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Middleton Secures Record Sixth Straight Solo Championship Win at Sedgwick

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Kyle Middleton took Australian Trial Championship win number six on the weekend at at Sedgwick in Victoria.. Photo: Russell Colvin
Kyle Middleton has once again re-written the history books by becoming the first rider to win six straight Australian Solo Championships, after he crushed his rivals at the 2018 Delecca's Australian Trial Championship at Sedgwick in Victoria.

After scoring 14-points on Saturday, the New South Welshman went on to score 25-points on Sunday, which saw him finishing on top of the points tally with just 39-points to his name.

Dominating the competition over the weekend, the 28-year-old proved that he is in fact still human, suffering from fatigue on Sunday thanks to his display of unmatched skill and perseverance on Saturday. ‰ÛÏThe body simply didn‰Ûªt feel right today,‰Û
Middleton took a 66-point over Connor Hogan. Photo: Russell Colvin
66-points off Middleton in second place was young gun, Connor Hogan, who continues to impress, proving that he is a future star of the sport.

It was a bit of an up-and-down weekend for the 18-year-old, who hails from Bangor, in South Australia.

Hogan enjoyed some good laps throughout the weekend which ensured he landed second place.‰ÛÏI managed to pull it together in the end, so I‰Ûªm happy to walk away with second overall,‰Û
Connor Hogan on his way to second place. Photo: Russell Colvin
Overall however, Hogan walked away from the Australian Trail Championship more than content, as he didn‰Ûªt have much expectations. Hogan, who finished fifth overall in last year‰Ûªs Solo Championship just wanted to improve from last year, which he certainly did.

The next challenge for Hogan is to try and win the championship, but he's not getting too ahead of himself just yet.

‰ÛÏIt would be nice to be able to battle for the championship next year. In saying that, Kyle is an amazing rider, so it will be hard to knock him off his perch anytime soon. To be able to beat Kyle and take the championship would be ideal. I‰Ûªll keep working and hopefully one day it might happen,‰Û
Chris Bayles on his way to 4th place. Photo: Russell Colvin
Tasmania‰Ûªs Chris Bayles finished fourth overall with 131-points in the bank.

Bayles, who was more than happy with his riding over the course of the weekend, unfortunately had a couple of unlucky situations throughout both days with his chain coming off twice in the first section and on the same rock.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs a bit disappointing, but I‰Ûªm really happy with how I rode this weekend,‰Û
Kristie McKinnon took her her ninth Australian Championship in the Women‰Ûªs category. Photo: Russell Colvin
Kristie McKinnon kept her fine form going into the second day of racing by racking up a total of just 6-points for the day, which saw finishing with a grand total of 14-points and her ninth Australian Championship in the Women‰Ûªs category!

McKinnon noted that the sections on Sunday were tougher than Saturday, which suited her even more.

‰ÛÏI really enjoyed the sections out there today, as there were some nice steps to play on. It was simply a magic day,‰Û
38-year-old Colin Zarczynski finished the solo class off with third. Photo: Russell Colvin
Results:

Solo
1st Kyle MIDDLETON 39
2nd Connor HOGAN 105
3rd Colin ZARCZYNSKI 108
4th Chris BAYLES 131
5th Bruce LE RICHE 140

Women
1st Kristie MCKINNON 14
2nd Michelle COLEMAN 73
3rd Lillie YIATROU 129
4th Nicole CASEY 129
5th Jenna LUPO 159

Junior 12 ‰ÛÒ under 16
1st Tom WOODHOUSE 35
2nd Alex COWAN 46
3rd Maverick FORD 55
4th Haydon BARWICK 59
5th Rhys DUNDON 75

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