Keeping their Super-pole streak alive, National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Adam Monea and Jake Moss both qualified inside the top 5 at Murray Bridge. National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki were the only team in the series, again, with two riders making it through to Super-pole.
Getting out to a 3rd place start in the opening moto, Adam Monea eventually rode into the lead and held onto the position to win the moto. However luck was against him in the second moto. While trying to make a pass on Billy Mackenize for 2nd place and certain round honours, the two riders came together with Monea coming off 2nd best. Monea was able to re-gather for 12th place. Monea's 1-12 results gave him 4th overall for the round and leaves him in 3rd place in the series.
Adam Monea say's, "I was pretty frustrated after the second moto. I crashed out of the race and not by my own doing. That was really annoying because I was on track for the overall and I was confident I'd get it. I felt strong and fast all day. Although It wasn't the result I wanted today, I'm really happy with my speed and the bike and the team. I'm very happy with how everything is going."
Jake Moss got a good jump out of the gate in the opening moto however his Kawasaki became locked with Mackenzie's bike and that put Moss back just outside the top ten. From there he rode his way up to 4th place but due to arm-pump and other small issues, Moss had to settle for a 6th place finish. Things were back on track for moto 2 though. After grabbing the hole-shot on his KX450F Moss was able to ride consistent and smooth to finish the race in 2nd place. Moss's 6-2 results gave him a podium finish for the round and leaves him in 4th place overall in the championship.
Jake Moss say's, "The result in the first moto was not what I really wanted. I got a good jump and felt I was going to go into the turn first but I got tangled with Billy and that put me back. I felt like I could have won that moto but I had a couple of little issues and it wasn't to be. In the second moto Gibbsy (Kirk Gibbs) passed me on the first lap. He had a hometown advantage. He just knew where to go when it was rough. I thought to go smooth lines but it didn't work out. It proved faster to go the rough shorter lines. I'm looking forward to racing in the sand at Wanneroo. I think the Kawasaki suits the sand and It would be nice to go out with a win before the break. "
Kawasaki supported rider Blake Colleton who normally races in the MXD class continues his recovery in hospital after injuring his back at the last round.
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki next race at round 5 of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals at Wanneroo, WA next Sunday, 25th May.
1) Kirk Gibbs 63 (28, 35)
2) Billy Mackenzie 60 (30, 30)
3) JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 57 (25,32)
4) ADAM MONEA - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 54 (35, 19)
5) Matt Moss 51 (26, 25)
6) Kade Mosig 47 (21,26)
7) Hayden Melross 47 (23, 24)
8) Rhys Carter 46 (24, 22)
9) Jacob Wright 43 (15, 28)
10) Sam Martin 42 (19, 23)
Overall Championship Standings:
1) Matt Moss 294
2) Kirk Gibbs 281
3) ADAM MONEA - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 259
4) JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 247
5) Billy Mackenzie 242
6) Kade Mosig 216
7) Rhys Carter 214
8) Hayden Mellross 206
9) Jay Marmont 196
10) Jacob Wright 185