Race Report Motorplex Criterium 2 February

 Lowen Ferry, Grayson Renn and Sam Traianedes photo by Peter Moyses

Lowen Ferry, Grayson Renn and Sam Traianedes photo by Peter Moyses

Racing the Motorplex circuit in the reverse direction with a strong southerly made the racing very different. No longer was the finish up a slight rise and into a headwind, but along a flat stretch of circuit with a tailwind. However, the back straight was now the toughest part of the circuit uphill and into a strong headwind. Which had an impact on every grade.

In the juniors, three riders got away on the first lap up the back straight and worked well together to stay away for the three laps, with Sam Traianedes winning the sprit from Lowen Ferry and Grayson Renn.

A and B grade was combined due to low numbers of riders in both grades. For the first few laps a different B grade rider would make a solo attack on the finishing straight, get a gap and then get hauled back in on the back straight. Then the only two A grade riders Luke Pledger and Luke Matthews showed them how it was done, breaking away and staying away until the finish with Pledger on his first ride after the National Championships taking the win.

After seeing the two A grade riders making a successful break, Rob Ramirez and Adam Wise made a break from the B grade bunch and stayed away with Ramirez taking the win. Jamie Muir took third with a well timed sprint from the pursuing bunch.

D grade was a race of attrition, with fourteen riders starting and every lap or so a rider would be off the back of the bunch. In the end Tyler Aston won the sprint from the reduce group of four, with Tom Power second and Eddie Wojcik third.

C grade was the first grade to finish in a bunch sprint with newcomer Jordan Chamberlain attacking earlier than expected and holding Andrew Brown and John Bouwknegt.

E grade also finished in a bunch sprint and this week youth triumphed over experience with James Mccartney winning from Michael Prodonovich and Phil Edwards.

As most riders enjoyed the challenge of racing clockwise, it looks like there will be more races in this direction at the Motorplex in future.

D grade bunch

D grade bunch, before the wind. Photo by Dave Simmons