Cham­pion seeks glory at na­tion­als

Albany Extra - - Extra Sport - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany’s Cor­ben Wein­ert has his sights set on a strong per­for­mance at the upcoming 2017 Aus­tralian Ju­nior Motocross Cham­pi­onships in Hor­sham, Vic­to­ria, af­ter win­ning two State ti­tles ear­lier this month.

Wein­ert, who now lives in Perth, was crowned a dual State cham­pion af­ter the fi­nal round of the WAMX Ju­nior State Cham­pi­onships was held at Coastal Park on Septem­ber 16.

With the fifth round of the se­ries can­celled, the over­all State cham­pi­onships came down to the re­sults of the sixth round, with Wein­ert pro­duc­ing a per­fect per­for­mance as he won all six races to help clinch both ti­tles.

The tal­ented rider won all three races in the 100cc-125cc 13-u15 class, which was enough to wrap up the State crown over Co­nan For­rester.

Wein­ert fin­ished with 497 points over­all, 62 points ahead of For­rester in the end.

An­other clean sweep in the 150cc/200cc-250cc 13-u16 divi­sion capped off a fan­tas­tic fi­nal round for Wein­ert as he banked 105 points to his se­ries tally.

Wein­ert fin­ished as State cham­pion in that divi­sion as well, col­lect­ing 481 points to de­feat Joe Di Gi­ulio (417 points).

The dual vic­tory was a re­lief for Wein­ert, who broke his wrist be­fore the fi­nal round.

“It was def­i­nitely a long year but we got through it at the end,” Wein­ert said.

“I broke my wrist four days be­fore the (fi­nal) State round but I just strapped it up and took some painkillers and was still able to ride.”

The 15-year-old flies out to Mel­bourne to­day, where he will com­pete in the same two classes at the na­tion­als.

“I’d say this is def­i­nitely my best sea­son so far,” he said.

“I’m re­ally keen for na­tion­als and hope­fully two top-three fin­ishes.

“We went over ear­lier in the year and did some rid­ing at the track, so hope­fully that helps.”

Wein­ert will be­gin an­other na­tional ti­tle tilt on Sun­day, with the event con­clud­ing next Fri­day.

Pic­ture: JF Pho­tog­ra­phy

ABOVE Cor­ben Wein­ert in ac­tion at Coastal Park. RIGHT: Cor­ben Wein­ert atop the podium.

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