Pahiatua’s Scott Sowry continues to impress across the Tasman.
The young Kawasaki ace tackled rounds seven and eight of the Australian Off-road Championships at the Hastings Valley Motocross complex near Port Macquarie at the weekend, racing in the J2 class (12-15yr 85cc/150cc).
“These two rounds were scheduled to be an Enduro at another venue, but greenies put a stop to it,” said Sowry.
“Anyway, the organisers set up two terrain tests in the surrounding bush and utilised sections of the MX track. So, basically, it was a double sprint again.
“I had some tough competition this round in Dylan Heaton, the guy that got second at the first two rounds at Bulahdelah.
“Dylan was 10 seconds faster in the first two heats. Then I started to get into it and was only one second slower than Dylan in the third heat. From the fourth heat on, I started clawing back time on him, 1-2 seconds at a time.
“Going into the ninth and last heat of the day I had built a 10-second lead … not enough time to back it off as Dylan was pushing hard. About two-thirds of the way through the last heat I punctured my rear tyre in the rocky terrain. Not wanting to risk ripping the tyre off the rim, I backed it off, losing over half a minute to Dylan. For the first time in the series I had to settle for second place.
“On Sunday we swapped tracks with the Expert/Pro’s again. Dylan was determined to beat me again as a fierce battle went on. We traded heat wins all day as the sun beat down. Dylan struck first winning heat one by 5 seconds, I won the next two giving me a half second lead then Dylan would take it back. At the end of heat seven Dylan had a 2.5 second advantage. I gave it everything in the last heat and had a clean run, shaving 4 seconds of my best run to win the day by just two seconds after over 40 minutes of racing.
“Thanks to Dylan for the great competition and wish him well for the Aussie junior motocross nationals in a fortnight. I have now pushed my lead out to 43 points with two rounds to go on October 2-3, with 50 points still up for grabs.
“A huge thanks again to the Clover family from Sydney for taking my bike to the event and to Cosy Cottages in Pahiatua for helping with costs.”
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