Motocross riders complete series in slippery conditions

Inside drive . . . Winton’s #100 Jacob Scammell dives up the inside of #420 Hamish Dawson at the start of one of the MX 1 races at the final round of the Southern Series Motocross held at the Balclutha Riverside Reserve, last Saturday. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

The final of the 42nd Southern Series motocross drew a big crowd of competitors and supporters to the Balclutha Riverside Reserve track at the weekend.
Abbreviated to a three round series, the final was hosted by the South Otago Motorcycle Club, and while intermittent showers of rain kept the track dust down, they made life underfoot very slippery for competitors.
In the veterans 49 years and over class, Balclutha’s David Latta had three fine third places to finish third overall in the class for the meeting.
That combined with his strong finishes in the previous two rounds to help him grab second place overall in his category for the series.
Madison Latta missed the first round of the series due to injury but scored big in the next two; this allowed him to attain fourth overall in the MX2 class.
A race win and two fine seconds on Saturday gave him 12th overall in the MX1 class.
In the very competitive junior 12 to 16 years 125/250cc class, Waikoikoi’s Jonty Riordan eventually finished seventh overall after a problem during his second race.
Hamish Dawson achieved his goal of finishing in the top 10 in his first Southern Series, racing in the MX1 class to ninth overall.
Dylan Gold was fifth overall in the MX1 series, while Tayla Gold maintained her string of good finishes to earn seventh overall in the MX3 series.