Motocross

2023 AMX MX Open Hailed A Success

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Jed Beaton and Kyle Webster at the 2023 AMA AMX OPEN motocross meeting
Honda teammates Jed Beaton (14) and Kyle Webster (96) battled it out for the Pro Open class victory with Webster taking victory on the day.

The AMX OPEN proudly presented by Penrite Oil which was run over the weekend at Wonthaggi, Victoria has been hailed a success by riders, industry leaders, and fans.

The Wonthaggi Motorcycle Club and KMG worked closely together for a third year and club president Chris Townsend wants more of these events in the future.

“280 entries, a large crowd, trade displays and great racing, what more can we ask for. The entry numbers have improved year on year and that’s inline with the growth we have been experiencing in motorcycling,” said Townsend.

“The clubs need these types of events,” Townsend continued, “Their success helps us improve our infrastructure and resources. Yarrive and his team of people and the event sponsors help make this event rewarding for all involved.”

Event coordinator, Yarrive Konsky appreciates the efforts of those involved.

“Firstly without the Bass Coast Shire this event isn’t possible, neither is the equal prize money amongst the Pro Women and Men. Between the Bass Coast Shire, Motorcycling Victoria and the Dandenong Club (Wonthaggi) we are able to deliver a professional event that provides something for everyone. The inclusion of juniors, girls, senior men, and women is important for our targeted growth, such inclusion creates accessibility which inspires and influences participation,” said Konsky.

Kyle Webster at the 2023 AMA AMX OPEN motocross meeting
Kyle Webster took his second Pro Open Class win in as many years.

Kyle Webster won the Pro Open Class aboard his Factory Honda CRF450R, his teammate Jed Beaton finished second. In the MX2 class it was Nathan Crawford who took the honours against his teammate Kayden Miner. Both riders rode brilliantly, Honda rider Brodie Connolly took third.

Webster and Crawford were pleased with their results.

“Three wins from Four starts is a good way to start the year off. I made some mistakes and I need to clean those up but overall the bike is great and I am ready for the season ahead,” said Webster.

Whilst Crawford was pleased with his results, he believes he has not yet reached his potential.

“It’s going to be a big season but I am happy with where I am at, given there are 5 weeks to go before the first round of the Nationals,” said Crawford.

Nathan Crawford at the 2023 AMA AMX OPEN motocross meeting
Nathan Crawford is in good early season form taking the MX2 class win.

Taylah McCutcheon was dominant winning the Women’s Pro class ahead of Honda’s Tahlia O’Hare and Emma Milesevic.

McCutcheon was thrilled with her overall performance and is looking forward to round 1 of the Women’s nationals in 5 weeks.

“I didn’t know what to except as this is a new team and bike for me. I am pumped with the overall result as I know we can improve on this as we prepare for round 1 of the MX Nationals in a few weeks,” said McCutcheon.

McCutcheon also appreciated the equality with prize money.

“We train hard, we know we aren’t as fast as some of the men, but we are training as hard to be the best in our class and to be treated equally for the effort we put in is appreciated,” McCutcheon added.

The AMX MX OPEN has already been approached to run again next year. The $20,000 in prize money is appreciated by everyone, the club does a tremendous job with the track and the sponsors and KMG come together for the betterment of the riders and sport.

Full results of all classes can be found here: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/2097346

Taylah McCutcheon at the 2023 AMA AMX OPEN motocross meeting
Taylah McCutcheon took the womens class win.

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