Motocross club gears up for series in April

ON YOUR TAIL: Riley Hewitt-Bryant and Wes Rose (48) in motocross action at Morgan Park.
ON YOUR TAIL: Riley Hewitt-Bryant and Wes Rose (48) in motocross action at Morgan Park. Gerard Walsh

MOTOCROSS: The Warwick District Dirt Bike Club is expected to welcome 500 riders for the Airoh Series at Morgan Park on April 21-22.

The club had coaching on the track last week, only the second time this year the track has been used due to lack of water in the dams at the facility.

Moisture is needed on a motocross track to keep the dust down.

President Dolly Chorley said the rain early last week meant there was enough moisture on the track for the weekend of coaching.

"Some water has flowed into the dams at Morgan Park but we need more rain,” Chorley said.

"We may have to buy some water to irrigate the track for the Airoh Series.”

The Airoh series will be the first major series event at the track for five years other than the Go Girls Series.

Last year, riders travelled from as far as Adelaide for a Go Girls Series round.

This year, the big event for the women will be the WOW weekend on June 9-10 at Morgan Park. WOW stands for Women On Wheels.

The Airoh Series weekend in Warwick will be round 4 of the series. It will follow rounds at Hervey Bay, Coolum and Chinchilla. The final two rounds are at Toowoomba and Tivoli.

Between 20 and 30 volunteers will be needed for the Airoh Series meeting and the club would welcome offers of help through the Warwick Moto-x Facebook page.

Weather permitting, there will be practice this Sunday but as always, riders are asked to check on Facebook.


Old Bridge's Raceway Park opens motocross racing season

OLD BRIDGE - While drag racing at Raceway Park has been discontinued, the motocross racing season will kick off Sunday, March 18, marking the 43rd year that the facility has hosted motocross racing events, according to a statement. 


The opener on Sunday will be the last event on the current racetrack. Following that race, all motocross operations will move to another portion of the property where a new racetrack is under construction, the statement said.

"It will be sad to see the existing track demolished, but in the same breath, it's exciting to make a move to take things to the next level," Raceway Park Track Manager Rich Trevelise said in the statement. "We have always tried to accommodate the racer, and with the new track and layout, it is going to be exciting. Moving the track will be a monumental task to accomplish during the early part of the season, but we are up to the challenge."

To the disappointment of racing fans, the owners of Raceway Park, which opened July 4, 1965, announced in January that effective immediately it would no longer conduct drag racing events at the site. The business, owned and operated by the Napp family, said it was reorganizing.    

"To achieve this goal, Raceway Park will no longer conduct quarter mile or eighth mile drag racing events effective immediately," according to a notice on the Raceway Park website.  

The news was met with disappointment from racing fans, many of whom shared their memories of visits to the track on social media. An online petition that yielded thousands of signatures was started in hopes — not met — of saving drag racing at Raceway Park. 

The drag strip is nationally known for hosting the National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Summernationals, which will not be conducted at the facility this year.  

Despite the closing of the drag strip portion of the property, the iconic facility will continue to host a variety of activities on the premises this year, including the spring and fall auto swap meets, numerous car shows, motocross racing and practice, kart racing, as well as drifting, a full schedule of road course activities, mud runs, monster truck shows, musical concerts,festival events and more, the statement said.    

Famous for the annual Kawasaki Race of Champions conducted each October, the Kawasaki Motor Corp and its participating dealers have supported the event for more than 40 years, the statement said.  

The move to the new track will enable the motocross operations to expand and provide a better racing and spectator experience. The newly built track will take advantage of a more substantial footprint providing a new layout suitable for racers of all skill levels. A rebuilt plunge and staircase will maintain the feel of the old track with a new updated flavor, according to the statement. 

“Raceway Park has been such a big part of many lives over the years including my own,” Trevelise said. “I hope everyone that can make it out for the last race on the existing race track.So many top riders have rolled wheels through the gates at Raceway Park it is a privilege to be part of the facility." 

Trevelise thanked the Napp family for keeping motocross alive and well in New Jersey, and also thanked Ken Landerman and Jay Irwin for all they accomplished in the past that put Raceway Park Motocross and the Kawasaki Race of Champions on the map.

Following Sunday's opener, the track will host an additional nine events for all two-wheel classes. The next one is set for April 22. Also included in the nine season events are several unique races including the NJ State Championships on Aug. 26 and the 42nd annual Kawasaki Race of Champions Oct. 19 to 21.

For additional information on Raceway Park Motocross and the 2018 Motocross racing schedule, as well as the other activities at Raceway Park visit


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Valkenswaard- Herlings, Roczen, Musquin 2010

A lot of familiar names at the Dutch GP back in 2010


Catching up with: Jacky Martens

What makes a former motocross world champion turned team manager tick after he has hung up his helmet? What is it like to run one of the best MX teams in the world? We asked Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jacky Martens. I got to find out in the build up to the hectic first European GP of the season in Valkenswaard, taking place in Martens’ proverbial back garden.

The weather is typical for the lowlands this time of the year, sun and mild temperatures rapidly make way for cooler weather and spells of rain or worse. Inside the huge state-of-the art Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing workshop it’s business as usual. Everyone has a job to do and just days before the traditional visit to the Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard things are as busy as they get.Jacky Martens, who became the first modern fourstroke world champion in 1993, beams when he sees how impressed people are with his organisation. Rightfully so we might add. And he’s quietly proud knowing how much time and effort went into building the JM Racing team as we know it today. Including the minor and not so minor bumps along the way. Like a fire incident this winter, nothing too major but adding a significant amount of workload in an already stressful period. But as always the show musty go on!It’s an historic year, you captured the world title 25 years ago.
Jacky Martens:
“Yes, you’re actually right. It didn’t cross my mind before you mentioned it. But it’s still a cool memory. Especially to have won the title with Husqvarna and now we’re already back with Husky for the fifth year!”You’ve always been super hands-on when it comes to the technical side of racing whether that’s coming up with developments for engine or suspension, machining your own parts even. It’s probably a big change to now working as a factory team.
Martens: “It is, there’s constant communication between us and the factory in Austria. When we’ve got an idea Husqvarna will look into it, study how it could work and especially how to produce reliable power. Once they have the actual parts there’s extensive dyno testing of course and test riders in Austria will try the concept out on track. For major evolutions that’s a cyle of about a year. When all of that is done our factory riders receive the new stuff.” 

Colleagues like Roger Decoster continue to spend time in the workshop making stuff themselves. Do you miss that part of the job?
“Actually, I’m still tinkering away. It’s the best way to keep up to speed with technology. The focus is more on refining and make components work better together. To come op with radical inventions is pretty hard to do these days! But I love Husqvarna’s spirit when it comes to R&D. They’re openminded, willing to try new things and they don’t beat around the bush. Early on  -and I started my own team in 1993- I would contiuously think about stuff to improve, work late at night to machine parts and put in crazy hours all by myself. Now I still produce some parts, or draw a design but that’s the starting point of a discussion with the factory. What do you guys think of this? That jumpstarts a fascinating process, both internally in our team and with Husqvarna. I like that synergy with young technicians. They have their knowledge and experience, which is different from mine. Together we can go further. And I think the results speak for themselves!”

Last year Thomas Kjer Olsen came into the MX2 class with a bang. The situation is slightly different now because he’s one of the title contenders.
Martens: “We’ve worked with many rookies in the past and we always try to prepare them as good as we can for this new challenge. When you’ve worked hard in the winter and you’re ready from the first GP that takes a lot of pressure away. To be riding at the front early on also boosts your confidence a lot. The only disadvantage was that the season was very long and draining. TKO had been going full throttle since October, November 2016. Okay, he had some periods of relative rest too but for this year he has a schedule we use for any GP rider. With a good group of support people around the rider and specialists for each area it’s possible to remain consistent all year long. That’s why we have Rasmus Jorgensen coaching TKO and Joël Roelants who’s involved with Thomas Covington.”

Olsen has definitely shown he’s physically strong. What about the mental side, dealing with the extra pressure and the expectation of racing to win?
“TKO is very down-to-earth you know. He trains hard and knows exactly what he wants. Unlike some other young athletes he’s not going to get carried away by this new situation and of course we help him to stay grounded as well.”

Pic: Bavo

So what makes TKO so good in your opinion?
“Thomas has always been very dedicated to his sport. Even when he didn’t have the best material or wasn’t riding for the most professional teams. He alwas had to fight really hard. If one day this kind of rider gets the opportunity to race in the best possible conditions that’s when you make headway. That’s even more motivating and energizing. It creates a lot of momentum. I think that explains his situation a bit.”


Maybe the first results of Thomas Covington have been disappointing but given his late start it’s no surprise at all.
“Right, it’s absolutely normal. Thomas was unlucky to injure his knee at the MX of Nations, his last race of the season in 2017. We’re thankful that his rehab went better and faster than expected. Still he’s only back on the bike from half of January. The two months that’s he’s behind compared to the other guys are hard to replace! To shake off the early-season ‘blues’ like painful arms you just need the hours on the bike. However, TC is heading in the right direction. I think he’s doing well keeping in mind where he came from and we expect him sooner than later to be back at the front.”

How would you describe Covington?
“He’s very professional, and since he came to Europe Thomas is a much more complete rider now. I think the results show that he’s right up there. Unfortunately he’s been a bit unlucky with crashes and his knee injury but we’re really happy with both riders. The two are capable of top five and more. We’re convinced they can do better but we prefer to do the talking on the track if you know what I mean!”

You touched on sharing your experience with young technicians. Do you miss working with younger riders like you did for many years in the EMX250 class?
Martens: “
No. We’ve worked with very experienced guys like Yves Demaria too. In the end it’s about looking at the bigger picture. Where can we support riders to make them better? Everything that I’ve learned from working with riders before is helping me today. We continue to build on our own experience. That’s the human capital that makes teams like Rinaldi or the team of Sylvain Geboers in the past so strong.”

Can you compare Covington and Olsen to other top riders who rode for you?
“The bottom line is to keep them focused. You can’t get bored with what you do. Typically, young riders have been going to school and sport was only one aspect of their life. When you become professional, sport is what matters most in your life. That’s why you need this team of people around you. If you have a schedule to follow there’s no chance you’ll get bored, you will be busy enough as it is! There’s no room for distraction either.”

What do you think about the Valkenswaard track?
“I think it’s a fantastic track! Even with the rain we had the club is very experienced in preparing the track so I think we will have great racing this weekend. Valkenswaard is a classic on the world championship calendar, the crowd can get close to the action and everyone is very engaged with the top riders. Of course there’s Jeffrey Herlings being the home rider, but Tony Cairoli is very well known too. And the Argentinian MXGP created a lot of anticipation!”

Although your team is based in Lommel, Belgium there’s always been a strong link with Holland and the many sponsors and friends you have there.  I was always told you were born in Holland, right?
“Almost! I was born on the border. For sure, Valkenswaard is a great location for our team. It’s central for many people, and timing is awesome as well. After Argentina people are looking forward to see the GP riders close to home.”

So are we! Thank you for time and good luck this weekend.
“Thanks, you’re welcome. See you there!”


EnduroGP to be broadcast in 177 countries


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Just two days before the opening round of this year's FIM Maxxis EnduroGP World Championship, ABC Communication has just released its list of TV broadcasters for the 2018 season.

For this new season, the EnduroGP's eight rounds will be broadcast via the 26-minute magazine programme in 177 countries around the world, through 20 channels, as well as via the all-new OTT "EnduroTV" channel which you can find on

"EnduroGP continues to garner a lot interest among both the general public and the many viewers around the world, thanks to its action-packed racing and its super-charged entry list. This, coupled with the complete TV coverage, places our discipline among the greatest motorbike sports in the world," EnduroGP head Bastien Blanchard said.

List of Broadcasters:

  • - Fox Australia : Australia
  • - AVE : Australia
  • - Garage TV : Spain
  • - Open Sport: Spain
  • - SportItalia: Italy
  • - You Motor: Italy
  • - LaolaTV: Austria, Germany
  • - Motorsport TV: Pan-Europe
  • - TEN: Canada, USA, Mexico
  • - MTV: Finland
  • - BT Sport: UK
  • - Dubai Sports : UAE
  • - ExSports : Japan
  • - Setanta Sports : Ireland, UK
  • - SuperSport : South Africa
  • - Edge Sport
  • - EnduroTV
  • - SFR Sport : France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, Portugal, Sub-Sahara

  • - Fox Asia : Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

  • - AfricaXP : Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Rep., Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malin, Maturitania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Todo, Tunisia, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

2018 Wild Boar GNCC Bike Highlights

The 2018 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) show keeps on rolling to the Maxxis General at Aonia Pass MX, GA this weekend March 17-18.

With two races on the bounce GNCC is keeping teams and riders busy this March.

This highlights video recaps last weekend’s action where Kailub Russell continued his 100 per cent winning record in the 2018 series and Ben Kelley earned his first-ever XC2 250 Pro class win.


Hot Topics: MXGP of Europe

A look at round two of MXGP


The upcoming round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Valkenswaard, may be the most highly-anticipated event of the season. Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli are expected to face off on a track that they both enjoy and have experienced success on in the past, which is a mouth-watering prospect. MXGP has been in desperate need of a rivalry that features as many layers as this.

There is no doubt that Jeffrey Herlings is considered the favourite and this MX Vice poll serves as proof. The start is going to play a large role, however, as Antonio Cairoli is the best at getting out of the gate and will be able to establish an immediate advantage. The track may not develop in a stereotypical fashion, because of the freezing temperatures, which could make it harder for a rider to pull through and topple his foe. Herlings managed it on the one-lined track in Argentina though and left Cairoli powerless. This is going to be a battle that is watched across the globe.

Jeffrey Herlings is undoubtedly the favourite for the MXGP win (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Gautier Paulin and Tim Gajser should be placed into that conversation, although their stories are rather different. Paulin has won two of the last three events that have been run at the Eurocircuit so, for whatever reason, the shallow sand plays to his strengths. Will he pull off another shock win this weekend? It would be quite the upset, but round one was not a true reflection of how he is feeling currently. A sickness dragged him down on that weekend. The same could be said for his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate, Max Anstie, as some poor luck stopped him from fulfilling his potential at the first Grand Prix of the current term.

Whilst those two could be considered potential spoilers in the all-KTM fight at the head of the field, it may be wise to temper expectations of Tim Gajser. There is a chance that the former world champion could surprise, for that reason, but he has only ridden three times since he fractured his jaw towards the end of February. One could certainly argue that he has rushed his comeback. It seems as though that has been done with the aim of sacrificing some points, to put himself in a positive position in the championship, but what position in the rankings would he even strive for at this stage?

There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Yamaha riders in the premier division. Can Romain Febvre contend for the win, much like he did at this track two years ago? Where does Shaun Simpson slot in exactly? Is Jeremy Seewer actually okay after that crash at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina? Is Jeremy Van Horebeek capable of being a consistent contender for podiums? Some of those questions will not be answered immediately, of course, but it will be intriguing to follow. There are some diverse personalities in blue this season, but all of them have a point to prove to pundits.

This plate is expected to be red again at RedSand next week (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

The MX2 class is expected to be the Pauls Jonass show. It would not be surprising at all to see him stand atop the podium, so most will be eager to see if anyone can get close. Thomas Kjer Olsen should be very good at this track, as conditions will not be too dissimilar to Kegums in Latvia, and Jorge Prado is typically blazing fast here too. It remains to be seen what should be expected of Prado though, as he is battered and bruised. Prado only returned from a broken elbow a month ago as well, remember, so the cards are really stacked against him.

Rising stars will undoubtedly hog headlines in the MX2 class. Can Ben Watson land on the podium? Watson told us that he hated Neuquen in a post-race podcast so, with that in mind, he should be brimming with confidence on Sunday. It is hard to point to a weakness that he had at round one, although he admitted that he needs to adapt quicker through the opening laps. If Watson is slicing through the field on laps one and two, take that as proof that he is feeling the flow and ready to push towards another milestone. British fans are on the edge of their seats.

Calvin Vlaanderen is overlooked more often than not and this year has been no different. The Team HRC pilot was one of the fastest riders on track at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina and would have challenged for a position on the overall podium, had he not tangled with Jorge Prado early on in a race. A track like Valkenswaard is typically where he is at his best so, considering that it is effectively his home Grand Prix as well, he may be one to watch. Vlaanderen has stood up on the overall podium just once before and never finished better than third.

It seems as though that will be a theme in the MX2 division this year, as different riders should reach new heights with each weekend that passes. Darian Sanayei is on the verge of great things, for instance, and Conrad Mewse could breakthrough on any given weekend. Jed Beaton has shown great potential, along with Jago Geerts and Vsevolod Brylyakov, plus there are guys like Bas Vaessen who just need a bit of luck. The point is that there are going to be surprises every single weekend and that is going to make the class particularly gripping. Everything is going to constantly chop and change.


AORC at Gympie,Queensland

Milner and Sanders star as AORC opens at Gympie

Former motocross champion Styke sweeps E1 class on debut.


It was a battle of the titans as the 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) commenced at Gympie, Queensland, on the weekend, with Daniel Milner and Daniel Sanders duking it out at the front.

Saturday’s opening round saw KTM Enduro Racing Team’s defending champion Milner edge Sanders for victory, before the latter turned the tables for a breakout Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team result.

Although the outright scores aren’t official championships, they do factor for bragging rights and it is shaping up to be a hard-fought year between the two. 2016 title-winner Sanders has returned home following an off year in EnduroGP.

The class results in Saturday’s round one saw Milner win E3 from Kane Hall (Yamaha) and Andrew Wilksch (Sherco), while on Sunday it was again Milner ahead of Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) – penalised five minutes the day prior for an unintentional off-track excursion – and Broc Grabham (Gas Gas).

In the talent-packed E2 division, Sanders was the class of the field on both days, topping Josh Green (Active8 Yamalube Yamaha) and last year’s E3 champion Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM Enduro Racing Team) overall in rounds one and two.

It was Active8 Yamalube Yamaha’s former motocross champion Luke Styke who took out both rounds in the E1 ranks, from Jackson Simpson (KTM) on Saturday and Sunday. Third-place on Saturday was Nic Tomlinson (Yamaha), while class rookie Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) rebounded from a penalty in round one to take third on Sunday.

The AORC series will continue with rounds three and four to be held on 5-6 May at Hedley in Victoria, with the Australian Four-Day Enduro (A4DE) scheduled for between 3-7 April in Cessnock, New South Wales.