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Mid Week Moto

The Week Gone By

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By Aaryn Minerds

From the weekends racing results, to the more interesting and unusual happenings from the week gone by including some of the rumours and findings on social networks, we will take a look and anything and everything dirt bike related.



MX Nationals Round 3: Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi is a great looking venue, from first thing in the morning to last thing in the afternoon

ANOTHER GREAT EVENT: The Wonthaggi circuit provided the perfect place for round three of the MX Nationals on Sunday. It is great looking track that comes up a treat for the nationals and I still rank the Pit Row set up the best in the series

WONTHAGGI SAND?: For the most part Wonthaggi is regarded as a sand track, and the surface does look like a deep black sand. However on the weekend it did not form up in the traditional way sand normally does, providing riders with more of a hard pack type surface.

In fact the Motorex KTM team who rode Qualifying on a full soft tyre, quickly switched back to a the Pirelli Mid / Soft for racing.



Who will be the first to take a round win off Todd Waters in 2013?

THE FRONT RUNNERS: Todd Waters continues to run up front and run away from the field. He did not gap the rest of the field as much at Wonthaggi, with both Cody Cooper and Matt Moss keeping him some what in check in the two motos.

M.Moss, who to be honest I thought was off pace and not looking his usual self at round one, has improved each round so far and I would be leaning towards him to being the first one to take an overall off Waters at this point in time.

Lawson Bopping could do like wise with a couple of good starts and Cody Cooper is a big threat if he can figure out what is going on in Moto 2.

THE UNFORTUNATE: Cody Mackie was riding well on Sunday, but crashed hard during the opening MX1 moto and took a trip to the hospital, he has a blue and purple ankle but is aiming to line up at Broadford next weekend.

Like every crash or retirement in the MX1 class, I missed Cheyne Boyd's, from what I have been told another rider pulled out in front of him while they were re entering the track taking Boyd out in a big way.

With a couple of broken ribs, a few more cracked and another painful injury, Boyd certainly was not happy about the incident and let his feeling know on twitter earlier this week.

Billy Mackenzie had a couple of crashes and after being one of the riders who found some consistency with three straight second place moto finishes, he lost all that momentum with two out side top ten results at Wonthaggi.

Daniel McCoy managed to flip his bike out of the start gates in moto two, again a moment I missed, McCoy is certainly getting quicker with each outing on his new ride and did march forward through the field in the second moto.

I really do think MX1 riders will be feeling safer when they see my lens pointed their way at the remaining rounds, as like all the above incidents I also did not see what Happened to Jake Moss in either moto. A crash hurt his result in race one from what I understand, while moto two was an issue with his front brake.

Jake is on pace there is no doubt about that, just a little luck deserted him on the weekend.


Robbie Marshall was on the gas at Wonthaggi

THE PRIVATEERS: Robbie Marshall lead the way for the true privateers on the weekend, for a guy who is running out of his own van he certainly showed up some factory riders on the weekend.

He came from a long way outside the top ten to finish tenth in the opening moto then repeated the performance by doing likewise to finish 11th in moto two for 10th overall for the day.

Jacob Wright also rode extremely well, working his way forward again in both moto's. Most would not know, but after doing an interview with Jacob after round two, (That will hopefully posted in the next day or two), I found out he pretty much has no feeling in his clutch hand after a nasty crash last year in the United States.

It causes him issues out of the gate and he has had to adjust his riding in a few ways. Jacob has probably past more riders than anyone else so far this season.

BOUNCING BACK: Jay Marmont did not have the day he was after, especially in moto one, dropping all the way back to 16th.

He then raced to a solid 6th place in moto two, though still not quite in the form we have come to know from the multi time champ. There is little doubt in my mind he will bounce back to challenge for race wins in the near future.

He still looks a little sore from the crash the week before at Murray Bridge, it was a big hit he took at round two and there would have to be some lingering effects from that.



Josh Cachia put all he had in to moto two on the weekend and left everyone chasing him for 30 minutes plus one

SERCO YAMAHA: They come they raced the won. The blue bikes are 3 from 3 in overall results in 2013 and are looking hard to beat. But it is a long season and we still have 14 moto's left, each offering up a maximum of 35 points per moto, this season is far from over just yet.

THE CHALLENGERS: At this point in time there is only one rider who can genuinely match the Serco pairing for out right speed on a race to race basis, with that being Josh Cachia. A point he more than proved in moto two on the weekend.

Race one was a hard one for Cachia, picking himself up of the ground, seeing his good buddy Kade Mosig still laying there when he re mounted his bike.

He then went on to charge his way through the field and despite another crash along the way worked his way up to 9th place by race end.

The two riders closest in points to the Serco pairing are KTM Privateers Kale Makeham and Brock Winston. Both continue to put in consistent top results and either of them could sneak through for a maiden race win in the MX2 class at any moment, but are just a touch off at the moment.

Makeham would have learned a lot and taken a lot away from leading the second moto for a few laps at Wonthaggi. he is only three races in to his MX2 career and shows more and more improvement each week. If he can keep this up, he will be hot property for 2014.

RIDERS TO WATCH: Geran Stapleton was very fast in the opening moto on the weekend and even moved up to challenge Makeham for third in moto one. Another rider who continues to get better with each outing. His second moto was one to forget however.

Rhys Carter got off to a slow start to the season but has shown flashes of what he is capable of including a fine 6th place finish in moto one on the weekend.

Ryan Marmont had a good second moto finishing fifth, and the Choice Motor-sport riders of Kayne Lamont and Dylan Long were quick once again but suffered terrible luck all day.


We will be hoping Matt Ryan will be at the remaining rounds in 2013, offering up photo opportunities like the one above!

WILL HE OR WON'T HE: Matt Ryan was not going to race on the weekend, but made a last minute decision to rock up at Wonthaggi.

I spoke to Matt again on the weekend and while the money is a factor as it is with most privateers, there are other reason's why he is looking at missing the remainder of the season.

As he explained, the early part of the season is not to bad for a privateer rider with a full time job. With day light savings in affect in the lead up to round one, there are plenty of day light hours to get bike time during the week.

Once Day light saving finishes there is no time after work to get bike time, so while he is getting less and less bike time during the season, the Full time riders and even the privateers who work part time jobs have a big advantage and their pace continues to grow during the season, while he feels his pace will flatten out.

There is also the safety consideration, racing / riding once a week then trying to race on the edge to run up front at the MX Nationals is not a good combination.

It is a problem that not only Matt Ryan has to deal with, I know South Aussie James Booth-Elliot is lucky to ride for 30 minutes once or if very luck twice during the week, getting home from work jumping on his bike and riding to sun down and even that requires finishing work early!

It is the same for a good portion of the field out side the top ten in the MX1 class and MX2 class, the privateers that do it tough for the love of their chosen sport.



Jack Simpson is looking the goods in the MXD class early in the 2013 season

JACK SIMPSON: It is a name that I really did not know heading in to round one, however it is one I think ill be typing a lot more going forward.

He is fast, small and can pull a massive holeshot! The young man is fast.

BREAKING THROUGH: Joel Dinsdale broke through for a race win on Sunday. It was only a matter of time before he did, he is fast and can do things on a bike that most 16 year olds cant.

There will be more race wins for Dinsdale this year, but also I would say a few more mistakes, but a rider to watch out for no doubt.

THE KIWI: A Kiwi won the MXD last year on a KTM, and Hamish Harwood is in the runnig to replicate Kayne Lamont's 2012 result.

He finished second in both moto's at Wonthaggi for second overall for the day, backing up his third overall at round one. His race results so far for 2013 read 5-3-2-2. Not a bad effort at all.


AMA Supercross


Millsaps secured second place in the 450SX AMA Supercross championship, but will sit out the outdoors

2ND AND BUST: Davi Millsaps secured second place in the 450SX Championship on the weekend. Ryan Villopoto had already wrapped up the championship before the final race at Las Vegas, and the race for second was between Millsaps and Ryan Dungey with the Rockstar Suzuki mounted Millsaps coming up trumps.

Dungey finished the race in second place ahead of Millsaps, but with Millsaps coming in to the round with a three point advantage, he was able to finish directly behind Dungey dropping only two points and picking up second place for the second straight year.

The bad news for Millsaps fans is, Las Vegas was the last time we will see him in action for a few months as he needs knee surgery that will see him miss the Motocross Series.

KTM AND GEIKCO SHARE THE SPOILS: I watched the Monster Energy AMA SX final races from Las Vegas late Sunday evening, while half asleep not really taking it all in.

Today I finally found some time to sit back and watch it all unfold. Even nearly a week after the event and knowing what unfolded I still got goose bumps watching both 250SX finals.

The racing was intense with both regions final results coming down to the final laps and mirroring each other in a lot of ways.

In the end it was Red Bulls Ken Roczen who won by the smallest of margins in the West after making a late race move on a Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider to secure second place and the title over Geiko Honda's Eli Tomac, who won the final West 250SX race of the season.

While in the East it Pro Circuit Kawasaki's late season recuit Tyler Bowers who denied Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin the championship by a bike length. Bowers maiden SX win along with points leader coming in to the race Wil Hahn finishing in third place was enough for Hahn to win his maiden SX Championship racing for Geiko Honda.

It was a bitter sweet win for Hahn however, who will now miss the opening round of the Motocross championship to have surgery on his hand. Though I think the SX championship will help take a lot of the pain away.

FIM World Motocross Championship


Can Dean Ferris steal a win from Herlings this year, we will be cheering him on while watching the live stream each and every round.

MX1: Gautier Paulin scored his second round win, though with Tony Cairoli finishing just behind him, the Italian still has control of the Championship.

MX2: Jeffrey Herlings continues to dominate the MX2 class in the World Championships, he has now won all 12 motos for the season and does not look as though he will drop one any time soon.

Aussie Dean Ferris finished second to Herlings on the weekend with a 6th in moto one, followed by a second place finish in Moto 2. As cool as it would be to see Herlings go unbeaten in 2013, it would be cooler to see Ferris claim a race win and even a round win or two.

FIM World Speedway Championship

BIG WEEKEND: It certainly was a big weekend in off road two wheeled action and one disipline that is commonly over looked is the World Speedway championship.

With an Aussie as the current world champion in Chris Holder and Darcy Ward on the tour this time, this is once again plenty of interest from our end in the racing, which has once again been first rate early in 2013.

Unfortunately Ward was taken to hospital in Gothenburg after crashing in heat six of the Fogo Swedish SGP on Saturday. Early report have him sidelined for up to two months, missing four GPs.

Holder currently sits 6th in the championship standings, only seven points behind points leader Tomasz Gollob after finishing second to Emil Sayfutdinov at round three in Sweden on the weekend.

It was an emotional win for Sayfutdinov who dedicated his Fogo Swedish FIM Speedway Grand Prix triumph to his late father Damir after he lost his fight with cancer shortly before the meeting in Gothenburg on Saturday.

Something New



BUT IT IS ONLY MAY! It may only be early May 2013, but KTM have released details on their full 2014 SX and EXC Range. The 2014 world launch is currently underway in Italy as we speak.

For those wanting more information on the new line up straight away, everything you could want to know is already up on the KTM International website.

Click the following link, for information on the full SX 2014 range, including updates, images and even the 2014 work manuals! http://www.ktm.com/mx.html

And the following link for information on the full 2014 EXC http://www.ktm.com/enduro.html


Check out below a collection of some of the best video's we have come across over the past week

Moto Life - Episode Two 'The Gate Drops'

All New and Ready To Race: KTM EXC Models 2014

Supercross LIVE! 2013 - Official Post Show from Las Vegas

2013 MXGP PORTUGAL - Agueda - NEWS


Well that is a wrap for Week 18 of the 2013 Race Season. It is quieter weekend ahead on the Local and International scene. Make sure you catch our "DIRTY WEEKEND AHEAD" weekly feature on Friday to find out what racing is on this weekend!

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