Hard-hitting crash denies Reece Rayner a potential World Championship result
GMR Motorex KTM racer Reece Rayner put in a stellar performance at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships at Cingoli, Italy and very nearly claimed a podium result in the 65cc class. It was a tough campaign for Rayner, Mitchell Evans and Scott Mann, with Rayner denied a potential podium after a hard-hitting crash with only laps remaining.
The event was Rayner’s first foray into international racing. In race one, Rayner collected 5th place despite a small crash while sitting in 3rd and was holding 2nd position in race two when a hard-hitting crash put him out of the running with just a few laps remaining.
“My first practice was awesome, the track was unreal!’ said an excited Rayner ‘I haven’t ridden anything like it before.’’
“I went out for my first race, got a great start and was up in 4th by lap one and then moved up into 3rd for a few laps. I had a small crash which set me back a bit and I came in 5th. I was just so pumped with that result!”
Rayner certainly enjoyed the Cingoli circuit which was formed on steep hills and had large jumps on an unusual soil that was loamy, with small rocks which compacted down hard.
“Rayner continued “In race two I was on a mission because I knew I had the pace and made my way up to 2nd. I was about 3 or 4 seconds off the leader and I had 3rd right behind me but I crashed pretty hard coming out of a rutted corner and damaged the front of my bike. The crash also knocked me around a bit. I just couldn’t bring it home where I wanted to. I only had maybe four laps to go and if I stayed in the top three it looked like I could have been on the podium.’
“Right now I am a bit disappointed with what could have been but I just have to make sure I turn this into a positive and refocus for the Australian Titles in September and maybe another chance at the Worlds in the future.”
Reece Rayner ultimately placed 11th overall in the 65cc class, one point shy from the top ten.
Both Mitchell Evans and Scott Mann had a tough day at the track. Evans, who placed 6th overall in the 65cc class at the 2010 FIM World Championships, France was reported to be one of the youngest riders in the 85cc final at Cingoli Italy. Evan’s placed 24th in race one, but a crash in race two impacted his result, ultimately placing 38th overall.
“The track was really technical and the competition was tough. I got a pretty good start to race one, but a few of the super quick guys moved through. I was battling the whole race but it was just really close racing and I finished 24th’ said Evans ‘In race two I felt like I was riding ok after an average start but unfortunately I crashed. The pace in this class was intense and so was the track. I am happy to have qualified but disappointed that I couldn’t bring home a result that reflected how hard I tried.”
Scott Mann who has attended the World Championships twice previously, placing 9th overall on both occasions in the 85cc class also had a tough campaign. Mann was sitting inside the top 20 in moto one of the 125cc class, but a crash in both races relegated him down the field. Mann fought to the very end in both races placing 37th overall.
“I was sitting in around 18th in the opening stages of race one and feeling good, but I ran off the track and this really impacted me’ said Mann ‘I was a fair way down the field and finished in 28th.’
Mann continued ‘Unfortunately I had a crash in race two and as hard as a tried I just couldn’t make the ground again. I’m not that happy with the overall result because I gave it everything; this year was extremely tough going but it was a great experience and I am really proud to have represented Australia again.”
GMR Motorex KTM Team Manager Glenn Macdonald attended the event and said “You only need to know the caliber of rider that Rayner, Evans and Mann are on home soil to understand how difficult this event truly is. Motocross racing can be a cruel sport on any race day, but throw in a track not like any seen in Australia and some of the world’s very best competitors in what is arguably the heart-land of motocross and sometimes it just simply doesn’t fall together.’
‘In addition to the support from Motorcycling Australia, GMR Motorex KTM and our associated sponsors went to great lengths to ensure our preparations were 100% but ultimately, it all comes down to two motos on Sunday to determine the titles.’
Macdonald added ‘I am very proud to have been involved with our third World Championship event and supporting three of our team riders to line up on the start line in the finals. Reece’s result with an 11th overall is a great achievement and one that he should be very proud of. Reece very nearly secured a podium result and brought home GMR Motorex KTM’s third World Championship result in three years, but his hard-hitting crash denied him of this. Reece was giving it his all until that crash and his ability to take it to the best in the world is undeniable.’
‘I believe that the results for Evans and Mann will make them stronger and more determined racers. Both were called in from their reserve positions to represent Motorcycling Australia and both have faced illness and injury in the lead up to this event. Their qualification for the finals was a great achievement and we saw glimpses of what they are capable of. Both will remain eligible for their respective World Championship age groups for another couple of years so hopefully we will see them back again in 2012.”
GMR Motorex KTM would like to extend their thanks to KTM Australia and KTM Austria for assisting with our race bikes, Eddy Van den Hoek from EHR for his amazing assistance, Ulissi Moto in San Severino Marche, Ringmaster Images for their trick green and gold themed GMR team graphics, Fox for the fresh helmets, as well as Michelin for ensuring our riders were on the best tyres.
Our congratulations also extend to the whole Motorcycling Australia contingent on their hard fought efforts.
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