Wonthaggi had been the only real major blip in Todd Waters’ scorecard so far this year as the DPH Husqvarna man elsewhere racked up nine wins and 13 podiums to take a 23-point lead over Luke Clout into today’s Coolum championship finale.
It was Luke Clout though that took the early lead as Waters got mixed up with Kirk Gibbs in turn one.
Todd Waters eventually got away from Gibbs to pass Dylan Long, and then made short shrift of Brett Metcalfe to move through to second place. Waters then jumped through to the lead early on lap two and cleared out.
Kirk Gibbs crashed out a few laps into the race. That would have serious repercussions for third place in the championship.
Hayden Mellross suffered a small crash at Moree but fell awkwardly, tearing his ACL and meniscus in his knee, and also fracturing the neck of his fibula. Despite those major injuries Mellross had been riding through the pain to try and secure at least third place in the championship. The 23-year-old had led the championship a few rounds ago and had started this weekend’s Coolum double-header Mellross was only 14-points behind Waters. After finishing eighth on Saturday he had slipped to third place in the series but still had 41-points over Kirk Gibbs. That would mean that Mellross might be able to sit out the final moto this afternoon with that third place in the championship secured.
Brett Metcalfe managed to hold Dylan Long at bay all the way to the flag to secure second place in the opening moto for Penrite Honda.
Todd Waters though the clear victor and now had one hand on the Thor MX1 Championship trophy.
Thor MX1 Moto One Results
Todd Waters – Husqvarna
Brett Metcalfe – Honda +5.464s
Dylan Long – Kawasaki +25.081s
Luke Clout – Yamaha +40.520s
Jesse Dobson – Husqvarna +60.668s
Caleb Ward – KTM +61.796s
Connor Tierney – Yamaha +96.487s
Richie Evans – Yamaha +106.941s
Justin Rodbell – Suzuki +120.900s
Charlie Creech – Husqvarna +1 lap
Thor MX1 Moto Two
With third place in the championship wrapped up Hayden Mellross did sit out this final moto of the 2019 Thor MX1 Championship season. Todd Waters started this moto with a handy advantage over Luke Clout but if a disaster befall the DPH Husqvarna man then the #4 Yamaha will be ready to pounce and steal the main prize from underneath him at this final juncture.
Dylan Long was credited with the holeshot but it only took a few turns before Todd Waters blasted his way through to the lead and clear air. Championship challenger Luke Clout was languishing down in ninth place in the early stages of the race.
Caleb Ward looked eager to finish the season on a high with a strong start in this moto to be riding strong in third ahead of Kirk Gibbs and Brett Metcalfe. Ward quickly started to look to challenge Long for second place but the Empire Kawasaki man responded to the challenge and stretched away again from Ward.
Luke Clout and Jesse Dobson were tussling over fourth place on track but Clout eventually managed to stretch away from Dobson in the last few laps of the race.
Caleb Ward mounted a late charge to try and get back on terms with Dylan Long to take the battle for second place up to the Kawasaki rider but Long held on that for second place.
Todd Waters the clear winner of the race, the day, the round, and the new Thor MX1 Australian Champion! Incredibly the first MX1 Championship for Todd Waters on Australian soil, and he plans to stay here and defend it in 2020, where it looks as though he is likely to go head-to-head with previous dominator of this championship, Dean Ferris…
MX1 Moto Two Results
Todd Waters – Husqvarna
Dylan Long – Kawasaki +4.694s
Caleb Ward – KTM +5.395s
Luke Clout – Yamaha +23.893s
Jesse Dobson – Husqvarna +28.356s
Brett Metcalfe – Honda +53.568s
Kirk Gibbs – Yamaha +71.444s
Connor Tierney – Yamaha +87.834s
Justin Rodbell – Suzuki +124.753s
Richie Evans – Yamaha +1 lap
MX1 Round Ten Results
Todd Waters 70
Dylan Long 62
Brett Metcalfe 57
Luke Clout 56
Caleb Ward 55
Jesse Dobson 52
Connor Tierney 47
Justin Rodbell 44
Richie Evans 44
Charlie Creech 41
2019 MX1 Championship Final Points
Todd Waters 568
Luke Clout 530
Hayden Mellross 462
Kirk Gibbs 435
Brett Metcalfe 432
Justin Rodbell 373
Richie Evans 372
Jesse Dobson 360
Dylan Long 325
Jayden Rykers 300
The two men fighting it out for the MX2 championship also went hammer and tong for the win in the opening moto, with Kyle Webster taking the battle up to defending champion Wilson Todd in the dark sand of Coolum.
Wilson Todd though showed his class and speed to hold off the thrusts and parries of Webster to cross the line first in the opening bout of the back-to-back morning motos.Jay Wilson clinched third ahead of Nathan Crawford and Bailey Malkiewicz.
MX2 Moto One Results
Wilson Todd – Husqvarna
Kyle Webster – Honda
Jay Wilson – Yamaha
Nathan Crawford – Yamaha
Bailey Malkiewicz – Husqvarna
MX2 Moto Two
Wilson Todd scored the holeshot and again it was Kyle Webster that quickly forced his way through to the field to try and chase down Todd.
It was not to be though as the hunter became the hunted as Nathan Crawford closed in on and then passed Webster to move up to second place. Second was not going to be good enough for Crawford though as he then blasted past Wilson Todd to take the lead and pull away.
Jay Wilson then came into place as the race moved into its second half, the #6 Yamaha pushed Webster back to fourth and started closing on Wilson Todd to try and challenge for second.
Nathan Crawford the clear victor though in this stanza.
Todd responded to Jay Wilson’s challenge by upping his speed to hold on to that second place, and with it scores the major points from the back-to-back format by taking the overall win on combined results.
MX2 Moto Two Results
Nathan Crawford – Yamaha
Wilson Todd – Husqvarna +4.084s
Jay Wilson – Yamaha +11.132s
Kyle Webster – Honda +15.657s
Aaron Tanti – Yamaha +16.383s
Joel Evans – Husqvarna +62.596s
Ricky Latimer – Yamaha +65.488s
Jai Constantinou – Honda +65.989s
Morgan Fogarty – KTM +69.646s
Lochie Latimer – Yamaha +77.679s
Combined MX2 Moto One/Two Results
MX2 Moto Three
Wilson Todd again scored the holeshot on the DPH Husqvarna as Jay Wilson, Kyle Webster and Nathan Crawford gave chase.
Kyle Webster needed to do something special in this one, then hope for some sort of disaster to strike Todd in order for him to have a chance at the title. The Penrite Honda man threw down the gauntlet to Todd on lap three, closing in on, and then passing Todd for the race lead.
Jay Wilson was the next rider to catch and pass Wilson Todd. The defending champion playing it safe and smart to just bring home the handful of points he requires to take that #1 plate once again. Todd has lost a championship in a final moto once before, he did not want to suffer that disappointment again.
Webster went on to take a clear victory to finish his season on a high, but it is Wilson Todd that finishes the season on the ultimate high by successfully wrapping up his second MX2 Championship in a row.
MX2 Moto Three Results
Kyle Webster – Honda
Jay Wilson – Yamaha +4.724s
Wilson Todd – Husqvarna +17.068s
Nathan Crawford – Yamaha +22.442s
Aaron Tanti – Yamaha +27.273s
Morgan Fogarty – KTM +38.462s
Bailey Malkiewicz – Husqvarna +49.302s
Cooper Pozniak – KTM +57.409s
Ricky Latimer – Yamaha +60.763s
Jai Constantinou – Honda +65.231s
MX2 Round Ten Results
Wilson Todd 65
Kyle Webster 63
Jay Wilson 62
Nathan Crawford 60
Aaron Tanti 52
Morgan Fogarty 49
Bailey Malkiewicz 47
Joel Evans 45
Ricky Latimer 43
Jai Constantinou 43
2019 MX2 Championship Final Points
Wilson Todd 562
Kyle Webster 536
Jay Wilson 523
Nathan Crawford 492
Aaron Tanti 460
Dylan Wills 394
Bailey Malkiewicz 387
Ricky Latimer 360
Cooper Pozniak 345
Morgan Fogarty 327
Liam Walsh took the holeshot thanks to some serious two-stroke power blasting him through the dark sand of Coolum and into turn one ahead of Regan Duffy and Rhys Budd.
Regan Duffy quickly worked his way through to the lead though and then sprinted away from his pursuers.
Max Purvis then again started his march through the field as he did on Saturday, the Kiwi teenager dispensed with Jai Walker, Rhys Budd and then Liam Walsh to move up to second place.
On Saturday the outright pace of Purvis was unparalleled, but today Regan Duffy had both himself and the Raceline KTM dialed in and looked untouchable.
The Western Australian teenager backed things off in the final laps to give Purvis a sniff, but almost backed it off a little too much on the final lap which saw the Kiwi get within striking distance, but Duffy held on to take the victory.
MXD Moto One Results
Regan Duffy – KTM
Max Purvis – Yamaha +1.144s
Jai Walker – KTM +43.355s
Noah Ferguson – KTM +43.722s
Liam Walsh – KTM +61.045s
Rhys Budd – Honda +72.536s
Tye Jones – Husqvarna +92.993s
Brodie Ellis – Yamaha +102.786s
Mackenzie O’Bree – Yamaha +117.273s
Ethan Ashmore – Husqvarna +132.874s
MXD Moto Two
Liam Walsh again used that big two-stroke power to score the holeshot but Regan Duffy made short work of him once into the corners and was quickly through to the front.
Purvis started a little better this time around and was quickly up to third and engaged in battle with Walsh over second position. Liam Walsh was not a push-over for Purvis this time around, going bar-to-bar with the young Kiwi phenom but eventually had to relent as Purvis stepped things up further to clear out. By the time Purvis was clear in second though Regan Duffy was leading by ten-seconds…
Regan Duffy not only maintained that advantage over Purvis, he increased it to more than 19-seconds at the flag to win the 2019 Motul MXD Championship in fine style.
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