Queenslanders pillage the Long Track Aussies

Queenslanders pillage the Long Track Aussies

Author: Media/Tuesday, August 07, 2018/Categories: State News

Jarred Brook, Kayden Downing, Briony Hendrickson and Darren and Shaun Fien all added Australian championships to their respective tallys at the national long track champs at Barleigh Ranch over the weekend.
Freshly cleared from a serious injury that included a broken shoulder and a punctured lung, and coming off just one pre-event practice session, Gympie racer Jarred Brook returned with a vengeance.
Brook was at (or close enough to) his dynamic best to claim the MX Open, the Pro 450 and Pro 250 crowns, to bring the 20-year-old's Aussie Championship total to somewhere around 15 (he's not quite sure).
"I'm pretty pumped. I didn't know how I was going to go - I've not long had the clearance and I only rode once at Hatchers for half a day before the trip down to Barleigh Ranch.
"But it all went okay and it was great to get three wins. The Pro Open was a wild ride - I got a shocking start and then when I hit a slick patch I ended up fully crossed up with both feet off the pegs - she was a bit wild! "I was fourth coming into the last turn, but I managed to get to second by the line."
Townsville Husky racer Kayden Downing's victory in the Pro Open class was the first Australian long track title of his career and his second Australian championship ever.
"In the Pro Open I didn't get the best of starts," said the JR's Motorcycles rider, "but I took the lead on the first lap and kept it from there."
Downing finished second to Brook in the MX Open, but was denied a chance for further success.
"The track was forever changing. All the dirt was being pushed out and blue groove was forming with a few rocks starting to come up, so bike set-up was constantly evolving."
So were the viable lines, and when the 22-year-old plumber collided with another competitor in the Pro 450 final he was deemed to be the cause, and excluded from the re-start.
Brook and Downing will next cross swords at the Newcastle International Supermoto event in September.
In the Women's Pro Open Championship, Brisbane's Briony Hendrickson took her seventh Aussie crown, winning from fellow North Brisbane club members Grace Hudson and Brooke Goulding.
"I'm super stoked to come away with win number seven among an impressive field of women," said Hendrickson. "The speed and the layout suited my style and I had four convincing wins and I cruised home in the fifth to get the points."
"I was feeling good going in and my bike preparation was good so I was confident, but I'm always mindful to rock up and ride my own race and just do what I can."
In the Dirt Track Sidecars, Brisbane brothers Darren and Shaun Fien completed the northerners' tally by winning ahead of Brett Pearce / Andy Harrison and Greg Parsonage / Stephen Smith.
Pics of the boys: Sheree Griffin

MX Open Championship
1. Jarred Brook 1:38.766
2. Kayden Downing 1.142
3. Daniel Wicks 1.213
4. Mackenzie Childs 2.109
5. Michael Vecchi 3.873

Pro Open Championship
1. Kayden Downing 1:37.681
2. Jarred Brook 1.918
3. Sean McLellan 1.923
4. Daniel Wicks 2.055
5. Mackenzie Childs 2.790

Pro 450 Championship
1. Jarred Brook 2:16.767
2. Daniel Wicks 0.200
3. Mackenzie Childs 1.420
4. Bailey Spencer 1.528
5. Michael Vecchi 2.952

Pro 250 Championship
1. Jarred Brook 1:40.293
2. Sam Davies 1.577
3. Jake Farnsworth 2.234
4. Bailey Spencer 2.740
5. Isaac Hawes 3.606423.995

Pro Open Women Championship
1. Briony Hendrickson 120
2. Grace Hudson 111
3. Brooke Goulding 104
4. Gemma Borsat O88
5. Claire Day 80

Dirt Track Sidecars
1. Darren Fien / Shaun Fien 1:45.623
2. Brett Pearce / Andy Harrison 1.773
3. Greg Parsonage / Stephen Smith 2.319
4. Trevor Harvey / Tim Jones 7.358
5. Andy Bridge / Robbie Weston 9.046
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