Supermoto of Champions Rocks the Granite Belt

Supermoto of Champions Rocks the Granite Belt

Author: Media/Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Categories: State News

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, 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 & 22nd.
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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

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