News 30 Sep 2015

Finals action continues at Bunbury AJMX titles

Nation's finest junior talent on display in Western Australia.

Image: Shania Ireland (SportsPix Photography).

Image: Shania Ireland (SportsPix Photography).

With the Shrubland Park circuit touched up for racing today, juniors were treated to freshened up track conditions as day two of finals kicked off at the 2015 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Bunbury.

As the 2015 KTM AJMX begins to reach the business end of the championship, riders gave finals everything they had today, with this year’s front-runners leaving a lasting impression on today’s spectators.

With qualifying races once again kicking off the AJMX action, when finals got underway it was the likes of Seth Burchell, Mitch Outram and Tyran Tomich and more, who impressed when racing kicked off today.

50cc Division 2 7-u9 years:
When the swarm of 39 Division 2 riders launched off the start gate, it was Western Australia’s Jake Rumens who snatched the holeshot ahead of Seth Burchell and Seth Clark.

It wasn’t long however before race order changed dramatically, with Burchell moving in to the race lead ahead of Braden Plath, Jackson Lyttle and Kayden Minear following closely behind.

With Burchell out in front, the action was left to happen behind him – and in one huge upset both Lyttle and Plath became absent from the front of the pack. Plath’s bike unable to be restarted after it stopped on the start straight, and Lyttle going down and forced to come back through the pack.

With the race order drastically changed, it was Burchell who held on to take the win, ahead of Clark, and Minear who wrapped up their first moto in second and third respectively.

85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 years:
All eyes were on Mitchell Outram as the W.A youngster lined up once again, looking to back up yesterday’s performance, in the second final of the 85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 14-u16 years class.

At the halfway point in the moto, it was an all Outram affair, with his number 62 KTM machine leading the way ahead of Liam Walsh and Morgan Fogarty, who followed behind in second and third places.

When the chequered flag flew, it was an undefeated Outram who impressed his home crowd fans, taking his second final win ahead of Walsh who crossed the line in second and Riley Dukes in third.

85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke std/big wheel 12-u14 years:
When the next bunch of junior riders headed out for racing, it was Husqvarna mounted James Scott who got to the early race lead, however it wasn’t long before a hard charging Corben Weinert snatched the top spot, and took control of the ten minute moto.

After only two laps, it was an early ending to Scott’s race – with his Husqvarna machine unable to be restarted, forcing him to DNF, allowing Rhys Budd (KTM) and Bailey Malkiewicz to slot in to second and third behind Weinert.

By the time the last lap board came out, Weinert looked set to take the race win, however disaster struck with half a lap to go, when Weinert collided with a lapper, handing Malkiewicz the race win ahead of Regan Duffy in second and Budd in third.

65cc Solos 7-u9 years:
As the little tackers headed out for their second 65cc Solos 7-u9 years class finals race, KTM mounted Tyler Collins took the holeshot before pulling an impressive lead on his closest threat Reece Weissel.

After one lap, the focus shifted to the battle for second, with Weissel and Seth Clark proving that deteriorating track conditions was no issue for either. However it was the misfortune of Weissel that allowed Clark to move in to second position, and begin his hunt for the lightening fast Collins.

However the race order behind KTM’s Collins would once again change before the conclusion of the seven-minute moto – with Seth Burchell finding his way in to second, and Weissel in third, which is where they would stay until the chequered flag flew.

100cc – 150cc 2-stroke / 200cc – 250cc 4-stroke Girls 13-u16 years:
When the girls lined up for their first final for the day, Chelsea Carter looked to repeat her outstanding form yesterday. With Carter being the first bike in to turn one, KTM’s Danielle Foot wasted no time, hunting down Carter, bringing to life an exciting battle for the race lead.

By lap three, only .3 of a second separated Carter and Foot, while Tahlia O’Hare and Lily Kent held down third and fourth places respectively.

However Carter was unable to stop the freight train of Foot, who managed to move in to the race lead after a short time, and stretch the lead out to eight seconds with one lap to go.

At the conclusion of the ten-minute moto Foot crossed the line victorious, ahead of O’Hare who was handed second when Carter went down, while third went to Kent, in her first big comeback to racing.

As the second half of today’s proceedings kicked off in Bunbury, riders took to Shrubland Park’s sandy conditions, finishing off day two of finals action at the 2015 KTM Junior Motocross Championships.

With more then five classes of racing on track this morning, conditions throughout the day got tougher, and tougher with the likes of Taj Marshall, Hunter Lawrence, Danielle Foot along with plenty more, all proving that the deteriorating track was not an issue.

As bikes roared to life for the action packed afternoon, fans flocked to the fence line, to watch on as the junior athletes continued on their 2015 KTM AJMX campaigns.

65cc Solo 11 years:
When the 65cc class hit the track for their second finals race, the class had a tough task ahead of them, tackling what was forming up to be one challenging Shrubland Park circuit.

It was the KTM machine of Tyran Tomich who took the early race lead, ahead of Cody Chittick and Benny Novak in second and third, with Jett Lawrence being a notable absentee from the front of the pack, back in eighth position.

However the battle for the 65cc Solo 11 years second final win was not yet over, with a three-way battle for the race lead emerging on the final lap, seeing Tomich, Chittick and Lawrence go head to head for the race win.

When the chequered flag flew only .9 of a second separated first, second and third, with Tomich narrowly taking the win ahead of Chittick in second and Lawrence putting in a huge comeback to take third.

100cc to 125cc 2-stroke 15 years:
The depth of talent in the 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke 15 years class is undeniable, so when bikes headed out for their second finals race today, all eyes were on the first turn, to see who would get the jump and the early race lead.

In a treat for local spectators, Bunbury KTM’s Tom West took the holeshot ahead of fellow KTM mounted Cooper Pozniak in second, while Yamaha’s Hunter Lawrence was buried deep within the pack.

With West determined to keep Lawrence at bay, the pair put on an outstanding performance, with West able to hold back the speed of the number 46 for all of three laps before Lawrence put poetry in motion and took control once again.

With Lawrence out front, West then came under fire from Justin Hart who had moved onto his rear wheel and began to put on the pressure for second position.

When the 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke 15 years second final finished, it was Lawrence who had reason to celebrate, taking the race win ahead of Hart, while Yamaha’s Wyatt Chase crossed the line in third.

128cc – 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc – 150cc 4-stroke 13-u15 years:
With the big guns coming out to play for their second finals race, it was BCP Honda’s Taj Marshall who took the early race lead, with KTM’s Caleb Grothues, and Husqvarna’s Callum Norton following only seconds behind.

With Taj Marshall maintaining the fastest lap time at the halfway point, the Honda mounted rider did not look to be letting up, making any chance of Grothues or Norton catching him close to impossible.

And when the chequered flag flew, positions finished relatively unchanged, with Marshall taking the race win ahead of local boy Grothues, followed by fellow Western Australian Mat Fabry who made his way up to third.

65cc Solo 9-u11 years

When racing got underway for the 65cc Solo 9-u11 years class, Deegan Mancinelli got to the early race lead, where he stayed for the duration of the seven-minute moto.

As the laps ticked down, Mancinelli maintained his lead on Noah Smerdon, Zachary Watson and Liam Atkinson who made up the other top positions.

When the race concluded, Mancinelli took a comfortable race win ahead of Smerdon, while Watson crossed the line in third place.

85cc 2-stroke / 150cc 4-stroke all wheel Girls 12-u16:
With the track challenging the most experienced of juniors, the ladies headed out for their last race of the day, looking to master the conditions, and make further progress in their AJMX campaigns.

When gates dropped, Hayley Miller made her presence known, edging out Danielle Foot to take the holeshot and move into the early race lead.

However following tradition, Foot moved in to the race lead after only one lap, while Tahlia O’Hare, and Tanesha Rose Harnett slotted in to second and third behind her.

As racing progressed, positions remained unchanged from what they went out in, with Foot eventually taking the race win by seven seconds ahead of

128cc – 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc – 250cc 4-stroke 15 years:
When the big boys lined up for the final race of the day, spectators watched on, to see whether Cooper Pozniak could once again snatch up the holeshot from his competitors.

And when gates dropped it was Pozniak who was first through turn one, however it only took two more turns before Yamaha Junior Racing’s Hunter Lawrence moved in to the race lead, leaving his competitors to battle for positions behind him.

After one lap, the running order was Lawrence, KTM’s Wade Kirkland, Pozniak, and Ryan Kenney who settled in to fourth.

Surprisingly Kirkland ensured Lawrence made up no extra ground before the half way point – Kirkland matching Lawrence’s lap times, ensuring that the race win was fought for.

As the 128cc – 150cc 2-stroke & 200cc – 250cc 4-stroke 15 years class second finals moto reached it’s final stages, Lawrence began to put the gap on the field that he is known for, while Kirkland continued to hold down second, and Justin Hart made his way in to third.

When the chequered flag flew for the final time today, Lawrence once again took a commanding 18-second race win on Kirkland, while Hart managed to finish up his racing for today in third.

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