[Weekly Features]

Throwdown No.100!

5 years ago

What’s this “Throwdown”? It’s a digital home for rumour, fact and innuendo, delivered on a weekly basis. Covering a broad spectrum of the off-road world’s news, the Throwdown will touch on everything from racing to trailriding; from industry tidbits to issues facing the sport. It’s about delivering you timely information all in one place so you don’t have to scour the internet looking for it.

MX/SX Tension is beginning to build as we head into the final two rounds of the 2012 MX Nationals season. CDR Yamaha's Josh Coppins extended his lead in the MX1 class to 12 points over Motul Pirelli Suzuki's Todd Waters after taking victory at Appin. While in the MX2 class, the 10-1-1 efforts of Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing's Ford Dale was enough to secure the round victory and close the gap on Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha's Luke Styke, who holds a 31 point lead. Raceline Pirelli Suzuki's Jay Wilson may have taken his maiden victory for the season, but KTM's Kayne Lamont still leads the MXD class by 27 points. Round 9 will kick off at Moree on August 19, before heading to Coolum the following weekend for the big finale. --- After 17 years of professional racing, CDR Yamaha's Josh Coppins has announced his retirement plan for the end of the 2012 season. Following a fulfilling career involving success on the World Motocross scene, the current MX Nationals MX1 leader has decided to hang up the boots and, depending on upcoming negotiations with Yamaha, it looks he might take on the role of YMNZ's race team advisor/manager. Grab the full story here. --- Want to grab all the weekend's race results and highlights in one spot? Don't waste time searching through boring press releases. Instead, keep an eye out every Monday morning for our all-new weekly web feature Around the Grounds with Sam Hall, presented by One Industries. --- After taking the Overall in Russia, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Antonio Cairoli will aim for Grand Prix victory number 50 when the FIM World Championship heads to Loket, Czech Republic, on August 5. The Italian has the chance to equal the record of Joel Roberts who also has 50 GP wins under his belt. Ahead of Roberts, the next most successful GP riders ever are legends Joel Smets with 57 GP wins and Stefan Everts with a staggering 101 GP wins. --- We've had a scheduled two-week break in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship calendar, with Round 9 ready to return to Southwick, August 11. However if you're keen to head back in time to reminisce all the greatest crashes, passes and holeshots from Round 4 of the championship at High Point, check the video below. --- Our good mates over at Vurbmoto have some ripping new wallpapers up from Washougal. Go check them out now. --- Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen took a trip back home to Germany during the two-week break in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and managed to pick up a victory at the German Motocross Championship on a 450cc machine while he was there. From what we've gathered the German youngster was feeling a bit homesick, and the visit home may have done him some good. Roczen will look to contest the last round of the FIM World MX1 Championship against the likes of Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle. --- Antonio Cairoli has no intention of competing in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, as he feels the Grand Prix series is much richer in talent. The Italian previously showed signs of wanting to race in America, but it seems as though that idea is long gone. Jeffrey Herlings however mentioned that he might race in America for the 2014 season. If Herlings wins this year's World MX2 Championship, under FIM regulations, he is only allowed to defend the title in 2013 before being forced up to the MX1 class. Herlings mentioned the possibility of racing in America in the 250cc class before returning to Europe to race in the 450cc class. --- A colossal 244 riders are currently entered for Round 4 of the East Coast MX Series, to be held at Mt. Kembla, August 4-5. If you're close by make sure you go check it out! --- We're very proud to have six young Aussie's heading over to compete in the 2012 FIM Junior World Championship, set to take place August 26 in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. Young guns Caleb Grotheus and Riley Dukes will race the 65cc class, with Mitchell Evans and Hunter Lawrence racing the 85cc class, while Egan Mastin and Joel Milesivec will compete in the 125cc class. Best of luck, boys! --- Darryll King is presently in Europe preparing for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. King will compete in the Veterans World Championship event and also plans to race a round of the MX1 series, possibly in Lierop, Holland. --- GEICO Honda's Wil Hahn is set to make his Monster Energy Cup debut aboard a 450cc machine at Sam Boyd Stadium, October 20. "I think it will be challenging, but at the same time something different for us, which is nice," said Hahn. "You can do whatever you want to do. Bring a 250 with loud pipes or a 450 with whatever you want." Hahn enjoyed a career-best second Overall in the 2010 Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Championships. --- 20,000 riders entering and only 1400 actually qualifying! That's how you know you're watching the best of the best at Loretta Lynn's. Read more on the world's biggest amateur event in this week's USA Insider. --- You know those videos where you can't help but hit the replay button over and over again? This is definitely one of those. Watch some crazy C-grade talent from a random club day in the USA highside, ragdoll and even ghost ride into a pond and you'll be screaming "goon" for days! There are a few F-bombs dropped after the halfway mark in this video, so parental advisory should be observed. Enduro The weekend of October 26-28 just keeps getting better and better in Victoria. The announcement was recently made that Round 2 of the Australian Supercross will coincide with the MotoGP in Phillip Island, and further to that, the Australian 4 Day Enduro will now also be run in close proximity to Warragul. --- With rounds nine and 10 of the AORC cancelled due to untimely weather, surely its competitors weren't going to kick up their feet on the couch and have a quiet one at home, right? No, of course not. Big off-road names such as Toby Price, Josh Green and many more flocked to Appin to compete in the MX Nationals, and their performances weren't too shabby at all with KTM's Price finishing as high up as fourth in a race of the Pro Open division. --- Four times Dakar winner, KTM's Cyril Despres, took home victory at the sixth and final stage of the Desafio Rally in Argentina, along with the Overall for the event. The French-born rider finished the six-day event just short of a minute ahead of local rider Mario Gomez, with KTM rider Jakub Przgonski in third. You can grab the race recap here. --- The Force Accessories Wildwood Rock is upon us again, scheduled for November 11. Alongside Australia's best riders, returning to this year's event will be the 2011 outright winner Graham Jarvis from the UK, who's keen to defend his Wildwood Rock crown. Spectators will see riders going over bricks, logs, tyres, rocks and ute tubs, not to mention through the house frame lined with swinging tyres. --- Following his incredible performances during both the Spanish and Portuguese rounds of the Enduro World Championship, British Sprint Enduro star Jordan Rose confirmed his intention to stay with TM during 2013. "I'm really pleased to be already assured of a ride for next year," remarked Rose. "I spoke with Nick Craigie, the team boss, towards the end of July and we easily worked out a new deal. I've enjoyed my first year with the team and I'm thrilled that we can continue to build on what we have achieved together this season." --- At a North American WV RallyMoto race, AXO rider Braden Childers copped a deer to the face on an open road section. As you'd expect, Childers and the deer cartwheeled before Childers remounted and speed off to continue the race, while the deer ran off in the bush! Click the picture below to check out the crazy video footage! FMX Aussie FMX superstar Jarryd McNeil scored himself a silver medal at X Games 18 over in Los Angeles this year, aswell as his first tattoo. Take a look at this video showing off the McNeil family name tatt he picked up over in the states, put together with some of that signature whip footage we all know and love. --- The Australian Underground FMX Championship continues this Saturday with the third of the five round series being held at Gympie, Qld. The top Australian riders fight for the outright title, while emerging talents go head to head for the underground title. Check out this sweet video from Round 2 at Coonabarabran and keep an eye out for the following round's videos produced by Transmoto's videographers Russell Brothers Films. --- Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Kevin Windham, Brian Deegan, Derek Garland, Nico Izzi and Nick Wey all gathered at Fitzpatrick's Fitzland FMX compound to break in the all-new 2013 MSR MX gear. Check out the video below from the day's events. Industry Are you following us on Instagram yet? We make pretty pictures @transmoto you can look through. But don't forget to join the Transmotogram community by hash-tagging you dirt bike pics of gold with #transmoto. --- Thor's 2013 MX gear is now available, with the Flux, Core and Phaze ranges beginning to hit our shelves. It's all lookin' pretty schmick! Take a look at the full range now. With prices for the Phase pants ($119) jersey ($34) and Spectrum glove ($24.95) all super-low, don't expect the trick-looking new threads to hang around long! --- The annual Stefan Everts charity race invites some of the biggest names on the Grand Prix tour to have a bit of fun and to raise money for a good cause. With the 2012 spectacle run and won, take a look at all the action from the event, which took place last weekend. --- Sherco has released some initial PR on their all-new trials ST 2013 range and we'll post more information as it comes to hand. For now check out the sexy yellow-painted frames! --- A few of the boys from Mountainwatch/Transfer (who are under the same publishing umbrella as Transmoto) are helping produce, and even star, in a new snowboarding film, "White Silk Road", which was shot in Afghanistan. Get the lowdown on the film and the dangers the boys faced through an interview conducted by the crew from The Weekend Today Show. White Silk Road will screen in selected cinemas from July 29, so go check it out. --- It may not have anything to do with moto, but Kawasaki Australia has just unveiled its latest Jet Ski, the supercharged Ultra 300X. With a supercharged engine it's currently the most powerful production personal watercraft (PWC) on the planet with 300hp and 272Nm of torque! If you thought hanging onto a KX450F in prime tacky conditions was hard, imagine twisting the throttle on that thing to the stops in the water! --- Ever wondered how much effort goes into organising a day of snapping product photos for a new casual wear range? KTM surely knows what's involved. Take a look at this really cool behind the scenes video from the 2013 KTM PowerWear collection shoot.

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