News 8 Nov 2019

Championship-winning team DPH Motorsport in liquidation

MX Nationals and AUS Supercross team's future cast into doubt.

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Double current Australian Motocross Championship-winning team DPH Motorsport has been ordered into liquidation just months after capturing the 2019 MX Nationals titles with Todd Waters in MX1 and Wilson Todd in MX2.

Public records indicate that the court order follows after a dispute with Yamaha Motor Australia, which was the manufacturer DPH Motorsport competed with prior to picking up official Husqvarna Motorcycles support at the beginning of last year.

While information remains limited, notes published publicly by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) have confirmed that liquidation status was appointed on 22 October 2019 by an order of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Reports of DPH Motorsport being in financial trouble had been widespread through the MX Nationals season, however, despite rumours that the team had folded mid-season, DPH Motorsport went on to complete all 10 rounds and deliver the elusive dual championship victories with Waters and Todd.

The team has been in attendance at the opening two rounds of the Australian Supercross Championship with both riders, although injuries sustained by MX2 World Championship-bound Todd have seen him sidelined for the season-remainder.

Despite maintaining close relations with DPH, Waters will continue in AUS Supercross this weekend at Wollongong riding a privately-entered Husqvarna FC 450 in SX1 with direct support from Husqvarna Motorcycles. It’s understood that the contract between Husqvarna Motorcycles and DPH Motorsport was made void by the company operating the team being in liquidation.

When contacted during the past week, DPH Motorsport team owner Dale Hocking acknowledged the liquidation order, but was unwilling to provide further detail on the matter. Yamaha Motor Australia representatives also chose not to make comment.

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