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MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
The Man the Myth the Legend; Toby Price
THE MAN THE MYTH THE LEGEND

Toby Price had already etched his name into the all time great motorcycle racers from the land down under, with multiple Australian AORC titles, Finke Desert race wins, international Rally wins, and of course, the 2016 Dakar Rally win to his name. So how does a rider with so many achievements top everything he has already done before him?

Easy, obviously winning Dakar healthy was not enough of a challenge, so why not break a wrist in the lead-up and add a little more torture to an already gruelling two-week race across some nasty conditions and terrain.

There is not much that has not been covered about Toby Price over the past couple of weeks across every Australian moto outlet and more importantly plenty of National Television coverage, Price's history of great achievements and monumental comebacks from injuries that would have left most mortals on the sidelines for the remainder of their lives have been spread far and wide.

However if you are looking for even more and a great insight to Price, this years event and how he has made the journey of being a two time Dakar Champion, check out the interview with Gypsy Tales, Jason Macalpine at the bottom of this article.

THREE FROM THREE
MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
Cooper Webb became the third rider in as many rounds to stand on the top step of the 450SX class
The 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season continues to throw up surprise after surprise, and we now have three different winners from the opening three rounds, and none of the round winners names are, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin or Ken Roczen, the four riders who where expected to do most of the winning in 2019.

For the second weekend in a row, a rider claimed their first every 450 Supercross win, with Cooper Webb following in Blake Baggett's footsteps, racing away to win 2 of the three races in the first triple crown format of 2019 before playing it smart with a comfortable third in the final race to score his maiden win.

It was another crazy night of action, that I am yet to catch up with completely, but with the two first-round winners suffering horrible nights, including Justin Barcia being carted off after a massive crash in the final race and Baggett having a night to forget, along with current champion Jason Anderson, this season continues to throw up some crazy , and we have not even spoken about Chad Reed's DNS in the second race, followed by a sensational 5th place in the last!
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Jason Anderson's won't be a back to back 450SX champion in 2019 after suffering a broken arm in a practice crash this week.
Unfortunately the series took a hit with news filtering through this morning the Jason Anderson suffered a practice crash and will be out of action until at least April.

What we do know though is that a healthy Marvin, Roczen and Tomac should all win at least one round and Anderson on his return is always a big chance, so it is fair to say we should see six to seven race winners this year.

However you only have to look at the top of the championship standings and as weird as the results have been so far; though they are yet to stand on the top step, Marv, Eli and Ken who currently has the Red plate look to be putting themselves in a position to make sure they are right there when it counts come Vegas.

OVER HE GOES
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Wil Ruprecht is the latest Aussie dirt bike rider set to take on the world stage
When we received the team press release to announce Active8 Yamaha's team line up for the 2019 season, there was one glaring omission from the team.

Then when we arrived for the Global Launch of Yamaha's all-new WR450F at Josh Green's place in Stroud N.S.W and seen Wil Ruprecht Standing in front of me, I was a little perplexed.

My natural thought when he was not named was he has been poached by another manufacturer to race in Australia, the guy has a ton of talent and speed on a bike, is a very humble and well-spoken rider that a lot of upside, so it would have been no surprise to see other teams try to get hold of him.

But that was not the case, still decked out in blue we were told Ruprecht had all but signed to race the 2019 World Enduro Championship for Yamaha, but with Yamaha not having an official factory team in the championship, things were still being finalised so, at that point in time, it was not a 100% done deal.

The good news is, we got official word through this week that the ink is dry and Wil will head over to Europe to contest the world championship with the Johansson MPE Yamaha Enduro Team.

We certainly look forward to following his progress throughout the year.

THE SEASON BEGINS
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Aaron Tanti got his year off to a great start at the Coffs Harbour Stadium MX
There really is no break in the Australian racing calendar and within a couple of weeks of the new year a couple of what are becoming or maybe are already are; established early season events took place in New South Wales and Victoria.

On the 12th of January, Coffs Harbour played host to the 2019 Coffs Harbour stadium MX with a host of big name riders racing the event including new DPH signing Todd Waters, along with CDR Yamaha's new recruit Luke Clout and Serco Yamaha's latest weapon Aaron Tanti, who were joined by 100s of local and interstate riders who filled the gates of nearly every class on offer.

Todd Waters came through with the win in the Pro Open class, though Clout won two of the three races, but suffered a DNF in the second race. Aaron Tanti, however, topped them all, winning the Pro Lites with a clean sweep.

One name we were pumped to see in the results was Matt Cox, my former partner in crime on the Fullnoise Live Feed from the MX Nationals was back racing for the first time in years and finished with a pair of podium results with second place in both the Vets over 30s class and B Lites class.
MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
Bailey Malkiewicz also got his 2019 off to a perfect start with his new team
The following weekend over 300 riders took the gamble that the Coastline of southern Victoria would be a cool enough place to race motocross for the first time in 2019 and headed to the Shipwreck two day event at Warrnambool. The Gamble certainly paid off with two days of perfect weather allowing for some great racing and great track conditions for the middle of summer.

It was another DPH Motorsport signing who was a standout at Shipwreck with Bailey Malkiewicz leading home the field in the opening three of four A grade lites races to take the overall win ahead of Ryan Kenney and Karl Claridge in a class that produced some great action, especially with Bailey starting outside the top five at best in every race.

It was much of the same in the A grade Open class, with Malkiewicz aboard his 250F taking the win ahead of Micheal Murphy and Nathan Trigg.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
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The DRC Chain Cutter, a tool we can't live without
DRC ALUMINUM CHAIN CUTTER

There are some products that you just love to get your hands on; then there are others that you don't think of too much, but then one lobs in your hands and changes your life for the better, the DRC chain breaker falls into that category for me.

For the past 16.5 years, I have somewhat dreaded replacing my chain... First comes making sure you measure it out to the right link, mark that link, then for the past 16.5 years grind the link off with a hand-held grinder, followed by hating life as I tried to then squeeze the link clip back on along with the Xring or O-Ring or U-Ring's installed, every one of those rubber rings looks the same to me and until the middle of last year I hated them with a passion.

That was until the good people over at Steve Cramer Products sent me over a DRC chain breaker.

I had always thought about getting one, but did not realise how much easier it would make my life. It took all of five seconds to work out how to use it. It pushed the chain link pins out in a fraction of the time it takes me to grind them away and most importantly I quickly figured out I could take out the pin and use the main screw to push my link back on the new chain with no fuss, no matter what -Ring chain I was running!

For a tool that cost just over $32, I would have it as one of the most valuable tools in my toolbox, I am looking forward to putting on my next fresh set of chain and sprockets!

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND WHAT WE ARE UP TO
MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
Jayden kicked off his 2019 race season aboard the Fullnoise.com.au Yamaha YZ65 with a big weekend of racing at the Shipwreck Coast two day event.
Well, last weekend marked our first big road trip of the weekend, as I head from Adelaide over to Warrnambool in Vic for the two-day open Shipwreck event.

For myself it was all about being a mini dad for the weekend, I am still to throw a leg over a bike this year, while Jayden has been pounding out laps aboard mainly the Fullnoise.com.au Yamaha YZ65 along with a little time on his 50 so we thought we would make the trip across to an event we have heard a lot about over the past couple of years, mainly due to Jayden's regular practice partner Ryder Woodrow winning the 50 class the past two years.

We were going to travel alone, but a last minute change saw us load up the two bikes along with local mate Kurt Wittingham's Coast Yamaha YZ250F in the back of his van and make the tip over to meet up with a handful of fellow South Aussies who made the trip over.
MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
24 Women and 4 Vets get ready to tackly the first turn at the Shipwreck open in Victoria.
It turned out to be a fantastic weekend of racing, near-perfect weather, especially since we decided camping at the track would be the go and despite upsetting a couple with our initial choice in car park, we ended up with a sweet spot behind the start gate, pitting out of the Paint tech Hauler of Pete Rossi for the weekend.

For Jayden it was a great weekend, he really has come a long way aboard the Yamaha YZ65 in the past nine months. At seven years of age he is still very young for the 65 class but was able to stay on the lead lap in every race and still managed to find a couple of riders to battle with at the back of the field in the 7-12 year C class. He has another five years or so aboard a 65, so it is indeed early days and he is loving riding the bigger bike.

On the 50 he surprised both myself and himself with some great results. We went into the weekend thinking he would be running mid to back pack; he came away from the opening race with a 4th place which gave him a ton of confidence. He followed it up with two more 4th places, finished the first lap of one race in second place, got passed, passed riders back and with a 4th and a 6th on day two ended the day in 4th overall. A result that had him smiling from ear to ear.

The whole weekend was a blast, I managed to get the camera out to take a few shots, but not many, the club put on a fantastic event, and I was spewing I chose not to race myself.

There were high numbers in all classes, some 24 Women in the Women's senior class which was just brilliant to see and I got to catch up with a few of the old Fullnoise Forum regulars, with Adrian Salmon turning up on Saturday to help out a couple of riders, while Kenny Watts was behind the mic all weekend commentating.
MIDWEEK MOTO – 2019 Week 4
It is only January but the pits are already filling up for the 2019 race season.
Another great thing to see on the weekend was former Pro racer Sam Martin trackside helping out a few of the local young riders and also Bailey Malkiewicz who between racing two classes over the weekend, still found the time to be on the start line to help out some young riders before their races.

While the weekend itself was top notch, the trip home was pretty cool as well. Driving Kurt's van home while he and Jayden kicked back and watched the Supercross on his phone while talking smack, it dawned on me that the 17 year age gap between myself and Kurt was the same age gap between Kurt and Jayden. Yep 17 years age difference, but all three of us had the same thing in common, the love for racing and watching all things MX and SX and generally just talking about bikes!

Age is no barrier in the sport of MX!

As for this weekend, its time for me to swing off a set of handlebars for the first time in 2019, time to pull the YZ450F out of the shed!

#LETSRIDE

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