2018 MX Nationals – Round Nine – Gladstone

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CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team’s Dean Ferris has successfully defended his Thor MX1 title with yet another dominant display of racing at the ninth round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals at Gladstone, Queensland, today.

Ferris wrapped up the 2018 championship with victory in the opening moto in Gladstone and went onto complete yet another double victory.

Penrite Honda Racing’s Brett Metcalfe finished the day second overall and Davey Motorsports Husqvarna rookie Caleb Ward filled the round podium.


MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxDespite carrying a 106-point lead into Gladstone, Ferris proved from the outset he meant business.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxHe topped the qualifying sheets, then quickly took command of the opening race, eventually leading a hard-charging Metcalfe across the line by 3.2s and wrapped up the championship with three races in hand.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mx Ferris MetcalfeRaceline Pirelli KTM’s Mitch Evans finished a comfortable third, followed by Ward and Ferris’ CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team comrade Dylan Long.

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Moto one victory saw Dean Ferris wrap up the MX Nationals title a round early

In the second Thor MX1 outing, Ferris continued to pour salt on the wounds of his rivals by grabbing the holeshot and leading wire-to-wire.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxCaleb Ward was a career-best second at his home race ahead of Brett Metcalfe but on the overall results Metcalfe bested Ward by two-points to take second for the round.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxThe battle for the championship win is over though, Dean Ferris a deserved champion after a season that saw the 27-year-old dominate in an amazing fashion.

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Dean Ferris celebrates with CDR Yamaha boss Craig Dack

Ferris’ win record this season has seen him victorious 14 times out of the 18 races held thus far this season. His poorest result has been second place, and he suffered that relative indignation only four times.

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Dean Ferris – 2018 – MX Nationals MX1 Champion

KTM’s Mitch Evans is now second in the championship but there is only nine-points separating him from fellow KTM rider Luke Clout.

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Dean Ferris – 2018 – MX Nationals MX1 Champion

Brett Metcalfe’s improving late season form has seen him move up to equal fourth with Yamaha’s Dylan Long and with his Gladstone podium Caleb Ward is only a single point off that duo.

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Dean Ferris – 2018 – MX Nationals MX1 Champion

Gladstone MX1 Results

1. Dean Ferris (Yamaha) 70
2. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 62
3. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 60
4. Mitch Evans (KTM) 58
5. Dylan Long (Yamaha) 52
6. Luke Clout (KTM) 48
7. Callum Norton (Husqvarna) 48
8. Zak Small (Husqvarna) 45
9. Joben Baldwin (Yamaha) 42
10. Charlie Creech (Honda) 40

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Gladstone MX1 Results
1. Dean Ferris (Yamaha) 70
2. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 62

Thor MX1 Championship Standings

  1. Dean Ferris 629
  2. Mitch Evans 507
  3. Luke Clout 498
  4. Dylan Long 454
  5. Brett Metcalfe 454
  6. Caleb Ward 444
  7. Rhys Carter 417
  8. Joel Wightman 337
  9. Kade Mosig 321
  10. Zak Small 311

MX2

Consistency rewards Jay Wilson in Pirelli MX2

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxYamalube Yamaha Racing’s former MX2 champion Jay Wilson broke through for his first round Pirelli MX2 round win since 2015 with an inspired ride around the Gladstone circuit in the Pirelli MX Nationals.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxWilson made the most of a consistent day of racing to stand atop the podium, flanked by both race winners, Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) and Wilson Todd (Serco Yamaha) after another round of scintillating racing.

In the opening MX2 race, championship leader Todd leapt to the front of the pack and led the field through the first handful of corners, before going down and having to muster a come-from-behind attack on his way to sixth.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxHarwood was the ultimate benefactor from Todd’s misfortune as he raced to a 2.3s lead over Aaron Tanti (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) while Jay Wilson claimed third.

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Hamish Harwood victorious in the opening MX2 Moto

Wilson’s Yamalube Yamaha Racing team-mate Richie Evans finished fourth and DPH Husqvarna pilot Dylan Wills fifth.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxTodd made amends in the second MX2 moto by leading from gate-drop to chequered flag, but was kept honest all race by Wilson, with just 1.5s separating them at the finish-line.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxKyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) finished a distant third, ahead of Tanti and Harwood.

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Wilson Todd

Wilson Todd extended his championship lead to 57-points over Tanti while Hamish Harwood strengthened his hold on third overall with his strong showing in Gladstone.

Gladstone Results

1. Jay Wilson (Yamaha) 62
2. Hamish Harwood (KTM) 61
3. Wilson Todd (Yamaha) 60
4. Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 60
5. Richie Evans (Yamaha) 53
6. Cody Dyce (Yamaha) 46
7. Jy Roberts (Husqvarna) 45
8. Jayden Rykers (KTM) 43
9. Kyle Webster (Honda) 42
10. Ricky Latimer (Honda) 42

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Gladstone Results
1. Jay Wilson (Yamaha) 62
2. Hamish Harwood (KTM) 61
3. Wilson Todd (Yamaha) 60

Pirelli MX2 Championship Points

  1. Wilson Todd 558
  2. Aaron Tanti 501
  3. Hamish Harwood 498
  4. Dylan Wills 457
  5. Jay Wilson 452
  6. Jy Roberts 390
  7. Kale Makeham 380
  8. Kyle Webster 369
  9. Cody Dyce 313
  10. Egan Mastin 308

MXD

Malkiewicz widens the Motul MXD points gap

Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha’s Bailey Malkiewicz has put daylight between himself and the rest of the Motul MXD field after an eventful day at Gladstone’s penultimate round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals championship.

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Bailey Malkiewicz

Malkiewicz put in one of his best rides this year on his way to a double-race win, while Jayce Cosford (Yamaha) and Riley Dukes (Husqvarna) rounded out the podium.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxdIn the day’s first Motul MXD race Dukes took command of the race, before a mistake with three laps to go let Malkiewicz by and eventually finish with a very comfortable 22.2s buffer over Dukes.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxdCosford finished the opening race a lonely third, with John Bova (KTM) fourth and Brodie Ellis (Yamaha) in fifth.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone mxdThe second MXD moto was a tighter affair, with Malkiewicz coming from sixth place on the opening lap to hunt down race leader Rhys Budd (Honda) mid-way through the race.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxdHe eventually led team-mate Hugh McKay across the line by 4.2s, with Budd in third.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxdCosford completed the moto in fourth and Bova fifth.

MX Nationals Rnd Gladstone moto mxdThings are tight at the top on the championship points standings. Bailey’s win promotes him in to the series lead with a buffer of only five-points over Hugh McKay.

MXD Gladstone Results

1. Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha) 70
2. Jayce Cosford (Yamaha) 58
3. Riley Dukes (Husqvarna) 57
4. Rhys Budd (Honda) 54
5. John Bova (KTM) 54
6. Hugh McKay (Yamaha) 51
7. Maximus Purvis (Yamaha) 48
8. Brodie Ellis (Yamaha)
9. Liam Walsh (KTM) 42
10. Mason Rowe (KTM) 42

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MXD Gladstone Results
1. Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha) 70
2. Jayce Cosford (Yamaha) 58
3. Riley Dukes (Husqvarna) 57

Motul MXD Championship Points

  1. Bailey Malkiewicz 458
  2. Hugh Mckay 453
  3. Riley Dukes 444
  4. Maximus Purvis 440
  5. Brodie Ellis 411
  6. Rhys Budd 376
  7. Jye Dickson 351
  8. Morgan Fogarty 348
  9. Mason Rowe 341
  10. Jake Williams 294

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Yamaha 125cc Juniors

An eventful day of racing in the Yamaha 125cc Juniors at Gladstone’s Pirelli MX Nationals saw Queenslander Levi Rogers (GYTR Yamaha) wrap up a perfect day for the manufacturer, while KTM Junior Motocross Racing Team’s Blake Fox claimed the title.

Rogers posted a 2-1 race result to beat Fox and Corben Weinert (Husqvarna) to the top of the podium, in what marked the final round of the junior two-stroke division.

Fox took control of the opening race from the start and was never headed, eventually beating Rogers by 4.4 seconds, with Weinert a further five seconds adrift. Alex Larwood (Yamaha) and Ricky Chalmers (KTM) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In the final race of the day it was again Fox who led the field through for much of the moto, but a costly error on the penultimate lap saw Rogers pounce and take the race and round victory.

Regan Duffy (KTM Junior Motocross Racing Team) finished 4.6 seconds behind, with Fox third, Weinert fourth and Chalmers fifth.

Gladstone Results

1. Levi Rogers (Yamaha) 67
2. Blake Fox (KTM) 65
3. Corben Weinert (Husqvarna) 58
4. Alex Larwood (Yamaha) 53
5. Ricky Chalmers (KTM) 52
6. Luke Bray (Husqvrana) 49
7. Sam Brims (KTM) 47
8. Regan Duffy (KTM) 32

Yamaha 125cc Juniors Points

  1. Regan Duffy 140
  2. Blake Fox 117
  3. Liam Andrews 116
  4. Korey McMahon 106
  5. Corben Weinert 89
  6. Riley Findlay 89
  7. Noah Ferguson 88
  8. Zack Wright 85
  9. Levi Rogers 83
  10. Jai Walker 82

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The final round of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals will be held at Coolum, Queensland next weekend, on 11-12 August.

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