SA Off Road Championship Round 1 Wrap Up
Wrap up from Round 1
Perfect conditions, with mild temperatures and an overcast sky, greeted 225 competitors for the first round of the 2015 SA Off Road Championship at the river side location at Murray Bridge.
Velocette MCC were our hosts for the day, and did a great job in preparing two interesting, fun and challenging courses. The rain a week or so prior really set the scene for some great racing.
With all in readiness, the Grove Scaff Senior series kicked off with fierce competition, and proceeded to provide battles all through the day, with many final placings being decided by very close margins.
2014 champion Todd Barry (Kessner KTM) started the season as he finished, with great speed and skill, and as each test was checked off, he started to take control of the top spot of the leader board.
Behind him the battle raged, with Expert rider Jordan Heinrich (Flinders Motorcycles KTM), Skipp Rothe (Wilson Security KTM) and Victorian Andrew Wilsch (Kenny Racing Australia Suzuki) all showing good form.
Full provisional results are available on www.saoffroadchampionships.com
Other Senior results of note include excellent performances from C1 rider Travis Klitcher (Bridgeland Motorcycles Yamaha), finishing inside the top ten, Veteran rider Anthony Green (Husqvarna Australia) taking 11th outright. The master of the Master’s class was not surprisingly Andy Haydon (Haydon’s Bobcat Hire), finishing top 20 overall in the process.
The KTM Junior Series classes were equally competitive, with some great rides put in all day. Most riders were feeling the pinch by the end of the day, with the first round really providing a challenge for everyone.
J4’s were dominated by Todd Heinrich (Flinders Motorcycles KTM). Todd showed great consistency, and was a clear winner ahead of a close battle between Jack Staunton (Deakin Motorcycles Mildura Suzuki) and the jack of all trades Aaron Dent.
J3’s became a battle down to the wire, with the smallest of margins separating the top two, with SA rider William Price (WG Bikes n Gear KTM) taking the honours from Victorian Liam Mason (Kontrol Factory suspension).
The J2 class saw Jayden Rudd (Schill Auto parts KTM) put in a commanding performance and take a clear win. Jayden’s consistency, on both the KTM and Grove Scaff tests was outstanding, A battle raged behind between Max Price (WG Bikes n Gear Kawasaki) and Matthew Bunnik (Springwood Homes Kawasaki), with Max’s times in the Grove Scaff test proving the difference and getting him second place.
Young MX rider Cale Dellow (Coast KTM) left everyone in his roost, taking the win in the J1 class. Kyan Haydon (Haydon’s Bobcat Hire) put in a strong performance to take second.
The 65cc JJ’s were great to watch, both in terms of the competition between riders, but also just the look of enjoyment on their faces just for being on the bike. All looked like they had fun, although were clearly tired by the end of the day. The win went to Tyler Heidenreich (Possum Creek Vineyard KTM) who just held on against Tate Manning (Manning Scultures Kawasaki).
Thanks to all the officials and volunteers who made the event possible, First Care Medical who looked after those that needed care, the Apex Club for catering and the Scouts for timing back up.
Attention now turns to Round 2-3 May 23-24 which will in corporate rounds 5 & 6 of the Australian off Road Championship at Wanbi, SA. Ariel MCC are in full swing preparing for this huge event, which will showcase not only the states stars, but riders from across the country when all the big teams roll in to town. For more information about this event, head over to the Ariel MCC Facebook Page.
Further information contact: Chris McArdle,General Manager, Motorcycling SA – 0408 928 548
Any questions regarding the series can be responded to by contacting the series sports manager
Owen Rothe, Phone: 0428 312 503 Email: email@example.com