Ford Dale flying high at Echo Valley
Kirk Gibbs now holds down second in the championship

Serco Yamaha Podiums at Toowoomba MX Nationals

16 May 2010

Serco Yamaha’s Ford Dale racked up his first podium finish for the year taking third place in the Pro Lite division at round four of the Rockstar MX Nationals at the picturesque Echo Valley circuit in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Dale showed blistering speed all weekend, setting the fastest lap time in qualifying and then looked to translate that speed in results in the three points paying races for the day.

Moto one was stopped at the midday way point when a fallen rider required urgent medical assistance. As the required 75% of the race wasn’t completed, the riders gridded up again for the remainder of the race with the elapsed times of both races used to determine the result. Dale recorded a second place finish.

Moto two proved to be the down fall of his day, logging 18th place after falling off on two occasions. Running second in the early stages and ready to challenge for the lead, Ford tipped over in a turn. He quickly remounted his bike and charged back into a podium position before falling awkwardly again and losing valuable time.

The third and final leg saw Dale at his fearless best. Running third early, he charged down the steepest of hills on any motocross track in Australia, passing fellow Yamaha rider Luke Styke to move into second, then one lap later, pulled the exact same move on the race leader to take control of the race and ride on to an impressive race win.

“While third is ok and I have made up a heap more points in the championship, when I look back at this round it will be the one that got away. I had the speed and got the starts I needed to win here today, I just made some mistakes in race two and it cost me dearly,” said a thoughtful Dale.

Fellow Serco Yamaha rider Kirk Gibbs carried the red leader number plate into the Toowoomba event and was determined to keep it bolted up the front of his YZ250F. Like team mate Dale, Gibbs qualified well in third place and was ready to race.

Moto one saw the South Australian in third place after the times were combined, but also like Dale, disaster struck in moto two as Gibbs took several soil samples and finished the moto outside the points. But he quickly gathered himself for the final leg and rebounded strongly for a third in moto three leaving him in seventh place for the day and now second in the championship.

“I am angry with myself about the second race. I was in a good position and made a silly mistake and then two laps later made a much bigger one when I got cross rutted entering a turn.

“I felt great on the bike today and the team has really got the YZ250F working awesome, so I feel like I let them down a bit. I will have to redeem myself at the Raymond Terrace round in two weeks time,” Gibbs offered at the end of racing.

Round Four Results- Toowoomba

Rider

Manufacturer

Results

Points

1st PJ Larsen

KTM

1-1-2

72points

2nd Cody Mackie

Kawasaki

4-4-6

51points

3rd Ford Dale

Yamaha

2-18-2

49points

4th Ryan Marmont

KTM

5-2-14

45points

5th Luke George

Kawasaki

8-3-11

43points

6th Luke Styke

Yamaha

7-9-5

42points

7th Kirk Gibbs

Yamaha

3-0-3

40points

8th Kade Mosig

Suzuki

10-6-7

40points

9th Cameron Taylor

Yamaha

9-7-16

31points

10th Brock Winston

KTM

12-12-8

30points

Championship Standings – After Round Four
1st PL Larsen – 201
2nd Kirk Gibbs - 183
3rd Cody Mackie - 164
4th Ryan Marmont - 163
5th Ford Dale - 149
6th Lawson Bopping - 139
7th Luke Styke - 125
8th Luke George- 120
9th Michael Phillips - 114
10th Kade Mosig - 106

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Images: Barry Marshall
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