The opening three rounds of the 2015 MX Nationals have already been run and won and there has been plenty to talk about both from on and off the track. Round one saw Australia’s best riders hot Horsham in Victoria while round two was held at the Appin Circuit in Sydney. Both days provided plenty of drama and the chase for the all three championship classes is now on.
Wrap after rounds one and two:
Horsham was dominated by KTM’s Kirk Gibbs. Gibbs was simply a cut above the rest of the field as he got his way to the front early in each race and was able to do as he pleased out front. Behind Gibbs was were all the drama unfolded.
Reigning champ, Matt Moss entered the series under an injury cloud and then proceeded to crash heavily in race one and finish well done the field leaving himself in a whole right at the start of the season. It didn’t get any better for race two when he again fell and this time was physically drained and his body struggling to deal with the pain. And it didn’t get any better for the number 1 plate holder at round two.
Luke Styke returned to Australia after a tough year in Europe but showed he is back on his game with some good results. He kicked off with a second place at the opening round and looked smooth and fast. He passed some of the bigger names in the sport and has done well in his first MX1 outing. Kade Mosig locked down third at Horsham in what some might see as a surprising result for the Victorian racer.
Round two and the championship complexion changed. Matt Moss left the track under medical supervision after a crash in the first turn which effective ruled him out. Reports now suggest Moss will be sidelined until round six with wrist injuries which means we will have a new number 1 in MX1 in 2015.
Kade Mosig picked up the slack and ran with it at Appin winning the day with a 1-4 result, just ahead of an ultra-consistent Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke. Gibbs heads the championship over Mosig with Styke in third.
Daniel Reardon also impressed at Appin taking a race win. It was his first since coming back to the MX Nationals and he did it with a wire to wire performance that will undoubtedly build his confidence.
It appears to again be a battle on the Serco Yamaha team with Luke Clout and Jed Beaton splitting the round wins. Beaton won the opening round at Horsham after Clout was docked 10 seconds for some o track issues, but Clout bounced back at his home track and took the victory and get the championship lead back in his possession. Beaton had a tough day with bad starts and early race falls leaving him in fourth for the day. He now sits third in the championship.
Splitting the Serco pair is Jay Wilson, who is racing well after his year season success in New Zealand. Jay was fourth at round one but climbed to second at round two after an emotion performance at Appin.
Nathan Crawford and Takashi Katsuya are also well in contention after two solid rounds to open their accounts. Each have a podium out of the opening two rounds and appear to be the only riders to keep the Yamaha trio in check at the moment.
The opening round for the MXD riders was cut short when a serious accident involving Dylan Wilson occurred in the early stages of moto two at Horsham. The medics were scrambling to get to Dee as he was seriously injured and all hands on deck were required from the RaceSafe crew to ensure Dee’s health. As a result, the race meeting was stopped so Dee could get the treatment he required and is now on his way to a full recovery. The importance of the Race Safe team can’t be underestimated. They saved Dee’s life.
It was Jordan Hill who won the shortened opening round as he won the opening moto. Dylan Wilson was second in moto one with Jayden Rykers in third just ahead of Wilson Todd. Fastest qualifier was Mitch Evans but he fell in race one and fractured his wrist.
Round two and things calmed down a little for the MXD guys. Kaleb Barham and Wilson Todd split moto wins but Todd won the overall with his 3-1 race results and now sits 11 points clear at the top of the leader board. Burham had a tough second moto and finished in 14th place after a fall.
Jordan Hill had a day he would like to forget and drop several places in the championship while Queenslander Jesse Madden had a break ride in the first moto to secure second place but again, couldn’t repeat in in race two.
The championship took place at Broadford in Victoria over the weekend.... that wrap coming soon.
For all the info on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au or you can even stream it live on www.NGRTV.com.au
Photos courtesy of Jeff Crow / Explorer Media.