Wilson Todd cranks it up at Appin
Wade Hunter floats

Serco Yamaha Unable to Capitalise on Appin Track Speed

20 Apr 2016

Serco Yamaha teamsters Wilson Todd and Wade Hunter again showed plenty of speed but weren’t able to translate that into top shelf results at round two of the MX Nationals at Appin over the weekend.

Both riders proved they have what it takes to run at the front of the MX2 field at the MX Nationals, with Todd already claiming a race win at round one, but Appin saw both riders dealt some tough luck and fall short of the results they were looking for.

Wilson Todd posted the fastest lap in qualifying taking pole position in the ultra-competitive class. Todd, who won at Appin last year in the MXD category, launched from the gates in moto one and went straight to the front. He put his head down and busted out some blistering speed to stretch his lead to nearly five seconds but just before the halfway mark, his forearms started to blow up and Todd, struggling to hang onto his machine, went into survival mode.

With arm pump crippling his speed, Todd dropped back down the field but clung onto a respectable fifth place finish by moto’s end.

Race two and Todd found himself on the ground in turn one. He picked himself up and started his pursuit of the 40 rider field knowing that he only had 20 minutes to limit the damage. He sliced through as many riders as possible and eventually ended up in 13th place.

His 5-13 scores saw him finish the round in ninth place and he now holds down seventh in the championship after two rounds.

“It was a frustrating day today as I had the speed and fitness to win but I couldn’t get it done,” Todd said. “Taking pole and then leading the first moto was good as I know that’s the speed I can ride at but arm pump meant I had to back it down to stay on the bike.

“The second moto was just a simple first turn crash. The first corner at Appin is tough and when you are mid field there is a lot of banging and hitting going on. Unfortunately, I ended up in the dirt. But, I will be back at Broadford and will keep trying to up my pace and intensity. All I can do is keep putting myself in good situations and eventually I will be rewarded,” he explained.

Wade Hunter had a consistent day at Appin taking 7-8 results to finish up sixth for the round in a solid day at the office. Like Todd, Hunter proved to be fast on the track but couldn’t buy a start on the weekend and meant he was always fighting from the back.

Hunter has climbed into the top 10 after a disappointing opening round and now sits in ninth place.

“Starts are so important at this track as track position is vital for a good result. With a lot of tight turns and off cambers, passing can be difficult so being near the front at the beginning of the race makes life so much easier.

“My bike and my fitness are good and I know I have the speed to race with anyone but I just can’t give my rivals a head start like I did at Appin and expect to run them down.

“I will work on starts for the next couple of weeks and hopefully turn them into a strength by the time we get to Broadford,” Hunter ends.

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Round three of the MX Nationals hits the hills of Broadford in Victoria on May 1 and the Serco team will be looking to cash in on their obvious speed.

Round Two Results – Appin

1st Caleb Ward -65
2nd Kale Makeham -60
3rd Luke Arbon -56
4th Nathan Crawford - 55
5th Jayden Rykers-52
6th Wade Hunter -47 (Serco Yamaha)
7th Jake Moss- 47
8th Jed Beaton - 45
9th Wilson Todd – 44 (Serco Yamaha)
10th Richie Evans - 39
Championship Standings – After Round Two
1st Caleb Ward- 126
2nd Nathan Crawford – 115
3rd Jake Moss – 107
4th Luke Arbon – 106
5th Kale Makeham – 105
6th Jed Beaton – 102
7th Wilson Todd – 102 (Serco Yamaha)
8th Jayden Rykers – 101
9th Wade Hunter – 84 (Serco Yamaha)
10th Hamish Harwood - 81


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