Jesse Dobson took a moto win on his KX250F for 2nd overall in the MXD class while Meghan Rutledge managed 14th overall. Zero Seven Motorsports rider Kade Mosig managed a 3rd place moto finish for 5th overall in the MX2 class and his team mate, Cody Mackie took 11th in the MX1 class after an 18 month absence from racing.
Current Australian Junior Champion, Jesse Dobson had high hopes heading to Raymond Terrace and he didn’t leave disappointed. The 16 year old Queenslander qualified in 2nd place in the MXD class on board his KX250F to set himself up with a good gate pick for the two motos. Dobson managed a 3rd place finish in the opener after a bad start but it was the second moto where he really shone, finishing with the moto win. Dobson rode well to achieve a race win in his first national ride as a senior. He finished in 2nd overall for the round.
Jesse say’s, “It was a great way to start the season off. It was an awesome day. I’m a bit bummed that I went down in the first moto, losing the overall for the day. If I stuck with 2nd place I would have gotten the win so it was an amateur move to try and pass for the lead but I’ll learn from that. All in all it was a great MXD pro debut. I’m looking forward to the next round at Wonthaggi. I’ve heard it’s a cool track, similar to Coolum. I like racing in the sand so I can’t wait to get there.”
Fresh from her 2nd place finish at the World WMX opener in The Netherlands, Meghan Rutledge powered her KX250F to 14th place overall in the MXD class. The sole female racer in the class got a bad start in the opener and was forced to fight back from 3rd last to 22nd. Rutledge managed a much better start in the second moto and rode to 12th place.
Meghan Rutledge’s 22-12 results put her in 14th place overall however the 17 year old feels that she is capable of consistent top ten finishes, saying, “I had a really good day overall. In the second race I found myself in 4th place on the first straight. It was nice to see track in front of me and not back plates. My fitness let me down though and I’ve got to work on that. I haven’t been able to work as hard lately because I injured my shoulder in New Zealand and I’ve recently come back from racing in freezing cold minus 5 degrees in Europe to scorching hot race conditions here at Raymond Terrace so I felt knocked around a bit. Once I get my fitness back up I’m confident of top ten finishes. I’d like to thank Glenn Macdonald and Kawasaki for the help with my awesome race KX250F”.
Kade Mosig and Cody Mackie rode well at Raymond Terrace with their new Kawasaki supported team, Zero Seven Motorsports. In the MX2 class, Mosig got his championship campaign off to a strong start. He qualified in 3rd and was showing good speed however a crash affected his opening moto chances and he had to settle for 8th. Things were back on track in the second moto. A 3rd place finish boosted his overall result where he currently sits in 5th place after the opener.
Kade Mosig say’s, “I’m taking a lot of positives away. My KX250F is great, I’m really happy with the set-up and I’m really happy with my fitness. All the training I’ve been doing is making me feel comfortable out there but a crash in the first moto really let me down and affected my overall. I feel like my pace is good, if I can eliminate the mistakes, keep my head down and keep working hard my results will improve.”
After 18 months away from Australian national racing, Cody Mackie slipped back into the sport with a solid top ten moto finish in the premiere MX1 class. Mackie posted 8-13 results for 11th overall.
Cody Mackie say’s, “I’m happy overall with the day. I had to get my feet wet again and it was definitely tougher than I thought. The track was gnarly and I was a bit under the weather heading into the round but all in all, I was happy with my starts and I can only go forward from here.”
Cody Mackie and Kade Mosig are looking forward to the 2nd round of the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Murray Bridge, SA on 28th April. The MXD riders take a break and return for round 3 in Wonthaggi, Victoria in early May.
2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals – Australian Motocross Championship
Round One – Raymond Terrace, NSW
MX1 Overall Results:
1. Todd Waters - KTM 75
2. Cody Cooper - Suzuki 60
3. Billy Mackenzie - Yamaha 58
4. JAY MARMONT – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 54
5. Matt Moss - Suzuki 53
6. Tye Simmonds - Yamaha 52
7. Lawson Bopping - Yamaha 50
8. Jake Moss - Suzuki 47
9. ADAM MONEA – MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 46
10. Ford Dale- Honda 43
11. CODY MACKIE – KAWASAKI 41
MX2 Overall Results:
1. Luke Styke – Yamaha 70
2. Josh Cachia – Honda 58
3. Kale Makeham – KTM 58
4. Luke Clout- Yamaha 55
5. KADE MOSIG - KAWASAKI 53
6. Brock Winston- KTM 52
7. Matt Ryan - Honda 47
8. Kayne Lamont - KTM 46
9. Takeshi Katsuya - Honda 44
10. Geran Stapleton - Suzuki 43
MXD Overall Results:
1. Jack Simpson - KTM 67
2. JESSE DOBSON - KAWASAKI 65
3. Hamish Harwood - KTM 56
4. Nick Scott – Honda 52
5. Corey James – Yamaha 52
6. Logan Blackburn - Yamaha 44
7. Jake Emmanuelli - Yamaha 44
8. Richard Evans - KTM 42
9. Joel Wightman - Yamaha 41
10. Jay Wilson - Yamaha 41
14. MEGHAN RUTLEDGE - KAWASAKI 28