Luke Styke holds down a 36 point lead in the MX2 championship with three rounds remaining
Kirk Gibbs had another tough weekend and finished bruised and battered

Serco Yamaha Fight Hard for Vital Points

16 Jul 2012

Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing’s Luke Styke endured a rare tough day at the office to finish fifth on the day at round seven of the MX Nationals at Horsham, Victoria, but still holds a healthy 36 point lead in the MX2 championship.

Styke didn’t have the mojo flowing and struggled to get a good qualifying lap down. That carried over to racing where the New South Welshman battled gainfully but wasn’t able to pick off race wins as he had a previous rounds.

His 7-6-4 results did prove to be smart racing and well thought out championship damage control as he continued to gain points and keep his championship lead intact.

I didn’t feel good on the bike all weekend. Looking back, I was probably trying to override the track in qualifying and it just wasn’t working for me. But, as a team we come up with a plan to not do anything stupid, not ride over my head and get as points as I can.

“We were able to do that so considering how I rode, the points damage was okay and we can start fresh at the Appin round which is almost like a home track for me,” Styke explains.

The hard luck season for team mate Kirk Gibbs continued as he went down heavily in race two and was hit or ran over by several bikes. He battled to the finish in obvious pain but elected not to compete in the final moto as he was bruised and batted from the fall.

“I’m just disappointed,” Gibbs laments. “I have been putting in a huge amount of work with my training and fitness during the week but at the moment it’s just not showing up on the weekends. I’m not really sure how the crash happened in moto two other than it was in the first turn and a few of us ended up on the ground and I got hit a few times.”

“Nothing is broken but I’m sore at the moment. I will get everything checked out when I get home and come back fresh for Appin.

The Serco duo now sits in first and seven in the championship with three rounds remaining. For a full list of results, www.mxnationals.com.au or to follow the Serco Yamaha team, www.facebook.com/sercoyamaha

Round Seven Results – Horsham
MX2

1st Josh Cachia 72
2nd Adam Monea 63
3rd Ford Dale 57
4th Kade Mosig 54
5th Luke Styke 47 (Serco Yamaha)
6th Brenden Harrison 44
7th Justin McDonald 37
8th Luke Arbon 36
9th Scott Columb 34
10th Joel Milesevic 32

Championship Standings- After Round Seven
1st Luke Styke 421 (Serco Yamaha)

2nd Ford Dale 385
3rd Josh Cachia 368
4th Kade Mosig 337
5th Adam Monea 327
6th Cheyne Boyd 319
7th Kirk Gibbs 301 (Serco Yamaha)
8th Justin McDonald 261
9th Scott Columb 249
10th Lewis Woods 242

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Shayne Rice
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