Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Full Throttle at the Retreat Throttles Open for Enduro at Retreat; Riders from Qld and Northern NSW Meet atNebo's Greatenduro Circuit

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Full Throttle at the Retreat Throttles Open for Enduro at Retreat; Riders from Qld and Northern NSW Meet atNebo's Greatenduro Circuit

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THE Pioneer Valley Enduro Club last weekend hosted the second round of the Yamaha Two-Day Enduro Championships at the Retreat Station, just outside of Nebo.

The property owned by Brian and Kate Moohin was host to 167 riders from nine years to veterans who competed on a course that was challenging and taxing to both rider and bike.

The weather was perfect and unseasonably warm and made for great competition for the riders and support crews who came from throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

The course consisted of six one-hour loops on Saturday and four on Sunday, each comprising of two timed special tests.

Club members must be congratulated for hosting such a large and successful event with many going far beyond the call of duty to put it together.

Tribute must also go to those riders who completed for the two days as the race really took its toll on the body with more than 10 hours of competitive, technical riding over the weekend.

Local riders fared well, with David Mackenzie narrowly missing out on first place by two seconds to take out second place in the Expert all Powers class on his Future Sport Motorcycles KTM 300, from Moranbah rider Jarrid Corbell on a YZ 250, with Shane Munoz taking out third also on a KTM 300.

Jake Pearson, up-and-coming rider of the future, took out first place in the Clubman U 200 2-stroke and 250 4-stroke class on his KX 250 with Michael Bussey taking third on the Mackay Kawasaki entry.

Dan Rogers took out second place in the Vintage Expert over 45s on this Bullet Bikes Yamaha.

In the Clubman over-45s it was a hotly contested race between local identities Rodney Frank the eventual winner on this KTM over Brett Bussey on his Mackay Kawasaki nomination.

Danny Chrzanowski on his KTM took second in the Clubman over 200cc second class with Dylan Oliver competing exceptionally well in his first event to take out third in the Juniors nine to 15 years on his KTM.

In the Pro Class the eventual winner was no surprise with the King, Brisbane's Kirk Hutton, nine-times Australian Off Road Champion, taking out the coveted winner's trophy on his 450 Yamaha from rising star Tom McCormack of Northern New South Wales, also on a Yamaha and Grant Siebenhausen filling in third position. …

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