Matt Moss Kick Starts Monster Energy MX Nationals 2014 Title Defense With Victory At Broadford
Matt Moss has kick started his Monster Energy MX Nationals defence by claiming Victory at the opening round of the 2014 Championship held at Broadford on Sunday.
Taking to the muddy track after persistent early morning rain, the MX one class got racing underway beneath sunny skies and a healthy crowd after CDR Yamaha’s Billy Mackenzie’s GoPro superpole win.
Matt Moss looked as though he was going to get his season of to the perfect start, racing to a early lead in the opening moto, only to see his race come tumbling down with a mid moto crash that also claimed his twin brother Jake Moss.
The benefactor of the twins coming together was NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Monea who took full advantage of the situation going on to win the opening moto.
Matt Moss had his revenge in moto two, taking the lead early and never looking back, finishing ahead of his brother Jake, who was forced to retire after his opening moto crash. Motorex KTM’s Kirk Gibbs crossed the line in third with Monea in fourth.
In the final moto of the day it was once again Matt Moss who claimed the early lead. It did not last long however as both Jake Moss and Monea made their way around the current champ, with the three riders holding their positions until the end of the moto.
Matt Moss’s 2nd, 1st and 3rd results for the day were enough to claim the round win and when added to his 3 points for superpole, ensured that he will carry the red plate into round two at Appin in two weeks time.
“I am definitely happy coming away with the win. “Matt Moss said on the podium,.
“I didn’t really know where I was going to sit coming into this round, I have heard all the stories about Jake going fast and Adam going fast . They have both come in today and shown this series is going to be great with the speed they have and Gibbs as well.
“I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.” Moss added.
Kawasaki KX450F pilot Monea was happy that the day went almost exactly to plan.
“I am happy with how things went today,” Monea stated. “I had a game plan coming into this season and up here on the podium is where I knew I would be.
“I think my season is going to come together well, I need to be as consistent as possible for all ten rounds. “It is business time, it is time to go for that championship.”
Standing on the final step of the podium at the end of the day was the rider who was in doubt coming into the round after breaking his hand in New Zealand last weekend.
Gibbs toughed it out through the pain and on a track that was not ideal for someone looking for a smooth rider and walks away from the opening round of the season with a more than handy points haul.
“To walk away from today on the podium is awesome,” Gibbs commented. “I was a bit doubtful coming in, this time last week I was sitting in a hospital and I was not sure if we were going to make it.
“To come away with third is awesome, it was a tough day for me so it was great to come away with the points.”
Finishing just off the podium was a pair of Yamaha riders with DPH Yamaha’s Kade Mosig rounding out the day in fourth place ahead of Mackenzie who raced back from incidents in both of the opening motos.
While Mosig outscored the Scotsman during the three moto’s, Mackenzie left the round with more points due to his superpole win.
The MX2 classed proved to be the Kayne Lamont show with New Zealander continuing the form that took him to the 2014 New Zealand Motocross Champions win last weekend.
The redbull Husqvarna rider won the opening moto before finishing second to KTM supported racer Brenden Harrison in the second moto.
It was all Lamont in the third and final moto of the day as the Kiwi went 1-2-1 to claim the overall victory for the round and left Broadford with a more than handy 20 point championship lead.
“I am happy to be leaving here with the win,” Lamont said. “The track was hard to pass on, my starts today really helped.
“I was consistent, stayed upright and rode smooth which made life easy.
Harrison made an emphatic return to National level motocross action for second overall on the day. In a day that saw a mixed bag of results in the lites class, Harrisons 10-1-5 results were enough to put the Queensland rider on the second step of the box.
Rounding out the podium was 2013 MXD Champion Hamish Harwood. The kiwi improved his results all day finishing with a moto card of 8-5-2, leaving him on 81 points for the day, just a single point behind Harrison.
Also finishing the day on 81 points was Serco Yamaha’s Luke Clout who lead the four-stroke charge, with fellow four stroke Yamaha rider Nick Scott finishing the day in 5th.
The MXD class proved to be a battle of the new talent with first year under 19s racer Jed Beaton taking the overall victory.
Beaton raced to 5th place in the opening moto before finishing the day with a pair of wins to ensure he stood on the top step of the podium.
“I did well today, I stayed smooth all day and stayed on the bike which was good. On a track that was so rough,” the GYTR Yamaha rider stated.
“I can’t give it up enough for everyone at GYTR Yamaha. Mike Ward my mechanic did an awesome job, some great preparation for the season with my suspension and all the other sponsors associated with the team, I could not have done it without them. “
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