Monea and Moss got down to business straight away at Wonthaggi with both riders once again qualifying for Superpole and securing more precious championship points.
Adam Monea rode smooth and consistent throughout the 1st moto and was able to set himself up for a charge on the leader on lap 15 that saw him advance to the front. A crash with a lapped rider shortly after put him back to 3rd place where he finished the race. Monea had to overcome an average mid-pack start in moto 2 to work his way up to 3rd place where he finished the race. Monea's 3-3 results were enough to give the National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki rider the overall for the day and his first visit to the top step of the MX1 podium for his career.
Adam Monea say's, "I've been waiting and I've been working hard for the overall for a while and I know I've been ready for it so to get it here at my home race and share it with family and friends is awesome. It's really special! I am a little bit disappointed that I didn't take advantage of the opportunity I had when I got in the race lead in the first race. That would've helped the round win come a lot easier but at the end of the day I'm on the top step and that's all that matters!"
Jake Moss showed tremendous speed at Wonthaggi however a crash in moto 1 would affect his overall result. Moss grabbed the hole-shot in the first race but was involved in a crash on lap 2 while in 2nd place. He could only recoup to finish in 17th place. Moss made amends in moto 2 finishing in 2nd place for 7th overall for the day.
Jake Moss say's, "I'm a bit disappointed. It was crunch time and I felt I had to win but I struggled a bit from having not ridden for two weeks because of a sore tail bone and things didn't really go to plan. 2nd in the last race was a good rebound though. I'll have a week off now and really heal up properly before I start training again for Murray Bridge. That's a track that I love so hopefully I'll get it onto the top step there."
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Troy Carroll was very happy that his team took the win for the round, saying, "I'm extremely happy! A big congratulations to Adam for winning his first 450 overall and it's great that our team was able to grab our first round win for the year too. It was bad luck for Jake. He was taken out in race one by another competitor but bounced back well in the second moto. For me it's such a relief to get that overall win though. With this weight off the team now I'm sure the good results we've experienced all year will only continue to flow and I'm confident both riders can be on the podium at the next round. We couldn't have done it without the support of National Pump Services, Monster Energy and all of our sponsors. I'd also like to give a big thank you to everyone at Kawasaki for all of their support".
Kawasaki supported rider Blake Colleton who competes in the MXD class unfortunately injured his back in a heavy crash and had to be transported to hospital for further treatment where he currently remains.
The 4th round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals will be held at Murray Bridge, SA on the 18th May.
MX1 overall results:
1) ADAM MONEA- NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 60
2) Matt Moss 60
3) Kirk Gibbs 60
4) Billy Mackenzie 56
5) Kade Mosig 49
6) Rhys Carter 48
7) JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 46
8) Cody Cooper 45
9) Hayden Mellross 45
10) Sam Martin 44
MX1 championship standings:
1) Matt Moss 238
2) Kirk Gibbs 216
3) ADAM MONEA- NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 202
4) JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 186
5) Billy Mackenzie 181
6) Kade Mosig 169
7) Rhys Carter 168
8) Hayden Mellross 159
9) Jay Marmont 156
10) Jacob Wright 142