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Auckland Motorcycle Club MEDIA RELEASE 23 October, 2018.

Tight racing characterises opening meeting of Auckland Motorcycle Club Series:

Despite a higher than usual number of stoppages for incidents, three full rounds of racing were

completed at Round One of the 2018-19 AMCC Club Series at Hampton Downs last Sunday; with the

racing characterised by healthy fields, and tight racing across all categories.

Current NZSBK Superbike champion Sloan Frost took a pair of wins in Superbike, with Connor

London picking up the win in race three. With Daniel Mettam and Bailie Perriton also amongst the

action, there was some spirited dicing at the head of the Senior field, and this extended back into

the Supersport 600 and Superstock 1000 classes as well.

Nathanael Diprose swept Supersport 600, but there was nothing between Regan Phibbs and Tarbon

Walker for the other podium spots; whilst in Superstock 1000 Adam Chambers would have enjoyed

the trip home to Clive, with a trio of wins under his belt.

As usual, Intermediate provides more than its share of action, and this season appears to be no

exception.

Defending class champion Matt Dunlop battled all day with Michael Patchett in ProTwin 650, whilst

in Superlite Nick Olson leads the points after Scott Findlay on the flying ZXR400 Kawasaki, was a DNS

in race three. Chris Malcolm was best of the 125cc 2-stroke GP class.

Junior comprised 250 ProLite, with Darrick Kattenberg on the podium in all three races; and

Lightweight Production, where Nathanael Diprose took Gavin Veltmeyer’ KTM390 to a trio of wins,

as Veltmeyer continues to recover from injuries sustained at Taupo earlier in the year.

The Hyosung Cup has this year expanded into a dual-class competition, with the introduction of the

EX400 Kawasaki - to create the Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung and Ninja Cup.

Running as a combined grid, there is a Cup up for grabs in each class –and the field was full.

Jacob Stroud stamped an early mark in the Kawasaki class, whilst over on the Hyosung’,

experienced Cup regulars Grant Cullen, Josh Augustine and Michael Patchett have made the early

running.

Clubmans, Sidecars and Post Classic completed the entertaining 20 race programme for the day.

The 2018-2019 Series is organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club –who

acknowledge all our valuable partners for the current season:-

Carl Cox Motorsport, Castrol, Counties Honda, Darbi Accessories, Hyosung NZ, Motomail,

Mr Motorcycles, Nationwide Accessories, Spectrum Motorcycles, Red Baron, and

Whites Power Sports –along with MX Timing and CTAS Live.

2018-2019 AMCC Club Series Points: (After ROUND ONE of Three)

Points – Senior: SUPERBIKE (Nationwide Accessories)

66 Sloan Frost

61 Connor London

56 Daniel Mettam

Points – Senior: SUPERSPORT 600 (Whites Powersports)

75 Nathanael Diprose

52 Regan Phibbs

51 Tarbon Walker

Points – Senior: SUPERSTOCK 1000 (Whites Powersports)

75 Adam Chambers

60 Adrian Clare

48 Jonathan Skyrme

Points – Intermediate: SUPERLITE (Mr Motorcycles)

65 Nick Olson

50 Scott Findlay

49 Vaughan Simmonds

Points – Intermediate: PRO TWIN 650 (Darbi Accessories)

75 Matt Dunlop

56 Michael Patchett

42 Vaughan Maine

Points – Intermediate: 125ccGP (Red Baron)

75 Chris Malcolm

48 Brodie Jones

40 Aaron Lambourne

Points – Junior: LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTION (Red Baron)

75 Nathanael Diprose

60 Blake Ross

45 Nick Burke

Points – Junior: 250 PRO LITE (Spectrum Motorcycles – Hyosung)

61 Darrick Kattenberg

50 Sean White

38 Shaun Parker

Points – NINJA CUP: (Carl Cox Motorsport)

153 Jacob Stroud

134 Zak Fuller

120 Dave Readings

Points – HYOSUNG CUP: (Carl Cox Motorsport)

150 Grant Cullen

122 Josh Augustine

122 Michael Patchett

Points – PRE 82 SENIOR (Motomail NZ)

75 Kevin Grey

60 Russell Barker

Points – PRE 82 JUNIOR (Motomail NZ)

70 Graeme Ogle

65 Guy Webster

Points – PRE 89 F1 (Motomail NZ)

65 Rick Van Velzen

50 Ken Ferguson

Points – PRE 89 F2 (Motomail NZ)

45 Colin Box

25 Scott Findlay

Points – PRE 89 F3 (Motomail NZ)

75 Rory Garvey

60 Steve Collingwood

48 Craig Crocombe

Points – PRE 95 F2 (Motomail NZ)

75 Graham Moorhead

Points – PRE 95 F3 (Motomail NZ)

75 Chris Malcolm

56 Ray Waring

52 Nick Olson

Points – SIDECARS (Castrol)

75 Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance

52 David McArthur / Tony New

42 Ian Burke / Warren Burke

Points – CLUBMAN SENIOR (Counties Honda)

70 Tyler Brown

65 Daniel Hendy

48 Ming Huang

Points – CLUBMAN JUNIOR (Counties Honda)

75 Sam Greenhalgh

60 Tim Rattray

38 Leigh Paulin

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Auckland Motorcycle Club MEDIA RELEASE 17 October, 2018.

2018-2019 Auckland Motorcycle Club Summer Series starts this Sunday:

All is set for the Auckland Motorcycle Club Summer Series for 2018-19 to burst into life this Sunday,

at Hampton Downs in the North Waikato.

A number of changes punctuate the three round Series, all of which will be held on the traditional

2.7 km “ational”circuit.

The first is that the Series will be concluded well before Xmas; and also in advance of the Suzuki

Series, and NZSBK National Championship which follows.

The second is that the Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung and Ninja Cup is back for a remarkable eighth

year; and this season will be a dual-class competition –one for the familiar 250 Hyosung Cup, and a

new Ninja Cup for the Kawasaki EX400. Both these classes will be running as a combined grid, and

promise a capacity field of 42 riders.

With Jacob on an EX400, and Jesse on an X4r Hyosung, the Stroud family are in contention for a very

unique “ouble”come December.

Complementing the usual familiar classes that are catered for across the Senior, Intermediate and

Junior categories; Post Classics and the very popular Sidecars will provide a full day of on-track

action.

Look for Nathanael Diprose –now back on a 600 Suzuki following a period of ill health. He will face

stern competition from Jason Hearn on the 675 Triumph, in the Senior field.

And it doesn’ end there –with plenty to look at across the entry.

Entry is $15 for adults, and Under-12 are free.

Practice/qualifying starts at 09:00, and racing gets under way at 11:00.

The 2018-2019 Series is organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club –who

acknowledge all our valuable partners for the coming season:-

Carl Cox Motorsport, Castrol, Counties Honda, Darbi Accessories, Hyosung NZ, Motomail, Mr

Motorcycles, Nationwide Accessories, Spectrum Motorcycles, Red Baron, Whites Power Sports –along with MX Timing and CTAS Live.

Calendar –2018-2019 AMCC Club Series:

Rd 1 21st October

Rd 2 11th November

Rd 3 2nd December

2017-2018 AMCC Club Series Class Winners:

SUPERBIKE Alastair Hoogenboezem

SUPERSPORT 600 Jaden Hassan

SUPERSTOCK 1000 Brendon Coad

PRO TWIN OPEN Steve Bridge

SUPERLITE Nathanael Diprose

PRO TWIN 650 Matt Dunlop

125ccGP Nicki Smith

LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTION Gavin Veltmeyer

250 PRO LITE Nick Burke

CARL COX MOTORSPORT HYOSUNG CUP Jacob Stroud

PRE 72 JUNIOR John Comer

PRE 82 SENIOR Matthew Ineson

PRE 82 JUNIOR Alistair Wilton

PRE 89 F1 Phil Duxbury

PRE 89 F2 Nigel Lennox

PRE 89 F3 Steve Collingwood

PRE 95 F2 Graham Moorhead

PRE 95 F3 Nick Olson

SIDECARS Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance

CLUBMAN SENIOR Selby Inkster

CLUBMAN JUNIOR Amy Thurston

Image:

(21) Avalon Biddle on one of the new Kawasaki 400’s – August 2018.

Credit: Philip Kavermann

Philip Kavermann

021.264.8021

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FIM Grand Prix World Championship

Decision of the Grand Prix Commission

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Takanao Tsubouchi (MSMA), in the presence of Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in a meeting held in Misano on September 8, 2018 made the following decisions:

Sporting Regulations

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

? Wet Start Procedure

When races are starting under the "wet start procedure" there are potential difficulties for teams to top up fuel tanks to their full capacity. It has therefore been decided that when this start procedure is implemented the race distance will be reduced by one lap.

? Change of Position Penalty

Penalties requiring a rider to change position are currently displayed on a board at the finish line for five laps.

As such penalties are already displayed on the rider’s dashboard and because there is the potential for various position changes to take place in a five-lap period, it was decided that the board at the finish line will henceforth only be displayed for three laps.

? Substitute and Replacement Riders

Concern has been expressed that MotoGP class teams could manipulate the current regulation to switch machines within the same team, or with another team, and perhaps help a rider who was close to exceeding his engine allocation. Because there are so many possible scenarios the regulations will be modified so that a substitute or replacement rider cannot be a rider currently contracted to the Championship unless approved by the GPC.

EFFECTIVE SEASON 2019

? Moto2 Class Wild Cards

Due to availability constraints on the new Moto2 2019 engine and the fact that there will be no machines of this specification in other Championships, it was agreed that Moto2 wild card entries will not be available in 2019. The situation will be reviewed for the 2020 season.

A regularly updated version of the FIM Grand Prix Regulations which contains the detailed text of the regulation changes may be viewed shortly on:

http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/regulations-and-documents/grand-prix/

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Press release
29th July 2018

 
 

YAMAHA FACTORY RACING TEAM
CLAIMS FOURTH WIN AT SUZUKA

F.C.C. TSR HONDA FRANCE,
THE FIRST JAPANESE TEAM WORLD CHAMPION

 
 

Yamaha Factory Racing Team has claimed its fourth consecutive Suzuka 8 Hours win despite stiff competition from Red Bull Honda with Japan Post and Kawasaki Team Green. Another Japanese squad also stepped into the limelight: F.C.C. TSR Honda France, the first Japanese team in the championship’s history to win the FIM EWC title.

 
 

The 41st Suzuka 8 Hours kept viewers in suspense until after nightfall. Following duel after thrilling duel for the lead between Kawasaki Team Green and Yamaha Factory in the early stages of the race ahead of Red Bull Honda with Japan Post, in the end it was Yamaha Factory Racing Team that won the day. The factory Yamaha squad claimed victory with the same rider line-up as last year: Katsuyuki Nakasuga, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark. This is the fourth consecutive win for both Yamaha Factory Racing Team and Katsuyuki Nakasuga. The Japanese rider smashed the record so far held by Aaron Slight, the Suzuka 8 Hours winner from 1993 to 1995.

Having led the race at the start on a soaked track, Red Bull Honda with Japan Post (Takumi Takahashi, Takaaki Nakagami and Patrick Jacobsen) finished 30 seconds behind the winner. Kawasaki Team Green, who were one lap behind, came in 3rd after being front and centre throughout the first half of the race. Kazuma Watanabe, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam waged a lengthy battle for the lead with Yamaha Factory Racing Team. However, a rain shower threw Kawasaki’s plans into disarray. Jonathan Rea crashed as he was entering the pits to switch from slick to wet tyres, causing the Kawasaki squad to lose precious time.

Suzuki S-Pulse Dream Racing IAI (Hideyuki Ogata, Tom Bridewell and Kasuki Watanabe) ran a flawless race to finish at the foot of an all-Japanese podium featuring Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki.

F.C.C. TSR Honda France crowned FIM EWC champion
A 5th-place finish made F.C.C. TSR Honda France (Freddy Foray, Alan Techer and Josh Hook) the first Japanese team in the championship’s history to win the FIM EWC title. Despite stepping up the pace towards the end of the race, GMT94 Yamaha’s David Checa, Niccolò Canepa and Mike Di Meglio finished 6th. Christophe Guyot’s team are vice-champions of the 2017-2018 FIM EWC, 7 points behind the brand-new world champion. They were also awarded the Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy for sheer perseverance in their quest for the world title.

Another praiseworthy full-season FIM EWC team is British squad Honda Endurance Racing, who finished 9th just behind Honda Asia and KYB Moriwaki Motul Racing to become the 2017-2018 FIM EWC’s second runner-up.

Suzuki Endurance Racing Team finished 12th behind two prominent Suzuki teams at Suzuka, who were however delayed by crashes: Yoshimura Suzuki Motul Racing and Team Kagayama. Mercury Racing also made it into the points thanks to a 14th-place finish, topping the ‘independent teams under contract’ rankings reserved for privateer squads racing the full FIM EWC season. Their win netted them €11,500 worth of prize money. Among the other teams eligible for the trophy, Mercury Racing came in ahead of NRT48, who suffered a setback at Suzuka in the form of a mechanical problem. Wocjik Racing Team, who were making their Suzuka debut, finished 25th to claim 2nd place in the Dunlop Independent Trophy.  Bolliger Team Switzerland, who have far more experience of Suzuka, came in 30th after a stop-and-go for fitting wet tyres after the allotted time had elapsed when the race start was disrupted by rain.

Motobox Kremer Racing got delayed by a crash and ended up non-classified. A crash also caused YART Yamaha to withdraw after starting from 8th place on the grid.

Suzuka 8 Hours - Provisional ranking

FIM EWC 2017-2018 Teams ranking

 
 


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100,000 REASONS TO GO RACING

Mike Pero Real Estate has just given motorcycle racers 100,000 reasons to enter the 2019 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship.

This year riders will have the opportunity to cash in on the MPRE Contingency Awards, worth up to $100,000*.

That's right, $100,000* - the biggest such incentive award in New Zealand motorsport.

And it's exclusive to the five-round 2019 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship, part of the NZSBK Championship.

Here's how the MPRE Contingency Awards work:
+ All 2019 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship riders/teams meeting eligibility criteria will be awarded a $1000 MPRE commission discount voucher at the end of each round.
+ The voucher entitles the holder to a $1000 discount off a MPRE agent's sales commission fee.
+ Each voucher is fully transferable with prior approval and valid until May 1, 2020.
+ Two vouchers may be redeemed on property sales $400,000-$700,000; and three vouchers $700,000-plus.

+ These vouchers can be on-sold to family, friends, employers or sponsors.
+ That's $5000 worth of vouchers for a rider/team doing all five 600 Supersport Championship rounds.
+ With imagination and commitment, a rider or team can inject up to $5000 into their race budget.
+ *For a five-round, 20-rider Championship field, this represents up to $100,000 of contingency cash.

Eligibility criteria:
+ At the start of each 600 Supersport Championship round, riders must display two MPRE decals (approx 12cm x 5cm, each side of fairing) on their racebike.
+ The decals must be in place when the bike arrives in parc ferme after each race.
+ Participation is not compulsory.
+
Award vouchers to be collected at the end of each round from 600 Supersport Championship co-ordinator Peter Donaldson.

 “We’re delighted to come on board as a contingency awards partner for the 2019 New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship," says MPRE founder and chief executive Mike Pero.

"
It’s a class that’s close to my own heart, and takes me back several decades where I competed in the mid-range category.

"This is just the type of award opportunity that I would have grabbed in two hands back when I was starting out.

"It's a great chance for a rider or team to develop their entreprenurial spirit and chase some cash."


"As a company, we’re very diligent with our sponsorship money and investing in sports we think will not only work for the recipient but equally do well for our brand

"The 600 Supersport class is my pick in motorcycle racing.”

New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship co-ordinator Peter Donaldson has welcomed the involvement of Mike Pero Real Estate.

"Mike Pero is known for his innovative, high profile and successful marketing and partnership programmes and these awards are another example," Donaldson says.

"This is such a great incentive for Supersport riders and teams to boost their race budget.

"I have no doubt some riders will spend this weekend drawing up lists of potential contacts."

Donaldson plans to announce further contingency awards for the
New Zealand 600 Supersport Championship over the coming months.

For more information:
Peter Donaldson
021 235 5906

 

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Auckland Motorcycle Club
MEDIA RELEASE

AMCC celebrate 2018 NZSBK success: 

Held over four events and comprising twelve races in January and March, the dust is settling on the 2018 NZSBK.

With the season Champions crowned, following the final Round at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo just 2 short weeks ago, Auckland Motorcycle Club reflects on a selection of achievements, by a range of our Members who went in search of National success.

 

Fabulous Superbike NZTT race at Hampton Downs: Bugden leads Lawrence, Mettam and Moir – but it was changing continually. Credit: Philip Kavermann

In Superbike, Sloan Frost secured a second premier category National title, having previously taken out the Superbike title in 2016. With five wins from twelve races, Frost was only off the podium three times, and took a clean sweep of the races at Round Two at Timaru.

 

After finishing 4th in 2017, Daniel Mettam improved one position in 2018, to close out the season in 3rd Overall. Five podiums – including a race win at Round One at Mike Pero Motorsport Park – was a solid result.
Second in the NZTT race at Hampton Downs was a highlight of the NZSBK season, after a torrid 4-way battle with Australian 5-Time NZ Superbike Champion - Robbie Bugden, Jay Lawrence, and Scott Moir.

Arguably, it was the race of the Championship.

 

In Supersport 600, the racing was just as furious.
Avalon Biddle had a stellar campaign, to finish the season 3rd Overall, behind the Underground Brown Triumphs from the South Island. Biddle was a real threat on the familiar North Island circuits, taking five podiums over the final two Rounds – including an inaugural 600cc Class National win at Taupo.
It was likely the most popular win across the 2018 NZSBK.

 

Toby Summers was also back on a 600 in 2018, and would finish the season 5th Overall, with four podiums to his credit.
 

Sidecar stalwarts, the Lawrance Brothers, represented AMCC in the “chairs” - and Chris & Richard used their new LCR rig to take six podiums, including three race wins, to finish the season in 3rd Overall.

 

Newcomer Thomas Newton had the distinction of taking out the first “Gixxer Cup” for identical 150cc Suzuki machines.

Nine podiums, including five wins over the NZSBK was enough to top the points in the ultra-entertaining single-make class, which was making its debut on New Zealand race circuits over the summer.


However, the most successful AMCC member across the NZSBK for 2018 had to be Nathanael Diprose, riding a GSX-R450 Suzuki in Superlite, as he came back after an extended illness.

Ten wins from twelve starts, with one further podium, it was an outstanding season, and a constructive rebuilding period for Diprose as he builds back to the 600’s.

 

Roll on 2019.

 

2018 NZSBK Championship Winners:

 

SUPERBIKE – Sloan Frost

SUPERSPORT 600 – Jake Lewis
SUPERSPORT 300 – Dennis Charlett

650 PRO TWIN – Jordan Burley
250 PRODUCTION – Nick Cain

SUPERLITE - Nathanael Diprose

125 GP – Blayes Heaven
GIXXER CUP – Thomas Newton
SIDECARS – Peter Goodwin & Kendal Dunlop

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Auckland Motorcycle Club MEDIA RELEASE 2 March, 2018.

Titles decided in the 2017-18 Auckland Motorcycle Club Series: 

 

It was a hot and humid day of racing to close out the 2017-18 AMCC Club Series at Hampton Downs last Sunday, with the double-points finale throwing up the expected surprises in several classes.

 

Alastair Hoogenboezem took three dominant victories in Superbike, to secure that Club title; but back in the Senior field there was some spirited dicing going on – notably between Brendon Coad, Toby Summers and the surprise entry of 2015 NZ Superbike champion Jaden Hassan, out for a run on brother Aaron’s 600 Suzuki.

Hassan secured three wins in the Supersport class, and the double-points secured him the Club title for that category on the strength of those performances.

 

Brendon Coad secured the Superstock 1000 title, having taken seven wins from eight starts over the season.

 

Another demonstrating an exceptional level of dominance was Nathanael Diprose in Superlite; unbeaten all Club season on the 450 Suzuki, to head-off class stalwart Gavin Veltmeyer.

 

Matt Dunlop was winning at the right end of the season, and scored the Pro Twin 650 title by a slender 17 points from Liam Underwood, with former National champion Ben Rosendaal in third.

 

Rounding out the Intermediate category was the 125GP class, and Nicki Smith leveraged the double points to sweep to three wins and the Club title for the season.

 

In Junior, Gavin Veltmeyer took out Lightweight on his 390 KTM, while the 250 class becomes more competitive by the meeting.

Nick Burke and Jacob Stroud continue to set the standard, but Grant Cullen, Sean White, Michael Patchett and Jesse Stroud all made a mark.

Jacob Stroud secured the 250 Prolite Club title – by just five points - but the Hyosung Cup still has a Round to go, running at the Mike Pero Motofest at Hampton Downs this weekend.

 

Consistency won the Lawrance Brothers another sidecar Club title. On the podium in every race, they took four wins over the season.

While rounding out the classes were the various Post Classic classes, and the Clubman’s field providing entry-level riders a safe introduction to the sport.

 

The 2017-2018 Series was organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club – who acknowledge all our valuable partners for the season:-

 

The Lion Foundation, Barnes-Jenkins Insurance Brokers, Carl Cox Motorsport, Castrol, Colemans Suzuki, Counties Honda, Darbi Accessories, Hyosung NZ, Motomail, Mr Motorcycles, Nationwide Accessories, Northern Accessories, Protecta Insurance, Spectrum Motorcycles, and Red Baron – along with CTAS and MX Timing.

 

Till next season ….

2017-2018 AMCC Club Series Points - FINAL:

Points – Senior: SUPERBIKE

215 Alastair Hoogenboezem

120 Daniel Mettam

104 SJ Cavell

Points – Senior: SUPERSPORT 600

150 Jaden Hassan

80 Toby Summers

75 David Hall

Points – Senior: SUPERSTOCK 1000

270 Brendon Coad

205 Adrian Clare

16 Karl Christensen

Points – Senior: PRO TWIN OPEN

50 Steve Bridge

Points – Intermediate: SUPERLITE

275 Nathanael Diprose

170 Gavin Veltmeyer

148 Scott Findlay

Points – Intermediate: PRO TWIN 650

212 Matt Dunlop

195 Liam Underwood

162 Ben Rosendaal

Points – Intermediate: 125ccGP

184 Nicki Smith

102 Jason Hearn

57 Chris Malcolm

Points – Junior: LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTION

210 Gavin Veltmeyer

182 Alistair Wilton

112 Dean Watson

Points – Junior: 250 PRO LITE

199 Jacob Stroud

194 Nick Burke

153 Sean White

Points – CARL COX MOTORSPORT HYOSUNG CUP: (1 Round remaining)

872 Jacob Stroud

693 Nick Burke

684 Michael Patchett

Points – PRE 72 JUNIOR

100 John Comer

Points – PRE 82 SENIOR

225 Matthew Ineson

40 Russell Barker

40 David Oyden

Points – PRE 82 JUNIOR

200 Alistair Wilton

174 Graeme Ogle

98 Phil Oades

Points – PRE 89 F1

236 Phil Duxbury

186 SJ Cavell

85 Mark Wigley

Points – PRE 89 F2

250 Nigel Lennox

132 Nick Brown

112 Tony Ashdown

Points – PRE 89 F3

70 Steve Collingwood

25 Mark Robinson

Points – PRE 95 F2

275 Graham Moorhead

Points – PRE 95 F3

100 Nick Olson

95 Ray Waring

50 Finn Webster

Points – SIDECARS

227 Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance

191 David McArthur / Tony New

187 Mark Halls / Neville Mickelson

Points – CLUBMAN SENIOR

210 Selby Inkster

115 Jonathan Skyrme

50 Aaron Lowe

Points – CLUBMAN JUNIOR

275 Amy Thurston

Image:

(35) Brendon Coad, (14) Jaden Hassan, (77) Toby Summers put on a great show in Senior

Credit: Philip Kavermann

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Is it the Mike Webb from New Zealand??

I saw on an FIM Media Release about Moto3 technical information applications, see the FIM & World Championship page, the FIM Technical Director is Mike Webb, so sent him a note to ask. Here is the answer


Certainly is the same one!

It's good to hear from you again, and to know you are still in touch with the FIM information.

I've been MotoGP Technical Director for 10 years now, I took over from Jack Findlay when he retired.

Prior to that I worked as crew chief for the factory Yamaha team, first when it was run by Wayne Rainey then later when Yamaha Japan took it over again.

And before that for a privateer Yamaha 500cc team run by a near neighbour of yours Peter Clifford, so it's been 20 years or more since I was in the motorcycle industry in NZ... wow 20 years!

Next year I take over from our retiring Race Director in MotoGP.

I had a quick look at the website, very interesting. Particularly the upcoming Mini MotoGP where the school kids race the bikes they built themselves, I didn't k now that existed in NZ.

We hope to hear more from Mike as soon as he returns to his base in Andorra, where he can give us a then & now update.

Now go to "Stop Press" >> & click on "A Kiwi at the top of MotoGP" for much more. 

Oh & by the way he knows about Avalon Biddle competing as a wild card in the 125 Class at Phillip Island next weekend, & hopefully will talk to her.