Motocross

Katherine Prumm starts perfect title defense

Author: Garry Morrow

Posted:

Katherine Prumm leads with Amy Boyd close behind. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
Yamaha's Katherine Prumm started her Australian Championship title defense in the perfect way with a pair of wins at the opening round of the Yamaha Australian Women's Championship at hot and dusty Tivoli Raceway in Queensland on Sunday, March 9th. The reigning world champion went into the event as an un-backable favorite and although she won the opening moto by 18 seconds and the second by a whopping 48 seconds she was shown a wheel in the opening of both moto's - something that is very rare. It was Suzuki rider Amy Boyd who capitalized on Prumm's admitted un-certainty with a new bike and surroundings to be an early challenger. Boyd hung with Prumm on the opening lap on both occasions and then proceeded to close in and challenge showing she had the speed to dice with Prumm, but on both occasions Prumm simply took the upper hand while Boyd's aggression and speed could only be sustained for a few laps and she eventually faded. ‰ÛÏI haven‰Ûªt ridden on a surface like this before so it‰Ûªs kind of different for me, it‰Ûªs kind of hard pack with a lot of rocks sitting on the top, and so it‰Ûªll be something new to learn,‰Û
17-year-old Ashlea Bates overcame a sore wrist to stand on the podium next to Prumm. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
Bates was understandably elated with her result since she was uncertain of her form as she is recovering from a wrist injuries, ‰ÛÏWow I didn‰Ûªt expect to finish second overall," the 17-year-old said. "My Team Manager Sue Feeney instructed me to just go out there and collect points due to my injuries. It was my first time on my Husqvarna TC250 race bike, so I wasn‰Ûªt sure how it would compare to my practice bike. ‰ÛÏHalf way through the race it was really hard to hold on so I just tried my best and just kept going strong and tried not to make any mistakes.‰Û
Kristy Gillespi was still up-beat despite two flat tyres in the one race that robbed her of second overall. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
The GYTR/ QLD Yamaha Dealer Team pairing of Harley Quinlan and Nick Geck shared moto wins and the top two steps of the podium in the M2R Under 19s Championship. Over 30 riders lined up for the Under 19 division but were no match for Quinlan and Geck as they raced clear of the pack in a good hit out before the up coming state and national titles. Quinlan and Geck both had a first and a second in each moto but Quinlan gets the nod for the overall round victory with his .4 of a second winning margin over teammate Geck in the second leg. Quinlan (Gladstone Motorcycles) started off the day a little ordinary when he was caught just outside the top five in the early laps of moto one. He made quick work of the riders in front of him and slotted into second, some 10 seconds back from Geck (Pro Griffin Yamaha). From there the pair peeled off lap and lap for 15 minutes and crossed the line in a team 1-2 finish. Moto two was far more exciting as the guys were running third and fourth on the opening lap, but quickly made their way to the front. Quinlan slipped by Geck after a small mistake on lap three and from there the pair were never separated by more than a couple of bike lengths. As they rounded the final turn, they were wheel to wheel and crossed the finish line with Quinlan, riding the rear guard, .4 of a second in front of Geck and both 43 seconds ahead of the third place rider. All in only 15 minutes of racing! It was no doubt the race of the day. "The first moto I didn‰Ûªt get the best of starts and by the time I got to second, Nick was already a long way up the track. Moto two was much better and it was fun to race with Nick and be that tight the whole race. I trusted him and it was good to be able to race with someone like that and not have to worry about any cheap shots. With Nick being here it also pushed my speed up and we worked well together," said Quinlan after the event.
Queensland Yamaha Junior Development Team (QYJDT) rider Shaun Redhead was so far out in front he spent some time posing for the camera!. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
"I felt really good today and even though I didn‰Ûªt win the overall, .4 of a second is hardly a loss. Harley and I rode and raced hard for the entire time and it was the perfect warm up for us for these up coming races. I can take confidence that I had the fastest lap of the day and the fastest lap in both motos, but when the finish of the race was up, I was half a bike length short. But it was good fun!" Geck joked after the race. KTM rider Joel Rizzo took a pair of thirds to take third in the class. The Queensland Yamaha Junior Development Team (QYJDT) of Shaun Redhead and Scott Mann dominated the 13 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 250cc and 12 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 85cc/150cc classes respectively winning five out of the six races they entered in a total blue wash of the round. Shaun Redhead (Pro Griffin Yamaha) pounded the track and his opposition into submission with a wheel perfect display. He posted 1-1 moto scores in both the 13 to 14 years Lites and 13 to 14 years 125cc and massive winning margins to be the star of the day. His last times also raised plenty of eyebrows with Redhead clocking the fastest junior lap time of the day and only one-second of that of the Elite Under 19 riders. "I did some testing out here a few weeks back and a senior factory race team was here. I ran their speed comfortably so I was confident I could do well if I got good starts, but I never expected to win every race. Both my bikes were unreal today and I look forward to the next round in Victoria," said the triumphant Redhead. Scott Mann (Jimboomba Motorcycles) predicted only a week ago that a win wasn‰Ûªt far away. Seven days later Mann chalked up a 4 ‰ÛÒ1 result to claim the overall in the 12 to 13 years Mini Lites. In what was the tightest of finishes, the top four points scores were separated by one point with a the final mot count back determining the winner and the make up of the podium. Mann‰Ûªs impressive final moto victory gave him the overall on the day.
Tye Simmonds was well in control of the Under 15s Rookies but will move up to the Under 19's in the next round. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
"I had been riding well lately, just not getting the results I wanted. But when I got the start in that last race, they weren‰Ûªt going to beat me. We also changed some suspension settings on my bike this week and it handled really good," Mann said. Jackson Richardson was only 1 point behind Mann in the 12 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 85cc/150c class while Honda's Jacob Wright took third. Motorex KTM Racer, Tye Simmonds continues with his domination in junior racing, winning the Rookies 15 years 250cc class. Simmonds from Bourke in NSW, won both 15 minute motos taking his opening moto win by over 35 seconds. Dylan Peterson gave Simmonds some competition in the second moto, but not enough to make a pass or challenge him for the lead. "I‰Ûªve reached a level in my junior racing that has taken out any competition. I feel like I‰Ûªm racing the track out there and not my competitors, so I‰Ûªm really looking forward to stepping up in class to the Under 19s," Simmonds said. ‰ÛÏI turn 16 on May 3, and the next round of the Motul MX Development Series is on May 25 at Newry (VIC), so I will be able to race in the Under 19s class up against riders like Harley Quinlin and Nicholas Geck, who will give me some good battling out on the race track.‰Û
Yamaha Australian Women‰Ûªs Motocross Championship (after round one)
1. Katherine Prumm (50 points)
2. Ashlea Bates (40 points)
3. Kristy Gillespie (40 points)
4. Adelia Barton (33 points)
5. Stacey Griffiths (30 points)

M2R Under 19s Championship (after one round)
1. Harley Quinlan (47 points)
2. Nick Geck (47 points)
3. Joel Rizzo (40 points)
4. Luke Wilson (33 points)
5. Shannon King (29 points)

12 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 85cc/150cc
1. Scott Mann (43 points)
2. Jackson Richardson (42points)
3. Jacob Wright (42 points)
4. Errol Wilis (35 points)
5. Joben Baldwin (34 points)

13 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 250cc
1. Shaun Redhead (50 points)
2. Thomas Rushton (42 points)
3. Dylan Gosling (38 points)
4. Dylan Berwick (34 points)
5. Jacob Wright (34 points)

13 ‰ÛÒ 14 years 125cc
1. Shaun Redhead (50 points)
2. Michael Crugnale (40 points)
3. Dylan Berwick (40 points)
4. Jackson Richardson (36points)
5. Jake Wright (33 points)

Under 15s Rookies
1. Tye Simmonds (50 points)
2. Dylan Peterson (44 points)
3. Jason Reed (40 points)
4. Chris Gay (34 points)
5. Troy McNally (31 points)

Full results can be found at https://www.ozmotox.com.au/main/mylaps.htm?eventid=282004

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Supercross

World Champion Max Anstie Secures 2024 East Coast Supercross Championship Red Plate

Motocross

Jed Beaton Tops The Podium At 2024 New Zealand Motocross Championships Round Two

Supercross

Cooper Webb And Haiden Deegan Win Drama-Filled Arlington Supercross

EnduroCross

Billy Bolt's FIM SuperEnduro Win Streak Continues In Bulgaria

Supercross

Shoulder Injury Rules Evan Ferry Out Of Arlington Supercross

Supercross

Christian Craig To Sit Out Arlington Supercross

MXGP

Mattia Guadagnini Joins The Early Season Injury List

Motocross

Jake Cannon Signs With Factory Honda

MXGP

Liam Everts To Miss MXGP Season Opener

Motocross

Tim Gajser – Motivated for 2024

Dirt Track

Somersby Super TT Meeting Opens NSW Dirt Track Season

Motocross

MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina Entry List Released

What's On This Week

AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024

Featured:

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

Drink Wirelessly with SoleStream

What's On This Week

AMA GNCC - R2
Wild Boar, Palatka, FL
Monday, March 4th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024