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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 22nd to the 28th of July 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 22nd to Wednesday the 28th of July 2004:

Anderson and Hurley to return to Australia:
Craig Anderson signed with Honda Australia to return to full time racing in Australia for the 2005 season - Credit: Garry Morrow
Honda Australia signed Craig Anderson to ride in Australia in 2005. Honda are about to issue a press release making an official statement on the signing.

Anderson who currently rides for Motorsports Outlet Honda Team in the U.S Chevy Trucks Outdoor Nationals is believed to have signed the deal in mid July.

"I‰Ûªm riding a 250 in supercross and a 450 outdoors. I‰Ûªd love to stay, (In the US) but I can earn more money at home" Anderson told American journalist Steve Cox on Transworld Motocross.

"At the end of the day, I‰Ûªve only got a short career and I‰Ûªve got to make as much money as I can. And right now, at this time, I‰Ûªm not really earning a lot of money, so it‰Ûªs just better to go home and earn some money and start a business of some sort and go forward from there. I didn‰Ûªt really want to leave, but at the end of the day it‰Ûªs a job, and you don‰Ûªt want to work for free."
Daryl Hurley was also set to return to Australia full time in 2005 - Credit: Garry Morrow
Joining Anderson in the burgeoning Australian scene will be Kiwi Daryl Hurley who will leave Motoworld Suzuki in the U.S to take up where he left of 2 years ago. Hurley has joined Suzuki for a three year term which will see the 28-year-old compete in both Australia and his native country New Zealand for both Suzuki Australia and Suzuki New Zealand.

With Honda's signing of Anderson it has had to rationalise its lineup with riders Jye Harvey, Shane Metcalfe, Troy Dorron and Shane King all looking for new deals in 2005 - Cody Cooper was to be retained to spearhead the Pro Lites.

Over at Suzuki Hurley would simply slot in to his former place in the Suzuki Australia team, joining existing riders Danny Ham and Mitch Hoad.

Both riders found limited success in their US sojourn with the highlights being Andersons win at Southwick in the 125cc class in 2003 and Hurley taking out a mud soaked THQ World Supercross Championship round in Spain last December.

Cameron Taylor stars at Staintune ThumperX:
Cam Taylor on his way to a double class win at round 2 of the Staintune ThumerX series - Credit: Garry Morrow
With the Mr Motocross series taking a weeks break, Team Boost Mobile Yamah's Cameron Taylor took a trip to Victorias Mornington Racecourse where he took all before him when he won the Pro Open Class and Pro Lites classes without dropping a moto at round 2 of the Staintune ThumperX.

Although on paper it reads like a walkover, it was far from it as old sparring partner Troy Dorron (Team No Fear Honda) and the flying Kiwi, Corrie Sargent (Fullthrottle Sports Honda) made him work hard all day in some of the best racing seen in a long while.

Other News
The bike that Anthony Gobert was set to race at the 2004 Sydney Supermoto Spectacular - Credit: Garry Morrow
- The Mark Avard promotions Yamaha Sydney Supermoto Spectacular was set to be a defining moment for Australian supermoto as the confines of the Sydney's Homebush Bay Olympic Park Tennis Centre is converted into race central for the weekend of the 25th of July 2004.

- AMA Pro Racing today announced that round one of the 2004 AMA Supermoto Championship scheduled to be held on Aug. 14 in Reno, Nev., has been postponed. The championship will now begin on Aug. 28 at Copper Mountain, Col. The Reno event has been rescheduled for Oct-2nd.

- Thierry Van Den Bosch and Jer̫me Giraudo have taken out the S1 and S2 classes respectively as the FIM World Supermoto championship made its second stop of the season in Arad, Romania over weekend (Jul 24-25).

- Kawasaki signed promising youngster Tanel Leok too a two year deal to ride the factory Kawasaki 450 four stroke for the Jan De Groot team.

- Clear Channel, the promoters of the THQ World Supercross GP has released its 2004/5 calendar which will see the two former European rounds - Spain and Holland - dropped in favor of two Canadian rounds.

- US Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael has declared himself unavailable to represent team USA at the 2004 Motocross of Nations to be stage in Lierop, Netherlands on Oct, 1-3.

- World Motocross Championship points leader Stefan Everts re-signed with the Michele Rinaldi managed Yamaha L&M Motocross Team for the 2005 season.

Photo Galleries:
Matt Moss in action at Oakdale back in 2004 - Credit: Lance Fearne
Check out all the action from the 2004 Kings of the Valley, Oakdale, held on the 25th of July 2004 Thanks to Lance Fearne by Clicking Here

All News from Thursday the 22nd to Wednesday the 28th of July 2004:
Supermotard: AMA Supermoto Round 1 postponed - Thu, 22nd Jul, 2004
Motocross: Reed looking to break through - Thu, 22nd Jul, 2004
Supermotard: The big names are coming to town - Thu, 22nd Jul, 2004
Motocross: Everts and Melotte stay with Yamaha - Sat, 24th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Cameron Taylor stars at Staintune ThumperX - Mon, 26th Jul, 2004
Trail: Law firm appointed to represent OHV Owners - Mon, 26th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Anderson and Hurley to return to Australia - Tue, 27th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Tanel Leok's surprise move to Kawasaki - Tue, 27th Jul, 2004
Supermotard: KTM and Aprilia at the fore in Romania - Tue, 27th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Carmichael unavailable for MXoN - Wed, 28th Jul, 2004
Supercross: Europe loses World Supercross rounds - Wed, 28th Jul, 2004

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