WBR Bulk Nutrients Yamaha rising star, Bailey Malkiewicz, stretched his lead in the under 19 (MXD) division of the MX Nationals after a clutch performance at round nine of the championship, held at Gladstone on the weekend.
With a tight five rider battle for the championship and the pressure on the rising stars to perform at the business end of the season, it was Malkiewicz who held his nerve to produce one of his best rides of the year to win both 20 minute motos and now move 24 points clear of his team mate and nearest rival, Hugh McKay.
Race one saw him move into the lead and then produce a riding clinic to race away from the field and take an impressive 20 second win and keep momentum going in his favour. But race two was completely different as Malkiewicz didn‰Ûªt get the best of starts and was sitting in sixth at the end of the first lap.
He worked his way forward and took control of the race just past the half way stage but wasn‰Ûªt able to break clear of team mate, McKay. McKay shadowed him all the way to the finish line but couldn‰Ûªt get close enough to make a pass, so it was Malkiewicz from McKay in a WBR Yamaha team 1-2.
‰ÛÏI needed a round like this to get some breathing space heading into Coolum,‰Û