2019 Pirelli MX Nationals

Round Eight – Moree

Images by Bella Maurer

Thor MX1 Report

Kirk Gibbs won Superpole ahead of the opening MX1 moto but due to incidents in the previous MXD moto, riders were pulled back from the gates as organisers chose to instead delay the start of the MX1 moto and head to an early lunch break instead.

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MX1 450 Start – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Hayden Mellross carried some injuries into the opening MX1 moto and it was clear from the outset that those knee problems were causing him issues, and likely ruining his championship chances. Heading to Moree Luke Clout held an 11-point lead over Mellross, who in-turn had three-points over Todd Waters.

Kirk Gibbs had been effectively ruled out of the championship chase due to his problems earlier in the season but that had not dented any of his drive for race wins.  A much better middle part of the season has pushed Gibbs forward into fourth place but it would still take not only amazing rides for Gibbs over the remaining races of the season, but probably also some significant misfortunes for the leading trio, for the rider to improve on that placing.

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Kirk Gibbs – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Once racing recommenced, Gibbs capitalised on his pole position to break away to an early lead over Todd Waters and that pair quickly started to march away from third placed Brett Metcalfe and Dylan Long. The order remained static until late in the race when Waters squeezed past Gibbs and then pulled away to take a clear victory.

What unfolded ahead of the next race for the premier classes was something we saw once before at a road race meeting. The rough Moree circuit had taken its toll, with 12 riders already sent off to the local hospital, which saw the hospital administration declare that they were not in a position to take any more urgent patients. 

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MX1 450 Podium – 1) Todd Waters, 2) Kirk Gibbs, 3) Brett Metcalfe – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Thus organisers were left no choice but to call it a day, and Todd Waters will take the red plate to the championship finale, with a two-point buffer over Luke Clout. 

As it stands Todd Waters leads Luke Clout in the Thor MX1 class on 422-points to 420, with Hayden Mellross a further 12-points behind Clout on 408. Kirk Gibbs is a distant fourth with a 61-point gap to third placed Mellross, while Brett Metcalfe holds fifth on 323-points.

The 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals will reconvene next weekend at Coolum for the final double-header round that will decide who will wear the championship crowns, with Waters, Clout and Mellross all in the mix, with Kirk Gibbs holding an outside chance of breaking into the top three. 

Thor MX1 Results

Pos Rider Diff
1 Todd Waters 0.000
2 Kirk Gibbs 5.015
3 Brett Metcalfe 17.181
4 Dylan Long 19.51
5 Richie Evans 33.142
6 Caleb Ward 35.974
7 Connor Tierney 45.739
8 Justin Rodbell 01:02.0
9 Luke Clout 01:02.4
10 Lawson Bopping 01:37.1
11 Hayden Mellross 01:41.0
12 Jesse Dobson 01:48.8
13 Zak Small 01:53.8
14 Joel Wightman 02:00.9
15 Cody Dyce 02:04.4
16 Ryan Gaylor 1 lap
17 Charlie Creech 1 lap
18 Levi McManus 1 lap
19 Nic Frayne 1 lap
20 Jamie Harvey 2 laps
21 Daniel Webber 2 laps
DNF Dylan Wood
DNF Jayden Rykers
Pos Rider Diff
1 Todd Waters 35
2 Kirk Gibbs 32
3 Brett Metcalfe 30
4 Dylan Long 28
5 Richie Evans 26
6 Caleb Ward 25
7 Connor Tierney 24
8 Justin Rodbell 23
9 Luke Clout 22
10 Lawson Bopping 21
11 Hayden Mellross 20
12 Jesse Dobson 19
13 Zak Small 18
14 Joel Wightman 17
15 Cody Dyce 16
16 Ryan Gaylor 15
17 Charlie Creech 14
18 Levi McManus 13
19 Nic Frayne 12
20 Jamie Harvey 11
21 Daniel Webber 10
22 Jayden Rykers
23 Dylan Wood

 

Pos Rider Total
1 Todd Waters 422
2 Luke Clout 420
3 Hayden Mellross 408
4 Kirk Gibbs 347
5 Brett Metcalfe 323
6 Justin Rodbell 310
7 Jayden Rykers 300
8 Richie Evans 284
9 Jesse Dobson 277
10 Lawson Bopping 236
11 Zak Small 224
12 Joel Wightman 218
13 Dylan Long 204
14 Cody Dyce 199
15 Charlie Creech 196
16 Joben Baldwin 193
17 Erki Kahro 190
18 Levi McManus 179
19 Caleb Ward 152
20 Ryan Gaylor 142
21 Tomas Ravenhorst 140
22 Dean Ferris 128
23 Dylan Wood 116
24 Lachlan Davis 112
25 Connor Tierney 109
26 Ryan Shadbolt 105
27 John Prutti 78
28 Nic Frayne 70
29 Daniel Webber 46
30 Matthew Parkinson 45
31 Brandon Gray 45
32 Daniel Milner 43
33 Daniel Sanders 40
34 Jamie Harvey 40
35 Izak Maule 38
36 Ryan Findanis 35
37 Rory Mckercher 34
38 Daniel Banks 24
39 Zac Towill 20
40 Jesse Bishop 19
41 Jonty Jones 17
42 Bryson Cherrett 14
43 Colby Campbell 14
44 JOEL CIGLIANO 12
45 Lachlan Holroyd 8
46 Mitch Norris 7
47 Wade Irwin 6
48 Jake De Zwart 6
49 Thomas Hill 6
50 Max Francis 6
51 Bryson Cherrett 4
52 Alistair Lewis 4
53 Harley Bodger 3
54 Brendon Riley 2

Pirelli MX2 Report

Jay Wilson and Wilson Todd clashed in the opening moto which cost both dearly in the short back-to-back format, with Jay Wilson only managing to salvage 12th place, while championship leader Wilson Todd rescued a seventh.

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Pirelli MX2 250 Start – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Davey Motorsports KTM rider Dylan Wills dominated the moto despite a concerted attack over the final laps that saw Nathan Crawford march forward past Aaron Tanti and then Isaac Ferguson move up into second place. Wills though held on for the win with Crawford second, while Isaac Ferguson rounded out the podium.

Joel Evans scored the holeshot when action got back underway after their short break but Wilson Todd was determined to make amends for his seventh place in the opening bout and was quickly through to the lead.

Nathan Crawford rapidly moved through to second place and Jay Wilson moved up to third ahead of Luke Reardon and Aaron Tanti. As the race started to shake out, the one man moving forward to further shake things up again was moto one victor Dylan Wills.

Moto one podium-getter Isaac Ferguson exited the race with five laps to go after going down in a massive tumble.

A lap later Nathan Crawford made his first challenge for the lead on Wilson Todd, while a more aggressive move a couple of turns later saw Crawford move through to the lead. Jay Wilson then also moved forward to challenge and was now the new fastest man on track.

Nathan Crawford was the clear victor in the final moto over Wilson Todd with Jay Wilson ahead of Aaron Tanti and Dylan Wills.

On combined results from the two back-to-back motos it was Nathan Crawford the overall victor ahead of Dylan Wills and Wilson Todd. And with the early call on proceedings that also, of course, made Nathan Crawford the round winner. 

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Dylan Willis – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Wilson Todd may have been regulated to third overall after the combined moto result, however he continues to hold the championship lead into the final, on 427-points to second placed’s Kyle Webster on 406. Jay Wilson completes the top three six-points back from Webster on 403, with Nathan Crawford (374) and Aaron Tanti (356) completing the top five.

With the season final double-header at Coolum looming, it’s still anyone’s game in the Pirelli MX2 class. 

Pirelli MX2 Results

Pos Laps Diff
1 Dylan Wills 0
2 Nathan Crawford 1.558
3 Isaac Ferguson 2.496
4 Aaron Tanti 13.781
5 Joel Evans 22.44
6 Luke Reardon 24.968
7 Wilson Todd 33.828
8 Cooper Pozniak 37.15
9 Morgan Fogarty 39.027
10 Riley Ward 40.594
11 Lochie Latimer 42.05
12 Jay Wilson 44.397
13 Kyle Webster 52.324
14 Tom Jones 55.973
15 Ricky Latimer 56.712
16 Joel Green 01:01.5
17 Bailey Malkiewicz 01:16.0
18 Tomas Ravenhorst 01:25.3
19 Riley Stephens 01:30.6
20 Jack O’Callaghan 01:39.1
21 Chandler Burns 01:41.7
22 Jai Constantinou 01:44.9
23 Shannon Moore 01:52.3
24 Zhane Dunlop 01:54.0
25 Dylan Marchand 01:55.1
26 Ashley Schuuring 1 lap
27 Trent Loder 1 lap
Pos Laps Diff
1 Nathan Crawford 0
2 Wilson Todd 3.97
3 Jay Wilson 4.958
4 Aaron Tanti 6.268
5 Dylan Wills 10.157
6 Kyle Webster 24.456
7 Bailey Malkiewicz 38.705
8 Joel Evans 43.379
9 Cooper Pozniak 50.442
10 Riley Ward 51.126
11 Luke Reardon 53.54
12 Tomas Ravenhorst 59.206
13 Joel Green 01:07.2
14 Ricky Latimer 01:08.7
15 Tom Jones 01:11.2
16 Dylan Marchand 01:14.8
17 Lochie Latimer 01:28.2
18 Chandler Burns 01:44.0
19 Jack O’Callaghan 01:45.4
20 Trent Loder 01:54.2
21 Shannon Moore 02:02.8
22 Zhane Dunlop 1 lap
23 Ashley Schuuring 1 lap
DNF Morgan Fogarty 0
DNF Isaac Ferguson 0
DNF Jai Constantinou 0
DNS Riley Stephens 0
Pos Rider M1 M2 Total
1 Nathan Crawford 32 35 67
2 Dylan Wills 35 26 61
3 Wilson Todd 24 32 56
4 Aaron Tanti 28 28 56
5 Jay Wilson 19 30 49
6 Joel Evans 26 23 49
7 Cooper Pozniak 23 22 45
8 Luke Reardon 25 20 45
9 Kyle Webster 18 25 43
10 Riley Ward 21 21 42
11 Bailey Malkiewicz 14 24 38
12 Lochie Latimer 20 14 34
13 Joel Green 15 18 33
14 Ricky Latimer 16 17 33
15 Tom Jones 17 16 33
16 Tomas Ravenhorst 13 19 32
17 Isaac Ferguson 30 30
18 Chandler Burns 10 13 23
19 Jack O’Callaghan 11 12 23
20 Morgan Fogarty 22 22
21 Dylan Marchand 6 15 21
22 Shannon Moore 8 10 18
23 Zhane Dunlop 7 9 16
24 Trent Loder 4 11 15
25 Ashley Schuuring 5 8 13
26 Riley Stephens 12 12
27 Jai Constantinou 9 9
Pos Rider Total
1 Nathan Crawford 35
2 Dylan Wills 32
3 Wilson Todd 30
4 Aaron Tanti 28
5 Jay Wilson 26
6 Joel Evans 25
7 Cooper Pozniak 24
8 Luke Reardon 23
9 Kyle Webster 22
10 Riley Ward 21
11 Bailey Malkiewicz 20
12 Lochie Latimer 19
13 Joel Green 18
14 Ricky Latimer 17
15 Tom Jones 16
16 Tomas Ravenhorst 15
17 Isaac Ferguson 14
18 Chandler Burns 13
19 Jack O’Callaghan 12
20 Morgan Fogarty 11
21 Dylan Marchand 10
22 Shannon Moore 9
23 Zhane Dunlop 8
24 Trent Loder 7
25 Ashley Schuuring 6
26 Riley Stephens 5
27 Jai Constantinou 4
Pos Rider Total
1 Wilson Todd 427
2 Kyle Webster 409
3 Jay Wilson 403
4 Nathan Crawford 374
5 Aaron Tanti 356
6 Dylan Wills 336
7 Bailey Malkiewicz 300
8 Cooper Pozniak 273
9 Ricky Latimer 269
10 Morgan Fogarty 254
11 Isaac Ferguson 248
12 Joel Evans 245
13 Joel Green 206
14 Riley Dukes 202
15 Jye Dickson 188
16 Lochie Latimer 169
17 Sam Pelz 167
18 Chandler Burns 145
19 Jai Constantinou 143
20 Dylan Marchand 141
21 Kaleb Barham 135
22 Jack O’Callaghan 125
23 Riley Ward 112
24 Riley Stephens 103
25 Josh Brewster 94
26 Luke Reardon 93
27 Jy Roberts 91
28 Tomas Ravenhorst 88
29 Zhane Dunlop 76
30 Shannon Moore 72
31 Jesse Bishop 58
32 James Clay 47
33 Ashley Schuuring 31
34 Lachlan Davis 28
35 Bradley Rankmore 26
36 Lachy Steen 23
37 Wyatt Chase 22
38 Lyndon Snodgrass 20
39 Maddy Brown 18
40 Royce Anell 17
41 Shane Mason 17
42 Tom Jones 16
43 Bailey Koolen 11
44 Cody Hall 9
45 Trent Loder 7
46 Jordan Waters 6
47 Lachlan Burns 0
48 Michael Skinner 0
49 Benjamin McAliece 0

Motul MXD Report

Rhys Budd hooked up on the baking clay of Moree the best, to score the holeshot in the opening Motul MXD moto ahead of Jayce Cosford and Brodie Ellis. Budd was looking solid out front before a big crash in the sand section saw him and his Honda hit the deck quite hard.

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MXD riders prepare at Moree – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Tye Jones needed no second invitation to take the lead and the Husqvarna rider then put down some quick laps to try and break away from Brodie Ellis and Noah Ferguson. His rivals though found more speed and Brodie Ellis made his way past to take the lead. 

Jack Kukas and Mason Semmens were running hard in fourth and fifth places when they came together at high speed in the air in what was a horrible clash. Mason Rowe’s goggles were then filled with a tumbling Kukas and Semmens, and their separated bikes.

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Pirelli MXD – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

While he did an amazing job not to collect his fallen competitors, Rowe himself was sent off the track due to his last-second high-speed evasive action and went down in an even more sickening impact. Thankfully he was not too seriously injured but it is doubtful he will make the final championship rounds.

Regan Duffy managed to move past Tye Jones to move up to second place but Brodie Ellis was the fastest man on the circuit. Some sort of mistake later in the race though saw Regan Duffy close Ellis down and pass him for the lead. Max Purvis then got a sniff and started to close within striking distance of Ellis.

On the final lap Max Purvis and a tiring Ellis engaged in battle but New Zealander Brodie Ellis dug deep and managed to prevail for that second place.

Unchallenged in the latter parts of the race Western Australia’s Regan Duffy took the chequered flag 3.7-seconds ahead of Ellis.

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Pirelli MXD Podium – 1) Regan Duffy, 2) Brodie Ellis, 3) Maximus Purvis – 2019 MX Nationals – Round 8, Moree

Due to the early curtailing of proceedings, Duffy’s competition did not get another chance to put one over him, and he will take a 34-point lead over Max Purvis into the Motul MXD Championship finale. That places Duffy on 461-points to Purvis’s 427, while a distant third placed Rhys Budd holds 370 points and a 39-point lead over Brodie Ellis in fourth, with Noah Ferguson a single-point behind in fifth.

Motul MXD Results

Pos Rider Diff
1 Regan Duffy 0.000
2 Brodie Ellis 3.688
3 Maximus Purvis 6.156
4 Tye Jones 16.3
5 Jai Walker 25.643
6 Jayce Cosford 57.229
7 Mackenzie O”Bree 01:09.3
8 Jake Cobbin 01:11.6
9 Liam Walsh 01:12.6
10 Rhys Budd 01:16.5
11 Ethan Ashmore 01:17.7
12 Noah Ferguson 01:19.0
13 Deakin Hellier 01:28.8
14 Riley Findlay 01:43.5
15 Oliver Marchand 01:45.1
16 Caleb Goullet 1 lap
17 Jordan Brown 1 lap
18 Thornton Brough 2 laps
DNF Samuel Bailey 0
DNF Mason Semmens 0
DNF Jack Kukas 0
DNF Mason Rowe 0
DNF Korey McMahon 0
Pos Rider Total
1 Regan Duffy 35
2 Brodie Ellis 32
3 Maximus Purvis 30
4 Tye Jones 28
5 Jai Walker 26
6 Jayce Cosford 25
7 Mackenzie O”Bree 24
8 Jake Cobbin 23
9 Liam Walsh 22
10 Rhys Budd 21
11 Ethan Ashmore 20
12 Noah Ferguson 19
13 Deakin Hellier 18
14 Riley Findlay 17
15 Oliver Marchand 16
16 Caleb Goullet 15
17 Jordan Brown 14
18 Thornton Brough 13
19 Mason Rowe
20 Mason Semmens
21 Jack Kukas
22 Samuel Bailey
23 Korey McMahon
Pos Rider Total
1 Regan Duffy 461
2 Maximus Purvis 427
3 Rhys Budd 370
4 Brodie Ellis 331
5 Noah Ferguson 330
6 Mason Rowe 310
7 Jai Walker 303
8 Liam Walsh 287
9 Jack Kukas 280
10 Jayce Cosford 277
11 Mackenzie O”Bree 266
12 Tye Jones 254
13 Mason Semmens 249
14 Deakin Hellier 186
15 Navrin Grothues 167
16 Ethan Ashmore 157
17 Jake Cobbin 150
18 Micheal Murphy 144
19 Korey McMahon 141
20 Riley Findlay 122
21 Hugh Roache 116
22 Lochie Smith 82
23 Oliver Marchand 77
24 Billy Bray 77
25 Jaxon Rayner 56
26 Thornton Brough 51
27 James Beston 50
28 Caleb Goullet 49
29 Liam Andrews 44
30 Samuel Bailey 44
31 Caleb Clifton 42
32 John Bova 38
33 Denzel Woulfe 36
34 Wilson Greiner-Daish 35
35 dale lyons 30
36 Brandon Steel 29
37 Jaxon Pearce 29
38 Zac Paar 28
39 Oscar Nastri 26
40 LYLE BYRNE 25
41 Riley Fucsko 25
42 George Knight 24
43 Josh Mangiapane 22
44 Mitchell Johnson 22
45 James Davison 21
46 Jordan Brown 20
47 Aaron Mason 20
48 Nicholas Kefford 16
49 Jake Barron 13
50 Zack Wright 13
51 Zack Wright 11
52 Lachlan Okeefe 5
53 Jordan Holt 2
54 Luke Petersen 0
55 Kyle Evans 0