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Kayne Lamont Shines On Slick Wonthaggi Track, Clout Retains Points Lead

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Kayne Lamont put on a demonstration of how to ride a slippery water soaked track on his way to claiming the overall round win in the MX2 class at third round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals held at Wonthaggi, Victoria on Sunday the 27th of April.

It was the Raceline Suzuki pairing of Geran Stapleton and Ryan Marmont who rocketed out of the gate to kick of racing yesterday, leading the MX2 pack through the first turn with a pack of hungry riders in tow. Marmont's time up front did not last long however with the former Lites champion crashing hard coming out the large sandy sweeper early in the race.

While Marmont slowly remounted a huge pack of riders set off after Stapleton who was returning for his first race after suffering a back injury at round one. The biggest charge off all came from Serco Yamaha's Luke Clout who rounded the opening lap in 8th position.
Raceline Pirelli Suzuki showed they have their bikes on song ripping a big 1-2 start in moto 1 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In the closing stages of the race, Clout moved into second place passing Lamont who also had worked he way though the field after an average start. With two laps remaining Stapleton looks as though he had the race in the back with a comfortable lead, however with one and a half laps to go, Stapleton went down handing the lead and race win to Clout with Stapleton following the Yamaha rider across the line aboard his Husqvarna 250 two stroke.

Lamont was able to recover for a third place finish, ahead of Privateer KTM 250SX mounted Hamish Harwood while fellow privateer Wade Hunter finished 5th aboard his KTM 250 SX-F.
Luke Arbon ran up front in moto 1 but suffered with arm pump, race two he was able to maintain his speed all race long finishing 3rd - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
With the track being heavily watered during the lunch break, the MX2 riders were greeted by a very slick track for their second moto. It was the Kiwi pairing of Lamont and Harwood who flew out of the gates leading the field through the first turn with KTM privateer Daniel Banks in third.

Lamont and Harwood were never headed, with the two racing to fist and second place finishes respectively. Behind them SD3 Husqvarna racers Luke Arbon moved his way into third position early in the race and proved again he has what it takes to run up the pointy end in the MX2 class claiming his first podium moto result for the season.

Errol Willis raced his YZ250 two stroke to fourth place, with Clout coming home as the leading four-stroke rider in 5th position after again working his way though the field in the tricky conditions.
Kayne Lamont showed the field how to ride a slick wet track in moto 2 leading from start to finish - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The day however belonged to Lamont who raced to his second round win of the 2014 season after also cleaning up at round one four weeks ago.

"I love the Wonthaggi track, I have always liked riding here and the jumps are awesome." Lamont enthused. "It reminded me a little bit of back home, with all the jumps, so it was familiar ground.

"My bike was pretty much on form today and I felt a lot better on it. I got one good start and I wish the first one was a bit better, but I managed to charge through and nearly take the win, but I was happy with race two and the win.

"When the tracks get wet like it was in race two it is like it is back home, I am sure the Aussie guys were hating it, for me and Hamish it was similar to riding back home." Lamont continued. "It was tricky, it was very slippery and it didn't really dry out much during the moto.

"It was all about keeping consistent lines and staying up right and that is what I managed to do and I ran away with it."
Luke Clout won the opening moto and finished second overall for the round - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
While Clout would have preferred to be standing on the top step of the podium he was happy to leave the round with another moto win under his belt and also continuing to hold the championship leaders red plate.

"I felt pretty good today." Clout reflected. "The first moto was good, we came though the pack for the win. I had good fitness for both motos.

"The last moto I struggled a little bit, the track was pretty average, it seemed to suit the two strokes again. I did what I had to do, I went 1-5 for the day for second overall and still have a thirteen point lead

"I am looking forward to round four and keeping that red plate throughout the whole year hopefully."
Hamish Harwood once again showed he has a bright future with another solid weekend in his first year racing MX2 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Hamish Harwood continues to prove his worth in the MX2 class, with the 2013 MXD champion hitting the podium for the second time in three rounds to start the 2014 season.

"Today was good actually," Hardwood stated. "I was finally getting some good starts, which I am rapt about and it definitely makes it a lot easier starting up front rather than trying to come through.

"The track today was pretty rough and that is how I like it, the rougher the better, it certainly sorts the men out from the boys. The wet the shit out of the track in that second race and it made it slick on the hard pack corners out there, the track was good.
Errol Willis went 9-4 for 5th overall for the round - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Luke Arbon and Errol Willis finished the day tied on 51 points a piece with Arbon being award fourth place on count-back. Brendan Harrison was a further point behind ending the day on 50 points, while pre season favourite Kale Makeham had another tough day, finishing 7th overall after qualifying fastest.

Serco Yamaha's Jay Wilson finished 8th overall a single point ahead of Geran Stapleton who toughed out the second moto as he still feels the affects from his Broadford crash. Jake Emanuelli finished in 10th to give Wilsons Racing their first top ten result of 2014.
MX2 Podium - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX2 Overall Rounds Results:
1. Kayne Lamont - 67 Pts
2. Luke Clout - 61 Pts
3. Hamish Harwood - 60 Pts
4. Luke Arbon - 51 Pts
5. Errol Willis - 51 Pts
6. Brenden Harrison - 50 Pts
7. Kale Makeham - 46 Pts
8. Jay Wilson - 45 Pts
9. Geran Stapleton - 44 Pts
10. Jake Emanuelli - 42 Pts
11. Riley Graham - 40 Pts
12. Joel Milesevic - 37 Pts
13. Daniel Banks - 36 Pts
14. Caleb Ward - 31 Pts
15. Daniel McEntee - 29 Pts
16. Matt Van Slooten - 27 Pts
17. Joel Evans - 27 Pts
18. Wade Hunte - 26 Pts
19. Ryan Marmont - 20 Pts
20. Tomas Ravenhorst - 20 Pts
Luke Clout will continue to run the red plates as the series heads to South Australia - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
MX2 Overall Championship Standings After Round 3 to 10:
1. Luke Clout - 207 Pts
2. Kayne Lamont - 194 Pts
3. Hamish Harwood - 192 Pts
4. Brenden Harrison - 180 Pts
5. Kale Makeham - 167 Pts
6. Jay Wilson - 149 Pts
7. Errol Willis - 140 Pts
8. Wade Hunter - 140 Pts
9. Luke Arbon - 137 Pts
10. Ryan Marmont - 135 Pts
11. Caleb Ward - 121 Pts
12. Joel Milesevic - 108 Pts
13. Daniel Banks - 100 Pts
14. Nick Sutherland - 97 Pts
15. Nick Scott - 97 Pts
16. Jake Emanuelli - 96 Pts
17. Daniel McCoy - 91 Pts
18. Hamish Dobbyn - 89 Pts
19. Geran Stapleton - 88 Pts
20. Riley Graham - 87 Pts
Geran Stapleton was impressive in the opening moto showing he has the speed to run up front in MX2 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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