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Throwdown No.92 – Rivalry mounting with Anderson and Moss after Manjimup

5 years ago

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Stewart went down and injured his wrist in Moto 1 at Thunder Valley.
It's been broadcasted around the internet all week: Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart's crash at Thunder Valley. He crossed rutted while leading, injured his wrist and sat out the rest of the day's racing. Stewart crashing is far from unusual, but there's a lot of controversy surrounding a photographer crossing the track in front of JS7, which Stewart claimed momentarily distracted him. Here's a video of the crash. Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think. The question now: what's the extent of his injury? It's looking positive for the No.7 to be racing this weekend, after tweeting "So far everything looks good but still waiting for a few more things [to be checked]." But wrist injuries are initially tricky to diagnose and it sounds like more scans are being run to determine the full extent of the damage, so it's anyone's guess as to whether we'll see Stewart on the line at Highpoint this weekend. --- Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing's Brad Anderson claimed his second overall victory at WA's Manjimup 15,000. But it wasn't an easy win for the British national. Honda's Jake Moss battled hard with Anderson, taking every race down to the wire. "It was some of the best racing I've done," said Moss. "Anderson and I battled it out every moto. We were really pushing each other. I heard a lot of stories about the Manjimup 15,000 but I'd never raced there before. I think the track is one of the best in Australia - we've definitely raced a lot worse tracks while competing in the MX Nationals." When pressed for details about the weekend Moss said, "We had practice on the Friday and managed to get four sessions in. The junior races took place on Saturday and the crowd was quite big, with a lot of kids racing, which was surprising. On Sunday I actually holeshotted the first race and had a sizeable lead over Anderson, but they black-flagged it after one of the riders crashed on the tabletop. I got a second in the first race, won the second, then did the shootout, but I didn't really like that. It was one lap of the track before restarting, with slower riders being knocked out. Towards the end it got intense and I didn't want to injury myself, so I took it easy and settled for second." And for those wondering about Moss's injury sustained at Round 5 of the MX Nationals at Murray Bridge, it turns out his hand was only severely swollen. "Suzuki Racesafe medical crew told me I had a compound fracture and I freaked out at the time, but thankfully when I got to the hospital it turned out nothing was broken. I just had a really swollen hand and a corked elbow. I'm back to 100% now, which is great." --- Jake's brother, JDR J-Star KTM's Matt Moss, will make his return to racing at the Highpoint round of the AMA Motocross this weekend. He missed the first two rounds after getting minor surgery to remove calcium lumps. Go get em, Mossy! --- The Murray Bridge round of the MX Nats was a few weeks back, but Insure My Ride just released a clip of 'the real' Josh Cachia all fired up and talking about his craving for a win. "Coming into the round I was thinking I'm due for a win. I need a win. I'm sick of this third crap! I want to get some cash and stand on the stop of the podium," Cachia adamantly states. And stand on top he did, taking his first win of the series in SA. We can't wait to see his performance in the second half of the season! --- Australia's hard-hitting female rider, Meghan Rutledge, injured her hand and wrist at Thunder Valley during her second session of qualifying (she still qualified third). It's a disappointing result after her stellar performance so far - a win in Moto 2 at the Hangtown opener and a podium-third at Freestone. We haven't been able to confirm the extent of the damage or if she'll be racing this weekend. --- The third online instalment of our T-Build 2012 Kawasaki KX250F went online this week with KX-F custodian, Mark Brown, discussing the performance of the machine during the Transmoto 12-Hour - a hardy 12-hour endurance event. Find out how the KX-F held up to Browndawg's punishment. --- Monster Energy Yamaha's Steven Frossard will sit out the remainder of the season after scheduling a second operation on his knee to fix his ACL and meniscus. Enduro We're hearing rumblings that the Australasian Safari will showcase another world-class rider this year and, if negotiations are successful, will be competing on one of CPW's KTMs. The bloke is a Baja 1000 winner, a top-10 Dakar guy and has recently moved from Honda to KTM, so we'll leave it to you to join the dots. But if the American does appear for the late September WA-based event, we reckon he's a real chance. --- Reigning AORC Women's champion, Jemma Wilson, is jet setting back to Europe tomorrow and will head to Sweden where she's score a ride with Johansson Honda. She'll now spend the next three weeks preparing her new Honda before the Italian and French EWC rounds. Wilson will continue to ride on a Yamaha in Australia. --- The Erzberg Rodeo will take place this weekend and the main event - the Red Bull Hare Scramble - will be broadcast live across the world at RedBull.com/hard-enduro-2012. Veteran Travis Pastrana recalls his experience of riding the toughest event in the world... ---
Toby Price had a mechanical at the Finke last year but dominated the Hattah. He'll be the favourite coming into this weekend's Finke.
With the toughest event in the world going on in Austria this weekend, it's fitting to see one of Australia's toughest races take place too. Australian desert racers are flocking to Alice Springs this week for the 37th running of the prestigious Finke Desert Race. The favourite to win is HSE Motorex KTM's Toby Price, but former teammate, Jarrod Bewley, is sure to give him a run for his money, and will look to best his second place finish last year. But it's certainly not a two-horse race, with riders like Jake Smith, Todd Smith, Rod Faggotter and Ryan Branford who'll all be pushing the limits and vying for the King of the Desert title, too. --- Italian-based race team, CH Racing will send enduro star, Alex Salvini, to race EnduroCross in the X Games. In his very first race on US soil, Salvini will forgo the Italian round of the EWC, which conflicts with X Games. --- The FMF Bonanza KTM team, made up of Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, Ivan Ramirez and Dakar legend, Marc Coma, finished the Baja 500 in a solid third position after struggling with an ongoing bike issue through the event. --- Speaking of Caselli, he's just announced he'll undergo knee surgery to repair his meniscus and will be off the bike for a couple of months. Industry The Great Australian Ride - an adventure ride crossing Australia from east to west to raise money for Sids and Kids - has launched their official website. Head to http://www.greataustralianride.com.au to keep up-to-date on their 2012 adventure, commence on August 4. --- Transmoto's July issue went on sale this week. In it you'll find Australia's best enduro bikes going head-to-head, the 2013 KTMs are unveiled, a mid-season wrap-up of the MX Nationals, DIY on your linkage, a look inside Ricky Johnson's 1986 Factory Honda RC250, plus plenty more. Head down to your local newsagent and pick up a copy. --- Join Transmoto.com.au this month to go in the running to win one of five signed copies of _Twice: The Cam Sinclair Story_. It's free and easy. Head over to our sign-up page to enter. --- Ever seen a radiator get shot with a black powder-powered cannon? Us neither.

Uber Moto are having an end of financial year sale discounting their full graphics kits to $295. Head to http://www.uber-moto.com for more details.

Ever wanted to own a signed Valentino Rossie lid to mount on your mantelpiece? Or maybe a signed Jeremy McGrath or Ricky Carmichael helmet. Victorian Yamaha Team Manager, Rosco Holden, sent us a list of helmets for sale from his mate, Randy Jones. If you’d like more information contact Jones directly on Miglia1000@aol.com.

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