News 2 Apr 2015

Opposition should be wary of Reardon form, says Dack

Former champion displays potential in MX Nationals comeback.

Image: Alex Gobert.

Image: Alex Gobert.

CDR Yamaha boss Craig Dack is confident comeback signing Dan Reardon will be a standout in the 2015 MX Nationals after witnessing his stunning return to form at Horsham on Sunday.

The 2007 outdoor champion Reardon retired at the close of 2012 only to make a shock return with the factory Yamaha outfit for 2015, despite minimal seat time in recent years.

Although he finished 18th overall due to a mechanical misfire that forced him out of moto two, Reardon’s Super Pole qualification and fighting fifth in moto one from the back of the field was a sign that he will be competitive amongst the country’s top MX1 talent.

“Daniel was amazing in his return to racing and for a rider that has had so much time off the bike in recent years, I think the opposition would be very wary of just what he is capable of with a few more races under his belt,” Dack said.

The all-new line-up of Reardon and teammate Kade Mosig was a positive for Dack, who let go of Scottish rider Billy Mackenzie at the close of last season despite him winning the final round of the season. Jacob Wright will return to the team once recovered from his knee injuries.

“I was really proud of the way both guys raced, conducted themselves and their attitude to racing,” Dack added. “On the track, neither of them got great starts but both put in a huge effort and charged through the field in both motos, logging some of the fastest laps of the day.

“They also treated the staff with respect and gave valuable insight into what’s happening on the track and with the bikes. It was a great ride from Kade and his result was due to the committed effort he put in during the off season.”

Reardon said it was good to be back behind the gates, taking a lot of positives from round one and now eager for more race experience come Appin’s second round.

“It’s good to be back at the races,” Reardon explained. “It’s only been a few seasons and a lot has changed in some regards, but the adrenaline of being back on the start line is something you can’t replace in life.

“The day for me was pretty good. I rode well all day and the little bike issue was no one’s fault so I can take a lot of positive things from round one. Round two is in two weeks time, but I would race tomorrow if they let me.”