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MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two

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MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
With a full time ride in the 2019 Maxxis World Enduro Championship, we will be sure to follow Ruprecht every step of the way.
TAKING ON THE WORLD

Australian Wil Ruprecht concluded his first outing (technically second) for his Johansson MPE with some outstanding results at the opening round of the 2019 MAXXIS World Enduro Championship including taking the outright honours in Friday nights Supertest.

With his primary focus being the J1 class (Under 23), the same category that fellow Australian Matthew Phillips launched his world championship winning career in, Ruprecht finished the official opening round on Saturday on the podium finishing 3rd in class and an impressive 20th outright in the "Brave One" Championship.

Not content with those result, the 2017 Australian E1 champion just missed out on taking the J1 win on day two after a small mistake relegated him to second in class and 16th in the Brave One championship.

It was an excellent result for a rider who impressed his new team for the first at the final round of the 2018 world championship where he took the J1 round win ahead of Matteo Cavallo who at the time was on a six-round winning streak.

If you are not doing so already, make sure you give Wil a follow on Instagram to track his progress this year @wilruprecht17 or SIMPLY CLICK HERE

THREE OF OUR BEST
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
After missing the opening round, Jed Beaton kicked off his 2019 MXGP season with a fine 10th place overall round result on Sunday
It was a bit of a mixed bag of results for all three Australian's at the second round of the 2019 World Championship held at Matterly Basin on the weekend.

In the MX1 class, Dean Ferris aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha continued to find speed all weekend. After finishing the qualifying race on Saturday in 18th, Ferris found his flow late in the opening moto on Sunday, climbing to 15th position.

Unfortunately, that was all but the end of the weekend for the current three-time Australian MX1 champ, with a first turn crash putting him out of the second moto.

Honda 114 motorsports Mitch Evan's continued his round one form during the qualifying race with an excellent 4th place finish, while Husqvarna's Jed Beaton in his first GP for the team was also impressive in 13th. It was Beaton who lead the way for the Aussies in moto one with another impressive ride finishing inside the top ten in 9th, while Evan's struggled to recover from an early race crash that left him with a trip through the pits and nearly a lap down.

Evan's rebounded in the second moto and while still not mistake free was able to card an 8th place finish, while Beaton rounded out the weekend with a 10th place overall result with a 13th in race 2.

THE DREAM AINT OVER



How much did it suck to Australia's Chad Reed go down hard at the start of the main event in Seattle, along with current Australian Supercross champion Justin Brayton. In an unfortunate sequence of events, a small bobble by Reed turned into a big pile-up of riders, leaving the JGR Suzuki racer with a collapsed lung, eight broken ribs and a broken scapula.

Amazingly despite all the injuries, Reed announced via Instagram that he would be back, indicating he has every intention of lining up for his 250th Monster Energy Supercross main event start in the future and is taking aim at the season finale in Las Vegas in just six weeks!

The crash, in the end, had more than just an effect on both Reed's and Brayton's seasons.

With the track still not clear at the conclusion of the opening lap and with the red cross flag still displayed, championship hopefull and race leader at the time, Marvin Musquin jumped through the section of track he should have rolled and in turn, was eventually penalised precisely how the rule book states.

The French rider was docked the equivalent points of two positions behind his finishing position (1st) plus an addition two points and his purse money.

However the rule does not dock him the standing of the official winner of the event, so he will go down in history as the race winner and still collect his race win bonus from KTM. But that might be of little comfort with the penalty taking him back to being 14 points behind championship leader and team-mate Cooper Webb. Without the penalty, the gap is only 7 points with five races remaining!

TAKE 2, LETS HEAD TO WONTHAGGI
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
We all know who the usual front runners are in the MX1 class in Australia, but there are a few other riders to keep an eye on in 2019 including American Rodbell
Round two of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals heads to Wonthaggi this Sunday, but after the mudfest which was Appin, round two in a lot of ways is expected to answer the questions we were hoping have answered at round one.

The championship is well and truly open across all three classes and hopefully with a dry or at least drier track this weekend we much get more of an indication who has and has not done their homework over the off-season.

If anything round one might have given us more questions than answers along with seeing where the guys we thought would run up front this year end up this Sunday there are a couple of riders that have a little extra interest for us.

- American Justin Rodbell, a somewhat unknown coming into round one for the KSF Suzuki racer, but after a holeshot and leading early in the mud, he certainly has grabbed a lot of peoples attention. Like most, we are very interested to see how he fairs in 'Normal" conditions. We have a feeling he could be right in the mix week in week out this year.

- Jesse Dobson pulled his ride together at the last moment and impressed with a 5th place finish at Appin, like Rodbell and also seventh-place finisher Tomas Ravenhorst at round one, we have a feeling their results will be around the same mark even in the dry.
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
Caleb Ward did not have the round one he was after, he will be out to impress at Wonthaggi on Sunday
- At the opposite end of the spectrum, both Caleb Ward and Dylan Long did not have the rounds they would have hoped for at round one, with news filtering through the Long will be sidelined from round two with Lawson Bopping stepping into his ride.

While Wonthaggi is not a full sand track, the sand sections do get rough and a little deep, which might just play into the hands of Ward, though he has shown he is super fast in all surfaces over the past few years, he was pretty annoyed after Appin and will be a rider to watch on Sunday.

- Erki Kahro, WHO??? To be honest another rider we know little to nothing about, but after a quick tip-off from our long-time former Fullnoise forum poster, Kenny Watts, we have done a little research.

The Estonian, KTM racer, raced a handful of MXGP races last year including the Italian round where he finished just ahead of Todd Waters and also scored championship points at the Netherlands round.

HAVE A LISTEN

A couple of pre round two MX Nationals Podcasts that are well worth a listen



Also check out the Inside Dirt Podcast with Joe Stevens by CLICKING HERE

PRODUCT OF WEEK
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
Our Yamha YZ65 is well proteced with the GYTR full plastic Glide Plate amongst a host of other GYTR products.
GYTR GLIDE PLATES

Yamaha has a host of Genuine aftermarket goodies available for their bikes including a range of GYTR skid and bash plates to suit every application.

We ran a GYTR aluminium glide plate on our 2018 Yamaha YZ450F which will now make its way over to our 19 250F, while Jayden's YZ65 got the full plastic GYTR glide plate.

The aluminium Glide plate fitted to our YZ450F gave some added protection to the bottom of the engine cases and frame rails, more so for the occasional off-road race we entered, though for 2018 the only consisted of the Hattah Desert race. With a handful of South Australian Off-Road rounds planned for 2019, that added protection when hitting the occasional log or rock section will undoubtedly come in handy, while during those wet MX days the Glide Plate does do an excellent job of reducing the excess dirt/mud build up between the underside frame rails and motor.

While the Aluminium guide plate offers some good base protection, the GYTR Plastic guide plate for the YZ65 give the bike some much-needed protection.

While providing some extra coverage to protect both the ignition cover and water pump, the most valuable protection comes from protecting the radiator hose the runs along the underside of the bike.
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
At this point in Jayden's riding the radiator hose running under a small section of the YZ65 is not a big issue as pretty much all of his riding is done on local motocross tracks, however with him asking more and more to go "Bush Racing" the guide plate is certainly going to come in handy in the near future.

Both the guide plates on both bikes took a matter of minutes to fit, with both utilising a brace that comes when buying the glide plate that runs between the frame rails and locks the plate into position.

For more information on the full line up of GYTR Glide Plates and Sump Guard CLICK HERE

LOVING THE SEAT TIME BUT WANT MORE A LOT MORE
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
Tuesday done right aboard our Yamaha YZ250F
While I have enjoyed riding over the past few years, there has been something missing, that deep desire I used to have to get out and ride at any opportunity had disappeared. Sure I still like to get out for a ride, but gone were the days where I would do anything to leave work early to get out for a mid-week ride or spend from sun up to sun down at a local moto track riding.

But that feeling is back and back in a big way at the moment, and it has all do to with the 2019 Yamaha YZ250F we took hold of a few weeks back.

The YZ250F is a bike I had been longing to get back on to for a while now, and my excitement for the blue beast continues to grow after every ride.

After a weekend off the bike due to the big trip to Appin, I was keen as mustard to get back out and race again on Sunday just gone at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

After spending most of the day on Saturday in the shed preparing Jayden's 50, his YZ65 I turned my attention to the YZ250F, sliding in a fresh uni-filter air filter before taking off the handlebars and bar mounts and moving the bar mounts to the more forward position in the trip clamps then reversing them to give myself a little more room in the cockpit. Its something I never got around to on the 450 last year, but looking back and after riding with the bars in the new position, something I should have done!
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
Another great crew out at the Woodrow complex on Tuesday evening, our own small bLU cRU gathering!
Thinking I was still young and fit and maybe being a little over enthusiastic I decided to enter two classes, surely how hard could racing six, six lap races on one day, two rides after returning from a few months off the bike!

It turns out I am a lot more unfit than I thought I was! But that did not stop me lining up for what ended up being four races for the day, luckily for myself, the wind picked up creating a dust storm that ended the day early.

With the weekend done and dusted (Literally) and the body still pretty sore on Monday, I was still as keen as ever to get back out and ride our new beast, I seriously can not get enough of it, so it was back into the shed on Monday night, a quick oil change, another fresh Unifilter Australia air filter swapped in, (with the seven dirty ones packed up and posted back for cleaning and oiling, seriously get yourself a Unifilter pro pack, best thing we have ever done) and loaded up for another ride we had planned for Tuesday night at a friends track.
MIDWEEK MOTO 2019 Week 13 – Take Two
The only thing better than riding myself, watching Jayden and his mates including Ryder Woodrow riding and improving all the time.
Tuesday's evenings ride turned out to be another fantastic evening at Ryder Woodrow's private practice track.

We had a full range of riders, from current junior national 125 and 250F champion Alex Larwood pumping out laps, local A grader Jordan Waters, the superfast youngster Ryder along with my little man Jayden aboard their YZ65s, a mate Kurt who is a lot like myself when I was his age, who will do anything to head out for a ride or three during the week and the old guy... Myself.

We all spent the evening riding, Jordan working a few suspension settings ready for his first national this weekend at Wonthaggi, Alex, Ryder and Kurt running four-lap sprint handicap races, which gave all three riders the chance to push at their top pace, while Jayden cut lap after lap after lap.

I did a little riding early, then kicked back, enjoyed the fact that for the first time in probably 12 to 18 months or maybe longer I had managed to get out for a mid-week moto and between rides reeled off a few photos to help add to the memory banks as my own memory gets worse!
Once everyone else had packed up for the evening, I kept my gear on and continued to ride, not fast but just out there enjoying the moment, enjoying the freedom that riding brings ‰ÛÓ playing around continuing to feel out our Yamaha YZ250F while the sun continued to set.

By the time I had finished riding, the sun had all but set, by the time we loaded up and left the track it was dark, both myself and Jayden were pumped with our nights riding and we headed home via the car wash knowing this is what riding is all about, enjoying a day, an afternoon, an evening or even a night at the track with mates doing what we love!

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