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Woodward fires at Forus
It was a big weekend in Norway for Cameron Woodward, taking ninth place at the second round of the 2012 FIM Long Track World Championship in Forus.
In his second appearance at the World Championship, Woodward amassed 12 points (2,2,2,3,3) against a first class field before being bested in the hotly contested semi-finals. Finland’s Joonas Kylmaekorpi (29) took top honours in the final ahead of Germany’s Bernd Diener (19) and Matthias Kroeger (20).
The third round of the 2012 Championship is set down for Stadspark Gronigen in the Netherlands on 7 July.
Metcalfe makes top five at Budds Creek
Round five of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship delivered mixed results for our Aussie riders at Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Maryland.
Brett Metcalfe posted impressive results in the 450 Motocross class, picking up an 8-6 race score to finish the round in 6th place and to move up to 5th on the series leaderboard. The round proved to be a tougher one for Michael Byrne, who finished 14th in the class with an 11-19 score to slide two points down the leaderboard to 14th.
Matt Moss had a disappointing weekend in the 250 class, posting a 36-27 result to wrap up the round in 21st position. The result pushed Moss down a rung on the leaderboard to 25th.
The next round of 12 round series will take place at Redbud in Buchanan, Michigan on 7 July.
Top ten performances from Aussies at IDM German Superbike Championship
Aussie trio Gareth Jones, Troy Herfoss and Karl Muggeridge delivered strong results at the third round of the 2012 IDM German Superbike Championship in Nürburgring over the weekend.
Jones picked up the top results of the three, posting a 2-3 result for the Wilber’s BMW Racing team. The outing proved less successful for Muggeridge, who battled with a misbehaving bike to finish with a 6-7 result for HRP Honda. The round delivered mixed fortunes for Herfoss, with the RAC Racing BMW rider suffering an 11th place finish in Race1 before storming the field to take 2nd in Race 2.
The next chapter in the 2012 series will unfold on 29 June – 1 July at Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Stoner second at Silverstone
Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner took second at the British MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday, edged out of the top spot by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
The Repsol Honda Rider moved past early race leader Ben Spies (Yamaha) to lead the field until the final turn of lap eight, when he was taken by a determined Lorenzo. The Aussie fought back in the next turn, but was once again overtaken by Lorenzo, who held the lead until the finish line. Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa came in behind the pair to take the 3rd and final place on the Silverstone rostrum.
With six rounds now complete, Stoner holds second on the World Standing board with 115 points, with Lorenzo holding a 25 point lead on 140 and Pedrosa pushing hard on 101.
In Moto 2, Anthony West finished in 27th position for the QMMF Racing Team, crossing the line +1’05.324 behind Spanish victor Pol Espargaro of Pons 40 HP Tuenti.
Arthur Sissis had a successful day out in Moto3, piloting his KTM to 8th place for team Red Bull KTM Ajo, and now sits 12th on the World Standing board with a six round tally of 31 points. Fellow Aussie Jack Miller did not make it to the finish line, crashing out early on the first lap.
The MotoGP paddock will now head to Assen in the Netherlands for the 7th round of the 2012 Championship on 30 June.
Silver for Johnson at Silverstone 200
Stoner wasn't the only Aussie to take home silver from Silverstone last weekend, with Superstock rider David Johnson recording a second place finish in the inaugural Silverstone 200.
The Carbontek Racing BMW rider picked up fifth in Race 1, before taking out second in Race 2 behind Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Dhane Byrne, to claim second overall.
Hook takes Dream Cup podium at Sentul
Indonesia's Sentul International Circuit played host to the second round of the 2012 Asia Road Championships, with Aussie rider Josh Hook picking up a podium position in the Asia Dream Cup.
The Honda rider rode to 6th in Race 1, before stepping up the pace to collect bronze in Race 2. The 6-3 result saw Hook settle into 5th on the overall points ladder for the Cup.
Fellow Honda rider Josh Pickering put in a solid effort across the weekend, securing a 9-10 result and the tenth rung on the Cup leaderboard.
Aussies rumble at Red Bull Romaniacs
An impressive turn out of Australians took on the 2012 edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs from 14-17 June.
Two Aussies stepped up to the plate in the Pro Class. Jacob Abeleven posted consistent results to round out the four days in 22nd, while Chris Warwick was disqaulifed after a promising performance in the Prolog and Day One.
In the Expert Class, Dean Nuttall thundered through four days of brilliant riding to snare the silver medal for his trophy cabinet. Fellow Aussie Ethan Depiazzi rode solidly to finish in 7th place overall.
Seven Aussies tackled the Hobby Single class, with Dean Sinclair recording the best result of the Aussie contenders to walk away with the silver medal. Craig Evans picked up 13th, Glenn Toner 24th and Braid Kiefer 41st. Rodney Dukino finished the challenge in 47th place and Ross McCracken landed in 60th. Chris Dodd, who posted fantastic results in the Prolog and first three days slipped through the ranks with a disastrous Day Four to end the edition in 67th.
The Overall Pro Class honours were taken out by Graham Jarvis (England), Andreas Lettenblicher (Germany) and Jonny Walker (Great Britain).