AUSTRALIA’S best four-wheeled quad riders went head-to-head at Wonthaggi at the weekend at the 2016 Yamaha Australian ATV Nationals hosted by the Dandenong Motorcycle Club.
Former Australian and Victorian quad champion Mitch Van Vliet from Narre Warren was among them.
He finished fourth in the open class.
Mitch is a member of the host club and said it was a successful weekend.
“There were no big accidents, everything ran smoothly and on time and we had full fields in all of the races,” he said.
“We had riders from New Zealand and all over Australia. It was one of the biggest Pro Open races the discipline has ever seen since quads became really popular.”
Mitch, 25, who has also recently competed at the Finke Desert Race and is the 2014 China International ATV Invitational champion, loves the family-friendly nature of the sport: “It’s not as intensely competitive as the two-wheeled disciplines.
Mitch is a big fan of the track at Wonthaggi too.
“I’ve competed at Wonthaggi heaps of times before. I’ve had a number of coaching schools there and it’s a wicked track. It’s really wide, there’s lots of passing opportunities.
“With quads, one line usually forms but it doesn’t seem to at Wonthaggi so that’s why it was chosen,” Mitch said.
Jake Williams from Dalyston was among the featured races over the weekend, putting on an amazing exhibition in the side-by-side ATV demo event.
“There’s a roll cage so it’s safer,” he said.
“Yamaha has given me the opportunity to race them and I love it.”
He won his first start in Queensland recently and enjoyed putting on a show for local fans on the weekend.
Dandenong Motorcycle Club representative Glenn Capuano thanked all the DMCC volunteers for all their efforts in helping organise the event for this weekend.
Quad event brings nation’s best