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Carterís strong return from injury at Victorian Junior Motocross Championship finale

07-08-12

The Victorian Junior Motocross Championships came to its conclusion on the weekend of 28 & 29 July 2012, with the finale held at the Mooroopna circuit, near Shepparton VIC. GMR Motorex KTM racer Wayde Carter was the lone team member competing at the event after an untimely crash for Andy Dinicol ruled him out of the event. Championship leader in the 9-11 years 85cc-150F class, Callum Norton, also did not compete, electing to forgo the finale to fulfill his dream of competing at the prestigious Loretta Lynn’s in the USA.

After taking a commanding clean sweep of both premier classes at round one of the Championship, Wayde Carter defending 250F Champion, was sidelined from two of four rounds of the Championship with a broken ankle. In his first State level motocross on his return from injury, Carter proved he has not lost his speed or tenacity, taking numerous race wins in both the 125-150cc and 250F classes.

“I had a mechanical issue in race one on the KTM150SX this weekend’ said Carter “I DNF’d but came out swinging in the next two to take the wins giving me 3rd overall for the round. In the 250F class I won the first two races but then I stacked in the third race, caught up, crashed again and had to make a second charge finishing 5th. The results gave me 2nd for the day. I really wanted to come out and win both classes but these things happen. I had fun and really enjoyed being back out on the motocross track again so overall I am pretty happy.”

Victorian teammates Callum Norton and Andy Dinicol did not complete the series with the highs and lows of the sport playing a role.

Callum Norton went into the 2012 series as defending Champion on board the 85 small-wheel and was keen to secure back-to-back number one plates. Heading into the final round of the Championship, Norton led the class and was eying off another number one plate however his recent qualification for the prestigious Loretta Lynn’s in the USA in both the stock and modified 85cc classes was an opportunity to savor. Norton elected not to contest the final round at Shepparton forgoing his chances of another title. At time of report, Callum had secured a top ten race finishes in both the stock and modified 85cc classes at the US Amateur Nationals, placing 6th overall in the modified 85cc class.

Meanwhile, Andy Dinicol faced the lows of the sport, after an timely crash at a local regional event on his return from training in the USA, ruling him out of racing the finale at Shepparton. Dinicol suffered a dislocation of his collarbone at the sternum and underwent surgery just a fortnight ago. Further specialist reviews will determine his ability to race the Australian Junior Nationals at the end of September.

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said “It was great to get back up to the awesome Shepparton track. It was prepped perfectly and it made for great racing, even if it felt like zero degrees!

It was a real shame to see Andy out of the event with injury, we were all really looking forward to seeing him finish the series on a high. Callum’s decision to elect to forgo another potential title was a difficult one, but the opportunity to qualify for an event like Loretta Lynn’s is an amazing feat and a rare opportunity. Callum still claimed 3rd overall for the Championship despite missing the final round.

Carter’s return was certainly an eventful one with a mechanical and a couple of crashes but he proved he has great speed and now it’s a matter of keeping up the training and getting in some race time under his belt before the junior nationals. I know Wayde is disappointed to be ruled out of the Vic’s with injury and is fired up for the nationals.”

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GMR Motorex KTM would like to thank their sponsors: KTM Australia, Motorex, Michelin, Fox, Ringmaster Images, Alpinestars, Easton, Oakley Motocross Advanced Coaching Academy, Funnel Web Filters, Membrey’s Transport & Crane Hire

EVENT STANDINGS - Shepparton
 13-u16 years 125-150cc
1. Jesse McNally 67pts
2. Jeremy Tyndall 62pts
3. Wayde Carter 50pts

13-u16 years 250F
1. Joel Wightman 69pts
2. Wayde Carter 66pts
3. Jeremy Tyndall 62pts

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
9-11 years 85cc-150F
1. Cody Dyce 264pts
2. Taj Marshall 262pts
3. Callum Norton 210pts