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GMR Motorex KTM racers excel in state based events

07-05-08

Two top podium performances were granted to GMR Motorex KTM racers at the Rosebud Open in Victoria and the Lakes Series in NSW on the weekend with Kristy Gillepie dominating the Women’s Racing at Rosebud, and Jason Reed winning the Junior Lites racing at Lakes.

The Rosebud circuit is renowned as one of the toughest sand tracks in Victoria. Using the event to maintain fitness and race technique for the upcoming Women’s National Championship, Gillespie from Albury NSW, took three straight wins in the Women’s class maintaining her dominance in state based racing.

Gillespie comments, “In moto one, Lauren Parsons (Stroke Honda) was within reach of me in the opening stages of the race but as the race progressed I charged forward on the KTM 250 SX-F for a comfortable win.

“The track whooped out and became the traditional Rosebud circuit for what it is known and but I managed to check out from the rest of the field in my final two motos for a convincing win which I’m really happy about.

“I also contested the B Grade combined class / Dash for Cash which was a lot of fun pushing myself from a fitness perspective against the guys.”

In the Junior Lites racing at Lakes in NSW, Jason Reed from Maitland took three straight wins as he continues to go from strength to strength in building on his racing career.

“My focus for the event was purely race starts and racing the track,” said Reed. “I wanted to practice line choices in preparation for the final Rookies round. The KTM 250 SX-F was faultless all day and I had a ball.

“Entering the last race of the day, my gate selection was the worst of the 40 gates and it was a real test for me against the other riders. I’ve been determined to improve on my race starts and as the gate dropped I launched my KTM from the gate taking the hole shot and I didn’t look back until I crossed the finish line for the win.”

GMR Motorex KTM Race Team Manager, Glenn MacDonald who attended the event in support of Jason comments, “Lakes has been a difficult track for Jason to conquer in the past and we knew he needed to put in some time there to release his inner demons and build on confidence,” said MacDonald. “I advised Jason to think about racing the track and what he had to do to win, whilst relaxing at the same time. He settled down and showed the track who was in control - it was awesome racing and we’re all really proud of his progression and achievements.”

Jason Reed will next be competing in rounds three and four of the Australian Off-Road Championship on the weekend of 17 - 18 May at Conondale in QLD, before heading back to Newry, VIC, for round two of the Rookies Series on 25 May. Jason is currently leading the Off-Road Championship and is placed third in the Rookies Series Junior Lites class.

The Rookies Series on May 25 will combine with hosting round two of the Women’s Nationals where Kristy Gillespie will next compete.