Moss Institute riders round out successful 2012 campaign //
POSTED: 30 Nov 2012 | SECTION: Racing | POSTED BY:Alex Gobert
Moss Institute is celebrating a strong haul of success once again as the 2012 season comes to a close.
The Institute’s four leading senior riders all found success on the race track during this year with Matt and Jake Moss, Kale Makeham and Meghan Rutledge producing competition-leading form and speed on numerous occasions here in Australian and abroad for Matt Moss and Rutledge.
Rutledge, on top of winning her second straight Australian Women’s Motocross Championship, was able to have world wide success, with overall podium performances in the Women’s AMA Championship, which included a moto win against some of the toughest competition in the world.
Not content with her AMA success, Rutledge then headed over to the final round of he FIM world championship to test her skills against the world’s best talent and again come up trumps, picking up an overall podium result after leading all but a handful of laps of the opening moto in Germany.
Rutledge once again competed in the Under 19s class of the Australian Supercross Championship as the only female competitor, and once again proved she could take it up to the class full of young men, constantly pushing close to the top ten.
“I can’t thank Greg enough, my 2012 supercross season went well would of liked some better results but the results from this year will make me push harder to archive bigger and better goals for 2013,” Rutledge stated.
Makeham, who has been with the Moss Institute for the past five years after first coming under the guidance of Greg Moss as a club junior enduro rider had his best season to date in 2012.
With impressive results during the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals championship that included moto wins, podium performances and fastest qualifying times, Makeham then took his racing to the next level during the supercross season, when he took his KTM 250 two-troke to the championship win in the Terex Australian Supercross Championship in the the Under 19s class.
With a series scorecard that read 2-5-1-1, Makeham was able to our score all his opposition to claim his first senior Australian championship.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a champion and to finally achieve that it almost doesn’t feel real, I’ve worked really hard to get to this point.” Makeham stated. “I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
“I can’t thank Greg enough for all his help over the past five years and its good to finally celebrate a win together.”
The team’s most senior rider, Jake Moss spent the early part of 2012 coming to grips with being part of a privateer team with mixed results during the Australian Motocross Championships.
He was able to finish the motocross season as the leading privateer and in so picked up the Andrew McFarlane Privateer Cup, which was and emotional achievement for Jake who had spent a lot of time with McFarlane during his stint in the United States.
“Dad is by far the best coach I know here or in the USA and I have ridden for three pro teams in Australia and four in the USA, and to have fitness expert Dan Reardon and my twin brother Matt also on board with Moss Institute I can only see things getting even better,” Jake commented.
Greg Moss has been impressed and proud of what his riders have achieved in 2012, and is looking forward to continuing his support going forward, not only with his four top senior athletes but with all of his Moss Institute riders across the country.
“I’m pretty stoked with Matt’s first AMA SX podium and to win and podium with another bunch of junior titles at Coolum,” Greg Moss said.
“I guess Moss Institute has become the factory breeding ground, it’s great to see past riders like [Luke] Styke, [Luke] Clout and [Hayden] Mellross who also all spent five or more years on the Moss Institute team attract rides and perform so well this season also.”
Rutledge will now once again head overseas to race the Geneva International Supercross, which is part of the official Swiss Supercross Championship.