The Monday Wrap 15-6-11
June 15, 2011

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

Remember, if you know any Aussies who are competing anywhere on foreign soil send an email to website@ma.org.au with all the details and we’ll add it to the wrap. And give you the credit!

Reed podiums at High Point National

Chad Reed continued his amazing start to the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship, winning the all-important second moto at the High Point National in Pennsylvania.

The Aussie endured his poorest performance of the season thus far in moto one, finishing fifth but was able to bounce back and finish third for the round and maintain a 13-point lead in the overall standings.

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Metcalfe delivers top 10 finish
Brett Metcalfe was solid without being spectacular, but was still able to maintain his stranglehold on fifth position in the AMA Motocross Championship following the third round.

The South Australian-native managed eighth and 10th place finishes and currently sits 16 points off David Millsaps in fourth in the Championship standings.

It was another solid showing from Tye Simmonds, with the talented teenager backing up his impressive early-season efforts with two top 20 performances at the weekend.

Crump and Holder podium in Copenhagen

It was another great night for Australia at the FIM Speedway GP in Denmark, with Jason Crump and Chris Holder finishing on the podium.

The pair looked fantastic through the heats, with Crump leading the charge with 18 points and Holder hot on his heels with 14.

Reaching the final Holder sat in second position for much of the race, but was overtaken on the final turn by Crump, who came from last to steal second and record his first podium of the season.

The pair sit in a tie for fourth in the overall standings on 42 points.

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Stoner keeps on winning in MotoGP
Casey Stoner made it three wins on the trot as he regained the MotoGP Championship lead in the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

In a rain-affected round, Stoner mastered the difficult conditions to take pole position and lead for 19 of the 20-lpa race and record win number four of the season.

Stoner was given a boost in his title assault with rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli both falling foul of the slippery conditions and crashing out of contention.

The Repsol Honda star now leads the Championship by 18 points, ahead of Lorenzo.

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West and Sissis have forgettable weekends in England
Ant West and Arthur Sissis far from enjoyed their weekend’s at the iconic Silverstone circuit in a disappointing round for the Aussie pair.

For MZ Racing Moto2 rider, West the weekend appeared to be coming together as he overcame a slow qualifying session to work his way up to 16th position in the, as the field struggled in the brutally cold and wet conditions.

However 16th was as good as it got for the Aussie star, forced to retired just four laps from home.

Sissis struggled to come to grips with the tricky track, having to settle for ninth in race one and seventh in race two, and managing to hold on to his Championship lead.

The 15-year-old was bitterly disappointed with his performance over the weekend.

“That was the worst race I've ever had,” Sissis said. “You know we are the experienced ones, we should be showing these young guys how to do it,”

Vermeulen back in business at Misano
MA Ambassador and WSBK star Chris Vermeulen made an impressive return to racing at the San Marino WSBK event, setting himself for an assault on the second half of the 2011 season.

The Kawasaki star struggled qualifying, but was a different rider come race time going on to finish 14th in race one and record a season-best 10th in race two.

It wasn’t as memorable for fellow Aussies Troy Corser and Mark Aitchison, with Corser suffering a cracked rib and shoulder bruising during the final qualifying session.

Corser was forced out the main races, with injuries taking their toll on the two-time WSBK Champion, while Aitchison recorded a DNF in race one and was a non-starter in race two.

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Metcher back on podium in Superstock 600
Aussie gun Jed Metcher has returned to the podium in style, finishing second in the third round of the 2011 European Superstock 600 Championship.
The MTM-RT Motorsports star backed up his sixth place in qualifying to work his way into the top three and record his third podium in just four Superstock 600 races.
Metcher now sits in second place in the championship standings, while teammate and fellow Aussie Adrian Nestorovic also enjoyed a great weekend in San Marino.
The teenager recorded his best finish of the season, claiming 10th place after starting from 21st on the grid.
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup it was a tough weekend for the Aussies, with Bryan Staring finishing 11th and Beau Beaton claiming 21st.

Parkes wins WSBK Supersport and takes Championship lead
Aussie Broc Parkes has moved to the top of the WSBK Supersport standings following a brilliant win at the San Marino round of the Championship.

The Kawasaki rider recorded the win in fine fashion, finishing nearly two seconds clear of the chasing pack and now has established a five-point lead over the field.

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Sullivan, Holder star in Torun away win
A combined total of 19 points from Aussie duo Ryan Sullivan and Chris Holder have guided Torun to an all-important away win over Czestochowa 46-44 in Sunday’s Polish Speedway League.

The win ensures Torun maintain their pressure on league leading Zielona Gora, trailing by just one point after nine rounds.

Jason Crump’s Rzeszow slumped to their fifth loss of the season, going down to bottom side Tarnow 55-35 with the Aussie adding eight points to the total.

Aussies star in British Speedway
It was a Monday night special in the British Elite League, with Belle Vue and Poole playing out a classic, resulting in a nail-biting 44-46 away win for the Pirates.

The battle royal took place between Rory Schlein and Chris Holder, with the pair top-scoring for their respective teams.

Schlein’s 11 points for Belle Vue was not enough to stop Holder (12 points) and his star studded team from record their eighth win of the season.

Rusty Harrison top-scored for Workington with 12+2 points as they easily accounted for Leicester 59-31 in British Premier League action.

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