WA His­torics Rd 4

HCMCWA Club Cham­pi­onships Round 4 24 June, 2018 – Col­lie Mo­tor­plex, WA

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos John Innes

With con­di­tions al­most iden­ti­cal to Round 2, Sat­ur­day prac­tice was al­most con­tin­u­ously wet and Sun­day got worse as the day wore on. In the end the weather bought an early clo­sure to the meet­ing with just one race in the fi­nal round com­pleted. For this round I put my fo­cus on Team ‘Fam’ Rac­ing – which is com­prised of Fa­ther Aari, Mother Jodie and daugh­ters Brooke and Yala. Older daugh­ter To­nia was the fifth mem­ber of the team but has hung up the leathers. Aari and Jodie could be con­sid­ered late starters in ac­tual rac­ing not gain­ing their race li­cences un­til they were 47 and 46 years old re­spec­tively, whilst both the girls got their li­cences in 2018. Brooke now has two race meet­ings un­der her belt and Yala has three. The fam­ily re­sides in the Swan Val­ley area in the foothills of Perth. Aari works as a Ware­house Man­ager, Jodie as a Com­mu­nity Home Care Nurse. Brooke is a Gov­ern­ment Em­ployee and 14 year-old Yala is in Year 9 study­ing Arts and Me­dia. The fam­ily has one very strong bond and that is a love of all things mo­tor­cy­cle and it cer­tainly shows when you see them on track. The in­spi­ra­tion in part for the fam­ily was to fol­low in the foot­steps of Jodie’s fa­ther who was a MX racer un­til he was 74 years of age. Jodie has a num­ber of strings to her bow; she is an MA li­censed Scru­ti­neer, she was the first and youngest Fe­male Stew­ard in WA, she of­fi­ci­ated at the 1992 Mo­tocross des Na­tions at Man­jimup as a Scru­ti­neer. She is also a Life Mem­ber of the BSA & Har­ley David­son Mo­tor­cy­cle Club. Both Aari and Jodie started with Trak­dayz and Ride Days, ob­tain­ing their race li­cences and raced along with To­nia in the MCRCWA Pro­duc­tion class un­til the Barba­gallo track was closed to mo­tor­cy­cles in No­vem­ber 2016. Prior to the clo­sure the pair did a race meet­ing with the His­torics, and fell in love with the Club. They have con­tin­ued to race with the Club and now travel to Col­lie to race.

Aari is not cur­rently rac­ing as he is await­ing ma­jor shoul­der surgery, but Jodie and Brooke race KTM 390s in the Thun­der­bikes and Yala is rac­ing with the Ju­niors on a 150. The plan for the fam­ily go­ing for­ward is for the girls to in­herit the KTMs and Aari and Jodie will race a pair of VFR Hon­das in the His­torics.

Yala fin­ished with a pair of sixth places in her two ju­nior races. Jodie and Brooke squared off in the LadiesOnly Race with Brooke com­ing home in third place and Jodie fourth. In the Thun­der­bike class the two were again locked in a race-long bat­tle with Brooke fin­ish­ing sev­enth in both races ahead of Jodie who was eighth in both races. Full re­sults and times are avail­able on Nat­soft.

‘Team Fam”: Brooke Gen­try, Aari Simp­son, Yala Brown and Jodie Brown. Jodie Brown placed sixth in the Ju­niors.

P5 Un­lim­ited win­ner David Gapes. P6 250 win­ner Richard Lang­don.

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