You‰Ûªre well schooled in leading an MX1 championship after holding the red plate for the entire season last year, is having the points lead this time round different?
Yeah it is. Last year after round one I pretty much had a ten-point lead, and it just kept getting bigger after every round, and then by the end I obviously had a decent gap on the field. This year, I think it‰Ûªs going to be a fight the whole way to the last moto. To have the red plate is good, but I definitely feel like it‰Ûªs going to be a tough fight.
You snatched up the red plate at Murray Bridge, and narrowly held on to it at Wanneroo to carry it into the break ‰ÛÒ It must give you some added confidence knowing that you‰Ûªve been able to maintain the points lead when the MX1 class is stacked with talent this year?
It was really good to walk away from Wanneroo with the red plate. If Dean Ferris had of stayed on in the final moto it could have been a different story points wise. Wanneroo was really the round that Dean and Todd (Waters) were really going to shine and I managed to capitalise on a few mistakes from both of them. I feel like from here on out, I‰Ûªve just got to keep plugging away and see how it all plays out.
Who is your biggest threat to the championship?
I think it‰Ûªs definitely Dean and Todd, and even Matt Moss is still in a position where he can threaten the title too. Dean has probably been the most dominant rider race win wise, but Todd is right there and he‰Ûªs not going away either. All of us don‰Ûªt seem to really want to separate from each other and it‰Ûªs only a point here, and a point there that we‰Ûªre giving away.
How are you feeling ahead of round six at Nowra?
I‰Ûªm looking forward to this weekend. Obviously Nowra is a tough track to race but I believe I‰Ûªll be a lot better this year ‰ÛÒ last year I broke my shoulder blade and had two weeks off the bike ahead of Nowra, so I was a bit rusty. Hopefully this year I can get some good starts because that is 100 per cent what you need at Nowra. I believe its a pretty simple track to go fast on, but racing on it is different. Having raced there last year I know what it takes so hopefully that plays into my favour this weekend.
Nathan Crawford ‰ÛÒ Motul MX2 Red plate holder