Eight classes took part in finals yesterday afternoon, with a handful of competitors edging closer to a 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship.
100-150cc/128-250cc 12-U16 Years Female – Final 3
With the surface wet and tacky, Tahlia O’Hare once again showed her skill on the varying surface, moving straight in to the race lead where she stayed for the entire moto.
Emilee McPherson put in one of her most impressive rides so far this week, steering her Honda machine to second position. Layla Norton also put in a consistent race, wrapping up the third final in third.
Unfortunately for Tanesha Harnett who has been one of the most competitive riders so far this week, a crash in the back section of the track forced her to drop positions, eventually crossing the line in 10th place.
128-150cc/200-250cc 13-U15 Years – Final 4
Mason Semmens launched off the start and in to the race lead, however on the first lap, the KTM rider went down, handing the top position to Rhys Budd.
Just back from Budd in second position was John Bova, while Regan Duffy maintained third position ahead of Levi Rogers.
As the fourth final went on, Duffy made a pass on Bova for second position. And it was in that order that the top three riders finished. Budd taking the victory from Duffy in second, while Bova wrapped up the fourth final in third.
50cc 7-U9 Years – Final 1
Despite the rain, Ky Woods had no problems in navigating the ruts and bumps, moving in to the race lead after only one lap ahead of Kayden Minear and Kayd Kingsford.
But only one lap later, Minear made the pass on Woods for the lead, relegating the youngster back to second position.
Thankfully for Minear, it was in the top spot that he stayed for the remainder of the moto. Woods crossed the line in second place, followed by Jett Williams who wrapped up his first final at Renmark in third. Heath Fisher concluded the race in fourth, while despite holding third position for a period of time, Kingsford wrapped up the first final in fifth.
85cc/150cc 12-U16 Years Female – Final 4
In the fourth 85cc/150cc final for the girls this afternoon, it was once again a familiar sight with the 625 Western Australian machine of Tahlia O’Hare out in front from the minute the gate dropped.
Madison Healey and Tanesha Harnett commenced their battle for second position, and by lap five, despite Harnett crashing in one of her earlier races, the number 2 rider made the pass for second position.
From that point, there was no change to positions, with O’Hare taking a confidence boosting victory. Harnett crossed the line in second position, while Healey wrapped up the fourth final in third.
65cc 9-U11 Years – Final 1
An incredible 40 riders headed out for the final but it was Noah Smerdon who fought off tough competition throughout the seven-minute moto, to eventually cross the line with the first final victory.
Second place was snatched up by Ryder Kingsford who fought off William Kennedy for the full duration of the race. Fourth place was taken by Jett Burgess-Stevens, while Jake Snow crossed the finish line in fifth.
85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years – Final 4
The fourth final for the 85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years class allowed Husqvarna’s Bailey Malkiewicz to return to his winning ways.
Behind him, Tyler Darby and John Bova battled for a period of time for second position, however when the chequered flag flew, it was Darby who crossed the line with a second placing.
Bova wrapped up his fourth 85cc/150cc 14-U16 Years class final in third position, ahead of Michael Murphy and Ryan Morgan who collected the chequered flag in fourth and fifth places respectively.
65cc 11 Years – Final 4
Myles Gilmore raced to one of his best finishes of the week in the fourth final, surviving the deteriorating track conditions, to collect the race victory after five laps.
Liam Atkinson remained consistent throughout the moto to finish in an impressive second position, while Zachary Watson crossed the finish line in third. Both Deegan Mancinelli and Angus Riordan concluded their fourth final in fourth and fifth places respectively.
65cc 7-U9 Years – Final 1
The 65cc 7-U9 Years riders were the last competitors to hit the track.
Once again it was Kayden Minear and Jet Alsop who launched off the start and in to positions one and two, keeping spectators guessing as to who would be able to withstand the demanding track.
But unfortunately for Alsop, a crash in the back section of the track cost him positions, and allowed Minear to accelerate away. With Alsop out of the top three, Cole Davies managed to inherit second position, while Ky Woods held down third.
And it was in those positions that the 65cc 7-U9 Years riders finished. Minear collecting yet another race win, while Davies crossed the line in second, followed by Woods in third. Liam Owens wrapped up his first 65cc final in fourth, while Alsop recovered from his earlier crash to finish in fifth.