News 17 Mar 2024

Resurgent Webster scores perfect 1-1 at Wonthaggi ProMX opener

CDR Yamaha duo Beaton and Ferris complete the podium at round one.

Image: Foremost Media.

MX1 title contender Kyle Webster has started his 2024 Penrite ProMX Championship campaign dominantly, with a resurgent moto two victory granting him a perfect 1-1 scorecard at Wonthaggi.

It was a remarkable start for the Honda Racing rider in the opening MX1 encounter, grabbing the hole-shot with multiple bike lengths between himself and the field.

Honda Racing’s Wilson Todd initially held down second followed by Luke Clout in his Empire Kawasaki debut, although it was only a matter of moments before Pole Shootout winner Jed Beaton (Monster Energy CDR Yamaha) navigated his way into P2.

It was largely an eventful moto until just beyond the halfway mark when a mistake by Webster saw his four-plus-second lead reduced to less than two, allowing the former MXGP regular to be within striking distance.

Webster’s lead fluctuated as the duo had difficulties navigating lapped riders, while another mistake with just laps to go almost saw him give up the number one spot. He managed to hang on to secure victory over his former teammate in Beaton, while Todd crossed the line in a distant third.

Defending champion Dean Ferris (Monster Energy CDR Yamaha) was fourth ahead of Clout, while the top 10 was completed by Todd Waters (Raceline Husqvarna), Nathan Crawford (KTM Racing Team), Kirk Gibbs (GasGas Racing Team), Brett Metcalfe (Penrite GO24), and Joel Evans (Yamaha).

In moto two, Webster once again rocketed to the hole-shot, although this time around, Ferris quickly snatched the lead as Clout and Crawford also moved by.

Ferris led for the majority of the first half of the outing as Beaton was charging through the field, eventually moving into the lead as a front-end washout relegated Ferris.

Beaton looked to be set for a race and overall victory, extending his advantage to almost seven seconds one point, however a mistake with two minutes to go granted Webster a chance. He seized the opportunity, passing Beaton to record a perfect 1-1 scorecard.

The Tasmanian was forced to accept second ahead of teammate Ferris – the same order they would finish overall – as Crawford and Todd were fourth and fifth respectively. Clout was sixth followed Metcalfe, Gibbs, Waters, and Zach Watson (Husqvarna).

Webster holds a six-point advantage over Beaton as ProMX heads to Horsham in Victoria on 7 April.

Detailed results