Beverley Districts Motorcycle Club hosted its very first Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championships on Sunday.

The bitterly cold morning and delay when fog swept in was soon forgotten as the primed track surface offered up a surprise package of a technical track layout with sections rutted and one lined, making passing difficult, yet racing as exciting as ever.  A terrific turnout of spectators offered their vocal input with cheers of support as the riders were on point with competitive tough racing the supreme standout in all 24 races delivering something different for race fans.

In the Veterans class, Ben Hothersall was unstoppable securing a perfect result for the round win (1-1-1) from second placed Scott Petricevich (2-2-2) and Brendon  Parnham who picked up third for the day.  The results now have Parnham with the series lead from Trevor Unstead and Tim Dunstan.  Brett Graham, Matt Briggs and Chris Fleay put in strong rides to add to their championship points.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 977 BRENDON PARNHAM 262
2 142 TREVOR UNSTEAD 229
3 472 TIM DUNSTAN 222
4 512 NICHOLAS STONE 218
5 919 BEN HOTHERSALL 201

In the Womens Championship Chelsea Blakers was back to her best taking the round win (1-2-1) despite being challenged by Storme Green who took second for the day (2-1-2) and Hannah Bagnall who took the third step of the podium after finishing with a a trifecta of third place finishes for her scorecard.  Leeha Worthington, Hannah Lovett and Lana Woodhead were tussling positions and were solid standouts for the first of three Womens rounds this season.

Season Standings After 1 Round

1 539 CHELSEA BLAKERS 102
2 401 STORME GREEN 99
3 623 HANNAH BAGNALL 90
4 358 LEEHA WORTHINGTON 81
5 685 HANNAH LOVETT 80

The Intermediate Lites was dominated by Kenlon Youl who secured the top of the box with a clean sweep of the round.  Jacob Schaafsma holds the series lead by virtue of his second place finish with Kurt Baxter picking up third overall capitalising on his outstanding starts, despite opposition from Mario Dercole, Grant Buchan, Josh Andrews, and Craig Divitini picking up strong results over the day.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 265 JACOB SCHAAFSMA 279
2 227 KENLEN YOUL 271
3 178 MARIO DERCOLE 258
4 517 GRANT BUCHAN 222
5 351 KURT BAXTER 216

Clubman Lites

Jake McKay dominated the Clubman Lites with three perfect rides (1-1-1) with a tie in the points reverting to the countback system which had Shaun Templeman second and Jamie Nickless third for the day.  Alex Christie, Brayden Hahn and Tex Fabriziani rode strong races to shake up the points standing heading into the next round at Bunbury.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 313 ALEX CHRISTIE 285
2 353 JAKE MCKAY 251
3 283 BRAYDEN HAHN 214
4 729 SHAUN TEMPLEMAN 193
5 388 KANE DOYLE 189

Continuing from their MXD rivalry on the east coast in the MX Nationals back on home turf is defending MX2 champ and series leader Jayden Rykers and second placed Connor Tierney.  With Jake Fewster, Jack Taylor and Dylan Heard offering up plenty in the five way battle in the exciting MX2 class.  Round 4 at Beverley was no exception with Rykers securing the round win (1-1-5) by a solitary one point from second placed Tierney (4-2-1) and Fewster third by another mere point as a result of his (2-3-2) results.

It was one of the most entertaining MX2 rounds with bar to bar action, block passes, tumbles, and good old fashioned hard racing to keep the riders and spectators on their toes.

Impressive rides from Dylan Heard, Baylee Webb, John Darroch, Jack Taylor and Jack Perkusich kept their championship points title chase within grasp, although with the calibre of riding from the top three, this will be hard to beat this season.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 1 JAYDEN RYKERS 306
2 610 CONNOR TIERNEY 281
3 98 JAKE FEWSTER 250
4 50 DYLAN HEARD 249
5 350 JACK TAYLOR 232

Clubman Open class had Nathan Cox as the surprise round 4 winner on top of the podium by one point over Caleb Mills with series leader  Callum Evans picking up third overall.  Inside the top ten for most of the day were Brandon Richman, Jason Woolfit,  Shaun Roser, Corey White, Brayden Luksa and Kile Scoon-Reid.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 548 CALLUM EVANS 287
2 479 NATHAN COX 244
3 550 CALEB MILLS 217
4 215 COREY WHITE 211
5 429 BRANDON RICHMAN 200

Intermediate Open was another tight finish in the points chase and Mario Dercole secured the top of the podium by a point (2-1-5) from Dylan Dejong second and Anthony Rubotham securing third place.  Adam Smith was in contention for moto two results until a massive crash had the race reflagged and Smith taking no further part in the day’s racing.  This opened the door for Mario Dercole to shine through and take the win in the restart, and also has Robotham’s results as the new series leader heading into the next round at Bunbury.  Stuart Eardley-Wilmott, Hayden Scoby-Smith, Bryce Williams, Aaron Chircop, Adam Smith, Brock Nelson, Grant Buchan, and Matt Rowlands have provided solid result in this class of mixed results.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 929 ANTHONY RUBOTHAM 253
2 303 BROCK NELSON 247
3 641 MATT ROWLANDS 230
4 333 STUART EARDLEY-WILMOT 193
5 328 HAYDEN SCOBY-SMITH 186

The MX1 class continues to deliver the premiere class of racing and round 4 was no exception to the rule with three different race winners for the day.

Louis Calvin was out before the racing even started with rear suspension lower linkage damage sustained in practice and defending champion and early race leader Kyle Webster crashing out and ending his day in the first moto.

Dean Porter took the round win (1-2-2) to hold on to the series lead with Robbo Lovett second (2-5-1) and Connor Tierney taking the third step of the podium (3-4-3).  Porter took the first moto win ahead of Lovett, Tierney, Mitch Taylor and Charlie Creech.  Porter secured the result despite not getting his starts dialled in across the day, but was able to push through the packs to secure two second place finishes and was looking the goods to make the passes for the wins before the laps ran out.

Liam Whisler took his first MX1 moto win holding out Porter Mitch Taylor, Tierney and Lovett.

The final moto win went to Robbo Lovett who edged out the hard charging Porter in second, Connor Tierney in third ahead of Liam Whisler and Craig Bolton.  Mitch Taylor was again the perfect holeshot rider and early race leader before being swamped back through the pack, Paul Humberston was strong before two race crashes hampered his day and damaged not only his bike but overall results for the fourth round.

With Stevie Heilers, Kyle Webster and Louis Calvin three of the major threats in the championship out of this round, next month at Bunbury now becomes one of the most important upcoming rounds in the championship series.

Season Standings After 3 Rounds

1 30 DEAN PORTER 292
2 29 ROBERT LOVETT 266
3 610 CONNOR TIERNEY 236
4 88 MITCH TAYLOR 217
5 180 LIAM WHISLER 206

2015 Calendar Seniors
Round 1 – 5th April – Esperance MCC, Shark Lake, Esperance
Round 2 – 10th May – AJS MCC, Wattle Ave, Wanneroo
Round 4 – 26th July – Beverley & Dist MCC – Nicholas Street, Beverley
Round 5 – 16th August – Bunbury MCC – Shrubland Park, Bunbury
Round 6 – 20th September Coastal MCC – Cockburn Road, Henderson

*Rerun of Round 3- 11th October LWMCC –  Hendley Park, Byford.

Image captions: Chelsea Blakers (top) took the first round of the Women’s Championships, (middle) Connor Tierney and Jayden Rykers in the thick of their MX2 rivalry, bottom Mitch Taylor continues to get the starts as Dean Porter secured another round win.

Photo Credit: True Spirit Photos

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