Marcus Class was unstoppable in the 2017 Australian Supermoto Championships
Germany’s Marcus Class (Germany KTM) set the time to beat with a 60-second lap on just his fourth time around the Wanneroo Go Kart Track during this year’s Make Smoking History Australian Supermoto Championships on 18-19 November in Western Australia. He then bettered that significantly in practice and qualifying, finishing with a 57.919sec lap and setting the scene for what would be a dominant two days against the best riders in Australia.
Class was never headed in any of the five races in the Steve’s Motorcycles Pro category, scoring maximum points with winning margins all in excess of 10 seconds. His fastest race laps were in the high 58s to mid-59s and he looked smooth and in total control all weekend.
Runner-up was defending champion Andrew McLiesh (SF Construction Husqvarna), scoring four second-place finishes and a third. Local MX exponent Luke Davis (Munster Motor Trimmers Yamaha) took a second in the final race to back up his four third-place finishes for third overall.
In the Autoscene Open class it was again the flying German who showed the field how it was done, completing his second clean sweep of the weekend. Best of the rest was again defending champion McLiesh with five second places, and another local rider, Leigh Boujos (JB Racing KTM), excelled with five solid third places despite suffering a dislocated knee early on the opening day.
In the Trail and Enduro Women’s Championship, local rider and defending champion Jessica Boujos (Panik Race Leathers Husqvarna) was untroubled in all five races and in the end comfortably defended her title with solid wins in each race. Stephany Kapilawi-James (Tyres for Bikes Husqvarna) was runner-up with two second-place finishes, two thirds and a fourth. In her debut Supermoto season, local women’s MX stalwart Chelsea Blakers (Ray Coleman Racing Suzuki) was third with 97 points after two second places, a third, a fourth and a sixth.
Jake Folini-Kearns (Midvale Yamaha Yamaha) took three wins, plus second and sixth places to secure top spot with 112 points. His nearest rival was Jamie Makin (MMT Mining Services Yamaha), who took a second, two thirds, a fourth and a fifth for 96 points. Michael McLiesh (Bazza racing Suzuki) was just a point behind with a win, two seconds, a fifth and a 10th.
Leigh Boujos (Speedway Industries KTM) overcame adversity after he dislocated his right knee on Saturday morning to clean sweep the class. Second overall was Bradley Trivett (Ocean Shores Bakery Husqvarna), with four seconds and a third, and Dean Taylor (Tyres for Bikes Husqvarna) with a second, two thirds and a fourth.
Steven McQueen (Mundaring Tyre Centre/Jentec Auto Services Honda 110) made this class his own with five straight wins. Ryan Woods (Honda 110) was next best with five second places and Grant Roncevich (Bibra Lake Soil Honda 110) came third with five thirds.
Top spot swung between two riders who shared the victories. Beau Erickson (SMOG Racing KTM) had three wins and two seconds, scoring 119 points, while Jarrad Woodland (PES Australia Honda) had two wins and three seconds for 116. Third was Ben Stevenson (Honda) with a third, two fourths and two fifths.
Just 14 points separated the three Lites competitors after five races. Ryan Moscardini (NQ Flooring Suzuki) had three wins and two seconds for 119 points. Jethro Carriage (Pipeking KTM) had a win, three seconds and a third for 111 points, and Lucas Quinn (Future Sports Motorcycles KTM) took a win and four fourth placings, scoring 105 points for third overall.
By John Innes