News 16 Apr 2019

Webster recalls Todd battle en route to season-first podium

Western Australian granted second overall at the third round.

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Kyle Webster has recalled the intense battle with Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) that unfolded in the dying stages of moto one at Broadford’s Pirelli MX Nationals, where he picked up his first overall podium of the season.

The Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing made a number of moves in the opening laps of the first MX2 outing, setting blistering times including the fastest of the race before latching onto defending champion Todd.

The Western Australian made numerous attempts to gain the lead, however the red-plate holder proved too strong in the end, with Webster falling 0.951s shy of P1 following a desperate bid for the win as two turns remained.

“Once I got around Aaron [Tanti], I realised I was putting in some good laps and catching up to Wilson,” Webster explained to MotoOnline.com.au. “I caught right onto the back of him, and had a good few goes – I nearly got around him at the top of the hill, but the line kind of came together and we hit each other in the air.

“I just couldn’t get around him – I was close plenty of times, but it was pretty hard to pass. It was cool to battle with him, especially with how dominant he’s been – it was good to be in mix.”

The 23-year-old returned with another stellar appearance in race two, once again earning second while fending off a charge from former champion Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), granting him second overall while boosting his points ranking to fourth in the championship.

“I expect to be on the podium most weekends, if not all of them,” he continued. “I know I can do it, especially after last weekend. I actually gained a lot of points on the weekend, I went from around 10th to fourth in the championship – so that wasn’t too bad.

“I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing – I don’t have anything to lose because I’m not that close [to the leader], so it will just be gaining for me.”

The MX Nationals returns to action at Murray Bridge in South Australia on 4-5 May for the first double-header of the year.

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