A tough moto result each for Monea and Moss in the 3-race format would keep both riders from the podium at Raymond Terrace however they still remain inside the top 5 in the Championship standings.
Adam Monea couldn't find his groove in the morning. Riding tight, he missed his first Super-Pole for the year and raced to a 9th place finish in the opening moto however he made the adjustments he needed and came out strong in moto two, racing to a 3rd place finish. Monea had a tough start in moto three and unable to put pressure on the race leaders he finished in 6th place. His 9-3-6 results would leave him in 6th place overall for the round and 4th place in the Championship.
Adam Monea say's, "It was a rough day. Not my best at all. I was a bit uncomfortable at the start of the day in practice, qualifying and moto one and really wasn't riding the way I'd like. After moto one I came back and started fresh. It was a new ball game in moto two and I rode to 3rd. It was a really strong ride and I performed heaps better. I had a tough start in the final moto and finished where I started. I think all us top 6 in that last moto had similar times. It was very hard to make up ground. It was a tough day but it won't deter me from my goals".
Jake Moss continued his season long Super-Pole streak qualifying his KX450F in 3rd place. That momentum would be halted however in moto one when he had to retire from the race after getting a flat rear tyre and crashing out. Moss was unharmed however the same couldn't be said for his KX450F race bike. Searching for that groove on his back-up bike in moto two, Moss raced to a 5th place finish before becoming comfortable in race three where he raced to a moto podium taking 3rd. Moss's DNF-5-3 results left him in 11th place for the round and he remains inside the top 5 in the Championship where he sits in 5th place.
Jake Moss say's, "I qualified well but I've had some time off the bike from injury and it showed today. I had a flat tyre in the first race and got real loose and ended up looping it out. I had to switch bikes for the next 2 races and I wasn't as comfortable. I rode OK in the last race for a top 3 but having time off showed in my riding today. I don't like having time off. We've got a 3 week break so I'll put in real hard to try and put the KX450F on the top step again before the years out. It's my first year on the team and it's been up and down but we're definitely getting there. I'm feeling more and more comfortable. I just have to get it done."
Fresh from her 2nd place overall finish in the 2014 FIM World WMX Championship in the Czech Republic just the weekend before, Meghan Rutledge raced the Lites class at Raymond Terrace on board her KX250F. Although her day finished early due to technical issues, the multiple Australian Champion was kept busy all day signing autographs for fans.
Hungry for more round victories and podiums before the series is out, National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Jake Moss and Adam Monea head to Gladstone, QLD on 24th August for the 9th and penultimate round of the 2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals.
2014 Monster Energy MX Nationals - Australian Motocross Championship
Round Eight – Raymond Terrace, NSW
MX1 overall results:
1. Matt Moss 102
2. Jacob Wright 91
3. Billy Mackenzie 85
4. Kirk Gibbs 81
5. Kade Mosig 80
6. ADAM MONEA - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 77
7. Hayden Mellross 69
8. Sam Martin 66
9. Jesse Dobson 65
10. Joel Milesevic 62
11. JAKE MOSS - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 56
MX1 championship standings:
1. Matt Moss 653
2. Kirk Gibbs 613
3. Billy Mackenzie 571
4. ADAM MONEA - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 552
5. JAKE MOSS - NPS MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI 479
6. Kade Mosig 468
7. Jacob Wright 460
8. Hayden Mellross 426
9. Sam Martin 391
10. Brock Winston 375