Features 16 Oct 2016

Moto 360

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

It feels a little strange writing this on a Saturday afternoon during the weekend of an Australian Supercross Championship round, with it all completed on Friday night and our guys who were on the ground at Toowoomba last night already home for a full weekend.

Mixing yesterday’s usual Friday content with the second round of supercross was also a unique feeling, but in terms of traffic to the website, we definitely achieved what we set out to, making the effort all worthwhile.

Between myself, Jeremy Hammer and Adam Spence (who moreso works on Foremost Media production projects and filming at supercross), we put a lot of thought into the coverage and last night was another step forward from round one, which was a good feeling in itself.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

On Monday this week I headed down to Melbourne for a day-trip to attend a conference set up by Williams Event Management (WEM), basically to go over a heap of topics regarding the 2016 and 2017 seasons and it was an insightful excursion.

For obvious reasons, much of what was discussed during the conference was in confidence, but one result we did see come out of it was the outline of the 2017 calendar, which we posted online Wednesday. I’ve seen the proposed venues and dates, which looks like it’s shaping up to be another top season once all’s finalised.

I have to rush off now, but by the way, less than a month until Sydney’s AUS-X Open! Before then however, there’s still two more rounds of supercross to be completed. Here’s Jeremy…

As Alex mentioned, it’s strange writing this week’s instalment of Moto 360 with the second round of Australian supercross already behind us. Toowoomba delivered an extremely technical and challenging circuit, and it unfortunately claimed more than a few riders.

It was definitely a talking point from the beginning of practice, and by the conclusion of the night it was getting pretty nasty out there. I asked a selection of riders for their thoughts on the difficulty of the track – which you can listen to next week in Debrief – and they all shared the same opinion, stating that they enjoyed it despite the challenges.

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

Image: Jeremy Hammer (Foremost Media).

One of the most impressive performances of night came from privateer Geran Stapleton, who raced his way to third in the SX2 main. Stapleton suffered bike issues throughout practice and qualifying, resolving the problem prior to the night show, only to be landed on in his heat race, forcing him to the LCQ.

I had a chance to chat with the Victorian post-race, and he mentioned the crash throughout his heat inflamed the back injury that ruled him out for majority of this year. Hopefully it isn’t too severe as it would be cool to see him back-up his result in Adelaide.

Stapleton won’t be the only rider carrying an injury following this weekend, with the list of rider not at 100 percent health significantly growing. We’ll spend this week chasing up riders for updates, alongside our regular post-race weekend features.

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