The 2019 KTM Australia Junior Motocross Championship (AJMX) has got off to a rip-roaring start with over 300 riders taking at the Motocross Riders Association track in Gillman for the opening practice and qualifying sessions of the week-long event.
Australia’s top junior motocross riders had their first taste of the world-class venue and South Australia turned on the sun, serving up perfect conditions ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled commencement of racing. Gate pick for the opening round of racing will be determined by today’s results.
125cc – 13-U15 – Qualifying
Western Australia’s Brock Flynn soared to the top spot in the 125cc – 13-U15 class, managing to lap a 1:55.229 to comfortably put himself ahead of the competition. Jack Mather (QLD) cleared the line with a time that would deliver him second, as the talented Ryan Alexanderson (QLD) maintained third. Jett Burgess-Stevens (TAS) wound up in fourth, followed by Liam Atkinson from Western Australia in the top five.
50cc Division 2 – 7-U9 – Qualifying
Bodie Cort from QLD produced a commanding time of 2:32.971, earning himself the top gate choice with his searing performance. West Australian Deegan Fort was second, Mason Brown (WA) third followed by Queenslander Kyle Harvey in fourth and Victorian Connor Guillot rounded off the top five for today.
85cc/150cc 4st – 14-U16 – Qualifying
New South Welshman, Hunter Collins shot to the top of the timesheets with a sensational time of 1:58.763 It was enough to edge out Benny Novak (NSW) and Zachary Watson (QLD) who established themselves in the top three. Queenslander Jake Kowal from held on for fourth as Jackson Camilleri (QLD) closed out the top five for this class of the 85cc two-stroke and 150cc four-stroke riders.
85cc/150cc 4st BW – 12-U14 – Qualifying
After two tense qualifying sessions it would be Queenslander Kobe Drew to emerge fastest with a time of 2:00.099. Tasmanian, Jett Burgess-Stevens qualified second, with Connor Towill (NSW) establishing himself in the top three.
65cc – 7-U10 – Qualifying
Victorian, Jobe Dunne, stormed to the number one position on the timesheets with his notable time of 2:20.512. Jack Burton (NSW), who is also pulling double duty, managed second. Taking a top three position was Lachlan Allen (QLD) who will no doubt be elated with his performance. South Australian, Ryder Woodrow and Cooper Downing (QLD) capped off their great days fourth and fifth respectively.
128-150cc 2st/250cc 4st – 13-U16 Girls – Qualifying
Queensland’s Charli Cannon has aced the 13-U16 Girls division, lodging a 1:58.738 time to put herself atop of the leader board heading into tomorrow’s race day. Fellow rival, Taylah McCutcheon (QLD) was second, followed by Taylor Thompson (TAS), Madi Healey (VIC) and Olivia Kimball (VIC). It will be quite a spectacle to see them battling it out tomorrow as all their times are significantly improved from last year.
65cc – 10-U12 – Qualifying
New South Welshman, Ky Woods, was the strongest of the 65cc riders with his time of 2:08.211, with Kayden Minear (WA) not too far behind in second. Jack Deveson from New South Wales placed a good enough time for third, as Jake Cannon (QLD) was fourth and Seth Shackleton (WA) fifth.
125cc – 15yo – Qualifying
The hotly contested 125cc 15 years class was the Alex Larwood (SA) with a great time of 1:50.151. Blake Fox from New South Wales managed to stick his Husqvarna second fastest. Levi Rogers (QLD) claimed third, with Cameron Torpy (NSW) fourth and Reid Taylor (NSW) fifth.
128-150cc 2st/250cc 4st – 13-U15 – Qualifying
The quick Queenslander, Brad West, with a time of 1:54.431 was 1.730 faster than his closest rival, Zachary Watson (QLD). Coming in closely for third was Liam Atkinson (WA) followed by Ryan Alexanderson (QLD) and Jackson Camilleri (QLD) completed the top five.
85cc/150cc 4st – 12-U16 Girls BW – Qualifying
The top three in the female Mini Lites category was taken out by Taylah McCutcheon (QLD), lodging a time that was only 0.215s faster than Charli Cannon (QLD). Slotting herself into third was Taylor Thompson (NSW) followed by Jaylee Rimbas (WA) and Danielle McDonald (NSW) in the top five.
128-150cc 2st/250cc – 15yo – Qualifying
Local rider, Alex Larwood has his eyes on the prize here at Gillman, earning the best gate position with his fastest time of 1:49.634. Blake Fox from New South Wales wasn’t too far behind however in second, being only 0.222 of a second off the fastest time. Coming up in third was Levi Rogers (QLD) who can’t be counted out of contending for victories. Ricky Chalmers (NSW)) and Joe O’Donnell (NSW) finish fourth and fifth respectively.
85cc/150cc 4st – 9 – U12 SW – Qualifying
New South Welshman, Koby Hantis, pieced together a great performance with a fastest lap time of 2:03.365, Jet Aslop (QLD) maintained second, as Kayden Minear (WA) charged to third. Jack Deveson (NSW) followed closely behind with Kayd Kingsford (NSW) to conclude the top five.
The KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships resumes tomorrow kicking off the Heat Races.
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