News 18 Aug 2023

Coolum rebound on the cards for Cannon after QMP DNF

Yamalube Yamaha rider has sights firmly set on top step return.

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Defending Australian MXW champion Charli Cannon has her sights set on a double victory at Coolum to capture back-to-back titles in the category after a DNF in the second moto at Queensland Moto Park.

Cannon continued her dominant form in the opening race last weekend and extended her winning streak in the class, but disaster struck in the second moto when she fell while trying to make a move on Taylah McCutcheon (Empire Kawasaki).

Her front wheel and brake disc was seriously damaged in the incident which meant she could not complete the race, and the YZ250F rider now enters the final round this weekend equal on points for the championship lead with Honda Racing’s Emma Milesevic.

“This week I’ve just been trying to keep a clear head, cause I was pretty angry with myself after the weekend,” Cannon explained to MotoOnline. “We don’t do every round in the MXW championship, it’s a pretty short season, so a DNF is really crucial. So, me being impatient with passes resulted in a DNF. I just needed a few days to calm down and refocus.

“I’m really happy the last round is at Coolum though, I’ve ridden there so many times and I’m feeling really confident with it. I love the sand, and it’s my hometown race, so just good vibes all around. Hopefully, we can grab a 1-1 and try to wrap up the championship.”

The 2023 Australian MXW title battle is contested across four rounds of the Penrite ProMX Championship, with gates set to drop on the series finals this weekend at Coolum.