2020 ECMX: Round 5 Recap
Finally, the East Coast MX Series has managed to conclude its season with Round 5 at the Wollongong Motorcycle Club last weekend. In a year of Covid-19 combined with adverse weather, the racing calendar has been pushed almost to Christmas. However motocross riders are a different breed and are keen to race all year round if that what it takes. Championships were on the line, some already in the bag where the points leaders just had to finish the day and others came down to the final moto.
It has been a year for setting new records, for some riders it was their first East Coast MX Championship win like the youngsters in the 7-8 50cc class Cobra rider Lochlainn Reddy and then KTM rider Claire Pollard the first female rider to podium twice in 2020 and to finish top 3 in the championship against the boys, as well as winning the Junior Girls championship. Even some of the seasoned campaigners like Josh Whitehead in the 450 pro and Tyler Darby in the 250 pro who have finished on the podium many times in years past, claimed their first East Coast championships. It was a special victory for Darby who in 2018 suffered a horrendous practise crash and sustained serious injuries. Tyler returned to the track in 2019 and in the face of adversity and rose to the challenge only a year later clinching the 250 pro class championship.
Not many riders can boast about winning two championship classes in the same year but that honour in 2020 goes to KTM riders Connor Rossandich (13-15 125cc and 13-15 250cc) and Jack Deveson ( 9-11 65cc and 9-11 85cc). Although Rossandich wrapped up his championships with ease, Deveson had a mechanical problem in the 9-11 85cc race 1, but instead of giving up Jack nursed the bike to the finish in 16th place to score valuable points. Motocross is such a demanding sport and when things don’t go according to plan we say ”That’s racing”. In the 30-39 Vets an unfortunate injury just days before the final round to series leader Trent Brochtrup gave Colby Campbell the opportunity to take his first championship victory. Luke Clout and Dylan Wills came to play in the MX Open class and put on a show up front. Clout won the overall for the day, 3 out of 4 moto wins with Wills lurking in 2nd for 2 of the races. In the 3rd moto Wills managed to sneak up the inside of Clout before the centre table top to take the lead and the win. But Rhys Budd had the big picture in mind finishing 3rd overall for the day and secured the championship in the MX Open class.
Promoter Michel Constantinou commented, “Thank you to the competitors, parents, officials, volunteers, clubs and sponsors for your support this year, we hope you’ll be back for our 10th anniversary year in 2021!”
Congratulations to the 2020 East Coast MX Champions:
|7 to 8 50cc Div 2||211||COB||Reddy, Lochlainn||HI TEC METAL ROOFING SUPPLIES|
|7 to 8 65cc||295||KTM||Thomas, Seth|
|9 to 11 65cc||254||KTM||Deveson, Jack||CORY DEVESON CONCRETING/ DUBBO CITY MOTORCYCLES/ GRANDEYS BIKE BITZ|
|9 to 11 85cc||254||KTM||Deveson, Jack||CORY DEVESON CONCRETING/ DUBBO CITY MOTORCYCLES/ GRANDEYS BIKE BITZ|
|12 to 15 85cc||25||KTM||Campbell, Jyle||ELITE BRICK AND BLOCK, PROCYCLES, SBR HAULAGE|
|13 to 15 125cc||202||KTM||Rossandich, Connor||SOUTH COAST KTM MOTOREX OILS READMAN CIVIL NGC THAI BOXING REVIVE SAUNA THERAPY|
|13 to 15 years 250cc 4st||202||KTM||Rossandich, Connor||SOUTH COAST KTM MOTOREX OILS READMAN CIVIL NGC THAI BOXING REVIVE SAUNA THERAPY|
|Junior Girls||25||KTM||Pollard, Claire||DMK, TRUCKSERV|
|MX Open||22||YAM||Budd, Rhys||BBRYAMAHA, PIRELLI, MAXIMA,MX INK, STRIKER, SEVEN, MXDOME, MCD, 6D, PROTEIN CARTEL|
|250 Pro||241||YAM||Darby, Tyler||FITZPATRICK ENGINEERING ,MCD RACING, LINDSAY CIVIL, OTW|
|250 C-grade||33||YAM||Saward, Bronson||JOBSON MOTOSPORT|
|450 Pro||237||KTM||Whitehead, Joshua||KTM NEWCASTLE, CRAIG ANDERSON COACHING, FOXHEAD, SHIFT MX, FUNNELWEB FILTERS, RACELINE, STRIKESEATS, WILLMAX GRAPHICS, ONYA VISUALS, FRESH FUNCTIONAL FITNESS|
|450cc C-grade||32||KAW||Tooley, Jake|
|30 to 39 Vets||147||YAM||Campbell, Colby||MCD, MOTOKIT, WESTERN SYDNEY SHUTTERS|
|40plus Vets||123||KTM||Stiles, Andrew|
|Senior Women||86||KTM||Moore, Jess||KTM AUS, TRUCKSERV, PIRELLI, MOTOREX, FLY, ASTERISK, SIDI, MX INK, PRO PLEAT SEAT COVERS, PRANAON, GIANT WOLLONGONG|
East Coast MX would like to thank…
Transmoto, KTM Australia, Cobra, Alpinestars, Alpinestars Helmets, Maxima Racing Oils, Kenda Tyres, Reddy Pipe Laying, Shock Treatment, Teencee Graphics, Lush Eyewear, Race Pace MX Coaching.
Round 5 Class sponsors:
F1 Moto, MCD Racing, Western Sydney Shutters, Novak Signs, Sledgehammers Apparel, Mud and Dust MX, Hayter’s Timber.
MX Photo and Jacob Hantis Films.