In the Motul Oils MotoStars Junior Class, reigning MotoStars Junior Champion Marianos Nikolis continued his dominant form with 3 very strong rides, once again ahead of the improving road racer Carter Thompson. Another solid performance came from Cameron Swain who took the final place on the podium as he continues to learn the craft of road racing.
In the Jack Miller MotoStars Youth Class, Max Gibbons won the event using speed and very good race craft in all 3 races. Josh Hall was Max’s biggest challenger in race one, but once ruled out from racing after his crash in the MotoStars 2 Stroke class it was Cros Francis who took chase to earn 2nd overall for the day.
A tight battle waged over 3rd overall between James Jacobs and Jack McKarthy with the pair tied on points in the end. It was McKarthy who claimed the trophy though after the final race countback.
In the AGV MotoStars 300 Production Class, a highly anticipated battle between Zylas Bunting and Victorian racer Luke Power didn’t disappoint as the pair went bar to bar in all 3 races, each claiming race wins, however Power was the overall winner on his Kawasaki Ninja 300.3rd went to racer/tyre service fitter Shannon Browne who was a popular podium placing.
In the Kayo GP Australia MotoStars Senior Class some of the finest racing you’ll see on these little bikes took place, with Benny Baker winning on his Kayo MR150 in impressive style. Jacob Roulstone pushed him all the way though on his NSF100 while championship leader Tom Brown collected solid points in 3rd to retain his lead at the top of the table.
In the Russell Symes and Company Supermoto class only 2 competitors saw the chequered flag after some late scratchings on Saturday and Sunday. Brady Rodwell did what he came for though and took home 3 wins and 75points in the process, leaping into championship contention with 2 rounds of the series remaining.
Nobody could stop Tony Vella in the MiniMotoStars class, despite a big field of competitors, as the reigning MotoStars Champion remains unbeaten so far this season. Bo Stevenson and Chris Lawler were the podium placers in that order behind Vella, but expect to see some more tight encounters at the next round at Awesome Drive in August.
MotoStars also hosted GP Juniors Australia at this event, with various riders doubling up on both championships. Casey Middleton took the 70cc category, while Jacob Roulstone won the 85cc category ahead of Harrison Voight and Luke Power. Voight also claimed the 150cc category adding to his MotoStars trophies from the day, ahead of Zylas Bunting and Glenn Nelson.
“It was an eventful day with a few holds up here and there, but thanks to the tireless work of the MotoStars staff, officials and volunteers we got our events back on schedule and had a fantastic day of racing.” said MotoStars founder Damian Cudlin.
“Our presence in Victoria isn’t what it is in other states, however our rider attendance continues to grow which is really encouraging.”
“There was some brilliant racing on display today and we owe a big thanks to the Albury Wodonga Kart Club for having us at this great facility. We’re looking forward to coming back again and expanding our program in Victoria more!”
With the MotoStars NSW Supermoto Championships just 2 weeks away, competitors can then enjoy a mid-season break before the next round of the tri-state Australian MotoStars Series at AwesomeDrive NSW in August.
MotoStars is proudly supported by Watson Demolition & Earthworks, Jack Miller, Motul, AGV Helmets, Link International, Saxby's Soft Drinks, Black Duck Brewery, Russell Symes and Company, Deborah Funoo Motorsports, Greg Inglis plumbing, Shark Motorcycle Leathers & Accessories, West Sliders, Kayo GP Australia, Bikebiz, Fine Line Motorcycles, and Bridgestone.
Pics courtesy of: Linda Middleton Photography, and Col Roper.