MOTOCROSS ILLUSTRATED

The latest issue of Motocross Illustrated, your FREE online magazine is out and it includes some interesting features for you this month.

First up, a look at Shaun Simpson the rider who at one stage was being called Great Britain’s next World Champion. Also features on Chad Reed’s first ever AMA Supercross title, and the second part of the Greg Albertyn story. This plus some classic images and columns.

Also columns from Dave Thorpe, Tinus Nel, Dave Bulmer, BikesportNZ.com’s Andy McGechan, Eric Johnson and Geoff Meyer himself. Check out the special feature on bike gearing.

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POINTS GET SHAKE-UP

This season’s New Zealand Cross-country Championships have been given a huge shake-up with new names at the top of the leader board after round two near Huntly on Sunday.

Defending senior champion Adam Reeves, of Palmerston North, won the opening round of the Suzuki-sponsored series near Pahiatua last month and looked to be well set for a successful title defence in 2012, but he had a “tough day at the office” on Sunday, finishing down in seventh position.

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TWO ATTEMPTS; TWO TITLES

Rangiora’s Jake Lewis made it back-to-back national titles when he collected the 600cc superstock crown at the fifth and final round of the New Zealand Superbike Championships in Taupo on Sunday.

The Canterbury rider was just 16 years old when he won the 125GP title in his nationals debut last season and, for 2012, he stepped up to the 600cc class, riding a Bob McCleary Yamaha R6.

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SX LEAD EXTENDED

Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto captured his seventh win of the season on Saturday night to extend his United States Supercross series points lead and creep closer to defending his Supercross Class title.

The 12th race of Monster Energy AMA Supercross series hosted more than 47,000 Canadian enthusiasts on Saturday night, to boast its largest crowd to date inside the Rogers Centre.

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TITLES IN THE BALANCE

The New Zealand Superbike Championships go down to the wire at Taupo this weekend.

It had seemed as if Australian Robbie Bugden – who was superbike class champion here three times consecutively between 2007 and 2009 – was going to run away with the crown again this season, snatching it away from defending 2011 champion and nine-time winner Andrew Stroud, but the points were given a massive shake-up at Hampton Downs last weekend and now nothing seems certain at all.

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HASSAN STRIKES BACK

From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, Auckland’s Jaden Hassan has experienced them both this season.

The Yamaha ace from Westmere was simply untouchable at the weekend, roaring away to victory in both 600cc supersport races at the fourth round of five in this season’s New Zealand Superbike Championships at Hampton Downs, just outside Huntly.

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