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MID WEEK MOTO Fullnoise.com.au’s Look Into All Things Moto

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Welcome to MID WEEK MOTO presented by Fullnoise.com.au, our look into all aspects in the world of dirt bike racing.

While we have a host of news and press releases updated daily on the Fullnoise.com.au website there are always little bits of interesting, odd and not so true information floating around the traps!

Mid Week Moto is our outlet for some of the other information that does not make the news or we find a little interesting that might have missed the main news feed and on the weeks where it is a little more quite, we will try and find and interesting way to fill this page!

MAKING A RETURN
Beau Ralston will leave the trees and tape behind and return to his motocross roots this weekend - Credt: Fourohfour
Round 8 of the MX Nationals heads to Raymond Tce this weekend with a handful of rides making their return to the race track.

Beau Ralston who has been bouncing off trees in this years AORC championship with the Active8 Yamaha team is going to line up in the MX1 class on Sunday at a track that he knows well.

Daniel Banks who has been absent from the national scene since round three after a wrist injury will make his return to racing with the Penrite Oil Honda MX team with a guest ride.

Another South Aussie privateer in James Booth Elliot is also planning on being at Raymond Tce. After blowing up his race bike then having some issues with his practice bike Booth-Elliot has blown through his 2014 racing budget but was planning on trying to make it to this weekends round after another clean sweep at the S.A Titles on the weekend.

Fullnoise.com.au supported rider Jacob Williams is also back in action this weekend as he steps up for his first race in the MX2 class.

Another rider two riders who are back riding, though not planning on racing this weekend are Dylan Leary and Nick Sutherland. Leary is coming back from a horrific run of knee injuries and will be looking to build towards 2014, while Sutherland let us know at Conondale that he would be back riding by Raymond Tce, but was unsure of his racing return. If we don't see him at the final rounds of the nationals, keep and eye out for him at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Championship.

Out For Raymond
Unfortunately Rhys Carter will be sidelined for the remainder of the MX Nationals after suffering an injury at home in New Zealand in the past week - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While there are a few riders returning for Raymond Tce, two big names of the sport will be sidelined this weekend. Jay Marmont has confirmed a wrist injury suffered at Conondale will keep him out of his last MX National apprence in his home state, though he will be at the track supporting his CDR team-mates.

Rhys Carter has suffered an injury at home in New Zealand at the Taupo track and will miss the remainder of the 2014 MX Nationals. The Kiwi has put in a solid showing this year and hopefully will be back in Aus in 2015.

Daniel McCoy has decided to skip the rest of the MX Nationals season. McCoy suffered broken back earlier this year and though he was able to come back and even showed some very good form in the opening moto at Conondale, it was clear to see he was still suffering the effects from his injuries. At this stage he is focused on being 100% ready for the supercross season, though there is no word on which class or who he will ride for.

We have just got word from Geran Stapleton that he will again be sidelined from this round due to a persistent shoulder injury, he is hoping to be back for the final two rounds at Gladstone and Rayond Tce.

Giving The Privateers A Chance
Jacob Wright is one of a handful of riders to get an opportunity to show what he has with a Factory team for the remainder of 2014 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
CDR Yamaha kicked things off when the recruited Jacob Wright into their team for the final four rounds of the 2014 MX Nationals. Wright has once again shown some great speed this year including an outstanding ride at Swan Hill where he finished 4th and also don't forget his run through the field at Murray Bridge.

Though he struggled a little with his first outing with CDR, with a couple of weeks now spent on the Yamaha YZ450F, expect to see the Queenslander push back towards the pointy end of the field.

The Penrite Oil Honda MX team has also come to the party, helping out a few privateers, with Daniel Banks and Riley Graham slated to fill in for the injured Cody Cooper over the course of the next three rounds, with Banks taking his turn behind the bars of the Factory Honda this weekend. Victorian Lewis Woods is also in line for a ride with the factory outfit, though we are expecting to see Woods get his shot when the Supercross season commences.

At this point in time there is no word if the the Motul Suzuki team will be looking to fill the seat left vacant due to Carter's injury, with some fast up and coming privateers of the likes of Woods and Booth-Elliot already Suzuki mounted it would be cool to see one of the two get a chance to see what it is like wto race with the support of team.

Though with Matt Moss entrentched in the championship battle with Factory KTM's Kirk Gibbs, the Suzuki team may take the same path as KTM and choose not to run a second bike and instead put all their effort into what they turn up to race for, winning the 2014 title.

FOX LEAK
Ken Roczen could not be missed out on track running the new 2015 FOX 360 Marz racewear - Credit: Simon Cudby
While all the 2015 Riding gear has been hitting the market and the race track for that matter, FOX have kept their new designs pretty close to their chest over the past couple of weeks.

The 2015 line is officially going to been seen around the world on Friday, the 1st of August (U.S Time, so Saturday morning in Aus). However both Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey were both wearing some of the new gear in the second moto at Woshugal on Saturday.

Also some keen observers would have noticed Australia's own Meghan Rutledge running some of the new Fox apparel at Loket in a pretty cool Orange, White and Green colour way that resembled the Miami Dolphins NFL team colours!

But for us, we are a big fan of the new Franchise range of Fox gear and our pick of the best colour-way just happened to be worn by Tommy Hahn at Woshougal. If you check out some of the U.S sites photo galleries from Washougal you are sure to see a sneak peak of the huge range of Fox gear about to hit the market, but also a lot of the new racewear from all the manufactures.

There is certainly plenty of great new apparel about to hit the market!

Two Stroke Cup
Will Errol Willis defend his 2013 Two-Stroke Cup title or remain in the MX2 class for the final two rounds of the season - Credit: Aaryn MInerds
Something we will look at a little more in the lead up to Gladstone where the first round of the 2014 two stroke cup is set to take place, will be who actually enters the 2 stroke cup this year!

You only have to look at the MXD and MX2 classes to see that there is probably more two strokes currently in action across the two classes than four-strokes. The question is, will any of the riders who are out of contention in the championship classes, be it MXD, MX2 or event Milesevic in MX1, move across and take a gamble at winning the two stroke cup and by passing the final two rounds.

Or better yet could we see the likes of last years two stroke cup champ Errol Willis and or any of the MX2 championship contenders, doubling up at the final two rounds and racing both classes!

And the biggest question of all? If the trend in the MX2 and MXD class continues towards 250 two-strokes will we see a 250F cup next year in place of the 2-stroke cup!

Aussie MXoN
Will any of our domestic front runners get the nod for our 2014 MXoN team - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
It is getting close to that time of the year again and the yearly banter of who should be on the Aussie team is starting to pick up. As always the selection of the Australian team is going to come down to who is 100% healthy.

Sometimes the selection process is not as cut and dry as it could look from the outside with a few factors always needing to be taken into consideration including, who has actually applied to represent Australia (Remember a rider actually has to apply to let M.A know they are avaliable and interested in riding if selected) and also the support a rider will be able to get when heading overseas to race.

At this point in time the only selection that you would think would be 100% would be Brett Metcalfe for either the MX1 or MX3 ride. Metty is currently sitting fourth in the American Motocross Championship, is consistently on pace, 100% fit and race ready.

From there things are a bit up in the air. Chad Reed would normally be the first rider picked. However right at the moment Reed is a long way from his best and I have no doubt that any of the front runners racing the MX Nationals here in Australia including, the Moss brothers, Kirk Gibbs and Adam Monea would all be able to run inside the top ten in the American Motocross Championships consistently, something Reed has not been able to do so far this year on his return from injury.

Then there is Dean Ferris who is pretty much back up to speed and consistently running inside the top 10 in the World Motocross Championship in the MX1 class on a 350F and to make things just a little more confusing, Todd Waters may be back to full health just in time.

And just for good measure, none of Australia's international riders currently race a 250F! Ferris may run the final couple of rounds of the American motocross championship in the 250 class, though that has not been confirmed and Luke Styke may or may not return from inury for the final rounds of the World MX Championship in the MX2 class. Once again the final look of the Aussie MXoN team in 2014 is not going to be easy to pick!

Maybe we could see if we could naturalise Marvin Musquin as and Australian in the next few weeks. For some reason the French could not fit him into their team!

U.S MXoN
On current form Ryan Dungey will be the first rider picked to represent American at this years MXoN - Credit: Simon Cudby
The American team looks like it will be choice between four-five riders, with Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Trey Canard the front runners for the MX1 and MX3 spots and Jeremy Martin and Blake Baggett locked in battle for the MX2 ride.

Though with Dungey, Tomac and Canard probably the three fastest American riders right at this point in time, could the U.S be better off taking the three of them and dropping last years American 250 motocross champion, Eli Tomac back down to the MX2 class for the event! It might be their best option.

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