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MX2 Track Talk – Read The MX2 Teams and Riders Thoughts On The Opening Round Of The MXN

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KTM Factory Support Riders

Dylan Wills was the highest KTM finisher in sixth place, one point ahead of Factory Support rider Caleb Ward, who shook off a few mistakes and a 12th place finish in the opening moto to scythe through the pack after a terrible moto 2 start and salvage an incredible fifth place.

Caleb Ward ‰ÛÒ ‰ÛÏI think I had some nerves at the start of the first race. I didn't get a real good start, and then I was coming through but fell twice. The second time my gearlever and foot peg filled up with sticky mud and I couldn't change gears, so I had to do two thirds of the race in third gear!

Getting 12th was frustrating, but then in the second my boot bumped the gearshift into neutral off the start and everyone shot ahead of me so I was like dead last into the first corner. But I found a few decent lines, and spent the whole race coming through the pack. I passed some pretty fast guys and managed to get back into fifth, so I felt I rode pretty good on that one, I just needed a start."
It does not get any better than winning the opening round for a rider and a for a team a 1-2 result gave Serco the perfect start to 2015 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Serco Yamaha

The Serco Yamaha team kicked off their 2015 MX Nationals aspirations in the perfect fashion with a dominating performance at the opening round of the championship, at Horsham, Victoria.

The duo of Jed Beaton and Luke Clout white washed the day for the Serco team, each taking a moto win and securing two thirds of the podium in a team 1-2 result, respectively.

Beaton overcame some morning hi-cups to stamp his name as a legitimate championship contender and win the MX2 Class at the MX Nationals on debut. Beaton qualified well but was buried mid pack as the field rounded the first turn in race one. He then began a relentless charge towards the front, passing some of the most established names in Australian motocross to move into second place and with enough time to close in on the leader.

But, in the tricky and rutted Horsham track, Beaton miscued a rut and fell from his Serco Yamaha. Again he remounted and charged his way back into third place in an impressive showing in the 30 minute moto.

Race two and it was all Beaton. The popular Victorian got a good start, moved his way into the lead in the opening laps and then set a pace that couldn‰Ûªt be matched. Beaton held a comfortable gap over his rivals for the entire moto and his 1-3 results were good enough to take the round win.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm pretty pumped right now,‰Û
First year MX2 racers Nathan Crawford lead the way for Husqvarna at round 1 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Husqvarna Factory Supported Riders:

In his first official showing in a very hotly contested MX2 category, Nathan Crawford (5-6) led the way for Husqvarna in fifth overall, while Luke Arbon‰Ûªs injury-affected off-season contributed to a slow start for the South Australian (by his standards) with 11-7 finishes for ninth on the day.

Disappointing though it was for the national number three who suffered a back injury during last year's Australian Supercross championship, Arbon‰Ûªs start was still eight positions better than at the same time last year!

Luke Arbon - ‰ÛÏLast year I was like 17th overall in the first round of the series, so I'm eight or nine spots better off than I was then, and I came close to winning the championship then so I think I just need to keep my chin up, keep working hard these next two weeks and come out swinging at round two.

The bike was great, I holeshotted the last moto so it shows the bike is fast enough to get the job done, I've just got a little bit of work to do with my suspension setup on rough tracks, but I definitely enjoyed riding it and hopefully we can show what it's got at Appin.‰Û
Geran Stapleton kicked off Wilson MX Season in 13th - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Wilson MX:

Penrite, Jetpilot and Honda backed Wilson MX have left Horsham satisfied, with both MX2 riders Luke Wilson and Geran Stapleton posting encouraging results at round one over the weekend.

The Honda backed privateer effort, arrived at the series opener hoping to gauge were MX2 pilots Stapleton and Wilson were in the field, and to take away vital race information ahead of round two.

Stapleton, who made his first appearance for the Wilson MX team at Horsham, found the circuit a challenge to say the least, but managed to conclude the round just outside of the top ten.

For Wilson, round one was about building on his 2014 results and remaining on two wheels - all the while flying the flag for the Honda backed team.

Geran Stapleton MX2 ‰ÛÒ 13th Overall - (10th, 16th) - ‰ÛÏThe first race I got a bad start, and I think I came around the first corner in about seventh or so,‰Û
Rhys Carter was solid as Raceline Pirelli's sole rider for the round - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Raceline Pirelli Suzuki:

Raceline Pirelli Suzuki has displayed promising results in an epic round one of the MX Nationals series in Horsham over the weekend.

With their one-man show in Rhys Carter, the Raceline privateer team displayed consistent results across two motos in a stacked MX2 field.

Carter, who has recently returned from injury, and made the switch to the MX2 class for 2015, showed his speed on the track despite little time on the bike to prepare for round one.

After qualifying in an outstanding fifth position, Carter managed a ninth and tenth to eventually deliver the team with an 11th overall for the series opener.

Rhys Carter MX2 ‰ÛÒ 11th Overall - (9th, 10th) - ‰ÛÏRound one was up and down, qualifying went good and I came away with fifth gate pick which was a great way to start the series,‰Û
CRF Honda Racing are a new team for 2015 being lead on track by Joel Wightman - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
CRF HONDA RACING:

THE ranks of Australia‰Ûªs premier motocross teams have been boosted with the unveiling of the all-new CRF Honda Racing squad at last weekend‰Ûªs kick-off to the 2015 MX Nationals at Horsham in Victoria.

Headlining the new team is promising young racer Joel Wightman, who will be teamed with junior gun Wilson Medcalf, the two NSW youngsters coming under the watchful eye of new CRF Honda Racing team boss Mark Luksich.

A former longtime Motocross Commissioner for Motorcycling Australia, Luksich is no stranger to the team manager role, as he previously managed the highly successful MC Mart Honda Racing team during the late 1980s and ‰Ûª90s. This was a time when one of the true legends of Australian dirt bike racing, Glen Bell was at his peak, and under the guidance of Luksich, went onto amass a stunning resume of career victories.

Now, some 20 years later, Luksich is keen to build an all-new race team and once again has teamed with the Red Riders to rekindle many a previously successful partnership.

‰ÛÏAfter 20 years with the MX Commission at MA, the time is right to move back into a team role and chase championships again,‰Û
Dylan Leary was back in action for the first time in 3 years on Sunday - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Proformance Kawasaki Racing:

Overall it was a great weekend. We learnt so much and can‰Ûªt wait for round 2 in Appin.

Unfortunately our results were nothing to write home about Dylan 14th Alex 20th. This still was a positive outcome as we have some great direction to improve rider and machine. We are now confident and know what it will take to climb the leader board.

It was amazing how well the whole team worked together for a first outing, this gives us confidence that it is only a matter of time before we battle closer to the front of the pack.

For any teams or individual riders that would like to submit their race reports for either MX1 or MX2 track talk, send them to - PR@fullnoise.com.au.

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