The DIRTY WEEKEND AHEAD: 16th and 17th of April

Author: Aaryn Minerds

Posted:'s Look At The Major Australian, International and Local State Races and Events Being Held This Weekend

2016 MOTUL MX Nationals Round 2: Appin NSW
Matt Moss will be aiming to back up his round one win when he heads to Appin this weekend.
The second round of the 2016 MOTUL MX Nationals heads to Appin this Sunday the 17th of April with Matt Moss and KTM Australia's Caleb Ward carrying the Red Plates in their Respective classes after a tight round of racing at the season openiner in Horsham.

Moss actually does not have a clear points lead in the MX1 championship with 2016 champion KTM Australia's Kirk Gibbs tied at the top of the championship thanks to the one point he earned during superpole at Horsham.

Dean Ferris rouned out the podium at Horsham after winning the season opening moto and again with Moss and Gibbs will be one of the favourites heading into this weekend to pick up the round win.

Like round one trying to pick the winner or event the top three in MX1 is near on impossible. Suzuki mounted Todd Waters will be aiming to move up in the standings this weekend along with Superpole winner from round one in Kade Mosig, while Brett Metcalfe is sure to be a race winning threat on Sunday after spending the past two weeks getting comfortable on his SD3 Husqvarna after only spending a few days on the bike leading into round one.

Add CDR Yamaha's Dan Reardon, KTM's Jesse Dobson, the Crankt Honda's of Dylan Long and Jay Wilson, DPH Yamaha's Lawson Bopping and KTM Privateer Jacob Wright who had a shocker at round one with bike problems in race one followed by a bad start in race two and things are shaping up to be very exciting again this weekend when the gates drop at Appin.
Caleb Ward showed great speed at Horsham and will carry the MX2 red plate into this weekend
The MX2 class is just as packed this year as we saw at round one. Consistency is going to be key this year in MX2 and finising every race inside the top 3-5 will have you in the running for the championship at the end of the year with up to 8 riders capable of pulling out moto wins at any given moment.

Ward will carry a 1 point lead into the round over Husqvarna's Nathan Crawford and Jake Moss but with Wilson Todd picking up a moto win, Jed Beaton and Luke Arbon showing they have the speed to run up the front or in Beaton's case come through the field, there is once again no clear cut favourite heading into this weekends round. Also keep an eye out for local boy Dylan Wills to have a much better day out at round two.

As always we will have the NRGTV live steam embedded in the top news article when action gets underway on Sunday morning around 10am.

Ryan Dungey is charging to the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross title
Following what was arguably the fiercest battle for victory that Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey has faced all season, the reigning champion of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, has won consecutive races for the first time since the third and fourth stops of the 17-race schedule.

With a total of seven victories and a podium finish in all 13 races thus far in 2016, Dungey has the first title defense of his career in sight as the championship makes its annual visit to the "Gateway to the West" of St. Louis for the 14th race of the season inside "The Dome" on Saturday, April 16.

While Dungey inches closer to a third 450SX Class title, the Eastern Regional 250SX Class has reached historic levels of parity with five different winners through its first five races.

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2016 MXGP Round 5: Leon Mexico
If Tim Gajser can make it two round wins in a row this weekend he will leave Mexico with the red plate
After being wowed by the MXGP of Patagonia Argentina last weekend where the racing was top notch, particularly in the premier class, the series lands in Leon, Mexico, where the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place.

This weekend is the third time in succession that the MXGP has been to Leon. In recent times this round of the series took place near the end of the calendar, but after the mud fest last year and since September is rainy season for this area of the world, the round has been shifted forward for a more stable climate where the risk of rain has been massively reduced.

Interestingly, the MXGP of Leon has never been won by the same rider twice, not only in the MXGP class but also in MX2. In 2014 it was Gautier Paulin and Jordi Tixier who were able to do the victory dance, while last year it was Romain Febvre and Thomas Covington. Judging by the previous rounds and the result patterns of the MXGP of Leon, we are in for a hard-core awesome round of racing.

Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser took a decent chunk out of Febvre‰Ûªs lead in Argentina & has good memories of Mexico where he won his first ever MX2 race back in 2014.

The nineteen-year-old Slovenian impressively has a 50% win rate in MXGP at the moment having won four from the eight races thus far, and two from four grand prix overalls. ‰Û÷Tiga‰Ûª really likes the track in Mexico and judging by the pace he‰Ûªs running at the moment, is probably a good rider to put your chips on.

In MX2 it is all about Jeffrey Herlings as he looks to keep his unbeaten run alive again this weekend in Mexico.

2016 AMSOIL GNCC Round 3: South Carolina
Josh Strang will be looking to build on his championship lead this weekend at the BIG BUCK GNCC
The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, heads to the Palmetto State this weekend for the 20th Annual VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC.

Taking place throughout the woods of the iconic Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina, the world's fastest off-road racers are expected to be surrounded by thousands of spectators all eager to witness the battle for the coveted overall win.

This weekend serves as round three of the 13-race championship and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray's Josh Strang leads the way in XC1 Pro class points.

Strang has proved that he has what it takes to earn the 2016 National Championship after winning the first two rounds and then finishing second at the previous race. The Australian native is fully capable of coming out on top not only in the championship standings, but also this Sunday in the premier 1 p.m. pro race.

However, Strang will have some tough competition with three-time and defending champion Kailub Russell. The FMF/KTM Factory Racing-backed rider struggled at the beginning of the season, but quickly rebounded to claim his first overall win of the season. If this year is anything like previous seasons, once Russell gets his first win behind him he becomes hard to top.

One racer who is still looking to earn his first overall win of the season is N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Daniel Milner. Currently ranked third in the points race, Milner is having his best GNCC season to date and will fight to add another podium finish to his resume in South Carolina.

2016 MAXXIS World Enduro Championship Rounds 3/4: Gouveia, Portugal
Matthew Phillips is once again in action this weekend at rounds three and four of the World Enduro Championship.
A Few days after the Grand Prix of Agadir that offered a lot of surprises and offered an outstanding first race of the season, the EnduroGP is on the road to Portugal, more precisely in Gouveia.

Natureza Eventos has, once again, drawn a nice and technical track and the rain that was announced during the weekend should make it even more difficult. As last year, the paddock will be situated in åÇ Senhora dos Verdes åÈ (8 kms from Gouveia).

There will be three special tests of the weekend: the Maxxis Cross Test, the Enduro Test and the Technomousse Xtreme Test.

Mathias Bellino the winner of the opening round of the 2016 seaosn will surely look to build on his opening round form. However it is hard to forget the difficulties he had last year on this same track, If we add to this a rainy weather, it could be pretty difficult for the French.

Australia's Matthew Phillips has also started the season great form for his new team, riding for Fabrizio Azzalin's Sheroc race team and after taking the win on Sunday last weekend at round two, he will be looking to move to the top of the points standings in the new GP class as well as maintin his points lead in E2.

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