Liam Andrews has rocketed to the top of the Victorian Junior Motocross championships after an outstanding performance at round three of the series, held at Wonthaggi, while in New South Wales, Bayley Clancy picked up a couple of podiums when he contested the King of MX NSW state championships at Port Macquarie.Andrews was in top form at Wonthaggi and was the stand out rider at the event. Competing in the 13-15 years 125 and 250cc divisions, Andrews notched up the perfect three from three in the 125 class and then claimed 2-1-1 on his 250 and make it five race victories from the six races entered.
He was in a league of his own in the 125 class, winning each race by 15 seconds and showing his true class but things were a little tougher on the 250 where he enjoyed some intense battles with Dante Hyam to notch up the round win.
The dominant weekend puts him in a powerful position in the championship, leading the 125 class by 31 points and the 250 by 20 points with one round remaining.
“I pretty much had the perfect weekend and did exactly what I needed to do in the championship,” Andrews said with excitement. “The track was awesome all weekend and my bikes were going great, so I can’t complain.
“Thank you to Cameron Taylor and the YJR team for their help as well as my parents who do so much for me.”
Making the trip across from South Australia was Alex Larwood, who was having his first hit out since breaking a collarbone several weeks ago. Despite feeling a little rusty, Larwood still managed to finish third on his 250, making it a YJR 1-3 result in that class.
Also racing was Tasmanian young gun, Angus Pearce, who claimed second for the round as he unleashed the YZ65 for its first Victorian race appearance. Pearce finished with 2-1-2 results in the A Grade 9-11 years 65cc class in a good showing for the new machine.
Wet and wild conditions greeted competitors for the King of MX event at Port Macquarie over weekend. Substantial rain fell in the lead up to the weekend then intermittent shows across racing on Saturday meant the water-logged track never dried out and it was a challenge just to circulate.
Bayley Clancy lead the charge for the NSW team, taking home third place in the 14-15 years 85cc class with 2-3-3 results. He also managed to claim second in the 13-15 years 125 division with 4-3 finishes as the last race was cancelled due to poor light.
“My goal was to get on the podium on both bikes and it was cool to be able to do that on the weekend,” Clancy said. “The track was so hard to ride as it was just wet and muddy and really rutty so it was easy to fall off or make mistake and go down.
“Thanks to my parents and Thomo who had to work hard all weekend in these conditions.”
Also at the event was the remainder of the NSW team, the Kingsford brothers, Ryder and Kayd. Ryder was on a mission in the 12-13 years 85cc class and clearly the fastest rider in the field but a heavy fall in race two put an end to his day. Kayd tasted mud and dirt far more than he would have liked but enjoyed the challenge of racing in the mud
1st Blake Hollis - 70
2nd Bayley Clancy - 58 (Yamaha YZ125)
3rd Cameron Torpy - 56
14-15 years 85cc
1st Ben Novak - 102
2nd Joe O'Donnell - 95
3rd Bayley Clancy - 90 (Yamaha YZ85)
A Grade 125
1st Liam Andrews- 105 (GYTR-YJR)
2nd Ricky Chalmers – 96
3rd Zack Wright- 90
A Grade 250
1st Liam Andrews- 102 (GYTR-YJR)
2nd Dante Hyam – 99
3rd Alex Larwood – 86
A Grade 9-11 65cc
1st Hixson Mcinnes - 102
2nd Angus Pearce – 99 (GYTR-YJR)
3rd Billy Cameron - 88
Championship Standings After Round Three
A Grade 125
1st Liam Andrews – 309 (Yamaha YZ125)
2nd Ricky Chalmers – 278
3rd Alex Larwood - 217 (Yamaha YZ125)
A Grade 250
1st Liam Andrews- 301 (Yamaha YZ250F)
2nd Dante Hyam – 281
3rd Ricky Chalmers - 253