MX: Monea proves speed and consistency in front of MX Nationals home crowd
Monday, 30 April 2012
Zero Seven Motorsports team rider Adam Monea once again proved he has the speed to run with Australia’s best at the third MX Nationals round in Wonthaggi on the weekend.
A revitalized Monea was strong all weekend, setting the fastest practise lap in the ultra competitive MX2 class. The 23 year old from nearby Koo Wee Rup, then qualified his RM-Z250 machine in third on the sandy Wonthaggi circuit.
Coming into round three eighth in the championship points table, Monea’s priority was gaining solid points in all of the three motos and bolster his overall position.
“In the first two rounds I think I’ve shown that I can run with the fastest guys, but have let down my overall result by having a bad race here and there. I know to be a title contender I need to sort that out – which was my main goal for this weekend.”
Battling up front all weekend long, saw Monea earn fourth and sixth place positions in the first two ‘back to back’ 15 minute format races, before grabbing the lead in the early stages of the final 30 minute race.
A race long battle followed between Monea and Honda rider Ford Dale. With Dale eventually edging out Monea by a narrow margin.
“I’m really happy with today and that final moto. After Ford (Dale) past me I was able to find some new lines and close the gap back up on him towards the end of the race. I know my speed and fitness to win is there. Today has givin me a lot of confidence going into the next round in WA. I’m happy to get three solid motos – we can keep building on that!”
Yesterday’s result saw Monea finish in fourth overall for the day, missing the podium by just two points. He now sits seventh overall in the MX2 Championship with 135 points; 57 behind current championship leader Luke Styke.
The series now moves to Wannaroo, Western Australia in two weeks time.
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MX: Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing celebrate dual round wins at MX Nationals
Monday, 30 April 2012
After enduring a horror run at the second round of the MX Nationals, Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing silenced their critics today, demonstrating a complete turnaround in form at the third round of the series in Wonthaggi, Victoria.
Brad Anderson and Ford Dale both claimed their respective round wins, giving the factory Honda team its first ever dual-round victory.
In the opening 8-lap MX1 race, Anderson grabbed the holeshot and led from start to finish. The multiple British Motocross Champion was second in Moto 2 and put up a gallant fight to finish the final 16-lap contest third.
Anderson, who won the MX1 class ahead of Todd Waters and Lawson Bopping said he was relieved to finally come away with a round win.
“It is an outstanding result and a huge relief for me,” Anderson said. “It is about time I turned it around and showed the team what I am capable of."
“My start in the first race was good and I was able to maintain a comfortable lead. In the second race the dreaded arm pump came back and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to."
“I was really happy with my result in Race 3 especially given everything that happened. I got a bad start. I lost my tear offs early in the race then went down battling with Lawson (Bopping). To come through to third after all that is a good result,” Anderson continued.
Anderson sits second in the MX1 championship standings, 20 points behind series leader Josh Coppins.
Despite coming down with a bout of the flu, Ford Dale showed great maturity and courage to finish all three races in the top two.
Dale was second in the two 8-lap back-to-back races before taking a gutsy win in the final 16-lap moto.
“I have been fighting off the flu all week and it finally hit me today,” Dale explained.
“The first two races were pretty good, I got good starts and didn’t feel too bad. In the final 16-lap moto I knew I had to get out in front as quick as possible to try and pull a gap before fatigue set in.
“It was great to come away with the win, it is a well deserved reward for the team who have worked really hard to turn things around since the last event."
Today’s results see Dale add 69 points to his championship tally and move him to second in the standings, just 13 points behind series leader Luke Styke.
Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team Principal, Yarrive Konsky said he proud of the way the team pulled together after Coonabarabran.
“I am really proud of the whole team," Konsky said. “We completely turned things around today.
“After the disappointment of Coonabarabran we made a lot of changes including moving Lee Walker to the MX2 program while Ben Townley is out injured.
“Ben is still very much an integral part of Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing, he has been in constant communication with us this weekend and will continue to work with the team as we progress through the MX Nationals,” Konsky concluded.
The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team will have little time to reflect with Round 4 of the Monster Energy MX Nationals to be held at the AJS Motorcycle Club in Wanneroo, WA on May 12-13.
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 Results: Wonthaggi
1. Brad Anderson 67
2. Todd Waters 63
3. Lawson Bopping 57
4. Josh Coppins 56
5. Cody Cooper 50
6. Jake Moss 47
7. Jay Marmont 44
8. Tye Simmonds 39
9. Dylan Peterson 35
10. Dean Porter 32
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX1 Championship Standings (after Rd 3 of 10):
1. Josh Coppins 181
2. Brad Anderson 161
3. Todd Waters 152
4. Jake Moss 148
5. Lawson Bopping 146
6. Jay Marmont 139
7. Cody Cooper 137
8. Tye Simmonds 133
9. Daniel Reardon 96
10. Daniel McCoy 83
Monster Energy MX Nationals MX2 Results:
1. Ford Dale 69
2. Luke Styke 60
3. Josh Cachia 57
4. Adam Monea 55
5. Cheyne Boyd 49
6. Kirk Gibbs 43
7. Kade Mosig 43
8. Errol Willis 39
9. Geran Stapleton 36
10. Lewis Woods 29
Monster Energy MX2 Championship Standings (after Rd 3 of 10):
1. Luke Styke 192
2. Ford Dale 179
3. Kirk Gibbs 162
4. Josh Cachia 149
5. Kade Mosig 140
6. Cheyne Boyd 136
7. Adam Monea 135
8. Errol Willis 115
9. Justin McDonald 110
10. Ryan Marmont 91
MX: Anderson and Dale target Wonthaggi form reversal
Friday, 27 April 2012
Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing will look to re-assert its early season dominance when the MX Nationals visit the factory outfit’s heartland in Wonthaggi this weekend.
A fortnight has passed since the team’s disappointing weekend in Coonabarabran, with both riders going back to basics in order to ensure they improve on fifth place finishes in their respective classes.
Brad Anderson took this week’s press day at Wonthaggi as an opportunity to familiarise himself with the track.
Anderson has re-introduced cycling to his training routine, fitting in a number of 80km+ rides to maintain peak fitness.
He also took on the infamous 1000-step challenge at Fern Tree Gully, finishing in a credible 6-minutes and 30-seconds.
The British champion is determined to beat the bouts of arm pump, which slowed his progress at Round 2.
“It was disappointing to lose the momentum of the opening round after arm pump set in during the second moto at Coonabarabran,” explained Anderson.
“The weekend didn’t go to plan and I’ve tried my hardest to take my fitness and conditioning to another level.
“I have gone back to my traditional training regime riding three 30-minute motos and after yesterday’s session I felt the best I have ever felt.
“I’ve factored in a lot of cycling as well and am feeling much more prepared for the weekend at Wonthaggi which will be a chance to get things back on track.”
Anderson is placed fourth in the MX1 championship standings with 94 points to his name.
MX2 teammate Ford Dale was held back by crashes at the start of both 5-lap motos, costing him the opportunity to show his class-leading speed.
Currently placed third, Dale is eyeing a podium finish to close the gap on current points leader Luke Styke.
“Coonabarabran wasn’t the best weekend, I have worked hard the past two weeks to make sure that is behind me and ensure I’m ready for this weekend,” said Dale.
“I’ve spent the past two weeks at home and tried to ride on sandy tracks to prepare for Wonthaggi.
“I also got the chance to race the Sunshine State Motocross event at Coolum and won both races there which was a good way to work on my racecraft.
“I like the Wonthaggi track – the dirt is good and it’s a fun track to race on. We did some pre-season testing there as well so I’m pretty familiar with it.”
Riders will contest shorter back-to-back motos on Sunday morning before both classes settle in for the regular 30-minute moto to round out the afternoon.
Wake: Jetpilot's Kuri Wickliffe edit
Friday, 27 April 2012
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MX: Wilsons Jetpilot MX ready for Nationals Round 3
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Queensland-based Australian Motocross Championship team Wilsons Jetpilot MX will take on the third round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals this weekend at Wonthaggi in Victoria.
The team has experienced mixed results so far during the opening two rounds of the season, with Luke Wilson currently ranked 25th in the premier MX1 standings and teammate Thomas Rushton one position in arrears in 26th.
Wilson started the season with 20th overall at Conondale in Queensland on 1 April with a best result of 17th in moto three, but fell short of a point-scoring position at Coonabarabran in New South Wales a fortnight ago.
With further seat time aboard the Wilsons Jetpilot MX KX450F and development continuing throughout the series, the 22-year-old is looking to gain momentum at Wonthaggi’s third round.
“I felt like I definitely had the speed at the second round to run in the top 15, but fitness held me back a bit when I got a good start in the final moto and I have been working on that,” Wilson explained. “The Wonthaggi track is a track that will hopefully suit me and it’s similar to Coolum, so I look forward to it.
“After two rounds I have a gauge where I’m at with the competition, so I hope to be in the top 15 during each round and hopefully if I’m consistent all year it will help me gain a good position for the championship.”
Rushton also produced his best result at Conondale with 23rd overall after taking 18th in the opening moto of the season, however points have since eluded him and he’ll be looking to turn that form around come Sunday in Victoria.
Wilsons Jetpilot MX will contest the third round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Wonthaggi in Victoria this weekend, 28-29 April. The series will span 10 rounds throughout the nation during the season.
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