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GMR Motorex KTM racer Dylan Long dominates Vic Junior MX Titles

20-05-09

GMR Motorex KTM racer Dylan Long kicked off his Championship campaign in style at round one of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships at Ararat, walking away with two class wins in the 12-u16 years 85cc-150F, and 13-u16 years 125-150cc classes.

Long collected a 2-3-1 race result on board his KTM 85SX in the 12-u16 years 85cc-150F class, which secured the win overall for the event.

Commenting on his 85cc racing Long said “I struggled a little bit on the 85 this weekend. The track was super fast, really one-lined and boggy off the race line.  If you didn’t get into turn one in the top five your work was cut-out for you.

“I got a really bad gate selection in race one, and was totally swamped in the first turn. I just tried really hard to find fast lines, and make passes which got me up to second place.

“Race two was similar to my first race, but I worked my way through the field for a third place, and went into the final race on equal points for the lead.

“We decided to make some minor set-up changes which improved things for me, and although I wasn’t at the pointy end of the field early in the race, I was able to get through the field quickly and get out in front for the win.”

Long now has a three point advantage over second place heading into the next round of Championship.

In the hotly contested 13-u16 years 125-150cc class, the 14 year old secured 1-4-1 race results, and locked in another class win for the event.

“Long launched from the gate in race one, and led from start to finish but in race two things didn’t go smoothly,” said Team Manager Glenn Macdonald.

“The start gate dropped but seemed to bounce back up off the concrete which caused Dylan and another rider to become jammed in the gate.

“Dylan was in dead-last and rode the wheels off the bike to work through the field, and managed to collect fourth place. This race for me was the race of the weekend, he rode unbelievably well.

“He then backed it up with a race win in moto three to secure the overall for the event, and now heads into the next round with a 15 point advantage over second place.”

The next major event on Dylan Long’s calendar will be round two of the Championship to be held at Cobram in mid-June.

Stay tuned to www.ktm.com.au and www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au for race results and team updates.