News 22 May 2009

OZ MX: National stars make the trek for the Manjimup 15,000

KTM Australia press release:

Western Australia’s biggest motocross event the Manjimup 15,000 will see a line-up of Australia’s best east coast motocross racers heading over to WA, to take on the locals as they prepare on WA’s sandy soil for the National Motocross Championship two weeks after in Perth.

Manjimup 15,000 will take place on the weekend of 30-31 May at Cosy Creek Motocross Circuit in Manjimup, with nine classes of racing in both the senior and junior ranks over the two days.

East Coast rider Tye Simmonds of Motorex KTM Racing is the likely favourite after his win on the KTM 450 SX-F at the Tumbulgum Farm Motocross event, held at Byford in March earlier this year.

Tye Simmonds holds the title of Under 19s Australian Motocross Champion, yet has now stepped up in to the Pro Lites class of motocross racing for the current Australian Championship, where he currently sits in third.

Simmond’s toughest competitor of the Australian Motocross Championship, Matt Moss (Suzuki), is also making the trip over to WA, along with Cody Mackie (Kawasaki) who is renowned for his training with current AMA Supercross Champion Bubba Stewart.   Mitchell Hoad (Serco) who also races in the National Pro Lites class is the final confirmed east coast rider to be making the trip over.

The east coast factory riders are sure to set a fast pace in the All Stars class, which will be the main competitive class for the event.   Local contenders confirmed to take on the visitors will be reigning WA State Motocross Champion, Michael Addison, and current points leader of this year’s WA State Motocross Championship Louis Calvin, who like Tye Simmonds will be riding the KTM 450 SX-F.

The All Stars class will comprise of four motos, with each moto being six laps on a two kilometre circuit.  The riders will also compete in a Shoot Out sprint race, where the slower riders are eliminated down to the last two for a shoot out.

A prize pool of 15,000 has generated interest of up to 550 rider entries to date.  Racing starts at 9am and goes to 4pm both days.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate.