Wilson Todd working is way through the WA sand
Wade Hunter in action in WA

Crashes Thwart Spirited Serco Yamaha Effort in WA

30 May 2016

The brutal Wanneroo circuit in WA made for a challenging round five of the MX Nationals with the Serco Yamaha duo of Wilson Todd and Wade Hunter working tirelessly in the deep sand only to have crashes cost them a good result for the day.

MX2 rookie, Wilson Todd, continues to show that he has the speed to burn and on the right day is arguably the fastest MX2 rider in Australia but with a crash in race two and again in race three, the young gun continues to do his best work at the rear of the field as he charges his way forward.

Todd finished seventh for the round with 5-10-6 results in the three moto format. His lap speed in each moto is right up with the front runners, but a crash in moto two whilst charging inside the top 10 dropped him back several positions. While being caught up in a first turn incident set him back in moto three.

Despite the issues faced on the weekend, Todd still holds down fifth place in the championship and is up- beat about his riding.
 
“The sand over here is tough and it’s difficult to prepare for a sand track like this but I felt I rode the track its self well. My starts weren’t great and as a result, I ended up back in the pack and getting caught up with other riders.

“I have a lot to learn and each round I think I learn a little more. To be sitting fifth after the first half of the series is good, now my focus is to eliminate the mistakes and be stronger in the second half of the championship,” Todd ends.

Wade Hunter rounded the day out in 10th place also suffering from falls during the three races. Hunter finished with 9-6-20 results but was challenging for top five positions in each race.

“It was a frustrating day for me and the results don’t show what I can do on the track. In race one I was right there and trying to pass into fifth when I hit a rider and went down then a similar thing happened in race three.

“My goal was to put three top five results together today and I felt I was capable of doing that so I’m a little disappointed that it didn’t happen. But we have a five week break now and I will continue to work hard and get back to my best,” Hunter said.

With his riders sitting fifth and 12th in the championship, team boss Gavin Eales remains positive for a big finish to the season.

“Both riders are driven to win and that is probably part of the reason for their crashes lately. They just want to get to the front and win races but are taking a few too many risks to make it happen. They have the speed, not doubt, so we need to guide them through their race craft and get the best results we can in the second half of the season, which I’m confident we will do.”

The MX Nationals is now on a five week break before the action picks up again at Nowra, NSW on July 3.

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Round Five Results – Wanneroo
MX2

1st Nathan Crawford – 95
2nd Caleb Ward – 93
3rd Jayden Rykers – 90
4th Kyle Webster – 87
5th Jed Beaton – 81
6th Dean Porter – 76
7th Wilson Todd – 72 (Serco Yamaha)
8th Dylan Wills – 66
9th Hamish Harwood – 65
10th Wade Hunter – 58 (Serco Yamaha)

Championship Standings – After Round Five
1st Nathan Crawford – 328
2nd Jed Beaton – 313 (YZ250F)
3rd Caleb Ward – 305
4th Jayden Rykers – 280
5th Wilson Todd – 270 (YZ250F)
6th Kyle Webster – 261
7th Jake Moss – 255
8th Dylan Wills – 239
9th Dean Porter – 228
10th Hamish Harwood – 226

12th Wade Hunter – 209 (YZ250F)

 

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