Hayes Joins Pridmore To Head Strong US Team For International Challenge

Hayes Joins Pridmore To Head Strong US Team For International Challenge

Fans of January’s Island Classic, the big historic bike meet at Phillip Island, get ready because the Yanks are coming! An aggressive recruitment drive by Team America has bolstered its stocks for the three-nation shootout, the 2019 International Challenge, with first swords drawn in preparation for a battle royale come January 25-27.

After finishing third in 2018, Team America will be out to push defending champion Australia all the way with their crack squad announced today.   Former AMA and FIM Endurance champion, Jason Pridmore, returns after his top five finishes last January, and he brings with him a massive talent bank led by four-time AMA Superbike champion, Josh Hayes.

The US corner is strengthened further with a bunch of ace riders including Larry Pegram, Steve Rapp and Dale Quarterley. Aussie expatriate Rennie Scaysbrook ‚Äď a motorcycle journalist who‚Äôs been living, and racing successfully, in America for a number of years has also joined the US squad.

Josh Hayes, 43, dominated the AMA superbike title in the early part of this decade for the Yamaha factory squad, claiming the number one spot from 2010-2012 before winning again in 2014.

He also finished seventh in the season-ending MotoGP race at Valencia in 2011 as a replacement for injured compatriot Colin Edwards, while Rapp has also tasted action in the biggest league of all when he rode in the 2012 Indy round of the MotoGP title.

Rapp, Pegram and Quarterley were also staples of the AMA scene for many years, with Quarterley one of only a handful of riders to win a superbike race as privateer. The 57-year-old turned his talents to car racing when he retired from two-wheel competition, but recently won a major classic motorcycle race at Sonoma in California.

A large contingent of the American squad will be riding machines prepared by Mojo Yamaha, which is a motorcycle racing team focused on classic Yamahas with engine builder, Larry Cook, and chassis expert, Denis Curtis, the helm.    Fans can find out more at http://www.mojoyamaha.com

The engines are a mix of oversized FJ1100 four-strokes and TZ750 two-strokes, housed in frames produced by CMR Racing.

“Immediately following the 2018 International Challenge, the build and preparation of the bikes for 2019 got underway. The goal is to engineer the most reliable bikes while keeping them as close to identical in build as possible.

‚ÄúFor 2019, we have five CMR/FJs and two TZ750s. These Yamahas have proven to be the best possible fit for Mojo Yamaha and should offer the most competitive advantage in our quest to win the event.‚ÄĚ

Said Team America riding captain Dave Crussell.

America will compete against Australia and New Zealand in the 15th running of the International Challenge, which has hosted some of the most cut-throat racing ever seen at the 4.45km grand prix circuit.   Each team can field up to 13 riders for their national squad.

The International Challenge is reserved for bikes manufactured between 1973 and 1984. There will be four six-lap races to decide the winner, with recognition for the highest individual scorer through the Ken Wootton Memorial Trophy.

Australia has already named its team: 2018 individual winner David Johnson, Jed Metcher, Steve Martin, Shawn Giles, Beau Beaton, Cam Donald, Dean Oughtred, Aaron Morris, Paul Byrne, Craig Ditchburn and Scott Webster. The New Zealand team will be named next week.

And in a first for the International Challenge, the 2019 event will be filmed for a two-hour television program to be broadcast in UK and Europe, USA and Canada, S.E. Asia, and in Australia on Foxsports and SBS in February.  

The Island Classic, now in its 26th year, isn’t just about the International Challenge, though, with the event a pilgrimage for so many riders and spectators as they celebrate a century of motorcycling. There will be 56 races held across the weekend, catering for pre-WW1 bikes through to Vintage (1920-1945), Classic and Post Classic (from 1946 to 1972) and the more recent Forgotten Era and New Era classes.

The rider who scores the most points across the non-International Challenge races will be awarded the prestigious Phil Irving Perpetual Trophy. Over 500 bikes will either be racing or on display.

Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale at islandclassic.com.au. A three-day adult ticket, purchased in advance, is just $82, and free for children 15 and under (accompanied by a full-paying adult).  Packaged with four night camping the cost for a four-day weekend away is $164* for event entry and camping.

*All prices quoted are advance tickets. Advance ticket sales end midday Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  
Buy advance and save.
Gate ticket prices are additional.  
Kids classified as age 15 and under.


Captain: Dave Crussell


273  РWade Boyd  РMoto Guzzi  РLe Mans  Р1988  Р1000
17¬†¬†¬† –¬†David Crussell¬† – Yamaha¬† – TZ750¬† – 1978¬† – 748
55    Р Michael Gilbert  РYamaha  РFJ1100  Р1983  Р1250
219  РJorge Guerrero  РSuzuki  РXR69  Р1982  Р1200
0      РJoshua Hayes  РYamaha  РFJ  Р1983  Р1250
178  РBruce Lind  РYamaha  РTZ750  Р1975  Р749
61¬†¬†¬† – Eric Lindauer¬†–¬†Kawasaki¬† – KZ¬† – 1980¬† – 1000
29    РBarrett Long  РKawasaki  РHarris  Р1982  Р1250
55    РMartin Morrison  РSuzuki  РRGB500  РMK7  Р1982  Р500
72    РLarry Pegram  РYamaha  РFJ1100  Р1983  Р1250
32    РJoe Pethoud  РYamaha  РHarris  РF1  Р1984  Р1250
43    РJason Pridmore  РYamaha  РFJ1200  Р1983  Р1298
0      РDale Quarterley  РSuzuki  РXR69  Р1984  Р1250
15    РSteve Rapp  РYamaha  РCMR  РFJ  Р1100   0
62    РRobert Ruwoldt  РHarris  РKawasaki  Р1980  Р1200
33    РRennie Scaysbrook  РSuzuki  РGSX1100  РXR69  Р1980  Р1170

Source: Hayes Joins Pridmore To Head Strong US Team For International Challenge

KTM reliability

KTM reliability

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Seeley Reunites With EHA Racing For 2019 International North West 200

Seeley Reunites With EHA Racing For 2019 International North West 200

Alastair Seeley, the International North West 200’s most successful racer, will be reunited with the EHA Racing team as he chases his 25th victory on the North coast circuit at next year’s 90th anniversary event.

After claiming a 600cc double on EHA machinery at this year’s NW200 and agreeing terms to ride for the team in the 2019 British Supersport championship, the Carrickfergus rider will race an R6 Yamaha in the team’s livery at next May’s North West 200 supported by Coleraine building suppliers, J.P Corry.

‚ÄėI bonded well with the team and the bike last year and am delighted to have a deal sorted for the British championship which means I should hit the ground running coming to the North West.‚Äô Seeley explained.

‚ÄėWe will have the first two British rounds at Silverstone and Oulton under our belts by May and should be up to speed and have the bike well sorted.‚Äô

Now 39, Seeley has lost none of his hunger for North West success despite having already notched up 24 victories since his 2004 debut on the 8.9 mile NW200 Triangle circuit. His winning streak has been uninterrupted since his first success in the 2008 Superstock race and the diminutive star is confident about his 2019 prospects.

‚ÄėI am training twice a day, six days a week, to make sure I am as fit and sharp as I can be.‚Äô Seeley explained.

‚ÄėI always think it is important if you can come to the North West carrying confidence from the British championship. I am going for the British title next season and if we can come to Portrush with a couple of podiums or wins under our belt it will be a big boost.‚Äô

EHA Racing team boss and former North West competitor, Limavady businessman Edward Allingham, is delighted to have acquired Seeley’s services for a second North West campaign.

‚ÄėWe would love to be able to give Alastair his 25th win at the NW200.‚Äô Allingham said.

‚ÄėIt was mega for a small team like ours to win two races this year against all the top road race teams at such a prestigious event as the North West. That brought a lot of interest and local support for the team and our business and we would love to come back and repeat what we achieved in 2018.‚Äô

‚ÄėAlastair continued his winning ways at the North West with Eddie‚Äôs EHA team last May and it is great news that they will be back together again with local sponsor J.P. Corry for our 90th anniversary races.‚Äô North West Event director, Mervyn Whyte MBE said.

‚ÄėAs the man with more wins than anyone else at the North West, Alastair sets the standard that has to be beaten.‚Äô

Riding a Tyco BMW, Seeley claimed a treble at the 2018 meeting as he avenged a narrow defeat in Thursday evening’s stocker race in 2018 to Peter Hickman (Smith’s BMW) by winning Saturday’s Superstock event to maintain his big bike credentials at the North coast event. With his 600cc deal now sorted, the Carrick rider remains confident he will have top class machinery at his disposal for the 2019 NW200 Superstock and Superbike races.

‚ÄėI have a few offers on the table at the moment and I am not rushing into anything.‚Äô he explained.

‚ÄėI am happy to be coming back to the North West on the EHA R6 Yamaha and am content to wait until the New Year to sort the rest of my rides. May is still five months down the line and everything will have slotted into place by then.‚Äô

Source: Seeley Reunites With EHA Racing For 2019 International North West 200



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