2022 Aussie Flat Monitor Nationals
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Michael Kirkness has taken victory on the inaugural Aussie Flat Monitor Nationals, profitable each rounds at Appin regardless of a tough charging Tom Drane, with different massive names in rivalry together with Jarred Brook and Daniel Wicks.
The occasion was held throughout two rounds in Appin, Saturday competing on the Flat Monitor format for Spherical 1, earlier than Sunday moved to the TT format for Spherical 2 to wrap up the weekends competitors.
It was a powerful begin to the weekend from Tom Drane at spherical one on the flat observe circuit, displaying followers and opponents alike the sheer pace that has given him success abroad not too long ago.
Topping the timesheets each session and taking Superpole in spectacular trend because the final rider to hit the circuit, Drane (1-6-1-4-1) went on to take three from 5 race wins by means of the schedule.
Nevertheless that wasn’t sufficient as Kirkness went 2-1-2-2-2 for the spherical win with consistency proving king, whereas Jarred Brook (3-3-4-1-3) got here house in third on a altering and difficult floor.
Sunday was a contemporary begin for AFTN opponents as spherical two moved to Appin’s TT circuit the place Wicks shortly established himself as a contender, heading out first in SuperPole, and retaining the primary place as every of the subsequent 5 quickest riders tried, and failed, to beat his lap time.
It wasn’t to be for Wicks nevertheless, regardless of a 2-1-3-3-2 scoresheet for the day, as consistency from Kirkness (1-2-1-1-1) continued to shine by means of to relegate the KTM rider second general forward of Jarred Brook (3-5-4-4-3) as soon as once more in third, adopted by Cyshan Weale (4-3-5-5-6) and Marty McNamara (7-8-7-8-4).
Mick Kirkness – AFTN Professional 450 Collection Winner
“I knew the common entrance runners could be a handful on the brief observe Saturday whereas there was loads of grip, but additionally hoped that my expertise in staying clean and calm on a grooved observe would are available to play. With the recent, windy day we had it took rubber a bit of faster then anticipated and it began to come back collectively. Everybody had a nasty race sooner or later over the weekend with a crash or a nasty begin or regardless of the difficulty might have been, besides me, I knew retaining my nostril clear and being constant was going to play a giant half. 2nd was our worst end all weekend. Typically issues simply go in your favour and this weekend for positive went the best way of the Kirkness household, even my younger fella received the raffle right now!”
A visually sore Tom Drane (8-6-2-2-DNF) after an on-track incident early within the day, managed to salvage two second locations, earlier than a DNF within the remaining race of the day sealed sixth general for spherical two.
Tom Drane – P4
“Qualifying on pole, beginning in P1 for [Saturday’s] races. Coming away with second place general. Successful 3/5 races and after a crash in race 2 I needed to begin behind the grid. Superior to see so many supporting such an important occasion. [Sunday] was not my day. Crashing in qualifying but making it to P4 beginning on the entrance grid. Outcomes from todays races – 8-6-2-2-DNF . Ending fourth general within the sequence over 2 days of racing. Felt like I spent extra time within the sand than David Hasslehoff right now. I simply wished to congratulate the organisers of the Aussie Flat Monitor Nationals for placing on such an important occasion and hope that there will likely be a sequence return subsequent 12 months. Effectively carried out to the boys who made the rostrum and massive congrats to Kirkness on taking the general win. Subsequent cease for me is Phillip Island for ASBKwhere I’m sitting fifth within the championship.”
Cyshan Weale – P5
“Tremendous enjoyable and good day for me beginning the time off with qualifying P3 and being on the entrance row, didn’t fairly get the very best begins however was constantly prime 5 all day. Tremendous proud of my driving being my first time on this 19 setup and working proper up there with the boys was a brilliant cool feeling. Past stoked to get fifth general for the sequence. Simply wanna say a large congrats to Flat Monitor Nats and all of the organisers that made this 12 months occur b far the very best race in Aus in the intervening time and tremendous eager to come back again subsequent 12 months. Couldn’t do it with out all my sponsors and folks that help me.”
Within the Clubman 250 cc class, it was Lee Hunter who took the Spherical 1 win forward of Dane Griffin and Zachary Hofer, whereas Spherical 2 noticed a reversal of fortunes.
Hofer taking the win, from Dane Griffin with Lee Hunter solely finishing the primary two races. The ultimate tally noticed Dane Griffin the champion, with Hofer runner-up and Hunter third.
Marty McNamara took out the Clubman 450 cc Spherical 1 victory, forward of Tyler O’Donnell and Ben Gordon.
Sunday noticed Luke Johnson declare the win, sweeping all 5 races, forward of Jason Griffin and Christoper Jarvis.
The ultimate tally had a constant Jason Griffin claiming the general win, with Bradley Web page runner up and Jarvis third.
It was a extra clear-cut affair within the Junior 85 class the place Sam Drane received each rounds and took the general win. Brodie Paige and Jake Paige accomplished the highest three for Spherical 1, whereas Riley Nauta and Jake Paige rounded out the highest three for Spherical 2.
The ultimate tally noticed Nauta the runner up behind Drane and Jake Paige was third general.
Within the Junior Lites class it was Lachlan Russell taking pole on Sunday, and the general win, forward of Jhett Calderwood and Kristian O’Donnell.
Nevertheless Sunday’s Spherical 2 noticed Jhett Calderwood declare the win, Russell second and O’Donnell third. That was sufficient handy Calderwood the general win, 10-points away from Russell, with O’Donnell third within the standings.
Dave Maddock – AFTN Promoter
“Congratulations to not solely Mick on his win this weekend, but additionally Jhett Calderwood, Sam Drane, in addition to Dane and Jason Griffin for profitable their lessons this weekend too. I’d additionally wish to thank Greg and the Macarthur Motorbike Membership for being so extremely supportive to permit this occasion to get off the bottom, the flag marshalls and officers for giving up their time for the occasion and naturally an enormous thanks for all of the opponents for coming into and racing. The racing was action-packed and though for positive there have been some errors, teething points, and classes learnt, I’m actually happy with the product we produced on such a brief timeline and I can’t wait to share all the weather with everybody of the approaching weeks as we proceed to have fun the very first AFTN.”
Professional 450 Outcomes – Spherical 1
Professional 450 Outcomes – Spherical 2
Professional 450 Standings
Clubman 250 cc Outcomes – Spherical 1
Clubman 250 cc Outcomes – Spherical 2
Clubman 250 cc Standings
Clubman 450 cc Outcomes – Spherical 1
Clubman 450 cc Outcomes – Spherical 2
Clubman 450 cc Standings
Junior 85 Outcomes – Spherical 1
Junior 85 Outcomes – Spherical 2
Junior 85 Standings
Junior Lites Outcomes – Spherical 1
Junior Lites Outcomes – Spherical 2
Junior Lites Standings