Nathan Crawford continued his back half of the season resurrection with an outstanding days‰Ûª racing at round seven of the Pirelli MX Nationals, held at Maitland over the weekend that saw him finish on the podium again in second place.
The Serco Yamaha rider regained much needed confidence after a spirited effort at the Gympie round and took that with him to Maitland where he again rode with speed and skill on his way to the podium.
Despite a so-so start to the first moto of the day, Crawford found his flow as the race settled down and he began to move forward. With 16 laps to get to the front, Crawford started picking off riders one by one until lap 10 when he parked his Yamaha YZ250F at the front of the field.
With six laps remaining, Nathan moved out to a five second lead by race end and rode across the finish-line triumphantly with his fist in the air.
Race two again saw Crawford inside the top five and desperate to move forward. And like moto one, once the race settled, he began to make his move. He clawed his way past team mate, Aaron Tanti, then Bailey Malkiewicz and set off after race lead, Kyle Webster. He hunted him down and as they got the one lap to go board, the pressure was on as Crawford had zoned in on the leader.
But he was unable to make a pass in the final lap and was forced to settle for second place. His 1-2 results gave him 67 points, tied with Webster for the day, but second overall on count back as Webster had the better finish in the final moto.
‰ÛÏIts so good to be back and racing properly again,‰Û