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
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; email@example.com
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
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
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
This year's MXoN
is in France on 18 September at Saint Jean d'Angely
is also the host for this weekend's Round 5 of the MX1 & MX2 FIM
NZ's Team Manager is Tony Cooksley
. Team selection
is going to be tough and it's a hard pack, technical, stoney track. Ben
will be back to full fitness and you have Josh Coppins, Cody
and Mike Phillips
all vying for selection. Maybe you could add
to that list, currently in Canada for the Canadian
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
In the last e-news I mentioned how MyLaps
4 might get live timing. Tim Gibbes Track Timing
in conjunction with Grant Collingwood of Ctas (www.motorcyclesport.co.nz
) 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. www.livetiming.co.nz 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."
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.
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.
has a new website: www.201racing.com
Check it out - new videos pics and updates.
Gossip of the week:
Racer X scribe and Pulpmx.com
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."
final chapter in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross
is the stats. Denny Hartwig
from Feld Motor Sports sent these:
live-event attendance was up 5% from 2010, bringing the yearly total to
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
provided nine hours of network coverage that yielded a 21% increase in
Monster Energy Supercross was broadcast in 181 countries.
the international interest was a 66% increase in Australia, home of
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.
Supercrossonlie.com, 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