Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe has a long history
with the sport of Supermoto so it was only fitting
that the Ricondi Supermoto of Champions made its
debut at the picturesque Granite belt track.
Inclement weather conditions met the competitors
on Saturday for practice and the first two rounds of racing made tyre selection choices tricky. Many
had already opted to run wet weather tyres all weekend to maximise the grip on the
decomposed granite dirt section, the rest occupied their time changing tyres or gambled on the track being
dry for their races.
Competition started with the Voight Contracting
Open class Superpole, and the entire field of Open class riders took to the
track individually for one hot lap to determine gird positions. Sarina rider
Andy McLeish set the pace with a blistering lap time, taking the $250 cash
prize and pole position for the weekend. Unsurprisingly, McLeish was
unstoppable in the Open class events sponsored by Ricondi Uber Graphics and
Stitchsmith, winning 6 from 6 to take the Open class title.
The surprise came from stunt-driver Corey Creed, who was tasked with providing
the lunchtime entertainment in his drift ute, but still took out second place
on a borrowed bike at his first attempt at the discipline.
Andy McLeish didn’t have it all his own way in
the Ricondi/Motorex oils/Ride100% Pro class; Ex Superbike and Supersport front-runner Ben Attard
has recently returned to competitive riding after a sabbatical and hasn’t lost any of his speed,
almost taking a clean sweep of first place finishes with McLeish in second and surprise stuntman Corey
Creed in a comfortable third.
A small field of junior riders took to the track
for the Junior and Junior Lites class supported by MotoProducts.com.au, Maxima Oils and Kwala Racing.
Caboolture rider John Lyttras couldn’t be caught in the Junior class taking the win in
every race, while Harrison Voight almost managed the same feat in the Lites class only dropping 3
points by virtue of a second-place finish in race 2.
Competition was fierce in the M2R helmets/Five
advanced Gloves Veterans class; Darren Webb, Brad Trivett and Ross Nisbet swapped positions
all weekend and 6 points separated them after 6 rounds of racing. Webb took the win by a narrow
margin from Trivett in second, with Nisbet
two points behind in third.
The program was rounded out with Nick Hallas
taking the win in the Clubman class sponsored by Motorcycle Rider’s warehouse and Northside
Motorcycle Tyres & service, and the big grins from the participants in the Beta tools/Future shield
non-competitive come and try class were an incentive to give recreational
riders the chance to ride the same track as the racers.
Round 2 of the Supermoto of Champions escapes the
SE Qld winter by heading to the exciting Whitsunday Raceway for the weekend of July 21
Keep up to date at www.SupermotoOfChampions.com
Images by William Course Photography:
Captions: (lead pic) Ben Attard slides into turn 3, Open Class competitors led over the tabletop by
Andy McLeish, Ben Nelson from the Hot Wheels stunt team, Andy McLeish exits the dirt section, Clubman Class riders enter the dirt