Features 18 May 2015

Breakdown: 2015 MX Nationals Rd4 Murray Bridge

The vitals from round four of the Australian Motocross Championship.

MotoOnline.com.au breaks down the specifics from race day Sunday at Murray Bridge’s fourth round of the 2015 MX Nationals.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

MX1

Super Pole: Adam Monea 1m40.092s

Moto one results:
1. Kirk Gibbs
2. Kade Mosig
3. Daniel Reardon
4. Adam Monea
5. Luke Styke
6. Dylan Long
7. Cody Cooper
8. Lawson Bopping
9. Jesse Dobson
10. James Booth Elliott
11. Nick Murray
12. Aaron Tanti
13. Daniel Banks
14. Kale Makeham
15. Tyson Whillas
16. Mathew McEntee
17. Craig Bolton
18. Ford Dale
19. Charlie Creech
20. Sam Martin

Race time: 32m53.141s
Margin of victory: 2.401s
Laps completed: 18
Fastest lap: Daniel Reardon 1m45.405s

Moto two results:
1. Adam Monea
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Daniel Reardon
4. Lawson Bopping
5. Jesse Dobson
6. Kade Mosig
7. Luke Styke
8. Dylan Long
9. John Phillips
10. Aaron Tanti
11. James Booth Elliott
12. Ford Dale
13. Izak Maule
14. Tyson Whillas
15. Nick Murray
16. Daniel Banks
17. Daniel McEntee
18. Matt Clarke
19. Craig Bolton
20. Sam Martin

Race time: 33m17.189s
Margin of victory: 3.887s
Laps completed: 18
Fastest lap: Kirk Gibbs 1m47.337s

MX1 overall results:
1. Kirk Gibbs 67
2. Adam Monea 63
3. Daniel Reardon 60
4. Kade Mosig 57
5. Lawson Bopping 51
6. Luke Styke 50
7. Jesse Dobson 48
8. Dylan Long 48
9. James Booth Elliot 41
10. Aaron Tanti 50
11. Nick Murray 36
12. Tyson Whillas 33
13. Daniel Banks 33
14. Ford Dale 32
15. John Phillips 29
16. Izak Maule 26
17. Craig Bolton 26
18. Daniel McEntee 24
19. Cody Cooper 24
20. Sam Martin 22

MX1 championship standings:
1. Kirk Gibbs 274
2. Luke Styke 235
3. Adam Monea 227
4. Kade Mosig 227
5. Lawson Bopping 213
6. Dylan Long 192
7. Jesse Dobson 188
8. Daniel Reardon 184
9. Cody Cooper 177
10. Kale Makeham 152
11. Aaron Tanti 141
12. John Phillips 131
13. Ford Dale 131
14. Daniel Banks 120
15. Izak Maule 107
16. Daniel McEntee 103
17. Darcy Jones 91
18. Daniel McCoy 89
19. Cheyne Boyd 83
20. Nick Murray 66

Verdict:
Series leader Gibbs delivered the South Australian fans exactly what they wanted with a home round win, via a solid 1-2 scorecard that extended his championship lead to a comfortable 39 points. We finally saw the true Monea as he won Super Pole, finished fourth in moto one and won the second outing in style after overcoming Gibbs. That result has boosted him to third in the standings behind Gibbs and teammate Styke, who never really featured on Sunday for sixth. The CDR Yamahas of Reardon (third overall) and Mosig (fourth) were in the mix most of the day, but fell short of the top spots in both motos. There are multiple guys capable of winning at the moment, but Gibbs is the guy who keeps on delivering moto wins and overall podiums – that type of form is hard to beat in a championship.

Image: Jeff Crow.

Image: Jeff Crow.

MX2

Pole position: Luke Clout 1m42.636s

Moto one results:
1. Caleb Ward
2. Luke Arbon
3. Takeshi Katsuya
4. Jay Wilson
5. Geran Stapleton
6. Nathan Crawford
7. Kyle Webster
8. Wade Hunter
9. Jed Beaton
10. Luke Clout
11. Jack Simpson
12. Dean Porter
13. Riley Graham
14. Joel Wightman
15. Hamish Harwood
16. Alex Morris
17. Luke Wilson
18. Mitch Norris
19. Tom Jones
20. Tomas Ravenhorst

Race time: 33m18.048s
Margin of victory: 1.809s
Laps completed: 18
Fastest lap: Caleb Ward 1m45.260s

Moto two results:
1. Caleb Ward
2. Luke Arbon
3. Wade Hunter
4. Kyle Webster
5. Takeshi Katsuya
6. Dean Porter
7. Jay Wilson
8. Riley Graham
9. Luke Clout
10. Geran Stapleton
11. Jack Simpson
12. Nathan Crawford
13. Alex Morris
14. Dylan Leary
15. Joel Green
16. Luke Wilson
17. Hamish Harwood
18. Dylan Wills
19. Joel Wightman
20. Mitch Norris

Race time: 23m03.653s
Margin of victory: 2.715s
Laps completed: 12
Fastest lap: Caleb Ward 1m50.160s

MX2 overall results:
1. Caleb Ward 70
2. Luke Arbon 64
3. Takeshi Katsuya 56
4. Wade Hunter 53
5. Kyle Webster 52
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6. Jay Wilson 52
7. Geran Stapleton 47
8. Dean Porter 44
9. Nathan Crawford 44
10. Luke Clout 43
11. Riley Graham 41
12. Jack Simpson 40
13. Alex Morris 33
14. Hamish Harwood 30
15. Luke Wilson 29
16. Joel Wightman 29
17. Joel Green 25
18. Mitch Norris 24
19. Dylan Leary 23
20. Dylan Wills 23

MX2 championship standings:
1. Luke Clout 243
2. Takeshi Katsuya 227
3. Jay Wilson 227
4. Jed Beaton 202
5. Wade Hunter 198
6. Luke Arbon 179
7. Geran Stapleton 157
8. Hamish Harwood 156
9. Riley Graham 154
10. Nathan Crawford 153
11. Dylan Wills 152
12. Dylan Leary 142
13. Jack Simpson 141
14. Joel Wightman 135
15. Kyle Webster 132
16. Caleb Ward 115
17. Luke Wilson 107
18. Dean Porter 106
19. Rhys Carter 93
20. Tom Jones 79

Verdict:
Anybody that doubted Ward’s ability to win on a four-stroke was silenced at Murray Bridge as he battled to both moto wins upon return from a knee injury that has sidelined him since the Appin round. Behind Ward, Arbon came good for second overall with 2-2 finishes, in a result that should finally turn his season around. And on the podium for the third time this year, Katsuya did his title hopes a world of good in third overall on a day that his main opposition faltered. Clout raced through pain from a qualifying crash to salvage his red plate in 10th overall, while Beaton was 21st after a second moto DNF and Wilson had a mixed day for sixth. Aside from the title threats, there were a number of standouts – Hunter, Webster, Graham, Stapleton and Porter to name a few.

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