Moto Media

Moto-Media - Vol.224 - Saturday 04 June

Been a big week for me personally. I have 'parked' my Real Estate Licence and quit Harcourts.

Kiwi friend of mine owns an apparel factory near Shanghai and has an interest in another in Manila. He manufactures workwear and teamwear. I am now the Distributor (Pacific Asia Apparel) and have been 'quietly' trialling it, concentrating on workwear / high visibility wear for the trucking industry and in general, we are 25-35% cheaper than their existing suppliers - quality is not compromised.

In teamwear Polo Shirts we have access to 50 differing designs in every colour combination imaginable. You can get cotton but today it's all about those 'breathing' yarns that transfer moisture from the inside to the outside. Again very suitable for embroidering. Long sleeve, zip front, the choice is yours.

We did an order for 50 of a two colour Polo with an embroided logo on the left chest for $28.20 plus GST - they were paying $42.00 !! If quantities dictate and you can give us lead time we would manufacture in Shanghai and you could design your own.

Those embroided Pit Shirts, with button front, that sell for up to $130 we can do foraround NZ$32.50 nettfor 50 units or more including the extensive embroidery. High quality t-shirts for around NZ$9.95 printed. Doesn't have to be high volume either - it's priced accordingly. We also do caps, beanies, skulls, vests and jackets. In fact we can source anything - even do logo'd pens.

So if you ever need anything, please give me a call for a quote. 0277222757 or at PAA;

What's on around Auckland
over Queen's Birthday ?
  • Saturday - weather permitting Harrisville is open now for practice 1-3pm (it's raining). Followed by Scott Wilkins farewell which starts in the Clubhouse which finishes at ......

  • Sunday is Ken Fells Winter Series

  • Sunday is Ardmore's Round 3 of the Wildman Series - kicks off at 10.00 am.

  • Sunday is also Round 5 of 6 of the Yamaha New Zealand Enduro Championship up at Riverhead Forest, north/west of Auckland. Rory Mead who won the last three rounds is back from the USA where he has landed a 'factory' ride with the GEICO/ American Honda JG Off Road Team. Mead will return to the States be joining the team for the next two races, as he's sitting in for Jimmy Jarrett, who was injured in the last OMA. In last weekend's GNCC race Mead stayed strong in the top 10 through the entirety of the race, moving up to 8th on the 5th lap for the finish. He will return for the Snowshoe GNCC on 25 June and then back here for the NZ Enduro Finale at Taupo on 02 July, then back to the States for the John Penton GNCC on 10 July.

  • Sunday - I'm told Woodhill has a 100 off-road race.

  • Monday is opening of the Mercer Sand Track. Tony Cooksley, who is now Mercer's Track Manager and Scott Willis have been down there with a giant bulldozer. 90% of the gorse has gone, sections filled in by two metres, banked the berms, some double berms and sorted the drainage. Tony says; "it's awesome a 'huge' improvement with more to come."

2011 NZ Battle of the Clubs in only it's second year lived up to it's reputation of excitement and it's ability to earn funds for the NZ Team to the MXoN. The event can only grow in stature with each Club entering it's 6 best riders and from a spectator point of view, lots of excitement. The Taupo Club took $6600 in entry fees and $1600 at the gate before costs so fundraising is well under way.

This year's MXoN is in France on 18 September at Saint Jean d'Angely which is also the host for this weekend's Round 5 of the MX1 & MX2 FIM World Championship.

NZ's Team Manager is Tony Cooksley. Team selection is going to be tough and it's a hard pack, technical, stoney track. Ben Townley will be back to full fitness and you have Josh Coppins, Cody Cooper and Mike Phillips all vying for selection. Maybe you could add Mason Phillips to that list, currently in Canada for the Canadian Nationals.

Toughest selection will be the MX2 rider who has to be under 23. We have 4 very eligible riders currently in UK/Europe - John Phillips, Kayne Lamont, Joel Doeksen and maybe Cam Dillon if he gets more racetime. Add to that list Kieran Leigh who is in Canada with Mason. Based on Sunday's performance Rhys Carter certainly has to be in contention. His race time / lap time over 7 laps had him just behind MX1 riders Cooper and Phillips but that was at Taupo. Problem is MXoN is in the South of France and there's the cost of getting bikes and riders there, accommodated etc etc. MNZ don't have the resources to fund it.

Mentioning those riders. Kayne Lamont has had his first practice ride in England so he's underway.

Rhenen MX Onk in Holland was on their Thursday holiday. Big event as Round 5 of the Dutch Open Championship Series. 17 year old Joel Doeksen qualified in top 40 of 60 MX1 entries. He crashed out of Race 1 at lap 5 and was classified 39th. He was 29th in R2. Top 3 was: Evgeny Bobryshev, Shaun Simpson and Marc de Reuver.

In the MX2 class it was Joel Roelants who took the overall win with a 2-1 in front of Mike Kras and Erik Eggens. Jeffrey Herlings had a broken front wheel in the first moto but still managed to finish the race in 14th position. In the second moto he won and lapped till the third place rider.

On John Phillips, I had an email from Emma Davis (Team NZ DBG ) this morning: "We are camped up at the French GP at the moment for Johnny to race the EMX2. (Euro Championship - Round 2 of 7 - Alan H.) We arrived yesterday to set-up and have been through technical control and everythng today. Its so hot here although there are thunderstorm warnings for the weekend. Tomorrow should be a good day, hopefully Johnny can qualify and I am looking forward to seeing what Ben can deliver as he has put in a lot of work since Valkenswaard. I love the atmosphere here, this is truely living the dream for me."

Good luck to Johnny, according to Youthstream he is numbered #31 of 116 entries.

The heart of the European MotoGP season begins this weekend with the Catalunya Grand Prix north of Barcelona, a race with a rich history and massive crowds that marks the first of six races in eight weeks. 12 June Silverstone | Great Britain. 25 June Assen | Netherlands. 03 July Mugello | Italy. 17 July Sachsenring | Germany.

Talking MotoGP: The Race Direction informed Simoncelli they wish to ensure his awareness of the incident at the French MotoGP race and to avoid any future repetitions.

The Race Direction purpose of the meeting was to give all the parties the opportunity to discuss the incident at the French MotoGP in Le Mans that resulted in Marco Simoncelli being penalised with a ride through penalty and to draw a line under it.

The Race Direction informed Simoncelli that they wished to ensure that he was aware of his mistake and to avoid any repetition in the future. Simoncelli responded that in the interval after the French Grand Prix he had had time for reflection and regretted the statements he had made in the heat of the moment immediately after the Grand Prix. He also recognized that he had made an error of judgment and stated that in future he would try to evaluate situations better and be a little more cautious.

Epic Events is For Sale. Yes, you may have heard rumours that Epic Events is for sale and that is true. Nick Reader is starting a new job as the Taupo District Events Manager. His wife Debbie Reader will be managing the company and all events from Monday 30 May onwards. Contact Debbie Reader 021 632721 and

Nick Reader: "We have had heaps of fun and a fantastic lifestyle running Epic Events over the last 11 years and we look forward to passing the business over to an energised person who wants to carry on running some of NZ's best trail rides and most popular Endurance race. Anyone genuinely interested in buying the business should contact Debbie Reader for more information. I will still be at a lot of the events including running the Leatt Four Hour and Suzuki Desert Storm. Please be assured that all 2011 Epic Events will be run to the same very high standard as in the past and the staff will do their very best to provide quality tracks and great riding experiences for all the customers."

In the last e-news I mentioned how MyLaps Orbits 4 might get live timing. Tim Gibbes Track Timing in conjunction with Grant Collingwood of Ctas ( have developed Internet Live Timing, combining audio straight from the course commentator, live video, plus a couple of other unique features like 'Scroll Back' where Internet viewers can scroll back to earlier times of race days in 2 minute increments to look at earlier Results, Schedule, Coming Events, Chat Room, On Occasions, etc.

Tim Gibbes: "Not trying to push my barrow, but wanted to let you know that some of our features are at the moment, unique to our system, but available to others. has an example. We cover mainly car and motorcycle circuit races but occasionally other events like Relay for Life, cycling, off road cars, Red Bull trolley derby, etc. Regards, Tim."

Australian International Speedway star Jason Crump collected 13 valuable points after finishing fourth overall at the Czech Grand Prix held in Prague on Saturday 28 May. Though not 100 per cent fit from his horrific crash in Sweden two weeks ago, Crump produced his best results so far this season and remains well and truly in Title contention as he moved up the ladder from 12th overall to 8th place in the World Championship chase.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) have confirmed that Round 1 of the 2011 Australian Women's Motocross Championship has been cancelled. The second round of the 2011 Australian Women's Motocross Championship to be held on 27-28 August, at Coolum, QLD, will now be the sole Championship event. Promoter, Rebel Media Group (RMG), made the difficult decision to cut one of the two scheduled rounds early on Tuesday morning, as the industry and competitors continue to feel the effects of the economic climate.

Justin McDonald has a new website: Check it out - new videos pics and updates.

Gossip of the week: Racer X scribe and owner/operator Steve Matthes made an interesting comment in Racer X's Racerhead 21:

"Obviously, with Dungey's contract up, you could make a case that everyone outside of Kawasaki (who has Ryan Villopoto) is interested in Ryan. His old boss Roger DeCoster has had talks with Ryan about coming over to KTM, and I'm sure Suzuki wants to keep Ryan too. To me, this is a no-brainer that Ryan would want to stay and Suzuki would want to keep him. The fact that he hasn't basically re-signed with them tells me that something is up with this and Dungey may not be back next year over there. He's shopping around-make no mistake about it. An interesting thing I heard was that Honda has pledged a bike and support to Ryan but they have indicated that he could go and start his own team or, get this, join forces with Chad Reed over at TwoTwo Motorsports. From what I hear, Ryan would bring in some outside money (this is where IMG's clout comes in)(Dungey's new management - Alan H.) and be in his own truck under the TwoTwo umbrella. Sort of like what a NASCAR team does."

Quote of the week: Also comes from Steve Matthes. He was writing about how Chad Reed in Race 2 at Hangtown rode away from Ryan Dungey: "Reed had the guy that destroyed everyone last summer (who did it with speed and fitness) on him, like white on rice and he motored away. That's it, nothing more, nothing less. The outdoors are a series of 24 motos for the championship, and in this one race, on this one day, Reed broke Dungey. I can guarantee you that Dungey is going to win motos, overalls, and be right there the whole way no matter what."

The final chapter in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the stats. Denny Hartwig from Feld Motor Sports sent these:
  • Overall live-event attendance was up 5% from 2010, bringing the yearly total to 775,000 fans.

  • More than 300,000 fans attended the pre-race pit parties.

  • 135,000 fans taking advantage of the Monster Energy Pit Pass recycling program, driving pit party attendance up 32%.

  • 24% increase in television rating on SPEED.

  • CBS Sports provided nine hours of network coverage that yielded a 21% increase in ratings.

  • Internationally, Monster Energy Supercross was broadcast in 181 countries.

  • Highlighting the international interest was a 66% increase in Australia, home of Chad Reed.

  • Facebook "likes" grew to 650,000 this year, posting a 915% growth.

  • Monster Energy Supercross' Twitter followers grew to nearly 15,000, posting a 285% increase.

  •, the official home of Monster Energy Supercross, played host to 540 videos that were produced live through the 16 tour stops, generating 2.5 million views to date.