The Serco Yamaha team celebrate their 2014 championship with Luke Clout
Clout with his number 1 plate moments after the final moto

Clout Clinches MX2 Championship For Serco Yamaha

1 Sep 2014

Luke Clout, on board his Yamaha YZ250F, has claimed the 2014 MX Nationals MX2 championship after a perfectly constructed days racing at the 10th and final round of the championship, held at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

The championship victory is the first for Clout in his professional career and makes it back to back victories for the powerhouse Serco Yamaha team after Luke Styke took 2013 championship win.

Clout entered the final round at Coolum with a 28point lead in the championship but with the three moto format in place, at the toughest track on the tour, Clout needed to stay calm and get the job done with the minimum of fuss to secure the title.

The day went exactly to plan for Clout and the team. With good starts in all three motos, Clout was able to control his own destiny and keep an eye on his rivals at the same time. He finished third in the opening two motos and just needed a top 15 finish in the final moto of the year and the championship was his.

Again he jumped well from the starting gates and held good track position early in the race. After a fall from his nearest rival in the championship, Luke Arbon, which took him out of the race, all Clout needed to do was circulate until the finish.

Clout crossed the finish line in ninth place with his fist in the air before being swamped by his team in celebration. His 3-3-9 results gave him the added bonus of a third for the round to cap his successful championship campaign. It was a hard earned victory for Clout and his Serco crew as they battled through a long and tough year against some stiff opposition.

“I can’t tell you how excited and relieved I am,” Clout offered. “I tried to stay as calm as I could all day and not think about the championship points or the other riders, just race each race on its merits and fortunately I was able to do that and we came out on top.”

“This year has presented plenty of challenges as I have had to recover from a broken leg, develop a new bike with the team and race 23 motos to secure this championship and I’m really proud to have been able to achieve it.

“The Serco Yamaha team have been amazing all year and the amount of work and commitment everyone there has is unreal. The 2014 YZ250F is the best bike on the track, our team sponsors are awesome and it takes a lot of people to make this happen and I can’t thank them enough,” Clout ends.

Team mate Jay Wilson jumped to fourth place in the overall championship standings after a solid final round at Coolum. Wilson finished 9-7-3 in the three races to come home fourth for the round just behind Clout.

“I struggled a bit today, especially in moto one. I was in a pack trying to get through and every time I went to make a pass, I had to go off the race line and as a result, the rider behind me was able to pass me. I seemed to go back and forward with the same riders all moto.

“The last two were better and I was able to get to fourth for the round and the championship. I think I finished the season pretty well; the opening round at Broadford is what cost me as I had a terrible day there.

Team Owner, Gavin Eales was again proud of his Serco Yamaha race team and celebrated a successful year with the team.

“I couldn’t be prouder of everyone in the Serco Yamaha team. Both Luke and Jay rode well all year and raced every moto at 100%. Michael and Adam back in the workshop put in huge hours to ensure everything is right on race day and the mechanics Peter and Andrew do whatever it takes to get it done.

“On top of that we have a great list of sponsors and an unbelievable race bike in the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F. This is now two in a row for us and we are humbled that we have been able to achieve it with two different riders,” Eales ends.  

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Round 10 Results – Coolum

1st Caleb Ward – 105
2nd Takeshi Katsuya – 85
3rd Luke Clout – 82 (Serco Yamaha)
4th Jay Wilson – 76 (Serco Yamaha)

5th Hamish Harwood – 74
6th Joel Evans – 70
7th Dylan Long – 69
8th Riley Graham – 67
9th Luke Arbon – 64
10th Nick Sutherland - 54   

MX2 Final Standings
1st Luke Clout – 688 (Serco Yamaha YZ250F)

2nd Hamish Harwood – 641
3rd Luke Arbon – 638
4th Jay Wilson – 613 (Serco YamahaYZ250F)
5th Caleb Ward – 597
6th Kale Makeham – 543
7th Brenden Harrison – 464
8th Errol Willis – 414
9th Kayne Lamont – 395
10th Joel Evans - 355

Jeff Crow
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