Luke Styke keeps his red plate after round five at Murray Bridge
Kirk Gibbs slogs through a Murray Bridge berm

Serco Yamaha Maintain Red Plate in MX2

21 May 2012

Serco Yamaha Metal Mulisha Racing’s Luke Styke maintained the leaders red plate as the 2012 Monster Energy MX Nationals reached the halfway point after the Murray Bridge event over the weekend.

Five rounds into the 10 round championship and Styke holds a 32 point lead of his nearest rivals despite a tough day in South Australia. Styke took fifth overall for the round on the back of his 15-2-4 results and missed the podium for the first time this year.

A first lap, first moto fall proved costly for Styke as he rounded the first lap in near last place and desperate to salvage some points. His charge through the field ended in 15th and the damage control continued in the next two races and he only gave up seven points out of championship lead.

“I’m dirty on myself for that first race fall. I was in good position but was a little impatient and tried to make a pass that wasn’t on and went down. It was the first time this year I have done something stupid and it cost me a podium,” Styke explains.

“But I was able to claw back a few points in the next two races and limit the damage so it was good to finish the day strongly.”

The round didn’t go any better for team mate Kirk Gibbs. The local South Australian racer came into his home state event hoping for a big day despite carrying a wrist injury. He carded a third in moto one then was at the bottom of a second turn pile up in race two that left him well down the field. The final moto was also a disaster as mechanical issues forced him to retire from the race.

His 3- 11- DNF left him in 11th for the round and he slipped to sixth overall in the championship.

“It certainly wasn’t the day I was hoping for or expecting,” Gibbs said. “I just can’t seem to shake the bad luck and at least get the chance to ride to my full potential.”

“Now with the five week break in the calendar, at least I will have some time to get on top of my injuries, get refreshed and ensure I finish the year positively.”

It was a frustrating day,” stated team manager Michael Marty. “Both guys put in a big effort but we just didn’t put together three motos . Still, Luke didn’t lose too many points and I think the break will be good for Kirk and I’m confident he will be winning races in the second half of the season.”

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Round Five Results – MX2
Murray Bridge

1st Josh Cachia 63 - KTM
2nd Cheyne Boyd 60 - Honda
3rd Ford Dale 53 - Honda
4th Justin McDonald 49 - Honda
5th Luke Styke 46 – Serco Yamaha
6th Scott Columb 45 - Suzuki
7th Lewis Woods 39 - Suzuki
8th Kade Mosig 39 - Kawasaki
9th Errol Willis 37 - Suzuki
10th Nick Murray 33 - Kawasaki
11th Kirk Gibbs 30 – Serco Yamaha
MX2 Championship Standings – After Round Five
1st Luke Styke 306- Serco Yamaha

2nd Ford Dale 274
3rd Cheyne Boyd 258
4th Josh Cachia 258
5th Kade Mosig 233
6th Kirk Gibbs 229 – Serco Yamaha
7th Adam Monea 215
8th Justin McDonald 192
9th Lewis Woods 173
10th Errol Willis 168

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