19/06/2019 By Marty Off

The Season So Far

Holbrook Leaping Log

This year was always going to be a good one. The regional Leaping Log Enduro series is generous enough to have an 0’50’s class and it was going to be good to enjoy the lesser competitive time we have to race for and the cup of tea and biscuit they give you after completing the event.

Choosing the Beta RR390 MY19 this year was a return to familiar territory since I had enjoyed this smaller capacity before. It was sad to not have the Sherco SEF-R 300 Factory as my riding buddy this year but it has gone to a deserving customer.

The Leaping Log kicked off in Holbrook this year on the weekend of the 26th of May and it always proves to be a tough one. Murray had lined us up for a nice change up to the Holbrook loop that has been a signature track for this series for years. Clockwise this year and some faster swoops over the top ridges and some technical up hills that allowed for well timed passes or disasters.

The Pits

I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle the race since the 0’50’s class leader was super quick rider. Dallen had passed me in the O’35’s pretty easily so I expected him to pull away. I passed him twice in the first couple of laps and found it a blast to try and stretch him out and frustrating when I couldn’t break him. He pushed on and made a gap of 5 minutes over the first 2.5 hours.

Murray had all competitors have a break in the middle of the race and it was hard to keep the energy up for the next and final half. The times stayed about the same and I finished up in second.

The Beta RR390 looked after me and I didn’t have a moment all day. Damo and Nathan kicked off the season with us and both enjoyed the tough conditions. For Damo to come back to this event after a hospital trip last year was a big call. He survived.

Tumbarumba Leaping Log

On this weekend just gone we rugged up and headed down to Tumbarumba for the second round of the LL. Fantastic grassed pits and good company as normal had nine folk from Yass running in almost all the categories. Despite my nerves and first lap crashes I won the O’50’s class, Klee the O’35’s on some Austrian horror show with Danny Gibson from Canberra narrowly missing the win for Beta. Third place in the expert class to Brad Pulver had Beta on the podium for three of the five classes!

Jamie and Taylor Shaw made a comeback, which for Jamie is a massive effort. The Shaw’s with Damo and Nathan ran a strong race and can see the improvements for competing. Definitely a level up for all of them.

Morning essentials

The track was a fast and flowing one with some tight pine single and super fast open fire trails. The moisture and cold gave us slippery until later in the day when things dried up.

The next race is later in July at Tarcutta and the clubs involved have been doing an outstanding job of this super important series. It serves to bring people into racing and gives all ages the chance to test the skills. The junior numbers are really good and they look silly quick!!