Spec­ta­tors catch jaw-drop­ping ac­tion at QLD Su­per­moto Ti­tles

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

MICHAEL Kirk­ness proved he was the man to watch af­ter step­ping onto the podium as the over­all win­ner of the pre­mier S2 class at the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles on the weekend.

More than 250 spec­ta­tors went through the gates of the Whit­sun­day Race­way to catch a glimpse of the state’s best rid­ers as they went head-to-head on the pur­pose-built track over two-days of highly com­pet­i­tive rac­ing.

Kirk­ness was the win­ner of the 2013 Troy Bayliss Clas­sic and said his back­ground in mo­tocross proved ad­van­ta­geous on the dirt track sec­tion of the Whtisun­day Race­way.

“I haven’t com­peted in a su­per­moto event for a long time but I’m very pleased to be here and happy to come away with the S2 ti­tle,” he said.

“I strug­gled a bit with the tar­mac sec­tion be­cause I’m a dirt rider but over­all it has been an ex­cel­lent weekend.”

Kirk­ness rode his new Kawasaki KX450 and said he would be fine tun­ing the bike in the lead-up to round 2 of the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles in Ma­reeba on Septem­ber 12.

Beau Laing and Jar­rod Koppe were both re­turn­ing from in­jury and Whit­sun­day Moto Sports Club (WMSC) pres­i­dent Andrew Auld said he was pleased to see them get­ting close to their pre­vi­ous form.

“The level of rac­ing by all classes was bril­liant but there were so many bat­tles go­ing on through the pack of S2 it was in­cred­i­ble to watch,” he said.

Beau Laing thanked the WMSC for turn­ing what was a can­celled event into a spec­tac­u­lar weekend of rac­ing.

“People aren’t aware of how many hours of time people vol­un­teer to get these events off the ground and to pull this off in a mat­ter of weeks has been fan­tas­tic. They have done an ex­cep­tional job,” he said.

Many rid­ers will now be set­ting their sights on the Aus­tralian Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships which will be held at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on June 13-15.

SU­PER­MOTO CHAM­PI­ONS: Michael Kirk­ness was the win­ner of the pre­mier S2 class, with Beau Laing step­ping onto the podium in sec­ond and Jar­rod Koppe in third at the Queens­land Su­per­moto Ti­tles held at the Whit­sun­day Race­way.

LO­CAL LADY: Ge­or­gia Mur­ray fin­ished in fourth in the S3 class af­ter com­pet­ing in the Queens­land Su­per­moto Cham­pi­onships on the weekend.

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