It’s safe to say the inaugural 2020 Perkins Builders Best in the West Open was a massive success!
The club delivered an exceptional day of racing, and I had an absolute blast being in the mix.
I’ve highlighted five standout features from that day made it the special event it was, plus there’s a selection of images I grabbed between my own motos at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
PERFECT TRACK CONDITIONS
Saturday’s track conditions were unreal to say the least! The club did an excellent job preparing the circuit and putting the perfect amount of water into it, making for an incredibly fun day of racing.
It held up quite well too, especially considering there were around 200 riders taking to the track over the course of the day.
I have to say, the track was in the best condition I’ve ever ridden it, and it was an absolute blast. A massive shoutout to the track crew for putting in the work.
While we didn’t get to see the Regan Duffy Vs Jayden Rykers battle we’d hoped for (more on that below), the Azform Shootout was still a thriller.
Duffy went down in the opening lap and put on a stellar charge to advance through to the next stage, while local legend Stuey Wilmot and John Darroch were highly impressive to make it into the top three.
Darroch ended up getting the better of Wilmot, which meant the final head-to-head outing for $1500 would be decided between himself and Duffy.
Despite Johnny D’s best efforts, Duffy proved to be too strong and took home top honours.
As I said, we didn’t get to see the Duffy and Rykers battle we were anticipating, which came after the pair collided in the opening MX1 moto, unfortunately putting an end to Rykers’ day.
And while we always we want to see close racing, being able to watch Duffy in action is just as good, even his pace couldn’t be matched. The way he works the bike - especially around the sands of Bunbury - is just amazing to witness.
He dominated the day across the MX1 and MX2 classes, as well as the Shootout. His efforts were rewarded with a sweet $5200 in prize money, plus a few extra hundred dollars for any hole-shots he earned throughout the day.
STRONG CROWD ATTENDANCE
It must’ve been so rewarding for the Bunbury club to have a strong crowd attendance on-hand! Both bars and main viewing areas - near the canteen and the one near the Bunbury Harley-Davidson Sky Shot - were packed all day long.
When running a large-scale event such as this one, especially amid the period we’re going through at the moment with the coronavirus, it can be uncertain of just how many fans will turn up.
Bunbury and the southwest region definitely showed their love for motocross by lining the fences, and that just added the atmosphere.
EXCELLENT RACE DAY OPERATIONS
Whenever juniors and seniors are racing on the same day, it’s always expected to be drawn out with significant time between your own races.
That’s exactly what I thought Saturday’s action would be like.
But, it was nothing like that at all.
The club and officials did an excellent job of managing time - and that’s taking into consideration a delay at midday, plus the shootout, which is a timely exercise.
Remarkably, the event wound up by 4pm, which is a testament to all those running and operating the day. Nice job, crew.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s edition...
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