Luke Clout overcame some issues to finish fourth for the round
Jay Wilson endured a tough start to the MX Nats

Serco Salvage Points in Trying Championship Opener

2 Apr 2014

Despite some tough luck to both riders, the Serco Yamaha team were able to pick up some valuable points at the opening round of the 2014 MX Nationals, held at the Broadford Circuit, in Victoria.

Yamaha factory supported MX2 team, started the day off strongly with Luke Clout taking pole position in qualifying and ready to get his championship chase underway in top form.

Things were looking good in race one as Clout fired his YZ250F up the steep Broadford start straight and directly into the lead. He continued to build the gap but within a few laps of seeing the chequered flag and the race well and truly in his keeping, Clout slowed as his machine got stuck in first gear. His lead was so great, that he was able to do nearly six minutes of racing with the bike limited to first gear and still claim second place.  

Swapping to the spare bike for the remainder of the day, Clout fell in race two while challenging for a top five position and dropped to finish in 12th while he was able to bounce back strongly in the third and final moto to claim third. His 2-12-3results gave Clout fourth overall for the day and a respectable start to the championship.

“It wasn’t the perfect day, it just seemed like there was a battle from start to finish. We had transponder issues in qualifying, then the bike was stuck in gear in race one, I fell in race two and the only race that didn’t have drama’s was the last one,” Clout explains.

“Still, we are well placed and it’s only round one. I’m healthy, our race bikes are awesome and we are heading to Appin for round two which is my home track. I put in a good round there, then we are right back in it.

“A huge thanks to the Serco Yamaha team today, both myself and Jay made them work but they got everything done,” Clout ends.

New recruit, Jay Wilson faced plenty of challenges of his own, starting with a huge crash in the first race which really took the wind out of his sails and damaged his bike considerably. From that point on, a sore and sorry Wilson just tried to get through the day without any issues and was about to salvage some points. He took a 13th in race two and then an eighth in race three to finish the day in 17th place in what was a tough debut for him.

“It wasn’t a good day for me at all,” Wilson said. I was trying to pass some guys along that back straight but I hit some kickers just before the table top and it sent me flying. The bike was a mess so I could finish the race and I was sore all over.

“While races two and three were a little better, they are still not what I’m capable of, or what I expect. I will get some rest in the next couple of days and do everything I can to make sure I’m as fit as I can be for round two at Appin and then try and redeem myself and show the Serco Yamaha team what I can do,” he said determinedly.

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For more information and a full list of results,

Round One Results – Broadford

1st Kayne Lamont - 102
2nd Brendan Harrison - 82
3rd Hamish Harwood- 81
4th Luke Clout – 81 (Serco Yamaha)
5th Nick Scott- 72
6th Wade Hunter- 69
7th Ryan Marmont -63
8th Kale Makeham - 57
9th Caleb Ward - 55
10th Errol Willis – 51

17th Jay Wilson – 41 (Serco Yamaha)

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