Duffy takes out Ju­nior Cup

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

LO­CAL mo­tocross racer Re­gan Duffy has taken out this year’s 125cc Ju­nior Cup.

De­spite com­ing fifth in the third and fi­nal round on the Sun­shine Coast on Au­gust 19, the 15-year-old had enough points to just edge out run­nerup Bai­ley Malkiewicz.

The lat­ter started the day well, se­cur­ing the fastest qual­i­fy­ing time on his last lap at 1:42.793, fol­lowed by Ma­son Sem­mens at 1:45.967 and Jack Kukas at 1:46.149.

In race one, Sem­mens took the holeshot but af­ter just four turns, Malkiewicz took the race lead, which he held un­til the end.

Kukas had moved to sec­ond, push­ing Sem­mens to third but at the last lap, Duffy made his move to take out sec­ond place from Kukas in third.

In race two, Noah Fer­gu­son had the home track ad­van­tage to take the holeshot, which he held un­til lap three where Sem­mens took the lead and Malkiewicz moved to sec­ond.

But as the race reached its clos­ing stages, Malkiewicz charged past Sem­mens to take the win, with Fer­gu­son in third and Duffy 10th af­ter crash­ing in the fi­nal lap.

Malkiewicz claimed the round vic­tory with 70 points, fol­lowed by Sem­mens on 60 and Kukas on 58, but Duffy man­aged to hold on to the ti­tle with 190 points from Malkiewicz on 186 and Sem­mens on 185.

“I’m a lit­tle bit busted up but I’m stoked to come away with the over­all for the year,” Duffy said.

“The track wasn’t your typ­i­cal sand track; I was hop­ing for some big rollers and stuff but it turned out to be quite choppy and square edged, which ended up catch­ing me out.

“I get good ex­pe­ri­ence rac­ing these ju­nior sup­port classes. I still have a cou­ple of years of ju­nior rac­ing left be­fore I’m rac­ing here in the un­der-19s class but it’s good to ride the tracks and get to know how things work.”

Also rac­ing on the Sun­shine Coast was lo­cal rider Kyle Web­ster in the 10th and fi­nal round of the MX2 Cham­pi­onship.

Web­ster was the fastest to qual­ify with a lap time of 1:45.681.

Head­ing in to race one, Isaac Fer­gu­son took the holeshot but af­ter only a lap, Hay­den Mell­ross took the lead and Egan Mastin moved to sec­ond.

Af­ter four laps, Web­ster took over sec­ond place, which he held un­til the end, with Mastin com­fort­ably win­ning and Wil­son Todd third.

In the de­cid­ing race two, Todd took the holeshot, which he held un­til lap six where Mastin took the lead.

Web­ster soon moved in to third place, where he ended the race and the round on 62 points.

This put him in fifth place for the cham­pi­onship on 508 points, with Mastin crowned the win­ner on 617, Todd sec­ond on 612 and Mitchell Evans third on 590.

“This year was def­i­nitely good but I’m still not com­pletely sat­is­fied,” Web­ster said.

“I felt like I rode a lot bet­ter than what the re­sults were.

“I strug­gled mas­sively with starts all year and that made it a lot harder to get to the front.

“I’m still happy to be in the top five though.”

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