Despite drought conditions, extreme heat and wind on the day, the Roma Club presented a superb racetrack and the riders turned on the rest as round two of the Airoh Sunshine State series unfolded at Ironbark Raceway.
With over 243 competitors and 296 bikes over the weekend there was plenty of dirt flying when the bikes hit the first corner, and riders attempted to establish the pecking order.
In the Senior ranks Sunshine Coast pro Jesse Dobson took out the premier QMX1 class for 450cc machines, ahead of Toowoomba rider Kaleb Barham and rising Gold Coast racer Mason Rowe.
Dobson was in a class of his own on the track, setting the fastest lap time of the weekend with a blistering 1:47.993 on the new-design layout.
Barham went on to win the highly competitive QMX2 category for 250cc machines, leading home Nanango’s Jayce Cosford and Kingaroy racer Joel Evans.
Roma local Dusty Clem spent plenty of hours working on the refurbed Roma track, but received no karmic reward when after a very respectable fifth in the first of three motos, he crashed heavily in the second and withdrew from the day with a bruised sternum.
A healthy Women’s class fought it out for Airoh points at Roma, with the added benefit of learning the track upon which they’ll decide this year’s Queensland Women’s Motocross Championship in July.
Tahlia Drew, who along with brother Kobe, Jet Alsop, and Jake and Charli Cannon assisted Motorcycling Queensland in several school visits to promote the sport locally on the Friday preceding, finished second to defending Airoh Champion Chelsea Carter in the Women’s category.
Enduro racer Ebony Nielsen was third ahead of Lauren Jones, while Roma native Hayley Miller rounded out a brilliant fifth place in the Women’s, off the back of a fourth and two fifth place finishes.
Saturday’s junior day saw Aussie Champion Levi Rogers set the fastest lap time of 1:51.607.
Series Coordinator Rachelle Houterman was impressed at the way the event unfolded; “We were thrilled to be able to bring 296 motorcycles out on the track, and the Roma Club did a great job of hosting the event in the drought conditions, especially as the track had pretty much remained at a virgin state until the Airoh Series prep began.
“The Veterans Class wore their black armbands in support of fellow Vet #358 Anthony Donohue who recently lost his battle with cancer. Anthony was a regular on the scene at motocross events and his departure will leave a hole in the Veterans pack. Our thoughts are with Anthony’s family.
“Thank you to all of the riders and officials that made the trek out. The round helped inject valuable funds into the town by supporting local accommodation and infrastructure.”
Thanks to series sponsors; Moto National, Airoh Helmets, Five Gloves, Shell Advance Motorcycle Oils, Link International, Pirelli, TCX Boots, States MX, FXR, MX Store, Southside Auto Auctions, Civil Skill Assessment Service, LSKD, MPE and Corsair Vehicle Solutions.
Roma District Motorcycle Club would like to thank the following outstanding businesses and people for their continued support to improve their track and facilities. FKG - Recently constructed the club’s new Machinery Shed free of charge, Ezi Quip Hire, Corbetts, Grulke Concreting, Maranoa Regional Council, DMAC, Suffcon, ARC - Cochrane Family.
Podium – The premier QMX1 class saw Jesse Dobson triumph over Kaleb Barham and Mason Rowe.
#14 - Dobson in full flight. The Sunshine Coaster could not be headed on the new Rome layout.
#11 – Defending Airoh Women’s Champion Chelsea Carter (#11) nibbled away at the series lead of senior rookie Tahlia Drew, as the pair finished 1-2 (respectively) in each moto.
#L55 Lochlan Grant on his way to third in the 65cc 7-U10yrs category.
#070 Just your typical Sunday morning clod-storm in the middle of the Veteran division.
Images: Bruce Cairns
Results - https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1635955