Riders flying high at motox champs

March 30, 2017

Up high: Cobram's George Knight gets some air in the 100-125cc A-grade race.

Up: Jesse Diffey steers uphill in the 50cc Div 2 class.

Flying: Madi Healey crests a hill in the girls division.

Cobram Border Motocross Club junior members hit the tracks on the weekend in the first round of the 2017 Victorian Junior Motocross Championships at the Pye Rd track in Cobram.

Many of the junior riders performed well in their classes, often competing against 30 or more riders in the same section.

In the 85-150cc big wheel A-grade class in Saturday’s racing, Klipp Adams scored fourth place and George Knight took out 8th place in a large group of riders.

In the B-grade race, Madi Healey took out third, Hunter Rich placed sixth and Seth Rich came in 16th, again in a strongly-contested class.

Racing in the 65cc A-grade race, Cobram club members Patrick Martin placed third, while Jasper Moon came in 10th.

Young locals competing in the 65cc C-grade race also did well, with Jake Huddleston coming in eighth, Hudson Crothers 11th and Teagan Wilkin-Thom at 17th.

In the 85-150cc big wheel C-grade, Alex Cameron also competed against a strong field, coming in 17th.

On Sunday, Hunter Rich and Isaac Wilkin-Thom placed seventh and eighth in the 100-125cc B- and C-grade racing, while in the A-grade competition, Klipp Adams took out fourth while George Knight came in eighth in the hotly-contested division.

Madi Healey also took second place in the girls’ racing on Sunday.

Levi Healey also competed in the 250cc A-grade race, and Alistair Maxwell and Jesse Diffey in the 50cc Division 2.

Club secretary Rachel Thom said 330 riders competed across the two days, travelling from as far as Tasmania, Darwin, Perth and Queensland.

‘‘It’s a great opportunity for people to come and ride the track here,’’ Thom said.

‘‘It brings a lot of people to the region.

‘‘A lot of people have worked really hard and a lot effort has gone in to organising and planning to make the weekend successful.’’

Cobram last held a race in the junior championships a few years ago, and this year had more than 600 people through the gates on the Saturday.

●More pictures on page 23.

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