed and hit the ground pretty hard. I had to fight back from dead last. This could have been a good GP but I’m looking forward to the sand next weekend at Lommel and I think we are well prepared.”

Dylan Ferrandis: (1st in MX2) “In the first moto I was second behind Jonass but he crashed, and I was able to make the gap with my rivals to win this moto; I just tried to save some energy for the second moto and that was necessary as my start was not as good as the first one. I had to fight with the guys to come back to the front of the pack; it was a nice battle even if this race was tough with the rain as we lost some traction. At the end of the moto Max Anstie was pushing really hard; he tried to make a move but finally crashed. That’s racing ! Of course it was a good weekend with two moto wins. Everyone in the team is happy and we are all rewarded for the hard work we have put in since the beginning of the season. But there is no time to celebrate this win; next weekend we have the most difficult race in the world with the GP at Lommel, and we’ll move to Belgium on Monday to prepare for this race.”

Jeremy Seewer: (2nd in MX2) “I’m pretty happy. I had a little bit of fear of pushing too hard today; Loket is a special track and you can very easily get things wrong and make a big mistake. The weather changed quite a bit and it was tricky out there. Anstie and Ferrandis just had that extra half a second a lap today but I’m quite pleased to make the podium again and take some good points. Anyway, onto the sand now!”

Max Anstie: (3rd in MX2) “It was a solid weekend for sure and we can be happy with it. All of my practise sessions and races were good and I felt pretty good on my bike. It was nice to get a podium result in this track, even though I know we could have done even better. In moto one I didn’t get a good start and had to battle through the pack for second. Then in moto two, Ferrandis and I had almost the same speed and it was really hard to make a pass on the track. I tried really hard to pass him for the overall win, but it didn’t end up so well. I’d used a lot of my energy trying to come forward in moto one so there was not much left in the tank. It’s just one of those things. We just have to make the best of it and go again next week. We’re now heading to Lommel. I really like the track and I won there the last two years, so It should be good.”

Benoit Paturel: (4th in MX2) “I spent a lot of energy in the first moto because I had a bad start. For sure I am happy with the result today, because after three weeks it’s easy to lose fitness and technique. With the team we are working very hard every week on the bike and the starts, and I think that next week in Lommel will be a hard race for everybody.”

Petar Petrov: (5th in MX2) “It’ been a while since I had a consistent weekend and that’s good to get a fifth overall here in Loket. During the summer break we did a lot of good work on the bike, and I also had time to recover from my injuries so we came here in better condition. We’re building up, injuries and everything are coming better and I felt good this weekend; when you have a few rounds without the results you expect it’s never easy to find back the confidence again but we did just that and we are top five again, where we were at the beginning of the season. It’s a positive weekend; we’ll continue to work and I know that Lommel could be a good opportunity for me to do even better.”

Thomas Covington: (8th in MX2) “It was a pretty difficult weekend, but I finally managed to figure things out in the second moto. In the first moto I got my bike spinning too much behind the gate so I ended up getting a really bad start. I started from the back of the pack and battled my way to 15th. Then in the second race I was second off the start and run up front with the top for most of the race before ending up fourth. I’m really happy with the second moto, as I showed that the speed is there to battle for the podium. Conditions were tough, the track was slippery and full of hard bumps. But we got things figured out in the second moto and hopefully we can keep the momentum going to Belgium.”

Conrad Mewse: (9th in MX2) “Overall, I’m satisfied with my performance. The times were pretty close at this track and there weren’t many places where you could make passes. I had a very good qualifying race on Saturday. I got a great start and battled with the top MX2 guys for fifth at the chequered flag. Then on Sunday my starts weren’t bad, but I felt a bit tired. I struggled with line choices and ended up getting two ninth places. I feel that I’m learning a lot every time out and it’s also very positive that I’m consistently getting top ten results now. It’s definitely a step forward compared to the start of the season and I’ll keep working hard to get even better. I’m really looking forward to the next round in Belgium and hopefully I can battle for two top five finishes.”

Brian Hsu: (12th in MX2) “I’m still struggling a little bit for the full motos so my goal was to come here and have fun and see where we could end up. The track was nice to ride; quite technical because you had to mix throttle control and technique.”

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Video: Thor MX | 2017 Product Launch http://www.dirtaction.com.au/videos/video-thor-mx-2017-product-launch/17794.htm Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:58:15 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17794 THOR MX is proud to introduce their 2017 collection, featuring two innovative new racewear lines, as well as a variety of hard goods and a full sportswear lineup.

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THOR MX is proud to introduce their 2017 collection, featuring two innovative new racewear lines, as well as a variety of hard goods and a full sportswear lineup.

 

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Video: Yamaha bLU cRU – 2016 Conondale MX Nationals http://www.dirtaction.com.au/videos/video-yamaha-blu-cru-2016-conondale-mx-nationals/17791.htm Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:47:53 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17791 Yamaha Racing turned in a red letter day at round seven of MX Nationals at Conondale with Yamaha supported riders winning all three championship classes.

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Yamaha Racing turned in a red letter day at round seven of MX Nationals at Conondale with Yamaha supported riders winning all three championship classes.

 

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Alex Martin Collects Washougal Overall http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/alex-martin-collects-washougal-overall/17786.htm Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:59:00 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=17786 Martin earned his second win for the 2016 season.

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Martin earned his second win for the 2016 season.

By Hayden Gregory
Alex Martin
Alex Martin | Photo credit: Cudby

The Yamalube Yamaha rider got 250 racing underway with his third consecutive holeshot ahead of Mitchell Harrison, Joey Savatgy and brother Jeremy. Harrison soon dropped off the pace leaving the top three to fight it out over the opening few laps.

At the halfway stage Alex Martin and Savatgy had built a ten second lead on the rest of the field and the Kawasaki rider mounted numerous attacks on Martin. Unable to make a pass stick, Savatgy was forced to settle for second with Martin taking the moto in a start to finish effort. Cooper Webb managed to score third place after a determined ride saw him rise from a 12th place start.

Moto two saw a much better start for Webb, scoring the holeshot ahead of Savatgy and rookie Austin Forkner. While tussling for position Webb and Savatgy came together, allowing Forkner to slip into the race lead.

The pair would once again come together this time stalling their motorcycles and creating a bottleneck for a number of riders. Webb and Jeremy Martin went down while Martin Davalos took advantage to move into second ahead of Jessy Nelson in third.

While mounting pressure on Forkner, Davalos hit the dirt giving some much needed breathing room to Forkner out front. The rookie would go on to secure his maiden moto victory ahead of a hard charging Alex Martin and Nelson in third. Webb would recover for sixth place with Savatgy never getting back in it at 11th.

A 1-2 scorecard handed Alex Martin comfortable victory in the overall, the second for his career.

“Hard pack conditions [like at Washougal] can be tough for me, so I’ve tried to train in California to help with that. I was pretty excited to get third holeshot and lead every lap. I had pressure from Joey [Savatgy] the whole time and I’ve been so close [to winning] all year, so it feels so good to get that out of the way,” said Martin. “I didn’t get a good start in the second moto but there was a little chaos and I was able to get through it in fourth. I had a battle with Jessy [Nelson] and got by him and then Martin [Davalos] had his problems, so we were able to get up to second and wrap up the overall.”

Austin Forkner secured a career best second overall with a 10-1 finish while Cooper Webb was able to rally for third (3-6). Webb continues to lead the 250 Championship on 372 points.

“We want to win and we weren’t close to that today, so that’s kind of a bummer. I didn’t get a good start in the first moto but I got back to third so I was happy with that,” said Webb. “In the second moto I got the holeshot but then we [Joey Savatgy and I] got tangled up. From there it was a mad dash to make up as many positions as we could, so that’s what I did. It was tough to charge on the track [in the second moto] so I’m happy with how far back I was able to get [in the running order].”

The 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take one more break before the last three rounds commence on August 13-14 in New York.

250 Class Championship Standings
1 Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 372
2 Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 321
3 Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 319
4 Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 317
5 Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 257
6 Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 253
7 Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 245
8 Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, Kawasaki – 190
9 Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 179
10 Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 169

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