2016 SAVA Tyres
Bucket Nationals Round One.
The 2016 Sava tyres Bucket nationals round one was a successful meeting with competitors enjoying some great racing. A strong contingent of North Coast racers competed and made their presence felt
keeping the locals honest.
The early morning light rain started to ease with practice commencing on a wet track. However
when the time came for qualifying the track was
starting to dry. Qualy times were down from last
years which was to be expected due to the slippery
Pole setters for the three classes:
Motolites SAVA Tyres Bucket Nationals
2016 Round One
The defending Motolite Sava Tyres Bucket
Nationals title holder #60 Jason Dunn (Honda RS85cr) was in
scintillating form qualifying on pole and winning all three races scoring maximum points.
The evergreen Michael Child (#170 Supermono197)finished second overall,
Michaels best result in this class and a great
result for the Supermono 197.
Third place went to #63 Matt Burton (Honda CBR150)who
in race one had to pull out owing to a carby
problem. Matt finished 2nd in races two and
three but his DNF relegated him to 3rd overall.
#77 Chris Jones (BBE CBR150) had a mixed day. Chris came down in the wet practice causing some damage to the bike. A frantic repair effort ensued to get the bike fixed with competitors rallying to the cause with
replacement parts. Starting from the back of the grid Chris charged through to a fine second place. In race two luck was not with him as he came to a halt on the back straight so no points. In race three Chris had to do it all over again having to start from the back of the grid working his way to third to finish 4th on the day.
Number 20 Blair Briggs rode the ever
improving BBE Supermono 197 into an excellent
third place in race one but disappointingly did not start races
two and three due to a broken exhaust header.
Motolite Results for 2016 SAVA Tyres Bucket Nationals Round One
Superlites SAVA Tyres Bucket Nationals 2016
Defending Superlite title holder Tim Smith (#65 Honda CB150)
got the day off to a great start with pole
position. The start of race one saw #57 Stuart
Ellis (Suzuki GS150) jump into the Superlite
lead closely followed by #2 Ken Lindsay (KLR
Honda RCB150) with Tim coaxing his bike away
from the start line to slot into third. Second
time around the King got past Stuart with
a daring pass but it took Tim another lap to
pass Stuart and set about catching King Kenny.
Tim made good ground up on the
flying #2 and in the process he posted the quickest Superlite time of
the day. Catching is one thing passing is
another in the end it was Ken first with Tim second and
They were followed home by the continually
improving #56 Hermann Wagus (Honda150),
Junior Murphy (BBE Honda CB150), #62 Jim Murphy
(BBE Honda CB150) and #164 Darrell Francis(Honda
Race two saw King Kenny rocket into the
Superlite lead and having a convincing flag to
flag win. #38 Junior Murphy (BBE Honda CB150)
worked his way forward from a back row start and on lap two
pounced on Tim Smith but Tim had the place back
next time round. Murphy left it until the last
lap to challenge again and this time he made the
pass stick and took the second place with Tim
Stuart Ellis started well but fell foul of
Tim and Junior on lap three and Herman nipped
past on lap four. Jim Murphy and Darrell
Francis locked in their own battle came home sixth and seventh
Race three. Drama for Tim Smith while waiting
for the pit gate to open his bike spluttered to
a stop and no account of coaxing could get it to
go; exit Tim. Junior Murphy Jumped into the lead
in lap one and held it to the chequered flag.
The King tried a few nibbles but as he had the
overall win for the day in his pocket he didn't
push the issue. Newcomer to Superlites Stuart
Ellis topped off a rewarding day with a second
third place to finish third overall.
Hermann Wagus came in fourth giving him
fourth overall on the day. Jim Murphy and
Darrell Francis were next completing a great days
racing for Superlites.
Superlite Results for 2016 SAVA Tyres Bucket
Nationals Round One
Commuterlites SAVA Tyres Bucket Nationals
The CommuterLites once again put on a
great show of close racing. Four riders from
the North Coast Road Racers
club attended and made their presence felt.
Again the popular bike choice was the
Luke Rhodes (#18 Honda CBR125) set the
fastest time in slippery conditions to get
his first pole position. However race one
saw #555 Nicholas Miller (Honda
CBR125) jump into an early lead and hold it
to the flag with #18 Luke Rhodes (Honda
CBR125) and #45 David Buckton NCRR (Honda
CBR125) engaging in a fierce battle for
second place with Luke getting the place in
the end. #131 Rez Pulido (Honda CBR125) had
a untroubled run into fourth place.
Meanwhile #44 Kyam Buckton (Honda CBR125)
NCRR and #7 Adam Barnett (Honda CBR125) NCRR
were swapping places with Kyam getting the
fifth spot. Next came #136 Ron Pulido
(CBR125) followed by #5 Michael lemon (Honda
CBR125) with #34 Mark Bunting (Honda CBR125)
NCRR ninth and #10 James Wain (Honda CBR125)
rounding out the top ten.
Newcomer #73 Daniel Florence (CBR125)
enjoyed his first day at of racing and his
lap times came down as the day progressed.
#66 Andy Lewer (CBR125) slipped off at the
hairpin but quickly got going again to
finish the race. Andy didn't compete in races two and three
bike damage and some swollen fingers.
Race two saw a mighty battle between Nick
miller and Luke Rhodes with Nick getting the
win by a whisker. Keeping it in the family
Kyam and David Buckton battled over third
place with David getting the final podium
position. Another family affair the Pulido
brothers Rez and Ron were doing some serious
dicing but Adam Barnett came along and
spoiled the party by splitting them at the
finish. The remaining finishing order was
Michael lemon, Mark Bunting, James Wain and
There was no stopping #555 Nicholas Miller
(Honda CBR125) in race three, try as he
might #18 Luke Rhodes (Honda CBR125) could
not close down the triple five machine. On
lap two Luke dropped down to fourth with
both Kyam and David Buckton (NCRR) getting
past. The battle raged on with Luke
recovering to second and Kyam getting the
better of David to finish third and fourth
Ron and Rez Pulido were in close company in
fifth and sixth place until Rez had #7 Adam
Barnett and #5 Michael lemon squeeze past in
lap two. However Rez recovered both places
and almost caught brother Ron on the line.
#7 Adam Barnett (NCRR) finished a gnats
whisker behind those two. Next home was #5
Michael Lemon followed by #34 Mark Bunting (NCRR),
#73 Daniel Florence and #84 James Wain.
Commuterlites Results for 2016 SAVA Tyres Bucket
Nationals Round One