(Event report provided by Craig Nelson
and photo from The Bend Motorsport Park Facebook page)
Taree Motorcycle Club congratulates Hayden Nelson #279 for his great Round Two effort to continue to be leading the Australian 2019 Supermoto Championship (ASMC) in the ‘Junior Lites’ Class.
On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April, TMC’s Hayden Nelson contested Round 2 of the ASMC at The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, South Australia.
Prior to the event, ASMC Presenter, MotoStars, managed by former MotoGP and World Endurance racer, Damian Cudlin, detailed that Round 2 of the ASMC has been merged with Round 3 of the Australian Junior Road Racing Championship (AJRC) at The Bend and that the event would run over two nights under lights during the International Motofest. The Motofest would feature the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) and the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Hayden went into Round 2 leading the ‘Junior Lites’ Class of the ASMC after Round 1 at Pacific Park in Port Macquarie on 2nd and 3rd March.
Having travelled over 1 500 kilometres from home, Hayden and his parents, Craig and Jodie, arrived in Tailem Bend the day before Round 2 of the Supermoto Championship was scheduled to start.
Craig noted that the Australian Superbikes raced on the main track at The Bend Motorsport Park while the Supermoto was run on the smaller Go-Kart circuit.
Craig further commented that “It was a great opportunity to race at a modern world class facility on the same weekend as the very professional Australian and Asian Superbike teams. We were able to soak up the atmosphere and watch the Superbikes during the morning before preparing for our evening of racing.”
The Nelson family were also pleased to “catch-up” with Troy, Kim and Oli Bayliss and watch them at work. Craig added that “Even better, they came to watch the Supermoto at night and gave Hayden some support and tips during the evening.”
TMC knows that support and tips from the three (3) times World Superbike Champion, Troy Bayliss, is worth receiving.
Craig reported that Hayden qualified on Pole position for the Supermoto ‘Junior Lites’ Class and that in Race One, he made a couple of mistakes in the dirt section but managed to finish 2nd behind Brayden Bradford from Townsville.
Craig commented that “Supermoto is a tricky discipline because compromises need to be made with tyre selection and bike set-up to accommodate for the bitumen and dirt sections of the track. The cool track temperature during both nights allowed us to try a different tyre in Race Two which helped Hayden with grip on the dirt sections and to avoid costly mistakes.”
Hayden then went on to win Race 2 and Race 3 and take out the overall Round Two win.
Brayden finished the round in second place and Jayden Martin from Perth in third place.
The third and final round of the ASMC will be held in Queensland on the 19th and 20th of October.