News 3 Aug 2009

Oz MX: Simmonds secures second in Pro Lites title for KTM


–     Round eight
–     Australian Motocross Championship
–     Coolum, QLD
–     Racing format 3 x 15 minute motos
–     Event date 2 August 2009


Rider     Class    Bike    Home Town    Round result    Championship Result

Tye Simmonds    Pro Lites    KTM 250 SX-F    Bourke NSW    2nd   2nd

Kade Mosig    Pro Lites    KTM 250 SX-F    Pearcedale VIC    8th     13th



Matt Moss
Pro Lites

Jay Marmont
Pro Open


–      black sand and loam

–      rough and bumpy as the day went on


Tye Simmonds – Pro Lites

–       In the three moto format Tye secured a 2-3-4 result

–       Tye placed a commendable second for the round, and second in the Championship

Kade Mosig – Pro Lites

–    In the three moto format Kade secured a 12-8-5 result
–       Kade was challenged by a knee injury at the final round

Ben Foster – Pro Open Guest rider – Editor of Dirt Action

–       Suffered from nerves and arm pump

–       Confirms he was out of his league, and has an even higher new found respect for the Pro Open racers


Tye Simmonds Pro Lites

“I’m really happy to have taken second in the Pro Lites Championship in my first year in senior motocross racing,” said Simmonds.  “My pace was fast, and I can honestly say I deserved the result it wasn’t just handed to me, which makes it all the more rewarding.

“My first two motos were my strongest, and by the second moto I had sealed my second place ranking in the Pro Lites Championship.  There was a re-start in the final moto when Luke George had an accident taking him out of the race, and by the time the final got going again the sun was in a blinding position.

“After two awesome starts in my first motos, the blinding sun robbed me of a good start in the final, and I felt it was best not to do anything crazy to secure a podium, when I had already secured second in the Championship.  I knew fourth would be good enough to also give me second for the round, so I just rode cautiously.  I was still competitive, and had some good battles with Dean Ferris and Kirk Gibbs, but I wasn’t going to risk injury.

“I’m now focusing on the World Junior Motocross Championships in New Zealand, and fly out of Sydney early next week, so there is no rest for me just yet.

“A big thanks goes out to my dad (Greg Simmonds) who has been at every round, and backed me the all the way, plus the entire crew at Motorex KTM.  It was a great team effort, and everyone from the top management down helped me somewhere along the lines.”

Kade Mosig Pro Lites

“I tweaked my knee during practice leading up to the final round at Coolum, and the injury was still with me for the final of the Pro Lites Championship,” said Mosig.  “I knew my speed wasn’t too bad, especially after winning my qualifying heat, but I had a lot of trouble putting the bike into left hand corners, because my knee would pinch, and the pain was excruciating.

“I had the best result in my final moto finishing in fifth, but I still would have liked a better result.  I’m seeing a sports doctor this week in Melbourne to get my knee looked at, and then I will be fully focused on the up-coming Super X Championship.

“I have built a new Supercross track at Pearcedale, and once my knee is better I will be resuming my usual training regime to ensure I’m well prepared for the Pro Lites Super X Championship.”

Ben Foster Guest Pro Open rider (editor of Dirt Action Magazine)

“I have found a new round respect for these Pro Open racers, I always knew they were fast but they flogged me in no uncertain terms”, said Foster.  “I couldn’t have picked a more challenging round or challenging track to run this race and story for Dirt Action, but it will certainly make for a good read.

“I felt really confident at the start and shaved seconds off my lap times, but by the time the first moto rolled around, I was a wreck.  I had constant arm pump, and couldn’t get rid of my nerves.  In the last race, I had a DNF when I was hit by a flying bike, and that was a good escape route for me to sit out and watch the finish, thankfully un-injured.

“It was an awesome experience, and everyone at Motorex KTM made the journey worthwhile.”

Ben Fosters’ full story on his racing at Coolum will appear in the October issue of Dirt Action Magazine on sale in September.

ROSS MCWATTERS Race Team Manager

“Motorex KTM finished on a real high for the final round of the Australian Motocross Championship, and I commend all the riders, mechanics and family members who all pitched in for a great team result,” said McWatters.

“For Tye Simmonds to finish second in the Pro Lites Championship, in his first year of senior motocross racing is truly commendable.  Tye is such a fantastic talent to be 17 years old, and finish second in the toughest competition we have seen for years in the class is outstanding.

“Tye’s result is the best debut by a rider in many years, he rides with such maturity, and it’s fantastic to be associated with him.

“Kade Mosig showed great speed in his qualifying heat, but was carrying an injury with a twisted knee that limited his racing for his main event.  Kade’s lack of confidence in his knee made him tentative out on the trace track, but he still counted well with two top ten finishes, and a top five in his final moto.

“Kade has had a tough year with injuries, but we haven’t seen the best of him yet, he is so dedicated to his racing, that he won’t let his challenges deter his focus, and he is now fully dedicated to preparing for the Super X Championship.

“Motorex KTM’s guest Pro Open factory rider Ben Foster, punched well above his weight, mixing it up with a bunch of seasoned professionals, and proved to himself, and everyone around that he takes his riding very seriously for a full time journalists – but he was well short of the mark, and he better not give up his day job!”