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

MX Nationals LIVE Stream Available At Every Round in 2015!

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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!

In this article we will have a look at some of the news and information that may have not made headlines but caught our attention during the week, and also have a look at a few of the incidents that did cause headlines!

2015 MX NATIONALS



While putting together this weeks edition of a WEEK IN MOITION, which you can view HERE, we stumbled across the video above!

As you can see by watching it, WEM the promoters of the Australian motocross championship have come together with NRGTV, to show every round of the 2015 MX Nationals live or on demand.

After seeing the video we flicked Kevin Williams an email to try and find out a little more about what the plans were for the upcoming season in regards to the NRGTV partnership. Kevin was kind enough to give us a call back and fill us in in a few of the plans WEM have for this year.

The biggest news he could confirm that was each round of the 2015 championship will be live through NRGTV, with all championship classes being available either LIVE or on demand. He also let us know that it would not just be the racing that would be live, but they are looking at having pre race and post race press conferences live, giving viewers the chance to to hear from the race winners and podium finishes directly after each round.

A new dedicated web site for all the live and video content is being finalised at the moment and is due to launch on the 16th of March in the lead up to round one of the series that begins on the 29th of March in Horsham, Victoria.
Track coverage and interaction with race fans will also be bolstered in 2015 with the addition of more cameras, a new broadcasting van and plans to have the ability for viewers to tweet and message questions directly to the race commentators during the racing!

Williams also confirmed that a television package was off the table for 2015 due to the high costs with WEM making the decision to invest and focus heavily on new age technology preferring to have the racing streamed via the internet and focusing on social network coverage and interaction with fans.

THOR Bench Racers is also set to make a return in 2015, along with the MX Nationals APP that that was made available in the lead up to the 2014 season and is set to come with a nice little bonus for race fans that William's was unable to elaborate on just at the moment.

Over the coming months, in the lead up to the season opener WEM will make further announcements on some exciting developments for the 2015 season, with many of the announcements to be in video context or streamed live.

2015 InsureMyRide Enduro-X Nationals Announcements
Before we take a look at some of the big international events from the week, some more great news came through this week regarding the 2015 InsureMyRide Enduro-X Nationals. This years series is set to be bigger and better than 2014 and with all three rounds being held under-lights, there is no doubt that the atmosphere at all three rounds is set to be amazing.

Round one at Archerfield Speedway was held under-light last year and returns again for 2015, round two a Sydney Dragway was finalised just over a week ago and will be ran underlights on the 28th of Feburary.

The big news is the final round at Calder Park, the home of the Enduro-X Nationals championship will also be held underlight this year, after being held during the day over the past couple of years. The track will still be in the same position with both temporary lighting being used along with the ability to turn around the lighting that lights up the Calderpark race track to shine directly over the Enduro-X track!

The other fantastic news for the series that was released this week, was the inclusion of American Mike Brown to contest all three rounds of this years championship, giving our world class Aussie riders one of the top International Enduro-X riders to go head to head against.

This years Enduro-X Nationals is shaping up to be a must see series, and we plan on being there to see it!
2015 Dakar Rally - It's All About TOBY

I have long been a fan of the Dakar Rally. In my younger years I would watch every single day's action on SBS thanks to their 30 minute highlight show, the continues to this day thankfully.

Much like the Tour De France, I would watch the 30 minutes highlight shows, looking to see how the front runners were going and also to see how any Aussies were traveling in the class just hoping one day we would have a rider that could challenge for the win.

Over the years we have had some great Australian riders not only enter the event but place extremely well including the likes of Andy Haydon who finished third overall in 1998 behind winner and Dakar legend St̩phane Peterhansel and second placed Fabrizio.

Another South Australian then captured the attention of the world racing the Dakar Rally, with the late Andy Caldecott racing the 2004 event where he recorded a DNF, before coming through with a 6th place overall finish in 2005. Caldecott then won stage three of the 2006 race before unfortunately suffering a fatal crash on stage nine.

Along with Caldecott and Hayden there have been many Australian's that have raced this great event and in 2015 another Australian is grabbing the world's attention in just his first every appearance at Dakar and only his second every Rally race on the world stage.
Toby Price who will no doubt go down in history as Australia's most versatile dirt bike racer has shown maturity beyond his years during this years race and after 9 of 13 stages sits in 4th position overall, just under 5 minutes out of third place and 31 minutes behind multi time Dakar Champion Marc Coma.

To put that in perspective, Toby in his first year has made two navigational mistakes on two separate stages that have cost him close to 45 minutes. Subtract those two mistakes from a first year rider and Price is looking more than a little good!

To further highlight just how well Price is doing in this years race you just have to look at the riders behind him. He has a ten minute gap back to 5th place and an astonishing 1 hour back to 6th positioned David Casteu and experienced front runner of the Dakar and Factory Yamaha racers.

Other big names behind Price include Ruben Faria, Oliver Pain who is two hours behind Price in 10th and was considered one of the big favorites to win heading into this years event. Then there are the top flight riders who are completely out of contention including Honda's Joan Barreda who lost over 3 hours on stage 8 along and Sam Sunderland who was forced out of the event in the opening days.

Of course there is still 4 stages left to run and a lot can happen in those stages, especially with another Marathon stage yet to ran. But as it stands Toby Price sits in a great position to have a crack at a overall podium finish and even an outside chance to take the win, though beating Marc Coma will be no easy feat.

- While on the topic of Dakar, check out who is sitting 8th overall! LAIA SANZ is showing Women all over the world that Dakar is not only for the Boys and with a fine 5th place finish on stage 8, there is no reason she can't crack an overall podium position in the coming years.

PHOENIX FLYERS
Round two of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship was held in Phoenix on the Saturday night, below we break down the Aussie riders performance and have a look at the top five outstanding and no so outstanding results in each class.

THE AUSSIES - Chad Reed was again the highest placed Aussie in the SX class racing to a 10th place finish, though we feel he was better than a 10th place rider on the night. Reed looked good in his heat and moved forward from outside a qualifying position to finish third and transfer directly to the main event.

A bad start in the main left him deep in the field, but he quickly made some passes and looked as though he would move forward, that was until he came up to Justin Brayton. Reed to a handful of runs at Brayton and gave the BTO KTM rider less and less room with every move. Brayton stayed the course however and not only could Reed not make the move, the time behind Brayton let Cole Seely close up on the pair and make the move past Reed as he got hung up to dry by Brayton. After that point Reed did not look like the same rider from what we seen on the ESPN telecast and finished out in 10th spot.

Brett Metcalfe made his way to the main via the LCQ after a crash in his Semi final. Starting at the back of the field Metty raced to a 16th position finish in a very talented field.

Matt Moss has not looked himself out on track from what we have seen via the live stream of practice and qualifying on Supercrosslive.com or from the little we have seen of him during the racing telecasts. There is no doubt that this years field is deep and making the main event is not at all easy, but some of the riders finishing in front of Moss in both the semi's and the LCQ are riders he has ran with before and there are a few riders that I would have never expected to finish in front of him.

Hopefully this weekend will be the weekend shows exactly what he can do, we all know Matt Moss is one very talented rider that has what it takes to qualify for a main event even in a very stacked field.

Jackson Richardson got plenty of air time last weekend after running in second position for a good portion of his heat race, before finishing in 5th position and earning his first trip to the 250 West main event for the year. While the main event did not go to plan a 18th place finish is a start and coming off the back of two qualifying results inside the top 14, there is plenty of upside to Richardson's season so far.

SX Class Highlights
- Eli Tomac's win, it is hard to look past a rider scoring their first every SX class win, especially when they catch, pass then gap Ken Roczen.

- The Tomac and Roczen battle, how great was it to see two riders at the front go head to head for the lead without punting each other.

- Weston Peick's Fourth, Weston is the real deal, is showing great speed and even breaking a bone in his foot with a few laps to go did not slow him down much.

- Jason Anderson's Sixth, yeah I know after he finished second last weekend 6th does not sound like much, but when you see he was 14th after lap one and then see the names of the riders he passed on his way to 6th, his Phoenix ride was just as impressive as his ride at A1

- Cole Seely's Heat Win, Everyone was saying coming in this year is stacked and it was shown again on Saturday with Seely taking a heat win then finish 14th in the main, the evenness across the field is just astounding at the moment.

AJ Catzanaro makes the main, you have to be pumped when a fully fledged privateer makes the move form the 250 class to the 450 class and leads the entire LCQ to make the main event, even in this crazy talented class, it is great to see a privateer make the main.

SX Class Unfortunates

- Weston Peick breaking his foot, not that you knew it at the time, the guy is a beast, but there is no doubt breaking a bone in his foot after casing a jump with three laps to go cost him a podium finish.

- Josh Hill missing the main. How unlucky was Josh Hill, he held down a qualifying position the whole way through his semi final only to be pipped at the line by Brock Tickle, before a crash in the LCQ gave him now chance of making the main event.

250 West Class Highlights
- Cooper Webb's Win, just like Tomac in the SX class, nothing beats a rider winning his first main event

- Malcom Stewarts rebound, The man they call Mookie started off Phoenix in the same fashion as A1, hitting the deck and being sent to the LCQ. The Geiko Honda rebounded though making the main event, racing to the lead early before finishing in second position.

- Tyler Bowers the real deal. There was a little doubt if the rider who won the arenacross championship for four years straight could mix it in the SX class, he showed at round one he could run up front and then at Phoenix proved he has what it takes to move through the field coming from way back to finish 4th.

- Aaron Plesinger impresses. For the second weekend in a row, 250 SX Rookie Aaron Plesinger has raced through the field to post a 5th place race finish, the future looks bright for the Yamaha rider.

- Jackson Richardson, running second in his heat before finishing 5th and scoring his first main event appearance for 2015. We are sure things will keep improving for the Queenslander this weekend.

MORE AUSSIES

Two more Australian's will line up for A2 this weekend, with Adam Monea expected to make his return after only being able to complete two laps of practice at A1 due to a injury, while Luke Wilson will make a dream come true when he lines up in the 250 class for his first crack at an American Supercross event.

INDUSTRY NEWS
- The 2014 Bike Sales report was released early this week with Yamaha leading the way in overall Off-Road bike sales, and Honda's little CRF50 claiming top spot as the most sold bike of 2014!. In fact three junior bikes lead the way with the Yamaha's TTR50 and PW50 rounding out the top three, which bodes well for the future of the sport.

- While on the Topic of Honda, they have also announced a hot new deal to heat up the launch of their 2015 CRF250R and CRF450R. Honda is offering buyers a massive $1500 Honda Dollars on purchases of the famed models. Honda Dollars can be used at the dealership on a wide variety of accessories such as helmets, gloves and jackets, for servicing, or as a credit toward the motorcycle purchased.

The new offer, started on January 1 and running until March 31, is set to make these motocross machines more affordable than ever before.

For more information about the CRF250R and CRF450R and to take advantage of the Honda Dollars offer, visit your local Honda Dealer, call 1 300 1 HONDA or visit

- Fox Head Australia launched their second set of Limited Edition racewear this week with the Fox 180 Racewear and V1 helmet now available in an all new Camo look and in two colour ways. Click HERE for more info.
That's A Wrap

Well that's a wrap for this week, check back next week for Mid Week Moto Presented by Fullnoise.com.au.

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