2019 MX Nationals
Round 4 & 5 – Murray Bridge


In 2018 Dean Ferris won all ten rounds on his way to his third Australian Motocross Championship, his third in as many years, but it hasn’t been without challenges.

Over the summer Ferris had been concentrating on regaining his fitness after a big crash at the Jimboomba Supercross last September, ahead of what was to be a big 2019 among the ranks of the American AMA Motocross Championships but that now seems to be up in the air somewhat.

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge Dean Ferris
Dean Ferris

The 28-year-old professional motocross rider was recently called up to replace the injured Romain Febvre in the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, but Ferris also picked up an injury while in Europe standing in for Febvre.

After not contesting the opening three rounds of the Australian MX Nationals, Ferris recently teamed up with Raceline KTM and fronted the start gates at the Murray Bridge double-header weekend. Obviously all eyes were on the kid from Kyogle to see if the magic was still there…

As it turned out, it was, with Dean Ferris dominating the opening proceedings on Saturday’s Round 4, before Luke Clout and Todd Waters took his measure and took the Round 5 wins, with Ferris coming home fourth.

In MX2 Kyle Webster dominated, with only Wilson Todd snatching a-piece win a-piece on Saturday and Sunday, and retaining his championship lead by 23-points. Webster meanwhile closed the gap by 22-points.

Regan Duffy and Maximum Purvis fought it out to take a round win a-piece in MXD, while no one came close to Meghan Rutledge in the MXW class.


Thor MX1

The Thor MX1 class roared into life Saturday morning, with the day’s competition consisting of practise/qualifying and a two moto format, where Ferris answered that question resoundingly on after winning both Motos.

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge Kirk Gibbs
Kirk Gibbs

Sunday would see the Thor MX1 class challenged with the three moto format, consisting of practice/qualifying in the morning followed by two back to back gruelling motos then a traditional moto in the afternoon, with Sunday proving not quite as fruitful for Ferris, as Luke Clout and Todd Waters got the better of him to take the round five race victories.

Waters was disappointed in himself after only managing 6-4 results on Saturday but came good on Sunday to take victory in the final moto of the weekend.

Jayden Rykers and Hayden Mellross also scored podium finishes across the weekend.

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Hayden Mellross

Lawson Bopping took 11th overall on Saturday, qualifying for Super Pole in fifth position, then recording 8-15 finishes, and improved on Sunday to take eighth in the combined sprints, with ninth in moto 3 for ninth overall.

Lawson Bopping

“It was a big weekend with two rounds of racing. I’d worked hard coming into here and was happy to put it into Super Pole on Saturday, but the motos were difficult – my arms couldn’t hang onto the handlebars and it caused me to fade. It was frustrating because the team and KX450 are so good. I didn’t qualify as strongly on Sunday, but the sprint motos were decent and I felt as though I had a bit of fight in me. The last moto was great as well for the most part, although I slowed up right at the end and a few guys got me. Anyway, it was great and I’ve enjoyed it a lot.”

Dylan Long also returned to the MX1 class, with a 10-9 result on Saturday for eighth overall, while taking 11th on Sunday thanks to a 8-11-12 scorecard.

Dylan Long

“I wasn’t super-happy with my riding on either day, but I got into a bit of a flow at stages. I just haven’t had enough bike time, so I tightened up in almost every single race. It’s good to have a break now, but we’ll come back strong and ready. The KX450 was good, I’m happy enough and can work from this.”

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge MX Rnd Podium
MX1 Round 4 Overall Podium – 1) Ferris, 2) Clout, 3) Mellross

Luke Clout leaves South Australia with the Thor MX1 Championship lead and red plate but things are very tight at the top with only ten-points covering the top three in the series. Yamaha’s Clout on 275-points, Hayden Mellross on 271-points and Todd Waters on 265-points.

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge MX Rnd Podium
MX1 Round 5 Overall Podium – 1) Waters, 2) Clout, 3) Mellross

Dean Ferris also rocketed up through the standings to 124-points after a single race meet, taking a win on Saturday’s Round 4, and fourth overall in Sunday’s Round 5.

Thor MX1 Round 4 Results

Moto 1

  1. Dean Ferris 29:27.360
  2. Kirk Gibbs +13.226
  3. Jayden Rykers +22.125
  4. Hayden Mellross +41.122
  5. Luke Clout +44.550

Moto 2

  1. Dean Ferris 29:27.621
  2. Luke Clout +3.573
  3. Hayden Mellross +8.187
  4. Todd Waters +15.901
  5. Jayden Rykers +44.930 18
MX1 Round 4 Overall

  1. Dean Ferris 70
  2. Luke Clout 58
  3. Hayden Mellross 58
  4. Jayden Rykers 56
  5. Todd Waters 53

Thor MX1 Round 5
Moto 1
  1. Luke Clout 14:27.461
  2. Todd Waters +0.950
  3. Hayden Mellross +0.984
  4. Dean Ferris +14.501
  5. Justin Rodbell +16.397
Moto 2
  1. Luke Clout 14:29.471
  2. Todd Waters +0.803
  3. Hayden Mellross +6.251
  4. Justin Rodbell +14.688
  5. Dean Ferris +15.735
Moto 3
  1. Todd Waters 29:53.257
  2. Luke Clout +1.485
  3. Hayden Mellross +2.118
  4. Dean Ferris +26.236
  5. Richie Evans +36.303 18

Round 5 Overall

  1. Todd Waters 67
  2. Luke Clout 67
  3. Hayden Mellross 60
  4. Dean Ferris 54
  5. Justin Rodbell 53

Thor MX1 Standings

  1. Luke Clout 275
  2. Hayden Mellross 271
  3. Todd Waters 265
  4. Justin Rodbell 210
  5. Jayden Rykers 207
  6. Erki Kahro 190
  7. Brett Metcalfe 181
  8. Kirk Gibbs 179
  9. Richie Evans 174
  10. Jesse Dobson 173

Pirelli MX2

The Pirelli MX2 class was also put to work across Saturday with the three moto format, consisting of two back to back gruelling motos then a traditional moto in the afternoon.

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Pirelli MX2

Sunday in contrast went back to the more traditional format with practice/qualifying in the morning and a two moto format throughout the day.

Kyle Webster won the opening bouts on Saturday before Wilson Todd managed to get the better of him in the third moto.

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge MX Rnd Podium
MX2 Round 4 Overall Podium – 1) Webster, 2) Wilson, 3) Todd

The pair also shared the wins on Sunday and are 1-2 in the championship chase, Todd on 283-points while Webster moved up to second place on 260-points which pushed Jay Wilson back to third on 258-points.

MX2 Round 4 Results

Moto 1

  1. Kyle Webster 12:38.018
  2. Jay Wilson +1.848
  3. Bailey Malkiewicz +28.008
  4. Kaleb Barham +34.951
  5. Wilson Todd +36.087

Moto 2

  1. Kyle Webster 12:50.635
  2. Jay Wilson +15.975
  3. Kaleb Barham +21.932
  4. Dylan Wills +23.633
  5. Wilson Todd +23.759

Moto 3

  1. Wilson Todd 17:52.330
  2. Kyle Webster +0.324
  3. Jay Wilson +5.699
  4. Dylan Wills +28.302
  5. Riley Dukes +30.887

Round 4 Overall

  1. Kyle Webster 67
  2. Jay Wilson 62
  3. Wilson Todd 61
  4. Dylan Wills 53
  5. Kaleb Barham 53

MX2 Round 5 Results

Moto 1

  1. Kyle Webster 29:51.760
  2. Bailey Malkiewicz +9.997
  3. Jay Wilson +13.454
  4. Aaron Tanti +27.971
  5. Riley Dukes +32.367

Moto 2

  1. Wilson Todd 18:05.938
  2. Kyle Webster +4.790
  3. Nathan Crawford +6.648
  4. Aaron Tanti +20.034
  5. Bailey Malkiewicz +29.871
Round 5 Overall

  1. Kyle Webster 67
  2. Bailey Malkiewicz 58
  3. Aaron Tanti 56
  4. Jay Wilson 54
  5. Wilson Todd 52
MXN Rnd Murray Bridge MX Rnd Podium
MX2 Round 5 Overall Podium – 1) Webster, 2) Malkiewicz, 3) Tanti

Pirelli MX2 Standings

  1. Wilson Todd 283
  2. Kyle Webster 260
  3. Jay Wilson 258
  4. Nathan Crawford 212
  5. Aaron Tanti 212
  6. Dylan Wills 206
  7. Riley Dukes 202
  8. Bailey Malkiewicz 198
  9. Jye Dickson 188
  10. Cooper Pozniak 184

Motul MXD

The Motul MXD class again was one not to be missed with plenty of action across both days and all four motos, where Max Purvis and Regan Duffy shared the winners spoils.

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Regan Duffy

Regan Duffy leads the series on 289-points while good points hauls across both on Saturday, and Sunday saw Purvis move past Rhys Budd to take second place in the Motul sponsored championship.

MXN Rnd Murray Bridge MXD Rnd Podium
MXD Round 5 Overall Podium – 1) Maximus Purvis, 2) Regan Duffy, 3) Rhys Budd

Riding in MXD on-board the KX250, Deakin Hellier put in a major effort for 24th overall on Saturday and a much-improved 15th on Sunday. Hellier’s best ride came in moto one on Sunday, charging to a confidence-boosting ninth-place.

Deakin Hellier

“I’ve showed my best sides and also my worst sides this weekend, so it was a bit of an up and down one. That first moto on Sunday was where I feel I should be, so I’m ready to keep trying and look forward to round six already! I just need to find some consistency from here.”

Motul MXD Round 4 Results

Moto 1

  1. Maximus Purvis 18:02.394
  2. Brodie Ellis +6.161
  3. Regan Duffy +6.769
  4. Rhys Budd +7.740
  5. Jack Kukas +29.674

Moto 2

  1. Regan Duffy 18:08.279
  2. Maximus Purvis +5.044
  3. Rhys Budd +15.883
  4. Mason Semmens +20.659
  5. Jack Kukas +30.096
MXD Round 4 Overall

  1. Maximus Purvis 67
  2. Regan Duffy 65
  3. Rhys Budd 58
  4. Brodie Ellis 57
  5. Jack Kukas 52

Motul MXD Round 5 Results

Moto 1

  1. Maximus Purvis 18:17.157
  2. Regan Duffy +2.078
  3. Jack Kukas +28.443
  4. Mason Rowe +28.950
  5. Brodie Ellis +42.715

Moto 2

  1. Regan Duffy 18:32.296
  2. Mason Rowe +3.568
  3. Maximus Purvis +3.883
  4. Rhys Budd +9.635
  5. Tye Jones +12.277
Round 5 Overall

  1. Regan Duffy 67
  2. Maximus Purvis 65
  3. Mason Rowe 60
  4. Brodie Ellis 51
  5. Noah Ferguson 49

Motul MXD Standings

  1. Regan Duffy 289
  2. Maximus Purvis 272
  3. Rhys Budd 257
  4. Brodie Ellis 218
  5. Mason Rowe 207
  6. Jack Kukas 200
  7. Noah Ferguson 197
  8. Jai Walker 181
  9. Liam Walsh 179
  10. Jayce Cosford 178

WMX

Murray Bridge  marked Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2019 Australian MXW championship for women racers, in which Kawasaki Motors Australia-supported Meghan Rutledge dominated to win all four motos contested. Rutledge’s perfect score sees her build an 18-point advantage in the series.

Meghan Rutledge dominated ahead of Maddy Brown and Jessica Moore also scoring podium positions. Emma Melisevich joining the podium on Sunday morning.

Rutledge leads the YMF Australian MXW Championship on 140-points while Jessica Moore and Maddy Brown are equal second on 122-points.

MX Womens Round 4 Results

Moto 1

  1. Meghan Rutledge 14:15.138
  2. Jessica Moore +9.023
  3. Maddy Brown +22.068
  4. Emma Milesevic +33.206
  5. Kara Cats +1:02.309

Moto 2

  1. Meghan Rutledge 14:18.572
  2. Maddy Brown +11.431
  3. Jessica Moore +19.524
  4. Emma Milesevic +59.361
  5. Roma Edwards +1:06.170
WMX Round 4 Overall

  1. Meghan Rutledge 70
  2. Maddy Brown 62
  3. Jessica Moore 62
  4. Emma Milesevic 56
  5. Kara Cats 51

MX Womens Round 5 Results

Moto 1

  1. Meghan Rutledge 14:19.659
  2. Emma Milesevic +9.321
  3. Maddy Brown +12.495
  4. Jessica Moore +17.876
  5. Kara Cats +1:10.759

Moto 2

  1. Meghan Rutledge 14:40.279
  2. Jessica Moore +7.948
  3. Maddy Brown +9.782
  4. Emma Milesevic +11.829
  5. Roma Edwards +58.677
WMX Round 5 Overall

  1. Meghan Rutledge 70
  2. Jessica Moore 60
  3. Maddy Brown 60
  4. Emma Milesevic 60
  5. Roma Edwards 51

WMX Standings

  1. Meghan Rutledge 140
  2. Jessica Moore 122
  3. Maddy Brown 122
  4. Emma Milesevic 116
  5. Kara Cats 102

The 2019 MX Nationals championship will take its annual mid-season break now, with round six set for Gympie, Queensland, on 23 June.

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