DPH Motorsport‰Ûªs Lawson Bopping has claimed his first overall win for 2015, on one of the toughest circuits of the series, at round five of the MX Nationals in Coolum today.
After kickstarting his day with a Go Pro SuperPole win, Bopping went on to put in an outstanding performance, in conditions that tested the most experienced MX Nationals athletes.
Despite a first turn pile up involving CDR Yamaha teammates Daniel Reardon and Kade Mosig, Bopping dodged the carnage and claimed the first holeshot of the day for Yamaha. Bopping then went on to lead for the entire race, until former World Champion Ben Townley took control and secured the race lead at the 25-minute mark.
Proving that retirement is no issue, Penrite Honda‰Ûªs Townley went on to claim an epic race one win, in his first MX Nationals appearance for 2015. Crossing the line in a close second was Bopping, followed by KTM‰Ûªs Kirk Gibbs who put in a huge charge to come from 16th all the way back to third.
In race two, it was all about red plate holder Kirk Gibbs. After taking the holeshot, Gibbs stretched out an early lead on the field, and by the 30-minute mark, finished moto two over ten seconds before second place getter Bopping, and Townley who crossed the line in third.
Despite Gibbs‰Ûª form, a second place, was all that was required in race two for Bopping ‰ÛÒ handing the Yamaha mounted rider his first round overall for 2015, ahead of Gibbs who took second, and comeback king Townley who finished round five in third.
"This is a great feeling taking this overall and it's just great to be able to give back to Dale and the whole DPH team," Bopping said. "Today was an awesome day - To get the win in SuperPole and holeshot the first moto was really good, and then in the second race I just did what I had to do.
"It was just a really fun day really. The guys are a lot of fun to race against and Townley hasn't lost anything that's for sure (laughs), but i'm just pumped - this is a big achievement for me."