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GNCC XC1 Champion Kailub Russell was given the opportunity to ride his first Pro Motocross on a Factory KTM this weekend and he made the most of it. With a three-month break in the GNCC series, where he is the current point leader, Russell trained at Aldon Baker’s compound with Marvin Musquin in preparation for round 10 at New Berlin, New York. He was probably hoping for rain, and he got his wish. After qualifing 12th earlier in the day, he made good use of his off-road racing skills as he put his KTM 450SX-F into sixth place off the muddy start. He rode steady in the early laps to put himself into a top-five position after five laps, and he continued to climb as high as third-place by lap eight. With a couple of small crashes late in the race, Russell lost a few positions to ultimately finish sixth in his first-career 450MX race.


Russell got off to a great fourth-place start in Moto 2 and he immediately began mixing it up with the front-runners early on. While running inside the top five, Russell unfortunately got caught up in the tail end of another rider’s crash ahead of him. The impact of the crash ended up breaking Russell’s rear brake pedal and sent him straight to the ground. Despite not having use of the rear brake, Russell re-mounted and charged ahead in the tenth-place position. However, that’s when misfortune struck again as he experienced a high-speed crash that sent him wailing to the ground and ultimately resulted in a banged-up elbow. From there, Russell and his team made the tough decision to call it a day, leaving him with a 30th place finish in Moto 2. Russell was able to salvage 13th overall in his first-ever AMA Pro Motocross National with combined moto scores of 6-30.

Russell: “The day started off really good, I qualified 12th in practice and in the first moto I got off to somewhat of a decent start but I had a lot of trouble keeping my goggles clean the first few laps and there was chaos everywhere. I made a bunch of good passes, I really kind of surprised myself and got up just outside the top five. I actually worked my way into third and was running there for a while but I had a little crash coming out of Gravity Cavity – I had to throw my goggles off and my gloves got all muddy so I struggled to hold onto the bars for the last ten minutes. I had one more tip-over but I rode it in the first moto to a sixth. In the second moto, I got off to a really good start. [Justin] Barcia got around me and then I think he got a little out of control and ended up looping his bike in front of me, which ended up hitting me, broke my brake pedal and I crashed and went down. I got going in tenth and just tried to feel the track out without the rear brake, which was tough today because it was so sloppy and you needed to rely on the brakes in some of the turns. I was riding really well but ended up having a pretty good crash and the bike tackled me and banged my elbow up – it hurt pretty good. Overall, I was really happy to be here and really pleased with my qualifying results and my first moto, but I’m just bummed with all the chaos that unfolded in the second one.”



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Pastrana, Sipes, Ronnie Mac To Ride For Puerto Rico at MXoN

Pastrana, Sipes, Ronnie Mac To Ride For Puerto Rico at MXoN



This is not a joke. Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, and—wait for it—Ronnie Mac will race for Team Puerto Rico at the Motocross of Nations at RedBud in October. The Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc. made the announcement today at round ten of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Unadilla. The team will be coached by the legendary Rick Johnson. 

Oh, and all three will be racing two-strokes. Pure gold!

Pastrana has not raced professionally since 2006, but according to a press release sent out by Nitro Circus, has “agreed to make a visit to the gym and dust off his Suzuki RM250 under one condition; the team would need to raise funds to give back to Puerto Rico during their time of need.”

“Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico almost a year ago and still to this day thousands of people are without the basic resources they need. This is an awesome opportunity for the motocross community to get behind and give back to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.” said Pastrana on his involvement with Team Puerto Rico and the 2018 Motocross of Nations. “I’m also excited to be a part of the largest motocross event ever held in the United States and to give the old guys someone to root for as Team Puerto Rico looks to qualify on two-strokes.”

Sipes, a former factory supercross and motocross rider, transitioned to GNCC, but has competed in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in recent years, including two rounds in 2018. He’s also racing American Flat Track in 2018 and last weekend won the Buffalo Chip TT.

“Racing in the Motocross of Nations is a dream come true and a once in a lifetime opportunity. To be on a team with one of the best riders to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle is incredible… and my other teammate does double backflips! I can’t wait!”

Ronnie Mac is, well, he’s Ronnie Mac. He offered up this in the press release: “We’re here to win.”

Team Puerto Rico will be raising funds through direct donations and merch sales. A portion of proceeds of all merch sales will be donated to select Puerto Rican organizations designed to provide support to people in need. The organizations receiving funds will be determined in conjunction with the Federación de Motociclismo de Puerto Rico Inc. to ensure they make the largest impact possible.



Walker Wins British Extreme Championship



Jonny Walker has won the British Extreme Enduro Championship finishing in second place behind Joe Wootton at the final round in Wales. Hamish MacDonald was third.


The final round of the British Extreme Championship at Llanfyllin, Wales ran in dry conditions more suited to enduro riders than extreme specialists. But the Fast Eddy Racing course proved a popular one with riders, in particular Joe Wootton who topped the Championship class ahead of Jonny Walker who took second place and with it the British Extreme Enduro Championship for 2018.  

Speaking after the podium, Walker said: “I knew I had to finish third or fourth today to win the championship and to become British Champion is great, a real bonus to my season.”

Walker ran out the winner despite missing the opening round of the series: “I wasn’t initially planning on doing the series and missed the first round but when I saw that Billy [Bolt] and Graham [Jarvis] were doing it I thought I had to do it as well. 

“I won the first round then got two second places, won another and then a second today so it’s been consistent. It’s nice to come home and race in Britain because I don’t get chance to do it enough.”

Commenting on the less technical course for the final round Walker says he was never-the-less giving it his best shot: “It was real fast today and I basically came prepared for a bit more extreme race with super-soft tyres and mousses. It was faster than that today, the tyres were rolling everywhere. Don’t get me wrong I was trying and I gave it my best shot. 

“This is the first round where I have been on a 300 EXC TPI I’m racing in the WESS series. Basically at the start of the year we bought our own bike, a 250F, from Eurotek KTM and they have helped me to be able to do this series so a big thanks to them.” 


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“Going for it” bags Wootton the win

Riding faster than usual in the dry conditions, the Green Hall Farm course played into the hands of EnduroGP rider, Joe Wootton. Joe has form on the more extreme terrain after a fine third in the EnduroGP Juniors at the Trentino GP. 

At the finish though Wootton was surprised to run out the winner: “I’m really pleased. I didn’t expect it at all. I only live just down the road and thought I’d give it a shot just as practice [ahead of the upcoming British Sprint Enduro round at the same venue]. 

“For a lap or so I was thinking, ‘that looks like Jonny Walker in front’ and then for the first hour we just rode together pacing it. Following him was an education really. When it got to a technical bit it was easy to see why he is where he is – he was smooth and would gain loads on me where I was just hitting stuff hard like an enduro rider!

“When Jonny pitted first I thought this is my one chance to make a gap, one lap just go for it and it worked. Also I think he had a slow pit and I opened a gap but it helped that the track was fast and dusty because it suited the 350 four stroke. Overall though I really enjoyed it.”

Rounding out the Championship class podium was the well-travelled Hamish MacDonald mixing up his World Enduro campaign with some British Championship action. James Dent was fourth and the only other rider to clock up 11 laps in the 2.5 hour race. Jordan Scott was fifth with Paul Bolton, perhaps not on his best form in the dry and faster conditions finishing sixth. That result, however means Bolton takes home third overall in the 2018 British Extreme Enduro Championship.



Ferris confirms full-time transition to the US for 2019

Dominant Australian champion to exit CDR Yamaha following current season.


Image: Foremost Media.

Triple Australian motocross champion Dean Ferris has notified the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team that he won’t be defending his Pirelli MX Nationals championship in 2019, instead revealing he has committed to racing in the US full-time.

At 28 years of age, Ferris will turn his back on a relatively lucrative domestic career with the factory Yamaha organisation in a bid to establish himself as one of the stars of America’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.

Ferris has declared he will take his young family overseas ahead of the 2019 season, however currently remains a free-agent in the lead-up to next May’s outdoor season in a move that could see him become one of the sport’s most sought-after signings. He has decided not to contest the AMA Supercross season, solely focusing on the outdoors.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to get to the USA now for a year or two,” Ferris told MotoOnline.com.au this afternoon on the eve of Coolum’s MX Nationals finals, just one week after he sealed a third-consecutive MX1 crown. “I’ve always had the aspiration to go back and race internationally and the time’s come.

“I must say, in my three years here I’ve really matured as a rider and have learned so much working with CDR, so I believe I am ready to go. I’ve made the decision that I’m not going to re-sign and that I will be assessing my options in the US – I’m a free-agent and am 100 percent committed to go and take my family with me.”

This season’s MX Nationals series has seen Ferris largely unchallenged, winning each of the nine overalls to date in the 10-round title-chase, and it’s his second-place moto finish from last year’s High Point round of Pro Motocross that has him certain he would be competitive in America.

“The money’s not what it’s all about,” he added. “Ever since I was a young boy I wanted to challenge myself and I think I’ve got a lot to offer. Last year, when I went over there with little preparation and with a good little crew, I got a pretty good result. I can only imagine if I set up there and get on a solid program with a good bike, I feel like I can get even better than I am now. I have that desire to go and to give it a real good crack.

“What you’re seeing from me now, I believe, is far better than what you saw when I first came home. We worked together like a little family, we’re pretty tight the whole CDR crew, and it’s been a perfect combination. I’ve won a lot of races, led a lot of laps and I believe we’ve learned a lot. Physically, I’m at a far higher level as well.”

The decision to sit out supercross, which spans between January through early May, is one that will enable Ferris to concentrate on his outdoor intentions, even though he has proven ultra-competitive within the stadiums by finishing third in the Australian SX1 championship during 2017. The year prior he was runner-up to US import and dual champion Justin Brayton.

“I want to focus on motocross, generally because it’s my passion more so than supercross,” admitted Ferris. “While I am pretty good at supercross, I would rather just focus on the outdoors at this moment in time – getting an outdoor contract is the goal. I’d really want to stay on a 450, even though I believe I’m good on a 250 too, the 450 suits my style and that would be my priority.”

One thing that is certain is that Ferris won’t be forming part of Team Australia at RedBud’s FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in October, since it clashes with round two of the Australian Supercross Championship at Coolum. His current CDR contract saw him commit to supercross and he wants to follow through with his strongest title challenge yet.

“I definitely won’t be at MXoN this year since it clashes with supercross, which is unfortunate,” he explained. “But in saying that, trying to compete and get ready in both is not ideal, so I wanted to give it a good crack at supercross without any distractions.”

Ferris’ decision to depart Australia leaves a major void at the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, which has captured eight MX1 outdoor championships over the past decade with Jay Marmont (2008-2011), Josh Coppins (2012) and Ferris (2016-2018). Marmont’s four-straight premier class titles with CDR is a record that Ferris would have been in line to match if he were to stay on for 2019.

Following a grand prix campaign between 2012 and 2015, including brief stint in the US with Red Bull KTM prior to being injured in 2014, Ferris returned home to CDR Yamaha in 2016 and has vastly developed on and off the track since. He is still regarded as one of the country’s top exports from those early parts of his career, winning multiple MX2 GP motos and the overall in Belgium back in 2013 alongside a number of standout MXoN performances.



Knight Hurt Training!



David Knight has suffered a hefty crash while out training in the Isle of Man, suffering broken vertebrae and ribs in the incident yesterday (Wednesday, August 8).


The enduro legend has hit the deck while out training at the Jurby sand track on the Isle of Man. Though he suffered serious injuries including fractures to the fifth and seventh vertebrae in the crash, which left him without feeling in his legs at first and “making noises like a cow”, Knight expects to make a full recovery. 

We heard about the crash yesterday – the Isle of Man word-of-mouth network is faster than Twitter – but had been waiting on official news on the injuries to report from the man himself. 

Sitting up in a chair in hospital wearing a supportive cast, David explained: “I have two broken vertebrae in my back, a few broken ribs and a very sore neck.” 

Knight was really lucky to have gone out riding with a friend, Nathan Cafearo, who was able to help at the time. The Jurby practice track in the dunes is terrible for phone signal and quite remote on the Isle Of Man which made rescue very difficult for Nathan, David’s brother Juan, a lad from Juan's workshop and the ambulance crew to get him off site and into an ambulance – that took a couple of hours in itself.  

“I was there to do motos and during the final lap of my second moto, my rear wheel hit a rock in the sand coming off a jump. I landed sideways and was spat off, head first. I didn’t lose consciousness but did lose feeling in my legs for a very short time and was very badly winded.” David explains. “It took a very long two and a half hours getting me off the beach but they got me to hospital by ambulance where I had CT scans and all is looking ok, thankfully.” 

The perils of training often present problems when riders crash but thankfully David was not out training alone: “I’d like to thank Nathan Cafearo, who luckily was down with me riding, my brother Juan and the ambulance crew for getting me off the beach, which wasn’t easy at all. All the medical staff here at Nobles Hospital have done a great job, especially my surgeon Ross Barker who knows me very well and has been very reassuring. 


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Photo Credit: Gez Morrison 


“It’ll probably slow me down for a bit but I’m fully motivated to get back and be as strong as possible for Weston." Knighter contiunued. “Obviously, I’m disappointed this has happened when I have felt so strong and motivated but most of all I feel very, very lucky that I’ll make a full recovery as it could easily have been a very different story.”

The crash will come as a set-back to his training programme for the 2018 Weston Beach Race but the prognosis is good and though doctors say up to three months is a likely recovery period, it looks unlikely to stop David gunning for a repeat podium at Weston.




MXoN.....Red Bud!

MXoN Legends Parade

Posted on August 11, 2018

The MXoN Experience, a brilliant fund-raising idea from Jeff Stanton has just made the 2018 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations that much better.

Stanton has brought together probably the most complete list of former Team USA riders to raise money for charity.

Join the stars of yesterday, in the biggest motocross race ever run in the USA, as their current Team USA riders Eli Tomac, Aaron Plessinger and Justin Barcia fight to regain the prized Chamberlain Trophy.

The list is Brad Lackey, Danny LaPorte, Mark Blackwell, Mike Hartwig, Dick Robbins, Chuck Sun, Gary Semics, Donnie Hansen, Jonny O’Mara, David Bailey, Broc Glover, Jeff Ward, Ricky Johnson, Ron Lechien, Jeff Stanton, Damon Bradshaw, Mike Larocco, Jeff Emig, Jeremy McGrath, John Dowd, Ryan Hughes, Doug Henry, Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, Ivan Tedesco, Ryan Villopoto, Trey Canard and Ryan Dungey.

For assistance with ticket sales or questions please contact Lori Amstutz at 619-339-5671 or email Lori@Road2Recovery.com, or go to https://mxonexperience2018.com...


Ferris Crowned Aussie Champ


CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s 2018 Australian Motocross Champion, Dean Ferris, finished his domestic campaign with the most dominant ride of the year at the final round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals at Coolum, Queensland, today.

Ferris, who wrapped up the championship last weekend, put the field to the sword in both motos, winning both races by more than 30 seconds and completing a perfect clean sweep of round victories this year. Raceline Pirelli KTM’s Mitch Evans finished the day in second and Davey Motorsports Husqvarna’s Caleb Ward finished the season strongly with his second top three in as many weeks.

Evans grabbed the holeshot of the opening Thor MX1 moto and led for six laps before a charging Ferris strode past and disappeared into the distance. By the end of the race he’d lapped up to fifth place, with a margin of 37.4s over second-placed Evans. Ward put in a gritty ride to pass eventual non-finisher Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) for third with two laps to go. Rhys Carter (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) and Callum Norton (DPH Husqvarna) finished fourth and fifth.

In the final 450cc moto of the season KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Luke Clout snatched a brilliant holeshot, but was overhauled by Evans before the end of the lap. It was shortlived though, as Ferris moved into the lead on the second lap and again put daylight between himself and the pack, finishing with a 34.4s buffer over Evans. A consistent ride from Ward saw him place third, with Metcalfe fourth and Norton fifth.

The top three positions in the Thor MX1 championship were filled by Ferris, Evans and Clout.


Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd claimed his first Pirelli MX2 championship with a smart, calculated ride around the sandy Coolum circuit, while Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster finished the year on a high by claiming the round win.

Webster took the Coolum victory on countback after splitting moto wins with Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Jay Wilson in second overall, while Kiwi Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) picked up third overall.

Todd claimed the championship title in the opening race with a reserved ride to sixth, as Wilson hunted down and passed early leader Harwood on the second lap. Wilson was never headed, although a hard-charging Webster closed in before a small crash saw him have to settle for second, ahead of Harwood. Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Richie Evans finished fourth and Jayden Rykers (Raceline Pirelli KTM) in fifth.

Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing’s Aaron Tanti scored the final holeshot of the season in the MX2’s second outing, but Wilson attacked quickly to claim the lead, with Webster on his heels. On the third lap Webster seized an opportunity to overtake Wilson, eventually leading him over the finish line by 8.4 seconds. Harwood claimed a consistent third, with Todd fourth and Jy Roberts (Husqvarna) fifth.

The top three positions in the Pirelli MX2 championship belonged to Todd, Harwood and Tanti.



Homegrown Worth Another Look!

"Growing up, I wasn't the most talented… I wasn't on the best bikes"

Ryan Dungey