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MX1 Team Talk – Round 8 Nowra

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CDR YAMAHA

CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Dan Reardon ticked another box in his comeback to racing by winning round eight of the 2015 MX Nationals, held at the Nowra circuit, over the weekend.

After spending two years on the sidelines, Reardon‰Ûªs return to racing has been impressive and he can now add a round win to go along with moto wins earlier in the season.

It proved to be a very successful day for CDR Yamaha at Nowra with Reardon taking the win and team mate, Kade Mosig, landing in third to make it a team 1-3 for the round.

Reardon looked in good form right from the outset putting himself in the Go Pro Superpole Top five shootout and logging impressive laps during the qualifying sessions. On the tight Nowra circuit, good starts were vital and Reardon got that in race one and was able to move into the lead in the early stages of the race.

Although he was unable to break away from the field, Reardon was able to maintain enough margin over his rivals to ride his own race and even when team mate Kade Mosig closed in on the final lap, Reardon had enough cushion to take the win and get his day started in the perfect fashion.

Race two again saw a good start from Reardon and he again made some passes early that saw him move into second place and he wouldn‰Ûªt relinquish it until the finish line. His 1-2 scores gave him the overall round victory, his first since 2007 and a much needed confidence boost going into the final two rounds.

‰ÛÏWell, I‰Ûªm glad to get that monkey off my back,‰Û
Gibbs suffered two crashes in the first moto, and a crash and a stall in the second, but each time fought back with typical doggedness -
Credit: Jeff Crow
It was a day when not everything went right for the KTM Motocross Racing Team's MX1 contenders, but in a measure of their professionalism and prowess, Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke managed to minimise the damage and maintain their championship positions at round eight of the MX Nationals.

Offering limited passing, the Nowra track rewarded a good start and a clean run, but with his fractured shoulder of three weeks ago causing a drought of quality bike time in recent weeks, things didn't go perfectly to plan for Kirk Gibbs.

Gibbs suffered two crashes in the first moto, and a crash and a stall in the second, but each time fought back with typical doggedness, and did exceptionally well to salvage 5-4 results for sixth on the day, and actually extend his lead in the championship by two points.

‰ÛÏJust a lack of bike time and silly mistakes cost me today. It was great to get fastest Super Pole lap, but in the first moto I was sitting fourth and after the rain and just struggling a little bit with water behind my tearoffs." Gibbs commented.

"I had a little crash, regrouped, then had another crash so two crashes really set me back. In the second I got a good start and was sitting third and felt like I could win, but made another little mistake and went down.

"I was coming back through again and then stalled it! I'm looking forward to getting some good bike time in over the next couple of weeks and getting back to where I know I can be.‰Û
Luke Styke‰Ûªs speed was again exceptional, with the Jervis Bay rider qualifying for Super Pole for the first time this year. -
Credit: Jeff Crow
KTM teammate Luke Styke‰Ûªs speed was again exceptional, with the Jervis Bay rider qualifying for Super Pole for the first time this year. However, Styke again fell foul of the traffic, hitting the deck after an altercation with another rider at the first turn and having to charge back through the pack.

He made a heck of a fist of it, working his way back through to sixth, before taking a well-deserved podium finish in the second Moto to earn fourth on the day behind Daniel Reardon, Dylan Long and Kade Mosig.

‰ÛÏI went 6-3 for fourth on the day." Styke reflected. "I got taken out again at the start of the first moto and I was way back.

"It was a real hard track to pass on, real one-lined, and we struggled a bit in that first one. In the second we got a better start, and starts were a bit key today.

"I felt like I was the fastest on the track most of the time, putting in good times, but it‰Ûªs hard to come from behind when the track is so one-lined. It really wasn't prepped the best - it was pretty much a case of whoever got the holeshot one.‰Û
Dylan Long has taken his first ever MX1 race win in his third round of racing aboard the factory Kawasaki KX450F at round 8 of the MX Nationals in Nowra, NSW over the weekend
Dylan Long has taken his first ever MX1 race win in his third round of racing aboard the factory Kawasaki KX450F at round 8 of the MX Nationals in Nowra, NSW over the weekend.

The 20 year old Victorian joined the NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing team prior to round 6 as a replacement rider for the injured Jake Moss. Since then, Dylan‰Ûªs determination has paid off with top 5 results and now a race win.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs amazing! It‰Ûªs one of the best feelings. I‰Ûªve been wanting to get this for so long and to finally get on the podium is awesome,‰Û
Team Motul Suzuki's Kale Makeham has secured another top ten overall result at the 8th round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Nowra -
Credit: Jeff Crow
Team Motul Suzuki's Kale Makeham has secured another top ten overall result at the 8th round of the 2015 MX Nationals held at Nowra, NSW on Sunday the 2nd of August.

Makeham in his first year of MX1 competition did not get the day off to the best of starts when he crashed on the second lap of practice, landing on his shoulder and leaving himself in a little discomfort.

With the all-clear from racesafe, the 21 year old lined up for moto one aboard his RM-Z450 where he posted a solid 9th place result before backing up that effort later in the day with another 9th place finish in moto two for 9th overall for the round.

"I hit the ground pretty hard in practice and gave my shoulder and head a good knock, but was still able to post a qualifying and with some help from Racesafe was able to return to the track for both motos." Makeham explained.

"That was my best result in the past four rounds, though It was still not up to my full potential.

"It was certainly a step in the right direction and we will keep working hard in the lead up to the final couple of rounds and aim to end the motocross season on a positive note."

Team Manager Jay Foreman was happy with the way Makeham continued to improve throughout the day after his early morning trouble.

"Kale was better in the second moto today and was able to stay closer to the leading pack which was reflected in his lap times, which was encouraging.

"He just needs to keep working hard in the lead up to Toowoomba and continue to work on his speed and things will continue to move forward." Foreman concluded.

Makeham currently sits 10th in points with two rounds remaining in the 2015 MX1 Championship.

PENRITE HONDA MX
The Penrite Honda team made some positive inroads at Round 8 of the MX Nationals at Nowra on the weekend with Cody Cooper showing good pace following a solid fortnight of preparation leading into the event.

Cooper finished the opening moto tenth and holeshot Moto 2, leading the opening laps of the race before dropping back through the order to seventh.

The New Zealand MX1 Champion finished the round eighth overall and sits ninth in the championship standings.

‰ÛÏI felt better on the weekend,‰Û
Jesse Dobson was bitterly disappointed after 8-10 results yielded a result he‰Ûªs no longer prepared to accept - 10th on the day .-
Credit: Jeff Crow
Husqvarna‰Ûªs Factory Support squad riders gave it their all but had to be content with mixed results as the MX Nationals championship visited Nowra, south-west of Sydney, for the eighth of ten rounds.

In the premier class, talented 18-year-old Husqvarna FC 450 rider Jesse Dobson was bitterly disappointed after 8-10 results yielded a result he‰Ûªs no longer prepared to accept - 10th on the day.

An off-track excursion of his own making in the opening moto and a vigorous moto 2 ‰Û÷pass‰Ûª by another rider which left him on the ground prevented Dobson from getting a clean moto result in either race, and he must look to Toowoomba in three weeks time for redemption.

‰ÛÏA crapola day." Dobson commented. "The first moto I had a good start but made a little mistake, got cross-rutted and jumped off the track and ended up stalling the bike.

"The second moto went all pair shaped. I was sitting in sixth and Gibbsy had just gone down and I felt like I could be a podium guy that moto, but Reardon decided to cut me in half in turn one. I kind of checked up to let him by, but he made sure I hit the ground and from then on it was pear-shaped.

"But oh well, it's racing. It's just stuff you encounter on the road to success, that's all it is. I haven't lost confidence - I'm just disappointed in result, I still know 100% that I‰Ûªm a top guy, we've just got to put it all together in the next round and I will be up there.‰Û
Aaron Tanti posted 15-11 results for 13th on the day after he fell and became stuck under his motorcycle in the opening moto. -
Credit: Jeff Crow
Craig Anderson Racing‰Ûªs Aaron Tanti posted 15-11 results for 13th on the day after he fell and became stuck under his motorcycle in the opening moto. Tanti required ‰Û÷rescue‰Ûª by a track marshal before he could finish the race, and will also require X-Rays on his ankle this week. He bounced back with gritted teeth however, and took 11th place from the second moto.

‰ÛÏIt was a pretty good day for me, but I do have to go get some x-rays on my ankle." Tanti commented. "I didn't get the best start but I came out of the first two corners alright.

"In the second lap I ended up running in eighth but then I just had a little crash and the bike ended up on top of me, and I was stuck under my bike until a marshal came and got me, so I pretty much came from last to 15th. Then in the second moto I held tenth for most of it but ended up 11th.

"I didn't have the fastest laps, but I only ended up dropping like two seconds from the start to the end of the moto, which is an improvement.‰Û

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