As we all laid back over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, our homegrown stars kicked into gear for another round of the AMA National Enduro Series, TrialGP and CEV Repsol Moto3 World Championship, as well as the 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix Qualifiers, 8 Hours of Oschersleben and Isle of Man Sidecar TT.
It was a perfect weekend for Josh Hook and the F.C.C. TSE Honda France Team, who came out on top at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben for Round 4 of the FIM Endurance World Championship. Thanks to the weekend’s win, Hook and the team now sit in third place for the 2019 Endurance World Championship. It wasn’t the same successful weekend for Broc Parkes (YART Yamaha EWC Team) though, with the team retiring just one and a half hours away from the finish due to a malfunction that saw their bike catch fire.
Staying in Oschersleben, the German national championship, the Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeiseterschaft (IDM), also ran on the same weekend, with ASBK Supersport star Tom Toparis (Benro Racing) continuing to run at the front despite a fall in Race 1. Toparis recovered for another good performance in a truncated Race 2 to finish second, ensuring Toparis will be in red-hot form when he returns to the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship for Round 4 at Morgan Park (5-7 July).
At the Acerbis Spanish Round of the 2019 FIM World Superbike Championship at Jerez, a good result saw Tom Edwards (ParkinGO) finish the best of the Australians in Supersport 300, overcoming his bad luck from the previous rounds to put together a great weekend. Starting 11th on the grid for the two main races, Edwards picked up some good points with a 15th place in the first race, before cracking the top 10 with a 9th in the second race. Of the other Australians in the mix, Tom Bramich (Carl Cox-RT Motorsports by SKM) qualified for the main race for the first time this season, starting 30th to yield a 26th and 24th place finish in each race. Jack Hyde (2R Racing Team) unfortunately was a victim of the enormous SSP300 field, missing out on a starting spot in the main race.
At the Barcelona-Catalunya round of the 2019 FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 World Championship, Billy Van Eerde and Joel Kelso demonstrated impressive perseverance all weekend. Van Eerde finished Race 1 in P19 and Race 2 in P17, while Kelso came in P25 and P29 respectively.
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Race 1 position 25th. Race 2 position 29th. It has been a very difficult start to the season, by far the hardest session of my life! Although this has been hard so far it is teaching me a lot about being strong and not letting it get to me! I have the same mind set as the start of the season, that is to do my best and to never give up, I will keep pushing though this hard stuff and there will be a up side at the end! Thanks so much to all the supporters, I read every single comment, it really means a lot to me to have so much support not only from Australia! Also massive thanks to my team and all my sponsors!
Over at the Isle of Man TT, Australia’s Sidecar duos Mick Alton/Steve Bonney and Darryl Rayner/Wendy Campbell finished the 2019 Isle of Man Sidecar TT. Alton and Bonney finished the high-profile event in 16th, whilst Rayner/Campbell retired early from Race 2 due to bike technical difficulties.
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Three events of Qualifying for the FIM Speedway GP took place over the weekend, with Aussie riders Max Fricke, Rohan Tungate and Chris Holder racing in events held across Europe. In Lamonthe, France, the 2019 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Champion Fricke, scored enough points across the evening to clinch one of highly coveted spots into the 2020 FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) Challenge, giuving him the chance to claim one of three SGP qualifying spots.
In Glasgow, Scotland, Tungate had an evening to forget as he finished his heats with one point. Finishing in 5th with 11 points and just missing out on one of the coveted qualifier positions was Holder, who drew the evening with Italy’s Nicolas Covatti, sitting behind England’s Robert Lambert by a mere one point.
Connor Hogan had a tough weekend over at the TrialGP Japan round. Managing highly technical, muddy and slippery conditions, Hogan finished the Japan round in 28th place.
Over in Russia, Jed Beaton and Mitch Evans fought a tough fight in the 2019 Patron FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) of Russia, to finish in 10th and 6th place, respectively. The combination of a tricky track and warm weather put both Australians and their international counterparts to the ultimate test.
In Odessa, New York, Round 7 of the AMA National Enduro Series kicked off for four of Australia’s Off-Road talents. As the heavens opened and poured down on competitors, Tayla Jones reigned supreme for first place in the Women’s class. Fellow FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) teammate, Mackenzie Tricker, finished in second behind Jones.
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