KTM reign supreme as MX Development & Rookies series wraps up


The Under 19s MX Development and Rookies series has wrapped up at Lake Macquarie (Lakes) motocross track, with KTM riders proving to be stand outs on the race track. 

Stepping up from the junior ranks into under 19s racing since May this year, Motorex KTM Racer, Tye Simmonds is still known to be a young gun of the sport, yet on the race track he proves to cut lap times that rival Pro Open racers.  

Simmonds used Lakes as a training ground for the next round of the National Championship, and came home with two solid race wins for the overall Under 19s round win.  Simmonds did not contest all rounds of the MX Development U19s Series, due to conflicting racing events. 

Simmonds comments, “I’m really pleased that I came out to test ride Lakes before this track hosts a national round in two weeks, because it showed me what I need to work on. 

“I’m stoked to have taken the win but I didn’t feel that I was as fast as I could have been.  My corner speed just wasn’t there and I need to work on that.  I had some awesome battling with Luke Stikes in the opening moto, and then Lawson Bopping in the second moto, but I managed to hold them both off for the round win.”

GMR Motorex KTM junior racer Jason Reed entered the 15 year old Rookies class, at Lakes only seven points behind series leader Dylan Peterson.   After some serious battling on the race track Reed took the round win, and second for the series. 

Reed comments, “I scored the holeshot in my opening moto, only to take myself out in turn one in a muddy section.   I buried the front wheel in the mud and cart-wheeled through the turn.  I then took off in last position, but pushed hard moving through the field to finish fourth.

 “My main competitor Dylan Peterson, also had troubles in this moto and finished 11th, which narrowed the series chase to just a slim one point going into the final moto.  I was on 100 points and Peterson was on 99 points.

 “In the final moto I took off with some pressure from Luke Arbon and Peterson.  I was making ground on Peterson, but then I crashed in a tight right hand drop off turn, which moved me back to fourth.   Arbon also crashed moving Peterson into the lead. I got going again to secure second, but I was unable to make up the necessary ground to finish in front of Peterson to secure the series win. 

 “Peterson’s final race win secured the series Championship overall by only two points with me in second, but my consistency helped me win the final round.”

 The top three place holders in the 15 years 250F Championship were Dylan Peterson first, Jason Reed second and Christopher Gay third.

 In the 13-14 years 125cc & 250F class, Sam Duncanson who was returning from injury, struggled a little at round two of the series and was keen to make amends.  Duncanson was not running for a series podium due to not competing in round one, therefore his race plan was to secure a podium result at Lakes.

 Race team manager Glenn Macdonald comments, “In race one on the 125, Sam got off to a flying start, battling it out for second position with Michael Crugnale, while Shaun Redhead had checked out on the field.   Redhead brought home the race win, while Duncanson brought home second for GMR Motorex KTM.  

 “In the final moto Duncanson rode a heated battle to again secure second position with Redhead in first.  The 2-2 results placed Duncanson second overall for the round with Redhead in first.”   

 The top three place holders for the round in the 12-14 years 125cc racing were Shaun Redhead first, Sam Duncanson second and Michael Crugnale third.

 In the 13-14 years 250F class, Sam Duncanson again waived the flag for GMR Motorex KTM, but an unfortunate mistake after the state gate dropped relegated Duncanson to dead last in the early stages of the race, and he was only able to make it back to fourth by the finish.

 Glenn Macdonald comments, “After a disappointing start to Duncanson’s opening 250F moto, he went out guns blazing in the final race, but poor line choice left the door open for other riders to slip through relegating him to around fifth in the opening stages.   Despite making the race hard for himself by having to fight through the pack, Duncanson knuckled down and made amends with a solid third place finish behind Redhead and Jacob Wright.”

 The 4-3 results in the 250 class secured Duncason and GMR Motorex KTM a third overall for the round, behind Jacob Wright in second and Shaun Redhead in first.

 In the 12-14 years 85cc class, GMR Motorex KTM racer, Joben Baldwin suffered a DNF due to mechanical challenges, dropping valuable points in the series.   In his final 85cc moto, Baldwin placed third, but the DNF from moto one cost him dearly, resulting in fifth overall for the series.  Baldwin’s misfortune continued in the 13-14 years 125cc class with a crash in his opening moto, carrying injury into his final moto which also resulted in a DNF. Despite the misfortune, Baldwin secured a tenth place overall for the series in the 125 class.

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