Locals head to WA Motorcross races

Epic season: Members of the Esperance contingent at the state championship. Photo: Jake Meadley.
Epic season: Members of the Esperance contingent at the state championship. Photo: Jake Meadley.

The Esperance Motor Cycle Club has finished an epic year of racing after seeing the largest contingent to enter a state contest in years and concluding its eighth and final round.

Club publicity officer Tania Garraway described the season as "absolutely sensational".

"We have had an unprecedented number of riders in the state round, so it was a great season for Esperance," she said.

Both junior and senior riders have travelled the state to compete in the WA Motor Cross Championships.

The championships have been held across WA, with the final round at Manjimup on September 15.

The club had riders from as young as seven-years-old compete in the 50cc class, right through to veterans and masters.

In the 50cc championship, Noah Thomas finished eighth and Van Haberley finished 11th.

Rhal Selway placed seventh in the 85cc, 12 to under 16s, with Zane Garraway in 12th and Charlie Bartlett in 16th.

In the 128-250cc, 13 to under 16s, Corey Smith placed 14th and Jacob Willoughby finished 18th.

Cameron Willsher placed 17th in the Senior State Championship MX1 and Dylan Thomas finished in 28th place. In the MX2, Brechin Hawkey finished in 37th.

In the veterans, Luke Rowe placed eighth, Timothy Warr finished 12th and Dave Berry was 24th.

The club has seen its membership-base grow considerably.

"We have those that just want to have a crack around and have a bit of fun, our non competitive juniors and seniors. And those that are a bit more competitive and those that want to race," Mrs Garraway said.

"The kids have fun, there's a lot of parents and people in our club that support them.

"They have travelled the state to take the kids around.

"It's time, it's money, purely for the love of the sport."

Mrs Garraway said the club had made an application to host a state round next year.

"We are waiting with bated breath to hear back on that," she said.

While the senior races had been 'fantastic' to watch, Mrs Garraway found the 12 to under 16s to be the best racing of the season.

"It was very competitive and very close," she said.

"Those points will be interesting to see at the end of this season."

The club's final round was held last month, with points accumulating each round.

Season winners will be announced at the club's wind-up on October 26.