Race Report Motorplex 25 January 2015

Racing at the Motorplex is done without any traffic on the circuit, which means it is a very popular circuit with parents of younger riders. There were 7 riders in the junior race and more in the grade races.

The junior race was a tactical race with Katie Metcalfe playing a patient waiting game and out sprinting Luke Steele for the win, with Dylan Bale not far behind for third. As Katie then decided to race in E grade, her name is not shown in the official results for the junior rac

E grade was combined with the paracyclist class to make a very interesting race. The handcarts are far more aerodynamic and faster on downhill and flat sections, particularly into the headwind at the top of the climb. However, the do not climb as quickly and having three wheels makes cornering more difficult. The wind and the circuit broke the race apart, with Richard Williams solo off the front to be first rider across the line to win the paracycling class, with Neil McDougall second and Peter Allen third. Alex Hanlan was first in E grade, with a visitor from the Eastern Goldfields Cycling Club Charlotte Day second and Jackie Lovegrove third.

D grade with 17 riders, appeared to a less frantic race. It was not, with riders getting dropped almost every lap. It was still the biggest bunch sprint of the day with 10 riders rounding the final corner together. It was Tom Power first, Aron Barclay second and Matthew Cooke third.

C grade was an aggressive race, with bunch breaking apart under constants attacks and the wind. In the end a late attack saw Tyler Lindorff and Martin Thurlby go clear. with Lindorff winning the sprint to take victory, Thurlby was second and Jono Bates lead the three pursuing riders home for third.

With only 10 riders in B grade was quickly blown apart when Conor Leahy and Pete Mills attacked and got away. There was not enough firepower in the bunch to chase them down. With Leahy taking the two up sprint for victory. Mills was second and Richard Maher lead the bunch home for third, over two minutes down on the winner.

A grade was another race of attrition, the bunch quickly split in two. The front 8, became the front 6 and then the front 4. With Matthew Upton out sprinting Vaughan Berge for the win, with Paul Kirby third.