News 12 Apr 2022

Sickness ultimately impacts Tanti in second race charge

Three from four 2022 ProMX podiums for Queenslander so far.

Image: Foremost Media.

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Aaron Tanti battled sickness throughout round two of the Penrite ProMX Championship at Mackay, still able to secure second in the opening race before giving his all to fight the fatigue and finish sixth in moto two.

Tanti entered Gum Valley off the back of a strong opening round at Wonthaggi, coming to grips quickly with the YZ450F to finish second courtesy of a 3-2 scorecard at the Victorian venue.

The opening moto at Mackay saw Tanti lead a number of laps before being passed by eventual race winner Kyle Webster, later keeping the pressure on Dean Ferris for the majority of moto two before losing positions in the closing stages.

“I had a pretty tough week, catching a cold Monday-Tuesday and tried to get on top of it as good as I could,” Tanti explained to MotoOnline. “It’s still lingering around now.

“It was definitely tough for me, I pretty much started the day more fatigued than what I would have liked to have been. I pushed pretty hard in the first moto, and rode my heart out in that second one, but just hit a massive wall. I was pretty congested and just didn’t feel too well.

“That essentially affected my race, I was pretty bummed that it came down to the last two laps, I was trying as hard as I could. I’m just happy to get out with some more solid points.”

The number nine has managed to finish on the podium in three out of the four ProMX races this season, which sees him second in the championship standings following round two, six points back from red plate-holder Webster.

“I’m super happy with my [championship] position, but after that first race and heading into the second race with that good start, I would have liked to come out of there with the red plate, given the circumstances after the first race,” Tanti added.

“It didn’t go that way. I’m super happy, we are in a pretty solid position in the championship, from the first two rounds I’ve been pretty consistent with sixth place being my worst finish of the season, and three other podium finishes.

“I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t picture myself in this position, I know I am good enough to be, so it’s pretty awesome.”