The day started well once again for National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki with both riders qualifying for Super-Pole. National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki is the only team in the championship to have two riders qualify for Super-Pole at each round.
With little riding time under his belt since the series opener at Broadford due to soreness from a crash, Jake Moss took to the moist Appin track feeling tight. In moto 1 Jake Moss got off to a good start and quickly settled into 2nd place however due to that body tightness he was unable to pose a serious threat to 1st place. Moss grabbed another 2nd place in moto 2 with his 2-2 results leaving him in 2nd place overall for the round.
Moss's 2nd overall at Appin and his final moto win at round 1 are helping him to overcome a first race DNF at the series opener that cost him precious championship points. Jake Moss currently sits in 4th place in the series.
Jake Moss say's, "Usually two second place finishes get you the win but unfortunately this is Matt's (Moss) home track so I was expecting him to be quick. I needed the starts so I could race my race and try and pull away but unfortunately I was 4th and 5th off the start. The National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki handled really well all day and I got my first podium for the year. It's only the 2nd round and there's a lot to go. I think me and Matt will battle all the way til the end."
Although he didn't make it public knowledge, Adam Monea carried a small niggling injury with him to Appin which affected his chances of back to back podiums. A crash in practice didn't help his cause however he still rode well enough to qualify for Super-Pole. The first moto was a struggle for Monea. Riding through pain and with a small crash in the dying stages of the race, Monea could only manage a 14th place finish. He gathered himself well though during the lunch break and came out strong and determined in moto 2 to finish in 5th place. Adam Monea finished the round in 10th place and sits in 3rd place overall in the series.
Adam Monea say's, "She was a rough day! I was carrying a little injury coming into today so I was riding a little sore and a little hurt but no excuses. I rode way too tight in the first moto..I rode terrible and the result was terrible. I brought it back a little bit in moto 2. I hung on as well as I could for a top 5 finish. We lost a few points today but it's early days. I'm still in the hunt. I'm confident heading into my hometown race next round. Well done to Jake!"
Kawasaki supported rider Blake Colleton flew the Kawasaki flag proudly in the MXD (Under 19s) class. He overcame a bad start and a 10th place finish in moto 1 to take 4th in moto 2. He finished the round in 7th overall.
National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki now prepare for the 3rd round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals at Wonthaggi, Victoria on 27th April.
MX1 overall results:
1. Matt Moss 70
2. JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 64
3. Kirk Gibbs 60
4. Billy Mackenzie 56
5. Jacob Wright 49
6. Hayden Mellross 49
7. Jay Marmont 47
8. Rhys Carter 46
9. Kade Mosig 44
10. ADAM MONEA - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 43
MX1 championship standings:
1. Matt Moss - 173
2. Kirk Gibbs - 153
3. ADAM MONEA - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 140
4. JAKE MOSS - NATIONAL PUMP MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 139
5. Billy Mackenzie - 125
6. Kade Mosig - 120
7. Rhys Carter 120
8. Jay Marmont - 115
9. Hayden Mellross 114
10. Jacob Wright 105