Taree Motorcycle Club juniors Zane Hopkins and Cody Wilby are now 2018 Australian Junior Track Champions. The 2018 Australian Junior Track Championship was held on the 6th and 7th October at Tamworth Motorcycle Club’s Oakburn Park. Zane Hopkins was placed …read more
Taree Motorcycle Club Results from the 2018 NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships at Somersby
Posted on September 18, 2018 by Administrator
Four (4) Taree Motorcycle Club Junior riders, Hayden Nelson and brothers, Blake, Kurtis and Cody Wilby competed at the 2018 NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships held at Allen Park, Somersby (Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club) on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.
The Championships were contested by competitors from the three eastern States on a watered,
sandy loam track.
Of the four Taree riders, Hayden Nelson finished second in the 9-U11 85cc class and third in the
9-U13 65cc class; Cody Wilby finished third in the 7-U 10 85cc 4stroke modified class; Blake Wilby made all of his finals; and Kurtis Wilby just missed the repechage.
Taree Motorcycle Club congratulates these Juniors on their efforts.
Barry caught up with Hayden Nelson and the Wilby brothers for a short talk about the weekend.
Barry E. chats with Hayden N. about the 2018 NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships at Somersby
Barry: Well done on your 2nd and 3rd placings at the NSW Championships on the weekend, Hayden. How was the competition at the meeting? How did your bikes handle?
Hayden: There was good competition and it was well run. We had to change tyres and gearing to suit the track.
Barry: I know your parents and grandparents are your very good supporters. Who in your family was able to travel to the Central Coast to watch you this weekend?
Hayden: Mum and dad and my grandparents, Bruce and Lorraine, travelled down to the Central Coast. We travelled down early Saturday and stayed overnight.
Barry: How does it feel watching the other Taree riders in their races when there’s a group of you at a championship meeting?
Hayden: I couldn’t watch all their races as we were in some of the same races but I watched them when I could. We were all really tired after two days of racing.
Barry: Would your mum or dad like to make a comment about the weekend?
Hayden: Mum would.
Jodie: It was a very well run event.
Barry: Thanks Hayden and Jodie for your time.
Barry E. chats with Blake W. (then Cody and Kurtis) about Somersby
Barry: Well done on making it through to the finals in your events, Blake. It was hot and gusty up here on the weekend, how were conditions down at Somersby? Did the conditions effect your riding? How did your bikes handle?
Blake: Sunday was really bad as it was very windy but it didn’t really worry me.
Barry: How do you think your brothers rode?
Blake: Cody went really well! It was his first podium finish in a large race meeting.
Kurtis just missed out on the repechage by one place.
Barry: You always have good support when you and your brothers are racing at your home track, who of your usual supporters were able to make the trip to the Central Coast to watch?
Blake: Mum and dad took us down to the Central Coast. My girlfriend came, too. We left home at 3:00am Saturday morning and stayed in a motel on Saturday night.
Barry: Would your mum or dad or brothers like to make a comment about the weekend?
Blake: Cody, Kurtis and mum would.
Barry: Well done Cody on your 3rd placing and first podium finish at a big meeting.
Cody: I was pleased with 3rd. I hadn’t practised a lot and Dad and a mate had to set up the bike differently. I’d like to thank Ian and Dick and Megan (Bisley) for lending me their bike. I’m looking forward to Tamworth.
Barry: Hi, Kurt, did you enjoy the weekend?
Kurt: Sure did! I just missed the repechage by one place. I’m still getting used to the 250. I can’t wait until Tamworth.
Jo: Good event – well run.
Barry: Thanks Blake, Cody, Kurtis and Jo for your time.
The next major event for junior Taree members will be the Australian Junior Long Track Championship to be contested in Tamworth October 6th and 7th on a watered, decomposed granite track.
The Chair of Sport Australia, John Wylie, notes in Sport 2030 that “Sport motivates young Australians to be active, producing on the whole better results at school and providing the early foundation of skills and habits that help them remain healthy and active throughout life. Sport promotes social inclusion and cohesion, and teaches vital lifelong personal qualities of character, resilience and teamwork, as well as the life lessons gained by both winning and losing”.
Taree Motorcycle Club has a solid and successful Junior base but there is always room for more young riders at the Club. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved, contact President, Troy Baker, on 0499 818 248 or Vice President, Sam. Lennon, on 0429 913 177.