SOME of the best motocross talent in Australia was on show at Dooen Recreation Reserve at the weekend.
Horsham Motorcycle Club hosted the first round of the 2014 Victorian Senior Motocross Championships on Saturday and yesterday, with more than 1000 spectators turning out to watch the competition.
Reigning Victorian champion Adam Monea got his title defence off to the best possible start in the pro open class on Saturday.
Monea won all three races to take out the first round of the championships with a perfect 105 points.
Dylan Long was second with 94 points, while Kade Mosig, 86, came third.
Monea finished second to Australian supercross champion Kale Makeham in the pro lites class, while Horsham clubman Joel Milesevic finished third.
Horsham Motorcycle Club spokesman Mark Hancock said the three riders entertained spectators.
"They really put on a show in the lites yesterday," he said.
"Lap after lap, they were changing leads and banging bars it was just fantastic."
Other Wimmera riders who achieved good results included Aaron Watts, who finished third by one point in the B open classification and Jacob Williams, who came a narrow fifth in the A lites open. Emma Milesevic put in arguably the best performance by a Wimmera rider when she finished second to national title contender Maddy Brown in the women's division.
Milesevic, 16, racked up 99 points just three shy of Brown's 102.
Hancock said the result showed Milesevic's huge potential.
"She's really shown that she's going to be a force to reckoned with when the Australian women's titles come here," he said.
"She ended up finishing second to Maddy Brown, who is a contender for the Australian title this year there's no doubt about that.
"They just raced wheel-to-wheel for three races and for Emma to come out as a 16-year-old and have that kind of experience was better than I could have hoped for."
Tamika Edwards was also in the division and finished third with 88 points.
Hancock said the track had received positive feedback from all riders and things were shaping up well for a big year of racing, which will include the women's and quad bike national championships.
"The track was fantastic the club prepared it perfectly both days," he said.
"We were really happy with the spectator numbers too, so everything went well."