The weekend of August 13th and 14th saw the Gippsland regionals penultimate championship round take place at the infamous Rosebud track on the Mornington Peninsula. With the wet winter weather finally subsiding a few weeks out from the event, the deep sand venue was in prime condition for the MAD Peter Stevens KTM Junior development team to take to the track on race day.
See our event gallery and full race report below.
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85cc B/W A class – 1st overall
Micheal Murphy debuted the 2017 KTM 85sx machine to a convincing overall Victory, extending his points lead considerably in the championship. Taking two moto wins and a second place after a poor start in moto 2. The racing all day was very close in one of the most exciting classes on track with Yamaha’s Liam Andrew’s, MAD’s Riley Findlay and young gun Tyran Tomich all trading positions throughout the day. Murphy put in consistent laps in the final moto when the track was at it’s roughest and most challenging to ease away from the field to seal the overall victory on the day.
125cc A class – 4th overall
Micheal Murphy’s 125cc A class performance lead to many positives for the team to take from the weekend. After fixing a poor start in Moto 1, Murphy held excellent track position early in Moto 2 and found himself challenging and passing for the lead in a fierce battle with the experienced Morgan Fogarty. Although dropping back late in the race, Murphy looked comfortable and in control running a far higher pace than he has run all season and his ability to take Moto wins in the Junior 125cc class on Sunday on the rough senior sand track at Rosebud showed further progress.
85cc B/W A class – 3rd Overall
Riley Findlay showed consistent speed all day at Rosebud and was involved in the explosive three rider battle for second place in moto 2 between Findlay, Murphy and Liam Andrews. Findlay lost second place to Murphy on the final lap of the moto however held onto third over yamaha’s Liam Andrews. With 3rd,3rd and 4th Moto positions Riley’s third overall was a solid day for the team, slowly bridging the gap in speed between Riley and the elite big wheeled riders in 2016. Competing in the younger age class at junior nationals for 85cc B/W the team will continue to build speed and confidence leading into Renmark.
125cc A class – 5th Overall
Josh Brewster fought hard in the deep Rosebud sand after being sick all week with a winter virus. With 5th,5th and 4th Moto scores, Josh showed great speed and battled all day with riders Brad Cain, Chandler Burns and his team mate Murphy for top five positions. Small mistakes and average starts slowed Josh’s progress in the deep sand, but pushing through sickness showed great character and the team will continue to build confidence in the young rider leading into the Renmark junior nationals in September.
Matt Van Slooten
450 A – 4th overall
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#teamMAD pro rider and riding coach Matt Van Slooten continued to push hard through his current knee injury on Sunday and soldiered on for a 4th overall and consistent points to remain the Championship leader in the 450 A class for the Gippsland region. Slootz is the defending champion and will give his all to go back to back as champion at the final round at Yarram in September.
The MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team now sets it’s sights on a solid boot camp of riding and fitness training leading into the junior nationals in September with team manager and trainer Joe Stevens. Final testing and bike development on the 2017 model KTM machines with team technician Steve Powell from SPMX will further ensure our riders are ready to go for Renmark junior nationals in the coming weeks. Along with our September coaching schedule that is now live here for the upcoming school Holidays and spring weather.
We wish to take the time to thank the following sponsors for their support this season; Peter Stevens Motorcycles, KTM Australia, FOX Australia, Dunlop, Repsol Oils, SPMX, The Collective, Slootz Designs, Dirtybits Moto Accessories, Titan protein, Flush Fitness, Flooring Sales.com.au and Race Socal Mx vacations.