Round Four of the 2013 Smarter Than Smoking Healthways WAMX State Championships heads to the sands of Coastal Park Henderson this Sunday.
This season by far has been one of extremes, with the points chase the tightest seen in many years, providing exciting racing with no rider willing, or in fact able, to give an inch.
The riders that are vying for the 2013 Championship in their respective classes have only two sand and one hard packed rounds remaining. Currently, there are five different riders that are in a position to challenge for the win, or the podium at least.
Each round, we have witnessed riders that have appeared to have the podium positions on lockdown, been overshadowed by riders that are in the ‘second tier’. But, in a turnaround of mixed fortunes we often see these riders edging closer to the lead pack, and making their presence known. This has certainly been the case in season 2013.
In the Pro Open/MX 1 class Louis Calvin carries the red plate and the series lead on 190 points into round four and by his own admission, is hungry for that number one plate. Although his starts have let him down, Calvin has been able to hunt down the pack and easily take over and build a substantial the lead in his previous two rounds. Louis Calvin leads by 51 points over second placed Stevie Heilers who is having a standout year in the Pro Open class, after a series of injuries and tough years in the Pro Lites class.
Undoubtedly, Stevie Heilers has been (and continues to be) the surprise of the season, and the rider poised to put the most pressure on Calvin at Coastal Park. Behind Heilers, both Luke Davis and Kyle Webster are tied on 132 points in third and fourth position respectively in the title chase with Josh Adams in fifth position.
Both Davis and Webster will face the toughest tests, with both Yamaha riders trying to find a way to rebound at Coastal Park, and for Davis who stormed out of the blocks earlier this year, injury has the rider fighting to hold on to his number three position, where he finished last year. Defending champion Dean Porter has had only one appearance in the WAMX this year. Porter has had an injury plagued season, and his recovery from ankle and back injuries, plus knee surgery during the week will hopefully see him back for the last couple of rounds of the season.
The points chase is the tightest we have seen in the Pro Lites/MX 2. Previous champion in this class Josh Adams, now has the red plate as series leader heading into Coastal Park. Adams sits on 141 points with Jayden Rykers second on 140 points, Kyle Webster in third on 136, Robbo Lovett 132 and Reece Colgan on 127. Colgan has plenty of momentum after taking the round win at his home round at Bunbury last month, an indication that he is very fast and feeling comfortable at the moment.
Consistency will be the key and if Josh Adams can capitalise on his starts he will be the one to watch, although it has been argued that Jayden Rykers in his senior debut year will be hard to stop on his home track. Bring into the mix Kyle Webster, Robbo Lovett and Craig Bolton who have shaken up the field in fact, it has been quite obvious that these riders have had the greatest impact within the top five.
This round will be the penultimate round for the Quad Championship. Again this class has provided some flashes of brilliant racing, surprise results and a charge to the end. Anthony Pearce sits atop the standings on 232 points on his first year in the class, Pearce leads the series by just 27 points over Chris Bosnakis in his senior debut year (205 points) in second position with Shaun Woodhead third on 181 points, Mat Robins on 176 and Tyron Robertson on 175 points.
Riders will be hoping for a dry day after the weather conditions that greeted them at Bunbury last month.
The 2013 WAMX State Motocross Championships heads into the second half of the season, and if the first half of the season is any indication of where the riders ambitions lie, then certainly the latter half will see the season’s championship contenders out for maximum points.
WAMX Championship action a plenty at Coastal Park, Henderson Sunday 21th of July 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
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Article: Nicki Shea-Howell