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Record-breaking Rossi Pole and Double Movistar Yamaha Front Row in Mugello

001Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi made the crowds go wild as he grabbed pole position at the Autodromo del Mugello, setting a new circuit best lap. Teammate Maverick Viñales also gave a heroic performance at the second day of the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley. He went through a hard-fought Q1 to secure a third place front row start in the Q2 session.

Rossi waited for most of his rivals to leave pit lane before he made his way onto the track. His initial lap moved him into fourth place. He then improved his time but not his position on his second attempt, but was pushed back to fifth as his rivals upped their speed.

With seven and a half minutes of the session remaining, the Italian headed back to the pit box and was out one and a half minutes later. With 0.399s to the benchmark pole position, he knew what he had to do. Cheered on by the passionate Italian fans, the local hero completely went for it and pushed out four red sectors to clock a 1'46.208s. The lap was unbeatable for the rest of the MotoGP rider field, giving the fans' favourite his 65th career pole position, with a 0.035s margin. It's his first pole since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2016.003

Viñales was quick to head out in Q1 and went straight to the top of the timesheets with a 1'47.105s which he further improved upon with his second lap. He had to dig deep and bettered his time once more to a 1'46.806s, but was pushed back to second position as the Q2 session turned red hot in the final minutes. However, his lap was fast enough to keep him in second place and let him advance to the next session.

The Spaniard followed his teammate out of pit lane a couple of minutes later to continue his qualifying fight in Q2. He set the sixth fastest lap on his first try and held on to this position as he bettered his lap time on his second flyer, before heading back to the pits.004

Viñales was quick to return, as he knew the long Mugello track wouldn't give him many more opportunities to set a hot lap. With a good six minutes left he started his second run. Multiple riders were in contention for pole position and the young Yamaha rider was keen to put his name into the mix. On his sixth attempt he set two red and two personal best sectors, to temporarily secure third place. As the pace quickened, the number 25 rider raised his game. He set a 1'46.304s, 0.096s behind his teammate, to keep his third position and make it a double front row for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team.002end bike test

Van Der Mark Storms to Sensational Yamaha Donington Double

qgsakb4vzlz9nvtfrs3wPata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team's Michael van der Mark wrote history by taking his maiden victory on Saturday at Round 6 of the 2018 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park, and the flying Dutchman produced an encore performance on Sunday by pulling off a simply incredible ride from ninth on the grid in Race 2 to "do the double" and claim his second race win of the weekend. His teammate Alex Lowes rode an aggressive first lap from pole position and led for the majority of the race, before battling hard to secure his second fourth-placed finish of the weekend. Wildcard Niccolò Canepa has not had the easiest of weekends, as the team's official Test Rider struggled to find a good rhythm, but despite this, he charged from 24th on the grid to cross the line in 18th place.

Van der Mark's historic Race 1 victory saw him become the first Dutch rider to win a WorldSBK race and meant he recorded the first win for Yamaha since their return to WorldSBK in 2016, but it also meant he would start Sunday's Race 2 from ninth on the grid. A track temperature of 37°C, cloudy skies, and some drops of rain was the order of the day at Donington Park on Sunday and when the lights went out the 25-year-old remained calm and skilfully picked his way past a number of riders amidst a chaotic first few laps. Up to fifth at the end of the first lap, he was showing superb pace and consistency and had fought his way to third by lap 2. He kept on pushing on his Pata Yamaha R1 and by the fourth lap he was into second place and had set his sights on closing down the 1.5s gap to his teammate Lowes in the lead.6c8z1f791sw5r73r98j3

Staying patient, the 2014 WorldSSP Champion's pace continued to improve as the race went on and by lap 9 he was right on his teammate's back wheel. The fight for victory became a three-way battle as Jonathan Rea joined the two Pata Yamaha R1s and, in one of the most sensational races seen in WorldSBK for a while, an incredible game of cat and mouse ensued over the next few laps. Rea made his move on lap 12 for second place but van der Mark just took stock and bided his time, knowing that his pace was good enough to fight for victory in the latter stages. On lap 18, he blasted past Rea and Lowes to take the lead for the first time and with a clear track in front of him, he never looked back, setting his fastest lap of the race on lap 21 and opening up a gap over his rivals. Continuing to push right until the line, he went on to record his second WorldSBK victory by 2.328s, less than 24 hours after the first. In the process, he secured a historic Donington double and the 50 points he collected this weekend now sees van der Mark move up to third in the championship standings with 163 points, just 18 behind Chaz Davies in second.ccdnsq23rd2hg0xjznd4

Lowes was determined to fight for victory at his and the team's home round from pole position in Race 2 after his superb ride to fourth on Saturday. Not getting the best of starts, the 27-year-old Brit was forced wide at the first corner and dropped down to fifth. Mounting a sensational recovery, he was up to second by the end of the first lap and had taken the lead on lap 2. He rode superbly in the tricky conditions as drops of rain appeared in every sector, opening up a gap to the rest of the field and leading across the line for 15 laps. He pushed to the absolute limit, despite struggling with his grip levels on corner exit as the race progressed, only relinquishing his lead on Lap 17 after a stunning duel with Rea. Losing out to his teammate on the next lap, Lowes regrouped and continued to give it his all, battling hard with Razgatlioglu and Rea in the last few laps before crossing the line in fourth-place, just 2.894s behind his teammate to match his result from Race1. Having collected 26 points over the course of his home round, Lowes is seventh in the championship standings with 118 points and is confident that he can challenge for victory once again at Brno after a positive test at the circuit.

Wildcard Canepa did not have the easiest of weekends in the UK, as the Pata Yamaha official Test Rider evaluated some new components on his development R1, struggling to find his usual good feeling with the bike. After finishing Race 1 in 20th, he lined up in 24th on the grid on Sunday and despite some excellent work by his team, during the race, he did still not have the feeling he was expecting with his R1. Despite this, he fought valiantly and went on a charge towards the end of the race, overtaking a number of riders to secure 18th place at the chequered flag.

Fresh from a historic Donington double, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team head to Brno for Round 7 of the 2018 WorldSBK Championship on the 8th-10th of June looking to repeat their success following an extremely positive two-day test at the circuit recently.hz8tzr5o04qy3z5okgecend bike test

2019 HONDA CRF450L

Honda-CRF450L-04Using the CRF450R moto-crosser as a base, Honda's new road-legal dual-purpose motorcycle has a tough, lightweight chassis built to find all the available grip, powered by an engine that delivers strong, usable power right from the bottom. Durable, high quality parts and long service intervals aim for a worry-free riding and ownership experience.

A true dual-purpose motorcycle should be many things; off-road it needs to be light weight, with quality suspension and handling ability that keeps life easy as the going gets harder. Its engine has to make good power and torque from the bottom up - the sort that is supremely usable, allowing the rider to find all the rear wheel grip possible, whatever the terrain.131058 2019 crf450l 1800x1800

All the attributes that make it great fun off-road also enable it to be really useful around town; narrow and nimble, a dual-purpose machine slips through gaps, soaks up the hits from rough roads and stays well ahead of traffic thanks to smart, low-gear acceleration. It also needs to be turn-key reliable, with sensible intervals between major service work.

Competition machines can make a solid base for dual-purpose adaptation. But there is much to consider. Race-level performance brings with it an intensive maintenance schedule, which is simply too much for many 'hobby' trail riders, who just want to push a button and go - and keep on going, Furthermore, a barely-disguised race bike can mean crucial road-going elements - lights, indicators, ignition switch - are not as user-friendly and durable as they should be.2019-Honda-CRF450L-21

Honda understands this, and with a desire to produce a dual-purpose bike that draws strongly on the fundamental performance of a race machine, yet with much more 'normal' service intervals and high-quality road ancillaries, has taken its CRF450R moto-crosser as the base to start from, and created the new CRF450L.

It is unmistakably a race-bred CRF - and looks it - but with the additions and modifications needed to make it both road legal and supremely useable in a trail environment. As such, the CRF450L is a complete package, as happy roosting trails as it is linking them up on-road. And with Honda engineering and build quality at its core, is sure to do so for years to come.2019-Honda-CRF450L-First-Look-dual-sport-motorcycle-4

Mr M. Uchiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 19YM CRF450L:

"The CRF450L is about having maximum fun out on the dirt. It looks like a CRF450R because, really, it is - just a trail-friendly, road-legal version. That's what the 'L' stands for - 'legal'. It's been engineered to deliver excellent handling feel, with linear engine torque that helps the rider make the most of the available grip in all conditions. AND, it contains its HRC-derived CRF technology within a real-world service schedule."

The journey from full race to road legal trail was a detailed one for the CRF450L. Road legality required the engine to gain EURO4 compliance, while from a longevity and usability viewpoint, the power output and character, needed careful attention.

It's still a CRF450R; just one that's quieter, both mechanically from the chassis and engine, as well as its new exhaust. Both fuelling and ignition maps are now managed by 02 lambda sensor; compression ratio has been lowered and crank mass increased for improved drivability. The gearbox is a 6-speed - for longer legs on the road - and a cush drive has been added to the 18-inch rear wheel.

The plastics are lifted directly from the CRF450R and all lighting is LED, with the front headlight in particular throwing out a penetrating beam. Increased volume for the titanium fuel tank adds range and all the items that make the CRF450L ready to purchase as a licensed, road going machine - such as speedometer and horn - are present as standard.131066 2019 crf450l 1800x1800

Key Features

Engine

  • Based on the CRF450R, with first major service at 32,000km
  • EURO4 compliant, with electric start
  • Greater crank inertia improves drivability and feel for traction
  • 6-speed gearbox

While the chassis was more straightforward to convert from its CRF450R moto-crosser specification to a dual-purpose performance level, the 449cc engine needed more consideration from Honda's engineers. Requirements were several: the need for it to pass EURO4 emissions and noise regulations, and to be usable for a wide variety of riders in many differing situations both on and off-road.

While the fundamental architecture of the four-valve Unicam powerplant remains the same, many details have been changed to support the broader role: the crank's mass has been increased, resulting in 13% more inertia which, for a trail rider, equals improved torque feel and response; valve timing has been revised to give the broader, smoother spread of power and torque; the gearbox is now 6-speed, rather than 5 for longer range use on tarmac; left and right engine covers wear outer covers to reduce noise;Honda-CRF450L-TitaniumTank-Frame

Elsewhere, the ACG has been uprated, to provide the required electrical power for the LED lights and to maintain battery charge during lower-speed running. The battery itself is a high-volume unit.

Bore and stroke are unchanged from the CRF450R, at 96mm x 62.1mm, but the piston uses 3 rings instead of 2 for greater durability. Compression ratio is 12.0:1 (compared 13.5:1). The redesigned airbox feeds the PGM-FI, managed by a lambda sensor in the large-volume single exhaust (which replaces the 'stubby' dual-pipe design of the CRF450R). An Air Injection (AI) system and catalyser clean up the spent gases.

The four-valve Unicam cylinder head features a finger rocker arm on the inlet valves; valve lift is 7.7mm with 6.7mm exhaust valve lift. Inlet valve diameter is 38mm. The valve springs are oval in cross section and valve angle is 9° intake/10.5° exhaust.

The clutch spins 7 friction discs with a 2mm clutch plate efficiently dissipating heat; the springs generate a good, consistent connection. The front sprocket is a 13T, the rear 51T.

Peak power is 18.4kW, with peak torque of 32Nm. Important from the hobby trail-rider's perspective is the engine's reliability and gap between service intervals. And this is where the CRF450L's build quality and design really stands out; it will go 32,000km between major strip downs, with an air filter oil and oil filter change every 1000km.

Chassis

  • Drawn from the 18YM CRF450R, with minor adaptations for its dual purpose role
  • Full LED lighting, increased fuel tank volume and sidestand
  • Larger radiator volume, plus electric fan
  • Styling closely mirrors that of CRF450R

Having received a ground-up redesign in 2016, the CRF450R's chassis was a perfect place for the CRF450L to start out from, with changes to match the machine's vastly broader usage range, and road legal mission.

Firstly, the tapered dual-spar aluminum beam frame was made slightly wider at the swingarm pivot points, to allow for the greater engine width resulting from the 6-speed gearbox. The headstock was modified to mount a steering lock and the aluminum swingarm injected with urethane to reduce noise. The rear subframe is the same, with mounting point adjusted to take the taillight and the right-exit single exhaust muffler.

Rake and trail are set at 28.5°/122mm with wheelbase increased 18mm from the CRF450R to 1500mm, for greater stability. Both the R and the L feature 22mm fork offset. Wet weight is 130.8kg; seat height is 940mm.

A 49mm Showa steel-sprung USD fork - adjustable for preload plus compression damping - is matched by a fully adjustable Showa rear shock, operated through Pro-Link. A 260mm wave-pattern disc delivers effective heat dissipation, power and feel from the two-piston brake caliper working it; a matching 240mm wave-pattern disc and single-piston caliper is at the rear.

Whereas the CRF450R machine uses a 19-inch rear wheel, the CRF450L's is an 18-inch (to fit enduro-spec tyres), with the addition of a cush drive to absorb chain shock; a sealed 520 chain is protected by a plastic chain guard. The front wheel is a 21-inch and both rims are finished in black. Tyres are sized 80/100-21 front and 120/80-18 rear.

The CRF450L's style draws fully on that of the CRF450R. Carried over are the rear mudguard, side panels and bash plate. Svelte side shrouds hide a larger radiator volume plus electric fan. All lighting (including the indicators and license-plate light) is LED; a speedometer, horn, brake-light switch and mirrors satisfy legal requirements while a sidestand adds convenience. The CRF450R employs a 6.3L titanium fuel tank; the CRF450L ups the volume 1.3L to 7.6L. The fuel cap also locks in place.131065 2019 crf450l 1800x1800end bike test

Movistar Yamaha Improve Feeling at One-Day Jerez Test

td217sq8k9o6ibo2zff3The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team spent an extra day in Jerez today, after yesterday's Gran Premio de España, to take part in a one-day Official IRTA Test. Maverick Viñales was the 4th fastest rider, whilst Valentino Rossi wrapped up the testing session in 10th position.

After a difficult race weekend, the teammates returned to the track after 11AM to evaluate various settings and testing items.

Viñales briefly topped the rankings with his fastest time of the day - a 1'38.139s, set on lap 19 - before he took the opportunity to assess various settings. He ended a full day of testing in fourth place, 0.409s from the top of the timesheets, and completed 64 laps in total. He looks forward to putting the new data to use at the next Grand Prix of France, held in two weeks' time.kf1drkboa5wt6d0brzjb

Teammate Rossi was also motivated to get back to work at the Jerez track, where he completed his 40,075th km of Grand Prix racing (the equivalent of a lap around the world) on lap 15 during yesterday's race. He put his vast experience to good use today when he compared solutions for his YZR-M1 and tried some new Michelin tyres. He rode 69 laps and took tenth place in the timesheets with a best lap time of 1'38.673s, 0.943s from the fastest rider.

Zarco Tops the Testing Time Sheets in Jerez - Syahrin Sits Out

Just one day after his fantastic second place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix, Johann Zarco was back on track today to go through some different settings aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1. Following some intense working hours and 63 laps at the Jerez Circuit, the French star concluded the official test superbly in first position and was even 0.226 seconds faster than during Qualifying last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hafizh Syahrin decided, together with his experienced Monster Yamaha Tech3 crew, to skip the test in order to fully recover after struggling the entire weekend with pain from a bicycle accident. However, the Malaysian rookie used his time perfectly to gain more MotoGP experience.MotoGP-Johann-Zarco-race-Repsol-Honda 4end bike test

Jamie McCanney Claims Enduro 1 Class Victory In Portugal

w9sctko04y3svgij65d8Successfully battling through a dry and dusty GP of Portugal, Jamie McCanney has wrapped up round three of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship claiming a win and a runner-up Enduro 1 class result in Castelo Branco. With three out of eight rounds completed, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider enjoys a four-point lead in the class' provisional championship standings.

Less than a week after his double victory at the GP of Spain, Jamie entered round three of the series in Castelo Branco looking for an equally solid performance. Starting the weekend by topping the Enduro 1 standings at the short opening SuperTest, Jamie retained his lead in the class throughout day one. Securing his fourth Enduro 1 class victory of the season on Saturday, Jamie also found himself finishing as a runner-up in the overall EnduroGP class.eblbdvl1ro74mw9kttp3

Day two of the Portuguese GP saw the Manxman get involved in a tight battle for the Enduro 1 class victory from the first to the last special test. Winning four tests during the day, the WR250F powered rider suffered a few small mistakes that saw him place 15 seconds from a provisional day two victory.e33s5swoskhv9bxjz093

Collecting some good points in Castelo Branco, Jamie now finds himself at the top of the Enduro 1 World Championship's points standings with five rounds remaining in 2018.

Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Talin, Estonia for round four of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on June 1/3.u2wt6gmgyduenk29238rend bike test

POL ESPARGARO RENEWS RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING CONTRACT TILL 2020

001Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are delighted to confirm that Pol Espargaro has signed a two-year extension to his current contract to remain part of the works team for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons.

Pol Espargaro was one of the first recruits for KTM’s comprehensive and dedicated effort to fight with the very best teams and factories at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. The new agreement will take the Spaniard into four years representing the Austrian brand as the company eyes considerable expansion in MotoGP from 2019 onwards.002

Espargaro: “It has been really easy for me to make this decision; I did not think of another possibility for even a minute. I cannot hide how happy I am being involved in this amazing project, despite the challenges and the work we still have to go through. I love the KTM philosophy and I want to continue trying to reach our goals. I don’t know when we will be able to do it, but I’m sure that we will arrive. I have to thank my whole crew for how they push and how they support me, with the leadership of my crew chief Paul Trevathan, and for sure Mike Leitner and Pit Beirer for how they strive every day. And, of course, all the people that work at the races and back at Munderfing. We are a team with an ambitious aim. I’m enjoying my best moments in the MotoGP championship, and I’m really happy to know that I’m going to continue here at least until 2020”.

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “Pol has been such a strong part of our project and gave us a lot of trust and belief as well as the highlights so far with two ninth positions. I’m really happy we can continue together for another two years because we can build on the work we have already done and keep progressing with the bike; he should definitely be one of the people that should benefit from everything we have achieve and learned and how we will push on in the future.”003
The 26 year old, born in Granollers and in the shadow of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya, is negotiating his fifth term in the premier class since claiming the Moto2 title in 2013. #44 has been the strongest performer on the KTM RC16 with four top ten finishes in MotoGP despite the project clocking only 21 events as a full-time member of the Grand Prix grid in the run-up to this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez. 004end bike test

Camden Mc Lellan #407 EMX, Denmark 27-28 April 2018

001The first round the North West EMX qualify was this past weekend in Denmark at a track that was a combination of hard pack and deep sand, a track condition that I have never experienced before.

As always, my equipment was on point but my riding was far from it. Free practice was the most positive of the weekend as I came home in 4th. Prequalifying was just filled with huge mistakes yet somehow came out with an okay finish in 6th. In the qualifying race my start was horrible, I managed to chop through the pack quickly until I was pushed onto a bank causing me to crash and drop to the back of the field. I clawed my way back to 9th.

Race 1 on Sunday I had a good jump out the gate but missed my shift and lost loads of positions into the first corner. As the race progressed I made my way up to 7th, about to make the pass into 6th and crashed. I couldn’t start my bike for a long time and eventually I got going again but I was long behind everyone and in last place. Finished race 1 in 37th place scoring no points.

Race 2 start couldn't be any worse as I was in dead last. It was going to be a long race and the track was rough so I had to be smart and patient about the situation and rode a solid ride back to 11th. My pace wasn’t far off but lots of work to be done on the starts before the next big race.

Overall position was 16th. Next EMX race I must make sure I make my way into the top 10 overall standing to qualify for the final in July.

Huge thanks to my sponsors in Germany and back home:sponsors

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Great success for Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha Team

003The second round of the National Enduro season took place down in Port Elizabeth at Van der Kemp’s Kloof on the 28th April 2018.

About Van der Kemp’s Kloof Nature Reserve

The Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Trail starts at the historical Bethelsdorp Village (outside the Van der Kemp’s Kloof Church), the first missionary settlement in Port Elizabeth. 

It proceeds up the kloof into wilderness atmosphere, returning along the plateau through botanically interesting grassy Fynbos, with magnificent views across the Swartkops Valley and Algoa Bay. 007

The route

A very tough and demanding 35km loop, filled with loads of rock trails, awaited the riders on Saturday. The first lap was sure to be dusty as the riders took off in various groups, and five laps needed to be completed to finish the race.008

Kyle Flanagan – 3rd in E1 category

“Firstly, I am super happy to be riding after my injury sustained at Round 1. I knew coming into this round, it was going to be tough and, so I started the first lap slow and steady, to build up to the finish. During the first lap I unfortunately took a wrong turn, which resulted in losing some time but once back on track, the laps went smooth. The track was very demanding and my fitness was down from not being able to train for the past couple of weeks. Five laps of 35km were completed and we came through the finish in a respectable 3rd place in the E1 class. I know that I have what it takes to challenge for the win and will be pushing hard at the next round to improve on our results.”009

Blake Gutzeit – 2nd in E2 category

“I started on the 19th row so I knew dust was going to be a big factor on the first lap, so I had to calculate the risks for overtakes to make sure we didn’t make any mistakes. It was hard for me trying to overtake on the first lap, second was better but once I got to the third lap, the race was on. I managed to close the gap to Travis Teasdale, but coming into the fourth lap I felt a little lethargic and my reactions were a bit slow so I had to slow down a bit. I then filled up and fuelled my body and got going again to close down Teasdale, but managed to beat me by 40 seconds, which gave me second in E2 and second overall. A massive thanks to Yamaha and my Team!”

Bruce May – 5th in National Seniors

“I had a good battle with Bolle, and in the process took the wrong route at one of the splits. Realising my mistake, I stopped, and waited for Bolle to pass me to giveaway my advantage however, a crash on a technical climb at the end of the last lap resulted in failure to re-overtake Bolle. It was great racing, the track was hard on the hands, and definitely felt like we had done some work. Unfortunately my wrong-route taken caused me a 30min penalty which dropped me from second down to fifth.”

Denzil Torlage – 2nd in National Masters

“The first lap started quite intense with a lot of dust and a lot of riders to overtake. Coming into the second, the dust had settled somewhat but from passing so many riders early on, I started to get a bit tired and that’s when local rider, Steve Landman passed me for the lead of the race. I managed to settle into a good rhythm by lap three and held second position to the flag. The course was hectic and very demanding on the body.”011

South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro – 30 April 2018

Other news: South Coast Bike Festival Super Enduro

Two of our Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha riders made the trip up to Margate to compete in the Super Enduro event held at the South Coast Bike Festival. Both Blake Gutzeit and Kyle Flanagan dominated proceedings with Blake Gutzeit taking the win, and Kyle Flanagan in second position.012end bike test

Yamaha introduces the new MyRide app

002Developed exclusively by Yamaha and available free of charge to every rider - whatever brand of motorcycle or scooter they own - the new MyRide app allows tracking and storing detailed information about every ride. With the new Yamaha MyRide app, riders can record everything from lean angle, acceleration and speed through to elevation and braking force, making every journey even more rewarding. 

Apart from being able to review and analyse their own riding experiences, riders can also share their personal GPS Exchange Format (GPX) files* with other MyRide users. It is also easy to download other users' files to see how their rides compare to your own. MyRide additionally enables riders to add pictures to their favourite journeys and share their stories and adventures via social media. 

By storing detailed information about riding style and destination, MyRide gives users the power to refine, enhance and improve their riding skills and get more out of every trip. Riders can keep details of every motorcycle they ride or test - and they are able to check out many new routes by downloading other MyRide users' GPX files.001 You have the bike. Now go get the app! Download the free MyRide app now from the App Store or Google Play. 

*GPX is a file format designed to provide GPS data to software applications such as navigators or GPS viewers. It can be used to describe waypoints, tracks, and routes.end bike test

Camden Mc Lellan #422 ADAC MX Masters, Fürstlich Drehna, 21-22 April 2018

002The season opener of the ADAC MX Masters was held at an incredible venue that I have never been to before. Fürstlich Drehna is a sandy track that went from well-manicured and developed into an extremely challenging track with massive rutted jumps.
Saturday started with free practice allowing me to get to know the track and lay down a few fast laps. Timed practice I went out mid pack, made a silly mistake and crashed in the first lap putting me right at the back of the field where I now needed to try put in a fast lap to get that all important gate pick. At the end I managed a 5th fastest giving me a decent gate pick. My lap times were good considering I was always moving through traffic, this gave me confidence I could match the leaders in the race.003
Moto 1 started with an average start coming out in about 10th place but avoiding a first corner crash held me up a bit putting me outside of the top 15. A few mistakes in the opening laps hindered my progress but I did find good rhythm and could charge through the field finishing the moto in a comfortable 2nd place.
Moto 2 was a better start and rounded the first turn in about 10th place. I was able to steadily make my way through the field to 2nd place and set my sights on the leader. I consistently put in fast laps and could see the gap closing between us. I put pressure on the leader and was able to capitalise on a small mistake and lead the last lap and a half for the win. I am happy to have the red plate going into round 2 of the ADAC MX Master series held in Mölln, 26th & 27th May. Next stop is the first round of the EMX Championship in Denmark.004

Extract from race organiser report: ADAC MX Junior Cup 85 (link)
In the ADAC MX Junior Cup 85, the first race was already held on Saturday. Liam Everts (KTM), the son of ten-time world champion Stefan Everts, dominated the prelude and was
able to win safely. On Sunday, however, the 13-year-old was harassed by Camden McLellan (Kosak Racing Team / KTM) midway through and had to give in to pressure from the South African in the closing stages of the race. "I had a few lapses and Camden was just a bit faster in the end," admitted Everts. "But it was still a good showing with the victory on Saturday, so in the next race I'll try to do better and win the overall title." McLellan had already announced after the first race that he can fight with a good start to the victory and the 13-year-old kept his word. " I caught up with Liam at the end of the race and put pressure on him, "said Mc Lellan happily," and when he made a small mistake, I was there to grab the win. I am very satisfied with my performance here and think that I can show even more on tracks with hard ground.
Huge thanks to my sponsors in Germany and back home:
KOSAK, KTM, Motorex, SN Hydraulik, Troy Lee Designs, Bridgestone, Mefo Mousse, Xtrig, ORS Suspension, Matura, Goldfren, Twinair, Pepp Underwear, Herschel Supply Co, KTM South Africa, Red Bull South Africa, Esjots Sprockets, Werthaus Wohnbausponsors

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