GMR Motorex KTM racers podium at Sunshine State Series, Hervey Bay - Rayner takes series lead in 65cc class
The QLD Sunshine State Series made its way to Hervey Bay for round four of the series on 14 May 2011 and we saw both Reece Rayner and Mitchell Evans on the podium.
Reece Rayner took the round win which moved him into the series lead in the 10-12 years 65cc class. Meanwhile, after a 10th overall at round one in the 9-11 years 85cc-150F, Reece placed second for the round and is placed second in the series.
“I am happy with the results at Hervey Bay this weekend considering that I had bike troubles in the mini-lites’ said Rayner. ‘It was really tough going because it wasn’t running right but I just focused on picking smart lines and getting as many points as possible. I finished second overall for the round and hold second for the series.
“In the 65’s I took the win on the day which moved me into the series lead, so I am stoked.”
12 year old Mitchell Evans continues to collect consistent results in the 12-15 years 85cc-150F class and maintains second overall in the series standings after collecting a second place podium at Hervey Bay.
“I had a good jump off the gate in race one and was in second but came into a corner too fast and I washed the front wheel out. I got back up to fifth and went for the pass on fourth and we came together and crashed again. I was still in fifth so I just dug deep, caught up and made the move finishing 4th in that race.
"I learnt a lot from my mistakes in my first race and was determined to ride better as the day went on.
“In race two I got another good jump off the start and this time I rode consistently to finish 2nd and in race three I got the holeshot and led from start to finish, it all came together for me!
“I am pleased with my result but know I have a bit of work to do before round five at Kingaroy and the State Titles at Coolum in a few weeks time."
Unfortunately fellow Queenslander and team mate Scott Mann remains sidelined after a shoulder injury sustained at round two of the series but is recovering well and has begun on-bike training.
On review of the weekend’s results Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “Reece Rayner and Mitchell Evans are continuing to perform well. Both are extremely determined and this is reflected in their results.”
“Reece absolutely rode the wheels off his 85 this weekend despite the mechanical issues and was a real display of his tenacity. Reece has moved from 10th overall at round one to second overall in the 9-11 years 85cc-150F Mini Lites and has also moved into the series lead in the 65cc class, so the results so far have been incredible.”
“Mitchell Evans, who is just 12 years old, is also making a mark in the 12-15 years Mini Lites, collecting second for the round and sits second overall in the series with several rounds remaining. The results he has collected so far for the series have been fantastic given it is his first year in this age-group on the big wheel and I am sure we will see a lot more of him on the podium not only in this series, but in other major events this season.”
EVENT STANDINGS, HERVEY BAY
10-12 years 65cc
1. Reece Rayner 67pts
2. Tyler McCoy 64pts
3. Jack Larter 54pts
9-11 years 85cc
1. Hunter Lawrence 75pts
2. Reece Rayner 60pts
3. Jack Larter 58pts
12-15 years 85cc
1. Blake Colleton 67pts
2. Mitchell Evans 65pts
3. Wilson Todd 61pts
SERIES STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 4, HERVEY BAY
10-12 years 65cc - Series
1. Reece Rayner 263pts
2. Hunter Lawrence252 pts
3. Tyler McCoy 201pts
9-11 years 85cc - Series
1. Hunter Lawrence 279pts
2. Reece Rayner 235pts
3. Shannon Dobson 194pts
12-15 years 85cc – Series
1. Wilson Todd 260pts
2. Mitchell Evans 235pts
3. Zac Small 195pts
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