Ryan Kenney roars to Ravenswood Cup win

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Jack Bayne was the Bendigo Motorcycle Club's top placegetter in Sunday's Ravenswood Cup. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Jack Bayne was the Bendigo Motorcycle Club's top placegetter in Sunday's Ravenswood Cup. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

RYAN Kenney is celebrating after racing to victory in Sunday's 2016 version of the Ravenswood Cup.

The Melbourne rider topped a crack field of entrants to win the Bendigo Motorcycle Club's premier event.

About 150 riders and a big crowd made their way to the challenging Ravenswood circuit for two packed-days of practice and racing on the weekend.

Spectators were not left disappointed, with the feature event tossing up plent of fast-paced thrills and the odd spill.

But it was youngster Kenney on his KTM, who was able to master the circuit, taking out a thrilling victory ahead of fellow Melbourne rider Morgan Fogarty on a Honda.

Another Honda rider Steven Bowen, from Wallan, was third.

A large contingent of Bendigo club riders was headed by Jack Bayne on his KTM.

The Ravenswood Cup was the first run since 2014.

BMCC spokesperson Noel Clarke said feedback suggested both riders and spectators were glad to see the event's return.

"It was a great weekend, everything just went off really well," he said.

"There was a good crowd there, the racing was perfect.

"We had 150 riders, which was a good turnout.

"These kids are absolutely brilliant."

The race win was Kenney's first attempt at the Ravenswood Cup.

But the 17-year-old from Sunbury is no stranger to Bendigo having raced at the track three times this season.

He said he was made to work hard for the victory.

"I had to try (hard) for it," he said.

"It's a good track - technical as.

"I've been up to Bendigo about three times this year for their club days, so I obviously like getting back there when I can."

His win capped a successful year, with Kenney finishing second in the under-19 Victorian titles and second also in the B lights.

This year was his first as a senior rider.

After no event was run in 2015, Clarke said the club planned to return the Ravenswood Cup to an annual event.

The cup was the BMCC's last race-day event for the year.

Its presentation night will be held on November 26.

Bendigo's Jack Pfieffer won the two-stroke class. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Bendigo's Jack Pfieffer won the two-stroke class. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

Clarke said it had been a successful year for the club.

"Especially considering the weather - we've had a lot of date changes," he said.

"The last couple of months the weather has been against us.

"The club (race) days will start again about mid-April."

It was a big day for the Kenney family, with Ryan's younger brother Jackson winning the 65cc class.

Bendigo club rider Jake Pfieffer was also successful on the day, winning the two-stroke class.

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