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South Africa’s motocross world champ

first_imgThe overall win in Italy went to Searle, who won both motos. Rattray was classified second and Belgian Joel Roelants, also on a KTM, took the final podium place. The final breakdown of points saw Rattray (636) take the title by 23 points from Searle. Frenchman Nicholas Aubin was third, a massive 207 points behind Searle. The injury bogey struck again in 2007, bringing an early end to Rattray’s season when he damaged a knee, which forced him to miss the final four GPs. DebutRattray made his Motocross World Championship debut in the 2001 European GP in the 125cc class. The following year, 2002, was his first full season in the Championship. He surprised by finishing seventh overall and scored his first ever podium in Belgium. Rattray and his Red Bull KTM team-mate, Briton Tommy Searle, were the only riders in with a chance of winning the world title. Reigning world champion, Italy’s Antonio Cairoli, dropped out of the title race when he injured a knee at the South African GP in Nelspruit in July. Tyla Rattray became the third South African to win a motocross world title when he clinched the MX2 category championship at the Italian Grand Prix in Faenza on Sunday. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SAinfo reporter Final World Championship StandingsTyla Rattray 636 pointsTommy Searle 613 pointsNicolas Aubin 406 pointsShaun Simpson 394 pointsRui Goncalves 380 pointsAntonio Cairoli 357 points In 2003, Rattray ended sixth in the 125cc Championship. Italy Grand Prix resultsTommy Searle 50 pointsTyla Rattray 40 pointsJoel Roelants 35 pointsZach Osborne 34 pointsStephen Sword 34 pointsShaun Simpson 27 points He competed in the first year of the MX2 class in 2004 and enjoyed a very good season as he finished runner-up to his KTM team mate Ben Townley for the world title. His successes included victories in Spain, France, and Belgium. The 2008 season is not quite over for him, however. Rattray will be in action for South Africa on 28 September at Donington park in the Red Bull Motocross of Nations. ACL injuryAn anterior cruciate ligament injury kept Rattray out of action for most of the next season after he had opened it with a promising win in the GP of Flanders. On his return he was victorious in all three races he contested, which left him in 15th place in the Championship standings. Searle then walked away with the second moto with Roelants second and American Zach Osbourne, on a Yamaha, in third place. Rattray cruised around to finish in fourth place. First motoThe first moto saw Rattray content to play second fiddle to Searle and make sure of wrapping up the title. Searle led home the South African with Frenchman Anthony Boissiere third on another KTM. Rattray said: “It feels great after I had some tough last years, especially with my ACL. To me this is like a dream come true, the Championship was everything for me.” 15 September 2008 The South African ace has confirmed he will be competing for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad in next year’s MX1 World Championship. Rattray flattered only to deceive in 2006 as injuries again took their toll. He opened with wins in the first three rounds, but with the injuries came inconsistent form and he had to settle for fourth place in the Championship. Second place in the first moto of the final event of the year was enough to give Rattray the title. He went into the event needing 18 points out of a possible 50 to make sure of the championship. Came togetherFinally, in 2008 it all came together as Rattray recorded 13 podiums finishes out of a possible 15 and won four GPs to become world champion. Previous SA world championsThe result saw the 22-year-old Durban rider join Greg Albertyn, who won 250 and 125 world titles, and Grant Langston, who won the 125 championship, as the only South Africans to win world motocross championships.last_img read more

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Diverse stakeholder group to benchmark nutrient management efforts and create farmer certification to improve water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A unique collaboration of stakeholders representing the agriculture, conservation, environmental, and research communities have joined forces to develop and deploy a statewide water quality initiative. This unprecedented partnership brings together diverse interests to establish a baseline understanding of current on-farm conservation and nutrient management efforts and to build farmer participation in a new certification program.The Agriculture Conservation Working Group recently held a two-day retreat in Ostrander, Ohio, where sub-committees focusing on best management practices, education development, governance, data management, certification and public outreach engaged in robust dialogue around strategies for introduction and implementation of the program. Much of the conversation centered on identifying the path to healthy waterways in the state, and the complex approaches necessary to understand existing practices and successfully engage farmers in education and certification.“A group with a farm-level focus and representation from across the environmental, academic and agricultural communities has never come together before with a commitment to the shared objective of improved water quality,” said Scott Higgins, CEO, Ohio Dairy Producers Association and co-chair of the working group. “Agriculture has an important role in implementing continuous improvement efforts to reduce nutrient runoff, and this initiative will work toward broad-scale adoption of best management practices by Ohio’s farmers.”Similar 4R certification programs have been successful for the retail fertilizer industry, and this initiative will leverage key learnings from the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. When completed, the initiative will benchmark data and create a framework for certification of Ohio’s farms to support healthy waterways in Ohio.“Bringing these diverse interests to the same table is a significant accomplishment, and we all share a common goal of clean water for all Ohioans,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director, Ohio Environmental Council. “There is a shared sense of urgency towards finding solutions to our state’s water quality issue, and this all-inclusive approach to inventory farm practices and build a farmer certification program is a positive step in the process.”The working group currently is establishing milestones from which to document progress. It projects that the proposed certification framework could be introduced as soon as the end of 2019.More information will be available in the coming months as the group launches a website and other resources for stakeholders.last_img read more

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Wind River to showcase edge cloud compute applications at Mobile World Congress


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