Features 27 Apr 2015

Trackside: 2015 MX Nationals Rd3 Broadford

Dissecting the after-effects of Reardon and Mosig's controversial clash.

Over the course of the 2015 MX Nationals season, MotoOnline.com.au will pin-point some of the more focal topics that take place during any given round in the return of our popular Trackside feature. This week, we detail that incredible clash of the CDR Yamaha teammates, Dan Reardon and Kade Mosig.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

If there’s one thing to avoid in motorsport, it’s a collision with your teammate. It’s universally agreed that while the guy in your team is usually who you’d most like to beat on a level playing field, there also a line not to be crossed while in the heat of battle.

On Sunday we witnessed one of the most bizarre inner-team incidents we’ve seen in the MX Nationals when 10 minutes into the opening MX1 moto, race leader Dan Reardon and teammate Kade Mosig came together, went down and right there on the spot were forced out of contention.

Reardon led out of the gates and pulled a lead from the outset before Mosig started closing in by posting the fastest lap of the race, on a high coming off his Appin overall win a fortnight ago. At that point it was a two-horse race.

Mosig then looked at passing Reardon on a corner or two, before on the top section of the circuit – out of direct view from the commentary box where I was watching on – they clashed, crashed and the rest was history.

The factory YZ450F of Reardon was too badly damaged in the impact to continue (understood to be a hole in the water pump), while Mosig slowly resumed, had to pit in for some adjustments and then limped on to a lowly 12th.

In terms of who was to blame, Reardon effectively thought Mosig was at fault, while on the other hand it’s believed Mosig – I haven’t been able to speak to him yet – was pointing the finger at Reardon in pure frustration. Regardless, it was a disaster for the most accomplished racing operation in the MX Nationals paddock.

It was a real sight to see at the CDR transporter at the race’s conclusion as the crowd flocked in hope of some fireworks. Team owner Craig Dack was livid at what he’d just witnessed, watching an almost certain race win slip from the team’s grasp after what until that point had been a dominant start to the weekend. It was a massive high, to one of the all-time lows in the space of just minutes.

In fact, the tension had risen to a point that quotes we gathered from Dack later that afternoon were later all but retracted, as all involved look now to move past this and resolve it for the good of the team. That’s part of the reason why CDR has been a powerhouse of the sport for over 20 years in this country.

Behind closed doors there are meetings taking place and further still to come, but you can guarantee that both Reardon and Mosig won’t be forgetting this instance in a hurry. They’re just too competitive to do that and right now, the KTM duo of Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke are the major benefactors sitting 1-2 in the premier class championship.

Where to from here? Expect both to win more races, both to pick up round wins before the season’s out, and both to be more considerate of the consequences when running in formation at the front of the pack. If they want to factor in the title from this point however, mistakes have to be at their minimal across the final seven rounds.