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BRETT METCALFE JOINS MEGA BULK FUELS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI RACING TEAM https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/brett-metcalfe-joins-mega-bulk-fuels-monster-energy-kawasaki-racing-team/22904.htm Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:44:12 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22904 Brett Metcalfe has signed up with the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team and will take on the second half of the 2017 MX Nationals series with his factory Kawasaki KX450F. The proven motocross veteran is confident that he will maximise on the new partnership to deliver podium level results saying, “Signing up...

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Brett Metcalfe has signed up with the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team and will take on the second half of the 2017 MX Nationals series with his factory Kawasaki KX450F.

The proven motocross veteran is confident that he will maximise on the new partnership to deliver podium level results saying, “Signing up with the team gives me an opportunity to continue racing in Australia as I planned and to finish the series out with a professional race team. Troy has been running an awesome team for a long time, he knows what it takes so to have the support of Kawasaki, MEGA Bulk Fuels, Monster Energy and the rest of the sponsors is a very good feeling.”

Metcalfe joins the team currently in 9th place on this year’s MX Nationals leader board and with a podium to his name courtesy of a third place overall result at the last round in Murray Bridge.

“For me to jump onto this ride when this opportunity came up was a good fit. We were both half way through the season and I needed a ride so it matched up very well!” said the 33 year old from Mannum in South Australia who has seen his fair share of success with Kawasaki machinery throughout his professional racing career.

“I raced a Kawasaki from 2013 to 2015 and I also rode for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit team in the U.S. for two years (2007 – 2008), so I’m familiar with the Kawasaki brand and some of the sponsors. I’ve lived in California for the last 14 years, racing AMA then Canada to race in the Nationals and I decided I wanted to push to come down to Australia and potentially ride my remaining years here.”

Brett Metcalfe is yet to experience the latest iteration of the lighter, faster and more powerful KX450F, with formal training scheduled to begin right away.

“I haven’t ridden the current KX450F model so I’m excited to learn about the improvements and how they are going to benefit me. The challenge will be getting up to race speed as quick as we can and from there we will contend for race wins. In that sense the competition has some momentum under their wings and I’ll be playing catch up, but I’ll have a professional race team behind me so I’m confident that I will pull some good results by the end of the season.”

Brett Metcalfe will ride his KX450F alongside teammate, Nathan Crawford who has established himself as the quickest rookie MX1 rider in the paddock. Team Manager, Troy Carroll is delighted with the team’s newest acquisition saying “It is fantastic to bring a rider like Brett Metcalfe to the team and we are looking forward to securing the results that the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team deserves. With Brett’s experience and the history he has had with Kawasaki in United States, we are sure he will be achieving big things with us in the last five rounds of the outdoor (motocross) series this year.”

Brett Metcalfe will make his MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team debut at the next round on the 2017 MX Nationals Calendar (round 6) to be held in Nowra, NSW on 2nd July.

 

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PHOTO GALLERY: RED BULL SCRAMBLE ERZBERG RODEO https://www.dirtaction.com.au/photos/photo-gallery-red-bull-scramble-erzberg-rodeo/22899.htm Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:43:25 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22899 Photo: Red Bull Content Pool  

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VIDEO: FINKE DESERT RACE WINNER DAYMON STOKIE’S PROLOGUE LAP https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/videos/video-finke-desert-race-winner-daymon-stokies-prologue-lap/22894.htm Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:23:06 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22894 Ride along with Finke Desert Race winner Daymon Stokie for his insane prologue lap. His Active8 Yamaha WR500F is an absolute missile! Footage by Ben McNulty/6HD

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Ride along with Finke Desert Race winner Daymon Stokie for his insane prologue lap. His Active8 Yamaha WR500F is an absolute missile!

Footage by Ben McNulty/6HD

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Gomez conquers Erzberg Red Bull Hare Scramble https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/22850/22850.htm Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:46:16 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22850   They were 500 riders on the start line on Sunday, but only 25 managed to finish the motorcycle event within the four-hour time window. Alfredo Gomez came out on top, racing in a record time of just 2 hours and 17 seconds. Every year, Red Bull Hare Scramble puts the world’s best riders to the...

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They were 500 riders on the start line on Sunday, but only 25 managed to finish the motorcycle event within the four-hour time window. Alfredo Gomez came out on top, racing in a record time of just 2 hours and 17 seconds.

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Every year, Red Bull Hare Scramble puts the world’s best riders to the test like no other race on the Enduro calendar. It offers steep climbs, scree fields and forest stages; all paced by infamous Machine, Bathtub, Carl’s Dinner, Green Hell and Dynamite sections.

Shortly after the start, three-time Erzberg winner Jonny Walker (GBR) took the lead ahead of Wade Young (RSA), Cody Webb (USA) and Billy Bolt (GBR). But Gomez quickly appeared on Walker’s heels followed by Webb and Bolt, while Young fell back into fifth.

At the Carl‘s Dinner section, Gomez finally overtook Walker. Last year’s winner Graham Jarvis (GBR) also came back charging, leaving Walker in his dust. But Gomez kept on building his lead. Jarvis tried to defend his title, but Gomez was just too strong and after 2 hours and 17 minutes, the Spaniard reached the Erzberg Rodeo Arena in first. The chequered flag was waved, crowds cheered, and Gomez enjoyed his second triumph here, two years after his first win in 2015. Thanks to a sensational comeback,

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Jarvis crossed the line in second place 3 minutes and 22 seconds later. Webb took third to complete the podium.

 “The test rides really paid off, I am super happy about my win! I’d like to dedicate this win to my parents, who sadly couldn’t be here because my mother had had an accident.” –  Alfredo Gomez

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3.Cody Webb (USA) +00:05:04
4. Wade Young (RSA) +00:09:31
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INTERVIEW: RHYS BUDD – AUSSIE TAKING ON THE USA https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/features/22884/22884.htm Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:35:22 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22884 Looks like you’re having the time of your life at the moment Rhys! Why have you headed to the states? We decided to race Mammoth Motocross to see how I am against the current American racers. It will be good to see what i have to work on, but also I’m here to have some...

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Looks like you’re having the time of your life at the moment Rhys! Why have you headed to the states?
We decided to race Mammoth Motocross to see how I am against the current American racers. It will be good to see what i have to work on, but also I’m here to have some fun!

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Your bike was prepped at Geico Honda – that’s something pretty special – how was that place?
Yeah the Geico factory was awesome. I haven’t seen anything like it before, I really have to put out a big thanks to them for lending a me a bike to ride and race while we are over here.

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I’ve seen plenty of videos of you riding on social media, What are the tracks like that you’ve been riding?
The tracks are sick! They flow really well and they form up some good ruts and bumps. It’s also been really good because you get a lot of fast people who ride there – so you can pick up some lines and speed from them.

What’s your goal for Mammoth?
The goal is always to win. But honestly, I would be stoked with a podium. Hopefully I can pick up a ride over here – it would be awesome.

We’ve seen guys like Hunter and Jett Lawrence pack up young and head overseas with great success – is that the ultimate goal?
Yeah for sure. My team, my family and also myself have all worked hard enough – so we want to achieve that goal.

Best of luck mate! 
Thanks! Can I also thank Honda Australia, Lee Hogan, Tim Vare and Geico for this amazing opportunity!

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PHOTO GALLERY: Dean Ferris Photoshoot https://www.dirtaction.com.au/photos/photo-gallery-dean-ferris-photoshoot/22835.htm Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:14:21 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22835 Dean Ferris graces the cover of the latest issue of DIRT ACTION Magazine, which is on sale now. Inside you’ll find a photo feature with CDR Yamaha’s reigning champion. Here are some of our favourite images from the shoot in celebration of Dean’s amazing ride at the High Point AMA Motocross round. Photos: Damien Ashenhurst...

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Dean Ferris graces the cover of the latest issue of DIRT ACTION Magazine, which is on sale now. Inside you’ll find a photo feature with CDR Yamaha’s reigning champion. Here are some of our favourite images from the shoot in celebration of Dean’s amazing ride at the High Point AMA Motocross round.

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BLAKE BAGGETT TAKES SERIES LEAD AS AUSSIE DEAN FERRIS IMPRESSES AT HIGH POINT https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/22831/22831.htm Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:58:29 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22831 BLAKE BAGGETT TAKES SERIES LEAD AS AUSSIE DEAN FERRIS IMPRESSES   Baggett and Tomac split moto wins, but Baggett takes the overall by a wide margin. For the third time in four rounds, the red plate has changed hands. Clearly having found his rhythm, Blake Baggett won a moto and the overall at High Point...

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Baggett and Tomac split moto wins, but Baggett takes the overall by a wide margin.

For the third time in four rounds, the red plate has changed hands.

Clearly having found his rhythm, Blake Baggett won a moto and the overall at High Point Raceway and will carry the 450 Class points lead into the next round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

It’s Baggett’s second consecutive overall win in the 450 Class. Prior to Thunder Valley, he had never won a moto or an overall in his 450MX career.

It wasn’t such a good day for the other title hopefuls. Although Eli Tomac got a moto win, he didn’t fare well in the first moto thanks to an early crash. And Marvin Musquin, who entered the day with the points lead, tore his meniscus two days ago and clearly was not 100% out on the track.

 

MOTO 1

The 450MX title race is even tighter after the opening moto at High Point, as just one point now separates the top two riders heading into Moto 2.

Just when you think you’ve already seen it all this season, the racing at High Point started off with another curveball: a gate malfunction. With the 30-second card dropped and bike engines revved, everyone was set to go racing, but the gate failed to drop.

After a second false start, things finally got going on the third attempt, and Josh Grant narrowly took the holeshot over Blake Baggett, with Justin Bogle and Christian Craig among the riders close behind them. Eli Tomac quickly picked off a few riders to move into second, but then promptly went down and was shuffled to the back of the pack.

Meanwhile things didn’t go much better for Marvin Musquin. The 450MX points leader found himself 13th after the first lap.

When things shuffled out on the opening lap, the top three were Grant, Craig and Dean Ferris. Ferris, currently leading the MX1 point standings in the Australian Motocross Nationals, came to the U.S. solely to race High Point on his own dime. Despite having a ride with Red Bull KTM in 2014, Ferris ultimately never raced outdoors that summer, so this is his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut.

Ferris got around Craig for second on the second lap, leaving Craig to battle Baggett for third. Baggett would get the spot on Lap 4.

Up front, Ferris closed in on Grant and made some fierce challenges about eight minutes into the race. Ferris made an aggressive move that nearly resulted in the two riders coming together and ultimately emerged with the lead.

Baggett then went to work on Grant and made the pass at the 10-minute mark. That set up a battle between Ferris and Baggett for the top spot. With about 18 minutes left, a minor mistake from Ferris allowed Baggett — who was turning faster laps — to get by him and pull away with the lead.

Backing up the smack talk he put down on the PulpMX Show after his Thunder Valley win, Baggett went on to take the moto victory by 22 seconds.

Baggett’s moto win was his second consecutive one, ending a streak of five straight motos with different winners. If he replicates the result in Moto 2, he would become the first rider to win multiple 450 overalls this season.

Dean Ferris led a lap in Moto 1 en route to an impressive second-place finish. (Photo: Jeff Kardas / Racer X Online)

Behind Baggett, Ferris was able to hold off Grant for second place, giving the Aussie an incredible result to kick off his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut.

Bogle, who turned heads by winning a moto last week, was riding in fourth for awhile but came together with Jason Anderson, putting both riders on the ground. That allowed Cooper Webb and Broc Tickle to move into the top five. Tickle caught fire in the closing laps, passing Webb for fourth, but was unable to chase down Grant.

Anderson ended up passing Webb for fifth, leaving Webb to take sixth. Bogle — who was clearly frustrated with Anderson after their collision — finished seventh. The top ten was rounded out by Weston Peick, Dean Wilson and Cole Seely.

Before the midway point, the top two in points — Musquin and Tomac — found each other on the track. But due to the events of the opening lap, it was a battle for 16th place. Tomac easily got around Musquin, who seemed off his game all day amid rumors that he may not be fully healthy. Tomac worked his way up to 12th, while Musquin, who got lapped during the course of the race, settled for 16th.

Due to those subpar performances, Baggett has taken over the points lead for now. He’ll enter the second moto with a one-point edge over Musquin.

Craig had to pull off the track in the second half of the race and did not finish.

MOTO 1 RESULTS
1. Blake Baggett
2. Dean Ferris
3. Josh Grant
4. Broc Tickle
5. Jason Anderson
6. Cooper Webb
7. Justin Bogle
8. Weston Peick
9. Dean Wilson
10. Cole Seely
11. Fredrik Noren
12. Eli Tomac
13. Martin Davalos
14. Thomas Sipes
15. Dakota Alix
16. Marvin Musquin
17. John Short
18. Ronnie Stewart
19. Isaac Teasdale
20. Josh Mosiman

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After an impressive fourth-place ride in Moto 1, Broc Tickle emerged with the holeshot, narrowly staying ahead of Jason Anderson. The two battled around the opening turns, with Eli Tomac lurking not far behind, until Anderson eventually made the pass.

The top three remained bunched together, with Tomac getting second place from Tickle and then charging at Anderson.

Meanwhile Blake Baggett and Marvin Musquin found themselves eighth and 10th after the opening lap.

Tomac stalked Anderson for several laps, and with 23:45 on the countdown clock, Anderson made a mistake in the ruts that allowed Tomac to pass by him on the inside. About three minutes later, Anderson dropped second place to Tickle.

Behind the top three (Tomac, Tickle, Anderson), Dean Wilson and Cooper Webb battled for fourth until Wilson tipped over and ceded the spot. Baggett was on a charge behind them though and soon passed Webb for fourth.

Next up for Baggett was the lead group. At the 12-minute mark, Baggett moved past both Anderson and Tickle in quick succession to move into second place. Anderson also retook a spot from Tickle soon after to move into the top three.

By the time Baggett made his move to get into second place, Tomac had amassed a lead of around nine seconds. At the time, Baggett was turning faster lap times than Tomac — on one lap, Baggett even outpaced him by a full three seconds — but eventually Baggett backed down, and Tomac went on to win comfortably. The final margin of victory in this moto was 20 seconds.

 

But Baggett’s second-place finish was enough to net him the overall victory for the day. He ended up winning the overall by a massive margin of 11 points over Anderson (5-3) and Tickle (4-4), who scored his first overall podium of the season.

That result helped push Baggett into the points lead, as he’ll now hold a eight-point lead over Musquin and an 11-point lead over Tomac entering Round 5. Anderson is also lurking just 26 points back of Baggett.

Even with his Moto 2 win, Tomac (12-1) finished just fourth overall. Cooper Webb (6-5) rounded out the top five.

Musquin worked his way up a solid sixth-place finish in Moto 2, but when paired with his 16th from Moto 1, the Red Bull KTM rider finished 11th overall and lost a total of 27 points to Baggett.

After his blistering ride in Moto 1, Australia’s Dean Ferris managed just 14th in Moto 2. That ended up placing him seventh overall in his lone Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race for the season. He’ll head back to the Australian Motocross Nationals, where he is the defending MX1 champion and current points leader.

The series resumes next Saturday at Muddy Creek.

MOTO 2 RESULTS
1. Eli Tomac
2. Blake Baggett
3. Jason Anderson
4. Broc Tickle
5. Cooper Webb
6. Marvin Musquin
7. Dean Wilson
8. Cole Seely
9. Justin Bogle
10. Martin Davalos
11. Josh Grant
12. Fredrik Noren
13. Dakota Alix
14. Dean Ferris
15. Thomas Sipes
16. John Short
17. Dakota Tedder
18. Ronnie Stewart
19. Brandon Scharer
20. Josh Mosiman

450 OVERALL RESULTS
1. Blake Baggett (1-2)
2. Jason Anderson (5-3)
3. Broc Tickle (4-4)
4. Eli Tomac (12-1)
5. Cooper Webb (6-5)
6. Josh Grant (3-11)
7. Dean Ferris (2-14)
8. Dean Wilson (9-7)
9. Justin Bogle (7-9)
10. Cole Seely (10-8)
11. Marvin Musquin (16-6)
12. Martin Davalos (13-10)
13. Fredrik Noren (11-12)
14. Dakota Alix (15-13)
15. Thomas Sipes (14-15)
16. Weston Peick (8-38)
17. John Short (17-16)
18. Ronnie Stewart (18-18)
19. Dakota Tedder (39-17)
20. Brandon Scharer (33-19)

 

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SHERCO FACTORY EDITION LAUNCH https://www.dirtaction.com.au/news/22826/22826.htm Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:25:33 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22826 SHERCO FACTORY EDITION LAUNCH STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY DAMIEN ASHENHURST AND MATT BERNARD   We were lucky enough to be invited to the Sherco Factory Edition Launch at Mt Kembla in Wollongong, NSW. For the full run-down, you’ll need to check out issue #217 of Dirt Action Magazine – here’s a teaser from our awesome day...

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SHERCO FACTORY EDITION LAUNCH

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY DAMIEN ASHENHURST AND MATT BERNARD

 

We were lucky enough to be invited to the Sherco Factory Edition Launch at Mt Kembla in Wollongong, NSW. For the full run-down, you’ll need to check out issue #217 of Dirt Action Magazine – here’s a teaser from our awesome day in the trails.

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HOW TO: RIDE A TWO-STROKE https://www.dirtaction.com.au/riding-tips/motocross-riding-tips/how-to/22802.htm Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:33:12 +0000 https://www.dirtaction.com.au/?p=22802 SOME RIDING AND SETUP TIPS AIMED SPECIFICALLY AT TWO-STROKE RACERS. STORY SHANE BOOTH | PHOTOGRAPHY MATT BERNARD JETTING If you get this right it will change your world. There is quite a bit to getting a two-stroke jetted correctly. If you aren’t sure about it, either do plenty of research or, even better, pay for...

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SOME RIDING AND SETUP TIPS AIMED SPECIFICALLY AT TWO-STROKE RACERS.

STORY SHANE BOOTH | PHOTOGRAPHY MATT BERNARD

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JETTING

If you get this right it will change your world. There is quite a bit to getting a two-stroke jetted correctly. If you aren’t sure about it, either do plenty of research or, even better, pay for the services of someone who can get it right for you. Don’t be scared to be slightly on the richer side when jetting a two-stroke; it will work as a safety net for engine life and also keeps the power a little more rideable, especially on a 250. Don’t go spending huge amounts on engine mods until you’ve ridden your standard bike with the right jetting, as you will be surprised.

FUEL

If your racing is moving to a higher level and you are looking for a performance increase along with some extra reliability, it may be worth investing in some race fuel like VP Roo100. It’s not cheap but will guarantee fuel quality, which can be more critical in a two-stroke engine. It may allow you to run the bike jetted slightly closer to optimum without getting excessive detonation which will eventually lead to engine failure.

GEARING

This can be critical on a two-stroke because they have such a small window in which they produce their best power. Your goal should be to gear the bike so you can ride it in this window more with fewer gear shifts and without the need to use excessive clutch. Two-stroke 125s can often handle several additional teeth on the rear sprocket so that first gear is no longer needed on the track, and third gear becomes more useable. It’s pretty rare that you will rev out in top gear so use this theory to get your gearing sorted so you can carry third gear more often. It’s not quite as critical on 250s as the extra torque means you don’t really need to use first anyway, but the correct gear for your riding style will definitely help increase your speed.

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GEAR SELECTION

If your gearing is correct you should be able to use second and third gear for most corners and first shouldn’t be needed. Try to avoid the temptation of over-revving the bike. Though sometimes it feels like a two-stroke needs just that, they don’t produce their best power while absolutely screaming. If you can work on riding in higher gears you may find it forces some extra speed out of you. Correctly timed shifts out of the start will make a big difference too, so it’s worth practising.

MUFFLERS

Don’t get sucked into putting the shortest muffler you can find onto your two-stroke. I’ll admit they can sound pretty cool but they rarely produce the best overall power. The standard length aftermarket mufflers will usually provide the best results.

REED BLOCK

An aftermarket reed block can improve throttle response and also add some over rev to your two-stroke. They are relatively cheap and don’t affect the reliability of the bike. You may need to adjust the jetting when you fit one, so keep that in mind.

AIR FILTER

A quality aftermarket air filter that allows the bike to breathe a little easier will also help improve throttle response and also help the bike to rev quicker. A dirty air filter will affect the performance of a two-stroke quite a bit, especially on a 125, so a fresh one for every race is your best bet.

CLUTCH AND THROTTLE

When riding a two-stroke how you combine the clutch and throttle will make a massive difference to how well you can get power to the rear wheel. A great two-stroke rider will be able to keep the engine working in the small window that produces the best power, all the time. This isn’t possible if you don’t use the clutch. The catch here is plenty of riders get carried away with the clutch and use it too much, and the result there is cooked clutches and slow lap times. There is a fine line and it will take some practice to get it right.

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