AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND. The KTM Australian Amateur Cup competitors took to the track for their first outing of the season at Toowoomba – the Round 9 support category delivering two action packed races, with home-grown hero Kerrod Morrissy wrapping up the day with the round victory.
With Echo Valley well-known as one of the most picturesque motocross tracks in the country, the KTM Amateur Cup class riders were treated to a backdrop like no other for their first two races of the year, and eventually, it was Morrissy who delivered on home soil.
In qualifying, the Toowoomba local Morrissy used his experience at the venue to his advantage, clocking in with the fastest lap time at the conclusion of the timed session (1:56.152), an impressive 2.9 seconds faster than second quickest Matt Haworth (Honda), while Travis Regeling concluded the session in third (2:00.840).
When the KTM Australian Amateur Cup bikes charged down the start straight for their first moto at Toowoomba, it was no surprise to see the number 71 KTM machine of Morrissy out in front, followed by second fastest qualifier Haworth.
Unfortunately for Haworth, the Honda rider went high in a turn on lap two and as a result got caught up in the track signage, allowing the field of charging competitors to stream by.
With Haworth re-joining the race at the rear of the pack, Jack McNeice slotted into second behind Morrissy, while Ryan Kenney was back in third.
With 15 minutes making up the support class’s first moto, the KTM Amateur Cup riders settled into their positions, but one rider who was determined to chase down the top two was Kenney, and only soon after moving into third, the Suzuki rider made the pass on McNeice and moved into second.
By the halfway point in moto one, Morrissy had stretched out his lead to an impressive 10 seconds – meanwhile, Kenney continued to maintain second ahead of Regeling, Evan Hood and James Mastin, and despite holding third for a number of laps, McNeice slipped back to eighth.
As moto one reached its closing stages, Morrissy’s local knowledge proved to be the key to success, the KTM rider looking calm and calculated as he ticked off lap after lap.
And when the chequered flag flew, it was Morrissy who secured the first KTM Australian Amateur Cup race win. Second place went to Kenney, followed by Regeling who held on to finish in third. Hood and James Maslin completed the top five followed by Brandon Gray, Steven Duck, Blake Cobbin, Jordan Flaherty and Cohn Evans.
The KTM Australian Amateur Cup class was then the final category to take to the track at Echo Valley this afternoon, and much like moto one it was Morrissy who quickly moved in to the race lead.
Behind Morrissy, was Haworth in second, followed by Regeling and Mitch Drummond in third and fourth positions.
By the three lap mark, the running order saw Morrissy continuing to lead from Haworth and Regeling, while Cobbin, and Kenney completed the top five with only a third of the moto remaining.
But it was Morrissy who continued to dominate in moto two, stretching his lead out to an impressive 28 seconds with one lap remaining.
And when the chequered flag flew for the final time at Toowoomba this afternoon, it was home grown hero Morrissy who collected his second race win of the day. Second place went to Kenney, while KTM mounted Cobbin finished in third. Haworth and Gray completed the top five, followed by Regeling, James Maslin, Drummond, Hood and Flaherty who all finished inside the top ten.
With 1,1 race results, Morrissy finished today’s outing on the top step of the KTM Australian Amateur Cup podium, second overall went to Kenney (KTM) while Regeling concluded the Toowoomba round in third.
Kerrod Morrissy – KTM Australian Amateur Cup Winner – Toowoomba
“It’s really nice to get the win in front of a home crowd at Toowoomba today – the track was really fun, and it was a challenge too so it’s been a good weekend,” Morrissy shared.
“This is the second support class I’ve raced in this year. It’s fun to have the opportunity to ride different tracks and to get out on the weekend and have a go instead of sitting home and doing nothing.
“The support classes at the MX Nationals provide a really good opportunity for guys like myself to go racing. I’m enjoying every minute, and can’t wait for next weekend.”
KTM Australian Amateur Cup Results – Toowoomba
1) Kerrod Morrissy – 70 points – KTM
2) Ryan Kenney – 64 points – KTM
3) Travis Regeling – 55 points – Honda
4) Blake Cobbin – 53 points – KTM
5) Brandon Gray – 51 points – Yamaha
6) James Maslin – 50 points – KTM
7) Evan Hood – 50 points – Yamaha
8) Steven Duck – 44 points – KTM
9) Jordan Flaherty – 43 points – Husqvarna
10) Mitch Drummond – 42 points – Honda
The final round of the KTM Australian Amateur Cup will take place at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast next weekend, August 19 & 20.
For more information on the 2017 Motul MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au