The NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team braved the cold temperatures in Shepparton over the weekend as they took to the gates in the first MX1 moto. Following a 6th place in the first moto, Adam and the team regained confidence with a race win in moto two.
A fantastic start gave Adam an advantage in the second race where he battled Daniel Reardon for the top spot. Adam managed to gain reasonable space between himself and his closest threat, only to fall, allowing Reardon to catch-up again. The thrilling crusade continued with 6 lead changes in only 10 minutes. Not to be outdone, Adam crossed the finish line in 1st place.
“I was so determined for a good result after the first race. In the second race I started off well and I picked up the pace by finding a couple of good lines. I just had to keep calm and ride some clean laps. I tipped over though and made it harder for myself, but I finished on top in the end. After the first moto I was a bit over not getting a podium so to come out like that in the second race, it was great to prove to myself again that I can do it. I couldn’t have done it without the team and everyone involved including the fans and my family who all made the effort to come out, especially my mum who makes the most noise and is my number one believer.”
“The win has given a great boost of confidence in myself and the team who made the right decisions with adjustments made to the bike for the second moto,” Adam commented.
Team mate, Dylan Long, reaffirmed his ability to keep up with the fastest riders in the series after only his second appearance on the factory Kawasaki KX450F over the weekend. 8th place overall for the round was a result of 8th position in the first moto and 7th in moto two.
“Overall I am happy with how I went today. I struggled with my starts and the track getting rougher as the day went on, but that’s about it. It definitely was a tough track and I am still getting used to the bike. The ruts were crazy, the bottom of my forks and pegs were hitting the sides in the second moto so I had to adapt to that. Otherwise I am still aiming for top 10 and that’s where I was today.”
The likeable 20 year old Victorian is enjoying his first time racing with a factory 450cc motocross team saying, “the fans have been awesome today. Kawasaki has a lot of followers who have welcomed me with open arms and I’ve got a couple of fans myself, especially here in Victoria.”
Team Manager, Troy Carroll, said “It was a great round, we had the pace in the first moto but didn’t get the result so we analysed a few things before the second race and adapted to the track to come away with the win. The team is working really well this year and it was good to see one of Dylan’s strongest rides today which is encouraging seeing as it is only his second round on the factory Kawasaki KX450F. We are looking forward to the improvements from him in every round and the team is really happy for him.”
The NPS Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team is looking forward to round 8 of the MX Nationals on 2nd August held in Nowra, NSW.
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Monster Energy MX1 round 7 overall points:
1) Kade Mosig 65
2) Adam Monea 60
3) Kirk Gibbs 58
4) Luke Styke 57
5) Daniel Reardon 54
6) Jesse Dobson 52
7) Lawson Bopping 51
8) Dylan Long 47
9) Cody Cooper 46
10) Kale Makeham 41
Monster Energy MX1 championship points:
1) Kirk Gibbs 471
2) Luke Styke 408
3) Kade Mosig 397
4) Adam Monea 394
5) Lawson Bopping 375
6) Daniel Reardon 340
7) Jesse Dobson 338
8) Dylan Long 331
9) Cody Cooper 313
10) Kale Makeham 262