National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki stepped back in time at Gladstone. The team rolled the Kawasaki KX450F race bikes out of the team transporter adorned with retro graphics.
Designed and printed by team sponsor Takt, the retro graphics, taken from a 1985 KX, coincides with the same period in Australian motocross history when the late Jono Porter (whom the MX Nationals remembered at Gladstone) started his racing career.
It was another awesome start for National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki at Gladstone with both Jake Moss and Adam Monea making it through to Super Pole. Jake Moss took 2nd and Adam Monea was 3rd.
Adam Monea shot out of the gate well in moto one but got into a bar tangle with another rider and ended up stalling his bike in turn one. He restarted quickly and settled quickly into 8th place. From there he worked forward throughout the rest of the race to finish in 4th place. Monea got another good start in moto two and quickly worked his way into 2nd place. He put good pressure on the race leader throughout the moto and constantly jostled for the moto win but in the end had to settle for 2nd place.
Monea's 4-2 results left him in 3rd place for the round, just 2 points shy of the round winner.
A pleased Adam Monea say's, "I'm happy with the result. Obviously I would've liked to have taken the overall but it's good to be on the podium. I just want to give it my all at Coolum. We haven't really got anything to lose there so I'm going to throw it all out there and try to finish on the top of the podium. Finish the series with a bang!"
Jake Moss was quick at Gladstone but unfortunately that didn't show in his results. Moss got a good start in moto one however he stalled his bike when he was forced to wipe his goggles after a stray rock removed all of his tear-offs. Forced to ride through the pack, Moss collided with another rider putting him on the ground. He remounted and could only ride his way into 12th place. In moto two, Moss felt drained of energy and dehydrated and did well to hold on for a 5th place finish. His 12-5 results gave him 7th overall for the round.
Jake Moss say's, "The track was pretty good but unfortunately it just wasn't my day. I just couldn't put my best foot forward. I really felt drained in that second moto and just couldn't put it together. I had no energy and I was dehydrated so I was really just riding around for 30 minutes. I'm looking forward to Coolum though. I'm excited that all my friends and family will be there and I really just want to finish the series on a positive note."
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki head to Coolum, QLD for the last round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals this Sunday 31st August. Riders Jake Moss and Adam Monea will be looking for a strong finish to the series before preparing for the upcoming supercross series.
Round 9 - Gladstone, QLD
1)Jacob Wright - 2:08.411 (5 points)
2)JAKE MOSS - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI– 2:09.875 (4 points)
3)ADAM MONEA - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI– 2:10.213(3 points)
4) Matt Moss – 2:23.806 (2 points)
5)Kirk Gibbs– 2:33.546 (1 point)
1)Kirk Gibbs62(32, 30)
2)Billy Mackenzie61(26, 35)
3)ADAM MONEA - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI60(28, 32)
4)Jacob Wright60(35, 25)
5)Matt Moss58(30, 28)
6)Hayden Mellross46(23, 23)
7)JAKE MOSS - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI45(19, 26)
8)Sam Martin45(24, 21)
9)Jesse Dobson44(22, 22)
10)Brock Winston40(20, 20)
Overall Championship Standings:
4)ADAM MONEA - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 615
5)JAKE MOSS - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 528
9) Sam Martin436