The opening round of the Shark Leathers Queensland Supermoto Championship saw three fantastic days of Supermoto racing at the MakoTrac in Far North Queensland on May 15 – 17.
Excellent racing in all classes kept the spectators and riders enthralled throughout the weekend.
The juniors started the action on track with the S9 class competing on 85cc and 65cc machines. Mitch Emmerson (#126) managed a clean sweep of all races with a perfect score of 200 for the eight races across the weekend. Following close behind was Ryan Moscadini (#444) on 176 points. Youngest competitor of the weekend Cody Emmerson (#142) received some valuable training over the weekend from the very experienced Scotty Mackellar and managed to shave 14 seconds off his qualifying time and finished third on 160 points.
The big machines (450cc +) were next on track in the S1 class. Ross Taylor (#50) on his newly acquired TM 530cc had some great battles with Dave Oliver (#57) on his Aprillia 550cc. However Ross took first position for the weekend on 200 points with Dave second on 176 points and Simon Scrivener (#116) taking home third position on 140 points.
The S3 class (250cc) was won by Andrew Mcleish. The S3 class was on track with the S1 class and Andrew was taking it to the big bikes in most races managing to dice with Dave Oliver (#57) for most of the race.
The S4 class was won by a fast improving Adam Barrows (#40) on his newly acquired Husqvarna FS450.
The Veterans class (over 35 years) was taken out by Ross Taylor (#50) in first place on 200 points. Consistency pays as a DNF in race 3 by Justin Schuberg (#24) on 148 points cost him second place on a count back from Adam Barrows (#40) also on 148 points.
The second group of juniors on the S8 250cc machines were next on track and the riders did not hold back in making their best efforts to finish first with very close racing and times in every race. Harry Maxwell (#164) managed to hold out for the overall win with 197 points ahead of Brayden Winterburn (#1) on 179 points. Young Brody Carey (#711) had an unfortunate weekend coming off the worse for wear in the tough dirt section but still taking home third place.
The S2 class was all action in every race across the weekend with fantastic battles throughout the field of riders. Conner Matthews (#29) in his first full season in seniors after graduating from the junior ranks showed great skill, battling with Andrew Mcleish (#425). Mcleish was the current Queensland Supermoto S2 champion and broke his own lap record (1:14.22), in almost every race.
Conner and Andrew were never separated by any more than half a second in almost every race, changing the lead multiple times in each race. Conner however managed to best Andrew by finishing first overall on 194 points with Andrew following closely on 176 points. Third place went to hole shot king Joe (Dirt) Dwyer on 146 points after fighting hard with Kieran Dale (#3) all weekend.
Conner says he had a great time at the opening round of the Championship.
"I really enjoyed the battles I had with Andy McLeish this weekend," he says.
"There were a lot of talented riders in the mix."
The Far North Queensland Road Racing Club would like to thank Shark Leathers, Stay Upright Rider Training, Motosapien, The Jackaroo Motel, Phoenix Marine Finishing’s, Hunter Automotive and Boral Concrete for their support of this event as well as all the travelling entrants, officials, flag marshals and the Coral Coast Riders.
The second round of the Supermoto Championships will take place on October 2 - 4 at Whitsunday Raceway.