Gympie riders battle hard to win
SHYING away from a challenge isn’t how the Gympie Motorcycle Club does business after emerging from a hectic two weeks glowing with success.
Club publicity officer Donna Jeremy said both the junior and senior riders were stamping their authority in competition.
At the third and final round of the Yamaha Two Day Enduro Championships in Cherrabah, Warwick, a fortnight ago, Gympie riders Guy Parkinson and Kasey Winston put on a thrilling show.
Parkinson stole the crown from Winston clinching the series by the barest of margins.
Heading into the final round of the Junior Lites Class, both Gympie riders were tied on 47 points.
While the two share a bond as members of the Gympie Motorcycle Club, any mateship was temporarily shelved as they locked horns for glory.
After the first day of competition, carried out in difficult conditions owing to heavy rain earlier causing sections of the track to wash away, six seconds separated Parkinson and Winston.
Parkinson, however, proved strong under pressure and gathered his composure to finish the job on the second day.
Coming in third after Winston was Honda rider Benny Nash, who had his own battle with fourth-placed KTM rider Kaleb Treasure.
Jeremy said both riders had every reason to be proud of their efforts against elite competition.
Meanwhile, in the senior ranks, Wayne Winston finished first in the Experts Masters Over 35s Class while Bob Crawford also tasted victory taking out the Clubman Masters Over 35s.
“Efforts well worth mentioning,” Jeremy said.
With those results still fresh, the club backed up last weekend, competing in the second round of the Suzuki Enduro Cross.
“Once again we shone,” Jeremy said.
“We were a bit worried about the weather with rain forecast for Sunday.”
While the rain did threaten, the heavier falls didn’t arrive until after competition.
It was just as well as Gympie riders again took pride of place on the finish podium.
Gympie’s Luke Allan participated in his first race, in the 65cc class against brother Lachlan. With sibling rivalry stoking the boys’ competitive fire, both riders dug deep.
Unfortunately for Lachlan, a broken clutch in the second lap saw him unable to finish.
Luke took full advantage of the opportunity, racing home to finish fourth on his first attempt at a race.
Expert Masters over 35s – 3rd Dave James; Ladies – 3rd Emma Jeremy; Juniors under 150 2st 250 4st – 1st Kasey Winston, 3rd Guy Parkinson; Juniors under 85 2st 150 4st – 3rd Peter-Daniel Allan; Juniors under 85 2st 150 4st 9-11 years – 2nd Ben Korn, 3rd Truman Winston, 4th Jarred Brooke; Junior Girls 9-15 years – 2nd Sarah Brooke; Junior Girls 85cc 2st 150 4st – 2nd Codie Winston; 65cc – 4th Luke Allan.