What is Fim Oceania

FIM Oceania is a continental union of the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) the world governing body of Motorcycle Sport.
FIM Oceania works closely with its two member federations based in Australia (Motorcycling Australia) and New Zealand (Motorcycling New Zealand) to help provide structure and strategic planning to Motorcycle sport in our region.
FIM Oceania supports and endorses events with alongside promoters and affiliated clubs of our member federations across a variety of motorcycle sport including Road Racing, Motocross, Supercross, Speedway, EnduroATV, and Trials.

Images used on this website are with thanks to  Motorcycling Australia, Motorcycling New Zealand, FIM International, AusSXOPEN and Volunteer contributions.

 

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FIM Oceania riders around the world #101
www.fimoceania.orgGreat to hear from Seth Reardon on his experience racing in America at the GNCC. If you're looking at competing overseas's one day it's definitely worth a read. It sounds like it was a worthwhile trip.

"Well my big adventure is over and we are back in NZ, here is a bit of a report of how things went over in the States;

After a 14 hour flight to Houston, which wasn’t too bad as I ended up having 3 seats to myself and was able to stretch out and get some sleep. We then caught the connection to Greenville in South Carolina which is half an hour from Travelers Rest (our base for our time in the US).

Picked up the rental bike which wasn’t the bike we had teed up back in NZ, it was 2 years older than the one we were promised and needed a lot of work to be race ready, but hey the situation was out of our control and it was too late in the game to try and organise another bike.

We ended up getting the bike all sorted, lucky I had my mechanic on board (Dad) and spent some good days training in at a private track by Travelers rest and also went for runs and did some gym work before my race in West Virginia.

We then travelled up through 5 different states to West Virginia to the race and checked in with the team on Friday and helped set up the pits, the scene was amazing with so many professional teams all set up with huge truck and trailer units. On Saturday we checked in and signed me up for Sunday’s race, we hired electric bikes and biked the whole track on Saturday, it was a 9 mile loop with some real steep hill climbs followed by some tight bush sections and a lot of rocks throwing in the mix as well.

Sunday came round and we lined my bike up after the morning race and got prepared to race in the afternoon. After hearing the American national anthem and a prayer, we were ready to start the race, the green flag went up and we were off, I got a good start getting in the top 5 around the first few corners, I was feeling comfortable until I hit a rock which sent me over the bars into a rock garden, I landed straight on my wrist and bent my front brake disc. I had to come into the pits and change my front wheel and ice my wrist, once my wheel was changed I tried to go out again but my wrist was too painful to continue. Not how I wanted the first round to go but still enjoyed supporting all the other kiwis competing. We went to a local medical centre after the race had finished, they x-rayed my hand to check for fractures, but thankfully it wasn’t broken.

Dad and I then had two weeks before the next GNCC, so we gave my wrist a good rest and saw a few sights on the way back to Travelers Rest in South Carolina. We did a motor job on the bike and got it prepped to train on again. I then went for an awesome ride in the rocky mountains with a few of my kiwi and new American friends, it was one of the most enjoyable rides I’ve ever done. For the rest of the week I kept training and then competed in a local 2 hour Cross Country the following weekend for some training before the last GNCC. The track was a really short 15 minute track which was soaking wet from all the rain there the week before, it was very tight and by the second lap it rutted out and got really rough and hard to ride, I finished 4th in the pro class that day.

The next week was followed by a lot of training and prepping for the Ironman GNCC in Indiana. We drove about 800 miles and visited some interesting places to on our way to get there, Knoxville, Nashville and Louisville were really amazing. We Got to Crawfordsville in Indiana on the Friday afternoon and it started raining (big time) and it rained all night long. We killed some time and headed to Indianapolis where they hold the Indy car 500, we saw the amazing race track and checked out the car museum. Early Saturday we headed to the Ironman raceway where the GNCC was held. The whole place was extremely wet and muddy but there were still about 1500 riders entered over the two days racing.

We watched the quads race on Saturday followed by more bike prep for the race, luckily we had the Yamaha truck to work in out of the rain. I bought new front and rear tyres and fitted them on Saturday. We were going to hire electric bikes again to look at the track but the conditions were too wet to take them out. On Sunday we got up early and supported Racheal Archer in the morning race, she did really well getting 2nd place in her race. After a big speech and the American national anthem on the loud speakers we were ready to race again. I got off the line not to bad getting about 7th into the first corner, I held a few riders off before I fell off in the mud and lost a couple of positions, I carried on through the muddy trails and rocky creek crossings for 3 hours battling with a lot of riders and tackling some huge hill climbs, after the tough race I finished 13th in the pro class.

We spent our last 3 days in Las Vegas before we went home, we stayed in a huge hotel with a roller coaster going through the roof! We also went on a helicopter tour to see the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon; it was a very good end to the trip.

Even though I had a bit of bad luck and didn’t go as well as intended in both races, I have learnt so much from this truly amazing experience. I have met so many nice people, learnt so many bike and riding improvements I can work on and I know how fit and fast I need to be before I go back in the future. Thank you so much for supporting me with my racing I would not be where I am today without your help, I am very grateful and hopefully I can make you proud and ride well this upcoming season in New Zealand."
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Office view. Been a good week with KTM Factory Racing and now a flight to Mexico for Baja 1000. ... See MoreSee Less

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