TENTH YEAR OF KTM TUMBULGUM NATURAL TERRAIN MOTOCROSS BEST YET
The 2014 edition of the KTM Tumbulgum Natural Terrain Motocross has being run and won, with KTM's Lewis Calvin the star of the show on his Berrysweet / Mandurah City KTM 450 SX-F.
The annual, carnival-style motocross weekend and 2.3 kilometre long natural terrain track attracted more than 400 competitors to the location south-east of Perth.
Supported since its inception by KTM Australia, the event is now in its 10th year and according to many, is better than ever.
Twenty-four-year-old Calvin took a perfect four holeshots and four wins to win ahead of three more KTMs, those of Dean Porter (TRS Racing/Forte Plant Hire KTM), David Birch (Tessellate Bricklaying / APE Group KTM) and desert racing legend Ben Grabham (KTM Desert Racing Team).
Willie Thompson – Promoter: “It was another great event here, it’s always a big carnival atmosphere and we had close to 100 families camping on Friday night and almost 1000 people camping Saturday night. We ran the track in reverse direction in the afternoon and everyone loved it, they said it was smoother. After the ATVs and buggies scattered the mud from the overnight rain it was perfect all day, we had berms 50 to 70 metres long and to see Lewis Calvin and the best riders with both feet on the pegs just hammering through them was really inspiring.”
Louis Calvin – Pro Class Champion: “I've been coming here for eight or nine years, on and off, and it seems to keep getting better and better each year. Changing the track to reverse direction was interesting and gave us something to look forward to. Because it's a natural terrain track, it goes through so many changes through the day, from the initial topsoil to the clay underneath. Each time you go out it's changed again and it's a really fun challenge to master it. My day was awesome, I've been putting a lot of work and the track suited me perfectly, for holeshots and four wins so it was perfect day.”
Ben Grabham - KTM Desert Racing Team Manager: "Tumbulgum is one of those races that appeals to me because it's a weekend, complete with show rides and a carnival atmosphere. It was a fair mix of flat out and tighter sections, but still the type of track where you could take someone that doesn't race a lot and they wouldn’t be intimidated. I brought my 500 EXC straight out of the crate and didn't come here expecting to flog the motocross boys, but fourth was alright. Louis was definitely a step above everybody and he was going well."
KTM Tumbulgum Natural Terrain Motocross Pro Class:
1. Louis Calvin 100, 2. Dean Porter 84, 3. David Birch 82, 4. Ben Grabham 74, 5. Shaun Cornick 58, 6. Gavin Russell 57, 7. Jake Pruiti 54, 8. Carson Bascombe 49, 9. Jarrad Hockley 48, 10. Matt Fish 44