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Australia vs America In The 2020 FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup

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Australia will take on America in the 2020 FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup, a title to be keenly fought at Phillip Island’s International Island Classic historic bike meet, this Australia Day long weekend January 24-26.

For 2020, the Cup’s competition will focus on the International Challenge, with the top five performers from each country combining their points in a bid to win the crown.

Both Australia and America are campaigning super strong teams with decades of race experience between them.

America boasts the likes of four-time AMA Superbike champion Josh Hayes, 13-times Canadian champion Jordan Szoke, the first female to ever contest the International Challenge Melissa Paris, plus Larry Pegram, Michael Gilbert and AMA front-runner Taylor Knapp.

The bike of choice for the majority of the Americans will again be the Mojo Yamaha based CMR FJ 1250 prepared by captain Dave Crussell and his crew, and three potent Yamaha TZ750’s.

Australia though is not to be outdone with machinery prepared by Australian captain, Rex Wolfenden, and dominated by a raft of Suzuki Katanas and a XR60.    There’s also an Irving Vincent in the fleet, a Honda Harris, and two Yamaha TZs.

The local team will benefit from home circuit advantage, with a field of ace riders who know Phillip Island intimately and between them have amassed several historic racing titles.

The Aussie riders include Island Classic stars of recent years – Steve Martin, Dave Johnson, Jed Metcher and Shawn Giles – plus a roster boasting the speed and experience of 2019 pace-setter Aaron Morris, Cam Donald, Beau Beaton and Alex Phillis.

The FIM Oceania title was launched in 2017, with Australia winning the first two years, but being knocked from their pedestal in 2019 when the format changed to non-International Challenge events and New Zealand took the prize.

In 2020, the Oceania title-fight returns to the original format as the majority of Americans travelling to Australia for the Classic are racing in the International Challenge.

“We are excited to be part of the Oceania title for the first time this year and we’re expecting a tough fight,”

said American team captain, Dave Crussell.

“In 2020 we have our strongest core team ever to challenge the Aussies on their home turf. 2019 was a non-stop year for us, with bike improvements and supplementing the core of our riders. Our top 3 riders from 2019 are returning to the Classic in 2020 and we have added to this base. Big thanks to Larry Cook (LC Racing), Denis Curtis (CMR Racing) and Dunlop for their continued support of our team.”

Added Crussell. 

Australian captain, Rex Wolfenden, is cautious.

“I am expecting a tight contest. The Americans have a very strong team,”

he said. 

“The Aussie boys are up for it, as always. They just want to win and get the FIM Oceania Cup back with us. Close hard racing is what the fans come to see and I am sure this title fight will produce just that.”

Said Wolfenden.

FIM Oceania President, Glen Williams, was excited about the prospect of the American onslaught.

“This year, the battle intensifies as the Australians take on the Americans, with both fielding strong teams,”

Said FIM Oceania President, Glen Williams.

“The Cup will again be staged as part of the 2020 International Island Classic which is a standout event for the Oceania region.

“FIM Oceania is responsible for developing motorcycle sport within Oceania whether in the form of junior road racing, motocross, speedway and via this exciting event of FIM Oceania Historic Road Race Cup. I’m sure the 2020 Cup will be brilliant and add another dimension to the historic festivities’’.

Concluded Willams. 

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE - TEAM AUSTRALIA   

Captain: Rex Wolfenden    
NO NAME MAKE  MODEL YEAR CAP
37 John Allen Yamaha TZ750 1978 750
31 Craig Ditchburn Yamaha TZ750 1978 750
76 Scott Webster Suzuki XR69 1982 1200
186 Beau Beaton Irving Vincent   1982 1300
86 Cameron Donald  Irving Vincent   1982 1300
19 Shawn Giles Suzuki Katana 1992 1294
3 David Johnson Suzuki Katana 1982 1100
99 Steve Martin Suzuki Katana   1052
22 Jed Metcher Yamaha FJ1200 1984 1200
64 Aaron Morris Suzuki Katana 1980 1300
20 Alex Phillis Suzuki XR69 1980 1100

 

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE - TEAM USA    

Captain: Dave Crussell    
NO NAME MAKE  MODEL YEAR CAP
17 Dave Crussell Yamaha TZ750 1978 748
136 Brian Filo Kawasaki Z1 1978 1260
55 Michael Gilbert Yamaha CMR FJ    
219 Jorge Gurerro Suzuki CMRXR69 1982 1200
4 Josh Hayes Yamaha CMR FJ 1983 1250
44 Taylor Knapp Yamaha CMR FJ 1983 1250
178 Bruce Lind Yamaha TZ780B 1975 749
13 Melissa Paris Yamaha TZ750 1978 748
72 Larry Pegram Yamaha CMR FJ 1983 1250
32 Joe Pethoud Yamaha F1 Harris FJ100 1984 1250
62 Robert Ruwoldt Harris Kawasaki F1 1980 1260
101 Jordan Szoke Yamaha CMR FJ 1983 1250

 


Tickets Now On Sale

The International Island Classic is an affordable Australian Day long-weekend away with your mates and family, so plan now for your island escape with tickets and on-circuit camping on-sale at islandclassic.com.au

Pre-purchase and save on general admission and camping tickets, with children under 15 free.

The ever-popular Club Classic Hospitality is a perfect way to relax and unwind as you take in all the on-track action from the climate-controlled glass fronted suite overlooking Pit Lane, the Start/Finish Line and Gardner Straight.

Qualifying will begin on Friday for all classes, followed by a full program of racing on Saturday and Sunday.


For more information contact the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 03 5952 2710 or visit islandclassic.com.au