RIDERS provided another action-packed day of racing at the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at Dooen Recreation Reserve on Tuesday.
Storms on Monday night compacted the track, making for fantastic racing conditions.
Defending champion Wayde Carter of Victoria and New South Wales’ Dylan Heaton are in the box seat in the Junior Lites 15-year-olds 250cc after brilliant performances in their respective heats.
Both riders are on 50 points – six clear of New Zealander Cohen Chase, with Quantong’s Cam Grayson the best performed Wimmera rider in 22nd spot.
Queenslander Nathan Crawford was another rider who looked the goods before slipping from second to fourth in the last race of the day because of a 15-second penalty for cutting the track.
Heaton also dominated the 15-year-old 125cc class, edging out Crawford and Carter, while Horsham’s Daniel Purtle finished 27th.
NSW trio Brendon Walther, Jayden Kraft and Travis Silk were the best performing 150cc 14 to under-16 riders, while Warracknabeal’s Cory Watts came ninth.
NSW’s Egin Mastin was impressive in the Junior Lites 13 to under-15 250cc division, winning both of his heats.
Queensland’s Wilson Todd tied with Wonthaggi’s Jed Beaton on 47 points, with Watts in 23rd spot and Haven’s Jack Mentha in 36th after his bike suffered mechanical problems during his first heat.
Todd and Beaton are also performing well in the 125cc 13 to under-15 class and are joint leaders on 50 points.
Tasmania’s Wade Kirkland and Queensland’s Hunter Lawrence are neck and neck in the 150cc 12 to under-14s division, both on 50 points.
NSW’s Rhys Budd won both of his heats to take a three-point lead from fellow statesmen Caleb Clifton and John Bova in the 150cc nine to under-12s division.
Budd also leads in the 65cc, 11 to under-13s, from Tasmanian Brodie Ellis.
Queensland’s Tye Jones leads the battle for the 65cc nine to under-11 crown, winning both of his heats to finish the day on 50 points.
Brad West and Jack Kitchen, both of Queensland, are the top two in the 65cc seven to under-nine class.
In the 50cc, seven to under-9 class, Queensland’s Deegan Mancinelli looks like the rider to beat, with Jackson Camilleri and Zachary Watson, also both of Queensland, nipping at his heels.
Netherby’s Solly Marshall is in 33rd spot, while Horsham’s Bailey Thomas is 40th.
South Australian Amy Bartsch, Victorian Emma Milesevic and NSW’s Alisha Barrett are the front-runners in the Junior Lites 13 to under-16 girls class.
Barrett is also in third spot in the 12 to under-16 girls 150cc class, with Queenslander Chelsea Carter and NSW’s Ashleigh McCormick first and second respectively.
Wednesday's racing is set to be another cracking day, with highlights including the 125cc 15-year-olds midway through the program and the final two heats of the Junior Lites – 15-year-olds 250cc late in the afternoon.
The top 40 riders in their specific classes will qualify for the finals on Thursday and Friday.