Originally written by IAN LEWIS
CASTERTON’S diminutive motocross rider finished second at the recent Australian titles in Perth.
Riding in 7-9, 50cc class, Morgan competed in five races in five days, a difficult task for such a young competitor, and while he didn’t win a race, rode so consistently he racked up another points to finish second.
The track at Pinjar was also a challenge being 1.5km long with lots of sand and plenty of ruts. Track maintenance was kept to a minimum grade mid-week and this made for plenty of spectacular crashes (with a front wheel washout0 almost certain in the deep sand the further the titles went, especially for the smaller wheeled machines.
Morgan’s brother Alexander also competed in the championships and although he did not gain a podium finish, he did well to finish in the top 10…
.The McNicol’s flew to Perth on September 26 and home again on October 6, so the trip was a short one for the budding riders but well worth the experience competing at the national titles.
Morgan faced 36 other riders in his class and finished his first race fifth, the second and third in fourth spot, the fourth in third position and the last in second spot to put him just behind the winner Riley Dukes of New South Wales.
He led several races but luck just didn’t go with him but he was fortunate to finish the week-long championships second overall and that brought with it a big trophy and a medallion.
Morgan, who is the South Australian champion, said he enjoyed the competition and was looking forward to the next championships.
Alexander competed in a large, fast class of 56 riders which meant they had to qualify down to 38 riders.
He did well in three heats but, unfortunately, did not qualify for the final after struggling with the sand.
The duo and their friends from South Australia and Victoria were lucky enough to get tickets and pit passes to the first round of the Chad Reed Super X in Perth and they made good use of the experience collecting plenty of posters, stickers and autographs.