Round 2 of the Victorian Junior MX Titleswere held at the Albury/Wodonga Motorcycle Club over the weekend with huge entry numbers in all classes and riders travelling from all corners of the country to participate. After being originally planned to be held at the Broadford circuit just north of Melbourne, a last minute decision was made to change venue due to pending weather and track conditions. And a terrific decision it was with spectacular track and weather conditions all weekend.
Central Queensland based BCP Yoshimura Honda Junior Development Team rider Darci Whalleyhad an unstoppable day Saturday in the junior girls category going fastest in the mornings time qualifying before going 1-1-1 in her championship points scoring races.
“It was great to make the trip down and race the southern states girls,” said the 14 year old Whalley.
“It was good to have a bunch of the SA, Vic and NSW girls to see where we were at speed wise.”
Whalley’s starts were a highlight of the day, grabbing the holeshot in all three races and stringing together clean laps all day on a technical track.
“I was really impressed with Darci’s composure on the day,” said team manager Lee Hogan
“She’s the type of rider that has so much aggression and fire in the belly, and sometimes it can get the better of her. But she took her time learning a new track, found some really smart lines and didn’t put a foot wrong all day.”
With Round 1 of the Championships being cut short due to an on track injury, this meant that the Junior Girls Category were unable to participate at Round 1.
Whalley starts her Victorian Junior State MX Title campaign with a clean sweep and maximum points heading into the next round of the series.
Darci’s team mate Hixson McInneslined up the following day in a star studded line up for the A grade 250cc junior class where both the younger and older 250cc classes are combined.
Moto 1 got off to an incredible start with a holeshot and saw the kid from Cooma in NSW hold onto the lead until just past the halfway point of the race before being passed by a hard charging Byron Dennis. McInnes would hold on to a strong second place for moto 1. Moto 2 with an average start saw McInnes charge up to fifth place by race end.
The final moto of the day saw the Honda rider battling hard for a solid top 5 finish and a possible podium overall when a last lap incident had him pushing his bike across the line in 10th place.
“We’ll take the positives from this weekend and move forward towards the next round of the Pro MX in Gillman,” said McInnes.
“It felt great to lead that first moto for so long and I definitely know that that’s where I belong.”
The next round of the Pro MX series at Gillman will be held on Sunday May 29th.