Luke Styke made his Hattah debut and entered the 250cc class to test the waters for his first time. Styke has been a revelation since taking on off road racing at the beginning of the year but Hattah was a challenge he had yet to face.
But, he stood up to the challenge and took home the class win in the 250cc four stroke class, nearly three full minutes ahead of his nearest rival. Despite being 200cc down on the riders above him, he finished in fourteenth outright in a very impressive day on an uncompromising course.
‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a while since we have raced but after speaking with a lot of the off-road guys, I knew Hattah was tough so I put in plenty of hours on the bike to be fit enough to handle it and I‰Ûªm so glad I did.
‰ÛÏFour hours racing a bike at high intensity is hard on your body and my legs, arms, hands and back all feel pretty weak at the moment but without that lead up work, there was no way I would have been able to finish as well as I did.
‰ÛÏMy bike was bullet proof again today and the team must take huge credit for that. To prepare a bike for a race as tough as this isn‰Ûªt easy and to keep it running as strong as it was after four hours of abuse is a credit to them.
‰ÛÏWe all deserved a well-earned day off tomorrow,‰Û