Motocross

Cameron Taylor adds another Victorian Championship to his title list

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Triple Australian national champion Cameron Taylor took out the 2011 Victorian Senior Motocross A Grade Open championship by 19 points at a sun-drenched Blue Rock Motorcycle Club, at Newborough, on Sunday, August 21.

In stark contrast to the harsh conditions that unfortunately forced the postponement of Day 2 a month before, Newborough provided picture perfect conditions for the thrilling final day of the championship.

The 2005 Australian Motocross Pro-Lites champion added yet another state title to his long list of accolades, winning the championship from closest rival Ross Beaton in the very final moto.

Just a single point separated Beaton and Taylor as they headed into moto 3.

It was a close contest between the two title contenders early on until hard luck befell Beaton, suffering a flat tyre which abruptly ended his title hopes.

"That's racing for you," Beaton reflected after a rollercoaster day.

"It was a tough day of racing. I had a crash in practice and I hurt my coccyx (tailbone); it made for a pretty uncomfortable days' worth of riding.

"I was winning the first moto sort of comfortably. I had a few seconds lead. Trying to maintain the gap, I hit another bump coming out of the turn; one that was very deceiving. I got lucky in that I came away pretty unscathed.

"In the last race, where it came down to one point, I got a flat tyre half way through the race, which made for a disappointing day.

"I take my hat off to Cam because he obviously put the effort in that needed to be put in to win the championship. So congratulations to him and to Brenton Keep who finished third.

"It was just an unlucky day at the office, I guess," the Yamaha pilot added.

Cameron Taylor finished top on a total of 264 points, 19 points ahead of runner-up Beaton (245pts), and 48 points ahead of third-place getter Brenton Keep (216pts).

"It was a pretty satisfying victory," Taylor said.

"Obviously I don't ride that much anymore, training is fairly limited. I certainly didn't expect it, and it's certainly one of the first championships that has been won in the last race.

"I've always enjoyed racing in Victoria, it's a good way to help you stay sharp," Taylor continued.

"Ross has been really good competition all year, and I've got a lot of time for him. It was a good day," the champion added.

Brodie Sims was crowned 2011 Victorian Senior B Grade Open champion, totalling 297 points, winning all but one moto for the year. Lachlan Terry came in a close second on 241 points, and Steven Bennett finished third on 231 points.

In the C Grade Open, Chris Bryant won the title by 21 points over Luke Klaver, and 57 points over Jarryd Clue.

In the Under 19s class Jake Emanuelli took out the championship with two motos to spare, winning the class by 16 points over Kyle McKeddie, and 25 points over Michael Crugnale.

Adam Harland won the 2011 Victorian Senior Over 30s Clubman title by 36 points over Frank Corran, and 39 points over Glen Taylor.

Corey Vanderlie was crowned 2011 Victorian Senior Over 30s Expert champion by 51 points over Steven Powell, with Marco Kroese rounding out the podium in third.

In the 2011 Victorian Senior Over 40s class James Graham took the honours by just a single point over second-place getter Simon Healy and third-place getter Alistair Maxwell.

In the Ladies class Kristy Gillespie won her sixth Victorian title over runner-up Maddy Brown, with Tamika Edwards finishing third.

Beaton plans to race competitively with renewed vigour next year: "I really want to get back into racing a lot more professionally.

"I have a good job at the moment, but I am willing to sacrifice what I have now to get my foot back in the door, and try and get some good results," Beaton added.

"I honestly think if I was fit enough, and if I put in the time and effort that I know I need to put in now, because I have been away from racing. I've got a work ethic now, and I know what it takes to be at that top level.

"I really want to get back into achieving top five results at every round of the MX Nationals. I'd love to come back and race but it is just a matter if I can get the right support out of Yamaha or anyone else to help me achieve my dream."

The 2011 MVMX Presentation Night is on Saturday, September 17 at the Powerhouse Function Centre, Albert Park.

Main Photo: 2011 Victorian Senior A Grade champion Cameron Taylor
Credit: John Smith

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