What a season opener it was for the WAMX Make Smoking History Junior State Championship for 2018 hosted by the Manjimup Motorcycle Club. It had been a long time since this club had hosted a state round and with over 190 riders on Saturday taking to the track it was a spectacular start to the season.
The club did such a great job of preparing the track, it looked perfect on race day and the Cosy Creek track has a surface for everyone from hard pack right through to deep sand, which proved to be very technical and challenging with a few riders coming unstuck.
With the Demo 50cc riders back for every round this season they were out on track showing how hard they had trained for this Khan Moffitt, Nate Tomerini, Jayce Stocker, Charlie Butler, Jaxon Stocker, Jaxx Lintott, Hudson Conduit, Lincon Adam, Sol Pellicano, Brax Mannion, Ollie Birkitt, Ryder Bolland, Sonny Fiford, Cooper Holden, Cooper Claydon and Xavier Raddon did all did a great job out there and it was fantastic to see the future champions of motocross having fun
There was action in the 85cc/150cc 9-U12 years Deacon Paice and Kayden Minear showed they had been putting in the training over the off season and were battling it out up front for the top spot, with Seth Shackleton and Cobey Brown fighting for the podium. Eventually Kayden win took the round win, winning all three moto’s from Deacon Paice with Seth Shackleton taking third.
The 50cc Auto 7-U9 years has some new names to this class but it was Mason Brown who would show he has what it takes to tame the Manjimup track with wins in all three Moto’s he took first step on the podium with Damien Leighton in second and Deegan Fort in third .
The young guns in the 100-125cc 13-U16 years Class and what a year of racing it will be if the season opener is anything to go by there was some close racing with Regan Duffy, Corben Weinert, Rhys Burnett and Cody Richards all vying for a place on the podium. But it was Duffy that took all three moto wins to take first overall on the day, with Weinert second and Burnett in third.
It was all action when the 65cc 10-U12 years hit the track, with Kayden Minear and Deacon Paice coming out firing and saw Paice taking the win in the first moto. Minear battled hard to take the wins in the next two moto’s to secure the overall first place for the round, win Paice having to settle for second and Jake Rumens in third. This class will certainly be one to watch over the season.
The young class 65cc 7-10 years which for the first time in a few years had such awesome numbers on the line got to race separately from the older group. This class was dominated by the talented Seth Shackleton who secured the first place overall by taking out wins in all three moto’s, leading Sonny Pellicano in second place and Connor Wiese in third. Indy Radcliffe and Skye Graham weren’t too far off the pace in fourth and fifth.
The 85/150cc 12-U16 Years Class there was some fast paced racing in this class with Brock Flynn, Liam Atkinson, Dylan Walsh, Kaj Radcliffe and Jake Turner setting the pace. It was Brock Flynn who would take all three moto wins to finish on top of the podium with Liam Atkinson and Dylan Walsh in second and third.
With Junior Quads also returning this season for all six rounds of the series, it was disappointing that the 90cc Limited Quads didn’t have enough to constitute a class but hopefully this will change for round two. However the 90cc Competition 8-U12 years did and it would see Keenan Murphy out on his own winning all three moto’s to take our the number one spot followed by Nichole McDonnel in second and Sari Lough in third.
The Quads Up to 250cc Competition 12-U16 Years saw ten quads line up for the first moto. But it was Jae Dowsett who led all three moto’s on the day, with some tough competition from Flynn Burton, Joshua McQuade and Brooke Hall. Dowsett would eventually take first place overall with Burton in second and McQuade rounding out the top three in third.
The 128cc-150cc/200cc-250cc 13-U16 Years supplied the same bar banging action as in previous series with the inform Regan Duffy, Corben Weinert, Conan Forrester, Cody Richards and Rhys Burnett all out there pushing hard. It was Duffy who came away with the first place medallion, followed closely in second by Weinert and Forrester taking out third.
Mason Brown, Regan Duffy, Seth Shackleton, Brock Flynn, Kayden Minear, Keenan Murphy and Jae Dowsett all hold the Number 1 Red Plates in their respective classes, but for how long?
The next round of the series will be at the Lightweight Motorcycle Club, Byford on the 29th April 2018. Entries are open until the 15th April 2018 after this date late fees apply until 22nd April so get your entries in so you don’t miss out on all the action. Head over to www.wamx.com.au and follow the links.
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Pictures; True Spirit Photography