What a fabulous (delayed) start to the 2020 season Hornsby peeps! After having to cancel one practice day due to 40º+ temperatures, and a kickstart due to hundreds of millimetres of rain, the weather gods were kind to us and we took advantage!
Forty five riders took to the track from thirty one different families. Welcome back to previous members, and we welcome Abigail, Lachlan, Flynn, Ethan, Caylan, Mitchel, Beau, Chase, Oliver, Oscar, Anish, Neil and Cooper as thirteen of the new members to the club this year. We look forward to seeing what you can all do this year!
As happens in a new year, some riders have moved up a class and there’s definitely a new mix this year. There were eleven riders in the 85cc class today … phew!
In typical practice day form, we embraced a bit less formality and the riders relished being able to practice the discipline that they felt they’d like to brush up on. Accelerate & Brake, Orange, Looping, Bending, Footed Clover, Ring Return and Slow all got a run, plus some enduro to spice things up. And as per normal at Hornsby, Minicross was served up after lunch.
Special mention to Rosemary and team who have taken over the canteen this year and if their first run was anything to go by, in fine Hornsby tradition, we’re up for some tasty food this year.
Steve’s put photos from the day into the Clubs Smugmug site here, where photos from other practice and competition days can be found.
As George mentioned today, please to respond to Jo’s text messages about impending rides, with whether or not you’re coming. Your response helps us plan catering amongst other things, and helps ensure the day is as enjoyable as it can be. And if you did not receive a text on 12 Feb about today, please let Jo know on 0490 456 485.
Thanks to Kevin, Anthony, Rod/Beau, George, Steve, Grant/Max, Peter, Nathan/Summer-Rose & Josh who braved the 41º heat to re-rope event area 2, the MX start-line and Accelerate and Brake, as well as reshaping some jumps, strapping tyres, blowing and cleaning. We’re that much closer to being ready for the Practice Day on 16th Feb, and the 1st Comp. day on 23rd Feb. But ... there’s another Working Bee next weekend (Feb 9th) where you get to not only help make the place better and safer for your kid(s), you can watch the Kickstart that will be happening that day too. Whoo hoo! See you there! https://hjdbc.smugmug.com/20200201/
First Motorbike: Yamaha PW 50
Current Bike: Yamaha YZ 85
If you could have any car or bike: Hilux ute
When did you start riding a motorbike: 4
First race: A long time ago
Biggest crash: Louee
Favourite food: Chicken skewers
Favourite snack: Blueberries
3 fav things: Soccer, my dogs and motorbikes
Favourite Drink: Lemonade
3 fav minikhana events: Slow, accelerate and brake and enduro
Hobbies: Soccer, swimming, scouts, motorbike riding
What do you want to be when you grow up: Electrician
Who do you admire: Chad Reed
What are you most proud of: Making it into the A’s for soccer
Favourite holiday place: America
What scares you: Nothing..
Fav sports person: Chad Reed
Favourite movie or t v show: Fast and the Furious 2
What do you like best about motorbike riding: Racing Nathan
Fav track: JT
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be: Another dog
First Motorbike: Yamaha PeeWee 50
Current Bike: Yamaha TTR 110
If you could have any car or bike: Husky 65
When did you start riding a motorbike: When I was in kindy
First race: Hornsby
Biggest crash: In a wombat hole
Favourite food: Tacos
Favourite snack: TV snacks
3 fav things: Opals, motorbikes & skiing
Favourite Drink: Coke
3 fav minikhana events: orange, ring return & Accelerate & brake
Hobbies: Mining & skiing
What do you want to be when you grow up: A Miner
Who do you admire: My brother
What are you most proud of: What I've achieved
Favourite holiday place: Canada
What scares you: My brother
Fav sports person: Joel Smets
Favourite movie or t v show: Lion King
What do you like best about motorbike riding: My competitors
Fav track: Hornsby
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be: No sickness
First Motorbike: Yamaha PeeWee 50
Current Bike: KTM 65 SX
If you could have any car or bike: KTM 450
When did you start riding a motorbike: When I was 4
First race: Sutherland Regional 2017, the day after I turned 7 and was able to go to 50cc
Biggest crash: Sutherland Regional 2019, at the start of the Minicross race
Favourite food: Pasta
Favourite snack: Cucumber
3 fav things: soccer, dirt bike riding and mountain bike riding
Favourite Drink: Coke
3 fav minikhana events: orange, slow and footed clover
Hobbies: soccer, dirt bike riding and mountain bike riding
What do you want to be when you grow up: A soccer player
Who do you admire: Siblings
What are you most proud of: My dirt bike riding
Favourite holiday place: Shoalhaven
What scares you: The dark & spiders
Fav sports person: Pele
Favourite movie or t v show: The Incredibles 1 and 2
What do you like best about motorbike riding: racing
Fav track: Louee
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be: NO HOMEWORK!
The calm before the storm! A record was set today as 47 (the most riders ever in one day) attended Round 4 of Series 2 to complete the competition rounds for 2019. The afternoon storm predicted kept away until after all the riding was done but created a very hot and steamy day for the events.
The day began with the Annual General Meeting when the 2019 committee was dissolved, and the 2020 committee was voted in. Congratulations to all outgoing, continuing and new committee members. A special mention to the Brandes, Pezzuto and Johnson families who were recognized as life members for their outstanding contributions to the club over many years.
The events run for the day to complete the series were; orange, looping, slow, ring return, accelerate and brake, footed clover and minicross. Every event was dry and dusty with the minicross after lunch particularly hard to navigate with the amount of dust created. Of course our skilled riders didn't skip a beat and “got on with the show” putting on a great day of riding and socializing.
During the morning AGM some of the club achievements for 2019 were presented, there were many. The most significant was probably the number of riders who have joined the club this year. Hornsby have a knack for welcoming new families and all riders were acknowledged for the amount they have improved throughout the year.
Congratulations to all riders, parents, grandparents and friends who make our club a fabulous one. You can check out some of the action shots here.
Results for the day were:
50cc - 1st #32
MW - 1st #17
65cc - 1st #150
85cc - 1st #61
JBW - 1st #04
A full list of the days results can be found here.
Our final event for 2019 season is coming up on the weekend of 22nd - 24th Nov and it will be held at Louee MX & Enduro complex. We will also be holding our presentation on the Sat night. Hope to see a great turn out again this year to help celebrate what a great year 2019 has been for our club! Go Hornsby!!!!!
The heat was on for the Minikhana State Cup on Saturday the 19th and Sunday 20th October. As representatives from Penrith, JT, Baulkham Hills, Sutherland, Blacktown and Hornsby came together, the friendly rivalry between the clubs began.
It was Hornsby's turn to run the event this year and what an amazing job the committee did. With all hands on deck the two days ran smoothly, like a well-oiled machine. A huge thanks to Penrith Miniclub for allowing Hornsby to use their track for the event.
The conditions were hot and dry this year which made some events quite slippery, just to add an extra challenge in! Riders competed in 6 events each day which covered all the Minikhana events and giving the riders an opportunity to do Minicross both days. Our demo riders had lots of opportunity to ride with some event areas set up especially for them and the small Minicross made available for them after lunch. Our 65cc and Miniwheel classes were all big, competitive groups as were our 85cc SW & BW classes.
The usual riders briefing, scrutineering and sign-on got underway each morning (not to mention the essential coffee) but the big attraction this year was the raffle of a Kawasaki KLX 110 motorbike as the major prize. Everyone had their “eyes on the prize.” Well done to the lucky Blacktown rider who won this at the end of the Sunday, as well as all the other prize winners. HJDBC appreciates the support of all who took their chance at a win and bought tickets over the weekend.
As usual the last event of the weekend was the 85cc BW Minicross providing entertainment and inspiration for all the younger riders and parents and for the many marshals who had been busy all weekend. The riders showed great skill and sportsmanship as they negotiated the dry track and the extra numbers on the start line!
A highlight for the Hornsby club at the end of Sunday’s competition was the announcement that they were the overall winners of the 2019 Interclub series finishing on the top step 2 years in a row!
In total Hornsby had 45 riders attend the day which was a great turn out for such a small club.
Congratulations to all the riders for attending and well done to the riders making the podium.
Hornsby riders competed well all weekend with the following riders taking out a podium places. Congratulations to:
JBW A grade - Kye #04 - 2nd
85 C grade - Jett #37 - 1st
85 B grade - Samual #106 - 2nd
65 A grade - Beau #98 - 3rd
65 C grade - Justin #415 - 2nd
65 C grade - Joshua #116 - 3rd
MW A grade - Chad #17 - 1st
MW C grade - Lorenzo #611 - 3rd
And also a big congrats to our state title winners:
JBW A grade - Declan #91 - 1st
65cc A Grade - Sam #150 - 2nd
65cc A Grade - Beau #98 - 3rd
MW A Grade - Chad #17 - 2nd
This event was a huge weekend for our club and one that our committee and all it's members can be proud of. A huge thanks to all involved, but especially to our riders for their support of each other and to the parents & families that help get the kids to the competition week in and week out, you are what makes this club a great club.
Also a big thankyou to Steve Jackson our unofficial Hornsby photographer. Steve was out amongst all the action on both days taking some amazing photos all of which can be seen here:
Rider Number: #42
First Motorbike: Piwi 50
Current Bike: TTR50
If you could have any car or bike...Mustang
When did you first start riding a motorbike..1 year ago
Biggest crash...HJDBC Minicross
Favourite snack food..Tiny Teddies
3 favourite things..Motorbike, World Cup ball and Garlic
3 favourite minikhana events.slow, minicross and ring return
Hobbies..riding my bike, building slot car tracks, lego
What do you want to be when you grow up..electrician
Who do you admire..Dad
What are you most proud of..I have a motorbike
Favourite holiday place..Anna Bay
What scares you..scary movies
Fav sports person..Modric
Favourite movie or t v show...Alvin and The Chipmunks and Bluey
What do you like best about motorbike riding..getting to ride
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be..change the bush in my backyard to a Motorcross track
Sunday 22nd September saw 39 Hornsby riders meet for Round 3 of Series 2 which was the second last opportunity to add points to their Series 2 total for the year. Just a week after the Sutherland regional boys and girls were keen to get on the home track for more riding, racing and friendly rivalry.
5 x Nippers practiced their skills
4 x 50cc riders competed in all events as heat finals
8 x 65cc kids battled out each event sharing placings each time, keeping everyone in suspense to the final day’s outcome
7 x Mini-wheel participants balanced their way through all events
7 x 85 competitors raced until their hearts were content putting in 100% all day
7 x JBW young men and 1 young lady strived to do their best both on and off the track.
Today’s events included: footed clover, bending, orange, ring return, slow, looping and mini-cross.
As the weather is increasing, so is the number of sand flies so the insect spray was put to good use! The track was in good condition after a bit of rain with some parts of the track being widened to cater for the larger number of bikes on the start grid.
The level of riding improves week in, week out. Well done to all the kids and adults involved. A great day was had by all.
The podiums for the day were:
1st - #32 2nd - #25 3rd - #5
1st - #45 2nd - #17 3rd - #8
1st - #150 2nd - #62 3rd - #751
1st - #11 2nd - #61 3rd - #106
1st - #91 2nd - #255 3rd - #191
There is one more practice day at home (13th October) before the big end of year grand finale, Minikhana State Cup to be hosted by HJDBC at the Penrith track 19th and 20th of October.
First Motorbike: Honda XR 80
Current Bike: Honda CR 80
If you could have any car or bike: Toyota LandCruiser
When did you start riding a motorbike: 8 years of age
First race: Today JT Enduro
Biggest crash: In Golburn...major hospital injury
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite snack: Frost Fruits
3 fav things: Motorbikes, Mountain bikes and friends
Favourite Drink: Gatorade
3 fav minikhana events: Clover, Accelr8, Slow
Hobbies: Mountain bike riding
What do you want to be when you grow up: Bike mechanic
Who do you admire: My brother
What are you most proud of: My family treating me well
Favourite holiday place: Pilliga
What scares you: The dark
Fav sports person: Jonathon Thurston
Favourite movie or t v show: Red Dog
What do you like best about motorbike riding: Having fun
Fav track: Louee
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be: Mucking up more
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.