Features 19 May 2018

Racefeed: 2018 MX Nationals Rd3 Wonthaggi

Pro class updates direct from round three of the season in Victoria.

Post-race updates from the MX1 and MX2 classes at round three of the 2018 Pirelli MX Nationals, direct from Wonthaggi in Victoria.

Image: Foremost Media (Marc Jones).

Pirelli MX2 practice/qualifying (results only):
1. Wilson Todd 1m46.432s
2. Jay Wilson 1m46.508s
3. Hamish Harwood 1m47.618s
4. Jayden Rykers 1m47.799s
5. Jackson Richardson 1m48.012s
6. Nathan Crawford 1m48.078s
7. Aaron Tanti 1m48.697s
8. Dylan Wills 1m49.105s
9. Egan Mastin 1m49.516s
10. Kyle Webster 1m49.924s
11. Joel Evans 1m50.702s
12. Kale Makeham 1m51.302s
13. Jy Roberts 1m51.810s
14. Kaleb Barham 1m51.848s
15. Sam Pelz 1m52.529s
16. Jesse Madden 1m52.583s
17. Cooper Pozniak 1m52.683s
18. Lochie Latimer 1m52.750s
19. Isaac Ferguson 1m52.754s
20. Cody Dyce 1m53.775s

Thor MX1 practice/qualifying/Super Pole (results only):
1. Kirk Gibbs 1m46.202s
2. Dean Ferris 1m46.723s
3. Luke Clout 1m47.968s
4. Mitch Evans 1m49.073s
5. Kade Mosig 2m22.963s
6. Dylan Long 1m48.765s
7. Brett Metcalfe 1m49.141s
8. Caleb Ward 1m50.630s
9. Kayne Lamont 1m51.185s
10. Connor Tierney 1m51.283s
11. Daniel Milner 1m51.355s
12. Rhys Carter 1m51.600s
13. Mitch Norris 1m54.811s
14. Zak Small 1m54.839s
15. Joel Milesevic 1m55.635s
16. Levi McManus 1m56.037s
17. Joel Wightman 1m56.675s
18. Darcy Jones 1m56.961s
19. Charlie Creech 1m57.339s
20. Izak Maule 1m57.352s

Pirelli MX2 moto one:
Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster dominated the opening MX2 moto of the round at Wonthaggi, leading from the outset and drawing out a commanding 14.588s advantage by the conclusion of 30 minutes plus one lap. While Webster was in control out front, red plate-holder Nathan Crawford (Serco Yamaha) recovered from an average start to take second, overcoming Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) in the latter stages. After running as high as second, supercross champion Jackson Richardson (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) crossed the line in P4, narrowly holding Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) at bay. The top 10 places were filled by reigning champion Egan Mastin (KTM Motocross Racing Team), top qualifier Wilson Todd (Serco Yamaha), Dylan Wills (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna), Kale Makeham (Yamaha) and Jayden Rykers (Raceline Pirelli KTM). Opening round winner Aaron Tanti (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) was outside of the top 30 at the end of lap one, eventually clawing his way back to P12 by the chequered flag.

1. Kyle Webster
2. Nathan Crawford
3. Jay Wilson
4. Jackson Richardson
5. Hamish Harwood
6. Egan Mastin
7. Wilson Todd
8. Dylan Wills
9. Kale Makeham
10. Jayden Rykers
11. Jy Roberts
12. Aaron Tanti
13. Jesse Madden
14. Cody Dyce
15. Sam Pelz
16. James Brown
17. Isaac Ferguson
18. Lochie Latimer
19. Lachlan Wilson
20. Kaleb Barham

Thor MX1 moto one:
Defending champion Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team) won the opening moto of MX1 by a full 35.132s ahead of KTM Motocross Racing Team duo Kirk Gibbs and Luke Clout. It was Ferris who shot out front early with the hole-shot, stretching out a lead in the early laps and was never challenged from there. Gibbs eventually overcame teammate Clout for the runner-up position – the latter benefiting from bike issues of Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) on the final lap. That also boosted New Zealand’s Rhys Carter (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) to fourth in a solid performance, as rookie Mitch Evans (Raceline Pirelli KTM) claimed fifth. In sixth came Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team), with Caleb Ward (Davey Motorsports Husqvarna) recovering from a start crash to take seventh. Next was Kayne Lamont (Altherm JCR Yamaha), with Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) also bouncing back from a crash out of the gates to cross the line ninth. Reigning off-road champion Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) finished in 10th. Metcalfe pushed his bike to the finish, but wasn’t included in the final results.

1. Dean Ferris
2. Kirk Gibbs
3. Luke Clout
4. Rhys Carter
5. Mitch Evans
6. Dylan Long
7. Caleb Ward
8. Kayne Lamont
9. Kade Mosig
10. Daniel Milner
11. Connor Tierney
12. Joel Wightman
13. Mitch Norris
14. Charlie Creech
15. Zak Small
16. James Alen
17. Levi McManus
18. Corey James
19. Izak Maule
20. Beau Dargel

Pirelli MX2 moto two:
The second moto in MX2 saw Todd take his first moto win of the season, crossing the line 17.378s ahead of teammate Crawford, who again had to work hard on his way to second position. The early laps were led by current champion Mastin before Webster took his turn at the front, eventually claiming third after being dislodged by Yamaha duo Todd and Crawford. It was another credible performance from Wilson in fourth, as he got the better of Mastin, Harwood, Wills and Tanti – that group finishing in relatively close formation. Newcomer Jy Roberts (Husqvarna) took ninth, as Rykers completed both motos in 10th. Overall for the round it was Webster who broke through to stand atop the podium, trailed by the ever-consistent Crawford and teammate Todd.

1. Wilson Todd
2. Nathan Crawford
3. Kyle Webster
4. Jay Wilson
5. Egan Mastin
6. Hamish Harwood
7. Dylan Wills
8. Aaron Tanti
9. Jy Roberts
10. Jayden Rykers
11. Kale Makeham
12. Ricky Latimer
13. Cooper Pozniak
14. Isaac Ferguson
15. Cody Dyce
16. Jordan Hill
17. Kaleb Barham
18. Lochie Latimer
19. James Brown
20. Tomas Ravenhorst

Thor MX1 moto two:
There was no denying Ferris another double in moto two of the premier class at Wonthaggi, going away to another assertive win and maintaining his perfect overall streak so far for 2018. In the beginning it was 2015 champion Gibbs who put his KTM into the early lead, but his day would soon be done when a crash on lap two damaged his bike enough to force him into the pits for an extended period. That left Ferris to go on and win by 15.538s ahead of rookie pair Evans and Ward, while Clout and Metcalfe managed to round out the top five. Mosig made headway for sixth this time out, followed by Carter, Long, Tierney and Milner, who again met his pre-race expectations inside the top 10. Overall for the round it was Ferris unstoppable once again, joined on the rostrum by Evans and Clout for Saturday’s proceedings in Victoria.

1. Dean Ferris
2. Mitch Evans
3. Caleb Ward
4. Luke Clout
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. Kade Mosig
7. Rhys Carter
8. Dylan Long
9. Connor Tierney
10. Daniel Milner
11. Zak Small
12. Mitch Norris
13. Joel Wightman
14. Charlie Creech
15. James Alen
16. Izak Maule
17. Levi McManus
18. Corey James
19. Beau Dargel
20. Calib Best