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Rhys Budd Secures 2022 MX2 Australian Championship Runner-Up Place At Coolum

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Photo of 2022 Australian Motocross Championship runner-up Rhys Budd
Rhys Budd on his way to third place in the MX2 class at Coolum which was enough to secure second place in the 2022 championship.

Rhys Budd continued his recent good form making another trip to the podium to secure the runner-up spot of the MX2 class of the 2022 Australian Motocross Championship (ProMX) at Coolum QLD.

Coming off a second-place result at Queensland Moto Park last weekend, where Wilson Todd was crowned champion, Budd was in second place in the championship, 16 points clear of Jesse Dobson and another 10 ahead of Bailey Malkiewicz. But neither of those two riders are slouches around the Coolum track so Budd knew he would have to work hard for his results this weekend.

He charged to third place finish in race one, then a fourth-place finish in race two giving him 38 points and third for the round. With Dobson unable to finish the day due to injury and equally the points of Malkiewicz on the day, Budd claimed second place for the MX2 championship for the year, one spot ahead of his 2021 result.

Photo of 2022 Australian Motocross Championship runner-up Rhys Budd
Budd claimed second place for the MX2 championship for the year, one spot ahead of his 2021 result.

“I had put a lot of pressure on myself this week to make sure I got the job done and it was a huge relief to lock down second place after race one,” Budd explained. “I worked hard over the past month to try and improve a few things so to be able to finish the last two rounds on the podium as well as finish second for the championship is a good outcome and one that I’m proud of.

“My back is cooked after that last race as the track is rough and you are constantly working the bike in the sand. I pushed myself to the end of both races and I really wanted to get past Bailey in the last one, but I just couldn’t make it happen.

“Thanks to the Yamalube Yamaha Team for everything they do and our team sponsors who give us the opportunity to do what we love. It was also good to have my whole family here to support me and it means a lot to all of us to get a result like this.

“I might take a week or two off and then start work on supercross as I’m looking forward to racing the Australian Supercross Championship, starting in October,” Budd concluded.

Budd and his Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team after a successful year with Charli Cannon winning the WMX and Budd locking up second in MX2.

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