-- Waters wins Manjimup 15,000
-- By John Innes
Saturday the 8th June saw the cream of the State’s Junior Motocross riders assemble at the Cosy Creek MX track at Manjimup for the 2013 Manjimup Junior day. The weather was on the whole overcast with rain only falling at the end of the day’s proceedings during the presentations. The feature event for them was the 150cc-125cc 2-Stroke / 200cc-250cc 4-Stroke 13 - U16 Years sponsored by event naming rights sponsor Matrix Equipment Hire with Liam Whisler taking the win from Jake Pruiti in second place and Mackenzie Shepherd third. Another youngster with a big future in the sport is Regan Duffy who won the 85cc/150cc 9– U12 yrs sponsored by – Witch Cycles Suzuki and was third in the 65cc 7yrs – U13 yrs sponsored by Fifth Element Kawasaki.
Sunday was all about the Matrix Equipment Hire Manjimup 15,000 and it was a star studded field that was in place to contest the main event. In Friday practice it was Todd Waters (KTM) who caught the eye with some electrifying laps along with Kirk Gibbs (KTM) and UK rider Jamie Law (KTM). But Sunday was the day that counted with Friday practice just a distant memory, and the riders didn’t disappoint.
By his own admission Todd Waters arrived in WA with his confidence just a little down, but after his dazzling display of riding on Sunday that will no longer be an issue. Whilst team mate Kirk Gibbs skipped away to an early point’s advantage with his all the way win in the first moto, Waters rode a smart race securing a comfortable second place and setting himself up for a tilt at the title. WA’s Dean Porter (Honda) was third with Jamie Law (UK/KTM) fourth. Waters had a plan and he stuck to it and he looked confident going into the second moto. He quickly got to the front and from that time on was never troubled winning from Gibbs with Weston Peick (USA/Suzuki) third and four time winner Jay Marmont (Kawasaki) fourth.
Next up was the Allstars Shoot-Out which was run over five laps, with the first 50% progressing whilst the remainder were eliminated at the end of each lap. Both Porter and Peick were injured during the third Shoot-Out lap and took no further part in the day’s racing It came down to the final three riders Waters, Gibbs and Marmont and that was the order they finished in with Waters picking $3000 for his win. With the Shoot-Out done it was back to the racing and with two more races Waters knew he had to keep his mind on the job or all his good work would be for nothing.
The third moto saw Waters again get to the front early and control the race; Gibbs tried mighty hard to overcome his team mate but was unable to make much progress settling for second place with Law winning the battle with Marmont for third spot.
It was now all down to the final 8 lap moto to decide the 2013 Matrix Equipment Hire Manjimup 15,000 with any of the top four in contention. Gibbs got the holeshot but Waters was passed him and into the lead within the first lap and from that point on the rest were in a battle for the minor positions. Waters kept it all together to take a comfortable win from Gibbs to secure a 1-2 finish for the KTM Team. WA rider Louis Calvin (KTM) took third place with Law again beating Marmont home. The overall top three were Waters on 97 points, Gibbs on 91 and Law on 72 points. Marmont and Calvin were fourth and fifth respectively.
Todd Waters - “The feeling right now is great, it is always good to get moto wins. It was good to come over here and get some confidence, in the Nationals I had a crash and hit my head so that was what I was chasing – was some confidence. It’s a good atmosphere over here, I wanted to do it last year but I couldn’t get over but this year KTM brought me and I can’t thank them enough. Team manager Rob Twyerould and my mechanic Ryan, these guys have just put in massive efforts over the weekend and that is why I’m where I am now. Having seen the ‘Honour Roll’ in the Clubhouse I just wanted to get my name on it to, and happily it all worked out.”
The Allstars Lites saw David Birch (KTM) take the overall win from Timmy Bell (Kawasaki) both were tied on 92 points with Birch winning on a count back and Jayden Rykers (KTM) was third.
-- KTM Report
Motorex KTM riders Todd Waters and Kirk Gibbs ensured their respective Manjimup debuts would be memorable ones with a spectacular 1-2 in the 2013 Manjimup 15,000 today at Cosy Creek circuit, three hours south of Perth.
Waters, who leads this year’s MX Nationals championship at the half-way mark, earned himself a coveted place on the clubhouse honour roll with a second place and three wins on the famous track - the site of the 1992 Motocross of Nations in Australia.
It was however, Kirk Gibbs who nearly eclipsed his more established team mate, winning the first moto off the back of a blindingly fast start, then taking three second places to finish just 6 points behind Waters.
Both riders mastered the demands of the iconic circuit, which blends deep, energy-sapping sand whoops with famous WA pea-gravel over hard pack, in the process fighting off high-quality local riders, former national champion Jay Marmont and AMA motocross top-ten rider Weston Peick, who crashed out of the event.
Local rider Jamie Law made it a trifecta for KTM, filling out the third spot on the podium.
Rob Twyerould: “It was a brilliant day at Manjimup. We had a big crowd, a few showers throughout the day which kept the track prime and it got incredibly rough. The format was also tough for the mechanics to keep bikes prepped for each race so Ryan and Kyle did an amazing job today.
"Both boys rode brilliantly today, really head and shoulders above anyone else. Kirk really stepped up today too which was fantastic. In starts Todd just had the edge, although they both had one race where they had to come from behind but the rest of the time it was elbow to elbow. Both would come off and laugh and giggle comparing moments and stories - it was classic.
"The American rider Weston Pieck hurt himself half way through but it would have been good to compete with him all day as he’s a top ten rider in the US, and in the first race the boys were three or four seconds quicker per lap.”
Todd Waters: “Manjimup was a really good experience. The biggest thing is the clubhouse; the memorabilia there is something special! It’s this Heritage Listed clubhouse that’s been there for years and years and you walk in and there are a heap of photos of all the life members and the Des Nations. Leisky’s on the wall there and guys like Ando and Andrew McFarlane. It was a real inspiration to win it. I wanted to be one of those guys on that list.
"The track was great; really fast straights into hard pack hills then into rough, soft sand on the flats. It combined two different terrains and riding styles which was tricky. It started off pretty one-lined, and I tend to go better when you’ve got to use your imagination a little, which was why I came into my own more at the end. It was good to win here and a win over international riders always looks good on paper as well. Kirk stepping it up was good and very exciting for KTM. I love competition and having a team mate like Kirk who I get along with but am also able to race closely with is great.”
Kirk Gibbs: “The track was really awesome to race on. I got some good starts today and I’m happy with my result. With the shorter races and my starts being really good today I kept Toddy on his toes. My start in that first one was unbelievable - I couldn’t see anyone there! By the end of the lap I had a two second lead and I could see that Todd was catching me slightly here and there, then he put in a really hard last lap but I managed to hold him off. It’s good to get a win too, it gives me more confidence for nationals.
"It was great to ride close with him today too and see the little things I need to do better. I’m doing it better each time I get on the bike lately and having my starts dialled in obviously helps a lot. Racing this close with him is something we both enjoy and there’s no tension. Close, clean racing is what you want and there’s nothing better or more fun than that."
Results - Manjimup 15,000, Cosy Creek, WA:
TBC - We have heard word that due to some results problems Louis Calvin may be officially credited fifth overall
1. Todd Waters 97
2. Kirk Gibbs 91
3. Jamie Law 72
4. Jay Marmont 67
5. Josh Adams 53
6. Louis Calvin 51
7. Kyle Webster 51
8. Charlie Creech 38
9. Paul Humberston 37
10. Travis Freistat 37
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