Motocross

Finals kick off at 2015 KTM AJMX

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Dreams were realised today at the Shrubland Park circuit in Bunbury, with the first lot finals in the books for the 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship.

With riders now accustomed to the sandy conditions thanks to extended practice sessions, riders headed out for their first day of finals and put on a performance for the Western Australian spectators.

With more than ten finals races at the Shrubland Park circuit, we took a brief look at each class, to see how the action played out.

50cc Division 2 ‰ÛÒ 7-u9 years

Local Seth Clarke secured the early race lead, however it only took a short time for Seth Burchell to take advantage of a mistake by Clarke and move in to the race lead after only a couple of turns.

With track conditions being in a state that would test the most experienced motocross athletes, the littlies of the AJMX, took to the track like true professional, not allowing any amount of sand to hold them up.

With Burchell out in front, focus shifted to the battle for second. Kayd Kingsford and Clarke battled hard in the later stages of the moto, before Kingsford edged out Clarke, securing second position and relegating Clarke to third.

When the chequered flag flew on the first final for the event, Burchell crossed the line in the top spot, while Kingsford celebrated his second place finish, and Clarke holding on for third.

85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 years

When the hard charging group of 85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 riders headed out for their first final‰Ûªs event, it was Jye Dickson who snatched up the holeshot, before Western Australia‰Ûªs Mitchell Outram once again made his presence known and moved in to the race lead.

With the local crowd behind him, KTM‰Ûªs Outram began to check out from the field, leaving the battle for positions to happen behind him.

After taking the holeshot Dickson held on to second position for only a short time ‰ÛÒ with lightening fast Liam Walsh on a charge, Walsh moved in to second position with half of the moto to spare.

When the checquered flag flew however, it was a fairy tale ending for local boy Outram, taking the first finals race win ahead of Walsh and Dickson who finished in second and third respectively.

85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 12-u14 years

In a spectacular sight, a huge field of 38 riders lined up for racing in the 85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 12-u14 years class, treating hundreds of spectators who dotted the fenceline.

When racing got under way, it was the Husqvarna machine of Bailey Malkiewicz who was out in front early ‰ÛÒ managing to fight off the likes of James Scott, Rhys Budd and Corben Weinert who were fiercely battling for remaining top positions.

However at the halfway mark in the moto, Malkiewicz came to grief and ending up missing from the lead, forcing the youngster back to 15th position. With Malkiewicz off the radar, the battle for the race lead began to heat up.

With one minute left to race, it was anyone‰Ûªs guess as to who would take the race win. With KTM local Regan Duffy, Budd and Weinert going all out, Duffy edged out his competition to take the chequers victorious, ahead of Budd, and Weinert who wrapped up their first finals race in second and third respectively.

65cc Solo 7-u9 years

When the youngsters headed out for their first finals race, the field did not look to be backing off, as nearly 30 riders launched into the first turn, with Braden Plath taking the 65cc holeshot.

As the field settled in to their positions, it only took one lap for Kayden Minear to secure the race lead, ahead of Seth Burchell, Kobe Drew, and Braden Plath who made up second, third and fourth positions.

By the three-lap mark, Minear had a ten second lead on Queensland‰Ûªs Drew who had gotten by Burchell, relegating him to third.

As the last lapboard came out, Minear looked more than comfortable in the deep sandy conditions and continuing to stretch out his impressive lead. With Minear only moments away from taking a finals race win, the focus shifted to the battle for second that was going down to the wire.

When the chequered flag flew, Western Australia‰Ûªs Minear took the race win, while Burchell put on a late charge to secure second ahead of Drew who wrapped up the final in third.

In a huge upset in the 7-u9 65 class, main competitor Seth Clarke suffered bike issues forcing him to DNF, damaging his 2015 KTM AJMX campaign.

100cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke / 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke Girls 13-u16 years

With a sprinkling of water added to the track for the girls, the ladies of the KTM AJMX lined up for what would be an action packed ten minutes of racing in the 100cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke / 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke Girls 13-u16 year class.

With Chelsea Carter launching out of the start gate, her KTM machine was THE first bike through turn one, with comeback queen Lily Kent slotting in to second behind her.

With Carter and Kent out in front, focus shifted to the battle for third, with Tahlia O‰ÛªHare, and Tanesha Rose Harnett going head to head. However it was the late charge of Danielle Foot who had heads turning, coming from mid-pack to challenge O‰ÛªHare and Harnett for the podium position.

At the conclusion of the ten-minute moto, Carter crossed the line as the first girl‰Ûªs finals winner, ahead of Foot and O‰ÛªHare who both put on outstanding performances on the final lap to take second and third places respectively.
In the second part of today's AJMX finals action, the likes of Hunter Lawrence put on a performance for spectators.
As the day went on in Bunbury for 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships, the Shrubland Park circuit got deeper, rougher and more and more technical with Australia‰Ûªs junior stars taking to the conditions like pro‰Ûªs.

With the depth of talent stretching out across all classes, racing was action packed in the day‰Ûªs second half of finals, which took place straight after lunch.

As racing progressed, new stars emerged, in only the first day of finals for the weeklong AJMX event, so we recapped on as many of the hits and misses that we could possibly squeeze in.

65cc Solo 11 years

When gates dropped it was KTM‰Ûªs Benny Novak that proved that his starting ability is a force to be reckoned with ‰ÛÒ taking the holeshot and moving in to the race lead ahead of Cody Chittick in second and Jett Lawrence in third.

It wasn‰Ûªt long however before Lawrence once again showed his undeniable form, moving in to the race lead ahead of Chittick who looked determined not to let Lawrence out of his sights.

And for the remainder of the moto it was the battle for the lead between Lawrence and Chittick that had spectators eyes glued to the track. As the last lap board came out, Chittick made the pass on Lawrence ‰ÛÒ the pair chopping and changing positions a handful of times, with Lawrence eventually crossing the line with the race win, ahead of Chittick in second and Tyran Tomich in third.

100cc to 125cc 2-stroke 15 years

As the big boys headed to the start line for the first race of their 2015 KTM AJMX campaign, a star studded lineup of 27 riders headed in to the first turn, with KTM‰Ûªs Cooper Pozniak taking the early race lead.

However much like his brother, Hunter Lawrence (YJRT) also put the foot down quickly, and took control of the moto after only one lap.

With Lawrence out in front and stretching out his lead, Pozniak, Yamaha‰Ûªs Wyatt Chase and Kade Kirkland (KTM) commenced their battle for the remaining podium positions.

When the chequered flag flew it was Lawrence who took an outstanding 18 second win ahead of Chase and Kirkland who wrapped up the first 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke 15 years class final in second and third places respectively

128cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke 13-u15 years

With the 128cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke 13-u15 years class marking today reaching it‰Ûªs final stages, the big guns headed out for their first finals race, with the roar of engines bringing Shrubland Park to life.

Despite Trent Collins holding the race lead for a period of time, a three-way battle with Caleb Grothues, Callum Norton and Collins quickly emerged, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

After only a couple of laps it was Norton who moved in to the race lead, while Grothues put the pass on Collins, and moved in to second. However Grothues in traditional style would not settle there ‰ÛÒ with four minutes of racing remaining, Grothues blew past Norton, snatching up the opportunity for the race lead.

However disaster struck Grothues just moments before the last lap, having a huge crash forcing him to DNF, Norton was able to take advantage of Grothues misfortune and take the race win, ahead of Michael Driscoll in second and Mason Semmens in third.

65cc Solo 9-u11 years

As proceedings at the Shrubland Park circuit reached it‰Ûªs final stages, the smaller bikes had a tough task ahead of them, tackling what had formed up to be one seriously rough track.

When racing got underway for the 65cc Solo 9-u11 years class, Noah Smerdon got to the early race lead ahead of Deegan Mancinelli and Liam Atkinson.

However Mancinelli had his work cut out for him, as he began to come under fire from a hard charging Atkinson, who‰Ûªs lap times proved he was on a mission to the race lead. With only a few laps remaining, Atkinson blew past Mancinelli, moved in to second and began to hunt down Smerdon.

When the ten-minute session wrapped up, Smerdon had done just enough to take the race win, ahead of Atkinson in second and Mancinelli in third.

85cc 2-stroke/150cc 4-stroke all wheel Girls 12-u16 years

With the girls lining up for their final moto for the day, all eyes focused in on Danielle Foot who looked to redeem herself, after a tough start earlier in the day.

And redeem herself she did. After launching off the start gate Foot took a commanding race lead and began to separate herself from her talented competition, with Tahlia O‰ÛªHare and Tanesha Rose Harnett following in second and third behind her.

Despite a late charge from O‰ÛªHare, Foot took the chequered flag with reason to celebrate ‰ÛÒ keeping the pressure at bay, Foot took the win, ahead of O‰ÛªHare and Harnett who concluded the ten-minute moto in second and third places respectively.

128cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke 15 years

With the big boys marking the final race of the day, spectators hung around to witness if anyone had what it takes to deny Hunter Lawrence yet another race win.

When gates dropped for the final time today, it was KTM mounted Cooper Pozniak who once again lunched down the start straight and through turn one first. With all eyes searching for the Yamaha machine of Lawrence, crowds were surprised to see him back in tenth position after one lap.

With Lawrence out of race lead contention for the time being, Wade Kirkland made his way past Wilson Medcalf and Pozniak to take over the number one spot. However with lightening fast speed, and determination not to give up, the focus shifted to Lawrence once again, who made up seven positions in just one lap, to move into third place.

As the final moto progressed, Lawrence made his way into second, and began eyeing off the rear wheel of Kirkland‰Ûªs KTM machine. And with two minutes up his sleeve, Lawrence passed Kirkland down the straight, relegating Kirkland to second, while Justin Hart found his way in to third.

When the chequered flag came out for the final time today, Yamaha Junior Racing Team‰Ûªs Lawrence put on one of the biggest charges of the day, wrapping up the first final for the 128cc ‰ÛÒ 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc ‰ÛÒ 250cc 4-stroke 15 years victorious, ahead of Kirkland in second, while Hart finished in third.

For a complete and more detailed list of results from the first day of finals at the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship in Bunbury today CLICK HERE

Top Image: Hundreds of junior athletes took to the sandy Shrubland Park circuit for day one of finals at the 2015 KTM AJMX.

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