Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
-- Rob Whittaker, via www.trailzone.com.au
Thanks for your email and welcome to the TRAIL ZONE, Rob; great to have you onboard. There was a time when two-stroke trail bikes ruled the roost and your CRM250 was one of Honda’s final attempts at keeping alive the premix dreams of old-school trail riders like you and us. Remember the old Honda MTs and MRs? They were Honda two-stroke trail bikes from even earlier back in the day, and yeah, we rode them back then. These days, however, the whole world has changed and everyone is riding cleaner burning and cleaning running four-stroke machines that are better able to meet ever more stringent global emissions laws. It's a shame, because the sheer thrill of riding a light and responsive two-stroke is such a fond memory for so many of us. Yes, they were the days ... Nice job with the classic AGV helmet, by the way. Ride on!
-- Clubby, www.trailzone.com.au
It’s a great time for lovers of dirt bikes as the hugely successful program will be aired on Foxtel/Austar’s Fuel TV this season, over 10 consecutive weeks on Wednesdays at 9:30pm from this week.
In addition, the show will be repeated on Thursdays at 3:00am, and again on Monday afternoons at 2:30pm.
MXTV will once again be hosted by 11-time national motocross champion Lee Hogan and founder Brendan Bell, the pair working hard in recent months to launch a huge start on Fuel TV in the program’s 10th year.
“It’s great to be back again for 2010 for a 10th big year,” Bell commented. “I’m proud to say we've stepped the show up each year and this year is no exception with the move to Fuel TV – Australia's premier extreme sports channel.”
MXTV viewers can expect to see more of the same great content that has made the show what it is today, as the team highlight every facet of dirt bike riding, catch up with the biggest names in the sport and visit great events across the country.
Ian ‘Macca’ McGregor is back with ‘Blokes & Their Bikes’, and host Lee Hogan – also one of the premier riding coaches in Australia – returns with more of his popular riding tips. There will be bike reviews from all major manufactures covered, as well as a few surprises and much, much more!
Be sure to tune in for the 2010 season premier on Foxtel/Austar’s channel 516 on Wednesday, 26 May at 9:30pm, and don’t forget to visit www.mxtv.com.au for the latest on MXTV.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
"Our lead rider has had to return to Canada in a hurry and we have tours starting in a week. That doesn't leave me enough time to advertise so if there are any adventure riders out there that haven't got anything to do for the next 10 weeks let me know.
"You need a to have a keen sense of adventure, a motorbike and a car license, be mechanically minded and don't mind riding a motorcycle to the most extreme corners of Australia. You will live out of a swag for the next 10 weeks and ride the Madigan Line, French Line, Gunbarrel Hwy, Broome to Airlie beach, the Oodnadatta Track and have more than a few beers at the Birdsville Pub.
"Oh and did I mention you get paid as well. Let me know if you are interested. I need someone from this Monday 31st May."
Despite being without their number one rider Juha Salminen, who was unable to compete in the GP of Italy having injured his ankle during a recent Spanish Enduro Championship competition, the BMW Husqvarna Motorrad team completed a very positive first outing of the new BMW powered Husqvarna prototype 450cc enduro bike.
With two machines entered into the Italian round of the Maxxis FIM World Enduro Championship last weekend, ridden by Enduro World Championship regular Marko Tarkkala (pictured) and extreme enduro specialist Andreas Lettenbichler, both bikes finished the two days having performed without fault.
With recent testing of the new bike having centred around Finn Juha Salminen the fact that the seven-time world champion was unable to compete was a sizeable disappointment for the team. Nevertheless, in delivering two top 10 Enduro 2 class results Marko Tarkkala showed that the bike is already a very capable machine. Spending a limited amount of time on the bike before the third round of the ’10 EWC, Marko ended the event extremely pleased with the machine’s performance having himself performed better that at either of the opening two rounds of the series.
Standing in for the injured Salminen, as well as using the event as training ahead of the upcoming Erzberg Rodeo, Andreas Lettenbichler battled his way through the two days of competition placing 20th on day one and 19th on day two.
The BMW Husqvarna Motorsport team will next be in action in the Enduro World Championship at the GP of Poland, which takes place on June 12/13.
Marko Tarkkala – Enduro 2 class: ‘It’s been a very positive weekend for me. I didn’t have much time on the bike before the event, so the set-up wasn’t as developed for race conditions as it could have been. But the bike worked very well and allowed me to improve on my earlier results in the championship. I made some mistakes on one of the hills on the extreme test on day one, which cost me a lot of time. I still managed to finish 10th and without the mistake I would have been around eighth. Day two started really well. I was around fifth during the first lap but I crashed twice on the enduro test. Without that mistake it would have been a really good day. The new bike was really good, I’m looking forward to riding it more and more so that I am really well prepared for the GP of Poland.’
Andreas Lettenbichler – Enduro 2 class: ‘Competing in two days of world championship competition was really good training for me ahead of the Erzberg Rodeo event in a couple of weeks. Getting to race the new bike was great, and although I didn’t get the chance to spend more than an hour on it before the competition I really enjoyed riding it. Using Juha Salminen’s settings took a little getting used to because he is a much faster rider than I am, and I’m used to a bike that’s set-up for extreme racing. But I really enjoyed myself. The new bike worked great, I had no problems all weekend.’
Wolfgang Fischer – Team manager: ‘It’s been a very encouraging weekend for the new Husqvarna bike. Although it’s not a completely new bike as the engine is the BMW motor that we have used for several years now, everything else is new so to have both riders finish the event with no technical issues is great. Both riders only had a very limited amount of time with the bike before the race so we are very pleased with the fact that they both performed well. Marko has been much more competitive this weekend that at the previous two rounds of the championship, and with two top 10 results has shown that he is enjoying riding the new bike. I am sure that with more time on the bike he will only get more and more competitive. A top five result certainly isn’t out of the question for him at the GP of Poland and he will have much more time on the bike before that race. Of course it was disappointing not having Juha racing this weekend but he had to have a small surgery on Friday after injuring his right ankle during a Spanish championship event the week before. We don’t yet know when he will be back, but we hope he will be able to race in Poland.’
2010 Enduro World Championship
Grand Prix of Italy – Day 1, Enduro 2
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1.06:27.72; 2. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1.06:54.89; 3. Pierre Alexandre Renet (KTM) 1.08:05.31; 4. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1.08:28.24; 5. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1.08:43.24; 6. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 1.08:49.75; 7. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.08:49.88; 8. Nicolas Paganon (Kawasaki) 1.09:15.61; 9. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1.09:46.26; 10. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Husqvarna Motorrad) 1.10:14.50… 20. Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW Husqvarna Motorrad) 1.15:49.83
2010 Enduro World Championship
Grand Prix of Italy – Day 2, Enduro 2
1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 1.04:47.40; 2. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1.04:47.57; 3. Pierre Alexandre Renet (KTM) 1.06:53.09; 4. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 1.06:55.37; 5. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1.07:05.43; 6. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.07:42.50; 7. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 1.07:45.89; 8. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1.08:09.06; 9. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Husqvarna Motorrad) 1.08:20.86; 10. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 1.08:23.93… 19. Andreas Lettenbichler (BMW Husqvarna Motorrad) 1.13:40.32
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Entry fees are:
Adult early entry $59
Under 16 early entry $39
Late fee of $20 applies after 7 June 2010
There will be 2 non-competitive loops taking approx 1 1/2 to 2 hours each to complete. Loop 1 will open 1pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday. Loop 2 open 9am Sunday. You will be able to complete as many laps of the loops as you desire in the available time. Ride Saturday arvo and Sunday morning or all day Sunday. Or if you have the energy, ride both days!
There will also be loops available for children.
There is free camping and a bonfire available both Saturday and Sunday night. Toilets and Hot showers available. There will also be hot food available Sunday from breakfast on.
You will also go into the draw to win a $500 open order at your favourite bike shop!
The loops will include some brand new sections all on property not normally open to the public.
All money raised will go to support Yeoval Central School.
So come and spend the long weekend in the country riding some new and different tracks to support our local school
Bookings - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0428 453 331
Monday, May 17, 2010
R.I.P. Andrew 'Sharky' McFarlane.