Byford lived up to its reputation in having it all last night. Hot, hot, hot was the order of the day as Byford hit over 35 degrees and sweltered on and off the track for the Make Smoking History Arena Cross open event last night.
The Lightweight Motorcycle Club has WA’s only permanent Arena Cross facility at Hendley Park, Byford and it was a battle to maintain moisture in the track, the warm weather zapping both riders and the track itself.
The overwhelming numbers of the Nippers class again necessitated the need for two groups as the class continues to be well supported at Arena Cross.
Oskar Thomas and Deegan Fort tussled for the top step of the podium with Thomas taking the accolades ahead of Fort with Evyn Adams picking up third.
The 65cc class 7-10 Years would be dominated by Kayden Minear with a countback required to determine second and third with both Seth Shackleton and Charlie Weightman finishing on equal points. Shacks would secure second and Charlie third for the night.
Jake Rumens was on top taking the overall in the 10-U12 Years class ahead of Brodie Taylor and Blake Baldacchino picking up third place.
The 85cc 9-12 Years would see the battle of the Minears with Kayden taking the win from Jordan Minear second and Charlie Weightman holding on third. In the 12-16 Years class Seth Manuel would secure the night ahead of second placed Jake Turner and Hayden O’Leary grabbing third place. Brock Flynn was on fire early, but did not line up for the final moto.
The 125 Class was won by Corben Weinert with Seth Manuel finishing second overall and joining the talented two on the podium was Jake Turner. Weinert would also take out the 250cc class ahead of Wylie Scott second and Evan Browne who had a massive off securing third overall.
Trevor Unstead secured the Veterans class from Craig Harris and Lennard Butler. Joshua Nichol took out the MX2 Clubman class from Jamie Higgs and Dylan Thomas. Kara Catts was the sole female competitor who put the guys on notice in every class she competed in.
The MX2 Pro class was all Jayden Rykers taking the top step from second placed Mat Fabry and Eddy Pajewski, both riders finishing on equal points.
Corey White secured the MX1 Clubman Class from Bredon Bayliss second and Jay Olson securing third place. The MX1 Intermediate class was won by Shaun Mathlin ahead of Gavin Kastner second and Steven Fairham taking the remaining step on the podium.
The MX1 Class was the excitement machine gun battle between two former MX2 WA Champions in David Birch and Jayden Rykers. Birch would take the overall from Rykers second and Mario Dercole third for the night.
The Shootout would see the fastest 8 riders in a series of one lap sprints. John Darroch lined up against Jayden Rykers for sprint one, and Rykers was on top taking the win and moving through to the next level.
David Birch and Mario Dercole leapt out of the gates in a terrific duel of skill and true grit, it was on until Dercole had to bail off the bike when he over jumped and over committed, it was a huge leap and bike and rider crashed to the ground, and the officials scrambled to his assistance. It was a scene reminiscent of Chad Reed’s massive off in the AMA a few years ago. All held their breath, momentarily and then erupted as Super Mario got the crowd on their feet when he was able to walk back to pits, unfortunately his Shootout quest would be over.
Jarrod Hockley and Eddy Pajewski lined up and went immediately into battle with block passes and a lap of epic dicing until Hockley got the crowd vocal with a brilliant block pass on Pajweski and crossed the line through to the next level.
Sam Hill and Mat Fabry were next out of the gates, and Fabry used his skill to account for Sam Hill and move through to the next round.
And then there were four.
The crowd went ballistic when Birch and Rykers were on fire both with text book starts, there was bumping, leaning and brilliant racing at its finest. Rykers would secure the sprint by 0.4 of a second, and move into the Shootout final.
Mat Fabry lined up with Jarrod Hockley and used his smarts to take the win in fine fashion, moving through to join Rykers in the Shootout final.
Both Rykers and Fabry, multiple champions through juniors and team mates during some of their time in juniors. They lined up and secured their start. The gates dropped and both were in text book manual form, Fabry was in the midst of taking on Rykers for a pass before they came together and Fabry went down to the roar of the crowd. Rykers went on to take the win and Fabry finishing second in the Shootout, and the Byford Bullet might not have won the event but he came away with more fans.
Congratulations to the Club for another super event, the riders for supporting the event and putting on a terrific show.
Photos: True Spirit Photos/Gordon Pettigrew