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MX1 Team Talk – Read What The Teams And Riders Had To Say About Round One Of The MX Nationals

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KTM Motocross Racing Team

The KTM Motocross Racing Team‰Ûªs Kirk Gibbs is tonight holding the coveted red plate of the MX Nationals Championship Leader for the very first time in his professional career after he dominated the opening round of the 2015 series at Horsham on the weekend.

Gibbs qualified second fastest for the round, then on the back of two excellent starts, launched into early leads in both 30-minute motos, and was never headed in either.

His closest challenge in the first race came from none other than his teammate Luke Styke, who topped off a brilliant runner-up finish in Moto One with an arguably more spectacular ride the second.

In Race Two he toiled his way through to fifth place despite finding himself outside the top 10 coming out of the first turn ‰ÛÒ and it was enough to secure a podium finish for his very first MX1 national championship race in Australia (prior to Super Pole points), behind Gibbs and Kade Mosig.

Rob Twyerould, KTM Motocross Racing Team Manager ‰ÛÒ ‰ÛÏIt's brilliant, for Gibbsy to have the red plate for the first time is pretty amazing. The day started off really good with Kirk unlucky not to win Super Pole. He made a couple of little errors, but still knocked nearly a second of his qualifying time. Luke just didn't quite get a clean lap, but he used his frustration in the race and came out of the start three bike lengths ahead of everyone.

"Gibbsy was then in the lead after a couple of laps and it was just amazing to watch the boys go one to around the track for the rest of the moto in their neon orange gear.

"In Moto 2 Gibbsy had the lead after a lap and rode very sensibly. Luke got a great jump but his gate didn't drop all the way, and his back wheel hit it and it nearly threw him over the handlebars.

"That put him about 12th around the first corner, but he got through pretty quick and on the first lap and he got up to seventh or eighth, and then just worked hard, plugging away and at the end he was unlucky not to get Bopping. It was a huge effort and I'm really proud of him. He was suffering, he‰Ûªs been a little bit sick and off the bike for a week, but he never gave in, it was really impressive.

"It's only the first round, so we have to keep a lid on it and be realistic, but we‰Ûªll enjoy this for a little while, then focus on the next round.‰Û
Jesse Dobson showed some great signs on his way to a top ten moto result at round one - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Husqvarna Australia's Factory Backed Riders

Husqvarna Australia factory backed riders have started this year‰Ûªs Australian MX Nationals championship with promising signs at the series opener at Horsham in Victoria.

In the Premier MX1 class, just-turned-18-year-old Jesse Dobson overcame a couple of falls in the opening moto to register 12th and 10th place finishes in his national debut for Husqvarna.

The Sunshine Coast ace and his Husqvarna FC 450 will now enter the second round of the series in a three-way tie for ninth place overall, with Craig Anderson Racing rider Aaron Tanti a very impressive 14th overall after 17 - 13 scores.

Jesse Dobson ‰ÛÒ MX1: ‰ÛÏEqual ninth on the day, but it was an eventful day that‰Ûªs for sure. The first one we just had a bad start and ended up going down twice, and I just made my way back through the pack. But then I kind hit of a brick wall and lost my mojo halfway through the moto and Makeham ended up getting me on the last lap.

"In the second one I had a first lap crash behind Monier, so after that I just tried to relax and put some clean laps down and I ended up making my way back to tenth.

"It is not the result that I wanted but it's something to build on, and if we eliminate mistakes the speed and fitness is there to be a top guy.‰Û
Kade Mosig was one of the standout riders of the weekend finishing second overall in the MX1 class - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
CDR Yamaha

CDR Yamaha team owner Crag Dack has lauded the fighting spirit of his riders after the opening round of the MX Nationals was completed on the weekend at the challenging and rutted Horsham circuit, in Victoria.

The duo of Kade Mosig and Daniel Reardon proved to be up for the fight and worked tirelessly all day with Mosig pulling down a sensational second overall for the round while Reardon finished fifth in moto one before having to withdraw from moto two with a bike related issue.

‰ÛÏI was really proud of the way both guys raced, conducted themselves and their attitude to racing,‰Û
Cody Cooper (pictured) lead the way for Penrite Honda when racing got underway while team-mate Ford Dale topped superpole on his return to racing - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Penrite Honda Racing:

Penrite Honda Racing made a positive start to the 2015 MX Nationals with Ford Dale topping Superpole and Cody Cooper claiming a podium finish in MX1 Moto 2 at Horsham on the weekend.

The event was the first national race meeting Dale has contested in over ten months while for Cooper it was the opportunity to hit the reset button after a horror start to the 2014 season.

Team Principal Yarrive Konsky is confident the results provide a solid foundation to build from.

‰ÛÏWe had a really solid weekend,‰Û
Kale Makeham showed good pace but crashes left him in 11th overall, though the leading Suzuki rider after team-mate Matt Moss endured a tough say behind the bars - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
The opening round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Horsham, Victoria on Sunday the 29th of March proved to be a testing day for both of the Team Motul Suzuki riders.

On a tough and technical circuit both riders showed tremendous pace with Matt Moss able to challenge for the race lead during moto two, while Kale Makeham consistently set lap times well inside the top ten throughout both motos.

Unfortunately crashes in each of the two 30 minute MX1 motos for both riders left the team looking towards a more positive outcome heading into round two.

For Moss the opening round of 2015 proved to be a painful day, as the two times reigning MX1 champion battled to salvage vital championship points after leaving the Horsham bruised and battered in 13th place overall with two 14th place moto finishes.

‰ÛÏIt was a tough day! I was feeling good going into the opening race but I had a big crash in turn two that really hurt my shoulder and done some damage to my neck.‰Û
DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha's Lawson Bopping finished 4th for the round but sits third in the championship after superpole points were added - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
DPH PETER STEVENS YAMAHA:

DPH Motorsport Yamaha Racing with the support of Peter Stevens have concluded round one of the MX Nationals in Horsham, proving they have what it takes to be championship contenders in 2015.

Arriving in their brand new DPH branded semi trailer, both MX1 athletes Lawson Bopping, and fill in rider Cheyne Boyd had successful outings at Horsham - showing glimpses of what is to come in 2015.

For Bopping, the series opener provided the chance to get the feel for his new Yamaha machine, and take home some outstanding results in the process.

While Boyd made his return from retirement, and showed MX Nationals fans that he‰Ûªs still got what it takes to run top ten in a stacked MX1 field.

Lawson Bopping MX1 - Fourth Overall - (4th, 4th) - ‰ÛÏRound one I am really happy with. I managed to put some really good points on the board and start the series off on the right foot.‰Û

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