PROVISIONAL CALENDAR FOR 2019

Now into the second half of the 2018 season, the buzz for the 2019 MXGP season has already begun.

Following on from the recently-announced MXGP of Hong Kong and the MXGP of China, Youthstream has proudly released the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship provisional calendar.

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MXGP OF ASIA THIS WEEKEND

The FIM Motocross World Championship has entered its second week in Indonesia and the racing now takes to Semarang in Central Java for the 2018 MXGP of Asia this weekend.

Nearly 1000 kilometres to the south of last weekend’s racing, in Pangkal Pinang, the circuit is completely new and made specifically for the event. The new track and previously unknown soil will test both the riders and their teams as they search for the best bike set-up.

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SOWING SEEDS OF SUCCESS

Expect to see a few fresh names gracing the pages of your favourite motorcycling web site, newspaper sports pages or motorbike magazines when the 2018-19 road-race season rolls around later this year.

The sport is growing and it’s perhaps all thanks to the insight and imagination of staff at Suzuki New Zealand and an enthusiastic following from young riders who can now picture a viable road-racing future for themselves.

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UK TEAM LOOKS TO METTAM

New Zealand’s Daniel Mettam has signed up to pilot Wilson Craig Racing’s proven Supersport, Superbike Honda machines for the remainder of the 2018 Irish road-racing season.

The Auckland Motorcycling fraternity – led by Ken Dobson at Spectrum Motorcycles in Auckland, along with Colemans Suzuki – also recently raised funds to assist him racing at the Manx TT.

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ON THE PACE IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Motocross Championships nudged past the halfway mark at the weekend with Kiwi riders continuing to press their claims for a share of the silverware.

West Auckland-based former Takaka rider Hamish Harwood is certainly one New Zealand competitor who would fancy his chances of stealing away with a national title across the Tasman Sea this year.

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THE CLOSEST RACING EVER

The 70th Dutch TT at Assen will probably long be recalled by bike fans around the world as one of the best MotoGP races in the series’ history; the eight protagonists for a podium finish in the 26-lap battle will definitely remember it that way.

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HERLINGS BOUNCES BACK

The first weekend of two back-to-back MXGP stops in Indonesia has been completed and it was one to remember, with MXGP series leader Jeffery Herlings showing he was quickly back on the pace despite injuring his shoulder during training and being forced to skip the Italian GP two weekends ago.

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TOMAC STILL LEADS; COOPER NINTH

Can anyone end Eli Tomac’s overall win streak? That was the question for the day for the 450 class at Southwick, Massachusetts, round six of the AMA Motocross Nationals in the United States at the weekend.

Frenchman Marvin Musquin has come close to doing so in recent weeks and has a pair of moto wins to show for it Continue reading

INDONESIA HOSTS MXGP

The FIM Motocross World Championship is onto its second “overseas trip” (outside mainland Europe) of the 2018 season this weekend, the 12th round of 20 for the year.

The racing returns to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, for the second year in a row. Prior to the 2017 stop MXGP’s return to the country was long awaited by fans who showed up in the tens of thousands. Continue reading

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Want to know what’s happening on the motorcycling scene in New Zealand and abroad too?

Well check out the latest issue of Kiwi Rider … it is waiting to be read right here …

Check out some of the features below to see what’s in this June issue of KR by clicking HERE

KR is now only available online, but it’s free twice a month for your PC, phone or tablet. You can download it to read off-line too. Want a printed version – you can also print it out to read away from the screen too.

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TWO WINS FROM TWO STARTS

With two wins from two starts, it now looks highly likely that Bay of Plenty’s Wil Yeoman will be collecting the junior trophy for this season’s Dirt Guide Cross-country Series.

The 13-year-old Yeoman took his Yamaha YZ125 to win the series opener on a forestry course at Ohakuri, about halfway between Tokoroa and Taupo, last month Continue reading

CARTER SHOWS WINNING FORM

A hat-trick of wins from Kawasaki hero Rhys Carter placed him top of the glamour MX1 class standings at the weekend’s annual Battle of the Clubs motocross in Taupo

Taking a mid-season break from his Australian Motocross Championships campaign, the 28-year-old from Mount Maunganui pulled on the colours of the North King Country Motorcycle Club Continue reading

CALLAN MAY ‘WARMING UP’

Auckland’s Callan May has been sidelined with injury for the past few months, but you would not have guessed that to watch him roar to victory at round two of the Dirt Guide Cross-country Series near Tokoroa on Sunday.

And if the 26-year-old’s convincing victory wasn’t enough to have his rivals worried, things are only going to get worse for them because Continue reading

BATTLE OF THE CLUBS MX 2018

The Cambridge Motorcycle Club created history at the weekend, becoming the first three-time winner of the annual Battle of the Clubs motocross event in Taupo.

Not only was it trophy win No.3 for the Cambridge riders but it also marked the third time in a row that they have won the popular fundraising spectacle, the event this year its ninth running since the inaugural Battle of the Clubs (BOTC) in 2010.

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COOPER MOVES UP IN USA

The United States Motocross Championships, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross nationals, made their lone visit to the motocross hotbed of the southeast on Saturday for the fifth round of the 2018 season at Muddy Creek Raceway, in Tennessee.

In the 450 class, Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac won the round with 1-3 results. Second overall was Yamaha’s Justin Barcia with 2-2 and third was KTM’s Marvin Musquin with 5-1 moto scores.

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NZXC 2018 EDITION READY TO GO

Manawatu’s Paul Whibley probably won’t be able to defend his NZXC series crown this season, but he doesn’t mind one little bit.

The series, which first came to life in 2015, was Whibley’s own creation and not something he really intended to win for himself, but rather a case of him “putting something back” into the sport he loves.

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NOT YET TIME FOR MOTOGP

Kawasaki Racing Team crew chief Pere Riba says the triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea could win in MotoGP with the “right team and right people”, although that time is not quite yet, with the Northern Irish rider re-signing to stay with Kawasaki in the WSBK paddock for at least the next two seasons.

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READY FOR DIRT GUIDE 2

There is simply no excuse for not tackling the Dirt Guide Cross-country Series and Rotorua’s Ethan Harris and Taupo’s Wil Yeoman would be the first individuals to tell you that.

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TEAMS RACING AT ITS BEST

New Zealand boxes above its weight on an international motocross stage and this weekend’s annual Battle of the Clubs event at Taupo is one of the reasons why that is so.

The country’s most talented motocross racers will put aside their traditional rivalries and brand allegiances when they compete at the ninth annual Battle of the Clubs (BOTC) motocross in Taupo on Saturday Continue reading