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WAMX Championships Come Down To The Wire After Exciting Penultimate Round

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Coastal Park, Henderson, south of Perth is one of WA‰Ûªs most historic and prestigious clubs, with a track that overlooks the beautiful ocean, and a track that offers up plenty to the riders and it lived up to its gnarly and unforgiving reputation.

The Coastal Motorcycle Club hosted the penultimate Make Smoking History WAMX Senior State Championships on Sunday, and the points chase continues with now one round remaining, some titles are seemingly secured, whilst others will continue the battle down to the wire. Veterans

In the MX1 class Michael Mahon rode the wheels of his Yamaha to take the overall round win (1-1-4) from Dean Porter who finished one point behind for second (2-3-1) and Charlie Creech third after countback when third, fourth and fifth were all tied on 81 points apiece.

Mitch Taylor (18-2-2) was in contention with a first moto result of a fifth place, until a protest was upheld and had him relegated back to 18th position and thus out of the podium running.

Michael Mahon was in great form with early race leads, with Dean Porter struggling with the starts having to chase down his lead with one moto battle having the race lead change eight times between the pair.

Paul Humberston picked himself up a holeshot and race lead in the final moto with top ten results from Brett Norton, Mat Johns, Oliver Smith and Curtis Dejong. Stevie Heilers had a shocker round, with Sam Hill and Shane Murray making a return to racing.

Porter‰Ûªs results have him 55 points clear from Robbo Lovett who holds second in the championship with Mitch Taylor now into third in the title chase for the prestigious MX 1 class.

MX2 series leader and defending champion Jayden Rykers was absent from this round for racing commitments in Europe. This opened the door for Jake Fewster to step in and take up the challenge, and on cue he did exactly that.

His round win was by virtue of his perfect scorecard (1-1-1). Whilst the results may not show it, Fewster had to work hard to secure the round win from hard charging Dylan Heard (2-2-2) who took second place and was in top form. John Darroch secured the remaining step for third (3-3-4) from Jack Taylor and Jake Pratley.

Jess Moore battled in the tough conditions to get some race time under her belt back home in WA, and Wade Shepherd who picked a race lead after a holeshot, as did Daniel Guy in a welcome return to racing.

Another rider returning to competition was Shaun Cornick, the Suzuki mounted rider picking up 8th for the day. Heard‰Ûªs consistent results now have him as the series leader heading into the last round 30 points ahead of Rykers, and Jake Fewster now sits in fifth in the title chase.

In the Veterans class, Ben Hothersall and Scott Petricevich appeared to be ready for business yet sharp shooter Kenny Smith came through to secure the round win (2-1-1) with Hothersall in second and Scott Kostin picking up third for the day. Trevor Unstead, Scott Petricevich, Nick Stone, Tim Dunstan and Brendon Parnham were in consistent form. Parham still holds the lead in the series from Trevor Unstead and now Scott Kostin within reach of the championship.

The Intermediate Lites played out perfectly for series leader Mario Dercole who took the round win (2-1-1) from Kurt Baxter in second and Jacob Schaafsma securing the third step of the podium. Kenlon Youl, Jack Turner, Grant Buchan and Steven Pocock were all inside the top ten for the day, yet the shining light was Dercole who continues to lead the series with one round remaining next month on his home track at Byford, he will surely be difficult to beat.

Alex Christie has missed only one podium this season so far, and he took out the round win at Coastal Park with a perfect (1-1-1) scorecard from Jake McKay and Brayden Hahn holding down third for the day. Daniel Brenzi, Matt Morrissey, Rhys Parnham and Shaun Templeman worked hard, yet were unable to make inroads on the top three place getters, and with one round remaining Christie‰Ûªs form holds him with a 56 point lead heading into the final round.

Clubman Open top step of the podium belonged to Callum Evans who secured the round win and maintained his place at the top of the championship standings. Nathan Cox picked up second with Caleb Mills in third. Nathan Campbell and Corey White continued their points chase with one round left to seasons end.

IntermediateOpen had Stuart Eardley-Wilmot back up his Bunbury round win with a perfect overall win (1-1-1) at Coastal Park with Anthony Rubotham in second and Brock Nelson taking the remaining podium step in third. Bryce Williams and Grant Buchan fought it out inside the top five, the round results have shaken up the points charge with one round remaining. Rubotham now has the series lead by two points from Nelson with Eardley-Wilmot 30 points behind now in third place.

Quad star Chris Bosnakis capped off a brilliant season which has had the Yamaha mounted rider adding to the trophy cabinet with a fifth in the Finke Desert race, the 2015 Australian ATV Pro Championship in August and now has secured back to back WA State titles.

Bosnakis took the top step of the podium with a clean sweep of the three motos with the battle for the remaining podium steps between Tyron Robertson who took second and Shaun Woodhead in third. Josh McKay was in fighting form in the opening moto before mechanical failure destroyed his day in the last corner on the last lap of the first moto. Ashley Mills, Daniel Soltoggio, Michael Murphy and South Australian racer Taylor Goldfinch battled for positions just outside of the top three for the day.

The next round will be the rescheduled round 2 which was rained out earlier this year. The Lightweight Motorcycle Club rerun and subsequent final round will wrap up the season on Sunday October 11th at Hendley Park, Byford.

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