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Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine Issue 488

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

3 min.
get out there*

IF I CAN’T RIDE, I’M GOING TO PLAN RIDING TRIPS, TALK ABOUT RIDING WITH FRIENDS AND THINK ABOUT RIDING THIS YEAR IS shaping up as one of the worst in recent memory. We’ve endured disasters of biblical proportions from drought, to fires, flooding and now a world-wide deadly virus in the last few months. Talk about a rough day at work! But what does it mean for our motorcycle industry? On paper it might look like a sad state of affairs, but we can change that. National, state and local events are being scrapped or postponed left, right and centre. But this doesn’t mean you can’t go riding or prepare for it. In fact, with social-distancing laws now in place and the authorities urging people to avoid communal areas and large gatherings, now…

3 min.
the day the music died

GOVERNMENT BANS ON gatherings of more than 500 people and restrictions on travel to regional areas have seen many dirtbike events cancelled or postponed. Rounds five and six of the Australian Off-Road Championship scheduled for Nowra, NSW, on April 18-19 have been postponed, with a new date yet to be announced when we went to press. The following rounds, in Murray Bridge, SA, are set for August 1-2 and may escape viral interference, while the Australian Four-Day Enduro scheduled for May 6-9 in Erica, Victoria, was still under review at the time of writing and may be postponed. Our dirt stars are already feeling the effects, with Husqvarna team rider Daniel Sanders telling ADB that, if things get worse and events are cancelled: “It’s hard because you don’t know what to train…

1 min.

THE AMA SUPERCROSS Championship came to a grinding halt after round 10, when it was announced rounds 11 through to 15 would be cancelled. This leaves only round 16 in Las Vegas and round 17 in Salt Lake City to decide the champions. However, if those two are cancelled, Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac could be crowned 450SX champion by just a three-point margin over Honda’s Ken Roczen (above) based on the results so far. Defending champion Cooper Webb, KTM, would finish third and Yamaha’s Justin Barcia fourth. In the AMA 250SX West Championship, defending title holder Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha, would retain his crown. In the East Coast title fight, number one plate holder Chase Sexton of Geico Honda would hold onto his title after only four rounds but the AMA may not award…

1 min.

AFTER COPPING LOTS of rain at rounds one (Britain) and two (the Netherlands), the next six rounds of the Motocross World Championships have been postponed. Racing is set to resume on June 7 at the MXGP of Russia. The affected rounds have been rescheduled to later in the year and the championship will now end at the MXGP of Argentina, which was round three, on November 22. The Motocross of Nations has not been affected so far and is still set for September 27 in France. Providing things don’t get worse, the MXGP season will still be 20 rounds. We asked Factory Husqvarna rider Jed Beaton about how the events are effecting his training and income. “I am continuing my off-bike training as usual, because all the tracks have been closed…

1 min.
ktm on hold

THE REBIRTH OF GasGas could be delayed after KTM, Husqvarna and GG parent company, Pierer Mobility Group, stopped production at its Mattighofen factory due to interruptions in the supply chain from northern Italy as a result of coronavirus. The factory was due to reopen on April 10, with no effect on supply to Australia, when we went to press but the closure may be extended if the situation in Italy or Austria worsens. The company gets components from Brembo and Magura in Italy. Yamaha Motor Europe suspended production at its facilities in Italy and France (from where we get the Ténéré 700) but they could have reopened by the time you read this.…

2 min.
old gassers go up road

SPANISH TIDDLER-BIKE manufacturer Rieju has acquired the rights to the existing GasGas enduro models and is to restart production of them at its factory in Figueres, 20km north of their former birthing facility in Girona. The Gasser platform was dumped by Pierer Mobility AG (formerly KTM Industries AG) after it acquired a 60% stake in the brand from Torrot Electric Europe and Black Torrot Capital last year for an undisclosed sum. That was despite the Spanish bikes being revamped only three years ago under then-new Torrot ownership. The new EC250 and 300 were launched with KYB suspension three years ago and the EC Ranger hybrid last year, with an EC200 promised. Torrot claims to have sold 4500 Gassers in more than 50 countries since that time but seems to have run…