Features 14 Jul 2012

In Brief: 2012 MX Nationals Rd7 Horsham

MotoOnline.com.au has a series of pit bits from round seven in Victoria.

  • Weather has been the major topic in the lead-up to the Horsham round, with rain swirling through the region on and off throughout the past few days. The sun has tried to break through, but as of Saturday afternoon it looks as though we’re set for a muddy weekend of racing. And the dark horse for the mud in MX1? Many are saying Cody Cooper could surprise, but also keep an eye out for Tye Simmonds.
  • Horsham is back on the Australian Motocross schedule for the first time since 2010’s season opener, returning after the original location for round seven at Barrabool was removed from the schedule. There’s mixed feelings about the switch too, because although Horsham is a relatively popular track, so many were excited to finally take on Barrabool once again at the elite level of the sport.

The Monster Energy MX Nationals are back at Horsham in Victoria. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

  • Hervey Bay winner Lawson Bopping admits that, despite doing good in the sands of Wanneroo and Hervey Bay, he’s happy to be back on the harder pack tracks that he’s more familiar with. If he can keep up his consistency and maintain momentum, Bopping will be a certain contender at the likes of Horsham, Appin and Moree, before heading back to the softer surface at Coolum.
  • A team manager’s meeting was scheduled to take place at Horsham this afternoon at 4.00pm. While these meetings aren’t unusual, the reason for today’s one was to discuss the plan of the series for the next three seasons. A survey has been doing the rounds in recent weeks, indicating that WEM is well and truly focused on continuing to build and develop the championship.
  • Jay Marmont’s back in action this weekend after sitting out Hervey Bay, lining up alongside Monster Energy Kawasaki teammates Dylan Peterson and Kade Mosig. Marmont’s been riding for the past fortnight, so should be relatively comfortable on the bike, and it is good to see the number one back. Unfortunately Billy Mackenzie’s return has been delayed until at least the Appin round, but he is back riding again.

MotoOnline.com.au invaded the Monster Energy Kawasaki semi for the Pre-Moto Show. Image: Simon Makker/Makkreative.com.

  • The final four rounds of the 2012 season are shaping up as vital ones for Raceline Pirelli Suzuki MX2 rookie Errol Willis. With a mixed bag of results to date for the current Under 19s champion, he knows that these next four rounds will favour his style since the clay track surfaces are more like he rides on at home. The ball’s now in his court if he’s to gain important confidence ahead of supercross and 2013.
  • With MX Nationals series commentator Kam Williams missing his first national in four years and Mick Sinclair currently focused on the release of Fox’s 2013 line nationwide, MotoOnline.com.au’s Pre-Moto Show had a pair of guests today. Defending four-time MX Nationals champion Jay Marmont and Monster Energy Kawasaki team manager Troy Carroll were in the panel, so stay tuned for that once we get it uploaded.