The penultimate 5th Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championship ripped into the sleepy historic goldfields town of Southern Cross on Sunday August 14th, with the championship series looking for a tight and sensational end next month for the final round. Riders awoke with a chilly start to the morning, but a day run under blue skies and sunshine and a wind that kept things cool and allowed one of the dustier state rounds that we have had for quite a while.
No amount of water could keep the dust at bay which also ensured a slippery and skatey track, with riders searching for grip. Again as has been the series standard, some championships are wrapped up in all but name, while others will be determined at the final round 6 at Byford next month.
The combination of only three Veterans who weren’t scored in with the MX 2 repecharge class would see Alex Bates secure the first moto win and then Teleisha Outram in terrific form securing the final two motos to take the top step pf the podium with Liam Hitchcock second and Bates wrapping up third for the day. Tom Varley, Jarrad Thompson, Cameron McDonald. Callan Johnson and James Elford were all searching for grip and clear vision across the day with the three vets, Trevor Unstead, Daniel Woodman and Anthony Fiaschi hoping for more riders at the next event to ensure there is a class.
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The local riders were out in force to the cheers of the crowd and Luke Kitto would take the win ahead of Travis Tuck and stalwart in this class this season, Corey Ablett picking up third for the day. Jaxson Turner, Sam Delacy, Lily Kent, Cody Hunt and Brandon Campbell would swap places across the day with Luke Gaske, Darren Boulton, Daniel James, Harrison Smith, Tayla Cryne, Brock Fiaschi, Ben Bates, Che Ebert, Tess Jacobs and Matthew Walker.
Series leader Luke Gaisford stood atop the podium (1-1-1) but worked hard for his three wins. Tangled up in two starts, Gaisford would work his way through the field to capture the wins, with Tyron Robertson second overall and Michael Harcourt joining them on the box for third for the day.
Visibility issues with dust would cause moments for all riders with Blake Croonen putting in solid motos and both Michael Murphy and Luke Ovens capturing some brilliant starts for the day. Daniel Soltoggio, Adam Filbey and Luke Capocreco would all record mixed results, yet no-one came close to stopping the Gaisford freight train. As the series leader with the red plate, Gaisford now goes into the last round with a 44 point lead over second placed Tyron Robertson. With the rumoured return to WA racing of defending champion Chris Bosnakis after a successful sojourn in the USA, the series may go down to the wire for the top three place getters in the championship standings
Quad Class Championship Series Standings After 5 Rounds:
They have delivered a total so far of 15 absolute crack races, and the Southern Cross round was no exception. Josh Adams, David Birch and Dylan Heard have been outstanding and with Mitch Taylor jumping on board the MX2 championship for round 5 it was the best round so far. Birch would take out the first moto a bike length from Josh Adams with the tables turned in the six lap sprint for the second moto with Adams for the win and Birch for second.
Mitch Taylor would secure the final moto of the day and when both Birch and Adams were in the attack for second place, Adams would tangle with Birch’s rear wheel coming off in turn two. Unable to restart his bike and resorting in some unusual yet effective trackside mechanics, Adams fired the bike back to life but could manage to pick up ten points for the race. By day’s end David Birch would take the round win from Mitch Taylor and defending champion Dylan Heard securing third overall. Finishing on equal points and fifth for the day behind Kenlon Youl, Adams retains the red plate as the series leader by now only 33 points from Birch, making the final round next month a show-stopper.
MX2 Championship Season Standings After 5 Rounds:
MX 1 Class
Again standing atop the podium and the red plate holder with a 28 point lead is defending Champion Dean Porter. He took a clean sweep for his third consecutive top of the box performance in the last three rounds. Robbo Lovett would try his heart out, but it was Mitch Taylor (2-3-3) who would stand on the second step of the podium with Lovett third for the day.
The MX1 class was as lightning fast as predicted with fourth placed Craig Bolton back in strong contention keeping out Michael Mahon who would finish in fifth. Southern Cross brought out the best in the riders all vying for points and Chris Ruttico, Liam Whisler, Blair Outram, Julian Cutajar and Oliver James all recording strong, solid performances across the day. Coming into this round in podium regular Charlie Creech was on fire; however in qualifying he suffered a nasty crash which ended his day before it even started. Despite not racing this round, he now sits in sixth in the championship, and it is hoped he will be clear to race in the final round next month.
MX 1 Class Championship Season Standings After 5 Rounds:
The series conclusion is a month away with a massive double header at the Lightweight Motorcycle Club at Byford on Saturday 17th and Sunday the 18th of September with Juniors battling it out on Saturday and the Seniors wrapping up the series on Sunday, which will also include the women’s class and the MX1, MX2 and Quad Championship classes.
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