News 20 Aug 2017

Mastin penalised as Todd’s cleared to ride at Coolum

MX2 championship contenders involved in free practice drama.

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The Motul MX Nationals MX2 championship will go down to the wire amid high drama at Coolum today, following a clash between Egan Mastin and Wilson Todd in Saturday’s free practice.

Davey Motorsports KTM’s Mastin has been penalised 25 positions in qualifying (dropping him from third to 28th), despite maintaining he had no intention of coming together with Todd in the incident.

“This year they’ve thrown everything they can at me and I’m just going to respond to it [on-track],” Mastin told “I’m just going to go out, get a good feeling in qualifying and it should be a good day.

“It’s definitely the biggest joke I’ve ever heard. I have no intention of doing that to anybody and I can’t help what Wilson does behind me. He could have easily backed off and it would have been fine. I race my own track and have my own corner in front of me – I’m not worried about what anybody else is doing. It’s definitely the silliest decision I’ve ever heard.”

Following the penalty applied to Mastin prior to qualifying, the DPH Motorsport team lodged a further protest regarding the severity of that placed upon Todd’s primary title rival, however the initial 25-place qualifying penalty eventually remained.

Meanwhile, after a knock to the head had placed him in doubt overnight, DPH Motorsport Yamaha’s Todd has been cleared to line-up today following further assessments with Racesafe.

The MX2 championship currently sees Todd leading the points by three points over Mastin – who has won the past two rounds in a row – and with Serco Yamaha’s Mitch Evans a further 11 points in arrears.