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GMR Motorex KTM racers dominate regional hit-out at Albury (NSW)

02-03-09

The Victorian Northern Regional Series at Albury may only be a considered a club day event on the racing calendar, but now that the Albury-Wodonga circuit has been added to the Australian Motocross Championship calendar and also the World Junior Team qualifying, it’s considered a track to be drawing big names, big crowds and big events.
 
Amongst the factory riders taking to the track for national event preparation were GMR Motorex KTM racers Kristy Gillespie and Dylan Long, who both entered the Victorian Northern Regional Series over the weekend convincingly dominating their respective classes. 

Long from Benalla (VIC) took a win in the 12-u16 years 85cc-150F class with a 1-2-1 result, and a win in the 13-u16 years 125-150cc class with a 1-1-1 result, while Gillespie who calls Albury home, won the senior women’s category with a 1-1-1 result.

New comer to GMR Motorex KTM Dylan Long comments on his results, “After winning at my debut ride with GMR Motorex KTM at the Maffra-Sale two day open recently, I was stoked to back it up again for another win, this is just the start I wanted for the season, said Long.

“In my opening 12-u 16 years race I got an awesome start on board the KTM 85 SX and road away from the field for the chequered flag.   The next race was a little more exciting, I got a really good start and was in the top three, but I left my braking really late, and ran wide off a berm. I was in last place and just put my head down to charge through the pack.

“I only had four laps, and before long I was right behind race leader Luke Clout, with a couple of corners to go. I hit the whoops harder than I had all day, I skimmed the first three or four and doubled through the rest, so I was right on his tail.  Luke nearly crashed in front of me, so I lost a bit of rhythm, but I came in second right behind him. It was a sick race!

“My final race was icing on the cake with a win over second place by 30 seconds.  I also took a clean sweep in the 13-u16 years 125-150cc class on board the KTM 125 SX, taking three unchallenged wins.”

In the women’s racing home town girl Kristy Gillespie, proved why she holds the number one plate in Australia for women’s motocross, claiming three straight wins on board the KTM 250 SX-F.

“My main focus for the Victorian Regional Series was to gain necessary race practice required in the lead up to State and National Women’s Championship events, to ensure I can retain my number one plate,” said Gillespie.  “I was really happy with my jumps and racing through the ruts, but I need to work a bit more on my flat turns.  My starts have improved though and I pulled a holeshot on the KTM 250 SX-F over some 450 bikes which I was pretty happy about.”

Reflecting on the team’s results, GMR Motorex KTM, Junior Race Team Manager Glenn Macdonald, said “We are not going to relax just because Dylan and Kristy are picking up great results.  We will continue to test with seat and bar heights for Dylan on the KTM 85 SX and we also have the all new KTM 150 SX two-stroke on the way for testing.  Combining Dylan’s current raw speed on the 125cc with the added horse power of the 150cc is something we are definitely looking forward to seeing for up and coming races.

“As for Kristy she knows there are always up and coming riders biting at her tail to get the number one plate in motocross, and she is determined to stay on top of her game and retain that plate, that’s why regional events like this are so important.” 

Dylan Long will next compete at the Ararat Open in VIC on 7-8 March, while Kristy Gillespie will continue training in Albury-Wodonga participating in various club events in the build up to the National Women’s Motocross Championship.

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