Motocross

Cody Cooper and Jay Wilson Untouchable At Timaru

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The Honda Shop's Cody Cooper and Altherm JCR Yamaha rider Jay Wilson were untouchable at the second round of the 2015 New Zealand Motocross Championships held at Timaru on Sunday the 22nd of February.

Defending MX1 champion Cooper powered his Honda CRF450 to three straight wins to take a clear round win and in the process moved himself to the top of the championship standings at the half way point of this years series.

"I came here to win all 3, to make a statement really." Cooper told Sharon Cox from MX Link at the end of the day's racing. "I‰Ûªm proud of myself, I got back into it and got the job done.

"There is awesome dirt out there, the Backflips crew have done an awesome job with the track. There are some one lines but that‰Ûªs where you have to focus on your starts and use the one lines to your advantage."

John Phillips raced to second place in all three races to hold down second overall for the round.
Luke Styke made his way to the podium for the first time with his new team at Timaru - Credit: Andy McGechan
Behind Phillps a trio of Aussies battle for the final spot on the podium with KTM Racing's Luke Styke and Kirk Gibbs, along with CDR Yamaha's Kade Mosig finishing the day separated by just two points.

It was Styke with his 3-4-5 race results the edged out Mosig for the final step of the podium after securing pole position earlier in the morning with the fastest lap time in qualifying.

"It was great to get pole this morning, I think I can count on one hand the times I‰Ûªve had pole position in my career, so that was a good feeling, considering the conditions." Styke admitted.

"I ended up third overall, I feel like my speed was pretty good, I also feel like I had something for the front two guys in the first one, but it was a bit of a mission to get by.

"In the last moto we got a pretty good start, I pumped up a little bit at the start but I got my rhythm and I was charging until I had a little bit of a brake issue with two or three laps to go, but overall the weekend was really good and I'm looking forward to the next one.‰Û
Kirk Gibbs is just 10 points from the championship lead after finishing 5th at round two - Credit: Andy McGechan
Gibbs rounded out the top five and now sits third in the championship standings, 10 points behind Cooper and seven points back from second placed Phillips.

‰ÛÏIt wasn't the best day on paper, but there were definitely positives for me." Gibbs stated. "The track was really well prepared, but they got some rain overnight that they didn't expect and it made the track very one-lined. It was incredibly hard to pass on pretty much all day, although the track did get better as it dried out.

"Every race over here is very valuable for us. We both made improvements here and I feel that we are going to be in the race for the championship back in Australia.‰Û
Jay Wilson is some fine early year form winning all three races at Timaru - Credit: Andy McGechan
MX1 Round Results:
1. Cody Cooper - 75 Pts
2. John Phillips - 66 Pts
3. Luke Styke - 54 Pts
4. Kade Mosig - 53 Pts
5. Kirk Gibbs - 52 Pts
6. Brad Groombridge - 47 Pts
7. Ethan Martens - 40 Pts
8. Yu Hirata - 37 Pts
9. Makoto Ogata - 36 Pts
10. Rhys Carter - 35 Pts

MX1 Championship Standings After Round 2 of 4:
1. Cody Cooper - 124 Pts
2. John Phillips - 121 Pts
3. Kirk Gibbs - 114 Pts
4. Kade Mosig - 101 Pts
5. Scott Columb - 99 Pts
6. Brad Groombridge - 93 Pts
7. Ethan Martens - 88 Pts
8. Luke Styke - 70 Pts
9. Makoto Ogata - 68 Pts
10. Rhys Carter - 66 Pts

MX2 Round Results:
1. Jay Wilson - 75 Pts
2. Hamish Harwood - 62 Pts
3. Hadleigh Knight - 51 Pts
4. Cam Dillon - 45 Pts
5. Micah McGoldrick - 44 Pts
6. Kieran Scheele - 42 Pts
7. Scotty Canham - 42 Pts
8. Campbell King - 38 Pts
9. Nick Saunders - 37 Pts
10. Logan Blackburn - 34 Pts

MX2 Championship Standings After Round 2 of 4:
1. Jay Wilson - 140 Pts
2. Hamish Harwood - 120 Pts
3. Micah McGoldrick - 105 Pts
4. Scotty Canham - 85 Pts
5. Campbell King - 83 Pts
6. Hayden Kanters - 82 Pts
7. Hadleigh Knight - 73 Pts
8. Logan Blackburn - 73 Pts
9. Sam Greenslade - 67 Pts
10. Cam Dillon - 65 Pts

For Full Results From Round Two CLICK HERE

Top Image: Cody Cooper on his way to winning round two in Timaru

Credit: Mad Max Photography via MXlink.co.nz

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