TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 22nd to the 28th January 2004

Author: Aaryn Minerds


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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 starting a 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 15th of January 2004 to Wednesday the 21st of January 2004:

Reed Wins His Third AMA Supercross Race, Byrne 4th:
Michael Byrne's 2004 Factory Kawasaki
Yamaha‰Ûªs Chad Reed has took his third win of the THQ AMA Supercross Series at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego in front of 61,062 fans.

Reed's day didn't start out as bright as it finished as a small bobble in the whoops in practice causing a bit of pain into his problematic shoulder. After having coming through semi-final after a bike problem halted his progress through the his heat race Reed stamped his authority on the main event from the start by taking the Holeshot.

He was not to have it all his own way though as Kevin Windham battled hard for the first 14 laps, before Reed raced clear for the win, followed home by Windham, with David Vuillemin rounding out the podium.

Aussie Michael Byrne finished forth on his Factory Kawasaki nearly making it two Australians on the podium and was happy with his result.

"Yeah, I had a great start in the Heat race and just didn't look back." Byrne said after the race back in 2004. "I rode a steady race and easily qualified for the Main.

"I did not make many changes to the bike this week as my Team Chevy Truck's Kawasaki KX 250 is working great. I did practice my starts a little more and I guess it paid off in the heat race".

"I would have liked a better start off the gate in the Main, but that was OK. I rode a solid race and ended up taking 4th overall in the Main event at San Diego. I am pleased with my result and look forward to getting another great finish next week!"

Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Ivan Tedesco has continued his winning ways by taking his fourth straight victory of the season by winning the THQ AMA Supercross Series 125cc Western Regional main event winning ahead of Honda's Nathan Ramsey and Travis Preston.

There was also some sad news that come from the 2004 San Diego round of the AMA Supercross race with 19 year old racer Jason Ciarletta passing away after an incident during the day time qualifying heat

Sullivan wins maiden Aussie speedway title:
Sullivan wins maiden Aussie speedway title
A talented 29-year-old named Ryan Sullivan completed a series whitewash at the packed Olympic Park Speedway in Mildura (Vic) on January 24 2004, winning his third consecutive A Final from world championship compatriot and fellow Jawa rider Leigh Adams.

The win took his final series tally to a maximum 60pts, six clear of displaced champion Adams (54), with fellow heavyweights Todd Wiltshire (49) and Jason Lyons (47) completing the top four in the expanded three-round championship.

Travis Regeling and Scott Bishop on Top In Queensland:
Current Yamaha Under 19s team Manager, Yamaha Factory Test Rider and the man behind Race Face in Dirt Action - Scott Bishop certainly could and still can ride - Credit: Ikapture Images
Metro Yamaha's Scott Bishop took 1st place in the postponed Toowoomba stadium Motorcross in the Pro Lites class, winning all three races beating Scott Jackson and Sam Horwood for the top spot on the podium.

The Pro Open class was dominated by Travis Regeling (Noyes Honda, Castrol) with his 3 wins leaving Bishop to finish second and Luke Nelson 3rd. Wesley Jenkins and Peter Horwood were both heavily affected by the exclusion of their 1st race points due to "ignoring" the yellow flag.

Once again there were some other well known names in the junior ranks, Joshua Strang taking the win in the 13-15yrs class ahead of Nick Geck. Nick Sutherland finished second in the Mini Lites, 12-15yrs class, a young Tye Simmonds won the Mini LItes 9-11 yrs, and future world champion Jay Wilson won the Jnr 65cc 7-9yrs event!

Tamara and Tamara Win 2004 QLD Woman's MX Titles Meghan Rutledge 3rd in Jnr 7-9yr!:
Battle of the Tamara's, Gray leads Fern. - Credit: iKapture Images
After winning nearly everything that she entered in the 12 months prior Queensland's Tamara Gray continued her winning ways winning Senior Queensland Open Female class taking three straight wins from Tamara Fern while Melissa Holmes put in three solid rides for 3 third places to finish third outright.

In the Female Senior Lites class Fern turned the tables on Open winner Gray who finished in second spot while Rebecca Bateman in rounded out the podium.

Some other future big names of Female racing in Australia also raced at the 2004 Qld Championships, with Kristy Gillespie finishing 2nd to Danielle Rutledge in the Jnr Lites 15yrs, Tori Dare won the 85cc 9-11yrs and the Jnr 65cc 10-12yr class, while Meghan Rutledge finished 3rd behind Sarah Guthrie and Courtney Hirst in the 7-9yrs 65cc class.

Other News
A young Shane Metcalfe recovering in hospital after a sicking crash.
- South Australian's Shane Metcalfe's 2004 supercross season was left in tatters after being landed on during the closing stages of a heat race, by KTM's Jay Marmont at the opening round of the Australian Supercross Nationals. The Team No Fear Honda rider returned home to South Australia 9 days after he was rushed to Sydney's Concord Hospital with a torn liver.

- The King Brothers cleaned up two classes of the 2004 Woodville GP with Darryl winning the 125 class ahead of Shayne and Damien, while in the 500 class it was Shayne who took home the win ahead of Darryl with Damien again third. Thankfully for the rest of the riders none of the brother contested the 250 class with Paul Whibley taking the win.

- In is very first week of sales, the Jeremy McGrath autobiography, WIDE OPEN, penned with ESPN writer Chris Palmer, earned a coveted spot on the New York Times Extended Best Seller List!

- Round 4 of the Victorian Supermotard Series which was to be held on Sunday (Jan-25) was abandoned. The event that was to be part of the Australia Day Double XX event was abandoned after safety concerns arose.

- A record Queensland Supermotard crowd of over 1,200 witnessed 107 riders overcome 37 degree temperatures to provide the closest and most spectacular Supermotard racing ever seen in Australia.

Photo Galleries:
Australia Day XX Extreme Fast 50's back in 2004 - Credit: Garry Morrow
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All News from the 22nd to the 28th of January 2004:
Motocross: Fern and Gray battle for QLD Woman's MX Titles - Thu, 22nd Jan, 2004
Motocross: McGrath's autobiography debuts on best seller list - Fri, 23rd Jan, 2004
Supermotard: Victorian Supermotard Series Rd4 abandoned - Sat, 24th Jan, 2004
Supercross: Reed takes third win in US SX - Mon, 26th Jan, 2004
Motocross: Lord Of The Kings at NZ's Woodville MX GP - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Supercross: Shane Metcalfe released from Hospital - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Motocross: Controversy can‰Ûªt beat Travis - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Speedway: Sullivan wins maiden Aussie speedway title - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Supercross: AMA Extends Sympathy's to Fallen Rider - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Supercross: Byrne happy with San Diego Result - Tue, 27th Jan, 2004
Trail: FOHVA's first trail ride for 2004 - Wed, 28th Jan, 2004
Supermotard: QLD's Supermotard Extreme Series of to a blistering debut - Wed, 28th Jan, 2004

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