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FIM Grand Prix World Championship

Moto3 and Moto2 Teams Accepted for 2022

Applications from teams wishing to participate in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes in 2022 closed on 26 August 2021. Teams provisionally accepted at that date were given until 16 September to confirm participation, provide details of riders contracted and comply with financial obligations.

The Selection Committee responsible for selecting teams and riders met during the San Marino GP to review the applications and confirm acceptance.

Fifteen Teams, each with two riders, were confirmed in each class: Moto3 (30 RIDERS)

Moto2 (30 RIDERS)
































Dorna WSBK Organization & FIM pave the way for new-look World Supersport class
Always at the forefront of innovation and striving forward, a bright future for WorldSSP awaits

The Permanent Bureau of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has agreed on adding more models to the list of homologated motorcycles for the FIM Supersport World Championship class for the 2022 season and beyond. The class has been an official support class to WorldSBK since 1999 and has provided memorable moments, with this latest update to the regulations ensuring that this is guaranteed for years to come.
The addition of those models will go along with the introduction of amendments to the technical rules by the Superbike Commission, which will be announced shortly.

Jorge Viegas, FIM President
“For a long time Dorna and the FIM have been discussing the way to bring more manufacturers to this class without losing its competitiveness. We are now working towards finalising the new technical regulations to allow popular models in this range of capacity to participate in the WorldSSP Class which we believe will be more spectacular and attractive.”

Gregorio Lavilla, WorldSBK Executive Director
“The Supersport class has been always a great class with a mix of young and experienced riders that provides great racing. The DNA of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship has been always a platform where, besides riders, manufacturers can showcase their products. The motorsport industry has developed a lot lately and we feel this open-wide approach into motorsport is needed, always respecting our values and the one’s shared with our partners. We thank all the manufacturers, teams, riders and the FIM for their continued support; let’s work together for a brighter future.”



Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Grand Prix World Championship
UPDATED 2020 Calendar with a total of 15 Grands Prix
Another Grand Prix in Europe added to the 2020 calendar as Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are cancelled
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the cancellation of the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, OR Thailand Grand Prix and Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2020. Previously postponed, the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and resulting complications now sadly oblige the cancellation of the events to be confirmed.

However, it can now be revealed that an additional Grand Prix is to be added to the 2020 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar. After the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, another race weekend will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of November at a venue in Europe, becoming the 2020 season finale. Further details on the host venue will be confirmed on Monday the 10th of August.

In addition, a new agreement has been reached with the promoters of the Thai GP that confirms Chang International Circuit will remain on the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship calendar until at least 2026. The racing in Buriram has been incredible since the venue joined the calendar in 2018, with the unique final corner never failing to deliver a thrill. Although the event will sadly not take place in 2020, MotoGP™ can now look forward to many more years of spectacular battles at one of the flagship motorsport venues in Asia.

Furthermore, Dorna has already begun working with the Promoters of Argentina and Malaysian GPs to define possible dates to propose to the FIM for the events in 2021, with plans in place to welcome fans back to the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo and Sepang International Circuit, respectively.

The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo first joined the MotoGP™ calendar in 2014 and has put on a vibrant Grand Prix every year since. The grandstands are always packed as fans travel to the venue from across Latin America, with Argentinians joined by crowds from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and more.

Sepang International Circuit is the longest serving venue of the three and first hosted MotoGP™ in 1999. A true world leader then as now, the track is one of the longest and most challenging of the season, staging some all-time classic races. Sepang also serves up a unique experience for fans sat in the iconic grandstand complex along the main straight and into the final corner, putting spectators into the heart of the action, surrounded by the sound of MotoGP™ at full throttle.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta: “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Argentina, Thailand and Malaysian Grands Prix this season, and they will be very much missed on the 2020 calendar.  The passion of the fans who often travel across continents to enjoy MotoGP with us in Termas de Rio Hondo, Buriram and Sepang is incredible, creating as they do such an incredible atmosphere and welcome for the sport. However, we are delighted to add another Grand Prix in Europe to the 2020 calendar, and reveal our new agreement that will see MotoGP racing in Thailand and Buriram until at least 2026. We are very much looking forward to returning to Thailand, Argentina and Malaysia next year and as always, I would like to thank the fans for their patience and understanding.”

FIM President Jorge Viegas: "I would like to thank Dorna, all the teams, the national federations and local organisers for enabling us to get back on track. In doing so, we adapt every day and we will have a very complete and competitive FIM MotoGP World Championship in 2020. The location of the 15th Grand Prix will be announced soon, and we will be back - stronger than ever!”

Revised calendar attached.

2020 FIM Grand Prix World Championship revised calendar, 31 July Date

Grand Prix


08 March

Qatar*(Moto2 & Moto3 only)

Losail International Circuit

19 July


Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto

26 July


Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto

09 August

Czech Republic

Automotodrom Brno

16 August


Red Bull Ring-Spielberg

23 August


Red Bull Ring-Spielberg

13 September

San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

20 September

Emilia Romagna e Della Riviera di Rimini

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

27 September


Barcelona - Catalunya

11 October


Le Mans

18 October


MotorLand Aragón

25 October


MotorLand Aragón

08 November


Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

15 November

Comunitat Valenciana

Comunitat Valenciana-Ricardo Tormo

22 November

To be announced

To be announced


Please find enclosed the Press Release / MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship
FIM Supersport & Supersport 300 World Championships

Decision of the FIM World Superbike Stewards
Penalty notice for MV Agusta Reparto Corse team

Following an investigation, the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team’s results from Phillip Island will not stand due to an unintentional engine infringement.

On July 30th 2020, the FIM World Superbike Stewards received a report from the FIM Superbike World Championship Technical Director, stating that some engines belonging to the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team were unsealed without prior permission after the Yamaha Finance Australian Round. This is an infringement of the 2020 FIM Superbike, Supersport and Supersport 300 World Championships regulations and specifically, article 2.3.10 in general and paragraph d.

FIM WorldSBK Stewards understood that the team’s act didn’t occur with an intention to make an infringement nor to gain an advantage in any way. This was more of a visual mechanical check and the result of a miscommunication. The team brought it upon themselves to contact the FIM about the issue. Nonetheless, the process was not performed as per the Championship regulations and therefore, article 2.3.10.d is very clear and must be applied in any case.

For the above reasons, the Stewards, in accordance to the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration code, have decided to penalise the team with the disqualification from all events in which the below engines have been used 2 from Randy Krummenacher and 1 each from Raffaele De Rosa and Federico Fulligni.



Estoril Classics to host the first edition of
the FIM Historic Event


This weekend will mark a special moment as the FIM and Amicale Spirit of Speed organise together the first ever FIM Historic Event during the second edition of Estoril Classics in Portugal. This event will include the main categories of classic cars and motorcycles from 11-13 October in Cascais.


A parade will take place on both Saturday and Sunday in the presence of FIM President Jorge Viegas and many famous riders including multiple FIM World Champion, Giacomo Agostini who will ride his 1973 MV Agusta 500.  Photo caption Giacomo Agostini MV Agusta 5oo 1972  © FIM Archive

Responding to the increasing rise in popularity of Historic events, the FIM is working on a framework to officially recognise these events and to create standardisation of certain aspects, which will be managed by a newly created FIM Historic Events structure.

Since its creation in 2009, L'Amicale Spirit of Speed has grown to be the biggest European club of racing bikes collectors and has become widely renowned for the quality of its presentations at both exhibitions and on the racetracks.

Reinforcing their reputation, Amicale Spirit of Speed will display fifty-five racing machines from 1955 to 2014 - to mark the 70th anniversary of the Grand Prix in style at Estoril. A parade of this exotic machinery will take place on both Saturday and Sunday in the presence of FIM President Jorge Viegas. This will include many famous riders including multiple FIM World Champion, Giacomo Agostini who will ride his 1973 MV Agusta 500.

Amicale Spirit of Speed President, Bernard Girardot-Miglierina explained: "Created ten years ago to gather collectors of motorcycles competition from all over Europe, our club is proud today to have participated in the majority of the most beautiful European classical events. Since the creation of the club, we have committed ourselves to having a truthful dialogue about the authenticity of our machines. This in the interest of the fans who must be respected, but also the organisers who can count on a great quality of exhibitions to attract these same spectators.”

“Our members have sincerely believed in this philosophy of truthfulness through our identification knowledgebase launched in 2016. This straight-forward approach allows a simple classification and pedagogical of motorcycles presented in exhibitions and on the racetracks.”

“Seeing the FIM engaged in an identical approach is for us a great pride and a recognition of the interest of preserving the historical character of a true sporting and technical heritage. Estoril Classics will be the first ‘FIM Historic Event’ and our members from all over Europe will be keen to satisfy the organisers and all enthusiasts who will discover this great event. Together let us live our passion."

Adding his own words Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “The passion for motorcycling doesn’t disappear with age, on the contrary: everybody that was somehow involved in this sport or leisure activity only gets more interested and committed year by year. At the FIM we also feel the same and that’s why we have now created the label of FIM Historic Event to acknowledge the quality of an organisation, by its participants, logistics, etc. The Estoril Classics will be the first example of such a guarantee of quality and we will be there to greet the unforgettable Giacomo Agostini amongst an incredible quantity of other riders with their fantastic Classic bikes.”

Honda CB500R -  Suzuki RGV500 XR88(98) © Phil Aynsley Photography

Mrs Isabelle Larivière | Communications Manager |


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FIM Grand Prix World Championship

Selection of Teams for participation in season 2020 Moto3 & Moto2 classes

The Selection Committee responsible for selecting teams who will be invited to conclude a Participation Agreement with IRTA for 2020 held its first meeting at Silverstone on 22 August. Teams provisionally selected during that meeting were given until 19 of September to confirm their participation and pay a security deposit.

The second meeting of the Committee was held at Aragon on 19 of September to confirm the original selections. It was recorded that all teams provisionally selected had paid the required deposit.

The list of teams finally accepted, with the number of riders in each team is shown below. The selected teams now have until 14 November to confirm the riders proposed for 2020. The FIM will then publish the entry list for the 2020 season which starts on Monday 18 November, the day after the Valencia GP. 2020 CONTRACTED ENTRIES











































































MV Agusta Forward Racing Team 2019 Launch


Auckland Motorcycle Club               MEDIA RELEASE

15 November, 2018.  Challenging conditions at AMCC Round Two: 

The early morning drizzle proved challenging for riders at Round Two of the Auckland Motorcycle Club Summer Series last Sunday, as qualifying commenced on a wet track that offered marginal grip and took some time to dry.

The result was an unusual number of falls, which kept the experienced AMCC marshals and recovery crew on their toes, and ultimately meant only two Rounds of racing were completed.


In Superbike Daniel Mettam scooped those two wins. His primary competition, NZ #1 Sloan Frost, was absent after an operation on a lingering hand injury, and Mettam has now assumed the points lead.

Over on the 600’s points leader Nathanael Diprose had a subdued meeting, with two 3rd placing – the wins going to Tarbon Walker and Rogan Chandler; and there is some entertaining racing going on amongst the Senior combatants this Series. Walker won the day in Supersport.


In Intermediate, Ben Rosendaal shook up the field with a pair of wins in Superlite aboard the Yamaha MT07; whilst the Pro Twin 650 category continues to deliver healthy fields, with current class champion Matt Dunlop leading the points. He has four wins from five starts so far.

Alex Butson grabbed the win in Race One however, and lies 2nd in the points.
Chris Malcolm continues to lead 125cc GP.

Junior similarly, is full of action, with Sean White pulling back Darrick Kattenberg’s advantage in 250 ProLite – there is just a single point between them heading into the final Round.

Nathanael Diprose meanwhile, is dominating Lightweight on the 390 KTM.


Sidecar saw the evergreen Lawrance Brothers running in a new engine. On limited revs they secured a pair of third placing to retain the overall point’s lead; while Mark Halls and Darren Prentis have put themselves back into contention, taking both wins on the day.


The Carl Cox Motorsport Hyosung and Ninja Cup races delivered the largest field of the day.
Jacob Stroud again grabbed a pair of wins on the Ninja, despite a fall in practice; while Grant Cullen maintained his advantage in the Hyosung category - as both he and Josh Augustine each scored the same number of points for Round Two.

Post Classic and Clubman classes rounded out the programme.


Round Three of the AMCC Club Series will be held on Sunday 2nd December, and as in prior years will be for double points. Expect some wild-card surprises.


The 2018-2019 Series is organised and promoted by the Auckland Motorcycle Club – who acknowledge all our valuable partners for the 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 TWO of Three)


Points – Senior: SUPERBIKE                                          (Nationwide Accessories)

106         Daniel Mettam

97           Connor London

66           Sloan Frost


Points – Senior: SUPERSPORT 600                              (Whites Powersports)

107         Nathanael Diprose
96           Tarbon Walker

58           James Barham


Points – Senior: SUPERSTOCK 1000                           (Whites Powersports)

75           Adam Chambers

60           Adrian Clare
48           Jonathan Skyrme


Points – Intermediate: SUPERLITE                             (Mr Motorcycles)

93           Nick Olson

83           Scott Findlay
67           Vaughan Simmonds


Points – Intermediate: PRO TWIN 650                      (Darbi Accessories)

120         Matt Dunlop

77           Alex Butson

76           Michael Patchett

Points – Intermediate: 125ccGP                                 (Red Baron)
125         Chris Malcolm

84           Brodie Jones

60           Aaron Lambourne

Points – Junior: LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCTION       (Red Baron)

125         Nathanael Diprose
81           Nick Burke

66           Dylan Byrne

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

101         Darrick Kattenberg
100         Sean White
67           Shaun Parker


Points – NINJA CUP:                                                        (Carl Cox Motorsport)

305         Jacob Stroud

247         Dave Readings

236         Hamish Fox


Points – HYOSUNG CUP:                                                               (Carl Cox Motorsport)

287         Grant Cullen

258         Josh Augustine

187         Michael Patchett

Points – PRE 82 SENIOR                                                 (Motomail NZ)

112.5     Kevin Grey

68           Russell Barker

26           Grant Dalton


Points – PRE 82 JUNIOR                                                 (Motomail NZ)

90           Guy Webster

70           Graeme Ogle


Points – PRE 89 F1                                                            (Motomail NZ)

65           Rick Van Velzen

62.5        Ken Ferguson

Points – PRE 89 F2                                                            (Motomail NZ)

45           Colin Box

35           Malcolm Brown

25           Scott Findlay


Points – PRE 89 F3                                                            (Motomail NZ)

112.5     Rory Garvey
60           Steve Collingwood

48           Craig Crocombe


Points – PRE 95 F2                                                            (Motomail NZ)

75           Graham Moorhead

Points – PRE 95 F3                                                            (Motomail NZ)

87.5        Chris Malcolm

87           Nick Olson
56           Ray Waring

Points – SIDECARS                                                           (Castrol)

107         Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance

92           David McArthur / Tony New
90           Mark Halls / Darren Prentis


Points – CLUBMAN SENIOR                                          (Counties Honda)

95           Tyler Brown

68           Ming Huang

65           Daniel Hendy


Points – CLUBMAN JUNIOR                                         (Counties Honda)

85           Tim Rattray

75           Sam Greenhalgh

52           Dylan Byrne


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


250 PRO LITE Nick Burke


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




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

Credit: Philip Kavermann

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:

Sporting Regulations


? 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.


? 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:




Press release
29th July 2018





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



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



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


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


227 Chris Lawrance / Richard Lawrance

191 David McArthur / Tony New

187 Mark Halls / Neville Mickelson


210 Selby Inkster

115 Jonathan Skyrme

50 Aaron Lowe


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.