News 29 May 2022

Ruthless Todd puts MX2 field to the sword at Gillman

KTM's Kayden Minear enjoys double-moto victory in MX3 class.

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Terrafirma Equipment Sales Honda Racing’s Wilson Todd put in another dominant display at the fourth round of the 2022 Penrite ProMX Championship at Gillman, with double-moto sweep in the Pirelli MX2 class.

Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Rhys Budd and WBR Yamaha’s Ryder Kingsford filled the round podium placings.

Empire Kawasaki’s Japanese racer, Haruki Yokoyama jumped to the front of the first Pirelli MX2 race, but it was short-lived as Todd surged around the outside of the second corner and into the lead.

The championship leader was never challenged from that point on as he quickly built, then managed, a double-digit second lead.

South Australian local, Alex Larwood (WBR Yamaha), pushed his way from fifth into second in the opening laps, but despite his best efforts, had to settle for the runner-up spot, ahead of Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Rhys Budd.

Yokoyama would finish a distant fourth, while Honda rider Liam Andrews held off a late charge from Ryder Kingsford (WBR Yamaha) to finish an impressive fifth.

Husqvarna Racing Team’s Dylan Wills crossed the line in seventh, with Noah Ferguson (GasGas) eighth. GasGas Racing Team’s Blake Fox finished P9 and Jesse Dobson (Serco Yamaha) recovered from a horrible start to finish 10th. F

ellow Serco Yamaha rider and Round 3 winner, Bailey Malkiewicz, crashed hard early in the race and DNFed.

Yokoyama again grabbed the holeshot of the second MX2 moto, leading Budd and Kingsford through the opening turns.

Todd got pinched off the start and rounded the first turn outside the top 10, but hacked his way through the pack into the top three before four laps were in the books.

Up front, Noah Ferguson found his way past Yokoyama and Budd into the lead early on, but it was only a matter of laps before Todd would muscle his way to the front of the field.

From that point on, Todd continued to click off ruthlessly consistent laps to finish more than 20 seconds ahead of Budd, who eventually got the upper hand of Ferguson late in the race.

Kingsford crossed the line in fourth, ahead of Dobson, who recovered from an average start.

P6 through 10 were filled by Yokoyama, Andrews, Fox, Dylan Wills (Husqvarna Racing Team) and Jayce Cosford (Yamaha).

It was a disappointing race for Alex Larwood: the Yamalube Yamaha rider fought his way through the field after a poor start up to second place behind Todd, but suffered a snapped chain with five minutes left, forcing a DNF.

Todd now leads the MX2 championship by a mammoth 61 points over Larwood (193 points to 132 points), with Budd one point behind in third.

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Western Australian teenager Kayden Minear claimed a comfortable double-victory in the MX3 class to slice Honda rider Cambell Williams’ lead of the development series to just one point.

The KTM rider led Connor Towill (KTM) and Jack Mather (Husqvarna) across the finishline in the opening race, then beat Thynan Kean (Honda) and Jack Mather in the second moto.

Minear, Mather and Jet Alsop (KTM) stood on the round podium, while Williams experienced a tough 6-10 scorecard around the rough Gillman circuit.

The fifth round of the 2022 Penrite ProMX Championship will be held at Maitland, NSW on 26 June.

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