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GP JUNIORS AUSTRALIA SERIES – ROUND 3

GP Juniors Australia Series – Round 3

Round 3 of the GP Juniors Australia Series found us at the Albury-Wodonga Go Kart track with Damian Cudlins Motostars.
A combination of a slick track and cool weather on Saturday morning caught out a few of the competitors, but as the day warmed the riders came to grips with the conditions and lap times dropped.

Sunday Race Day.

Lone 70cc entrant Casey Middleton would race with the larger 2 strokes, running consistent times across all 3 races, with a best time of 58.817
in the 85cc’s it was Jacob Roulstone continuing his great form from round 2, who would dominate the class, taking all 3 wins. His best time of 51.097 being 0.343 secs ahead of his nearest competitor. Harrison Voight would take 2nd place in the round for the GP Juniors Australia Series improving his best lap time of 53.056 in race 1 to a 52.933 in race 3. Luke Power had a slower start in race 1 with a best lap time of 56.359. He would take 3rd place for the round with his best lap time in race 3 improving to 53.826. Glenn Nelson finished 4th in the series after a DNF in race 1. His race 2 best lap time of 53.542 improving to a 53.473 in race 3.
In the 160cc Harrison Voight, Zylas Bunting and Glenn Nelson put on some the closest racing all weekend on their Yamaha R15’s. Harrison and Zylas racing hard for the lead in each race with Glenn close behind ready to pounce if either of the boys in front made a mistake. In the end they would finish all three races in that order, Harrison taking maximum points for the round. Zylas 2nd and Glenn 3rd.Their best lap times were 55.110, 55.88 and 55.949 respectively.

NEW SPONSOR & POLE POSITION AWARD

GP Juniors is excited to announce that “The Grinning Dingo” has come on board as the sponsor of the new Pole Position Award for 2018

The Grinning Dingo Pole Position Award is open to all GP Juniors Cup competitors.

To be eligible for the $200 prize you must be registered and ride your Yamaha R15. A Grinning Dingo sticker must also be placed on the visor of your helmet.

Marcus from The Grinning Dingo has been a great supporter of motorcycle racing and racers and we look forward to working with him.
Make sure you check out their great range of beanies, caps, t-shirts and hoodies at thegrinningdingo.com.

I look forward to seeing Grinning Dingo’s all around the tracks.

BROADFORD DAY 2

Broadford Day 2:

Day 2 saw the riders awake to a foggy morning at the Broadford State Motorcycle Complex. As the sun cleared it away and the racing began, we were reminded of the serious side of racing.
GP Juniors rider, Reece Oughtred, racing his Honda RS125 in the 125GP/Moto3/Supersport 300 class, high-sided his bike with the result being serious enough that he was airlifted to hospital.
The GP Juniors family wish Reece a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on track.

We also want to say get well soon to Toby James as he had to leave due to illness.

Race 2:

Jacob Roulstone was on a mission to set the fastest lap and with another great start he lead the pack into the first corner. By the end of the first lap he had a lead of .677 and gradually extended it each lap with his fourth lap time of 1.07.325 setting the fastest lap of the round. Luke Power chased hard in second place but his consistent 1.08 laps were not enough to catch Jacob. He would cross the line 3.899 secs adrift. Glenn Nelson and Harrison Voight took up where they had finished in race one with Glenn once again doing enough to take 3rd place .387 ahead of
Harrison. Josh Kane started slow and was in last place at the end of the second lap after Jamie Port, who got a great start, pushed too hard on the first lap and crashed out. Josh produced his fastest lap of the round, a 1.15.326 to catch and pass Max Stauffer on the race to the flag, crossing just .140 ahead to take 5th place. Max was 6th with John Lytras coming in 7th after incurring a 5 second penalty for a jump start.

Race 3:

Race 3’s shortened 4 lap race once again saw Jacob Roulstone’s consistent 1.07.9 laps let him pull away from Luke Power to finish 5.760 secs ahead. Glenn Nelson and Harrison Voight battled hard with Glenn taking 3rd place by just .276. Max Stauffer got the jump on John Lytras to lead him by 2 seconds at the end of lap one. A personal best lap time of the round of 1.14.603 on lap 3 and a last lap f 1.14.614 saw John cross the line .048 behind Max. Jamie Port who was forced down the pit entry road at turn 10, to avoid Josh Kane’s crash on lap one, finished 7th.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up.

See you at the track.

GP JUNIORS: BROADFORD

GP Juniors Qualifying: Broadford

.08 was all that separated Luke Power (Morawaki 85) and Jacob Roulstone (Morawaki 80) at the end of qualifying with Luke taking the pole position with a 1.07.906 to Jacob’s 1.07.914. Reece Oughtred on his Honda RS 85 was next with a time of 1.10.154 followed closely by Harrison Voight (Metrakit GP80) and Glenn Nelson (Metrakit GP70) with times of 1.10.336 and 1.10 403 respectively.
The GP Cup boys were next on their Yamaha R15’s with Max Stauffer 1.15.039 leading John Lytras 1.16.081 and Jamie Port 1.17.835 followed by Josh Kane (Honda RS 85) 1.18.441 and Toby James (Metrakit GP 70) at his first event 1.24.337

Race 1: Broadford

Race 1 ended up being 3 great races in one. Jacob Roulstone got a great start to lead into turn one with Luke Power right behind him. The boys would stay close until Jacob got a small break at lap 5 and went on to take the win by 1.2 seconds. Not to be outdone, Reece Oughtred, Harrison Voight and Glenn Nelson had a cracker of a race for 3rd place. It was great watching the boys as they swapped positions every lap. The biggest gap all race was 1.4 seconds. The final gap between them was .253 as Glenn passed the chequered flag just in front of Harrison and Reece.
The race for the GP Juniors Cup was even closer with Max Stauffer and John Lytras battling all race. Max withstood John’s pressure all race to lead him over the line by just .064 secs. Both boys did their fastest time on the last lap. Josh Kane was 8th with his second and fourth laps faster than his qualifying lap. Jamie Port in only his third outing on the Yamaha R15 ran very consistent laps to finish 9th.Toby James finished 10th in his first race with his best lap beating his qualifying time.
Well done to all the boys. Looking forward to tomorrows racing.

GP JUNIORS AUSTRALIA BACK ON TRACK THIS WEEKEND

 

      

 

 

The thrilling action will continue this weekend (May 5-6) with the second round of the GP Juniors Australia national junior road racing championship classes. The second round will be held alongside the Victorian Road Racing Championships, promoted by the Preston Motorcycle Club at the State Motorcycle Complex at Broadford. The Preston Motorcycle Club has been a longtime supporter of junior road racing and has been a supporter of the GP Juniors for many years.

It is also the first of two back-to-back rounds that includes a round of the GP Juniors Cup, so there is plenty to play for. Competitors spread over three different classes, range in age from nine to 15 year olds. All riders in the 85cc two-stroke and 160cc four stroke classes will score points in its Junior road racing championship, the four classes of GP Juniors Australia Junior Road Racing Championships as well as the expanding class of GP Juniors Cup.

The very encouraging angle of this weekend is that these aspiring future champions can compete in a number of class and score championship points in both state and national titles for the cost of a single entry. Over the course of the weekend there will be practice qualifying and three races around the Broadford track.

With the excellent Autumn weather that has continued in the past few weeks, hopefully it will continue for this weekend, as the young chargers share the meeting with the more experienced riders that will be competing for points in a variety of classes.

The youngsters that compete in the Australian Junior Road Racing Championships will battle for honors in the 85cc two stroke class as well as the 160cc Australian Championship. Additionally, there is the added temptation of the GP Juniors Cup, where all riders compete on the Yamaha YZF-R15 fitted with the Bridgestone BT39 treaded control tyre. These features provide a level platform for all participants to demonstrate their riding talents instead of relying on machine performance for an advantage.

Max Stauffer from the Hunter Valley of NSW leads the GP Juniors Cup from Queenslanders, John Lytras in second and Harrison Voight in third overall.

    

GP Juniors Cup Set for First Round of 2018

Alongside the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Wakefield Park, this weekend, will be the opening round of the GP Juniors Cup for the youngest bracket of rising star riders, aged from 11-15 years.

It is the second year of the GP Juniors Cup where all competitors ride the dynamic Yamaha YZF-R15 150cc machine, all using the very same Bridgestone BT38 treaded road tyres to ensure a level playing field and to allow the individual’s talent to shine through.

The class has already shown its merits in unearthing new talent, as two of the stars from last year will be competing overseas in 2018. The 2017 GP Juniors Cup Champion, Tommy Edwards has secured a ride in the Supersport 300cc World Championship, that is held alongside the European rounds of the Superbike World Championship.14-year-old Joel Kelso, who is a definite star on the rise, will be competing in the talent stacked Italian Moto3 Championship for Grand Prix specification machines.

While the pair may have vacated the series, it has opened up the way for others to shine, most notably 13-year-old John Lytras, who hails from Caboolture on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Lytras finished second in the six round series last year, and as he displayed on numerous times last year, he has no time for reputations, going wheel-to-wheel and elbow-to-elbow with the much older, and more experienced, Edwards, at every outing

Lytras will be one of the favourites for GP Juniors Cup glory, but he will have to be on his game as there are many others nipping at his heels, the most notable another 13-year-old in Harry Khouri from Richmond and Max Stauffer from the Hunter Valley.

Unlike many in the class, Khouri has proven that you don’t need experience in dirt track racing to make an impact, as last year was his first year of actually racing, bypassing the somewhat traditional path of dirt track. He has proven to be a very fast learner and will be right in the thick of it this weekend, around the technical Wakefield Park layout.

Stauffer is a rider from the dirt track ranks and is another on the rise as he improves at every outing. The son of multi Australina champion, Jamie Stauffer he certainly has the genes to go a long way and will no doubt be another ready to rub elbows out on track.

There will be many others aiming to make a name for themselves with Zylas Bunting from the NSW North Coast. Bunting is one that will be battling the leaders every lap of the three races over the weekend.

Additionally, there will be a number of debutants in the class with dreams of carving out a career in road racing, to follow in the tracks of many notables like Casey Stoner and Jack Miller.

Practice for the GP Juniors Cup will take place on Friday with qualifying and a race on Saturday with two races for the Junior rising stars on Sunday. Tickets for the first round of the GP Juniors Cup can be found at asbk.com.au.

 

2017 Season Review Part One

With 2017 preparing to disappear into history, it is a fitting time to look back on what has been a breakthrough season for GP Juniors Australia. This year was a quantum leap for junior road racing in Australia and has provided an encouraging foundation for 2018 and beyond.

The first major development for 2017 was the inauguration of the GP Juniors Cup, with a one make series reintroduced after a gap of nearly a decade, the series contested by kids from 12 to under 16 years of age.

Yamaha Motor Australia stepped in to expand its major support of domestic racing with the Yamaha YZF-R15 the bike of choice for the GP Juniors Cup and Bridgestone also became a part of GP Juniors Australia with all the bikes using the Japanese company’s BT 39 treaded road tyre as the control rubber for 2017.

While these little machines do not have the outright top speed of the two stroke machines that have been the bike of choice in recent years, the competitiveness of all riders on the same machine and same tyres play a big part in unearthing the vast talent pool of young riders that this country continues to produce.

Motorcycling Australia was also a big part of the GP Juniors Australia in 2017 and made room for three rounds of the GP Juniors Cup to be held alongside the premier categories of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championships. Additionally there were another three rounds for the GP Juniors Cup held with various clubs as well as three rounds for the 85cc and 70cc capacity machines in GP Juniors Australia.

Without doubt it has been a major success as in recent years the 150cc four-stroke class has had only two or three riders competing regularly in GP Juniors Australia, however, with the re-introduction of the one make series the numbers have increased by a whopping 500%!

A major reason for such a dramatic increase in numbers was the price of the bikes. At just $4690 for a Yamaha YZF-R15, with the race kit fitted and a further $246 for the Bridgestone tyres – if purchased through GP Juniors Australia – the cost is remarkable for a youngster to enter the world of road racing compared to the expense incurred with the traditional GP-style, two-stroke machines, that often require extra maintenance when compared to the reliability of the little Yamaha 150cc machines.

Also there are a fleet of bikes available for lease through GP Juniors Australia, a further enticement for families from as far away as North Queensland and Darwin that alleviates the expense of transporting their own bikes over vast distances to various events.

Another feature that was reintroduced in 2017 was the MAC points award that is awarded at each round and sponsored by AMCN. The award is for a rider that demonstrates attributes off the track that include Marketability, Attitude and Character.

If MotoGP is the university of road racing, the aim of GP Juniors Australia is to be the pre-school where they commence the education to move through to the primary school class of the Supersport 300 and 600cc machines as they chase their dreams of success with the next step Superbike senior school before, hopefully, graduating to the world championships.

GP Juniors Australia received excellent exposure through the press during the year with plenty of column inches in regional papers where the racing was held as well as valuable air time on TV news bulletins added to the coverage received at the ASSBK rounds through the live streaming that was introduced this year.

So let’s take a look at how the season unfolded.

WAKEFIELD PARK

The first outing for the new look cup was in March at Wakefield Park near Goulburn (NSW) as part of the program for round two of the YMF Australian Superbike Championship, with a good mix of experienced and novice riders taking part,

The most experienced of these was15-year-old, Tommy Edwards (Enemies Everywhere/Newcaslte Supermoto/AlpineStars, NSW), from Newcastle (NSW). Tom returned to Australia in 2017 after a couple of years in Asia, with the pinnacle competing in the 2016 Asia Talent Cup. Others involved were the little blood nut from Darwin, Joel Kelso (JDS Racing/Deborah Motorsports. NT) on one of themeless bikes while the likes of Max Stauffer (Dyno 27/YRD), Ben Baker (Baker Racing) from the NSW Central Coast and John Lytras (Caboolture Yamaha) had a ton of dirt track experience with Stauffer having the advantage of his Dad, Jamie Stauffer who has won multiple Australian titles on the dirt and tar on hand to assist.

Edwards’ experience proved to be a benchmark for all the others to compare their progress throughout the year and was of a great benefit to everyone. He didn’t have it all his own way as the youngsters gave as good as they received in some very intense battles thought the year.

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Front row (L-R) Luke Power, Reece Oughtred, Harry Khouri Back row: Max Stauffer, John Lytras, Jack Cousens, Ben Baker Pic: GP Juniors Australia.

However the weather had a major impact on the proceedings as every practice and qualifying session as well as the three, six-lap races were hampered by extremely wet conditions.

In fact, the youngsters faced the toughest of the conditions of any of the class as it seemed that every time the kids donned the helmets the heavens opened but they acquitted themselves remarkably well and accounted for the least number of crashes of all the classes throughout the weekend.

As expected there were many nervous eyes of the mums, dads and kids looking skywards as the first race approached. It was a very tentative start for the field as they headed out for the first race of the series on the Yamaha YZF-R15s in the extremely sketchy conditions with the track both wet and dry in parts.

Edwards experience shone through as he left them standing from the start and Kelso finished second with Lytras a further nine seconds behind in third. Young Jack Cousens (JC’s Motorcycle Shop/TM Performance) from Melbourne was up there fighting for a minor place but got a bit too excited and crashed around the half way point but gallantly remounted to grab some well earned points while one with little racing experience Harry Khouri was another casualty

Although the heavens opened just before the start of race two, the field was a lot closer as the confidence grew and Kelso Edwards and Lytras had a great duel in the opening laps with the trio locked together as they left the grid. Edwards led the first lap by just 0.002 from Lytras and Kelso third as they swapped the lead many times with a few slides to each rider thrown in to keep them further on their toes, however a big moment for Lytras on the third lap saw him drop of the bunch to remain in a lonely third. Meanwhile,12-year old Ben Baker and Stauffer were in close proximity the entire race in the battle for fourth.

Kelso won the race from Edwards by just 0.059 sec with Lytras third who managed a comfortable gap a gap over Baker and Stauffer with the pair crossing ht line side-by-side Baker claiming fourth by an extremely tight margin

The final race of the weekend was in the worst conditions of any of the classes, but again, the future stars put on excellent displays of riding.

When it was all over, as expected, the experience of Edwards shone through as he was victorious winning bthe final leg by a comprehensive margin. Cousens was up there in second for a couple of laps but a couple of near misses was enough for him to back it off a little. Lytras held onto second place from a fast finishing Kelso with Stauffer less than half a second away in fourth

The first outing for the GP Juniors Cup proved the concept was a winning and also highlighted that the season ahead was going to produce some very entertaining racing.

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They’re off at Winton (Vic). Pic: Half Light Photography

WINTON

The second round of the GP Juniors Cup was held at Winton Raceway on April 28-30 again with the ASBK however, unlike Wakefield a few weeks previously, thankfully the weather was kind with good conditions all weekend allowing the youngsters to put on an exceptionally dynamic and exciting exhibition of road racing.

The three races were decided by the closest margins of all 16 races during that ASBK weekend, including the premier YMI Australian Superbike Championship category, proving that the one make series with the Yamaha R15 was the correct choice for competition.

The scene for action was set in qualifying as 12-year-old, Ben Baker, claimed pole position from 13-year-old, Joel Kelso by just 0.007 of a second with Tom Edwards

As the field charged off the line in the first race, the front row trio were joined by another 12-year-old, John Lytras. The quartet soon became embroiled in a titanic duel, the lead changing at every one of the track’s corners, as riders went from first to fourth, and back again, from one corner to another.

After the five laps was done, the four crossed the line with Edwards beating Kelso and Lytras by 0.096 sec as Baker lost the slipstreaming duel to the finish line by just 0.320 sec.

The other two races was more of the same, just more intense! In the next leg, Melbourne teenager, Jack Cousens joined in for a five-bike freight train with some monumentally close racing before the race was red-flagged as the final lap started. It was set for another cracking finish but exiting Spokes Turn Two, Jack and Joel Kelso had a coming together through the second corner, causing Cousins to crash. The race was taken back a lap with Lytras the winner from Kelso and Edwards, the trio 0.219 sec apart with Baker just 0.417 sec away, in fourth.

The final leg was another exceptional race, an almost carbon copy of the opening race the day before, with another four-way dog fight. The race was set for an another enthralling battle to the wire but Lytras crashed out, half way through the final lap exiting YMF Turn seven and split the leading quartet with Kelso dropping off the Edwards and Baker. The pair had a great charge to the line to produce the closest finish of the weekend as Edwards beat his younger rival by an excruciating 0.012 sec!  Kelso finished third, five seconds adrift.

The total winning margin of the three races between first and second was a massive 0.225sec!  0.079, 0.131, 0.015, respectively. Additionally in two of the races, the total margin covering the top four was 0.956 sec;  0.320 and 0.636, respectively.

An interesting sidelight of the Winton meeting was the dramatic improvement in the lap times by some of the kids

The front of the field may have been the centre of attention but the rest of the youngsters had some great duels among themselves. Max Stauffer, was having his second attempt at road racing after his baptism in the atrocious conditions of Wakefield Park. He was involved in some excellent close quarter action with Harry Khouri (Excite Motorsport) their races also decided by tenths of a second.

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Guess who? Pic Gp Juniors Australia.

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MAX STAUFFER WITH A FAMILAR NUMBER, HARD AT IT Pic Half Light Photography

 

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MORGAN PARK

In June Round three of the GP Juniors headed to Queensland’s Morgan Park as part of the Southern Downs Road Race Series presented by the Motorcycle Sportsmen Club, and also featured the first round of the other classes in GP Juniors Australia for the 70cc and 85cc two-stroke machines.

Before we all arrived there, a special event was conducted a couple of hours away at Cooyar.

GP legend Garry McCoy had invited the participants of GP Juniors Australia to his magnificent 1800 acre property for two days of coaching and advice from the master himself.

Although it was during the school term, it was too good an offer to refuse so a number of the youngsters and their families took part in the exercise and camped overnight with Garry putting on a BBQ for dinner and also a hearty breakfast. All gained valuable information and tips to assist them in their development, no matter the levels of experience that was put into practice a couple of days later at Morgan Park where McCoy also attended to give further advice and guidance.

The entire week at Cooyar and at Morgan Park was a re

sounding success with the youngsters demonstrating remarkable skills in very testing conditions, particularly on Saturday. The way they handled the conditions was not doubt helped by what was taught to them on McCoy’s excellent training facility. as they learnt about sliding and front wheel control on the dirt in slippery conditions.

His efforts did’t go unnoticed by all who took part and for him to offer his time and expertise for nothing is ample demonstration of the passion he holds for passing on his knowledge to others. A massive thank you to him.

Also due a massive “thank you” is the Motorcycle Sportsmen Club as well as Motorcycling Queensland. Because of the numbers, the 70cc machines – that are raced by 9 -11 years old – were combined with the 85cc two- strokes and also the GP Juniors Cup Yamaha R-15, 150cc machines. As such, the spread of ages contravened what is laid down in the MoMS, but thankfully an exception was allowed for the 11year-olds of the 70cc to compete with their older peers, and what a display they all put on. The riding expertise of these young kids had to be seen to be appreciated and, on track, they conducted themselves brilliantly

Over the combined three classes, 14 kids, ranging in age from 11 to 15-years-old took part in four races over the two days with conditions on Saturday so bad that a number of races were postponed due to the deluge that swamped the track however the opening race was held on a very wet track before proceedings were halted. The riders handled the conditions with great dexterity and in some cases a lot better than their senior contemporaries, their skills belying their tender years.

The racing was very competitive in all races and all the conditions with close battles throughout the field with the weather allowing a number of riders in shine. A number of newcomers to GP Juniors Australiasuch as Tristan Adamason Zak Pettendy and Zylas Bunting demonstrated their fast learning skills as well as the talent they possess that will make them a force in the future.

Series leader, Tom Edwards from Newcastle (NSW) increased his lead over his rivals taking three wins, but it was newcomer,  Adamson from the Gold Coast, who impressed the most on his debut in the class, taking out the very wet first leg l – and celebrated a birthday at the same time – to claim second overall from the rapidly improving Lytras, third overall.

Tom also took out the Australian Motor Cycle news MAC award which is for conduct off the track with Marketability, Character and Attitude the three attributes that are judged by three different people.

“It’s been a fantastic week here,” explained Edwards at the time. “We have all learnt so much with Garry and other coaches plus racing around this place is so much fun. To win the Mac Award means a lot, too”

Zylas Bunting won the 85cc class after favourite Tom Browne crashed out of the second leg while in a commanding lead. Ben Baker was third after competing on both the GP Juniors Cup before he decided to ride his two-stroke machine in the final leg.

In the 70cc class for the youngest of the competitors, Harrison Voight demonstrated that he is a definite star of the future as he was victorious with three wins and a third from Joshua Hall and Glenn Nelson.

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A typical scene in any corner during the year. 12-year-old Lytras on the inside line from 14-year-old, Kelso. Pic: Half Light Photography

The GP Juniors Cup  Heads to Morgan Park

The third round of the inaugural 2017 GP Juniors Cup will take place alongside the first round of Southern Downs Road Racing Championships at the recently resurfaced Morgan Park track this weekend (June 17-18) in Queensland, and it is shaping up as another exciting outing for the youngsters.

Before racing starts, competitors will partake in four days of coaching at the property of three-time MotoGP winner, Garry McCoy. McCoy has a sprawling 1800 acre, purpose built training facility, near Warwick, the Garry McCoy Coaching establishment at Cooyar. Some of the youngsters will be taking up his offer of free coaching on the Tuesday and Wednesday before they reconvene at Morgan Park for a further two days of professional instruction.

The opening round of this historic new racing series was conducted in atrociously wet conditions at Wakefield Park (NSW) in March, with the second round at Winton Raceway (VIC) at the end of April. Hopefully, the weather shines on these young up-and-coming racers at Morgan Park, who are chasing their dreams to follow in the footsteps of many great riders before them.

Series leader Tom “Tom-E-Gun” Edwards from Swansea (NSW) will be keen to stretch his lead in the GP Juniors Cup. The 15-year-old has a lot more experience than the rest of the field as in 2016 he competed in the ultra-competitive Asia Talent Cup, contested on standard Honda 250cc Moto 3 machines, a stepping stone into the European Championship and Grand Prix World Championships. His experience provides a perfect benchmark for the others to judge their progress throughout the seven round series that culminates at the final round in South Australia in late November.

Edwards explained; “I am really looking forward to Morgan Park and seeing if we can improve on what we did at Winton. The GP Juniors Cup is a great series to be a part of and there are a lot of good riders in there so I will have to be on my game to win all three races. Hopefully, it will be dry for the entire weekend, but saying that, riding on the control tyre, I learnt a lot in the wet conditions of Wakefield Park in getting the feedback from the tyres.”

“I am also really looking forward to receiving coaching and tips from Garry McCoy. He is one of my all-time heroes and one of Australia’s greatest riders, so it is going to be very special to be getting some tips from someone like him. This is so exciting and it is what makes GP Juniors Australia the special race series that it is.”

There will be some great duels throughout the field as the teenagers gain more experience and understanding of the complexities of road racing. One in the field who has a wealth of experience in his corner is Max Stauffer, the son of multiple Australian Superbike Champion, Jamie Stauffer. For Max this will be his third road race after learning his craft in dirt-track racing where he won an Australian Championship.

Over the course of the weekend there will be two free practice sessions on Friday, while on Saturday there will be two qualifying sessions and one race on Saturday with two races on Sunday. Featuring at the round will also be 70cc and 85cc two-stroke classes with one of the racers a young Queensland girl, Taylah Morris joining the likes of regular class competitors, Tom Browne, from Toowoomba, and brothers, Travis and Joshua Hall, who also hail from Queensland.

PROVSIONAL SERIES POINTS

1 Tommy EDWARDS (NSW) 138

2 Joel KELSO (NT) 121

3 John LYTRAS (QLD) 114

4 Ben BAKER (NSW) 102

5 Luke POWER (VIC)   84

6 Max STAUFFER (NSW)   81

7 Harry KHOURI (NSW)   77

8 Jack COUSENS (VIC)   70

9 Reece OUGHTRED (VIC)   40

 

 

 

GP Juniors Australia and GMC Cooyar Unite

 

GP JUNIORS AUSTRALIA AND GMC COOYAR UNITE

GP Juniors Australia is extremely delighted to announce it will partner with Garry McCoy of GMC Cooyar to provide a training venue for aspiring road racers to learn their craft. This is a major development in the aims of GP Juniors Australia to establish nationwide training facilities to nurture and develop a new generation of road racing champions.

A training camp will be held at GMC Cooyar on 12th and 13th June. After coaching and practicing there on the dirt, GP Juniors Australia will relocate to Morgan Park Raceway with McCoy for two days of valuable training on the bitumen.

The opportunity to practice off-road at GMC Cooyar, combined with two day’s practice on bitumen with Garry will prepare the juniors well for the third round of the GP Juniors Cup, a part of the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Qld Southern Downs Road Race Series.

Only those that enter the third round of GP Juniors Australia during the weekend of 16th -17th June will be eligible to take part in this amazing opportunity.

For interested parties, that have the necessary licence, there is also the option of leasing a Yamaha R15 fitted with Bridgestone tyres from GP Juniors Australia, for the training and weekend’s racing.

An added bonus to the GP Juniors is that all this training will be free, thanks to GMC Cooyar, Dave Fuller from Advanced Rider Training and Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland! Standard club entry fees apply to enter the meeting.

GMC Cooyar is Garry McCoy’s private off-road training facility and is one of Australia’s largest motorcycle coaching and practice venues.  The 1800-acre property, 2.5 hours from Brisbane, features a natural terrain motocross track, speedway track, junior technical tracks and a fast and flowing flat track – all of which Garry has purposely designed for road racers to cross train on dirt.

Promotor of GP Juniors Australia, Mark Bracks is naturally excited at the prospect saying, “this is an excellent opportunity for GP Juniors Australia to work with Garry McCoy and opens an avenue that can benefit so many riders. I have been there a couple of times and it is a magnificent facility for riders of all levels and ages.”

“In his stellar 18-year racing career Garry won 125cc and 500cc Grands Prix as well as races in the Superbike World Championship. To have Garry passing on his skills and knowledge is invaluable” he said.

McCoy is equally pleased to welcome GP Juniors Australia to his Queensland training facility.  “When I was racing in Grand Prix’s I developed my own off-road tracks here for my off-season training. For road racers, the opportunity to cross train on dirt provides immense physical and mental benefits” McCoy said.

“Over recent years I’ve continued to develop my tracks and coaching venue here in Cooyar and I’m now thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Australia’s young talent and to share my tracks and experience with GP Juniors Australia” McCoy said.

For more information visit gpjuniorsaustralia.com.au and gmccooyar.com.

email: admin@gpjuniorsaustralia.com.au or gpjuniorsaustralia@gmail.com or  phone 0488 257 188.

 

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