Gympie club in a blaze of form
MEMBERS of the Gympie Motorcycle Club have finished a hectic four weeks of travel and competition and are itching to enjoy a few weeks of rest.
Gympie Motorcycle Club publicity officer Donna Jeremy said the club’s racing calendar had kept riders on their toes but had “produced some outstanding results”.
In the past month, the Gympie club has competed at three events, including the second leg of the Yamaha Queensland Two Day Enduro in Mackay, Rounds 9 and 10 of the Yamaha Australian Offroad Championships in South Australia and the second round of the Husaberg Pony Express in New South Wales.
The club’s performance at each of the events follows.
Yamaha Queensland Two Day Enduro
PIONEER Valley, south-west of Mackay, was the location of the second leg of the Yamaha Queensland Two Day Enduro between July 31 and August 1.
Consisting of two days of racing interspersed with time trials, Gympie riders stepped up to make their presence known.
Standout results for Gympie included:
Wayne Winston: First Expert Masters Over 35s
Bob Crawford: Second Clubman Masters Over 35s
Kasey Winston: First Juniors Under 150 3 stroke/250 four stroke, Guy Parkinson second
Peter Daniel-Allan: First Juniors Under 85/150 9-15 years
Codie Winston: First Junior Girls 9-15 years, Sarah Brook third, Teams first and third
Australian Offroad Championships
AFTER the dust settled on competition in Mackay, Gympie riders moved on to Kapunda, South Australia, for Rounds 9 and 10 of the Yamaha Australian Offroad Championships on August 7 and 8.
A cross country race lasting one-and-a-half hours tested the Gympie competitors, but again the results were forthcoming.
Kasey Winston finished third, Guy Parkinson fourth and Codie Winston fourth.
The competition did not have a girls’ class, so young Codie stepped up and matched it with the boys, proving her ability to tear it up on the track is not fading.
In the sprint race the day after, Guy Parkinson finished first, Dylan Hickling second and Kasey Winston third. Coming in fourth was Codie Winston.
The last rounds of the series will take place at the Cherrabah Resort, near Warwick, on September 11 and 12.
Series points so far have Nick Beattie in sixth place in the senior ranks, Kasey Winston in second for the juniors, followed by Guy Parkinson in third.
Codie Winston, meanwhile, is running third for the series in the 12-13 years class.
Husaberg Pony Express
THE weekend of August 15 saw the Gympie Motorcycle Club travelled to Kyogle, New South Wales, to contest the second round of the Husaberg Pony Express.
Jeremy said riders were greeted by some of the toughest conditions they have faced in competition.
“It was really cold and the track was very greasy,” she said.
“Being in hilly country, there were a lot of challenges for the riders.”
The series involves teams of two riders taking it in turns to negotiate the set course in record time.
Juniors, ladies and Over 45s raced for three hours while the seniors showed endurance to be on the track for five hours.
The series is where the Gympie club is really striking success.
“We travel to the races together, camp together, race together and help each other with repairs and encouragement,” Jeremy said.
The event was full of drama for Sarah Brook and Emma Jeremy.
Brook’s partner pulled because of injury but she muscled up to complete the entire three hours on the senior track herself.
Meanwhile, Emma enjoyed her first outing in the team event, partnering up with Ashleigh Bateman.
Gympie club members featured heavily in the results and Jeremy congratulated the riders on one of their best outings to date.
She also thanked the many mums and dads who offered their support.
“Mums and dads are all there to support their kids, with some of them also racing,” Jeremy said.
“They are there when the kids come in sometimes with smiles and sometimes with tears, wanting encouragement or sympathy.”
The Gympie Motorcycle Club was due to race in Kingaroy last weekend for the third round of the Pony Express but wet weather forced the event’s cancellation.
The club now has a couple of weeks off and next races at Cherrabah Resort near Warwick in early September for the last round of the Australian Offroad Championship.