MID WEEK MOTO’s weekly look into all things moto

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Welcome to MID WEEK MOTO's weekly look into all aspects in the world of dirt bike racing.

From the weekends racing results, to the more interesting and unusual happenings from the week gone by including some of the rumours and findings on social networks, we will take a look and anything and everything dirt bike related.

On top of the World, Matthew Phillips currently leads the EJ class for riders under 23 in the World Enduro Championship
THE WORLD BEATER: Matty Phillips moved his way to the top of the EJ class in the World Enduro Championships win dominating fashion on the weekend, winning both days at round three of the championship in Spain.

Phillips is doing double duty this year as he bounces between the world and the Australian domestic championships. The ex Motocross and Supercross rider has found his place in the Off Road world and is looking like he will be a future World Champion, maybe even as early as this year!

GARDINING ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Jessica Gardiner is following closeley in Phillips footsteps. The first round of the Women's World Enduro Championship kicked off on the weekend with Gardiner finishing 4th and 2nd over the two days and currently sits third in the championship standings.

We Spoke to Jess last night via facebook and will have a run down on her weekend up on our site later today.

WILSON MAKING HER MARK: Returning from a double leg break last year, Jemma Wilson also raced the tough, dry and dusty event in Spain on the weekend. finishing 7th and 5th over the two days.

Wilson will continue to improve as the season continues and she gets more bike time. Though the Honda rider along with Phillips and Gardiner wont have any time to rest, with round four of the world championships being held this weekend. Nothing like back to back weekends of full on riding!

AMERICAN OUTDOOR HYPE: With the AMA Supercross season over, the Lucas Oils Pro Motocross Championship fires up this weekend, we will cover this event off more on Friday in our Dirt Weekend Ahead weekly article.

But with five Australians lining up for the race weekend there will be a lot of interest from Down Under. Regular riders Chad Reed and Michael Byrne are in for the whole season, while Brett Metcalfe will do selected rounds including Hangtown with his main focus being the Canadian MX Championships in 2013 as he builds back from a big big injury or two!.

South Australian Riley Graham will complete the 450 Australian entries for Hangtown. It is a one off race for Riley, to find out more on how it come about CLICK HERE.

We also have conformation from Jackson Richardson that he will be lining up for Hangtown and the rest of the season in the 250 Class, giving us Aussies someone to follow in both classes live on Speed TV! Yep Speed TV is airing all races live in Australia this year on the Foxtel Network.
Yet another Aussie on top of the world, Rob Adelberg winning the Glen Helen round of the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters Championship
AUSSIE FIGHTER ON TOP: Aussie Rob Adelberg claimed his first ever Red Bull X-Fighters win in the United States on the weekend. After qualifying in top position with a superb run in tricky windy conditions, the Aussie was then awarded the round win after the already strong winds increased and forced organisers to cancel the finals.

2014 HONDA CRF's BREAK COVER: A few months back pictures emerged of an all new CRF 250R from the all Japanese Motocross Championship.

The images of what was then believed to be the 2014 model have turned out to be true, with Honda Motorcycles in America launching details of the all new CRF 250R and also an updated version for the CRF 450R.

This comes off the back of information released on the entire range of 2014 KTM Machines last week. It is only early May and though we are not sure when any of the new bikes will hit the market in Australia, calling a bike a 2014 model when released in the first half of 2013 is a little strange. By the time 2014 hits most of these bikes will be more than half a year old!

For more info on the New Honda's CLICK HERE

We like everyone else are wishing all the best to Waters, who is still in doubt to line up at Broadford this weekend.
IT WAS A SEMI QUIET ONE It was certainly a quiet weekend in terms of national level racing, though there was plenty going on around the states, we will kick this Mid Week Moto off by going through some of the news and rumours from the weekends racing

WATERS HAS A BIG ONE: Probably the biggest news to come from the weekend was Todd Waters, current points leader in the MX1 class at this years MX Nationals, had a crash on his 250 two stroke during the Sunshine State championships on the weekend.

Though I did not see the crash first hand, from what I have been told, it was very unexpected. Waters was racing with his now customary control out front looking smooth when things all went pear shaped in a flash.

I Spoke quickly to Todd this morning, he sounds fine, though understandably a little quiet while he waits to see if he can race or not this weekend. He said he feet good, though the will need a clearance from the doctors before a final decision can be made regarding this weekend.

We certainly wish Todd all the best and hope he is ready to race on the weekend.

The positive for Todd, is the has built up quite a decent lead in the championship over the first three rounds and even with a worst case scenario for himself of second placed Matt Moss earning a full 75 points at Broadford this weekend, Waters would only be 31 points from the championship lead.

After building a 44 point lead in just three rounds, Waters would have to be confident that he could close down 31 points with the form he has been in so far this year, with still six rounds remaining after the Broadford round.

WINSTON STILL STRONG: With Waters crashing out of the Lites class, Brock Winston claimed the round win ahead of Yamaha's Jay Wilson at Leyburn Park. Winston will look to carry that form in to Broadford this weekend, as will Wilson who has struggled due to starts at the opening two rounds of the MXN in the MXD class.

BLOWN AWAY: Waters did complete both 450 races before his crash, finishing the first moto 34 seconds ahead of Billy Mackenzie and 25 seconds ahead of Mackenzie in the second moto. Winston was only a few second back from Mackenzie in third in both motos.

MISSING MARSHALL: Robbie Marshall finished tied for fourth at Leyburn in the Pro Open class with Jacob Wright. Marshall has been impressive this year as a privateer in the MX1 class at the MX Nationals, being a top ten contender in every race so far.

Marshall will not be at Broadford however this weekend for round four, instead he will be in his home state of Queensland doing Freestyle shows at the Ipswich Show. The guy can race and throw down tricks with the best of them.
Corey James continues to impress in 2013 taking a race win ahead of Ryan Marmont at the East Coast MX Series on the weekend
JAMES BEATS MARMONT: Over in New South Wales, the senior riders headed Maitland for the make up round of the East Coast MX Series.

National MXD rider Corey James secured the opening A grade Lites win over Ryan Marmont, but Marmont ended up on top come days end winning the final two motos ahead of James and Michael Parker who finished second in the final moto.

MATT MOSS CONTINUES TO FIND FORM: Matt Moss won the All Powers A+B class winning to motos and finishing second to Jay Marmont in the final race.

Moss has been getting better with every race this year and continues to maintain momentum heading in to round four of the MX Nationals. We all know a confident and fit Moss is hard to beat, could he be the rider to put the challenge to Waters going forward in 2013?

THE CHAMP IS GETTING THERE: It has been a bit of a rough start to the year for Jay Marmont. After the opening moto at Raymond Tce where he finished a solid second, I thought he was on track for another run at this years championship.

Things have not gone his way since that race, with a big crash at Murray Bridge that left him in some discomfort, more than he would ever admit I would say. He looked average in the first moto at Wonthaggi, but bounced back well in moto two for a 6th place finish.

His lap times compared to Matt Moss were right on pace at Maitland and with another week to work on a few things will be back on the podium hunt at Broadford this weekend.

DMC and GEROGE! Daniel McCoy and Luke George were also in the hunt at Maitland, McCoy finished second to Moss in the opening race and held of for third overall behind Moss and Marmont for the day.

George who hit the race track for the second time this year was on point finishing the day fourth with his laps times right with the front runners especially early in the day. He finished the first race in third place, followed by fourth in the final two moto's.

GIBBS UNTOUCHABLE: Kirk Gibbs headed back to South Australia for round three of the SAMX championships and blew everyone away, a long way away!

In the Expert Open class no one got close to him, though Daniel Banks put in a solid effort in the final moto getting with in one second of Gibbs best lap time, finishing only 20 seconds behind the Factory KTM racer after the 15 minute plus one lap moto.

It was much the same in the Lites class where Gibbsy race aboard a KTM 250 2 stroke, no one was with in 5 seconds a LAP! compared to Gibbs in the first race, though Jett Anderson did bring that down to three seconds in race two and under two seconds in race three.
The racing behind Gibbs was tight in South Australia on the Weekend, Gibbs was on another level
TIGHT AT THE TOP IN SA: While Gibbs dominated in SA, the racing behind him was intense, Banks, Luke Arbon, James Booth Elliot and Matt Clarke were fighting each other all day for second place, while Shane Metcalfe and Mitch Norris had their own personal match up going on all day just behind the front runners.

It made for some great racing, at the end of the day Banks took second just from Arbon who was one point ahead of Booth-Elliot in fourth after his come from behind moto one effort.

ANDERSONS's RUN COMES TO AN END: The return of Gibbs was a bitter sweet deal for young Jett Anderson. The rider who has a top ten race finish to his name in the MXD class this year at the MX Nationals, was unbeated in South Australia in the Lites clas so far in 2013.

Anderson was still happy to have Gibbs back for round three though, it gave him a chance to watch and learn from one of the countries best riders and the day was still a good one for the championship for Jett. He finished second to Gibbs in every moto and futher increased his championship lead in just his second year of senior racing.

RYAN MAKES IT FOUR: I just got word from Matt Ryan that he will line up for Broadford this weekend, the rider currently laying fifth in the MX2 National championship was only going to do the opening two rounds of the series, but his results have prompted him to keep going.

Though at this point in time the big trip from Victoria to Queensland for the Conondale round is certainly out of the question, maybe a podium result this weekend could change his mind.


Check out below a collection of some of the best video's we have come across over the past week

Just2Wheelz 2013 MX Nationals Rnd 3 at Wonthaggi Highlights

Kamfari '13 - Australia's Muddiest Race. Team 404

Moto Life - Episode Two 'The Gate Drops'

2014 Honda CRF250R

Hangtown MX 2013, 6 Days To Go

2013 Hangtown Motocross Animated Track Map

A Lap from Competitive Edge - Captured on my GoPro HERO3

2013 Red Bull KTM Team Preview: Dungey, Roczen & Musquin

2013 Pro Circuit Kawasaki Team Preview: Baggett, Wilson, Cianciarulo & More

HM Plant KTM - 2013 Maxxis British Motocross Championship, Round 4

Maxxis British Motocross Championship Highlights round 4 a Motocross video by MOTO



Well that is a wrap for Week 19 of the 2013 Race Season. It is going to be a full on weekend of off road racing both in Australia and around the world this weekend, with the MX Nationals, American MX Championship, World Motocross and World Enduro Championships all taking place Throw in a round of the World Speedway Championship in the Czech Republic and the GNCC in the U.S and our Monday is looking pretty full on!.

Make sure you catch our "DIRTY WEEKEND AHEAD" weekly feature on Friday to find out what racing is on this weekend!, then head back Monday for our Monday Motoboard, hopefully we can keep up with all the results as they come through!

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