News 7 Jun 2017

Mastin shines at Manjimup in factory KTM opportunity

Allstars runner-up result impressive for teenage newcomer.

Image: Jeremy Hammer.

Youthful talent Egan Mastin made the most of a one-off opportunity in Western Australia as he logged an impressive second overall result at the iconic Shannons Insurance Manjimup 15,000.

Joining the KTM Motocross Racing Team for the annual event, the Motul MX Nationals MX2 regular quickly adapted to the factory KTM 450 SX-F as he joined team regulars Kirk Gibbs and Luke Styke under the awning.

Leading multiple motos within the four-moto format and claiming victory in the final race ahead of Gibbs, Styke, Todd Waters and more, the Newcastle-based 19-year-old left the event satisfied with his premier class showing.

“I was very happy with the opportunity came up to race with the team at Manjimup and I really loved riding the bike, it was awesome,” Mastin told “I was stoked to go out there and do really well leading a few races and getting a moto win.

“I felt really good on the bike, so the whole experience was awesome. I got to ride the bike three times before the race and every single time I hopped on it I got better and better, so the transition was pretty easy.”

After racing alongside and topping riders such as 2015 MX Nationals MX1 champion Gibbs, the Davey Motorsport KTM regular believes this is a result of the hard work being put in behind the scenes.

“I definitely learnt a lot and it was awesome to be able to battle with the top guys and also get on top as well, it was very exciting,” Mastin said. “I didn’t really doubt myself at all coming in because I’ve definitely been putting the work in, so for something like to happen, it’s obviously starting to pay off.”

Mastin also revealed he would consider moving up to the premier class in the near future after showing impressive speed aboard the 450cc machine on one of Australia’s most demanding circuits: “I’d definitely be thinking about it if that ever popped up, for sure. I’ll definitely be having a think about it, it’s not 100 percent certain, but I’d definitely look at it.”

Mastin will now return to his regular duties in the MX Nationals MX2 category aboard the KTM 250 SX, where he currently sits fifth overall in points with five rounds remaining on the schedule.