Sunday
Sep172017

Red Bull’s best bits of 111 Megawatt

Check out the best moments from the 2017 Red Bull 111 Megawatt…some crazy stuff!

 

Sunday
Sep172017

Barcia's Next Ride?

2017 Monster Energy Cup | Justin Barcia Racing Privateer Honda

 

     

 


These last few weeks have been busy for Justin Barcia. After three years with the JGRMX team, Barcia announced he was parting ways with the North Carolina crew after the 2017 MXGP of USA and that his plans for the immediate future were unclear. After a bit of downtime and a trip to England, Barcia has declared that he will line up for the 2017 Monster Energy Cup aboard a privately funded Honda CRF450R. This is a huge change in pace for Barcia, who spent the majority of his career on Honda equipment and departed the brand to ride for JGRMX in 2015.

Barcia claimed the overall win at the 2012 Monster Energy Cup aboard a Team Honda HRC bike, so he’s no stranger to success at the unique event in Las Vegas.

Barcia’s personal sponsors have a massive impact on his one-race program, as he will receive support from Alpinestars, Monster Energy, SCOTT, Arai as we as a list of new partners. The full list is posted below in Barcia’s announcement message.

Hello Everyone,

Well I have an option or two that I will be looking into for 2018, but for now I am extremely excited to announce my plans for the Monster Energy Cup.

On October 14th I will be riding a privateer Honda. Details are still getting worked out, but so far I am excited and wanted to share the news with the Moto community.

I am extremely appreciative and grateful for all the support that is going into this project and I could not do it without these awesome companies & people:
Alpinestars
Scott
Arai
Monster Energy
Morgantown Powersports for supplying practice bikes
Levi Kilbarger/BONZI
Tim Bennet
TCD Racing for building & prepping the race bike
Twisted Development Motors
Yoshimura
Brian Fleck at Dunlop
Feld Motorsports
The Home Team of Mom & Dad, Amber & Dr. Steve Navarro for all the hard work, phone calls and behind the scenes hustle.

See ya’ll soon, JB51

image: http://cdn.motocross.transworld.net/blogs.dir/441/files/2017/09/2017-Monster-Energy-Cup-Justin-Barcia-Racing-Privateer-Honda_4-600x400.jpg

 

Read more at http://motocross.transworld.net/news/2017-monster-energy-cup-justin-barcia-racing-privateer-honda/#jKS9bBiJ4E0yBDf0.99
Sunday
Sep172017

MCR's Weimer Hurt

Jake Weimer | Injured While Testing

 

Series Of Injuries For MCR Rider

 

We’ve learned that Jake Weimer has suffered a series of injuries after a practice crash. The SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda rider went down while practicing at Milestone MX Park and was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken right wrist, broken left scapula, broken left elbow, bruised ribs, a bruised right lung and a collapsed left lung.

This comes just weeks after the announcement that Weimer had signed to the SmarTop/MotoConcepts/Honda team for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series alongside Justin Brayton and Vince Friese.

Sunday
Sep172017

MXGP France

Herlings win in France


Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings has won his sixth overall victory in seven weeks to remain as the man of the moment. The Dutchman went 3-1 in condition that usually don’t suit the sand master. Second overall was Tim Gajser with 1-3 and third Max Anstie with 4-2.

“He (Anstie) took the holeshot and was tough to pass, the last few laps was on the edge, three in a row, could have been six in a row. I want to thank my mum, she does everything for me. Great finish to the season.”

Anstie led the final MXGP moto of the year, as Febvre is stuck in the early going, and out of contention. Herlings second, then Gajser, Tonus, Bobryshev, Van Horebeek, Simpson, Cairoli and Coldenhoff.

After a lap Herlings was all over Anstie, for the lead, and Febvre up to 10th after a flying first lap. Anstie continued to lead, as Herlings remained close, and Cairoli passed Tonus for fourth place.

After five laps it was Anstie, two seconds ahead of Herlings, then Gajser, Tonus, Cairoli, Bobryshev, Coldenhoff, Febvre, Paulin and Van Horebeek.

Bobryshev into fourth as something went on with Cairoli and Tonus. Herlings all over Anstie as the rain started falling hard, it was tricky with the muddy conditions. Febvre up to seventh place and Paulin passed Coldenhoff. Febvre then passed Cairoli for sixth position.

Bobryshev went down and Febvre up to fourth place, due to the error by the Russian rider. Herlings also down, and so did his overall victory chances.

Herlings suddenly closing quickly on Anstie as the Dutchman wants another MXGP overall victory. Ridiculous how quick Herlings is, back onto the back wheel of Anstie.

Herlings took the lead on lap 15 as he goes for the overall victory, his sixth overall win in seven weeks.

Herlings and Anstie were all over the place as the mud causes everyone problems. Still the remained first and second. Even in these tough conditions, these guys are on it.

Herlings wins it from Anstie and Gajser.

MXGP – Overall Classification

1 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 20 25 45
2 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 25 20 45
3 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 18 22 40
4 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 22 18 40
5 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM HUS 16 15 31
6 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB SUZ 15 13 28
7 4 Tonus, Arnaud SUI FMS YAM 11 16 27
8 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 13 14 27
9 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 14 12 26
10 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR ACU YAM 6 10 16
11 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB HUS 7 9 16
12 77 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI HON 8 8 16
13 7 Leok, Tanel EST EMF HUS 4 11 15
14 999 Goncalves, Rui POR FMP HUS 5 7 12
15 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 12 0 12

Sunday
Sep172017

Covington wins MX2 in France

American Thomas Covington of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team has won the Grand Prix of France with 1-2 results, leading home Australian riders Hunter Lawrence and Jed Beaton. Lawrence going 4-1 and Beaton 3-4.

“It’s unbelievable,” Covington said. “Man, I have to thank my team, the bike is awesome this year.”

Covington took the holeshot for the second MX2 moto, then Lawrence, Bogers, Prado, Jacobi, Pootjes, Beaton, Seewer, Lieber and Jonass 10th.

Bogers took the lead on the second lap, but Covington regained the lead soon after. Bogers then got passed by Lawrence, who then also passed Covington. Bogers also went past Covington, and Seewer also looking for a way past.

After three laps it was Lawrence, Bogers, Seewer, Covington, Beaton, Pootjes, Prado, Jonass, Ostlund and Olsen.

After six laps it was Lawrence with an eight point lead, then Seewer, Covington, Beaton, Bogers, Jonass, Prado, Pootjes, Ostlund, and Olsen 10th.

Covington was all over Seewer as those two fight for the overall positions. Covington into second and into the overall lead. Lawrence just walking away with the moto, and Covington just ahead of Seewer, with Beaton fourth.

Lawrence won the moto from Covington and Jonass.

MX2 – GP Classification

1 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL HUS 25 22 47
2 96 Lawrence, Hunter AUS MA SUZ 18 25 43
3 14 Beaton, Jed AUS MA HON 20 18 38
4 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS SUZ 22 16 38
5 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 16 20 36
6 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU HUS 14 9 23
7 189 Bogers, Brian NED KNMV KTM 6 15 21
8 61 Prado Garcia, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 7 14 21
9 57 Sanayei, Darian USA AMA KAW 10 10 20
10 161 Östlund, Alvin SWE SVEMO YAM 12 8 20

Saturday
Sep162017

Positive finish on the cards for Lawrence in MXGP finals

Factory Suzuki rider excited to race in front of 'crazy' French fans.

 

Youthful Australian Hunter Lawrence is eager to finish off the 2017 MX2 World Championship on a strong note, as he takes on the Villars sous Ecot circuit in France for the very first time in his career.

Lawrence, who is just in his rookie season of world championship racing, currently sits ninth in standings after a challenging round at last weekend’s penultimate stop in The Netherlands.

The Queensland-native mentioned he’s excited to race in front of the French fans, and with a dramatic change in surface from recent rounds, he’s hopeful of gaining an good feeling with the conditions.

“I always like going to a French GP,” Lawrence commented. “I’ve only been to one but it was a cool experience with some crazy fans. The track looks okay, quite hilly, a lot more hard-pack than the one in Assen so I just hope I can get a good result and have a good feeling on the track to end the season performing well.”

The factory Suzuki World MX2 rider has endured many highs and lows in his opening year of MX2, recording two overall podiums at the German and USA rounds, while a back injury suffered in a local German race saw him sidelined for a number of rounds in the middle of the championship.

Following the weekend’s final grand prix, Lawrence is poised to represent Australia at the prestigious Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which is slated to be hosted by Matterly Basin in Great Britain, on 1 October.

Saturday
Sep162017

Home supercross circuit definitely beneficial for Mellross

Preparations on-track for 2017 AUS Supercross campaign.

 

DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Hayden Mellross believes his private New South Wales-based supercross track is definitely beneficial in his preparations for the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship.

Mellross, who just returned to Australia from the MXGP of USA in Florida, said the ability to tailor his track to American styled supercross circuits plays as an advantage when contesting round domestically, which are commonly known to be mellow in comparison.

“I think it is beneficial for sure to have a great supercross track,” Mellross told MotoOnline.com.au. “For me, I’ve spent a lot of time in the US racing supercross, so I’ve experienced the American supercross tracks first hand.

“When I come back and my brother helps build the track, I can kind of walk the track and tell him that this is different or what he can change. I feel like having that in our back pocket makes it better because training on tracks that are more technical, steeper and demanding is beneficial when you go to a race here in Australia where the tracks aren’t as challenging.

“I think having a supercross track and that luxury is a huge, huge positive for myself. It is something we’ve worked on hard for the last 3-4 years to develop too.”

The youthful rider came agonisingly close to capturing the 2016 SX2 title until a mechanical failure denied him of the opportunity at the final round, however he bounced back to record a number of career-best finishes in the highly-regarded Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 West Championship this year.

Mellross commented that despite just landing in Australia on Sunday, his supercross preparation is going smoothly, with plans in place to commence further developments on the YZ250F with the DPH squad in Victoria this weekend.

“Everything has been well,” he continued. “I haven’t been able to do any testing as yet, the weather hasn’t been ideal down in Melbourne, but I have pretty good base in suspension from last year. I’ve brought a few little things to develop from the states too.

“So hopefully when I go down to Melbourne this weekend for testing we can develop it a little more and get an even better package than what we already have. Everything has been well getting back into supercross, and I’m just enjoying being home, training during the day and being able to see the family at night.”

The opening round of the 2017 Australian Supercross Championship is set to be hosted by Jimboomba X Stadium, scheduled for 23 September.

Saturday
Sep162017

Strijbos To MXoN

Team Belgium drafts in Strijbos for Matterley Basim

MXGP regular to replace injured Desalle in Great Britain.

Team Belgium has revealed Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki World MXGP) will replace injured athlete Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing) for the upcoming Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) slated for 1 October, at Matterley Basin in Great Britain.

Stijbos will fulfil the premier class position in the MXGP category alongside Belgian teammates Julien Lieber (LRT KTM) and Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing).

Desalle, who hasn’t represented the country at the prestigious event in the past four years, injured his lower back at America’s 17th round of the MXGP World Championship, forcing his 2017 campaign to come to a premature end.

Victors of the Chamberlains Trophy in 2013, Belgium enter the 2017 edition as podium favourites after falling just shy of the box at last year’s instalment of the event.

Saturday
Sep162017

2017 ISDE

Wednesday
Sep132017

Dean Wilson interview – MXoN

Dean Wilson


Dean Wilson will line up for Team Great Britain at this year’s Monster Energy Motocross of Nations and you can be sure he will be one of the leading riders come Sunday night. The Scottish rider, who won an AMA 250 motocross championship in 2011, has had tough times, but at the MXoN he usually shines.

Since his debut year in 2009, when he rode as not only an MXoN rookie, but that event was his first professional race. He has scored 6-8-9-27-3-5-6-8 in his past performances, and helped Team GB to fourth place on two occasions.

This year however Team Great Britain come in as one of the favourites, and with Wilson, Tommy Searle and Max Anstie all big event riders, you can be sure they will rise to the occasion.

We were lucky enough to find Wilson at the Mark Chamberlain work-shop where he is preparing for the biggest race of the year.

MXLarge: First tell me, you are back in England. You are Scottish, but from what I can gather you grew up in Canada and now live in America. Does it feel like you are back home?

Wilson: Yes, it does. It’s nice to be back here. I am going back to Scotland next week and I am looking forward to that, and see some friends. It’s nice with the cooler weather, because it’s pretty hot in Florida right now. A bit of rain, it’s just nice. It’s also refreshing for me.

MXlarge: I saw a video of you riding on some garden track in England. What is that like, because you probably have a lot of nice facilities to ride at in Florida and here in the UK you are riding on a garden track?

Wilson: Its fun, I love riding new tracks, and riding a garden track, it’s still good practice. With the moisture out here, the tracks are pretty good. I am enjoying it and it’s a breath of fresh air for me.

MXlarge: You have ridden the MXoN a handful of times, the first time for Canada in 2009, from memory you won the B-Final. How was that first one?

Wilson: It was pretty insane for me, I had never ridden a pro-race before and I was in shock from how many fans were there and the track. It was pretty cool and a big learning experience for me. The start of my pro-career, and I really enjoyed it.

MXlarge: Your first pro-race the motocross of Nations, that’s crazy.

Wilson: Yep, it is, but it was really enjoyable.

MXlarge: I think you have ridden four times and people might forget how good you usually do at this event. You have always been around top five or top ten and it isn’t easy being in those position in that event.

Wilson: I don’t think I have shown my full potential at this race. I sometimes struggle with the track or whatever. Hopefully this year we can run up front and Team GB gets us on the podium. With a little help from the fans and I am feeling really good on the bike and I am healthy.

MXlarge: When you look at the teams, there is talk that Clement Desalle might be out of Team Belgium because he got hurt on the weekend, Team France have problems and are now running with a World Enduro guy in their team. It seems like Great Britain’s chances are getting better and better. Do you think about that at all?

Wilson: I mean, you never know. I don’t pay attention to who is getting injured or who is in the teams. I am just concentrating on myself, my riding and my training. We all have to race at the des Nations and I can’t worry about what everyone else is doing and just do what we can do and work with my team-mates and help each other. I think we can do well, but we need to concentrate on ourself and not get involved in all the craziness.

MXlarge: What has been your stand out des Nations for you?

Wilson: Colorado wasn’t too bad in 2010. I was on a 250F, so under power, especially on a 250. 2011 was unfortunate, because that was the year I won my championship, but I broke my wrist the last round of the Outdoors and I didn’t know it was broken and rode 2011 (he finished with 9-27). 2014 might be my best in Latvia (went 3-5) and I think we got fourth. We had a podium, but Shaun Simpson snapped his chain.

MXLarge: You are having a good year, back on a factory bike, and I can imagine that has made you even hungrier, because you know the other side type of thing. You are in great form; do you feel like you are close to where you can be.

Wilson: A little bit, but there are still some things I am working on. I feel like it’s a building process and not just riding, but also the mental thing, when you ride up front and you know you belong, that is the bit that is hard to get back, but it’s coming back. I am looking forward to these races coming up and I want to go into next year feeling really good.

MXlarge: Jeffrey Herlings obviously came to the Nationals and did really well, then beat Eli at the USGP. Did you look at him and think the GP guys must be on it, and did that give you more motivation?

Wilson: No, I think Jeffrey is the best in the world at this moment. He is doing really well and you can tell he has a lot of confidence. Unfortunately, when I raced him I was really sick and could hardly finish the races. I think he is going to back fast at Matterley and one of the ones up front and hopefully I can stay up there with him.

MXlarge: Racing the des Nations, is it really important for you as a nationalist? I mean you see some guys not racing, Eli is too tired after a long season. How do you see it?

Wilson: I think it’s an honour to come to the des Nations, but I understand the fact he is tired, I have races as many races as him. That is why I came to the UK early, because I know the des Nations is being run here, and I have a house in Scotland and I have friends here, so I could come here early and make a really nice trip out of it. I think racing the des Nations is awesome and I love it, I think it’s going to really a lot of fun.