Terex Australian Supercross – Round Three – Toowoomba
— Moss’ fitness focus delivering solid Supercross results
When Jake Moss lines up at the Supercross start gates, he looks left and right and knows that he has trained harder than anyone on the line.
The Campbell Mining TLD Designs Maxima Honda pilot, a title contender in the Terex Australian Supercross Pro Open Class, has enlisted multiple Motocross and Supercross Champion Daniel Reardon to ensure he is in peak physical condition for the 2012 season.
The fortnight break since Phillip Island has been spent day in, day out with Reardon, who is challenging Moss with a varied program of strength, coordination and balance exercises.
Moss is confident that his renewed fitness focus can have him fighting for the Championship which will continue at the Toowoomba Showgrounds this week.
Now based on the Gold Coast, the penultimate round will be Moss’ home event, and he knows the importance of coming away with as many points as possible.
“The program is 100% what I need it to be – I have my own motocross coach, my Dad, and now I am pretty much full-time with Dan,” said Moss.
“He has been there and been very successful, he knows exactly how and what to train and knows how important the conditioning side of the sport is.
“The program varies so much, it keeps it interesting and keeps the body guessing and forces it to adapt and improve.
“I’ve always done a lot of fitness work but not to this level, it makes me feel confident when Dan tells me that he can look at the guys lined up next to me and knows I have done more than they have.
“The rest is up to me – it’s a short season and the results have to be there every night, and I’m hoping that I can be back on the podium at Toowoomba and moving back up the order.”
Moss is equal third on the Pro Open points ladder, sharing the position with CDR Yamaha rider Lawson Bopping.
A number of Queensland-based riders and teams will call Toowoomba their home race, including fellow Pro Open contender and Suzuki privateer Matt Haworth who lives just down the road from the Toowoomba Showgrounds venue.
Haworth was excited to be racing a national Supercross event in his home town and admitted to some pre-race nerves.
“I think it’s great that the series is coming to my home town,” Haworth said. “To be able to have all my friends and family come along to support me is an exceptional feeling.
“On the flip side though, when you have a Supercross round on home turf, there is the pressure of performing well so I will have to stay focused and step it up this weekend.”
He’s hoping the home town advantage will help him score his first top ten finish of the season in the competitive category which is packed with credentialed riders including multiple World/AMA Supercross Champion Chad Reed and defending national Champion Jay Marmont.
Five classes will face off in Saturday’s anticipated Toowoomba clash, with organisers responding to huge demand by adding additional seated viewing areas.
Freestyle Motocross and Monster Truck demos, pit walks and autograph signings, interactive exhibits and the Throttle Jockeys mini bike area are just some of the family-friendly attractions that will feature at the event.
Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online at www.ticketdirect.com.au