The CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team flexed some serious muscle at round seven of the MX Nationals, held at Maitland in the Hunter Valley, with Luke Clout and Kirk Gibbs taking a 1-2 finish for the round and dominating the day.
It was the first time for the MX Nationals to contest a round of the Maitland circuit and it has become an instant favourite for the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team as they charged to a 1-2 finish and won each of the three motos contested on the day.
Heading into the round, Clout sat in second place in the MX1 division after previously holding the points leaders red plate. But growing up and racing tracks around the Hunter Valley, Clout was confident he could perform well at Maitland and claw back valuable points on the series leader.
Clout did more than that and after winning the opening two motos in the sprint, back to back format his day was off to the perfect start. A strong performance in the third and final race for the day would not only see Clout take the round win, but also regain the championship lead.
He started the final 30 minute moto just inside the top five at the end of lap one but over the next 16 laps edged his way forward to move into second place and that was enough to seal the deal for the round win with his 1-1-2 results. More importantly, he now leads the championship with a nine point gap back to Hayden Mellross with three rounds remaining.
“I didn’t have the greatest day at the last round so it was important that I bounced back strongly this weekend and get things back on track,” Clout begins. “I felt pretty good all day but my starts in the back to back races really set up my day as I was in a good position both times and able to capitalise on them to take the race wins.
“The last moto start wasn’t as good but I was able to put my head down and make some passes and secured the overall win. It felt pretty good coming across the finish line and feeling like I had put in my best effort and was rewarded with the round win.
“The team did a great job today and the bikes were awesome. It showed in the results with Kirk and I winning all three races and going 1-2 for the day that CDR Yamaha really do the work.
“Looking forward to the next round at Moree in a couple of weeks and want to keep this momentum rolling all the way through to the final corner at Coolum,” Clout signs off.
Kirk Gibbs kept his good form going after a podium finish at round six, with a second place finish at round seven, highlighted by a final moto race win. Gibbs finished with 2-4 results in the back to back motos and then charged to the lead of the final moto and was never headed. His 2-4-1 results for the day saw him land in second place and despite missing a round due to injury, he now sits in fourth place in the championship.
“Today was good with another podium result. My start in the second back to back was really the only little mistake I made for the day but in those shorter races, good starts and track position is so important as there are 10 guys who can go fast for seven or eight laps.
“But still happy with how things went and making good progress since my shoulder injury so I can’t complain too much. The championship is highly unlikely since I missed a round in South Australia but the goal since then has been to win races and get on the podium as often as possible at the remaining rounds and so far things are on track.
Attention now moves to round eight of the championship and will return to the Moree circuit for the first time in several years on July 28.
Yamalube Yamaha Racings’ Jay Wilson has continued his consistent 2019 racing season claiming another podium position at round seven of the MX Nationals.
Competing in the MX2 class, Wilson finished with 3-4 results on the day to take third place for the round and maintain his third place in the championship after seven rounds. While just off the pace of the lead pair on the weekend, his consistency was rewarded on the day as he managed to claw back five valuable points on the championship leader and with three rounds remaining, only 20 points separate the top three riders in the MX2 division.
Wilson hard to work hard for his results in each moto and he struggled to get up front early in each of the two races. The concrete start block used at the Maitland circuit changed the dynamics of the start and Wilson didn’t get off the concrete well in either moto. But his hustle in the early laps saw him move forward quickly and he was able to pull down two good results.
“Each weekend my goal is to get on the podium and it was good to get on the box this weekend. That’s five podiums in the seven rounds so far and it’s put me in a position as far as the championship goes but with three rounds to go, including the double header at Coolum, there is still a lot of racing to come.
“Kyle and Nathan both had good speed today and I was just half a second off it and that’s all it takes and it the difference between first and third. Next round is at Moree, which is a track I rode and raced a lot as a kid so I’m hoping for a good result there and put plenty of pressure on the guys in front of me in the championship leading into the final weekend at Coolum,” Wilson said.
Richie Evans took three soil samples on his way 10th place in the MX1 class at Maitland. With the 450 riders facing the spring format in the morning, with the back to back races, Evans was well inside the top 10 in each of these before hitting the dirt and losing several places. He ended up with 10-16 results as well as a sore knee for his troubles, but the North Queenslander was determined to finish the day off on a positive note.
He did just that and finished the final moto in seventh place and as a result wound up 10th on the day. He now sits ninth in the championship and looking to gain a couple more spots before the series is over.
“It was a frustrating day for me and that I in the first couple of races, I just got caught in other riders’ problems. Then in one of the crashes, I jammed my knee pretty hard and had to go see RACESAFE to get treatment.
“But I was happy with the last ride. I was in a battle for fifth for the majority of the race and just had a couple of ordinary laps later in the race. I will get my knee looked at and hope to build on the last race at Maitland when we get to the next round.”
Maitland two hours north of Sydney played host to round 7 of the Pirelli MX Nationals, it was a successful day for the team in a local setting.
Hayden Mellross come into the weekend unwell and had been extremely sick for majority of the week prior, limiting his training and normal pre race weekend routine. Mellross would have his work cut out for him with the three moto format on Sunday, consisting of two back to back 15 minute moto’s followed by an afternoon 30 minute moto.
Mellross started the day strong taking out the Raceline superpole, securing him first gate pick for the duration of the day. Mellross continued the day strong going 4-3-3 giving him 3rd overall on the day. Melross now sits second in the championship coming into the final 2 rounds.
Regan Duffy proved why he is the man holding the red plate, qualifying first and going 1-1 in both motos, but not with out challenge. Struggling to get off the start in the first moto Duffy had to work his way through the back and charge hard to get himself in the lead. Again in moto 2 Duffy had his work cut out for him chasing down Maximus Purvis before putting a solid pass on him, however Purvis stayed on his back wheel for majority of the race.
Motul MXD Championship standings Regan Duffy – 426 pts
Maximus Purvis – 397 pts
Rhys Budd – 349 pts
The seventh round of the MX Nationals, held in Maitland, NSW was full of ups and downs for the DPH Husqvarna Factory Racing team as they continue to chase both the MX1 (450cc) and MX2 (250cc) national motocross championships. With Todd Waters(FC450), Wilson Todd (FC250) and Bailey Malkiewicz (FC250) all expecting to run at the front, fourth, fifth and seventh overall results respectively fell short of their own goals, despite retaining solid positions in each championship.
Todd Waters: ““Fourth overall is a good result for a bad weekend, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to win races”
Boyd Hocking, DPH Husqvarna team manager: “That was a tough weekend for us. Going in with the championship lead in both classes, we really expected to come out the other side in a stronger position than we have. All three riders have the speed to win races, and they each expect to be at the front and it just didn’t work that way today. Wilson (Todd) retains the championship lead, Todd (Waters) moves to third, while Bailey (Malkiewicz) stays in seventh, so it’s far from a disaster, and if anything, gives us all some things to work on as we head into the final three rounds in Moree and Coolum.”
Todd Waters: “I’m pretty disappointed after that to be honest. Fourth overall is a good result for a bad weekend, but I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to win races. I was second fastest on-track in qualifying (1:47.112) and ended up with a slightly slower lap than that in superpole for fourth gate pick. In all three races, I managed to move forward on the FC450 after each race start, so there’s positives to take away, but I’ll head back home with some things to concentrate on before Moree.”
Wilson Todd: “Even though I was over a second faster than everyone in qualifying, I just didn’t feel comfortable today in the races. I had a strong position in the first race, and a crash in the second while leading, so it just didn’t come together. I finished fourth and sixth, so it’s far from a disaster and I still keep the lead in the championship, but I expect to win. This gives me some motivation though to put in the work before next round.”
Bailey Malkiewicz: “A bit of a rollercoaster day really. After grabbing the holeshot and leading for six laps, I hit a soft section of the circuit and lost a lot of track position. The track changed a lot through the day, and in the second race we just struggled with set-up and I slid back a few positions to finish fifth after another solid start. I was confident going into the weekend that I could do well, and my race speed backed that up, so I just need to keep concentrating on minimizing mistakes and my overall’s will improve.”
With the eighth round of the MX Nationals set to be held in Moree on July 28, followed quickly by the final double header round in Coolum on August 3 and 4, the DPH Husqvarna Factory Racing team will take the two weeks to prepare to finish out the season as strong as possible.
Sunday July 14th saw round 7 of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals take place at Maitland NSW and by the conclusion of racing the THOR MX1 championship red plate had changed hands and the PIRELLI MX2 championship has tightened up to within just ten points!
THOR MX1 saw a massive points swing and after Raceline Superpole was won by Raceline KTM THOR rider Hayden Mellross, the top there riders in the championship were only separated by three points heading into moto one. The day saw CDR Yamaha Monster Energy’s Luke Clout take firm control of the red plate with a 1-1 moto score in the back to back moto’s and a second place in the final moto to secure overall victory, beating out his team mate Kirk Gibbs who won the final moto en route to second overall. Raceline KTM THOR rider Hayden Mellross was again solid with consistent moto scores to land another third overall. DPH Husqvarna Todd Waters struggled to gel with the Maitland circuit gritting out a day best 4th position in moto three. Penrite Honda Racing’s Brett Metcalfe was in contention for the overall podium before a fall in moto three relegated him to fifth overall.
PIRELLI MX2 followed suit from THOR MX1 with a huge change in championship momentum seeing Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing’s Kyle Webster taking overall victory with 2-1 Moto scores allowing him to close up to within ten points of DPH Husqvarna’s Wilson Todd in the series standings. Serco Yamaha’s Nathan Crawford took an emotional first race victory of 2019 in moto one and landed second overall on the podium with 1-2 moto scores. Yamalube Yamaha’s Jay Wilson was consistent with 3-4 on the day to land third overall and keep his championship hopes alive. Aaron Tanti on his Serco Yamaha failed to capitalise on a third place in moto 1 to end up fourth overall on the day and Red Plate Holder Wilson Todd had a challenging day with poor starts and a crash early in Moto 2 after showing good speed and track position early.
MOTUL MXD saw a dominating performance from Raceline KTM THOR’s Regan Duffy holding off challenges from Davey Motorsports Noah Ferguson in moto one and WBR Yamaha’s Maximus Purvis in moto two who would end up third overall on the day. Davey Motorsports KTM riders Mason Semmens rode to a solid third overall with great starts off the concrete pad.
Blucru Yamaha Yz 65 Cup
The fantastic addition of the Bluecru Yamaha Yz65 cup was a huge success seeing the next generation of Australia’s Motocross talent racing on the same track as the professional heroes. With large rider numbers and a great mix of beginner through to advanced level juniors, the yz65 cup wowed the crowds at Maitland with close racing and a great display of talent.
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Maitland, NSW is located two hours north of Sydney and will play host to round seven of the Pirelli MX Nationals, this weekend.
This is a local round for the team, and the first time on the MX Nationals calendar. The team is excited and are ready to continue the championship hunt and impress local fans and family.
If you cant make it to be track side this weekend, but don’t want to miss out on your opportunity to meet and greet our riders, grab an autograph and selfie make sure you head down to the STREETS EAT MX NATIONALS EDITION TONIGHT. 5:00pm -9:00pm THE LEVEE, CENTRAL MAITLAND.
Regan Duffy who is currently the Red Plate holder in the Motul MXD class is well prepared for the weekend ahead.
“I’m really excited to be heading to Maitland this weekend, it’s a new track on the calendar and I’m ready to take on the challenges that come with that” said Duffy
Motul MXD Championship standings
Regan Duffy – 356 pts
Maximus Purvis – 339 pts
Rhys Budd – 293 pts
Hayden Mellross is 3rd in the Thor MX1 class ahead of round 7 this weekend, and with the championship points so close Mellross knows he needs to focus on the little things.
“This weekend I’m going to focus on the little 1% things that I worked really hard on over the mid-season break, with the points being so close its still anyone’s game” said Mellross
Maitland, two hours north of Sydney, is set to host the seventh round of the MX Nationals where Sunshine Coast based MPE Husqvarna FC450 racer Jesse Dobson is looking to continue his charge up the championship rankings. With very little track time at the venue, Dobson remains optimistic of a strong result, despite many competitors being able to race the track in recent months.
Jesse Dobson: “I’m really lucky as a privateer to have some great support this season technically, financially and product based from a range of companies and individuals, some of them who’ve supported me since I was a junior such as Paul Baericke, Dunlop, Kwala… the list goes on. I need to manage that support as best as I can and so it meant I had to miss some races in Maitland earlier in the year. To be honest though, it’s actually a confidence boost to know that all the brands and people behind me believe in me as much as I believe in myself and have invested their time, effort and money in me. It adds some pressure, since every result rests on my shoulders, but it supports my own belief that I can compete against the best MX1 racers in Australia. I want to keep chipping away and continuing to get better every weekend. I’ve been putting in the hard work so I expect to see progress within myself.”
Dobson, currently eighth in the premier MX1 Championship, has proved already that, with the right people in your corner, a privateer can challenge even the biggest factory teams and, as a sign of support for Jesse and those people that support him, you’re encouraged to follow his partners on their social media, and consider their products or services when making your next purchase.
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Brett Metcalfe of Penrite Honda Racing has momentum on his side heading into round 7 of the MX Nationals in Maitland, after a podium finish at Gympie.
“The last round was positive for the team and the last few weeks between rounds have been great. My mechanic Scott Lillis has stayed with me in South Australia to help me prepare for Maitland this coming weekend. The testing and training has been very positive and I feel we have made advancements,” said Metcalfe.
Team Manager, Jason Waters is pleased with Metcalfe’s progress and what has been achieved since Gympie.
“Brett and Scott have been working closely with Factory KYB and our local suspension technician Martin Ritchie from Krooztune. Together they have made great gains. Brett is feeling more confident and we are hoping for another podium finish this weekend,” Waters said.
Whilst the Championship has been challenging this year, the team feel confident that they are moving in the right direction and rounding out the MX season on top is still within grasp.
“We believe in Brett, we haven’t forgotten about his achievements and we know he is focused on the title. The past few weeks have been quite progressive with suspension and tyre testing so the total package has improved,” said team director Yarrive Konsky.
Round 7 of the MX Nationals will be held on a newly designed track in Maitland. The Maitland Motocross Club has done a fantastic job re-building their track and Metcalfe is keen to get out there.
“Gympie had so many positives, the venue is world class and they did a great job for their first event. For Maitland, I have seen the work they are putting in and I can’t wait to ride and race on the new track, it’s going to be a solid weekend of racing.” Metcalfe finished.
Maitland NSW will host round 7 of the 2019 Pirelli MX Nationals this coming weekend of July 13th and 14th. As one of the country’s largest Motorsports series, the MX Nationals will tremendously boost the local economy by over $400,000 as race team personnel, riders and thousands of fans alike flock to the Hunter region to witness the best Motocross racers in the country do battle.
New to the series calendar, Maitland will hold a national event for the first time in 2019 and MX Nationals series promoter Kevin Williams expressed his enthusiasm to be heading to the venue.
“It’s fantastic to be heading to another new venue for round 7 of the series. The Hunter region is huge for Offroad Motorcycle riding with the region selling more bikes per year than anywhere else in the country. As a market and demographic that’s great for our series to be able to bring the MX Nationals show to the hunter regions enthusiastic fan base for the first time.”
The tighter confines of the Maitland circuit will switch up the tempo for the riders and teams from the high speed natural terrain of Gympie’s previous round six. With the closest championship points chase we have seen in recent years for THOR MX1 coming into round 7, the back to back short moto format for this round could throw the championship wide open. The tight track and intense racing will favor the young guns of Monster Energy CDR Yamaha’s Luke Clout and Empire Kawasaki’s Dylan Long, both who had great success winning at last year’s Ranch MX sprint format round. The elder statesman in the class of DPH Husqvarna’s Todd Waters, Monster Energy CDR Yamaha’s Kirk Gibbs and Penrite Honda Racings Brett Metcalfe will look to find good track position early and match the sprint speed of the younger generation. Don’t count out Raceline THOR KTM’s Hayden Mellross who is still on the hunt for his maiden victory in THOR MX1 and privateer hot shot Jesse Dobson who could really shock the field with his blistering speed and a good start in the back to back motos.
In Pirelli MX2, DPH Husqvarna’s Wilson Todd continues to lead the championship while the blue cru Yamaha riders of Nathan Crawford (Serco Yamaha) and Jay Wilson (Yamalube Yamaha) are hot on his heels after podium performances at round 6. Jay Wilson could be especially dangerous as the 2015 series champion gains momentum from his win at Gympie in his trademark late season charge to the title. Penrite Honda racing’s Kyle Webster and Serco Yamaha’s Aaron Tanti will look to find podium form again at Maitland.
Motul MXD will showcase the up and coming young talent in U19’s age group who always show speed and intensity on the track.
Maitland will also welcome back the blue cru Yamaha 65cc Cup to the series, which is a key initiative by Yamaha and the MX Nationals to develop the next generation of Australian Motocross talent with young riders age 12 and under racing Yamaha’s 65cc machine around the national calibre race track on the same day as their racing heroes.
The action packed day kicks off at 10am, tickets available at the venue. Bob Robinson Park, 60 Kyle Street Rutherford which is situated within the Rutherford Industrial Estate, off the New England Highway west of Maitland.