The Kiwis are at it again, stealing away with Australian titles.
Yes indeed, the 2011 Australian Moto Trials Champion is New Zealand’s Jake Whittaker.
In a repeat performance of day one’s near-flawless ride, Wellington’s Whittaker turned in single figure lap scores to seal the win on just 11 points for the weekend.
In second place was WA’s Neil Price on 50 points and third place, from NSW, was Kyle Middleton on 53.
“I found the Saturday quite easy as the sections were set at a low level,” said Whitaker.
“However, it was a good test of concentration. I came away with a good lead on day one and went into Sunday confident and, after seeing the sections that were set for day two, was looking forward to something a wee bit more challenging. Again I rode well with one of Australia’s top riders Kyle Middleton pushing me slightly but over the day I managed to get a good lead to take the overall win and take the championship.
“I was feeling great on the Beta Evo 290 supplied and prepared by team Kaos during the week although we didn’t get an awful amount of bike time in as the weather was quite bad and the practice area didn’t open until the Friday before.
“Day one on Sunday I was feeling good however with the sections set again on the easy side there was not much room for error and it was going to be a low-scoring event. I made very few mistakes on my first lap, in fact only three points. My second lap I managed to ride faultless which was enough to secure the win for day one with already an 18-point lead over second place.
“Day two the sections were set at a much higher standard which was much better. I started the day off with a failure on section two which was the toughest section of the day. I lost one over point on my first lap so with a total of 6, I was still the only rider on single figures my second lap I managed to get that same section two for two points which was my only points lost for my last and final lap of the weekend.
“I won my second Australian title with a 39-point lead, which was an amazing feeling and something that I am very proud of. I have worked extremely hard for it this year and it’s awesome to have all the hard work pay off.
“A big thanks to everyone for their support here in NZ and Aussie Team Kaos Especially, my partner Georgina, my minder Nick Ball for a fantastic effort over the past couple of weeks an especially the months leading up to it with training, mum and dad.”
There were more than 140 competitors at the Vine Inn Barossa 2011 Australian Moto Trials Championships.
Open Junior started the day with two contenders for first place; the winner was Jonathan Chellas (5) ahead of Zachary Mularczyk (9) and Jim Reed (10).
The Veterans’ class saw Steve Holzhauser as champion on 16 points. Second place was Paul Moore on 25, with third place going to Brenton Hogan (26) after a count-back on cleans saw him ahead of Rob White (26).
Women (Tier 1) saw Kristie McKinnon continue her day 1 lead, to win on 43 points ahead of Michelle Coleman (73) and Brooke Lonie (140).
Women (Tier 2) saw Felicity Harvie (42) maintain her lead over Bev Anderson-Tranter (47) and Emily Hurd (153).
Classic was an epic three-way battle and three clean rides from the top three riders saw points unchanged, the glory to Steve Johnson (0) ahead of Tim Lewis (1) and Geoff Lewis (2).
Post Classic class had Toby Coleman cement the win after a day of just 1 point lost, to finish on 9 points, ahead of James Isherwood (18) and Brendan Johnson (19).
Sidecars (Tier 1) was won by Luscombe/Sparkes (39) ahead of Gough/Blanchard (44) and Schultz/Gerhardy (53).
Sidecars (Tier 2) saw the Irrgang/Wilksch outfit on 55 ahead of Turner/Hunter (64) and Sens/Sens (114).
Junior 7-12 saw Connor Hogan fight back from second place on day 1 to take the win on 15 points, ahead of Thomas Wager (25) and Lachlan Hannam (49).
Youth class was won by Lachlan Gibson (56) with New Zealand’s Blake Fox (62) in second and Jordan Tricker (78) in third.
Masters class was a close result after day 1, however Rob Jones ran away with a great second day to finish on 16 points. In second place was Richard Kent on 26, and Simon Van Baalen on 40 points in third.
Junior Women (Tier 1) was won by Amanda Cummins (57) ahead of Whitney Luft (99) and Rebecca Wines (195).
Junior Women (Tier 2) was won by Lucinda Clarke (28) ahead of sister Megan Clarke (41) and Sarah Chivers (77).