With not having ridden at the club for a number of weeks and intermittent rain over that time, the club grounds were in great conditions ready for round 4 of the 2015 club championship. Despite some overnight rain and some drizzle during the early morning proceedings, event areas were quite grippy with little or no standing water to challenge riders.
31 riders began the day, all looking to have a great day of riding and add to their points score for the year. Six events were run that included Accelerate Brake, Footing and Non-Footing Clover, Slow, Looping and Ring Bending. The 85cc class were able to spend some time on the trials section of the complex just prior to lunch, testing their skills in the sandy and hilly sections of that track. In addition, two rounds of minicross were contested in the afternoon after the lunch time break.
This is where all the action happened. The second round of the minicross brought about a couple of red flags with some riders finding the day a little testing as competition came to a close. A couple of spectacular offs occurring right at the start/finish line and in front of the spectators left some riders feeling a little worse for wear and finding themselves spending some time with first aid.
None the less, all riders had a great day albeit in quite cool, overcast conditions. Results were held over for ratification and will be announced at the next club points day to be held on Sunday July 12th.
We wish all club members a safe and happy June long weekend and for those travelling to the Lochmaree Motorbike Complex in the Blue Mountains, a warm long weekend also.
Sunny skies and a very chilli morning greeted competitors for round three of the 2015 Minikhana Regional Interclub series at Penrith Minibike Club, Sunday 24th May. A small contingent of Hornsby rider's flew the flag for the club at this event, which produced some great riding in tricky muddy conditions. Days before the event, Penrith received about three inches of rain, which made the event areas a mixed bag of grippy sand or boggy mud.
Consistent riding would place riders in the points but mistakes would prove costly and dirty. Nine riders from the Hornsby club across most grades represented a broad range of skill and bike sizes. Penrith is known for running events that are different to most regionals including the Acceler8 and Start and Park events. These events require not just bike skill but athletic ability also, sometimes fun to watch for spectators as riders try to run as fast as possible in full riding gear.
At the end of the day, Hornsby congratulated the following riders for their podium positions:
50cc A Grade - 1st Will #693
Miniwheel A Grade - 1st Mateo #31
85cc SW C Grade - 2nd Ella #855
JBW A Grade - 1st Matt #262
Hornsby would also like to congratulate the following riders for their performances at previous regional events that promoted them up a grade:
Indy #13, Noah #936, Sean #355 and Callie #19. We look forward to seeing you all with new coloured number plates at the next regional.
Overall for the day Hornsby came 4th out of the seven clubs, which is a great effort with only a few riders attending the day. Hornsby would also like to thank all the members for their help in marshalling for the day and helping Penrith Club on their day which was conducted in lovely Autumn Weather.
The next Regional event is scheduled for June 14 which is the Ku-Ring-Gai Miniwheels club regional. This may unfortunately be the last regional for the KMW club at their current club grounds, so please attend if you can. Keep an eye out on the links page for their supplementary regulations. Also please remember to show your support for the KMW club this Tuesday at the Council Chambers in Gordon at 7pm. The hearing will decide the club's fate in regards to their club grounds, all support would be greatly appreciated.
NSW had received some of it's heaviest falls of rain and some of its wildest weather in a decade leading up to our Hornsby Regional event. The Central Coast was some of the worst hit area's and the Junior Trials grounds received quite a lot of damage from torrential rain and strong winds. To the credit of the JT committee and members, the grounds had been cleaned up and made presentable for Hornsby to conduct their regional event.
Hornsby would like to extend a humungous Thank You to the JT club, committee and members for doing such an unreal job, helping to make our Regional event as good as it was.
With approx. 143 riders entered and the threat of more weather to come over the preceding days leading up to the event, Hornsby was always a bit nervous about the conditions.
However, the decision to run the event was made and 131 riders turned up to start competition.
With seven events planned, it was going to be a busy day for both competitors and officials. After a successful scrutineering and riders briefing, events got underway in quite tricky muddy and slippery conditions. The gods began to smile early in the day though as the showers eased off and the grounds began to dry out. This made the conditions tricky as the mud turned to tacky dirt providing inconsistent riding conditions.
Riders showed their skill though and worked bike and body hard to complete events with no fouls. Most grades had the required number of riders with some having to combine or move up to meet the minimum requirements. 50cc C Grade did not dissapoint though with as many as 20 riders entered to compete in the event.
As the pit marshals worked tirelessly through the morning, by the lunch time break most grades had completed over 50% of their events. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the weather took a turn for the worse in the early afternoon with the heavens opening up and changing the conditions of the event areas once again.
None the less, competition finally came to an end around mid afternoon with seven gruelling events completed and many wet smiles adorning the presentation area, all keen to find out how they had finished the tough day. As the raffle was drawn, attention turned to the podium where riders, families and supporters would find out the final results.
Overall the Hornsby Club finished 2nd behind the JT club who had the biggest contingent of riders out of all seven clubs. Hornsby riders that found themselves on the podium were as follows:
50cc C Grade: 1st Callie #19
50cc A Grade: 3rd Ben #580
50cc A Grade: 1st Will #693
Mini wheels C Grade: 2nd Sean #355
Mini wheels B Grade: 3rd Declan #9
65cc B Grade: 2nd Jack #151
65cc B Grade: 1st Noah #936
85cc Small Wheel C Grade: 1st Indy #13
JBW A Grade: 3rd Brock #136
JBW A Grade: 2nd Matt #262
JBW A Grade: 1st Mat #259
Well done to all Hornsby riders for your outstanding achievement in very challenging conditions and a very big thank you to all Hornsby Members for your help and commitment to run another superb regional event. Without the dedication and input from all involved, our Regional Event would never be a success. Hornsby JDBC would like to thank all of our sponsors for their ongoing and valuable support of the club.
The next event on our calendar will be coming up in a week when round two of the Hornsby, KMW and JT Tri-Series MX is held at the JT grounds again on the central coast. Consult the JT website here for more details. The Penrith Regional Minikhana event will be held on Sunday 24th May and their supp regs and entry form can be found here. Enter now to receive the early bird entry fee.
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