Cairns dirt track combatants
THE sound of revving engines screamed into action last Saturday, as some of the region%u2019s best motocross riders fought it out during round three of the Tropical North Queensland MX Series.
About 130 competitors from Mt Isa to Mareeba descended on to the Cairns Motorcyle Club track at Cairns International Speedway for an action-packed day in the dirt. And it didn’t disappoint, with a total of 11 classes competing – from seven and eight-year-olds riding miniature 50cc bikes to the raw power and speed of the four stroke monsters in the professional Open Championship.
"It was a flawless day … there were no dramas," Cairns Motorcycle Club race secretary Jacinta Sabin said.
"We had some really good feedback on the track, it’s the best it’s been in a long time."
Holding a total of six rounds across the region, Ms Sabin said the annual series was a great boost for junior talent and development in the Far North.
And it seems that talent is already shining through, with Edmonton brothers Mitchell and Richard Evans dominating the competition in the junior lites category. Mitchell, the current 12-13 years Mini Lites Queensland Motocross Champion, said he loved the thrill and adrenalin of racing motocross.
"It’s really fun being able to go so fast and trying to get faster to do those big jumps," he said. The 13-year-old, who was runner-up at this year’s Australian titles, is one of only two riders selected to represent the country at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships in Bulgaria on August 12. Tully played host to round four of the series on Sunday, with round five to be held in Charters Towers on July 28.
Results: 50cc Div 2 –1st Deegan Mancinelli, 2nd Angus Hawkins, 3rd Zachary Watson; Lites Championship – 1st Luke Weaver, 2nd Christopher Nix, 3rd Daniel Chester; Lites Support – 1st Joshua Chester, 2nd Nick Bawden, 3rd Sebastian Van Dyk; Open Support – 1st Ashley Varley; Veterans – 1st Peter Axsentieff, 2nd Paul Cernoia, 3rd Paul Russell; Snr Women – 1st Shannyl Christante, 2nd Jenna Heidke, 3rd Taylar White; Jnr Lites 13/14 yrs – 1st Mitch Evans, 2nd Sean Bawder, 3rd Cameron Ogilvie; Jnr Lites 15 yrs – 1st Richard Evans, 2nd Joel McNee, 3rd Scott Hooley; Mini Lites 9-11 yrs – 1st Brayden Hall, 2nd Troy Hooley, 3rd Tyr Bugeja; Mini Lites 12-15 yrs – 1st Mitch Evans, 2nd Cameron Ogilvie, 3rd Connor Matthews; Jnr 65cc 7-12yrs – 1st Nathan Ramm, 2nd Brayden Hall, 3rd Tyrone Poggioli.
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Revved up: Shannyl Cristante (22) and Wayne Neven (531) in a close battle during motocross action at the Cairns Speedway on Saturday.