New British import Brad Anderson lead the way on Saturday winning all before him and stamping his name as a true contender for the MX1 title at the end of August. Behind Anderson came two other Championship contenders in Todd Waters who will line up with Suzuki in the MX1 class and Kirk Gibbs who will line up again with Serco Yoshimura Yamaha in the MX2 class again in 2012. Both riders tied on 82 points for the day, It would have been interesting to add Gibbs to the MX1 line up in the already stacked field in 2012, hopefully it is something we will see next year.
Sunday seen the A grade Lites riders line up, with rider of the like of Ford Dale, Kirk Gibbs, Todd Waters, Luke Arbon, Joel Milesevic and Veteran rider Cheyne Boyd lining up on the gate. At the end of the day it was Cheyne Boyd who is riding the 250F at the nationals this year who took the win ahead of Ford Dale and the rider who is doing everything right pre season Milesevic, who also just happened to win the under19s over the weekend. Boyd proved he could be a real threat stepping back to the smaller bike this year.
Gibbs did not have such a great day on the Sunday in the Lites class, After winning in his opening race he crashed hard at the start of the second race, he was able to get up but missed the rest of the days racing, He does have an injured wrist and has had some scans on it Monday morning and is waiting to hear back, at this stage he is still looking good to for round one at Conondale.
Speaking of Injuries, Australia's sole rider in the Motocross world championship Dean Ferris is continuing to recover after elbow surgery caused by a pre season crash, I have spoken to Ferris, and recovery is going well , though at this point in time he may miss the start of the MX1 championship. Dean is a little bummed sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of the Euro based riders getting ready for round one at the many preseason races going on throughout out Italy, Holland and Great Britain. The world MX Championship is shaping up to be another cracker of a season with a lot of riders showing some great form, with the season starting over the Easter Weekend just a few short weeks away.
While on the topic of overseas Motocross, the New Zealand Championships have just wrapped up and were completely dominated by Ben Townley winning a 11 of 12 races, missing out on the perfect season after a fall in the first turn in one moto at the third round, though he did come from last to 2nd in that moto! The two other New Zealand riders who are definitely in Australia for the full MX Nationals series , Josh Coppins and Cody Cooper finished in second and third respectively, Cooper looks to have some form at the last round which is a good sign heading into the Aus season and Coppins says he is getting better all the time after shoulder surgery at the end of last season.
How about 43 year old Daryl King wrapping up the MX2 class, hard to believe there would have been riders in that class 24 years younger than him! Also good news is King will be in Australia to race the first couple of rounds of the nationals, one thing I am glad off is he is in the 40+ class in the vets and I don't have to be on the track with him!
Second in MX2 was Scott Columb (or Coolum late on Sunday nights!) Columb is currently seeking out a ride anywhere in the world for the rest of the year, would be good to see him over here racing.
Australian Brett Metcalfe scored his first Career race win in AMA Supercross by claiming the race win in his heat at Indianapolis, After a season where Metty has struggled at a few rounds and been off his usual pace, it was great to see him back where he belongs, he kept the ball rolling in the Main Event running as high as second before finishing in fourth, hopefully it is only a matter of time before we see him on the podium.