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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 13th of December – 19th of December 2005

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Welcome to the Fullnoise.com.au TEN YEAR TURN-BACK Presented by FULLNOISE.COM.AU

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 2015 our weekly TEN YEAR TURN BACK feature returns, 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 2005.

Thursday the 13th of December to Wednesday the 19th of December 2005:

Marc Coma Wins His First Dakar Rally In Emotional Circumstances:
On an edition deeply touched by the tragic deaths of Fabrizio Meoni and Jos̩ Manuel Perez, the Telefonica Dakar 2005 crowned Frenchman Cyril Despres (KTM) the overall winner of the 2005 Dakar Rally.

It was a question of honour. At the start of the race in Barcelona, the KTM-Gauloises team promised they would place one of their 'blue bikes' on the highest step of the podium of the 27th Dakar, in memory of Richard Sainct three-time winner of the event who had tragically died three months earlier during the 'Pharaoh rally' in Egypt.

On the Dakar, Cyril Despres and his mates were once again hit by the terrible death of Fabrizio Meoni during stage 11. Devastated, the KTM official riders had a new reason to carry on, despite the pain, "because that's what he would have wanted!"

In memory of Fabrizio and Richard, Despres won his first Dakar after having climbed on both the second (in 2003) and third steps (in 2004) of the podium. The Frenchman had started building his victory well before the tragedy that rocked the whole rally.

Australian Andy Caldecott (2 stage wins) finished the 2005 event in 6th position overall.

Matt Schubring The Fans Number 1:
Motorex KTM Freestyle Pro, Matt "Schuie" Schubring has been voted by Freerider MX Magazines reader poll as Australia‰Ûªs best all-round freestyle rider for 2004, plus best comp rider for 2004, and most respected rider by his peers.

Looked highly upon by fans and even more so by other riders, the 22 year old Queenslander signed with Factory KTM Australia in early 2004, to ride the famed KTM250SX in all major freestyle events.

Although his signing with the KTM Factory was a high point of his career, 2004 was a tough year for Schuie with the passing of one of his best friends (Jono Porter), and a jumping accident that led him to contemplate his return to the sport of freestyle motocross.

Industry support, a close family network and a huge fan base saw Schuie put his challenges behind him and get back into the sport he loves, which didn‰Ûªt go unnoticed!

Commenting on his popular ranking Schuie said, "I definitely wasn‰Ûªt expecting to take out three categories in this reader poll, so thanks to all my fans and fellow riders out there who voted for me. I‰Ûªm only relatively new to the sport and to score this so early is awesome."

In preparation for his return to competition events, Schuie put safety first and started preparations for his personal foam pit, built on his property in Boonah, QLD. The pit, 17 metres long, 12 metres wide and 3 metres high, is his playground for practicing technical moves such as the backflip.

In support of his determination to master new moves, KTM provided Schuie with an 85SX to practice on before taking to the air on his 2005 model, KTM250SX. Matt is already pulling off backflips over the pit, and plans to practice on dirt in preparation for his first 2005 major event in New Zealand on 22-23 January, at the Vodafone X-Air.

Following the New Zealand event, Matt will head to Japan to compete in an event labeled Air-X, before returning to New Zealand and then Australia for the Crusty Demons of Dirt tour.

Joining Matt on Freerider‰Ûªs best of the best list was former Motorex KTM rider, Jay Marmont who was ranked Best Supercross Rider for 2004 the second year running. Jay now resides in California riding for KTM‰Ûªs American factory team.

Honda Smart and Aussie Champion Glen Bell Join Forces
Honda Australia and legendary ten time supercross and motocross champion Glen Bell have shared tremendous success over the years.

Together they have enjoyed the fruits of their labour and now, with the support of Honda Smart's Director Yarrive Konsky, the newly formed union are endeavouring to take rider training to the next level.

Under the Honda Smart School banner, Bell and Konsky have commenced their 2005 program which aims to offer 40 riding schools throughout Australia.

"Glen Bell is a legend in the sport and especially here at Honda," Brand Manager Jason Nicholas said at the time.

"He is one of Australia's greatest off road champions who has achieved so much here and overseas, and we at Honda are confident that together we will enjoy the same success in his new line of work as a motorcycle coach. The fit is perfect; Australia's 'perfect gentleman' motocross champion teaching the ways of correct riding to our future champions."

For 2005, Honda Smart restructured several programs to cater for a wider audience including new specialised courses for elite juniors and seniors, supercross riders, freestyle riders, women and supermotard riders.

In recognition of the need for programs aimed at recreational riders, Honda Smart also planned on running general courses for those who are not interested in racing but just want to hone their off road skills.

Other News
- Korean motor vehicle manufacturer, represented by Ssangyong Benelux,msigned an endorsement agreement with newly crowned MX2 World Champion, Ben Townley.

- Andy Caldecott flew to his second win on the 2005 Dakar rally and crossed the finish line with a 2 minutes and six second of on Fr̩tign̩.

- Honda Australia's Motorcycle Technical Officer Marc Kelly was set to head to France to race a Honda CRF450R in the annual Enduro du Touquet that takes place on the 6th of February.

- For the second year running it was announced that the Yamaha ATV MX Nationals, held solely for quads, will be run in Northern Victoria during November 2005.

- Australia's newest Supermoto race team was set to make its debut at the Yamaha Supermoto Masters at Calder Park, Victorian, on Jan 22nd 2005, including riders Mark Willis and Lewis Woods.

- Luke Burkhart and Daryl Hurley collected the New Zealand Supercross titles for 2005 in front of a packed house under lights last night in Tokoroa.

- In front of a sold out audience of 49,000 Team Makita Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael set the pace in the dry surroundings of the covered Bank One Ball Park in Phoenix, Arizona, when he accounted for Kevin Windham and Chad Reed in a wire to wire win at round two of the AMA/THQ Supercross championship.

- Dirt Bike Promotions were focusing on revamping their NSW Stadium Motocross Championships for 2005 and will be improving the size and track designs starting with the opening round, which takes place at Bathurst Showgrounds on Saturday Jan 29th.
All News from Thursday the 13th of December to Wednesday the 19th of December 2005:
Supermotard: New Supermoto Team to debut at Calder Park - Fri, 14th Jan, 2005
Enduro: Honda Australia entered for du Touquet - Fri, 14th Jan, 2005
Motocross: Kiwi Blake Hardman progressing from a nasty crash - Fri, 14th Jan, 2005
Motocross: Maxxis Womens Cup Series on the move - *Updated* - Fri, 14th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Caldecott takes his second stage win at Dakar - Fri, 14th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Dakar - Despres still leads with 2 stages to go - Sat, 15th Jan, 2005
Supercross: Team Suzuki sweeps Phoenix Supercross - Sun, 16th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Despres hones in on 2005 Dakar - Sun, 16th Jan, 2005
Supercross: New Zealand Supercross titles decided - Sun, 16th Jan, 2005
Freestyle: Matt Schubring the fans number 1 - Mon, 17th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Aussie Dakar riders true to form in world's toughest rally - Mon, 17th Jan, 2005
Motocross: Ben Townley prepares for 2005 - Mon, 17th Jan, 2005
Rallye: KTM initiate rally safety discussions - Mon, 17th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Despres and KTM win 2005 Dakar - Mon, 17th Jan, 2005
Supermotard: Supermoto and Shannon Johnston are winners in Western Australia - Tue, 18th Jan, 2005
Motocross: NSW Stadium MX set for another cracker season - Tue, 18th Jan, 2005
Off Road: KTM USA announces 2005 off-road team - Tue, 18th Jan, 2005
Motocross: Ssangyong announce support for Ben Townley - Tue, 18th Jan, 2005
Supermotard: Americans confirmed for International Challenge - Wed, 19th Jan, 2005
Industry: Honda Smart and Aussie Champion Glen Bell Join Forces - Wed, 19th Jan, 2005
Off Road: Mike Kiedrowski wins W.O.R.C.S. opener - Wed, 19th Jan, 2005

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