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Lawson Bopping wins a star studded Dubbo Roar MX Open.

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Raceline Pirelli Suzuki rider Lawson Bopping has taken home the $1000 first prize after an exciting 2 lap dash at the Dubbo Roar MX Open over the weekend.
Lawson Bopping took out a highly successful Dubbo Roar MX. Photo: Jamie Mackay
Bopping's team mate and 2011 Under 19's champion Errol Willis took home second place with Exclusive Trailers rider Dale Wheeler fighting hard for third position.

The track was fully groomed, ripped and watered to perfection overnight and a great credit to the Dubbo Dirt Bike Club. Early overcast conditions kept the track tacky but later during the day it started to firm right up making riders look for new options off the hard packed main line.

The Raceline hole shot award was on offer in the last round which gave some incentive for riders to get that hole shot in the final moto! With Raceline handing out a heap of its pro wash product.

The Roar race format saw riders compete in two heat races, top fifteen qualifying through to the main and an LCQ allowing two more riders to squeeze in. Mudgee Honda rider and fivesixzero graphics owner Jeff Dray was able to take the heat one win after Willis went down in corner two. William Angel finished second in front of a hard charging Willis. Heat two saw Bopping take the win from Chris Watson MC rider Beau Ralston and GHR Honda off road rider Jacob Smith in third.

The LCQ saw Moss Institute rider Meghan Rutledge take the win from Mitchell Edwards who filled the final spot in the 30 gate start for the Roar Open final.

Eliminator 1 saw Beau Ralston take the hole shot from Fullnoise's own Mat Cox riding a Raceline Pirelli Suzuki for the weekend. Ralston held onto the lead while Bopping and Willis made moves on Maitland rider Jason Reed and Cox. Ralston was able to hold the charging Suzuki riders at bay and take the win with Bopping, Willis, Reed and Smith rounding out the top five. The bottom six riders where eliminated leaving just twenty four riders left. Exclusive Trailers rider Kody Wheeler went down early washing the front end on the hard pack surface eliminating him from the remaining races.

Eliminator 2 saw Lawson Bopping with the hole shot, with Reed, Willis and Smith in pursuit. Willis moved into the number two position leaving Reed and Smith to dice it out for third. The track starting to harden up saw a pileup in the tight back section of the track with at least eight mid pack riders involved with all the riders managing to get up and continue on. After the 2 laps it was Bopping who took the win from, Willis, Reed, Smith and Dale Wheeler in fifth. Ralston suffered a flat tyre and was forced to sit out the remaining races.

Eliminator 3 was down to eighteen riders and the crowd was standing at attention waiting for the gates to drop. Mat Cox took the holeshot from Bopping, Reed and Smith. Bopping quickly assumed the lead with Reed and Willis moving up shortly after to battle for the number two position. Bopping took the win with ease five seconds from Willis, Reed , Smith and Beard Bros MC rider Brodie Hartin coming in fifth position. Six more riders were eliminated including heat 1 winner Jeff Dray. Meghan Rutledge made the final twelve cut showing a lot of boys how it's done!
Jacob Smith GHR Honda from condobolin NSW gauging some speed before trying to win back the Australian Safari crown. Photo: Jamie Mackay
Eliminator 4 once again saw Mat Cox with another holeshot, with Bopping right behind. The two went side by side into the whoops as Cox went quad in from the inside, Bopping was able to rail the outside launching up next to him clearing five then launching off the following jump making the move. Willis squeezed his RMZ250 up the inside of Cox making a clean pass for second. Bopping then spun the back end on the last corner allowing Willis and Cox back through as the Last lap board was out. Bopping, remounting as quick as he fell, scrubbed his way back into second but Willis managed to hold the number one spot over the line. Cox held off a charging Smith and Dale Wheeler making it a Raceline Pirelli Suzuki one, two, three. Jason Reed took the sixth position but was forced to pull out with a rear tyre issue allowing South Australia's Mitch Norris to take the final position in the Roar Final.

The Dubbo Roar Final was good to go with six riders taking the same gates they had from the original gate pick before eliminator one. An anxious crowd awaited the gate drop and eliminated riders parked up to watch the final. When the gates dropped it was Lawson Bopping who took the hole shot from Cox, Wheeler, Willis, Smith and Norris. Heading into turn two Cox made a mistake running wide allowing Wheeler and Willis to move into the second and third position.

Cox looking fatigued made yet another mistake which allowed Smith and Norris to move through. Bopping had pulled a slight lead, leaving his team mate Willis to battle Wheeler. Norris was applying pressure to Smith but Smith's years of racing experience proved to good and he was able to hold onto the number four position. Willis used the lites bike to his advantage making the move on Wheeler in the tight section of the track. Bopping taking the win from Willis, Wheeler, Smith, Norris and Cox. An exciting finish to what was a great format of racing giving the crowd plenty to cheer for.

In the Junior Lites action Action MC/ Factory Spec rider Corey Hamilton continued his awesome weekend winning all three motos from Mudgee Honda/ Pro Moto rider Joel Wightman who finished second in his three motos. Mackenzie Tricker had a great day taking home third overall with 3-3-4 results. Harrison Corbet took a third in the final race finishing fourth overall.
Jack Pritchard from outback Bourke NSW and Dubbo Club member 3rd in C Lites. Photo: Jamie Mackay
C grade Lites was won by Meghan Rutledge with Caleb Gasbarri managing to take away one race win but had to settle for second overall. Jack Pritchard took out the Raceline Hole Shot award in the final race and took the third overall position for the day. Jack recently spent a few months living in the USA with good friend JDR KTM USA rider Tye Simmonds which has really improved his riding as he stepped into senior racing.

Free flight MX Park's Dillan Griffiths took out the C grade Open class from Mick Ticehurst and Dean Turner. Local rider Mitch Mackay showed impressive speed but unfortunately took a heavy fall while leading race one managing to walk off the track but was un able to return to racing,

The Women's class saw Meghan Rutledge dominate from Local rider Ashleigh Blenkiron with Forbes's Carly Wren taking third ahead of Shannay VanDyk-Howell.

The action packed Over 35's class saw Shane Edmonds take the overall win from Mick Ticehurst, Troy Behsman and Paul Campbell. Lachlan Bunting took the win in race one unfortunately crashing hard in the second race through the whoops putting him out for the rest of the day.

The A/B grade lites class had some great racing between Errol Willis, Mitch Norris and Kody Wheeler. The three pushing a high pace separating themselves from Brodie Hartin who suffered from some bad starts but managed to come back to fourth each race. Willis took race one and two but Norris finally put it together to take the victory in race three. Willis taking the overall from Norris and Wheeler. B grade riders Black Fletcher and Beau Fullager showed good promise mixing it up near the front at the start of the races.

The A/B Opens saw Lawson Bopping take three from three with Ralston unable to match the speed and fitness for the full 7 laps. Jacob Smith took three third place positions wiith Jason Reed and Mat Cox taking fourth and fifth place overall.

Main Photo: Errol Willis got to run his number one plate
Photos Courtesy of Jamie Mackay photography (02) 68854355


Full results can be found at https://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=698930

Roar Open Final
1 Lawson Bopping
2 Errol Willis
3 Dale Wheeler
4 Jacob Smith
5 Mitch Norris
6 Mat Cox

Junior Lites
1 Corey Hamilton
2 Joel Wightman
3 Mackenzie Tricker

Women
1 Meghan Rutledge
2 Ashleigh Blenkiron
3 Carly Wren

Over 35s
1 Shane Edmonds
2 Mick Ticehurst
3 Troy Behsman

C Grade Lites
1 Meghan Rutledge
2 Caleb Gasbarri
3 Jack Pritchard

B Grade Lites
1 Blake Fletcher
2 Beau Fullager
3 Aaron Rankmore

A Grade Lites
1 Errol Willis
2 Mitch Norris
3 Kody Wheeler

C Grade Open
1 Dillan Griffiths
2 Mick Ticehurst
3 Dean Turner

B Grade Open
1 Blake Fletcher
2 William Angel
3 Jordan Rose

A Grade Open 1 Lawson Bopping
2 Beau Ralston
3 Jacob Smith

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