TRARALGON’s Lahrra Cloak rode superbly on her way to take out the overall victory in the Open class at the 2016 Victorian Supermoto Championships at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex on the weekend, April 9-10.
The 33-year-old tied for first-place in the Open class with Brad Condor (on 47 points), Jak Healey (38 points), and Liam Coleby (35 points). Lahrra finished with a win and a second place. “The weekend went really well, better than I expected,” Lahrra said.
Supermoto is a unique and exciting form of motorcycle racing which alternates between a bitumen road and a dirt track.
“We didn’t have qualifying until late Saturday afternoon, which was not too bad. There were 15 minute qualifying sessions and I ended up qualifying fifth on the grid and there were 15 bikes all up,” Lahrra, who used to race motocross, recalled.
“In the first race, I was fourth overall and second in the Open class. On Sunday, our first race was a little bit up and down as a few people missed the grid at the start. We did the race and I won that one but they scrapped the points because some people missed the start,” Lahrra added.
Lahrra clocked an impressive 1:10.957 on her Kawasaki KXF 470 on Lap 5 in Race 1 on Saturday.
“In the second race on Sunday, I was fourth overall again but first in my class so I ended up with equal points with Brad Condor going into the next round so I won it overall,” Lahrra continued.
“We don’t get to do much Motards and haven’t ridden since the last round of the Victorian Supermoto Championships last year so it’s good to get back on the bike,” she said.
Lahrra competed in the Australian Supermoto Championships in June 2015 where she finished fifth. She also finished in an impressive second in the S1 class at the Victorian Supermoto Championships last November.
“I hope to try and stay on top for the rest of the championship and show the boys how it’s done. I like racing with the boys, it’s really good. They definitely make you work for it,” she added.
On the second round of the Victorian Supermoto Championships at Broadford in September, Lahrra said: ‘I like Broadford. It’s the only tack with a dirt section in Victoria. It’ll be good. Hopefully I’ll get some practice on the bike beforehand so I get my lap-times down a bit,” she added.
“I’d like to thank Morwell Kawasaki, MCR Supermoto, Duke Racing, Adam Nicholson, for being my pit crew, and my Mum and Dad for supporting me throughout the season,” Lahrra praised.
Round 2 of the 2016 Victorian Supermoto Championship takes place at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex on September 24-25. For further information on Supermoto in Victoria please visit: www.motorcyclingvic.com.au/supermoto.