Pic: Chris Morrison/ Seems Legit Productions
ROUND THREE // THAT'S A WRAP
Words D'Arcy Morris
The 3rd and final round of the South Australian Freestyle Motocross series was held in the remote bushland of Morgan in the states east.
Unbeknownst to the small community of Morgan, on the outskirts of their town lay a mammoth freestyle motocross course that is the result of blood, sweat and years of hard earned cash and spare time. This course lay literally in the centre of nowhere with access all by farming roads and private driveways. Boasting six different ramps including a full-scale quarter pipe, a 75-75ft double section, dirt hits and a three-ramp wide down ramp, Luke Feltrin's compound has become a paradise for dirt bikes.
Due to some unexpected circumstances and prior commitments, several of the series earlier contenders withdrew from the final event leaving a total of five riders in the final.
The morning started off early with practice commencing around 8:30 and seeing Adam Grope, Brayden Muggins Davies, Daniel Coe, Ben Burford and Morgan resident Luke Feltrin attack the course. Difficult head and cross wind conditions caused an extension of the practice time slot to allow the riders to get a bit of extra time on the course.
Nevertheless the boys battled through the wind into the heats with Luke Feltrin up first. Feltrin showed his familiarity with the course being the first to link up all the jumps into a flowing run that included whips, superman seat grabs and a smooth and effortless style.
Second out on the course was Port Pirie's Daniel Coe who came out with a massive bag of hugely extended rock solids, helicopters, turndown whips and rulers.
Ben Burford was next out and put together a great run of no foot nacs, whips, hart attacks and quarter pipe style. Burford was perhaps the only guy on the day that stood out on the quarter pipe, getting his YZ250 into some upside down airs impressing the riders and crowd.
The battle of the day however was between West Australian import Brayden Muggins Davies and homegrown shredder South Australia's Adam Grope. These two went flip for flip combo over as much over the course as they felt comfortable on and set the bar higher each run they rode.
Persistent winds made some of the jumps incredibly risky causing a near miss of the landing by Brayden on one of his last jumps. Not to be deterred Muggins, turned around jumped it once more and then nac-flipped the same jump to end his run for the day impressing every one present . A stellar ride for this young lad who had flown over and borrowed a bike that was performing less than ideal.
Determined to beat Muggins, Gropey came out with a solid run of holy grab indies, rulers and effortless flips that gave him the tiniest edge on the points to take the win for the day.
It was Adam Grope in 1st, BraydenMuggins Davies in 2nd, Daniel Coe in 3rd, Ben Burford in 4th and Luke Feltrin taking 5th place on the day with D'Arcy Morris making a last minute entry and taking the SRH clothing Best Whip win to conclude the occasion.
This was an outstanding event that solidified the point'sstandings wrapping up this new series as follows,
1st Adam Grope
2nd Brayden Muggins Davies/ Luke Feltrin
3rd Daniel Coe
4th Ben Burford
5th Chris Monteau
6th Zac Jennison
7th D'Arcy Morris/Darcy Cashmore
8th Marley Wright
9th Chris Ferguson
10th Dylan Read
This series was a huge achievement for the FMX community here in South Australia and was a credit to the hard work and effort put in by Adam Grope and his amazing fiancé Rhani Hills. Huge respect and gratitude goes to Gropey not only running the series and making sure the structure was consistent for all the riders but putting in the hard yards on the bike and proving why he deserved the number 1 plate. Overall this series set out to give the amateur riders something to work for and somewhere to improve their skill, and it has achieved exactly that. Talk is already circulating of a bigger and better series next year with the prospect of more interstate riders making the trek over to compete. A huge thanks goes to our sponsors for the whole series, Soules Earthworks, SRH clothing, Heidrich Films, Menace Industries. Bring on 2014!