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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 18th to the 24th of March 2004

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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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 18th to Wednesday the 24th of March 2004:

Melotte and Ben Townley lead the world:
Ben Townley on his way to winning the opening round of the World MX2 Championship in 2004
Continuing his excellent 2004 pre-season form CÌ©dric Melotte (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) won overall victory in the MX1 class in front of 15,700 home town fans at the opening round of the 2004 Motocross Grand Prix World Championship at Belgium's famous Zolder racing circuit.

New Zealand's Josh Coppins finished third in the MX1 class including a second place finish in the opening moto.

New Zealand teenage sensation Ben Townley persisted in the cold harsh conditions to get his 2004 campaign of to the perfect start by winning the MX2 class and giving the KTM SX250 4 Stroke its first victory.

Australia's Andrew McFarlane also scored a podium moto finish, finishing 3rd in the opening MX2 race behind Townley going on to finish 4th overall for the round.

Juha Salminen the class of Portugal :
Juha Salminen dominated rounds 3 and 4 of the 2004 World Enduro Championship
Round 3 of the Maxxis World Enduro Championship saw KTM at the fore once again with Juha Salminen and Ivan Cervantes both taking their classes on day one at Gulmares, Portugal.

Australian Stefan Merriman (Yamaha WR240) took a 39 second win over, Simone Albergoni (Honda) in the Enduro 1 class and remains number 1 in the class championship. Fellow Aussie Jake Stapelton finished 21st in the E1 class aboard his TM.

Salminen backed up his round 3 win on Sunday winning round four outright by 16 seconds over KTM team-mate Samuli Aro and in the process also won the E2 class for the round and increased his championship lead.

Australian Stefan Merriman (UFO Corse Yamaha) continued where he left of at round 3 the day before by taking another win and making it a maximum points weekend. Merriman lead the E1 Championship (97 points) from Albergoni (85). 19-year-old Australian rookie Jake Stapleton (TM125E) finished 21st and 18th as the second Aussie in Enduro 1.

Samuli Aro (KTM) took the honours on day 2in the E2 class with a nail biting .06 win over team-mate Ivan Cervantes, to turn the tables from day 1, where Samuli set the pace but lost out due to crashing twice. Cervantes however continued to lead the E3 Championship race at the end of round 4 with 97 points, 12 ahead of Samuli Aro (85).

KTM Cup Returns.
The KTM Cup returned in Australia in 2004
KTM Australia re-confirmed its commitment to fostering rider development by announcing details of the 2004 KTM Cup.

In a move away from the traditional state qualifying rounds the 2004 KTM Cup was set to be held over one weekend at the State Motocross circuit at Broadford, Victoria, on 9-10 October 2004.

KTM provided major prizes for race winners at the event including 14 trips overseas to compete at the World Mini Championships in the USA, and the New Zealand Motocross Championships in 2005 - the total prize pool was an unprecedented $40,000

Motorcycle Sales Ride Wave of Opportunity
The Honda CT 110 Postie bike was the number one selling motorcycle in 2004 as motorcycle sales continued to grow
In 2004 Motorcycling was continuing to enjoy a resurgence of popularity, according to official registration figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

New motorcycle registrations were up 9.2 percent in 2003 over the previous year s figure. There were 37,137 new motorcycles registered in 2003 year compared with 33,993 for the same period in 2002.

New registrations had more than doubled in the past 10 years with just 17,800 motorcycles were registered in 1993.

Other News
Toby Price became the latest victim to succumb to injury during the 2004 Supercross Championship
- Australia's leading dirt bike forum Dirtbikeworld.net (DBW) set a date for their annual interstate get-together/ride which was set to take part at Catombal Range Dirt Bike Park at Wellington, N.S.W. on the weekend of the of May 28th-31st 2004.

- Mike Larocco grab a holeshot at the Indianapolis supercross with the 33 year old Honda rider going on to win round 12 of the AMA Supercross championship ahead of Chad Reed in front 46,931 hometown fans.

- James Stewart had a day he would rather forget, knocking himself unconscious in practice and would take no further part in the event. This left the gates open and Yamaha of Troy's Josh Hansen to take full advantage by taking the win. James Stewart would later be decleared fit for the following round.

- Team Kawasaki Racing (Australia) has once again been dealt a cruel blow following a severe injury to Brent Landman before the season started with promising youngster Toby Price breaking his right femur (thigh bone) in a practice crash. 16 year old Price came up short on a double jump when the bike hit a neutral.

- Victorian Enduro released the final arrangements for the up coming 2004 Yamaha Victorian Off Road Championship Series. The new look Championship was set to cover all disciplines of off-road riding including Enduro, Cross Country and Enduro Sprint.

- For the third-straight season the 2004 Steele Creek GNCC had the same winner with Team FMF Suzuki's Rodney Smith taking the win. Australian duo Shane Watts and Matt Fish finished 7th and 31st respectively.

- A scintillating performance by Andrew Cleave/Dave Power and Jayden Mayes/Jaeben Underhill saw them retain their Australian speedway teams‰Ûª title at Undera Park, near Shepparton (Vic), on March 20.

Photo Galleries:
Taylor Potter in action back in 2004 at the Nunawading MX Club
Check out all the action from the Nunawading Motocross Club on March the 20th Thanks to Garry Morrow by Clicking Here

All News from the Thursday the 18th to Wednesday the 24th of March 2004:
Motocross: KTM Cup is back in 2004 - Fri, 19th Mar, 2004
Trail: DBW Annual Interstate Ride ready to roll - Fri, 19th Mar, 2004
Supermotard: QLD Supermotard Extreme goes from strength to strength - Sat, 20th Mar, 2004
Enduro: Juha Salminen pounds through Portugal - Day 1 - Sun, 21st Mar, 2004
Motocross: Pichon takes pole in Belgium - Sun, 21st Mar, 2004
Enduro: Juha Salminen the class of Portugal - Mon, 22nd Mar, 2004
Off Road: Victorian Off-road scene consolidates in 2004 - Mon, 22nd Mar, 2004
Supercross: Kawasaki young gun breaks his leg - Mon, 22nd Mar, 2004
Motocross: Melotte and Townley lead the world - Mon, 22nd Mar, 2004
Supercross: Larocco breaks the Reed and Windham streak - Sun, 21st Mar, 2004
Supercross: James Stewart to be fit for Pontiac - Tue, 23rd Mar, 2004
Supermotard: 2004 AMA Supermoto season structure announced - Tue, 23rd Mar, 2004
GNCC: Rodney Smith still made of Steele - Tue, 23rd Mar, 2004
Enduro: Sherco 4.5i makes promising debut - Wed, 24th Mar, 2004
Industry: Motorcycle sales ride wave of opportunity - Wed, 24th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Queensland's Shell Advance 2004 MX series update - Wed, 24th Mar, 2004
Speedway: Cleave/Power, Mayes/Underhill retain title - Wed, 24th Mar, 2004

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