The junior pair have emerged as early front runners in the 85cc 2-stroke and 150cc 4-stroke 9-u12 classes.

By Hayden Gregory
KTM's Jett Lawrence charged to a commanding qualifying race win today at Shrubland Park for the first official race day of the 2015 KTM AJMX. Image - Tenaya Smith - TS Photographics
KTM’s Jett Lawrence charged to a commanding qualifying race win today at Shrubland Park for the first official race day of the 2015 KTM AJMX. Image – Tenaya Smith – TS Photographics

As the first official day of racing got underway there was no denying the excitement of all involved. From riders to parents the buzz in the pits was evident as the first engines roared to life.

As gates dropped in the 85cc 2-stroke heat the young riders made their intent known early. The lead changed a number of times in a very competitive race which saw Alex Larwood charge to the lead and hold onto it with two laps remaining, securing top qualifying time.

I’m so happy to get the win this morning, I just need to get past two more qualifying races and then we’ll go from there,” Larwood said.

“I was hoping to get the win, I didn’t get a good start but I got past the guys and finished the race. I’ve been trying to get the passes, get the gap and just go.

“The plan this week is I want to get a top three on both bikes and just go.”

In the final qualifying race of the morning, Jett Lawrence proved unstoppable taking out the 85cc 2-stroke 9-u12 division by 26 seconds. This was a huge margin for a ten minute moto, stamping the young rider’s presence in the competition.

85cc 2-stroke/150cc 4-stroke standard wheel 9-u12 years class heat one results and points:

  1. Alex Larwood – 35 points
  2. Cody Chittick – 32 points
  3. Seth Manuel – 30 points
  4. Billy Payne – 28 points
  5. Liam Atkinson – 26 points
  6. Noah Smerdon– 25 points
  7. Myles Gilmore – 24 points
  8. Dylan Vivian – 23 points
  9. Evan Brownie – 22 points
  10.  Brock Flynn – 21 points
  11.  Lewis Callow – 20 points
  12.  Rhylee Bevin – 19 points
  13.  Jayden Slater – 18 points
  14.  Jack Kitchen – 17 points
  15.  Jordan Johnson – 16 points

85cc 2-stroke/150cc 4-stroke standard wheel 9-u12 years class heat two results and points:

  1. Jett Lawrence – 35 points
  2. Deegan Mancinelli – 32 points
  3. Blake Hollis – 30 points
  4. Levi Rogers – 28 points
  5. Benny Novak – 26 points
  6. Luke Bell – 25 points
  7.  Brad West – 24 points
  8.  Zachary Watson – 23 points
  9.  Kipp Adams – 22 points
  10.  Harrison Foster – 21 points
  11.  Connor Rossandich – 20 points
  12.  Taj Gow-Smith – 19 points
  13.  William Kennedy – 18 points
  14.  Ryder Kingsford – 17 points
  15.  Harrison Huber – 16 points