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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 21st of October – 27th of October 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 21st of October to Wednesday the 27th of October 2004:

Ben Townley claims second title of the year
Ben Townley claimed his second title for the KTM Champ team after winning the 2004 Dutch championship in Mill.
Ben Townley claimed his second title for the KTM Champ team after winning the 2004 Dutch championship in Mill.

All Townley needed was to gain two points over closest rival Rui Goncalves of Portugal, to wrap it all up.

The Kiwi qualified fastest in the morning qualifying session and rolled onto the start gate for the first heat of the day full of confidence. No hole-shot for Townley, though he was placed in third as the gaggle of riders exited the first turn. Not wasting any time, Townley powered his KTM 250 SXF into the lead and controlled the race from the front.

Team-mate‰Ûªs Eggens and Rattray battled it out for second and third but neither would come within striking distance of the New Zealander as he took honours and indeed his first ever Dutch championship title.

Revised junior age rule to come into force on January 1:
in 2004, The board of Motorcycling Australia (MA) has backed the introduction of a revised junior age rule, which will take effect from January 1, 2005.
The board of Motorcycling Australia (MA) has backed the introduction of a revised junior age rule, which will take effect from January 1, 2005.

The change, which has appeared as rule 5.2.2.2 in the 2004 "Manual of Motorcycle Sport", says in part: "The age of the rider up to an including January 1st, is the age of that rider in competition for all that year, and is applicable to all competitions, including state and national championships‰Û_"

Further, the rule states that "‰Û_ riders actually turning 16 years (during the year) may elect to relinquish their junior licence and ride in the senior classes. They then may no longer compete in the junior classes."

Other News
Penrith Showgrounds will be transformed into a man made motocross track, full of dirt jumps, stutters, tabletops and ski jumps, ready to accommodate over 450 riders who will hit the dirt Saturday November 6th 2004
- Penrith Showgrounds will be transformed into a man made motocross track, full of dirt jumps, stutters, tabletops and ski jumps, ready to accommodate over 450 riders who will hit the dirt Saturday November 6th, at the final round of the Yamaha NSW Stadium Motocross Championship.

- Motorcycling Australia, with backing from the Australian Sports Commission, will conduct a five-day training camp for elite speedway competitors at the AIS from November 29 until December 3.

- Australia will maintained its three-rider representation in the 2005 Speedway World Championship, with news that Ryan Sullivan has been awarded a ‰Û÷permanent' wildcard position by the FIM.

- Former AMA 125cc National Champion Mike Brown will contest the MX2 World and British Motocross Championships in 2005 as part of the RWJ Honda team.

- With a big win at the Klotz Ironman GNCC, Am Pro Yamaha‰Ûªs Barry Hawk ended the 2004 Grand National Cross Country season with three-straight victories. But Hawk has had better days, because after the race he had to hand his GNCC number-one plate over to FMF Suzuki‰Ûªs Rodney Smith, who clinched a historic fifth-career GNCC thanks to another strong, consistent season.

- Eight times World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts took on his latest off season challenge on Sunday, the Belgian completely destroyed the 1000 strong field at the 21st annual Weston Beach Race staged at the British seaside resort, Everts on a standard YZ465F Bike It Dixon prepared Yamaha machine lapped down to second position after 19 laps of the treacherous sand course
What happened in your sport ten years ago
All News from Thursday the 21st of October to Wednesday the 27th of October 2004:
Motocross: 2005 AMA Motocross calendar announced - Sat, 23rd Oct, 2004
General: FIM World Championship Calendars released - Sun, 24th Oct, 2004
Speedway: 2004 AIS training camp for speedway competitors - Tue, 26th Oct, 2004
Rallye: Everts Wins Weston Beach Race - Mon, 25th Oct, 2004
Motocross: Ben Townley claims second title of the year - Mon, 25th Oct, 2004
Supermotard: Australian Supermoto Championship Update - Mon, 25th Oct, 2004
GNCC: Hawk Wins, But Smith is GNCC Champion Again - Mon, 25th Oct, 2004
Motocross: Mike Brown to ride with RWJ Honda in 2005 - Mon, 25th Oct, 2004
General: NSW Stadium MX Championship to conclude at Penrith - Tue, 26th Oct, 2004
General: Revised junior age rule to come into force on January 1 - Tue, 26th Oct, 2004
Arenacross: Arenacross set for Warrnambool - Nov 6th - Tue, 26th Oct, 2004
Speedway: Crump's taking the long way home - Wed, 27th Oct, 2004
Speedway: Sullivan gains a world speedway reprieve - Wed, 27th Oct, 2004
Supermotard: Mark Willis track day this Sunday - Wed, 27th Oct, 2004

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