Wayne Gardner Boys Return to the Dirt
Wayne Gardner Boys
Remy and Luca Gardner joined around 120 other riders this weekend to compete in the 2011 Tumut Motorcycle Accessories Central Coast Cup, hosted by the Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club.
Some of Australia’s top riders came from Queensland, ACT and throughout NSW to compete at the prestigious Dirt Track event, and both Remy and Luca were proud to have taken podium honours at the end of the two-day meet.
Remy took out the top spot in the 85cc 2-Stroke & 150cc 4-stroke Big Wheel class for 11-U13 years in front of Rhys Matthews and Lawson Walters; and 3rd in the 85cc 2-Stroke &150cc 4-stroke Small Wheel class for his age group, behind Lawson Walters in 1st and Boyd Hollis in 2nd.
“The competition was tough today, but that’s what makes it fun,” said Remy. “It was hard getting back to the dirt after road racing, especially in the rain and slop. It took a little while to get used to it again but by the end of the weekend I felt pretty comfortable, even if it was a bit muddy,” he added.
Meanwhile younger brother Luca finished 2nd on his CRF80 in the Modified 4-Stroke class for 11-U14 behind Mitchell Cluff, and in front of Keegan Pickering; and 5th overall in the 9-U11 85cc 2-Stroke &150cc 4-Stroke class. The first three in this class were Mitchell Cluff, MacKenzie Childs and Broc Pearson.
Heavy rain mid afternoon today finished the event early, and Luca didn’t get the opportunity to fight it out in a final on his Honda RB150, but he was happy with the overall placing saying “I rode better than I ever have this weekend on the 150 and am starting to get really comfortable on it. I came first in one of the heats and also got a second, so it’s the best I’ve done on it so far.”
One of the team’s major sponsors Alpinestars produced one off dirt track leather pants especially for Remy and Luca this season, as well as featuring their other sponsors on Alpinestars jersey’s for the boys. They were extremely proud to wear their gear for the first time this weekend, “I know we’re really lucky to have all this gear – it’s really cool,” said Remy, “and it all matches our Airoh MotoX helmets, as well as all the new decals from GP Graphics on our bikes,” he added.
Featuring four senior classes and fifteen junior classes for various age groups from four to sixteen years, this year’s event has provided significant practice for junior competitors who will contest both the New South Wales and the Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships at the Central Coast later this year.
The State title will be decided on September 24 and 25 and will be followed by the Australian title on October 28 to 30. “This is our home track so we’re really happy to be contesting the State and Aussie Championships here this season. The road racing has taken our focus away from Dirt Track so far this year and it will be good for the boys to be riding somewhere familiar,” said Dad Wayne Gardner.