Lusty Industries Season Wrap Up
March 31 2011
Rick Boyer of Lusty Industries sent us the final race report from the Go Pro downhill/4X team:
We've had lots of ups and downs this season with Graeme breaking both his wrists before the start of the series to come back and take the last 4X round win and 2nd overall in the Elite 4X National series. Rick didn’t quite manage to hang onto the first place he was running all season. Two wins from four starts is still a great season and finishing 2nd overall is good motivation for next year.
Graeme Mudd at the Adelaide National Champs, the race that almost was:
“In qualifying I managed a clean run pulling in second behind last years World Cup overall winner Jared Graves. This meant the way things worked out I wouldn’t see him until the final. Through my efforts I had booked myself in the final up against Graves, Vejvoda and Levinson. A tight race was held out front between me and Graves for first until an almost successful block pass on the third turn went wrong and I was left on the dirt. Graves 1st, Levinson 2nd, Vejvoda 3rd and Mudd 4th. Although my result wasn’t a win I am stoked to know I am back up amongst it after my injury.”
Boyer wins at Thredbo:
Rick takes the State series opener win ahead of a packed field. With slippery conditions early on in the day and drying up for prime traction in the afternoon. Always happy to take a win this is a great opener to the series. After winning the State series 3 years in a row, can Boyer make it 4 on the trot?
Oceanias and National DH and 4X, Shepparton:
The season finale for DH combined with Oceanias made for a packed weekend of racing. Graeme looked super comfortable on the 4X track all day. He qualified fastest and took the win unchallenged. Oceania Elite 4X Champion and Australian Worlds 4X team member. Congrats Muddy!
The weekend looked set to continue on its winning way with Boyer and Mudd qualifying strongly in DH. Muddy posted a solid fourth in juniors with little practice on the DH track and Boyer was the fastest seed in Elite. Sundays racing didn’t go to plan with Muddy having a spill in his final run and coming home ninth. Boyer was looking good to finish on the podium and continue his series dominance but a couple of costly mistakes towards the end resulted in lost time, pushing him back to sixth on the day and even more costly for the series winding up second overall.
Rick's race run at Shepparton, look out for the costly mistake:
Check out Rick's cleaner run on the Pinkbike Go Pro helmet cam.
Muddy Represents at Toowoomba 4X finals:
Third on Satruday and first on Sunday. Second overall in the series. Here's what Graeme had to say:
“The track had everything, speed, length, techs bits and a shuttle for finals. The event was run as a double header. The first round on the Saturday ran well. It was good to see a decent number of riders with 21 in Elite. I cruised through the qualifying heats, quarter and semi finals to be faced with a packed final event. Graves, Willoughby and Levinson stood on the start next to me. Coming out of lane four I struggled to get across to the crucial inside line on the first turn. Coming out of the turn last I managed to scramble in front of Levinson to finish in 3rd by the finish.
As solid of a day Saturday was, Sunday managed to get even better. More riders turned up to force Elite into eighth finals. I stood undefeated right through till the semi final where I faced Graves. All I had to do was finish second which wasn’t too bad; it gave me a chance to check out his lines. The final event started the same as the semi; it wasn’t until the bottom end where things looked down for Graves and up for me. With Graves suffering a rear flat I jumped at the opportunity and jumped over the inside line to take the lead.
These results jumped me into 2nd in the overall despite not racing the first round due to injury. It was great to finish on such a high as a lead up to the start of the World cups.”
Graeme getting past Jared Graves for the win:
Keep an eye out for Graeme on the World Cup 4X circuit, his first stop South Africa in April. Be sure to follow him through the rest of the season! All the best Muddy, smash it up.
Revolution Mag Underground Race:
We have been getting plenty of love in Revolution MTB mag from the National Series and the Revolution Underground race where Boyer ended up Third behind Cory and Delfs. This race looks brilliant, check out the vid:
Their domestic season drawing to an end, it's time for Orange Bikes to say a massive thank you to the guys at Lusty Industries and the Go Pro team, keep up the good work. Follow Rick Boyer and Lusty Industries on their Facebook page.