Practice and qualifying for the Monster MX1, Motul MX2, and Pirelli MXD class was ticked off the list in Coolum today, as the 2015 MX Nationals charges towards crowing it‰Ûªs 2015 Champions.
With riders, teams and spectators greeted with perfect 20 degree weather, the top riders in each of the championship classes, put down their fastest lap times, determining their pick of the grid tomorrow morning.
At the conclusion of the 20-minute sessions, it was a Yamaha pole position affair, with CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Kade Mosig, Serco Yamaha‰Ûªs Luke Clout and GYTR Yamaha‰Ûªs Wilson Todd all posting the fastest lap times in their respective classes.
When the premier Monster MX1 class headed out for their free practice session today, crowds were treated to seeing the best guys in the business not only manage, but attack the notoriously rough Coolum Pines circuit.
With 20 minutes to get a feel for what Coolum will dish out tomorrow, the MX1 class took advantage of the ride time, putting down impressive lap times, and proving why racing tomorrow is going to be action packed.
Having taken the round win at Coolum earlier in the year, DPH Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Lawson Bopping got to a flying start, putting down the fastest lap in practice (1:45.107), ahead of KTM Motocross Racing Team duo Luke Styke and Kirk Gibbs.
When the Monster MX1 qualifying session got underway, much like MXD, and MX2, the MX1 big guys looked to put down their hot laps early, and secure those top five positions that would see them put straight through to GoPro SuperPole tomorrow morning.
After only one lap of qualifying, CDR Yamaha‰Ûªs Kade Mosig put down the top lap time of 1:46.775, proving to the MX1 field that his recent form is no fluke at all.
However Mosig had his work cut out for him if he wanted to stop the hard charging series points leader Gibbs, who bumped Mosig for the fastest lap time after only five laps with a 1:46.080.
However at the conclusion of the session, CDR‰Ûªs Mosig was able to retaliate and snatch the number one position back from Gibbs, putting down an outstanding 1:45.854 lap time, ahead of Gibbs‰Ûª 1:46.080 hot lap.
Securing the third fastest lap was that of NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Adam Monea with a 1:47.005 lap time, while fourth was taken by Penrite Honda Racing Team‰Ûªs Ben Townley, and fifth fastest lap went to KTM‰Ûªs Styke.
Mosig, Gibbs, Monea, Townley, and Styke will now all take part in GoPro SuperPole, where crucial additional championship points will be on offer at 10:05am tomorrow morning.