TRARALGON’s Lahrra Cloak sensationally won the Victorian Open Supermoto title at the third and final round of the 2016 Victorian Supermoto Championship at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford last weekend, November 12-13.
The 33-year-old topped the table with 185 championship points, 6 points ahead of Jak Healey and 44 points ahead of third-place getter Liam Coleby.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Lahrra, as she sensationally crashed in the first race, before inspirationally recovering just in time to claim the title. “I qualified in second behind Ryan Taylor, which was pretty good. There was some pretty close times,” she recalled.
“In the first race I had a shocking start. I ended up having a dice with Liam (Coleby) and I think we were battling for third. I finally got passed him, gapped him, I started pulling together some good lap-times until I crashed just in the dirt section.
“I actually don’t know what happened, but I was out cold for a little bit,” she continued.
“I got back to the pits and they restarted the race. I missed that race so I was down in the points. My Dad and Gary from Axle Amour got the bike ready for Sunday’s races and I went to hospital to get a medical clearance to be able to ride.
“I went from a 25-point championship lead coming into the last round to only leading it over Jak Healey by 7 points so I had to race the last two races to be able to secure the championship,” she added.
On Sunday, Lahrra picked up a second-place in Race 2 and a second-place in Race 3 in wet and challenging conditions. “I had a good first race on Sunday. We put wet tyres on as it was wet during the day but the race started out dry.
“About halfway through the race it started pouring. I ended up finishing second to Ryan Taylor.
“In the second race on Sunday, we battled torrential rain. Ryan pulled out of the race and I just cruised. I sat at the back of the pack to just secure my points and ended up winning the championship by 6 points in the end over Jak and Liam in third,” Lahrra said.
Lahrra enjoyed the three-round season of the Victorian Supermoto Championship and 2016 overall: “It was a good season. I had some up and downs; to get so close to the end of the season and have a stack wasn’t ideal but overall I really enjoyed it.
“To come first in Victoria and second in the 2016 FIM-ASIA Supermoto Championship and the 2016 Australasian Supermoto Championship has been great. I’ve had a good season. Hopefully next year I get an Australian number one plate,” Lahrra added.
“I’d really like to thank Gary from Axle Armour, Toshie and my Dad for getting my bike going again this weekend.
“I’d also like to thank my sponsors Bling51, Morwell Kawasaki, TKD Electrical, Axle Armour, MCR Supamoto, Monza Imports, my Mum and Dad, Toshie and Miss Bella, all the girls who came down to support me at Broadford, and everyone who donated to my GoFundMe throughout the year,” Lahrra praised.
You can still support Lahrra by donating to her official GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/2bvvezkc