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TM Racing Australia Secure Top Results in the Top End.

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TM Racing Australia's Nick Sutherland and Nyk Geck have started their 2013 Australian Championship Campaign‰Ûªs with some rock solid results in the top end of Australia at the opening two rounds held in Darwin on the weekend.

Nick Sutherland tried to put the pain of a recent collarbone break into the back of his mind when proceedings got under on Friday when a special practice session was held for all the riders competing at the newly built Hidden Valley SX track.

With his collarbone only being plated seven days prior, Sutherland was able to show some good speed in the first two practice sessions before skipping Friday's final session as the pain became to much especially when combined with the energy sapping Darwin heat.

When round one got underway on Saturday, Sutherland was able to post the 10th fastest time in the mornings qualifying session before going to a very strong 5th place finish in his heat race.

When the gates dropped on Saturday's main event, Sutherland jumped out to a good start and rounded the first lap in 7th place. On lap three the TM MX 250Fi pilot made his way up to sixth position.

At the mid point of the race and with his collarbone starting to weigh on his mind, Sutherland lost one place to the 2013 MX2 Motocross championship runner up Kale Makeham.

It would be the only position he would lose for the remainder of the racing, going on to record a remarkable 7th place finish in very trying circumstances.

Round two was a near repeat performance for the rider hailing from Inverell, New South Wales as the gritty rider once again toughed out a full day of racing.
Nick Sutherland will spend the next four weeks getting himself 100% right for round three in Mount Gambier where he will be aiming for a top 5 finish.
Qualifying one position better in 9th spot and also finishing one place higher than Saturday in his heat race with a 5th place finish, Sutherland was hopeful of repeating the trend when the last afternoon main event rolled around.

Unfortunately for Sutherland he was not able to get the start he was chasing and after a couple of first lap passes, crossed the stripe at the end of the first lap in 10th position. He then put his head down and raced his way to 8th place by the end of lap eight where he remained until the chequered flag came out.

His 7-8 result for the weekend has him tied in 7th place in the championship standings and with a four week break in the SX calendar now scheduled, Sutherland will be looking to spend some time healing up and come out firing at Mount Gambier for round three of the series.

"To be honest I feel that my results were not great, but considering I only had my shoulder operated on this time last week the is result is good and I leave Darwin not far out of the top five in the championship." Sutherland stated.

"It was tough out there, between the heat and the shoulder it felt like everything was working against me, but overall it was a good weekend.

"I took a little while to get comfortable on the bike, with my crash happening just days after the Coolum two stroke cup, I did not have any lead up bike time coming into this weekend," continued the rider who was racing just his second race since the end of last years Supercross season.

"I felt better every time I went out and was pretty comfortable by the time the final race of the weekend came around."

"We have a four week break now, Ill work out what I need to do in order to heal up and have a week or two off. I suffered big time this weekend, I think it was due to not being able to ride or train for the past two weeks.

"I did not feel to bad in Sunday's heat race I was able to beat Longy (Dylan Long) who finished on the podium on Saturday, but I suffered in the main event, and my start did not help. As soon as I can get back on the bike I will be putting in the motos and be working on those starts." 22 year old Sutherland concluded.
Nyk Geck was looking good on Sunday until a flat tyre left him hitting the showers early
For TM Racing team mate Nyk Geck, Darwin was a weekend full of improvements until and unfortunate puncture in the final race of the weekend forced the Queenslander back to the pits for an early shower.

Geck Qualified in 14th position on Saturday and took some time to find his groove in both the heat and the main event finishing in 7th and 13th positions in the respective races.

Though once again qualifying in 14th place for round two on Sunday, Geck showed he was feeling more and more comfortable and raced to a sixth place finish in his heat and looking a lot more competitive out on track.

When the gate dropped for Sunday's final race, Geck near immediately felt that something was not right with the rear of his bike and after slowing to check his rear tyre on a couple of occasions, he eventually had to pull out of the race as his tyre went completely flat.

I felt pretty good all weekend considering the lack of ride time I have had to the lead up to Darwin." Geck commented. "I certainly will be aiming for more bike and training time before he next round!

"There is no doubt I struggled a bit with the track this weekend, but everyone had to ride it so no excuses.

"It was definitely disappointing to get that tyre because I wanted some good points this weekend in Darwin, a lot of people couldn't make it up there so it was a good chance to get some early season points.

"My aim now is just to get some more bike time and train hard in the lead up to the next round the next round and aim for a top 10 finish." Geck concluded.

Top Image: Nick Sutherland toughed out two hot days of racing with a recently broken Collarbone to finish deep inside the top ten on both days in Darwin.

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