Dubbo Dirt Bike Club riders showed their class at a number of elite races across Australia during the long weekend, collecting championship trophies at the NSW State Titles and Finke Desert Race.
Fourteen Dubbo riders did themselves proud on the weekend at Nowra, competing against more than 450 of the best motocross riders from NSW, Queensland and Victoria at the King of MX NSW Motocross Titles.
Fifteen-year-old Blake Fox overcame some mechanical issues early on the weekend to win the 15 years 250cc championship and was crowned the NSW Prince of MX as the best junior male rider in NSW.
After overcoming a disappointing eighth place overall 125cc class, Fox bounced back in the 250cc class and showed just why he's represented his country at the World Junior Motocross Championships.
"I had an unreal weekend at the King of MX finals being crowned the Prince of MX after winning the 15 Years 250cc class," Fox said.
"I had bit of bad luck on Saturday winning the first two motos on my 125 bike and then suffering mechanical issues, but I can't thank everyone enough for supporting me," he continued.
Geurie youngster Justin Harrow bounced back from a 13th place finish in the 13-15 years 125cc class to claim the championship on his KTM250 in the 13-15 years 250cc class.
Harrow started well on the 250cc bike, claiming third place in the first moto, however a fifth place finish in the second race left him plenty of work to do in the final event. The young flyer showed his class and determination though, leading the final race from start to finish and claiming the overall victory.
Eleven-year-old Jack Deveson finished with results of first, second and third in the 9-12 years 65cc class, to claim the overall second place trophy in the championship. Racing in the 9-12 years 85cc class Deveson finished with third, fifth and sixth, claiming fourth overall in the championship.
Older brother Brock Deveson started the weekend well on his KTM125 in the 13-15 years 125cc class and was sitting in third position going into the final race, however a crash in the last moto saw him slip down the points and finish in fifth place overall.
"I'm a little disappointed finishing in fifth after sitting in a podium position, but that's okay, I'll be back again next year," the older Deveson said.
Eight year-old Archie Job was competing at his first state titles and finished ninth overall in the 7-9 years 50cc class.
"It's my first state titles so I was a little bit nervous, but I really enjoyed myself. It's the best track I've raced on," the youngster said.
Of the other Dubbo riders, Tyler Eade finished 5th in the 7-9 years 50cc, Narromine's Will Cale contested the 50cc and 65cc classes in the 7-9 years and finished eighth and 11th respectively, Brad Rankmore was 10th in a hugely competitive MX2 A Grade competition, Hudson Miller finished in 12th and Clancy O'Connor in 20th place in the 7-9 years 65cc class, Ryan Eade finished in 15th and Ty Henderson in 16th in the 9-12 years 65cc class, Jonty Hatton placed 20th in the 12-14 years 85cc class, and Will O'Connor finished 18th in the 13-15 years 125cc class.
In other elite racing at the weekend, 18-year-old Tom Geale proved too strong for the rest of the field when claiming overall victory in the 250cc Four Stroke Class at the Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory.
He also finished in 24th position outright across all bike sizes.
Recognised as the toughest endurance race in Australia, the Finke Desert Race challenges competitors through 460kms of the roughest desert country Alice Springs has to offer across two days.
More than 600 riders took part and 120 failed to complete the course on the weekend.
Reaching speeds of up to 160kms per hour through the desert terrain, Geale was lucky to survive the race himself, after crashing his bike on the home stretch. He bounced back though, as he steered his Husqvarna FC250 to victory in an overall time of 5 hours and 6 minutes.
"I'm happy to come away with the win in the 250 class and 24th outright after a crash half way through the home leg. The track was super gnarly but I'm definitely happy I'm home," he said.