As of yesterday, the covers are officially off the new Fox range for 2019! New gear sets from head to toe, with cool new tech being implemented, and some big names getting in on the R&D and release of the final products. With a huge emphasis on safety as well as style, every rider on every form of off-road bike is taken care of, from the entry level all the way up to the pro riders.

 

 

Some of the tech behind the scenes is pretty impressive, with the one and only Ken Roczen having a hand in research and design for the all new ‘Vue’ goggles, once he had recovered from his accident at the end of 2017. Designed to give the widest field of vision possible, the lens and outrigger system have been completely overhauled to give riders an unobscured view. The ‘Vue’ goggles will officially be launched at A1GP by Roczen.

 

 

The MVRS “Magnetic Visor Release System” has been further developed, which allows the visor to detach from your Fox helmet in the event of a crash. In a nutshell, the visor – or peak, as we know it – is held on by high-strength little magnets, which will prevent the visor digging into the ground and potentially causing a head or neck injury from the roll-over.

 

 

As well as the new safety aspects Fox is bringing into their range, they are releasing a whole swag of new colours, throughout their top, middle, and entry level jerseys and pants. From the bright and colourful sets, to the subtle black and white, there is a colour scheme to suit every rider on any machine. Gloves will also follow suit, with some featuring colours to match the new jersey/pant combinations, as well as new cold weather and water-resistant gloves in the line-up.

 

 

 

New in the 2019 Fox range is the ‘Comp’ boot, to replace the Comp 5. Designed with a modernised fit and function, the aim is to increase rider grip and feel. It features a lower toe box, making gear shifts easier, as well as a new double “Active Locking Strap” system, adjustable to fit any type of shin guard or brace. Internally, the speed lace allows riders to customise the boot fit around the ankle area to their liking, for added comfort.

 

 

All in all, the new range of Fox gear for 2019 is visually appealing, safety conscious, and accessible to all levels of rider. For more information and where you can get the latest new Fox kit, watch out for a full write-up in an upcoming issue of Dirt Rider Downunder magazine!

 

 

 

WADE YOUNG REFLECTS ON 2018 VICTORY AT ROMANIACS

Sibiu, Romania – 31 July, 2018 — Round four of the World Enduro Super Series saw Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young become the youngest ever winner of Red Bull Romaniacs. For five epic days of Enduro racing the 22-year-old South African battled both his rivals and the elements to secure the biggest victory of his career to date.

Pushing to his absolute physical limits during each of the long and demanding days of racing, Young conquered the toughest Enduro terrain Romania had to offer and etched his name onto the winner’s list of the world-famous Hard Enduro Rallye.

Congratulations Wade, how does it feel to have won the 15th edition of Red Bull Romaniacs!

Wade Young: “Thanks. This race is probably the toughest Enduro race around so I’m really stoked on the win. It’s a hugely demanding event. It’s five days on a bike and you get pushed to your absolute physical limit. I’ve been trying for a while now to get it done and finally the winner’s trophy is mine. But thanks also go to my whole Sherco Factory Racing team, my mechanic and family and friends who’ve kept me going all week.”

Entering the final day of racing you only had a small four-minute lead, were you nervous about that?

“I felt like I was riding well all week and knew that I could do it. But also, Manuel Lettenbichler was riding good too and was keeping me honest. He was fast on the up hills but I managed to reel him in on the downhills and flowing sections of the course. It went like that for the whole day right until the last couple of checkpoints. I knew then it was a case of now or never and I just gave it everything I had. I rode at maximum attack for the final 20 kilometres.”

What was the feeling like entering the final hillclimb in Gusterita, knowing you’d done enough to win?

“I could hear the crowd cheering and the atmosphere was just pumping. The final hillclimb is always nervy because it’s so steep and easy to make a mistake. With the gap being so tight crashing there could have lost me the entire race. I wanted to celebrate but held back until the finish line and then once I passed the chequered flag the enormity of it all hit me. It was an unreal moment in my Enduro career.”

Aside from winning the race, were there any other highlights for you during the Red Bull Romaniacs?

“Probably just before the service point on off road day three. There we had the hardest climb of the race and I managed to pull a gap on the guys. Up until then the climbs were not my strongest asset and to just get it right and build a small lead felt awesome. It was a little victory in itself.”

You’ve had multiple podium results here and now a win, what is it about the Red Bull Romaniacs that suits your style of riding?

“I think it’s the long days — it’s not just all about technique. Somewhere like the Erzbergrodeo relies a lot on technique and trials riding, where for me Red Bull Romaniacs is a pure form of Enduro riding. It’s man and machine against the elements for as long as it takes each day. It’s the toughest and most physically demanding Enduro race in the world. It requires you to dig deep and that’s something I can do when the going gets tough. I feel like I showed that this week — there were some gnarly days for sure.”

Finally, with a debut Red Bull Romaniacs win do you think you can keep that momentum going and claim a debut Red Bull 111 Megawatt victory?

“I’d definitely like to. Although it’s completely different to here in Romania, it’s a race where I’ve finished on the podium before. I’m riding well and I’ve always been strong there, so I’ll try to fight for the top step of the podium again.”

The 2018 MXGP World Championship heads to Belgium for the fifteenth round of the season, which takes place at the iconic Lommel motocross venue. Considered one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar, Lommel will be a big test for the physical condition and stamina of the team’s standard bearers Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen (MX2) and Todd Waters.

To prepare for such a demanding racing weekend, all three riders have been training in deep sand aboard their Honda CRF machines until today, when a two-day private test drew to a close at Grevenbroich in Germany. They are now ready to take on the MXGP of Belgium with high hopes and motivation.

Gajser has enjoyed a solid streak of results in the last rounds, which allowed the young Slovenian rider to narrow the gap to third place in the standings down to 29 points. His team mate Calvin Vlaanderen is carrying a similar momentum aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW machine, as the 22-year-old from Cape Town secured his third consecutive podium finish in Loket – and came very close to winning the second GP of his career. Todd Waters, on the other hand, is still working hard to recover his racing form in order to show his talent, after a few rounds in a row spent on the Honda CRF450RW.

Motocross action will get underway at 11:30 local time (GMT +2) with the free practice session of the MX2 class, while at noon it will be time for the MXGP riders to start proceedings.

MXGP 2018

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 633 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 603 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 479 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 450 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
5 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 432 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 419 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 354 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 319 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
9 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 312 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 231 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 NAGL Max 12 GER 226 TM Racing Factory Team TM
12 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 226 BOS GP Suzuki
13 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 214 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 189 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
15 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 165 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 126 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
17 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 118 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 111 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
19 DESPREY Maxime 141 FRA 89 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 GUILLOD Valentin 92 SWI 86 Standing Construct KTM KTM
21 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 76 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 70 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
23 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 41 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
24 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 40 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha
25 WATERS Todd 42 AUS 33 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
26 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 30 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
27 IRWIN Graeme 55 IRE 28 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM
28 KULLAS Harri 151 FIN 15 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
29 STEWART Lewis 336 AUS 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 VALENTIN Ander 920 SPA 8 920 Fly Group Husqvarna

No you’re not seeing things, that is an off-road capable Harley-Davidson Adventure bike. What the heck is going on here?

Yep, it has taken over 115 years, but Harley-Davidson is finally dipping its toes into the adventure motorcycling market with the surprise announcement of the new Pan America 1250.

Like the name suggests, the Pan America 1250 utilises a brand new 1250cc V-twin from Harley and will be going up against the likes of BMW’s legendary R 1200 GS, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré and Triumph’s Tiger 1200 in the Adventure Tourer class from 2020.

Sure, it doesn’t look to be all that capable in the really rough stuff like a KTM 1290 Adventure R might be with its limited ground clearance and fragile looking bodywork but considering Harley-Davidson have never offered a bike like it before we’re willing to give them props for the effort.

Also announced at the same time was Harley’s first production electric motorcycle – the LiveWire which will arrive in U.S and European dealerships next August (no word yet on NZ arrival) – but it was the lighter more ‘flat track’ inspired concept bike noted for release after 2022 that grabbed our attention. With other US based outfit, Alta Motors, making waves in the electric dirt bike scene, we’re hoping Harley are really looking at broadening its line up deeper into the dirt world.

Imagine that. A real deal electric Harley-Davidson dirt bike. What a world we live in!

Wanna know more about the goings on at Harley? Check out our sister mag BRM’s take on the news right here

Next year promises to be an exciting 2019 Dakar Rally. Famed as one of the most difficult and enduring races on Earth, The Rally has been set to take place (in its entirety) in Peru, South America.

The dates for this year’s race have been set as January 6-17 2019. This ultimate Enduro Rally features 10 incredible stages, one marathon stage (no pit crews allowed) and two days of rest for competitors.

In total, the riders will ride just over 4,900km, with nearly 3,000 of those timed specials and 1,900 non-race travel. And 70% of the action will take place in the sand dunes of Peru.

From the Capital riders will head south, covering the beautiful coastal region with stages in Pisco, San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa – places already visited during last year’s event which was won by KTM’s Matthias Walkner.

The epic Marathon stage will occur in Moquequa before the riders arrive to Arequipa for the rest day. From there, riders head back to Lima after taking on San Juan de Marcona and Pisco.

Leading up to the 2019 Dakar Rally, competitors will get some well-needed practice in a few events:

  • Atacma Rally in Chile (FIM Cross Countries Championship)
  • Desafio Ruta 40 Rally in Argentina (FIM Cross Countries Championship)
  • Inca Challenge in Peru (Dakar Series event)

Last year’s Dakar Rally traveled through three countries – Peru, Bolivia and Argentina – and took riders nearly 8,300kms in 14 stages, which included two marathon stages where riders could not use their pit crews.

2019 Dakar Rally Schedule

Date Stage Place
6 January Starting ramp Lima
7 January Stage 1 Lima – Pisco
8 January Stage 2 Pisco – San Juan de Marcona
9 January Stage 3 San Juan de Marcona – Arequipa
10 January Stage 4 Arequipa – Moquegua
11 January Stage 5 Moquegua – Arequipa
12 January Rest Day Arequipa
13 January Stage 6 Arequipa – San Juan de Marcona
14 January Stage 7 San Juan de Marcona – San Juan de Marcona
15 January Stage 8 San Juan de Marcona – Pisco
16 January Stage 9 Pisco – Pisco
17 January Stage 10 Pisco – Lima