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B-grade riders take the cash in WA Supermoto feature race

Author: Jerry Pratley

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A reverse grid and a big handicap saw a reversal of fortune for five B-grade riders in a supermoto feature race on Sunday February 17 when they edged out all but one A-grader to take their share of $500 cash.
Larry Hill on his way to winning the feature race.
The Supermoto Club of WA has introduced a feature race which is the last event on the card during every round of the club‰Ûªs summer series, sponsored by Bel-Ray, Bridgestone and Franzone TM. The feature race is aimed at giving every racer on the day the chance to pick up some cash, which is split among the top six finishers. The 12-rider field in the feature race is made up of the top six A-graders on the day and the top six B-graders. That means the 6th fastest B-grader is on pole position for the feature race and the fastest A-grader starts at the back of the pack. Sunday‰Ûªs 10-lap feature race at the Cockburn kartway was won convincingly by Larry Hill (TM), a veteran enduro rider who was the fastest B-grader on the day and started from sixth on the grid. Thankfully, a forecast top temperature of 39C did not eventuate and it ended up being a far cooler day, around 28C that made it a lot more pleasant for racers and spectators. Hill is smooth and fast and it did not take long for him to carve his way through the pack and hit the front, where he stayed, thanks largely to a big handicap imposed on the A-graders. The B-grade riders were given a big head start and got through most of the dirt section before the A-grade riders were allowed to start, that put them about three-quarters of a lap down.
David Gellatly styles it up
The handicap was introduced after round one last month, when the whole field started at the same time and the A-graders hit the front in the first lap. The blisteringly quick David Gellatly (KTM) won the feature race in round one and had a serious crack at catching Hill in round two‰Ûªs race but tangled with Ian Gray (TM) and they both went down. Undeterred, Gellatly remounted and made a spectacular charge to finish sixth, to pick up the grand total of $20 for his efforts. Gray also remounted to finish last. Hill got $150 for the win and the rest of the cash was split between Andrew White (second), Steve Foley, Matthew Stokes and Marc Follet. The other finishers received prize packs with oils and other products. Gellatly won the round after finishing first in two earlier races and third in another. The feature race does not carry any points towards the championship. Liam Robertson (Yamaha) is only 16 but showed some sensational speed, taking the fight to Gellatly on several occasions, winning race two. Robertson finished second on the day, ahead of Jason Taylor (Husqvarna). The top B-grader on the day was Hill, followed by club president Dave Holden (KTM) and Steve Foley (KTM). The day included juniors that saw some good tussles between Jake Holden and Jake Pratley, who had fun backing his KTM65SX into the corners, tyre smoking.
Jake Pratley, 9, backs it in
The next event will be a double header at the Wanneroo kartway in Wattle Avenue East, with round three being held on Saturday, March 15 and round four on Sunday, March 16. Entry for spectators is free and refreshments are available. Main Photo:
A-grade riders hit the dirt section in round two of the Supermoto Club of WA's summer series at Cockburn kartway on Sunday

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