A tough day at the track at junior nationals for GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team


The GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team had a tough day of racing at the 2009 Australian Junior Motocross Championship, with intense racing and mishaps along the way.

The Championships held at the Maffra-Sale Circuit saw Dylan Long take the holeshot in the 13-14 years 250F class, with Jay Wilson in around 8th position in the early stages of the race.

“Long checked out on Joey Savatgy who was holding down a comfortable second position while Wilson began moving through the field” said Glenn Macdonald “a rare error by Long saw Savatgy move into first with Long putting in a determined effort to hold down second position while Wilson had moved up to an impressive fifth place by the chequered flag.

“I was so impressed with both riders in this race, Long really hung on tight to Savatgy and Wilson – who looked awkward in the early stages – adapted to the conditions and brought home a fifth place finish on two flat tyres. It appears that Jay had hit something hard on the circuit early in the race, causing the tyres to deflate quickly.”

The next race for the GMR Motorex KTM racers was the 14-u16 years 85cc class and it was again Dylan Long who took the holeshot and checked out on the field.

“Jay was in second position with Luke Clout hot on his tail. After a tough few laps it was Clout who moved into second position when in a freakish turn of events, Long had a massive crash.

“Long had hit a massive breaking bump which sent him and the bike cart-wheeling passed the crowd on the fence line. Longy looked worse for wear as did the bike and when he returned to the track, he was unable to clear any jumps given the state of the front end of the bike.

“Despite this set back, Long finished in 7th position while Clout took the win with Jay in second.

With one finals race to run, the points chase is now tight with Long on 89 points, Clout on 87 and Wilson in third on 82. The final race on Saturday will determine the 09 champion for this class.

The 13-14 years 125-150cc two-stroke class was next for the GMR Motorex KTM boys and despite the injuries sustained in the 85cc class, Long was determined to go for the win again in this class.

“Long got an awesome start and was leading the field into turn one, however Savatgy approached the turn hot and pushed Longy wide on the way through.

“Savatgy and Long then led the charge, with Wilson in a solid fourth place. Wilson was challenged by Sam Martin later in the race and it looked as though Jay would hold him out until he slammed a kicker which sent him cart-wheeling down one of the rough straights.

“Unbelievably, Jay regrouped and rejoined the race in around 10th position and finished the race in 7th.

The Championship results with one final to race now stands with Long and Savatgy on equal points heading into the third and final race on 47, Jacob Wright and Sam Martin on 38 points and Wilson in 5th on 30 points.

The second of three finals was also held late in the afternoon for 13-14 years 250F class.

“Long and Wilson lined up side by side on the gate and both got amazing jumps from the gate” said Macdonald “it appears that Long was struck on the rear, right hand side of the bike which meant he became tangled in a first turn pile up. Wilson, who was on the inside of Long, managed the chaos but it certainly put a dampener on his start.

“Wilson moved his way through the pack to a solid 8th place finish while Long battled from the rear of the field to 11th for the race, despite having no back brakes as a result of the first turn pile up.”

The 13-14 years 250F class sees Savatgy on 50 points, Wright on 42, Dion Brillanti 38, Long 32 and Wilson on 29 points with one race to go.

“There is going to be some great racing tomorrow and with both boys carrying battle wounds from their crashes it will be tough. We have Long and Wilson both contenders for the podium in the 85cc class, Long on equal points for the lead in the 125-150cc class and Jay within striking distance of a podium also. The 250F class is especially tough and we sit in 4th and 5th positions at this stage. But as we saw today, anything can happen.”

On day six of the Championship (Saturday 3 October) GMR Motorex KTM will see Long and Wilson take to the track for the final races for each class to determine the final results for the 2009 Australian Junior Motocross Championships.

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