Bikers make a mark
SIX of Gympie’s finest bikers headed to Port Macquarie on the weekend to compete in rounds one and two of the Yamaha Australian Off Road Championships.
Wayne, Kasey, Codie and Truman Winston, Guy Parkinson and Peter-Daniel Allan competed in the very difficult conditions of mud, water and constant showers.
Round one on Saturday was a cross-country format where juniors raced for 1.5 hours to get in as many laps as possible.
Kasey Winston led from the third corner and into the last lap only to be overtaken and place a commendable second by 26 seconds.
Spokeswoman Michelle Winston said Kasey did very well to get such a high finish.
“He rode very well and a small mechanical problem with back brakes failing on the last lap meant it was very difficult to keep the pace to stay in front,” she said.
“He was very happy with the race and result.”
Parkinson came in fourth on a very demanding track with deep ruts and mud that was deeper than his bike’s tyres.
Codie Winston did very well to keep up with the boys, as there was no girls’ class in this competition, however she also had problems on the last lap to end up in seventh position.
Truman Winston rode in the youngest junior class and finished first for the day.
Peter-Daniel Allan and Wayne Winston both had bike failure in this round and did not finish.
Bikes could not be sent back into the bush for round two on Sunday, as it was almost impossible to get around the track and many bikes were damaged from Saturday, so a decision was made to run a sprint on the motocross track with a few extra turns and technical obstacles to make it more difficult.
This was a short track, therefore small mistakes gained costly time.
Parkinson started out extremely well until a fall, which claimed seconds, put him out of contention for a place.
Kasey Winston started steadily, but with consistent laps he worked his way into third position.
Codie Winston came in seventh again and Truman Winston placed fifth.
Wayne Winston borrowed Kasey’s spare bike to compete and he pushed hard to finish second and Peter-Daniel finally succumbed to a broken clutch.
These riders, along with other Gympie Motorcycle Club riders, will travel to Mackay this weekend for round one of the Yamaha Queensland two-day enduro.