The MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team headed to Warrnambool and the Shipwreck Motocross club for round two of the Victorian junior state titles on the weekend of April 9th and 10th.
With large rider fields in all classes continuing from round one, the initial preseason and first round hype may have worn off but riders, teams and families all knew that intense battles and great racing was coming to Warrnambool for round two!
Our team enjoyed more podium finishes, guest riders from interstate, along with some unfortunate crashes and the high’s and lows associated with junior motocross competition and the development of young talent within the sport.
Read our rider results and race report below.
250cc A grade – 6th Overall
Liam signed to the MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team on a guest ride for Round two of the series. After working with team manager and coach Joe Stevens in Darwin earlier in the season it was agreed upon that spending time down in Victoria training and racing some of the fastest riders in the country would be a great way to kick start Liam’s final season of junior competition before heading to the MX Nationals in 2017. With a big effort from the Walsh and Abela family from NT, Steve Powell from SPMX and our team sponsors we had Liam in town one week early testing and training ready for round two.
The highly competitive 250 A class saw Liam battling with the country’s best junior riders and after only having three laps of practice to learn the track, the gates dropped on moto 1. Liam started well and maintained solid track position in the top five for most of the fifteen minute plus 1 lap moto to finish a day best 6th. Moto’s two and three saw more intense racing with Liam banging bars with national champion Taj Marshall, junior world champ Caleb Grouthes, New Zealand champ Trent Collins along with Victoria’s fastest riders of Norton, Semmens, Dyce and more.
Finishing up with 6,7,9 moto scores Liam finished a very respectable 6th overall on his first race in Victoria for the MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team and a big learning experience for him as a rider working with team manager Joe Stevens and race day technician Steve Powell. We look forward to working with Liam again in 2016.
85cc B/W A – 2nd overall
Micheal Murphy continued his sensational early season form heading into Round two. With 2,2,2 Moto scores and second overall on the day Micheal took two from three hole shots and battled fiercely with defending Vic #1 Bailey Malkiewicz for victory. With moto two coming down to Murphy leading all the way to the last lap when lapped riders forced an error and pass from Malkiewicz it was a case of what could have been for Murphy and a strong come from behind ride in moto 3 gave Micheal solid championship points and second overall on the day. In a highly competitive class with many factory backed riders and teams it was another solid performance for Micheal Murphy who now sits second in the championship just five points off the lead spot.
With a day best 10th in moto one, Micheal Murphy is still learning the ropes in his first year in the big bike classes. Showing flashes of great speed, Murphy suffered from poor starts and small mistakes to stay consistently close to the top ten all day. With Micheal’s focus being on the 125cc and 250cc classes for 2017 the team continues to safely build speed and confidence with his big bike riding in 2016.
85cc B/W A – 9th Overall
Findlay bounced back from a poor moto 1 for a day best 9th position in moto two. Again showing flashes of great speed, Riley will be working on his starts and early race aggression to improve on his start to the 2016 season. In a highly competitive graduation class in the 85cc B/W A grade, track position early is key to good results and the team will work to achieve this in round three.
125cc A – 16th Overall
Josh Brewster again showed promising speed at round 2, however much like round one Josh gave away promising race results with costly mistakes and small crashes throughout the day. Running well within the top ten early in every moto, Josh and the team know he has the speed and talent for better results and working on his early race mindset will help to achieve this in the coming rounds.
The MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team now heads to Mildura for our round 4 state titles prep camp in two weeks time followed by round three of the series at Ararrat on the weekend of May 7th and 8th.
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.