TEN YEAR TURN-BACK: 8th to the 14th of July 2004

Author: Aaryn Minerds


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 8th to Wednesday the 14th of July 2004:

Cameron Sinclair and Blake Williams flip for JP:
Blake Williams hits the back-flip on a full size bike for the first time - Credit: Matt McFerran
Cameron Sinclair and Blake "Bilko" Williams performed the backflip for the first time in a tribute to their fallen best friend Jono Porter - Porter died on Jun-9 as a result of injuries sustained in a racing accident at Coolum, QLD.

Porter was the first person in the world to successfully land the backflip on a four-stroke (RM-Z 250) and one of the first group in the world to achieve the feat on any bike.

The boys where practicing over the weekend (Jul-10) at Melbourne's Grand Prix Training Center Freestyle compound when they decided to 'give it a go', as they put it.

Williams, who is not totally un-familiar with back flipping as he has been upside down on a 50 many times, was first to attempt the feat. His first run was not what he was hoping for when he made the decision to bail out half way through the revolution.

After coming to earth un-hurt and un-deterred he proceeded with a second crack at it, this time landing it perfectly, he then proceeded to real of another three flips to the amazement and cheers of the gathered crowd.

What makes Williams feat all the more impressive is that it was one of his first rides back on the bike since breaking both arms in a Supercross accident at round 3 of the Supercross Nationals in Brisbane on Jan-31.
Where it all started for Cam Sinclair and his back-flipping ways - Credit: Matt McFerran
Next up Sinclair made his first attempt with a perfect result first go. "I was determined to pull it off" he said. "I just looked to the heavens and said, you gotta help me here Jono".

"I couldn't believe it, i was just so pumped I didn't even know what world I was in. People ran from everywhere to congratulate me, it was a pretty special moment.

With the backflip in the bag Sinclair has now set his sites on winning the Australian Supercross title.

"I am totally focused on winning the Australian Supercross Title now" said Sinclair. "I dedicate my backflip to Jono and now I want to win the title for him as well, he will be there with me and together I know we can do it"

QLD's Sunshine State Series Final:

Original Article: Greg Smith
Troy Carroll was unbeatable at the final round of the Sunshine States in 2004 - Credit: Greg Smith (Ikapture)
Queensland's Echo Valley held the final round of the Shell Advance / Sunshine State MX Series on the weekend (Jul-11). A total of 340 riders had entered 380 motorcycles to compete for prize money and the possibility for a few to become the 2004 Shell Advance Series Champions.

With a few showers on Saturday the crowd was kept to a minimum but when the blue sky turned up on Sunday so did the spectators. The spectator area near the control tower was filled with smiling locals. Guest appearances by CDR Boost Yamaha's Troy Carroll and Whales Kawasaki's Daniel Reardon in the Pro Open and Pro Lites Classes respectively as well as Serco Team riders Robbie Marshall and Adam Cini made sure the crowd would be entertained.

The track had been prepped to its highest standard and was in great condition on Saturday morning with just the right amount of water in the surface to hold off the dust. However showers on Saturday night made the track a little too wet for Sunday morning's practice but with a little help from the sun it was fine for the racing

Pro Lites Moto 1: With a few national competitors competing in the Pro Lites it was going to be a hard race to win for anybody so the start was crucial.

Peter Rabjones #21 got the holeshot and led for the first half of lap while Reardon / Adam Cini and Robbie Marshall sliced through the field. By the end of Lap3 it was Reardon leading Chris Urquhart - Cini - Marshall and Ben Schodel in the top 5. Throughout the next couple of laps Robbie Marshall pulled off some incredibly fast laps to pass everybody that was between him and Reardon.

While pressuring Reardon for the lead Marshall faltered on a small but slippery tabletop jump busting his bike and causing a DNF in the process. While the leaders were dicing Adam Cini was able to catch up close behind, so with fellow SERCO racer Marshall watching from the sidelines Cini forced his way past Reardon into first only to lose it on the l ast corner handing Reardon the Moto1 win and 25 points. Cini placed second and Chris Urquhart third.

Pro Lites Moto 2: As it did in moto1 the holeshot went to Peter Rabjones only this time he had full control of the lead until he was passed by Daniel Reardon on the main straight while starting Lap2. Rabjones looked over at Reardon while he was passing him and just shook his head as if to say "What do I have to do". On lap 3 #99 Braith Hoopert's KTM went up in a puff of smoke causing him a DNF.

By the end of Lap 5 Marshall had moved into second and was looking for revenge after his moto1 mistake. Lap 9 and Marshall was all over Reardon with the two of them trading places quite a few times during the lap. Adam Cini's YZ250F was starting to blow smoke as he pushed really hard to catch Reardon. In the end it was Marshall taking the win, with Reardon - Cini and a great ride from Travis Regeling to finish fourth. Reardon took the overall win with a total of 47points.

Pro Open Moto1: Due to an empty weekend in his competition calendar Boost Yamaha's Troy Carroll competed at Echo Valley. Throughout practice Troy showed his skills by lapping the wet circuit with relative ease.

Carroll #96 seemed to get the holeshot only to have a cheap shot put on him in the first corner by #13 Jason Watson. Watson tried to take out Carroll's front wheel in a failed attempt to put him out of the race (my opinion backed by images! - see main photo). Once the field made it to turn 4, #7 Travis Regeling was in the lead with #12 Ben Schodel - #96 T Carroll - #77 Cayle Beauchamp and #50 Chris Urquhart in the top 5.

By the end of lap3 Carroll was leading Regeling and Urquhart with Carroll's lap times in the low 1:40's. Lap4 and #4 Brett Bellairs made an error in one of the tight downhill corners forcing him back from 8th to 11th. By the half way mark of the race Carroll had pulled a 20sec lead and didn't show any signs of slowing, consistently lapping in the low 1:40's.

Pro Open Moto2: Moto2 and Troy Carroll took the holeshot this time with no intimidation tactics by anyone. Urquhart is in 2nd with Schodel in 3rd. At the end of Lap2 Carroll has built an 8 second buffer over the rest of the field. Lap 4 and Carroll's lap time was 1:39.2 which compares well to 1:44 by now second placed Travis Regeling #7.

Lap7 and #4 Brett Bellairs are having a great race against #111 Scott Bishop for 5th position. Lap 10 and Carroll is 45 sec in front of 2nd place Regeling and has lapped everybody up to 7th. At the checker's it was #96 Carroll first - #7 Regeling second - #12 Schodel third. Carroll scored 50 points and took home the winners cheque.

Caldecott aiming for 5th Australian Safari crown:
The Late Andy Caldecott prior to the 2005 Australasian Safari - Credit: Phil Smith
Preparations for the 19th annual Australian Safari were underway with event organisers Octagon promising the toughest international cross-country off road event staged for motorcycles, 4WD‰Ûªs and 2WD‰Ûªs to date.

The eight day event commences in Bathurst NSW on 13 September where entrants will travel over 5000kms throughout Outback NSW with overnight stops in Tamworth, Moree, Bourke, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Cobar and Narromine before finishing back in Bathurst on September 20.

The Safari was set to include both Auto and Motorcycle Divisions, promising competitors the ultimate test in endurance and stamina for both their machines and themselves.

Returning to the event in the Motorcycle Division was four time Australian Safari winner and Paris Dakar contender, Andy Caldecott of Team KTM who is eager to make it five wins in a row!

A bike shop owner in the township of Keith, South Australia, Andy was set to the course on his famed KTM660 Rallye with KTM team mates, Andrew Coaker a merchant banker based in Singapore also riding a KTM660 Rallye, and David Schwarz an engineer from Lobethal, South Australia riding a KTM450.

While Caldecott took the overall win last year, his KTM team mate David Schwarz took fourth outright, and more importantly was the first 450cc machine in the field home.

Together, the KTM Rally Team plan to also use the 2004 Australian Safari as a training ground for the famed Dakar Rally as they form Team Australia to take on the worlds best at this internationally staged event in 2005.

In last year‰Ûªs Australian Safari, Andy Caldecott set such a pace that he caught the fastest ten cars who set off at one minute intervals some thirty minutes before the bikes. The speed of Caldecott on his KTM660 in 2003, has led to the organisers starting the bikes before the cars for 2004, to ensure they don‰Ûªt get held up in a dust storm!

Subway Yamaha ready for 2004 Supermoto crown:
Adam Altham in action
Subway Yamaha Racing Supermoto Team have joined forces with Steve Cramer Products (SCP) for an all out assault on the number one plate in the 2004 Maxxis Australian Supermoto Championships.

In the teams debut year they claimed the number two plate in the S2 class (450cc and under) after lead rider Adam Altham fell seven points short of the 2003 championship.

Other News
KTM released defending AMA motocross champion and former FIM GP motocross world champion, Grant Langston, from his current obligations
- KTM released defending AMA motocross champion and former FIM GP motocross world champion, Grant Langston, from his current obligations of racing & testing for the remainder of the 2004 AMA National Motocross Series under his existing MX/SX contract.

- Race-goers may have missed seeing Team No Fear Honda's Shane Metcalfe take his usual place at the pointy end of the Australian Pro open field during the 2004 season due to injuries, but you certainly could not miss him in the Kincrome Tools catalogue. The 22-year-old professional motocrosser took a starring role in the catalogue, which is distributed to over 500 auto outlets.

- The 2004 AMA Grand National Cross Country Series has hosted close battles and fights to the finish at just about every stop, but the fighting ended at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC. Am Pro Yamaha's Jason Raines rode in the zone all day, pulling a lead the likes of which have not been seen in years, and holding it to his fourth win of the season.

- Malaysian car company Proton and Claudio Castiglioni have signed an investment agreement with Proton, that will see them gain a stake in control and gain capital of MV Agusta Group.
Nick Geck in action in 2004 - Credit: Greg Smith (Ikapture)
All News from Thursday the 8th to Wednesday the 14th of July 2004 2004:
Off Road: All roads lead to the Horsham Cross Country - Thu, 8th Jul, 2004
Industry: Proton buys into MV Agusta Group - Thu, 8th Jul, 2004
Motocross: 2004 Victorian Junior Titles season wrap - Fri, 9th Jul, 2004
Motocross: KTM release Langston from MX/SX commitments - Fri, 9th Jul, 2004
Supercross: 2005 AMA SX schedule announced - Sat, 10th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Metcalfe and Kincrome take it to the masses - Sun, 11th Jul, 2004
Supermotard: Subway Yamaha ready for 2004 Supermoto crown - Sun, 11th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Reed talks MXoN, Outdoors and Supermoto - Sun, 11th Jul, 2004
Rallye: Caldecott aiming for 5th Australian Safari crown - Mon, 12th Jul, 2004
Motocross: Jay Marmont planning a King hit - Mon, 12th Jul, 2004
Freestyle: Cameron Sinclair and Blake Williams flip for JP - Tue, 13th Jul, 2004
Motocross: QLD's Sunshine State Series Final - Tue, 13th Jul, 2004
GNCC: Raines Dominates the Wiseco John Penton GNCC - Tue, 13th Jul, 2004
Supermotard: Yamaha Supermoto Spectacular Bulletin - Tue, 13th Jul, 2004
Speedway: Schlein looking for Speedway Junior World Championship decider - Wed, 14th Jul, 2004
Freestyle: IFMA Freestyle launches new website - Wed, 14th Jul, 2004
Motocross: International weekend wrap-up (Jul 10-11) - Wed, 14th Jul, 2004

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