Features 22 Aug 2012

Fan Guide: 2012 MX Nationals Rd10 Coolum

MotoOnline.com.au has the ultimate guide to Coolum's tenth and final round of the MXN series.

The final round of the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals will descend upon Coolum on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for two days of bar-to-bar championship battles.

CDR Yamaha’s Josh Coppins continues to lead Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Todd Waters in the premier MX1 class. Coppins leads the young Queenslander by 14 points heading into round 10, setting the stage for a thrilling end to the series.

Coppin’s teammate and CDR Yamaha rookie, Lawson Bopping, impressively holds down third place overall in points. Just six points separate Bopping and Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing’s Brad Anderson for the podium spot, keep an eye on these two out on the track.

The big story in the MX2 class is Ford Dale’s recent rise to the top of the standings. The Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing rider has been on a roll of late, and took advantage of Luke Styke’s unfortunate turn of events at round eight in Moree.

Styke kept his Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing entry at the top of the MX2 leaderboard almost all-year, until a forgetful round saw his 31-point lead quickly turn into a 21-point deficit. Expect Styke to be fired up this weekend in Coolum as he fights Dale for the number one plate.

Behind the leading duo of Dale and Styke is JDR Motorsports’ Josh Cachia. Cachia has the speed, skill and endurance to easily take round wins, as he has shown earlier this season. Don’t count out a final round charge from the charismatic Victorian.

In the MXD class a fresh contender in Luke Clout has emerged after a long stint training and racing in America. Clout took his MX Factory entry to a three moto sweep at Moree, keep an eye out for the young talent to be up front again at Coolum.

Though Clout has no chance of title hopes, he may become a factor in the title battle between KTM pilots Kayne Lamont and Dylan Long.

Lamont holds a 32-point lead over the Choice Motorsports mounted Long, a comfortable gap for the young Kiwi. But as always, anything can happen in racing.

Behind Lamont and Long, fresh Axis Motorsports’ recruit Dylan Leary holds down a solid third place position heading into the final round of action.

MotoOnline.com.au will compile an official pre-race Fan Guide ahead of every round in 2012.

Circuit Location:

Quanda Park industrial park, Coolum

Event Entry:

Adults: 1 day $30.00 – 2 day $50.00
Children (aged 5-15 years): 1 day $15.00 – 2 day $20.00
Family (two adults and two children aged 5-15 years): 1 day $70.00 – 2 day $100.00
Gates open 8.00am
Practice starts 9.00am

Event Schedule:

Current Standings:

MX1 Championship Standings (after nine of 10 rounds):
1. Josh Coppins 549
2. Todd Waters 535
3. Lawson Bopping 469
4. Brad Anderson 463
5. Cody Cooper 449
6. Jay Marmont 332
7. Jake Moss 311
8. Daniel Reardon 301
9. Daniel McCoy 289
10. Dean Porter 288

MX2 Championship Standings (after nine of 10 rounds):
1. Ford Dale 521
2. Luke Styke 500
3. Josh Cachia 493
4. Kade Mosig 447
5. Adam Monea 409
6. Kirk Gibbs 401
7. Cheyne Boyd 366
8. Scott Columb 318
9. Justin McDonald 287
10. Errol Willis 279

MXD Championship Standings (after eight of nine rounds):
1. Kayne Lamont 464
2. Dylan Long 432
3. Dylan Leary 418
4. Jay Wilson 392
5. Kale Makeham 382
6. Sam Martin 359
7. Mitch Morris 276
8. Joel Milesevic 230
9. Wade Hunter 222
10. Mitch Budd 180

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2012 Series Calendar:

Rd1 – 1 April – Conondale, QLD
Rd2 – 14-15 April – Coonabarabran, NSW
Rd3 – 28-29 April – Wonthaggi, VIC
Rd4 – 12-13 May – Wanneroo, WA
Rd5 – 20 May – Murray Bridge, SA
Rd6 – 1 July – Hervey Bay, QLD
Rd7 – 15 July – Horsham, VIC
Rd8 – 29 July – Appin, NSW
Rd9 – 19 August – Moree, NSW
Rd10 – 25-26 August – Coolum, QLD