Riders reflect on their performances following MX Central.
Adam Monea (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki) 6th overall:
It was a rough day. Not my best at all. I was a bit uncomfortable at the start of the day in practice, qualifying and moto one and really wasn’t riding the way I’d like. After moto one I came back and started fresh. It was a new ball game in moto two and I rode to 3rd. It was a really strong ride and I performed heaps better. I had a tough start in the final moto and finished where I started. I think all us top 6 in that last moto had similar times. It was very hard to make up ground. It was a tough day but it won’t deter me from my goals.
Jake Moss (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki) 11th overall:
I qualified well but I’ve had some time off the bike from injury and it showed today. I had a flat tyre in the first race and got real loose and ended up looping it out. I had to switch bikes for the next two races and I wasn’t as comfortable. I rode OK in the last race for a top 3 but having time off showed in my riding today. I don’t like having time off. We’ve got a three-week break so I’ll put in real hard to try and put the KX450F on the top step again before the year’s out. It’s my first year on the team and it’s been up and down but we’re definitely getting there. I’m feeling more and more comfortable. I just have to get it done.
Matt Moss (Team Motul Suzuki) – 1st overall:
Today was really good for us as a team and I just felt so much confidence on the RM-Z450. We really wanted to win this weekend and it’s turned out to be very positive for the championship. Thank you to Team Motul Suzuki and all of our associated sponsors.
Hayden Mellross (Raceline Pirelli Suzuki) – 7th overall:
I had a really positive weekend. I think only being eighteen years old and racing in the MX1 class when really I should be in MXD, that I’m doing really well. I do think that I have the ability to be further up front, but even after that start in the last moto, I think it’s more my experience racing at this level that I’m lacking. I had never raced at Raymond Terrace, but for an MX Nationals standard I think the track delivered one of the best tracks we have seen this year. The Raceline Performance shop has thrown the support behind me this year. Being relatively unknown, they have really stepped up and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be racing. Hopefully with a couple more seasons under my belt, I will be more experienced and pushing for top five results.
Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team) – 4th overall:
I started to feel a bit better yesterday but still wasn’t 100 percent today. I felt not too bad on the bike but just made a few mistakes. Starts here are very critical; it’s a hard track to pass on and I got two very average starts in the first couple of races and that set me right back. Then last race, I got a good start, rode a really good race, but had a lapped rider jump on me on the last lap just to make it a really good day. I saw him go to the berm and I went to roll the jump and next thing I was on the ground – I didn’t even know what was going on. I’m not real impressed about it, but it’s the sport and that’s what happens sometimes. We’ll try and come back out at Galdstone and get these good starts that I think I know I can get and try to make something of this championship.
Billy Mackenzie (CDR Yamaha) – 3rd overall:
I came into one of the tight corners out the back and I must have got a rock or something stuck in my rear brake as the bike kicked and shut down causing me to fall. I got up pretty quickly but it took a few kicks to get going and a lot of guys got passed me. Otherwise it was a pretty good day. I consolidated third in the championship, made the podium and now I look forward to the final two rounds.
Jacob Wright (CDR Yamaha) – 2nd overall:
I’m a bit speechless. Winning Superpole was unreal, but to then go on to finish on the podium for the round and win a race is amazing. I can’t thank Craig Dack and the CDR Yamaha team for giving me the chance to ride this amazing bike and have a great bunch of people to work with. I also want to thank my family who have supported me for so long and I want to dedicate this result to them.
Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) – 5th overall:
Overall my weekend was pretty consistent, I put in three solid motos and finished every race which I was really happy with. For myself, getting into Superpole for the first time, after putting down the second fastest lap, had been a massive goal of mine. So just being a part of that I was really pumped. Raymond Terrace is always a pretty crazy track, and I knew it was going to be gnarly going there, but I have never seen that track look so good. The club should be really proud of what they did on the weekend. I’ve been working really hard to carry momentum since the mid-season break and show everyone what I can do and what I am capable of. I’m so happy with the Yamaha bike and I think that’s what’s made a massive difference. We’ve got three weeks now until the next round, so I’m just going to knuckle down so I can finish the year on a good note.
Sam Martin (DPH Motorsport Yamaha) – 8th overall:
I got average starts again on the weekend, I made quite a few mistakes in that first race and didn’t really get back up to where I wanted to be. I felt good on the track, but I know I didn’t ride the way I should have. It has kind of got to the point with my starts that I am just way too far back at the start of the race, so we’re going to do some work to the bike in the next three weeks. We have made changes to other things and they haven’t worked, so we will keep trying to figure it out, and hopefully by next round it’s sorted. Despite the results the track was actually a lot of fun. Hopefully the next round will suit my style of riding a bit better and I can push for some better results.
Joel Milesevic (Full Force Racing TM) – 10th overall:
I had a pretty solid weekend at Raymond Terrace with three consistent motos. The track was awesome and the club done a great job of preparing it and providing an awesome layout, we need more tracks like Raymond Terrace in the championship. I have to give a big thanks to James for being my mechanic for the round and putting in the work on my 300 during the week. A big thanks to Phil and Andrew from Full Force Racing for their ongoing support and taking the bike and myself to each round. I am happy with how I rode on the weekend and will continue to try to improve and get better results at the final two rounds.
Luke Clout (Serco Yamaha) – 4th overall:
I was desperate to do well as this is like a local race for me and I had plenty of friends and family here today. We aren’t really sure what was happening with the bike as it would run fine for a while, then slowly get worse as the race went on to the point where I was even lucky to finish the second race. We couldn’t pin point the issue, although it did seem heat related as it was fine until several laps into the race, so we just swapped to the spare bike and I was able to win the race and salvage some points for the day. It’s my first race win in a while so that felt pretty good. It was fortunate to have a day like I had and to still increase my lead in the championship but I will gladly take it.
Jay Wilson (Serco Yamaha) – 3rd overall:
I thought I rode pretty well today. Even in race one when I fell in the first turn, I thought I came back strongly so I knew that if I got a good start, then I would stay up the front. The next two races I managed to stay clear of the usual first turn carnage and I was on the pace. It was good to get on the podium again, it’s been a while since I have been up here.
Hamish Harwood (CMR Red Bull KTM) – 5th overall:
Just a terrible day. I wanted to be at least on the podium, and preferably on the top step but in the first two motos I had to come through from about 15th twice, to get a fifth and a sixth. Then in the last race I got a top-five start only to crash in the third corner and sprained my wrist. I came back from last though to ninth, but I’m not happy at all.”
Luke Wilson (Wilson MX Honda) – 16th overall:
My weekend wasn’t too bad. Everything seems to be coming together and the team, myself and especially the Honda’s are making progress at every round. Second moto I went down in a massive first corner crash which sort of affected the nerves a bit, but I still managed to put in some good racing. I had a look over my lap times in the last race and they were on par with about 10th, so that has given me a lot of confidence going into the next round. I enjoyed the track a lot on the weekend and the bike handled really well. Everything has been working much better since the mid-season break, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and keep making progress every round.
Kale Makeham (Tunetech Racing KTM) – 2nd overall:
I just came in with the mindset that I want to be the fastest guy out there and pretty well achieved that. Qualified first and went second, fourth, fourth with a crash. My starts weren’t great and definitely need to improve but overall the weekend was a good one and I’m just stoked to have my pace back.
Caleb Ward (KTM) – 18th overall:
I had a pretty average first race – one of my handguards slipped down and was blocking my leg so I couldn’t get it up in some turns and I had a couple of runoffs. Then in the second I got pushed really wide and put my leg in and twisted my knee and had to miss the third. I don’t know how bad it is yet so we’ll see this week.
Luke Arbon (SD3 Husqvarna) – 1st overall:
I feel awesome to win today. The first race I struggled with arm-pump and wasn’t in the right mind-set so I was happy to turn that around in the second. Then in the last I couldn’t catch Clouty so I just rode my own race and that was the overall. I’m pumped to get another overall win at somewhere that isn’t my home track. My goal is to try to win the next two rounds and the championship can take care of itself.
Joel Evans (Full Force Racing TM) – 25th overall:
The weekend got off to a good start when I posted my best qualifying result for the year in 12th. I was feeling confident coming into the first moto and after getting hung up in the first turn I managed to make my way into 11th by the end of the moto. I had a good talk to the guys at Full Force and TM about a few things I could fix for moto two and was ready to make it happen. Unfortunately I was caught up in a big first turn crash. In the crash I hit my head pretty hard and somehow ripped my boot half off. I got up, put in two of the quickest laps I think I’ve ever done, before I lost most of my vision out of my right eye and started seeing dots and lines in my other! I knew it wasn’t safe to keep pushing so I backed it right off and just rolled around to get some points. RACESAFE examined me and came to the conclusion it was too dangerous for me to race the last moto. I got really sick after the crash but am slowly starting to recover, Full Force Racing and myself will be at Gladstone ready to go.
Jed Beaton (GYTR Yamaha) – 3rd overall:
I felt a bit off most of today. I couldn’t really get going in qualifying, then in race one I struggled to make the passes I needed, when I needed them and I got really frustrated out there and started taking crazy lines and just not thinking straight. Race two started a bit the same but I got it together towards the end and I thought I rode the last race pretty well, although my start was terrible. It was good to finish on a positive note and be able to turn around what started as a pretty average day.
Wilson Todd (GYTR Yamaha) – 5th overall:
I felt pretty good today; I just needed some better starts in the first two races to improve my results. When I was up the front in the last one, I was able to pick up a few things and learn how to ride this track better. Fifth today was not bad and the team again have been really supportive, so a big thanks to them.
Egan Mastin (Husqvarna Motocross Racing Team) – 1st overall:
It couldn’t have gone any better this weekend. I had a good performance, went 1-1-1, so I’m stoked on that. They prepped the track awesome for this weekend, it’s the best I’ve seen it for years. Everything went good today, bike setup was on point, I got good starts and I felt good so all the hard work is paying off and I’m so happy with the result. It’s all closed up now so it’ll come down to the last two rounds.
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