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4TEEN Industries are proud to announce the selection of Luke Gaisford in the
2017 Australian Quad of Nations team which will compete in Cingoli Italy on Sept 22-24.
Luke is part of a 3 rider team which includes Jake VanVliet and Mitch VanVliet.
Luke has recently returned from a 7 week trip to Europe racing in the Dutch National Championships and 1 round of the European Championships and was happy to hear about the change to the European Quad of Nations which has now opened up to allow teams from across the world to enter. The USA have entered, with interest from Argentina along with all countries in Europe having extremely competitive teams. Luke was eager to be a part of the first ever Australian Team and looks forward to travelling to Italy.
MA have sanctioned the team, but have no funding for the riders, hence they will all have to pay all expenses to represent Australia out of their own pocket.
If you are as excited as we are to see Luke represent Australia against the worlds best and want to help out a little financially, please donate to Lukes Travel fund via his donate page on http://www.4teenindustries.com/donate.html
A great idea team USA are using we hoped would work for Luke too
Riders are donating their rider number in $$ for support
eg if your #14 donate $14
if your #398 dont be discouraged donate $3+$9+$8 total $20
Every bit helps to cover the estimated $6000 each it will cost.
European Quad MX Championships round 2
European championship in Germany this weekend. First 1 I have ever done and first time doing 30min +2 lap motos
It had rained a little over night on Friday and was a little muddy so I went out in the last 10mins of the 30min free practice.
First practice was 2nd fastest
Second practice was 6th
Qualifying I was 5th.
Sunday morning it had rained lots over night and it was very muddy. Only 2 riders did the warm up practice
3 hours after that we raced.
Ok start in about 8th few laps in 3 riders came together, I got past that, then was in 5th had a bike problem pulled over got back going in 7th finished 7th.
We only had a short time till the next race and the gate shut 15min before the race into the start area. I had to wait to borrow a power washer from someone as it was a muddy race.
I only just had enough time to wash my bike, cleaned my helmet and changed my gear and was eating on the way to the start area.
3 riders didnt make it in time so they couldnt race, being 2 of the points leaders for the championship was pretty devastating to see.
Moto2 5th off the start and finished 4th was passing 3rd and front wheel locked up pulled me into some mud slowing me down lots and couldnt catch back up
Got 5th over all missed out on 4th by 1 point.
As i didnt get to eat much i ran out of energy at the end of the moto. But was still alot of fun and wish i could do some more races.
Very happy with how i done and felt in the long motos. Wish i could come back and race some more rounds.
Big thank you to everyone that is helping me here and from back in Australia.
Overall results https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1415638
Edit note - Luke has 1 round to race which is the final of the Dutch Championships on Sunday July 2nd at Westerbork.
Today was a tuff 1 at the Dutch championship. Got 8th moto 1 and got a good start moto2 was running 7th till coming together with another rider, few laps later having a small mechanical forcing me to dnf the race :( .
Off to Vellahn Germany next weekend for round 2 of the European championships (EMX Quad)
Thank you to everyone that is helping me here in the Netherlands
June 11 Dutch Championships round 5 Dehoeve St Isidorushoeve
This week Luke has trained at some deep sand tracks in Holland, ready for racing. The Dehoeve track was a good surface, much like last week, though again it was very humid. Luke was away to 7th after lap 1, dropped 1 spot a few laps in, but managed to get up into 5th for the finish of the 25min + 2 lap moto. His bike was suffering at the end of the moto, and he tried to ready it for the second moto, though with his limited parts and budget, he wasnt going to risk the engine and 2 laps into moto 2, it was apparent he needed to pull in to the pits. Next race will be Sunday June 18
June 3 MX Airtime
On Saturday June 3rd Luke along with Ricardo and Ingo did a Quad demo at the MX Airtime event, the format is like a straight rhythm comp. Here are some pics from that event, along with some pics of Lukes quad. He will be racing round 7 of the Dutch Championships this Sunday June 11 at St Isidorushoeve
Dutch Championship May 25th
Speaking to Luke during the week, it was quite easy to tell how disappointed he was that all his parts didnt arrive before the first race. He was on board a bike he bought which on further inspection was in quite bad shape, and with the help of many people was able to fix or borrow some parts to enable him to still compete. His parts are due for arrival today, but as Thursday was a public holiday, still to be confirmed.
Qualifying - Message from Luke "bikes not in good shape" bit cryptic, though found out it was a fuel issue, and hopefully fixed. He qualified 17th and going into the first race, hoped the problem was fixed, but didnt want to get jumped on, til he could see if the problem was sorted. 28th after lap one, saw quite an extraordinary ride from Luke, getting himself up into 9th position at the end of the 25minute + 1 lap moto. Always revs you up to race so well, so a bit more confidence heading into race 2. He was 15th this time around the first lap, and again made his way up to 9th. Speaking to Luke after the race, he was heat exhausted, and felt dehydrated, something he never suffers with in Australia. He said it felt like it was 35 degrees.
So at the end of this round Luke finished 8th overall.
Next race will be June 11 Round 7 of the Dutch Championships
Thursday May 25 - This will be Luke Gaisford first Dutch Championship round for 2017. Luke has been putting together a Honda TRX450 in preparation for racing, he had a ride on the weekend, and is ironing out some bugs, he is also keenly waiting the arrival of all his parts. If these dont arrive in time, he will be riding the bike as is and will have 9 days to get the Quad ready for the next round. Luke is staying with the Phoelich Family, with Ricardo currently leading the Dutch Championships and second in the European Championships, he is a great training partner and friend for Luke to be staying with.
Event Facebook Paqe
You can follow racing through Live timing on Speed hive or race monitor 's
aps. Times will be confirmed on Luke Gaisford FB page on Thursday.
Bit of a hickup to race preparation for State Round, Luke sustained an injury a couple of weeks ago, and being so busy wasnt looking after it, and it flared up causing him to need 100% rest so he could still fly out May 16th. He had to miss State Round, but rest worked and he was good to fly out. He Races his first Dutch Round on May 25th (Thursday Dutch Public holiday)Thankyou for the support Goldfinch Racing
Luke has a huge week this week, getting everything packed, approx 60kg of parts he is sending over for the TRX Honda he will be riding, he trained hard over the weekend, and looks forward to State Round on Sunday prior to flying out on Tuesday May 16th. Luke also has Taylor Goldfinch Flying in Friday to race State Round 2, along with much to do after work every day this week. Lets hope Sunday is sunny and gear is easily cleaned and dried :)
Thankyou to West Coast Motorcycles, RevRite Automotive Bunbury, Jim Farr and Glen Ashworth for your support.
Australian Luke Gaisford heads to Europe in May to compete at the last 4 rounds of the Dutch MX Championships and 1 round of the European Championships in Germany.
Last year Luke had the opportunity to ride 2 Rounds of the Dutch Championship which saw 35 Quads on the start grid, 3 of the 4 moto's he finished a creditable 4th place in each, and he was eager to get back and race again in the 2017 season.
Luke works full time, and after 10 years with his employer negotiated the 7 weeks off he needed and started planning the trip. He has bought in the Reiger suspension and Tyres widely used in the deep sands of the Netherlands to get practise with, and also put in the training to get fitness levels up to compete in the 30 minute moto's. He thanks everyone that has been out training with him and supported his dream to get back to Europe.
Luke is completely funding his own trip but anyone who would like to contribute to help in his European racing ventures would be greatly appreciated, please message if you would like to help out.
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