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1 November, 2021

Locals excel at TNQMX finals

Local riders returned with a vengeance after a COVID induced year off in 2020 to make the 2021 Tropical North Queensland Motocross Series (TNQMX) bigger and better than ever, achieving some outstanding results throughout the season.

By Sally Turley

Jarrah Mugford negotiates a tight turn to stay in the race.

Jesse Holding of Tolga won every race of the year in the 250cc (4st) class, and came out number 1 overall in the Championship. 

This will be a great confidence boost for him as he goes into 2022 as a Senior, with plans to race at the National MX Championships Mareeba competitors, Jarrah Mugford, on his 250cc (4st) Yamaha and Luca Tognola in the 85cc Mini Lites 9-U12 yr old class, both did exceptionally well during their first year of racing in the competition.

Jarrah, ended up 2nd overall for the Championship in only his second year of involvement in the sport and Luca, after competing at all 4 sections of the event, also ended up with number 2 spot across the whole competition. 

Winners were decided based on the results from four rounds of motocross held at Mareeba, Charters Towers, Townsville and Tully throughout the year. 

Competitors travelled from Moranbah to Mt Isa, and everywhere in between, creating higher than expected contestant numbers and seriously competitive racing in most classes. 

The Senior Pro Championship classes delivered some extremely close races throughout the year, with Mareeba MX coach, Navrin Grothues placing 2nd overall in the MX1 Championship class. 

He ended the season with a top-10 ranking at the Queensland Championships after competing through out the year at National events in Victoria and ACT. 

Walkamin locals Mark and Andrew Oberthur also raced a great series. Mark finished 2nd overall in the Veterans class and Andrew claimed a 1st overall in the Clubman Support class. 

Tolga's Tom Storronning finished the year strongly with 2nd overall in the Clubman Support class. 

The competition included events for riders aged 4yrs and over, and Tableland riders were represented in almost every class of riding.

All riders plan to continue racing next year with high hopes for a great 2022 race season and TNQMX series.

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