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Wilson & GMR Motorex KTM take two class wins at Maffra-Sale Open

14-07-09

GMR Motorex KTM racers Dylan Long and Jay Wilson were on a mission at the Maffra-Sale Open, held at Newry, VIC on 11 & 12 July 09, walking away with three podium results on the circuit that will host the Australian Junior Motocross Championships in September.

On-going rain throughout Saturday turned the track into a mud-fest, making it survival of the fittest, however clear skies and wind on Sunday allowed the track to dry a little and made for some great racing on a very technical circuit.

Wilson and Long were putting on a show in the 14-15 years 85cc-150F class, dominating the field until mechanical challenges hampered Long’s challenge, and sidelined him for the remainder of the event in this class.

“I had a great weekend at Maffra and I really liked the track,” said Wilson.  “It was like soup on Saturday, and my hands were cramping from the cold, but I held it together, and came away with two class wins, so I am pumped!”

“On the 85, I finished 2-1-1-1 to get the overall. Race one and two were awesome because my team mate Dylan Long, and I just checked out on the field, and we were having unreal races.  In race three and four I just focused on my line choices, and had some fun out there to bring home the wins.

“In race one on the 85 my team mate Jay Wilson, and I lead 1-2 right from the start,” said Long.  “We got an awesome jump off the gate, and drag raced each other all the way up to turn three.  I moved into the lead, and we checked out on the field to finish first and second.

“In race two, I got into the lead with Jay behind me. I got bit of a break, and then my bike started losing a bit of power.  I nursed it as best I could, but it retired on me, so I had to pull out and handed the lead to Jay.

“On the KTM150SX I had a couple of awesome races on Saturday in the mud, and took two race wins” said Long. In my first race on Sunday, I had a problem with my goggle lens, and really struggled to see the ruts.  I nearly had an off, and copped the handle bars in my stomach, so I rode it home for a third.

“I was keen to make amends in the final race, and made my way into the lead when Jake Emmaunuelli had a crash, but then I ended up cross rutting, and got bogged in the next turn. I couldn’t get the bike out, and had to try a few times to break free.

“I got back up to third, but just ran out of time to make the pass.  Had I made it through I still could have secured the overall, but the third meant that I missed the win by one point – but hey that’s racing.”

Jay Wilson also collected the win for the event in the 13-14 years 250F and said “On the 250SX-F I collected 1-3-1-1 results. 

“In race two I didn’t get the best start, and was working through the field when a rider I was overtaking jumped a rut and we collided” explained Wilson. “I got up as fast as I could, and managed to get up to third, then onto the tail of second place, but there just wasn’t enough time to make the pass, so I came home in third.  My results on the 250 locked in another class win, so I couldn’t be happier.”

On his team’s results, Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “Both racers did an outstanding job this weekend, and represented the team extremely well in the tough and technical conditions.”

“It was great to see Jay standing on the podium for two class wins, making his trip from northern NSW all the more worthwhile.

“Dylan showed blistering speed on both bikes over the course of the weekend, and we are certainly looking forward to seeing how Dylan and Jay stand up at the nationals here in September. 

At this stage, things are looking extremely good for both racers.”

OVERALL STANDINGS
 
14-15 years 85cc-150F

1. Jay Wilson 97 pts
2. Dylan Stubbs 74 pts
3. Dane Thompson 73 pts
 
13-14 years 250F

1. Jay Wilson 95 pts
2. Jake Emmanuelli 81 pts
3. Dylan Hickling 71 pts

13-14 years 125-150cc

1. Jake Emmanuelli 91 pts
2. Dylan Long 90 pts
3. Joel Millesevic 78 pts

FUTURE RESULTS

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NEXT JUNIOR RACE

Long: Victorian Junior Motocross Championships (final round), Rosebud on 25 & 26 July