MX Nationals

Adam Monea Breaks Through For Maiden MX1 Round Win

Moss Builds on Points Lead

Author: Aaryn Minerds


NPS / Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Monea has broken through for his Maiden Monster Energy MX1 Round win at his home race at Wonthaggi in Victoria this Afternoon.

At the conclusion of an action packed day of racing in perfect weather conditions, Monea who hails from Koo Wee Rup, just under an hours drive from Wonthaggi, claimed overall honours at round three of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals after finishing the day tied on 60 points with championship leader Matt Moss and Motorex KTM's Kirk Gibbs.

Monea who won the opening moto of the 2014 season at Broadford in Victoria four weeks ago, got his day off to a positive start qualifying for the GoPro Superpole where he finished with the fourth fastest time, behind Superpole winner Matt Moss, Pentrie Honda's Cody Cooper and Gibbs

When the gates dropped on moto one, it was Jake Moss along with his Motul Pirelli Suzuki mounted twin bother Matt who shot out to the lead.
Jake Moss grabbed the hole-shot in moto 1 with his brother right behind him, a familiar first corner sight so far in 2014 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Jake's run up front was short lived however, as he crashed on lap two handing he lead over to Matt who had a hard charging CDR Yamaha, piloted in Billy Mackenzie closing down on him.

Mackenzie then ran into his own troubles as he got together with Matt Moss while pressuring for the lead, with the contact resulting in the Scotsman crashing and being relegated down the field.

At the half way point of the race, Monea along with Gibbs caught Matt Moss with both riders making their way by the reigning champion.

Monea's turn out front only lasted a few moments as he came together with a lapped rider, handing the lead to Gibbs who held on to win the opening moto from Matt Moss with Monea recovering to finish third.

DPH Yamaha's Kade Mosig put in another great performance to finish fourth, just ahead of the Raceline backed privateer Suzuki of Hayden Mellross.
Billy Mackenzie lead from start to finish in moto 2 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While moto one was full of excitement a lead changes, Billy Mackenzie ensured that moto two was a more lack lustre affair up front, grabbing the holeshot and clearing out to take a comfortable win.

Behind Mackenzie Matt Moss started in second, however he was soon passed by Jake Moss who finished down in 17th in moto one after his crash along with Cooper who moved by Matt Moss into third position.

While Jake held on for second, Monea caught and passed Cooper finishing 3rd for the second straight moto and in doing so wrapped up his first overall win in the big bike class.

"It is awesome, you dream of this stuff happening and for it to actually to happen it is a massive reward to myself." Monea stated. "I have been working hard and I know I am capable of the wins.

"I am a bit bummed that I did not get the race win in the first one, that would have made life a lot easier," he added.

"We are in a good position, we are third in the championship and I am really pumped on this overall and to get the ball rolling and I hope there is a few more to come for sure."
Adam Monea is hungry for more round and race wins in 2014 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While the win was impressive, Monea knows there is still a long way to go in 2014 and has his eyes firmly planted on repeating this weekends performance in the upcoming rounds.

"Ill have a few days off then get back into it Wednesday amongst the sand and smash it." Monea explained. "The thing with a win is it just makes you hungry, you just want more, it is like a drug. There is no stopping here.

"With Matt, Jake, Kirk and Billy, there is no slouching if you do that you are getting left behind. It is all work, there is not going to be any time to let up, even when we hit the six week break, but it is exciting and I like it, lets keep it going and see how high I can get in those standings.

"Hopefully there is a red background by the end behind that number 3!"
Matt Moss was second overall for the day - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Matt Moss was awarded second overall for the day on the back of his 2-4 results, though thanks to his superpole win, managed to extend his championship lead by a further three points.

Moss though satisfied with his result admitted his head was not completely in the game this weekend after a big announcement in his personal life during the week.

"Today was tough, obviously with myself getting engaged this week, I had spent two weeks planning that and my head wasn't quite in it coming into this week." Moss admitted.

"I did not feel good at all today, so to still come away with a tie for first and second on count-back I am satisfied, I still made another three points in the championship.

"The track was terrible, for a national event it was pretty average." Moss continued. "They should realise we are professional athletes and we should be riding the best tracks in Australia and they just didn't deliver, but normally they do, so that was a bit of a shame.

"Everyone said the same thing, we couldn't all race. Everyone was really close to the same speed, just because we were tip toeing and didn't want to crash which was lucky for me.

"I was happy with the day, we will keep moving forward, we have three weeks off now, so a lot of time to get prepped for the next round and come out swinging.
Kirk Gibbs raced to his second ever MX1 moto win in the opening moto and tied for the overall win on 60 points, he now heads to his home race in South Australia - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Rounding out the podium for the round was South Australian Kirk Gibbs. After winning the opening moto, a bad start in race two put Gibbs behind the eight ball. A second half moto charge left Gibbs on the rear wheel of Cooper and Matt Moss heading into the final lap.

Gibbs put everything into an attempt to make a move around Cooper in the final two corners however the move did not come off, leaving him sixth for the moto and agonisingly short of the overall win.

"Everything panned out and went really well in the first race, I timed it well and everything fell into place and I come away with a moto win which was awesome. " Gibbs commented.

"I got a terrible start in that last one, I spun on the gate and struggled with the track and finding my own rhythm for the first fifteen minutes. I started picking it up and felt good near the end and put in that charge, but did not get there.

"Mini put on the pit board that I need to pass Cooper on the last lap, but it was hard to see so I was not looking at the pit board to much," he admitted.

"I could see Coops was dropping back and I saw Matt there too and was hoping that I had a few more laps so I could have a go and maybe make it a decent race and not just ride around in 6th.

"I put in a hard charge, when I saw the last lap board, gave it my all, but come up short."
Billy Mackenzie had a bit of mixed day involving big crashes a 10th and a 1st to finish 4th and only 4 points away from the round winner - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Finishing just four points shy of the podium was Billy Mackenzie who had a very rough start to the day. A big high-side late in the qualifying session left Mackenzie in a bit of pain.

Another crash in the first moto did not help his cause, leaving him to finish the race in 10th place before he rebounded in the final moto taking a wire to wire win.

"Getting that win in the final race felt good." Mackenzie enthused. "I have know it has been there, at Broadford we were prepared, we were ready, we just had an issue with the bike not getting off the gate.

"We switched a few things around for Appin and I just had a real average day. We have worked on our starts, we have the bike there on the starts.

"The first race today, I was there, I was biding my time and being really patient and pushing Matt in to a few mistakes. I saw a gap and did not necessarily go for the pass, I went to get level and show him that I was there and put a bit more pressure on him, but our lines came together and I ended up coming off the worse.

"After that I was struggling to get back on pace, I lost my rhythm, and it was just a bit of a crap race.

"We made a few changes for the second race and I got the holeshot and walked away with it, which is what I have been trying to do since Broadford." Mackenzie continued. "I believe this should have happened at Broadford and it should have happened at Appin, but we have it now and I just want to build off this.

"I was very comfortable out there, I felt like I had more in the tank. This track I am not a fan of, last year I was terrible here, the worst, so to get a race win here is going to give me confidence for the rest of the season.

"At this point in time I just want to win races, I had three bad results and a big crash at Broadford. I really belive we have the bike where I want it now and I will just look at winning races, that is what I want to do," he concluded.
Kade Mosig was in touch with the lead group for the entire first moto finishing race one in 4th place - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In a testament of both the close racing and the mixed results by most riders in the MX1 class this weekend, the riders classified from 5th though to 13th were separated by just eight points.

Finishing the day in fifth place was Mosig who's 5-10 moto results, just edged out Motul Suzuki's New Zealand rider Rhys Carter by a single point.

Jake Moss finished the day in 7th position overall due to his tough opening moto, with Cooper finishing a further point back in what was his first complete round of the year after being injured during practice at round one.

Hayden Mellross finished equal with Cooper on 45 points for the round, being relegated to 9th on count-back, with DPH Yamaha's Sam Martin rounding out the top ten on 44 points.

Round four of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals heads to Murray Bridge in South Australia on Sunday the 18th of May.
MX1 Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX1 Overall Rounds Results:
1. Adam Monea - 60 Pts
2. Matt Moss - 60 Pts
3. Kirk Gibbs - 60 Pts
4. Billy Mackenzie - 56 Pts
5. Kade Mosig - 49 Pts
6. Rhys Carter - 48 Pts
7. Jake Moss - 46 Pts
8. Cody Cooper - 45 Pts
9. Hayden Mellross - 45 Pts
10. Sam Martin - 44 Pts
11. Lewis Woods - 43 Pts
12. Brock Winston - 42 Pts
13. Jay Marmont - 41 Pts
14. Jacob Wright - 37 Pts
15. Ross Beaton - 33 Pts
16. Jesse Dobson - 32 Pts
17. Tim Vare - 28 Pts
18. Matt Ginders - 27 Pts
19. Brodie Hartin - 24 Pts
20. Aaron Watts - 21 Pts
Matt Moss continues to lead the way in the MX1 Championship Standings - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX1 Overall Championship Standings After Round 3 to 10:
1. Matt Moss - 238 Pts
2. Kirk Gibbs - 216 Pts
3. Adam Monea - 202 Pts
4. Jake Moss - 186 Pts
5. Billy Mackenzie - 181 Pts
6. Kade Mosig - 169 Pts
7. Rhys Carter - 168 Pts
8. Hayden Mellross - 159 Pts
9. Jay Marmont - 156 Pts
10. Jacob Wright - 142 Pts
11. Brock Winston - 141 Pts
12. Sam Martin - 135 Pts
13. Lewis Woods - 128 Pts
14. Jesse Dobson - 119 Pts
15. Brad Groombridge - 96 Pts
16. Matt Ginders - 70 Pts
17. Kieran Tisdale - 66 Pts
18. Dylan Gosling - 58 Pts
19. Michael Grassicl - 55 Pts
20. Brodie Harting - 52 Pts

Top Image: Adam Monea on his way to claiming his first ever MX1 Overall Win

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

MX2 and MXD Full round reports to be posted shortly.

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