Rick Horninge.
Rick Horninge. Alistair Brightman

Rick’s riding high after claiming Sunshine State round win

A RE-ENERGISED Rick Horninge believes his stunning ride in the latest round of the Sunshine State MX Series could kick-start his quest for bigger dreams.

The Takura diesel fitter was unable to grab a chequered flag, but with three second-places to his credit, the 18 year old was still able to claim the overall win in the clubman lites 20 years-and-under class at Dundowran Park on Sunday.

After mixed results at Roma and Tivoli, Horninge (pictured) said a return to his home track was exactly what the doctor ordered.

"I came into Hervey Bay 11th in the series, so I was desperate for a good result especially being my home track," he said.

"I had a lot of luck and everything went good for me, but I knew I had a lot of work to do to get up to their speed.

"The track got a bit rough towards the end of the day, but because we're used to riding it rough it was a bit of an advantage.

"But I think it's just the sand. I love the sand and don't like the hard tracks.

"Coming up we've still got Leyburn and Coolum, which are both sand tracks, so I'm confident I can keep it up."

Sunday's triumph was Horninge's first round win since moving into the clubman lites class last year and his best result since climbing onto his new bike two months ago.

A new sponsorship with Bay City Moto helped the Hervey Bay Motocross Club member secure a Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke bike.

With a new bike and a new sponsor comes a new challenge for Horninge, who is determined to improve on his Sunshine State MX Series Round 3 form in the final three rounds.

"Things are really starting to look up," he said.

"To have Bay City Moto and Vision Roofing on board helps a lot because it's not a cheap sport."

Horninge, who needs to finish the series in the top five to qualify and advance to the intermediate lites class next year, was one of about 360 riders who tore up the sand during a thrilling weekend of racing at the Dundowran track.

Saturday saw the state's best juniors hit the track before the senior and pro riders battled it out on Sunday.

Hervey Bay Motocross Club vice-president Mark Cook said it was a spectacular event with KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs sweeping the pro open division.

Seth Muller was another standout performer for the local contingent, finishing on the podium in six motos to claim overall second in the junior lites 13-15 years and third in the junior lites 15 years divisions.

Cook said the Hervey Bay's members did the club proud.

"The class of riders they're up against are very talented," he said.

"To win here at your home track, in your own class, you have to be a really good rider and I thought they all did very well.

"The track was prime and the weather was beautiful so riding was really competitive and we had plenty of fast riders."

Hervey Bay Motocross Club is looking forward to hosting the second round of the Go Girls competition on April 26-27.

SHELL ADVANCE SUNSHINE STATE MX SERIES

ROUND 3 OVERALL WINNERS

50cc Auto: Charli Cannon

Junior Lites 13-15 years: Hunter Lawrence

Junior Lites 15 years: Kaleb Barham

Mini Lites 9-11 years: Noah Ferguson

Mini Lites 12-15 years: Caleb Grothues

Junior 65cc 7-9 years: Brad West

Junior Lites 13-15 years: Hunter Lawrence

Junior 65cc 10-11 years: Jett Lawrence

Clubman Lites 20 years and under: Rick Horninge

Clubman Lites 21 years and over: Lane Carvel

Intermediate Lites: Wilson Todd

Veterans 35+: Travis Regeling

Senior women's: Sarah Guthrie

Pro Lites: Nathan Crawford

Clubman Open: Jared Morrisson

Intermediate Open: Cameron Hausler

Pro Open: Kirk Gibbs



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