Motocross

Cody Cooper bags his second win of the season at Wonthaggi

Author: Garry Morrow

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No Fear Honda's Cody Cooper has taken his second outright win of the year with a victory in the Pro Open class at round 8 of the Nokia MX Nationals at Wonthaggi, Victoria, while Kiwi Michael Phillips had a maiden win in the Pro Lites class on a perfect winters day on a perfectly prepared Wonthaggi motocross track.
Pro Open winner Cody Cooper. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
Despite riding with a bit of knee soreness Cooper took the days overall with a 1-2 result ahead Kawasaki Racing team's Daniel Reardon. Cooper overcame an ailing Reardon in the first moto with the championship points leader struggling with a severe case of the flu and a crash while leading which ended any chance of the win. Reardon was quick not to use his flu as an excuse though, but conceded that he didn‰Ûªt feel himself. "I took quite a hit to the head when I crashed in as I didn‰Ûªt have time to put my hands out and crashed head first. I also broke my knee brace in the same crash," he admitted. Cooper wasn't without his own problems either as his header pipe blew apart in the early laps. With his bike far from 100% Cooper soldiered on eventually taking the win by 28 seconds ahead of the returning Cheyne Boyd, Reardon was third, 48 seconds adrift. In a fairly mundane moto 2 Reardon bounced back with and took a gate to flag victory over Cooper and Motorex KTM' Jay Marmont. Cooper never really looked like being able to haul in the championship leader and beside a few squabbles further down the order things at the front end of the field where fairly sedate as the front-runners played follow the leader for the most part. Reardon's win in the second moto was enough to give him the days runner up spot. With Shift Motul Suzuki's Daryl Hurley only scoring 22 points Reardon has now opened up a 60 point lead in the championship and could very well be declared the champion at the next round. Cheyne Boyd put in an impressive ride after returning from breaking his ankle in round two, third overall was more than anyone expected, except maybe him. The CDR Nokia Yamaha rider looked as strong as ever but was probably a but shy on match fitness. With Coopers win it was a good day at the office for Team No Fear Honda. While Reardon took pole in qualifying the boys in red filled out the next three places with Cooper, Kade Mosig and Craig Anderson all in the top 4. Mosig was super impressive with 5th outright as was Privateer Lee Ellis who nailed 6th.
Bad day at the office awards go to Daryl Hurley who expectedly didn't fair to well after breaking his collar-bone two weeks ago, his effort in coming 11th was top notch, Shane Metcalfe also gets a guernsey as the Team Seven Yamaha rider was left on the gate in moto one with a bike that wouldn't cooperate. In the Lites Serco Yamaha's Jake Moss looked to be headed to another white wash as the pole winner blitzed past holeshot winner Mitch Hoad in the opening lap of moto one and headed of into the distance. But lady luck wasn't on the championship leaders side as his bike struck mechanical dramas which left him with a walk back to the pits. Hoad was the next in line and took full advantage of his opportunity and went on to a 3 second win over round winner Michael Phillips, the Under 19's wild card duo of Brenden Harrison and Todd Waters finished 3rd and 4th respectively. As Reardon did in the Pro Open, Moss laid down the law in moto two after pegging back holeshot winner Danny Anderson. Although it appears on paper to be an easy 16 second win it may very well not have been as round 7 winner Lewis Stewart was putting on a charge. Stewart, who is filling in for Cameron Taylor on the Shell Honda team was visibly closing down Moss and looked as though he could do the job, but a crash put and end to any aspirations he had and he was left with a walk back to the pits with his bike suffering steering damage. This time it was another Under 19's wild card that was there to take full advantage in the shape of Team Seven M2R Yamaha's Kirk Gibbs. Gibbs went on to score his highest ever placing in the Lites class with second behind Moss. Anderson took third ahead of Phillips. So with a third and a fourth Phillips and his Red Baron Yamaha took the days overall win. The un-assuming Kiwi has been on the cusp for two seasons now and has always shown the speed to deservedly be in with a shot of the win at any round, this time he did it and there is a pretty good chance that it won't be the last.
Craig Dack Rookies winner Ross Beaton. Photo: Garry Morrow / Click28.com
Runner up Gibbs also proved just how deep the talent pool of young riders is and understandably was over the moon with his result and said that it will give him a lot more confidence now that he heads back to the under 19's for the final two rounds. Third overall for the round was Danny Anderson followed by Motorex KTM's Todd Waters, who just missed out on making it three podiums from three starts as a wild card, Brenden Harrison was fourth. In the Craig Dack Rookies‰Ûª final round of the Yamaha MX National Development Series, Team Honda's Ross Beaton was too good taking out both Moto‰Ûªs and overall winner on the day. Luke Styke was 2nd and Tim Lonsdale came in 3rd. Ross Beaton said that he‰Ûªs feeling fit and not carrying any injuries. ‰ÛÏI expected to ride well today. I went in with a plan and everything seemed to exactly as I hoped. The Wonthaggi track is excellent ‰ÛÒ there are a lot of lines and the ruts and bumps really play to my advantage‰Û
Nokia Pro Open Overall - Round 8 - Wonthaggi, Vic
Pos No Rider Moto 1 Moto 2 Total Points
1 5 Cody Cooper 25 22 47
2 122 Daniel Reardon 20 25 45
3 3 Cheyne Boyd 22 18 40
4 82 Jay Marmont 18 20 38
5 118 Kade Mosig 14 16 30
6 17 Lee Ellis 13 14 27
7 905 Troy Carroll 11 15 26
8 41 Ford Dale 15 11 26
9 100 Craig Anderson 16 9 25
10 81 Tom Jones 9 13 22
11 4 Daryl Hurley 12 10 22
12 16 Nathan Brochtrup 5 12 17
13 170 Shaun Fogarty 6 8 14
14 121 Adam Miller 10 4 14
15 51 Riley Graham 1 7 8
16 30 Dean Porter 2 6 8
17 21 Justin Carafa 8 0 8
18 43 Chase Mosig 7 0 7
19 00 Nathan Crawford 3 3 6
20 18 Shane Metcalfe 0 5 5
21 26 Wade Thompson 4 0 4
22 91 Ricki Gilmore 0 2 2
23 58 Aden DeJager 0 1 1

Honda Pro Lites Overall - Round 8 - Wonthaggi, Vic
Pos No Rider Moto 1 Moto 2 Total Points
1 105 Michael Phillips 22 18 40
2 56 Kirk Gibbs 14 22 36
3 8 Danny Anderson 13 20 33
4 47 Todd Waters 18 15 33
5 15 Brendan Harrison 20 13 33
6 7 Mitch Hoad 25 7 32
7 14 Adam Monea 16 11 27
8 6 Jake Moss 0 25 25
9 35 Michael Addison 7 14 21
10 701 Brad Groombridge 10 10 20
11 33 Peter Boyle 11 9 20
12 28 Lewis Woods 12 5 17
13 335 Kyle Tobin 0 16 16
14 16 Lewis Stewart 15 0 15
15 101 Luke George 5 8 13
16 5 Cody Mackie 0 12 12
17 20 Louis Calvin 9 0 9
18 39 Taylor Potter 2 6 8
19 338 Lawson Bopping 8 0 8
20 122 Brock Winston 3 3 6
21 171 Shaun Williamson 6 0 6
22 153 Matt Ryan 1 4 5
23 J Jayden Jessup 4 0 4
24 89 Luke Van Maanenberg 0 2 2
25 73 Mick Macdermid 0 1 1

Craig Dack Rookies - Round 4 - Wonthaggi, Vic
Pos No Rider Moto 1 Moto 2 Total Points
1 43 Ross Beaton 25 25 50
2 26 Luke Styke 16 22 38
3 75 Timothy Lonsdale 18 20 38
4 27 Keiron Hall 20 18 38
5 18 Jarryd McNeil 22 16 38
6 41 Jeremy Laycock 14 14 28
7 73 Dale Wheeler 15 12 27
8 6 Alex Morris 11 15 26
9 66 Beau Pesic 13 13 26
10 2 Sven Vallely 9 11 20
11 65 Ricky Davenport 10 10 20
12 16 Billy Axon 12 7 19
13 38 Stephen Spark 5 8 13
14 31 Luke Thwaites 6 6 12
15 491 Taylor Wiese 7 4 11
16 81 Ethan Taylor 0 9 9
17 25 Grant Dodd 3 2 5
18 61 Jory Hancock 1 3 4
19 48 Luke Bouwmeester 4 0 4
20 98 Alex Handley 2 0 2

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