Dreams were realised today at the Shrubland Park circuit in Bunbury, with the first lot finals in the books for the 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship.
With riders now accustomed to the sandy conditions thanks to extended practice sessions, riders headed out for their first day of finals and put on a performance for the Western Australian spectators.
With more than ten finals races at the Shrubland Park circuit, we took a brief look at each class, to see how the action played out.
50cc Division 2 – 7-u9 years
Local Seth Clarke secured the early race lead, however it only took a short time for Seth Burchell to take advantage of a mistake by Clarke and move in to the race lead after only a couple of turns.
With track conditions being in a state that would test the most experienced motocross athletes, the littlies of the AJMX, took to the track like true professional, not allowing any amount of sand to hold them up.
With Burchell out in front, focus shifted to the battle for second. Kayd Kingsford and Clarke battled hard in the later stages of the moto, before Kingsford edged out Clarke, securing second position and relegating Clarke to third.
When the chequered flag flew on the first final for the event, Burchell crossed the line in the top spot, while Kingsford celebrated his second place finish, and Clarke holding on for third.
85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 years
When the hard charging group of 85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 riders headed out for their first final’s event, it was Jye Dickson who snatched up the holeshot, before Western Australia’s Mitchell Outram once again made his presence known and moved in to the race lead.
With the local crowd behind him, KTM’s Outram began to check out from the field, leaving the battle for positions to happen behind him.
After taking the holeshot Dickson held on to second position for only a short time – with lightening fast Liam Walsh on a charge, Walsh moved in to second position with half of the moto to spare.
When the checquered flag flew however, it was a fairy tale ending for local boy Outram, taking the first finals race win ahead of Walsh and Dickson who finished in second and third respectively.
85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 12-u14 years
In a spectacular sight, a huge field of 38 riders lined up for racing in the 85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 12-u14 years class, treating hundreds of spectators who dotted the fenceline.
When racing got under way, it was the Husqvarna machine of Bailey Malkiewicz who was out in front early – managing to fight off the likes of James Scott, Rhys Budd and Corben Weinert who were fiercely battling for remaining top positions.
However at the halfway mark in the moto, Malkiewicz came to grief and ending up missing from the lead, forcing the youngster back to 15th position. With Malkiewicz off the radar, the battle for the race lead began to heat up.
With one minute left to race, it was anyone’s guess as to who would take the race win. With KTM local Regan Duffy, Budd and Weinert going all out, Duffy edged out his competition to take the chequers victorious, ahead of Budd, and Weinert who wrapped up their first finals race in second and third respectively.
65cc Solo 7-u9 years
When the youngsters headed out for their first finals race, the field did not look to be backing off, as nearly 30 riders launched into the first turn, with Braden Plath taking the 65cc holeshot.
As the field settled in to their positions, it only took one lap for Kayden Minear to secure the race lead, ahead of Seth Burchell, Kobe Drew, and Braden Plath who made up second, third and fourth positions.
By the three-lap mark, Minear had a ten second lead on Queensland’s Drew who had gotten by Burchell, relegating him to third.
As the last lapboard came out, Minear looked more than comfortable in the deep sandy conditions and continuing to stretch out his impressive lead. With Minear only moments away from taking a finals race win, the focus shifted to the battle for second that was going down to the wire.
When the chequered flag flew, Western Australia’s Minear took the race win, while Burchell put on a late charge to secure second ahead of Drew who wrapped up the final in third.
In a huge upset in the 7-u9 65 class, main competitor Seth Clarke suffered bike issues forcing him to DNF, damaging his 2015 KTM AJMX campaign.
100cc – 150cc 2-stroke / 200cc – 250cc 4-stroke Girls 13-u16 years
With a sprinkling of water added to the track for the girls, the ladies of the KTM AJMX lined up for what would be an action packed ten minutes of racing in the 100cc – 150cc 2-stroke / 200cc – 250cc 4-stroke Girls 13-u16 year class.
With Chelsea Carter launching out of the start gate, her KTM machine was THE first bike through turn one, with comeback queen Lily Kent slotting in to second behind her.
With Carter and Kent out in front, focus shifted to the battle for third, with Tahlia O’Hare, and Tanesha Rose Harnett going head to head. However it was the late charge of Danielle Foot who had heads turning, coming from mid-pack to challenge O’Hare and Harnett for the podium position.
At the conclusion of the ten-minute moto, Carter crossed the line as the first girl’s finals winner, ahead of Foot and O’Hare who both put on outstanding performances on the final lap to take second and third places respectively.
For a complete and more detailed list of results from the first day of finals at the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship in Bunbury today, head to www.mylaps.com