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Podiums, injury, crashes and more for GMR Motorex KTM racers at QLD Motocross Championship

15-06-11

GMR Motorex KTM racers Reece Rayner, Mitchell Evans and Scott Mann competed at the Queensland Motocross Championship on the long weekend of 10, 11, 12 & 13 June 2011 at Coolum, with the team seeing the highs and lows of podium results, injury and crashes in an action packed event.

The QLD Motocross Championship was a huge, stand alone, one round title event. The Coolum track was tough for the riders after rain made the sandy surface, sloppy and gritty which later became rough with deep ruts and square edge bumps.

In a tough weekend of racing for Reece Rayner, he ultimately placed second in both the 9-u12 years 65cc and 85cc-150F classes. “I am stoked to pick up two podiums at the Queensland’s but at the same time I am a bit down on how I rode’ said Rayner ‘I crashed a few times and there was no way I could get up front and win races when I had to come back through the pack. I have debriefed with Glenn and mum and dad and we have a plan heading into our next major race meet so I am looking forward to getting back to winning form.”

Mitchell Evans was understandably dissatisfied after placing 7th overall for the event in the 12-13 years 85cc-150F class. “I am disappointed with the result this weekend’ said Evans ‘The racing was really close up front and if you weren’t up there early or crashed it really put you out of the running. I was slammed in race one, scoring five points for that race and at this level every point counts. My best race was a third and I really think that I should be running top three, so I will be doing everything I can to get back up front.”

Scott Mann was well placed for two Championships in the 13-u16 years 125-150cc and 15 years 250F classes, but made the difficult decision to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. “All I can say is how gutted I am that I had to pull out’ said Mann ‘I wanted to keep pushing but the pain in my shoulder was getting worse, to the point that I couldn’t take the lines I wanted or needed to take to stay on the pace. I was really worried that I would be letting the team down but Glenn made it clear that my health is priority. Mum and Dad are working with a few doctors to sort out treatment options and hopefully I will be back on the bike with plenty of time in the lead up to the Aussies.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said of the results “Reece Rayner collected two podiums for the Championship, placing second in both the 9-u12 years 65cc and 85cc-150F classes and they were certainly hard-earned. I really felt for Reece as he wasn’t riding as well as we have seen so far this season, he crashed a number of times in both classes and had to work his way through the field making the title chase all the more difficult. Our congratulations go out to Reece and his family, it was a great result given the circumstances.”

“Mitchell Evans had a really tough event at Coolum. We knew Mitch was more than capable of bringing home a top three, but it simply didn’t unfold our way. There was some super aggressive and intense racing in the 12-13 years 85cc-150F class and on a couple of occasions the top five were within seconds of each other. In one race, Mitch was slammed through a turn and pushed over a berm, fighting back from last place to a mid-pack finish. With the racing so hotly contested up front, a result like this was a devastating impact to his overall."

“Scott Mann reluctantly withdrew from competition with two motos remaining in the 15 years 250F and 13-u16 years 125-150cc classes. Scott was well placed to bring home both titles, sitting 1st and 2nd respectively in the points heading into the final day of racing. Scott had an old injury to his shoulder coming into the event, but it was feeling good and he had been training without issue. The conditions at Coolum were tough and this aggravated the injury. Scott did all he could to continue racing and every avenue was exhausted to avoid withdrawing from the event. It was felt that if Scott couldn’t race at his usual pace and was at risk of further damage, then it was in his interests to withdraw and focus on recovery."

“While the team saw some disappointment, we also saw Reece standing tall on the podium in two Championship classes. Both Reece and Mitchell are in contention in the Sunshine State Series for three classes and we are keen to keep focus and bring home some great results in the tough multi-round series. Scott will now look to treatment and recovery with an aim to contest some interstate races in the lead up to the Australian Junior Titles at Murray Bridge in September.”

Team updates and race results for GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team can be found at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au and www.ktm.com.au as well as on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/gmrmotorexktm

GMR Motorex KTM would like to thank their sponsors: KTM Australia, Motorex, Michelin, Fox, Ringmaster Images, Alpinestars, Easton, Oakley Motocross Advanced Coaching Academy, Hammerhead Designs, Uni Filter & NGK

QLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

10-12 years 65cc
1. Hunter Lawrence 125pts
2. Reece Rayner 101pts
3. Issac Ferguson 96pts

9-11 years 85cc
1. Hunter Lawrence 125pts
2. Reece Rayner 95pts
3. Issac Ferguson 88pts

12-13 years 85cc
1. Wilson Todd 114pts
2. Blake Colleton 99pts
3. Zac Small 99pts
7. Mitchell Evans 69pts