Motocross

Connor Tierney maintains championship lead with Murray Bridge win

Posted:

Connor Tierney maintains championship lead with Murray Bridge win
The Pirelli MXD class made their final dash for championship points ahead of their mid-season break today, with red plate holder Connor Tierney maintaining the championship lead and snatching up another overall victory at round four of the Motul MX Nationals at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

From the minute the Pirelli MXD Class hit the track for practice and qualifying this morning, riders relished in the opportunity to take on the soft red surface, and it was Husqvarna mounted Kaleb Barham who recorded the fastest lap time with a 1:47.407 granting him first pick of the Pirelli MXD grid.

When bikes lined up for moto one, the sun beamed down on the Murray Bridge track, providing ideal conditions for the battles to take place. And when the gates dropped, it was KTM mounted youngster Cooper Pozniak who snatched up the the first MXStore hole shot of the day, however it took only a few turns for Husqvarna‰Ûªs Tierney to move in to the opening race lead.

From there and with only two laps in the books, Tierney began to pull away from the lead group, while Pozniak maintained an impressive second position, followed by Barham, Yamalube Yamaha‰Ûªs Mitchell Evans, and Zak Small.

By the time the MXD class had reached the eight-minute mark in moto one, Barham had applied enough pressure on Pozniak to snatch away second place from the youngster, while Evans also made his way past Pozniak to move in to third.

From there, Evans‰Ûª charge to the front became even stronger, and before long, Barham also became a victim of the Yamalube Yamaha rider‰Ûªs speed - Evans breezing past to move in to second place and begin his hunt for race leader Tierney.

With just over five minutes remaining, both Tierney and Evans went to battle for the top Pirelli MXD position, while Pozniak held down third from Raceline Pirelli KTM‰Ûªs Wade Kirkland in fourth, followed by Yamalube Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Jordan Hill who completed the top five.

As moto one for the Pirelli MXD class reached its final stages, Evans‰Ûª came to the realization that he needed to put the foot down if he wanted to snatch away the lead from Tierney - however the pressure to get the job done proved to be too much for Evans ‰ÛÒ crashing in the back section of the track, allowing Tierney to accelerate away.

However, with Evans out of contention for a podium position, teammate Hill stepped up to the plate ‰ÛÒ picking off rider after rider in only a few short laps, to move in to an outstanding second position ahead of Pozniak in third.

And when the chequered flag flew on race one, it was Husqvarna‰Ûªs Tierney who fought off tough competition to take the first Pirelli MXD victory for the day, while Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Hill crossed the line in second, ahead of Pozniak in third, while Kirkland and Barham finished in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Zak Small, Lochie Latimer, Levi McManus, Tyler McCoy and Sam Pelz rounded out the top ten finishing positions in moto one.

When the second race for the Pirelli MXD class got underway, it was once again Pozniak who showcased his starting capabilities, however it wasn‰Ûªt long before Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Evans once again moved in to the race lead, followed by Pozniak who slotted in to second, and Husqvarna mounted Barham who followed closely behind in third.

After three laps in moto two for the MXD competitors, Evans had stretched out his lead to an impressive eight seconds, while Kirkland had found his way in to second position, relegating Pozniak to third, while red plate holder Tierney held down fourth. Barham who despite showing impressive form in the first few laps, dropped back to fifth position.

With Evans out in front, the excitement on track came from the battle for positions behind him, Kirkland, Tierney and Pozniak all locked in to a three-way fight for second and third places.

With five minutes remaining in moto two, the running order saw Evans out in front, followed by Tierney, Kirkland, Pozniak and Barham. Justin Hart, Small, McManus, Pelz and McCoy all rounded out the top ten standings.

When riders received the last lap board, Evans was well and truly in the box seat to take the race two victory, while Tierney also looked comfortable in second place ahead of Kirkland who continued to maintain third.

And when bikes crossed the finish line for the final time today, it was Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team‰Ûªs Evans who redeemed himself after a tough first moto, to take the race two win, followed by Tierney in second, while Raceline‰Ûªs Kirkland wrapped up the final race of the day in third.

When the points were tallied from two hard fought races, Tierney‰Ûªs consistent 1,2 finishes awarded him the round four Pirelli MXD victory, while KTM mounted Kirkland took a second consecutive podium concluding the round in second, followed by KTM‰Ûªs Pozniak who finished racing in Murray Bridge in third overall.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm super happy with how today has gone. I came out here to extend the points lead and that‰Ûªs what I‰Ûªve done ‰ÛÒ I‰Ûªve got the overall for the day and the red plate so I really couldn‰Ûªt be happier,‰Û

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Motocross

Jay Wilson Continues On His Winning Way In Japan

Enduro

Double delight for Wil Ruprecht at Enduro GP of Portugal

Motocross

Despite Showing Speed The MXGP of Sardegna Turns Into a Tough One For Mitch Evans

Motocross

Calvin Vlaanderen and Tom Vialle Master Sandy Riola Sardo to Win the MXGP of Sardegna

Speedway

Aussie Max Fricke Snares Victory At FIM Speedway GP of Poland

Enduro

Wil Ruprecht Claims EnduroGP Victory On Day One Of GP Of Portugal

Motocross

Jorge Prado Set For MXGP of Sardegna Return This Weekend

Motocross

Kay de Wolf To Miss MXGP Of Sardegna Following Cycling Injury

Motocross

Courtney Duncan To Focus On Recovery And Final Two WMX Rounds

Motocross

Shane McElrath To Fill In For Dean Wilson At Husqvarna Factory Racing

Motocross

Mattia Guadagnini To Move Up To The MXGP Class

Motocross

Romain Febvre Still Not Ready To Return To Racing

What's On This Week

FIM Hard Enduro World Championship - Round 2
Xross - Serbia
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
East Coast MX Series - Round 3
Maitland DMCC - NSW
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Vic Off-Road Championship - Round 6
Edenhope
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Vic Off-Road Championship - Round 5
Edenhope
Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Featured:

MTX Sprockets and XAM Chains

Is The Motocross Future Now With Stark Varg?

Fusport XP2 Review

Under or Over – We pit Fly Racing’s Revel Race Roost Guard against the Fly Barricade Zip Vest.

Into the Night – Part Two

Into the Night – Part One

What's On This Week

FIM Hard Enduro World Championship - Round 2
Xross - Serbia
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
East Coast MX Series - Round 3
Maitland DMCC - NSW
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Vic Off-Road Championship - Round 6
Edenhope
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
Vic Off-Road Championship - Round 5
Edenhope
Saturday, May 21st, 2022