With one round remaining in the Healthways/Smarter Than Smoking WAMX Championships, the penultimate Round 5 at Byford last Sunday belonged to Wellard/Cully’s Yamaha rider Kyle Webster who took out the Pro Open and Pro Lite classes in a sensational day of racing.
Hosted by the Lightweight Motorcycle Club at Byford, the immaculate prepared hard packed surface threw up plenty of challenges to the riders under brilliant winter skies.
It was the welcome return to racing for multi WA Champ Dean Porter, yet it was somewhat overshadowed by Kyle Webster who came into this round as the series leader over Louis Calvin. When the gates dropped in the opening race Tim Bell slotted in to take the holeshot and early race lead with Craig Bolton and Mitch Taylor in hot pursuit. Bell was unable to keep Louis Calvin at bay as the defending champ took over the moto lead and possibly one of the most exciting races unfolded with Kyle Webster placing Calvin in his sights. Craig Bolton’s day ended when he came unstuck in a big crash, this incident then changed the dynamics in the race. The Cully’s Yamaha rider made the pass on Calvin’s Mandurah City KTM to take the moto lead with Stevie Heilers on board the KTM 350 sitting in third place making a last minute charge on Calvin. Stevie Heilers made the pass to move into second place and was on Webster’s back wheel making the pass to take the chequers when Kyle Webster made a slight error in the final corner. Webster finished in second with Calvin holding third, Dean Porter in fourth and Mitch Taylor in fifth place.
The short 6 lap sprint format for Moto 2 was just as exciting when Mitch Taylor got a great jump out of the gates for the holeshot with Webster soon making a quick pass into the lead. Calvin’s moto went from bad to worse when he put the bike down and found himself starting from dead last. Dean Porter took advantage and showed his class moving into second place reeling in Webster who held on to take the win with Porter home in second place, and another classic finish with Mitch Taylor holding out Stevie Heilers and Louis Calvin home in fifth place.
With the days results coming down to the final moto of the day all eyes were fixed on the first corner and Mitch Taylor slotted in for his second holeshot of the day and the early race lead. Louis Calvin capitalised on a better start to slip into second place, however the gremlins again struck and Calvin was forced back to third when Porter made the pass and moved up into second. It was like days of old when Porter made the move into first position and check out from the pack, as Kyle Webster made quick work of Mitch Taylor to slot into second place. Calvin was holding onto fourth place with Stevie Heilers making his presence felt and soon making the pass on Calvin and did likewise to Mitch Taylor moving into third place.
Looking at ease and comfortable on the KTM 350, Stevie Heilers had the bike dialled in nicely and caught Kyle Webster to make another exciting race finish to pip Webster over the line by less than 1 second. Porter took a solid win with Heilers second, Webster third, Mitch Taylor fourth and Louis Calvin in fifth. Kyle Webster now has a 63 point lead over Louis Calvin heading into the final round of the series next month.
Pro Open Round 5 Results:
1. Kyle Webster
2. Dean Porter
3. Stevie Heilers
4. Mitch Taylor
5. Louis Calvin
6. Tim Bell
7. Charlie Creech
8. Reece Colgan
9. Brett Norton
10. Tyson Whincup
Pro Open Series Standings After 5 Rounds
Another exciting series of motos kept the points chase alive in the Pro Lites, and in moto one the lead was snatched quickly by Brody Fewster taking the holeshot. Josh Adams took over second place with Kyle Webster sliding into third place. Webster was in brilliant form making the passes to soon take the lead and check out from the field. Josh Adams held firm in second position despite being pestered by Jayden Rykers, who despite a huge effort was unable to make a pass on defending champ Josh Adams who dug deep when it counted. By motos end it was Kyle Webster first, Josh Adams, Jayden Rykers, Robbo Lovett and Dylan Heard.
The championship was alive when Josh Adams grabbed the holeshot in the second moto but it was short lived when Kyle Webster made a calculated pass to take the lead with Jayden Rykers soon doing similar to move up into second place putting Adams back to third. Robbo Lovett came into the equation but would run out of laps as Webster took the win ahead of Rykers, Robbo Lovett in third, Adams in fourth and Dylan Sexton in fifth place.
Yet another rider would prove to have the big guns measure when Dylan Heard took the holeshot in the final Moto of the day, as Josh Adams jumped into second bring Kyle Webster into third. Jayden Rykers struggled with his starts yet would soon be carving his way into contention. Kyle Webster was determined to take the overall and passed Adams to move into second. The battle with Josh Adams and Jayden Rykers for third place was outstanding, and Rykers capitalised on a Josh Adams error to move into third place and when Dylan Heard went down Rykers pounced into second and reeled in Kyle Webster to make the pass and take the win from Webster with Josh Adams in third, Robbo Lovett and Shaun Cornick.
Pro Lites Round 5 Results:
1. Kyle Webster
2. Jayden Rykers
3. Josh Adams
4. Robert Lovtett
5. Shaun Cornick
6. Dylan Heard
7. Brody Fewster
8. James Craig
9. Jonty Thomas
10. Oliver James
Pro Lite Series Standings After 5 Rounds
Jess Moore took the round win with Shelley Connor taking second for the day from Court Hirst, with both ladies finishing on equal points. The Women’s championship alive and well with Court Hirst now holding a 24 point lead in the championship from Shelley Connor second, and Jess Moore holding third in the championship. Further in the series leader board standings is Hannah Bagnall and Teleisha Outram rounding out the top five respectively. Official results have been confirmed from the third Women’s Championship round last month, with Jess Moore allocated her points for the round win, Court Hirst officially finishing second and Shelley Connor third for the Geraldton round.
Womens Round 4 Results
1. Jess Moore
2. Shelley Connor
3. Court Hirst
4. Hannah Bagnall
5. Teleisha Outram
Womens Championship Standings After Four Rounds:
In the Intermediate Opens, Curtis Dejong continued his winning form taking the top step of the podium with Jake Konsolis second for the day and Aidan Stabback in third. DeJong maintains the series lead by 48 points with one round remaining.
In the Intermediate Lites, Jake Fewster took the round win and top step of the podium from Jack Perkusich and Ryan Scarlett finishing third, and in the process unofficially wrapped up the Intermediate Lites championship with one round remaining.
Taking the round win Scott Jackman maintains the series lead in the Clubman Lites now by 23 points from Kaleb Richdale and Adam Fanderlinden. Richdale took second for the day with Callum Van Aurich third for the day. The Championship will wrap up next Sunday at Bunbury as part of the 2 Stroke Cup and WAMX Championship.
The Clubman Open class was as exciting as ever with the top three separated by only three points. Brodie Blakemore secured the round win from Michael Bunn and Adam Fanderlinden, who maintains the points lead in the championships from Brodie Harnett and Sam De Vries.
Clubman Open Championship Standings
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In the Pro and Intermediate Veterans Championship, defending champion Scott Petricevich maintains the series points lead by 22 points from Paul Smithson second and Scott Kostin third on 251 points. Smithson took the round win from Petricevich in second and James Craig third for the day.
Season Standings Pro Vets
In the Clubman Veterans Championship Troy Deer maintains the series lead after finishing third behind Tim Dunstan and round five winner Jason Holl. Troy Deer now holds a 52 point advantage over Tim Dunstan with Peter Freight in third
Season Standings Clubman Vets
With over a month till the season finale at Noble Falls on September 21, all riders will be gaining any opportunity for some hard packed practice when the season draws to a dramatic and sensational final round conclusion.
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