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2014 MXD Title Contenders Talk Championship

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When you look at the depth of talent in this years Pirelli MXD class, you wouldn‰Ûªt be criticized for making the statement, that any of the top four riders are more than capable of winning the 2014 championship.

From day dot we have seen the main players of Jed Beaton, Egan Mastin, Nathan Crawford and Jack Simpson launch onto the Australian motocross stage, and have been more than fair in sharing the winning around!

Since the series kicked off at Broadford, the MXD class has seen four different overall round winners, and three different red plate holders. Plus, with the championship lead only ever being ten points or less, this year, the MXD championship could be anyone‰Ûªs.

We chatted to the front-runners about how the year has played out, and how they‰Ûªre feeling as they approach the point end of this year‰Ûªs motocross season.

Jed Beaton (GYTR Yamaha): Current MXD red plate holder (459 championship points)
Jed Beaton (GYTR Yamaha): Current MXD red plate holder (459 championship points) - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Jed, you have held the red plate the most number of times this year, but not by much. Who is your biggest threat in this year‰Ûªs championship?

I think it would have to be Egan Mastin. He is very consistent and he is the one who is just always with me and right on my back. Last round I wasn‰Ûªt surprised that Egan did so well, I know he rides that track a lot.

Egan showed some outstanding form at Raymond Terrace ‰ÛÒ Do you think you can hold onto the red plate for the last two rounds?

I definitely think I can do it. The team I am with is awesome; they have helped me out so much, and if it weren‰Ûªt for them I would still be in juniors. They have been a huge part of how I‰Ûªm going this year and I want to hold onto this championship more than anything.

Egan Mastin (Berry Sweet Husqvarna): Currently second in MXD standings (459 championship points)
Egan Mastin (Berry Sweet Husqvarna): Currently second in MXD standings (459 championship points) - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Last round at Raymond Terrace we saw you come out and absolutely dominate the MXD Class, what was different for you at round eight?

I just felt good on the bike. Qualifying went well, so the day started off really good and everything just went to plan. My bike was set up perfectly and that made a big difference too. I have spent a bit of time up there and spent some time with Ando (Craig Anderson) so he‰Ûªs helped me a bit which has been good.

You‰Ûªre currently sitting eight points behind Jed (Beaton) with only two rounds remaining, do you think you can run away with this championship?

Definitely! I think we‰Ûªre going to be battling right until the end. I think we both have a good chance, but I definitely think I can do it.

Nathan Crawford (Husqvarna): Currently third in MXD standings (436 championship points)
Nathan Crawford (Husqvarna): Currently third in MXD standings (436 championship points) - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
You‰Ûªre the only rider in the top four that hasn‰Ûªt managed to hold the red plate, does that knock your confidence at all?

Not really. I‰Ûªve won races and got on the podium heaps before so I‰Ûªd like to hold the red plate, but not holding it isn‰Ûªt an issue for me. The thing about holding the red plate is that the pressure is always on to keep it, so I‰Ûªve just been focusing on results and winning races.

Despite not holding the red plate, you recorded better results last round than the MXD championship leader ‰ÛÒ where do you see yourself going into Coolum?

Well I really want to have a good round at Gladstone, so I can get a bit closer to the points lead, and then Coolum is pretty much my home track and I love it there so hopefully I can try and win every race and what happens behind me happens. I am thinking about the championship a little bit, but for me every race counts and I‰Ûªm just going to race as hard as I can until the end.

Jack Simpson (Bolton KTM Motorcycles): Currently fourth in MXD standings (431 championship points)
Jack Simpson (Bolton KTM Motorcycles): Currently fourth in MXD standings (431 championship points - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Raymond Terrace was tough on you, and saw you move back into fourth in the championship standings. Being your second year in MXD, would you have expected to be in this position with two rounds remaining?

Na, definitely not. It‰Ûªs hard because I‰Ûªve had that red plate and I know I can do it, but the thing is I‰Ûªm working a five-day a week job concreting and racing. People think that I should be number one every weekend, and I think I would be if I weren‰Ûªt working so much. Sometimes I don‰Ûªt get to ride for two weeks, but then I go out and beat people who are racing factory bikes.

Only 28 points separates you from the championship leader, do you believe that at this stage the championship is still achievable?

Yeah for sure!!! (Laughs) I‰Ûªm going into Gladstone wide open. I don‰Ûªt really care what happens but I‰Ûªm going to do everything I can possibly do before the end of the year to get this done. It‰Ûªs been good these past couple of weeks I am having Wednesdays off now so I can get more bike time. When I went to Raymond Terrace I was just burnt out and had no energy by qualifying. So I‰Ûªm absolutely going into round eight, full bore, and flat out!

With two rounds remaining, the 2014 MXD Championship is still well and truly alive and up for grabs. Who will take it out this year? It‰Ûªs anyone‰Ûªs guess!

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