TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 6th of December – 12th of December 2005

Author: Aaryn Minerds


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For 2015 our weekly TEN YEAR TURN BACK feature returns 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 2005.

Thursday the 6th of December to Wednesday the 12th of December 2005:

Kevin Windham Wins Perfect Storm in Wild Storm:

Amsoil/Chaparral Honda's Kevin Windham claimed the win in an incident filled opening round of the 2005 THQ/AMA Supercross championship at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA, Saturday night (Jan-8), while Red Bull KTM's Nathan Ramsey continued his winning form by taking the 125cc West opener.

With round one sold out and tickets going for as much as a US $400 Anaheim was the place to be as the hype surrounding the event had steadily built over the preceding weeks.

Mother nature didn't hold the same enthusiasm though and persistent rain during the week had forced the cancellation of practice and forced organisers to change the format for the 40 seeded and selected riders in each class with the program being reduced to 2 heats an LCQ and a 12 lap main.

From the opening lap the action was non stop in the 250 final with Mike Larocco being the only front runner to stay upright. Holeshot winner Ricky Carmichael was blazing in the opening laps but a crash on the face of a jump saw the factory Suzuki rider struggle to get going.

Windham, who was a 5 time winner in 2004, was the beneficiary of Carmichaels' woes and set a steady course for the chequered flag.

James Stewart, who won his heat race was another to come to grief in the atrocious conditions when he fell and struggled for the rest of the race with slippery controls. Aussie Chad Reed would be the next big name to go down as he came to grief in the whoops whilst running second, Stewarts woes continued when he plowed into the reigning champion as his bike lay on the ground. Reed then pulled of the track with bike troubles but later returned though he never a factor after that.

In the end it was Windham who held steady out front, and despite a small fall, recovered to take the points on a night when virtually anyone could have. Larocco backed up his team-mate by taking second and Carmichael, who looked gone for all money recovered for a well deserved 3rd.

In the 125 class it looked like it would be a battle between Nathan Ramsey and reigning champ Ivan Tedesco, Tedesco drew first blood with the holeshot but Ramsey took the risks, doubling over the Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders head to take the lead. From there on Ramsey would go totally unchallenged as he went on to win by 20 seconds ahead of Factory Honda's Josh Woods. Woods only taking until the second lap to dispatch Tedesco and move into the runner up position.

Australia's Jay Marmont's night started of good when he ran second in his heat race, that was until he was landed on by Andrew Short. The Red Bull KTM rider was able to get going, finishing 5th and a comfortable qualifying position. That‰Ûªs as good as it got as he was an early casualty in the final, once again coming to grief with Short, this time he would not get going again and finished with a DNF.

Brett Metcalfe was another Australian who had an average night but still finished 9th in a very tough field in some very tough conditions.

Paul Grant and Matt Moss win NSW Supercross Finale:
Paul Grant on his way to winning - Credit: Johnny McLean
Original Article Johnny McLean

Gosford Showground was the location for the finale of the Yamaha NSW Supercross Championships attracting a crowd of around 3,000 spectators the events showcasing the young upcoming talent , who shined on the night, able to flourish in the spotlight and show Australia has no shortage of rising stars in the sport.

With rain clouds threatening, promoters were spared from the rain on this occasion, with conditions on the track as perfect as it can get. The Phil Sargent designed track and Mark & Troy Reed built track, had riders gob smacked, praising their efforts.

In the Yamaha NSW Open championship final Paul Grant (On Two Wheels) showed age has no limits winning the open class in a nail biting race, Grant was passed by Nathan Brochtrup during the race, but was able to secure the lead again and hold to the flag. With Cody Mackie (Alloy MX) finishing third he had earned enough points to secure the series win, with the pre Gosford series leader Ryan Marmont absent.

The Yamaha NSW Lites Class saw Matt Moss (Smooth, Hard, Fast) take a commanding lead followed by Danny Anderson (Hawkesbury Honda) who rode a really smooth race, but was unable to catch Matt, Jake Moss finished in third proving the Moss boys are a very talented young duo.

Once again junior rider Tye Simmonds blew everyone away with his talent jumping the huge triples on his KTM 85cc, just like the pro‰Ûªs. Needless to say he took out the win in the FOX 12-13 years 85cc Class, With Sven Vallely finishing in second and Jason Reed aboard his trick YZ 85cc finished a hot third. Definitely one of the best classes on the night to watch.

Mellissa McKay convincingly won the Women‰Ûªs Class, making history the first women to win a supercross championship in Australia.

KTM Urges Riders To Abandon 2005 Dakar Rally After Fabrizio Meoni's Fatal Crash
Fabrizio Meoni tragically lost his life while leading stage 11 of the 2005 Dakar Rally
Fabrizio Meoni who earlier won stage six of the 2005 Dakar Rally was leading when he was involved in a crash during the 11th stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Despite immediate medical attention, it was not possible to save Fabrizio Meoni‰Ûªs life and he died of his injuries at the scene of the accident.

Due to this tragic incident the KTM management explicitly urged all KTM teams and factory riders to break off the Dakar Rally. KTM is however left it up to the individual riders, teams and their sponsors to decide whether or not to continue the Rally.

KTM lost two of its best rally pilots, Fabrizio Meoni and Richard Saincts, in fatal accidents within a period of only a few months, and at the time the Austrian manufacturer was contemplating its future support for the rally sport.

Meoni aged 47 at the time was competing in his 13th Dakar Rally and had won the worlds toughest rally twice previously in 2001 and 2002.

Heading into the final stages of the 2005 race, it was Cyril Despres who was leading the way from Marc Coma

Other News
Leigh Adams won his 8th Australian title in 2005 - Credit: Keith Muir
- Leigh Adams continued his all-conquering ways on local soil when he collected an eighth Australian Speedway Championship in Mildura (Vic) on Saturday, January 8.

- Sherco has signed former Beta rider and 2002 World Indoor Champion Albert Cabestany to its stable for an all out assault on the 2005 World Trials championship.

- Josh Coppins and Daryl Hurley lead the NZ Supercross championship after opening two rounds.

- After three days of tight racing, Jean Sebastien Roy was crowned the new King of Dortmund at the German Supercross Finale.

- Reigning World Indoor champion Adam Raga took victory in front of 8,000 trials fans at the opening round of the 2005 World Indoor Trials Series in Sheffield , England, over the weekend (Jan 8-9).

- For the second year running it was announced that the Yamaha ATV MX Nationals, held solely for quads, will be run in Northern Victoria during November 2005.

All News from Thursday the 6th of December to Wednesday the 12th of December 2005:
Tye Simmonds launches his KTM 85 at the final round of the 2005 New South Wales Supercross Championship - Credit: Johnny McLean
Speedway: 2005 Australian Under 21 Speedway Championship riders list - Thu, 6th Jan, 2005
Speedway: Leigh Adams on target for 8th Australian title - Thu, 6th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Meoni takes stage 6 win, Despres leads at Dakar - Thu, 6th Jan, 2005
Industry: FIM donates to the Tsunami tragedy - Fri, 7th Jan, 2005
Trials: Sherco signs Albert Cabestany - Fri, 7th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Coma takes over Dakar lead in a tight race - Fri, 7th Jan, 2005
Supercross: Windham conquers the mud and hype at Anaheim - Sun, 9th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Dakar - Meoni back in control at stage 9 - Sun, 9th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Dust plays havoc at Dakar - Sat, 8th Jan, 2005
Trials: Raga in form at Sheffield Indoor - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Supercross: Roy Wins Toyota, Alessi Wins Fans at Dortmund - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Speedway: Adams sublime from go to whoa - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Supercross: Grant and Moss win NSW Supercross Finale - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Supercross: Coppins and Hurley lead NZ Supercross championship - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Penalties handed out at Dakar - Mon, 10th Jan, 2005
Supermotard: Big year ahead for NSW Supermoto - Tue, 11th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Despres dominates dune stage of Dakar - Tue, 11th Jan, 2005
Cameron Taylor confrimed for NZ Supercross final - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005
Motocross: Big money up for grabs at Toowoomba Stadium MotoX - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005
ATV: ATV MX Nationals stay in Vic for 05 - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005
Supermotard: Motard practice back on at South Morang - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005
Supercross: BOB to provide dry environs for Phoenix Supercross - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005
Rallye: Fabrizio Meoni loses his life at Dakar - Wed, 12th Jan, 2005

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