Bathurst SX Qualifying Update | By Kendall Jennings
Practice and Qualifying has just been completed at the Bathurst Show Ground Complex under a bright blue sky.
The track is holding up and the grassed areas between jumps are creating some decent race lines. The uniqueness of the track is its near 180-degrees first corner, which the four strokes are digging out of the ruts while the 2-strokes have to be carful with line choice, due to the rhythm section that followed the first corner and holeshot marker.
Top five qualifiers for the SXD, were New South Welshman Dylan Willis, followed by Victorian Tomas Ravenhorst, New South Welshman Brock McLeary edged out Victorian Jack Simpson for third and South Australian Izak Maule completed the top five.
SX2 Non-Seeded Group – Penrite Honda’s new recruit Victoiran Lewis Wood was the fastest qualifier. Fellow Victorian Jackson Richardson finished second. New South Welshman and soon to be USA resident Hayden Mellross qualified in third position. Jake Vella and John Prutti completed the top five. Female Competitor Meghan Rutledge qualified a credible sixth.
SX2 Seeded group – USAs Gavin Faith had the fastest lap time, followed by Victorian Kale Makeham. Queenslander Brendan Harrison clocked a quicker time than USA import Kyle Peters. Luke Arbon was the fifth fastest.
SX1 Non-Seeded Group – Victorian Kade Mosig piloted his Yamaha to the fastest lap time, followed by fellow Victorian Berry Sweet Husqvarna’s Josh Cachia. Youngester Jesse Dobson from Queensland was third fastest on his factory KTM. Then Kieren Tisdale and James Both-Elliott.
SX1 Seeded Group – was led by the Moss brothers from New South Wales, Matt qualified first and Jake second. South Australian Kirk Gibbs was third, Kawaskis Victorian rider Adam Monea in fourth and Motul Suzuki’s Lawson Bopping fifth.