KTM Australia’s Caleb Ward has once again shown the Motul MX2 class that he is back with a vengeance, claiming the round five overall win on home soil in Coolum over the weekend (May 31).
With Coolum being the last outing for the Motul MX2 class before the mid-season break, round five of racing was fast, aggressive and game changing across both challenging motos.
In moto one, new faces graced the front of the class with privateers Wade Hunter and Riley Graham both leading race one for short periods of time. However Ward’s speed was once again a force to be reckoned with.
Adding yet another race win to the collection, Ward crossed the line in first position ahead of Serco Yamaha’s Luke Clout in second, and Kawasaki Australia’s Takeshi Katsuya who continued his trend finishing in third.
In race two, the point was proven that it pays to be local. Husqvarna Racing Team’s Nathan Crawford showcased his talent on the brutal Coolum circuit, sharing the lead with JCR Yamaha’s Jay Wilson throughout the moto before eventually taking the chequered flag in first position.
Fellow local Ward fought until the end in moto two – charging from the back of the pack all the way up to third, Ward then managed to make the pass on Wilson for second on the very last lap, leaving Wilson in third at the conclusion on the race.
Despite Crawford’s race win, the consistency of Ward was just too good -rewarding KTM yet with another round on the MX2 podium ahead of Nathan Crawford (Husqvarna) in second, and JCR Yamaha’s Wilson who finished the round in third.
Motul MX2 Round five overall winner – Caleb Ward– KTM Racing Team (1st, 2nd – 67 Points)
“I had two bad starts today and had to come through the pack but it’s still awesome to get the overall that’s for sure, he said.
“I want to try and win as many races as possible, and this round wasn’t too bad, but obviously I’d like to keep pushing forward and get some more moto wins.
“I’m just going to strengthen my leg up a bit in the break, keep training and then come back for the second half strong, but overall today I’m pretty happy with my result.”
Motul MX2 round five overall points
1) Caleb Ward 67
2) Nathan Crawford 69
3) Jay Wilson 54
4) Takeshi Katsuya 54
5) Luke Arbon 49
6) Jed Beaton 48
7) Wade Hunter 48
8) Jack Simpson 46
9) Geran Stapleton 45
10) Luke Clout 43
Motul MX2 championship standings:
1) Luke Clout 286
2) Takeshi Katsuya 281
3) Jay Wilson 281
4) Jed Beaton 250
5) Wade Hunter 246
6) Luke Arbon 228
7) Nathan Crawford 213
8) Geran Stapleton 202
9) Hamish Harwood 194
10) Riley Graham 190
Head to the MX Nationals website for all of the class standings.
Photo: Jeff Crow / Explorer Media