History Repeats at Wonthaggi as round one MXN winners secure respective class wins at round three

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Recent history has repeated its self at round three of the Monster Energy Mx Nationals as Todd Waters, Luke Styke and Jack Simpson claimed their respective class victories on a cool and cloudy day at Wonthaggi in Victoria.

Pace setter in the early part of the season, Motorex KTM racer, Todd Waters for the first time this year started the day in unfamiliar territory as he watched not one but two riders qualify faster than himself during the regular qualifying session, with CDR Yamaha rider Lawson Bopping and Carlton Dry Honda MX rider Ford Dale both setting faster laps than Gold Coast based rider.

In what could be considered a bizarre Superpole session, Waters once again found himself as the third fastest rider on track at the end of the session, however this time behind Motul Pirelli Suzuki rider Matt Moss who claimed the five points and five hundred dollars with the fastest single lap, followed by Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Monea in second and Waters third, as the Superpole nearly completed a perfect inversion on the original top five qualifying times.

With four riders proving they had the single lap pace to beat Waters, things were shaping up for a full day of close racing in the MX1 class.

When the gates dropped on the opening MX1 race for the day it was, Motul Pirelli Suzuki's Cody Cooper who jumped out to the early lead with Waters, Carlton Dry Honda's Daniel McCoy, Campbell Mining's, Jake Moss and Motorex KTM's Kirk Gibbs in tow.

Waters did not take long to move in to the lead with Jake Moss also making his way around Cooper, though that did not last long as a mishap quickly put him to the back of the field.
It was a tough moto one for Jay Marmont, but he bounced back in moto 2 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
For championship contenders Monster Energy Kawasaki's Jay Marmont and CDR Yamaha's Billy Mackenzie things were not looking good early in the first moto, with both riders buried well outside the top ten.

Monea moved his way in to third place as the top three riders started to settle in to their positions out front. Waters was maintaining a small gap over Cooper and Monea was a comfortable third. From fourth place back through to eighteenth a freight train formed with riders swapping positions left right and centre as some of the best racing action for the season started to unfold, with one of the big charges coming from Yamaha privateer, Robbie Marshall from just inside the top twenty. position.

As the race end neared, Cooper put in one last effort to catch ,Waters closing the gap though not able to get close enough to make a move, with the duo going on to finish one two. Behind them Bopping and Matt Moss both found a way around Monea, who had some late race mishaps with the three riders finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Honda privateer and local rider Cheyne Boyd finished a solid sixth, with Gibbs seventh ahead of Honda pairing of McCoy and Dale in eight and ninth and Marshall rounding out the top ten.

Things did not go so well for Cody Mackie who suffered a big crash late in the moto and was taken to a local hospital for precautionary scans the reviled some damage to an ankle.
Matt Moss moved in to second in the points standings with his second place at Wonthaggi - b>Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Matt Moss fired his Suzuki out of the gate to claim the holeshot in moto two, though he was soon passed by Monea who looked to be on a mission in the second and final moto for the MX1 class for the day. Cooper and Waters also once again found themselves up with the leading group of riders along with Mackenzie who started the second moto in much better fashion than the first.

Waters as he has done in all six moto's in 2013, quickly worked his way forward and found himself in the lead, a lead that he would not relinquish for the remainder of the race.

Home crowd favourite Monea, buoyed on by a large cheer squad tried his best to stay with the current championship points leader and was able to keep Waters in site, though was never able to move with in striking distance, holding on for a very solid second place moto result.

Matt Moss rode held on for a top three finish, while his twin brother suffered a front brake issue while running behind him in fourth that forced him out of the race and putting a big dent in his championship hopes. Things also turned pear shaped for Mackenzie and Boyd in the second moto.

A mishap for Mackenzie seen him slip from inside the top five to outside the top ten, eventually bringing his Yamaha home outside the top ten for the second moto in a row. mean while Boyd was even less fortunate, crashing hard with reports coming in that he has broken up to six ribs in the crash.

Back up in the front, Bopping put in a second solid ride on the day for a fourth place finish, coming in ahead of Gibbs, Marmont and Dale in fifth, sixth and Seventh respectively. Cooper for the second weekend in a row slid down the field, though not nearly as bad as his Murray Bridge moto two result, finishing eighth, one spot ahead of Tye Simmonds, with McCoy rounding out the top ten.
Waters has won five out of six moto's in 2013 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The overall win for the round went to Waters for the third consecutive round with Waters now winning five of the six individual motos for 2013

"We got two from two today which was great and third in the Super Pole got us some solid points." Waters commented at the end of the days racing. "The track was pretty good for us,it got choppy in the hard pack and more rolly in the sandy sort of soil so it was like riding two different disciplines which always makes things a challenge.

"I had Coops tag along with me for a while in the first moto and Monea in the second which kept me honest and gives me something to work towards coming out for the next round.

"The points I know are important but I‰Ûªm not really worried about them to tell you the truth, that‰Ûªs Rob‰Ûªs job, I‰Ûªm just out to do the best I can do and wherever that lands me it lands me," the Queenslander concluded.

Matt Moss, was able to lift him self in to second position in the championship standings after a solid day out which also netted him second place for the round.

"To move in to second position is great" Moss commented. "From the start of the year to now, I didn't think I would be here this early.

"I have a great team manager behind me in Jay Foreman, he tells me to build, build, build each round and I think we have accomplished that. We are moving forward, we were fifth in the championship and now we are second.

"It is going to be hard to try and catch Todd, he is on fire, but we have to chase something to we might as well chase him," he added.
Adam Monea showed he has what it takes to mix it in MX1 with a podium finish - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Monea had the podium area in full voice when he stepped up to claim the number three plate for the round, his first podium in premier class in Australian race and if he has his way, certainly not his last.

"The first race took a bit out of me." Monea stated, " I knew I had the speed after getting the Superpole and that is what I have really worked towards over the last week.

"I need to make things easier for myself and get in the Superpole and score more points. I was a little bit of Mossy but four points, look at where it put me," he added in regards to his podium finish.

"It was a tough race in the first one with a couple of drops, but to make it up in the second one, leading a couple of laps then getting in behind Toddy and man he is flying. It was good to see some lines.

"This result is a credit to the team, I can't thank them enough for putting me on and giving me this opportunity." Monea added.

Bopping missed standing on the podium by just three points, the exact amount of points he dropped to Monea during Superpole after initially setting the fastest time in regular qualifying. Cooper held on for fifth overall for the day, due to the mixed results over the course of the two moto's and the closeness in pace of the top 15 riders in this years MX1 class.

Gibbs continued to improve in his first year on the 450 finishing sixth overall, two points ahead of Dale who was a further four points ahead of his team-mate McCoy in eight place for the day. Simmonds finished ninth overall just a single point ahead of Marshall who rounded out the overall top ten.

Luke Styke continues to look strong in 2013 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Luke Styke raced to his second overall round win of the 2013 season in the MX2 class with two more solid and consistent races, with the New South Welshman continuing his form of not finishing out side of the top three in any moto so far this year.

Styke avoided the first turn carnage in the opening MX2 moto that saw Troy Lee Designs Zero Seven Motorsports Kawasaki rider Kade Mosig go down hard and in need of medical attention after a multi bike pile up. Also mixed up in the first turn crash was Carlton Dry Honda's Josh Cachia who's run of bad luck in the opening moto continued for the second straight round.

Leading the MX2 field was AJ Motorcycles KTM supported privateer Kale Makeham who quickly put his head down and tried to run away from the all powerful Serco Yamaha pairing of Styke and Luke Clout who were in second and third positions.

After a few laps out front, Makeham came under pressure from Styke who swiftly moved in to the race lead with Clout following him through shortly after. Behind the leading trio privateer Brock Winston held down fourth place from Raceline Suzuki's Geran Stapleton, Scrivens Honda privateer Mat Ryan and Suzuki mounted Kiwi Rhys Carter, with Cachia moving is way inside the top fifteen.

While things stayed somewhat steady up front, Cachia continued his charge through the pack, working his way deep inside the top ten before a second crash once again seen him drop a few places and slid back out side the top ten.

Styke held on to take his fourth moto race win for the year, ahead of his team mate Clout with Makeham rounding out a lonely ride in third place. Stapleton worked his way around Winston late in the moto for a great fourth place finish, while Carter done likewise to Ryan, with the New Zealand rider finishing sixth ahead of home state rider Ryan in seventh.

Choice Motorsports KTM's Dylan Long who spent the whole moto working his way through the field finished eigth, just ahead of Cachia who as always, never gave up to claim a ninth place finish with Queensland's Wade Hunter rounding out the top ten.
After starting half a lap behind in moto 1 following a crash, where he clawed his way back to 9th, Josh Cachia was fast and focused in moto 2 and claimed a strong and decisive win - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
When moto two got under way, Cachia jumped out of the gates leading the Styke and Clout through the first two turns while the rest of the MX2 field got themselves tangled up in another mass pile up, this time in turn two.

Styke looked as though he as going to have Cachia's measure early in the moto as he closed in on the rear wheel of the Honda rider, however Cachia had other ideas and turned up the wick and pulled away from the championship leader, continuing to build his race lead right until the chequered flag, taking a dominating moto win.

Styke rode another strong moto to finish second, ahead of Clout, giving the team mates their second 1-2 overall podium for the season.

Makeham continued he front running ways, finishing in fourth place and in doing so done enough to put himself on the third step of the podium by a single point from an unlucky Cachia. Makeham's third place overall ensured that the MX2 podium at round three was an exact replica of the podium at round one held at Raymond Terrace.

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki's Ryan Marmont rounded out the top five in moto two, followed by Winston in sixth and Choice Motorsports KTM rider Kayne Lamont in seventh. Ryan held down eighth place one place ahead of Full Force CarsRus Honda rider Takeshi Katsuya with Carter rounding out the top ten.

Styke now has a 18 point lead in the championship standings over Clout and 32 points over third placed Makeham

"All the hard work is paying off," Styke said on the podium with the number one plate in his hand. "A big thanks to the Serco Yamaha team, they work around the clock to get us here and our bikes are unbelievable.

"The whole team puts in 110% in every weekend and the results are paying off as you can see with me and my team mate Luke Clout up here. Clout is riding superb and we just want to stay consistent all year and continue to move forward.

"I was going for it in the second moto today, Cachia's line choice was just a tad better than mine. I was a little bit disspointed in that. I feel like I could head out and do another 30, just my line choice was not there so I will head home and do some more home work." Styke concluded.
Luke Clout was impressive again this weekend taking a second and a third- Credit: Aaryn Minerds
18 year old MX2 sensation Clout maintains his second place in the championship standings with the 18 year old continuing to impress all before him.

"I kind of got stuck in to a bit of a pace in that second moto and the boys are riding real good," Clout stated, "They made it hard one me.

"I got some pretty good starts and finished second, that is pretty good. I will just go back, do some home work and keep learning and come out swinging at Broadford," he added.

Makeham continues to lead both the KTM and the two stroke brigade in the MX2 class sitting in third place in the championship and maintaining the two strokes 100% record of overall podium finishes in the class for 2013.

"I got my first podium here last year in MXD," Makeham commented. "It is sort of a home round for me, a Victorian round any way and there were so many people here today supporting me and I think that is what pushed me over the line.

"I am just trying to be consistent, what ever the points are it is what it is, though I had Marmont right behind me and I kind of knew in the back of my head that if I wanted a podium I had to beat this guy, so it was flat out the whole way," he explained regarding the closing stages of the second moto

As mentioned above, Cachia once again minimised the damage to his championship quest with another fine second moto performance to finish fourth overall for the day. Winston rounded out the top five finishing four points ahead of Ryan as the two privateers continue to make a decision on if they will rock up to each round on a week to week basis despite both sitting inside the top five in the championship standings.

New Zealand pairing of Cater and Lamont claimed seventh and eighth place for the round, with Long in ninth and Stapleton who had a second moto he would like to forget rounding out the top ten.

Jack Simpson will continue to run the red plate next round at Broadford in the MXD class - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Jack Simpson ensured that the MX1, MX2 and MXD number one overall results today at Wonthaggi were a carbon copy of the round one results when he secured the overall win thanks to his 1-3, result for the day.

Simpson grabbed the holeshot on his KTM 250 two stroke and was never headed in the opening moto, racing away to a big win ahead of Kiwi Hamish Harwood and round one podium finisher Corey James. Jake Emanuelli made a return to form claiming a fourth place finish ahead of Jay Wilson who spend the moto charging his way through the field for a fine fifth place.

Honda mounted Nick Scott finished sixth, one position ahead of Joel Dinsdale who like his team-mate Wilson, found himself working his way forward during the race and was looking at a even better moto finish, however a late race crash cost him a few positions.

GYTR Yamaha's Dinsdale made up for moto one, in moto two, securing his first MXD moto win which in turn elevated him on to the final step of the podium for the day. Harwood made it two second place finishes for the day, which left him just one point shy from claiming the overall round win as Simpson snared his second straight round win.

"I think I started a little out of balance and that set everything bad from there," Simpson explained about the second moto start. "I made sure that I made a lot of passes in the firs three or four corners to get up to a top five position then let the race settle and picked them off one by one."

Scott finished the round in fourth position, one point ahead of Wilson with Jesse Dobson who had a tough day at the office, spending the day working his way forward in both motos. Logan Blackburn finished the day eight overall, with Joel Wightman and Jesse McNally round out the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

Two Stroke Cup
Former MXD Champ Errol Willis returned to racing and straight to the top of the podium in the two stroke cup - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In the first of the four round 2013 KTM two stroke cup, it was 2011 MXD (Under 19s) Champion Errol Willis who claimed both moto wins to walk away from the day with a perfect 70 point haul aboard his Yamaha YZ 250 two stroke.

Victorian Veteran racer, Cameron Taylor and Tyson Cherry made it a clean sweep for Yamaha, with the pair sharing a second and third place moto finish, with Taylor getting the nod for second overall with his higher place finish in the second moto.

Alex Stephenson was the highest ranked KTM riders in fourth place, with Yamaha rider Tauri Onus rounding out the top five.

Round four of the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals head to Broadford, Victoria in two weeks time with racing being held on Sunday the 19th of May.

MX1 Round 3: Results
1. Todd Waters KTM 73 Pts
2. Matt Moss Suzuki 63 Pts
3. Adam Monea Kawasaki 62 Pts
4. Lawson Bopping Yamaha 59 Pts
5. Cody Cooper Suzuki 55 Pts
6. Kirk Gibbs KTM 50 Pts
7. Ford Dale Honda 48 Pts
8. Daniel McCoy Honda 44 Pts
9. Tye Simmonds Yamaha 42 Pts
10. Robbie Marshall Yamaha 41 Pts
11. Jay Marmont Kawasaki 40 Pts
12. Billy Mackenzie Yamaha 36 Pts
13. Jacob Wright Honda 36 Pts
14. James Booth Elliott Suzuki 34 Pts
15. Sam Martin Suzuki 33 Pts
16. Kieran Tisdale Suzuki 26 Pts
17. Cheyne Boyd Honda 25 Pts
18. Paul Humberston KTM 24 Pts
19. luke donnelly Yamaha 22 Pts
20. Mitch Norris Honda 21 Pts
21. Ben Pearce Kawasaki 18 Pts
22. Jason McCarthy Suzuki 18 Pts
23. Charlie Creech Kawasaki 15 Pts
24. Jake Moss Suzuki 14 Pts
25. Daniel Banks KTM 13 Pts
26. Thomas Rushton Honda 9 Pts

MX1 Championship Standings After Round 3 of 10
(Championship Standings are Provisional) 1. Todd Waters 214 Pts
2. Matt Moss 170 Pts
3. Lawson Bopping 168 Pts
4. Cody Cooper 160 Pts
5. Billy Mackenzie 157 Pts
6. Tye Simmonds 140 Pts
7. Adam Monea 133 Pts
8. Ford Dale 133 Pts
9. Kirk Gibbs 126 Pts
10. Jake Moss 124 Pts
11. Daniel McCoy 122 Pts
12. Jacob Wright 115 Pts
13. Jay Marmont 111 Pts
14. Robbie Marshall 108 Pts
15. Sam Martin 90 Pts
16. James Booth Elliot 89 Pts
17. Codie Macky 86 Pts
18. Cheyne Boyd 72 Pts
19. Keiran Tisdale 48 Pts
20. Paul Humberston 45 Pts

MX2 Round 3: Results
1. Luke Styke Yamaha 67 Pts
2. Luke Clout Yamaha 62 Pts
3. Kale Makeham KTM 58 Pts
4. Josh Cachia Honda 57 Pts
5. Brock Winston KTM 51 Pts
6. Matt Ryan Honda 47 Pts
7. Rhys Carter Suzuki 46 Pts
8. Kayne Lamont KTM 44 Pts
9. Dylan Long KTM 43 Pts
10. Geran Stapleton Suzuki 42 Pts
11. Ryan Marmont Suzuki 40 Pts
12. Wade Hunter Suzuki 40 Pts
13. Takeshi Katsuya Honda 39 Pts
14. kieran scheele Honda 36 Pts
15. Tristen Cachia Honda 33 Pts
16. Kurt Gow Kawasaki 30 Pts
17. Josh Adams KTM 29 Pts
18. Daniel McEntee KTM 27 Pts
19. Luke Wilson Kawasaki 22 Pts
20. Zak Newsome Suzuki 20 Pts
21. John Prutti Suzuki 17 Pts
22. Jedidiah Cornthwaite Honda 17 Pts
23. Joel Green Kawasaki 16 Pts
24. Jordan Flaherty Honda 16 Pts
25. Aaron Hart Suzuki 13 Pts
26. Matt van Slooten Kawasaki 13 Pts
27. Tim Farrell Kawasaki 9 Pts
28. Sam Burns Kawasaki 8 Pts
29. Steven Bowen Honda 4 Pts
30. Allister Kent Kawasaki 3 Pts
31. Levi Addison Yamaha 2 Pts
32. Brendan Josey KTM 1 Pts

MX1 Championship Standings After Round 3 of 10
(Championship Standings are Provisional) 1. Luke Styke 202 Pts
2. Luke Clout 184 Pts
3. Kale Makeham 170 Pts
4. Brock Winsont 160 Pts
5. Josh Cachia 145 Pts
6. Mat Ryan 137 Pts
7. Kayne Lamont 134 Pts
8. Geran Stapleton 131 Pts
9. Takeshi Katsauya 120 Pts
10. Rhys Carter 111 Pts
11. Dylan Long 109 Pts
12. Tristen Cachia 100 Pts
13. Ryan Marmont 97 Pts
14. Wade Hunter 93 Pts
15. Kade Mosig 73 Pts
16. Josh Adams 59 Pts
17. Luke Wilson 51 Pts
18. Zak Newsome 50 Pts
19. Jedidiah Cornthwaite 49 Pts
20. John Prutti 48 Pts

MXD Round 3: Results
1. Jack Simpson KTM 65 Pts
2. Hamish Harwood KTM 64 Pts
3. Joel Dinsdale Yamaha 59 Pts
4. Nick Scott Honda 51 Pts
5. Jay Wilson Yamaha 50 Pts
6. Jake Emanuelli Yamaha 47 Pts
7. Logan Blackburn Yamaha 44 Pts
8. Jesse Dobson Kawasaki 44 Pts
9. Joel Wightman Yamaha 42 Pts
10. Dakota Court KTM 40 Pts
11. Jesse McNally KTM 39 Pts
12. Tomas Ravenhorst KTM 37 Pts
13. Joel Evans Suzuki 37 Pts
14. Aaron Tanti KTM 35 Pts
15. Daniel Sanders Kawasaki 31 Pts
16. Corey James Yamaha 30 Pts
17. Jett Anderson Suzuki 27 Pts
18. Izak Maule Yamaha 24 Pts
19. Kyle Webster Yamaha 23 Pts
20. Meghan Rutledge Kawasaki 23 Pts
21. Nathan Denny KTM 21 Pts
22. Mitchell Nichols KTM 19 Pts
23. Tyler Lange Suzuki 19 Pts
24. Luke Arnold Yamaha 17 Pts
25. Jacob Williams KTM 14 Pts
26. Jesse Madden Yamaha 12 Pts
27. Jordan Bissaker Yamaha 6 Pts
28. Jake Donaher Kawasaki 6 Pts
29. Todd Jarratt Kawasaki 6 Pts
30. James Alen KTM 5 Pts
31. Mathew McEntee Honda 5 Pts
32. Tyler Goullet Kawasaki 5 Pts
33. Bailey Coxon Yamaha 2 Pts
34. Jamie Harvey Suzuki 2 Pts
35. Elijah Wiese Kawasaki 1 Pts

MXD Championship Standings After Round 3 of 10
1. Jack Simpson KTM 132 Pts
2. Hamish Harwood KTM 120 Pts
3. Jesse Dobson Kawasaki 109 Pts
4. Nick Scott Honda 103 Pts
5. Jay Wilson Yamaha 91 Pts
6. Jake Emanuelli Yamaha 91 Pts
7. Joel Dinsdale Yamaha 89 Pts
8. Logan Blackburn Yamaha 88 Pts
9. Joel Wightman Yamaha 83 Pts
10. Corey James Yamaha 82 Pts
11. Jesse McNally KTM 78 Pts
12. Tomas Ravenhorst KTM 64 Pts
13. Dakota Court KTM 58 Pts
14. Aaron Tanti KTM 57 Pts
15. Meghan Rutledge Kawasaki 51 Pts
16. Jett Anderson Suzuki 50 Pts
17. Richard Evans KTM 42 Pts
18. Tyler Lange Suzuki 41 Pts
19. Izak Maule Yamaha 38 Pts
20. Joel Evans Suzuki 37 Pts

2 Stroke Cup Round 1 and Championship Standings: Results
1. Errol Willis Yamaha 70 Pts
2. Cameron Taylor Yamaha 62 Pts
3. Tyson Cherry Yamaha 62 Pts
4. Alex Stephenson KTM 56 Pts
5. Tauri onus Yamaha 50 Pts
6. Ryan Perry Yamaha 49 Pts
7. Jake vella Yamaha 48 Pts
8. Luke ablitt Yamaha 45 Pts
9. Jake Williams KTM 42 Pts
10. Jarrad grierson Yamaha 42 Pts
11. Joel Barry Honda 38 Pts
12. Chris Hunter Honda 35 Pts
13. Justin Nicol 33 Pts
14. Steve hunter Honda 32 Pts
15. James Jafer Yamaha Suzuki 31 Pts
16. Paul Murphy KTM 28 Pts
17. Jayden Archer Yamaha 26 Pts
18. James cook KTM 12 Pts

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