The Victorian State Series return to Mt Buller was easily one of the most anticipated races of the season. With great weather forecast and sunny skies, the rider numbers were pushing well over 300, reinstating Mt Buller as one of the most popular tracks of the Australian racing scene. The track has remained relatively similar over the past 10 years but a few changes in the off season made it flow a lot quicker in the top section, and some tree clearing meant not as many people were clipping their heads on trees. With Olly sitting in 2nd overall in U/19s, and Jai just outside the top 5, it was going to be an important weekend with only Maldon remaining to race on the Victorian calendar.
Saturday practice opened up and the boys were on track pretty quickly to avoid the congestion of so many riders. Lift accessed trails are a luxury over here in Australia and with the great weather, many riders trekked it interstate to compete, particularly with the Australian Gravity Cup Round 2 on the following weekend.
With Ricky Clarke still out from a shoulder injury, the team had a great day on the trails with no crashes, no injuries and Gee Ritchie in his final race working for Trailmix-Procon Racing, had no mechanicals to deal with! A first for the season and certainly a rare occurrence! A great night in was had at the Apira Lodge at Mt Buller, courtesy of Yully and Bike Buller! MX vs. ATV, the pool table and the sunset filled balcony were all given a solid workout with records and scores tumbling by the second! Great reflex training for the riders…
Race day rolled around to another stunning morning up at Mt Buller and the vibe in the pits was positive. With a short practice session in the morning the guys finalised their line choice before resting up and relaxing for the afternoons racing. After a solid warm up and stretching session, qualifying got underway with Lewis qualifying 22nd in Elite Men with a wardrobe malfunction, almost losing a shoe. In U/19’s Jai qualified 4th and Olly in 11th and went into race runs with high hopes. Lewis crossed the line in 18th position in a tightly contested Elite field, and Olly crossed the line in 6th, a time mixing it up with Australia’s quickest. Jai Motherwell, the teams best rider through qualifying earlier in the day, was looking quick before flatting in one of the tracks notorious rock gardens.
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Thanks to Rob @ www.theroostmag.com.au for photos!