MX Nationals

MX1 Team Talk – Round 2 Appin, NSW

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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CDR YAMAHA

CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Kade Mosig raced to only his second MX1 round win of his career after taking victory at round two of the MX Nationals, held at Appin Raceway, over the weekend.

Mosig has been a revelation this far in season 2015, taking second place at the opening round and now making the next step claiming a popular round victory at Appin on his CDR Yamaha YZ450F. Mosig finished the day 1-4 results to win the round by a point by over his nearest rival.

Moto one saw Mosig just outside the top five but as the race moved towards the half way stage, Mosig made his move and began heading towards the front. He stalked the leader for a couple of laps before making the pass stick and went on for an impressive race win.

Moto two saw the Victorian again stuck in traffic in the early stages but he was able to break clear and pass his way into fourth place and enough to secure the round win.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm stoked,‰Û
Kirk Gibbs lead the way for KTM Racing finishing second for the round and increasing his championship points lead - Credit: Jeff Crow
KTM MOTOCROSS RACING TEAM

The KTM Motocross Racing Team‰Ûªs Kirk Gibbs has extended his lead in the 2015 MX Nationals, with two masterful rides in the series second round at Appin, near Sydney.

The 2014 Vice Champion finished with 3-2 moto results to end the day second behind Kade Mosig, but extended his championship lead over Mosig by virtue of the five points he accumulated by qualifying for, and winning, Super Pole.

Gibbs‰Ûª ride in the opening moto was one of the talking points of the day, as he recovered from a first turn crash by turning on one of the incessant, terminator-like charges he became famous for last year, and elevated himself from last to third.

In the second moto, a possible residual effect of his earlier crash saw him lose his rear brake in the first ten minutes of the 30-minute moto, but his courageous second place finish enabled him to leave with a 14-point lead in the championship.

‰ÛÏQualifying went good; I qualified fastest and felt really well." Gibbs commented. "I got the holeshot in the first moto, but then just pushed a little too hard around the second turn and lost the front. After that, it was pick it up and into damage control - just go as hard as I could right to the end. Although it was really disappointing to go down in the first turn it still wasn't too bad.

"Let's hope this is one of my bad days, I had my back brake fade away about 10 min into the second moto, so, trying to ride this track with just a front brake was pretty tricky, but I was still good enough to even close the gap there on Dan.

"I just had to ride the best I could with what I had. But hats off to the team, the boys had to work very hard between motos because I bent the bike up a little bit.‰Û
Jesse Dobson created more history for Husqvarna, becoming the first Husqvarna rider to qualify his way into Superpole - Credit: Jeff Crow
HUSQVARNA AUSTRALIA

Appin was a happy hunting ground for Husqvarna Australia‰Ûªs youthful factory-backed squad as this year‰Ûªs Australian MX Nationals championship continued in New South Wales, with podiums in both MX2 and MXD, and a spectacular ride from 18-year-old Jesse Dobson in the premier class.

In just his second year in the big leagues and in only his second national championship round aboard the Husqvarna FC 450, Dobson (4-5) became the first Husqvarna pilot in the history of the MX Nationals to qualify for Super Pole, and achieved his goal of a top five overall finish.

The result has elevated him to seventh place in the MX1 championship.

‰ÛÏWe stayed off the ground and got our ship together ‰ÛÒ it was good." Dobson commented. "We went to Super Pole, but I made a few mistakes and ended up coming out with fifth, but I was happy with that, just to get a good gate choice.

"The first moto we had a little crash battling with Kale Makeham for fifth about half way, but rebounded and finished behind Gibbsy. In the second one we had an okay start and got caught up behind Boppo for a few laps and just ran out of time to get Mosig by the end of the moto.

"But overall it's good, I'm quite happy, everything is working and we've kind of ironed out those little mistakes from round one and the result was there.‰Û
Kale Makeham secured his maiden Superpole appearance and first MX1 overall top ten at Appin - Credit: Jeff Crow
TEAM MOTUL SUZUKI

Team Motul Suzuki's Kale Makeham broke through for his maiden Superpole appearance at the second round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Appin, NSW on Sunday April the 12th.

In just his second MX1 event, Makeham posted the fourth fastest qualifying time in regular qualifying, before backing up his performance in the one lap Superpole dash, giving the young Victorian the fourth pick of the gate when racing commenced.

A fast start aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 in the opening moto had Makeham running at the pointy end of the field in 3rd position before a small mistake on the technical circuit left him to record a 10th place finish.

It was a reversal of form in moto two for the 21 year old as he worked his way back from a mid pack start to finish 7th, resulting in his first Top Ten overall round result in the MX1 class.

"It was a good day at Appin and there are plenty of positives to take away. Makeham commented. "I still had a silly little crash that cost me a top overall result, but it was a big step forward from Horsham for sure.

"I qualified for Superpole which was a little unexpected this early in the season. I have watched it from the sidelines the last couple of years while racing MX2 and always thought it was a cool concept. It was one of my goals to make Superpole this year and it to get the first one under the belt early was a great feeling.

"I got off to a good start in the opening moto and was sitting in third until about half way before I made a silly little mistake and tucked the front end. I finished the race in tenth and was a little frustrated after having a big gap over the riders behind me before the tip over.

"We made some changes to the bike between the two races and we went in the right direction for sure and the bike was unreal. I managed to work my way through the field after a bad start to finish 7th.

"It was a good solid 30 minute moto with no mistakes or crashes and gave me a good gauge of where I am at." Makeham added.

For Makeham's Motul Suzuki team-mate Matt Moss, the day did not go the way he was hoping for.

The reigning two time MX1 champion was caught up in a first turn crash in the opening moto that left the number one plated Suzuki pilot in the hands of Race safe.

Moss was taken to hospital for further observations and later released.

"Moss was caught up in a first corner incident which really knocked him around," team manager Jay Foreman explained.

"He has some swelling still, but has been released and cleared of any serious injury, though he will have to see a couple of specialist later this week to asses the extent of any injuries that he may have sustained."

"As for Makeham it was a improved ride from round one. He made Superpole and was in a good position in the opening moto before he fell over.

"The second moto he passed a lot of riders and at the end of the race was in a freight train of riders from fourth down and picked up a seventh place finish.

"He has the speed and is getting better and better every race and is continuing in the right direction." Foreman concluded.
Cody Cooper lead the way for Penrite Honda on Sunday - Credit: Aaryn Minerds (File)
PENRITE HONDA RACING TEAM

It was an event they would rather forget for the Penrite Honda Racing Team at Round 2 of the MX Nationals at Appin yesterday.

Cody Cooper and Ford Dale endured a hard fought weekend, finishing outside their expectations. Cooper, claimed tenth overall for the weekend and maintains sixth in the championship standings.

‰ÛÏI rode terrible and tight, the team deserves better and I am disappointed to say the least,‰Û
Lawson Bopping in action at Appin - Credit: Vicki Flynn
DPH YAMAHA

DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha has come away from Round 2 of the 2015 MX Nationals at Appin, maintaining their place in the Championship hunt.

Lawson Bopping was the team‰Ûªs sole rider in the Premier Class, as Cheyne Boyd was unavailable due to prior commitments, and Ross Beaton still recovering from his preseason injuries.

The weekend started off great for Bopping, as he managed to lay down a hot lap during the Practice/Qualifying session. He posted the 2nd quickest time, which secured him a place in the GoPro Superpole for consecutive rounds. During Superpole, Lawson made a small error and finished 3rd, but still picked up some valuable Championship Points.

Moto 1 saw Bopping get a great start out of the gates. He managed to squeeze past the first-turn pile up, to come out in front. Lawson built up a 10-second lead at the front of the pack, up until the 20-minute mark. Unfortunately a few small errors, and suffering from arm pump, Lawson was overtaken late in the race to cross the line in 5th position.

As the gates dropped on Moto 2 Bopping again pushed to the front of the field. He battled amongst the Top 3 for the majority of the Moto, though he unfortunately succumbed to the same arm pump issues late in the race. Lawson ended the Moto in 6th position, and finished the Round in 6th Overall.

‰ÛÏWhen I came in at the end of both Motos, I wasn‰Ûªt all that tired, I just wasn‰Ûªt really fast enough at the finish. But I stayed on my bike which is good, and it gave us something to work off.‰ÛÏ Bopping commented.

‰ÛÏI just need to be able to keep the intensity from the start, and take it all the way through the Moto I think. My One Lap speed is good, but I just need to be able to ride faster, for longer. But it‰Ûªs a tough field, with all the guys riding great."

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªll get back home and work on a few things and keep chipping away at it.‰Û

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