Spectators catch jaw-dropping action at QLD Supermoto Titles
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.