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Luckless TM Racing Australia Riders Take Plenty Of Positives Away From Phillip Island

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All three TM Racing Australia riders will take away plenty of positives away from rounds four and five of the 2013 Terex Australian Motocross Championships held at Phillip Island over the weekend despite two of it's team members suffering some horrible luck.

Nick Sutherland aboard his TM 250 Two Stroke may have come away from the weekend with a DNF-8 result in the SX Lites class over the two days, however those results are no indication of how he truly rode over the course of the weekend.

After finishing second in his heat race on Saturday, Sutherland quickly worked his way into third place on lap one, before making a move past former SX Champion Ryan Marmont for second place on lap three.

The rider who currently resides in Boonah, Queensland was starting to edge away and had a clear second place finish lined up when disaster struck in the form of a tough block that had worked it's way into the middle of the track causing Sutherland to crash with his handle bars bending at a right angle in the incident.
Sutherland was sitting in a comfortable second place in Saturday's SX Lites Main Event, when a tough block put an end to great run.
He bravely tried to continue racing and had worked his way back to deep inside the top ten when the bars finally gave way, snapping in half and leaving him now choice but to retire from the race.

"I had a good start to the weekend on Saturday with a second place finish in my heat race which was good confidence booster leading into the final." Sutherland explained.

"I got into third place early on lap one of the final then capitalised on a mistake Marmont made an moved into second, I was feeling really comfortable an was slowly inching on the guys behind me.

"Just before the half way mark of the race I was in a rhythm section and there was a tough block right were I was landing. I had no to go an came down pretty hard, destroying my bars."

Sunday proved to be a bit of a repeat performance for Sutherland. After qualifying 3rd fastest in the SX lites class, he once again finished second in his heat race, before an early crash in the main event left him to charge from last place and over half a lap down.

He was able to work is way to 8th place when the flag fell at the end of the race.

"Sunday started out really well, I felt really good straight away and I ended up qualifying third fastest. I was feeling quiet confident to get on the podium, but I got caught up in a first turn pile up an by the time I got untangled the whole field was gone." Sutherland reflected.

"It felt good to be a top 3 rider all weekend though, and I just need to take the positives out of the weekend an get a good result at the final round in Toowoomba."
Nyk Geck had his best race to date on Saturday with an 8th place finish in the SX Lites main event.
Team-mate Nyk Geck came into the round under an injury cloud after severely spraining his left ankle at the pervious round in Mount Gambier just seven days earlier. He then added to his injury woes on the Friday before the Phillip Island event when he cut open his right foot leaving him barley able to walk.

Despite the injury concerns, Geck had his best race to date on Saturday finishing in eighth place in the SX lites main event aboard his TM MX 250Fi.

Things were once again looking good for round five on Sunday until he was involved in a early race pile up that left him with no choice but to just circulate during the days final.

"I was happy with my eighth placed finish in Saturday's main event, everything went to plan I just put in consistent laps and no bad luck come my way for once. Wish that happened every race!" Geck stated.

"Sunday was just bad luck in the final, I got a good start and my team mate Nick Sutherland passed me on the outside of the whoops and he had plans of going inside on the 2nd corner and I was going outside and my bike got jammed in the back of his and he couldn't go anywhere, my bike was all mangled up so I just circulated hoping to get some points.

"My ankle held up ok, it was a bit dodgy if I didn't land everything perfect and now it's very swollen again," Geck concluded.
Ryan Zipes continues to put in consistent results as he returns to national level racing
Ryan Zipes who also races aboard the TM MX 250Fi was the teams most consistent rider for the weekend and came away with the most points for the weekend with his 12th and 13th place finishes at the conclusion of the two rounds held along side the Australian round of the MotoGP championship.

Zipes who missed the first round has been a picture of consistency since his return to racing and currently sits in 15th place in the championship, one spot ahead of his teammate Geck.

"The weekend went well, we had some solid races and I was happy to get some more races under my belt and leave Phillip Island fit an healthy." Ziepes stated.

With a three-week break in the National championship all Zipes will join both Sutherland and Geck in contesting the AMH Queensland Supercross Championship that kicks off on the 2nd of November at the Marshall Private Property in Dundas (Fernvale).

"I now look forward to joining the team at the new two round Queensland Supercross series that will be taking place in the two weekends leading up to the ASX Final round in Toowoomba. I will be aiming for some good results at those two races and hopefully head into to Toowoomba with some more confidence." Ziepes concluded.

Top Image: Nick Sutherland was consistently putting in laps times that had him deep inside the top three in the SX Lites class over the course of the weekend at Phillip Island

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