Motocross

Luke Clout and Mackenzie Tricker put in solid rides at the AMA Winter Nationals

Author: Mat Cox

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The 40th Annual Thor Winter National Olympics, at Gatorback Cycle park, Gainesville FL have wrapped up with Former Australian Junior Champion Luke Clout taking a podium result in the highly competitive Schoolboy class and current Australian Junior Girls Champion Mackenzie Tricker taking home Fifth overall after a crash in Moto one.

After solid results in the Supercross, Clout was a favourite to be at the front of the field and he did just that winning his first 250B Modified moto. He continued his moto 1 form placing second in the 250B Stock class and third in the schoolboy class.

The final moto of the 250B Modified class saw Clout suffer a flat tyre but still managed to take a seventh position giving him a fifth overall. After a bad start in the 250B Stock class, Clout was able to climb his way up to sixth position to give him another fifth overall.

A good start in the Schoolboy Class saw Clout battling with Paul Coate's for the lead. Claudio Leocata pushed his way past the pair to take the win with Coates taking second and Clout third, giving Clout a third overall ahead of Jace Owen.

"It was only a five lap race so if you didn't get a start you were done!," Clout exclaimed. "The track was so good, it was perfect all week."

"The motocross went really good for me in the first Moto's, the 2nd Moto's were good, but I just had some bad starts and a flat tyre," Explained Clout.

Clout thanked his sponsors MTF, Pro circuit, One Industries, Pant Saggin and Smith for the support in 2011. At this stage 2012 will see Clout return stateside to compete after turning a lot of heads and impressing sponsors.

Claudio Leocata had an amazing end to the week winning five classes in the Motocross showing that he is one of the top amateur racer's in the USA and will be one to watch as he steps into the Pro ranks.

Mackenzie Tricker's outstanding results in the Supercross gave her high expectations coming into the Motocross event. Moto one of the Women's class saw Tricker with a good start and battling for the lead when she went down while trying to make a move for the lead. After remounting near the back of the 38 strong field, Tricker charged through the field in the five lap race up to ninth position.

Tricker also competed in the 250C mod class with the boys and was right in the battle up front after taking the first heat holeshot. After making a mistake and going off the track she managed to climb back to thirteenth putting her into the LCQ for the main event. Unfortunately Tricker went down hard in the LCQ after tangling on the start straight.

After her big crash the Australian Girls Junior Champion took the holeshot in Moto Two of the women's class but was unable to hold off women's Pro rider Leah Cantrell who took the lead early. Tricker held her own and stayed close to the back wheel of Cantrell finishing just four seconds back.

The 9/2 finishes gave Tricker fifth overall in the Women's class and was enough to give her the Olympiad award which was awarded to the highest point scorer from the combined SX/MX events.

"Mini O's was a great experience and I had a lot of fun and met some great people, I am very pleased to bring home the Olympiad award and the SX Championship," Stated Tricker.

Tricker has extended her stay in America till the 19th of December to do 3 weeks training at MTF and thanked her sponsors Rockstar, fly, asterix, sidi, von zipper, goPro, ogio, skullcandy, and fmf for the support.

Pro Circuit Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo took out both Super Mini classes giving him a sweep of the Supercross and Motocross events.

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