Su­per­moto champs draw huge crowds

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

MORE than 100 of the world’s best rid­ers con­verged on the Whit­sun­day Race­way for the 2013 PRG Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships on the week­end.

The three day event was wel­comed by the thun­der­ous roar of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors who looked to cap­ture all the best jaw-drop­ping side­ways ac­tion to ever hit the pur­pose-built track.

The cham­pi­onships were loaded with two days of in­tense rac­ing be­tween in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­ons and national stars of the su­per­moto world.

Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club pres­i­dent An­drew Auld said it was a fan­tas­tic week­end which was greatly en­hanced by the pres­ence of qual­ity in­ter­na­tional rid­ers.

“Ev­ery­one that has trav­elled here for the week­end is re­ally happy with the race track and I think many of the spec­ta­tors are learn­ing just how ex­cit­ing the su­per­moto sport is,” he said.

“The close rac­ing be­tween com­peti­tors has been a ma­jor high­light and a lot of the lo­cal boys have been com­ing out in front.”

Lo­cal su­per­moto cham­pion Andy McLiesh was the man to watch on the week­end tak­ing out podium fin­ishes in two of the three Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onship races.

Auld said he was im­pressed by the per­for­mances of McLiesh, Whit­sun­day rider Mungo McMur­trie, Mackay’s Tom and Luke Burgess and New Zealand cham­pion Toby Sum­mers.

Sum­mers first raced at the Whit­sun­day Race­way in 2007 and said he en­joyed the friend- ly ri­valry be­tween all com­peti­tors.

“The weather has been fan­tas­tic and crowds have been re­ally build­ing the at­mos­phere which has made for a week­end of great rac­ing,” he said.

Bri­tish cham­pion Lewis Cor­nish said it was his sec­ond time rac­ing in Aus­tralia and would def­i­nitely re­turn to the Whit­sun­days for cham­pi­onships in the fu­ture.

The event cul­mi­nated with the dash for cash where the fastest 24 rid­ers from the week­end took to the grid on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

McLiesh proved he had enough stamina left in the tank tak­ing out first place ahead of War­ren Gill and Lewis Cor­nish in the epic 10-lap fi­nal race.

CLOSE CON­TEST: Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club rider Brodie Oats looked to get the in­side line on com­peti­tor Dale Bor­lase dur­ing the ju­nior 13-15 years S8 race of the PRG Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

CHAM­PI­ONS: Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club rider Andy McLiesh stepped onto the podium in first place for the cham­pi­onship S2 race ahead of War­ren Gill and Lewis Cor­nish at the pre­sen­ta­tion held at the Reef Gat­way on Sun­day night.

FLY­ING HIGH: New Zealand cham­pion Tobey Sum­mers got some air while rac­ing over the dirt sec­tion of the Whit­sun­day Race­way track dur­ing the S2 race of the PRG Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

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