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Serco Yamaha’s Nathan Crawford continues climb back to his best

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Serco Yamaha’s Nathan Crawford continues climb back to his best
Nathan Crawford 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.
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
Serco Yamaha’s Nathan Crawford continues climb back to his best
Aaron Tanti just missed the podium with a fourth place finish overall.
It was also another solid performance from Aaron Tanti who just missed the podium with a fourth place finish overall. Tanti finished with 5-3 results to claim fourth and remains in fifth place in the championship.

Tanti was well placed in moto one but was locked in several fierce battles on the track as the stars of the MX2 field battled for position. At some point, he and another rider locked bars and Tanti took a hit to his previously injured finger and had to back down the pace and dropped to fifth place by race end.

But with some extra strapping and determination, Tanti stepped up and race two and rode to a well-constructed third place.

‰ÛÏThere were battles out there in both races and the opening couple of laps were pretty hectic as we all knew we needed to be up the front early. I felt my speed was pretty good, but I just had to back off a little in race one when my finger got jammed.

‰ÛÏOverall, it wasn‰Ûªt a bad weekend, but I want to be on the podium at every round and I came up short this weekend," he concluded.

PIRELLI MX NATIONALS MX2 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 1st Wilson Todd ‰ÛÒ 397 Points
2nd Kyle Webster ‰ÛÒ 387 Points
3rd Jay Wilson ‰ÛÒ 377 Points
4th Nathan Crawford ‰ÛÒ 339 Points
5th Aaron Tanti ‰ÛÒ 328 Points
6th Dylan Wills ‰ÛÒ 304 Points
7th Bailey Malkiewicz ‰ÛÒ 280 Points
8th Ricky Latimer ‰ÛÒ 252 Points
9th Cooper Pozniak ‰ÛÒ 249 Points
10th Morgan Fogerty - 243 Points

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