Brazilian supercross season update

Brazilian supercross season update

Brazilian supercross season ended this past weekend. Massoud Nassar is the 250cc Champion, with Roosevelt Assunção taking the 125 crown, and Rafel Zenni taking the 80cc title.

The 2003 season will start in March.

Round 3


1 Rafel Zenni – Honda

2 Renan Bunji – Yamaha

3 Cristopher Castro – Honda

4 Marcelo Lima – Yamaha

5 Lenandro Silva – Yamaha


1 Roosevlet Assunção – Honda

2 João Paulino – Yamaha

3 Fábio Andolhe – Honda

4 Ismael Maia – Yamaha

5 Jhonatan Roberthson – Kawasaki


1 Jorge Balbi – Honda

2 Massoud Nassar – Honda

3 Fábio Correa – Honda

4 Rafel Ramos – Yamaha

5 Marlon Olsen – Yamaha

Round 4

80cc – cancelled – too much mud


1 Elton Becker – Yamaha

2 João Paulino – Yamaha

3 Roosvelt Assunção – Honda

4 Jhonatan Batista – Kawasaki

5 João Toledo – Suzuki


1 Jorge Balbi – Honda

2 Massoud Nassar – Honda

3 Paulo Stédille – Yamaha

4 Fábio Corêa – Honda

5 Luís Zimmermann – Yamaha

Final Point Standings


1 Rafel Zenni – 82pts

2 Cristopher Castro – 57pts

3 Renan Bunji – 44pts

4 Leandro Silva – 39pts

5 Max Balbi – 26pts


1 Roosevelt Assunção – 81pts

2 João Paulino – 61pts

3 Elton Becker – 47pts

4 Fabio Andolhe – 46pts

5 Kris Florenzano – 36pts


1 Massoud Nassar – 82pts

2 Jorge Balbi – 80pts

3 Fabio Soares – 63pts

4 Paulo Stedile – 58pts

5 Luis Zimmermann – 33pts

Courtesy Fernando Bianco

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125 Start

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MX Racing in Namibia, Africa, Part II

MX Racing in Namibia, Africa, Part II

Part II

Gallina Moto Cross Park

Thousands of spectators flocked to the racetrack outside of the capital Windhoek in Namibia, Africa

At the “Tafel Lager/Pepsi Dash for Cash” event, Daniel Siegl proved his desire to become the “Open Namibian Champion”. Daniel won the first heat ahead of countryman Dennis Schröter, Dane Jacob Almar and Dutchman Erwin Robins.

In the second heat, Erwin Robins was in the lead early on. Then Almar took over the lead for the next couple of rounds while Aigar Leok ploughed his way through the field of riders. Few laps later, Almar crashed and Leok, Siegl and Schröter went by. Leok won ahead of Siegl and Schröter.

In the third heat, Daniel Siegl was chased by Dennis Schröter, with Erwin Robins next. On the last lap Erwin closed the gap before the “whoops” and then went past Schröter, and finished second behind winner Daniel Siegl.

Results Open Class

1. Daniel Siegl, GER, Zenner Meters, Yamaha, 72 points

2. Dennis Schröter, GER, Zenner Meters, KTM, 62

3. Jacob Almar, DK, Bar One-Team, Yamaha, 58

4. Warren Thorne, ZIM, Stannic-Team, KTM, 52

5. Reiner Becker, NAM, “last minute-team”, onda, 48

6. Markus Alden, SWE, E.L.Sea Products-Team, KTM, 44

7. Aigar Leok, Estonia, MILO-Team, KTM, 43

8. Erwin Robins, NL, FNB-Team, Yamaha, 41

9. Ingo Waldschmidt, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Yamaha, 41

10. Thomas Rang, GER, Zenner Meters, Honda, 38

Overall winner of the Series and “Open Namibian Champion” is Daniel Siegl (139 points) ahead of his countryman Dennis Schröter (119) and Dane Jacob Almar (116).

In the 125cc Class, it was Ross Branch who took the honors, winning both heats. Germany’s KTM Team Manager Bodo Schmidt has invited him to race in Germany in 2003.

Results 125cc Class

1. Ross Branch, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 68 points

2. Daniel Huser, SUI, Radiowave 96.7-Team, Yamaha, 52

3. Arno Engels, NAM, “last minute-team”, Yamaha, 48

4. Christian Lechner, GER, NPI-Team, Husaberg, 47

5. Uwe Sternagel, NAM, Quality Tyres-team, Honda, 43

The Masters-Class was won by German Klaus Meyer who participated “just for fun”. You could tell from his “Whips” that he enjoyed himself at Gallina.

Results Masters Class

1. Klaus Meyer, GER, PLAY FMX-Team, Honda, 50 points

2. Beau White, SA, JB Cooling-Team, Yamaha, 49

3. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic-Team, Yamaha, 43

4. Eckhard Waldschmidt, NAM, Shell Team, Honda, 39

5. Andreas Brendel, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Honda, 37

The 65 & 85 Classes were started together. 65cc – The Namibian Björn Bierbrauer could win once more over his old rival Kai Pritzen and at the same time he secured the Namibian Championship. Dominique Thury from Germany finished in third. 85cc – Brannigan Wise had to swallow defeat in his first outing and than never looked back, winning this Class in style. Behind Wise there was a tough battle going on between the Germans Hannes Ackermann and Maria Franke while Philipp Hahn lost dearly through a mechanical failure in heat three.

Results 65cc Class

1. Björn Bierbrauer, NAM, E.L.Sea Products-Team, KTM, 72

2. Kai Pritzen, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Kawasaki, 69

3. Dominique Thury, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 60

4. Heiko Itzko, NAM, Kawasaki, 57

5. Ian Dykes, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 53

Results 85cc Class

1. Brannigan Wise, NAM, Motorcycle Centre, Kawasaki, 72 points

2. Hannes Ackermann, GER, PLAY FMX-Team, Kawasaki, 61

3. Maria Franke, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 59

4. Alexander Howard, NAM, Seasonaire, Yamaha, 55

Tyrone Watkins, Zambia, LIC-Team, Yamaha, 52

50cc Juniors Class – Tristan Müller, Eric Garbers, and Pauli Loots.

80cc Juniors Class – Erhard Pajewski, Jaco Loots and Daniel Pajewski.

Clubmen’s Class. Namibia’s Siegfried, Angolan Jose Teixeira and Namibian Jürgen Brendel.

Quad Class – Duan Spangenberg, Cavin Collinyton and Namibian Emil Dörgeloh.


Part I – October 28

Introduction to MX in Namibia (Quick, get out your Atlas!)

Namibia is in the southwestern part of Africa. It is a fascinating country. It’s a big country with a very small population (1.6 million) scattered all over. Lots of sunshine, sparsely vegetated mountains, endless desert dunes, rocky plains …. that is how “in-flight-magazines” would describe beautiful Namibia.

But there is more …. a country with one of the last indigineous tribes living in Kaokoland region, huge populations of rhinos grazing in the savannah of Etosha Nationalpark, desert elephant roaming Damaraland, and of course, now there is …. Moto Cross!

The Windhuk Moto Cross Club annually stages the biggest international Moto Cross Series on the African continent. It began modestly in the 1980’s, with invite-riders from South Africa like Greg Albertyn, Rob Herring, Paul Cooper and Collin Dugmore. It’s grown into being quite a formidable event.

It all began with an idea. An idea by Bernd Kroemer. After a long, exhausting season he wished that riders from all over the world gather for a final meeting, without any pressure, under the sun of Africa. Money is rare in this part of the world but the WMCC offers the best hospitatlity available. Add a racetrack, the Gallina Moto Cross Park, second to none in the whole of Africa. And that is why riders that came here once, will always come back.


Open Class

1. Daniel Siegl, GER, Zenner Meters, Yamaha, 67 points

2. Aigar Leok, Estonia, MILO-Team, KTM, 62

3. Erwin Robins, NL, FNB-Dutch Team, Yamaha, 61

4. Jacob Almar, DK, Bar One-Team, Yamaha, 58

5. Dennis Schröter, GER, Zenner Meters, KTM, 57

6. Warren Thorne, ZIM, Stannic Team, KTM 49

7. Reiner becker, NAM, last-minute Team, Honda, 45

8. Ingo Waldschmidt, NAM, Hartkor Fakker Team, Yamaha, 35

9. Boyd Karsmakers, NL, Power Parts/Baumann & Meyer, 34

10. Wolfgang Rohe, NAM, Yamaha, 34

125cc Class

1. Ross Branch, Botswana, OBECO-Team, KTM, 66 points

2. Daniel Huser, SUI, Radiowave 96.7-Team, Suzuki, 56

3. Steffen Albrecht, GER, NPI-Team, Yamaha, 51

4. Arno Engels, NAM, last minute-Team, Yamaha, 49

5. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic-Team, Yamaha, 36

85cc Class

1. Uwe Sternagel, NAM, Honda, 75 points maximum

2. Tommie Gous, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Yamaha, 64

3. Philipp Hahn, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 62

4. Maria Franke, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 55

5. Alexander Howard, NAM, Yamaha, 51

65cc Class

1. Björn Bierbrauer, NAM, KTM, 75 points maximum

2. Kai Pritzen, NAM, Hartkor Fakker-Team, Kawasaki, 66

3. Barry van Blerk, ZAM, LIC-team, Kawasaki, 59

4. Dominique Thury, GER, NPI-Team, Kawasaki, 57

5. Heiko Itzko, NAM, Kawasaki, 55

Masters Class

1. Beau White, SA, JB Cooling Team, Yamaha, 51 points

2. Klaus Meyer, GER, Zenner Meters, Honda, 50

3. Dale Holliday, ZIM, Stannic Team, Yamaha, 44

4. Eckhard waldschmidt, NAM, Shell-Honda, 42

5. John Abbott, Australia, Yamaha, 37

Clubmen’s Class

1. Carlos Soweto da Silva Neto, Angola, ADCON Team, Yamaha, 59

2. Siegfried Pack, NAM, Honda, 50

3. Olaf Pack, NAM, Suzuki, 40

50cc Juniors Class

1. Eric Garbers, NAM, KTM, 72 points

2. Tristan Müller, NAM, KTM, 69

3. Pauli Loots, NAM, KTM, 60

80cc Juniors Class

1. Erhard Pajewski, NAM, KTM, 75 points maximum.

2. Caleb Tennant, SA, JB Colling, Kawasaki, 66

3. Jaco Loots, NAM, KTM, 60

Thanks to Bernd Kroemer

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Ross Branch

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Siegl, Robins, Schröter

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by Rick Johnson

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Rick: David, you were the only guy consistently beating RC in supercross last season. Then the shoulder injury. How do you feel now coming into 2003?

David: There are two ways to look at it. One is confidence, and it’s motivating to feel that. It helps then to go out and work and train and ride and be ready for the season. One other way to look at it negatively is to say ‘Oh, I did it before so I can do it again’ and then not work hard to make it happen.

I feel confident in my mind, but I don’t want to think about that too much because Ricky is so strong and so successful. So, I will go like usual with training and working hard. Our bikes are so good, and I’ll give it my best.

Rick: Where are you at now physically?

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David: I’m good. My shoulder doesn’t bother me anymore. My lap times in testing are good. I’m comfortable. The surgery on the shoulder was a big issue for me – it kept me out of action for over three months. It’s all good right now. I’m back, working out, and riding a lot.

We have a few weeks until Anaheim, and I’ll be ready.

Rick: At the Indianapolis race this past season, you caught and passed Ricky on the last lap to win. How did you feel on those last laps as you closed up on him? Did you think he was playing with you? Were you giving it all you had?

David: Rick, you’ve raced, so you know about what I’m going to say. Sometimes you race, finish fourth, and you raced so hard and you are so tired – the race was very difficult. Other times, you might be in second place, and you feel that you can win, and you don’t get tired. You feel great. Everything is going well.

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Indy was just one of those races. I felt good physically, I didn’t get tired, and I saw Ricky making some mistakes. Ricky doesn’t play any games like cat and mouse. He just wants to check out and be gone. I knew he wasn’t playing with me, but if he did (after 18 laps) that would be like a slap in the face. Everything just worked out good for me in Indy. I know you’ve had days like that before too.

Looking at the overall season, Ricky won 11 races. I won three races. That’s not enough. I rode with a broken shoulder blade, and it hurt like hell. Maybe without the shoulder injury I could of won more races. Maybe in 2003 I can win a few more. I’ll continue to stay focused, and try my best to beat everyone.

Rick: How about your bike for 2003?

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David: The bike is very close to what we were running in 2002, but we do have some new parts from Japan that are better. The suspension is a little different, and it’s better too. At this level, the bikes are good. You don’t want to change the entire bike, but only change small things to make it better. Many of the little things are changed to make the rider happy and comfortable. It’s not like Formula 1 where the machinery makes such a big difference. In motocross, it’s the rider that makes the biggest difference.

Rick: Are you doing anything different physically for the 2003 season compared to before?

David: Yes. I’ve added David Bailey’s help.

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In making a change in trainers, you get to hear and explore new ideas. David is a good guy, and very knowledgeable. And he’s excited about the challenge. I’m doing new things that I’ve never done before. That’s both difficult, and fun. It’s a challenge. If I go out on the bike and I feel good, that means some of the training is working. And that’s happening a lot.

I’ve only been back on the bike for just over one month so far. I’m going to ride the rounds in Europe to get ready for Anaheim. I always like to ride a few races in the winter. It will give me a good chance to see where I’m at. And then we’ll come back and see if we can make any more changes to the bike for Anaheim. I’ll be ready to go.

Red Dog – Tim Ferry

Red Dog – Tim Ferry

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Rick: Tim, in 2002 you showed you have the speed, but luck wasn’t too good for you. Will you be doing anything different for 2003?

Tim: Yes, I’ve changed some things a bit. I’m working more on riding technique.

I’ve always taught myself, and that’s what I know with my riding style. But at the end of the 2002 season, I started working with Ron Tichenor on technique. It’s helping me realize how and why I do certain things on the bike, and make adjustments accordingly.

I’m also training a bit different. I felt very strong at the end of the outdoor season. In the off-season I’ve continued to work hard. Haven’t had any ‘down’ time, which I think helps with strength.

During this past season, I had a few small injuries that kept me off the bike for a week or two at a time. And I had a more serious knee injury coming into the start of the season. But now I feel strong.

There is not a big difference between me and Ricky Carmichael, but it’s there. So how can we make this up? That’s why the little changes in how I’m approaching things.

Taking it up a notch is something Jeremy McGrath started years ago, and now Ricky Carmichael has done the same. It’s something I hope and need to do as well.

Rick: You’ll be riding the YZ 450. What about the bike? Is it better?

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This is Tim’s YZ 450

Tim: Compared to the 426, this new 450 is better. More than 10% better. And at this level, that’s saying a lot. Normally from year to year, the bikes make small improvements, but this year it’s a huge improvement. It should make a nice difference.

This new bike is easier to charge on. It has a feel almost like a two-stroke. And it’s lighter. I can hit the face of jumps harder. It’s much easier to be aggressive on.

Rick: I’ve heard the 450 has a really nice hit, and you’ve made some changes to make it smoother for your style. What did you change?

Tim: Our bikes are very close to stock. We did a small amount of head work, and we added some weight to the flywheel. It’s a little bit easier to ride, and a little more mellow in power. I can be more aggressive, and use the mid and high part of the power band. For me, riding 20 laps aggressively is more important that having more power.

The 450 has less four-stroke engine braking with the motor. The bike coasts better when the throttle is off, more like a two-stroke. That means when you jump in the air, the front end stays up a bit more.

Compared to how we modified the older 426, we haven’t made many changes to these new bikes. Right out of the box they are great.

Rick: I’ve been in different positions coming into the first race of the year at Anaheim. Sometimes I felt I had to win, and other times I would be happy getting in the top five at that first race. What would you walk away content with, and looking forward to the remaining 15 rounds from that first race in Anaheim?

Tim: It’s going to be a long series. To go into the first race thinking I want to win every race is unrealistic. To come out of that first race with a podium finish is what I’m shooting for. If I can’t win the race, I just want to be on the box.

You can’t go into that first race wanting to win, and then not win, and be disappointed. There are a lot of good guys racing right now, plus new guys coming up.

It’s a long season, and I want to be in it till the end. I raced the US Open, and a race in Italy, and I’m doing the two rounds in Europe too. I want to stay in the rhythm of racing. I want to come into Anaheim ready to go.

Rick: On the starting line of a main event, there are 20 guys going for the win. I don’t want to single out any guys, but right now it’s impossible not to – Ricky Carmichael put the wood to everyone in 2002. What are you going to do to beat him?

Tim: You are right – Ricky is the guy. Ricky’s the fastest guy on the first lap of practice, and the fastest guy at the end of the race.

What I’m going to do is be more aggressive all the way around – from practice till the checkered flag. We all need to take it seriously, because Ricky definitely takes it all seriously. Every corner, every jump.

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Rick: Are you ready to get physical on the track if need be?

Tim: I am. This is the strongest I’ve ever felt. I was more aggressive when I was riding two-strokes, such as when I rode for Chaparral, and as a privateer with Noleen. When I got on the four-stroke, it felt a little heavier, and harder to whip around, especially in the corners. I feel like my aggression went down the past few years. With the new 450, I feel like I can more aggressive now.

I’m looking forward to 2003. I’m looking forward to being more aggressive, and making some passes when I need to, not waiting for an opening. It’s 20 laps all out.

I’ve been riding a lot with team-mate Chad Reed, and he’s shown he’s going to be a force, and he’s aggressive. And you know Ezra, LaRocco, and Roncada are going to be aggressive too. It’s going to be an exciting year, and you are going to see a lot of passion on the track.

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