Features 11 Apr 2021

Racefeed: 2021 ProMX Rd1 Wonthaggi

Direct updates from opening round of the new-look ProMX championship.

Follow Racefeed for direct updates of the MX1 and MX2 races at the opening round of the 2021 Penrite ProMX Championship at Wonthaggi, Vic.

Pirelli MX2 race 1:
Husqvarna racer Dylan Wills claimed the holeshot of the opening MX2 race, but Alex Larwood (WBR Yamaha Bulk Nutrients Racing) and Kyle Webster (Delcon Civil Honda) quickly got past on the opening lap. Two laps later Webster swung past Larwood and the pair set sail from the rest of the pack. Privateer Jai Constantinou (Husqvarna) held down third ahead of Yamalube Yamaha Racing pairing Rhys Budd and Jay Wilson, before coming unstuck at the midway point as conditions deteriorated quickly in the rain. Serco Yamaha teammates Jesse Dobson and Nathan Crawford overcame bad starts and worked their way up the field, passing Wilson as the laps wound down. Webster took the win from Larwood, with Budd finishing third. Dobson, Crawford, Wilson and Constantinou finished fourth through seventh, with Levi Rogers (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Isaac Ferguson (Gas Gas) and Wills rounding out the top 10.

Thor MX1 race 1:
 CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Luke Clout grabbed the first holeshot of the 2021 season and proceeded to pull out a 10-second lead over Mongrel Boots Honda’s Brett Metcalfe and defending champion Todd Waters (Husqvarna Racing Team). Fastest qualifier Regan Duffy (KTM Racing Team) started the moto outside the top 10, but fought his way forward, passing Waters for third at the halfway point. Up front, Metcalfe put on a hard charge as Clout began to tire, and made a decisive pass for the lead with four laps to go. The South Australian went on to win from Clout and a fast-finishing Duffy, while Waters and Kirk Gibbs (Terrafirma Equipment Sales Honda) rounded out the top five. Hayden Mellross (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Racing), Jayden Rykers (Empire Kawasaki), Maximus Purvis (WBR Yamaha Bulk Nutrients Racing), Jai Walker (Honda) and Connor Tierney (Flooringsales SB Motorsports) completed the top 10.

Pirelli MX2 race 2:
Kyle Webster quickly leapt to the front of the second MX2 moto and wasn’t headed for the entire race, capping of a clean sweep for the Honda racer at Wonthaggi. Jai Constantinou started strongly and held down second place for the opening laps, before succumbing to a hard-charging Crawford and Dobson. Larwood, who experienced an average start, fought through the pack to make a late pass on Dobson for third place, and a hard-fought second overall on the day. Constantinou held on strongly for fifth, as Wilson and Budd traded places multiple times through the race in their battle for sixth, before Budd got the upper hand on his team-mate. Mackay finished eighth, Jy Roberts (KTM) ninth and Wills 10th.

Thor MX1 race 2:
Kirk Gibbs snatched the holeshot of the second Thor MX1 moto and led the pack through the first turn, followed by a host of the championship contenders. Clout and Mellross both enjoyed time at the front of the pack early on, before Duffy, who’d started towards the rear of the top 10, tore his way through into the lead and began checking out. Clout worked his way back past his team-mate Mellross for second, but experienced a mechanical failure and DNFed the race. Up front, Duffy continued to build his lead over Waters and Gibbs, stretching his buffer out to 17 seconds at one stage, as he lapped up to ninth place. Waters held off a late charge from Gibbs to secure second place, while Mellross finished in fourth, ahead of moto 1 winner Metcalfe. Tierney finished sixth, ahead of Purvis, Joben Baldwin (Honda), Jay Lamb (Yamaha) and Rykers.