World class stunt rider Robbie ‘Maddo’ Maddison will return home to the Illawarra on November 9 as a special guest to perform at Wollongong’s Round 3 of the Australian Supercross Championships presented by Yamaha at WIN Stadium.

The American-based Aussie plans to go big for fans on November 9 performing his famous Freestyle Motocross Stunts that launched him onto the International scene.

A huge coup for The Australian Motorcycle Festival taking place next door at Lang Park on the same date, will feature Maddo performing additional stunts on the water and another high in the air to coincide with his performance at the Supercross track.

“I can’t wait to come home to the Illawarra,” said Maddison.

“The Supercross is going to be incredible in WIN Stadium and to perform in front of a packed stadium will be something very special.

“Make sure you get to the Gong early on Saturday, November 9 for the Australian Motorcycle Festival and enjoy two more stunts that I will attempt. I am not announcing just yet what stunts fans will see but let me say, I am going for the trifecta, Land, Sea and Water of Stunts!”

Maddison has performed incredible stunts including multiple world long distance motorcycle jumps, incredible stunts jumping the Corinth Canal, from the ground up to the top of Las Vegas replica Arc De Triomphe and then back down, jumped off a long distance Ski Jump surfed Tahiti giant waves on his custom Waterbike and has a portfolio that includes the official stunt rider for 007 in the Bond movie Skyfall and so much more.

Fans will be able to meet Robbie at the official Supercross meet and greet session just prior to WIN Stadium gates opening at 5pm on November 9, 2019.

Tickets to the Australian Supercross Championships Rd 3 WIN Stadium Wollongong (6pm-9pm)are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au.

Tickets to the Australian Motorcycle Festival will be available at the gate. (10am-4pm Nov 9/10).

Maddison laying day one of his epic Freestyle Motocross tricks that have wow’d fans for over a decade.

Words, Video, and Photos: Australian Supercross Championship

The 2019 AMA Supercross series came to a close for Team Honda HRC at Las Vegas’s Sam Boyd Stadium, with Ken Roczen racing to a solid fourth-place finish aboard his CRF450R, while teammate Cole Seely secured a respectable sixth-place result. In the final main event of the year, Roczen got off the line to a seventh-place start and advanced to fifth by lap two. The German continued his charge, closing in on fourth and making an impressive pass through the whoops to secure the position. Toward the end of the 22-lap race, Roczen advanced on third but was unable to make the pass, taking the checkered flag in fourth. Meanwhile, Seely struggled off the line, coming around the first turn outside the top 10. By the completion of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race, he had methodically advanced through the pack to sixth.

Ken Roczen  94

“I’m pretty happy with how tonight went. I struggled in the heat but we went back to an earlier setting and things were a lot better in the main. I still didn’t get the best start but made some passes pretty quick, working my way into fourth. I actually felt good throughout the whole race and didn’t lose steam, which is what I’ve been fighting a lot this season. We’re still trying to fully figure out what was or is going on, but it seems to be a little better than before. I’m so happy to make it through a whole supercross season and am looking forward to heading into outdoors.”

Cole Seely  14

“Vegas as a whole went pretty well. Practice was okay. I qualified decent but not great, which I kind of expected because I’m not normally the best qualifier, especially in Vegas. It normally takes some time for me to figure out the track. I had a good heat, running in second for most of the race, then finishing third, so I was pretty happy with that. Going into the main, I knew if I could get a good start I’d be able to end the season on a positive note. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the start I wanted and ended up just outside the top 10. I had a good a flow going though, so I knew if I just put my head down and hit my marks that I could end up in a good position. I just started picking my way through the pack. I felt like I wasn’t using a ton of energy, so I was able to maintain my pace throughout the whole race more than normal. I was really happy with how I was riding and ended up sixth.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“Once again, our starts hindered us tonight in the main event. Both Ken and Cole didn’t get the best jumps out of the gate, so we really need to dial those in. It’s hard to battle for the lead or podiums when you’re not putting yourself in a good position from the start. However, I think they both rode well. Their intensity was better tonight throughout the entire race and didn’t taper off. This season as a whole was definitely up and down, but we’re happy that both riders were able to make it through uninjured.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“We got fourth tonight, which isn’t necessarily what we want, but overall it’s still pretty good. It would have been great to end the season with a podium, but Ken rode well. Bike-wise, we made a few changes after practice and for the heat race, but Ken struggled so we ended up switching back for the main. Time to focus on prepping for outdoors.”

Jordan Troxell

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

“I think tonight went pretty decent. Things started a little slow but I think Cole rode well in his heat, getting a good start and putting in some solid laps. He rode well in the main too but got a bad start and had to make his way through the field. He still managed to finish sixth, which is good. It’s been a rollercoaster season for Cole. He’s shown good speed at times but also struggled to put it all together. I’m happy that we were able to make it through the whole season though, and now we’ll turn our focus to outdoors.”

Overall Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 WEBB Cooper 2 USA 379 Red Bull KTM
2 TOMAC Eli 3 USA 361 Monster Energy Kawasaki
3 MUSQUIN Marvin 25 FRA 350 Red Bull KTM
4 ROCZEN Ken 94 GER 319 Team Honda HRC
5 BAGGETT Blake 4 USA 290 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPS
6 WILSON Dean 15 GBR 223 Rockstar Husqvarna
7 SEELY Cole 14 USA 211 Team Honda HRC
8 SAVATGY Joey 17 USA 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki
9 BOGLE Justin 19 USA 171 RCH Racing
10 BRAYTON Justin 10 USA 163 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
11 HILL Justin 46 USA 162 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
12 BOWERS Tyler 69 USA 155 Bowers Racing
13 OSBORNE Zach USA 154 Rockstar Husqvarna
14 BARCIA Justin 51 USA 154 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
15 REED Chad 22 AUS 151 Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing
16 PLESSINGER Aaron 7 USA 123 Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha Team
17 CHISHOLM Kyle 11 USA 119 Chisholm Racing
18 LAMAY Ben 907 USA 113 TPJ.com/Fly Racing
19 RAY Alex USA 73 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
20 FRIESE Vince 45 USA 65 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
21 GARDNER Carlen 805 USA 53 None
22 BREECE Ryan 86 USA 48 None
23 ANDERSON Jason 21 USA 46 Rockstar Husqvarna
24 ALESSI Mike 800 USA 37 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing
25 BLOSE Chris 111 USA 36 RJC Racing/AEO Powersports
26 GRANT Joshua 33 USA 34 Monster Energy Kawasaki
27 MARTINEZ Cole 68 USA 29 Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha
28 POLITELLI Austin 981 USA 24 Old Town Construction/ TripTagger/ Yamaha
29 STARLING Justin 68 USA 18 AJE Motorsports
30 STEWART Malcolm 27 USA 17 Smartop MotoConcepts Racing

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Round 15 of Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship returned to the mile high city of Denver for the first time since 1996. Home-state hero, Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo both captured victories at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in their respective classes, each earning their fifth win of the 2019 season.

With frigid temperatures and snow flurries throughout the day, Tomac kicked the day off by pushing through the snow and qualifying with the fastest lap time while his teammate Joey Savatgy was close behind in third. The Kawasaki teammates came out in front of the pack in 450SX Heat 2 with Savatgy in second and Tomac in fourth. Tomac challenged his title contender as they raced side-by-side for multiple laps until finally the No. 3 KX™450 of Tomac made a clean pass and continued making his move to the front. By Lap 7, Tomac was able to catch Savatgy and pass him for second, where he would go on to cross the finish line. Savatgy fell back to finish fourth.

As the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Savatgy launched out of the gate to another second position start, while Tomac was not far behind in fifth. Similar to the heat race, there were great battles going on up front where Savatgy held a top-3 position before being passed by his teammate and two others, but still earning another impressive top-5 finish. Meanwhile, the crowd came to life as the Colorado native was riding with confidence, resulting in a dominant performance; nearly three minutes into the race, Tomac had blasted by each rider in front of him and began checking out from the rest of the field. Tomac went on to lead the remaining 23 laps and crossed the finish line with nearly an eight-second margin of victory.

Despite the roller coaster weather, over 50,000 Colorado fans filled the stadium and made sure to extend their warm welcome back to the city as they stood on their feet all night chanting “Tomac!” With the encouragement from the crowd, Tomac was able to gain some valuable points and now sits in second place, 18 points out of the top spot in the 450SX Rider Point Standings with two rounds remaining.

Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Kawasaki

“Wow, tonight was like something I dreamed of; this was the loudest crowd I have ever heard and it was so special for me to kind of repay them with this win. It has been such a great weekend and I mean, it wouldn’t be Colorado without some snow! I’m thankful for my entire Monster Energy Kawasaki crew and proud of all the progress we’ve made throughout the season. We’ll continue to work hard and keep pushing to close the gap on the title for the next two rounds, it’s not over yet!”

Joey Savatgy – Monster Energy Kawasaki

“I wasn’t sure how this weekend was going to go after hurting my shoulder last weekend, but I was determined to get back out there and give it my all. It wasn’t easy, but overall I’m proud to put Kawasaki up front again and thankful for my team’s support. I got more experience running up front with the top contenders and I’m still shooting for a podium finish, but another top-5 is good, especially given the circumstances. I’m looking forward to a weekend off and allowing myself to rest up and get ready for New Jersey.”

In the 250SX class, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders also rode great in qualifying with Cianciarulo clocking the fastest lap time and Garrett Marchbanks with eighth position. Cianciarulo carried that speed into Heat 2 as he started in third, quickly took over the lead by Lap 4 and then went on to take the checkers.

The 250SX Main Event saw Cianciarulo running in second, stalking the leader and strategically maneuvering his KX250 to find his way around. He played cat and mouse for a few laps before making the pass stick and going on to lead the remaining 15 laps. Cianciarulo secured his fifth win of the season and extending his lead in the 250SX Western Region Rider Point Standings with only the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas remaining in the series.

Marchbanks struggled throughout the night and was forced to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) after not being able to finish his heat race. He went on to lead every lap and get the job done in the LCQ. Despite a poor gate pick for the Main Event, Marchbanks rocketed off the start and nearly grabbed the holeshot, but unfortunately collided with another rider mid-air before the first lap was complete causing an early end to his night.

Cianciarulo and Tomac’s win in both 250SX and 450SX classes in Denver give Kawasaki their fifth event sweep of the season.

Adam Cianciarulo – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

“I am so pumped to get this win! I felt so good all day and just synced with my KX250 perfectly tonight, so it ended up being such a good race. Plus, the energy of this crowd here in Denver was incredible throughout the race. I love this type of racing where we’re all throwing it out on the line and the crowd is going crazy, especially since we’re close in points. Now I just have to get the job done in Vegas.”

Garrett Marchbanks – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

“I’m thankful I’m not badly injured and I’ve got a great team that will help me get back to where I need to be. I know where I belong out there and we’ve made a lot of progress this season. I’ve learned a lot, so I’m looking forward to finishing out the season in Las Vegas in a few weeks.”

Words and Photos: Kawasaki Racing

The 2019 edition of the Daytona Supercross, held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, is a race that Team Honda HRC would like to put behind them, as both Ken Roczen and Cole Seely were involved in the same second-turn crash, leaving them both fighting for position.

When the gate dropped on the night’s main event, Roczen and Seely both got decent jumps down the start straight. As the field careened into the second turn, another rider got sideways, ultimately hitting Roczen and starting a chain reaction that would lead to both Roczen and Seely going down. Both riders remounted their CRF450R race machines at the back of the pack and went into salvage mode to regain as many positions as possible. The German was able to maneuver his way through the field more successfully, working his way into 10th by lap six. He continued his charge forward, making his way into eighth by the checkered flag. Seely also fought for positions but struggled to maintain his pace toward the end of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap race, settling for 13th.

Ken Roczen  94

“I’m definitely disappointed in tonight’s result; it’s my worst of the season. I think for the most part the day went well, and I was feeling really good on the bike. Unfortunately, in the main event, there was a pileup in the first turn and I got caught between my bike and Cole’s and couldn’t get up. Once I was up, I did my best to make up as many positions as I could during the race, making my way into eighth—not what I wanted and we’re now also down in the points standings, but there are still seven rounds to go. I’m going to set my eyes forward and bounce back in Indianapolis.”

Cole Seely  14

“The first turn was a really weird setup in my opinion. It reminded me a lot of the GPs, where everyone just lines up to the inside and then files to the outside. We all went into the second turn and I tried to tuck underneath Kenny and Cooper [Webb], but Chad [Reed] came across into Ken, which then pushed him into me. I was actually trying to get Kenny up because the first thing I thought of was him getting burned by my header on the right side, plus obviously I needed to get up too. He got up and going pretty quick but my bike was buried so it took me a minute to get going. It was just super-unfortunate. I’m struggling right now and it’s tough to have so many bad-luck weekends and not get the results that I know I can and should have. I’ve just got to shake this one off too and put my mind forward.”

Erik Kehoe

Team Manager

“It was a challenging night results-wise, but I do think there are positives to take away from today, as both guys showed a lot of speed while on-track. Cole rode well in his heat and that really should’ve been his heat to win; unfortunately, those guys got by him with one turn left. Ken also put together some really strong laps throughout the main event, while he was working his way forward. There were about two or three separate laps in the middle, where he was the fastest guy on the track or at least matching the pace of the leaders, so speed-wise he was right there. It’s unfortunate he couldn’t be up there running with them, fighting for a podium and the win. When you give yourself a deficit like crashing on the first lap on a course like this, it’s really hard to come back from it. With Cole we’re still working on his confidence. I think he just needs to believe in himself and that he deserves to be up front and is one of the guys that should be running up front. We’re working with him on that, and Trey [Canard] has been a big help because he’s been in this situation before.”

Oscar Wirdeman

Mechanic (Ken Roczen)

“It’s a bummer the day ended the way that it did. Ken was really happy with his bike and we barely changed anything all day—maybe just a click or two to dial things in but that’s it. He qualified strong in second and was looking very smooth and comfortable. His start wasn’t great in the heat but he snuck to the inside and got into second. He closed in on Eli [Tomac] a few times but kept making a bunch of mistakes, so he couldn’t ever try to go for the pass. In the main, he didn’t get the greatest start again, but he was on the inside so could’ve made it work to his advantage.”

Jordan Troxell

Mechanic (Cole Seely)

“I think everyone kind of approaches Daytona in a similar way. Every year before this race we go build some sort of replica track to get the riders used to the sandy soil and maybe come up with a few new settings but they’re normally really close to what we traditionally run at any other race. During practice today we made some small changes to fine tune things, settling the bike down in the moguls and a few other areas. After that he didn’t really touch the bike for the rest of the day and was pretty happy. The main was a challenge; I’m not sure exactly what happened but I know Cole and Ken both went down and from there that set the tone for the rest of the race.”

450SX Rider Standings 

(Limited to top 20 riders)

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1WEBB Cooper2USA222Red Bull KTM KTM
2TOMAC Eli3USA203Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
3MUSQUIN Marvin25FRA203Red Bull KTM KTM
4ROCZEN Ken94GER201Team Honda HRCHonda
5BAGGETT Blake4USA161Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM WPSKTM
6WILSON Dean15GBR149Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
7REED Chad22AUS137Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
8BRAYTON Justin10USA127Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
9SAVATGY Joey17USA124Monster Energy KawasakiKawasaki
10PLESSINGER Aaron7USA123Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
11BARCIA Justin51USA120Monster Energy/ Knick/ Factory Yamaha TeamYamaha
12SEELY Cole14USA117Team Honda HRCHonda
13BOGLE Justin19USA88RCH RacingSuzuki
14HILL Justin46USA87Autotrader/ JGR/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki
15BOWERS Tyler69USA69Bowers RacingKawasaki
16FRIESE Vince45USA65Smartop MotoConcepts RacingHonda
17CHISHOLM Kyle11USA57Chisholm RacingKawasaki
18LAMAY Ben907USA52TPJ.com/Fly RacingHonda
19ANDERSON Jason21USA46Rockstar HusqvarnaHusqvarna
20RAY AlexUSA33Cycle Trader Rock River YamahaYamaha

Words and Photos: Honda Racing Corporation

Justin Cooper raced his Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing YZ250F to his third 250SX East podium finish of the season on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. His teammate Mitchell Oldenburg was the hard charger of the night as he recovered from an eighth-place start to finish fourth.

With Oldenburg notching a third-place result in heat race one and Cooper winning heat race two, the results portended good things to come in the main event.

Cooper got off to a great start in the main and was in second place out of the gate. Although he lost one position in the early going, he held tenaciously to third place and maintained it all the way to the checkered flag.

Meanwhile, Oldenburg was clearly on a mission as he moved from eighth to seventh in the opening laps, and then he passed rider after rider as the clock counted down. He made it all the way up to fourth and behind his teammate Cooper, which is where he stayed until he crossed the finish line.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team’s 250SX East riders will race again next Saturday, March 16, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wil Hahn

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“Daytona is known for being one of the hardest, most challenging supercross races of the year, so tonight was good for us. Justin landing on the podium again was great result for staying strong in the championship. And for Mitch, coming back after a really hard weekend last weekend was huge and showed a lot of heart.”

Justin Cooper

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“The bike was working really well. We did a lot of testing with the team outdoors this week, so we kind of knew what we had to do coming up today. We were able to get the heat win and bring it home for third tonight. Those guys out front were riding good, but no excuses. I just had a couple mistakes tonight that cost me and you can’t do that out here. The track for sure was tough tonight. It got me a couple times, but glad to get out of here safe and on to the next one.”

Mitchell Oldenburg

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“The night was actually really good for me considering how last weekend went. So I’m stoked to walk away healthy, safe and keep it on two wheels. My bike worked amazing all day and night. I can’t thank the Star Racing Yamaha guys enough for all the work they do in and out each week. The track was a difficult Daytona; gnarly, brutal and really demanding, but my fitness was good tonight and I’m happy with my finish.”

2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East Daytona Results

1. Austin Forkner
2. Chase Sexton
3. Justin Cooper
4. Mitchell Oldenburg
5. Alex Martin
6. Brandon Hartranft
7. Kyle Peters
8. Joshua Osby
9. Kyle Cunningham
10. Martin Davalos