Features 19 May 2017

Fan Guide: 2017 MX Nationals Rd4 Horsham

Previewing what's to come at this Sunday's fourth round.

The fourth round of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals series is set to take place this weekend at Horsham in Victoria where the MX1, MX2 and MXD contenders will hit the track once again. MotoOnline.com.au previews what fans can expect when the gates drop this Sunday.

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Round location

Horsham Motocross Track
Dooen, Victoria

Track map

Event entry

Adult (over 15): $30
Kids (6-15 years): $20
Family (2 adults and 2 kids): $70

Schedule

Riders lists

MX1 predictions

First:
Dean Ferris – Yes, this is a predictable answer, but how can you go past the defending champion at this stage? He’s never looked better aboard his CDR Yamaha YZ450F and he’s yet to lose an overall this season, the guy is on a serious roll. Ferris left Horsham in 2016 not totally satisfied with a third behind Matt Moss and Kirk Gibbs, so you can be sure that he’s looking to take the victory this weekend.

Second:
Kirk Gibbs – Gibbs is pushing hard to keep tabs on Ferris this season, and he has been the only rider to beat the number one in a moto during the opening three events. Gibbs will be right there and could definitely claim victory, but it’s going to be tough to overcome the force that is Dean Ferris.

Third:
Todd Waters – Waters has been dealing with injury throughout the entire 2017 season and he’s going to gain momentum as the series continues. We all know Waters is capable of race and round wins, but at this stage he seems to be right around the third place spot as he continues to improve and gel with the all-new Honda CRF450R.

Watch for: Nathan Crawford, Kade Mosig, Luke Clout, Brett Metcalfe, Luke Styke

MX2 predictions

First:
Mitch Evans – Two 1-1 sweeps in a row? That’s pretty impressive riding from an MX2 rookie, and he didn’t just get the start and ride away the whole time – he worked for wins. Evans is looking super comfortable aboard his Serco Yamaha YZ250F and now with the points lead he’s carrying a tonne of momentum into Horsham this weekend.

Second:
Jackson Richardson – Richardson has definitely picked up his game and he looked a lot better in Conondale compared to the previous two events. He was right there in position to win both motos at round three before his cousin Evans stole them away from him. He was fired up post-race, in a good way, and ready to shoot for those elusive victories, so keep an eye on the number 57 this weekend.

Third:
Wilson Todd – The former points leader will bounce back this weekend and put together a strong performance, his Conondale showing was a bit of a mess overall. Although he did land on the podium, it wasn’t a great ride for the DPH Motorsport Yamaha rider and he’ll be looking to clean up his performance in Victoria.

Watch for: Egan Mastin, Jayden Rykers, Dylan Wills, Kyle Webster, Hamish Harwood

2017 calendar:

Rd1 – 1-2 April – Wonthaggi, VIC
Rd2 – 23 April – Appin, NSW
Rd3 – 7 May – Conondale, QLD
Rd4 – 21 May – Horsham, VIC
Rd5 – 28 May – Murray Bridge, SA
Rd6 – 2 July – Nowra, NSW
Rd7 – 16 July – Shepparton, VIC
Rd8 – 30 July – Port Macquarie, NSW
Rd9 – 13 August – Toowoomba, QLD
Rd10 – 19-20 August – Coolum, QLD

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