News 26 Apr 2015

Clout untouchable for Broadford MX Nationals MX2 victory

Serco Yamaha rider sweeps Victorian round to extend points lead.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Serco Yamaha’s Luke Clout has extended his lead in the 2015 MX Nationals MX2 ranks at Broadford’s third round today, claiming a first-career clean-sweep of the class.

Clout controlled the opening moto and maintained his advantage for the victory, while Jay Wilson hung on for second after a last lap challenge from Jed Beaton.

Beaton went to make a move with two turns to go, but got ejected over the handlebars of his YZ250F before quickly remounting to salvage third.

Fourth was Taka Katsuya ahead of Wade Hunter, who was inside the top three for much of the moto before dropping to fifth in the later stages.

A late charge from Geran Stapleton saw him climb to sixth past Dylan Wills, with Hamish Harwood eighth, Jack Simpson ninth and Kyle Webster in 10th.

The early lead belonged to Nathan Crawford, however he went down and eventually dropped out altogether with a tweaked shoulder, also ruling him out of moto two.

Fellow Husqvarna rider Luke Arbon was another to shine early, but a crash demoted him all the way back to 21st in frustrating result.

The second MX2 moto was all Clout again, picking up the round sweep with double wins and this time ahead of teammate Beaton in his return to the podium overall in second.

Third was Katsuya, which secured him the final podium placing overall as well, while fourth was Geran Stapleton’s best result of the season, as was Dylan Leary’s in fifth.

Riley Graham had another strong finish in sixth, while Hunter was seventh after being one of many who were penalised 10 seconds for allegedly going inside the circuit markers midway through the moto.

Arbon finished eighth after he too copped a penalty, then Joel Whiteman and Hamish Harwood completing the top 10.

Jay Wilson was penalised multiple times in the moto for the same reason as Hunter and Arbon, demoting him all the way down to 15th position in a huge hit to his championship hopes.

2015 MX Nationals, Australian Motocross Championship
Round three – Broadford, VIC

MX2 overall results:
1. Luke Clout 70
2. Jed Beaton 62
3. Takeshi Katsuya 58
4. Geran Stapleton 53
5. Wade Hunter 50
6. Jay Wilson 48
7. Dylan Leary 44
8. Riley Graham 44
9. Hamish Harwood 44
10. Joel Wightman 42
11. Kyle Webster 39
12. Jack Simpson 37
13. Dylan Wills 36
14. Joel Evans 34
15. Dean Porter 34
16. Luke Arbon 33
17. Luke Wilson 32
18. Joel Green 27
19. Tomas Ravenhorst 25
20. James Alen 21

MX2 championship standings:
1. Luke Clout 200
2. Jed Beaton 180
3. Jay Wilson 175
4. Takeshi Katsuya 171
5. Wade Hunter 145
6. Dylan Wills 129
7. Hamish Harwood 126
8. Dylan Leary 119
9. Luke Arbon 115
10. Riley Graham 113
11. Geran Stapleton 110
12. Nathan Crawford 109
13. Joel Wightman 106
14. Jack Simpson 101
15. Rhys Carter 93
16. Kyle Webster 80
17. Luke Wilson 78
18. Dylan Gosling 72
19. Joel Evans 69
20. Dean Porter 62

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