Wels, Austria – 4 September 2018 — A bumper entry of 1000 competitors are headed to Poland’s Red Bull 111 Megawatt this coming weekend, September 8/9, for round five of the World Enduro Super Series. At the head of the standings, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker (GB) aims to keep his lead intact over Germany’s Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt (GB).

With the summer break complete, the World Enduro Super Series readies itself for the second half of the championship. Kicking things off with Red Bull 111 Megawatt, a high-intensity four rounds in 10 weeks will then determine the outcome of this year’s inaugural battle to become the ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION.

Now in its fifth edition, Red Bull 111 Megawatt marks the final Hard Enduro event on the championship calendar. But it offers a unique twist on Cross-Country racing – requiring competitors to display elements of speed, technical riding, fitness, head-to-head racing and race craft in order to be successful. Staged over two days, Saturday’s opening day of competition will see 1000 amateur and professional riders vie for a place on Sunday’s all-important start line. Two unique special tests — Motocross and Endurocross — will be raced twice with the fastest 500 making the grade for Sunday’s main event.

 

Utilising Europe’s largest coal mine to its maximum, riders then face three laps of a demanding 30-kilometre long course that weaves its way around the spectacular venue. Filled with large sandy climbs, near-vertical drop-offs, gigantic sandy moguls and a multitude of high-speed Enduro trails, it’s a thrilling race that will push riders to their physical and mental limits.

Victorious in Poland for the last three years, championship leader Walker has made the Red Bull 111 Megawatt his own. Ferociously fast around the Belchatow mine, the British rider will be the rider to beat. Yet to claim a win in this season’s WESS, the KTM rider knows that claiming maximum points at round five will set him up perfectly for the remaining races to come.

Sitting second to Walker in the title chase, Lettenbichler is arguably this year’s standout performer. With three podium visits in four races, the young 20-year-old privateer is also knocking on the door of his debut WESS victory. With 185 points separating him from Walker, a win in Poland could turn the standings on its head at this crucial part in the series. As round one winner, Bolt will be eager to return to the podium at round five. Always spectacular to watch, the 21-year-old British rider will be aiming high at Red Bull 111 Megawatt.

Participants before the qualifiers race at Red Bull 111 Megawatt in Kleszczów, Poland on September 9, 2017 

Keen to keep his winning momentum rolling, round four winner Sherco Factory Racing’s Wade Young will be a strong contender in Poland. The South African, who sits fourth overall in the championship chase, is favoured for a top three result. So too is his teammate Mario Roman. The Spaniard has twice finished second at Red Bull 111 Megawatt, shadowing Walker across the finish line both times. Fit and healthy again after his injuries sustained at Red Bull Romaniacs, Roman will be hoping it becomes a case of third time lucky in Poland.

 

World Enduro Super Series Standings (after 4 of 8 rounds)

  1. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900 points; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2715 pts; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GBR) 2520 pts; 4. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 2220 pts; 5. Paul Bolton (KTM – GBR) 1832 pts; 6. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GBR) 1818 pts; 7. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 1750 pts; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 1445 pts; 9. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1410 pts; 10. Lars Enockl (Gas Gas – AUT) 1351 pts…

Red Bull 111 Megawatt Fast Facts

2.59: Jonny Walker’s winning margin in seconds over Mario Roman in 2016
3: Jonny Walker has claimed a hat trick of wins (2015, 2016, 2017)
10.85: Walker’s winning margin in seconds over Roman in 2017
111: The race starts at exactly 1:11pm in honour of Taddy Blazusiak,111 being his race number
1000: Number of competitors entered
2014: Blazusiak won the first edition of the race

Red Bull 111 Megawatt 2017 Podium

  1. Jonny Walker (KTM); 2. Mario Roman (Sherco); 3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)

Red Bull 111 Megawatt Past Winners

2017: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2016: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2015: Jonny Walker (KTM)
2014: Taddy Blazusiak (KTM)

Red Bull 111 Megawatt Schedule

Saturday, 8 September:
Qualifications
10:00-14:00 — Round 1
14:30-18:30 — Round 2

Sunday, 9 September:
9:45 – Final B (qualifiers 501-750)
1:11pm – Final Race (qualifiers 1-500)

WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (England) September 22-23
Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10

It was champions galore at the 2018 edition of the annual New Zealand Veterans’ and Women’s Motocross Championships near Timaru at the weekend.
Former national motocross champions, a former rugby champion and a visiting international FMX star all locked handlebars at the two-day event at Southburn, near Timaru, on Saturday and Sunday and put on a stunning show for the large crowd in attendance.
Sponsored by Timaru Yamaha, the popular annual event featured many riders who, despite their veteran status, still rate among the sport’s elite, while the female side of the sport that shared the race programme was just as intense.
Christchurch’s 2009 national MX1 champion Justin McDonald was the stand-out individual of the weekend, unbeaten in six race starts.
The 33-year-old builder won all five race in his veterans’ 30-34 years’ class and then also won the Champion of Champions feature race that wound up the weekend, his win in that feature race despite his handicapping himself by facing backwards on the start gate.
“I’m semi-retired now, wrapped up with building my family home. My wife (Nikki) and I have two children, three-year-old Skye and 13-week-old Blue, so I’ve been too busy to race much,” said McDonald.
“It was great to be out on the track again though, racing against some of the guys I used to battle with back in the day.
“I faced myself backwards on the start gate for the feature race, but I still got there in the end,” he laughed.
Former Otago rugby captain David Latta from Balclutha, was another former national sporting hero in action at the weekend, albeit from a very different code, and he won the veterans’ 55-59 years’ class title.
An added attraction at the weekend was the surprise, last-minute appearance of international Freestyle Motocross groundbreaker Carey Hart, husband of rock star Pink, who was on a concert tour of the country.
With a little help from Motorcycling New Zealand, the 43-year-old Hart was able to indulge in “a little bit of a skid” at day one of the veterans’ nationals.
“Wow, I had so much fun racing today,” he said afterwards “Can’t believe how good the track was.”
For the record, the American rider managed two fifth-place results and a 10th in the veterans’ 40-44 years’ class on Saturday and was unavailable to race on Sunday.
Hart’s celebrity status resulted for the organisers in the kind of publicity money could not buy.
Media attention spiked and as many as 1000 extra fans came through the gates to the race at the Southburn farm, a event that organisers had only been expecting a “couple of hundred” to attend.
The event organiser, MNZ board member Noel May, said the weekend was “perfect in so many ways”.
“We were a wee bit worried about the weather, because rain had been forecast, but nothing came until after all the racing was completed on Sunday afternoon. We were a bit lucky,” he said.
“I was really proud of the track we were able to provide  and the racing was exceptional. The riders all loved it … it was natural, old-school style.
“It was great to have Carey Hart show up. He was a really chilled-out guy and signed heaps of autographs. It was great for the sport to have him come here and he remarked that the track was ‘just heaven’ and better than anything he rides on back home.”
Meanwhile, other class winners from the weekend were: Timaru’s Michael Dunn (Vets 35-39 years class); Tai Patu’s Brendan Wilson (Vets 40-44 years); Christchurch’s Brad Norton (Vets 45-49 years); New Plymouth’s Mitch Rowe (Vets 50-54 years); Balclutha’s Brian Jacobs (Vets 60-69 years); Ongarue’s Reg Davey (Vets over-70 years); Australian Jessica Moore (Senior women); Motueka’s Roma Edwards (Junior women, 12-16 years, 125cc/250cc); Invercargill’s Charlotte Clark (Junior women, 13-16 years, 85cc); Ngatea’s Brooke Dalley (Junior women, 8-12 years, 85cc).
          Credit: Words by Andy McGechan
 
          Photo by Eric Soir

Callan May has another piece of silverware for his bulging trophy cabinet.

He settled for a runner-up finish, behind friend and rival Sam Greenslade, at the weekend’s third round of six in the popular Yamaha and MotoSR-sponsored NZXC cross-country series, an event that also doubled as the third and final round of the parallel-but-separate Motomuck Woodhill Two-Man Series.

And while May (Yamaha YZ250FX) was able to stretch his points advantage at the top of the senior table in the NZXC Series – after also winning the first two rounds of that competition – his runner-up finish at Woodhill on Sunday was enough for him to wrap up the outright win in the Motomuck competition.

Runner-up to May in the Motomuck series was fellow Yamaha rider Luke Mobberley, who finished with a 2-2-3 score-card over the three rounds.

As for the NZXC Series, May has strengthened his grip at the top of the Expert Grade standings – he is now 24 points clear of No.2 ranked rider Seth Reardon (Whanganui, Yamaha) and 29 clear of the rider in third position overall, Muriwai’s Mobberley.

May, a 26-year-old electrician from Titirangi, prepares now for round four of the NZXC Series, set for Matata on October 8, hoping to extend his winning run in what is a remarkable comeback after being sidelined with injury for eight months.

Taupo’s Wil Yeoman (Yamaha YZ125) won the earlier junior grade race at Woodhill on Sunday and he is now 19 points clear at the top of the NZXC Series’ junior standings, ahead of Oparau’s Hunter Scott and Muriwai’s JayRoy Skinner.

Skinner wrapped up the junior grade for the Motomuck Series, while Tokoroa brothers Jake and Nick Wightman won the Senior Teams section of the Motomuck Series.

After the racing at Matata next month, the Yamaha NZXC Series heads back to the Woodhill Forest again for round five on November 10, before it finally wraps up at Waimiha, in the King Country, on December 8.

May is supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, Kiwi Rider magazine, BikesportNZ.com, The Dirt Guide, O’Neal, Oakley, Michelin, TCX Boots, Renthal, Zeta, Twinair, Graphic Creations, City Electrix and Construct Now.

The NZXC Series are supported by Yamaha Motor New Zealand, PWR Yamaha, Arai, TCX, Oakley, G2, Asterisk, MotoSR, Vortex Ignitions, EC3D, Bush Riders MCC, Rossco’s Start Up Services, Dirt Guide, Tire Balls, Renthal, Bikesportnz.com, CarbSport, FMF, Michelin, Yamalube CV4 GYTR, IMS, Rekluse, Workshop Graphics, Silverbullet.co.nz, Motomuck and O’Neal.

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

Making light work of a tough round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Edolo, Italy, Jamie McCanney twice finished as runner-up in the highly competitive Enduro 1 category at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable points, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship with two rounds to go

Featuring challenging special tests in muddy and wet conditions, the GP of Italy was tough both physically and mentally for all competitors. Back to competitive fitness following his shoulder injury at the previous round of the series, Jamie McCanney entered the GP of Italy focused on collecting as many points as possible for the championship.

Starting the weekend with a positive third-place result in the short opening SuperTest, the WR250F powered rider was a force to be reckoned with during the first full day of racing. Posting times inside the top-three in 11 out of 12 tests, McCanney secured the runner-up spot in the 250cc class.

On day two McCanney posted top-three times in all but two tests, to secure his second consecutive runner-up result in the Enduro 1 category. Despite being unable to score points at the GP of Trentino due to his shoulder injury, Jamie remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship standings. With two rounds still to be contested, he is now 24 points behind provisional leader Brad Freeman.

Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.

Jaimy McCanney,

“It was a hard GP and I’m satisfied with the results we got here in Italy. Coming back from my shoulder injury made things even harder for me this weekend, but my speed was good – I was happy to find out that my pace was good on day one. I was challenging for the overall EnduroGP class podium all day long, before getting second in my class. The last three months I’ve been doing my best to get back my fitness and strength and this GP was tough on me both physically and mentally. Getting second again on day two in such a stacked field of riders is a good result. We’ll keep on building from here and the goal now is to come back even stronger at the French GP in late September.”

 

 

The Repsol Honda Team ace sealed the 2018 TrialGP World Championship title yesterday with the season not yet over. Toni Bou, who won the trial in Great Britain, takes the tally of consecutive championship wins to twelve in TrialGP, added to the twelve in X-Trial (indoor). The twenty-four back-to-back titles mark the greatest achievement in motorcycling history.

Toni Bou, who didn’t technically need the win yesterday in Silsden to be proclaimed champion, but the Repsol Honda Team rider nevertheless went all out to take the new world title in style. The list now totalling twelve titles in a row in the outdoor season stand alongside the other twelve in the indoor season. On the day, Bou took control of the terrain and finished off the competition over the final sections of the course to mathematically seal top championship honours.

Team-mate Takahisa Fujinami came close, once again to a podium spot. At the end of the first lap the Japanese rider held second. Looking very at ease throughout the day, the rider made a costly mistake in a section which other rivals had zeroed, meaning the veteran narrowly missed out on a place on the rostrum.

Toni’s title was a cause for celebration, not only for Repsol Honda Team. The team also scooped the manufacturers’ title with Montesa. This is the twentieth world trial title for the Spanish constructor.

The next trial for Repsol Honda Team will be the final round of the TrialGP World Championship, scheduled to take place on 15th and 16th September in Pietramurata, Italy.

Toni Bou  

TRIAL: 1ST  STANDINGS: CHAMPION

“Yesterday was a very special day. We knew that this race would not be easy and that no mistakes could be made. They marked me a very strict five in section seven that forced me to fight hard for the rest of the trial. The end was very tight because with five points more I would have ended up in sixth or seventh place, but I stayed out of trouble and was able to win. There was a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure, but there is nothing better than winning the world championship with a victory. We are very happy because it has been a very difficult year due to injuries. Now it’s time to enjoy it with the team.”

Results TrialGP of Great Britain

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Time/Gap
1 BOU Toni 1 SPA 8 3 2 20 Repsol Honda Team 13
2 RAGA Adam 67 SPA 9 3 3 17 TRRS Factory Team 15
3 GELABERT Miquel 11 SPA 3 12 15 Sherco Factory Team 15
4 FUJINAMI Takahisa 5 JPN 10 11 13 Repsol Honda Team 21
5 CABESTANY Albert 37 SPA 16 6 1 11 Beta Factory Racing 23
6 FAJARDO Jeroni 4 SPA 16 7 1 10 Gas Gas Factory Team 24
7 BUSTO Jaime 69 SPA 12 15 1 9 Gas Gas Factory Team 28
8 DABILL James 22 GBR 12 15 1 8 Beta Factory Racing 28
9 PRICE Jack 34 GBR 25 10 7 Gas Gas Factory Team 35
10 CASALES Jorge 33 SPA 19 23 6 Vertigo Factory Team 42
11 BINCAZ Benoit 16 FRA 29 21