NATIONAL FRONT RUNNERS STAR AT THE OPENING ROUND OF THE 2015 PETER STEVENS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MURRAY BRIDGE
Victorian Adam Monea and Western Australia’s Connor Tierney have won the opening round of the 2015 Peter Stevens South Australian Motocross Championships in their respective Expert classes after some tightly fought racing on Sunday the 3rd of May 2015
Victorian Adam Monea and Western Australia’s Connor Tierney have won the opening round of the 2015 Peter Stevens South Australian Motocross Championships in their respective Expert classes after some tightly fought racing on Sunday the 3rd of May 2015.
The South Coast Motocross Club hosted round one of the five round championship at the beautifully prepared Murray Bridge Motocross track with riders being greeted by what can only be described as perfect racing conditions to kick off the series.
In the MX1 Expert class it was a battle of the national stars of Motocross as Monster Energy / Hitachi Kawasaki’s Adam Monea went up against the Australian factory KTM duo of Luke Styke and home town favourite Kirk Gibbs.
The three riders dominated the day’s proceedings and while it was Styke who lead the day early winning the first of three motors after reeling in and passing his two main rivals, it was Monea who walked away with the days spoils finishing second in the opening race before going on to win the second two races ahead of Kirk Gibbs.
“The track was the best I have ridden it, they ripped it nice and deep,” Monea commented. “It made for some really good practice leading up to the national here especially with Kirk and Luke out here today.” Gibbs who like the other national contenders, was using the day to get a little testing done before he returns to the same venue on the 17th of May for round four of the 2015 MX Nationals enjoyed returning to his home state to race and catching up with local racers along with family and, friends on his way to second place for the round.
“It was awesome to come back to South Australia to race one of the local state rounds,” Gibbs said. “I have been pretty blessed at the state title, I have been to one round for the past three years and every time I have come back the tracks have been unreal.
“I love coming back here, this place is awesome and it is good to be able to come to the races and catch up with family and friends.”
“It was cool to see all the young fellas out here racing yesterday and coming back to watch today. A lot of them look up to us national riders so it was good to have the chance to watch them and catch up with some of the riders and I think it is good for them to have us factory riders come out and race these local events.” Gibbs added.
New South Welshman Luke Styke rounded out the podium for the day while Motul Suzuki’s Kale Makeham held down fourth spot after spending the day battling back and forth with 2014 State champion James Booth Elliot who was able to keep his SGR, Performance Moto Suzuki in touch with the front runners in all three moto’s, securing a 5-4-5 result on the day to finish 5th overall.
Booth-Elliot also lead the way for the locally based riders with Nick Murray, Izak Maule, Dan Banks, Tyson Whillas and Matt Clarke filling out the top ten respectively.
Much like the MX1 Expert class, the MX2 Expert class was dominated by interstate riders though South Australia’s Mitch Norris was able to lead both of the opening motos before being over hauled in the second half of each race.
It was Western Australia’s Jayden Rykers who raced through for the win in the opening two motos of the day to put himself in prime position heading into the final race.
However it was fellow West Aussie, Connor Tierney who came through to take the overall round win after Rykers ran into trouble in the final race, finishing back in 7th position.
Tiernery’s second place finish in the final moto left the national MXD front runner tied on 94 points with Rykers, with Tiernery getting the overall win on count back due to his higher place finish in the final race.
“It was awesome to be able to come away with the win here at Murray Bridge and to be able to get some good track time before the upcoming nationals in a couple of weeks,” Tiernery said at days end.
“The track was unbelievable and the club really did a good job getting the track prime so it was awesome fun out there.
“The racing was pretty intense with there being a bunch of super fast guys in the class so it was a good learning curve.” Tienery added
Rounding out the podium was Victorian Geran Stapleton on the back of his final moto race win. A third Western Australian rider in Kyle Webster held down fourth place for the round after working his way through the field in every race, while Victorian Wayde Carter finished the day in fifth place.
Mitch Norris lead the way for the South Aussies, finishing the day in sixth position and showing he has the pace to mix it with some of the nations best talent,while Siegah Ward impressed all day long on his way to seventh position.
Elijah Wiese secured a top ten result in 8th position, ahead of Victoria’s Jacob Williams in 9th and South Aussie Ty Lynch rounding out the top ten.
In the Vets A class it was battle between New South Welshman Kim Ashkenazi and South Australian Warren Carroll, with Ashkenazi coming through to win all three moto’s on his way to the round win. Carroll held down second position in every race for second overall, while Corey Vanderlei, Craig Hage and Daniel Phillips battled it out for the final spot on the podium with Vanderlei edging ahead of Hage by day’s end to claim third, with Hage fourth and Phillips fifth.
Zoe Harkness dominated the Women’s class sweeping all three races on her way to the round win followed by Steph Cutler and Chloe Millsteed.
Scott Watts cleared out to win the opening two MX1 Intermediate races comfortably on his way to taking the round win ahead of Jack Sheater who claimed the win in the final race. Dylan Clarke rounded out the podium with three solid rides including a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the opening two races.
James Alskne picked up two races win on his way to winning the Clubman MX1 class ahead of Chris Dohnt and Wayne Burge.
In the fiercely contested MX2 Intermediate class, Beau Taylor bounced back from some bad luck in the opening race two pull through for the win in the final two motos of the day resulting in a narrow three point win ahead of race one winner Sam Parsons.
Brad Hewitt rounded out the podium by a single point from Corey Crawford while Lachlan Wilson held down fifth position for the round.
The MX2 Clubman class had the biggest field of the round with the 46 riders being split into two groups for the day’s racing.
At the end of the day it was Nathan Laubsch who claimed the round win on 102 points, with Harley Willis and Matt Franczuk finishing second and third respectively tied on 95 points each.
The Vets B grade class proved to be as popular as ever with 36 riders entering the class for the round.
Victorian rider Mark Thompson annihilated his competition on his way to winning the opening two races by 30 seconds before cruising to a comfortable win in the third race ahead of second placed rider for the day in each race Michael Potiuch.
Anthony Slade in his first state title race for a number of years finished the day in third place overall ahead of Andrew Swanson in fourth, while Richard Ytsma impressed on his way to fifth place for the round.
For a full list of round results and championship standings for all classes head to http://www.orion-timing.com/1028/20150501/
Round 2 of the 2015 Peter Stevens South Australian Motorcycles MX Championship heads to Ceduna on the 14th of June.
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