MX Nationals

KTM’s MX2 Front Runners Take Aim At Championship Lead

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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KTM head into the eighth round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals with four riders sitting inside the top six in the MX2 championship standings.

Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs Hamish Harwood will target the 16-point gap between himself and championship leader Luke Clout when the series heads to Raymond Terrace this weekend, but the other rider to keep an eye out for will be, seventeen-year-old Axis Motorsports KTM rider Caleb Ward, who leap-frogged up to fourth in the championship at Conondale by taking his second round win of the season.

Ward first jumped into the lime light back at Murray Bridge when he showed he could run with the best with a fine second place moto two finish. He then followed up the following weekend at Wanneroo in Western Australia racing to his maiden MX2 round win.

Proving he is just as fast on a hard pack track as he is on Sand, Ward raced to a 1-1-10 result to win last time out at Conondale and will be aiming for more race wins this weekend on his first visit to Raymond Tce.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve been chillin‰Ûª at home doing some mountain biking, some running, practicing some hard pack stuff and having some fun." Ward said in the lead up to this weekends event. "I‰Ûªve never been to Raymond Terrace but I‰Ûªve heard a few things about the track and am trying to prepare myself the best I can so I can come out with a good result.

"I‰Ûªm doing a lot better in the second half of the season so my confidence has improved a lot. I‰Ûªm not nervous and making silly mistakes as much, and now I know if I get a good start I can at least run with the leaders if not pull away from them.‰Û
Jack Simpson returns to the home of his first MXD round win this weekend - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
In MXD racing ‰ÛÒ colourful Tune-Tech KTM rider Jack Simpson has a short but enviable record at Raymond Terrace and hopes to use the round to regain the championship lead on the very same KTM 250 SX upon which he wrapped up both the Victorian Lites and U19 championships a fortnight ago.

‰ÛÏRaymond Terrace was my first ever MXD race last year, and I won the overall so at this stage Raymond Terrace is good for me." Simpson stated. "I‰Ûªm 100% ready to go so bring it on!

"It‰Ûªs been very wet in Melbourne so I‰Ûªve only ridden a few times since Conondale. I work during the week as a concreter so I don‰Ûªt get too much time to ride, but I still go out there and give ‰Û÷em heaps - and make a lot more money than those other blokes too!‰Û

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