Ending the season on a high

Tarran and Taylor Mackenzie on the podium for the final outing of the season.

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Both lads ended the season on a high with Tarran taking another hard fought third place in Saturday’s opening Superbike race and Taylor taking victory in the final Superstock 1000 race.

Practice also went very well with both boys feeling confident after qualifying third and on the front row of the grid.

Unfortunately Tarran fell heavily in Sunday’s wet warm up session doing substantial damage to his bike which put him out of action for Sunday’s races.

Tarran:

“I went to Brands Hatch believing I could win so coming home third in Saturday’s race got the weekend off to a great start. I was much stronger than I had been mid season at Brands so was ready to attack on the next day. I made a small mistake in Sunday’s warm up but it cost me big time as it put me out of Sunday’s two races. I was a bit battered and my bike was wrecked so unfortunately we had to sit things out.

2018 has still been amazing for me as I’ve exceeded all my expectations in my rookie Superbike season leading races and finishing on the podium four times. The Yamaha R1 and the McAMS Team are the perfect combination for me so hopefully we can come back next year even stronger and ready to challenge for the British Superbike Championship”.

Taylor:

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits as I didn’t want to end the year without winning. The bike was mega so full credit to the team as we struggled in the wet at the last round but this time it was faultless throughout. I dropped back a bit in the middle of the race but I stayed calm figuring out where the grip was before moving forward again. I can’t thank the brilliant Bathams BMW Team enough for giving me the opportunity in the middle of the year and I am so happy to repay them with a win. It’s a pity that’s the last race as I know there is even more to come from me and the bike. I’ll have to wait but I’m already excited about my 2019 plans so there will be an announcement coming soon”.

As always we’ve enjoyed an incredible amount of kindness and support from friends and sponsors throughout the 2018 season. All of this has enabled Tarran to make a successful step up to the Superbike class and Taylor to get his career back on track after a difficult 2017 season. For this we incredibly grateful so thanks to one and all, we hope you’ve enjoyed the journey!

I’ll be in touch as soon as our 2019 plans are confirmed. (Niall Mackenzie)


Toby Price wins Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Toby Price has won the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with victory at the final round of the season – the Rally du Maroc.

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His win in Morocco elevated the former Dakar winner to the top of the championship standings, allowing the Australian to claim his first ever world title.

Winning two of the five stages of the Rally du Maroc, as well as the short, opening Prologue, Price secured the overall win ahead of his teammate Mathias Walkner with a comfortable margin of over seven minutes. With his nearest title rival Pablo Quintanilla finishing in fourth place overall, Toby leapfrogged the Chilean rider in the standings to claim the championship by a six-point margin.

Toby’s journey to the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title has not been an easy one. A crash at the 2017 Dakar Rally forced him to retire early from the event with Price subsequently spending much of the year recovering from the broken femur he sustained. Returning to competition at the 2018 Dakar last January, Price impressed with his outright speed, ultimately taking two stage wins and finishing in third position overall. 

Riding with great consistency throughout the 2018 season has paid off for Price. Multiple stage wins as well as podiums at the Atacama Rally and Desafio Ruta 40, added to his win in Morocco, have resulted in the 31-year-old becoming a worthy 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion. 

Toby Price:“What an amazing season – I can’t believe it. It’s been a tough one and I didn’t expect to be at the top of the list at the end of it. I had some bad luck back in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the year, but after that every rally has gone well and I’ve finished on the podium at every round. To win the world championship with a win here in Morocco makes it all that little bit sweeter. If I am honest, I was nervous out there on the final stage today, there are no guarantees in rally racing, especially when I had to lead the stage out. This is my first world championship in any category so I am so, so happy. It’s all credit to my team and everyone at Red Bull KTM, without them behind me I wouldn’t be standing on the top step. I’m standing on the top of the world and it’s the best feeling ever.”

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Sport Manager: “Winning the rally world championship is a great result for Toby and KTM. Last year was really tough with the injury to his leg. He wasn’t even fully fit when he arrived at the Dakar at the beginning of this year but he did an amazing job and took third position. This was already a great success considering what he had been through. As the 2018 season has progressed, Toby has shown more speed, more confidence and all his hard work has paid off by dominating this race and winning the championship here in Morocco. We are really happy for him and he deserves this title. We still have some time to improve even further and hope to arrive at Dakar even stronger.”

Wrapping up the Rally du Maroc in second place overall Matthias Walkner, although disappointed not to have taken the win, was pleased with his riding and the performance of his KTM 450 RALLY.

Matthias Walkner:“It was a tough day today – very fast, rough and the sort of stage that you could easily make a big mistake. I had a comfortable gap to the rider in third so I was able to take things a little steadier and aim for a safe finish. Overall, I am happy with my performance here in Morocco and thrilled to take third in the championship.”

Following an issue earlier in the rally where a heavy impact with a large rock damaged his rear tyre and mousse and resulted in lost time, it would always be a challenge for Sam Sunderland to bridge the gap to the front-runners. Despite the setback, the British rider posted some excellent stage results, enough to regain a position inside the top-10 at the climax of the event.

Sam Sunderland:“I am really happy with my rally here in Morocco – the team have all done a great job. I had some bad luck earlier on but overall I am pleased with how things have gone as my riding and navigation were strong throughout the rally.”

Team junior Luciano Benavides rode a solid Rally du Maroc and continues to gain valuable experience onboard his KTM 450 RALLY machine. The young Argentinian now looks forward to his next ride at the Dakar in three months’ time.

The next competitive outing for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team will be the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru, starting January 6, 2019. 

Final Standings – 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 91 points
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 85pts
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 75pts
4. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Honda, 70pts 
5. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 56pts

France power to 5th MXoN win

Team France Fight for 5th Consecutive Monster Energy FIM MXoN Victory

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The world’s biggest motocross race, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, took on the American circuit of RedBud where Team France ecstatically hoisted the Chamberlain trophy for their 5th year in a row!

The French team was led to victory by team captain and Monster Energy FIM MXoN veteran Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) along with Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) and Jordi Tixier (KTM). Coming in second by only a two-point deficit was the Italian team of Antonio Cairoli, Michele Cervellin, and Alessandro Lupino. Taking the final spot on the podium was team Netherlands led by Jeffrey Herlings along with Calvin Vlaanderen and Glenn Coldenhoff.

An amazing end to a sensational motocross season for Red Bull KTM. Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado won all three motos and all three categories at a wet but packed RedBud circuit with both Dutchman on the final podium in third place and Tony Cairoli finishing runner-up as part of Team Italy.

Gautier Paulin – Team France [MXGP]“It is an incredible feeling to win the MXoN with Team France for a fifth time in a row. I really have no words to describe how happy I am. Conditions were far from ideal during the whole weekend here at Red Bud, but we made things work to our advantage. I gave my best in both motos and kept pushing until the very end. A special thanks to all the members of my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. Winning this trophy with Team France is the best way to wrap up a long season.”

Final Standings MX of Nations RedBud 2018

1. France, 35 points
2. Italy, 37
3. Netherlands, 41
4. Australia, 48
5. Great Britain, 48


Oulton Park was all positives for the Mackenzies

Niall Mackenzie updates us not the race weekend at Oulton Park for Tarran and Taylor.

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Once again I’m very  pleased to report we had lots of positives with the boys over last weekend at Oulton Park. 

Although mild, it rained at some point every day making practice and racing very tricky when it came to choosing tyres and the appropriate bike set ups.

That said the lads gained valuable data as, until this point both their respective teams had limited wet set up information for Tarran and Taylor. Taylor was actually last in both wet practice sessions on Friday so was relieved to qualify on the second row for Saturday’s race. After an average start he battled through the field finishing fourth at chequered flag. On Sunday he went one place better bringing his Bathams BMW home on the rostrum in third position.

Tarran once again made it all the way through to the final Superbike qualifying session giving himself a solid eight position for race one on Sunday. He finished seventh in this wet race learning more new riding skills along the way. His lap time put him fourth for Sunday’s race and that is also where he finished at the flag just ahead of team mate Josh Brookes.

Taylor

I was was well chuffed with my Superstock 1000 podium at Oulton after a tricky weekend of mixed weather. The circuit was quite slippy but my Bathams BMW Team worked tirelessly to give me the best bike for the conditions. I jumped up to 10th in the championship so my goal for the final round is another podium and and a few more championship positions.

Tarran

Returning to Oulton Park has been very successful as I struggled in every area there earlier in the year.  Finishing 7th in the wet race then 4th in the dry at this tough circuit was brilliant in my Rookie year on the superbike. We’ve learned loads at MCAMS Yamaha regarding dealing with all kinds of conditions which bodes well for the future. It’s Assen in Holland next and a track I adore.

Fenati is out!

Snipers team fires Fenati and MV boss says the 2019 contract with their Moto2 team is dead.

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You can’t have missed the uproar against Romano Fenati following his irresponsible down-right dangerous riding at the weekend when he grabbed Stefano Manzi’s front brake during the Moto 2 race.

That cost him a two-race ban but the teams have taken it a bit further. The Marinelli  Rivacold Snipers have fire him and although he did have a deal with MV Agusta for a ride in Moto2 in 2019 that seems dead in the water now too.

MV boss Giovanni Castiglioni tweeted: “it will not happen, he does not represent our company’s true values.’

Many were arguing that Fenati’s actions deserved a lifetime ban, and we wouldn’t disagree with that. Given his past and these latest incidents his career may well be over anyway as few if any teams are going to want to taint themselves with his reputation when there is so much other great talent (without attitude) available these days.

So its bye-bye Romano. Not before time too!

Lewis Rollo 2nd in Ducati Championship

Two P2 finishes catapult Rollo to 2nd in the Ducati TriOptions Championship.

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August was a busy month for Lewis Rollo with races in the Ducati TriOptions Cup and Superstock 1000 at the British Superbike Championship. We caught up with him to get his take on what was a busy and successful month.

LEWIS:

Cadwell Park was a great outing for the team scoring two P2 podium finishes that have bumped me up to second place overall in the Ducati TriOptions Cup. 

We went to Cadwell with a blank sheet and ran around P4 in FP1. ~For qualifying we tried something a little different changing tyres to get some wear on them but by the time I went back out for another run I got stuck in traffic and only qualified 6th.

In Race One I knew I had to get away quickly from the start. By the time we reached turn two I was leading the race and keep that position for a few laps before Levi passed me. I was happy to be behind him and was pacing myself there hoping to make a move in the last few laps.

Levi was riding really defensively and I couldn’t make the pass but took a good 2nd place and with Guiver further down the order I was making ground to catch up on the lead he has in the Championship.

Race Two was another strong one for me. I lead the race again for a few laps until Guiver passed me and I ran wide dropping to 3rd. I managed to fight back into second place and keep that hoping again to make a move at the end of the race but just couldn’t get there and finished 2nd again.

It was a strong weekend and I broke the lap record three times by 0.7 seconds, trying  to catch Guiver. He’s still leading the Championship but I’m in 2nd place and only 55 points behind him. With four races still to run this year anything could happen and our sights are still firmly fixed on the top step.

This weekend we’re off to Silverstone and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking for that win to claw back points and get close to the Championship lead and hoping that Guiver finishes further down the order, that will help us a lot.

Edge off road enduro weekend at Drumclog

Over the hills, and through the house… not your average enduro!

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When I found out that the Edge Off Road Club had booked a weekend of endure madness at Drumclog, I was over the moon. I have been practicing at Drumclog for decades, and have raced on the MX track several times – but never in my lifetime has there been an enduro event! 

I am biased, Drumclog is my “home court” but I think its great place to ride an off road motorcycle. An adult MX track, kids MX track, and 1200 acres of natural terrain for enduro, trials, quads, 4 x 4s, buggys etc. It really is a unique playground. The off road section has a bit of everything – hills, river crossings, rolling grass, sand, rocks, small wooded section and a few bogs!

I have seen a great variety of bikes practice at Drumclog, from kids on 50cc, adult mx and enduro, trials – and even the odd adventure bike (hello KTM 950 adventure!) so to say I was keen on entering the enduro was an understatement.

Saturday consisted of a “sprint enduro”. For those unfamiliar with the format, it’s a “short” form of racing, over natural enduro terrain, timed to the second. Each rider sets their fastest time possible over several “sections”. The times for each section are added overall for each rider, and the rider with the fastest overall time wins. This is a great format for riders who like to ride “natural” enduro terrain quickly – but importantly don’t wish to ride continuously all day.

Sundays format was a youth enduro in the morning, followed by an adult 6 hour event starting at 11.00am. This formed round 4 of |”the long edge” – a series of longer enduro events, sponsored by motul.

Categories were available for Expert, clubman, vets, sportsman and novice – something for everyone. In each category, riders had the option of riding solo, or in a team of two. I opted to ride the 6 hour, as a clubman solo.

My day started with my standard enduro ritual of porridge, tea, and banana roll’s! I tried to steady my nerve, busying myself filling my camel back, changing the roll-off films in my goggles, and ensuring I had fresh gloves and goggles in my spares box for each time I stopped in the pits!

After getting my spares, supplied and bike to the pits, there was just enough time for a last minute faf with a split pin (borrowed from another rider, thanks) and the riders briefing started at 11.00.

The route setter talked up briefly through the lap, over his megaphone. He mentioned “going through the house” – I thought he was being flippant.

Turns out he was not being flippant at all – he has set the route right in the front door! Down the hallway, 90 degree turn down another hallway, out the back door and through two barns, before out exiting the back garden and continuing on the lap! I have ridden a few enduro’s in my time, but I can certainly say riding in someone front door was a new novelty for me!

The 6 hour planned race, was cut to 4 hours, due to consistent rain all day. The rain made the river crossing and ruts deeper, the hills and mud more slippy and not to mention the support crews and race officials colder!

But that’s what riders enter enduro for – the challenge! 

The 14 km lap was covered in 23 minutes by the fastest expert rider, Charlie Frost. He managed 10 laps, which was a cracking performance under challenging conditions.

In the Clubman Enduro class I rode in, 6 riders started, but only three finished – so I got a trophy for third! I was pleasantly surprised when I got the phone call to collect my trophy and it proves how important it is to cross the finish line and get on the results sheet!

All in all, I think the Edge team did a fantastic job, at their first Scottish event at Drumclog. I sincerely hope they decide to run an event in Scotland again next year, as they have proven they can put on a show!

By Leonard Gingell

Photos by Jim Forsyth Photography

More top 10 results for Tarran Mackenzie

Cadwell Park was another major challenge for Tarran in his rookie superbike year but as always he enjoyed every lap of the three day event.

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The narrow, technical nature of this circuit requires very aggressive accurate riding through it’s continual twists and undulations. Being one of only a few riders not to test there meant he was on the back foot from the first practice, however, his crew soon got him comfortable with good gearing and chassis settings.

Tarran was 11th on the grid for the first race just 0.6s from the fastest time in his qualifying session. His fastest lap time in this race gave him a 9th place grid slot for race two.  He was satisfied with a strong 8th place finish in race one and on course for a similar result in race two when he slipped off mid-race at the high speed Charlies section of the circuit.  Apart from a bruised back he uninjured.

Tarran:

Cadwell Park was definitely a shock to my system as it is so fast and narrow.  It is basically like riding down ‘B’ roads at 170mph without the hedges and fences but I have to say it’s amazing fun. The first session was difficult but once my team had some data downloaded they began to improve my McAMS Yamaha.  I made a small change for race two but didn’t have quite as much feel from the front end of my bike.  I got frustrated after being held up with slow riders early in the race so probably pushed a too hard trying to catch the front group once I had a clear track.  It was still a great weekend as we gathered valuable information for the future and I’m a better rider from the experience.  It is super fast Silverstone next and another new track for me on the Superbike but I’m ready to get stuck in!

 

Edinburgh Monarchs subdue the Tigers

Given Sheffield’s recent home results, and the massive wins by the Staggs Bar Monarchs in their last two completed home matches, a big home victory might have been expected tonight. The result was 54-36 but it was a far more competitive fixture than they’ve had for a few weeks.

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Richie Worrall dominated his heats again and hasn’t dropped a point at Armadale yet (after four appearances). He said “I always came here and scored well but maybe dropped a point to Ricky or Erik. Now I don’t have to race against them! The track was a little slick but someone must have been looking after me, because I had intended using a stronger engine but Bomber was bringing that up for me. With Glasgow being rained off that didn’t happen and the engine I did use suited the conditions.”

Top scoring visitor Kasper Andersen added “I had heard that Edinburgh is a hard track to ride so I just came here to enjoy it, but the track suited me pretty well so I am happy about tonight. It reminds me a lot of my home track in Denmark.”

Had Charles Wright and Connor Mountain been available Sheffield might have done even better, and there was also a disappointing performance from their captain Kyle Howarth. The really impressive Tigers were Dane Kasper Andersen and reserve James Shanes, both first-timers at Armadale.

Todd Kurtz gave them support as well and on this showing it was hard to believe some of the recent reverses they have suffered. There will be no presumptions about what the result might be next Thursday at Owlerton.

On the home side the heat leaders dominated once again, although only the remarkable Worrall remained unbeaten. His first corner work could not be bettered no matter what gate he is coming from, and he simply didn’t give the opposition a chance. He hasn’t dropped a home point yet.

Erik Riss won his first four heats, starting with a win from the back over Howarth in an excellent heat 4 which also featured a good tussle for the minor places. Erik just missed his maximum and Andersen held on to second place in the last race, taking his score to 13.

Ricky Wells also spilled one point along the way, something which doesn’t please him, but it was Andersen again who beat Monarchs’ opening pair in heat 10.

Ricky and Victor Palovaara had started with two 5-1s and are certainly putting together a formidable number of these. However our two Swedes did dip out in heat 8, losing a 5-1 to Kurtz and Shanes.

Bike problems cost Josh Pickering a couple of third places and left him on 4+2, Joel Andersen found Shanes a hot handful and William Lawson was certainly not disgraced on his return after 8 years out of action. He beat NL man Joe Lawlor plus Mason Campton and can only get better.

While Kasper Andersen did a lot of his scoring from the gate, Shanes was attacking the track and picking up points from the back. He was the main talk of the terraces afterwards and really earned his 9+3. (Edinburgh Monarchs)

 

Time for the 2018 Atacama Rally

RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING HEAD TO CHILE.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner, Sam Sunderland and Toby Price have travelled to Chile to contest the 2018 Atacama Rally – round three of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

Following a strong start to the season at the opening round in Abu Dhabi, the trio will be keen to score valuable points as well as spend time on their KTM 450 RALLY machines in preparation for the 2019 Dakar Rally to be held in Peru in January.

The rally, this year held exclusively in the Atacama region around Copiapó, will see competitors contest five full stages of racing totalling over 1,300 kilometres. The condensed route, centred around the Chilean mining town, has resulted in short liaisons between each timed special. The riders won’t have it easy however – a lack of rain in the area has left the desert dry and without the usual vegetation, making navigation even tougher for all.

The Atacama marks the return to rally competition for Sunderland and Walkner since round one of the world championship held in Abu Dhabi back in March. Over the next two months, KTM will field a selection of riders at four events including the Atacama Rally, the Desafio Ruta 40, the Desafio Inka and the Rallye du Maroc.

All three Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team members contesting the 2018 Atacama are former Dakar Rally winners; Price in 2016, Sunderland 2017 and Walkner the current Dakar Rally reigning champion. Each rider is aiming to add to their current world championship points tally with just three rounds remaining. KTM Rally Sport Manager Jordi Viladoms knows the significance of the Atacama Rally in terms of both the World Championship and perhaps more importantly, preparation for the 2019 Dakar Rally.

Jordi Viladoms – KTM Rally Sport Manager:

“The aim going into these last few cross-country races of the season is to win the world championship and bring all the riders back up to speed for the Dakar. The Atacama has been tricky in the past for the team, we are also up against the current world champion at his home rally. We saw last year navigation was tough and the road book was difficult to follow in places, so minimising mistakes in Chile is paramount for all riders. We have carried out some successful testing on the bike this year, but we now have to focus on the sandy conditions that will be seen throughout the 2019 Dakar – some of the Atacama stages will be perfect for this so we need to gain all the knowledge we can here in Chile.”

The main event for the motorcycle class starts on Tuesday August 14, with the first of five full days’ racing covering a total of 1,700km. Over 1,300 of them are timed special stages.

Photo: Marcin Kin Photography