The MX2 podiumn at Appin featuring Luke Clout and Jay Wilson
Luke Clout in action
Jay Wilson leading moto 2

Clout In Control At MX Nats

14 Apr 2014

Serco Yamaha’s vow of redemption came to fruition at round two of the Monster Energy MX Nationals with the team turning in an impressive performance to have both riders on the podium and claim the points leaders red plate in the MX2 championship.

After a misfiring opening round, the second round of the championship at Appin Raceway, Sydney, couldn’t come soon enough for the Serco Yamaha duo of Luke Clout and Jay Wilson. Both riders wanted to get their season back on track at Appin and they did that in no uncertain terms.

Luke Clout claimed the victory on the day with his 1-3 moto finishes in the two races contested. The Sydney based Clout rode superbly in the opening 30 minute moto and took his first race victory of the season in front of his family and friends.

Race two saw him work a little harder to make up for an average start. He worked his way through the pack before settling for third late in the race with the knowledge the round win would be his.

“Round one didn’t go as the team and I planned and it was important we back on track immediately, so that was our plan for today. Race one went well and I got into the lead early in the race and just put in my laps and I was able to stretch the lead out late in the race. The second one was a bit tougher as I was in a bit of a freight train of riders and making passes was difficult.

“But we managed to get to third and that was good enough for the round win. I wasn’t that happy with how I raced in the last won but it was all I had to do.

“It is pretty cool to win here at Appin as I had a lot of friends here and it was a great day for the team to have us both on the podium,” Clout ends.

Jay Wilson also had a day of firsts, taking his first podium finish in MX2 and also his first race win in MX2. Wilson is no stranger to winning but as this is his first year in the MX2 division since stepping up from MXD, many expected the race wins to come later as he learned the ropes of the professional category.

But Appin provided Wilson with a day he won’t forget. He ran inside the top three for much of the opening moto before slipping back to fourth at the finish to get his day off to a good start.

With a great start in moto two, Wilson hit the front in the early stages and never surrendered the lead. He crossed the line for his maiden race win for the Serco Yamaha team and his 4-1 results gave him third for the round.

“The first round was terrible for me and the faster I moved on, the better,” Wilson explains. “Today didn’t start off well in qualifying but I knew if I got a good start then I would be in with a chance. The first race was good and helped lift my spirits and I felt confident going into the last moto.

“A huge thank-you to the Serco Yamaha team and our sponsors and I want to make this the start of a good, consistent year of racing to my potential,” he finishes.

The big points haul for both riders at Appin, now sees Luke Clout atop of the leader board in the MX2 division and Jay Wilson has jumped from 17th to ninth.

The next round of the MX Nationals takes place at the picturesque Wonthaggi Circuit in Victoria and is a favourite among the riders. The Serco Yamaha team will be looking to continue their good form on from round two as the championship battle in the MX2 class heats up.

For more information and full results; www.mxnationals.com.au

To follow the Serco Yamaha Team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sercoyamaha or on Instagram: @sercoyamaha

Round Two Results - MX2
Appin Raceway
1st Luke Clout- 65 (Serco Yamaha)

2nd Kale Makeham – 64
3rd Jay Wilson – 63 (Serco Yamaha)
4th Ryan Marmont – 52
5th Hamish Harwood – 51
6th Brenden Harrison – 48
7th Wade Hunter – 45
8th Nick Sutherland – 42
9th Daniel McCoy – 41
10th Hamish Dobbyn 40

MX2 championship standings
1st Luke Clout – 146

2nd Hamish Harwood – 132
3rd Brenden Harrison – 130
4th Kayne Lamont – 127
5th Kale Makeham – 121
6th Ryan Marmont – 115
7th Wade Hunter – 114
8th Jay Wilson – 104
9th Nick Scott – 97
10th Daniel McCoy - 91

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