News 20 May 2014

MXD rookie Crawford to wildcard in MX2 at Wanneroo

Queenslander taking advantage of extended Under 19s mid-season break.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Murray Bridge Monster Energy MX Nationals MXD round winner Nathan Crawford has confirmed he’ll make a debut appearance in the MX2 category at this weekend’s Wanneroo round of the series in Western Australia.

The Husqvarna-mounted Queenslander broke through for his first MXD overall on Sunday in South Australia, charging to both moto victories in a convincing clean-sweep of the weekend. He’ll now carry that momentum into WA – a round not including the MXD ranks.

“Obviously it’s my first overall as a senior and while I expected it, it’s good that the hard work pays off,” Crawford reflected. “It was a great feeling to be standing up there on the podium. I sort of struggled to find my rhythm in the first laps, and battled with Egan Mastin in the last half of the moto and forced the issue a little bit to get the win.

“In the second I pulled the holeshot and led from start to finish. I was riding well just gelling with the bike; I put in a good solid 10 minutes, then just settled into my pace and won the second moto to come away with the overall. The Under 19s don’t go to Wanneroo, so I’m going to go there and race in the Pro Lites – we’ll see how I go.”

Crawford is currently fourth in the tightly-contested MXD title chase, eight points from new red plate holder Egan Mastin. The MXD class will resume in the second half of the season at Conondale in Queensland on 13 July.