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CARTER RECLAIMS VIC TITLE IN A NAIL-BITER

18-07-13

Motorex KTM Junior rider Wayde Carter made a his final tilt a Victorian junior 250F title a spectacular one, winning the crown in nail-biting fashion at the Victorian Junior Motocross Championship at Albury.

The stage was set for an absolute showdown in the classes with only two points separating KTM’s Wayde Carter and Yamaha Junior Racing competitor, Jed Beaton, and it came down to the wire. Carter raced like his life depended on it, yet in super-smooth Carter style, edged out Jed on the final lap of the final moto to win the race and the title by 0.5164 seconds, and reclaim the number one plate.

“I am so pumped for this win!’ said Carter after the race, “this is probably the hardest-fought battle for a number one plate I have had so it feels awesome!”

Carter was also runner-up in the 125cc A Grade class, finishing just 8 points in arrears of Matthew Hopkins-Talty.

Carter said, “I would have loved to get the double in the 125 and 250F but Matty rode awesome in the first round and got a good break on me points-wise. I am still stoked with how I rode, which is a big improvement from Maffra at round one so to be on the podium in this class as well is great.”

On Saturday’s program, Callum Norton had a battle on his hands to claw his way back into podium contention for the 12-16 years 85cc-150F Championship after a round one mechanical DNF saw him sitting outside the top ten. The first race saw Norton charging hard to recover from a first race incident, elevating himself from last position to a solid 5th. Two more strong results including a final moto win saw him finish 3rd for the round, and rising into an impressive 3rd place for the series.

“I felt really good this weekend and had a lot of fun out there” said Norton “I got a bit frustrated in the lead up to the last race because I know I can beat these guys and I just went all out and took the win for the last race. I finished on a high and got onto the podium so I am stoked.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald was impressed with the results for both Carter and Norton, and said, “It is a great result for Wayde. He really did have a rough start to the series and his come-back was outstanding. Wayde also just came off the back of winning the Hattah Desert race which certainly shows his versatility on the bike. Callum’s result was also impressive, and moving up from outside the top ten points-wise to score a 3rd is a great achievement. “This is his first year in the 12-16 years 85cc-150F age group and likely to be his last given his size so a podium result is something to be proud of.”

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OVERALL STANDINGS – Round 3

A Grade 13-u16 years 250 four stroke
1. Wayde Carter KTM
2. Jed Beaton YAM
3. Jonte Reynders KTM

A Grade 13-u16 years 125 two stroke
1. Wayde Carter KTM
2. Jed Beaton YAM
3. Mathew Hopkins-Talty KTM

A Grade 12-u16 years 85cc-150F
1. Wade Kirkland KTM
2. Cody Dyce YAM
3. Callum Norton KTM

OVERALL STANDINGS - Championship

A Grade 13-u16 years 250 four stroke
1. Wayde Carter KTM 209pts
2. Jed Beaton YAM 208pts
3. Matthew Hopkins-Talty 162KTM pts

A Grade 13-u16 years 125 two stroke
1. Mathew Hopkins-Talty KTM 176pts
2. Wayde Carter KTM 168pts
3. Morgan O’Loughlin KTM 141pts

A Grade 12-u16 years 85cc-150F
1. Wade Kirkland KTM 217pts
2. Cody Dyce YAM 191pts
3. Callum Norton KTM 161pts