-- 2011 Smarter than Smoking WA State
Motocross Round 1 – Kalgoorlie
The opening round of the 2011 Smarter than Smoking WA State Motocross Championship was held at the Goldfields Motorcycle Club in Kalgoorlie. Riders travelled from across the state to compete in all Junior, Senior and Quad class available in the respective state series. Over 400 families made the trek to the famous gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, a 1300km round trip for most only made once or less per year. For the avid motocross families from the Goldfields, 10,000-15,000km per year just to race their chosen sport at the highest level is a yearly cost most metro based families do not have to endure into their racing budgets.
The Goldfields club catered for all 25 State round classes hosting 75 races plus practices across a huge three days. A massive logistical accomplishment that was carried out by the club with country pride in track prep, hospitality and left most finding a new found love for the infamous track at the Percy Marshall complex.
Senior Motocross saw 200 riders take part in their first round for 2011. Long time stalwarts in the Pro Open Class, Dean Porter WA #1 and Louis Calvin WA #2, are both out of contention this year having shifted their focus to International and National racing.
Michael Addison, a multi WA Champ spent the last two seasons dedicated to the National series and returned to WA taking out the Golden Wheel Classic, and started the WA Series with three wins to secure the round. A
ddison was tested early in race three by Luke Davis, but took the lead mid race, and an overall 30 second lead at the chequers.
Luke Davis took second for the season opener, after also clinching the recent Tumbulgum Open title and all eyes will be on him to see how he handles the sand of Coastal Park in round 2.
Paul Humberston took the overall 3rd place, a handful of talented riders including Jamie Shaw, Anthony Hicks and Daniel Woodward showed moments of brilliance.
Pro Lites 2010 Champ Josh Adams missed the start of the series, allowing a new group of riders to steal the show. David Birch took the full 75 points on offer, the youngster who started his Motocross career at the Goldfields club as a junior, got to show his peers the back of his bike for all 24 laps across the three moto’s. Birch although taking all the wins, his lead was not huge in what is a very competitive class. Sean Robertson was a newcomer to the Pro Lites grid and took second place in front of a talented grid with the likes of overall third place Shane Murray, a previous Pro Lites title holder. Tim Bell, Ash Whisler, Craig Bolton and Shaun Cornick tied up the top 5 places across all races.
The Womens Championship will see 4 rounds raced within the WA State Round Series including a one off, Full Women’s day catering for all females whether they ride 2 or 4 wheel, juniors and Seniors. WA’s #1 rider Jess Moore sat out the round with injury.
Courtney Hirst dominated proceedings winning all three moto’s with Chelsea Blakers taking second, and Dimity Lee Duke tying up 3rd place. Taryn Leighton and Hannah Lovett fought it out for the 4th and 5th positions. Round 2 for the Women will be held at Coastal Park on May 29th.
The Junior Motocrossers competed in their second round for the year with those favouring the hardpack surface, making up ground after the hard fought season opener at Pinjar park just a few weeks earlier.
Results for 250cc 15yrs
1st Izaac Jones
2nd Joseph Murphy
3rd Brody Fewster
Results for 100cc- 150cc 13 – U 16yrs
1st Mitchell Taylor
2nd Robbo Lovett
3rd Jake Pruiti
Quad Motocross took place on Monday ANZAC Day, the Kalgoorlie RSL granted permission for racing to take place earlier than usual, one minutes silence was respected at the riders meeting, prior to the start of racing.
Quad Championship Class unlike all other classes to date did have its 2010 Champ in attendance, Luke Gaisford. The youngster now finds himself one of the older riders in this class. A time of change in the Quads, as all the older big name riders move on and the Juniors that once filled a grid in the 200cc class move into the ranks of today's Championship Class.
The Quad Championship class in this round raced 2 x 15minute moto’s and a 6 lap sprint. Luke Gaisford took the trifecta of wins, while Jordan Dummett secured second place, his second race battle with Gaisford a highlight of the day.
Josh McKay the 2010 Aus Junior champion elected to go straight into the Championship class, his 3rd place overall for the day in front of Joel Mortimer, Marcus Smith and Brad Filbey a huge start to his Senior career.
The Womens Quad Championship started their 3 round series in Kalgoorlie with WA #1 Teniel Morgan battling through injury to secure points towards the series. Bernice Ackermann shone with 3 holeshot’s and 3 wins to take the money, local rider Sarah Moore kept the pace up and took second overall for the round. Caitlin Piesse Junior Aus #3 advanced to the senior ranks taking 3rd overall in her debut women’s senior race meet. Teniel Morgan and Simone Gaisford battled it out each race, the women all putting in great lap times and competitive racing across the day.
May 21 Quad State Round 2 Coastal Motorcycle Club, Henderson
May 22 Junior MX Round 3 Lightweight Motorcycle Club, Byford
May 29 Senior MX Round 2 Coastal Motorcycle Club, Henderson
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