Features 14 May 2015

Rated: Aussies abroad

A host of Australians continue to shine on the world stage.

MotoOnline.com.au shines the spotlight so far on a selection of Australian racers who are – or have been – taking their campaigns overseas in 2015 across supercross, motocross and off-road.

Source: KTM.

Source: KTM.

Rider: Toby Price
Series: Dakar Rally
Rating: 9/10
Rundown: Toby Price shocked the world when, in his first-ever appearance at the legendary Dakar Rally, he scorched his way to third overall. The South American installment of the grueling race claimed a number of the favourites, but for a rookie to come in, win a leg and finish on the podium is nothing short of heroic. Price is fast-establishing himself as a freak of nature.

Rider: Matthew Phillips
Series: World Enduro
Rating: 8/10
Rundown: Defending World E3 champion, Matthew Phillips, has only just begun his title defence of the year with two rounds at Chile and Spain in the books. He’s currently placed third, with day two at Chile being especially tough as he fought for eight points. He’s already 22 points adrift of current points leader, Frenchman Mathias Bellino, but with 10 rounds still to play out, expect Matty to start turning the screws.

Rider: Jessica Gardiner
Series: World Enduro
Rating: 9/10
Rundown: Sherco’s Jess Gardiner competed at the opening round of the Women’s World Enduro Championship at Jerez, Spain on the weekend and placed second on both days behind Spanish girl Laia Sanz. How much of a home advantage Sanz held will come clear at the next round of their championship at Portugal this weekend, but there’s a damn good chance we’ll see Jess become a world champ in 2015 if things go her way.

Rider: Dean Ferris
Series: MXGP
Rating: 5/10
Rundown: Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris is having a season to forget so far as he languishes down in 18th place in the MXGP points standings. There hasn’t been an official word or explanation given for his average results, but with the World Motocross Championship now a third of a way through, we’d imagine there’ll be plenty of hard questions being asked of a bloke who entered the season with so much promise. Here’s hoping he can turn it around, and quick.

Source: IceOne Racing.

Source: IceOne Racing.

Rider: Todd Waters
Series: MXGP
Rating: 7/10
Rundown: North Queensland’s Todd Waters is having a great year so far as he finds his feet in the MX1 class at the MXGP. Right now the Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna rider is a solid ninth overall in the points standings, with consistent showings at every round proving to be the telling factor. The grueling heat at Thailand was his best result, where to fought to eighth overall, including a seventh in the second race.

Rider: Meghan Rutledge
Series: WMX
Rating: 8/10
Rundown: Mad Meg has begun her Womens’ MXGP Championship campaign and placed third at both rounds (Qatar and Thailand) behind Kiara Fontanesi and Livia Lancelot. The Kawasaki rider has been plagued by injury of late, so we’re uncertain when she will be back in action across the world.

Rider: Chad Reed
Series: AMA Supercross
Rating: 7/10
Rundown: TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed is officially the old guy in the AMA Supercross Championship, but he can still hold it down with the young bucks. A black flag disqualification at Anaheim 2 and a no-show at East Rutherford paid to any hopes of a top three finish, despite winning Atlanta 1 and a third-place finish at Oakland. Reedy’s described 2015 as a weird season and they’re working hard to find out what went wrong. As far as we know, he’ll be back on the gate in 2016.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Rider: Jackson Richardson
Series: AMA Supercross (250SX)
Rating: 6/10
Rundown: Queensland privateer Jackson Richardson had a respectable Western Regional 250SX campaign where he finished 13th overall. Jatz qualified for all but one main event (the first round at Anaheim) and steadily built up his speed until he got his career-best finish – an impressive sixth – at the final round at Santa Clara. Richardson is quickly establishing himself as a solid performer and will hopefully be on the teams’ radars for 2016.

Rider: Taylor Potter
Series: AMA Supercross (250SX)
Rating: 4/10
Rundown: After cracking the top 10 at the Vegas round of the 2014 AMA Supercross, then winning the Brisbane round of the Australian Supercross Championship, Taylor Potter was hoping for a break-out year in 2015. It wasn’t to be. He only qualified for three main events in the Eastern Regional 250SX series and finished the season well down the order in 25th. After putting in so much effort to raise the funds to get there this year, it certainly would be a disheartening to not get the results he was capable of.

Rider: Josh Strang
Series: American GNCC
Rating: 8/10
Rundown: Now one of the well established riders in the GNCC field, Inverell’s Josh Strang would dearly love to claim another GNCC championship. As it stands at the moment, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider is a distant second to defending champ Kailub Russell in the points after six rounds, with four second-place finishes next to his name. The 50-point gap would be significantly closer if Strangy hadn’t had a shocker at the weekend’s round in Odessa, NY, where he only completed three laps.

Rider: Daniel Milner
Series: American GNCC
Rating: 5/10
Rundown: It’s been a hell of a rough debut GNCC season for former CDR Yamaha racer Dan Milner. After six rounds he’s still coming to terms with the brutal tracks and intense race pace that the XC1 class is running. A seventh at round three at Steel Creek, NC, was the highlight of his year so far, but we’re hoping that as the year progresses and he gets his head around the new scene, we’ll see his results improve.

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