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Australian 2019 Supermoto Championship – Round 1 at Pacific Park, Port Macquarie on 2nd & 3rd March

Posted on March 10, 2019 by Administrator

(Event report provided by Craig Nelson; comment by Damian Cudlin;
and photos taken by Linda Middleton Photography)


TMCC congratulates Hayden Nelson for his great Round One effort to be leading the ‘Junior Lites’ Class in the Australian 2019 Supermoto Championship.

MotoStars – a motorcycle training, coaching and racing series managed by former MotoGP racer, Damian Cudlin – is the promoter of the Australian Supermoto Championship and Australian Junior Road Racing Championship.

Motorcycling Australia describes Supermoto racing as combining the “high-speed grace of road racing with the action-packed drama of motocross-style dirt track racing”.

Taree Motorcycle Club’s Hayden Nelson competed in the first round of the Australian Supermoto Championship last weekend at Pacific Park in Port Macquarie. He rode in the ‘Junior Lites’ Class, which is a 85cc class for under 13 year olds.

The Port Macquarie track was 1.1 kms long and approximately 75% bitumen and 25% dirt, with jumps and berms.

It was Hayden’s first time riding this discipline and his first time riding his dirt bike on a sealed surface. Hayden’s father, Craig Nelson, commented that growing up riding on Taree Motorcycle Club’s oil track helped Hayden adjust to the tar quickly because both surfaces provide a high level of grip.

The Supermoto event consisted of a fifteen-minute practice session, followed by fifteen minutes of qualifying and then three, eight-lap races.

Hayden qualified on Pole Position.

He won the Race One by a narrow gap after taking the race lead in the dirt section on the 7th lap.

Race Two was a wet race and Hayden had a good lead before falling on the 2nd lap, remounting and finishing 5th.

For the final race, the track had dried and Hayden took the lead on the 3rd lap and maintained a small gap through to the finish – winning by 0.1 of a second.

Hayden’s efforts secured him the Round One win and he currently leads the Australian 2019 Supermoto Championship ‘Junior Lites’ Class by 5 points going into the Round Two at The Bend, South Australia in April.

Brayden Bradford from Townsville is in 2nd place in the Championship and Archie McDonald from Albury is a further 3 points behind in 3rd place.

MotoStars’ Damian Cudlin commented that there were skilled entrants and quality racing at the event and praised Hayden’s riding in Round One.

TMCC looks forward to following Hayden’s progress in the Championship throughout this year.

MotoStars website explains that the Australian MotoStars Series combines the official Australian Junior Road Racing Championship with separate classes for the Australian Supermoto Championship, “boosting entrants and interest from two disciplines which work seamlessly with each other” and that road race tracks and go-kart circuits are utilised to conduct events which cater for Junior road racing, Senior road racing, Supermoto racing and recreational ride days.

The website further comments that the racing format consists of two days promoting come and try, coaching, training and accreditation while hosting the premier series in Australia and that the classes provide a place for budding young GP hopefuls, as well as the ‘just for fun’ juniors to compete.

“MotoStars mission is simple: to establish an exciting, affordable and accessible way to go road racing and provide a stepping stone for the future generation of road racers in Australia.”