Dirt Action http://www.dirtaction.com.au Motocross/Supercross/Trail/FMX/Enduro Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:08:38 +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 Tim Gajser to Return for SMX http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/tim-gajser-to-return-for-smx/18907.htm Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:08:38 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18907 The Slovenian rider missed the Motocross of Nations through injury but will be back on the bike for next weekend’s event. By Hayden Gregory Gajser was set to lineup for his country last weekend before a practice crash left him with bad bruising and damage to the muscles in his shoulder and hip. Medical staff...

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The Slovenian rider missed the Motocross of Nations through injury but will be back on the bike for next weekend’s event.

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By Hayden Gregory

Gajser was set to lineup for his country last weekend before a practice crash left him with bad bruising and damage to the muscles in his shoulder and hip. Medical staff advised Gajser to shift his focus to the SMX and Monster Energy Cup rather than place any more stress on his injuries at Maggiora.

“We were speaking in Glen Helen about testing the new bike before Maggiora, and with Honda and HRC we worked together to make the test happen in Slovenia on my track last week. I really like the new bike and the test on Wednesday was going well and we’d decided that I was going to race it at the MX of Nations. But then in the whoops I made a little mistake and got sideways and crashed. Actually the crash wasn’t so big, but I hit the ground really hard with the whole right side of my body.

“I had a lot of bad bruising and some damage to the muscles in my shoulder and my hip. Because of that, we received medical advice that we couldn’t go to Maggiora in order to try and be ready instead to come back for SMX and Monster Cup because they were the main goals.

“It was a tough decision to have to miss the Nations, but in the end I think we made the right choice because in the week since the crash already I’ve had some rest and my body is starting to recover. This week I’ve started cycling again and working back towards fitness for SMX. Because a lot of the injury was muscular I think I will still feel some pain there next weekend, but I’m sure it will be ok.

“So I’m very happy to confirm that I will compete at SMX and at the Monster Cup, and I will ride the 2017 Honda CRF at both events too, so I’m very excited to get behind the gate again!”

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Video: The Neighborhood Starring Robbie Maddison http://www.dirtaction.com.au/videos/video-the-neighborhood-starring-robbie-maddison-2/18905.htm Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:26:02 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18905 Motorcycle Daredevil and Stuntman Robbie Maddison takes a new 2017 KTM 250 SX for an unexpected ride. Guest Appearances by Grant Langston, Jimmy Fitzpatrick & Ronnie Faisst. Produced by Robbie Maddison Entertainment Inc. (RME)

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Motorcycle Daredevil and Stuntman Robbie Maddison takes a new 2017 KTM 250 SX for an unexpected ride.

Guest Appearances by Grant Langston, Jimmy Fitzpatrick & Ronnie Faisst. Produced by Robbie Maddison Entertainment Inc. (RME)

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Matterley Basin to Host 2017 MXoN http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/matterley-basin-to-host-2017-mxon/18884.htm Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:51:42 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18884 The British circuit has been named as a replacement for Glen Helen. By Hayden Gregory Following news yesterday that Glen Helen track owners and organisers had decided to part way for next year’s event, a new host has been announced. Matterley Basin has previously held a successful Motocross of Nations event and regularly pulls large crowd...

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The British circuit has been named as a replacement for Glen Helen.

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By Hayden Gregory

Following news yesterday that Glen Helen track owners and organisers had decided to part way for next year’s event, a new host has been announced. Matterley Basin has previously held a successful Motocross of Nations event and regularly pulls large crowd figures as a fixture on the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Youthstream will continue to explore the possibility of hosting the event in the United States in years to come.

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Heats wrap up, and finals roar to life at KTM AJMX http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/heats-wrap-up-and-finals-roar-to-life-at-ktm-ajmx/18881.htm Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:28:49 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18881 After a huge number of the last heat races today, eight classes took part in finals this afternoon, with a handful of competitors edging closer to a 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship. Press Release Despite the threat of storms, the weather held off at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club in Renmark, allowing competitors the...

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After a huge number of the last heat races today, eight classes took part in finals this afternoon, with a handful of competitors edging closer to a 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship.

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Despite the threat of storms, the weather held off at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club in Renmark, allowing competitors the opportunity to continue with racing, keeping the brave spectators entertained up until 5:00pm.

With all heats now completed, nearly all classes will have full grids for finals, meaning following the trend this afternoon, the next two days are sure to be action packed.

100-150cc/128-250cc 12-U16 Years Female – Final 3

The ladies headed out for the third final on their 250cc machines late this afternoon, and the track was a stark comparison to what riders had experienced in the morning. With the surface wet and tacky, Tahlia O’Hare once again showed her skill on the varying surface, moving straight in to the race lead where she stayed for the entire moto.

Emilee McPherson put in one of her most impressive rides so far this week, steering her Honda machine to second position. Layla Norton also put in a consistent race, wrapping up the third final in third.

Unfortunately for Tanesha Harnett who has been one of the most competitive riders so far this week, a crash in the back section of the track forced her to drop positions, eventually crossing the line in 10th place.

128-150cc/200-250cc 13-U15 Years – Final 4

When the 13-U15 Years riders on the 250cc machines headed out for their fourth final this afternoon, once again it was on for young and old. Mason Semmens launched off the start and in to the race lead, however on the first lap, the KTM rider went down, handing the top position to Rhys Budd.

Just back from Budd in second position was John Bova, while Regan Duffy maintained third position ahead of Levi Rogers.

As the fourth final went on, the only change to positions came when KTM’s Duffy made a pass on Bova for second position. And it was in that order that the top three riders finished. Budd taking the victory from Duffy in second, while Bova wrapped up the fourth final in third.

Despite going down on lap one, Semmens clawed his way back to fourth place by the conclusion of the moto, ahead of Rogers in fifth.

50cc 7-U9 Years – Final 1

The youngest competitors of this year’s KTM AJMX got to head out for their first final this afternoon, and like clockwork, the minute the gates dropped, the rain started, making their jobs slightly trickier.

Despite the rain, Ky Woods had no problems in navigating the ruts and bumps, moving in to the race lead after only one lap ahead of Kayden Minear and Kayd Kingsford.

But only one lap later, Minear made the pass on Woods for the lead, relegating the youngster back to second position.

Thankfully for Minear, it was in the top spot that he stayed for the remainder of the moto. Woods crossed the line in second place, followed by Jett Williams who wrapped up his first final at Renmark in third. Heath Fisher concluded the race in fourth, while despite holding third position for a period of time, Kingsford wrapped up the first final in fifth.

85cc/150cc 12-U16 Years Female – Final 4

In the fourth 85cc/150cc final for the girls this afternoon, it was once again a familiar sight with the 625 Western Australian machine of Tahlia O’Hare out in front from the minute the gate dropped.

With O’Hare out in front with more than a 44 second lead, Madison Healey and Tanesha Harnett commenced their battle for second position, and by lap five, despite Harnett crashing in one of her earlier races, the number 2 rider made the pass for second position.

From that point, there was no change to positions, with O’Hare taking a confidence boosting victory. Harnett crossed the line in second position, while Healey wrapped up the fourth final in third.

65cc 9-U11 Years – Final 1

After plenty of action throughout the heat races for the 65cc 9-U11 years class, when bikes hit the track for their first final of the week, spectators watched on with anticipation to see where each rider would fit in.

An incredible 40 riders headed out to race this afternoon, but it was Noah Smerdon who fought off tough competition throughout the seven-minute moto, to eventually cross the line with the first final victory.

With Smerdon taking the win, second place was snatched up by Ryder Kingsford who fought off William Kennedy for the full duration of the race. Fourth place was taken by Jett Burgess-Stevens, while Jake Snow crossed the finish line in fifth.

85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years – Final 4

The fourth final for the 85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years class allowed Husqvarna’s Bailey Malkiewicz to return to his winning ways.

Malkiewicz led from the minute the gate dropped, taking a completely unchallenged victory. Behind him, Tyler Darby and John Bova battled for a period of time for second position, however when the chequered flag flew, it was Darby who crossed the line with a second placing.

Bova wrapped up his fourth 85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years class final in third position, ahead of Michael Murphy and Ryan Morgan who collected the chequered flag in fourth and fifth places respectively.

65cc 11 Years – Final 4

The older 65cc riders got to head out for their fourth final late this afternoon, and by the time bikes hit the track, the wind had picked up, the temperature had dropped, and kids were forced to contend with the elements, as well as put the results on the board.

Myles Gilmore raced to one of his best finishes of the week in the fourth final, surviving the deteriorating track conditions, to collect the race victory after five laps.

Liam Atkinson remained consistent throughout the moto to finish in an impressive second position, while Zachary Watson crossed the finish line in third. Both Deegan Mancinelli and Angus Riordan concluded their fourth final in fourth and fifth places respectively.

65cc 7-U9 Years – Final 1

The 65cc 7-U9 Years riders were the last competitors to hit the track for a final this afternoon, and with a storm looming in the distance, the class were eager to get their race wrapped up before the rain set in.

Once again it was Kayden Minear and Jet Alsop who launched off the start and in to positions one and two, keeping spectators guessing as to who would be able to withstand the demanding track.

But unfortunately for Alsop, a crash in the back section of the track cost him positions, and allowed Minear to accelerate away. With Alsop out of the top three, Cole Davies managed to inherit second position, while Ky Woods held down third.

And it was in those positions that the 65cc 7-U9 Years riders finished. Minear collecting yet another race win, while Davies crossed the line in second, followed by Woods in third. Liam Owens wrapped up his first 65cc final in fourth, while  Alsop recovered from his earlier crash to finish in fifth.

Finals action for the 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross competitors will continue tomorrow at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club at Renmark in South Australia.

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Chad Reed’s Hero Homecoming http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/chad-reeds-hero-homecoming/18878.htm Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:22:36 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18878 Dunlop and 360fly return as AUS-X Open official partners. Press Release An incredible and unique insight into the mind and future of Australia’s greatest supercross rider of all time, Chad Reed has been released in conjunction with the announcement of major partnership renewals between the AUS-X Open, Dunlop and 360fly; each returning as the Official...

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Dunlop and 360fly return as AUS-X Open official partners.

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An incredible and unique insight into the mind and future of Australia’s greatest supercross rider of all time, Chad Reed has been released in conjunction with the announcement of major partnership renewals between the AUS-X Open, Dunlop and 360fly; each returning as the Official Tyre and Official Camera partner’s respectively, for the event’s second running at Qudos Bank Arena, in Sydney, on November 12 and 13.

The video (link below) shows the sporting icon from Kurri Kurri, in NSW in one of his most candid and relaxed interviews ever, speaking about his secret to remaining competitive at 34 years of age and his future in the sport in which he has been so successful on the international stage for well over a decade.

Returning as the ‘Official Tyre’ partner of the AUS-X Open; Dunlop have already achieved tremendous success domestically in 2016, after capturing all three of the major MX Nationals (Australian Motocross) Championships through their supported race teams.

For the AUS-X Open event on November 12 and 13, Dunlop will also provide traction to four-time World Supercross Champion – Ryan Villopoto, two-time World Supercross Champion – Chad Reed, and the 2016 AMA Motocross 250cc National Champion – Cooper Webb.

Sabastian Mincone – Dunlop Motorcycle Motorsport Manager, is excited about the partnership for 2016.

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the AUS-X Open and to showcase Australian racing on the global stage. Dunlop supported the AUS-X Open in the event’s first year, and jumped at the opportunity to continue the partnership for 2016.

Being a large global brand, Dunlop identifies key international races to support, and the AUS-X Open has proven that it is a world-class event, attracting some of the sport’s biggest names.

This year, we welcome a wave of Dunlop athletes to the AUS-X Open, with 10 x AMA SX/MX Champion – Ryan Villopoto, two-time World Supercross Champion – Chad Reed, and 2016 AMA Motocross Champion, Cooper Webb all in attendance. Alongside these guys will also be our domestic line up of talent, including 2015 SX1 Champion – Dan Reardon.”

After capturing and broadcasting some astonishing content of the event in 2015, the AUS-X Open is extremely excited to continue a partnership with the revolutionary camera brand, 360fly again in 2016.

CEO of Riise PTY LTD – Jason Haynes, is thrilled to be partnered with the AUS-X Open in 2016, and is excited for what is set to be a world-class event.

“360fly is excited to again be partnering with the AUS-X Open in 2016. 360fly is leading the market in 360 consumer cameras and software applications so to align with the innovative AUS-X Open event again for the second year in a row was a perfect fit for the brand,” commented Haynes.

“360fly 4K camera enables consumers to capture in both immersive 360 and standard point of view via then easily edited and shared direct from your mobile phone to social media, missing nothing in the process.

360fly has been a big supporter of motorsport from the start with ambassadors including Australia’s very own Chad Reed, 3-time World MotoGP Champion – Jorge Lorenzo and 6-time Supercars Champion – Jamie Whincup.”

To celebrate the partnership announcements, an amazing new video featuring exclusive vision and an incredible and candid interview with Aussie favourite Chad Reed at his stunning private facility in Dade City, Florida, has been released the above video.

“We are of course absolutely wrapped to have incredible and international brands like Dunlop and 360fly back along side us for this year’s AUS-X Open. Both are as committed to innovation and developing their respective products as we are. The fact that we can announce them along with the release of an amazing video of Chad Reed, whom they both partner with, is the icing on the cake!” – Event Director Adam Bailey

The AUS-X Open is the largest and most prestigious action sports event in the Southern Hemisphere. Featuring the world’s best supercross riders going up against Australia’s best, the world’s best in the Monster Energy FMX Best-Trick competition, live DJ performances by Brooke Evers and much, much more.

The AUS-X Open kicks off at Qudos Bank Arena (formerly AllPhones) on November 12 & 13. Tickets start at $40 and are selling fast, get your tickets now via Ticketek.

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Junior Riders Celebrate More Race Wins at KTM AJMX http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/junior-riders-celebrate-more-race-wins-at-ktm-ajmx/18870.htm Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:20:30 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18870 The 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship continued with hundreds of kids heading out to race again this morning – day four getting started with a bang at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club at Renmark. Press Release With heats and more finals races on track, riders continued to navigate the tricky circuit, with a handful...

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The 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship continued with hundreds of kids heading out to race again this morning – day four getting started with a bang at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club at Renmark.

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Press Release

With heats and more finals races on track, riders continued to navigate the tricky circuit, with a handful of competitors finishing this morning’s events with reason to celebrate after taking further race wins.

128-150cc/200-250cc 15 Years – Heats 3&4

The premier 250cc class were the first bikes to head out on the freshly prepared Riverland circuit for their third heat this morning, and for the first time this week it was Yamaha mounted Cody Dyce who snatched up the race lead ahead of Riley Dukes and Honda’s Trent Collins.

From there, the top three riders checked out on fourth placed Brodie Ellis, and the battle for the number one spot unfolded. After only a few turns, Dukes made the pass on Dyce for the lead, but on the same lap Dyce reclaimed his position, leaving Collins and Dukes to go bar to bar for second position.

As the ten-minute race progressed, Dyce stretched out his lead on Dukes, while Collins dropped off the pace slightly back in third position. But it was all about Dyce this morning, who cruised to his first race win of the AJMX ahead of Dukes and Collins who wrapped up this morning’s third heat in second and third positions.

Heat four was unfortunately red flagged due to a rider crashing immediately off the start. When the race was restarted BCP Honda’s Taj Marshall secured the hole shot, but after only two turns a bunch of riders went down, including the race leader.

With Marshall out of the picture, Husqvarna’s Callum Norton inherited the race lead ahead of Liam Walsh and Jy Roberts, but with Norton stretching out the gap on second place to more than 13 seconds, no one could get near the Husqvarna rider.

The attention then shifted to the positions behind Norton, and with the likes of Caleb Grothues and Michael Driscoll back in fourth and sixth places, heat four was a dash to the finish line.

But the man of the moment was Norton who took the race victory by 26 seconds, while Walsh crossed the line in third, followed by Grothues who put in a last lap charge to finish in third.

128-150cc/200-250cc 13-U15 Years – Final 3

The younger 250cc class headed out for their third final immediately after the older category, and much like the race before them, when bikes hit the track it was just as exciting. KTM took positions one two and three after the first lap, with Mason Semmens, Rhys Budd and Levi Lane all within just a few seconds of each other.

From there, Semmens stretched out his lead throughout the ten-minute moto to a huge 14 seconds, while Budd also separated himself from third placed Korey McMahon.

And it was in those positions that the 128-150cc/200-250cc 13-U15 Years class finished in, with Semmens collecting yet another race victory from Budd in second, while McMahon wrapped up the third final in third. Regan Duffy and John Bova finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.

50cc 7-U9 Years – Heats 5&6

The fifth and sixth heats for the littlies of the KTM AJMX took place at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club this morning and once again young Kayd Kingsford showcased his skill on his KTM machine, taking the holeshot and moving straight in to the race lead.

With the track forming up to be rough and bumpy today, the 50cc competitors did well to steer their bikes around the circuit, and Kingsford, as well as second and third placed riders Koby Hantis and Oliver Paterno showed plenty of skill throughout the seven-minute race, all finishing in those respective positions when the chequered flag flew.

In the sixth heat, young Jake Cannon shot off in to the lead ahead of Jett Williams with the pair putting significant distance between themselves and Ky Woods. But Kayden Minear was determined to get to the front, and with only a few laps left, moved in to the top spot.

And when the chequered flag flew, it was Minear who secured the race win from Cannon who crossed the line in second while Ky Woods wrapped up heat six in third.

85cc/150cc 12 – U16 Years Female – Final 3

When the girls returned to the track for their third 85cc/150cc 12 – U16 Years final, spectators eagerly watched on to see the battle between Tanesha Harnett and Tahlia O’Hare unfold.

But it was O’Hare who shot out of her gate and in to the race lead ahead of Ebony Harris and Harnett. Soon after lap two, Madison Healey joined the party at the front in fourth position, with the top four riders all within a bikes length of each other.

As the third final progressed there was no change to positions, with O’Hare crossing the line victorious ahead of Harris and Harnett, while Healey and Hayley Miller wrapped up their third final in fourth and fifth places respectively.

65cc 9-U11 Years – Heats 5&6

The 444 KTM machine of Noah Smerdon was once again impressive in the fifth heat race for the 65cc 9-U11 Years class this morning. The young rider who was donning all black gear, led from the minute the gate dropped to the chequered flag.

Jake Snow finished in second position ahead of Rylan Gray, while Kobe Drew and Braden Plath wrapped up heat five in fourth and fifth places respectively.

In the sixth heat for the 65cc 9-U11 Years class, Ryder Kingsford followed the trend of the race prior, riding smart and consistent from the minute the gate dropped to the chequered flag.

William Kennedy wrapped up the seven-minute heat race in second position ahead of closest competitor Connor Towill in third. Tyler Collins, and Brenton Wilson both crossed the line in positions four and five.

85cc/150cc 14 – U16 Years – Final 3

The third final for the 85cc/150cc 14 – U16 Years category was drama filled to say the least. Bailey Malkeiwicz, had a brief battle with Tyler Darby in the opening stages of the moto and with an eight second lead, looked as if he would breeze to victory.

But on the final two laps, Malkeiwicz lost power to his Husqvarna machine, handing the lead over to John Bova, while Darby slotted back in to second position.

With obvious bike issues, Malkeiwicz nursed his machine throughout the final lap, however continued to lose positions.

And when the chequered flag flew, it was Bova who took the third final win, while Darby crossed the finish line in second position. Unfortunately for Malkeiwicz the final lap saw him drop further places, limping across the line in eighth, while Joshua Zorbas snatched up third.

65cc 11 Years – Final 3

In the third final for the 65cc 11 years’ class, Zachary Watson was once again impressive, edging out some of the toughest competitors in this year’s championships to take a confidence boosting final race win.

Deegan Mancinelli also remained consistent in his 65cc final, holding on to position two from the minute the gate dropped, to the chequered flag. Third place was taken by Angus Riordan, while Myles Gilmore and Jackson Camilleri crossed the line in fourth and fifth places.

Racing for the 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross competitors will continue this afternoon at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club at Renmark in South Australia.

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2017 Motocross of Nations at Glen Helen Cancelled http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/2017-motocross-of-nations-at-glen-helen-cancelled/18866.htm Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:19:43 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18866 Youthstream President, Mr Giuseppe Luongo has announced that the track will no longer host next year’s event. By Hayden Gregory A press release by Youthstream has identified that both series promoters and track owners have made a mutual agreement to change locations. There was a speculated concern for spectator numbers given the poor showing at...

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Youthstream President, Mr Giuseppe Luongo has announced that the track will no longer host next year’s event.

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By Hayden Gregory

A press release by Youthstream has identified that both series promoters and track owners have made a mutual agreement to change locations. There was a speculated concern for spectator numbers given the poor showing at the track for the Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship held the last two years.

The news comes in wake up a very successful 2016 campaign held in Maggiora, Italy. At this stage a replacement venue has not been announced, however Great Britain’s Matterley Basin has been thrown in the mix.

The full press release can be seen below:

Youthstream Press Release

Mr Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, and Mr Bud Felkamp, President of the Glen Helen Raceway, had a meeting at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Maggiora and in common agreement they have decided to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Glen Helen in 2017.

Glen Helen Raceway and Youthstream have worked in close cooperation over the last 2 years and both entities have invested serious funds for the organization of the MXGP of USA but despite the quality of the organization, the excellent racing and the massive media coverage the fan attendance was much lower than expected and also much lower than what this event deserves.

For such a prestigious event which deserves and needs an outstanding fan participation the risk is too high, and this is the main reason why it has been decided in common agreement to not organize the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in 2017 in Glen Helen. If the situation changes in the future both parties would be keen to work together again.

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Husqvarna and Billy Take a NSW Junior Title Hatrick http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/httpswww-yhttpswww-youtube-comwatchv9pes7hhwzmkoutube-comwatchv9pes7hhwzmk/18862.htm Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:04:31 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18862 Husqvarna Factory Support rider Billy Van Eerde claimed a spectacular hat-trick of NSW Junior Dirt Track championships as the titles were decided at Gosford over the weekend. Press Release The exciting Singleton-based 14-year-old won state titles on both his FC250 and TC125 Husqvarnas, clinching the Combined, 250cc and 125cc categories. The result was made all...

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Husqvarna Factory Support rider Billy Van Eerde claimed a spectacular hat-trick of NSW Junior Dirt Track championships as the titles were decided at Gosford over the weekend.

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The exciting Singleton-based 14-year-old won state titles on both his FC250 and TC125 Husqvarnas, clinching the Combined, 250cc and 125cc categories.

The result was made all the more impressive by the fact that Van Eerde, who qualified at the top of all three classes, found himself struggling with starts on the day and was forced to pass to earn the lead in each case.

Van Eerde’s biggest margin came in the combined 100-150 2T & 250 4T 13-U16 Division, when he defeated Jack Hyde by 1.064 with Max Whale third.

Hopping aboard his two-stroke TC125, Van Eerde won the 150cc 2T class from Cyshan Weale by 0.726, with Bailey Spencer third.

Van Eerde’s last-corner victory in the 250cc 4st class was the tightest result of the day for the Husqvarna pilot, with a margin of 0.432 over Max Whale, with Jack Hyde third.

It’s definitely been my best meeting all year,” Van Eerde shared. “My bikes felt the best they have yet, getting drive where I needed to – I loved them. I had to come from behind in all my races, so I feel pretty good about that. I was getting pretty bad starts all weekend – some weekends I get good starts and others not. Sometimes I’d be like eighth into the corner or if I was lucky I might be as high as second.

“In the 125 final I got to first by the end of the second lap, and had a good battle for the first two laps. In the combined final I was 7th or 8th in the first corner, and came through the pack battling with Max Whale, Mack Childs and all that, it was good fun. I got to first on the last lap.

“In the 250 final, I got to second in the first corner, behind Max Whale, and he was leading me the whole race, then in the last corner I dived up the inside than on it. I got a good run out of the corner and he went a bit wide, we were like going into the last corner looking at each other, I out-braked him a bit but he tried to cut up the inside, but I just held it flat and came out first. We have good fun racing each other, it’s like that every weekend.”

Melbourne rider Max Berry rode his Moto GC-backed TC85 to third place in the 85-150cc 11-13 years class, while Hayden Nelson rode his Husqvarna to third in the 65cc 7-9 years.

Billy Van Eerde’s three NSW Junior titles complement the two New South Wales senior championships he won back in June.

Husqvarna Dirt Track Team Manager Paul Caslick was full of praise for the youngster’s efforts.

“To win one state title on the day is a big effort, to win three – the kid’s talent is just incredible,” Caslick said. “Somersby’s not a difficult track to pass on, but when you’ve got other kids in the field that are as quick as what they are, he just found something above them. His racecraft is exceptional, the things that the kid sees, and having the ability that he has got to put it all together and come through from bad gates. Most riders when they get a bad gate, drop their bundle, but he’s just lifted. He is also maturing in his strength, he still little, but he’s not tiny anymore. And I think that’s helping him to muscle the bike around.”

The Queensland -born racer will shoot for more state title glory when he returns to his home city of Townsville next weekend for the Queensland dirt track and long track titles.
200-250cc 4st 13-U16yrs Result:
1. Billy Van Eerde 1:25.033, 2. Max Whale 0.432, 3. Jack Hyde 1.452

100-150cc 2st 13-U16yr Result:
1. Billy Van Eerde 1:26.403, 2. Cyshan Weale 0.726, 3. Bailey Spencer 1.510

100-150 2st & 200-250 4st 13-U16yr:
Billy Van Eerde 1:25.781, 2. Jack Hyde 1.064, 3. Max Whale 1.128

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Stanford Secures Husqvarna Sprint Series http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/stanford-secures-husqvarna-sprint-series/18859.htm Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:44:39 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18859 Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team rider Lachy Stanford added the Husqvarna Sprint Series title to what has been his most successful season to date. Press Release Switching to his Husqvarna FE 250 in preparation for a berth on the quarter-litre bike at this year’s International Six-Day Enduro, Stanford remained unstoppable, winning both Saturday and Sunday rounds...

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Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team rider Lachy Stanford added the Husqvarna Sprint Series title to what has been his most successful season to date.

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Switching to his Husqvarna FE 250 in preparation for a berth on the quarter-litre bike at this year’s International Six-Day Enduro, Stanford remained unstoppable, winning both Saturday and Sunday rounds outright.

“I’ve been practising on a 2016 FC 250 and it’s been going really well,” Stanford said. “I’ve been on it since pretty much the last off-road finished, and it’s been really fun to get back on a small bike. Apart from the Italy 6-day, I hadn’t raced a 250 since 2009. I’m really gelling with it, I just have to remind myself I have to rev it all the time, just coming down an extra couple of gears into corners and staying aggressive. I think it’s going to help me for the four-day actually, because it really builds your aggression and urgency.

“Occasionally I try to ride it like the 500 and roll through the turns, but it doesn’t work, you’ve got to power really early, so that makes it fun. I’m really enjoying it; I can’t get over how fast it is. I was getting comments all weekend, people thought it was pretty worked but it was actually a dead stock bike – so that was pretty cool, the bike is that awesome out-of-the-box!

 “I enjoyed it, they were super long tests, on Saturday the loop was about 17 minutes and we ended up doing six or seven of them, so it was pretty tough. The tracks were pretty fast, and considering I was on the 250F and Fraser was on a 125, we both did pretty well. The Sunday loop was about 14 minutes, and we did about six laps. So there was a lot of racing, which was good coming into next week with the Six-Day. It was a great series with a big turnout, so I hope Husqvarna can keep pushing it and supporting it.”

Sixteen-year-old Husqvarna Factory Support racer Fraser Higlett made it two Husqvarnas on the podium both days, revving his little Husqvarna TC125 to third on both occasions, behind Tom McCormack.

The win is Stanford’s third Husqvarna Sprint series victory in four years, and compliments the fourth consecutive Queensland enduro championship title he won earlier this year, and career-high fourth place in the outright standings of the AORC.

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Grabham Crowned NSW Off-Road Champion http://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/grabham-crowned-nsw-off-road-champion/18856.htm Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:35:28 +0000 http://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=18856 The Husqvarna rider has been the most successful rider spanning multiple disciplines at state level. By Hayden Gregory Broc Grabham clinched the title following a late season run of form which saw him finish seventh in the AORC series, and third overall in the E2 class. The 22 year old made his first top five...

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The Husqvarna rider has been the most successful rider spanning multiple disciplines at state level.

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By Hayden Gregory

Broc Grabham clinched the title following a late season run of form which saw him finish seventh in the AORC series, and third overall in the E2 class. The 22 year old made his first top five at round nine before cracking the podium in round ten.

Grabham was also a top performer across Sprint, Enduro X and Cross-Country competitions.

“This is awesome!” Kearney exclaimed. “I was really surprised. Going in I knew I would be top three, but I didn’t expect to win it. Finishing 1-1 at the Enduro-X round against Kearney was where everything started going good for me. I picked up a lot of confidence and speed and carried it on from there.

“It was really close between me, Kearney and Beau in that final weekend, and being the young guy and the least experienced of all of them, I thought the pressure might get to me a little bit going in, but I was able to beat them both on the last day to wrap up the New South Wales championship. Going into the final round Kearney was in the lead, then Beau had the lead after Saturday’s cross-country, and finishing third outright on the Sunday meant that I ended up winning it, so that was awesome!”

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