Gympie talent on show
GYMPIE Motorcycle Club members Kasey, Codie and Truman Winston joined Guy Parkinson in contesting the final rounds of the Australian Offroad Championship at Cherrabah Resort, near Warwick, at the weekend.
Against some of the finest offroad motorcycle talent, the four Gympie competitors issued a reminder this region is home to some of the nation’s hottest talent.
Gympie Motorcycle Club spokesperson Donna Jeremy was thrilled with their performances.
“Kasey and Guy have been travelling all over Australia to compete against each other as they are in the same class (junior 15 years 160cc-250cc 4stroke class),” she said.
The class was particularly strong this year, with numerous riders
jostling for a podium finish come the final rounds at the weekend.
Jeremy said the track was very
demanding for Guy and Kasey, prompting the riders to draw on all their skills.
“Saturday the track was quite good, with not a lot of dust due to rain earlier,” she said.
“However, Saturday night the rain fell heavily and Sunday the track turned into a bog hole.”
Riders found the going tough on the muddy track, with many sections changing constantly and requiring complete concentration.
Spectators were left holding their breath as riders tackled one particular section where the best line was a narrow space between two trees.
The space was so small there was only just enough room for the handlebars.
“These kids were going through the trees at a high speed and had all
spectators’ hearts racing,” Jeremy said.
Kasey enjoyed strong and consistent form all weekend, winning both rounds to cap off the series with a blaze of form.
Guy, meanwhile, finished second in Round 11 and fourth in Round 12.
Overall, the points had Lachlan Terry (ACT) in first (194 points), Kasey Winston second (190 points) and Guy Parkinson third (171 points).
“The racing was very close,” Jeremy said.
With no girls’ class in the competition, trailblazer Codie took on the boys and gave the majority of them a touch-up.
“Codie was running third for the series and was riding exceptionally well on the weekend,” Jeremy said.
Codie maintained her third position on the first day of racing but was unfortunate to come unstuck on the second.
Getting bogged in a hole lost her three crucial minutes and in the overall standings, dropped to fourth place by a single point over third placed Alex Pappamanolis.
“Codie was disappointed because she was trying so hard to get the girls in motorbike sport some recognition,” Jeremy said.
“No one takes notice you are not on the podium and a podium finish would have been a great statement to Motorcycling Australia.
“Girls want to race and we need a girls’ class in the Australian Offroad Championship.”
Truman, although not contesting all the rounds of the competition, made his presence felt when he did hit the track, finishing third on Sunday in the wet conditions.
The four Gympie competitors will be joined by their senior counterparts this weekend at Cherrabah again to contest the Yamaha Queensland Two Day Championship.
Kasey and Guy will continue their rivalry in the Queensland event, currently sitting first and second on the standings and eager to clinch the title of Queensland Enduro Champion.