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Quad star primed to defend state title at Horsham

Mitch Van Vliet celebrates his big win in Beijing on Sunday, September 14 (Image Credit: Supplied).

Mitch Van Vliet is primed to defend his state title at the 2014 Victorian Quad MX C’ship in Horsham on Sept. 21.

MITCH Van Vliet is primed to defend his state title when the 2014 Yamaha Victorian Quad MX Championship revs into life at the Horsham Motorcycle Club on Sunday, September 21.

The 22-year-old returned from China this week an international champion after impressively taking out the 2014 China International ATV Invitational Race in Dongying on Sunday, September 14.

“The whole experience was awesome,” Mitch said. “I got the holeshot in both motos.

“In the first race going into the second corner I made a pretty big error through the stutters and nearly went over the bars and went really wide in the corner, which pushed me back into fifth,” Mitch added.

Fortunately for Mitch he managed to fight back and finished third, achieving the quickest lap-time for the whole race in the process.

“Going into the second race I was pretty confident, won the holeshot again and stayed in front the whole time,” the Victorian added.

Mitch beat current European champion Mike van Grinsven from Holland, who finished second, and Italian champion Nicola Montalbini who finished third, to the top podium.

Mitch’s win in China continues a remarkable year for the Victorian who also won the gruelling Tatts Finke Desert Race in the Alice Springs in June.

He also competed in the Pont De Vaux Maxxis Quad Race in France earlier in August where he managed to finish the challenging 12-hour endurance quad race.

Mitch’s focus is now firmly set on Horsham where he hopes to successfully defend his Victorian title he won there almost 12 months ago. 

“It’s always the plan to back it up and defend your title,” Mitch said. “But as long as I know that I’ve ridden my hardest and given it my all whatever the result, it’ll be good,” he added.

Mitch will be back at Horsham in October when the Horsham Motorcycle Club will also host the 2014 Yamaha Australian ATV & Sidecar Championships on October 18-19. 

“Horsham is one of my favourite tracks,” Mitch continued. “It’s very accommodating for quads and the club is very welcoming and supportive for the sport,” he added. “It’s a good venue all round.”   

The 2014 Yamaha Victorian Quad MX Championship starts at 9am on Sunday, September 21 along the Henty Highway at Dooen. Please visit www.motorcyclingvic.com.au to find out more.

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