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With the motocross season (and pretty much everything else) being put on pause at the moment, I’m just as keen as everyone to be back at the races.
While that’s probably still a little a while away, there’s a list of riders I’m excited to see in action at some stage this year at Western Australia’s favourite events.
Bunbury legend Stuey Wilmot is back having a crack this year, and he’s got the full support of the Blue Hire Bunbury KTM team. I’ve always enjoyed Stuey’s style and he can really turn it on when he’s feeling it, especially around the Bunbury circuit - a track he’s done more laps around than anyone!
You could call Josh Adams a ‘veteran’ of the premier class, especially with the youth of riders he's up against. Although, with multiple state titles to his name, you can never rule him out podiums and race wins. I personally love watching the Bee Firm NRG SRD Cully’s Yamaha rider in action and he brings a wealth of experience to the table.
Albany’s Corben Weinert had a stellar rookie campaign in the senior ranks last year, winding up runner-up to Regan Duffy in the MX2 state championship. He’s on Yamaha machinery again, and with a season already under his belt and riding both the 250 and 450 at the moment, I really can’t wait to see what he can deliver.
MX1 and MX2 rookie Cody Chittick is one of the most exciting riders to graduate to the senior ranks, and he’s already showed some impressive form at the limited number of races this year. Seeing juniors come through to seniors is always interesting to see, and I reckon he’ll be right there in the mix.
There’s plenty to love about Charlie Creech, and one my favourite things about watching him is that when he’s ‘on’, he can be the fastest rider on the track. You’ll see him on the West Coast Motorcycle Husqvarna number 57 towards the pointy end of the field.
I couldn’t write this and leave out Regan Duffy! It’s a given that we’re all excited to watch him this year in both his efforts on the national stage and here in Western Australia. He’s on Husqvarna machinery now, and I think his riding is going to be on the next level compared to what we saw in 2019.
Cully’s Yamaha rider Conan Forrester has always had a special flair about his riding, and that’s why he’s someone I’m excited to watch when racing recommences. The Geraldton local is another rider that now has a learning year in the senior ranks behind him, which was already an impressive season for him.
Some injuries over recent years have prevented KTM-mounted Daniel Pajewski from reaching his full potential, but as he showed at the Bunbury’s Best in the West Open last month, he can be one of the fastest riders in the MX2 class. He’s still racing two-strokes as well, which is super cool to see.
Sometimes I feel John Darroch’s talent is underrated, but he always pulls through with some impressive rides - just like at Bunbury, where he went head-to-head with Duffy in the shootout. Darroch’s style is loose and fast, and that’s why I’m excited to see him on-track.
Chris Ruttico is taking a step back this year and only racing selected events, but that doesn’t rule him out of this list. He has that old-school textbook style, and he’s just as competitive as any of the top dogs in the MX2 category.