Western Australian’s WAMX Smarter Than Smoking Healthways WAMX State Championships reaches the halfway point of the series this Sunday. Round 3 hits the deep sands of Shrubland Park on Sunday June 23rd at Bunbury in the South West of the state.

The six round Championships, which is largely based in the Perth metropolitan area, has continued to raise the bar over the past two years. With regional venues on its books, such as Kalgoorlie and Bunbury and previous seasons at Busselton and Geraldton, WAMX are certainly not resting on their laurels when it comes to providing new challenges and venue options during the state round series.

The Bunbury Motorcycle Club hosts round three at its historic Shrubland Park facility at Bunbury. The club this year celebrates its 50th anniversary and has undergone considerable track works, plus new infrastructure and is a firm favourite of the spectators.

Heading the Pro Open/MX1 championship points lead is Mandurah City KTM rider Louis Calvin on 115 points. Calvin has podiumed in the last two rounds and holds a 25 point lead over CLAAS/Yamaha’s Kyle Webster on 90 points and KTM mounted Stevie Heilers on 84 points, who is also having one of his best seasons to date in this Pro Open class.  With Luke Davis and Craig Bolton sitting inside the top five, the sand specialists are certain to come into this round with a huge advantage. Dean Porter is still carrying an injury in from the MX Nationals opening round, plus a horror crash at Manjimup last week, which also claimed contender Ash Whisler.

The Pro Lites/MX2 class points leader is Robbo Lovett on board theWest Coast Honda on 93 points with Kyle Webster CLAAS/Yamaha in second on 92 points and KTM mounted Jayden Rykers in third place on 91 points. With three points separating the top three placegetters in the championship, the Bunbury round is expected to see Josh Adams, Daniel Shrimp and Craig Bolton shine and keep Reece Colgan, Shane Murray and local rider Tim Bell in with a chance in this extremely tight championship points charge.

Local rider Anthony Pearce leads the Quad Championship on 171 points ahead of Chris Bosnakis on 141 points, Shaun Woodhead holds down third place with 139 points, Mat Robbins 131 and Tyron Robertson on 119 points. Expect anything when the four wheeled warriors hit the sands at Shrubland Park, with series leader Pearce feeding off the local crowd.

The Clubman Quads has the points lead to Daniel Soltoggio on 159 points, over Brendon Reynolds on 124 points, Anton Versaci and Jeff Hogan tied on 94 points apiece and fifth placed Jemma Merrylees on 88 points.

WAMX Championship action a plenty at Shrubland Park, South West Hwy Bunbury on Sunday 23rd June for the third round of the state’s top motocross racing on offer!  Spectator Entry is $20 for Adults with kids under 16 Free. Racing from 9.30am with a full support race program. Full Bar and Canteen facilities and No BYO. This is a Smoke Free Event.

Overall Results

Pro Open/MX1
1 Louis Calvin 115
2 Kyle Webster 90
3 Stevie Heilers 84
4 Luke Davis 80
5 Craig Bolton 71

Pro Lite MX/2
1 Robbo Lovett 93
2 Kyle Webster 92
3 Jayden Rykers 91
4 Daniel Shrimp 80
5 Josh Adams 79

Quad Championship
1 Anthony Pearce 171
2 Chris Bosnakis 148
3 Shaun Woodhead 139
4 Mat Robbins 131
5 Tyron Robertson 119

Round 1 Kalgoorlie on April 21st with the Women’s Championship
Round 2 Hendley Park Byford May 26th, with round 2 of the Women’s Championship.
Round 3 June 23rd – Bunbury Motorcycle Club
Round 4 21st July at Coastal Park, Henderson.
Round 5 August 18th BSA Motorcycle Club, Gidgegannup with third round of Women’s Championship.
Round 6 September 15th, AJS, Wanneroo Park.
Championship Standings and further details are available www.wamx.com.au.

Article by Nicki Shea-Howell, www.PerthMX.com
Images by Gordon Pettigrew, www.truespiritphotos.com

Round 2 of WAMX from Byford, South of Perth kicked off under sensational autumn weather.

The day had it all, and a great crowd was on hand to witness the second round of the prestigious WAMX Healthways Smarter Than Smoking State Championships.

The hard packed track at Hendley Park Byford had undergone many recent changes ready to challenge all riders, and the riders readily accepted the challenge in their quest for championship points and a place on the podium.

Pro Open/MX 1
The Pro Open/MX1 sharp shooters were never going to stop Louis Calvin, who took the first moto by an easy 29 seconds over defending champions Dean Porter back in the WAMX for the first time this season still nursing that troublesome ankle. Third placed Paul Humbertson tried to narrow the gap but was unable to catch the number 1 plate holder in Porter. Kyle Webster picked up fourth ahead of Josh Adams, Stevie Heilers, Craig Bolton, Ash Whisler and David Birch. Luke Davis had a shocker finishing in 11th.

In moto 2, all were on their feet cheering when Dean Porter stormed out of the gates to lead the final moto of the day. Porter was unable to keep the KTM of Louis Calvin at bay as the #9 machine leapt by to take over the lead. Louis went on to take the moto win in convincing fashion. Dean Porter finished in second ahead of Stevie Heilers, Kyle Webster Craig Bolton and Jarrod Hockley. Luke Davis finished 7th with Jake Watling making a welcome return in 8th, Mitch Taylor in 9th and Josh Adams picking up 10th place.

The hard luck of the day certainly went to the riders caught up in an on track crash. Ash Whisler came to grief in the loose surface and parted company with his bike. Whilst Whisler escaped the onslaught of bikes, other riders were not so lucky as they were unable to avoid the downed machine and crashed out. Shaun Cornick, Ash Whisler, Jack Zahra and Tyson Whincup, all of whom crashed out on contention and DNF-ed the final moto.

Pro Lites/MX2
It was former Pro Lites/MX2 Champion Josh Adams who leapt out of the gates to the holeshot and early lead with Kyle Webster and Jayden Rykers in hot pursuit. Young gun Webster was able to narrow the gap and make the pass on Adams whilst Jayden Rykers in his debut Senior year went down allowing Robbo Lovett through to take over third place. With the laps ticking down, Josh Adams succumbed to the track and put the KTM down which saw Lovett slip through. Adams remounted back into third place but was unable to close the gap on Lovett. Kyle Webster threw himself into championship contention with an outstanding win, over Robbo Lovett and Josh Adams. Series leader Craig Bolton finished fourth with Tim Bell rounding out the top five. Jayden Rykers despite his moto crash finished in sixth David Birch in seventh, Daniel Shrimp came home in 8th ahead of Reece Colgan and Charlie Creech.

In moto 2, 2011 MX2/Pro Lite Champion David Birch pulled the holeshot and took the early lead. Jayden Rykers closed the gap reeling in Birch and made the pass to go on and take a very convincing win. Kyle Webster in third place tried his heart out to catch Birch but was unable to gain the edge. By moto finish it was Rykers ahead of Birch with Kyke Webster picking up a steady third. Robbo Lovett finished in fourth ahead of Tim Bell, Daniel Shrimp, Charlie Creech in 7th, Dylan Heard in 8th, Jonty Thomas and Dylan Sexton. Shane Murray who has been riding well this season DNF this moto with Craig Bolton who had a horror run as the series points leader coming into round 2.

Fresh from her outstanding result at the Women’s World MX Championship, defending champ and series points leader Jess Moore took out the women’s first moto ahead of Shelley Conner and Storme Greene. 2011 Champion Chelsea Blakers got caught up in a mid pack tangle which saw here lose valuable ground in the moto and importantly championship points as well. Dimity Lee Duke crossed the line in fourth with Blakers coming through the pack to pick up fifth place. In moto 2 a determined Chelsea Blakers grabbed the holeshot and led the Women’s moto class before Jess Moore re grouped to take over the moto lead and go on to win the race ahead of Chelsea Blakers in second and third placed Shelley Connor. Teleisha Outram challenged Connor but could only manage fourth ahead of Dimity Lee Duke.

The Quad Championship heralded the return of Luke Gaisford. Race 1 was taken out by Chris Bosnakis who finished some 27 seconds ahead of Luke Gaisford, series leader Anthony Pearce, Paddy McNally, Mat Robbins.
Moto 2 had Luke Gaisford lining up for his 100th moto start in senior racing. Gaisford who relished the challenge, stormed out of the gates to take the holeshot and was never challenged as he went on to take the moto win ahead of series leader Anthony Pearce, Lindsay McDonnell Johan Foord and Chris Bosnakis. In the Clubman Quads Moto one and two results were a carbon copy with Daniel Soltoggio picking up first, Jemma Merrylees, second and Brendon Reynolds in third.

Carson Bascombe took out moto one in the Intermediate Clubman Opens ahead of Justin Parker, Jordan Doutch, Callum Alford and Oliver James. The second moto belonged to Jordan Doutch who rode the wheels off the bike to take over the moto lead and eventual race from Carson Bascombe Justin Parker, Naon Migall and Jesse Attwell.

In moto one of the Veterans it was Lance Arrowsmith who took the win ahead of Steve Mouritz, Scott Petricevich, Trevor Unstead and Paul Smithson. Moto two was dominated by Lance Arrowsmith ahead of Paul Smithson, Scott Petricevich and Trevor Unstead.

Clubman Opens had Scott Hewitt out of the starting gates and leading the class all day with Jack Michelson in second over the line from Damien O’Brien, Danny Mayes and Stuart McDonald in fifth place. Moto two results had Hewitt first with Nathaniel Keen second ahead of Damien O’Brien, Darryl Mullins and Danny Mayes who came home in fifth place.

Clubman Lites moto one was won by Bradd Parkinson with Tom Lilly in second, hard charging Keagan Williamson in third ahead of Brodie Smedley and Brody Grothues. Moto two in the Clubman Lites belonged to Bradd Parkinson who took the win from Brody Grothues who fought back hard in this moto to keep Brody Smedley in third, Keagan Williamson fourth and Mitch DiCarlo home in fifth place.

Izaac Jones was never headed all day picked up Intermediate Lites moto one win ahead of Jess Moore, Jackson McGrath and Jacob Smith. Moto two had Jones checking out early with Blair Outram the big mover through the pack to finish in second ahead of Jacob Smith, Mario D’Ercole and Jess Moore.

The normal three race program was modified after considerable time was lost trying to cut a new section into the track, to avoid some damaged machinery caught on the circuit.

Under very trying conditions and extremely unusual circumstances, the officials and the club are to be commended for allowing the day to continue when it easily could have been cancelled.
The sand specialist riders now look forward to the deep sands at Shrubland Park Bunbury for the third round of the Healthways Smarter Than Smoking WAMX State Championships which heads to WA’s South West on June 23rd. The Championship marks its halfway point in the season, and Bunbury always turns on the best racing and massive crowds.

Full championship results can be found here.

Round 2 Results

Pro Open/MX1
1 Louis Calvin 50
2 Dean Porter 44
3 Kyle Webster 36
4 Stevie Heilers 35
5 Craig Bolton 30

Pro Lite MX/2
1 Kyle Webster 45
2 Jayden Rykers 40
3 Robbo Lovett 40
4 David Birch 36
5 Tim Bell 32

Quad Championship
1 Luke Gaisford 47
2 Anthony Pearce 42
3 Chris Bosnakis 41
4 L MacDonnell 34
5Shaun Woodhead 30

Womens Championship
1 Jess Moore 50
2 Shelley Connor 42
3 Chelsea Blakers 38
4 Storme Greene 33
5 Dimity Lee Duke 34

Article: Nicki Shea-Howell
Images: Gordon Pettigrew True Spirit Photos

The most highly anticipated Western Australian Motocross State Championship series in recent years, moves towards its second exciting round. The racing is tight and the results even tighter. The Healthways Smarter Than Smoking WAMX State Motocross Championships, heads to Henley Park Byford, South of Perth on Sunday the 26th of May.

With championship classes and support races on display at Henley Park there is guaranteed first class racing to keep spectators well entertained. The host Club the Lightweight Motorcycle Club have been busy working on continually improving the circuit facilities and the racing surface. With a month since the opening blockbuster at Kalgoorlie, teams, riders and machines have been busy training, fine tuning and refining their styles as round two returns to the tough hard-packed surface at Byford, which has seen track changes in the off season.

Reigning Pro Lites (MX2) and Pro Opens (MX1) Champion Dean Porter is expected to return after some four weeks on the sidelines through an ankle injury, with 2011 Pro Lite Champion David Birch also back on the KTM after being sidelined through injury.

In the Pro Opens (MX 1) class it is Mandurah City KTM’s Louis Calvin who currently leads the championship. Calvin takes a nine point lead into the second round , with Five Star Yamaha’s Luke Davis in second place in the standings after an outstanding performance at Kalgoorlie and will be looking to close the point’s gap at the top of the Championship. Young gun, Wellard/Claas Yamaha’s Kyle Webster is fresh from his sensational ride in the MX Nationals and carries not only momentum but sits in third place heading into this round. Stevie Heilers, Ash Whisler, Craig Bolton, Mitch Taylor and Paul Humbertson will be out to pick up maximum points at Byford, after looking brilliant at Kalgoorlie last month.

Five Star Yamaha’s Craig Bolton, currently leads the Western Australian Pro Lites MX2 class on 56 points and will be hoping to repeat his results from last month at Kalgoorlie’s season opener. In second place, West Coast Honda’s Robbo Lovett carries 53 points with Daniel Shrimp Mandurah City KTM in third. Local riders expected to shine in this round are also sitting inside the top ten in the Pro Lites. Jayden Rykers has been in red hot form as has Shane Murray, Josh Adams, Charlie Creech, Reece Colgan, Jonty Thomas and Kyle Webster.

The Byford track is known for its notoriously tough terrain, and when it rains, well, the track will put the racers to the ultimate test on the demanding hard packed surface and it will be important for riders to stay focused throughout their three motos.

In the Women’s class the current point’s leader Jess Moore (KTM Aust and Ray Moore Motorcycles) is seemingly unstoppable picking up a clean sweep of the three motos at Round 1. In second place Fifth Element Kawasaki rider and 2011 champ Chelsea Blakers will be trying to stop the domination of Moore, whilst in third place Wellard/Claas/Yamaha’s Shelley Connor takes her recent Endurance round win into the WAMX. Other riders to look out for in the women’s class, Storme Greene and Teleisha Outram, who produced a strong, and consistent results at Kalgoorlie.

In the Pro Quad Class, series leader after two rounds is Anthony Pearce on 129 points , whilst Chris Bosnakis sits in second place on 115 points and Shaun Woodhead moves up into third place on 109 points. Pearce who dominated on his home track at Bunbury only a couple of weeks ago will be eager to keep the flying Chris Bosnakis at bay. Riders who will provide challenges from the top five include Matt Robbins, Tyrone Robertson and Patrick McNally. Australian and Western Australian Championship Luke Gaisford is mathematically unable to win the championship after being forced to sit out round two at Bunbury. This was a result of an injury sustained in the Murray Bridge Quad race as part of the MX Nationals. Gaisford will await weather conditions to see if he will race at Byford, and will also consider his future in the sport in WA.

The Clubman Quad championships were shaken up after their second round at Bunbury a couple of weeks ago. Daniel Soltoggio leads the series on 109 points, Anton Versaci in second on 94 points and Brendon Reynolds in third on 84 points. Expect big challenges from Zac Sarafimoski and from riders such as Jonathon Mosby, Luke Johnston and Jeff Hogan.

WAMX Championship action a plenty at Henley Park, South West Hwy Byford on Sunday 21th of May for the very best motocross racing on offer!

Spectator Entry is $20 for Adults with kids under 16 Free.
Racing from 9.30am with a full support race program
Full Bar and Canteen facilities and No BYO.
This is a Smoke Free Event
Round 1 Kalgoorlie on April 21st with the Women’s Championship
Round 2 Hendley Park Byford May 26th, with round 2 of the Women’s Championship.
Round 3 June 23rd – Bunbury Motorcycle Club
Round 4 21st July at Coastal Park, Henderson
Round 5 August 18th BSA Motorcycle Club, Gidgegannup with third round of Women’s Championship.
Round 6 September 15th, AJS, Wanneroo Park.

2013 WAMX Championship results After Round 1

Womens Championship
1st Jess Moore 75
2nd Chelsea Blakers 66
3rd Shelley Connor 60

Pro Open
1st Louis Calvin 65
2nd Luke Davis 56
3rd Kyle Webster 54

Pro Lites
1st Craig Bolton 56
2nd Robbo Lovett 53
3rd Daniel Shrimp 52

Quads Championship (After Two Rounds)
1st Anthony Pearce 129
2nd Chris Bosnakis 115
3rd Shaun Woodhead 109

Clubman Quads (After Two Rounds)
1st Daniel Soltoggio 109
2nd Anton Versaci 94
3rd Brendon Reynolds 84

Article: Nicki Shea-Howell, PerthMX.com
Images: Gordon Pettigrew, True Spirit Photos

The Lightweight Motorcycle Club will be holding a SENIOR ONLY (INC QUADS) PRACTICE DAY on May 19th

Pits Open: 9am
Cost: $20.00 per rider
Riders must supply a flaggie

Canteen will be available on the day.

Championships were decided at Bunbury when the Smarter Than Smoking Healthways WAMX Quad State Championship hit the deep sands in the South West of WA.

The stand- alone round also incorporated the second round of the Clubman and Pro Quad championships.

The Women’s championship was dominated by Simone Gaisford (1-1-1) who picked up another championship to ad to her growing championship collection. Teniel Morgan (2-2-2) despite picking up a holeshot, and early race lead, was unable to come close to Gaisford. Morgan picked up second in the championship as Bernice Ackerman, who came out of retirement to take the third step of the podium after her consistent third place results (3-3-3).

The 90cc-125cc 9-13 years had two wins and a second place to Matthew Lee with Jack Wilcox taking the opening moto win. With Caelan Campione and Wesley Taylor-Lles consistently battling for a podium finish inside the top five. Matthew Lee took the championship (2-1-1) ahead of Jack Wilcox on the second step of the podium and emerging talent for the Women’s class in future years, Darcy Wortley who picked up third place in the championship.

A special mention to youngster Josh McQuade, in the 90cc class. Josh was the sole competitor who held his own with the bigger bikes. He can expect a special medallion for his efforts at Bunbury.

Anthony Pearce came into the round leading the Pro Quad Championship ahead of Luke Gaisford (out injured) and Chris Bosnakis. Fresh from his win at the MX Nationals, Chris Bosnakis led the charge in the first moto with Pearce coming through to pick up second, and Brad Filbey in third place. Shaun Woodhead and Patrick McNally came through to finish in the top five. Moto two had the win go to Pearce on his home track after Bosnakis who was leading, came unstuck. Despite being a couple of laps down, Bosnakis came through to pick up 13th place and salvage some vital championship points, Filbey picked up second with Mat Robbins in third place.

Bosnakis took the holeshot in moto three despite a first corner pile up which saw some of the contenders having to battle their way through the field. Pearce came through in second place with Shaun Woodhead in third, Tyron Robertson fourth and Mat Robbins in fifth place. Anthony Pearce took the win and maintains the red plate and his lead in the championship by virtue of his (2-1-2) results Chris Bosnakis finished second overall (1-13-1) and Brad Filbey picked up third (3-2-7).

The clubman quad came into this second round fresh from their Kalgoorlie victory led by Anton Versaci leading Jonathan Mosby, Jeff Hogan, and Daniel Soltoggio. Versaci came out firing in moto one before mechanical issues put an end to his day he was able to limp home in second place behind Zac Sarafimoski and James Rush. With Versaci out, the day was dominated by Sarafimoski (1-1-1) ahead of Daniel Soltoggio (4-2-2), and Luke Johnson who took home third overall for the day ahead of battles from James Rush and Colin Balshaw.

The 200cc Junior Blasters belonged to Aston Oliver who took a clean sweep to be crowned champion for 2013, runner up went to Campbell Taylor-Lles (2-2-3) with third step of the podium to Adam Filbey. Further in the pack the talents of James Ognenis, Connor Wortley, Adam Filbey and Jack Wilcox shone through.

The veterans class was dominated in the first two motos by Michael Harcourt with Dave Harris, Darryl Maragoni, Richard Maxted and Jeff Hogan. Harcourt’s first two wins and a second in the final race saw him crowned champion with Dave Harris (2-2-1) second and Darryl Maragoni (3-3-3) rounding out the podium.

The Bunbury Motorcycle Club hosted another outstanding event and the promoters and organising committee of the WAMX, ensuring the promotion of the sport. Round three of the Pro and Clubman Quads heads to Byford as part of the senior state round on May 26th.

2013 Championship Results

Womens Quads
1st Simone Gaisford
2nd Teniel Morgan
3rd Bernice Ackerman

Junior 90cc-125cc
1st Matthew Lee
2nd Jack Wilcox
3rd Darcy Wortley

Junior 200cc-300cc
1st Aston Oliver
2nd Campbell Taylor-Lles
3rd Adam Filbey

1st Michael Harcourt
2nd Dave Harris
3rd Darryl Maragoni

Round 2 Overall Results

Quad Championship
1st Anthony Pearce
2nd Chris Bosnakis
3rd Adam Filbey

Clubman Quad
1st Zac Sarafimoski
2nd Daniel Soltoggio
3rd Luke Johnson

Full results

Top Image: Anthony Pearce took the round win, further extending his Pro Quad Championship lead at Bunbury. Pic: True Spirit Photos
Article: Nicki Shea-Howell

Fast and furious Quad racing action comes to WA’s South West when the Healthways Smarter Than Smoking WAMX Quad State Championship is contested at Shrubland Park, Bunbury on Sunday May 5th.

This event will be the second round of the six round Clubman and Pro/Intermediate Quad Championship.  The event is expected to bring competitors from right across the state to compete in the event with Junior Quads, Veterans and Womens Championship.

Last year the Veterans class was dominated by the now retired Barry Noy, Dave Harris picked up second place with Matt McKay, Paul Zuchetti, Darryl Maringoni and Jeff Hogan.  The Clubman Quads class was won by Tyron Robertson from Luke Ovens and Simone Gaisford.

The Womens class was taken out by Simone Gaisford ahead of Sarah Moore and Teniel Morgan.  This year after one round , the Clubman Quads are being led into the Bunbury Quad round with Anton Versaci leading Jonathan Mosby, Jeff Hogan, and Daniel Soltoggio.   Anthony Pearce leads the Quad Championship ahead of Luke Gaisford and Chris Bosnakis.  Last year’s Junior Qaud Championships had the 90cc-110 7- U13 Junior Limited won by  Caelan Campione from, Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Watson.  The  90cc – 125cc 9-U13 was picked up by  Jack Wilcox, with James Ognenis second and Adam Filbey in third place.  The 200cc-300cc 12 – U16 was dominated by Chris Bosnakis with Aston Oliver in second and PJ Clinton in third place.

It is hoped that this event will also bring to the fore riders who are looking to get into the sport, and this event is also Open for a class of riders requiring one day licenses, please all enquiries to  WAMX 0430 101 747 or 0407 982 103.

It was a brilliant weekend for motocross fans in the Western Australian Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie, which hosted the blockbuster opening round of the 2013 Healthways-Smarter Than Smoking WAMX State Motocross Championships. The event certainly lived up to all the hype as over 250 riders took to the track and put on some of the best racing to date.

In one of the most hotly contested and highly anticipated starts to a Western Australian series, injury had sidelined defending Pro Lites and Pro Open Champion Dean Porter and 2011 Pro Lites Champ David Birch. This left the field wide open in the championship classes, and the riders took up the challenge.

Defending Women’s Champion, Jess Moore put not only WA on notice, but the entire country, when she took a clean sweep of all three motos in the Women’s Class. Moore gained all three holeshots and was not challenged. Continuing on her sensational form in the FIM Women’s World MX Championships has done wonders for the Kalgoorlie local, who also picked up third place in the Intermediate Lites category as well. Fifth Element Kawasaki rider and 2011 champ Chelsea Blakers picked up three consecutive second’s to take out second step on the podium was unable to catch the flying KTM Aust and Ray Moore Motorcycles mounted Moore. Wellard/Claas/Yamaha’s Shelley Connor was third as a result of her 3-3-3 finish for the day. Fluent MX’s Storme Green finished fourth with Newman MC/Savannah Engineers Teleisha Outram finishing fifth for the day.

Jess Moore: “Look it was a pretty good day’s racing today, I’m rapt to come away with three holeshots and three wins in the ladies class and managed to come away with 3rd place in the intermediate lites class with 38 guys, so I’m really happy with my result on my home track.”

The Pro Lite Championship was up for the taking and the field did not give an inch in all three of their motos, West Coast Honda’s Robbo Lovett was on fire, former champ Josh Adams (Herb Watson Racing) and Kyle Webster (Wellard/Class/Yamaha) to battle for the lead whilst Jayden Rykers (Mandurah City KTM) made his debut into the Senior ranks with another flawless display of plain tough determined racing. Five Star Yamaha’s Craig Bolton was keeping Mandurah City KTM rider Daniel Shrimp and Causeway KTM’s Shane Murray at bay. Bunbury Kawasaki’s Tim Bell was in the top five contention, and with three different winners for the day the overall results had consistency the key with Craig Bolton taking the points as a result of his 4-3-4 finishes, Robbo Lovett picked up second from his 11-4-1 results for the day whilst third step of the podium had Daniel Shrimp by virtue of his 5-7-2 results.

Excitement lifted the atmosphere to a whole new level when the Pro Quads took to the circuit. The Master and the Apprentice battle between former WA and multiple Australian Champ Luke Gaisford on the RPS/4Teen Honda and Chris Bosnakis, himself a multi Junior WA and Australian champ on board the ATVPro/Yamaha was some of the best four wheel quad racing to be seen so far here in WA. Savage Suzuki’s Anthony Pearce was in terrific form, but was somewhat over shadowed by the Gaisford/Bosnakis show. And what a show it was. Both riders flew out of the starting gates with Bosnakis taking all three holeshot and Gaisford in hot pursuit. Gaisford took moto one honours whilst the battle intensified in moto 2 with tough do or die racing which had all on their feet on the fence cheering on, Gaisford and Bosnakis battled for the lead in the opening laps both coming together in a racing incident which saw Gaisford flip his quad and amazingly be able to remount and re-join the race and try and salvage some vital championship points. Moto three had similar battles when Bosnakis tangled with Patrick McNally and flipped his quad in spectacular fashion and be able to remount the Yamaha in last place. Whilst Gaisford checked out from the rest of the field, all eyes were on Bosnakis who tried to make his way through the field, but was unable to get inside the top five. Consistency does pay off as the round win was taken by Anthony Pearce 3-2-4 Luke Gaisford picked up second place from his 1-13-1 finishing and Chris Bosnakis finished third for the day 2-1-12

Anthony Pearce: “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be up here on the podium this weekend. What a round, a big thanks to everyone for all your help and support.”

The Smarter Than Smoking Pro Opens belonged to Five Star Yamaha’s Luke Davis in the first two motos, showing the field and spectators that he really is an emerging talent, he even adapted to the track that wasn’t his favourite and beat the hard pack specialists early on in two very commanding performances. Herb Watson Racing’s Josh Adams, Wellard/Claas Yamaha’s Kyle Webster, Mandurah City KTM’s Louis Calvin, MotoXFit’s KTM Stevie Heilers, and Craig Bolton (Five Star Yamaha) could do little to stop the Davis 11 second juggernaut lead in moto one. It was a similar result in moto two as Davis held onto a four second win over Calvin, Webster and local rider Jarrad Hockley and Wellard/Class Yamaha’s Ashley Whisler. Moto three saw a spectacular first corner crash involving Davis, Hockley and Whisler. Davis and Hockley dramatically crashed out with Davis’ Yamaha crashing through the fence and the rider ending up over the fence. This allowed Louis Calvin to get through with Whisler in second, Paul Humbertson (Mandurah City KTM) in third and Stevie Heilers fourth. Hockley was unable to continue yet Luke Davis with assistance dragged his bike out of the tangled fence and remounted in last position. Despite a damaged bike and injury, Davis managed to salvage some points to finish 15th with the fastest lap times of the moto. Louis Calvin took the top step of the podium with his 3-2-1 results, Luke Davis finished second 1-1-15 and Kyle Webster picked up third overall with 2-3-9.

Louis Calvin: “It was a great start to the WAMX championships, first moto wasn’t the best but we made the changes to the bike we needed to and made it happen in moto 2 and 3. It’s great to be back up on this tope step, it’s been a while”!

Luke Davis: “That ace today turned bad. After winning the first two races and feeling pretty pumped. And that last moto, I was just paying the crowd and steel rail fence a visit in first turn! It’s all good, I’m a little banged up but I fought back to 15th with a lot of pain. Finished 2nd overall somehow! I’m looking to Murray Bridge MX Nationals and then to the second round where hopefully Porter will be back and we’ll see how we go”.

The rider of the weekend was surely Luke Davis. It was a quite scintillating performance to consistently get holeshsots and two moto wins in convincing fashion. Pro Open round winner, Calvin put up a strong fight but he just couldn’t catch Luke Davis, who fed off the crowd’s energy and was even riding aggressive – he proved a lot to himself on Sunday.

The Goldfields Motorcycle Club provided a sensational venue, the atmosphere was brilliant and all riders responded to the crowd’s enthusiasm by going toe to toe with each other.

After all that entertainment it is only just over a month to the next feast of motocross. This time the WAMX will move to another hard packed track at Henley Park, Byford on Sunday May 26th.

Excited yet?

Championship Round Results After Round 1

Women’s Championship
1st Jess Moore 75
2nd Chelsea Blakers 65
3rd Shelley Connor 60

Quads Championship
1st Anthony Pearce 60
2nd Luke Gaisford 59
3rd Chris Bosnakis 57

Pro Open
1st Louis Calvin 65
2nd Luke Davis 56
3rd Kyle Webster 54

Pro Lites
1st Craig Bolton 56
2nd Robbo Lovett 53
3rd Daniel Shrimp 52

Full results http://wamx.com.au/results/

Article: Nicki Shea-Howell
Photos: Gordon Pettigrew, True Spirit Photos

All roads lead to the Western Australian Goldfields town of Kalgoorlie, 600 kilometres east of Perth for the opening round of the six round Healthways-Smarter Than Smoking 2013 WAMX State Championship Series.  This year the Promoters, WAMX, have ensured that the format will see one of the most highly anticipated seasons, and also one of the most hotly contested series in recent years.

And, what a series it promises to be as virtually all of last season’s main protagonists will again be in action including the 2012 winners Dean Porter and Jess Moore.

Pro Opens

Last year Dean Porter took out the double with the Pro Lites and Pro Open, this year the champ is hopeful of a sponsorship package to race both classes, but is a definite for the Pro Opens.  “Last year it was a huge thrill to win both classes, and ride the season uninjured, but it was tough financially.  This year, well we will see how it goes but I will be back to defend the Pro Opens for sure”.

2012 runner-up Josh Adams has been plagued with a wrist injury that saw the WA number 2 have surgery prior to Christmas.  “I have been finding it tough with this wrist but I will be back this season in both classes”

Luke Davis will certainly be one of the favourites to start the new campaign with a big Championship points haul and possible podium placing in Pro Opens: “If Kalgoorlie has just the right amount of rain the track will rut up perfectly, and will suit my style of riding, definitely”.

Out for much of 2012 through injury, Louis Calvin is always a very tough nut to crack and you can be sure he intends to keep the new found intensity to his 2013 campaign: “I have been training unbelievably hard in the off season, and I can’t wait for this series to start”.

Other riders to look out for in the big 450F opening battle will be local riders Jarrad Hockley and Jack Zahra.  Early form will certainly see title contenders Mitch Taylor, Jonty Thomas, Codey Rowe, Kyle Webster,  Daniel Strickland, Paul Humbertson, Craig Bolton and Ash Whisler, who this year has made the move to Pro Opens after finishing in the top three of the Pro Lites in recent years.

Keep your eye on Brett Norton and young gun Joseph Murphy in the premier class, and many riders this season are taking a leaf out of Porter’s success last year competing in the double in both Pro Opens and Pro Lites.

Pro Lites

What a contest the race for the 2013 Pro Lites crown promises to be! Leading the entry is Josh Adams who will be desperate for revenge. When you also throw right into the mix some seriously fast holeshot specialists, Tim Bell, Daniel Shrimp, Brody Fewster, Brody Cassidy, Reece Colgan, Vince Van Leeuwen,  Robert Thorne, Kyle Pacey to name but a few, the Pro Lites chase should be red hot! Shane Murray is back and it will be great to see Murray’s return to Kalgoorlie where he last finished on the podium at the Goldfields round back in 2011, while local rider Joey Merrylees will be using the home track and home crowd supporters as advantage in this round.

Also looking to climb a couple of rungs further up the Pro Lites Championship ladder and going in search of title glory is Kenlon Youl, Dylan Heard, Robbo Lovett, Codey Rowe,   and new comer Jayden Rykers.

Pro Quads

Defending WA champ, Ryan Lancaster takes a break in 2013 and with Jordan Dummett competing in the USA, former WA and current Australian Quad champ Luke Gaisford will out to make amends after his heartbreaking loss in 2012 : “This year the field is unknown as far as who the title contenders are or may be.  I know only too well that the points are vital after I lost the championship last year in the very last round”.

New kid on the block to the senior ranks is multiple junior champ Chris Bosnakis, who is looking forward to the challenge ahead.  The 16 year old is confident of keeping his race momentum from juniors, and with riders such as Joel Mortimer, Mathew Robbins, Shaun Woodhead, Anthony Pearce and Josh McKay the field is well and truly open this year for a championship battle.


An electrifying start to the season, for defending champ Jess Moore,  competing in the FIM WMX in Europe:  “I have had a dream start to the season racing overseas, but it is always fantastic to race at home on your own track in front of a big crowd and supporters and sponsors. This championship will be red hot and I can’t wait for the gates to drop”.

Her early form will hold her in fine stead on her home track at Kalgoorlie. Expect strong opposition from Courtney Hirst who in previous years has taken the challenge right up to Moore, missing out in last year’s season in the final round, where points were critical.

Former champ Chelsea Blakers has had a steady pre-season, as has Storme Greene, Shelley Connor, Hannah Lovett, Teleisha Outram and Bronwyn Aplin.

There are quite a few changes not only in rides for 2013, but the new threats to the dominance of the established stars in Pro Open, Pro Lites, Quads and Womens championship classes, is at this stage unknown but the picture will become clearer after Sunday April 21st season opener.

So after a tough summer of training programmes and practising, it’s time for the talking to stop and the racing to start. Get along to Ken Marshall Complex, Kalgoorlie on Sunday 21st April for some serious WAMX Championship action!

Spectator Entry is $20 for Adults with kids under 16 Free.

Racing from 9.30am with a full support race program

Full Bar and Canteen facilities and No BYO.

This is a Smoke Free Event

Round 1 Kalgoorlie on April 21st with the Women’s Championship
Round 2 Hendley Park Byford May 26th, with round 2 of the Women’s Championship.
Round 3 June 23rd – Bunbury Motorcycle Club
Round 4 21st July at Coastal Park, Henderson
Round 5 August 18th BSA Motorcycle Club, Gidgegannup with third round of Women’s Championship.
Round 6 September 15th, AJS, Wanneroo Park.

Article by Nicki Shea-Howell
Images provided by True Spirit Photos.

The 2013 Smarter Than Smoking Senior State Motocross Championships promoted by WAMX is rapidly approaching with riders and families gearing up for another 6 rounds of heart pounding action.

With 2 country rounds and 4 metro rounds, 3 hard pack and 3 sand tracks, it seems to be a fairly even spread but anything could and usually does happen.

Dean  Porter will return to defend his dual State Titles in Pro Open and Pro Lite classes, battling against many top class riders in both classes. With some Junior riders moving up to the Senior ranks, there will be guaranteed excellent racing over the entire Series.

Round 1 and WAMX are returning to Kalgoorlie on April 21st for the first of the hardpack tracks.  A fast paced track which can be unforgiving but also rewarding to riders – we will see some excellent racing. The Women’s Championship also start their campaign at this round. Some very good riders hale from the Goldfields.

Lightweight Motorcycle Club at Hendley Park Byford is Round 2 on May 26th, the second of the hardpack tracks.  Dependent upon the weather, this track can put together a true mudfest or a very fast paced spectacular round. With excellent viewing of the track from the many vantage positions, spectators can always see the action. This is also round 2 of the Women’s Championship.

Half way point of the Series and Round 3 on June 23rd – Bunbury Motorcycle Club will be our host – a favourite track of many riders and very well prepared by the Club.

This event draws in huge spectator crowds every year.  Depending on the weather, this sand track can turn very deep and racing becomes a whole new ball game.

Onto more sand for Round 4 on 21st July at Coastal Park, Henderson with excellent viewing from the canteen and lawn areas. A challenging track but can guarantee some excellent racing.

Round 5 and we head up into the hills to BSA Motorcycle Club, Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup on August 18th.  Last year, the weather turned sour and it rained like there was no tomorrow but the riders raced on, slipping and sliding their way around to complete all 3 rounds. This year, the ladies join in the fun for their third and final round.  It should be an excellent day in the hills.

For round 6 on September 15th, back to AJS, Wanneroo Park, we go – minus the Quad class (due to the Quad Nationals).  This deep sandy track can get tough going and the quarry section has caused many a spectator to gasp. It will definitely be worth watching the State’s Best Riders battle it out in their final round and overall points for the State Motocross Championship.

With all tracks having good bar and canteen facilities – guaranteed bar to bar racing action, don’t miss out on seeing the best of WA’s motocross riders do battle in the field.

A huge thank you to the Motocross Clubs who are our hosts this year, the motocross families and their riders for joining us again in 2013.

Thank you to all our Sponsors and Advertisers for allowing us to be able to put together such a series – including Healthway, McLeods, Motorcycling Western Australia and not to forget our Officials and Volunteers who work from dawn to dusk at every event.

See you all soon in 2013.

Here’s our 2013 WA Motocross Championship season poster. The design was based on a concept developed by Grudge Graphics and set up for printing by Harding Design. Last year’s champions feature in the design along with our major title sponsor, Smarter than Smoking (Healthways).

Keep a look out for it near you!