KTM juniors dominate at Sunshine State Series


Recent rainfalls on the Sunshine Coast made for a wet and muddy track at the Sunshine State Motocross Series held over the weekend at Hervey Bay, yet the tough terrain didn’t deter KTM juniors factor racers, with Tye Simmonds from Bourke and Jesse Dobson from Noosa following in their senior riders’ tracks to take home a win in their respective classes.

“With Tye Simmonds on board the KTM 250 SX-F for Motorex KTM Racing, there was no chance for his competitors in the Junior Lites class, said Race Team Manager, Ross McWatters. “Tye has been undefeated in all races he has entered this year and is well on his way to a great career as he turns senior mid year.”

In his own words Simmonds comments on his racing, “I got the hole shot in my opening moto and just rode steady. I was battling a little with Dylan Peterson who kept me honest. Then in the next moto I was in second off the start and rode three solid laps in the lead before having a crash. I had about 20 seconds spare ahead of the rest of the field, so I was able to get going again and win that race as well.

“By the final moto the track was really rough and rutted out. I got the hole shot and Jake Pengelly battled with me for awhile, I took a bit to find my rhythm because the racing was only around four laps over nine minutes but I still won in the end.”

The final results in the Junior Lites saw Tye Simmonds on 75 points, Jake Pengelly on 62 points and Dylan Peterson on 57 points.

In the 9-u 13 years 85cc class, Jesse Dobson riding for GMR Motorex KTM Junior Racing beat competing factory juniors to take the outright win.

Commenting on his racing Dobson said, “In my first moto I got the holeshot on the KTM 85 SX and pulled a five second gap, but unfortunately I went down in the second lap. After I got going again I passed about ten riders and finished up in second place, only missing the win by one second.

“In the second moto I took the hole shot once again and just checked out, taking the win 17 seconds in front of second place.

“In the last moto I was fifth into the first corner and won the race by 11 seconds. I am stoked to take the win for the first round of the Sunshine Coast Series against the factory Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki junior riders. My KTM 85 SX was just awesome and my MPE suspension just soaked up all the bumps. It was an awesome ride.”

Sam Duncanson of Cleevland had a less than perfect start to his motocross season despite a second place in the first moto in the 13-u15 years 250F class. Duncanson steps out for GMR Motorex KTM next weekend at the second round of the Sunshine State Series at Coolum ready to race hard.

Stay tuned to and for Jesse’s results.