Supercross

Under 19s continue to impress

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The 2011 SuperX season has highlighted that there is still plenty of talent coming through the ranks of Australian Supercross in the form of the current crop of Under 19s riders.

Though Errol Willis rode away with another title, there were a bunch of hard chargers closing in on his back wheel at each and every round of the rain reduced four race series.

Riders such as Mitch Norris, Corey Lucas, Tomas Larsen-Moss, Sam Martin and Jarred Davis all had break through rides making the Podium throughout the series. Then at the final round at Ipswich Geran Stapleton managed to do what no other rider had been able to do during the superX season and only a handful even managed to do throughout the Motocross season and took a round win off Australian Motocross championship winner Errol Willis and in turn handing Geran second place overall for the series behind Willis and ahead of Corey Lucas in third.

During this week I managed to track down the three podium finishers at the final race of the season to get the thoughts of some of the up and coming racers who manage to split their racing efforts, normally as privateers and finishing off school.

The first rider I made contact with was Geran Stapleton fresh off his maiden Supercross win, the last I seen of the Honda rider on Saturday night was him in a headlock from Yarrive Konsky dragging him into the Carlton Dry, Thor Honda race truck to celebrate his maiden race win.

Though Stapleton had the perfect end to the season, the week didn‰Ûªt start off on the same note when his Van broke down on the trip from Maitland to Ipswich; thankfully Konsky‰Ûªs was able to get Geran and his dad picked up and to the final round.

‰ÛÏIt was a big relief to get up on the podium at the final round, I had been close all season but had not been up on the podium due to a bit of bad luck during the season, it really did feel great to finish up the season getting up onto the podium with a win and finishing out the championship with a great overall result and to give myself some confidence going into next year.‰Û
Jarrad Davis flys towards the podium at the final round of the 2011 SuperX championship.
Second at the final round was Jarrad Davis, I met Jarred for the first time earlier in the day and discussed the finer points to the Fullnoise Moto Manager Competition as he was still in contention for the championship win in the tipping series sitting in seventh position with one round to go.

Davis was coming into the final round at Ipswich off the back of a near great race in Maitland where he was so close to making the podium. Sitting in second place for the majority of the race before a late mistake seen him on the ground on the final lap, taking away his chance to get up the podium for the first time.

Davis made up for it at Ipswich with a solid race from start to finish holding down second place at the end of the race and giving himself the podium result that was so close the week before.

‰ÛÏIt was great to get up on the podium, it‰Ûªs been frustrating knowing I‰Ûªve had the speed this year, to have it in the bag at Maitland only to lose it on the last lap was tough mentally. I was really happy for myself and everyone that supports me to come back at Ipswich and put myself on the box.‰Û
Riding Whoops and sitting exams, Sam Martin mixed racing and school exams in the final weeks of SuperX.
Sam Martin came into the season late, after first putting his racing season on hold to concentrate on finishing school exams, the temptation to race SuperX became too much and the Victorian made the decision to contest the final few rounds of the season.

With no time to ride during the week, Martin was thrown in the deep end at every round rocking up to the races and getting his SX skills dialled in while racing, the Suzuki rider lifted to the occasion and after a tough start at Campbelltown he was able to finish of the season with two podium efforts with a second and a third place result.

Sam was in the middle of studding when I tried to track him down; thanks to the world of facebook I managed to get his thought on his first SuperX season.

‰ÛÏI was originally not going to race Supercross because I was committed to school and passing my exams, I had missed a fair bit of school time due to nationals so I had to go every day for the rest of the year and I didn't think I could pass unless I miss out on super cross season.‰Û

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