Features 30 Jun 2012

In Brief: 2012 MX Nationals Rd6 Hervey Bay

MotoOnline.com.au has the behind the scenes info from the pits Queensland.

Ben Townley joined the MotoOnline.com.au Pre-Moto Show panel at Hervey Bay. Image: Dan McCallum.

  • Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Ben Townley was a special guest of MotoOnline.com.au on the Pre-Moto Show, filmed under the factory Honda awning this afternoon. Stay tuned for the film to be uploaded as soon as it’s complete and on YouTube.
  • Williams Event Management has a new podium set-up for this weekend, featuring a parc ferme type setting where riders and their bikes will roll directly onto the podium. It’ll be good for teams, good for sponsors and should add to the vibe at the conclusion of each round.
  • WEM has also added a new finish line banner for this weekend, which will add to the consistency of branding at each round. After a number of banners were pinched at Wonthaggi, there’s also a fresh batch of track signage spreading the circuit for this weekend and the rest of the year.
  • Upon arrival at Hervey Bay earlier this week, the MX Nationals were welcomed with a flooded track and torrential rain. Luckily enough since then, the sun’s been out and the club’s worked hard, so by the afternoon today it was shaping up good for a strong day of racing.
  • After parting ways with Motul Pirelli Suzuki during the break, Scott Columb received a call late this week to join the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team alongside Errol Willis. It should be a straightforward transition for the Kiwi, and he’s especially stoked to be back in the MX2 ranks at this point.

Scott Columb has joined the Raceline Pirelli Suzuki team or the Hervey Bay round. Image: Dan McCallum.

  • This weekend will be unusual in the fact that we won’t see a Marmont on any start gate in Australian Motocross. Both Jay and Ryan are injured at the moment, forcing them out of contention for the round. However, good news came in yesterday that Jay is back riding at home in New South Wales. He should be back for Horsham’s seventh round.
  • Errol Willis has been under an injury cloud of late, suffering a hip injury that almost ruled him out for the weekend according to speculation around the pits. He is here though and does plan on racing, so we look forward to watch him progress as the season continues.
  • Another rider who we knew was coming in under an injury cloud is Tye Simmonds, but he’s here and he too plans on lining up for practice and the races tomorrow. Simmonds does have a broken nose, as well as a few other injuries, but nothing else is broken and wants to race on Sunday. Updated: Simmonds hasn’t been cleared to race and will sit out the round.
  • Billy Mackenzie is here this weekend at Hervey Bay, making his first appearance at the track since he suffered a serious wrist injury at Coonabarabran’s second round. The Scotsman would like to make Horsham, but Appin is a more likely goal at this stage. Either way, it’s good to have him back at the races.