News 29 Jul 2021

Todd says ‘better things to come’ as form builds

Queenslander lands another top 10 overall in MX2 at Loket.

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Another top 10 finish overall at the MXGP of Czech Republic signals that there are ‘better things to come’ as former national champion Wilson Todd continues to build form in the MX2 World Championship.

Round five marks the second-consecutive weekend the Queenslander has been inside the top 10, with notably improved first motos at both rounds.

In what was Todd’s first outing at the Loket circuit, he started strongly in the opening moto, slotting into third position before eventually finishing the race in the seventh.

Moto two saw the 23-year-old start mid-pack and from there he was able to work his way up to 11th in slippery conditions, which resulted in 10th overall for the round courtesy of an 7-11 scorecard.

“It’s my first time here at Loket and it’s pretty different so I was pleased with my best qualifying so far in eighth,” Todd explained. “I got a really good start in the first race and held on for as long as I could for seventh – I was on the pace, but just got picked off by a few of the guys.

“It was quite slippery for race two after the rain. I started midpack, passed a few riders in the first few laps and rode it home to finish 11th.

“Now I’m looking forward to a couple more starts so I can get used to racing these guys; we’re all pretty much the same speed so it’s hard to pass. For sure there’s better things to come. I never raced Lommel yet but I heard about it… [laughs] we’ll find out next week.”

The KX250F rider is still building back intensity after arm-pump surgery earlier in the year and as Bike IT MTX Kawasaki team manager Steve Dixon explains, it still is what’s lacking to capitalise on his good starts.

“A good start in race one meant he was with the front guys, but still lacked some intensity and dropped back to seventh,” Dixon stated. “Not such a good start in race two, but he came through to 11th.

“He’s had 10 point scoring races, which in a 20 round series, and only five rounds in, is a solid start. I feel like we’re on a good path.”

Todd currently sits 12th in the MX2 championship standings. As consistency continues to improve for the Australian, he will be on a charge when the championship resumes this weekend at Lommel on 1 August.