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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine

Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine

Issue 495

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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2 min.
best year yet?

THE LUCRATIVE PERIOD DISTRIBUTORS ARE EXPERIENCING WILL COME TO AN END UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN living in a cave you’d be aware the motorcycle industry is in an unprecedented boom. I hate the word “unprecedented”. Too many politicians are using it like they just found a new buzz word. Along with “shovel-ready projects”, “unprecedented times” is one of the buzz phrases for pollies when talking about the dreaded virus. But the context in which they use the word and the meaning they ascribe to it aren’t entirely correct. If something is unprecedented it is an event “never done or known before”, according to the Oxford Dictionary. An alien landing in Parkes, NSW, would be unprecedented. I’m pretty sure that has never happened. But the world has gone through many deadly diseases, like the…

4 min.
full gas!

THE NEW-LOOK GasGas range has been unveiled and, as expected, there is little resemblance to the previous generation built in Spain under the ownership of Torrot and Black Toro Capital. Instead, the first Gasser enduro and motocross models from Pierer Mobility AG are specced-down versions of the group’s KTM and Husqvarna machines at a budget price. ENDURO The MY21 GasGas enduro range is smaller than KTM’s and Husqvarna’s or the old Barcelona bunch, with only four enduros to choose from; the EC250 and EC300 fuel-injected two-strokes plus the EC250F and EC350F. Pierer is obviously increasing production capacity while testing market acceptance for GG in a post-COVID-19 world. KTM Group Australia is doing something similar by not bringing in the EX cross-country versions of those four bikes. The EC250 and EC300 are based on…

1 min.
more bling kings

KTM HAS PRODUCED two more special editions in an attempt to separate you from your hard-earned. The 350EXC-F WESS has been developed by KTM as a tribute to the WESS Enduro World Championship and will cost $17,885. Despite the series not running this year due to that virus, the Austrians wasted no time unveiling a special edition of a model that isn’t actually that closely associated with hard enduro. Seeing as there’s already the KTM 300EXC TPI Erzbergrodeo Special Edition, the 350EXC-F was the next logical choice seeing as reigning WESS champion Manuel Lettenbichler raced one at a number of “less extreme” rounds last year, including BR2 Enduro Solsona in Spain. The Manuel model features the WP Xact 48 fork, which comes standard on KTM motocross models but has never been fitted…

2 min.
jett off the mark

GEICO HONDA RIDER Jett Lawrence secured a career-first AMA Pro Motocross Championship overall win at the final round of the series at Pala, in California. Jett scored 1-2 moto finishes on a rough and technical Fox Raceway track in a fitting send-off for Factory Connection Honda. The team announced its closure on race day, explaining it had lost its naming-rights sponsor, Government Employees’ Insurance Company, and had been unable to secure a suitable replacement in time for next season. It had already lost support from Amsoil this year. “The search for a new title sponsor is now overdue and it’s too late to secure a new deal,” Geico Honda said in a statement. Improving his chances of getting a ride for next season, Jett rode two strong races, fending off attacks from…

2 min.
zach attack

ZACH OSBORNE HAS given Husqvarna its first AMA Pro Motocross Championship since the 450 class was introduced, winning this year’s title comfortably at the final round in Pala. Osborne won six motos and four overalls on his way to securing his first 450MX title by 12 point from class rookie Adam Cianciarulo. The championship is Osborne’s second outdoor title, his first being the 250 crown on a Husky in 2017 before he moved to the 450 class last year. At 31, Osborne never thought a 450 title would come his way and revealed he nearly retired after he broke his back practicing for the Atlanta supercross. “I considered actually retiring in March after I broke my back and my wife gave me a pep talk and we decided against it, went to…

1 min.
mx title cancelled!

MOTORCYCLING AUSTRALIA HAS abandoned its attempts to run the Australian Motocross Championship this year. The decision follows months of uncertainty over the title due to state border closures and crowd restrictions. The opening round of the MX Nationals was scheduled for Horsham, Vic, in April before it was rescheduled to August 9 at COVID-free Conondale, Qld. Shortly after that schedule was released, Williams Event Management announced it would be stepping down as series promoter at the end of the season. As August approached, the championship was put on hold and WEM announced it would be quitting immediately due to the uncertainty. MA continued its efforts to organise a series but, with border restrictions remaining in place, it would be nearly impossible and an expensive exercise with few, or no, fans and limited…