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
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
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
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
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
(21) Avalon Biddle on one of the new Kawasaki 400’s – August 2018.
Credit: Philip Kavermann
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:
? 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:
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.
+ 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:
021 235 5906
Auckland Motorcycle Club
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
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
(35) Brendon Coad, (14) Jaden Hassan, (77) Toby Summers put on a great show in Senior
Credit: Philip Kavermann
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.