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Motocross News
Brad Anderson and Ford Dale reignite their seasons at Wonthaggi

By: Aaryn Minerds

Posted: Sunday, 29th April, 2012 : 8:08 PM - - 12,673 Reads




The Carlton Dry Honda Racing Thor duo of Brad Anderson and Ford Dale achieved an instant reversal in form winning both of their classes respectively at round 3 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals.

Being held at the Dandenong motorcycle's Wonthaggi venue, riders and spectators alike were greeted to near perfect weather conditions, with the club preparing a great track for the riders and in turn the riders provided some excellent and entertaining racing for the crowd on hand.

Brad Anderson lead the way in the hotly contested MX1 class, opening the day with a win then following it up with a second place in the second of the back to back moto's before sealing the round with a solid third place position in the afternoons 30 minute moto.

Joining Anderson on the podium were the two talented, up and coming Aussies in the class in Todd Waters and Lawson Bopping.

The final result for the day, could have easily been a lot different after a fiercely contested battle near the end of the final race, left both Bopping and Anderson on the ground just after the finish line, when their two lines come together. Luckily for both riders, they were able to re mount quickly.


Lawson Bopping made the podium as he starts to find the consistency to go along with his speed - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
The quick remount of both riders after the incident was enough to not cost either rider a position in the final standings at the end of the day and Anderson was able to celebrate is first round victory for the 2012 season.

"My speed is there, I just need to continue to push. "said Anderson. "That last race was my worst start and I had to push though which I did, that one nearly got away from me."

"There are a lot of races left, anything can happen, I think Josh was over thirty points ahead of us coming into this round, it is now only twenty if we can do that every round we will be doing well." concluded the British born rider.

Todd Waters was in contention for the overall round win, after two top results early in the day. The excitement got to him heading into the first turn of the final race leaving the Motul Pirelli Suzuki rider on the ground and forcing him to charge back through the field.

"Today went really well being able to land on the Box", stated Waters. The last moto did not go to plan, I dropped it in the first turn and got a little excited and made a few little mistakes."

"I am really looking forward to Perth, I love the sand, the next few rounds are on sandy tracks and I am looking forward to them." Waters concluded.


Todd Waters put together a solid round and will continue to improve all season. - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
Bopping has been showing great speed all year without being able to put a full race day together. It all came together for him today in his team’s home state of Victoria.

"It is my first podium for the year and I am stoked with that result for myself and the team, they have been helping me out so much" said Bopping.

"The transition to the new team has not been to hard at all, I have struggled to get an overall result in the first two rounds, but the speed has been there from the start and now we have to just keep building." concluded the CDR Yamaha rider.

MX1 points leader Josh Coppins, finished the day in fourth position after logging a 4th and a 6th in the opening moto’s, before charging to 2nd in the final longer race at the end of the day, missing a podium position by a single point.

Coppins continues to lead the championship, though that lead has been cut to twenty four points and the wise CDR Yamaha rider knows from experience that the championship is never over until it is mathematically impossible for the competition to catch you.

"Some days you just have to do the best you can do, the guys on the podium rode great today." said Coppins." they were better than me in the first two races and it showed."

"I have had hundreds of points up my sleeve before and lost championships, it is never enough and you have to keep focused, every week, every race and every moto and keep working and that is what we will do."


Cody Cooper has plenty of speed, don't right of this New Zealander come the end of the season.
 
Cody Cooper won the final moto of the day and was one of, if not the quickest rider on track all day, bad starts and crashes cost the Kiwi rider a top overall round Result.

Jake Moss had an indifferent day finishing 6th position as the leading privateer rider, just ahead of reining MX1 champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jay Marmont. Tye Simmonds finished in 8th, with new factory kawasaki rider Dylan Peterson in 9th and Western Australian semi privateer riding for the Cars R Us team Dean Porter rounding out the top ten.

Ford Dale made up for his result at round two at Coonabarabran with a convincing all day effort to take the number one plate for the day.

The Carlton Dry, Thor Honda Racing rider did not quite perfect his starts in the early morning back to back races but was able to charge through to second places in both moto’s, finishing behind Josh Cachia in the first race and Serco Metal Mulisha Yamaha rider, Luke Styke in the second.

The two riders who beat Dale to the checkered flat in the first two races just happened to be the two other podium finishers in the MX2 class for the Wonthaggi round with Styke finishing on the second step of the podium and Cachia filling the final spot on the Box.


Ford Dale is looking to be a real threat in 2012 - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
The day ultimately belonged to Dale who finally got the start he was looking for in the final moto, sliding into second place early before making the pass for the lead on Adam Monea.

Dale was able to hold of the Team Zero Motorsports Suzuki rider to the end of the moto, claiming both the final moto win and his first overall round win for the season.

After a few years of frustrating injuries caused by pushing to hard, a new mentality and focus at the race track has Dale on track for the break out season he has been looking for.

"I have learnt quite a bit over the last few years where I have pushed it a bit to hard when I was not in front." stated Dale.

"I have come in with a different mentality this year trying to be more constant, I know consistency wins championships and I have been working really hard with my team to make sure everything is right." he added.

Dale come into the round a little under the weather and felt that though his speed was good, it could have been a little better.

"My speed felt good throughout the weekend, though I Think I can actually ride a bit faster than that, I was not on top of my game today, my energy levels were down as I have been fighting the flu all week." he concluded.

Luke Styke was happy to get through the day, building on his points lead and proving he has was it takes on both the harder surfaces as well as the sandy tracks with solid results in all three rounds so far in 2012.

" My first two moto's today were great," explained Styke, "The last one I struggled to find lines but overall the weekend was great and we were able to hold onto the red plate."

"The competition was strong today and the track was pretty brutal." added the current MX2 points leader


Josh Cachia made it onto the podium in his home state race. - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
Cachia said pre race that he was feeling a podium result was close, his premonition was right on the money has he put his KTM on the box in front of his friends and family in his home state of Victoria.

The 2010 under19s champion praised his team, giving them credit for his race results.

"I have to give a big shout out to my KTM team, they make riding a dirt bike easy," said Cachia it is easy coming to an event when you know you have a bike like that."

Monea's final moto second place was enough to give him third place for the day over fellow Victorian, Cheyne Boyd on his Honda.

New Zealand rider Kayne Lamont's move from the 250 four stroke to the 250 two stroke paid off when he was able to capitalize on his first gate pick in each race after qualifying fastest yesterday.


Kayne Lamont raced to his first round win aboard his KTM 250 Two Stroke - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
Laymont scored a second and first in the opening back to back races when the MXD class hit the track on a freshly watered track after lunch.

"I am really happy with how the weekend went, the weekend has given me plenty of confidence and I am happy with my results today." stated Lamont.

"I am enjoying being on the 250 two stroke is has plenty of power and helps me to get good starts" he concluded.

Sam Martin finished the day in second overall thanks in part to an opening moto win. Martin's result in the second race was not quite what he was after, but a third place finish in final moto gave him his first podium finish for the season.

"My first and last races today were good, I got a bad start in the last race but I was able to come back through and get on the podium." said Martin.

Kale Makeham was the most constant rider in the MXD class with a 4-3-4 scorecard earning him the final spot on the podium.

"I felt that I have always had the speed since the first round, I just could just not get consistent starts to stay inside that top five every moto" explained Makeham.

"I was able to stay consistent today and get on the podium and I am very happy." concluded the privateer KTM rider.

Though he did not have the best day, Dylan Long still holds the points lead and continues to salvage good points even when the races do not go to plan

"I had a bit of a shocker in the opening race, I lost my goggles on the first lap which didn’t help" said Long.

"The rest of the day I tried to stay nice and consistent and I was able to do that, which I was pretty happy with." concluded the red plate holder in the MXD class.


Josh Coppins still owns the Red Plate in the MX1 class - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
MX1
1st Brad Anderson 67pts
2nd Todd Waters 63pts
3rd Lawson Bopping 57pts
4th Josh Coppins 56 pts.
5th Cody Cooper 50 pts.
6th Jake Moss 47 pts.
7th Jay Marmont 44 pts.
8th Tye Simmonds 39 pts.
9th Dylan Peterson 35 pts.
10th Dean Porter 32 pts.
11th Calle Aspegren 29 pts.
12th Daniel McCoy 28 pts.
13th Daniel Reardon 24 pts.
14th Mike Phillips 17 pts.
15th Thomas Alexander 14 pts.
16th Beau Ralston 14 pts.
17th Craig Anderson 13 pts.
18th Lee Ellis 9 pts.
19th Tim Vare 9 pts.
20th Paul Humberston 7 pts.
21st Louis Calvin 7 pts.
22nd Zak Newsome 2 pts.

MX2
1st Ford Dale 69 pts.
2nd Luke Styke 60 pts.
3rd Josh Cachia 57 pts.
4th Adam Monea 55 pts.
5th Cheyne Boyd 49 pts.
6th Kirk Gibbs 43 pts.
7th Kade Mosig 43 pts.
8th Errol Willis 39 pts.
9th Geran Stapleton 36 pts.
10th Lewis Woods 39 pts.
11th Ryan Marmont pts.
12th Nick Murray 24 pts.
13th Luke Arbon 23 pts.
14th Peter Boyle 22 pts.
15th Justin McDonald 22 pts.
16th Scott Columb 20 pts.
17th Corey Lucas 11 pts.
18th Sven Vallely 9 pts.
19th Richard Egerton 9 pts.
20th Ben Iles 8 pts.
21th Steve Duncanson 6 pts.
22th Cameron Eastaway 3 pts.
23th John Prutti 2 pts.

MXD
1st Kayne Laymont 61 pts.
2nd Samual Martin 58 pts.
3rd Kale Makeham 56 pts.
4th Dylan Leary 51 pts.
5th Dylan Long 44 pts.
6th Ben George 43 pts.
7th Joel Milesevic 39 pts.
8th Jay Wilson 39 pts.
9th Mitch Budd 36 pts.
10th John Phillips 36 pts.
11th Dylan Wills 29 pts.
12th Wade Hunter 26 pts.
13th Mitch Norris 22 pts.
14th Jarrad Davis 21 pts.
15th Joe Gillespie 20 pts.
16th Dion Picard 16 pts.
17th Dylan Hickling 15 pts.
18th Josh Melis 13 pts.
19th Michael Crugnale 9 pts.
20th Blake Fletcher 7 pts.
21th Billy Jackson 6 pts.
22th Rhys Hobson 6 pts.
23th Micah McGoldrick 5 pts.
24th Shaun Redhead 2 pts.
25th Lincoln Nicol 2 pts.
26th Jordan Bissaker 1 pts.


Luke Styke continues to lead the field in the points race in the MX2 class. - Credit : Aaryn Minerds
 
Top 10 Championship standings after Round 3:

MX1 1st 5 Josh Coppins 181 pts.
2nd 60 Brad Anderson 161 pts.
3rd 47 Todd Waters 152 pts.
4th 6 Jake Moss 148 pts.
5th 70 Lawson Bopping 146 pts.
6th 1 Jay Marmont 139 pts.
7th 10 Cody Cooper 137 pts.
8th 42 Tye Simmonds 133 pts.
9th 122 Daniel Reardon 96 pts.
10th 65 Daniel McCoy 83 pts.

MX2 1st 6 Luke Styke 192 pts.
2nd 41 Ford Dale 179 pts.
3rd 5 Kirk Gibbs 162pts
4th 10 Josh Cachia 149 pts.
5th 48 Kade Mosig 140 pts.
6th 2 Cheyne Boyd 136 pts.
7th 9 Adam Monea 135 pts.
8th 283 Errol Willis 115 pts.
9th 201 Justin McDonald 110 pts.
10th 3 Ryan Marmont 91 pts.



MXD 1st 117 Dylan Long 168 pts.
2nd 47 Samual Martin 157 pts.
3rd 757 Dylan Leary 157 pts.
4th 941 Kayne Lamont 155 pts.
5th 96 Kale Makeham 152 pts.
6th 62 Joel Milesevic 131 pts.
7th 10 Jay Wilson 128 pts.
8th 24 Mitch Norris, 123 pts.
9th 79 Mitch Budd 90 pts.
10th 641 Dylan Wills 87 pts.

A Full list of results for Round 3 can be found HERE

Main Photo : Brad Anderson grabbed his first victory on Australian soil at Wonthaggi
Credit : Aaryn Minerds


Ryan Marmont's day nearly came to an end in a big way, he was somehow able to remount after this massive crashCredit : Aaryn Minerds
 

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