SUZUKI MX 1 Australia
OFF ROAD TEAM
1st Sept 2011
Round 5 and 6 National Off Road Series ,Callington South Australia
27th & 28th August 2011.
As usual there was a huge turnout for the popular event as it was not only a National Event but a state round for S.A. as well.
All of the Suzukis performed well without any problems.
The conditions were very tough with the sand forming into whoop sections 1 metre deep at times as well as many extreme sections with climbs and dropoffs as well as dozens of powder berms to keep it difficult for every second of the 10 to 12 minute laps.
The sand was particularly fine and very dry so this meant lots of vigilance with filters,this caused little worry as the filters are very accessible in all of the models used by the team.
Trent Masters RMX450 Lachlan Pro E1 RMZ450 Nick Lean J4 RM144 Will Ruprecht RM85
Sat 1st 11th 2nd 4th
Sun 1st 7th 2nd 4th
The team wishes to thank all sponsors for the ongoing support that we receive .
The Lean ,Stanford and Ruprecht families
Dungog Motor Cycle club member takes out "Mr Popular"
Kellner wins MA Readers Choice
2010 has been an amazing year for Off-Road junior Mitch Kellner.An undefeated run in the J4 class of the Australian Off Road Championship on his way to a maiden title, coupled with an outright win at the NSW Championships made for a more than productive year.
These achievements are made all the more staggering by the fact Kellner is only 15 years old and, much to the disappointment of his fellow competitors, still has another year as a junior.
The Barrington-based tyro capped off his breakout year in style, taking of the Motorcycling Australia Readers Choice Junior Rider of the Year gong at the 2010 ADB Awards in Sydney, on Sunday.
Shocked to be receiving the coveted honour ahead of fellow rising stars, including Motocross star Wilson Todd, Kellner said to be voted top junior rider was an accolade he didn’t expect to earn.
“It really came as a big surprise for me to win this great award,” he said.
“It was great just to be nominated and awesome to make the top three, but to win it has left me pretty speechless.”
Domination doesn’t quite describe the achievements of Kellner during the 2010 season, winning all 10 rounds of the J4 class, earning him an impressive fifth place finish in the Junior Outright standings.
The youngster has attributed his new-found consistency as one of the key reasons he was so dominant throughout the AORC season.
“Winning the AORC title was a great feeling, but was made all the better by being able to win every round,” he said.
“Consistency has really helped me because every time I hop on the bike I’m always looking to perform to my potential and that’s meant I’ve been able to be consistent this year.”
2011 shapes as big year for the aspiring star, with another year in the junior class and a goal of being the number one in the land.
“I’ve still got another year in juniors so I’ve set the goal to try and win the AORC Junior Outright title,” he said.
Most would expect a considerable level of expectation to fall on the broad young shoulders of Kellner after an outstanding 2010, but the happy-go-lucky rider is simply looking forward to getting out there with his mates and having fun.
“Next year’s going to be no different for me, I’m just going to go out there and enjoy racing with all of my mates,” he said.
“That’s the great thing about the AORC, my best mates are the guys I’m riding against.”
“Australian Champs Crowned”
Dungog Motorcycle Club members Mitch Kellner and Nick Lean won their respective classes in this years “Australian Off Road Championship” receiving there gold medals and trophies at the last round in Warwick Qld. In fact, all 3 places on the podium in Nick’s 85cc class were filled with Dungog club members with Harry Wells from Vacy in 2nd and Billy Wilson of Gloucester in 3rd. This was Harry’s first year of competing in the Off Road Championship after years of doing “Motocross”.
“I’m really enjoying the racing” Harry said, “you get a lot more time on the bike and travelling all over the country is pretty cool as well”.
Billy started the series well with a 1st and 2nd in Port Macquarie round but a training crash resulting in broken leg ruined his season. “It’s part off racing” Billy said, “but it was bad timing, if you are going to have injury like that it would be better at the end of the season not the start. It is good that I was able to come back for the last rounds and get 3rd though, I’m happy with that.
Nick was stoked with his year, “I blew my bike up at the 1st round so the season didn’t start so well but it got better from there and I came to terms with racing in the mud. It seemed we were for ever repairing or replacing worn out bits but dad was up to the task and I’ve won my 1st Aussie title, how cool is that”.
Our Gloucester connection and Dungog Club member Mitch Kellner started the year in a new class on a 250cc machine and never looked back. “The bigger bike fitted me well and I enjoyed the difficult conditions. I’ve had a great year and can’t wait to get started again next year. It’ll be our last year in juniors next year so the competition between Nick, Harry, Billy and I will be tough and I’m looking forward to another great year”.
The boys contested all 9 rounds, 3 in NSW and 2 each in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, competing in the toughest conditions the series has seen for many years with the SA rounds being the only dry event of the year. The relentless rain and mud destroyed bikes and kept the service crews busy keeping them running while the riders were finding it difficult just to keep the bike shiny side up.
Other Dungog club members also did well, Trent Lean finished 2nd in the over 35 championship class. Luke Kellner, Peter Clark and Steven Clarke were all on the podium throughout the year in their respective classes but finished just out of the points for the series.
Dungog club president Trent Lean was thrilled to see the boys do so well, “All the club members have had a fantastic year, our junior riders are turning in some outstanding results with lap times as quick as some of the senior pro riders, the future of the sport is in good hands” Trent said.