State champion seeks glory at nationals

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Albany’s Corben Weinert has his sights set on a strong performance at the upcoming 2017 Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Horsham, Victoria, after winning two State titles earlier this month.

Weinert, who now lives in Perth, was crowned a dual State champion after the final round of the WAMX Junior State Championships was held at Coastal Park on September 16.

With the fifth round of the series cancelled, the overall State championships came down to the results of the sixth round, with Weinert producing a perfect performance as he won all six races to help clinch both titles.

The talented rider won all three races in the 100cc-125cc 13-u15 class, which was enough to wrap up the State crown over Conan Forrester.

Weinert finished with 497 points overall, 62 points ahead of Forrester in the end.

Another clean sweep in the 150cc/200cc-250cc 13-u16 division capped off a fantastic final round for Weinert as he banked 105 points to his series tally.

Weinert finished as State champion in that division as well, collecting 481 points to defeat Joe Di Giulio (417 points).

The dual victory was a relief for Weinert, who broke his wrist before the final round.

“It was definitely a long year but we got through it at the end,” Weinert said.

“I broke my wrist four days before the (final) State round but I just strapped it up and took some painkillers and was still able to ride.”

The 15-year-old flies out to Melbourne today, where he will compete in the same two classes at the nationals.

“I’d say this is definitely my best season so far,” he said.

“I’m really keen for nationals and hopefully two top-three finishes.

“We went over earlier in the year and did some riding at the track, so hopefully that helps.”

Weinert will begin another national title tilt on Sunday, with the event concluding next Friday.

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