Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 498

For 37 years, Australasian Dirt Bike magazine has been the definitive source of information for off-road motorcyclists – from beginners wondering where to ride and what gear to wear, to seasoned riders getting their monthly fix of racing action and bike hot-up advice. The stories cater to junior riders, ’weekend warrior’ trail riders, full-blown racer-heads and the technically-minded. Bike tests, riding tips, equipment guides, race reports and rider profiles are all delivered with full-colour professional photography.

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in this issue

3 min
what a month

FINISHING TOP FIVE WITH ONLY A COUPLE MONTHS PREPARATION HAS ALL BUT SECURED HIM A CAREER IT’S BEEN A STRANGE old month. We went from the prospect of a double Aussie podium at Dakar to a hospital ride for Toby Price and an impressive fourth for ADB columnist Daniel Sanders, a likely opening round win for Aussie Jett Lawrence in the AMA Supercross 250 East championship to a sixth and, while Ben Grabham and I were riding north of Sydney, we came across a bunch of people camped in the tops of trees defending the bush from being logged. We had Sydney’s Northern Beaches locked down, then NSW locked out of the rest of the country, a New Year’s Eve without any real fanfare, COVID-19-riddled tennis players lobbing up in Melbourne while…

1 min
dakar painted red

THIS YEAR’S EDITION of the infamous Dakar Rally delivered big-time and, when all was said and done, Honda claimed ultimate bragging rights with a solid one-two finish despite its own problems along the way. Argentinian Kevin Benavides hammered his Honda CRF450 Rally to victory despite scoring a hole in the nose from his nav. tower, with teammate and reigning champ Ricky Brabec just under five-minutes behind. Benavides’ win endorsed Honda’s continued focus on dominating the most punishing event on the planet after a string of KTM victories. Honda is back! Results…

1 min
chucky the top rookie

ADB’S OWN DANIEL “Chucky” Sanders embarked on his maiden Dakar with the world at his feet. As a rookie, 2021 wasn’t perhaps the best year to debut at Dakar and it’s been widely reported as the toughest for years. In true Chucky fashion he put the field on notice early in the piece by clocking the third fastest time in the prologue but when the main game got going he quickly learned the turbulent nature of Dakar by completing the opening stage in 25th. He may be young but Chucky has done some serious racing and he quickly began to show some promise by clocking second on Stage 4 and third on Stage 6. By the halfway point of the rally, Chucky was sitting 12th overall. The second half of the 7646km…

1 min
price’s rise and fall

BY ALL REPORTS, this year’s Dakar was punishing, with super-challenging navigation compounded by the fact that the roadbooks were only distributed 20 minutes before each stage as opposed to the night before as they have been in the past. It became apparent from the outset that navigation would be tricky. Aussie superstar Toby Price was KTM’s leading rider and was on fire, taking the win in the opening stage. However, it soon became clear that winning stages was not necessarily an advantage, as the lead rider was the first to make navigational errors the next day. TP rode a yo-yo-style rally because of this and, after winning Stage 1, dropped to 28th in Stage 2. He then won Stage 3 but dropped to 22nd in Stage 4. Winning wasn’t everything, but…

1 min
dakar the hard way

ANDREW HOULIHAN DISPLAYED some true Aussie grit to complete his dream of racing Dakar. The big bloke from Albury, NSW, went down during Stage 3, fracturing his right wrist and splitting his nose. Houlihan’s airbag vest went off to prevent further damage. With years of planning, hundreds of thousands of dollars and more blood, sweat and tears than you can imagine, there was no way Houlihan was pulling out or allowing anyone to medically withdraw him. The mad bastard evaded the Dakar medical team for the remaining nine stages of the race and, with the help of the Nomad’s Adventure Team physio and daily doses of Nurofen, Panadeine Forte and Endone, he made it across the line in 50th place. “That was by far the most difficult two weeks of my…

1 min
oz honda team announced

YARRIVE KONSKY’S HONDA Racing Team has announced a three-rider lineup to take on the ProMX Australian Motocross Championship. MX journeyman Brett Metcalfe remains with the team on the new Honda CRF450R and will be joined by Kirk Gibbs in the MX1 division. Gibbs is a former MX1 Australian champion and the 2020 New Zealand one. Having Gibbs and Metcalfe in the MX1 class certainly gives the red team some clout, while Kyle Webster will race the CRF250R in the MX2 class and Emma Milesevic will compete in the Women’s Motocross Championship. Meanwhile, Konsky has named Muc-Off as the naming rights sponsor for his US-based team in the AMA Supercross series which kicked off recently. Muc-Off Honda’s lead rider is Justin Brayton on a CRF450R in his 18th year of professional racing,…