MX Nationals

Luke Clout Takes MX2 Win At Nowra, Jay Wilson Maintains Championship Lead

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Serco Yamaha's Luke Clout has won the 8th round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Nowra today moving to with in three points of JCR Yamaha's Jay Wilson in the Championship standings.

It was the KTM Privateer of Dylan Wills who fired to the lead to start moto 1 and and looked to have race winning speed until he tucked the front end of his motorcycle handing the lead over to Clout.

Further back in the field Wilson who lead the championship heading into the round was quickly working his way through the field after a first turn crash left him in last position.

By mid race, Wilson had worked his way into fifth position in a brilliant ride on a very hard to pass track and then was quickly gifted third place when Serco Yamaha's ran it in hot on KTM mounted Jack Simpson in a bid to take second position, with Beaton cleaning out Simpsons front wheel with both riders left to pick themselves up off the ground.

Husqvarna Factory backed rider Nathan Crawford also took advantage of the collision to move into second position.

Out front Clout held on to take the win, while Crawford held off Wilson for second position. Penrite Honda Wilson MX's Geran Stapleton crossed the line in 4th while early race leader Dylan Wills finished back in 5th.

Race two was a near carbon copy at the start as Wills once again grabbed the holeshot from Clout while Wilson was left buried outside the top ten.

Clout quickly moved into the lead, but just a couple of laps later Wills re-grouped and made his way back into the lead after setting up a sensation pass on Clout for the lead at the end of the start straight.

Wilson mean while moved his way in to fourth position, before making a pass on the returning Keiron Hall for third then catching and passing Clout for second position which was enough for the Yamaha rider to maintain the MX2 championship lead.

Wills held on to take a well earned moto 2 win, with Wilson second and Clout in third position.

Clout on the back of his 1-3 results claimed the round win ahead of Wilson's 3-2 results and in the process moved to just three points behind his Yamaha counter part with two rounds of racing remaining.

"I got off to a good start and nearly pulled the holeshot but Willsy got past me. "Clout reflected on the start of the second moto. "I made a pass and actually had a few good laps.

"I got a bit of arm pump and a bit of fatigue in the arms. It is not my fitness, it is just a bit of arm pump, everyone gets it.

"But 1-3 for the overall, we closed the points lead a little bit, we could have had the red plate there but that is the way it goes. I closed the points lead and took the overall so we have to take the positives out of it.

"Two good starts today, we have not usually been getting them, just have to go home and work hard and come out for the last two rounds.
JCR Yamaha's Jay Wilson maintains the championship lead - Credit: Aaryn Minerds (File)
For Wilson he was happy to come away from the round maintaining the points lead after what could have easily been a much worse result after his first turn crash in race one.

"It was a tough day at the office, moto one was pretty average, but I rode pretty good and showed I am here to win." Wilson commented immediately after the race. "Moto one was a bit difficult I went down here in the first turn and I was second to last and fought my way back up to third.

"That was a tough moto but we got it done.

"I did not get a great start in the second moto, but I worked my way back through and past Clouty, I knew we would have been one point down as we were separated by one point heading into that race, so we got a couple of points back.

"Overall a solid day for what it could have been we made the best of it."

Rounding out podium for the round was Dylan Wills with his 1-5 moto results, while Crawford was one position further back in 4th with his 9-2 round result edging out Takeshi Katsuya (8-4) and Keiron Hall with a (6-5) for fifth and sixth for the round tied on points with Takeshi pulling out a late race pass on Hall to claim the higher finish on count-back.

Watch all of todays racing action on demand below.

Moto 1 Results
1) Luke Clout
2) Nathan Crawford
3) Jay Wilson
4) Geran Stapleton
5) Dylan Wills
6) Keiron Hall
7) Joel Wightman
8) Takeshi Katsuya
9) Jack Simpson
10) Jed Beaton

Moto 2 Results
1) Dylan Wills
2) Jay Wilson
3) Luke Clout
4)Takeshi Katsuya
5) Keiron Hall
6) Jed Beaton
7) Caleb Ward
8) Wade Hunter
9) Nathan Crawford
10) Jack Simpson

Round Results:
1) Luke Clout 65
2) Jay Wilson 62
3) Dylan Wills 61
4) Nathan Crawford 54
5) Takeshi Katsuya 51
6) Keiron Hall 51
7) Geran Stapleton 47
8) Jed Beaton 46
9) Joel Wightman 44
10) Jack Simpson 43

Championship Standings:
1) Jay Wilson 465
2) Luke Clout 462?
3) Takeshi Katsuya 435
4) Jed Beaton 395
5) Wade Hunter 362
6) Caleb Ward 353
7) Nathan Crawford 346
8) Dylan Wills 334
9) Luke Arbon 327
10) Geran Stapleton 324

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