Collins close to motocross win
THE second round of the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club Motocross Championships featured tight contests in almost all grades.
An early shower of rain threatened the day but the sky soon cleared and the track was watered, ready for the riders.
The club was pleased with the turnout of 88 riders, from as far north as Brisbane and south to Port Macquarie, with numbers growing at each event.
With plenty of racing, spectators were treated to some great racing with all classes having good fields.
The Senior Lites class, with 21 riders entered, was consistently dominated by five riders.
Grafton’s Mitch Collins set the pace early, pulling away early in the race, but Damon Batterson, Mike Thorncroft, Jake Gardiner and Jay Adamson slowly pulled Collins back into their sights and then the battle was on between the riders for the placings for the class.
After three rounds of racing, Batterson took out first place for the day with a first, second and third, Thorncroft second and Gardiner third narrowly from Adamson.
Adamson was able to use his ability to finish in two places in the Open All Powers class for the day in a field of 17 riders.
The over-35 Years class was down a bit on its usual numbers, but they still managed to put on a good display with the nine riders who entered.
Taking out first place for the day was Coffs rider Jason Wear, who is just returning to the track from injury and another Coffs rider, Mark Rossi, took out second place with third going to local Lee Palmer.
The Open Class was won by David Wigley by one point, just ahead of Luke Dobrilla and Jack Hawken. The junior classes were well supported with 45 riders.
The 85cc 2St/150cc 4 St 12-U16 Years class, with a field of 18 riders, was dominated by the locals with first going to James Stott, second to Joel Adamson who finished just ahead of his sister, Jozee who took out third for the day.
The 50cc 7-U9 Years Division 2 machines are always a delight to watch. These young riders use a smaller track for their competition but it still includes track that some of the senior riders use.
They’re always keen to get to the start gates and their ability is amazing as they wind their way around the course.
Lachlan Willis of Grafton, who is one of the younger riders in this group, was able to take out third place for the day behind James Hamer and Riley Bashforth.
The club day, however, was missing one of our very talented local riders, Jacob McLeod, who was competing in the prestigious 2011 Australian Motocross Championships at Broadford in Victoria in the under-19 class.
The championships are contested over nine rounds of competition with this being the first round. Riders from all over Australia and New Zealand were entered.
Club members were anxiously awaiting news of McLeod’s results for the day from his mother, Mandy, who had brought his younger sister, Tenayah, along to the club day.
McLeod had to compete in two motos back to back with each moto being six laps.
In race one and two he placed fourth and third, getting a hole shot in race 2 but unfortunately had a bad gate and was caught up in the traffic in races 3 and 4 finishing 11th and 12th respectively.
Overall he missed out on being on the podium by one point finishing in fourth place for the day from a field of 40 riders.
He was competing against some of the factory teams and a quote from the live feed for the day stated: “McLeod with the hole shot, who is he and where has he come from? A surprise of the early season”.
Congratulations to Jacob McLeod – he has put Grafton on the map in the motocross community.
The next event for the South Grafton Ex-Services Motorcycle Club is the North Coast Motocross Series on the 7/8 May which will see more than 200 riders from Queensland and NSW travel to Grafton.
For more information on the club and events visit the club website www.sgemcc.com.au