Supermoto champs draw huge crowds
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.