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