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BOSNAKIS LEADS GAISFORD IN ATV MX NATS BATTLE

DAY 1 ATV Motocross Nationals 2018- 5th-7th October 2018-Collie Motorcycle Club

  • 6 October 2018
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BOSNAKIS LEADS GAISFORD IN ATV MX NATS BATTLE

DAY One of the ATV Motocross Nationals kicked off at Collie Motorcycle Club’s Stockton Park Circuit earlier today under perfect weather conditions leaving the viewing aspect nearly as spectacular as the racing itself.

 

With many competitors and spectators camping together at the picturesque track since Thursday and after the previous days “Meet and Greet”, the atmosphere was unusually relaxed for a National Championship as practise and qualifying got underway.

 

An action packed day of racing proceeded from there with all classes racing two rounds on Day One. The racing was fast, the track prepped perfectly and after a few deep ruts formed the competitors gave the spectators the thrills, and a few minor spills, that they came to see.

 

Excitement replaced any residual nerves and tension once the riders headed into round one of racing which began with the crowd thrilling “Hole Shot Heroes” followed by the rising star classes of the 50cc Demo and the Jumbo Demo class and the 200 Air Cooled Only support class before the championship rounds began.



Junior Support 200cc Air Cooled Only  

Pos         Competitor                                                         Total Points         R1             R2

1              60                           BROOKE HALL                                 67           32              35

2              41                           SIENNA COMITO                              67           35              32

3              36                           ISABELLE MATON                            60           30              30

 

Young Isabelle Maton, rider #36 from Wanneroo Junior MCC, competed in the Air cooled class today and showed a level of strength and determination that left commentators, spectators and fellow competitors in awe after a racing incident saw her struggling to complete her race.

During Isabelle’s ordeal she never gave up even though she was very emotional and exhausted but the crowd and the commentators encouraged her all the way, later in the day Isabelle spoke about what had happened.

 

“In Race 2 today I managed to push my 250cc Raptor to its limits, coming around a corner in my first lap I managed to fight my way through a tangle of bikes. I was running 2nd behind the leader who I managed to overtake and push myself to 1st for the whole lap. I was then overtaken by another competitor putting me back to 2nd spot.”

“After holding onto 2nd I was then battling to hold onto this position with the rider right behind me. Unfortunately I found myself bottomed out in the deep, wet sand of Collie. I tried my hardest to push, pull, lift and bump my bike but it would not shift. Once I was found some extra muscles I was able to cross the finish line. I never gave up I was determined to the end”.

 

Commentator Len Huff stated after the incident, “You don’t see determination like that anymore, very rare indeed!”

When asked what she liked so much about racing quads, Isabelle said “I love racing my quad because it’s exciting and I get to spend time with my friends and family that have the same interests”.

 

The 60cc to 90cc Competition Class kicked of the beginning of the ATV MX National Championships for 2018 and after each class completing two thrill seeking championship rounds this is how the end of day one panned out:


Day One-Results after Rounds 1 and 2:

8-U12 Years Comp 60cc-90cc 2-Stroke/85cc-125cc 4-Stroke

Pos         Competitor                                                         Total Points        R1         R2

1              636                         KEENAN MURPHY                            70           35           35

2              42                           NICHOLE MCDONNELL                    64           32           32

3              51                           JAKE ALLFREY                                  56           26           30

 

Veterans Championship

Pos        Competitor                                                         Total Points       R 1       R 2

1              81                           MICHAEL HARCOURT                     70            35           35

2              31                           PETER HAYES                                  64           32           32

3              96                           ANTHONY CASE                               60           30          30

 

12-U16 Yrs. Comp 200cc 2-Str/250cc 4-Stroke-Hybrid Comp Championship

Pos         Competitor                                                              Total Points             R1          R2

1              #37                         JAE DOWSETT                             70                     35           35

2              #48                         FLYNN BURTON                           64                     32           32

3              #14                         JOSHUA MCQUADE                     55                    30           25

In Race 2 of the Hybrid Class #37,Jae Dowsett, fought his way through from 5th place to 1st place in the first lap, an awesome effort in itself. But Jae wasn't satisfied with 1st place, he kept powering on through a field of 15 riders, lapping them one by one right up to 5th place. Another lap and he would have been on his second round of lapping!

  

Clubman and Veterans Support Class

Pos         Competitor                                                         Total Points             R1           R2

1              67                           DARRYL MARINGONI                     65           30           35

2              28                           ANDREW SOLTOGGIO                   64           32           32

3              77                           DAVID NORMAN                              55           25           30

  


Intermediate Championship

Pos         Competitor                                                         Total Points        R1           R2

1              161                         JOSH MCKAY                                      70              35           35

2              21                           MICHAEL BULLOCK                           55                    23           32

3              55                           JEMMA MERRYLEES                         54                    24           30

 

Final Pro Championship

Pos         Competitor                                                        Total Points        R1          R 2

1              46                           CHRISTOPHER BOSNAKIS                70                    35           35

2              1                              LUKE GAISFORD                               64                   32           32

3              12                           ANDREA CESARI                                60                   30           30


The Stockton Park circuit consists of sand, gravel and clay, is approximately 1.8km long and is regarded as a reasonably technical track and is extremely challenging. Although the track is being prepped again tonight, deep ruts have formed and the racing will be tougher and less predictable.

One of tomorrow’s undoubtable and ongoing battles will be between long-time rivals Luke Gaisford and Christopher Bosnakis.

Christopher ended today in the lead by only 3 points and said afterwards “I am off to a really good start. I am going to carry this momentum into tomorrow and hopefully get the championship back”

 

Luke Gaisford, the 2017 Australian ATV MX #1, commented this evening, “ Day one was good with 2nd place finishes. We have three motos tomorrow and I’m hoping to get some wins in tomorrow”

Luke who has travelled the world competing and won multiple state and national ATV Quad Championships and Sportsman of the Year Awards also said, “Motocross is a family activity and one of the most exciting features of an event like this is the opportunity to camp out at the track with family and friends”!

 

With strong contenders in all classes and many of the racers having previous nationals experience, tomorrow’s racing promises to be even more exciting, kicking off with the Pro Championship Class.

Now that Day One is out the way riders are primed and ready to do battle with Australia's Best and to see who will be crowned the next Australian ATVMX champion in their respective classes.

 

Member for Collie-Preston and Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mick Murray, accepted an invitation to officially attend the 2018 ATV MX Nationals and will be present to award trophies at the trophy presentations at the conclusion of the event tomorrow evening.

 

For more information go to www.qrwa.com.au

Full Event Results are available on My Laps: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1601208

Follow all the excitement leading up to the event on Facebook www.facebook.com/quadriderswa/

Event https://www.facebook.com/ATVMXNationals

To View some of the ATV Action and rider interviews: https://www.facebook.com/ATVMXNationals/videos/286243688652642/

 

The ATV MX Nationals are being held over three days from Friday 5th October 2018 - Sunday 7th October 2018.

The circuit is located on Piavinnini Rd, about 7km east of Collie and adjacent to Stockton Lake.


Photos Courtesy of Gordon Pettigrew-True Spirit Photos


 

 

Linda Russell

Motorcycling WA Media Officer

Phone: (08) 9772 4874 / Mobile: 0419 928 440

Email: media@motorcyclingwa.org.au or linda1@iinet.net.au

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