Wade Hunter finished the day strongly
Wilson Todd tip toes around the slippery track.

Serco Yamaha's Spirited Fight at Broadford MX Nats

2 May 2016

The MX2 championship battle has intensified after an unpredictable weekend of racing at round three of the MX Nationals with the Serco Yamaha team well entrenched in the top 10.

Wilson Todd and Wade Hunter both overcame the toughest track of the year and some mid race falls to post respectable results that keep them well in contention for the MX2 championship with seven rounds remaining.

Wade Hunter lodged his best round of the season so far and left the Broadford circuit confident there is still plenty more to give. Hunter took a disappointing 13th place in moto one after falling early in the race and struggling to grip the bike for the remainder of the moto in the muddy and slippery conditions.

Moto two and Hunter decided it was time to get his season back on track and after starting inside the top 10, Hunter moved forward to claim fourth place by moto end. His 13-4 results saw him land in seventh for the day and hold down 10th in the championship.

“It was a pretty nasty track to ride today and it each moto it was something completely different each time. Race one was just full on mud while the second moto the track had dried but it was rough, hard packed and slippery so it wasn’t easy at any time.

“I felt I made some progress today and I was happy with the second moto. Hopefully, I can use that race to turn my season around and starting racking up good results at every round from now until the end of the championship,” Hunter ends.

Wilson Todd also saw plenty of the Broadford mud but again showed that he knows how to ride at dirt bike at speed. Todd was in the top five early in race one before he fell in the sticky stuff and dropped several positions. He was able finish the race 10th position.

In his second dig, Todd went down in the first turn and scrambled back to his bike. Instantly he got on the gas and started the long haul back through the 33 rider field. He picked off plenty of riders on the opening lap and made his way to 17th. By the half way stage he was in 10th and then when the race was completed, he had blitzed his way through the pack to finish 6th in a character defining ride.

His 10-6 results saw him finish eighth for the round but move up in the championship fifth in the MX2 championship.

“10-6 isn’t where I wanted to finish this weekend,” Todd explains. “Once I crashed in the first race, I struggled to regain the same speed and then in race two I was behind the eight ball from the start with the first turn crash. I just have to stop the little mistakes and aim for a top five finish every race and build some consistency in my racing,” he ends.

With the results from the weekend, the championship points are now tight with the top eight within a moto of one another. Despite the unfortunate results, team owner Gavin Eales, is confident his team has turned the corner.

“On paper the weekend doesn’t look good but I saw signs from both riders during moto two that things are about to change. Wilson was amazing, passing on a track that every other rider said was one lined and impossible to pass while Wade shook off his woes and found some mojo. I think we are in pretty good shape and look forward to the coming rounds,” Eales stated.

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Round Three Results – Broadford
MX2

1st Jed Beaton – 70
2nd Kyle Webster – 62
3rd Luke Arbon – 55
4th Nathan Crawford – 54
5th Jake Moss – 54
6th Dylan Wills – 47
7th Wade Hunter – 46 (Serco Yamaha)
8th Wilson Todd – 46 (Serco Yamaha)

9th Hamish Harwood – 43
10th Richie Evans – 43

MX2 Championship Standings – After Round Three
1st Jed Beaton – 172
2nd Nathan Crawford – 169
3rd Luke Arbon – 161
4th Jake Moss – 161
5th Wilson Todd – 148 (YZ250F)
6th Jayden Rykers – 144
7th Caleb Ward – 142
8th Kyle Webster – 138
9th Kale Makeham  – 134
10th Wade Hunter – 130 (YZ250F)      

 

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