News 3 May 2022

‘Reassuring to know we’re heading in the right direction’ – Mellross

MC 450F rider's overall result limited by race two crash.

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A strong fourth in moto one at Wodonga was a positive uplift in form for Hayden Mellross, the 2022 GasGas Racing Team MX1 signing admitting after the races it’s ‘reassuring to know we’re heading in the right direction.’

Mellross charged his way forwards in the first race at round three to land the first top-five of his ProMX season, before a crash in part one of the second moto limited his result to ninth. Notably, the number 45 finished fifth in the second part of moto two, and was P5 for the round.

“There were plenty of positives to take from the day and it’s reassuring to know we’re heading in the right direction,” Mellross explained.  “I felt I rode really well in both the first and third races, but unfortunately, I twisted my bars when I went down off the start of the back-to-back races, which made those two races challenging.

“Despite that, I felt I rode the best I’ve ridden all year in that last moto and was I matching lap-times with the leaders. We’ve got a slightly longer break between rounds now, so we’ll put our heads down and continue improving and bring some more confidence into Gillman.”

Mellross entered the 2022 season having to manage a broken sternum, and suffered at Wonthaggi’s opener as a result due to a lack of bike time. 10th overall at Mackay marked a challenging round two, but after Wodonga’s uplift, Mellross will be one to watch when the series resumes at Gillman on 29 May.