GMR Motorex KTM teammates battle hard for podium positions at Victorian Junior Motocross Championships


GMR Motorex KTM racers Callum Norton, Reece Rayner and Andy Dinicol converged on the Cobram motocross circuit for the opening round of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships on 2 & 3 April 2011, taking home four podium finishes.

The circuit was challenging for many of the riders, being wet and boggy in the mornings, drying out to be super technical and rough by late afternoon. The new event format also posed some pressures for those riders having to race two classes on one day.

Callum Norton, GMR Motorex KTM Support Rider kicked off his Championship campaign in fine form, taking two classes wins in both the 9-u12 years 65 and 85cc categories.

“I really enjoyed the racing and having good competition from Reece Rayner and Wade Kirkland’ said Norton “I am happy with my overall result, winning the 65 and 85cc classes, but I think I can improve on a couple of things so that will be my focus before the next round.”

In search of varied competition and technical tracks, Reece Rayner made the trip from QLD to race the event which attracted many interstate riders. Reece collected second in the 9-u12 years 85cc class and came within one point of taking second in the 65cc class, ultimately placing third.

“It was really good coming down to Victoria to race at the Vic’s’ said Rayner ‘The depth of competition was really good and being such a technical track it was a real test.”

“I am really happy to go home with two podiums.”

Meanwhile, Andy Dinicol had a rough start to the series, with some excellent racing not reflected in his overall results.

“My day started well with an 8th on the 150 and placed 6th in one of my 85's, but my starts let me down’ said Dinicol “On such a technical track it was important to get the starts and it just didn’t go my way. I pushed hard and made passes and worked my way up the field, but had small crashes from pushing it, so it was pretty frustrating.”

“I am looking forward to the next round and will be ready for improved results.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald reflected on the event and said “The team has had a good start to the Championship with Callum and Reece both running at the pointy end in the 65 and 85cc classes.”

“Callum rode with maturity and consistency, with his eye on the Championship while Reece adapted to the track incredibly well considering he had never been to the circuit. To see the GMR Motorex KTM boys running one-two for many laps in both classes was great to see.”

“There are a few riders in the 65 and 85cc classes that are capable of winning the Championship, so we need to keep on our game.”

“Unfortunately Andy had a rough start to the series and with the new race format, he competed in both the 85 and 150cc classes on one day, being six 10 minute motos. He struggled with his starts and line choices as the track got rough and this is definitely an area we will focus on for improvement.”

“Despite the overall results, in many of the races Andy, who is only 13 years old, was one of the top few red-plate riders in the combined class. We look at this as a gauge to see how we may be placed come the Australian Titles in September for the 13-14 years age group and will keep working toward that as our goal.”

9-u12 years 65cc
1.  Callum Norton 72pts
2. Wade Kirkland TAS 59pts
3. Reece Rayner QLD 58pts
9-u12 years 85cc-150F
1. Callum Norton 67pts
2. Reece Rayner 65pts
3. Wade Kirkland 59pts

12-u16 years 85cc-150F
1.  Jack Simpson 69pts
2. Jett Anderson SA 63pts
3. Wade Carter 58pts
12. Andy Dinicol 25pts

13-u16 years 125-150cc
1.  Joel Milesevic 75pts
2. Jack Simpson 56pts
3. Damon Hill SA 49pts
14. Andy Dinicol 18pts


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