News 25 Jul 2017

Increasing points advantage crucial for MX2 series leader Todd

DPH Yamaha rider not experiencing any added pressure with red plate.

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A healthier points buffer heading into the final rounds of the 2017 Motul MX Nationals MX2 Championship will be key for series leader Wilson Todd, who’s adamant on ironing out the mistakes to position himself comfortably at Coolum’s finale in August.

The DPH Motorsport Yamaha rider has controlled the quarter-litre category for a several rounds this year and currently holds an eight-point advantage, although despite his 2-2 performance at Shepparton crediting him the win, he’s failed to score a race win while maintaining the red plate.

“It’s been getting pretty frustrating,” Todd explained to “I’ve been leading a lot races and end up dropping it out of the lead. I think that’s going to be a big thing in the championship – I have to stop doing that, because those points are going to add up and help me a lot.

“I want to get out there and put in some strong results, I mainly want to gain a points gap every time I’m out there. Even if it’s not a moto win, I just make to make points on second and third place [in the championship] – I want to make it comfortable for myself going into late stages of the championship.”

The Queenslander, who earned the 2015 MXD title that came down to final race of the season, revealed he hasn’t experienced any added pressure while holding the championship lead.

“There’s no pressure at all, I’m not looking at my bike and going ‘I’m the points leader’,” he continued. “I’m out there trying to chase down the guys in front of me, or trying to pull away from them. The colour of the backgrounds isn’t going to change the way I ride.”

The Motul MX Nationals will head to Port Macquarie in New South Wales this Sunday for the eighth round of the 10-stop series.