News 18 Jul 2017

Tough but fun weekend at the local round

Team WBR Bulk Nutrients press release:

With Aaron Tanti having his first round off for season, it was up to MXD rider Hugh McKay and come backing MX2 gun Connor Tierney to fly the flag for WBR Bulk Nutrients at Shepparton.

Based in Echuca, it’s the team’s closet round, which was obvious by the massive spread of bikes and gear the guys had on display. A home round meant plenty of local fans had come to cheer the boys on too.

The frosty morning was nothing to concern Hugh McKay from Tas, however Connor Tierney was feeling it a little more after a lifetime in WA. When the flag dropped in Connors opening moto it was obvious his practise starts had paid off.

Rounding the first corner in 3rd, he dropped back a few places early, before settling in the top 10. With a stacked field, Connor wasn’t able to sustain the pace on the rutted track till the end, finishing in 13th.

In race 2 Connors start was less impressive, rounding turn one around 10th place. This time the 20 minute format suited him better, where he had some great back and forth racing just outside the top 10.

Finishing with an overall of 12th, it’s not where Connor wants to be, but after 6 months off, he’s realistic about his need to build race pace.

Standing 5th in the championship, in the second last round of the year, Hugh’s MXD races were always going to be action packed.

In moto 1, Hugh rounded the first bend in 11th, however he aggressively made up ground, moving into 6th just after mid way. As luck would have it, Hugh picked up a final place on the last lap, closing the moto out in 5th.

Race 2 for Hugh did not go to plan. After an average start an error saw him drop back to the very back of the field. Quickly recovering, Hugh wasted no time picking apart the field, moving past 10 riders in 3 laps.

He continued moving towards the front salvaging a 10th by the chequered flag, which gave him a 7th overall for the day.

While a perfect day by no means, Hugh has moved forward once more, slotting into 4th with one round remaining. With 2 fast riders only 2 points from his heels, the pressure will be on coming into Port Macquarie.

With Hugh riding with more speed and maturity than ever before, he and the team are looking forward to the challenge of the final MXD round.