This weekend, June 16 & 17 sees a huge weekend of motorcycle sport happening – and with just 2 events, the Keyneton MCC’s 45th Mountain Man Trial, being run as the 2018 ‘Rockhopping SA’ South Australian Women’s Cup and Diener/Holmes Sidecar Trophy for Trials and round 2 of the ‘Eagle Trailers & Campers’ South Australian Motocross Championships.
The Mountain Man!
The SA Women’s Cup, the first event in SA history to have the women and girls headlining, and was a finalist for the 2016 FIM Women in Motorcycling Award will be run on an ‘old and traditional’ Keyneton MCC property at the very top of Rifle Range Road, near Tanunda, in the Barossa Valley, with the Women’s Cup running alongside the Diener/Holmes Sidecar trophy, which celebrates the outstanding careers of Australian Champions, and Motorcycling SA & Keyneton MCC Life Members, Trevor Diener & Philip Holmes.
The Diener/Holmes will pit the #2 & #3 sidecar teams in Australia against each other for the first time this year, as Chris Schultz & Stuart Gerhardy will look to defend their title from 2017 against the 2016 Australian Champions in Steve Rees & Melissa Rogers. To watch these 2 teams in action will be worth the drive up Rifle Range on its own, as what they can do on a sidecar belies belief unless you are there to see it live! B Grade & Classic sidecar will complement the A Grade teams in what should be a great day of sidecar action!
In the SA Women’s Cup, it will be a case of a brand new winner for the 10th Anniversary of this event, as all previous winners have not entered this year, or are riding sidecar (Melissa Rogers), so it could well be a case that, for the first time, a junior rider could get the overall win!
Current Australia #2, and Motorcycling SA Elite Rider Squad member, Lillie Yiatrou, has been riding very well this year in C grade and could well take out her very first SA Women’s Cup, which would be a fantastic confidence boost for her as she chases the 2018 Australian Junior Women’s Championship.
ENTRY for spectators is FREE on the day (although you need to go through a couple of gates, and shut them behind you), with the event catered on the day by Café de Wheels and their awesome homemade burgers and chutneys. And with a very small loop of sections, you won’t need to be a mountain goat to see all of the action – which starts at 9.30am!
SA Motocross Championships, round 2
Round 2 of the 2018 ‘Eagle Trailers & Campers’ South Australian Motocross Championship will be run at the Monarto Motocross Circuit, Lot 4 Old Princes Highway at Monarto, and will feature SA finest motocross riders taking on riders from interstate and even, at this round, an International rider in 2 days of intense action, with the Junior Championship rounds on Saturday and the Senior Championship on Sunday.
The Murray Bridge venue will feature a fully stocked canteen and bar open all weekend, with FREE ENTRY for spectators, and camping options from Friday evening for those wanting to make a weekend of it as well. Action kicks off early on both days, so head to Monarto and check out the action of MX is your thing!
Once again the each and every class will feature great battles, with the MX1 Experts between Mitch Norris, Daniel Banks and Izak Maule a round 1 highlight, as was the Women’s Class between Amy Bartch, speedway star Teagan Hartwig and the younger Tarja Morris who fought back after a slow start in race 1 to finish round 1 in 3rd place.
Also a junior class to check out is the 85cc 2 stroke & 150cc 4 stroke, 12 – under 16 years class as Conner Adams, Anthony Atanasovski and Jack Bates all fight over the minors while chasing the unbeaten Taj Gow-Smith!
Practise starts at 8.00am sharp both days, with race 1 following straight after, so be early to get a good vantage point to see all of the track – and all of the action!