Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce the signing of Gautier Paulin to the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team where he will race a YZ450F alongside teammate Arnaud Tonus in the 2019 MXGP World Championship.
As one of the most talented riders in the world, Paulin already has an incredible list of achievements. The 28-year-old Frenchman has won 11 Grand Prix rounds, three in MX2 and eight in MXGP, and has stood on the podium 52 times, 18 times in MX2 and 34 in MXGP. He has claimed 19 race wins in total throughout that time, three were on a 250cc in the MX2 class, and 14 were aboard a 450cc inside the premier class, MXGP.
The incredibly talented Frenchman won the EMX250 Championship in 2007 and in that same year he made his FIM Motocross World Championship debut as a wild-card entry in the MX2 class at six of the 15 rounds where his best race finish was a fourth-place in Northern Ireland. His 2008 season was cut-short by injury meaning his first full term in MX2 was in 2009 where he won three rounds and finished the season as the bronze medallist.
In 2011, he stepped up to the premier class formerly known as 'MX1' and now named 'MXGP', where he won the opening round in Fermo, Italy, onboard a Yamaha YZ450FM, and that was the same bike he took to victory at the 2011 Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d'Angely, France, where he was the captain of the 'Home Team'. Having missed most of the 2011 season due to injury, Paulin was back with a vengeance in 2012 where he finished third in the MXGP championship classification in what was practically his rookie year.
In 2015, the French star finished as the runner-up in the MXGP World Championship, and then went on to add one more medal to his tally with yet another bronze inside the premier class in 2017.
In addition to his individual achievements, the French phenomenon has had the honour of representing his nation at the prestigious Monster Energy Motocross of Nations on nine occasions where he has played a vital role in the teams' success, that includes four gold medals, in 2014, '15, '16 and '17, and two silver medals, in 2009, and '11. He will represent Team France for a tenth time, alongside Yamaha Factory rider Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier, at the 2018 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations that will take place on the weekend of October 7th at the Red Bud circuit in Michigan, USA.
The National Cross Country season finale unfolded in Carletonville this weekend and proved to be a ground-breaking occasion for KTM South Africa.The orange brand made history by winning every National title possible and the 2018 Manufacturers Award.
Taking centre stage was Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Ross Branch, who claimed the prestigious overall and OR1 title for the third consecutive time.
It was a hard-fought victory for the motorsport star who entered the event just a point ahead of arch rival Kenny Gilbert.
From the moment the pair took off from the start line it was a bar-to-bar battle where Branch managed to take the lead in the early stages of the race. Despite some technical terrain and tight forest trails, his gap on Gilbert only widened with each passing lap.
After a testing 300 km’s in the saddle, Branch stormed to cross the final chequered flag of the season with an impressive three minute lead.
It was a heart-warming scene as fans surrounded the rider in orange shirts that had especially been designed for the occasion before he had even wrapped up the championship.
The local support comes at a time when the rider needs it most as he prepares for the 2019 Dakar Rally.
“It’s been a long, tiring year! I needed this Championship - it was on my bucket list before I head off to Dakar. I couldn’t do any of it without my team and supporters, and hope to make them proud when I head to Peru next year,” said Branch.
After one of the most nail-biting seasons of his career, Branch commended Gilbert on his fight:
“Racing with Kenny has been tough – he’d win one then I’d win one. We were basically tie coming into this event, and it came down to whoever got first today. He’s an amazing athlete, so hats off to him.”
The second championship title for Brother Leader Tread KTM came from OR3’s Jarryd Coetzee.
As spectators celebrated the spectacular finish, many were unaware of the immense effort it had taken the rider to even get to the start line this season.
With perseverance and a strong commitment to his rehab programme, Coetzee had spent the past two years overcoming a severe knee injury. While at times the possibility of returning to competitive racing form seemed highly unlikely, Coetzee pulled off the most exciting come back of his career.
It was an emotional moment as he switched off his bike at the finish line on Saturday, and he kept his helmet on for a few minutes to gain composure before commenting:
“It’s been nine years since my first national title, and two years on the sideline – that felt like awfully long time with a lot of effort and emotion. There have been so many ups and a whole lot of downs to get to this point, but I finally have the championship – I couldn’t be happier!”
Adding yet another reason for Brother Leader Lead KTM to celebrate was a third National title from Juan ‘Bollie’ van Rooyen.
The Senior rider snatched up the championship for the fifth consecutive time in his career, and the 2018 title certainly took the biggest fight.
Van Rooyen entered the event with a slender lead, and needed to finish ahead of Wade Blaauw to secure the championship.
“I came into the last round knowing that if I didn’t win this race, I’d lose the Championship. There was a lot of pressure, and this kind of terrain didn’t suit my style of riding. But I put in the work, the bike was awesome, and I managed to pull off the win!” said van Rooyen.
Rounding out the victorious orange streak was the Masters title from Pieter Holl, Gareth Cole of KTM Durban taking the OR2 title and Nardus Rabe from Roost KTM taking the High School title.
A beaming KTM South Africa Managing Director, Franziska Brandl, gave a parting shot as the memorable event drew to a close:
“Wow, what a nail-biting season this has been and I couldn’t be prouder today! Going home with every single championship and the Manufacturers Award is much more than we could have asked for. The future of our sport is really bright – in orange I would say!”
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship event is recognised as one of the most important on the international motocross calendar, with the 125cc and 85cc categories featuring official world championship status and the 65cc category ranking as a world cup. It brings together riders from 21 different countries who not only race for their flag but also for themselves.
After recently being crowned European Champion, Camden was ready to take on another big race of his career down under. Been hosted in Australia meant the team didn’t have any equipment of their own there so called on the support of local mx fanatic Glenn MacDonald who offered the team top class support.
Day 1 of the event got off to a good start. There were 2 free practice sessions where Camden was able to get a good feel for the track and was in the top 3 for both these sessions. The afternoon qualifying session Camden was in a good flow and got faster and faster securing 2nd gate pick for the Sunday races.
Day 2 was very different to day 1 with the track conditions being a lot wetter and the weather a lot cooler. Coming in confident after a good day 1 with some great riding Camden got off to a poor start in moto 1 when the rider to his right made a mistake of the start gate.
Camden pushed through the pack from 5th last in the first corner to take a hard fought 7th place. Moto 2 he got off to a solid start coming out of the 1st corner round 8th and from there made some quick passes to get up to 3rd where he was able to challenge for 2nd but unable to make the pass so finished that moto in 3rd. He was really disappointed with bits of his riding and starts but he walks way from here with many valuable lessons learnt. Camden finished the JuniorWorld MX Champs 2018 with a 5th overall.
All possible because of the support from the following sponsors:
KOSAK, KTM, Motorex, SN Hydraulik, Troy Lee Designs, Bridgestone, Mefo Mousse, Xtrig, ORS Suspension, Matura, Goldfren, Twinair, www.q-brands.de (Pepp Underwear, Herschel Supply Co, 2XU), Esjot Sprockets, KTM South Africa, Red Bull South Africa, Werthaus Wohnbau
Making light work of a tough round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Edolo, Italy, Jamie McCanney twice finished as runner-up in the highly-competitive Enduro 1 category at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable points, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship with two rounds to go.
Featuring challenging special tests in muddy and wet conditions, the GP of Italy was tough both physically and mentally for all competitors. Back to competitive fitness following his shoulder injury at the previous round of the series, Jamie McCanney entered the GP of Italy focused on collecting as many points as possible for the championship.
Starting the weekend with a positive third place result in the short opening SuperTest, the WR250F powered rider was a force to be reckoned with during the first full day of racing. Posting times inside the top-three in 11 out of 12 tests, McCanney secured the runner-up spot in the 250cc class.
On day two McCanney posted top-three times in all but two tests, to secure his second consecutive runner-up result in the Enduro 1 category. Despite being unable to score points at the GP of Trentino due to his shoulder injury, Jamie remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship standings. With two rounds still to be contested, he is now 24 points behind provisional leader Brad Freeman.
Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.
(Honda Racing Corporation) contract rider and Honda factory team (Repsol Honda Team) rider Toni Bou has won the 2018 FIM* Trial World Championship. He has clinched his 12th consecutive title by winning the trial in Great Britain on September 2.
Since clinching his first world championship title in 2007 on HRC's Montesa COTA 4RT factory bike, Bou increases his unparalleled consecutive championship titles to 12. He has also won his 12th consecutive X Trial World Championship, an indoor competition raced on artificially prepared sections.
Overcoming injuries in the pre-season X Trial World Championship, Bou started off the season in style, winning the TrialGP Spain 18. He then went on to finish 4th / 2nd in Japan but bounced back by winning the next four rounds. Worries of his injuries were unfounded as the Spaniard dominated the season, including his 100th Trial World Championship victory in Round 4, Portugal. Bou has won the championship with the final round, TrialGP Italy 18 yet to be raced on September 16.
* FIM: Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
"Today was a very special day. We knew that this race would not be easy and that we could not make any mistakes and had to battle on even in the difficult sections. There was a lot of nerves and a lot of pressure, but there is nothing better than winning the world championship with a victory. I started this season with injuries, but I managed to overcome them. I thank the team, our sponsors, and all of my fans."
Yoshishige Nomura, HRC President
"I'd like to congratulate Toni for performing as excellent as ever and winning the championship, despite his pre-season injuries. I'd also like to thank the team, our sponsors who have supported our racing activities, and Trial fans worldwide, for helping Toni break his own record of 11 consecutive championship titles. HRC will continue conducting racing activities in a way that will bring excitement to motorsports fans."
KTM South Africa made history this weekend by hosting the first sell out Adventure Rally that the orange brand has seen.
The event took place in Swaziland from 23-25 August, and was one of six locations chosen by KTM to showcase some of the most scenic and adventurous trails on earth.
Close to 300 riders arrived at Lugogo Sun Hotel for registration on Thursday, with the likes motorsport legendsLyndon Poskitt, Ross Branch and Alfie Cox in the mix.
"This kind of event is really important for the adventure community we have in South Africa. It brings us all together and keeps our passion for this lifestyle alive," said Cox.
For some riders, the appeal of this event in particular came from far more than the promise of an untamed Swaziland adventure.
Riaan Neveling, Marketing Manager of KTM South Africa, had hearts racing when he invited riders to compete in the 'Ultimate Race' for a prize worth R500,000.
Specific challenges were presented over the weekend, and the two top competitors, Christiaan Odendaal andGreg Hodgskin, were awarded an all-inclusive trip to the iconic 2019 Merzouga Rally in Morocco.To top things off, the lucky riders will be given a brand new KTM 790 Adventure R to tour with.
For international participants, the rally was an opportunity to experience the unique and truly South African sense of adventure.
Harrison Norton from KTM Australia was moved by not only the heart-felt support from local Swazi people, but the wild and carefree spirit of South African riders.
"It's been wild! Every time we rode past the locals, they were genuinely so excited and would run out to see us... I've never seen that kind of thing in Australia. The South African people are really incredible - small issues like the rain on Friday didn't dampen the mood at all. They're just so ready to make the most of every situation and the friendliest group of people I've come across," Norton enthused.
A stand-out aspect of this event was that it not only catered for bike-mad dad's and 'beers and the boys’ but was an all-inclusive family experience.
Many wives signed up as pillions, even for the tougher and more technical orange route. After 234 km's of wet and windy trails on Friday, BeauAnn Jordaan commented:"I'll admit that sometimes I turn that microphone off when I need a break from all the banter! But on a serious note, being a pillion creates an incredible bonding experience with my husband. I'd really encourage more women to try it."
A parting shot from Belgium's Yve's Grofils, who flew out for the KTM Adventure Rally for the second year in a row:
"When KTM decided to organise this event, I just couldn't miss it! I arrived here and was welcomed by the same South African motorcycling family I've grown to love, and this adventure in Swaziland with them this weekend was everything I expected and more."
Yamaha Motor Europe N.V is pleased to announce that Jeremy Seewer has been drafted into to the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team where he will campaign a YZ450FM alongside the former MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre inside the 2019 FIM MXGP World Championship.
The former two-time MX2 vice World Champion has made a successful transition into the premier class, MXGP, where he has formed a special relationship with the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team and has improved his performance onboard his YZ450F at each and every Grand Prix thus far.
With fifteen rounds from twenty of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship complete, Seewer - who is currently eighth place in the Championship Classification and is the best placed rookie - will finish the season onboard a YZ450F with full support from the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team where he will wrap the year up as captain of Team Switzerland at the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in Red Bud, USA, on October 6th and 7th.
Fresh from the unveiling of the 2019 YZ250F back in July, Yamaha Motor Europe and Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 are pleased to announce that Jago Geerts will debut the all-new bike at the Belgian Masters tomorrow in Balen, Belgium, while Ben Watson will make his debut on the cutting-edge machine at the MXGP of Switzerland in Frauenfeld-Gachnang on the weekend of August 19th.
As the 2018 Open Dutch Champion in the 250cc class, and by claiming his first ever MX2 Grand Prix podium finish back in May at the MXGP of Latvia, eighteen year-old Jago Geerts has already reached a number of career milestones in his rookie season. The talented young Belgian is all set to put the all-new 2019 machine through its paces on home soil tomorrow Wednesday 15th August where he hopes to add to his already successful season.
Ben Watson is currently fourth in the MX2 World Championship and has been a podium contender all season-long. The highly skilled Briton will line the 2019 YZ250F up for the first time at the MX2 Grand Prix of Switzerland with hopes that the improved handling will help him achieve his goal of finishing inside the top-three in the championship.
Both riders have been testing the new generation YZ250F that has already proved popular among riders, particularly for the new electric start. The bike's weight is identical to the weight of the 2018 model that had no electric start. The 2019 YZ250F is narrower and more compact, offering extra stability and control over rough terrain, better braking, and even greater traction. The power delivery is also more linear which means the bike has a smooth delivery of power and acceleration is optimized. The fuel and ignition maps can be altered to suit any rider or track terrain/conditions via the all-new 'Power Tuner Application'. The app offers real-time engine data and diagnostics and has a maintenance screen that logs the number of running hours etc. An archive of data is also accessible. It is FREE of charge and can be downloaded on any smartphone via the AppStore or on Google Play.
Indian Motorcycle and Lee Munro attempting to reach 200 mph at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week Legendary Land-Speed Record Holder’s Great Nephew Returns to Bonneville Salt Flats Aboard Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro”
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (August 6, 2018) – America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle, have announced that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break 200 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Equipped with the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed “Spirit of Munro”, Lee Munro is back and prepared to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week.
In preparation for this year, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph at El Mirage and official run of 191.286 mph at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the exclusive 200-mph club.
“Indian Motorcycle was honoured to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro’,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200-mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal. I would also like to thank our sponsors Cargill Station Ltd, Garry Robertson of Ocean Ridge Kaikoura New Zealand and Jerry Stinchfield of Roof Systems of Dallas, TX for helping us get to the salt.”
Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalised with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.
“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee Munro. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.”
Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah. This six-day event is created for determined riders who not only have a quest to be record holders, but also to ride at one of the most legendary locations for speed runs.
The month of August will bring some of the most exciting events of the season for the Red Bull KTM squad.
In just over two weeks, star rider Camden Mc Lellan will attempt to realise his dream of becoming a world champion. The 14-year old has been marked as a favourite in the Junior World Championship taking place in Horsham, Australia.
The title looks especially promising for Mc Lellan after his recent EMX 85 victory where he became the first South African in history to claim a European Championship.
The youngster made the move to Germany this year so that he could commit to a full international season of racing. While the decision has brought great reward, it has also come with many sacrifices for Mc Lellan.
“It’s hard to leave behind everything familiar at this age. But becoming world champion comes with sacrifices… and that’s what I want to be,” he explained.
Mc Lellan seems undaunted as he prepares to take his place at the start line with the very best in this sport.
Confident in his ability to bring home the coveted title, he commented, “I already got a feel for some of the competition in Europe, so I have a good idea of what to expect. I know I have what it takes to win this, so all I can do is put myself out there and give it my very best shot!”
Mc Lellan will join the rest of the Red Bull KTM team in the Western Cape this weekend for the fifth round of the National Motocross Championship.
He will take on both the High School and Pro Mini Class at Zone 7 on Saturday - a track that is renowned for deep ruts, epic jumps and an interesting mix of sand and hardpack.
His teammate, Jonathan Mlimi, will head into the event as the favourite for the Pro Mini Championship. With only three races left on the calendar and a 30-point lead, the prestigious title is well within reach for the rider.
“So excited to have Camden back this weekend! I’ve been racing with him since we were on a 50cc – there was a battle between us and we’ve pushed each other ever since. I’d like to go overseas too someday, but for now my focus is on the Pro Mini Championship,” said Mlimi.
Motocross legend Kerim Fitz-Gerald is still in the fight for the MX2 Championship. The rider currently holds the third spot on the leaderboard, and will attempt to chase down front runners David Goosen and Caleb Tennant.
With ruts and sections of hardpack in store, Zone 7 is just the kind of track that Fitz-Gerald needs at this stage of the series.
“Those sections of the track definitely excite me and suit my style of racing, so I’m looking forward to getting back to that,” he said.
The remainder of the orange squad will head into the event looking to salvage every championship point they can get.
MX2’s Joshua Mlimi and MX1’s Ross Branch both hold the eighth spot in their respective classes, while youngster Nate Mc Lellan is a mere five points away from stepping back onto the Pro Mini podium.