Conditions were challenging for the MX2 class at Coolum Pines Motocross Track over the weekend, so much so that 7 of the 31 riders were unable to finish the first moto at one of the sandiest tracks in the series. Takeshi drew from his experience on sandy Japanese tracks to secure 3rd in the first moto. A firm 7th place was achieved in the second moto as the track was shaping up with deep ruts and undulations making for tricky racing conditions.
Takeshi closed the round with 4th place overall. “A podium would have been nice leading up to the break but we struggled with our sand setting. Only 5 points behind Clout so not far behind from becoming series leader. I am going to train hard in the break. I am going back to Japan for a week so I am going to do a little training program there. We will be back stronger for the second half for sure!
Alex Morris of Proformance Kawasaki Racing Team showcased one of his most impressive performances of the series so far, in the first MX2 moto at Coolum. Alex began the moto in last place as he fell off his bike in lap 1 however he managed to pass 11 riders to ultimately claim 13th place. “Coming out of the gate in the first moto I am not even sure what happened. I was only about 5 metres in front of the gate and then I was on the ground so not the best way to start the weened but I got up and charged for the 30 minutes, luckily it was a longer moto so I could catch a couple of the guys”, commented Alex.
A mechanical complication halted Alex’s partaking in round 5 as he was unable to finish the second moto. Alex explained, “I was pumped for the second moto because of my comeback in the first race. Unfortunately we had a bit of an issue with my bike and I couldn’t finish the race. I was disappointed but we will be back for the next round and we are getting better too”.
Team Manager Travis Whitten said, “We’ve had a good weekend, the team has come together again and I’m proud of Alex who turned an average first moto into a positive result. It’s a really good job to come through the field after a fall out of the gates. We are looking forward to the midway break now and we will be back in round 6 even stronger and faster, not to mention that we will have number 953 Matt Ryan back on the track".
Teams will now enjoy a well-earned midseason break. The next round of the MX Nationals will be held in Raymond Terrace, NSW on July 05th 2015.
MX2 championship points after round 5:
1) Luke Clout 286
2) Takeshi Katsuya 281
3) Jay Wilson 281
4) Jed Beaton 250
5) Wade Hunter 246