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.
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.
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.
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.