Rain, rain, mud and more mud were the order of the day for round three of the Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championships held at the Lightweight Motorcycle Club’s Hendley Park track on Perth’s southern outskirts.
With virtually no rain for Perth, unfortunately we received its late start to winter, on the eve of round three. This weather was unfortunately, also to at the detriment to the hard-packed surface at Byford. Rain and storms led up to the event, during and even after.
Practice and qualifying were held under extremely tough conditions for all classes with the 30cm mud surface developing into what can only be described as slosh when further rain fell, sucking in bikes and riders like quick sand!
The vets slipped out of the gates for the first moto with Scott Petricevich sliding into the holeshot and early lead before coming off. This allowed Brendan Parnham to take over the lead before Petricevich was able to make his move through the field and recapture the lead. Petricevich was never headed going on to take the opening moto win ahead of Tim Dunstan, Nick Stone, Trevor Unstead and Colin Greedy.
The opening moto of the women’s championship was in the midst of another downpour and 2011 WAMX Champion Chelsea Blakers was on a mission securing the holeshot and the race win by over 56 from Hannah Bagnall and Tayla Cryne.
The race was one of attrition with carnage over most of the track yet the tough girls stuck it out to finish the moto with plenty of support and cheering from the spectators.
Kurt Baxter nailed the holeshot and lead from wire to wire in the Intermediate Lites with Mav Scott finishing in second and Mario Dercole in third. Craig Divitini and Kyle Spillane battled it out in fourth and fifth position.
Clubman Lites met with carnage even before getting to the holeshot corner with bikes and riders in separate pile ups. Jake Cryne, got an early lead before succumbing to the tough conditions, this allowed Ross Bennett, Braydon Wilson, Jamie Nickless and Brendon Bayliss to pick up positions on a track that was as unforgiving as the weather fronts coming through.
The MX2 class was a shortening 15 minute +1 lap. Ayden Bridgeford lept out of the gates to grab the holeshot just ahead of Dylan Heard, before the Jayden Rykers and Connor Tierney bustled through. The opening few laps were an out and out power struggle between defending champion Jayden Rykers and Connor Tierney, with both riders each putting in another outstanding ride, with position changes on every straight and every corner, until Tierney went down and lost plenty of ground.
It was the break that Rykers needed as he finished the moto without goggles and a handy lead over Jack Taylor in second and Jake Fewster in third place. Dylan Heard had a shocker but was able to finish back inside the top ten, with good solid rides for Ryan Scarlett, Wade Shepherd, Carson Bascombe and Troy Shepherd.
After five motos were completed, the meeting was deemed unsafe by the Steward of the Meeting and was called off.
LWMCC President Donna Jarrett is hopeful of a rerun of the event. “The WA calendar is pretty full at the best of times, but if we can find a date which is beneficial to the club and WAMX and is approved by MWA, then we will look at it absolutely. It is just hugely disappointing to the riders who have come from all over the state, and to the club who have worked so hard to put this together. It is a financial strain to the club too, as we have catered for the event etc. We were looking at today being a wonderful fundraiser for Breast Cancer too. I can tell you that the club will be donating gate takings to the National Breast Cancer Foundation fundraiser event”.
It was announced that no points would be allocated to the riders who competed, and although disappointed, WAMX were mindful of the safety of all concerned, and their spokesperson said that refunds would be issued to riders.
“WAMX round 3 at Byford has been cancelled due to dangerous conditions as directed by Steward of the meeting – the LWMCC and WAMX have to abide by the ruling – full refunds will be processed or transferred over by WAMX and Register Now. No points will be allocated to riders, so results stand as they did at the conclusion of round 2. Another date will be looked at for rerun of this event. We will have more information in due course on our website www.wamx.com.au”.
Round 4 heads to Beverley on July 26th
Veterans Season Standings After 2 Rounds
Intermediate Lites Season Standings After 2 Rounds
Clubman Lites Season Standings After 2 Rounds
MX 2 Season Standings After 2 Rounds
Clubman Open Season Standings After 2 Rounds
Intermediate Open Season Standings After 2 Rounds
MX 1 Season Standings After 2 Rounds
Full Championship Results: http://www.mylaps.com/en/championships/7970
2015 Calendar Seniors
Round 1 – 5th April – Esperance MCC, Shark Lake, Esperance
Round 2 – 10th May – AJS MCC, Wattle Ave, Wanneroo
Round 3 – 21st June – Lightweight MCC – Hendley Park Byford
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
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