Webster and Duffy clinch overall wins in MX2 and MXD classes.
CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider Luke Clout has regained the premier class points lead after securing the overall victory at Maitland’s seventh round of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals today.
Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda Racing) stormed to the hole-shot in the final MX2 encounter before being quickly overcome by American Justin Rodbell (KSF Suzuki), who controlled the field during the early stages. Kirk Gibbs (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) made a selection of crafty manoeuvres, stealing the lead before going onto win the moto.
Behind him, Metcalfe relegated himself down the field with a mistake as Clout pressed forward, chasing after his teammate before ultimately accepting second. Raceline KTM Thor’s Hayden Mellross put in a strong ride for third, followed by Todd Waters (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) and privateer Jesse Dobson (Husqvarna).
The top 10 was completed by Dylan Long (Empire Kawasaki), Richie Evans (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Jayden Rykers (Suzuki), Caleb Ward (Davey Motorsports KTM) and Connor Tierney. Clout secured the overall ahead of Gibbs and Mellross, and now leads the championship standings.
In MX2 moto two, reigning champion and points leader Wilson Todd (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) grabbed the hole-shot while leading rival Webster, although the number one plated rider made a rare crash on lap one, allowing Webster to inherit the lead as he dropped to almost outside of the top 10.
Webster continued to charge out front, bridging a comfortable gap, however that was later shortened by race one winner Nathan Crawford (Serco Yamaha), who put in an incredible ride during the final stages, working his way to within striking distance of Webster.
In the end, Webster took the win by 0.811s over Crawford, as Serco Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti locked out the top three. Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha Racing) and Bailey Malkiewicz (DPH Motorsport Husqvarna) were fourth and fifth respectively, while the top 10 was completed by Todd, Dylan Wills (Davey Motorsports KTM), Morgan Fogarty (Davey Motorsports KTM), Cooper Pozniak (KTM) and Luke Reardon (KTM).
Webster claimed the overall win, equalling on points with Crawford and credited the win on countback, while Wilson rounded out the podium in third. Todd continues to lead the championship standings.
Western Australian Regan Duffy (Raceline KTM Thor) continued his dominance in the MXD category, backing up his race one this morning with a commanding moto victory in the final outing.
This time around he defeated championship rival Maximus Purvis (WBR Yamaha) and Mason Semmens (Davey Motorsports KTM), as the top five consisted of Rhys Budd (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) and Noah Ferguson (Davey Motorsports KTM). Duffy sealed the overall win and strengthened his points lead, joined on the podium by Semmens and Purvis.
The Yamaha YZ65 Cup was taken out by Nate Thompson ahead of race two winner Kayd Kingsford and Toby Huston. The MX Nationals now heads to Moree in New South Wales on 28 July for round eight of the series.