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Race wins and crashes for GMR Motorex KTM racers make for an eventful day at Australian Junior MX Championships

07-10-11

GMR Motorex KTM racers are in podium contention in a number of championship classes after the second day of finals racing at the 2011 Australian Junior Motocross Championships. It was an eventful day for the team with two race wins and several race incidents adding to the excitement.

Callum Norton and Reece Rayner kicked off proceedings for the team in the 9-u12 years 85cc class with both boys on the move early, Callum holding second and within reach of the lead and team mate Rayner hot on his tail. Unfortunately Rayner crashed when he hit a tyre that had fallen onto the circuit and had to make yet another come back. Norton ultimately claimed an impressive 2nd place, with Rayner recovering well to score 7th. Norton is now placed 2nd overall in the Championship chase. One round of finals racing remains.

In the 12-u14 years 85cc all three GMR Motorex KTM racers Egan Mastin, Mitch Evans and Andy Dinicol again lined up for the final. Unfortunately a mechanical issue hampered Dinicol’s run with a DNF. The race was then left to Mastin and Evans who were soon racing out in front, Mastin took the win and Evans in second. Heading into the final round Mastin maintains his championship lead with two race wins and Evans in second overall with a third and second place finishes.
Scott Mann contested the 15 years 100-150cc class and after a mid-race cash when he laid the bike too far over in a rut Mann charged hard to bring home 5th place. With a 2nd and 5th results in the two of three finals so far, Scott remains in 2nd position for the championship.

Norton was again in form in the 9-u12 years 65cc class in his second final, taking yet another convincing win. Norton leads the championship chase with two race wins.

Mastin then contested the 13-u15 years 100-150cc class but a poor start left him mid-pack and pushing through the field. Once in a rhythm, Mastin was impressive as he made multiple passes to ultimately score 9th place in the hotly contested class.

Rayner took to the track in the fourth final in the 11-u13 years 65cc class and after a less than perfect start Rayner made his way to 3rd place. It is understood that Rayner is now placed 3rd overall in the Championship chase.

Scott Mann was the final race of the day for the team and was keen to get another win to secure his title hopes in 15 years 250F class. After a good start, Mann was boxed in the first turn and exited mid-pack. Mann pushed hard to make his way through the field and by half lap was making huge inroads. Unfortunately, a fellow competitor slammed into Mann with the take-out relegating him toward the back of the field. In a determined effort Mann scored 9th position and holds 3rd in the title.

 “Day six of the Junior Nationals was again another challenging day for the team’ said Team Manager Glenn Macdonald ‘the track was in considerably better condition after track maintenance the night before and we quickly reacted with further fine tuning of the bikes. The race wins for Norton and Mastin were fantastic, it was also a very proud moment to see Mastin and Evans place 1-2 in the 85cc class. Norton’s runner up in the younger 85cc class was also impressive. Scott has amazing determination and he pushed to the very end to ensure he remained in podium contention in both premier classes while Rayner also in contention in the older 65cc class.’

‘GMR Motorex KTM racers are in podium contention for seven championship classes heading into the final round of racing, and are leading the points tally in two. There is still a lot of hard work to do tomorrow and we will be keeping focus in an effort to bring home solid results.”

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