Features 8 May 2017

Breakdown: 2017 MX Nationals Rd3 Conondale

The vitals from round three of Australian Motocross in Queensland.

MotoOnline.com.au breaks down the specifics from race day at round three of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals at Conondale, Queensland.

MX1

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Super Pole: Dean Ferris 2m10.620s

Moto one results:
1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Todd Waters
4. Kade Mosig
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Jesse Dobson
7. Luke Styke
8. Luke Clout
9. Nathan Crawford
10. Keiron Hall
11. Kyle Peters
12. Zak Small
13. Joel Green
14. Aleksandr Tonkov
15. Lachlan Davis
16. James Alen
17. Darcy Jones
18. Hamish Harwood
19. Izak Maule
20. Mathew Torrington

Race time: 33m40.424s
Margin of victory: 8.643s
Laps completed: 15
Fastest lap: Dean Ferris 2m13.703s

Moto two results:
1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Nathan Crawford
4. Todd Waters
5. Luke Styke
6. Jesse Dobson
7. Kade Mosig
8. Luke Clout
9. Aleksandr Tonkov
10. Kyle Peters
11. Zak Small
12. Keiron Hall
13. Lachlan Davis
14. Joel Green
15. James Alen
16. Rory McKercher
17. Hamish Harwood
18. Izak Maule
19. Daniel Banks
20. Darcy Jones

Race time: 34m03.942s
Margin of victory: 14.620s
Laps completed: 15
Fastest lap: Kirk Gibbs 2m15.312s

MX1 overall results:
1. Dean Ferris 70
2. Kirk Gibbs 64
3. Todd Waters 58
4. Nathan Crawford 52
5. Kade Mosig 52
6. Luke Styke 50
7. Jesse Dobson 50
8. Luke Clout 46
9. Kyle Peters 41
10. Keiron Hall 40
11. Aleksandr Tonkov 39
12. Zak Small 39
13. Joel Green 35
14. Lachlan Davis 34
15. James Alen 31
16. Hamish Harwood 27
17. Brett Metcalfe 26
18. Rory McKercher 25
19. Izak Maule 25
20. Darcy Jones 25

MX1 championship standings
1 Dean Ferris 216
2 Kirk Gibbs 185
3 Kade Mosig 170
4 Todd Waters 166
5 Luke Styke 157
6 Nathan Crawford 149
7 Luke Clout 141
8 Kyle Peters 134
9 Aleksandr Tonkov 126
10 Brett Metcalfe 109
11 Keiron Hall 108
12 Zak Small 98
13 Joel Green 94
14 Lachlan Davis 93
15 James Alen 88
16 Hamish Harwood 84
17 Dylan Long 82
18 Izak Maule 65
19 Daniel Banks 63
20 Rory McKercher 51

Verdict:
CDR Yamaha’s Dean Ferris mentioned that this may have been his best Motul MX Nationals performance to date, and you would have to agree with that statement when you look at the statistics from the day. Ferris again swept the day from qualifying through to the motos like he did at Wonthaggi’s season-opening round, truly impressive riding from the defending champion. KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs was unable to stop Ferris’ charge and he’s clearly frustrated with his season to date, but as always, he’s remaining consistent and again right there behind the number one. Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Todd Waters logged his second podium of the season and looks to be improving aboard the all-new Honda CRF450R for 2017, he’ll be a rider to keep tabs on over the following rounds. Another notable mention goes to Nathan Crawford who claimed his first top three moto finish and fourth overall at Conondale, a career-best for the MEGA Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MX1 rookie.

MX2

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Pole position: Jackson Richardson 2m15.240s

Moto one results:
1. Mitchell Evans
2. Jackson Richardson
3. Wilson Todd
4. Aaron Tanti
5. Kyle Webster
6. Hamish Harwood
7. Egan Mastin
8. Jayden Rykers
9. Richie Evans
10. Dylan Wills
11. Wade Kirkland
12. Tomas Ravenhorst
13. Joel Evans
14. Nick Sutherland
15. Jesse McNally
16. Bailey Coxon
17. Ricky Latimer
18. Jarrod Kelly
19. Calib Best
20. Jayden Conforto

Race time: 34m05.460s
Margin of victory: 2.114s
Laps completed: 15
Fastest lap: Mitch Evans 2m14.465s

Moto two results:
1. Mitchell Evans
2. Jackson Richardson
3. Egan Mastin
4. Wilson Todd
5. Kyle Webster
6. Jayden Rykers
7. Dylan Wills
8. Richie Evans
9. Hamish Harwood
10. Ricky Latimer
11. Aaron Tanti
12. Joel Evans
13. Jesse McNally
14. Bailey Coxon
15. Jarrod Kelly
16. Wade Kirkland
17. Tomas Ravenhorst
18. Nick Sutherland
19. Darren Schenk
20. Cohen Chase

Race time: 22m35.841s
Margin of victory: 0.322s
Laps completed: 10
Fastest lap: Mitch Evans 2m14.136s

MX2 overall results:
1. Mitchell Evans 70
2. Jackson Richardson 64
3. Wilson Todd 58
4. Egan Mastn 54
5. Kyle Webster 52
6. Jayden Rykers 48
7. Aaron Tanti 48
8. Hamish Harwood 47
9. Dylan Wills 45
10. Richie Evans 45
11. Joel Evans 37
12. Ricky Latimer 35
13. Wade Kirkland 35
14. Jesse McNally 34
15. Tomas Ravenhorst 33
16. Bailey Coxon 32
17. Nick Sutherland 30
18. Jarrod Kelly 29
19. Cohen Chase 20
20. Joshua Kilvington 20

MX2 championship standings
1 Mitchell Evans 196
2 Wilson Todd 187
3 Jackson Richardson 178
4 Egan Mastin 171
5 Kyle Webster 150
6 Hamish Harwood 149
7 Jayden Rykers 145
8 Dylan Wills 137
9 Richie Evans 136
10 Aaron Tanti 136
11 Ricky Latimer 112
12 Joel Evans 112
13 Jesse McNally 104
14 Bailey Coxon 101
15 Calib Best 77
16 Jarrod Kelly 73
17 Jayden Conforto 73
18 Tomas Ravenhorst 70
19 Levi McManus 57
20 Jake Salems 47

Verdict:
Serco Yamaha’s Mitch Evans backed up his impressive Appin 1-1 sweep with yet another perfect moto score combination in Condondale confirming he means business in his rookie season. Evans came from way back in moto one to claim the win and made an aggressive final lap move on teammate and cousin Jackson Richardson for the moto two win – the kid was on fire. Richardson showed improved speed and is definitely going in the right direction three rounds in as he landed himself on the podium for the first time this season. It was a tough round of sorts for DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Wilson Todd in third position as he was forced to hand over the red-plate to Evans and go back to the drawing board for Horsham’s fourth round. Following a fourth in moto one, Team WBR Bulk Nutrients Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti also showed stand out form in Conondale as he stretched out a lead in moto two before suffering a flat rear tyre and dropped down the order.

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