The weekend of May 7th and 8th saw the MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team head to Ararat for round three of the 2016 Victorian junior state titles. The last time we visited Ararat for our preparation coaching camp being extremely wet and muddy and with more rain on the forecast for the weekends racing everyone was collectively holding their breath that the rain did not come! Luckily this was the case and everyone attending witnessed some of the closest racing of the season.
Our team riders produced great results with more podium finishes and every rider hitting goals that team manager Joe Stevens had set for them coming into round three.
Read race results and race report below.
Photo’s courtesy of Levi Healey
85cc B/W A – 2nd overall
Micheal Murphy continued his sensational speed improvements and 2016 season form heading into Round three. With 2,2,2 Moto scores and second overall on the day Micheal battled fiercely with defending Vic #1 Bailey Malkiewicz for victory and these two riders have began to separate themselves from the rest of the field in terms of speed and championship points. Micheal Murphy and Bailey Malkiewitz traded passes for the lead in two out of three races, with the first race coming down to a pass from Malkiewitz for the lead with two laps to go and again a similar close battle in the early stages of the third race. In a highly competitive class with many factory backed riders and teams it was another solid performance for Micheal Murphy who now sits 14 points out of the championship lead heading into the final round at Mildura.
Micheal Murphy finally put his trade mark good starts from the 85’s to use in the 125 class and showed flashes of brilliance in the final Moto running as high as second place against some the best riders in the country. Running comfortably in the top five for the first ten minutes of the moto and finishing in the top ten is a great foundation for the team to move forward to round 4.
125cc A – 9th Overall
Josh Brewster turned his season around at round 3 of the championship and hit specific goals the team had set for him. For Josh, costly mistakes and falls had hindered his progress at the first two rounds. With plenty of speed on the track the team worked with Josh to ride at 80-90% of his maximum speed in order to have a round to progress from. With three solid fifteen minute moto’s under his belt, no falls or mistakes and plenty of speed left in the tank Josh took his first top ten moto scores and overall of the season and we look forward to building from this progression to round 4.
85cc B/W A – 11th Overall
Findlay bounced back from a challenging start to the 2016 season and finally put together a solid start in moto two leading to a equal season best 9th position. With positives to take from round three in regards to speed and better starts the team will now work to put all of the pieces together for round four with solid starts and early race charges being the key to Riley finding his potential in the last round of the series.
The MAD Peter Stevens KTM junior development team now heads to Mildura for round 4 of the state titles series in one months time on the weekend of June 11th and 12th, followed by our Gippsland regional round five prep camp at Wonthaggi on June 28th / 29th and then to Renmark S.A for the Junior Nationals prep camp on the long weekend of July 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
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.