Top Australian motocross tricksters show off 360s at Rocky
FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS: A perfect 360 thrown in with a smooth, consistent, mistake-free performance earned Bundaberg's Clinton Moore top honours in the final of the Australian Underground FMX Championships, at Rockhampton.
On Saturday, around 15 of the countries' top riders contested the Unit FMX Open, the fifth event of the championship for both pro and underground motocross riders.
It was the third year the Milman Road based Project FMX compound, located 25 minutes north of Rockhampton, has hosted the competition, and once again, the event attracted hundreds of spectators to watch the skilful riders.
Series organiser Joel Rayner said Saturday's final, as well as the entire series was a huge success.
"It has been really, really good, with great sponsors on board and some impressive riding. The riders really stepped it up a notch this year," Rayner said.
"There were a lot of combos performed and a few 360s which is hard to do on a dirt bike," he said following Saturday's final round.
Riders did not have long to impress the judges during their heats. Each heat took only two minutes, in which riders had to perform their own tricks on the course featuring five jumps.
Moore, who has ridden at the X-Games and X-Fighters in America, showed his experience at the Rockhampton circuit, with big, clean tricks, and triumphed over Joel Brown from New South Wales and the Northern Territory's Joe Sheppard in third.
Watching the riders improve throughout the 2012 series was a buzz for the organiser, he said.
"While this series attracts the top riders, it also helps them to grow - we have seen huge improvements since round one in May until now."
One rider who has improved out of sight this year, was 18-year-old Tyrone Gilks, from the Gold Coast.
Gilks finished second overall in the series, behind Sheppard who claimed the national title, while Brown was third.
"While Clinton (Moore), has been doing 360s for a while, Tyrone (Gilks) landed his first ever 360 on Saturday which was cool to see.
"Last year Tyrone didn't even qualify for the final...he is definitely a rider to watch out for," Rayner said.
Rayner, who grew up in Rockhampton, said he was very keen to bring the series back to his home town next year.
The 2013 series gets underway again in May.