STEPH CUTLER WINS 6TH SA WOMEN’S CUP FOR MOTOCROSS!
SA Women’s Motocross ‘legend’, Steph Cutler added to her already impressive resume by winning the Hallett Concrete 2019 SA Women’s Cup over Easter at Port Pirie, winning 3 of the 4 heats to claim her 6th win in this event.
Held as part of the Port Pirie MCC’s annual ‘King of the Gulf’ event over the Easter weekend Cutler managed to keep the hard charging Amy Bartch at bay in 3 of the 4 heats, with Bartch winning the 2nd heat to keep her challenge alive right up to the final heat, making for some exciting racing for SA’s prestigious women’s MX event.
Unfortunately for Amy, the 2018 SA #1 in the SA MX Championship, this is the mirror image of the 2018 SA Women’s Cup, where she also finished runner-up to Steph in their long running rivalry in SA motocross events.
3rd and on the final step of the podium was the teenage Chloe Barton, an excellent result for the first year senior rider, to finish on the podium in her first senior event. Chloe was a model of consistency all event with 4 3rd placings to her name.
Kara Footner & Charlotte Berrill rounded out the top 5 mixing placings all event and just managing to keep Tarja Morris at bay.
SA Women’s Cup action about to get serious with Chloe Barton #28, Steph Cutler #24 & Tarja Morris #755 on the start line.
In the junior classes, there were some outstanding results by the SA girls!
In the ‘Prince of the Gulf’ event Aimee Butler was the lone girl and up against some of SA’s finest juniors Aimee came home with an awesome 9th, but such was the closeness of the competition, she was only 9 points of 5th in the overall, an outstanding effort that was noticed by many, and especially her starts where she was consistantly getting the holeshot!
Aimee also rode in the 125cc 13-16 years class and finished an excellent 5th overall over the 3 rounds of racing, and again getting a number of holeshots!
The ‘Master & the Student’, Steph Butler gives Aimee Butler some last second tips before the gate drops. Emma Haylock, who has started the 2019 season with a rush and has taken all before her so far!
Ride of the weekend though, according to many who were present, went to Emma Haylock, who rode in the 85cc 2 Stroke & 150cc 4 Stroke 12-16 Years class and finished 4th overall, which included an excellent podium finish in heat 2.
Such was Emma’s riding, she was only 1 point off an overall podium for the day in what has been an excellent start to the season by her.
Also in the class were the Collins sisters, Makayla & Dakota, who started off well until Makayla decided to part company with her bike in a big way, with her sister stopping to help. Luckily Makayla escaped with minor injuries and will be back on a bike soon.
Also having a ride were 2 newbies to the sport, Ava Sparrow and Ameila Gwiazda, who were riding in the 65cc 10-12 years Class, with them riding to 5th & 6th place respectively ovet the course of the event.
Well done to all and fantastic to see so many girls starting of the year so well in motocross.
A huge well done and thanks also to the Port Pirie MCC for continuing to support our SA Women in Motorcycling and in motocross in particular!
Now the girls will be all gearing up for round 1 of the ‘Eagle Campers & Trailers’ SA Motocross Championships to be held at Renmark on May 11 & 12, with the junior & senior classes for women and girls sponsored by Butler’s Mechanical Service and Titanium Security Australia.