Well the 2017 Cliffs King of the Cross and Kid of the Cross was run and won at the Southern Cross Motorcycle Club over the weekend of August 5th & 6th. The weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was electric and the racing was even better.
With some of the top WA state riders entering in both Junior and Seniors the racing was always going to be some of the best we’ve ever seen. With a newly surfaced track of which SXMCC spent many months preparing, the racing was going to be very fast and a surface that gave no rider an advantage.
The Kid of the Cross was run on Saturday 5th with a frosty morning greeting the riders, it soon turned into a beautiful day for racing.
Although the numbers were low it was still enough to create amazing racing with the top riders in the state at the moment entering the event. With 17 entrants for the feature race it was a battle to end with all points being reset after qualifying.
Three rounds for those riders to gain full points for gate pick for the main race. All 125cc and 250cc riders then lined up for the main event starting from scratch racing 6 laps then returning to the gates with a 5 minute break from the first rider back and then the gates dropped again for another 6 laps.
Jacob Daniels #220 was the first past the line in both races to be then crowned the 2017 Kid of the Cross. Seth Manuel #59 was not far behind in both races to be handed 2nd place. Kalgoorlie’s Will Rush #310 finished off his outstanding day to come in 3rd. Rounding off the top 5 was #616 Revonn Nieuwoudt and Southern Cross local #92 Taine Kings.
On Sunday 6th it would be the day for the seniors with some big names turning up. The morning was frosty again which meant for a beautiful day and a beautiful day it was. The weather gods turned it on for us and we couldn’t have asked for it to be any better for racing.
The numbers for the seniors were slightly more than the juniors but still quite low. Despite the numbers the calibre of entrants meant that the racing was going to equal that of any state round. The talk in the pits was very positive and exciting with everyone looking forward to seeing the MX1 and MX2 pro’s race against each other in the main race at the end of the day.
With races such as The King of the Cross, The Queen of the Cross, The Paul Broomfield Memorial (vets), Intermediate Prince of the Cross and Clubman Prince of the Cross there was lots of money up for grabs and with a surface that had only been raced on once everyone had a chance to win some cash.
With the feature race to be held at the end of the day the crowd lined the fences with anticipation. This would be the Pro rider’s 5th and 6th race for the day. With the format being the same as the junior the rider with the most points for the day would get first gate pick and so on down the line. The gates only half full but incredible talent lined up we would see them race 6 laps followed by a minute break from the first rider in and then the gates dropping again for the final 6 laps of the day. All MX1 PRO and MX2 PRO would race this event. At the end of those 6 laps it would be Jayden Rykers past the chequered first in both races. Jayden would then be crowned the 2017 Cliffs King of the Cross. Followed by the ever impressive David Birch in 2nd and the man himself Dean Porter in 3rd.
Rounding out the top 5 for the King of the Cross Chris Ruttico and Josh Adams. Although Jayden led the field by a couple of seconds it was extremely tight racing for the rest of the podium.
Our best local riders were issued with trophies and prizes for their efforts as the top performing junior local and senior local. Our best junior local rider was issued to Kacey Kings and our best senior local rider was Connor Pearce.
Overall a massive day of racing and a drama free event with lots of spectators turning out to see some of WA and Australia’s best riders compete against each other.
Photos supplied by Gordon Pettigrew-True Spirit Photos
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Information supplied by Ange Williamson-SXMCC