News 5 May 2024

Connolly strengthens MX2 points lead with dominant Gillman win

Cannon and Thomas emerge victorious in MX3 and MX85 Cup categories.

MX2 red plate holder Brodie Connolly (Honda Racing) has extended his championship lead to a staggering 38 points after a perfect 1-1 performance at Gillman’s third round of the 2024 Penrite ProMX Championship.

The opening moto was largely uneventful as Connolly rocketed his way to the lead around the first turn, securing the hole shot ahead of Kayden Minear (KTM Racing Team) and teammate Noah Ferguson (Honda Racing).

Connolly and Minear initially engaged in a battle for the lead throughout the opening laps, although the points leader was able to break away from the factory KTM entry, and that was the last they saw of him.

A front-end washout in the second half of the outing demoted Minear down the order, as Ferguson and Alex Larwood (Honda Racing) locked into a fight for second.

The 25-minute plus one-lap encounter concluded with Connolly securing a comfortable 6.222s victory over Ferguson and Larwood, as Minear recovered for P4 ahead of GasGas Racing Team’s Byron Dennis.

Reid Taylor (Empire Kawasaki) was sixth after a mistake knocked him outside of the top five, while positions seven to 10 were completed by Ryder Kingsford (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Jayce Cosford (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Broc Flynn (Husqvarna) and Rhys Budd (Raceline Husqvarna Racing).

The Connolly show continued in moto two as he immediately hit the lead, passing Minear within a couple of turns before distancing himself from the field, while Ferguson found himself in dead last at turn one after tagging another rider.

Dennis eventually stole second from Minear, however a crash just laps later allowed the Western Australian to regain the position, where he would remain until crossing the finish line 9.816s behind Connolly.

Kingsford was impressive to hold down third ahead of a hard-charging Haruki Yokoyama (Honda), while an incredible ride and last-lap battle saw Ferguson get the better of Barham by a narrow 0.326s margin.

Cosford was seventh followed by Jai Constantinou (GasGas), Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha), and Travis Olander (Husqvarna). Connolly was joined on the overall podium by Minear and Ferguson.

In the MX3 category, Honda Racing’s Jake Cannon pieced together a perfect day with a 1-1 scorecard, defeating WBR Yamaha duo Kayd Kingsford – the new MX3 points leader – and Kobe Drew, while the MX85 Cup saw Heath Thomas (GasGas) emerge victorious ahead of Cooper Ford (KTM) and Mason Brown.

The ProMX series will now head to Maitland in New South Wales for round four of the championship, set to be staged across two days on 25-26 May.

Detailed results