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2022 Round 5 Race Report

The 9th October saw the running of the 5th round of the AGV Helmets Australia WA State Road Racing Championships at Collie Motorplex in the State’s South-West.
The opening race of the round was the FRENKEN GROUP ‘B’ Grade race and there were no surprises there with Bronson Pickett(Aussie Moto Engineering Yamaha R1) dominating the race as he has done all season, making it five straight wins with just one race to go to complete the season. Second was Jack Langley(Harrington Drilling Yamaha R1) with Paul Joshua (Dave the 125 Wizard Yamaha R6) in third spot.
The big news going into this penultimate round of the Dynapumps State Superbike Championship round was the absence of championship leader Ben Stronach following a training crash the weekend prior to this meeting. Ben suffered a couple of broken ribs and a dislocation of his left shoulder along with quite a bit of bruising. The bike also suffered some damage but will be ready for the final round in mid November. This left Cameron Stronach (Motorcycle Assist Yamaha R1) and Adam Senior (Senior Engineering Yamaha R1) to cement their places in the top two. In race 1 things were going well for the younger Stronach until mid race when he out braked himself allowing Senior through for the win, he was second with Langley third. Ray Kleyn and Jake Wilson rounded out the top five. Race 2 was a repeat for the top five with Kleyn and Wilson swapping places. The final race again saw the same five combatants on the time sheet with Wilson and Kleyn again the only change in the finishing order. The championship standings with three races and 75 points up for grabs is Adam Senior first with 295 points, second Cameron Stronach on 291 and Ben Stronach third on 285 points. Jake Wilson and Jack Langley are the only other two riders with a mathematical chance to win the title but the chances are very very slim. Senior said after the event,"It has been a long time between wins for me. Today we got lucky, taking three wins from three starts gives me the round win and moves me into the championship lead. Time to dig real deep and see what we can do in the final three races."
The Cullys Yamaha Supersport Championship saw the top three in the championship battle head to head in the three races. Bronson Pickett(Yamaha R6) came out on top but Paul Joshua (Yamaha R6) led for the majority of each race only to be pipped near the end of each. Lachlan Hickey (TwoFour Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-6) rode solidly for three third places. The Championship standings going into the final round are Pickett first on 365 points, second is Hickey on 297 points with Joshua third on 264 points.
In the State Sidecar Championship Graeme Evans/Drew Lock(Rick Hanger Racing Kawasaki ZX-10) who stood in for regular swinger Robert Dillon took three wins on the day. Second for the meeting with three second placings were Des Harvey/Steve Marshall(City Panel Beaters Kawasaki ZX-10) with RobTaylor/Dean Napier(Wormall Development LCR K6) third. Taylor was having his first ride back after a 14 year break from the sport. Championship standings are Graeme Evans/Robert Dillon/Drew Lock first with 337 points, Des Harvey/Steve Marshall second with 292 points and Ant Metcalf/Sean Fegan are third on 224 points on their F2 outfit.
In the GoMoto Store Production Championship Jayden Martin(Aussie Moto Engineering Yamaha R3) took two wins and a second place. Jordan White (InviewTV Kawasaki Ninja 400) took a win in the final race and two second placings. Calvin Moylan(Hydro-Pneumatics Yamaha R3), Paul Joshua and Ethan Thompson(JB Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400) shared the minor placings. Martin leads the title chase with 335 points, second is White on 326 and third is Moylan on 241 points.
In the Motorcycle Assist – Sales, Service & Repair Centre /RF Mechanical Services 2022 Stars of Tomorrow series Bryan McCormack(BMAC Plant Services Yamaha R6) and Connor Southern(Ducati Panigale 1199) shared the top two place across the three races, with Jason Keenehan(Kenviro Kawasaki ZX-10), Robert Smith(Honda CBR 1000RR0 and Harris Morrison(Kawasaki Zx-6) each taking a minor podium place. Stars of Tomorrow placings after Rd 1 are McCormack 70 points, second is Southern on 65 points with Morrison third on 50 points.
Full results available on Natsoft.
Round 6 2022 AGV HELMETS AUSTRALIA WA State Road Racing Championships will be held at Wanneroo Raceway/ Raceway on Sunday 13th November. All championships are still up for grabs so don’t miss out on a great day of on and off track activity!
Report and photos courtesy John Innes