Luke Clout holds down a 14 point in the MX2 championship
Jay Wilson battled hard for his fifth place in Swann Hill

Clout Increases Lead in MX Nats

30 Jun 2014

Serco Yamaha’s Luke Clout used smart racing and a cool head to increase his lead in the championship after action wrapped up at round six of the MX Nationals held at Swan Hill in Victoria.

Contesting the MX2 championship on his Yamaha YZ250F, Clout finished the day in third place with consistent 4-3 results in the two, 30 minute motos. Race one had Clout in the battle for the lead before falling and loose some time. He remounted and charged his way back to the front and made the pass for the race lead before crashing again. He scrambled back to his bike but could only manage a fourth place. 

Race two and Clout moved his bike into third place early in the proceedings. With ‘no mistakes’ wringing in his ears after moto one, Clout rode a smart, yet conservative race to finish in third and make the final spot on the podium for the round.

Clout now carries a 14 point lead into round seven over New Zealander, Hamish Harwood.

“Race one was frustrating as I crashed twice and I should have won that race. I was angry at myself for letting that one slip.

“Race two I tried to sum up what was happening around me and who was where. When I noticed that I couldn’t see the guys near me in the championship, I just held my position and rode to get good points and build on my championship lead.

“It wasn’t a perfect day, but from a championship point of view, it was good,” Clout ends.

Jay Wilson rode strongly all day and finished with 9-4 results to claim fifth overall. Wilson holeshot race one and lead the race for considerable time before arm pump set in and he started to drop positions as the race wore on. With his forearms locked solid, Wilson hung on for a ninth place finish.

Things went much better in race two and Wilson found himself in a race long battle over positions 4-5 and 6. He kept the pressure on all the way and made a pass stick for fourth place in the final stages and that’s where he stayed until the finish.

“My arms pumped up so bad in race one,” Wilson explains. “I tried to relax and breathe to relief it a bit but it wouldn’t go away and just got worse later in the race.

Moto two was a better and I rode alright. I took a lot of roost from the bike in front of me as it was hard to pass, so I had to get aggressive at the end to make it happen,” Wilson said.  

Wilson holds down seventh in the championship with four rounds remaining.   

The Serco team now begin preparations for round seven at Conondale in Queensland. Being a home state event for the Queensland based team, Serco Yamaha will be out for a strong showing.

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For more information on the MX Nationals, www.mxnationals.com.au

Round Six Results – Swann Hill
MX2

1st Nathan Crawford – 67
2nd Luke Arbon – 67
3rd Luke Clout – 58 (Serco Yamaha)
4th Hamish Harwood -54
5th Jay Wilson - 51 (Serco Yamaha)
6th Errol Willis – 51
7th Kale Makeham – 47
8th Josh Cachia – 44
9th Kayne Lamont – 44
10th Caleb Ward – 41

Championship Standings – After Round Six
1st Luke Clout – 384 (Serco Yamaha)
2nd Hamish Harwood -370
3rd Luke Arbon- 360
4th Brendan Harrison- 334
5th Kale Makeham-334
6th Kayne Lamont -333
7th Jay Wilson – 320 (Serco Yamaha)
8th Caleb Ward -313
9th Errol Willis -240
10th Ryan Marmont -234

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