'Unexpected' win for Honda rider with limited time back on bike.
In just his second round of Penrite ProMX since returning from injury, Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster stood on the top step in moto two at Coolum to finish the season strong while entering supercross and next year’s national motocross from a position of strength.
After being sidelined from competition for roughly four months, Webster made a comeback from a broken left foot and right ankle to compete in the final two rounds of 2022 ProMX.
The number 96 displayed flashes of speed despite a troubled return at Queensland Moto Park (QMP), before finding his grove in the sand once more at Coolum to fend off Todd Waters and Wilson Todd and take the final race victory of the season.
“Finishing the year off with a high always helps, leading into supercross and just keeping the mojo and whatnot throughout the off-season,” Webster told MotoOnline. “I guess it’s good to know where you are at entering the next year. I am really looking forward to the start of 2023.”
“It was a little bit unexpected for me [the Coolum race win]. I haven’t had very long back on the bike yet, so I don’t know, I just found a really good grove this weekend and I worked hard during the week. I came back and did a little bit of testing with the guys and felt comfortable on the bike.”
“I probably went back to those WA instincts a little bit in the sand, the track was really rough so it definitely played into my favour a little bit, but yeah I can’t really ask for a better way to end the year, to be honest.”
Winning the Australian MX2 title last season, Webster stepped up to the premier class for 2022 and immediately made an impact, taking the red plate following Mackay’s round two. He then fell while riding the week after which caused the injuries and meant he heartbreakingly had to relinquish the red plate.
Webster ultimately finished the final round third overall after appearing to play the perfect teammate role to Dean Ferris in the first moto and remaining a safe distance from 111 to cross the line fourth.
The fact Webster was able to conclude the series with a win after spending limited time back on the bike fires a warning shot to his competitors ahead of national motocross next season. He will compete in the Australian Supercross Championship with Honda Racing later this year, and confirmed he will lineup again with the team in MX1 for 2023 ProMX.