Motorcycles hit the Motorplex

Ben Stronach holds a 19-point lead in the Superbike series heading into the third round of the Consent2Go State Championships this weekend. Photo: John Innes/innesphotografix
Ben Stronach holds a 19-point lead in the Superbike series heading into the third round of the Consent2Go State Championships this weekend. Photo: John Innes/innesphotografix

WA road racers head to the Collie Motorplex again for round three of the Motor Cycle Racing Club of WA’s Consent2Go State Championships on Sunday August 26, a short turnaround from the previous round held just three weeks ago.

The race day will start with practice at 9.00am, with the first race of 19 events scheduled for a 10.45am start.

Chain Reaction Clubman class

Round two’s proceedings started with the “Chain Reaction Motorcycles” Clubman class and it was season new comer Luke Carmona (Yamaha R6) who stamped his authority over the field with three dominant wins.

He was never really challenged in any of the races and made it a comfortable clean sweep.

Lino Mazzali (JHPM CBR 1000RR), like Carmona, was untroubled in grabbing three second places for the day.

Jason Lockyer (J&M Smash BMW1000) had a fifth and two third places to secure third overall.

Jacob Kelsall (Suzuki GSXR600) had a third, fourth and fifth place finishes for fourth place on the day with Nick Favazzo (VRT Yamaha R6) finishing fifth.

Carmona moves up to the Supersport class for round three, so the battle will be on between the other newcomers Mazzali, Favazzo and Lockyer this weekend.

Sidecar series

This season has seen a strong field of sidecars with two new younger teams coming into the field this year.

Dillan McDermott – son of Collie resident and long-time racer Steve McDermott – plus the Marshall brothers combo (sons of passenger Steve Marshal who rides with Murray Stronach) have some good mentors around them.

At round two, the pairing of Jero Joyce and Corey Blackman (Chamberlain Auto Electrics ZX10) continued on their winning way but not without drama.

Before the race even started the pole-sitters Des Harvey and Gary Cushnahan (SLW Transport LCR 1000) went missing on the out lap with a fuel line issue.

In race one, from the start the Joyce/Blackman outfit tried a daring move up the inside into turn one, only to find that space was filled by Graeme Evans and Jarrod Scott (RHR ZX10) along with Michael Robbins and Karen Dore (Kawasaki 600), with the result bring three outfits in the sand trap, no injuries and all managed to finish the race.

The race was won by Stronach and Steve Marshall (Aceman Enterprises Suzuki 1000) from McDermott and Paul Matthews (Motowarehouse Kawasaki 1000) with the hard charging Evans/Scott pairing coming through the field to grab an excellent third place.

Joyce and Blackman redeemed themselves with a strong win in the second race ahead of Stronach and Marshall with Harvey and Cushnahan taking third spot after their first race woes.

Incidentally this was Cushnahan’s first race back in the chair after he was injured in New Zealand last Christmas.

In the final race it was once again Joyce and Blackman first across the line ahead of Harvey and Cushnahan with Evans and Scott third.

That was also the way the top three for the round finished.

Championship Points tally: Harvey/Cushnahan 113, Evans/Scott 113, Robbins/Dore 98.

Superbike series

Ben Stronach still has a 19-point lead in the Superbikes with second and third placed riders Adam Senior and Cameron Stronach still within striking distance.

The Consent2Go Superbike Championship last round saw three different winners on the day.

Ben Stronach (VRT Yamaha R1) took the win in race one ahead of the hard charging Joel Beard (HAF Plastering Kawasaki ZX10) with Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) taking third place.

For the second race it was Senior that showed everyone a clean pair of heels as he stormed to victory ahead of Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Movers Ducati Panigale) with Ben Stronach in third place.

The final race saw Cameron, the younger of the Stronach brothers, first across the line. His elder brother Ben was hampered when he lost the rear wheel sensor, quickshifter, and anti-wheelie control in the final race, and entertained the crowd with some impromptu wheel stands. Senior was the third bike home.

Tim De Bruyn took the honours in the C Grade Superbike series.

Championship Points tally: B Stronach 138, A Senior 119, C Stronach 113, T De Bruyn 91

125 GP series

In the 125GP Championship we saw two old campaigners up against the ‘New Young Gun’ in Callum O’Brien, and it was former state 125GP champion Tom Hatton (Hatton Racing Honda RS125) who took top honours, with two wins and a second place in the final race.

O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha TZ125) came away with two second places along with the win in the final race while Colin Boujos (JB Racing Aprilia RSW125) was third with two third placings and a fourth place.

Championship Points Tally: T Hatton 140, S Topping 105, D Manson 97, C Haines 87

Cully’s Yamaha SuperSport series

In the Cully’s Yamaha Supersport Championship it was three straight wins for Leigh Boujos (JB Racing Yamaha R6), who was simply unbeatable.

Brother Tim (Mack1Kawasaki ZX6) took three second places and Josh Mathers (JSM Construction GSXR 600) took three third places.

The top three all dipped into the low 46 second lap times.

Lachie Hickey (20Four Motorsports Kawasaki ZX6) leads the C Grade Championship. Newcomer Luke Carmona featured well in last round and could be a top 5 contender for round three.

Championship Points tally: L Boujos 142, T Boujos 125, J Mathers 101

Production series

There is a strong battle going on in the Production class between several young riders – Lachlan Keogh, Callum O’Brien and Bronson Pickett.

The Production State Championship saw the lead change when O’Brien (Banhams WA Yamaha R3) tumbled out of race two. He was unhurt, but the bike had some serious damage.

Keogh (Chain Reaction Motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja 300) was third in the first race and then took two wins.

O’Brien made it to the start of race three from pit-lane and forced his way to fourth place by race end.

Pickett (M&B Rubbish Disposal Yamaha R3) was second and Michael King (Yamaha R3) finished the day in third place.

A good strong contingent of women riders featured well in round two with Krystal Biffen and season newcomer Brooke Carter leading the charge

Let’s hope we see these girls back for the final two rounds

Championship Points tally: L Keogh 126, C O’Brien 117, B Pickett 114, C Boujos 91, M King 89

B Grade series

The B Grade Series race may have a small field but the competition is still fierce.

Leigh Boujos (Speedway Industries Yamaha R1) took the B Grade race win at round two with Josh Mathers in second from Andrew Biffen (Biff Racing Yamaha R6) in third place.

A brief mention to Joel Beard who, whilst chasing Boujos and in second place, had a part of his bike fall off and this caused him to run wide into turn two resulting in what looked like being a huge crash.

Somehow, he saved it whilst being dragged alongside the right-hand side of his Kawasaki on the dirt all the way to turn three before he managed to pull the bike up and remount and rode slowly back to the pits.

A great effort that was reminiscent of Randy Mamola’s save way back in the ‘90’s.

Championship Points tally: L Boujos 50, J Mathers 20, T Teo 20, A Biffen/D Carroll 18, S McHale 17