Three-round KTM Enduro-X Nationals series concludes in Melbourne.
The third and final round of the KTM Enduro-X Nationals wrapped up today at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway, which delivered some classic hard-fought battles across all classes.
Taking out the Pro class was 41-year-old American Mike Brown (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) who scored a 1-2-2 result. Not only did Brown win overall but he also scored the fastest lap in the Top 10 Shootout.
“I’ve really had a good time here in Australia in the last two weeks with Toby [Price] riding,” Brown said. “It’s great to come away with a win and put on a good show for the fans.
“I would like to thank Husqvarna Australia, Toby for putting up with me, Glenn Kearney for taking my bike to the race weekend and all the Aussies for having me. Hopefully I’ll be back next year for the same series.”
Second to Brown was privateer rider Beau Ralston, the motocross import who who the second final of the afternoon and rallied to the podium with a 2-1-8 showing.
Third place overall went to KTM Enduro Racing Team’s Price, who said that it was not the result he was looking for, but it was great to be back racing all in all – especially with victory in the final moto.
Seven points behind Price in fourth place today was round one and two winner Chris Hollis (CDR Yamaha). Hollis came unstuck in the first heat when he fell and broke a clutch lever, which left him to finish in ninth place.
He bounced back to finish with a third in in heat two and fourth in heat two, which scored him the badge of honour to be called the series champion for 2014.
“I was pretty lucky to go well in the first two rounds,” said Hollis. “I had a crash in the rock section and busted my wrist a bit, so those last two racers were pretty hard. But I’m wrapped to have won the championship. A big thanks to the whole of the CDR Yamaha team.”
Rounding out the top five was Hollis’s teammate Daniel Milner with a 3-8-5 result.
In the Over 35s class it was Isle of Man TT road racing legend Cam Donald who swapped his leathers for a set of motocross gear and went on to show everyone up and show that he can do anything on two wheels. Donald beat Owen Lock and in third place was Miller Hinds.
Nic Tomlinson took out the Expert class on his KTM from Jamie Robins and Robert Nowak. Taking out the Clubman class was Kyle Bernhard with Simon Drew in second and Sam King in third.
In the Junior class it was Ruben Chadwick winning and what was only his third race meeting ever. Stuart Holt and Jai Wedlock rounded out the podium.
And finally in the Women’s class it was pure class by young Jessica Gardiner aboard her Sherco (Ballards Motorex Off Road Team), storming to victory from Kirstie Mckinnon and Tayla Jones, who gave Gardiner a run for her money but fell off in the Fox Rock section.
“Today was a lot of fun” said Gardiner. “I was a bit worried there when Tayla got the holeshot as she was riding awesome all day today! Well done to her. It’s great to come into the start of the year with a championship.”
The focus and attention will now be on the Australian Off-Road Championship, which kicks off on 22-23 March at Bulahdelah, NSW.
2014 KTM Enduro-X Nationals
Round three – Calder Park Raceway, VIC
Pro class overall results:
1. Mike Brown 69
2. Beau Ralston 60
3. Toby Price 57
4. Chris Hollis 50
5. Daniel Milner 49
6. Glenn Kearney 48
7. Stefan Granquist 47
8. Daniel Sanders 45
9. Tom Mccormack 38
Pro class championship standings (final):
1. Chris Hollis 188
2. Toby Price 182
3. Daniel Milner 161
4. Tom Mccormack 130
5. Peter Boyle 128
6. Mike Brown 127
7. Beau Ralston 113
8. Stefan Granquist 95
9. Glenn Kearney 82
10. Jack Field 55