Akia Smith tears up the track on the opening day of the Reef 2 Beef series in Rockhampton.
Akia Smith tears up the track on the opening day of the Reef 2 Beef series in Rockhampton. Jann Houley

More than 300 riders on track for Reef 2 Beef

MOTOCROSS: Rockhampton has retained the President's Trophy after another exciting instalment of the Reef 2 Beef interclub series.

After two tight days of racing, Rockhampton beat Keppel Coast by 120 points, ensuring the trophy stayed in the Beef Capital for another year.

A field of 172 riders turned out for the first day's racing at Rockhampton's Six Mile Raceway on Saturday, with 155 on track at Yeppoon on Sunday.

RADMX media officer Tony Clark said the result came down to the wire.

"We took a lead of 223 points into Sunday but on their home track, they pegged us back quite a bit,” he said.

"In the end there was only 120 points in it, which might sound a lot but it's only two races.

"It was a good fun weekend. We got more bikes than we expected and racing was great.”

Clark said there were a few incidents on Saturday which resulted in a few bruised bodies and bent bikes.

Jamie Ein in action at Six Mile Raceway.
Jamie Ein in action at Six Mile Raceway. Jann Houley

Among the casualties was Rockhampton's senior open rider Beau Dargel, who was in top form on Saturday.

He had won the first two races before taking a heavy fall in the third, which sidelined him for the rest of the weekend.

Clark said another of Rockhampton's stand-out riders was young Darci Whalley in the 85cc juniors.

"She's improved out of sight in the off-season and rode really well to win her class at the weekend,” he said.

Brett Donaldson also impressed on his way to winning the Veterans class, while Mitchell Dark had a big weekend, finishing second in the senior open and third in the senior unlimited.

Benjamin D'Arcy
Benjamin D'Arcy Jann Houley

Several Keppel Coast riders scored dual success, with Jacob Shields winning both the senior lites and the senior unlimited, and Shane Faulkner victorious in the clubman open and clubman unlimited.

Clark said the Reef 2 Beef was an event all riders looked forward to.

Both clubs are now gearing up for the 2019 CQ Series, with Keppel Coast hosting the opening round on February 23 and 24 and Rockhampton Round 2 on March 16 and 17.

Overall results

  • 50cc auto (7 years-U9): Jake Warren 1, Tauryn Schneider 2, Cruz Roberts 3
  • 65cc juniors (7 years-U10): Bella Burke 1, Darcy Burke 2, Jacob Schirmer 3
  • 65cc seniors (10 years-U12): Lachlan Polson 1, Koby Hof 2, Clayton Pickering 3
  • 85cc juniors (9 years-U12): Darci Whalley 1, Lincoln Hale 2, Logan Smith 3
  • 85cc seniors (12 years-U16): Clayton Hodges 1, Mathew Groves 2, Ethan Cooper 3
  • Junior lites (13 years-U16): Jake Duthie 1, Clayton Hodges 2, Mathew Groves 3
  • Ladies (over 16): Kirra-Lee Baxter 1, Jamie Ein 2, Riley Carvosso 3
  • Veterans (33 years and over): Brett Donaldson 1, Craig Cruickshank 2, Joel Rayner 3
  • Clubman lites (over 16): Jimmy Gould 1, Emily Bailey 2, Jayden<HH> Stronach 3
  • Clubman open (over 16): Shane Faulkner 1, Christopher Butler 2, Matthew Becker 3
  • Clubman unlimited (over 16): Shane Faulkner 1, Christopher Butler 2, Luke Brook 3
  • Senior lites (over 16): Jacob Shields 1, Jayden Pender 2, Jaymie Warr 3
  • Senior open (over 16): Brad Smith 1, Mitchell Dark 2, Tye Shaw 3
  • Senior unlimited (over 16): Jacob Shields 1, Aaron Hutton 2, Mitchell Dark 3


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