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KTM podium performances at national off-road championship Rnd 3-4

20-05-08

Motorex KTM off road racers Brad Williscroft, Ben Kearney and Jason Reed have secured podium performances at round three and four of the National Off-Road Championship at Conondale in Queensland.

Williscroft won the E3 class, while Kearney placed second in the E1 class and Reed dominated the junior racing.

Commenting on his racing Brad Williscroft said, "We all trained hard leading into Conondale and we're very happy with our results and thank the entire team for the effort they put into achieving these results.

"In my racing, I decided to swap from the E2 class to the E3 class, after winning the E3 at the Australian Four Day Enduro Championship last month. I liked riding the KTM 530 at the A4DE and wanted to see how I would go on this bike in the National Off-Road Championship. It was a good decision - I came home with a win at both rounds.

"On day one, I secured a 44 second lead over Adam Lees and Kirk Hutton in the E3 class for the win, and I placed sixth outright when combining all classes. Then on day two, I secured a 32 second lead over Kirk Hutton who came second, and this time I got fifth outright.

"I'm going to stick with the KTM 530 and the E3 class in hope of bringing home a class win for Motorex KTM at the end of the season. Although four rounds of this Championship have passed, it's a 12 round series so my game plan is to keep winning in hope of claiming the E3 Championship."

While Brad Williscroft dominated the E3 class, his team mate Ben Kearney held onto his position in the E1 Championship, placing second at both rounds behind Peter Boyle who took the win.

Kearney comments, "The track was a little bit of a challenge for me, in the faster sections because I'm more of a technical rider and this gave Peter Boyle an advantage because he excels on long open motocross terrain," said Kearney.

"The Conondale circuit is a mixture of the motocross track and 3kms of bushland, which combined everything from creek crossings to grassy tracks, with some big up and down hills.

"I had a few crashes towards the end of round three but the KTM 250 EXC kept up the pace and I still held onto second behind Peter Boyle in the E1 class and placed eighth outright.

"On day two for round four, Peter Boyle again increased his lead in the E1 class, on a track that favoured his riding style and I was battling pretty hard for second with Damien Smith. I had a few crashes again which dropped me back in points on the last couple of tests, but I still held on to take home second in class and I increased my outright position to sixth."

In the junior off-road racing, Jason Reed entered the 13-15 years class, on board the KTM 250-F winning day one at round three, yet he fell into troubled water for round four.

"I'm really happy with how I'm riding in this Championship but Conondale wasn't without its mishaps," said Reed. "I ran off the track during one special test after getting a puncture in my rear tyre and ended up down a 2.5 metre embankment into a creek which was full. The officials had to grab my bike and drag it out and I had to swim out. Because I had this misfortune, I have dropped my championship standing back to third but on a positive I did manage to win day one which was round three."

Motorex KTM off-road racing will next compete at Wonthaggi in Victoria on the weekend of June 21-22.