With picture-perfect weather the 2019 Huon Aquaculture Australian Trial Championships was held on the unique rocky terrain of Mt Joy, Tasmania last weekend providing a great mix of obstacles to test the riders in their respective classes
Twenty-nine-year-old NSW rider, Kyle Middleton once again re-wrote the history books by becoming the first rider to win seven straight Australian Solo Trial Championships, with near perfect scores. After scoring a phenomenally perfect score of ZERO points on Saturday, the New South Welshman went on to score only 5-points on Sunday, which saw him once again winning the Australian Championships finishing with only 5-points to his name for the weekend.
Thirty-three points off Middleton in second place was Colin Zarczynski with a mere 38 points and Connor Hogan was only one point behind finishing the weekend with only 39 points. Tasmania’s Chris Bayles finished fourth overall with 56-points and Timothy Coleman followed closely with 58 points.
When asked about the championship weekend Middleton enthused “To be honest, the weekend went so smoothly that I can’t say there were any low lights and even highlights were hard to find because it was all so good”.
“This is my 7th now, I think they all mean different things. The first was just such a great feeling to finally achieve the goal I’d been striving for. Every year I have something I need to prove to myself and this year was probably just focusing on myself, believing in myself and being calm. I’ve never ridden as calm or focused as I did on the weekend so to be able to achieve my goal just gives me satisfaction that I’m still able to improve and keep pushing my level up.”
Middleton thoroughly enjoyed the Tasmanian venue and concluded with “This year’s venue was quite unique for Australian championships, we usually have quite smooth and round rocks in Australia but the terrain at Mount Joy is very jagged and loose. It feels a little bit European to me. I really enjoyed the different challenge; I could have stayed there riding all week”!
In the Women’s class Kristie McKinnon was at the top of her game all weekend and showed the crowd what champions are scoring only 1 point on Day 1. She then went into Sunday cruising through every section in spectacular form, scoring a profoundly perfect ZERO. This saw Kristie finishing with a grand total of only 1-point and her TENTH Australian Championship in the Women’s category.
The Women’s class was very low scoring with championship runner up Lillie Yiatrou on 18 points, Kaitlyn Cummins coming in a close third on 24 points, fourth was Sarah Chivers on 29 and Nicole Casey rounded up the top five with a mere 38 points for the weekend.
When asked about the highs, lows and challenges of this year’s championship McKinnon commented “It’s always a great achievement to win at the Australian Championships and this year was no exception. It was a highlight to be travelling to Tasmania for the Championships, I have ridden a few events down there at the same venue and there is always such a great relaxed atmosphere, the Tasmanian Trials community certainly know how to run events! For me the lowlight was getting sick before the event, I’d returned from TdN in Ibiza only a week prior and picked something up on the plane on the way home that I couldn’t seem to shake”.
Ten national championships would seem the ultimate pinnacle to any sportsperson however for Kristie it’s just not quite enough, “Yeah it’s pretty exciting to win 10 championships, although they haven’t been consecutive I was runner up in 2010 and 2014 to Michelle Coleman, so I’d like to keep pushing to get 10 in a row! There’s a lot of talent coming up at the moment, so I think I’ll have my work cut out staying ahead of Kaitlyn and Lillie”.
The 2019 Huon Aquaculture Australian Trial Championship saw the following riders crowned Australian Champions for 2019:
• Trial 1 – Kyle Middleton
• Trial 2 – Luke Anderson
• Trial 3 – Matthew Woodhouse
• Trial 4 – Zak Lunn
• Women – Krisite McKinnon
• Junior 7 – Under 11 – Harry Petersen
• Junior 12 – Under 16 – Haydon Barwick
• Junior 9 – Under 13 – Benjamin Walling
• Junior Women 9 – Under 13 – Bridie Sutton
• Veterans 40 – 55 – Don Murray
• Veterans 55 plus – Steve Johnson
• Classic – Leo Nolan
Results for the 2019 Huon Aquaculture Australian Moto Trials Championship
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Photos Courtesy of Johnno’s Trials