News 18 Jul 2018

Webster devastated with Ranch MX Nationals disaster

Trio of DNFs demote MX2 contender to eighth in the standings.

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Western Australian Kyle Webster has revealed he’s in a state of devastation following a disastrous double-header round of the Pirelli MX Nationals in Raymond Terrace over the weekend.

Saturday’s opening race saw the CRF Penrite Honda Racing rider experience a mechanical failure, which is still being investigated by the team, although it’s believed to be related to the electrical system.

After scoring a sixth place result in Sunday morning’s race two, Webster’s woes continued in the dying stages of the first back-to-back moto when he briefly exited the circuit, collecting a water barrier in the process that ultimately ended his weekend.

It’s a bitter blow for the number 96, who after a mechanical DNF at Wonthaggi, worked his way to just outside of the top three in the standings, however he’s now ranked eighth after scoring points in just one of the four motos at Ranch MX.

“I’m pretty devastated,” Webster expressed to “After my bike blew up at Wonthaggi, I made it my goal to get in the top three – and I did get pretty close – and I was so confident I was able to do it, but I think Saturday took it out of me – I was pretty devastated.

“On Sunday, I jumped off the track down the hill and there were four water barriers – I didn’t even jump that far off the track, but I cleaned one up on the way through. I landed flat on my back, so I went and got some scans – I’m just bit bruised and banged up. I haven’t had any big crashes like that since I broke my back last year.”

Webster has earned multiple podiums this season, including a career-first overall victory at Wonthaggi’s third round of the championship.