Trials rider Paul Lynam on his Montesa. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Trials rider Paul Lynam on his Montesa. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

No trial too tough in CQ for youngster Darcy Lahey

YOUNGSTER Darcy Lahey reigned supreme over the weekend, powering into first place in the novice division of the Two Day Observed Trial hosted by Rocky Trials Club.

Seeonee Park was alive with moto action over the weekend, as riders from around Central Queensland gathered for the Rocky Trials Club Two Day Observed Trial.

Organisers of the event were delighted by the huge response from competitors and Rocky Trials Club representative Drew Wickerson said close to 40 trials riders over four separate grades turned out from as far afield as Mackay, to test their skill over obstacle sections that would take your breath away.

Wickerson said novice competitor Lahey proved he was the young master riding his Gas Gas motorcycle to a convincing first place, and only dropped 26 points for the entire day.

"Liam Allen was hot on his wheels all day though riding his new machine for the first time, and dropping only 36 points in the process,'' Wickerson said.

In the C-grade competition, Wickerson said Ben Hall secured a first place win, in his first competitive trial, and aboard a borrowed Montesa trial bike.

Hall took the glory ahead of fellow rider Riley Hunt who was riding a Beta Evo and Wickerson said he had overcome a mysterious illness late Saturday night to remount his machine and only drop five points over the two days.

Proving that you don't need the latest machine to perform well at trials, the top four places in B-Grade were taken convincingly by competitors riding restored twinshock motorcycles from the 70s.

"Tim stone on a Yamaha TY 175 dropped only three points to take out first place on the podium, but was closely chased all weekend by David Lahey on his amazing Kawasaki KT250 machine,'' Wickerson said.

"Mark Casswell aboard a rare SWM narrowly pipped Paul Lynam on an early model Montesa to take out third and fourth places respectively.''

Action was aplenty in the A-grade competition, with Barry Caird managing to hold off a charge by Don Jones, while battling to finish all sections in one day to take out the top podium position.

Wickerson said Caird dropped only 15 points over extremely challenging A-grade sections.

"The highlight however was the battle between Jessica Chivers and Andy MacDonald, both competing in A-Grade for the first time,'' he said.

"Both competitors scored the same result, and could only be separated by a recount of the number of clean or perfectly ridden sections; very close competition indeed with Jessica narrowly ahead.''

The Rocky Trials Club next comp is at Waterson's property, Calliope on June 16; phone Brian Crozier on 0438385536.



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