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BITS4BIKES – LIT KIT

We just took hold of a new kit from Whites Power Sports, including the brand new Shoei VFX-WR helmet, Dragon MXV MAX goggle and Fly Racing Lite Hydrogen Hi-Viz gear. What a solid looking combo!


 

 

Look out for this kit in an upcoming issue of DRD magazine or grab yours now from your local dealer, or at Bits4Bikes.co.nz.

 

For the Shoei VFX-WR helmet – CLICK HERE

 

 

For the Dragon MXV MAX Goggle – CLICK HERE

 

 

For the Fly Racing Lite Hydrogen Hi-Vis gear – CLICK HERE

 

 

Be Seen out there team!

NZ ENDURO NATS WIDE OPEN

Ellerslie’s Jeff Van Hout (KTM), among the many riders expected to shine again this season. Photo by Andy McGechan

Brotherly love was put on hold last June when the 2017 New Zealand Enduro Championships went down to the wire in a battle between sibling rivals from Canterbury, Angus and Hamish Macdonald.

The 2018 edition of the nationals is set to kick off this Saturday and Sunday with a double-header weekend at Whangamata and Tokoroa, but there will be no repeat of this “family feud” this time around, with both Christchurch riders opting out of the series this year.

Angus Macdonald says he won’t be defending his title because he does not have the finances to compete this year and the 20-year-old is also “too busy” working in the business he has just started, video production and sign-writing.

Meanwhile, the 19-year-old Hamish Macdonald will be racing this season, only not in New Zealand.

He packs his bags shortly to head to Europe where he will contest several rounds of the Enduro World Championships – in Spain, Portugal and Finland – with other races planned for him in Austria and Romania.

The first two of five rounds for this year’s enduro nationals is set for Whangamata this Saturday, with round two following the next day, near Tokoroa.

With the Macdonald boys out of the picture, it perhaps leaves last year’s eventual runner-up rider, Taupo’s 2016 national enduro champion Brad Groombridge, as the favourite to win the overall crown again in 2018.

Groombridge won the battle-within-a-battle for under-300cc four-stroke class honours last year, while Kaikohe’s Mitchell Nield won the under-200cc two-stroke class trophy, with the veterans’ trophy going to New Plymouth’s Dougy Herbert, and these men could possibly be expected to feature again this season.

Expect Helensville’s Tommy Buxton, Cambridge’s Dylan Yearbury, Wainuiomata’s Jake Whitaker, Whanganui’s Seth Reardon, Masterton’s Jacob Hyslop, Coatesville’s Sam Greenslade, Napier’s Mackenzie Wiig, Stratford’s Josh Hunger or Te Awamutu’s Kevin Archer to step up and be counted for wins this year, with each of these riders featuring strongly in recent weeks at various “build-up” events around the country.

Whitianga teenager Blake Wilkins won the intermediate grade last season and could again be expected to shine this year, along with Te Awamutu’s Rachael Archer, Ellerslie’s Jeff Van Hout and fellow Aucklander Cameron Manley.

2018 NZ Enduro Championships calendar:

Round 1 – April 21, Whangamata

Round 2 – April 22, Tokoroa

Round 3 – May 26, Maruia, Nelson

Round 4 – June 9, Santoft (Bulls)

Round 5 – June 10, Martinborough

 

Words and photo by Andy McGechan

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Broc Tickle Suspended

Word has just come out of the AMA that Red Bull Factory KTM rider Broc Tickle has failed a WADA drug test.


 

 

WADA stands for the World Anti-Doping Association, after a test came back positive from his San Diego sampling, provisionally suspending Broc effective immediately from any sporting competition, meaning he will be out for the remainder of the AMA Supercross series. This probably means the end of his 2018 campaign all together as we don’t expect to see Broc on the start line at Hangtown either.

This suspension comes after a string of riders have failed drug testing over the past few years, starting with James Stewart, who copped an 18-month ban for his failed test. Cade Clayson is the last rider to be suspended for failing a drug test, ruling him out of the entire 2018 season before it even began. Now with Broc in the firing line, someone who you would never guess to be doping, it seems the threat is real for any AMA rider looking to give themselves an extra boost.

The drug that Broc tested positive for was Methylhexanamine, said to originally appear in a nasal congesting spray. More commonly it is found in energy boosting supplements but is banned under nearly all sporting disciplines

Broc could face the same fate as Cade and cope a 1-year suspension or join James Stewart with an 18-month ban. The maximum penalty is a four-year suspension, which would end his career. If his B samples come back positive, it will for sure mean definite suspension for the KTM rider, and probably the end of his tenor at Red Bull KTM, no matter how long the ban is. You won’t likely see Broc on factory equipment again if this goes through.

We are hoping this is not the case, as the series has already been dealt many blows this year with riders such as Roczen, Bogle, Millsaps, Seely and now Webb, who suffered a fractured tibia over the weekend, all out due to injury. Fingers crossed there is a misunderstanding here, as WADA and the FIM come down with an iron fist in these circumstances.

Press Release below;

 

 

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised US Supercross rider Broc Tickle that he is provisionally suspended pursuant to Article 7.9 of the FIM Anti-doping Code. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. Tickle was taken following the receipt of a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held in San Diego, California, USA, on 10 February 2018.

Mr. Tickle has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Mr. Broc Tickle is provisionally suspended with effect from 14 April 2018. He is therefore barred from participating in any Sports competition until further notice (Art. 10.12 of the FIM Anti-doping Code). Under Article 7.9.3.2 of the FIM Anti-doping Code, Mr. Tickle may request lifting of his provisional suspension.

 

 

MAX ANSTIE OUT OF MXGP PORTUGAL

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider sidelined for the next MXGP race due to injury

Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie will not compete in this weekend’s MXGP of Portugal as he recovers from the concussion sustained following a crash during warm-up for round three of the Motocross World Championship – the GP of Comunitat Valenciana, Spain.

Of course everyone in our team is disappointed for Max that he’s unable to join us and compete this weekend at the GP of Portugal, but our priority is Max and his wellbeing, said team manager Antti Pyrhönen.

“He needs more time to recover from his crash in Spain. Only when he is fully ready to return to competition will he do so. Crashes are a part of racing but together with Gautier Paulin, Max put in a huge amount of hard work during the off-season and was really motivated to make a strong start to the MXGP championship. His speed and fitness were both where they needed to be, so it’s hugely frustrating for him to be sidelined like this. We know he will be back strong, but for now he needs to rest in order to make a full recovery.”

Resting ahead of the recent GP of Trentino in Italy, Max did all that he could to be ready for a return to competition. However, after only a few laps of practice he soon realised that he was unable to race and took no further part in the GP.

Undergoing further medical checks, Max has been advised to take further rest and as a result will miss this weekend’s GP of Portugal. Max will return to racing when he is fully fit and ready to do so.

HIGHLIGHTS – MXGP OF TRENTINO

Check out the highlights from the MXGP of Trentino where KTM are still dominating both MX1 and MX2.