News 21 Mar 2023

Eventful outing marks troubled Appin round for Webster

Boost Mobile MX1 contender looking to rebound at Wodonga.

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An eventful outing at Appin marked a troubled round two of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship for Kyle Webster, with the Boost Mobile Honda Racing rider ultimately finishing seventh overall and looking ahead to a stronger showing at Wodonga.

Posting the fourth quickest time in the MX1 top 10 qualifying shootout, Webster ran into trouble early in moto one and fell at the first turn during the opening lap.

Losing a great amount of time in the incident and while trying to rejoin the race, Webster was able to work his back up to 10th, notably posting the fastest lap of the moto in the process. Part one of moto two saw the number 96 hold P4 for the majority of the outing, ultimately taking the chequered flag in that position.

With his holeshot device disengaging early, Webster completed the first lap of moto two part two in 10th position, later able to reach P7 by race-end. Under the Olympic style scoring, he was fifth in the second moto and completed the day seventh overall courtesy of 10-5 results.

“Bit of a rough weekend here for me, unfortunately, in the first race I went down in the first turn and when I got it up again I stalled it afterwards and the bike struggled to start for a little while, which put me a quite long ways back,” Webster recalled. “I felt like my riding was okay, I wasn’t really feeling I guess my whole self, I struggled a little bit with the track.

“Just moving forward really, I managed to get through to 10th. In the back-to-back motos, I got a good start in the first one and settled into fourth, finishing about there. In the second one, my holeshot button popped out as I went out of the gate and I wheelied, so not the best of starts.

“Got through a few people, and just rode through to the end. Like I said, I struggled with the track a little bit and to move forward and find my flow, but hopefully can bring a better day and third round in Wodonga.”

With no MX1 moto completed at Wonthaggi’s opening round, Webster is seventh in the MX1 standings, 18 points back from red plate-holder Aaron Tanti (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) as the series moves to Wodonga, Victoria, for round three on 16 April.