News 16 Apr 2023

Connolly masters mud to take Wodonga MX2 win

Jack Mather claims MX3 round overall with consistent 2-2 finishes

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Polyflor Honda Racing’s Brodie Connolly successfully negotiated the deep ruts and heavy mud to claim the MX2 ProMX round victory at Wodonga, VIC.

KTM Racing Team rookie Kayden Minear and series leader Wilson Todd (Terrafirma Honda Racing) completed the round podium.

In the opening race, Connolly put his mud-riding skills to good use by claiming the holeshot, then nursing a smoking bike to the checkered flag.

The New Zealander’s winning margin was massive 54 seconds ahead of Yamalube Yamaha Racing’s Jayce Cosford, and team-mate Todd, as he lapped all the way up to fifth place.

Husqvarna rider Kaleb Barham and Minear stayed mostly out of trouble to finish fourth and fifth, while privateers Hayden Smith (KTM) and Liam Andrews (Honda) finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

Alex Larwood (Yamalube Yamaha Racing), Rhys Budd (Serco Yamaha) and Hugh McKay (KTM) rounded out the top 10.

KTM Racing Team’s Nathan Crawford suffered a mechanical DNF on the opening laps while in P2, putting another dent in his 2023 campaign hopes.

Crawford bounced back from that nightmare opening moto to take the checkered flag in the second MX2 race.

Off the start it was again Connolly with a big holeshot, with Minear slotted into second and Crawford third.

After a settled first half of the race, Crawford made his way past Minear, then soon inherited the lead when Connolly made a mistake.

From there the Queenslander was never headed, leading Minear and round-winner Connolly to the finish line.

Larwood claimed fourth in the moto, with Todd in fifth. Positions sixth through 10th were Barham, Ferguson, Dobson, Rhys Budd (Serco Yamaha) and Cody Cooper (Empire Kawasaki).

Todd still leads the championship title hunt with 105 pointes, ahead of Connolly (97) and Minear (85).

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Raceline Husqvarna Berry Sweet Racing’s Jack Mather put in two consistent 2-1 rides to take the MX3 round win.

GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing’s Jake Cannon took a convincing victory in the opening race.

Raceline Husqvarna Berry Sweet Racing’s Liam Owens and GasGas rider Byron Dennis finished second and third for the round.

In the series standings, Mather now holds a six-point lead over Ky Woods (GasGas) and Owens.

The fourth round of the Penrite ProMX Championship will be held at Maitland, NSW on 6-7 May.

Detailed results