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Joel Brown claims first 2011 Australian Underground FMX Championship round win

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Joel Brown claims first 2011 Australian Underground FMX Championship round win
Joel Brown has claimed his first win of 2011 and moves into second place in the series at the Pirate INK Round 4 of the Australian Underground FMX Championship.

Riders we're greeted by the amazingly prepared Rock Valley FMX course located near Mudgee NSW. Four different ramp hits, and 85ft dirt double and Australia's first ever full sized quarter pipe were prepped to perfection and waiting to be shredded.

Riders didn't waste any time dialing in the course and making full use of their practice time. With Pat Bowden out due to injury and Luke McNeill unavailable to attend, the rest of the riders where more than aware of the potential to move up in the championship standings.

With the perfect weather conditions heats were quickly underway and every rider was showing how much work they'd been putting in between rounds. Controversy Suzuki rider, Dean Matherson was one such rider showing off his new array of tricks including rulers and switchblade to double grab combo's.

Newly signed Unit rider Tom Robinson showed that he's starting to get a reputation of having some of the biggest whips in the game and threw out a monster in his second heat which had everyone wondering how he brought it back.

Not to be out done SRH's Adam Grope decided now was a good a time as any to attempt his 75ft flip he's been working so hard on in the pit. Adam got the rotation perfectly but came up short resulting in a heavy crash. To everyone's amazement Adam stood up un scathed to salute the cheering crowd. Joe Sheppard was also on fire taking to the new quarter pipe like a kid with a new toy. The Tiger Racing/RFDmx rider was airing out of the monstrous ramp like a seasoned veteran much to the respect of the rest of the field.

In the end however it would be series points leader Rhys Hillier, fellow flipper Joel Brown, reigning king of the non flippers Luke Saunders and rookie Cam Hermansen who would make the top four final.

Tiger Racing/RFDmx's Cam Hermansen showed he's going to be a name to remember in the future. The Suzuki rider linked together a run of near perfectly executed tricks including rulers, holy grabs, double nacs and mcmetz's. WRD's Luke Saunders however was keen to remind everyone that when it comes to clean smooth tricks he's the man for the job.

Revy launched his 250 four stroke off all the obstacles and nailed every trick to perfection. Series leader Rhys Hillier was a little off his game at this round. However the Tiger Racing/RFDmx rider still linked together tricks with a style that other riders can only dream of. Super clean rulers and rock solids mixed with nac flips and a superflip would still be more than enough to lock in a solid second place. The day in the end would belong to Liquid Malisha's Joel Brown. Browny was on fire all day nailing all his tricks including his trademark no hand catty's, tweak indy's and grab combo's all topped off by clean flips including a no handed flip.

The bubbly was popped and the celebratory beers flowed after another successful round of the series. Huge thanks must go out the Rock Valley crew for their amazing hospitality and support. Also to the Round 4 major sponsor Pirate INK, the judges and flaggies all the series sponsors and everyone involved in putting the weekend together.

Pirate INK Round 4 Results:
1. Joel Brown ‰ÛÒ 25
2. Rhys Hillier ‰ÛÒ 22
3. Luke Saunders ‰ÛÒ 20
4. Cam Hermansen ‰ÛÒ 18
5. Dean Matherson ‰ÛÒ 16
6. Adam Grope ‰ÛÒ 15
7. Aaron Guthrie ‰ÛÒ 14
8. Matt Smith ‰ÛÒ 13
9. Tom Robinson ‰ÛÒ 12
10. Joe Sheppard ‰ÛÒ 11
11. Brent Logan ‰ÛÒ 10
12. Brenton Drager‰ÛÒ 9
13. Benny Heinrich‰ÛÒ 8
14. Brodie Markham ‰ÛÒ 7
15. Ryan Brown ‰ÛÒ 6
16. Josh Hannah ‰ÛÒ 5
17. Robert Quinn ‰ÛÒ 4
18. Dave Churches ‰ÛÒ 3

2011 Australian Underground FMX Championships
1. Rhys Hillier ‰ÛÒ 94
2. Joel Brown ‰ÛÒ 76
3. Luke Saunders ‰ÛÒ 68
4. Luke McNeill ‰ÛÒ 62
5. Matt Smith ‰ÛÒ 60
6. Pat Bowden ‰ÛÒ 59
7. Adam Grope ‰ÛÒ 59
8. Joe Sheppard ‰ÛÒ 49
9. Dean Matherson ‰ÛÒ 45
10. Tom Robinson ‰ÛÒ 37
11. Brenton Drager ‰ÛÒ 30
12. Pete Anderson ‰ÛÒ 28
13. Aaron Guthrie ‰ÛÒ 25
14. Benny Heinrich ‰ÛÒ 25
15. Brodie Markham ‰ÛÒ 21
16. Cam Hermansen ‰ÛÒ 18
17. Brent Logan ‰ÛÒ 16
18. Ryan Brown ‰ÛÒ 11
19. Dave Churches ‰ÛÒ 11
20. Andy Christie ‰ÛÒ 10
21. Matt Lewis ‰ÛÒ 9
22. Sam Blanaves ‰ÛÒ 9
23. Codie Rooney ‰ÛÒ 8
24. Dan O'Brien ‰ÛÒ 8
25. Jamie O'Brien - 7
26. Darcy Lockyer ‰ÛÒ 6
27. Josh Hannah ‰ÛÒ 5
28. Gyles Stainton ‰ÛÒ 5
29. Robert Quinn ‰ÛÒ 4
30. Daniel Coe ‰ÛÒ 2
31. Brodie Carmichael - 2

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