Features 20 May 2018

Racefeed: 2018 MX Nationals Rd4 Wonthaggi

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

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

Image: Foremost Media.

Pirelli MX2 practice/qualifying (results only):
1. Nathan Crawford 1m49.663s
2. Hamish Harwood 1m49.793s
3. Egan Mastin 1m50.023s
4. Wilson Todd 1m50.038s
5. Jayden Rykers 1m50.087s
6. Kyle Webster 1m50.134s
7. Dylan Wills 1m50.287s
8. Aaron Tanti 1m50.490s
9. Jay Wilson 1m51.024s
10. Jy Roberts 1m51.240s
11. Kaleb Barham 1m51.315s
12. Ricky Latimer 1m51.754s
13. Kale Makeham 1m51.839s
14. Isaac Ferguson 1m52.488s
15. Jesse Madden 1m52.874s
16. Cody Dyce 1m52.975s
17. Jordan Hill 1m53.965s
18. Sam Pelz 1m54.033s
19. James Brown 1m54.526s
20. Cooper Pozniak 1m54.839s

Thor MX1 practice/qualifying/Super Pole (results only):
1. Dean Ferris 1m49.508s
2. Mitch Evans 1m50.334s
3. Dylan Long 1m50.458s
4. Rhys Carter 1m52.561s
5. Luke Clout 1m58.654s
6. Kade Mosig 1m52.956s
7. Caleb Ward 1m52.976s
8. Kirk Gibbs 1m53.023s
9. Daniel Milner 1m54.613s
10. Connor Tierney 1m55.761s
11. Brett Metcalfe 1m56.085s
12. Zak Small 1m57.365s
13. Joel Wightman 1m58.200s
14. James Alen 1m58.758s
15. Izak Maule 2m01.019s
16. Levi McManus 2m01.429s
17. Joel Milesevic 2m01.715s
18. Charlie Creech 2m02.093s
19. Beau Dargel 2m02.330s
20. Keiron Hall 2m03.617s

Pirelli MX2 moto one:
The opening MX2 moto of today saw Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd establish himself out front early, taking the hole-shot and riding his own race to a 5.347s advantage. Behind him, Aaron Tanti (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing) had his best ride since the opener to take second, with New Zealand champion Hamish Harwood (Davey Motorsports KTM) clawing his way to an eventual third. It was a lonely fourth for defending champion Egan Mastin (KTM Motocross Racing Team), as Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) filled the top five. Points leader and top qualifier Nathan Crawford (Serco Yamaha) pushed hard to sixth position after encountering issues of his own including a crash, as Dylan Wills (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna), Jy Roberts (Husqvarna), Kale Makeham (Yamaha) and Cooper Pozniak (Yamaha) were the top 10. Yesterday’s winner Kyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) was again running among the front of the field, but exited with an overheating motor as a result of the mud in the race’s closing stages.

1. Wilson Todd
2. Aaron Tanti
3. Hamish Harwood
4. Egan Mastin
5. Jay Wilson
6. Nathan Crawford
7. Dylan Wills
8. Jy Roberts
9. Kale Makeham
10. Cooper Pozniak
11. Jayden Rykers
12. Tomas Ravenhorst
13. Kaleb Barham
14. Sam Pelz
15. Isaac Ferguson
16. Joel Evans
17. Lachlan Wilson
18. James Brown
19. Chandler Burns
20. Maddy Brown

Thor MX1 moto one:
Defending MX1 champion Dean Ferris (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team) picked up where he left off yesterday by sprinting away to victory by 16.980s ahead of rookie Mitch Evans (Raceline Pirelli KTM) in another standout performance. While Ferris took charge at the front of the pack, Evans worked his way by KTM Motocross Racing Team’s Kirk Gibbs around the midway point and that’s where they would remain. It was a consistent ride from Kade Mosig (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) for fourth ahead of Dylan Long (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team). Sixth was Luke Clout (KTM Motocross Racing Team) after a mistake dropped him down the order from fourth, as Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing), Rhys Carter (Complete Parts Kawasaki Racing), Connor Tierney (Yamaha) and off-road champion Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) completed the top 10. It was a frustrating finish for Carter especially, running as high as fourth until a late error bumped him back to P8.

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

Pirelli MX2 moto two:
It was a perfect Sunday for Todd in the second MX2 moto, storming out of the gates and then going on to win by 18.692s seconds at the conclusion of the 20-minute duration. Behind him, number one plate-holder Mastin turned in his best finish of the year with second on the factory KTM 250 SX-F, with rookie privateer Roberts starring on his way to third. Kiwi Harwood again delivered a strong result on his two-stroke, followed by Tanti and then Wills, Ricky Latimer (Honda), Makeham, Webster and Cody Dyce (Empire Motorsports Yamaha). Bike issues forced previous points leader Crawford out of the race early, enabling teammate Todd to take charge of the red plates by 16 points, courtesy of his overall round win at round four. He was joined on the overall podium by Mastin and Harwood.

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

Thor MX1 moto two:
Jumping out of the gates at the front of the field was premier class newcomer Evans on-board his satellite KTM 450 SX-F, leading the opening laps while under pressure of the ever-dominant Ferris. After biding his time, Ferris finally hit the front and was never headed from there, eventually finishing 13.676s ahead of Evans, while Mosig was much-improved for third this time out. Long was well ahead of Gibbs as they completed the top five, with Ward, Clout, Metcalfe, Tierney and Milner finishing in that order. An unblemished record for Ferris across the double-header weekend saw him maintain his winning-streak through the first eight motos of the season, scoring the overall as a result ahead of Evans and Mosig, who took his first podium aboard the factory-supported FC 450 for the year.

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