News 7 Aug 2018

Todd eyes MX2 Championship at Coolum finale

Yamaha Motor Australia press release:

Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd is just 14 points away from securing his first MX2 MX Nationals crown after action wrapped up at round nine of the series, over the weekend.

Todd, who took control of the series points lead after round four and carried the leaders red plate since, needs nothing more than a top 10 finish at the opening race at the 10th and final round of the championship this weekend at Coolum.

There was a possibility of wrapping the championship up at round nine but a fall while leading the opening race soon put paid to that as he dropped several positions while he remounted and got back under way. He managed to claw his way back to sixth place and salvage decent points but the chance to clinch the championship win a round early went out the window.

But that didn’t mean he didn’t want to win the final race and at least climb on the podium for the round. He charged to the front of the second start and this time kept it on two wheels as he and Jay Wilson sped away from the chasing pack. The pair motored away and finished nearly 30 seconds clear of the third placed rider with Todd taking the win and his combined 6-1 results giving him third on the day.

“Although it was possible to win the championship today, I tried not to think about it and I knew a lot of things had to go my way for that to happen, so I just tried to ride the best I could and let the results take care of themselves,” he explained.

“I got a great start in the first race and moved into the lead only to fall in a turn out the back. When you go down early in the race, even for just a few seconds, it allows the whole field to get by so I was a fair way back and had a lot of work to do to get back near the front.

“I pulled through to sixth which wasn’t great but was good enough to get some points but I was also able to have a good look at the track and a few new lines for moto two.

“Moto two was better. I got another good start and was in front right away. I could see Jay behind me and tried to keep him at a safe distance. He put in a big charge on the last few laps, but I was able to hang on for the win and to finish up on the podium was pretty good.

“Thanks to Serco Yamaha for all their support. Even though Nathan is out injured, they whole crew continue to come to the rounds and help me and the bike is working well at the moment.”

The final round hits the black sand of Coolum this weekend and has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Todd in the past. He has won Australian Junior Motocross Championships as well as the 2015 MXD championship at the popular venue and he hopes to add to this weekend.

“I will try and take the same mindset into the last round. I want to ride well as I like riding Coolum and there is always a good crowd and atmosphere there,” Todd ends.