Luke Clout, on board his Yamaha YZ250F, has claimed the 2014 MX Nationals MX2 championship after a perfectly constructed days racing at the 10th and final round of the championship, held at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
The championship victory is the first for Clout in his professional career and makes it back to back victories for the powerhouse Serco Yamaha team after Luke Styke took 2013 championship win.
Clout entered the final round at Coolum with a 28point lead in the championship but with the three moto format in place, at the toughest track on the tour, Clout needed to stay calm and get the job done with the minimum of fuss to secure the title.
The day went exactly to plan for Clout and the team. With good starts in all three motos, Clout was able to control his own destiny and keep an eye on his rivals at the same time. He finished third in the opening two motos and just needed a top 15 finish in the final moto of the year and the championship was his.
Again he jumped well from the starting gates and held good track position early in the race. After a fall from his nearest rival in the championship, Luke Arbon, which took him out of the race, all Clout needed to do was circulate until the finish.
Clout crossed the finish line in ninth place with his fist in the air before being swamped by his team in celebration. His 3-3-9 results gave him the added bonus of a third for the round to cap his successful championship campaign. It was a hard earned victory for Clout and his Serco crew as they battled through a long and tough year against some stiff opposition.
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