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-- Anderson, Dale and Lamont win Wonthaggi round of Monster Energy MX
- Carlton Dry Honda Report
Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing celebrate dual round wins at Wonthaggi MX Nationals event.
After enduring a horror run at the second round of the MX Nationals, Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing silenced their critics today, demonstrating a complete turnaround in form at the third round of the series in Wonthaggi, Victoria.
Brad Anderson and Ford Dale both claimed their respective round wins, giving the factory Honda team its first ever dual-round victory.
In the opening 8-lap MX1 race, Anderson grabbed the holeshot and led from start to finish. The multiple British Motocross Champion was second in Moto 2 and put up a gallant fight to finish the final 16-lap contest third.
Anderson, who won the MX1 class ahead of Todd Waters and Lawson Bopping said he was relieved to finally come away with a round win.
“It is an outstanding result and a huge relief for me,” Anderson said. “It is about time I turned it around and showed the team what I am capable of.
“My start in the first race was good and I was able to maintain a comfortable lead. In the second race the dreaded arm pump came back and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to.
“I was really happy with my result in Race 3 especially given everything that happened. I got a bad start. I lost my tear offs early in the race then went down battling with Lawson (Bopping). To come through to third after all that is a good result,” Anderson continued.
Anderson sits second in the MX1 championship standings, 20 points behind series leader Josh Coppins.
Despite coming down with a bout of the flu, Ford Dale showed great maturity and courage to finish all three races in the top two.
Dale was second in the two 8-lap back-to-back races before taking a gutsy win in the final 16-lap moto.
“I have been fighting off the flu all week and it finally hit me today,” Dale explained.
“The first two races were pretty good, I got good starts and didn’t feel too bad. In the final 16-lap moto I knew I had to get out in front as quick as possible to try and pull a gap before fatigue set in.
“It was great to come away with the win, it is a well deserved reward for the team who have worked really hard to turn things around since the last event."
Today’s results see Dale add 69 points to his championship tally and move him to second in the standings, just 13 points behind series leader Luke Styke.
Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team Principal, Yarrive Konsky said he proud of the way the team pulled together after Coonabarabran.
“I am really proud of the whole team," Konsky said. “We completely turned things around today.
“After the disappointment of Coonabarabran we made a lot of changes including moving Lee Walker to the MX2 program while Ben Townley is out injured.
“Ben is still very much an integral part of Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing, he has been in constant communication with us this weekend and will continue to work with the team as we progress through the MX Nationals,” Konsky concluded.
The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team will have little time to reflect with Round 4 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals to be held at the AJS Motorcycle Club in Wanneroo, WA on May 12-13.
- Kawasaki Report
The 3rd round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Wonthaggi, Victoria didn’t yield the results Monster Energy Kawasaki was hoping for however Jay Marmont and Kade Mosig’s 7th place finishes in the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively keep their championship aspirations alive in a long 10 round series. Filling in for the injured Billy Mackenzie, Dylan Peterson enjoyed a successful debut with the team finishing 9th overall in the MX1 class.
Jay Marmont started extremely well on his KX450F in each of the three races at Wonthaggi and bagged the hole-shot in the second moto however it just wasn’t to be the reigning champion’s day with 6-6-7 results leaving him in 7th overall for the round. Although an off day at Wonthaggi struck a blow to Jay Marmont’s bid to earn his 5th consecutive Australian motocross championship crown, his consistency and ability to step up when it really matters means he can not be written off in a long 10 round series where 7 rounds remain and hundreds of points are still up for grabs.
A disappointed Jay Marmont say’s, “I’m in a hole at the moment and I need to dig my way out of it. We can only go up from here. I’m injury free and a lot of other guys out there have a lot worse problems than me. I’ve just got to go out there and have fun on my dirt bike again and enjoy myself next week and turn it around. The team’s been awesome, everybody’s trying really hard to get me up there and we’re not far away, there’s a race win around the corner”.
Tough starts put Kade Mosig on the back foot in each MX2 moto. Having to battle through the pack in each race, Mosig rode well to post 7-8-5 results for 7th place overall at Wonthaggi. With some good starts, Mosig’s current pace will get him back on the podium and further up the championship leader-board where he currently sits in 5th place.
Kade Mosig say’s, “First race, I got a good jump out of the gate then I came around the first turn and made a little mistake and dropped back then I mumbled the second start. It was sort of a tough day at the office but solid points so I can’t really complain. I know I’ve got the fitness, I know I’ve got the pace, there are just a few little things here and there I have to work on and I’ll get them.”
Dylan Peterson stepped confidently up to the plate at Wonthaggi to post outstanding results in his debut ride on Billy Mackenzie’s KX450F. Peterson didn’t get the best starts in each moto however he rode fast and consistently to post 9-10-9 results for 9th place overall. Peterson could’ve been placed even higher at day’s end if a small crash in the second moto didn’t cost him a possible top 5 finish.
Dylan Peterson was happy with his first outing with Monster Energy Kawasaki, saying, “I’m really pumped with this opportunity. I got some good results today but I really struggled off the starts but I came through. Mackenzie’s KX450F is awesome, it’s so quick. The bike’s running really good, it’s just perfect so a big thanks to my mechanic. I think I can build on these results at Perth and come out swinging”.
Queenslander Blake Colleton flew the flag for Kawasaki in the Rookie 85cc class at Wonthaggi. Blake rode his KX85 to the podium taking 2-4-2 for 3rd place overall.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager, Troy Carroll say’s, “It was a tough weekend but we learned a lot. Jay had an off day but we’ll work with him and he’ll be OK. We’ll fly to Perth early and do some prep there and he’ll bounce back next round. We had bad starts with Kade all day so we’ll send him home to practice a few things. Dylan was great, a fantastic ride for a privateer. From a Monster Energy Kawasaki point of view, we’re really happy that we gave a young guy like that the opportunity to show his true potential.”
“Things are getting better and better. The results aren’t showing it yet but they will”.
- CDR Yamaha Report
The CDR Yamaha team enjoyed another successful weekend with Lawson Bopping breaking through for his debut podium result for the team while Josh Coppins showed his experience and maturity in a typical performance from the gritty Kiwi as he maintains a 20 point lead at the top of the MX1 championship.
Wonthaggi, in Gippsland Victoria, hosted round three of the Monster Energy MX Nationals under clear skies and on a perfectly prepared racing surface. Both CDR riders raced with plenty of spirit and finished third and fourth for the round.
It only took three rounds for Lawson Bopping to stand on the podium with his new CDR Yamaha team. After showing plenty of speed at the opening two rounds, Bopping finally cashed in on his obvious talent with a third place finish for the round.
His race results of 2-3-6 totaled 57 points with each race filled with fast laps as he passed some of the most established names in Australian motocross in his charge forward. His good days’ work has also seen him move to fifth in the championship and just a hand full of points away from third.
“I’m pumped about today and really happy to stand on the podium for the first time with the CDR team. It’s been great working with the team and I feel we are all gelling well and its starting to show in the results.”
“I also enjoyed racing today as we had some great battles. I like being involved in good racing and it seemed like I was in a great battle every race, so that was cool,” Bopping ends.
Coppins went into the third round with a 24 point lead and despite not getting a podium position for the day, left relatively unscathed in the championship chase only dropping four points to his nearest rival. Coppins was always in the hunt during each of the three races but just couldn’t find that last one percent to get his way into the lead.
Still his 4-5-2 result were another consistent day at the office for the worldly experienced Coppins and sees him in good stead as the championship moves forward.
“It was just an okay day for me,” Coppins states at days’ end. “I was always thereabouts but never able to get myself to the front. But the day didn’t do too much damage in the championship although I do want to work on a couple of things prior to the next round.”
With his riders sitting first and fifth in the championship after three rounds, team owner Craig Dack is optimistic about things as the championship heads towards the half way mark.
“I’m really excited about Lawson getting his first podium for the team and we could see him building to it in the previous rounds. He has amazing raw speed and we are starting to harness it and turn it into results.”
“Josh continues to be the consummate professional and always grinds out good results, even when things aren’t going his way.”
“Both guys are perfectly placed at the moment and with some more testing lined up before we head into the sand of WA, I feel confident we can keep the momentum rolling.”
The championship now heads for the deep sands of Wanneroo, just north of Perth in two weeks time in what promises to be a huge round in shaping the battle for the MX1 championship.
- KTM Report
Victorian Josh Cachia has risen for his first podium of 2012 in the MX2 category of the MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship, at Wonthaggi in Victoria on Sunday.
The JDR/KTM Factory Racing rider scored a superb win to open his account for the weekend before sealing his spot on the rostrum with fourth and seventh place results in the proceeding motos. Cachia is now placed fourth in the series, again benefiting from fast starts as he has all season on the 250 SX-F.
“It was pretty interesting with close racing all day and the first race went well for me,” Cachia explained. “I was pretty stoked to come away with the win in that moto and I definitely can’t complain with that. I can’t thank the team enough because they’re like a second family to me and it makes it fun to come to the races.”
Wonthaggi wasn’t so kind to teammate Ryan Marmont, who had to settle for 12th overall after being ruled out of contention with a crash in the final moto. Marmont was transported to Dandenong Hospital for observation after suffering a concussion. Earlier he posted 8-10 results, now ranked 10th in the standings.
Lone JDR/KTM Factory Racing MX1 contender Dan Reardon finished 13th for the round on the 450 SX-F, struggling to gel with the circuit as he and the team continue to work toward improvement during the season. The former champion ended the round with a scorecard of 11-12-16 finishes.
New Zealand’s Kayne Lamont won his first ever round in the MX Development class aboard a 250 SX, racing to a consistent effort of 2-1-7 results and placing himself well in title contention.
“I’m really enjoying the new power of the two-stroke and it seems to get good starts – except for the last race,” Lamont said after switching from a four-stroke recently. “Qualifying went well for me and the first gate pick helped a lot.
“I had a moment in the first race and got up to second, then in race two I got the holeshot and won it. In the third moto I was 25th through the first turn and got back into the top 10, so it was a good result.”
Another KTM rider in Kale Makeham completed the top three for the weekend, while Choice Motorsports KTM’s Dylan Long retained the series lead with fourth overall. Making it five KTMs in the top 10 was Joel Milesevic in sixth.
GMR Motorex KTM rising star Egan Mastin finished third in the Rookie Lites ranks with two moto wins, while Reece Rayner finished seventh in the Rookie 85cc class. KTM’s Hunter Lawrence finished second in that same division.
- Serco Yamaha
Serco Yamaha / Metal Mulisha Racing’s Luke Styke has made it a hat trick of podium finishes in the opening three rounds after the Wonthaggi round of the 2012 MX Nationals was concluded over the weekend.
After a third and a win at the opening two rounds, Styke took over the points leaders red plate and headed into round three at Wonthaggi looking to keep the consistency rolling and the red plate in his possession.
Styke achieved both goals, taking second place for the round on the back of his 3-1-6 results and maintains a 23 point lead in the championship. The win in race two was undoubtedly the highlight of the day as Styke snatched the holeshot and broke clear of the pack to take a wire to wire win.
“Today was good. The first two races went well and I felt like I had the speed and fitness to get the job done, but my start in the last race wasn’t great so I just had to get as many points as possible. My plan is to be fast and consistent at every round and so far things are on track after the first three rounds,” Styke comments.
Team mate Kirk Gibbs faced some challenges at Wonthaggi but still managed to pull down sixth for the day. Gibbs found himself picking up his YZ250F more times than he would care to remember as small crashes proved costly. He rounded out the day with 5-13-4 results with the opening two motos both marred with falls.
Despite the tough day, Gibbs currently lies in third place in the championship and with seven rounds remaining there is plenty of time to launch an assault on the championship leaders as the MX2 class heads towards the business end of the season.
“It was a bit of a frustrating day where I made some small mistakes that cost me dearly. I would work my way into a reasonable position, only to fall and drop valuable points. I need to get that sorted ASAP,” said a disappointed Gibbs.
Gavin Eales, team owner of Serco Yamaha, was on hand at Wonthaggi and enjoyed his teams’ performance.
“Not many people in the pits would have thought Luke Styke would be winning this championship after three rounds and standing on the podium at every round. I’m impressed with his work ethic and determination and now he is adding consistency and a well thought-out plan to his racing and it’s showing in the results.
“Kirk just made some mistakes at crucial times. He is better than that and is disappointed but I expect him to bounce back strongly at the next couple of rounds and make it a tight three way battle for the championship,” Eales ends.
Monster Energy Australian MX Nationals 2012 -
RND 1 - KIWIS CONQUER CONONDALE
RND 2 - COPPINS WINS FOR NZ
RND 3 -
ANDERSON WINS WONTHAGGI
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