Esperance Motor Cycle Club well represented at Manjimup races

Esperance Motor Cycle Club had a great showing at the Manjimup 15,000 International Motocross event over the WA Day long weekend.

Eleven junior riders and four senior riders made their way to the Cosy Creek circuit just outside the historic town of Manjimup.

The Cosy Creek circuit is the only racetrack in Australia to have held the Motocross des Nations International event and is regarded as the best course in the state, if not the country.

The Manjimup 15,000 is the premier race event in WA and attracts riders from all over Australia and a host of international riders as well.

This year, young gun Reagan Duffy took the crown in his first year as a senior rider.

He beat defending champion and Australian No. 1 Kirk Gibbs to claim the title.

Duffy is definitely a name to keep an eye on in the international scene over the next few years.

Juniors raced on Saturday and seniors on Sunday after a full day of practice on Friday.

Esperance club member and Ravensthorpe resident Dylan Thomas was the best performer of the local riders, taking the MX1 repechage class win, while his son Noah took 16th place in the 50cc division.

Other locals that did well in the seniors were Marc Payne, with a creditable 13th place in the Masters division, and Tim Warr and Adam McVilly who placed 18th and 25th respectively in the highly competitive Veterans class.

Junior rider Rhal Selway was the best competitor in the 85cc and 125cc classes with a seventh place outright in the 85cc Big Wheel class. '

Also competing in the class was Charlie Bartlett in 20th , Zane Garraway in 22nd and Xander Willoughby in 33rd.

The 128 - 250cc class was contested by Jacob Willoughby who came a solid 15th, while Corey Smith and Ryan O'Neill who placed 22nd and 26th respectively.

Mason Payne challenged the 125cc class and did the club proud with a respectable 15th position.

The clubs most junior rider to compete was Van Haberley in the 50cc class and gained a hard fought 13th position in very challenging track conditions.

The weekend is a great opportunity for club members to experience some intense racing with over 400 riders entered and pick up some skills and tips from some of the best racers in Australia and they all came back to the local club much better riders from the experience gained.