News 16 Aug 2022

QMP format ‘probably helped’ Tanti in title battle

Back-to-back moto minimised points lost to MX1 rival Ferris.

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2022 Penrite ProMX red plate-holder Aaron Tanti feels that the two-part moto two format at Queensland Moto Park (QMP) ‘probably helped’ in the title battle against Dean Ferris.

Used also in the third round of the championship at Wodonga, the ‘back-to-back’ moto is split into two 13-minute bouts with Olympic-style scoring to determine the end result of each rider.

Ferris won the first part of the second moto at QMP, however, it was Kirk Gibbs who took the chequered flag in part two and ultimately grabbed the victory. As the Honda rider was pushed back to P2 when the final scores were calculated, it minimised championship points lost for Tanti who was third for moto.

“Today was a really tough day to do the back-to-backs on,” Tanti explained to MotoOnline. “Passing was almost impossible, I felt like I was a lot faster than the guys in front of me, but I just couldn’t make the move stick being a bit limited to lines.

“It definitely creates interesting racing and probably helped me out today with Gibbsy [Kirk Gibbs] beating Ferris in that next moto, I didn’t lose as many points.”

The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy rider finished second in moto one and P2 overall for round seven. He leads Ferris by 24 points as the series enters its finals this weekend at Coolum.