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Monson rules at Victorian championships

Mildura's Warren Monson has made it four straight Victorian Speedway Sidecar Championships titles with victory at Undera on Saturday night.

HANNAH DRISCOLL March 4, 2014 4:15am

Mildura rider Warren Monson won his fourth consecutive Victorian title at the Victorian Speedway Sidecar Championships at Undera on Saturday night.

Monson won the main race ahead of Shane Hudson, who recently came third in the NSW championship and is ranked second in Victoria, and another brother and sister team from the neighbouring state.

The highest-placed district finisher was Shepparton’s Jayson ‘‘Squirrel’’ Trewin, who finished fourth, but as the second-highest ranked Victorian he and his passenger in the final, Melburnian Jack Nills, qualified with Monson for the Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship at Loxford Park later this month.

Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club secretary and Undera track co-ordinator Alan Jones said Monson was the only person to have won four straight with the later model bike.

‘‘He’s in elite status now, so he was very happy about that,’’ Jones said.

‘‘He had to work hard for it. They were very close and there was a fair bit of paint-on-paint at times and the track was very good, it enabled them to race side by side all around the track so it was really good.’’

This was the first time Trewin had qualified for nationals and he said he was excited about what was to come.

‘‘It’s great for the team because Scott Munro, my sponsor ... he’s put a lot of time, effort and money into the sport. It’s good to start to see results,’’ Trewin said.

‘‘We’re pretty happy with the team, so that’s the main thing.’’

Trewin started the night with his regular passenger Jake French, but French was later replaced by Nills because muscle cramps meant he was unable to hang on as required.

Trewin said it was disappointing French would not be there alongside him at the nationals.

‘‘We were on top where we had to be and it’s a bit of a shame, but I think he is going to retire now,’’ he said.

Trewin thanked the Undera crew, including Jones, for their work hosting the night.

Jones said there was an incident in one of the races when a bike caught fire, but it was an electrical fire which was quickly controlled.

Jackson Barbary and Josh Malik were the winners of the Andrew Cleave Cup junior sidecar event, from Isiah Hartley and James Davies and Talysha Dawson and Chealah Dawson.

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