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City Coast Motorcycles prides itself on supporting local dirt bike riders; from Juniors to A-Grade to Vets - real people taking Yamaha and our love of racing across NSW and the nation. On Sunday March 20th, 2016, MX Team City Coast Motorcycles contended Round 2 of Wollongong Motorcycle Club’s point score. Here we are up close, in the pits and on the track.
Calib Best #392

"I'm 24 and started riding dirt bikes at age three. It soon took over my life. I ride a YZ250 2-stroke and YZ250F and race in the Pro Lites class. I'm a carpenter by trade, spending my week days working hard and play Oztag for a bit of fun. 2016 was a good year for me; I placed 2nd my division in the East Coast MX series. I competed in two rounds of the Nationals at Nowra and Shepparton, just narrowly missing out on the top 20 on both days. I also placed 2nd in the Lites Pro and 3rd in the Opens class in the Wollongong Motorcycle Club pointscore, plus 2nd in both the Lites and Opens classes at Nowra Motorcycle Club’s pointscore. I’m hoping to do more of the same in 2017 and to improve on those results. A big thank you to all the team at City Coast Motorcycles for their ongoing support.”

  IImage by Noel Downey
Luke Brodie #33    

"Hi my name's Luke, I’m 27 years old and currently riding a YZ250F. I started riding at the age of 4 and whilst I have always had a bike I only started racing motocross in 2015. I love how physically and mentally tough the sport is but most of all love having fun at the track with mates.  In 2016 I finished 3rd overall for both the Oakdale MX and AX Clubman series and am hoping to improve in 2017. I'm stoked to have the support of City Coast Motorcycles and looking forward to a fun and enjoyable year racing at different local clubs."

Jake Burgess #41    
"I'm 17 and have been racing for four years now. I started riding when I was four; just your weekend warrior. Then as I progressed I started racing. This year I'll be racing my 2017 yz450f and I'll be doing all the local rounds and a few East Coast MX rounds, too. It’s gonna be a good year with City Coast Motorcycles behind me and a good team. I can never stop smiling when I'm riding."
  Image by MX Photo
Justin Bush #74

AKA Bushy or Bushwakt
"I started out riding dirtbikes on a Yamaha PW50 in 1980 and haven't stopped. I've been involved with FMX in Australia from freelance writing articles for a few different magazines  to commentating FMX demos  and competitions. I'm a bit of a clown that needs to grow up, but never will. I am what I am and I respect those that respect others. Dirtbikes have made me meet so many good people and have taken us on travels all over the world. I'm lucky to work around bikes all day long and it’s something that I'm so stoked my old man bought me that PW50 way back... #2BANGERS4LIFE."

Lachlan Caunt #11    
"I'm 18 years old and I started racing last year in 2015. I race in the 250 class at most of the local races and at the East Coast MX rounds. The thing I enjoy most about riding is hanging with mates and having a great time."
  Image by B Maddrell
Jaiden Corrigan #214

"I'm 19 years old and love racing and riding dirtbikes. I'm currently racing in the Pro Open class at the East Coast MX series. I am a full-time apprentice carpenter but train on and off the bike after work hours. I cycle and ride mountain bikes a lot as part of my off-bike training as I love to go fast and love seeing and exploring new places. I prepare my track myself using the tractor and bobcat. In 2016 I competed in one round of MX Nationals and made it into the top ten after six months off the bike. This year I will be racing the full East Coast MX series on my YZ450F. My goal is to be consistent and get top three in the championship.”

  Image by Smoking Wheels Photography
Tori Dare #170

"I'm 23 and have been racing and riding motocross since I was four years old. I started off on a peewee with training wheels! My past highlights have been winning the 2004 State Titles against the boys, being the Queensland State Champion for three consecutive years running and winning the 2009 Australian Nationals. In 2014 I won the womens' division in the East Coast MX series. I also took out the womens' title in the Amcross series where I also placed 3rd in the boys' C Grade class! This year I aim to win the Australian titles again! But most importantly to race and have fun doing what I do best."

Corey James #8

“2015 was a good year for me, a few up and down moments but ending with some great results. I placed 1st in the East Coast series and taking out the home race at Mount Kembla was a great finish to the series. I also placed 3rd at Round 2 of the State Titles behind Matt Moss and Lawson Bopping which was a great achievement. It was unlucky I was out for Round 1 with a thumb injury. In 2016 I won the first ever 2-stroke Cup, which was held at Mt Kembla. Thank you everyone for the support.”

Mackenzie Johnson #271    
“Hi. My name is Mackenzie Johnson. I’ve been riding bikes since the age of three, starting with a PW50. I love riding and racing Motocross and Enduro . I’m the 2015 65cc NSW State Enduro Champion. I’m a member of Wollongong MCC and love to ride there as much as I can. I have also participated in the 2015/2016 Hattah Desert Race and finished 17th in my class and the year before I finished 6th. I also love traveling to off-road events and have met some great people. My other interests are school, the gym, downhill mountain biking and hanging out with my friends. I’m hoping this year to improve my skills on the bigger YZ85 and have fun racing my mates in MX and offroad.”

Tate Liersch #65


“After riding in my Dad’s sidecar from an early age I got my first bike - a peewee 50 - at four years-old. I rode enduro as a teen and started racing motocross at 18. I tried road racing in 2014 and won my class in the FX Nationals. Since then, I have been spending my weekends riding and racing motocross. In 2017 I hope to contest the East Coast MX Championship on my YZ450F and hope to do well."

Mark Merlo #37

“I’m 26, living in Wollongong and currently racing a YZ450F and YZ250 two-stroke. I work as a diesel mechanic for a local construction company. I have been riding dirt bikes since I was 14 and love every minute of it. This year I want to be consistent with my riding and show more positive results at the front of the pack and plan on doing a couple more races overseas, if possible. I will be racing in the East Coast MX Series, Dirt Action Amcross as well as the Opens, Club and State Titles. I’m always up for anything fun: Jetski, fishing, surfing and always playing around at my buddy’s FMX compound. Big thanks to Tim, Jane and the rest of the team at City Coast Motorcycles and everyone else for their continued support.”

  Image by Nick Attard
Brock Ninness #47    

“Hey I’m Brock, I’m 13 years old and racing MX in the 12 to under 14 85cc big wheel class and Junior Lites in the 125cc class. I started riding motocross at the age of four and began racing straight away. My highest achievements in moto so far have been 4th in Nationals, Top 3 in State and Top 3 in East Coast MX. This year I am planning to be racing at club, regional, state and national level. Hopefully I can achieve big in 2017 with the support of City Coast Motorcycles. Outside of motocross I like riding my push bike and hangin’ out with mates. Keep an eye out for #47 at the track! ; )”

Jake Nugent #619    

"My name's Jake and I race over 35A in the Wollongong Motorcycle Club points. I've been riding since the age of five. Originally from Queensland, I did all of my racing as a junior and senior and in central Queensland. In 2012 I moved to Wollongong for my job as an Electrician and in 2013 won the over 35A points in the Mount Kembla MX series. I had a bad accident at the end of 2013 which made me miss a year of riding. I returned in 2015 and have since won the 35A club championship two years in a row. I will once again be on a YZ450 racing at Mount Kembla with help from City Coast Motorcycles.  Come and say hello if you see me around the pits."

  Image by Col Nelson
Timothy Sim #40    

“My Dad and uncle competed on the international road circuit and I have been around bikes since I was born. I got my first bike - an Ital Jet – at age three. Growing up I raced for 12 years including A-Grade motocross and Supercross. Nowadays I like to mix it up between riding my YZ250F and mountain biking. I’m looking forward to racing at my home track, Mount Kembla this season.”

  Image by Clickoris
Steve Sirc #7    
“I'm Steve, I'm 24 years old, and i’ve been riding dirt bikes since the age of five. The thrill, ambition and drive I get when riding is incredible. I'm a shift worker at the Star Casino in Sydney and any time off I get I'm up at Mount Kembla on my bike. I’m currently riding a YZ250 2-stroke, I'm excited for the year to come and for the competition with the boys at Kembla. Thanks to City Coast Motorcycles for the help and support, always leaving with a smile on my face.”
  Image by Coen Mackay
Jye Smith #19    

“I started riding at the age of five on a peewee 50 then quickly stepped onto a KTM 65 and began racing the Appin and Mount Kembla pointscores. I won my first club championship in ‘06 then every year onwards from there. I decided to step up to a Honda CRF150 and started racing in the State Titles for motorcross and enduro and managed to win both in 2011. The highlight of my racing is winning an Australian title final on my 150cc at Coolum in 2012. My first year in Seniors went well by winning the Amcross 16-u19 C-grade Lites championship and winning a few East Coast rounds. 2015 was also a good year, I placed 2nd in the A/B All-Powers in the Amcross series, got a win in the B-grade Cup and a 2nd in the Pro Lites and the East Coast MX round at Mount Kembla. For 2017 I’m looking to better my results and get a few more wins under my belt. None of this would be possible without the support of City Coast Motorcycles.”

Jake Watts #17    
"My name's Jake (Wattzi) and I'm 23 years old. I started riding at when I was four and I still enjoy every moment of it. I'm a scaffolder and love it! I can't wait to see what I can do in 2017; hopefully it starts off as good as last year. Thanks City Coast Motorcycles for the support.”
  Image by Dean Bates
Liam Williams #196    

“I’m 20 years young and dirtbikes are my happy place. Whether I'm racing, coaching or free-riding I'm always smiling and having fun! When I'm not riding I'm working 5/6 days a week operating excavators. I ‘m currently riding a YZ450 and my plans for 2017 will be to ease my way back into racing and continue having as much fun as possible! Thanks to the whole Team at City Coast Motorcycles for their support.”

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