Stefan Everts – heading towards another title …
1. Stefan Everts – 2/1
2. Kevin Strijbos – 1/4
3. Mickael Pichon – 3/2
4. Josh Coppins – 6/3
5. Steve Ramon – 4/5
MX1 point standings:
1. Stefan Everts – 403
2. Josh Coppins – 301
3. Mickael Pichon – 294
4. Cedric Melotte – 291
5. Steve Ramon – 281
Courtesy YouthStream & Team Suzuki MX Press
Jonothan (Jono) Porter, Australia’s own dirt bike hero, passed away
peacefully at Nambour Hospital in Queensland. The 23 year old from
Gladstone, QLD has been fighting for his life since an accident during
the Maxxis Tyres Australian Motocross Championship at Coolum,
Queensland on Sunday.
Jono’s parents Doug and Cathy and his sister Rowena have been touched
and warmed by the outpouring of well wishes for Jono, particularly
through the tributes pages on the Australian Motocross website www.ozmotox.com where hundreds of fans sympathized with a sense of great loss in the dirt bike industry.
Porter rose to general public fame back in 2001 when he nailed his
famed backflip and won the Planet X Games in freestyle riding. He also
had back to back wins at the Melbourne Supercross Masters in 2002. Much
like Travis Pastrana of the USA, Jono could compete at the top level in
Freestyle one weekend, then win races the next weekend.
Management of his established race team, Troy Lee Designs Maxima Suzuki
have committed to keeping his dream alive and will continue to support
his team mate, Barry Morris through the season with the wishes of his
family and assistance of Suzuki.
The Porter Family would like to thank all those who sent their
condolences and wish that everyone remember him for the great fun
loving guy that he was, not with sadness but remembering all the happy,
awe-inspiring and funny times as he entertained us all.
A farewell gathering will be held for Jono at his home town in Gladstone next week. Details will be posted on the website www.ozmotox.com
Jono lived for the industry and died doing what he loved.
In lieu of flowers, Jono’s family have chosen to remember his life by
giving back to the very children that he gave so much of his personal
time to at the Make A Wish Foundation. Donations can be made in honor
of Jonothan Porter on-line at www.makeawish.org.au
||Jonothan (Jono) Porter
St. Jean d’Angely France
1. Stefan Everts – 1/1
2. Josh Coppins – 3/2
3. Steve Ramon – 5/4
4. Luigi Seguy – 6/7
5. Tanel Leok – 5/10
MX1 point standings:
1. Stefan Everts – 356
2. Cedric Melotte – 268
3. Josh Coppins – 266
4. Mickael Pichon – 252
5. Steve Ramon – 247
Courtesy YouthStream & Team Suzuki MX Press
Went out to Glen Helen today to meet up with Sebastien Tortelli.
(Seb’s back on the bike now, hoping to return to professional racing at
the Red Bud national. Look for an interview with him here next week.)
The guys from Suzuki R & D were on hand, testing a pre-production
RM 450 Z four-stroke. The bike was ridden by Rich Taylor and Greg
Albertyn. It looked like the bike works very well.
I tried to talk them into letting me take the bike home, but no luck.
||RM 450 Z
||Seb Tortelli is back on the bike
1. KTM’s 2005 MX team will be Nate Ramsey, Josh Hansen, Ryan Mills, Jay Marmont & Mike Alessi, all on KTM 250 four-strokes.
2. Evo-Sports is inviting all mx enthusiasts to their 4th Annual Texas Vintage Pro-Am. It’s October 2nd & 3rd at historic Rio Bravo MX Park in Houston, Texas. The two day event will feature a Marty Smith Motocross School, 9 – Vintage classes, 4 – Modern and 3 – Mini classes. In addition to the amateur classes, there will be 2 Pro classes, Vintage and Evolution. Both classes will offer a Pro Purse of $4,000 each. Riders and guests are invited to the ‘Meet the Legends’ party. Includes a Legend Jersey auction that benefits the Clayton Foundation. Legends planning to participate are Kent Howerton, Marty Smith, Warren Reid, Gary Jones, Brad Lackey, Donnie Cantalopi, Steve Wise, Tom Benolkin, Tommy Croft, Jim Pomeroy, Billy Grossi, Ron Pomeroy, Jack Hicks, Dean Lane and Jimmy Weinert. More info at http://www.evovintage.com
3. Former double 250cc World Champion Greg Albertyn will re-join Team Suzuki to mark his last professional race at the Grand Prix of South Africa in Sun City on September 26th.
Having submitted a request to his former employers for technical backing for a guest ride at his home, South African Grand Prix, Albee, will once again form part of the Belgian-based factory Suzuki team. He will ride the factory RMZ 450.
“Greg asked us if he can enter the South African GP to make his last official race, and for us it is great to be able to offer him this opportunity. We simply cannot refuse because we owe him that much. He was a nice person to be around and a pleasure to have as part of the team. I have only seen him a few times in the US since 1994 and I have never been to South Africa, so it will be nice to meet up with him and his family in Sun City.” said director Sylvain Geboers.
4. Team Suzuki rider & five time World Motocross Champion Joel Smets successfully underwent surgery on the ligament in his right knee. The broken anterior cruciate ligament was replaced using a donated part. Smets has little pain and now faces a three week rest period before beginning his rehabilitation in earnest.
“The operation went well and it was good to get home. When they opened the knee they also repaired some small damage to the exterior meniscus and I was told everything lasted about an hour and a half. I took some painkillers in the hospital but it is not that sore now. The knee looks a bit of a mess at the moment and is stiff and swollen after the operation, but I now have three weeks just to keep icing the joint, doing some little exercises and letting things cool down before I can start carefully doing some swimming and cycling. If everything goes OK I hope I might be able to visit the Grand Prix in Ireland” said Smets.
5. U. S. District Judge M. F. Kennelly has ruled a trial is necessary to determine if Clear Channel Entertainment violated Section 2 of the Sherman Anti Trust Act to prevent a takeover of the promotional rights to the AMA Supercross Series. The AMA, owner of the series rights, initially named JAM Sports as the promoter thru 2009. JAM Sports has claimed that CCE used it’s market dominance to influence the outcome, and, eventual awarding of the rights to CCE. AMA Pro-Racing has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Both Clear Channel Entertainment Motorsports and JAM Sports are based in Illinois. The trial is scheduled to begin November 15 in Chicago.
6. There is a new motocross track just south of the American border, in Rosarito Beach, Baja California. It’s also the official track of the 2004 La Playa Motocross Series. The new track is located on the former San Fernando Polo Club, right in the center of Blvd. Benito JuÃ¡rez. Practice hours are: Tuesday to Friday 3PM to 7PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 5PM. Closed on Mondays. Gate fee $10 per bike per day. Monthly Membership at $40 with multiple entries. All the details at http://www.laplayamotocross.com