Newcastle turned on perfect Spring weather for the first day of the Biogenetics Australia, Newcastle international Supermoto featuring the inaugural FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship.
This year the event moved to the Showground and the crowd was not disappointed as riders got to grips with the challenges of a track that started on the Speedway circuit, transitioned to a road section and switched to a motocross for the final part of the track.
The first race of the Biogenetics Australia FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship saw wildcard rider Adam Miller of Victoria lead from start to finish. American Gage McAllister was closing in on Miller in the final stages of the race before an electrical fault forced him to retire from the race.
Miller, has only recently returned to competitive racing after a 10-year hiatus and has raced just a handful of events in the last 12 months.
Clearly thrilled with the win, number 46 had this to say “The track is something else, it’s incredible to race and when you see there is only a difference of a second in lap times between riders you know there is going to be some epic battles. ”
“Gage McAllister was definitely closing in on me and it’s unfortunate we didn’t get to fight to the end, but tomorrow is when everything kicks up a notch and the racing will be even more intense. Spectators are going to be in for a treat!”
Things didn’t go completely to plan for Miller with a crash in the Pro class ruling out a second win for the day. Dirt track champion Michael Kirkness then took the lead and looked to have the race in the bag until Andy Mcleish executed a pass on the final lap and claimed the win.
The Open Clubman class had a full grid but it was Joel Tuckett of Maitland who took the win ahead of local brothers, Simon and Mitch Boyd.
The World Vets Supermoto Challenge was always going to be interesting with so many past champions in the mix, but it was WSBK champion Troy Bayliss who claimed the overall win.
“Today was good fun, I’m happy with my pace and it was a good duel with Ben Attard” said Troy. “It was unfortunate I came off in a later race but that’s part and parcel of racing.”
Racing at the same time as the Vets, the Women’s class showed they have the speed of their male counterparts. Former Australian motocross champion, Meghan Rutledge held off Stephany James to claim the win.
Biogenetics Australia FIM Oceania Supermoto Championship Race 1
1st Adam Miller
2nd Luke Richard
3rd Ben Attard
Newcastle International Supermoto Pro Race 1
1st Andy Mcliesh
2nd Michael Kirkness
3rd Tom Toparis
Newcastle International Supermoto Open Race 1
1st Joel Tuckett
2nd Simon Boyd
3rd Mitch Boyd
World Vets Challenge (overall) Race 1
1st Troy Bayliss
2nd Ben Attard
3rd Rob Jones
Newcastle International Supermoto Women Race 1
1st Meghan Rutledge
2nd Stephany James
3rd Lahrra Cloak
Source: Newcastle International Supermoto Press Release
Images: Darren Pateman
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