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TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 4th to the 10th 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 4th of March 2004 to Wednesday the 10th of March 2004:

Chad Reed Wins First Every Daytona SX Held Under Lights!:

In a carbon copy of the previous weeks result Team Yamaha's Chad Reed lead home the same four riders as the week prior to win the Dayton's Supercross which was run under lights for the first time in its 38 year History.

Kevin Windham, Mike Larocco, David Vuillimen, Nick Wey where the four riders to follow Reed across the line, with Fellow Aussie, Michael Byrne finishing a further position back in 6th.

There was no bombshell in the 125cc class with Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki's James Stewart taking his fourth straight win by over 30 second, finishing ahead of Davi Millsaps and Josh Hansen.

Juha Salminen Makes the Switch from WEC to GNCC:
Salminen at the 2003 ISDE in Brazil - Credit: D. Agrati
Nine times World Enduro Champion Juha Salminen signed a contract with KTM that would see the then 28 year old Finn move to the U.S in 2005 and 2006 to compete in the USA Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) and National Enduro Championships.

In a joint decision both Salminen and KTM felt that it was time for a new challenge in 2005. Juha, who finished third outright at the 2003 ISDE, was to race for the KTM North America Off Road team that also included US National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty and ex GNCC Champion, Australian Shayne Watts.

Shane Metcalfe Goes Back to School:
Shane Metcalfe passing on some advice about being a professional athlete
An injured team No Fear Honda rider Shane Metcalfe made a visit to St. Francis Collage in Mount Barker SA to give students an insight into the life of a professional sports person.

After receiving an email from fourth grader Jason Milowski, Metcalfe was invited to speak to Jason's class mates about his career. Metcalfe spoke to the young troupe and answered all their questions after which he signed No Fear Honda team poster and stickers.

Hanging out with Metcalfe was a special moment for the 8 year old fan. Jason also shared this moment not only with his teacher and class mates but his older brother who also rides motor bikes.

"It was a good experience to make the trip to the local Mt Barker collage. Visiting a young class room full excited and eager kids made the presentation all worth while. I am always happy and willing to help out my fans how ever I can," Metcalfe said back in the day.

Metcalfe, was seriously injured at the opening round of the 2004 Australian Supercross Nationals back on January 17th and after two months of rest was cleared by his specialist to start light training.

Other News
Ben Townley in action at the opening round of the 2004 Dutch Championship - Credit: Ponds
- Ben Townley finished in second place behind Dutch KTM team-mate and sand specialist, Marc De Reuver at the sandy and demanding circuit of Gemert (Belgium) as the two riders went head to head at the opening round of the Open Dutch Championship.

- With the start of the World Enduro Championships due to start the following weekend, D3-Racing KTM rider David Knight got his season off to a great start winning the opening round of the 2004 British Enduro Championship, gaining a maximum points score after topping the event on both days.

- 2003 GNCC Champion Barry Hawk got off to a flying start in his title defence, taking the 2004 season opening Dunlop Moose Hurricane GNCC, albeit under much better weather conditions and with tougher competition than last year.

- Jason Raines who was injured at the opening round made a remarkable recover for round two. The Am-Pro Yamaha rider broke his shoulder blade at the opening GNCC round in Texas, and was supposed to miss a few rounds of racing. But he recovered in record time to top over 1486 riders at the Maxxis General GNCC.

- In a joint statement, Motorcycling New Zealand and the Motorcycle Distributors Association announced that the 2005 NZ Motocross Championships will be two classes only, moving away from the traditional three classes. 10 Years later New Zealand is back running three classes with a MX1, MX2 and 125cc Championship class.

- 7,000 plus motocross fans witnessed seven times world champion Stefan Everts (Rinaldi Yamaha) acquire the overall win in the sixth running of the annual Hawkstone Park international MotoX in England.

Photo Galleries:
Dean Kelly in action at the 2004 Gippsland Titles round one - Garry Morrow
Check out all the action from the 2004 Gippsland Center MX Titles - Round 1 - Newry/Seniors Thanks to Garry Morrow by CLICKING HERE. Over 100 photos to check out!

All News from the Thursday the 4th to Wednesday the 10th of March 2004:
GNCC: Hawk Handles the Hurricane GNCC - Thu, 4th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Shane Metcalfe taking MX to school - Fri, 5th Mar, 2004
Enduro: Juha Salminen to the U.S in 2005 - Fri, 5th Mar, 2004
Motocross: NZ Motocross class structure to change in 05 - Fri, 5th Mar, 2004
Enduro: David Knight wins British Enduro Championship opener - Mon, 8th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Townley settles for second in Dutch championship opener - Mon, 8th Mar, 2004
Off Road: Suzuki NZ Cross-Country Nationals - Mon, 8th Mar, 2004
Supercross: No surprises in Daytona, Reed and Stewart again - Mon, 8th Mar, 2004
Speedway: Aussies to the fore in the UK - Tue, 9th Mar, 2004
Supermotard: Victorian Supermoto practice days ahead - Tue, 9th Mar, 2004
Enduro: World Enduro Championship ready to go - Wed, 10th Mar, 2004
Motocross: Everts takes Hawkstone Park International - Wed, 10th Mar, 2004
GNCC: Jason Raines rules the General GNCC - Wed, 10th Mar, 2004

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