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GMR Motorex KTM racers on the podium in final round of Sunshine State Series

07-06-10

GMR Motorex KTM racers Reece Rayner, Scott Mann and Jay Wilson all stood on the podium for overall positions at not only the final round of the Sunshine State Series at Tivoli on 5 & 6 June, but also took overall series podium positions in all five classes contested.

Scott Mann had a troubled run in the lead up to the event which meant that he didn’t score well for the final round of racing, hampering his series overall. Here is what Scott had to say, “I came off the bike and dislocated my shoulder the week leading up to this event, so that had an impact on my final round results,” said Mann.   “I rode in both practices, and did the first race in the 13-14 years Junior Lites on the KTM 150 SX, where I was second for the first part of the race, but I drifted back to sixth due to the pain in my shoulder, and had to pull out for the rest of the event.  I still managed to podium in the overall Championship with a third on the 85 SX and a second on the KTM 150 SX.  I was leading the 85cc class going in to the round, but not been able to race pushed me back in the Championship.  Overall I’m still really happy with my results.”

Jay Wilson had a dream run for the series, taking the final round win as well as the overall. “I’m stoked that all my hard work practicing on fitness work with strength conditioning, and bike training has paid off,” said Wilson.  “It’s my first year focusing only on the bigger bikes, and to win on the KTM 250 SX-F in the 15 years Lites class is really awesome.  My results for the round were 1-2-1 in the 15 years Lites class, with first for the round and first in the Championship, I couldn’t be happier.”

Young gun Reece Rayner placed third and second respectively in the 9-11 years 65cc and 85cc classes at Tivoli and cemented his overall series results collecting second overall in both classes. “I’ve been training really hard recently to pick up more speed and I’m thrilled to be able to come away with second in the Championship for both the 10-12 years 65cc class and 9-11 Mini Lites 85cc class. “My results for the round in the 9-11 years 85cc Mini Lites were 3-2-2, and 3-3-2 in the 10-12 years 65cc class. “At the start of the Championship my results were out of the top three in both classes so progressed through the rounds and chipped away for the podium.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald commented on the results of each rider:

 “It was bad luck for Scott Mann to have an injury leading up to the event”, said Macdonald, “I really thought he would have taken the championship win on the 85, but his injury with a dislocated shoulder required him to pull out.  It was a joint team and family decision, as we felt it was best for him to sit out and recover 100 percent to come back stronger, avoiding any further injury.  He should still be very proud of his achievement.”

 “I’m super pumped with Jay’s results,” said Macdonald.  “Jay was up the front through the whole championship and totally deserving of his class win.  Jay currently leads the NSW Motocross Championship on both the KTM 150 SX and 250 SX-F and will be looking to defend that lead this weekend for round two at Port Macquarie.”

 “I am really happy with how Reece has progressed in the championship,” said Macdonald  “At first he was little bit behind his game in the opening rounds, but then showed a lot of determination, against current Australian Champion Wilson Todd in the 9-11 year old 85cc class who he finished second to in this series.  Todd steps up to the older age bracket next year where as Reece still has another year, so things are looking good for the way he is riding.”

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Photo credit: Melissa Rayner