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MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce

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MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
KTM MOTOCROSS RACING

Raymond Terrace hasn't always been a happy hunting ground for the KTM Motocross Racing Team, but as the second half of this year's Monster Energy MX Nationals series kicked off there today, the team‰Ûªs two premier class riders painted the place orange.

Championship leader Kirk Gibbs stretched his lead from 52 out to 60 points with victory on the day over Matt Moss, while Styke used a third on the day to continue KTM's incredible 1-2 run in the championship, fortifying his position out to a 17-point buffer over third placed Adam Monea.

Gibbs finished second in the opening moto, but bounced back to win the second and ensure the day's victory, his first ever at the venue near Newcastle.

‰ÛÏIt was a good day, like I said beforehand, Raymond Terrace hasn't been the best for me, so to turn it around and have some good luck is a bit of a weight off my shoulders to finally get a win here." Gibbs commented.

"First moto I pulled a ripper start, but I just struggled a little bit and just didn't feel 100% confident in the bike, so after that first moto I sat down with a team, Danny did some changes to the suspension and we went 100% in the right direction.

"It was such a blessing to ride in that second moto. I just had a lot of fun, I was third with a start, and Reardon got past me in the first couple of laps while I was gelling with the bike, and then I started ticking off laps and went into the lead.‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
For Styke, the day was a sweet return to the podium after two relatively lean rounds by the incredible standards of his first Premier class season.
For Styke, the day was a sweet return to the podium after two relatively lean rounds by the incredible standards of his first Premier class season.

‰ÛÏIt was a good weekend, I feel like it was a good rebound from the last two rounds before the break." Styke commented. "I found a bit of form towards the end of that first race and put a good charge in, I had good pace and it was a good feeling to catch Mossy and Gibbsy up front.

"That last Moto I got the holeshot and that helps, you know? It's not real nice getting 450 roost in the face, so that made my race a lot easier. But I made a little mistake over the back of the track and Gibbs snuck up the inside of me. He‰Ûªs riding good at the moment, so it was good to have a battle with him and have similar pace.‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
Matt Moss returned to the winners circle at Raymond Terrace
Team Motul Suzuki's Matt Moss kicked off the second half of the 2015 MX Nationals season in great style on Sunday the 5th of July at Raymond Terrace, securing his first Superpole and race wins of the year.

The Suzuki RM-Z450 pilot started the day by posting the second fastest time in regular qualifying before laying down the fastest lap in Superpole and making his intentions clear for the day.

When the gates dropped on the first moto, the reigning two time MX1 champion quickly settled into second position behind championship leader Kirk Gibbs, before making his move to the lead and running away to claim his first moto win for the season.

After overcoming some arm pump issues early in the second moto, Moss moved forward through the field to finish the race in fourth position and secured his first overall podium result of 2015, finishing on the second step of the box.

"It was good to get my first superpole win of the season that was for sure, ‰ÛÏ Moss commented. ‰ÛÏobviously the first couple of rounds did not go to plan and to start the day at Raymond Terrace with a Superpole win was a big help to my confidence.

"Leading into the round I felt confident, we worked hard during the mid season break and I am starting to find my feet again. It was definitely a good round to figure out where I am with everything and make sure things were working well.

"To land back on the podium was a great feeling, the bike felt great all day and the team was behind me 100% , it was a huge step towards getting back onto that top step overall and to remind everyone what we are capable off and why we have this number one plate on our bike.‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
For Kale Makeham it was another solid weekend mixing it with the top riders in the country.
For team-mate Kale Makeham it was another solid weekend mixing it with the top riders in the country.

After qualifying in 10th position, the Victorian raced to a 10th place finish in the opening moto.

A early crash in the second moto left the first year MX1 racer with a lot of work ahead of himself. Not one to give up, the 21 year old put his head down and worked his way through the field to end the race in 11th position, earning him 11th overall for the round.

"To be honest it was a bit of an average day," Makeham admitted. "I qualified 10th and finished 10th in the first moto.

"I had a small crash at the start of the second moto and worked my way back to 11th. Not amazing results but not horrible either.

‰ÛÏI will continue working hard and come back stronger at the next round.‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
Kade Mosig finished 7th at Raymond Terrace
It was a case of one good race, and one not so good race, for the CDR Yamaha duo of Kade Mosig and Dan Reardon as they contested round six of the 2015 MX Nationals at Raymond Terrace, NSW, over the weekend.

Contesting the premier MX1 divsion, the day started strongly for the CDR Yamaha pair with both riders making it into the Go-Superpole top five shootout out. Reardon claimed second and Mosig in fifth pleasing team owner, Craig Dack, who pointed out a focus to improve their qualifying results.

Moto one saw Mosig up the front and running inside the top five in a tight knit group. He moved to fourth and then was engaged in a close battle with Luke Styke for the remainder of the race for the final spot on the podium.

Mosig couldn‰Ûªt quite make a pass on Styke and was forced to settle for fourth.

Unfortunately, moto two wasn‰Ûªt as good as he fell early in the race and dropped several positions. After remounting his bike, Mosig battled hard until the end but could only manage a 10th place finish and his combined 4-10 scores left him in seventh for the round. He now sits fourth overall on the leader board and well within striking distance of the riders in front of him with four rounds to go.

‰ÛÏA frustrating day today as a small mistake in race two left me with a 10th place finish and not the overall result I wanted. I felt I was riding well and had the speed and fitness to be on the podium today but I can‰Ûªt afford to make those mistakes in a race and expect to stay in championship contention.

‰ÛÏPutting together a complete day with no mistakes will be the focus for the final four rounds and hopefully I can get myself right back up near the front in the championship points,‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
It was a mixed day of results for Dan Reardon at round six
Dan Reardon‰Ûªs day mirrored that of his team mate, posting a good qualifying time but his fall came in moto one where he was entrenched inside the top five before going down. The best Reardon could get back to was ninth at the end of the 30 minute race.

Moto two and this time with no crashes, Reardon was right up the front and battling Kirk Gibbs and Matt Moss for the lead positions. He finished the race in third and his 9-3 results gave him fourth for the round but he has now jumped to sixth in the championship.

‰ÛÏI just miscued a rut and went down,‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
It was another tough day for the Penrite Honda race team
While both Cody Cooper and Ford Dale showed progress at the sixth round of the MX Nationals at Raymond Terrace yesterday, the Penrite Honda Racing team have come away disappointed with their results.

Both riders recorded top ten finishes, with Cooper finishing eighth and Dale tenth overall for the round.

Cooper finished the two MX1 moto‰Ûªs eighth and sixth and now sits ninth in the MX1 championship standings.

‰ÛÏMy intensity wasn‰Ûªt there in the opening laps of both moto‰Ûªs and that cost me dearly,‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
Jesse Dobson couldn't quite click with the conditions and made a few small errors which cost the Husqvarna FC 450 rider a shot at another top five finish
Husqvarna‰Ûªs Factory Support squad came home with mixed results as the Monster Energy MX Nationals came out of its winter half-time break and began the race to the finish at Raymond Terrace, north of Newcastle.

In the MX1 category, exciting youngster Jesse Dobson couldn't quite click with the conditions and made a few small errors which cost the Husqvarna FC 450 rider a shot at another top five finish - he had to be content with 11-8 scores on the day for ninth overall.

‰ÛÏNot real pumped on today." Dobson said. "In moto one I had a bit of a wild ride through the whoops on the first lap and crashed to be dead last ‰ÛÒ like ‰Û_I couldn't get any more last than I was. I ended up coming through the pack to 11th.

"I felt like I rode good, but I probably should have been a bit more decisive with some of my passing which left me short time to get inside the top 10. In the second moto and okay start, passed a few guys and sat around seventh, but I ended up dropping down the bottom, just a silly mistake when the rut kind of blew out a little bit and spun me wide. We ended up eighth in that second moto, but it just wasn't the result is that I wanted.‰Û
MX1 Team Talk – Riders And Team Managers Talk About Raymond Tce
Adam Monea secured valuable series points after round 6 at Raymond Terrace over the weekend
Dylan Long accomplished series best of a top five result after his first race aboard his KX450F, while team mate Adam Monea secured valuable series points after round 6 at Raymond Terrace over the weekend.

Adam Monea persisted after unfavourable starts in each moto to tuck away a respectable finish in each race.

‰ÛÏThe first moto didn‰Ûªt go to plan. I had a bit of a mishap off the start and I was nowhere so I had to claw back up to finish in 6th position. I had to redeem myself for moto 2 and get a better start." Monea said. "I‰Ûªve been chasing starts all year and I did get a better one in moto 2 but after the first few turns a few places swapped with the top 5 riders.

"I was into 4th place and was chasing down 3rd but I had a bit of a mistake with a couple of laps to go so I dropped to 5th. Overall I walked away unharmed and healthy and I‰Ûªm ready to take on the next round!

"Were still in a great position and I‰Ûªm looking forward to the next 4 rounds,‰Û

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