Motocross Des Nations A European View


Kiwis to face world's best MX riders

New Zealand may again shine on the world motocross stage,

Mount Maunganui's Rhys Carter is making his Motocross of Nations debut this season. The Motocross of Nations is the biggest and best motocross of the year and once again New Zealand will have an impressive presence at what is considered the "Olympic Games of motocross". It is just over two weeks until the 67th edition of the great race, set this time for the steep hillside track of Teutschenthal, near Leipzig, in former East Germany.

New Zealand again has a team this year that is capable of big things - Mount Maunganui pair Cody Cooper and Rhys Carter and Mangakino's Kayne Lamont. They have a better chance than most of being on the podium late on the afternoon of September 29, although that will actually be Monday morning back home in New Zealand. From rookie first-timers in 1984 to top-10 regulars just over 10 years later - Team New Zealand first cracked the top 10, finishing seventh, in Slovakia in 1995 - Kiwi motocross riders now rate among some of the best in the world.

There have been some great MXoN races over the years, such as in 2006 when 10-time world champion Stefan Everts and Italy's Antonio Cairoli dominated the racing at Matterley Basin, near Winchester, in southwest England, although Team USA did enough that day to win the main trophy anyway, finishing top of the podium with Team Belgium runners-up and the Team New Zealand squad finishing in third. New Zealand has been on the MXoN podium on three memorable occasions in recent times - at Foxhills, in England, in 1998 (with Darryll King, Shayne King, Josh Coppins), at Namur, in Belgium, in 2001 (Daryl Hurley, Josh Coppins, Shayne King) and at Matterley Basin, in England, in 2006 (Josh Coppins, Cody Cooper, Ben Townley).

With Kiwi riders taking their careers overseas in increasing numbers, and New Zealanders lining up regularly at Grand Prix world championship events, or even at major domestic races in countries such as Australia, England, Belgium or the United States, the likelihood of NewZealand winning the Motocross des Nations has gone from far-fetched dream to achievable reality. That is also perhaps the case in Germany on September 29, with New Zealand MX1 champion Cooper, Kiwi domestic frontrunner Carter and former Australian under-19 champion Lamont there to fly the Kiwi flag.

Mangakino's Kayne Lamont (KTM), set to again race for Team New Zealand at the annual Motocross of Nations. Since leading Kiwi internationals such as Motueka's Josh Coppins, Tauranga's Ben Townley and Hawera's Daryl Hurley have retired from all overseas competition, New Zealand is now looking to the next wave of youth talent to step up and recently-appointed team manager Coppins said he was confident the squad would impress in Germany.

"I'd like to think that Team New Zealand can slip inside the top 10 again this time," said Coppins.

New Zealand finished 15th when the race was staged in Belgium last season and this year's edition of the big race is again shaping up as an extraordinary battle.

The racing will feature more than 120 of the best motocross riders on the planet. But, seeing as only 40 of those riders can line up at one time in the final three motos to decide who takes away the Chamberlain Trophy, a rigorous elimination process is required.

The Monster Energy-sponsored event begins its whittling procedure with qualification races on the Saturday (Sunday morning, NZ time).

By Andy McGechan


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Vet Motocross Des Nations

Hucklebridge and Church spearhead Great Britain's challenge

Wiltshire-based cousins Mark Hucklebridge and Tom Church have been chosen to represent Great Britain in the Veterans Motocross Des Nations International team event at Farleigh Castle, near Trowbridge, over the weekend.

Rob Herring and Mark Eastwood are also in the squad. All four were contesting top line events until last year and are expected to shine.

However, they face a strong challenge from the French side consisting of Jean Michel Bayle, Yves Demaria, Fred Bolley and Jackie Vimond and Americans Doug Dubach, Jon Dowd, Guy Cooper and Jeff Stanton. Belgium too look strong and field Werner De Witt and Johan Boonen among their four-man squad.

No fewer than 15 teams will contest the event over two races each day of six laps.

There is a massive entry of over 500 contesting no fewer than nine classes in the twin shock and evolution events.



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Dad ready to make history with 24-hour motocross world record attempt

A DAD from Chickerell is hoping to make history today with a world record attempt.

After months of training, Paul Oughton said he ‘can’t wait’ to get stuck into the challenge, in which he is aiming to break the record for the furthest distance travelled on a motocross bike in 24 hours. The public is invited to go along to the venue at the Rogershill Raceway, Bere Regis, with performances lined up from mountain biker Nick Manning and quadbiker the Kangeroo Kid. Paul, whose family will also be going along to cheer him on, said his 17-month-old son Cian had been a big inspiration to taking on the challenge.

He said: “I just can’t wait to get on with it now.

“There’s nothing like being on a bike.

“I want to make tonight a great evening for everyone who comes out and supports me, and there’s lots going on.

“Having people there to cheer you on really helps with what I know is going to be an arduous and tiring journey.”

The current world record is 426.96km, or 265.3 miles, and was set by Perry Pritchard in 2010. Paul, a former youth motocross champion, said his technique will be to stop every 50 minutes for a short refueling break, but will be riding almost constantly for 24 hours to try to break the record. He will be joined for part of the journey by three times Motocross world champion Dave Thorpe and four times British champion Stephen Sword.

He added: “I think the organization around the event, and all the preparation going into it has definitely helped to take my mind off how hard the challenge is going to be.

“I’m going for short, regular breaks to keep me fresh, and it would be great if people want to bring along pit boards with good luck messages.”



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Works Connection Tour

One of the best products I've ever used is the Works Connection Elite Clutch Perch. I recently had the opportunity to meet Sales Director Shawn Ralls for a tour of the new WC facility. First these guys make great products and second they are really good people committed to the dirt bike world. Take a few minutes to follow along as Shawn shows us around.



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Sierra MC Private Ride Day!

The Sierra MC has been scheduling private ride days at the MMX sand track in Marysville, CA and getting rave reviews. It really is good to see a motorcycle club providing such a fun opportunity to the vet riders.  I recently visited one of their ride days to see what it was all about. Take a look.


“Son, if you think you’re old, you are old!”

The sport may be different but the philospohy still applies. Get out and ride!

Age Is Just A Number (Macca's Musings)

From where I sit, age changes nothing.

In any sport at the professional level, as you begin to move up in years, the discussion shifts from your results to the question of longevity.  Now, in my 21st year as a professional racer, it is a hot topic. I never considered age as a barrier to performance. You start off as a junior athlete and then move into your rookie professional years, then you continue on your journey through your “golden years” before suddenly arriving at a point where outside questions move from “how did you do?” in the race to “how long is it possible to keep doing it?” For the athlete, nothing really changes. You don’t view time in calendar years, you go from an 18-year-old athlete to a 40-year-old one.

         On this journey, you have made the tweaks, adjusted the training volumes, managed your injuries, preplanned and focused, and continued to do what you know. Time in your head stops, as it has never been relevant to anything you have done up to this point. It is only when others start to make an issue of it that it enters your thought process.

         After I won the 2010 Ironman World Championship, in the press conference after the race, the question came up:  As a 38 –year-old athlete, was it possible to continue to win here?  With sweat still on my skin, the question was thrust into my face again, and my answer was, “I guess we will have to wait and see.”

         The following year Craig Alexander proved that this was possible, winning another title in Kona at 38, and last year at 39 I won the Long Course World Triathlon Championships in Europe, making me the oldest ever world champion in our sport at a professional level. Craig Bennett has seen amazing success in recent years, and Cameron Brown at 40 years of age posted an eight-hour Ironman performance in Melbourne. Early this year, at age 42, Oscar Galindez took out the highly stacked Ironman 70.3 field in Panama to win again, just like he has been doing for 25 years. Same names, different races, new years. From my seat, nothing seems to have changed.

         Endurance racing is not limited by age. In fact, age in endurance racing is a benefit. I believe that the sport has it wrong when it attempts to limit performance of athletes to a year of birth. I believe that you are not physically and emotionally stable enough to lock in success at the highest level in Ironman races until your mid-30s. What no one ever considers in this style of racing is the importance of experience, purpose and stability of an athlete, which all come only with maturity. You can’t read about this or be taught it. It just is! Our sport is young, and I believe that the next few years are going to show some amazing performances by athletes approaching their mid-40s. You haven’t seen anything yet.

         But I didn’t mean to discuss age as a barrier to performance on a professional level here. I want to ask why age is even considered a barrier in the first place.

         My dad has supported me in my triathlon adventures for my entire life, and still rides his bike every day with his mates. Never did I even consider my father capable of doing a triathlon. I guess to some degree I am as age-biased as anyone else. I put the question to my dad: Why, after all these years, had he never considered doing a triathlon? Was he scared of the swim, the bike or the run? My dad’s response was what inspired me to write this article in the first place.

         “Son, if you think you’re old, you are old,” he said. “If you start thinking you can’t do something, you simply won’t do it anymore. No one falls to the top of a mountain. When you are at the top of the mountain, it’s the people down at the bottom who tell you that you have been there for too long and it is time to come down. When you listen to them, someone else will take your spot on the top of that mountain. That’s not just in winning your races, but in life in general. Remember you have a lot of experts in the science of ‘can’t’ because not many believe in the science of ‘CAN.’ The top of the mountain is the best view in town. Never give that up, son!

         True to his word, my dad completed his first triathlon with my local triathlon club here in Sydney on March 31. He swam 300 meters, rode 15K and ran 3K. My eldest daughter, Tahlia, completed the entire race with him. I don’t get super emotional much, but I was so touched and impressed that day, I could not hold the tears back. Of course, Dad won his age group, and he continues to tell me that now: “I have never been beaten, Son!”

         As a professional racer, I will continue to race and compete at the highest level for many more years to come. I will remind the next person who asks me about my age of this story. My dad is an 80-year-old man and has never been beaten in a triathlon by anyone his age in his life. I have pretty good genes.

         This sport is built on the back of amazing people who continue to define and change the perceptions of what was once considered impossible. Like my dad, I will be racing until I am 80 years old. No doubt, he will continue to set amazing standards for me to chase.♥

Chris McCormack

Triathlete Magazine

Sept 2013


World's Fastest Aermacchi 350?

As the only American ever to take a win at the Isle of Man TT, Dave Roper stands alone in the history of the famed island racing circuit. The Isle, which lies in the Irish Sea west of the U.K., hosted its first races in 1907.

Throughout its 100 years of racing history, the Isle has drawn racers from around the globe, including the U.S. Although Indian motorcycles took the top three slots in the 1911 TT — with U.K. riders — victory eluded American racers until 1984, when Roper bagged first place in the 500cc Senior Classic Historic race. Roper’s riding skills first started grabbing attention in the mid-1970s, and he raced in the TT three times in the 1980s. He came in 12th place in the Formula III class his first time out in 1982, even after the chain fell off his Aermacchi 350. But 1984 was his year, when he came back for the win riding the Team Obsolete Matchless G50. Both rider and bike were in top form, and Roper posted the fastest lap in his class, 97.21mph. 

Roper, is still a top competitor in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s historic race series. These days Dave can often be found racing what may be the world's fastest Aermacchi 350 builit by noted inventor/mechanic/rider Mike Bungay of Sacramento, CA. Take two minutes to watch this clip of Dave putting the 350 up against 500's and 750's at the Ridge Motorsports Park outside Seattle, WA.


Dave Roper at the Ridge 7_14 from Straightface Studios on Vimeo.