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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 487

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
strong head game

FOR THIS ISSUE I interviewed all five Aussies who competed in the 2020 Dakar Rally. They all had an epic story to tell but I was unsure how I should approach my chat with Toby Price. I’ve known Toby since 2009 when he nearly knocked me over at the Australian Four-Day Enduro while piloting a Kawasaki KX450F. Since then, the likeable Aussie off-road freak has always found the time to stop for a chat whenever our paths crossed. I was the first person to surf with him when he returned from his horrific neck injury and I actually ended up conducting an interview with him out on the water! Figured it was probably the only thing I could show him how to do. Despite what I would consider a pretty friendly…

4 min.
clout’s our man

LUKE CLOUT LOOKS set to be our main man in the AMA Supercross Championship this year after getting the all-clear to race the remainder of the 250SX West series. Injuries have decimated the Aussie ranks, with Jett Lawrence and his older brother Hunter currently out of the running. Hunter was due to make his American supercross debut for Geico Honda in the opening round of 250SX East in Tampa, Florida, but that’s been further delayed as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Jett has until March 28 for his collarbone to heel before hostilities resume in the 250SX West championship in Seattle, Washington. Penrite Honda’s Clout was due to head home for the opening round of the MX Nationals, along with a number of other Aussie riders. But after an impressive performance for…

2 min.
ktm adds new blood

KTM ENDURO RACING Team has announced its line-up for the Australian Off-Road Championship after signing a young motocrosser. Not surprisingly, Daniel Milner is returning to defend his E2 championship but alongside him will be Mason Semmens, competing in E1. At 28, Milner, has enjoyed a lengthy and storied career and this will be his fourth straight year with the factory KTM organisation as he climbs aboard another 450EXC-F, after starting last season on a 350. Semmens on the other hand, is just 18 and jumping into his first full season of off-road racing after making the transition from motocross. Despite his relative inexperience, the Victorian impressed at Hattah last year, showing great off-road racing potential with a win in the Under-19 class during a season in which he raced both MXD and…

2 min.
aussies endure eco race

A HANDFUL OF crazy Australian riders and one Kiwi competed in the 11th Africa Eco Race. The event is an annual cross-country rally that retraces much of the path of the original Paris-Dakar. Over 12 gruelling stages, riders navigate more than 6500km across Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania before finishing in Dakar, Senegal. Matt Sunderland (top right and middle) rode for the Lyndon Poskitt Racing team and finished seventh overall on his KTM, with a win on Stage 6. “I’m very grateful to have crossed the finish line,” the Vancouver-based Victorian said on Facebook. “This race has so much history and to be able to not only compete but finish and claim seventh position is very humbling. It was a huge learning curve and a very technical and tough race with thousands…

1 min.
wilksch joins husky

THE HUSQVARNA ENDURO Racing Team has revealed its line-up for the Australian Off-Road Championship with reigning E3 Champion Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders returning on the Husqvarna FE501 and new recruit Andy Wilksch representing the Austrian manufacturer in E2. The Victorian pair will be mentored by Ben Grabham. The ADB tester has worked with Sanders for a number of years and hopes to continue to improve his results. “We’ve got two exciting riders and I have a really good history with ‘Chucky’ that goes back to 2014. He won the AORC outright last year, so the goal is to go back-to-back with that, but he hasn’t won an A4DE outright yet so we’re working towards that as well. Andy has always been competitive and is very capable, so we are really excited to work with him this…

1 min.
cessnock to host kmx final

THE REBUILT CESSNOCK Motocross Club will host the NSW King of MX Final on 6-8 June. Boasting a new 40-gate start, the track has been significantly rebuilt over the summer to improve rider safety while encouraging close racing. Motorcycling NSW CEO Dave Cooke is excited by the move from Nowra and says the growth of King of MX has forced organisers to secure new tracks. “Finding host venues for the final is actually very difficult, simply due to the size of the event. “The King of MX has become so successful in its first two years it has actually outgrown some of our venues as we need so much space for competitors and spectators. With the work Cessnock has put in over summer, they are now capable of pulling this off for us.” KMX…