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Crawford, Kingsford, And Cannon Shine As ProMX Opens At Maitland

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The action was thick and fast with plenty of drama on the opening day of the ProMX at Maitland NSW.

On-track plot twists dominated ProMX Championship action on Saturday, as the country’s best motocross racers took to the track for the opening day of Maitland’s two-day round.

As Nathan Crawford got the better of his title rivals to earn a second MX1 race win of the year, it was a memorable day for Ryder Kingsford as he charged to his first-career Pirelli MX2 moto victory.

Meanwhile, Jake Cannon continued his recent strong form with a race win in MX3, as Seth Thomas and Blake Bohannon captured wins in the MX85 Cup and MX65 Futures classes.

Thor MX1

The drama flowed from the moment the MX1 class took to the track today when reigning champion Dean Ferris crashed heavily before he could register a qualifying lap and was taken to the local hospital for further examination.

Ferris has been ruled out for the weekend, and with a potential 75 points on offer, it could be devastating for the four-time national champion’s title defence.

Although points leader Kyle Webster dominated the first qualifying session by almost two seconds, his main challenger Jed Beaton emphatically struck in the Top 10 Super Pole Shootout, topping the charts with an unbeatable 1m39.271s lap-time.

Photo of ProMX Motocross rider Nathan Crawford
Nathan Crawford got the better of his title rivals to earn a second MX1 race win of the year.

Webster tried to respond but came up 0.808s short, his 1m40.079 lap was still good enough for second, ahead Crawford. Positions fourth and fifth were filled by two former MX1 champions in Kirk Gibbs and Luke Clout.

Bailey Malkiewicz finished an encouraging sixth in his debut MX1 outing, ahead of Todd Waters. Eighth belonged to Zachary Watson, while Blake Fox made his return to the ProMX circuit to finish ninth, with Liam Jackson completing the top 10.

In the first MX1 moto of the weekend, Crawford might have scored the holeshot and taken his second race victory of the season, but there was a whole lot of fireworks between those two moments.

The race lead changed no less than five times, as Gibbs, Beaton, and Webster all took turns at the head of the pack in a frantic exchange over the first half of the moto.

Things came to a head when Webster crashed out of the lead and dropped back to sixth, allowing Crawford to regain the lead and take a hard-earned win by 5.179s over Beaton.

Beaton’s second was more than enough to see him again take over the series red plate, with a five-point buffer over Webster. Clout put in a measured ride to finish a satisfying third, as Gibbs crossed the finish line in fourth.

Webster recovered from his crash to take fifth, while a fast-finishing Brett Metcalfe edged Waters on the last lap to claim seventh. Positions eight to 10 were filled by Watson, Joel Evans, and Fox.

Motos two and three will commence tomorrow.

Photo of ProMX Motocross rider Ryder Kingsford
Ryder Kingsford scored the holeshot and went on to win his first race at this level after a lonely ride at the front of the pack

Pirelli MX2

In the Pirelli MX2 class, runaway series leader Brodie Connolly continued his same rich vein of form by posting a scorching qualifying lap time to start the weekend’s proceedings.

The Polyflor Honda Racing rider’s quickest lap – a 1m40.683s – was almost 1.4s quicker than his closest rival, Byron Dennis.

Reid Taylor finished the session in third, ahead of Kayden Minear and Kaleb Barham. The remaining top 10 places were filled by Noah Ferguson, Ryder Kingsford, Haruki Yokoyama, Rhys Budd, and Jai Constantinou.

There was a sudden turn of events in the opening MX2 moto, as Kingsford scored the holeshot and went on to win his first race at this level after a lonely ride at the front of the pack. All hell broke loose behind him, as Connolly crashed on the start straight and remounted in last, while Ferguson also found himself mid-pack off the start.

Malkiewicz, who’s performing double duty in two classes this weekend, capitalised on a great start to finish the race with a well-deserved runner-up result, holding off a hard-charging Alex Larwood, who steadily moved his way forward throughout the moto.

Jayce Cosford and Yokoyama also both put in impressive rides to complete the top-five after both getting the better of Minear late in the race. Ferguson finished a gritty seventh after his bad start, ahead of Barham, Cambell Williams and Budd, who ran as high as third early in the moto.

Back in the pack, Connolly scrambled his way forward to twelfth, but then crashed again and finished the race in a frustrating nineteenth, collecting just two points for all his efforts. His points lead has been cut from 38 to 25, giving his rivals added hope in the championship fight heading into tomorrow’s two motos.

Photo of ProMX Motocross rider Jake Cannon
Jake Cannon took the first MX3 win as well as qualifying fastest.

MX3

Jake Cannon has continued his mid-season roll, comfortably winning the first of the MX3 motos on Saturday.

Cannon topped the class’s qualifying session, then overtook holeshot winner Cooper Rowe within a handful of corners to go on and win the opening race by a comfortable 7.916s from series leader Kayd Kingsford.

Kingsford’s team-mate Koby Hantis completed the race podium, a distant 13 seconds back after having to work his way forward from a seventh start. Ky Woods finished the moto in fourth, holding off Jack Deveson, who tried to finish the race strongly and was rewarded with a fifth result.

The second and third MX3 motos will be held tomorrow.

Photo of ProMX Motocross rider Seth Thomas
Seth Thomas got the job done to win the first MX85 Cup moto.

MX85 Cup

Seth Thomas became the standalone leader of the talent-packed MX85 category with one round of the series remaining, after a mature performance in Saturday’s race today.

It was his nearest rival, Heath Davy, who scored the holeshot and tried to distance himself early on, but Thomas grabbed the lead on the fourth lap, then went on to win by 4.16s

Cooper Danaher finished a distant third, as Connor Feather and Richie Lawler completed the top five.

Top qualifier Levi Townley took a hard-fought sixth. After starting on the cusp of the top 10, he quickly worked his way up to second early on, before crashing soon afterwards and tumbling down to twentieth. The New Zealander then clawed his way back to sixth before the clock ran out.

MX65 Futures

Our future stars of the sport took to the track for the first time in 2024 today, and it was Blake Bohannon who took opening MX65 Futures honours, with a memorable wire-to-wire victory.

Bohannon scored the holeshot and went on to win by 5.563s over Lewis-Jay Carafa, with Kye Sproule rounding out the podium, another 8.9s further back. Mason Ezergailis and Chase Worthington finished their day fourth and fifth.

The young rippers will again hit the track tomorrow for their second race, before returning for the final two rounds in Queensland during August.

Racing action for all classes continues tomorrow.

Full results from today’s racing can be found here

Photo of ProMX Motocross rider MX65 Futures: Start
The future stars of the sport took to the track for the first time in 2024 in the MX65 Futures Class.

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