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Podium Start to 2018 for Serco Yamaha

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Podium Start to 2018 for Serco Yamaha
New Serco Yamaha recruit Nathan Crawford set a cracking pace in the seasons opening moto, taking the win and showing he will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. Credit: MXN Images
Nathan Crawford led the Serco Yamaha charge at the Pirelli MX Nationals championship opener, finishing second overall in the highly competitive MX2 category on his YZ250F, highlighted with an impressive moto win.

On a windy, dry and difficult Newry circuit in Victoria, Crawford started the year in perfect fashion with his new team, taking the first moto victory after charging past all his main rivals during the 30-minute race. Crawford was meticulous as he picked his way through the top five riders and then once in the lead, he sprinted out to a five second gap which he maintained until the finish.

Moto two and Crawford again found himself near the lead group and desperate to move forward. This time the shorter 20-minute race left him with not enough time to mount a challenge for the race lead but finished the moto in fourth place and his 1-4 results were good enough for second overall and a positive start to his championship.

‰ÛÏMoto one was the perfect moto for me and a great way to start the year and the championship with Serco Yamaha,‰Û
Podium Start to 2018 for Serco Yamaha
Wilson Todd set the pace in qualifying ending the session on top of the time sheets, he ended the day with a ninth and third for sixth overall. Credit: MXN Images
Team mate, Wilson Todd, started the day off in fast fashion, taking the fastest lap in qualifying and getting the first choice of the starting grid in moto one. Unfortunately, Todd couldn‰Ûªt take advantage of his qualifying speed and was mid pack as the 40 rider MX2 field rounded the first lap.

He struggled to move forward and it was a rare off performance by the talented Queenslander who could only manage ninth place by moto‰Ûªs end.

But in typical Todd fashion, he bounced back in moto two and managed to claim a third place finish and his 9-3 scores were good enough to take sixth overall on the day.

‰ÛÏI just rode terrible in that first race,‰Û

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