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MX1 Team Talk – Round 5 Coolum Queensland

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DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha

DPH Peter Stevens Yamaha‰Ûªs Lawson Bopping burst through for his first round win, in the premier MX1 division, of the 2015 season with an impressive display at round five of the MX Nationals at the Coolum circuit on the Sunshine Coast.

Bopping, who has raced the softer surface of Coolum extremely well in the past, kicked off his day in the perfect fashion qualifying for the top five Superpole event and then putting in a blister lap to take P1 in the top five shootout.

With confidence high, Bopping charged to the front of moto one and began to edge away from the field. As the moto wore on, former world MX champion, Ben Townley, closed in on Bopping before making the pass at the 20 minute mark. Bopping stayed focused and within striking distance of Townley before crossing the finish line in second place.

Moto two again saw Bopping with a good start inside the top three during the early going. A fast freight train of Gibbs, Townley and Bopping pulled away from the chasing pack and looked settled in their positions until Townley fell and Bopping inheriting second place.

Gibbs stayed out of trouble and rode to a race win while Bopping with his 2-2 results did enough to score the round win. The round win moves Bopping up to fourth place in the championship and just seven points shy of second place.

‰ÛÏThe track was really tough today so it is satisfying to get the win here,‰Û
KTM Motocross Racing

KTM Motocross Racing Team rider Kirk Gibbs has stretched his lead in the MX1 championship of this year‰Ûªs Monster Energy MX Nationals series out to a formidable 52 points as the series reached its halfway point at Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Gibbs made ground on his closest championship pursuers, collecting 4-1 moto scores to finish second on the day behind Lawson Bopping.

For some (if not the man himself) the highlight of the day was Gibbs‰Ûª first moto ride, where he fell in the first turn, remounted dead last, and then set about cutting his way through Australia's best riders back to fourth place.

‰ÛÏThat first moto was a little bit tough - I had a great start and just went down. It was hard to know where people wanted to be on the track, so it was hard to pass, but I finally got up to fourth so I was reasonably happy, but at the same time disappointed." Gibbs said.

"I knew with a good start I could do well in the second moto, and I did that, and led every lap. We‰Ûªve got a big points lead now. Coming off a strong year last year and a great off-season, I knew that I‰Ûªd be right there, and obviously going 1-1 in the first round just further boosted my confidence. Aow when I go to the line I believe I'm going to win every race. It‰Ûªs a good feeling.‰Û
Penrtie Honda

Penrite Honda Racing returned to the podium at Round 5 of the MX Nationals at Coolum last weekend, with Ben Townley claiming third overall in the premier MX1 class.

Townley, whose last race in Australia was at Coolum in August last year, won the opening 30 minute moto comfortably ahead of Lawson Bopping despite stalling his Honda Genuine Parts and Accessories backed Penrite Honda in the opeing laps.

In the second moto, Townley stalled and crashed while pursuing race leader Kirk Gibbs and eventually finished the race fifth .

‰ÛÏTo take the first moto win felt amazing,‰Û
CDR Yamaha

The CDR Yamaha team worked hard to overcome some trying luck at round five of the MX Nationals held at the Coolum Pines Circuit, over the weekend.

An incredibly rough track, first turn pile ups and unfortunate mistakes kept the CDR Yamaha duo of Kade Mosig and Dan Reardon from the podium but both vowed to return to top form when the series picks up at round six in one months‰Ûª time.

Mosig, who loves the Coolum circuit, again showed plenty of speed in both of his races, but any chance of a win was out the window as the MX1 pack charged into the first turn of the opening moto. Mosig, along with team mate, Reardon, were both involved in a first turn crash with Mosig on the bottom and losing precious time as he scrambled to his feet and remounted his YZ450F.

He then began the long process climbing his way back through the field. After 30 minutes, he crossed the line in seventh place in a valiant effort and salvaged some valuable points.

Moto two and things worked out much better with Mosig safely negotiating the first turn inside the top 10 and went to work on the riders ahead. He picked them off until he reached third place but with the top two some distance ahead, that‰Ûªs where he finished.

His 7-3 results gave him fourth overall for the round and he now sits in fifth place in the championship in a very tight leader point with positions two through five all within a handful of points.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm a little bit disappointed today,‰Û
Husqvarna Factory Support

Husqvarna FC 450 rider Jesse Dobson moved a step closer to his season goal of the top five championship finish with 5-6 results on the day. Dobson elevated himself to sixth in the premier category, the 18-year-old further cementing his reputation as a major contender.

‰ÛÏThe day was not too bad but on paper it doesn't look as good as it was." Dobson reflected. "Qualifying for SuperPole was good but a small crash meant I didn't set a competitive time.

"I felt the speed was there today - in the first moto I ran third for over 50% of it. I made a small mistake and was running fourth, then had a crash and that dropped me back to fifth. I had a decent start in the next one, but I ended up pulling all my tear-offs off over the tunnel jump and had no tear-offs for the whole race, so that was fun.

"I was behind Styke and Mosig are a bit while they were going at it, but I couldn't get involved, every time I got close I would get roosted and lose ground because I'm trying to wipe my goggles. Because of my vision I misjudged a turn and ended up on the ground.

"If we eliminate those small mistakes, there is no reason why I can't be a top guy. We‰Ûªre getting there.‰Û
Team Motul Suzuki have vowed to continuing working hard during the course of the five week mid season MX Nationals break after a tough day out at Coolum on Sunday the 31st of May.

Matt Moss returned to action at Coolum for his first race since crashing heavily in the first turn at Appin back at round two.

Unfortunately for the winner of the previous two MX1 championships his day did not go to plan and he was forced to retire from the days racing mid way through the second moto.

"It was a bit of a tough return that's for sure," Moss admitted. "I crashed in the first race and took awhile to get going leaving me to finish well down the field.

"Between races I visited race safe for some pain relief to get through Moto two. Unfortunately it caused my hand to go numb and after a few close calls I had no choice but to pull out of the race.

"We have five weeks before the next round, I'll be working hard with the team and also at home at the Moss institute, ready to return to the front of the field at Raymond Terrace . "

Team-mate Kale Makeham started the day on a positive note, qualifying inside the top ten aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450.

When the gates dropped for racing a couple of small mistakes cost the rookie MX1 racer a chance to record another solid top ten overall result.

"It was a tough one, they were certainly not the results I was looking for heading into Coolum." Makeham commented.

"I qualified ninth and was only half a second away from Superpole so I was happy with that.

"In moto one I was sitting inside the top ten and make a mistake on my own. By the time I got going again I was a lap down.

"I was inside the top ten again in the second race and came together with another rider and it put me on the deck again.

"Result wise I am not happy. We made a couple of changes to the bike between motos and they worked so at least we know what to expect when we return to Coolum for the final round later this year.

"I am pretty beat up at the moment, I have taken some hard hits the last couple of weeks. I will take a little bit of time off now." Makeham continued.

"We know what we have to work on now so this break has sort of worked in my favour, I will put my head down and bum up and come out swinging at round six."

Team Manager Jay Foreman is confident things will turn in the teams favour heading into the second half of the season and though the teams first trip to Coolum in 2015 did not pan out the way he hoped there were some positives to take away from the day.

"It was good to have Matt back at the races and see where he is at, at least we know what we have to work on during the break to move forward.

"The team will be flat out working and testing during the break, we need to come back out stronger in the second half of the year." Foreman concluded.

Team Motul Suzuki will next be in action when the 2015 MX Nationals returns to action at Raymond Terrace on the 5th of July.
NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki

Adam Monea of NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team remains in 3rd place overall after he bounced back from the bottom end of the field in the first lap of each moto in Coolum, QLD over the weekend.

The notorious first turn at Coolum Pines Motocross Track claimed a few victims after the gates dropped in the first race. Adam lost valuable time as he navigated around the pileup, leaving him to pick away at the field in his hunt for a notable result. Adam was able to turn an average start into a 6th place finish.

As a testament to his speed on the Kawasaki KX450F, Adam managed an astounding 4th place in the second moto after he was last in the first lap due to a fall in the first turn

Disheartened by with the lack of a podium result for the round, yet pleased with his ability to pick apart the field and manage solid results after unfortunate starts.

‰ÛÏI managed to get into Superpole, didn‰Ûªt win it but I got 3rd and landed some points." Monea said. "1st moto I got caught up in a few bikes that went down in the first turn, so I had to come back through the pack.

"In the second moto I actually went down in the first turn. I dug deep and rode my guts out in the 30 minutes for a 4th. A really good ride but it doesn‰Ûªt matter if you‰Ûªre not in 1st position. I‰Ûªve got good pace, were sitting third in the championship so we have room to move and I am catching second, ultimately I am going for first. We are in the break now and we will start fresh for the 5 remaining rounds‰Û

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