Callum Norton claims dual Victorian Motocross Championships with GMR Motorex KTM
The fourth and final round of the Victorian Junior Motocross Championships wrapped up on 30 & 31 July 2011 at Shepparton, with GMR Motorex KTM young gun Callum Norton taking claim to dual Championships.
The Shepparton Club hosted the title event after weather conditions forced the transfer of the round from Albury-Wodonga, but this certainly didn’t deter Norton who entered the final round of the Championship with a healthy points lead in both the 9-u11 years 65cc and 85cc-150F classes.
Norton placed 3rd and 2nd respectively at round four which was enough to clinch the two Championships. Norton is the reigning 65cc Victorian Champion and claimed the 2011 title to make it back-to-back Championships and also claimed the 85cc title.
“I am really stoked to win the two titles’ said Norton after the event ‘I just want to thank my family and the whole GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team for supporting me. It’s been such a good year so far and I am now really looking forward to the Australian Titles which are in September.”
Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “Callum Norton has put in an outstanding performance throughout the Victorian Championship series which resulted in two State Titles. Callum faced a few issues with small crashes as well as some race challengers on occasion in both classes but ultimately, he kept his focus and rode with maturity beyond his years to win dual Championships in the 9-u12 years 65 and 85cc classes. The title win in the 65cc also made for back-to-back titles for the 10 year old.’
2011 has been a huge year for Norton, with the dual Victorian Championships adding to his recent collection of two New South Wales Championships in the 9-u11 years 65cc and 9-u12 years 85cc classes. Callum also received the honor of being nominated as a reserve rider for the Motorcycling Australia contingent who is due to complete at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships in Italy.
Macdonald added “It has been a fantastic effort by Callum and the whole Norton family and we are very proud to be able to support them in achieving their results. The focus for Callum now turns to preparations for the Australian Junior Motocross Championships to be held at Murray Bridge at the end of September.”
Unfortunately the event didn’t go to plan for young Andy Dinicol who was looking strong in practice at the Shepparton complex and poised to finish top five in the 12-u16 years 85cc-150F class overall with a nasty crash in the opening race ending his campaign early.
In tight racing, a competitor crashed on the blind side of a large jump which saw the cart wheeling bike collide with Dinicol. The incident was unpredictable and entirely unavoidable and caused Andy a dislocated shoulder and two breaks in his collarbone.
“Basically, I am devastated but it was just one of those crashes’ said Dinicol ‘I was committed off the table top and the racing was close so when I was coming down to land I just saw a cart wheeling bike about to collect me and I had nowhere to go. It was a huge crash and I am just lucky it wasn’t any worse. Things were going so well in the lead up to the Aussies and I felt like I had good momentum. I have a goal to still race the Aussies so hopefully the time off the bike is as little as possible. We will see a specialist during the week but it looks like I will need surgery to have the best recovery.”
Macdonald continued “Unfortunately all didn’t go well for the team this weekend. I really empathize with Andy, I have had my fair share of disappointments throughout my career and it is simply a racing incident that he couldn’t control. Unfortunately he came off second best with a dislocated shoulder and two breaks to his collarbone. It could have been worse, so we are grateful it was not more serious.’
‘Andy has improved immensely this season and his recent results show that he is on the rise. A podium at the South Australian Championship round at Murray Bridge on his KTM85SX was impressive, as is his current standings in the Gippsland Centre Regional Series where he is placed 3rd in the 13-u16 years 125-150cc and 2nd in the 12-u16 years 85cc-150F. With no points scored at Shepparton, Andy placed 7th in the 85cc-150F and 8th overall in the 125-1500cc classes.’
‘We wish Andy a speedy recovery and when given the all clear by his specialist, we will give him all the support we can to achieve his goal of being on the start gate at the Australian Junior Championships in late September.“
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EVENT STANDINGS – ROUND 4 SHEPPARTON
9-u12 years 65cc
1. Kody Meulenmeesters 70pts
2. Mitchell Hopkins-Talty 66pts
3. Callum Norton 61pts
9-u12 years 85cc-150F
1. Kody Meulenmeesters 69pts
2. Callum Norton 64pts
3. Cody Dyce 60pts
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS OVERALL
9-u12 years 65cc
1. Callum Norton 266pts
2. Mitchell Hopkins-Talty 239pts
3. Kody Meulenmeesters 196pts
9-u12 years 85cc-150F
1. Callum Norton 269pts
2. Cody Dyce 218pts
3. Kallam Orchard 218pts