Toowoomba hosted the ninth round of the MX Nationals on August 20 – 21 at Echo Valley Raceway, where Queenslanders made the most of their home ground advantage.
MX1 – Kirk Gibbs
KTM Motocross Racing Team rider and defending MX Nationals Champion Kirk Gibbs will carry the red plate into next Sunday’s series decider at Coolum following another consistent performance at the penultimate round of the series at Toowoomba’s Echo Valley.
The now Queensland-based rider held the championship leader’s plate since the fourth round of the series and maintained his custody of it after finishing with 3-2 moto scores earned third on the day behind Queenslander Dean Ferris and Kyle Peters.
Ferris took the round win on the back of his impressive 2-1 moto results and now has his Yamaha YZ450F within striking distance of the MX Nationals crown.
MX2 – Nathan Crawford
Husqvarna Factory Support racer Nathan Crawford used the occasion of a return to sunny Queensland to make a statement when he reclaimed sole ownership of the MX2 red plate at Toowoomba’s Echo Valley circuit.
Crawford qualified fastest on his Husqvarna FC250, then, with the red clay track extra tacky, left his championship rivals in his wake as he powered to a massive opening moto victory of over 10 seconds.
Second place in the final moto gave Crawford overall victory ahead of Caleb Ward and Jed Beaton, and sees the Queenslander take a handy 11-point lead into the series finale at his favourite track of Coolum, on the Sunshine Coast.
MXD – Mitch Evans
The Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team enjoyed a memorial day at round nine of the MX Nationals with Mitch Evans taking the round win and increasing his lead in the MXD championship while team mate Jordan Hill made a strong return to racing taking second place for the round.
Mitch Evans finally put his Echo Valley circuit hoodoo to bed with an outstanding performance taking the round win with a 1-1 day at Toowoomba. Evans openly states that he has had his struggles with the red clay and long hills of the Echo Valley track but shook those demons off in a day that saw him stretch his championship lead to 15 points with one round remaining.
KTM Amateur Cup – Brad Polsoni
The 2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup was run and won at Round 9 of the Motul MX Nationals at Toowoomba yesterday, with KTM’s very own Brad Polsoni collecting the championship honours in front of a full house of spectators at Echo Valley.
Polsoni was unstoppable from the minute he headed out onto the picturesque Toowoomba circuit yesterday morning, setting himself up with the fastest qualifying time, (1:52.369) leaving the likes of Callum Wastell (KTM) and Jesse Bishop (KTM) to chase his tail more than six seconds behind.
When bikes lined up for race one just after lunch, an impressive 23 riders stared down the start straight, ready for gates to drop. And it was no surprise to see Polsoni’s KTM take the MXStore holeshot, but after one lap it was KTM’s Reece Hoffman who was in the lead position.
Polsoni took the Race 2 victory, and as race two reached it’s closing stages, Polsoni was in the box seat to go undefeated for the entire series – but with only one lap remaining, Hoffman found the KTM leader’s rear wheel and made his move, snatching away the race lead from Polsoni, one which he could not reclaim.
And when the chequered flag flew for the final time yesterday, it was Hoffman who secured the final KTM Amateur Cup race victory, followed by Polsoni who crossed the line in second, while Bishop held on for third.
However, despite finishing in second position on the Round podium alongside Hoffman (1st) and Bishop (3rd) yesterday, the man of the moment was Polsoni at Toowoomba. Collecting the 2016 KTM Australian Amateur Cup title with an impressive 207 points, ahead of Suzuki’s Joel Newton who wrapped up the championship in second, followed by Justin Hill whose consistency saw him awarded with third.
View full results on the MX Nationals website here: http://www.mxnationals.com.au/