Dylan Long collects three race wins on day four of junior nationals
The GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team had another great day of racing at the 2009 Australian Junior Motocross Championship, continuing their excellent form as the finals kicked off.
The Championships held at the Maffra-Sale Circuit saw Dylan Long collect another finals win in the 14-u16 years 85cc class, making it three straight wins for the event. Long took the holeshot with Jay Wilson hot on his tail in the early stages of the race. Long went on to take the race win and the result has given Long a 13 point lead for the Championship.
Jay Wilson put in a determined effort but it was Luke Clout that took the second place finish. Wilson crashed in the late stages of the race causing substantial damage to the bike which then allow another two racers to slip by and relegated Wilson to a 5th place finish. Luke Clout is now placed second overall in the points chase, with Wilson just two points behind in third. Two races remain for the Championship.
The 13-14 years 125-150cc two-stroke class commenced finals racing today with both GMR Motorex KTM racers taking to the grid of 40 riders in a highly anticipated match up between the likes of Long, Wilson, Jacob Wright, Dion Brillanti and Joey Savatgy (US) to name a few.
Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said after the race “Dylan Long had an unbelievable start, taking a convincing holeshot with Savatgy and Wilson drag racing to turn two.
“Longy gapped Savatgy and maintained a buffer for the race to bring home the race win.
“Jay had challenges from Sam Martin and Jacob Wright and it was a tough battle between the three for a number of laps, with Martin taking third, Wright in fourth and Wilson in a solid fifth place.
The third and final heat race for the 13-14 years 250F class was also held today, with both GMR Motorex KTM racers in heat draw two, after watching Jacob Wright take the win in heat draw one.
“Dylan took another holeshot in this race but settled into third position behind Savatgy and Brillanti. Dylan then moved in on Brillanti to move into second and began to apply pressure to Savatgy.
“Dylan took advantage of a mistake made by Savatgy to take the lead and the race win unchallenged.
“Jay had an average start but maintained a solid 10th place to bring home points to secure qualifying.
“The game plan for both boys in this heat round on the 250F was to simply stay safe and qualify given that each rider is racing three classes and the high level of intensity at this event. Dylan was faced with a couple of good opportunities to move through and take the race win comfortably, however I was more than supportive of Jay simply ticking over the laps and bringing it home.”
On day five of the Championship (Friday 2 October) GMR Motorex KTM will see Long and Wilson take to the track for two 250F finals, as well as 85cc and 12-150cc class finals.
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