Thirteen (13) Taree Motorcycle Club riders will travel to Macleay District (Kempsey) Motorcycle Club to compete in the 28th Akubra Classic on this coming Sunday, 26th August 2018.
The following information details the events each Taree rider is entered in:
#112 Kye Andrews – Akubra Classic, Pro 250 and Pro 450
#122 Daniel Evans – Akubra Classic, Pro 450, over 40yrs
#134 Dale Austin – Pro 450, Women’s Open/Pro 250 (combined)
#44 Sophie Tuck – 50cc Demonstration 4-9yrs
#291 Zane Hopkins – 65cc 7-U9yrs, 85cc 4st Modified 7-U10yrs, 85cc 4st Modified 10-U14yrs
#321 Hayden Grant – 65cc 7-U9yrs
#19 Cody Wilby – 65cc 9-U13yrs, 85cc 2st/150cc Standard 9-U12yrs, 85cc 4st Modified 7-U10yrs and 85cc 4st Modified 10-U14yrs (combined)
#44 Liam Tuck – 65cc 9-U13yrs
#45 Will Bisley – 65cc 9-U13yrs, 85cc 2st/150 Standard 9-U12 yrs, 85cc 4st Modified 7-U10, 85cc 4st Modified 10-U14yrs (combined)
#279 Hayden Nelson – 65cc 9-U13, 85cc 2st/150 Standard 9-U12yrs
#296 Thoren Openshaw – 65cc 9-U13yrs, 85cc 2st/150cc Standard 9-U12yrs
#107 Mitchell Bisley – 85cc 2st/150 4st Standard Big Wheel 11-U15yrs
#18 Blake Wilby – 100-150cc 13-U16yrs, 200-250cc 4st 13-U16yrs
The Taree riders include Junior & Senior and male & female riders, with two Taree Seniors, Kye Andrews and Daniel Evans, entered in the main event – the Akubra Classic. Some families have more than one member entered in the support classes.
Between the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships on the 12th August and Round 5 of the Taree Motorcycle Club Championship on 19th August, Taree’s Kye Andrews went from being a Junior to a Senior.
When racing as a Senior for the first time at the Club Championship meeting, Kye used his extensive skill and experience gained as a Junior and achieved a 1st place in the Pro 250 class, 2nd place in the Pro 450 class and 2nd place in the Pro-Open class.
Kye was understandably occupied on Sunday at Taree’s Old Bar Roadside circuit but we were able to catch up with him after the weekend for a short chat about the upcoming “Akubra” race meeting.
Barry: You’re entered in the 28th Akubra Classic at Kempsey, what are your thoughts on that?
Kye: I’m nervous and excited but confident I’ll do OK.
Barry: Have you competed in the Akubra before? If so, when?
Kye: The Akubra is the first big race I’ll have been in since I turned Senior.
Barry: What bike/bikes will you be riding on the day?
Kye: #112 I’ll be riding my Honda CRF 450 in the Akubra Classic itself and in the Pro 450 support class and my Honda CRF 250 in the Pro 250 support class.
Barry: Do you prepare any differently for the larger race meetings?
Kye: No, I don’t have any special preparation.
Barry: Would you like to make any further comment?
Kye: I’m looking forward to my first big Senior meeting and I hope to do well.
We’ll travel up to Kempsey on Saturday and get set up and by staying overnight, I’ll get a
good night’s sleep. That’ll save travelling on the day of the race.
Barry: Thanks for your time Kye and on behalf of Taree Motorcycle Club, we wish you all the
best for the day.
I’ll be there at the meeting with the rest of the TMC support crew giving a “cheer out” to
you and our other riders on Sunday.
Kye has numerous impressive motorcycling achievements to his name to date and two (2) were reported as follows:
In January 2017, The Manning River Times reported that:
“Taree Motorcycle Club rider, Kye Andrews, enjoyed outstanding success at the Troy Bayliss Classic held at Old Bar Roadside Circuit.
Andrews contested the junior 250cc class against Australia’s finest. There were six current Australian and State champions in this event.
Heat one saw him finish behind Australian champion Max Whale from Gympie in Queensland but a determined Andrews lined up in heat two and three, winning both, qualifying him for the finals.
A fantastic start in the final race saw him lead from start to finish. Young Andrews was pumped with his result.”
In September 2017, Fullnoise headlined, Kye Andrews a standout at 2017 Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships, and reported that:
“Andrews competed in three classes for the 13 to Under 16s age group and he is the new Australian champion in all of those three classes, the only multiple winner across the 11 championship classes.”
While Kye Andrews has just started as a Senior in the last few weeks and is already highly competitive, #122 Daniel Evans has just come back as a Senior in the last few years and was placed 1st in the Over 35’s class at the recent Taree Motorcycle Club Round 5 Championship meeting.
Daniel raced for Taree Motorcycle Club as a Junior. He’s now forty (40) and the Akubra Classic is Daniel’s first major race meeting after returning to riding after some twenty-five (25) years off the track
The Macleay District (Kempsey) Motorcycle track is at the Greenhill Speedway, Alverton Street, Greenhill. Start of practice is detailed in Sunday’s program as 9:30am and start of racing will be immediately after practice.