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Top six result for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Murray Bridge

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Crankt Protein Honda Racing‰Ûªs MX1 racers Todd Waters and Luke Clout could barely be separated at the fifth round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals at Murray Bridge on Sunday, with both riders cracking the top six and leaving with 50 points apiece.

For the second-consecutive week, Queenslander Waters established himself as the man to beat by winning the three valuable points on offer in Super Pole, while Clout also qualified for Super Pole, where he posted the fourth-fastest time.

In the opening race Waters and MX1 rookie Clout finished fifth and sixth respectively, with less than 1.5 seconds separating them at the chequered flag.

Both riders finished the first lap inside the top 10 and steadily picked off riders throughout the 30-minute moto.

As rain fell during the second MX1 moto the Crankt Protein Honda Racing duo‰Ûªs fortunes were reversed, with Clout finishing sixth and Waters seventh.
Todd Waters: Credit: Marc Jones Photography
Waters got a decent jump off the gate and spent most of the race in fifth position, with Clout following closely behind in sixth. Despite chalking up the fastest lap of the race, Waters lost two positions late in the moto, including sixth place to Clout with two laps to go.

As a result of the close racing between the pair, Clout finished the round in fifth and Waters in sixth on count-back.

"I think my speed was a little bit better than my results today after some bad starts" Clout said. "Overall it's been a positive first half of the season for me and now looking forward to the break and then getting back to racing".

Waters now holds down fourth in the MX1 championship standings, while Clout has moved to seventh overall.

"We started off pretty well with Superpole, that's two in a row now," Waters said. "We are just working on getting our speed happening. Unfortunately in both motos we had some things happen that cost us big time. That's how it goes so we will just keep it in house and keep chipping away at improving and getting better," Waters concluded.

The 2017 MX Nationals now heads into a five-week break, with the action recommencing on 2 July at Nowra, NSW.

Main Photo: Luke Clout
Credit: Marc Jones Photography.

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