Championship leader Beaton fastest in initial MX1 qualifying session.
Qualifying at Gillman’s fifth round of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship saw Honda Racing duo Wilson Todd and Jed Beaton top the timesheets in MX2 and MX1 respectively, with the premier class top 10 locked in for the Pole Shootout later today.
MX2 championship leader Todd immediately set the tone for the quarter-litre category, topping the qualifying timesheets with a quick-time of 2m04.663s, an impressive 1.753s second ahead Serco Yamaha-mounted Jesse Dobson, whose fastest lap was 2m06.416s.
Teammate Rhys Budd (Serco Yamaha) was a fraction behind in third with a 2m06.952, while Noah Ferguson (GasGas Racing Team) and Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team) locked out the top five.
Kayden Minear (KTM Racing Team) was sixth ahead of Blake Fox (Raceline Husqvarna Berry Sweet Racing), while the top 10 was completed by Brodie Connolly (Honda Racing), Haruki Yokoyama (Empire Kawasaki), and Ben Novak (Honda).
MX1 qualifying saw the top four separated by a mere half-second, with Honda Racing duo Beaton and Kyle Webster emerging quickest with 2m04.353s and 2m04.525s times respectively.
Davey Motorsports’ Hamish Harwood lodged a 2m04.639s followed by reigning champion Aaron Tanti (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) with a 2m04.879s, while teammate Luke Clout (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) rounded out the top five with a 2m.05.938s.
Completing the top 10 was Dean Ferris (Yamaha), Brett Metcalfe (GO24), Kirk Gibbs (KTM Racing Team), Jai Walker (KTM) and Maximus Purvis (WBR Bulk Nutrients Yamaha). The MX1 top 10 will be determined in the Pole Shootout, due to take place following MX2 moto one.
GasGas-mounted Byron Dennis was fastest in the MX3 category over Jake Cannon (GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing) and Cambell Williams (Empire Kawasaki), while the MXW class saw reigning champion Charli Cannon (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) dominate the timesheets ahead of Honda Racing duo Emma Milesevic and Tahlia O’Hare.