NATIONAL RIDERS HEADLINE ROUND 1 OF THE 2015 PETER STEVENS MOTORCYCLES SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MX CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2015 Peter Stevens Motorcycles South Australian MX Championship series will roar into action next weekend, with strong numbers entered for the opening round.
Over 300 eager junior and senior competitors from across SA and interstate are expected to converge on the home of South Coast MX at Murray Bridge MX Track on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2015. The number of entries is likely to climb over the weekend, with entries closing on Monday 27 April.
“Starting the series at the Murray Bridge MX Track is a great way to launch the 2015 series, and the riders have shown their support by entering in strong numbers. With the event a couple of weeks ahead of the MX Nationals hitting the same track, we will see several top national riders getting some practice in as part of the SA Championship round.”says Chris McArdle, General Manager, Motorcycling SA.
“KTM Australia Team rider, SA product and current MX Nationals MX1 Championship leader, Kirk Gibbs, and his team mate Luke Styke, SD3 Husqvarna’s Luke Arbon, Connor Tierney (Husqvarna Australia) and Kyle Webster (Cullys Yamaha) have all entered to get valuable track time ahead of the MX Nationals. These riders will set the bar high for SA’s best, and be a great showcase of MX for those coming to watch” Mr McArdle said.
Peter Stevens Motorcycles is continuing as naming rights for the championship extending its relationship with the series along with regular series sponsors Revolution Timing, Y-AIM and First care Medical, whose support is crucial to enable the series to be delivered.
“Peter Stevens Motorcycles has extended its run as naming rights sponsor, and with this support, it enables the sport to maintain close ties with the motorcycling industry. Having a partnership with Peter Stevens Motorcycles, is great for the series and its riders” says Chris McArdle, General Manager, Motorcycling SA.
“Round 1 and host club South Coast MX has also benefited from the outstanding support from the Rural City of Murray Bridge, who has helped bring the event to the region. The benefit of multi-day events for regional areas are significant in terms of visitors and their spend on accommodation,meals and other things during their stay.” says Mr McArdle
The South Australian MX Championships are held over five rounds, held throughout South Australia, with each round comprising 2 days of racing with junior staking to the track Saturday then the senior’s on Sunday.
Expert Open Champion for the last two years, James Booth-Elliott will return once again competing in the senior premier class,although with the quality of riders in the field it will be a tough fight for podium positions. Others surely to contend are Tyson Whillas, and youngster Izak Maule.
Reigning SA MX2 champ Dan Banks will be keen to make a strong start to his title defence. WA young gun Kyle Webster will be head lining a talented group that also includes Luke Arbon, who took the MX Nationals round win at Murray Bridge last year and will be looking to re-gain that form.
Tight racing is also expected in the Intermediate and Clubman classes, with the ever popular Veteran’s also sure to put on a show for the many spectators anticipated to come to the event.
The premier Junior Class (128cc-150cc 2 St/200 – 250cc 4 St 13-U16 Yrs) will also be a highlight of the weekend. Mitchell Munzer will be keen to continue his good early season form, but with likely challenges from Zac Bradbury, and Ocsar Maule it will not be easy. In the 125cc class, Munzer and Bradbury will again lock horns,but will face challenges from Aaron Dent who has been in great early season form, and Hills local Cooper Sheidow. Battles will also occur in all other classes,but the 85cc 9-11year class looks set to be a corker, with Australia Number 3,and multi time SA Champ Alex Larwood setting the pace, although he is sure to be tested by Clay Burnett and South Coast MX rider Cale Dellow, who took a class win in the SA Off Road Championship in the lead up to the MX series.
“The last few seasons have seen great work by series organisers and host clubs, with the each series being a great success. 2015 looks set to continue this trend, with a great mix of tracks that should all allow close racing. Strong performances have already been put in by many riders at club events leading into round 1, so everything is set for the gates to drop. South Coast MX has put a lot of work in to prepare the venue and track, and with the weather looking good for round 1 looks perfect.” Mr McArdle said.
Racing gets underway at Murray Bridge MX Track, Old Princes Highway, Monarto from 9am both days, adults $5, kids under 16 Free!
The 2015 series rounds are:
· Round 1 - Murray Bridge – May 2/3 –South Coast MX
· Round 2 – Ceduna – June 13/14 – West Coast MCC
· Round 3 – Keith - July 25/26 – Keith and Districts MCC
· Round 4 - Renmark – August 15/16 – Riverland JMCC
· Round 5 – Gillman – September 5/6 – Motocross Riders Association (MRA)
Further information contact: Chris McArdle, General Manager, Motorcycling SA 0408 928 548
Race meeting updates: Barry Dellow,President, South Coast MX 0417 894066