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.