ACU Statement: Illegal Riding

Those of you who have scoured social media throughout the lockdown would have seen that illegal riding has spiked in the UK lately, with a handful of different locations being hit. The governing body in the United Kingdom, the ACU, just released a statement on the matter.

Press Release

Despite the current lockdown, some people are choosing to flout the rules and risk the future of our sport by illegally utilising forestry commission land and private venues.

Illegal activity on forestry commission land is a criminal offence and puts all legitimate events at risk.

The ACU take a zero tolerance approach to this in partnership with the forestry commission, and local police. Anyone caught illegally riding on forestry commission land can expect:

– Your bike WILL be impounded under Section 56 by the forestry commission and police.

– You WILL be prosecuted for a criminal act by the police.

– You WILL be reported to ACU/AMCA head office for a termination of your competition licence. This will be shared with all authorising bodies.

If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact the police through 101.

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News: Moto Fite Klub

Following on from the recent social-media rumblings, Fite TV have released more information on the upcoming Moto Fite Klub. Travis Pastrana, Ryan Villopoto, Mike Alessi and more are set to compete. An official announcement is below.

Press Release

New York, NY – May 1, 2020 – FITE announced today its newest iteration to the streaming combat sports platform, Moto FITE Klub. The event will take place at an undisclosed location on Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00pm ET/2:00pm PT exclusively on FITE Pay Per View.  Moto FITE Klub, will feature the world’s biggest names in motocross and supercross motorcycle racing, including Ryan Villopoto, Mike Alessi, Damon Bradshaw, Broc Glover, Jeff Stanton, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Sipes, Jake Weimer, Ivan Tedesco and Kevin Windham.

The first of its kind, Moto FITE Klub will feature match racing to determine the baddest dude in the world during this trying time and while the racing will be unparalleled, the charitable component will be equally as strong.

Moto FITE Klub will partner with a number of charities, including the good folks at Road to Recovery, Goggles for Docs, and many more. Whatever we can do to fight the good fight, we will do.

“We want to use this event as an opportunity to entertain sports fans and give back to some amazing charities,” said nine-time AMA champion Ryan Villopoto. “This is an eclectic group of individuals that want to make the most of this time and provide for others, so I encourage you to purchase this event for a number of reasons.”

The live May 12 PPV event will be preceded on Monday, May 11 at 7pm ET with the Moto FITE Klub Rider Roundtable discussion with all of the riders discussing the history of the sport and what fans can expect when they reignite decades old rivalries on the track.  This roundtable event will be available for free on FITE.

This is the sport that will reignite the world of entertainment. Be a part of it. For more information and to order, click HERE.

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Team GB: Junior Worlds

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Another domino falls. The ACU has confirmed that they will not be sending any riders to the 2020 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Greece in August. Official communication is below.

Press Release

Following the recent virtual meetings of the ACU Motocross Committee and supported by the ACU Board of Directors and Gareth Hockey of RHL (the British team co-ordinator for Team GB at the FIM World Junior Championship), the decision has been made not to send an ACU team for the 2020 event.

With the event due to take place at Megalopolis, Greece, on August 08/09 2020 all parties believe that with the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 around the world at the moment the best decision is not to send an ACU federation team to this year’s FIM Junior World Motocross Championship.

Collectively they feel that planning and sending our youth riders to Greece at this time is just too much of a stress on families and the potential risk is still too great, while all the planning and costs related to it could surmount to nothing as there is currently no certainty that the event would still take place.

Speaking on behalf of the ACU Ltd Board of Directors, ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey said: “It’s a welcome decision by the relevant parties because of the uncertainty around so many factors like international travel and transport, the pressure on families finances and health concerns. We’ll try to make sure we return to the event in 2021 when this terrible pandemic is over and behind us.”

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Crescent Yamaha launch “YZ” Open Evening

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Crescent Yamaha to launch 2020 MX Campaign with Exclusive “YZ” Open Evening.

Having recently re-modelled its Verwood, Dorset showroom as the UK’s premier Destination Yamaha Dealership, Crescent Yamaha kicks off the year by launching its 2020 British MX team at an exclusive open evening on Friday 6th March. The full 2020 Yamaha MX model line-up will be on display and the evening will feature 2020 YZ-F / GYTR technical presentations, product demonstrations from the very best in the MX industry and wide range of unrepeatable off road deals.

Crescent’s 2020 YZ450F MX1 rider and 2019 Bridgestone Masters Champion, Jake Shipton, will be in attendance, and looks forward to meeting race fans and fellow riders on the evening. Jake will also be joined by new recruit for 2020, YZ250F MX2 rider Callum Green. Crescent Yamaha’s tuning and performance specialists will be on hand to answer any questions, along with top off-road brands such as Alpinestars, Talon and Muc-Off.

Crescent Yamaha will be making some exclusive offers during the event, which more than justify a trip out on a Friday evening…!

  • Up to 50% off selected clothing, parts and accessories
  • 10% off everything else in store (excluding bikes)
  • Un-repeatable and un-missable new bike offers including BRAND NEW 2019 YZ450F at an incredible £5995!!
  • GYTR YZ65 and YZ85 Crescent specials
  • Free gift will be available on a first come, first serve basis plus much more …

Don’t miss out, join the Crescent Yamaha Team from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 6th March at Crescent Yamaha, 23 Black Moor Road, Ebblake Industrial Estate, Verwood, BH31 6AX. 01202 820170.

For more information simply contact Crescent Yamaha here

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The Inside Line: Rob Andrews

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Rob Andrews’ eagerly awaited new book, The Inside Line: Racing the 500cc World Motocross Championship is now available at theinsidelinebook.com.

Tracing the journey of the British former 500 GP star, from unremarkable amateur through to factory Kawasaki rider, GP contender, and member of Great Britain’s 1985 Motocross des Nations team , The Inside Line is a unique, comprehensive, and fascinating first-hand account of what it was really like to race in the 500cc world motocross championship during its 1980s heyday.

Incredibly detailed, and unlike any publication that has come before, the reader will learn how the whole world championship system worked, and discover what it was like to be a professional racer, riding a full-factory 500 against some of the sport’s most decorated stars, and on many of the most famous and revered grand prix motocross circuits.

Superbly illustrated, this hefty, 400 page, full-colour hardback book features nearly 400 outstanding and never-before-published images from some of the sport’s most acclaimed photographers.

Author, Rob Andrews: “I feel very fortunate that the best years of my GP racing career coincided with an incredibly memorable period for the 500cc world championship. To be able to share my own experiences of that great time in motocross grands prix is equally exciting”.

On sale now at theinsidelinebook.com, The Inside Line: Racing the 500cc World Motocross Championship is priced at £40 plus postage, and worldwide shipping is available.

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Kecks announce new RHL partnership

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For 2020 Kecks have partnered up with RHL activities and the Judd Ktm British Youth Championship (6 Rounds) and the ACU British Championship (4 rounds) to bring you the Kecks Fastest Lap award

If you set the fastest lap in the below classes during a race (the Fastest lap is chosen from the best time of either moto) you will win the Award and a voucher to redeem one pair of Kecks underwear :

  • Small Wheel 85cc (6 Rounds)
  • Big Wheel 85cc (6 Rounds)
  • 125cc (6 Rounds)
  • Open (6 Rounds)
  • MX1 (4 Rounds)
  • MX2 (4 Rounds)

You also win a Kecks Trophy plate to keep. For winners to redeem you simply log on to www.kecksunderwear.com and add the style and size of your choice to the basket. At the checkout then add the voucher code to the discount section and your order will be discounted by £19.99. You will then need to choose your shipping option, Shipping prices will be charged and not included in the discount.

Ed Warren, Kecks Underwear 

It’s great to be a part of the championship run by RHL. they certainly know what they are doing when it comes to events. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us as we have loads in the pipeline. It’s great to be involved in sport at all levels, And we believe the amateur program the British youth championship has to offer might just find us our next athlete.

Gareth Hockey, Director of RHL Activities

“I am pleased to be welcoming Ed and the team at Kecks Underwear into the British Motocross Championships for 2020. Kecks is a new and exciting brand within not just our sport but across other sports across the world. We are really looking forward to working with the team throughout the season.”

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SCOTT announce new Camo Edition Goggles

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SCOTT Sports is proud to announce the release of our latest and greatest Camo Edition moto goggles.

To coincide with the San Diego round of the 2020 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship, an event long associated with military appreciation, SCOTT is showcasing our new special release Camo Edition goggles at the race on February 8th.

The Camo Edition Prospect is designed with a stealth-style black and grey camo print, which can be found on the strap as well as on the inner part of the frame. Reflective silver SCOTT logo’s on the strap complement the silver chrome WORKS lens to give these goggles the ultimate pro look.

Featuring the widest field of vision on the market, NoSweat Face Foam, the innovative SCOTT Lens Lock System, a 50mm strap, articulating outriggers and more, the Camo Edition Prospect goggle is guaranteed to defend your vision no matter how hard you attack the track.

The Camo Edition Fury comes with a classic khaki woodland camo strap and a subtle yet super-stylish grey/army green frame. A yellow chrome WORKS lens pulls the whole color scheme together.

Shaped by innovation, technology and design, the Camo Edition Fury follows in the footsteps of its big brother, the Prospect. Featuring a massive field of vision, our proven SCOTT Lens Lock System, 3-Layer face foam, a no-slip silicon strap and supporting all the same accessories as the Prospect, the Fury is a great choice for tech-loaded yet low-profile alternative to the Prospect.

Coinciding with the San Diego round of the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, which will take place at PETCO Park, San Diego, CA on February 8th , the Prospect and Fury Camo Edition goggles will be available soon after the event.

The goggles will be worn by a selection of SCOTT athletes for the race, so keep an eye out to see the SCOTT Camo Edition Goggles on the San Diego start gate!

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First Look: Hitachi KTM

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Conrad Mewse and Bas Vassen lead the team into 2020

Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee is proud to announce an extension to their rider line up for 2020 for the FIM Motocross World Championship, ACU British Motocross Championship and the European 125 Motocross Championship.
The British KTM team will run four riders for the up and coming season, with 2018 British MX2 Champion Conrad Mewse once again competing in the MX2 class. Mewse will race alongside his teammate of 2019, Dutchman Bas Vassen, both on the KTM 250 SX-F.

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Joining Mewse and Vassen for 2020 will be 16-year-old Eddie Jay Wade and 15-year-old Ethan Lane. Wade, who was Junior World Champion in 2017, will be switching between the KTM 125 SX and the KTM 250 SX-F during the season as the Brit will be competing in his third season of the EMX 125 Championship, as well as debuting in the MX2 class of ACU British Motocross Championship. Lane will be riding the KTM 125 SX in both the EMX 125 championship and the MXY2 class of the ACU British Motocross Championship with his goal set firmly on building experience within the highly competitive domestic and European series.

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With a total of 21 events in 15 different countries, both Mewse’s and Vassen’s goal for 2020 is to stay healthy and consistent after their 2019 seasons were cut short by injury. Both will be looking for redemption in the form of the coveted British MX2 title and fulfilling their podium potential in the World Championship.

Hitachi Construction Machinery and Milwaukee Power Tools remain the title sponsors for 2020, with KTM, WP Suspension and Motorex all providing state of the art products to ensure the machinery is performing at its optimum level. A new sponsor for 2020 is Seven apparel. Seven’s clothing offers the next level in athlete performance through innovation. The riders will also be equipped with Alpinestars boots and Oakley goggles.

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Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee Team will make their 2020 racing debut at the MXGP of Great Britain on Sunday 1st March 2020.

Conrad Mewse, MX2:
“I’m really happy to be going into the 2020 season with Hitachi Fuelled my Milwakuee for a third year. We’ve built a good base over the last two years, so it’s great to return and continue that form. My goal this year is to be the British MX2 Champion again and to have a consistent year in MXGP with some top 10 finishes.”

Bas Vassen, MX2:
“I am very happy to be back with Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee for 2020. I have had a long time off the bike, but have been training hard during the winter. I love being on the bike, so I am ready for the season to get going and get some good results in.”

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Roger Magee, Team Principal:
“We retained Conrad Mewse and Bas Vaessen for 2020 to compete in the MX2 class of MXGP and the ACU British Championships. We know that the riders have the potential to succeed at the highest level. Both riders have been working relentlessly on their fitness since the end of last season in order to be fully prepared for the first MXGP at Matterley Basin in a few weeks’ time.

“Our team ethos is always to try and assist young riders who have genuine potential. In 2020, we have drafted in Eddie Jay Wade and Ethan Lane to compete in the ultra-competitive EMX125 rounds. Both riders will also race the in the British Youth Motocross and ACU British Motocross championship, with Wade competing in the MX2 class and Lane in the MXY2 class. We will also be supporting Oli Benton who will be riding MX2 on a KTM 250 SX and Cain McElveen and Conor Mullan, who will both be riding the KTM 250 SX-F in the UK and Irish Championships.

“Without the financial commitment of our loyal joint title sponsors – Hitachi Construction Machinery and Milwaukee – it wouldn’t be possible to run our team at both World and British Championship level. We greatly value their support, alongside our other industry sponsors – most of whom have been associated with the team since its inception in 2005. We look forward to a healthy and successful 2020 season to reward all our sponsors for their confidence in Hitachi KTM Fuelled by Milwaukee.“

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RIP: Paulo Goncalves

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Tragic news emerged from the Dakar Rally earlier today, as it was confirmed that Paulo Goncalves has passed away following a significant fall. The FIM released the following statement confirming the news.

Press Release.

It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves this morning during Dakar seventh stage.

He has passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest. Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

40-year-old Paulo Gonçalves was taking part in his thirteenth Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top ten, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015. Paulo Gonçalves, the 2013 FIM Cross-Country rallies World Champion, was sitting in forty-sixth place overall after stage six of the 2020 Dakar.

On behalf of the FIM family the president, Jorge Viegas, extends its deepest condolences to Paulo’s Family, the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation, the entire Dakar caravan and his many friends.

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Have Your Say: British Youth Championships

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In 2019 RHL Activities & MX Vice brought two rounds of the British Youth Championship live on social media for the first time ever in UK history. This was a huge success and was received positively across the industry with high viewing figures not only from the UK but from across the world.

For 2020 RHL are looking to increase the live streaming at the British Championship events and would like your input by completing a short survey, where on completion you will then be entered into a prize draw to win a signed Robbie Maddison race shirt.

https://rhlactivities.com/blog/2019/12/live-streaming-at-british-championship-survey

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