Sunday, May 1

2016 MOTUL SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE

Championship points after race 9, at Imola

1.             J. Rea                 Kawasaki          201
2.              C. Davies                 Ducati          161           -43
3.              T. Sykes              Kawasaki          138           -63
4.              M. Van Der Mark       Honda            99         -102
5.              J. Torres                   BMW              78         -123
6.              D. Giugliano              Ducati            75         -126
7.              N. Hayden                Honda             74         -127
8.              L. Savadori               Aprilia             59         -142
9.              S. Guintoli              Yamaha             58         -143
10.           L. Camier           MV Agusta             49         -152
11.           A. Lowes               Yamaha              49         -152
12.           X. ForÉS                  Ducati              43         -158
13.           M. Reiterberger          BMW              43         -158
14.           R. Ramos             Kawasaki             36         -165
15.           A. De Angelis            Aprilia             30         -171
16.           J. Brookes                 BMW              27         -174
17.           K. Abraham               BMW              14         -187
18.           M. Baiocco               Ducati             12         -189
19.           L. Mahias             Kawasaki              9         -192
20.           M. Jones                  Ducati               2         -199
21.           S. Barrier            Kawasaki               2         -199
22.           M. Lussiana                BMW               1         -200

Thursday, April 7

ANZAC CUP BIKES ON TV

In a special deal, Truck Festival Event Director/Promoter Robert Cochrane has negotiated to have coverage of the motorcycle races on both days recorded for future inclusion in magazine format show on SKY Chanel 83. 

"Its the first step to getting local motorcycle racing to a new audience," says Cochrane. 

"The ANZAC Cup is a one off annual event that has the potential to add more Australian competitors next year," he says.  

The Truck Festival includes the final round of the NZ Super Truck Racing Championships with Rob Waters from Perth in his Kenworth (that can do 12 second standing quarters) keen to take home the ANZAC Cup.  

Other race classes include Muscle Cars, Classics, BMW & European, Pre '65 and an Allcomers class that includes the Taxi Race team based out of Hawkes Bay. 

This nine car race team of 'Super 6' Holden & Ford racers will race on the Sunday, the cars all hard working Taxis in their earlier lives. 

A field of 20 Super Motard bikes and 20 Formula 3 machines are expected  to battle for their ANZAC Cups over the two days. 

Cochrane says: "Someone asked me, 'Why Formula 3 and Super Motards'.   "The answer is simple - they deliver great racing and are visually different machines, thats what the crowds and sponsors want to see - they want to be entertained."

Seventeen-year-old New Zealand Superlite Champion Jacob Stroud will be up against some pretty quick guys in F3 - there is going to be some great racing. 

For rider entry forms or ticketing info go to www.nztruckracingfestival.co.nz, txt 022-154-0334 or robertc72@xtra.co.nz

Monday, March 7

FEBVRE WINS THAI MXGP - TOWNLEY SECOND IN MOTO 2

Reigning World MXGP Champion Romain Febvre (Yamaha YZF450F) has emerged from the Thai round of the 2016 championship leading the series, with a six point lead over Slovenian Tim Gajser (Honda CRF450), the 2015 MX2 Champion.

Febvre won the first moto after a titanic struggle with eight times world champion Antonio Cairoli (KTM SX450) and Gajser.  New Zealand's Ben Townley, who had qualified fastest, was running fourth and in a good position to mount a challenge when his Suzuki RM-Z450 rolled to a stop.

For Race 1 results click here.

In the second moto, Townley got away with the leaders once again and this time his Suzuki ran hard for the entire distance.  From fifth place early on, Townley passed Swiss rider Valentin Guillod (Yamaha), German Max Nagl (Husqvarna) and Brit Shaun Simpson (KTM) to take over second place.

Townley was riding hard and was six seconds behind Fabvre after just four laps.  From there, Townley rode to his pit board, and let Fabvre stretch away to an 11 second lead but as the race wound down, the Frenchman slowed and Townley reeled him in.  

Febvre was totally exhausted when he took the chequered flag - with Townley just six seconds behind and closing and Nagl another two seconds back.

Cairoli finished 12th after getting caught in the gate at the start and completing the first lap second from last.  


For Race 2 results click here.


With two rounds run, Fabvre leads the championship with 92 points to Gajser's 86 with Russian Evgeny Bobryshev third with 74.

After his two eleventh place finishes at the opening round in Qatar and his second place in Thailand, Townley has moved up to tenth in the title chase with 42 points.

For the current world championship positions, click here.