His team mate Adam Monea battled illness all weekend but was able to hold on to 4th overall in the championship with a 5th place finish to the round. Kawasaki's Takeshi Katsuya took 2nd overall in the Lites class at Coolum on his KX250F.
It was certainly an uphill battle all weekend for National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Monea. Stricken with illness for most of the week Monea did well to even ride at Coolum with an intravenous drip on race day helping him to get through. Monea posted good enough results to retain his 4th place in the championship at series close. Missing Super Pole for only the second time this year, Monea battled hard throughout the 3 race format and improved his result each race to take two top 10 and one top 5 moto finishes (7-6-4) and finish the round in 5th place.
Adam Monea say's "I'm pretty bummed with my result. I wanted to do really well in this series but I had a small slump after round 5 and made it hard on myself. To come away with 4th overall is not what I want. I come here to win or at least get on the podium so the fact that I'm not is a bit disappointing but I know I will get the results. I'm looking for a fresh start at Supercross."
Jake Moss kept his phenomenal Super Pole streak alive at Coolum. Apart from his brother and series winner, Matt Moss, Jake Moss was the only other rider in the series to make it through to Super Pole at every round of the Championship.
Moss clocked the fastest lap time in Saturday's qualifying to make it through to Sunday's Super Pole. In Sunday's racing, Moss grabbed a strong top 5 result in moto 1 however a crash in moto 2 would leave him in 17th place. Moss made amends in the 3rd and final moto of the day with a race podium. Jake Moss's 5-17-3 moto finishes resulted in 7th place for the round and 6th overall in the championship.
Jake Moss say's, "I qualified fastest yesterday but overall it wasn't what I was looking for. I felt good on Saturday but got arm pump really bad today. This year was much better for me than last year. I won a bunch of races and I am safe and ready to go for Supercross. This was a learning year for me. I've still got a few years of racing ahead of me and look forward to good things."
Takeshi Katsuya took 2nd overall at Coolum onboard his Kawasaki KX250F. The current Japanese MX Championship leader decided to race the Coolum round and was rewarded with 6-4-2 results for 2nd overall.
Takeshi Katsuya say's, "I actually struggle in the sand but today it worked awesome for me. We have the guys from Japan here and we did testing during the week and we got a good sand setting. I'm going to the des Nations too and I'm happy with the Kawasaki so I'm really looking forward to it."
Unfortunately Kawasaki supported rider Blake Colleton injured his spine in a crash at the 3rd round of the series at Wonthaggi. The 17 year old attended the final round at Coolum and was able to present one of his KX250Fs to its new owner Norman Cobb. Mr Cobb's bid of $8,000 was the highest for the KX250F and all proceeds will go towards Blake's rehabilitation.
Team sponsor Takt followed up their awesome retro graphics from Gladstone with another unique design for Coolum that incorporated pink into the colour scheme in support of Pink Ribbon Day and breast cancer awareness.
Although National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki riders were unable to take top honours this time round, the team can still hold its head high in the knowledge that they fielded the most formidable team in the paddock. National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki were the only team in the series with two riders continually making Super Pole and clocking fast lap times.
Of the 25 motos raced in the MX1 class in the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals, National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki were on the podium for 18 of those 25 motos and Adam Monea took round honours at Wonthaggi's round 3.
Team Manager Troy Carroll say's, "I feel a bit of relief now that the series is over. We had some ups and downs throughout the series. We had some moto and overall wins and we were consistent with Super Pole, both riders were there in 8 out of the 10 rounds. It was an up and down year but hopefully we can build on it. Both guys are fast and young and seem keen to keep building on this next year. Hopefully we can keep going and win some overall championships."
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki will continue the race preparation of the new 2015 Kawasaki KX450F for the 1st round of the 2014 Australian Supercross Championship at Bathurst, NSW on 10th October where Jake Moss and Adam Monea will look to win their first MX1 Australian title.