Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing press release:
Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing rider KYLE WEBSTER made almost every post a winner in an inspiring performance that saw him capture the Pirelli MX2 class wins at rounds four and five of the MX Nationals staged at Murray Bridge in South Australia over the weekend.
Webster and his Pirelli-shod Honda CRF250R thumper attacked the dry red racing surface of the Murray Bridge track in dominant fashion, kicking off with the fastest Qualifying time on Saturday morning and then taking two race wins in the opening back-to-back sprint motos.
Webster then completed the day with a nail-biting charge from behind in Saturday’s third and final moto, finishing in second place, less than a bike length behind arch rival and MX2 number one plate holder Wilson Todd (Husqvarna).
A 1-1-2 scorecard delivered Webster the round four overall win and his first round victory of the 2019 MX Nationals season.
“Things couldn’t have gone much better!” Webster pumped after Saturday’s racing.
“Everything clicked from the moment we rolled onto the track and I’m absolutely stoked on how the day went. Now I’ll just rest up tonight and do what I normally do to get ready for tomorrow and hopefully it can all happen again.”
Come Sunday’s round five, Webster was once again in scintillating form. He fired his Penrite-lubricated Honda to fourth fastest time in Qualifying, then in the day’s opening moto took a comfortable ten second win over Bailey Malkiewicz (Husqvarna).
In Sunday’s second moto, Webster settled in behind early pacesetter Wilson Todd, to take a comfortable second place and seal the overall round win with a 1-2 scorecard for the day.
“I can’t ask for much more, with two round wins in two days,” enthused Webster from the MX2 podium.
“It feels like it’s been a while coming this year to get a few wins on the go, but now that they’re here, it’s awesome.
“Everyone in the MX2 class has been having a real go and the competition is fierce,” Webster continued, “so getting two round wins now at the double-header rounds is the perfect way to go into the mid-season break.
“I can’t thank everyone on the Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing team enough, and all the team sponsors and supporters, and my family and everyone who helps make this happen; like I said, getting back-to-back round wins feels just awesome!”
At the halfway point in the MX Nationals championship, Webster has now roared up the leaderboard, moving from fourth to second in the Pirelli MX2 standings after the Murray Bridge double-header rounds. While Wilson Todd leads the championship with 280 points, Webster is now next in line with 263 points, ahead of Jay Wilson (Yamaha) on 258, and Nathan Crawford (Yamaha) and Aaron Tanti (Yamaha) who are tied on 212 points.
In the MXD category, RHYS BUDD once again pushed his Rekluse clutch-equipped Honda CRF250R to the sharp end of the pack, battling with Brodie Ellis (Yamaha) and Reagan Duffy (KTM) in Saturday’s opening moto to eventually finish fourth.
Budd then backed up in race two to finish third in the moto and clinch third overall for the day behind championship leader Duffy and Maximus Purvis (Yamaha), and in the process take another solid swag of championship points.
On Sunday, Budd endured a round filled with mixed fortunes after posting third fastest time in morning Qualifying.
“I was then running fourth in the first moto on Sunday and crashed, and unfortunately I had to wait for every rider to go past before I could get my bike and get going again,” Budd explained.
“That then lead to another crash and all I could do was finish 12th by the end of the moto.
“In the second moto, thankfully things went better and I got a great start and kept it on two wheels and managed to come home in fourth place, which gave me sixth overall for the round.”
At the midway point in the MX Nationals series, Budd continues to sit third in the MXD standings with 257 points, behind Duffy (289 points) and Purvis (272 points).
“It’s going to be good to have a rest for the next week,” Budd added, “and then I’ll get right back into things to come out swinging when the championship resumes next month.
“This is a long series and there are still plenty of races to go!”
The 2019 MX Nationals championship now takes a mid-season break with racing resuming on June 23 when round six of Australia’s premier motocross series is staged at Gympie in Queensland.
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