Dale certain Appin win will set him up for MX2 title fight //
POSTED: 30 Jul 2012 | SECTION: Racing | POSTED BY:Adam Spence
After taking an impressive MX2 win at Appin, Ford Dale is confident that his Monster Energy MX Nationals round eight win will put him in a great position as he fights for the MX2 title over the final two events.
Currently sitting second in the series, fighting to bridge the gap between himself and series leader Luke Styke, Dale saw himself on the ground in moto one on Appin’s Bellbird circuit.
After salvaging a 10th place finish, the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing rider fired up in the second moto, emerging victorious after igniting a heated battle with Kade Mosig for the lead.
In the final 30 minute moto, Dale pushed throughout the moto to take out the win and the overall on the day, while arch-rival Styke was only able to manage a fourth overall finish.
“It is great to come away with a couple of race wins and the overall,” Dale said. “It really sets me up for the final two events.
“I was clipped by another rider in the opening race and had to fight my way back through, but everything seemed to fall into place for me in the final two races.”
Dale beleives he lost too many points early on in the season, but with his fourth consecutive podium finish in New South Wales, the Queensland native has now found the all important consistency he lacked.
“I lost too many points at the start of the season so it is good to be consistent now we are at the pointy end of the championship,” he concluded.
Dale currently trails Styke by 31 points with two rounds remaining. The series will head to Moree next for round nine of the series on 19 August.