South Australian MX Nationals Wrap UP~ 2015 MX Nationals- Round 4- Murray Bridge MX Track
The 2015 MX Nationals headed to Murray Bridge MX Track for round 4 of the national series. Teams and riders were greeted with superb weather conditions as well as track conditions that allowed for an intense battles throughout the day. Well done to the South Coast MXC for all their hard work leading up to the event to have the surface prepared to near perfection.
South Australia was well represented across all classes with 18 riders taking it up to the best MX riders from across the country. 7 in the MX1 class, 6 in the MX2 class, 3 in the MXD Class and 2 in the Veterans class made an appearance at the SA round.
In the MX 1 class, South Australian fans witnessed close and tough battles in both moto’s. SA own Kirk Gibbs (KTM Australia) was keen to secure valuable points to extend his lead in the overall championship. It wasn’t going to be easy with Adam Monea (NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki) wanting to continue his form from the state round two weeks prior.
In the Go Pro Superpole Adam Monea threw down an impressively fast time of 1:40.092 nearly 2 seconds faster than Lawson Bopping, enabling him to grab the valuable 5 championship points. Kirk finished 3rd in the shootout then quickly turned his focus to the moto’s of the day.
In the MX 1 Class Kirk Gibbs was able to repeat his efforts from 2014, finishing 1-2 in his moto’s, enabling him to celebrate another round win in front of his South Australian fans and family. Adam Monea was able to build on his experience from the state round a fortnight prior finishing 4-1 in his moto’s and 2nd overall. Daniel Reardon (CDR Yamaha) rounded out the podium in 3rd with a 3-3 in his motos.
Motorcycling SA Elite Rider, and current SA Champ James Booth-Elliott showed why he is number 1 in the state finishing 9th overall in his first national for 2015 with 10-9 finishes in the moto’s. Nick Murray had a great day finishing 11th, Tyson Whillas from Port Lincoln had a consistent day finishing 12th overall with a 15-14 in the motos. Dan Banks ended up in13th overall, whilst the youngest SA rider Izak Maule struggled with a brake issue in the first moto but was able to recover with a solid 13th in Moto 2 ending up 16th overall. Matt Clarke who suffered bike issues in moto 1 ended up finished in 25th overall for the day.
In the MX2 Young Gun Caleb Ward had a stellar round clean sweeping the moto’s with a 1-1 taking out the round win. South Australian local Luke Arbon (SD3) was back to 2014 form having 2-2 in the moto’s throwing everything he had at youngster Ward, finishing up 2nd overall for the day and claiming back some well needed championship points after a tough start to the season. This result has bumped Luke up to 6th position overall in the championship. Japanese rider Takeshi Katsuya had a good day chipping away at the championship points finishing 3-5 in his moto’s to round out the podium for the MX2 class.
South Australia also had others put in great performances in this class, Riley Graham took it right up to the best in the class, in moto 1 Graham finishing just outside the top 10 in 13th and in moto 2 he claimed the hole shot and lead early on and eventually finishing 8th, with these results Riley finishing just outside top 10 in a respectful 11th place for the day. Mitch Norris was the next south aussie home in 18th place with a 18-20 in the moto’s, further back in the field, South East rider Elijah Wiese finished in 28th with a 23-27 in the days moto’s, Motorcycling SA Elite Rider Ty Lynch struggled with an injured knee in his two moto’s finishing only one moto for the day in 23rd and Jordan Waters rounded out the SA riders in 30th overall with a 30-28 in his two moto’s.
In the MXD Under 19’s class Connor Tierney (Husqvarna Australia) drew off his experience of the track 2 weeks prior at the State title round to take out the overall round win with a 2-1, Jayden Rykers finished 2nd with a 4-2 and Jordan Hill had a great day rounding out the podium with a 3-4 result. Series point’s leader Wilson Todd had a tough day finishing off the podium after winning the first moto but finishing well down the order in 27th in moto 2.
2014 Motorcycling SA Elite member Seigah Ward was in great form finishing 9th in the first moto after having a great ride, in moto 2 Seigah had a tough start but pushed hard to redeem himself back to 17th and finish 14th overall for the day. 2015 Elite rider Nick Day had a consistent day in his two moto’s finishing 19th and 14th to finish within the top 20 in 17th. Luke Brandt had a steady day with a 27-24 finishing up 28th overall.
The Veterans class also made an appearance for the South Australian round, John Platt and Glynn Humphreys took the challenge on, John Platt had a great race finishing both his moto’s in the top 10 with an 8-9 to end up 8th for the round. Glynn finished only one moto in 11th.
It was great to see so many South Australia do battle with the top riders from around Australia.
The Murray Bridge round was the last round of the southern loop before the championship heads north to Queensland on the 31st May at Coolum, this also sees the MX Nationals South Cup Privateer title wrap up with two South Australian’s taking out these titles. The three round series is specifically for riders without major backing, Daniel Banks took the title out for the MX1 class and Riley Graham who has consistently had finishes within the top 10 took the title out for the MX2 Class. Congratulations to these two riders.
Best of luck to all SA riders heading to Coolum for Round 5, and let’s hope Kirk Gibbs can keep his form going, and that Luke Arbon can take the confidence from Murray Bridge, and again push for a round win.
Photo Credit: Eric McConnochie