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BENNY BOY | 05.03.2018

OK, the Bullet and TC#222 were UNREAL and the rest can order the voodoo dolls and the pins, but let's hear it for Ben Watson. The lad from Nott'num grew into a man this weekend in Argentina to miss the podium by a point. But even more important was the way he did it, and if the pussys hadn't got the waves capped, Ben would have taken that trophy home - just look at that body language on Saturday ! And he knows he can do it now - "I'm surprised with myself and it's given me a shock ... but it's a nice shock ! The people around me all believe in me and are giving me everything I need to do the job." Yes, U can !

TEASY'S TUMBLE | 10.02.2018

Timely warning to grow old gracefully from ex-pat Paul Teasdale, chief mechanic for the official Kawasaki and Yamaha teams Down Under in recent years. Yesterday Teasy posted a snap of two of his prize 450Fs with the comment "Hmm which one to ride tomorrow #monsterkawasaki or #sercoyamaha it's been a while!!! at Cova Hope Island." Twenty-four hours later came the sad follow-up: "Not the way I wanted to finish day at QMP was having so much fun on the @sercoyamaha then big one, 6 broken ribs broken shoulder blade and a bit of blood on my lung cheers @shanksyb and @troycarroll for looking after things for me at Gold Coast University Hospital - GCUH." Get well soon, Teasy !

AT THE PALACE | 09.01.2018

The MXGP of Turkey returns to the world championship schedule for the first time since 2009 in September and the enthusiastic promotors held a truly outstanding launch of the event in Istanbul's Ciragan Palace - Best Luxury Hotel worldwide 2016/2017 - on the banks of the Bosphurus.

TURKISH DELIGHT | 04.01.2018

There were several raised eyebrows when Youthstream president revealed the MXGP of Turkey at the purpose-built Afyonkarahisar facility on September 1/2, but the promotors are flat out to dispell any lingering doubts concerning the event with a high profile launch this coming Tuesday in the historic Ciragan Palace overlooking the Bosphurus in Istanbul. What a refreshing comparison to western Europe where our sport is looked down on by authority; the future of the sport is truly in the wider world.

ALL CHANGE. ... AMENDED ..... AND MORE | 26.10.2017

Booking sites were on fire last night after the FIM issued the latest version of Youthstream's 2018 GP calendar. There were no less than eleven amendments compared with the provisional calendar presented back in the summer, and those were not on the ball for rooms, flights or rentaracers could face spiraling prices and inconvenient travel. Some of the amendments - the switch of Sweden and Switzerland, back-to-back weekends in Indonesia, no US or Mexican GP - were known and merely needed confirming and their inclusion has meant Italy in June and Assen in September each being pulled forward a week, while Red Sand does the same to make room for Valkenswaard, the Dutch running a week before Easter to free the April date for Agueda. Most surprising amendment is Russia on May 1; yes, the GP will run on a Tuesday Bank Holiday with quali the day before. Keep the Red Flag flying and all that ! Anyway, the GP aces have just eleven free weekends between March and October. Note to Brussels: Russia will again host European championship racing, Turkey NOT !

AND MORE !!! Five days later Valkenswaard is now on March 18 and Red Sand back on the 25th !

ROCKSTAR | 05.10.2017

Max Anstie got a Rockstar reception every lap through two motos at Matterley on Sunday .... and he truly deserved it after twice destroying the best in the world. Even The Bullet had nothing for him at the end of the final moto, Romain Febvre got the shock of his life when Max came back at him after slipping off ... and those early laps in race one on a rugged track when Max went away at THREE seconds a lap .... just amazing ! And who expected it ? Me for one ... and for the Sunday morning doubter who suggested I'd better stay off the weed ... get real ! Because Max was FOR REAL on Sunday.

BRIAN BOGERS TO HRC | 23.08.2017

Tim Gajser's new sidekick at HRC in 2018 will be Brian Bogers !
The MXGP paddock has been left scratching its head as to the identity of the replacement for Evgeny Bobryshev since the Russian was advised his services would no longer be required next year; it was known that the HRC newcomer would be upgrading from MX2, but nobody had the 20 year old Dutch youngster on the radar. Key to the deal is HSF Logistics, the high-profile Dutch team which has been KTM's MX2 factory support team for the last two seasons but will go Red in 2018 as HRC title sponsor.

THE THIRD MAN | 12.08.2017

The US team for the Nations is finalised ! In keeping with tradition Roger De Coster presented his team prior to racing at Unadilla at midday today .. with two Husky riders ! US champion-to-be Zach Osborne will take the MX2 ride, while GP regular Thomas Covington slots in for the Open class ride aboard a 450. Honda's Cole Seely, the only US 450 regular interested in riding, will take the MX1 ride. Covington was initially slated to race the event for Puerto Rico, but Marshal Weltin will now join Justin Starling and Darian Sanayei. Thomas didn't exactly celebrate his selection in style; after an incident at turn one, he was only 11th in MX2 qualification at Frauenfeld.


Lommel gets a facelift for next week's Belgian GP ! Freddy Verherstraeten has turned the entire track round so that the field will blast past the main spectator gallery almost immediately after the start .... but in the other direction ! The start itself has been turned round by 90 degrees and pitlane resited so that the general public can see the riders leave the gate and round turn one; in recent years that view was only possible from the VIP. MXGP does need Joe Public after all ;-)


Jake Nicholls has announced his retirement from GP racing this afternoon after ten turbulent years chasing the dream around the world. Just 27, the amiable East Anglian, always up for a laugh and always with 100% engagement, dislocated his hip in April as he headed the MX1 Maxxis and he will continue to chase that elusive national title in 2018 alongside his ever-increasing involvement in the family businesses. We wish him the best of luck ... at home and in search of that elusive Maxxis. Scroll down to read Jake's own announcement.

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