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Tanti Shows Potential Despite Opening Moto Crash At Appin

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The WBR racing team were presented a perfect circuit for round 2 of the MX Nationals in Appin with the club making many improvements to the track.

It‰Ûªs a unique facility at Appin with a public track and then the race track on the other side of the hill. The team WBR Yamaha race team took advantage of the public track giving the guys a chance to spend some more time on their race bikes on the Saturday before the event, to ensure everything was spot on for Sundays racing.

After a busy afternoon of preparing the bikes after riding Saturday, it was time to set sights on the job at hand and putting the Bulk Nutrients Yamaha‰Ûªs at the pointy end of the field.

Sundays weather was spot on as a big crowd rolled in. NSW is Aaron Tanti‰Ûªs home, so he was keen to show his form at Appin in front of family and friends.

Aaron posted 13, 5 finishes across the two motos and 10th overall for the round, which left a little sour taste in Aarons mouth - as the result did not match his speed and how good he was riding. Aaron unfortunately had a crash in the first race while running up front, however it didn‰Ûªt take him long to remount as he remained in 7th after the crash.

Unfortunately, the crash damaged his front brake calliper and caused the bike to lose brakes for the remainder of the race. Aaron worked hard but struggled to maintain the pace with no brakes and a tricky circuit dropping back to 13th. The positive for the day was Aaron taking a season best race result of 5th in the second moto, which gives him the confidence he needs to keep fighting forward in the championship.

Hugh Mckay was fighting a cold all weekend at Appin but he was determined to not let that dampen the weekend. Hugh posted 19, 7 moto finishes and 10th overall, however these results don‰Ûªt reflect Hugh‰Ûªs speed. Hugh posted good starts in both races and showed some great speed in moments of the race, posting fastest lap times on certain laps. Hugh unfortunately couldn‰Ûªt manage to stay on the bike having a bunch of falls across the two races hurting his overall result.

After two rounds Hugh sits 8th in the MXD championship and Aaron sits 10th in MX2 championship.

"These results do not reflect the speed and potential both boys have displayed, so the writing is on the wall for some good results to come," a statement from the team read. "The team feels it is very much in their grasp for Hugh to win races and podium and Aaron to also land himself on the competitive MX2 podium. Time will tell as the team prepares for round 3, Coolum QLD in a fortnights time.

TOp Image: Aaron Tanti in action at his home round on his way to a season best 5th place finish in moto 2

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