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Michael Kirkness And Bodie Paige Take 2024 Casey Stoner Cup Honours

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Photo of Dirt Track riders Josh McCosker and Michael Kirkness
Josh McCosker (J45) and Michael Kirkness (387). Photo: bybroomsticksandmethanol

Two new names will be inscribed on the Casey Stoner Cup trophy after the 2024 staging at the Loxford Park Raceway on Easter Saturday.

Now a veteran, as he can ride in the Over 35s class, Michael Kirkness took the honours in the Senior Cup after Queenslander Bodie Paige won the Junior Cup.

Kirkness had tried to win the Senior trophy eight years but fell while chasing eventual winner Jarred Brook in the final, and he was only a late entrant for this year’s staging. Although Kirkness did ride in some rounds of both the Pro 450 and Over 35s classes it was obvious his main focus was the preliminaries for the Cup.

Come the Senior Cup final Kirkness shook off the attention of much younger rivals Cody Lewis and Brayden Gay and by the checkered flag he was well clear. Lewis could not improve on last year’s runner-up finish as he still strives to emulate Harrison Ryan as a winner in both Junior and Senior Cups.

Earlier Lewis did come out on top in the Pro 450 class ahead of Gay and Noah Cardinale.

The Pro 250 class turned into a series of match races as Talon Cardinale beat Cody Wilby, with one round being memorable as Wilby fell and Cardinale waited for him to remount and catch up before he went hard again.

The Over 35s only had four starters, although Michael Kirkness did not contest every round, and their races provided plenty of action as the eventual winners Angus Reekie, Josh McCosker and Jason Griffin all had some good moments.

With the New South Wales Junior Dirt Track Championships to be staged at the same venue on the weekend of April 13 and 14 there was a big roll-up of juniors, many having their first go at the track in preparation for the title meeting.

The action and the competitiveness of the junior classes was again top quality, so with championship honours up for grabs on April 13 and 14 it will be another meeting worth watching.

The Casey Stoner Junior Cup for the 13 – Under 16-year-olds was the feature of the junior racing and this resulted in an emphatic victory for Queensland rider Bodie Paige, who also had another class win, to make it a worthwhile trip.

Queenslander Cooper Archibald was second in the Junior Cup and also won the 2-stroke class, while Max Earl was the best of the locals taking third in the Cup final and second behind Archibald in the 2-stroke class.

Other class winners were Flynn Beard and Kru Tulloch, who both also scored a minor placing, as well as Hayden Duggan, Theo Afeaki and another local Brax Anderson, while Matilda Heaton-New was the winner of the Girls class.

RESULTS OF 2024 CASEY STONER CUP DIRT TRACK MEETING
Staged at the Loxford Park Raceway, Kurri Kurri on Saturday, March 30

SENIORS

SENIOR CASEY STONER CUP
1 Michael Kirkness
2 Cody Lewis
3 Brayden Gay

PRO 450
1 Cody Lewis
2 Brayden Gay
3 Noah Cardinale

PRO 250
1 Talon Cardinale
2 Cody Wilby
3 No third

OVER 35
1 Angus Reekie
2 Jason Griffin
3 Josh McCosker

JUNIORS

JUNIOR CASEY STONER CUP
1 Bodie Paige
2 Cooper Archibald
3 Max Earl

50cc Auto Div.2 7 – U/9
1 Kru Tulloch
2 Brax Anderson
3 Flynn Beard

65cc 7 – U/9
1 Brax Anderson
2 Kru Tulloch
3 Flynn Beard

65cc 9 – U/13
1 Theo Afeaki
2 Will Wiggins
3 Kaiden Lantry

80cc 4-str Modified 7- U/12
1 Flynn Beard
2 Lucy Heaton-New
3 Thomas Cameron

85cc 2str/ 150cc 4str BW 9 – U/13
1 Hayden Duggan
2 Austin Attard
3 Will Wiggins

85cc 2str/ 150cc 4str BW 12 – /16
1 Bodie Paige
2 Tyler Moore
3 Jed Louis

125-150 2-str 13 – U/16
1 Cooper Archibald
2 Max Earl
3 Jayden Holder

11 – U/16 Girls
1 Matilda Heaton-New
2 Holly Hope-Hodgetts
3 Tyler O’Moore

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