ROUND 2 2022 AGV HELMETS AUSTRALIA STATE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday 24th April saw the running of Round 2 of the AGV Helmets Australia WA State Road Racing Championships at Wanneroo Raceway. With good fields across the classes the good sized crowd was treated to some excellent racing, along with two new lap records set on the day. For this round the Junior class was replaced by the Golden Era competitors, and they put on a great show for the spectators, everyone seems to love seeing the old bikes going around!!
The Frenken Fencing B Grade series saw 21 riders face the starter for the opening race of the round. The six lap race was won by Bronson Pickett (K.E.B. Truck Parking Yamaha R1), second was Jack Langley (Harrington Drilling Yamaha R1) and third was Warren French (GoMoto Store Kawasaki ZX-10). Paul Joshua (Dave the Great Manson Yamaha R6) was the first 600 finisher. After two rounds Pickett has a perfect score of 50 points.
The Retro Moto Co Golden Era series saw Vince Thompson (JSM Construction 1987 Yamaha FZR1000) take two wins and a second for the outright win in the Unlimited. Tony Hynes (Gelorup Motorcycle Repairs 1980 Motoplast GSX) had a win and two second places with Peter Nielsen (1980 Suzuki GSX1100) rounding out the podium. Sammy Lloyd-Cox (4ward Fabrications 1989 Honda CBR 250) took the outright win in the ‘Light’ Division.
The Dynapumps Superbike Championship provided some of the best racing of the day with brothers Ben and Cameron Stronach going head to head in the three races. In Race 1 Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Assist Yamaha R1) took the win over the 8 lap journey and on lap three he lowered the outright lap record previously held by Sam Clarke to 55.9090 seconds. Brother Ben Stronach (Dynapumps Yamaha R1) took second place with Adam Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) third. Races 2 & 3 saw the same three riders occupy the top three places but with Ben Stronach winning both races with younger brother second in both and Senior picking up another two third places. Following on from his first round win Ben Stronach leads the championship on 145 points, Cameron Stronach is second on 125 points with Senior third on 108. Sean McHale (Suzuki GSXR 1000) is fourth outright and also leads the Superbike ‘C’ Grade Series.
An interesting aside to the Cameron Stronach Race 1 win and new lap record, just over a year ago the 2015 model R1 had a monumental crash at Skyline finishing up over the wall and was almost completely destroyed. Credit to local businesses who put it back together after 100’s of hours and special credit to Stephen Blount and George Moorhead. Sam Clarke was again missing from the round but is a chance of returning for round three at Collie.
In the Cullys Yamaha Supersport Championship three riders dominated the day’s races with Bronson Pickett (K.E.B. Truck Parking Yamaha R6) taking three strong wins and taking top spot in the championship after the first two rounds with 140 points. Lachlan Hickey (TwoFour Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-6) took three hard fought second places and sits just 10 points behind Pickett in the championship. Paul Joshua (Dave the Great Manson Yamaha R6) rounded out the top three with three third places and sits in third place in the championship with 108 points.
The GoMoto Store Production Championship was fought out by the young guns of WA road racing. After qualifying the front row was Jay Martin (Track Action Yamaha R3) on pole, second was Jordan White (GoMoto Store Kawasaki Ninja 400) with Ethan Thompson (JB Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400) rounding out the front row. White struck a problem with a warped front disc, his pit crew worked hard to change it for a spare to get him on the grid for race 1. Race 1 saw White take the win despite yet another warped front disc, Martin was second with Bruce Oliver (GoMoto Store Kawasaki Ninja 400) third. White lowered the Production lap record previously held by Martin on lap 6 to 1:06.3250second. Thompson was forced to retire with clutch problems. Race 2 and it was Martin who took the win ahead of Oliver and Thompson with White on his ‘wet bike’ finishing in last place. Race 3 was another win for Martin with Thompson second and Oliver third. Martin won the round with 70 points and leads the championship after two rounds with 130 points. Oliver was second for the round with 56 points and sits in third place in the championship with 107 points, White finished in third place for the round and sits just four points behind Martin in the championship.
On to the Sidecar Championship where Graeme Evans/Robert Dillon (RHR Kawasaki ZX-10) overcame a disastrous Race 1 when they stalled at the start, finally getting away in last place. The race was won by Des Harvey/Steve Marshall (Aceman RHR ZX-10) with Murray Stronach/Darryl Mcleod (RHR GSXR1000) in second position and the Marshall brothers Morgan & Dion (PDA Caravan Repairs Suzuki GSXR1000) in third place. Race 2 and Evans/Dillon took the win from Harvey/Marshall with Stronach/Mcleod third. The final race produced a little drama with Evans/Dillon again taking the win from Stronach/Mcleod with the Marshall brothers third. Lap four heading into the basin Harvey/Marshall finished in the sand ending their day. Evans/Dillon lead the Championship after two rounds with 117 points, second are Stronach/Mcleod with 112 points and third are Harvey/Marshall on 110 points.
In the first race of the Rick Gill Motorcycles Clubman Series Reece Southern (R S Contracting Honda CBR 1000RR) took the win from Joe Bowers (Suzuki GSXR 1000) with Corey Gugiatti (GoMoto Store Honda CBR 1000RR). Race 2 saw Gugiatti win from Southern with Jason Keenehan (Kawasaki ZX-10) filling the minor placing. The final race saw Gugiatti take his second win for the day and the overall winner for the round, second was Southern with Bowers taking the minor place. The 600cc division was won by Bryan McCormack (Bmac Plant Services Yamaha R6) with three wins on the day.
Our next event is a MCRC RideDays WA and Tuning Day at CollieMotorplex on Saturday 4th June, followed by Round 3 2022 AGV Helmets Australia WA State Road Racing Championships on Sunday 5th June, also at Collie Motorplex. This is our first event at Collie for 2022 and we are looking forward to some great entries and really close racing!
Photos and report courtesy of John Innes