When moto one commenced, the Wonthaggi track had become deep and highly technical, providing the ultimate challenge for the MX Nationals Under 19 competitors. And when gates dropped, it was Yamalube Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Pozniak who secured the Raceline holeshot ahead of Husqvarna‰Ûªs Jye Roberts and Yamaha mounted Dyce.
However fastest qualifier Dyce was determined to move into the top spot, and within a few turns had made the pass on Roberts for second and then set his sights on his team mate Pozniak. But unfortunately for Dyce a 10 second in-race penalty for riding inside a track marker at the four lap mark hindered the Yamaha rider‰Ûªs charge ‰ÛÒ Dyce was then forced to race against the clock in a dash to make up positions before the chequered flag.
After 12 minutes of the first 20-minute plus one lap moto, the Pirelli MXD running order saw Yamalube Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Pozniak continuing to lead from Dyce and Husqvarna‰Ûªs Roberts. Benjamin Broad (Kawasaki) and KTM SXF 250 rider Ryan Kenney held down fourth and fifth positons respectively, while Jackson Coulson, Kaleb Barham, and Raceline Pirelli KTM‰Ûªs Morgan Fogarty all maintained places inside the top ten.
However, with Dyce on a mission to make up time, it wasn‰Ûªt long before the Yamaha MXD rookie made the move on his more experienced team mate Pozniak for first position, but with a huge ten seconds to make up in order to take the victory, it was Dyce against himself once he had a clear track ahead of him.
By the time riders received the last lap board, there had been no change at the front of the pack, with Dyce continuing to tick off laps, in a desperate bid to stretch out his gap on Pozniak and Roberts to more than ten seconds.
But when the chequered flag flew, Dyce just fell short in time, and despite crossing the line in the top spot, was awarded second place after his earlier time penalty. Pozniak was then handed the first Pirelli MXD race win of the season, while Roberts concluded his first 2017 outing in third. Broad, Fogarty, Barham, Hugh McKay (Bulk Nutrients WBR Yamaha), Kenney, Justin Hart (Husqvarna) and Coulson (Yamaha) all wrapped up moto one inside the top ten.