RHYS CARTER BACK RACING IN AUSTRALIA pg. 26
OUR TOP 5 PICKS FOR 2018 pg. 52
INTERVIEW WITH LEGEND TORSTEN HALLMAN pg. 56
A4DE EVENT RECAP pg. 76
CAN FERRIS GO 3 IN-A-ROW WILL FERRIS STAND HIS GROUND AT ROUND 1 THIS WEEKEND? PAGE 18
DANIEL MILNER KTM ENDURO RACING TEAM #31 CAN MILNER DOMINATE YET ANOTHER YEAR? PAGE 84 ISSUE 23
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DYLAN LONG Dylan Long throwing around his Yamaha YZ450F as he does best. Long will be one to watch throughout this years racing on-board the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team.
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LUKE CLOUT KTM Racing Team’s newly recruited MX1 contender Luke Clout will be one to watch in this year’s title fight. After a strong 2017, we see Clout adapting to his new race machine very nicely during his pre-season.
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What to expect in 2018
Rhys Carter: Back in Aus
Rider Interview: Cody Dyce
Whatever It Takes
Our Top 5 Picks for 2018
Torsten Hallman - A Living Legend
Product Spotlight: Raceline Packages
A4DE - Milner Conquers Cessnock
Daniel Milner - Fit & Firing
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WHAT TO EXPECT With Round 1 just around the corner, we discuss what to expect at Newry MX Page 18
HALLMAN OFFROAD PRODUCTS We sit down with the living legend, Torsten Hallman. Page 56
WHATS TRENDING Stay up to date with everything moto in 2018 Page 12
A4DE RECAP We recap the huge 4 day event in Cessnock, Queensland. PAGE 76
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT Check out the Pro Circuit performance packages that Raceline Peformance have on offer Page 66
WELCOME 2018 There is much excitement and anticipation as we head into round one of the MX Nationals at Newry this weekend. With several team changes and some new faces in all classed the 2018 series is set to be huge. We are very excited to have Pirelli as the naming rights sponsor for the 2018 and 2019 Championship series’. We have a strong and longstanding relationship with Link International and we are honoured to showcase Pirelli to the world over the next two years. We have been busy working throughout the off-season and spectators visiting the track this weekend will get some new experiences, as well as those who can’t make it, will also get some more great innovative coverage on NRGTV’s broadcast of each round.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs involved in the 2018 series and wish them every success with their respective rounds. We would like to welcome all the new first-time national competitors and also look forward to seeing our regular riders out there this season. Both 2017 MX1 and MX2 Champions, CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris and KTM’s Egan Mastin will be sporting red plates with the number one on them this weekended, the 2017 Under 19’s Champion Cody Dyce has moved up to the MX2 class, so will be running his number 33. The depth of talent in the championship classes is very high and with over subscribed grids in both MXD and MX2 qualifying will be very crucial this weekend. The championship this year will see two double header rounds, the first being Wonthaggi with Round 3 and 4 taking place there, and again in the second half of the season with Rounds 7 and 8 being held at Maitland. This will be a real test for the rider’s fitness. and ability. We look forward to bringing the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals series to the riders, teams and of course the fans. Lets get this show on the road!
MILNER EARNS FIFTH A4DE VICTORY WITH DOMINANT DISPLAY IN CESSNOCK Sanders and Styke credited E2 and E1 titles in New South Wales. Source: motoonline.com.au
TOMAC PUSHES THROUGH MUD-FILLED SEATTLE MAIN EVENT TO CLINCH VICTORY Australiaâ€™s Reed takes season-best seventh in highly-spirited effort. Source: http://motoonline.com.au
PRIVATEER EFFORT THE PLAN FOR POZNIAK IN MAIDEN MX2 CAMPAIGN New South Welshman to remain aboard Yamaha machinery in upcoming season. Source: motoonline.com 2018 MXGP OF TRENTINO | GOPRO ONBOARD POV From Italy Source: motocross.transworld.net
SYDNEY INDOOR MOTO X PARK BEGINS MANUFACTURING Stay in the loop with Australias first Air-Supported indoor motocross facility. Source: dirtaction.com.au
HUNTER LAWRENCE SUSTAINS HAND INJURY AT MXGP OF TRENTINO Australian Hunter Lawrence sustained a broken middle metacarpal in his right hand during Saturdayâ€™s timed practice session Source: racerxonline.com.au
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WHAT TO EXPECT 2 0 18 P I R E L L I M X N AT I O N A L S This weekend, the largest motorcycling series in the country, the Pirelli MX Nationals, will kick off in Newry Victoria, where months of training and preparation will finally be put to use when riders line up on the start gate for the first time this season. With the 2017 championship wrapping up in August last year, athletes have had a staggering eight months to fine tune their programs in preparation for this year’s racing with Newry returning after a long hiatus from the calendar, many will head into the unknown this Sunday. Newry, which last hosted a round of the championship back in 2008 is well known for it’s tough hard pack soil \ sand sections and a concrete start, the track’s ability to get really ‘square edged’ will test its competitors. In the past, it’s often been the home-grown heroes who’ve finished well come checkered flag time, but with so much talent across all categories, this year may just dish out a change.
MX1 CHAMPION DEAN FERRIS WON AN EXCEPTIONAL 17 RACES THROUGHOUT THE 2017 SEASON MX Nationals Series Promoter Kevin Williams today explained that the venue is well equipped to welcome thousands of motocross fans and the track will be prepared to a world class standard. “The Pirelli MX Nationals is a very important event for not only the club, but also for the region. With Newry hosting a national event of this size it will bring a staggering quarter million dollars into the local region as well as keeps the venue on the radar, and provides the sport in the area with fantastic national exposure”. shared Williams “We of course have a number of riders competing from Australia such as two time defending MX1 champion Dean Ferris, but also international competitors from New Zealand such as Hamish Harwood, Kane Lamont and Rhys Carter which adds that extra level of depth to the racing and is fantastic for our series and for the local fans who are planning on coming out to watch the races this weekend” said Williams So, who will finish on top when gates drop this coming Sunday? Will it be the 2017 stars or will the local heroes dominate once again?
2016 and 2017 Thor MX1 champion Dean Ferris won an exceptional 17 races throughout the 2017 season, and will enter round one of the series this weekend with the number one on his bike and back making him the man to beat this Sunday. But one rider who won’t be letting the CDR Yamaha rider out of his sights, is 2016 and 2017 MX1 runner up Kirk Gibbs and after dominating the field in the New Zealand Motocross championship this year the factory KTM rider will be hoping to keep his winning streak going and walk away from round one with the red plate. But, if there’s one Victorian athlete that simply can’t be ruled out, it’s DPH Husqvarna Motorsport’s Kade Mosig. Mosig, who moved back to Victoria last year and will again this year contest for the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals season has been racing at the Maffra/Sale Motorcycle club since his career began as a junior, and with a new team, and a new bike, the husquarvana rider in his late 20s may very well be the man to deliver the locals with a home grown win in the premier class.
That depth of talent isnâ€™t limited to the MX1 class, this year the MX2 class will see a world class level of skilled talent spread across the gate with the likes of 2017 MX2 runner up Wilson Todd, fighting for the championship, the 2016 MX2 runner up Nathan Crawford returning to the class after racing in the premier class in 17, 2017 MXD champion and local boy Cody Dyce and you can never look the international talents of Hamish Harwood, Rhys Carter. Finally, the Pirelli MXD category will also showcase plenty of future talent this weekend, especially with the likes of Hugh Mckay and Morgan Fogarty, the development class will be highly competitive when the gates drop in Gippsland. Throw in the Yamaha 125cc Gold Cup, factory trucks, entertainment for the kids, and the fastest riders in the country and Round 1 of the Pirelli MX Nationals this weekend is an event not to be missed.
This Sunday will set the scene for the entire year, and motocross fans will have the opportunity to witness history unfold at Newry in Victoria. So If you’re a lover of motorsport and racing, make sure you’re in Gippsland this weekend, Sunday April 15th for the opening round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals. For more information on the Pirelli MX Nationals, including ticket prices and race schedule, head to www.mxnationals.com.au If you can’t make it to a round of the nationals watch It free live or on demand on NRGTV, simply go to www.nrgtv.com.au and follow the links.
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BACK IN AUS
It’s been four years since New Zealander Rhys Carter lined up for a full season of the MX Nationals, and this weekend he’s set to pull on his jersey and do it all again, with the support of the newly formed Dyson Motorsport’s Kawasaki Racing Team. After wrapping up the 2018 New Zealand Motocross Championship just a few weeks ago, Carter is fresh and ready to kick start his Australian campaign, and will be one of the star names headlining the ultra competitive MX1 category. After recently touching down in Aus, we caught up with the kid from across the ditch to see how things are shaping up for his season ahead.
RC6 You’re back in Australia this year for the first time since 2014 and you have the first round of the Australian championship this weekend, how are you feeling? I haven’t raced in Australia since 2014 when I rode for Raceline, so it’s been a few years. We have round one this weekend and I’m feeling really good – I’m excited ey! I’m really excited to work with my team and the bike they’ve given me is really good. It’s nice to come back out here and race a new track too. I haven’t raced at Newry before which is good because I love riding new tracks. We had a good season in New Zealand and I’m keen to get back to racing here. You’ve just come off the back of the NZ Motocross Championships where you finished fourth in the MX1 class, how has that prepared you for the Aussie season? Yeah for sure. In New Zealand quite often there’s not a lot of depth but this year it was really close – it was way better. In previous years you get in to a bit of a groove and just cruise along for the season in NZ, but this year there was about four or five of us who were tight all year which made for some good racing. It was great high intensity preparation, and when I come to Australia everyone here is a lot better at that high intensity stuff than we are, so the New Zealand MX Nationals has helped me a lot this year. 28
The tracks in NZ are vastly different to those we have here, how have you been training in preparation for that? I usually just take it as it comes, I’m not a person who focuses too much on what it’s going to be like I guess, I just get there and it is what it is, you can’t change it, and sometimes you can’t prepare for it so there’s no point getting too stressed about training specifically for one particular style of track. But in saying that the tracks in Australia are a lot more hardpack so I try and get in some of that before I come over. Then you also have tracks like Coolum and Murray Bridge which are different again so I just try and be a good all rounded rider on all bases.
We have round one this weekend and I’m feeling really good – I’m excited ey!
You’ve signed on with Dyson Motorsports Kawasaki for the season, how did that all come about? I was just sitting at home really (laughs). I had kind of planned on going back to America again to do more rounds over there this year. I got a message saying am I doing anything this season, and I shared my plans but they said just hold up, we could have something. I kind of thought ‘oh we’ll see what happens’, I had never really thought I’d come back to Australia at all, it wasn’t on my radar. A few weeks later we had a contract together and made a plan, signed it off and we were all locked in before Christmas. It happened quite quickly. Once the paperwork was signed it was good too because I knew what I was doing straight after my New Zealand season. Usually when I’ve come to Australia I’ve had to sign paperwork and work out contracts in the middle of my season at home so it was nice to know I had something as soon as I’d finished for the mind as well. Have you had some time to test as yet? How’s the bike been? Yep! I came out to Australia the week before our last round in New Zealand and I tried a couple of different engines and suspension. I was able to take that stuff home and ride with it at Taupo. It was the best I had rode, and the best my bike had handled all season. My speed went up another level as well which helped me a lot. I didn’t have to change to much to be honest, they knew what I wanted and what I liked so it was pretty easy. I’m very happy with the bike, I love it. They have put together a good package for me so it’s nice to know when I go racing that I’m happy and nothing is going to go wrong.
You’ve had some experience in recent years riding in America, do you feel that gives you any sort of advantage coming in to this season? It does for sure. When you go to America it’s the biggest stage in the world besides the MXGP’s, they’re on par. So when you come back to Aussie or New Zealand the nerves are still there but they’re not like they used to be. I used to get quite worked up coming to Australia because I used to think it was massive, and don’t get me wrong it’s still big here, but once you’ve been to America it’s Australia on steroids, it’s pretty crazy – so that definitely helps with the mental side of things. Also the tracks over there get so much rougher than anything I’ve ever raced, so you get used to conditions like that and then back home and here it all feels a bit smoother. How do you feel the strength of the Aussie MX1 class is this year? To be fair I haven’t really seen or heard how half of them go. I know that Ferris, Gibbsy and Metcalfe are all going to be quick and even Clouty – they’re the only ones I really know of. I haven’t raced guys like Caleb Ward or Mitch Evans so yeah it will be interesting. I think it’s going to be pretty tight from what I’ve seen, and what it was like racing Gibbsy in New Zealand this year. It’s going to be exciting. The last time I was in Australia the 450 class was a bit more spread out where as this year I think that it’s going to be a bit tighter.
What are your expectations result wise? I guess we all go to the line to win so that’s the main goal. But to be a podium guy or in the top five consistently is my goal. And just to be there all year. Even If I have a sixth in one race and a third, I just want to be around that area so that when we get to the end of the year at Coolum I’m in with a shot at the overall podium. Will you be heading home in between races or staying out here full time? I’ll just be flying home on a Monday morning in between races. I have my wife and house and stuff at home so it’s just easier to go home and be in my own environment and train there. I have my routine pretty sorted there. Between the fourth and fifth round I might stay in Melbourne hopefully and then the last round too. I may even come back during the break and do some more testing if we feel we need to.
What track are you most looking forward to going to? Murray Bridge, I like it there and Coolum. I like the sand tracks. But also I’m excited to go to some new tracks like Newry, I’ve been to Gladstone before but I haven’t raced there and I’m interested to see how Maitland is going to be and what the layout will be like, so there’s a lot I’m excited about. Who do you think would be your biggest competition here? Well Ferris is the number one guy at the moment so I suppose he would be, but you really never know who you’re going to line up against and what it’s going to be like so we’ll see this weekend. Thanks for the chat Rhys and good luck for Round 1. Thanks heaps and no problems.
2017 MXD CHAMPION
CODY DYCE WITH THE 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP WRAPPING UP IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, ATHLETES HAVE HAD A STAGGERING EIGHT MONTHS TO SETTLE IN TO THEIR NEW TEAMS, AND FINE TUNE THEIR PROGRAMS IN PREPARATION FOR THIS YEARâ€™S RACING.
With Maffra/Sale Motorcycle Club returning after a long hiatus from the calendar, many will head into the unknown this Sunday. Newry, which last hosted a round of the championship back in 2008 is well known for it’s hard pack soil and the track’s ability to get really ‘square edged’ and to test competitors. In the past, it’s often been the home-grown heroes who’ve finish well come checkered flag time, but with so much talent across all categories, this year may just dish out a change. With that being said I caught up with Cody Dyce 2017 MXD championship and home-grown hero from Newry and here is what he had to say
Cody Dyce you won under 19’s last year, now you are stepping into the MX2 class for the 2018 season, how are you feeling coming into round 1 being your home track? Yeah stepping up to the mx2 is definitely going to be challenging but that’s what I’m looking for and I’m just going into the season with no expectations and just going to try and keep it in the top 10, yeah Maffra being my home track I have grown up racing there so it should be fun racing in front of some of my friends and family. How are you settling into your new team Empire Motorsports? The new team is awesome and everyone is working together really well, we’re just looking at having a good time this year with every results we get good or bad. Also it’s going to be good having my family play a big part in the team, so my dads coming to the start line which is always comforting before going racing. This year moving into the MX2 class will see you racing longer motos, how has your preparation changed from your pre season last year? How do you think you will handle the intensity and length of this year’s motos? Yeah the 30 minute Motos. You can practice 30 minutes all the time at the practice track but it’s totally different at the race track so this weekend will be a tester for me and if I’m lacking in some areas well we can only work on it. The pre seasons been good training with some faster guys, going up to QLD to ride different tracks, working with Tyson Cherry, Mike Landman and my dad to improve on my riding to have the best shot I can against these guys.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition this year and what will be some of the biggest challenges you will have to overcome? You know there is a lot of fast guys this year the depth of field is like no other, so I think everyone has a shot at the top 3, but the key is going to be consistent and try not to finish outside that top 10. Some challenges this year is going to be making it from round 1 to round 10 and at the end of the year not leaving anything on the tables when Iâ€™m out there racing. Thanks for taking the time to chat to us today, No problem thanks.
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Hi everyone, It’s great to be back for the 2018 MX Nationals and I can’t wait to be calling the action live for NRGTV this season. For inside dirt this year I’ll be bringing you my insights and thoughts from the “Trainers corner” articles. These will revolve around on and off the bike coaching / training advice, along with mental preparation and essentially my perspective on what the pro MXN field is doing week in week out and how that translates to their success or difficulties on the track.
Story By: Joe Stevens
Typically in years past this article for round one is something I’ve written summarising how riders have prepared at the track, in the gym and with their team leading into the season. But in this day and age sometimes this can be a little generic, because of the wonders of social media fans are able to check in with their favourite riders daily and see what they are up to. So you are all already aware, the factory riders and privateers alike have spent countless hours at the track, in the gym, on the bicycle and leaving no stone unturned in their quest for glory in 2018. I’ve been at the practice tracks in Victoria since December witnessing many MXN riders in fantastic form and the stopwatch nationals are in full effect (for those of you unaware the “stop watch nationals” is a term used to describe mechanics, trainers like myself, parents and on lookers getting lap times on many different riders on any given day and then basically talking like a bunch of gossip fuelled soccer Mums about who is fastest).
Momentum and confidence a rider can generate from round one. Please do not take my emphasis on confidence lightly, because at the elite level of the sport everyone on the start line is only a few good results away from gaining that all important confidence and momentum that will lead them to the best results of their career. Every rider on the gate at some level believes they can win, be top five, top ten etc (whatever result they are chasing as a goal) however there is a difference between believing you can be there and knowing you can be there! How do you cross that bridge from a belief to a confirmation you BELONG in the results bracket you are chasing?
A rider will struggle to believe he belongs anywhere on the track until he does it for the first time. However, that may not come at the first round of the season. Getting through qualifying first thing Sunday morning with a good feel for the bike and track will lead to a good qualifying position and strong gate pick for the races. Good Let’s get to the point of this article gate picks lead to good starts and track that I want to discuss and that is the position early in the moto. From there a
THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD TO THIS THEORY OF PROGRESSION IS THE CHANCE OF REGRESSION.
rider can be on point or exceeding his expectations very quickly. Ride the first couple of races in the early parts of the season home in this fashion, finishing in your desired results or just outside of it knowing you can be there, and bam, a new rider is born who believes he is (for example) now a podium rider. Every gate drop, regardless of starts, crashes or track position he will find himself contesting for podiums week in and out, because he now has the belief he belongs there. See how easy it is? It sure looks it on paper but this is by far one of the biggest mental hurdles a rider will have to overcome to progress in the sport. Finding a way to convert the base that come from a solid preseason of developing the mind, body, race team and bike, and translating that into a good opening to the series leading the associated confidence and momentum we discussed above.
How many riders can you remember who have had a great preseason with a great previous year in the books that all seems to come to a crashing halt after the opening few rounds? They are not racing but simply circulating far away from their speed and potential on the race trac. I can name a whole bunch! Dig yourself a hole in the opening rounds with poor qualifying positions, bad starts and track position, crashes, mechanicals and everything else that racing can throw at a rider and it does not take long for all of the preseason hope and ambition to come to a stop very quickly. The season becomes a grind of trying to dig yourself out of a hole created both on the track and in the riderâ€™s mentality early in the year. No rider intends for this to happen, both sides to this coin require the rider to put his best foot forward and the remainder are variables he cannot control, be it luck or his competition.
So who will we see step up for 2018? Typically my rule of thumb is that by the time we get to Murray Bridge for round five, the field has un officially set themselves into an agreed hierarchy of riders who know where they should be placing and who they should be battling with. The road to this order starts this weekend at Maffra, so let’s go racing!! Don’t forget to tune into NRGTV on race day live if you cannot make it to the races and I’ll see you all at Maffra for round one!
Thanks for reading everyone and see you at the races. Story by: Joe Stevens
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Craig Dack - CDR Yamaha MX1 MX2 1. FERRIS 1. TODD 2. LONG 2. CRAWFORD 3. GIBBS 3. WILSON 4. METCALFE 4. RICHARDSON 5. CLOUT 5. HARWOOD
Brad Mcalpine - CDR Yamaha MX1 MX2 1. FERRIS 1. CRAWFORD 2. LONG 2. TODD 3. GIBBS 3. RICHARDSON 4. MOSIG 4. MASTIN 5. CLOUT 5. WILLS
Joe Stevens - Coach MX1 MX2 1. FERRIS 1. TODD 2. GIBBS 2. CRAWFORD 3. METCALFE 3. RYKERS 4. MOSIG 4. MASTIN 5. CLOUT 5. RICHARDSON
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Yarrive Konsky - Penrite Honda MX1 MX2 1. METCALFE 1. RICHARDSON 2. FERRIS 2. WILSON 3. GIBBS 3. CRAWFORD 4. MOSIG 4. TODD 5. CLOUT 5. MASTIN
Tim Vare - Honda MX1 1. METCALFE 2. FERRIS 3. MOSIG 4. GIBBS 5. LONG
Jarrod Pyne - DPH MX1 MX2 1. MOSIG 1. TODD 2. FERRIS 2. WILLS 3. GIBBS 3. CRAWFORD 4. METCALFE 4. HARWOOD 5. CLOUT 5. WILSON
Mike Ward - Yamaha MX1 MX2 1. FERRIS 1. CRAWFORD 2. GIBBS 2. TODD 3. CLOUT 3. WILSON 4. METCALFE 4. R.EVANS 5. MOSIG 5. RICHARDSON
Chris Woods - Raceline KTM MX1 MX2 1. GIBBS 1. RYKERS 2. FERRIS 2. WILSON 3. EVANS 3. TODD 4. METCALFE 4. CRAWFORD 5. WARD 5. RICHARDSON
Gavin Eales - Serco Yamaha MX1 MX2 1. FERRIS 1. TODD 2. CLOUT 2. CRAWFORD 3. GIBBS 3. WILSON 4. METCALFE 4. RICHARDSON 5. EVANS 5. MASTIN
Jay Marmont - KTM MX1 MX2 1. GIBBS 1. MASTIN 2. CLOUT 2. WILLS 3. FERRIS 3. CRAWFORD 4. MOSIG 4. TANTI 5. METCALFE 5. HARWOOD
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TO SAY THAT TORSTEN HALLMAN IS A LEGEND IS A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT. AFTERALL, WHAT THE MAN HAS DONE FOR OUR BELOVED SPORT IS IMMEASUREABLE. WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO MEN LIKE HIM THAT PUSHED OUR SPORT AND HELPED SHAPE WHAT IT IS TODAY. BEYOND THAT, THE CLASS, SHOWMANSHIP AND HUMILTY OF TORSTEN IS SECOND TO NONE. WE ARE TRULY HONORED TO HAVE HIM AS THE NAMESAKE OF OUR BRAND. WE CAUGHT UP WITH TORSTEN TO GET SOME INSIGHT ON WHAT MOVED HIM TO START HALLMAN AND HIS THOUGHTS ON WHERE THE SPORT AND BRAND IS TODAY.
When you first began selling Hallman racing products nearly 50 years ago, did you ever think Motocross would be the sport that it is today?
I had a feeling that the motocross sport was fitting the American people when I came the first year. Americans like speed, action, and you know from way back, the first settlers, they need to take some risks. This is why Edison Dye and I started this company to get more riders to come to the United States.
What is one of your favorite racing memories from the early days? When I started to race, everything was gray and dark so to speak. I remember the first time I put yellow stripes on black pants and this was sensational at that time. The next thing was colors and things. It was adding something new to the sport. When I won the first world championship, Husqvarna was in the process to stop making motorcycles so they said we are going to make one more try with a new engine, a new gearbox, so do you want to be the rider for us, for the 1962 season. I said yes, of course I will do this. In the beginning of the season, we had several problems with the new engine. Jeff Smith and the BSA teams were winning just about every race in the beginning. They needed only one more win to clinch the title. But at the time my Husky was good, all of the problems were gone and I won the rest of them. The final race was in Sweden and it was my best memory of my racing career. If you think about it, if the gearbox had been a problem and continued for the rest of the season and I would have finished third or fourth Husqvarna would have stopped making motorcycles and would have never sent me to the United States to introduce the motocross sport. It was a knife edge so to speak, to come over. It was a good memory, definitely the best memory for me at least - the 1962 Championship.
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MILNER CONQUERS CESSNOCK ON HIS WAY TO A RECORD EQUALLING FIFTH YAMAHA A4DE TITLE Daniel Milner has completed the perfect four days at the 2018 Yamaha Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE), after taking out the final moto on day four aboard his KTM 500 EXC. Milner has been the fastest man over the first three days and day four was no different, clinching his first final moto and his first E3 Australian Title. Daniel Sanders return to Australia has gone from strength to Strength, clinching the E2 title and taking out the final moto aboard his Husqvarna. The evolution of Luke Styke, Motocross rider turned Enduro rider has taking another step forward after he clinched the E1 title with his final moto win on day four.
The A4DE put the riders to the test over the four days, with some of the toughest tests and trails seen in Cessnock. Before the event promoter Mal Hall promised to bring back the tough conditions riders faced in the original A4DE in 1978, and that he did with the riders facing dusty, rutty and rough conditions throughout. This all accumulated to the final moto at Cessnock Racecourse on day four, a wide-open grass track faced the riders as their last obstacle between them and the finish line.
E3 Daniel Milner has completed the perfect week at Cessnock, taking out every test during the first three days and then wrapping it up with a convincing win in the final moto on day four. Milner was a class above the field in Cessnock, navigating his way through the rough and tough conditions with ease to register his fifth A4DE title. Lachlan Stanford aboard his Husqvarna battled hard throughout the four days but couldn’t quite reel Milner in and settled for second position overall. Broc Grabham pushed hard in the first three days aboard his Gas Gas, and despite missing the podium in the final moto, he managed to grab third overall for the four days. Sneaking onto the podium in the final moto was Tom Mason which pushed Mason up to fourth overall. Kane Hall rounded out the top five in the E3 class. Milner was overjoyed to take out A4DE title number five; “Yeah it feels incredible, got a decent holeshot on the 500 and put my head down and my bum up and just tried to put some good lap times together. That track was so rough though but to clinch my fifth four-day title, that don’t get any easier and this has been a hard four days, but I’m stocked to wrap this up. It’s my first Australian E3 title so I may have to buy this bike and put it in the trophy room,” added a stocked Milner.
E2 Daniel Sanders was on another level aboard his new Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team bike, claiming all four days including the final moto in the E2 class. Sanders was pushing his Husqvarna to the limit over the four days, taking on the rough conditions and showing the field how it’s done. Josh Green aboard his Active8 Yamaha Yamalube and Sanders had the battle of the four days in the final moto with the pair duking it out for most of the moto, before Sanders pulled away late in the moto. Green collected second in the final moto and that helped him clinch second overall in the E2 class. Green’s teammate Wil Ruprecht came into the A4DE with a shoulder injury he sustained earlier this season, but he pushed through in the tough conditions to register third overall and third in the final moto. The return to A4DE for Hollis went solidly, consistently putting in good time that had him in the battle for the podium, but he would settle for fourth position overall after the four days. A slow start to the A4DE didn’t stop Stefan Granquist from finishing in the top 5, finding some great speed late on day two and day three. Sanders was stocked to wrap up the E2 title at Cessnock; “I battled behind Greeny for a bit and then made my move and it’s a great start to the year with the new team. The E2 win is awesome and if you would have told me I would be in this position last year I definitely would have taken it any day of the week,” finished Sanders. 80
In his first A4DE Active8 Yamaha Yamalube rider Luke Styke has shown everyone that he has the enduro skills to match his motocross skills. Styke was put to the test at Cessnock and he passed with flying colours as he took out the E1 class, showing of his motocross skills as he won the final moto. Fraser Higlett enjoyed a good four-day performance, collecting the day win on day three to go along with some great times throughout the tests. Higlett’s effort managed to collect him a second-place overall finish in the E1 class. The 2017 Australian Off-Road EJ Champion made the step up to the E1 class for the A4DE and he made the move seamlessly, claiming third overall. After taking out day one Jack Simpson found it tougher on days two and three before a great ride in the final moto saw him finish second, pushing winner Styke right to the finish line. Also, in his first A4DE Frenchman Jeremy Carpentier aboard his Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team put together a solid fourdays before a great final moto ride saw him finish on the podium in third place, that effort pushed him into fifth overall.
Jessica Gardiner pulled off an emotional victory on her Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team in the final moto of the A4DE as she claimed her fifth Womens title. Gardiner on the morning of the last day lost a loved one, but she pulled together to win the final moto and finish off the great work she had put in on the first three days at Cessnock. In here 11th and final A4DE Jemma Wilson put together a solid three days but trailed Gardiner by too much heading into the final moto as she finished second overall as well as in the final moto. The tough conditions at Cessnock really put the riders to the test, Emelie Karlsson pushed through after a few crashes on days two and three to grab third overall. Sophie Coldicutt was consistent over the four-days and collected fourth overall. Courtney Rubie rounded out the top five as the testing conditions at Cessnock took their toll on all the riders.
Styke was thrilled to win his first A4DE; “It was good, I got into a good position of the start and I knew a good start was important as the track was a one-line track. I rode a smart race and didn’t want to throw anything away and it was a good moto,” finished Styke.
2018 A4DE RESULTS Final A4DE E3 Provisional Results 1. Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) - 2:00:48.454 2. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) - 2:06:01.626 3. Broc Grabham - 2:07:39.257 4. Tom Mason - 2:09:46.354 5. Kane Hall - 2:10:23.467
Final A4DE E2 Provisional Results 1. Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) – 2:01:57.804 2. Josh Green (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) – 2:04.50.584 3. Wil Ruprecht (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team)- 2:06:19.332 4. Chris Hollis – 2:08:33.635 5. Stefan Granquist – 2:08.33.800
Final A4DE E1 Provisional Results 1. Luke Styke (Active8 Yamaha Yamalube Off-Road Team) - 2:05:14.483 2. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) - 2:06:34.727 3. Michael Driscoll - 2:07:03.881 4. Jack Simpson - 2:08:45.344 5. Jeremy Carpentier (Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team)- 2:08:45.344
Overall A4DE Womens Provisional Results 1. Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha MX Store Ballard’s Off-Road Team)- 2:24:26.590 2. Jemma Wilson – 2:25:09.940 3. Emelie Karlsson – 2:28:19.036 4. Sophie Coldicutt – 2:38:06.577 5. Courtney Rubie – 3:13:49.368
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DANIEL MILNER After the perfect year in 2017, KTM Enduro Racing Team rider Daniel Milner caught up with Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) to discuss his 2017, his off-season and what his plans are for 2018, as we are just around the corner from the opening round at Gympie, Queensland on March 10-11.
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2017 was the perfect season for you; at what stage did you think the perfect season was within reach? Its hard to say, it was towards the end of the year that we started to think of it but in reality it was only after the second last round we actually realised, that if I had a consistent two days at the final round we were every chance of pulling it off.
To add to the great success of 2017, it was your first year on the KTM Enduro Racing Team, what did you like about the KTM and what made you click so fast with the bike? To be honest it was just the bike, Iâ€™ve been on a Japanese bike my whole career so jumping on the European bike was a bit of a worry but with KTM having such a good name for themselves in the Enduro world, I had confidence I would like the bike. I felt at home basically as soon as I jumped on it, I felt comfortable with the bike and it just went from there. I really thought it would take longer but within the first few weeks I felt at home, was definitely a good change.
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With AORC fast approaching what have you been up to over the offseason? What has the training workload been like? What training have you been doing? This year has been good, this is the first year I have had a good season and then backed it up with a good off-season, I’ve normally had an injury or something go wrong after a successful season, which has been nice. The bike preparation has gone really well at this point as we have made the change from the factory 52 forks to the 48s and we have a really comfortable setting which you can buy from a WP dealer, which is a new concept as you normally couldn’t buy these forks. In terms of training, I may have gotten a little bit overweight so we have done a lot more fitness training basing it around cardio after last year, as I felt like I lacked in this area. I am feeling as fit as ever as I ever have heading into round 1 at Gympie, its making me feel comfortable on and off the bike. I’m looking to pick up where I left off last year, it’s been a long off season and we have put in a lot of work and effort and I’m as hungry as ever this season with people returning that I want to beat.
This year you are making the jump to the E3 class, what was the reason behind that move? I have never had to opportunity to ride the E3 class, its something I’ve wanted to do my entire career and when the chance came up to jump on the 500, I was going to take it. The extra torque the 500 offers suits my riding style to a tee, as I always ride the bike in a higher gear, and the extra torque is just awesome. I really feel like this is the best decision I’ve made so far. It’s a new bike and it suiting me so well and I’m really looking forward to getting out there on it and taking on my first race. I actually can’t wait to get out there and try to win the Triple Crown as no one has ever done that but we will wait to see how I go.
Who will be your biggest rival for the E3 title in 2018? Lachlan Stanford on his Husqvarna, he is always strong and the field isn’t as deep as I thought it was going to be as the talk was that Josh Green, and a few of the other guys would make the jump, but unfortunately these guys aren’t going to be riding in the class. I’m looking forward to battling with Stanford throughout the season.
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What are goals for the 2018 season? I’m looking to win everything, we want to back up last year and continue to win titles. Hattah is a big one for me after winning that race last year I want to return and win it again. The big one for me in 2018 is the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE), which is something that I really want to win since it’s returning and back to where it all started. I’ve won A4DE four times but the 2016 loss to Mathias Bellino and Chris Hollis really baited me up, I’m still dwelling on that so ill be pushing to win the A4DE. The vibe around my team just makes me want to keep pushing and keeps me motivated to win for these guys with all the effort they put in.
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2018 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the brand new AORC website at www.aorc.org.au! or by following the AORC on Twitter and Facebook as well as @aorc on Instagram Story By: Cohen McElroy Media and Public Relations - MA
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