Motocross

WEM Continue to Make Positive Adjustments Heading Into MX Nationals Round Two

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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On the back of a very positive first round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals, WEM are working hard to ensure the series continues to grow throughout the year.

The opening round held at Broadford on the 30th of March proved to be one of the best presented, attended and most competitive season openers in the 17 years that WEM have been running the Australian Motocross Championship.

One of the biggest highlights of the round was not only the fact that both the MX2 and MXD classes had over subscribed gates, but just how competitive the racing was across all three classes with a total of seven different riders claiming moto wins over the course of the nine moto's contested for the round.

"The season got off to a great start at Broadford and showed that we are in for a big year. " WEM's Kevin Williams enthused when we called him earlier this week to talk about the season opener and what lies ahead heading into round two at Appin.

"Having a all junior podium in the MXD class really showed that the up and coming riders really put in during the off season and came into round one ready. We really have not seen that level of depth come into the under 19s class and be that ready for round one, that will make it a very competitive class this year.

"In the MX1 class I think a lot of people predicted that Mossy (Matt) would walk away with it, but there is certainly some real strong contenders in there." Williams continued. "Obviously Adam Monea is looking fit, Kade Mosig who if he wants to make a career needs to be consistently up there this year; you have Jake Moss with good surroundings and then you go to Billy Mackenzie who finished fifth at Broadford and there is a lot of depth there.

"Broadford showed me that the contenders in all classes have used the off season well."



The good news is, things are looking just as exciting for round two this weekend when the series heads to Appin in New South Wales for round two, with WEM confirming that entry numbers for the second straight round are looking very strong.

"Heading into this weekend we have 155 entries across the four classes which is a fantastic number." Williams explained. "We have a full gate in MX2, MXD and also the Yamaha Junior cup gate is full, so great entry numbers across the board. I think it is a recognition by the competitors of the quality of the tracks, the venues and the series.

While Williams was happy to see large rider numbers at the opening round and for that to continue at round two, he was also pleased to see a large number of spectators lining the fence at Broadford.

"That was the biggest crowd we have had at Broadford," said Williams. "The final numbers on the day were just over 4,600, it was the biggest crowd we have had at Broadford since the GP's, it is certainly the biggest opening round crowd we have ever had and has certainly set a positive feel moving forward."

While there was a lot of positives at the season opener, Williams knows there is still room for improvement and is hopeful that some key changes regarding the timing system for this weekend will help iron out some of the timing issues that have plagued the series over the past two seasons.

"We have made a couple of changes this week heading into Appin. After two years of perseverance with the Tag Heuer system, we have elected to use the My Laps transponders this weekend to try and eliminate any of the issues we have had," Williams explained.

"We will continue using the same timing software, it is just the transponders that have been giving us the problems. Basically the live timing from our website should continue to work as it did at Broadford. All we have changed is the little plastic transponders which is what has been letting us down.

One of the other key areas that has been worked on going forward for the remainder of the season revolves around the live stream of the races on the Mysportlive.com.au website.



"We are continuing to do some more work to get the live steam signal out, all the equipment is there, but unfortunately we can not control how much bandwidth the mobile internet providers have in the area.

"We have Intel heading into this week regarding a tower that is on the other side of Appin, so we will be pointing our aerial's in the opposite direction to a different tower than most people in the area are working off, so hopefully that will give us the ability to do it.

"We can do all the planning, but like what happened at Broadford where we got to 10 o'clock and everything is working then at 11 o'clock you can't send a text message from one side of the venue to the other, that is totally out of our control.

"We have spoken to Telstra about getting a mobile tower to the rounds, but it is in excess of $70,000 to get a mobile tower to each round, which is just not conceivable. We are constantly looking at other avenues." Williams concluded.

While the opening rounds were not shown live on the day, the footage captured and produced live on the day have been uploaded to Mysportlive.com.au and have been embedded on this page to give viewers an idea of what they can expect to see at the remaining rounds throughout 2014.

Top Image: The 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals season is go.

Credit: Aaryn Minerds

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