MotoOnline.com.au checks in with the latest in the world of dirt bike racing.
Welcome to our 15th edition of the Moto Insider column for 2011. It’s been a quiet week in terms of moto action in Australia, but in the U.S. and Europe, things are only just heating up. Let’s get right into it…
- Possibly the biggest news this week is Jay Marmont featuring on SPEED News Australia tonight at 7:00pm and again at 9:30pm AEST. Now it’s not exactly groundbreaking news that the reigning triple MX Nationals Champion is on television, but the fact that it’s mainstream and in the studio with host Jessica Yates is a great thing for Aussie motocross and Jay’s profile.
- After a hectic two weeks of MX Nationals action between the Appin and Raymond Terrace rounds this month, many are unwinding at the moment and refining their training programs. The local tracks become a little better prepared as the weather cools, making training a whole lot more fun for each and every one of the riders.
- With the break in the MX Nationals series, some of the national contenders enjoyed success in the Victorian state titles over the weekend. Lewis Woods won the Open class, while Errol Willis won the Under 19s from Jake Emanuelli and Dylan Long. Come Sunday it was Emanuelli who won the Lites, with Willis second and Long third.
- The Victorian round saw a return to racing for Cameron Taylor, finishing second in the Opens behind Woods despite retiring from national racing last year. Another returning face was Ross Beaton, who was a solid third in the Open class.
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- Super X promoter Global Action Sports released a statement on Monday confirming the future of the series. Many had cast it in doubt after it was found that the company Super X Australasia Pty Ltd had gone into voluntary liquidation recently. Apparently all is well though in the world of show business and from what we are hearing, a five round series will be held at the end of this year on consecutive weekends all going to plan. There’s also word that it will be regional based, although we’ve also heard that there could be a massive season finale in a major city. It’s all just speculation at this point, so time will tell.
- Although the statement by GAS confirmed that Chad Reed won’t be involved in the running of Super X this year as we suspected all along, it was positive to see that he’s not ruling out a racing return in Australia at the end of the year. How cool would it be to see TwoTwo Motorsports join the Aussie series with backing from Vodafone again? Stranger things have happened…
- This weekend marks the first weekend off for AMA Supercross following a titanic 15 weeks on the road so far in 2011. With just two rounds left, the series is anybody’s, but hopefully Australia’s own Reed can pull through for the upset of the century. Actually, scratch that… it would be the greatest upset in the history of the sport just about!
- Speaking of Reed, he’s not yet confirmed for the outdoor nationals in the U.S. While most are beginning to test for next month’s AMA Motocross opener, Reed is solely focused on supercross for now. It would be cool to see him outdoors again though!
That’s all we have for this week in one of our shorter versions of the Insider, but thanks as always for stopping by. We’ll have plenty more news in the weeks to come!