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Whatley moves to Yamaha

Rob Hooper steps up.



It is with great pleasure the Rob Hooper Racing Yamaha Motocross Racing team announce the signings of Kristian Whatley and Ryan Houghton for the 2018 season.

Rob Hooper Racing, an official Yamaha UK Motocross team will be competing in the Maxxis British Motocross Championships, the Michelin MX Nationals, the Bridgestone Masters as well as other selected National events around the country.

Whatley’s inclusion comes as no surprise to many, with the rumour mill doing overtime in recent months, but as with everything many facets need to fall into place before it can be officially released. As you can imagine, Team owner Rob Hooper is delighted with his signings, commenting, “It’s been a long few months, with lots to organise and arrange so it’s great that we can finally officially announce our 2018 line up”.

The Whatley name is no stranger to the team either, as going back to the late 1980’s Kristian’s father Jeremy was taken under Hooper’s wing for the then Suzuki team. As with Kristian, Jeremy was a tremendous natural talent coming 3rd in the World in the 250 class in 1984. In fact in both Jeremy and Rob’s first season as Rider & Team Manager they won the British 250cc Motocross Championships.  Hooper said of this historic link “It’s fantastic to welcome Kristian onto the team.  Everyone know’s what he is capable of, and with an injury free season on the new Yamaha YZF450 we feel we are in for a great season.  Kristian like his Father Jeremy, comes to us at an important time of his career, when he is reaching his peak, and like we did with Jem, we are very much looking forward to helping him achieve great things”.

It’s been an injury blighted few years for Whatley, but you only have to look back to 2013 when he was Yamaha mounted to know that he has the speed, grit and determination to win titles, achieving an amazing double that season, winning both the Maxxis British Motocross Championship’s and the now defunct Red Bull Pro National Series.

Kristian said of joining his new team “I am really excited to be onboard a Yamaha again. Since my injury I have been working really hard to ensure I am in the best condition possible for when the season begins. I am also looking forward to working with Rob who I know had a fantastic relationship with my Dad and I can’t wait for the season to begin”.

The other name on the Team sheet, Ryan Houghton is no stranger to riding a Yamaha having rode for the I-Fly JK Yamaha team during 2017 in both the Maxxis British Championships and at selected MXGP rounds. 

Ryan is my sort of rider,” said Hooper. “He digs deep and keeps working hard throughout a moto. You only have to look at some of the wet MXGP rounds when he toughed it out to finish the moto in extreme conditions.  To win a championship, however tough it gets, you have to keep working for every point and we can see that in Ryan and we are very happy to welcome him to the team.

Houghton finished the Maxxis British Championship in 7th place, but he is aiming much higher for 2018 saying “I really enjoyed riding the Yamaha in 2017. With what I have learnt last season, and with the support of Rob, Yamaha and the team I feel we are capable of a rostrum position and more in 2018.”

The Rob Hooper Yamaha Team will be announcing a supported 250 rider soon.

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: MPS Images

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Bickers to supply UK market with Alpinestars



This is great news for UK motocross dealers, who can now order Alpinestars Boots and Protection for the motocross and enduro community.

Full PR:
Bickers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Alpinestars, from 2024 Bickers will be a
newly appointed distributor of Alpinestars Off-Road range of MX, Enduro and Trials footwear and

Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established
in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer
of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance
apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research
is achieved under extreme conditions. Their involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World
SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar and more has led to the creation of the most
advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes.

Bickers and Alpinestars will be working together in the UK and Ireland (via Bickers Dornan) to create
an industry leading integrated sales program, reaching the Bickers dealer network; carrying stock in
2 strategic locations in the UK and Ireland to ensure next day delivery on all items.
Stock is in the UK and available now, to see the range visit or

Chris Hillard (Alpinestars Communications Manager)

Alpinestars are pleased to welcome Bickers as a distributor of our MX/Off-Road range in the UK and
Ireland. With their proven record in offering next day service to dealers; we see Bickers as a logical
partner to add to our already strong network of Dealers and Distributors in the region. With focus on
offering keystone hard goods from our range; namely Footwear and Protection. Central to our plan,
inside July/August 2024 Bickers will also become an Official Alpinestars repair and service center for
MX Goods, with the aim of increasing efficiency for our UK/Ireland based racers and customers
moving ahead, and we look forward to developing this partnership.

Derek McMartin (Bickers)
“Bickers are extremely excited to be able to service and sell Alpinestars Range of Off-Road Footwear
and Protection and cannot wait to start offering these great products to our dealers”
To see what Bickers offer, please go to
You can visit the Full Range at Alpinestars direct

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NPC 2024 IS ON! All eyes are on Oakhanger.



Oakhanger will host the first round of the NPC series this weekend. Gulf Racing Fuels, which will support the series for the next three years, will be in attendance. The line looks impressive, while entry lists are still being worked on. Starting a series from scratch is always hard, but trying to do that in a recession and with industry budgets at an all-time low is even more challenging. The guys behind the NPC have been working around the clock to make this happen.

MX1 and MX2 classes will provide some exciting racing with this at the weekend. MX1 will see Tristan Purdon, Brad Todd, Jamie Carpenter, Carlton Husband, Tom Grimshaw, John Adamson, Dan Thornhill, Chalie Putnam, and Aaron Patstone lining up. MX2 will offer some great racing with Charlie Cole, Charlie Heyman, Ollie Colmer, Ben Mustoe, Glen McCormick, Callum Mitchell, Syd Putnam, Ben Franklin, Harvey Cashmore and Liam Bennet all looking to get some hours in the bank racing.

Justin Barclay and Alfie Smith have produced a stunning track for riders to compete on. As I’m typing this update, more British riders are signing up, and they will be confirmed every day leading up to what will be a historical event. I say historical because I believe this series will go from strength to strength and offer one of the best championships in the UK and, hopefully, Europe.

The Acerbis is cancelled this weekend, so places at the NPC are filling up fast. There are four groups, and wildcards are still available in each group.

Entries for the event can be accessed here:

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA



The promoters for the annual VMXdN Foxhill have announced that former factory HRC, KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha rider Andrew Short will be racing at the legendary Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit over August bank holiday weekend (August 22nd-26th) as part of the American squad.

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Supplied

Short has had a stellar sixteen-year pro career, during that time, he earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins, he is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. One of his personal highlights was being part of the American Team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state of Colorado. 

After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short then worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Factory Honda HRC before making a big transition to compete in rally racing and take on the ultimate rally race – the Dakar.

After a steep learning curve, he was able to become competitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He raced for the Rockstar Husqvarna team as well as the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rally teams.

After a nasty injury while riding at home, he is now back to full fitness and bang up for the challenge that is Foxhill, the greatest 2-stroke event in the world. Short will race a 2002 YZ 250 built and maintained by the crew at DocWob. Team USA won the inaugural event in 2022 and finished 3rd behind Team GB and Team Northern Ireland in 2023. 

The race is already creating a huge buzz with new and returning legends being announced weekly, it really is a whos’ who of the sport through the golden heydays of the 90’s and 00’s era.

Labelled by RacerX magazine as “the Woodstock of two strokes” the event simply goes from strength to strength.

With ticket sales up year on year, the promoters have been blown away at the response to the event and are urging spectators to purchase tickets asap. Could this be the first outdoor motocross event in the UK to be ticket only? Camping passes will be capped at last year’s numbers as simply putting it – it was full!

Ensure your place at the most anticipated event on the British MX calendar by booking early.

Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and Camping passes are available at

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