News 27 Aug 2016

Ferris, Todd and Evans top MX Nationals qualifying at Coolum

Championship weekend commences on the Sunshine Coast.

Image: Jeremy Hammer/Foremost Media.

Image: Jeremy Hammer/Foremost Media.

CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris has claimed provisional pole position this afternoon at Coolum’s Motul MX Nationals finals, set to lead the premier MX1 field into tomorrow morning’s GoPro Super Pole.

Ferris posted a 1m40.013s in the 30-minute session, topping red plate holder Kirk Gibbs (KTM Motocross Racing Team) by 0.923s as the prepare to battle for the crown tomorrow.

Behind Ferris and Gibbs was Todd Waters (Wilson’s MX Coolair Motul Suzuki), who also stands a mathematical shot at the title, while Kade Mosig (National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki) and Dylan Long (Crankt Protein Honda Racing).

Those five will go direct to Super Pole on Sunday, which will determine the final grid and offer three vital points toward the championship standings to the winner. Second will gain two and third three points.

Image: Jeremy Hammer/Foremost Media.

Image: Jeremy Hammer/Foremost Media.

Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd recorded the fastest time in the MX2 category with a 1m43.708s, concluding the qualifying session ahead of Kyle Webster’s (CRF Honda Racing) 1m44.919s and Jed Beaton’s (DPH Yamaha) 1m44.938.

Beaton would suffer a heavy crash in the opening laps, forcing him to enter the mechanics area to repair his damaged YZ250F.

The Victorian enters this weekend as the championship favourite following the absence of current series leader Nathan Crawford, who is sidelined due to an injury he sustained during the week.

Jayden Rakers (Davey Motorsports KTM) and Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) completed the session in fourth and fifth respectively, just a fraction off the leaders. It’s also worth noting that Harwood will contest both the MX1 and MX2 categories throughout the weekend.

MXD points leader Mitch Evans (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) topped the class with a 1m47.495s time followed by Connor Tierney’s (Husqvarna) 1m48.192s, while Kaleb Barham (SD3 Husqvarna) narrowly edged out Wade Kirkland (Raceline KTM) and Cooper Pozniak (KTM).