Mildura turns up the heat for Speedway round two
January 09, 2017

Photographer Judy Mackay

Saturday night at Mildura’s Olympic Stadium was an absolute scorcher both on and off the track, for round two of the Australian Speedway Solo Championship, that saw plenty of thrills, spills and upsets as local favourites shone bright in the sweltering 42 degree heat.

The field was jam-packed for round two in a very healthy showing of solo competitors and teams ready and willing to battle it out for all important points ahead of round three in the four round 2017 Australian Championship.

The already hot night heated up further, for previous Speedway Championship sensation, Troy Batchleor who’s bike spectacularly caught fire in heat six. Batchelor continuing on to compete on his spare bike in the B Final.

Justin Sedgmen was the hometown favourite tipped to clean up the round, however that was not to be as he was excluded from from the A Final in a technicality. Winning the A Final, was Sam Masters with Max Fricke and David Watt nipping at his heels.

Masters shared his thoughts coming into Undera; “Gillman has always been my weak round, but to come here and win is great because it takes the pressure off coming into Undera. It was a hard night beacuase it was so hot which made life hard for everyone in the end. But we all had a good night." He ended.

Motorcycling Australia asked the young gun Max Fricke how he was feeling about the remaining two rounds of the 2017 Australian Championship. Max said; "Undera is my closest track to home. I grew up on it in the early days, but Kurri Kurri is a track I really like and I am looking forward to achieving a really strong result at in round 4." A confident Fricke concluded.

We asked round one winner, David Watt how he felt coming into round three; "Im confident and riding well. I had bad run in the final with the bike and the completion is super tight too. Underea is unknown for me as I have not been there for a while. Im really looking forward to Kurri Kurri as I feel really comfortable there. I need to work on Justin because beat me there on boxing day! So I will need to be on top of my game." He finished.

Attention is now on the all-important round three of the fast moving championship, held at Undera Park Speedway near Shepparton in Victoria, this Wednesday 11th January, which should see the mercury calm down offering both the crowd and riders respite from the seething heat of round two. 

Australian Championship points tally after round two:

1 Dave Watt 32
2 Justin Sedgmen 29
3 Sam Masters 26
4 Max Fricke 25
5 Nick Morris 22
6 Toy Batchelor 20
7 Brady Kurtz 15
8= Jack Holder 13
8= Josh Pickering 13
8= Rohan Tungate 13
11 Ty Proctor 12
12 Jaimon Lidsey 11
13 Todd Kurtz 9
14 Mason Campton 7
15= Cooper Riordan 6
15= Jordan Stewart 6

Click here for the full score card of round two.

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