News 12 Jul 2017

Harwood evaluating dual-class entry for MX Nationals remainder

MX2 threat taking each race as it comes in second half.

Image: MXN.

New Zealand’s Hamish Harwood will evaluate whether or not he’ll continue to contest both the MX2 and MX1 classes at the remaining rounds of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals series.

After suffering a heavy crash in the opening MX2 moto at Nowra’s sixth round, followed by a first turn incident in MX1, the Davey Motorsports KTM rider elected to sit out the day in the premier class in order to focus on the quarter-litre category.

The 22-year-old admits he’s still feeling the effects of the crash, indicating a shoulder injury has resulted in him riding the bike just once since the New South Wales round.

“I’m just going to see how my body is, to be honest,” Harwood explained to “The reason for the DNF in MX1 was because I had a pretty good crash in MX2, and then had a first turn crash in MX1. I was already miles back, so I decided to save myself for MX2.

“I kind of hurt my shoulder a bit – my rotator cuff – in that MX2 crash, I’ve only had one ride on the bike since Nowra, so I might go for a ride this afternoon and see how it is again.”

Harwood sits fifth in the MX2 championship standings, 35 points short of series leader Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Yamaha), although the KTM rider revealed he’s going to take each race as it comes while endeavouring to collect as many points as possible.

“I’m just going to take it race by race,” he continued. “I’ll just do whatever I can really and try to get as many points as I can and get on the podium this weekend.”

Victorian venue Goulburn Valley Motorcycle Club is set to host round seven of the MX Nationals this Sunday, 16 July.