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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 11th to the 17th of March 2004

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Welcome to the Fullnoise.com.au TEN YEAR TURN-BACK Presented by One Industries

It is amazing to think that Fullnoise.com.au has been Australia's online source for dirt bike news for the past ELEVEN years! Started back in 2003 by Garry Morrow, Fullnoise has grown to be the number one choice when it comes to Online Dirt Bike News in Australia and is a virtual online encyclopaedia of Off-Road dirt bike news and results from Australian and around the world from the start of the digital age covering every discipline of Dirt Bike Riding and Racing.

For 2014 we will be running this new weekly feature that will highlight some of the biggest news articles from the upcoming week 10 years ago! staring with the first week of January and running through to the final week in December 2004.

Thursday the 11th to Wednesday the 17th of March 2004:

Darryll King Declared Double 2004 NZ Supercross Champion:
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Darryll King head to Australia to race the 2004 MR Motorcross Championship after winning two New Zealand MX titles - Credit: Garry Morrow
Motorcycling New Zealand has declared the results of the New Zealand National Supercross series after three rounds with Darryll King has been declared the champion in both the 125 and 250 classes, winning both by a margin of six points.

Josh Coppins dominated the first round in Motueka, before he went back to Europe to prepare for the World Motocross Championships , the last round scheduled for Wanganui succumbed to bad weather and had to be cancelled. In between, rounds at Tokoroa and Wellington produced some of the closest racing for many years. The effect of the cancelled round was that the 12 race programme became a nine race programme

Mason Phillips (Subway Yamaha) was six points behind King in the 250cc with Scott Columb (Queenstown) occupying third. Columb winged to Europe last week to pursue a team ride.

Runner up in the 125s, Masterton's Jonathon Burkhart, won more races than King but didn't have the consistency or experience. Scott Columb had to be content with another third on the podium.

Maxxis Tyres Australian Motocross Championship Qualifying Changes:
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40 Lites riders would line up behind these gates at the opening round of the 2004 Australian Motocross Championships - Credit: Garry Morrow
A change to the qualifying procedure in the Pro-Lites class at the 2004 Maxxis Australian Motocross Championship saw a maximum of 80 riders fight it out for 40 spots on the gate.

The 80 riders who will attempt to qualify in the two 15-minute sessions will be comprised of 60 series (permanent) entries and 20 wildcards. However, the current top 10 from the previous year‰Ûªs championship will always qualify, leaving a maximum of 15 riders from each group that will make it through to the main action.

Prior to the changes, 30 series and 10 wildcard positions were allocated for each round, with no qualifying sessions.

The opening round of the 2004 championship, was set to be be held at Geelong (Vic) on May 16, and conclude in Wonthaggi (Vic) on August 15, with the full 8 round series being done and dusted in a total of three months.

A Quick Look At The KTM 250 SX 4-Stroke From 2004:
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The 2004 KTM That Ben Townley race in the world championship that would be the basis of KTM's 2005 250 SX-F - Credit: A. Hodgkinson
New Zealander Ben Townley had already debuted the new KTM 250 SX 4-Stroke with great success winning the pre season MX Open at Belgium's Lommel circuit and finishing second in the opening round of the 2004 Dutch Championships, just behind team mate Marc de Reuver aboard the same bike.

At A KTM Motocross team press launch in 04, MX Media outlets got to have their first close up look at what was likely going to appear on the showroom floors in 2005. Whilst all other major manufacturers had released their 250 thumpers for the year KTM decided in early 2003 to go back to the drawing board after then factory rider James Dobb reverted back to the 2 stroke 125SX after finding the power of the 250 4-Stroke lacking.

KTM certainly found a way to find more power in their 250 SX-F from 2005 onwards!

Ivan Cervantes Outright Winner on Both Days At WEC Opener.
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Ivan Cervantes claimed the outright win on both days at the opening round of the 2004 WEC - Credit: Dario Agrati
KTM's Ivan Cervantes swept the opening two days of the 2004 Maxxis World Enduro Championship held in Puerto Lumbreras Spain with the home town rider repeating his day one overall victory on day two with an 18.45 second win ahead Finnish duo Samuli Aro and Juha Salminen both on KTM's.

Day two's event comprised three laps as opposed the the four on day one, along with three very different and very demanding special tests during each lap, the event will be one that the competitors certainly won‰Ûªt forget in a hurry.

After the opening two days of the 2004 championship, Cervantes lead both the E3 and Outright classes, Salminen lead the E2 class, while Australian Stefan Merriman lead the E1 class.

Australia's Jake Stapleton riding a TM 125 in the E1 class finished and 19th on day two.

Shane Metcalfe Returns To Riding.
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Shane Metcalfe during his first ride back from injury in 2004 - Credit: Amy Metcalfe
Team No Fear Honda's Shane Metcalfe made a return to riding some nine weeks after an horrific accident at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Nationals ended his hopes of taking the debut series.

The Australian National number 3 was involved in a spectacular accident when current series leader Jay Marmont landed on him over a triple jump, the resulting collision saw the 21 year old suffer a split liver, severe burns and a 10 day stay in Sydney's Concord Hospital.

Determined to be back on the bike and continue with his role as one of Australia's leading racers, Metcalfe adopted a positive attitude through the support of his family and No Fear Honda Racing Team to surprise doctors and return to his bike in record time.

Although not yet fit enough to return to racing the South Australian is back training and riding within his limits until he regains full physical fitness.

Due to his lack of fitness Metcalfe ruled himself out of the last two rounds of the Australian Supercross National series, instead focusing on preparations for the 2004 Mr Motocross Outdoor Nationals.

Other News
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Joel Smets travelled to the south of France for two days practice prior to entering the opening round of the Belgian Championships
- Joel Smets travelled to the south of France for two days practice prior to entering the opening round of the Belgian Championships at Mons. It was to be his first race appearance since breaking the anterior ligament in his right knee several weeks prior.

- Team Yamaha's Chad Reed answered any questions concerning his fitness following a crash last week at Daytona by continuing to do what he has done all season - win.

- KTM backed Australian Shane Watts has won the opening round of the inaugural Parts Unlimited Off-Road Motorcycle and ATV Nationals in Decatur, Arkansas on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of March, shining a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for the injury plagued former GNCC Champion.

It only took the 22 year old Australian four laps to find his way to the front of the field at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louise and take his eighth win of the season, taking him another step closer to his first 250cc AMA THQ Supercross Championship.

- KTM International announced that they would compete with two independent teams as they pool their efforts into claiming a 2004 Maxxis World Enduro Championship at Puerto Lumbreras in Spain on the weekend of (Mar 13/14).

- Reigning World Champion, Yamaha's Stefan Everts sustained a rib injury at round 1 of the 2004 Belgian National Championships held at Mons the weekend of the 14th of March. A decision as to whether he would compete in the opening of the 2004 FIM World Motocross Championships at Zolder the following weekend was due to be made later that week.

- Mickael Pichon (Team Tiscali Honda Martin) swept the second round of the 2004 French Motocross Championships at Verneuil in France over the weekend of the 14th of March 2004.

- Seven time AMA Supercross champion and a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Jeremy McGrath left the Troy Lee Designs Honda Supermoto team and signed to ride for the American Supercamp and White Brothers Racing team for 2004.
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Australia's Stefan Merriman was leading the E1 class after the opening two days of the 2004 World Enduro Championship
All News from the 11th to the 17th of March 2004:
Motocross: Joel Smets ready to race - Thu, 11th Mar, 2004
Speedway: Australian Speedway Sidecar Teams Championship - Thu, 11th Mar, 2004
Supercross: Michael Byrne chasing a win - Fri, 12th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Maxxis Tyres Australian Motocross Championship qualifying changes - Fri, 12th Mar, 2004
Enduro: Merriman, Smith and Stapleton to uphold Aussie honour - Fri, 12th Mar, 2004
Supercross: Reed marches towards 2004 Championship - Sun, 14th Mar, 2004
Enduro: Spaniard Ivan Cervantes fastest on day 1 - Sun, 14th Mar, 2004
Enduro: KTM's Enduro team's of champions - Sat, 13th Mar, 2004
Motocross: A quick look at the KTM 250 SX 4-Stroke - Sat, 13th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Everts injured at Belgian Championships - Mon, 15th Mar, 2004
Supercross: Darryll King declared 2004 NZ Supercross Champion - Mon, 15th Mar, 2004
Enduro: Cervantes the King of Spain - Mon, 15th Mar, 2004
Off Road: Shane Watts back in the winners circle - Tue, 16th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Wind and Rain at British Motocross Opener - Tue, 16th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Pichon takes double at French Motocross Championships - Tue, 16th Mar, 2004
Speedway: Bond on a mission for five - Wed, 17th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Shane Metcalfe rides again - Wed, 17th Mar, 2004
Supermotard: Jeremy McGrath changes Supermoto camps - Wed, 17th Mar, 2004

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