Dundownran Park set to host Australian Motocross Championships.
Monster Energy MX Nationals championship protagonists will slog it out again this weekend as Hervey Bay’s Dundowran Park facility gets set to host the seventh round of the series.
At the top of the table the focus will be on the form of Motul Pirelli Suzuki’s Matt Moss, who recorded his second overall MX1 class victory of the season at Appin to close within four points of Motorex KTM’s Todd Waters.
Waters is recovering steadily following the collarbone surgery performed prior to Appin, and will be striving for a solid result this weekend in order to keep his grasp on the title.
Moss’ Motul Pirelli Suzuki teammate Cody Cooper also took a moto win at Appin, and the experienced Kiwi is ranging up quickly on a top-three placing in the title race.
Kirk Gibbs showed strong form at round six, and was able to accrue equal points to Cooper for the round as his rise within the ranks continues.
The CDR Yamaha pairing of Billy Mackenzie and Lawson Bopping – third and fifth, respectively – will also be podium contenders, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Monea heads to Hervey Bay with momentum of an overall top five at Appin behind him.
As it has been for much of the season, the challenge in the MX2 class will be to displace Serco Yamaha’s Luke Styke from the top of the podium. The team’s one-two position on the ladder was compromised with the loss of Luke Clout to injury, and a number of contenders have raised their hand to take up the fight.
Kale Makeham’s breakthrough moto win solidified him as a future star of the sport, and he’ll be charging hard to try to bridge the 83-point gap to Styke.
Kade Mosig’s comeback ride after his lengthy layoff due to injury had many talking, and the Zero Seven Motorsports Kawasaki man is eager to maintain this form across the final decisive rounds.
Round seven will see the Pirelli MXD class battle resume also, with Hamish Harwood leading the way ahead of Jack Simpson and Jesse Dobson.
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Hervey Bay, Queensland
Dundowran Park, Dundowran Rd, Hervey Bay
Children (aged 5-15 years): $20
Family (two adults and two children aged 5-15 years): $70
MX1 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds):
1. Todd Waters 376
2. Matt Moss 372
3. Billy Mackenzie 340
4. Cody Cooper 331
5. Lawson Bopping 320
6. Kirk Gibbs 293
7. Adam Monea 285
8. Jake Moss 279
9. Tye Simmonds 273
10. Jay Marmont 241
MX2 championship standings (after six of 10 rounds):
1. Luke Styke 403
2. Kale Makeham 320
3. Josh Cachia 305
4. Brock Winston 302
5. Luke Clout 285
6. Geran Stapleton 264
7. Takeshi Katsuya 260
8. Ryan Marmont 244
9. Dylan Long 227
10. Rhys Carter 209
MXD championship standings (after four of eight rounds):
1. Hamish Harwood 244
2. Jack Simpson 225
3. Jesse Dobson 218
4. Joel Dinsdale 194
5. Jay Wilson 190
6. Corey James 180
7. Joel Wightman 179
8. Nick Scott 176
9. Logan Blackburn 166
10. Jake Emanuelli 134
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2013 Series Calendar
Rd1 – 14 April – Raymond Terrace, NSW
Rd2 – 28 April – Murray Bridge, SA
Rd3 – 5 May – Wonthaggi, VIC
Rd4 – 19 May – Broadford, VIC
Rd5 – 2 June – Conondale, QLD
Rd6 – 14 July – Appin, NSW
Rd7 – 28 July – Hervey Bay, QLD
Rd8 – 11 August – Swan Hill, VIC
Rd9 – 25 August – Toowoomba, QLD
Rd10 – 31 Aug – 1 Sep – Coolum, QLD