Celebrating its tenth year of promoting the Western Australian State Motocross Championships, the 2014 WAMX opening round had something to whet the appetites of the crowd at Coastal Park in Henderson, in Perth’s southern suburbs.
A renowned tough, deep sandy circuit, the riders were greeted with a pristine circuit, which dramatically changed as the day went on to test both riders and their machines.
Kicking off the championship season with a perfect score for the day Courtney Hirst dominated all three motos with Shelley Connor second and Chelsea Blakers in third position for the day. Sitting on the sidelines injured, defending champ Jess Moore was itching to be back out competing: “I am still a few weeks away from getting medical clearance to ride again, it’s pretty hard watching the girls out there but I can’t wait to be fit and back out there”.
Round 1 winner Courtney Hirst, on a Honda this season, was delighted with her win for the day, “I can’t thank the team at Prestige Honda for such a great bike and set up this season, bring on Round 2’!
1 Courtney Hirst 75
2 Shelley Connor 66
3 Chelsea Blakers 60
In the Veterans Class it was a tough battle between last year’s Pro Vet Champion Scott Petricevich, Paul Smithson and hard charging Kenny Smith. Smith pulled off a fantastic moto in the second race to take the win, yet Petricevich bounced back for the last moto win, whilst in the Clubman Vets it was Troy Deer for the win after three convincing motos from John Young and Tim Dunstan.
1. Scott Petricevich
2. Paul Smithson
3. Kenny Smith
1 Troy Deer
2 John Young
3 Tim Dunstan
The Pro Lite/MX2 Class round was taken out by Jayden Rykers on the top step of the podium from Josh Adams and David Birch.
Moto 1: Robbo Lovett stormed out early in the first moto with last season’s victor Josh Adams in second and Rykers on his tail. With two laps to go, Lovett’s front wheel washed out allowing Adams through to take the win from Rykers in second and Lovett home in third place.
Moto 2: The six lap sprint format for race two suited Jayden Rykers style as the Bunbury KTM leapt into the lead from the gates drop. Josh Adams scrambled into second place as Rykers took the win from Adams and David Birch with Kyle Webster, Robbo Lovett, Paul Humberston and Brody Fewster next over the line.
Moto 3: The final moto was electrifying with 2011 Champion David Birch grabbing the holeshot and the lead. Jayden Rykers was outstanding in his charge to catch Birch. The hard charging Rykers narrowed the gap, making the pass and taking over the lead and going on taking the race win. Birch finished in second place with Josh Adams home for third, Paul Humberston in fourth and Kyle Webster in fifth.
Both Jayden Rykers and Kyle Webster head to the second round of the MX Nationals at Appin, where they will continue their charge in the MXD class.
Jayden Rykers: “It was a great day today, I am really rapt with how my day went, and it is very pleasing to have the number 1 red plate heading into the next round at Kalgoorlie. I’m holding onto this Pro Lites number 1 red plate very tight, it’s a good start to the season!
Pro Lite/MX2 results
1 Jayden Rykers 72
2 Josh Adams 67
3 David Birch 52
4 Paul Humberston 51
5 Kyle Webster 50
Tom Michelson took the opening moto and then settled for two seconds for the day, the results enough to have him on the top step odf the podium from Scott Jackman who took out the final moto of the day. Jack Turner took out the second moto and had mixed results for his day which saw him miss the podium by a handful of points.
1 Tom Michelsen 69
2 Scott Jackman 63
3 Sam Clarke 53
Flying out of the gates, it was little surprise when Chris Bosnakis took out the round win in the Pro Quad Championship. Bosnakis swept the field and was never challenged with leads blowing out to over 20 seconds in each of the three motos. A short lived return to racing for Jordan Dummett until mechanical issues had him retiring from the first moto thus ending his day.
Pro Quad Results
1 Chris Bosnakis 75
2 Shaun Woodhead 62
3 Luke Ovens 56
In the Clubman Quads Jemma Merrylees took the first two moto wins from Jeff Hogan as Jonathan Mosby came through for the final win of the day.
Clubman Quad Results
1 Jemma Merrylees 72
2 Jeff Hogan 44
3 Jonathan Mosby 25
Ryan Scarlett dominated the Intermediate Lites taking the three wins ahead of Dylan Lowry, and Mario Dercole. Keagan Williamson fought hard with Kurt Baxter yet in very tough conditions it was Scarlett who was impressive in his debut Senior WAMX event taking the round win.
Intermediate Lites Results
1 Ryan Scarlett 75
2 Dylan Lowry 66
3 Mario Dercole 45
Brody Grothues took out Clubman Open from Dylan Furnihough and Shaun Snow, who broke through to take out his very first moto win in the first race.
Clubman Open Results
1 Brody Grothues 72
2 Dylan Fernihough 64
3 Shaun Snow 58
The Pro Open/MX1 class would be another exciting and very interesting set of three motos with all eyes on defending champion Louis Calvin, and the attack that was anticipated from the younger riders coming into the class.
Moto 1: Louis Calvin broke through taking the first moto win, after Stevie Heilers took the early lead in the Premiere class. Calvin made the pass and took the win from Stevie Heilers and Kyle Webster through in third place, Dan Woodward in fourth and Paul Humberston in fifth place.
Moto 2: The Cullys Yamaha with Kyle Webster on board broke through for the win in the second race ahead of Calvin and Heilers. Calvin struggled in the second race despite frantic pit board messages encouraging the 2013 champ, he managed second place, unable to chase down Webster. The early race lead to Stevie Heilers was soon thwarted with a flat tyre, which had the Mini Diggers Demolition entry managing to limp home in third place.
Moto 3: The final moto had the big names struggling as Dan Woodward captured a brilliant holeshot and then the early lead. The racing from the main contenders coming through the packs was sensational. The ride of the day surely went to the 17 year old Kyle Webster. He managed to carve his way through the field, despite a poor start, now on a very heavily rutted and very tough Coastal Park circuit. Louis Calvin made the pass was out in the lead with Stevie Heilers moving through into second. Kyle Webster put in a blinding lap to pass Heilers through the air to move into second place, and then made a swift pass on Calvin to take the lead and the moto win. Calvin crashed out but managed to come through in third as Heilers picked up second.
Kyle Webster: “We head off on Monday straight to Appin, so no time to really get back on the bike! It was a tough day out there, I just had to be on my game! I am so thankful for the help from the team at Cullys Yamaha, Brian and Strett have helped so much, plus with working hard on my fitness, that helped me so much today. I’m looking forward to Round 2 at Kalgoorlie and hope to back that up with a strong ride”.
Pro Open Results
1 Kyle Webster 70
2 Louis Calvin 67
3 Stevie Heilers 64
4 Paul Humberston 50
5 Daniel Woodward 49
Round 2 of the WAMX series, heads 600 kilometres east, to the historic goldfields town of Kalgoorlie. The Goldfields Motorcycle Club celebrates its 100th year, and this hard packed track is free-flowing and very fast, and favoured by many riders.
The Easter long weekend is a bumper double header with Juniors on Saturday and Seniors on Sunday.
Full results: http://www.mylaps.com/en/championships/7970