The Monday Wrap: 6-6-11
June 06, 2011

Welcome to “The Monday Wrap”, giving you the round up of the performances of Australian riders competing internationally.

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Stoner the star in Catalan MotoGP
Casey Stoner
closed the gap on Jorge Lorenzo to just seven points after claiming his third win of the season at the fifth round of the MotoGP in Catalunya.

The Repsol Honda star picked up where he left off in Le Mans last month, taking the race lead early in the second lap and never looking back.

The win in the north of Spain was Stoner’s first at the Catalan circuit since his 2007 World Championship winning season.

Holder, Sullivan star for Torun in Polish Speedway
Ryan Sullivan
and Chris Holder combined for 24 points to guide Torun to a commanding 50-40 win over Gorzow in the Polish Speedway League, sending Torun second on the table.

The pair have enjoyed strong starts to the season and continued this as Torun recorded their fourth home win of the season.

Elsewhere a 10-point effort from Aussie Troy Batchelor could not stop his Leszno side suffering a 49-41 defeat to bottom side Tarnow.

West avoids trouble in Moto2
Aussie Ant West has avoided any drama to finish 22nd in the Moto2 fifth-round race in Catalunya, Spain.
Starting from 31st on the grid, the determined Aussie managed to avoid becoming one of the 12 riders forced out of the race, going on to improve nine spots for his MZ Racing team.

Ward through to U21 Speedway World Champs
Darcy Ward
overcame a slow start to book his place in the FIM Under 21 Speedway World Championship finals, keeping the dream of a third consecutive title alive.

A string of second place finishes had Ward at risk of missing out, needing two wins from his remaining two heats to secure his spot.

And the 2010 FIM Rookie of the Year responded in emphatic fashion, winning both heats to finish fourth and book a ride in the finals.

It wasn’t so good for fellow Aussie Richard Sweetman who narrowly missed out on a finals berth, after missing out on his shot at a World Championship in a three-way run off.

The Aussie and two other riders finished their five heats tied on eight points, with Sweetman unable to get the much-needed run off win.

Gibson steady in AMA Pro Superbike fourth round
Aussie Superbike rider Trent Gibson finished with 15-14 double after round four of the 2011 AMA Pro Superbike Championship Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Gibson started on the last row of the grid, but this did not deter the Seven Sports Suzuki rider from improving in both races to finish the weekend with 13 points, taking his season tally to 28.

Aussies stumble in Ashes Speedway whitewash
Australia has been soundly beaten by Great Britain, suffering back-to-back defeats in the Ashes Speedway Test series.

Coming off a narrow 46-44 defeat to GB in last week’s opener, Australia needed a strong response but were unable to match their bitter rivals after Adam Shields suffered a early crash, leaving the remaining Aussie riders with plenty to do.

Despite the 49-41 defeat, Australia were well served by Rory Schlein (12+2 points), Chris Holder (10+1) and Davey Watt (10+1).

Dirty day for Coventry Aussie trio in British Elite League
Ty Proctor, Richard Sweetman
and Todd Kurtz had a day to forget for Coventry in the British Elite League, contributing just nine points to their team’s 42-point total.

Proctor top-scored with six points, but all in all it was a dirty day as the trio struggled to impose themselves.

Cameron Woodward helped Eastbourne to a 46-44 win over King’s Lynn, with the Eagles going eight points clear at the top of the table.

Summers, Harrison and Parker star for losing sides in Premier League
It was a tough week for Aussies in the British Premier League, but not for a lack of trying as Aaron Summers can attest.

The Redcar star added 14 points to his side’s disappointing 32-point total as they suffered a heavy 61-32 loss to Glasgow.

Rusty Harrison added 11+2 points to Workington’s total, but it couldn’t get them across the line in their 48-41 loss to Scottish giant Edinburgh.

Redcar started the week well with Jason Lyons top-scoring on their way to a 48-43 win over Shane Parker’s (12+2 points) Sheffield.

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