Spencer, Maeyke to clinch titles
THE Central Queensland Motocross Championships reaches its finale at Six Mile Raceway, Rockhampton.
Starting today, the racing over the two days is the culmination of nine rounds of thrills and spills with the overall winners crowned tomorrow afternoon. For the Gladstone riders – the most southern club in Central Queensland – it is the end of a very long road with competitors clocking up nearly 7500km in the pursuit of a championship.
Ross Spencer and Prue Maeyke are hoping to bring home the spoils. Spencer has a commanding lead in the Masters class and should win easily, while Maeyke is looking to wrap up the Ladies class in which she has an 85-point lead over Mackay’s Codie Rasmussen.
In the Senior Open class, Beau Dargel already has a spot picked to put his trophy as he already won even without starting the bike this weekend.
The Open class has over the previous eight rounds seen several contenders step forward to take on Dargel but injury has taken its toll and he is one of a few riders to have completed every race. Things aren’t so clear-cut in the Senior Lites where Dargel again has the lead.
Mackay’s Jackson Jones and Jake Gook are breathing down his neck. However, Dargel’s home-track advantage may be too much of a hurdle for the others to overcome. Rockhampton’s Justin Stapleton had a poor start to the series and is in fourth place, where he will probably finish the series.
In the fiercely contested Junior Lites (15 years), Rockhampton’s Brody Vivian, at the last round at Blackwater, had conceded first place to Ethan McCallum. Vivian will be keen to make amends at home and try and make up the 12-point lead McCallum has. Rockhampton’s Lee Wakelin-Gray has had eight good rounds of racing to be third overall, a position he will hold for the series.
The Clubman open class has already been won by Blackwater’s Dan Healy. Healy goes into the final round with a 176-point lead with only 100 points to be contested. Fellow Blackwater rider Zac Lackey is second, ahead of Gladstone pair Shannon Mason and Matt Druitt.
The sand track at Rockhampton will ensure some close finishes on the weekend. Another big field of riders will compete in the Clubman Lites class in which Nathan Johnstone holds a 32-point lead over Jake Pearson.
Johnstone and Pearson are sure to be tested by local rider Blair Pearce who has stepped up to the senior ranks and already has moved to third spot. The top five is rounded out by Shannon Mason and Maca Jensen.
In the 65cc, 7 – 9 years class, Rockhampton’s Jacob Samuelson is second, three points behind Dysart’s Mitchell Dark. Dark is unable to compete this weekend, so Samuelson is poised to take the championship with a win. Locklan Crouch has fourth place class wrapped up after consistent finishes in previous rounds.
Rockhampton’s Cooper Hay is another rider who already has a championship to his name. Hay has a 129-point lead in the 65cc 10 – 12 years class over Wilson Norman and Ashley Nichols. The remaining classes are close to call, ensuring a very competitive weekend.