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GMR Motorex KTM continue good form heading into Junior National finals

01-10-08

Day three of the Australian Junior Motocross Championships have wrapped up with highs and lows, but all GMR Motorex KTM racers have qualified for the finals and head into the next two days of racing primed and ready.

In the 9-u12 years 85cc young gun Jesse Dobson rode the second heat in round three in absolute style taking the race win by over 30 seconds. The result cemented his qualifying result in the highest placed qualifying position heading into the finals.

In the 12-14 years 85cc class, Joben Baldwin launched from the gate and took the early race lead in the second heat for round three of qualifying. A crash set him back down the pack but made his way to an 8th place finish by the chequered flag. Baldwin’s 9-3-8 results locked in a qualifying position for the finals and has displayed solid form heading into the finals.

In the 13-14 years 125cc class, the three pronged attack by GMR Motorex KTM racers of Sam Duncanson, Dylan Berwick and Joben Baldwin proved positive with the boys qualifying in 3-4-5 positions respectively heading into the finals.

In the second round of qualifying, Berwick and Duncanson attacked the race with 1st and 3rd place results respectively. Berwick lead the race start to finish, while Duncanson had his work cut out for himself after a poor start. Meanwhile, in the second heat draw, Baldwin collected a hard fought 5th place finish.

It was round three of qualifying for this class that was definitely exciting with Berwick and Baldwin in heat draw one. Despite a crash in the deep sand, Baldwin maintained a solid position and finished 5th for the race. Meanwhile, young Berwick crashed in the first turn of the race and made his way from second last to an amazing 2nd place. In the second heat draw, Duncanson had a poor start but wasn’t going to let this deter him and charged through the field from around 20th position in lap one, to a 2nd place overall.

Jason Reed continued to battle it out in the 15 years 125cc class. With a five race final the racing was red-hot. Mechanical gremlins hampered Reed’s run in round two but managed to hold a solid 5th place for the race. Reed turned it around and made amends in the third race for the class and posted a 2nd place. The 4-5-2 results so far have placed Reed 3rd in equal third with Dylan Peterson for the Championship. Local racers, Daniel Shrimp and Ashley Whisler are in 1st and 2nd.

In the 13-14 years  250F class, Dylan Berwick and Sam Duncanson continued the battle to qualify. After a heat scoring no points, Duncanson was out to secure solid results in the next two rounds of heats to secure his position on the grid for the finals. In heat draw one of round two, Duncanson crashed heavily in turn two but managed to move through the pack to secure a well earned 2nd place. In round three he again moved through the pack to secure a 4th place and a 9th qualifying position.

Berwick struggled in the second heat draw of round two and did not finish the race. Despite a flying start to heat draw two of round three, a crash mid race relegated Berwick to a 7th place finish and a 15th placed qualifying position.

In the 15 years 250F class in heat draw two of round two, Reed collected a 2nd place finish to local front runner Jake Zelich. A win in the second heat draw of round three by a 20 second break catapulted Reed to 2nd qualifying position.

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald says that “The Wanneroo circuit is really beginning to roughen up to a level rarely seen by the eastern state junior riders but the GMR Motorex KTM team has continued with their good form. At the time of report, the team is undergoing bike preparations at the circuit for the finals while all riders are back at their accommodation aiming for an early dinner and plenty of rest. The finals are a whole new ball game and we are looking forward to seeing how it all pans out but we are putting in every effort we can to see our boys at the pointy end of the field.”

Stay tuned to www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au for race results.