Features 23 Jun 2016

Countdown: Leading Aussie internationals

Ten of our best racers currently performing globally.

Australia is well known for producing world class racers across a range of motorcycling disciplines including motocross, supercross, enduro and rally. In this latest edition of Countdown, MotoOnline.com.au takes a look at 10 of Australia’s hottest exports at this point in time across the globe.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

10. Jackson Richardson:
Richardson, a regular on the American Motocross and Supercross circuits, has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his short international career in the 250cc category. The Queenslander’s 2016 campaign has been a bumpy one after an early-season injury saw him miss a majority of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional Championship. Now four rounds in to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Richardson sits 31st overall in points aboard his private Honda CRF250R.

9. Luke Clout:
2014 MX Nationals MX2 champion Luke Clout made his professional American debut earlier this year after a last-minute switch from Serco Yamaha to the MAD Racing Dirt Candy Suzuki squad. After suffering a broken femur at the Oakland Monster Energy AMA Supercross round, Clout recovered and returned for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season where he currently sits 27th in points after four rounds of racing.

8. Hayden Mellross:
Mellross made his presence known during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional championship in 2016. Aboard his 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha YZ250F, the New South Wales native clicked another gear this season improving his results and earning a considerable amount of TV time along the way. Mellross claimed a solid fourth place heat race finish in San Diego and captured a career-best main event finish of 11th at the season opening round in Anaheim.

7. Brett Metcalfe:
Metcalfe has long been one of Australia’s top exports on the international racing scene. Following a substantial career contesting the US Supercross and Motocross championships, the South Australian has now made the move to north in recent years to contest the Canadian Motocross Nationals. Part of the Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha team for 2016, Metcalfe currently sits fourth overall in the premier class standings behind the likes of Davi Millsaps and Mike Alessi.

6. Mackenzie Tricker:
Hailing from Western Sydney, New South Wales, Mackenzie Tricker has spent plenty of time overseas during her young racing career. A regular at the Millsaps Training Facility in recent years, Tricker has made the move to both the Women’s MX Championship (WMX) and the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) events claiming two round wins in GNCC and currently sits fourth overall in WMX points. Unfortunately Tricker suffered a recent mid-season injury which will see her sidelined indefinitely.

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Source: Supplied.

5. Hunter Lawrence:
After a stellar junior career domestically, Queensland rider Hunter Lawrence packed his bags and made the move to Europe along with his entire family for 2016. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider scored his first-ever MXGP EMX250 overall victory at the grand prix of Germany with an impressive moto 1-1 sweep. Unfortunately Lawrence went on to suffer a season-ending knee injury following a crash at Talavera De Reina in Spain.

4. Josh Strang:
International regular Josh Strang has continued his impressive form in 2016 as part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad. The off-road specialist currently sits first overall in the 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country XC1 Pro standings after claiming three round wins throughout the season. The 2010 XC1 Pro champion is on track to claim a second championship in his 10th year touring the hotly-contested American off-road circuit.

3. Chad Reed:
Reed is by far Australia’s greatest Supercross and Motocross export with multiple Monster Energy AMA Supercross premier class championships to his name, as well as one Lucas Oil Pro Motocross number one plate. 2016 saw Reed return to the brand he entered the US scene with as the sole rider on the Monster Energy/360fly/Chaparral/Yamaha Factory Racing team. Reed finished fifth overall in the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship and recently claimed a 13th overall finish on return to the MXGP championship at Matterley Basin in Britain – one of two select events scheduled for Reed’s 2016 Euro racing vacation.

2. Matthew Phillips:
Aboard his Sherco 450 SEF-R as part of the CH Racing team, dual world champion Matthew Phillips is another Australian rider making his mark on the world stage in the off-road discipline. Contesting the FIM EnduroGP World Championship, the Tasmanian currently tops the overall standings ahead of a selection of the world’s best enduro riders after five rounds of gruelling racing across Europe.

1. Toby Price:
Off-road ace Toby Price has stepped it up to a whole new level in 2016 gaining worldwide recognition for his impressive performances to date. Price kicked off the season capturing the iconic Dakar Rally win, becoming the first Australian athlete to do so in the history of the event. He then went on to capture the overall victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016 before capping it off with the 2016 Tatts Finke Desert Race victory in the bike category and a second place in the truck category – this guy is one talented human.