The Monday Wrap: 20-6-11
June 20, 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!

Metcher wins Superstock 600 in Spain

Jed Metcher has announced himself as a Championship threat after taking out the fourth round of the 2011 European Superstock 600 Championship at Aragon Motorland.

The win was the Aussie star’s second of his short Superstock 600 career, with his maiden win coming on debut at the final round of the 2010 Championship as a wildcard.

A delighted Metcher started from pole and never looked back, going on to hold off a determined challenge from the chasing pack to win the race and move to second in the overall standings.

The win was the third time the 20-year-old has reached the podium this season.
Fellow Aussie and MTM-RT Motorsports teammate Adrian Nestorovic made it double delight for the Dutch-Belgian team, claiming a season-best ninth place finish.

Muggeridge moves to top of IDM standings

Reigning IDM German Superbike Champion Karl Muggeridge has moved to the top of the Championship standings at the half-way point of the 2011 season.

The HRP Honda star started from second on the grid, but struggled through the first race as fellow Aussie Damian Cudlin stared, finishing in third place while Muggeridge was relegated to fifth.

Despite this minor setback Muggeridge showed the resolve of a true champion, recovering in race two to finish second ahead of Cudlin in third.

The 5-2 finish saw Muggeridge leap-frog Matej Smrz into the Championship lead, while Cudlin’s back-to-back podiums sent him to fourth in the standings.

Fellow Aussie Gareth Jones recovered from a poor showing in race one to finish fifth in race two, giving Australia three of the top five riders for the race.

Davies grip on European Junior Cup tightens following win
Matthew Davies continues to turn heads in 2011, taking out his second consecutive race win in the WSBK European Junior Cup in Spain.

The talented Aussie teenager claimed his third pole from as many races, setting him for a crack at taking the chequered flag.

It wasn’t easy, with Davies in a four-way battle for the race win, but the up-and-coming star showed his quality, taking the win and closing the gap on Championship leader Tom Busch to just seven points.

Reed wins again to cap off amazing week
You would think being recognised for your service to, and achievement in Motorsport Sport in the form of becoming a member of the Order of Australia would be enough to celebrate, but you wouldn’t be Chad Reed.

The 2009 AMA Pro Motocross Champion took another giant leap towards a second AMA MX crown, with a convincing round win at the Budds Creek National.

Reed finished third in moto one and again delivered the goods in the all-important second moto to take the race win and the round victory.

The win extends Reed’s Championship lead to 15 points over the chasing pack, led by Ryan Villopoto.

Corser breaks arm in Aragon WSBK
Aussie WSBK star Troy Corser’s horror 2011 season just got a whole lot worse, with the two-time World Champion breaking his arm in a crash during race two of the seventh round of the WSBK Championship.

The BMW Motorrad rider cannoned into another rider early in race two, coming off heavily and immediately taken to the on-track medical centre.

An x-ray showed Corser had broken two bones in his left forearm, meaning the Aussie veteran will be spending time on the sidelines in the coming weeks.

Chris Vermeulen continued his return to form with a consistent 12-14 performance in Aragon, ensuring he adds to his growing points tally.

Fellow Aussie Mark Aitchison bounced back from a disastrous San Marino round to record the impressive 15-12 result and earn some much-needed Championship points.

Aussies all smiles in Polish Speedway
It was a case of winning all round for the Aussies in the Polish Speedway League following the latest round of the Championship.

Troy Batchelor
added 10 points for Leszno in their crushing 55-35 away win over Wroclaw, while Jason Crump (15 points) guided his Rzeszow side to a rare 49-41 win over Czestochowa.

Ryan Sullivan (14) and Chris Holder (13) contributed 27 points to Torun’s 56-point total as they easily accounted for Tarnow.

Miller podiums and still leads German 125GP
Jack Miller continued his miraculous start to the 2011 IDM German 125GP Championship, finishing third in the fourth round.

The talented Aussie teenager has been a model of consistency in season 2011, backing up his season-opening race win, with three consecutive podiums and now holds a six-point lead in the Championship standings.

Mixed fortunes for Aussies in British Superbike Round 5
It was a mixed bag of results for the strong Aussie contingent in the British Superbike Championship, with major highs and bitter lows for most of the riders.

Josh Brookes started the weekend in impressive fashion, taking out fifth in race one before a disappointing 13th in race two for the TAS Relentless Suzuki rider.

The points promoted Brookes to 12th in the overall standings, while EVO Class leader Glen Richards extended his Championship lead on the back of first (12th as Evo and Superbike class run together) and fifth (18th) place finishes.

Paul Young and Billy McConnell could not reach their round four heights, with Young finishing 25th in race one before recovering to 5th in race two of the British Supersport Championship.

McConnell was marginally more consistent, finishing 9th and 13th to remain in a tie for fourth with Young in the Championship race.

David Johnston was the most consistent of the Aussies, claiming 9th in the Superstock 1000 race, moving up to 11th in the race for the class title.

Metcalfe cuts gap to leading pack
Brett Metcalfe has come away from the Budds Creek National a little bit closer to reeling in the breakaway group leading the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki star claimed back-to-back sixth places in the two motos, cutting the gap to Davi Milsaps (fourth in the Championship standings) to 12 points.

Fellow Aussies Michael Byrne and Dean Porter had a tough day at the office in the fourth round with Byrne collecting 14th and 23rd results, while Western Australian Porter finished 24th and 28th respectively.

Parkes winning chance goes wanting in WSBK Supersport

Broc Parkes fell agonisingly short of recording back-to-back WSBK Supersport Championship wins, crashing out while leading the sixth round of the season in Aragon.

Leading the Championship heading into the Spanish event, Parkes looked set to continue on his winning ways, leading the race 16 laps in before disaster struck.

The Kawasaki star has slipped to second in the Championship standings, 20 points behind leader Chaz Davies.

Mitchell Pirotta recovered from a poor showing at San Marino to record a 19th place finish for his KUJA Honda Racing team, continuing his impressive run of finishing races.

Gibson breaks into top 10 in AMA Pro Superbikes

Aussie Trent Gibson claimed his first top 10 finish of the season in a solid weekend at the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Superbike Championship.

Gibson recovered from qualifying 16th fastest to cross the finish line in race one in ninth, adding a solid 12th in race two, while fellow Aussie Chris Trounson completed a 15th-11th double to move up in the Championship standings.

Trounson sits in 18th overall, while Gibson holds steady in 15th.

Beaton crashes in FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
In FIM Superstock 1000 Cup action it was a tough day for Aussie Beau Beaton, with the Gamier Racing Team rider crashing out on the first lap in Sunday’s fourth round of the Championship.

It has been a rough couple of weeks for Beaton, who injured his knee cap during testing before the San Marino round, but despite the injury was 19th fastest through qualifying.

Fellow Aussie Bryan Staring appears to be back on track, taking out eighth position after starting from the third row on the grid.

The Team Pedercini rider collected eight points from the race and moves into 10th in the Championship standings.

Spanish adventure continues for Aussie duo
It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the Aussie-based BRP Racing Team, with Blake Leigh-Smith enjoying another impressive showing in the third round of the 2011 CEV Spanish Moto2 Championship.

Leigh-Smith qualified in 18th position, but defied his spot on the grid to finish the race in 11th position, jumping a whopping seven spots.

The youngster sits in 16th in the overall standings after recording his best finish this season.

Samuel Rankin’s back luck continued to play havoc with his assault on the Spanish 125GP Championship, with the 17-year-old unable to take his place on the starting
grid.

After qualifying 25th fastest, Rankin was unable to complete a timed lap in the Warm Up and was forced to watch on as the race started.

Parker stars as Sheffield split
Shane Parker was the star for Sheffield as they claimed a win and a loss from their latest two matches in the British Premier League Speedway.

Parker was outstanding in Sheffield’s 52-39 win over Newcastle, scoring 15+2 points and was equally as impressive adding 12 in their 49-41 defeat to Edinburgh.

In other Premier League action Taylor Poole was a class above in the first leg of the Premier League Knock Out Cup match between Ipswich and Scunthorpe.

Poole amassed 16+2 points, guiding Ipswich to an almost unassailable 65-25 lead heading into the second leg.

10 points from Kevin Doolan could not stop Ipswich from suffering defeat in league action, going down heavily to Berwick 62-28.

Aussie duo Todd Kurtz and Jay Herne were left empty handed after finishing second in the National League Pairs fixture in Newport, Wales.

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