Features 16 Jan 2016

Moto 360

An all-access Australian view of dirt bikes, presented by Alpinestars.

What a start to the 2016 racing calendar on a world stage! Here at MotoOnline.com.au we’ve had some seriously exciting and dramatic racing to report on and we’re barely halfway through January.

If this is a sign of things to come, I know I can’t wait for the remainder of the year’s racing both overseas and domestically.

Australia’s Toby Price has been outstanding as he continues to lead the 2016 Dakar Rally aboard his factory KTM. Price to date has put together a smart, consistent ride in the grueling event, so if all goes well he will be crossing the finish line to take home his first-ever Dakar victory.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

We also saw the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship kick off last weekend inside Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Firstly us Aussie fans finally saw our first glimpse of Chad Reed’s all-new Yamaha outfit, surely taking a lot of us on a trip down memory lane.

Reed put together a strong ride and looks comfortable aboard his YZ450F, let’s hope he can find his groove and get the two-two back on top of the box sooner rather than later!

Lawson Bopping also put down an impressive performance aboard his privateer Yamaha YZ450F in the 450SX class. Bopping qualified for his first-ever main event in the premier class after quite a few failed attempts in previous seasons.

We spoke with Bopping earlier this week for our Race Recap, click here to hear what he had to say about that.

It’d be rude not to mention the Weston Peick/Vince Friese on-track altercation, that’s something we haven’t seen taken to such an aggressive level before.

It was clearly a heat of the moment action and Peick has publicly apologised. It may have been entertaining, but I sure hope that’s the last of that kind of behavior for the sake of the sport.

On a more positive note, and speaking about taking trips down memory lane, I doubt I was the only one thinking back to 2014 250SX battles between Jason Anderson and Cole Seely during Anaheim’s 450SX main event last weekend.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Anderson was on fire aboard his Husqvarna FC 450, making his way through the field to eventually track down Seely, make the move and ride away to his maiden premier class win – could we see Anderson make a run for this title?

Finally, on a domestic level, we spoke with Matt Moss today following his debut with the NPE Monster Energy Kawasaki team at the Coffs Harbour Stadium Motocross event, so click here to view that story.

Moss sounds revitalised and eager to place that number one plate back on his bike and I’d say Mossy will surprise a lot of fans and riders when the MX Nationals kick off at Horsham on 3 April.

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