The track started out muddy in Appin yesterday and it didn’t take long for deep ruts to form with multiple lines showing in most corners before the first motos.
After placing 5th in the MX1 qualifying round, Adam Monea of Kawasaki’s factory racing team was caught in a nasty pile-up at the beginning of the first moto leaving him with the testing task of regaining a place up front for the remainder of the race. “I’m a professional racer and I try not to come off, but there isn’t much you can do to avoid a pile-up situation like that. My pace is good, I just need to get up front early and I will show them the way around. We have 8 more rounds to go and there are plenty more races and I will be looking to win”, commented Adam. Adam came off in both races, subsequently finishing 8th in each moto and leaving him with a solid 5th overall for the championship.
John Phillips who was riding in place of the injured Jake Moss, was unfortunately caught up in the same pile-up during the first moto. “The track is tight but it’s a good track and it’s one I performed well on today. There were ruts everywhere and lots of different lines. It was a tough day and I faded in the last race, but overall it was awesome”, commented Phillips who finished 13th overall for the round.
Team Manager, Troy Carroll said “ We’ve had mixed emotions throughout the day. We had great speed on the track. Ended up on a pair of eights which is not what we wanted, but I’ve seen guys win championships from here so we are definitely optimistic”.
Kawasaki supported riders In the MX2 class built on their consistent results from round 1 at Horsham. Takeshi Katsuya of the Sony Action Cam Kawasaki Racing Team showed astonishing pace to finish 10th after unfortunately being tangled with other riders and toppling 3 times in the first lap of the first moto.
Takeshi Katsuya said, “I came off three times in the first lap. I had a good start but got caught up with some other bikes. I was at the end of the field in the first half of the race but brought it back to finish 10th to gain some points. The second moto went well. I had a decent start, stayed consistent and placed 3rd which I am happy about”, commented Takeshi who currently stands at 4th on the leader board overall.
Kawasaki supported Proformance Kawasaki Racing Team was again one rider short in the form of Matt Ryan who is still recovering from injury. Dylan Leary secured 10th position for the round after finishing 9th in moto 1 and 13th in moto 2. Dylan recalls moto 1, “I had to pit in the first lap and ended up finishing in 9th, with a flat front also! I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this year since I had 2 years off with a knee injury. I aim to get a few positions up per round to end up in the top 5 by the end of the season”.
The next round of the 2015 Australian MX Nationals will be held in Murray Bridge, SA on May 17th.