This weekend is going to see Auckland invaded with motorcycle fans of all forms, with both the NZ Motorcycle Show being held at ASB Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, and the Monster Energy SX-Open at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday afternooon/evening.

The SX-Open have released a schedule of events, packed with entertainment for spectators:

Saturday, November 24

  • 12:00 pm – Pit Party Commences (*Open to all Ticket Holders)
  • 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm – VIP Track Walk (Grass-only next to track due to weather conditions and available only to VIP ticket holders)
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Autograph Signing (Pit Party) with all Supercross and FMX riders available to all Ticket Holders
  • 3:00 pm – Corporate Suites & SuperLounge Open (Cash Bar service from 4:00 pm)
  • 3:00 pm – VIP, Ultimate VIP & Corporate SuperLounge Entry to grandstands open for afternoon sessions:
      • SX2 Free Practice
      • SX1 Free Practice
      • SX2 Qualifying
      • SX1 Qualifying
      • Supercross rider interviews
      • KTM Junior Challenge Practice
    • FMX Free Practice
    • FMX rider interviews
  • 4:30 pm – Ultimate VIP & Corporate Track Walk (pending weather conditions, this may be held beside the track if track is too wet)
  • 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Monster Energy Rig Riot in Pit Party
  • 5:00 pmPublic Doors Open
  • 6:00 pm – 2018 Monster Energy S-X Open Auckland – Event Officially Commences & Includes:
    • SX1 Heat Races
    • SX2 Heat Races
    • Boost Mobile International Showdown (ANZAC vs International)
    • SX1 Yamaha SuperPole
    • Boost Mobile Best Whip Contest
    • KTM Mini Challenge
    • Monster Energy Best-Trick Freestyle Motocross
    • SX2 – Main Event Final
    • SX1 – 3 x Triple Crown Main Event Finals
  • 10:15 pm – Event Finishes & Pyrotechnics

 

Tickets are still available, but get in quick before the last ones are snapped up! See you this weekend!

https://www.sxopen.com/tickets/

 

New Zealand fans are in for double the dazzle in March 2019 when the world’s biggest action sports show performs its jaw-dropping new tour in five stadiums nationwide.

The all-new You Got This Stadium tour (formerly known as the Next Level Tour) showcases Nitro Circus fearless riders braving the biggest ramps ever seen in both FMX and BMX, and once again New Zealand is set to reap the rewards of this boundary-breaking insanity.

Not resting on their laurels, the Nitro Circus crew has created not one, but two all-new ramps which will now make their way to New Zealand this summer.

As the tour organisers were unsure how the colossal new ramps would travel, New Zealand was due to see the proven Next Level tour setup to New Zealand – a show that has been touring Europe, Australia and North American cities in 2018.  But after unveiling the re-imagined 55-foot Giganta ramp in North America in September, complete with a takeoff kicker more than three metres taller than anything Nitro Circus has toured before, the results were too good to pass up.

“Our new and bigger Giganta ramp has been such an unprecedented success on our just completed North American tour – with audiences being blown away by the mind-boggling new tricks the guys have been able to throw down – that we made the decision to bring this ramp and show to New Zealand,” Nitro Circus President Andy Edwards explained. “So in one insane show, Kiwi fans will now get to witness not one but two new setups in FMX, and BMX/skate.  We all cannot wait to bring this show to New Zealand.”

More than 30,000 tickets to shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington and Christchurch have sold already, with Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury audiences proving they are Nitro super-fans – racking up unprecedented pre-Christmas ticket sales.

Taupo’s Jed Mildon, the world’s first triple and quad backflipping BMXer, and arguably the biggest name in New Zealand action sports, campaigned to bring the double-ramp show to his home crowd, adamant that New Zealand sees the very best version of the Nitro Circus show.

“I just knew from the moment I first hit this ramp six weeks ago in Montreal, that New Zealand had to have this ramp,” Mildon said. “The FMX boys have done such a great job progressing their sport over the past 12 months, it’s now our time to catch up on the Giganta side. With this brand new ramp technology, I cannot wait to throw down in front of my people, in what will be the best shows New Zealand has ever seen. It’s going to be epic.”

“I may be biased, but I’m not the only one on tour that says it – New Zealand fans are the most wild and passionate fans anywhere in the world. So it’s only right that they get the very best version of our show and I am honoured to have played a small role in making this happen,” he adds.

Combined, these new ramps – one a radically expanded version of Nitro’s infamous Giganta Ramp, the other the massive FMX Next Level ramp — will ensure that the March 2019 tour will be the biggest New Zealand shows in Nitro Circus history, as the best athletes in FMX, BMX, and Skate push themselves to their absolute limits on the biggest ramps in action sports. Adding to the fear factor, in true Nitro Circus style, You Got This will feature a host of new crazy contraptions that have no business flying through the air, along with a few other surprises that will be revealed as the tour dates near.

For the ultimate experience, Nitro fans can purchase the premiere seats as part of the all-new Nitro VIP package, which also includes a behind the scenes look at the show set with an exclusive pre-show track walk, allowing the VIPs to get up close and personal with the biggest ramps in action sports. A souvenir poster is also included in this package

The Nitro Circus: You Got This Stadium Tour is a wild, electrifying night of action sports excitement Kiwi fans do not want to miss.

DATE CITY VENUE
9 March Auckland Eden Park
10 March Hamilton FMG Stadium Waikato
15 March Wellington Westpac Stadium
17 March Hawke’s Bay McLean Park
23, March Christchurch Christchurch Stadium

In the true style and philosophy of READY TO RACE, KTM have decided to give their customers the opportunity to score themselves a mean KTM 450 Rally Replica. Almost identical to those ridden at Dakar, these machines are a must have for the Extreme Off-Road enthusiast.

The 450cc SOHC fuel-injection engine now provides increased engine power, thanks to a newly designed cylinder head, extended durability and an improved transmission that are complemented by a new engine management system, which includes a newly developed throttle body.

A new air filter box offers more room for the electrics and battery whilst also enhancing the centralisation of masses – a key point in the development of this new machine. The 2019 KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA enjoys a brand-new chassis, tested and developed with factory riders for the perils and style of Dakar we have seen in recent years, as it combines improved agility with enhanced stability for braking, whilst retaining the incredible straight-line stability that the KTM rally machines are renowned for.

 

A new swingarm in conjunction with a reworked linkage and shock absorber, along with WP XACT PRO 48mm closed cartridge suspension with sophisticated Cone Valve technology, provides improved traction when accelerating, as well as increased bottoming reserves. New bodywork utilises sophisticated aerodynamics to increase rider comfort while improving the visibility past the innovative carbon tower, which houses the navigational elements of the bike, to the front wheel.

A new, softer seat, revised fuel tanks, and new Akrapovič exhaust, which also contribute to mass centralisation and improved weight distribution, reiterate the design goal of a lightweight, agile, comfortable and stable bike.

Stefan Huber (KTM Factory Rally Team Leader): “The all-new KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA is based on our already-successful new factory machine that we began racing at the end of last year, which was specifically developed to win the Dakar. With the latest generation, our goal and focus was to develop a bike around the style of our current factory riders, who required something with more comfort, more agility and improved stability. We looked for an improvement in handling, a lower weight, as well as a bike that also meets the demands of the conditions and intensity that we now find at Dakar. The KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA machine is almost identical to those raced by our athletes, and is available for customers to get the opportunity to own and ride a really premium, purpose-developed rally machine with high-quality components and maximum innovation. It’s been truly revised from the ground up, and we are looking forward to seeing these bikes being raced by our customers.”

 

Selling at an impressive price of EUR 26,000 (NZ$45,800) these bikes may be for those with deep pockets and lots of time to spare!

McLAREN SENNA TAKES ON THREE MOTOCROSS BIKES IN EPIC RACE UP GOODWOOD HILL CLIMB TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF MICROSOFT STUDIOS’ FORZA HORIZON 4

  • Xbox stages an epic head-to-head race with the McLaren Senna versus three Motocross bikes
  •  Unprecedented race to celebrate the launch of Forza Horizon 4 staged at Goodwood Estates iconic Hill Climb

To celebrate the launch of the Microsoft Studios’ Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs , an unprecedented race was organised at the Goodwood Hill Climb between cover car, the McLaren Senna and three motocross bikes. Inspired by the car itself and the spectacular showcase of events in Forza Horizon 4, the McLaren Senna took on the three 450cc Motocross bikes on a straight fight to the top of the iconic Goodwood Hill.

Driven by one of McLaren Automotive’s pro drivers and with a top speed of 208mph, the McLaren Senna proved more than a match for the three Motocross bikes. Despite the bikes’ unconventionally direct route up the hill, including a few jaw-dropping jumps and tricks, the Senna’s incredible speed and power won out.

This latest partnership between the British creator of luxury sportscars and supercars and Microsoft follows a rich history of collaboration where McLaren cars have been featured extensively throughout the Forza catalogue, including the McLaren P1TM which debuted on stage at E3 2013 and was the cover star of Forza Motorsport 5. It’s latest star, the McLaren Senna, is the most extreme road car McLaren has ever built and the latest model in the Ultimate Series. The McLaren Senna has been designed, engineered and developed with single-minded purpose: to be the ultimate McLaren track-concentrated car for the road. It bears the name of legendary Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, befitting its status as the ultimate McLaren road-legal track car. With production of the car well underway at the brands home in Woking, over 50 customers have now taken delivery of their McLaren Senna.

Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition is available from this Friday, September 28, four days ahead of the global launch on Tuesday, October 2. Forza Horizon 4 is the highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s massive is a racing genre-first where players experience dynamic seasons and explore gorgeous scenery in a shared open-world. Collect, modify, and drive over 450 cars, and play solo or team up with friends to race, stunt, and explore your way through beautiful and historic Great Britain.

 

 

 

In the cruellest of circumstances, Kiwi motocross phenomenon Courtney Duncan will be unable to race the final two rounds of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (WMX), due to the flare-up of an injury in her right foot.

The Altherm JCR Yamaha rider has a dominant 21-point advantage over her nearest rival but has been advised today by surgeons, at her Belgium base, against risking permanent damage to her foot if she rides in this weekend’s penultimate round in the Netherlands. Duncan must take a three-month break from riding, which also rules her out of contesting the final round in Italy on September 30.

“I don’t think there’s a word to describe how I’m feeling right now. It breaks my heart to know I won’t be able to line up and go for the world title. I have to think of the bigger picture. I am only young and I’ve got championships to deliver in the future. I want to thank my sponsors and supporters and those who have stuck by me for the past couple of years,” Duncan (22) says.

She sustained the injury – twisting her foot and damaging the bones and ligaments – while racing in a round of the French Motocross Championship after the fourth WMX round in June. Her coach and Altherm JCR Yamaha team manager Josh Coppins says it was a complicated injury.

“We had some mixed information about the recovery period. Initially, we thought it was shorter and with the penultimate round approaching, Courtney resumed riding after nine weeks. Unfortunately, she reinjured her foot 10 days ago. We have sought three different surgeons’ opinions and all of them concurred that under no circumstances can she ride a bike for three months. They all said there’s not even a remote chance she can ride this weekend.”

“It’s not an injury that’s just about managing the pain, as I know Courtney would just grin and bear it. It could affect her for the rest of her life if she damages her foot any further.”

“I am so disappointed for her, especially off the back of a rollercoaster three years. This year she rode so well and put herself in the best possible position to bring home a world title. The other WMX riders have been given a bit of a gift now but that’s sport – there’s soaring highs and crushing lows,” Coppins says.

Duncan has had a string of bad fortune over her three tilts at the WMX title. In 2016, while leading her debut championship – after winning three of her first four races – she crashed into an errant photographer, who was standing in the wrong place on a jump. She injured herself badly and missed out on two rounds and consequently the title.

In 2017, she was winning the second-to-last race of the season when she swerved to avoid a cluster of five fallen riders blocking the track and crashed into a fence – recovering to finish sixth. The race jury initially ruled the results would be awarded on the placings from the lap before the track was blocked, when Courtney was in front. But this decision was then changed and the results at the end of the race were reinstated, meaning Duncan did not have enough points to be able to win the championship.

She went out and won the season’s last race by 46 seconds, finishing third in the WMX – only three points away from first.

This year she won five out of the eight WMX races she contested throughout Europe.

Coppins is currently in Belgium with Duncan.

“While I would have liked to have been able to personally contact all the people around the world and particularly in New Zealand who have been involved in Courtney’s campaign, it is just not practically possible from over here. Please accept my apologies for breaking this bad news in a statement,” Coppins says.

Altherm JCR Yamaha would like to thank everyone for their support over the 2018 WMX season.

Duncan has requested that the media give her a few days privacy to process this disappointment. She is unsure when she will return to New Zealand at this stage.