News 21 May 2014

Quotebook: 2014 MX Nationals Rd4 Murray Bridge

South Australian motocross rundown direct from the riders.

Adam Monea (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki):
I was pretty frustrated after the second moto. I crashed out of the race and not by my own doing. That was really annoying because I was on track for the overall and I was confident I’d get it. I felt strong and fast all day. Although It wasn’t the result I wanted today, I’m really happy with my speed and the bike and the team. I’m very happy with how everything is going.

Jake Moss (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki):
The result in the first moto was not what I really wanted. I got a good jump and felt I was going to go into the turn first but I got tangled with Billy and that put me back. I felt like I could have won that moto but I had a couple of little issues and it wasn’t to be. In the second moto Gibbsy passed me on the first lap. He had a hometown advantage. He just knew where to go when it was rough. I thought to go smooth lines but it didn’t work out. It proved faster to go the rough shorter lines. I’m looking forward to racing in the sand at Wanneroo. I think the Kawasaki suits the sand and It would be nice to go out with a win before the break.

Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki):
Murray Bridge started really good in winning Super Pole, but it just didn’t go my way in the motos. I had a number of minor setbacks in moto one that were disappointing, and then in the second moto I lost my brakes. At first I lost my front brake and then used the rear too much, so I lost the use of that as well. I just had to ride around from there, so I’m glad to get out of that place because I always seem to have bad luck in South Australia.

Rhys Carter (Team Motul Suzuki):
It was a consistent weekend for us, but I struggled in that last moto with some stomach issues and that affected us a bit. Other than that it was good, my starts went to plan, so it was another solid round. We are working on a lot of things and I am focussed on improving as we go. I’ve come home between rounds and then we’ll be back for WA later this week.

Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team):
My first overall win, I’m really happy, so it’s good, and a lot of family and friends were here to see it so I’m very pleased. Today was a bit up and down obviously, that first one was tough, I didn’t get the best start, and I had to take my goggles off and copped a rock to the eye, so I’ve got a bit of a shiner! That last race I got a good start and just made passes really early which made it easy. I got the lead just before the end of the first lap and just rode away with it. I’ve had a podium at every round now so I’m really happy with that, that’s the biggest thing I’ve always wanted is to be really, really consistent. I’ve been doing that so far, so I’m really pleased with where I am at.

Billy Mackenzie (CDR Yamaha):
At every other round I have had good and not so good motos, so it was important that I put together two good motos today and not make any mistakes. I can’t afford to keep doing that and losing points to the leaders in the championship so I needed to get my act together and get it done. I went well last year here so I felt good coming in and the CDR Yamaha team have the bike working really well. I’m looking forward to racing in the sand in WA at the next round and with it being the three race format next week, the importance of consistency is again critical.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Jay Marmont (CDR Yamaha):
I’m really happy with the bike and love racing it, I just need to pick up my game,” Marmont states. “We have the WA round next week in the sand and I have done well there previously, so I hope I can turn my season around there.

Cody Cooper (Penrite Honda Racing):
I started tight in the first race then settled in,” Cooper explained. “I found my rhythm and worked my way past Matt Moss and into second. In the second moto I came together with Jake Moss and hurt my knee in the process. To be honest I didn’t even see him. We don’t know the extent of the damage yet, I will see a specialist early next week.

Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha):
I started off the day pretty good, I got seventh in qualifying which is my best qualifying result so far this year so I was pretty happy with that, but I would love to get into Super Pole. First moto I went down, and after that I knew that race was going to be really hard, so I just knuckled down and passed as many riders as I could and salvaged as many points as I could. My lap times in that race were really good, and I was feeling really fast on the bike so I was still happy with that. Second moto I didn’t get the best start, I was sitting in about eighth and I just knew that if I wanted to get up there I had to knuckle down and get the job done. I was pushing pretty hard and I just landed wrong off a jump and hurt myself a bit – So I just gritted my teeth and ended up getting a fifth which I was happy with.

Sam Martin (DPH Motorsport Yamaha):
I feel like I went a lot better this week – first race I had some bike problems, the clutch adjuster had snapped so I didn’t really have much clutch that whole race. The track wasn’t what I expected, it was like riding wet hard pack. That’s not usually what Murray Bridge is like so it was hard to prepare for that. Second race was better again, I am just struggling with starts so that’s what I’ve been working on. But eighth is my best finish of the year so far so I got to be happy with that.

Brock Winston (Husqvarna Motocross Racing Team):
I nearly had the holeshot in that last one but, but then we had some problems and I ended up nearly last and I had to work my way back through and that’s all I could get. It was a pretty easy track so everyone was fast, which didn’t help me. But it was a good round, I pushed hard, learned a few things, and I’m definitely moving forward so that’s good. It wasn’t real rough today, but we won’t be saying that next weekend, and I’m looking forward to it.

Kayne Lamont (Red Bull WIL Sport Husqvarna):
Race one I got the holeshot and managed to pull a gap, but I got a bit caught up worrying about people behind me and went off track, which put a bit of pressure on, but I managed to keep them at bay. Then in the second, I missed third down the start straight which put me back to about 10th or so, and I hit about three or four guys going into the first corner and went down. I got back up, like way last, stopped to check my wheel and brake lever and I managed to catch back to 11th. I actually gained a point in the championship, and I didn’t lose anything to the guys behind me, so I’m looking forward to Perth.

Luke Arbon (SD3 Husqvarna):
I’m pumped! I put in a lot of work to achieve this goal, and I can’t to explain the feeling – the last three laps in that moto I had butterflies. It was crazy, I didn’t really expect to get the win this soon in the series. I haven’t really done too much riding, but in the last few weeks, Gibbsy has been down at my place so we’ve been doing a lot of riding together, and I think that helped my confidence, I felt strong and relaxed all day. I’m definitely pumped to get my first win at home and Gibbsy he got his first win as well in the Open so it couldn’t be more special really!

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Luke Clout (Serco Yamaha):
It was a day that got away from me. Both crashed were totally my fault and those are the mistakes a rider shouldn’t make. I did all the work to get myself in a good position and then I let it go to waste so it was a disappointing day for me. But we race again next week so I have to dust myself off, get my head back in the game and make amends. The sand in WA is tough but three races will be a big opportunity to get things back on track.

Jay Wilson (Serco Yamaha):
I just didn’t get a decent jump out of the start in each race and with the first two corners being sharp, it strings the field out fast. I felt I raced well on the track but having to pass over 20 riders in both races isn’t good, so I will be working on my starts all this week.

Brenden Harrison (Instant Security KTM):
My day was about horrible starts, I had to come back through the pack in both races, but just with my fitness – I feel like I’m the fittest on the track at the moment – in the second moto I came from something like 17th on the first lap to third, so I just want the motos to be 10 minutes longer! I need to get my starts sorted. I really want to win this championship so I’ve got to start making it happen.

Geran Stapleton (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki):
The first moto was ok, I was a bit disappointed that I had a little crash – I felt like I could have got a podium in that moto. The second moto just came apart. I got a really good start and then in the second corner I came together with another rider, which was my fault but I went down. I’m not back to riding properly during the week, and in the second moto I just felt really weak. My injuries are nearly healed, so hopefully I can build my strength back up and get back to where I was before.

Ryan Marmont (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki):
I was a little bit disappointed after the first race, I got cleaned up by another rider and it sort of put me off a bit for the rest of the day. My conditioning has let me down a little bit this year – just not enough time on the bike and the young guys seem to be able to keep that sprint speed up a lot longer these days. Our bikes are really on their game and it makes a difference when you’re out battling with the two strokes to have a reliable competitive machine underneath you. All in all though, I walked away unharmed and still managed to get some points on the board for the team with a top ten finish, so I’m happy with that.

Josh Cachia (Penrite Honda Racing):
I am still not right, each week there is improvement but my speed and fitness will take time. Racing is what is best to get me into the mental game and improve my intensity but its not happening as fast as I tell myself I would like it to happen. I am a racer and I want to win but I need to remind myself that it has been 12 months since I have finished two motos. I will race Waneroo and then really settle in and work hard on strength and conditioning so I can come out swinging in the second half of the season.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Jake Emanuelli (Wilson MX Honda):
This weekend was a little up and down for me, but after that last moto I’m pretty happy. Moto one was a tough one and I made a couple of mistakes which put me back, and it was hard to make up those positions after that. Moto two was awesome, I got a really good start and was sitting in about second or third for a while. My fitness sort of let me down towards the end a bit, but I still managed to finish inside the top ten so that’s what we want. I know if I get a start, I can run up the front and I think I have proved that over the last two rounds now – If I get out of the gate quick enough I will just need to work on my fitness a little bit.

Luke Wilson (Wilson MX Honda):
I didn’t feel too bad on the weekend, the first moto didn’t work out as well as I wanted it to though. Being off the bike for a month, I got arm pump in that first one and just couldn’t push through it. Second moto, I felt a lot better and I managed to get through the race at least. I’m still not exactly where I want to be, but I finished that moto in a good enough position so I can build from that. The class is a lot faster than it has been in previous years, if you don’t get a start it’s really hard work so starts are the key I think.

Joel Milesevic (EMU Racing TM):
The day was not too bad, though I could have gone a lot better, especially in that first race. I got up into the top five then dropped it and lost all the positions I had made up. There are some people that are happy that I finished with a top 8, but I want to be in the top five basically and we are still working towards that. The second race there was not much I could do about that, Lamont went down in the first corner and went straight into him, luckily we were both alright. I did not struggle too bad getting through the pack, during the sight lap I had a good look and found some good second and third lines in places. “I did fatigue near the end of the race, which sucked and is something I will work on going forward.

Jed Beaton (GYTR Yamaha):
My stomach didn’t give me too many problems today but because I haven’t been able to do anything for three weeks and lost seven kilos since Wonthaggi, physically I was not in good shape to race at this level. By the halfway mark of each moto, I was totally exhausted but I had to finish and just hung in there as best I could. Considering the condition I was in and no preparation leading into the race, finishing fourth is ok and staying close to the championship lead is even better. With MXD not doing Perth and the Swan Hill rounds we now have an eight week break which comes at the perfect time for me.

Wilson Todd (GYTR Yamaha):
My knee was fine today but I got some pretty bad arm pump in the first race just from riding a bit tight and being a bit too intense. Moto two was better and I came through the field pretty well until the second last lap when I got loose in the whoops and went down. I just have to learn to reduce those mistakes and keep calm to improve my results.

Nathan Crawford (Husqvarna):
It’s good, it’s heaps good! Obviously it’s my first overall as a senior and, while I expected it, it’s good that the hard work pays off, and 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 min and then just settled into my pace, and won the second Moto and came away with the overall. The Under 19’s don’t go to Wanneroo so I’m going to go there and race in the Pro Lites, so we’ll see how I go.

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