Takeshi Katsuya of the Sony Action Cam Kawasaki Racing Team, finished off the 6th round of the MX Nationals with an unfamiliar 9th place overall in the MX2 class. Takeshi was tracking well in the first moto where he powered up and down the steep slopes of the MX Central circuit on his KX250F to take 4th place. An incident in the second race spoiled Takeshi’s chances at a podium. “I was running in about 4th place around the first turn of the second moto until I got tangled with another rider. I got pushed forward and my body hit the handlebars but I managed to push myself to finish the race and get some points. Overall I was hoping to do better but it was a good result considering the crash in moto two,” Takeshi said.
The four time Japanese Motocross Champion is competing in a full series of the MX Nationals for the first time this year and in anticipation for round 7, he is welcoming the challenge of racing a track he hasn’t seen before. “I haven’t raced at Shepparton before but I am pretty good with riding tracks I haven’t seen before so I’m looking forward to it,” commented Takeshi.
Proformance Kawasaki Racing Team enjoyed a productive weekend as rider Matt Ryan saddled his KX250F for the first time after a knee injury he suffered before the start of the 2015 MX Nationals series. Matt was able to end the day in 10th position overall, after bettering his 13th place in moto one with 8th in the second moto.
Proformance Kawasaki Racing Team with Matt Ryan second from left.
“It was exciting to get the feet wet today and to see where I stack up against the competition. Racing today has given a great opportunity for some more direction in terms of testing and training so that we can finish off the year strong. The second moto went really well. Getting back on the bike and getting a feel for it again felt amazing and seeing as this is the first time I’ve seen a track after my injury, I’m really happy with the results,” commented Matt.
Team mate, Alex Morris, salvaged 15th place in the first moto after he fell and spent valuable time recovering his KX250F. A smoother race in the second moto allowed Alex to finish in 12th place, resulting in 12th overall for the round.
Alex Morris recovering his KX250F after a spill in the second MX2 moto.
Proformance Kawasaki Racing Team Manager, Travis Whitten said “It was awesome for the whole team to watch Matt come around the first turn in 5th place and to hold it through to 8th in the second race. It’s been a really good weekend. Alex rode really strong this weekend as well and he came right through the pack in both races to finish really well.”
Kawasaki supported MX2 riders are looking forward to round 7 of the MX Nationals on 19thJuly in Shepparton, Victoria.