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Yamaha Racing Clean Sweeps Championship Classes at Pirelli MX Nationals

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MX1 champion Dean Ferris, MX2 champion, Wilson Todd, MXD champion Bailey Malkiewicz and Yamaha 65cc Cup winner Jake Cannon. Photo: iKapture
Yamaha Racing racked up another two MX Nationals Championships at the final round of the series, adding to the MX1 crown already in the hands of Dean Ferris, making it a cleans sweep of all major championship classes for the bLU cRU in 2018.

MX1(450cc), MX2 (250cc) and MXD (under 19) are all now in the possession of Yamaha after the final round of racing wrapped up at the always challenging Coolum Pines circuit, on the Sunshine Coast, over the weekend.

Dean Ferris kicked off the championship spree last week at round nine. With the MX1 championship signed, sealed and delivered to the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, the focus this week was now firmly on the MX2 and MXD classes and Yamaha teams were in the box seat.

Entering the final round, Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Wilson Todd, had one hand firmly on the MX2 championship trophy and wasn‰Ûªt about to let it go. He circulated at a moderate pace in sixth place which was more than enough to claim the 2018 MX2 championship win for Yamaha.
2018 MX1 champion Dean Ferris with his championship winning CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team. Photo: iKapture
In a race that must have felt like an eternity for the 20 year old north Queenslander, he raced well within himself to finish sixth and claimed the championship victory with a race to spare. He was met by his Serco Yamaha team moments after crossing the finish line to celebrate the win.

That‰Ûªs two in the bank for Yamaha, MX1 and MX2, now it was just MXD that needed the finishing touches and WBR Yamaha team rose to the occasion. Bailey Malkiewicz was 24 points in front entering the final round and, like Todd, didn‰Ûªt need to win at all costs to secure his first professional championship.

Bailey notched up a second in race and gained a few more points towards the championship victory. With a 28point gap heading into the final moto, Malkiewicz went into ‰ÛÏchampionship mode‰Û
2018 MX2 champion Wilson Todd with his championship winning Serco Yamaha Team. Photo: iKapture
The mood in the Yamaha camp was jovial post-race and Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard, praised his teams on a job well done at a team dinner.

‰ÛÏOn behalf of Yamaha Motor Australia, I would to acknowledge, congratulate and simply say thank you to all our riders and staff on an amazing 2018 MX Nationals championship campaign. Winning all three major classes is an amazing accomplishment and a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of each and every member of our racing family. Each year as a company we set our goals high and we have exceeded them yet again.

‰ÛÏDean, Wilson and Bailey have done an amazing job this year and we are so proud of their efforts and success. Yamaha has a proud racing history and heritage, it‰Ûªs the DNA of our company and these riders, along with the teams and supporters, have continued this legacy.

‰ÛÏDean winning all 10 rounds this year is an achievement not yet seen in the MX1 class and is a feat that will take some beating in the future. Wilson rebounding after the devastation of 2017 where he was less than 10 minutes away from winning the championship when he fell, to staying on top this year in a great display of his mental toughness to secure the MX2 championship. And Bailey joined Yamaha this year and proved he is a star of the future with his brilliant performance this year.

‰ÛÏWell done to all and while 2018 will be hard to match, we will again set our goals high, work hard to achieve them and continue to be passionate about racing,‰Û
2018 MXD champion Bailey Malkiewicz and runner-up Hugh McKay with their championship winning WBR Yamaha. Photo: iKapture.
2018 Pirelli MX Nationals Championship Standings

Thor MX1
1st Dean Ferris - 699 (Yamaha YZ450F)
2nd Mitch Evans ‰ÛÒ 567
3rd Luke Clout ‰ÛÒ 547
4th Caleb Ward 506
5th Dylan Long ‰ÛÒ 502 (Yamaha YZ450F)

Pirelli MX2
1st Wilson Todd ‰ÛÒ 611 (Yamaha YZ250F)
2nd Hamish Harwood ‰ÛÒ 558
3rd Aaron Tanti ‰ÛÒ 543
4th Jay Wilson - 519 (Yamaha YZ250F)
5th Dylan Wills ‰ÛÒ 457

Motul MXD
1st Bailey Malkiewicz ‰ÛÒ 585 (Yamaha YZ250F)
2nd Hugh McKay ‰ÛÒ 564 (Yamaha YZ250F)
3rd Maximus Purvis ‰ÛÒ 558 (Yamaha YZ250F)
4th Riley Dukes ‰ÛÒ 542
5th Brodie Ellis - 497 (Yamaha YZ250F)

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