Privateer Corner – Giving Coverage To The Riders Further Down The Results Sheet

Author: Aaryn Minerds


For 2014 Fullnoise.com.au wants to give the Privateers and the riders of the smaller teams a place to receive some much deserved coverage.

With that in mind we have started PRIVATEER CORNER, a place to post press releases from both the privateer riders and the smaller teams that have finished out-side the top 10-15 in the results at any of the big National Off-Road series including the MX Nationals and AORC.

For any privateer riders or teams wanting to give us a run down on their weekend and thank their sponsors, simply email Fullnoise.com.au at PR@Fullnoise.com.au, with a brief overview of your weekend, a one or two paragraph quote on you personal reflections on the weekend and a list of people and sponsors you would like to thank.

While we will edit the reports a little to suit our site, for the most part we will try to leave them how they have been sent through. This page will be continually updated as information comes though, so continue to check back throughout the week.

Privateer Corner - Monster Energy MX Nationals Round 2: Appin NSW

SD3 Husqvarna: Luke Arbon MX2, 13th Overall
Luke Arbon scored a season best 5th on the weekend - Credit: Aaryn Minerds (File / Broadford)
Qualifying: "Qualifying was a little tough at round 2 in Appin as my clutch was slipping but I managed to get a 12th place time which still have me decent gate position."

Race 1: "I had a great start in moto one and was around the first corner in about 4th. It felt great to be up front and and I was riding relaxed and feeling very comfortable on the bike, I moved into 3rd and stayed there for a while then in the later stages dropped back to 5th where I would finish out the moto."

Race 2: "I got a terrible jump in moto 2 which caused me to be in the middle of the carnage in the first turn, putting me at the rear of the field. I charged through the pack but ran out of energy towards the end of the moto and had to settle for a 19th. The field is stacked and you can't afford to have a crash in the first turn.

Overall: "Overall I gained a lot from the weekend and being up the pointy end of the field in moto one. I'm looking forward to getting my bike set up better and getting after it at round 3 in a couple of weeks.

"I would like to give a massive thanks to the SD3 husqvarna team and everyone that makes it possible for me to go racing in the weekend!

Hayden Melross MX1, 6th Overall
Hayden Mellross finished the round in 6th overall in the MX1 class tied on points with 5th placed Jacob Wright - Credit: Grant Reynolds (FiftySix Clix)
Hayden Mellross had a change of pace this weekend at Round 2 of the MX nationals in Appin.

Although qualifying was a rough beginning finishing 15, Mellross was hesitating about giving his all to avoid arm pump in the 25 minute session.

When the gates dropped for the first moto he came around the corner in 10th place, he made some smart moves in the first couple corners and found himself in 6th. Battling Kade Mosing for 5th he made a swift pass on number 48 close to the 20 minute mark, finishing 5th in the first moto.

Mellross went into the second moto with confidence and it paid off. The number 45 privateer made his way up to the front around the first corner and fought through the pack to find himself in third behind the Moss brothers.

Trying a different line he put a pass on Jake Moss but was quickly overtaken again and back to third. He held this position for about three laps until a severe back pain took hold. Causing the young rider to loose his 3rd position and finishing in 8th directly behind Jay Marmont and Jacob Wright. Giving him an overall tie for 5th place with Wright for the day.

"I've learned a lot this past weekend at Appin." Mellross stated. "I've seen how the racing style is much different compared to America. The pace in the second moto seemed quicker to me, although I had a great start I found that my stamina could've been better.

"I feel as though I still had too much strength after the second moto, that I could've left more on the track."

Hayden Mellross is supported in 2014 by: Raceline Performance, Skull Cand,y One industry, Scott Goggles, Pirelli, Motul, Cowra, Freight Tradesmart MES Friends and Family

BBF KTM: Dylan Long MX2, 25th Overall
Dylan Long had a luckless round at Appin - Credit: Grant Reynolds (FiftySix Clix)
Qualifying: "I didn't have the best of luck , took off for the first lap and had a rider crash In front of me, then done another lap after that with yellow flags out everywhere , went for another lap after that and was pushing hard and had a rider pull on the track right in front of me , I then finished that lap and stopped to wait for a good time to take off , the official made me leave the area because there was 2 laps left so I took off and started my lap and the checkered flag was out because they cut the session short!"

Race 1: "I got a good jump but swamped into the first corner and got a massive clump of mud on my roll offs , I pull it a couple of times but the mud was to thick and I broke the side off my roll offs , I then done the whole 30 minutes with no goggles and finished 18th"

Race 2: Second race had a great start but was pushed wide into the double left handed corner which shut me back to about 20th , I battled with Brendan Harrison all the way through to 10th , I lost a bit of time pulling a tear off and stuffed up a rut , but then I pushed hard and got back onto the tail of him as we caught the next pack of riders, I jumped off a ski jump and my front wheel just bounced outside of a huge rut which sent me cart wheeling down the track on a 4th gear part of the track, winded myself bad and have a lot of skin off my body, I got up and tried to finish but my bike was a bent up and was forced to finish early.

"Hopefully if my body is all good I should be able to get back into training mid week."

Wilson MX: Luke Wilson MX2 ‰ÛÒ 31st Overall, Jake Emanuelli MX2 ‰ÛÒ 16th Overall:
The Wilson MX Team made some big improvements at round two and will look to build on them heading into round three -Credit: Supplied
The Queensland based Wilson MX team have made steady progress at round two of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Appin with both riders Jake Emanuelli and Luke Wilson seeing improvements since Broadford.

With round one in the books as one to forget, the Honda backed team was ready to move forward with the season, and build on their last round experience to step things up a notch at round two.

The MX2 qualifying session saw Emanuelli take 20th gate pick, and Wilson taking 33rd. With a full MX2 grid, both riders were content that their qualifying result would be enough to set themselves up for a day of solid racing.

Emanuelli, who had only spent two weeks with the team leading into round one, took advantage of his increased bike-time and took a 14th in moto one and 17th in moto two, leaving him in 16th overall for the day. Emanuelli noting that Appin was a huge improvement on round one.

"This round wasn't too bad for me. It was a big improvement on the first round." Emanuelli said. "I still want to get better from here, but it's good to be walking away with a better result.

"In the first moto I didn't get the best start, but I kept pushing forward and finished 14th so that was a good race for me. In the second race I got a better start, but I just rode pretty tight and ended up going back to 17th, but I was pretty happy with that.

"The whole weekend was a big improvement from the first round."

For Wilson, Appin proved tricky in some areas finding that the crucial ingredient he was missing was his speed during races. Wilson took 27th position in moto one, followed by a 30th in moto two, putting him in 31st position for the day. Wilson, who is now seeing a sports psychologist, reflected on the day positively.

"It wasn't a great day for me again. Everything has been going so well during the week but I haven't seemed to be able to put that together yet on race day." Wilson stated. "As soon as the gate is in front of me things seem to get quite hard for me.

"I've started seeing a sport psychologist, so I'm going to continue with her over the next few weeks and hopefully work on getting my head to realise what I am capable of. I know that I can do it, something is just not working in my head once I get to the start line.

"Hopefully the time with the sports psychologist will help me overcome that before round three."

"Appin has been up and down." Neale Wilson ‰ÛÒ Wilson MX Team Manager explained. "Jake had a good day - better than the first round. Luke struggled again unfortunately; he felt good in the second race but just didn't have the speed.

"We just need to go away and do some more work before round three. Both of the boys are fit, so the 30-minute moto should suit them fine. Luke just wasn't fast enough, but we were happy that Jake did a lot better than last round.

"Jake is a local to Wonthaggi so next round should be a good one for us."

Wilson MX is proudly sponsored by Jetpilot, Honda, Thor, Michelin, Rival ink, Powered by Naveen, Honda Genuine Oils, Moto Concepts, Ash's Spoked Wheels, JCR Motorcycles and Dyno, Hinson, Costanzo Racing Tuned, Mydrade, EBC Brakes, Akrapovic, VP Racing Fuels, and Renthal.

Lewis Woods MX1: 14th Overall
Lewis Woods (File Round 1) - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Qualifying: "I Started of qualifying in 16th with a 1.47 after suffering some arm pump. Times were at lot closer this round compared to round 1.

Moto 1: "I got off to a good start was in 7th and on the 3rd lap I blew through a rut and the front end bit and sent me. I landed hard on my bad wrist. I was able to get back up and finish 13th. I was happy with how I was riding before I went down.

Moto 2: "It was a struggle to ride my bike to the line and i was gritting my teeth on the sight lap. Didn‰Ûªt get the best jump as my holeshot button failed. Once a few laps got under way i was able to favour my wrist through the moto but was a hard 30 mins that's for sure. I finished moto 2 in 15th.

"Overall I finished 14th equal on points with 13th. "Im getting treatment done on my wrist this week and hope to be healed and better for Wonthaggi.

"I Can't thank my sponsors enough who make it possible for me to go racing. Also the Goullet family for putting in such an effort for me this year

Lewis Woods is supported in 2014 by: Snapes Logistics/ WoodsMX, Alpinestars, Bell, Spy, Maxima, Zeta, DRC, Pirelli, RHK, Talon, Pro Circuit, SSS, Kickstart

For Any Privateers or teams wanting to have the round two press releases or rider reports added to this article email them through to PR@fullnoise.com.au

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