It was a stunning performance that set an enduro cat amongst the motocross pigeons at round one of the MX Natioanls 125 Gold Cup. Justin Carafa and his Motorcycle Land Sherco 125 SE-R - complete with headlight - dominated the event in sensational fashion.
No one counted on the enduro bike being competitive and Carafa was never considered a threat for the front position having not raced an MX National event since 2009.
This coming weekend Carafa will set out to emulate his round one performance when the Championship takes to the Raymond Terrace circuit in NSW for rounds two and three of the 125 Gold Cup.
“I’m looking forward to the weekend,” Carafa offered. “I’ve had good results at Raymond Terrace in the past. I’ve seen the new layout of the track and it looks fun. I’m keen to get the Sherco enduro bike out there and repeat my round one results. Racing this 125 is a lot of fun.”
Carafa copped plenty of criticism on the eve of round one for entering an enduro bike in the MX Nationals and despite racing the Sherco with no engine modifications, the Melbourne-based concreter was confident in the French-made machine.
“I knew the bike would be down on outright top-end power in comparison to the purpose-built motocross bikes but I knew it would handle well due it being a premium European enduro bike. The handling characteristics enable me to maintain good corner speed and the torque of the engine makes it easy to ride well.”
This weekend’s double-header will see competitors race Saturday and Sunday.
“We get two motos on Saturday and Sunday and my plan is pretty simple,” explained Carafa. “I want to get a clean start and ride my own race, preferably out in front.”
The MX Nationals will take place at 7 Barleigh Ranch Way, Seaham, NSW on Saturday and Sunday with riding from 8.30am.