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Gellatly dominates Supermoto Club of WA‰Ûªs 2008 Summer Series opener

Author: Jerry Pratley

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Young gun David Gellatly (KTM) took the cash and the glory at round one of the Supermoto Club of WA‰Ûªs 2008 summer series on Saturday.
Newcomer Jye Schaap who took the fight to Gellatly.
Gellatly won all three a-grade races in dominating style then backed it up with another win by storming from last to first in the 12-bike, reverse grid $500 feature race. The club plans to make the feature race a highlight of its five-round summer series, which is sponsored by Franzone TM, Bel-Ray oils and Bridgestone tyres. The eight-lap feature race was the last event on the card and pitted the top six b-grade riders on the day against the top six a-graders, with the slowest b-grader on pole and the fastest a-grader at the back of the grid. The reverse grid set the scene for some serious carnage and all riders were told before the race to try and play it safe - but with prize money up for grabs, common sense sometimes goes out the window. There were no beg pardons as the start flag dropped and the top a-graders carved their way through the field of b-graders, some of whom were passed like they were standing still - thankfully, there were no serious incidents. Many expected the race to be a contest between Gellatly and the club‰Ûªs winter series champion Brett Stewart (TM) but it was newcomer Jye Schaap (Honda) who took the fight to Gellatly. Schaap hit the lead before Gellatly, who was soon on his tail and looking for a way past. Schaap was not intimidated by the charging Gellatly and hung on to the lead for a couple of laps before Gellatly made his move. But Schaap fought back and regained the lead, before Gellatly forced his way through in the closing stages of the race to take the win by just 2.6 seconds in what was the most exciting race of the night. The ever-fast Michel Drean (Honda) was third, ahead of Jason Taylor (Husqvarna), Liam Robertson (Yamaha) and Stewart, who had a day he would rather forget. The $500 feature race prize money was split between the top six finishers. The race did not carry any points for the championship. The top B-grade finisher in the feature race was Matthew Stokes (Husaberg). Gellatly leads the series, ahead of Roberston and Taylor. The next round will be on Sunday February 17 at the Cockburn Kartway on Gemma Road Henderson. Main Photo: David Gellatly in action

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