Yamaha‰Ûªs Under 19 motocross team kicked off their 2018 MX Nationals campaign in fine style, with team riders Hugh McKay and Bailey Malkiewicz turning in an impressive performances at round one of the Pirelli MX Nationals that has them well placed ahead of round two.
In some close racing that saw the top three riders tie on points and requiring a count back to separate them and fourth place just one point in behind, things are tight at the top of the MXD table.
Hugh McKay broke through for his first ever round win, taking the top step of the podium with his 4-2 results. McKay proved fast and consistent and his second-place finish was the best result of the other riders on the podium, handing him the round overall.
There was controversy in moto one when several riders we handed in race time penalties for jumping under a red cross flag, McKay included. He crossed the finish line second on track but when the 10 second penalty was applied, he was relocated to fourth.
Race two saw McKay away to another fine start and leading race on the opening lap. He was passed by team mate, Bailey Malkiewicz, on lap two but the pair continued to battle all the way to the finish line with Malkiewicz just edging his team mate in a WBR Yamaha team 1-2 finish.
‰ÛÏI have been trying for so long to win a round of the MX Nationals and it feels so good to finally get it done,‰Û