IN ACTION: Akia Smith finished second overall in the two rounds of the Queensland Motocross Championships.
IN ACTION: Akia Smith finished second overall in the two rounds of the Queensland Motocross Championships. TC PHOTOGRAPHICS

Rocky’s young guns dominate Queensland motocross titles

ROCKY riders were again in the winner's circle at the final round of the Queensland Championships at Tivoli last weekend.

Particularly in the Mini Lites, where Rocky riders were dominant; Mitchell Dark finished first overall and Akia Smith second.

Indicating the strength of the CQ region in motocross, Middlemount rider Sam Barrat was third.

Raced over two rounds, the first at the Rockhampton and District Motocross Club's 6 Mile track in Easter and then at Tivoli, the state titles are decided on accumulated points in three races over the two rounds. Except for the fact that at Rocky the third race was washed out.

At Tivoli, Dark finished with two seconds and a first while at Rocky he had a second and a first to give make him overall Queensland state champion. Meanwhile, Smith finished with two thirds and a fourth at Tivoli and a third and a fourth at Rocky, making him runner-up.

Smith said the Tivoli track made for some fast, difficult racing.

"Here in Rocky we are used to riding on more sandy tracks," Smith said.

"At Tivoli the track was really hard-packed clay, with very deep ruts. It was a lot more hard work to stay consistent in the ruts and on the jumps."

Dark agreed.

"It was prime conditions, it was mint," Dark said.

"It made the racing more intense. The Tivoli club did really well preparing such a great track."

Dark has made a habit of winning state titles, this one his third after taking the championship in 2010 and 2012. But for Smith, it is a massive improvement in his racing.

"In 2012, I finished 12th in the Queensland championships," Smith revealed.

"Now I'm second so I am stoked. I've been doing a lot of training, staying fit and I'm happy this hard work has paid off."

The other Rocky rider to perform well at Tivoli was young Levi Rogers, who finished second.

There is no disgrace in that for the Yamaha factory rider; he was beaten by the world champion, Jett Lawrence, from the Sunshine Coast.